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Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 313

You didn't read the rest of the story, which states "In order to make the comparison fair, the A10 will be fuelled with paraffin wax and weedkiller, have a large number of anvils bolted to it, and will be dragging a large boat anchor. 'We hope this at least evens the odds a bit so the F35 will look OK', a Pentagon spokesthing was quoted as saying".

Sadly the A-10 will still come out on top as it can probably run on paraffin. It's also maneuverable enough that the pilots will turn the boat anchor into a weapon and swat enemy fortifications with it just before purging the boiling wax on their position. And still have enough fuel to loiter longer than the JST.

You forgot its ability to use the weedkiller in the exhaust to defoliate the target area so it can see better.

Comment Re:inside job (Score 1) 205

Lazy Linux administration can lead to a similar fate

I'm not sure why you are calling it "Lazy" for a Linux admin?? even a competent and proactive linux admin would still be thoroughly vulnerable if his credentials were compromised.

I mean things like using the same password for root on every server. I've even seen places that had admin users' usernames all given UID 0, so they didn't have to bother with sudo or su. So no, Linux isn't invulnerable by any means, but you can certainly make it much worse.

Comment Re:inside job (Score 4, Insightful) 205

This whole thing screams "inside job".

A lot of the information that has been released, most notably employee emails and internal company documents, couldn't possibly have also been on the servers that held the databases for the AM site. So either (1) the hackers thoroughly penetrated the company and got *everything*, or (2) the people running AM were stupider than I believe possible (actually you would have to *work* to put all of your eggs in one basket that way), or (3) someone swiped backup tapes when they were on their way out the door.

Well, compromise a Domain Admin account, and you pretty much own all of the servers an all-Microsoft shop. Lazy Linux administration can lead to a similar fate (excepting Exchange email, perhaps). Given the sorry state of security I've seen pretty much everywhere, once you get a foot in the door, it's not hard to expand your reach.

Comment Re:One more reason not to use SSN for healthcare I (Score 1) 122

Would be nice if we could have 2-3 National ID numbers of varying security so that we could give the low security one to places like that, reserving the high security one for things like finances.

No, we need to fundamentally change the system so that its "security" doesn't rely on the secrecy of a few widely distributed numbers.

Comment Re:I don't want it - and I am in IT (Score 1) 412

I know how software is made. I know how buggy and unreliable it is. In my car, I want things that are rock solid, or that at least fail gracefully. Also, I don't want distractions, like screens changing their content, or having to fiddle with a display while I am driving. I want fixed controls that are simple and display a single thing. Also, I don't want my car second-guessing what I want - there is nothing more annoying that the car deciding, "He pushed the window button to go down, but it is cold outside so he must only want it half way down" - I want my car to do exactly what I tell it: I don't want it to try to be "smart".

This! Even something like automatic climate control annoys the hell out of me. My 2001 Solara has one knob to control how hard the air blows, one to control the temp of the blowing air, and one to control where the air blows from, as well as recirc and a/c toggles. Takes about half a second to configure it to be comfortable, without having to look at it. My 2008 Boxster (bought used, so I couldn't be too picky about minor features) has an automatic system that I have to constantly battle with to get it to do what I want.

But at least the Boxster has dedicated buttons. Screen-driven systems are worse. My GF's 2014 Fusion had such a thing, and you had to navigate through two layers of dialogs to set up a/c vents. She literally had to pull over to adjust her climate control safely.

Fortunately, the Solara has well and truly earned it's "Old Faithful" moniker, because I dread having to replace it, given what's currently available.

Comment Re:Whoever pays the bills (Score 1) 154

Of course it is easy to show how blind management is, However it IT guys are not blame less.
IT has a history of the following bad behavior, that would make management want to find a way to slim its IT Staff.
1. Personal pet projects: This is often a business related project, however there are alternatives that may work better, however it IT worker is too emotionally interested in keeping it going, then giving it up for a better solution. Hanging on to the couple features that has that the others do not.

Strangely, my experience has been that our devs test-driving "the cloud" has made them appreciate the level of support they get from the in-house IT even more. Almost without fail, every dev team has gone through a phase of "ooh! we can pop up a server without waiting on IT!" Followed by "This isn't *exactly* what we need, and we can't change it from the canned offerings," and "hey, IT support us! Sorry, we can't do anything for you past general advice, you have to work with $CLOUD_VENDOR." And eventually, they come back in-house where we can give them what they need, and have a team of subject-matter experts that can immediately jump on any problems.

Of course, we're fortunate not to have the IT dept staffed entirely by imbeciles, which probably makes a big difference.

Comment Re:Motherboard compatibility? (Score 1) 53

I wonder if this Skylake can be considered an upgrade path..

That would violate Intels strategy, which is never allow a realistic upgrade path.

I'm not even entirely sure you *need* one any more. I'm writing this on a first-gen i7-920 - not overclocked - I put together in 2009. It's STILL "fast enough" for pretty much anything, even without a GPU upgrade in the past three years. And I use it primarily for games (the only one that utterly crushed it was ARK:SE).

I am planning to upgrade within the next few months, now that Skylake and Win 10 are here, but the primary driver for that is moving from spinning disks to a good NVMe-based system, not because the CPU is too slow.

If you're careful building your system, they'll last long enough that virtually the entire system is outdated, anyway (except for stuff like the case and power supply, which you can usually re-use), so updating just one component isn't really worth doing.

