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Comment: Why OpenSSL is so popular? (Score 5, Interesting) 301

by sinij (#46714383) Attached to: Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL
Why OpenSSL is so popular? It has FIPS-certified module, and this becomes important for selling your product to the government.

So what could be done to prevent something like this from happening in the future? People will keep writing bad code, this is unavoidable, but what automated tests could be run to make sure to avoid the worst of it? Someone with direct development experience please educate the rest of us.

Comment: Re:Difficult to defend against (Score 1) 630

by sinij (#46707443) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Of course there will be some way to defend against this. It might not exist today, but at some point in the future it will be standard-issue equipment.
To speculate, if you could use magnetic fields to accelerate, you can also use magnetic fields to decelerate or redirect. Or you could design ships where March7 projectiles could go through them without inflicting much damage, so it would take 100s of hits from this slow-firing weapon to destroy the target. Or you could use submersion, even couple meters of water will absorb substantial portion of projectile's kinetic energy. Or you could play billiard with another railgun.

Comment: Re:Authoritarian Oligarchy vs. Democracy (Score 2) 623

by sinij (#46517809) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine
Fist fights are fairly mundane occurrence in Ukrainian parliament. Cultural differences aside, categorically this is not that different from GOP calling Obama antichrist from Kenya and/or shouting "lies!" during congressional speeches.

Yes, they tried to repeal the language law and it got vetoed. How many times did US congress tried to repeal ACA? I think in both cases system worked as intended.

Entirety of Russian economy is oil and gas exports. Ukraine doesn't have these mineral riches and economic boost isn't there.

The main issue with Ukrainian economy is that Yushenko/Tymoshenko team had very poor understanding of how to manage economy and instead of helping managed to amplify 2008 crisis. This is why they got turfed so hard (with 5% popular vote) and this is partially why Yanukovich imprisoned Tymoshenko. The mismanagement was of criminal negligence proportions.

Comment: Re:Authoritarian Oligarchy vs. Democracy (Score 2) 623

by sinij (#46516645) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine
There are no "two" of Ukraine, this division is part of Kremlin's false narrative.

East Ukraine has Russian-speaking majority with Ukrainian-speaking minority and West Ukraine has Ukrainian-speaking majority with Russian-speaking minority. Russian and Ukrainian languages are close enough that speakers can understand each other just by speaking their own language. Regardless, nearly every Ukrainian speaks both languages - Russian and Ukrainian since both are studied in school, and with languages being so close it is very easy to learn both. Presently, both languages are officially recognized.

Current conflict isn't about trade, while trade agreement with EU happen to be a flashpoint that triggered protests, the conflict is about Ukrainian's people right to follow democratic processes without having Kremlin calling all the shots.

At this point both West and East Ukraine are worried about getting invaded by Russia. East Ukrainan Russian-speaking population understand that even if they would do marginally better than Ukrainian-speakers, once invaded and annexed everyone will be relegated to 'provincial' status with Moscow's oligarch interest's calling all the shots. Presently international borders protect Ukrainian business interests from getting dominated by Russian power-structures, after annexation it will be "under new management" in a very short order.

Comment: Authoritarian Oligarchy vs. Democracy (Score 4, Interesting) 623

by sinij (#46515859) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine
Ukrainian people are seeking democracy. They ousted Yanukovich during Orange Revolution (2008) for rigging elections, they ousted Yanukovich (2014) during Maidan Protests for attempting to amend the constitution, sacking and stacking judicial branch, and pillaging treasury to build his palaces. Twice Ukrainian people rose, twice they succeed. It is very clear Ukrainian people are not interested going back to being Soviet Ukraine.

As a result of this struggle, Putin sees Ukrainian protests as a direct threat to his dictatorship, least Maidan escalate into 'Russian Spring'. As such, he is willing to risk sanctions, isolation from West, and a shooting war in order to destabilize Ukraine at all costs. That why Crimea annexation, that why Soviet-era propaganda trying to paint Ukrainian protesters as radicals/nazis, that why he is sending covert ops into the rest of Ukraine.

What is more interesting, is that Russian KGB learned a great deal how to use Internet to misdirect and confuse otherwise very clear issue. Reading the comments sections of all major new sources you can clearly see paid shills spewing Kremlin's talking points and/or trying to derail the conversation.

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