* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

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Re: Netfix is at the mercy of Amazon

Miss paying your bill by 1 second? Bye-bye Netflix.

Do you really think Netflix is paying by VISA via an AWS account?

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Re: Single Source

Yeah, but is it REALLY a single point of failure?

Internally the system is likely to have enough redundancy and loos coupling to survive quite a beating, possibly even downtime in several AWS centers.

Netflix also has a single point of failure "The Earth" but that fact is not really important or interesting.

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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Testing with live data is unlawful in the UK, isn't it?

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Re: Paper is publicly available

I wonder what the effect would be on anything reasonably 'close' - say a few light-years?

Shake 'dem bones!

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Re: Wow! Just Wow!

Thank God the human race has at least a few people left who are dragging us in the right evolutionary direction.

Unfortunately, there is no "right evolutionary direction", there is just local optimization in a changing landscape. It can go downhill fast, so to say. The "Whig Theory of HistoryEvolution" does not apply.

Lady luck smiled on us. Better be fast before she FROWNS again.

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Re: Step 1 done

Hopefully these latest experiments will help clarify exactly what the hell gravity is and how it works.

Unfortunately the article at Quanta:

Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last

invites you to also read

Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time

which indicates in no uncertain terms that we are very unsure what spacetime actually is. Looks like some kind of patch cabling. Or a database. Or maybe God is just using a symbolic processor and only gives out numeric results if HE absolutely must. Or this universe is filled with ghosts. Who knows!!

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Re: Michelson-Morely ?

There are only so many ways how you can precisely measure effects along two orthogonal directions....

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Re: Paper is publicly available

Recorded livestream from an unknown point in spacetime: here

The actual livestream sites now show only static. Hopefully a blackhole didn't decide to visit.

Also: BEER!

And a sad look at A. Zee's "Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell" in my library which I probably will never have the occasion to read.

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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The response to "Throw me the hydrospanner"

Duly employed and tax-subjected Wookie personnel lets out an ululating moan, which can be translated as:

Excuse me sir, this is strictly forbidden as per regulation. I can only hand it to you in a deliberate manner using a firm two-handed grip while securely standing on a stable platform. I do not think that this here "Millenium Falcon", perilously set on a careening asteroid, which is moreover in a very irregular situation that can be summarily described as "shields are down and so is the hyperdrive" would count as "stable platform". I will also remark that nobody is wearing the required safety hats. Oh, and we have an illegal human/female passenger on board that is actively sought by law enforcement, a problem that I have wanted to bring up for some time. I expect immediate remediation of the situation.

"FOR GOD'S SAKE, WOOKIE!!"

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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

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WTF?

Dat description!

Contender of the Wile E. Coyote prize in "managing mechanistically enhanced self-defating causal chain catastrophes where Murphy is personally taking an interest in your plight".

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Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

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Hmmm

That movie with Cindy Crawford where Evil Russians hack her hotel's automation system from the street using a laptop with unfoldable Dvorak keyboard for particularly fast hacking ... can't remember the name.

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

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Well, the last time Microsoft went critical on Linux as "Cancer" and "Communism" was back in the days of the clownish duo of "Geeky and Fester". They have toned down since.

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More reasons why running as admin in a permanent manner on a Windows system is utterly stupid

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Re: WTF??

0) Assume input validation is insufficiently locked down

1) Start Firebug

2) Find the input field with id="comment_icon_textfield" type="hidden" name="icon" value="stop"

3) Guess at the value of the old-school gates icon (inspect icon's name to do that)

4) Write script to inject name when you "POST COMMENT" (I'm too lazy to wander through the dark valley of webupskilling to do that)

5) ???

6) Amazeballs!

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Re: So Windows 10 is resetting default apps after updates now?

But you get a complimentary BONG! sound with that...

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Indian telcos ask for details of Facebook-flaying neutrality law

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Re: It can be tricky to decide

Nothing is harmless that allows people to look beyond their humble hamlet.

They might become uppity at some point in time, then you have to use artillery on them, ask the US to provide military goods for "pacification" on the cheap and suffer the morally rending feeling of having to set up torture dungeons.

It's ugly.

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They are there for a "reason", all right.

Though what that reason is is very unclear. It might involve brown envelopes.

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The problem with "laws" meant to enforce a tailored outcome

You will probably take a fat part of the economy out "by accident".

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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Islamic State - probably no

North Korea - probably no

Iran - why not?

