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Same spec can get you a decent AMD machine
Not impressed - for the same spec I can get a decent AMD based laptop. Thin computing is supposed to be cheap too :)
Re: I still want to see ...
So if you have a copy of paradise lost or Midsummer nights dream
Or Bulgakov, Pasternak, Vysotski, Okudjava, etc - pretty much any Russian writer from the second part of the 20th century wrote in a way that has 5+ meanings in it. Part of expressing your thoughts while living in a police state I guess.
We should probably learn some lessons from them. It is becoming useful.
The announcement is also factually incorrect
As far as slideware goes the biggest rocket ever to be planned is still Energia in its Vulcan configuration (175 metric ton to LEO). That is 45 tons more than this. Energia was successfully tested in its Polyus (4 strap-ons, satellite payload) and Buran (4 strap-ons, shuttle payload). From that to Vulcan is just one step - attach the extra 2 boosters. The components from that are proven too - the engines used in the Energia (with some modifications) lift Zenit (Russia) and Atlas (USA) rockets into orbit till this day.
Otherwise, the SLS design is clearly guided by one single thought - "No Russian components". However, instead of licensing indigineous USA tech from Elon Musk, the SLS team quite clearly prefers to go technologically backwards to the days of the shuttle launcher design. It is a technological step backwards. It can bet that it will be both more expensive to run and more expensive to build than the next Ariannes or anything Elon or the Russians have in the queue. All in all - a typical government handout.
You have misidentified the customer
What people do not want is an unremarkable Android phone
People do not. Operators do. Pantech does not cater to people's needs, it caters to operator's needs.
That is why if anyone will bail it out, it will be the operators so that they have a disposable el-cheapo option for the pre-payed crowd.
The cabbies should stop complaining and order some GPS enabled taximeters so I can see exactly how many times did they go around LHR before taking me to my destination.
News at 10
Prevalent radio SOC manufacturer recommends to stick head in the microwave and disengage brain. More radio noise good, brain bad. News at 10.
No thanks, I will stick with cables.
Re: Not so fast...
Only some actually. Out of my recent purchases less than 50% have VGA. It is all HDMI and/or DisplayPort now especially in small form factor land.
Re: Easy access?
Anyone who has access to your kindle can pretty much shop their brains out. There is very little protection against purchases and this is by design. Kindle is actually not the worst offender - Kobo beats it by mile. So from that perspective FTC has a point. Kind'a.
The level at which FTC does not have a point is that all Amazon purchases result in an immediate email report in the account holder inbox and are clearly visible on his device. Unless the parent was an idiot to set-up a fully separate account for the kid, with an email they cannot read and stick their credit card into that they will be getting full report of what the kids are shopping. So effectively the kindle account is a "family account" with an arbitrary number of devices associated with it while Google and Apple accounts default to a more personal and per-device setup.
I know a few households which have moved from Google Play and iDevices to Amazon exactly for that reason: "Sure, shop whatever you want - just keep in mind that I will get the bill 5 mins later and I will know what you bought". That will probably not work with on under 8-year olds as "dad will know" is not a sufficient inhibitor to a "more weapons" buying spree. If your kids are older it is the best option out there. Definitely better than Google or Apple. So will I by the way - I am definitely going to switch to KIndle's for the kid's devices over time as I swap them out as it gives me more parental control at all levels.
As far as refunds, Amazon is the only retail experience I have never ever had an issue with refunds. You ask for a refund - you get it outright, end of story. No Tesco style "you opened it you bought it".
So all in all, Amazon may probably have a case here.
Bad software engineering
That is exactly why a (V)SAN should be able to support rate throttling and andvanced queue management for IO operations in software before it even hits the controller. As any network engineer will tell you, throwing "more bandwidth" at a congestion problem is only a temporary replacement for active queue and congestion management. Storage is no different (regarldess of how much does it love to pretend that it is).
