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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers 304

judgecorp (778838) writes "Three weeks after Russia asserted that Crimea is part of its territory, the social networks have a problem: how to categories their users from the region? Facebook and the largest Russian social network, Vkontakte, still say Crimeans are located in Ukraine, while other Russian social networks say they are Russians. Meanwhile, on Wikipedia, an edit war has resulted in Crimea being part of Russia, but shaded a different colour to signify the territory is disputed. Search engine Yandex is trying to cover both angles: its maps service gives a different answer, depending on which location you send your query from."
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

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  • Set up a website to support my Android app, and after a couple months I started getting a flood of referrer spam filling up my logs. All of it from a couple dozen different netblocks in the Ukraine. I tried a couple different techniques to filter out the bad guys, but at this point I just toss all the netblocks into the reject pile in my htaccess file.

    Does anyone actually get legitimate traffic from the Ukraine anyway?

    Sure, the real-world violence and power struggles are sad. But from an internet perspective, I have a hard time seeing much to care about.

  • by Antique Geekmeister ( 740220 ) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @10:12AM (#46756223)

    > And yes I think if Texas voted to join Mexico the USA would accep

    Not a _chance_. Texas has oil, just like Iraq.

  • by DERoss ( 1919496 ) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @11:00AM (#46756647)

    The Crimea is Putin's Sudetenland.
    The Ukraine will be Putin's Czechoslovakia.
    See [].

  • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Tuesday April 15, 2014 @12:08PM (#46757583) Homepage Journal

    The American Civil War was not a war over slavery. It was a war over Federal vs. State control

    It really was about slavery. The notion the South were just concerned about Fed being "too powerful" and being likely to "force" them to do things they didn't want to do over them kinda ignores the fact that whole Fugitive Slave thing, where the South was using the Federal government to force the North to do things they didn't want to do, and the Federal government turned out not to be powerful enough to do it.

    And it was the complete failure of the Fugitive Slave acts, and the fact that the whole free trade/movement thing meant that without such a law, the South would be competely unable to deal with escaping slaves, that created the actual triggers for the creation of the Confederacy.

    States Rights? There's a stronger argument that the North was fighting for those over the South. After failing to work within the system to force the North to do things they found completely abhorent, the South wanted to bypass the constitution completely by declaring independence and using its economic and military might instead. The North even limited its response to a silent "WTF" until the South fired first. The rest is history.

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