* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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GENUINE STARSHIP as used by PRINCESS LEIA sold for just $450k

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Re: It's a bargain

The corellian corvette design was originally intended to be used as the millennium falcon

Was that when Lucas did not yet have his original ideas overruled?

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The tyranny of choice: Why enterprise tech buyers are confused

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You say "treasure trove", my preciousss...

this treasure trove of information

Yeah ok, how does this fit together with

Safe Harbour ruling in the European courts

Not keeping one's hand in one's pocketsess even when Safe Harbour was still listed under "suspension of disbelief"?

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Hillary 'spear fish' more 'drag net' flung to 11,000 others in one day

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Re: Convenient Fictions.

TRUER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN UTTERED

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THIS is MASSIVE! Less-Masslessness neutrino boffins bag Physics Nobel

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Re: Completeness of the Standard Model

the Higgs bosun was in the fo'c'sle all along.

With Capt'n Kirk, aye!

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Re: Completeness of the Standard Model

Remember that much of the Standard Model is predicated on it being intrinsically impossible to know some aspects of it with certainty

Well, that's Quantum Mechanics, not the Standard Model.

And you better deal with it. Newton's universe is gone. The universe MAY still be shown to completely deterministic (van t'Hooft had written a paper on this a few years back) but you will never be sure, living in the inside.

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Re: Faulty Patch

There was a pretty good article in Nautil.us Magazine with the guy who was in charge when the "interesting result" was blown into the memesphere by incontinent reporting. Can't find the reference now....

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If the Internet of Things scares you now: Cisco's CEO is bent on hooking up robots, everything

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It's like WOPR running Joshua OS, only successfully

1) Rare extra-important maintenance processes will be seen as "intrusion" and interdicted. Plants exploding because "ACCESS DENIED"? Yes we can!

2) Disruptive maintenance to preclude catastrophic outcomes will be seen as "intrusion" and interdicted. ICBMs launched because "YOU CANNOT PULL THE PLUG NOW"? Yes we can!

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Re: Because rushing a project

it just feels good

"I'm a fucking psycho who gets high on doing meaningless aggravating shit. INCREASE MY SALARY, FA**OTS!"

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Gonna be a clusterfuck of ISIS dimensions in the technosphere

"Everything we build will be programmable; everything in the data center is going to be converged. And we have to drive security to provide analytics of the network in motion, showing what's happening at a given moment in time. ... I'm going to be ruthless. I feel we have to move faster, faster, faster."

Yeah... reminds me of Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades

"What part of this don't you understand? If two blades is good, and three blades is better, obviously five blades would make us the best fucking razor that ever existed. Comprende? We didn't claw our way to the top of the razor game by clinging to the two-blade industry standard. We got here by taking chances. Well, five blades is the biggest chance of all. Here's the report from Engineering. Someone put it in the bathroom: I want to wipe my ass with it. They don't tell me what to invent—I tell them. And I'm telling them to stick two more blades in there. I don't care how. Make the blades so thin they're invisible. Put some on the handle. I don't care if they have to cram the fifth blade in perpendicular to the other four, just do it!"

Also:

The slight paranoia that there's six people in a garage leveraging technology that's going to disrupt my business, and I don’t know who they are nor where they are.

The solution being to take out a few meaningless patents and retain an "IP" laywer in Texas.

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

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Re: Noooo... how long must this go on?

If you can point me to something that describes how starting at ignoramus level,'twould be much appreciated.

With pleasure. I have found that the easiest way to start (though it does need some perserverance) is Scott Aaronson's "Quantum Computing Since Democritus" (and in a lesser way the lecture notes). This may not be what you are looking for because he's only indirectly talking about the algorithms.

"The computation" is actually applied linear algebra, continuous or discrete, in a complex vector space (although this may not be best representation or even an adequate one, work is still needed), where at the end you have to probabilistically select a single element of the vector you are massaging. I confusingly feel that this means nature works as a constraint solver, not as a clockwork universe with probability bolted on, but that's just my view, sure ain't good enough to make this precise.

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Noooo... how long must this go on?

Really, El Reg.

In a conventional computer, the presence or absence of an electron indicates a one or a zero. Quantum computers store information in the spin of an electron which, thanks to the weirdness of the world at quantum scale, can be in several states at once. A single electron in a quantum computer can therefore be a zero and a one at the same time, which creates the potential for parallel processing inside a chip and therefore for faster computation.

