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US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

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Re: Garbage in, garbage out

American bases in Turkey are ideally situated to strike east into Iran or south into Iraq or Syria and Lebanon,

If Turkey allows their use for the purpose. That is a very big IF.

It has been disallowed for Syria and Iraq for several years now.

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Re: "one less F35"

Home on Jam,

Really? With let's say 50+ air based and god knows how many ground based sources of ECM active within a few hundred square miles. All of them alternating between spread spectrum and whacking each other on "suspect radar frequencies" with intervals of silence thrown in?

According to the Indians.

Confirmed by the RAF actually with the rather lame excuse of: "They brought in their best pilots while we made sure that as many of possible of our rank and file benefit from the experience" (apologies if I am not quoting correctly). By the way, AFAIK similar exercises a few years back against the Turks flying F16s ended up with similar results.

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Did you read the bit in the article about Turkey being in a really handy position to bottle up most of the Russian Navy?

Bottling the Russian navy has always been a Red Herring even in the days when it had multiple Slava class cruisers (they are now spread thin - one per fleet), double digit numbers of missile boats and landing craft. It was definitely not the reason in 1952 when Turkey joined NATO as that was exactly the time when Stalin paid back Admiral Kusnetsov the "debt" of disobeying Stalin's orders on 22nd of June 1941. The payback was scrapping the entire fleet refurbishment program as well as any fleet offensive capability.

Turkey joined NATO In the early days as a forward base to bottle Hankala and the nuclear armed bomber fleet based there to keep it away from all UK and USA assets in the middle East. Remember - it was 1952 - when USA and UK had the perception that they actually own the place.

A secondary goal was to have someone bail out Greece if the Bulgarians go into "Maritsa river will run thick with blood" mode and decide that they want back their Mediterranean territories - the ones where Britain organised the ethnic cleansing after WW1. Ditto if Warsaw pact decides that it is a worthy goal to assist in.

Hankala is now a ruin, the Southern branch of the USSR Strategic bomber command is now non-existent and Bulgaria is a NATO member. So the actual real reasons for Turkey to be brought into NATO no longer exist. As far as the Black Sea fleet Red Herring, that is an even lesser reason now than in 1952.

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Re: "nd what's the problem with an ally (*) buying a potential adversary's kit?"

I suspect Russian export "crippling" is nowhere near as aggressive as in those days.

Actually for the S400 they are obliged to cripple it. They are definitely not allowed to sell some of the missiles for this system.

Under the standard conditions for missile technology control and non-proliferation which the Russians follow S400 is not export legal. The maximum range for a Surface to Surface missile under that is 300km and S400 exceeds that.

Every Russian AA missile system has "Ground override/Surface-Surface" mode which is actually effective enough to be used as an anti-ship missile. It is not just an AA missile.

Here is an example where a Russian corvette resorted to using AA missiles in ground-ground mode against adversary missile boats (they have declassified the logs from this incident now, so if you dig the Russian sources they are fairly clear on that).

So if we assume S400 to be same as every other Russian surface-air system, well it is not exportable under the MTCA.

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Re: "nd what's the problem with an ally (*) buying a potential adversary's kit?"

Most certainly not. You can be sure that the export versions won't be as capable as the Russian home forces versions (not to mention having some hidden capability to render the export version unusable or materially ineffective if so required).

Russians have always loved that game and it was spoiled even in the days of the Warsaw pact. As a result there was a jolly good grey market where several Warsaw pact countries sold replacement fire control for them. I know people who have written some of these.

I suspect Russian export "crippling" is nowhere near as aggressive as in those days. They have to compete properly now so they cannot do some of the stupidities they did in the days of Brezhnev.

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Re: "one less F35"

Send up large numbers of cheap, plentiful, manoeuverable 3rd and 4th gen ships, the kind with quite decent range and loiter time.

No need for that. An equal or smaller number will do. Just mount a modern ECM pod on one of the hardpoints and switch it to max. If you are flying a latest upgrade of any of the Russian aircraft or a Rafale you do not need to do that. It is built in. If nobody can use a radar anyway, then all of your points become valid straight away as everyone is "Stealthy" to start off with.

