* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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Re: EM Drive is an impossible idea

Remember 20, 30 years ago. It was impossible that stomach ulcers in humans were caused by a virus ? Hello Heliobactor pylorii !

Yeah. It's a bacterium. And what has that to do with the fabulous EM drive?

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Re: How old would those naysayers be?

Context: If said gentleman says to go up against the laws of nature, he is probably a crank.

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That is unlikely but it wouldn't help you.

With every particle of your transport thingamabob suddenly leaving your docking bay at lightspeed in all directions, you might as well blow yourself up with a fusion bomb.

Also note that the Higgs is only responsible for the rest masses. Most of the mass in matter is in the energetic glue fields.

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Re: Sir

If you can create those, you can make them time-travelling, and then P=NP (see the end). Instant computational superpowers!

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Re: FTFY

Can't unhear!

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Re: EmDrive is NASA's?

And probably patented at the USPTO

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FTFY

Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre proposed that if a spacecraft was placed within a ring of “exotic matter” that could warp the space around it, the spacecraft travelling in the warped bubble could bypass the speed of light.

Glaswegian physicist Imma Musingmyself Wiffequations proposed that if cats were actually magic beings with the power of extruding rainbows from their arse, a spacecraft that was placed within a ring of “exotic kittens” could "move over the rainbow" and thus bypass the speed of light.

The only way we know how to "warp space" (and that only one way) is to move shitloads of matter into the place to be warped.

And we know that if there is something that moves faster than the speed of light, there are reference systems in which an observer can see causality relations invovling this faster-than-light-signalling going the wrong way, and that is a no-no. Indeed, Mother Nature consistently goes to extremes to interdict any possibility of faster-than-light-signalling that may appear in QM and QFT.

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Fujitsu's billion-dollar ARM supercomputer delayed by up to 2 years

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Delay ... but so what!!

Only in Management Land can one both work on the bleeding edge and still be on-time and on-budget. Because the bleeding edge can just be looked up in books, right, how hard can it be.

These programs are "industrial policy" anyway - get new researchers into the field, keep the knowledge alive, build the bases to attack the next problem earlier than the country next door. The money will flow (even it it has to be printed). It's all in good fun.

(Anybody remember the "Strategic Defense Initiative"? It started off with the idea of building Intelligent Machines (always good for Cold War machism), then when it became clear that that was kinda out there, quickly veered into supercomputing and integrated communications. Success!)

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Re: Bampots

Go back to your talk show!

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Re: MSN default homepage ???

MSN, possibly the most sluggish image and flash heavy site

Possibly the most shitty and cruddy "news" site too. Just look at it. Lousy gossip newskebabs, "people" stories and clickbait. Makes one physically sick. Frankly, I would be at the Daily Mail if I needed that.

Vomit-chan.jpg

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

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Re: If you'd had any real IT awareness beyond Windows

You may of course have tons of experience that is non Windows, but if it's not Linux then the snobs on here won't miss a chance to lord it over you whatever you may know.

On the contrary! Relevant skills in cooking, internal combustion engine tuning, martial arts, nuclear engineering and hot raw sex are always appreciated.

Skills in Windows, however, must, sadly be relegated to the dustbin of the fakers: people who are in IT because they heard it pays so much and are otherwise so uninterested in anything that they buy the proverbial cat in the bag. As a consequence they are mainly staring at goatsscreens telling them to wait because "Windows is updating".

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Red-faced VESK scratches '100% uptime' claim after 2-day outage

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"VESK not so tough since being molested by Murphy"

Reality bites extreme uptime claims

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets recalled immediately

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OY!

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Hmmm.....

Is it advisable to hold supernova-ed phones with bare hands?

Whatever happened to safety gloves?

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: Orwell's alive & living in the Kremlin

I really think Orwell is far more powerful on the "Blue Side" (aka "Good Side", aka "Freedom Side", aka "Side Against the Side Who Gas Their Own People", aka "Genocide Interdictor", aka "Annexiation Avengers" etc.)

Hell, I'm still hearing P.U.T.I.N. is breaking the Minsk accords while in actuality Ukraine randomly shells stuff, "activists" do their show on the Crimea strait or Donbass leaders get assassinated.

Meanwhile, America has become the Bridge Policeman of the World. What the actual fuckety fuck?

(OT, but this one is interesting, too: Is Putin the Godfather of Extreme Nationalism? ... well, no!)

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Ah well

Russia has this thing about WWII and the Soviet Union. It's part of the national mystique. Yep, they were not the good guys either, counting up from 1918 they were arguably worse. But that's messianism in action.

The Bandera referred to is Stepan Bandera, an historical figure that became a famed Ukranian nationalist. He was assassinated by the KGB in 1959 and has become a figurehead for a new movement critical of Russia's annexation of Crimea and its continued interference in the country.

