* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Lord Lucan, Murakami's Strange Library ... and a hitchhiker's guide to the Computing Universe

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Re: Bugs

...which would make those unreal bugs, and thus hard to debug.

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Re: If the grand revelations are...

I still remember the original Siegel and Canter massive spamvertisement usenet butthurt. It's probably up there with dead people at Rolling Stones performances in historical significance.

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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

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The question is...

....did they get the Dixie Flatline's personality construct out of Sony's vault?

Case flipped to cyberspace and sent a command pulsing down the crimson thread that pierced the library ice. Five separate alarm systems were convinced that they were still operative. The three elaborate locks deactivated, but considered themselves to have remained locked. The library's central bank suffered a minute shift in its permanent memory: the construct had been removed, per executive order, a month before. Checking for the authorization to remove the construct, a librarian would find the records erased.

The door swung open on silent hinges.

`0467839,' Case said, and Molly drew a black storage unit from the rack. It resembled the magazine of a large assault rifle, its surfaces covered with warning decals and security ratings.

Molly closed the locker door; Case flipped.

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Re: @AC (was: It never does)

eventually comprehend that things have changed in the last 50 years

> 2014

> C is still being taught at uni in "muh computer science"

How do you expect management to catch up (they have just arrived at the deming cycle)?

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Japan pauses asteroid BOMBING raid – still no word from Bruce Willis?

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Re: Thought the Japs were in a shitload of debt!

It's Abe and his 'nomics.

His real identity is actually YEN PRINT MAN and his MAGENTA SPANDEX.

There is nothing he will not buy!

Tennouuuu heikaaaa banzaiii!!!

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Consider....

From "Hyperinflation and Hyperreality: Thomas Mann in Light of Austrian Economics" by Paul A. Cantor

... If modernity is characterized by a loss of the sense of the real, this fact is connected to what has happened to money in the twentieth century. Everything threatens to become unreal once money ceases

to be real. I said that a strong sense of counterfeit reality prevails in "Disorder and Early Sorrow." That fact is ultimately to be traced to the biggest counterfeiter of them all - the government and its printing presses. Hyperinflation occurs when a government starts printing all the money it wants, that is to say, when the government becomes a counterfeiter. Inflation is that moment when as a result of government action the distinction between real money and fake money begins to dissolve. That is why inflation has such a corrosive effect on society. Money is one of the primary measures of value in any society, perhaps the primary one, the principal repository of value. As such, money is a central source of stability, continuity, and coherence in any community. Hence to tamper with the basic money supply is to tamper with a community's sense of value. By making money worthless, inflation threatens to undermine and dissolve all sense of value in a society. Thus Mann suggests a connection between inflation and nihilism.

Perhaps in no society has nihilism ever been as prevalent an attitude as it was in Weimar Germany; it was reflected in all the arts, and ultimately in politics. It would of course be wrong to view this nihilism as solely the product of an inflationary environment. Obviously Weimar Germany faced many other problems, some the legacy of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles, some the legacy of nineteenth-century German thinkers such a s Nietzsche. But as Mann's story reminds us, we should not underestimate the role of inflation in creating the pervasive sense of nihilism in Weimar Germany. A glance at the back of an American dollar bill shows two phrases: "United States of America" and "In God We Trust." Somehow our money is connected with our political and even our religious beliefs. Shake a people's faith in their money, and you will shake their other faiths a s well. This problem has become particularly acute in the twentieth century, because ours is the age of paper money, money that has to be taken on faith alone. That is why we have to put "In God We Trust" on the back of our dollars; nobody really trusts the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. In "Disorder and Early Sorrow," Mann invites us to consider what happens to our lives when we are forced to take our money purely on faith and that faith is betrayed by the government.

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Woah

I just heard that Jean-Claude Juncker wants to pull EUR 300 billion out of his arseof the print shop.

Consumer demand will skyrocket, this should blackenize the black Friday to further shades of utter black, thus boosting the economy.

The final solution is near.

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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

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Re: I beg to differ ;)

Azure AD's the future, and it'll ****ing crush...

Better man the escape pods, then. Unless they need AD to open the hatches.

But then again, Satan Nadella might be more "open" and "interoperable". It would be nice.

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Re: on premise AD has one advantage..

So your company is mainly soliloquizing?

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Re: Call me a sceptic

Meanwhile business marches on ignoring the IT department that doesn't adapt to the business needs.

Is this like a paraplegic "marching on", ignoring the wheelchair that doesn't roll?

