* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Google creates cloud code cache

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Re: yeah....

Andrew Orlowski articles can be found on the right -->

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FUSK NO!

Its Cloud Code Repository – beta now

Gone tomorrow.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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Re: What!!

"You are now being processed for onboarding to make it easier for you to discover rich and relevant content about products and places" to mix the enticing Yahoo and Twitter experience promises.

This FEMA trailer is departing on ramp 12.

I noticed Yahoo now stoops to mixing actual news from AP wire with "sponsored content" showing money and tits under ludicrous headlines held in the same style, cleverly massaged with geolocation information to appear as "local news". Fraud in the purple palace? Well I never! It's just some slight onboarding!

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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Meanwhile, far from the moral panic, in the history books...

The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, by Thomas DiLorenzo

Among the guilty is the foremost of all historians who have written on the topic, James G. Randall. "In chapter after chapter of his 595-page book Constitutional Problems Under Lincoln, he [Randall] dutifully describes not mere problems but the destruction of constitutional liberty. He concludes almost every chapter with a string of excuses. . . . The establishment of a dictatorship was not the overthrowing of the Constitution but merely ‘out of keeping with the normal tenor of American law.’ Nor were thousands of arbitrary arrests an example of tyranny but only ‘unfortunate,’ and made, after all, with ‘the best of motives’ " (p. 160).

Incredibly, the same pattern recurs among Lincoln’s partisans when they describe the gross violations of international law committed, with Lincoln’s entire approval, by Generals Sherman, Sheridan, Butler, and many others. After his bombardment of Atlanta, "Sherman’s army went on its usual binge of looting and burning. . . . It has been estimated that more than 90 percent of the city was demolished" (p. 186). As if this were not enough, Sherman expelled the remaining civilian residents from the city. Nevertheless, Mark Grimsley, a leading military historian, "downplays the suffering of the citizens of Atlanta by saying that ‘only’ a few thousand of them were evicted from their homes" (p. 187). In the face of Sherman’s march to the sea and Sheridan’s burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Mark Neely writes that "Sherman and his ‘fellow generals waged war the same way most Victorian gentlemen did, and other Victorian gentlemen in the world knew it.’ Total war, according to Neely, was just not Sherman’s cup of tea" (p. 198).

To attack Sherman and his cohorts is fortunately not very controversial, even in these times of abject Lincoln worship; but to state the obvious clearly is no small virtue. Professor DiLorenzo undertakes a much more difficult task, though, in his treatment of Reconstruction. Here he undermines completely the arguments of the dominant approach to this period among contemporary American historians.

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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I just realized....

Hollywood will never again be able to sell a "hard hack on the Feds done by überskilled nerd" story with a straight face.

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Re: Katherine Archuleta is lying to Congress!

Isn't there a Union Problem with this plan?

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The claim that the Snowden files had been cracked by Russia is a ridiculous lie.

Also seems to have sunk without a trace again after this blatant trial balloon failed to take over the Sphere of Discourse with a 24/7 Emmanuel Goldstein hatefest.

Makes you wonder what is actually true in the Ukraine story and the concomitant East-West escalation, doesn't it?

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Re: finger pointing @ Where not exists

I know the majority of readers on this site are blindly Pro-Obama but it is time to start holding him accountable.

Oh come on. We might see one or two Obamites from time to time but, hey ...

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Whoops, there goes my data! Hold onto your privates in the Dropbox era

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Re: Answers on a post card please

Francis, is that you?

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Re: Need boots on Mars...

Unfortunately, Mars doesn't need to be made safe for Israel, so it will be some time until these particular frozen dunes are closely investigated.

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Mr. NEET, please!

Also, sandtrout when?

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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

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It's ok Gaius, just set the password to "permanenthardon", nobody will care...

So why is El Reg punting RoTM-themed stories underneath the article?

Something we should know?

(And why do ancient icons reappear from time to time?)

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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His Kung-Fu is the best

It's like getting owned by Hacky Chan!

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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Notably, US-based vendors McAfee and Symantec and Britain's own Sophos are nowhere to be seen.

Any idea why....

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Spiceworks in WTF-class social log-in SECURITY BLUNDER

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Facepalm

Next: Sign in with Baidu.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: Really?

