* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Russia campaigns to stop SUICIDALLY STUPID selfies

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Re: Sure it was the selfie stick?

When did we all decide to use baby-talk?

This kind of trend started after the OId Bush, IIRC.

It went downhill since. At one point, we were talking about what the definition of the word "is" is, now we are down to scraping hope & change from the bottom of barrels and detecting HITLER every week, if not THE ECONOMY IS IMPROVING and RAAH KIM KARDASHIAN'S ARSE.

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"post most slavic image you have got"

Finally a new one!

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Security gurus deliver coup de grace to US govt's encryption backdoor demands

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"I am appealing to the emotions of dumb fucks, which is you!"

But my job is to try to keep people safe.

No, arsehole, your job is to run a governmental law enforcement agency. Which means tackling people breaking the law (now, apparently that also means setting poor sods up for terrorist charges via agents provocateurs for rank publicity and lying in court about it and in my book is a firing offense, Chinese version, but let's not go there)

Keep people safe "proactively" and with no particularity is NOT your job description. It is the job description if a nanny.

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Ginormous HIDDEN BLACK HOLES flood the universe – boffins

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If we could do that, we wouldn't be talking about "renewable energies" like dumb children that have playdoo all over everything.

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Blurred lines: How cloud computing is reshaping the IT workforce

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MY GRANDMA TOLD ME ALL THERE IS TO KNOW AND I KNOW IT!!

ALL code is deterministic, even when pseudo random numbers are used.

Or maybe you should just stop writing 15-liners that work in Helen Keller mode.

"Clouds are not traditional infrastructure".

Err yes, they are.

Seriously, are you trying to make some kind of point or do you really believe what you write?

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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It was the straw that broke the camel's back, the cherry on the cake....

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Re: Strike?

Don't even remind me.

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AMD looks at sinking sales, gulps: It's worse than we thought

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Mushroom

COME THE F*CK ON, AMD!

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Soyuz source replenishes international space station

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Re: 926 pounds of water

At "Dune" standards they would be calculated in literjos

a one-liter container for transporting water on Arrakis; made of high-density, shatterproof plastic with positive seal

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Microsoft to HIKE Azure prices as exchange rates shift

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Tax dodges are not cynical.

Taxes are cynical.

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Security world chuckles at Hacking Team’s 'virus torrent' squeals

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Pozzi denied selling malware, describing its wares as “custom software solutions” before his account was also seized.

Wait, is this hack some sort of alien nanomachine blight?

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Boffins demo 'memcomputer', plot von Neumann's retirement

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I slipped on muh snake oil

"We show an experimental demonstration of an actual memcomputing architecture that solves the NP-complete version of the subset sum problem in only one step and is composed of a number of memprocessors that scales linearly with the size of the problem”

In other words: magic.

100 units of the currently strongest currency that this computational version of a perpetual motion machine is not going to hold up for long. Some resource is sure to increase exponentially or demand exponential precision somewhere.

Haven't thought about it yet, but lady nature doesn't like her no-go areas lifted, that's pretty certain.

The claim also seems to be that you can build an implementation of a quantum computer (which appears to NOT be able to solve problems in NP in polynomial time, see the problem class BQP) using classical microelectronics. Nein, nein,. nein.

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China hacks 'everything that doesn't move' says Hilary Clinton

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She also used to funnel arms to Lybian and Syrian "rebels"

Please don't give that attention-seeking psychopath any additional publicity.

Ignore, hide.

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WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?

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Sounds like OPS5/CLIPS or something

From The New Horizons Spacecraft

"The spacecraft system architecture provides sufficient redundancy to meet this requirement with a probability of mission success of greater than 0.85."

9. Autonomy and Fault Protection

The New Horizons mission is long. The primary science goal can only be achieved after a 9.5­year journey culminating in a complex set of observations requiring significant time to transmit the data to Earth. During spacecraft development, much thought and energy were devoted to fault protection. This effort continues as the operations team evaluates in­flight mission performance. The fault protection architecture uses the redundancy of the spacecraft system (shown in Figure 3) if off­nominal operation is detected. Basic elements of fault protection are resident in redundant elements of the PDU (power distribution unit). The PDU monitors C&DH (command and data handling) bus traffic and will automatically switch to the alternate C&DH system if it detects that nominal C&DH processor activity of the controlling system has stopped. The major elements of fault protection are implemented by software running on the controlling C&DH processor. This software is the principal component of the autonomy subsystem. The software evaluates telemetry data in real time and, based on the evaluation, takes one or more of the following actions:

1. Execute a set of commands to correct a detected fault.

2. Generate a “beacon tone” to alert operators that an event on the spacecraft requiring attention has occurred.

3. Execute one of two “go safe chain” command sets, which puts the spacecraft into either an Earth Safe or a Sun Safe state, as described in section 4 (in the event of a critical fault).

