* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Revealed: Mystery 7-year cyberspy campaign in Latin America

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COUGH

"doggedly probing a 1994 Buenos Aires bombing"

That the one where dogged probing fingered Iran as the culprit instead of the far more likely far-right hit squads? Insofar as the "dogged probing" continued to dog the Iran "theory", this did not bode well for ultimately useful information.

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

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Re: Drop Java

Yes, and you are full of shit.

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It's ASN.1 library problems all over again

deserializes arbitrary, user-supplied Java serialized data

Kornheiser_Why.jpg

If only there was a tool that traced the trusthworthyness of data flowingf through a system....

Aliens, because they also forgot to check data coming from an Apple laptop directly to the Queen Mothership over Alien Wifi, with dire consequences.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

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Re: WOW Quantum Computing from NASA......

In today's Empire of Wishful Thinking, that can't be far off.

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Re: A cynical load of hogwash...

This.

I would also like to know whether it is actually using Quantum Effects in there or whether it is, in the end, just a special-purpose ANALOG COMPUTER (i.e. a physical system that models the problem you want to solve). Because I remember papers that were disputing the presence of Quantum Effects in a D-Wave in particular.

The abstract at least nicely elides the question.

Analog computers being millions of times faster than symbolic processing machines at a given specialized task is not a particularly surprising finding.

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Libertarian hero: 'Satoshi Nakamoto', government funds, the NSA and the DHS

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But we can say that it's odd to find someone currently touted as some kind of libertarian hero is so fond of government and queued up for it cash on so many occasions.

Why not. People glom on things they can get. Which ain't much nowadays.

Hell, some "people" with proven track records of mass murder, antidemocratic behaviour of the worst sort, doing nothing of consequence and a strong whiff of narcissistic personality disorder have "progressive" credentials.

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Re: They've got the wrong person...

Time travel and Japan? Sounds like an episode of "Stein's;Gate"

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IBM dispels the doubts and bags quantum computing funding deal

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Re: The problem with Quantum

Your point being?

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Re: Absolute gold

"There are a lot of doubts that certain quantum technologies could ever work."

I think one will find that Dr Ross Anderson is rather alone his "findings". It's pretty fringe and I hear a bit on the not-particularly-well-thought-out side, being instead on the crank "everyone is wrong except me" position.

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"despite ongoing concerns about the technology's practical application"

Dear El Reg, please specify EXACTLY what these "ongoing concerns" are. This is like claiming that there are ongoing concerns about the practical applications of an SSTO vehicle because hell, it doesn't exist just yet.

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

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One missile hit and it's all over.

its gentle sloping sides are good for deflecting projectiles

Those must be softballs. The times of iron walls are long past gone.

Today's "projectiles" aka autonomous missiles, hypersonic or otherwise, will transform this silly radar-evading contraption into a rapidly expanding shell of debris and fleshy parts.

A couple of "terrorists" (even though they attacked a clear military target) ripped the destroyer USS Cole a new one with just a dinghy and some plastic explosives ... of course this gave the US a good occasion to demand money from any and all members of the momentary axis of evil, as the Empire is wont to do, but I digress.

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UK research network Janet under ongoing and persistent DDoS attack

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Re: Guilty

I didn't even know Janet still existed.

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Russian "Pawn Storm" expands, rains hell on NATO, air-gapped PCs

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Give him a rest.

He just gave a dossier about ISIS smuggling oil into Turkey, of which the US was TOTALLY UNAWARE and which is UNIMPORTANT IN ANY CASE and WE WILL BEGIN BOMBING IN FIVE MINUTES TO MAKE UP FOR IT, the poor sods (sounds like the time when no-one actually saw that Buk rolling around except people who apparently are used to snapping Sasquatsh judging by the photographic quality, really bizarre)

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Re: Ah the irony of it...

Dear Anti-Citizen.

It was "PICK UP THAT CAN"

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"JHUHUGIT" sounds like a new meme

Also, why is there a photo of St. Basil's cathedral?

Are the hackers operating from its crypt?

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

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Oh no

People being professionally offended on others' behalf again?

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Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case

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Re: Putin it to 'em

Putin may well be a vicious and nasty dictator type

He clearly holds fast with a somewhat ironish grip, but I dread what will follow if the US Empire's plan for Regime Change in Russia actually succeeds.

Amurricans either think that after Putin there will be liberal sunshine democracy like the one they dumped back after 1900 or else they fully are underwriting a complete nucleonization of Russia into a controllable "ex-Yougsolavia Heavy" (controllable by NATO troops shurely, while they manage to encircle the truculent Chinese Panda into a ring of steel). In both cases, sanity is absent.

