* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Shamoon malware spawns even nastier 'StoneDrill'

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Re: StoneDrill malware sits in a victim's browser

Clicking on stuff?

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IBM has cloud access to quantum computer 400 times smaller than D-Wave system

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Re: How does it work

Get a bottle of fine wine, light a fire in the fireplace, let the missus cook a fine dinner and read Scott Aaronson's "Quantum Computing since Democritus" for a fine introduction. Also, look for the comic strip "The Talk" by the same guy.

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I have a bad feeling about this

Why Quantum Computers Cannot Work by Gil Kalai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yale University.

Basically the argument seems to be that the "steered quantum evolution" will be subject to noise in just the right way to not reveal Mother Nature's nonclassical cards, no matter what.

We will see.

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Japan's Venus probe power plight panacea: Turn it off and on again ...and again and again...

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Re: "and will try turning them on then off again over time"

It's JAXA, they are not there yet.

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If we must have an IoT bog roll holder, can we at least make it secure?

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Hah!

your kids not getting job they wanted because someone guessed the name of their password and started tweeting racist stuff

Sounds more like a problem with outright PC fascism and company-oriented virtue signaling than anything else.

But I hear Blue Bird Cookoo Cage is being purged with extreme prejudice in any case, wait until the AIs deploy. There won't be racist twattering anymore.

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UK govt's £17.3m AI-boffinry cash injection is just 'a token amount'

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Re: Sex Robots!

It is already very 2017-ish to have a sex robots department. What would Brian Aldiss say? And do you have to watch out for dangerous mechanized organs?

Also, this is probably problematic to various communities due to permanent microaggressions inherent in the permanently visible on-campus signage.

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Has your spouse stayed on after Mobile World Congress? This sex doll brothel might be why

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Nothing for the wimmin?

I came here expecting to hear about male dolls.

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We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Re: FFS since when is a GSM to VOIP gateway...

Contribute the the ever-changing definition of IoT: Define IoT

... 86 pages PDF!

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Re: Are you surprised????

> Nothing bad, nothing good, just the law.

Actually bad.

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Re: Surprised?

That's as likely as going to happen as having fully open sourced PCs, down to the firmware....

"Devices with a network ports" (because I do not like the meaningless IoT designation): Always behind firewalls, with an IDS in the vicinity, walled off, on separate VLANs, in "novelty" roles, or "as open as possible".

Then again, there are "mobiles"....

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Re: I realized there is a self-describing acronym for use of IoT...

Your PC is not connected to the Internet?

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

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Re: That doesn't sound ridiculous

Indeed.

It may be just a case of "I am afraid of big numbers" (a usual attitude seen in muh bossman) or it may be a case of overcharging (a usual attitude promoted by muh bossman) or even discombobulated, money-burning project execution . Probably and as usual, it will be something in between these three points on the triangle.

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US-Europe Privacy Shield not worth the paper it's printed on – civil liberties groups

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Nothing to do with Obama, no sir.

> why they believe President Trump's recent executive order on immigration undermines the agreement

Not ex-Presidente Obama's order to "go ahead, sharing is caring" to the TLAs.

Can one really "undermine" an "agreement" that is based on fakery?

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Fireball in Tasmania: Possible CubeSat re-entry sparks alien panic

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Swamp Gas!

So why doesn't this happen every other day?

Or is Hobart rarely visited by aircraft?

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Re: Seeking expert knowledge

Excellent question.

This stuff is moving far more slowly (7.8 km/s) than interplanetary rocks normally do (Near-Earth Asteroids between 20 and 40 km/s, not at all normally distributed according to this paper). This is likely to result in a longer, yellower event.

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Two million recordings of families imperiled by cloud-connected toys' crappy MongoDB

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Re: Easy Way to Have the Problem Addressed

What IS the people's problem with Putin?

Without Putin we would see Russia a stomping ground for US kleptocrats, neocons and super-imperialists who can't croak fast enough, the US with boots on the ground in Syria even under Black POTUS, drawing "red lines" while abrading the country to house foundation level with DU rounds -- and possibly even Hillary, who is literally the wench of Babylon with added pizza delivery service, in power.

Be thankful for small mercies.

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Completely unrelated

All of this is Not Nice but can anyone explain to me what evil miscreants will do with several months of kids talking to their bears?

(Let's just listen to some Message To Bears because why the hell not.)

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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#OscarsSoWhite, really?

> Trump a fascist talking point

Oh my how tired.

"That man has done real, quite possibly terminal, damage to democracy as practised in the Western world for the past 75 years."

