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US Military Uses 8-Inch Floppy Disks To Coordinate Nuclear Force Operations

From: Rod-Lists 
where the hell do they get 8" floppies? Ed's stockpile?
'An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNBC:
A new report reveals the U.S. Defense Department is still using 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces. The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Governmental Accountability Office report. The report shows how outdated IT systems are being used to handle important functions related to the nation's taxpayers, federal prisoners and military veterans, as well as to the America's nuclear umbrella. "Federal legacy IT systems are becoming increasingly obsolete: Many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported," the report found. "Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old."

From the report: "GAO pointed out that aging systems include the Treasury Department's 'individual master file,' which is the authoritative data source for individual taxpayers. It's used to assess taxes and generates refunds. That file 'is written in assembly language code -- a low-level computer code that is difficult to write and maintain -- and operates on an IBM mainframe,' the report said." The report also mentioned that several other departments, such as the departments of Treasury, Commerce, Health and Human Services and the Veterans' Administration, "reported using 1980s and 1990s Microsoft operating systems that stopped being supported by the vendor more than a decade ago." '

Sad news - the passing of John Mullinix

From: Mike Harrison 

> On May 25, 2016, at 7:49 PM, Phil Sieg  wrote:
> Some of you may have known John. He was a friend and an important part of our business infrastructure.

So long John, and thanks for all the fish. 

Real-time audio munging, perhaps in Python?

From: Dan Lyke 
Okay, while I'm not drinking, another question, a follow-up to my
Mixxx question earlier.

I've been screwing around with this a bit, and realized that as much
as using Mixxx is fine, it also isn't that hard to slap a GUI on top
of something like the VLC API to build a music player that does what I
need even better than watching the Mixxx data and pulling up info
screens based on that.

The two "would totally kick this out of the park" features for that,
that'd let me duplicate the Windows and Android app that currently
occupies this space (and if I used Qt rather than GTK might even make
a Linux/Mac/Windows/Android app that beats that one), is pitch change
and tempo change.

And I'd want this on sliders so I could react to the floor with tempo.

And beat detection just good enough that I could slap a "we started at
126BPM" interface on this, though it turns out that's probably the
easy bit. But I could do this with a "spawn to a CLI app, store the
result in a database" if I had to.

I see Aubio, which can do all of this off-line, but it's not clear
that it's easy to say "play this MP3. Tell me where in the MP3 it is.
Let me munge pitch and tempo, but keep playing."

It looks like even Aubio hooks into Puredata, which can also do this,
but my experience with these stand-alone audio graph systems has been
with QJack, which is a nightmare of "if you start all of these
applications in just the right order you'll get the results you

I haven't found a way to do this easily talking to the VLC daemon,
even though it gives me pretty much everything else I need.



Fwd: Sad news - the passing of John Mullinix

From: Phil Sieg 
Some of you may have known John. He was a friend and an important part 
of our business infrastructure.

He will be missed.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®


"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

> John Mullinix passed away Saturday.  Visitation is Tomorrow, Thursday 
> May 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at:
> Akins Funeral Home - Blue Ridge
> 7871 Blue Ridge Drive
> Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
> The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 at:
> Akins Funeral Home - Blue Ridge
> 7871 Blue Ridge Drive
> Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
> Text follows:
> Funeral services will be held Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11:00 from the 
> Akins of Blue Ridge Chapel. Brian Pritchard and Elaine Bishop will 
> officiate the service. Music will be provided by Alan Abernathy. 
> Pallbearers will be Jim Owen, Richard Kelly, Mark Mullinix, Michael 
> Mullinix, Bill Rau, and Steve Mullinix. Graveside services and 
> interment will follow in Cross Road Baptist Cemetery at 16144 Hwy. 59, 
> Carnesville, GA 30521 at 3:00 p.m with Rev. Phillip Blinson 
> officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on 
> Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. For those desiring memorial 
> contributions may be made to honor John for the Research of Rheumatoid 
> Arthritis at Condolences may be sent to the 
> family at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge 
> is in charge of arrangements.
> ---
> -- Alex
> [1] The domain does not appear to have been operational for 
> quite some time, and I was never its owner. However, perhaps there is 
> some interest in reviving either it, or reconstituting the mailing 
> list at another domain?

The heck is up with Ubuntu and package stuff

From: Dan Lyke 
So I'm running Xenial on a bunch of boxes, and not only am I having
the appstream-cli pegging the CPU issue (that all the web searches
claim was fixed back in 2012 or some such), but I'm also seeing weird
errant apt-get processes hanging around for days and locking repos and

These are all machines that got updated, but still. WTF?

And I should probably figure out just how to remove the automatic
checks stuff and run my updates manually, but with that in mind, and
given that several of these boxes are upgrades that should really be
wiped and re-installed...

What's a good Debian-based install that has a lightweight window
manager, a decent WiFi manager, and doesn't try to be user obsequious?
Or is it time for me to go Arch?