Mr. Assange's people can leak some Hillary Clinton documents/emails, he might get some people in the USA to give him some help. Probably not the ones he wants, but you never know.
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In those days, there weren't powerpoint presentations, just a carousel slide show and hopefully they didn't have too many. Cameras? probably not allowed, as they supplied ONE 36mm slide for you to take with you and some press blurb. We've come a long way,
The problem is that MANY people don't know how to make presentations, and they ALL use powerpoint as a crutch usually putting the audience asleep. A good presentation is a sight to behold and you don't forget them. Unfortunately they are few and far between.
I discovered one of these on the operating system I worked on in the 70's. Turns out that the calculation of 'leap year' is done when the time was entered on the console (before CMOS clocks). The problem would happen if one entered the time in December of a non leap year (like 1975) and if the machine ran continuously till February 29th. Since the determination of leap year was done in 1975, and 1976 was a leap year, it wouldn't register.
Of course the likelihood of the machine being up for that long was sooo remote, they didn't consider it a bug. The remedy is to just enter the date some time in January, and go from there. There was really no need to reboot. Sadly the machine was sold for scrap in 1983 after a bankruptcy.
As the language grows, it (by nature) becomes more complex. The C language (for example) is described (an older version) in a book by the originators (K & R) that is only a 1/2 inch thick (I just measured it!). C++ in its originator book (from a bunch of years ago, I don't have it in front of me, but Bjarne DID sign my copy) is about 1.5 inches thick. Given this the language is at least three times as complex, and getting more so. Most "modern" languages (I include C++ here) are getting more complex by the minute, and they are getting too complex for one person to "know" without propping open some sort of reference. The problem is that the complexities are getting ignored and people use a "known subset" and fake the rest of it.
Of course it gets worse when you need to link against some library, and (in C++) everything gets redefined because the author that it would be "cute". Then you attempt to learn another set of exceptions just to get your "simple task" done. It is a never ending task.
Of course it gets worse. A book on python (Programming Python by Mark Lutz) is even thicker (a good 3 inches) and learning the language is even more difficult. It is a never ending task.
As mentioned before "The nice thing about standards is that there are so many". To which I add: "and they are getting more complex!"
I long for the Fortran 66 (an improvement over Fortran II) days, but that is just me.
Yes, I did program a machine with Fortran II as its most complex language. It was a while ago!
You can even buy a small kit (sparkfun.com) that allows you to read them. It includes a couple of cards as well. Of course the sensor needs to be pretty close (for the cheaper sensor, I have), but it works quite well. One of these days, I'll make it unlock/lock my computer when I go away for a while.
I have yet to try it on US passport cards. I'll be able to do that in a couple of days.
In a project I worked on we cooked in a "master" password that allowed entry into the system. We went to great lengths to deny that it existed to "higher ups". I was told that eventually it was released in dire circumstances (it would have necessitated a site visit). The funny thing was that it was a relatively simple password, just the companies initials as control characters. I have no idea if any of these systems exist almost 30 years later. I was laid off before the company was sold off.
So, these things happen all the time. The saying goes: "Can you keep a secret?" to which the proper answer is "yes", but the next phrase is "So can I".
Get Boeing to sponsor it and allow researchers try to do something fancy. They don't even need to fly the plane, just do "something weird" to the navigation net.
As any good security guy knows that physical separation is best. The only thing that MIGHT be connected is a power supply (if they are smart!).
This should be found out quickly. Point fingers unfounded is a useless exercise, which is happening now.
Me? Only worried that the screens will go blank at the "good parts" of the movie.
p.s. There is always the circuit breaker!
On the US TV Show _Last Week Tonight_ (HBO) they had a segment on patent trolls. It was quite interesting and included a video of the Samsung Ice rink that is right outside the federal courthouse in the Eastern District of Texas (it was quite humorous!).
They also talked about the legislation that was stalled in the US Senate because of (you guessed it!) the trial lawyers association (surprise! surprise!). If you can look at this episode (or El Reg can get a link) you will find it quite interesting!
My observation of an Apple store that right across the mall from a Microsoft one was quite informative. The Microsoft store ALWAYS had more store personnel than customers, so I suppose you would get "personal service". The Apple store on the other hand had a long line out the door waiting to get in, and gobs of people inside looking (and buying as I observed) at product. I couldn't say as much for the Microsoft Store which was also trying to lasso customers in the mall proper (they were demoing a Kinnect[sp?] thing).
All of this reinforced the fact that having AAPL stock is a "good thing".
They would be "really cool" of you had that switch controlled opacifier type glass. One flip of a switch and it all turns out dark.
Of course any BOFH worth his salt would have an auxiliary switch to turn the function in its opposite sense, at the most opportune time. I suppose that is another story.
But the magic glass is a bit pricy so I doubt that bean counters would approve and the general idea of glass conference rooms with the nice sound board qualities of the glass well known would be a terrible thing.
