Archive for August 15th, 2006

Counter-MANPADS Program Summary

As noted here (PDF!), and here, the Department of Homeland Security has recently been trying to suppress an unclassified “For Official Use Only” report on countermissile systems that was presented to Congress in July of this year. The Federation of American Scientists had had it online, but they’ve caved to DHS pressure and yanked it.

Cryptome is hosting an unrelated file (PDF!), and I’m not aware of anyone who has the original. However, you should still be able to read the text in the Google cache, and when that goes away, the folks at the TCUEC have agreed to host a mirror of the cache here.

Updated 16 August 1830GMT: The Google cache appears to be gone, now. Cryptome still has working links to Yahoo and MSN caches, but I expect those to disappear pretty quickly, as well. Nobody, anywhere, seems to have come forth with a copy of the original manpads.pdf file yet…

It’s not a classified document. “For Official Use Only” is not a classification marking, and FOUO documents – along with “Law Enforcement Sensitive” and other similarly-marked reports – are officially considered “Sensitive But Unclassified” – or simply SBU.

DHS is only managing two things in their attempt to suppress this report and make it disappear down the memory hole: displaying an ignorance of the realities of the Internet, and attracting a lot more attention to a report they apparently don’t want noticed. Good job, guys!

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on August 15th, 2006 | Comments Off on Counter-MANPADS Program Summary

Continuing Computer Irritation

Every once in a fairly frequent while, I get really irritated by computers. Case in point, Bethesda Softworks’ Oblivion, which supposedly will run on an nVidia FX5500, according to the box it comes in. It just isn’t so. Now, the FX5500 isn’t a terrible card, it’s just not powerful enough to run the ridiculously, stupidly bloated piece of misadvertised software that it Oblivion.

But my partner really, really wanted to play Oblivion, so who am I to argue? Off I go, and buy an ATI Radeon 9600 PRO, a card that’s confirmed to work with Oblivion at decent settings. I was a little hesitant about buying an ATI card; I’ve been an nVidia owner since the days of the GeForce2, and have owned at least five of their video cards over the years.

It turns out, I should have stuck with nVidia. Why? Because it is a little-advertised fact that the Radeon 9600 – in fact, a whole slew of ATI cards – are simply incompatible with motherboards using the VIA KT400 chipset. Guess what chipset my motherboard has?


Man that pisses me off…

Published in: Geekiness, General | on August 15th, 2006 | Comments Off on Continuing Computer Irritation