* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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Re: Oh goody

Unless the ISP has some weird point-to-point protocol that you just cannot run on your box without reverse-engineering it first out of the modem firmware. (SHUDDER)

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Re: Only Britain? Short answer: No.

I have lost count at how many problems Microsoft's new-found love for 'agile' has spawned.

I don't see where agile comes in all of a sudden.

It's a standard Microsoft update.

Only now it comes without docummentation in the middle of the night and borks you off the Internet so as the plan was to make you dependable on an Internet connection, there is some sort of weird reality collision (MEGASHRUG) and as a civilian you are a bit screwed, right.

Anyway it was probably Putin all along, out to undermine democracy. You know it's true!

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Re: Is this a UK only problem?

Pure speculation on my part but Windows updates do not happen all at once across the world, so it is possible that this may happen later for others.

"later for others"

There is a Microsoft theme song in there.

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DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal

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The old republic gone it is. Today, only drones and villainous scum, there is.

"One of the key priorities of law enforcement should be to engage with these young people to prevent them from pursuing a criminal path, helping them understand how they can use their skills for a more constructive purpose.“

But they don't have any....

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Germany warns Moscow will splash cash on pre-election propaganda and misinformation spree

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Anyone who thinks that "Facebook destabilises elections" needs to have their head checked.

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And we are off to an early start!

The establishment is really unhappy about the possibility of getting it up the arse via protest votes, aren't they? CIA is just now trying to rumorize the US presidential election. Didn't obtain the right candidate, apparently. Imagine that, people should have voted for the standard corruptoblishment lift lady, goddammit. Not that there are much signs that Mister T will be enormously better.

Economic Refugees, War Refugess, all sleeping on your front porch, the Turkey clusterfuck, Lybia, the Ukraine scam, the Syria debacle, the Brexit two-finger salute, "Russia is coming! Russia is coming!!!" every single fuckling day, a danger of getting NATO defunded a bit, the EURO bubble about the burst like a pus monster, the economy still in the dumps in spite of Keynesianism, OH MY!

Populist parties against the clowns in charge making headway, OH WHY!

"Fake News" my arse. The MSM are good in that!!

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Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

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Re: Wow. These guys are hardcore.

The thought occurs that paying up would mean "materially aiding terrorism", which is currently a no-no in our "haven of civilization", so better demur.

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Wow. These guys are hardcore.

This sounds like a story from one of those anime "I will not publish these compromising photos of you with kitchen implements if you deliver your two school friends to my rape cellar"

How I know that?

Err... research. Yeah, research.

> Ransomware authors claim the ransom will be used to pay for food and shelter in Syria.

Hopefully the Russkies clean up, because the France/UK leadership (more like Frankenship, amirite) - which is basically the root cause of this mess together with the Saudi pals - is currently doubling down on the "regime change before ISIS" fantasy.

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Real deal: Hackers steal steelmaker trade secrets

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Re: Trade Secret Wars

And it helps to have to start from scratch. No aging infrastructure to deal with. The same thing happened in much of Europe after the war: a lot of opportunities to start fresh meant it was easier to modernize.

Isn't that the broken window fallacy right there

One would think the only way blocking rebuilding would be unions, property lawyers, NIMBYs and crazy legislation. Bombing the factory and killing the employees to break the logjam? Well, why the hell not!!

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Re: Trade Secret Wars

Thanks yank.

But the US steel industry then only got itself to blame.

Japan loses the war, the mills, the personnel, the skills, the investment money and a good chunk of the support infrastructure and still comes out ahead?

That's damning for US entrepreneurship.

Also, "mythical katana" fags around here? In El Reg? FAIL.

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Hindsight is cool.

But there sure still are open avenues.

(Next: someone drives drone into your office to nick stuff from your desk...)

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Kinda tangential, but lulzy

Haaretz writes:

In response to a question from Haaretz, ThyssenKrupp said that the cyberattack did not affect any of its naval projects, including those linked to Israel.

The company, which owns the shipyards now building new warships for Israel, has been in the center of a scandal in recent weeks involving Netanyahu's personal lawyer and the role he might have played in Israel's deal to buy the submarines.

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Re: Trade Secret Wars

And this is why a katana made from chinese steel is better one hand-forged by a skilled smith in the japanese mountains ...

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Re: Mismatch

Especially nowadays as employees' faces change on a day-to-day basis.

Really, who is that guy in the next cubicle? Never seen him before.

Maybe we have to go back to slower processes.

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Move to the Moon!

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Re: Trade Secret Wars

> The Japanese certainly killed off lots of US Steel making starting back in the '70's.

I need an explanation of that.

There is scant iron ore, coal, place or energy in Japan. How is that supposed to work, then?

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

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Re: Magic Leap (of faith)

> Trump is a much worse person than Hilary,

This seems to be a thinkfluencer consensus based on not much more than MSM nastiness later retconned to "fairness". It still needs to be seen that this is so. Trump hasn't yet blown up a whole country and furnished weapons to Al Nusra for no other reasons than to give a blowjob to our two friends in the Middle East and show Putin (officially know as "the new Hitler") who's boss. Electing Hillary, you would have p(WWII) to "destroy evil" hovering at around 99%+.

