grinding down chips was Re: QX10 graphics board

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sat Jan 28 20:41:14 CST 2006

On 1/28/2006 at 6:19 PM Fred Cisin wrote:

>> >So, you think that the NSA has cracked ROT13?
>> Maybe NSA, but certainly not the FBI (IMOHE).
>How do they do with content that has been run through ROT13 TWICE?

oooo...that would be tough for them.  But they'd swagger around and claim
that they had the best people for the job.  They once (and for all I know,
may still have) had their hearts set on automated forensics.  Dump your
hard disks, floppies and CD's in this magic machine and it would
automagically dig up all the dirt.  No experience necessary.

They put the project out for bids and got really peeved when we didn't bid
on it.  I told them that their goal was unrealistic and that they'd
constantly lag current technology.  Instead they got one of the DC-area
defense contractors to do the work.  400% over budget, they still had
nothing.  Ended up scrapping the whole project, but they still had a chip
on their shoulder (I didn't say "I told you so", honest!).  We should have
probaby bid on the thing, but I had to much of a conscience.

You know, that 20-year old hangover called Star Wars is STILL being funded
(this year to the tune of $12B).  Defense contractors have made a bundle
and still can't hit the side of a barn with the thing.

I can't talk about the spooks.  Don't ask.


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