* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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Re: and the blitzkrieg was fuelled by amphetamines...

Yeah, but the Army guys buy their stuff at the local Army Walmart, helicoptered into the Saudi desert directly from 'Murrica courtesy of Halliburton or whomever.

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According to the excellent book "Generation Kill" (also watch the HBO Miniseries, it's that good!), US Army Ranger PFYs operating Hummvees partake of Ripped Fuel, then get the shakes on the wheel. I don't know whether the formula of that shit has changed since Dubya's War, it has been some time (Man ... I remember Rummy on CNN ...)

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Re: What's wrong with coffee

I'M ACTUALLY TRYING TO REPRODUCE THE MIND_ENHANCING EFFECTS OF THE SPICE!!

I don't think scientific evident has proven anything about coffee killing you nastily.

The usual sinus wave of coffee good / coffee bad in the churnstream medja is of course expected...

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What's wrong with coffee

Five-a-mug per day keeps you going (just barelay)

It's probably going to hit the liver a bit at some point though.

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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Re: another potentially stupid question

Actually it is expressed in eV/c² but the /c² is generally elided (and c chosen to be "1")

According to E = m * c² giving E and diving by c² yields the mass.

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> Special relativity's "dark matter" takes on new kludged on magic properties.

It would be good if you learned about General Relativity before sounding off.

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Re: stupid question

That's a macro law, essentially saying that random walks are bound to end up in state spaces that are large rather than small (spontaneous disassembly is more likely than spontaneous assembly)

Here we are talking micro law: is the set of allowed subatomic interactions going forward the same as the set of allowed subatomic interactions going backward? Amazingly, it's "no". Amazingly, this "no" should occur more evidently than it does. Hence, Axions to bulldozer this particular problem.

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Re: stupid question

Frank Wilczek, who likes Axions, on Axions:

Time’s (Almost) Reversible Arrow

The laws of physics work both forward and backward in time. So why does time seem to move in only one direction? One potential answer may also reveal the secrets of the universe’s missing mass.

The though occurs that with that kind of mass, axion particles are REALLY hard to localize, slipping away under the Heisenberg uncertainty principle...

(Holy Particle Icon Seems Appropriate)

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New MH370 handshake and wing debris analysis suggests rapid descent

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Re: Conspiracy or Cover up

But the North Pole is a big hole into Inner Earth, how will you find anything there?

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Re: No Soft Ditching

Actually an amazing streak of "luck" that the satellite handshake happened during the descent phase.

Oh no, what's that noise? Here come conspirationeers!

(Of course, I like a good conspiracy theory because let's face it - there are really are big, fat conspiracies. But they are hidden in plain sight and pulled off leisurly, not engineered by extreme cunning at enormous risk and with hundreds of people having to clam up.)

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Re: Sad part is

That would be "none"

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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> Especially as my Server licensing is now per-core for reasons I cannot fathom.

Of course you can.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Re: I don't hate Win10

> austerity

You mean "fauxterity".

You can still have F-35 at several billion a pop, insanely high civil servant paychecks, random pharaonic projects, wars because "X gassed his own people" and freshly printed fiat money in container-sized increments.

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Re: Never been less excited about the future of tech than now

You are Roger Waters and I claim my 5 EUR.

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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Re: I am so, so, sorry...

I also publicly apologise for buying Metro 2033 and, therefore, pay for thugs to threaten an innocent lady.

I know these Ukrainians are up to no good, but you may want to explain!

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Weird statements in featured El Reg articles and other paranormal phenomena

movie and TV business – which is fuelling a tech jobs boom in the UK

"tech jobs boom" (any numbers?) are fueled by "movie and TV business" now? What kind of "tech jobs" are those? Popcorn dispenser install engineers?

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Amazon guarantees bitterly contested Ohio wind farm project

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Re: Utterly unreliable nuclear power !

Interesting. It never ceases to amaze me that such complex systems of engineering, management politics and economics such as nuclear reactors (based on militarily-usable PWRs, natch) can even be built at all.

OTOH, if nuclear reactors show this kind of problem in manufacture, expect similar problems to occur in wind power installations. Long series of cracked shafts, broken wings and waterlogged alternators (as well as companies going titsup, nullifying expectations of investment paybacks) are likely to await in the future.

Incidentally, Paluel 2 has been offline since May 2015. Its maintenance period is continuing, following an incident on March 31, 2016, in which a 465-ton steam generator tipped over during removal.

OTOH, I have the impression the new generation of engineers is not up to snuff.

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Maybe it's just there to keep the Ice Demons away?

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Re: Green PR BS

Fortunately that's easily done, versus say nuclear plants which can't vary their power levels too much.

If that were true, US submarines and aircraft carriers would just zip around all the time like crazy blowflies.

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Quest celebrates first day of independence from Dell with layoffs

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Glados this is over

"Maybe you will find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa."

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Sweden axes 700MHz spectrum sale over 'national security' fears

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"This is particularly true of a total defense perspective."

I suppose it is not boatloads of economic migrants from south of the Mediterranean who warrant setting up a "total defense perspective". It fits in however with the NATO-embiggening demonization of all things Russia and the forever imminent threat of an "invasion". Very similar indeed to the forever-imminent "nuclear bomb" of Iran, a fat, fat lie served by yellow journalists (looking at you, mainstream clique of "The Economist", you shilling twats) every two months for 15 years or so).

With some luck we won't get a finagled "NATO event" before the US election, but ... who knows.

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

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Rustworthy computing!

fully mitigated by the deployment of the Adobe Flash update released last week

Microsoft's statement-issuing departments are having a laugh?

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash

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Re: Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept

Now I understand AKIRA

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Why is that even news?

175 million?

Spare change down the sofa.

