Spies, Lies and Realpolitik

Keeping up with the Joneses Erdogans.

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I thought the whole thing with Palantir was “We’re evil and we help you do evil shit.” Aside from that, my impression was that it isn’t much more than Hadoop, UIMA and Solr packaged together with support or thereabouts. It’s a Dogbert consultancy setup with Catbert aesthetics. Or am I wrong?

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33K?

Definitely not going for the best and brightest.

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:thinking:

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Yesterday, a man claiming to be a Russian citizen swam the twenty kilometers from Kunashir to Hokkaido seeking asylum in Japan. That’s all they seem to know now. He is in the custody of immigration authorities in Sapporo, where they have placed him under temporary protective custody until they decide what to do with him.

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Update on this developing story.

Yesterday, the Russian Consulate General in Sapporo tweeted that they had not been in contact with the man who crossed over from Kunashir. However, they also tweeted that he had not swam, but instead used a rubber boat to cover the 25km distance.

The press has also learned that the man was in possession of Japanese yen, which he used to buy clothing and beverages in the Town of Shibetsu after landing.

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Hey @KathyPartdeux I just thought of a great spy film which I think must be quite realistic: Army of Shadows by Jean Pierre Melville.

I mean it’s a war movie, possibly, but it’s the resistance under Nazi rule so it’s all undercover creeping. I suspect it’s realistic for several reasons. It’s from a book by a resistance fighter, the director was a residence fighter, it’s incredibly unglamorous. The good guys aren’t very good really, they’re all complete misanthropes unsuited for decent life. The action in it is incredibly unglamorous. People keep on getting captured by the Nazis and the best spycraft can do is get them killed, hopefully before they betray everyone. Because everybody betrays. Always.

I know it’s grim but it’s also a really good functional thriller, exciting and with caper elements. Just instead of getting the diamond and the girl/boy you get to kill your friends.

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Thanks! I’ll have to give that a look.

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Update on the man who claimed to have swum to Japan from Kunashir.

The Japanese immigration authorities have ruled that the man is not a refugee and are planning to deport him to Sakhalin on September 2 at the earliest.

https://uhb.jp/news/single.html?id=22651

there’s a trailer and stuff here

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NSA: We ‘don’t know when or even if’ a quantum computer will ever be able to break today’s public-key encryption

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Dave Farber’s IP List has a good response to a question on the state of quantum computing.

Re: [IP] : [Cryptography] Quantum computers and the Government
September 1st, 2021

Everyone benefits from secure communications, and yes preserving them is crucial. The more digital a nation the more it stands to lose from weakened cybersecurity. The NSA understands this too (of course in its own schizophrenic manner.), and it is publishing its own recommendations for quantum-based and quantum-safe cryptography.
Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Resources

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This is why news sites should not have comment sections.

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It’s not required?

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Sadly, we’re unlikely to see as apt a parody as Bloom County’s… :thinking: :grin:

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Insofar as the BBS is a comments section of Boing, I think it does okay at keeping out the Russians.

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