* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Apache Foundation rushes out Arrow as 'Top-Level Project'

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A new hairdo

After this wall of words, I am thoroughly confused and left breathless.

Am I gettingold?

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Europe's Earth-watching satellite streaks aloft

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Don't you need to clean up the whole launchpad afterwards

Nasty stuff indeed. Poor wildlife.

Pray these things won't be used in anger with active payloads.

Good job though.

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Cybersecurity is slowing down my business, say majority of chief execs

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71% of top bosses are incompetent, want unicornmeat in a box by friday

Film at 11.

There should be some kind of jihad, with pitchforks and hangings...

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Voyager 1 now 20 BEEEELLION KMs from the Sun

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a date with planet AC +79 3888

It will just miss it by 1.6 ly.

Clearly a school days date.

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Follow ESA's intercontinental ballistic missile launch live today

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You see, Yurop, this stuff is meant for Merika ...

...but we will help get your sat into orbit this time.

Good job!

Also, there is cake at the end.

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Re: So...

Are you paying attention, Neo?

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Public enemies: Azure, Amazon, Google, Oracle, OpenStack, SoftLayer will murder private IT

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Re: Centralisation/decentralisation Insourcing/outsourcing

It's as cyclical as the adoption of the Internet. Cloud infrastructure will become better, kinks will be ironed out. The problem of the "big 3" providers will be constant though, so small-scale players may stand a chance. Alas, it will be niche same as companies doing "Everything we do is in-house, we care about security" will be niche.

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

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Re: Updated

This ain't VMS.

VMS didn't do a Harry Potter either.

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GUYS!

What is this.

Don't tell me Sonar would have flagged this.

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'Hobbit' heads aren't human says bone boffin

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Alien

I don't want to imply it's Aliens

But it's probably Aliens

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GitHub to devs: 'We ignored you but we never stopped caring'

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Zoing Zoing Zoing Careoooiuuu

Can I have a creative guitar accompaniment with that, please.

Also, I thought SourceForge were the MySpace of coding now?

Next up: Getting Atlassian to fix ten-year old horrid bugs.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Re: It's not called "vandalism" ...

Software is merely the state of the hardware ...

LOLNO.

That's like saying mathematics is just the state of arithmetics.

Software is not even bound to any hardware.

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Re: Why would anyone set their iPhone's time to 1/1/1970

You should be able to set it to anything that the widget allows you to w/o ill effects.

That basic design 101.

End of line.

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

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Re: Trendy fads

What is the 21st equivalent of PETER DRUCKER and can we have a soundbite?

(Haven't looked at the Economist since the early 21st when they had degenerated into just another outlet for war and money-printing apologetics. A weekly Soma dose...)

I like the Wikipedia article on the late Peter:

He is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice. His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century, including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to economic world power

In reality, Japan is an economic basket case of terrifying proportions...

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IOW you don't need the actual meeting.

No, because it's the equivalent of the Unix:

sync

sync

and then you get on with your work.

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Re: You're doing it wrong

This is done correctly. Everybody gets to dump 10 bytes and context should be clear to all attendants. Not the case? Management? Feck off!

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Re: 5.30 Friday is worse

Make a stand, refuses to go to pointless meetings and make the world a better place and your business less wasteful.

Ok Smith, you put a meeting into Office365 for that? Be sure to include IT governance boss, superboss and sideboss 1 and 2. Also the team leaders.

Me? I'm busy with time tracking (pretty useless as "priorities" change nearly faster than the time tracking quantum)

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The field at the centre of the universe: Cambridge's outdoor pulsar pusher

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Re: open it up to the public?

The Nobel Peace prize system has been corrupted by politicians of late & has become tainted.

Not really.

The one which is very laden is the Nobel Peace Prize (mainly due to bad decisions by the commitee) and possibly the Nobel-Inspired Prize in Economics (trick cyclists prize, more like)

For the Nobel prizes in science, it's still rather clean, though of course given that same egos of scientists reach several solar masses, politicking, grassrooting, smear campaigns, camping in front of the lobby and "it can be only me" cargo-cult creations can all be found. It's the way of humanity...

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Re: Ha ha

all the laboratory evidence suggests that more than 100 or so neutrons is unstable

You are a dumb clod who couldn't use a Psi if it bit him in the arse. Please don't tell anyone.

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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Re: Good default setttings ...

Code in Prolog to handle administrative delirium in time and on budget!

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Re: For years...

There is no "austerity" in an environment where money-printing is the call of the day and the stockmarket explodes harder than a pornstar doing his signoff. And wars are going on.

But what party would you recommend? No. NOT "Labour", that cancer is done.

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Testing with live data is unlawful in the UK, isn't it?

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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nano- earthquake that moved the mirrors half a wave length from each other?

This is not how LIGO works (well, kinda, but there is more).

Plus, two "nano earthquakes" at the same time in different locations (whatever "nano-earthquakes" are, stop making stuff up) giving an expected signal and not flagged as error sources? I don't think so.

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Re: Paper is publicly available

I wonder what the effect would be on anything reasonably 'close' - say a few light-years?

Shake 'dem bones!

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Re: Wow! Just Wow!

Thank God the human race has at least a few people left who are dragging us in the right evolutionary direction.

Unfortunately, there is no "right evolutionary direction", there is just local optimization in a changing landscape. It can go downhill fast, so to say. The "Whig Theory of HistoryEvolution" does not apply.

Lady luck smiled on us. Better be fast before she FROWNS again.

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Re: Step 1 done

Hopefully these latest experiments will help clarify exactly what the hell gravity is and how it works.

