* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Sanders presidential campaign accuses Democrats of dirty data tricks

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I hope they all die in a fire, then Satan pisses on the smouldering heap

Individual leaders of the DNC can support Hillary Clinton in any way they want, but they are not going to sabotage our campaign – one of the strongest grassroots campaigns in modern history.

Someone misspells "astroturf".

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Gamer ransomware grows up, now infecting UK, Euro businesses

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Re: Sigh. MS Office does things.

Perhaps: any programming which is sufficiently powerful to be deeply useful is also powerful enough to damage the system on which it runs? Dunno if that holds water as a general rule. Have to think about it.

Unless sandboxed: yes. This is related to Langsec

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Re: Oh Noes!

The next message from Dadmin was "I have wee problem reading my files.... anybody can help?"

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Re: Windows only; Infection due to continued bad security policy - nothing new

Do NOT allow untrusted executable content

Welcome to Windows. You will like it here.

Only allow plain-text email

That train has already left the station and pretending it's still boarding is disingenious

Strip and quarantine attachments

Yeah right

Do NOT use Adobe Flash

I would but "internal communications" sometimes demands it be used

Sandbox any HTML user-agent in an unprivileged account, that is NOT the same account the users routinely use, and does NOT have access to their user profile

Good idea but no-one is gonna follow that either.

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SpaceX launch is a go for Sunday after successful static fire completed

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Absent oracles, real-world systems will fail, deal with it

I will just cite copiously from the link to the review given above.

Upside-down rocket exhaust as icon because "If this part starts pointing towards space, you are having a bad day and you will not go to space today".

"Risk and the Work Group Culture"

After [Diane Vaughan] systematically rejects the hypothesis that in managerial decision making, any amoral calculators was at play [in the Challenger Launch Decision], she turns her attention to recreating the work group culture and the environment in which NASA engineers and managers worked, negotiated risk and took decisions under uncertainty. She attempts to create a “native view” of the workgroup culture in NASA. There was always a “residual risk” present in all the flights, due to unique design of the shuttle, and a large number of uncertainties associated with such a large complex technical system, which did not have any prior experience, therefore “work groups were calculating risk...where it was fundamentally incalculable” The concept of “acceptable risk”, which was a formal status conferred upon a component by following a prescribed procedure based on a documented engineering analysis and technical rationale, is key to estimating the flight risk. Whereas other enquiry commissions expressed their surprise at the use of “acceptable risk”, it was a norm to fly in NASA culture with a known residual risk. The decision to assess risk and to categorize it as “acceptable risk” was based on scientific method and engineering judgment based on tests and data, and was often negotiated in the work groups.

"Normalization of Deviance"

Normalization of the deviance in performance of O-ring incrementally increased the “acceptable risk” criteria. Also, the (strong) belief in redundancy (there were two O-rings in shuttle design, one primary, and one backup, as opposed to the Air force’s Titan III solid rocket, which had only one O-ring) led to the construction of risk, which was normalized when test performance deviated from design predictions. The early decision to accept the risk became a precedent and part of the workgroup culture, which led to repeated normalization of the deviance. Diana Vaughan explores the normalization of deviance in chapter five and also revisits and revises the post-accident accounts of controversial NASA actions to continue to fly after observing extensive erosion on the STS-2, declaring the space shuttle operational, and failing to report the joint performance during the Flight Readiness Review to the upper-level NASA administrators. After fourth flight of the shuttle, it was declared operational, which resulted in reducing the testing of vehicles and its components, and requirement for reporting problems. This decision had serious structural impacts that affected the work group’s decision-making process.

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Astronauts know that all of the West's losses in spaceflight have been ultimately attributed to managerial failings. It was known that a pure oxygen atmosphere was a dangerous idea. It was known that measuring the circularity of a booster segment at only six places wasn't good enough and that launching at such cold temperatures would mean that sealing rubber wouldn't be pliant. It was known that insulating foam got stripped off the external fuel tank and could hit the shuttle during the launch climb.

The first one I agree but the other two were only "known" with hindsight. This was not reckless or even bad management: problems and warning signs got swamped by the managerial processes and clear-headed step-back-and-think remedial action never got off the ground. Which of course means that said managerial processes should be flattened or rejigged. (More on this here as usual). Or maybe one should just. not. build. a Hail Mary contraption built on bleeding edge technology like the Shuttle where one of the side-goals is to funnel pork money to industrial players in the first place.

A sticky throttle valve being dealt with on the pad by fiddling with the launch sequence?

Welcome to the real world. Don't tell me this kind of think isn't done in state space programs.

A wise astronaut wouldn't think twice, they'd drive home.

No-one drove away from NASA though.

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New bill would require public companies to disclose cybersecurity credentials

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Re: NACD are qualified to judge?

Sometimes it would be cool if anyone of the board had any skill whatsoever.

We could actually start with demanding that board members pass the brain scan checking for sociopathy. That would be useful.

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CES tech show adds new security checks after fears of violence

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Re: Are you clueless?

I think we are still killing Vietnamese via Agent Orangization.

Pray the Karma Container will never spring a leak.

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Re: Doing what the bombers want

Should have asked in 1950s or so.

