* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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Re: I have red, green and violet (sold as blue) laser pointers.

Clearly the energy quantum is involved. Better ask at StackExchange

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Can't say I don't like idea, but fighter pilots generally do have a bit of a problem with releasing military ordnance on a civilian population in their own country.

That's because they are sitting in the wrong plane. They should be sitting in a ground-attack aircraft.

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Re: Meh

'It's WW2, we need a new airport - quick, let's find a prime bit of real estate densely populated with poor people'

More than one posh fox-hunting ground was destroyed by this defense perimeter action...

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Re: mirror

The US was looking into special fast-blackening glasses for their pilots back in the 90s when it was feared that high-powered lasers might be used against US warplanes to actually blind pilots for good (verboten by UN conventions, but hey) in case a shooting match breaks out with someone whose armed forces are a bit serious about that war business. What happened to that?

Well, sitting in a cockpit with what would be heavy sunglasses still would not make instrumental landing practical.

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Re: "We don't know if the pilots were looking at our wimmin"

These are not the KneeJerk crowd you are looking for.

The other part of the KneeJerk crowd is blathering about our freedoms being under attack and how they are shocked, shocked!! and mourning, mourning!! about some blowback shock-and-awe in Paris and how they will let their inner Nazi out. Oh my.

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

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Re: Plausable deniability

One yet but it's only a matter of time.

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Decoding Microsoft: Cloud, Azure and dodging the PC death spiral

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WTF?

All that forest ... gone!

But maybe they will plant trees on the roof?

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NoSQL: Injection vaccination for a new generation

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Kinda faddish

> future architecture

More like "niche architecture"

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

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Re: Bollocks - Right stat wrong conclusion

Our PMO knows EXACTLY where we are on a perfectly blank surface with moving hills

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Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

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Re: You are an idiot, truly speaking out of your arse.

Well, I can only upvote the spirited discussion of the both of you.

Just don't veer off into a Hubbard vs. Heinlein thread.

(It's "Ursula K. Le Guin" though. That's been some time since I last heard that name now. Or Theodore Sturgeon. Well, we are 2015. Must .... resist .... urge ... to open old books.)

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Using the cosmic background radiation – the “echo of the Big Bang*” – as a random number generation isn't a new idea, but a couple of scientists have run the slide-rule over measurements of the CMB power spectrum and reckon it offers a random number space big enough to beat any current computer.

Idea close to Stanislaw Lem's "His Master's Voice" whereby someone sells neutrino spectrum data as good sources of random numbers to make a bit of money on the side. Then these turn out to be unexpectedly very nonrandom, which leads to a suicide, lawsuits and more.

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Open to the core: MongoDB's enterprise push in 'joins' U-turn

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Re: Instead of concentrating on being all enterprisey...

"I couldn't seriously present a recommendation to switch to a NoSQL architecture and then... "

I don't understand what the "and then" subphrase is doing there.

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

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Re: Today, we remember the millions of people who made the ultimate sacrifice

Actually Wilhemine Germany was quite far from a totalitarian government even after Hindenburg had put the "Total War" economic suicide train into motion. They also didn't want to invade the UK. Like, at all.

It's true that Bismarck is the founder of the modern social-democratic "bind the the citizen to the state from birth to death" doctrine, which leads to all kind of excesses, but still....

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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Re: Directly from Microsoft

some .... but how many?

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Satan Nutella'ed

And nothing of value was lost.

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US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

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I have rarely heard of anything quite as US-centric and cargo cultish

Make the legislation and interplanetary flowers will bloom? And will the Space Navy defend the right of US citizens to select the space trajectories that they damn well please if tsarist soviet russian space police overtakes a colonists' cargo ship on the high spaces?

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"Throughout history, governments have spurred growth in new frontiers by instituting sensible legislation"

Like, trade barriers, letters of patent, blocades, tariffs and duties and a bit of genocide of the natives on the side. Yeah, we get it, the pleasuring of political animals is de rigeur, but can we keep it low-key?

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Cement company in sacks out for the lads rumpus

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Re: Women!!

> bloke advertising eyeliner??

"Pirates of the Carribean" was not that long ago?

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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Re: Another point

I remember this but I don't remember the laughing.

Was pretty serious.

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Rebellious colonies forever burdened with shit-tier math!

"[the] Director was referring to the UK being a world leader in [cryptography] in its own right, in that we do not need to depend on other countries, whether state or industry, to have this capability."

Mathematics works the same (and possibly even better) in the cindery remains of the British Empire?

Fancy that!

Greg Egan may have been up to something with "Luminous" (1998).

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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"Basically his organs were shutting down."

Gotta play louder then.

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Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

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WOW! SUCH TAX LOSS! MUCH ABSENCE OF STATE GLITTER!

We could actually fuel about 1/10 of the Iraq war with that. THINK ABOUT THIS! 10% FREE WAR!!!

Well, you can have money going into actual productive investments instead but who wants that? Today, we can just print up the stuff, right?

KEYNES WAS RIGHT! No wait, then we wouldn't need tax collectors either. Ermm...

