* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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Re: IKEAShot 1

You will have to keep that lazer on-target for more than a few minutes...

Amazingly, on the project website they write:

The rising power and falling cost of lasers, consistent with Moore’s law, lead to significant advances in light beaming technology.

I didn't realize that "Moore's law" (more like Moore's rule of thumb of economics - valid till we hit the physics brickwall) applied to high-power lasers... evidence of that is sparse.

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Re: It's a historic day for Alpha Centuri!!

This event will be covered up by Smoking Alien.

You only imagined you heard this on CB (Centauri Band) amateur radio and mission control personnel regrettably all died because the salad being served in the canteen that day was infected with Centauri tapeworm.

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Re: Mot(i)e - sized probes?

Nah, Motie sailprobes are Apollo-sized.

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Re: star wars

To be fair, most of the research is actually coming from astronomical observatories, given that the military technology is still crap, retardely expensive, easy to defeat and likely to stay so.

FTFY

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Re: What will make this work

Download the Micros0ft Windows 10 diagnostic app for Android

Since I have installed this, I get offers from Nigerian princes and my compromising family photos are being used on /b/. How can I stop this?

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Symantec cloud portal goes titsup after database crash

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It's like having faith in the Bible.

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Re: Getting worse...

Wake me up when they find out that it was Cryptolocker!

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Sweden 'secretly blames' hackers – not solar flares – for taking out air traffic control

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Might be but...

Harrumph!

From "solar storm" (so, WAS there a solar storm or not?) to precise finger pointing ("an elite hacking crew linked to the Russian military intelligence service GRU") and general wobbling of the knees (" Vattenfall might come under attack") in 15 seconds?

And why would Russia randomly be stressing out peaceful Swedes? And make it obvious that they can, indeed, do so? Cyberdickwaving is not a good enough reason.

This sounds suspiciously like someone from NATO elicited an urgent statement showing a "clear and present danger" to aligned countries (a "secret" statement, say no more!). NATO is currently under attack in the Transpondian Homeland as a White Elephant Looking for Aggro, costing lots, not being paid for by Europeans and which should rightly have been dismantled back in the 90s as the US occupation forces and medal generator that it is.

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Saturn spacecraft immune to mysterious Planet 9's charms

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So...

I have heard Internet rumors that well-known supermassive tinfoil planet Nibiru will "arrive" this month (disappointingly not having arrived in any preceding month or even year, thus giving a full-fat two-finger salute to the ever-hopeful predictions that are well explained in hardcover books which can be picked up at the next Internet tat store for a fee), causing "unprecedented mass extinctions" (that would then be "massively massive mass extinctions" of heretofore unheard-of massivity. Professor Quatermass sure will have something to say).

I totally need some clarifications on where Nibiru has been before this month, where it will arrive from and by what means this is supposed to happen. Otherwise I'm going to log off!

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Mindless Flash masses saved as exploit kit devs go astray with 0day

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HAH!

+1 for "ravaged runtime"

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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Re: Coming soon . . . "Those waves look backwards!"

What will happen to the 9/11 truuters when the "28 pages" will hit the front page?

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

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Re: Game Changing...

Well, state-owned-and-operated outfits can always rely on "special undertable deals" and "taxpayer support". So they aren't going anywhere.

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Meanwhile, at the Pork Barrel Bar..

U.S. needs up to 18 more Russian rocket engines: Pentagon

The Pentagon will need to buy up to 18 more Russian-built RD-180 engines to power rockets carrying U.S. military satellites into space over the next six years or so, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said in an interview on Friday.

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McCain said last month that two Russians placed on the U.S. sanctions list because of events in Ukraine were leaders of Russian space agency Roscosmos, which he said was the parent of the company that makes the RD-180 rocket. [Add more family relationships for strong Monty Python humor]

ULA has said it was moving forward with two companies developing their own U.S. engines, Blue Origin and Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, but such development programs were difficult and took years to complete.

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Re: "Merlin engines"?

Pretty sure the trademark does not apply to "throw firey shit out of the back" engines, so it doesn't matter.

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IBM's tops sales staff face long haul...to Hawaii

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Re: I "won" - but I sure as hell am not going

> Lepoards and spots

I don't see what the Holocaust data-processing machinery sold to a rabidly nationalistic regime has to with this.

(Sadly, today you will find yourself at the business end of a lawsuit should you decide to BDS the "only democracy in the Middle East", i.e. proto-Naziland. Imagine a law that forced you to trade with Nazi Germany because not doing would have been racist and 'anti-germanic'? We sure have come a long way.)

This world is going places. But that's just by the by.

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

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Re: If only

You didn't tick the "play once and be done with it" option?

