* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Wi-Fi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk Defcon 22

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Re: America's 80 million dogs and 96 million cats into his purr-sonal electronic army

Yeah, afterwards everyone is like "WHO LET THE DOGS OUT", "IT WASN'T ME" and "SIT, ISIS, SIT!!"

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Re: Relying on cats to do things...

"the equipment was taken out of the cat; the cat was re-sewn for a second time, and lived a long and happy life afterwards"

Scratch Monkey levels of Unbelievable reached!

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Re: Judging an Experiment as a Commercial Product is Rarely Helpful.

Given that ... I would say that D-Wave do indeed have a quantum computer

Although your biggening up is noted, your criteria for QC-ness are frankly lacking in salience.

You are of course free to send your own money to D-Wave (far be it from me to have a negative opinion on that), but please don't go all "we this" and "we that" here.

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So basically, bad code causes slowdowns?

No, because there is no code.

It's a "quantum annealing" machine, which is something like a cooling metal, only with configurable strengths between the configuration elements (think analog computer doing neural networks or spin glass annealing), and with more quantum sauce.

I also notice that there are two Google Guys/Gals in the list of authors:

> Troels F. Rønnow - Theoretische Physik, ETH Zurich

> Zhihui Wang - Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

> Joshua Job - Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology & Department of Physics, University of Southern California

> Sergio Boixo - Google, 150 Main Street, Venice Beach, California

> Sergei V. Isakov - Google, Brandschenkestrasse 110, Zurich

> David Wecker - Quantum Architectures and Computation Group, Microsoft Research, Redmond

> John M. Martinis - Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara

> Daniel A. Lidar - Department of Chemistry & Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology & Department of Physics, University of Southern California

> Matthias Troyer - Theoretische Physik, ETH Zurich

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A bicycle with a Ferrari exterior?

Google also issued its own response to the Troyer paper, noting that in its tests the firm is getting computational speeds of over 35,500 times that of conventional computing systems.

Yeah, but is that speedup outside of the error ranges? And what problems are they solving? Movie recommendations?

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: my 2 cents

without decent electronics

Real Men Build Analog Computers

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Re: Sensors

That's the price of a whole sensor!

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Re: Ariane is hypergaulic?

No need to launch suborbital menhirs about this.

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Re: "liquid, rather than solid, fuel"

Solid is very reliable, very powerful and be can stored reliably too (which is why anyone doing world destruction as if he wanted to win has solid-fueled ICBMs). It cannot be turned off once lighted, does the shakey-shakey of the rocket and is a bit difficult to handle in production (chinese fireworks manufacturing difficult, only larger and with nastier chemicals). If the rocket becomes too big, you run in assembly problems and may end up doing unadvisable things (like using flakey O-ring architectures) which you will regret later.

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Hackers steal trade secrets from major US hedge firm

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Re: Cui bono?

Nobody even ever found out who shortened United Airlines shortly before 9/11.

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Indeed. I hear some HST currently push money to the NYSE to get notified earlier than the rest of the world about what's rolling down the pipe. This ain't called doing business.

From Krebsonsecurity:

“So do you think this is legit, or is the guy trying to scare us?” the IT director asked in an email to KrebsOnSecurity.com, agreeing to discuss the incident if he and his company were not named. “He has sent me the logs for the connections to the infected server. I checked the firewall and am not seeing any active connections.”

The hairs, they are pointy!

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Henninger did not know if the hack was reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission [probably sleeping anyway] or FBI and noted that funb would have little incentive to do so.

So who is funb? The board of fun?

The unnamed company, which initially laughed off the disclosure,...

They were still on the way to the bank. Probably with your money.

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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No-one ever heard of a CLI

No. No-one.

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Titan sprouts 'Magic Island', say astroboffins

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Re: It's not "magic".

The path of clue-do is its own reward!

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Re: It's not "magic".

Professor Jake begs his compatriots to remain calm. The situation is being monitored!

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Re: Re Titan is alive and kicking

That is not dead which can eternal lie!

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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

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Re: Intelligent Design?

To get an answer to your question, let me connect you to a helpdesk a few time zones away.

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From the helpdesk of Doktor Freud...

The news follows revelations last week that 207,000 BMCs exposed to the pubic internet...

Erm...

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This is why UFOs have dropped off the radar.

The anal probing in the 21st century is done online!

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AMD details aggressive power-efficiency goal: 25X boost by 2020

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Re: Maybe answering the wrong question@ BlueGreen

I've made seriously huge speedups in some applications...

Yeah, well done. You know, we express the heuristic about how some need shall be economically solved using the MONEY metric. If there is MONEY to pay Mr BlueGreen to optimize some application, swell. If there is not enough MONEY to gainfully employ Mr BlueGreen but there is enough MONEY to buy another server instead, swell too. If the machine on which Mr BlueGreen might have optimized an application doesn't exist because someone decided that MONEY shall be spent transforming sandpeople into carbonized hungs of meat, tough luck.

