* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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I see

Is this why the SSH brute-forcing non-vulnerability on Linux was mentioned today? To provide some "fairness and balance"?

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

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Re: @Mikey - And yet the best part is...

the Linux community horribly abuses those inocents who are looking for support

And the cat torturing. He never mentioned the cat torturing.

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Re: @ WylieCoyoteUK: Linux Is Not Windows

Conclusion: Your post is F.U.D.

Or it's a post of someone with MS mindset.

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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Re: Calling Pluto a planet was traditional too

Percival Lowell and Clive Tombaugh.

Seriously citation needed. I can't imagine people in 1930 being as keen on backronyms as people are today.

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Net neutrality in the US: Look out! It's Neut-gate! Or is that Net-ghazi?

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My logs, your logs, it's all bog rolls.

Do we have those logs of DIck Cheney's "extensive discussions" with the oil lobby just before WMD were detected in Iraq? I don't think the efforts to drill through the stonewall around those meetings ever came to anything?

These discussions are always food for laughter and desperation for the civilian population; just recently there was a dump whereby "Red Button" Hillary just wanted to bomb Libya and kill Ghaddafi per fas et nefas while the Pentagon and Hagel said "please don't it will cause problems". It did.

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Missing the big picture.

Will a raid now be performed on politician's private suites? How about we shut the money-printing ECB with all the employees inside and then we pop it with a few 155mm packages? No? Then the primary problems will remain. And they will blow up in our faces sooner rather than later.

"Banks such as HSBC have created a system for making themselves rich at the expense of society, by assisting in tax evasion and money laundering,"

It's a bank, man. That is the only actor in the economy who can legallly do with your money what it damn well pleases - in particular, give to to other people and pretend it didn't. See also: Bank Run.

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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

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Re: "...there will always be a path of execution not covered by test scripts"

have been subject to MC/DC and full code coverage testing

Show that this kind of dead chicken waving would have detected the error. MC/DC testing is voodoo from a prior age at the best of times. Indeed, this paper says: "We believe that the rigor of the MC/DC metric is highly sensitive to the structure of the implementation and can therefore be misleading as a test adequacy criterion.". In other words: Your MC/DC testing value depends on how you write your program, i.e. on syntax. Ouch.

Theorem provers are what should be used today.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Bizarre, but in the interests of science...

On the ISS? I hope that little device has ECC RAM (or at least a memory page hashsum check algorithm)?

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Re: E.M.P. anyone ?

Morlocks heart the RasPi2

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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And of course the difference is not between "conscious" and "non-conscious" observers but between massive and small systems.

It makes for some good story-telling though. Anyone read Greg Egan's "Quarantaine"?

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No, this works only for very small cats.

This is a nice experimental trick though: 1) Measure small cat, capturing cat state is a qubit 2) Do not extract classical YES/NO from qubit just move it around a bit 3) Reinject qubit into small cat system 4) Small cat STAYS unmeasured!

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos felis?

Yes, by nature of its massive size. Basically, the cat system observes the nuclear decay in the same way as the LHC detector observes the beam pipe: The superposition of states deep down will causally entail large changes in the macro objects (dead cats or energy changes in calorimeters). How this exactly selects the state of the micro system is not entirely clear but there are some sound mathematical approaches for dealing with this, maybe along these lines.

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Quantum mecahnics: Nature's trick to avoid having to be Newtonian-precise

This sounds like a "null experiment": Testing that things we suspect are true are actually true.

After all, the whole attempt at building quantum computers is based on the idea that the complex-valued probability density function is an element of a (non-classical) reality, which we are going to damn well exploit the fuck out of.

The system's absence of a classical state before measurement (i.e. before extraction of a few classical bits) clearly follows in the footsteps of Anton Zeilinger's GHZ states, which I frankly can't remember the details of.

“we can't easily simulate quantum systems on a classical computer.”

Indeed so. You can do it, but with exponential slowdown. And not for continuous systems. The question of whether a continuous wave function even exists in nature is open and will probably remain so forever, after all you cannot measure it.

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Biltong, braais, being an 'IT bitch': A UK woman on working in Africa

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Please explain. One can only see through the prism of ingrained assumptions which both fade and become more categorical as one ages.