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Panama Papers hack: Unpatched WordPress, Drupal bugs to blame?

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Another Doubting Thomas says

Uncle Shmuel Points Fingers (Aka “Panama Papers”)

To use a KGB expression the CIA’s “ears are clearly sticking out” in this strategic PSYOP who point is very obvious: to jump on the Wikileaks bandwagon and create a little “imperial wikileaks” in the hope to be taken as seriously as the real thing.

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Some might wonder if those documents are true and, if yes, how the CIA, or some OGA, could have come across these very “sensitive” files? Simple.

For many years already the US government has been using its influence to get all the main financial centers of the world under its control. Some countries, such as Switzerland, have simply bullied in giving up their traditionally secretive banking practices, while banks were infiltrated by US agents and spies. The grand plan is simple: to take control of all the money flow worldwide. You want to bank “safe”? You better do it in the USA or else…

Now look at the James Henry quote reported by the NYT above: “we have an onshore haven industry in the U.S. that is as secretive as anywhere”. Get that? What this means is this: “If you want to hide money, that’s fine with us, but only as long as you hide it with us“. It’s that simple. And, of course, if you want your money safe, you better not disobey Uncle Shmuel because he can take it anytime he wants. Elegant, simple, effective. Beautiful, really.

The truth is that while the US intelligence community is rather incompetent, especially in HUMINT, the US control of the financial movements worldwide is nothing short of superb, especially in region of the world already controlled by the USA (such as Panama) or with banks with a long history of corruption and shady activities (Deutsche Bank, HSBC).

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Nice leak, shame about the murkiness

‘Who’s funding this?’ CIA & MI5 whistleblowers question credibility of Panama Papers coverage

Rumors that Soros is behind this one, too? Looks like we are being served a targeted rile-up burger, again.

US government, Soros funded Panama Papers to attack Putin – WikiLeaks

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Re: "No one is above the law"

Sorry, I misspoke.

Hold on, there is a reeducation van holding in front of my house. That's weird. Be right back.

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Re: Failure to measure up

grant well meaning motivation to these two individuals

${preferred:socialistic_dictator_from_history_books} also had well-meaning motivation -- it just didn't fully match other people's continued well-being.

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"No one is above the law"

Except us.

Until the leaks occur (the ones that are not engineered by us, that is)

Then it's a "temporary misjudgement" that demands "understanding" (and anyway, look at Kardashian's arse and we are fighting Russians in lower bumfuckistan, a country of strategic importance to Oceania, and the economic crisis will be over soon, we are reaching escape velocity tomorrow)

But the leaker will get it.

Because, well, no-one is above the law.

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Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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Re: The guy is a fuckwit and...

Unless there is a special law requiring "minimum sentencing", another "bipartisan" nazi initiative.

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A case of...

4chan /b/

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

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Re: "at the The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC)"

"The Artist Formerly Knowns as Prince"?

and of course

"The Interface Formerly Known as Metro" (TIFKAM)

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Because the whole fucking war was DevOps, all day, every day.

(While some people were sitting pretty and living the high life, as is the custom on Planet Earth)

NUKE ICON APPROPRIATENESS FACTOR: 100%

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Re: Typical bloody government

not to mention increasing taxes"closing tax loopholes"

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"Has the serial number 1137"

One typo short of leetness and it's 3 x 379, too.

(What would have happened if a joker german had randomly inserted "Hallo Churchill, du alter Sack, wir wissen dass du dies liest!" into an otherwise standard top secret message about Hitler's preferred napkin colour etc.?)

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Kik opens bot shop, promises world+dog access to teen market

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Re: Teen

As opposed to a Thai Messaging company?

The Canadian company has launched its bot shop, which has three categories – entertainment, lifestyle, and games – and 16 bots currently available.

These are "16+" bots, shurely?

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Re: @AC - Sorry to bring this to you but

TOP KIK!

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Iceland prime minister falls on sword over Panama Papers email leak

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Re: Didn't realize there were more data dumps to come

Not sure which of those views is worse than the other!

Clearly the second case would mean that Big State is not prying open every arse and fridge to extract monies for nepotistic boondoggles and actually respects privacy and sound investments, so I don't see how that can, in any way or shape, be called bad.

Never trust the taxman. Remember that money has to be debased to even pay for the stuff that we pretend to be able to afford (which unsurprisingly includes wars on the other side of the world).

Also, anyone who wants to read up on Icelandic Banking Crisis could do worse than read Deep Freeze. We are in for more of such "unforeseen" (in actuality, very much foreseen) crises.

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Did hacktivists really just expose half of Turkey's entire population to ID theft?

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Re: Seriously did El Reg miss...