I would never have thought that I would prefer Bismarck-style ultranasty "Realpolitik" to liberventionist world-saving retardation, but here we are.

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Re: Well you need to do plausibility checks

> after all there's nothing absolutely impossible

Come back when something is faster than c.

Also: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

(Yes, I know you mean "there's nothing that I consider possible that is absolutely impossible", but that's not the same)

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Re: The guide to spotting non-existent tech

...it's probably Alien Technology!

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Related because I'm nursing a headache

Ten Signs a Claimed Mathematical Breakthrough is Wrong

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Re: Conspiracy theorist, what?

So when can I expect Bob to be in my room, all the time?

(This reminds me that in a David Lynch universe, having Bob in your room, all the time, is probably not a good thing.)

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Now, let's talk about the EM Drive...

Seriously.

My boss is of the opinion that one day NP-complete problems will be solved in polynomial time.

And that I can install Active Directory companywide in 2 days, 3 max.

Reality: It just doesn't agree with some people.

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Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

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Re: Are we sure these are bugs?

"tax juggling" is, however, above-board, constructed outrage to be consumed by the tax-victimized hoi polloi notwithstanding (one wonders whether they have been promised additional free money by their electioneering representatives? nah, can't be)

Yeah BBC. "PwC promoted tax avoidance 'on industrial scale', say MPs" Shock horror, you don't say. Is that more or less bad than being Ghaddafi? Well, that's what PwC is getting paid for, innit.

And with the usual truthiness of the BBC: " tax havens like Luxembourg". Yeah, no. It's a tax hell like every eurosocialist state.

You may not like it but some people have the means to avoid the state's money grab (while you get saddled with high VAT, LOL!)

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Luxleaks is not a tax evasion scandal, dude.

It may be classed under "unfair practices" and "sweetheart deals" as apparently in Europe states are supposed to not deal those out.

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Japanese robot space maid will incinerate Earth's dead satellites

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Re: ton of bs (off topic)

Reticulans, please!

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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Re: AFAIK, the Putin Doctrine is more or less --

Sorry, but the usual chain logic "X is associated to fascism thus X and anyone associated to X are bad and must be demonized (applicable only if the subject is not Israel or Ukraine)" just doesn't work for me.

Ivan Ilyin, a proto-Fascist active in the 1920s and 1930s

And we are off with a solid tarringstatement. So what's wrong with Ilyin? He sounds like rum chap. Remember these were the 20s and the 30s. Even saint FDR was taken by Mussolini's "management style", which must be why he tried un-american control freakery during the depression, causing catastrophic economic damage. Maybe the only thing wrong with Ilyin is that he's one of Putin's favorite philosophers, so something MUST be wrong with him?

Putin's ideology would be well served by simply casting doubt and discrediting the election.

Maybe this MSM meme (link to NYT, the arbiter of truth? I laugh!) should be explained a bit further. It's pretty acausal. As for making the election "look like a mug's game", well, anyone who has gone through the election of 2000 knows what's up. You can't win, but maybe you can sabotage.

Meanwhile, you could do worse than have a look at Distorting Putin’s Favorite Philosophers (WARNING! The site I'm linking to has been declared a Putin outlet by Grand Organ and War Propeller the WaPo!) for a discussion on Ilyin.

The case of Ivan Il’in (1883-1954), whom Putin regularly quotes and whom Putin is known to particularly respect, is more complex. Some of Snegovaya’s suspicions in his case are indeed accurate. Il’in has a conservative temperament.

It is fair to call him a nationalist, though one concerned with Russia alone, and with no messianic ambitions. As will be seen below, Il’in was not against authoritarianism. Il’in was, however, complex and worthy of much more careful consideration.

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Here is how, in Our Tasks, Il’in described the character of the “Soviet man” (a man that Ilyn deplores, so much about the meme of Putin wanting to restore Soviet Russia, then) that the future Russia would inherit: “The totalitarian system imposes a number of unhealthy tendencies and habits among which we may find the following: a willingness to inform on others (and knowingly falsely at that), pretense and lying, loss of the sense of personal dignity and the absence of a well-rooted patriotism, thinking in a slavish manner and by aping the thoughts of others, flattery combined with servility, constant fear. (Hey wait, is he talking about the West? Never mind.)

“The fight to overcome these unhealthy habits will not be easy It will require time, an honest and courageous self-awareness, a purifying repentance, the acquisition of new habits of independence and self-reliance, and, most importantly of all, a new national system of spiritual and intellectual education. [I. A. Il’in, Nashi Zadachi (Our Tasks), sobr. soch. (collected works), vol. 2 (Moskva, Russkaya Kniga: 1993), 23-24.]

Il’in was indeed deeply concerned about the danger of Russia’s disintegration and indeed was concerned about the defense of its borders, although, of course, not their restoration. To avoid such disintegration, Il’in urged Russians to not repeat what he considered the fatal mistake of the February Revolution its premature push for full democracy.