Unfortunately the article at Quanta:

Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last

invites you to also read

Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time

which indicates in no uncertain terms that we are very unsure what spacetime actually is. Looks like some kind of patch cabling. Or a database. Or maybe God is just using a symbolic processor and only gives out numeric results if HE absolutely must. Or this universe is filled with ghosts. Who knows!!

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Re: Michelson-Morely ?

There are only so many ways how you can precisely measure effects along two orthogonal directions....

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Re: Paper is publicly available

Recorded livestream from an unknown point in spacetime: here

The actual livestream sites now show only static. Hopefully a blackhole didn't decide to visit.

Also: BEER!

And a sad look at A. Zee's "Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell" in my library which I probably will never have the occasion to read.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

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Re: Netfix is at the mercy of Amazon

Miss paying your bill by 1 second? Bye-bye Netflix.

Do you really think Netflix is paying by VISA via an AWS account?

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Re: Single Source

Yeah, but is it REALLY a single point of failure?

Internally the system is likely to have enough redundancy and loos coupling to survive quite a beating, possibly even downtime in several AWS centers.

Netflix also has a single point of failure "The Earth" but that fact is not really important or interesting.

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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The response to "Throw me the hydrospanner"

Duly employed and tax-subjected Wookie personnel lets out an ululating moan, which can be translated as:

Excuse me sir, this is strictly forbidden as per regulation. I can only hand it to you in a deliberate manner using a firm two-handed grip while securely standing on a stable platform. I do not think that this here "Millenium Falcon", perilously set on a careening asteroid, which is moreover in a very irregular situation that can be summarily described as "shields are down and so is the hyperdrive" would count as "stable platform". I will also remark that nobody is wearing the required safety hats. Oh, and we have an illegal human/female passenger on board that is actively sought by law enforcement, a problem that I have wanted to bring up for some time. I expect immediate remediation of the situation.

"FOR GOD'S SAKE, WOOKIE!!"

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Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup

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WTF?

Dat description!

Contender of the Wile E. Coyote prize in "managing mechanistically enhanced self-defating causal chain catastrophes where Murphy is personally taking an interest in your plight".

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Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

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Hmmm

That movie with Cindy Crawford where Evil Russians hack her hotel's automation system from the street using a laptop with unfoldable Dvorak keyboard for particularly fast hacking ... can't remember the name.

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

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Well, the last time Microsoft went critical on Linux as "Cancer" and "Communism" was back in the days of the clownish duo of "Geeky and Fester". They have toned down since.

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More reasons why running as admin in a permanent manner on a Windows system is utterly stupid

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Re: WTF??

0) Assume input validation is insufficiently locked down

1) Start Firebug

2) Find the input field with id="comment_icon_textfield" type="hidden" name="icon" value="stop"

3) Guess at the value of the old-school gates icon (inspect icon's name to do that)

4) Write script to inject name when you "POST COMMENT" (I'm too lazy to wander through the dark valley of webupskilling to do that)

5) ???

6) Amazeballs!

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Re: So Windows 10 is resetting default apps after updates now?

But you get a complimentary BONG! sound with that...

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Indian telcos ask for details of Facebook-flaying neutrality law

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Re: It can be tricky to decide

Nothing is harmless that allows people to look beyond their humble hamlet.

They might become uppity at some point in time, then you have to use artillery on them, ask the US to provide military goods for "pacification" on the cheap and suffer the morally rending feeling of having to set up torture dungeons.

It's ugly.

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They are there for a "reason", all right.

Though what that reason is is very unclear. It might involve brown envelopes.

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The problem with "laws" meant to enforce a tailored outcome

You will probably take a fat part of the economy out "by accident".

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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Islamic State - probably no

North Korea - probably no

Iran - why not?

Russia - why not?

China - why not?

> the controlling influence issue is exactly the same.

This is arse.

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Re: designated shitting streets

This is a country that can transport a nuke into your hometown.

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Re: Hang on....

India did decide for itself.

This like when "Parliament decides for the UK", only far worse and with fatter horses being traded.

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Re: It would be the same anywhere

The competition is killed off, effectively priced out the market, and the company behind the deal is left in a monopoly position.

This is complete horseshit. Akin to "pre-crime" it identifies the "pre-monopolist" and assumes that any new entrant to the as-yet-nonexistent market can't compete with "basic lousy free". I know of no market where that happens. Some people should get a mighty kick in the nads and be told to go back to micro economics 101, and not the one by the Marxists.

(Kudos btw for using the image adorning the 1982 edition of the Oxford University Press translation of Winfried Baumgart's "Imperialism: The Idea and Reality of British and French Colonial Expansion 1880-1914", a book that deserves to be re-read)

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Uh, oh. Enemy du jour detected, closing fast!

the rest of the world suspects the launches are ballistic missile tests

I would say that's called "having a firm graps of the obvious"

Note that Sputnik was evidently a "ballistic missile test" even though it had a little radio transmitter as payload.

Also, Samantha Powers bleeding publicly for a peaceful world again and calling for "acts"? How are Libya and Syria coming, then?

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Celeb gossip site TMZ was pushing malware at innocent surfers

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How about a Syrian refugee camp that Turkey got 3 billion EUR for to AFAIK not build?

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Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

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Won't be a "sacred site" in 2 million years or so anymore

a sacred site in Hawaii

Code for "time to switch off our brains and pretend we care because of the loud people who pretend to be able to detect sacredness".

Well, ok then.

Does sacredness of a site diminish if you plant a telescope there after construction has finished? It seems that a long discussion evening for the Society of Jesus is required to answer that question.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: The push is on...

Anyone who believes it won't come to this can sacrifice his dick to the Big Microsoft Shareholders using a Windows-Logo-shaped guillotine.

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Re: Fucking hell

Suggesting that people switch back to Ubuntu was met with looks of horror.

Let them rot in their self-selected hell!

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