* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

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Is this some kind of Alicebot?

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Coffee/keyboard

Who wants to stay unhacked forever?

I'm running v28. The security issues for this version are totally inconsequential

SPLUTTER

I do hope you are running in a VM, dude.

Or do are your really sure that all of these in now way affect the codebase of 28.

Protip: The fact that no-one in a shitty forum takes you up on your offer to hack an exploit for your venerable codebase browser means nothing.

Security by obscurity is a much better system.

Is this like whitey playing it cool in the ghetto?

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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Re: Maybe thats what my colleagues are doing...

I have the utter conviction that this is true and "psychotronic office: dilbertisms live" is being filmed.

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Large Hadron SMASHER: Boffins BLOW OPEN the PENTAQUARK's secrets

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Re: Newton Quote

In 1964, American physicist Murray Gell-Mann made the wild suggestion

Yup, after having rubbished the idea thoroughly when his colleagues came to talk about this. He always insisted that it was just a "mathematical shortcut" for hadron structure, then ran with the idea when experimental data came in.

As to the name... from Frank Close's book on the Higgs:

By the 1960s, experiments with cosmic rays and at accelerators had revealed scores of hadrons. In 1962 Gell-Mann found a way of gathering the mushrooming hadrons into families, most famously containing sets of eight. He poetically named his scheme the "Eightfold Way" after the Buddhist path to truth. The mathematics behind this involved group theory, and the particular group known as SU(3).

In March 1963 Gell-Mann gave a talk at Columbia University about his new SU(3) theory. A couple of weeks earlier another theorist, Gian Carlo Wick, had given an introductory seminar about SU(3); upon hearing it, Robert Serber realised that in addition to families of eight and ten, which had already been discovered, there should be a basic family of three (as in SU “three”) and, moreover, the octets and tens could be built up as composed of groups of these more basic entities. As Serber later recalled: “The suggestion was immediate; the [hadrons] were not elementary but were made of [what we now call] quarks."

A fortnight later, Gell-Mann was in town. During lunch at the Faculty Club, Serber explained the idea to him. Gell-Mann asked what the electric charge of the basic trio is. Serber had not looked into this, so Gell-Mann figured it out on a table napkin. The answer turned out to be 2/3 or -1/3 fractions of a proton’s charge, which was an “appalling result”, as no such charges had ever been seen. Gell-Mann mentioned this in the colloquium, and said that such things would be a “strange quirk of nature”. Serber remarked later: “Quirk was jokingly transformed into quark.”

Finnegan's Wake? Not so much. But so history is made.

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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Re: just to remind everyone

You wanna break this down by severity, Matt? Because, you know, "hey statistics".

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Re: Flash : Just say no....

> use-after-free() bug

> 2015 and not even applying proper memory management. Or code verification tools for that matter.

We don't like people like you here.jpg

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You hear, Larry??

They could recode the Flash runtime in Java.

Then one would only have ONE sandbox to worry about. Plus Flash would be able to auto-install on need (and you would profit from a new search bar!!)

Unfortunately it would mean Oracle and Adobe would enter into the HYPERCLASH OF THE IP WANKERSDJIANTS!

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

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Re: It was a planet when I went to school

Well the dwarf Putin surely thinks it still exists

I think you went for western "reality creation" hook, line and sinker.

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Re: A Certain Age

Stop it, gramps!

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I said, stop it!!

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Re: It was a planet when I went to school

But the Soviet Union existed, too.

Granted some of the politicians and think-tankers still think it exists....

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Re: The Dwarf King

Pluto + Durin == Purin

It would even have the right color.

Delicious!!

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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We are now at the ARSE principle: Add Raunchy Sexyness, Eejit!

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Re: The Team

Come on, it's not revolutionary stuff.

Why, did you expect an unpublished pamphlet of Leon Trotsky in the stack?

Of course it's not "revolutionary". But so what. You are 1980's coder, you should diregard the inner child demanding "teh new" every single morning. The future is just like the past, only more so.

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Java jockeys join Flash fans in the 0-day exploit club

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Re: further ignorance

1.7 lives

Only if you are into necrophilia and banking applications.

