* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Microsoft bans common passwords that appear in breach lists

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One of my beefs with Microsoft "Exchange Online" things.

You basically can only set mandatory password strength between "anything goes" and "what PHB thinks a password should look like (minus the fart sounds)". You can't access the password database to try a rainbow attack for example, or even add code to perform your own acceptance criteria. I suspect at least 30% of our user database have passwords in the TR0UB4DOUR range. Such a featutre would mean there might be additional exploitable holes of course, so it cuts both ways.

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Atlassian cuts Bamboo from the cloud, lays pipelines into Bitbucket

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“Do you want to work all night just to stay alive?” he asked. “Working harder is not the solution.”

No, a good fat bubble pop is the solution.

Granted, I will probably have to take up a new job as bi-cycle repair-man or invent a local delicacy like the fried mars bar, but why not!

Meanwhile, can user management in Atlassian Cloud finally be made fit-for-purpose and some long-awaited bugfixing be applied to JIRA?

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Norton bans kernel.org

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Re: Perfect example...

Still.. I wonder if their javacode code has anything to do with this. Opera (developer mode) spots a lot of javascript code from an "unknown domain".

JavaScript is not Java.

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China caught astroturfing social networks

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Re: Every big company does this.

Google, Facebook Uber etc pump massive resources into their fake grassroots organisations, to promote anti-regulation framed as freedom.

Andrew, is that you?

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Re: "303 See Other"

It's all about Chinese Cartoons!

And actually, the leadership of the PRC is on the straight and narrow, they haven't yet found out that porn distracts the masses (and stuck-up feminists) more strongly than for example the latest geopoliticial manoeuvering by India which is likely to turn Pakistan into a Syrian situation with nukes, as it is planned to ... ooohhh Kardashian's Arse is the news!!

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Re: Will they carry out a similar study ...

Has there been some interference from a NORK message?

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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Re: sacrifice and smoking of a family poodle

It's those damned integrists that left europe to build mythical integro-land closer to God.

Bad memes everywhere, festering!

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Dead shit is dead

NEXT!

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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Llink to Moxie Marlinspike's talk at the Black Hat DC 2009 conference as given by AC above

New Techniques for Defeating SSL/TLS

This presentation will demonstrate some new tools and techniques that allow attackers to silently alter, inject, and log traffic intended for secure transmission by SSL/TLS in common web applications such as online banking or secure webmail logins. It builds off of the SSL exploit tools and research on the failure of browsers to validate BasicConstraints that I published in 2002, and will include demonstrations of a new tool for exploiting current use patterns as well as some data gathered from field testing in the real world.

Not sure how far we have come since 2009...

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You wanted innovation? We gave you Clippy the Paperclip in your IM client

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No it's not.

Only a perceptron would light the lamp under "Thing of truth an beauty".

It's another hodgepodge article by our favorite AO, with sloppy and barely tenable cross-referencing galore, spiced up with trumpian statements disguised as self-evident truths.

An exercise in eliciting reader reactions, maybe Barnum would like it.

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Flaming soundbites with unsound bases

Behind the hype lies the fact that AI research hasn’t made any serious breakthroughs in recent years; computers have got faster, so the same brute force techniques now deliver their results more rapidly. They’re just as stupid, but faster.

Evidently not keeping up with the literature.

Still expecting AI to make "breakthroughs" like a kid with ADHD unable to wait for the next candy shot. Steady small improvements which, yes, may (or may not) be due to faster processors, is what's happening. These also are improvements.

I'm already happy with the current state of declarative problem solving (i.e. Answer Set Programming). Shit's amazing. Not even going into all the newfangled 12-layer deep neural network stuff.

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Meanwhile, in Mongolia

Yep, changing trends, we have them!

The slow and deadly dzud in Mongolia

They are victims of the dzud, an unseen and brutal natural disaster unique to Mongolia where a summer drought combines with a harsh winter and vast numbers of livestock die from either starvation or cold.

The last dzud in 2010 killed eight million animals. It is thought to descend in five-yearly cycles and each time it wreaks havoc.

