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Comment: Re:Russia is back to totalitarism (Score 3, Insightful) 205

by pesho (#47807755) Attached to: Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Actually, the biggest impact of sanctions has been European farmers.

They tried to bypass sanction by selling to Austria, who would then sell on to Russia. The Russians spotting the scam denied entry (Austria is not known for producing oranges).

The farmers were compensated by the EU. But rather than give the food to some needy Greeks, the food was destroyed.

Quick geography lesson. Austria is in Europe (smack in the middle of it) and is part of the European Union. So your statement that somebody tried to go around the Russian food import ban by going through Austria is highly suspect. The way it is actually done is to go through Belarus. Russia is now importing beef from Belarus, which coincidentally is importing cattle from EU (technically the beef is produced in Belarus, as this is the place the cattle gets chopped up). Somewhat more absurd is the sudden appearance in Russian stores of shrimps originating from Belarus (Belarus is a land locked country). So yeah, if there is a ban there will always be somebody to make money by going around them. The thing is that the Russians will be the ones paying the bill.

Comment: Re:So? Old news. (Score 1) 53

by pesho (#47722165) Attached to: Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection
The "drug" is based on siRNA which means that it has to be exactly matched to the virus RNA sequence, it uses a sophisticated delivery system (liposomes I gather) and needs storage infrastructure (deep freezers capable of maintaining -80C for long term storage). Considering all of the above, it is a safe bet that mostly rich white people can afford the luxury.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 2) 184

by pesho (#47527753) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery
Oh we are using the car analogy, aren't we? Well let's see... If my brand new 21st century car has the same speed, larger turning radius, shorter range, smaller trunk, costs 10 times more to buy and is more expensive to run.... yes I would stick to my 70's car. F35 is akin to the German Tiger and Panter tanks in WWII. They were technical marvels. Could destroy any tank on such distance that the opposition wouldn't know what hit them. But it didn't matter, because for every Tiger produced there were ~30 shermans and even more T34's. The tigers were scary but at the end they got swarmed and wiped out. The same will happen with the F35's in a real shooting war with a capable opponent. F35 is supposed to be stealthy, but it isn't. It can be picked on a longer wavelength radars. It will be picked by any country that has integrated air defence system. Its main advantage is its ability to integrate sensor information from multiple sources. But this does not warrant building a hugely expensive fighter from scratch. Put the same system on an F18 and F16 and you will have even more capable fighter.

Comment: Why would ammonia be even considered for a fuel?? (Score 0) 380

by pesho (#47328299) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Ammonia as a fuel checklist:

  • Volatile - Check!
  • Highly toxic - Check!
  • Nauseating smell even in minute quantities - Check!
  • Uses significantly more energy to produce than it releases when oxidized - Check!
  • Cannot be mined - Check!

For those of you not familiar with ammonia synthesis, we make it by reacting nitrogen with hydrogen under high pressure and temperature. The predominant sources of hydrogen these days are natural gas and oil. So, why do we need to go trough all this trouble if we can burn the natural gas in the existing car engines? Have we really run out of stupid fuel sources so we have to consider ammonia?

Comment: News for Russion consumption only (Score 2) 522

by pesho (#46992195) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches
This is aimed for internal consumption in Russia only. Bolstering patriotism and such.

In terms of economic impact on US it is pretty toothless. ULA has already stated that they have two year supply of RD-180 engines and that they are perfectly capable of manufacturing the engines themselves. The reasons for buying these engines from Russia are mostly political - US supports Russian engineers so they don't go and build rockets in Iran. On the other hand Elon Musk must be laughing out loud. The Russians just created the perfect political environment for the congress to act and allow SpaceX to compete with ULA for military satellite launches, something that only few days back was made impossible by a court decision. Good job Ruskies, you just open the door for your most aggressive competitor.

As far as the shutting down GPS ground stations in Russia goes, this will only impact the accuracy of the system on Russian territory. So the only way somebody in US may feel pain is if they fall off their chairs laughing.

