* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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US-CERT warns of more North Korean malware

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ALART!

The advisory doesn't say how many machines may have been infected by Typeframe, nor where infections occurred.

So it's not really a "warning" rather than hot air, aka. "warming"?

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AI military upstart attacked by Russian malware, Twitter fires up TensorFlow, and more

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Re: "AI..suffers from a lack of diversity. Opening a lab in Ghana will provide more opportunities"

Several conferences such as the Data Science Africa 2017 in Tanzania, the 2017 Deep Learning Indaba event in South Africa, and follow-on IndabaX events in 2018 shows that is already a strong and growing interest in AI in Africa.

This is fine, but judging from the Indaba 2017 prospectus this is both the Machine Learning User Group get-together and a progressive diversity initiative. Moaning about "biases algorithms" included (yup, if statistics say that blacks are more likely to get in trouble with the law a second time, the statistics are probably right). Not Miles Bennet Dyson territory but then again, that's in the hand of the North Asians.

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hard as I try...

If you criminalise side channel attacks then only criminals will have side channel attacks.

That's not what is being said.

What is being said is that the code should follow certain guidelines so that risks regarding certain side-channel are mitigated in released tarballs (same as no code should be released that doesn't have a pretty good guarantee that buffer overflows can't happen, because it's 2018)

I mean, who would think of criminalizing side-channel attacks? That would be like saying security research is illegal, or allowing patenting some obscure mathematical theorem. Who could be that retarded and in thrall to special interests?

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Oh my!

How to defeat high security locks with a paperclip and other fun tricks.

Does anyone even do UAT anymore?

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Re: Yeah - but if I am a "common criminal" I'll definitely find another non-indiegogo to pawn

Hungry attack dogs?

PETA will be on the case.

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DeepMind Health told to explain business model, relationship to Google

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I wonder..

Are there any other countries where DeepMind Health is landing on the front lawn?

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Quantum cryptography demo shows no need for ritzy new infrastructure

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Re: Qbit measurement without alternation is not a given.

Quite probably an error in interpreting the experimental outcomes. This happens a lot in QM experimentation.

This would be extremely physics-shattering if true. Not many people seem to have heard about it. As you said, 15 years have passed (say what?) and the paper is rotting in the arxiv. In thos 15 years, QM has not shown holes, quite the contrary.

Comment on: "Measuring a Photonic Qubit without Destroying It

"However, for the protocol to work in true QND (quantum non-demolition) fashion, the signal photon

should propagate freely after the measurement. This means that the proper fidelity measure of a QND

protocol cannot be based on the coincidence probabilities P_{sm} alone: Using only coincidence counting necessarily implies destructive photo-detection of the signal mode. This is incompatible with

the definition of a quantum non-demolition measurement. A proper measurement P_{k0} and P_{0k}, where 0 denotes the absence of a detector count and k \member {H,V}."

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Re: So...

But as soon as you get a delivery method switch (optic to wire, wire to wifi, wifi to PC OS) that is compromised, they could be decoding/encoding and then passing back to you pretend content/communication.

That's true for classical information.

But you cannot have quantum cryptography that is not "end to end" (expect politicians demanding "non end-to-end quantum cryptography", similar to "decryptable crypto without backdoor" any moment now).

When transmitting the entangled photon from A to B, when C reads it "in flight", you will know it, as extracting the classical bit midway breaks the entanglement. B will obtain a garbled key, instead of bits out correlated to the bits in, there will be random bits in there. In case not all photons are read - as will be the case in any real-world channel as "bits are read" by anything on the line - you will still get a certain percentage of good bits, some heavy redundancy in the message should be helpful in that case.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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"Thousands have died as a result"

Isn't that a headline out of the Daily Mail?

Also, please comment here: Universal Credit system is 'bad value for money' and took too long to roll out, damning report finds

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Yes but is the hold music good?

One True Party Music / Junta Military Pomp maybe?

