* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Re: "No one is above the law"

Sorry, I misspoke.

Hold on, there is a reeducation van holding in front of my house. That's weird. Be right back.

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Re: Failure to measure up

grant well meaning motivation to these two individuals

${preferred:socialistic_dictator_from_history_books} also had well-meaning motivation -- it just didn't fully match other people's continued well-being.

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"No one is above the law"

Except us.

Until the leaks occur (the ones that are not engineered by us, that is)

Then it's a "temporary misjudgement" that demands "understanding" (and anyway, look at Kardashian's arse and we are fighting Russians in lower bumfuckistan, a country of strategic importance to Oceania, and the economic crisis will be over soon, we are reaching escape velocity tomorrow)

But the leaker will get it.

Because, well, no-one is above the law.

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Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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Re: The guy is a fuckwit and...

Unless there is a special law requiring "minimum sentencing", another "bipartisan" nazi initiative.

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A case of...

4chan /b/

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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Re: "Merlin engines"?

Pretty sure the trademark does not apply to "throw firey shit out of the back" engines, so it doesn't matter.

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Panama Papers hack: Unpatched WordPress, Drupal bugs to blame?

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Nice leak, shame about the murkiness

‘Who’s funding this?’ CIA & MI5 whistleblowers question credibility of Panama Papers coverage

Rumors that Soros is behind this one, too? Looks like we are being served a targeted rile-up burger, again.

US government, Soros funded Panama Papers to attack Putin – WikiLeaks

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

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Re: "at the The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC)"

"The Artist Formerly Knowns as Prince"?

and of course

"The Interface Formerly Known as Metro" (TIFKAM)

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Mushroom

Because the whole fucking war was DevOps, all day, every day.

(While some people were sitting pretty and living the high life, as is the custom on Planet Earth)

NUKE ICON APPROPRIATENESS FACTOR: 100%

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Re: Typical bloody government

not to mention increasing taxes"closing tax loopholes"

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"Has the serial number 1137"

One typo short of leetness and it's 3 x 379, too.

(What would have happened if a joker german had randomly inserted "Hallo Churchill, du alter Sack, wir wissen dass du dies liest!" into an otherwise standard top secret message about Hitler's preferred napkin colour etc.?)

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Kik opens bot shop, promises world+dog access to teen market

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Re: Teen

As opposed to a Thai Messaging company?

The Canadian company has launched its bot shop, which has three categories – entertainment, lifestyle, and games – and 16 bots currently available.

These are "16+" bots, shurely?

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Re: @AC - Sorry to bring this to you but

TOP KIK!

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Iceland prime minister falls on sword over Panama Papers email leak

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Re: Didn't realize there were more data dumps to come

Not sure which of those views is worse than the other!

Clearly the second case would mean that Big State is not prying open every arse and fridge to extract monies for nepotistic boondoggles and actually respects privacy and sound investments, so I don't see how that can, in any way or shape, be called bad.

Never trust the taxman. Remember that money has to be debased to even pay for the stuff that we pretend to be able to afford (which unsurprisingly includes wars on the other side of the world).

Also, anyone who wants to read up on Icelandic Banking Crisis could do worse than read Deep Freeze. We are in for more of such "unforeseen" (in actuality, very much foreseen) crises.

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Did hacktivists really just expose half of Turkey's entire population to ID theft?

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Re: Seriously did El Reg miss...

Erdogan is referred to as "controversial" not "stark raving bonkers", so it's ok.

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Full Linux-on-PS4 hits Github

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Finally a reason to maybe consider buying a PS4

Because, face it, gaming on actual PCs is still the dog's bollocks.

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Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

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This mess of an article still doesn't explain WTF is going on?

So there are extension which pass Mozilla's holey vetting process and use other extensions to hide their malicious behaviour. Or something? And if, so, how.

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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

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My preciousss!!

That AT&T RISC CPU: the Hobbit.

According to Jimbo's bag of unbelievable tidbits:

However, the Hobbit-based Newton was never produced. According to Larry Tesler, "The Hobbit was rife with bugs, ill-suited for our purposes, and overpriced. We balked after AT&T demanded not one but several million more dollars in development fees."[5] Apple dropped their interest in the Hobbit and moved on to help form Advanced RISC Machines, ARM, with a $2.5 million investment. When the company sold their stake in ARM years later, they netted $800 million.

