* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

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Oh ANOTHER skills gap!

Great stuff.

People don't want to follow / are not ready to follow / are not interested in / the latest superize-me fad that has been concoted in the bowels in the industry and would rather work on developing their business in a sane way?

SKILLS GAP!

Can't hire a remote indian engineer who can write a 5000-line perl script over the phone "as good as" any designed by in-house people who actually know which machine is supposed to talk to which?

TERRIFYING SKILLS GAP!

"I'd love to see that training accessible to people such as unrepresented minorities and women to showcase the breadth of their capabilities"

What the HELL are "unrepresented minorities that have a cloud skills gap"?

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: Sad

It is 99.9999% certain that you don't need quantum computing to "understand the brain" (it would help much anyway, people rarely want to perform large number factorizations)

Anyway, first pic on this article from the hive of ADHD called "Twitter"

"zuckerberg's vision: mulatto underclass clicking sponsored content all day; ruled over by autistic jew-asian elite. soylent only legal food."

The posting account has been purged in the meantime. Goodthink patrol dropped by I guess.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Lysenko on the phone

Film at 11.

Just recently - Racist babies! https://www.rt.com/news/384606-babies-race-skin-study/

Time to reeducate the babies?

Its' all US-centric bullshittery. The fever dream of attaining perfect egalitarian multicultural/multigendered utopia where differences don't exist. With the plan being that this will happen if everybody indeed pretends that differences don't exist. If need be, people will be forced to pretend that this is true under penalty of lawsuit.

Cargo cultism.

It has finally been transferred to statistics, which is what these algorithms are all about. Well, it happened a bit earlier, as I remember insurers were forced to pretend statistics related to race/gender/neighborhood didn't actually matter.

Don't give up until the bell curve has uniform probability density!

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Do you want an AK with that?

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Callisto Group snoopers wreak havoc with leaked HackingTeam spyware

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Re: non disclosure

Don't be such a kid. You know how it works.

Inb4 "linked to unknown state actors". Nah, too late.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Meanwhile "Real" News

Assad gassed his own people!

It's true! Everyone says so!

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Oculus Drift: VR gaming boss out at Facebook

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Pretty cool

I'm now officially a "forum troll", eh?

Can't have an opinion that doesn't fully mesh with forum mods that have the mind of 12 year olds?

Nice one, El Reg. Nice one.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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Or maybe Roswell is real

It may also detract from yet another revelation over the administration's ties to Russia and the resulting Congressional investigations.

Can someone remind me of the other "revelations" over "ties to Russia"?

"Pissing on Obama's bed in a russian hotel" as "revealed" by a compilate of 4chan fantasies doesn't count.

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How hard will it be to measure Planet Nine?

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Yeah, those plantary microaggressions are taking their toll, Pluto is currently thinking of sulking silently in its orbit for the next 15 million years.

Better set up safe spaces beyond the Kuiper Belt.

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Re: " it would mass about ten times more than Earth"

Verbing weirds language

-- Calvin ca. 1990

Verbing makes language more orthogonal and expressive.

-- Me ca. now

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That planet in the "artist's impression" (or expression) shows thunderstorms...

...shurely it would be too cold for that? It's basically frozen interstellar leftovers.

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Re: Pluto = the REAL planet 9!!

Why not seek a job a Trump Tweet Central?

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Kremlin-linked hacker crew's tactics exposed

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Check is in the mail, SecureWorks

That "DNC hack"... we still don't know whether it actually occurred. Maybe one should start with that?

Also, the "influencing global events" meme is is a bit bereft of logic (but then again, what would one expect of a perverse alliance of neocons, democrats and TLA power players?). Or maybe "Hollywood Logic" has infected everything and our only hope is that Vogons clean the fuck up before we beclown ourselves in front of the whole Galaxy.

The Missing Logic of Russia-gate

Assuming that Putin read the polls like everyone else, would he risk infuriating the likely next President of the United States – Hillary Clinton – by embarrassing her with an email leak that would amount to a pinprick? Clinton herself blamed her surprise defeat on FBI Director Comey’s decision to briefly reopen the investigation into whether she endangered national security by using a private email server as Secretary of State.

Unless one assumes that Putin’s Ouija board also predicted Comey’s actions or perhaps that Comey is another Russian mole, wouldn’t it be a huge risk for Putin to anger Clinton without ensuring her defeat? There’s the old saying that “if you strike a king, you must kill him,” which would seem to apply equally to a queen. But logical thinking no longer applies to what’s going on in Official Washington.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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I say!