Well, in truth Bandera is maybe a bit too hardcore to be described as a "nationalist". This "movement" is not particularly "new" either. It's from the old school of the people who love marching, uniforms, boots, symbols inspired by runes and seriously beating up (or worse) the odd guy who disagrees with them, especially if Jewish (at least historically, currently this seems to be kept in check until the cheques have cleared, see also Russian Jewish Leader Slams Ukraine Moguls in Flap Over World War II Nazi Ally). The Social National Party of Ukraine is not fun even if the Obama clownshow (it's not longer an "administration" in my eyes) pretends otherwise. Not content with messing around in Russia's front yard, America pals around with the arch enemy. This must be doubly insulting to any Russian.

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

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How about community service instead

Replacing Windows with Linux on at least 2 computers per day, fielding Linux user support questions, managing a few forums and generally doing menial tasks for the kernel devs for a few years should put some starch into his collar.

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When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

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Expect mobsters doing "protection money claw-back" operations soon...

I'm sorry, but the "claw back" ALWAYS works in direction of the tax-payer, never the the tax-extractor even if Big State defenders and other riffraff would like this to be acceptable Newspeak.

It's a "tax", right.

A "tax" is never friendly, doesn't initially belong to the one extracting it and requires guns and badges to be shown in order that the extraction may proceed speedily.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

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Bring it closer to the Sun

A gigantic salty swimming pool!

The atmosphere would be a problem...

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Re: The never ending hypocracy of the progressive liberal never ceases to amaze.

Proud member of Alt-Right checking in (well, not fully, but, you know...)

Who you calling "Progressive", bub?

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Re: Looks like Lohan?

Can't unsee

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Aggrieved cat sues 4chan for unapproved use of lolcat images

"That image looks EXACTLY like me, falling down stairs" says aggrieved cat.

Lawyers say this lawsuit could take some time but expect millions in payout.

Meanwhile, it is reported that aggrieved cat is on rehab again. "I haven't been sniffing at glue tubes all that much" was the only statement that could be obtained before we went to press.

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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I hope someone brings out a book

...and includes all the commentary.

Copyright has been waived, right? Right?

What's that noise? Oh no, it's Andrew coming at me in hot pursuit...

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Re: At least the switch was still there

This is why good jobs go to China.

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SETI searchers: We still haven't found what we're looking for

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Re: Cloaked?

Are there actually any examples of stealthed satellites? Or actual use of laser comms?

The X-37 doesn't look very stealthy, that special ferrite coating will be ablated on re-entry...

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It's a conspiracy!

Yet another hit by P.U.T.I.N. who controls Trump who controls White Supremacist Farmers and Suburban Mysoginistic Racists who are listening to Talk Radio on shortwave which captures Alien signals beamed from Dark Satellites which hypnotizes them into following the Illuminati Voices to vote for Lizard People so Hillary will win!

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What do microservices do to data stores? Netflix is built on them and had no idea!

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Re: Stop the madness

It's nice for playing around with Erlang/Elixir though.

Also, it probably is a solution to problems form the 90's (Distributed Computing Environment etc.) when CPUs were feeble, RAM was scare, and RPC was thought to be a good idea.

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Re: containers != microservices

Well said, thank you good sir (or madam, names on the Internet being what they are).

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: Hydrazine

Reticulans like to drink it "on the rocks".

Humans, however.... well .... liver failure and cancer. And that for minute amounts.

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Re: Kerbal

A Ballardian Failure Mode, then?

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Re: Wet beach sand

Might as well do Orion From Ground.

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Re: I have mixed feelings about this...

Africa is never a winner.

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Re: Impressive!

China is mightier. And also squashes "rumors". (Ok, so it wasn't a rocket, but it's a bad case of crater nevertheless)

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Baa NooBaa black sheep, have you any storage?

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Progressive cough!

Baa NooBaa black sheep, have you any storage?

Dat be racist!

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TalkTalk's appeal against paltry ICO data breach fine thrown out

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One hour of CEO's billable time

Industrial production of bespoke bullshit and spin: Amazingly still pretty expensive in 2016.

One would think the price would have dropped precipitously in the last 20 years or so.

Where, oh where can I get my Cheap Bullshit Fix??

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

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Re: Good password selection

No, this is likely to be caught by extensive dictionary tries.

Use shocking nonsense instead:

passphrase-faq.html

but:

passphrases-only-marginally-more-secure-than-passwords-because-of-poor-choices

And also:

how-linkedins-password-sloppiness-hurts-us-all

where a commenter says:

Now the fine prints:

Use a different randomly generated password for each service.

Use a password manager for most of your password.

For the handful of important services (banking, main e-mail...) use:

-> unique passwords

-> use systems with limited number of trials (timers and so on)

-> use multifactor authentification

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Re: Did anyone else read "NSA recommended"...

