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Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

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Re: "It think that should be "when dark matter particles decay all by their lonesome"."

I have never heard of dark matter annihilation, but decay, yes:

Synopsis: Sterile Neutrino as Dark Matter Candidate

A hypothetical neutrino that does not interact through the weak force could be the source of a recently detected x-ray emission line coming from galaxy clusters. However, previous models using this so-called “sterile” neutrino as a form of dark matter were not able to satisfy constraints from cosmological observations. Now, writing in Physical Review Letters, Kevork Abazajian of the University of California, Irvine, shows that a sterile neutrino with a mass of 7 kilo-electron-volts (keV) could be a viable dark matter candidate that both explains the new x-ray data and solves some long-standing problems in galaxy structure formation.

Cosmologists have long considered neutrinos as possible dark matter particles. However, because of their small mass (less than about 1 eV), conventional neutrinos are too fast, or “hot,” to form the dense dark matter structures needed to hold galaxies and galaxy clusters together. By contrast, sterile neutrinos, which result from certain neutrino theories, can have larger masses and could have been naturally produced in the big bang by neutrino flavor mixing.

The problem has been that sterile neutrinos should decay, producing an x-ray signal that no one has observed—until maybe now. Earlier in 2014, an analysis of galaxy cluster data revealed an x-ray emission line, which is consistent with the decay of a 7-keV sterile neutrino. Normally, dark matter with this mass would be too “warm” to match galaxy data. However, Abazajian showed that the sterile neutrinos could have a “cooler” momentum distribution if they were produced through resonantly enhanced neutrino flavor mixing (the MSW effect). When Abazajian plugged this neutrino into a cosmological model, he found it could explain both the small number of Milky Way satellite galaxies and their central densities, which have eluded the currently favored cold dark matter model. – Michael Schirber

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> when dark matter particles collide and annihilate each other.

It think that should be "when dark matter particles decay all by their lonesome".

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Re: Balancing the balance

Place a call to your central bank which will give you all the dark currency you will ever need ... if you have political backing or can reasonably explain that your not buying the car will cause irreparable harm to Main Street.

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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

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Re: Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads ?

> considering some journalists really ARE being decapitated

Yeah, but on the other hand, civilians are being hellfired and droned to death, so I suppose we can no longer talk about "going to hell" and "the manager's continuous, mindless droning?"

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Robespierrella!

Poor taste, that's a lot of families going to have a harder Christmas this year.

Microsoft is not in the business of giving people happy Christmas memories.

In truth, if the Next Big Crash comes before Christmas, then ...

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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

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...Till Malware Shall Part Us Forever

It's a sad story...

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First day of Hurd'n'Catz at Oracle: It's dis-fur-pointing for Wall St

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Not a problem. I hear beer is up!

Newsflash To Fed: 122 Billion Bottles Of Beer On The Wall Is About Asset Bubbles, Not Jobs

The item in question is a $122 billion globally syndicated loan to facilitate an Mergers & Acquisition deal between the world’s two largest beer companies—AB InBev with a 20% global market share and SABMiller with 10%. Needless to say, the only possible reason for creating a monstrosity with $60 billion in sales spread among scores of highly differentiated regional and national beer markets is the “synergy” euphemism—-that is, the “savings” from thousands of job terminations especially in those two paragons of job growth known as North America and Europe.

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In fact, at the rumored $122 billion, the loan now brewing would amount to 6.5X free cash flow. In a no-growth business in a world where interest rates must eventually normalize–that is sheer lunacy. But it well explains why our monetary politburo is so reluctant to let interest rates normalize and is so deathly afraid of a Wall Street hissy fit.

None of this would happen in a world with honest interest rates and stable two-way capital markets for the simple reason that the financing could not be raised; boards and CEOs would have no momentum driven stock market inducing them to engage in patently irrational mergers; and, in any event, short sellers would swiftly punish serial roll-up machines that destroy rather than create sustainable economic value.

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What's this 'pay as you go' cloud crap? Dunno about you, but my apps don't work that way

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Re: Is this even controversial?

> What people did before the cloud was hyped.

Windows?!?!!!

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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But the matter inside it is presumably what has the AM?

No, the AM is an attribute of the Black Hole. How it looks on the other side of the event horizon we are not sure about. In GR, a (noncharged, nonspinning) BH you are handed a new time axis of finite length pointing "inwards" to the center, which is bad prognosis for the falling traveler, but string theory as other ideas, and then there is the gravastar, too.

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Also, that title!

Astroboffins spot PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE in small galaxy far, far away

Yes, quite likely directly into the universe's best implementation of blend-it-all Moulinex.

