* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

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Re: David Pollard managed to stay aloft for 14 days over the Arizona desert

> the Arizona desert offers a very similar operational environment to Afghanistan and the Middle East?

I don't think so, except in Hollywood movies.

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Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

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Uh,oh! Fred Hiatt must be quaking in his breeches!

"An ad is something different, because its intention is not to inform, but to market. For the consumer, knowing the difference is crucial."

A lot lobbyist, think-tank and CIA-sponsored "content" in the NYT and WaPo is suddenly menaced! This cannot stand!

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Intel teases geeks with 2017 AI hyper-chip: Xeon Phi Knights Mill

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Re: Eh?

Certainly. I often like to get old books from amazon for not a lot of money. Springer-issued telephone books of proceedings are sometimes amazingly cheap (and sometimes outrageously dear).

Plus, one can admire papers that have been typed on a real typewriter. DING!

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Looks like powerful bovine excrement points

Either it's "optimized for neural network operations" OR it's Intel x86.

CHOICE TIME!

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Re: Eh?

> dust off all of those old texts and ACM/IEEE Symposium notes

Seriously don't (unless you want to take an overview trip about history). Start at the leading edge textbooks and papers. The vocabulary, maths and approaches as well as practical knowledge about what works, what doesn't have all changed.

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It's just the inflation curve.

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Oracle campaigns for third Android Java infringement trial

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Woah someone worked on something without telling anybody

The full story just after the latest US election clownshow.

In the same register of "If you don't use chutzpah it will go stale": "US: Russia’s Use of Iran Bases Could Violate UN Resolution"

Stay tuned!

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If this headline was a security warning, 90% of you would ignore it

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DINGG!! "I'm sure you don't want to not install Windows 10 not later!"

These people, many of whom seem unaware of their freakish skills, are able to process multi tasks with high levels of proficiency.

What kind of multitasks are these? Chewing gum and walking on the same time? Solving nonlinear differential equations in the head while doing complex Aikido moves while thinking about what to offer the wife for dinner while thinking about buying a dog?

Context, Watson, context!!

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

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Re: Matter/antimatter vs "regular"/"dark" matter

But when a star forms it is gravity that pulls it all together and the other forces that, via solar ignition/fusion, keep it from collapsing completely - so what keeps dark matter diffuse ?

The simple answer is "heat". The particles are speeding around and can't dump their kinetic energy (because they don't interact with anything). So they don't slow down and form large self-gravitating halos.

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Re: Proton radius puzzle tie in?

Let's not get carried away. At the present state, all of this is highly speculative.

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Re: Sixth surely?

What does Francis have to do with this?

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Re: WHO ORDERED THAT!

But it's a nice exercise in construction of a new particle (I understand only a minimal part of this ... a Lagrangian is pulled out of the tunnel and then what?) and in constraining it by checking existing results.

"Nevertheless there are myriad opportunities to test and confirm this explanation, including re-analysis of old data sets, ongoing experiments, and many planned and future experiments, including DarkLight [37], HPS [38], LHCb [39], MESA [40], Mu3e [41], VEPP-3 [42], and possibly also SeaQuest [43] and SHiP [44]. The 8 Be signal region and expected sensitivities of these experiments are shown in Fig. 2. It will also be important to embed the protophobic gauge boson in UV-complete extensions of the standard model, a task made challenging by the wealth of data constraining new physics at the ∼ 10 MeV energy scale. Further details about the existing constraints, prospects for the future, and UV completions will be presented elsewhere [45]."

Let the elsewhere begin!

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WHO ORDERED THAT!

I want this experiment .... reproduced!!

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Some [who?] say it was only "unified" by merging the mathematics into a single description [citation needed], and the "unification" is in the mind of the beholder only. I don't understand this too well, see the comment section of this "SUSY 2015" blogpost by Peter Woit for historical perspective and more.

Sceptical Gimp is Sceptical icon, of course.

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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Oh man...

Expecting the poor guy to get his gear confiscated and then get dragged before the beak in 15 seconds for "hacking". There will probably be a "hate crime" accusation thrown in too to round it off, because indjuns.