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Nothing to do with the NPAPI. It is a Java sandbox breakout: "Here, JVM, execute this code from the Internet and see whether your security setting will hold... mwhahaha"

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Re: What, again?

Only for Applets. Keep on server.

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Woah that illustrative pic must have been made by a real coffee-hater.

I will grab a large mug, thanks. No sugar, no milk. Gotta release my inner Mr Wolf for Monday morning.

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Re: Old-shool User Interfaces

It works, and is excellent if you are terminal junkie but frankly, there is nothing wrong with web-based interfaces as long as they don't go overboard on the Multicolored Pony Juice (after all, it is all text anyway...)

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Re: "...approximately 2,000 bits per second..."

This is beyond unacceptable. Where are the relay stations doing long elliptical orbits past Saturn?

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Re: Slow interstellar internet

Not yet, not yet...

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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"Because there’s something about having your life on the line."

If the security of your Pizza is taken more seriously than the security of your Bank/Federal Outfit/Medical Provider...

... then you are ordering at CosaNostra Pizza!

Uncle Enzo wishes buon appetito!

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Microsoft again offers free certification exams to failures

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Re: I'm sorry, but...

Well, it's always a good occasion to show that you know at least the sometimes frankly bizarre vocabulary and semantic net, so no.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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This looks suspiciously like a dormant infection by The Blight.

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

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Re: Oh oh...

It ... it is an orc planet!!

(Gets massacred by a brutal axe throw)

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Re: Call me simple

Which?

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Re: Call me simple

Ceres is round.

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"Our 1st pics must use moonlight of Charon"

"Moonlight'f Charon"

The last time she saw Pluto's south pole

Carried away by a moonlight'f Charon

It passed on blackened and frozen still

Carried away by a moonlight'f Charon

Lost in a riddle that Tuesday night

Far away on the other side,

It was caught while speeding to Kuiper belt

And she flew by and radioed home

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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Re: Why DO we put up with it?

Look up "La Jacquerie". 'twas bloody.

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Re: Only Ada

I don't think Ada is at the correct level of abstraction for a self-driving car, dude.

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Re: Good IT folks are very rarely good people people (and vice versa)

It's very rare to find all of these skills in the same person.

This is the CIO's role but in the end it is impossible to be on both sides of the divide. It's like being a capable, old-school general in the 3rd Reich's bonanza of power-grabbing. You will be served sooner or later.

Sane corporate management should be all about avoiding backstabbing, literal or otherwise. It is the CEO's role to suppress such behaviour and he is in dereliction of duty if the turns a blind eye or encourages this kind of bullshit. The sociopathic form of "management" is very prevalent but that doesn't make it okay. Indeed, it indicates that the company should be left to its fortunes ASAP.

If this were not the flowery epoch of historically unprecedented experiments in bailouts, free money and casino capitalism, reality would assert itself. We will have to await the supercrash to apply the bleaching. Won't be long now.

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Re: Two quotes that apply here:

and they do not appear on balance sheets

This just means that the "tool" of balance sheets is way out of whack for the applications that it is being put to. And that the insurance companies are in dereliction of duty (otherwise the premiums for "insurance against getting reamed" would hurt where it counts). And that the "industry" is totally immature ("oh we got hacked... sorryyy... here is a free credit alert for 1y" ... *wristslap*).

But immaturity in the 21st is seen as "refreshing". So there.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Why you not link properly? https://www.toronto2015.org/

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Weekend trolling is best trolling!

I like the "unfettered discretion" arrogated to themselves by totoro2015.org lawyers.

Imagine if Vikings had declared "unfettered discretion" to burn down & loot monasteries on the coast.

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US OPM boss quits after hackers stole chapter and verse on 21.5m Americans' lives

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Getting serious

Password rules : Should I disallow “leetspeak” dictionary passwords like XKCD's Tr0ub4dor&3

Asked: Today

I am the lead developer for an upcoming government website which will expose sensitive personal information (criminal history, SSNs, etc primarily). The website will be consumed by the general public, for doing background checks on employees etc.

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Re: Sacrificial goat.

Meh!

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Same old

You have no chance to survive, make your time!

