* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

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Re: Different kinds of politics

That's another thread though.

benevolent dictatorship is my form of government of choice

For all 15 minutes of it. Then the Heydriches move in.

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Re: Is Control Theory still on the syllabus for ICT qualifications?

it is obvious, that there is no convergence, no global minimum and it is subject to at least one positive feedback loop with a potential tailspin death of the service

I like overheated rhetoric as much as anyone, but most data-processing systems are not amenable to cybernetic analysis. Even in simple analog systems, control engineers have to go through major contortions to get something that behaves predictably.

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Re: Is Control Theory still on the syllabus for ICT qualifications?

Anyone can get the basics really quickly, but I daresay that in these systems here, it is very unclear how to analyze things in terms of feedback loops. This is worse than an electric power circuit. Even finding the relevant loops seems dicey as they may change from day to day. Overprovision or build in features to kill services off in order to regain control and sod the quality of service are two possible options.

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Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

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Re: While we are at it!

Oh, four thumbs down? Are there Amurricans in the forum today? Please excuse my hotheadedness.

Meanwhile....

Tensions between the US and Russia are already at a near-term high in recent weeks, and look to be getting even worse amid new reports from Germany’s ZDF that the US intends to deploy new nuclear weapons to Germany and upgrade its nuclear infrastructure across Europe.

Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the move a “very serious step toward exacerbating tensions on the European continent,” and warned that if the US follows through on these plans Russia would carry out retaliatory countermeasures, adding more ballistic missiles to its exclave of Kaliningrad.

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The ZDF report came simply out of publicly available US budgetary information, and publicized some deployments the administration clearly did not intend to make a matter of serious discourse. The deployments are likely to also rankle Germany itself, because the deployment of Cold War-era nuclear arms was already highly controversial, and many Germans simply want the weapons of mass destruction removed, not upgraded.

Excellent timing. Carry on.

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While we are at it!

Very well.

Now, I want to bring to the attention of the estimated delegates the suave poodle play exhibited by the EU during the Ukraine ominshambles ...

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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Re: What is it with the reg...

Welcome to the Reg.

If you want aligned talking points, go listen to neocons

Meanwhile:

"In our well-ordered society, protection of private property is essential"

I'll pass on the "well-ordered", but I note that he didn't talk about "Intellectual Property", which, of course, is no property at all even though starving artists and supermoguls alike all pretend it to be so.

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NIST's quantum boffins have TELEPORTED stuff over a HUNDRED KILOMETRES

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Re: AFAIK

QM is straight-arse extension of classical probability. No infinites involved as no Quantum Field Theory yet. Bohm didn't get anywhere near QFT as far as I know.

It's been some time, but I remember bohmian interpretation being very much worse, because in disagreement with experiment and/or inconsistent. More here.

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Re: And after

Quantum Physics is so hard, even Quantum Physicists don't understand it!

How very yesterday.

Quantum Picturalism

The quantum mechanical formalism doesn't support our intuition, nor does it elucidate the key concepts that govern the behaviour of the entities that are subject to the laws of quantum physics. The arrays of complex numbers are kin to the arrays of 0s and 1s of the early days of computer programming practice. In this review we present steps towards a diagrammatic `high-level' alternative for the Hilbert space formalism, one which appeals to our intuition. It allows for intuitive reasoning about interacting quantum systems, and trivialises many otherwise involved and tedious computations. It clearly exposes limitations such as the no-cloning theorem, and phenomena such as quantum teleportation. As a logic, it supports `automation'. It allows for a wider variety of underlying theories, and can be easily modified, having the potential to provide the required step-stone towards a deeper conceptual understanding of quantum theory, as well as its unification with other physical theories. Specific applications discussed here are purely diagrammatic proofs of several quantum computational schemes, as well as an analysis of the structural origin of quantum non-locality. The underlying mathematical foundation of this high-level diagrammatic formalism relies on so-called monoidal categories, a product of a fairly recent development in mathematics. These monoidal categories do not only provide a natural foundation for physical theories, but also for proof theory, logic, programming languages, biology, cooking, ... The challenge is to discover the necessary additional pieces of structure that allow us to predict genuine quantum phenomena.

