Are you prepared to deal with non-humanity?

Interesting how the media changes the world, the perception of the world. Just recently, until the nineties, the media (movies, really) was all about defending the Earth against an invasion by some other “thing”, be that Terminator, Aliens, or Martians Attack. Humanity all stood as one and some heroes emerged from within to fight the enemy and defend the humankind from extermination. People showed bravery and heroic abandon in this fight, demonstrating how much they value the Life over their own life.

Since the nineties, we see more and more of the other kind – the humanity is fighting against some enemy that is either external to it or grows from within. The people are weak though and cannot fight the enemy on their own. Now, there is always some external power, be it the Mutants, the Autobots or the Fantastic Four that save the day while humans scream and cower in terror. The heroes are always non-human in some way.

What does it teach us?

  1. We are weak and in the future war we cannot resist the might of the invaders,
  2. So all the humans can and should be prepared to do is cower in a remote corner and weep and that’s okay, because
  3. There is some other form of life that will save us.

Lesson: be prepared to discover the monsters in your midst compared to whom you are nothing but do not get too aggravated because some of them are actually going to protect you from harm out of purely altruistic motives. Great state of mind, eh?… -->

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Humanitarian aid for Ukraine from Russia

No, the convoy with the humanitarian aid from Russia to Ukraine did not disappear. It is driving now on the “Don” highway in the direction of Rostov, leaving Boguchary. BBC also reports that the convoy continued on its way, although it has been split into two parts now.

The situation is reported to be desperate in the city of Luhansk, where for more than a week civilians have been short of water, food and electricity. The International Red Cross (ICRC) continues negotiations with Russia and Ukraine about the border crossing and exact destinations of the goods.… -->

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Ukrainian National Guard run for medical help to Russia

Fifteen injured Ukrainian soldiers were taken to hospitals in Gukovo, Rostov area in Russia. Vasilii Malaev, the head of the press service of the border department of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Rostov region, told ITAR-TASS news agency today.

“Today at 16.00 Moscow time a group of Ukrainian State Border Servicemen approached under a white flag from the crossing point “Chervonopartyzansk” to the Russian state border and brought wounded soldiers in urgent need of medical treatment. There were 15 wounded people. They are all delivered to  health facilities of Gukovo where they promptly received the necessary medical care, “- said Malaev.

In turn, the source in the Russian Border Service reported that the wounded soldiers were not border guards but National Guard of Ukraine.

“With the transfer of the wounded and the plea for help the Ukrainian border guards said they brought to us their colleagues. However, it turned out to be different. Those soldiers are not employed by the Border Services of Ukraine but belong to the Ukrainian National Guard,”- said the source.

He added that the Russian side, nevertheless, agreed to take the wounded without delay and made ​​every effort to provide emergency medical care, based on principles of humanism.

It all seems like a fantasy story except that it is all true. Those soldiers kill their own people under the banner of fighting against Putin and Russia, but run to Russia for help and medical service when wounded.… -->

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European Union refused to pay Ukraine gas debts

The EU does not intend to repay the debts of Ukraine for Russian gas, according to the head of the European Commission’s Directorate for Energy Dominique Ristori, reports RIA Novosti.

Responding to a question about whether the EU is considering the possibility of paying debts for Ukraine Ristori shook his head and said that the EU has rendered an important macro-financial assistance. “We are also in close contact with the International Monetary Fund, to promote the reform of the energy market of Ukraine. That’s important,” – he said.

In mid-June the Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner said that the situation with Russian gas supplies to Ukraine requires a political solution, including the possible payment of Ukrainian debts by EU. The Minister then said that the EU could eventually cover the debts of Ukraine due to the current economic weakness of the country.

Debt of the Ukrainian “Naftogaz” to Russia’s “Gazprom” has reached $ 5.3 billion including supplies delivered until June 16, when the country was transferred to prepay policy. EU-brokered talks ended in failure. Now the Ukrainian gas transport system only receives transit volumes of gas intended for Europe. This jeopardizes uninterrupted gas transit in the winter as Ukraine is likely to steal gas as its reserves dry up.

European Union in the current year has already transferred 600 million euro macro-financial assistance for Ukraine from the total 1.6 billion euros, promising remaining payments before year end. IMF on April 30 approved the allocation to Ukraine of more than $ 17 billion within two years of the stabilization program on stand by. The first tranche of this program – $ 3.16 billion was received by Kiev in early May.… -->

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A security blog – to be or not to be?

I have been toying with the idea of starting a security blog for some time now. Today, again, was talking to my colleagues and at least one of them thinks it is a great idea.

I always look with horror at what passes as security “features” proposed to the people who just start writing websites. The frameworks are no better, they usually have a long outdated set of functions. Or some of them are defective by design. And there seems to be no place on the whole Internet to turn for help. You would not e-mail Bruce Schneier every time you need to make a password hash, would you?

So I think there must be a place where people can turn to for some information on how the proper security is built. How the user authentication should be set up, how the passwords are stored, what is a good and a bad implementation of “remember me” function and so on. Something has to be done to improve the security of all those start-up website coming online by the thousand every day. Even old companies, like LinkedIn and Citibank, get hacked because they do not do it right. The help on security must be provided somehow, somewhere.

Isn’t there such a  place already?… -->

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