* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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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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Re: Neo?

Yeah, I suppose "Cameron" is not to the right of that.

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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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As soon as you can go to next 7/11 and bring back a thermos of compressed time.

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Re: Sadly not the case,

Atlantis was Antarctica because 10000 years ago it was on the equator.

Yeah, no man.

I think you missed this by a few orders of magnitude.

Your geology degree must be stamped "university of life".

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Re: Look for the EMP

Unlikely. In the cosmic scheme, these are very very very very faint.

And a nuclear war is over very quickly.

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God is actually Cave Johnson

Or they run out of steam before doing anything serious. Space travel is hard.

But this universe seems to be made to order as a petri-dish to run a large-scale experiment about overcoming various obstacles to survival using genetic algorithms evolving from the ground up in a reduced (but with small h-bar) physical setting. If Earth doesn't manage, I am sure others will.

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Re: More than a coincidence?

Unless new macro-physics exists (i.e. Laurent Nottale has actually something good, not sure whether his stuff makes sense) or there are unexpected effects regarding the final state of an energy-losing system of multiple gravitating bodies (I remember some interesting macro effects in large scale simulations - galaxy sized - which were not readily explained)

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Charles Stross suggests that neighbors are ISIS-like and abhorrent

Sagan sighs. “Okay, play it your way.” He closes his menu. “Ready to order?”

“I believe so.” Gregor looks at him. “The spaghetti al’ polpette is really good here,” he adds.

“Really?” Sagan smiles. “Then I’ll try it.”

They order, and Gregor waits for the waiter to depart before he continues. “Suppose there’s an alien race out there. More than one. You know about the multiple copies of Earth. The uninhabited ones. We’ve been here before. Now let’s see…suppose the aliens aren’t like us. Some of them are recognizable, tribal primates who use tools made out of metal, sea-dwelling ensemble entities who communicate by ultrasound. But others–most of them–are social insects who use amazingly advanced biological engineering to grow what they need. There’s some evidence that they’ve colonized some of the empty Earths. They’re aggressive and territorial and they’re so different that…well, for one thing we think they don’t actually have conscious minds except when they need them. They control their own genetic code and build living organisms tailored to whatever tasks they want carrying out. There’s no evidence that they want to talk to us, and some evidence that they may have emptied some of those empty Earths of their human population. And because of their, um, decentralized ecosystem and biological engineering, conventional policy solutions won’t work. The military ones, I mean.”

Gregor watches Sagan’s face intently as he describes the scenario. There is a slight cooling of the exobiologist’s cheeks as his peripheral arteries contract with shock: his pupils dilate and his respiration rate increases. Sour pheromones begin to diffuse from his sweat ducts and organs in Gregor’s nasal sinuses respond to them.

“You’re kidding?” Sagan half-asks. He sounds disappointed about something.

“I wish I was.” Gregor generates a faint smile and exhales breath laden with oxytocin and other peptide messengers fine-tuned to human metabolism. In the kitchen, the temporary chef who is standing in for the regular one–off sick, due to a bout of food poisoning–will be preparing Sagan’s dish. Humans are creatures of habit: once his meal arrives the astronomer will eat it, taking solace in good food. (Such a shame about the chef.) “They’re not like us. SETI assumes that NHIs are conscious and welcome communication with humans and, in fact, that humans aren’t atypical. But let’s suppose that humans are atypical. The human species has only been around for about a third of a million years, and has only been making metal tools and building settlements for ten thousand. What if the default for sapient species is measured in the millions of years? And they develop strong defense mechanisms to prevent other species moving into their territory?”

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Re: Aliens are among us !

Oxygen works like hard dope on the lizard overlords controlling the politic-pods. Nothing else occurring in parliament makes sense.

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Japan's death threat hacker collared ... BY A CAT

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COPS! In the US, the beat you to death. In the Japan, you must confess.

Two of these hapless suspects confessed to crimes which the National Police Agency was later obligated to omit they had no involvement.

Standard operating procedure over there, I hear.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits

LOLNO.

Maybe in Zimbabwe.

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Australia's (current) PM Tony Abbott again calls for metadata trove laws to pass, ASAP

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The AFP's systems, he said, simply aren't configured to report the association between “metadata” and eventual convictions.

Because once the Ministry of Surveillance has flagged a potential problem, and the perp is dragged to the Ministry of Love for debriefing with no further ado, but traces of this chain of action are not kept for later compilation into glossy reports?

Wait, didn't there used to be a legal process somewhere in there before the 21st century?

