* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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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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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

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> Overall, my code is like nobody else's.

Code is for reading by other programmers.

Your work is utterly useless and if you have managers, they should remove themselves from the gene pool.

Probably needs a special Developer Darwin Award.

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Dr Sue Black among handful of IT Brits getting New Year gongs

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I'm so tired

Is it the news or the Half-Life-2-setting-sun-atmosphere that pervades everything?

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Re: *Design* Patent

Microsoft does not have a patent on the concept of a slider, they have a patent for a particular *appearance* of a slider.

That this even exists is testament to the utter stupidity of the american art of "capitalism", which has nothing to do with actual capitalism but quite a lot with nepotism, protectionism and toll-boothing of everything that you can. The environment is extremely toxic. This is what you get when lawyers, bureaucrats and politicians dependent on slush money are given free reign.

This is a look and feel suit

There are actually people out there who think "a look and feel suit" makes sense. How about a "touch and hear" suit?

It is not a "software patent" and the EFF says as much. But the word "patent" is not in there for shits and giggles. The fact that a suit exists is testament to the fact that this a real "patent": it claims some kind of ownership.

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

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Unhappy

Fuuuuuu....

Now I'm even more depressed.

This is not going well.

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Upset Microsoft stashes hard drive encryption keys in OneDrive cloud?

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Re: Loaded guns

Please explain how a "license" is supposed to fix anything.

Maybe one needs a license to read books, because there is lots of dangerous and sexual stuff in there that could lead to emotional instability? Plus, it would bring in the monies and provide bureaucratic jobs.

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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Re: Plain ASCII Text files

I didn't know 7-bit character files still existed?

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Derived from Fedora

So is this actually Hedorah Linux?

Good old writer Blair would be proud to have got everything so right here, except that MiniTruth is on people's desk, not only across town.

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Crumbs! Stricken Kiev blames Russian hackers for Xmas eve outages

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Next: "Madame Nuland found crisp'd in shorted power line"

Seriously, Kiev?

For all we know, it might have been patriotic Nazis wanting to to get heard.

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Oklahoma bloke cuffed for Chrimbo caprine coupling

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The goat wanted it!

Lightly dressed in cashmere, was she?

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

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FBI dreams wistfully of Middle Kingdom's new antiterror law

...and I do hope that liberal gun laws will keep it that way.

(in the ancient sense of "liberal", not the minding-your-business for-your-own-good spending-your-money responsibility-to-protect genocidal controlfreak "liberals" of today)

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Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: Steam's update

Good!

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> it's a minor privacy breach

Jesus Christ, the things one hears in 2015.

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"PROBABLY NOT A PROBLEM"

Where is Gordon Freeman when you need to break something?

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It's no use, you will now have to get a new credit card anyway because, how can you be sure?

It's an epic fuckup make no mistake and "1 year of free credit monitoring" won't cut it.

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You are not alone, DropBear.

Working from the office now...

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Flame

I hope they have cached up on legal insurance, because lawyers need to hit this one hard.

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Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

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Re: The game is up Microsoft - your code is crap!

The VMS OS created to run on Dec Alpha CPUs.

LOLNO

BSD systems are true real UNIX systems.

Keeper of the flame, we shall....

No wait, this is just bait.

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What's it with the optimization?

Windows lost huge momentum as a result of the failure of Windows 8 and the shift in strategy back to a desktop-oriented operating system, rather than one optimized for touch and tablets.

Better choice: "adapted"

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"Investors" may think this or that but who cares?

Microsoft's problem is that it had the delusion that it could take over the world by hook or by crook (being powered by The Insufferable Ballmer for a long time didn't help) and roll over anything else out there. In parallel. With contraptions that were not even sure to work or appeal.

Then it found that the world is kinda vast and that people don't particularly care for the Microsoft brand, which has a distinct association with ... well, used carpets spring to mind.

It's like a hegemonic power deciding to retreat after a failed wintry Moscow expedition to concentrate on managing Europe instead.

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Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

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Re: Sweet!

> assembly language OS GUIs

What

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Re: I wonder what the latency of this is?

Delay line memory is never obsolete as long as c < ∞

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Re: Shame about the paywall

More on publishing here, guys from ... 10 years ago. It's like it was yesterday. Now I am even more depressed.

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Well, you don't need to drive the off-chip signal lines with actual electric power, so it's both faster and more energy-efficient. Plus you can put the signal lines closer together (no worry about capacitance and cross talk) and maybe even go through-air (signalling from anywhere inside the CPU - not only from the edge of the CPU - to another CPU on top of it for example). We will see what comes out of this.

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Hmmm

Looks like the processor that Miles Dyson from Terminator 2 came up with.

Was there recent trouble with cop cars in L.A.?

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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Re: Why is there sound in space?

WHY IS THERE SOUND IF YOU HAVE A THIRD-EYE VIEW THEN? RIDDLE ME THAT!

Also pretty cool computers if they have sound for Death Star explosions in their library.

> Drive around in an X-Wing

> Imperial March comes on

> "I think old Darth's Tie Fighter is nearby"

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Re: Death Stars et al - due to the Hollywood Effect

Plinkett explains this in his Star Trek review.

