* Posts by Robert 22

139 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Dec 2013


US election workers slammed with phishing, malware-stuffed emails

Robert 22

They tend to throw in requirements for all sorts of documentation that people who have recently moved or are homeless will have trouble providing. The business of purging voter rolls hits those people as well. And the laws are enforced in an uneven way. Governor Youngkin's son, who was not old enough to vote, tried to vote at two locations in the 2020 election without incurring any legal consequences.

Russian military uses Chinese drones and bots in combat, over manufacturers' protests

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Re: There's a reason for the statement

True for nuclear weapons and satellites, but not for most other applications. Mil-spec chips are rated and tested to work over a larger temperature range and use packaging that has a high resistance to moisture.

Florida's content-moderation law kept on ice, likely unconstitutional, court says

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Curious how the people who believe in small government like creating new laws.

Bank had no firewall license, intrusion or phishing protection – guess the rest

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I imagine they were bogus accounts.

Yale finance director stole $40m in computers to resell on the sly

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Re: Justice?

I've heard that banks and other financial institutions rarely report employee fraud because it would be bad publicity. Maybe the same thing here.

Windows 11 growth at a standstill amid stringent hardware requirements

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Re: High requirements

There are likely some bios settings you have to fiddle with.

Alarm raised after Microsoft wins data-encoding patent

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Re: Ban software patents.

I understand that in the US , the Patent Office has to generate revenues to cover operating costs, so nobody has an incentive to reject a patent application as its acceptance would generate a fee for the patent office. On top of this, the staff are under pressure to process patents with a minimal amount of time. So they search through the patent database, and if they don't see something the same, the application gets accepted. Not surprisingly, questionable patents easi9ly get through the system.

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'

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I thought the internet consisted of pipes!

Whistleblower claims NSO offered 'bags of cash' for access to US phone networks

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It is ironic that the people who think that vaccine passports, and even vaccinations, are devices for tracking their victims are, by and large, ignoring these sorts of shenanigans.

US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses

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Re: So true...

There is also the situation where the manager lacks the ability to assess competence and delegates to his buddies and/or those who happen to be good at promoting themselves.

Robert 22

The situation in Canada is similar

The combination of generalist project managers and limited duration assignments is a particularly bad one. There is a big incentive to manage for short term goals. A stream of optimistic progress reports convinces the higher ups that everything is going great while problems are papered over. With a little luck, a promotion follows before reality sets in and the next guy is the one left holding the bag.

Chuck Yeager, sound barrier pioneer pilot, dies at 97

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Re: To boldly go where no man has gone before

Close - it was the Me 110C (actually Bf 110C is the strictly correct designation) that speed was attributed to.

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Re: Old, bold pilots.

'I was watching a Beeb documentary on the RAF in the 50s, and it was saying that they killed 1 to 2 pilots out of every training group (30 - 50 pilots) - before they'd completed the course."

You can imagine how dangerous it was flying prototype aircraft at a time when there was terrific pressure to get planes into service without delay. The early versions of the F-100, the first truly supersonic fighter, had some particularly treacherous flying characteristics. Here is one reference: https://supersabresociety.com/legacy_stories/f-100s-first-naca-flight-with-scott-crossfield/

'Please download in Microsoft Excel': Meet the tech set to monitor IT performance across central UK government

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I worked for a government R&D organization that tried to use excel to manage their whole program, including text describing projects, their status, and funding. Among other things, you would see financial figures for your expenditures that you knew could not possibly be correct. I still have a recollection of accessing the spreadsheet after one of the managers announced minor adjustments in the allocation of project funding at 5 minutes to 5 on a Friday. I was shocked to find that half my project funding had disappeared completely without warning.

Anyways, I think we could claim to have the worlds largest and most useless spread sheet.

How can we recruit for the future if it takes an hour to send an email, asks Air Force AI bigwig in plea for better IT

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Re: Parkinson's Law

Strictly speaking, Parkinson's law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

Robert's first law of management is perhaps more specific to this situation: :The amount of time and effort spent on a decision is inversely proportional to its impprtance".

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Re: Old machines

If the amount of crap one of the other responders reports is running simultaneously, it sounds like thaey need 16 GB of memory and, for sure, an SSD.

Japan solves 5G airliner conundrum: Keep mobe masts 200m from airport approach paths. That's it

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Re: Protectionism ?

You might want to talk to the cost engineers. But seriously, it does sound like someone cut a few corners.

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Re: Protectionism ?

"For an easier to observe situation, tune your car radio to an FM station and drive close to a commercial FM transmitter on a nearby frequency. Most car radios will lose the first station when they get within a a couple hundred meters of the tower."

That is known as desensitization - it is a well known behavior of radios, particularly low cost units since their designers will have accepted various compromises to reduce cost. (BTW, an FM radio station will typically operate at much higher power levels than a 5G base station).

The thing that absolutely baffles me is that most countries take spectrum management seriously. Experimental measurements and simulations are used to determine whether a change will result in interference with existing systems and users. This is pretty much essential if you are going to manage the spectrum to (a) maximize economic benefits (provide services that users are willing to use) and (b) avoid interference (so that legal users can actually use the spectrum without bad things happening).

Did the telecom industry use political influence to bypass or override consideration by the people involved in spectrum management?

Ukraine blames Belarus for PC-wiping 'ransomware' that has no recovery method and nukes target boxen

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It would seem that the intent has changed. Ransomware has the primary aim of extracting money from the victims. Also, any exfiltrated data might be marketable. This malware is clearly intended to do damage. Furthermore, by masquerading as ransomware, victims will waste time and effort, and possibly money, trying to get their data back.

No defence for outdated defenders as consumer AV nears RIP

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We have met the enemy and he is us.

AT&T, Verizon delay 5G C-band rollout over FAA fears of passenger plane radars jammed by signals

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If the radar altimeter band is different and not harmonically related, I have difficulty seeing what the issue is. I suppose that there is the possibility that strong signals could overload and desensitize the radar altimeter, but I would expect that there should be good bandpass filtering at its input.

I would have thought that it would be fairly easy to demonstrate the potential for problems in a lab environment, but see no indications that this has been done. Is everything just speculation???

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of fraud: Blood-testing machines were vapourware after all

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Re: But, she did do one good thing

It speaks volumes that the makeup of the board was obviously intended to impress outsiders far more than it was to provide oversight or guidance.

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Re: Sentencing will be interesting

Compartmentalized organizational structures are sometimes justifiable when highly sensitive information is being handled. However, in my experience, they are often a result of people either trying to hide things (Enron and Theranos come to mind) or inflate their importance (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king). In either case, they are likely to work out badly.

ASUS recalls motherboards that flame out thanks to backwards capacitors

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Re: New laptop board? It's a new laptop according to MS activation. Get a new license.

OEM vendors, such as Dell, will usually install a version of Windows that is licensed for the motherboard. If you rep[lace the motherboard with anything different, the OS is unlikely to activate.

If you have a transferable version of Windows, it is often helpful to link your license to your Microsoft account. Note that the OS key that appears in the registry is a generic key that can't be used for activation.

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Re: Reminds me of a place I used to work at

There was probably a machine involved, but if the parts were loaded incorrectly ....

Dutch nuclear authority bans anti-5G pendants that could hurt their owners via – you guessed it – radiation

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Re: Source of radiation

I hear it is a remarkably effective treatment for covid.

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Re: Rocky atoll for sale

The phone may well have had wi-fi enabled.

Aside from this, wi-fi and 4g signals have considerable similarity to 5g signals, particularly as the higher 5g bands are not yet in widespread use.

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Actually, these pendants could serve a valuable function. One could use a geiger counter to warn of the presence of these idiots. Much better fro tracking than Bill Gate's non-existent microchips.

RAF shoots down 'terrorist drone' over US-owned special ops base in Syria

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Re: Technically fantastic but...

Seems that a helicopter would be much more cost effective.

The fighter will stall if it is not flying many times the top speed of the drone and its weapons systems are overkill.

£42k for a top-class software engineer? It's no wonder uni research teams can't recruit

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In my professional life, I worked for a Canadian government R&D lab. I noticed that management disdained software development and engineering as activities that were unworthy of a scientist. At the same time, we had very few support staff, and these were mostly technologists. There was the idea that we could simply obtain the services of "pairs of hands" from body shops, but even this became problematic as procurement rules became increasingly unworkable and budgets shrank. At the same time, management expected us to deliver serviceable technology to our clients and was oblivious to the practical realities of the situation that made this virtually impossible.

Phone jammers made my model plane smash into parked lorry, fumes hobbyist

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Re: Failsafe?

The plane in question had a petrol engine - small engines of this sort intended for model planes do not have the ability to restart themselves.

Good Grief! Ransomware gang has only gone and pwned the NRA – or so it claims

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Re: "the cybergang at arms is under US financial sanctions"

"Pro tip : having armed guards next to your servers is not going to help."

