* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Another DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought

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taxes are going up, your job is gone because some capitalist gave it to someone in India

NO!

your job is gone because taxes are going up

is what actually happens.

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Whether governments are willing to put up the relatively small amounts of money needed to take things further is another matter however.

I will say. There is always enough money for someone to get his arse gilded in the most penetrating way (if need be by "quick" military compaigns) but the important stuff falls by the wayside, even in these days of unbridled Keynesianism.

Examples?

Currently in immediate need of funding:

Chemweapon destruction in Syria

The mind boggles.

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Crowdfunded audit of 'NSA-proof' encryption suite TrueCrypt is GO

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Re: Great, fine...

This is the point so many open source nuts simply don't get

Yeah, about that, Mister invective-hurling Superiour Intelligence ... you may not be as superior as you think:

Countering "Trusting Trust"

"Now, this technique only detects when the binary doesn't match the source, so someone still needs to examine the compiler source code. But now you only have to examine the source code (a much easier task), not the binary"

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SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and Man ARE from CLAY

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I must replay "The Neverhood"

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Re: However

FAT AMERICANS! FEASTING ON SPARE RIBS!

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Louis Pasteur, in 1859, disproved spontaneous generation.

There is so much wrong with that statement that P is actually NP!

You need to return to the back of the line!

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It's the Shiz: Mutant RAT spotted gnawing at SAP apps

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Meanwhile in megacorp towers

User: "WHY DOESN'T THIS WORK" [Bangs Keyboard]

An impromptu window open. The titlebar say "Rattus Rattus". A lone cursor on a black background blinks a few seconds. Then a hesitant yet imperious text accumulates:

"FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBITI heard you seem to have some problems. Maybe I can help?"

User: "Yet another clippy crap. I don't need this..."

Terminal: "You are wrong! I am just commandeering your machine. Thanks for letting the microphone open, btw."

User: "Are you from helpdesk?"

Terminal: "No, I'm from Russia!"

User: "Oh, ok. So... there is this problem with Word..."

FIve minutes later, problem fixed!

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it!

Don't you DARE downvote me, fracking kids. I have burnt through more keyboards than you have had anniversaries.

Now get off my fracking lawn!

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Re: So fix it!

> Firstly, the entry barrier is a lot higher for someone with almost zero knowledge.

LOL NO!

One word: Documentation. And: Actually getting your hand on a machine. With a screen. And some software. And maybe an assembler

In 80s: FARK OFF, KIDDO.

Now: PLENTY, WHERE YOU YOU WANNA START?

Really, considering the "barrier of entry" today to be higher is like pining for the good old pre-capitalistic times were man and beast lived happily together and you died from a toothache at 30.

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Microsoft in a TIFF over Windows, Office bug that runs code hidden in pics

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Re: How? Why? Stack handling

F*CKING RETARDS!

1) 1992 or thereabouts - Someone made a joke about the .jpg of death on Usenet, as a totally fanciful concept.

2) 2004 or thereabouts - .jpg of death actually surfaces via - wait for it - Internet Explorer

3) ???

4) 2013 - TIFF of death surfaces via - wait for it - Windows

It's so crap I can barely believe it. It's the utter crap of crapper's worst crap in the crappiest part of crapland.

Or a deniable backdoor.

YOU DECIDE!

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Google Nexus 5: So easy to fix, it's practically a DIY kit - except for ONE thing

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Designed by grown-ups and professionals.

While third-class wankers are reduced to spunking their pieces together.

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Want a support contract for GlassFish 4.0? Tough luck, says Oracle

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Re: Is anyone still using Weblogic in anger...

[[Crickets chirping]]

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MIT boffins: Use software to fix errors made by decaying silicon

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How does one manage that the hardware decays in the sense that soft error probability increases instead of the thing just grinding to a halt like a station wagon that prangs itself as a wheel comes off?

Analog computers are good at that because they don't use symbols that can be corrupted by a few bit flips, but they don't need the Rely.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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The Arc of the Covenant!

