I run an information security consulting company in the UK and EU. Long ago I studied chemical engineering, still interested in science and engineering (pro-nuclear and pro-renewables) and politics of EU and Eastern Europe. I mostly post in English, occasionally in Polish, which is my native language, sometimes also in Russian and Ukrainian. I've been to Russia and Ukraine a lot over the last ~20 years, actively supporting Ukraine's defense effort since 2014. I almost always follow back. I prefer to discuss any views as long as they are supported by arguments and evidence, I do ban for insults and hate speech.
This profile is from a federated server and may be incomplete. Browse more on the original instance.
When running #Linux system updates like
dnfetc do not forget that there’s a number of BIOS and UEFI components that also get critical security updates published. On Linux, it’s managed by fwupd:
$ sudo fwupdmgr get-updates Devices with no available firmware updates: • Fingerprint Sensor • System Firmware • UEFI Device Firmware • UEFI Device Firmware • WD BLACK SN770 500GB Devices with the latest available firmware version: • UEFI dbx No updates available
90% of the time you will get no updates… until you get ones. From my experience, for example Dell XPS get them quite often.
jest energetyczną stolicą kraju - od zawsze. Mamy umiejętności, potencjał, mamy wykształconą kadrę - przeniesienie Ministerstwa Przemysłu na Górny Śląsk🟨🟦 będzie dobrym rozwiązaniem"
[2023-12-07 20:15 UTC]
Random updates on #Poland #Ukraine border row. I do realize it's an incendiary topic that most people don't want to touch at all, or conveniently prefer to take tribal positions. And that's why I want to take on it — it's precisely tribal thinking that took us to where we are today.
Ukraine's ambassador to Poland Vasyl Zvarych reported on Twitter:
> We opened the Uhryniv-Dolhobychiv crossing for empty trucks from Ukraine to Poland. From 00.00 on 4.12. to 15.00 on 5.12. - 135 empty lorries left UA for PL: 53 - Polish, 1 - Lithuanian, 81 - Ukrainian. At the moment in the live queue about 150 cars. Waiting time - 1.5 days
1.5 days versus 20 days average wait time (before). Which was one of the main complaints of the Polish protesters. It now took six months since start of protests but only a month since the start of blockade. Still, according to e-Cherga, there's ~20k trucks waiting to exit Ukraine.
Meantime, #Slovakia transport minister announced results of road checks of Ukrainian trucks in Slovakia — ⅔ of them were found to run "unauthorized cargos", which most likely means intra-EU deliveries. This is a direct violation of the EU-Ukraine agreement, and second main complaint of the protesters. Polish road inspection ITD says most Ukrainian trucks now run at night... because ITD is a civil service and only allowed to work during business hours.
For weeks I saw calls on social media for Ukrainians in Poland to gather in protest against the blockade. The protest happened. It gathered around 30 people in Warsaw (out of over 1.2 million Ukrainians currently living in Poland, mostly in Warsaw agglomeration). And from personal discussions I kind of know why: most Ukrainians, especially in Poland, know very well what "their" truckers and customs are doing. You cross the border, you have eyes.
It's not only knowledge reserved to those living in Poland. Yesterday I've listened to an Ukrainian interview with Dana Yarova, who is a recognized organizer of humanitarian help for Ukrainian army. When asked about the impact of the blockade, she simply said that their loads, as humanitarian ones, aren't affected by the blockade. Then she diplomatically evaded further discussion on this topic. Notably, she's also member of Civic Anti-corruption Council.
Also today I saw some videos of trucks being transported on trains, titled "Ukrainian transport companies found a way to bypass the blockade, fuck you Poland". If you skip the tribal hate, you could say it's a win-win, because moving the trucks to trains essentially removes the root cause of the protest — the unfair competition in intra-EU road transport.
In summary to the everything mentioned above, I only want to once again quote Yarova. She also said something to the effect that last year's massive support for Ukraine was, apart from simple compassion, fueled by unity of Ukrainian society that was never seen before. After 24 February Ukrainians have shown incredible empathy, mobilization and abandoning usual quarrels and destructive competition. Yarova says, "we have proven to Russians and the whole world we arw nothing like they portrayed us". Which in turn provoked empathy and mobilization in other countries (I was volunteering among war refugees in Poland back then, I saw it with my own eyes). It was incredibly empowering and inspiring.
And that worked, for some time. Then she says that this year the magic has disappeared, we have returned to the usual egoism, quarrel and cheating on each other. And along with that goes empathy of our allies.
As I said before, quoting the Polish protesters, it's hard to show empathy towards those who ruthlessly compete and steal on others, especially on their own and at war time...
- First, fire broke out on a cargo train moving through a 15 km Severomuysky tunnel with 2-3 cisterns with fuel burning
- The tunnel has a much longer railway bypass, so the next trains were directed there - and blew up while they were crossing a Devil’s Pass bridge
The level of coordination deep in enemy terrain required for this is truly incredible.
About the tunnel:
As a reminder, #Italy Actalis issues free S/MIME certificates for an email address, which can be used for digitally signed email (Thunderbird) and PDF (LibreOffice).