> child labour

> social ill

Yet another "I can afford not to, so you should too" white whine.

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: he was fired for ...

Actually, on Islam, if you are Muslim and subscribe to the idea that a woman's testimony is worth less than a man's, surely that is a view that would also be counter to the Drupal stance on 'gender equality'.

Going down that road will make SJW's heads explode.

Let's go down that road.

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Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs

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I'm ok with bots and schoolgirls!

Just make sure they don't built those tentacled ones.

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Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

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Re: Meanwhile ...

No.

Stars ignite when the pressure of infalling gas is still increase.

Then it takes a few hundred thousand years for the ignition to show up on the surface.

Enough time to pile on the gas and keep it piling on!

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Yet another offensively pointless First World problem

Master Yoda, I presume?

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: At 90X Jupiter's mass, and fairly pure hydrogen, how did this not ignite into a star?

90 times Jupiter Mass is 90 * 0.0009546M_Sun,

which is 0.086 M_Sun. This may be enough, you need 0.05 or above, apparently. However, the absence of Carbon makes this a "first generation star" which needs abnormally high temperature to start rather inefficient fusion processes. Time for stackoverflow?

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Re: Am I a Bad Person?

the organisation is using this discovery to try to obtain more funding?

The eternal fear of the crabby mind: someone is trying to obtain funding (don't look at possibly 10 trillions dumped into various various wars the last 15 years)

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Re: "It was invented to prop up existing theories"

Nobody is talking about dark matter as a means to sweep an issue under the rug.

Quite so. This is why Dark Matter search are ongoing (though coming up empty, maybe time for another approach)

Related: Presentations from La Thuile: The 52nd Rencontres de Moriond session devoted to ELECTROWEAK INTERACTIONS AND UNIFIED THEORIES held in La Thuile from Saturday March 18th to Saturday March 25th, 2017.

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Do they honestly believe that someone with intent of committing these acts is going to post negative things to an American social media platform and then try and enter the country?

Seems that at least for the people doing "Hits in Europe", this is the actual case.

The only thing I can think of is it's a media campaign to demonise citizens of certain countries or their religion.

Don't know whether you have just arrived from Alpha Centauri, but there is no such "media campaign" going on (except for relatively staid Iran), indeed Saudi Arabia is getting free passes all the time.

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Re: Does that include...

Frankly, yes. It's what Israel does all the time.

Always carry a few passports if you travel a lot.

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Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

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Hmmm..

And there is the subscription model, like The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, et al. These are big respected names [about as respected as pancreatic cancer with yeast infection on top, amirite] with huge resources that have hit on a specific model: offer a few free articles a month and then prompt for subscription. It has finally started working after a decade of hard times.

In part thanks to the election of Donald Trump [citation needed] , these news organizations have seen their subscriber levels jump.

I would like to see the numbers. At least in clicks, they are apparently faking it..

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Re: Beware..

That's why it's such a shame there is one last hold out to allowing un-moderated comments amongst the ranks

Oh yeah? Try to say something not in line of this week's ever-changing mainstream correctthink (mainly about That Guy (you know who)), and see the "un-moderation" kick in.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: . . . from Rosyth, where she was assembled . . .

Well, Nelson fancied "up close and personal" strategy for naval frank exchange of views, so he would have been rolling around for quite some time really, seeing how standoffish everything has become.

Or he might have engaged with the Russian submarine forces, I hear they like the "knifefight" style of submarine warfare, whatever that is.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Drones on YouTube becoming Shia terrorist, attacking civlians!

For some reason, Philip K. Dick's "Return Match" about a sentient deadly pinball machine comes to mind.

"The outspacers don't have a very high regard for human life," Tinbane reflected. He was thinking of the carnage created by the ship taking off. And that, for them, was routine. But in view of that wholesale destruction of human life, this seemed unnecessary. What more did this accomplish?

Pondering, he said, "This is selective. This would eliminate only the gameplayer."

The technician said, "This would eliminate every gameplayer. One after another."

"But who would play the thing," Tinbane said, "after the first fatality?"

"People go there knowing that if there's a raid the outspacers will burn up everyone and everything," the technician pointed out. "The urge to gamble is an addictive compulsion; a certain type of person gambles no matter what the risk is. You ever hear of Russian Roulette?"

