* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

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Re: Calling the galactic council might be easier than calling Ealing council...

Adding speedbumps > People drive SLOWER

Fixing potholes > People drive FASTER

Do you want CHILDREN to DIE??

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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Re: Simple solution

Bad spelling, lack of definite articles and vaguely angry "must do something" proposal exhibiting scant reflection on economic and logistic issues (does Belgium even have spare capacity?). Resorts to wifebeater levels of frenchie bashing.

Yup, yet another Gb2 Daily Mail.

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How times have changed since they dropped their pantaloons and bent over like bon petit garçons in 1940.

360'000 dead or wounded is NOT "dropping pants".

Gb2 Daily Mail.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Re: Ducks

"How do we know she is a witch?"

".... Er... Goggle image processing algorithm identifies her as ... a duck??"

"EXACTLY!"

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Re: On the other hand, if I am included in their images database, ...

The charge of racism is directed towards the programmers for not having used enough photos of black people

So "racism" now extends to using a biased training set? Oh brave new world.

"Be offended often. It helps in not noticing the real problems."

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But Jacky Alciné seems to be cooler about this than the drama-filled article or even Google's puritanian reaction suggest.

Being a programmer has advantages.

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Re: "Offensive"?

THIS IS AMERICA.

They are just now discussing the "Confederate Battle Flag" while "Gay Marriage" is higher on the menu than a burning Middle East.

Enough said.

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NASA's New Horizon probe rudely fires its thruster at gnome planet

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"Everything is going extremely well"

...we have no complaints!

(But will the iceballs align on the photoshoot?)

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Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight

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Geee... I wonder who is behind this lawsuit?

“I am ready to abandon this tomorrow morning, but the point is that I want to secure the legal risk for the company. I want to terminate this ... but I don’t want to expose Orange to a level of risk and of penalties that could be really sizable for the company.”

It is really unacceptable that this person is calling for the destruction of Israel!

Richard apologised for the comments and travelled to Israel to build bridges.

Good. Good! Let's see you do some groveling, young Jedi!

that would take some real chutzpah

I am sure you will find that that's one of the things that is not in danger of running low in the only democracy in the Middle East.

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NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

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He what now?

Office of the Director of National Intelligence will publish the document on its Tumblr page.

I hope he spices it up with bondage gear photos.

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Matthew Bryant

Any relation with our resident commentard Matt?

(@IAmMandatory)

Yes, probably.

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

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Re: What if they don't find a design flaw?

Sabotage? Please. Wasn't that one from the original "Star Trek" series.

Reminds me of the rumor "Al Qaeda shot down Columbia via MANPAD". Well, that was before we decided to fly air support for them.

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Re: NASA inefficiency: The hint is in the name (4 Charles Manning)

you wrote your congressman to tell him how you wouldn't mind paying a little more for quality and astronaut safety?

Yeah, it's government all right: Just a little bit more and it will work, promise.

I wouldn't mind to see all the money for the white elephant F-35 and the Israel Safety Show in the Middle East go to space exploration. mind. But that's not up to me.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Autoacceptor robot

[X] "Accept terms of use for me when required"

... The sound of lawyers powering up their Porsche Cayennes.

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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

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Well, they had several of those projects which is why they are where they are now.

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Re: When did the Register become the mouthpiece of a failed labour party??

How can it have a life time costs when the system is there to provide benefits?

Is this system a Infinite Gum Dispenser or something?

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Devs, welcome your EVIL ROBOT OVERLORDS from MIT

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Re: ha-ha-ha-ha (cough)

RACTER is now dumping stuff here?

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mWahaha

As you approach the lift to the underground lair of these codewranglers, cunningly hidden behind a large confederate battle flag, classical organ music can be faintly heard playing ....

The thought occurs that this system can also spit out a number between 0 and 1 indicating exactly how sucky the freestyling fast-delivering developer you hired last month has been so far.

PDF here: Automatic Error Elimination by Horizontal Code Transfer across Multiple Applications

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Better sell a few islands to China, underdogs!

1) State funnels tons of cheap money (because it's all denominated in Euro) to well-connected greek-with-a-big-ear-in-government for a decade, promises to pay it back later. European governments play ball because it's easier to play the whore than the one who says "no".

2) Life is easy, productivity is low, state is bloated, holidays are extensive, waiters are rude etc. Maybe there is still cheese to export?

3) Money pipeline stops; oh my god where is the money (now safely stashed away in private stashes) for the pensions going to come from???

4) GIVE MONEY PLOX!!

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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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After being set free...

...the goldfish immediately applied for a job at some European Community outfit.

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Audit finds new flaw at US Office of Personnel Management

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“This proactive, temporary suspension of the e-QIP system will ensure our network is as secure as possible for the sensitive data with which OPM is entrusted”

Is this some kind of shitty Hollywood "comedy" playing?

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Sophos' putrid patch snuffs Citrix kit, kills call centre

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Re: security

Wuh?