I see one of the other posters has mentioned the Red Flag American weapons advertisement event. Does he realize that both of the recent Red Flags where there were real DIFFERENT aircraft like the Indian Su-33s and French Rafale, these were not allowed to use their radar AND ECM. It is easy to achieve 15:1 when you no means of shooting Americans at long range while the Americans can pick you from 30 miles out. In a similar event vs the UK for engagement in vis range the ratio was the exact opposite - 9:1 for the Indians.

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You're not often wrong, but today is that day!

I gave Bulgaria as an example as it has been 40 years since I have been "on the ground" to Caucasus and beyond. So I cannot tell you how a shop there really looks, I can only guess based on knowing who trades with whom and how much. My bet is that it looks the same as Bulgaria due to costs, trade volumes and other similar factors. You go into a shop and 90% of all industrial goods are Turkish.

Even if you buy a Renault or Ford van in these countries it will be assembled guess where - in Turkey.

Turkish trade with Kazahstan alone in 2015 was 1.5Bn per year in 2015. Add the other republics and the South of Russia itself you get ~3Bn. Russian tourism to Turkey prior to the incident was ~3Bn per year. Total 6Bn.

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Turkey have shot down Russian aircraft with impunity

Impunity my a**e. The sanctions after that cost them north of 6Bn. That is why Erdogan had to switch to grovel mode.

Do we like it or not the reality is very simple - Turkey is the primary manufacturing site and transit site for most of Central Asia, Middle East and the southern part of ex-USSR. Anything and everything from textile to F16s. If I go into a DIY shop in let's say Bulgaria, 90% of the cheap and mid-tier power tools are not made in China. They are made in Turkey. Same for the rest of the region and especially ex-USSR Central Asia.

So all Putin had to do to get Erdogan into grovel state was to deny turkish truckers transit permits and tourist traffic for 3 months. That was enough to get him where he wanted him.

And all Erdogan has to do is make noises about cancelling F35 and buying Su-57

Turkey is building F16s and full set of armament for them, the F35s Turks really need themselves are for the Spanish made amphibious assault pocket aircraft carriers and they are model B - same as UK fleet arm. There is presently no replacement for that in the Russian shopping catalogue. If he does not get F35s he has to surrender the aircraft carrier role on these and refresh the bid for the new assault helicopter which the Russian nearly won and arm that with navalized KA-52s instead of F35s (something Russians should be able to deliver).

Both US and Russia know that Erdogan is playing them off, and that he is unreliable and untrustworthy,. Of course he is.

If the call came from NATO for Turkey to block the Bosphorous, nobody in their right mind believes that Turkey would stand up to Russia. Despite a number of calls to do so, Turkey never violated the Bosphorus treaty. Statement of the fact - both of these. Not like we did not ask them quite a few times (both to let an aircraft carrier in and to prevent USSR getting out).

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Uncle Sam has raised the possibility of sanctions against Turkey for buying Russian anti-aircraft missile systems – putting the UK's supply of overhauled F-35 fighter jet engines at risk.

The S400 as a threat against stealth aircraft is a Strawman. It is a long range AA system, it is not specifically designed to wipe out Stealth aircraft.

The real Russian stealth killer is Buk from 2M series onwards. It is quite visible how it is operates for real in battle conditions on amateur footage from Damascus last cruise missile attack. It goes up to 4-5 km altitude either by guidance from earth or to pre-programmed coordinates punched in manually on the launcher console (no radar in that mode so no HARMs will help). It then looks DOWN from a direction where F35 has a radar signature comparable to any other fighter inclusive of prehistorics like Mig 23, F104 or Mirage. It comes down on it from above and there is one less F35.

By the way - if you search youtube for generic videos they all show "normal" mode of operation which is guidance from Earth by radar so you do not see that. You need to search for specific footage from the shed and empty office block destruction exercise.

In any case, it is not the real reason. After the post-coup spat with USA and the spat over the Kurds Turkey moved all of its currency and gold reserves which were on storage in USA to Switzerland (a fraction upon specific USA insistence went to UK, but that is probably temporary). It has also been twisting the arms of all of its private banks to do so and it has been quite vocal around the region for everyone to follow their lead. They also supported Qatar against the other gulf states and USA in the recent Gulf spat and they did not provide the necessary level of assistance to the empty shed and office block demolition exercise. They expected this to come without punishment? Dream on.