Take some slightly bigger server(s), throw some more cores in and voila, you just managed to congest that controller queue once more on "supported" hardware.
You should shop around a bit more if you pay £500
Actually, no I do not. In order for a 10G NIC to push 10G in real life you need multiqueue, adapter based hashing or flow matching and hash control at the driver so you can tell the OS to map consistently flows onto their matching consuming cores.
The 320£ or so NICs do only a fraction of this functionality. So while theyconnect at 10G pushing them to 10G in a useful manner is not feasible (or will cost you double the CPU compared to a decent NIC). So you spend 180£ less on a NIC and have to shell that in cost of extra cores in your box (or even double that).
The lowest 10G NIC worth buying on the open market at present are the Broadcom bnx2x series which depending on the actual type of 10G interface in them retail in the 500-560 area. You also have to tune them to your job too. It is nowhere near automagic on any OS.
Even that does not do all I would like to do as there is no deterministic flow matching. For that you need to check for a few more 100s in your wallet.
10G adapter cost per port is still quite significant. I develop on an 8 core Athlon, which costs 450. The extra 10G Ethernet costs north of 500£ alone. This sounds like a rehash of "direct attach" cabling at higher rate and using a customer MAC layer (probably to avoid some royalties).
As far as 40 being already in the market the incremental cost between 10 and 40 is such that there is a market demand for something in-between.
Re: So you can now legally ask for flexitime?
[Wait three months]
Nearly. They are now obliged to provide a justification for the no. This is something HR can do once and they can use it from now onwards.
The result is that businesses which do not want to say yes or cannot say yes for valid reasons will continue saying no. Similarly, businesses which were amenable to this before will continue saying yes. So all in all, nothing has changed as a result.
Re: First comment: Useless research from the "DUH!" dept.
Next it will be the individually crafted reorder of your newsfeeds being monetized for ad-slinging (actually product placement) purposes. Welcome to the world of tomorrow, which Orwell, Huxley, Ira Levin and Gibson could not even dream of.
Ughh... bad news
Looking at the new search area it now covers a tectonic plate boundary with its associated ridge, activity, etc.
Chances to find something down there are pretty slim. It took nearly 2 year to find the Air France black boxes in a similar location and we knew where it fell. This does not look good...
We can't expect everyone to buy their battery chargers from John Lewis.
Err... John Lewis is still a supermarket of sorts.
Frankly, any supermarket is a disreputable source as far as "own brand" electrical goods are concerned. They are sourced in a manner similar to horse lazagna and slavery prawns by the same sourcing department.
It does not cost much more to get a genuine charger or a proper CE marked 3rd party replacement nowdays from a proper online computer supplies shop. Misco/Global Direct and the More group taken together stock pretty much everything under the sun.
No bricks will survive category 5
No bricks will survive above category 3 tornado.
The only thing that may stand a chance is something half-dug into the ground, with nice aerodynamic shape and some tank grade armour plating to go over all doors and windows when things get ugly. Effectively "a nuclear shelter of a house". This will cost ~4-5 times more than current construction sans the armour cover for the windows and doors (just the dug-in concrete shell). With the windows and doors you are looking at 10x times or more. I do not see anyone starting to build any of these any time soon.
Re: It'll calm down eventually.
It will not. For a different reason.
Try being a startup and showing the VCs a payroll with a 2+ qualified sysadmins (to ensure that a bus running over one does not cause interruption) and some local kit (so you have a viable DR and cloud-to-cloud transition strategy).
You will have your arm twisted until you move the whole lot to the cloud, because the cloud is good and cloud is infallible. The "engage VM, disengage brain" happens at VC/financing level, not at engineering level. All of Trevor's arguments (which I agree with and practice myself) will be brushed aside and brain shall be disengaged.
Re: Why fibreglass cows?
Yeah, I was just starting to think of the joys of managing the self-organizing network, adjusting the power in real time as the cows move, etc.
Cats n Dogs...
