* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: Re. Jinxed

LHC might have found a 2TeV resonance corresponding to M-SUSY

Exceedingly unliked to be true, my good fellow.

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Re: This is far outside Known Space!

You will have to be a super-midget to fit into the small space left on the side of the hyperdrive shunt...

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Re: 1400 light years

> 2800 years

A mere instant in time for even the most basic sophonts.

One night, Leila stood alone in the garden, watching the sky. From their home world, Najib, they had travelled only to the nearest stars with inhabited worlds, each time losing just a few decades to the journey. They had chosen those limits so as not to alienate themselves from friends and family, and it had never felt like much of a constraint. True, the civilisation of the Amalgam wrapped the galaxy, and a committed traveller could spend two hundred thousand years circling back home, but what was to be gained by such an overblown odyssey? The dozen worlds of their neighbourhood held enough variety for any traveller, and whether more distant realms were filled with fresh novelties or endless repetition hardly seemed to matter. To have a goal, a destination, would be one thing, but to drown in the sheer plenitude of worlds for its own sake seemed utterly pointless.

A destination? Leila overlaid the sky with information, most of it by necessity millennia out of date. There were worlds with spectacular views of nebulas and star clusters, views that could be guaranteed still to be in existence if they travelled to see them, but would taking in such sights firsthand be so much better than immersion in the flawless images already available in Najib’s library? To blink away ten thousand years just to wake beneath a cloud of green and violet gas, however lovely, seemed like a terrible anticlimax.

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Re: We don't even understand all of what we need to know

> mistake

Have you ever thought of aborting yourself?

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Re: Re. Jinxed

> Zeta Reticuli

Which was also selected on a bad match of a "starmap" drawn under hypnosis, based on noisy information about star positions .... you are bound to find a match like that.

The alienselves never even said it was "starmap". Could have been a wormhole diagram into alternate dimensions for all we know. It was also 2+1D in the original form, whether real or imagined (actually, I hear the local planetary alignment at the time of the first flashback after the abduction matches with the big round things being Jupiter and Saturn, but I could never be bothered to check it)

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This is far outside Known Space!

so we'll need a new form of propulsion to reach it

We would also need a new form of life and a new form of radiation shielding. Only General AIs or maybe personality scans will ever be bothered to take that kind of trip.

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AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK

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Oh my

Getting enormous flashbacks to the pre-Internet-bubble-burst merger mania.

Is money too cheap? Are expectations overblown? Is irrationality at hedge fund levels? Is that a black swan I spy? The truth will be revealed soon!

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Major change needed

Deny the right to right to assert copyright in anything extruded from a state outfit. It has already been paid for in the form of tax money shifted to well-connected "friends & operators" and possibly excessive salaries to petulant civil serpents. End of story. Everybody wins.

The fact that state throws money out of the windows to pursue "copyright claims" using "terrorism" as a sort of argument should lead to guillotines being erected on public places and cleansing to begin worthwith.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Re: Most of my friends had Atari ST

> Allowing oneself to drop into Tramiel's gravity well

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Re: Memories

The delusional loyalty and misplaced hope in comp.sys.amiga.advocacy and the magazines was pretty hilarious though.

;_;

Why so cruel?

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Technically, moore's law means that commodity hardware (x86 PCs) always wins. What can only be achieved on custom hardware today will be done cheaper and better on standard hardware tomorrow.

The Amiga as the Lisp machine of home computing?

With the onset of the "AI winter" and the early beginnings of the microcomputer revolution (which would sweep away the minicomputer and workstation manufacturers), cheaper desktop PCs soon were able to run Lisp programs even faster than Lisp machines, without the use of special purpose hardware. Their high profit margin hardware business eliminated, most Lisp machine manufacturers went out of business by the early 90s, leaving only software based companies like Lucid Inc. or hardware manufacturers who switched to software and services to avoid the crash.

I can live with that.

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Weird Echo Causing Incomprehension

Guru Meditations in the Hun's language!

At some point I threw out the Addison-Wesley Intuition Reference Manual....

I even had the "Amiga Intern" hardcover, which was also recycled at some point in time...

Basically, memories of the Cold War and the Berliner Mauer.

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Re: Happy Guru Meditation

Plus trying to program all the cool ideas from Scientific American's "Computer Recreations".

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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Re: Disappointed

Headline has now mysteriously changed

Such things often happen in the Regoverse. It has to do with click.through rates, maybe?

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Re: Had an encounter like that at Sainsburys

Getting assblasted by a trolley coming in at 15% lightspeed is bound to ruin your crackday.

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Vive le Act Patriotique: Liberté, égalité, fraternité, pick any two. No, not those

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Left-wing politicians passing by on the far right?

Nothing special here. It's ok, they are the GOOD guys!

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Three Estonians jailed for malware spree that infected 4 MILLION computers

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Bring out the white cats dressed in confederate flags!

Yep...

The last defendant, Andrey Taame, who is a Russian national, remains at large, and is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

I smell a fish.

Another evil hit by P.U.T.I.N.

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Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview

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Why so negative on Cher?

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Choc Factory research shows users just don't get security

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Re: I think we do well...

Please explain

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Re: Rubberhose Cryptanalysis

So how about the security experts give recommendations an average person can actually be expected to follow?

It's the same that applies to french fries: STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM IT ALL

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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

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Re: systemd!

So it needs a thorough redesign?

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Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK!

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Re: Status 5

Sounds like Lain of the Wired.

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Hmmm...

"A bag of white fluffy cats and a box full of vials marked "biohazard" for a Mr. Musk?"

"Yes?"

