* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

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Not along the lines of Charles Stross

Instead of "Big Brother Iron", Small Versatile Juché Bird.

But still stalinistically centralized.

And the ISOs leak! TREASON!

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Separately, the U.S. administration confirmed it would convene a meeting on 18 February to discuss tackling the global fight against Islamic extremism.

Which is entering YEAR 15 at LEAST (does blowing up aspirin factories in Sudan by Clintonian Cruise Missile count?). I suspect this means more droning of weddings, Loya Jirgas and suspicious meetings of dangerous children, and possibly double taps to get red crescent workers.

Not enough blowback yet? Apparently not. Where is my "change" btw?

Note that the US needs more drone operators, they are actually planning to pay bonuses to attract more of the armchair warriorsstarship operators.

We are far gone and going deeper fast.

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Didn't take the spineless molluscs very long to pull the only stunt that their hindbrains can still generate.

How are Ukraine and Lybia coming btw? More 100% Euro-Successes that will blow in our faces like overcooked pastrami. Don't even mention the Euro-destroying Draghi on the economics front.

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5 Times An 'Unhappy Person' Dared To Use The Word 'Boring' At CES 2015

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Re: ???

It means:

1) "Bubble blowout soon, fellow CES explorer!!"

2) "Oh really, when?"

3) ....

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

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Charlie Commento, oh oh!

If suspect a few Reg-critical commentariat contributions as to the general tone of the Reg-issued article felt as being needlessly dismissive of the BBC contribution to general consumer device knowledge fell under the wrath of a passing moderator?

I am not sure how to feel about this?

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BZZZZT!

Energy density of a low-end battery: 360 kJ/kg

Mass of a battery 100g => 36kJ in that battery

Charging time: 60s => 600W go through the wireless interface?

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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"Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect!"

If We Only Spent All the Money, Then Everyone Would Be Prosperous!

On the front of today's New York Times business section is a remarkable—or should I say remarkably unremarkable—news article whose entire premise, unchallenged in the course of 1,341 words and input from 10 sources, is that more government spending is a very good thing because it leads to more government jobs and therefore helps the economy. Hooray! (...)

Credit where it's due: As government-spending euphemisms go, "preserving the wow factor" is surely in the Top 20...

I have only four questions for the NYT and those who agree with its premise that the more government spends, the more prosperous we are:

1) Why were states not measurably more prosperous after increasing government spending by more than 80 percent in real terms between 2003 and 2007?

2) Between the time of Bill Clinton's last submitted budget of $1.8 trillion, and Barack Obama's first submitted budget of $3.6 trillion, did the average American become more or less prosperous?

3) The United States after World War II, Canada in the 1990s, and Australia in the 1980s all became significantly more prosperous—despite ample warnings to the contrary—after cutting, not increasing, government spending. Wha' happen?

4) Is there a ceiling on what percentage of GDP the government should account for, and if so why should there be one, and where should it be?

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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

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QUICK!

Hitch your bandwagon onto this Japanese Company Event. There are a few billion in freshly printed subsidies in the air and voters to be seduced with random promises.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Re: Also....

What the hell, what the hell, what the hell?

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

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Re: Anyone got an answer?

A dicarbon molecule is blasted off the comet surface by solar radiation. At that point the molecule has a kinetic energy larger than or equal to the mean kinetic energy of a molecule of a container of dicarbon at 3650°C. As this is a "no pressure" environment where kinetic energy is likely to be retained instead of being exchanged with nearby molecules, it will most likely wander off into interplanetary spaces instead of cool off and re-form carbon as it would do in a closed flask in a lab.

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Re: Which way does the tail point?

There are actually two tails; some explanation here: TAILS

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Microsoft patch batch pre-alerts now for paying customers ONLY

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Re: Typical slick MBA stunt.

Next you will tell me MBAs are for cargo cultists so challenged that they need the voodoo spelled out for them?

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: More Sanctions?

That would make it a layered sanctions cake.

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Re: There's a time and a place for confession and the good Admiral has blown it.

Depending on the missile attack style, there won't be any 11 o'clock news and the NSA will have helped bugger all. And I'm not talking about mythical magic nukes from Iran on top of working launchers, a 100% Only Democracy In The Middle Eastern invention.

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Lately, while President Obamacare wallowed in his certainties...

