* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Big biz bosses bellow at Euro politicians over safe harbor smackdown

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Wow, arse backwards logic and the light of freedom can be seen in the hole,

The data is disappearing into the USian (and I might say the USUKanian) black hole. So what is needed is not a reappraisal of the actions that enable this to happen but fatter paint to cover up the ugly picture so that one can have "business certainty"?

It's almost as if there were central bankers and court economists discussing the "strong fundamentals" of the clearly sickly-looking western economies.

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Hackers can steal your BRAIN WAVES

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Re: New?

oh , unless of course the hacker can repurpose the device , alter your brain waves , and take control of your brain, in which case the whoop is indeed , big

"Mounting a scratch monkey", adapted to 21st century?

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Re: Dynamo Humm

Yep, less in need for encryption than my browsing history, which will out me as someone who is about to go postal on politicians with ranged weapons if the current trend continues.

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Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

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Re: " a dog's dinner that barely functions (hardly surprising, it is Linux after all) "

Don't feed the ANTI-RICHTO!

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Oh, so you are locked into a contract?

Crickets chirping...

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Re: Bob Forward? Try Larry Niven

Got some kind of citation or source for that, because it sounds like bollocks

It absolutely is bollocks.

See this for how to do it with non-magic physics.

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Re: Bob Forward? Try Larry Niven

While we are at it, Freeman Dyson approved of the Ringworld idea (though where you get the scrith and the energy for spin-up from he didn't say)

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

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Re: Time 'pardox'

I never understood how the guys could have used the same time travel machine several times. Wouldn't they meet each other in the box? Time travel locker room!

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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

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OMG no

Economics? Both unrestricted free market capitalism and outright communism have failed gloriously for the exact same reason: they failed to allow for the full range of human behavior.

Pardon? We have have been visited communism intermittently and since quite some time, but did we ever have "unrestricted free market capitalism", which would indeed allow for the "full range of human behaviour" because in principle there won't be anyone putting a gun to your head forcing you to sell - or buy? No, we didn't! Blatant socialistic policy as well as nepotism of the worst kind has been disparaged a "capitalism" by left-wingers of the red and brown kind alike. But this has nothing to do with "free market capitalism", a mythical beast if there was one.

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Neuroboffins use supercomputer to partially build DIGITAL RAT BRAIN

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Re: A rat is fine too!

No, because Nature is not running discrete state machines (unless it does via the agency of Human-Based Development Efforts, which is an entirely valid point of view). To each its own...

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Re: Politician brain

And if you connect it to a loudspeaker you will hear a ghostly voice crying for JOOOBBSSS

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A rat is fine too!

So where are the sexbots we have been promised?

Well, I suppose PETA will be on the case within a week or so.

But now... can we use genetic algorithms to compress the exorbitant computational power needed to run the ratslice™ into a symbol-processing quasi-equivalent running on a few Xeon CUDA-capable processors?

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Re: A section of rat brain

That's the point of the exercise of finding out whether this is the case or not, Einstein.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Re: See this article for a completely different slant on

The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi ’s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s Formula One and Le Mans racing engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal...

The details haven’t been made public, but Volkswagen’s investigation is focused on Messrs. Hackenberg and Hatz, Mr. Winterkorn’s top aides during his tenure at Audi, as well as Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of development at the VW brand, people familiar with the matter said.

Well yes. Basically three members of the board, then?

Mr. Winterkorn became chief executive and put Messrs. Hackenberg and Hatz in charge of the Volkswagen R&D group and engine development. The two engineers had worked together devising new Volkswagen cars during the critical years when the vehicle maker struggled to develop diesel engines to conform to tough U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions standards.

Months later, in August 2007, Volkswagen canceled the licensing deal for BlueTec with Daimler because it didn’t want to use its competitor’s brand. It rebranded the company’s diesel engine TDI—for turbocharged direct injection.

I see...

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On the other hand.... the hand of Lucas!

For the first few weeks the programmers waited for someone to challenge them because it was such an obvious "Fuck you!" ploy but nobody mentioned it

VW Code -- The Phantom Menace!

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Re: Not me guv.

I don't understand?

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Re: Software Code Reviews?

MUST BE TAKEN OFF THE ROADS IMMEDIATELY.

It would only be a just reward for dumb shit coming out of management mouths.

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> what part of the obama admin don't you like, the drop in unemployment, or the drop in the deficit?

AWOOGA! AWOOGA! We have an Alternate Reality Intrusion! WHERE IS DOCTOR WHO?

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WTF?

"From my point of view" ... WUH?

Would these engineers 1) develop, 2) install 3) test, 4) QA test 5) run emission tests 6) write off roll-out?

Maybe VW software development consists of three dudes behaving like a web development startup with a subversion repository and an "it creates HTML, ship it!" culture, but I don't think so.

The idea of patenting an "defeat device" sounds daft though. First, is there anything to patent. Second, patenting it would mean a traceable item discoverable by anyone. "Procedure for quickly killing your wife using a bathtub". Nah, I don't think so.

