# Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

2263 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007

### Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

#### Re: Isn't this related to chaos theory ?

Not really. I believe that's it's related to the "no free lunch" theorem, or at least something like it can apply. Your standard fractal generator (eg, Fractint) has various optimisations for calculating the "limit cycle" and deciding whether a point leads to "capture" by the attractor, or how long it will take. All nice for making pretty pictures, but if you want to, say, model the weather, you need to iterate to find the final state of the model. The "sensitive dependence on initial condition" part of "chaos theory" does indeed rule out there being a quick solution without having to calculate all the intermediate steps. Same with blockchains or the Byzantine Generals problem: the person provides a proof of work that they have actually done the calculations.

#### Re: I can has google

... whereas something like a genetic algorithm might actually converge to a solution quite quickly.

I don't know if you can use that to characterise NP, but a GA is non-deterministic.

#### Re: P = NP only works for N=1

In answer to both of those problems (n!=N and P=0, respectively):

• I'll just add a new homomorphism of XORing with 0x20 (it's like a supercharged v8, in base 4)
• P=0 is obviously the case of "no problem"

No false equivalence here. No sir.

#### Re: Can't a computer solve this?

Ah, you may have proved your program correct, but have you run it?

#### P = NP only works for N=1

Practically all mathematical papers use n as a variable. It's impossible for it to be both a constant (n=1) and a variable at the same time. Therefore, P = NP is disproved, and by the law of the excluded middle, P != NP.

QED

### Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

#### Re: 1400?

> ALL HAIL DISCORDIA

You, sir, are a pope!

### Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

#### Re: yeah, but ...

By which I mean, "nobody properly believes that Trump is a Nazi" and "Props to IBM for sticking to #MAGA (right until it became untenable)."

#### yeah, but ...

Trump isn't even proper Nazi. Not surprised IBM walked away when they did.

### PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

#### Re: attacking anyone who disagrees with them.

No body.

I ain't got nobody. Nobody loves me. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody cares for me. Nobody. Nobody.

(sing it, Mpeler)

Especially not Theil, Palantir or Cambridge Analytica.

Our chief weapon is surprise! (because we cunningly didn't mention them in the article!)

### Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

#### Re: @Ole Juul - now fled to the dark web

I think that the Trump brand is toxic, no matter whether you bought it or paid for it. In other words, not long.

### Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

#### Re: The thin line between right and wrong

Oh, and by the way, the "race" I am talking about you being a part of is "the human race". Get with it.

#### Re: The thin line between right and wrong

There is no scientific definition of a race. The closest word is "landrace", which is nothing at all like what ignorant people like to label as "race".

I am fully aware of what a species is. In that context, I find it ironic that you talk about "talking at cross purposes".

Look up the whole Linnnaean (or other) taxonomic system. There are zero mentions of "race".

#### Re: The thin line between right and wrong

Just to clarify that a bit more, I subscribe to Buckminster Fuller's view that a "racist" is "someone who believes in race." There is only one race, here, and we're all part of it. For that reason, I also reject the idea of forming organisations to advocate for one's race. It's a misguided concept.

#### Re: The thin line between right and wrong

The part below. It probably slipped under your radar because apart from that it seemed to be a rational post.

Forming organisations to represent and advocate the interests of one's religion / race / identity group is common and acceptable. White people must have the same right to form such such groups as anyone else, particularly where they are becoming an underclass

The false equivalency is between organisations like the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, and, well, fascists. Note that last bit: "particularly [when white people] are becoming an underclass".

#### Re: The thin line between right and wrong

I teetered between hitting "report abuse" and "downvote" here. In the end, I downvoted.

Why? Because you are implying the same sort of false equivalence that Trump used when he said "... on many sides. On many sides."

That dog won't hunt, Monseigneur.

#### Re: The Law is an Ass

You said: "it's really just an attempt to stifle criticism"

Mike said: "To be clear: I don’t personally believe all rational discourse has ended when Nazis or the Holocaust are invoked," he wrote. "But I’m pleased that people still use Godwin’s Law to force one another to argue more thoughtfully.

### Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

#### Re: Noted troll Julian Assange?

The man had sacrificed a great deal...

https://www.wired.com/2010/12/manning-defens/

#### In the USA

"censorship" is only "censorship" when the government does it. What is it? The first amendment, I think.

A company that fires a guy for saying something (possibly detrimental to their organisation) does not fall under the 1st amendment.

Assange is a knob.

### WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

#### Re: hosting defcon in the US...

>...seems a bit of an oversight by the organisers.

So, DEFGONE next year, then?

### Astroboffins discover that half of the Milky Way's matter comes from other galaxies

#### so ... many ... folk ... memories

Obviously, we are stardust. We are golden.

> We could consider ourselves space travelers

or a "starman, waiting in the sky"

> we could consider ourselves space travelers

Well, a spaceman did come travelling

> "a computer model of supernovae explosions,"

> kicked out by a powerful wind

Now you're just taking the piss

### Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

#### Re: No doubt

> Reminds me of the old saying ...

Reminds me of "A légpárnás hajóm tele van angolnákkal". But then, my mind has been corrupted by naughty, naughty British TV.

