* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Adobe "security bulletin" ...

NoScript enabled? Blank page! I guess that will fix you, consumer!

"Now the final solution ... shall be applied!"

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Re: "The genius of Ballmer"

2014: People that can be spotted on facebook are "genius".

Get with the times.

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BORING IS GOOD!!!

Microsoft SHOULD be boring. I want open, working, reliable stuff at reasonable prices not some super-gay-colored SHIT clearly marketed to the ADHD/MOBILTARD generation that needs PIZZAZ and WHEEEE SMILING PEOPLE bullshitand RETARDED HIPSTER C-OF-SOMETHING doing gorilla dances and DIANETICS CONVINCE-O-SPEECHES in public.

OK, Satya, we’ll bite. Boring – but tell us how Microsoft can make them emotionally appealing?

SOD THAT! Emotional appeal can be had at the porn movies. Excitement can be had when watching share tickers (yet another industry that went from BORING to WHEEE!! EXITING!!! for the good of a very few of us.)

NURSE!!!

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Re: What's so neat about it? @ckm5

That's why all the weed pharmacies in CA are all afraid of the DEA, because pot is still illegal by federal law.

Downvoted for stating the truth.

As that german terrorist once said: "You wanted a miracle? I give you EFF BEE EYE!"

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Why EXACTLY is a CONSUMER watchdog watching what NASA does?

Mangy dog. I would immediately cancel my membership and possibly sue for "misuse of funds to pursue goals not in accordance with stated purpose and causing of rage, great psychological harm and irreparable febrility due to increased blood pressure".

"The lease gives Google unprecedented control of a federal facility to use as its own playground,” said John M. Simpson, director of the body's Privacy Project.

And this a problem how exactly?

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Euro space boffins ready, mere HOURS from flinging Rosetta lander at Comet 67P

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Re: "into a speeding comet"?????

WHAT WOULD LOHAN SAY?

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You have to demonstrate sufficient level of pointy-hairedness first, preferably using a signed affidavit.

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

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Re: Cool

I am rather reminded of the Medeiran interior. Very gritty heaps of eroded volcanic crud which somehow look large when seen from afar.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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"Songwriters" are citizens who put themselves on exceedingly chiseled pedestals. Without having the fat cat CEO power to justify it.

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Moan bitch ... starve?

We need a “change of venue.” I believe the Turtles have shown us the way in their victorious lawsuit against SiriusXM over Sirius stiffing pre-1972 artists on performance royalties.

Missing in all this loquacious outpouring is a reasoned argument why any artist or their descendant should be expected to be paid for anything that happend more than 40 years ago.

Yes, that "punctuated equilibrium" should be changed. Better coypright for only 15 years, how is that?

I am not getting roylaties on my mainframe code from back when either.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

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Re: Too soon too old, too many old memories ...

No, it's not "déjà vu", it's "perma-vue". That's when they change nothing at all in the Matrix.

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Sharia funhavers working out of a local container?

"escalation"

More like "testing of all gear is on the table".

This story is going to run and run for the next 30 years.

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Italian appeal court clears seismologists of manslaughter

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I would like to see something like this happen to people who are actually RESPONSIBLE for the permacrap of all sort that's going down in the economic, political and ... err ... "surveillance" spheres. But apparently people thing it's more lucrative to go after some random underpaid guy in a lab coat.

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

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Re: Forgetting

Maybe it's ISIS blowing up libraries?

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Re: Seagate eliminated its research group

If you look at the curves of capacity, performance, etc., they began to level off at that time.

Wouldn't that actually mean that the research group started getting no further resultsf a few years earlier? Performance indicators will "level off" once the last ideas have rolled through the production pipeline, which may take some time.

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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"natural monopoly that companies in the US have over the infrastructure"

That "natural monopolies" exist outside of the mind of legislators is doubtful. "Natural monopolies" are just code for "a monopoly granted by regulatory law", probably after some solid greasing of political wheels.

For example, from The Myth of Natural Monopol

The eventual creation of the telephone monopoly was the result of a conspiracy between AT&T and politicians who wanted to offer "universal telephone service" as a pork-barrel entitlement to their constituents. Politicians began denouncing competition as "duplicative," "destructive," and "wasteful," and various economists were paid to attend congressional hearings in which they somberly declared telephony a natural monopoly. "There is nothing to be gained by competition in the local telephone business," one congressional hearing concluded.

The crusade to create a monopolistic telephone industry by government fiat finally succeeded when the federal government used World War I as an excuse to nationalize the industry in 1918. AT&T still operated its phone system, but it was controlled by a government commission headed by the postmaster general. Like so many other instances of government regulation, AT&T quickly "captured" the regulators and used the regulatory apparatus to eliminate its competitors. "By 1925 not only had virtually every state established strict rate regulation guidelines, but local telephone competition was either discouraged or explicitly prohibited within many of those jurisdictions."

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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

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That would actually be pretty cool

But AFAIK evidence for technicolor particles is as hard to come by as ectoplasm remains after a séance?

