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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

anotheryak Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

In the time period when these systems were installed no one monitored the integrity of j-boxes or conduit connections.

That's total crap. Do you really think the USAF would be so stupid to let their entire defense system fall prey to one Soviet agent with a shovel and a pair of wire cutters? Do you really think you are smarter than all the engineers from all the defense and communication companies who installed these silos as part of the national defense system? Or one crazy guy to short two wires and nuke Minsk?

All the cables running out of the control center towards the silos are protected by a pneumatic jacket. If the pressure changes, they know the line has been messed with and an armored security truck comes rushing out. Ask any farmer in North Dakota who put his backhoe into one. The telephone company has dealt with this sort of thing for decades on analog cable without the benefit of encryption.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

anotheryak Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

Sure, it's terrible energy-inefficient, and the support costs must be through the roof, but i'm more comfortable knowing that the missile control systems are running on pre-internet (and even ARPANET?) systems. It means the many enemies of the US cannot just hack into the missile control systems and start armageddon. No internet, no hacking, no problem.

Why do you think it is so inefficient? They probably have something around a 4MHz processor ticking all it's clock cycles away on a 5V clock, but it's stilll more efficient than a quad-core 3GHz machine, even with a 1.5V power supply.

I also don't get:

Sure, it's terrible energy-inefficient, and the support costs must be through the roof

The USAF has scrapped dozens of silos as part of the SALT treaty, so that's a lot of spares. And a lot of this old big iron gear just keeps running. The Atari 2600 was a cheap consumer-grade part, but it keeps going. These silos are not much older and all of their gear was made to the best spec possible. I doubt it needs much repair at all.

No hard disks spinning at 7200 RPM. No mega-GPU graphics cards. The 110V motor on the 8" floppy drives is probably one of the biggest power drains on the whole system. How much heat do you get out of the back of your PC? Now compare that with an Apple ][, Atari 800, PET or TRS-80.

about 3 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

anotheryak Re:Absolute attempt to copy Fluke's design. (653 comments)

Brand name in the upper left, model number next to it, description in upper right, gray-brown case tapers down with yellow sides. That is NOT basic mutimeter design. I built my first multimeter from a Radio Shack kit in the late-1970s. Don't tell me what they look like. This was designed to look like a Fluke 175 and they got caught.

about 4 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

anotheryak Re: Absolute attempt to copy Fluke's design. (653 comments)

Did you look at the photo? The color and the case taper? Looks a whole lot like a Fluke 77/175/179/187

about 4 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

anotheryak Re:Absolute attempt to copy Fluke's design. (653 comments)

They sent an order to a supplier in China and got these multimeters in return. There was no design process, they aren't planning on having them in stock, selling them regularly, or making money off of them.

Are you seriously claiming that they never saw a sample or a photo of what they were buying. They just sent off money randomly? Hard to believe they are that foolish.

they aren't planning on having them in stock, selling them regularly, or making money off of them.

So are you telling me Sparkfun is a NPO? They seem to be making a profit to me, they are a real company as far as I can tell. Please show me where they are not making money off of their sales, and if so, how do they stay in business?

about 4 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

anotheryak Absolute attempt to copy Fluke's design. (653 comments)

Agreed, this is an attempt to copy Fluke's recent multimeter design.

It's not just yellow. It has the same color scheme, same display layout, similar fonts, same case taper as a real Fluke. Brand name in same location as is the model number and description. It was designed to look as much like a Fluke as possible.

If I saw the sparkfun multimeter sitting on a bench in my lab, I would think it was a Fluke until I got close.

Sparkfun knew this when they bought them. Their fault. If they did not know it was designed to imitate a Fluke, they are in the wrong business. "Other companies did it and did not get caught" does not make it right. They risked it anyway and lost. Complaining about the trademark is not the solution.

about 4 months ago
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The Real Story of Hacking Together the Commodore C128

anotheryak So what? (179 comments)

A lot of early personal computers have a similar story. Software is often written with breadboarded or nonexistent hardware.

