How Much Time?

I had a conversation some years ago about the use of RSA keys for SSH/SFTP access. Something about how someone wanted a shorter key rather than a longer one. I think with the entirely contrived example we presented the averages were like 4wks for their short key vs about 32 trillion years for the one we recommended.

And that was with one computer trying 1000 times per second.

On Progress

“To progress again, man must remake himself. And he cannot remake himself without suffering. For he is both the marble and the sculptor. In order to uncover his true visage he must shatter his own substance with heavy blows of his hammer”

– Alexis Carrel

On Clubs…

So, why don’t I belong to any clubs? Groucho Marx said it best: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”

To expand on that, “I know the guy. I’m pretty sure we won’t want him as a member.”

That’s Interesting

Discovered the other day that Grant County International (KMWH) where I work was once host to the Concorde SST for FAA certification testing in 1974.

Concorde SST, KMWH, FAA certification testing, 1974

Interestingly — or at least, interesting to me — is that I work on that same very same ramp.

We don’t have any Concordes landing here nowadays.

[Randomness Begins]

We do have a bit of history that Grant County International KMWH helps along the way.

For example, the Eviation Alice electric twin-commuter is based here. I haven’t heard it flying yet. Perhaps I haven’t been within earshot on the occasion that it’s been in the air. Or the various GPUs, turbines, and such around me are just too noisy to notice its flights.

There’s not much GA that I’ve noticed at KMWH. I would guess it’s because KEPH is just up the road and is probably less expensive for General Aviation.

There are some typical small aircraft for flight school at Big Bend Community College on the south end of the field.

Then there’s the periodic arrival of various military aircraft. Things like V-22s and UH-60s, C-17s, P-8s, F/A-18s, and KC-135s. I haven’t noticed any KC-46s yet.

Then there’s the occasional 777 and 787. They often do rather expeditious ascents and they’re comparatively incredibly quiet even at takeoff power.

Oh, and the Boeing 737 MAX, which we see and release every now and again.

But still the same ramp.