Which reminds me of Greg Egan's "Glory" (not his best story, but still):

Pirit hesitated. “Did you come through the Cataract?”

The Cataract was a black hole, a remote partner to the Noudah's sun; they orbited each other at a distance of about eighty billion kilometers. The name came from its telescopic appearance: a dark circle ringed by a distortion in the background of stars, like some kind of visual aberration. The Tirans and Ghahari were in a race to be the first to visit this extraordinary neighbor, but as yet neither of them were quite up to the task.

“Through the Cataract? I think your scientists have already proven that black holes aren't shortcuts to anywhere.”

“Our scientists aren't always right.”

“Neither are ours,” Joan admitted, “but all the evidence points in one direction: black holes aren't doorways, they're shredding machines.”

Take-away: Don't go there.

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Re: Black Hole belongs in Alice in Wonderland

Weird physcal theories with not particular reason to exist and dollops of ranting?

----->------- alt.sci.physics.alternative ----->-------

that it is not physical, and that singularities in his gravitational field nullify the theory of General Relativity

We know that it is not physical, genius. He was also talking about singularities (the hint in in "singular", geddit?) not black holes, which are trivial consequences of GR. Singularities are unphysical because GR is a classical theory living in a real-valued infinitely dense manifold. There are serious reasons to believe this is not actually where we currently are.

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Who is afraid of gravitational waves, then?

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> you could transfer that AM to the black hole perhaps.

But first you need to get your friendly mass on a trajectory that inersects the event horizon. This doesn't happen that easily unless you are already very close.

Of course, one absorbtion occurs, any momentum remainder will then transferred to the slightly embiggened black hole, as is the local universal custom.

These holes are probably bathed in a cloud of dark matter (sterile neutrinos or whatnot) and probably getting few from that sector, too. I wonder how much they gain over a billion years just via DM?

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You would need something to get rid of the angular momentum, otherwise no eating as stars and gas will just keep going on their preassigned orbits.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Jumping the iShark

Where there similar warnings in the days of the Tamagotchi?

I won't even go into Mr Hamill's naysaying about any Apple product in existence, ever. And maybe even those never in existence, inside the event horizons of Black Holes and out there in the Tegmark IV multiverse.

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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Re: Can't be arsed to read all the Murdochian bull

So you'd sell future generations down the river rather than admit Murdoch had a point?

Yes, risking the genetic purity of our precious bodily fluids is worth it to utterly destroy the Murd'hochian spawn of Satan once and for all.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!

> 29 thumbs down

Well, I'm pretty proud to have rustled the jimmies of 29 Internet "people" (more like nationalistic cancer, amirite) of which I would punch the teeth in IRL.

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Hail, Hail, Hail!

"President Obama has made it clear that the greatest nation on earth should not have to rely on any other country to get into space," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at a press conference on Tuesday.

Did he crack one off in public to rousing applause, too?

USA - Please embark on the 'B' Ark, stat. The rest of the world will manage, we will retrain some to do the phone cleaning. Thanks.

Putin & Co cast their eyes towards Lebensraum in the Ukraine.

I didn't know La Madame Psaki had joined Team Reg? Oh well.

I guess once Rabbis start getting chased out of Kiev the Lebensraum will be on the other boot, to mix the sayings.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

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Re: A system restart!? For an editor/viewer!?

As long as they keep it in the sandbox.

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US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux

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That image

So Hitler was on to something?

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: really

But the DU armor will drive greens crazy.

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Whatever happens, don't mention the tank!

AVON ist die Abkürzung für Amtliches Verzeichnis der Ortsnetzkennzahlen

Du nimmst das Pissen, Hans!

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Expecting a Hitler skit about "THOSE PLANS ARE ALL IN METRIC!" soon.

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Probably cheaper to drop the "historicity" and have one built from original plans.

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Re: I know where there's one you can buy

It's probably been repurposed. After all the rebels drove a Josef Stalin 2 off its pedestal in Donetsk, one wonders how that is possible, the motor must have been blown a long time ago. Or maybe it was just for "our side's" propaganda purposes because the lettering "TO KIEV!!" was still very visible, striking fear in freedom lovers everywhere.

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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Re: How do you know....

> 9k of my tax avoi.. err. hard earned cash

> my criminal part... err.. friends

> The vermin this site hopes to attract

"On Appeasing Envy"

... the envious are more likely to be mollified by seeing others deprived of some advantage than by gaining it for themselves. It is not what they lack that chiefly troubles them, but what others have. The envious are not satisfied with equality; they secretly yearn for superiority and revenge. In the French Revolution of 1848, a woman coal-heaver is said to have remarked to a richly dressed lady: “Yes, madam, everything’s going to be equal now; I shall go in silks and you’ll carry coal.”

