The personal report for the previous year, which was 2015, is available here…
Generally, I feel, that from the IT point of view this year was a failure. Like the previous one… I should really do something with this in the next years. Anyway…
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In my article about fascism in the contemporary Russia, which we (Ukrainians) call “ruscism”, I review tenets of fascism, that are listed in the corresponding article on Wikipedia, and compare them to the regime of Vladimir Putin. This way I show, how close is the Russian regime to the true fascism! Unlike the Ukrainian one, that the Russian propaganda used to call fascist…
Certainly, my investigation of the subject made me believe, that the regime of the contemporary Russia is truly fascist. During this investigation I also checked studies of Roger Griffin, who is a well-known specialist in fascism. Thus, I was astonished, how his term palingenetic ultranationalism precisely explains, why the fascism rose in Russia. According to Griffin, the palingenesis is what differentiates the true fascism from para-fascism. And, it was exactly what convinced me, that the ruscism is a true fascism (i.e., not para-fascism). But, later I found comments of Roger on this subject, in which he stated, that Russia does not seem to be fascist…
Recently, I got a chinese mini Wi-Fi camera, that was described as H.264 HD 1920×1080. I chose this model as it looked to be easy to mount (due to the form of a pin), independent (does not have to be near a PC or a network socket), mobile (can be easily moved to a different location) and small. It would be quite a good device (for its price), but it appeared to be too unstable. Also, it comes with an awful documentation and too little of information about its capabilities, even in Internet.
I expected to see the name of the manufacturer and the model on the package box or on the device itself, but was not able to do this. In other words, there was nothing, that identified the camera, except its form! Moreover, the package did not include even a document, that would explain, how to use it. However, the box had two QR codes – one for the iOS app and another one for the Android app. So, that’s how I was able to locate websites of (I assume) the embedded software developer (www.qr-cam.com) and (aslo assume) the manufacturer (www.ynkjdv.com). Eventually, the former helped me to find out the rest. By the way, the manufacturer declares its model as 811 WIFI, while the embedded software developer claims, that it (the “modal”, see below) is 601H. So, generally, it looks like the device has two brands and two models – YNKJDV 811 WIFI and Qr-Cam 601H.
To demonstrate, what is Redmine and how it works, in Mastering Redmine I create a special demo project. This project is about the book, so the latter can be considered to be about the former as well (yes, it’s about Redmine, but uses the project as a sample). And, for the second edition of the book… Yes, I work on its second edition right now, if you have not yet been aware. So, for the second edition I do the same – i.e., create a demo project on a demo Redmine installation. But, this time the installation is… live!
Recently I was contacted by an editor from Packt Publishing asking me to update the book. To be honest, for me it’s not a good time for an additional work (I have many other things to do), but this book is like my kid and it really needs my attention. So, I agreed (having negotiated a reasonable schedule, of course). In other words, let me announce the second edition of the Mastering Redmine book, which is going to be published at the start of 2016.
Russia positions itself as an eternal anti-fascist force in Europe. First, with “insignificant help” of the Allies and other soviet republics it defeated the fascist Germany in 1945. Then, it fought against fascist Mikheil Saakashvili in 2008. And now it struggles against fascist Ukraine and… fascist USA! Whatever country Russians fight with it eventually appears to be a fascist one, weird isn’t it? Or, maybe, this is just an insult they use to call their enemies?.. This looks to be more true. Ukrainian and Georgian people, by the way, also call Russians fascists (“ruscists”, to be more exact). So, who is right?.. Both sides? No one?.. Let’s try to investigate this.
The idea of bots is such popular due to the natural style of interaction. As it’s nice to be able to speak to a machine in a human-like manner (i.e., not through buttons and so on). And it’s also quite exciting to get the answer in a similar way (i.e., through speaking). For this reason we have Jabber bots, IRC bots, console bots (e.g., Emacs’ doctor), voice bots (e.g., Siri), and many more. Nevertheless, the concept of such bots is apparently incomplete as they can’t fully imitate the behavior of humans! In particular, the text messages just can’t express emotions (in a convenient way). To be able to do this bots would need bodies – e.g. eyes for users to look into, faces to express feelings, etc.
Russian Federation seeks for a polycentric world, where not only USA has the exclusive right to advance its interests… Russia just wants to have a minimal influence on intergovernmental integration processes of its neighbor countries, if these processes can impact its economy and/or safety… Russians ask to respect their concerns regarding NATO expansion closer to the Russian borders… These can be heard from Russian officials in context of the Ukrainian crisis. One can conclude, that all these actually make sense. Therefore, at least some European politicians have doubts regarding correctness of the current restrictions on Russia and think about choosing prosperity over coercion. Other world leaders and countries attempt to keep distance from the conflict assuming, that it’s not their business at all and it does not affect them in any manner. But, is all these true?.. Remember, Vladimir Putin claimed, those were not Russian troops in Crimea, who blocked the Ukrainian military units?.. As you can see, Russians often explain their behavior with what can be believed (i.e., just lie), but that does not have to be the truth. The real things are usually different…
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