Guy was not wrong.

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He's not even a civil serpent.

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Re: What would be really funny ...

Yeah, it's not as if there wasn't a slight suspicion that the "Russia in the water" meme being spread by completely-above-board MSM fauxlets was not a little preparation of the public mood for contesting the election should it not go to the "right" person.

(Meanwhile the usual neocon suspects supported by Sheldon Adelson's publishing empire are out clamoring for an attack on Iranian forces soon. This is not going well. Here's hoping President Trump can shrug off Israeli and Saudi Arabian thinkfluencers and start the de-escalation with Russia.)

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Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

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Isn't that what Germany has done?

Last I heard, nmap is illegal in the Deutschland.

Or is it?

With Mamma Merkel, one never knows what kind of stuff hits the fan.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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WTF

He is the sysadmin!

Boss wants names changes? Names change!

Now get to it.

Not happy? Write up exactly what the problems are, what the consequences are and demand feedback. Maybe propose to hire two "tuners" to do it during a week or so.

If boss still says go do it, go do it. It's not a fucking democracy.

Are we now at the point in history where sysadmins start to publicly moan about having to do their job?

If ithis kind of thing is difficult to do, then there is indication that a lot of base work has not been done yet.

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RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too

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Oh man, I'm approaching terminal age then.

It shall drink a beer to one of the Milestone People of the Cold War!

To John Glenn! Salute!

(He always looked like that mercenary guy in "Under Fire", maybe because it was the same actor who played Glenn in the US-centric "dramatization" of real-life events "The Right Stuff")

> after a short illness

Yeah, nice circumscription for what must be "massively invasive cancer"...

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Re: DMCA or Trademark?

This is correct. Sounds like someone is being penetrated by lawyers.

And RedBubble should really be ashamed.

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When will the estate of Brian Aldiss sue....

Can anyone check through "Helliconia: Summer" for use of the Phrase That Shall No Longer Be Uttered Because It has Become A Hallowed Trademark?

Torrents are coming!

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For God's sake, stop trying to make Microsoft Bob a thing. It's over

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Wait what?

"it has a full Windows 10 computer built into the headset"

What is a Windows 10 computer and why does the baroque bullshit need to be found in a headset? Do they want to recreate the effects of Halloween III: Season of the Witch? Hmmm... now that I think about it, the Microsoft logo looks a bit like a Silver Shamrock. Coincidence? Maybe not!

Microsoft Bob. Which it tried to make a success in 2015.

More like 1995, am I right? (Hmmm... yeah "an operating system designed around Clippy". Even I do not wish that on Microsoft costumers, but que sera sera)

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Trend Micro AV nukes innocent Sharepoint code, admins despair

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Re: Where there is smoke, there is fire

Unfortunately, instead of Winter, Consultants are coming.

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Where there is smoke, there is fire

SharePoint is never innocent.

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Stealing, scamming, bluffing: El Reg rides along with pen-testing 'red team hackers'

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Re: HackLabs' Manly office

That would be the one inhabited by Angelina Jolie? (Hackers is from 1995 ... is it really that long ago? OMG LOLZ)

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Re: Military grade

This isn't /k/ !

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Re: Sounds like a story...

Anyone who has grabbed Mitnick's "The Art Of..."

.... knows the tricks.

Dones't mean he/she can effectively defend against them.

Like for real-world viruses, the cell wants to help.

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Re: What are they thinking of?

1500 doesn't sound all that much.

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Next: Build a replica of the UK

It can then be repeatedly crashed into meaty mountains of politicians, bankers and New Labour nuggets.

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Playtime's over: Internet-connected kids toys 'fail miserably' at privacy

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Re: What's wrong with just pulling a string and a dozen phrases?

True. My four year old's favorite interstellar rocket looks suspiciously like one of our laundry baskets.

Maybe it's actually an EM Drive?

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It is not entirely clear to me how Nuance is involved, aren't they just doing speech processing and generation?

I suppose the audio stream goes out over the Internet (unencrypted?) to Nuance's servers, is processed according to customer demands, then another audio stream goes back into the creepy puppet?

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Re: What's wrong with just pulling a string and a dozen phrases?

But Totoro is pretty scary.

And that Catbus is just NOPE!

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Guess King Battistelli's plan to fix the Euro Patent Office. Yep, give himself more power

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Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

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Re: Also, unicorns

> F'king hell, we can't win.

The last time that was possible was somewhat before WWI, I think.

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Tileki! Tekili-Li!

This penguin seems vaguely threatening.

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What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

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Re: One thing's for sure

> W.I.N.D.O.W. S._S. E. R. V. E. R.

Not even once.

Been on 2012R2 just this afternoon.

It's a playground of crazy. "Notepad"? "My videos"? "Windows Explorer"? Click Click Bing Bing???

As if a millions of consumer minds had suddenly clamored for a "professional" system, then been utterly silenced with Disney-level shit. I fear something terrible has happened.

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