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May 27th, 2016
12:04 am

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Литературное
Этот коротенький рассказ челябинского писателя Максима Черепанова (ЖЖ-иста hobober) победил в одной из категорий на фестивале фантастики "Аэлита". По-моему, этот рассказ мог написать Владимир Сорокин. Я сегодня также прочитал 80 страниц Буджолд, но знаю, что впечатление дня, а то и недели, оставит этот рассказ.

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May 23rd, 2016
08:13 am

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Lois McMaster Bujold, Falling Free (1988). I knew that Bujold has a big multi-volume space opera, and decided to read a prequel before starting it. Humanity has colonized much of the universe via wormholes connecting star systems. A mining colony planet has a space station populated by humanoids genetically engineered for life in zero gravity, de jure "post-fetal tissue cultures" and de facto slaves. Predictably, the plot is driven by the humanoids trying to escape to freedom, which they do on the last pages. The writing is not very good, so I won't be reading the space opera.

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May 18th, 2016
08:48 am

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Дзэн-буддистское
High CPU use by taskhost.exe when Windows 8.1 user name contains "user"

Symptoms
In Windows 8.1, when the user account name contains the word "user", intermittently you will find the process taskhost.exe keeps consuming high CPU percentage.

Cause
This is a problem in the component DFPCommon.dl [sic] in Windows 8.1.

Resolution
To resolve the issue, do not create a user account contains the string "user" on the computer.


Каспару Хаузеру опять не повезло.

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May 14th, 2016
05:13 pm

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Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantánamo Diary (2015). Born in 1970, Mohamedou Ould Slahi is a German-educated Mauritanian computer engineer. In 1991 he took a break from his studies to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan; he came back when the Soviets left Afghanistan and different Mujaheddin commanders started fighting each other. Slahi is also an ex-brother-in-law of a highly placed Al Qaeda fighter. He lived in Canada for a while, and went to the same Montreal mosque as the Algerian-Canadian terrorist who wanted to bomb LAX on the New Year 2000. So naturally after 9/11 the Canadian police started following him. Slahi left Canada for his native Mauritania, which was unwise: he was arrested in Senegal, taken to Mauritania, where he was interrogated by Americans; he was released because there was no evidence that he had committed any crime. A month later Slahi was re-arrested, taken to Jordan, to the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, and to Guantánamo Bay, where he has remained ever since, charged with no crime. Slahi has been tortured: beaten to the point where 7 or 8 of his ribs were broken; sleep-deprived to the point of having hallucinations; sexually humiliated by female GIs; starved; forced to drink massive amounts of water; and so on. If the purpose of his torturers was to satisfy their sadistic impulses, they succeeded; if the purpose was to find out whether or not Slahi has useful information, they failed spectacularly. As Slahi tells an interrogator, "You know that I know that you know that I have done nothing. You’re holding me because your country is strong enough to be unjust."

While imprisoned, Mohamedou Ould Slahi wrote a memoir; after a lengthy legal fight it was declassified with massive government redactions. This book is an edited and footnoted version of this memoir. It made it to the New York Times bestsellers list. If released, Slahi would become a media sensation, which will generate bad publicity to the US Government, which is probably the reason he is still imprisoned as of this writing.

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May 9th, 2016
08:20 pm

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Народное
Вот, что сегодня произошло в Харькове на Мемориале Славы в Лесопарке:



Честно говоря, мне одинаково противны правосеки, срывающие награды (если они так действительно делали, а не просто по разнесшемуся по толпе слуху), и молодой человек, говорящий: "Вон там в черной форме - националист; ударь его древком в глаз".

Что за медали на 1:43 у дитяти войны Тараса Дюкова?

ЗЫ: похоже, я неправильно расслышал слова молодого человека; прошу у него извинения.