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FBI boss: No encryption backdoor law (but give us backdoors anyway)

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Re: Computer defence

I'm into this!

"Eject Glock" in case of raid.

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Re: People know

> Obama knows a dead horse when he sees one I guess

Well, he keeps flogging the Syrian one fiercely. Now with added Russian sado-masochism.

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

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Re: We never had this problem with Meccano

I think you are being deliberatly offensive here.

Can we change the discussion to the newly discovered epidemy of College Rape?

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Paris Hilton

Isn't that a sex slave?

It gets lonely on the high seas! ARRR!

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PGP Zimmermann: 'You want privacy? Well privacy costs MONEY'

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Re: Shut that (back)door!

When is surveillance a problem?

When there is a politician who has done something naughty that he has to worry about.

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Childcatcher

But "tax funding" is not free. See the debt hole? A good piece of it want to funding surveillance. The kids will pay for it, yes they will.

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'Safe Harbor': People in Europe 'can get quite litigious about this'

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Big Brother

I'm actually rabidly free-market and I'm Ok with this!

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allegedly indiscriminate surveillance by the US

The adjective should be on a sliding scale:

"potentially" <------||--> "actually"

but "allegedly" is utterly inappropriate here.

Or is someone afraid Uncle Sam will start a defamation lawsuit? Then the whole of El Reg towers gets bombed repeatedly accidentally.

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Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

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Re: Hmmm....

Not personally but I have been in the teams that had to suffer through this. In these cases, money is less of a object and the contract came with a consultant and/or a couple of developers meant to unfuck things thrown in. It's another ballpark.

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Re: Windows phones

Because of duck typing?

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Hmmm....

For years Microsoft has sold itself as the dominant ecosystem for computing that won't cost you too much

I think that should read "that doesn't work too well". Where does the idea come from that Microsoft "won't cost too much?"

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THIS is MASSIVE! Less-Masslessness neutrino boffins bag Physics Nobel

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Re: The electrons are angry

Very correct, of course its makes totally sense, it's the way the machinery works. The fact that large-scale stuff filtered through the perceptive system does not behave this way but behaves according to some other description is neither here nor there.

I don't know what cancer of the Internet downvotes here.

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Re: Bah!

Yes, particle decay. Energy and momentum should sum to zero.

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Re: Completeness of the Standard Model

the Higgs bosun was in the fo'c'sle all along.

With Capt'n Kirk, aye!

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Re: Completeness of the Standard Model

Remember that much of the Standard Model is predicated on it being intrinsically impossible to know some aspects of it with certainty

Well, that's Quantum Mechanics, not the Standard Model.

And you better deal with it. Newton's universe is gone. The universe MAY still be shown to completely deterministic (van t'Hooft had written a paper on this a few years back) but you will never be sure, living in the inside.

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Re: Faulty Patch

There was a pretty good article in Nautil.us Magazine with the guy who was in charge when the "interesting result" was blown into the memesphere by incontinent reporting. Can't find the reference now....

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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

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Makes no sense

How can a "model clause" retroactively apply to data already shipped over earlier?

Microsoft's Smith bloggs: "It also makes clear the need for broader reforms of digital privacy laws around the world to strike a better balance between personal privacy and public safety"

He wants to reform the PRIVACY laws? There is some kind of "balance" that has to be "struck"? Presumably between fully out-of-control TLAs and out-of-control TLAs? And "around the world"???

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Err...geeee... I dunno??? Get detective Steakout on the case!

"This is a question we’ve been asking our neighbors," Faily said to ABC. "How could these brand new trucks ... these four-wheel drives, hundreds of them – where are they coming from?"

June 16, 2015: Where Does ISIS Get Those Wonderful Toys? From Uncle Sam, the Bruce Wayne of Jihad, and his Cronies

In 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that: “Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have delivered arms and funds to rebel groups in Syria in a covert alliance since this spring.”

These shipments included automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, anti-tank weapons, and roadside bombs.

This deadly delivery service continues to this day. Turkey’s chief role has been to transmit the weapons through its border with Syria. Turkey is a member of the US-power-projection vehicle known as NATO, and it hosts US bases and nuclear weapons.

The chief role of the Saudis and Qataris has been to bankroll the weapons shipments. Both Gulf States are dependent on American arms deliveries worth tens of billions of dollars every year. These deliveries were ramped up to this level in recent years with the express purpose of isolating, countering, and “deterring” Iran: the purported ringleader of the burgeoning “Shia expansion” that the Saudis hate lividly and that has been an enemy target for US foreign policy since 2007. Overthrowing Iran’s ally Assad is seen by both the US and the Gulf States as part of that project.

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GENUINE STARSHIP as used by PRINCESS LEIA sold for just $450k

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Re: It's a bargain

The corellian corvette design was originally intended to be used as the millennium falcon

Was that when Lucas did not yet have his original ideas overruled?

