* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

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Re: Calling California "Cali" ...

Yeah, but calling it "Socialist Republic of California" is just too long.

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Re: Oh Dear!

while wearing their underpants outside their trousers

It's true. We have politicans wear their underpants on their heads. Much more funny!

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But... but...

Wasn't it "Mighty Atom" (maybe of the Marvel universe ... or was it DC... ?) who behaved like Elon Musk and could shrink himself to mini-size?

I remember that he paired up with Batman (he also had to explain basic vector arithmetic to Wayne, not the brightest kid in the block, but hey, it's a 1%-er) and at one moment had to enter Batman's brain via the ear to perform inner surgery after a coma attack.

An then Mighty Atom got split in "The Death of Superheroes", accidentally nuking the whole Kansas...

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Re: "and they never get tired, irritable or distracted".

Safety rules typically forbid recursion: Risk of stack overflow, Recursion makes it impossible to do the V&V necessary for a system like the ETCS

Even V&V consists of badly processed knowledge, applied badly.

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Re: Bumper sticker

Why not a Confederate Flag to enrage liberals?

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Re: "and they never get tired, irritable or distracted".

Toyota engine management ... 256.6K Non-Comment Lines C Source on page 18.

Even if this is something lawyerly-arguably close to MISRA C .... WHAT!

The inertia inherent in industry, bullshit whirling around in closed loops in execs' heads and the cruft pushed by "learning institutions" and impressed on young minds must be just insurmountable.

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NASA boffins peer at Pluto: Could it be ... is that ... OATMEAL?

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Re: Oatmeal?

Stand still, laddie!!

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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Linux

Well, it happens

Richard Stallman famously left his MIT user account open to world & dog because principles, causing rejects of society to misuse it.

In other news, Linux is used to manage Concentration Camps in $BAD_COUNTRY etc.

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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A "copyright" on a 256-bit number?

A number that is supposed to be secret?

That's a new one in deeper levels of retardation.

They could have called up "disclosure of trade secrets", but still...

If they had registered a trademark on that number, it would make sense, but then it would no longer be a secret.

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Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug

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Re: Shame

You would have to abolish Microsoft, kill the employees from management downwards and eliminate marketing and 50% of the devs just be doubly sure, then replant a sane mindset over a decade or so.

So, quite a lot of effort really.

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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

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Windows 10 migration?

Not even on the horizon in this company here.

Hopefully there will be a way to give users Linux with a functional Outlook and Office on top a bit before any migration plans start the sunrise period.

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"50% less crap!"

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: I went and saw if there was anything about WSUS and Windows 10

Massive fireballs are sponsored by the government of Iran.

I think you mean Israel.

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No more numpties running spam bots because they decided to run Windows

Unfortunately no.

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No one is forcing you to use Windows

SAY THIS TO MY FACE IN THE REAL WORLD AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

Don't be harsh- someone has to defend Windows.

We have ways of dealing with these people.

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Re: I'll go for two months.

Fuck all these people and the shit they are peddling.

"Customers who are embracing Current Branch for Business do need to consume that feature update within the allotted time period of approximately eight months or they will not be able to see and consume the next security update,"

So, we are now "consuming" security updates. Om Nom Nom Nom.

I hope CDC erroneously mails live anthrax to Redmond.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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Re: Ditch electrolysis, drive progress

Why? Each process comes with its own baggage, if you have more of them running at once there is more baggage.

BULLSHIT LEVELS OF CRUD! That "baggage" is EXTREMELY MINIMAL. Synchronization, locks and context switching won't magically disappear. Threads give you tons of problems in return that you need to keep in the box. Today one has supercomputers on the desk and processes are "too much baggage"? Why dontcha go for fibers while you are it. Processes were ok in the 70s and 80s but now that all the cool kids absolutely need to shoot themselves in the foot (while tweeting while taking selfies while falling downstairs thinking about how cool Node.js is) by ill thought-out multiprocessing ideas that were borderline braindead (unless used for very specialized contexts), which used in wholly inappropriate contexts using wholly inappropriate abstractions in stateful programming environments. LIFE IN "IT" IS ETERNAL COMEDY!

Why Threads are a Bad Idea (for most purposes) -- John Ousterhout.

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Re: Ditch electrolysis, drive progress

One process per tab is exactly the type of bloat that makes other browsers so heavy on overhead, CPU and memory.

Err... hello? Care to explain WHY?

Modern machines and OS are MEANT to run multiple processes and processes share identical memory pages and communicate via shared memory. Single-process architectures are just arse-backwards UNLESS you are very sure of your capability to run threads and very sure about the security of your single process. Or you want to accept the security risk to do fast even processing (and even then, please write in Erlang). But Firefox is not Nginx.

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Re: Ditching XBL/XUL would mean Mozilla shooting itself in the foot

XUL has been replaced

But... by what? Some other XML format? Griffon? (I wish)...

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Re: What ?

If only politicians could fall as easily, we might just have ourselves a mob rule.

FTFY

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Microsoft to offer (very) limited support for Linux on Azure

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Not interested as long as AWS exists

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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Re: Pyramid

BECAUSE THEY CAN!

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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Re: Wait, the guy robbed a bank...

Actually, it is clearly OUT of Greece and in Switzerland.

Greek pension schemes, however, STAY in Greece.

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Re: Maybe thats what my colleagues are doing...

I have the utter conviction that this is true and "psychotronic office: dilbertisms live" is being filmed.

