* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Sony grovels, offers freebies after PlayStation network spent Xmas TITSUP

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Sony: Not so tough after having had its Playstation Network diddled

> needlessly taking database space

You know that "database space" is about a 1/1000 of a standard harddisk these days, right?

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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FAIL

Have you applied leeches and vented the phlegm?

"We encourage customers to keep their anti-virus software up to date, install all available Security Updates and enable the firewall on their computer."

Recommendation to do the obnoxious, perform the borderline dangerous and enable the frankly useless.

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Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website

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Re: The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

This explains finnish coding.

Humanity living on Snowball Earth would reach the Singularity in no time.

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The wrong website defaced with dunerunes

Sad to say, the code quality of tasks outsourced to the sunny southern lands is often at the same level of awkwardness.

Step it up, guys.

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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Woah

That dog sure is being wagged by both of its tails.

Pat Buchanan asked whether "war was in the cards for 2015". By the farty sounds, one in Europe, a continuing one in Afghanistan (wait, we won that one yesterday, right?), a renewed one in the Caliphate, an couple of "interventions" in the Lybia/Mali region, one in Korea, .....

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

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Re: What a team!

Apparently no-one likes the Japanese.

Much ship industry loss, innit?

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Re: Its the wrong technology

Warp drives ain't gonna come out of garages dude. They most probably won't come from anywhere, ever. (Yeah, Alcubierre Blah Blah Blah. Bullshit. Guess what, if I had the power to warp space at will, negatively not at my current location to boot, I could do ten impossible things before breakfast.)

There is no indication in experimental and theoretical physics that any of this is possible. None. Otherwise LHC would rip unicorns out of the vacuum.

> Farady cages

> Could Bermuda Triangle pilot’s ‘fog’ have been a space warp?

Perpetuum Mobile tier QUALITY SCIENCE!!!11!

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Re: Fingers crossed!

> namely aerodynamics.

Don't you mean pork projection?

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Re: Tony Stark

No champaign until a Tessier-Ashpool corporate orbital refuge is up there.

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Re: What a team!

It's almost as of they were Japanese!

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NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

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Re: "But anything could fail at any moment. It's like you have an aging parent, "

Sounds like someone needs to work on separating life and work...

You seem to be either at school or otherwise rather young?

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Re: "Was wear levelling and trim support around 10 years ago?"

wrapped in gold-foil (for radiation resistance).

That's not how "radiation resistance" works, ops guy.

I hear in the east, they try to wrap things in vodka. Doesn't work either.

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No wind-up: Second New Year's honour for Baylis music box

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Re: How odd...

That would be the "King Gong" for services to your customer base that exhibit disdain and arrogance should not (or cannot, in case the customer base flees) be reproduced.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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Re: Seriously, he actually believed the advertised PHP version on the server?

it's long been standard practice to report completely different Apache, PHP, OpenSSL etc variants in the server banner

.... Seriously? Home hacker scene, ahoi!

Next up: hanging hare's paw on the server room door.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: Cheques

...but if you carry it around in physical form, you are a suspect and police can actually seize it with no particular justification to finance their year's end partygear.

This is not a joke.

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...including "IT MUST BE THE NORKS" FBI investigators...

The timeless movie quote

"You asked for a miracle. I give you the EFF BEE EYE"

comes to mind.

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Office MACROS PERIL! Age-old VBScript tactic is BACK in biz attack

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Excel and VBA - a great combination - should be more widely used.

No.

Excel: A bad idea, implemented badly. A dataflow program presented in a way that resembles a 2-D sheets for beancounters. Unmaintainable. Can't even compute correctly in the best of cases (uses floats instead of the appropriate fixed-point arithmetic). Stats show that most of the Excel sheets out there have errors that go unnoticed. Cancer.

VBA: Acceptable, but people with no training use this, resulting in overcooked macaroni and more cancer.

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NORKS? Pffft. Infosec bods BLAME disgruntled insiders for savage Sony hack

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Wag the Nork

Norse has identified a group of six individuals – from the US, Canada, Singapore and Thailand – as potential suspects. One of the alleged perps is a 10-year veteran of Sony Pictures’ backroom technical staff who lost his job in May.

How.jpg

Did the query the NSA database? Did Sony give them full access to extended activity logs??

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Re: Let me be the first one to say

Coming from AC, this is a bit rich.

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Proxima and Ultima: AI, hard sci-fi and multiverse – ALL GOOD. Romans – not so much

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Analysis of the comment section makes me suspect BAXTER is nearby.

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PRIORITY OVERRIDE UPDATE: Nobody on this ball is "space-faring" or has "spaceships".

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Romanes eunt domus!

...but this _is_ Stephen Baxter.

Reminds me of "Anti Ice", modicum serious.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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I sure hope the CA does NOT HAVE the private key, otherwise there is a bad case of PEBKAC at the end of the CA's customer.

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If you've transferred your private keys to a server via SSH or VPN, they've possibly been compromised. Time to revoke everydamnthing.

100% of non-sneakernet-connected nodes (pretty much the whole cloud for starters) fucked??

"UK TOP SECRET STRAP1 COMINT"

WTF does STRAPONE mean?

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Re: Actually

> Humans overwriting their memories and making shit up from whole cloth

ITT: Humans memory is volatile and has no error checking.

Well, we do it all the time. You know that most of these "repressed childhood memories" about being violated by parents were actually implanted by the therapists? Good job.

Young adults, aged between 18 and 24, say they frequently lie about their relationships, promotions at work and holidays.

At that age I had even difficulty keeping track of actual reality. Sometimes I really feared I was getting psychotic due to overwork and general stress. And that was before the Interwebs came out of the "text only" phase.

