At first I misread that as "Doctor accidentally cuts off Ukraine" and I thought, that's an odd euphemism even by El Reg standards...
DevOps darling Docker accidentally cut off the entire country of Ukraine earlier this week following an overzealous effort to enforce US sanctions against Russia. On Tuesday, the open platform's users based in the Eastern European country started posting to Docker's support forums complaining that they were hitting a block to …
Docker is Open Source software contributed to by parties around the world. It is actually French in origin, as well, not American. It is meant to be free for all. And yet we have governments telling us who we can share it with.
I mean, the USA can't actually enforce this, but the principle pisses me off.
I don't manage to follow US conflict-generating behaviour on a day-to-day basis but apparently an additional sanction bill is winding its way through the legislative digestive system and it has already been accepted by the Senate: Senate passes measure to expand sanctions on Iran and Russia. The Reps House will have to give its opinion on this next.
Well, this bill is a fresh, hardcorer approach at getting rid of Putler:
Not since the German government arranged for Vladimir Lenin to return to Russia, crossing German territory in a sealed train on April 16, 1917, has a foreign state at war with Russia done something as revolutionary as the US Senate did on June 15, 2017. That is when, by a vote of 98 to 2, the senators began the process of attacking the Russian oligarchs. They are the men who have dominated the Russian economy for more than twenty years, concentrating more national wealth in their hands than can be found in any other major state in the world today.
Unremarked by the senators themselves; unreported by the American press; and unnoticed, almost, in Russia, the new measure — if adopted by the full Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump — will target the oligarchs’ lines of credit to international banks; the brokers, repositories and clearinghouses of their shares and bonds; their trade with the US and Europe; their US companies, bank accounts, boats on the high seas and homes abroad. If targeting the oligarchs is followed by formal sanctions, the aim will be to destroy their power at home and abroad. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation hasn’t contemplated this much.
S.722 goes much further, codifying the existing Russian sanctions in statute which the White House cannot relieve by presidential decree; imposing new sanctions the same way; and setting up a scheme of reporting of new targets. By itself, the report process will immediately trigger informal sanctions, with or without the formal orders to follow.
In this new Senate bill, the targeting is no longer crimes committed, or even the restraint of competition, but Russian wealth itself, and the oligarchs who have most of it. That is revolutionary. So is the exception in Section 241(a)(1)(A) for “their closeness to the Russian regime”. That’s a call for the oligarchs to join Mikhail Khodorkovsky in open rebellion.
This is going to be tremendous.
will target the oligarchs’ lines of credit to international banks; the brokers, repositories and clearinghouses of their shares and bonds; their trade with the US and Europe; their US companies, bank accounts
So where is Trump going to get loans to prop up his failing businesses then?
"Hey everyone, sorry for the trouble"
Hey "dude", how about sounding a little bit more professional? You cut off an entire country and you're trying to sound like you're some kid who just spilt a drink on his friends floor.
What is it with these silicon valley bros that they think that trying to sound like your best friend somehow makes their fuckwittery forgivable? False bonding is amateur hour psychology so give it a bloody rest - you're not my friend and you're not doing me a favour. People pay for these services so try and behave and sound like adults.
We were always very formal with our news updates, before people started complaining that we are talking to humans so we should speak to them as such.
We changed the tone of our news updates to be less formal, now you are bitching and moaning.
It seems everyone has their own idea of how things should be done, and it seems that not everyone agrees on the how.
So like everything else, you have an opinion, and it's great for you, but means nothing to anyone else...
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