Shortyly we will have this kind of kitty... http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1267112192/tt0239395?ref_=ttmd_md_nxt
Re: Problems with SIP?
Just a few comments:
0. Use strong machine generated password for all extensions even if this means getting rid of old SIP phones which cannot do more than 8 characters or special chars in the password.
1. Make sure you ACL any extensions to specific destination ranges. F.E. ACL any extensions that are local only to the local LAN so they cannot be re-registered from outside. This is especially so for phones that cannot do strong passwords.
2. Make sure you use _NON_ numeric usernames especially for outside extensions (just map them to a number in the dialplan). F.E. My-crappy-android-phone maps to 6731.
3. Set call limits.
4. Blacklist any Palestinian authority networks completely (you can get their address ranges from RIPE). 90% of brute force SIP scans I have seen come from there, rest are US based). The idea is - they brute force an extension password, register and then clock to a premium rate number in Maldives, Mozambique or somewhere else they control. If you have the correct ACL they cannot do it. If you have call limits they also self-throttle themselves (they try to originate 4+ calls so a 4 calls-at-a-time call throttle is an automatic killer). No comment where your money really goes as Hamas uses the same address ranges.
5. Blacklist all countries you are not likely to dial or pin-protect them in your dialplan.
6. Do not use 15060, 1506X, 25060, etc as a security through obscurity, these are scanned too.
7. If your phone supports it and if you have the time to set up SIP/TLS always do, it is well worth the effort.
8. If you are asking where do I know all that shit from - well, not doing it has costed me 40£ a year and a half ago. I was lucky - I had a call throttle and the idiots self-throttled. I know some people who have not been so lucky to the tune of 500$+
We are nearing peak advertising
The immunity to advertisement disease has infected most of the internet and is spreadig to the TV and other legacy media.
This is actually a development for the worse as it will mean more infomercials (including fraudulently disguised as real news ones), more placement, more endorsments and other sh*t. While we are becoming well trained to dealing with personalized ads (and ignoring them) the logical step further (personalized fraudulent product placing pseudonews) is likely to take quite a few by surprise.
It is only a matter of time until browsing history, shopping history and internet surfing habits are combined to adjust your "news" to ones that are commercially viable. It is solely a matter who will do it first: MS NBC, Amazon Washington Post or whoever Google (as usually late to the party) will acquire next.
Re: Oh dear...
While I was there on business, I can imagine tourists feeling that being fleeced for effectively not being a 'local' leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Same as London then :) There is a similar surcharge for not using Oyster nowdays.
Jobs for cash are the least of the problem
Taxi drivers generate "valid" inflated receipt by doing 3 circles around the target and taking the scenic route, not by having no trail.
So unless Taxi drivers are officially Uber-ized with the receipt being on the basis of real distance from A to B (not the round-n-round-we-go driven one) this is yet another gimmick with no value.
Re: Apple Flambé
It's spelled iXtinguisher and it is a registered trademark. Expect a visit from a fruit (cake) lawyer.
Wrong guess. Here is the right one:
El nino year - all bets are off and any previous data on wind patters is invalid.
Re: Jurassic period had FOUR TIMES the atmospheric density !
That may as well be one of the reasons.
Great White/Bluefin Tuna style methabolism may be another. Both are perfectly capable of spurts of activity to "warmblooded level" even in a relatively cold environment while consuming a fraction of the food needed by a warmblooded animal. I actually like this hypothesis - it makes sense. It also explains why dinosaurs managed to spread all the way to the poles. While there were no perfmanent ice sheets at that time it was still quite cold there.
No boom today
No boom today, boom tomorrow...
There will always be a boom tomorrow...
Sorry, but someone just had to put things into perspective (if the geothermal zone is the size of the whole glacier it will be comparable to Yellowstone and when something that size goes boom...)
Are you referring to the same people that show three finger salute to press and call fellow developers something that would be befitting to Samuel Jackson (once you transalate it from Finnish to English).