If I deliver there, will I be menaced by glorious AKM?

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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As ahistorical as an American hearing about foreign lands who "suddenly attack"

"Multi-user display system"

Filed ... 2003?

What kind of utter cretin with no knowledge about computing is filing patents over there? Shareholders should sue for such a waste of money, time and whatever remains of brain.

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Re: Feels ...?

But the government also has the right to invade that privacy

Frankly, this says it all.

"Government" does not have ANY "rights" whatsoever, and invasion of privacy is NEVER, NEVER a "right". There may at most be a temporary, court-granted waiver.

That phrase right there should start an armed insurrection against the occupying power.

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"Collecting information". Yes. We are.

Be very afraid.

The FBI is currently "uprooting terrorists" by setting paid "agents provocateurs" on mentally challenged brown people who can then be nabbed "in the nick of time" and paraded in front of cameras as "potential terrorists" in a fashion that, I am sure, has absolutely not come from a manual on how to do Stalinist purges.

If they "collect information" about nefarious use of crypto, some poor sods will make contact with the prison-industrial complex in unexpected ways.

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Behold: Huawei evokes always-wise God Cloud – with Terminator users

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I have no mouth and I must install Windows

waxed ontological

The correct adjective is "eschatological", methinks.

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More banks plundered through SWIFT attacks

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"Money" disappears?

Not a problem, the "fractional reserve" will become fractionaller.

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Windows passwords leak tip

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Assumptions have been made and statements were issued.

"Malicious users can use the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol for malicious purposes. Firewall best practices and firewall configurations can enhance network security by helping to prevent potentially malicious traffic from crossing the enterprise perimeter"

After hours and hours of doing logical analysis of these amazing sentences, I have found that they all reduce to "TRUE". My paper will be in the next issues of "Letters in Microsoftian Logic and Content-Freedom".

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Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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But you then also have to go out and tell the world immeditately about the breach.

How LinkedIn’s password sloppiness hurts us all

Examining the breach, LinkedIn didn’t have very much of an insurance policy. It was employing raw SHA1 for password hashing, but perhaps even worse is the fact that the company never even attempted to cash in on it. Back in, 2012 they failed to identify and acknowledge the breach in a timely fashion, and when they eventually did, they apparently only forced a password reset for the accounts belonging to the initial 6.4 million hashes. The evidence suggests that the remaining 165 million accounts were allowed to use those same compromised passwords.

That’s not the way this should work. When you suspect a password database has been compromised, even just in part, you cash in on that insurance policy immediately by activating your incident response team and your public relations team. Companies ideally should notify the general public and users in an expedited manner, forcing a password reset for all users as soon as the breach is contained and the threat has been eradicated. By the time LinkedIn made a statement about the breach, by contrast, I already had 70 percent of the passwords cracked. Every moment LinkedIn hesitated was potentially devastating for its users. And for the love of god, do not try to downplay the incident by saying something stupid like “Most of the passwords on the list appear to remain hashed and hard to decode." Instead, companies should just acknowledge the plain and simple fact that if password hashes have been accessed, users are at real and measurable risk of account takeovers.

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Ummm

the attacker would need the salts to decrypt the hashes

That is not like hashes work.

I am also not sure the attacker "would need the salts". Generally they are right next byte to the hash, possibly after or before a separator...

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SETI Institute damps down 'wow!' signal report from Russia

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Re: Most likely

Thermodynamics (Shannon-Nyquist Law)

I don't see what a theorem about the sampling rate necessary for reconstructing an analog signal has to do with Thermodynamics, or interstellar communication for that matter.

Also, the "Cosmic Background Radiation" is strongly above 11 GHz (centered at ~160 GHz). Actually 11 GHz seems to be still a quiet region.

We need to concentrate on Spectroscopy

What? I don't suppose you mean optical SETI...

Note that the purpose of the Radio Telescopes isn't to look for alien transmissions but signals from stars

I don't see anyone who disputes this but one can always piggyback for some signal processing goodness now that the CPUs are cheap and plentiful.

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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Re: So you want .NET on a Pi?

WHY!!

Whenever you give Mono a second chance, Harambe dies again.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: I call bullshit

They CAN be a metre long, but the craft spotted in the first tale WAS NOT A FUCKING DRONE! It was remotely piloted using FPV goggles as hinted at in the article.

1) That is still a drone

2) How do we ACTUALLY KNOW it was "remotely piloted using FPV goggles". Do we have Paranormal Seers on the plane?

3) Does "remote piloting using FPV goggles" even work at serious distances? Freestyle radio links ain't magic...

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the nature of the devices means the pilot may be miles away

Does that really work or you need a taxpayer-sourced satellite uplink for this?

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