One of the nastier side-effects of having enough capital infrastructure to escape subsistence farming.

In the old times, one would take to the Mayflower in protest and sail west.

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Polish airline LOT was grounded after 'IT attack' took hold

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Exponentially?

So scarestories are NP-complete?

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Re: I feel a pun coming on...

Security is not exactly in pole position

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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16 years ago?

Wait, what?

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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

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The first diagram seems to indicate that about 20% of the drives of any manufacturer have high error rates (the rightmost part of the cumulative function).

The second diagram I don't understand. Shouldn't there be "time" on the x axis?

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US is the world's botnet mothership, says Level 3

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I want to go back to the "phear the two Kevins!" era. It was sweet.

Unusual communications to these countries should be automatic red flags for IT and security organisations.

.... there is no need to involve China into this!

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: sales slowing as customers hold out for Windows 10 systems?

austerity bites

The what now?

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Re: The channel is talking itself into a panic - Stop it!

Greece is about to fall over heralding a new global recession.

I hear China has money. Pretty sure they will like all the little islands.

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Supermarket tweet: Twitter ankles balloon in product, places shopping frenzy

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Re: They REALLY said that? With a straight face?

I, for one, welcome discovering rich and relevant content about products and places on a more daily basis!

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Say 'cheese'! Cassini probe ZOOMS IN on Saturn's craggy Dione moon

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Meanwhile, on a website on the Internet: Royal Wahabbi Gonads Exposed (maybe)

The Saudi Cables: Over half a million cables and other documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry

Maybe it will at least cause Mr. Hope & Change to stop playing Al Qaeda's Air Force in Yemen (I suppose to buy Saudi assent to pump the oil like crazy to keep prices down to punish Putin for "eastern aggression" which contrary to US "southern aggression" is totally not okay; loss of face over Syria may be involved too. The dark-skinned listening one is very thin-skinned.)

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E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

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Re: Bethesda uses paid actors

I am shocked, SHOCKED to see that there is astroturfing going on on these premises!

Also

> Mirror's Edge

> On a console

Sorry, I am not differently abled. When will the PC version come out?

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MS privacy policy website subverted to pimp gambling sites

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Could have been worse. Could have been SharePoint.

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Twitter joins Skynet arms race with terrifying acquisition of Whetlab

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Not ANOTHER machine learning startup.

Since "Machine Learning in Action" has come out, all the algorithms from the 80s clearly are getting the startup treatment.

It's just statistics, really. Ok, we now have the data generated by armies of tweeting high-schoolers.

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Banking trojan besieges Bundestag … for the second time

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Re: Actually

Surely, any decent web filtering product worth its salt would probably identify the destination as a malicious site?

Certainly, our new medium has been trained in badness detection by Tibetan Monks while living 10 grueling years in a Himalayan Hermitage being trained in chinese sword arts. We have isolated a few milligrams of Medium-Chloridians extracted from his blood and put them onto this add-on card. Just schlomp it into an open slot...

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Now the Final Solution can be applied.

"[This system] means that people don’t remember things"

A bad case that can only be solved by a forced visit to the Fletcher Memorial Home. It's sad, but a government can't be run with these levels of Alzheimer. It's all for the best, really.

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For fax's sake: Medic chaos as e-Referrals system goes offline

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Hmm... socialized and centralized healthcare

Permanent trainwrecks we can believe in!

Amazingly I have never had my plumber refer me to my glazer (though even so both are under the privacy-and-trust-eroding regime of "VAT" taxation). How is that?

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Trans-Pacific Partnership stalled says Australian trade minister

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TTIP apparently would also force the EU to crack down on European groups participating in the growing movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel ". I am not sure how support for Israel comes in (oh wait, I DO know) and how that would square with human rights laws but state-mandated forced consumption contrary to your wishes would be the least of the spectacular inventions of the modern age.

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Re: Unwarranteed Optimism

Correct. But even a politicking and warmongering psychotic tart may be right for all the wrong reasons.

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Stratosphere protects WASP's hot body, say boffins

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White anglo-saxon protestants are not noted for being particulary hot.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Even Matrix Neo knows how to use the ESC key in case strange crap appears on a suspiciously black screen.

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Keyboards were fine before the Windows key (now redone in the Tiles styles) and the Menu key were grafted on the left and right of the spacebar.