Tinbane released the second steel ball, watched it bounce and wander toward the replica village. This one managed to pass through the rough terrain; it approached the first house comprising the village proper. Maybe I'll get it, he thought savagely. Before it gets me. A strange, novel excitement filled him as he watched the ball thud against the tiny house, flatten the structure and roll on. The ball, although small to him, towered over every building, every structure, that made up the village.

-- Every structure except the central catapult. He watched avidly as the ball moved dangerously close to the catapult, then, deflected by a major public building, rolled on and disappeared into the take-up slot. Immediately he sent the third ball hurtling up its channel.

"The stakes," the technician said softly, "are high, aren't they? Your life against its. Must be exceptionally appealing to someone with the right kind of temperament."

"I think," Tinbane said, "I can get the catapult before it's in action."

"Maybe. Maybe not."

"I'm getting the ball closer to it each time."

The technician said, "For the catapult to work, it requires one of the steel balls; that's its load. You're making it increasingly likely that it'll acquire use of one of the balls. You're actually helping it." He added somberly, "In fact it can't function without you; the gameplayer is not only the enemy, he's also essential. Better quit, Tinbane. The thing is using you."

"I'll quit," Tinbane said, "when I've gotten the catapult."

"You're damn right you will. You'll be dead." He eyed Tinbane narrowly. "Possibly this is why the outspacers built it. To get back at us for our raids. This very likely is what it's for."

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Re: I have a fix

i'm okay with that but at least some of the channels should show "the Sands of Mars" and some should play loud opera music.

Also, I sense an unusual amount of fear in this article for a simple trade dispute.

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

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Re: They've taken the 'no' out of 'do no evil'

It is the difference between trying to prosecute me sending $100 to a "Feed the starving orphans of Syria" charity has money ending up with ISIS without my knowledge, and trying to prosecute the charity when they have already been told some of their money sent to X ends up with ISIS and continuing to send money to X.

Unless ISIS is advertising, I don't see this.

Also, You can go to jail even if you don't know where your money ends up. And you get a medal of freedom if you ship weapons to ISIS.

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Re: Excellent

But who has been "defrauded"???

Don't ISIS watchers buy products too (maybe they even subscribe to the Guardian, in addition to "Inspire" Magazine?)

Surprisingly, this is how advertising works: spray and pray.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: Loved to Death

> Trump loves the poorly educated, they voted for him.

Tone-deafness, clannishness, leftist superiority complex and considers himself the flag-bearer of all things good.

You are the reason Trump won.

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Re: We've been there before .. in 1991

Good old times. That long ago already.

I noticed one apparently can still get the Kein Mitleid für Microsoft jack-booted penguin quick-justice-providing T-shirt (maybe).

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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So...

Basically, we need an expert system to tell the developer when he might want to reconsider (best while writing code, otherwise in a post-processing step).

Actually, these more or less exist, I hope people use them. OO-flavored pseudo-assembler is as nice as a glass jar of elephant's foot.

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McDonald's India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

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Re: Honey Pot?

It's a Harry Pot. Pure magic!

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Over 100 gazillion requestburgers served

McDonalds India gave the usual “value your privacy” explanation

It probably tasked like chicken.

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Cisco reports bug disclosed in WikiLeaks' Vault 7 CIA dump

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Color revolutions or Junta takeovers

Formerly coming out of US embassies.

Now also coming out of your router.

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Do the numbers, Einstein: AI is more than maths as some know it

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Conceptually, it's all about graphs.

Nice intro.

Anyone who still remembers that the absolutely marvelous multifunction transformer truck that is Prolog and the related sub-enginery (Answer Set Programming, Constraint Logic Programming and Constraint Handling Rules, all of which I invite the esteemed readership to get acquainted with at least in passim) exist and is used in applications more interesting than getting rounded corners with graded coloring on-screen won't be too surprised.

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Open wide, Node.js! NodeSource will certify you now

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Continuous Wheel Reinventment

When will Node.js finally have multithreading so that we can move on to the next Big Thing?

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

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Not for this but the rhetoric doesn't help.

“Networks of information now rule our professional and personal lives. These are principally owned and controlled by a handful of US companies: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, IBM. If these born-digital companies are afforded the opportunity to extend these networks into other domains of life, they will limit competition there too. This is what is at stake with Google DeepMind being given unfettered, unexamined access to population-wide health datasets. It will build, own and control networks of knowledge about disease.”

