* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Experts to Congress: You must act on IoT security. Congress: Encourage industry to develop best practices, you say?

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Re: Lame Duck Congress

The first amendment currently only applies to Christian fundamentalists. Everyone else is a third class citizen.

Stop reading left-wing fanzines, you!

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Re: Lame Duck Congress

For all we know, they'll end up banning everything on the internet except for the Jesus sites and the sites that have well-heeled lobbyists.

I really want to know at what place this kind of bullshit is being injected into the memosphere.

Maybe the explanation lies in the fact that journalists are writing hysterical pandering stuff. Here's Jared Taylor of "American Renaissance" (of all things!) on this: Trump: The Media’s Frankenstein Monster

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Re: Well, if these fine legislators have their way --

But now you can harvest 100K people from the safety of your office.

"Slack Hacks", innit?

Just re-reading Neal Stephenson's "Diamond Age". Luckily, we will have to survive to "consumer IoT" age before stepping into the nanotech age. Or so we hope.

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Re: You see, these IT security experts approached this testimony in the wrong way...

John Hinckley Jr.'s attempted assassination of Reagan did nothing for gun control...

Well, there is "gun control" at various levels in the various states (and this was more about a nutcase doing his nutty stuff), but apart from that:

Panicky law reaction for cheap virtue signalling in response to child-killer-maim-rapist-horror-show: BAD

Panicky law reaction for cheap virtue signalling in response to attempted Reagan assassination: GOOD

You can't have it both ways,

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Re: "I don't think I want my refrigerator talking to some food police."

Actually, it will probably come.

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No farting in church!

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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Re: And in other news

I dunno the pr0nz are always well-stocked on beautiful ladies?

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Hackers' modular worm builder hoses popular team web chat apps

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Re: "former college Matt Bryant,"

and former colleague Matt Bryant

Any relationship to esteemed fellow commentard and professional Solaris-hater Matt Bryant?

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Ancient cant by people with difficulties distinguishing levels of abstraction

(Under "people with difficulties distinguishing levels of abstraction" we find anyone who whips out something that he misunderstood being said by Gödel to make a point about what computers can or cannot do for example. Quite a few critics of AI are in this category...)

Computers like rules – solid, hard-and-fast instructions to follow. How should we program them to handle difficult situations?

Computer like nothing. They just execute stuff, in fact anything that is considered "computable".

HUMANS like rules - solid, hard-and-fast instructions to be followed by a computer - because they have major difficulty conceptualizing, designing and debugging anything that is fluid, context-dependent and works with tons of heuristics to attack a problem in restricted, hard timeframes.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: Whitelists?

ENOUGH!

You know how to get to Portland for a protest meetup with the other liberal arts students and state dripfeed survivors.

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Re: About time

And I haven't seen (other people's) AV catch a single genuine threat the whole time.

I call rank bullshit!!!

AV may not be the solution to everything and there sure are threats slipping through, but given the current paltry state of the "industry" (more like a bunch of idiot people that should be Godwin'd by fast track to terminal reeducation camps and that really should have decided to start a career in creative fantasy writing or "modern" painting instead of going into IT) they take on the role of necessary seat belts. Won't protect from a car mugging or an encounter with a trucvk, but protects against the usual vagaries (and I get warning about these in my mailbox every week as someone has again decided to CLICK ON SOMETHING!!)

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Unless, of course...there's...

Like suicide interdiction devices?

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Jesus saves!

Unfortunately he hides the tapes.

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: Whole Internet in a small box.

"Bigger on the Inside"

The Box of Leaves.

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Re: This is exactly how things are designed to work

I really fail to understand how this is news: this is how things are designed to work

Yeah, well maybe they should stop working that way, mon.

"We have always been falling downstairs around here, what's to change?"

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Re: Physical Access...

your attack timeframe would be the time you can leave the device attached to the machine without being noticed. I'd say a couple MONTHS at best.

FTFY

If you put an official-looking sticker on it saying "do not remove because BLAH", maybe a couple of years.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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After vigorous "research" I have been able to trace this bug back to Thompson & Richie Unix.

WERE THEY SECRETLY WORKING FOR THE NSA ALL ALONG? WHAT DID RUBY ACTUALLY KNOW AND WHY IS OSWALD EVEN BEING MENTIONED IN THIS POST?

