* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Snowden didn't scare many out of US clouds says Forrester

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Re: The main reason is quite simply local law

Maybe obfuscation math is looking at prime time. Unless outlawed, of course.

(No, I have no idea how that would work, but it sounds like a good premise for a SciFi story written in the 80s where describing the current state of the world would have meant using the adjective "dystopian". John Brunner, anyone?)

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“Your business partners are accountable to their governments, and you can’t expect them to put your interests above their own or those of their government.”

The government's interests trump those of the citizen and corporations line up behind that?

I think Robert O. Paxton wrote about that in "The Anatomy of Fascism". So did Günter Reimann in "Doing Business under Fascism".

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Yet another one in permanent ethical beta.

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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Re: Unwanted ad injectors aren't part of a healthy ads ecosystem

In other news, people are a-ok with providing data to the Zuckoberg/NSA complex and to cloudify stuff on companies established on the "4-eyes" compact.

They also vote in the same dumb fucks who a currently driving the car to the next wall at breakneck speed every single time.

The experiment has failed.

Remove humanity!

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Re: Not only with Chrome either.

We should convince the neocons that ad agencies are actually SECRETLY FINANCED BY IRAN and trying to DESTROY ISRAEL.

That would fix things in a jiffy.

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Re: Well of course...

April fools was yesterday.

But ethical day is everyday!

In Googles defence, Ethical Manner (TM) is still in beta.

That would be bethical behaviour ("bebe"), then?

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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There goes the cloud, in the shape of belching smoke

Ever hear of browsing using your phone? wifi?

I hate to break it to you, but these systems actually use cabling to bring the data to whatever exchange point it needs to go to.

hope you never work in my building

Is that the one where unicorns magically radiate data to the destinations, powered by bionic carrots up their arses?

Go to bed, PHB!

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Waste of Time on a Wednesday...

Differently abled are always good targets for politically incorrect jokes.

Do you want polonium with that?

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Re: Organic cat litter

silicon dioxide which as well as being carcinogenic

It's sand, eejit. Do you smoke it or something?

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Re: Subsidies

Organic stuff needs to e transported faster as it spoils faster, requiring more fossil fuels to be burned.

Actually, the main burning happens in the car driven by punters to the big food logistic centers known as "malls" and back to their conapts.

Additionally, experiments in my fridge consistently show that standard pepperonis and chilis decay *way* before organic pepperonis and chilis and the organic ones look better to boot. I don't know why, but there you go.

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Re: Fast Integral Reactor. @otto

As a story-teller and realiser on the small screen, Gerry Anderson was pretty good. As a scientist, not so hot.

It's Space:1999! Gerry doesn't have to explain shit!

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Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again

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Re: Aviation

...but then you have to know what to look for in the logs.

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Re: Aviation

So, you can log all you want, you'd better have actual people to read them.

Logs are not for people to be read unless something goes pear-shaped. In that case, they are used to find out what went wrong, find the weakest link and possibly identify the patsy.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Re: Not feeling the terror

Yesh, but there were no large mammals (or wives complaining about what's stuck on your shoes NOW) back THEN!

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Re: Pictures or it did not happen

1) Hiking at da shale? Sure beats trying to discover the latest fuckup in the innards of Microsoft Exchange.

2) 3D model of the animal? Darwin would approve.

3) Unrelated but of the interest matching criterium is fuzzily valued at "high": Did Neurons Evolve Twice?

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Re: Weird thought

PRAWNS!

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: There always will be limitations

Oh, you think that bullshit is serious and not clickbait?

"I VIOLATED CONSERVATION OF MOMENTUM ALL BY MYSELF! YEAH!!!"

Let me laugh even harder.

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Re: As all real Scientists know

If it's on Arxiv, it probably could not make it through peer review at a Journal.

You completely misunderstand the nature of Arxiv (and vixra, for that matter), as well as peer review.

And the incentives behind peer review.

Go sit in a corner, dunderhead.

(Damn, I'm too serious again. Time for "venerable ancient bum" icon).

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Re: A baseball can do 30 megatons of damage?

This explains some japanese comics.

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explains that Einstein's universal speed limit applies to a vacuum

It's a "speed limit" in the same sense as the branch of a hyperbola is a "rotation limit" but okay...

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This is also known as 'frame-shifting'.

This is also known as Harry Potter enabling.

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

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Trollface

Re: Duplicitous Deutcher Dunderhead

Don't you mean "reducing profits".

Amazingly, my torrent has no geo-whatsits.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: Yet another one? --> dangerous Ukraine brawl,

I await your clarification with the greatest of interest (or possibly a mild curiosity).

Thank you AC for trying to keep the discussion on agreed-on rails and keeping crimethought off this here forum as an unpaid public service.

Oh, no wait: Fuck you and your shit.

You can also start reading.

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Yet another one? How do we get rid of him fast?

Is there a hatchery somewhere? We need to know. Then send Wikus van der Merwe and his cleaners around to remove this illegal setup from the premises. With government lizards like these, we will get prawned in no time!

I also have the impression there have been quite a few people saying "encryption is BAD, m'okay". Similar to the well-manufactured "construction of opinion" about the dangerous Ukraine brawl, this is likely to be a concerted effort at meme injection into the hoi polloi body.

In The History of Public Key Cryptography with Whitfield Diffie, Whitfield Diffie says:

The bottom line of society is that you bear the consequences of your actions. Si, if I know something that the court can legitimately order me to tell them, I can either tell them or go to jail. [American journalist] james Risen is willing to go to jail rather than to reveal his source because he thinks the right and the power of reporters to talk to sources and protect them is indispensable to the news business and to democracy.