It's not The God Emperor. "Democracy" has been raped silly by Clinton and Bush. Then dealt a terminal blow by the legendary black actor "Obama The Establishment Construct" in his role as sassy, at-ease POTUS.

Always remember that people didn't vote for Trump, but against Hillary. And for good reason.

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Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

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Re: They all laughted!

Use violence on the mockers.

Anyone who has code w/o asserts in it is a fscking loser.

Same goes basically for types, but there I make an exception because the most lovely programming languages are unityped (for evidently historical reasons as they started off as fast hacks on New Ideas in the 70s).

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Affected

> ashleymadison.com

> ashleyrnadison.com

Top kek

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Re: Not sure if it's Ragel or the dev whose at fault here.

"You're reading a badly formatted HTML page. You come across an unclosed img tag right in the middle."

"Is this testing whether I'm a bad FSM code generator or have inlined lousy code, Mr Ormandy?"

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Nice writeup

Should go into the "entirely avoidable IT Chernobyl events" dossier.

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Re: xhml5

Yeah.

If only there were programming languages in 2017 that checked for buffer overflows....

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: My $0.02 worth

Its not just about "routine" actions, as part of my job I was required to destroy hard drives. Had any of them contained evidence then this would be a criminal offense, contract or no contract.

Can't be a criminal offence if you didn't know about the hard drives' content, dude.

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Re: Double Standard for Directors and Employees

> An example many reading this have seen is a profitable company "locking" out it's workers in an attempt to make the company even more profitable

You need to explain how that magically happens.

> even when such actions cause the failure of global financial systems.

Failure doesn't come from there. Look for "govnm't money printing" and "austrian business cycle theory".

> If you are the IT department, you are an executive and equally immune to being held responsible for your actions.

That's just not how life works.

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Re: Company bosses attitude towards their IT people

Actually I also sometimes deal with sanitation right after installing antivirus and doing business analysis. It's an important job and someone has to do it.

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It's a New Age!

"Given the responsibility to not behave like an immature wrecker" is now actually "Given the authorization to behave like an immature wrecker"

How fast can you say "thrown out of court"?

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Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

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What a world to live in!

Before Trump: Artificial Intelligence is Racist.(will white self-flaggelation never end?)

After Obama: Doesn't matter, we will use it to squash toxic/racist comments!

I expect this to be deployed in "safe spaces" to administer a rightful tasering to anyone exhibiting more than his share of daily illiberalism.

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Deutsche Telekom hack suspect arrested at London airport

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So, not Putin?

If this goes on, he will have to sell his hollowed-out, democracy-destroying volcano inhabited by leather-clad goons and slavic ballbuster dames who are also good in bed.

What a loss in standing.

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Re: Comprehensive test ban treaty

First rule of modern "journalism" and modern "politics": Whatever happens: Russia.Or even better: Putin.

(Maybe because if you run it together, it gives "Prussia")

Even Trump has regressed to the mean. Nicky Haley seems to be as abysmally dumb and incompetent as Samantha Power, if not worse.

Now, here's the details from Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments - Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation, September 1, 2016

Russia ratified the treaty on June 30, 2000. In September 2005, Russia reportedly stated that it intends to continue to observe the moratorium on testing until the CTBT enters into force as long as other nuclear powers do likewise, and expressed its hope that the nations that must ratify the treaty for it to enter into force will do so as soon as possible. In November 2007, according to Itar-Tass, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “confirmed Russia’s unchanging support for the treaty as one of the key elements of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and an effective nuclear arms limitation tool.” In September 2009, Dmitry Medvedev, president of the Russian Federation, said, “we need to encourage leading countries to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty as soon as possible in order to ensure its ultimate entry into force. That is very important. A Russian scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences raised the prospect of the CTBT’s collapse in an article of November 2010. Claiming that Britain and France have ratified the treaty but do not have a moratorium on testing, that the reverse is the case for China and the United States, that India, Israel, North Korea, and Pakistan have done neither, and that only Russia has ratified the treaty and has a moratorium on testing, he argued that:

"if the treaty has not been in force for fifteen years [i.e., since it was opened for signature in 1996], it is difficult for Russia to be the only nuclear power which complies with its terms and conditions in full. Russia’s official position is to support the CTBT’s entry into force. However, Russian experts tend to focus on the pessimistic scenarios of CTBT collapse. In the near future, Russia could face a difficult choice between the political dividends the CTBT affords and the military necessity to upgrade its nuclear.capabilities"

(This is going to take a bit to appear as evidence indicates that I'm currently on El Reg's Deplorables Watchlist)

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Facebook scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate

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"all voters are dumb and also facebook"

And then the rise of fake news, after they got rid of the humans curating it and replaced it with algorithms that quickly went awry and blew up a major election.

