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a425couple
2017-04-17 15:29:04 UTC
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of
short stories. They include "Project Nightmare".

So the last couple of years we have faced increasing
concern about North Korea's development of Atomic
Bombs and their threats to use them. Tricky situation
with no easy solution visible. Then the most recent early
missile failure -----, reminded me of "Project Nightmare".

In that story:
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"

Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through
that threat, and then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do?
Certainly computers do a considerable portion of
arming and fusing a warhead.
Could a hacker set off a different country's weapon????
David Johnston
2017-04-17 17:31:23 UTC
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of short
stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern about North
Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their threats to use them.
Tricky situation with no easy solution visible. Then the most recent
early missile failure -----, reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that threat, and
then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly computers
do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a warhead. Could a hacker
set off a different country's weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
2017-04-17 17:53:02 UTC
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of
short stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern
about North Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their
threats to use them. Tricky situation with no easy solution
visible. Then the most recent early missile failure -----,
reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that
threat, and then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly
computers do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a
warhead. Could a hacker set off a different country's
weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the web,
and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.

There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Iran's nuclear program was sabotages with printer firmware that
destroyed centrifuges. Russia compromised NATO with infeced USB
drives. And so on.
--
Terry Austin

Vacation photos from Iceland:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/QaXQkB

"Terry Austin: like the polio vaccine, only with more asshole."
-- David Bilek

Jesus forgives sinners, not criminals.
Peter Trei
2017-04-17 18:27:38 UTC
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of
short stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern
about North Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their
threats to use them. Tricky situation with no easy solution
visible. Then the most recent early missile failure -----,
reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that
threat, and then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly
computers do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a
warhead. Could a hacker set off a different country's
weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the web,
and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Iran's nuclear program was sabotages with printer firmware that
destroyed centrifuges. Russia compromised NATO with infeced USB
drives. And so on.
The Iran attack was a bit different (I had to study Stuxnet in a previous
job). It had several stages, and initially infected (by, among other things,
USB keys dropped in the parking lot) Windows workstations running Siemen's
Step 7 software, which is used to develop code for SCADA system PLCs (the
actual devices which do process control for industrial equipment, including
centrifuges). It would compromise the Step 7 SW, so that when a certain very
specific configuration was being programmed, it would secretly insert code
to vary the speeds of the centrifuges at random, causing them to eventually
fail, all the while reporting back that they were at normal speed and operating
nominally.

This caused the centrifuges to eventually and mysteriously fail.

pt
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2017-04-17 18:53:42 UTC
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of
short stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern
about North Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their
threats to use them. Tricky situation with no easy solution
visible. Then the most recent early missile failure -----,
reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that
threat, and then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do?
Certainly computers do a considerable portion of arming and
fusing a warhead. Could a hacker set off a different
country's weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the
web.
If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the
web, and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Iran's nuclear program was sabotages with printer firmware that
destroyed centrifuges. Russia compromised NATO with infeced USB
drives. And so on.
The Iran attack was a bit different (I had to study Stuxnet in a
previous job). It had several stages, and initially infected
(by, among other things, USB keys dropped in the parking lot)
Windows workstations running Siemen's Step 7 software, which is
used to develop code for SCADA system PLCs (the actual devices
which do process control for industrial equipment, including
centrifuges). It would compromise the Step 7 SW, so that when a
certain very specific configuration was being programmed, it
would secretly insert code to vary the speeds of the centrifuges
at random, causing them to eventually fail, all the while
reporting back that they were at normal speed and operating
nominally.
This caused the centrifuges to eventually and mysteriously fail.
Which is to say, there are many ways to compromise a computer
besides the web.

(There have been demonstrations of doing so using audio signals
between computers not connected to any network, in frequency ranges
beyodn human hearing, too.)
--
Terry Austin

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"Terry Austin: like the polio vaccine, only with more asshole."
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Quadibloc
2017-04-17 18:38:49 UTC
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If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the web,
and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
Joe Hacker, though, unlike the NSA, might find it hard to get a compromised USB
drive into North Korea, or otherwise deal with their airgaps. Oversimplifying in a
brief USENET post is not evidence of ignorance.

