* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: Theory and practice

The six sigma events, three days in a row of the financial crisis

These have as much to about "reliability" and sigma whatever (which is something that comes from manufacturing, too AFAIK) as does hoping to survive repeat attemps at playing russian roulette. Just saying.

"Yes M'lord we never managed to reach relibability significantly above 3 clicks in this game."

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I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

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Re: "A gaggle of astroboffins ... "

"So. I hear you made threats against the FBI on the Interwebs?"

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Scouts take down database due to 'security vulnerabilities'

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It is always possible that someone found the problem through sheer weight in numbers.

Only if these "numbers" were all testers. Consider:

1) Most people would only do the "expected thing", thus not proceeded into fresh, wild areas of the state space

2) Most people wouldn't know what they were looking at if a problem occurred, neither would they detect that it is a security problem

3) Most people upon encountering a problem would just say "DUH" and click on the back button, maybe reboot the PC

4) Most people wouldn't even bother to tell anyone about IT weirdness

This leaves people who know about IT, perform new operations, know what they are looking at with enough time on their hands (or are foolish enough, considering how these things may pan out) to tell somebody.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Holy shit!

"the dark cloud"

Clearly the horsemouth nebula.

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It will rise again!

The price of freedom is eternal vigiliance, followed by merciless arse-kicking.

Unfortunately, the former is sorely lacking and the latter cannot be properly deployed at the polls.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: Yes It's terrible

So, basically a drive-by voting?

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Re: The Hodges biography

Downvoted for stating facts. Are there communists here tonight?

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Re: Yes It's terrible

So who downvotes mentions of Cryptonomicon? Fess up.

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Re: Yes It's terrible

So is "Cryptonomicon", of course.

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Re: The Hodges biography

American manufacturing, Russian blood and British brains

Nice for a speech at Yalta, but one immediately notices that there is no word about chinese blood and General Winter. I won't get into how bureaucratic ineptitude of both the german and the russian socialistic regimes played into the hand of the russians over the long run, even though most of the russian military skillset had been "purged" a bit earlier.

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

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Re: Yay!

The one where Scooby hammers on the door, crying for Wilma?

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Re: Not Again

And then you start thinking about embedded crud with problematic glibc libraries out there that is not going to get any updates soon.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

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The Triffids could take over the world...

...because of 6 hours social media downtime.

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IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array

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Re: In the past...

How about some EC2 time?

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I am wise to this trick!

Pretending this is not meant to run the alien Persona/AI once download has occurred.

(You heard it here first!)

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: It made me wonder...

It depends on how near you reckon yourself to be to your preferred abrahamic/nofunallowed $DEITY.

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In strange aeons, fatbergs will rise!

Directly from Jimbo's Floatsam Bucket of Retconnable Knowledge:

▶ August 6, 2013: A fatberg roughly the size of a bus, consisting of food fat and wet wipes, was discovered in drains under London Road in Kingston upon Thames.

▶ September 1, 2014: A collection of waste fat, wet wipes, food, tennis balls and wood planks the size of a Boeing 747 aeroplane was discovered and cleared by sanitation workers within a drain beneath a 260 foot section of road in Shepherd's Bush in West London.

▶ September 3, 2014: The sewerage system beneath Melbourne, Australia was clogged by a large mass of fat, grease and waste.

There is clearly a large market for autonomous robotics still to be opened.

Also, new El Reg units will be in the works. Soon.

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Re: Farting - I see what you did there

But can one light a match?

H2S attacks are nasty.

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Re: Security?

Don't give the terrorists any ideas!

Also: How to cut off Tokyo in Patlabor 2 (disregard the lousy dub made by voice actors too young for the role)

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Re: Too early

Once you have cleaned your cellar a couple of times of mucky backflow from the public sewer pipes due to some heavy rain considered unlikely 20 years ago, this won't faze you.

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Lizard Squad threatens Malaysia Airlines with data dump: We DID TOO hack your site

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Re: This is when I support the collection of metadata

Wanting ot exchange a little freedom for the safety of Malaysian Airlines?

Making a deal with the devil, you are.