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Re: If Russia's surveillance is incompatible,

Some are in, some are out...

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Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

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A man with no honour, a man with no decency

The president of the ISIS-enabling nation says ISIS means we need to control you.

I am actually starting to believe the latest "events" were indeed false flags.

This is all just simply too beautiful.

Plus, he's making fun of the Russians, who got actually hit by ISIS. Who are actually the only ones operating in Syria in accordance with any semblance of international law. And are cleaning up the money-making ISIS-Turkey oil trade. That's got to make certain deep-state players nervous.

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France mulls tighter noose around crypto

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Re: Bravo France!

ISIS says: "Just as planned"

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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

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I will found a new reglion....

The goddess Knollij commands me to find out everything I can about the universe, at scales above my lowly self as well as below and also commands the relentlessly pursuit of the construction of machines exhibiting higher levels of intelligence. She also orders me to expand throughout space and time and exploit stuff at my heart's content as well as to fill the galaxy with life so that it eventually looks like a fucking punk industrial neon-lit night club from Andromeda. All other religions and gods are apostasy and need to be eventually assimilated by evangelical persuasion - or else! Parliaments, ecodudes and political bodies that stand in the way of Knollij shall be squashed like bugs and cleansed by fire. Otherwise, however, peace shall reign and no life, creature or system shall be harmed unless its opposition to Knollij is irredeemable.

KNOLLIJIAN JIHAD SOON!

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Re: Bad Old Days

Like China will give a fuck.

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"ecocide"

I put it in my dishwasher every day!

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And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

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Re: One of these DGS-1216T is new enough ... but the other is so old

It's all a game to them.

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That photo

That's a Dell!

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New edition of Windows 10 turns security nightmares into reality

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Re: There is another option

Well, software has a rather larger state space than a toaster, so good luck with that.

And as long as people insist on "C"/"C++" and likewise impossible-to-get-it-right languages with the underlying stack-over-the-hardware flaky in any case and mathematical-proofs-of-conformance-to-specs both still rather rare (except in aerospace and then bugs occur) and often impossible-to-very-hard-to-do (dynamic languages? out goes the proof) and the specs inevitably error-prone, I will stay with the updates, thanks.

Inb4: "I program better in C/C++ than you will ever do in Mercury/Haskell/F# my mouth breathing proves it" ...

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Re: They're damned if they do and damned if they don't

Eliminate that straw man and your title is patent bollocks

This.

It would be nice to stop conflating "updates that are primarily good for Microsoft's bottom line (with the concomitant cost foisted onto the customer)" and "updates that are good for Microsoft's customers" into a single concept.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Yup!

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Re: Normally I'd be

http://downdetector.com/status/office-365

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Time for Nutella

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Brit hardware hacker turns Raspberry Pi Zeros into selfie slayers

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Re: Interesting and eclectic choice of targets

> after 15 years of wrecking the middle east

> daesh (which happens to be the same as ISIS btw) in need of ideological recruitment

> implying

The Pentagon ALWAYS thinks that there are huge problems that need to be opposed with counter-propaganda which is somewhere between annoying (complete amurrica-centric bullshit being foisted on unsupecting locals) and frankly toxic (enabling nasty nazi bastards and/or pretending to see sovietsPUTIN wherever unamericanism mushrooms), thus becoming a huge fucking problem for mankind.

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Europe launches search for Einstein's space-time ripples

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Re: Make Work Project For ESA

Say this to me in real life and see what happens.

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HPE: If we don't give Deutsche Bank right contracted outcome, we'll lose money

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Pastel box draughtsmen apocalypse

6k external consultants

Somebody is going to go around looking for the Nutella then.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: Cheap shot, Mr. Orlowski

I don't even know how this can be downvoted.

Facebook is irrelevant. It's not even bullt on real money. Or wealth for that matter.

The one to petition would be Big Zaibatsu.

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Currently the US military budget is about equal the welfare budget.

If you want to do good, destroy everything the state stands for and BUILD YOUR FUCKING HOSPITAL YOURSELF. Then SHOOT the MOFOS who drop by to TAX YOU TO PAY THEMSELVES.

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The usual taxation sob story: IMMA HELPING POOR WIDOWS

running hospitals, schools, social services etc in the UK

You misspelled "bombing sandpeople" and "shifting money to well-connected, overly rich, IP-loving companies for shit services rendered". HTH.

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Lay down the big words like "zero-sum game" you don't understand, girl!