Meanwhile in the real world, Linux has so many holes and vulnerabilities that the NSA doesn't even need to bother to ask for access....

This message from Microsoft Grassroots written on a machine that has hopefully been patched during the last PATCH TUESDAY, between packets of pwnage and unsecure OLE shit, hmmmm?

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Citrix clambers aboard GPU-powered app-delivery bandwagon

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"Strategic planning process for end user computing"

Systems and methods are described for obtaining a first governance score that is a measure of federation for a platform, a first risk score that is a measure of risk tolerance for the platform, a first audit score that is a measure of record keeping ability for the platform, a first productivity score that is a measure of workforce productivity for the platform, and a first elasticity score that is a measure of change tolerance for the platform. The method further obtains operational readiness scores that are measures of processes used to manage the platform within an organization, adjusts the first scores based on the operational readiness scores, calculates respective corresponding second scores pertaining to the organization, calculates a respective assessment for each of the adjusted first scores based on a comparison of the adjusted first score with the corresponding second score, and provides a summary of the assessments.

A patent on pulling floats out of the arse? In 2014?

Yes, it's amerruca.

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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Hmmm... decisions.

I like the choice between old cancer, updated cancer, new cancer and roadmapped cancer in the morning.

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Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: Re Replicant

The bolt on bit -- that was from the operning sequence of The Shining, wasn't it?

Indeed.

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Re: Hopeful

Or they could just do a new good film instead.

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Re: What's so great about Blade Runner?

stuffed to the gills with American cliches

They became clichés AFTER Blade Runner, little grasshopper.

All I can see is a scruffy good-ish guy

It's called "hardboiled" style. Luckily the Director's Cut dropped the "I'm Tracer Bullet" voiceover.

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Re: "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?"

Gaff was so depressed by having had to tell this lie that he changed his name, invented himself a new life and enlisted in the Space Navy. He ended up commanding a Battlestar rustbucket with no modern computer support and a misfit crew, not to mention an alcoholic XO.

And that's when his Replicant troubles REALLY started...

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Re: -1 Geek Point

That would make it the Millenium U-Boot.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Re: DON'T OVERLOOK CONRAD ZUSE, PLEASE

Z3: Electromechanical (i.e. relais-based cirtcuits), digital, programmable (albeit via tape), missed the conditional branch instruction.

Colossus: Electronic (vacuum tubes), digital, programmable (albeit via switchboard)

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My understanding of quantum computers is that they're somewhat equivalent to massively multicore computers

Hmmm..... not really. More like an analog computer.

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Re: Dear Boffins.....stop.

An ISIS Quantum Computer? Not likely.

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Re: At

It then vanished through a wormhole.

Its last mysterious message, garbled and extremely redshifted was "Oh my [unintelligible], it's full of arseholes!!"

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Re: Emulation

Technically, they can be emulated but with an exponential slowdown.

An representation of n qubits for example demands that you store the complex probability amplitude of each of the 2^n possible classical states (this is the "state of the n-qubit quantum system"). There is a differential equation involving a 2^n * 2^n matrix that you have to integrate over time to find that state at time T. Finally you have to make the solution classical (this is easily done though, it consists in projecting the 2^n vector onto various axes to get the classical probabilities, then select a classical solution according to these probabilities). Overall intense on the CPU and memory though.

For infinite-dimensional states (e.g. position of a particle in space where each position is one dimension) things are even nastier.

All in all, a good reason to good back to the good old principles of analog computation.

If you think about it, classical computers are basically just NAND gates glued together, it's not surprising that they fundamentally can't do everything...

Please read up on the Theory of Computation, especially the Church-Turing thesis and on Complexity Theory, especially the classes P and NP and BQP. The latter can be gainfully learned about here.

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It seems to me that quantum machine learning could build a system like Gordon Way's Reason. Ie. you feed in all the relevant data, and you train the quantum computer with the answer you want, and it generates the simplest way to get from the data to the answer...

There are at least three places in that funding proposal where magic is supposed to happen.

But please do go on.... but insist more on how exactly the magic quantum sauce will be better than bog-standard classical physics at empowerating the computing process (which is just in the BQP complexity class, remember?).

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

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Re: This confirms my theory

This could be confirmed by looking at the spot prices for the EC2 datacenters?

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

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What

None of what I have read matches anything of reality.

It is also a delusion born out of feminist dogma to deny differences due to gender.

It is also not a problem if there are professions that have a gender imbalance.

Can we now close this dossier?

