Note that once it's know that the backdoor *exists*
Various groups will never stop looking for their access protocols and how to access it.
The point is it's guaranteed to be there.
How does this not end badly?
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Various groups will never stop looking for their access protocols and how to access it.
The point is it's guaranteed to be there.
How does this not end badly?
"I think he looks like a Harkonnen, personally."
It's that malevolent gleam in his eye that says "All your phone encryption and IP addresses belong to me"
Because it is.
Released documents of agencies concerned or company whose share price will go down the toilet if public trust in them is shattered.
Part of the justification for the mostly-solid A6 was its commonality with the SRB's on the Vega, which is already flying.
Part of the A5 problem is that the upper stage is not relightable. This means that when Ariane try to get 2 sats to launch together they have to close to the same part of the GEO orbit.
While I can sort of understand this for the LH2/LO2 US Astus propellants are hypergolic and ignite on contact.
The other issue is that sat weights have been creeping up and getting a heavy + medium weight pair together is getting harder. However the payload rise is not beyond the bounds of an upgrade starting with the Vehicle Equipment Bay . This thing is in carbon fibre and is less than 1/2 the diameter and no taller than the one on the Saturn V (whose computer weighted about 50Kg and whose gyros weighed another 50Kg without the GN2 to spin them up) yet it weighs the same (the Saturn one was built in Al honeycomb by IBM, not a company known for their light weight structures engineering). The Saturn V Instrument Unit was also designed to carry a 100 tonne Apollo stack on top.
IMHO there is something seriously wrong with this design.
Roughly "If I'd a time machine and a rifle I''d go back to Kill Devil Hill and shoot it down."
Although I think he was more thinking of all the airline operators that had gone down the pan over the years and taken billions of share holders dosh with them.
Trouble is that would drop investment bank profits down to "absurd" from "obscene"
And you can bet no management wants that.
I'd think anyone who's seen "Bitter Lake" will be thinking.
1) Get Saudia Arabia to stop funding the indoctrination of Wahhabism in foreign schools.
2) Get Saudia Arabia to stop exporting these nut jobs abroad and handle their own s**t.
3) Call up the CO of 617 Sqdr and tell him there's a bunch of dams that need demolishing.
If most of the 9/11/01 bombers were from Saudi Arabia, where should the states of the world be focusing their attention?
Bend over America.
If you tolerate this then your children will be next.
"If supporting the NSA helps prevent those pesky, uncomfortable questions about his family's close ties with the Saudi royal family from being asked, what's the problem?"
That's before they invited the House of Saud's good friends the Bin Laden's around for a "Get to know you" barbeque
Mind you their eldest (Osama I think) weren't much of a drinker, but he was partial to a nice piece of cooked beef.
If one of his brothers is the Governor of a key marginal state and the votes kind of slid toward his side.
"...to screw up so badly our gov cancels a contract and still demand termination charges."
Your forgetting that Raytheon is a US Govt con-tractor.
The USG (I think this is unique in the developed world) can unilaterally any contract with no notice and no payment.
Anyone who actually follows their contract is viewed as a soft touch relative to that.
I'm not sure my heart can stand the strain,
Perhaps they might do this more often.
Which I think is getting closer to "space elevator" grade materials.
"Because nothing else is based around the idea of building a light car with a turbo engine that runs at 15k rpm minimum.
And a energy recovery system on both the brakes and the turbo that generates 180hp.
And can withstand 190miles (Silverstone) continuously.
And roughly 800miles (rounded down - 4 races per engine) overall before something can be replaced.
And the g's of braking from 200mph multiple times a lap for 52 laps (Silverstone again).
And has to fit into a very small space.
You forgot. A cockpit/seat that can allow the drive to survive a 200mph crash without an airbag.
Well, you're trying to take them to court.
QED You are an extremist.
If your in a departments page you'd probably want to search that departments back pages, yes?
TBF some of this is the front end to mainframe systems that most of these little darlings know f**k all about and would not understand if it was explained to them.
What could possibly go wrong?
"Science is a model - all of it. So, you're saying that the whole of science is wrong?"
Given the context of the discussion that would be a General Circulation Model of the atmosphere and the oceans.
But for the more stupid I will make it explicit as well.
I was referring to GCM's. none of which report a temperature plateau and all predict higher CO2 --> higher temperature.
More data collection, less "extrapolation."
Perhaps this will explain why the temperature rise all models have AFAIK predicted is not, in fact, happening?