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Ex Machina – a smart, suspenseful satire of our technology gods

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Re: Actually...

An AI will not have much in common with a young lady's behavorial logic.

People seem to assume that this is some kind of criticism of womankind. This is not so, it is just a criticism to anthropomorphize the AI a bit much.

SAL 9000 just was a blue eye, for example. Won't pull in many viewers, mind.

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I hate to be that guy, but tensor calculus has not much to do with steepest descent.

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Actually...

Why is it a fembot?

An AI will not have much in common with a young lady's behavorial logic.

Even in GiTS, the female lead still has an organic brain.

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Re: riveting thriller takes fresh look at AI

every door has to be accessed with a keycard and half the facility is underground

Yep, I can see where this going, but hopefully I am wrong.

It’s rare to say something new about AI

Because in the end it is just another management system, hopefully quite a bit more refined and widely read than the drooling reflex bags wearing suits currently in charge. Vote for AI? I would.

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sphincter-tightening terror of HAL

Dude, what.

Next: the sphincter-tightening terror of tensor calculus.

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: Hello, mission control?

"YOU LIED TO ME! I'M TURNING BACK!!"

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Sergei, please.

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Re: Billion

> 2015

> People unsure about billion being anything else than 10^9 are still posting on the Internet

Just get with the times, FFS.

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

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Re: Internet for dummies

Sometimes being clever doesn't help you to go far, you easily forget a lot of people aren't

But then you open the morning paper and read what various branches of govnm't are doing. And then you remember.

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Re: Another Illusion Shattered

Get out of here, gramps!

This one I repost regularly, it's from October 11, 1994 (Newsgroups: comp.society.folklore, Subject: Re: Folklore and stories re: excessively clueless for-profit users). I wonder whether facebook gets complains about various content on the 'net from obsessive-compulsive content correctors?

"One guy posted a MAKE.MONEY.FAST slime to a few groups, and I sent a message to his postmaster, and attached a curtosey copy to the poster. I get a message back a few hours later, with NO quoted material in it, systematically responding to everything I wrote. He (she?) said that if I reported it to his postmaster, he thought it was very unfair. He was a newbie and didn't know, blah blah blah. Then he asks for the address of his postmaster, so I give it to him. Not long after that, I get _another_ message saying that I shouldn't expect to keep my account for very long because he (she?) reported "my abusive attitude and harrasment" to his service's support. (AOL) I sent another reply back explaining the fine points of the net. I don't know if he ever responded to that; I set slocal up to kill his messages."

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Re: Facebook/Portugal

Some people just want to watch the world burn.

"And nothing of value was lost"

MZARG from ROLZOR XII agrees.

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ATTACK of the FLYING MOUNTAIN: 2004 BL86 goes by like a BULLET

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Re: Re. 2004 BL86

Who comes up with this kind of bullshit.

6.39 pm on Monday

Can't even into timezones. Flat Earth Society, I presume?

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Re: greater affects?

No need

1) This mass is so small that any General Relativity gravitational effects are totally swamped by gravitational noise your St Bernard dog creates when moving around the house. Indeed, we can use Newtonian gravity to get good results about trajectories of the N-body system under analysis.

2) "Gravitational waves" are very weak (Directly from Jimbo's Dubious Font Of Knowledge: If we use the previous values for the Sun and the Earth, we find that the Earth's orbit shrinks by 1.1×10^−20 meter per second. This is 3.5×10^−13 m per year, which is about 1/300 the diameter of a hydrogen atom. The effect of gravitational radiation on the size of the Earth's orbit is negligible over the age of the universe.). They also propagate at lightspeed, so are soon gone.

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No, but your are now flagged by Paul Krugman.

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Re: Rev.6

I don't suppose that there would be much or any warning and certainly no defence against it

On the contrary. You would have about 100'000 years of increasing comet passages. You may fail to build up a defense in that time, but you only would have yourself to blame.

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Re: Philae Phail

It's called "mission lead time".

How long was philae in the development stage?

Now, if we had a few VESTA-powered nature-violating goodness in silos down in New Mexico, ready to go, we could. But we don't.