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

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Re: Obamacare in the sights?

It's not working by itself, no need to repeal.

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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Somebody is panicking

Looks like China's economy collapse is approaching at flank speed.

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Sony Pictures claims 'Nork mega-hack attack' cost it just $15 million

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Is this like politicians affirming that a 2% tax hike will cost the economy only 2 billion over 10 years instead of the 100+ billion that it really does when all the investments, now forever unseen, are conveniently forgotten?

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Je suis Sony!

Now that the US is gearing up to send small arms and Javelin missiles to our Wolfsangel-decorated newfound but discombobulated ukrainian friends to counter "russian agression", the Sony hack MUST ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN PUTIN!

Holy damn, there are not enough random events to hang onto Norks, Putin, Iranians, ISIS, Chinese, Ghaddafi types, whistleblowers and other enemies-du-jour.

WHAT DO! !

Well, the CIA is pretty good in false flag operations and Radio Gleiwitz-like events. Have at it!

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Re: I was told there would be SECRETS

.... (some letters required) .....

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

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I applaud the Outward Urge, but...

"NASA is firmly on a Journey to Mars. Make no mistake, this journey will help guide and define our generation."

No arsehat, your generation will be defined by 10-year-long recession followed by monetary collapse, permanent warfare in foreign lands for no discernible reason, extreme surveillance, a transformation of public forces to unaccountable authoritarian outfits working outside the law, and craven, despicable behaviour of people in public service not seen since the fading days of the roman empire. Whether it will come to a nuclear exchange over a neoconnish to enact "regime change in Moscow" come hell or high water may well be seen very soon indeed.

the horse-trading over cash begins

Meanwhile, a bit further down the road, where the rubber hits it:

DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal:

President Barack Obama today sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Department of Defense budget request of $585.3 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund both base budget programs and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). ... As the department rebalances the joint force after 13 years of war, it confronts an uncertain fiscal environment in the absence of congressional action to reverse sequestration (i.e. reductions in the rate of increase, ed.). The geopolitical events of the past year only reinforce the need to resource DoD at the president’s requested funding level as opposed to current law. As the budget makes clear, a return to sequester-level funding would be irresponsible and dangerous, resulting in a force too small and ill equipped to respond to the full range of potential threats to the nation.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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Unless they also have an explosive collar.

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Re: The Point

Gruesome physical elimination using ISIS-approved implements is just about right for the anti-privacy brigade and similar muppets.

Paranoia Is Good for You

Privacy is the single most effective means of preserving freedom against an encroaching state. Privacy rests on the assumption that — in the absence of specific evidence of wrongdoing — an individual has a right to shut his front door and tell other people (including the government) to mind their own damned business. This is a presumption of innocence. It is also the bedrock of civil society.

The act of slamming your front door expresses the key distinction between the private and public spheres. The private sphere consists of the areas of life in which an individual exercises authority and into which the government or other uninvited parties cannot properly intrude; traditionally, the home or family is offered as a prime example of the private sphere. Thus, historically, privacy has stood as a bulwark between the individual and government, between freedom and social control.

Totalitarianism requires total information, and today's government is intent on achieving the complete identification of everyone, like taking an inventory of belongings to be taxed and controlled: national ID, biometrics, "your papers please!"

Those who resist being inventoried present a problem for the state. The first line of attack is to accuse them of being "suspicious" — that is, of having criminal or shameful reasons for refusing to answer questions.

"If you have nothing to hide …" the remark begins; and it always ends with a demand for compliance. Invoking privacy has gone from being the exercise of a right to an indication of guilt.

This is a sleight of hand by which privacy is redefined as "concealment" or "secrecy"; of course, it is neither. As well as enabling freedom, privacy is part of a healthy, self-reflecting life.

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"absurd"

A rather tame description for "pants-on-head retarded" and "a clear statement of utter and irredeemable incompetence".

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Trouble comes in threes: Yet ANOTHER Flash 0-day vuln patch looming

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Re: Flash

Orifice of the universe!

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Re: Oh come on everyone..

It's just a flashwound! Oh, oh, I see! Uninstalling me, eh? You yellow bastards!

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Nerdgasm?

Quick, somebody draw a 2D anime girl in the throes of nerdgasm.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Fwoar! Oh, my.

“I think there’s a sense that 'you’re a real PC' if you run Windows.”

Filthy casuals!

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Hey Amazon, why so expensive for SQL Server in your cloud?

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Git Along, Little Dogies

If you have "optimized for MS SQL", you are supposed to go to Azure.