If you do this vigilante stuff, better keep very quiet about it! Modern social democracy is nasty stuff.

(Holy damn, 1 thumbs up and 1 thumbs down already ... I suspect the voting will be balanced on the long run)

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#Shadowbrokers hack could be Russia's DNC counter-threat to NSA

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Re: The press is already misinterpreting this

Gimp!

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A long and hot cybersummer

I'm rather confused by all of this.

This assumes that the DNC hack was actually P.U.T.I.N.?

I would like to know more about the "suddenly shot dead" DNC staffer.

And the George Soros hack.

Now that the dirt digging on Melanie Trump seems to haved fizzled out, I need to restock my array of strong emotions....

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Re: Some prick is shining lasers at teenagers playing a computer game?

When I realised what was flashing near my face I went absolutely berserk. I had to snatch it from their hand and show them the big yellow warning label.

Berserk is when you bust his nose and a couple of teeth, THEN show him the warning label.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Re: The glorious future

Go back to bed, Catbert!

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Nice

Now, can I get a functional booloader that doesn't flatarse on the slightest occasion, please?

What's that? People would actually be able to repair their installation if that were the case?

Carry on, then.

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Lab-grown black hole proves Stephen Hawking's radiation claims – physicist

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It begins!

Please El Reg, can you get Natalie Wolchover from Quanta Magazine on retainer to re-read locally generated articles?

The energy was in the form of electromagnetic radiation - later known as Hawking radiation

Note so "Hawking radiation" is ANY kind of radiation - photons, gluons, Higgs, you name it ... anything that can be kicked out of the vacuum neverending supply of stuff. This is that much different from what happens in an LHC collision point - only here the energy comes from the Black Hole mass.

But otherwise this seems a good article, keep it up!

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China launches quantum satellite to test spooky action at a distance

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Re: Can't be used for the instant transmission of data

Like all quantum mechanics, just when you feel you've grasped it, you realise it's not comprehensible.

Some people disagree

Why is "ResearchGate" infecting the search results? The main occupation of those guys seems to pretend to offer papers behind a wall of e-mail address collection and a forced "collaboration" tool. DIE, RESEARCHGATE.

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Goddammit

"Almost miraculously, any change to the first photon will be mirrored in the second. Just how that change propagates across space and time is not understood. It's also thought that whatever it is that lets entangled photons share information may take place faster than the speed of light."

That kind of explanation puts the explainer firmly in a "General Relativity" universe, where little things are tracing their wobbly spaghetti paths through spacetime and things only happen if other little things are exchanged (there must be "interaction"). In QM, the "state" of the "duplicated photon" is one (mathematical) thing not at all visible "in reality" and extracting a bit of information about that thing changes it - so that you know more about the next bit of information that you may extract from it.

Indeed, that changing of the thing "may" (indeed, does) not only take place "faster than the speed of light" (at the speed of thought, so to say) but across time, too (Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time).

Einstein himself described this as "spooky action at a distance (“pukhafte Fernwirkung").

That's "spukhafte Fernwirking" (like in "spook", ghostly). Einstein was never happy with QM and desperatly wanted "action". There ain't no such thing.

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Researchers crack homomorphic encryption

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Re: Interesting: the orginal, now-worthless paper describing the scheme is is paywalled..

IEEE is hardly a "nefarious institution" and the original paper is hardly "worthless".

As Google-Fu is less than overwhelming, I bring you this

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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If this "unfazed skeptic" stunt results in dead and/or possessed people, WHO exactly will be made responsible? Eh? Ever thought of that?

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Re: Oven doors opening?

If you had read Jacques Vallée, you would know that these sometimes have features of run-of-mill, garden-variety so-called "paranormal" events, insomuch that it is surmised that the "paranormal" stuff is just another form of the "UFO" stuff (thus the new classification of "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind", whereby reality-bending comes into play, too. Mix in in subsequent visitations by "Men in Black" and you know what's up... ).

Does this go further than busted human cognitive processing? Who knows... It's definitely not "aliens".

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Re: Ray Parker Jr.

Better call The Laundry.

It's not yet confirmed that this is related to the transdimensional monster "The Trump" trying to break through, but pundits are working on it.

