* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

15009 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Re: AFAIK, the Putin Doctrine is more or less --

Sorry, but the usual chain logic "X is associated to fascism thus X and anyone associated to X are bad and must be demonized (applicable only if the subject is not Israel or Ukraine)" just doesn't work for me.

Ivan Ilyin, a proto-Fascist active in the 1920s and 1930s

And we are off with a solid tarringstatement. So what's wrong with Ilyin? He sounds like rum chap. Remember these were the 20s and the 30s. Even saint FDR was taken by Mussolini's "management style", which must be why he tried un-american control freakery during the depression, causing catastrophic economic damage. Maybe the only thing wrong with Ilyin is that he's one of Putin's favorite philosophers, so something MUST be wrong with him?

Putin's ideology would be well served by simply casting doubt and discrediting the election.

Maybe this MSM meme (link to NYT, the arbiter of truth? I laugh!) should be explained a bit further. It's pretty acausal. As for making the election "look like a mug's game", well, anyone who has gone through the election of 2000 knows what's up. You can't win, but maybe you can sabotage.

Meanwhile, you could do worse than have a look at Distorting Putin’s Favorite Philosophers (WARNING! The site I'm linking to has been declared a Putin outlet by Grand Organ and War Propeller the WaPo!) for a discussion on Ilyin.

The case of Ivan Il’in (1883-1954), whom Putin regularly quotes and whom Putin is known to particularly respect, is more complex. Some of Snegovaya’s suspicions in his case are indeed accurate. Il’in has a conservative temperament.

It is fair to call him a nationalist, though one concerned with Russia alone, and with no messianic ambitions. As will be seen below, Il’in was not against authoritarianism. Il’in was, however, complex and worthy of much more careful consideration.

...

Here is how, in Our Tasks, Il’in described the character of the “Soviet man” (a man that Ilyn deplores, so much about the meme of Putin wanting to restore Soviet Russia, then) that the future Russia would inherit: “The totalitarian system imposes a number of unhealthy tendencies and habits among which we may find the following: a willingness to inform on others (and knowingly falsely at that), pretense and lying, loss of the sense of personal dignity and the absence of a well-rooted patriotism, thinking in a slavish manner and by aping the thoughts of others, flattery combined with servility, constant fear. (Hey wait, is he talking about the West? Never mind.)

“The fight to overcome these unhealthy habits will not be easy It will require time, an honest and courageous self-awareness, a purifying repentance, the acquisition of new habits of independence and self-reliance, and, most importantly of all, a new national system of spiritual and intellectual education. [I. A. Il’in, Nashi Zadachi (Our Tasks), sobr. soch. (collected works), vol. 2 (Moskva, Russkaya Kniga: 1993), 23-24.]

Il’in was indeed deeply concerned about the danger of Russia’s disintegration and indeed was concerned about the defense of its borders, although, of course, not their restoration. To avoid such disintegration, Il’in urged Russians to not repeat what he considered the fatal mistake of the February Revolution its premature push for full democracy.

Guy was not wrong.

10
4
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

He's not even a civil serpent.

13
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Re: What would be really funny ...

Yeah, it's not as if there wasn't a slight suspicion that the "Russia in the water" meme being spread by completely-above-board MSM fauxlets was not a little preparation of the public mood for contesting the election should it not go to the "right" person.

(Meanwhile the usual neocon suspects supported by Sheldon Adelson's publishing empire are out clamoring for an attack on Iranian forces soon. This is not going well. Here's hoping President Trump can shrug off Israeli and Saudi Arabian thinkfluencers and start the de-escalation with Russia.)

19
8

Real deal: Hackers steal steelmaker trade secrets

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Trollface

Kinda tangential, but lulzy

Haaretz writes:

In response to a question from Haaretz, ThyssenKrupp said that the cyberattack did not affect any of its naval projects, including those linked to Israel.

The company, which owns the shipyards now building new warships for Israel, has been in the center of a scandal in recent weeks involving Netanyahu's personal lawyer and the role he might have played in Israel's deal to buy the submarines.

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Trade Secret Wars

And this is why a katana made from chinese steel is better one hand-forged by a skilled smith in the japanese mountains ...

0
2
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Re: Mismatch

Especially nowadays as employees' faces change on a day-to-day basis.

Really, who is that guy in the next cubicle? Never seen him before.

Maybe we have to go back to slower processes.

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Move to the Moon!

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Re: Trade Secret Wars

> The Japanese certainly killed off lots of US Steel making starting back in the '70's.

I need an explanation of that.

There is scant iron ore, coal, place or energy in Japan. How is that supposed to work, then?

0
0

Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Isn't that what Germany has done?

Last I heard, nmap is illegal in the Deutschland.

Or is it?

With Mamma Merkel, one never knows what kind of stuff hits the fan.

1
4

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

WTF

He is the sysadmin!

Boss wants names changes? Names change!

Now get to it.

Not happy? Write up exactly what the problems are, what the consequences are and demand feedback. Maybe propose to hire two "tuners" to do it during a week or so.

