* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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That outsourcing craze....

It feels like the early 90s again.

Then in the late 90s companies noticed that they had hollowed out their skills base and stopped the madness. Outsourcing morphed into "Rightsourcing" (yes I know, management fad designations are even worse than IT fad designators, but we have "node.js" as the kewl way of saying "i'm totally hip to using an interpreter for one of the worst languages ever in an arse-backwards scenario", right?)

So, when will the pendulum swing back again?

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Horror in space: Hot alien giant boiled alive by nasty radiation-belching star

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Re: That picture

Probably Aliens.

(These exoplanet dispatches increasingly read like something from Frederick Pohl's "Gateway". No Heechees though)

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Russia is struggling to keep its cybercrime groups on a tight leash

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It's a William Gibson world

They set a Slamhound on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized hexogene and flaked TNT.

He didn't see it coming. The last he saw of India was the pink stucco façade of a place called the Khush-Oil Hotel.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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When DevOps goes too far

.... The tears are one junior programmer away.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Based pint man says: Alcohol is humanity's friend

One could import a few hundred thousand "consultants" from Qatar/Saudiland & al. and impose Sharia law, that would fix things outright. Internet clampdown would come with this as a bonus. May 100% happy.

In the meantime, most people just keep stiff upper lips, NYT bullshit notwithstanding:

https://twitter.com/A_V_M_L/status/871273339725238272/photo/1

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Re: I'm not surprised.

That is not nice and means the Scott guy is a bit of a c*nt, but is it justified to generalize to "the JBOSS community"?

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Re: Humans aren't all sweetness & light!

Also

really nasty stuff like sexual advances

This is why the West dies off.

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ESA astronaut decelerates from 28,800kph to zero in first bumpy landing

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Re: You are missing the point

> do you have any evidence to back this up

Engineering is not politics.

Those panels are needed in case the Soyuz capsule does a few more orbits after leaving the ISS (or even if it doesn't go there in the first place). They are likely even parts of the waste heat radiation system. The on-board batteries are likely to run down a bit quickly, that's just how it was designed. Gemini didn't have any panels, I guess the US had chemical batteries large enough for the mission.

> if this landing was a proof to show that this system is reliable under extreme conditions then fair enough

No, looks like a dog-standard landing.

> However as was stated this grew from the soviet need to avoid sea based landings, something that surely is no longer an issue.

Absolutely not. Well, one could splashdown in the Aral sea, but ths demands waterproofing and floatatingproofing the whole system, a difficult job. Plus change the logistics of retrieval.

Americans like water, the Orion is foreseen to perform splashdowns. Crazy.

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: "Now if the bacteria absorbs U235 preferentially things could get interesting....."

Physicists will tell you that there's no chemical difference between how different isotopes behave chemically, which makes them very useful for radioisotope tracking of chemical pathways through the body.

Ah. The devolution of modern degrees. You just get nicely printed toilet paper and a debt certificate after 5 y of doing nothing at all (maybe getting schooled in the fine arts of politicial correctness).

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Re: The usual baloney

Biological Nuclear Transmutations as a Source of Biophotons

Now that sounds rather far-fetched. Citation Needed! And no, a paper on the Arxiv is not acceptable (because the Arxiv is non-peer-reviewed-self-published stuff).

The energy levels of atomic nucleus changes are often more than the bacterium can take, unless it comes from Krypton.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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Probably for UNICEF fast delivery

Perfect for when you are under attack by Commie Nazis

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

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Re: Why would anyone want one of these?

Many interesting photo are made from unusual, innovative points of view.

As anyone watching Jackass can attest.

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The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

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Re: Limo

> they employ the copter pilot nowadays to be the daisy cutter !!!

How do you transform a copter pilot into Fuel-Air Explosive?

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Them dry bones!

Bone-borne computer virus?

Definitely a new approach at snow crashing things.

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Microsoft boosts its AI framework with Cognitive Toolkit 2.0

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Any use of this beside CV stuffing?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Because I'd rather just learn more about quantum computing (if I had the time).

Also: June's edition of IEEE Spectrum about Building Artificial Brains

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The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Re: blah blah blah

LOLNO

I was was in business at that time and this ain't that at all.

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Re: Cindy Lauper

> Cindy Lauper

Seriously who?

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Not bad but why is there a spanish lady apparently dancing not far away from highway leading an article on containers

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Interesting

If they're planning on firing the rocket engines while close enough to fry the tail, I DO NOT WANT to be aboard this aircraft. Ever!

Indeed, Sir Hugo Drax might fancy stealing it while in flight.