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Sceptical Mila is sceptical

So, the rumor that the Wachowski brothers only made one movie ever will be cemented?

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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

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Pretty sure you can produce He in nuclear reactors, too, cracking Li for example.

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

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UBIK brings back journalistic integrity after your talk with "unnamed White House sources"

You now realize that Philip K. Dick actually saw reality as it really is.

UBIK beer, what else!

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Re: Just add this to the list I guess.

You forgot "Trust the Computer".

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Re: OK, fess up ...

Take AK-103 with canned beans and grass, go inna woods.

(But then they will Ruby Ridge you and get away with it. There really is no escape.)

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Re: Your right to privacy

Otto is a fool, who doesn't seem to have the slightest knowledge of the situation at all.

This is the internet, man. Scrambled eggs are expected.

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REPUBLIC!

HAVE A BANANA!

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Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

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Re: Selective amnesia

From the other side this time?

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Start stockpiling tinned beans and ammo: This malware will end civilisation

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Arsebleed

Advertised via a Flash animation!

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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Re: This is where the fun starts...

> at the outer reaches of our solar system

YOU HAVE COME TO THE WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD, MOON.

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If the Barney and Betty Hill drawing interpretation as the solar neighborhood is right, surprises await!

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

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Re: I love El Reg!

self important male egotist blowhard commentards

Troll Lady, please!

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Re: Outsourcing strikes again maybe?

ISO 27001. ISO 9000 is for hotel and canteen management.

I have no idea how to apply it. Neither do the Big Taxpayer-Funded Institutions guys I sometimes meet and who are supposed to implement that at said Big Taxpayer-Funded Institutions. I suppose having the licence to ignore details when you have a folder stack of ISO docs and a cozy office must be bliss and heaven.

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Re: Obamacare in the sights?

It's not working by itself, no need to repeal.

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Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

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Re: Flash & NoScript

I think it is safe to assume that.

I have also noticed that Firefox updates, then tells you in no uncertain terms that it has disabled the previously-known-as-fixed version of Flash. Pretty slick.

(Or take a look at Add-Ons > Plugins > Check that your Plugins are up to date)

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Rumor-mongering!

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APT devs are LOUSY coders, says Sophos

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Re: Obviously

"Selection bias"

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Re: Neo?

Yeah, I suppose "Cameron" is not to the right of that.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc...Sub MM Radio...

Prime directive of the commentariat: "Any poster using ellipsis more than once in a text is to be regarded with suspicion and any attempts at communicating with said poster shall be curtailed (exceptions apply if said text consists of citations of government-issued drivel and marketdroid droppings) "

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Re: Collision in our solar system

...and PUTIN. Don't forget PUTIN. And moot.

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Re: Aliens are among us !

Ike doesn't suspect half of it!

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Re: Tidal forces required in early evolution

Actually the latest story is that evolutionary experimentation was greatly facilitated by a couple of passages through "snowball earth" type environments where formerly connected environments where disconnected and sealed off for a few 100'000 years, then reconnected as the snowball thawed?

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Re: 'Or intelligent civilisations evolve, but then self-destruct'

wiped out by global warning

RON PAUL DOOM LEVEL 6: "IT'S HAPPENING"

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As soon as you can go to next 7/11 and bring back a thermos of compressed time.

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Re: Sadly not the case,

Atlantis was Antarctica because 10000 years ago it was on the equator.

Yeah, no man.

I think you missed this by a few orders of magnitude.

Your geology degree must be stamped "university of life".

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Re: Look for the EMP

Unlikely. In the cosmic scheme, these are very very very very faint.

And a nuclear war is over very quickly.

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God is actually Cave Johnson

Or they run out of steam before doing anything serious. Space travel is hard.

But this universe seems to be made to order as a petri-dish to run a large-scale experiment about overcoming various obstacles to survival using genetic algorithms evolving from the ground up in a reduced (but with small h-bar) physical setting. If Earth doesn't manage, I am sure others will.

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Re: More than a coincidence?

Unless new macro-physics exists (i.e. Laurent Nottale has actually something good, not sure whether his stuff makes sense) or there are unexpected effects regarding the final state of an energy-losing system of multiple gravitating bodies (I remember some interesting macro effects in large scale simulations - galaxy sized - which were not readily explained)

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Charles Stross suggests that neighbors are ISIS-like and abhorrent

Sagan sighs. “Okay, play it your way.” He closes his menu. “Ready to order?”