The National Endowment for Democracykeeping Raytheon's share price at elevated levels will eventually make sure that this is money well spent. Because you can't just JDAM the Russkies or the Chinks.

Now. We were talking about USD 20 trillion of debt?

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Dark web myths busted

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♬ As curtains twitch on the web, I choose my path through life...♫

A substantial 45 per cent of content is illegal and almost half of that is focused on drugs

So there is 22.5% illegal stuff (may include donkey sex) that maybe is a problem while we shouldn't give a damn about the remainder?

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Post-Mirai, HackForums kills off white hat DDoS rental service

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Well, well, well...

We will talk about this again when cheap DNA sequencers or even nanomachine assemblers appear in basements.

Wohoo.

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

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Re: On the bright side...

IT system was maintained by the postgrads, along with the IT department and the odd comp sci prof (when they were not too busy) .

For me that spells "utter disaster area" (first hand experience of disappearing mountpoints on Solaris ... where is the backup ... owwww!)

The postgrads are barely able to sysop or even program their way out of a paperbag (do they acquire knowledge by osmosis with humming infrastructure?) and are busy working on their PhDs or teaching duties (as they should be) and the profs are are far away from the nuts and bolts in scienceland (as they should be, as that's what they are getting paid for) and are wont to take utterly stupid decisions based on too little experience and perceived relative status.

Better to have a dedicated section of people that deal with the machine crap on a daily basis but that liaise continually with the people for whom they are running everything. You might even have postgrads working on both teams, why not.

The decision to go into Windows is orthogonal to this, everyone is free to open their veins while taking a warm bath after all.

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Re: Undercarriages and why we love KISS

Beer for this man or woman (unless muslim/jewish, in that case, maybe sweetened tea is selection of choice)

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Re: lost opportunity for the subhead...

Did anyone think of "Magnolia" and the final frog rain?

Bad Karma Release, I say!

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Re: Bah!

I thought it was "Redundant Array of Independent Disks" because inexpensive stuff? BAH!!

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Do not understand

"mitigate against this happening again"

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"major system outage and some data loss due to a series of extremely unlikely events"

Does not compute.

Does King's College have a department of logic?

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Re: Ah... so...

Serial incompetance?

I think this can be fixed with the appropriate terminator on the RS-232 cable.

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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

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Re: JS drives JSON use

Upvotery occurs

XML with all its warts for serious stuff

JSON for when quick webcrud is required because the customer (or the boss) asked for something to be done quickly (or with no money forthcoming), and where foisting technical debt on the next intern is standard operating procedure.

(But why is there an image of the Golden Ant leading this article?)

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Uber, Lyft drivers shamed for 'racial bias' by uni eggheads

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Moan Moan Moan

...and then you take a taxi in Paris and suddenly everything else is rosy.

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SpaceX to explosion conspiracy theorists: There's no grassy knoll at Cape Canaveral

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Re: From the grassy knoll to the gassy ball.

That's an awful lot of money going up in smoke for the wrong loading conditions.

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Re: grassy knoll

I heard it was just Oswald.

Or maybe Lyndon B. Johnson.

Or the mafia. Could be. There was even a deathbed confession of a sicilian hitman.

Or Smoking Man.

Though I will still go for just Oswald.

Generally all the conspiracy theories make up as if JFK was about to perform the second coming of the Christ. Was he ever. More like Obama the Mad Bomber but with a more active shlong.

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From the grassy knoll to the gassy ball.

The most interesting part is whether this kind of catastrophic material failure can actually be fixed within a given envelope to money, time and cascading design changes.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Re: Only 96 batteries

> the lottery of life

It's not a "lottery" because that assumes one just pops into a culture with uniform distribution.

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Re: turtles

Luckily RISIS, the the society for the Rise of the Machines, was not in the churnalistic chain.

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Re: Won't somebody think of....

That's racist against the machines!

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Re: How much water?

At least for small numbers of Li-based batteries, water or the drink dispenser cart filled with non-alcoholic beverage is your best bet.

Do not cover with sand, dude! "Avoid using ice or smothering substances". It's just going to make its burning harder!

Extinguishing In-Flight Laptop Computer Fires - Lithium Battery Thermal Runway

Unfortunately, flight passengers are forced to leave behind their mineral water bottles nowadays.

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Re: "but the intern responsible..."

This is the 21st century, mon...

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Trick not treat: 123 Reg down on Halloween, DNS borked by DDoS

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Re: Nothing 21st century about it

Yeah but now it's all in JavaScript pretending to a kernel doing asynchronous I/O, so we have moved up the ladder of absurdity.

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"asthmatic hamster with heaving shopping"

...shadowed by a vulture

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Shadow Brokers leak systems hacked by NSA – mostly mail and uni servers in India, China

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Disrupt the presidential elections?

Is that like blowing one's nose into a pound of festering Haggis?

It's weird out there

Choose between crazy dumpf (who will hopefully bring everything down, which might actually be for the best) and the wench of babylon (who will start nuclear war because Putin is Hitler)?

VOTE GARY JOHNSON! IT IS OUR ONLY HOPE!!

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Boffins predict web scams with domain registration data

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Yup!

The idea is to tag the kids of behaviour at registration time

You never know with millenials...

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: "Touch" in the classroom

Huge Boogers on My Mac!

Thus begins the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Re: Another brilliant Apple laptop

Isn't that against the laws of failodynamics?

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Re: eek

> 2000 euro's

Oh man.

Must be all the free money from the ECB floating around like lipid mass in blood vessels.

I suppose prices for Hipster Coffee in Disposable Polystyrene Cups will go through the roof too now. The price of bog-standard beer is already at various levels of painful.

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Soylent fart powder sales halt

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Re: Fartastic!

And maybe they are behind Node.js, too...

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