* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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The container-cloud myth: We're not in Legoland anymore

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Re: someone show this article to my senior management team

They believe complexity disappearsstate space magically reduces to the one little hypercube you desire to inhabit using $FRESH_THING_ILLUSTRATED_VIA_SHUTTERSTOCK_PICS?

Bring out the Gimp!

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NASA's Dawn gets intimate with Ceres

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"Crater" and suspiciously close "mountain"?

More like a hatch someone forgot to close a couple of megayears ago.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: 95 was crap

Clippy's?

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Re: CUA and no bloat

The only thing that came with WIndows 95 was an icon to "Microsoft Network", which was meant shield the user FROM the Internet into an ill-defined Microsoft walled garden into which you had to dial via some local access point in partnership with some operator.

Bletch.

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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

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Lesbos Transactions? No....

lightweight transactions such as Paxos

Kudos for mentioning PAXOS but AFAIK PAXOS is just the general case of the 2-phase commit protocol (n-phase commit protocol?), the latter hidden under the "Distributed Transactions" designator. So not particularly lightweight .

In truth, I haven't understood PAXOS as far as I would like, Leslie Lamport's original paper was way confusing the last time I read it. I need to start again...

Centerum Censo, people should read: A Critique of ANSI SQL Isolation Levels. Transactions - An underrated area of interesting stuff.

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Re: Seems obvious.

JSON and XML are both fine on a 1G LAN.

Why is this even being discussed? Either you have data in your database that fit your problem, then they have to transit, 1Gbps LAN or not. Or you don't, in which case better head for the showers. If you absolutely want, you can compress them to some binary but still inspectable format after all.

JSON (for what purpose?) and XML are fine and in PostgreSQL and others, XML is just another column data type that you can operate on. Purposeless adherence to First Normal Form is just for people who want to suffer and who actually believe Strings are "atomic". We not only want set values, we want annotated tree values! (Why not graphs, actually?)

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This gave them what they were looking for

They were looking for sado-masochism, fast?

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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Re: burn baby burn

> Not invested in anything myself

I am not sure whether you are aware that the economy now basically consists of people arranged in a circle gripping each other's overly leveraged balls.

Once somebody squezzes, it's gonna be fun.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Every cable measured TO THE INCH to the patch panels and crimped by hand. And often going through the centres of the racks so you couldn't actually insert anything more into the rack without de-patching EVERY CABLE and re-patching it. For one cabinet we had to pull an all-nighter just to rewire 24U. And we rewired EVERY cable in there.

Master troll is masterful!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Ugandan 'rolex'

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As long as you don't pay by African Credit Card (aka. avtomat kalashnikova)

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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Re: Selling my details

no

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One more thing: Swatch trademarks dead Steve Jobs' catchphrase

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Re: I'd be a bit concerend it I were Apple

LOL u mad?

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Viktor der Reiniger fährt vor

Wir zeigen Ihnen, "noch eine Sache", Arschloch

This sounds double ominous in german. Was that really necessary?

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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Re: I'm an American

Paul, is that you?

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Re: well

I remember that comic. There was a hitman cleaning out all the observatories to hide the fact that the world's gonna end in a month or so.

Yup, yup. Makes sense. Politicians would do ANYTHING to win the next election.

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Re: Er.

Because they are hotheaded space nazi asteroids and out to cause "wanton" destruction, that's why.

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iOS storing enterprise credentials in directory anyone can read

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Re: Cal me a skeptic...

Doing business under fascism is always a tad difficult. You have to wiggle your arse and hustle...

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Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

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Re: Should've asked about microkernels

Should have, could have.

I remember that idea was rejected because there was Hurd going nowhere fast, microkernels were starting to go out of fashion (sometimes someone dowloaded the Mach manual), and Linus wanted to have something situated in a known technical domain at useful levels of functionality fast. Hence, monolithic kernel.

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Re: 4 Boltar: Shills

It's the same as the difference between honest diplomacy and wargasm lies being pumped out by Judith Miller types, now being produced courtesy of AP.

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Blue Termite hacker group eating Japanese business from within

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Yakuza hacking has finally arrived?

Why is it called Blue Termite?

Is it a play on the Blue Ant company from the later William Gibson novels? (Pattern recognition and later novels)?

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Eagerly awaiting largish papers about sexual mores

...duly published in Nature.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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So...

...they are being fined for not being precog enough?

"Yes, Mr. Anderson. It seems your department's work has not been up to the usual standards lately .... give money plox!"

Does their insurance cover that sort of event?

