Ukraine is a divided country, but the division is not strictly geographic, and not even strictly across language lines. There are plenty of Russian-speaking citizens who self-identify as Ukrainian and don't want to join Russia. According to the polls, the only region where the majority of residents wants to leave Ukraine is Crimea, in the rest of southeastern regions there are significant minorities (anywhere from 20% to 40%), but they're still minorities.
I only know that Berkut was using nothing more than non-lethal methods against some rioters.
Did you miss all the YouTube videos that have clearly captured uniformed Berkut forces firing AKs and SVDs?
There is no part of the Ukraine where a majority of people want to merge with Russia
According to the poll results that were published a week ago or so (and the poll itself was a week before that), slightly over 50% of Crimea residents want to separate from Ukraine. This is not the same as unification with Russia, but realistically, there's no way they can be independent - they depend too much on Ukrainian mainlain right now for a lot of things (potable water, electricity, gas), and if they reject that then they'll need Russia to supply them with the same.
The only thing Russians look after in Russia are straight white Russians who conform to the will of Putin. Anything else and you're fucked.
That's not true, actually. Chechnya, for example, has been receiving preferential treatment for many years now - meaning the pro-federal government in power there, and people who are loyal to it.
They don't actually care about nationalities and ethnicities at all. What they care about is whether you're a loyal boot licker or not. In fact, being a loyal boot-licker who is not ethnically Russian is, in many ways, preferable, since Russians are the majority in the country, and in case of any rebellion having a russophobic ethnic minority on your side can ensure that they remain loyal to death - much the same logic as Ottoman Janissaries. That's why Chechen OMON was used to break up opposition meetings, for example.
This isn't true. Russia was actually democratic in the 90s, or at least much more so than it is today. Unfortunately, the "democrats" in power turned out to be plutocrats, and they marred the very idea of democracy by association with the mess that they've made out of the country's economy - and so people went and voted for Putin and his "strong hand" in droves.
We had democracy, but we fucked it up.
Dissolution of the Soviet Union was not done in a coup. Unlike other countries (like, say, USA), USSR always had the provisions for any member republic to unilaterally disassociate and withdraw - it's just that they were a sham (much like the rest of the constitution) during the rule of the communist party. When the latter started to break down, duly elected governments of Soviet republics withdrew from USSR. In fact, Russia itself withdrew earlier than most others.
Restricted cities don't exist anymore (well, I suppose they might be bringing them back shortly, we seem to be returning back to full-fledged Cold War state of affairs really fast).
Ah, I didn't realize that it is already there. Yes, that makes a lot of sense then.
That's because it's a new option that was not available in Win7.
Is it possible to run windows 7 apps on windows 8 ?
Yes, so long as it's not ARM (and hence running Windows RT).
.Is there an easy means to click on a file and tell it to install it as if it was running on windows 7?
Yes, but only for desktop apps. It doesn't work for the new-style Store apps - the latter can only be installed from the Store (though there are some options for sideloading if you get a free-but-registration-required developer license).
. I installed a virtual machine in windows 7, only to find that my video card didn't have an XP driver other than the default windows one
This doesn't make sense. Your physical video card is not exposed directly to the VM, the VM gets some sort of emulated one, the performance of which depends on which VM software you are using.
I really like the people at Good Old Games that figured out a way to make a large selection games run on a modern
Most of GOG stuff is just the original game packaged together with DOSBox. You can do it yourself for many other titles if you can obtain the original binaries.
The point of vsync is to prevent tearing because rendering framerate does not match the monitor refresh rate. It doesn't matter how slow or fast something goes, it's the disparity that gives tearing, and makes vsync useful.
Too bad that this one is actually made up (since control panel didn't change in any significant way since Win7).
And you can "open" any folder on the system like that - including, say, C:\
Transformers are actually exactly the device category where Win8 makes sense - the original concept was severely hampered by the limitations of Android itself, and apps for it, running on a device with full-fledged keyboard and mouse/trackpad, whereas Win8 is designed for that as much as a touchscreen.
It's because of this.