Erdogan is referred to as "controversial" not "stark raving bonkers", so it's ok.

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Full Linux-on-PS4 hits Github

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Finally a reason to maybe consider buying a PS4

Because, face it, gaming on actual PCs is still the dog's bollocks.

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Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool

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This mess of an article still doesn't explain WTF is going on?

So there are extension which pass Mozilla's holey vetting process and use other extensions to hide their malicious behaviour. Or something? And if, so, how.

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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

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My preciousss!!

That AT&T RISC CPU: the Hobbit.

According to Jimbo's bag of unbelievable tidbits:

However, the Hobbit-based Newton was never produced. According to Larry Tesler, "The Hobbit was rife with bugs, ill-suited for our purposes, and overpriced. We balked after AT&T demanded not one but several million more dollars in development fees."[5] Apple dropped their interest in the Hobbit and moved on to help form Advanced RISC Machines, ARM, with a $2.5 million investment. When the company sold their stake in ARM years later, they netted $800 million.

And a very interesting note:

One interesting side effect of the Hobbit design was that it inspired designers of the Dis virtual machine (an offshoot of Plan 9) to use a memory-to-memory-based system that more closely matched the internal register-based workings of real-world processors. They found, as RISC designers would have expected, that without a load-store design it was difficult to improve the instruction pipeline and thereby operate at higher speeds. They felt that all future processors would thus move to a load-store design, and built Inferno to reflect this. In contrast, Java and .NET virtual machines are stack based, a side effect of being designed by language programmers as opposed to chip designers. Translating from a stack-based language to a register-based assembly language is a "heavyweight" operation; Java's virtual machine and compiler are many times larger and slower than the Dis virtual machine and the Limbo (the most common language compiled for Dis) compiler. Android's Dalvik virtual machine, the Parrot virtual machine and Lua virtual machine are also register-based.

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The sad part is....

...that Steve scamming the other Steve out of a couple of hundred dollars for his Atari hardware by upgrading the price asked in secret turned out to have no consequence at all.

Karma theory falsified!

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Don't feel too bad for the PowerPC, however. It has enjoyed a fine life post-Apple as its descendants would be used for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, as well as IBM's Power server line.

...and tons of embedded devices, in particular cars, in various licensed forms (which, I hear, actually means that most of these have special features that make then not fully compatible, leading to rapidly aging developers).

There is even radiation-hardended versions out there: RAD750 etc.

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

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(Prods vulture with truncheon)

But we'll probably never know.

Very good comrade. Now pick up that can.

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Re: Reddit to be first prosecuted for breaching terms of the letter

True. Nicer ideas involve lots of pitchforks and 5.56 ammo and high worthies being dragged through streets behind horses.

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Thoughtcrime?

"That two-finger salute went up there on 21st for no particular reason. Probably hackers. Nobody knows what it means, really. A "warrant canary"? Some new type of officer, m'lord?"

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Yes, because not being nice to politiicans is increasingly becoming a tarring & feathering offense (some NATO members go further)

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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

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Re: Sound of zero hands clapping

A new dish: Froiled "egg orbital" - one half frozen, one half boiled, fully irradiated.

Bon appétit!

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When Steve Jobs was away, Apple's designers snuck out a penis-shaped remote control

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Re: Design follows function...

I don't see what drinking cheap&nasty beer from aluminium cans has to do with this?

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Re: Not sure it was even an Apple device..

We will never know!

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

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Re: Hmmm

Wasn't that AMD...

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Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

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According to my local economist, 0% is "irresponsibly trending upwards" and hurts the economy, if that number applies to your savings.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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Re: Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow........

Yes, yes, yes, but someone has to come up with the cash flow.

Promises to have/make "someone" pay in the future don't fill the plate NOW (as governments all over the world are going to find out soon btw.)

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Internet users don't understand security or privacy, says survey

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Is this some kind of effing satire?

The citizens that most trust their governments were in Tunisia, at 27 per cent, and Pakistan, at 21 per cent

Must have asked only in posh areas, then.

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Love our open API? Talk to our lawyers, says If This Then That

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Re: Seriously?

Then they won't be there anymore, and we all lose something then.

Discuss!

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Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you

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After Windows 10 "Rick Roll" ...

... Windows 10 "Spring Roll"

"Microsoft and CETC have been working on a custom image of Windows 10 for government customers since we announced our initial agreement in September, based on the tools that we make available to organizations around the world"

Really? Where I can I download those?

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Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel

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The Falklands are like The Crimea: They stay!

The hispanic riffraff better read up on their history: British interest in South America was not as casual as many have assumed.

"RSS Nicholas Vansittart" NAOW

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