View Full Version : Fun things to find on your workstation...

07-07-2003, 23:29:21
At work, I was given a "loaner" to use while tech support use the Force to figure out what is wrong with my proper workstation.

Anyways, on this loaner is a hidden profile of 3 unprintable characters. It has all sorts of data and has certainly been populated in the past. New trojan? Worm? What's fun in browsing the hidden profile in web diplay mode. 2 of the characters are apparently printable in Kanji, although the third isn't... (When did Kanji get installed on this box? Gotta love our tech support...)

No longer Trippin
08-07-2003, 04:34:46
Still at NASA DS?

You should see the shit that happened when they put 2003 Server on the network at work. Was off of work for three days since all workstations need permission from the server due to security to let anyone in - the comps won't let us on if we can't access the server, even with the admin password. 2003 locked us out of 2000 and a couple apple systems that nobody gave a rats arse about as 1 second faster load times in photoshop isn't worth the noise the things made.

08-07-2003, 06:41:07
LOL! Sounds like your workplace was having fun. I hope they've gotten the matter straightened out.

Yeah, still at NASA.

No longer Trippin
08-07-2003, 06:51:06
Yeah, it was great. I really should have went to work, but I said all the crap I needed was on the server when infact I hadn't even used my workstation for anything other than playing cards and getting online with all the limited functionality we had due to all the restrictions thanks to a bunch of idiots pirating music, playing counterstrike, and downloading porn.

So how has the management culture changed at NASA? :rolleyes:

08-07-2003, 08:30:44
It hasn't. But the shuttle program is about to go up in cost of operation in about x50 factor, if they follow the recommendations coming out of the Columbia investigation.

Strangely, I'm now supporting the "Return To Flight" effort. Of course, it's just a system that manager's secretaries send people memoes that say things like "Get your power point presentation ready by friday" and having the system send reminders about due dates. For some reason, management prefers that over email for such things...

No longer Trippin
08-07-2003, 08:44:07
I had heard they were going to acclerate spending on the prototypes in development, but I figured with the cost of maintaining the shuttle like they did when it was first launched it isn't gonna happen unless NASA gets a huge influx of cash, and currently they aren't getting too much more than before from what I've heard.

It's a shame. The shuttle is essentially useless as a science lab. I mean we had a damned GIRL SCOUT experiment onboard and one for perfume. Is that worth the cost of a launch, hell no. I can see using it for the ISS and satelite repair as in the hubble. But not the casual "science" BS they have been doing, not at that cost.

Man, I saw the hole they may in the Atlantis wing, damn. Could practically have a midget jumping around in there.

08-07-2003, 08:48:31
Yeppers. 2 foot hole would let in a lot of bad stuff...

Shuttle was never meant to be a serious science platform. It was always meant to be a heavy hauler to build and maintain a space station, as well as bringing up components for on orbit assembly of big rockets to go elsewhere.

ISS will come crashing down if the shuttle doesn't occasionally come by and boost it back to its orbit. So NASA has hedged its bets to some degree.

No longer Trippin
08-07-2003, 08:57:03
Well they still have two soyuz which can be used to boost it if memory serves me correctly - and Russia said they would use them to keep it up, though they would need money to build more.

Yeah, it was meant to be a heavy hauler, it's funny how politics change things. It still lifts a tad more than the new rockets from Lockheed and Boeing though right. The shuttle's is what, 18 tons or if stripped to the essentials - as the Columbia was the heaviest one due to the overhaul right? And it had a 16 ton payload? The Endevour and Atlantis should be a bit higher... though I don't think they should be used unless needed. Boosting the station, satelite repair, and heavy payloads or payloads that need some manual deployment. I know the other two rockets fall near that range - around 14 to 16 tons payload IIRC. It's been awhile since I read up on the Delta and Atlas.

08-07-2003, 09:26:31
I don't recall the payload caps off-hand. I'd have to look it up.

Politics change everything.