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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Andrew Orlowski article dissing freetards, praising copyrights on APIs soon

whether Google's infringement of Oracle's Java copyrights constituted "fair use."

should be

whether Google's non-infringement of Oracle's Java copyrights constituted "fair use."

Well, do they constitute "fair use"? Umm.... it can be monetized, so probably not, right?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Re: What a shame

NASA and the U.S. government really created a cluster by taking the space program semi-private as this most recent failure confirms. Russia and SpaceX are both unreliable sources to supply ISS.

Implying a perfect record by 100% state-owned socialistic outfits instead of the very mitigated record by pork barrel pumps supported by congressional mandates.

I think you need some .45 aspirin.

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Re: Physics Says...

"NASA were serially guilty of putting PR first, and it cost Astronauts' lives."

Often quoted as fact, but actually wrong. Yes, Feynman got it wrong. He was a good physicist. That doesn't make him a good investigator of organizational problems.

Professionalism/Diane Vaughan and the normalization of deviance: The Challenger Launch Decision

Description of Normalization of Deviance

"Social normalization of deviance means that people within the organization become so much accustomed to a deviant behavior that they don't consider it as deviant, despite the fact that they far exceed their own rules for the elementary safety". People grow more accustom to the deviant behavior the more it occurs . To people outside of the organization, the activities seem deviant; however, people within the organization do not recognize the deviance because it is seem as a normal occurrence. In hindsight, people within the organization realize that their seemingly normal behavior was deviant.

The Challenger Launch Decision

Diane Vaughan developed her theory of the normalization of deviance in The Challenger Launch Decision. She details how, during the developmental phase of the Space Shuttle Program, the normalization of deviance resulted in a dangerous design flaw in the design of the spacecraft. The group that was assessing the joints on the solid rocket boosters conducted analysis to find the "limits and capabilities of joint performance. Each time, evidence initially interpreted as a deviation from expected performance was reinterpreted as within the bounds of acceptable risk". The acceptance of this risk led to the Challenger exploding on the morning of January 28, 1986.

Morton-Thiokol was contracted by NASA to manufacture the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) that were used in the Space Shuttle Program. In 1981, a problem with the putty that was used to seal the O-rings on the SRBs was discovered. When the putty was added to the boosters, bubbles formed. During take-off, the gases from inside of the SRB would go through the bubbles resulting in a "localized high temperature jet which was drilling a hole right into the O-ring". Morton-Thiokol changed the putty and the method of putty application and considered it fixed. The engineers knew that the putty erosion could still occur, but with a very low probability of a catastrophic disaster. NASA determined that the erosion of the putty was an acceptable risk of flight. NASA and Morton-Thiokol characterized the erosion as an anomaly that was to be expected since the SRBs were such a new technology. Subsequent test flights showed putty erosion that was deemed acceptable by NASA and Morton-Thiokol even though the joint actually "deviated from expected performance".

NASA and Morton-Thiokol suffered from the normalization of deviance when assessing the safety of the SRBs. Diane Vaughan states, "As [NASA and Morton-Thiokol] recurrently observed the problem with no consequence they got to the point that flying with the flaw was normal and acceptable". On January 28, 1986, the normalization of deviance within the two organizations contributed to the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger and the seven astronauts on board.

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Looks like the Orbital Launch Thingamabob marketing section has finally arrived.

Weak in astroturfing though.

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Re: Third time lucky?

You seem to be talking about the US presidency?

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Re: lightning? bah.

pretty danged rare

Not at all. Rather regulary:

Lightning regularly strikes airplanes. In fact, as far as anyone knows, the odds are that each airliner in the USA will be hit by lightning once a year. (Obviously some would be hit more than once, some not at all.)

Saw one get hit on the approach once. For some reason this created a weirdly greenish light IIRC.

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Try balancing a pencil upright on your fingertip, now imagine trying to do that using thrusters and a pencil the size of a rocket.

1) Create a mathematical model of your system

2) Design, test and tune the cybernetic control mechanism (Thank you, Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, John von Neumann etc. etc.)

3) ???

4) Look ma, no hands!

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Re: It was the cabbages, I say!

Try SCE to Aux

Sure thing! You made me google it.

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It was the cabbages, I say!

...and what are those immense tubes on girders around the rocket: Visible here

And NERVA-launch-from-ground when?

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Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

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Re: 12,000 km at, for example, 0.4 dB per km

In lab experiments, the researchers at UC San Diego successfully deciphered information after it travelled a record-breaking 12,000 kilometers through fiber optic cables with standard amplifiers and no electronic regenerators.

Dude. No regenerators. Just amplifiers.

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Network Solutions' 30-day refund has a catch: It'll keep up to 30%

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"share pricing information on their (commodity) product"

So there is a problem with that? In particular, if it is a commodity product, barriers to entry should be low so any "upwardly shared" pricing should be undercut soon-ish.

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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Re: Fact...

Nothing that front-mounted 0.5 Brownings couldn't actually solve.

