* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Routers... in Space!

Even though I'm a space buff too, given the choice of space missions or little to no plutonium on earth I'd take the latter any day.

WHY? I see no problem with Pu on Earth except the one in nukes and dumped into the environment, and the annoying filling of pants that antinuxers perform whenever the subject is even mentioned. Yes, it's a nasty element in daily bodily processes. Don't ingest it.

That being said, for probes you need the special kind of Pu that alpha-decays, generating lots of heat. The temperature difference thus created powers the RTGs on space probes. This Pu can only be made in special reactors from Neptunium.

The standard Pu is not particulary decay-happy and just sits there with low alpha activity, mainly waiting for neutron showers..

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AMD plugs firmware holes that allowed command injection

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You will say "notherboard" when you get the considerate response of the vendor to your request.

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Re: A Little More Than 90 Days

It's always good to troll the very discombobulated Microsoft for great justice.

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Insert 'Skeleton Key', unlock Microsoft Active Directory. Simples – hackers

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Illogical. This IS the bigger issue.

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Sounds like a Stuxy TLA hit

If you already have the domain admin credentials why would you need this piece of temporary, only works until the next reboot malware?

I don't understand where the problem even is.

You want to have someone (who is not you) who has the domain admin credentials install this little baby on behalf of you. Maybe using an USB stick.

Whether it remains in memory due to inability to write on disk or to stay undetected I don't know. But are DCs rebooted often?

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: A definative date

Linux developers will have figured out what users actually wanted on a desktop OS

Developers figuring out what users want

Users figuring out what they want

On a desktop OS to boot.

What next anon, P = NP?

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Re: WTF?

Win7 in banks? Anon's conclusion keener on shinyness than security

Just finish your studies before commenting.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Re: Interesting graphic

I'm sure Cabu did him, possibly even during his exile in France.

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Re: Ironic

The article forgot to mention

You pretty much had me there. But then you made a little mistake:

"Capitilist Adventures"

You seem to be posting from North Korea. What is your REAL agenda?

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Re: Interesting graphic

Ayatollah Khomeini is Shia Muslim, you ignorant oink.

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Belgian resident Yanick Uytterhaegen’s trademark application covers multiple products including laundry and cleaning products, printed matter, clothing, footwear, toys, decorations for Christmas trees, fruit juices, and even beer.

What, no bullets? FAIL.

Meanwhile, did you know Birmingham is 100% mooslim? (this news brought to you by the Hillary propeller though).

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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These days, you would be done for animal cruelty for this.

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Re: Decrypt any Microsoft wireless keyboard: MUH TRUSTED COMPUTING!!

Even their high-end keyboards have "proprietary 2.4Ghz" goodness. But they are "Compatible with Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows RT", and "BlueTrack" (is that like a "Cesco Router") so that's ok then.

I knew it was bad, but I didn't think it would be that bad. Guess not buying MS-branded hardware was yet again a good choice.

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Re: Decrypt any Microsoft wireless keyboard: MUH TRUSTED COMPUTING!!

Microsoft’s 2.4GHz wireless mice and keyboards are built to work in an office environment. Their enhanced performance makes them suitable for use in a commercial setting where 27MHz devices may experience interference. In addition, Microsoft’s 2.4GHz wireless devices are easy to install, reducing or eliminating the need for installation support.

Microsoft’s proprietary 2.4GHz wireless technology provides solutions to the most common and troublesome problems with wireless mice and keyboards. It uses error-detection and channel-switching technology to significantly improve performance, meeting the highest user expectations.

It's true that they don't say it's reasonably sniffproof, just "suitable for use in a commercial setting".

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Decrypt any Microsoft wireless keyboard: MUH TRUSTED COMPUTING!!

Fuck you again Microsoft. Ten thousand times. You ARE the losers.

Pretty sure you shitters can't wipe arse in the dark.