If boss still says go do it, go do it. It's not a fucking democracy.

Are we now at the point in history where sysadmins start to publicly moan about having to do their job?

If ithis kind of thing is difficult to do, then there is indication that a lot of base work has not been done yet.

12
6

RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Oh man, I'm approaching terminal age then.

It shall drink a beer to one of the Milestone People of the Cold War!

To John Glenn! Salute!

(He always looked like that mercenary guy in "Under Fire", maybe because it was the same actor who played Glenn in the US-centric "dramatization" of real-life events "The Right Stuff")

> after a short illness

Yeah, nice circumscription for what must be "massively invasive cancer"...

10
0

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: DMCA or Trademark?

This is correct. Sounds like someone is being penetrated by lawyers.

And RedBubble should really be ashamed.

5
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

When will the estate of Brian Aldiss sue....

Can anyone check through "Helliconia: Summer" for use of the Phrase That Shall No Longer Be Uttered Because It has Become A Hallowed Trademark?

Torrents are coming!

2
0

This post has been deleted by a moderator

For God's sake, stop trying to make Microsoft Bob a thing. It's over

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Flame

Wait what?

"it has a full Windows 10 computer built into the headset"

What is a Windows 10 computer and why does the baroque bullshit need to be found in a headset? Do they want to recreate the effects of Halloween III: Season of the Witch? Hmmm... now that I think about it, the Microsoft logo looks a bit like a Silver Shamrock. Coincidence? Maybe not!

Microsoft Bob. Which it tried to make a success in 2015.

More like 1995, am I right? (Hmmm... yeah "an operating system designed around Clippy". Even I do not wish that on Microsoft costumers, but que sera sera)

4
0

Trend Micro AV nukes innocent Sharepoint code, admins despair

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Where there is smoke, there is fire

Unfortunately, instead of Winter, Consultants are coming.

1
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Where there is smoke, there is fire

SharePoint is never innocent.

3
0

Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: HackLabs' Manly office

That would be the one inhabited by Angelina Jolie? (Hackers is from 1995 ... is it really that long ago? OMG LOLZ)

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Military grade

This isn't /k/ !

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Sounds like a story...

Anyone who has grabbed Mitnick's "The Art Of..."

.... knows the tricks.

Dones't mean he/she can effectively defend against them.

Like for real-world viruses, the cell wants to help.

3
0

China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: What are they thinking of?

1500 doesn't sound all that much.

1
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Next: Build a replica of the UK

It can then be repeatedly crashed into meaty mountains of politicians, bankers and New Labour nuggets.

1
0

Playtime's over: Internet-connected kids toys 'fail miserably' at privacy

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: What's wrong with just pulling a string and a dozen phrases?

True. My four year old's favorite interstellar rocket looks suspiciously like one of our laundry baskets.

Maybe it's actually an EM Drive?

1
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

It is not entirely clear to me how Nuance is involved, aren't they just doing speech processing and generation?

I suppose the audio stream goes out over the Internet (unencrypted?) to Nuance's servers, is processed according to customer demands, then another audio stream goes back into the creepy puppet?

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: What's wrong with just pulling a string and a dozen phrases?

But Totoro is pretty scary.

And that Catbus is just NOPE!

1
0

Guess King Battistelli's plan to fix the Euro Patent Office. Yep, give himself more power

This post has been deleted by a moderator

Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Re: Also, unicorns

> F'king hell, we can't win.

The last time that was possible was somewhat before WWI, I think.

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Tileki! Tekili-Li!

This penguin seems vaguely threatening.

2
1

What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: One thing's for sure

> W.I.N.D.O.W. S._S. E. R. V. E. R.

Not even once.

Been on 2012R2 just this afternoon.

It's a playground of crazy. "Notepad"? "My videos"? "Windows Explorer"? Click Click Bing Bing???

As if a millions of consumer minds had suddenly clamored for a "professional" system, then been utterly silenced with Disney-level shit. I fear something terrible has happened.

10
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: "pretty much can name their price in the high end"

That's how it works.

If consumers decide that the product is too dear for the purpose or the prevailing economic conditions, the market will auto-correct in any case.

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

10nm? Capitalism FTW!

10nm is frankly amazing!

At IEEE Spectrum (Leading Chipmakers Eye EUV Lithography to Save Moore’s Law) EUV (13.5-nanometer light) we read:

Today, GlobalFoundries uses triple patterning when it makes its 14-nm chips, the most advanced ones currently created in Fab 8. This means that, for certain critical layers, a chip takes two extra passes through a scanner—and every other tool that is used to make those layers. And the company anticipates going to quadruple patterning at 7 nm, its next chip generation, says George Gomba, who is leading the company’s task of evaluating the technology at a SUNY Polytechnic Institute facility in Albany, along with colleagues from IBM.

