* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Re: Are we all doomed?

That would mean mathematical consistency of Einstein's theory is a necessary and sufficient condition for Einstein being sure not having made mistakes. Wrong on both counts:

Mathematical consistency of the theory might exist (insofar as one can be sure about that), but it might be totally useless in physics, describing a world that is not this one (e.g. a 2D+1 spacetime).

Mathematical consistency or even soundness of the theory might be missing but it might well be very useful in physics (most of physics is dirty tricks, fast haxx and formulae that look good for unfathomable reasons)

You need that telescope.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Even more, how does that company even survive? Do they have a special relationship with Big Money/The Queen/The Mob/YouGov?

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Last action hero!

the public expectation is that we take action

Officer cracking one off while checking Gargle Street View for instances of disorderly behavior. Film at 11!

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: We have noticed...

This remind me of the SciFi story where a marketing experiment is run (in a [spoiler]groundhog-day closed-world environment[/spoiler]) to see whether a good, fat heckling by megaphone at 0600 to BUY THE FUCKING FRIDGE YOU SHIT followed by an apology a bit later will actually result in more sales. I can't remember who wrote it though.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: Fred-rick Nee-chee

Great fill-o-suffers rarely work together in the same band.

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Re: Streaming? more like Steaming

people who'd populated their phones/mp2 players with music rather than relying on Streaming services

One would expect a spontaneous sharing experience to occur, no?

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Re: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

WTF are "windfall profits"?

And damn you Dabbs for making me watch this Youtube stuff in disbelief.

The buggers can't win

Probably the best meta-moan in the world.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: Next week...

Anarchist's Cookbook causing controvery? Yeah, it's 1995 again! PARTY HARD!

Seriously, my nostalgia will make me dig out ANCIENT PRINT COPIES OF WiRED. STOP IT, you dumb politicians!

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Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

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Unless specific governments take this over I can't see how you can regulate it.

As governments are to all evidence a fat part of the problem, this would be a case of destroying the village in order to save it.

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

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Israel's secret nuclear program.

About as secret as a wart on a witch's nose.

The americans are still cleaning up that superfund site in Apollo, Pittsburgh. Incidentally.

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It's enough to get ISIS in your OINKMENT

Whole crusades have been won by HAM BOMBARDMENT! And Yurope's "Common Agricultural Policy" is heavy into channelling taxpayer funds (current or future) to BIG HAM, the consumption of which will VERY SOON be made less appealing by the ham-fisted application of sin taxes ("to ensure continuing health of the populace", natch) to these fatty goods with artificially depressed prices. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. I CAN SMELL THE BACON!

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: Useless on GPT partition tables (i.e Windows 8)

add Bitlocker

Si has it gotten any better?

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Re: Luck and Life

You can ONLY trust the math.

The implementation around it, however, is open to suspicion.

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

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Re: illegal software...

It's not really peer-to-peer but Uber is sitting pretty in the middle.

Thus the pear-shapedness.

In other considerations, how can an app be illegal if it basically reduces to twitter.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: There always will be limitations

So you are smarter than NASA?

No, but I'm not stupid enough to believe that all of physics from the ground up needs to be rewritten because some idiots didn't pay attention in class when error bars were explained.

quantum entanglement

Amazingly, that kind of thing can be tested anywhere, consistently and we have the math to describe it (even if it did take von Neumann to write the primer). That "NASA" retardation, not so much.

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Re: There always will be limitations

Oh, you think that bullshit is serious and not clickbait?

"I VIOLATED CONSERVATION OF MOMENTUM ALL BY MYSELF! YEAH!!!"

Let me laugh even harder.

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Re: As all real Scientists know

If it's on Arxiv, it probably could not make it through peer review at a Journal.

You completely misunderstand the nature of Arxiv (and vixra, for that matter), as well as peer review.

And the incentives behind peer review.

Go sit in a corner, dunderhead.

(Damn, I'm too serious again. Time for "venerable ancient bum" icon).

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Re: A baseball can do 30 megatons of damage?

This explains some japanese comics.

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explains that Einstein's universal speed limit applies to a vacuum

It's a "speed limit" in the same sense as the branch of a hyperbola is a "rotation limit" but okay...

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This is also known as 'frame-shifting'.

This is also known as Harry Potter enabling.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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No refunds under any circumstances is their standard policy.

Never give in to terrorists' demands!

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Yet another one in permanent ethical beta.

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Snowden didn't scare many out of US clouds says Forrester

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Re: The main reason is quite simply local law

Maybe obfuscation math is looking at prime time. Unless outlawed, of course.

(No, I have no idea how that would work, but it sounds like a good premise for a SciFi story written in the 80s where describing the current state of the world would have meant using the adjective "dystopian". John Brunner, anyone?)

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“Your business partners are accountable to their governments, and you can’t expect them to put your interests above their own or those of their government.”

The government's interests trump those of the citizen and corporations line up behind that?

I think Robert O. Paxton wrote about that in "The Anatomy of Fascism". So did Günter Reimann in "Doing Business under Fascism".

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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Re: Unwanted ad injectors aren't part of a healthy ads ecosystem

In other news, people are a-ok with providing data to the Zuckoberg/NSA complex and to cloudify stuff on companies established on the "4-eyes" compact.

They also vote in the same dumb fucks who a currently driving the car to the next wall at breakneck speed every single time.

The experiment has failed.

Remove humanity!

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Re: Not only with Chrome either.

We should convince the neocons that ad agencies are actually SECRETLY FINANCED BY IRAN and trying to DESTROY ISRAEL.

That would fix things in a jiffy.

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Re: Well of course...

April fools was yesterday.

But ethical day is everyday!

In Googles defence, Ethical Manner (TM) is still in beta.

