* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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So....

.... that Lenovo Superfish thing.

Yeah....

Maybe more devices need scrutiny. China wants to win too hard.

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Re: Provider of firmware over the air

Explain!

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Re: Confused

Let's talk about Kim Kardashian and the latest gossip on Trump.

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Re: I don't see espionage

just good old-fashioned capitalism at work.

Only if the customer doesn't care. Honest-to-God "Capitalism" is, after all, about selling stuff that the customer actually wants to pay for. (as opposed to the new model Corporatism : An Unholy Cancerous Fusion of Corporations with Government / Central Bank / Wall Street where everyone sucks each other's dick till the music stops due to lack of resources to prey on)

If you find yourself with an OS you haven't paid for - you should maybe question why it was free.

What does Windows 10 have to do with this?

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Re: Sniff sniff

This article needs to be illustrated with Gloriously Smug Chinese Cartoon Girl!

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Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

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Re: Actually -- DO GO laptop shopping, but it looks like it needs to be soon.

There won't be a drough.

Shenzen MUST generate stuff. There's CAPEX to pay off.

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Re: "demand outstripping supply was a good sign for the market"

Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said demand for PCs outstripping supply was a good sign for the market – sales have dropped year-on-year in each full quarter of 2016.

I don't know whether doofosity is a prerequisite for becoming "research director" (it sure helps), but that kind of statement takes the effing biscuit. But maybe he is the EVIL Research Director (ERD).

"Sales have dropped" AND "Demand outstripping PC" implies "The Contradiction"

"PC component inventory levels have been at a low given the market weakness. This could either be a sign of short-term adjustment or more significantly point to long-term stability of the PC market around business demand for Windows 10 products," he added.

Random words strung together to generate a semblance of meaning.

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: "...life is still unlikely."

FUCK THAT!

"Invade the Universe, Invite the Universe ... Impregnate the Universe"

Inb4 "Mars Lives Matter"

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Dryer prospects!

It takes at least 10 and possibly up to 10,000 times longer on Mars to reach the same levels of rust formation than in the driest deserts on Earth and points to the present-day extreme aridity that has persisted on Mars for millions of years.

That's damned dry!

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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"seeing an influx of liberal users"

That must the american "liberals". Don't give a rat's arse about jackbooted entry as long as the "democrat" is in da house. But once the wind changes, hysterical tweeting ensues from undisclosed Starbucks locations (seriously, liberal tweets and printed commentary these day is best enjoyed with a liberal dose of Yakety Sax).

To cite John Derbyshire who cites someone from The Imperial Capital:

There are few in my zip code with whom I could share the joy of this moment. I can report that the apparatchiks are all walking around dazed and despondent, like Japanese schoolkids who have just heard the emperor announce the capitulation on the radio.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: Growing your own food can

> "Not only does the bartering of goods (including foodstuffs) and services happen every day in the US"

> USA HAD laws to prohibit that introduced by FDR during the war for obvious reasons.

The only "obvious reason" is the enslavement of the population. Unless one is a complete retard in all matter economics as FDR was but wants to take decisions anyway. Fucking dirtbag, that guy.

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Re: Sites?

Tom Paine says > "What's your password, then?"

Completely confusing privacy and knowledge. So FAIL.

Of course, as technology improves, knowledge coupled to more and more powerful tools will have more and more powerful, long-range effects.

We won't be able to NOT tightly control virus assembly mechanisms in the long run...

Larry Niven wrote about the ARM (Amalgamated Regional Militia) as enforcer of tech misuse.

This will be needed at some point.

But the Bureau of Sabotage is needed now, we are long past the point where gigantic kicks have to be given to political and governmental organizations.

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Race for wireless VR headset heats up

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Re: Hacking virtual reality

It would be just like politics. We don't want that!

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Re: Lucid dreaming

A recent piece of research explained that gamers are much more likely to have lucid dreams than non-gamers, which might explain it.

I think it also becomes easier the older you get.

After all, you have dreamt it all before and know it's just structuring scenarios.

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Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker

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He discovered it by deleting a single line of code from a Microsoft patch.

I don't understand how this leads to an exploit?

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CIOs: VDI? Maybe, just maybe, it really will be different this time...

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VDI this and that

Aren't we trying to solve deployment and management problems mostly?

This could be solved very well with desktops. Just generate an image every morning, pump it to the desktop, possibly into a virtual shell layerd on top of the desktop changing hardware, voilà the user is set up for the day. In the evening pull out any configuration, centralize saved files, clean up etc, then blow the desktop away.