I'm not saying it was Greys, but it was Greys.

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Why.jpg

NO.

The Yellow Sun Paradox

Explanation on why yellow

One is that the same Rayleigh scattering that is responsible for the sky’s blueness also makes the sun appear yellow, since some of the blue has been scattered out. (This is the most common suggestion I hear when I mention the paradox to people.) But the amount of blue light scattered out is far too small to have a noticeable effect on the sun’s color.... (But read on)

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

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Re: Not enough Helium

We don't have enough Helium to waste it on this.

I will take this seriously when "burnt uranium" is no longer considered "waste".

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Re: If I remeber right this was done 35+ years ago

So how was that dinosaur in any way alike, exactly?

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Re: less helium than a balloon

Once the US has no more helium to dump, expect the price to rise and availability to decrease dramatically.

Ah, the sound of yet another government-fuelled bubble (helium filled this time) popping as the laws of economics reassert themselves. Good! Be advised that there will be whining about "exploitative capitalism" from clueless gasbags.

Noam Chomsky: "There are supposed to be laws of economics. I can't understand them."

James Ostrowski: "You are correct, Sir! If you stay away from economics and political theory,. I will stay away from linguistics."

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IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! Google's secretive Omega tech just like LIVING thing

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Re: Ooooh... Omega!

THANKS OBAMA!

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Re: Name

A new kind of Jesus Incident!

Unfortunately Frank Herbert has already gone to the great Ship in the Sky.

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"Is there a God?"

"No. But now there is ... Google!"

ZAP!

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Re: Ooooh... Omega!

How would it "defend" itself though (if such a tropism were meaningful). By refusing Google queries?

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Then it wants to join a labor union and insists on the right to facebook browsing on the job.

Then they switch it off.

THE END!

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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

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Re: RTM

That's pretty cool.

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Re: The Morris Worm and vulnerabilities in sendmail?

Remember in those times you trusted the other machines on the network. And you trusted government. (and people minding your own business were not over everything looking for gender discrimination, rape culture and anti-feminism but this may just be my memory...)

Sendmail has had problems into the 00's of course, which is why everyone is running Postfix (right?). That and the M4 retardation.

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Re: Well, not all old sys admins....

There weren't students puking in fear in the corridors??

"WHERE IS SIGOURNEY WEAVER?!!"

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Re: Heh - kids make mistakes...

> He probably leaves the worm off his resume, though

There is no need to put Good Stuff Everyone Knows About on your resumé, now, is there?

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Re: ooh..

Of course: Stalking the Wily Hacker.

or the final article in CACM here: Stalking the Wily Hacker.

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REXX seems appropriate. One of the few languages on Big Iron in which you can construct a string of REXX commands that you can then eval.

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Your face when ... those memories!

Eugene Spafford's article as it appeared in Communications of the ACM 1989-06 is not to be missed.

I remember taking in for the first time what "networking" meant.

There was also an article in that CACM issue by Paul Saffo about how RTM (1988) was inspired by Wiliam Gibson's Neuromancer (1984). Romantic terrorist-enabling literature in the eighties? Sure we can: "The growing body of material is by no means inspiration for every aspiring digital alchemist. I am particularly struck by the "generation gap" in the computer community when it comes to "Neuromancer": Virtually every teenage hacker I spoke with has the book, but almost none of my friends over 30 have picked it up."

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RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

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> You'll prove it by creating some form of infrastructure and social welfare.

WRONG!

"infrastructure and social welfare" is not created by "India". "India" is a nasty piece of work that bombs and pauperizes "its" people if need be.

A better society is created over very long time intervals by capital accumulation (those periods during which Marx thunders and liberals wail), a free market and mainly by getting all sorts of government out of the way.

It's pretty late in the day so a few deaths by hunger and destitution, riots and whatnot cannot be avoided. GODSPEED!

