217 posts • joined 1 Dec 2010
how Big Cooling works
it is highly likely that there is a big-ass installation of cooling water assemblies outside to dump the center heat. I humbly suggest that San Antonio also being nicely warm, the filters inside before the actual air conditioning chillers are slathered with algae, having cleaned them before in other places. guys, stagger your maintenance so they don't all clog at the same time, ok?
Hmmm, I wonder...
I wonder if this is the same guy who got FBIed for selling RFU Sunservers from our outift on eBay. If so, how'd CP hire him? If not, never mind, nothing to see here, keep moving. I expect he's got a career path at night drive-up manager at White Castle in the underprivileged area...
I have an even more pungent question
who in their right (corporate) mind would even consider buying Westinghouse Nuclear? no projects, bad purchases of incompetent contractors, a definite stink about them. the A1000 is under question, and the Chinese have a clone of the process underway, and the prospect of underbidding everybody. just because something is up for sale does not mean it's worth taking.
assets are cheaper in Chapter 7
which is probably where Toshiba will end up at this rate. years of cooked books, nuke business meltdown (not the nukes, the business, due to brain-dead money tossing), and top-floor chasing after the next big thing that wasn't. even if they'd stayed with 50-inch TVs they couldn't mess up this badly.
don't be, Kaspersky is top-shelf security
better than the holes and backdoors in your computer and OS. I just dumped the slop on my wife's machine and bought a nice new install of Kaspersky for it. I've had 7 packages over the years. Kaspersky doesn't bug me until it needs to, and it blocks ad weasels with dodgy certificates as well as the occasional accidental click on bad stuff.
customer data does not hit SS7
the system only controls call set-up/teardown/billing. no user traffic ever hits SS7. the Kazaks can't get bank information from it because there is none in it. SS7 spits a bill stream to a telco's other systems to generate billing, it is not resident in SS7. I'm not going further.
uh, SS7 connects everything... VoIP, landline, cell, 911...
the core switching/billing protocol for all voice set-up/teardown/billing control is Signalling System 7. not just cell. if a call connects to anything public, on whatever mode, it hits SS7. the whole voice system worldwide is interconnected by SS7. VoIP has to gateway through it. cell. 911 calls. this is why you don't get a picture of a SS7 server. the security breach is going to be somebody's telco, probably some country like East Freaking Nowhereistan. the voice doesn't touch it, only the setup/teardown/billing. which in itself is data you don't want on the darknet.
uh, you never saw front plates, then, have you?
the load of ag tools often makes it next to impossible to start from a dead stop without flipping the machine backwards. hence, for a century, front plates to put extra weight on the front axle. this keeps the tractor on all fours, and when you gear down and start flooding in the diesel fuel, those big lug tires will actually turn. forget to raise the blades once without front plates, ass over teakettle. with them, you either go, spin a new ditch, or stall out. all safer alternatives.
we'll always have GPS
it's really interesting to watch a smart tractor cutting perfect, PERFECT, rows with 12 plow bottoms. brother-in-law's place has the usual interesting end of row wiggles, but then after the turn, punch in the GPS, and you can concentrate on looking for obstacles, letting the tractor guidance cut perfect straight parallel furrows.
does EVERYTHING need to be on The Connected Internet? Really?
common problem, easy fix. sales engineer gets a question, say, and delves deep into the inner workings to look for an answer. same computer, often out in the field. why? save half an hour? is it going to crash a corporation client if the answer comes in an email from the home office half an hour later? nobody's government is going to fix that, and asking them to is going to cramp your gizzards ten ways from Sunday if they try.
there is another way... governmental recall of the devices
if you have a BitDropper 666 modem, or webcam, or baby monitor, or whatever that is known vulnerable, the FTC could order a recall. industry would wake up pretty quick if all their DVRs and Smart TVs were forced to be recalled and refunded because the software was shit full of holes.
how's the bias load?
unless you are using transistors solely as digital switches, you have to bias them into a linear region of operation. that can take more power than an analog amplification. periodically I see bias applied across a digital switching transistor, probably for a speed profile. so, in a complex array of these new-based units, are they consistent in performance, and what's the bias or transient draw per X number?
more than familiar
any radio signal will induce wired signals when crossing a wire. and any wired signal will induce radio waves over its distance, diminishing as the LRC damps them. this is older than Tesla, it goes back to Edison actually.
and Marconi and Popov and deForest and Fessenden and on and on and on. there is so much prior art that ATT can be blown out of the financial waters on this over the patent alone.
and yes, as a ham facing enough freakin' interference from crud plasma TVs and puck lights under cabinets powered by junk switching wall warts, I will support efforts to slap this nonsense down hard.