If necessary, user calls up Mission Control, which generates a new image from a menu as directed by user requests.

It would be nice. Can't be done with Windows Endpoint Messmaker though.

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Google's new VR Daydream View will cripple your phone

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Re: Photo

So .... the possibility of bondage gear with additional porn view capabilities is practically writing itself...

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Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee

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Re: Just the Start

What? Someone would actually pay for a palm-sized computer with radio IP connectivity, integrated power and not unserious prcessing power on every single bullshit item that generally is far less worth than said computer?

A likely story.

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

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Re: You ban "agile".

Ignore at your own risk.

You, sir, are a fool. And probably a youthful one.

LISTEN TO ME, I tell you. Do not repeat my mistakes!

(Winter is coming etc.)

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Re: You ban "agile".

I don't know how "agile" my own methodology is but I find that writing unit tests is a great way of kicking the tyres and reflecting upon the design.

This.

Unit testing has nothing to do with "agile", not even with testing. It has to do with development.

Anyone who doesn't write unit tests is a knave and a fool and should be railroaded out of the building.

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Re: Four Seconds

> Flash is outdated after I've just upgraded Flash...

There is a Gödelian Incompleteness Theorem in there somewhere but I just can't put my fingers on it...

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Fun and Games...

... but underneath there is a toxic wasteland.

Speaking of toxic wasteland, the regmedia stream widget still doesn't work on Linux+Firefox, maybe someone can wave a dead chicken over it?

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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Re: For a moment...

You bastards! You scallywags!

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Facebook agrees to dial back 'racial affinity' ads

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Re: We've collected all this data and can say...

As the saying goes, “Our prices discriminate, so we don’t have to.”

Picked up from Who Were the Racist Tenants Who Insisted Fred Trump Not Rent to Blacks in Coney Island and Brighton Beach?

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Wow cool

Now there will be finally cross-pollination between suburban "white flight" people, inner city blacks, latino barrios, asian enclaves and jewish neighborhoods.

Multicultural unicorns will be racing across a sky of rainbows.

No wait... it's just progressive bullshit and cargo cultism.

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Look out, SpaceX et al – China's Long March-5 rocket blasts off

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Re: F the rocket

How does it work? Is it an ion drive? Does it push against the solar wind? Or is the "EM drive" that "NASA is testing"? (In which case, failure awaits at 99.999% likelihood)

> At 1G acceleration the moon is less than 2 hours away.

You ain't gonna get 1G acceleration for 2h no matter what.

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Brace yourselves! Blighty is turning to AI for help

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Re: A.I.

But AI has no tits (except in Japan).

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When I read the headline, the first thought was "who is this Al they are talking about?"

Al Capone?

Al Pacino?

Al Jazeera?

Al Qaeda?

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Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks

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Re: Leaving security to the end user = no security

> The problem is the internet protocols.

Explain!

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What do you give a bear that wants to fork SSL? Whatever it wants!

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Re: Oh yeah?

I don't understand the "constant time" thing.

Shurely you want to have a "done before time x" constraint?

Constant time is for the simplest "fall-down-from-top-to-bottom" algorithms or for the magic world of mathematics.

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Oh yeah?

It's been argued repeatedly that “things” aren't going to get decent security in their own right, because they're small and stupid.

There is a special FEMA trailer for people who argue this kind of stuff.

Indeed, this just would mean these devices were trying to occupy an economic niche that is not acceptable. Same as a factory that can only exist if it can dump the toxic leftovers into the nearest river.

Either legislate this away or fix this.

Since BearSSL has to be small, Pornin has decided to ignore malloc() and dynamic allocation entirely: “the whole of BearSSL requires only memcpy(), memmove(), memcmp() and strlen()” from the underlying C library, Pornin says.

Somebody has taken up lessons from the Misra C manual? GOOD!

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EMC publicly denies Fairview borkage involvement

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Re: Ah so easy to call BS when you know nothing...

Chill, mate.

We like to make fun of preening vendors and we know about the real world, too.

Anyone who truly understands complex IT environments and all the inter-dependencies and possible points of failure are not commenting on this b/c they know that what EMC is saying is all too plausible.

You know, there is a deep problem if vendors says that "the system may fail in spite of best efforts because of high complexity". We are deep in self-defeat terrain here, basically hanging in Moscow with Napoleon during winter and someone is putting the buildings on fire....

