* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Chinese hackers switch tactics for spying on Russian jet makers

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Re: That is worrying...

You can't just go any copy high tech without a long-term investment in the very idiosyncratic "production network" and "latent knowledge". These ain't the times of cruisers-with-steam-boilers any more. I don't understand why the chinese don't get this.

Also, I though Russia and China were looking for réapprochment? Seems to be going badly, then.

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UK defence secretary: Russian hacks are destabilising Western democracy

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> I visited Moscow in 1975, it was grey, smelly & scary.

Get out of here, Stalker!

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BUT ... MUH DEMOCRACY!

Hot on the heels of "GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'"

At the Enigma 2017 conference this week, Dr Ian Levy said world-plus-dog were trying to flog security defenses to tackle "advanced persistent threats," usually using photos of hoodie-cloaked blokes poised over a keyboard with Matrix-style green lettering in the background. But such figures – seen as untouchable, unbeatable, and untraceable – are chimeras, and it’s just “adequate pernicious toe-rags” who are doing the hacking, he argued.

Do they want to drive us crazy by cognitive dissonance?

Tell you what, whenever a western worthy is mouthing off about "the democracy" (especially one "threatened by Putin"), democratic process is being hollowed out behind the scenes and there sure is somebody who is going to be shafted soon (generally people recruited into "activism" with unclear objectives). First a little color revolution (currently "pink" seem to be the next color of choice), "our guy" getting installed because of his/her extreme democratic potentialhaving been an insider of the hourse of cards for a long time, then the well-connected consultants move in to seize or sell off assets while the the specter of an external enemy is kept alive ... Sorted!

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AI vuln-hunter bots have seen things you people wouldn't believe

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Re: Have seen things you people wouldn't believe

Actually, I'm seeing Idris (compiles to Haskell) Dependently-Typed Programming Language and this seems to be a good incremental advancement in the state of the art. Fancy AI hype not needed, just theorem proving over the type system.

Problem is for old curmudgeon deplorables like me who have started with Pascal and never really been in the ML lineage it's nearly Alien Technology.

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Re: Impressive

> a lot of the technology we use wouldn't exist without the military looking for new weapons

I strongly doubt this.

Actually it's the military who pull in stuff from the civilian sphere, add their own opportunity cost and paint it in olive for no real advantage.

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Fat on Hype

Still interesting to hear about this.

Now can we please stop shipping shit-tier software for "bring in the trough contents" fighter plane projects or kill off whole villages in Yemen as the "snatch mission" goes south because we are not half as cool and badass as we would like to think we are?

The saddest part is that when the next "financial" crash comes and some rip the last carpet away from underneath our arses for fun and profit people will say "no-one could have predicted".

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GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'

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Hyping APT

Churnalists "taking up the flame" of this and that politicial candidate or getting instrumented as mouthpieces of politicial propaganda are as guilty as any of the hoodie hype.

But in the end, it's all about not getting looted. And this comes down to proper information security governance. Which we ain't gonna get.

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Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

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Re: Card counting

"Poker is a game of psychology"

Well, apparently not.

"Giving a fuck about flesher psychology because I don't have to"

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Rise of the Cardshark

According to Top 500: Bridges Supercomputer Used to Build AI Model for Beating Humans at Poker , Libratus is running on the Bridges Supercomputer, which is a fat piece of kit:

Bridges is a new kind of supercomputer being built at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to empower new research communities, bring desktop convenience to supercomputing, expand campus access, and help researchers facing challenges in Big Data to work more intuitively. Funded by a $9.65M NSF award, Bridges consists of tiered, large-shared-memory resources with nodes having 12TB, 3TB, and 128GB each, dedicated nodes for database, web, and data transfer, high-performance shared and distributed data storage, the Spark/Hadoop ecosystem, and powerful new CPUs and GPUs.

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'Completely offended' Sheila calls cops over price-gouging ganja dealer

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So if it's decrimmed...

...how about a bit of comparing local offers and getting the cheaper ones?

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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I always thought Obama would be a good stand-in for Pieter de Vries

Prescient? As downright weird as Lynch's version is, it had some characters that are strangely recognizable. On the left Baron Harkonnen; on the right, top presidential advisor Steve Bannon.