John Savard
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2017-04-17 18:54:46 UTC
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If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the
web, and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
Joe Hacker, though, unlike the NSA, might find it hard to get a
compromised USB drive into North Korea, or otherwise deal with
their airgaps.
Or not. "Joe Hacker" includes a hell of a lot of malware writers who
engage in billions of dollars worth of fraud. Some of them are very,
very clever.
Post by Quadibloc
Oversimplifying in a brief USENET post is not
evidence of ignorance.
You, however, are.
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Kevrob
2017-04-17 18:45:15 UTC
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Russia compromised NATO with infeced USB
drives. And so on.
I know that was supposed to be "infected," but the typo
works, too.:)

Kevin R
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2017-04-17 18:55:35 UTC
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Russia compromised NATO with infeced USB
drives. And so on.
I know that was supposed to be "infected," but the typo
works, too.:)
Er, yeah, I meant to do that. Yeah, that's the ticket. That's my
story and I'm sticking to it. (And if I fling it hard enough, it'll
stick to the wall, too.)
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Mike Van Pelt
2017-04-18 23:42:00 UTC
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely perfectly,
everyone involved is summarily executed, which tends to make it
difficult to learn from one's mistakes. Also, the smart people
tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
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Dimensional Traveler
2017-04-19 00:18:42 UTC
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely perfectly,
everyone involved is summarily executed, which tends to make it
difficult to learn from one's mistakes. Also, the smart people
tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
There is also the "based on Soviet designs". North Korea is not using
unmodified Soviet designs. They are tinkering with them trying to make
them do things they weren't intended to.
--
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2017-04-19 00:51:55 UTC
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13%
failure rate, fails 88% of the time because of various
cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely
perfectly, everyone involved is summarily executed, which tends
to make it difficult to learn from one's mistakes. Also, the
smart people tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
There is also the "based on Soviet designs". North Korea is not
using unmodified Soviet designs. They are tinkering with them
trying to make them do things they weren't intended to.
Even so, with such an extreme failure rate, either they have
extraordinarily incompetent rocket scientists, or there's some other
factor(s) at work.
--
Terry Austin

Vacation photos from Iceland:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/QaXQkB

"Terry Austin: like the polio vaccine, only with more asshole."
-- David Bilek

Jesus forgives sinners, not criminals.
Lawrence Watt-Evans
2017-04-19 05:07:27 UTC
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13%
failure rate, fails 88% of the time because of various
cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely
perfectly, everyone involved is summarily executed, which tends
to make it difficult to learn from one's mistakes. Also, the
smart people tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
There is also the "based on Soviet designs". North Korea is not
using unmodified Soviet designs. They are tinkering with them
trying to make them do things they weren't intended to.
Even so, with such an extreme failure rate, either they have
extraordinarily incompetent rocket scientists, or there's some other
factor(s) at work.
If they're foolish enough to use slave labor anywhere in the
manufacturing process, that could contribute. Sabotage is fun.
--
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2017-04-19 06:11:57 UTC
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North
Korea's missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a
13% failure rate, fails 88% of the time because of various
cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely
perfectly, everyone involved is summarily executed, which
tends to make it difficult to learn from one's mistakes.
Also, the smart people tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
There is also the "based on Soviet designs". North Korea is
not using unmodified Soviet designs. They are tinkering with
them trying to make them do things they weren't intended to.
Even so, with such an extreme failure rate, either they have
extraordinarily incompetent rocket scientists, or there's some
other factor(s) at work.
If they're foolish enough to use slave labor anywhere in the
manufacturing process, that could contribute. Sabotage is fun.
If it is outside sabotage, it isn't even a given that it is the US
behind it. Russia has no reason to want North Korea to have nuclear
tipped ICBMs, and while China has long had the attitude - in public
- that North Korea isn't their problem, working nukes on top of
working long range missiles are very much China's problem.
--
Terry Austin

Vacation photos from Iceland:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/QaXQkB

