* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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New US spy satellite in orbit

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Geostationary?

So.... listening to radio?

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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Re: Bah!

This enormous mass of bridge might well be only a quantum dot to the reality level above....

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I got the "Geek's Guide to Britain"

It came in an El-Reg red-colored (antistatic?) bag, nice touch.

So, will there eventually be a "Geek's Guide to Britain II: After Brexit"?

(Also currently reading: How Not to Network a Nation:The uneasy history of the Soviet Internet. Great stuff, if someone is interested ...)

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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El Reg, please

> state propaganda agencies

> links to RT.com

I know RT is not 100% disinterested, but, well ....

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: Politically correct socialists

More commentary from the decidedly not-conservative / not-republican Consortiumnews:

The Fear of Hillary’s Foreign Policy

The Democratic convention leaves one with an uneasy sense of déjà vu about the potential foreign policy direction of a second Clinton presidency. We’ve seen this movie before and we know how it turns out: badly.

The mood among some of the Democratic Party’s foreign policy cognoscenti here is one of an unadulterated smugness bred of certainty mixed with a sense of global entitlement. One Democratic U.S. senator lamented to a roomful of well-heeled donors and foreign policy experts on Monday that the U.S. had “lost” Ukraine. Lost? Was it ever America’s to begin with?

Yet the Democratic Party’s foreign policy elites are certain that that is so. They are also certain Donald Trump is dead wrong about everything; they are certain NATO is the “cornerstone” of American national security and therefore any criticism of the alliance is “dangerous”; and many are certain that the Republican nominee is the Kremlin’s very own Manchurian candidate.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may well be the most qualified candidate for the nation’s highest office since George H.W. Bush, but there the comparisons end. Clinton is not running to extend the Obama legacy (whatever that may be) but to extend the Clinton legacy, and this should worry us deeply.

I don't want to read the biblical tea leaves but...

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Re: Politically correct socialists

Looks like the Clintonite Hasbara has arrived. Thinkprogress.org shall be pumped into every home!

The hatred for HRC is startling

I don't see why "hating" a burnt-out (and possibly psychopathic) neocon, product of the imperial city, promising four more years of the same of bullshit (or worse, quite likely worse) is "startling".

The record of HRC speaks for itself.

Where do the "politicial correctness" elements come in? It's because La Clinton uses them in a fully conscious way. Instead of promoting good policy and bring new stuff to the table, it's "Vote for Me, I'm a Woman - Please disregard the rest of my shit!".

Woman should be at home and tend her garden.

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Trolling the insufferable and frankly toxic Democrats hard

Even the MSM notices what's up:

Grand Theft Convention.

No, that's not a new video game. But it is what we just saw Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump do to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats and Hillary Clinton are helping him do it!

During about an hour-long news conference earlier Wednesday, Trump was asked repeatedly about allegations that the Russian government is behind the hacked and leaked Democratic National Committee's emails that embarrassed the party on the eve of their national convention in Philadelphia. Trump quickly pivoted to also discussing Clinton's private email-server controversy and the 30,000-plus emails the former Secretary of State had deleted from her private server under questionable explanations and circumstances.

Advantage Trump.

Then came the money quote, or the bait, when he said: "Russia, if you're listening,I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing; I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

That comment was sure to grab headlines all on its own, but then the Clinton campaign incredibly took the bait and had a top policy advisor respond with this statement: "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent."

Advantage Trump.

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Re: Treason

TRUMP ROCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF!

Get over it!

Additionally,. he's probably the only thing that stands between us and nuclear war with Russia.

But then again, humanity ending because the politically correct thing to do is to vote for a mendacious imperial neocon that happens to be female (though sadly not black and gay, one cannot have everything) is just a cynical glimmer in God's scheme of things.

See me not care.

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Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Right up until you need an application from the store and you can't add it ... and the developer will not bother with a non-store version

Every developer shall have the right to not sell his wares to me!

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Lowland Scots plunged into panic by marauding ostrich family

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Re: Ayrshire is NOT Glasgow

Inside-UK racism?

Must be Pakistani taxi drivers telling bad jokes...

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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Re: Up next...

That's a Pripyachu!

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Re: Pokemon/Godzilla aside, anyone else finding this recent admission pretty sobering:

Not really as this is how bureaucracies function again and again and again. And again.

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Re: Why not

Well, I don't know. You could hit a particularly juicy spot. It's never a good idea to let alpha emitters inside.

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Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

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Uh-oh!

"Our research into Guccifer 2.0's infrastructure further solidifies our assessment that the persona is a Russia-controlled platform that can act as a censored hacktivist," the intelligence biz said. "Moscow determines what Guccifer 2.0 shares and thus can attempt to selectively impact media coverage, and potentially the election, in a way that ultimately benefits their national objectives."

So Guccifer is the anemic Russian Response to the "National Endowment for Democracy" and sundry "NGOs" whose stirrings are indicative that regime change and/or the AC-130 gunship of peace and understanding is going to visit your premises?