Shocking deathbed testimony from a hacker dying of a mysterious cancer he obtained from a fishy sushi in an unnamed London restaurant rips the veil off the long-running UNIX conspiracy!!

(After this message)

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Re: Gone in 10 seconds...

However in a kiosk situation, you might have to type the entire kernel in by hand at the keyboard :-)

HACKED BY SEYMOUR CRAY!

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Re: Now what if you don't use initramfs…

LUKS has nothing to do with it. It's only responsible for the layout/conventions of the crypto stuff on the drive.

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PS Vote thumbs down if you have a pony tail!

Dude! How are you bell bottom trousers? Got a boombox to go with it?

The last ponytail I saw was attached to a very aged guy re-entering computer science at uni and desperately trying to navigate the Macintosh 1. That was in 1990.

Obviously my category of "very aged" has changed since.

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Re: @Homer ... Missing item in the series?

"Clone the harddrive"... yes, by using the unexpected root shell that you've got to from this vulnerability.

Yeah, but, keeping with the "kiosk machine/library machine while not wearing a blue nylon jacket with 'FBI maintenance' printed on the back"...

1) Where do you plug in that additional drive?

2) Why would you want to clone the fricking harddrive in the first place?

Ok, so there should be screen that demands root password after you have not managed to type in the LUKS password correctly etc. etc.

But really.

I have a bigger issue with the screen lock on KDE Fedora 24 which shows the actual screen for about 1/10 of a second after a series of bad password entries...

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

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Re: Musk tried to suggest that someone had fired a shot at the rocket to sabotage it

Amendments should be "put on fire"

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And the writer.

Like a WTC tower ... "Pull it!" (apparently overheard uttered by Giuliani or something)

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Re: Musk tried to suggest that someone had fired a shot at the rocket to sabotage it

And this

SpaceX has yet to achieve anything notable that hasn’t already been done by state-backed space agencies.

One really must be a journalist to write these things.

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Hadoop experiencing growing pains in lamestream businesses

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Re: Translation please

Data > Information > Knowledge > Wisdom (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIKW_pyramid)

This is of course bullshit as this alignment-that-is-pleasing-to-the-eye-but-devoid-of-meaning relies on deformed and pared down interpretations of the words, and the illusion that there is some sort of progression from left to right. It should go back to the marketing sewer from where it came.

Here's a better kickoff point: Towards a Theory of Information - Information: Mystical Fluid or a Subject of Scientific Enquiry? (R.K. Stamper)

Also... Who the Feck actually needs Hadoop except startups trying to marketize it and HPC shops?

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Not before January, and probably a bit later.

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Re: Explain!?

That problem seems insurmountable.

It's all about trust, really (and a bit of electronic signatures, but mainly trust).

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...and that is who?

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So....

.... that Lenovo Superfish thing.

Yeah....

Maybe more devices need scrutiny. China wants to win too hard.

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Re: Provider of firmware over the air

Explain!

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Re: Confused

Let's talk about Kim Kardashian and the latest gossip on Trump.

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Re: I don't see espionage

just good old-fashioned capitalism at work.

Only if the customer doesn't care. Honest-to-God "Capitalism" is, after all, about selling stuff that the customer actually wants to pay for. (as opposed to the new model Corporatism : An Unholy Cancerous Fusion of Corporations with Government / Central Bank / Wall Street where everyone sucks each other's dick till the music stops due to lack of resources to prey on)

If you find yourself with an OS you haven't paid for - you should maybe question why it was free.

What does Windows 10 have to do with this?

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Re: Sniff sniff

This article needs to be illustrated with Gloriously Smug Chinese Cartoon Girl!

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Re: FTFY

HOLY FERMIONS!

PRAISE BE!

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Re: They can't help themselves, can they?

THE BOOK OF THE MOVIE OF THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE EPIC OPERA OF CORPY APPLE AND THE HOLY GIMMICK

By Sir Johnny (Jony?) Ive (Yves?), designer famous for being designer at Corpy Apple.

Contains real ashes of Steve Jobs!

No longer uses medieval binding, now held together at the spine by special Apple Glue!

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MongoDB's CEO: Expect aggressive investing as biz aims at Oracle et al

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Re: If one reads between the lines

Here you go: Why You Should Never Use MongoDB

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MongoDB

...because evewryone needs a JSON cache in front of their actual database.