Thankfully at the last place I worked at, you just plugged in your computer and DHCP did the rest. The telephones were that way as well. Unfortunately the phones didn't allow for bluetooth headsets, but I solved that by going to ebay and getting a more improved model, and the bluetooth adapter. The phone/IT people never discovered I did it. When I left, I took my goodies with me, and left behind the "original" stuff. It was nice to have the computer sound AND the telephone in my ear so as to not annoy anyone.
None of this silly DEC stuff. Of course my work wasn't on IBM stuff either. The drum printer I used was a nice XDS 7440 beast (oem'd from NCR). You could hear that thing get loud when it printed a line of $'s at the end of the job.
We replaced it (it was leased) with a slower chain printer that "kinda" worked. I programed it to pint the chain sequence and the hammer force opened up the printer gate, stopping the printer. I didn't do that too often. Now I have a Centronics B300 printer which works quite nicely.
Of course there is the 1132 printer (also EBCDIC) that was slow as molasses and only a 48 character set. We printed out pictures from the TV camera. It was a long time ago.
...a babe who actually KNOWS the hardware that is being displayed, and can answer actual questions. Unfortunately these are few and far between. The other unfortunate problem is that the male of the species thinks that anyone with the extra X chromosome is a "booth babe" who has no clue and thus are skipped over.
Oh, well. On an up note, I've worked with a bunch of great "babes" who actually know things. Unfortunately already married.
I don't know about how it will turn out, but they need to relay, given their (sedentary) lifestyle. Just watch an episode of _The Big Bank Theory_ (a documentary) and imagine the characters running even a mile. Just doesn't compute.
p.s. My brother-in-law does need the exercise but has a bad knee (sorry Wayne!).
...when it reads the (formerly) sign that says "Resume Speed, Thank you" that were prevalent in Nevada in days of old (pre 1974). Does it accelerate to match the speed that others are going.
My mom traveled on these roads and crossed Nevada (California to Utah) in 4 hours. I'll let those refer to map sites to figure out the average speed.
I miss those days. Unlimited speed limits don't exist in my country. (*SIGH*)
Some people use dialup to this day. Unfortunately web sites don't understand this slowness. Perhaps this will educate them, but I'm not holding my breath!
As for the "back when..." I used an ASR33 teletype. Programming a "reasonable size" project at that speed REALLY humbled you! It is a lesson many people still haven't learned!
Wimps. Any good programmer from the 60's knows that full formed characters are much better. The 1403 used a nice chain that had several alphabets in total. If you used lower case, there were fewer, and the printer ran slower as a result.
The 1403 also had an automatic lid that would rise up when the printer needed to be fed (paper). One learned very early NOT to put coffee cups on the surfaces of the printer lest you liked mopping up spillage.
Me? I've got a 300 LPM band printer ans several daisy wheel printers in varying states of working. Nothing beats the sound of a nice working band/chain printer.
One the biggest problems with picture taking (on whatever media you chose) is the composition. The "old school" people who took pictures on silver based emulsions typically has some composition skills, having them passed down through the ages. The more modern silicon image sensor people are more concerned with "selfies" and the background (not very significant) and the composition is VERY lacking.
Note to the cell phone picture takers: A lesson in composition is very helpful!
Then the running operating system wouldn't have vulnerabilities. The BIOS could be sent out to pasture and basically ignored.
Oh, wait, there is already an operating system that does much of this.
The other alternative is a BIOS that the OS vendor controls.
I can see it now. FCC mandates IPv4 for "compatibility" reasons. Rest of world, running out of IPv4 addresses converts to IPv6. USA stifled.
Look, it could happen. Rotary dial telephones still work for "compatibility". One might think this is a good thing. Of course VoIP people don't do this (I just tried!).
So, yes WE'RE DOOMED (sorry for the Charlie Brown reference, baseball season is starting).
Microsoft has many definitions for this word. A recent example was how soon the replacement for Windows XP was to arrive on the scene.
Then again the word "better" has definitions as well. Like Vista was to be better than XP, and Windows 8 was better than Windows 7. Time will tell if Windows 10 is better than Windows
You may just get it.
Of course, if you are a big company (there are many who have thumbs in the pie here), you can make up dictates and the people who you are trying to "help" get left out in the cold.
In another context this was said: "No deal is better than a bad deal". It may apply here!
If this were "done right", the blasting of the USB port would take place AFTER injection of the STUXNET virus. Wait for it to be injected, THEN blast away after a nice time interval. You want to remove blame for the injection.
Yes, there is a BOFH sequence here somewhere.
Note to self: Always open up an unknown USB thumb drive before inserting.
Well we all know that the good old USA (or at least some of the people therein) think that Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the USA. Look we have this long "unguarded" border, we both use $$ as currency (which sometimes trades at parity), and we speak (almost) the same language.
The problem is that somehow the American Constitution doesn't seem to work in the "great white (hockey) north". Canada can enact lots of "tell me or jail" laws and they have to live with it. Then again, we have a big cheese who doesn't like it either, but that is a discussion for another (more political) web site.
