* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Audit sees VeraCrypt kill critical password recovery, cipher flaws

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

You seem to be a right suave know-it-all motherfucker.

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

Uh oh, is Wikipedia down again?

Get up your lazy arse and at least write a one-liner, millenial slacker.

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

Anyone who dumped TC for Vera back when the ballyhoo kicked off should be feeling rather silly right now.

I don't understand. Isn't VeraCrypt basically TrueCrypt + some extras? Meaning TrueCrypt is the unaudited, buggy version and will stay that way?

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How do you make a qubit 10 times as stable? Dress it up for work

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Re: Goddammit El Reg

No.

If you can't do linear algebra as learned in high school, you can't do QM.

It's as simple as that.

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Re: And the bullshit keeps rolling on

> Science is boring

I shall refrain from using the R-word or even the N-words or F-words here.

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Goddammit El Reg

It NEVER comes out right, does it?

Instead of two states, 0 and 1, however, a qubit can occupy an infinite number of states as its quantum states are entangled with one another.

NO!

The qubit is in a superposition of states, a bit of 0, a bit of 1 (written as nonmixable vectors |0> and |1>):

Q = a * |0> + b * |1>

...where a and b are complex values and the vector <a,b> is of length 1 (i.e. on the complex sphere of complex dimension 2)

This is mathematically analoguos to bog-standard "I don't know" probability, where a classical system is in some unknown state until we look (but in QM, the system is ACTUALLY in the superposition until we look):

Q = a * |0> + b * |1>

where a and b are real values and the vector <a,b> is of length 1 (i.e. on the unit circle on the real plane)

The ENTANGLEMENT comes from composing N qbits into an entangled whole, and the state of the system is then described by 2^N complex values, one for each "classical state", anmd the 2^N complex vector is on the 2^N-dimensional complex unit sphere. For example, for 2 qubits:

QQ = a * |00> + b * |01> + c * |10> + d * |11>

One can mix-in to "QM probability" above some classical "don't know" probability to obtain "mixtures". For example, we have system QQ which we know is in state QQ1 with classical probability p, and in state QQ2 with classical probability (1-p), then:

QQ = p * QQ1 + (1-p) * QQ2

...some people dispute that such mixtures have physical reality though as they are indistinguishable from a quantum state.

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Orange blows up French govt website in terrorism censorship snafu

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Mon cher ami!

As the reliably "crabby nanny" The Guardian explains, your despondent mood, hating on glorious politicians and pervasive nihilism might actually due to rank Russian propaganda

David Clark, a former Foreign Office adviser and the chair of the Russia Foundation that the Kremlin used RT not for straight propaganda purposes but “information warfare”: “The clue is in the strapline: ‘Question more’. They are trying to sow confusion and to create a climate of intellectual pessimism and nihilism by mixing the genre of news and outright fabrication.” He added: “The channel is designed to undermine rational debate. It’s a multi-layered thing and just one instrument they use.”

You just have to Believe!.!

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"Websites that promote terrorism"

The website of the State Department should be banned in la France.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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No wonder America is going down the shitter

AI-driven autopatenters patenting stuff that no-one has ever read, can understand or can even decide whether it is patentable or new, while AI-driven patent attorneys start lawsuits in Texas where AI-driven attorneys argue with an AI judge and a jury that is out for lunch but has left stand-in AI-driven pseudopersonas running on their fondleslabs to argue on their behalf.

It's would be a wonderful world.

(I also would like to see "AI" replaced by "marketing-yeast-driven-so-called-AI" ... MYDSCAI)

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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Well, a small bipartisan land war on the eurasian landmass that "will pay for itself" would pay for 200 over-budget ITERs. There is not enough place in France to put them all there though.

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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Over decades, politics became about talking at people, in the belief that can humans can "be engineered and corrected by instruction from their enlightened betters”

If only. It seems to have become a "free for all" for those on the inside and "let the rubes deal with the shit, just keep them busy" for the rest.

Meanwhile we get fed bullshit that even pigs would avoid. Ukraine is being invaded and Russians shot down MH-17. Iran is active in Yemen. ISIS is absolutely not a joint CIA-Saudi effort. Bogeyman of the day has WMD. Trump is worse than Bill Clinton regarding wymmen etc. etc.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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UFOs of the 21st come as Drones.

People who have read Jacques Vallée know that UFOs take the form that matches the epoch...

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Juno probe has tech trouble, cancels orbital re-adjustment

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Re: "...so it could concentrate..."

Menace it with no dessert and see what happens.

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India/Russia tech pact

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Doesn't India already have a nuclear agreement with the USA? The only thing I remember was that it sounded suspiciously like a way for India to perform nuclear up-armement, it's been some time.

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Drone exercise will transform future naval warfare, says Navy

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Re: Job title....

It depends on whether he has to wear two-colored skintight pajamas from now on.