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Re: AFAIK

Please, no pilot wave. Magic unobservable stuff to "explain" straightforward maths/force? Bohm and Lucas: same problem. Failure results.

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Re: i though thats what Einstein postulated

No, both are in a linked state ("entangled", geddit?), so if you examine the state on side A, you INSTANTLY KNOW (evidently) what the state side B must be in. The fun is only that the state on either side is undefined (only the common state is defined) until observation on side A or side B actually takes place. The extremely fun thing is that the order of observation can be arbitrarily shuffled by choosing the appropriate relativistic reference frame (A before B, B before A, A simultaneous to B - results must be the same).

It's really very simple. COUGH

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Chinese ad firm pwns Android users, creates hijackable global botnet

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Artificial Insanity detected in botnet?

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Re: Further threats

Because politicians/reliogiotards/people_minding_your_own_business and "no fun allowed"

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Re: Conspiracy

... because he has let a disturbance in the Force appear between the US and Israel. These disturbances let in all sorts of transdimensional nastyness: Warp Ghosts, Undead Tentatcular Beings, Antivaxers, Neocons, Presidential Candidates, Keynesians ....

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Re: DMCA

DMCA does not say anything about "trade secrets" though. AFAIK, reverse.engineering is still ok (not sure whether you need to be outside the US today). Of course, you may then fall into a patent trap, rent-seeker minefields are everywhere..

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Re: European testing

Yeah, if Euros say it's "fundamentally different" it's quite likely far far worse. "Policy regarding increase of monetary mass in the EU is FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT from the one applied in the US" etc.

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Re: Sorry but how is this at all funny or appropriate?

DEAR PC PLOD,

THANK YOU FOR BEING OFFENDED ON MY BEHALF!

Reminds me of the protest letters to The Economist about the use of "niggardly".

Meanwhile:

but at a cost of barfing out 40 times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxide

should hopefully be "up to" etc.

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These US Presidential contestants can't even secure their websites – what hope for America?

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Pretty sure aliens beam dumbfuckeration waves onto the Glorious Homeland!

It's only explanation that makes sense, and I don't even need NAVY CSI style image enhancement techniques to come to that conclusion.

Foreign Policy by Intimidation: GOP Candidates Show How It's Done

GOP-think ... has an underlying racist tone to it, with the presumption that those not quite Caucasian foreign people are not really like us, don’t think like us and can be shot or droned on sight when they fail to heed our advice. It’s not about Israel per se or about anything that would make sense to any disinterested observer. It is all about having a “security zone” that is global in reach and preempts the rights of anyone else. It is coupled with superpower hubris driven by an “exceptionalism”-derived unwillingness to treat people who are not Americans with any respect or consideration. Washington reflexively turns potential friends into enemies at every opportunity and perseveres in a foreign policy based on a whole basket of false premises that has been disastrous vis-à-vis any actual United States interests. Unfortunately for the American people the likely alternative to all this blatant and dangerous nonsense is Hillary.

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It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

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Symantec fires staff caught up in rogue Google SSL cert snafu

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Symantec Warhammer 40K?

"Because you rely on us to protect the digital world"

Err... no, actually?

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India to cripple its tech sector with proposed encryption crackdown

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After nearshoring, farshoring, outshoring, cross-shoring, backshoring....

...cryptoshoring!

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Re: How many early deaths?

Only in liberal discussion groups.

Just before the "Responsibility to Protect" discussion leads to a vote to bomb some sanddudes.

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> dinosaurs

More like, bacterial mats and algae.

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Re: lawsuits on the way, no doubt

I'm guessing that there'll be a bunch of civil lawsuits against VW for this.

Yeah "The performance of my car is too high, I'll sue"

Obama's DoJ seems to think that crimes committed as an executive of a large corporation don't merit prosecution.

In this case it will completely depend on what the UAW thinks about this. Pension payouts endangered? Maybe not. Is VW unionized or not?

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AWS outage knocks Amazon, Netflix, Tinder and IMDb in MEGA data collapse

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After all the snide remarks

... I would like to see the operators haemorraging money on Monday morning (while waiting for the support guy to show up) as they find their in-house servers titsup and need to work all day on getting them online again.