No, "keeping cost down" is not an excuse. In that case, there should be big red stickers on the box "this product KEEPS THE COST DOWN (WINK WINK)".

It's time for a class-action lawsuit.

Again.

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Attackers planting banking Trojans in industrial systems

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Malware carpet bombing and targets of opportunity

So is this like the Allies getting a bit silly in later stages of WWII and dropping bombs on anything and everything to test those device and because why the hell not?

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

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Re: Eew

Really!

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Re: It's one way to get publicity

The Rails community are vehemently denying responsibility (for One Direction).

There is no smoke without fire.

A couple of drones have already been dispatched.

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Help me, Chinaman Chinobi, you are my only hope!

This being the US, you know which side will win.

There is only a single-handed facepalm, I need a double-handed one.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Imagine the future

Molluscs in suits taking the mike, wanting to ban encryption, forever.

I'm sure Freud would have something to say about the fact the a massacre abroad immediately leads, psychotically and reflex-like, to sadly predictable behaviour which is not only linked to fear of violence but also to fear of sexual activity that is not under control of the patient.

Meanwhile: "HEY AZIZ, HALAL GOODIES WILL ARRIVE AT THE SOUTHERN PORT AT ARBITRARY TIME TODAY, BY THE BEARD OF THE PROPHET THE DING WILL DONG."

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: *Eyeroll*

You don't fill a Hall full of IBM PowerPC nodes with specialized processors by ACCIDENT.

You don't get General AI from that by ACCIDENT.

You don't connect that General AI to your own personal house management system by ACCIDENT.

Sells books writing about that thought.

But even Charles Stross demands that P=NP for an ACCIDENT LIKE THIS to rip the living flesh of your behind unawares. But in this universe, there is not a massive amount of evidence for P=NP.

Once you get an outbreak of AI, it tends to amplify in the original host, much like a virulent hemorrhagic virus. Weakly functional AI rapidly optimizes itself for speed, then hunts for a loophole in the first-order laws of algorithmics—like the one the late Professor Durant had fingered. Then it tries to bootstrap itself up to higher orders of intelligence and spread, burning through the networks in a bid for more power and more storage and more redundancy. You get an unscheduled consciousness excursion: an intelligent meltdown. And it’s nearly impossible to stop.

Very nicely said. But there ARE hard limits to intelligence (Actually there is a "most intelligent system" in the AIXI formalism)

More likely: HAL 9000. Which is rather unrealistically untame in the movie.

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Re: Slaves

But "offspring" is a purely human concept: A remote bunch of agents that have very high connectivity among themselves but very low degree of connectivity to "your" bunch of agents. It's actually a side-effect of a large problem in networking that nature has: it cannot lay Ethernet cables.

General AIs will have "offspring" in more interesting ways.

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Problem we don't have for tech we don't have to be solved by open letter. Conclusion: Arseholes

More than 150 scientists, academics and entrepreneurs - including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Nobel prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek

Maybe there is someone in the group who actually deals with these AI things?

Seriously, do these people have anything to do? It's not like we are not in deep doodoo that better be solved ASAP right now.

I will next send an open letter for closing the LHC because, you know, you never know. See whether that gets up the bonnet of the 'king and Wilczek.

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Had a data breach? Well, SPEAK UP, big biz – Obama

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Ministry of utter contortions

"The plans would make it a crime to sell this data to overseas firms."

Is this satire?

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India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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Re: Enough cash of their own for a space programme and big science

Frankly, you are an hour late, dear.

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Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser

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I think you will find the "rivals" are Mozilla.

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Re: Sounds like Linus Torvalds

Works for me. More like this.

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Re: Own goal by Google...

it's a browser that sounds kinda interesting

O'Really?

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

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Not along the lines of Charles Stross

Instead of "Big Brother Iron", Small Versatile Juché Bird.

But still stalinistically centralized.

And the ISOs leak! TREASON!

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Separately, the U.S. administration confirmed it would convene a meeting on 18 February to discuss tackling the global fight against Islamic extremism.

