Re: Who had "mosquito tornado" for summer 2021?
Take my up vote!
Also, "We'll need a bigger can of RAID!" comes to mind.
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One thing not mentioned in the cost here: Are you willing to bet your companies reputation and cash on not fixing a bug?
As several companies have recently found out, how expensive was that cyber attack? What did it cost your company in brand reputation? How much did it physically cost your clients to repair the damage?
How many lawsuits did your company just swallow because of a bug?
I'll put a paycheck on a Los Vegas bet that 100x would be cheep compared to the cost of a very ugly lawsuit train.
"... standardisation processes over the years shows it can just produce the least worse one that works."
I couldn't agree more. Standards are good to a point. Unfortunately it's like voting for lizards; one has to vote for ones own lizard just so the other guy's lizard does not get elected; to paraphrase Douglas Adams. Plus people use standards as a shield for doing really, really, dumb things.
A case in point; the height above the floor of the average display screen in a video conferencing system is defined by a specification. The problem is, it's way too close to the floor. This leads to the display being blocked by most of the participants sitting around a table. When I pointed this out to the IT folks installing my companies systems they pointed to the specification, installed so that no one could really see the screen without playing "gopher" and started walking away. The result: No one uses the expensive video system.
I asked one of the IT guys that if the specification had said to mount the screen on the ceiling, would they have done that? My boss, who was in the room at the time face palmed, because I was right and he knew I was about to add another notch to my "Idiot IT lizard" belt. As you might expect, the IT guy froze, got mad, red in the face, and walked out, he wasn't able to give the correct response, which would have been "no" since he was specification locked.
If a solution doesn't make sense for an organization, it doesn't make sense for THAT organization, and that's ALL it means.
We just sequestered first articles in a locked, limited access room. No one who was not part of the development team (5 - 15 people) was allowed access to this item until the pre-release HW/FQT and SW/FQT.
Then the HW configuration management folks were allowed supervised access to the system. They generated the final HW P/N and BOM.
Then the SW FQT was similarly run with a resulting SW P/N and BOM.
These days, a third group of Cyber Security folks also run audits with a CS P/N and BOM.
This system works well to this day. So far, given the systems sensitive use, we've never had an issue in 30+ years.
Expensive? Not really. The development budget may be $100,000 or so higher than a process that doesn't do this. The savings, imagine this story played out 1,000 times over a world-wide distribution... $100,000 is cheep insurance.
Another repair mission is needed. I'd thinking a Dragon on Falcon Heavy could easily lift the necessary hardware and personnel to Hubble. The issue is reentry: Can Dragon take the higher reentry speeds?
If it can, then bring along new stabilization gyro's and a shortened Canada Arm to grab the satellite. Break out the shuttle space suites for on-orbit repairs while your at it.
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Sorry, but not even close. As having been an adult during that time, the military budget was background noise, which it still is, when compared to the social spending this country does.
As an example, it takes the US Navy 5 years to build a carrier; at about 12 billion dollars. With Social Securities budget it could build EIGHT (8) a MONTH! And that's in 2021 dollars. The 2021 budget for JUST Social Security is about $1.2 TRILLION dollars: https://www.ssa.gov/budget/FY21Files/2021BO.pdf
So please whiners, stop it. The ENTIRE defense budget is trivial when compared to the rest of the US budget.
Yeah... except he's trying to make new law, which the first lawsuit from the manufactures will nullify before the ink is dry.
I'm amused by the Democrats in Congress. For a group of people who claim to represent "the little guy", yet buy large-tech holdings like a drunken sailor of a 52 day pass, they sure don't seem to be onboard with the whole right-to-repair wagon.
I mean, along with "fixing" our immigration mess, where is the legislation? Nada! Zip! Zero! Zilch!
SO Democrats... why no bills? That's an easy one, they are paid to spew, but hide when their investments will be torpedoed.
Being a private system, hackable or not hackable, is not what this article is about; it is about national assets - Government assets, within the government in general and the military as called out by the "offensive" verbiage in particular.
Yeah, the US government has had some serious lapses, most recently with SolarWind, but the ability to counter and recover was pretty quick once the attack was identified.
This is in contrast to incidents from the early 2000's where government networks were hacked for YEARS before being detected.
Is US commercial and governmental infrastructure where it needs to be? No way! But it's nowhere near as bad as it was. It is getting better.
In the prelude to any shooting war, any warship that is using AIS will remove the hardware; not just shut it off, but remove it.
As well with ADS-B on aircraft, the units will be removed.
So, the Russians can spend money on spoofing these systems all they want.
Also, there's no need to actually send a UAV, boat/ship or other physical actor and trace a course, one can transmit bogus AIS information form anywhere or inject it directly into the AIS infrastructure directly... it's not hard.
Just remember folks, these are space rated computer systems. While the designs are from the 80's a lot of the chips were 70's vintage designs.