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Identity management outfit OneLogin sugar coats impact of attack

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Putin or Nork fingered soon.

Probably on the next cycle of the USUK media machine.

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Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out

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Re: Great opportunity

Hmmm..... a job as dogwalker in the cubicle-based luxury condo sure will be interesting.

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Well, he's already being blamed for all the crops rotting in the fields as illegal workers stay away since February.

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: Ariane

> The majority of satellites launched and in orbit are by Ariane.

That is unlikely

> Falcon 9 ... US subsidised.

Are you implying that Ariane is NOT subsidized?

The correct comparison is with .... hmmm... Delta IV Heavy?

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Russian search engine Yandex's Ukraine offices raided for 'treason'

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> You should also stop promoting Putin's views here.

"Things I don't want to hear or talk about = Putin's views"

It's getting pretty brownshirt fast.

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Oh, Ukraine still exists?

I thought it was a burnout case with barely any economy and hired oligarch muscle, Real Nazis™ and various mobster sectors vying for a piece of the cake while the ones who still can are moving out.

Nobody in the MSM seems to want to talk about all of this. Better focus on the Eurovision "contest" and its various stupid spats or on the demented screeching via NYT of members of the Neocon Senilate like McCain.

The always heated Saker had to say in March:

This all begs the question of the future of Poroshenko and here your guess is as good as mine. The only thing which kept him in power so long is the support from the USA and EU, but with the crises (plural) surrounding the Trump administration and the political uncertainty in Europe, there is only that long which Poroshenko can use his western mentors as the base for his power. Sooner or later, somebody somewhere in the Ukraine (my guess is in Odessa) will figure out that the local power configuration is far more important to him/her than what the western politicians have to say. Again, Somalia is the example to keep in mind: for a while the western powers also had a great deal of influence there, but only until that power was successfully challenged and then everybody declared victory and fled.

And just recently:

The Ukraine: apparently Trump simply does not care about the Ukraine and, frankly, I can’t blame him. Right now the situation there is so bad that no outside power can meaningfully influence the events there any more. I would argue that in this case, considering the objective circumstances, Trump did the right thing when he essentially “passed the baby” to Merkel and the EU: let them try to sort out this bloody mess as it is primarily their problem. Karma, you know.

The EU has a big Obamerkel-incubated problem barrelling down on it and it has only itself to blame.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Ships

> court martialled

We are not at war though.

Or are we?

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This is going to go down in history "How not to do IT you depend upon".

Since the 70's or so, that book has become, fat, fat, fat.

Right next to it is a thin volume about "successful land wars in asia waged by people from the european landmass", but that's for another discussion.

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Re: Early adopters of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software

This seems to be a very good tool to have.

I don't see why anything should go more spectularly wrong if you have it.

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Re: My buddy works in IT

> decades ago

> vaporize the primary system nobody would even notice.

Choose exactly one.

(Then subtract one)

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Re: @HWwiz

Your post has been noted and an officially-credentialed MBA will be dispatched on site

I'm happy to hear that. I'm ready provide you with names and complete CVs for a few of ours.

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

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Re: Don't be their 'rogue engineer'

Making copies of such emails to take with you after you quit / are fired could be used against you, if they contain anything the company could possibly consider confidential or proprietary - even a code name or (at the time) future product.

Bullshit point. Anything can be used against you nowadays, so you better play too.

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I knew a 17 year old kid who trained with me, did something he was ordered, even though he knew it was wrong; a power bank exploded - killing someone. Guess who went to prison, the trainee, or the boss who ordered him to do it??

Makes no sense. If he's a trainee of 17, there is no doubt that the manager is responsible. Is this in Nigeria?

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Re: Differing cultures

Audit/Culture/Boeing

Epic answer. The only item missing is Risk Management. Today's legal and technical environment is a minefield, you are never sure whether your newly build device will fail in interesting ways, whether your currently breaking some law or will after the next parliamentary session, or whether some guy of a suffering minority won't start a discrimination lawsuit and bring the mighty wrath of the slacktivists down upon your head.

Only the well connected or those who can deploy muscle can survive.

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Self-inflicted Cyber Pearl Harbor

Always remember the terrible banking holiday of May 2017!

1) BA down

2) CAPITA and appendages down

3) Sainsbury's down

4) Theresa May generates hot air in parliament

"I felt a great disturbance in IT, as if thousands of servers nicely aligned in datacenters were suddenly engulfed in fault reports and red blinkenlights, then silenced. I fear terrible downtime has happened."

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Just order more sandwiches?

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Multiple clusterfucks incoming

Apparently they are not related and BA has denied that any hack occured.