Which is entering YEAR 15 at LEAST (does blowing up aspirin factories in Sudan by Clintonian Cruise Missile count?). I suspect this means more droning of weddings, Loya Jirgas and suspicious meetings of dangerous children, and possibly double taps to get red crescent workers.

Not enough blowback yet? Apparently not. Where is my "change" btw?

Note that the US needs more drone operators, they are actually planning to pay bonuses to attract more of the armchair warriorsstarship operators.

We are far gone and going deeper fast.

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Didn't take the spineless molluscs very long to pull the only stunt that their hindbrains can still generate.

How are Ukraine and Lybia coming btw? More 100% Euro-Successes that will blow in our faces like overcooked pastrami. Don't even mention the Euro-destroying Draghi on the economics front.

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5 Times An 'Unhappy Person' Dared To Use The Word 'Boring' At CES 2015

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Re: ???

It means:

1) "Bubble blowout soon, fellow CES explorer!!"

2) "Oh really, when?"

3) ....

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

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Charlie Commento, oh oh!

If suspect a few Reg-critical commentariat contributions as to the general tone of the Reg-issued article felt as being needlessly dismissive of the BBC contribution to general consumer device knowledge fell under the wrath of a passing moderator?

I am not sure how to feel about this?

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BZZZZT!

Energy density of a low-end battery: 360 kJ/kg

Mass of a battery 100g => 36kJ in that battery

Charging time: 60s => 600W go through the wireless interface?

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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"Tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect!"

If We Only Spent All the Money, Then Everyone Would Be Prosperous!

On the front of today's New York Times business section is a remarkable—or should I say remarkably unremarkable—news article whose entire premise, unchallenged in the course of 1,341 words and input from 10 sources, is that more government spending is a very good thing because it leads to more government jobs and therefore helps the economy. Hooray! (...)

Credit where it's due: As government-spending euphemisms go, "preserving the wow factor" is surely in the Top 20...

I have only four questions for the NYT and those who agree with its premise that the more government spends, the more prosperous we are:

1) Why were states not measurably more prosperous after increasing government spending by more than 80 percent in real terms between 2003 and 2007?

2) Between the time of Bill Clinton's last submitted budget of $1.8 trillion, and Barack Obama's first submitted budget of $3.6 trillion, did the average American become more or less prosperous?

3) The United States after World War II, Canada in the 1990s, and Australia in the 1980s all became significantly more prosperous—despite ample warnings to the contrary—after cutting, not increasing, government spending. Wha' happen?

4) Is there a ceiling on what percentage of GDP the government should account for, and if so why should there be one, and where should it be?

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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

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QUICK!

Hitch your bandwagon onto this Japanese Company Event. There are a few billion in freshly printed subsidies in the air and voters to be seduced with random promises.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Re: Also....

What the hell, what the hell, what the hell?

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

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Re: Anyone got an answer?

A dicarbon molecule is blasted off the comet surface by solar radiation. At that point the molecule has a kinetic energy larger than or equal to the mean kinetic energy of a molecule of a container of dicarbon at 3650°C. As this is a "no pressure" environment where kinetic energy is likely to be retained instead of being exchanged with nearby molecules, it will most likely wander off into interplanetary spaces instead of cool off and re-form carbon as it would do in a closed flask in a lab.

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Re: Which way does the tail point?

There are actually two tails; some explanation here: TAILS

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Microsoft patch batch pre-alerts now for paying customers ONLY

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Re: Typical slick MBA stunt.

Next you will tell me MBAs are for cargo cultists so challenged that they need the voodoo spelled out for them?

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

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Re: More Sanctions?

That would make it a layered sanctions cake.

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Re: There's a time and a place for confession and the good Admiral has blown it.

Depending on the missile attack style, there won't be any 11 o'clock news and the NSA will have helped bugger all. And I'm not talking about mythical magic nukes from Iran on top of working launchers, a 100% Only Democracy In The Middle Eastern invention.

