* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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You, yes YOU: DevOps' people problem

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Re: You’ve no doubt heard of DevOps.

Where does CD fit in when bugs mean deaths and gaol sentences?

Nothing changes. If anything, you should have HIGHER assurance that your latest bowel movement meant to control information processing actually does what it says on the tin and that all requirements are being met.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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Re: 3,8 billion years ago is a long time ago

The other possibility is that it was just beam focused towards us, same as with gamma-ray bursts which apparently are not omnidirectional because that would imply ludicrous amounts of wattage; they are just doing a lighthouse impressions.

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Re: No H or He?

it's 3.8 billion light years away, meaning it's also 3.8 billion years old

The part that we see is 3.8 billion years young than whatever is "now", or maybe a little bit less seeing how space expansion is accelerating, not sure about that.

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Re: "a superluminous supernovae" (sic)

Latin was hell though.

I never got what Cicero was effing talking about.

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Alien

the explosion occurred 3.8 billion light years away

In a rescaled picture, if Andromeda Galaxy is 2.5 mm away, that would be a whooping 3.8m away.

There is a LOT of Galaxies and Galaxy Filaments between us and that. Definitely a challenge for any Space Knights looking for a Space Holy Grail.

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Alien

If Clarke were right, these things would be unobservable because the expanding bubble of vacuum decaying to a lower-energy state (thus liberating free energy while changing subatomic physics to something totally unknown) will be following in the wake of of the expanding bubble of light at a picosecond interval. You will never even know what popped your Standard Model.

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Power plants, utilities 'just hanging right off the internet's tubes'

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On the correct usage of vocabulary

creating an irresistible honeypot for criminals

That would mean this attackable infrastructure was actually a trap.

But it's actually the real deal: a low-hanging fruit.

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Windows

The solution will be to add a few "Priority 1" projects to the engineer's desks, to add to the pile of the other "priority 1" projects, some of which are even "urgent".

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Trump?

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

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Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

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Re: Semantics

It's also subject to authentic shit management.

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Sigh ... c'est la vie: France mulls mandatory encryption backdoors

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Re: 99.9%

I really hope the French public haven't forgotten how to be politically difficult, because they usually do a pretty good job of it.

LOLNO. Only if the EURO injections from Le Gouvernement are not forthcoming or the corruption becomes so evident that fish heads are rotting under politician's canapés. Otherwise, it's Le Gallic Shrug.

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Re: I hope this goes ahead

i CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE THIS IMPLEMENTED!

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Open Web Application Security Project issues new secure coding bible

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Re: "Developers are responsible for insecurity."

> Perhaps something like ship's log should be kept for orders handed down

It's called a JIRA

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Fan belts only exist, briefly, in the intervals between stars

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Re: Nils

Nautilus is really an amazing magazine. Every paper issue is a work of art in itself and there are no addies. I don't know how they do it.

I recently came across a short biography of Walter Pitts, which I had only so far seen mentioned in a textbook on Neural Networks and maybe in a book by Marvin Minsky.

Also, this review reads like it has been written by "jake", how come?

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It's replicant Roy Batty's birthday – but hey, where's my killer robot?

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Re: The real future

I'm throwing the money left from excessive taxation apparent and hidden, meant to prop up the military-industrial complex at my screen, but nothing happens!!

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Re: Your arsehole sthn. hemisphere 'moderators'

Sacré Bleu!

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Re: Deckard

If Deckard was an android, why was he wandering around unchecked while Holden was busy trying to round up the Nexus 6s

Go back to bed, Lucas!

It's secretly a secret test by slimy megacorps in cahoots with the (possibly corporate-financed) cops where the guy who plays the future Admiral Adama knows what's going on!

plinkett_in_his_wheelchair.jpg

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Re: Spinner Flying Cars ..

Being suppressed by the government, same as the water-as-fuel motor.

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Terminator

Military this and that

This article references DARPA work.

How about some Rodney Brooks instead? I haven't been following "Nouvelle AI" (described in "Cambrian Intelligence") during the last decade (too much webshit filling all available brainslots but I have been getting back into logic programming a bit ... Answer Set Programming sounds really sweetuseful). I remember reading research on "Cog" has been discontinued and Brooks & Company are now selling a sturdy, marketable single-arm manipulator robot.

Anyway, Papers, be sure to check out Elephants don't play Chess

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Re: Seems Herbert and Dick had similar ideas

"Duncan Idaho" was always a skilled "actual human". Not so the "androids" of PKD (which are different from the ones in the movie). Roombas looking like humans actually.