“Uh, we had a slight computer malfunction, but uh… everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here now, thank you.” [winces] “Uh, how are you?”

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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Re: Thank God it wasn't Ocado

This is terrorist talk!!

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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WTF?

I think Chomsky had something to say about that.

Apart from him being a semi-literate real estate developer who behaves like an elephant in must in a porcelain shop full with progressive and necon false idols (idols that are squamous yet ruguous), as well as having a definite lack of oily suaveness / fake coolness expected in high-pedigree presidential material, I still don't see what is so douchebag about him. (Well, I wouldn't let my daughter near any of that, true.)

Of course, one is expected to behave like we are told, and we ARE told. All the time via throwaway lines....

In the months following the election, the FBI and Congress have launched investigations into just how much (if anything) the Trump campaign knew of the Russian meddling.

Especially as said "Russian meddling" is still , in spite of more than a year of overheated talk and innuendo, generally by necon/globalist outlets like the NYT, not apparent.

On the other hand, nobody is looking at the bizarre killing of Seth Rich, DNC ex-leaker.

(Here is a link on how Trump and Putin may be connected though: The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin: Where Trump's real estate world meets a top religious ally of the Kremlin.. Pretty good.)

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EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

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Re: You can con the regulators, but you can't con cancon.

Just be selective.

As long as you don't rail against Israel or Oppressed Female Muslim Furry People Of Gay Color it will be ok.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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I hope they succeed ... but! Economics!

Reminder to read this fine article at IEEE Spectrum:

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

Also:

It took financial backing from the Chinese government to land.

Ah, Sinotriumph coming.

Coal-free day

I never found out whether that was a stunt (i.e. due to random downward fluctuation and the grid able to run on renewables for a limited time for once, or maybe more gas turbines coming online) or something sustainable.

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What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course

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Re: Fuzz?

First time I heard about this was in Communications of the ACM, early 90s.

(Apparently 1989: "An Empirical Study of the Reliability of UNIX Utilities", available here: http://ftp.cs.wisc.edu/paradyn/technical_papers/fuzz.pdf)

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Re: I think the spell checker got fuzzed

No, it seems you have arrived at the Grauniad.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Re: Vomit

I thought it was a legal requirement nowadays to tell you your place in the queue. Especially if you didn't phone a freephone number

"Your current position in the queue is ... way down. Way way down."

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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Re: The cops will shoot on sight.

weaponizes a drone

How about 100 drones?

You could deliver a few kg of TNT in a "autonomous bomblet" application.

The cat is out of the bag.

Maybe somebody already wrote up the idea for "inspire".

Targeted kills by hi-tech trickery: It's not only for Mossad anymore.

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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Why did I get a fragment of neocon central all of a sudden

So, liberal and left-leaning newspaper The Guardian, one of Google AMP’s early adopters, gets to share space with Russian propagandists, as Andrew Betts of Fastly recently pointed out. Betts found content from Russia Today, an organisation 100 per cent funded by the Russian government and classified as propaganda by the Columbia Journalism Review and by the former US Secretary of State

> liberal and left-leaning newspaper The Guardian

I don't know what the Guardian is, but "newspaper", "liberal" and "left-leaning" it aint. Warmongering goodthinking twitter journalism is more like it.

> the former US Secretary of State

The guy who came out on record being okay with ISIS messing things up?

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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Re: Plenty of blame to go around

Microsoft's "crime" amounts to "not giving away their code for free to people who had made a positive choice not to pay for it".

Now, if XP had been open sourced and Microsoft had told everyone that, given the expiry of yadda yadda, they are out in the rain but can do something if need be, I would agree.

The actual situation is reckless endangerement of people and property by not fixing a problem in product that turns out to be rather unfit for purpose after having hit the market. I think courts might want to look into that.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Russian angle found in the gutter press

Who are the Shadow Brokers? Were they behind this attack?

In keeping with almost everything else in the world of cyberwarfare, attribution is tricky. But it seems unlikely that the Shadow Brokers were directly involved in the ransomware strike: instead, some opportunist developer seems to have spotted the utility of the information in the leaked files, and updated their own software accordingly. As for the Shadow Brokers themselves, no-one really knows, but fingers point towards Russian actors as likely culprits.

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"We shall redouble our efforts to improve the basic computing infrastructure"

Sometimes one wishes to see elegant germanic uniforms worn by highly capable people with unquestionable authority to get messes sorted out.

Or maybe a visit by Darth Vader to make sure procurement and implementation stay on track and politics don't interfere all too much or are at least single-sourced.

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