* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Hillary's HITLER DETECTOR still hasn't twigged. The wench must be busy....

we have not seen an indication [the coup] will affect our business

I'm totally sure Erdogan's coup won't affect business. Totally.

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Dota 2 forums fall under hackers' spell, 1.9m accounts teleported out

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STOP THIS FORTHWITH! MD5 isn't "cracked"

MD5 is not worse than anything else for hashing passwords, as long as you add a large salt to prevent rainbow table attacks:

Two real reasons for not using MD5 for hashing the salted passwords is: 1) it's too fast 2) public relations as said here: Why do people still use/recommend MD5 if it is cracked since 1996?

Your correct statement about MD5 being too fast and unsalted aside (because that also goes for the SHA family) I would still stay away from MD5 for a non-technical reason: Public Relations. It's a drag to have to convince your boss or client of what you explain. And tons of technical guys (whose opinions are valued by the same people you are trying to convince) are also deluded. After all, there is plenty of 'proof' on the internet that support their conviction that MD5 should not be used because it was broken in 2004.

For the details, see also this excellent answer:

How to securely hash passwords?

Yep, read it!

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: "This was a lesson learned in how important it is to be prepared."

> And the USA call North Korea a rouge state

That would be a "rouge star" state...

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Re: Dr. Stangelove

"By Dawn's Early Light"

Fuck yeah, it had a guy with a totally McCain vibe in it.

I also fell in love with bomber girl...

And of course "The Day After" classic can be found on YouTube. 80's quality! Nuclear test stock footage! Could El Reg grab a picture from there instead of that weird stuff I see here which seems to have quickly shopped by a hippie on a trip?

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Re: Not so sure . .

Well, good luck sourcing replacement RAM from Korea or getting Microsoft support on the phone to "start to access electronic equipment".

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Soylent adds coffee

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Re: Legal position is interesting

The German title is

"Eine Handvoll Venus und ehrbare Kaufleute"

(A fistful of Venus and honorable merchants)

which made me laugh.

On a tangent, HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR FECKLE FREEZER YET? You know who owns an Ajax Freezer? Fairies own Ajax Freezers! You know who owns a Triplecold Freezer? Commies own Triplecold Freezers! Every freezer but a brand-new Feckle Freezer stinks! I'm warning you! Get out and buy a Feckle Freezer right away! Hurry up! Hurry for Feckle! Hurry for Feckle! Hurry, hurry, hurry, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle...

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That will never be enough coffee for me

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Clinton outphished by Trump

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”This is a contentious election"

Is this like describing a nuclear meltdown as a little core excursion?

Choosing between the Neocon/Oligarch-anointed Queen of Chaos and Monkeywrench Boy:

Hillary as the Not-Trump Candidate

MICHAEL HUDSON: Well, if the election is between the most unpopular woman candidate in America and the most unpopular male candidate, the winner is going to be whoever can make the election fought over the other person. Trump will win if he can make the election all about Hillary, and Hillary will win if she can make the election all about Trump. It looks like she’s able to do this, because Trump is even more narcissistic than she is.

All the Democrats have to do is goad him, as they did with the Afghan parents of the American soldier who died. Trump should have bounced the ball back into Hillary’s court and said, “Wait a minute. The soldier died in a war that you voted for Hillary. A war that you want to continue to escalate.” Instead, he talked about himself.

And at least Hillary is coached enough so that when he attacks her, she bounces the ball back and makes him the issue. She doesn’t try to defend herself. So people are beginning to think, wait a minute, here’s a personality of Mr. Trump who doesn’t even know the first thing about political strategy. You don’t let the other person win by making you the issue. You make them the issue. In an economy where people are angry, you want to steer their anger toward the other candidate.

So in this election, unlike earlier elections, it’s not about whose positive program is better. Neither have a positive program. Neither have really any policy that they’re announcing. It’s about whose policy is worse. Who’s the lesser evil? It’s almost an inside out election.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Passport to Magonia? First, you have to pass the TSA!

Maybe "apparent drone" is the Foo Fighter of the two-oh-tenners?

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Re: ...when the drone flew alongside it.

1) Put a jet engine into it

2) Dress up as flying Pokemon

3) ???

4) GO!

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Re: MALWARE ALERT!

Explain more...

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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Yes, and...?

So is this a "Standard Sociological Justice Model" null result?

“Without a workforce that more closely mirrors the population, we are missing opportunities, including not understanding and designing for our own customers.”

I really hate dogmatic bullshit.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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While this is going on...

Assange Strongly Implies DNC Staffer Was Murdered for Being Wikileaks Source

It's like we are in the deepest thicket of Bush Junior's second campaign again.

