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Comment: Re:ActiveX again. (Score 1) 186

by mar.kolya (#47519963) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

With NPAPI browser doesn't download executable crap without permission. But Firefox now does. And that is the problem.

Before all code that I had running on my machine came from my Linux distribution of choice. _I_ had a choice what to install and whom to trust. Now I'm being forced to trust that Mozilla compiles stuff without NSA inserts. And that NSA doesn't insert things into that stuff while it is being delivered to me. And with all due respect Mozilla's track record in terms of security is far from perfect.

Yes, I'm able to block it but it is still installed by default. Even IE asked before it downloaded and run flash plugin.

And we all know how well 'sand boxing' worked before, so not much hope here either. Once 'stuff' gets run on your CPU you are pretty much screwed.

And all this is also covered with unknown number of patents - that is truly open Internet, yes, right.

Comment: The only sensible approach - a encrypted key chain (Score 1) 288

by mar.kolya (#46916493) Attached to: Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

The perception of website owners that I HAVE to remember their password just shows overblown feeling of self-importance for site owners.

The only sensible approach - completely random passwords, generated by some tool and stored in a key chain with good one master password.

Idea that user somehow would remember password for each site he uses is simply stupid. The number of passwords can easily go up to a hundred. And if all sites start insisting on changing them once in 3 days users will likely go insane.

And be damned those site owners who make it very difficult for browser to insert saved password. And the worst I've seen so far is Home Deport's credit services (owned by city bank, I presume).

And yes, I know, passwords are used not only on websites. Nevertherless - in ideal world user just plugs in his encrypted key chain and uses it to access everything he needs with one password. Well, maybe two - personal and work.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by mar.kolya (#46652159) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Well, defending from 'invasion' is not exactly expression of political opinion.

I'm fairly sure that if "well armed and ruthlessness" US (or Russian, for that matter) soldiers put their foot on, say, Iran soil there will be armed response, no matter how fertile.

I do not have many friends in Crimea, but as far as I can hear this is hardly viewed as a forceful annexation by majority of citizens there. So yes, polls may be biased, but not that biased. And yes, people may be afraid to defend themselves - but this goes to a certain point. And this point clearly have not been reached. So far majority of people living there is not against joining Russia.

OTOH I'm very curious were 'ruthlessness' of Russian army is coming from? I didn't quite follow US propaganda, so must have missed something...

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by mar.kolya (#46648237) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

2) I already went over this in my previous post: Two wrongs does not make a right. Okay, so you believe that the US steamrolled Iraq. Fine. That means that the US should allow Russia to steamroll Ukraine to "even the score"? Bullshit. In that case, there is no country in the world that is free from guilt. Literally every country in the world has at one point colonized another, attacked another unprovoked, massacred certain ethnic groups, etc. You could then go back to to the invasion of Iraq and say that it is hypocritical for Russia to criticize the US because of what the Russians did in the Chechen War.

Well, Chechen is a Russian territory, so again, non of US business. And yes, the whole topic started because Russians didn't stop working with NASA when US committed stuff in Iraq.

I'm saying that before US (or EU) have the moral right to criticize Russia for its actions they should show how they have changed to prevent actions they've themselves made in the past. Otherwise it's like thieve criticizing other thieve: yes, stealing is wrong, but is a thieve the right person to tell anybody that?

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 2) 291

by mar.kolya (#46646269) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

This is false. The reason there's no US troops in Iraq today is that the democratically elected Iraqi government wouldn't agree to a status of forces agreement with us. Status of forces agreements are pretty standard, the US has agreements with every country that we have troops in, especially our allies like Germany and Japan. The Iraqi government decided they didn't want to agree to a SOFA, so we left. If the Iraqi government were our puppets, we would have pressured them into agreeing to the SOFA.

Sounds naive. US left Iraq because no powerful US corporation was interested enough in staying. Probably because there is not much to gain there anymore. Or because Iraq government is controlled well enough without military presence. The goal is not a military presence, the goal is to get rich. Military is just a tool.

That's different. bin Laden was hiding out in Afghanistan and launched terrorist attacks against the United States. The Taliban was supporting him, both before and after the 9/11 attacks. If you go around committing acts of war, you can expect a military response.

In other views the reason to invade Afghanistan was Afghanistan Oil Pipeline (
OTOH, can fact that country doesn't extradite a criminal be a reason for invasion? What's next: invading Ecuador for Assange and Russia for Snowden?

Actually, the United States was in Vietnam at the request of the South Vietnamese government, who wanted our help repelling the North Vietnamese army, who had invaded South Vietnam in violation of a UN order. So yes, the US was asked to intervene in Vietnam.

Democratically elected president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych use asked Russia to use force in Ukraine (not in exact this words, but fairly close), after he had to flee Ukraine. People of Crimea have had a referendum and by vast majority decided to join Russian Federation. The whole 'annex' thing happened without shots and with much celebration in Crimea. So yes, Russia was very much asked to come to Crimea.

US (and EU), on the other hand, openly supports and funds people who using force overthrown democratically elected government in Ukraine - and those people have never been elected. Clear invasion in Ukraine's internal business. Just like Iraq - we will tell you whom you can democratically choose from.

I'm not defending Putin's actions. I'm just saying that US is as bad and is leading by example. And overall it's not that people are bad, it's the structure of life, law of the nature.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by mar.kolya (#46644729) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

90+% and the fact that Crimeans are not fighting suggests that that is quite unanimous. And people in Iraq were fighting with US, weren't they?

And since when unambitious vote of DELEGATES is equal to unanimous opinion of people in those states?

My main point is that those sanctions are just hypocrisy. "Yes, we've done that. But you are not allowed to!" type of stance.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

by mar.kolya (#46643707) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

And couple of more things about Crimea that everybody seem to be conveniently forgetting.

Russia didn't just 'annexed' it. There was a referendum and citizens of Crimea voted to join Russia. There may be different points of view on legitimacy of that vote - my same applies on elections help in Iraq while under US invasion.

And secondly - I do not really see Crimeans fighting against Russian invasion. No attacks on Russian solders, no IEDs on the roads. At least not yet. But still - compare that to Iraq. How many civilians were lost in Iraq war? How many US soldiers?

Russian approach seems more humane, I'd say :).

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"