And a very interesting note:

One interesting side effect of the Hobbit design was that it inspired designers of the Dis virtual machine (an offshoot of Plan 9) to use a memory-to-memory-based system that more closely matched the internal register-based workings of real-world processors. They found, as RISC designers would have expected, that without a load-store design it was difficult to improve the instruction pipeline and thereby operate at higher speeds. They felt that all future processors would thus move to a load-store design, and built Inferno to reflect this. In contrast, Java and .NET virtual machines are stack based, a side effect of being designed by language programmers as opposed to chip designers. Translating from a stack-based language to a register-based assembly language is a "heavyweight" operation; Java's virtual machine and compiler are many times larger and slower than the Dis virtual machine and the Limbo (the most common language compiled for Dis) compiler. Android's Dalvik virtual machine, the Parrot virtual machine and Lua virtual machine are also register-based.

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The sad part is....

...that Steve scamming the other Steve out of a couple of hundred dollars for his Atari hardware by upgrading the price asked in secret turned out to have no consequence at all.

Karma theory falsified!

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Don't feel too bad for the PowerPC, however. It has enjoyed a fine life post-Apple as its descendants would be used for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, as well as IBM's Power server line.

...and tons of embedded devices, in particular cars, in various licensed forms (which, I hear, actually means that most of these have special features that make then not fully compatible, leading to rapidly aging developers).

There is even radiation-hardended versions out there: RAD750 etc.

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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(Prods vulture with truncheon)

But we'll probably never know.

Very good comrade. Now pick up that can.

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Re: Reddit to be first prosecuted for breaching terms of the letter

True. Nicer ideas involve lots of pitchforks and 5.56 ammo and high worthies being dragged through streets behind horses.

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Thoughtcrime?

"That two-finger salute went up there on 21st for no particular reason. Probably hackers. Nobody knows what it means, really. A "warrant canary"? Some new type of officer, m'lord?"

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Yes, because not being nice to politiicans is increasingly becoming a tarring & feathering offense (some NATO members go further)

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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

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Re: Sound of zero hands clapping

A new dish: Froiled "egg orbital" - one half frozen, one half boiled, fully irradiated.

Bon appétit!

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When Steve Jobs was away, Apple's designers snuck out a penis-shaped remote control

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Re: Design follows function...

I don't see what drinking cheap&nasty beer from aluminium cans has to do with this?

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Re: Not sure it was even an Apple device..

We will never know!

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

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Re: Hmmm

Wasn't that AMD...

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Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

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According to my local economist, 0% is "irresponsibly trending upwards" and hurts the economy, if that number applies to your savings.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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Re: Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow........

Yes, yes, yes, but someone has to come up with the cash flow.

Promises to have/make "someone" pay in the future don't fill the plate NOW (as governments all over the world are going to find out soon btw.)

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Internet users don't understand security or privacy, says survey

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Is this some kind of effing satire?

The citizens that most trust their governments were in Tunisia, at 27 per cent, and Pakistan, at 21 per cent

Must have asked only in posh areas, then.

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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

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Re: Seriously?

Then they won't be there anymore, and we all lose something then.

Discuss!

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Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

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After Windows 10 "Rick Roll" ...

... Windows 10 "Spring Roll"

"Microsoft and CETC have been working on a custom image of Windows 10 for government customers since we announced our initial agreement in September, based on the tools that we make available to organizations around the world"

Really? Where I can I download those?

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Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel

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The Falklands are like The Crimea: They stay!

The hispanic riffraff better read up on their history: British interest in South America was not as casual as many have assumed.

"RSS Nicholas Vansittart" NAOW

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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

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Here's hoping both of the teams get cancer...

...but in particular the Oracle team.

There is a serious danger of the whole industry going up in flames, and all for their 9.3 billion pieces of silver (or rather less, in spite of grandiose claims by oxygen-wasting, water-polluting lawyers)

Meanwhile Java has apparently been grabbed by the suits and is about to get the sociopathic reaper treatment. God help us all.

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

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Re: Shades of Velikovksy?

That sounds at least plausible.

Also, Julian Jaynes' bold theory about mental reconfiguration may be true, who knows.

