On the Solarwinds Hack
InRange TV is a fireams channel, and a pretty good one. However, the channels proprietor, Karl Kasarda works in IT security and is involved to some extent in the hacking community.
He's decided to go off format in this instance to clear up what he sees as some misreporting on the recently disclosed IT breach that has been in the news of late.
A lot of the SolarWinds stuff was caused by people doing things that were obviously, blatantly wrong, because it was easier that way. Every organisation needs some grumpy old bastard in charge of their network who constantly says "No, we can't just do X. That's retarded."
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Dec 31 09:02:28 2020 (PiXy!)
Sadly, they've had to fire all those people because you can't say "retarded".
When I moved to Austin, it came as a rather unpleasant surprise how infested the local tech area was by "security" folks. They dominate the meetups, although these days their dominance came under attack by so-called "data scientists". I'm not at all surprised that SolarWinds has sprouted from this petri dish.
I met a guy once who founded a company that made firewalls that capped the hop counts of the IP packets. He took out several patents for the technique, and promoted it as an alternative to actual firewalls. You can see the attraction: no matter what, your internal systems cannot talk to anything beyond the DMZ. The downsides are pretty obvious too. What struck me the most was the attempt to become rich off a half-baked, counter-productive idea. He focused on Windows customers, too.
A Solution to the Gawr-Gura Conundrum Gawr-Gura is an English language V-Tuber associated with Hololive. Gawr-Gura is a little unusual in a manner distinct from her just being little and unusual. She embraces the conceit of many female V-Tubers being some variety of fantasy trope animal girl, but instead of being a catgirl, foxgirl or bunny-girl, she's half-carcharadon, you know, a great white shark.
There's lore, I'm sure.
While other demi-human damsels have cute animal ears coming out of their heads Gawr-Gura's hybrid nature is denoted by an art-deco hoodie and a shark tail.
Now, if you're anything like me, you're looking at that and wondering how she goes to the bathroom.
"Whatever setbacks I have had in my life, I can at least always be secure in the knowledge that I am not anything like you."
Today's Lesson for Engineers is 'Sand in the Gears'
A couple of Danish Architects have developed a tent for use on Luna and/or Mars. LUNARK is a very interesting concept that folds up into a compact package that is covered in solar panels, and, using cutting edge origami technology, expands 560 percent to become an airtight habitat with an algae based air recycling system!
The two Nordic nerds recently went LARPING around northern Greenland and set up their airtight tent on a volcanic outcropping that is very close in temperature and terrain to the temperate zones on Mars. They then set it up, sealed the thing, and because they are awesome and take their design they entered and exited thru the airlock and went outside in self contained breathing apparatus. They also did a fair number of actual experiments relating to the project.
The two month experiment was a success which encountered no major issues except for the polar bear which is a matter of limited concern on the moon or Mars. The success of the air recycling system is quite a feat.
However, I have 2 concerns.
The airlock appears to be the toilet/shower, which makes sense, and is an inspired solution on one level as the airlock needs to be a decontamination station. However, this could lead to issues if one is outside, running low on air, while someone is in the airlock having a disagreement with their algae burgers.
The other concern is more integral, so much so that I think I should ask one of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes for a second opinion before I use the deep width and breadth of insight that a history degree gives someone commenting on architectural and engineering matters...
"Oh God, what Moon dust will do to that."
YES! All those expanding joints look like they are inherently exposed to dust. This is not an issue on the Greenland icecap, but lunar dust is ubiquitous, abrasive and electrically charged, Martian dust is less abrasive but it is also ubiquitous and corrosive and we've seen on Earth what can happen to relatively sealed mechanisms like firearms actions when exposed to sand, even good ones.
Maybe put the whole thing in a big bag?
Despite being called a 'tent' by the Daily Mail, this thing is not man-portable. It weighs 1738 kilos (3400 pounds) (which is a remarkable achievement for a habitat capable of sustaining 2 people with food water and air for 2 months). 1738 kilos translates roughly to 290 kilos on the Moon and 660 kilos on Mars. This is more of a camper.
None of this is to detract from the skill and verve of the inventors. It's a prototype, they are testing it in the field and braving polar bears to do it.
So Kudos to SAGA Space Architects! Any bugs can be worked out and as fundamental an issue as the dust problem seems to be, there are probably mitigation measures that can be taken...like a big bag. We've seen with Elon Musk's cornucopia of 'splodies that the way to get to space is to test things to destruction and find out what needs to be fixed. They are doing that with this and have done their math so well that they haven't had a failure yet.
