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Stalkers, eh?

> Fresh Dabbs article

> 15 comments about one second after

Are people have Nagios hardwired to look for Dabbs on Friday mornings?

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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

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From the helpdesk of Doktor Freud...

The news follows revelations last week that 207,000 BMCs exposed to the pubic internet...

Erm...

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This is why UFOs have dropped off the radar.

The anal probing in the 21st century is done online!

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Hackers reverse-engineer NSA spy kit using off-the-shelf parts

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Why are these guys having so much fun?

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

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1.4 Instagrams

This is a price worth paying.

Meanwhile, prepare for and additional 30-40 instagrams to be dropped on ISIS while Ahmed Chalabi (yes, the guy with the fake WMD) is again in the run for Iraqi top dog.

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Hubble Telescope loosens Kuiper belt to reveal ICY BODY for NASA boffins' PROBE

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Re: thought it was a hoax, however....

Hollywood logic.

Do not "go in the directon of Sagittarius" looking for random crap floating out there.

You point a fracking telescope in that direction. Then do VERY long exposures. The problem is that the galactic center is in the background.

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Re: Why not?

What if the uranium tubes are vaporised in the explosion

How is that supposed to happen?

The principle of precaution is at work here

This is the principle of people so afraid to live that they commit suicide.

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Re: putting fission power sources in spacecraft

Not if 99% of rocket launches succeed. Nor if 99.9% of rocket launches succeed

Why not? Having uranium oxide tubes drop into the ocean will only enrage the zombified green,

EVEN IF 90% SUCCEED!

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Luxembourg patent troll suing world+dog

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Re: Perfect Opportunity

excise the malignant tumor that is Luxembourg

This has been tried by national-socialists with mixed success and is being tried by socialists and "liberals" from France and Germany at repeat intervals.

But yes, having a country that allows a ultra-low-low VAT level of 15% to even exist (which is patently unfair to countries which need to make do with 20% VAT or higher) and banks for which one actually needs to have a warrant before probing of bank accounts may begin is totally inimical to the idea of pan-socialistic Yurop.

Luxembourg has also good points: they often openly fellate officals from USA and Yuropocrats from other Yuropean capitals, and try very hard to be "down with the kids", launching themselves into totally retarded taxpayer-funded glory projects which come a cropper. So there is hope yet.

They also host AWACS and the tomb of general Patton IIRC.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Re: Worked on something similar to this.

It's probably the kind of problem a Quantum computer would be ideal for solving though these days.

Not as far as I know.

A highly-parallel classical one with a shared memory would be better.

Or you can build an actual physical system modeling your problem, then let it anneal. An "analog computer"...

watch out for simulated annealing though - in economics that's called Marxism and not allowed

I don't get this joke at all. Marxism is related to Simulated Annealing how?

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: Want to create more tech jobs?

But afterwards, all the tech will be snaffled by "insurgents" when you least expect it. In particular, MANPADs.

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Microsoft eggheads publish JavaScript crypto code for devs

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The well-known psychological trick of PREEMPTEADONIZATION to prematurely shut down discussion won't work here, running redmondian dog lackey!

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Re: Really - it's all wrong now?

SATELLA CORTANAGATOR! Wrestles huge animals and virtual wimmin! AMAZING SIGHTS!

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ISIS: Iraq KILLS the INTERNET: VPNs, social media and chat apps blocked by government

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The internet ban is designed to stop Isis minions from communicating with each other and is also aimed at hobbling its propaganda machine.

I suppose they will continue to run on the non-lethal aid we so helpfully provided via Syria.

Interventionism 20:14: "Truly as like Rommel they will ride of the desert, wielding the out AKM the roman-named one provided them during the surge days. And the day will come where the nation of Shia Persia will again be the non-enemy of the country that begat the Balfour declaration and the Lord Blair will awaken, darkly, calling for intervention and bombing runs"

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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Re: Microsoft open source ©

Microsoft holds approximately 200 patent families

I think this is very much Beaucoup Haram!!