As far as S series AA systems other NATO countries have S300 and this has not been a big deal, just the opposite. Everyone is cheering when the Slovakian or the Greek bring their toys to an exercise so they can test against them. Rumour is - at least one of them is negotiating upgrades and S400 too. No punishments. They however do not move out their currency and gold reserves and behave the way a good client state should behave.

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Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money

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Re: I hope for a symbol in the making...

That didn't happen when I dumped them last year.

Which means it is a clear "payback" specifically introduced for all the ones who are paying attention this year.

The ANTISocial Network.

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Re: I hope for a symbol in the making...

Did you know that if you removed your account from Facebook then all your friends will get sent a reminder that you unfriended them?

Awesome. "Social Network". More like "Vindictive Little Sh*ts network".

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Indeed.

The way things are going I am going to donate Евгений a few Eu by switching my subscriptions to the paid tier.

He deserves it

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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How do you get your phone out of your pocket and use the app if you are carrying shopping?

You should not need to. A few years ago I had some demented plans to add proximity opening to my front door lock using bluetooth. The use case was the kids losing keys but never forgetting their phone. I gave up after figuring out just home much work do I need to do to secure it properly.

A recent revisit of the same idea from a wifi perspective was ditched for a similar reason. In fact wifi is even worse. While you can sort-a contain bluetooth so it works only in front of the front door (at least you think so) wifi will always be all over the place so you cannot get a proper phone location.

In any case, the kids stopped losing the keys so there is no longer a use case and I have other stuff to occupy my time (f.e. the annual spring overhaul of all bicycles which is happening this morning).

If they start losing them again I may actually consider using NFC for that. The only thing which should "just work" tm and no need for any f*** apps.

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Trusting Google? Bwahahahahahahaahahaa!

One thing for certain - you can trust them to open the door to anyone with a court order. One thing less for the police to bother when they are breaking in.

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Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

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Re: Who audits

The Cheshire cat sitting on the tree in front of you.

YES, YOU ARE IN THAT PART OF THE UNIVERSE.

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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

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WW3 will be fought from a computer desk.

Not likely.

Most of the "smart" and remote control weapons 1st wold countries use today against 3rd+ world countries will be unusable due to the ridiculous amount of countermeasures. The level of ECM which once upon a time required dedicated aircraft is now compressed into a pod which can go on a standard hard point is even stock equipment as on Rafale, newer Suchoy fighters, etc.

Let's hope we never live to see it, but if, just in case, it is ever fought without nuclear weapons, it will be fought within visual range using "brute force and ignorance" weapons. All of the "smart" weapons are least likely to work and will be wasted money. Ditto for all stealth weapons. If nobody can use radar in the first place, stealth carries no tactical advantage. In fact, it is a handicap as you screw the aerodynamics and within vis-range capabilities of the aircraft to make it stealthy.

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ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

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Re: A bit too much threatening nationalism there...

The US is still working on the assumption that cutting someone off from the US market is Doomsday for a company.

It is. If that cut-off includes IPR licensing.

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You probably have no idea how popular the dollar is in Russia and how much is pushed around.

It has been mostly replaced by the Euro over time in both Russia and neighbouring states. To a point where a couple of years ago >90% of all 500Eu notes ever printed were estimated to be sitting in private hands (mostly middle and working class by the way) in Russia and ex-USSR.

That was also the real reason to remove them from circulation - a rather feeble attempt to increase the discontent there. The whole media campaign about money laundry and organized crime around the 500Eu note was just that - PR. The only result from the removal was that Russian banks got re-capitalized right when they really needed - mid-sanctions. So the campaign failed too.

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It is unacceptable that BIS insists on unfairly imposing the most severe penalty on ZTE even before the completion of investigation of facts

That is the standard today. Shut up and accept the penalty you nasty user of chemical weapons. Oh, sorry wrong meeting, nasty seller of equipment to Iran.

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Google kills off domain fronting – and so secure comms just got tougher

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Russia, for example, has shown willingness to block network addresses associated with large service providers like Google and Amazon when trying to silence the opposition.