Russia - why not?

China - why not?

> the controlling influence issue is exactly the same.

This is arse.

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Re: designated shitting streets

This is a country that can transport a nuke into your hometown.

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Re: Hang on....

India did decide for itself.

This like when "Parliament decides for the UK", only far worse and with fatter horses being traded.

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Re: It would be the same anywhere

The competition is killed off, effectively priced out the market, and the company behind the deal is left in a monopoly position.

This is complete horseshit. Akin to "pre-crime" it identifies the "pre-monopolist" and assumes that any new entrant to the as-yet-nonexistent market can't compete with "basic lousy free". I know of no market where that happens. Some people should get a mighty kick in the nads and be told to go back to micro economics 101, and not the one by the Marxists.

(Kudos btw for using the image adorning the 1982 edition of the Oxford University Press translation of Winfried Baumgart's "Imperialism: The Idea and Reality of British and French Colonial Expansion 1880-1914", a book that deserves to be re-read)

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Uh, oh. Enemy du jour detected, closing fast!

the rest of the world suspects the launches are ballistic missile tests

I would say that's called "having a firm graps of the obvious"

Note that Sputnik was evidently a "ballistic missile test" even though it had a little radio transmitter as payload.

Also, Samantha Powers bleeding publicly for a peaceful world again and calling for "acts"? How are Libya and Syria coming, then?

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Celeb gossip site TMZ was pushing malware at innocent surfers

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How about a Syrian refugee camp that Turkey got 3 billion EUR for to AFAIK not build?

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Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

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Won't be a "sacred site" in 2 million years or so anymore

a sacred site in Hawaii

Code for "time to switch off our brains and pretend we care because of the loud people who pretend to be able to detect sacredness".

Well, ok then.

Does sacredness of a site diminish if you plant a telescope there after construction has finished? It seems that a long discussion evening for the Society of Jesus is required to answer that question.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: The push is on...

Anyone who believes it won't come to this can sacrifice his dick to the Big Microsoft Shareholders using a Windows-Logo-shaped guillotine.

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Re: Fucking hell

Suggesting that people switch back to Ubuntu was met with looks of horror.

Let them rot in their self-selected hell!

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Re: All this has done

The correct plural of 'box' is 'boxes'. We are not German, or does it make you look especially cool?

Seriously, how much newfag to computing are you?

boxen /bok'sn/ pl.n.

[very common; by analogy with VAXen] Fanciful plural of box often encountered in the phrase `Unix boxen', used to describe commodity Unix hardware. The connotation is that any two Unix boxen are interchangeable.

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Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

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Re: Oh those pesky Russkies

What?

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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

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Re: MS

Microsoft MDM solutions are being widely deployed

Seriously? Suicide much?

Wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole. During the last sales presentation it was "work in progress". Probably still will be 5 years from now.

The usual Microsoft trick of rushing something half-baked / barely working out of the door so that all the boxes in the presentation can be filled with original Microsoft-brand Microsoft stuff is tired now.

Hey, is Azure actually useable now?

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Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal

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Meanwhile in the news, Innensicherheitsminister Theresa May is spotted

U.S., Britain consider letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies

U.S. and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media companies in each others' countries for email and online chat data for people being investigated, under a tentative bilateral deal, officials said on Friday.

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"The proposed agreement, which remains under discussion, would be reciprocal and would require legislation to take effect," said a U.S. Justice Department official.

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The official said British Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary (internal security minister) Theresa May were in preliminary discussions with other governments on the matter.

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Representative Adam Schiff, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Congress should monitor any privacy and civil liberties issues, "including making sure these British orders do not cover U.S. persons or individuals within the U.S., do not permit bulk collection, and have due process protections."

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Because money.

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Fired Norse Corp CEO blames the media

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Re: Curious omission

Yeah, do you really need to.

"Hey, Bloakey1, I know you are running meth lab in your mom's basement."

Then what?

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Re: Classy

Yes he does.

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Re: Sales weasels.

Necessity-driven ignorance of basic facts springs eternal.

If one is "very cheaper / faster / better" than the competition, there is probably a heap of debt, technical, personal or otherwise, accumulating in the corner, studiously ignored by (sometimes overly youthful) management waiting for the "escape velocity" to take over.

The fact that customers demand the moon and a complimentary iPad for a sum that might support a lone siberian survivalist living on beans for a month does not help.

