* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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"It's ray tracing, Jim. But not as we know it!"

So, if one actually had a blackhole obscuring the starfield a few AUs away, one could easily deduce its spin by just looking for the whirled-up caustics?

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

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Re: What is a workstation indeed?

Workstation == The machine that you want you run a program on which:

1) the cheap PCs in the lab room are simply unable to run (plus, those are "Windows", unserious at best)

2) the Gods of the Sun Mainframe In the Basement decided you won't run: "Have your department head submit a request, LOL! X terminal access? No bandwidth for that, sorry."

The state of play has very much changed since then, so that term makes only sense to oldsters who want to keep young people off their lawn.

Today, get a cheap terminal and allocate CPUs in the cloud,

....until your personal AI needs a big machine right in your physical neighborhood.

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AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

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Re: They would do well to raise their profile.

DEFLATION!

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: 2008: MySpace Odyssey

the inhabitants of Gisele 581

I can tell, the inhabitants of Gisele 581 are fierce. My doc gave me a lesson about STDs and I had to take antibiotics for two weeks.

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Re: Death by Alien Cockup ...

and turn Earth's biota into green goo in a matter of weeks

These would still be complex organisms and would probably have Achilles Heels as high as Twin Towers.

For example, "And don't forget: Hydrate every day, eat a banana and take an extra dose of Vitamin Cglide gel - a combination utterly toxic to all martian life forms! This message brought to you by Weyland-Yutani - Building Better Worlds, Today!"

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Re: Nah, we're safe

I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to decide if that includes El Reg.

Seeing that they show us an illustration of a solar system where a red sun makes a planet reflect white light, I would say it absolutely does!

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Ok, so..

1) Does it have ECC RAM?

2) Can I get it with an Akademi logo?

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Re: Ouch

keeping nearly a grand saved up in the bank would seem to be preferable

Not sure in what kind of fiat currency that kind of 1870-ish statement is still true.

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HIGH-RANNOSAURUS WRECKED: Druggie dinos tripped balls on psychedelics – boffins

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Carlosaurus Castanedaus Lapidatus

which was synthesised (and accidentally ingested) in 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann

Didn't he just absorb it through the skin though? Must have been quite the panic attack.

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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Re: Huh?

This makes no fucking sense.

ms15-011-amp-ms15-014-hardening-group-policy.aspx

In this scenario, the attacker has observed traffic across the switch and found that a specific machine is attempting to download a file located at the UNC path: \\10.0.0.100\Share\Login.bat

So cleary, a VPN isn't in use. The specific machine communicates in clear. From starbucks. Yeah, having extreme fun treating the starbucks LAN like like a Domain yet?

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Re: Thanks to heaven it was not found by Google...

Ah, of course Linux has no such issues - it has nothing anywhere near Active Directory out of the box...

PRAISE $DEITY!

I hope not many people access \\10.0.0.100\Share\Login.bat (or anything else over CIFS for that matter) from a coffee shop without VPN?

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Re: "unfixable on Server 2003."

Design errors are like that.

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I see

Is this why the SSH brute-forcing non-vulnerability on Linux was mentioned today? To provide some "fairness and balance"?

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Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

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Hurr!!

It's the next generation of "skilled developers" and "discerning managers" unburdened by knowledge or lessons learned (but possibly with a wad of ZIRP-y cash) throwing things at the market that they don't know how to develop, properly design nor test or even intend on supporting after the next 6 months.

Just stay away from this till after the superbubble pop.

Gartner forecasts...

Chriswell predicts!

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In India, Facebook and chums boil the internet down to 38 websites

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biggest robber-baron turned philanthropist of all time Bill Gates

Let's not get into excesses of rhetoric here, shall we?

Robber-baron? Biggest? Sharp practices, yes. But at least it was all rather above-board.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: Russians

Are you the newly minted commentard who has been tasked to tell us that all things Russian are shit?

Clown.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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Re: @Mikey - And yet the best part is...

the Linux community horribly abuses those inocents who are looking for support

And the cat torturing. He never mentioned the cat torturing.

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Re: @ WylieCoyoteUK: Linux Is Not Windows

Conclusion: Your post is F.U.D.

Or it's a post of someone with MS mindset.

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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Re: Calling Pluto a planet was traditional too

Percival Lowell and Clive Tombaugh.

Seriously citation needed. I can't imagine people in 1930 being as keen on backronyms as people are today.

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Net neutrality in the US: Look out! It's Neut-gate! Or is that Net-ghazi?

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My logs, your logs, it's all bog rolls.

Do we have those logs of DIck Cheney's "extensive discussions" with the oil lobby just before WMD were detected in Iraq? I don't think the efforts to drill through the stonewall around those meetings ever came to anything?

These discussions are always food for laughter and desperation for the civilian population; just recently there was a dump whereby "Red Button" Hillary just wanted to bomb Libya and kill Ghaddafi per fas et nefas while the Pentagon and Hagel said "please don't it will cause problems". It did.

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Missing the big picture.

Will a raid now be performed on politician's private suites? How about we shut the money-printing ECB with all the employees inside and then we pop it with a few 155mm packages? No? Then the primary problems will remain. And they will blow up in our faces sooner rather than later.

