* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

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Good idea mylord! (Of course i't s a good idea!)

Because forcefully pulling in people who are neither particularly interested nor particularly competent in the subject matter for reasons unrelated to products and services will do wonders for Microsoft's blingy stuff.

I can't wait until Microsoft's employee structure reflects exactly the percentages of a segmentation of the world's population (as made up by some harebrained diversity guru; since USA groups everything to the east of Alexander the Great's empire under "Asian" this could mean anything). Definitely a "goal-directed outcome" or whatever it is called.

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Ancient fat black holes created by belching Big Bang's dark matter

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Re: "There be dragons"

Trying to find the big dark:

How the Hidden Higgs Could Reveal Our Universe’s Dark Sector

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"mega space voids"

I prefer "spherical trash compactors"

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Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

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RTFM? No, UTFM-IIE (Understand the effing manual if it exists)

Currently wading through a horrorshow of Spring JPA (an abstraction (JPA) on an abstraction (Hibernate) to solve a problems that should never have been solved (Mapping Objects holding live references to composable Tuplesets holding keys/names, with Transactions grouping operations on the tuple language but not on the object language), reglued under the Spring Data umbrella, with Spring Boot thrown in, and Annotations everywhere (is there a analysis tool that tells me that the annotated code even makes sense?).

The code has been put together by previous consultants, apparently cribbed from ancient grimoires, mixed with random thoughts and cooked with fresh coding skills. It gives everything an aura of Bad Juju and the impression that it could blow up anytime outside of (barely present) unit tests.

Should I throw out everything and just use plain Spring JDBC Templates? Unfortunately, my contract doesn't last that long.

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

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All of this will have larch consequences.

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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

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Re: Being logical and reasonable is no guarantee of being right

And that's why today's standard for truth isn't logic. It's evidence based on scientific experiments.

This is orthogonal to the use of logic.

The world is full of examples, where people rationalize anything they want to do. Even Hitler rationalized his atrocities and probably seemed reasonable to his people at the time.

Had he kept low-key and laid off the Jew obsession, he would be regarded as one of those European socialist hardcore dictators, nothing to get upset about.

probably seemed reasonable to his people at the time

More on this in "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45" by Milton Mayer

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Did the Earth move for you, too? Grav waves sensed from black holes' bang 1.8bn LYs away

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You know where to send your proposal to get money for your genius idea of "curing diseases", buster!

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Re: Mass moves in mysterious ways

Actually it moves according to the Einstein equation.

"Mass tells spacetime how to curve"

"Curved spacetime tells mass how to move".

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The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017

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Re: Such advanced features

So its basically threading in disguise.

No, not really.

Premises are Good Old Stuff: Promises.

I really need to check out OCaml a bit more. And for the browser, elm. Now there's a beauty. So much to do, not a minute to spare to dive into the JavaScript fester-dumpster.

Oh well, Java 9 is out, time to go steady.

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And it's started to make its way on to servers with things like Node

Until something else comes along to keep the hyperactive scriptlers with learning challenges busy and the managers on "muh scale-out, scale-up asynchronous web-scale" hype-drenaline.

Meanwhile, normal people will do stuff that actually works.

Using threads, for one.

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Re: JavaScript for AI

The 21st century will not be able to recalibrate the bullshittometer. It always redlines, whatever you do.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: scaling up is the answer?

Nobody will need a new, big, capital-intensive power station, no matter how clean it is.

Once we have lifted the industrial base to the Moon, that will be true.

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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Well, actually minarets are pretty halal.

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Re: Hormones?

But generally boy scouts don't burn people alive, throw gays out of towers or send letters to the editor complaining about "Sarin Gas Attacks" by evil dictators.

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Meanwhile in meatspace, where things actually count

US to obscure arms exports after Pentagon ‘pipeline’ to Syria exposed

Get me Victor Bout on the phone, there is business,,, oh, wait, we locked him up.

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Don't panic, but.. ALIEN galaxies are slamming Earth with ultra-high-energy cosmic rays

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Pew Pew Pew!

Of much interest, and only two years ago:

The Particle That Broke a Cosmic Speed Limit: Physicists are beginning to unravel the mysteries of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, particles accelerated by the most powerful forces in the universe.

Only recently, with the discovery of a cosmic ray “hotspot” in the sky, the detection of related high-energy cosmic particles, and a better understanding of physics at more familiar energies, have researchers secured the first footholds in the quest to understand ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays. “We’re learning things very rapidly,” said Tim Linden, a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Chicago.