Do not provide new stuff, which is a hard sell. Provide old, reworked stuff that has been out there since before mobile phones and that people who are sensorically overloaded anyway can quickly relate to for 2h or so while munching popcorn.

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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

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Yeah....

That dog will NEVER be let into a politician's abode.

Ohh.. another hard drive. What's this then? Secret Mails!

And another one! Under-the-table payments?

A third one? Full of "All work and no play makes politician a dull boy"? That's rather bizarre...

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Hey, Santa – duck! Space shaft buzzes Earth on Christmas Eve

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"Only Dr. Hans Zarkov, formerly of NASA, provided an explanation"

no cause for concern

This is code for "we are fucked".

The Express has it right:

News of the close pass comes after it was reported yesterday that conspiracy theories believe a mysterious planet called Planet X or Nibiru, said to be four times the size of Jupiter will pass the Earth this month, but wipe out life due to its immense gravitational force ripping up continents and showering us with comets.

There is no science to back any of that up.

Not a problem! We produce our OWN science!

According to the Idea Girl Severe Storm Predictions Warnings website 2003 SD220 could have enough gravitational pull on Earth to trigger earthquakes or volcanoes.

It's actually an elongated Neutron Star that will switch on its immense gravitational field at periastron! We are doomed!

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Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up

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Re: Too big to fail?

Then Linus buggered it up into a monolithic kernel in Linux, just not quite as badly as windows

You keep using that word, "monolithic".

I don't it it means what you think it means.

All Unix kernels have been "monolithic" (not exploded into separate processes), ever.

If you are looking for Mach, it's not a Unix. It runs a monolithic Unix kernel.

buggered it up

Oh really?

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Firms must ensure shared service suppliers have 'sufficient financial resources'

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Companies are fish - they swim. They are not castles with moats around.

"expects that, as a minimum, the critical shared services provider should be supported by a) capital resources (or positive net assets, as appropriate) equivalent to 25 per cent of annual fixed overheads and b) liquidity resources equivalent to 50 per cent of annual fixed overheads"

In what kind of universe does this (a) make sense (Company is going to sell the servers to finance the overheads? Really?) and (b) ever happen (Having dead cash anywhere in the times of negative-interest-rates-because-the-bubble-must-survive? Cash that is better spent investing? A likely plan!)

And the the moated and reinforced critical shared service provider gets his critical services ransacked by crackers ...

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

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Excellent

This comment section is like a nerd X-Mas party.

More like this!

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Re: Real numbers would be interesting

but sitting on the pad does the fact the rocket underneath has done 17 trips already make you feel more or less confident

We just don't know. Failure modes will have to be tested and battled ("exploratory testing", right?)

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Re: A bit negative...

Negative? NEGATIVE?

How much inane "yippee kay-yay" squeaky sounds does one need today when Generation Z is self-pretendingly ascendent to count as "positive"?

Anyway, for SpaceX: "NOW THIS IS DEVOPS!"

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Re: Build room.

I have the feeling there some information missing. Who is Kate. Was was plugged out? Why did you plug it back in while plugging it back in? And was drunken basement sex involved?

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Re: Heroic

Amazing? Positively Russian.

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This should not go under "ON CALL"

This should go under "BOSS CODE"

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Java 9 delayed until Thursday March 23rd, 2017, just after tea-time

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Re: Friends don't let friends install Java.

I keep getting addies for the retarded idea of pulling "JavaScript to the server side", which makes about as much sense as cutting off a leg to move more elegantly.

This morning from O'Reilly

How well do you know JavaScript? According to Kyle Simpson, not well enough. It's easy to learn parts of JavaScript, or focus on the good parts, he says, but much harder to learn it completely. Fortunately, he's here to help.

NO! *CK YOU KYLE SIMPSON, WHOEVER YOU ARE.

At least Java is a language that has some reasonable (though old-school/clunky) design and a skillbase behind it. Maybe it's time to move to F#

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Facebook hammers another nail into Flash's coffin

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Flash Bullshit is alive! Dispatch war rocket Ajax...

SpaceX demands that I install Flash to livestream theior launch attempt.

What the fuck is this

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NASA books second Boeing space taxi

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Re: And there I was thinking that we were in 2015

It also has a container with particularly gorgeous girlswomen.

Every spaceship needs that!

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Re: "Starliner"

Eagles would be nice (but one has to invent wormholes first to transfer reaction mass to these elegant birds while they fly)

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Re: 50 Years On ...

Yeah but do you REALLY want to pass on tweeting your excitement to followers while blogging about the UX of the capsule and keeping an eye on the latest Trump/Hillary soundtardbite from the corner of your eye?

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"Sustainable future on ISS"

What happened to the idea to de-orbit the old golden battlehorse anyway?

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SpaceX launch is a go for Sunday after successful static fire completed

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All right...

We are aiming for launch in 1h6min30s from .... now!

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New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

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Re: IETF were not persuaded is was a good use of a limited number of status codes

But what the browser do? Automatically write a nastygram to congresscritters?

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