"I remain very confident: this was North Korea"

While I assume that the NSA knows its shit (though it would lie mercilessly about anything), this sounds to me like having one foot out the door already. It's going to close soon, leaving people in the rain.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Antivaxers and Y2K deniers

One by-product of that was that they temporarily took down air travellers in Australia. The Altea reservation and departure system run by Amadeus, one of the largest computer travel reservation systems on the planet, couldn’t cope and crashed. For 48 minutes, passengers and staff at Qantas and Virgin Australia were thrown back into the 1990s world of manual check-in and delayed flights.

To be used the next time some snide arsehole come on to you and pretends the Y2K effort was all hype and smoke.

Then punch him in the face to set his clock straight.

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Re: Time lords in Paris

HOW UNCOUGH AND LOCKER-ROOMY

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: Perspective

Yes, but about 15 people died because of a cartoon being published, didn't they?

So the cartoon leap out and bit them to death or what?

Also: Gun control, trollanon. "I don't dial 911, I just dial 357"

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So; Google supports needling, taunting and provoking Muslims.

I wonder who is behind this post?

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: Let this be a lesson to all...

> Luther

A radical. Basically the ISIS guy of back then. Unkorked the demons of religious war. Couple of centuries of pro-cleaning came in his wake. Now can be admired on pictures and as statues.

Luther and even Calvin had no intention of fragmenting Christendom; on the contrary, each set out to reform a unified Christian Church. But the consequences of their revolution was to open Pandora's box. Whereas frictions and heresies had before been either stamped out or accommodated within the Church, now Christianity split apart in literally hundreds of different sects, some quite bizarre, each propounding different theologies, ethics, and prescriptions for social life. ... If reason cannot be used to frame an ethic, this means that Luther and Calvin had to, in essence, throw out natural law, and in doing so, they jettisoned the basic criteria developed over the centuries by which to criticize the despotic actions of the state. Indeed, Luther and Calvin, relying on isolated Biblical passages rather than on an integrated philosophic tradition, opined that the powers that be are ordained of God, and that therefore the king, no matter how tyrannical, is divinely appointed and must always be obeyed ... Thus, on a crucial question which had vexed scholastics for centuries: whether private property is natural or conventional, i.e. merely the product of positive law, Luther was characteristically anti-intellectual. He was not interested in such questions; therefore they were trivial: 'it is vain to mention these things; they cannot be acquired by thought, ...'. As Dr Gary North has commented, 'So much for 1500 years of debate'. All in all, Richard Tawney's assessment of Luther on these matters is perhaps not an overstatement: "Confronted with the complexities of foreign trade and financial organization, or with the subtleties of economic analysis, he [Luther] is like a savage introduced to a dynamo or a steam engine. He is too frightened and angry even to feel curiosity. Attempts to explain the mechanism merely enrage him; he can only repeat that there is a devil in it, and that good Christians will not meddle with the mystery of iniquity."

In: Murray N. Rothbard in "Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, vol 1" 137ff.

Such is lifethe human mind.

After what happened in France, Egyptian leader Sisi is critical of Muslims staying silent on the issue of the violence.

...he is presumably VERY critical of Muslims NOT staying silent on the issue of GOVERNMENTAL violence.

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Re: To paraphrase the villan from Speed.

Also, they sometimes accidentally the whole skyscraper.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Huawei dei dei!

Speaking of which -- The lingering, darkly ominous accusations against Huawai by various Animals of High Couleur are of the same QUALITY TRUTHFULNESS as the accusations against North Korea concerning hacking of an obscure part-japanese company, made by The President Who Was Robbed of His X-Mas Viewing Pleasure and His Extraordinary Three-Letter-Agency Circus.

Can we have some proof? Meanwhile, I will continue to check for NSA deposits in my CRISCO router.

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Goddamit!!

I won't go into stylistically dodgy formulation, but please:

Tetra uses 2w ----> Tetra uses 2W

25KHz ----> 25 kHz

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Antarctic boffins hope stratospheric gravity wave hunter returns to Earth

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The craft's six 30cm-apeture telescope inserts are helium-cooled to 1.5˚ K. The instruments on board SPIDER include six cameras

It's "aperture", and I feel there is some repetition in the phrasing.

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Good Poodle!

Now stay quiet in that little question of Microsoft data to be exfiled from Ireland.

Also, if you continue to follow our lead on Ukraine, there will be a nice doggie treat for you at the end. Or not.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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This guy is from Microsoft.

Microsoft makes a living from billing customers to do the tests for them.

End of discussion.