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: @AC

Full employment, recovery from the last recession and apart from bone headed trade war tariffs economically doing well.

this_is_fine_dog.jpg

Probably believes the PC bollocks, too.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Blackadder drones forth!

fling itself into the ground from a great height

I think I remember that scene.

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Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

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"She turned me into a NYT"

Even if they weren't far too hot for us, distance would rule out the planets as destinations for rich people leaving “this wretched planet” (as the New York Times put it)

Ah, the New York Times.

They will be moaning about the utter lack of diversity on the space station and condemning implicit racism from above and why can't black people get affirmative space action?

(Unless it's a space station from that Mel Gibson movie, then uniformity is needed to attain universal balance because ... you know ... reparations ... and Trump)

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AT&T gets clearance to devour Time Warner for $85 BEEEELION

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Looks like the bubble is ready to burst like an oversized zit

"Money" is cheap and desperately looking for ROI emerging from the mind of a green consultant.

The Forever War is maybe gonna end. Economic reasons, crash of Athens and all that.

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June 2018, and Windows Server can be pwned with a DNS request

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Let's face it, most code is breakable when a sufficient number of people are sufficiently motivated to break it.

I'm sick and tired of hearing this strawman repeated over and over and over.

DNS is not hard to do (it's a database lookup done when it didn't occur to people that it's just a database lookup and they would have to finagle weird stuff like "zone files") and can be written in a secure manner unless one goes full hog on "muh features and cool, wild, unmanaged completely non-MISRA C because I'm so cool and sheeeeet!!" (isn't it, BIND?).

Then one could find some money behind a sofa to perform proper code analysis of its codebase. Where did Microsoft Secure Code Initiative go?

Then one could run the thing in a jail because one is the vendor of the whole package. After all, the "integration" and seamlessness of it all is always sold as a big plus.

Yeah, system engineering. We have heard of it while falling downstairs.

Nothing on Github has ever had to withstand that level of attack.

Maybe, but a Microsoft DNS is SUPPOSED to withstand that level of attack.

Ah no, wait. It's just USD 1000 per pop and then you are all by yourself.

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IBM to GTS: We want you to 'rotate' clients every two years

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Reminder that "breakneck speed" is not a good thing.

Our industry is changing at a breakneck speed, as are the skills required to keep pace.

That Camel's back is indeed ready for some breakage.

And skills are degrading all over the place. It's replaced with "pretending to know about stuff" style retardation.

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Re: Lira?

The lira exchange rate was such due to tpitalian government policy of devaluing every time fiat had export troubles. It was a ply to preserve their manufacturing industry.

Aka. "Quantitative Easing".

I gives your economy diarrhea.

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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The Era of Bubble-Fuelled Colonialism Capitalism

The worst thing is that many companies had their private repositories on Github cloud. And now the worst company ever, has full read access to their source code. Think of the horror - M$$ will clone the competitors software soon!!

They better maintain a "firewall" on that because once words get out or suspicions are raise, they can say bu-bye to the entire Azure #MeToo Cloud.

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Re: Trust of developers?

True, it originated with Red Hat -- which is basically the Microsoft of the Linux world.

If you want Devuan you know where you can get it.

Say want you want about RedHat, but it's the only ones who actually managed to sell to the corporates. Except for SuSE maybe. Linux would be unknown w/o them.

Other distros are like hippy-powered wheelchair soapbox racers. Nice for home, corporately ridiculous. "I want my Debian/Ubuntu LTS". NO. FUCK OFF!!

And really, one can live with "systemd". As for "backdoored". Link and code or shut the fuck up.

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Re: Mobile frist

You forgot demanding the installation of Adobe Flash.

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Re: Microsoft the Scorpion vs Developer the Frog

Thus the origin of Sadfrog

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Re: Trust of developers?

Javascript 5 (embrace) -> Typescript and Class syntax to Javascript 6 (extend) -> JS (extinguish) with WebASM.

NodeJS (embrace) -> incompatible Node Windows fork with IE/Edge JS engine "Chakra" (extend) -> NodeJS (extinguish soon) with chaos of Typescript, Javascript 6 and Github.