That would be bethical behaviour ("bebe"), then?

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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There goes the cloud, in the shape of belching smoke

Ever hear of browsing using your phone? wifi?

I hate to break it to you, but these systems actually use cabling to bring the data to whatever exchange point it needs to go to.

hope you never work in my building

Is that the one where unicorns magically radiate data to the destinations, powered by bionic carrots up their arses?

Go to bed, PHB!

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Waste of Time on a Wednesday...

Differently abled are always good targets for politically incorrect jokes.

Do you want polonium with that?

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Re: Organic cat litter

silicon dioxide which as well as being carcinogenic

It's sand, eejit. Do you smoke it or something?

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Re: Subsidies

Organic stuff needs to e transported faster as it spoils faster, requiring more fossil fuels to be burned.

Actually, the main burning happens in the car driven by punters to the big food logistic centers known as "malls" and back to their conapts.

Additionally, experiments in my fridge consistently show that standard pepperonis and chilis decay *way* before organic pepperonis and chilis and the organic ones look better to boot. I don't know why, but there you go.

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Re: Fast Integral Reactor. @otto

As a story-teller and realiser on the small screen, Gerry Anderson was pretty good. As a scientist, not so hot.

It's Space:1999! Gerry doesn't have to explain shit!

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Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again

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Re: Aviation

...but then you have to know what to look for in the logs.

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Re: Aviation

So, you can log all you want, you'd better have actual people to read them.

Logs are not for people to be read unless something goes pear-shaped. In that case, they are used to find out what went wrong, find the weakest link and possibly identify the patsy.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Re: Not feeling the terror

Yesh, but there were no large mammals (or wives complaining about what's stuck on your shoes NOW) back THEN!

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Re: Pictures or it did not happen

1) Hiking at da shale? Sure beats trying to discover the latest fuckup in the innards of Microsoft Exchange.

2) 3D model of the animal? Darwin would approve.

3) Unrelated but of the interest matching criterium is fuzzily valued at "high": Did Neurons Evolve Twice?

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Re: Weird thought

PRAWNS!

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

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Re: Duplicitous Deutcher Dunderhead

Don't you mean "reducing profits".

Amazingly, my torrent has no geo-whatsits.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: Yet another one? --> dangerous Ukraine brawl,

I await your clarification with the greatest of interest (or possibly a mild curiosity).

Thank you AC for trying to keep the discussion on agreed-on rails and keeping crimethought off this here forum as an unpaid public service.

Oh, no wait: Fuck you and your shit.

You can also start reading.

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Yet another one? How do we get rid of him fast?

Is there a hatchery somewhere? We need to know. Then send Wikus van der Merwe and his cleaners around to remove this illegal setup from the premises. With government lizards like these, we will get prawned in no time!

I also have the impression there have been quite a few people saying "encryption is BAD, m'okay". Similar to the well-manufactured "construction of opinion" about the dangerous Ukraine brawl, this is likely to be a concerted effort at meme injection into the hoi polloi body.

In The History of Public Key Cryptography with Whitfield Diffie, Whitfield Diffie says:

The bottom line of society is that you bear the consequences of your actions. Si, if I know something that the court can legitimately order me to tell them, I can either tell them or go to jail. [American journalist] james Risen is willing to go to jail rather than to reveal his source because he thinks the right and the power of reporters to talk to sources and protect them is indispensable to the news business and to democracy.

[FBI director] Comey wants to take away that choice. The state can always take any information you have without your permission, so that you have no freedom to refuse the state anything. That's a relatively new notion.

So, privacy of communication had certain limits, but there was a solid privacy of face-to-face communication, which was the most important mode of communication at that time.

Since the 20th century or so, remote real-time communication has become feasible and has risen to challenge face-to-face communication as a component of culture. You and I might never meet, but we can talk very satisfactorily on the telephone. Some people in society never meet the people they work or otherwise communicate with. We can expect that, as communications improve and we go from kilobaud to terabaud, the occurrence of these remote encounters will be greater and greater.

If remote communication must be accessible to the state, society will have an awful bug in the sense that it can move away from freedom in a way that can't be corrected. To paraphrase [lawyer and politician] Frank Church, if the intelligence community can turn its power on the American people, there will be no freedom and no way to restore democracy. I think that looks very prophetic at the moment.

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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In the case of USUK it is a "social gain" which we don't want to abandon.

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Re: Yes it was a good idea for British Telecom to share Phorm tech with China

In Soviet UK, homecoming toothed chicken roasts YOU!

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

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No beam today, always beam tomorrow

Some additional links at Back from Break, as usual.

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Frayed British Airways plays down mega hack attack on frequent flyer accounts

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Re: "verboten"

Certainly, Sir Babbage.

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You know these kind of activities are now verboten in the UK?

Missionary position only by royal decree.

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Re: An Outrage I tell You....

They are waiting for PHB to come in on Monday and okay the statement.

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Robot Overlords: Tween babysitting fodder with no in-jokes for the adults

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Re: @Chris

These Tripods? Someone even remembers them? My goodness.

I have to say the sexual fantasy whereby the aliens transform the most beautiful girls of the community into stuffed animals for exposition was very disturbing. Probably couldn't even reach print stage today.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: Just to add one

Isn't that "Stahlstadt" (Steel City)?

I feel a righteous germanic desire of wanting to suppress and mercilessly exploit the freedom-and-beauty-loving elvesfrench next door, they and their effete France-Ville.

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Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

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Re: As far as I'm concerned…

raw cacao drops - can YOU stomach them…?!

Yes I can but I got somewhat of an allergy to them after overdoing it over a decade ago. My immune system would just go into overdrive, so I had to stop.

Better again now, I can actually eat 99% choc bars again.

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

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has a $1.2bn-plus valuation

what

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