Conventional wisdom says one reason so many hackers seem to hail from Russia and parts of the former Soviet Union is that these countries have traditionally placed a much greater emphasis than educational institutions in the West on teaching information technology in middle and high schools, and yet they lack a Silicon Valley-like pipeline to help talented IT experts channel their skills into high-paying jobs. This post explores the first part of that assumption by examining a breadth of open-source data.
Overall, not very surprising, but the details and references are interesting. It seems a lot has changed since I graduated (back in 1995).
Via Slashdot, which also has some insightful comments.
I came across this awesome collection of photographs of my home town – Togliatti, Russia (June 2017). By a lucky coincidence, even the house that I grew up until I moved to Cyprus got into one of the pictures. It’s the building to the right of the tall building in the center-right of the above image. Second floor, left window is the kitchen of the apartment where I spent almost 18 years.
The building in the center-bottom is the kindergarden, which I went to. And the large building on the left is the school, where I studied for the first three years.
Things look quite different from how I remember them, cause it’s been years since I’ve been there (last time in 2006). The neighborhood changed, memories faded, and the high altitude perspective is not how I’ve used to look at it.
Anybody who believes Ukrainian news is a moron. Anybody who believes Russian news is a moron. Anybody who believes European or American news is a double moron. All of them lie through their teeth and none of it makes any freaking sense. That’s where I stand.
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the world famous AK-47 assault rifle, has passed away today, at the age of 94. He was a true genius and a patriot of his country. Coming from a very simple family, with very little education, after serving as a tank mechanic and later as a tank commander, after being wounded, he designed more than 150 models of small weapons – rifles, assault rifles, machine guns, etc.
Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer … I always wanted to construct agriculture machinery.
Such were the times, I guess – growing up in the post Civil War, Revolution and First World War country, serving during the Second World War and seeing all horrors and dangers first hand, his peaceful mind was turned the other way.
I’m proud of my invention, but I’m sad that it is used by terrorists … I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work — for example a lawn mower.
Looking into his engineering genius, I see the good old principle of keeping things simple:
When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, ‘All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed’ … So this has been my lifetime motto – I have been creating weapons to defend the borders of my fatherland, to be simple and reliable.
Truly inspiring. RIP.