* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Crash Google Chrome with one tiny URL: We cram a probe in this bug

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Re: Dear Coders - Rules You Learned in Kindergarten

Yet more advice that tells you attack those windmills in the hazy distance, eh?

Only rank beginners attempt that kind of stuff.

Jesus Christ, use assertions and programming-by-contract but don't bother going overboard on unit testing. Bail the fuck out if you must and if you don't know what is going on, reset the system (thus being "anti-fragile", maybe?). It's even done in high-assurance software, fail-safe etc..

See also: WORSE IS BETTER

Richard P. Gabriel suggests that a key advantage of Unix was that it embodied a design philosophy he termed "worse is better", in which simplicity of both the interface and the implementation are more important than any other attributes of the system—including correctness, consistency, and completeness. Gabriel argues that this design style has key evolutionary advantages, though he questions the quality of some results.

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Re: The NecronomicUrl

Hmmm.... it's time for a question on Stackoverflow

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SPACED OUT: NASA's manned Orion podule pushed back to 2023

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Re: Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

On Mars, you only have to make it cheaper and faster than you can get it from Earth.

No, because you are not in competition with goods from Earth for some local customers: There are no local customers, there will only be a command economy (which is to say, no economy at all). The problem is just making it at all as needed by the colonists. We are talking "self-sufficient with today's tech". The "very flexible fabricator" (can it produce a CPU? How about a hammer or a toothbrush?) does not exist today. Plus it needs to be fed with the necessary raw materials, which may be hard to come by on Mars or Moon.

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Mars? That's a snack, isn't it? (was: Re: This is not good enough)

Do you see what the GOPer presidential hopefuls are like?

Justin Raimondo writes:

That the second Republican presidential debate resembled an episode of the Jerry Springer Show was, in part, due to the insufferable Jake Tapper, whose behavior resembled that kid in high school who was always passing poison pen notes around math class. Indeed, the whole sorry mess – all three hours of it – had a high schoolish aura about it best underscored by Sen. Rand Paul early on when he described the behavior onstage as “sophomoric.” That, indeed, was clearly Tapper’s intent as he went from candidate to candidate saying the equivalent of “This guy said that about you – are you gonna let him get away with it?” The result, for the first 45 minutes or so, was the equivalent of a high school cafeteria food fight that did little to illuminate anything substantial beyond the manipulative power of the media.

The US Empire is done, bring the horse into the senate!!!

No, wait this goes into a McAfee for President thread. Or does it?

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Re: Within a couple of years....

Hopefully the Chinese are planning to set up a base on the moon

"Master Wu's Moon Noodles - Now with extra Moon Shrimp!"

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Re: Downvote bait.

Plus you want to avoid being arse-fingered by the TSA, then get collared by a guy in blue because you look like a terrorist with hat weird belgian moustache.

But seriously, how is pumping someonea flesher to Mars in any way like taking a KLM to our favored ex-colonies? Like, at all, you know?

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These were the times of forever war in foreign lands, craven, disgusting politicians in important roles, USA-fuelled genocide and rampant economic wreckage because "need to go off the Gold Standard, LOL!"

So, no, you don't.

Oh, wait...

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Re: Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

No, I believe we could create a self-sustainable base using modern-day technology alone

Sorry to come across as snarky but these are the dreams of youth, mid-twen-cen SciFi and the city office dweller.

Once you think about how long the production chain and how large the capital infrastructure must be to produce something as simple as an electric motor from raw materials in a friendly environment and a kinda-optimizing kinda-working economy and how rapidly disrepair accumulates even in organizations where funding can be forcefully secured from the populace, you will realize that "self-sustainable base using modern-day technology alone" will be like the Nostromo for a couple of weeks. Then the oxygen recycler dies.

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Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

Unless you have a full industrial base, with plenty of exploitable resources (not available on Moon) and energy (available on Moon but a function of the extent of the full industrial base), it is not a life boat, just a one-way trip to nowhere.

Having a self sustaining large gene pool away from Earth, be it of the moon, Mars or habitats at the Lagrange points, would at least ensure that our species and technologies survived.

Yes, but we are not there any time soon.

Laundry list: Nanoassemblers and portable fusion power and full skills in genetic design and human-level AI and lifetimes of several hundred years. Get cracking.

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Re: Bah!

In This Thread: Technological development does not exist and MIC pork barrels emburden every endeavour in the US.

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Re: I feel for NASA

Well, "Taliban" and "ISIS" are CIA-Pakistan-Saudi-Arabia-fuelled untested things manned by Syrians and Afghans, but they are not technologies, they are anti-technologies.

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The trouble is that no-one has ever assembled a multi-stage spacecraft in orbit. This is not likely to be easy

These are BR-Hard (base reality hard) problems which need some solving. mitigating or avoiding. Welcome to the Hardness of the Real!