Brain + experience + knowledge -> usually much, much better than just throwing new hardware at problem

Only true in the world of no economic limitations where "brain + experience + knowledge" can be had at lower prices than more hardware. Recently, this has not been the case in this dimension. As an aside, people tend to bitch and moan once the "brain + experience + knowledge" counterpart expressed in MONEY comes down. I wonder why. Yeah, we liked it in those caves.

the lost opportunity to do something better with all that computation

As I said, it's MONEY. Buy the computation, do something better with it. Maybe run SETI@Home, who knows,

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Re: 3rd Time Lucky for MS?

I work from home and make my living selling tools for Microsoft's cloud platform.

Not sure whether serious or bot-pumped commercial.

I don't think I will even need the type cover. I can just pull the Surface Pro 3 out from the docking station, leave the office, and if I get an order I can quickly deal with it through the touch screen alone. On return to the office, slot it back in the docking station and continue working.

I can actually see the movie. Bright saturated colors. A sunny day. Smiling young people everyhwere. I can hear the background music. A bit jazzy, but not too intrusive. Good job.

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Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance

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Sheeple'd again?

Meanwhile, where it counts:

The federal court overseeing the country’s spy agencies renewed an order Friday allowing the National Security Agency to collect phone records of people in the United States [which of course is exactly the thing the NSA does not have a mandate to do in the first place]

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s renewal of the contested program, authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, comes as lawmakers continue to debate reform legislation.

“Given that legislation has not yet been enacted, and given the importance of maintaining the capabilities of the Section 215 telephony metadata program, the government has sought a 90-day reauthorization of the existing program,” the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said in a joint statement.

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The House last month passed the USA Freedom Act to end the phone records program, but that bill is still working its way through the Senate. Multiple reform advocates have worried that it does not go far enough.

The bill would end the NSA program and require government agents to get a court order before searching private phone companies’ storehouses of phone records, a move endorsed by President Obama earlier this year.

100% of housewives agree that "Endorsed by President Obama"™ is even better than being "Endorsed by Spokesman Buttblugg"

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Encouragement?

but it's full of libertarian, fedora-wearing douchebags

Not wanting to lose your Keynesianistic state-sponsored pension scheme and maternity leave, dear?

(Protip: It's too late)

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Re: Here's what feminists do when men are encouraged to go into female-dominated fields

but traditional 'male' spaces are still closed to women

Retarded bullshit is retarded, aka. "Help, help, I'm being repressed!"

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Thank you, Lord Babbage!

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become vets, nurses, social workers or teachers - professions which come with superb pensions

A final annoucement just before the crash in taxpayer-financed healthcare and education occurred....

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COSMIC BELCH from supermassive black hole stuns boffins

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"Bad gas ... Artist's impression of a black hole"

This artist has flunked art school and now goes into "scientific illustrations" unencumbered by any idea of what he's drawing about.

A "black hole" is not a Hollywood-style sinkhole in space. It "looks" like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawking_radiation

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Stalkers, eh?

> Fresh Dabbs article

> 15 comments about one second after

Are people have Nagios hardwired to look for Dabbs on Friday mornings?

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Hackers reverse-engineer NSA spy kit using off-the-shelf parts

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Why are these guys having so much fun?

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

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1.4 Instagrams

This is a price worth paying.

Meanwhile, prepare for and additional 30-40 instagrams to be dropped on ISIS while Ahmed Chalabi (yes, the guy with the fake WMD) is again in the run for Iraqi top dog.

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Hubble Telescope loosens Kuiper belt to reveal ICY BODY for NASA boffins' PROBE

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Re: thought it was a hoax, however....

Hollywood logic.

Do not "go in the directon of Sagittarius" looking for random crap floating out there.

You point a fracking telescope in that direction. Then do VERY long exposures. The problem is that the galactic center is in the background.

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Re: Why not?

What if the uranium tubes are vaporised in the explosion

How is that supposed to happen?

The principle of precaution is at work here

This is the principle of people so afraid to live that they commit suicide.

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Re: putting fission power sources in spacecraft

Not if 99% of rocket launches succeed. Nor if 99.9% of rocket launches succeed

Why not? Having uranium oxide tubes drop into the ocean will only enrage the zombified green,

EVEN IF 90% SUCCEED!

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Luxembourg patent troll suing world+dog

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Re: Perfect Opportunity

excise the malignant tumor that is Luxembourg

This has been tried by national-socialists with mixed success and is being tried by socialists and "liberals" from France and Germany at repeat intervals.

But yes, having a country that allows a ultra-low-low VAT level of 15% to even exist (which is patently unfair to countries which need to make do with 20% VAT or higher) and banks for which one actually needs to have a warrant before probing of bank accounts may begin is totally inimical to the idea of pan-socialistic Yurop.