Now with added spice of "War with Russia Possible Any Minute Now, so vote Hillary". Great stuff, I have ordered a bunker full of popcorn.

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

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Re: ALIENS!

You have so missed the point. Astronomers don't believe there is a Dyson Sphere, and they know that their colleagues don't believe so, either.

Then suddenly there is a Dyson Sphere and everyone will be shitting bricks while placing a call to the POTofthefreeworld.

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Re: ALIENS!

This is now a "narrative"?

Go back to the US-internal political bickering, please.

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Re: A plain old peculiar

I think it was a "plain old peculiar" somebody might have noticed by now.

Looks like this kind of approach is classed under "explaining away" or "under-carpetting". This was well explained in Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (which does not quite match how things happen, which is actually rather meta-meta).

I particularly like this "First of all, the object in question may be a genuine "one off", or it may prove to be a member of a new or existing class of variable.". So it's peculiar because ... it's peculiar. Move along, nothing to see here.

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Re: What about a nebula drifting through ?

For the nebula, you would look at nearby stars (next to the "dimming cat" in space & on the pixel array) to see whether they exhibit similar effects.

A quick eyeballing of the paper reveals that npo such effects are being observed

Somebody may be cleaning up the neighborhood ...

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: Explain this to me...

Well, Microsoft doesn't run embassies in Belgrade, you know...

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Re: RE: This is refreshing to hear.

Linux is just a system that works based off 60's tech. Nothing exceptional here.

Nice but...

The really good stuff is yet to be designed

> you think are there to run your systems are there to allow you to manage the failures of the system

How do you know what I think?

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SHOW THEM ONLINE!.jpg

Nice writeup!

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This is refreshing to hear.

But know this that Linux is stil at the lowest steps of OS Godhead.

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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

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One of Strider’s targets hit by Strider...

It must be comnforting to know that you have then, indeed, been hit by Strider, not a roving band of anonymous orcs.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: Cortana in furs!

Well, you are treated ... with disdain! So be grateful! Here are some vouchers to attend a Microsoft course on SharePoint and an exclusive presentation of the upcoming roadmap, more interesting than a trip through Khazad-dum while being waylaid by one-armed bandits.

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Re: What the fuck do we expect from this joke company?

I buy an OS, I want an OS.

Not a sales-and-addy platform that knows best...

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Re: I tried edge after the update and it went direct to malware.

Thats' WEIRD!

http://www.digitalcitizen.life/

"9 features that make Microsoft Edge a better browser than others"

"How to enable and use Cortana straight from the Windows 10 lock screen"

"15 reasons why you should get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update today"

You seem to be missing out.....

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I laugh

Not helped by the fact that Microsoft still haven't been able to ship an adequate bootloader not written by in-house people with brain developmental problems. They can have for free from the grub site.

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Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you

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Re: Maybe I'm being naive (again!)

> . and you know this how?

Because Fred Brooks used the word in a lecture in 1994 (I was there!)

But Manara was there first, comicwise.

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Billion-tonne IceCube: Sterile neutrino does not exist

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I raise you a fourth family...

We're, um, Straight Outta 'fourth' 'trons... 'trinos... you know what we mean – scientists

Yo, El Reg!

I hope you realize that the "neutrino" has nothing to do with "threes" (the separation into electron/muon/tau families is something that goes sideways across all particle classes).

It's "neutrino" for "the little neutron" in italian.

I think it was Fermi who came up with that to explain mysterious missing momentum in subnuclear physics, apparently going to a particle that did not show up on any photographic plates...

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Re: Photo credit...

... the drone was then shot down with a sterile neutrino blaster!

Rest In Peace, Drone!

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West country cops ponder appearance of 40 dead pigeons on A35

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Re: I love Devon

"He repeatedly set fire to the Roths' shed, tractor, enclosures and hay - killing a calf in one blaze."

His crotch was on fire, I see!

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Re: Single point of failure

"There are always bigger fish to fry!"

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Re: Single point of failure

Or the americans found somebody to liberate into democracy.

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It's....

its

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Pacman & cancer

"There are some good things about Windows 10"

COMPARED TO WHAT?

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Re: Laser printer toner

> As for Dune, I wonder if Sting ever regrets appearing in that turkey?

I remember that he said that we would never again play someone who will use violence to reach his goals (i.e Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen).

Note that Sting was a bit on the old side to play that particular nasty brat. Even if he carried good genetic material and managed to entertain a harem at 15, it was time to release the water (or some saying like that).

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Re: Ah bless..

I wonder how an antivirus for a Mentat would look like.

"Ah, Dr. Kaspersky? I have been expecting you..."

"Certainly Mentat. Now, this won't hurt a bit (unpacks gear)...."

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Re: photo

It was an accident.

