Russia’s defense industry might not survive an invasion of Ukraine | Breaking Defense


.. uncharacteristically for weapons makers, these defense sector representatives — including executives from component business units and large aerospace holding companies like Rostec — were not anxious to see the effectiveness of their systems demonstrated in a war between Russia and their neighboring former Soviet republic. Nor could they generally see merit to Putin deciding to use military force to further dismember the Ukrainian state.

Instead, Russian defense industrial firms are concerned that a war with Ukraine would create a sanctions regime isolating Moscow’s financial institutions from the world banking system. Such a development would torpedo their recent ambitions of dramatically expanding their market into the Middle East. It would also likely be fatal to Russia’s defense R&D sector, which badly needs investment to grow some of their newest programs, like the Su-75 Checkmate single-engine fighter.

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Facebook Sued For Billions Over Harvesting People’s Data


Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit which could see its parent company Meta paying $3.1 billion to its UK users for harvesting their data.

The lawsuit was filed against Meta on Thursday with the U.K.’s Competition Appeal Tribunal in London, TechCrunch reported.

Source: Facebook Sued For Billions Over Harvesting People’s Data

Russia Conducts Military Drills by Ukraine, Says U.S. Must Ease Tensions


A top Russian lawmaker has said the onus is on Washington to decrease tensions with Moscow as international talks continue about the Kremlin’s build-up of troops by the border with Ukraine.

The comment by Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the State Duma or lower house, follows the news that the Russian military has conducted live-fire exercises close to the border.

Source: Russia Conducts Military Drills by Ukraine, Says U.S. Must Ease Tensions

‘Havana Syndrome’ Becomes ‘Unexplained Health Incidents’ As U.S. Backs Down on Blaming Cuba


“Havana syndrome” is the term widely used in the United States to describe symptoms reportedly suffered by staff at Washington’s embassies in Cuba and other countries across the globe.

But the Biden administration has quietly renamed the malady to cut the reference to the capital city in which it was first observed.

“We refer to these incidents as ‘unexplained health incidents’ or ‘UHIs,'” a State Department spokesperson told Newsweek.

Source: ‘Havana Syndrome’ Becomes ‘Unexplained Health Incidents’ As U.S. Backs Down on Blaming Cuba

Joe Biden, Elected to Tame the Virus, Sees His COVID Death Toll Surpass Donald Trump’s


Joe Biden‘s presidency is headed for another grim milestone, as COVID-19 deaths under his administration are about to surpass those recorded while Donald Trump was in office.

Biden campaigned heavily on his ability to rein in the pandemic and was strongly critical of Trump’s response. Although Biden ordered nationwide mandates that Trump never considered, he failed to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus, and his words are coming back to haunt him as lawmakers look toward the midterms.

Source: Joe Biden, Elected to Tame the Virus, Sees His COVID Death Toll Surpass Donald Trump’s

Horse-human cooperation is a neurobiological miracle | Aeon Essays


Horse-and-human teams perform complex manoeuvres in competitions of all sorts. Together, we can gallop up to obstacles standing 8 feet (2.4 metres) high, leave the ground, and fly blind – neither party able to see over the top until after the leap has been initiated. Adopting a flatter trajectory with greater speed, horse and human sail over broad jumps up to 27 feet (more than 8 metres) long. We run as one at speeds of 44 miles per hour (nearly 70 km/h), the fastest velocity any land mammal carrying a rider can achieve. In freestyle dressage events, we dance in place to the rhythm of music, trot sideways across the centre of an arena with huge leg-crossing steps, and canter in pirouettes with the horse’s front feet circling her hindquarters. Galloping again, the best horse-and-human teams can slide 65 feet (nearly 20 metres) to a halt while resting all their combined weight on the horse’s hind legs. Endurance races over extremely rugged terrain test horses and riders in journeys that traverse up to 500 miles (805 km) of high-risk adventure.

Source: Horse-human cooperation is a neurobiological miracle | Aeon Essays

North Korea hackers stole $400m of cryptocurrency in 2021, report says | BBC News


North Korean hackers stole almost $400m (£291m) worth of digital assets in at least seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms last year, a report claims.

Blockchain analysis company Chainalysis said it was one of most successful years on record for cyber-criminals in the closed east Asian state.

The attacks mainly targeted investment firms and centralized exchanges.

Source: North Korea hackers stole $400m of cryptocurrency in 2021, report says – BBC News

Russia says Ukraine talks hit ‘dead end’, Poland warns of risk of war | Reuters


Poland’s foreign minister said on Thursday that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet giving up on diplomacy but that military experts were preparing options in case tensions over Ukraine could not be defused.

In Washington, the White House said the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained high with some 100,000 Russian troops deployed and the United States would make public within 24 hours intelligence suggesting Russia might seek to invent a pretext to justify one.

Source: Russia says Ukraine talks hit ‘dead end’, Poland warns of risk of war | Reuters

Supreme Court blocks vaccine-or-mask mandate for larger employers | Roll Call


The Supreme Court blocked on Thursday a Biden administration requirement that larger businesses require employees to be vaccinated or have a masking and testing policy, but allowed a similar vaccine mandate to go into effect for around 10 million health care workers.

The decisions hinged on whether the administration had the authority to issue the policies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resurged as a sharply increased number of Americans are testing positive among the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant.

Source: Supreme Court blocks vaccine-or-mask mandate for larger employers – Roll Call

Hybrid cloud hurdles — and how to address them | CIO


Many enterprises are moving into a hybrid world — whether it’s the emerging workplace model or cloud environment. With the latter, a mix of private and public cloud services offers the flexibility organizations are looking for in a business environment that seems to be constantly shifting.

An August 2021 report by research firm Gartner notes that hybrid, multicloud, and edge environments “are growing and setting the stage for new distributed cloud models.” The firm forecasts end-user spending on public cloud services will reach $396 billion in 2021 and grow 22% to reach $482 billion in 2022. By 2026, it predicts, public cloud spending will exceed 45% of all enterprise IT spending, up from less than 17% in 2021.

Source: Hybrid cloud hurdles — and how to address them | CIO