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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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Re: Google

Or they are going for the True AI route under cover of contextual ad serving.

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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Re: And then

> An excel spreadsheet full of macros comes in by email to the senior auditor.

The company sending it didn't read the specification.

Buh-bye, end of contract.

"The customer is always right."

"The customer wants non-Microsoft-locked-in stuff."

"DEAL WITH IT!"

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Re: €30 million @Chemist 09:18

Who cares about savings. You could save by cutting down the german administrative fervour. Has any comparative study been done on what savings that would bring?

But in this case, having more control, down to the actual source, over the system that you are working with daily instead of being beholden to a US-based guy throwing chairs and changing strategic direction on a whim who is also trying to shaft you to keep up with the stockmarket bubble? Worth every Pfennig.

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

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Thanks Obama!

Still when China set up their permanent moon base next year, plant a flag and claim it as a new territory, Mr. Obama can sit back and satisfied remembering the day he cut NASA funding.

Oh, so Obama cut back NASA and ate YOUR MOM's apple pie?

You can fault Obama for a lot but a cutter he ain't. He has the full power of the printing press behind him.

Proposed NASA Budget Cuts Spark Bitter Debate in Congress

A NASA authorization bill drafted by the Republican majority of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology proposes to slash NASA's funding to $16.6 billion for 2014 — $300 million less than it received in 2013, and $1.1 billion less than President Obama requested for NASA in 2014. The bill — which authorizes spending levels but provides no actual funding — would roll back NASA’s funding to a level $1.2 billion less than its 2012 budget. Democratic members of the committee spoke strongly against the proposed cuts, which Republicans say are necessary under the federal sequestration cuts prompted by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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Re: Communist nations 2, Capitalist nations 1

The commies are now the USA:

MUH SPENDIN'

MUH PENTAGON SPENDIN'

Holy shit, there was some laissez-faire under all that lard, I am sure....

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Cambs prof scoops $3m Fundamental Physics prize

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For those in the orbit of the current raging debates

There was some discussion about this on Prof (not boffin) Peter Woit's blog

2014 Milner Prizes

Last March an Oscar-style ceremony hosted by Morgan Freeman was held in Geneva (see here) to award the 2013 $3 million Milner Prize to Princeton string theorist Alexander Polyakov. Tomorrow an even more lavish ceremony designed to turn “Oscars of Science” into instant multi-millionaires will be held in Mountain View, California (see here). It will feature Kevin Spacey, Conan O’Brien and Glenn Close, one of whom will presumably award the 2014 $3 million Milner string theory Prize to either Polchinski, Green/Schwarz, or Strominger/Vafa.

Milner-Zuckerberg Prizes for Mathematics

At the Hollywood-style awards ceremony last night for $3 million string theory and biomedical research prizes, it was announced that Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg will now start funding something similar in mathematics, called the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. ... I’ve written extensively about the “Fundamental Physics Prize” and what I see as the worst problem with it (heavily rewarding and propping up a failed research program). While many physicists are privately unhappy about this prize and its effects, few prominent ones are willing to speak publicly with their name attached, since this kind of mouthing-off could turn out to be personally extremely expensive.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: It's called the 9/11 Rule:

The more so because "9/11" had nothing to do with "connecting dots", it had to do with FBI infighting (moles being shut down out of pure spite and bureaucratic put-downs at the right moment) and possibly shenanigans about covering up a long-running deal with a mobster hitman.

No technical system is going to help with that. Unless you get all the stupid out of the system and give everything to AIs.

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Google may drop Intel for own-recipe ARM: Bloomberg

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Re: "May" means nothing

Remember that if you have got the money, Intel will adapt its stuff for you, which is, and I cite, "Intel's answer to easily configurable, custom-built ARM-compatible chips".

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Re: Pat Gelsinger

"Maybe Google can't afford to let that go unanswered and want to fab their own silicon in the US too."

Mercantilist preening as driver for entering a lower level of the application stack doesn't sound like a formula for big success.

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: What if you Miss.

It will be strongly attenuated by the atmosphere and the rest will just continue on its way along the path with zero proper time and slowly spread out.

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Re: Evil Auditor Re incoming cruise missiles

What, like Iraq, where the Allies sorted the major insurgency and put a balanced political system in power, only for the Shia to get greedy and stuff it all up? ... Anbar Awakening took care of the worst of the problems (that and kicking Moqtada Sadr's arse twice).

Woah this is beyond retarded. Or else someone gets his news exclusively from Amurrica Fuck Year Raha-Rah Tacticool Operations mags.

Probably thinks we should bomb Syria for freedom and stuff. Coz the rebels are all cuddly mockracy-loving Sunni and will pile into evil guy Bashar and kick some arse. Yeah.

