* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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It will be fitted to loan sharks.

For "recovery operations" during the next "financial" crisis.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Re: In Other News...

And not provided via a smart meter.

Yet.

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Researchers work to save trusted computing apps from keyloggers

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Go back to your webdesign!

Yeah, because I sure am going to rely on hand-coded stuff. NOT.

Also: Learn about how CPUs are designed these days. And stay out of planes, will you.

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Re: Since when have hypervisors and microkernels been equivalent?

> And not everyone's convinced about formal proof of non-trivial code either.

So what. Not everyone is convinced about wearing helmets while biking either. Fuck them. Roadkill. Get with the program, it's not 1990 anymore.

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Puny galaxy packs a big punch: A gazillion joules' worth of radio bursts

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Re: That is big

It symbolises the amount of energy it takes to prevent yourself from throwing up after mentally picturing Trump and Putin consummating their bromance.

I don't know, but this kind of now-so-very-tired forced meme ach-so-Hillary-liberal-jawohl-du-schwein-deplorable talking point indeed makes me wanna puke. Preferably on the one who just uttered it.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: Whiter than white

> Dragon speech to text has been going for donkey's years

Hell I saw it in action in the early 90's. It was running on a large PowerPC box, was dog slow and didn't get all that much right.

There sure has been advances since then in these "mechanistic processes", one cannot deny that.

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NASA eyes up supermassive black holes, neutron stars

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That picture!

At least since the movie "Interstellar", so-called "artists' impressions" of black holes as black balls sitting in a strudel of gas should be bannned and any editor using them should be put into the same nefarious set as WaPo/NYT editorial cancer.

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Busted Oracle finance cloud leaves Rutgers Uni unable to foot bills

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Re: Err ...

What's the problem, need a university safe zone due to beautiful mam sightings?

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Re: AC A glorious opportunity for fraud here

Perchance, were you comparing Hull to Aleppo?

The only americans are weapon-delivery CIA and there are bearded headcutters east of the river?

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Re: Deserve Each Other?

Didn't it used to be good, though?

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Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

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I knew it.

"The jet is now travelling at up to 45 kilometres a year underneath Siberia towards Europe!!"

Scientist prove: EUROPE TARGETED BY RUSSIA!

Better increase NATO spending to 15% of GDP. Yeah, that will do nicely. And vote Clinton believe in the most ineffectual POTUS ever as he delivers huge turds on his way out.

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Lenovo shows off 'Microsoft-friendly' VR cosplay at CES

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Cough!

We should send Vader to check out these gadgets. He's a demanding customer.

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Russian 'grid attack' turns out to be a damp squib

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"An anonymous source told the Washington Post"

Guardian-levels of "I hope to make a fat headline, see the world burn, get some stupid prize while still staying in the good graces of the powerful".bullshit.

Completely #ManufacturedNews

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Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling

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Re: Russki hacks flap now reaching UFO hysteria levels!

Worst is that's it's WaPo pumping out the frack news Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say. ("Officials", huh?) Looks like they have rewritten it and put an "Editor's Comment" at the top (aka non-apology). Oh well. On to the next headline shocker.

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Russki hacks flap now reaching UFO hysteria levels!

‘Russian hackers’ penetrate US power grid with ‘outdated Ukrainian malware’ (Warning: RT.com, labeled by such truth-providing outfits as WaPo a "fake news" site, i.e. news that someone doesn't want you to hear or think about, i.e. actual news)

A Vermont utility sounded the alarm after finding malware code on a laptop that the FBI and DHS had touted as associated with Russian hackers. However, cybersecurity specialists say the code came from an outdated Ukrainian hacking tool.

The US media reported the incident as if Russian hackers had penetrated America’s electric grids, prompting some officials to call on the federal government to protect Americans from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety,” Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said in a statement.

“This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling,” he said.

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(obligatory: "who is a thug and a gangster-spook-scum of the lowest order and capable of anything" ... lefty writers like Matt Taibbi really let rip when they feel they are on the goodthink side)

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Sure is hardcore retaliation out there!!

