* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

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Re: Obamacare in the sights?

It's not working by itself, no need to repeal.

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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Somebody is panicking

Looks like China's economy collapse is approaching at flank speed.

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Sony Pictures claims 'Nork mega-hack attack' cost it just $15 million

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Is this like politicians affirming that a 2% tax hike will cost the economy only 2 billion over 10 years instead of the 100+ billion that it really does when all the investments, now forever unseen, are conveniently forgotten?

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Je suis Sony!

Now that the US is gearing up to send small arms and Javelin missiles to our Wolfsangel-decorated newfound but discombobulated ukrainian friends to counter "russian agression", the Sony hack MUST ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN PUTIN!

Holy damn, there are not enough random events to hang onto Norks, Putin, Iranians, ISIS, Chinese, Ghaddafi types, whistleblowers and other enemies-du-jour.

WHAT DO! !

Well, the CIA is pretty good in false flag operations and Radio Gleiwitz-like events. Have at it!

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Re: I was told there would be SECRETS

.... (some letters required) .....

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

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I applaud the Outward Urge, but...

"NASA is firmly on a Journey to Mars. Make no mistake, this journey will help guide and define our generation."

No arsehat, your generation will be defined by 10-year-long recession followed by monetary collapse, permanent warfare in foreign lands for no discernible reason, extreme surveillance, a transformation of public forces to unaccountable authoritarian outfits working outside the law, and craven, despicable behaviour of people in public service not seen since the fading days of the roman empire. Whether it will come to a nuclear exchange over a neoconnish to enact "regime change in Moscow" come hell or high water may well be seen very soon indeed.

the horse-trading over cash begins

Meanwhile, a bit further down the road, where the rubber hits it:

DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal:

President Barack Obama today sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Department of Defense budget request of $585.3 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund both base budget programs and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). ... As the department rebalances the joint force after 13 years of war, it confronts an uncertain fiscal environment in the absence of congressional action to reverse sequestration (i.e. reductions in the rate of increase, ed.). The geopolitical events of the past year only reinforce the need to resource DoD at the president’s requested funding level as opposed to current law. As the budget makes clear, a return to sequester-level funding would be irresponsible and dangerous, resulting in a force too small and ill equipped to respond to the full range of potential threats to the nation.

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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Unless they also have an explosive collar.

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Re: The Point

Gruesome physical elimination using ISIS-approved implements is just about right for the anti-privacy brigade and similar muppets.

Paranoia Is Good for You

Privacy is the single most effective means of preserving freedom against an encroaching state. Privacy rests on the assumption that — in the absence of specific evidence of wrongdoing — an individual has a right to shut his front door and tell other people (including the government) to mind their own damned business. This is a presumption of innocence. It is also the bedrock of civil society.

The act of slamming your front door expresses the key distinction between the private and public spheres. The private sphere consists of the areas of life in which an individual exercises authority and into which the government or other uninvited parties cannot properly intrude; traditionally, the home or family is offered as a prime example of the private sphere. Thus, historically, privacy has stood as a bulwark between the individual and government, between freedom and social control.

Totalitarianism requires total information, and today's government is intent on achieving the complete identification of everyone, like taking an inventory of belongings to be taxed and controlled: national ID, biometrics, "your papers please!"

Those who resist being inventoried present a problem for the state. The first line of attack is to accuse them of being "suspicious" — that is, of having criminal or shameful reasons for refusing to answer questions.

"If you have nothing to hide …" the remark begins; and it always ends with a demand for compliance. Invoking privacy has gone from being the exercise of a right to an indication of guilt.

This is a sleight of hand by which privacy is redefined as "concealment" or "secrecy"; of course, it is neither. As well as enabling freedom, privacy is part of a healthy, self-reflecting life.

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"absurd"

A rather tame description for "pants-on-head retarded" and "a clear statement of utter and irredeemable incompetence".

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Trouble comes in threes: Yet ANOTHER Flash 0-day vuln patch looming

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Re: Flash

Orifice of the universe!

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Re: Oh come on everyone..

It's just a flashwound! Oh, oh, I see! Uninstalling me, eh? You yellow bastards!

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Nerdgasm?

Quick, somebody draw a 2D anime girl in the throes of nerdgasm.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Fwoar! Oh, my.

“I think there’s a sense that 'you’re a real PC' if you run Windows.”

Filthy casuals!

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Hey Amazon, why so expensive for SQL Server in your cloud?