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May 7th, 2016
09:15 pm

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Richard Reeves, Infamy (2015). I have known the story of the wartime internment of the Japanese Americans for about 25 years. In 1942, about 120,000 people of Japanese descent, both immigrants from Japan (who were not allowed to become American citizens due to the Naturalization Acts of 1790 and 1870, not the Immigration Act of 1924, as this book incorrectly says) and their American-born citizen children and grandchildren, who lived in western Washington state, western Oregon, California and southern Arizona were put into camps in the interior of the United States, and were held there until 1944-1946. The conditions in the camps were harsh but not horrible; what was outrageous was that the internees were imprisoned for no crime other than the color of their skin. By the end of the war the internees were released, and in the 1980s the United States government apologized to them and paid them a compensation. I have never read a book-length study of the internment before; what prompted me to read it were exhibits in history museums in Washington state having to do with the internment. Kitsap County history museum in Bremerton has "Instructions to all Japanese living on Bainbridge Island". Museum of History and Industry in Seattle has "Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry", and also dolls that interned children gave to the principal of their elementary school for safekeeping and never claimed back. Washington State History Museum in Tacoma has scenes of camp life painted on box boards. Also, while driving through Idaho I saw Camp Minidoka, which is now a National Historic Site, with 2 barracks out of over 400 rebuilt, and a guard tower.

The internment was caused by a moral panic, similar to the fear of Satanic ritual abuse in the 1980s or the fear of sex offender recidivists in the 1990s. After Pearl Harbor Americans were afraid that Japan would strike at the West Coast, and Japanese Americans would be their local helpers, sabotaging military installations and the civilian infrastructure. Like any other moral panic, this one was founded on questionable logic: that no sabotage had actually occurred was taken as a sign not that there were no saboteurs among the Japanese Americans, but that the saboteurs were holding back until given a sign by their Japanese masters; then they would strike all at once. It was a triumph of careerism over morality: the careers of the admiral and the general who slept through Pearl Harbor were destroyed; surely, the officials responsible for the defense of the West Coast wouldn't let this happen to their careers. It was an example of a bureaucracy outliving its rationale: after the Japanese defeat at the Battle of Midway, the chances of Japan attacking the West Coast dropped from slim to none, and so did the chances of Japanese American saboteurs helping with this attack, yet the camps ostensibly built to hold the potential saboteurs stayed open for two more years. It was also an example of good old racism: we don't want any stinking Japs here, although we very much want to help ourselves to their land, their crops and their possessions.

I wonder what historians will write about Guantánamo in the 2070s.

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May 2nd, 2016
02:09 pm

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Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion (1964). This is supposed to be one of the great American novels, but I found it totally unreadable: I quickly got lost in the plot and the characters, and couldn't escape from this confusion. This is surprising, given that Kesey's One Flew over a Cuckoo's Nest, written just two years earlier, is very readable.

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April 26th, 2016
09:54 am

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Юбилейное


Только это было не в Лос-Анджелесе, а в Хэнфорде.

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Прошло 30 лет, но тактика информационной войны не изменилась: главное - не факты, а их освещение в СМИ. Don't reals, only feels.

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April 24th, 2016
08:23 pm

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Пропагандистское


Цитату "Мы тогда победим Россию, когда украинцы и белорусы поверят, что они не русские", прописанную на якобы подлинном удостоверении офицера СС, которое показывает на 49:32 Киселев, выдумал Максим Калашников в книжке 2006 года "Война с Големом". В месте, откуда я это взял, кто-то говорит, что немецкий "оригинал" цитаты написан в современной орфографии, а не в немецкой орфографии 1940х годов, но я таких тонкостей не знаю.

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April 23rd, 2016
12:40 pm

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Eendo
Второй день смотрю и слушаю этот клип. Как я понимаю, действие в нем происходит в Лос-Анджелесе; то, что солистка поет на фарси, не более странно, чем то, что Регина Спектор поет про Нью-Йорк по-русски.



Слова. Гуглепереводчик дает какое-то представление.

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