... and you have to pay for it.

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So how is King's College doing?

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Left-wing cyber-hangout blames security breach on pro-Trump trolls

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NOMINALLY!

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> God Emperor

Trump has a carapce of sandtrout and is some weird muslim admixture of space zen buddhism?

> "Republicans use Sexism and Racism to hide the impact of Reaganomics"

Definitely left wing. The existence of Obama 1/2 and Clinton 1/2 are as rumored as the one of Highlander II.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Actually in "A Deepness in the Sky" aliens (that is, us) try to take over a world (the alien world) by subverting the automation of the alien civilization from orbit.

One of the protagonists (Pham Nuven) also reminisces about an event in which he participated in a planetary police mission because the local fascist bastard govnmt had transformed all the gear from Furby to Phone into surveillance and enforcement tools.

Plus, Pham wins the day by using circuitry built surreptitiously into every nano processor since, like, forever, that only he knows how to control (because he is a survivor of another age) ... using hand gestures (see also: crazy prepared)

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Re: Tinfoil wallpaper time

" Scientists behind the product point to studies that say the overuse of wireless technology could cause harmful heath effects."

"Out for a quick buck"

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Re: Trump/Brexit angle.

ENOUGH!

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ALL of them!

MWAHAHAHAHAH! (Evil Thunder!!)

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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Re: A word on what science is

Speak for yourself!

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Re: Easiest way to check this...

Allegedly the US are already testing it on their X-37B unmanned space-plane, and the Chinese have a version on Tiangong-2.

Why would they lift a pressurized water reactor into orbit to push clippy around??

a cube-sat

thing is bigger than a cubesat, especially with the power source and the radiator...

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Re: It's a scam.

The upvote train is now arriving at the station.

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They have MOMENTUM!

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Re: So these papers "leak"??

I don't know, but the dimensional thing is not really magic sauce to explain stuff (much as quantum mechanics is not magic sauce for consciousness)

I remember vaguely that 4 dimensions (not 3) is a magic number as some very special properties become apparent in topology or quantum field theory or both, can't remember... but unless there is strong evidence, 4 it shall remain.

This doesn't preclude one from declaring other degrees of freedom (e.g. energy) as a dimension, but you cannot actually travel along those.

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Re: So these papers "leak"??

the 60 millinewtons per kilowatt that is produced by the best ion drives. It sounds tiny, because it is, however it's still twice as powerful as the thrust produced by solar sails.

This depends completely on the size of the solar sail and its distance to the light source and the type of light. Same as for those panels, really.

Additionally, the solar panels will ALSO work as solar sail. This will be interesting, which one will win, the drive or the panels?

Plus, once you have subtracted the momentum from the energy (well .... you know .... ) you are still left with a shitload of surplus energy that you have to dump into space. You will need large radiator fins. Now you have a photon-drive of infrared light, too!

Plus, I don't see why there is an assumption that there is a linear relationship between "momentum generated (into a preferred direction)" and "energy needed". Might as well be logarithmic for example. We are in unicorn land, all bets are off. The law of increasing entropy has gone overboard, next someone will use this to pull NP into P.

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So these papers "leak"??

A tall order explaining how "energy" is transformed into *"momentum" while this particular way of Nature's working is not readily apparent all around us, or rips big holes of inconsistency into the fabric of logic itself.

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Some! at! Yahoo! knew! about! mega-breach! as! early! as! 2014!

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You say state-sponsored, I hear rhubarb, rhubarb

"a state-sponsored hackers"

So how did Yahoo know about the a state-sponsored hackers thing? Was the "state sponsored" IPV4 bit set?

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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REALLY!

I don't see anything about subverting the "checks & balances" (at least whatever remains of those as the uniparty establishment has played around and dismantled them as needed either in the name of "progressivism" or to "protect us from the terrorists".

Maybe you are watching news from Turkey?

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YEAH!

Not my kind of economic program, but at least times are interesting again.

The boiling frog euthanasia of the Hillary/Bushbama camp may yet be escaped!

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Retiring IETF veteran warns: Stop adding so many damn protocols

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Re: He is right

WE NEED TO BUILD A WALL!

It's the same in the language area, really.

How many manhours and lives are currently burnt on the utterly unsecure and unmanageable WOMBAT and square wheel that is Node.js? We will be carrying the technical debt with us for decades.

Well, we do get flashy mobile-enabled websites with colorful hexagons (these are à la mode for some reason) which will be torn down tomorrow...

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