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Re: Saturn's gravitational pull

Tides.

And the Roche Limit for the Planet/Moon system which is not a fixed value but depends on relative size and whether that Moon is a heap of rubble/ice or nickel-iron.

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Re: Saturn in Mythology was Known as a "Sun"!

Saturn was never a "Sun" (not even in Arthur C. Clarke novels), so what's up wth this citation?

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Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

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Re: different times on their internal clocks, whatever logs..will be almost impossible to collate

But Shimo's "Takedown" is basically a hagiography his cool self, written by that NYT ICT hack Markoff. Don't buy, possible leaf through it when you find it at the disposal centre.

Better read Jonathan Littman's "The Fugitive Game", even if Kevin M. says it ain't what really happened. At least it reads like journalism.

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: Apple's version of "The Internship" (aka "Google goes auto-fellatio")

Not every critic rated it in their top ten

Judging from the IMDB cemmentary ("Just what section of the cinematic audience this pile of tripe is aimed at I really don't know. Maybe it's teenagers, those Dre wearing plastic headphone types who like to think they live in a land of cool and internet worldliness, but then it features two middle-aged heroes trying to find a job at Google so how does that compute? Pardon the pun.") etc., I would say this is a faint understatement?

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Re: It could be good, or it could be a barely disguised ad for the App Store..

Oh, except at the end when the engineers go to the product launch and see people they've never heard of take all the credit for their work.

That's why you always need to take Claymores to the launch meetings in those nerdy carry-ons...

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Re: A day in the life of a Genius

Kill me now.

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Re: I am an Apple fan, mostly, .... BUT ....

Feel the difference

No, but you could leave the "genius" part out. T'was all retconned.

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Re: yep

One day we will look back to the 21st century and laugh.

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

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Re: It's not "Rocket Science"

systems that can be restarted on orbit after a usually longer rest period (you need storable fuel that still flows in the frigid temperatures of space and you need to get that fuel into the engine at 0g)

This seems to not be the case here as Russian manoeuvering is over: ESA is responsible for future manoeuvers. Plus, these are not new technologies at all and they are not different from any orbital manoeuvering which seems to be well within Russian skillset.

I foresee rising insurance premiums in the future for Russian Proton launches.

Launchers are not "deep space", you are contradicting yourself.

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Re: It's not "Rocket Science"

I don't see that there is any difference between "deep space launches" and anything else. You just launch the crap when near Earth, from then on it's intertia and minor course corrections based on hydrazine injections.

It's not as if there were any Captain Future-style spaceship operations going on out there.

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Re: It's not "Rocket Science"

The Briz-M going pompers because it didn't vent the tanks?

here:: Michel Denis, ExoMars flight director at the European Space Operations, Center in Darmstadt, Germany, said that the two craft were many kilometers apart at the time of the breakup, so the explosion wouldn’t have posed a risk. Still, the mission team won’t be 100% certain until all the science instruments are completely checked over in the coming weeks.

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Six charged for 'hacking' lottery terminals to spew only winning tickets

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"felony rigging charges"

Nothing was rigged, it was working as expected.

The next round of SCRUM will fix it...

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Windows 10 is going well in corporates

but the majority of corporates will have Windows 10 deployed by end 2016

George Bush, is that you?

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Re: Windows 10 is not cause of down trending PC sales

This is the same industry that genuinely believes Unix design foundations laid down in an era of Winchester disks and Wang terminals are still even remotely fucking relevant today.

Yeah, because having overly complexified/prettiified crap (there is a german expression that reads like "clickybunty" I think) which breaks in "interesting" fashion and which cannot be fixed by helpdesk level 1 neither (should you, by the the good graces of luck and money even get to it) actually skilled support ABSOLUTELY is the way to go TODAY.

Enjoy your breakage, virus-ridden cancer and "imma so cool" incidental complexity. As well as the bold & stylistic interfaces that aare chasing the latest fads for kids released from art school in 6-month intervals (I'm also looking at you here, KDE)

For the love of Codd

In better times, an anti-prophet like you would have had his tongue ripped out for taking Good Names in vain. This would have been followed by a solid burning.

Software is a means to an end, and that end is making the user's life easier, not harder.

You have married into the wrong house, then. Begone.

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