The International Business Times (who they?) reports:

Drudge Report was down briefly around 7 p.m. EST, but working hours later. The top headline read: "MOSCOW MOCKS OBAMA 'LAME DUCK'" Meanwhile, the conservative Washington Times wrote: "Matt Drudge suggests U.S. government cyberattack on Drudge Report website. DDoS attack comes same day Obama announced countermeasures against Russia for hacking of Democrats."

Conservatives on Twitter also accused the government of shutting down the Russian news website, RT. "Numerous reports of Russian state-run Network RT being unavailable. Drudge Report also under 'Biggest DDoS attack since site's inception,'" wrote one user.

Or maybe it's the run-up of the CIA-powered coup (Hopefully we will get a cool logo and martial patch out of that, I'm preparing banana-flavoured popcorn now and tuning into CNN. Robert Ludlum phonebook-sized thrillers? Pah! We do real now!)

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Re: I wonder...

> It would make sense given that Trump seems to be doing Putin's dirty work these days.

Riding the Duma? Explain!

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Re: HAHA! They got lovely parting gifts though

Hillary Clinton, is that you?

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When "Joint Analysis" means being high on the good stuff

FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report: A Fatally Flawed Effort

The FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report (JAR) “Grizzly Steppe” was released yesterday as part of the White House’s response to alleged Russian government interference in the 2016 election process. It adds nothing to the call for evidence that the Russian government was responsible for hacking the DNC, the DCCC, the email accounts of Democratic party officials, or for delivering the content of those hacks to Wikileaks.

It merely listed every threat group ever reported on by a commercial cybersecurity company that is suspected of being Russian-made and lumped them under the heading of Russian Intelligence Services (RIS) without providing any supporting evidence that such a connection exists.

A common misconception of “threat group” is that refers to a group of people. It doesn’t. Here’s how ESET describes SEDNIT, one of the names for the threat group known as APT28, Fancy Bear, etc. This definition is found on p.12 of part two “En Route with Sednit: Observing the Comings and Goings”:

"As security researchers, what we call “the Sednit group” is merely a set of software and the related network infrastructure, which we can hardly correlate with any specific organization."

Unlike Crowdstrike, ESET doesn’t assign APT28/Fancy Bear/Sednit to a Russian Intelligence Service or anyone else for a very simple reason. Once malware is deployed, it is no longer under the control of the hacker who deployed it or the developer who created it. It can be reverse-engineered, copied, modified, shared and redeployed again and again by anyone. In other words — malware deployed is malware enjoyed!

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Re: The USSR lost that one as I recall.

> the other by becoming exactly like the abhorrent monstrosity it set out to defeat.

Isn't that the part of the movie where Israel is founded?

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Supersize Me!

Do you want a report of the 9/11 commission with that?

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

"Witness the time Trump referenced a story based on a misquote that had, at that time, only ever been published in RT."

Proof that Trump's campaign outfit reads RT in spite of John Kerry telling all good US citizens not to?

the trolls of Olgino were very active in the British media this summer.

Please explain how Internet trolls lead to a successful Brexit vote. Several inferences are missing here.

"But the interference in America was blatant."

Still don't see the blatantness. Citation needed.

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Re: Choice of words

Yeah, but then the US inflicted the Brezhinsky gambit on itself. It's like a virus writer who nukes his lab.

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Re: Even *if* it was the Russians that leaked the information

Having one side being hacked and the other remain in control of their message unbalances things.

I don't know. Open any "serious" paper during the election circus, and try to find "balance".

The saying "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." applies.

The saddest spectacle is various intelligentisa / ivory tower blogs now complaining about unfairness and media bias against Clinton. One wonders whether there are large amounts of fluoride served to the intellectual elites.

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Re: if Russia WAS behind the e-mail hacks...

No, they DO deserve a beer, even two.

Only self-blinding Progressives would be against a fat infodump of DNC shenanigans.

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Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

> The President has been and Congress will be hearing a great deal more than anything you'll find on the interwebs.

Yeah, I would love a clear explanation of #Pizzagate. Sounds like partisan bullshit, until suddenly it kinda, sorta, really doesn't. It also has troubling "third rail" aspects for MSM outfits. Compare this with the presswise destruction of Assange of a kinda, sorta rape that happened.