Comment Re:It might work out (Score 2) 104

From my own experience, about 20 years ago I was setting up an exhibit at a tradeshow in New York. Most of the exhibitors were big companies who paid for union labor to put together their displays. I was a one person operation and had one tiny booth in a large hall with one table covered by a tablecloth. All I had to do was drape the tablecloth and set up my flyers and inventory--nothing elaborate. The table I had ordered from the convention service was at an angle near the entrance to the booth. I started to move the table towards the back of the booth--about six feet total--and you would have thought I was starting a nuclear war. Several of the union staff ran over yelling that I wasn't allowed to move anything and I had to wait for an authorized laborer to move the table for me. I had to wait over two hours until the floor boss had someone come over and move my table five feet. Like you, I had no idea what I had done and was baffled by the response. I could have been out of there in ten minutes if I had flipped them some cash...

Having gone to many tradeshows across the country since then, the convention handling unions have been greatly reduced over the last 20 years.

I would have told them to move it now of fsck off and complain to someone who cares. Seriously, I've never understood what they can do other than complain at you. Assault you to keep you from moving it? I'd love that. The lawsuit would bankrupt the union. Maybe there's something in the agreement you signed to have a booth there, but if not...

Comment Re:... no one is paying for that (Score 1) 296

... and they know that... which means they're inserting ads in shit because "fuck you"... and that's cool. So long as we're on the same page. I'll respond by redirecting the DNS entries of their ad domains to localhost. And then go around systematically replacing, kneecapping, or tweaking all their shit to make it do what I want it to do.


First law of computer security.

I'm taking bets on how long until they put their ad servers, required updates, etc. behind the same domain/IP as their activation servers, so it eventually stops working entirely (or nags you incessantly) if you try to block it that way.

Comment Re:Yes, unprovoked (Score 1) 207

55 miles on a track isn't really even that bad... but it would be a terrible track day car. I had to fill my 911 twice last time I took it to a track, and then again to get it home. But a complete fill on my car takes less than 5 minutes at the gas station next to the track. A tesla owner would not have that luxury.

That actually sounds like an opportunity for Tesla. 55 miles would be really close to what you'd need for a typical 20-30 minute run session on track. I bet it would be feasible to have a "Tesla track day support" truck with a mobile version of the battery-swap machinery, and a semi-trailer full of charged batteries. They just set it up in the pit lane. At the start of the day/weekend, you swap out your "road" pack for one of the rentals, and then again every time you come off the track. The events I've been to, you'd need 4-8 batteries per car (depending on if it's a one or two-day event).

It would probably take 5-10 owners together to get the cost down to something reasonable, and still be more expensive than a gas fill-up, but I'll bet it could be done (and allow Tesla to proof their battery-swap technology in a more controlled environment).

Comment Re:When in doubt, add more struts (Score 0) 220

They should have added a lot more of them, clearly. It's not like struts have any mass.

At least keep adding them until the high part count causes the avionics software frame rate to drop...

Wait... maybe that's what happened. The lag that caused them to crash on the barge last time was caused by too many struts, but now they've removed too many.

Comment Re:Something wrong there (Score 2) 549

It's possible that the Google car is not giving out "body language" that telegraphs behavior before it happens. If you are about to slow down, you might move your head to check your mirrors, let off the gas a little bit, possibly maneuver in the lane, little things that humans could detect subconsciously. If the Google car just enters a slowing-down event, it might be undetectable.

I know as a motorcycle rider, I've suspected someone was about to do something stupid just before they did and it's saved me a few times.

That's actually a really good point. After 20 years of driving, it seems like I have about 90+% accuracy in predicting what people will do over the next 5 seconds or so. I'm guessing that's not atypical for anyone that actually pays attention while they're driving. A robot isn't going to give up a lot of those clues.

On the other hand, though, the robot *should* be fairly deterministic, so it might be possible to predict it based on what's going on around it (or actually force it to react how you want it to! For example, it would be easy to cheat traffic by cutting off robotic cars, because you know you'll win the game of chicken.).

Comment Re:Crash Mitigation (Score 1) 549

If Google's self-driving car was able to track the car that rear-ended it, I wonder if there are ways to mitigate this kind of "predictable" crash. Maybe letting off the brakes a tad to lessen the impact, or (out of left field idea) deploy air bags on the bumpers?

Seems like if the real issue is "everyone else" in driving you would think Google could come up with ways to reduce the impact level of inevitable crashes.

Letting off the brakes would make things better for the people in the car hitting you, but *worse* for you, as well as increasing the chances of continuing a chain reaction.

Sitting stopped at a light/stop sign (usually boxed in) is pretty much the only time when the rear-endee has absolutely no control of the situation. If you're moving, a good driver will try to keep some space available to bail out into, as well as enough space in front of them so that they don't have to slam on their brakes and fall victim to a tailgater.

Comment Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 4, Informative) 352

So, do really pale "white" people get mis-labeled as ghosts? Inquiring minds are somewhat concerned because they are rather pale....

One of the articles I saw about this mentioned that in the past, light-skinned people had been identified as dogs and seals. Strangely, there was no outrage about that.

Comment Re:Stop interconnecting systems (Score 2) 165

There's no reason why the infotainment system can't have read-only access to the engine control module (with write access physically prevented by the hardware). You won't be able to modify the engine management without physical access to the car, but that's the way it should be anyway.

The problem with this logic is that "read-only" access still implies that the unprivileged system can poke the privileged one and cause it to do something. It will probably also have to pass some kind of data to the privileged system as well. Read-only or not, that opens the door to several kinds of exploits (buffer overflow, etc.).

Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.