Pause to remember Tarawa
The mention of Tarawa should cause one to pause for a moment to remember the Battle of Tarawa, one of the bloodiest of WWII.
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Tne now-defunct Wang Laboratories came up with a model 710 disk, too -- 256K fixed and 256K removable, ca 1973. The hardware and electronics were a phenomenal piece of engineering mediocrity, even for that time. One could have done about as well trying to make a disk drove out of a phonograph turntable with the tone arm recycled as head positioner. But,unlike any disk today, it was byte-addressable.
The Intel 710 article brought it all back in a rush.
I wonder if they retained the Wang feature of electrostatic formatting. Walk across a carpeted floor, touch the control panel bezel, and watch the drive auto-format both platters.
There has never been an excuse for storing passwords in plain text. Doing that and saying security is one of their priorities is right up there with, "Your call is very important to us; please continue to hold..."
Don't worry, these same geniuses are now learning about SQL injection attacks and may devise a defense some day.
Remember the public mess the Governor of SC got into a while back? One of the highest duties of leadership is to set an example. I think the state should make such "facilities" available to all state workers. It could even improve productivity -- less time spent on hypocrisy.
I deal with external customers. They often ask "Where are you located?", fishihg for overseas outsourcing, despite the fact that my native language is the unaccented American English used in broadcasting. I answer truthfully. Sometimes though, an early morning customer is not yet fully awake.
Customer: Where are you located?
Me: Outside Philadelphia, near Valley Forge.
Customer: Oh! Your English is very good!
Me: Vielen Dank, gnädige Frau! Englisch ist meine Muttersprache. (Thank you very much, Madam! English is my native language. -- in German)
Customer: I'll call back after I've had more coffee.
MAD Magazine ran a satire of Telstar (an early comm satellite) in which the viewers' TV picture is replaced by the head of stereotypical alien saying, "We, the people of the planet Saturn, salute your technical achievement, but should you continue to send us reruns of "The Gale Storm Show"* we will have no alternative but to destroy your planet."
*An old American sitcom. Brits please read "Keeping Up Appearances" instead.
"Even if no one wins a particular challenge it doesn't follow that a system is unhackable - just that it wasn't broken this time around."
Exactly. Locks, whether physical or virtual, are merely entry delay mechanisms. The best ones delay entry to such an extent as to make the access irrelevant or such that a potential cracker is deterred from trying.
I used to work in Support for a software publisher.
Best call I ever got was from an excellent customer who never called with the usual dumb mistakes. He had a server farm. The servers were named after characters from "Rocky and Bullwinkle", e.g. Boris, Natasha, Dudley, Nell, etc. He was installing a new server and could think of only one character whose name he hadn't used yet.
Thus, the only reason for his call was to ask, "What was the name of Dudley Doright's horse?" I told him right away and he sent in an excellent customer satisfaction survey.
Given that the anonymous comment was specifically limited to runways, it is correct. However, the A380 cannot operate at many airports due to two other factors:
1. Taxiway clearance. The wingspan is such that there is not always adequate wingtip clearance between a runway and a parallel taxiway.
2. Taxiway width. The A380's outboard engines are rather far out on the wings and they are not allowed to operate over unpaved surfaces due to the possibility of foreign object damage (FOD).
I think the President should use an SR-71. He would get anywhere he wants to go at Mach 3. Let the press and other hangers-on ride in cattle^H^H^H^H^H^H coach on a regular airline flight.
The SR-71s nickname works well in the current context, too.
I was there when Micro Focus bought Intersolv and DataDirect to become Merant. Intersolv ate Micro Focus alive from the inside with their own money, after which the merger came undone. Micro Focus basically started over with the help of venture captital and did a great job of getting from nearly nothing to IPO in about five years.
Looks like they're off to the next round. I'm glad I'm not there any more.
1. Why would anyone with an IQ greater than that of a jelly doughnut want to store their data where AdSense, Doubleclick, and Google analtyics can get at it?
2. Why would anyone want to put their data on any server which is publicly visible?
If access from anywhere is desirable, a VPN server is an inexpensive and far more secure alternative. If clients and/or vendors have a legitimate access need, let them do it through tightly restricted custom views on a VPN server separate from the one employees use.
When my ISP, Cavtel a/k/a Cavalier Telephone, "partnered"* with Google, I signed up for SSH tunneling to a proxy server. The service I use also provides disposable email addresses, all for a reasonable fee. Every packet my ISP sees, including POP3 and SMTP, is encrypted and uses nonstandard port numbers.
*Cavalier Telephone has apparently become too cheap to provide its own email servers and so sells out its customers to Gmail, AdSense, and all the rest of the crud. which goes with it.
When I was a kid, back in the 50s, I did the same thing with technology which was then at least thirty years old -- a bit of lead ore called "galena" and a fine wire. A tuning coil and capacitor were helpful, but not absolutely necessary.
I'll be impressed when they turn out nanotube tubes (valves, auf Britisch) complete with filament, cathode, control grid, and anode. Screen grid and suppressor grid optional.
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