Nie mówmy "pan" i "pani", lecz "osoba pańska".
Nie mówmy "mężczyzna" i "kobieta", lecz "osoba męska" i "osoba kobieca".
Few people with a decent job and perspectives are willing to go and die in human wave attacks in an offensive war.
We see this pattern in #Russia all the time — for decades everyone was wondering "why don't they build normal roads, houses and sewage" in these derelict towns in Siberia.
The answer is obvious today — it was not exclusively neglect and corruption, but a policy to prevent building up a middle class. Because independent income offers people a choice, and as a dictator you need a resource of people from whom the choice has been taken away,m when you want to go go war.
Right now in Russia vast majority of people signing up for a contract do it exclusively for money, and it's almost exclusively people from small towns and rural areas, who had been living on miserable state benefits and cash loans for years. War in #Ukraine for them is a life chance: they are likely to die, but even if they do their family receives money they were unlikely to ever see in their life. That's the new social contract in Russia.
I'm just reading about #Palestine thriving IT sector, with #Gaza hosting a number of IT outsourcing hubs, pumped with money by US and #Israel companies. All that been scrapped on the morning of 7 October, and it's also logical because #Hamas doesn't need educated youth with decent income in Gaza — they won't have any reason to go and blow themselves up on bus stops. For that you need people from whom everything has been taken away...
#Ukraine Yuri Ignat told details about what he called "the 13 May 2023 Bryansk massacre" when Patriot air defence units destroyed five #Russia aircrafts at once in five minutes - one Su-34 fighter, one Su-35, two rare Mi-8MTPR-1 helicopters and another Mi-8. Ignat said this was result of "nonstandard tactics" of the air defense crews. Back then some speculated that it could have been Russia's own air defence mistake, others suggested Ukraine brought some advanced SAM systems close to the border. Ignat also added that shortly after these events, Patriot shot down another Su-35 over the Black Sea, and also that Patriots scored 15 "Kinzhal" missiles.
#Hamas today released further 13 hostages, most of which are children, including two 4 years old.
While some hail Hamas for apparently being the most merciful and humanitarian hostage-taker in the world, let that sink in: you've got adult men and women who take 4 years old kids as hostages...
Jakby ktoś miał ochotę na małą gównoburzę, to pod wpisem Panoptykonu pojawił się pewien specyficzny pan. Warto zareagować - jeśli nie wchodząc bezpośrednio w dyskusję (na niektórych czasem szkoda czasu i nerwów), to przynajmniej podbijając sam wpis Panoptykonu.
- 11 October: “Allies in discord: Roots of recent quarrel between Poland and Ukraine” https://kyivindependent.com/allies-in-discord-the-roots-of-recent-quarrel-between-poland-and-ukraine/
- 21 November: “Trucker protests: Unraveling the standoff between Polish and Ukrainian haulers” https://kyivindependent.com/trucker-protests-in-poland-unraveling-the-standoff-between-polish-and-ukrainian-haulers/
- 26 November: “Polish truckers to start round-the-clock blockade of border crossing on Nov. 27” https://kyivindependent.com/polish-truckers-to-start-round-the-clock-blockade-of-medyka-crossing-on-nov-27/
All of these generally confirm arguments raised by the Polish side. Let’s take this statement from 21 November article:
“We have been repeatedly inspected in Poland and Romania. Perhaps such cases are due to a lack of knowledge, but I am sure that they are rare and do not happen again, because there is no financial sense in spending your small earnings to pay fines,” said Anastasiia Stupaienko, director of the Academy of International Transportation.
To me it sounds like a very diplomatic way of saying “yes we know our drivers ran without permits but it won’t happen again”. Except how can they be so sure if their members cheated in the first place?
Further details can be also found in the joint statement of transport companies - also conveniently linked by Kyiv Independent, for which I’m very grateful! They talk a lot about the intentions of the EU-Ukraine agreement in the transport sector, and its realities but I just wanted to quote one paragraph, which clearly explains why “you’re helping Russians” narrative used by some Ukrainian politicians is so offensive to the Eastern European countries:
To start with, we would like to express we stand with the people of Ukraine and we strongly condemn unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine by Russia. We are fully aware of difficult situation of Ukrainian citizens and companies, and we support all humanitarian and other reasonable support the European Union is providing to Ukraine. Many bus operators of ours were involved in helping Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Europe and a lot of truck operators were carrying humanitarian deliveries since the very first day of the conflict.
1,500 Block Manhattan Bridge Demanding Lasting Gaza Cease-Fire
In what organizers said was the largest action of civil disobedience in New York City since the Iraq War, more than 1,000 protesters blocked traffic on the Manhattan Bridge for hours Sunday to demand a permanent cease-fire in #Israel's war with #Hamas in #Gaza.
Genocide is not hyperbole it has a legal definition and that legal definition has been met, there are literal cities of rubble on top of children of evidence. “Genocide” is the correct term to use, that is not personal opinion, it is correctly labeling crimes. #Israel