Unless you are alluding to some facebook moderator election I think you are just repeating bad talking points.

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Welp!

Some experts fretted that if China opened up a lead in AI, the West would be doomed to lose World War 3. Others suggested that whichever superpower lost the AI arms race would relapse into a state of primitive technology feudalism.

Woah the hype of the Cold-War "5th Generation" is back. I remember well. "We are doomed! QUICK, REAGAN, GIMME MONEY!"

Back then the press was generally against WW3 though. Nowadays, it seems so-called "journalists" ejaculate heavily every single morning over the thought of Tank War Europe ("the nuclear deal") or "Limited Nuclear Exchange And Then We Win" in the Pacific.

I'm eagerly awaiting further developments. It's gonna be hella rad.

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L'Internet des objets: French firm Sigfox inks deal with Telefonica

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Re: Boringly, it's...

That should be

"L'entre-réseau d'objets"

Sounds like a the title of a Schuiten & Peeters "oeuvre".

Come to think of it, their (frankly great) "Robik's Cube/Network" comic came just as the Internet emerged from the garages. Weird.

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Re: Coming to a neighbourhood near you soon...

You mean in addition to some neighbour's completely over-the-top SUV being started to great atavistic engine noise every 10 minutes?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Optional

You angered the Bong!

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"Monitoring tools you've put on the computer might suddenly stop working"

Carrie! CARRIE!

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Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

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Re: Security is Job One at Microsoft

No company would say 'our motto is "be evil"'

Wait until I start mine.

You might be surprised.

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Love lambda, love Microsoft's Graph Engine. But you fly alone

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Re: From an ignorant, long-time DB designers's viewpoint...

In a sense but in the olden databases the edge/node structure came directly from the on-disk layout.

Here the graph is the conceptual idea. Underneath there may well be reused table-structure handling/indexing routines.

Additionally the use of the "lambda" in the article sounds like name-dropping, I don't see why one would not just call them "procedures".

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Management types away from the coal face

You know you have a very high probably of meeting a nincompoop loser sociopath in expensive clothing (they also have some kind of smooth speech pattern and a studied relaxed demeanor, very bizarre). Everyone is weirdly friendly with him/her/it and C-level management thinks he/she/it "does a good job" and is "a most indispensible piece of the network". Meanwhile, good people touching his/her/its sphere of influence leave, if they have any sense.

Put a bullet to his/her/its head the only change in the company function is that there is menu too many in the cantina.

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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Re: The Unbelievable Truth

US journalists must currently feel likewise.

US "journalists" are the problem as they make up bullshit faster than a cattle truck laden with bovines that have coli bacterium gut problems. I necessary, it is declared "leaked" as opposed to "stitched together from whole cloth while recovering from last night's ethanol overload paid for by some Washington Insider".

The last shooting war they got us into wasn't fun and is still ongoing, the next one will be the last.

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

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I laugh!

Best commentary by olde Patrick Cockburn:

Donald Trump and the US media are in a fight to the finish – and they're both guilty of peddling alternative facts

I will probably be accused of being a Wehrkraftzersetzer again because liberal demonization by loud bullshitting is the thing to do nowadays.

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Re: > The Home Office did not respond for comment at the time of writing.

Patriotism is a disgusting illness.

So you say. Sounds pretty dogmatic and touchy-feely though.

But what has all of this to do with patriotism in the first place?

Unless you want to awkwardly defend "open border" policy, but that is another problem.

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I have been hearing that some people call me paranoid.

Deep state? Nope, doesn't exist. It's an illusion, your opinion is corrosive of our democracy.

Pick up that can.

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Don’t panic over cyber-terrorism: Daesh-bags still at script kiddie level

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Belittling: ISIS as the daily adorable punching bag?

Why is El Reg calling the Carefully Grown Friends of the Obama Administration (so unhumanly/cruelly removed from the premises of East Aleppo as reported by "White Helmets") silly names?

Al-Qaeda is no longer a serious force, he said, both on and offline.

O'Really, Mr. NSA? Last I heard, the US-Saudi Arabia friendship from hell basically handed over Yemen to the Qaeda for no good reason whatsoever except "who doesn't like to do a regime change bombing". The Qaeda is likely to get hotter under the robes of the Saudi regime soon, it's just poetic justice. Boom Boom!

Meanwhile Syrian Rebel Gets Life Sentence for Mass Killing Caught on Video (actually seeking asylum in Sweden). Not "moderate" enough, eh? Fine kettle we got ourselves into here, allowing ourselves to be manipulated by neocons and cut-out politicians. Next target: Iran. (Ceterum censeo Russiam esse delendam is of course the permanent refrain)

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OK, it's time to talk mass spying again: America's Section 702 powers are up for renewal

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Re: Hmmm.....

