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.
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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.
Shortyly we will have this kind of kitty... http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1267112192/tt0239395?ref_=ttmd_md_nxt
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$+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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).
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
Electtttttttrrrrrricity... Even AC... Ffffff(t)...
For those who have not read Henry Kuttner "The Ego Machine", pick it up from Gutenberg and read it:
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.
Let me guess (this is a very educated guess by the way - I have seen this idiocy one time too many). Some moron in his infinite wisdom has used a realtime OS for the flight planning as a whole. It did not run out of memory per se, the combined "alloc more memory" + compute exceeded the realtime constraints on the path computation task.
If you do that in an RTOS you get a BOOM - a reboot from the global system watchdog at scheduler level.
There is a gazillion ways of triggering it and this is a demonstration why some stuff should not just be done on realtime OS-es and given to vendors that will stick a realtime OS into it out of principle.
The only place that needs RT in the whole system is the realtime collision avoidance which can be standalone, the rest has as no need for RT whatsoever. There may be _HOURS_ before the flight plan is punched in and the actual time it needs to be executed. Doing that realtime on realtime OS under realtime scheduler constraints is beyond idiotic (I can bet 100 green ones on that this is what was shipped here - the name of the vendors speaks for itself).
Quote "You give me power from a wind turbine, and I can store it for a time. Either as electricity-to-gas, electricity-to-compressed-air or as electricity-to-heat."
Err... You missed the lowest capital cost, highest power density and easiest for UK to build.
Energy to water gradient. Take a dredger, pump out a rectangle shaped damb in the wash, stick a pump/turbine unit on one end, hook up to the existing wind farm grid, move a mile, do another one, and another one, and another one. You can make them double-up as tidal too.
As usually - designed by the Dutch and they intend to start building them in half a decade or so (they also have excess wind power to store).
Err... you are missing the point.
The reason why you have coped, cope and contiue coping is that the politicos in Holland have learned that some stuff just needs to be done and should not be part of "playing politics". Canals need to be dredged, pumps need to be maintained, farmland needs to be in "sacrifice" mode, any building on flood plains must have at least 3m of hardcore dumped on site first to elevate it and so on.
Compare this to the UK - it has two regions originally brought from under the sea by Dutch in the 17th century (East Anglia and Somerset Levels). The difference is that they are not getting Dutch maintenance.
* Canals are not being dredged because that is not policitcally expedient. You get an occasional charity cleaning a couple but that is about it. There is no mandatory annual expenditure on dredging.
* The pumps are maintained only when the region voters vote for the "right party" - for example Tony Bliar revoked the maintenance on the main East Anglia/Norfolk pumping station after he won power and it did not get a single penny for maintenance until he got the boot. By that time out of 4 units on the site only one was fully operational.
* The developers build on flood plains as they like and how they like.
So as an end-result you get the nice picture of Britain under water as it was this winter. You also get the first and only case where a whole region won from the sea by Dutch has been lost back to the sea (the Somerset Levels).
You are correct - with _LONG_ _TERM_ ongoing investment a rich developed country can successfully counter the effects of climate change. The problem is that there is just about only one country in the world where doing this has become the norm and where stuff is being done on an ongoing basis and not as a one-off after a particularly disastrous year. You are using that country as an example. Unfortunately the rest of the world is not that country. There the politicos are running around banging drums and at the same time doing diddly squat.
Quote: " Of course, right after creation the game would deviate and, instead of fighting, your gay soldier gets arrested for sodomy, "
That is if he was lucky enough to be a US soldier. If he was a UK soldier or a USSR soldier that would have been a jail sentence, criminal record and a lifetime ban from working for the government or any of its contractors. In USSR that would have been GULAG too - under the same section as the enemies of the state (one of the subsections of article 58).
Do you like it or not the overall number of social concervatives worldwide is bigger than the number of people supporting the mandatory manifestation of LGBT rights in any and every aspect of a product. Note - there is a significant difference between LGBT rights and "mandatory manifestation of them in every product".
The fact that some LGBT groups are extremely loud does not suddenly make them a majority. So from a business perspective Nintendo has learned and learned well and they have made their choice - stick with the majority of the audience (something Nintendo has been doing all the time).
As far as losing billions in a market, that is exactly what they have assessed here. They do not want to have half of the world closed to them because of including the LGBT option - off the top of my head that makes the game unsellable by law or social convention in most of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Russia, etc.
Is their choice morally right? That is a different story. Is it the right choice from a business perspective? Sure it is.
"Popularity voids Copyright"
Interesting idea... Did Google just try to sneak its implied right to steal the Linux kernel or any GPL work.
Now _THAT_ would be the death knell of the industry as we presently know it.
Do no evil my a**e. Cucking Funts...
Could not care less about the torrent of abuse. Torrent of attempts to deliberately defraud the customer by giving him the scenic route if the customer has an accent, well that is a different story. London cabbies are nowdays as bad as the Paris and Moscow ones which are probably some of the worst in Europe.
As far as Uber - I would never use them because as some other people have noted you do not know what you are getting. There are plenty of private hire companies, get the phone of one that is big enough to always have a car in your area and use it. Excellent service, comfortable cars (instead of that abominable tourist bait on wheels which the cabbies drive) and ~ 50% of the price. Vetted too.