As for the UK, it is a wonderful country Queen and all. After all they gave us Top Gear!
Long live countries that speak (some form of) English.
All of this reminds me of:
"If any member of your IMF gets caught or killed the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions" and "This recording will self destruct in 10 seconds". Now where is that thermite mixture?
A couple of times. The problem is that I can't understand them very well. I heard from a relative that they keep wanting to know your IP address, and I suggested they respond with 127.0.0.1 hoping that they will infect themselves. Of course I am running a Linux desktop, so I like to play along.
The bigger problem is when my wife answers the phone. She thinks they could be "real". Hopefully I have absolved her of this notion. She hung up on the last call per my suggestion.
I suspect that this will be a bunch of graft that will be extorted from "member states". They will select ones to head the organization in alphabetical order and call it good. One day a country like Iran will be in charge of freedoms and call for mass censorship as the new normal.
Sorry, no thanks.
How about keeping ALL older routers with up to date software. Sure it could be difficult, but when you release things with different numbers many times each year, things add up. Of course an alternative would be to open up things after they are declared "end of life".
p.s. Sometimes you need to go to Russia to get updates (D-Link has an office there).
Isn't obvious that to get rid of nuclear waste you use NukeAway. At least that is what is used in the land of Ork.
As for thermite, it is pretty difficult to get started. In my youth, I tried with magnesium ribbon and it failed miserably. Of course that did not deter me and my brother as we disassembled some firecrackers and used the KNO3+S+C mixture to get the thermite started. The next time I used road flare which did the starting job nicely. A few years later in the 10th grade (4th form) my chemistry teacher made a hole in the lab table with thermite results. It IS very hot!
Sometimes you need to be careful. There might be valuable data on them. Usually a proper BOFH scans for the emails to/from the boss's mistress for good value.
Of course when you attempt a recovery at a later date, you are always guessing "what was the password I used 5 years ago".
...you may just get it.
After we read the multitude of pages and find out how a government agency has really stirred up a hornet's nest. This is a disaster, we just don't know it yet. Time will tell just how bad it really is. Unfortunately the rules are not "RFC's", but they should be.
If it ain't broke, DON'T fix it!!
If some vendor does something with the traffic we customers get, I'm sure that there will be another vendor that won't do it. The internet has grown BECAUSE it hasn't been regulated. We have reasonable standards body (IETF) and contributions by even the "little people" if they have something to contribute. Even there is some lightheartedness (wait till April 1). Does anyone believe that if some UN organization was in charge of the internet we would have gotten this far? this soon? We would probably be stuck with X.25 at 56k bps circuit switched.
Let me repeat:
If it ain't broke, DON'T fix it
Is a simple lottery ticket. You buy it for one buck/quid and that's its value. The "opening of the box" is when they draw the number and you find out if it is "dead" (valueless), or "alive" (worth something) for various values of "alive".
The best explanation was the episode of _The Big Bang Theory_ when Penny and Leonard have their first kiss.
Note: This show is not a comedy, it is a documentary. I have this on VERY good authority from my brother in law who works at JPL.
We are all in the wrong business. As the saying goes, find a need and fill it. There must be another thing that "improves" something in audio.
The sad thing is that they will probably play tunes with MP3 compression and not even notice the difference. Oh, the MP3 player will probably have a (noisy) vacuum tube (valve) in its pre-amp to add more "warmth".
I remember working on a project in the mid 80's. One of the guys wanted to take a picture of the PC board we had. At the time we had the EPROMS covered in a white paper sticker. A flash on the camera glitched it. We changed to silvered stickers and the problem went away.
Lesson learned. Semiconductors are light sensitive. Thankfully the effect is transient, and after a reset all was well with the world.
Whoever did the hack (the finger pointing hasn't ceased) and the subsequent demand for the film not to be released made up for the fact that it isn't that good of a film. We will never know how the film would have fared if there wasn't so much PR.
Just remember, there is a saying "There is no such thing as bad PR". Spin doctors have this down to a fine art.
...to pay your "Stupidity Tax". Of course I do it as well here in sunny California. Thankfully my rate of payment for this silly tax amounts to around $50/year.
It has been said that the odds of winning are the same weather you play or not, and I have actually proven it to be true. I've picked up a bunch of winning tickets just lying around that others have passed over. The first was one left on a copier that got me 5 bucks.
Live and learn.
I also note that when Comdex was up and running in
Lost Las Wages Vegas, the locals didn't like it too much as the geeks didn't gamble too much, knowning the odds.
As the old adage goes: Find a need and fill it.
At least he is setting up the web site to be "useful". Of course, the others who buy $15k domains "on spec" are asking for trouble. What should happen is for the REAL speculators should get only pennies for their efforts.
Then some things lead to weirdness when "accountonline" is actually a well known bank. Go figure (I can't!).
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