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Re: also attending

That's unfair because there was nothing to enforce anything on that piece of paper (dead british empire is dead and has not even planes to go into Europe etc.) and Mussolini had been declared Ghaddafi of the day instead of Valued Friend Against The Mustachioed One because he had had the termerity to grab our piece of the desert, the bastard!

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Navy obsoletes itself, not many medal wearers dead. Film at 11

Yep, a sea free of ships and possibly subs.

The ramming up the backside of "carriers" and "supercarriers" is definitely on.

For the rest, Stanislaw Lem's "Upside-Down Evolution" describes well what is happening.

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Forget malware, crooks are cracking ATMs the old-fashioned way – with explosives

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Re: Obviously their own fault

Seriously?

How about I ram your datacenter and pull away with your HP server in tow, buster?

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Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

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Re: karma

This is why I left the post office.

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Trigger warning: "Copying" mentioned

The logic that innovation gets “sedimented” (the great buzzword of the day) into open protocols and code was very seductive at the time (1999)

Can't remember that. I think even then people found that open protocols (as expressed in RFCs) and code either got completely ignored by the stumbling Internet giants or got "sedimented" (i.e. copied) into various "enhanced" proprietary stuff from hell, with a patent slapped on top for good measure. Microsoft being one of the prime nonnovators back then.

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Verizon!'s top! lawyer! ponders! walking! away! from! Yahoo! gobble!

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Re: We are confident in Yahoo's value

But the value is left unstated---

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Pwned Clinton aide Trumped

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It was Russia!

It's certain. It was them!!

I read it in the War Street Journal.

Meanwhile sounds like there are Rumors of Aggressive War (a new kind of October Surprise?) in the vent system.

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$100 credit for Note 7 owners

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Oh really?

If you hand in your Note 7 and buy another brand, you get just $25.

Well, the thing is not fit for purpose, so how come I don't get a full refund in cash?

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Hypernormalisation: Adam Curtis on chatbots, AI and Colonel Gaddafi

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Re: Ooh, Can't Wait

Not yet but I sure will.

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Re: watch anything by adam curtis.

You know that the US helping Saudis bomb civvies in Yemen is absolutely ok, while Russia helping Assad bomb Qaeda goons with collateral damage of Stalingrad levels in Syria is absolutely a no-no, a "war crime" and demanding of a "robust response"? It's true!

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Eliza? Oh yeah

Well, Eliza is a tired and old subject, always fun when someone wants to show that he superior to the rubes (Ha Ha, a simple chatbot confuses people about whether there is a freudian analyst there). It was a silly stunt.

I would like to have heard more about Judea Pearl who is the real deal. I have a few books by him - serious algorithm wrangling.

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Soylent bars farting recall

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Total Recall

...on the fart bars!

But will we be told what biochemical processes are the root cause of the gaseous disaster?

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Personal info on more than 58 million people spills onto the web from data slurp biz

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The database with those default settings?

These should be called MongoDrops

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Pound falling, Marmite off the shelves – what the UK needs right now is ... an AI ethics board

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Re: Don't ...

French channel all their emotions into strike rage!

It's not all that long ago that humans were arguing about this in connection with their treatment of other humans

You mean, during Operation Enduring Freedom (and followups?)

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Re: Solder free?

Ethics outsourcery?

Politicans will stop to even attempt to think completely and get FAT ARSES!

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Hackers pop 6000 sites on active 18-month carding bonanza

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Russia!

I'm not saying it's state-sponsored, but it's probably state sponsored.

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

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After "Obama wants to go to Mars", a "Govn't Safety Net for Machines"

It's like there something really big in the pipe that we are not supposed to notice. Maybe the fact that the war on behalf our our ISIS allies and against Russia is getting hot ... OMG Kim Kardashian has been ROBBED!!

“The key question is: if something goes wrong, who is responsible?” pondered the Science and Technology Committee, in a report released today.

Yeah you dumb idiot, that's why we have insurance.

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Mars by the 2030s: Obama

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Something in the coffee or....?

What the hell is Obama going on about now?

Maybe he should reflect about his less-than-convincing here-on-Earth tenure. 8 years of war & consequences, surveillance has become legal, undeclared drone wars, several countries blown sky-high and getting worse, in bed for war crimes with Saudi Arabia, faffing around in Russia's near abroad and racial tension like never in the land of the free, promises to pump up the nuclear arsenal, and a pivot to China.

And now Mars??? WHAT THE F*CK!!

Oh yeah, he got Osama. Yeah.

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Re: What a very substandard article this is

Droll. Must be a facility managed by sun people.

"What happened at Pelindaba is the thing that keeps Presidents awake at night"

I rather think that the thing that keeps Presidents awake at night is getting the next cheque to finance the elect-me circus and pandering to the masses instead of doing policy.

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The fear of millenials

"Amano's remarks are prima facie terrifying"

Rumor mongering by M. Amano is "prima facie terrifying"? Who knew?

