* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Re: Old-shool User Interfaces

It works, and is excellent if you are terminal junkie but frankly, there is nothing wrong with web-based interfaces as long as they don't go overboard on the Multicolored Pony Juice (after all, it is all text anyway...)

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Re: "...approximately 2,000 bits per second..."

This is beyond unacceptable. Where are the relay stations doing long elliptical orbits past Saturn?

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Re: Slow interstellar internet

Not yet, not yet...

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Java jockeys join Flash fans in the 0-day exploit club

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Nothing to do with the NPAPI. It is a Java sandbox breakout: "Here, JVM, execute this code from the Internet and see whether your security setting will hold... mwhahaha"

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Re: What, again?

Only for Applets. Keep on server.

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Woah that illustrative pic must have been made by a real coffee-hater.

I will grab a large mug, thanks. No sugar, no milk. Gotta release my inner Mr Wolf for Monday morning.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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"Because there’s something about having your life on the line."

If the security of your Pizza is taken more seriously than the security of your Bank/Federal Outfit/Medical Provider...

... then you are ordering at CosaNostra Pizza!

Uncle Enzo wishes buon appetito!

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Microsoft again offers free certification exams to failures

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Re: I'm sorry, but...

Well, it's always a good occasion to show that you know at least the sometimes frankly bizarre vocabulary and semantic net, so no.

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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This looks suspiciously like a dormant infection by The Blight.

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

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Re: Oh oh...

It ... it is an orc planet!!

(Gets massacred by a brutal axe throw)

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Re: Call me simple

Which?

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Re: Call me simple

Ceres is round.

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"Our 1st pics must use moonlight of Charon"

"Moonlight'f Charon"

The last time she saw Pluto's south pole

Carried away by a moonlight'f Charon

It passed on blackened and frozen still

Carried away by a moonlight'f Charon

Lost in a riddle that Tuesday night

Far away on the other side,

It was caught while speeding to Kuiper belt

And she flew by and radioed home

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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Re: Why DO we put up with it?

Look up "La Jacquerie". 'twas bloody.

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Re: Only Ada

I don't think Ada is at the correct level of abstraction for a self-driving car, dude.

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Re: Good IT folks are very rarely good people people (and vice versa)

It's very rare to find all of these skills in the same person.

This is the CIO's role but in the end it is impossible to be on both sides of the divide. It's like being a capable, old-school general in the 3rd Reich's bonanza of power-grabbing. You will be served sooner or later.

Sane corporate management should be all about avoiding backstabbing, literal or otherwise. It is the CEO's role to suppress such behaviour and he is in dereliction of duty if the turns a blind eye or encourages this kind of bullshit. The sociopathic form of "management" is very prevalent but that doesn't make it okay. Indeed, it indicates that the company should be left to its fortunes ASAP.

If this were not the flowery epoch of historically unprecedented experiments in bailouts, free money and casino capitalism, reality would assert itself. We will have to await the supercrash to apply the bleaching. Won't be long now.

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Re: Two quotes that apply here:

and they do not appear on balance sheets

This just means that the "tool" of balance sheets is way out of whack for the applications that it is being put to. And that the insurance companies are in dereliction of duty (otherwise the premiums for "insurance against getting reamed" would hurt where it counts). And that the "industry" is totally immature ("oh we got hacked... sorryyy... here is a free credit alert for 1y" ... *wristslap*).

But immaturity in the 21st is seen as "refreshing". So there.

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A couple of goons with slavic accents persuading you to hand over the keys.

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Re: Obligatory Dilbert

PHB mashups?

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Why you not link properly? https://www.toronto2015.org/

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Weekend trolling is best trolling!

I like the "unfettered discretion" arrogated to themselves by totoro2015.org lawyers.

Imagine if Vikings had declared "unfettered discretion" to burn down & loot monasteries on the coast.

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US OPM boss quits after hackers stole chapter and verse on 21.5m Americans' lives

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Getting serious

Password rules : Should I disallow “leetspeak” dictionary passwords like XKCD's Tr0ub4dor&3

Asked: Today

I am the lead developer for an upcoming government website which will expose sensitive personal information (criminal history, SSNs, etc primarily). The website will be consumed by the general public, for doing background checks on employees etc.

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Re: Sacrificial goat.

