Re: Airgap Russia?
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Been there, seen that. Quietly recovered floppies with PC Tools unformat and carried on.
Actually there was more to it. This person wasn't a misanthrope, but an engineer who had recently read about new class of "CMOS viruses" and was clearly afraid of them.
Others tried to explain him that common RTC chips had only about 70 bytes of CMOS memory. Furthermore, as the BIOS never tried to execute code from it, there was simply no way to use RTC as an attack vector. Yes, there were some viruses around which wiped the RTC CMOS memory, but that wasn't quite the same thing as propagating from there.
He, as a supreme engineer, obviously knew better and proceeded to format all floppies in sight. Which we quickly recovered once he had left the area.
Later he went on to become a fully blown PHB.
And 25 years later, with the advent of UEFI, flash-based viruses became possible.
"If I'm not mistaking RedHat abandoned desktop 10 years ago in favor of server"
RH is not promoting desktop products loudly, but they're very much available.
"Imagine the fun we'd have if Nominet did this for .uk. Only British Citizens - all ye EU folk can lose your domains."
Officially that's exactly how they operate. Not sure how strictly they're enforcing their rules, but rules themselves are pretty clear.
Bah. Those pesky little facts tend to ruin a perfectly good wail. Again.
"Sigh. This behaviour is a big contributor to why I voted leave."
If that is your main motivator, then you probably have to vote to leave the UK too.
"You do all know that your parents said exactly the same things about electric appliances and computers when they came out, hell your grandparents said it about the telephone and about vaccines etc."
Except they didn't. Those inventions you listed were accepted quite easily. There was of course a matter of affordability - people just couldn't buy two dozens of electrical appliances for a monthly wage.
Three women walk on a road. They see a drunk man without his pants sleeping on the roadside, face hidden in the grass, but tender parts well visible.
"That's not my husband." sighs one of the ladies with relief.
"Yes, that's not your husband." concurs the other.
"He's not from this town at all!" exclaims the third lady.
"The biblical proscription of homosexuality is "man with man". There is a long tradition*** of defining a "man" as a male who can grow a strong beard. This allows the sophistry that a "boy" by that definition is not a "man" - and therefore not included in the proscription."
Another gem of sophistry: if the commandment says "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife", then it does not forbid lusting after the neighbour himself.
A Chinese man and his Jewish friend were walking along one day when the Jewish man whirled and slugged the Chinese man and knocked him down.
"What was that for?" the Chinese man asked.
"That was for Pearl Harbor!" the Jewish man said.
"Pearl Harbor? That was the Japanese. I'm Chinese."
"Chinese, Japanese, you are all the same!"
They continued walking and after a while the Chinese man whirled and knocked the Jewish man to the ground.
"What was that for?" the Jewish man asked.
"That was for the Titanic!"
"The Titanic? That was an iceberg."
"Eisberg, Goldberg, you are all the same."
"I can also state with some authority that Dell's Powervault TL line are re-badged IBM TS units"
Sort of. It's a German company called BDT that supplies both Dell and IBM (TS3100/TS3200 models) with lower end tape libraries. Same design was also sold as Oracle SL24/SL48 until Oracle replaced them with indigeneous SL150. HP MSL2024/48 are also OEM'd from BDT.
To briefly touch the article, Quantum/ADIC designs are actually quite popular in the midrange market. IBM TS3310 was definitely one of those. Not sure about TS4300, haven't seen it in the wild yet.
High end libraries are usually not OEM'd. IBM TS3500/TS4500, Oracle SL3000/SL4000/SL8500, HP ESL are all original designs. And fascinating beasts they are too.
"But it's a shame people don't recognise the absolute need for a PR advisor/ handler"
Tesla has lost lots of PR people over time. Not sure if there are any left who could handle him if needed.
In one case Elon tried the PR job for two weeks and decided he's just as good at it:
"Especially UPS batteries - the APC one I have had a large battery tray that one man can barely lift and - taking it apart to look at the individual battery modules (which is just a bunch of RPC6's wired together to give 48V and more capacity), there is no fuse on the battery itself."
Most APC battery packs do have fuses inside them. 96V RBC44 packs certainly have them. 24V packs like RBC55. 48V pack RBC43 does too.
"one of my favourites being the CDROM manufacturer that used a command commonly used for other functions to equal 'brick the firmware'"
Yup, that one was a neat job. CD-RW write cache flush command wasn't necessary for the CD-ROM drive. Fair enough. But instead of simply ignoring it, they interpreted it as firmware download command. Which erased the current drive firmware (without further checks) and started to wait for a new firmware image. Pretty botched-up thinking.
"[...] but the alliteration and repetition made it extremely annoying to read."
"Presumably they were essential characteristics in the original Finnish oral history. Human memory seems to be aided by such devices."
Yes, mnemonical qualities were important. For many centuries there was no way to write texts down, they were passed on via oral tradition. But there's something else too - old chants have a hint of magic about them. Or, for a modern reader, an aspiration of magic. See 'shamanism'.
This nice overview has a bit about Kalevala too:
"So yes I can buy a standard replacement LCD panel from a wide range of third-party vendors, but for it to work, I need the variant that has the IBM/Lenovo product id"
Most certainly isn't the case with IBM Thinkpads. Nor earlier Lenovo machines like T400 to T430. I have done plenty of screen/HDD/SSD/memory replacements for those. Anything with a compatible interface can work.
- IBM and Lenovo have always used BIOS whitelists for internal Wifi/Bluetooth/3G cards. Smells more like a FCC certification issue. This whitelist is actually easy to bypass. Search for BIOS error 1802 and off you go.
- T43 had a whitelist for suitable ATA harddisks. That was due to shoddy SATA/ATA bridge design. Again possible to bypass.
- There is a slim possibility that Lenovo has sneaked something into their very latest models. I haven't dissected them much. But in this case we have no reason to talk about IBM device ID's, because IBM hasn't been involved in design decisions since 2006.
"b) Make it impossible to navigate using the mouse in any sensible fashion. It is literally impossible to move up or down one page at time without moving your hand off of the mouse to the keyboard."
Tee-hee. There was a page (without scrollbars as the custom is) where clever designers re-used PgUp & PgDn keys for...drumroll...language selection!
Hitting PgDn changed the page from English to Chinese. Took a bit of wondering about what the hell just happened. After some troubleshooting - several reloads, clearing of cookies, etc - I traced my last actions and managed to hit PgUp key to get back to English. Page help obviously neglected to mention such a valuable feature. And no, providing usual dropdown box for changing the language was obviously too passè.
Aren't we living in wonderful times. So much progress around us.
"It's still a laptop, with the same standard screens and standard processors and standard RAM modules as the one I showed you."
Nope. Thinner screens, lower voltage processors in the BGA package, RAM soldered on the planar.
"They've just put it in a smaller box"
And that happens to be the hard part. Also the most expensive part. That 'just' is in no way justified.
Granted, I am also wary of that price tag and unnecessary (for me that is) slimming. Not their target customer really. But it's at least conceivable that there are people who appreciate such design and are willing to pay that price.
"Having a treatment/antidote does not mean having the ability to make the poison in the first place."
Especially if the antidote isn't very specific (having been designed as an antidote for one specific poison).
Atropine has been available for many decades if not more. Well, definitely longer, because it's an extract of the deadly nightshade. Strong poison by itself. But it's useful against a good number of conditions, like pesticide poisonings and some heart problems.
I don't know whether ambulance crews in the UK carry it, but it's still part of the standard ambulance kit in my neck of woods.