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Git Along, Little Dogies

If you have "optimized for MS SQL", you are supposed to go to Azure.

It's the name of the game.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Re: Surprise

Activity.

"Bing-playing" does not exist - you may be unable to let go because you want to solve the next mystery, but that's not the same thing at all as streaming TV into your head.

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Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

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So long then, based phantom particle.

Lonely MAN who has never been HEARD OF makes AMAZING STATEMENT TO HAVE REINVENTED ALL OF COSMOLOGY during a visit to EL REG COMMENTARD WATERING HOLE.

Film at 11 on Fox News, immediately after "How much Munich is Putin?" and the latest on Creationism.

Individuals with a minimum of a 180 I.Q. will understand what I have written here

Levels of sophomorism attained I have long not been witness to. Kudos to that at least.

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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, Dead Girl Walking and Chasing the Scream

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Re: Pomerantsev

I hear the ECB has recently announced a terasteal of 1.5 trillion EUR, and this before the pyramiding through the banking system comes into effect. Does anyone have a problem with that? Apparently not.

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Re: Hmmm...

If you choose to lock yourself in a two-dimensional left/right view of the world modelled after the seating convention of parliament immediately after the French Revolution, you are have only yourself to blame for the shitty categorizations you end up with.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Re: Holy damn that angr!

I also think someone should play with the Bayeux Tapestry Editor for illustrative purposes!

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Holy damn that angr!

Looks like I do not get to the coiffeur today, just reading this got me coiffed.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Re: Nice reference

"psychohistory", a set of methods which could be used to manipulate the behaviour of large populations without their knowledge

LOLNO!! "psychohistory" was not about "manipulating populations" at all. It was about predicting what history has in store given the present political "state of things".

This is of course fanciful to the utmost as one cannot even predict the weather pattern one week out, and, as anyone how has glanced at von Mises realizes, history or economics are not physical system allowing scientific predictions, let alone tests. So stuff that. But this is Sci-Fi, so why not.

Now, if your psychohistory was working, you could position yourself NOW so that natural development of events lead to a preferred outcome in THE FUTURE. Thus, setting up a gaggle of archivists at the edge of the Galaxy would lead to new Galactic Empire in a few thousand years with high probability.

This probability being not 100%, it turns out that one has to finagle things behind the scenes using the "Second Foundation". In modern parlance, hack. Sadly, this is underwhelmingly done using another magic device, telepathy.

If suspension of disbelief is used, one could consider that psychistory sees history as a cellular automaton. One can then do a few billion runs of "history in the box" and select an outcome advantageous to oneself, then change a couple of cells at the NOW...

IIRC Sheldon could do the predictions using a slide ruler. Talk about "underspecified boundary conditions" doesn't even being to describe this kind of Mathematical Magic.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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I don't see what the problem is

0) Get address from dox

1) Go into downtown bar

2) Hire some muscle

3) ???

4) Percussive attitude adjustment of person of interest

5) Repeat for a couple of months

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Trans-Pacific trade treaty close to signoff says USA

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We have always traded with Oceania

a trading treaty for all signees and thus fair and equitable to all

These kind of treaties are amazingly easy to set up and generally just say "repeal subsidies and import duties, let's have some free trade here".

The one where special interests are promised taxpayer money, protectionist rules are haggled over and legal weapons of mass destruction are handed out naturally take some time. They also need to be discussed in secrecy and leakers best be considered terrorists.

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Man trousers $15,000 domain name for $10.99 amid registry cockup

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He is ... a SPECULATOR!

Quick, call a politican! Something MUST BE DONE!!

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Re: Is it?

Millenium Falcon heavy!

Whether she can do the Kessel Run remains to be seen, but she's heavy enough for you, old man. What's the cargo?

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Delete the entire dictionary as a solution (except for 16 words)

"John Wayne was a fag."

Shouldn't that be "had a fag?"

Inb4 "Mussolini hearted faggot-bearers"

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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IBM spokespeople have further observed that the company currently has around 15,000 job openings available.

Reskill, reapply. Welcome to the real.

Stability can be had as much today as in 1932 Weimar Germany.

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: Some wierd assumptions

I worked with RAID5 arrays in the '90s and there was always at least one hot spare.

Yes, and?

Secondly (as already pointed out) using the cost of replacing a single disc vs. leaving the array untouched for 4 years. No apparent consideration of someone popping in once a month to replace failed drives as a bulk process.