Anyone who is of THAT particular opinion - some suggested reading: http://www.km.ru/v-rossii/2018/04/19/roskomnadzor/823725-telegram-shou-borba-s-terrorizmom-ili-reputatsiei

You will need to know Russian or peruse Google translate. The latter will probably produce garbage as there is way too many puns and colloquial phrases so you may still need someone who knows Великий и Могучий to help you. I have translated a few passages further down, make your own mind to what extent their media is censored.

The whole story of Telegram not about censorship, it is about control and future control (as rightly pointed by that article towards the end). It is "mutilating the freedom of the future generations". Same as what Rudd wants, same as what Comey wanted, same as what all the other similar busybodies want. They are scared shitless of the idea that the population talks and they do not know what they are talking about.

So on the "censorship" subject - here are some translations of what km.ru (a news site there with readership in the tens of millions if memory serves me right) says on the subject:

So, for starters it opens up with: "It is quite clear that our in power busybodies really needed that bucket of (dirty) cold water on their head or a hit with the wet mop from said bucket on the same head".

Further down: "It would have been very difficult to find a more demonstrable way to go face-forward into the mud. At this point there is a block on 15M addresses from Google, Amazon, E-bay, games, etc. That is trying to chase locusts with a Grad multiple rocket launcher. While, of course, it will probably reduce the health of the locusts a bit, there will be no fields and crops left that's for sure".

Now, let's show some really "censored" material: "What Lesha Navalny could not deliver, was done by Pavel Durov. To DIY a protest movement out of nowhere and one that is accelerating as well."

That does not end there: "This is the Russian state attempting to mutilate the freedoms of the future generations. That is way more serious than Navalny's "thieves and corrupt officials".

Does not look particularly censored and silenced (*) to me and most importantly - it puts the point exactly where it should. Something el reg has failed (in bold).

By the way - El reg, take note. The comparison of the Russian equivalent of Ofcom with Don Quixote feverish from inflammated haemorrhoids is a minor gem - definitely worth plagiarizing.

(*)If anything Putin on the QT supports opposition there so it does not look like he is the only game in town. If you analyse the pro-opposition posts on their forums you will notice all the tell-tale signs of one of their own troll factories at work. Why he is doing it and what is the game, however is a different and rather long story. One our ANALists have missed and one our propaganda constantly lies about.

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

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Re: So where can I get some neuropeptide F

You do not. The human equivalents are internally generated when your dopamine levels go up.

As we all know now it is not a good idea to keep them constantly propped up. It does not end well.

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Soyuz later! Russia may exit satellite launch biz

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Re: 2 billion in today's market

but it's one that Russia ceded 40 years ago

Earlier than that. Some of what Musk is doing can be found in Tsiolkovski 1920-es blueprints. Russia squandered and ceded that from the very start and kept on ceding.

Every time Korolev tried to ask for resources to work on reusability he was slapped across the wrist.

The Russians have not completed any of their more interesting designs since he passed away. Things like Bor4/Uragan, etc were never finished and resources were squandered on copying the Shuttle instead of that. After that they have been coasting on USSR laurels and doing minimal improvements ceding even further and it is bound to continue. For all practical purposes they do not have money for anything more than that.

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Re: A SMARTR AIMovement ..... with the Off Loading of Sensitive News Stock Items ...

Aww, leave him alone he obviously just needs some adjustment. It has been a while since he posted anything coherent though`

Less than a week. His post referring to the spat between OPCW and Lavrov regarding the Buzz contamination of the samples was the first one on the Reg and was shockingly coherent. Especially for amanfromMars 1.

That is something which our media has mostly "prevented us from seeing just in case so we are not disturbed". While it proves nothing new (for either side) it makes the overall picture which was as murky as mud to start off with even more so.

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Re: At those prices...

That was tried nearly 15 years ago and every single USA agency went up in arms against that. Sorry, can't be arsed to dig up the reference - just google it.

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Re: Probably has to do more with the sanctions

What does he take us for, even bigger idiots?

When you look at what we agree on consuming that assumption is not entirely unwarranted.

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Probably has to do more with the sanctions

This probably has to do more with the various sanctions being waved around than the actual financials. Some of the key suppliers to their space industry are now in the sanctions list. Getting a perfectly "clean" launch for a customer without that customer starting to ask questions about sanctions compliance is a bit of an issue.