And do they screen animals like Cheney, Hillary and "Inspector Surge" Petraeus?

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Using complicated electrical devices to curry favour with brats – the new black?

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Hannah and her sweets have probably put paid to that

I WILL SAY. The person who formulated this as if he/she were hailing from the low-power bulb end of the Gaussian would have been sent for a ten-year stint of hard labor to Australia in more enlightened times!

Hannah has 6 orange sweets and some yellow sweets.

Overall, she has n sweets.

The probability of her taking 2 orange sweets is 1/3.

Prove that: n^2-n-90=0

NO BUT JUST NO. UNDERSPECIFIED; MISTAKES "CONCLUDING" FOR "PROVING"...

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What's wrong with that image?

Why is there no gravity? Are they actually inside a spun-down O'Neill cylinder? Has the first phase Operation British begun? Inquiring minds etc.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

the Fracker companies have stolen away in the night, leaving cleanup to the state or town

I have read about this on AlterNet!

How can "the fracker companies" steal away? Don't they have a mailbox address? Maybe they are linked to the Bush family?

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Bruce Schneier: 'We're in early years of a cyber arms race'

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"My own personal computers, being highly secured and reliable, coupled with my knowledge of how to use them, would make me personally the equivillent of a nuclear power in a nuclear war."

This is basically the slightly more egocentric "Inna woods with AK-47 and Heintz Beans stash" equivalent of the US-centric zombocalypse.

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Re: We have met the enemy...

who pretended Java was realtime

Learn2BasicComputerScience. I hope your not in the "industry" and posting from you stuudent account?

I don't think anyone pretended "Java" (the JVM) was realtime, though there ARE realtime reduced JVMs. Anyway, what has that to do with anything?

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Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

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Manufacturing ain't in this company's DNA.

into chips with standards-based offerings

The one which RAMBUS gets the IEEE to standarize on whereupon PATENT SUBMARINES surface menacingly?

Man, I remember the article in "The Economist" about RAMBUS. Still have it probably on my HD. There were also a number of articles by El Reg's Andrew Orlowski back from 200[12], when he wrote about other things than crying artists.

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Re: Conspiracy theorists

Welcome to the Internet. The ride never ends here!

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Hi Lenny, how's life behind the Great Firewall?

Lighten up and remember: Bhopal Chernobyl Mayak that reality does not go away if one sits on it.

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Woah. Thank $DEITY for $REDACTED Freedom of the Press

Most of the media would have been dragged away, yipee-ka-yay style, over Fukushima...

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Ten years after the Samy worm its discoverer's voice is lost in the din

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"Defence comes back to proper output encoding, and input validation."

Amen brother and"; DELETE FROM TABLE COMMENTS WHERE USER LIKE '%'

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Kaspersky: Freemasons coded fake malware in the Bermuda Triangle

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Re: Pure click-bait...I'm disgusted.

What did you expect? If you read between the lines and divide by the frequency of Foucault's Pendulum you will find that the Freemasons didn't ACTUALLY code fake malware in the Bermuda Triangle (because they are masons, not coders) but instead got them from relics found in a Mayan temple left by ancient astronauts, the location of which is shopped out on Google Maps.

We will now tune back to the discussion of several planes of Malaysian Airlines victims of P.U.T.I.N. and/or the hegemonistic faction of Reticulans.

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I've seen Kaspersky slap his staff with a walrus penis – and even I doubt the false-positive claims

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Re: The Participant Observer Problem

I'm no mathematician, I've not calculated the number of possible collisions, or the size of the file.

There would not be many collisions. That's the point of a hash.

The number of file versions is not going to get particularly astronomical even if Microsoft is involved. For whitelisting, it sounds like a sure proposal.

Size of the file is irrelevant. Actually I would chunk it and hash the chunks.

But the important point is that these files have internal structure. DLLs are not big blob. Hash the various parts or have more interesting ways of checking. Pretty sure this must be done anway.

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Yup, makes absolutely no sense for me either.

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Re: Not fishy at all

Google have also called out snakeoil vendors

Errmmm...... yeah. Oh well.

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Nuland distributing cookies

Rather certain some TLAs of "the West" (and possibly some of "the P.U.T.I.N.") would be happy with Kaspersky a smoking ruin. There would be less discoveries of weaponized software that one couldn't smooth-talk away by a short visit of Agent Smith.

In other news, why is General Odierno now talking up "a sustained war with Russia" on russian soil?

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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Re: Goof on the EU!!

The Entrepreneurial State

Not that shit again. I'm using that book as toilet paperrecycled it properly.