I have visions of astronauts on the Moon or Mars fighting some articulated joint while one of them puzzles over an elaborate assembly manual. Also, they only have *exactly* the number of screws needed to finish, and one of them is lost under a rock somewhere.
Posted by: madrocketsci at Tue Dec 29 13:10:20 2020 (hRoyQ)
Silly thing. The TransHab module was invented specifically as a lunar base module back in the 90s in part (IIRC) to avoid the dust issue. As an inflatable structure it had no joints that could be infiltrated. Plus its internal volume when inflated would be much larger than this thing, so what's the point?
Posted by: jabrwok at Tue Dec 29 20:08:57 2020 (T4WaI)
Citations for Civilizations End
Rod Dreher has an article current events, current trends, and future prospects that is eye opening and a bit scary. Unless you are very easily offended, I urge you to read the whole thing.
Dreher is a good and insightful writer, but he's a doctrinare conservative and a bit of a stick-in the-mud generally opposed to any whimsy on principle, so it is quite unexpected that he allowed a Naruto reference in his addenda.
I think the other part of this is this: We don't breed in captivity. What we've had for the past few decades isn't freedom. Our societies have become regimented, and the demands of work on our time have increased to the point where very few of us have time for a life.
Posted by: madrocketsci at Tue Dec 29 11:32:42 2020 (hRoyQ)
Seriously, there was speculation on both sides of the political divide that whoever set off the massive explosion in Nashville was motivated by politics. The theories have included, but not been limited to, Trump voters, Bernie Bros, BLM, Antifa, Anti Government Militias on the Libertarian Right, Anti Government Militias on the Anarchist Left, people upset at AT&T, or a false flag operation by one of the above to frame another of the above, and all of the aforementioned scenarios were presented as a long stride down the dark path towards civil war.
Hence, the lack of coverage here* as there was not merely a lack of knowledge, but the actual opposite of knowledge. The information beyond the facts of the blast itself actually went into in the negative as the day progressed.
The 5G thing has become a core QAnon and Q-adjacent belief, which means it has insinuated itself in a *certain* segment of right-wing voters. It's the next line-item under believing the military is about to intervene in the "stolen" election, now that Obama and Hillary have been arrested and replaced with look-alikes, Biden wears a house-arrest tag, and the FBI has seized/will be seizing Dominion voting machines to stop/start the Great Reset led by JFK, Jr.
Posted by: Ben at Mon Dec 28 02:11:30 2020 (9Wcjc)
I've seen the COVID / 5G thing mentioned by whackaloons on the left too. It's a useful indicator, kind of like adjacent red and yellow stripes on a snake, it means "DANGER!". This is distinct from some wacky notions believed by Q and even some weird things disseminated on the left, which are theoretically reasonable notions carried to an extreme.
For example: There probably is a group of powerful people involved in child trafficking. Jeffery Epstein* was selling or pimping those girls to somebody, and they were people of means....However, the notion that the kids are being held in the server room of a Pizza joint before being locked in armoires and shipped by Wayfair is, frankly, whacked. 5-G causing COVID is JUST insane, all stop the end. When one hears this theory and it's not in jest or mockery, there is no question of "Is he/she one of the crazy ones?" only "YES. RUN!" because the base premise is a hard break from reality.
This is useful to find out early.
Practicality or fun? I mean, if you were really practical, you'd be crunching through the snow off the side of the driveway. But the skating delivery was very fun!
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Dec 26 11:20:08 2020 (sF8WE)
Yeah, I had an experience like that. I walked along an iced over path in a forest and some gopniks wanted to take off my fancy imported jacket. I caught a kick, but other guy did me a hook to the face. That threw me off, but I hit a tree trunk, which arrested my fall. I turned and ran along the path in the snow. The assailants were slipping on the ice and could not catch me. When I got home, I wrung the blood out of my scarf and patted down the blood spots with ice water (do not use hot water for blood removal).
People appreciate you more than you know.
Might want to check out the "Bob and Brad" channel on YouTube, etc. They're physical therapists from MN who belong to a school of thought that patients should learn simple exercises and practices to do at home, that will relieve pain and help muscle strain. (Obviously I should have brought this up earlier....) They have stuff about rotator cuffs.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Dec 26 11:23:55 2020 (sF8WE)
Posted by: J Greely at Wed Dec 23 18:01:57 2020 (ZlYZd)
That does look like a lot of fun. I might have to get the .22lr version just to be able to use it for the local rimfire challenge meets. The 5.7x28 version seems like a good way to defend yourself from the zombie mink apocalypse that is no doubt scheduled for 2021....