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Re: I wonder...

It's 2016.

Everybody is a raging authoritarian populist.

You can just distinguish people by how many countries they have already bombed.

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Flight simulator sets fire to airport

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Fiery immigrant takfiris

...practicing "starting but no landing"?

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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No, but I hear you can get them from Syrian Hot Stocks soonish.

(Where is that Alfred E. Neuman icon??? We really need it.)

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Will it deliver electric sheep and mood organs to the urban conapts?

"A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies! ... A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure℠!! Buy a one-way ticket on an Amazon Blue Origin® Mayflower™ vessel today!"

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2016: The Rise of the Intelligent (cloud) Machines

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Re: A.I. could free humanity...

Sexbots, you say?

From "A Perfect Vaccum", by Stanislaw Lem:

The dark underground, whose walls become lit by the beam of the flashlight, turns out to be something between a museum and a part of an exposition (or, more appropriately, sexposition) for a powerful concern, evidence of those memorable years when America conquered Europe once again. Half manual manufacturing of Europeans clashed with an unstoppable pace of conveyor production, and the post-industrial scientific-technological colossus quickly won over. Three corporations were left on the battlefield: "General Sexotics", "Cybordelics" and "Love Incorporated". When the volume of production of these giants reached its peak sex, out of private entertainment or group exercise, hobby or amateur collectioning, grew into the philosophy of civilization. McLuen, who lived to that time still a stout old man, proved in his "Genitocracy" that it was the destiny of mankind once it stepped on the road of technological progress. That ancient rowers, chained to the galleys, loggers of the North with their woodsaws, Stephenson's steam engine with its cylinders and pistons defined the rhythm, type and meaning of the motions that defined copulation as the main event of human existence. After adopting the complications of sexual positions of the East faceless business changed the medieval shackles into unchastity belts, occupied artists and designers with creation of copulators, megapenises, vaginettes, sexariums and pornomats, started the sterile conveyors that continuously produced sadomobiles, lovistors, home sodomizators and public homorobots, and founded research institutions that started a struggle for emancipation of both sexes from the duty of procreation.

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Re: don't forget to add....

> "Trump Supporters not admitted"

Progressive gated communities are the worst. It's like entering Jesus Camp, only without Jesus as moral guide, instead it's replaced by self-adoration.

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Pretty good writeup

It's are we there yet with more cloud and more brute-force and better tools and larger screens and more statistics and seriously large data corpora!

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Too much PC crap and limp-wristed leftyfication?

I may have found a more accomodating review, then:

"The Rebels in both Space Aleppo and Real Syria only achieve any decisive victories with the support of an overwhelmingly white Air Force keeping the skies clear above them, with the Royal Air Force and USAF creating Imperial and Russian no-fly zones respectively (no, I’m not kidding — these are literally British fighter pilots in X-Wings). The Empire and Russian Federation are non-specifically bad, while the Rebels are non-specifically good. As Rogue One embraces moral ambiguity through screening the brutal spectacle of war fought hard on both sides, the shallowness of the Rebel mentality is exposed. The Rebels have a Cause, even though they can’t describe it or tell you what it is. Like Clinton supporters, they’re with Her, because she offers the empty Hope that somehow, in some strange, emotionally tinged way, things can be different.

The Latest, Greatest, and Most Right-Wing character to enter this movie is Lord Vader. At this stage of the Star Wars narrative Vader is still an unapologetic jackboot and whilst Anakin may have been born on Tattoine, the character and motivations of Vader were born in the darkness, and molded by it. Resented by technocratic Empire officers for subscribing to the kooky Force religion, Vader is an Evolian amongst the bureaucrats, a pseudo-Knight of Europe set against the occupying Clintonites of the Rebellion. His swaggering robocrotch and slinky black wetsuit is “. . . a perfect expression of Fascist ideals, a glittering example of Aryan technological supremacy and aggressive masculinity.” Vader is a man of strong opinions and expresses them with clarity and vigor, smashing and smiting his way through Rebel Losers, red lightsaber swirling hypnotically in the darkness. And in a galaxy of empty spite and sarcastic robots, our man Vader is the most powerfully human. Part Cyborg, All Fascist: I’m with you, Lord Vader."