A state is ANYTHING but "entrepreneurial" BY ITS VERY NATURE OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING UP THE DISCOMBOBULATED ORGANISATION.

It couldn't detect an opportunity if it bit it in the arse. Nepotism, colonization, vainglorious shit and the current thing à la mode are of course acceptable.

Yeah, it's "entrepreneurial" under the condition that infinite money can be allocated from the actually entrepreneurial side of the economy. And from time to time that side is killed off in a war or two.

She says big companies are unwilling to spend massive amounts of money in investment, but are happy to ride on the backs of government research and reap the rewards.

That dumb bitch should maybe check out how actual investment takes places.

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R100 vs. R101

I can't find these EU forms? Where do I get them??

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Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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I can't imagine who would NOT want to walk away from Verisign. Getting it in a contract that you MUST sure would be relaxing.

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Kaspersky Lab denies tricking AV rivals into nuking harmless files

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Somebody is talking fast here.

It is claimed Kaspersky engineers took harmless Windows operating system files, manipulated them to appear as though they contained malware, and uploaded them to VirusTotal. The aim was to deceive non-Kaspersky antivirus engines into treating those system files as dangerous

I fail to see how this is possible. If you "manipulate Windows operating system files", they no longer ARE Windows operating files. And how does this deceive other antivirus engines? Does one mark certain strings in those files and tell the other engines "if you see those strings, quarantine the file"? And they do it? In the age of polymorphic virus, no less?

If you start getting false positives on OS files, then you have a big problem, and it has nothing to do with someone poisoning your well. It's more along the lines of being lazy or not having the right conduit to Microsoft.

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Larry Page was held back by Google execs from flooding world with new dot-word domains

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Re: Why alphabet?

No

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Re: TLDs should have been abolished.

There is no technical reason or excuse for the end of domain names to be limited.

Please read the recent articles on El Reg about the moronocalypse.

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Re: Oh dear

Are you the wife of $DEAR_DEPARTED, rebel leader of the somalian insurgent group of upper mallfuck, with 40'000'000 (FORTY MILLION US DOLLAR) in an undisclosed storage box?

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Re: Oh dear

I'm hurredly off to reserve .moneygrab and blog about it in financial and IT publications. #moneygrab NOW!

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: A-Level results

The chance of the above happening are at Kim Dotcom levels.

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The Telegenic Snowden effect

"Mom, I want to UNDERSTAND this cryptography stuff!"

"Don't you rather want to become a laywer? Or get employed at GDS?"

"NOOOOooooo!"

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Riddle solved: Do bears crap in the woods? No – they're stressing out over drones instead

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The right to arm bears etc..

Well, ok. So you are being chased by a hovering UFO making noises generally ascribed to FUCKING MONSTER INSECTS OF THE CARBONIFER, so what's a honest-to-God mammal not reading "IEEE Spectrum" and rather certain that he's not currently on the Presidential Kill List going to do?

Probably act nonchalant and tweet about it...

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Facebook hands hackers $100k for breaking browsers

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In this exercise, we re-inject type checking that should have been left there in the first place...

Very cool.

An important OOP feature is type casting that converts one object type to another. Type conversions play an important role in polymorphism. It allows a program to treat objects of one type as another so that the code can utilize certain general or specific features within the class hierarchy. Unlike other OOP languages—such as Java—that always verify the safety of a type conversion using runtime type information (RTTI), C++ offers two kinds of type conversions: static_cast, which verifies the correctness of conversion at compile time, and dynamic_cast, which verifies type safety at runtime using RTTI. static_cast is much more efficient because runtime type checking by dynamic_cast is an expensive operation (e.g., 90 times slower than static_cast on average). For this reason, many performance critical applications like web browsers, Chrome and Firefox in particular, prohibit dynamic_cast in their code and libraries, and strictly use static_cast. However, the performance benefit of static_cast comes with a security risk because information at compile time is by no means sufficient to fully verify the safety of type conversions. In particular, upcasting (casting a derived class to its parent class) is always safe, but downcasting (casting a parent class to one of its derived classes) may not be safe because the derived class may not be a subobject of a truly allocated object in downcasting. Unsafe downcasting is better known as bad-casting or type-confusion.

Yes, we are still in the Middle Ages of Coding, with barely adequate programming languages, EULAs, witches, "here be dragons" and mandragore sprinkled all over everywhere, and bad reflexes (performance >> security) are still prevalent. But we are slowly getting there.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

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Re: *raises snout

MBPr

Some kind of new STD?

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