* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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Village People!

Young man, why you look so appalled.

I said, young man, better get used to it now.

I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new age

There's no need to read the EULA.

Young man, there's naught you can do.

I said, young man, when you feel so observed.

Shark the wire , and I'm sure you will find

Many ways to lose your data.

It's fun to send te-le-metry.

It's fun to send te-le-metry.

etc. etc.

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UK Parliament suddenly remembers it wants to bone up cyber security *cough* Russia *cough*

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Since the 2010 defence review

Hmm..... Stuxnet, eh?

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Snapchat chooses London for international headquarters

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Care-o-meter

[ZERO]--|---X-------------[MEDIUM]-------------------[HIGH]

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Re: Dear New Owners

It's over.

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Re: Twitter

Probably cheaper to just set up a competitor.

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Re: Google shows no ads on its home page

Hmmmm... plugins, browser bars, branded browsers, on-desktop crapware, "Portals" and the '"Microsoft" Network'.

Yeah.

Just thinking about it makes me lock and load.

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You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins

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Re: Balletic

> because he was vilified by the establishment

Generally an indicator of Good Stuff in PC-infected 21st century politics and court economics.

In science, the "crank alerts" have to go on if mass appeal paperbacks and "imma being suppressed" books are hitting the airport shelves before peer-reviewed papers show up in the journals.

OTOH, the "mainstream" itself may be crank and in need of attitude readjustment as is the case with the current "multiverse" retardation bandwagon whereby meangingless drivel hidden underneath integral signs just doesn't stop. It must be the management equivalent of "avoid the hard work while still moving up" via memo control, fawning peacock meetings and fad pursuits.

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Momentum Transfer!

That's easy and happens currently with the Moon.

The Moon transforms the plastic Earth into an ellipsoid (mostly visible through tides).

The Earth rotates faster than the Moon orbits around Earth.

The ellipsoid bulge is thus always "ahead" of the Moon.

This slows the angular momentum (rotation) of the Earth.

Conversely, this increases the angular momentum (orbit speed) of the Moon.

A faster Moon moves out.

Continue until Moon orbit corresponds to Earth rotation.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Freedom is not free

I feel the blood of the mighty will soon run in the streets again (or was it of patriots? I don't know any longer over all the PC indoc)

(Revolution just after I check my facebook page!)

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Re: Optional

> by using Google as a verb....

Goggle spokesperson, I presume?

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Re: Fake news? Shurely shome mishtake?

> Colour me shocked.

You missed the icon here.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Nothing beats Reverse Robin Hood operations sold by Ministry-of-Truth propaganda-induced moral panic.

"may have kept our children and loved ones free from being introduced to drugs."

It may also have kept levels of alien anal probing low, who knows?

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ZTE laying off 3,000

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"front companies to get around sanctions on Iran"

Are the US the only ones still insisting on this?

Between wild accusations of "violations" of this or that because Iran has a few liters of heavy water too many that they are supposed to get rid of by selling to the US who won't buy because, you know, sanctions....

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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

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Re: One of the world's great companies

The manufacturing part is completely roboticized, I hope you are not hoping for "jobs".

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: What an incredibly simplistic mathematical model.

> The modern obsession with fictional zombies is mostly just an allegory

Yeah, this reminds me of this article from 2012: "Obsessed With the Undead". Time flies...

On Halloween, an army of the undead will be unleashed upon Mission Bay off the coast of San Diego. U.S. soldiers, Marines, special forces, police and emergency responders will face the challenge of a lifetime as the flesh-eating scourge threatens to devour their ranks — literally.

Of course it’s not real. This is a five-day “counterterrorism summit,” but we’ll just refer to it as yet another — albeit extremely creative — government boondoggle. Starting this week, more than 1,000 people participating on the taxpayers’ dime will get to break away for five days from the daily grind and the Xbox 360 to play Resident Evil zombie hunter on a 44-acre reserve (luxury resort) blown out with “immersive Hollywood sets” that feature everything from authentic looking villages to “pirate havens” and hospitals soon to be filled with ill-fated good guys suffering from ersatz bite wounds.

Move over, George Romero. No one can recreate the over-the-top zombie apocalypse like a private security firm (in this case, Halo Corporation, a beltway bandit operation formed by ex-special operations and intelligence agents) flush with government contracts and corporate sponsorships, and access to the best weaponry, surveillance gear and other technological wizardry the post-9/11 paranoid domestic security state can buy.

Why Zombies?

World War Z is an implicit condemnation of the post-9/11 Bush Administration, but easily a metaphor, too, for the self-destructive politics pulling at the levers of American power today.

Political hubris in Brooks’ “fictional” Washington so blinds the leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that when honesty and clarity are needed the most, the White House stonewalls, stalls and sacrifices time and lives before finally setting a straight course for survival. For millions in World War Z, it is too late.

Though there are as many disquisitions on the subject as there are movies, books and television series, it’s no stretch to suggest that this mistrust of government ultimately fuels our overall fascination for the undead. Sadly, we could imagine a government that causes and covers up toxic spills, dangerous pandemics or even zombie outbreaks. After a decade of real war, our sense of security and control has eroded so sharply and in so many ways we hardly believe anything the government says, ever.

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Re: What an incredibly simplistic mathematical model.

> The nearest Trump rally.

I expected this kind of "response".

More and more people seem to be infected by Trump Derangement Syndrome, which is worse than Bush Derangement Syndrome or Obama Rainbow Pony Syndrome. Hopefully this will burn itself out or will have to activate the FEMA trailers.

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Re: Guns + ammo, lack of electricity

Ebola is only about 50% fatal.

AFAIK it's higher and you will only survive if you are under medical supervision anyway.

I case of outbreak, those wards will be full, fast.

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"tweet-triggered nuclear annihilation"

Shit's more unstable than ever. A fart could kill us all.

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Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two

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FUCK YEAR!

I spite of Mr. AO.'s uncalled-for character assassination only comparable to a liberal talking about Trump, I'm totally rooting for this.

GO SpaceX!!

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Insane blackhats behind world's most expensive ransomware 'forget' to backup crypto keys

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Re: Bah!

Hillary, plz go.

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Re: Google docs spreadsheet with Ransomware info

Your reflexes are good.

Myself, I verified whether the URL was referenced more than once before accessing and still the nagging thought remains that it would be a good vector.

Yes, there is EcmaScript, but at least google docs stuff cannot run macro viruses in your browser (I think) so there is that. Anyway, QubesOS when??

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As if that were hard in cryptoshit.

If there is no code to send out the keys and there is no code to store the keys, you know what's up.

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

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Re: Never mind Lasr cannon

Excellent plan!

Meanwhile, I have prepared a funding request for means of remotely controlling an enemy's oxygen provision, aka. "force choke". I need to profit from the NATO/mandatory 5% of GDP military spending. The time is now!

There is a 100% guarantee to get the contract if an italian firm is involved.

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Re: Why do taxpayers have to fund this?

> will eventually end up paying the full cost twice they buy the darn thing.

FTFY.

Also, I wonder against what or who this is supposed to be used. It's a bit dear to blow up Iranian speedboats.

In any naval engagement of the future I see, there are no survivable surface ships.

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Re: operational in all weather

But what if this is a gamma-ray laser?

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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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Flight simulator sets fire to airport

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Fiery immigrant takfiris

...practicing "starting but no landing"?

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