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Re: Do androids wet dream of electric sheep?

They were wet-ware with wipe-dates, no silicon involved.

This is correct, but of course testing for this special makeup physically would have been easy-peasy. A drop of blood and check the DNA. Done! (Like the Gaius Baltar test which was not handled all to well in BSG at all).

The Philip K Dick novel's androids appear to have been a mix of robotic and organic bits.

Not that I know. They were, however, devoid of natural human reactions and empathy (psychopathic) and killing them was considered taking out the trash. Even Rachel was the most horribly sadistic and manipulative thing.

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Cocky SpaceX will try another sea landing with next rocket launch

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Up-Goer Engineering

This would only be half as exiting if there was a reactionless drive...

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Re: They land back to earh requires an ungodly amount of fuel

TFW you remember the first time your read about "Delta-v" in the novelization of "2001 - A Space Odyssey" back in the 70s.

"At the moment my closest approach is sixty miles; it will increase to about a hundred as Japetus rotates beneath me, then drop back to zero. I'll pass directly over the thing in thirty days – but that's too long to wait, and then it will be in darkness, anyway.

"Even now, it's only in sight for a few minutes before it falls below the horizon again. It's damn frustrating – I can't make any serious observations.

"So I'd like your approval of this plan. The space pods have ample delta vee for a touchdown and a return to the ship. I want to go extravehicular and make a close survey of the object. If it appears safe, I'll land beside it – or even on top of it.

"The ship will still be above my horizon while I'm going down, so I won't be out of touch for more than ninety minutes.

'Tm convinced that this is the only thing to do. I've come a billion miles – I don't want to be stopped by the last sixty."

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Jenkins issues code of conduct to keep rowdy automation fans in line

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Paris Hilton

You seem to be living in a sheltered world.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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"Wowsers" These people are called "Wowsers"

Learn something new every day thanks to Jimbo's Fortean Grabbag of Deep Knowledge

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If you want a USB thumb drive wiped, try asking an arts student for help

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> block de-duplication

Wait, what?

USB sticks have block deduplication?

Really, now.

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Re: Actually

You don't need to worry about multiple overwrites to 'really' erase it per DOD standard any more than you need to write multiple times to RAM to erase it

Dude.

You needed to worry about multiple overwrites when disks were in the multi-megabyte size. Pretty sure there is paper about that floating around the Internet.

Good luck getting your STM microscope out to recover my once-zero data from remanent magnetic zones.

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Re: Sod thumbdrives

And there was me hoping for the noise of a good old fashioned head crash.

Please explain in 100 words or less why exactly you expected this to happen.

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The sloth is coming! Quick, get MD5 out of our internet protocols

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Re: Perhaps what should have been mentioned is this:

8 sockpuppets are easy to engineer

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

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Windows

Don't you mean 20+ years?

(Obligatory sadfrog image)

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Follow the White Rabbit

burn up electricity and bandwidth on empty responses to spurious requests.

This coming from someone posting in El Reg Forums.

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Qualcomm, Nvidia are driving us nuts – with silicon-brains-for-cars

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How about 250 trillion deep-fry dipping operations per second?

deep-learning operation

What a silly name. It tells us nothing.

Are those neural networks? I suppose the board is not meant to do inductive logic programming. Why does it need to learn? It's too late to learn, it has to fight now. Please, we need to know more.

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Under-attack Linode resets passwords after logins leak onto web

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Re: Made a right old hash...

Stop spouting memes you don't understand.

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Compuware promises mainframe DevOps as old programmers croak

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What the fuckety fuck am I even reading and what has any of this to with "Object Orientated" programming? Or even JavaScript?

COBOL is a tool. It is an unwieldy tool from back when machines had memory in KByte sizes and a single KHz CPU and three terminals, structured programming was starting to be considered a neat idea and when most everyone had no idea what adequate program syntax might look like, even less what types were (dependent, OO or otherwise) and how a compiler could check code. Time to retire the crap.

And if you program program your mainframe in assembler... well ...

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Ready for DevOps? Time to brush up on The Office and practise 'culture'

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Re: ISO9000/9001

Good for hotel room management,

IT operations (and even development?) Not so much.

Even if quality gurus affirm otherwise (they wouldn't be gurus if they actually spent the time doing the stuff they are talking about though, they would just be another trash compactor maintenance person)

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

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Re: Maybe...

I suppose the damage caused elsewhere would come out of your pocket since you were the one who decided not to update to get the latest codebase?

We are reaching feudal levels of exploitation here.