Beyond the obvious fact all models are wrong.
They'll analyse the development process and find why it wasn't picked up in development.
Build a tool to find all the other places the code does not match.
Verify there are reasons why they don't match or if not which (if either ) is the correct value
Update the system
Run the changed modules through regression testing (including the revised tests to find the new faults).
Will it happen.
A couple of points
Non matching numbers is not IT that's administration or source code control.
OTOH if that number can be updated by human input that should be most carefully controlled.
BTW is anyone thinking "Hmm, 193. Not 255 or 128?"
Just so random.
Which IIRC the HMRC took about £11m off him.
IE about 0.5 % of the total.
Nice deal if you can get it (and of course if you need, as perhaps he really doesn't own that much m'lord).
But apparently not.
Unless of course the surveillance is ongoing, in which case they won't.
"We destroyed your freedom to keep you safe"
Thanks a f**king bunch.
There's a lot of that in the ground/ocean already and replacing a bunch of repeaters with basically a short length of passive fibre (if you can't pull one of them through into the chamber and join them directly) is going to save some people a very great deal of money.
He who owns the data
I think most peoples mobiles would have trouble picking up a cell tower 2 miles away.
Standardized building layouts and colour schemes make the problem much simpler to deal with.
The big joke is doing the bed.
Simply collect up the stuff after a single use and have a separate "pillow and duvet laying machine"?
I'm surprised "capsule" hotels don't have more automated "room processing" already.
Several companies tried various rifts on the LEO (or MEO) comms game back then. I think there were about 5 of them with proposals.
Several RLV companies thought this was the killer app.
IIRC only Orbcomm (SMS from space, OK for tracking long distance truck drivers) and Iridium (very expensive calls to oil exploration workers in the field, later the DoD) actually launched. Both are on their 2nd (or 3rd) generations.
The RLV companies just died.
There is some speculation that this will be the application that needs all those reusable F9 1st stages that SpaceX is hoping to recover and refurbish over the coming years.
Was that before or after they started getting data from the NSA directly.?
Pharma company can actually be arsed to do the work.
This has been a looooong time coming.
Actually getting the customers input to the problem before the "solution" is set in concrete.
Back in the day SOP in the construction industry was to force suppliers into bankruptcy to avoid payment.
This is no longer legal as AIUI the debt is still owed to the liquidators.
I'm all for companies charging interest. It's maximum level is not usury but it's enough to stop big companies not using you like their personal bank, which is in effect what is happening.
The audacity of these economic production units.
How dare they.
"As someone who has been around DEC kit being used for safety related stuff in UK for three decades (either as development host, or target platform (eg European Air Traffic Control), or both) I can safely say that although I encountered several instances of Coral and a handful of RTL/2, I came across writeups of the language but never came across a real Jovial, host or target, and I'm not aware that any of my US colleagues did either. [Iirc, a few of the Coral applications started with 'BEGIN CORAL; BEGIN CODE;' followed by in-line assembler for the remainder of the application]"
For a more complete list of JOVIAL apps (and development hosts) can be found here.
"All you get from passing the ACV tests is the knowledge that some version of the ACV tests were passed using some version of the compiler and some version of the runtime."
Ever wondered why embedded dev teams who do life threatening mission critical code are very reluctant to change their tool chain, including new releases?
"For all those months, the DNS Server had operated as if the Mainframe connection was a Temporary connection that would Go Away as soon as the "Session" was complete.
6 Months Later, the Same Problem occurred AGAIN.
The Same ID10T had reset the URL in the Exact Same manner and not managed to rub together the two brain cells that should have Fixed the problem the First Time."
"Bodge" coders (and their counterparts "bodge" sysadmins) can "fix" anything.
They're just not very good at the critical thinking needed to ensure it stays fixed, by doing the necessary spade work.
By their work, so will you know them.
"RTL2 was another matter. It seemed to incorporate the worst features of C and Pascal, with none of their redeeming characteristics, and a buggy compiler to boot. I remember compiling RTL2 to PDP11 assembler, and then having to get the overlays right to fit it all into 48K. Building got easier when the output was M68K, the compiler was no less buggy though."
AFAIK RTL/2 predates C and is around the same age as Pascal.