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> a lot of us are worried that this insane person is going to start nuclear exchanges

But Hillary wasn't elected?

> If the EU and NATO collapses - things will go to shit very quickly on a global scale.

If would say things would normalize rapidly. Liberventionist dreamland EU and its groupthink politicians and rabidly-looking-for-aggro NATO are just cancerous at this point in time.

You haven't even mentioned the Obamite ultra-clusterfucks "Syria" (I hear the CIA will now pump AA weapons in to bugger the Ruskies; I hope there will still be safe civilian flying in Europe in a year's time) and the "Pivot to Asia" (more like, "i'm down with da carrier action, I wanna see a china reaction")

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Re: Death star plans...

If you want to go down that route...

> Why is the dish control panel on an outrigger away from the dish, exposed to weather and wind? (It's like I'm really playing Myst: Empire)

> Why can one jump into Hyperspace from inside Jedda atmosphere with planetary mantle rocks hanging around everywhere? (Also: Jedda is finished. That looked like an extinction event. Some mining accident!)

> Why can one jump out of Hyperspace precisely in front of Skarif gate, but not go a hundred km further and emerge inside the shield, giving imperials facepalm moments?

> Why does Vader's personal stardestroyer (is that like Heydrich's personal pocket battleship?) not get mangled as it arrives and bumps a rebel fregate? These stardestroyers are fragile (not unexpected).

It's a fantasy movie!

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Holy damn!

That's some damn fine Obit about someone who went places. I better get get a move on...

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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After a rambling article, we get to the last phrase

Property ownership is both a legal and a human right - but few people have done more over two decades to strip digital property rights from the individual than the EFF, and their corporate sponsors in Silicon Valley.

What kind of shit argument is that?

Basically, we are being told by Mr. O to take the black boxes, protected by "copyright" for your safety (as opposed to keeping maintenance outfits out of the market, yeah can't be, what defender of intellectual property would do that?) and ask no questions because an amorphous entity called "Silicon Valley" is evil and unhinged (and even "corporate", the horror), and evidently uses the EFF as presentable puppet to "strip property rights from the individual"?

A bit too much of eggnogg or a bit too much studying of Gobbel's texts over the weekend?

As we saw in Nice in July, and Berlin this week, a heavy vehicle can cause horrific human casualties.

Yeah. Silicon Valley: Enabling terror! Quick, tell the Trump.

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A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

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Re: "We have evidence..."!

This: The CIA’s Absence of Conviction and This: Russia-Hack Story, Another Media Failure.

"Such is live in the ZoneInfowars."

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"We have evidence..."!

Do I repeat myself by saying the leaks were not a hack?

Meanwhile, fear of an aging, hackable, launch-on-warning planet-busting Minuteman III missile force (another toxic leftover from the cold war that Obama chose not to tackle)

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: Just setting up Windows 10 "Professional" on this DELL here..

So I just would like an Office, please.

So I go to a site "https://www.microsoftstore.com/"

Why is a "Microsoft Designer Bluetooth-Maus at 29.90 EUR" being showed in my face and why in German? Why can't I select "I am not currently in the UK but want to read stuff in English, please". Why is Ghostery showing 10 (TEN!!!) "Advertising Trackers" (ok, that makes 6 I never heard off that I can block ... forever!) (plus 2 "Site Analytics" trackers, 2 "Customer Functionality" trackers, and 1 "Essential" tracker (Ensighten)). This is ".microsoftstore.com". It is not "newegg.com" or "unknownwebstore.ro". This is fucking INSANE.

Meanwhile I'm glad to be able to borrow the neighbor's broadband connection because WinTin has decided to "update". Then I find that some UX specialist had the idea to get rid of a "search an application" (now called an "app" because Redmond got a special delivery of marketing moronium) entry field, just typing in the start menu launches the search, fantastic because in EVERY OTHER APPLICATION "just typing" leads to catastrophic, unforeseen and surprising results, fucking genius!!

The Microsoft Experience is like no other.