Microsoft does something good?

God works in mysterious ways and even powerful greed & evil is just a tool in his hackpack.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: happy for adverts if....

Most of what I have blocked are the ones that drew attention to themselves e.g. by appearing in log files for doing weird shit or by holding everything up while being featured in the browser status bar as 'waiting for...'.

I don't even want to waste my time on selection.

They all go.

End of story.

Some websites sometimes run fund drives. Then I throw something in the pot.

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England's top judge lashes out at 'Science Museum' grade court IT

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Re: I have experience of the Family Court IT system...

Do they still ship people from IT consultancies to Australia for hard labor?

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Re: On the up-side

That makes them very difficult to hack in to. Maybe more

You know, your system is supposed to DO something.

You can deliver a bloc of concrete in the form of a mainframe. Pretty hard to hack into. Yep.

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Re: On the up-side

And that might not just be the result of deliberate hacking; the Atlanta ransomware incident resulted in some permanent loss of data

Any electronic filing system that is subject to ransomware is of course unfit for purpose, built on Microsoft "technology" (do I repeat myself) and the consultancy who built it should be decimates (i.e. 1 of every 10 people shot at random) in a public place pour encourager les autres.

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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Re: China has a consistent record ...

Sounds like an American racontar.

Source?

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But Canada has no lair-covering extinct volancoes!

How is this even possible?

In b4 Trudeau #MeTooed for a lame assgrab 20 years ago because he wanted to go public on the CANADA LAIR next week.

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Deck the halls with HALs: AI steals the show at Infosec Europe

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...although I gotta say this (sadly paywalled) article is good stuff:

The Past, Present, and Future of Cyberdyne.

It's a toolset that tries to find potentially exploitable bugs in libraries and programs using input fuzzing and a genetic algorithm that looks for inputs generating largest code coverage. The code to inspect is run on in a Python emulator and on a very pared-down "operating system" used in the Darpa Grand Challenge. This is not AI and definitely not "turnkey" as the code to analyze has to be specially prepared, compiled and linked and missing operating system functionality suitably mocked. It was used to analyze zlib with the result being that exploitable bugs could not be found.

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COULD BE DRIVER!!

AI and automation could be a driver for cybersecurity spending and behaviour in the next five years but its benefits could be outweighed by the skills required to work with

Translation: Glitzy stuff that is not ready to come out of academic cleanrooms and that no-one knows how to effectively use or integrate into existing enterprise environments will pull in the money as it is being pushed by oily salespeople during the next five years; however everybody will be too occupied with the grunt-work of filling the enormous holes of technical debt left over the last 15 years of deranged spending decisions and frenetic organizational mismanagement to even consider taking a look at the cover blurb of that new shelfware. (Or they are busy repropgramming everything in Node.Js + MongoDb and basically on the technolure train ride of death)

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Tech giants! How do you know Jim in accounting isn't Putin moves on you

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Re: No one has approached me

The Cuckoos Egg' by Clifford Stoll?

Fuck ... Melancholy.

Those were the days. Actual telephony switching relays. Tymnet. Some dude accessing faked SDI info (hacked together in near-real time, enormous troll award should be forthcoming) from the DDR!

The world back then has enormous DISTANCE. Just getting over the Atlantic was an adventure. Documentation was sparse. Comms were bad. Telephones were in use. Screens were green. JPGs were nowhere to be seen.

And summers were just better.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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Re: Wow!

Elon would land a booster on the presentation just to get it over with.

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Re: Can't believe they got people to tune in

...There was nothing on TV and I had already checked through the latest Social Justice Outrage headlines of hate.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

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Impossible as (allegedly) Microsoft has already received all the money and is now compelled to push Flash for another few years.

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Groundhog Day for the Zero Day

This article should be illustrated with Advice Dog:

"Install Adobe Flash!"

Is there any academic paper out there analyzing whence the brokenness comes?