Meh!

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Same old

You have no chance to survive, make your time!

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NASA chooses ace SPACE PILOTS who'll take the USA back into manned flight

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Re: All very well to say

Yeah, but think of all the museums that can be built around a proudly displayed "Actual, FULLY FUNCTIONAL version of the WHITEST ELEPHANT ever! Only original pieces!". It will boost local economies!

Plus we got the Chinese to actually COPY A FULLY USELESS DESIGN AND TRY TO FLY IT!

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WD silently murders Arkeia backupware

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Re: The feel when...

I checked. In the extremely detailed manual of 2000, we find:

X11 graphics user interface

This module is the interface between the backup server and the user. IIt may be installed on any machine, but is usually located on the backup server. The interface consists of an independent group of X11 client programs which can be displayed on any X11 server (R4, R5, R6) or graphics workstation. It ergonomic characteristics (colors, fonts, images...) can be fully configured interactively to provide maximum user comfort. A proprietary software display technology is implemented to prevent the slow, cumbersome features and excessive use of resources typically found in X11/Motif applications, at the same time providing unique function capabilities (animated icons, toolbar, context-sensitive menus, real-photo Vu-meters, tips, multi-language features...).

JAVA graphics user interface

This module is the interface between the backup server and the user. It may be installed on any machine, but is usually located on the backup server. The interface consists of an independent group of JAVA client programs which can be displayed on any workstation using NETSCAPE or MS Explorer. It ergonomic characteristics (colors, fonts, images...) can be fully configured interactively to provide maximum user comfort. A proprietary software display technology is implemented to prevent the slow, cumbersome features and excessive use of resources, at the same time providing unique function capabilities (animated icons, toolbar, context-sensitive menus, real-photo Vu-meters, tips, multi-language features...).

Hardware requirement

Arkeia has the following minimum hardware requirements: A computer capable of running your operating system. 32 MB RAM. SCSI tape drive. A SCSI tape drive is required for high speed positioning of the tape during restore operations. In the near future, the requirement for a SCSI tape drive will be removed and direct support of Travan and floppy based, and QIC tape drives will be implemented. This will allow high speed operation for all tape drives, SCSI and non SCSI alike.

There wasn't much focus on "rounded windows" either (in Motif/X11 an unlikely thing) but it had some weird styling indicating that the designer might have previously made games for Amiga or Atari ST:

Drivepacks: The Window!

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The feel when...

Damn, I remember this from 2000, with backup to DAT tapes on an early Red Hat Linux. It was Java-based and a bit flaky (along the lines of "is something happening? is it stuck? why doesn't it repaint the screen??").

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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

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Well, actually....

....this seems to be in the tradition of "SELinux" issued from "Project Flask". So there is some continuity.

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One MEEELLION users download Facebook-pwning droid game

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Re: TinkerAccountLibrary.dll

Are you some kind of politician or PHB?

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

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Re: I've worked it out

Most will be grouped under .pwned

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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Re: Richard Clarke already announced this news

Please, no Richard Clarke. This is not "cyberwar" or other heavy-breathing fantasy of the ones in need of fame and money, it's just a leisurely download action.

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"And I think that's a shift that all of us need to be mindful that we need to continue to make."

Is this why there are efforts to put crypto back in the box now?

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GIGANTIC galaxy-chomping black hole rips boffins a new one

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The Mario Draghi Galaxy: Enormously Holey

which is why such massive holes on normal galaxies aren't seen closer to Earth

It don't see it.

That kind of reasoning applies to evanescent objects, like early-universe hypernovas, but black holes have staying power in timeframes of a few billion years.

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'I'm COMING for you, DIRTBAG!': Ex-Sony chief Smedley to Kid Lizard hacker

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Re: Taste the salt

> CEO of a major company

> professionalism

Choose one.

These people are not in their position because they are "professional". They are there because they are ruthlessly ambitious. No skills required.

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Re: "a cowards justice system"

Menacing tweets? I think there is a law against that. I suspect ambitious no-win, no-fee lawyers will be in touch.

Imagine a Sony Entertainment employee doing that. He would be on the street in a heartbeat.

I won't go into the fact that he comes across as a spoilt brat wearing Armani (indeed, most of management are anyway, so no surprises here).

