Saturday, July 21, 2007

Speaks for Itself

Of course, in today's world it would not be allowed to drive up in the family car and take pictures. In those days (1992) this spot was also on the access to the launching ramp for recreational boats into Lake Michigan.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Software terrorists are everywhere!

Forget about TRACE until the last example of this brief note.

Example 1. Engineer Accused of Taking Codes to Iran (Copied from AOL)
Engineer Accused of Taking Codes to IranAP April 21, 2007PHOENIX (AP) - A former engineer at the nation's largest nuclear power plant has been charged with taking computer access codes and software to Iran and using it to download details of plant control rooms and reactors, authorities said. The FBI said there's no indication the plant employee had any terrorist connections.Mohammad Alavi, who worked at the triple-reactor Palo Verde power plant west of Phoenix, was arrested April 9 at Los Angeles International Airport when he arrived on a flight from Iran, authorities said.

Alavi, 49, is a U.S. citizen and denies any wrongdoing, said his attorney, Milagros Cisneros of the Federal Defender's Office in Phoenix.He is charged with a single count of violating a trade embargo that prohibits Americans from exporting goods and services to Iran. If convicted, he would face up to 21 months in prison.According to court records, the software is used only for training plant employees, but allowed users access to details on the Palo Verde control rooms and the plant layout.

In October, authorities alleged, the software was used to download training materials from Tehran, using a Palo Verde user identification.The FBI said there was no evidence to suggest the software access was linked to the Iranian government, which has clashed with the West over attempts to develop its own nuclear program. "The investigation has not led us to believe this information was taken for the purpose of being used by a foreign government or terrorists to attack us," said Deborah McCarley, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Phoenix.Officials of Arizona Public Service Co., the Phoenix-based utility company that operates the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station, said the software does not pose a security risk because it doesn't control any of the nuclear plant's operating systems.

However, the utility said it has changed software security procedures since Alavi quit in August after working there for 16 years. "The health and safety of the public was never compromised and there was no threat to the security of Palo Verde," APS spokesman Jim McDonald said Saturday.

A federal judge in Phoenix denied him bail at a hearing on Friday, saying Alavi had more ties to Iran than the United States and could easily flee. Alavi, who was born in Tehran, has family, a house and a job lined up in Iran, Judge Neil Wake said.Palo Verde has been plagued by outages and equipment problems for the past several years. The plant, located about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix, supplies electricity to some 4 million customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.

Example 2. Of course, the first example is not trivial. It is hardcore stuff, but here is more. Quoting from THE LEX COLUMN in the July 2, 2007, Financial Times, "Add to this the anxiety over the widely expected ratings downgrades and the fact that no one can vouch for the relevance of computer models that value so many CDOs." Very interesting, NO ONE CAN VOUCH FOR THE RELEVANCE.

Example 3. The supreme software terrorists serve the rackets of licensing nuclear power reactors. These are the countless "experts" who repeatedly vouch for the relevance of their rigged computer models. These real culprits are free to spread their wares while relatively innocent men like Bernie Ebbers will die in prison! TRACE is only one of their games.