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Weird

"Due to recent global tragedies, we have new security procedures for CES."

Why are Trump, Hillary and the current White House Occupant security problems for CES?

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Bungled storage upgrade led to Google cloud brownout

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Re: Eternal Beta

On the contrary.

Sometimes you just need to flush stuff and see whether the phone rings soon (or not so soon) after. Because finding out by questionnaire whether anyone still has valid data on this 15-year old storage rig is pointless.

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After safe harbour: Navigating data sovereignty

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Re: Schrems has nothing to answer for

That was sarcasm though.

If the whole construction drops on the floor like spaghetti when challenged, that's where it should be.

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

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Refresher

Justin Raimondo on the second Republican presidential debate back in september.

If any of those people gets voted in, just pray for Lee Harvey Oswaldstock up on holy water.

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Hillary is just as crazy fucked up as Trump, she just has another coiffeur and had already the occasion to utterly wreck a country while gloating on prime time TV like the Joker.

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Fucking appalling

Low-IQ, high arrogance and generally mental.

A fine selection of the "produce" of local politics.

Carly Fiorina, who actually used to be a tech CEO and so should have a pretty good understanding of how technology works and the interplay with politics and law enforcement...

The only thing that Carly knows how to do is ram a company into the ground based on nothing more than utter certainty that she has understood something about what she is supposed to do. Which isn't necessarily in agreement what the universe thinks about that matter.

[Shutting down parts of the Internet] is something that only a government can really do and even then only if there is a reasonably stable rule of law in a country.

Unfortnately this is hockum: You just need the rule of men, or the rule of force. And we are rapidly getting there because hell, I admire the rule of law in the rear view mirror whenever I open the newspaper...

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Physics uses warp theory to look beyond relativity

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Theories of physics that attempt to reconcile the quantum world with relativity have postulated the existence of additional spatial dimensions: the mathematics of superstring theory gave spacetime a total of ten. However, these theories cause the extra dimensions to wrap themselves up in such a way that they are microscopic - which is not a great help to FTL travel.

Worse: these rather mythical because very-much undetected spatial dimensions do not help to travel FTL: There would just be additional spatial degrees of freedom at each point, but photons would still wander around at c in this more-freedomy micro-space or even, in case those dimensions are unrolled and our 4-D space is a subspace of a larger "bulk" space, in a more freedomy macro-space (though photons do not seem to leave the "brane").

But in any case, my money is on 4D and that's it. I mean, a 4D space with an infinite family of reference frames in each point depending only on relative velocity is already extravagant enough.

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Bigger than Higgs? Boffins see hints of bulbous new Boson

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Re: As heard by ATLAS experimenters

The next one will not do hadron-boom-boom though:

Commentary: Super and Great Colliders

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Better writeup here

LHC Run 2 First Results

Reasons to be excited: naively combining CMS and ATLAS gives something of 4 sigma significance, people are making the analogy with the early Higgs signal. Reasons to be less excited: in the case of the early Higgs signal, the tentative signal was what was expected from the Higgs, and we had very good reasons to believe there was a Higgs roughly in that mass range. Here I know of no well-motivated models that predict this: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and this is not that.

Commentary from Matt Strassler.

Best explanation and discussion of the implications of the diphoton excess is from Jester

And also, no SUSY:

Run 2 and SUSY

Whatever you thought the remaining probability was for SUSY after the negative Run 1 results, it’s significantly smaller today.

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

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Re: Two and half hours to open the door

It's probably settle-down time, check all the connections, didn't-you-forget-something, what-does-mission-control-say, review of what occurred etc.

My olden skipper said that when on sea, you have to work on shiptime, which is slower than the one used by landlubbers, otherwise shit will hit the fan. spacetime is probably even more redshifted.

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Grim, eh!

Remember he comes from the region of the guys who ACTUALLY DROVE into Berlin (then had FUN)

Also not a Child of the Magenta.

But it's apparently actually a cultural thing. Russians think westerners are fucking clowns.

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Re: правильный материал

Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

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This is a team making the mistake though.

At least one hopes it is a team..

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Re: Doozers

Looks like de-skilling is in progress.

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

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This sounds like an excerpt from a Neal Stephenson novel

Unfortunately, it ain't.

I can't imagine it will be long before "our" duhmucratic "leaders" decide to take a page or two from that particular book..

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Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail

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Re: Ahh, Modern Education

Who is that Harry? A member of the royals?

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Pub's not open yet, so no.

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Re: Well, Ain't that dandy!

Actually, it's most of the *nixes authorization schemes that is a utterly unable to cope with actual needs

Are you cereal?

Give me link to a gripewrite, please.

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IBM places Watson's IoT brains in Munich

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Complete with Munich Palm Tree

Why is this illustrated with a photo of Huawei Shenzen Headquarters?

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Hacktivist pranksters stick it to the European Space Agency

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Re: Hold them accountable for hacking

> ASSnonymous

Some kind of Space Station?

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Re: Mailing list

https://justpaste.it/pnlp

> Content has been removed

Dawww!