"Banks such as HSBC have created a system for making themselves rich at the expense of society, by assisting in tax evasion and money laundering,"

It's a bank, man. That is the only actor in the economy who can legallly do with your money what it damn well pleases - in particular, give to to other people and pretend it didn't. See also: Bank Run.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: "...there will always be a path of execution not covered by test scripts"

have been subject to MC/DC and full code coverage testing

Show that this kind of dead chicken waving would have detected the error. MC/DC testing is voodoo from a prior age at the best of times. Indeed, this paper says: "We believe that the rigor of the MC/DC metric is highly sensitive to the structure of the implementation and can therefore be misleading as a test adequacy criterion.". In other words: Your MC/DC testing value depends on how you write your program, i.e. on syntax. Ouch.

Theorem provers are what should be used today.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Bizarre, but in the interests of science...

On the ISS? I hope that little device has ECC RAM (or at least a memory page hashsum check algorithm)?

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Re: E.M.P. anyone ?

Morlocks heart the RasPi2

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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And of course the difference is not between "conscious" and "non-conscious" observers but between massive and small systems.

It makes for some good story-telling though. Anyone read Greg Egan's "Quarantaine"?

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No, this works only for very small cats.

This is a nice experimental trick though: 1) Measure small cat, capturing cat state is a qubit 2) Do not extract classical YES/NO from qubit just move it around a bit 3) Reinject qubit into small cat system 4) Small cat STAYS unmeasured!

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos felis?

Yes, by nature of its massive size. Basically, the cat system observes the nuclear decay in the same way as the LHC detector observes the beam pipe: The superposition of states deep down will causally entail large changes in the macro objects (dead cats or energy changes in calorimeters). How this exactly selects the state of the micro system is not entirely clear but there are some sound mathematical approaches for dealing with this, maybe along these lines.

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Quantum mecahnics: Nature's trick to avoid having to be Newtonian-precise

This sounds like a "null experiment": Testing that things we suspect are true are actually true.

After all, the whole attempt at building quantum computers is based on the idea that the complex-valued probability density function is an element of a (non-classical) reality, which we are going to damn well exploit the fuck out of.

The system's absence of a classical state before measurement (i.e. before extraction of a few classical bits) clearly follows in the footsteps of Anton Zeilinger's GHZ states, which I frankly can't remember the details of.

“we can't easily simulate quantum systems on a classical computer.”

Indeed so. You can do it, but with exponential slowdown. And not for continuous systems. The question of whether a continuous wave function even exists in nature is open and will probably remain so forever, after all you cannot measure it.

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Biltong, braais, being an 'IT bitch': A UK woman on working in Africa

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Please explain. One can only see through the prism of ingrained assumptions which both fade and become more categorical as one ages.

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Sceptical Mila is sceptical

So, the rumor that the Wachowski brothers only made one movie ever will be cemented?

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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

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Pretty sure you can produce He in nuclear reactors, too, cracking Li for example.

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

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UBIK brings back journalistic integrity after your talk with "unnamed White House sources"

You now realize that Philip K. Dick actually saw reality as it really is.

UBIK beer, what else!

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Re: Just add this to the list I guess.

You forgot "Trust the Computer".

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Re: OK, fess up ...

Take AK-103 with canned beans and grass, go inna woods.

(But then they will Ruby Ridge you and get away with it. There really is no escape.)

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Re: Your right to privacy

Otto is a fool, who doesn't seem to have the slightest knowledge of the situation at all.

This is the internet, man. Scrambled eggs are expected.

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REPUBLIC!

HAVE A BANANA!

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Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

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Re: Selective amnesia

From the other side this time?

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Start stockpiling tinned beans and ammo: This malware will end civilisation

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Coat

Arsebleed

Advertised via a Flash animation!

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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Re: This is where the fun starts...

> at the outer reaches of our solar system

YOU HAVE COME TO THE WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD, MOON.

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If the Barney and Betty Hill drawing interpretation as the solar neighborhood is right, surprises await!

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

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Re: I love El Reg!

self important male egotist blowhard commentards

Troll Lady, please!

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Re: Outsourcing strikes again maybe?

ISO 27001. ISO 9000 is for hotel and canteen management.

I have no idea how to apply it. Neither do the Big Taxpayer-Funded Institutions guys I sometimes meet and who are supposed to implement that at said Big Taxpayer-Funded Institutions. I suppose having the licence to ignore details when you have a folder stack of ISO docs and a cozy office must be bliss and heaven.

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Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

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Re: Flash & NoScript

I think it is safe to assume that.

I have also noticed that Firefox updates, then tells you in no uncertain terms that it has disabled the previously-known-as-fixed version of Flash. Pretty slick.

(Or take a look at Add-Ons > Plugins > Check that your Plugins are up to date)

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Rumor-mongering!

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APT devs are LOUSY coders, says Sophos

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Re: Obviously

"Selection bias"

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc...Sub MM Radio...

Prime directive of the commentariat: "Any poster using ellipsis more than once in a text is to be regarded with suspicion and any attempts at communicating with said poster shall be curtailed (exceptions apply if said text consists of citations of government-issued drivel and marketdroid droppings) "

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Re: Collision in our solar system

...and PUTIN. Don't forget PUTIN. And moot.

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Re: Aliens are among us !

Ike doesn't suspect half of it!

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Re: Tidal forces required in early evolution

Actually the latest story is that evolutionary experimentation was greatly facilitated by a couple of passages through "snowball earth" type environments where formerly connected environments where disconnected and sealed off for a few 100'000 years, then reconnected as the snowball thawed?

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Re: 'Or intelligent civilisations evolve, but then self-destruct'

wiped out by global warning

RON PAUL DOOM LEVEL 6: "IT'S HAPPENING"

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