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Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

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Errr.. Why?

If it is any form of baloooooony tech it will most likely float just fine. So no need to do bouncy castles or other "on-land" attractions. Just do some splashing along the water a few times.

It is also a second stage so it can actually be made to deorbit nearly anywhere around the world. In fact, it may be better to make it deorbit somewhere away from civilization. Just in case.

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: The judge is an idiot!

Nice one... I missed that as an option.

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Pyro-brainiacs set new record with waste-heat-into-electricity study

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Geting there

The biggest untapped energy reserve on Earth is the tropical thermocline. For that you need to be able to do 15-25 degree difference.

While this is still way off, it is a step in the right direction :)

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Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

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"Any weeding exercise will have significant costs and be difficult to justify given the off-setting reductions forces would be required to find to fund it," she said.

As any small business or individual will tell you - Compliance with the law costs what it costs. For some reason we, the proles, are obliged to comply with it, but the police will refuse to comply because it is too costly fro them.

Screw that sidewise with a chainsaw. Comply and stop looking for excuses.

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Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

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Re: "Think of the children" or something

Several ideas for such an application are in the public domain and it's possible one may been involved in the shooting down of a F117 over Serbia nearly 20 years ago.

Nothing to do with that. There was an excellent documentary on that on NTV 10+ years ago.

The executive summary is: Yank mission planners are idiots.

The long rundown is that they used the same route into Serbia to bomb the place once and again. As a result the Serbians placed spotters along the route and signalled the SAM site with prehistoric Russian SA-3s that the Yanks are coming. Dunno what frequency that uses but it successfully locked, fired and shut down before the on-duty Wild Weasel replied with an anti-radar missile (*). So no "ad-hoc radar networks using mobile technology" involved.

The rest is history from which the Yanks have not learned their lesson, but the Russians have.

Their recent mid-range missiles (specifically the Buk) have a visual-only mode of operation where the missile goes up without radar guidance ABOVE the target and then turns on its own radar head and looks down from a direction where all Stealth aircraft have minimal radar signature reduction. It then comes down from above and there is one less stealth aircraft. If you get some amateur video from Damascus and last Saturday you can see how it works (IMHO a most of the penetrations achieved by US/UK/France were done after the Syrians fired all of their Buks and before they reloaded, while they still had them it was a one shot-one kill affair).

(*)As a result NATO went into totally trigger happy mode firing twice at Sofia Met radar before the end of the war. Thankfully hitting some hills on the city edge and not a civilian airport in a non-combatant country

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Re: "Think of the children" or something

The Pact he signed with Stalin, and the U.S.S.R, however...

Hitler actually had non-aggression pacts with everyone and their dog. One detail they deliberately omit from the high school history program is that the first to be signed was with Poland so Poland can concentrate on gearing up for a war with USSR (one of the rather delusional Pilsudski ideas which UK did quite a lot of TLC to maintain).

That is different from ALLIANCES. He had significantly less alliances and all of them were with what we today call the Axis + the "sort-of-neutral" Spain. He kept them too and kept to his obligations in them. So did the other Axis members. If you think that Bulgaria was particularly happy to declare a war with UK and USA - it was not. It also kept to its obligations.

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Re: Ok Answers on a Postcard please...

There's a lot of Huawei kit deployed in the UK, but minimal ZTE

Three initially had a lot of ZTE. Not sure it is still the case.

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Re: "you chose to enter against German........"

Yeap, your country and France declared war in 1939, but did almost nothing for the next 2 years.

Which idiot taught you history? Germany did not stop invading and conquering someone for more than two weeks between April 1940 and June 1941.

Poland - September 1939

Denmark - April 1940

Norway - April 1940

Belgium, Netherlands and France - May 1940

Greece - October 1940

Yugoslavia - 1941

Sure, we can claim that less of half a year between Poland and the Blitzkrieg could be used better, but that is one of those things which could not really be fixed easily as everything, including equipment was built predominantly for defense.

You can write a book about British and French getting it wrong at that stage both strategically and technically. If they attacked, Gouderian would have had them for breakfast and the war would have been over by 1941. Not in the allies favor.

