* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Apache retains perch atop global web server market

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Well within the noise range

No champagne before IIS dips below 20%.

Keep on target!

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: What is the best practice here?

Run all executables which are supplied without Source Code in a chroot environment

Whether you have the source code is only relevant if your theorem prover can prove that shit won't hit the fan (however defined) when the program corresponding to said source is run. This is unlikely to be in the realm of attainable feats even in best conditions and even if said open sourced program has been written in Mercury.

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Scumbag Steve Meme goes here

1) Writing "# Scary!" in the code

2) Not performing any checks anyway

...probably because "no risk, no fun!"

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Impressive

Besides, future dynamical evolution [of suspiciously extra-solar comet 96P/Machholz 1] displays orbital flips when its eccentricity is excited to a high value and its orbit turns over by nearly 180°, rolling over its major axis. This unusual behaviour, that is preserved when post-Newtonian terms are included in the numerical integrations, may also help understand the production of NEOs on retrograde orbits.

post-Newtonian = Using GR in numerical integrations?

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They must be way bigger to show up in the calculations.

We already know there are larger fish than the Not-Planet Known To Be Inhabited By Dwarfs:

Best Served Cold Objects

There may even be quite a few mars-massing objects in non-ecliptic orbits. These are known as "Oligarchs". None has been found so far though.

Checking the abstract indicates that they expect larger-than Earth masses:

The existence of an outer planet beyond Pluto has been a matter of debate for decades and the recent discovery of 2012 VP113 has just revived the interest for this controversial topic. This Sedna-like object has the most distant perihelion of any known minor planet and the value of its argument of perihelion is close to 0°. This property appears to be shared by almost all known asteroids with semimajor axis greater than 150 au and perihelion greater than 30 au (the extreme trans-Neptunian objects or ETNOs), and this fact has been interpreted as evidence for the existence of a super-Earth at 250 au. In this scenario, a population of stable asteroids may be shepherded by a distant, undiscovered planet larger than the Earth that keeps the value of their argument of perihelion librating around 0° as a result of the Kozai mechanism. Here, we study the visibility of these ETNOs and confirm that the observed excess of objects reaching perihelion near the ascending node cannot be explained in terms of any observational biases. This excess must be a true feature of this population and its possible origin is explored in the framework of the Kozai effect. The analysis of several possible scenarios strongly suggest that at least two trans-Plutonian planets must exist.

"2012 VP113" is of course also called "Biden".

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Re: Nibiru!

Take a mars bar and call me in the morning.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Pair ncissing!

Also: "INTRUSION DETECTED - FIREWALL BREACHED".

At least you get a porn flick at the far end.

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Re: You just wait for the remake.....

DAT DISCUSSION on Stackexchange: "How does David Lightman in WarGames manage to hack a computer by dialing a number?"

"There was an internet, and you connected to it. You didn't have the World Wide Web."

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Re: Awwww... come on....

Ouch. FOILED AGAIN!

OTOH, Trinity accurately hacks via SSH in the Matrix #3 I think. I can just barely remember.

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Re: "it's a Unix system, I know this"

"it's a Unix system, I know this"

Just as ADORABLE as back then!

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Re: Cough Cough!! Independence day

Apple computers can interface directory to Aliens

When Steave Jobs has seen a Turing Machine, he has seen them all.

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Re: It's not a movie but...

There is a XIII series?

The original comic didn't feature skeleton keys, just an onion layers of conspiracies, gunplay and dead people. Pretty gud!

Luckily for all concerned the hero of Blackhat is Chris “Thor” Hemsworth, who is as familiar with the gym as the server room.

In the real world, you will meet IT people like this, sadly in the other direction.

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Venture Capital investment in Silicon Valley hits dot-com boom levels

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Get me that permafailure Krugman on the horn!

"THIS TIME IT'S ALL DIFFERENT!!"

No, I don't think so.

Afterwards:

"NO-ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED" etc. etc.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: Quite a few incorrect posts above and bad facts in article

this was a successful TEST

But clearly that bar is still in the red?

junit_frog.jpg

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CAP'TAIN, WE NEED 50% MORE PRESSURE!!

Scotty, come out of that Jeffreys Tube!

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Fokken owsome

I suppose killing the barge that way would still be hard to do no matter what.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: Re. Beagle 2

A LIKELY story.

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Leiningen and the ants

still doesn't beat arriving on a aircraft carrier with a mission accomplished banner 7 years before the war actually ends

Correction, mylord!

"...before the war actually ants."

It ants into ISIS.

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Re: The UK can and will go back to Mars

The sandy expanses may indeed be attractive to our southern neighbors, but if there is oil underneath, they will still not be spared the bombing.

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Re: the probe landed roughly where it was expected

Patriot Missiles: A cautionary tale of getting your floating point act together!

Yes, that's for YOU, young whippersnappers!

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THIS HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL FAILURE!

“The UK can and will go back to Mars.”

The Outward Urge with a stiff upper lip, now!

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: La Geist

So can take a glorious trip to Europe? Preferably carrying an AK to unseat our heads of state?

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Re: No, you can't

This morning TheGOOG downloaded something new to Chrome

tl;dr

Why are you even consorting with Google. Are into succubi or something?

tired_bugs_bunny.gif

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Re: Excellent news

> Were this prison, you'd be our bitch.

Riiiiight.

Meanwhile, with Harper in charge, you know EXACTLY who is the one biting cushions.

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Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

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I can't explain....

...the burning white heat of hate whenever I see those nominal "heads of state" pushing forth their narcissistic agenda informed by the special interests whispering into their ears. What did they succeed in doing. Anything? Anything AT ALL? No. All their "achievements" are lies, flimflammery and massaging of statistics, and at best kicking the can down the street.