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CERN boffins see strange ... oh, wait, that's just New Zealand moving 2m north

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Re: Blame it on the Supermoon

Maybe CERN can detect the tremors as fear-crazed passive-aggressive (or just plain aggressive) Soros Losers and SJW fight for the human rights of minorities / do some undocumented shopping / put US cities aflame?

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Re: More a storm than a quake

Everything in a salvaged building belongs to the salvage company, apart from intact safes.

I don't understand.

Are there fierce "gun control" (aka population disarmement / victim training) laws in NZ?

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Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

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Re: Actually -- DO GO laptop shopping, but it looks like it needs to be soon.

There won't be a drough.

Shenzen MUST generate stuff. There's CAPEX to pay off.

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Re: "demand outstripping supply was a good sign for the market"

Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said demand for PCs outstripping supply was a good sign for the market – sales have dropped year-on-year in each full quarter of 2016.

I don't know whether doofosity is a prerequisite for becoming "research director" (it sure helps), but that kind of statement takes the effing biscuit. But maybe he is the EVIL Research Director (ERD).

"Sales have dropped" AND "Demand outstripping PC" implies "The Contradiction"

"PC component inventory levels have been at a low given the market weakness. This could either be a sign of short-term adjustment or more significantly point to long-term stability of the PC market around business demand for Windows 10 products," he added.

Random words strung together to generate a semblance of meaning.

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: "...life is still unlikely."

FUCK THAT!

"Invade the Universe, Invite the Universe ... Impregnate the Universe"

Inb4 "Mars Lives Matter"

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Dryer prospects!

It takes at least 10 and possibly up to 10,000 times longer on Mars to reach the same levels of rust formation than in the driest deserts on Earth and points to the present-day extreme aridity that has persisted on Mars for millions of years.

That's damned dry!

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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"seeing an influx of liberal users"

That must the american "liberals". Don't give a rat's arse about jackbooted entry as long as the "democrat" is in da house. But once the wind changes, hysterical tweeting ensues from undisclosed Starbucks locations (seriously, liberal tweets and printed commentary these day is best enjoyed with a liberal dose of Yakety Sax).

To cite John Derbyshire who cites someone from The Imperial Capital:

There are few in my zip code with whom I could share the joy of this moment. I can report that the apparatchiks are all walking around dazed and despondent, like Japanese schoolkids who have just heard the emperor announce the capitulation on the radio.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: Growing your own food can

> "Not only does the bartering of goods (including foodstuffs) and services happen every day in the US"

> USA HAD laws to prohibit that introduced by FDR during the war for obvious reasons.

The only "obvious reason" is the enslavement of the population. Unless one is a complete retard in all matter economics as FDR was but wants to take decisions anyway. Fucking dirtbag, that guy.

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Re: Sites?

Tom Paine says > "What's your password, then?"

Completely confusing privacy and knowledge. So FAIL.

Of course, as technology improves, knowledge coupled to more and more powerful tools will have more and more powerful, long-range effects.

We won't be able to NOT tightly control virus assembly mechanisms in the long run...

Larry Niven wrote about the ARM (Amalgamated Regional Militia) as enforcer of tech misuse.

This will be needed at some point.

But the Bureau of Sabotage is needed now, we are long past the point where gigantic kicks have to be given to political and governmental organizations.

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Race for wireless VR headset heats up

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Re: Hacking virtual reality

It would be just like politics. We don't want that!

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Re: Lucid dreaming

A recent piece of research explained that gamers are much more likely to have lucid dreams than non-gamers, which might explain it.

I think it also becomes easier the older you get.

After all, you have dreamt it all before and know it's just structuring scenarios.

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Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker

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He discovered it by deleting a single line of code from a Microsoft patch.

I don't understand how this leads to an exploit?

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CIOs: VDI? Maybe, just maybe, it really will be different this time...

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VDI this and that

Aren't we trying to solve deployment and management problems mostly?

This could be solved very well with desktops. Just generate an image every morning, pump it to the desktop, possibly into a virtual shell layerd on top of the desktop changing hardware, voilà the user is set up for the day. In the evening pull out any configuration, centralize saved files, clean up etc, then blow the desktop away.

If necessary, user calls up Mission Control, which generates a new image from a menu as directed by user requests.

It would be nice. Can't be done with Windows Endpoint Messmaker though.

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