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> A good alien invasion would really do wonders for Earth though.

Indeed. Earth would finally take on its final "cheese" form, like the Moon.

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Re: Reflective Shell ?

So why is the mirrored bumper still hot despite being a highly reflective surface?

Apart from bog-standard heat transfer from the rest of the vehicle.

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Re: Ask The Physicist

When in doubt, choose X-Ray.

It handily beats phased plasma rifles in the 40 watt range.

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Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default

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Re: nanny mozilla strikes again

> and I often don't have the time to drop everything and upgrade Java

You better get your lazy arse in gear and employ half an hour to do something productive, then.

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Yeah, so why does it also all of the following too:

1) have unrestricted accesses the Internet

2) run applets via the Java plugin

3) is not being change-managed and/or rolled back every evening to a defined state

4) has no further security measures

5) is running windows

Failure does not come from sticker printing.

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UK.gov chucks another £260m at MOOC-based cyber security training

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"At a time of general austerity and cost cutting"

"Ah, yes. Let the peons think this is so. Then we can bake in glory in peace." (Exit a mysterious robed figure heading for the NYT economic opinions column)

Krugman and British Austerity

[Although Krugman] asserts that British policies have simply been to "slash spending," he neglects that Britain ignored the advice of free-market supporters by increasing tax rates significantly, such as raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 50 percent, the capital-gains-tax rate to 28 percent, and the value-added-tax rate to 20 percent. More damaging to his view, as can be seen on tables 25 and 27 of this Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) document, British spending has experienced no significant cuts and still represents a sharp increase compared to prerecession levels.

Although British spending as a percent of GDP fell mildly from 51.1 percent in 2009 to 49.8 percent in 2011, this level still signifies a massive increase in spending from 2007 levels of 43.9 percent of GDP. Similarly, although the British deficit as a percent of GDP fell from 11 percent in 2009 to 9.4 percent in 2011, this deficit still amounts to a huge surge compared to the 2007 level of only 2.8 percent and, with the exception of this recession, exceeds all other deficits in Britain since World War II.

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

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Re: Ominous.

> republicans are driven by libertarian fervor

I don't think the words you use have the meaning that you think they have.

Republicans are big-state conservatives, they just to tax & spend for as much as democrats, or at least do not manage to do otherwise. This is called "bipartisan consensus": spending other people's money to mind other people's business, while doing some welfare on the side. If one can squeeze it in, grill some sandpeople for fun & profit.

Libertarians are something completely different.

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Re: Put up or shut up

Aren't you saying that we actually MUST hear from Bezos again?

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Just add crystals for healing

So what is "magnetic resonance"? Sounds appropriately Guru Level for Apple.

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Apple fanbois warned: No, Cupertino HASN'T built a Bitcoin mining function into Macs

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For the LULZ

Pretty sure

sudo rm -rf/*

would just yield an error message.

Sadly

sudo rm -rofl /

is also a no-no, but would be very nice to have.

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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Snort.

Leecher's Charter so creators like the Beasties would lose control over how their work is used

Random "creators" that no-one heard about are losing control over their totally innovative Randian Intellectual Property: End of Western Civilization soon! After this message....

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Home Office clumsily LEAKS data of 1,598 immigrants, blames 'transparency'

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Security: It is a measure, not a process!

"Harper claimed that measures had been implemented to prevent such a blunder recurring."

I hope there will be a forthcoming article in IEEE Security & Privacy about how this has been implemented because I sure am still looking for these Magic Measures that people apparently manage to pull out of their hats everytime something bad occurs, with no followup questions either.

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Cryptolocker copycat ransomware emerges – but an antidote is possible

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Locker ... rank amateurs

I foresee a body being unceromonously dumped into the sump of an abandoned factory.

Professionals don't like rifraf encroaching on their turf.

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Re: The Black Swan Theory

Not sure this is a "Black Swan" (unforeseen event that your model didn't account for and that gets you unawares like a supernova popping off in your neighborhood while you thought about visiting the next solar system).

It is just utter failure of vision and willingness to take risks, followed by wanking over the godlike benevolence and willingness to take risks of the magnificent state by paid court jesters. Here in the person of professor Mazzucato, who probably doesn't even know what "neoliberal" means. (What does it mean? It means the person who has given up on classical laissez-faire liberalism by injecting a fat post-WWII dose of socialistic state control, aka. "favouring middle of the road" policy.

We are quite a bit further down the "middle" of that kinda road now, of course, as evidenced here. My, these fasces are coming awfully close.

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Hmmm.....