[FBI director] Comey wants to take away that choice. The state can always take any information you have without your permission, so that you have no freedom to refuse the state anything. That's a relatively new notion.

So, privacy of communication had certain limits, but there was a solid privacy of face-to-face communication, which was the most important mode of communication at that time.

Since the 20th century or so, remote real-time communication has become feasible and has risen to challenge face-to-face communication as a component of culture. You and I might never meet, but we can talk very satisfactorily on the telephone. Some people in society never meet the people they work or otherwise communicate with. We can expect that, as communications improve and we go from kilobaud to terabaud, the occurrence of these remote encounters will be greater and greater.

If remote communication must be accessible to the state, society will have an awful bug in the sense that it can move away from freedom in a way that can't be corrected. To paraphrase [lawyer and politician] Frank Church, if the intelligence community can turn its power on the American people, there will be no freedom and no way to restore democracy. I think that looks very prophetic at the moment.

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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In the case of USUK it is a "social gain" which we don't want to abandon.

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Big Brother

Re: Yes it was a good idea for British Telecom to share Phorm tech with China

In Soviet UK, homecoming toothed chicken roasts YOU!

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

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No beam today, always beam tomorrow

Some additional links at Back from Break, as usual.

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Frayed British Airways plays down mega hack attack on frequent flyer accounts

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Re: "verboten"

Certainly, Sir Babbage.

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Paris Hilton

You know these kind of activities are now verboten in the UK?

Missionary position only by royal decree.

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Re: An Outrage I tell You....

They are waiting for PHB to come in on Monday and okay the statement.

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Robot Overlords: Tween babysitting fodder with no in-jokes for the adults

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Re: @Chris

These Tripods? Someone even remembers them? My goodness.

I have to say the sexual fantasy whereby the aliens transform the most beautiful girls of the community into stuffed animals for exposition was very disturbing. Probably couldn't even reach print stage today.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Devil

Re: Just to add one

Isn't that "Stahlstadt" (Steel City)?

I feel a righteous germanic desire of wanting to suppress and mercilessly exploit the freedom-and-beauty-loving elvesfrench next door, they and their effete France-Ville.

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Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

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Re: As far as I'm concerned…

raw cacao drops - can YOU stomach them…?!

Yes I can but I got somewhat of an allergy to them after overdoing it over a decade ago. My immune system would just go into overdrive, so I had to stop.

Better again now, I can actually eat 99% choc bars again.

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What's going on?

Poroshenko: Now guest-writing at El Reg.

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

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has a $1.2bn-plus valuation

what

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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Re: @ Electron Shepherd re: Interesting ToS

AMAZON PROMISES ACCESS TO TVC UNIVERSE!

UPLOAD YOUR SHIT NOW!

Where is Greg Egan when you need him!

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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I came for the UFOs but stayed for the anal probing

One wonders what other miracles of injection are being silently performed by network devices, gateways or otherwise, seeing HTTP traffic going hither and forth.

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SNIA examines standardised access to object-based disk drives

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The way!

This means the drive becomes a NAS. Redundancy will have to be at the "object" level (really just array of bytes, possibly with added tags, amirite?). Any DRM extras?

And does this means there needs to be a firewall on the disk interface lest random TLAs rustle the jimmies of your data center from inside?

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Re: Terminology

and files are stored in directories

Actually the files sequences of block-of-bytes are stored inreferenced from indexed spaces, which, to the undiscerning punter, may look like a hierarchical structure.

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With Multiversal Apps!

Includes reinforced String Theory, p-branes and Schrödinger's Nyancat!

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

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Re: Thomas J. Watson

This will be occupied by Cortana soon.

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Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

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Node.js is still en vogue?

So now we have the most pointless editor add-on for the most pointless idea ever conceived by mankind (being able to write programs in a shitty language totally unadapted for the task at hand in locations where you certainly do NOT want to see it, ever, and performing extreme gyrations that probe new depths of the saying "reinventing the square wheel" to attain that dubious privilege), thus surpassing muzzles for ducks.

Carry on.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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DVD ripping is still a thing? And controversial???

Check... 2015.... amazing.

Oh well.

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

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Re: On the plus side

Is there a brain-eating nanovirus around rewiring the neural substrate of People That Newspapers Like To Fill the Pages Of Sensation With (PETNELI-FIPASEWI) that makes them sound off about arse-biting AI soon with no discernible reason?

The biggest current problem is not "killer AI", it is killer retards with the finger on the red button.

"NATO General Breedlove, you have detected a major "medal gap" for NATO, can you tell us more?"

"PUTIN, PUTIN, PUTIN. BOOM BOOM!! HURRRRR!"

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

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Re: Bah....

You forget the bridge bunnies!

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Sounds cool but...

...it will probably be the Gannt chart of the 21st century: Useless and something for management to look at while delaying taking responsibility.

No, wait, this is civil serpentry. Scratch the "taking responsibility" part.

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BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

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Re: Hopefully better than Anywhere

What could possibly go wrong?

Everything everywhere.

And then you get a dunning letter for services not provided.

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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7000 Earths?

Better order up a Ringworld.

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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Excellent

Another entry for the Psychotronic Video Guide!

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If you can explain what 'an API management platform' is, you too can be worth $700m

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Re: Definition of API Management Platform

HIRED!

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