This kind of "wink wink , nudge nudge" throwaway lines are becoming tiresome fast. Yes, we know some people want to be on the goodside when the pink color revolution comes. Please stop it aynway.

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'Mafia' of ageing scientists, academics and politicos suck at picking tech 'winners'

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Re: The more reactors become "small"

I discovered there is also a link to the "World Nuclear Power Report 2014".

Here is the one of 2016:

http://www.worldnuclearreport.org/IMG/pdf/20160713MSC-WNISR2016V2-HR.pdf

Unfortunately for my nuclear aspirations, the economics currently seem to be against further pursuit of this branch. Where is my fusion reactor?

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Re: Really?

> EADS

> Not taxpayer funded

All of the above also sound like "comms satellite tech" mainly, under "space" I would like to see some adventurous things.

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The more reactors become "small"

Promoting Rolls-Royce's "small modular" nuclear reactor programme could deliver much cheaper energy than the £18bn Hinkley Point power station to be built by the Chinese and French firm EDF.

Emphasis on "could":

The Forgotten History of Small Nuclear Reactors: Economics killed small nuclear power plants in the past—and probably will keep doing so

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Re: Really?

What is your problem with space? At least back your assertions up with some data.

Let's hear it then. Where is the "space data"?

UK launchers ain't that many.

Taxpayer-funded projects don't count.

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Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

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It will be taken over by chinese shops that sell shrimp packages on the side.

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Re: Don't listen to Sony, they are liars

> I wouldn't touch PS3 with a ten foot USB cord.

There is nothing wrong with a PS3.

It's a bit retro now, sure.

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Re: Sorry, but no

> I spent ten days in hospital and was aware for three days. During those three days, I got zero sleep

Is that you Alex? Still loving that Ludwig Van music, are you?

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Re: No so much...

Dude.

DVD plastic started to become reasonably affordable so around 2001. It became reasonable to consider getting into (at least for me) when cracks appeared to get rid of the region blocks on the PC.

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

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Re: How about......

I really want liberals to just leave.

Go protest with the obnoxious pink pussies or something.

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Re: waiting for "save the hamsters" to intervene

Or, instead of a fine, they might release 10,000 deranged corn-fed European hamsters into the Assemblée nationale... sacrebleu.

Certainly would beat a visit by Pepe the Sadfrog.

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Re: Cannibal Corn Carnage

I think it was in the X-files that corn was used as a means to engineer antidote to the alien "black oil", a parasitic substance creating Muscular Grey Alien grubs in human hosts?

Maybe it was all true?

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: This happened in Berkeley?

Yes, it is customary to live inside an alarm system nowadays. With some space for the cat.

Why do you think CO alarm would have helped?

(And where is the Trump angle? Come on, El Reg!)

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National Audit Office: UK's military is buying more than it can afford

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Well, the Hope & Chance globalist circus is leaving town...

...so apparently there is suddenly no need for going up against Syria anymore:

London is forced to concede that Syria is a democracy

Ah.

Less expenditures, then.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Cheer up, Its not the end of the world.

Zombie apocalypse would be boring. This year is legendary! Times are good!

On Wednesday, Madeleine Albright, former Clinton Secretary of State, tweeted that she would register herself a Muslim as an act of defiance against President Donald Trump’s immigration plans: I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.

So she has cycled through all of the Abrahamic Gods while killing several hundred thousand because "worth it". What a time to be alive.

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Luke Crywalker?

> El Reg comments pro-Trump

> rabidly supporting

This message brought to you from the Obamaverse, where liberal souls go to die once they have left their earthly husks after Trump Coronation Day.

I'm off reading some Pat Buchanan paleoconservatism goodness. He's currently writing about Trump's Wall.

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Re: Made of the same cloth.

Hillary Clinton, please go!

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Instead of marvelshit, you can watch cheap made-for-TV flicks that are still as good today as back during The Gipper's Reign: The Day After (except for the part where EMP stops early 80s cars ... yah no)

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Re: Move along, no science here

> Tell that to the Ukraine.

Uh ... yeah? How is Chocolate King doing anyway?