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Re: But ... I don't want more cores.

> And whatever happened to adding more execution units

Isn't that about adding moar coares?

> and/or making complex executions require fewer cycles

How.

> Who cares about the number of sleeping cores and unused cycles you have

As with programming languages, "it depends on the problem".

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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

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Uh-Oh

In this case, an overly sensitive system could produce false positives for people playing football together, and think that they were kicking one another.

This is going to be fun. Lots of marginalized Dindu Nuthings suddenly showing extreme interest in various sportsy outdoors activities. No-win no-fee lawyers are reserving billboard time.

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Re: Colour me sceptical

Ok, coding time.

NOT

if (bar == "The Blind Beggar" and time == "closing") then fight = true;

First we use enums for "time", not strings. And then:

fight = (bar == "The Blind Beggar" and time == closing)

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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It really is the current year

A Pied Data Piper offering amazing-tech pleasure rides with negative externalities in a state in which coffee and WLAN are carcinogenic.

Only some reference to sanctuary cities and the #Resistance with multi billion-dollar payout due to perceived racially-charged microaggressions could top that.

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Re: Article misses a critical point

How do you lose all that information and 1) no one cares 2) they got away with it???

Because no-one in charge cares as long as they can have the next swimming pool while mumbling inanities while receiving money.

> There has been nonstop war since that 9/11 weirdness, no-one cares. In fact, rolling up to the next with glee.

> There has been money printing to a degree unprecedented in human history, no-one cares.

> More and more money and power goes to two ME countries with very strong political influence, no-one cares.

> Europe is manoeuvered into a confrontation with a very fat trading partner on thge say-so of publicly unwell people, no-one cares.

> Population replacement is foisted on countries that do not need, want or are even able manage it, no-one cares. Actually that will probably put the kibosh on Moore's Revenge before long.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: Hmm...

LinkedIn after MS: Complete shit, but necessary

Millenials and puffers are annoying.

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Re: Hollywood predicted it, check out "Conspiracy.com" (film)

The story is about a tech-corp slurping source code from free software movement.

But why would one want to do that?

The source code is useless. The skills that come with it is what counts.

Unless the company is manned by Alien Students doing Galactic Anthropology Studies....

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Re: Whiners

"The Microsoft Hasbara Desk is now open!"

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Re: I'm out

Better stop your "innawoods with GNU-AK47 with a can of Heintz beans" spiel.

"Otherwise Linux is dead in the water in a few years, and we all will move to GNU Hurd or Magenta or BSD."

Does GNU Hurd even exist yet.

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Re: Time

It is never too late to investigate ways of becoming a lesbian!

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Re: In other news

Apparently not everbody is a hater

AI-fueled fast trading algorithms will buy ANYTHING.

The total crash of putrescent death can't come too soon.

We will yet see pigeons roost in the gutted remains of F-35, sheltering from the cold rain as elder people shuffle around on the tarmac, moaning for pension payouts and food packages.

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Re: I'm out

"Eh Eh Eh Eh"

(as heard in the imperial throneroom)

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Walking Dead

1) 5.56 and good old-fashioned AR-15

2) 12-gauge shotgun

3) Katana

4) Flamethrower to bore through all of those SUDDEN MOUNTAINS OF CASH

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Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads

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Re: Again?

Well, it's not as if this work had the difficulty of a hydrogen bomb program.

On second thought, it actually has, but mainstreamed.

Wait until everyone can buy a gene sequencer, that's gonna be phun. Not talking about nanotech assemblers, because these may or may not be possible but they are definitely far out.

(Now, the real question is - will Poland be spooked into transferring a few more billions to US coffers for a "NATO presence" on its territory by a fake Putin head repeatedly saying "Boo" on TV?)

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You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday

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So when do these things come to El Reg comment section?

Completely unrelated, Mozilla Firefox "New Tab" tab asks me whether I might be a "web maker" and would I be interest in the basics.

What is a "web maker"? Isn't that a spider?

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