Posted by: David at Wed Dec 23 20:03:27 2020 (jdGUg)
I actually wondered if something like this, albeit with a smaller magazine, might be a better PDW than the P-90. Although the P-90 is compact, it is still too large to fit into a hip holster, and so would be getting in your way much too often. A good PDW, in my opinion, is one that you can always have with you need it, and not something that you stored somewhere else because it was too bulky to carry around all the time.
Posted by: Siergen at Thu Dec 24 13:07:14 2020 (jIT9h)
4@Siergen P-90 magazines are available, and in a military context are in the NATO logistics system
BrÃ¼gger & Thomet makes something like what you're talking about, it also comes, in less compact form, in full auto. The Coast Guard and Army have kits for their Sigs that do much the same thing.
The magazine for the P-90 is about 10 inches long so this KEL-TEC beast is probably about 13-14 inches long. Assuming good balance (and its balance is going to shift a lot as the magazine empties), that is probably at the very limit of a wieldable pistol, but it also means that a folding or retractable stock will have sufficient length of pull to be practical, though such a feature would make it an SBR in the U.S. civilian market.
All of this assumes that this picture is not a joke by someone on 4-chan's /k/ board.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Jan 3 17:52:30 2021 (PiXy!)
I flipped through the "magazine" in a bookstore. Not a fan of the loading procedure for the P50. The interview with George Kellgren was okay, but omitted what I would've asked: why no update to P-3AT, etc.
I doubt there is a single elected federal (or state) representative or member of any former, current, or incoming administration who does not believe
a) The Rubicon has been crossed and we're already in a Civil War
b) The Rubicon is TRYING to be crossed and we need to get rid of the people trying to stop it.
c) The Rubicon has yet to be crossed, and I'M THE ONE TO DO IT
d) Don't care; how can I profit from the current situation
And every single one of them supports their position by claiming everyone else WANTS to cross The Rubicon and THEY ARE THE ONES TO STOP IT.
Posted by: Ben at Sat Dec 19 12:25:23 2020 (9Wcjc)
The Ramifications of a Faux-Pas in Current Year
Monday morning, I was at work, and had been at work about 45 minutes, 2 of my kidney stones are about to leave and go explore the world, and they were particularly impatient that day. Well, 45 minutes into the shift I comitted a terrible Faux-Pas. I left my position and went to the bathroom, where I rather loudly vomited.
In the current environment, this is a dreadful faux-pas.
So I got sent home and naturally could not come back until I got a certification of cleanliness from a state approved source.
The last time this happened I was out for nearly two weeks, because the test took 4 days to schedule and 6 days to get results from. The current estimate is longer, however, there are a limited number of 15 minute test facilities in Virginia, and I was able to secure an appointment with one of them for Thursday. The assumption being that the aggregate time lost would be less.
There was a little trepidation on my part since I have been under the weather this week since Monday, and my symptoms have included a splitting headache (but no fever to speak of).
Thursday I got up and drove across bridges, through tunnels and far away to make my appointment which was 40 minutes late because they are swamped. I got my most unpleasant test and waited for my 15 minute results which were ready in an hour.
The phone call said I was free of any association with that Chi-Com harridan Coronachan.
"My bat soup brings all the boys to the yard."
I noted on my phone the email that had the printed version of my cleanliness certification, and went home, did some laundry, slept, watched some Twitcheranians play Cyberpunk 2077 and called work to get the email I needed to mail the results to.
When I opened the email, I got this:
And I was all like:
And no I couldn't go to work, which was particularly annoying since every day I miss this time of year is a ridiculous amount of money lost.
Today, I spent almost two hours on the phone trying to resolve this matter and dealing with the downside of patient privacy laws....but I finally got a certification of cleanliness and can start working again tomorrow.
I suspect my illness was a reaction to the pain and having just gotten a flu shot since I don't want to be tag-teamed by CoronaChan and Influ-Enza.
I've had three days off now, which I've mostly spent in bed and doing some house cleaning, and making notes and outlines for posts that get overtaken by events.
Eh, good and bad. On the plus side I'm about to get a fair amount of time off after spending the last year getting (simultaneously) two major ($M) transformational tech projects off the ground and just started in implementation. On the minus the timing wasn't exactly my choice and I'll be spending a chunk of it looking for new employment as my position was moved to another state without me.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Thu Dec 10 15:32:03 2020 (j9NNa)
I'm retiring at the end of the month. Being driven around the bend trying to finish up projects before leaving ("Why don't we add three more project goals and try to finish even earlier?"), and training other people in the software that I use. Getting no help from our IT:
Me: "hey IT, I need to get the software updated on our Training PC's."