Or else it's just a glitch in The Matrix. Though I hear these occur mainly in Devon.

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Re: Nearly boring

The Space Shuttle is about a "missable" as first-generation soviet nuclear submarines...

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Cisco security crew uncovers bug in industrial control kit

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Warp Factor Stupid!

How is this a "bug"?

In addition to the default, documented SNMP community string of ‘public’ (read) and ‘private’ (read/write), an undocumented community string of ‘wheel’ (read/write) also exists, which enables attackers to make unauthorized device changes, such as modification of settings or conducting malicious firmware updates. It is possible that this community string allows access to other OIDs, however Talos tested specific use cases.

NOTABUG!

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Cops to let the private sector chase after cybercrims' assets

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Expeditionary measures are required!

Currently it is necessary to convict cybercriminals before attempting to collect their assets, although the cops believe that delays in this process can provide criminals with the room to hide their ill-gotten gains.

So you are guilty until proven guilty?

Is America coming where cops can empty your account if the dogs gets a suspicious sniff on?

Or maybe ... Ukraine?

James, who is Australian but has been in Ukraine for sixteen years, worked for an oligarch, and speaks perfect Russian, built one of the premier real estate agencies in Ukraine. This winter, he and his Ukrainian wife went on holiday; when they returned to Kyiv, they discovered that an employee with the backing of some government people had stolen their company. The employee had all the correct documentation and everything signed off by a judge; the only thing missing was the signature of the actual owner. But this is Ukraine, so the employee bribed a judge, the judge ruled in his favor, the employee paid a registrar and a notary, and he now owns the agency.

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Re: Vigilantism

> Those recruited will simply be providing information

I think you mean "noise".

That sound you heard is an army of on-line do-gooders jerking off.

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Pen-test trio crafts 'Datasploit' tool for easy social engineering

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WIll it prove to be a hit?

It just needs the script to farm out a "contract" to the Dark Web automatically, and off we go.

Datasploit is created with Python and is built on MongoDb, Django, Celery and RabbitMq

Was this done to attract the Web 3.0 crowd?

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Flipping heck! Virtual machines hijacked via bit-meddling Feng Shui

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Oh jake please. Since the early 70s, really? When there was 32 KiB discrete element memory and frequency on the bus was measured in kHz?

"induced disturbance errors" must have been the high-falutin way of saying "there is crosstalk on the lines, somebody please get a soldering iron out". Not at all like "rowhammer" ... (does that name come from a vidya? I dunno)

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Re: Samepage Merging feature,

Why is it daft?

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Re: Well fuck

Anon because otherwise I'd be admitting I don't know something and that just wont do!

Come on now. There is more bullshit being created while you were writing than you can ever even know about.

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Feng Shui???

This sounds more akin to Wuxia Ninja Trickery, you know throwing special knifes that boomerang around in the bamboo forest etc. Technically unlikely. I am somehwat impressed.

Wouldn't ECC correct rowhammer bitflips in any case? I hope ECC is still prevalent on servers...

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: Thank God ..

Meanwhile ... KILL RUSSIANS!

Mike Morell’s Kill-Russians Advice

Perhaps former CIA acting director Michael Morell’s shamefully provocative rhetoric toward Russia and Iran will prove too unhinged even for Hillary Clinton. It appears equally likely that it will succeed in earning him a senior job in a possible Clinton administration, so it behooves us to have a closer look at Morell’s record.

My initial reaction of disbelief and anger was the same as that of my VIPS colleague, Larry Johnson, and the points Larry made about Morell’s behavior in the Benghazi caper, Iran, Syria, needlessly baiting nuclear-armed Russia, and how to put a “scare” into Bashar al-Assad give ample support to Larry’s characterization of Morell’s comments as “reckless and vapid.” What follows is an attempt to round out the picture on the ambitious 57-year-old Morell

These people are all batshit crazy and in positions of power. Historically, there have been only very few solutions out of such conundrums.

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Re: "This was a lesson learned in how important it is to be prepared."

> And the USA call North Korea a rouge state

That would be a "rouge star" state...

