jamax writes: Warning: site (http://thepiratebay.org) which, it has been receently reported, is a placeholder for a resurrected Pirate Bay, that until now has been showing little more than a running timer, counting time from the police raid that has taken the site down, began reacting to clicks on the page, by opening a pop-up window that attempts to download a virus (my DrWeb has identified it as Trojan.Domaiq.33).
Don't really know what to make of this — does it mean that domain name is taken by a malicious actor? We all sort of assumed it were th original guys, who did it, but now I sincerely doubt it..
"...The Russian Defense Ministry has begun to eliminate storage of gas masks for horses KSPF-1, created in the USSR in 1943, based on similar developments in France and Germany. According to the newspaper "Izvestia", personal chemical protection for horses lay unclaimed in strategic military department stores for half a century. Now, the military decided to get rid of them to make room. In total, to be disposed of about ten thousand masks...."
"...In the Soviet Union during the Second World War, and then the "Cold War" were developed many different types of masks, designed to protect both the service and the farm animals. There were masks for dogs, pigs and cows. As you reduce the threat of large-scale armed conflict, and then the adoption of international resolutions on the prohibition of chemical weapons the need for such protection is gone...."
I'm from Russia and in my childhood I sort of heard of gas masks for horses, but pigs and cows?... Just imagine walking across postapocalyptic landscape and suddenly seeing a silent herd of pigs in gas masks... All just standing there and looking at you... For some reason it gives me the chills... )
jamax writes: From the artice (Google translate): "Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), in addition to its nuclear arsenal, are armed with a sledgehammer, which is stored on a central command post (NBI) and is designed for opening the safe with the military documents in the case of an emergency, said on Wednesday media representative on the Strategic Missile Defense Ministry, Colonel Vadim Koval."
Apparently, when receiving a high-ranking inspection commission (in 1980), the general on duty has been asked what would he do if the code-lock on safe that contains launch-related documents would fail to open after three attempts.
His reply was that he would bash the lock away with a sledgehammer he kept just for this emergency, convenietly tucked away behind the safe in question.
While at first he has been reprimanded by the commission, later one of its members has convinced the others that the idea was a sensible one, since if he (the general on duty) failed to deliver the order to launch to the troops in 60 seconds he would be shot with his own side-arm in front of the portrait of supreme commander anyway, and the sledgehammer should be given official recognition..
So since august 1980, we've had more than just missiles arrayed against you... Much more..
jamax writes: According to this article here (russian only, google's translation is here) Russias' State Rocket Center (http://makeyev.ru/rocspace/ — english version available) has finished drawing up plans for anti-asteroid nuclear missle comlpex to either convert incoming asteroids into rubble by a nuclear explosion on its surface or pushing them off-course by exploding nuke near it. The system consists of two vehicles — recon module "Caissa" and payload module "Kapkan" (snare in russian) and is to be launched on top of either Soyuz-2 or Rus-M carriers. They claim the projected system to be able to take care of asteroids with diameter up to 300 meters. The SRC presentation stressed the fact that the two space vehicles were developed by SRC alongside two other institutions for the past 15 years, so threre is an actual chance that it is not more vapourware we get so much of from Russian space agency in the last 5-10 years..
jamax writes: From TFA: "Inside the rotating or charged black holes there are bound periodic planetary orbits, which not coming out nor terminated at the central singularity. The advanced civilizations of the third kind (according to Kardashev classification) may inhabit the interiors of supermassive black holes, being invisible from the outside and basking in the light of the central singularity and the orbital photons. "
That's a preprint from arxiv.org, of an article by Vyacheslav Dokuchaev, a russian physisist, working at Institute for Nuclear Research at Russian Academy of Sciences..
While no actual proof (even theoretical) is provided for the existence of life, author argues that under certain circumstance, some black holes may indeed harbour stable planetary systems, even if planetary orbits are a far cry from ellipse-shaped orbits we see everywhere else.
jamax writes: From TFA: "A Russian friend.... works at a hard-drive repair center in a Russian town, located near the Chinese border. A couple of days ago a customer has brought a broken 500Gb USB-drive that he had bought in a Chinese store across the river, for an insanely low price. But the drive was not working: if you, say, save a movie onto the drive, playing the saved movie back resulted in replaying just the last 5 minutes of the film."
Apparently the contents of the external HDD box included: two nuts, glued to the inner surface of the box with a 128MB flash drive wedged between them (image)..
And it was a clever hack too — if ever an attempt was made of writing a file that's too large it got sort of cycled — rewriting itself over and over from the beginning, while leaving the existing files intact. And it reported everything correctly — file sizes and all!
jamax writes: From the TFA: "The Russian military has come up with an inventive way to deceive the enemy and save money at the same time: inflatable weapons. They look just like real ones: they are easy to transport and quick to deploy. You name it, the Russian army is blowing it up: from pretend tanks to entire radar stations..." But the interesting thing is these decoys are not dumb — actually they appear to be highly advanced for what I thought was a WWII-grade aerial photography countermeasures. Apparently they have heat signatures comparable with the military tech they represent, as well as the same radar signature... And they have ballistic missiles among these inflatables, too! Just imagine buying half a dozen of these toys and inflating them during a vacation in, say, Cuba... Just for lolz of course!
jamax writes: From AP: "The space capsule, called Orion, still won't go to the moon. It will go unmanned to the International Space Station to stand by as an emergency vehicle to return astronauts home...".
A heavy rocket is also to be built, even sooner than it would have been under old moon-related plans.
So USA doesn't seem to be completely out of the space race yet... Which is good for everybody, considering its resources and experience in the field, I suppose.
jamax writes: Russian search engine Nigma (link is in Russian) has launched a new service that allows to search for the result of a chemical reaction once you've specified initial reagents. The newsworthy part here is that it now works for organic chemistry as well (non-organic chemistry reactions were served since May 2009). You just enter formula for the initial compounds separated by a plus sign, hit the search button, et voila! Search results include the reactions' accompanying conditions, byproducts (if any) and links to relevant articles. It's also possible to conduct searches on well known reactions' names. I'm not a chemist by any measure, but it seems to be of possible use to high-school kids at least.
jamax writes: From the TFA: "The blog, as translated by Russia Today, includes pictures from the ISS — and covers a much different array of topics than you usually see in NASA press releases or Twitter feeds...." While it says that "Suraev’s site really feels like someone’s blog." it just *might* be possible that it's an elaborate cover-up after careless Russian revealed too much. One day he writes: "In the photo I’m holding the latest gadget developed by our military. The device works in two modes. One allows eavesdropping Also, the device can be used to be prepared for an alien attack on the Russian segment of the ISS". And on the next day he desperately tries to refute it (doubtless after some stern talking-to from the ground) by claiming it was a "joke". Ha! As if such feeble attempts at mind manipulation could penetrate our cerebral tinfoil shields!