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Re: Can we 'readers' agree to campaign for El Reg not to Politik... pls...

No, as it brings the clickbait to fruition.

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Re: I call BS

> The man who lost the popular vote

That's not the way it works.

Get over it.

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Re: McMurdo?

So what about the Ancient Ones and their Shoggoths? They will run wild.

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So it's a politicial statement

Since all that is being listed is basically on the the legacy of President Peace Prize.

In particular that trillion-dollar nuclear upgrade (to be fair, mainly pushed by Clintonia while Obama was lukewarm). Because, uk ... Crimea. Yeah. And also that Pivot to China. That too.

Also, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists being for nuclear plants is new. Whenever you go there it's negativity.

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Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act

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Re: Not surprised

Tories are easily influenced by Druidic Fertility Spells?

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NASA honors Apollo 1 crew 50 years after deadly launchpad fire

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You mean the God of Feasibility was angered?

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Re: The agency is recognized the world over as the most careful and risk-averse space agency.

The issue here is that simply claiming to be the best at something, without actually being the best, is not going to get you very far in the real world.

Anon, I have to tell you something....

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Re: The agency is recognized the world over as the most careful and risk-averse space agency.

> hubris and complacency of NASA management

But this is completely wrong. I also fail to see why a physics genius was suddenly expert in management practices and sociology (insert random comment on Trump here). A far better account is http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo22781921.html

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

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Re: So, if you complete the game an WIN...

Kurtz was apparently code for "we can win this war if we go full out", so you could also bring a contract to "come back to the Pentagon, we need you".

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Re: Koyaanisqatsi

Sure that Indian Nation must be going a bit crazy when they open the news.

(OTOH, there's casinos to run)

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Re: :unsure:

Actually got a very suspicious attachment in my e-mail, twice, pretending to be a "friendly message". Virustotal shows only "Arcabit", "Fortinet" and "NANO-Antivirus" flag it as malicious.

Sigh!

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Re: :unsure:

Great stuff.

Anecdotal evidence and angry blog posts do not lead to good conclusions.

Statistics, can we have any?

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

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Re: Northumbrian espresso

A good idea, so it will go into the books.

In lyophilized form.

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Disk-nuking malware takes out Saudi Arabian gear. Yeah, wipe that smirk off your face, Iran

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The only way to win is not to mount.

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Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

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Wow this article is really reaching

Someone from the Trump administration is doing something. It's probably unethical and non-liberal.

Apart from that...

Whether the current crop of White House staff has decided to be as conscientious or whether they consider email policy to be another of the official policies they are not obliged to follow, only time will tell.

Implying there are "other official policies they are consider they are not obliged to follow".

Like what?

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Wine 2.0 lands: It's not Soylent for booze but more Windows apps on Linux and Mac OS

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Bozo the coding clown and his merry management men

Well, you know....

This is the company where you need third-party tools to repair their flagship mail client program. (Still not as bad as kmail which just whales on your settings so much that a reinstall is Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi, but ..)

So what does it mean when one of the "most valuable companies in the history of humanity" pulling in gigabucks via extortionwell-policed licensing can't even manage to get a functional mail reader (that is running on a system that they themselves designed) out of the door?

Yes.

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Using LinkedIn will land you a shiny new job – like, er, CTO of Microsoft

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I don't wanna be negative ... but!

He's also a venture capitalist and is a trustee of the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology.

Hmm... startup cred and SJW cred. How can $MEGACORP resist?

"The thing that gets me up in the morning and that has always excited me about technology is its role in empowering people and helping to enrich their lives"

I'm sure we are not talking about US-style by "targeted assassination" program here. Maybe about safe fireplaces, antibiotics and possibly cheap mobiles, but what does that have to do with Microsoft?

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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Re: Stability is for losers...*

Also, the feel when JavaScript: "Madness

Elm sounds cool though, but how do I connect it to anything.

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Re: Stability is for losers...*

That's not sarcasm, that's the truth.

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Admit that you have sold your soul to the Smug Gnu!

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Why isn't this article illustrated by an Evil Clown?

Like the clown in "IT" (not the ICT, IT. The one by Stephen King)...

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