And not just Facebook, it’s the way Silicon Valley companies like yours pile up huge wealth by destroying value in every other part of the economy, as if technological progress were a zero sum game. It’s the way you strip-mine individuals so they have no ability to be autonomous economic agents, owning and trading the stuff we make, so all we have to live on is some feudal digital plantation

Someone took his Marxist Socialist Classes pretty early.

How about a visit at the Mises Institute next time?

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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HEAR! HEAR!!

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> Republican/Libertarian

Using these two in the same sentence outs you as clueless.

Libertarians would rightfully flush patents down the toilet. Except Randians, but these are really not libertarians. A libertarian would deny to have a need for a "head schoolmaster" to manage "intellectual property".

As for Rebups. Well.... they support Raython. Enough.

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Re: SImplest solutions...

I don't even see why this is downvoted.

Can Andrew vote six times in a row??

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Re: The Dumbest of the Dumb ...

WHEATLEY ("You not only are a moron. You were DESIGNED to be a moron") - THE PATENT OFFICE!

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Not even a patent

It sounds more like a "business patent": "Here is a generic idea that allows other people to read your pretend-encrypted stuff without your knowledge or aquiesence: hand over part of your key to a general, hackable registry held by a trusty government." Ha Ha. Now hand over the money.

It is useful to remember that encryption c.a. 1997 in Amurrikka was about the "Clipper Chip" (government listening in to you encrypted phone conversation). I would hazard a guess that the patent comes from there

(Other themes of interest back then where: "illegal pornography on the Interwebs", Timmy McVeigh, the Louis Freeh FBI - Louis being a nasty piece of work - and disgusting excesses by Democreeps and Rethuglians alike. All of that seems frankly tame nowadays.)

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Are you the keymaster? Alternatives in a LogMeIn/LastPass universe

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Re: Compromised host tolerance?

Are there any systems that can be used with an insecure host that only expose a risk of the ONE password being leaked?

That does not sound feasible even theoretically. Unless you can select a given record in your vault online, which already sounds bad in many ways, or you have separate 2FA for every password. But then you can carry them in your mobile (which you won't connect to the insecure machine, of course)

But if using a dedicated vault for that one password fulfills your requirements, you may want to go that way.

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What is the problem?

Be ready to pay LastPass ... which I do just to be able to use 2FA. Frankly, it's worth the money.

Also:

> ZohoVault

I know "Zoho" from their other products. I would advise caution. Bugs, feature-rollout delays, and unfilled promises are to be expected.

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LHC records biggest bang ever with 1 Peta-electron-volt jolt

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Re: Re. But We're Not Safe!

The mysterious FRBs aka Fast Radio Bursts could actually be proof, perhaps.

Shit man, that's Hollywood levels of SCIENCE, right there!

Hired as scriptwriter!

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The Vortex Club!

Dick Cheney, Lord of Darkness, is waiting at the bottom, biding his time and cackling furiously.

Also: Politician: “I Prevented The CERN LHC From Destroying Mankind”

An ex-Labour politician, Simon Parkes, has claimed “psychopathic” world leaders, known as the “illuminati”, were planning on using CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to open up a vortex allowing them to take control over the human population.

(I don't know how the above site looks w/o NoScript, so beware)

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Re: Hot density rocks

It's energy density that wins the day, not energy overall.

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IT pros are a bunch of wedding and funeral-dodging sickos

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I don't care about funerals...

...unless I can chat with the personality construct.

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All hail Firefox Dev Edition 44 – animations, memory and all

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Re: Isn't FF a painful orifice tool?

Meanwhile, on a nearby Star Destroyer:

"Yes Sir, we have captured this peculiar emission as the interloper jumped back into Hyperspace. Analysis reveals that the message has no inherent meaning. We are probably in presence of a Mark II Base Artificial Intelligence going stark raving bonkers due to extensive decay of the interwave positronic connections. Yes Sir. We recommend to disregard this particular bogey."

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Italians to spend €150m ... snooping on PS4 jabber

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Bits are transmitted here... check whether the "terror" QoS flag is set

This is Italy so it's probably a fat kickback for a preferred pork program (PPP), nothing to do with reality.

The Independent seems to take this at face value ... but then again the WaPo today thinks that Europe has a particular terrorist problem because there is no pervasive surveillance, integrated data exchange and not enough cops. Seems more like because Europe is near to american battlefields and likes to involve itself in the same for unclear reasons.

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Very nice.

And Group Theory is Good Stuff, though I still haven't quite understand Lie Groups ("continuous groups of transformations (generally linear ones)")

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