When will the president send in the killdrones? Dead Redmondian bodies? Yes, please.

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Re: >Everyone has his own little psychopathy.

Care to explain?

Java's a spawn of theoretical computer scientists, not people who target productivity. Arbitrary complexity abounds.

I don't even know what to say about this kind of bullshit. You are probably one of the young ones who have entered IT in the last couple of years. Welcome. You have much to learn.

Theoretical computer scientists ... Really? If you want LISP, you know where to find it. You can even use Clojure.

[Nebulous rant conflating various points deleted]

Ever gone to see a computer bookstore and looked at the Java section. Bloated with books, each 500pp, of endless Java libraries. Like, can it do anything out of the box on its own?

Holy shit, there are books! TL;DR everyhwere. There are choices that I must make!! Why can'I matrixdownload Mad Programmer Skillz??? RAGE!!!

Java, in 2014, shows all the qualities of Cobol in the 90s. Lots of jobs, stodgy, works for business, much used. Just as fun to write as well.

Uh... yeah? So? This is bad how? Except for the guy who desperately needs to be down with the kids, of course.

Except, more complicated. Cuz, that's like what real computer programmers should aim for - complexity, which we all know makes for better code.

This coming from someone who prefers a Microsoft solution. But, you take your decisions and make your choices. You can leave your "complexity" at the door if you like to do that.

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How weird.

This comment section is amazingly strongly populated by ACs.

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Thank you anonymous MS sleazedroid.

the other points are well proven now though

Retarded at 160 mph on the speedlane. Overtaking Daryl McBride.

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Re: It is not a cancer

would choose this over Java a million times and then some...

Seriously, why would anyone choose the "I can do Java too - but only on MY OS, SO THERE NYA NYA" monoculture effort by the Big Extinguishing Starfish from Redmond? A million times and then some, even.

A few beers short of sixpack IMNSHO.

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Re: Sheds a single tear

They did do that. At the time this meeting happened, they chose the payout to use Java...

Did you try to make a point or do you really have no idea what you are talking about?

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Re: It is not a cancer

would choose this over Java a million times and then some....

Everyone has his own little psychopathy.

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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I agree

Price controls lead to disappearing goods.

However ... let's talk about the holy "IP" enforcement which lead to dsappearing competition ... why not trash it all. Then we can play.

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We'll PROBE Pluto's MOON CRACKS for mystery ocean – NASA

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Re: "the one-time planet (now characterised as an a "dwarf planet")"

But, but ... MUH PLUTO!!

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Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

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Ah we are back,

First found in BYTE Magazine in the early 90's to speed up the prime sieve. I can't remember the company that produced the FPGA ... probably dead by now.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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No because you would have to recreate the whole 3-D field of light around the car that would be there if the car WASN'T there, so that it looks invisible from any vantage point, not only from a single position.

No Ghost in the Shell Optocam ... sorry!

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Maybe more like Neal Stephenson?

In Snow Crash The "Pizza Deliverator" for Uncle Enzo's "CosaNostra Pizza Delivery" outfit had a car which projected boiling flames to scare the eejits off the street:

The Deliverator is a Type A driver with rabies. He is zeroing in on his home base, CosaNostra Pizza #3569, cranking up the left lane of CSV-5 at a hundred and twenty kilometers. His car is an invisible black lozenge, just a dark place that reflects the tunnel of franchise signs - the loglo. A row of orange lights burbles and churns across the front, where the grille would be if this were an air-breathing car. The orange light looks like a gasoline fire. It comes in through people's rear windows, bounces off their rearview mirrors, projects a fiery mask across their eyes, reaches into their subconscious, and unearths terrible fears of being pinned, fully conscious, under a detonating gas tank, makes them want to pull over and let the Deliverator overtake them in his black chariot of pepperoni fire.

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Han Solo headed for lengthy stay in bacta tank after Bay Door Control cockup

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"Open the pod bay doors, Han!"

