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Comment Re:What a dumbass (Score 1) 196

People in Russia are just as lazy and arrogant as Americans, and twice as drunk.

Alcohol consumption in Russian Federation is 15.1 liters per year per capita, and it is 9.2 liters in the United States. It is not twice, but 67%:

It is a lot, but still not twice. And there is also a factor of Mormons too, and some other factors. There are several millions of Mormons in the USA who do not consume alcohol at all.

Another figure is beer consumption per capita. Here the US is well ahead of Russia, probably, due to a warmer climate:

Comment Re:Funny, but meh (Score 3, Insightful) 196

Russia ... pays ... [for] ... propaganda... One person from the U.S., doing this on his own without government backing...

Do you mean the government of the United States does not allocate money to promote actively its policies online? It would be interesting to know if there is such an expense in the US budget and, if still yes, to compare it with Russia's spending in this domain.

I looked at Wikipedia article on the US budget 2016, but I could not find detailed expenses

Comment In the long run (Score 2) 115

Even though these revelations may hurt certain politicians or parties, in the long run I think it is beneficial for everyone. In the past we would hear about a candidate like D.Trump that he helped poor women and children all his life untiringly, or that a competing candidate of the DNC, remarkably selfless one, is selected via popular vote, that our e-mails and browsers are secure, etc.

Now we know the truth. Yes, it is a bitter stunning truth, probably harmful truth, but it is the truth. And we could start to figure out what to do about it as grown up people, as opposite to deluded children.

In the Japanese language there are two words for reality. On is a reality as it seems, and another is the reality as it actually is. We need more of the latter and not only from the US.

I do not believe these were pure hacks. I am almost sure that there were inside helpers, individuals who want us to know the reality as it is.

Comment Re:Still Confused .... (Score 0, Troll) 435

In the former USSR a lot of people, if not a majority, are still running broken Windows XP and even piratated Windows 3.1. I saw PCs with several botes running along simultaneously. These PCs do not receive security updates (or receie them from teh bot owners' servers).

Since these people do not use credit cards online, they do not care about security. It is so easy to simulate a hack from these parts or even DDoS attack, as bot owners can copy parts of text in Cyrillics directly from these PCs as de facto they co-own them too.

I would prefer a solid evidence like a witness account or copies of government documents. Russia cannot produce a single PC, notebook, or even a smartphone. I would not believe that it has got supernatural powers to enter firewalled hardened US government servers.

Comment A new feature? (Score 1, Flamebait) 251

What if we look at it as a feature, not a bug? An initial hypothesis for further brainstorming, - imagine if a person breaks a law, and there is a court decision for it, the special message is sent to the criminal's smartphone, wherever he is, and the smartphone ignites.

It could be used also in cases when a smartphone is stolen.

Comment Political Science Nobel Pize for WikiLeaks (Score 2) 689

Thanks to WikiLeaks we understand now better how the US political system really works. We know more about DNC, about funding, candidate selections, political figures' backgrounds, etc.

WikiLeaks did more in political science than generations of academic researchers. It is a revolution in political science, a new brave world.

Comment Understanding democracy better (Score 1) 756

In my opinion such leaks are beneficial as people beginning to understand better how the US democracy really functions. For example, it is not possible to build a machine if one is given only part of a technical documentation, even if it is the best part.

The same is here, - there are good strong parts in the US democracy, and there are certainly weaker dubious parts, as with everything in the world. In any case, it is useful to see and understand how the whole thing works.

Comment FCC & EC. How is it done? (Score 1) 55

The FCC and EC regulations about the power of a transmitter are the same for all. Hover, the range of DJI quads is much higher then usual. I flew DJI Phantom 3 Advanced up to 2.4 km away and back.

What do DJI OcuSync Transmission System or DJI Lightbridge mean exactly? And why do they provide a higher range?

Do these FCC and EC regulations make sense? Transmitter Power (EIRP) FCC - 26 dBm, CE - 20 dBm. Why cannot we use say 200 dBm and have a range of a hundred kilometers. Certainly for such long range it would be necessary to use a fixed-wing aircraft or a hybrid, Are these just bureaucratic arbitrary limitations as D.Trump talked about, - "layers upon layers of regulations..."?

Comment Re:A drone version of NEACP (Score 1) 25

...One purchases hundred or thousands of drones, slightly larger than the typical Phantom class and capable of hauling, say, a stick of dynamite or C4, and runs them through a civilian target. Pretty easy to do. Pretty easy to defend against but you would have to rig it up specifically for this level of threat - F35's are probably not going to be real useful here...

Drones are no good as weapons while fighting with peers. With savages - yes, but not with peers. Drones' control radio-signal is extremely vulnerable to jamming by the electronic warfare (EW) systems. For example, if something like this is switched on it will not be a good flying day for a drone pilot.

Comment There are always honest people (Score 1) 278

...did "tremendous damage"...

to bloated shills.

Edward's whole family way back several generations fought and worked for the United States. He is a honest man. He did not do any damage to great working people of the United States, such as John Steinbeck, Angela Davis, and the like.

This is what they cannot get: there are always honest people who do not like lies, fraud, greed, hypocrisy. They are ready to blame anyone - hackers, foreign countries, etc., but they should look at yourself first. And remember that there are always good people around. It could be a secretary, an IT man in a cellar, etc. who should report a sham to the community.

Comment He was a CIA agent after all (Score 1) 387

Edward should be pardoned and return home. He will never be fully accepted in Russia, as we had been a CIA agent. It will never be easy for him to live in Russia. Besides, I guess he lives somewhere behind a Polar Circle there due to fear of reprisal.

If he spoke fluent Russian at the time of the disclosure, for example, learned it at an university as a foreign language, the whole this disclosure would be attributed to Russian Hackers conveniently as it usually tend to happen. But it became evident to anyone the he is an American, that he did it not for money, and consequently he should be allowed return home.

Submission + - Secret Court Orders force companies to provide backdoor to spy on you (

internetsos writes: Electronic Frontier Foundation has lodged a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information act to confirm if there are secret orders forcing the creation of back doors to spy on us.

Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain information on secret court orders requiring technology companies to decrypt their customers’ communications.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a digital rights group that wants to know if the government obtained orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to force companies like Apple and Google to assist in surveillance efforts. The EFF want the DoJ to declassify this and other significant FISC opinions as part of the surveillance reforms enacted by Congress with the Freedom Act.

FBI want to be able to look at your phone

The FBI recently tried to make Apple build a backdoor to the iPhone to allow the agency to bypass the security on the phone belonging to the man alleged to be behind the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The FBI retracted the demand when a third-party helped it hack the phone but they are still trying to get apple to provide a back door and way to decrypt data stored on devices.

The EFF are demanding to know if the government has attempted to obtain similar orders from the FISC, which the EFF says operates mostly in secret and approves a majority of surveillance requests. They referred to news reports stating that the government has sought FISC orders to force companies to hand over source code, which would allow them to find and exploit software vulnerabilities for surveillance purposes.

“If the government is obtaining FISC orders to force a company to build backdoors or decrypt their users’ communications, the public has a right to know about those secret demands to compromise people’s phones and computers,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo. “The government should not be able to conscript private companies into weakening the security of these devices, particularly via secret court orders.”

Proposed law to force companies to decypt user data

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Intelligence Committee proposed a law that would force companies to decrypt user data when presented with a court order. The senators said the proposed law was a discussion draft that would be formally introduced only after they get feedback from the public and key stakeholders.

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