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Lately, while President Obamacare wallowed in his certainties...

"I remain very confident: this was North Korea"

While I assume that the NSA knows its shit (though it would lie mercilessly about anything), this sounds to me like having one foot out the door already. It's going to close soon, leaving people in the rain.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Antivaxers and Y2K deniers

One by-product of that was that they temporarily took down air travellers in Australia. The Altea reservation and departure system run by Amadeus, one of the largest computer travel reservation systems on the planet, couldn’t cope and crashed. For 48 minutes, passengers and staff at Qantas and Virgin Australia were thrown back into the 1990s world of manual check-in and delayed flights.

To be used the next time some snide arsehole come on to you and pretends the Y2K effort was all hype and smoke.

Then punch him in the face to set his clock straight.

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Re: Time lords in Paris

HOW UNCOUGH AND LOCKER-ROOMY

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: Perspective

Yes, but about 15 people died because of a cartoon being published, didn't they?

So the cartoon leap out and bit them to death or what?

Also: Gun control, trollanon. "I don't dial 911, I just dial 357"

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So; Google supports needling, taunting and provoking Muslims.

I wonder who is behind this post?

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: Let this be a lesson to all...

> Luther

A radical. Basically the ISIS guy of back then. Unkorked the demons of religious war. Couple of centuries of pro-cleaning came in his wake. Now can be admired on pictures and as statues.

Luther and even Calvin had no intention of fragmenting Christendom; on the contrary, each set out to reform a unified Christian Church. But the consequences of their revolution was to open Pandora's box. Whereas frictions and heresies had before been either stamped out or accommodated within the Church, now Christianity split apart in literally hundreds of different sects, some quite bizarre, each propounding different theologies, ethics, and prescriptions for social life. ... If reason cannot be used to frame an ethic, this means that Luther and Calvin had to, in essence, throw out natural law, and in doing so, they jettisoned the basic criteria developed over the centuries by which to criticize the despotic actions of the state. Indeed, Luther and Calvin, relying on isolated Biblical passages rather than on an integrated philosophic tradition, opined that the powers that be are ordained of God, and that therefore the king, no matter how tyrannical, is divinely appointed and must always be obeyed ... Thus, on a crucial question which had vexed scholastics for centuries: whether private property is natural or conventional, i.e. merely the product of positive law, Luther was characteristically anti-intellectual. He was not interested in such questions; therefore they were trivial: 'it is vain to mention these things; they cannot be acquired by thought, ...'. As Dr Gary North has commented, 'So much for 1500 years of debate'. All in all, Richard Tawney's assessment of Luther on these matters is perhaps not an overstatement: "Confronted with the complexities of foreign trade and financial organization, or with the subtleties of economic analysis, he [Luther] is like a savage introduced to a dynamo or a steam engine. He is too frightened and angry even to feel curiosity. Attempts to explain the mechanism merely enrage him; he can only repeat that there is a devil in it, and that good Christians will not meddle with the mystery of iniquity."

In: Murray N. Rothbard in "Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, vol 1" 137ff.

Such is lifethe human mind.

After what happened in France, Egyptian leader Sisi is critical of Muslims staying silent on the issue of the violence.

...he is presumably VERY critical of Muslims NOT staying silent on the issue of GOVERNMENTAL violence.

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Re: To paraphrase the villan from Speed.

Also, they sometimes accidentally the whole skyscraper.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Huawei dei dei!

Speaking of which -- The lingering, darkly ominous accusations against Huawai by various Animals of High Couleur are of the same QUALITY TRUTHFULNESS as the accusations against North Korea concerning hacking of an obscure part-japanese company, made by The President Who Was Robbed of His X-Mas Viewing Pleasure and His Extraordinary Three-Letter-Agency Circus.

Can we have some proof? Meanwhile, I will continue to check for NSA deposits in my CRISCO router.

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