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NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

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Re: All very well to say

Yeah, but think of all the museums that can be built around a proudly displayed "Actual, FULLY FUNCTIONAL version of the WHITEST ELEPHANT ever! Only original pieces!". It will boost local economies!

Plus we got the Chinese to actually COPY A FULLY USELESS DESIGN AND TRY TO FLY IT!

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WD silently murders Arkeia backupware

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Re: The feel when...

I checked. In the extremely detailed manual of 2000, we find:

X11 graphics user interface

This module is the interface between the backup server and the user. IIt may be installed on any machine, but is usually located on the backup server. The interface consists of an independent group of X11 client programs which can be displayed on any X11 server (R4, R5, R6) or graphics workstation. It ergonomic characteristics (colors, fonts, images...) can be fully configured interactively to provide maximum user comfort. A proprietary software display technology is implemented to prevent the slow, cumbersome features and excessive use of resources typically found in X11/Motif applications, at the same time providing unique function capabilities (animated icons, toolbar, context-sensitive menus, real-photo Vu-meters, tips, multi-language features...).

JAVA graphics user interface

This module is the interface between the backup server and the user. It may be installed on any machine, but is usually located on the backup server. The interface consists of an independent group of JAVA client programs which can be displayed on any workstation using NETSCAPE or MS Explorer. It ergonomic characteristics (colors, fonts, images...) can be fully configured interactively to provide maximum user comfort. A proprietary software display technology is implemented to prevent the slow, cumbersome features and excessive use of resources, at the same time providing unique function capabilities (animated icons, toolbar, context-sensitive menus, real-photo Vu-meters, tips, multi-language features...).

Hardware requirement

Arkeia has the following minimum hardware requirements: A computer capable of running your operating system. 32 MB RAM. SCSI tape drive. A SCSI tape drive is required for high speed positioning of the tape during restore operations. In the near future, the requirement for a SCSI tape drive will be removed and direct support of Travan and floppy based, and QIC tape drives will be implemented. This will allow high speed operation for all tape drives, SCSI and non SCSI alike.

There wasn't much focus on "rounded windows" either (in Motif/X11 an unlikely thing) but it had some weird styling indicating that the designer might have previously made games for Amiga or Atari ST:

Drivepacks: The Window!

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The feel when...

Damn, I remember this from 2000, with backup to DAT tapes on an early Red Hat Linux. It was Java-based and a bit flaky (along the lines of "is something happening? is it stuck? why doesn't it repaint the screen??").

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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

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Well, actually....

....this seems to be in the tradition of "SELinux" issued from "Project Flask". So there is some continuity.

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One MEEELLION users download Facebook-pwning droid game

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Re: TinkerAccountLibrary.dll

Are you some kind of politician or PHB?

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

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Re: I've worked it out

Most will be grouped under .pwned

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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Re: Richard Clarke already announced this news

Please, no Richard Clarke. This is not "cyberwar" or other heavy-breathing fantasy of the ones in need of fame and money, it's just a leisurely download action.

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"And I think that's a shift that all of us need to be mindful that we need to continue to make."

Is this why there are efforts to put crypto back in the box now?

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GIGANTIC galaxy-chomping black hole rips boffins a new one

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The Mario Draghi Galaxy: Enormously Holey

which is why such massive holes on normal galaxies aren't seen closer to Earth

It don't see it.

That kind of reasoning applies to evanescent objects, like early-universe hypernovas, but black holes have staying power in timeframes of a few billion years.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Re: Taste the salt

> CEO of a major company

> professionalism

Choose one.

These people are not in their position because they are "professional". They are there because they are ruthlessly ambitious. No skills required.

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Re: "a cowards justice system"

Menacing tweets? I think there is a law against that. I suspect ambitious no-win, no-fee lawyers will be in touch.

Imagine a Sony Entertainment employee doing that. He would be on the street in a heartbeat.

I won't go into the fact that he comes across as a spoilt brat wearing Armani (indeed, most of management are anyway, so no surprises here).

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The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz

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Darth Vader does a Death Star construction inspection

It has come to the point where "rights holders" fight their resellers and resellers are seen to unfairly profit from "rights holders"?

HEAVY BREATHING!

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