But, they were designed to take a LOT of radiation and just keep chugging along. Old does not equate to infirmed nor non-functional.
I'd bet it boots and works just fine for another 20 years.
Also, since these were made before the lead solder hysteria, tin whiskers are not even relevant.
There are two big inertia drivers here, one from the business side of the house and the other from Engineering. From the business side it's; If we don't get reports it's broken, it's not broken, so no money to check if it's broken. From the engineering side, it's the usual variation of; If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The engineers are not given the time to check, see the business rule, and the business folk have profit blinders on.
So until the company CEO gets a knuckle ball to the head, nothing is going to change.
The only thing to keep in mind then is: What color is your parachute?
Your level of ignorance is really quite shocking. Have you even bothered to learn WHY those "trucks" (There called sled's by the way.) are launched? Do you know what non-destructive testing (NDT) is?
Well, seeing as your mostly a bunch of IT (Idiots in Transition) people, I'm not shocked you are clueless on NDT.
Get a real engineering education or stop writing about real engineering.
... are in the way of the impact blast; non-explosive but a hypersonic impact will have the same effect as a warhead. That's what.
Now on to more important things: "... type will have been in continuous service for almost a century." I'll put a Vegas bet down that the B-52 will see 100 years!
"... Windows 10 is so much better than..."
Yeah... no. So much customization has been lost since XP that it borders on criminal cruelty to animals. Shoot! One can't even get rid of the directory tree in a folder view without every stinking file explorer instance following suit!
Yes I realize, under the hood, 10 is good, if one can deal with the absurdities of Windows policies, but 99% of the people don't care! They don't use nor manage their systems like sysop's. They want to load and go and customize as THEY see fit.
If a company is NOT annually reevaluating their networking costs, then they are loosing revenue. There are aspects that are better left in house and those moved to the cloud. When loads swing wildly, such as ones customer interface, then the argument for running it in the cloud makes sense.
If it's corporate finances and engineering work, as examples, with fairly well known loads and relatively small foot prints, compared to the customer interface, that should be in-house. Also, from a security point of view, having ones family jewels not under ones control has always fallen into my "Bad" box.
Your logic is a bit flawed.
The use of FPGA's is accelerating as they do well much better at dedicated tasks than general purpose CPU's. Where making an ASIC is prohibitively expensive, but the speed of a dedicated chip is required, FPGA's are the money shot. They have become so embedded in the aerospace industry that they come with their own general purpose CPU IP cores these days.
AMD wanted another channel for selling CPU cores so this is marriage of FPGA-CPU is perfect for them.
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Workday, the nemesis of rational thought. Since I too have to use this nightmare POS, obviously development to keep HR vampires in positions of control and knuckle dragging, moronic twit programs employed, I find it incredible that an organization would speak the truth about this utter pile of bovine excrement.
By coining the alternative definition of 'IT' due to the complete lack of rollout planning, testing, fault detection, poor product layout and the classic e-mail server down/access 'We sent you an e-mail' response:
Idiots in Transition
Yes, there are a whole lot of moronic end users. There are plenty of rocks and glass houses everywhere. Be careful where you throw yours, you'll probably take it in the face when it comes around.
"Granted they could probably shrink the size down somewhat..."
Probably not. Phased array antennas are very size sensitive for a number of reasons like the minimum aperture necessary to reconstruct the waveform, emitter power levels, etc. As with any antenna there are trade offs; the primary advantage is that there is no mechanical system needed to steer the beam. The primary disadvantage is the amount of power needed to transmit is quite a bit higher since any given element is effectively an omni directional antenna; one only gains an advantage during constructive interference between the emitters.
Also, sticking a 2 ft. antenna on the top of a car, hood or trunk lid would involve structural redesign of the vehicle as antenna and their associated radome make very poor load bearing devices.
"Retrofits ain't easy."
Everyone! Join Mr. Peabody and Sherman in their way back machine for the 1990's when this argument began!
Back then we had two terms: Hackers and Crackers.
Hackers were "white hats" looking for system vulnerabilities and trying for as many "See if they could" moments as possible. Not to do damage or theft, but because there was a mountain needing to be climbed.
Crackers were "black hats" in it for the cash and mayhem.
The hacking community didn't like the distinction and did everything they could to stamp out the differences based on some bizarre moral objections; they won. The Cracker community said nothing because this added a layer of free cloaking to their activities.
So we're back to this again... wasting calories on a moot argument.
Only if everyone agrees can it be banned. And there IS the rub. These days, there are too few in power that have seen the horrors of war, experienced the horrors of war, lived with the scars or understand the repercussions of their actions; DAISH/ISIS anyone?
And an item you left out of your argument; they also found that if one dropped said round it could go off injuring or killing the soldier attempting to use the thing. So it would end up probably more lethal to the person using it than the enemy since not every bullet hits its target yet an ammo belt that explodes because the soldier lands on it while diving for cover would happen much more often.
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