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Re: forced memories

> Anyone who had a particularly difficult year could opt out.

I opted out of facebook, which is even better.

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"algorithmic cruelty"

Neologism of the Year 2014!!

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation's Xmas

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Re: Prison will do them good

Gramps, please!

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The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking biopic is immensely moving

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Re: Poxy release dates

Forget about complaining and just torrent the stuff. They won't learn anyway.

As Mr. Orlowski says "Who would stick it to the artist?". Well, the potentially paying but seriously miffed public, that's who.

Really, I have recently:

1) Seen myself in the utter impossibility to legally obtain the LHC movie "particle fever" over the Internet because of "regional restrictions" (duh? wuh?)

2) Had to fight with region-encoded DVDs and region-locked DVD readers. In 2014. I lost, btw.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Explain!

"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest."

The racist remark...

It is now racist to call someone a monkey?

So how about the "running capitalist dog lackeys"?

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Lizard Squad gang moves from PlayStation, Xbox Live attacks to Tor

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Re: Well....

What is normal?

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Bong Ventures will NEVER bow down to terrorism: Our Tough Stance in FULL

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The "Tips and Corrections" link provides for some cognitive dissonance I cannot manage...

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White hats do an NSA, figure out LIVE PHONE TRACKING via protocol vuln

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FAPSI??!

Bureaucracy at least is like a Third Reich Salade Mini-Impériale all the world over.

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Then The Two Kevins root through your garbage dump.

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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No

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Re: ?

but real junk scientists know

Worth all the 1.21 gigawatts one can muster. Have an upvote.

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Clear a Ferroybte instead of a Cenobite.

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Re: ?

Yup, there must be some energy expenditure, i.e. current. Otherwise that ferrite thing won't change its state (if it did it with no energy expenditure, it would be unstable and not a good memory-holding physical device). Also, Landauer's Principle asserts "that there is a minimum possible amount of energy required to erase one bit of information, known as the Landauer limit: kT ln 2", i.e. 0.0178 eV at room temperature.

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Re: Emotive journalism?

Get a grip man, this isn't the fucking Sun.

Indeed, it's the fucking Sam.

That uncle is right up there with Jimmy Savile in the unhealthy department.

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Yes, Lord Vader

> on the theory that an Irish company called "Microsoft" can be compelled, under US law, to provide the access because it bears the same name as a US-based company

> it may represent good law

Only if you have reason to think you are The World Empire.

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Re: This, and Google's fight against the MPAA/Hood are important.

Give amurrica a FATCA shrug, a PNR deal, a SWIFT data snoop wink, and they want to finger your anus anywhere in the world.

And they will.

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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The Feel When you are on a pacific island picnic with the girlfriend and getting a panic attack

"But Venus can't be there," protested Indra. "That's much too far north."

In a single, sickening instant Franklin knew that she was right. If he had any doubt, he could see now that the star he was watching was moving swiftly across the sky, rising out of the west and so defying the laws which controlled all other heavenly bodies.

He was staring at the Space Station, the largest of all the satellites now circling Earth, as it raced along its thousand-mile-high orbit (isn't that in the van Allen Belt?). He tried to turn his eyes away, to break the hypnotic spell of that manmade, unscintillating star. It was as if he was teetering on the edge of an abyss; the terror of those endless, trackless wastes between the worlds began to invade and dominate his mind, to threaten the very foundations of his sanity.

He would have have won the struggle, no more than a little shaken, had it not been for a second accident of fate. With the explosive suddenness with which memory sometimes yields to persistent questioning, he knew what it was that had been worrying him for the last few minutes. It was the smell of the fuel that Indra had siphone from the hydrojet - the unmistakable, slightly aromatic tang of synthene. And crowding hard upon that recognition was the memory of where he had last met that all-too-familiar odor.

Synthene - first developed as a rocket propellant - now obsolete like all other chemical fuels, except for low-powered applications like the propulsion of space suits.

Space suits.

It was too much; the double assault defeated him. Both sight and smell had turned traitor in the same instant. Within seconds, the patiently built dikes which now protected his mind went down before the rising tide of terror.

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Devuan rebels hope to deliver Debian fork in 2015

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by one of the project's members a €541 laptop!

BUY, not BY.

And this is a frankly good price.

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Re: This is one of those "Only in America thingies" isn't it?

I wish I could says "yes".

Unfortunately, in the USA, "Omnipotent State" is a Religion for some.

You also find this kind of individual in various other uniform-loving countries, sects, houses for the insane and government buildings.

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JPMorgan Chase mega-hack was a simple two-factor auth fail

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Re: Banking = Organized Crime

I doubt the TARPistas are "commuting" home. They probably have a pied-à-terre nearby.

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which was rumoured to be the handiwork of Russian cyber-criminals

"US-based cyber-criminals are uncultured louts and beta-tier, did not suceed at a single hack in 2014 - report!"

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Abenomics: Addressing the issue of euthanizing an aging population on a resourceless island

Even less fathomable is the manufacturer's "Abenomics" bra that addressed the issue of boom and bust economics by honouring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's fiscal policy plan the only obvious way.

One girl, two cups?

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Apple scuttles NTP flaw in OS X – with 'first ever' silent auto update

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Re: Solaris

Does that even still exist?

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China fingered for Afghan Govt attacks

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Thanks, count.

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What.

Does this means this is malware vehiculated by jpg?

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In the vacuum of the West's military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

HAH!

In which part of the Multiverse hasn't there been a "vacuum" during all the time "The West" has been delivering 1) humanitarian hellfire and 5.56 projectiles to peasants and passerbys, 2) freshly printed dollars to Afghan "govnm't" cronies and otherwise 3) dead Taliban storage infrastructure?

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