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Comment Re:Exit Nodes (Score 1) 239

I guess the key fact here (and where Manstein and Mellenthin have something useful to say) is that while Manstein proposed the attack, after Hitler got done with wrecking the timeline and moving it forward at least 2 months, he wanted to cancel it. The Soviets had divined the precise plan and had taken countermeasures. Hitler was even momentarily convinced to do so (by Guderian), but under pressure from Jodl and Keitel it was ordered to go ahead.

Comment Re:This again? (Score 1) 340

It's true that they are different, in the same way CPU instruction sets are different, I/O may be different, memory addressing may be different and register sets are usually different. That said, a sufficiently simple example of assembly language for a particular processor is portable to another processor with substitution of the appropriate opcodes and adjustment for different register sets, input/output or memory addressing schemes. Some changes will be trivial (moving from 8086 variants to another one) and some will be very difficult indeed (CISC to RISC, let's say).

Or you could write it in C and let the compiler/standard library worry about that.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 209

If you do a fresh install of Windows 7 these days? The update process is PAINFUL! You'll literally need to leave the PC downloading updates for a good 8-10 hours or more before it finally starts doing anything obvious.

That's why you slipstream updates into your installation image. Slipstreaming the various post-SP1 patch rollups as they're released will slash your installation time significantly, and there are only a relative handful of them at this point.

The only thing slipstreaming doesn't cover is updates to the .NET Framework. For whatever reason, they're not provided in a compatible format, but only as installer .exes. RT Seven Lite, however, will create an image that will run these installers (or others) in a post-Win7-installation step. It also facilitates slipstreaming the other updates, so it's useful to have on hand.

Comment Perspective... (Score 1) 183

If someone was going to die as a result of a malfunction or breach of a system, we'd demand it be air-gapped and have robust CM. There would be hell to pay as a result of failure - think hospital systems. Or military systems.

The thing is, most of the systems businesses use aren't all that important in the grand scheme of things. No one is going to die if Twitter or Walgreens has a breach. Sure, for the individual, this is bad, but you're probably going to get your prescription anyway and having someone impersonate you on your Twitter account is irrelevant.

Cue "assumed breach"...we must assume that systems like Twitter and Walgreens are breached and are leaking data. Therefore, conduct any business with them while insulating yourself from the consequences of said breach.

Comment Re:Exit Nodes (Score 1) 239

Kursk was a strategic defeat, to be sure, but it was a tactical defeat as well. The main reason is that the gathered German mobile force was directed at a salient which had been basically turned into a fortress by the Soviets. Many lines of defense were constructed including a deep line all the way back at the Don - showing the Soviets were not convinced they could stop the Germans in the salient. Much superior results could have been had by choosing a different axis of attack in a different sector, rather than biting off Kursk after it had been fortified. The main reason why is that most casualties were caused via encirclement rather than frontal tank combat versus a staunch defense.

It is only the superior German units and tactics that resulted in the high Russian casualties you describe. The Russians could afford the loss (in purely practical terms), while the Germans could not replace their losses. Then, the Germans had their forces dispersed by the requirement to form a defensive line in Italy after that nation's collapse and armistice.

Richard Overy's "Why the Allies Won" is a good synopsis of the recent scholarship on this, while Chris Bellamy's "Absolute War" is a less readable book overall that covers the same material in more detail. Books from before 1990 (example: Albert Seaton's "The Russo-German War") had very little detail about what actually happened at Kursk from the Soviet side. In regards the mistaken attack on Kursk, Mellenthin's wonderful "Panzer Battles" or Manstein's "Lost Victories" are pretty conclusive on this score.

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