Re: The man is correct
Mandating that anyone learn anything they hate is a waste of time.
If we continue this argument anyone who pretends to hate math should be excused from math. Same from English. Same from other subjects. We might as well make everything elective including education altogether. You do not like to spell, go and have some fun in the garden. Go, enjoy. Or alternatively, you do not like PE, fine, go be obese, have another hamburger, wattaboy.
With all due respect, I do not buy that argument. The idea of teaching only enjoyable things is a ton of fresh bovine excrement. I did not enjoy geometry in school at all and I hated every minute of it. I now understand that in order to get anywhere in science, tech and engineering I had to study all that. Quite funny too - I remember more geometry today than algebra and calculus which I loved and enjoyed.
Back on the CS subject. Software and coding is one of the ultimate expressions of problem solving. You devise a way to represent your data, you devise how that data is transformed and you devise how that data changes state.
As I said before, will a kid write a line of code or not after school is irrelevant. The skills on how to look at a problem and how to address it systhematically will stay on and be useful for life. That is way more useful than Microsoft Office slavery indoctrination (even if the actual method of teaching said skills is not particularly pleasant).
Re: The man is correct
You are missing a few points and so is Torvalds:
1. Unless you try, you will not know if you can. For example, I did not graduate with CS and I earn a living by coding and problem solving. I am grateful that I was exposed to IT in school when IT meant coding and not Microsoft Office indoctrination and office slavery training. It is the same as with other things - math, english, history, physics, chemistry, etc. None of them is for everyone, but that for some reason is not a barrier. So why software should be special?
2. Software development and the parts which distinguish real from fake software developers such as finite state machines, data representation, etc teach you how to formulate a problem, represent the data needed to solve a problem and how to go about solving it. This is universally usable across a very wide area of human knowledge. However, it is presently taught only to CS and math. I agree, it is not for everyone - I know plenty of people who suck at solving problems regardless of their knowledge area. However, those who can will benefit from it even if they do not write a single line of code after leaving school.
3. Having some knowledge of what it takes to code will decimate the parasitic "we will charge you 30 warm and himid client man years" industry and that cannot be bad. This is besides the "developers" (quotes intended) in that industry having graduated with CS from and earning a living without even knowing what a finite state machine is and how to go about to implement one (I usually start interviews with this question and 95% of them inevitably fail at that point).
Re: You could be right
Quote: " If we assume 20 global cities the size of London"
That is the wrong value assumption. In London you can hardly spit without hitting a taxi.
The value of apps like Uber is not London. The value is in smaller cities. I end up in let's say Six Mile Bottom, East Anglia and I need a taxi. I have no clue what the local taxi company number is, I pull an app, I punch it, pay for the taxi getting there from Cambridge and getting me where I want to go. That is also a bigger journey (both financially and in terms of Uber's cut) than a lot of journeys in London.
If we look at the city size distribution analysis for large developed countries that is where the market is. Also, in that market the real competition to Uber are not taxi, it is the hire industry. If I can rely on a sane tariff and sane service between A and B in any unknown location around the developed world I am not going to pay Hertz and Avis the stupid amount of money I pay them now.
Hertz valuation is 12Bn, Avis 6.33Bn add to that Sixt, National, etc and you have a very healthy size market into which Uber+taxis can eat for the next decade.
What you are describing is 100% correct for "pseudo"-brands such as supermarkets and el-cheapo clothing chains (as for example the ones implicated in the Bangladeshi factory collapse disaster).
That is not correct for most real premium brands. These hold their supply chain in an iron fist (usually without any velvet gloves). Examples here would be Apple, most boutique French labels, etc. There are clauses in their contracts that any subcontracts have to be approved and any suppliers have to be approved too.
When I hear that Tesco has no clue what is in their product I actually belive that. They have their supply chain set-up in such a way that it provides them with plausible deniability regarding the truck guy relabeling the horse meat from the horse abbatoir as beef. This is done on purpose too. I find it difficult to belive that Apple, Omega or one of the boutique clothing labels supplying shops that do not even have price stickers on their stuff do not know their goods origin.