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Re: "you chose to enter against German........"

Now the US is diminishing their international involvement, and people are upset.

It seems a bit like telling the kid with the ball to go home, then complaining that he took his ball with him.

Slightly different aspect. USA wants to take the ball home (by waging trade wars and erecting tariff walls), but still control the game the rest of the kids play by telling everyone what they do. It also still insists that it will whack anyone who does not play by the rules it wants to define with a Tomahawk on the head.

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Re: "Think of the children" or something

With the sole aim of getting the US to enter the war.

In Europe we actually tend to stand by our word. Practically all European countries. We have learned the hard way that the world is a very small place and if you backstab people one time too many you may end up alone right when you need it most. The older the country - the more stubbornly it will keep to it as it has more of a national memory of what happened once upon a time when it did not.

If a European country has said that it is allied with someone it actually stands our ground. Grudgingly, quite often against the wishes of the population like for example Bulgaria in WW1, but we do so (with the possible exception of Italy, but that is a different and a rather long story).

Same as we do today. The public opinion in most of Europe in support of the shed destruction PR exercise of last Saturday is under 20%. However, Europe did keep to its word. The support for some of Boris and Gavin Williams escapades is under 15%, however even there Europe has kept its word.

If you think that Hitler was phenomenally keen on dragging in USA into the European theatre to support Britain and Russia, you frankly need to share what is that you are smoking. It is not a crime to smoke something cool, but not to share it is a capital offence.

He complied with what he signed for. I know, it is a very difficult concept to grok for an American - the current Iran idiocies demonstrate how much an American signature and an American word can be trusted in all of its glory.

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What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

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Re: Dunno about hacking

On the gender balance it is well known that the more choice and support women have, for example in scandanavian countries, the more polarised and more traditional roles the women choose to take up and the lower proportion of women in technical roles

Ugh??? You are not making any sense, citation needed.

Based on my observations, the issue with women in computer science related disciplines is a predominantly Anglo-Saxon phenomenon. It simply does not exist in Eastern Europe and is not particularly prevalent in Spain and Portugal (no opinion about Italy).

The best sysadmin around those parts I happen to know is a lady, ditto for the best security professional/hacker, best embedded software developer and best protocol developer. Out of the many varied things I have done working with people from that part of the world the only one where the "best in class" label was carried by a lad was Java. Not sure if this is an advertisement for our gender or a curse. Probably a curse.

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Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

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Re: So...

Like someone robbing your house?

He will need a crane or a pneumatic jackhammer to get to some of the backups or the CCTV records.

I am not kidding. They are on nodes which are "built-in" in more than one sense of the word. Makes maintaining it a bit of a bitch, but serves the purpose. It also means that there are "obsolete" nodes shut down and wiped for the last time "embedded" here and there in the structures waiting for the next big repair job to be ripped out. Oh well, c'est la vie, if you plan it in the next [kitchen | staircase | storage ] refurb it is no big deal.

If worst comes to worst there is always the long term encrypted backups at one of my overseas properties - they get refreshed every time I go on holidays.

Yes, I am paranoid (as most people who have done old school sysadmin). I also do not believe anything until it has completely checked out and all cross references and "foreign indexes" work out. And I am proud of it.

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Re: So...

Am I still considered paranoid? I hope so, I like being the paranoid nut job.

Insufficiently paranoid I would say.

My stuff is ALL IN HOUSE. Cloud is used only for relaying mail and/or interim hop VPN anchoring (a form of DIY DynDNS).

Even my backups are not in the cloud. Unless I count the Gigabit connection to the shed at the end of garden a form of cloud. Sure, 20m distance is not exactly off-site. However an incident which will destroy anything in 20m radius is not likely to have any of us surviving anyway.

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Re: I wonder what happens when they come up against that old chestnut...

... end-to-end encrypted data.

You can see the dress rehearsal for that in Telegram vs Roskomnadzor. 2 years until we have this play centre stage on our scene. Or thereabouts.

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Re: The onward march to the underground!

it somewhere they can't get it

Oh, they do.

