* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

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Re: Germany

The hand that doesn't give taketh away.

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Re: If you really - really have to run Windows 10

That picture of paid-for spasming, "dancing" youthful beerbellys makes me rage for no particular reason and I have fantasies of going all Taxi Driver on these people's arse. I want to see the pink mist!

Must be my age showing. Or maybe my habitude of being tortured by Microsoft while they laugh at me through addies.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Windows users have no grounds for complaints

You must have voted for President Shrub.

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Re: get real ... it works great

So if your machine can, it is advisable to bite the bullet and invest the time for an upgrade, just backup your important files first for ease of mind.

"Our trains run on time, the streets are clean and there are no beggars anymore. You WILL like it here!"

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Re: Too much mod

Well, it happened! A drink to Reg Moderation.

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Re: Critical server?

Trusting Microsoft?

Mwahahaha!

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Re: Well Done

It's like nation states protesting that they are not really evil and would never bomb a hospital knowingly, you muts be mistaken. No wait, it actually happened but iit was an error. No wait, the run was phoned in by our allies who were confused. No wait, the run was phoned in by our guys who were observing the place, but there was a spy from a friendly nation inside who had it coming. Ok, we will look for evidence. What's that? One of our tanks has driven through the rubble, destroying what was left? Welp!

GIVE PASS! RINSE, REPEAT!

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Navy engineer gets 11 years for attempted espionage

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FAIL

"Commander, tear this apartment apart until you've found those plans..."

Now we will never find the location of the single exhaust vent through which a torpedo can be fired into the reactor core...

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft and buddies stick a bomb under hated CISA cyber-law

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Re: Good grief that was quick!

Well, it's like Rudolph Hess ringing at the Prime Minister's door for some help....

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Microsoft previews cloudy Active Directory Domain Services

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you'd find out it can be internal to your network

You mean there will be local Windows 20XX server system doing DirSync with the cloudy master?

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Internet Architecture Board defends users' rights to mod Wi-Fi kit

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Bootleg WIFI routers, courtesy of Nanny State

Truly, the world's major problems are being solved.

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

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Re: x509 broken by design, web security a house of cards

Clearly you don't even know what you are talking about.

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Big biz bosses bellow at Euro politicians over safe harbor smackdown

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Wow, arse backwards logic and the light of freedom can be seen in the hole,

The data is disappearing into the USian (and I might say the USUKanian) black hole. So what is needed is not a reappraisal of the actions that enable this to happen but fatter paint to cover up the ugly picture so that one can have "business certainty"?

It's almost as if there were central bankers and court economists discussing the "strong fundamentals" of the clearly sickly-looking western economies.

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Hackers can steal your BRAIN WAVES

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Re: New?

oh , unless of course the hacker can repurpose the device , alter your brain waves , and take control of your brain, in which case the whoop is indeed , big

"Mounting a scratch monkey", adapted to 21st century?

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Re: Dynamo Humm

Yep, less in need for encryption than my browsing history, which will out me as someone who is about to go postal on politicians with ranged weapons if the current trend continues.

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

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Re: " a dog's dinner that barely functions (hardly surprising, it is Linux after all) "

Don't feed the ANTI-RICHTO!

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Oh, so you are locked into a contract?

Crickets chirping...

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Re: Bob Forward? Try Larry Niven

Got some kind of citation or source for that, because it sounds like bollocks

It absolutely is bollocks.

See this for how to do it with non-magic physics.

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Re: Bob Forward? Try Larry Niven

While we are at it, Freeman Dyson approved of the Ringworld idea (though where you get the scrith and the energy for spin-up from he didn't say)

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

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Re: Time 'pardox'

I never understood how the guys could have used the same time travel machine several times. Wouldn't they meet each other in the box? Time travel locker room!

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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

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OMG no

Economics? Both unrestricted free market capitalism and outright communism have failed gloriously for the exact same reason: they failed to allow for the full range of human behavior.