"Terry Austin: like the polio vaccine, only with more asshole."
-- David Bilek

Jesus forgives sinners, not criminals.
Lawrence Watt-Evans
2017-04-19 06:55:22 UTC
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North
Korea's missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a
13% failure rate, fails 88% of the time because of various
cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely
perfectly, everyone involved is summarily executed, which
tends to make it difficult to learn from one's mistakes.
Also, the smart people tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
There is also the "based on Soviet designs". North Korea is
not using unmodified Soviet designs. They are tinkering with
them trying to make them do things they weren't intended to.
Even so, with such an extreme failure rate, either they have
extraordinarily incompetent rocket scientists, or there's some
other factor(s) at work.
If they're foolish enough to use slave labor anywhere in the
manufacturing process, that could contribute. Sabotage is fun.
If it is outside sabotage, it isn't even a given that it is the US
behind it. Russia has no reason to want North Korea to have nuclear
tipped ICBMs, and while China has long had the attitude - in public
- that North Korea isn't their problem, working nukes on top of
working long range missiles are very much China's problem.
Oh, I meant internal sabotage by workers who aren't particularly fond
of the government.
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North
Korea's missile program, based on Soviet designs that had
a 13% failure rate, fails 88% of the time because of
various cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely
perfectly, everyone involved is summarily executed, which
tends to make it difficult to learn from one's mistakes.
Also, the smart people tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
There is also the "based on Soviet designs". North Korea is
not using unmodified Soviet designs. They are tinkering
with them trying to make them do things they weren't
intended to.
Even so, with such an extreme failure rate, either they have
extraordinarily incompetent rocket scientists, or there's some
other factor(s) at work.
If they're foolish enough to use slave labor anywhere in the
manufacturing process, that could contribute. Sabotage is
fun.
If it is outside sabotage, it isn't even a given that it is the
US behind it. Russia has no reason to want North Korea to have
nuclear tipped ICBMs, and while China has long had the attitude
- in public - that North Korea isn't their problem, working
nukes on top of working long range missiles are very much
China's problem.
Oh, I meant internal sabotage by workers who aren't particularly
fond of the government.
Yeah, that's certainly a possibility, too.
--
Terry Austin

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"Terry Austin: like the polio vaccine, only with more asshole."
-- David Bilek

Jesus forgives sinners, not criminals.
Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
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There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Or, perhaps, whenever anything does not work completely perfectly,
everyone involved is summarily executed, which tends to make it
difficult to learn from one's mistakes. Also, the smart people
tend to want to Be Someplace Else.
One does wonder. I am increasinly of the opinion, however, the Kim is
not, and has never been, in control of North Korea. I doubt he is
aware of this, but I am more and more inclined to think his military
leadership has real control. And the executions we know about are the
result of losing an internal power stuggle within their ranks.

This does not, of course, conflict with your alternate theory.

It is entirely possible there's a family sized helping of both.
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Quadibloc
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One does wonder. I am increasinly of the opinion, however, the Kim is
not, and has never been, in control of North Korea. I doubt he is
aware of this, but I am more and more inclined to think his military
leadership has real control. And the executions we know about are the
result of losing an internal power stuggle within their ranks.
When his uncle Jang Song-Thaek was executed, I felt that there was a real
possibility that instead of Kim Jong-Un being in control, and responsible for
that, the Organization and Guidance Department had commanded his execution in
order to remove someone who was helping Kim Jong-Un develop his own power
independent of their control.

However, I did not realize, at the time, that Jang Song-Thaek held the post of
the head of that department, so, indeed, if Kim Jong-Un is a puppet, maybe it
would have to be the military that is pulling the strings.

John Savard
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One does wonder. I am increasinly of the opinion, however, the
Kim is not, and has never been, in control of North Korea. I
doubt he is aware of this, but I am more and more inclined to
think his military leadership has real control. And the
executions we know about are the result of losing an internal
power stuggle within their ranks.
When his uncle Jang Song-Thaek was executed, I felt that there
was a real possibility that instead of Kim Jong-Un being in
control, and responsible for that, the Organization and Guidance
Department had commanded his execution in order to remove
someone who was helping Kim Jong-Un develop his own power
independent of their control.
However, I did not realize, at the time, that Jang Song-Thaek
held the post of the head of that department, so, indeed, if Kim
Jong-Un is a puppet, maybe it would have to be the military that
is pulling the strings.
In that sort of situation, there aer normally several power groups
contending. And it's as incomprehensible to outsiders as it is deadly
to insiders. The only thing you can be certain of is the losers.
--
Terry Austin