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Microsoft's curious Sway comes to iPad and iPhone

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Re: Clearly you are not optimally leveraging your cloudsourced assets.

you are still thinking outside the box while your competitors are clearly focusing on the corners of the cube

Shouldn't this be the converse? You seem to not have been uptodated with the most recent evolutions in the memetic ecosphere. You better watch out because office remodeling using ageist argumentation happens to people who have been out of the loop for even small amounts of Internet years faster than you will be able to tweet "I'm being rightsized".

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Damn… That Carvell fella sure sounded like a Russian talking about Crimea…

Sir. I shall ask you to leave. You are upsetting the locals.

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OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

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Re: Oh bugger

Well, NATO is trolling hard 100km from Russia's border dropping stuff from B-52, there is heated talk about nuking cities because these cities are all communist dirtbags wanting to "turn back time" and the Pentagon is angling for money to protect All-American Cities against russian cruise missiles (actually not an article from The Onion!). So there is a fat chance that the next amusement ride courtesy of the MIC ("Tankland Europe"?) will be way closer to home this time (but not result in Agent Orange babies this time, so there is that!).

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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There's a need for inquisition all right!

I tell him I’m none of those things: I am a freelance contractor, which makes me nobody’s boss and nobody’s servant.

Please sit down.

Are you, or have you ever been, an anarchist?

Do you believe in State, your savior?

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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If the idiots....

...started to use copy-pastable pure text in their "web management interfaces" instead of homegrown bullshit HTML with underlaid images and font-enhanced bling probably meant to appeal to the pointy haired cretins holding the purse strings, it would be a beginning.

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Google creates cloud code cache

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Re: yeah....

Andrew Orlowski articles can be found on the right -->

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FUSK NO!

Its Cloud Code Repository – beta now

Gone tomorrow.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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Re: What!!

"You are now being processed for onboarding to make it easier for you to discover rich and relevant content about products and places" to mix the enticing Yahoo and Twitter experience promises.

This FEMA trailer is departing on ramp 12.

I noticed Yahoo now stoops to mixing actual news from AP wire with "sponsored content" showing money and tits under ludicrous headlines held in the same style, cleverly massaged with geolocation information to appear as "local news". Fraud in the purple palace? Well I never! It's just some slight onboarding!

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Meanwhile, far from the moral panic, in the history books...

The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, by Thomas DiLorenzo

Among the guilty is the foremost of all historians who have written on the topic, James G. Randall. "In chapter after chapter of his 595-page book Constitutional Problems Under Lincoln, he [Randall] dutifully describes not mere problems but the destruction of constitutional liberty. He concludes almost every chapter with a string of excuses. . . . The establishment of a dictatorship was not the overthrowing of the Constitution but merely ‘out of keeping with the normal tenor of American law.’ Nor were thousands of arbitrary arrests an example of tyranny but only ‘unfortunate,’ and made, after all, with ‘the best of motives’ " (p. 160).

Incredibly, the same pattern recurs among Lincoln’s partisans when they describe the gross violations of international law committed, with Lincoln’s entire approval, by Generals Sherman, Sheridan, Butler, and many others. After his bombardment of Atlanta, "Sherman’s army went on its usual binge of looting and burning. . . . It has been estimated that more than 90 percent of the city was demolished" (p. 186). As if this were not enough, Sherman expelled the remaining civilian residents from the city. Nevertheless, Mark Grimsley, a leading military historian, "downplays the suffering of the citizens of Atlanta by saying that ‘only’ a few thousand of them were evicted from their homes" (p. 187). In the face of Sherman’s march to the sea and Sheridan’s burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Mark Neely writes that "Sherman and his ‘fellow generals waged war the same way most Victorian gentlemen did, and other Victorian gentlemen in the world knew it.’ Total war, according to Neely, was just not Sherman’s cup of tea" (p. 198).

To attack Sherman and his cohorts is fortunately not very controversial, even in these times of abject Lincoln worship; but to state the obvious clearly is no small virtue. Professor DiLorenzo undertakes a much more difficult task, though, in his treatment of Reconstruction. Here he undermines completely the arguments of the dominant approach to this period among contemporary American historians.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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I just realized....

Hollywood will never again be able to sell a "hard hack on the Feds done by überskilled nerd" story with a straight face.

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Re: Katherine Archuleta is lying to Congress!

Isn't there a Union Problem with this plan?

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The claim that the Snowden files had been cracked by Russia is a ridiculous lie.

Also seems to have sunk without a trace again after this blatant trial balloon failed to take over the Sphere of Discourse with a 24/7 Emmanuel Goldstein hatefest.

Makes you wonder what is actually true in the Ukraine story and the concomitant East-West escalation, doesn't it?

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Re: finger pointing @ Where not exists

I know the majority of readers on this site are blindly Pro-Obama but it is time to start holding him accountable.

Oh come on. We might see one or two Obamites from time to time but, hey ...

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Re: Answers on a post card please

Francis, is that you?

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