What is unique about the idea of custom silicon LSI chips for a 1980's PC?

The original Atari 800 (a design later copied by Commodore for the VIC-20 and Commodore-64 computers) had three custom chips (ANTIC, CTIA, POKEY) which made up the majority of the machine's circuitry when designed in 1978. And the OS and other early programs were written without the benefits of that completed hardware.

Only two LSI parts were off the shelf; the 6502 CPU and the 6520 PIA. Atari later replaced the CTIA with the GTIA (delayed by design issues) and the 6502 with a custom "sally" variant that built in formerly external tristate allowing the ANTIC to shut off the CPU's access to RAM every-other clock cycle so the RAM could be accessed by the ANTIC graphics chip.

That design was in active production for over ten years.

Even the lowly 2600 was a basically a custom TIA chip that originally existed as discrete logic parts wirewrapped together.

I fail to see how this story is either unique or great. If anything, it seems average.

about 8 months ago
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Opportunity Breaks NASA's 40-Year Roving Record

anotheryak Re:Soviet Strong (92 comments)

And the only reason for the entire Lunokhod project is that the Soviets failed to get a crew to the moon and blew up the second N1 rocket in 1969 after a loose bolt got sucked into a fuel pump.

The Soviets lost the space race and never did get a man on another planet. They sent that thing instead, attempting to save face.

Funny how the poster forgot things like "first space rendezvous" and "Winning the space race and PUTTING A MAN ON THE F*CKING MOON". He counts ten seconds of functioning lander as a victory, but the brass-ring of the space race does not even count in his mind.

The largest and most expensive Soviet space program was their attempt to copy NASA's space shuttle, which flew once and got crushed in 2002 when it's hanger collapsed.

about a year ago
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Anonymous Helps Find Evidence In Gang Rape Case

anotheryak Re:Not sure why (436 comments)

the family of the girl who was raped hasn't made these kids swing in the wind yet.

Perhaps they believe in justice and the rule of law, rather than going out and settling thing themselves vigilante-style? Some people are funny that way.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Helps Find Evidence In Gang Rape Case

anotheryak Re:Anonymous has become Batman. (436 comments)

Unless it's Assange doing the raping. Then it's all lies by ungrateful whores.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Helps Find Evidence In Gang Rape Case

anotheryak Re:But if Juian Assange rapes... (436 comments)

then Anonymous defends it!

Exactly, if their leader and hero Assange does it, then it's not rape. After all, clearly those women are lying, or THEY DESERVED IT! He's Julian Assange for God's sake. They should be THRILLED that he was willing to date-rape them!

Watch this get modded down by 14-year-old script kiddies.

about a year and a half ago
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Gut Bacteria Cocktail May End Need for Fecal Transplants

anotheryak Re:Feces of the Lambs (183 comments)

Oh yes, now I remember why I stopped reading Slashdot back in 2001. It's full of 14-year old boys...or at least adults that act like them.

about 2 years ago
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Gut Bacteria Cocktail May End Need for Fecal Transplants

anotheryak Re:Yogurt does the same thing (183 comments)

"I have no idea what I'm taking about, and I was in too much of a rush to First-Post so I did not bother to read the article. But I made an anti-American remark, and I was snotty, therefore, I'm an instant Slashdot expert! Modded up to 'insightful'".

What sort of fools modded this up?

By the way, if you had bothered to read the article, the research is at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. In the UK. That's not in the US, that's across the Atlantic Ocean, way on the other side.

I think you underestimated your own laziness.

about 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

anotheryak Re:WTF (667 comments)

First: since when does Slashdot give a fuck about people's copyrights?

Yes, I also found it amusing that this the same site were people argue about non-profits and fair use.

more than 2 years ago
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Medicaid Hack Update: 500,000 Records and 280,000 SSNs Stolen

anotheryak Re:We want this (64 comments)

Exactly! What we need is a giant database that can be compromised by one overworked medical resident who has no real concept of data security.