Re: Dude, you are so full of it, it is not even funny
Funnily enough in the rare cases when I am called as a "witch doctor" to tend to the sick and wounded PCs somewhere I dread the AMD sign as much as you do. I know what I am going to find:
1. Half of the memory spec required for the OS
2. The slowest disk possible money can buy (I did not believe people still do SATA with 8MB cache until I pulled one out of an AMD machine 2 months back).
3. Add to that a crap realtek or ralink network and you get a complete picture.
As I said - there is nothing wrong with the CPU. In fact the current crop is superior to Intel at all levels (that was not the case with the early E series Fusion vs Core). It is the cretins in PC vendor marketing that continue to insist on downmarketing and crippling the kit on purpose which are the problem. I am typing this on an AMD notebook by the way which is spec-ed by HP as 4G RAM max, sold with 2G, Windows 7 and Seagate Thin (should be called Seagate Slow). It presently has 16G and a hybrid drive and it goes like the clappers (as it should).
Re: It seems to me...
Dude, you are so full of it, it is not even funny.
I do my work on an FX nowdays - it has the same (or higher) performance as a Xeon workstation at 20% of the price. My standard benchmark is VM boot (I work on virtualization and virtual networking). A top of the line Datacenter Xeon boots one of my "pets" without load in 32-42s. The FX boots it in 8s. That is 4+ times difference. Under load the Xeon crawls at 128-192s. When I load the FX, it slows down to ~ 24s.
I have retired all intel notebooks too - none of them even compares to any of the recent A4 and A8 based systems. I can now work on the road (finally) as even a lowly 270£ HP Touchsmart can do my virt stuff and re-build it too.
This is now (before hUMA). With hUMA they can run circles around Intel any time as it now becomes realistic to use GPU for processing which has been traditionally on the CPU.
AMD is not just challenging Intel, it is actually beating it silly (at least for what I do). The reason why Intel looks better is that the idiots in PC manufacturers continue to artificially position Intel as premium - give it an SSD and more memory. At the same time AMD systems continue to ship by default with stupid amounts of RAM (2G) and a hideously slow "thin" drives. The first thing I do after buying one is to rip the covers off, stick 16G RAM in (AMD APU based stuff is not Intel, all vendor spec "limits" are fake, you can ignore them) as well as the same drive that goes into Intel systems. Once you do it you can actually get a real comparison and based on that comparison Intel royally stinks.
I used to have a "desk" like that
I used to have a desk like that in the days when I did PC repairs for a living (when that was capable of providing a living - 17 years ago). The motherboard, cards, etc was all fixed to the desk structure so you could have an easy access to it.
Re: Driving's not so bad
My same thought.
Also, "handling like a canal boat"... Well... This is Chicago and these are cars for the American market. If they did not handle like a canal boat it would have been unrealistic.
Not so sure
This means that you can artificially split a procedure in any perfectly valid patent so you do the first 9 out of 10 steps and the end-user does step 10.
As an example - I do all the steps to produce the competitor's patented medication except the final reaction and I ship the user a binary set of reagents. The user mixes them in a glass and voila - the patent has been circumvented as none of us has infringed fully.
This decision will cause a massive patent proliferation. This means that a company now will patent steps 1, 1+2, 1+2+3, 2+3, 1+2+3+4, ... These will be checked even worse than before so there will be even more troll fodder on the secondary patent market in 10 years or so.
So while it will cause some temporary releaf, by providing means to work around the current patent morass, this will actually make it worse in the long term.
They will have to switch to 3/4G manually
Kicking 'em off the network is the wrong approach.
