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Comment: Re:How are nuclear weapons going to help though? (Score 1) 498

by vague regret (#46452723) Attached to: Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP
No, it's not 'Putin's thugs', it were the ultra-right-wing (read: nazis) among the current Ukraine's rulers who started the mess. The first thing they did was dismissal of the language law. Do you really believe this fact as well as pro-fashist parties in the government should get applause in Crimea or in Eastern Ukraine?

Comment: OpenStack is fairly crude at the moment. (Score 1) 114

by vague regret (#44572837) Attached to: VMware CEO: OpenStack Is Not For the Enterprise
He's right. OpenStack is far from production, not to speak enterprise. I do not expect it get stable and mature with a year or two. Check out OpenStack mailing lists and bug reports. You can't expect reliability from the six months release cycle software when each new release breaks a significant parts of the previous one. Of course you can use it at your own risk. But it require too many efforts to maintain it. It may be cheaper to use some commercial product, depending on your tasks.

Comment: Mostly unknown in the West (Score 1) 213

by vague regret (#44306707) Attached to: Sci-Fi Stories That Predicted the Surveillance State
I have another name, Stanislaw Lem, with two his novels, Eden and, to a lesser extent, Observation on the Spot"
An extract from Eden:
'An indistinct image emerges of doublers' Orwellian information-controlled civilization that is almost self-regulating, with a special kind of system of government—one that officially does not exist and is thus impossible to destroy. The society is controlled through a fictitious advanced branch of information science Lem dubs procrustics, based on the control and stratification of information flows within the society. It is used for molding groups within a society and ultimately a society as a whole to behave as designed by secret hidden rulers. One example described in the novel is the above mentioned settlement, kind of a "concentration camp" without any guards, designed so that the prisoners stay inside apparently of their own "free" will.'
Please, note this was written in 1959.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan