* Posts by HammerOn1024

197 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Dec 2019


TransUnion reckons big dump of stolen customer data came from someone else


Yeah... No.

"Data protection is top priority at TransUnion."

No it's not. Your top priority is protecting your cash flow. If that includes Cyber Security to keep the dollars flowing, so be it. We'll do the absolute minimum.

There TransUnion, I fixed it for you.

US military F-35 readiness problems highlighted in aptly timed report


And This is What Happens

As usual, the DoD can't make up its mind. One reason for this is CYA, the other Congress, and is 30%/70%. Congress is great at mandates but not funding them initially nor sustainably. I remember when the F-35 maintenance was contracted to be maintained by LMT and thought "Yeah, that's a bad idea." for a multitude of reasons. But no one listens to the "Evil Contractor" (Fuck you Obama), even when they are the "Disinterested 3rd Party" who's job it is to give good advice to the government given the information available at the time.

The classic example of Congress falling flat is GPS M-Code: All DoD systems were to be able to receive M-Code in 2017... it still hasn't happened and it will be at least another decade and a half. The reason is pure cost: Cost of creating the new chipset production line to the complete boxes. Even with modifying existing systems, instead of wholesale replacement, it costs in the area of $40,000 - $60,000 per RECEIVER, to do the upgrade. And these upgrades can't be done in the field. New box's are in the $80,000 - $100,000 range. Now throw in the downtime for the item the box is pulled from, sent back to the OEM for re-manufacture - pulling a card out and replacing it with a new one - ATP'ing at the OEM, retesting at the Program Office to re-certify the modification, and one gets to understanding the costs involved with 10's of thousands of devices: missiles to nuclear powered ships, subs, aircraft, HUMVEEs, tanks, radio's, etc.

Musk's mighty missile is ready for launch once FAA says OK



"Starship Super Heavy to remain on terra firma until US watchdog ticks off the corrective actions"


Musk gets annoyed again, as has happened before, throws a Brox Cheer at the FAA, and launches anyway. He'll pay the fine out of petty cash.

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress



Flap.. Oynk... Flap... Oynk Flap...

China succeeds where Elon Musk has failed with first methalox rocket


Insipent and Arrogent

"...where Elon Musk has failed."

Wow.. how arrogant of you. He has not failed as he does have running engines and WERE used on the April test of Starship. So, SpaceX WAS first! No, they didn't make orbit, that wasn't the intent of the flight. It was a FIRST attempt with a system 3 times the size of a Saturn V!

Back under your bridge troll.

JP Morgan accidentally deletes evidence in multi-million record retention screwup


Your Responcibility

Dear JP Morgan CEO and Board,

This is squarely on YOUR shoulders. You hired the vendor, you failed in supervising them and verifying their deletion procedures. Did you even bother testing them on a replication system BEFORE going live? Probably not.

If I was a stock holder, I'd call for your ouster and file a suit for failure of fiduciary duties.

SEC drops 42 cases after staff bungle data protection


So When?

So when will the arrests start? Oh, right... bureaucrats... so never. >:-|

This ain't Boeing very well: Starliner's first crewed flight canceled yet again


While Not Amusing

It is worth noting that when the original contracts were let to Boeing and SpaceX, the Boeing CEO dismissed SpaceX. His 'We'll beat them by over a year to a first flight.' or a statement to that effect, was laughable then, and it's hysterical now. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

WTF is solid state active cooling? We’ve just seen it working on a mini PC



peltier mean anything to you?


Air Force colonel 'misspoke' when he said an AI-drone 'killed' its human operator


Which Part?

Which letter of the word "Simulation" do people not understand?

Have IQ's really dropped this low?

US bill to protect reproductive health data is dead. Here's why you should care anyway


Re: Be a man!


Move to a state where abortion is legal. There are lots of them. The best way to punish a state that limits or out right abolishes abortion is to talk with your pocketbook, and feet, and LEAVE.

The whining is very annoying.

Microsoft promises it's made Teams less confusing and resource hungry


Now, If They Woud Just...

Stop locking up my audio system every time I run this POS, that would be nice. And also NOT loose my login account every day, that would truly be awesome!

I despise and loath this POS product.

Vessels claiming to be Chinese warships are messing with passenger planes


Re: Peak China?

I assume URSS is a dyslexic spelling for the USSR.


Re: Peak China?

The Vietnamese have been fighting off the Chinese for centuries if not millennia. Their war manual, is similar to the Chinese Sun Tzu.

The US would sooner see TSMC fabs burn than let China have them


Re: In order to stop another country from destroying you ....

It's worked well for thousands of years. Have you never heard of "Scorched Earth?"

Electronics market shows US-China decoupling will hike inflation and slow growth



This is a specious argument as it could be applied to all situations in history where manufacturing has migrated:

US --> Japan

US --> Mexico

US --> China

US --> Malaysia

US --> Eastern Europe

Pick your routing. Cash flow towards one enemy is never ok.

Deal with it.

Lockheed Martin demos 50kW anti-aircraft frickin' laser beam


I was thinking more along the lines of the "Real Genius" popcorn popper.

We're just shouting into the void, says US watchdog offering cybersecurity advice


"Critical infrastructure covered by public funding? No budget for that!"

And we you have it in one!

Dear US Congress,

Write an actual BILL, shocking I know since you only do "continuing resolutions" these days since you are so inept, that allocates FUNDS specifically to implement Cyber Security! I believe that bill would be a whopping three lines long.

And yes, you are, Congress, a bunch of village idiots.

Ex-GE engineer gets two years in prison after stealing turbine tech for China


Re: ridiculious sentence

His time behind bars is acceptable to me. The rope around his neck and dangling feet after that is what's missing.

Server installer fails to spot STOP button – because he wasn't an archaeologist



The Fargo moment!

AMD says transistor tech will keep Moore’s law alive for 6 to 8 years


Look! Up In The Sky!

It's GaAs and his side kick GaN! For the non-chemically inclined that's Gallium-Arsenide and Gallium-Nitride.

BOFH: We're an industry leader … in employing idiot managers



The PFY will need to get some nuclear power plants for those EV's while he's at it... maybe a wee bit of a pump fire on those natural gas lines?

Windows 10 – a 7-year-old OS – is still having problems with the desktop and taskbar


Or your device

"... , or your device might become unresponsive."

Wait. I thought this was SOP for Windows.

Amazon founder Bezos to donate 'majority' of $126bn fortune


Dear Register

You do know that Bezos is no longer the CEO of Amazon right? Right?

Wells Fargo, Zelle slammed by Liz Warren over rampant online banking fraud



It's the banks fault people are being stupid and sending money to unverified accounts?

Back under your bridge Pocahontas.

Try using a credit card instead dummy's. That way if the deal goes south, one can dispute the deal and get ones cash back.

If the vendor won't take a credit card, WALK!

Intel sued over historic DEC chip site's future



So, you build next to a derelict INDUSTRIAL SITE and one day the owners of the site decide to reactivate it... Huh.

So you think you have a right to sue them do you Bucky? Did you offer to buy that land? How about having the zoning changed?



Go away kid, you bother me.

- W.C. Fields

City isn't keen on 5,000 erratic, traffic-jam-causing GM robo-cars on its streets


Designed, Built and Trained by...


Yeah... no. Human drivers are bad enough; Most don't maintain their vehicles NOW let alone know how to drive them.

Now, let the robots loose with the same level of maintenance and even lower levels of competency behind the wheel?! Hard pass.

Australia asks FBI to help find attacker who stole data from millions of users


Here's A Thought

If most of this information was used for initial identification, ERASE IT when you're done!

Why would a Telco need to hold onto a Passport number or Drivers License.


Is it time to retire C and C++ for Rust in new programs?


Re: Real programmers

Funny, my 8-bit micro-controllers, which I sell MILLIONS of, would beg to differ.


In The Immortal Words...

of W.C. Fields:

"Go away kid, you bother me!"

Folks, how many times have we been told language 'X' will relieve us of assembler/C/C++?

Yeah... that's what I thought.

Dear Rust, if you're still around in ten years we can talk. Until then, I'm unimpressed.

In Rust We Trust: Microsoft Azure CTO shuns C and C++


Ah Yes...

The latest bloatware to keep applications running at 8088 speeds...

Go away kid, you bother me.

- W. C. Fields

DoE digs up molten salt nuclear reactor tech, taps Los Alamos to lead the way back


Re: The science is easily understood

You mean Political spine... that form of life hasn't been seen since Truman fired MacArthur.


