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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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... especially when you are at the very edge of what government-industrial-policy-propelled tech can do.

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Taking a Walloping!

We have confidence we can understand the problems and get back flying when we're ready to fly.

And, as Obama is wont to say "...so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s going forward”

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

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A little bit of history

The Window Tax

The window tax was a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France and Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces (ready to be glazed or reglazed at a later date), as a result of the tax. In England and Wales it was introduced in 1696 and was repealed in 1851, 156 years after first being introduced. France (established 1798, repealed 1926) and Scotland both had window taxes for similar reasons.

It sure made for pallid citizens and mold/mushroom cultivation.

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Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

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Also, El Reg: That nice quadruped on the headline image is an actual fox. A firefox looks like a fat weasel.

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Re: day late and a dollar short

With Muskian Aggro-Intelligence doing the coding, all of that arrogance and complacency would be a thing of the PAST!

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If you really need the money, you ask the central bank.

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Re: More security flaws per second...

No, but all these "unresponsive scripts" will now be a yotta less unresponsive than earlier.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Newspapers

Those too, but it's mainly the bureaucratic/politician complex.

Newspapers started carrying utterly fucking absurd criticism of the police/security services over not being able to put together 2 incredibly tiny clues out of a batch of around 20 billion such clues

Those poor security forces. They are being forced to be retarded!! But seriously, did any newspaper carry anything along the lines of the above criticism, instead of grandious hailing of "those who eat donuts and serve to protect our remarkable freedoms"?

Bruce Fein writes:

Sermonizing on behalf of the president at Harvard Law School on Sept. 16, John Brennan, current Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and then Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, declared: “[O]ur highest priority is — and always will be — the safety and security of the American people. As President Obama has said, we have no greater responsibility as a government.”

But the president and DCI profoundly err. They have subordinated liberty to an effete quest for a risk-free existence, and inverted the nation’s philosophy and Constitution.

The highest and only priority of government was elaborated in the American Declaration of Independence: to secure unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, i.e, wisdom and virtue. The Declaration endorsed John Locke’s version of the social contract elaborated in The Second Treatise on Civil Government. Men consent to surrendering their freedom in a state of nature in exhange for the government’s protecton of their liberty and property from domestic or external predation or aggression.

The paramount end of the social contract is liberty. It accepts the risk of evil or anti-social conduct as necessary and inevitable. Otherwise, safety and security would crush liberty like czarist pogroms crushed Jews.

A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality is latent in all humans. If safety and security trump all else — as Messrs. Obama and Brennan assert — then every creature on the planet is a candidate for extermination at the whim of the president and DCI.

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Boffins snap first pics of hot white dwarf nova bursting out of its shell

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Re: I'm sure the pictures are very interesting...

Well, it is "Nature" magazine that is charging the money for the research paper. This is a for-profit outfit (Macmillan Publishers Limited, to be precise). You can probably download the raw picture from the researchers' website - sometimes even a preprint of the paper or the paper itself if the authors were good at "clarifying" intellectual property rights.

Here is how it works:

1) Scientist gets funding to do Science from NSF or other sources

2) Writes up paper

3) Decides to publish in Journal "X" (today many papers are put onto the arxiv for free though)

4) Journal X goes into Kyubee mode, puts out a contract saying "we pay you Z" (I have no idea what the going rate is; if it is negative, beware, it is probably a 'pay to publish' scam), "BUT you have to transfer the exclusive copyright to us, then we will peer-review it and if accepted it will appear in our renowned journal etc."

5) Journal with the research paper is published and sold generally to libraries (these subscriptions are expensive). Nature can be found at the street vendor's stall too though; I once found one in a shop in Madeira, of all places.

6) You may have a subscription to access all areas of the journal's web-enabled archive (often at rates that are very good in case you need more than 20 papers per year) or else pay lots of dosh for the reprint of a single article (in this case GBP 22). Inflation is nasty. IEEE articles that you now have to pay USD 30 for a single PDF may still have written "reprints can be obtained for 0.2 USD" underneath.

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: Correlation does not prove causation.

Frankly, it's hard to decide whether I prefer a hot planet (corals reefs up north) or a cool planet (dry regions, glittering ice on the horizon and big sea cows). Both have their charms.