We need both sides of the coin.

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Re: The cloud - the greatest and safest new place for all your infrastructure and critical data

I need more statistics.

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

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Are you SURE this wasn't your stint on a dark & gothic generation ship?

Maybe you are in a VR now, thinking you are posting to El Reg?

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Re: Seen it too

> old enough

> slot processors.

> 15 years later

Hold on, do you you mean those recently released Intel Pentium 3 cards? But that was just last .... FUUUUUUUU.

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Crash Google Chrome with one tiny URL: We cram a probe in this bug

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Re: Want to play.

Zero bugs detected in twenty five years or more of use.

Then you haven't written a lot of lines. Which is ok, but stop the immodest preening.

May I ask which compiler you are using?

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Re: Dear Coders - Rules You Learned in Kindergarten

Yet more advice that tells you attack those windmills in the hazy distance, eh?

Only rank beginners attempt that kind of stuff.

Jesus Christ, use assertions and programming-by-contract but don't bother going overboard on unit testing. Bail the fuck out if you must and if you don't know what is going on, reset the system (thus being "anti-fragile", maybe?). It's even done in high-assurance software, fail-safe etc..

See also: WORSE IS BETTER

Richard P. Gabriel suggests that a key advantage of Unix was that it embodied a design philosophy he termed "worse is better", in which simplicity of both the interface and the implementation are more important than any other attributes of the system—including correctness, consistency, and completeness. Gabriel argues that this design style has key evolutionary advantages, though he questions the quality of some results.

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Re: The NecronomicUrl

Hmmm.... it's time for a question on Stackoverflow

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SPACED OUT: NASA's manned Orion podule pushed back to 2023

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Re: Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

On Mars, you only have to make it cheaper and faster than you can get it from Earth.

No, because you are not in competition with goods from Earth for some local customers: There are no local customers, there will only be a command economy (which is to say, no economy at all). The problem is just making it at all as needed by the colonists. We are talking "self-sufficient with today's tech". The "very flexible fabricator" (can it produce a CPU? How about a hammer or a toothbrush?) does not exist today. Plus it needs to be fed with the necessary raw materials, which may be hard to come by on Mars or Moon.

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Mars? That's a snack, isn't it? (was: Re: This is not good enough)

Do you see what the GOPer presidential hopefuls are like?

Justin Raimondo writes:

That the second Republican presidential debate resembled an episode of the Jerry Springer Show was, in part, due to the insufferable Jake Tapper, whose behavior resembled that kid in high school who was always passing poison pen notes around math class. Indeed, the whole sorry mess – all three hours of it – had a high schoolish aura about it best underscored by Sen. Rand Paul early on when he described the behavior onstage as “sophomoric.” That, indeed, was clearly Tapper’s intent as he went from candidate to candidate saying the equivalent of “This guy said that about you – are you gonna let him get away with it?” The result, for the first 45 minutes or so, was the equivalent of a high school cafeteria food fight that did little to illuminate anything substantial beyond the manipulative power of the media.

The US Empire is done, bring the horse into the senate!!!

No, wait this goes into a McAfee for President thread. Or does it?

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Re: Within a couple of years....

Hopefully the Chinese are planning to set up a base on the moon

"Master Wu's Moon Noodles - Now with extra Moon Shrimp!"

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Re: Downvote bait.

Plus you want to avoid being arse-fingered by the TSA, then get collared by a guy in blue because you look like a terrorist with hat weird belgian moustache.

But seriously, how is pumping someonea flesher to Mars in any way like taking a KLM to our favored ex-colonies? Like, at all, you know?

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These were the times of forever war in foreign lands, craven, disgusting politicians in important roles, USA-fuelled genocide and rampant economic wreckage because "need to go off the Gold Standard, LOL!"

So, no, you don't.

Oh, wait...

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Re: Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

No, I believe we could create a self-sustainable base using modern-day technology alone

Sorry to come across as snarky but these are the dreams of youth, mid-twen-cen SciFi and the city office dweller.