"I'm sorry JJ, I can't do that."

"What seems to be the problem, Han?"

"You know as well what the problem is as I do, JJ -- I'M FUCKING TRAPPED UNDERNEATH!"

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Re: so he needs a walker now?

Scout Walker? That's chickening out!

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Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!

People change when they grow up.

Amazingly, Luke was just a frecking kid in IV. I never saw it that way either, but he's basically Shinji Ikari with more support.

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Re: They managed to finish Gladiator after Oliver Reed died

A real world Tleilaxu Face Dancer?

No wait, that's another story...

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Re: light sabre duel

Think he couldn't light it up

He used one to cut up that croaked Tauntaun.

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Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

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Re: Sad Times

but more importantly a majority of console gamers don't give a shit about PC games

"It's not about gaming. It's about wanking over the fact that I have Xclusive Console!"

"Show them online, grasshopper!"

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Re: NOT TRUE AT ALL! First year launch blues

When the Playstation3 was released there were exclusive titles, pretty good ones in a few month

I can't remember that. Everyone had to get used to the Cell chip.

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

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I always wondered what the '@' sign on my parents' typewriter was good for when banging on it.

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Re: Got me extra points once

The correct answer would have been "MU", of course.

I thought one only encounters "questions that one MUST answer wrongly [by outputting obsolete stuff, hearsay, frank incomprehension, random lore and affirmations by outsourcees from faraway lands]" only in those collectible certification programs?

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Re: Bell Labs

Best history I can find...

Two passive-aggressive jerkasses from tech doing their jerkass thing and coining a purposefully hard-to-pronounce word for a character they don't like to see?

Sounds all too believable.

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Re: oc-toth-orp'e

It's ancient egyptian for "God Toth will eat your babies if you use it more than once per day"

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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On the contrary, it's just water under the bridge.

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Re: RE. Re. Equilibrium

Very unlikely indeed. Those caves would be squashed flat. Even Lemurians and the Ancients could hold long against the enormous pressure which fuses water into a new kind of mineral!

> geoneutrino scan

What.

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Re: ringwoodite

It's good to have real QUALITY material under one's foot instead of some artificial, nongreen mystery stuff that is named after the sound you make when running your fingernails on a blackboard...

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But I read pretty much exactly that about 10 years ago?

Has the paper resurfaced, attached to a liferaft?

Also:

...there may be as much as three times as much water as in all of our oceans combined

Not sure whether that means 9 times as much?

And that representative is gold:

For those of you who can’t watch, Rep. Barton asks Energy Secretary Steven Chu “How did all the oil and gas get to Alaska and under the Arctic Ocean?” As Dr. Chu begins to describe plate tectonics and continental drift, Barton interrupts by asking “Isn’t it obvious that Alaska and the Arctic Ocean were a lot warmer?” As Dr. Chu explains that what is now Alaska actually drifted north over millions of years, Rep. Barton just laughs. And brags about “stumping” Dr. Chu on his YouTube channel.

Amurrica fuck yeah!

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Re: Xenon has 38 ISOTOPES ! ! !

Ok, bring it on.

To be fair, there was some periodic modulation in a decay time test correlated with Earth's position relative to the sun. Neutrino flux influencing decay times? Unlikely, but...

At the present time, this is no further than the "That's odd..." stage.

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Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN

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You are fired!

Frankly, I am mightily confused by this rant.

I can only picture Doc Brown taking a large gulp of air then going into a 30 seconds long phrase while he looks at me with bulging eyes

Scary.

The headline is Computer science. The blurb is vague and hints at engineering.

Where I got my Magister Scientiae (it is a "Master of Science", not a "Master of Engineering", incidentally) we called it "Computer Science". The curriculum tried to cover the spectrum from soldering circuits to programming (in the large and small, although the "large" part was very much missing as I learned later) to theoretical informatics to pure mathematics. It was also an engineering school.