Pardon? We have have been visited communism intermittently and since quite some time, but did we ever have "unrestricted free market capitalism", which would indeed allow for the "full range of human behaviour" because in principle there won't be anyone putting a gun to your head forcing you to sell - or buy? No, we didn't! Blatant socialistic policy as well as nepotism of the worst kind has been disparaged a "capitalism" by left-wingers of the red and brown kind alike. But this has nothing to do with "free market capitalism", a mythical beast if there was one.

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Neuroboffins use supercomputer to partially build DIGITAL RAT BRAIN

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Re: A rat is fine too!

No, because Nature is not running discrete state machines (unless it does via the agency of Human-Based Development Efforts, which is an entirely valid point of view). To each its own...

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Re: Politician brain

And if you connect it to a loudspeaker you will hear a ghostly voice crying for JOOOBBSSS

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A rat is fine too!

So where are the sexbots we have been promised?

Well, I suppose PETA will be on the case within a week or so.

But now... can we use genetic algorithms to compress the exorbitant computational power needed to run the ratslice™ into a symbol-processing quasi-equivalent running on a few Xeon CUDA-capable processors?

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Re: A section of rat brain

That's the point of the exercise of finding out whether this is the case or not, Einstein.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Re: See this article for a completely different slant on

The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi ’s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s Formula One and Le Mans racing engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal...

The details haven’t been made public, but Volkswagen’s investigation is focused on Messrs. Hackenberg and Hatz, Mr. Winterkorn’s top aides during his tenure at Audi, as well as Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of development at the VW brand, people familiar with the matter said.

Well yes. Basically three members of the board, then?

Mr. Winterkorn became chief executive and put Messrs. Hackenberg and Hatz in charge of the Volkswagen R&D group and engine development. The two engineers had worked together devising new Volkswagen cars during the critical years when the vehicle maker struggled to develop diesel engines to conform to tough U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions standards.

Months later, in August 2007, Volkswagen canceled the licensing deal for BlueTec with Daimler because it didn’t want to use its competitor’s brand. It rebranded the company’s diesel engine TDI—for turbocharged direct injection.

I see...

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On the other hand.... the hand of Lucas!

For the first few weeks the programmers waited for someone to challenge them because it was such an obvious "Fuck you!" ploy but nobody mentioned it

VW Code -- The Phantom Menace!

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Re: Not me guv.

I don't understand?

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Re: Software Code Reviews?

MUST BE TAKEN OFF THE ROADS IMMEDIATELY.

It would only be a just reward for dumb shit coming out of management mouths.

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> what part of the obama admin don't you like, the drop in unemployment, or the drop in the deficit?

AWOOGA! AWOOGA! We have an Alternate Reality Intrusion! WHERE IS DOCTOR WHO?

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WTF?

"From my point of view" ... WUH?

Would these engineers 1) develop, 2) install 3) test, 4) QA test 5) run emission tests 6) write off roll-out?

Maybe VW software development consists of three dudes behaving like a web development startup with a subversion repository and an "it creates HTML, ship it!" culture, but I don't think so.

The idea of patenting an "defeat device" sounds daft though. First, is there anything to patent. Second, patenting it would mean a traceable item discoverable by anyone. "Procedure for quickly killing your wife using a bathtub". Nah, I don't think so.

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FBI boss: No encryption backdoor law (but give us backdoors anyway)

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Re: Computer defence

I'm into this!

"Eject Glock" in case of raid.

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Re: People know

> Obama knows a dead horse when he sees one I guess

Well, he keeps flogging the Syrian one fiercely. Now with added Russian sado-masochism.

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

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Re: We never had this problem with Meccano

I think you are being deliberatly offensive here.

Can we change the discussion to the newly discovered epidemy of College Rape?

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Isn't that a sex slave?

It gets lonely on the high seas! ARRR!

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PGP Zimmermann: 'You want privacy? Well privacy costs MONEY'

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Re: Shut that (back)door!

