* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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French parliament votes to jail tech execs who refuse to decrypt data

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Re: Seems like good news?

proper encryption and private key management schemes which mean they can't possibly decrypt

I don't think you understand how encryption works.

If there is a "private key management scheme" at the company, there is a slight problem...

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So much for "MUH WEST COAST LAW!!"

Yep

Encryption is on the way out ... thanks to ISIS ... a 50% CIA / 50% Saudi Arabia construction.

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Electrified bird bum bomb shuts down US nuclear power plant

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Terrorist birds!

Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation

Film at 11: Andrew Cuomo does the PHB thing.

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How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'

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Re: West coast law all right

This.

Thank you for demolishing the article's premise (if there even was one, frankly it's too confusing and "tech will save me"-styled for me) in one strike.

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Re: Ah, but that would involve *logic*

Woah this is just plain stupid.

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The decision by Judge James Orenstein to deny a government demand against Apple, based on the arguments used in San Bernardino, is thus theater.

I don't understand. The encrypted message can be read. The code is too weak. So this is not theater at all.

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Machismo is ruining the tech industry for all of us. Equally

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Re: 2/3 of medical students are women

created a caring nuturing welcoming environment free of the cult of secret knowledge, overbearing self-opinion and ego

You busted my sarcasmometer. Many patients died!

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Re: Is this getting worse with time

Yeah but sometimes you get downvoted / your question marked as "duplicate" by fscking arseholes of and blights who have tons of reputation probably obtained by answering "How do download jQuery" questions about 10'000 times who don't even understand your question or think the answer is "obvious" because "it's in the books" (where it is obviously wrong to anyone who can do arithmetic and is not blinded by the light of the paper-writing malcomputing glitterati)

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Pluralistic Ignorance

With very few exceptions, all those executives, architects, thought influences and other "important people" I have talked to over the years feel the exact same way.

So everyone knows it's shit but everyone is still playing along?

From "Your Code as a Crime Scene" (recommended reading for coders and testers)

What just happened in our fictional example is that you fell prey to pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance happens in situations where everyone privately rejects a norm but thinks that everyone else in the group supports it. Over time, pluralistic ignorance can lead to situations where a group follows rules that all of its members reject in private. We fall in this social trap when we conclude that the behavior of our peers depends on beliefs that are different from our own, even if we behave in an identical way ourselves. That’s what happened around Andersen’s naked emperor. Because everyone praised the emperor’s new clothes, each individual thought they missed something obvious. That’s why they chose to conform to the group behavior and play along with the praise of the wonderful clothes they couldn’t see.

I always felt the "tech machismo" was a leftover from 80's continental-style schooling (the Bismarckian style) where collaborative work was not only shunned but actively suppressed by teaching personnel and everyone had to "swim or drown on your own". 'twas better at uni but by then the damage had been done.

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Docker may be the dumbest thing you do today

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While it seems certain Docker will come to displace stodgier alternatives like VMware in the future, we’re nowhere near that future today.

This seems to miss the point about what "Docker" is good for:

What is Docker and When to Use It

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Re: Let's just hope AI's will be smarter than these researchers

Human brains are limited due to:

1) Energy usage (the brain is the organ that uses the most energy)

2) Volume (we don't lay eggs, so there is a strong limit here)

3) Any evolutionary push (it's currently sufficient to go to McDonalds and buy horrifood; improvements would only be seen by a large breeding effort coupled to challenging environments .. like being hunted yb predators that engage you in a game to test the size of your short-term memory)

If human brains go anywhere, it will probably become simpler, sustaining less intelligence.

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Rejoice, sysadmins, there's a new glamour job nobody understands

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Doesn't this go the other way 'round?

“most of these skill sets, especially the integration and ability to deal with ambiguity, are easily transferable to other jobs in IT”

Thus, if you are IoT architectoman, you can just easily slide into other jobs in your company, but other jobs in your company do not necessarily give yout the wherewithal to become IoT architectoman.

We betterl look out for people who have a resemblance to Brainiac (moreover, able to deal with ambiguity!) or having enlarged skuls stalking the halls and muttering about the "stupid humans" or how they "they laughed at me at the academy". I think standard humans goners. The plan will probably involve automated meat cleavers in every home...

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NASA compiles Scott Kelly space photo album

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As long as there is gas in there, it's not old.

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Activist investor tells dot-word biz to sell off 'garbage' new domains

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Re: Bah!

You do not seem to understand what a company is.

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Securo-bods snigger into sleeves at Norse Corp as conf sponsor

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Whistling on the graveyard

Big talk when the bubble pop is nearer than one might think....

Who will be on RSA 2017?

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Salesforce.com storage fail causes lengthy outage

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On Informative Corporospeak Statements (OICS)

“We have determined that the issue was caused by a storage failure, which impacted communication to the storage tier”

So the failure was caused by a failure, which caused things to fail?

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Re: Pestilence

Because Excel sheets are best?

Waste of my time

Yep, it's definitely time to not be employed.

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Bruce Schneier: We're sleepwalking towards digital disaster and are too dumb to stop

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Re: Hmmm...

Those "panics" are generally skillfully engineered.

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Vernor Vinge wrote about this

Takeover of crappy IoT civilization from orbiting alien spaceship via leet haxx.

No problemo!

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$17 smartwatch sends something to random Chinese IP address

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Alert

This is when a massive cloud backs up into you and you perform a squishy sound just before dropping your dox.

We need a fscking "cloud!" icon

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Re: I will worry

a very good satire of capitalism

This is not how capitalism works, comrade.

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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Re: Mini on a second floor flat roof

I have been in corporate IT so long that I cannot fathom how this spontaneous collaboration could happen, that anyone would know how to disassemble a car (and reassemble it afterwards) or why anyone would even see his interest in participating in such an action kindled....