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Good luck with this lawsuit

"Cheats" for one, "Performance Enhancers" for others.

Using the DMCA also sounds dicey, as these tools may subvert anti-cheating devices, but not anti-copying devices.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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> Turkey's role in blocking Russian naval access to the Eastern Med

That would mean war.

> Erdogan definitely seems to have more in common politically with Vlad Putin

I don't see this at all.

> than he does with Obama/Merkel/May/Hollande

That's for sure. He is actually able to think like a statesman. Unlike those guys who are beholden to chase ghostly liberal credentials, taking disastrous decisions and engaging in alliances that benefit no-one at home and burn down whole countries abroad.

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Re: Marketing Hack I guess Turkey's new "business model" is...

I don't see what "communists grabbing secrets" have to do with "Putin sympathizers". That seems to be just full-on ahistorical thinking, as we see in the retarded but well-trained (as in "trained to be a good doggie") NATO and US politicial hierarchy. We might as well go back to Tsarist times, when...

Oh wait, it's Matt Bryant. Never mind.

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Oh yeah?

I haven't heard any confirmation that Erdogan's old pal Gulen was actually involved in anything, except the rantings of a quite obviously mentally unstable "president" of Turkey.

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Hillary's HITLER DETECTOR still hasn't twigged. The wench must be busy....

we have not seen an indication [the coup] will affect our business

I'm totally sure Erdogan's coup won't affect business. Totally.

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Re: Going for the 'DownVoted' World Record!

Earlier we were talking about Kornbluth novels like "The Space Merchants".....

ZUCKER ZUCK ZUCK ZUCKER ZUCK!!

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Hey, turn down that radio, it's alien season and we're hunting aliens

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Re: Won't work

SETI Institute waited to be told by some commentard.

So done!

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: for the 'drones can't cause problems' crowd.

That's where the wing is accelerating like a bat out of hell pushed by solid rocket boosters and is also made of rather flimsy carbon material meant to withstand a blowtorch...

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Swiss firm still wants to eat up Pi flogger Premier Farnell

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Sounds ominous

while engaging with engineers earlier in the design cycle

Earlier than after a marketdroid announcement has been issued??

Yeah, I know that soundbite has been generated by the "PubCannounce Salespitcher" web-based application which serializes standard marketing cant soundbites into a phrase that's nearly-grammatically-correct, but still.

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Dota 2 forums fall under hackers' spell, 1.9m accounts teleported out

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Re: STOP THIS FORTHWITH! MD5 isn't "cracked"

> Md5 shouldn't be used as a password because it's too short

Just what

For some people even tl;dr is too long.

This civilization is doomed. And good riddance.

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STOP THIS FORTHWITH! MD5 isn't "cracked"

MD5 is not worse than anything else for hashing passwords, as long as you add a large salt to prevent rainbow table attacks:

Two real reasons for not using MD5 for hashing the salted passwords is: 1) it's too fast 2) public relations as said here: Why do people still use/recommend MD5 if it is cracked since 1996?

Your correct statement about MD5 being too fast and unsalted aside (because that also goes for the SHA family) I would still stay away from MD5 for a non-technical reason: Public Relations. It's a drag to have to convince your boss or client of what you explain. And tons of technical guys (whose opinions are valued by the same people you are trying to convince) are also deluded. After all, there is plenty of 'proof' on the internet that support their conviction that MD5 should not be used because it was broken in 2004.

For the details, see also this excellent answer:

How to securely hash passwords?

Yep, read it!

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Soylent adds coffee

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Re: Legal position is interesting

The German title is

"Eine Handvoll Venus und ehrbare Kaufleute"

(A fistful of Venus and honorable merchants)

which made me laugh.

On a tangent, HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR FECKLE FREEZER YET? You know who owns an Ajax Freezer? Fairies own Ajax Freezers! You know who owns a Triplecold Freezer? Commies own Triplecold Freezers! Every freezer but a brand-new Feckle Freezer stinks! I'm warning you! Get out and buy a Feckle Freezer right away! Hurry up! Hurry for Feckle! Hurry for Feckle! Hurry, hurry, hurry, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle, Feckle...

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