Begone! Begone forever.

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Lazy FTSE 350 firms think lawyers can fight off cyber-security worries

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The guys wrecking the EURO issue edicts on "cyber-risks"

such as edicts from the European Central Bank

MUAH!!

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: When I worked in Belgium some time ago...

... the Friday evening trains to Luxembourg were widely reported to be packed with people taking their week's cash-in-hand earnings to their Luxembourg banks

Never seen those over there. The people go from Luxembourg TO Belgium at the end of the day because Luxembourg is one of the rare places in Europoorland that are still economically active.

As to "evasion", frankly, if you worked in Belgium, you WOULD do that.

40% and more (probably more around 60% if VAT is counted, amirite?) for a non-existent, corrupt and dysfunctional government mainly known for building bridges to nowhere. The rest will will be taken upon your death.

The dictatorship of the proletariat was not meant to be like this.

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Burnt-out socialistic Euro weatherwane

The issue is also embarrassing for Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as he was prime minister of the micro-state when the deal was done.

Also now talking tough about crackdowns on "tax avoiders".

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Re: Who's Big Al?

He's like Marcellus Wallace, but contrrolling your fridge via the IoT

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More interesting than "The Big AI fear", but....

Everything important to civilisation," he contends, took place prior to 1914: he specifically mentions "the development of agriculture, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the Industrial Revolution".

A dubious claim. Antibiotics, Computers, Advanced Mathematics, Internal Combustion Engine are forgotten? I guess that would be "some kind of civilization" then. I also don't see how the Roman Empire comes into this. Europoor-centric, moi?

In the prof's view it's extremely urgent for the human race to cut down on fertiliser over-use, as this could knacker the eco-system to such an extent that it could no longer support civilisation and surviving humans would have to return to life as hunter-gatherers.

This point urgently needs further explanations. It seems to compress a few books into a pithy phrase.

I have heard that Phosphorus is hard and harder to find in appreciable quantities though. Let's have some market pricing....

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: A request

Naomi Klein is not exactly well-known for her ability to research or present something she didn't explicitly decide to prove before writing the damn book.

Unfortunately, this.

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The Project for a New Oceanian Century

Does anyone have the totally unwarrented feeling that he had a big folder in his desk and was just waiting and hoping for someone's cat to fall downstairs?

Totally unwarranted, I am sure.

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Re: Whatever.

Thank you for your interesting slice-of-life posting.

Your point being?

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Re: Terrorist are naughty

> whose entire agenda revolves around hiding the fucking obvious

Facesitting is forbidden in the UK!

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Mr President, is this a war on hackers – or a war on people stopping hackers?

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Obama's presidence is really the fail train without brakes.

Totally fits into the accelerating medievalization of society at the request of special interests that has been pushed for the last 30 years.

Don't talk, don't work, don't copy, don't hide, don't save, don't transact, don't read, don't think, don't research, don't hope, don't change unless the government gives you explicit approval.

Or a SWAT team will pull up.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Re: Pics.....

I support this statement. JE SUIS EL REG!

> You are not The Metro!!

More like TIFKAM. Pretty pictures, blaring into your eyes.

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Re: After the election comment

It's too late for mindbleach. It was ALWAYS too late for mindbleach.

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Re: Rubbish - Old IT Grey suits out!

> As a young programmer

> The principles of IT are constant

"Wise before his age", huh?

Go back to Computer Science 101 and learn something.

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Re: So is it running z/OS or Linux or both? @boltar

Design space explorations!

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Science now run by wombats

> It's just a way for the government to buy votes

Most people are too arsetarded to even know what this is about and would like to watch TV unmolested, whose vote are they buying?

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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His excellency regrets.....

Wertheimer argued:

The case doesn't prove the NSA is actively trying to subvert crypto standards, merely that a mistake had been made and then rectified.

It's like I'm really at the OJ Simpson trial.

He pointed out that the NSA was keen to fund more mathematical research

Of course.

and – post September 11 – this work was vitally needed

Because the Saudi trolls used hard crypto to run their show. It was totally not due to the utter ineptitude of the infighting TLA salad of the Heimland. Also, Saddam gassed his own people.

Carry on.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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Re: SpaceX

Coattails, shirley?

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Re: True for the whole world

You forget the ubiquitous taste of chicken.

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Re: You can't get to there from here

The connecting tunnel between the Russian and US sector is called "The Ukraine", not sure why.

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Why not open the hatch and take a sniff?

The smell of ammonia is hard to ignore.

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Re: Big Three?

Moties. All classes.

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Node.js fork io.js hits version 1.0 – but don't call it production-ready

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Nork.js, production ready, ever.

Can anyone recall me what the point of Node.js is? Except giving people somewhat of an excuse to not having to look beyond JavaScript when coding horribad stuff on the server side, far better solved with proper languages?

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PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

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Re: Clyde W. Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto

The Plutonians may have something to say about that.

All of them are dwarfs and will not be taken seriously.

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Re: Routers... in Space!

Even though I'm a space buff too, given the choice of space missions or little to no plutonium on earth I'd take the latter any day.

WHY? I see no problem with Pu on Earth except the one in nukes and dumped into the environment, and the annoying filling of pants that antinuxers perform whenever the subject is even mentioned. Yes, it's a nasty element in daily bodily processes. Don't ingest it.

That being said, for probes you need the special kind of Pu that alpha-decays, generating lots of heat. The temperature difference thus created powers the RTGs on space probes. This Pu can only be made in special reactors from Neptunium.

The standard Pu is not particulary decay-happy and just sits there with low alpha activity, mainly waiting for neutron showers..

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AMD plugs firmware holes that allowed command injection

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You will say "notherboard" when you get the considerate response of the vendor to your request.

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