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-- David Bilek

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Peter Trei
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One does wonder. I am increasinly of the opinion, however, the
Kim is not, and has never been, in control of North Korea. I
doubt he is aware of this, but I am more and more inclined to
think his military leadership has real control. And the
executions we know about are the result of losing an internal
power stuggle within their ranks.
When his uncle Jang Song-Thaek was executed, I felt that there
was a real possibility that instead of Kim Jong-Un being in
control, and responsible for that, the Organization and Guidance
Department had commanded his execution in order to remove
someone who was helping Kim Jong-Un develop his own power
independent of their control.
However, I did not realize, at the time, that Jang Song-Thaek
held the post of the head of that department, so, indeed, if Kim
Jong-Un is a puppet, maybe it would have to be the military that
is pulling the strings.
In that sort of situation, there aer normally several power groups
contending. And it's as incomprehensible to outsiders as it is deadly
to insiders. The only thing you can be certain of is the losers.
I recall reading somewhere that NK has 3 independent internal security
services, and along with watching the population in general, each is also
tasked with infiltrating the other two.

The goal is to make it harder for an anti-Kim conspiracy to form.

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One does wonder. I am increasinly of the opinion, however,
the Kim is not, and has never been, in control of North
Korea. I doubt he is aware of this, but I am more and more
inclined to think his military leadership has real control.
And the executions we know about are the result of losing an
internal power stuggle within their ranks.
When his uncle Jang Song-Thaek was executed, I felt that
there was a real possibility that instead of Kim Jong-Un
being in control, and responsible for that, the Organization
and Guidance Department had commanded his execution in order
to remove someone who was helping Kim Jong-Un develop his own
power independent of their control.
However, I did not realize, at the time, that Jang Song-Thaek
held the post of the head of that department, so, indeed, if
Kim Jong-Un is a puppet, maybe it would have to be the
military that is pulling the strings.
In that sort of situation, there aer normally several power
groups contending. And it's as incomprehensible to outsiders as
it is deadly to insiders. The only thing you can be certain of
is the losers.
I recall reading somewhere that NK has 3 independent internal
security services, and along with watching the population in
general, each is also tasked with infiltrating the other two.
The goal is to make it harder for an anti-Kim conspiracy to
form.
They probably don't want the competition.
--
Terry Austin

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/QaXQkB

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2017-04-23 00:01:15 UTC
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One does wonder. I am increasinly of the opinion, however, the
Kim is not, and has never been, in control of North Korea. I
doubt he is aware of this, but I am more and more inclined to
think his military leadership has real control. And the
executions we know about are the result of losing an internal
power stuggle within their ranks.
When his uncle Jang Song-Thaek was executed, I felt that there
was a real possibility that instead of Kim Jong-Un being in
control, and responsible for that, the Organization and Guidance
Department had commanded his execution in order to remove
someone who was helping Kim Jong-Un develop his own power
independent of their control.
However, I did not realize, at the time, that Jang Song-Thaek
held the post of the head of that department, so, indeed, if Kim
Jong-Un is a puppet, maybe it would have to be the military that
is pulling the strings.
In that sort of situation, there aer normally several power groups
contending. And it's as incomprehensible to outsiders as it is deadly
to insiders. The only thing you can be certain of is the losers.
Since this discussion took place, I picked up a copy of the latest Epoch Times, and read this article:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2243719-north-korea-and-the-chinese-regimes-deep-state-2/

So, at least according to them, the mystery is solved.

During secret talks with Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, in which North
Korea was represented by Jang Song-Thaek, the possibility of replacing Kim
Jong-Un with his brother Kim Jong Nam was suggested.

Numerous Party officials in China belong to the faction of the more hard-line
Jiang Zemin, who, aside from taking a hard line on dissent, also pursued
closer ties with North Korea, finding it useful as a distraction from their
own human rights issues and so on in dealings with the West - or as a
bargaining chip.

One of the Jiang Zemin loyalists, Zhou Yongkang, is alleged to have disclosed
this topic of discussion to Kim Jong-Un, and that sealed Jang Song-Thaek's
fate.

Apparently, this isn't a new revelation; an article two years ago seems to
have noted this:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1262311-mysterious-execution-of-leaders-uncle-in-north-korea-solved-says-overseas-chinese-media/

although I'm currently having difficulty loading it myself to read it due to temporary issues with my Internet connection.

John Savard
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Apparently, this isn't a new revelation; an article two years ago seems to
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1262311-mysterious-execution-of-leaders-uncle-in-north-korea-solved-says-overseas-chinese-media/
although I'm currently having difficulty loading it myself to read it due
to temporary issues with my Internet connection.
Those issues are now resolved; indeed, the same theory was in that article,
but with the additional information that the source was the overseas Chinese
news web site Boxun.