Allow them access initially so that they qualify the AP as viable, then floor 'em to under 1KBit/s. The MAC address ranges for Apple, Glass, etc are all very well known so you can apply this in any particular way you like. Alternatively, if you have BSD in handy apply a dummynet delay of 4 seconds to traffic combined with whatever horrid jitter curve you can think of (Linux still does not have that feature 10 years past it appearing in BSD).
So you get a very connected glasshole that is incapable of excercising his glass. Rinse, repeat for fandboi. Rinse, repeat for redmond fans, etc.
By the time Joe Average Luser has figured that out what's going on...
Re: Aha. Bot.
A safe bet is that this is' Cortana's twin sister (without all the cute armour and makeup).
AFAIK your chances to get removed off Hotmail blacklist once you get on it are about the same as to see Lucifer driving to work on a snowplough. You will find that changing the IP (even if this means changing hosting) is easier.
Well it is either the charge for the time to get lost or the charge for the scenic route.
The last 5 times I have taken a black cab from LHR it has taken "the scenic route" every time, all the time.
So I do not take them any more. Ever.
Phone, call a private hire, fixed rate from A to B, straight from A to B.
The author of the article obviously does not know the expanation
There is a clear and well known explanation on why pessimistic reports are not allowed to be be published.
There is an old Soviet Union joke:
What is a pessimist - a well informed optimist
What is an optimist - a well instructed pessimist
So how, do you, journalist **** dare requesting the publishing of information that has not been a product of appropriate polishing and intstruction?
Re: Hang on...
Not Red Adair - his Romanian competition. They had a oil fire extinguishing team that used to be a key line item in the national export list (and noticeable GDP contibutor). Used to travel all around the world - Libia, Middle East, etc
However, instead of explosives they used old Russian turbofans past their allowed fly hours mounted on trucks. Bring 7-8 of these, point exhaust at well head, throttle to max, flame gets blown off. Then slowly raise the "aim" of the engine up until you have cleanly separated any remaining gas flame from the well. Voila - nice clean well which you can repair if you wish or cap via conventional methods (not something you could do after Red Adair's demolition team has had their fun).
Not just german and not just math
Reminds me of France declaring Mendeleev (the periodic table guy) persona non-grata 100+ years ago. He guessed correctly that their super-secret advanced smokeless gunpowder is indeed trinitrocellulose by counting the railway wagons with cotton, sulphuric asid and potash going into the plants.
He also quite correctly predicted that it will all end up in tears (due to degradation of higly nitrated and non-inhibited cellulose over time). And indeed it did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_battleship_Libert%C3%A9
My hand is up
I bought one (Samsung arm version). Did not like the spyware. Formatted it into Debian (it is possible to do that if you know what you are doing).
Did not like that either:
1. The disk is excruciatingly small. I got sick of constantly marking folders as "do not cache" so I could keep the disk space under control
2. The default touchpad mac-like-ishness is extremely annoying. As anyone who has spent the last 15 years pasting by simply hitting the middle button (or right and left together) this "luser-friendly" pseudo-apple design quickly got on my nerves (5-7 motions to cut-n-paste instead of 2).
3. The onboard qualcomm modem is very buggy. It loses connectivity and only a hard reset can cure it every 30-40 mins.
4. It is "open source my a***". The only working kernel for it is compiled out of a crippled repo of a hacked 3.4.0, has half of the security fixes missing and is missing a whole raft of key drivers - usb IR, vpn modules, nfs, autofs, other filesystems, you name it.
So end of the day it got relegated as a backup wireless X-term in my house which is of no use once you have left the premises. Even that leaves a lot to be desired - its video subsystem is not particularly fast so the speed is sub-par.
I do not often say that MSFT got the point, but with their campaign on the subject they probably do.
IMHO it is the only use for it at present. If you are working vs windows - install a RDP client (f.e Remmina) and leave it at that. vNC or X for linux environments.
It will only get worse
When regulators look at the effects of a-band WiFi they usually pay attention only to interference with military radar. In realiy, the military is fairly interference resistant.