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The tyranny of choice: Why enterprise tech buyers are confused

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You say "treasure trove", my preciousss...

this treasure trove of information

Yeah ok, how does this fit together with

Safe Harbour ruling in the European courts

Not keeping one's hand in one's pocketsess even when Safe Harbour was still listed under "suspension of disbelief"?

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Hillary 'spear fish' more 'drag net' flung to 11,000 others in one day

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Re: Convenient Fictions.

TRUER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN UTTERED

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If the Internet of Things scares you now: Cisco's CEO is bent on hooking up robots, everything

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It's like WOPR running Joshua OS, only successfully

1) Rare extra-important maintenance processes will be seen as "intrusion" and interdicted. Plants exploding because "ACCESS DENIED"? Yes we can!

2) Disruptive maintenance to preclude catastrophic outcomes will be seen as "intrusion" and interdicted. ICBMs launched because "YOU CANNOT PULL THE PLUG NOW"? Yes we can!

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Re: Because rushing a project

it just feels good

"I'm a fucking psycho who gets high on doing meaningless aggravating shit. INCREASE MY SALARY, FA**OTS!"

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Gonna be a clusterfuck of ISIS dimensions in the technosphere

"Everything we build will be programmable; everything in the data center is going to be converged. And we have to drive security to provide analytics of the network in motion, showing what's happening at a given moment in time. ... I'm going to be ruthless. I feel we have to move faster, faster, faster."

Yeah... reminds me of Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades

"What part of this don't you understand? If two blades is good, and three blades is better, obviously five blades would make us the best fucking razor that ever existed. Comprende? We didn't claw our way to the top of the razor game by clinging to the two-blade industry standard. We got here by taking chances. Well, five blades is the biggest chance of all. Here's the report from Engineering. Someone put it in the bathroom: I want to wipe my ass with it. They don't tell me what to invent—I tell them. And I'm telling them to stick two more blades in there. I don't care how. Make the blades so thin they're invisible. Put some on the handle. I don't care if they have to cram the fifth blade in perpendicular to the other four, just do it!"

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The slight paranoia that there's six people in a garage leveraging technology that's going to disrupt my business, and I don’t know who they are nor where they are.

The solution being to take out a few meaningless patents and retain an "IP" laywer in Texas.

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

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Re: Noooo... how long must this go on?

If you can point me to something that describes how starting at ignoramus level,'twould be much appreciated.

With pleasure. I have found that the easiest way to start (though it does need some perserverance) is Scott Aaronson's "Quantum Computing Since Democritus" (and in a lesser way the lecture notes). This may not be what you are looking for because he's only indirectly talking about the algorithms.

"The computation" is actually applied linear algebra, continuous or discrete, in a complex vector space (although this may not be best representation or even an adequate one, work is still needed), where at the end you have to probabilistically select a single element of the vector you are massaging. I confusingly feel that this means nature works as a constraint solver, not as a clockwork universe with probability bolted on, but that's just my view, sure ain't good enough to make this precise.

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Noooo... how long must this go on?

Really, El Reg.

In a conventional computer, the presence or absence of an electron indicates a one or a zero. Quantum computers store information in the spin of an electron which, thanks to the weirdness of the world at quantum scale, can be in several states at once. A single electron in a quantum computer can therefore be a zero and a one at the same time, which creates the potential for parallel processing inside a chip and therefore for faster computation.

Reformulate:

In a classical computer, bit states can be encoded by the presence or absence of electric charge. In quantum computers, qubit states can be encoded by the spin state of single electrons which, quantum mechanics tells us, can be in a superposition of states 0 and 1 akin to the superposition of an à priori unknown classical bit in classical probability, albeit here one must use complex numbers to express the "quantum probability". Interesting for computation are arrays of N entangled qubits, which express a complex probability distribution in a 2^N large space, but then one still has to manipulate this qubit vector using quantum gates to yield the computation of interest, a feat that is still a bit in the future.

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US Cyber Command floats $460m contract to outsource most of itself

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Re: And the contracts are awarded to....

Yo! Don't forget about Israeli security companies. The trough is vast!

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

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Big Brother

Bombing in 15 minutes!

There is a clear Responsibility to Protect here. I can feel the Regime Change coming. Has anyone seen Patricia KaganNuland lately? What's that? Ordering cookies? Gods above!

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Safe harbour ruling: RELAX, Facebook and Google will be FINE!

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Now go away or I will RETALIATE in your general direction!

“retaliation from US authorities”

What! Will they leave us all alone with their Ukrainian neocon scheme and suffer exposure to the chtonic evil of P.U.T.I.N. all alone? Will they stop pretending to bomb ISIS? Will they close embassies? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Re: EU privacy rules are all smoke

EU citizen data would be safer from EU governments

Except the poodelicious UK govnmt, I presume.

S'truth that the french might just smash & grab the EU data car tel est leur bon plaisir.

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

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

Close enuff: SIMATIC WinCC

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