“I believe so.” Gregor looks at him. “The spaghetti al’ polpette is really good here,” he adds.

“Really?” Sagan smiles. “Then I’ll try it.”

They order, and Gregor waits for the waiter to depart before he continues. “Suppose there’s an alien race out there. More than one. You know about the multiple copies of Earth. The uninhabited ones. We’ve been here before. Now let’s see…suppose the aliens aren’t like us. Some of them are recognizable, tribal primates who use tools made out of metal, sea-dwelling ensemble entities who communicate by ultrasound. But others–most of them–are social insects who use amazingly advanced biological engineering to grow what they need. There’s some evidence that they’ve colonized some of the empty Earths. They’re aggressive and territorial and they’re so different that…well, for one thing we think they don’t actually have conscious minds except when they need them. They control their own genetic code and build living organisms tailored to whatever tasks they want carrying out. There’s no evidence that they want to talk to us, and some evidence that they may have emptied some of those empty Earths of their human population. And because of their, um, decentralized ecosystem and biological engineering, conventional policy solutions won’t work. The military ones, I mean.”

Gregor watches Sagan’s face intently as he describes the scenario. There is a slight cooling of the exobiologist’s cheeks as his peripheral arteries contract with shock: his pupils dilate and his respiration rate increases. Sour pheromones begin to diffuse from his sweat ducts and organs in Gregor’s nasal sinuses respond to them.

“You’re kidding?” Sagan half-asks. He sounds disappointed about something.

“I wish I was.” Gregor generates a faint smile and exhales breath laden with oxytocin and other peptide messengers fine-tuned to human metabolism. In the kitchen, the temporary chef who is standing in for the regular one–off sick, due to a bout of food poisoning–will be preparing Sagan’s dish. Humans are creatures of habit: once his meal arrives the astronomer will eat it, taking solace in good food. (Such a shame about the chef.) “They’re not like us. SETI assumes that NHIs are conscious and welcome communication with humans and, in fact, that humans aren’t atypical. But let’s suppose that humans are atypical. The human species has only been around for about a third of a million years, and has only been making metal tools and building settlements for ten thousand. What if the default for sapient species is measured in the millions of years? And they develop strong defense mechanisms to prevent other species moving into their territory?”

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Re: Aliens are among us !

Oxygen works like hard dope on the lizard overlords controlling the politic-pods. Nothing else occurring in parliament makes sense.

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Japan's death threat hacker collared ... BY A CAT

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COPS! In the US, the beat you to death. In the Japan, you must confess.

Two of these hapless suspects confessed to crimes which the National Police Agency was later obligated to omit they had no involvement.

Standard operating procedure over there, I hear.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits

LOLNO.

Maybe in Zimbabwe.

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Australia's (current) PM Tony Abbott again calls for metadata trove laws to pass, ASAP

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The AFP's systems, he said, simply aren't configured to report the association between “metadata” and eventual convictions.

Because once the Ministry of Surveillance has flagged a potential problem, and the perp is dragged to the Ministry of Love for debriefing with no further ado, but traces of this chain of action are not kept for later compilation into glossy reports?

Wait, didn't there used to be a legal process somewhere in there before the 21st century?

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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Somebody is panicking

Looks like China's economy collapse is approaching at flank speed.

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Sony Pictures claims 'Nork mega-hack attack' cost it just $15 million

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Is this like politicians affirming that a 2% tax hike will cost the economy only 2 billion over 10 years instead of the 100+ billion that it really does when all the investments, now forever unseen, are conveniently forgotten?

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Je suis Sony!

Now that the US is gearing up to send small arms and Javelin missiles to our Wolfsangel-decorated newfound but discombobulated ukrainian friends to counter "russian agression", the Sony hack MUST ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN PUTIN!

Holy damn, there are not enough random events to hang onto Norks, Putin, Iranians, ISIS, Chinese, Ghaddafi types, whistleblowers and other enemies-du-jour.

WHAT DO! !

Well, the CIA is pretty good in false flag operations and Radio Gleiwitz-like events. Have at it!

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