1116 posts • joined 29 Mar 2012
re "big iron"...
When I retired from the Amy I walked into a job in electromagnetic compatibility at Wang Labs, in Massachusetts. It took three of us to wheel one of the TEMPEST machines up the ramp into the test chamber; HDD the size of a Fiat, outside, with cables that were like wrestling world-record Boa Constrictors.
And in the United States, copyright extends to original works posted online by even private citizens – no registration required.
Here's one original from me for now; it seems you would under the terms of the ruling violate *my* copyright by reading it.
There once was a board all atoasting, much alarmed at the prospect of posting -- with three words in a row that appeared in a show -- would justify banning and roasting.
Cortland E. Richmond 13 September 2018
It's Texas, Silly!
Between 1997 in 2002, I had an interesting position in Northern California with a firm based in Texas (since absorbed by others) . Telecom Valley has long since dried up and blown away, but I have a lot of memories of that time.
I was the de facto EMC expert in the R&D department there, and beside monitoring designs in progress, was often called on to fix problems that developed in the field. One such problem came up shortly before the inevitable layoffs began and one got me; equipment in Texas was shutting down mysteriously, not a cloud in the sky, nor high tension power lines collapsing on the telephone outside plant, no, not that.
Protective devices on telephone lines were just quietly dying of overload, burning out and and taking down-line equipment "off the net", as we would say now.
They had at the time other EMC engineers than myself, the headquarters being in Texas, so I am confident (ha!) somebody eventually fixed that – but here's my theory.
Clouds passing over the millions of miles of lines across the state carried quite sizable charges, despite never discharging via lightning until things REALLY got "charged up". And as they passed over portions of the network, the charge they carried induced a flow of current between different parts of the land-line system. Equipment protectors being designed to handle short if exceedingly high currents, were burning out because these slowly rising and slowly falling peaks of current exceeded their ability to dissipate it as heat.
It's a good theory, anyway. It's never nice to fool Mother Nature.
Re: "You can call me a dreamer..."
It's odd that the word "dreamer" should crop up in connection with the phrase "national sovereignty", considering that the national sovereignty of the United States is apparently threatened by the presence of so many "Dreamers" brought into the country without documentation, young people OUR national sovereignty apparently requires us to deport to nations speaking a language foreign to them.
Or that national sovereignty reaches into nations far away. Oh well; back to the days when government listened to every telephone call and read every telegram, eh? For the sake of privacy.
Humans are STRANGE.
Re: and Pigs might fly a.k.a F-35
Not so much discussed is that multiple 35's whose radar and computational power is networked may be practically as good as having an AWACS circling around some hundred kilometers from the scene.
It's all new, that. I wonder if it will work as well is expected the first time it has to.
Re: I suppose someone will tell me next that my LED screen/light-bulb is watching me...
Some years ago, there was an article – I don't recall where – about recovering data off screens by looking at the illumination of window blinds or curtains from a distance.
This may be easier with low resolution screens, as detection of individual pixels will be easier at the slower pixel rate.
I was one of those laid off – and our employer eventually folded – when one of the Baby Bells, not wanting to cut the people actually installing the technology in on the profits, decided to renege on a $4 billion (over 10 years) contract to install the then-new ADSL systems in its district.
That's water over the dam. Or used beer.
The last I saw of them, a local medium wave broadcaster had changed from easy listening music, which (even if it got into everybody's telephone lines was at least easy to listen to, to full-time Korean-language evangelist preaching.
Re: FCC in favor of ruling
>>Having the FCC do it makes about as much sense as having the Department of Energy do it because phone lines use energy.<<
Actually, that dates back to the days of the Bell company monopoly on telephone service. They got the monopoly and the FCC got to require a really good quality of service.
You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law
Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...
It almost doesn't matter; each stands by itself, but the development of his writing over the years, and the complexity of their combined plots, suggests that a deeper appreciation might be had by reading in chronological (copyright age) order.
Some of his biographical work explains how he wrote (and how he thought), and may profitably be read before diving into the ocean of his words.
it may be
It may be they _do more code and make more money_ (heh) because spaces are faster. and it's easier to avoid errors using them than tabs due to the large space bar and more accurate placement of typing digits.
Still, I can't justify the reported income discrepancy to typing speed alone; did e. e. cummings earn more eschewing upper case?
– it was far from clear that even senior NASA management were actually capable of understanding the warnings their engineers were raising –
Five nines, is it? On a good day, you might get that out of a resistor.
You want it actually to run software and process data? This is the system that never fails, is it? Did you say "lowest bidder"? It was a really good bid?