John Savard
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the overseas Chinese
news web site Boxun.
Apparently they've moved their site to www.boxunblog.com because boxun.com,
their usual site, is under attack and may also have been compromised.

However, it's a Chinese-language web site.

John Savard

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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of
short stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern
about North Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their
threats to use them. Tricky situation with no easy solution
visible. Then the most recent early missile failure -----,
reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that
threat, and then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly
computers do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a
warhead. Could a hacker set off a different country's
weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the web,
and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Iran's nuclear program was sabotages with printer firmware that
destroyed centrifuges. Russia compromised NATO with infeced USB
drives. And so on.
Yes. It appears to be a variety of ways for mischief to be done.
Elsewhere, someone not wishing to post here,
Post by Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
Post by David Johnston
Post by a425couple
Post by Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the web,
and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
That's not what he said.
Minuteman canNOT be triggered by hackers.
Dunno 'bout our nuke subs, but speculate similar security.
Air delivered nuke bombs are (mostly) dumb bombs
Care to explain what triggers the explosion of the
"Air delivered nuke bombs" ?
Well.......it ain't an iPhone.
It's either a barometric sensor (for above ground>
Nary a microwave in the bunch.
So, you are believing a modern 'barometric sensor'
to fire the fuze, is entirely mechanically * operated?
Post by Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
or internal timer (for below ground).
So, you are thinking an old fashoned mechanical alarm clock?
Nothing like a currently produced electronic one?
And, absolutely no overrides for the scientists on the surface?

Wow! Just think of the excitement. The North Koreans just start
to lower it down the 1,300 foot shaft, and the cable snags and
it can not be moved, either up or down!!!
One hour until BOOM, and it's just 50' below the surface.
"May you live in interesting times!"

* meanwhile, does my use of the word "mechanical", really
eliminate anything electronic/electrical?


Definition of mechanical
1
a (1) : of or relating to machinery (see machinery 1) or tools
mechanical applications of science a mechanical genius mechanical aptitude
(2) : produced or operated by a machine or tool mechanical power a
mechanical refrigerator a mechanical saw
b : of or relating to manual operations
2
: of or relating to artisans (see artisan 1) or machinists the
mechanical trades
3
a : done as if by machine : seemingly uninfluenced by the mind or
emotions : automatic
busy in a leisurely mechanical way - Douglas Stewart
b : of or relating to technicalities or petty matters
nor was any capacity shown for anything above a mechanical handling of
the matter - H. O. Taylor
4
a : relating to, governed by, or in accordance with the principles of
mechanics mechanical energy
b : relating to the quantitative relations of force and matter mechanical
pressure of wind on a tower
5
: caused by, resulting from, or relating to a process that involves a
purely physical as opposed to a chemical or biological change or process -
mechanical erosion of rock

Well, #5 does specify no "chemical' or 'biological', but it does not
specificly say no electrical pulses.
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The is pretty much incoherent. The only thing I can deduce from it
is that you're as stupid as you look.

And you look *very* stupid.

