WEEK 33 2012
Mon- Tue- Wed-
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Saturday - Headed on down to San Diego.
It was a 50th (Golden) Anniversary party (congratulations to Pat and
Shirleen!), and I was honored to be invited. I also offered to be the
unofficial photographer, and generally had a good time there!
The weather cooperated, and while a bit warm and humid was nothing like
it had been in the days previous, or up in Lancaster, and cooled down
nicely in the early evening.
- Well, I awoke, late, to the sound of a compressor running. And a
concrete saw. There's some work being done across the street. And
another sound, that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I decided it was
part of the construction process.
After my shower I went downstairs and opened the French doors ... and realized it was raining.
Sprinkling, really, but the cat doesn't differentiate. Between
the wet and the noise he just sat in the doorway, glaring out, and looking
at me as if it was my surprise, just to annoy him.
I had various things to do - I'm on the road tomorrow, so there were a number of errands to get done with.
In the early afternoon we went to the AV Fair and Alfalfa Festival, since it was opening night and had free parking and entry.
My friends entered some stuff - candy and breads. This is the first
year that mom and boy are in the same division - he turned 18 last
year, and their candy entry's both got blue ribbons (but someone else
got the best of division). We also sat through a live "sweets" judging,
and, sadly, my friends didn't win. The humidity and heat had probably
done some damage to their cookie entry.
Am I "arm waving" about the heat? No, not really. Here is a caramel apple entry, from someone else, on display inside the air conditioned building:
Did I mention that it was hot and humid?
We couldn't find the bread entry, by the way. The staff weren't much help, they just said "Well, it should be here, somewhere..."
Book #71 was The Golden Transcendence (The Golden Age, Book #3), by John. C. Wright.
Thursday 16 August 2012
- Another hour and a half in the morning, working with the team, on how
to set up the proposal/bid package stuff for the demo job, then on the
road back to Lancaster.
It's amazing how bad drivers are. Someone doing 50 in the #1 lane,
someone doing 90 in the #4 lane, two cars side by side doing 63 in the
#2 and #3 lanes ... and on and on. I mean, how hard is it to do the
speed limit in the appropriate lane?
I tried to fill up at the Chevron on First St. in Simi Valley. It was
incredibly noisy - a nearby freeway, a nearby mall, a car wash attached
to the station, and monitor's with speakers blaring ads at me while I
tried to pump. Because the pump fill rate, even on low, was so high
that the pump kept stopping I had to stand there with the nozzle in
hand, exposed to this nonsense in 95F heat. After five minutes I gave
up, having pumped only about four gallons. It was enough gas to get me
On neat thing was looking at an almost completed water tank reservoir
yesterday. This is a tank that where the concrete and prestressed lid
has been finished, and they are at the stage where they are going to
wrap steel cables around the concrete tanks side, for strength. It's
over 100' in diameter, and the wrapper is a tower that travels around
and around the structure, winding and fixing the cable each time. It
takes about a minute, and uses powered wheels and a traction chain at
the base. When the wrapping is done the same tower will spray a coat of
shotcrete or gunnite over the entire outside, encasing the cables and
preventing rust and damage. And then they'll bury the whole tank, so
there will be nothing to affect the view of neighborhood residents.
It's a pretty elaborate system, all computerized and modern. Very
Book #70 was The Phoenix Exultant, (The Golden Age, Book #2), by John C. Wright. This was the sequel to last weeks The Golden Age, and was again quite entertaining in a space opera sort of way.
Wednesday 15 August 2012
Wednesday - About seven hours in the field, looking at some demolition sites.
There was an article on Slashdot the other day about a DOJ gov't employee telling
people that iPhone's were a nightmare for the police and intelligence
agencies, because they were so secure.
Maybe. Or maybe is was
disinformation, and there is a back door in all of them, and the
intelligence services are trying to get people to use the platform
because it's insecure and it's harder for people to realize that it's
insecure, unlike the Android platform, which can be crowd checked (not that the Android platform is even remotely secure right now).
Reading a bit more, the AES key is recovered from being burned into the
silicon, once the user PIN is entered. So, the first attack would be
against the PIN. The usual four digit could be checked in a matter of
seconds, a ten digit code in about 25 years, assuming an 80ms latency.
If one was to emulate the entire device in RAM on a system somewhere
then the 80ms cycle could be reduced substantially it seems, maybe by
orders of magnitude. The other way, and if one is going to emulate the
device, would be to get at the 'burned in' AES key. Without knowing
exactly how/where this is done, if it is something as simple as a few
diode's on a chip being disable during production, then a good x-ray
scan should be able to extract it.
I therefore suspect that while the iPhone might be a nightmare for low
resource agencies (your sheriff, municipal police, the county
prosecutor, etc ) it probably isn't for any of the 'three letter'
agencies - CIA, FBI, NSA and so on.
And, of course, if the judge orders you to give up the code (the courts are still divided on the legality of that)
you must, or face indefinite time is jail. There is no 'principle of
proportionality' for contempt of court - you can be kept indefinitely
in the clink until you cough up, say, the name and birthdate of
your first dog.
- Mowed, weed-whacked and edged the front and back yards. It's the
coolest day in a couple of weeks, only about 100F when I knocked off...
Heading down to Ventura for a day or two of work.
Monday 13 August 2012
- Did a few things yesterday. Ordered glasses with the new
prescription. Ordered a 1" (30mm) tiller extension for the autopilot I
bought earlier in the year.
Did a bit of work on that salvage spreadsheet.
- Not much to say. Miserably hot
It was still overcast in Tehachapi when I got up. Broken clouds,
anyway. I closed windows, locked doors, turned off the water to the
house and headed back to Lancaster. It'll probably be the same kind of
weather as Saturday.