P(This is a Higgs boson) is still rather good.

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Names, ages, addresses, SSNs of US postal staff slurped in 'mega-hack'

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Permanent hackings, access to all areas, the works!

Maybe we have a "deepness in the sky" kind of situation?

I'm not saying it's aliens, but suppose it's actually aliens?

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Someone has broken into your systems. Now what?

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Re: All good stuff but...

You need to generate readable logs first, too.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Fifth Generation Computer Project.

Now in Blighty!

But we have one weapon: the predicted brown-outs. Lack of energy will do the robots in.

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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His site was terminated, along with hundreds of others across the US and Europe, last week as Eeurocops enacted Operation Onymous whicih took down sites like Hydra and Cannabis Road

...evidently after the dear author had partaken of the goods previously sold by the same.

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Yes

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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Re: The moon.....

No volatiles will make your life hard.

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Re: Isn't this the premise of..

Excellent point. By 2042, say we could have AIs that are recognizably human from a Turing-test point of view. Send those out to space: 'be good little von Neumann machines, go forth, and prosper.' Since we created them, we'd be their god. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter (in at least geological time) their god would be dead.

> recognizably human from a Turing-test point of view

Utter Gibberish

> Since we created them, we'd be their god.

More utter gibberish. Either it is intelligent or it behaves like a neurotic religious nutcase or a child. Choose one.

> 'be good little von Neumann machines'

I hope to $DEITY you never get a position of responsibility in engineering. Ever.

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Re: "Gravity" was accurate and realistic? Really?

Shame you snipped the important part then: "as accurately as the plot and limitations of special effects allow"

You do realize that the plot is fully constructed and can be molded around realistic premises in the first place?

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Re: Phil Plait hates it

> I can't find my copy of Leighton.

DAT NAMEDROPPING.

> Schwartzchild

Oh no, sorry.

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

I decline to take my inspiration for saving the world from a science fiction novel, let alone science fantasy, let alone science fantasy quoting a poet who's not sure what he's saying.

That must be one of the most hipster edgy things I have ever heard.

Try 'liberate me ex inferis"

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And my latin courses are a bit way back now, and why are you pretending to know latin anyway?

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So did the (Kerr) black hole suck all the oxygen out of the theatre?

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

Equally poignant, you must agree?

No. Go back to /b/.

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Re: "Gravity" was accurate and realistic? Really?

It's the Benny Hill Space Station Train.

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Re: Can i suggest...

'The Black Hole' - That was actually mostly pretty good fun. That Vincent character should just have looked less like a fucking roboticized pokemon (Kid appeal in a dark movie like that? Remember that was when "dark" was not "hollering-Vader-style" mainstream. I sure hope someone at Disney got locked in the cellar for that)

'Spaceballs' - Cringeworthy american "comedy". Avoid unless it is thrown in as a late-night special.

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

"The short answer is, it doesn't."

Roadside Picnic starts off with this citation by Robert Penn Warren:

"You have to make the good out of the bad because that is all you have got to make it out of."

Deal with it.

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Re: Phil Plait hates it

Woah they did those kind of errors? This being a story made out of whole cloth, where good Homeric skills can produce a yarn that doesn't violate the basics that one is proud to tell everyone one has taken into account is a let-down. Hollywood as usual.

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

"Liberate tutemet ex infernis"

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Horizon finds new potential in the sci-fi staple deepsleep tale

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Actually...

I don't remember that many tales with cryosleep in it.

The alien franchise yes. 2001, of course, but that was just for a trip of several months inside the solar system. In the "Forever War", there is no sleep, only dreadnoughts driving around at 0.9999c doing "collapsar jumps", which makes the weapons onboard obsolete fast. "Hull Zero Three" has some sleepers but the crew is actually recreated from on-demand, as with Rama. "Use Of Weapons" has a single scene. Stories by Alastair Reynolds have cryosleep which generally morphs into gothic horror (do NOT miss "Galactic North") and bad awakenings (or not), same with "Pandorum" btw.

Anything else?

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

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Re: This doesn't make sense..

Yup, I never fail to stock up at Crazy Johnny's "Meth & Drive" on my weekly way to get mugged at the HP printer supplies shop.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Brain's mush, doc?

Oh, did I mention that there is a NATO member actively helping ISIS?

‘ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally': Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation

Yep, better watch the little suburbanites with their crypto.

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Brain's mush, doc?

[W]e should not capitulate to the big communications giants: they cannot be allowed to get away with the absurd idea that they hold no responsibility for what is transmitted on the platforms they provide.

Politicians should also not be allowed to get away with the absurd idea that they can randomly string words together that pop up in their diseased control-obsessed minds and hope to get away with it. It's basically incitement to (fasc|commun)ism of the standard sort, so probably hate speech.

Time for the Fletcher Memorial Home, Blunky. It's not going to hurt one bit.

And "terrorists spread genocide?". I would think if they spread genocide, they are no longer terrorists, they are on the level of state actors.