HTH. HAND.
Post by a425couple
in...
Post by Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
Post by David Johnston
Post by a425couple
Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of
short stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern
about North Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their
threats to use them. Tricky situation with no easy solution
visible. Then the most recent early missile failure -----,
reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that
threat, and then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do?
Certainly computers do a considerable portion of arming and
fusing a warhead. Could a hacker set off a different
country's weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the
web.
If you believe that all computer attacks must go through the
web, and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
There is, in fact, considerably speculation that North Korea's
missile program, based on Soviet designs that had a 13% failure
rate, fails 88% of the time because of various cyber-attacks.
Iran's nuclear program was sabotages with printer firmware that
destroyed centrifuges. Russia compromised NATO with infeced USB
drives. And so on.
Yes. It appears to be a variety of ways for mischief to be
done. Elsewhere, someone not wishing to post here,
Post by Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
Post by David Johnston
Post by a425couple
Post by Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
If you believe that all computer attacks must go through
the web, and only the web, you're as stupid as you look.
That's not what he said.
Minuteman canNOT be triggered by hackers.
Dunno 'bout our nuke subs, but speculate similar security.
Air delivered nuke bombs are (mostly) dumb bombs
Care to explain what triggers the explosion of the
"Air delivered nuke bombs" ?
Well.......it ain't an iPhone.
It's either a barometric sensor (for above ground>
Nary a microwave in the bunch.
So, you are believing a modern 'barometric sensor'
to fire the fuze, is entirely mechanically * operated?
Post by Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
or internal timer (for below ground).
So, you are thinking an old fashoned mechanical alarm clock?
Nothing like a currently produced electronic one?
And, absolutely no overrides for the scientists on the surface?
Wow! Just think of the excitement. The North Koreans just
start to lower it down the 1,300 foot shaft, and the cable snags
and it can not be moved, either up or down!!!
One hour until BOOM, and it's just 50' below the surface.
"May you live in interesting times!"
* meanwhile, does my use of the word "mechanical", really
eliminate anything electronic/electrical?
Definition of mechanical
1
a (1) : of or relating to machinery (see machinery 1) or
tools
mechanical applications of science a mechanical genius
mechanical aptitude (2) : produced or operated by a machine or
tool mechanical power a mechanical refrigerator a mechanical saw
b : of or relating to manual operations
2
: of or relating to artisans (see artisan 1) or machinists
: the
mechanical trades
3
a : done as if by machine : seemingly uninfluenced by the mind or
emotions : automatic
busy in a leisurely mechanical way - Douglas Stewart
b : of or relating to technicalities or petty matters
nor was any capacity shown for anything above a mechanical
handling of
the matter - H. O. Taylor
4
a : relating to, governed by, or in accordance with the
principles of
mechanics mechanical energy
b : relating to the quantitative relations of force and matter
mechanical pressure of wind on a tower
5
: caused by, resulting from, or relating to a process that
: involves a
purely physical as opposed to a chemical or biological change or
process - mechanical erosion of rock
Well, #5 does specify no "chemical' or 'biological', but it does
not specificly say no electrical pulses.
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2017-04-18 05:03:40 UTC
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of short
stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern about North
Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their threats to use them.
Tricky situation with no easy solution visible. Then the most recent
early missile failure -----, reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that threat, and
then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly computers
do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a warhead. Could a hacker
set off a different country's weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
Yet. I apologise in advance for not being able to provide details*; but
I read fairly recently that some branch of the US armed forces was
mooting that very thing.

We can all only hope that such mind-melting stupidity will be filtered
out by some kind of review.

*: Any kind of search for "missile" at the moment is just overwhelmed by
recent events.
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*: Any kind of search for "missile" at the moment is just overwhelmed by
recent events.
Try "missile -Korea" perhaps?

John Savard
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*: Any kind of search for "missile" at the moment is just overwhelmed by
recent events.
Try "missile -Korea" perhaps?
This gets me some relevant results, but not what you were thinking of:

https://books.google.ca/books?id=VdQESWP5vr0C&pg=PT178&lpg=PT178&dq=missile+Internet+-Korea&source=bl&ots=RAWd5-PIqz&sig=JZHNNvoGW0GxiYKTwUAAtAMolsI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgh_-Eo63TAhUQ1WMKHTEnCWsQ6AEITjAI#v=onepage&q=missile%20Internet%20-Korea&f=false

that gets you to the right page; the whole book is available here:

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a406127.pdf

this concerns a system being developed by Thomson Ramo-Woolridge (TRW), the
Theater Missile Defense (TMD) Battle Management Command, Control and
Communications (BMC3) system. Which maybe _could_ be what you were thinking
of...

Another result, but it's just a discussion of the issue, was

https://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=30912.0

John Savard
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Here's another result that seems relevant:

https://www.defensetech.org/2016/02/19/navy-wants-to-unplug-from-some-networks-to-stay-ahead-of-cyberattacks/

John Savard
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*: Any kind of search for "missile" at the moment is just overwhelmed by
recent events.
Try "missile -Korea" perhaps?
https://books.google.ca/books?id=VdQESWP5vr0C&pg=PT178&lpg=PT178&dq=missile+Internet+-Korea&source=bl&ots=RAWd5-PIqz&sig=JZHNNvoGW0GxiYKTwUAAtAMolsI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgh_-Eo63TAhUQ1WMKHTEnCWsQ6AEITjAI#v=onepage&q=missile%20Internet%20-Korea&f=false
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a406127.pdf
this concerns a system being developed by Thomson Ramo-Woolridge (TRW), the
Theater Missile Defense (TMD) Battle Management Command, Control and
Communications (BMC3) system. Which maybe _could_ be what you were thinking
of...
Another result, but it's just a discussion of the issue, was
https://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=30912.0
John Savard
Thank you; but I remembered that I'd seen it on comp.risks:

"The fact that future nuclear weapons will be far more networked (though
not necessarily to the open Internet) will create better safety and
oversight, and allow for more coordinated operations. But more
connectivity also introduces new potential vulnerabilities and dangers."

https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/511904/

The idea that connectivity to the Internet wasn't rejected out of hand
seems to indicate that the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board needs
replacing very firmly.