One of Unix's lesser appreciated gifts to the world was putting YACC and lex into the hands of anyone who wanted them. Suddenly if you wanted a compiler (and where prepared to invest a relatively small amount of time) you could have it
Before that if you wanted a compiler it was fire up the assembler, and prepare for pain. I would suspect that RTL/2 (like early C) didn't really have a formal "standard" and at any given moment they either hacked the compiler to match the (desired) behavior or hacked the standard to formalize what the compiler could do (without massive surgery to its structure).
With "hilarious" consequences all round.
Keep in mind that the "classic" PDP 11s did not have memory management hardware (IIRC that came with the 11/780s and the VAX's ).
BTW the British Teletext systems ran on PDP 11's running RTL/2 code before being retired in a C rewrite.
"These days gcc and gnat mean that in general 'only' the code generating bits need to be target specific, other kind and clever people have done most of the rest in a target-independent fashion, and you can have it (source included) for free."
Unfortunately the problem is not that you have a good compiler (Which is maybe 1/3 the problem. You need versions of the Ada standard packages and some version of the defined Ada development environment, ideally tools using the DIANA intermediate language.
But you're still not done.
You have to prove it. That's where you need a certified Ada validation suite from someone like NIST or BSI to prove what your compiler does (and does not) compile meets the Ada standard exactly
Do I have to say you won't find one of these on the shelves at PC World?
It's about giving the customer the certainty that the customers code will do exactly what the standard says it will do (although wheather they realize exactly what that is is another matter).
I know. It's anal, it's bureaucratic, it's slow but it's how they roll.
And honestly if you're sitting in one of those metal tubes in the sky would you really have it any other way?
Surely, citizen you know no such flight has ever entered UK airspace.
"It's just they're heading to somewhere different to where they said they would."
Isn't that an alarm, not a systems crash type event?
Looking a bit further I found IBM did supply a JOVIAL compiler under their "Type III" license.
IOW It was freeware.
No guarantee supplied. Use at owners risk.
Possibly not what you're looking for to crunch the code for you mission (and life) critical ATC app.
The commercial ones were hosted on it as cross compilers for things like the 1750A and Zilog 8002 (apparently the F16 was a design win for this puppy. Defense con-tractors. Crazy).
My recollection of JOVIAL was it was common on DEC boxes but as cross compilers to deep embedded kit.
"This would be a good opportunity to examine whether a central ATC is optimal when transponders + computers in each aircraft could, like a swarm of birds, create a self-organising complex system."
The trouble with all such brilliant ideas such as yours is they fail to account for all the stuff that's in the sky that does not have the room/power/aerial to mount a part of you "swarm."
That's better tracked from a central site (or rather a series of "central" sites, usually called "airports") and reported as a proverbial "unidentified flying object."
"OS/370 and its descendants were running mission critical workdwide apps when you were in nappies boy. "
Could you say with an "Emperor Palpatine" voice?
For the more humor impaired in the audience I should say I absolutely agree. I wonder if this is the one they got off the FAA in the states, and does it still have valves in it, as their last one is reputedly said to have had.
Reading the story and the comments 2 things intrigue me.
1) It looks like it was a "bug" in the data that borked the primary, then it did the secondary, which tried to switch back to the primary. So what kind of data can't be sanity checked before its passed into the system (and of course will checking be added to the code now)?
2) I did not know a Jovial compiler for IBM mainframes even existed. Historically it's been for deep embedded systems like aircraft flight computers, ECM systems, radars etc.
"But I've not kept abreast of recent developments, so does any one know what is now being used instead of JOVIAL? (I'm a little surprised the wikipedia article doesn't mention this, so presume the obvious candidate - ADA, isn't quite so obvious or universally used)."
JOVIAL was big for real time control apps. IIRC it did the software for the B52, B1 and F15 at least (off the top of my head). The USN (being the USN) had something else (CSL?, something with a C in it)
I guess the UK equivalent were things like CORAL66 and RTL2 (ICI's in house computer language. No that's not a typo).
In theory Ada was meant to be the cure for this babel of DoD languages (including most of the assembler). But writing a full Ada compiler is a not trivial exercise and the DoD has a lot of odd hardware knocking about. and getting conversion tools to convert old-bonkers-software-originally-running-on-valve-processors has turned out to be a tad expensive.
The big surprise (for me) was having a Jovial compiler for an S/390 (or rather an S/360 as it would have been then). AFAIK when it's IBM mainrframe and it's real time it was assembler (which is how NASA got theirs to deal with the Apollo programme).
Yes that's an anorak.
"Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again?"
That's sort of what they did.
the rest was the mopping up process.