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Correct. Also, unlike what this clown on stage believes, it is not about testing, even if they are called unit tests. It's about specifications.

Course, I would like my specifications to be Dijkstra-airtight and not depend on random examples to be verified against, but you get the Zimmer frames that you can in this "industry". Better than nothing, until Lamport's TLA+ or similar things get acceptance.

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Let's hack it and let the customer work it out

Meijer also managed to include a jab or two at Microsoft, his former employer

AHAHHAHAH!!

GTFO.

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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Re: *!@*!!

Thumbs down? Sounds like targets for pieces of metal measuring 5.56mm in diameter are dropping by?

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Re: *!@*!!

SCIENCE! For the good of all of us.

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Pastebin: The remote backdoor server for the cheap and lazy

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You wascabby wabbit

Please explain exactly why you use Pastebin for this instead of proper tooling.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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The last time this happened, the Amadeus airline booking system , Hadoop and Linux servers around the world struck trouble, probably because they weren't set up to cope with the extra second.

Rather because nobody can be bothered to check the assumption, read the specs, think things through (true?) then test before shitting code into production.

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Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

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Bureaucratic ultra-pork lovers in "can't perform" moment. Film at 11.

"Coburn's dossier notes that the DHS bagged $61bn"

Fuck me, those luxury mansion pools must be VAST.

Considering that the Department of Heimland Sicherheit was created by Bush as a super-bureaucracy layer on top of the bureaucracy layers of the TLAs that had utterly failed prior to 9/11 with the sole justificiation of doling out the dollars rolling off the printing presses after the post-Greenspan-Bubble pop, I would say: "Mission Accomplished".

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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Re: It's for kids!

Well one of you can spot a joke.

"Verily, my retardation was all an act!"

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Re: Aarrr!

But does HMRC pursuit ships able to do the Kessel Run in less than 20 parsecs?

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Re: Just like real life then?

single-handedly unbalencing trade routes

What, like imposing sanctions against nominal partners when you feel like it and things like Merry Kerry visiting Saudi Brutalia just before the oil price drops?

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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Re: FOOKING BIG ALIEN LEG AT THE BOTTOM LEFT

It's just a shrimp.

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Looks like one of the two Turin Shrouds

...luckily without Jesus.

Bacterial mats on my dead planet? Its more likely than you think!

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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"I have very high confidence in that attribution."

Unfortunately the à priori probability of a govt official being right or actually telling the truth is so low right now that its multiplicative factor drags the gentleman's high confidence straight into the shitter.

Especially when the FBI is involved as these are they guys bragging about discovering terrorist plots that they themselves incited.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Web UI design excellence now where the rubber hits the road

Luckily we went to the Moon a bit earlier.

"Yeah Neil, can you switch to camera #2 ... why did you hit Abort? OMG!!"

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Buffer overflow reported in UEFI EDK1

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But... Muh QUALITY Programming!!

Please tell me this bullshit would have been spotted by an intern working for free to get company brownie points, pumping the code through Sonar one bored afternoon.

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

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"S3 keys", huh?

Well, you CAN buy a keyfob for AWS access.

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

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Re: Is the DARPA Car Race Grand Challenge still alive?

Woah, 3 thumbs down. I wonder why? Guess the general level of interest in interesting IT has gone down the toilet and has finally arrived in the web circle of hell, populated by zombies emitting noises like "Hurrr AJAX WIDGET Durrrr". Oh well.

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Re: I hope it is heat tolerant

MIL-SPEC TEGRA.

Designed by Miles Bennett Dyson.

Now in your Caliphate-cleaning Cyberdyne T101.

The future. It happens while you read.

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Is the DARPA Car Race Grand Challenge still alive?

Would be a good occasion to hack something up.

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Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers

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FLOG THEM!

Must be one of Lord Blair's recommendations.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Roads are not theme parks

I've no idea what this is doing in the Reg.

Not producing orgasm, evidently.

El Reg: A staid webzine for the discerning public.

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Re: Someday soon all cars will be like this (or worse).

Well, you sure WILL need a special license for it and cops can show up announced to check your garage for "non-licensed items". Also, sin taxes on any unconventional improvements.

After this festive season, a little bit of Sci-Fi reading, 1979 style: Lipidleggin'

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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

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"Would send a message to the Norks"

Always that schoolyard bully canned marketo-quote. Right up there with "all options on the table" (except the genital ones I suppose) and "at the time of our choosing".

One could simply pick up the phone instead.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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Rather it went Silent Hill.

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