For now, GlobalFoundries plans to roll out its 7-nm chips in 2018 without EUV, but it is reserving the option of pulling the technology in when it is ready. A key question for Gomba and his colleagues is when the cost of EUV will break even with multiple patterning. And it’s a very tricky question to answer because it depends on a number of unknown factors, including how bright EUV light sources will become and the uptime of an entire EUV lithographic system—the percentage of time it’s actually available to be used.

So, how good will the production capacity for 10nm be in mid-2017 (for a rollout in 2018)?

EUV is not yet fully ready. Maybe in 2018+.

(Compare with the optimistic prediction of EUV Chipmaking Inches Forward: ASML says extreme-ultraviolet-light machines should be bright enough for commercial production by 2015 from of July 2013.)

4
2

New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

They are already Obama air lines. No change expected.

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Wedding Parites

> Yeah sure it was a wedding party, that explains all the AK47's got to love thick liberals!

Wigget, why don't you and the propeller of the Zumwalt both meet?

3
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: For Your Protection

s/fired towards you/complimentarily deployed for your immediate attention/g

Otherwise it's all good.

0
0

Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Umm....

The Government worked in partnership with GCHQ on its blog21 on smart metering infrastructure"

This inspires as much confidence as seeing two men in black leather coats doing a beeline towards your front door at around 06:00 in the morning, while a largish Daimler-Benz is idling on the kerb.

What exactly is going on here?

25
1

Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Nice stereotype in the image

> With black men getting shot by police so frequently

I hear it's statistically not as bad as meedja makes it out to be.

1
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Nice stereotype in the image

But is it racism?

0
0

King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Safe space

No, no but there was talk about giving them a save space instead.

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: What the fsck?

But is it logarithmic or linear?

"You know, the boss came in today with a Frostick of at least 3.0"

"Goodbye, lunchtime!"

1
0

Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Cory is that you?

Such is life in the El Reg Zone!

0
0

Software can be more secure, says NIST, and we think we know how

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Maybe Hire Professional Software Engineers

S'truth but ...

> formally trained in a university environment

It's not enough. I know.

You need to be embedded in a coder sweatshop and suffer mightily for a few years to really get into hit. In fact, you need someone that is both a bit of a mathematician and of a woodworking artist and who can consciously walk the line between those two domains.

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Re: Start by actually writing your own code!

It's a judgement call.

Write you own if you have time, money, and the skills.

But beware of the freshman's error who think's capable of doing good and ends up reinventing the square wheel. And who forgets about testing and debugging. And that the maintenance problems just BEGIN once the code has shipped.

Generally not worth it.

In fact, don't do it. If you must, clean up an existing library.

"The best code is no code."

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

> We tend to pick the best tool for the job, but it does mean that I'm now supporting a system written in a mix of node.js, d3, bash, Ruby, Java, T-SQL, Postgres 8, Postgres 9, Mongo, Python 2.7, Python 3, Go, MDX, DAX, R, Cypher, SPARQL and some proprietary stuff.

If you are using node.js and Mongo, you are NOT picking the best tool for the job.

It sounds more like your are picking the tool that is hot.

And not even a single logic programming language?

0
0

Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Re: 20%...

> 5% unemployed will become 15-20%

That was the past, I think.

1
0

The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

How is this even possible?

The Whig Theory of History fails again.

It's like crazy, lazy and entitled sysops (possibly demented by self-inflicted information and task overload) locking users out so that system can run uninterrupted and unimpended by the vagaries of the people (was "2001: A Space Odyssey" actually a sly methaphor for "2016: A State Odyssey"), and the people get an explodo-collar to make doubly sure. Well, they are out shopping anyway (low prices only today!), so that to make triply sure.

We got through the Cold War with all the attendant bullshit, scare, wetwork, agitprop, coverups scandals, spying and counterspying ... and now this??

10
0

Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: So... they're teaching AIs how to use the net before launching them onto the real world.

> After all, it DID get Trump right..

Explain!

0
0
Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge

Re: Hoping to teach AI agents the common sense they need...

CYC has not gone far with this (or has it? not much has been written on CYC since the early 90s, it was a prematurely ambitious project), and it's not by playing vidya that you get common sense.

0
0

CloudFlare warns of another massive botnet, er, flaring up

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Windows

Usual White House clownshow

"We have the opportunity to change the balance further in our favor in cyberspace – but only if we take additional bold action to do so"

Spoken like someone who doesn't understand the problem, who thinks that security is a zero-sum game and can only be performed by state actors (the dreaded "we", i.e. "we the State") and that there is some sort of Cyberspace which is just another venue for Team America to boldy stick a manly dick in.

Anyway, it's all Putin's fault, and also Iran's, and North Korea's. And China's but mainly Putin's.

10
3

Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Trollface

Dat Shutterstock picture

The faces when a male with a bigger appendage than the current real-life contender appears on the screen?

2
0

Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

Destroy All Monsters
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Re: WHAAAAAAT???!

"Your pensions have been burn down to keep the casino stock exchange based economy going a little bit longer

(appalled silence)

BWA-HA-HA-HA!!"

What is so depressing about that?

1
0

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017