(Also a nice foreshadowing what will happen to lots of companies once the cheap paper money dires up and the monetary bubble inevitably collapses)

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While we weren't looking, the WAN changed

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both the technology and the politics of it

And the economics. The economics, man!

I wouldn't say I know nothing about networking, but I sure am not ready to design a WAN for my increasingly crazy-arse company. In case I dont't burn out soon or leave, I guess I will be asked to come up with something, probably between breakfast and lunch due to all the other "priority 1" projects that occupy my time.

What book will bring me up to speed?

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: Have You Checked the Bloody Log?

Computers are logical, there's always a reason for anything they do, you just have to look hard enough to find it.

This is of course a red herring.

The complexity of what is going on may well move the "looking hard enough" into NP-hard, if not make it uncomputable altogether.

YOU MAY NEVER FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING WRONG. DEAL WITH IT!

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Dragons and butterflies: The chaos of other people's clouds

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Re: This is one side of the coin

There will have to be active countermeasure against rogue IoT devices. Dropping whole sections off the Net for open-ended intervals would just be the first step. One would have to dispatch legions of synsects to rip the little devils out of the walls and crevices into which they have been installed. It may come to the point that one would have to cauterize whole areas with neutron bombs, as these devices may well harvest energy and maybe replica-building materials from the environment and be straightforward pests controlled by Artificial Reflexigence - and damn the conapt-dwellers in the affected areas.

Better brew some strong coffee, this future is going places.

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Re: Netflex (@ Mage)

I've a bad feeling about this. It's like watching a train wreck in slo-mo!.

After the catastrophe of WWI, we let socialistic basket cases and totalitarian bureaucracies spring up all over Europe.

They are now mushrooming again, armed with computers.

This will be the end.

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

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The Ohio made it into harbour and fuel was trucked straight to the waiting planes!

This is like a Hollywood "Shields have been restored" situation.

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They are all written from toolkits and show very little innovation.

"They are perfect. A new form of lowlife!"

A blast from the past:

Scientific American 1985-03, "Computer Recreations" Column by Alexander Keewatin Dewdney: A Core War bestiary of viruses, worms and other threats to computer memories

There is a good problem implicit here and I would be both unimaginative and irresponsible for not posing it; In one page or less describe DOS DOCTOR, a program on disk that somehow stamps out such electronic epidemics. Many disks used by a personal computer contain copies of its DOS. When started up, the computer obtains its copy of the DOS from the disk. This DOS will still be in charge when other disks, also containing copies of the DOS, are run. If it is infected, the DOS currently in charge may alter the other copies of the DOS or even replace them with copies of itself. But how to counteract such virulence?

That sounds suspiciously like a halting problem.

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Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

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It's a picture of the mindset of the West.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: $14 Billion buys you and awful lot of oil

But the US alone spent 3 trillion on The Fifteen-Year Shufti and it's still not over (actually getting worse and more UN-unchareterish by the week, and Saudi Arabia may yet cooly implode)

Oh well, money printing and fintech will still save us. Right?

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Re: Soon...

Nah, Chinese Restaurants alone are sufficient for that.

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So. Are Europeans just a whining bunch of data protection hypocrites?

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Re: I spy with my little eye...

This explains why millions upon millions of migrants are pushing into Europe.

Yeah, thanks USA/UK/Europe for the retarded War on the Middle East and Regime Change in Lybia and Syria. Thanks for building up ISIS, too, I guess.

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OpenSSL fixes bug, gets dissed by German gov: That's so random ... not

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Re: Need a New Spokesman

PEGIDA-kun, please.

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

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Nice coding, but I think "dismantling" means "show me the plutonium in the form of MOX fuel rods" or something like that, doesn't it? So this trikcery ain't gonna work.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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"Wendelstein 7-X"

With that kind of Perry Rhodan styled naming, this MUSS SEIN EIN success!

Did the assembled button-pushing politicians carry rayguns and wear spacesuits of zany design?

Bum icon because 1) A tear for the outrageously fascistic storytelling of my youth and 2) That photo vaguely looks like there is a homeless person in the plasma chamber

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Socat slams backdoor, sparks thrilling whodunit

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Re: Interesting point.

it would take some significant number crunching to discover that it's not prime.

Not at all:

PRIMES is in P

(Ok, it's still O(log(n)^12) and the AKS algorithm is not used in practice, but still...)

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ROR!

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