The evaluation of onboard data is performed by a set of rules that check for data that exceed defined limits for a period of time. The time period (or persistence) of the exceedance varies from rule to rule. The persistence length minimizes the chance of a rule “firing” on noisy data, or on transient data that occur during a commanded change in spacecraft pointing. Processors (other than the C&DH processor, whose activity is monitored by the PDU circuitry) are monitored via a set of “heartbeat” rules that use a telemetry point to determine if the processor is stuck at either a “one” or a “zero” state. The persistence of each of these heartbeat rules is adjusted as appropriate to match the nominal operation of the specific processor. The autonomy software can also compute dynamic limits. For example, the autonomy system monitors the propulsion system for potential propellant leaks. The system monitors the propellant as a function of both the pressure and the temperature of the fuel tank using the ideal gas law to compute a current volume and compares it to an initial value set at a previous time appropriate to the phase or mode of spacecraft operation. At the time of launch, the autonomy system used 126 rules to determine the state of health of the spacecraft.

The command sets are organized as user­defined macros and stored in memory space defined by the C&DH system. The macros can include any allowable C&DH command and can be used to power units on or off, change spacecraft modes, enable or disable autonomy rules, or execute other macros. These macros can be executed by either real­time commands or by the autonomy subsystem. The macros can also be executed by time­tagged commands, allowing the commands in the macros to execute at a specific time in the future. The autonomy subsystem used 132 macros at launch. This set has been modified as the spacecraft position along its trajectory has changed and will continue to be modified as different phases of the mission occur, system performance changes, and operational experience dictates.

The capabilities of the autonomy system are used to support a number of mission operation tasks as well as providing fault protection. For example, the “command load” sequences generated by the mission operations team are loaded into one of two memory segments. Upon the completion of one sequence, an autonomy rule is used to switch to the next sequence. The autonomy rules also check to see that an appropriate sequence has been loaded into the second memory segment, and if it has not, a rule fires causing the system to enter the “go safe” chain and point to Earth.

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Drive-by shooting

(How embarrassing would that be?)

Not particularly as we just zoom by and take a few snapshots on the quick then it's bye, and I'm off to the Kuiper belt with nary a delta-V, nya nya nya!

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Export control laws force student to censor infosec research

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Totally Newspeak

Ethical == Not going against a possible interpretation of a shitty multinational "agreement" that is anyway lbroken by the signatories whenever it suits them.

Thumbs up, "Ethics Board".

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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>Yes your nation committed genocide on a never seen before or after scale

Actually on the scale of Belgium, below Stalin, Mao and the Japanese War-by-Committee if one correctly counts the dead of the Sino-Japanese war.

Also, THIS TANK SHALL RISE AGAIN!

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

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Re: Bring incense!

Ok, who is the downvoting bastard!

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Bring incense!

Im am invoking the Ghost of Korolev!

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LG won't fix malware slinging bloatware update hole

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Re: Apply BDS policy...

No.

(This might be why I don't have one...)

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Apply BDS policy...

...don't buy LG.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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Re: Yeah but...

Is that like INTERCAL?

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Re: More Swift :/

It sure doesn't link to singing Gorillas.

Also "JavaScript at the top" == "Many people actually do not leave the Gaza Strip". Maybe it's nice there?

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F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award

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It's time for Haskell...

IMO they're a nice idea in theory but in practice highly recursive code is an absolute pain to debug. Its fine it its confined to a few functions or code paths, but if the entire program is recursive from the ground up due to the language type used then no thanks, I'll steer clear.

Please explain why you think recursive code is a "pain to debug" if you don't even use said languages. Why would you even want to "debug"? Aren't you writing test code?

You may also want to explain what you mean by "recursive from the ground up". Missing the point, are you?

Furthermore someone considering functional programming "niche" must be talking from behind a stack of fanfold paper illuminated by an IBM 80-column terminal. Enjoy your conservatism. Maybe you will bum your code to use less than 20KByte eventually.

People are still faffing around with mutable state in 2015? I blame crap university courses from profs who should be taken out to pasture, retarded management in industry and a "hot shot with C++" culture of the maximum stupid. The wreckage is all around us to admire.

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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Soon forbidden in the UK

Mr. Nincompoop reappears: David Cameron is going to try and ban encryption in Britain

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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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