I know of two cases where residents had a shared database of passwords to various medical systems at multiple hospitals stored on insecure public "document" sites. In one case, they all had a common password, and different groups of students/residents used it year after year (not even ever changing the username or password). When the IT people found out and blew a large gasket, the medical people honestly did not see what the problem was.

more than 2 years ago
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Medicaid Hack Update: 500,000 Records and 280,000 SSNs Stolen

anotheryak Re:ID (64 comments)

Good thing these are only numbers which would require some sort of modern photo ID to actually use in a context where serious harm could be caused through fraudulent use.

Someone modded this up to "Insightful"? Really? Are you from Planet Quendor?

If you needed real government-issued photo ID to commit identity theft, then most of the criminals would be out of business

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more than 2 years ago
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Medicaid Hack Update: 500,000 Records and 280,000 SSNs Stolen

anotheryak Re:Not to be rude about it, but (64 comments)

You mean Medicare, not Medicaid, which is for the very poor or terminally ill.

The big prize here would be any Children's SSN's. Those are valuable for identity fraud because children have clean credit histories, and it takes months-to-years for the parents to figure it out.

I suspect "Anonymous" may be at work here, they've attacked Utah government and police sites before. They seem to support free speech, unless it's free speech they don't like, then it should be destroyed. Ironically, not only did they attack the wrong police department (Salt Lake City, not West Valley City), but they took down the site that allows the public to talk to the police. But I guess as long as you destroy something and screw up people's lives, that's good news for them.

more than 2 years ago
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Hackers Nab Unreleased Michael Jackson Tracks From Sony

anotheryak Re:why? (192 comments)

This was going to be available at some point in the future, and it's better for society that it's available now. Locked up in a vault they had zero value.

Sony has become evil, and I hate them for it.

But, that does not make stealing something slated for later sale moral. If I want a new video game, and it won't be released until October, so I break into the store and steal a case of games in August, how is it a benefit to society? Won't society benefit more if they are sold legally? The kid working in the game store, the UPS man who delivers them, the pizza store next to the game store...they would all prefer the product to be legally sold.

Jackson recorded them for the purpose of making money and/or providing a funding legacy for "his" children. So I don't see how stealing them is somehow moral. If Sony had decided to never release them, this would be one thing....but it is not. Please explain to me how the fact that Sony had not sold them yet makes it moral to steal them.

more than 2 years ago
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In Small WV Town, Monsanto Faces Class-Action Suit Over Agent Orange Chemical

anotheryak Re:What else was an ingredient in Agent Orange? (185 comments)

Also what does the name "NITRO" have to do with this in anyway? The original plant was set up to make nitrocellulose, also known as gun cotton. What does that have to do with chemical weapons, Agent Orange, or herbicides?

Nitrocellulose was gun powder. It was also used to make cue balls, movie film, and wood coatings.

So what? Aside from being very flammable, it's not even that dangerous, nor is it an explosive...

more than 2 years ago
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In Small WV Town, Monsanto Faces Class-Action Suit Over Agent Orange Chemical

anotheryak Re:What else was an ingredient in Agent Orange? (185 comments)

Huh?

First of all, Agent Orange was not a chemical weapon. It was a nasty chemical and it injured my father-in-law and his children--my wife included--but that was collateral damage from what was intended as a defoliant. It was intended to clear tree cover and/or destroy food crops (though that was more Blue than Orange).

The really nasty chemical in Agent Orange was actually a contaminant; ,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. It was not supposed to be there at all.

Agent Orange was supposed to be a 50:50 mixture of (2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxy)acetic acid and (2,4-dichlorophenoxy)acetic acid.

I agree with snowgirl, the article title was for emotional impact. It's like saying "KNOWN CHEMOTHERAPY INGREDIENT "NORMAL SALINE" FOUND DUMPED NEAR SCHOOL!"

more than 2 years ago

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