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Comment solid advise (Score 1) 280

Whenever I'm out of my mind enough to look at the world as an outsider, I would advise any aliens to take off and nuke the site from orbit. Though they certainly have some way to just kill off the human species and let evolution try again. Come back in a million years (surely you've managed age) and check if earth intelligence v2.0 is better.

We definitely want to find them first, so we can check if we can conquer, enslave and economically exploit them. If not, to buy us time to improve our military until we can. We didn't claw our way to the top of the food chain for no reason, right?

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

Zuck seems to think that just because he's brilliant with computers (and making money with computers), he's brilliant at other things.

That's not his fault, it's an american culture deficit. In the USA, success equals smart equals good. People read all these "do these 10 things successful people do" without stopping one second to think that there's zero evidence for a causal relation. Or in simpler terms: Yes, maybe twenty successful people do X, but so do thousands or millions of unsuccessful people.

But yes, throwing money at a problem seems to be a typical response these days. Don't even look at what the problem actually is, just throw money at it. It has something religious.

Comment Re:Get out of your city more often (Score 2) 274

Here in Europe, private ownership of cars could go the way of the Dodo bird and many people would welcome it.

The main differences:

One - our cities are older and streets smaller, the insanity that is hundreds of thousands of people each driving in a huge metal box that is mostly empty becomes visible very fast under such conditions. Parking in most European cities is a nightmare.

Two - we actually have working public transport.

I would be more than happy to use self-driving taxis in the city, and keep my car only for long-distance trips where train is not a good choice for some reason (remote village, castle, animal park, whatever in the countryside, etc.)

Maybe americans love their cars so much - but half of them also liked slavery and anyway it was abolished.

Comment translation (Score 2) 53

revealing the different models of IMSI catchers the force owned would make the devices more vulnerable to hacking.

In other words: There is at least one audit report giving them very bad marks on security and they don't have the time, budget or expertise to fix the problem. Basically, they should be treated as if they are already hacked by an unknown party or two.

You are not afraid of disclosing basic information unless you cover up known vulnerabilities.

Comment Re:258,000 results[ Re:Russian disinformation...] (Score 1) 531

About 258,000 results (0.49 seconds), according to Google over here. Doesn't Google work over there?

You made the claim, you bring the evidence.

Ok, your first 3 are all from the same source, the NATO. Hardly unbiased.

DW is a respectable medium, as are most of the following (I don't know about "UA position").

From these articles, I admit you are in part right. There is propaganda being made.

The fact that all of the articles center on the same three points (the false rape case, Sputnik and unnamed NATO officials) makes me believe the scope is not as huge as the typical western propaganda wants us to believe. For 70 years we've been told the same story - that evil russians are ready to invade/conquer/mind-control us as soon as we let down our guard.

I've travelled to Russia. I will tell you one thing: No country in the world is remembering WW2 and its horrors as much as Russia. These are not people waiting for an opportunity to start a war.

Here's the funny thing: Propaganda in Russia and propaganda in the west sounds very similar. The other guy is threatening and evil. We are the good guys defending us and our friends. We stay calm despite their constant aggression. They are irrational and dangerous.

My russian isn't good enough to follow the russian news, but I wish it were. I'm quite sure it would be enlightening to watch both US and Russian news every evening.

So yes, there is some propaganda being done, you've convinced me of that. I don't think it is of the fear-inducing scale that you claim it is, and from what I see around me - including russian-born friends I have - the media exaggerates. Just like the guy who's leads a club that 6% of the local russians are members in, but he claims to speak for all of them. Exaggeration is the backbone of propaganda - on both sides.

Comment Re:Russia doesn't need to interfere. (Score 1) 531

Did you ever read the comments section at, the principal public news website, whenever there's an article about Putin, Russia, Ukraine or the war in Syria? The same applies to other prominent news websites and forums.

Like slashdot, for example? Not like we don't have a fair section of trolls here, for or against virtually any topic that you can imagine.

Das berichtet die "Bild"-Zeitung.

The newspaper that regularily invents articles. Very respectable source. Got anything better?

or you simply don't read the comments sections of online news.

Of course not. Anyone with three brain cells who actually reads that nonsense? I have never, ever seen comments from there been mentioned anywhere else. As far as I can tell, those sections are write-only mediums. Nobody gives a fuck what's written there, it is never cited anywhere else, it's a big circle-jerk.

Maybe those sections are pro-russian. How exactly is that going to influence anything in Germany? Nobody I know reads them. Nobody I've ever talked to has ever said something like "as a comment in xxx mentioned..."

Show me that these comment sections have any measurable influence on public opinion, and I will change my mind.

Comment Re:Russian disinformation campaign (Score 1) 531

An article about Sweden, with one(!) example from Germany where a false local news story was picked up in russian newspapers. I'm sure if I google for a few minutes I can find similar examples between the US and Germany, or the UK, or France, or China or any other country that has a mild interest in Europe.

That's well documented.

All three of your articles are about Ukraine. The word "Germany" doesn't appear even once in all three of them. So how exactly do they support your point which was explicitly about Germany?

Comment Re:Russia doesn't need to interfere. (Score 4, Insightful) 531

Funny. I live in Germany. Show me this information war, because I don't see any sign of it.

What I do see is the massive Turkish influence, strong alliances of almost all key german politicians with US interests (keyword: "Atlantikbrücke"), and a breaking friendship with France. There certainly is russian influence as well, just like every other country, but the Russians living in Germany (and there are a lot) are the most calm and least visible of all the larger immigrant groups. If I could choose between, say, even more turkish influence or more russian influence, I'd pick the later any day. At least they don't open book stands in the city center to recruit fools for their Jihad.

Comment Re:Maybe, but not from us (Score 1) 531

That is inevitable at this point anyway because Russia has not been countered for eight years. They will take back what they have lost.

You are an idiot with no clues.

Russia doesn't want Ukraine. Do you know what the stereotype of Ukrainians is within Russia? They are lazy and stupid. Who would want such people?

The reason Russia is acting aggressively has one very simple cause that is blatantly ignored in western media: That despite the end of the cold war, the USA is still pushing a politics of encircling Russia. There are now NATO members sharing a border with Russia. Other neighbour states are EU members. Russia is on the receiving end of aggressive expansionism and understandably pushing back.

If you want to know why Russia reacts the way it does, ask yourself what the US would do if Mexico would join a (revived) Warsaw Pact and Canada joined an economic alliance with Russia.

Comment Re:So then Hillary is the warmonger (Score 1) 531

Trump is working for Trump and is not going to work for either the Russians or the American people.

This. Trump is part of the financial elite, and they have been supranational for a decade at least. These people have their official living place in one country, hold the passport of another country, incorporate in a third, have a tax-evasion company in a fourth and spend most of their time in neither. They know no loyalties to any country.

Hillary, on the other hand, is merely a servant of the financial elite, she's no in the inner circles of power.

Great choice you have there. A puppet or a muppet. :-)

Comment Re:Russia would have nada If the US system was hon (Score 1) 531

The parliamentary system sounds much fairer, but is more subject to letting radicals get total control of a country.

After Reagan, Bush and the current top candidates, you can say that with a straight face?

Hillary is only AWFUL if you believe all the right-wing smears. I've actually come to think more highly of her after following all the bogus scandal stories we're being fed.

If even half of the e-mail scandal is true, she belongs locked up, and not in the White House. She is the classic example of ruling class members believing they are above the law.

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