Archive for July, 2012

Trouble Junction at Seventeen To

July 15, 2012

Things are getting somewhat closer to home for those cogs in the machine

[Washington, DC’s] Metrorail system experienced two shutdowns over the weekend which stranded passengers on all five lines when controllers were unable to keep track of trains, a spokeswoman said.  The first disruption began after 2 p.m. Saturday when Metrorail’s Operations Control Center reported that the system for monitoring trains was not working. The second shutdown occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday and lasted until about 1 a.m.  Officials don’t know what caused the malfunction, which they described as a computer problem they are trying to resolve.

Lemme give ya a hint: try spelling Tenxuts backwards.  This is called blowback in the intell business, so get used to it.

 

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Metrics System

July 9, 2012

Whenever Lunghu writes a blog post that makes some wildly off-the-wall claim about the nefarious activities of the usual suspects, he doesn’t always know just exactly how close to the mark he might be.  After all, sometimes his posts are only wild speculation, while at other times they’re based on fairly well-informed judgment.  However, Lunghu has identified a relatively reliable method for measuring the accuracy of his ‘outlandish’ claims:  the volume of späm comments that controversial posts generate in the first 48 hours of their shelflife.

The equation is a simple one —the greater the number of späm comments a particular post attracts, the greater the likelihood that it has revealed an uncomfortable truth and thus pissed somebody off.   If that somebody is a zealous, humorless, fully indoctrinated cog in the cyberwar machine, chances are good that he’ll fire off a volley of cluster-späm to express his displeasure at the license that liberty of speech can sometimes entail.

By this measure, Lunghu’s recent post about the San Diego fireworks fiasco is the all-time champeen späm-magnet on Waking the Dragon.  Yea verily, many a true word is spoken in jest.

 

Just goes to show that in the absence of anything better, this spämmeter system of MASINT is good enough for government work (as the old saying goes).

Rocket’s Red Glare

July 7, 2012

Who says that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have no sense of humor?  Lunghu thinks they’re actually quite mischieveous:  rather than respond to the endless provocations of the Great Satan and his Zionist imps with overt bellicosity, they’ve instead chosen a subtly asymmetric riposte …

A computer glitch caused the July 4th San Diego fireworks show by Millington-based Garden State Fireworks to end much sooner than planned.  A virus in the computer code controlling the show caused about 7,000 shells to fire at once … ending the planned 17-minute “Big Bay Boom” over San Diego Bay in about 15 seconds.  Co-owner August Santore Jr. apologized and promised to put on a make-up show at his own expense.

 

Stuxnet:  it’s a wonderful triumph of American technology, and so versatile, too!  With a little bit of reverse engineering, of course.

Lunghu hopes that the choice of San Diego wasn’t completely accidental.  After all, those with a sense of history will know that St. James (d. 44 AD) –San Diego to you Anglophones– is the patron saint of Spain. “Tradition states that he miraculously appeared to fight for the Christian army aganst the Moors during the battle of Clavijo [844 AD], and was henceforth called Matamoros (Moor-slayer).”   And just in case you still didn’t get the message, San Diego (California) is also home to the United States Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), which includes among its responsibilities “Cyberspace Operations: to operate and protect communications and networks, while exploiting and disrupting the adversary’s command and control.

O, the irony!