"Chief. About this disk array down in Antarctica? Can you have PFY pass by for a fast repair once a month?"

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Re: Something new every day

Except that my employer has been doing this for years.

No he hasn't.

You are confusing "I'm gonna do something along these lines like a rabid monkey with some fast guesses" with optimization.

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Re: Theory and practice

The six sigma events, three days in a row of the financial crisis

These have as much to about "reliability" and sigma whatever (which is something that comes from manufacturing, too AFAIK) as does hoping to survive repeat attemps at playing russian roulette. Just saying.

"Yes M'lord we never managed to reach relibability significantly above 3 clicks in this game."

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I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

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Re: "A gaggle of astroboffins ... "

"So. I hear you made threats against the FBI on the Interwebs?"

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Scouts take down database due to 'security vulnerabilities'

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It is always possible that someone found the problem through sheer weight in numbers.

Only if these "numbers" were all testers. Consider:

1) Most people would only do the "expected thing", thus not proceeded into fresh, wild areas of the state space

2) Most people wouldn't know what they were looking at if a problem occurred, neither would they detect that it is a security problem

3) Most people upon encountering a problem would just say "DUH" and click on the back button, maybe reboot the PC

4) Most people wouldn't even bother to tell anyone about IT weirdness

This leaves people who know about IT, perform new operations, know what they are looking at with enough time on their hands (or are foolish enough, considering how these things may pan out) to tell somebody.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Holy shit!

"the dark cloud"

Clearly the horsemouth nebula.

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It will rise again!

The price of freedom is eternal vigiliance, followed by merciless arse-kicking.

Unfortunately, the former is sorely lacking and the latter cannot be properly deployed at the polls.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: Yes It's terrible

So, basically a drive-by voting?

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Re: The Hodges biography

Downvoted for stating facts. Are there communists here tonight?

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Re: Yes It's terrible

So who downvotes mentions of Cryptonomicon? Fess up.

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Re: Yes It's terrible

So is "Cryptonomicon", of course.

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Re: The Hodges biography

American manufacturing, Russian blood and British brains

Nice for a speech at Yalta, but one immediately notices that there is no word about chinese blood and General Winter. I won't get into how bureaucratic ineptitude of both the german and the russian socialistic regimes played into the hand of the russians over the long run, even though most of the russian military skillset had been "purged" a bit earlier.

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

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Re: Yay!

The one where Scooby hammers on the door, crying for Wilma?

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Re: Not Again

And then you start thinking about embedded crud with problematic glibc libraries out there that is not going to get any updates soon.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

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The Triffids could take over the world...

...because of 6 hours social media downtime.

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IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array

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Re: In the past...

How about some EC2 time?

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I am wise to this trick!

Pretending this is not meant to run the alien Persona/AI once download has occurred.

(You heard it here first!)

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: It made me wonder...

It depends on how near you reckon yourself to be to your preferred abrahamic/nofunallowed $DEITY.

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In strange aeons, fatbergs will rise!

Directly from Jimbo's Floatsam Bucket of Retconnable Knowledge:

▶ August 6, 2013: A fatberg roughly the size of a bus, consisting of food fat and wet wipes, was discovered in drains under London Road in Kingston upon Thames.

▶ September 1, 2014: A collection of waste fat, wet wipes, food, tennis balls and wood planks the size of a Boeing 747 aeroplane was discovered and cleared by sanitation workers within a drain beneath a 260 foot section of road in Shepherd's Bush in West London.

▶ September 3, 2014: The sewerage system beneath Melbourne, Australia was clogged by a large mass of fat, grease and waste.

There is clearly a large market for autonomous robotics still to be opened.

Also, new El Reg units will be in the works. Soon.

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Re: Farting - I see what you did there

But can one light a match?

H2S attacks are nasty.

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Re: Security?

Don't give the terrorists any ideas!

Also: How to cut off Tokyo in Patlabor 2 (disregard the lousy dub made by voice actors too young for the role)

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Re: Too early

Once you have cleaned your cellar a couple of times of mucky backflow from the public sewer pipes due to some heavy rain considered unlikely 20 years ago, this won't faze you.

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Lizard Squad threatens Malaysia Airlines with data dump: We DID TOO hack your site

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Re: This is when I support the collection of metadata

Wanting ot exchange a little freedom for the safety of Malaysian Airlines?

Making a deal with the devil, you are.

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