Maybe I should buy both, with one a bit closer to the galactic core, should I need a pied-à-terre for these stupid bicentennial meetings....

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Go to bed Calvin.

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Re: Just imagine

You can just use that Nazi U-Boot pen that Indy discovered in the Indian Ocean after he managed to hold on fast to the conning tower for about 8 days straight.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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It's because space is really really big and asteroid belts are more like in 2001 than Star Wars.

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... where they will find out that it has been totally dismantled and picked apart, then filled with the remains of a roadside picnic (non bio-degradeable) because Sol is situated in a galactic ghetto.

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Re: Local version

Your marketing skills need some honing.

Unless you are planning a big event on bad taste murrica horror fun dayHalloween.

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Re: ISIS TLD?

At some point they will have to request ".caliphate" at ICANN.

There will be only a single address: "www.nofunallowed.caliphate"

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Re: Natural Ebola remedies

people who are swallowing bleach (hypochlorite) after being told that this will cure ebola

kornheiser_why.jpg

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especially if from Nigeria.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Re: "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."

"...we have folded space from Dragon iX"

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Re: I'm not worried

I'm sceptical that a true AI program can be developed.

Actually it's probably pretty easy and I expect task-specific good, very good AI within the next 20. Anything that has a short-memory buffer than the human's "7 elements" will kick our arse.

But so what.

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Musklerian Jihad when

"I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that."

Seriously? Tomorrow a specially engineered pathogen can go AWOL from USAMRIID or some Monsanto biolab, nuclear war may start over any necon-coveted land with trace amounts of petrol, meteoroids may wreck our shit, ecoysystems may go titsup making the post-bronze age collapse look like a walk in the park, and he's worrying about AI?

Megahint: Unless the AI manages to P-ify NP, it's not going to magically transform the humans into computronium appendages.

Plus, it's kinda hard to produce cheaply unless functioning nanotech assembly is invented first. The jury is still out on whether that is even possible.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Quite accurately described in "Forge of God" where hydrogen is harvested from the oceans to basically plant H-bombs every meter along the tectonic plate boundaries, releasing so much oxygen that the forests start to burn.

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CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

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Re: Surprising

There is no outfit called after the Sun God Ra yet, there is only Isis.

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That why Microsoft Exchange Online is slow today?

the biggest sunspot in nearly 25 years.

I'm confused as I though we also had the calmest solar maximum ever and an upcoming Maunder minimum. Do these two things go hand-in-hand?

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

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Re: I'm sorry am I missing something here?

I'm sorry am I missing something here?

Yeah, you are missing basic lessons in logic and conceptual ideas about how a non-totalitarian society should work.

Moreover you seem to think that the individual is responsible for the costs generated by hare-brained bureaucratic schemes. Sure, he will PAY for it, but that is something else entirely.

Could be you are just 14 and opinionated, in which case there is hope. Otherwise, good luck to you, brave citizen.

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Re: respec?

> reported sex crimes

Yeah, Daily Mail fare.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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> how much more austerity we have to endure

Are you enduring "austeriy" (sic)?

1) Your spelling SUCKS

2) You may notice that taxes are going UP, salaries in the state sector are going UP, and debt INCREASES (and thus the value of money DECREASES). How is that "austerity"? It's called "letting everything hang out because no-one gives a fuck anymore".

3) If the US state stole all of Amazon in a single go, it could pay back about 0.5% of the national debt (more like 0.04% once leftists' discounting of outstanding social promises is undiscounted). You think that's going to pay your pension and healtcare? Think again.

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Re: Can't believe that I agree with Balmer

There is no issue.

> creating accounting

Learn2english before attempting to work on the deep pseudo-logic of the tax code, created by psychotics and understandable by autists only.

Of course amazon pays taxes by sole fact that it gives its employees money that they have to hand to the friendly state on as "income tax", so there is that.

Oh, and ... hey Ballmer you stupid arsehole? Your shitty Exchange Online happens to be down currently, even though your status page says otherwise. Yeah, QUALITY MS PRODUCTS.

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Re: This bears repeating here:

Someone who hates paying taxes? MUH EGILATARIANISM! MUH "YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT" socialist bullshit.

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Re: Can't believe that I agree with Balmer

Yeah but SO WHAT?

