* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

14489 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008

Trick not treat: 123 Reg down on Halloween, DNS borked by DDoS

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Re: Nothing 21st century about it

Yeah but now it's all in JavaScript pretending to a kernel doing asynchronous I/O, so we have moved up the ladder of absurdity.

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"asthmatic hamster with heaving shopping"

...shadowed by a vulture

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Shadow Brokers leak systems hacked by NSA – mostly mail and uni servers in India, China

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Disrupt the presidential elections?

Is that like blowing one's nose into a pound of festering Haggis?

It's weird out there

Choose between crazy dumpf (who will hopefully bring everything down, which might actually be for the best) and the wench of babylon (who will start nuclear war because Putin is Hitler)?

VOTE GARY JOHNSON! IT IS OUR ONLY HOPE!!

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Boffins predict web scams with domain registration data

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Yup!

The idea is to tag the kids of behaviour at registration time

You never know with millenials...

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SpaceX to explosion conspiracy theorists: There's no grassy knoll at Cape Canaveral

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From the grassy knoll to the gassy ball.

The most interesting part is whether this kind of catastrophic material failure can actually be fixed within a given envelope to money, time and cascading design changes.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Re: turtles

Luckily RISIS, the the society for the Rise of the Machines, was not in the churnalistic chain.

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Re: Won't somebody think of....

That's racist against the machines!

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Re: How much water?

At least for small numbers of Li-based batteries, water or the drink dispenser cart filled with non-alcoholic beverage is your best bet.

Do not cover with sand, dude! "Avoid using ice or smothering substances". It's just going to make its burning harder!

Extinguishing In-Flight Laptop Computer Fires - Lithium Battery Thermal Runway

Unfortunately, flight passengers are forced to leave behind their mineral water bottles nowadays.

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Re: "but the intern responsible..."

This is the 21st century, mon...

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Intern's name is John Connor, eh?

"Is it dead?"

"Terminated!"

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: "Touch" in the classroom

Huge Boogers on My Mac!

Thus begins the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Re: Another brilliant Apple laptop

Isn't that against the laws of failodynamics?

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Re: eek

> 2000 euro's

Oh man.

Must be all the free money from the ECB floating around like lipid mass in blood vessels.

I suppose prices for Hipster Coffee in Disposable Polystyrene Cups will go through the roof too now. The price of bog-standard beer is already at various levels of painful.

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Soylent fart powder sales halt

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Re: Fartastic!

And maybe they are behind Node.js, too...

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Fartastic!

This company is performance art.

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Facebook ads in race claim

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Oh man, another american multicultural pseudo-problem

Someone is being offended by something that is apparently race-based, this won't do!

Does it make sense to target asian suburbanites with cheap inner-city housing proposals? The hell it does.

And I thought the message was "race does not exist"... the hell it doesn't.

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Intel's new chip targets industrial IoT

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Re: Industrial IoT?

Important question: This being a factory, will wireless even work reliably? The electrical interference must be tremendous. Plus, if there are many IoT devices dumping signals intpo the aether, won't data rates crash?

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"From video copy prevention HDCP2.2"

Someone at Intel is mixing up the "industrial IoT" and the "consumer netbook" marketing segments.

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Crashed Schiaparelli lander's 'chute and shields spotted

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Re: Guardian

This is snark for the sake of snark.

Of course it is.

Also, I'm sorry. It was not the Guardian, it was the Irish Times raising the issue in question. I don't know how I mixed up those two.

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Re: What happens

GROAN!

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Re: Guardian

It's the Graun.

Finding Russian military camps in Russia is an "invasion of Ukraine".

Finding few nonwhite people in leading management positions in Ireland is "white privilege"

etc.

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Re: For Sale

"Hey, Grxlyknurrr, see this ad on the pan-galactic tat bazaar? Think it's for real?"

"Only 3 Hard Money Units? Well, this may be an artifact of an underdeveloped retardo civiization, possibly simian. I would say go for it. We could make some money reselling it to Hoornnooool's "Museum of Curiosities", she needs some good stuff to rekindle visitors' interest."

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Re: What happens

Goddammit, Vladimir!

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Re: What happens

What are you even talking about?

This is likely to be something in the ballpark of MISRA C. Or some Ada derivative.