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Thomson has his money on threads of galaxies and dark matter called “filaments” that are draped throughout the cosmos and which, at hundreds of millions of light-years long, are among the largest structures in existence. There’s a filament in the direction of the hotspot. “It’s probably something in the filament,” Thomson said. In any case, he added, “we have an idea now of interesting places to look. And all we need to do is collect more data.”

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Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America

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It's all about greed. Do anything. Kiss anything. Debase yourself anyway. To rake it in.

So, that's the CrowdStrike brought in by the DNC to emit unverifiable proof of Russian Hacking of the DNC servers around July 5, which was then "made plausible" by someone calling himself Guccifer 2.0 emitting russiana-tainted word-docs as marker material? Then it turns that it got all hoovered up via USB 2,0 device...

Interesting

One reasonable objection to these findings is that Crowdstrike’s excellent cyber protection system, Falcon, was in place prior to July 05, and, therefore, a hack could not have occurred on this date. The locale of the 5th event is in question, whether on a DNC server or later on a copy previously made. True, the action could have been on an earlier copy, in which case Falcon is irrelevant. However, were the action to have occurred on a DNC server then questions arise on the protection granularity decision making criteria of Falcon. For instance, would Falcon stop a DNC user with privileged access, e.g., System Programmer or even a regular authorized user, from copying/downloading something? Here, the conclusion is that it was a local copy, so this question is relevant.

ZERO CREDIBILITY!

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Re: So don't review them

will soon go viral

More like "will be memholed by The Goog's Memhole Squad"

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Good this is far away from Russia

Otherwise there might be a "spontaneous" "color" "revolution"...

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Gatorade app is bogus: Even the sound of it is something quite atrocious

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Shakedowns of companies as displacement activity?

The state of Califailia is practically broke and moving towards a dystopian state of affairs, of gated communities separated by ungovernable areas controlled by absolutely non-integrated huddled masses. Add ecological breakdowns on top: water shortages, forest fires, floods. Add mental illnesses as a side-dish: Silly-con Valley, PC mentality if not Cultural Marxism, and the belief in the munificent nanny state.

Clearly, the time to wring a few hundred thousand out of private companies has come.

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NASA, wait, wait lemme put my drink down... NASA, you need to be searching for vanadium

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Re: Really?

Sounds more like a plausibly deniable reason to look for Martian Nanobots.

Hold on, there's that FBI guy again, talking about his "icks" files, whatever that is.

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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Re: perhaps it would be simpler to implement a this-is-bullshit font

Instead of slapping Nazis, slap PR bods.

There are far more of them and it's a rewarding activity.

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Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

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In other news, Timmy McVeigh was not found on a single protest image

And no mention of a few undercover FBI operators who didn't think their right-wing incitement operation would seriously backfire was ever made either.

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Re: How did...

Inside job on the build server AFAIK.

This falls under "poisoning the software supply chain".

Inb4 "Putin did it and Merkel is next etc."

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FedEx: TNT NotPetya infection blew a $300m hole in our numbers

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Re: Congratulations!

> Putin blowing up something you depend on is more likely

"Clear and present dangers", on page 55 at the bottom, directly before NAZIS detected on Twitter protecting statues of General Lee.

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Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

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Maybe you should start to learn about that IT thing instead of being smug for no reason except total ignorance.

Just a hint.

As for laughing at Jini? Well yeah, agent architectures. So what? We have them.

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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the pair of voids

Not particulary voids. One could call them "spacetime horizons"

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What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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I seem to remember that at that time Music was the most common non-STEM (we didn't call it that then) degree for computing professionals.

That was when computing professionals were actually mathematicians or maybe engineers in electronics.

I don't see what Music has to do with any of this unless we are talking vocational college and a Moog synth.

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One Answer: Trump

Ah, the eternally direct reasoning of the progressive brain.

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Re: Not Qualified

You're casting personal aspersions on someone based on your own prejudices. Stop.

Can there be any OTHER prejudices that should be considered?

I don't think so.

They are called hunches & heuristics and work pretty well.

This is also why people stay out of colored neighborhoods. It's not racism.

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Re: Words are cheaper than sysadmin time

Whoever's problem it is, DO IT!

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Hmmm...

Can we have some information about sexual release during the stay?

I see this team is not well-balanced (nor very diverse actually, quick, someone get me an aggrieved well-financed organization not named after a Dead White Male on the phone)

'Hang on, Trump has done what??!?'

SFA, why do you ask?

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Re: Hmmm

Reminder that GERTY was the evil AI that Musk/Hawking are warning about.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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All we have to fear is the Pear itself!