"but perhaps even scarier when one considers our 2013 story revealing Canada's nuclear plants will run code specificallly assembled for PDP-11 minicomputers for at least another 30 years"

Actually sounds relaxing, TBH.

As to the "could have been used to construct a dirty bomb" ... I think it's easier to get a fat chunk of DU and dust that over the city, see the uranium babies pile up.

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No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

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What do you mean, it doesn't "just work"

Stop pissing on the parade, El Reg!

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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Re: "...Earth’s magnetosphere deflected harmful radiation particles away."

But we are talking cosmic radiation here, some of these things are REALLY energetic. A few km of atmosphere will do, but on a spaceflight, you don't have those.

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This is interesting

The article implies the changes of MIND latent damage to HARDWARE may cause.

Where's your extraphysical mind now, believers in [whatever idea is pulled out of the arse to account for the rather fake problem of having to explain consciousness]??

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Re: Your local...

I confirm the enlightening power of going full space brain here on dEarth!

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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"Back on the right track" and other retarded delusions

I think the best black helicopter statement regarding these "russian hacks" is here. In fact, the fast-track revelations may have been to throw Trump, the loose bewigged cannon.

A Government Is Seizing Control of Our Election Process, and It Is Not the Russians

Though the first “Russian” hacks were reported in July, it is only 48 hours before the second presidential debate that the statement was released. It could easily have been held until Monday, there is no national security urgency for this to come out Friday. However, with the timing, Trump, essentially tied with Clinton in the polls, will now spend much of the debate defending himself. Since the statement includes no details, only accusations, it is hard to see how anyone could defend themselves. It would be near-impossible for Trump to come out ahead Sunday night; this is a near-coup.

Despite the certainty with which the US government has accused Russia of trying to influence the election by hacking into secured email servers, the FBI maintains there is no evidence the Russians or anyone else accessed Clinton unsecured, unencrypted email server laden with actual classified materials, including during Clinton’s first trip to Moscow when she sent and received encrypted email over the Internet and WiFi.

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Special

"race"

racist asshattery against "coloreds" ->NOT OK

racist asshattery against "whites" -> OK

"religion"

racist asshattery against "muslims" ->NOT OK

racist asshattery against "christians" -> OK

racist asshattery against "jews" -> OMG, CAPITAL OFFENCE, GET THE MOFO!

etc.

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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

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Try this in a political pundry meeting and see what happens

6 goons jump you, tazed, dragged out of the room (even if "differently abled"), be accused of anti-semitism and not strong for Israel, possibly weak on feminism and being a racist to boot, upon which Only Black Lives Matter declares open season on your family.

Then the pundit declares "this is not who we are"!

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Crooks and kids (not scary spies paid by govt overlords) are behind most breaches

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...in particular, if they have access to the sysadmin.

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Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

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The host star, V Hydrae, is an expanding red giant clinging to life by burning the last of its hydrogen fuel into helium

Actually if it is a Red Giant its "burning" has gone to the next level and it is fusing Helium already, and maybe even heavier elements depending on its mass.

In this case, it seems to be a Carbon Star, an excellent name for the Red Star themed bar I will open one day.

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

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USA: We be incomptent, yo!

"Looks like we have a serious hacking gap. We don't know whether we are secure or not, and either script kiddes or Genetically Engineered Russian Uberhackers who look like Dolph Lundgren wearing a helmet for computer-brain interfaces are hacking us dead. We are not sure which. In spite of putting out the first offensive cyberweapon to uparse the Persians. Or maybe we are just believing our own bullshit that we make the NYT/WaPo print in their front-page informercials. Please halp!!"

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Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on Outlook.com email server grief

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Re: MS haters

There will probably lots of MS hating in these comments.

Not at all. We will just hang around this campfire-in-a-barrel, sing and play the balalaika.

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Amazon supremo Bezos' Blue Origin blows its top over Texas desert

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Re: Brilliant. Just brilliant.

You can buy a few books at Amazon....

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Re: The crew capsule of death?

So just launch on an empty stomach.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Has the author developed a sudden brain problem?

Going from

Late last week, The Daily Beast revealed that Luckey was behind a $10,000 donation to a group called Nimble America dedicated to creating and spreading memes that attack Hillary Clinton. In one case, the group took out a giant billboard ad in Pittsburgh with a picture of Clinton's face and the tagline "Too Big to Jail."

to "funding pro-Trump neo-nazi trolls" must be in the hypersonic region of Godwin's Law scale.

And seriously, anyone who doesn't troll supporters of La Madame Klingon (who has btw. her own paid-for troll brigade doing Clinton Hasbara) is missing out.

Did I mention that the Daily Beast is suspiciously pro-Clinton? One can practically hear the cheque hit the bank account...

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Stripped of its galaxy, this black hole is wandering naked in the cosmos

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Re: What a relief...

Something which tells you it's there by a gentle, gravitational tug (direct evidence in observation and it's not MOND). But apparently nothing else (seems that even Weak Interaction is being cornered by latest null results, so likely no WIMPs)

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