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February 6th, 2004 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Feb. 6th, 2004

12:15 am - Beware the mild-mannered economist...

Courtesy of Jon Osborne:

"...In our complex disinformation scheme, deliberately flawed designs for stealth technology and space defense sent Russian scientists down paths that wasted time and money. The technology topping the Soviets' wish list was for computer control systems to automate the operation of the new trans-Siberian gas pipeline. When we turned down their overt purchase order, the K.G.B. sent a covert agent into a Canadian company to steal the software; tipped off by Farewell, we added what geeks call a "Trojan Horse" to the pirated product. "The pipeline software that was to run the pumps, turbines and valves was programmed to go haywire," writes Reed, "to reset pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond those acceptable to the pipeline joints and welds.

The result was the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space." Our Norad monitors feared a nuclear detonation, but satellites that would have picked up its electromagnetic pulse were silent. That mystified many in the White House, but Gus Weiss came down the hall to tell his fellow NSC staffers not to worry. It took him another twenty years to tell me why...."

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01:28 pm - [Raleigh] Toyota pickup

I'm planning to purchase a used Toyota pickup. Anyone recommend a Toyota dealership in the Raleigh area?

04:22 pm - Hot fistula action...

Via jwz:

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