A blogger at the US Naval Institute certainly thinks so:

<https://blog.usni.org/2017/01/04/there-are-bad-ideas-and-then-there-is-this-bad-idea>

"Some support systems? Sure, but command, control, mission loading,
arming, and launch must be contained in a robust, hardened, isolated &
closed system. Simple, almost primitive, with multiple physical human
interfaces required. To be even thinking of network access to the
weapons systems themselves is the height of irresponsibility; even more
irresponsible than a reliance on GPS or satellite systems as a point of
failure between authorization, launch, and "servicing the target."
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2017-04-18 15:26:39 UTC
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of short
stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern about North
Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their threats to use them.----
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly computers
do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a warhead. Could a hacker
set off a different country's weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
Decades ago, I had a Apple II computer. I wrote a program
for it to easily compute out, my car's gas milage (into miles per gallon).
That was a quite simple and short program, that could at a glance
be checked out and verified it had no "bugs" in it.

Everything I've seen lately has many, many lines of code it it.
Very few 'programs' are entirely unique and never been
touched by any 'outside' computer.
So, just as those centrifuges were caused to fail,
(even though, aparently, not connected to the web)
other items could also be caused to fail, in a variety of ways
and times.

Please see David Mitchell's 4/18 post.
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of short
stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern about North
Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their threats to use them.----
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly computers
do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a warhead. Could a hacker
set off a different country's weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
Decades ago, I had a Apple II computer. I wrote a program
for it to easily compute out, my car's gas milage (into miles per gallon).
That was a quite simple and short program, that could at a glance
be checked out and verified it had no "bugs" in it.
But if that program ran on a Pentium (only 10 years later) could would
have had a bug even though your code was correct.

How do you know that the Apple CPU or hardware or BASIC interpreter had
no bugs?

So even then not everythiong was verifiable
Post by a425couple
Everything I've seen lately has many, many lines of code it it.
Very few 'programs' are entirely unique and never been
touched by any 'outside' computer.
So, just as those centrifuges were caused to fail,
(even though, aparently, not connected to the web)
other items could also be caused to fail, in a variety of ways
and times.
Please see David Mitchell's 4/18 post.
--
Mark
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of short
stories. They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern about North
Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their threats to use them.
Tricky situation with no easy solution visible. Then the most recent
early missile failure -----, reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that threat, and
then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly computers
do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a warhead. Could a hacker
set off a different country's weapon????
No. That's impossible. Missiles are not connected to the web.
I would have once made the same statement about powerplants.

logic != reality
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Heinlein's book "The Meanace From Earth" is a collection of short stories.
They include "Project Nightmare".
So the last couple of years we have faced increasing concern about North
Korea's development of Atomic Bombs and their threats to use them.
Tricky situation with no easy solution visible. Then the most recent
early missile failure -----, reminded me of "Project Nightmare".
"Russian Embasy today handed State ultimatum --
Demands USA convert to 'peoples republic'----
Note claims major US cities (list separate) are
mined with Atomic Bombs which they threaten
to set off by radio if terms are not met by ---"
Good citizens with telekinetic ability, get us through that threat, and
then move on to really adjust the threat.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nightmare
Are hackers doing what Heinlein had telekinetics do? Certainly computers
do a considerable portion of arming and fusing a warhead. Could a hacker
set off a different country's weapon????
STORY SPOILER

IMHO = Quite interesting finish.
So, all the work of the telekinetic team got focused on
finding all the A-bombs that Russia had snuck into the US.
They kept all but one (poor Cleveland!! always picked on!)
from being set off.
Now they get asked to focus their attention on another
mission, could they find the Russian A-bombs in Russia and
start setting them off there, while they were still far away??
She gets a far away look, and asks for a quiet room and a
large pot of tea!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_weapons_tests_of_North_Korea
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