Going Commando In the Digital Age

A note on “security”. Since we now know about the Spectre flaw making CPUs built in the last fifteen years unsecured AND we know about the WPA2 wifi wireless protocol Krack, Key Reinstallation AttaCK, vulnerability, there is NO real security.

When our wireless connections are as secure and a toddler’s toy box and our CPUs offer access to the keys to the kingdom, we can not say ANYTHING is secure. There are those saying that the CPU problem will require new hardware. Okay, what hardware are they planning on buying? Since everything built in the last 15 years is vulnerable, we will need to wait for all new processors. Those processors are going to have to change the way information is exchanged between processes… Can you say alpha or maybe beta hardware? Anyone who trusts the first generation of any technology is out of their mind. A massive change to the internals of CPUs is going to be a BIG gamble!

I believe the CPU issue will be solved in three to five years. The wifi issue may actually take a little longer, but most business users will be up to snuff in five years.

This is going to take a long time to fix.

Replace Men With Sex Robots?

Bloomberg has an article that is pointing out that sex robots may replace men in bed.

As a man, my response is “that’s nice.” Unlike the fully triggered femi-nazi snowflake nutters, I’m just not all that worried about it.

Sorry Bloomberg, the shock thing only works when the target cares. With the sex robots on the way, who really cares what women think? The whole women’s rights thing has been stretched and stretched since the 1960s to the point that no sane person can take those movements seriously.

Enjoy the robots, but when it is time for the robot tune-up, get your damned toolbox!

Imagine the Spectre of No Security

Spectre processor flaw graphic

Spectre processor flaw

CNN Tech has the best video about the issue. Click on it and get a quick overview.

If you would like something a bit more technical, but readable, melddown.com has the information you are looking for.

Ever wonder what would happen in a secure facility if all of the keys were compromised and anyone could enter or leave at any time without any security? You don’t really need to think about it, you are now living it.

Enhanced details about the security issues have confirmed the worse case scenarios. Intel and AMD are affected. Pretty much any chip made in the last fifteen years is vulnerable. There are two attacks, Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown is exclusive to Intel.

Since Spectre affects computers, cellphones and God knows what else, we will concentrate on it. Put simply, a design decision 15 years ago, that sped up processing, is now a major hardware vulnerablity. Want to fix it, you just need to change the physical design of the processor. No, I am not kidding. If you own a computer purchased in the last fifteen years, you are vulnerable.

If you wonder who knew what when, know that the Intel CEO sold his stock in November!

I can not emphasize this enough. Backup, backup, backup, and yes, backup. The only way to approach this disaster is with a flexibility. I believe that the patch will be the death of a thousand cuts. In addition to dealing with Spectre, computer users and professionals will be forced to deal with a “patch” that will undoubtably add all new nightmares of its own.

We are living in interesting times!

Meltdown processor flaw graphic

Meltdown processor flaw

Massive Intel Chip Flaw

Intel Logo

Intel Logo since 2006.

Some of the worst security news I have ever had, Intel CPUs Have a Major Security Flaw, Fixing It Causes a Huge Performance Hit.

“…Intel chips suffer from a fundamental flaw that affects all of the company’s modern CPUs…requires a software-based solution through the operating system, which in turn causes a performance hit of up to 30 percent.”

The flaw allows any regular program to write directly to protected kernel memory! Basically, forget sandboxes and isolation levels, any malware can do anything. This bug is a major MUST PATCH security issue!

“In the best-case scenario on Linux, performance takes a minimum hit of 17 percent. On Windows, that performance handicap can be 30 percent or higher. Newer processors may have the impact somewhat lessened, but not by much.”

“The problem does not affect AMD processors due to security protections baked within the company’s processors. If you’re running a Ryzen, you should be good to go.”

This is a disaster. The game players will be the first to absolutely lose it. Tech support centers fielding calls about how slow their user’s computer are will looking for cynide pills.

30% HIT IN SPEED IS GOING TO HAVE SOME LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES. AMD processors anyone?

To quote from the movie Aliens:

“That’s it, man. Game over, man. Game over! What the f**k are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?”

Happy New Year London!

Brietbart shows the new crime numbers for London.

In May of 2016, London elected its first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan. He is the fellow who said that President Trump was not welcome in London. He is the fellow who said that terrorism is just a fact of modern life.

The Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Office, gives us the following;

From 2015/16 to 2016/17:

Homicides in London up by 27.1%.
Youth homicide up by 70.0%.
Serious youth violence up by 19.0%.
Robbery up by 33.4%.
Home Burglaries up by 18.7%.
Knife crimes up by 31.3%.
Gun crimes up by 16.3%.
Rape up by 18.3%.

Sadiq Khan is the one mayor who can almost make Chicago’s tiny dancer, Rahm Emanuel, look like he is still a viable option…

The people of Londonistan have him, I’ll bet it is almost impossible to get rid of him. I predict a major decrease in property values and any non-Muhammadans leaving the city.

WWII Radio Propaganda Broadcasts

My father fought in Europe during World War II, 17th Airborne Division.

17th Airborne

17th Airborne

When I was rather young, I asked him if the Germans had an equivalent to Tokyo Rose. He responded immediately with Lord Haw Haw. I had NEVER heard of this guy. I was thrilled to find a Lord Haw Haw propaganda broadcast on archive.org.

I have recently found a treasure trove on youtube.

William Joyce aka Lord Haw-Haw
12/28/1941

direct link – Lord Haw Haw 12/28/1941

Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce)
Final Broadcast 1945

direct link – Lord Haw Haw Final Broadcast

You might want to also hear a little of Axis Sally, one of the two female German propaganda broadcasters.

direct link – Axis Sally

You can compare his work to Tokyo Rose, 9/20/1945

direct link – Tokyo Rose WITH VIDEO

Axis Sally, 1949 to 1961 in federal prison for treason.
Lord Haw Haw, executed 1946 for treason.
Tokyo Rose, 6 years in prison. Unlike the others, she was given a LOT of cover. No one really knows all of the facts in her case.

It is toy time!

Last year, right after tht one big snow, I decided I had had enough. I was 52 years old. I will one day die. I choose NOT to die shoveling snow. I have never owned nor operated a snowblower before.

I paid for one month unlimited access to consumerreports.org, and started researching. I found three models that interested me. I checked articles and watched youtube videos. Eventually, the Troy-bilt Vortex 2890 became my choice. I went out and bought one the second week of 2017.

Victory over snowflakes

Tory-Bilt Vortex 2890 Snowblower

Today was the first time I was able to use “the beast”. I am HAPPY with my snowblower. No fuss, no drama, just a clean driveway. I thought the fact that it is a gravel driveway might cause problems, but everything went well.

Merry Freaking Christmas!