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Re: Really?

"privacy rights, gun control, marriage equality, women's rights, health insurance coverage for mental health issues, environmental protection"

Sadly, this sounds like the pandering-to-progressives shopping list.

It may be surpassed by Lizzie Warren, but only just.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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Re: he's a total arse, who poisoned any remaining hope

Tom 13.

The total arse who poisoned the Oslo peace process was not a Jew. He was a Palestinian. His name was Yasser Arafat. He was handed the two state solution as he proposed it with one small exception: The PLO was required to change its charter to admit Israel had the right to exist. Yasser Arafat rejected that deal.

He did what now? Are you pulling random crap out of your arse or reading too much of the fascist sheets that call themselves "Israeli newspapers" these days?

What was rejected was the statement that Israel shall be a "Jewish State". That was around 2008 or so. The "right to exist" question had been put to rest around 1988.

And also, by a guy who was actually around:

Oslo Revisited

Yasser Arafat said about Oslo: "This is the best agreement that could be achieved in the worst situation." He meant the balance of power, with Israel’s huge advantage over the Palestinians.

For the sake of fair disclosure: I may have contributed in a small way to the shaping of his attitude. At my meetings with him in Tunis, I advocated again and again a pragmatic approach. Learn from the Zionists, I told him. They never said "No." At every stage they agreed to accept what was offered to them, and immediately went on to strive for more. The Palestinians, on the contrary, always said "No" and lost.

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The Oslo Agreement (officially the Declaration of Principles) was based, from the Palestinian point of view, on this assumption. It was supposed to give the Palestinians a minimal state-like basis, which would evolve gradually until the sovereign state of Palestine would be established.

The trouble was that this final aim was not spelled out in the agreement. That was its fatal defect.

The long term Palestinian aim was perfectly clear. It had been fixed by Arafat long before: the state of Palestine in all the occupied territories, a return to the borders existing before the 1967 war (with the possibility of minor swaps of territory here and there), East Jerusalem (including the Islamic and Christian shrines) becoming the capital of Palestine, dismantling of the settlements on Palestinian territory, a solution of the refugee problem in agreement with Israel. This aim has not been and will not be changed. Any Palestinian leader who accepted less would be branded by his people as a traitor.

But the Israeli aim was not fixed at all, and has remained open to this day. That is why the implementation of practically every part of the agreement has aroused such controversy, always resolved by the immense Israeli superiority of power. Gradually, the agreement gave up its soul, leaving behind only dead letters.

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Re: Political garndstanding and fiscal wankerisms

That kind of horse trading is not a good idea either. Clarity in all things.

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Political garndstanding and fiscal wankerisms

Search giant Google has been accused of avoiding UK tax by routing most of its earnings through Ireland – saving about £100m a year by paying Irish corporation tax at 12.5 per cent rather than the 28 per cent in the UK.

Ok, so this is basically a funny bunfight between the different taxation reservoirs, a beggar-your-neighbour freakshow and nothing else.

In other words, Ireland's extortion result would be down by £100m a year, and the UK's up by £200m a year. The £100m clawed back would not go to investment at Google, but to various preferred taxfeeders in the UK. This is also going to help a lot towards paying back the national debt of £1'000'000m (that's not a typo).

I laugh.

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Re: probably not enough

Dragons depress the economy by sitting on cash rather than putting it into circulation.

You are just a know-nothing who doesn't know how an economy works, how economic calculation works, and what the European Central Bank is currently doing.

But don't sweat it, you are in good company. I would say about 95% of the population are similarly clueless.

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New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

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Re: September 11, 2001

There is no doubt about that. Well-connected people made out like bandits. And now we have mercenary outfits pumped up with billions of dollars, apparently back in business against ISIS. One of those days, the president will be the one who chose to hide behind a curtain.

Indeed, without the ANTHRAX attacks (anyone remember those), there might have been far less moral panic to sign anything into law waht lands on the desk, even a shit sandwich. Sadly the perp decided to commit suicide conveniently and in a most gruesome manner.

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Re: With 20:20 hindsight ...

There is bound to be some Scheisse geht runter und schlägt den Propeller this Monday morning.