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Block storage is dead, says ex-HP and Supermicro data bigwig

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Re: really?

That's positively STEAMPUNK!

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Re: Hunt the bastards down and publicly execute them

But what if they transfer their ill-gotten gains directly to charity?

Eh, eh? Answer me that!

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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Re: "How long can the ceasefire last?"

...and then you hire Kissinger!

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Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe

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Re: Transparency

Stealthy Dopant-Level Hardware Trojans

That sure is some crazy Pham Nuwen stuff. But why not?

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Re: Lost ballot box

Actually a good argument for mandatory voting: You know when a fat percentage of votes has dropped off a lorry or a new box has been "discovered" on the way from the voting office in the trunk of the governor's BMW.

Of course, one could also track them easily with numbered (non-counterfeitable) seals. What's good for your water counter should be good for the ballot box.

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they're a bit slack

Like in "all the bits are hanging out and the tech ain't helping while suspiciously many people are observing street pigeons, whistling"?

With some luck this ain't gonna result in a Raymond Lemme surprise "suicide". To quote Chris Floyd "Local police ruled that Lemme, a happily married man eagerly planning his daughter's wedding, had suddenly decided to slash his wrists."

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

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Re: SCART

That was the meta-exit right there.

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Re: Old TVs

Yeah. Our TV had pushbuttons of the quality used today to launch ICBMs.

SCHZLACK! SCHZLACK! BZZZZTT. "Fuck you, antenna!!!!"

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Re: Totally irrelevant fact

Java is the devil's work in C's braces.

But the GC is nice.

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Re: Youtube is not just for kitten videos

But the Guardian says it's "ENGROSSING" (don't they mean "engorging"?)

Though I don't know what about Office Sluts & Fat Guys could ever be eng.rw...whatever.

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Safe-mail.net goes titsup. Storage failure blamed

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Re: Coincidence?

Also, the MSF hospital bombing was an ACCIDENT, m'kay?

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

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Re: Everyone knows

But the instruction set for the 1-bit processors was not too refined. The ide was to have a "computing memory" IIRC. Well, the monograph is still in print... (also: review).

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Re: Frivolous legal case, should be tossed out

> I selected an 8-core/4-module FX-8350 specifically for kernel and OS builds

But what about memory bandwidth?

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Post eagle images!

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Scarface's explosive 'Little Friend' goes under the hammer

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Re: Probable Cause

This is the Internet.

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I remember the M16 underbarrel launcher also being used in Luc Besson's "Nikita" (was he the first to introduce Rabid Urchin Girls With Unlimited Guns (RUGWUG)?) but the grenade that goes with it didn't look right at all and was front-loaded. I don't think so.

(Additionally, the back-then rather futuristic looking Steyr AUG was shown with a silver finish like something out of "Barbarella" and was used for sniping instead of a proper sniper rifle ... WHY)

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Re: Very Hip.

That's what that literally unhinged robot doge is for, isn't it?

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Re: Probable Cause

It's a prop.

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Yay, more 'STEM' grads! You're using your maths degree to do ... what?

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Re: "Before Current Era arithmetic is useless"

I have also not heard that you can leave out a part of arthmetics and still get a meaningful complete set of operations.

In logic, you may disallow the law of the excluded middle / double negation to get intuitionstic logic from classical one, but stil...

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Re: If you can't calculate the angles on a 50-cent coin...

THIS!

Of course it's not absolutely necessary. But it's definitely a strong indicator that sciency and engineering stuff is not for you and you may want to go into sociology, comparative literature or opening a hamburger stand.

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

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Re: What would Jesus do?

Unless you useth a loop capable script for sending mail messages, be-eth you gone.

Bayeux_Tapestry.jpg

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Re: Idiots

USENET CANCEL MESSAGES! THEY WERE A THING, ONCE.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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"Your conspiracy theory only makes my penis harder!"

That he's essentially circulating a wild conspiracy theory makes it even harder.

Drop the "wild", and reformulate "conspiracy theory" to "warning about trivial exploits" and we are getting there.

We are talking US, here. This is the country that has discovered a "college rape" epidemy recently.

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Fancy flying to Mars? NASA's hiring

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Re: L'enfer

Keeping Sartre at bay ... in SPAAACEEE!!

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Indeed.

Under "We Came, We Saw, He Died" Hillary, the "Pivot to Asia" has a chance of getting red glowing hot.

And wrecking CVNs in the China Sea is like shredding gold-backed banknotes under a cold shower...

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GCHQ's CESG team's crypto proposal isn't dumb, it's malicious... and I didn't notice

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Re: I love the way A.N.Other hack thinks GCHQ are dumb

I agree with boltar on this, but the proof is in the puddingdoughnut.

Mindless dedication enabled by free money can accomplish a lot of things that to an external observer might look like intelligent beings were at work.

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Re: @ King Tut

King Tut, eh? Do we know each other from Zürich, circa early 90s?

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UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

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I do think it would be more expedient if WE fucked them?

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