back to article Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

US president Donald Trump has revealed that he and Russian opposite number Vladimir Putin discussed creation of a joint “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” at the G20 Leaders summit, but then displayed Modern Presidential behaviour by quickly dismissing the chances of the unit ever materialising. Trump was a bit late to reveal …

Re: Its all pretty obvious

"FYI, There is no USSR anymore."

Exactly, the USSR was, in many ways, a lot less dangerous than Putin's nationalist Russia.

The USSR started from the ideological goal of converting the whole world to communism, but by the end it was too busy struggling to feed its population whist at the same time trying to compete with the USA in high-profile status projects like space exploration and also maintain a huge military. Its collapse from within was almost inevitable.

Putin has the advantage that he has no worldwide political agenda other than whatever benefits Russia, or at least his brand of Russia; he has his home political scene firmly under control and also a good balance of payments due to gas and oil exports. Foreign exploits seem to be based on whatever keeps the USA and Western Europe off balance.

Political opponents of Putin, whether at home or abroad, seem to have a worrying habit of being murdered or ending up in prison; if he had a son I'd be really worried about Russia becoming a big-budget, more effective, version of North Korea.

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Re: Its all pretty obvious

"FYI, There is no USSR anymore"

...but there is a belligerent Russia led by an autocrat that behaves like the USSR.

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Re: USSR was, in many ways, a lot less dangerous than Putin's nationalist Russia.

nationalist? Meh... Dangerous? Neither. ATM at least. But may become deadly dangerous soon enough, as they are scared shitless by NATO buildup and anti-ballistic missile deployments. Most probably they'll increase thermonuke warhead numbers to tens of thousands including medium range varieties specifically for Poland and other "friendly" neighbours.

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Its almost as if the way to manage Pres Trump in a meeting is by suggesting some kind of deal, at which point he just has to switch into deal-making/winning mode no matter how irrelevant/outlandish the subject.

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Orangutans are offended

When Agent Orange is described as such.

They are friendly, polite and remarkably intelligent.

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Re: Orangutans are offended

Oook

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Re: Orangutans are offended

Especially The Librarian.

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Facepalm

Oh Donny boy

The series of pipes are calling...

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Impenetrable Cyber Security unit?

What makes me think that it's a Windows 3.1 laptop with a broken floppy drive?

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Re: Impenetrable Cyber Security unit?

A laptop that old isn't going to have wifi, and probably won't have ethernet either, so without the floppy drive it's effectively air-gapped. It's pretty much as secure from cyber attacks as is a filing cabinet.

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Re: Impenetrable Cyber Security unit?

Thanks for explaining the joke, phuzz, that made it a lot funnier.

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Re: Impenetrable Cyber Security unit?

Right because even 2003 people did not us dial up modems to get on the internet. And in the 90's things like PCMCIA did not exist that allowed you to add things like Ethernet.

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MPB

"Modern Presidential behaviour"

Maybe behaviour should have had a capital inital as well. MPB could be a useful abbreviation.

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The Kennedy effect

Trump probably put the idea up at debriefing with the CIA after he met with Putin and then retracted it after they asked him if Melania was friendly with any Greek shipping line owners.

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Better criticisms

There are better criticisms of Trump than Rubio's. For example, this gem from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham:

...not the dumbest idea I've ever heard, but it's pretty close.

Or the one from the former US attorney Preet Bharara (fired by Trump in March):

When pursuing a corrupt politician, mobster or murderer on strong FBI evidence, if he "vehemently denied it," we just dropped it usually.

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About the tapes ...

Where's the video of Trump's meeting with Putin? I want to see the bit where Trump forgets himself and whines for a tidbit (something to take home and make a yooge great big noise about) and Putin points his finger briefly at the ceiling—the classic Russian gesture warning your interlocutor that They are always listening. In this case, Vlad The Emailer is reminding his pooch that he does have the tapes, and Little Donald shouldn't get too over-eager ....

Seriously, though, I keep seeing these well-intentioned and understandably exasperated articles asking why Trumpty Dumpty says or tweets this or that morsel of ill-informed, inconsistent or plain clueless drivel, their writers fruitlessly over-analysing his "strategy" or "purpose" ... when in fact it's all so easy: the man is dumb as a stump, knows nothing and is a pathological liar with the maturity of a ten-year-old. A spoilt, nasty, ten year old. That's it.

And as for complaining about him winning the election (well, by minus 2.5m votes), that's also pretty easy: no better demonstration of democracy in action could there be, as several million gullible idiots elected their own gullible idiot.*

(*With an honorable mention to the imbeciles in the Democratic Party who, with their appalling candidate Hillary, managed to hand the election to someone who wasn't qualified to be dog-catcher.)

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He can bite off chicken heads --- maybe.

He is not qualified to be a dog catcher. Maybe circus geek, but jury is still undecided about that.

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Have your daily dose of fun with the TDOTD*

* Trumpy's Disgrace Of The Day

Trumpy the clown has plenty of hilarious ideas! Subcontracting US security to the FSB is brilliant! No more meddling from Russia!

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