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My past experiences that shaped me.

Posted 10-06-2015 at 02:54 AM by MadMaverick9
Updated 10-12-2021 at 10:50 PM by MadMaverick9

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Originally Posted by LuckyCyborg
So, I lived my first 20 years of life on Soviet Union and on the generalized paranoia within, where people feared even their neighborhoods, ONLY to not have the peace to visit an American Forum dedicated to a Linux operating system, because some people sees cops, FBI and KGB everywhere hunting their sorry arses?
Thank You very much for your comment.

The following is nothing like what you probably have experienced and had to go through, but it still made an impression on me.

As a young boy I used to live in West Germany in the late seventies. Once I traveled with the train through East Germany; seeing all the barbwire gates, the guards, etc. when you crossed into East Germany is something I will not forget. Another time when I came back to West Berlin from East Berlin with a bus, East German police/soldiers came into the bus with mirrors looking under the seats for stowaways. And in the afternoon we (me and my parents) had "Kaffee & Kuchen" in a hotel in East Berlin and many years later I suddenly realized what had bothered me there - I knew for certain that we were being observed and recorded with cameras while we were in that hotel. When I was in East Germany and East Berlin I definitely felt that we were being observed. I had another run-in when we (me and a bunch of friends) were rowing on The Havel in West Berlin and we briefly crossed into East German waters; within a minute the East Germans caught up with us and ordered us back. And my dad was briefly arrested by the Soviet Navy when he traveled with a cargo ship to Finland in the late 50s.

Not paranoia, but real things that have happened to me & my family. This has definitely shaped me and my view on surveillance, etc.

It is this virus of governments wanting to control the people, mass surveillance, spying on your neighbors, etc. that has crept into western societies and companies since 2001. With the advent of smartphones and iot devices this has gotten much worse. I can not apologize for this.

The World of Linux and the tech world in general is not the same as it was eleven years ago when we first signed up with LQ. Instead of focusing on technology and programming, etc. - it is all much more politicized. I do not know how to change that ... But I can understand that this frustrates you.

@LuckyCyborg - Can we please bury the hatchet. All of us are shaped by our past. We can't change that.


Another little anecdote - my dad was in Romania sometime in the 80s for work. And while he was at home of somebody he worked with, that person alerted my dad to be careful what he said and talked about because there were microphones inside that person's home. I do not know how that person knew, but this is what my dad told me.


In West Germany in the early 80s I had a Friend who fled Romania with his Mother and his Sister. I have heard many stories from him about life in Romania. He now lives in the USA.


Originally Posted by LuckyCyborg
Monsieur Marav, how you dare to debunk so brutally their conspiracy theories?

How cruel! Now they should find another reason(s) to keep on their tinfoil hats...
From this I get the strong impression that LuckyCyborg still believes that people who care about Privacy, etc., are paranoid people with tinfoil hats. Sad! He seems to be oblivious to the things that are happening around the World (e.g. Australia, etc.). Actually LuckyCyborg is more like an Ostrich burying his Head in the Sand.

Many things that RMS warned us about ten, twenty, thirty years ago, are a reality now. But few people listened to him. Same goes for Edward Snowden - very few people actually listened to him and changed their ways. This does not mean that I agree with everything they say, but people should learn and adjust.

Originally Posted by LuckyCyborg

Look, what @Roman Dyaba said is right. The two terms are equivalent, even according with our Constitution.

Here maybe could be added a nuance, in the sense that I have always thought about Russia as The Country and about Russian Federation as The State. And same looks doing the people who I known.

To understand well my point, Russia was always my country - I'm a Russian, but until 30 years ago, the state was named the Soviet Union. And I hope that nobody argues, saying that the Russian Federation is the successor of it.

However, I talked about how the English speaking people from another countries call us. This was my point.
Countries are artificial human constructs and cause more problems than they solve.
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