* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

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Why are industrial control systems designed by babes in the woods?

Really. Code-signing with all the side-dishes should be at the TAKEN-FOR-GRANTED INFRASTRUCTURE level by now.

Conservatism?

Replace the control computers by BlackBerrys?

I recently came across a Simatec WinCC control system used in a "in case of problems, SHWILLHTF situation" not nuclear but "interesting infrastructure" ... it was bad. Internet Explorer 6 (though going through proxy out to the Internets), unpatched Win 2008R2, admin login, the works...

(Also, this article needs another stock image. We are not talking nuclear tests. Something from that "China Syndrome" movie, maybe?)

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

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Ancient Greeks were doing these type of plots, really.

We are talking HIGH IMPACT MOVIE.

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> To be fair, Alien 3 is the one we all try to forget.

Nah, it has its charm and considering the fight during production time, still works. Alien 4, however....

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Re: Event Horizon in the same league with Alien?

It was amazingly good for B-grade horror. Like "The Shining" in space. With a core. And more random camp horror vision eyeless flashback terror shocks. And discordant horror-clockwork-in-accelerated-motion music by "Orbital". And lightning, ffs. In space!

And the logbook on a CD-RW. Which, entirely predictably, gets stuck in the drive in a dark cellarbridge. One would imagine that an industry that can build enormous ships clearly not built from lowest-bidder preassembled kit fired into space piece-by-piece would be able to manage the "stuck CD drive" problem.

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Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

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So what lies at the other side of the Earth of the Ontong Java Eruption at the time of its eruption (and how long does it take for the magma plume to rise through the crust)?

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Re: the thing about space

Everything is relative, yes we get it.

but I feel

Science has scant to do with stuff from Lucas Space Fantasy movies.

A storm passing over the Southern Alps releases more energy in a couple of hours

Numbers, dude. I want numbers.

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Re: the thing about space

"Chicxulub wasn't a particularly large impact in the overall scheme of things"

What.

Bullet hole is just the third from the top. Bronze medal.

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Yes, have seen it before. Also, I think Mercury has a feature like that.

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SCIENCE!

In this rather old infographic from New Scientist the Deccan Traps event is marked with "probably no extinctions". I need a new infographic!

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Re: Naaah

Shouldn't you be in prison for dissing our our honorable effort in Afghanistan?

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: Germanium transistors - really?

Actually, this being about 1962, the transistors at the time were using Germanium. When Cray ran into trouble getting the multiplier circuits for the CDC6600 to work, he looked for something better, and Fairchild Semiconductor had just started marketing FASTER transistors in Silicium. With these, progress could be made just as the demands of business started to close its jaws around the project.

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Re: Cray FP != IEEE 754

Speaking of floats, does anyone know whether there are implementations of the UNUM floating point representation out there in HPC world?

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Re: Typical management

If COMMUNISTS can order up supertech on demand, then SO CAN WE!

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Re: My mate swore blind...

I think he got an MSX, in the end

Damn you Greg. Long time, no see!

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Pluto's moon SPLIT OPEN by ancient FROZEN OCEAN

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Re: Shotgun Moon

But...but... VELIKOVSKY!

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Re: Are they really that daft?

Because Nature loves symmetry. But only so much.

(Also, seriously awesome in a Kelly Freas painting kind of way)

(Also, the pebble density out there still seems high judging from the charonic pebbling; can we conclude something about the dustyness of the Kuiper belt?)

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Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare

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I feel capitalizing is in order

"bottles of the strange substance" -> "bottles of the Strange Substance"

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Re: Waste of time

pointless

...until you step on a lego brick with your bare foot.

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Re: Sorry but..

I know I was first fascinated by pictures of computers in encyclopedias (which were probably 10 years out of date) as a youth.

Hell yeah. Time Life Science books, so mysterious. Those were the times.

There are a number of Lego Turing machines (TM#1, TM#2) but they cheat, coming with an integrated Universal Turing Machine already. Would LEGO DIFFERENCE ENGINE make the same error?

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Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

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If the other 50% are management, we have a problem.

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15 MILLION T-Mobile US customer records swiped by hackers

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Re: Sadly the Encryption was Compromised ?

Back in the early noughties they had bad data on customers' credit record, basically shitting over them with no recourse.

Don't know whether fixed.

Probably not.

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Freely accessible from the Internet!

Clearly we are in the epoch of "Doxx Quantitative Easing". The market value of the info will go to nothing as duplicate records fill mobster Excel sheets...

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Re: Information wants to be free!

Ah... Apple Lore!

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Microsoft previews less buggy OneDrive for Business client

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Windows

Microsoft QUALITY tools

Suck it up.

Yes, I do. Sucking hobo logo.jpg

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: Someone's lift...

> applying scalar thinking to a vector problem

Don't you mean tensor?

Also, it's easier than the Ringworld. Let's do this!

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I, for one, welcome our Martian Kaaba!

Though the Hajj is going to be difficult and costly. (At least it won't be under control of our favorite rich.man wahabbi-pushers to which which we also ship several billion USD high-tech weapons at taxpayer expense because "friendship" and "reassurance against random Iran attacks." I'm not saying we should bomb, I'm just saying.)