"It describes how Britain could have led the recent advances in touchscreen technology, developing kit capable detecting more than one fingertip at once, years before Apple did"

I'm sorry, "Britain" is not the counterpart of "Apple", only if we are all comrades in the great Socialistic-Mercantilist undertaking of imperial revival. Which ain't gonna happen.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: It happens.

Welcome to Zimbabwe.

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Re: NEED MUCH More Severe Penalties!!!

Daily Mail reader, please leave.

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Re: Suggested reply.

Pronounce it like "The castle of ARRRGHSSS"

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Dumb by default

Non-dumb criminals don't rip up copper in the middle of the night.

They might take DELIVERY of copper, but they are probably hanging in a lobby somewhere, sipping martinis.

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Why America is no longer slurping electricity from Russian nuke warheads

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Re: Plutonium?

> The estimated carnage made the bomb damage look like a rounding error.

An interesting historical consequence would be that there wouldn't be permamoaning about the holocaust. Someone could write an alternate history story about this.

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Re: Plutonium?

You hose the area down with water from the Tigris.

Seriously, it's bad but not that bad.

Just add it to the list of DU-contaminated zones courtesy of Uncle Sam who has gifts for everyone™, with the concomitant interesting mutations down the line.

It would be easier to source Agent Orange/a ton of dioxin to dust the office workers and assorted imperial sycophants.

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Re: FIVE HUNDRED TONS of highly-enriched uranium

It was basically a no risk move that would have saved several billion dollars a year and people were so scared they wouldn't let it happen.

Note that the stupid bull pumped out by MSM, dumbf*ck congressmen and TV talking heads is not necessarily what people in the street think. Some people from Afghanistan that have been in torture paradise for a decade are actually Muslim Superman biding their time, able to phase through walls once brought into the homeland? A likely tale.

That "no risk move" It would also at least have paid lip service to the notion of a nation of laws instead of the current we-make-it-up-while-we-go-hail-victory prancing of a "democracy" within scare quotes that actually exhibits the eagles-with-oak-leaves-and-thunderbolts bombast so beloved of youthful boy scouts and mental midgets of the bureaucratic sort.

And then the summer of surveillance of 2013 occurred, but that is another story.

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Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

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Re: Not sure...

"Stay on target, Red"

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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

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Re: Aye, was down at 1130ish last night when I got in.

Time for morse.

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Re: Bet its

...lots of cables involved? Yup, physical layer disruption.

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Blighty could put a (WO)MAN on MARS by 2040, says sci minister

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Re: What the UK can bring to the table.

Yes. The could all meet at the Deep-Fried Mars Bar, then stay there.

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The crank, it turns!

TESLA TACHYON GENERATORS NAOW!

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Re: 2040?

I support this logic!

ANYTHING to keep the duo terribile of the Indian subcontinent to exchange nukes over the latest rape & holy place burndown events.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: Obvious?

Not to Microsoft. Nothing is blindingly obvious to those guys, they have practically patented serial foot mangling.

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Re: This is nonsense of the highest order.

> Might cause problems with the EU

Why?

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Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER

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Who is RAMBUS?

Not a single comment.

Crickets chirping far away.

In the distance, lawyers laughing.

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

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Re: a 10^15 dollar

At what point does 1.7 quadrillion (about $243,000), per year, have any relationship to the real world?

NOW!!

I guess these are not always different quadrillions sloshing around in there, indeed they are quite like the same going around like fat cows in circles, though I would wager that Bernanke's 65 billion dollar per month of QEn are in there SOMEWHERE.

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French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

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Re: Close

But also: barbouze = "secret service dude"

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Re: and the problems is...?

> fair game on them

ONLY IN AMURRICA.

Otherwise it is "surveillance of the employee" in this here socialist country, which ain't allowed AFAIK.

But this is France, and a lot of very bizarre things have been going on since the pape was invited to Avignon.

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I have to say...

...I am getting crackage fatique and my eyes are starting to bleed.

I guess the correct french translation is "Une attaque 'barbouze au milieu'".

This will probably be followed by a visit of Victor le Nettoyeur.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: Lawyers paradox

EPIC STD!

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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

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Re: Linux wasn't using RDRAND directly

the XOR instruction hasn't been modified to recognise when it is working with RDRAND output

Excellent trolling, the same people who unlock the backward compatibility on XBOXONE must fall for this.

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Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

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But, but... muh genius self-destroying selfie idea.

The firm added that it would suffer great or irreparable injury if Brown was allowed to keep leaking its confidential data.

And nothing of value would be lost.

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NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs

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Not a triumph

Please, no use of "kind of lame" around this here comment section.

> the only people running MSL ARE real scientists

Aren't they more akin to engineers though? In actuality, I would not want to have a honest-to-god scientist running space programs, quite apart from the fact that he/she should be doing Science!.

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