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> Hacktivists

Is this code for "jerks"

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Janet pulls open network info for good after DDoSers exploit it

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This is why we can't have nice things

> Find perps

> Align perps

> Use of laser-guided tank rocket resulting in youtube-worthy gore

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FAA introduces unworkable drone registration rules in time for Christmas

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And another one

Is Drone Racing Legal?

The FAA’s justification for prohibiting FPV is that the pilot’s eyes are not on the aircraft, which in its view is contrary to the part of the 2012 law that says that for a flying device to be considered a model aircraft, it must be flown “within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft.” Traditionally, modelers have taken “visual line of sight” to mean that the model must be close enough that the pilot can see it if he looks in the right direction. But with its 2014 interpretation, the FAA redefined this phrase to mean that the pilot needs to keep the model in sight at all times, and it very specifically prohibited the use of video goggles.

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Assange inquisition closer after Sweden, Ecuador sign pact

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Re: Oh come on, this is no longer about criminal goings on.

> make the US look like dicks

That train has left the station a decade or so ago.

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Re: rumour has it

> writes Snowdon

> calls someone "cretin"

Man, the FEMA trailers with full gas bottles can't come fast enough.

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Hackers add exploit kit to article asking 'Is cyber crime out of control?'

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Re: blame

How about Putin?

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Node.js Foundation gets a small sprinkling of Yahoo!

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No, it's the top of the bubble economy.

There is the "pointless skyscraper correlation" whereby it is stated that the highest and most economically senseless skyscrapers are built just before the economy fueled by freshly printed money inevitably implodes (look up the one someone now wants to build in Basra. Yes, Basra!)

There must be a "pointless IT tech correlation" whereby square wheels are pushed out as new and refreshing stuff that one absolutely has to know about, so buy the book -- while perfectly elegant, good, optimized and tested solutions exist by the shedload.

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US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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Very useful if you are a shark. Especially an official one.

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Whenever this issue comes back to the table

... by law, 1% of high-ranking officials from the military/security/policing complex should be randomly executed. All names would be on the table. No Exceptions.

That would chill the mofos out good.

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Revealed: Mystery 7-year cyberspy campaign in Latin America

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COUGH

"doggedly probing a 1994 Buenos Aires bombing"

That the one where dogged probing fingered Iran as the culprit instead of the far more likely far-right hit squads? Insofar as the "dogged probing" continued to dog the Iran "theory", this did not bode well for ultimately useful information.

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

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Re: Drop Java

Yes, and you are full of shit.

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It's ASN.1 library problems all over again

deserializes arbitrary, user-supplied Java serialized data

Kornheiser_Why.jpg

If only there was a tool that traced the trusthworthyness of data flowingf through a system....

Aliens, because they also forgot to check data coming from an Apple laptop directly to the Queen Mothership over Alien Wifi, with dire consequences.

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

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Re: WOW Quantum Computing from NASA......

In today's Empire of Wishful Thinking, that can't be far off.

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Re: A cynical load of hogwash...

This.

I would also like to know whether it is actually using Quantum Effects in there or whether it is, in the end, just a special-purpose ANALOG COMPUTER (i.e. a physical system that models the problem you want to solve). Because I remember papers that were disputing the presence of Quantum Effects in a D-Wave in particular.

The abstract at least nicely elides the question.

Analog computers being millions of times faster than symbolic processing machines at a given specialized task is not a particularly surprising finding.

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Libertarian hero: 'Satoshi Nakamoto', government funds, the NSA and the DHS

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But we can say that it's odd to find someone currently touted as some kind of libertarian hero is so fond of government and queued up for it cash on so many occasions.

Why not. People glom on things they can get. Which ain't much nowadays.

Hell, some "people" with proven track records of mass murder, antidemocratic behaviour of the worst sort, doing nothing of consequence and a strong whiff of narcissistic personality disorder have "progressive" credentials.

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Re: They've got the wrong person...

Time travel and Japan? Sounds like an episode of "Stein's;Gate"

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IBM dispels the doubts and bags quantum computing funding deal

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Re: The problem with Quantum

Your point being?

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Re: Absolute gold

"There are a lot of doubts that certain quantum technologies could ever work."

I think one will find that Dr Ross Anderson is rather alone his "findings". It's pretty fringe and I hear a bit on the not-particularly-well-thought-out side, being instead on the crank "everyone is wrong except me" position.

Also

"despite ongoing concerns about the technology's practical application"

Dear El Reg, please specify EXACTLY what these "ongoing concerns" are. This is like claiming that there are ongoing concerns about the practical applications of an SSTO vehicle because hell, it doesn't exist just yet.

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

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One missile hit and it's all over.

its gentle sloping sides are good for deflecting projectiles

Those must be softballs. The times of iron walls are long past gone.

Today's "projectiles" aka autonomous missiles, hypersonic or otherwise, will transform this silly radar-evading contraption into a rapidly expanding shell of debris and fleshy parts.

A couple of "terrorists" (even though they attacked a clear military target) ripped the destroyer USS Cole a new one with just a dinghy and some plastic explosives ... of course this gave the US a good occasion to demand money from any and all members of the momentary axis of evil, as the Empire is wont to do, but I digress.

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