Ryanair maybe one of the biggest sc*mbags in the universe, but even they comply with UK and EU airworthiness and air safety rules. United complies with both Eu and USA.
Compared to that Chinese rail complies with rules which it sets itself predominantly derived from corruption and vested interests. With rather obvious results:
Dunno, I would think not twice, but thrice before I ride such a transcontinental train.
If it is operated by German railways or TGV... That would be a different matter. Not that they do not crash - they do. They at the very least try to be safe and crash because of accidents not because of "natural corruption and mismanagement" causes.
Greenfield fiber is cheapest - it takes the same amount of money to put in the ground as new copper. It is cheaper than HFC (coax is not particularly cheap and coax street box infra is more expensive). It is massively cheaper than greenfield fiber+copper. It also has the lowest cost to maintain (assuming PON).
In fact, the same math applies to developed countries too. It is simply a matter of what depreciation period do you put on it. If you put 10 years depreciation period (a number most utilities put on their infra) instead of sub-5 years (most telcos) fiber to the home ends up being cheaper than maintaining and upgrading HFC or fiber to the curb over the same period.
The problem is elsewhere. With fiber in the ground 90% of the telco field workforce will be out of a job. Try getting that idea past the union.
Petrol engine drone + idiot operator is a good recepy for starting wildfire. In fact an excellent one. Second best only to breaking glass bottles and leaving the shards behind you (I have had to participate in extinguishing a couple of those caused by glass myself - it is not fun).
I am surprised we have not had a drone fire yet.
User friendly for a given set of values of "userfriendly"
While the hardware is definitely more userfriendly it is also supporting secureboot from the start and having it enabled from the start. It is only a step away from this to the point where it will be impossible to disable.
No, it cannot - you cannot realistically maintain the plasma bubble under atmospheric conditions especially if you are traveling at 2Mach+. This is a space-only option.
Also, as far as practical implementations go, this is more of a Babylon5 solution that Star Wars. Firing plasma into the path of the laser cannon in order to disperse it is something workable while trying to surround yourself with plasma probably is not.
There are no friends at that level, never were, never will be. There are fleeting momentary alliances between the non-enemies and long-term "enemy" relationships.
The truth here is that after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia stopped classing USA, UK and most of western europe as an "enemy by default". Some of Western Europe did so in return. As a result Russia runs some fairly reasonable trade and business relationships with Germany for example. USA and UK never did so and it only got worse over time (f.e. the current UK government is significantly more russophobic than the previous one). It has, is and continues to be classed as an arch-enemy with money being spent and invested accordingly.
Err... I call bull...
There is still qualified staff in quite a few locations. Dunno if it is magic pot or magic potions but that is a statement of the fact. Parts of Eastern Europe - Czech republic, Romania, Bulgaria as well as locations in Western Europe such as Northern Ireland (or Ireland proper for that matter).
We have reached the point where the qualified IT staff in these locations shows Nellie a finger straight away (actually the tradition in Eastern Europe calls for the Antonio Banderas style full arm gesture).
There is qualified IT staff and staff is being trained there (at least compared to the UK). It also _STAYS_ there. The reason why it stays there is that it is actually paid _MORE_ that most "mainland UK" companies are willing to pay their staff. So you cannot make it move. Let's face it, convincing a Czech, Romanian, Bulgarian (or someone from Belfast for that matter) that they have to have their salary decreased by 30% and move to a location with 100% higher cost of life is not a winning proposition.
@ I ain't Spartacus
Who told you that he is "doing it" in Ukraine. He may have started it, but it does not look like him "doing it" any more.
For starters, Ukraine is bordering to Transdnestr which is:
1. Lawless product of a stale civil war with the mob and illegal weapons trading being the biggest economy contributors
2. Predominantly Russian (despite being in Western Ukraine).
3. Sitting on one of the biggest weapons caches in the region and selling some of it from time to time to other conflicts in the region.
4. Shipping russian nationalism and mercenaries throughout the region the same way Chechen were trading in mercenaries during the previous decade (the Bosnia wars, Afganistan, Middle East).
5. Crimea takeover was organized and executed with Putin "doing it". What is happening now is no longer Crimea.
Add to that every nationalist nuthead (and Russia has quite a few of those) picking up a gun from the closet (Russia has quite of few of those too) and shipping out south-west. Frankly, I do not think he (or anyone) is in control any more.
While I understand the geopolitical motivation of the Eu and USA, what they have done in Kiev is going to bite us in a way compared to which Afganistan and Syria will be nothing.
An analysis of the Pros:
The master C&Cs have not been in Russia for a long time. Russia economy is emergin out of the ex-Wild East state and the ex-mobsters who have gone legit are not particularly forgiving when their interests are affected in any way. You are more likely to find the master C&C in Ukraine or one of the failed African states now. It is still run by the same mob, just not on Russian soil.
An analysis of the Cons
You live in the past. The days when mail-order brides were advertised on Slashdot and shipped to key Linux kernel developers (with all the consequences) are long over. Same story - as economy improves the migratory pressure decreases.
If memory serves me right Finland (which is within the 1658 borders) treats its Swedish minority as equal, Swedish is a valid language and most signs are double-language.
The previous government in Ukraine voted a similar regime to take place.
The hunta currently in power revoked it as its first act after staging the putch. If it did not we may have had a second example of the Swedish (from Finnish perspective) solution in Europe. Now we do not.