"We are trying so hard to keep them alive," 50-year-old herder Bayankhand Myagmar says, talking about her dead sheep and goats. "But nothing we do is working."

In Mongolia it hasn't rained since last July and this winter temperatures dropped to as low as -50C for days on end. Snowfall covered up to 60% of the country and fell heavier than usual.

The dzud is made worse by overgrazing and a creeping desertification. Without rain grass is unable to grow across the vast steppes in summer and the millions of animals that live on them cannot put on enough weight to survive the winter cold. So they die. This winter more than 255,000 people have been affected by the dzud.

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

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Mistakes were made!

But show was run! !!

Not by clownlike politicians though. They are just there for the enabling.

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

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Garnet estimates will be $24.5m

Garner reckons by 2019, it'll be the largest segment of the PC market

Who are these gentlemen and aren't we missing Mssr Gartor, Garrot, Garton and Garfield?

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Vostochny cosmodrome caught on Soyuz rocketcam

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So, what's with the rumors of money disappearing down the drain for this?

...Not sure whether all planted by George Soros?

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

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Excellent!

This hard-hitting piece of Ig-Nobel-worthy bleating edge research will be required reading for when the slackers get back into the office tomorrow morning! I'm off to the printer...

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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

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Bad ideas etc.

Still, it is not hard to see a practical application for the copyright-conscious printers in environments such as libraries or schools...

It's also not hard to see the practical application of vans with air-tight compartments at the back into which the exhaust pipe, rather incongruously, opens.

That doesn't mean that any of these are particularly good ideas.

(As an aside, said vans were apparently a Soviet invention, though history does not record whether they were patented, although it DOES record that the inventor, one Isay Berg, got purged by the purge he himself so enthusiastically supported)

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Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God

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Holier-than-thou?

God Bless!

I'll fap to that!

In other news, it is rumored Bill Clinton has allegedly been spotted boarding the "Lolita Express" several times. Now that MAY be going a BIT too far even for the cigar-wielding man.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Re: @Trevor

If only cancer could be cured by restoring from a known-good (genetic) system image!

Actually....

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Re: Here's the Windows 10 future I see ... it will be used to download Android desktop

Will they have Rats...

Rats? Rats in Windows?? RATS in WALLS????

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Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

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A-HAH!

So, a product that is clearly not fit for purpose and ... what's that? a Buffy Overflow in 2016? ... not being developed according to current best practices and state of the industry?

What's the number of the Tort Lawyers....

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NASA flashes cash at advanced aerospace concepts

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Re: Cryogenics-proof of concept (No$Required)

Yeah. Copyright will immediately be extended to "150 years after the last blink".

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Re: As for Terraforming....

Only after we turn the whole of the Middle East into a non-lush non-paradise patrolled by killbots...

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Re: but they had such a great backronym!

Just stop at the first Rama (and the second Ringworld, i.e. the "Ringworld Engineers")

Then grab "Schismatrix".

Or maybe "Orbitsville".

Or "Gateway" (but again, stop at the first of the "series")

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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

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Hold on... did you just get released from Salesforce?

Any half-way competent storage administrator or systems administrator should be able to build a storage array themselves these days.

It will be down fast though. And then you will find out the management interface is missing, the documentation is missing, the disks have unspecified interface trouble, or the power supply mysteriously doesn't work and there is no maintenance contract. Aieeee!

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Copyright Care-o-meter hovering near zero!

We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next."

"Before yesterday we thought we had invented all of western civilization all by ourselves with nary copying or inspiration. Today we learn that it is actually possible to do things that are similar to what we did and the government hasn't yet dispatched killbots. We already have hired M. Orlowski from the renowned Copyright-Pressing netzine "The Register" to write fiery articles bemoaning the planned starvation and wholescale holocaust of creative types in these modern times!"

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Flash zero day phished phoolish Microsoft Office users

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Re: Tempting to say : 'Good'

"Let's play a little flash game..."

Programmed by Saw himself.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: The problem is there is nothing better.

Woah there.

If you think systemd is a problem for Linux, you are not really in the right spirit.

It's not the best of ideas but it can be tamed. Then somethign better will come along (can I get my Prolog-based startup scritping NOW???) and life will go on.

