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And another death.
UK calls death of Russian businessman Glushkov a homicide

Water Cooler / Re: If the POWER GRID went down, what are your plans?
« on: March 16, 2018, 01:46:49 PM »
The wildcard is physical damage to infrastructure.  If it's just a software shutdown I think it can be sorted out in a few weeks. But if it damages essential hardware of the national grid it could take awhile because my understanding is that some components are custom built and not even made in the US anymore. 

Water Cooler / Re: If the POWER GRID went down, what are your plans?
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:56:00 PM »

Ride it out.

Batteries, propane, candles, food all stockpiled. Water can be stockpiled on short notice.

Traffic / Re: Reddit is bringing promoted posts to its mobile apps
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:59:02 AM »
I use the mobile app but mainly for news. I rarely drill down to read comments.

Looks like the toxin was planted in the daughter's luggage in Russia.

Nerve agent planted in luggage of Russian agent's daughter: The Telegraph

So something she would handle or unwrap once she was with her father. 

There is a small chance that the attack was done by someone else besides Russia.

The problem is that only Russia has an obvious motive to murder this guy.
As far as means goes, if it was the Russian mob a bullet would have been easier.

It will be interesting if the investigators can figure out where and how the nerve agent was administered that could tell them a lot.

If done right, UK could score in the propaganda wars by seriously and publicly reopening those 12 to 14 inquiries into the deaths of Russian exiles and and people associated with those exiles. Because, frankly the only people who believe Russian denials are those already in Russia's pocket.

I may be remembering this wrong, but in the early days of Cold War espionage both sides were killing each others agents quite regularly.  Eventually both sides got tired of this, plus Stalin died, and tacit rules developed that lowered the body count.  We might be heading back to those earlier times or the Russians are already there and the West is just now getting the memo.

My read is that the public actions by the West will be tepid, and we are unlikely to ever know about any covert responses.  But just like a kid the Russians are testing the limits and somehow they need to be brought up sharply in a manner they understand or the problem will grow.

Back in the Cold War days, I read a book "Inside the KGB", I believe the title was, one failing of the KGB was it was so big that often one hand didn't know what the other was doing so sometimes different divisions were working at cross purposes unbeknownst to each other.  Another problem was lots of things just fell through the cracks. CIA had the same problems.  I can imagine the FSB has similar issues.

All that might point to sloppy.

If Putin didn't know about it, somebody high up did, you don't get access to these weapons over the counter. Or as PM said, Russia has lost control of their arsenal of chemical weapons.

This is going to get interesting.  The use of chemical weapons in a UK city cannot slide by unchallenged.  I hope the US backs the UK response 100 percent.


Perhaps intentionally so as a warning or some FSB agents settling scores on their own.

In case you missed it, this series of articles is fascinating. Warning: some are long, but worth the read.

Water Cooler / Re: Which Must-See Websites From 1995 Are Still Online?
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:27:38 PM »
The Web is gone, everything that made it a fun place to explore. The Suits have taken over.

If you are making security focused Linux devices it makes sense to have encryption.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: March 07, 2018, 10:41:45 PM »
Reports of creepy laugh coming from some Alexa devices.

Amazon promises fix for creepy Alexa laugh -

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