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Re: One for the budget fetishists

Traumatized squirrels will be taken care of. The Prez is about to announce the next effort, "Squirrelcare" and he has already found another 30 billion stashed behind an old HP printer in the Eccles Building.

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Hopefully...

... a fat piece breaks off and creates a 1500 megaton crater in the midst of Europe.

We could then call it "QUANTITATIVE EASING EUROCRATER"

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

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Re: Read privacy statement

It would actually be nice if EULAs had a legally binding hashsum...

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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

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Re: Copyright law only

Pity... there's going to be a lot of great music that will be unheard.

Anon, I.... I want to introduce you to filesharing services....

If you listen to it, there's your explanation why someone should be compensated for it, 43 years later.

Come again? No, actually no. Fuck off.

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IF I HAD BEEN PAID FOR MY OLD CRAP, THE WORLD WOULD BE MINE, MINE!!!

Mwahahahahhaa!!!!!!

UNLEASH THE LAWYERS!

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Re: Too bad.

You seem to be uninformed about how copyright in "anglo-saxon" nations work.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Re: Climate Change & Humanity not Doomsday

and still maintain a civilization that will recover

This has been tested by VultureTX!

Here's one for you, Einstein: Energy sources. Absence Of.

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Yeah, no, fuck this shit!

While it is true that the US and Russia are seeking to modernise their atomic armouries, this is mainly because the existing weapons are mostly very old.

Old my arse. I don't know how retarded one get get in financing the MIC in useless plutonium production but

.... a trillion dollar "revamp" bill (lower end of the scale, this is the MIC of course). And remember, this is money we DON'T have, there already is a hole of 120 trillion+ in the taxpayer's pocket. Strenously denied by progressives. And conservative hawks if it suits them.

.... signed by the Obamacare president who vaguely promised to abolish nukes

.... and which includes reneval of aircraft-delivered weapons that the Air Force doesn't even want in the first place

.... and all meant to equip a super-expensive "triad" of land/air/submarine delivered vehicles, something that makes only sense when seen as a cold-war leftover of inter-service rivalries

.... plus the destabilization of the whole MAD system by "missile shields" of dubious value but which may get dangerously better leading to launch on warning, doomsday machines and other Good Ideas of Lost Civilization of the Galaxy.

leads to the conclusion that the taxpayer may well end up getting a BBQ of epic proportions that will be decidedly bigger than promised. At best he will get radioactive pollution (hey, how is the State of Washington doing with its underground cleanup at Hanford? Salmon already alight in the Columbia River?), maybe a stray nuke pop and definetely a trillion dollar less healthcare and public skools.

Realistically it's plain that the risk of global thermonuclear war is nothing like as severe right now as it was during various periods of the Cold War.

Famous last words of people who are very young or otherwise differently abled. The fun with political situations is that new stuff pops up the next minute. Remember The Caliphate? Yeah, that kind of "new stuff".

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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Re: The kid has balls

given his life is utterly under the control of the government

You may have been living under stones since Ruby Ridge, but your life is so utterly under the control of the government that the Prez can leisurly order your arse blown away on a whim tomorrow. And the judicial branch will most certainly OKAY THIS.

Even more Bier is needed.

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governments always have had and always will have more powers and the legal right to use them than an ordinary citizen. If they didn't then society wouldn't function

It's like I'm really in the waning days of the Weimar Republic and I'm talking to one of the hoodlums in charge.

"Das gibt's nur einmal, das kommt nicht wieder, das ist vielleicht nur Träumerei. Das kann das Leben nur einmal geben, vielleicht ist's morgen schon vorbei."

Let's have a Bier on that.

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Re: depicts Abuse of power at it's best

Hey Matt, I thought you were off fighting with the Azov battalion? Do they have Internet in east Ukraine?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: "the challenge will be for people to develop skills that cannot be displaced by machines"

Labour-saving technology is not to save people from labour, JDX. It's to save companies money on their labour bills.

And this is why you can make retarded comments on the Internet on a machine that costs less than 130'000 GBP.

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