When I orbited the general vicinity of the Galileo Software Development Gas Giant, these - and assembler - were the only ones listed as allowed in high-assurance cases. It's been some time though. Today, it is likely there is use of Esterel and/or Lustre for adequate descriptions.

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Re: Got those pictures just in time...

This is not red weed.

It is Schiaparelli's red shirt.

"Dead, Jim!"

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Alleged ISIS member 'wore USB cufflink and trained terrorists in encryption'

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I'm disgruntled, watch out!

possession of a PDF document about advances in missile guidance and control, and possession of a book about guided missiles

Well, I have a few of these. Plus a book by Morgan Kauffmann on how to roboticize a small fleet of Humvees.

We have been at war for 20+ years now, the presence of such goods should not be surprising.

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NASA gets last Pluto data

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Re: The one kilobit figure is wrong

I don't think compressing the image data is all that good an idea.

Otherwise one will be left trying to decide whether that "weird feature" is an artefact or an actual physical element.

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Yuggoth Mail!

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

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Re: Who bears the losses ?

But alarms are fecking useless....

Neighbors will just cower more deeply in their beds. Excellent.

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Re: Security <-> Usability

Actually the latest IEEE "Security and Privacy" Magazine has a collection of articles about the "Security/Usability Tradeoff Myth"

Haven't had time to read them yet though.

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Datto launches backup and disaster recovery technology to combat ransomware

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Re: Backupify

I will just notatallify your comment and engagify the rapidizing transmogrification of our language: PUNCH IT!

Now, where is my copy of "Standing on Zanzibar"?

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20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

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El Reg should not have use that illustration .... depression gathering ...

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Spoiler alert: We'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

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Re: Instrument error?

Tagline: "It is never too late to read El Reg!"

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> Possibly back in the childhood of the universe.

That's 13 billion years. There will have been nothing back then (conversely, one of my pet ideas is that the superdense initial universe was actually fertile ground for large civilizational construction - but all of that would have been over in a few milliseconds as the environment cooled off; that's just by the by).

You would just look at stars in the galactic neighborhood. 1000 LY out or so.

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I'm just sipping my first coffee and what is this?

Why is there a photo of a dismantled humanoid/synthetic leading this story?

It's completely nonsensical to use that picturel. This is a standard "company" model, seen on all good spaceships that insist on a minimum of upkeep and synthetic assistance to the human crew.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

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Re: Cue the grumps

This is all very true but where do I get the "successfull, cool, out there, distrumptive startup idea" DLC that goes with it?

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Re: is it 20 years since Xerox PARC proposed "ubiquitous computing"

The way it is going we will soon have automatic doors that do "woosh" sounds.

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That time Brian Krzanich had dinner with Elon Musk, Marc Benioff, David Blaine and Lars from Metallica

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I'm too old for this crap

Krzanich said three things led him to decide to take diversity seriously

Unless there are serious reasons to suppose this will somehow magically improve products and service, I call cheap virtue-signalling. And maybe angling for Obama's tax largesse (I don't know, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest).

The brains of Millenials and Progressives may light up with a serotonin rush when they hear of applied reverse racism and sexism in the tech industry (asians probably do not need to apply, they are kick-arse enough, so are jews, I suppose we are talking about people euphemistically called "tall") ... that doesn't mean it's necessarily and objectively a good idea.

In particular as as candidates to diversify the ranks are not easy to find.

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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Why RAID 6 stops working in 2019

WTF am I reading?

The problem with RAID 5 is that disk drives have read errors. SATA drives are commonly specified with an unrecoverable read error rate (URE) of 10^14. Which means that once every 200,000,000 sectors, the disk will not be able to read a sector.

So... are there any that are lower? Hint. Not SCSI, which are the same drives with a changed controller.

2 hundred million sectors is about 12 terabytes. When a drive fails in a 7 drive, 2 TB SATA disk RAID 5, you’ll have 6 remaining 2 TB drives. As the RAID controller is reconstructing the data it is very likely it will see an URE. At that point the RAID reconstruction stops.

I seriously hope that RAID reconstruction does NOT stop (aka. throwing the baby out with the acid bath), as there is a very nonzero probability that the smoked sector is not even being used.