Je was just doing morning stretching exercises, and the laptop ran into her outstreched fist, gireviously hurting itself.

Always in a hurry, those laptops.

Yes, it happened at the local police station. Why?

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كَثيب ? Kull Wahad with Fatwa on the side!

Is it just me or does this week's mugshot of Dabbsy of Star-abia look more pouting than usual? Also, that expansive hair must be a real pain to keep lice-free in a Palmerya.

Thumpers ahoy!!

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Re: News just in....

...where she is rudely interrupted in her explanation of tomorrow's rainy day by an offer to DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 10 NOW OR LATER?

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'New CERN particle' a fluke

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Re: Potential jumpsharkon spotted!

Unfortunately I don't think a new WMAP is forthcoming and the "cosmic background imprint" is possibly beyond anything that can be ferreted from the noise inherent in the signal.

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Re: Scientists doing honest science

we start getting our machines to do most of the science then things will truly go exponential

(From The Lack of Progress in Science: Sex Differences)

"All models are wrong, but there are still superior and inferior models. Their measure is in how they correspond to, and predict, reality. Not how they correspond to our ethical judgements of how the universe should be.

Many sociologists dissent from this position. They’ve marched into the academy and taken it over. Because of their ideology that all things are social, they believe they can reshape the fabric of the universe through their own normative preferences. To me this is a problem. I struggle against it. Our deep human intuitions often reject, and recoil, against fragments of reality. But to successfully grapple with reality we need to attempt to understand reality on its own terms, not our own.

I may struggle in vain. Could it be the liberal Whiggish scientific moment in history is over? History is written by the winners, but perhaps in the future science will also be written by the winners. I’m not sure that the truth will win out. Perhaps the glass will become darker, rather than clearer. There are genuine difficult empirical questions about the nature of human variation and our dispositions, and how it relates to the values that we hold to be true. The fact that we’re still discussing sex segregation in sports and how it is unjust illustrates how far we’ve come in the solipsistic and socially constructionist direction.

Imagine that in the end of days all the mandarins will be sociologists, who come not to bring illumination of the truth, but to determine the nature of the truth for us to agree upon. Perhaps this is the true end of history, as humanity returns to an equilibrium where the bracing aspects of reality are shielded from the masses, which lay indolent in their delusions, while the technocrats and artificial intelligences confront the outside.

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Potential jumpsharkon spotted!

Meanwhile, theoreticists (theoreticians?) are going overboard. "You want particles? I give you particles!"

Ghost particles may explain why gravity is so surprisingly weak

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Protect your staff from Toronto's terrible Twitter trolls, bosses told

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Re: The Reg = SJW?

So what IS the conservative opinion about Leslie Jones?

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How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

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Re: As a client, there is not much you can do.

Maybe one could simply inject randomness into processing times and response sizes?

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Re: The worse thing about this attack?

Okay!

The next bug will be backronymed to "FREEDOMFRIES"!

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Bimodal IT: Let the backlash begin

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Why the ice cream?

This article needs the picture of "f*cking cowboy" or sweating towel guy.

I have found that modern IT veers into the tri-modal mode whereby the third mode is "too fast and too furious", where you are fully agile, have impossible deadlines imposed from on-high with "roadmaps" (such as they exist) kept secret lest the peons beome restive and "it has been decided that funding will not be increased in the foreseeable future". The only way to "work" in those conditions is having another tea.

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Game over, security researchers – DARPA’s AI bug hunters are coming for your jobs

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Re: Something does not add up here ...

Thumbsup for this quick back of the morning coffee napkin computation.

Maybe DARPA secretly deployed its first 1dm³ nanocomputer developing tremendous entropyheat as it computes at peta-LIPS speed under the hood of a large array of rather pedestrian Intel-brand Intel processors?

Thumbsup for this exercise in bug-finding. I'm looking forward to some papers in IEEE Software / IEEE Computer / IEEE Intelligent Systems.

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Bomb victims denied .ir grab

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Weird

Iran-financed bombing in Jerusalem back in 1997

Wasn't that bombing done by Hamas, which is actually Sunni and thus unlikely to receive much financial backing by Shia Iran?

Is this another one of the "Iran is responsible for all the evil done to Israel since the time of Pharao and also for Hitler's socks" US political trials?

Eagerly awaiting a lawsuit against the good Saudis now that those "28 pages" have been published.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Petty crime

I don't think having a Replica Antiquity in his wardrobe means he's going to off Brian today.

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Oh yeah?

Britain's equivalent of the FBI

Hopefully they do not want to become the Blue Festering Heap of Incompetence and Mendacity which was already pretty bad during the hacker moral scares of the 90s but which is now reaching nadirs that makes one think of the times when Stalin Purged

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