"The 9-step program: Hitlerization, Sanctions, Local Clients, Human Rights NGOs, Sabotaging Diplomacy, Criminalization, Scare Word Genocide, Media and Propaganda, and finally Bombing."

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Re: I don't believe it

What scene was that?

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Re: Sounds like a scene from a film I watched recently...

More leathery, more wrinkly, more door-closey ... more deadly!!

***Harrison Ford in "Pak Protector" ***

Now in movie theaters worldwide ... should you choose to be in the same room as popcorn-munching, texting, chatting, fighting, Pokémonning, annoying and uncough yoof!!!

(OTOH the odd ISIS adherent or depressed up-armed youngster might make this an unforgettable near-death experience or beyond!!! FEAR!!)

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Be advised: Doors in Star Wars may close prematurely or not at all.

A court in Milton Keynes was told today that the 78-year-old had passed through a door of the spacecraft

"Pretend Spacecraft", please ... "Fantasycraft" is more appropriate, even.

pinning him to the floor with "the weight of a small car"

A small European or a small American car? And why does the door need that many Newtons?

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Re: Eh? What?

It's good this didn't happen in the airlock!

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It's 2016 and your passwords can still be sniffed from wireless keyboards

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I love the wireless, but I suspect wired is the only way

"XOR encryption in certain Microsoft wireless keyboards."

Oy vey ... I am not surprised.

Logitech are confusing because they have their special radio dongle which is not really Bluetooth and they ALSO have Bluetooth keyboards (Bluetooth security having its own problems which suspiciously sound as if someone was trying to keep it insecure; nah, can't be... )

Now, how hard is it to crack either of these systems??

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Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

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Actually some show the column on the bottom line, for example.

"Bottom" brings us to:

Significant whitespace: when you are using a bondage & discipline language and you have forgotten the safe word.

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Re: I got goosepimples

Which one?

I'm off for a rewatch of "War Games".

I hope they are going to do a redo, were General Breedlove gets to tell to a P.U.T.I.N. evilly appearing on a Megavision Screen "You may have nothing to do with with our shitty software breakdown, but we are going to nuke your Russian arse regardless, just to make sure.", then POTUS comes online and confirms the world's fate in a girlish, evil cackle: "Take that for my good friend Toria Nuland". Armageddon is then NOT postponed by the love duo of skilled youngsters because they have been dragged off to a secret court for "terrorism" in full gimp gear a couple of minutes earlier.

THE END!!!

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It's always "LEAD", never "LEED" or "ELLEEDEE" (but that may be because I have been touched by German).

How to read stuff out on a wrapped wire board back then was:

From Jimbo's Amazing Shoppe Of Stuffe

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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DNC is anti-somatic? On the contrary!!++

Be ready for La Clinton's version of Israel's "Megaphone":

Be nice to Hillary Clinton online — or risk a confrontation with her super PAC

You hear, El Reg?

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Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

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That photo looks like something from "Dear Esther", with a better engine

Effing rooohmanthic!!

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Linux 4.7 lands

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Re: Cool

Linux becomes Cactux?

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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

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Yeah, about that.

explains Satnam Narang, senior security response manager at Symantec

Did Symantec roll out the patches for the month-old "open door policy via antivirus" fucking-extreme-out-there-buggeration yet?

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: What should have been written in this article.

Continued life for old hardware for the indefinite future.

Did you mean "Hoping for continued life for old hardware" but actuality you are getting "Godot Driver Updates" while the resource hogging kills your shit hardware dead in the very definite future (like, the next 2 months or so).

Access to the Windows Store

Access to crudville: GRANTED!

Edge browser, if that's your thing.

Edgy browser, the same security sieve as the old bullshit code hairball.

Windows 7 updates get slower/stall every month. 10 works ok for now.

Become a valued member of liberal victim culture: Giving in to sabotage with a forcegrade mugging from your vendor is actually a plus when you reflect deeply about it! You are the MSF hospital being visited by the AC-130 Gunship of Peace and Understanding! Please leave a bleeding-heart comment expressing your liberal support at Thinkprogress.org!

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Re: "should you do it ?" Answer "No. of course not "

I fully agree.

How to tell the KDE people that Akonadi is a bad idea implemented horribly (especially as it likes to go into infinite loops burning 100% CPU at random times). Do I really need a daemon (probably written in unlinted C instead of in a language that actually can be used to describe such a high-level problem) scouring mails for birthday dates, then taking my whole machine with it.

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Re: Cue people complaining

If you work in IT you're just making yourself outdated.

Don't confuse IT with wank-driven hipster webshit outfit only steaming ahead because of negative-interest-rate-policy.

It willl be gone tomorrow.

Luckily.

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Re: Calculator issues?

It tells us that people will accept ANY festering pile that comes wrapped in marketdroid candy. They wouldn't even car if this meant all the data was going to a large datacenter in .... OOOHH, LOOK! A CHARIZARD!!!