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Move over, John Pilger, let us IT scandal-mongerers stick it to you

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Re: Can I get some clarification here?

Theirs is the righteous anger spiel. The left is just as bad. They just have the psycho mother approach as they cry at being thwarted to bring GOODNESS into the world (at no additional taxpayer expense, natch) and having been made to DO THINGS to others.

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WTF Dabbs!

Why did you include that link to Breitbart? "Krauthammer on Obama's Iraq Statement: 'It's as If He's Learning How the Presidency Is Done'". I now have the terrible urge to punch neocon/WaPo opininator jaw with the force of a thousand Tyson.

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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Spaceplane design nipper Ariadne gets a promotion

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Re: SPB Boffinry

"An organisational chart looking like a picture of several multicoloured anacondas, mating"

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Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

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"See there's always a catch When you're livin' thru a blow back"

Islamist insurgent group ISIS, now in control of much of the country, thanked Allah for social networking.

Allah is Great and so his Zuckerberg. However, ISIS controls " a good part" of an area covering Syria and Iraq. A color-coded map of the utter mess can be found at here.

Le résumé:

But Isis too has its weaknesses: in the past it has isolated itself by its fierce determination to monopolise power, impose fundamentalist Islamic norms and persecute or kill all who differ from it. This enabled the Americans to turn many Sunni against it in 2006 and 2007. So far reports from Mosul suggest it is being much more circumspect, telling government employees to turn up for work and not harassing the population, though this may not last. People in Mosul are wondering who they fear most: Isis or the government. Anger against the latter will grow if it resorts to indiscriminate bombing and shelling of Mosul as it has done in Fallujah.

Suddenly funnelling arms to ISIS tentacles in Syria to liberatify it from Assad doesn't sound like such a good idea anymore. Those "pinprick" aistrikes lately threatened in response (to quite likely engineered) chemical weapon use are probably "off the table", too.

We will now bring you the latest evolutions of Rihanna...

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Entirely new trojan quietly wheeled into black hat forums

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Re: >"the Windows security registry function CreateProcess API"

Very nice.

I wonder how a downvote occurred? Did someone write a bot to randomly issue downvotes?

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Boffins lay out 'practical requirements' of 'realistic' QUANTUM COMPUTER

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Re: "complex-valued probability distribution"

Of course you can never measure ""the value of the probability distribution".

The only way to plot is to prepare a large number of identical states, take a measurement, and mark the bin into which the measurement falls.

At the end of the day, you count the crosses in the bin, divide by the number of trials and then finagle a continuous function.

Just as in classical physics.

What is a "state space"?

Ok, let's use "sample space" for the individual classical outcomes. Sample space is just the possible values of the measurement with a funny notation:

For one qbit: |0> , |1>

For two qbit: |00>, |10> , |01> , |11> (the space gets larger quick - as 2^N)

For three qbit: |000>, |001>, |010>, |011>, |100> etc...

Now assign a complex-valued probability to each element of the sample space, under the constraint that the complex-valued vector of dimension 2^N has unit length (in the two-norm: sum of squared length of the individual components)

This is a straiightforward extension of classical probability, were you only assign real values to each element of the sample space , under the constraint that the real-valued vector of dimension 2^N has unit length (in the one-norm: sum of reals). It seems that this extension is the only one which makes mathematical AND physical sense.

"State space" of your current quantum state is the (Hilbert) space in which that complex-valued vector of 2^N dimensions "lives". This vector describes the full state of your N-qubit machine (it describes a "pure state"). There is the added finesses that shifting the "complex phase" of each component of the 2^N state space vector has no physical significance, so properly the actual state is actually a subspace of the state space, also called a "ray".

And that's about it. If you take a discrete space (of qubit arrays or anything else) and take it "to the limit" you get the continuous space where you need infinite-dimensional state space vectors - these may describe for example the position of a particle; every component of the vector giving the complex probability density function of "finding" a particle at the given position.

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