Now keyboards are smaller and seem to be made for the asian hand-size. The decent ones for people other than weak-willed office point-and-clickers where you don't accidentally hit F1 and keys actually "click" are sold as "gamer keyboards" and cost $$$.

When will it stop....

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Re: Snowden is an arse clown

Matt please, stop arsing around as AC.

crimes against society

"My society right or wrong?" Doesn't matter anyway, how's your Chinese course coming?

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A Brown Trousers Event?

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OPERATION FREEDOM HORSE: THE FIX PHASE

In other knews:

Sources near General Hindenburg say that Jews and backstabbing traitors made Germany lose The Great War!

Sources near President Nixon say that hippies and hesitant politicians made USA lose the Vietnam War.

etc. etc.

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Deutsche Telekom, Huawei: Let's rain on Amazon’s euro cloud together

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Re: What choice in network kit?

Remember that the Bundesnachrichtendienst plays errand boy to the NSA, and the NSA still taps the Merkelphone because they can.

Data secure in Deutschland? Ja aber vielleicht.

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Duqu 2.0‬ malware buried into Windows PCs using 'stolen Foxconn certs'

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Too fast and too trusty 2.0

have been able to snatch copies of various code-signing certificates

Really, the private key associated to the (the public key embedded in) the certificate, right?

How do you snatch the private key, or alternatively, have your private key certified by e.g. Verisign? A stern discussion at an old factory away from civilization? A powerful operator from Uncle Sam placing a phone call?

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

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Re: Streaming tech

How about the hollowhallowed "Intellectual Property" so prized across the pond?

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Sun's out, guns out: Plucky Philae probot WAKES UP ... hits 'snooze'

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Re: Best breaking news on a Sunday ...

The Philae when!

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: Snowden

Yeah....

The probability that the US data slurp is being admitted in the same timeframe as the (frankly bizarre) story that Russian-Chinese Axis of Evil Hacking "cracked Snowden's files" is being put out, with both being true is low indeed.

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Re: Snowden

COUGH

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Re: On the other hand ...

If your agents turn out a bit deader than earlier or you have to "retire" them pronto, you HAVE to admit something has leaked tremendously. Especially as fixing this particular kimono-opening will take a decade or two will less than stellar HUMINT (even less stellar than currently, that is ... ).

I also notice that there currently is suspicious failure in visa processing apparently due to the fact that US ambassies abroad can no longer put out processing requests to the US ... a likely story ... I don't see how that is related by tinfoil hat ON!

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SCHNELL! PIN IT ON ... MANNING ... I meant SNOWDEN!

Yep. 100% sounds like THE FIX IS IN!

I never heard that there were "things to crack" in Snowden's files or anything that would particularly identify agents nor that his stuff has come into the hand of China (how?) or Russia (though that might well be possible). AFAIK, he just snaffeled the dayglo presentations of powerpoint-addicted staffers. And if they HAVE been cracked ... backdoor in your shitty crypto, sir ... suits you!

Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in "hostile countries" after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

Uh-huh!

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Boffins, feeling around in dark for Philae, lit up by bright spot on Comet 67/P

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Re: Oh so?

some explode above land, some hit target below water

Some explode in the factory, whence we got ISO 9000 which is now inappropriately applied to IT projects.

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I see the problem!

"I have landed on Phobos and am being attacked by a Z-class cruiser. Think I can hold out until you come, but hurry."

(...)

Then K.15's ship stopped blasting. It had obviously exhausted its fuel, and was doing a little better than six kilometers a second away from the sun. K.15 must have landed, for his ship was now speeding helplessly out of the solar system. Commander Smith didn't like the message it was broadcasting, and guessed that it was running into the track of an approaching warship at some indefinite distance, but there was nothing to be done about that. The Doradus began to move toward Phobos, anxious to waste no time.

On the face of it, Commander Smith seemed the master of the situation. His ship was armed with a dozen heavy guided missiles and two turrets of electro-magnetic guns. Against him was one man in a space-suit, trapped on a moon only twenty kilometers across. It was not until Commander Smith had his first good look at Phobos, from a distance of less than a hundred kilometers, that he began to realize that, after all, K. 15 might have a few cards up his sleeve.

Arthur C. Clarke: "Hide and Seek" (1949)

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