But firing a sufficient number of bullets into the servers will keep the data safe from hackers.

Boeing 737 Max chief technical pilot charged with deceiving US aviation regulators over MCAS

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Re: Some extra info

Interestingly, my 2011 Chev Impala uses electronics to control the throttle. The position of the accelerator pedal is measured by two sensors and, if the results are inconsistent, a warning is displayed and the throttle is only allowed to be partially opened. At least, somebody seems to have thought about some "what ifs".

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

Robert 22

Given the resources committed to the response, it is difficult to believe that any culprit would have continued operations without getting caught. Consumer drones have limited range/endurance and the control signals are not that hard to detect - in open terrain, they would be quite conspicuous.

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There have been many situations where confirmation bias kicks in and those involved reach faulty conclusions, The Second Gulf of Tonkin Incident was one such event - the crews of two US warships fired off a considerable amount of ordnance at an array of totally non-existent threats. Afterwards, this event was used to justify further escalation and military intervention.

Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos fraud trial begins: Defense claims all she did was fail – and that's not a crime

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Re: A common entrepreneurial position?

Theranos was providing unreliable test results to doctors - even when they used commercially available equipment, they were diluting blood samples in an effort to justify their claims about requiring only small amounts of blood.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

Robert 22

Same experience with a Ryzen 1700X running on an X370 Prime Pro.

£3m for 8 weeks of consultancy work: McKinsey given contract to advise UK.gov on tech project business cases

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Our core expertise is giving money to selected consultants!!!!!

COVID-19 cases surge as do sales of fake vaccination cards – around $100 for something you could get free

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Re: The eternal constant

I'm old enough to remember when vaccination mostly wiped out a host of nasty diseases - TB, polio, smallpox, tetanus, ....

I recall there was a TB sanitarium a couple of miles from where I lived.

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Re: A long way still to go

By the same logic, we can dispense with things such as seat belts and other safety devices.

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A dunce cap would be perfect - it would also give you sufficient warning to steer clear.

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Re: Forgery

There have been long standing requirements to provide documents showing vaccination for travel and other purposes.

This is a seriously misguided gesture on your part. Evidently you have a computer or cell phone and probably other documents such s credit cards and drivers license. The horse is long gone, and has likely died of old age.

Chinese espionage group targets Israel while suggesting the source could be Iran

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There was also the WW2 incident where German suspicions about the security of Enigma encryption were allayed by weakly coded messages to supposed agents thanking them for their valuable information and promising financial rewards.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Re: WTF?

There was an improved version of the 88 with a longer barrel and higher muzzle velocity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8.8_cm_Pak_43). This was used in he Tiger II tank and some specialized anti-tank vehicles (e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashorn). It was an extremely powerful gun that could defeat the frontal armor of practically any tank existing at the time at distances exceeding a.kilometer.

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

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Re: The R10 - Avoid it according to Gamers Nexus

If the system is throttling under load, you are not getting the processing power you paid fo.

I'll add that with proper cooling, one could probably save a significant amount of power by undervolting the CPU.

US Supreme Court rules teens cussing out schools on social media is protected speech

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Re: Excellent

There are quite a few legal cases in the pipeline in the US where people who are serial liars are claiming or are going to claim that they were merely exercising their right to free speech. It is hypocritical to go after a high school student for swearing in a private message.

Ex Netflix IT ops boss pocketed $500k+ in bribes before awarding millions in tech contracts

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His timing is very unlucky. A year ago, he would have had a shot at a presidential pardon, particularly if he wisely invested some of his proceedings in campaign contributions.

British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica

Robert 22

I live in Canada, but recall a teacher complaining that she didn't dare go to a bar because she would likely run into her students. Though I think the concern was mostly that the students would embellish their accounts of what they saw and spread them around.

'Agile' F-35 fighter software dev techniques failed to speed up supersonic jet deliveries

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In my experience, projects implemented using a waterfall model often run into problems because of faulty assumptions made early on. Aside from this, there are usually players who have motivations for producing misleadingly optimistic reports of progress.

Conversely, I've seen very successful projects that were implemented using an iterative development model.

A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it

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Re: Sometimes it is best to lose graciously ...

"using "moonshot" technologies like artificial general intelligence and high qubit quantum computing - could place the defenders so far ahead of the attackers that assault becomes effectively impossible"

What if the attacker uses the same technologies?

We have a complexity problem - everything is so complex, there are bound to be weaknesses.