When is surveillance a problem?

When there is a politician who has done something naughty that he has to worry about.

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But "tax funding" is not free. See the debt hole? A good piece of it want to funding surveillance. The kids will pay for it, yes they will.

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'Safe Harbor': People in Europe 'can get quite litigious about this'

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I'm actually rabidly free-market and I'm Ok with this!

Also:

allegedly indiscriminate surveillance by the US

The adjective should be on a sliding scale:

"potentially" <------||--> "actually"

but "allegedly" is utterly inappropriate here.

Or is someone afraid Uncle Sam will start a defamation lawsuit? Then the whole of El Reg towers gets bombed repeatedly accidentally.

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Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

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Re: Hmmm....

Not personally but I have been in the teams that had to suffer through this. In these cases, money is less of a object and the contract came with a consultant and/or a couple of developers meant to unfuck things thrown in. It's another ballpark.

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Re: Windows phones

Because of duck typing?

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Hmmm....

For years Microsoft has sold itself as the dominant ecosystem for computing that won't cost you too much

I think that should read "that doesn't work too well". Where does the idea come from that Microsoft "won't cost too much?"

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THIS is MASSIVE! Less-Masslessness neutrino boffins bag Physics Nobel

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Re: The electrons are angry

Very correct, of course its makes totally sense, it's the way the machinery works. The fact that large-scale stuff filtered through the perceptive system does not behave this way but behaves according to some other description is neither here nor there.

I don't know what cancer of the Internet downvotes here.

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Re: Bah!

Yes, particle decay. Energy and momentum should sum to zero.

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

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Makes no sense

How can a "model clause" retroactively apply to data already shipped over earlier?

Microsoft's Smith bloggs: "It also makes clear the need for broader reforms of digital privacy laws around the world to strike a better balance between personal privacy and public safety"

He wants to reform the PRIVACY laws? There is some kind of "balance" that has to be "struck"? Presumably between fully out-of-control TLAs and out-of-control TLAs? And "around the world"???

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Err...geeee... I dunno??? Get detective Steakout on the case!

"This is a question we’ve been asking our neighbors," Faily said to ABC. "How could these brand new trucks ... these four-wheel drives, hundreds of them – where are they coming from?"

June 16, 2015: Where Does ISIS Get Those Wonderful Toys? From Uncle Sam, the Bruce Wayne of Jihad, and his Cronies

In 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that: “Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have delivered arms and funds to rebel groups in Syria in a covert alliance since this spring.”

These shipments included automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, anti-tank weapons, and roadside bombs.

This deadly delivery service continues to this day. Turkey’s chief role has been to transmit the weapons through its border with Syria. Turkey is a member of the US-power-projection vehicle known as NATO, and it hosts US bases and nuclear weapons.

The chief role of the Saudis and Qataris has been to bankroll the weapons shipments. Both Gulf States are dependent on American arms deliveries worth tens of billions of dollars every year. These deliveries were ramped up to this level in recent years with the express purpose of isolating, countering, and “deterring” Iran: the purported ringleader of the burgeoning “Shia expansion” that the Saudis hate lividly and that has been an enemy target for US foreign policy since 2007. Overthrowing Iran’s ally Assad is seen by both the US and the Gulf States as part of that project.

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GENUINE STARSHIP as used by PRINCESS LEIA sold for just $450k

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Re: It's a bargain

The corellian corvette design was originally intended to be used as the millennium falcon

Was that when Lucas did not yet have his original ideas overruled?

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The tyranny of choice: Why enterprise tech buyers are confused

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You say "treasure trove", my preciousss...

this treasure trove of information

Yeah ok, how does this fit together with

Safe Harbour ruling in the European courts

Not keeping one's hand in one's pocketsess even when Safe Harbour was still listed under "suspension of disbelief"?

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Hillary 'spear fish' more 'drag net' flung to 11,000 others in one day

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Re: Convenient Fictions.

TRUER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN UTTERED

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