ReHacked #132: war still going on in Ukraine, Russia to Legalize Software Piracy, SATCOM terminals under attack in Europe and more

"We have no illusions about Putin's Russia anymore, we don't really see any good reason to assume Russia might change its policy." --E.Rinkevičs

ReHacked #132: war still going on in Ukraine, Russia to Legalize Software Piracy, SATCOM terminals under attack in Europe and more
First pictures reveal lost Antarctic ship Endurance from BBC video.

Donate to support the Ukrainian Red Cross to help civilians in this difficult time for Ukraine! – Товариство Червоного Хреста України

If the situation in Ukraine gets worse, volunteers and staff of the Ukrainian Red Cross would provide first aid in areas where access to medical services will be limited; сommunication will be established and awareness of health risks will be raised. And, of course, we will provide humanitarian aid to all people in need.

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Russia to Legalize Software Piracy — /dev/lawyer #copyrights

Against the backdrop of sanctions gaining momentum, Russian authorities are urgently preparing support measures, among which is being discussed the suspension of criminal and administrative liability for use of pirated software “from countries supporting sanctions”. Such a step could temporarily soften the exit from Russia of Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and others, say experts. But, they warn, a large part of significant software from those companies is sold on subscription, which means access to them will be blocked in any event.

Britain to start approval process for Rolls-Royce mini nuclear reactor | Reuters #technology

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The British government has asked its nuclear regulator to start the process for approving Rolls-Royce's (RR.L) planned small- scale modular nuclear reactor, which policymakers hope will help cut dependence on fossil fuels and lower carbon emissions.

Britain last year backed a $546 million funding round at the company to develop the country's first small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), part of its drive to reach net zero carbon emissions and promote new technology with export potential.

SATCOM terminals under attack in Europe: a plausible analysis. #war #security #internet

February 24th: at the same time Russia initiated a full-scale attack on Ukraine, tens of thousands of KA-SAT SATCOM terminals suddenly stopped working in several european countries: Germany, Ukraine, Greece, Hungary, Poland. Germany's Enercon moved forward and acknowledged that approximately 5800 of its wind turbines, presumably those remotely operated via a SATCOM link in central Europe, had lost contact with their SCADA server.  In the affected countries, a significant part of the customers of Eutelsat's domestic broadband service were also unable to access Internet.

Latvia wants permanent U.S. troops, foreign minister tells Blinken | Reuters #politics #security #europe

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Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics on Monday called for a permanent presence of U.S. troops in Latvia following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"Looking at the most recent developments we would be very happy about the permanent presence of U.S. forces here in Latvia," Rinkevics told a joint news conference in Riga with his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken.

Red Hat’s response to the war in Ukraine #software

While relevant sanctions must guide many of our actions, we’ve taken additional measures as a company. Effective immediately, Red Hat is discontinuing sales and services in Russia and Belarus (for both organizations located in or headquartered in Russia or Belarus). This includes discontinuing partner relationships with organizations based in or headquartered in Russia or Belarus.

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Analysis: Is Russia repeating mistakes of past wars in Ukraine? | Russia-Ukraine war | Al Jazeera #politics #history

At first glance, Russia’s initial invasion of Ukraine seemed to suggest a change in the approach of the Russian armed forces.

Moscow was perhaps calculating that missile strikes and a multipronged invasion of ground forces would lead to a swift surrender by the Ukrainian government. Putin appears to have anticipated a repeat of Russia’s decisive seizure of Crimea in 2014 or its invasion of Georgia in 2008 – but what we have seen is more similar to its intervention in Chechnya in December 1994 when the Russian armed forces were initially unable to convert their military superiority (certainly in terms of numbers) into military and strategic success, and thousands of Russian troops proved unable to secure the North Caucasian republic.

Man given genetically modified pig heart dies - BBC News #science

David Bennett, who had terminal heart disease, survived for two months following the surgery in the US.

But his condition began to deteriorate several days ago, his doctors in Baltimore said, and the 57-year-old died on 8 March.

Mr Bennett knew the risks attached to the surgery, acknowledging before the procedure it was "a shot in the dark".

Endurance: Shackleton's lost ship is found in Antarctic - BBC News #history

The Endurance, the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was found at the weekend at the bottom of the Weddell Sea.

The ship was crushed by sea-ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to make an astonishing escape on foot and in small boats.

Even though it has been sitting in 3km (10,000ft) of water for over a century, it looks just like it did on the November day it went down.

Ukraine warns Chernobyl nuclear plant is without power #war

Why it matters: A loss of power at the plant could disrupt the cooling of radioactive material stored there, risking radioactive leakage that can be carried by wind to other parts of Europe.

One of the plant's reactors suffered a meltdown in 1986, sending radioactive contamination across Europe.

What they're saying: "About 20,000 spent fuel assemblies are stored in the spent nuclear fuel storage facility-1. They need constant cooling, which is possible only if there is electricity. If it is not there, the pumps will not cool. As a result, the temperature in the holding pools will increase," the Ukrainian government said.

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