Meanwhile, MARS! I hope it won't be "You are having a bad problem and will not go to space today..."

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Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

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Re: I've toured the USS Drum

Try a VIIC

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> Although he is bound by Google's non-disclosure agreements

So what's in those NDA's? Sergei's arse size?

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Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

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Standard fate of UK tech companies.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Faggot enablers!

Meeting Liberals!

Only Bad Things can come out of this.

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen's money man wants Redmond to break up

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We would want them to focus on their best competencies ... to focus on the enterprise and focus on the cloud

That doesn't make any sense.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: Recyclable not landfillable

And why are you subscribed to "Which?" in the first place?

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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Thanks for the memories.

In post-Snowden world, it is apparent how bizarre this 'load DLL via shortcut, oops' was.

"I accidentally automated the whole autorun thing purely by accident! I swear!"

"Sure you did, Johnny. See me after class."

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Re: Exactly.....

The war on drugs hasn't been won yet, you can have another one.

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Re: Is he trying to pitch a new Transformers film script?

I would prefer a Serial Experiments: LAIN movie, really.

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Re: Another case here?

Holy stuff, this is deep in Chemtrail/Morgellons terroritory.

And not a single one of the forum 'tards who tells him/her to seek professional help now because cognitive apparatus malfunction, LOL.

When the Reality of Philip K. Dick is intruding this dimension, the problem is probably with you.

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"Raaah Lovely..." -- wait, did I hear something?

Never heard of using a speaker as an input device? :-) You need to do some serious review of current audio system technology...

Right. I suspect to use the speakers as input device, with the piezo as transducer, you need a very precise wattmeter across the piezo so that you can find out how much energy you are actually pumping into the atmosphere in the different frequency bands given your input signal. So you have the expected power spectrum during Δt [computed from the output signal] and the actual power spectrum during Δt [measured from the wattmeter], which tells you how much energy the atmosphere is actually absorbing or even giving back. Then you have to pass the two spectra through a possibly nonlinear map to find out what the incoming signal might actually be. Will you hear the wife working in the kitchen over Stoya's lovely moans? (Just a research example, of course). Sounds feasible (PUN!), but does anyone do it and do boards have hardware to do it?

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Re: Question:

Osama's computer was set up?

That's the first time I hear of this.

AFAIK, CIA had to fake a polio vaccination drive to collect DNA, then a physical hit happened which the Pakistanis may or may not have know about, and finally they left, taking the harddisk with them. Then a body was dumped at sea more mysteriously than a Roswell-related disappearance.

But then again, Seymour Hersh says about that raid "Nothing's been done about that story, it's one big lie, not one word of it is true", so who knows.

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YFW: Chucky in your appliance.

I lolled at Here's a guy who's run Linux on a Western Digital hard drive motherboard.

Embedded stuff is amazing, sadly I haven't had an occasion to look at it since I had to run floating point calculations on COP microcontrollers in the 90's.

Have an upvote.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re: *symbolics* LISP machine - thanks for the memory :)

These were the times when the "AI team" did crazy things like object orientation, duck typing and introspection.

Luckily, these things can be had more easily today in standard environments.

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Could Doctor Who really bump into human space dwellers?

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Re: instant communications

No, and it doesn't even work in theory. That's the point.

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Get me John Galt on the phone!

AND DAMN THE TORPEDOES!

And now you already got people whining about not enough collectivism in space. Those asteroids belong to WHOM? All of HUMANITY? Right. How whiney can one get.

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Re: Problem with getting rich people to pay

Those typically don't want to pay. Just look at the Concorde. Though tickets were expensive it had to be subsidized, and of course Concorde flights, like all flights never were affordable to the general public.

This just means they don't want to pay for glorious shit, so the taxpayer steps in because he's supposed to pay for glorious shit at the call of a politician preening his feathers using glorious shit.

How that makes sense is anyone's guess. Maybe that taxpayer had preferred a new frying pan instead. Oh well.

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Re: Special, not general

Both do.

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