They are copying the Russian boy homework - the one sitting lonely "without friends"(*) on the desk in the corner of the class. I read the Russian laws in full every time there is an all mighty scream about yet another "undemocratic action of the Putin authoritarian regime". Every time they have done something - we copy it. From an initial 5 years lag (the metadata collection and probes - 1999 vs 2005) the lag for our legislators to copy them is down to 2 years. That means that our legislators are literally taking their laws as they are voted or even before that and cut-n-pasting into their own homework (the lifecycle of most laws from first draft to approval in Eu is ~ 2 years).

So, based on reading the homework produced by the lonely Russian boy "without friends", the next step will be ensuring that any data on Eu residents is held in Eu only or only in a legislation where Eu can get its mitts on the data. The tool for that has been prepared, primed and ready and is coming into force next month. It is called GDPR.

Any country having objections against such an order will have its GDPR compliance and data equivalence dropped overnight effectively denying all of its businesses the right to buy or sell from Eu subjects.

(*)Out of all Nikki Halley rants that is probably the most idiotic one. Almost to a John Bolton/Condoleeza level of idiocy

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CLOUD act meet Eu Directive, Eu Directive meet CLOUD act

CLOUD act meet Eu Directive, Eu Directive meet CLOUD act. Let me introduce you to each other, as fundamentally illegal scum you should very happily get along.

In any case - offshore includes USA and that calls for... Popcorn!!!

If all popcorn I ordered over the last two weeks will finally be delivered there will be a mountain the size of Vesuvius on my street.

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Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO decides not to front UK Parliamentary Committee again

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Re: Still waiting....

What's your obsession with Russia Michael?

Leave the man alone, he is doing his civic duty and relaying what he has been hired to. Same as the idiot who once a day runs a script to mod down on all my posts on all articles.

It's a living. Not a rich one, but a living.

He may even earn some money at the end of the day after he has done all of his assigned quota.

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Gang way! Compsci geeks coming through! AI engine can finger fakes on social networks

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Re: Obsolete, naïve and all too easy to game

Put it in place

It has been in place for a few years in Facebook for a different reason - countering SPAM campaigns and loss of advertising revenue.

You really need to throw quite a few more variables into the equation such as login frequency, login source, tracking actual message flows, likes, etc to get better targeting. Even then, you are likely to flag false positives for the most obvious case - when a "campaign manager" asks all of the company employees to "promote this link on social media".

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Obsolete

This would have worked in 2-3 years ago. Nowdays the bots befriend each other so they look like a collective which is of the same opinion instead of a lone warrior waging a holy war about a cause.

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US government weighs in on GDPR-Whois debacle, orders ICANN to go probe GoDaddy

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Re: Some "private" data _should_ be public domain!

We both forgot the next statement. Goes to show that everyone is being spoiled by ready made macros and we are forgetting CS101 basics. Though that may simply be the effect of trying to type in something before the 4th double espresso.

while (company_chain != NULL) {

trust /=2;

suspicion*=2;

company_chain = company_chain->next;

}

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Re: Some "private" data _should_ be public domain!

By the time you've chased down the ownership of small companies, sometimes nested five levels deep, you've a good idea if they are trustworthy (or not)

while (company_chain != NULL) {

trust --;

suspicion++;

}

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If America does business with/in the EU then they are expected to abide by EU laws.

Have you tried telling that to an American? Or more importantly an American government official? Or an American Judge(*)?

(*)New York Federal circuit, Microsoft, Irish Data... You know... Special laws declaring that other country's laws are invalid on their territory...

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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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Re: Still yet to hear...

They did have money to demolish empty sheds and an unused office block to comply with participation requirements in an American run PR exercise.

So any claims they do not have money should be considered with a bucket of salt.

If they really did not have money they should have found some real targets to shoot at or not shoot at all.

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What war?

Everyone and their dog is upgrading their AA systems and even village gangs are carrying shoulder launched missiles which can take out a Su-25 or even a Su-24 despite it deploying active countermeasures. I am not even talking about things like ZPU-2. Every second truck in Syria, Libya and Iraq carries one. Range of that is 8k, kill altitude is 5k.

Sure, Watchkeeper can be deployed in a real combat environment. It will save on dismantling it. Instead of a scrap yard it will simply undergo rapid unscheduled disassembly.

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