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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Re: Here's looking at us

Whadda fark is the "Glodislock" zone and does it involve BDSM implements? I am rather afraid...

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HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

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Ariane 5 went down due to "unnecessary code"...

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Re: Kyle Lady says...

You must be 16 years old for not having realized yet that specializations exist for a reason.

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Re: In other news

Yes?

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Investigatory Powers Bill lands in Parliament amid howls over breadth of spying powers

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Re: RIGHT THAT DOES IT!!!

That's not an approved way to recycle electronic waste! You might get RIPAed for this.

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Re: Welcome to Totalitaria

Ignorance is Strength

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Don't expect AI to save our security skins, warns RSA boss

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Never be "respecful" to politicians and civil servants. You pay them!

"We need to be respectful but make sure our voices are heard."

You should never be "respectful" with people you pay dearly and who then proceed to either do nothing at all or become active threats to the common wellbeing.

In the end, the disrespect may have to go so far as to use guns. It happened before. It will happen again.

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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This ecosystem needs a reset

"Mobile ad blocking will kill you all"

GOOD!

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: Just sayin'

Photographers wanting to photograph in a style that looks like "hostile reconnaisance", moreover.

What is this world coming to?

(My style of "hostile reconnaisance" is scoping through a Bushnell across the axis of a long boomstick. It tends to shut people up.)

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Baitu dess ka, ne?

Thank you for your considered opinion which, after analysis, appears to be a waste of perfectly good electrons written by an airhead.

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Poor recruitment processes are causing the great security talent drought

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Re: It may be deliberate

Recruiters are not monopsonists, you know. Go find a company that will hire you at an acceptable salary for your skill level.

We have hired outside-of-the-EU-common-job-exchange-area (whatever it is called), which demands an official signature and a statement that "no local talent could be found in spite of searching". Thing is, we liked the Romanian developerette .. and local talentt could indeed not be found, it positively sucked.

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SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

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Drinking to Groklaw, whoever they are!

The time-tested argument "I own everything of value ever, it's written on this little piece of paper" has resulted in SCO shareholders and employees getting rogered good.

I remember some of those employees actually drinking the kool-aid and staging a pro-SCO protest back when people thought Iraq would be over "soon". Where is their job now?

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GitHubber wants to revive the first Unix in a PDP-7 emulator

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A ruguous yet squamous code revivla

This sounds like a special project to unleash the True Form of Microsoft through code necromancy and bring about fanboy armageddon. We will end up in the nether world of Fourthly Divided Wall Opening. YOu have been warned!

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Woah. The president will be guarantor of a free/independent press?

That's a third rail in US politics. Sheldon Adelson and other influence mongers must be picking up the phone and threaten to withhold funds/transfer funds to presidential competitors or to talk darkly about "reputation".

But apart from that, has the neocon post been different under Bezos? I don't think anything has changed.

Plus, you can't get good press outfits by decree.

Also, nobody actually wants to read the stuff such an outfit would put out. Better go through the day with the rah-rah amurrica dream.

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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Yup, looks like something landed close to home.

I hope the article was instructional.

The next question would be "How pointy is your hair, then?"

(Plus, if the answer had been straight, the boss would just have said "I don't believe you because my nephew says it's very secure and he's in third grade!" and this would just have resulted in an accident in the server room a bit later.)

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Re: I am having exactly that sort of day

WHY DID YOU BUY A 3D PRINTER? YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN!

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Pentagon to Dept of Defense: Give us $580bn for cyberwar and spacewar

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Re: $582 BEELLION?

It's gonna go through.

You do know that the Community Organizer President ("imma aiming for a nuke-free world") is not averse to a nuke renewal/refresher program at the cool tune of USD 1 trillion? Because Russians are in Crimea or something.

Even Hillary "I smoked Lybia" Klingon has said that she would "look into this" if elected.

The cleansing economic crash can't come fast enough.

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Competition? No way! AT&T says it will sue to keep Google Fiber out of Louisville, Kentucky

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LIst AT&T board of directors

..under the heading "these people are terrorists ... shoot to kill on sight."

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Sub-atomic boffins glimpse four-pack tetraquark

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Re: Holy underpants

And a quadro-pounder with cheese. That's four pounds of meat.

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But DZero collaborative IS a Tevatron team?

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Online crims delight in watching you squirm, says Mandiant

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Re: Pre-emptive strike!

in the newly forming USSR

Looks like someone is drinking neocon cool-aid here. Bon appétit!

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"Reverend" Jones is alive!

The "Kool Aid" drinker is the industry. Decades of technical debt in security (not to mention PHB debt in understanding of the most basic technical elements whatsoever) are biting now, indeed.

drink the kool-aid

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Microsoft acquires Xamarin: An obvious move not without risks

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Re: Fingers crossed...

I can handle C++ without screaming in agony as much as I do in Java ;-)

Put your hands up and step the fuck away from that workstation! Calmly, now!!

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Re: Cross Platform == Lowest common denominator + bugs

Any serious commercial applications will be written natively for each platform.

1997 called and wants its memes back!

(What does "natively" mean anyway? Yup, "in C with lots of #ifdef"s)

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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Redditor dont_think_so_ says "To be a functioning member of society today, Skype is pretty much unavoidable

Yea, that's a Redditor all right.

How can we euthanize these types of "functioning members of society" as fast and painlessly as possible?

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Patient monitors altered, drug dispensary popped in colossal hospital hack

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Know-it-all medical personnel in charge

"IT? How hard can it be? I am a DOCTOR!"

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Oracle: Oregon's attorney general leaked our confidential memos in health portal row

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You could put out a bowl of cocaine....

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Damn Germans.

There is no Rammstein song called "HYDRAZIN" but there well should be.

Or else, russian punk metal maybe?

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