With one exception: Western Digital's Caviar Green, model WD20EADS, is spec'd at 10^15, unlike Seagate's 2 TB ST32000542AS or Hitachi's Deskstar 7K2000

Oh...

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...or more of an issue.

Also, looks like the moderator is pretty frisky..

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

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Re: ASLR

> http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/

Uh, oh.

WaPo polticis is shit already, no look to deeper into the "paper of record" eructions.

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Re: "exploiting the Rowhammer vulnerability present in modern RAM chips"

Yes jake you have been doing this since the 70s with the 64KBit mainframes, we know.

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Re: ECC is not a defense

Interesting. But in any case, ECC is ALWAYS good to have, too.

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Microsoft: Watch out millennials for evil Security Essentials

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Dell sends USB sticks to reload Windows?

I find this hard to swallow.

The best you get is a barely-functional, badly organized CD for machines that do not have a CD drive to "recover" software that "is already installed on your computer".

It's easier to demand a second helping of food from a concentration camp capo than properly install Windows on an already-taxed Microsoft WIndows machine.

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Hacktivist crew claims it launched last week's DDoS mega-attack

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Re: Think I've found the problem....

DNS is pretty resilient and not a "single point of failure" at all.

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Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

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I'm near retirement age and what is this

I'm starting to be not amused by the industry's shenanigans.

Still can't into security after 20 years.

Too many management mouths to feed and expensive super-conferences to attend??

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

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Re: Andy Nonsense Malfunction now explained...

Mister Bryant, please! Still triggered by a mention of Sparc like a Pavlovian Doge after all these years. Don't you have some IBM overpriced software to laud?

Anyway, according to this little overview, the EDM is composed of two parts:

1) RTPU: "Remote Terminal & Power Unit installed on the underside of the Surface Platform and in charge of the Entry, Descent and Landing Sequence, not designed to survive the impact at landing as its job end at the shutdown of the landing engines." Interestingly, it seems to have no CPU, just FPGA logic .... ?

2) CTPU: "Central Terminal & Power Unit that is tasked with commanding all lander subsystems during surface operations, also directing power from the batteries to all powered components. It handles all onboard sequences, accepts science and housekeeping data, stores data and conditions data uplinks via UHF. The CTPU is built around a LEON Central Processor that represents the heart of a Processor Module which also hosts RAM and PROM memory, the onboard timer, a watchdog timer system, power converters and data input/output interfaces."

Very nice.

It seems that a LEON is "a 32-bit CPU microprocessor core, based on the SPARC-V8 RISC architecture and instruction set. It was originally designed by the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), part of the European Space Agency (ESA), and after that by Gaisler Research. It is described in synthesizable VHDL ... The LEON project was started by the European Space Agency (ESA) in late 1997 to study and develop a high-performance processor to be used in European space projects. The objectives for the project were to provide an open, portable and non-proprietary processor design, capable to meet future requirements for performance, software compatibility and low system cost. Another objective was to be able to manufacture in a Single event upset (SEU) sensitive semiconductor process. To maintain correct operation in the presence of SEUs, extensive error detection and error handling functions were needed. The goals have been to detect and tolerate one error in any register without software intervention, and to suppress effects from Single Event Transient (SET) errors in combinational logic.

And also:

The Real-time operating systems that support the LEON core are currently RTLinux, PikeOS, eCos, RTEMS, Nucleus, ThreadX, OpenComRTOS, VxWorks (as per a port by Gaisler Research), LynxOS (also per a port by Gaisler Research), POK[ (a free ARINC653 implementation released under the BSD licence) and ORK+ an open-source real-time kernel for high-integrity real-time applications with the Ravenscar Profile.

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Re: Larry Niven short story collection Tales of Known Space - Eye of the Octopus

I remember an article by Wherner von Braun about a Mars expedition. The (large, manned, chromium rocketship) had (very large) wings to perform a smooth landing. Not sure what the assumed atmospheric pressure on Mars.

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DARPA hands space junk spotting scope to US Air Force

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Well, it's an optical telescope. So at the same distance, it may spot a shiny softball or a dark & menacing petunia-adorned whale ...

And what will happen to the UFOs that hound the ISS (I saw it on YouTube!), will they simply disappear once spotted?

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