I don't see a shareholder revolt and demands to CASH OUT DIVIDENDS OR ELSE. So pumping everything into EC2 buildup or god-knows-what else .. why not? Shareholders are probably okay with this because they are not "buy and hold" or "need the money now for my retirement home" types but trader types with bubble-fueled rabies.

The only thing that one can conclude from Ballmer's bragging is that under his watch, Amazon would still only be selling books, but might have "made lots of money". Or not.

If Microsoft had any serious competitor (evidently not Apple) Ballmer would sing from another sheet entirely anyway.

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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Re: Not bad

Also

> Liftoff!

> Inside view: A giant hand presses astronauts into their acceleration seats like in any old-school SPACE MOVIE

> Outside view:

> Rocket is practically not accelerating at all

> Scientifically accurate

Poetic license....

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1) Movie about a Black Hole?

2) Get the guy on the phone who co-wrote the telephone-directory sized book on Gravitation

3) ???

4) All those feels and Rousing Magic Spielburg Music!

Definitely more impressive than Greg Egan's Applet efforts.

A smaller version of the book "Gravitation" is A. Zee's (get it?) Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell. That nutshell is the size of a coconut though.

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Re: That reminds me...

THIS IS STILL BEING DISCUSSED

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: My webcam...

It's called a post-it note.

Successfully used during the last business teleconf when I couldn't figure out the baked-in opinion of how a camera control should work that some GUI designer had back when the code was written.

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If only we had a time machine

1) Repackage this article using actual paper and a typewriter

2) Send back to 1975

3) Have it published in OMNI or wherever

4) "Hilarious ... Chilling ... Right up there with 'The Shockwave Rider' or any story of Philip K. Dick. New author ALISTAIR DABBS proves again that he can write a Sci-Fi yarn like the best of them. Seemingly random events of ordinary life in the beginning of the 21st century reveal as much as they hide about an imagined society run amuk and staring into the headlights of crushing progress. Shortlisted for 1975's Nebula Awards".

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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YOU ARE UPSETTING THE CONGREGATION!

SIR, I MUST BEG YOU TO LEAVE!!

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Re: Does it still work?

all its original components

Except for these big capacitors...

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Re: How much?

The funny thing is that today legal departments would be all over unlicensed CPU clones. But then, those were simpler times, less infected with pseudo-innovation and laways.

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Re: Homebrew Computer Club

This message brought to you by the Church of Jobs.

Praise be and shall the patented Eternal Flame of Bling burn brightly!

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Re: Any colour you like

That's racist!

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Re: Cultism

> playthings of the wealthy

> "the hands of the people"

Choose one

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Cultism

"Similar to what Henry Ford did with the Model T, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs put technology directly in the hands of the people".

It was a fscking hobbyist thing!

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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Re: The whole design of the Internet is to route around central control

Interest in fat paychecks says this won't happen easily.

It's the same kind of phenomenon that one sees in two-dollar clubs of any sort. Fucking idiots take the helm, behave like retarded Napoleons, revel in Machiavellism for the sake of it and award themselves bonuses pulled off the contributions of club members. The only way to solve this is either let the club die messily or throw the idiots out, possibly with some "convincing" related to intimate talks in dark alleys followed by loosened molars, horse heads appearing in the morning and/or sudden fires of their luxury 4x4s.

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Re: DNS MUST DIE

Go back to your freshmen classes.

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Re: Problem with organisations everywhere...

I can't see an alternative to the US Gov smacking them over the head again and imposing a sensible governance structure before stepping back for the final time.

> 2014

> Believing in multicolored bureaucratic ponies making things better, then "stepping back", and even "for the final time"

WTF man.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Re: Top Ten Bestsellers.

I never buy "bestsellers", am I abnormal?

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LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved

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Re: I have a question.

Pierson Puppeteers have their brain in the hump ... wait!

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Because OUTLOOK

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Re: "To reminder you"???????

If you continue on this way, you will be remindered to Guantanamo Bay.

Clearly the word "epic" has lost all meaning in general, popular use.

NO U!

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Hep yep

"which may be a boon to anyone stumped by the concept of reading and sorting messages"

The Teen and The Boss generations will rejoice.

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