Personally I find this exceptionally short-sighted and hypocritical. First of all why "person"? Artificial intelligence is already used to perform surveillance and attacks. There can be other life forms which are yet not known. Why is it all about meatbags? Even some humans might choose not to identify as "person" or "people". Even if they are bad guys we have to show them respect.
Another problem is "middle". Middle, is, well, middle. Very specific point which divides the line in two equal parts. However MITM (almost?) never happens exactly in the middle, no matter which one. Deliberately using misleading and very specific word here means placing blame on someone or something completely uninvolved!
Therefore I see only possible term here: SIB (Something-in-between). Or SS - "(Something somewhere)"
Please support the good fight. Or else.
#DictionaryWars in #BraveNewWorld
It was cool evening and at first skies looked like they were about to clear. Little colorful boats pictured are "river trams" which seem to remain docked since last year.
About 10 minutes later it became dark and another round of storm was imminent. Then the skies opened up.
It was surreal run. I had Deux Ex soundtrack playing and it resonated with the scenery really well. Dark city around me, rain coming down hard and noise-canceling headphones silencing almost everything except the rain itself so occasional cars passing by created huge splashes - in eerie silence.
It was great.
#running #Moscow #life
Not that it matters because the amendments are already passed and new text of Constitution is already sold in printed form. But they want to maintain appearance of democratic process.
- nullifies previous presidential terms so Putin can legally reelect yet again
- establishes legal immunity for ex-presidents
- gives national law priority over international agreements
The rest is mostly bigotry mixed with populist bullshit, e.g.
- "family is scared union of man and woman" (gay marriage was illegal before but looks like single moms/dads are also subhuman)
- "we are to protect ideals and faith in God passed to us by our ancestors" (But aren't we secular state as stated in the same Constitution? Also which God? Russia has multiple religions? Also how deep do we go with ancestors?)
- "it is unacceptable to diminish memory of heroic deeds of the past" (again - which past? how to define diminishing?)
I am refusing to participate in this. This referendum doesn't exist for me nor does the new constitution. Old one was discredited enough by not obeying it and this makes it simply no longer relevant. Just another piece of paper people don't care about.
"If I thought totalitarian or authoritarian regime to be the best for Russia I would just change the Constitution."
Vladimir Putin, 2012
#Russia #today #Putin #freedom
- add more animations so people can stare at something while the page loads
- add splash screen so people spend extra two seconds to close it while the main page loads
- add animated background so people can stare at it while the rest loads
- ...a few small video previews in news column too!
- add dynamic content loading everywhere
- ...and infinite scrolling of course!
- check and nag to turn off adblockers as these things can break all of the above
- ban VPN/TOR access as they tend to slow things down
- check for older/exotic browsers and nag people to upgrade. C'mon, it is 21st century, everyone can just run Chrome on 3Ghz and 32GB RAM and stop complaining about website optimization.
There was no false warning. The submarine Vasili was on got ambushed by the US fleet near Cuba. Because of tensions of that time the submarine was cleared to use nuclear weapons in case of direct order from Moscow or if it was attacked. The attack happened.
On 27 October 1962, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov was on board the Soviet submarine B-59 near Cuba when the US forces began dropping non-lethal depth charges.Source: Guardian
I especially like "non-lethal depth charges" part. Just like "non-lethal" rounds fired at crowds by the police these charges can be very lethal. This is the point. Surface or sink.
The submarine had nuclear torpedo and they were prepared to fire it. As I said they had clearance to use it. This would have devastating consequences for the US ships and yes, it could trigger nuclear war. Vasili as one of senior officers refused and calmed the boat captain down. At this point the US fleet stopped the bombardment.
There were 11 US destroyers participating in the action and USS Randolph, aircraft carrier with 2000+ crew on board. The carrier would probably be the primary target. Even without almost guaranteed nuclear escalation thousands of lives would be lost.
1st day: Wow! So many features built-in and they work out of the box! It is just like Windows!
2d day: Not everything works actually but it can be fixed intuitively...or not. Some things seem to be too hard to fix, it is better to get used to them. Just like in Windows.
3rd day: But I already have #Windows.
On June 18 Russian government unblocked access to Telegram. The graph shows the drop of number of IP addresses being blocked by the censorship system. Yes, these numbers are six digit ones.
I would like to proclaim little victory but I don't feel like I should. The censorship system is still in place and they honed their skills during Telegram witch hunt and more importantly they gained public acceptance. Telegram surely will get a lot of publicity out of it and there will be surge in users. I still don't see it a trustworthy option though. Yes. I use it for certain purposes (like writing this post) but I wouldn't rely on it for anything even remotely sensitive.
#freedom #Russia #Telegram #freerunet #freeinternet #censorship
I was not in hurry. Also out of shape.
While there was some traffic, it still was lower than usual allowing to safely cross some streets without waiting for the green light :)
Cinema decorated in Soviet style. Movie theaters are still closed for public.
The weather started to warm up. T-shirt and shorts turned out to be adequate choice.
Parks are open for public now but not too many people seem to be visiting. This is main entrance to Park Gorkogo (aka Gorky Park) and usually it is very crowded.
Not sure what this garage art is doing in the Moscow center but I like it.
Bike share is open to public as well now yet seems only delivery workers use it and most bikes are parked.
Moscow lifted most of lockdown measures this week. Restaurants, various entertainment venues are still closed for public (but not employees) and everything else is pretty much open. The city comes back to life but many streets still are noticeably emptier than usual.
The run went much easier than I expected. The pace was slow but I expected far higher heart rate after such a long interruption.
#myphoto #LazyRunning #running #Moscow
* Google Chrome team moving away from the words ‘blacklist’ and ‘whitelist’ to be more inclusive
* Consider renaming master branch to something less offensive
This is simply stupid and what is especially fucked up about this - these terms aren't even related to racism or other prejudices of the past or present. Blacklist and whitelist historically have nothing to do with race or color. Master in this case comes from "master copy", i.e. some central model which is used to create subsequent copies.
Note that I also am against forced removal of popular "master/slave" terminology widely used in engineering. Not because I particularly like these terms but because social pressure like this shouldn't be encouraged and words shouldn't be tabooed and/or appropriated. Yes, this is indirect reference to slavery but slavery is an abstract concept and is merely used to illustrate technical interaction. Saying "oh, everything with "slave" in it references African slavery!" is just plain absurd. Slavery existed (and still exists) in many places all over the world. It is a bad thing, sure, but it is a concept. Taking abstract concepts and trying to appropriate them for your specific goal is very bad practice.
Could as well stop using "red flag" (both as a term and as a symbol) - because it can only mean totalitarian socialism, right?
#thoughts #BLM #O o #language #freedom
Dandelions are uncomplicated. They are bright and cheerful and at some point of spring they just pop out everywhere no matter what.
For some years now Moscow considers them weeds and puts quite some effort into cutting them down before they give seeds. So far dandelions are unimpressed.
#myphoto #nature #life
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Without stopping I started to investigate. Is it happening when I pedal? What if I change gears? How about applying brakes? What if I stand from the saddle? I couldn't figure it. My last suspect was rear hub.
Then I got it. Birds were singing.
#ZombieRaccoon #LazyCycling #life #cycling