Otherwise it could be decades more before we send anyone to Mars, what with testing how to construct ships/refule ships in orbit multiple times first

On the other hand, there is no particular hurry. Maybe doing a moon-shot ultra-high-political-risk one-shot followed by a century-long-hiatus is not the best example to follow.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Re: How did they find this out?

Hysteria?

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Re: Enquiring minds want to know

A rather fuzzy description. SHOW ME THE CODE!

Maybe they are detecting EPA Commissar Radiation?

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Re: I'm guessing that...

From the NYT

Reminder that this is the "paper of record" that detects Nigerian yellowcake in Iraq, Russian tanks in Ukraine, Nuke testing at Parchin and a Russian landing force in Syria.

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RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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Re: Scope for harmless fun

> Make sure you put them in hard to reach places

Dunno whether all the arseholes in the store will agree to that plan.

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Re: Dress codes

> http://www.rense.com/general24/girls.htm

Hmmm.... these girls have been naughty. I do hope spanking was involved ...

"Those two need to be gone," said Garvik, whose daughter was asked if she was wearing a thong. "That's the only acceptable consequence. These people, as far as I'm concerned, need to be classified as sex offenders."

Looks like the crazies are all in the moshing pit. Let's get started!

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

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Re: BillG

You cannot reach the file.

A huge Cryptolocker bars the way.

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SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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Re: Where's Fox Mulder

Today at the UNEarth General Assembly, Grey Alien Representatives would neither deny nor confirm that they have indeed a set of cities on Pluto but called it an "affront" to be even asked such a question as long as Anunnakis were allowed to keep roads on the far side of the Moon as this would inevitably lead them to city-building capacity. Earth President Dartha Vadora declared that "There is no daylight between us and the Greys! If Anunnaki will not immediately stop building roads, we will attack them with our glorious military in the middle of the lunar night! I already had to wire 30 billion Earth Union Credits to the Greys to keep them calm, something must be done!" Greys did not want to comment on whether they would eventually consider pre-discussion talks about signing the Non-Citybuilding-Treaty that the Annunaki have signed a few years ago. Rawteurs is still trying to ascertain the authenticity of grainy black-and-white photographs that have surfaced from HEXAGON offices showing alleged Annunaki roads on the far side of the Moon which may be in violation of the Non-Citybuilding-Treaty.

In other news, Swiss Representatives have declared that they will continue to play a role as neutral observers, being the only non-aligned Earth entity.

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"That's not our system."

"Scan!"

"This is commercial vessel Nostromo. Registration number 180246. Do you read me. Over."

"...Nothing."

"Keep trying!"

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Scum.

The ad-placement agile workflow?

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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Re: Girls can code - from the BBC

Please tell me this is not real.

going to teach you

I detect a brutally paternalistic action expression. Can't this be be rewritten?

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Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to PRISON

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Re: So if I understand this correctly...

mostly lunatics who refuse to let their children be vaccinated

It's a tradition over there. "Progressive" and "Left-leaning" sites publicize out such studies to prove that gun advocates, truthers, conservatives, libertarians, stand-your-grounders, those who doubt that people of colors can do no wrong and doubters in the god-given wisdom of socialist policy have been wrongly raised and are suffering some kind of brain damage (probably to be corrected in an institution).

"YOU SHALL BELIEVE!"

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Microaggression? MACROAGGRESSION

I demand that the black guy with the penchant for out-of-bailiwick concentration camps and the drone kill notches on his Nobel Peace Prize medal immediately put the full might of the military in helping to suppress CLIMATE TERROR REVOLT. It's out of hand and worse than bringing self-made clocks to school. (No wait, that was a colored guy, so that was different. Never mind!)

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SAP CEO McDermott loses AN EYE, almost his life in horror plunge

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Re: Great pickup opportunities though ...

Indeed. "Burschenschaften", "schmeissend" or not, are way more important for the upper crust seats than a good linkedin profile.

This here CEO can now claim to be "Big Boss".

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Re: One wonders ...

Most of us have a plastic bottle of water on the bedside table ...

One jake detected!

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Re: I have to ask...

History says you are wrong. Only certain directions are prohibited. On the other hand, they don't use basic economics, but then muslims don't either. Not surprising, considering the genealogy of the "one guy up there" mythologies.

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Re: The name Mohamed has earned its Terrorist Rep

Several of the 9/11 terrorist were named Mohamed and Ahmed.

Amazingly, nobody is burning down bushes left and right.

With the level of retardation of CRAPUSA now regularly reached in public, this is indeed unexpected.

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Microsoft's 'anti-malware Device Guard' in Windows 10: How it works, what you need

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Re: Fine for exes...

gb2 high school

Of course they do. They may not have the Applet runner installed.