(That went pear-shaped fast etc.)

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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WESTERN LEADERS ARE UP IN ARMS AND SHITTING THEIR PANTS ON TV!

PUTIN VISITS ZAPAD 2018, A "TROJAN HORSE" AND A REHEARSAL FOR SOVIET RUSSIAN INVASION of stuFF WHILE HACKS OF INNOCENT CITIZEN ROUTERS WILL FLIP THE ELECTION FOR LIBER-MERKEL WHILE TRUMP TIES ARE CONFIRMED AS THE TOTAL SURVEILLANCE RUN BY OUR WELL-MEANING TLAs AND CNN AND THE DNC-MANDATED CROWSTRIKE SO CLEARLY PROVE.

Yeah, who is paranoid?

No wait, it's all just dumb electioneering and shifting money to the MIC.

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Nuclear weapons are only viable as a deterrent if the person in charge of them is perceived to be non-rational. Which explains so much.

Complete utter bullshit. Where do you get that stuff?

If you are perceived as non-rational the only entry in the game matrix means destruction.

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Able Archer (actually the post-Able Archer exercises as I vaguely remember) practically Did It: This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Also good to read at least once per year:

Computer System Reliability and Nuclear War

Before they serve you the latest Reality-Dehanced SCANDAL (YES! SCANDAL! WITH INFORMED SOURCES!!) along with your Soma pills and NY and Washington broadsheet.

(El Reg, please get a web designer who doesn't consider an editing window of about 1/20th of the actual screen surface a good reason to get his head examined or just quit the "industry" in shame)

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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

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Re: 15 years too late

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/14/the-russian-hacking-story-continues-to-unravel/

El Reg, please stop dropping comments or just become straight BBC bluepillnews w/o excuses FFS.

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Re: 15 years too late

"I still haven't see a shred of credible evidence" . . . Then you are willfully blind.

Sorry, I don't have access to the Super-Duper sources you evidently have.

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Re: 15 years too late

Yep, complete with sucide-in-Mexico with a person taking a close look at problems, as I remember.

Still, here we read:

"There is no credible doubt that Russia attacked our election infrastructure in 2016,"

Actually, after practically a year of Hillary-and-NYT-generated hot air with various progressives, churnalists, Merkel and other Disgustables in hot pursuit, I still haven't see a shred of credible evidence that would support such a statement.

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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

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But I thought you could download them already today.

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Rise Of the Tiny Machines: Boffins cook up autonomous DNA sorting robot

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Re: Astonishing. Sorting without energy.

Sorting MUST expend energy as you are reducing entropy fiercely.

I would say the "random walking" does the trick. Heat energy is picked up by the mechanism (not really a robot) from the DNS strands and soup in which it swims, which propels it around and cools down in the process.

"It would be a good time" to start thinking of the ethical, legal and social implications, he told us.

What? When is that? Yes, a good idea, let's wallow in thinking about "social implications" and the effects on inner-city blacks. Has the Guardian Mentality infected EVERYTHING?

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Still better than reading Ta-Nehisi Coates latest production (which you actually have to pay for)

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Re: Internal Loudspeakers

Wrong. They are tired of men staring at OTHER WOMEN's wobbly bits in addition to not listening to them.

You can't fight all those little state machines in the brain.

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Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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Updated database

"World's Biggest Data Breaches: Selected losses greater than 30,000 records (updated 10th Sep 2017)"

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/worlds-biggest-data-breaches-hacks/

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Re: Speed kills

You are very wrong. This has nothing to do with agile, CI or devops, which are all Good Things development-wise because most developers can't design or find their own arse in the code they produce (I have seen nominal "experts" at work ... hahahah!).

No, this is a question of allocating enough horsepower to maintenance, patrolling and defense-in-depth.

Its' the delusion of the "the system is stable and in production, we won't touch it, DISPAND THE TEAM". Which is is the anithesis of agile, CI or devops.

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It's a good thing if it's Trump's fault.

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It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

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Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

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Right

Maybe they could fix usability problems that have been open for about 5 years or so instead of moving them to "low priority".

And stop re-skinning the interface every 6 months, introduce HUJ bugs (currently it's not possible for me to CTRL-V paste into Confluenc, except in Chrome. Been the case for a month now. FFS!)

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Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

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Re: Perjury

It sounds very far fetched to even consider "streaming" as copyright infringement of any kind or shape.

The game dev is not selling the streaming experience. He is selling the gaming experience.

This might well open a can of unhealthy worms.

And, PewDiePie has raked in millions? Really?

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