Once you think about how long the production chain and how large the capital infrastructure must be to produce something as simple as an electric motor from raw materials in a friendly environment and a kinda-optimizing kinda-working economy and how rapidly disrepair accumulates even in organizations where funding can be forcefully secured from the populace, you will realize that "self-sustainable base using modern-day technology alone" will be like the Nostromo for a couple of weeks. Then the oxygen recycler dies.

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Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

Unless you have a full industrial base, with plenty of exploitable resources (not available on Moon) and energy (available on Moon but a function of the extent of the full industrial base), it is not a life boat, just a one-way trip to nowhere.

Having a self sustaining large gene pool away from Earth, be it of the moon, Mars or habitats at the Lagrange points, would at least ensure that our species and technologies survived.

Yes, but we are not there any time soon.

Laundry list: Nanoassemblers and portable fusion power and full skills in genetic design and human-level AI and lifetimes of several hundred years. Get cracking.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Re: How did they find this out?

Hysteria?

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Re: Enquiring minds want to know

A rather fuzzy description. SHOW ME THE CODE!

Maybe they are detecting EPA Commissar Radiation?

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Re: I'm guessing that...

From the NYT

Reminder that this is the "paper of record" that detects Nigerian yellowcake in Iraq, Russian tanks in Ukraine, Nuke testing at Parchin and a Russian landing force in Syria.

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RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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Re: Scope for harmless fun

> Make sure you put them in hard to reach places

Dunno whether all the arseholes in the store will agree to that plan.

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Re: Dress codes

> http://www.rense.com/general24/girls.htm

Hmmm.... these girls have been naughty. I do hope spanking was involved ...

"Those two need to be gone," said Garvik, whose daughter was asked if she was wearing a thong. "That's the only acceptable consequence. These people, as far as I'm concerned, need to be classified as sex offenders."

Looks like the crazies are all in the moshing pit. Let's get started!

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

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Re: BillG

You cannot reach the file.

A huge Cryptolocker bars the way.

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SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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Re: Where's Fox Mulder

Today at the UNEarth General Assembly, Grey Alien Representatives would neither deny nor confirm that they have indeed a set of cities on Pluto but called it an "affront" to be even asked such a question as long as Anunnakis were allowed to keep roads on the far side of the Moon as this would inevitably lead them to city-building capacity. Earth President Dartha Vadora declared that "There is no daylight between us and the Greys! If Anunnaki will not immediately stop building roads, we will attack them with our glorious military in the middle of the lunar night! I already had to wire 30 billion Earth Union Credits to the Greys to keep them calm, something must be done!" Greys did not want to comment on whether they would eventually consider pre-discussion talks about signing the Non-Citybuilding-Treaty that the Annunaki have signed a few years ago. Rawteurs is still trying to ascertain the authenticity of grainy black-and-white photographs that have surfaced from HEXAGON offices showing alleged Annunaki roads on the far side of the Moon which may be in violation of the Non-Citybuilding-Treaty.

In other news, Swiss Representatives have declared that they will continue to play a role as neutral observers, being the only non-aligned Earth entity.

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"That's not our system."

"Scan!"

"This is commercial vessel Nostromo. Registration number 180246. Do you read me. Over."

"...Nothing."

"Keep trying!"

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Scum.

The ad-placement agile workflow?

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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Re: Girls can code - from the BBC

Please tell me this is not real.

going to teach you

I detect a brutally paternalistic action expression. Can't this be be rewritten?

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Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to PRISON

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Re: So if I understand this correctly...

mostly lunatics who refuse to let their children be vaccinated

It's a tradition over there. "Progressive" and "Left-leaning" sites publicize out such studies to prove that gun advocates, truthers, conservatives, libertarians, stand-your-grounders, those who doubt that people of colors can do no wrong and doubters in the god-given wisdom of socialist policy have been wrongly raised and are suffering some kind of brain damage (probably to be corrected in an institution).

"YOU SHALL BELIEVE!"

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Microaggression? MACROAGGRESSION

I demand that the black guy with the penchant for out-of-bailiwick concentration camps and the drone kill notches on his Nobel Peace Prize medal immediately put the full might of the military in helping to suppress CLIMATE TERROR REVOLT. It's out of hand and worse than bringing self-made clocks to school. (No wait, that was a colored guy, so that was different. Never mind!)

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