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Re: IE share

Only people with braindamage and deplorables still use IE. Don't even mention "Edge".

(Pepe The Frog icon when?)

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Just setting up Windows 10 "Professional" on this DELL here..

Woah that system is a rape of the consumerlike entering a souk.

That's the level of "Professional" we have come to?

"Send all your data to Microsoft?" No, thanks.

"May I interest you in a Microsoft account". No, thanks. "It's free!" No, thanks.

"Use Cortana?" No thanks.

"WE ARE HAPPY TO SEE YOU HERE". Lies.

"What about some addies in the Start Menu?" Yeah a good idea. Please go away.

"Netflix" "MSN News" (one of the worst gutter places, only bested by Yahoo), "XBox Live", "Get Minecraft", "XBox", "Films and TV", "Get Office", "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" etc.?? NO!!

Set the date correctl to 25th. The start menu is retarded, still things it's the 26th. That's confidence-inspiring.

Install Firefox and set as default. "Hey do your really want that?" Yes. "Check out Edge instead, no?" No.

The DELL popups do not help either.

HEY MICROSOFT. THIS IS NOT FUCKING AD-SUPPORTED SHAREWARE, GEDDIT?? IN FACT, IT'S ABOUT 120 EUR.

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'DNC hackers' used mobile malware to track Ukrainian artillery – researchers

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Related: Infowar Spin Separation by Reason Mag

Are 'Russian Hacks' the New 'WMDs'?

"No matter what faceless spooks assure us, it's far from clear the Russian government directed the leaks of the DNC or John Podesta emails."

... In the meantime, however, the American public should think carefully about precisely what U.S. intelligence agencies are claiming. The core of their accusations is not that foreign hacking physically endangered Americans or compromised connected systems: It is that powerful politicians were embarrassed, and perhaps politically harmed, when their own internal dealings were made public. Perhaps we should spend more time examining such domestic threats to our democracy, and stop allowing ourselves to be rallied against foreign ghosts that distract us from these vital conversations.

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Re: Evidence

Since Ole Julian has a history of not being completely truthful

We do?

Only if we believe nasty reporting by Mr. Orlowski and various character assassination pieces that come from very interested parties.

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Bloomberg writer says this smells

Why I Still Don't Buy the Russian Hacking Story

Then there's the issue of the targeting software itself. Yaroslav Sherstyuk, the Ukrainian military officer who developed the application, reacted angrily on Facebook to the CrowdStrike report, saying he never published the software on any public forums and encouraging fellow Ukrainian servicemen to keep using the latest version of his app. Via Facebook Messenger, he told me that he didn't believe an infected version of the app even existed. "This is a hoax to scare everyone and make us go back to the old methods of targeting fire," he wrote. A CrowdStrike spokesperson did not respond when I asked if it had contacted Sherstyuk. He said it hadn't.

The spokesperson, Ilina Dimitrova, wrote that "it is indisputable that the app has been hacked with Fancy Bear malware -- we have published the indicators related to it and they have been confirmed by others in the cybersecurity community." CrowdStrike said that it found the infected app "in limited public distribution on a Russian language, Ukrainian military forum." I doubt anyone in the Ukrainian military would download software for targeting artillery fire from a forum. Typically, they obtain it directly from known developers such as Sherstyuk. If I can contact him directly, so can Ukrainian artillery officers seeking to improve their performance in battle.

Hence, it's hard for me to believe that this infected app -- found somewhere on the internet and likely never used by Ukrainian soldiers -- offers evidence tying the GRU to APT28. And that's even if one accepts the initial logical leap to the GRU, as opposed to any of the other Russian spy services also involved in the Ukrainian conflict. I sincerely hope that when the U.S. intelligence community finally produces its findings on the election-related hacks, it will be more convincing.

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Re: SETI

FUND THIS!

Of course they won't take T-bills or print-u-money from the Fed/ECB. They will want real goods. Handcrafted, finely painted pottery maybe? Walt Disney's frozen head? Destructive scans of good percentage of extant homo sapiens instances?

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If you follow every harebrained scheme that's being laid in front of your doorstep, you will never get anywhere....

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