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From the good old times from before the Summer of Surveillance

The Athens Affair of 2005

On 9 March 2005, a 38-year-old Greek electrical engineer named Costas Tsalikidis was found hanged in his Athens loft apartment, an apparent suicide. It would prove to be merely the first public news of a scandal that would roil Greece for months. The next day, the prime minister of Greece was told that his cellphone was being bugged, as were those of the mayor of Athens and at least 100 other high-ranking dignitaries, including an employee of the U.S. embassy. Major network penetrations of any kind are exceedingly uncommon. They are hard to pull off, and equally hard to investigate. ... We still don't know who committed this crime. A big reason is that the UK-based Vodafone Group, one of the largest cellular providers in the world, bobbled its handling of some key log files. It also reflexively removed the rogue software, instead of letting it continue to run, tipping off the perpetrators that their intrusion had been detected and giving them a chance to run for cover. The company was fined 76 million this past December.

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Atlas of Cyberspace!

That would yield pretty glossy pictures in A0 if true, but it would imply a certain percentage of visible surveillance traffic. Mysterious SNMP packets?

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Re: They are probably right

"WHERE ARE THE HOWLS NOW?"

Brb, getting my wolves.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Vote No...

> walking the rest of the country (if they win) into financial ruin

At least some anonymous cowards seem to be impressed by the beautifully adorned large carpet covering the current economic situation "fundamentals".

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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> 6 thumbs down

Seriously!

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What kind of .dll do you need to pull onto the printer to make this possible?

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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You will find an NSA marker on both.

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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

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Nice work.

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Ded game?

What happened to Titanfall?

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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Nothing comes for free - we can't always count the cost, though. That's a different kind of "debt". If the doomiest scenario comes about, and one company (Google) accrues most of the value of transactions that take place over the network, then our obsession with shiny things today will have a very high cost for future generations.

What, like a few cents per year? Presumably with assassins driving around in Googlemobiles bumping off engineers of the competition, MEK-style.

A "very high cost for future generations" is the current wholesale elimination of economic perspectives by our "leaders", but that sounds less scary than "Google has me by the balls and there is no competitory...."

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

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"Currently, encryption is forbidden"

Ah, those Nazi spies, one needs to forestall their cunning ways or they will surely dance on our beaches!

Seriously though, how would they know there is encryption? Do the waves change colourr?

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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Re: 1984

The next day Fred showed up in his scramble suit to hear about the bugging installation.....

To my own house, he thought. Arctor's house. Up the street at the house I am Bob Arctor, the heavy doper suspect being scanned without his knowledge, and then every couple of days I find a pretext to slip down the street and into the apartment where I am Fred replaying miles and miles of tape to see what I did, and this whole business, he thought, depresses me. Except for the protection -- and valuable personal information -- it will give me.

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Re: 4chan will have to create a whole new category

Isn't that already passé?

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Re: 1984

Rather more like A Scanner Darkly, with Fear Generated by Politicians as the Substance D that everyone is on?

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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So.... any revenue and profit numbers?

In other news:

Dot Com Bubble 2.0—–Lunacy By The Numbers

The financial data for the top name on the list, Twitter, is all that is required to remind us that once again markets are trading in the nosebleed section of history, rivaling even the madness of March 2000. Currently, Twitter (TWTR) is valued at $31 billion.That’s 18X revenue, but the catch is that the revenue in question is its lifetime bookings over the 18 quarters since Q1 2010.

When it comes to profits, the numbers are not nearly so promising! For the LTM (last 12 months) period ending in June, TWTR booked $974 million of revenue and $1.7 billion of operating expense. That why “NM” shows up in its LTM ratio of enterprise value to EBITDA. It turns out that its EBITDA was -$704 million. In fact, its R&D expense alone was 83% of revenues.

That’s not the real fantasy, however. The sell-side hockey sticks indicate that TWTR’s forward multiple is only 86.6X projected EBITDA. Let’s see. At its current total enterprise value, this implies it will generate $350 million of positive EBITDA in the next 12 months—or a $1 billion favorable swing from the LTM number.

Just say its going to take some doing—not to say a miracle. During Q2 EBITDA was -$104 million compared to -$13 million in the year ago June quarter. So TWTR’s cash profit numbers are marching to the rear at a furious pace, but never mind. It’s EBITDA will soar skyward any moment now, making it 86.6X forward multiple completely rational….. Right.

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Any day now, this third and greatest bubble of the 21st century will reach a boiling point that even the mad money printers in the Eccles Building will not be able to sustain. Then there will be another thundering financial market crash—with collateral damage ricocheting willy-nilly in every direction along main street.

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

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Yeah, I don't get that either?

Team Register - Bonmots by Committee

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

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So when is salesforce getting these european servers online?

Frankly, I want to see a faster (and ajaxified) interface before the first nuke flies about Poroshenko's backyard ("of no economic interest", dixit NYT). So before end of Mai 2015, please.

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