* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

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Because of the fast size of the full snapshots

Looks like there is some kind of special relativity of IT at work, rotating bytes/s into TiB values?

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CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

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Re: What do they do?

They are "just" particular mixes of particular quarks, in the same family as protons as neutrons.

We want to enumerate all of these, so it is good to have confirmation that these particular states of three.quark bindings exist (as expected) and to be able to measure their masses and decay modes to complete empirical lists and look for surprises.

See also: List of Baryons

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Apple Fanboi? Stand by to get Beats Music LIKE IT OR NOT

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The important question is....

What will Taylor Swift say?

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Re: Cloud down

More like "Bog"

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Re: something wrong at a fundamental level with Azure.

The Devil?

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In-house stuff fails too, and then you don't get the skills to get it back up again, or worse. You know "database corrupted, where is the backup ZOMG it says 'Monday' on that tape, wait the amount of dust on this shelf says that..... NOOOOOO!"

Clouds mean everyone gets burnt at the same time and the Internet must work and you also better have a local backup just in case.

But in all cases, it's just choose your poison.

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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Assistant Chief Constable Theresamanbehindyer?

Does it have European presence though?

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Re: This could be embarrassing

No-one cares what they are saying.

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Prison Contraband

Prison Delivery as a Service?

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Re: Nefarious private use of drones

Nominal Romanians checking out dog presence and access possibilities from the control van, more like.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Re: Anonymous coward

So much political grandstanding. Especially from those "Democrats" that used be in charge not so long ago and are now crocodile tearing. Don't believe any of those arseholes.

"WATERED DOWN TO THE POINT OF IRRELEVANCE" or "IT'S ALL BULLSHIT AND SOMA" is the correct description.

Why I Don’t Support USA Freedom Act.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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This is the castle of my master, Ballmère de Redmonde!

Did Ballmer fart in the general direction of the security team and fetchez la vache onto them and is Nadella resurrecting it?

On the other hand, I heard the dudes in security would be folded into marketing or something? Has this order of High Pointyhairedness been belayed?

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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Re: Research……

Please go on....

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: @ Vociferous It scares me that people here seem to think the US and Russia are equivalent.

And you'd be wrong

You, sir, are a clueless bag of vapid hot air and you should start to educate yourself.

as the fact that you can call the president a moron without any fear of any repercussion shows

"Being able to be a clown in public shows that we are free" and other illuminating commentary from the shit-for-brains-producing ideological stuffing.

Be along now.

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Re: It scares me that people here seem to think the US and Russia are equivalent.

One is a functioning democracy with rule of law and free speech, the other is a fascist dictatorship without rule of law or free speech.

I will pass and demand my right to call a relative by phone to help me answer this question.

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Re: Again?

It's like Bad Santa has finally arrived outside of Hollywood movies.

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clandestine Russian spacecraft

What you say? Clandestine? Not cleared with the American Empire? Unacceptable! HARDER SANCTIONS NOW, BOOTS ON THE GROUND, ALL OPTIONS ON THE TABLE (except sexual ones, probably).

Seriously, does a nation need to contat an international clearinghouse dealing in space stuff? I suppose it's a good idea to phone ahead to other nations of a launch lest someone push the red button in undue haste, but apart from that?

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Re: Persecution

Wasn't Gaydar the guy how Really Has No Luck At All on Battlestar Galactica?

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Re: Their are issues with Google drive aswell..

Feel free to submit articles highlighting problems with other products, oh quasi-anonymous Microsoft supporter.

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Re: I stopped reading at...

Gartner?

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Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync

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Re: Bak To Skool

'Twas typen in the pub downstairs, so cogratulate instead!

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Phew Phew Phew!

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Now Uber can take EVERYONE for a ride

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Outperforming Elizabeth Warren in the hot air business?

El Reg - determining the "correct levels of wages" for musicians and taxi drives since the early 21st century.

A pipe-smoking, leather elbow patch tweed jacket wearing job with tradition!

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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"Remember: UBIKRAND's entropy is smooth and easy. Avoid prolonged use."

That's Philip K. Dick levels of paranoia. You can't check for that.

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Simon's says quantum computing will work

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Re: WTF am I reading?

Yes

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WTF am I reading?

To put that another way: if we know that a quantum computer can be made to outperform a classical machine, we've got a bit more confidence that the research money isn't being wasted.

We DO know the former. If it turns out that for some as-yet-unknown reasons, the QC actually does NOT manage to follow the mathematical description of QM, that would be monster spectacular and open the road for re-evaluation. Shurely not a waste of money one way or the other.

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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lee of a rock formation

More like a large heap of snowy slush and assorted crud.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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But if there is no branch in the BPMN diagram for that case, what you gonna do?

The future: Imagine dunning letters flying in your face .... forever!

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Re: You are just a number, to be bled for corporate profit.

Please feel free to open the "fair trade" mobile shop, for kinder, gentler, more socialistic and less alienating service.

You will get a free Che shirt when opening an account.

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

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”The theory cannot be expressed pictorially and mere words mean nothing” (Heisenberg)

A those nuggets of the wise ancients, like alchemical musings they are. Just add mandragore.