Comment: Do it slowly (Score 1) 452

by pesho (#46716527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Instead I want to set up one test machine for users to try it and ask THEM if they like it.

This experiment will have a predetermined outcome: the users will not going to like it (if they even bother to try it) because its is different. Don't do it unless you realy need an excuse not to transition to linux.

If I were you I would do a gradual change:

  • 1. Before you do anything else, do your homework. Make sure you can run everything you need for your business on linux. This means checking with everybody and his sister in the company and going over every single app and document that is being generated or used. Put your findings in writing. Develop plan for the transition, that includes a pilot transition of small number of desktops. Show your findings and your plan to the management and make sure you have their approval in writing.
  • 2. Start the pilot by transitioning only the PCs with the now obsolete windows XP. Do it one at a time, allowing enough time for the main user of the machine to transition, while he/she has your full attention. Use this to iron out any transition problems. Stuff like compatibility issues between file formats and software. Leave the newer windows versions that are supported as is, but start gradually adapting the users to the free software they will have to use on linux (switch MS office to Libre Office for example, but keep the windows OS). This way the shock of the transition and the backlash will not be as bad.

As far as distro's come, the obvious choice is to do it with the distro that you are most familiar with. Alternatively use a distro that will be supported for years to come, even if you are no longer with the company.

Comment: Re:why carry crude to in tanks on moving vehicles? (Score 1) 144

by pesho (#46440213) Attached to: Exploding Oil Tank Cars: Why Trains Go Boom
First, read the TFA. Building infrastructure (new plants and pipelines) does not make much economic sense for regions producing oil or gas from shale. The reason is that the production from shale wells tends to drop down sharply, so the infrastructure is likely to become underutilized before it has payed for itself. Second, explain how shipping through a pipeline addresses the problem with volatile gases being present at higher amounts than they should be in the crude oil? Wouldn't this make the pipeline more likely to blow too? Besides volatile gases separating from the liquid phase in a pipeline opens a whole new can of worms related to hydraulic shock.

Comment: The recursive spies (Score 5, Interesting) 77

by pesho (#46440107) Attached to: The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

From he TFA:

Here’s the scenario: when the boss sees co-workers having a quiet conversation, he wants to know what is being said (it’s mostly work related). He has his designated “snitches” and expects them to keep him apprised of all the office gossip – even calling them at home and expecting a run-down! This puts the “designees” in a really awkward position; plus, we’re all afraid any offhand comment or anything said in confidence might be either repeated or misrepresented. Needless to say, this creates a certain amount of tension between team members who normally would get along well, and adds stress in an already stressful atmosphere. There is also an unspoken belief that he will move people to different desks to break up what he perceives as people becoming too “chummy.” (It’s been done under the guise of “creating teams.”)

We used to be able to joke around a little or talk about our favorite “Idol” contestant to break the tension, but now we’re getting more and more skittish about even the most mundane general conversations (“Did you have a good weekend?”). This was once a very open, cooperative group who worked well together. Now we’re more suspicious of each other and teamwork is becoming harder. Do you think this was the goal? Silenced in SID

Holy s**!. They have an old school spying operation within their new fangled hi-tech enterprise. This is how every single commie regime including the one in my old country used to operate. Everyone around you could be a snitch and something as innocent as an anecdote told to a friend could get you in trouble. You have to love the irony!

Comment: You asked for it (Score 1) 478

by pesho (#46278177) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
Implementing what you suggest will most definitely piss the hell out of the limo's customers. If you are absolutely sure that this is what you want, then here is my two cents: Smoke machine + IR camera. Dense fog will disrupt any attempt of your passengers to take pictures of themselves and flash photography will make things worse for them. Very close distance pictures may still work, but those will not be very desirable. On the other hand you will be prepared with IR camera that will be less affected by the fog. Sounds stupid? Well look at the question before complaining.

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