"Hey guys, seriously, I need the software updated."
Second hand to one of the prospective students: "you just need it on your own system and can follow along via Teams."
Me: "Guys, this is in-person instruction in the classroom. It's hands-on stuff, and it needs to be in a controlled classroom environment."
Second hand again: "We'll push the update the morning of the class."
Me: "guys, didn't you just spend two hours yesterday trying to get it running bug-free on one student's computer, despite it being installed three weeks ago? Didn't it take a week to get it done last time, WITH vendor support?"
Posted by: Ubu at Fri Dec 11 06:13:55 2020 (UlsdO)
I am actually one of those people who have been doing pretty well despite the Wuhan flu. Work has been been handing out overtime and I have been hauling more pay home this year than ever. If anything, the lockdowns that will come if the likely scenario of ol' Joe taking office happens will just keep me busy at work.
But we live in 2020, when anything can and will happen.
Posted by: cxt217 at Fri Dec 11 23:26:50 2020 (4i7w0)
The first time I got kidney stones, my reaction after a bathroom break was basically Welp, I'm dying.
The second time I got kidney stones I instituted a police of always having a bottle of diet soda on my desk, which I'm lucky enough to be able to do working from home. Haven't had them bad since then.
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Approximately 96% successful. Just that little 4% at the end. And the engines dying from a lack of fuel pressure. And the final one eating itself. But holy crap, that was AMAZING.
Really, that is a successful test. The hard part was everything BUT the landing.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Wed Dec 9 18:49:32 2020 (Bkp4m)
I don't speak any Chinese. I was once told that my pronunciation of "nihao" was lewd.
So I don't know if these two videos are the smoking gun of our murderer after discharging into our abdomen...or they are the equivalent of a Downfall video.
Many years ago there was an add put out by the Tea Party which featured a Chinese Professor in 2030 talking about the U.S. had fallen because it was decadent, corrupt and had spent itself into bankruptcy.
This set of videos is so close to that political ad, it is both terrifying, and cause for suspicion. It's just too on the nose. The big difference is, that the Tea Party ad assumed no real malice on the part of China, merely envisioning them coming in and picking up the pieces after an American collapse. This one on the other hand, well, take 18 minutes of your time.....
The vid, (which despite its garish title card doesn't mention Hunter much) is hosted by a channel called Inconvenient Truths, which I'm not familiar with, and has not vanished from YouTube as of this typing.
This is concerning to say the least, and it's inclusion in a streamed lecture indicates supreme confidence they are in charge, completely and an aberration like Trump will never happen again. (Or, bullshit, one of the two.)
This bears some scrutiny. An independant Chinese translation would be a good place to start. Perhaps someone can to go to Politics and Prose and try to track down that clerk, surely he's moved on after 5 years, but if he can be tracked down the veracity of the story might be verified.
We do know that China is doing many of the things mentioned in this video. The rust belt is testament to that. But the specific identification of 1992 to 2016 as China's happy time and that the one time a spanner got in their works was when someone not bought and paid for by Wall Street* got behind Resolute Desk confirms so many of my biases that I must rub my chin and squint skeptically.
A veteran of WW2 and Viet Nam he was a test pilot from 1945-1957 where he ran many of the most cutting edge aviation designs through their paces in an era when the envelope of performance was being pushed to the limit and learning was by doing and making mistakes.
Yeager is best known for the first piloted flight past mach one, but was awarded many honors including the, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal the Army Distinguished Service Medal, 2 Silver Stars, 2 Legion of Merit awards, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
After retirement as a Brigader General, he set several civilian aviation records, worked on the commission investigating the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger, acted as a technical advisor to Electronic Arts and was engaged in numerous educational initiatives. in 2012, on the 65th anniversary of his historic flight, he recreated it, in an F-15.
Passing away at 97, he lived a long, wondrous and fruitful life, but he was an American icon who will be sorely missed.
Your "after" picture for USS Shaw is actually of USS Cassin and USS Downes, which were in drydock during the attack. A 250kg bomb went off between them causing severe damage and fires and eventually Downes fell off her keel blocks and leaned on Cassin.
The "Name That Mystery Ship" I did for the Shaw can be found here at this link. The attendant history writeup is at this link.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Dec 7 14:51:00 2020 (Bkp4m)
Thanks for pointing out the error. It's been corrected.
For those confused, this is the picture that was initially the second one down.