"Please sign here."

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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WTF?

"This is an alarming study" said Claire Lilley

Because it is so bad?

"The prime minister made a bold move in announcing a host of initiatives to tackle this problem"

Rank activism for pushbutton issues? A bold move? Oh no, this is something else entirely, we swear!

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: A simple temporary fix or am I missing something here?

wodim and cdrdao

setuid root

I love the whiff of dangerous failure in the afternoon.

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Re: *nix

I really hate that "*nix" nonsense. If you mean Unix then say Unix. If you don't then say what you really mean.

But it's an old tradition dating back to the 80s. Because UNIX is the original AT&T stuff(1). See also: Unix-like

Better deal with, dude.

(1) UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Ltd.

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Re: It's not just the system design...

Yep, go deal with your own problems and good riddance.

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Re: Congratulations on repeating exploits before they can be fixed

You shouldn't be able to edit or replace sudoers unless you're root and edit the file with the correct user.

Should we pass a law against that?

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Re: The real culprit

This all sounds somewhat like the original example given for the Confused Deputy Problem.

Maybe someone can comment about whether SELinux capabilities would be good safety net against such mishaps.

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Re: The real culprit

Is the deliberately holed *nix security model. Once again a SUID/setuid utility strikes.

You are very confused and clearly don't understand where the problem lies: it comes from the fact that an admin program (in this case, the newgrp) changes it behaviour (here, indirectly) based on input from a dubious low-privilege source (here, an environment variable).

This can happen in any system in which the user from time to time needs to have the system perform an operation with privileges that are higher than he has himself.

Which happen to be all of them. Even the bureaucratic ones.

This is also why setuid programs should always scrub their environment before they perform their operation.

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OpenSSH server open to almost unlimited password-guessing bug

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Because that's what a VPN actually is?

"Hey Dawg, we heard you like VPNs, so we put a VPN into your VPN so you can tunnel while you tunnel"

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Re: Cryovulcanism

Yep, GIGANTIC, CHTONIC AND CURIOUSLY GEOMETRIC GEOLOGICAL FORMATIONS CONFUSINGLY SEEN BY THE WANING LIGHT OF A SETTING SUN WHILE WE SPEED BY?

TEKELI-LI, I SAY!

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Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

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Re: if they used GPL code in their products...

...only if they are used towards customers. There is no requirement to open-source code used in-house only.

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Re: Easy...

I grant this licence under GPL [whatever version], but

FALSE derived from premises. End of line.

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Re: not possible

Downvoted for stating facts? This is El Reg comment section.

by definition

The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the program from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.

There may be a "non-snooping source license" but it WILL NOT be "open".

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The roots go deep: Kill Adobe Flash, kill it everywhere, bod says

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Re: Flash Bang Wallop What a Picture!

allowing a program in a VM to escape to the hypervisor

These may very well not exist because the isolation of the hypervisor is easier to verify, and can possibly be verified formally.

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Re: Flash Bang Wallop What a Picture!

Because sandboxes don't offer up much protection, especially when it by necessity has to interact with the system.

It depends on the sandbox...

In-program permission verification on legacy system with all the warts < Virtual machine < Another machine < Another universe

But flash should simply be ported to Java.

Then there would be only one problem.

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Re: The real question is...

Wanna make a bet?

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Ahhhh ... echos of A.K. Dewdney's "Computer Recreations"....

Clark recalls that Animal was such a popular game that eventually every directory in the company system contained a copy. "Furthermore, as employees of the company were transferred to other divisions...they took Animal as well, and thus it spread from machine to machine within the company." The situation would never have become serious had it not been for the fact that all those copies of this otherwise innocuous game began to clog the disk memory. Only when someone devised a more "virulent" version of the game was the situation brought under control. When the new version of Animal was played, it copied itself into other directories not once but twice. Given enough time, it was thought, this program would eventaully overwrite all the old versions of Animal. After a year had passed, a certain date triggered each copy of the new Animal program. "Instead of replicating itself twice whenever it was invoked, it now played one final game, wished the user 'goodbye' and then deleted itself. And thus Animal was purged from the system."

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Your DailyKos message

I see the same names cropping up again and again in articles condemning it as a bug ridden pile of hurt.

IT'S A VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY!

FLASH IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU!! KEEP IT TO WATCH MOVIES!!!!

THE TRUTH SHALL PREVAIL!!!+!

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Re: -webkit- prefixes in Edge

Here, everything from war in the Middle East to a slightly uncomfortable bowel movement is viewed as MS's fault and grounds for a move to linux.

AND IT'S TRUE!

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Hardcoded behaviour not going away anytime soon!

“We suggest that low-status males increase female-directed hostility to minimise the loss of status as a consequence of hierarchical reconfiguration resulting from the entrance of a woman into the competitive arena”.

Imma putting on my wifebeater.

In other news at 11: women prefer pink and hate symbolic computation.

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Cisco re-orgs marketing to hide the brand, EMPTY YOUR WALLET

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Will backfire spectacularly

I. for one, get utterly enraged at being forced to buy.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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This sounds pretty good to me!

And these are not autonomous robots / autodocs. They are remote manipulators.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: SpaceX Management is to blame, not a broken strut.

Hmmmmmmm... did I hear an O-Ring burst?

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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Re: Hold your horses

Hollywood tells us that "investigating" such things is fraught with deadly danger...

CHOMP!

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Dumb MongoDB admins spew 600 TERABYTES of unauthenticated data

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Re: нет!

Dude, I don't think people who want to run MongoDB would consider PostgreSQL a solution.

> both worlds

What two worlds are those?

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