### Debian patches plenty in new version 9.1

#### Re: I'm fairly certain there is one patch ...

> I'll go with January 1st 2019 ...

Probably more like 19 January, 2038. Fucking Millennialists.

### Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

#### Re: Fixed it!

> sudo apt-get --annual purge -- follow-rabbit-hole --redpill gnome-exe-thumbnailer

FTFY

### Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

#### staff get reamed

just like the oranges.

(disclaimer: I have no idea about how their juicer works)

### Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

#### Re: Beware susi eel

> Eel used in sushi is cooked.

As are (almost?) all freshwater fish, though for a different reason: freshwater parasites find us acceptable hosts, too. Don't know why salmon is an exception. Maybe it doesn't spend long enough in fresh water, or maybe just because precautions are taken (flash freezing for 48hrs or whatever; there's no such thing as sushi/sashimi-grade raw fish, just proper processing, btw).

Topist!

### Perl devs solve ancient Riddle: 'What's a vuln we caught from Oracle?'

Should do, because the DBD "middleware" (which is where the bug lies) talks to both mariadb and mysql using the same API.

#### Anyone for intergalactic bar billiards?

So long as it's not Brockian Ultra-Cricket, I'm game.

### BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

#### time is an illusion (lunchtime, doubly so)

Awkwardly seguing back to chromatic aberration (and relevance to the article, via gravity's rainbow, perhaps?) with

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11553099

skip down to "cube illusion"

### Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

#### Re: I see what happened

> "El Reg reached out to Microsoft for comment. No word so far."

Fucking "reached out". Fucking idiots. You are not brainless zombies (I hope) so stop pretending that you are and use your Broca's and Wernicke's areas instead of "reaching out" for a brain-based snack.

### Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

#### What's the opposite of "fail safe"?

Because you, Mr. Poettering, have just done the opposite. But of course, it's OK because you did it.

### Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

Yeah, but you can get models that don't have this area populated. You're quite justified in sticking a female header (or even a bendy one!) if you like.

### Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

#### Re: Force and mass

> How does a force balance a mass?

The equation is F = ma, or "force is mass times acceleration". The balancing acceleration you're looking at is gravity, so you get F (expressed in Newtons) = mg (kg . metres per second per second = kg . m / s2).

### Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

#### "deal with the relentless threats of terrorism"

When are our legislators going to declare war on rust? Rust never sleeps, and neither should we. Someone should do something! It's a travesty!

### Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

#### At some point in the article

I shifted to voicing this in my head to sound like an overeager game show host. Come on down! Systemd, you're a winner! Remember, you can't get these prizes anywhere else, because, systemd, there is no other game in town! Applause! That's right. Yeah!

### Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

#### Baby Astrolab

http://www.lyrics.com/lyric/1223049

### US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

#### The story (and post about "shorter sentences") reminds me ...

A story I heard on the radio in Ireland. A certain station master was responsible for making reports to head office whenever there was a train accident or derailment. Had something of a literary bent, it seems, because his reports ran into several pages of quite descriptive prose about the ins and outs of the incidents and the actions taken to get things back on track.

Head office got a bit pissed off with the length of his reports and asked him to be a bit more to the point. The station master complied, and the next time there was a derailment (in 1921), his report simply stated: "Off again. On again. Gone again. Flanagan"

### UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

#### Re: Not only missing 2FA

That was my first thought. My second is to only allow password-less logins via the MP creating a public/private key pair and handing over the public key to the IT guys in a controlled setting.

Works fine for ssh (where I can upload my key and store it in the authorized_keys file, then disable login via a password), so I'm pretty sure that it should work for TLS/SSL as well (and is apparently resistant to MITM, with ssh, at least). You might have a bit more work to do with regard revocation of an authorised login key, but that's par for the course.

### Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

Should be "Trump 'claims'"

Using "admits" suggests truthfulness on the part of the person who made the statement.

<crickets>

### Speaking in Tech: IT's a GaaS with Trump at top

#### Re: GaaS

Gallium Arsenide? Guests as a Service? Gas as a Service (Grace ala Soylent)? Gateaux as a Service (with simultaneous option of eating and having)?

Ah, it's "Government as a Service".

### Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

#### the Morissette Scale?

You mean that song with a list of non-ironic things interspersed with a refrain of "Isn't it ironic?"

No, Alanis, it is/they are not.

### Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

#### Re: Amazon and Netflix?

every programme seemed to revolve around how technology would destroy the world.

And we didn't listen! <fist shake>

#### Re: News to me

Funny. I watch it on FreeSat and I don't have a licence. I live in the RoI, and I guess that many Europeans can pick up the same signal without paying anything. Same with C4, which also gets some of the licence fee, AIUI.

### Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

#### "Raspberry Pi sours"

https://www.quora.com/What-do-blueberries-raspberries-and-blackberries-taste-like

Raspberries are already sour ("sauer" being the German for "acid[ic]")

#### "Change your default user name"

Jeez.

You mean "pi". (yes, I used "logical" quoting there)

### Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming

#### "Don't mess with Merkel"

Well, if she wants her own May-style folly, bring it on. Hubris has no borders.

### In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

Living and non-living things keep exchanging properties.