Re: That Fuckhead, Jess Helms

Eugene Leitl (
Tue, 2 Nov 1999 10:49:44 -0800 (PST)

Robert Harley writes:

> Them darn Russkies. Like they haven't had "the bomb" for 50 years
> already. I bet now they'll steal simulation codes from Los Alamos and
> launch simulated weapons at us!

1) You don't need the latest generation of gadgets if you have first
class physicists. Some brains is a great MIPS saver. Of course
most first class physicists have left Russia today.

You only need computers to design NEMP and micro-nukes today. The
technology is quite mature as such.

2) Russia had always their native line of supercomputers (Elbrus, and
successors), albeit lagging behind the U.S. in 1-2 generations. I
also knew personally of one case (~1970s) where regulated hardware was
illegally imported. Big surprise, huh?