Meanwhile:

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.

And also:

”Cultural anxieties during 1920s Germany were ultimately the reason why the founders of Quantum Mechanics placed randomness at the centre of their theory”.

This bodes well for new advances in the early 21st century, where permanent observation, economic and cultural upheavals and the death throes of the american empire are sure to lead to new metaphors.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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Re: Good for him.

Why is studying random details with no sense and meaning good for him?

Might as well study the slightly wrong decimal expansion of Pi to 10'000 digits.

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Better play WoW

spends roughly two hours a day studying Microsoft's operating system

He's a goner.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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Re: That hell under paris exists!

Well, you can get both now, plus sourly commuters pressed into Métro like SAUCISSONS, and possibly gang fights / a stolen wallet / extremely overpriced coffee / taxis shamelessly fleecing you / CRS feeling, if not beating you up because you were caught near a protest action by Force Ouvrière.

It's like Upper Volta with a Tour Eiffel.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Re: A lot of people think...

80% of it's mission

How are these 80% measured and are they like the perennial "80% of the software project is done now, I swear!"?

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which outer solar system mission would you rather was abandoned completely so that this mission might be able to get a small amount of additional science done?

Because pols and green freaks can't find their arse with both hands we are left with the choice:

"Do you want to suck a lot or to suck a whole lot?"

(And protest placards will go up in any case while much handwringing will occur in the corridors of power and questions are asked whether that Europa probe might not be better powered with renewable energies)

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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"The shirt I wore this week … I made a big mistake, and I offended many people and I am very sorry about this,"

BIG MISTAKE.

Tell all those motherfuckers off, dude! Seriously, punch them in their fucking FACE even the FEMALES. These zombified people wouldn't even DARE to say something from behind their assorted neurotic complexes when you met them in the street.

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Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

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Is misread this as "ISIS Mosque" attack

Am I being unduly influence by Amurrican reporting?

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Those "6 months" are your advantage to make money, eejit.

"It's not copying, it's theft. They stole our time, time we could have had with our families."

Decide on that upfront.

Cretin.

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Exit the dragon: US govt blows $325m on China-beating 300PFLOPS monster computer

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Re: For some strange reason the expression "arms race"..........

Strategic Computing: DARPA and the Quest for Machine Intelligence, 1983-1993

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3rd generation computing!

and scientists will be to use familiar high-level programming languages – C, C++ and Fortran

The 60s called, and ALGOL wants to have a word!

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Poll trolls' GCHQ script sock puppets manipulate muppets

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"Stop and Thinkst"

Thou hast no spelling reviewer, sad monk?

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The Lambda that ROARED: Amazon unveils event-driven AWS compute service

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Is this really 2014?

So is this, like, a production system for the cloud?

At launch, the service supports writing Lamba functions in JavaScript – specifically, Node.js

Most shitty idea every. Bad client-side language and a worse framework from Sophomore Acme Productions that tries to lift it to a server-side language and just creates problems in concurrency and exception handling ready to snag the poor sods that decided to invest in it.

Proper actor languages? No, we are catering to people who think JavaScript is COOL and STARTUPPY.

Not even once.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Re: Two Legs

Lack of gravitas.

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Re: Well, I hope they work things out and can sample the comet!

WHERE IS YOUR WHITE WHALE NOW?

Sorry, I mean ... finance IMMEDIATELY a second mission with my dear TAX EUROS instead of feeding them into maw of entitled civil euroserpents (who permanently detect "austerity" == a conspicious failure to upgrade their paycheck for now particular reason)

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Compared with other cognitive differences between the sexes...

such as cultural differences in maths skills

I see the hedging you did there.

Unfortunately, reality won't be denied.

what you would expect if mating was the payoff for travel

We have arrived at the level where NOT mating is the payback for travel, so I'm sure it's gonna even out eventually. Luckily we have electronic maps these days.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: "most important book"

Mein Kampff is back up in the popular lists too, seriously.

And why not. Pulp fiction is always good, people are reading Hillary's book too etc.

Also: It's either "Mein Kampf" or "Voight-Kampff", do not mix the two.

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Re: "most important book"

That's because "Das Kapital" was trashed by Böhm Bawerk even before WWI and only hipsters sporting Che T-Shirts find any redeeming value in that multi-tome work.

Note that Marx conveniently died before managed to finish his Magnum Opus so he never had to deliver on his promise that we would explain eventually how all of the demagoguery culled from a few centuries of communist collectivist dogma and moaning (always ending in tears and people being shot for not following the line to peasant freedom) actually makes any sense.

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The Bible

Most rectconned book of all times. Rewritten several times and redacted according to prevalent dogma / papal edicts. The older part was about removing kebabs, chosen people being strong for their tribe and relentless hailing of genocide, with some rape throw in. Also possibly written at the time when human consciousness underwent deep remodeling, though that is evidently debatable.

Flaming Bush icon, of course.

P.S. "A Brief History of Time" on 3rd place? Utterly Ridiculous.

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The C++ Programming Language

BLETCH.

I detect purposefully inflammatory, senseless remarks and irreverent trolling.

Or else the IT horizon of dear commentard must be smaller than one of a neutron star.

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