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Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

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Paris Hilton

Is this some kind of Alicebot?

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Who wants to stay unhacked forever?

I'm running v28. The security issues for this version are totally inconsequential

SPLUTTER

I do hope you are running in a VM, dude.

Or do are your really sure that all of these in now way affect the codebase of 28.

Protip: The fact that no-one in a shitty forum takes you up on your offer to hack an exploit for your venerable codebase browser means nothing.

Security by obscurity is a much better system.

Is this like whitey playing it cool in the ghetto?

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Large Hadron SMASHER: Boffins BLOW OPEN the PENTAQUARK's secrets

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Re: Newton Quote

In 1964, American physicist Murray Gell-Mann made the wild suggestion

Yup, after having rubbished the idea thoroughly when his colleagues came to talk about this. He always insisted that it was just a "mathematical shortcut" for hadron structure, then ran with the idea when experimental data came in.

As to the name... from Frank Close's book on the Higgs:

By the 1960s, experiments with cosmic rays and at accelerators had revealed scores of hadrons. In 1962 Gell-Mann found a way of gathering the mushrooming hadrons into families, most famously containing sets of eight. He poetically named his scheme the "Eightfold Way" after the Buddhist path to truth. The mathematics behind this involved group theory, and the particular group known as SU(3).

In March 1963 Gell-Mann gave a talk at Columbia University about his new SU(3) theory. A couple of weeks earlier another theorist, Gian Carlo Wick, had given an introductory seminar about SU(3); upon hearing it, Robert Serber realised that in addition to families of eight and ten, which had already been discovered, there should be a basic family of three (as in SU “three”) and, moreover, the octets and tens could be built up as composed of groups of these more basic entities. As Serber later recalled: “The suggestion was immediate; the [hadrons] were not elementary but were made of [what we now call] quarks."

A fortnight later, Gell-Mann was in town. During lunch at the Faculty Club, Serber explained the idea to him. Gell-Mann asked what the electric charge of the basic trio is. Serber had not looked into this, so Gell-Mann figured it out on a table napkin. The answer turned out to be 2/3 or -1/3 fractions of a proton’s charge, which was an “appalling result”, as no such charges had ever been seen. Gell-Mann mentioned this in the colloquium, and said that such things would be a “strange quirk of nature”. Serber remarked later: “Quirk was jokingly transformed into quark.”

Finnegan's Wake? Not so much. But so history is made.

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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Re: just to remind everyone

You wanna break this down by severity, Matt? Because, you know, "hey statistics".

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Re: Flash : Just say no....

> use-after-free() bug

> 2015 and not even applying proper memory management. Or code verification tools for that matter.

We don't like people like you here.jpg

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You hear, Larry??

They could recode the Flash runtime in Java.

Then one would only have ONE sandbox to worry about. Plus Flash would be able to auto-install on need (and you would profit from a new search bar!!)

Unfortunately it would mean Oracle and Adobe would enter into the HYPERCLASH OF THE IP WANKERSDJIANTS!

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

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Re: It was a planet when I went to school

Well the dwarf Putin surely thinks it still exists

I think you went for western "reality creation" hook, line and sinker.

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Re: A Certain Age

Stop it, gramps!

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I said, stop it!!

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Re: It was a planet when I went to school

But the Soviet Union existed, too.

Granted some of the politicians and think-tankers still think it exists....

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Re: The Dwarf King

Pluto + Durin == Purin

It would even have the right color.

Delicious!!

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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We are now at the ARSE principle: Add Raunchy Sexyness, Eejit!

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Re: The Team

Come on, it's not revolutionary stuff.

Why, did you expect an unpublished pamphlet of Leon Trotsky in the stack?

Of course it's not "revolutionary". But so what. You are 1980's coder, you should diregard the inner child demanding "teh new" every single morning. The future is just like the past, only more so.

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Java jockeys join Flash fans in the 0-day exploit club

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Re: further ignorance

1.7 lives

Only if you are into necrophilia and banking applications.

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Nothing to do with the NPAPI. It is a Java sandbox breakout: "Here, JVM, execute this code from the Internet and see whether your security setting will hold... mwhahaha"

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Re: What, again?

Only for Applets. Keep on server.

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Woah that illustrative pic must have been made by a real coffee-hater.

I will grab a large mug, thanks. No sugar, no milk. Gotta release my inner Mr Wolf for Monday morning.

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Re: Old-shool User Interfaces

It works, and is excellent if you are terminal junkie but frankly, there is nothing wrong with web-based interfaces as long as they don't go overboard on the Multicolored Pony Juice (after all, it is all text anyway...)

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Re: "...approximately 2,000 bits per second..."

This is beyond unacceptable. Where are the relay stations doing long elliptical orbits past Saturn?

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Re: Slow interstellar internet

Not yet, not yet...

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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"Because there’s something about having your life on the line."

If the security of your Pizza is taken more seriously than the security of your Bank/Federal Outfit/Medical Provider...

... then you are ordering at CosaNostra Pizza!

Uncle Enzo wishes buon appetito!

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Microsoft again offers free certification exams to failures

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Re: I'm sorry, but...

Well, it's always a good occasion to show that you know at least the sometimes frankly bizarre vocabulary and semantic net, so no.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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This looks suspiciously like a dormant infection by The Blight.

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

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Re: Oh oh...

It ... it is an orc planet!!

(Gets massacred by a brutal axe throw)

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