"Didn't till the lord's land (which he so magnanimously bestowed on you) for free? You had the chance. Now PAY!"

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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

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Re: Needs a name

Wolfpack sounds nicer

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Re: How many times?

> Not bell curve

> Thumb down

Looks like some NASA engineer from the STS booster design team is here

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Re: Where did it land?

Yes that baby landed on Earth.

Webcast here

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Why ar they so sooty and what is that hairy stuff?

Ok, so they are burning kerosene, but temperatures are rather high, so why so much deposits? Plus, there are patches of material looking like Andromeda Strain on the engine bells. Doesn't most of that come from after the landing when the rocket cools down with lots of gases swirling around?

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Re: How many times?

I hope we are all familiar with the failure bell curve.

The idea that there is a bell curve in the failurerate/launchcount graph (for any given subset of devices) is an unwarranted assumption. Time will tell - if SpaceX takes off.

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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Re: Always the same argument

Company X may well have looked at the research papers, thought "oh that's clever, how we we do the same thing in a slightly different way?".

Because reading research papers and making things in different ways is verboten in the "EVERYTHING BELONGS TO ME! MEEE!!" world of modern "business".

The whole house of cards of savage mendacity must come down. It just must.

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Here's your Linux-booting PS4, says fail0verflow

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Re: Wrong security model

where no manufacturer of anything is ever going to want to offer anyone the option to tinker for themselves ever again

Only in environments where the goal is to win a captive market, the initial hit is free, or nearly so, and the business model absolutely depends on a subsequent revenue stream from said captive market.

If your statement was true, there would be no PC games at all. Pointing at "freetardism" as the reason for disempowerment, hardware locking and suppressive legal manoeuvers is just setting up a strawman.

In the business model we have here "customers" are basically revenue cattle who have little control over what they "consume" and who accept the concomitant risks: security risks due to vulnerable cloud infrastructure and unfixed problems with their gear, risks of seeing their system being "discontinued" with no recourse at any time (possibly taking the "content" with it), risks of seeing their system destroyed or rendered inoperable as the "War on IP Infringement" rages and risks of getting few "add-ons", if not advertisements, that they do not want at their expense.

Luckily one can still chose to say "no" to this kind of bullshit, but seeing the utter disgrace that the "mobile device" market it, maybe not for much longer. Some people are ok for this, but then again, some people are okay for paying taxes for which they get shit healthcare and large mansions for parliamentarians. To each his own.

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Got a Nexus? Google has five critical Android security fixes for you

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Re: patches

You seem to be one of the few person with superpowers able to actually assure us of the absence of (any further) bugs in "gated community for your convenience" Apple gear?

Or else your trolling is on 4chan level.

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Riddle of cash-for-malware offer in new Raspberry Pi computers

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Re: Unnnnkkk!!

We dont kno dat

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2016 in mobile: Visit a components mall in China... 30 min later, you're a manufacturer

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China has piles of cash, which means huge capital splurges in all directions. Which has caused a global glut of stuff. Steel, aluminium, rubber ... and consumer electronics.

We are not off to an auspicious start:

China has piles of cash

No. China prints piles of cash. Not the same. China also has lots of Federal Reserve Notes, realistically called "paper with pretty pictures" (or else promises by the unborn US generation to pay things back eventually if one extends leftist thinking that we just 'owe it to ourselves')

China has pulled in the concrete and steel so far like no-one else

That particular bubble of malinvestments is now deflating and built-up overcapacity is showing itself.

This is what causes a global glut of steel and other stuff for constructions.

Inb4 "MUH INDUSTRIAL JOBS"

Wearables are perhaps the most obvious symptom of overproduction, because they remain a solution looking for a problem.

"Overproduction" does not exist as such, unless you have a company or a whole sector that wants to commit suicide quickly. Malinvestments due to easy cash, which is then sold by politicians and "economists" as "getting out of the recession" but is just another way to burn down the house while you smoke grass to keep calm, is, however, what we are looking at here.

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

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Re: "legislation may come to the rescue."

Legislation will come to the rescue indeed.

I could imagine requirements for special hardware that must be able listen for unfiltered ISP-emitted packets not far in the future. To catch copyright infringers, of course.

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> Absolutely ridiculous comment that shows a basic lack of knowledge.

If you say so, extremely skilled commentator.

> Without getting a microscope out and examining the 3D printed chip, how do you know that the 3D printer actually created exactly what you told it to?

What else would it have created? Does it have a library of everything printable and a specail rom with Evil Patches to apply on need? WTF?

But yeah, maybe you are in a virtual reality, who knows?

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