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The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz

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Darth Vader does a Death Star construction inspection

It has come to the point where "rights holders" fight their resellers and resellers are seen to unfairly profit from "rights holders"?

HEAVY BREATHING!

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Just for a laugh...

found in an abandoned temple on the lunar surface

Powerfully channeling Charles Stross, I see.

Now, imagine if that temple had still been occupied by acolytes!

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Re: Oh dear-

Actually a swastika cunningly imprinted on the methane ice.

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Re: PLUTO: the FINAL FRONTIER ???

Indeed, there is a bit to go until the Galactic Force Field is encountered.

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Go to Jupiter, turn left a bit, then do what is colloquially called a "beeline"

DAT TRAJECTORY!!

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UK politicos easily pwned on insecure Wi-Fi networks

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Re: Your Screen, It Lies To You

“I used to dig in the garden, and there isn’t anything fantastic or ultradimensional about crab grass…unless you are a sf writer, in which case, pretty soon you’re viewing crabgrass with suspicion. What are its real motives? And who sent it in the first place? The question I always found myself asking was, What is it really?”

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Re: No SSL/TLS?

And anyway "Dave" Cammy is gearing up to have it outlawed so that new, better, backdoored crypto from DUHMURRICA can be employed for the best of all of us.

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Re: Anybody believe him?

You can have maths where 2+2=4|5

Self-consistent? Citation needed!

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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Re: Never mind more than a curiosity...

Surely you'd just get the mass out that you put in? After all, Hawkwing radiation is just a fancy phrase for Pair Production at the Event Horizon boundary isn't it?

This is correct. That black hole is white-ish and evaporating. Alternatively, the vacuum is trying to heal itself around the nasty "trouser leg from the future".

Conversely if it's small enough to be radiating away at a decent rate, then won't it be too small to make an efficient waste disposal unit anyway?

Also correct.

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On the contrary.

Nature says: NO MORE TOYS FOR TODAY! AND EAT YOUR BROCCOLI!

We will not get magic Hollywood tech or flying cars (actually this is sad, as I always wanted to build a silently hovering UFO and then stick multicolored lights on it to buzz unsupecting cops on highway patrol), but at least the math is likely to look nice.

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Re: I understood that tiny blackholes were very unstable.

Large black holes form by forming from masses that are larger than for small black holes.

They just need enough mass to be stacked inside a small enough volume. Then a large black hole will inevitably form.

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Re: How would we know?

According to my understanding of Max Tegmark's book, "Our Mathematical Universe", we may exist in an infinite universe where the wave-function does not collapse - a multiverse.

Unfortunately for MAX TEGMARK!!, a showman of high capabilities -- indeed, who can claim to have named META-UNIVERSES using one's IMPRESSIVE FAMILY NAME, which happens to not even be one's original family name, but then "Shapiro" sounds rather humdrum --, these are just words strung end-to-end. They have no meaning. And they are not science.

More at: Our Mathematical Universe

Tegmark’s innovation is to postulate a new, even more extravagant, “Level IV” multiverse. With the string landscape, you explain any observed physical law as a random solution of the equations of M-theory (whatever they might be…). Tegmark’s idea is to take the same non-explanation explanation, and apply it to explain the equations of M-theory. According to him, all mathematical structures exist, and the equations of M-theory or whatever else governs Level II are just some random mathematical structure, complicated enough to provide something for us to live in. Yes, this really is as spectacularly empty an idea as it seems. Tegmark likes to claim that it has the virtue of no free parameters.

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Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

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These guys are a hoot. They are using the newspeak definition of "ethical"

"Whatever I do to get ahead, is ethical"

Hacking Team had not responded to a request for comment on this story at time of publication. On Tuesday, a spokesman for the company told the International Business Times: “We don’t have anything to hide about what we are doing and we don’t think that there is any evidence in this 400GB of data that we have violated any laws and I would even go so far as to argue that there is no evidence that we have behaved in anything but a completely ethical way.”

That kind of culture is totally like seen at the HBGary outfit. These are just collections of "any goes" sociopaths with some technical skills. The worst.

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US Homeland Security boss wants nationwide law for reporting network break-ins

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Re: Mr. Jeh Johnson: How about a clear law about whistle blowers?

Yes. Next question?

(Laughter from the assembled "reporters")

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