No, wait... Mars ... Dunes... Fremen!

I have a butlerian feeling about this.

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

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Re: As if anyone needed another reason to not use LOSER10

Just one more little reason....

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Re: Once I was a computer geek...

Why do these pieces of shit called "word processors" exist at all?!

Not fully sure. They appeared before markup was a thing, and later persisted in metastasizing in spite of TeX and company, probably because the special notation made people afraid. Even nowadays, barely functional "WYSIWYG" web editors written in JavaScript that generate rage are mushrooming, as using markup would be both simpler and controllable. I'm looking at you, Atlassian...

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Disruptive innovation!

"Software as an Enema" has arrived

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Well, I always wanted to talk to Steve Ballmer...

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Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

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Cybersharknado soon?

Let's do this!

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: "planet-killer dieselware"

It's always the hippies' fault.

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Re: The old Seth Blatter excuse

We are not talking war crimes here.

OTOH, Dick Cheney is still free as in freedom? Pity.

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Re: Olaf Lies!?

The german pronounciation would be "Lease", so it doesn't quite fit.

Anyway, this must be the latest shark-jumping act in "THE CONSPIRACY OF THE PEONS".

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Aussie students set to hack cloud biz to hell

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Transgenderism has gone too far

All female participants will be offered mentoring through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

There are also partly female participants?

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Rusky antivirus company FIRE BOMBED for research blogs

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Re: "the attacks seemed unprofessional" ?

So you can anti-firebombing professional professionals armed with Dragunova?

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Linux-powered botnet lets rip on victims with 180Gbps network floods

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Re: Don't allow ssh access with a password

Of course, a "key" is just a particular password itself...

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The Matrix will now reboot in 3... 2...

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There was a little bug a big back:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/bug-in-widely-used-openssh-opens-servers-to-password-cracking/

"akonadi" is the search server as I know. No need to panic.

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Re: Erm....

You are probably safe. Probably. Unless ....

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UK.gov unleashes 3D virtual world to train GCHQ's kiddie division

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Shortage for the goal of.....?

"there would be a workforce cyber-skills shortage of 1.5 million by 2020"

There will also be a shortage of hyperdrive shunt operators and xenobiologists, but so what?

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Do you agree with our fee hike? Press 1 to answer Yes; or 2 for Yes

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Re: I don't Think So

Actually it's a real-world satire.

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

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Microsoft never gives you anything to rave about. A best, it's "meh+".

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Even the Gipper's head of OMB has something to say:

Clueless Carly: Crony Capitalist Warmonger With Flash Cards

Carly Fiorina proved at least one thing last week. Namely, you don’t have to be a career GOP politician to come across as a war-mongering neocon and abortion-bashing statist demagogue. She took the stage fully formed as a frightul modern-day Torquemada, threatening to bring fire and brimstone down on anyone running afoul of her righteous indignation and crystal clear grasp of the Truth.

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The truth is that Fiorina was a once and failed CEO only because she rode the Lucent Bubble to undeserved fame during the blow-off phase of the massive 1990s tech bubble. Its peak market cap of $250 billion at the time of her departure for Hewlett-Packard in 1999 was not due to her business prowess as head of its major division or that ATT’s gussied up maker of prosaic equipment like switchgear had invented anything new under the sun.

Lucent’s giant but fleeting market cap was entirely a product of the Greenspan Bubble and the fact that its leadership including Fiorina had no compunction about goosing its sales by lending billions to its customers, many of who were tech era start-ups rapidly burning off their VC supplied cash.

In any event, Lucent’s stock crashed and eventually plummeted to less than $10 billion after it took multi-billion write-offs for its bad debts, laid off more than 50,000 employees and confessed to the SEC that it had doctored its accounting. More importantly, Fiorina had gotten out of dodge just in the nick of time.

... But it was at HPQ that her immersion in the destructive financial engineering that has become endemic in the C-suite of corporate America went full frontal. Even Donald Trump called Fiorina on her phony claims about the company’s spectacular growth during her tenure—–claims which the company’s SEC filed financial results don’t remotely support.

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Google and NASA hop into bed with quantum computing biz

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A really bizarre development.

It probably doesn't work better than go faster strips but one never knows (and doesn't NASA hook up with bizarre stuff like "reactionless drives" that have had no result in 20 years?)

Meanwhile, not defeatable by quantum computers, adiabatic or otherwise: Honest-to-God SAT problems.

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German regulator sets VW deadline

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Re: "can only be done with a big hit to the performance of cars on the road"

> buy diesel

> thought they were doing the right thing

I don't know to what level of self-delusion people will go, but I want to find out.

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Re: It'll be expensive...

would be an actual solution to the pollution issue

Because destroying the old cars and manufacturing new ones sure won't generate pollution, or waste for that matter.

This is the same reasoning behind the "cash for clunkers" idocy: wholesale destruction of working machinery because GAIACULT and, after all, money can be printed. Please leave thinking on the level of differently abled 6-year olds to politicians.

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WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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Re: Tasty Morsel

Good! CON-TAMI-NATE!

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World panics, children cry, workers sigh ... Facebook.com TITSUP

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I don't see what this has to do with Star Wars?

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