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Police in U-turn as 'shop a gun-owner' hotline is scrapped

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That Danger Mouse feeling

It sounds like the humble boomstick has been upgraded to the domain of "weapons of mass destruction" now?

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Modern Panic V: A world of H.R. Giger, spunking unicorns and deeply unsettling puppets

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immediately recognisable from Ridley Scott's sci-fi film Prometheus

I don't even know what to say anymore.

"Beam me up scotty, this planet is full of ADHD!" ... maybe.

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

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Re: 'They kinda made up a bunch of stuff that i found hurtful'

the Winklevoss twins have got much more to complain about

The only thing these freaksleechesgood citizens wanting to spread the wealth of the 1% can complain about is not enough no-win no-fee lawyers

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Re: Cinema alone

Always take fresh popcorn, Cliff. Always.

And does Zuck resemble Cameron more and more?

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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

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Re: Terry Pratchett?

Are you a sailor?

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it would be impossible for us to understand Gödel's incompleteness theorem

I will cite directly from Jimbo's bag of stuff:

The first incompleteness theorem states that no consistent system of axioms whose theorems can be listed by an "effective procedure" (e.g., a computer program, but it could be any sort of algorithm) is capable of proving all truths about the relations of the natural numbers (arithmetic). For any such system, there will always be statements about the natural numbers that are true, but that are unprovable within the system. The second incompleteness theorem, an extension of the first, shows that such a system cannot demonstrate its own consistency.

Part 1) Axiomatic system cannot actually prove all theorems in natural number theory. Note that in real mathematics, we are not encountering many of those for some reason and the one Gödel provided had a self-referential relationship, and it can evidently be proved OUTSIDE of the given axiomatic system.

No minds are involved unless minds are theorem provers working on number theory described by first-order-logic only. Which ain't the case.

Part 2) The second incompleteness theorem, an extension of the first, shows that such a system cannot demonstrate its own consistency.

Consistency of axiomatic systems is not a great concern of the real world. And consistency can be proved outside of the system. See also: Gentzen's consistency proof.

That argument was just Hollywood-level bad and pop science from the get-go. Let it rest.

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The story moves on to genetics, where one Per-Olov Lowdin is quoted as saying: “The genetic code that makes life possible is inevitably a quantum code.”

Evidently not. You can write the code down on paper, then reconstruct the molecule from scratch. So it's a classical code.

It is suggested a tad unscientifically that: “Quantum weirdness could be playing a role in the mutations that drive evolution.”

I recommend Greg Egan's "Teranesia" for an exploration of that kind of idea. It's unlikely though. High parallelism and random feelers through the search space are good enough. Moreover, one would need to find out what function releated to "driving evolution" would be computed more efficiently via a quantum computer than via bog-standard classical one. Things always go south once has to get the classical bits out of the quantum system, with additional randomness introduced. The complexity BQP is well-defined nowadays, have at it!

The book goes on to describe the work of Roger Penrose, who theorised that the human mind is a quantum computer.

Not that shot again. Penrose also things we think by logical deduction and that Gödel's incompleteness theorem somehow applies. Please!

“Perhaps death represents the severing of the living organism’s connection with the orderly quantum realm, leaving it powerless to resist the randomising forces of thermodynamics.”

What the hell am I even reading? Death represents the randomization of large hierarchy of processes that were going off the rails a bit before death. As for the "quantum realm" (what is that?) being "orderly", I think a famous cat, possibly gassed, has something to say about that.

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Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

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evil characters once again menace the Earth's population by shooting anything that moves

THANKS OBAMA!

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Apart from the inbuilt creepiness

Actually, it would open the pod bay doors, but you first have to one-click pay!

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Aussie spooks warn of state-sponsored online attacks during G20

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Re: "Who left that microUSB charger cable lying around?"

He's a top executive, this WILL happen.

So where is the security sidekick with Morpheus-style leather anorak and glasses who will put a burly hand on his shoulder before the inevitable happens?

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

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John Brunner was a genius

Clearly moot needs to open a new board, /confessional/, where everybody can be the priest behind the screen.

Somehow it's like that "Shockwave Rider" opening...

"Yes, little sister?" he said in a neutral tone.

"Father, I got to make confession or I'll be damned!" she sobbed. "I shivved my mom - cut her all to bits! I guess I must have killed her! I'm sure I did!"

Time seemed to stop for a long moment. Then, with what calm he could summon, he uttered what had to be said for the benefit of the record... because, while the booth itself was sacrosanct, this veephone circuit like all such was tied into the city police-net, and thence to the tireless federal monitors at Canaveral. Or wherever. There were so many of them now, they couldn't all be in the same place.

Memo to selves: would be worth knowing where the rest are.

His voice as gritty as a gravel road, he said, "My child" - aware as ever of the irony in the phrase - "you're welcome to unburden your conscience by confiding in me. But I must explain that the secrecy of the confessional doesn't apply when you're talking to a microphone."

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: Morons

No, there was Brown Socialism and Red Socialism.

Two faces, same old shit.

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