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Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes

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Re: Being paid to march

Aren't you thinking of the Prussian Stechschritt?

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Re: rubbish

Could Quantum Calls be the explanation?

If the call duration has positive modulus but is actually complex-valued, computing the sum, squaring, then averaging might still yield the missing 15 minutes!

Or maybe we need Nixon...

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Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

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Re: So ...

That's from "Right Red Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

On a gathering storm comes

a tall handsome man

In a dusty black coat with

a red right hand

That doesn't sound like Trump at all.

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Is uBeam the new Theranos?

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Serbia Strong!

Wasn't it showman and neurotic inventor-cum-engineer Nikola Tesla who ripped a steel block apart at a New York demonstration using sound waves?

Maybe one of his lost inventions are BACK ON THE TABLE!

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Unicorns would spell "was itself prove that" as "was itself proof that".

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Re: Hype

It may prove to be an idea that sounds good on paper

I see what you did there.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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But Kim can just dial up some beautiful women whenever he wants so, unlike for loner nerds, his nastiness doesn't need to become excessive.

One or two lost satellites the owners could hush up, but after there's been four taken out, it becomes a bit more difficult to deny there's a problem.

Nobody "hushes up" lost satellites. Why? Because investors and customers need assurance that orbital stuff works and stays working (plus, insurance claims may come due).

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Re: Transparent ALUMINUM?

And now I just NEED those Jefferies Tubes. Maybe with Xenomorphs inside.

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Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch

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Re: Discrimination!

This year would appear to be its Kursk.

Why, are you expecting the 2nd and 1st SS Tank Division to fight on the side of Eurovsion?

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The suffering, I feel it.

"This song is precisely what we are all suffering in Ukraine today."

Phew, lad!

Well, I am sure the Azov battalion agrees.

Anyway, this should yield some epic disses.

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Salesforce.com crash caused DATA LOSS

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Unfortunately by the time that decision was made, things were in a real mess.

Many nuclear reactors have died to bring us this message.

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Re: Merlot

Ok, as long as Beaujolais Nouveau can be avoided.

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

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BUFFER OVERFLOWS ARE A THING!

Really!

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Marc Benioff apologizes as Salesforce NA14 instance goes TITSUP

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A "Droopy" event or a "Droppy" event?

I am NOT happy.

Meanwhile, it seems NA14 has been up for a couple of hours now.

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That's amazing downtime

Was it a hit by a dirty player?

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Fist of God!

Sure looks like a penetration in the Ringworld.

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Gartner waves for everyone to join its hyper-converged bandwagon

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Oh yeah?

Like this is going to be in NO WAY affected by the upcoming mega bubble pop of the cheap money shitters WHICH NOBODY COULD HAVE FORESEEN.

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Re: Wonderful

If NATO deploys into Ukraine, the "loaned area" might well extend up to Kiev all of a sudden.

You just don't fuck around with the military interest and need of strategic leeway of an ex-super-centralized state that doesn't particularly trust you, then play nonchalant while letting your generals pump aggressive messages into the aether and having the press/TV (clearly heavily freedomized if not dogwaggified) issue incendiary commentary.

Funny how these things always happen during Olympic Games, too.

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Re: Two steps forward...

Meanwhile, at the "Pivot to Asia":

US Pivot to Asia Poised to Enter Nuclear Phase

Hmm... US to deploy first-strike-capable tactical nuclear weapons in the Pacific Theatre. What could go wrong?

We need an icon for "warming"

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Tabby's Star's twinkle probably the boring business of calibration

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Re: And this is why there is no global warming

Hmmmm....

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Re: But why would it show a consistent decline over 100 years?

The fun with random is that they are sometimes nonrandom to our meaty pattern matcher.

In this case, the recent Twinkle Action is of interest (with obscuring comets unlikely to be the cause, so El Reg headline is a case of churnalistic errorbait), but the long-term secular "dimming" is not peculiar or distinguishable from noise when one compares against other stars in the archive.

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ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

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ICANN is a riot

I guess firing the whole lot would just set new precedents in bold steps towards "upgrading productivity and flexibility" unseen since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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