I almost rejected this for its sheer stupidity but I'll leave it here for all to see. You're either expertly trolling, or helping to fuel the creeping post-fact neurosis that's threatening to poison the great nation that is America.

So what am I supposed to do? Recant for my reactionary, deplorable views?

I wish to move back to the times to the Moderatrix.

Now it seems thin-skinned teenagers recruited from a liberal hellhole blog are at the moderator's desk, and the sound of "I don't like your opinion, so shut up!" is the new normal. What is one to make of this? Is it over?

MAKE EL REG GREAT AGAIN!

I don't have the time to go into the litany of "scandals", there are angles anywhere. Let's just take:

> Michael Flynn.

You know someone is being lead on a leash when a single name is dropped to light up the semantic network linked to "wast right-wing danger" memes. That someone is probably the reader.

I don't know whether Michael Flynn would be a bigger danger to world peace and sanity than a Chernobyl Mind Controller stitched together from festering leftover pieces of Mesdames Hillary and Powers, but there is NOTHING scandalous in or around Michael Flynn at the present time.

Or, as ex-CIAster Phil Giraldi (always an excellent source of commentary) writes:

To be sure, there are parts of the Flynn tale that just do not make sense. How is it that an experienced intelligence officer would not instinctively know that a long-distance telephone call between a man relaxing at a beach resort in the Dominican Republic and the Russian ambassador in Washington would be intercepted by the National Security Agency? And knowing that, why would anyone lie about it, even if it did include some kind of discussion relating to the current round of sanctions on Russia, which is pretty unsensational material when all is said and done? Flynn certainly had a number of other discussions with foreign-intelligence officers before the Trump inaugural, including those of Israel and most likely Britain, without any scandal being imputed even though the talks must surely have included discussion of substantive issues. The difference is clearly the involvement of Russia.

Yeah?

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Hmmm.....

While the entire US political machinery has been caught up with one Trump-based scandal after another over the past three weeks.

In an article about jesuitisms emitted by TLAs, this doesn't start off too well, as I haven't heard of a single Trump-based scandal. I have heard of chaos, confusion, dangerous doofosity and NYT headlines with a tenuous link to reality, yes. I now know about Evola too, he's a pretty cool guy, he founds esoteric fascist cults to alter reality and doesn't afraid of anything.

In 2001 – after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington – the NSA then persuaded the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that it should be allowed to search using the personal identifiers of US citizens, ie, their telephone numbers or email addresses. This was despite the fact that the law had previously specifically prohibited this sort of "reverse targeting."

This timeline is fishy. After the Saudi-sponsored hit it took a few years for this to take hold (an attack made more dramatic and WMD-relevant by distribution of Anthrax packages by persons still unknown in spite of the apprehension and suicide of an Oswald-like character who is hot for sorority girls). The mass hoovering became profitable when "Big Internet" and "everyone online" started to happen, let's say around Google's IPO in 2004. Or maybe when mobile Internet took off, so around 2007? Additionally, i I understand correctly, reverse targeting is also all about targeting US citizens by declaring collected data "incidentially obtained" during the aboveboard activity of snooping on foreigners, so it's really about the search terms (an irrelevant detail in any case).

For this reason alone, it is vital that vigorous public debate over Section 702 – what it is intended to achieve and how to prevent future abuses of the law – happen as soon as possible.

It's over. The deep state is now pretty deep and cemented by excellent tools while the TV screens are filled with fake reality and clownish pussy riot marchers. As President Redacted (the Republican briefly in charge after Bush Junior, prior to the Trump administration; nobody really rememebers him, it's as if he had been wearing a Scramble Suit the whole time) stated in June 2013, NSA runs "a circumscribed, narrow system directed at us being able to protect our people." Yes, indeed. But who are "our people"?

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Do you ever get the feeling that we have been actors in a psychological experiment to see what people will do with their computers?

No, the psychological experiment began with OC bombing and was all about how much crap you can shovel into a fake reality sitcom until somebody sits up and notices.

Results were encouraging.

The next target is Iran.

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Finally, a use for your mobile phone: Snapping ALIEN signal blurts

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Re: Re. Aliens

Why bother emulating pulsars when you can use real pulsars for navigation

Extra-galactic government decisions processes?

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Kremlin-linked hackers believed to be behind Mac spyware Xagent

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Your daily dose of Kremlin linking has arrived

After this, we announce the increase of the weekly chocolate ration from 30 to 20 grams.

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