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Don't get this.

This looks like they want to use Virtual Machines to keep the secrets and prevent the code running outside of it to get IN? That's arse-backwards.

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Re: Fine for exes...

How does what you write even make sense?

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Cryptome founder revokes PGP keys after weird 'compromise'

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Anticitizen One, hello?

Really, those soundbites remind me of Half-Life 2 citywide announcements

breach of an isolated secure storage medium

What.

For mutual protection, to expire, isolate, expunge.

I predict guys in white gas masks beating the crap out of civvies..

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Shedload of security bugs squashed in iOS 9 – what the hell went wrong with iOS 8?

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Re: How is this any different than anyone else's OS?

It's a Bad Thing now, and a Worse Thing later.

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Re: IOS less than perfect?

As soon as we manage to get out of the Apple Reality Distortion Warp, Cardinal!

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Re: C'mon. It's 1998 all over again

+1 for this reference! Your name is Watson.

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Tech turned on its head: 'Dislike' button in Facebook, pay Snapchat $1 to defuse self-destructing sexy selfies

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Re: Love the article picture...

It's a free image, so no.

These kids seem to also be on a dangerous drug regime of gremlinaphine and caffeine.

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Twitter sued for 'reading' private direct messages

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Next up

How compressing a data stream is actually "reading it". Give me some money!!

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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The Polish King Of Cybernetics Satire predicted ...

In Stanislaw Lem's "The Washing Machine Tragedy", we read:

Shortly after my return from the Eleventh Voyage, the papers began to devote increasing space to the competition between two large washing-machine manufacturers, Newton and Snodgrass.

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Buying up the appropriate rights and licenses from interested parties for a sum of one million dollars, [Snodgrass] constructed, for bachelors, a washing machine endowed with the proportions of the renowned sexpot Mayne Jansfield, in platinum, and another, the Curlie McShane model, in black. Sales immediately jumped 87 percent. His opponent appealed to Congress, to public opinion, to the DAR, and to the PTA. But when Snodgrass kept supplying stores with washers of both sexes, more and more beautiful and seductive, Newton gave in and introduced the custom-built washers, which received the figure, coloring, size, and likeness chosen by the customer according to the photograph enclosed with his order. While the two giants of the washing-machine industry thus engaged in all-out war, their products began to exhibit unexpected and dangerous tendencies. The wet-nurse washers were bad enough, but washers that led to the ruin of promising young men and women, that tempted, seduced, and taught bad language to children — they were a serious family problem, not to mention washers with which one could cheat on one’s husband or wife! Those manufacturers of washing machines who still remained in business told the public, in ads, that the Jansfield-McShane washer represented an abuse of the high ideals of automated laundering (which was intended, after all, to strengthen and support the domestic way of life), since this washer could hold no more than a dozen handkerchiefs or one pillowcase, the rest of its interior being occupied by machinery that had not a thing to do with laundering — quite the contrary. These appeals had no effect. The snowballing cult of beautiful washers even tore a considerable part of the public away from their television sets. And that was only the beginning. Washers endowed with full spontaneity of action formed clandestine groups and engaged in shady operations. Whole gangs of them entered into cahoots with criminal elements, became involved with the underworld, and gave their owners terrible problems.

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Re: Very one sided arguement

Definitely not easily amused.

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Expert/Sexpert?

Expert calls for ban on robot prostitutes

Expert in what, actually? Certainly not robot sex and gynoids.

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Re: what about child sex-bots?

Wouldn't give a fuck, as I'm not into victimless crime sniffing.

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Re: Is this a joke?

these radical feminists continue to become even sillier

"Sir! I will enjoin you to stop your out-of-line micro-aggressions ONCE ONLY, otherwise I WILL have to call campus police!"

(Finally a good use of the megaphone)

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Re: Ok, here goes

No, it was "DON'T FIST ANDROID GIRLS".

You may want to google the warning sticker.

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Re: Would..

not that I watch or read the latter

...except for research purposes, of course.

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Re: Demarcation?

Commander Data was supposed to be 'fully functional'

I see. Big Data. Say no more...

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cyber dildonics was a reference to Professor Kevin Warwick?

No, I distinctly remember Fred Brooks (of "Mythical Man-Month" fame) use it derogatorily in the very early 90's in a lecture about the possibilites of VR (still in its very infancy back then).

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Masses of Brit IT bods embroiled in leak riddle

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Re: Riddle me this

Hmmmm...... Opus Dei?

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Re: They say it's just a few ¢, I costs me $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I'd love to read NYT and WaPo at will

To find out how we are being lied into the next few wars and how money printing is good for you?

Seriously, just drop them.

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No necon post any longer?

... so what.

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