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Makes me wanna puke

If those Redmond Happy Merchants gave me back all the time I lost dealing with "Install Windows 10" nagware, I could take a 6-month vacation. It's frankly unbelievable that this kind of behaviour has become accepted practice and does not result in billion-dollar fines, lawsuits and generally an immense Pokéballing.

Never ever ever trust those guys!

People installing Win10 willing are FEMA trailer sheeple.

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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

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Re: What's the point?

You seem to not be the target market.

Financials? Military? Government/Federal/EU?

"Money" is not a problem (it's someone else's anyway).

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Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

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"Color Revolutions" emerging from US embassies and all that

"The Information Freedom Highway"

This relabeling just jumps the sharkiest of sharks.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Re: Chasing?

They do not move and there is no need to chase them.

I have to say I am somewaht disappointed. That would have been a very nice feature, though I can imagine it would lead to accidents. It's hard enough to navigate with a GPS-enabled electronic map while keeping an eye on the road and making absolutely sure that the cognitive task list for handling "what's out there" is prioritized over the cognitive task list for handling "what's on the little screen".

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. call of Pokemon

Situated in the exclusion Zone of the Chernobyl, you have to collect them all, fighting radioactivity, Azov Battalion True Believers, lesser Banderistas, random Oligarch Muscle and tired policemen who just want to go home.

Keep "Guranteed Pure Ukrainian" vodka on the ready!

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Scalr hosting hit with outage

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Webservers in the cloud are pretty mundane, anyone wishing "good luck with that" should pull their finger out of the arse and get with the program labeled "post-2010" double quick.

And aren't webservers "in the cloud" in any case?

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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Re: shutterstock_238128856_phone_theft.jpg

Yeah, because they should not hire "black" people, they should hire "good" people.

If hiring black people means you get mugged on the job, your HR department either is not very good or has drunk the "affirmative action" cool aid.

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It's like a gerbil, only w/o the Richard Gere part.

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Re: The whole thing

but forking out $100 for a Battleship in World of Warships for example is beyond me

Well, gov't is forking out hundreds of your dollars for an F-35 that doesn't even really exist on your behalf, and you won't even be able to sit in its cockpit, ever.

So, where is the better deal?

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Based ony our e-mail contents, we have determined that the nearest Pokestop is in this undisclosed "special rendition" CIA site. Just go down this flight of stairs!

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BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

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Re: Where's teh carpet and lime?

uncovered what appeared to be human remains…

I find it inconceivable that there may still be humans in or around the Greater London Area. What will our tentacled brain-frying squamous overlord say if this gets out!

Icon because that's not a coat, that's me arranging my tentacles.

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Re: Erm...

"Too soon"

So, can we talk about the the Turkish Coup Attempt, then?

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Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

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It's the 21st century all right

Am I in a fucking movie by Mamoru Oshii?

Military coups in Turkey are/were of course a regional tradition (ABC is helpfully rolling out the résumé) and the sad part is that I don't even know who is the least bad guy here (is this the Chile feel? Why yes it is!)

Let the Turkish People decide, then!

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Did mock cop bot trot on fraught tot? Maybe not

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That bot looks suitably menacing

A bit like Max from Disney's "The Black Hole" but without the hovering magic and the scissorhands.

But is really cheaper than hiring a proper security guard who can at least pack some heat?

And why doesn't it have "cop bodycams" which would should the nasty kid running rings around it?

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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You know it's an A.O. article when

You scroll and things like this jump out: The moral of the story is that you can’t create wise regulation through rhetoric. When you choose metaphors, and sometimes this is unavoidable, they need to be grounded in reality. With progressive arts grads making internet policy, this has been ignored: the rhetoric is all.

There is no need to check the author's name.

But I actually agree this time.

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Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

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Reporting on this is now going into oversaturation...

... it's as if this were a presidential debate on prime crud TV on "What did you wear on the night Ambassador Stevens was blown sky high?"

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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Re: Hilarious

What is that? Did we invade yet another foreign country based on "sexed-up" evidence??

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Re: In case Charles Stross reads this column

Which story was that? Unless you are talking tentacle sex?

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Go catch Pokemon in this, nerds: Our space neighborhood of 1.2m galaxies mapped in 3D

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Because "tweaking the gravity" is somehow better than taking a known working theory and postulating "new stuff", which, though unobserved, fits observations pretty well.

MOND is not even a theory, it's just taking Newton (a known wrong theory), then adding fudge factors to "account for" (not even explain) the rotational velocity of galaxies ONLY (does it apply to the solar system? apparently not). It may appeal to an engineer, but that's not what one is supposed to look for here.

fundamentally flawed

You don't seem to know what these words mean.

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Meditative Drone Tone

the size of baryonic acoustic oscillations (BAO) in galaxies as they expand out from the center of the universe

Unless that center lies literally somewhere along the fourth dimension (about 15 billion lightyears away, natch) there is something wrong here. Don't these BAOs appear as standing waves in the galaxy gas?

I like to think that somewhere in that large mapped volume, there is the perfect little italian village in which to pass one's vacation...

P.S. Here is Frank Wilczek talking about the energy content of the vacuum and reminiscing about Feynman.

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