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Re: hansel sprockets

get an "expert" to fix it for you

For some reason, no-one expects the car fix to happen in the next 10 minutes ("that's all the time I have") and to be thrown in for free ("make a commercial gesture, here"). This is followed by "what is antivirus"?

Fuck all those people.

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Nothing about the NSA?

Some guy said something bad about your telecommunications. Who was it?

1) Bush

2) Croyden

3) Shut up and vote

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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depending on the wording of the original request made by the police vodafone may have given them exactly what they asked for

And if not, a little retconning of one actually wanted to do will take care of ... discrepancies.

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Dress appropriately!

I am sure the order for a large batch of leather rainjackets and boots has already been issued to the finest London tailors.

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Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

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“Presumably they were previously able to consent to Facebook’s terms and privacy policy. So the users must have lost their legal competence after they joined Facebook”

Aristotelean Syllogisms are still are useful in 2014.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: In all seriousness....

Suitably updated for 21st century mindsets:

An invisible charge

Building in your hair

Who you gonna call?

ELF SAFETY!

If there's something weird

Happening in your street.

Who you gonna call?

ELF SAFETY!

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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It's "Foie Gras" and it comes from cruelly stuffed duck.

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Re: French.

Absolutely gallic!

The comic "Astérix, Obélix et Netflix" is already in preparation.

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T'ouvres ton brouteur et tu cliques sur courriel, t'attrape un bon, gros maliciel

The entourloupettes of the Académie Française are a major source of mirth even among french-speaking people.

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Re: Technicality vs Common Sense

to use the local language

Netflix doesn't come in Arabic either.

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NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

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Re: All bull.. naive people will believe this crap.

> ancient algorithms

But are they justified?

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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Re: Oh wah.

No.

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Logic fail

The spine is not designed for upright posture to start with.

Especially if it is not upright in the first place, hmmmm?

In martial arts, you get constantly reminded to keep your STUPID SPINE UPRIGHT. There must be some kind of reason to that.

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Cow-orkers have been a known staple of Usenet since the early 90s.

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WOAH those cancer rates are skyrocketing!

There have been a lot of studies and presentations by private and state groups which have not been published in the mainstream media, where it is the microwave pulses which damage cells, not heating, including cancer by where a mobile was held for long periods.

[citation needed] and meetings by state-funded idiots and neurotic get-togethers don't count.

Also:

microwave pulses which damage cells

Not understanding anything about carrier frequencies and mistaking "pulses" for some force-applying magic stuff FAIL.

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Re: funny....

Smartphones are now being used for several hours per day by people who haven't picked up a book in 20-30 years.

"It's too late, iPhone hipster! It was always too late!"

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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A land of honey and rainbow-colored quadrants.

Gartner analyst Avivah Litan

Attachement to base reality would have lifted off the page at this point.

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Re: Why was Ireland 3rd most heavily targeted?

More seriously, possibly the shadowy "they" are watching all this corporate revenue being moved through Ireland for tax purposes.

Just phone up the big four.

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Re: They are us from the future!

Please tell us more.

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Re: I was just about to post the same thing.

Holy shit, this country is fucked up!

At least one commentard disagreed. Having visited the reeducation facilities which are in impeccable condition and maintained to the highest sanitary standards, a consequential downvote was just the right action to perform.

"I also have a problem. I'm not sure which side runs this Village."

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How secure is Docker? If you're not running version 1.3.2, NOT VERY

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I've looked at the Docker image repos, and I don't see any mention of image signatures. If they aren't signing images, they should be, like Linux repos do.

I hope so, otherwise COMDEDY GOLD events are sure to happen.

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I am old enough to have seen a Unicos Cray and what is this

> Weinberg's Law

Someone spouts a bizarre meme (Since when is this being attributed to Weinberg btw, a person very much unconnected to computers?), this is then uplifted to "law" and is then repeated by windbags regularly. Meanwhile A380s that have been software-designed and are flying heaps of computers ACTUALLY FLY.

> He stated this way back in 1971, and nothing in programming, save the names of the languages used, has changed much since.

More sophomoric shit. If that were true, we would still be discussing whether structured programming were a good idea.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: Evil toys

natural fluorescence means that blue-blocking goggles aren't effective for protecting your eyes

Why?

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Re: I like toys but...

So how many drive-through beer & bang shops lead to death by lead slugs accelerated to several hundred meter per second?

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Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault

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Re: The Cloud is just somebody else's computers

The cleaning lady has the front door keys and the bank (an by extension, the state, which can "seize" the goods at the drop of a writ) has my wallet.

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