Where to Begin

Wait... you want the DOE to do... WORK!? Is there any particular century or decade you'd like those results in? The world is already AWASH in studies on liquid salt reactors: Why more seat cushion fodder?

Dust off the 1950's and 60's plans, update them and BUILD ONE!

In the immortal words of Monty Python: GET ON WITH IT!

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems


While asking for 'X-Years of service' was prevalent, it took one 13th amendment lawsuit, and rightly so, to make the practice illegal.

Indentured servitude is slavery.


Too Late

By the time your planned outreach happens, it's to late.

One needs to capture hardware minded kids in grade/middle school (US - 5th through 7th grade). Waiting for collage, when the bright kids have already choose their path, is way too late.

By your method, you'll get the wandering kids that haven't made up their minds. Typically not the mental type one wants in hardware.

Biden considers removal of Trump-era China tariffs to ease inflation


Re: Wow

It also doesn't fix the underlying "All of one's manufacturing in one basket." problem.

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles


Star Trek or...

Unobtainum is on the way folks... it's on the way.

California state's gun control websites expose personal data


Are You Daft?

Because the job of the Supreme Court of the United States is to interpret, not re-interpret the U.S. Constitution. If one wants to change the interpretation, one needs to change the document.

It is not a hard concept... well, for most anyway. There is a miserable, yet determined minority, that this concept seems to escape.

There are two well defined, written in ink on nice parchment, methods for changing the Constitution: The U.S. Congress, with the backing of the states, can make amendments, or the states themselves can call a Constitutional Congress and avoid the Fed's all together.

It's there for anyone to read... well, for most anyway. There is a miserable, yet determined minority, that this text seems to escape.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe


One Can...

Lead a horse to water...

China is trolling rare-earth miners online and the Pentagon isn't happy


Like all things China

It's time to take a page from their book then and WRECK them.

Stop playing by the "rules" people: Scorched earth!

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too


I've seen this

This reminds me of a MASH episode where a bomb landed in the middle of the compound during the Army-Navy game. Trapper and Hawkeye were sent out to defuse the bomb while Colonel Blake read them the instructions to defuse it.

They got to the part about cutting the wires to the fuze which Blake dutifully called out and Trapper, I think, cut. The next instruction Blake calls called out begins with "But first..." and, as you may well guess, everyone's "Ohnosecond" face came full on!

Trapper and Hawkeye ran for it. The bomb exploded. It was a CIA propaganda bomb. Leaflets flew everywhere.

Linus Torvalds says Rust is coming to the Linux kernel 'real soon now'



"People don't understand the VM subsystem, even when it's written in C,"...

Then you need new people.

RUST... just more bloatware for script kiddies.

From the tales of "Real Men Don't Use Pascal": If you can't do it in FORTRAN, do it in C. If you can't do it in C, do it in Assembler. If you can't do it in Assembler, do it in Binary. If you can't do it in Binary, it's not worth doing!

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft


Re: Brilliant...

How did Monty Python miss this as a skit?

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030


Sixth Time Is ...

the charm. This is the SIXTH time in my life time that NASA has done this.

Give it a rest. Use one of the 30 designs you already have! But quit bitching, quit pissing money away and get to the moon FIRST!

We, the tax payer, are SICK of your whining NASA! SICK OF IT!

AMD nearly doubles Top500 supercomputer hardware share


Just Remember...

that this is a list of declared computers.

There are faster out there.

Leave that sentient AI alone a mo and fix those racist chatbots first



with deer slugs at the ready!

How did you mourn Internet Explorer's passing?


Inter Who?

Morn what? A crappy piece of software? It should have joined Clippy long ago.

SpaceX staff condemn Musk's behavior in open letter


Re: Woke Inc

I believe you've got it!


Dear Employees,

The door's over there. Don't let it hit you in the ass on the way out.

If you want to launch Starship from Texas, here's some homework, FAA tells SpaceX


Re: Federal Aviation Authority ?

A better, and closer, location would be Ascension Island. One could build the components on the east/gulf coast of the US, ship and assemble them at a pad that's only seven degrees north of the equator. So the vehicle would get almost all of the earths spin for liftoff.