It's the name of the game.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Re: Surprise

Activity.

"Bing-playing" does not exist - you may be unable to let go because you want to solve the next mystery, but that's not the same thing at all as streaming TV into your head.

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Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

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So long then, based phantom particle.

Lonely MAN who has never been HEARD OF makes AMAZING STATEMENT TO HAVE REINVENTED ALL OF COSMOLOGY during a visit to EL REG COMMENTARD WATERING HOLE.

Film at 11 on Fox News, immediately after "How much Munich is Putin?" and the latest on Creationism.

Individuals with a minimum of a 180 I.Q. will understand what I have written here

Levels of sophomorism attained I have long not been witness to. Kudos to that at least.

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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Dead Girl Walking and Chasing the Scream

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Re: Pomerantsev

I hear the ECB has recently announced a terasteal of 1.5 trillion EUR, and this before the pyramiding through the banking system comes into effect. Does anyone have a problem with that? Apparently not.

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Re: Hmmm...

If you choose to lock yourself in a two-dimensional left/right view of the world modelled after the seating convention of parliament immediately after the French Revolution, you are have only yourself to blame for the shitty categorizations you end up with.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Re: Holy damn that angr!

I also think someone should play with the Bayeux Tapestry Editor for illustrative purposes!

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Holy damn that angr!

Looks like I do not get to the coiffeur today, just reading this got me coiffed.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Re: Nice reference

"psychohistory", a set of methods which could be used to manipulate the behaviour of large populations without their knowledge

LOLNO!! "psychohistory" was not about "manipulating populations" at all. It was about predicting what history has in store given the present political "state of things".

This is of course fanciful to the utmost as one cannot even predict the weather pattern one week out, and, as anyone how has glanced at von Mises realizes, history or economics are not physical system allowing scientific predictions, let alone tests. So stuff that. But this is Sci-Fi, so why not.

Now, if your psychohistory was working, you could position yourself NOW so that natural development of events lead to a preferred outcome in THE FUTURE. Thus, setting up a gaggle of archivists at the edge of the Galaxy would lead to new Galactic Empire in a few thousand years with high probability.

This probability being not 100%, it turns out that one has to finagle things behind the scenes using the "Second Foundation". In modern parlance, hack. Sadly, this is underwhelmingly done using another magic device, telepathy.

If suspension of disbelief is used, one could consider that psychistory sees history as a cellular automaton. One can then do a few billion runs of "history in the box" and select an outcome advantageous to oneself, then change a couple of cells at the NOW...

IIRC Sheldon could do the predictions using a slide ruler. Talk about "underspecified boundary conditions" doesn't even being to describe this kind of Mathematical Magic.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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I don't see what the problem is

0) Get address from dox

1) Go into downtown bar

2) Hire some muscle

3) ???

4) Percussive attitude adjustment of person of interest

5) Repeat for a couple of months

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Trans-Pacific trade treaty close to signoff says USA

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We have always traded with Oceania

a trading treaty for all signees and thus fair and equitable to all

These kind of treaties are amazingly easy to set up and generally just say "repeal subsidies and import duties, let's have some free trade here".

The one where special interests are promised taxpayer money, protectionist rules are haggled over and legal weapons of mass destruction are handed out naturally take some time. They also need to be discussed in secrecy and leakers best be considered terrorists.

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

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He is ... a SPECULATOR!

Quick, call a politican! Something MUST BE DONE!!

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Re: Is it?

Millenium Falcon heavy!

Whether she can do the Kessel Run remains to be seen, but she's heavy enough for you, old man. What's the cargo?

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Delete the entire dictionary as a solution (except for 16 words)

"John Wayne was a fag."

Shouldn't that be "had a fag?"

Inb4 "Mussolini hearted faggot-bearers"

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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IBM spokespeople have further observed that the company currently has around 15,000 job openings available.

Reskill, reapply. Welcome to the real.

Stability can be had as much today as in 1932 Weimar Germany.

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

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Re: Some wierd assumptions

I worked with RAID5 arrays in the '90s and there was always at least one hot spare.

Yes, and?

Secondly (as already pointed out) using the cost of replacing a single disc vs. leaving the array untouched for 4 years. No apparent consideration of someone popping in once a month to replace failed drives as a bulk process.

"Chief. About this disk array down in Antarctica? Can you have PFY pass by for a fast repair once a month?"

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Re: Something new every day

Except that my employer has been doing this for years.

No he hasn't.

You are confusing "I'm gonna do something along these lines like a rabid monkey with some fast guesses" with optimization.

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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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