Luxembourg has also good points: they often openly fellate officals from USA and Yuropocrats from other Yuropean capitals, and try very hard to be "down with the kids", launching themselves into totally retarded taxpayer-funded glory projects which come a cropper. So there is hope yet.

They also host AWACS and the tomb of general Patton IIRC.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Re: Worked on something similar to this.

It's probably the kind of problem a Quantum computer would be ideal for solving though these days.

Not as far as I know.

A highly-parallel classical one with a shared memory would be better.

Or you can build an actual physical system modeling your problem, then let it anneal. An "analog computer"...

watch out for simulated annealing though - in economics that's called Marxism and not allowed

I don't get this joke at all. Marxism is related to Simulated Annealing how?

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: Want to create more tech jobs?

But afterwards, all the tech will be snaffled by "insurgents" when you least expect it. In particular, MANPADs.

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Microsoft eggheads publish JavaScript crypto code for devs

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The well-known psychological trick of PREEMPTEADONIZATION to prematurely shut down discussion won't work here, running redmondian dog lackey!

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Re: Really - it's all wrong now?

SATELLA CORTANAGATOR! Wrestles huge animals and virtual wimmin! AMAZING SIGHTS!

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ISIS: Iraq KILLS the INTERNET: VPNs, social media and chat apps blocked by government

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The internet ban is designed to stop Isis minions from communicating with each other and is also aimed at hobbling its propaganda machine.

I suppose they will continue to run on the non-lethal aid we so helpfully provided via Syria.

Interventionism 20:14: "Truly as like Rommel they will ride of the desert, wielding the out AKM the roman-named one provided them during the surge days. And the day will come where the nation of Shia Persia will again be the non-enemy of the country that begat the Balfour declaration and the Lord Blair will awaken, darkly, calling for intervention and bombing runs"

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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Re: Microsoft open source ©

Microsoft holds approximately 200 patent families

I think this is very much Beaucoup Haram!!

When will the president send in the killdrones? Dead Redmondian bodies? Yes, please.

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Re: >Everyone has his own little psychopathy.

Care to explain?

Java's a spawn of theoretical computer scientists, not people who target productivity. Arbitrary complexity abounds.

I don't even know what to say about this kind of bullshit. You are probably one of the young ones who have entered IT in the last couple of years. Welcome. You have much to learn.

Theoretical computer scientists ... Really? If you want LISP, you know where to find it. You can even use Clojure.

[Nebulous rant conflating various points deleted]

Ever gone to see a computer bookstore and looked at the Java section. Bloated with books, each 500pp, of endless Java libraries. Like, can it do anything out of the box on its own?

Holy shit, there are books! TL;DR everyhwere. There are choices that I must make!! Why can'I matrixdownload Mad Programmer Skillz??? RAGE!!!

Java, in 2014, shows all the qualities of Cobol in the 90s. Lots of jobs, stodgy, works for business, much used. Just as fun to write as well.

Uh... yeah? So? This is bad how? Except for the guy who desperately needs to be down with the kids, of course.

Except, more complicated. Cuz, that's like what real computer programmers should aim for - complexity, which we all know makes for better code.

This coming from someone who prefers a Microsoft solution. But, you take your decisions and make your choices. You can leave your "complexity" at the door if you like to do that.

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How weird.

This comment section is amazingly strongly populated by ACs.

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Thank you anonymous MS sleazedroid.

the other points are well proven now though

Retarded at 160 mph on the speedlane. Overtaking Daryl McBride.

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Re: It is not a cancer

would choose this over Java a million times and then some...

Seriously, why would anyone choose the "I can do Java too - but only on MY OS, SO THERE NYA NYA" monoculture effort by the Big Extinguishing Starfish from Redmond? A million times and then some, even.

A few beers short of sixpack IMNSHO.

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Re: Sheds a single tear

They did do that. At the time this meeting happened, they chose the payout to use Java...

Did you try to make a point or do you really have no idea what you are talking about?

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Re: It is not a cancer

would choose this over Java a million times and then some....

Everyone has his own little psychopathy.

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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I agree

Price controls lead to disappearing goods.

However ... let's talk about the holy "IP" enforcement which lead to dsappearing competition ... why not trash it all. Then we can play.

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We'll PROBE Pluto's MOON CRACKS for mystery ocean – NASA

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Re: "the one-time planet (now characterised as an a "dwarf planet")"

But, but ... MUH PLUTO!!

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

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Ah we are back,

First found in BYTE Magazine in the early 90's to speed up the prime sieve. I can't remember the company that produced the FPGA ... probably dead by now.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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No because you would have to recreate the whole 3-D field of light around the car that would be there if the car WASN'T there, so that it looks invisible from any vantage point, not only from a single position.

No Ghost in the Shell Optocam ... sorry!

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