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Comment Re:Amazing how Republicans talk out of both sides. (Score 1) 305

What police state? This makes it more likely that people will route all their traffic through encrypted tunnels to VPNs. This makes surveillance more complicated. Any additional to cyclotomic complexity of the traffic increases the expense of surveillance. So this actually would force more people in the US to complicate the job of surveilling people in the US. That doesn't sound like a push towards a police state.

Comment Re:Korolev was purged (Score 1) 78

He was completely unknown during the space race. His identity hidden.

Yeah, top secret is more like it.

then released under Khrushchev.

And that's when the space race actually started. Many members of the Politburo did a stint at the Gulag under Stalin. Including some of the top brass of the army, if my memory is not failing. In itself, it's not very telling. Any slight disagreement with those high-enough in power was enough to get a few years in the Gulag's (if one was lucky).

Ultimately this cost them the race to the moon. Korolev's mistreatment in the Gulags lead to his early death, after which their space program collapsed. A very Soviet story.

Oy! This is just not even connected to reality. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... Korolev was released in 1944 (still during WWII and long before Stalin's death).

Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... Baikonur was founded in 1955, which was after Stalin's death. The first launch of a dog was in 1957: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... See how the timeline just doesn't add up to the whole idea that he was stopped by the Gulag? Soviet Union was still rebuilding from WWII under Stalin. The space program didn't start until Korolev started it. Gulag was hardly the reason for his death. He had multiple heart attacks by then and died at 59. Soviet life expectancy for men was just slightly over 60 (62 or so). For someone in a job with as much stress as he had this was actually pretty good. Soviet Union had famous actors (more than one) die on stage in their 40s.

Personally, I always wondered why the Soviets did not just send a cosmonaut to moon one way.

They abandoned the program as unworkable. Which is to say they didn't have anyone who could produce a design.

Btw, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... was released 1972 -- only 6 years after Korolev's death. He was already a well-known larger-than-life figure at that point (eg, he was already on a postage stamp in 1969). His identity was not declassified for obvious security reasons until his obituary was published. His ashes were laid next to those of all top Communist leaders. He had a private plane and all the accommodations of top military brass in the last 10 years of his life. The radio station they built in Evpatoria was most likely not for technical reasons sited in the Wikipedia. Evpatoria was the top vacation destination in the Soviet Union. The radio station was most likely built to make it more convenient for Korolev.

To sum up: he had all the accommodations of top Soviet brass without the burden of having to play an action hero for public consumption. Not quite a victim this "article" makes him out to be.

Comment Re:Not "the rocket designer" (Score 1) 78

"designed" is a strong word. This was done at the time when all calculations were done by hand. So most people on the team were doing verifying arithmetic. But there was, of course, a large group of designers. Korolev created both the original rocket concept and the political savvy to get the government to approve and get behind the project. But without his rocket design, there would be no project.

Comment HA? (Score 2) 78

Korolev remained unknown? Who is writing this tripe? He was a much more celebrated figure in the Soviet culture. It could be because Gagarin died in an while flying an experimental aircraft a few years later, but there were movies made about Korolev. Not even documentaries. They were full-feature movies glamorizing his life. Soviet Union featured distinguished scientists in movies roughly at the same rate as Hollywood features stock brokers. It's not surprising, either. Both do something esoteric to most people while it is something that the society-at-large views as its archetype.

Comment really? (Score 4, Insightful) 113

I am on Chrome 57 and I still the jumps on Slashdot whenever the IBM ad loads. I can see why Google would be concerned. I blacklisted a lot of the ad sites just because of what they did to the screen. I am sure a lot of others did the same. If people blacklist ads, this hits Google's bottom line directly.

Comment Re:Evolutionary Adaptation (Score 1) 339

It's not the ethos itself which suggest pathology. It's the ability to function within this particular framework on day-to-day basis. Generally, sociopathology is associated with having minimal emotions in response to emotions (whether suffering or pleasure) of other people. This maybe an in-born response in some and a trained response in others. But the end-effect is that the parts of the brain which get supplied with blood during emotional response (in non-sociopaths) do not get supplied with blood in sociopaths. This is how sociopathology can be observed in scans. I think by talking about what is causing behavior, rather than what the behavior is, you overemphasize the nature and de-emphasize the nurture part of the pathology. And, as you probably know, both usually contribute. Any individual who does not feel the emotions (regardless of which emotions they actually exhibit) in the standard range of emotions in response to (actively) observing pain or pleasure in others is exhibiting sociopathy regardless of whether it's a trained response or an inborn response.

Comment Re:Evolutionary Adaptation (Score 1) 339

Ghengis Khan believed that ability to conquer is the only qualifying test for whether one should conquer, ability to kill is the only test whether one should kill. His ethos was "I am the wrath of God and if you are without sin, then why am I your punishment?" This does not seem like a case of simple narcissism. This level of emotional detachment from the act of murder is generally considered sociopathic.

Comment that's a big "if" (Score 1) 339

If pink rabbits taste better than chicken, why aren't eating them? When a leader seems weak, the top management is not "collaborating". It's involved in constant intrigue and politics and infighting. A strong leader is more clear about setting objectives to achieve because he states them as his personal goals. A weak (humble) leader allows himself to be ran instead of running the place himself. This allows for de facto leaders to emerge, but they are almost certainly the ones who are charismatic and narcissistic personalities running the place.

Comment Re:wrong premise (Score 1) 29

But it's not a retail-market solution. It's a professional-market solution. Those almost-always require training or a high level of previous expertise. I think if you give source to malware to 99% of professional programmers, they wouldn't know what to make of it. Maybe they have, in fact, packaged with retail-level installers and config menus, but that sounds more like a Hollywood plot rather than something one can expect from small almost-certainly-paranoid vendors.

Comment Re: human rights abuses == muslims (Score 1) 29

Crusades, while they are often brought up as an example of human rights abuses pale in comparison to the level of violence committed by another power center which was their contemporary -- the Mongol horde. Crusades could kill a few hundred thousand during each wave. The Mongols killed 1 to 1.5 order magnitude more in each wave (half a million to 10 million). It wasn't for the lack bloodthirst. The Mongols just moved quicker.

Comment wrong premise (Score 1) 29

If a country doesn't have the capability to develop the spyware itself, then it will almost certainly not be able operate it autonomously. So it doesn't matter that the spyware is sold through a 3rd-party country. The customers depend on original-manufacturer customer support as much as they depend on it for wares themselves. So, yeah, the premise that this type software can be shipped and billed through a 3rd party to conceal the connection between the buyer and seller is shaky at best.

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