What does any of this bullshit even mean? What is at stake exactly? That kind of writing would be appropriate for for the usual "issue" talk of some professional victim spokesbod.

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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Sounds like everyone is lying

Maybe it's a party game? Find a maximally consistent story that covers most statements. Win a prize. Can Russian Trolls tell us what's going on?

Yahoo! has since said that it called in the government in 2014 when it became aware of the hacking. Around the same time, it hired security guru Alex Stamos as chief security officer, although he jumped ship to Facebook less than two years later after reportedly getting frustrated at the lack of attention Yahoo!'s senior management were giving to security.

So Yuhuu Management becomes holistically aware, calls in the govnm't and hires a guru (doesn't one hire a gure, then become aware?), but at the next moment, Yuhuu Management becomes un-aware again and the guru leaves in frustration, but the govnm't lingers?

"Today we continue to pierce the veil of anonymity surrounding cyber crimes," said Director Comey. "We are shrinking the world to ensure that cyber criminals think twice before targeting US persons and interests."

Such prose from the Autogenerated Ponderous Team America Speech App (APTASA)!

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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I commend your stuckism but ... welcome to 2017 Internet.

Still not running in VMs?

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Head over to nautil.us mag for a pretty good layman-level overview of dark matter explain-away-ery and explanations of MOND.

http://cosmos.nautil.us/

I like it when observation drives physics. Compare with the sterile multiverse crap, where grants drives physics.

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Re: Does dark matter?

Protons don't decay.

At least not over any reasonable count of universe lifetimes.

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Re: This is a bit like the Crap over Googles Tax

it is illegal to show this in the UK and it is being hosted on You Tubes infrastructure.

It is ILLEGAL to show this and there are fines and jail terms for those found guilty of these types of crimes already laid out in our laws.

Yep, because having our best tools for regime change show their characters on-screen is just one of the things that is not done! It beclowns us.

We also have lots of impressionable youngsters imported for unsound reasons that could actually be open to said rabble-rousing. However, nobody wants to go near this particular political third rail, better solve a completely irrelevant problem, viz. publishing of "hate on the Internet" (I wonder whether hate comes in little packages with nicely colored bands around it, or is more like a newspaper-wrapped fleshy bit?)

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Re: profitting from hate?

I feel the Daily Mail content is more and more relevant as I try to escape the Goodthink Avalanche / Potemkin Village of the World of Shiny People (except Emmanuel GoldsteinTrump of course, who is not shiny at all and roundly deserves his 6 hours of daily hate) that is delivered through every media orifice. Like forced cargo cultism into the the progessivist wonderland where we will end up if everyone just believes, stops recalling oldthinker ideas and just does! not! click! on fakenews.

Also, an MP telling anyone else to be ashamed of how he is making money.

Orwell must be laughing from the otherside.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Why am I getting SJW messages from El Reg now?

It's always something that needs to be fixed and reactionary, anti-progressive dinosaurs need to be told.

No wait, "we" need to tell them. Who is "we"?

Tell you what: The place were women are treated worst are large, dead-enterprise walking outfits. Spot the unionized balding fatty or the flashy sportscar guy with the crazy vision twinkling in his eye. Avoid those places.

Now for the tech news.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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2nd factor strong!

Google's director of information security and privacy this morning. It's 2017. Passwords are irrelevant. Anything you care about should be protected by a strong 2nd factor.

Typical juvenile Google. One just wants to cross the road on foot and they complain that there is no teleporter with integrated robobutler right next to the kerb to do that.

Most people and most applications on Earth are not ready for "strong 2nd factor". Or a likey to be so before civilization collapses again. Nor do they need it.

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

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Re: Astrophysicists think

How do you stop?

It's a Trump Run: You don't stop, you just keep going, emitting fast radio bursts

(Until the whole galaxy freaks out. Exactly as planned.)

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

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Re: "nobody trying to stop privacy invasions"

Do you not see the irony of that article? It's an article telling you that you have secretly been brain washed by the right so you question your beliefs (if that is what you believe of course)

100% This.

If it's the Guardian, there is likely wool being pulled over someone's eyes.

Guardian, The Economist, NYT, WaPo are the biggest reality resurfacing outfits out there. Straight from "How to Goodthink for Dummies" and sundry "officials who cannot be named" (i.e. MiniTruth) to the presses.

The worlds in a right pickle indeed.

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