That is not the case with weather radar. Modern ones use much lower power than 40 years ago. First weather radars like USSR MRL2 or its USA counterpart used 1kw beam with 4m+ antannas. They did not give a damn about interference at that point :)
I order to operate with much lower power, the newer ones use quite a lot of signal processing. The algorithms usually have some provisions for military radar as these have had to coexist for several decades. There is no provision for wifi - so no surprises there.
Re: Depends on the country
Quote "This reply both amuses and annoys me"
Err... There is nothing easier than getting a work permit for a generalist. Rule number one - you do not put generalist on the application
A generalist by definition has more than one skill. Just list a combination of skills on the job spec. By the time you have listed 3 skills the likelihood of finding a local person from the specialist pool is in the 0.1% or less. Four or more, which is possible if you are highly qualified generalist which can apply for a mid-level job on the basis of a single skill alone,
Depends on the country
There are countries where problem solving is valued and so is the breadth of knowledge needed to solve problems (real ones). There are countries where it is not.
Based on my personal experience (I am also a generalist) it is pointless to apply for any job in a UK company unless you are applying solely on the strength of one particular single skill. You will only be wasting your time. Breadth is not valued and is considered a hindrance or a potential threat - "someone who can replace me as a manager, let's not hire him". You will also be paid solely on the basis of that particular single skill. Once upon a time you could get around this problem by maintaining multiple identities with multiple mail addresses and multiple CVs. Not any more. That is no longer feasible nowdays.
So you are better off just dropping UK jobs altogether and concentrating on opportunities listed with US and to a lesser extent continental outfits. As far as Europe is concerned the "cult of the superhandiman" is the more pronounced as you go East. That is not such a bad idea - if you look at salaries in Bratislava, Brno, Sofia or Warsaw for example (as well as the buying power these salaries provide) they are definitely a better place than cranking out more useless "social" drivel in yet another startup @ Silly roundabout. You will probably be doing real work too.
As far as the rest of the world (outside US/EU) is concerned there are countries which follow the UK tradition and countries which are more US-like. Cannot really say - my familiarity with "discrimination against the generalist" is limited to Eu/US.
Re: I guess the only way to bribe VITAL will be with...
Electtttttttrrrrrricity... Even AC... Ffffff(t)...
For those who have not read Henry Kuttner "The Ego Machine", pick it up from Gutenberg and read it:
It is not russians which you need to be afraid of
Quote: "Assuming your neighbours aren't Russian"
As a person of Russian descent I appreciate the humor. However, it is a bit off from reality. It is not Russians you need to be afraid of.
Several Eastern European countries made a pretty good living during the cold war by buying export version Russian gear (one without the expensive analogue EMP resistant control systems) and bolting a cheap PC to the back of it (something similar to what Israel used to do with old US kit). They also manufacture quite a bit of russian small arms kit under license. In any case, these countries had a flow of small arms per capita compared to which Russia or even the US look distinctly unarmed.
My recollections from the days when I used to live in an apartment block in one of those countries was that with our family's 2 NPK Arsenal "commando issue" 9mm heavy duty hydraulic harpoons and a high power air gun were practically unarmed. The neighbors under us had a couple of AK47, the cop living above me had a Dragunov, an arsenal of hunting rifles as well as his standard issue handgun. That was _DURING_ the cold war when there was a resemblance of law and order. That number increased during the crazy 90-es and the post-fall-of-the-wall wars to a point where I did not dare contemplate how much armament did they have.
So if you are sporting an Apache helicopter, the likelihood that neighbors pissed off by the noise will shoot it down is fairly low if they are Russian. Your chances of taking off more than once are roughly NIL if they are Georgian, Bulgairan or let's say Armenian. If they are Moldovan there will be a smoking crater where your property used to be.
Not kidding by the way - I used to keep a link to an article about an idiot bookseller (one I used to buy books from) getting arrested for being drunken and disorderly and threatening his in-law with a shoulder launched Strela missile in an apartment block.
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