Reformulate:

In a classical computer, bit states can be encoded by the presence or absence of electric charge. In quantum computers, qubit states can be encoded by the spin state of single electrons which, quantum mechanics tells us, can be in a superposition of states 0 and 1 akin to the superposition of an à priori unknown classical bit in classical probability, albeit here one must use complex numbers to express the "quantum probability". Interesting for computation are arrays of N entangled qubits, which express a complex probability distribution in a 2^N large space, but then one still has to manipulate this qubit vector using quantum gates to yield the computation of interest, a feat that is still a bit in the future.

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US Cyber Command floats $460m contract to outsource most of itself

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Re: And the contracts are awarded to....

Yo! Don't forget about Israeli security companies. The trough is vast!

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White House 'deeply disappointed' by Europe outlawing Silicon Valley

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Big Brother

Bombing in 15 minutes!

There is a clear Responsibility to Protect here. I can feel the Regime Change coming. Has anyone seen Patricia KaganNuland lately? What's that? Ordering cookies? Gods above!

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Safe harbour ruling: RELAX, Facebook and Google will be FINE!

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Now go away or I will RETALIATE in your general direction!

“retaliation from US authorities”

What! Will they leave us all alone with their Ukrainian neocon scheme and suffer exposure to the chtonic evil of P.U.T.I.N. all alone? Will they stop pretending to bomb ISIS? Will they close embassies? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Re: EU privacy rules are all smoke

EU citizen data would be safer from EU governments

Except the poodelicious UK govnmt, I presume.

S'truth that the french might just smash & grab the EU data car tel est leur bon plaisir.

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

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Re: Why are industrial control systems designed by babes in the woods?

Close enuff: SIMATIC WinCC

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Re: Ideal vs Reality

After all I'd hate the world to end to the words "Whats the soddin' password!"

Well, "Hand me the launch codes" is the semantic equivalent, really.

Did the Air Force change them from "0000000" btw?

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Why are industrial control systems designed by babes in the woods?

Really. Code-signing with all the side-dishes should be at the TAKEN-FOR-GRANTED INFRASTRUCTURE level by now.

Conservatism?

Replace the control computers by BlackBerrys?

I recently came across a Simatec WinCC control system used in a "in case of problems, SHWILLHTF situation" not nuclear but "interesting infrastructure" ... it was bad. Internet Explorer 6 (though going through proxy out to the Internets), unpatched Win 2008R2, admin login, the works...

(Also, this article needs another stock image. We are not talking nuclear tests. Something from that "China Syndrome" movie, maybe?)

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US tries one last time to sway EU court on data-slurping deal

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Re: OT, (but hopefully of interest)

in such matters a US court has no jurisdiction

Heresy!!

The Empire has jursidiction everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Even in Fantasy Land.

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Re: India

return tens of thousands of jobs to Europe

Jobs are not a static quantity, and there is no "jobs current". And protectionism to stem mythical "jobs currents" is a Bad Idea unless you are into Marxist attempts at empoverishment.

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iOS malware YiSpecter: iPhones menaced by software nasty

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Re: Remember that film Elysium (2013)?

a link between Elysium and Apple

I think ethereal chants and bright lights from above should be sufficient.

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

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Ancient Greeks were doing these type of plots, really.

We are talking HIGH IMPACT MOVIE.

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Alien

> To be fair, Alien 3 is the one we all try to forget.

Nah, it has its charm and considering the fight during production time, still works. Alien 4, however....

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Re: Event Horizon in the same league with Alien?

It was amazingly good for B-grade horror. Like "The Shining" in space. With a core. And more random camp horror vision eyeless flashback terror shocks. And discordant horror-clockwork-in-accelerated-motion music by "Orbital". And lightning, ffs. In space!

And the logbook on a CD-RW. Which, entirely predictably, gets stuck in the drive in a dark cellarbridge. One would imagine that an industry that can build enormous ships clearly not built from lowest-bidder preassembled kit fired into space piece-by-piece would be able to manage the "stuck CD drive" problem.

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Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

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So what lies at the other side of the Earth of the Ontong Java Eruption at the time of its eruption (and how long does it take for the magma plume to rise through the crust)?

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Re: the thing about space

Everything is relative, yes we get it.

but I feel

Science has scant to do with stuff from Lucas Space Fantasy movies.

A storm passing over the Southern Alps releases more energy in a couple of hours

Numbers, dude. I want numbers.

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Re: the thing about space

"Chicxulub wasn't a particularly large impact in the overall scheme of things"

What.

Bullet hole is just the third from the top. Bronze medal.

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Yes, have seen it before. Also, I think Mercury has a feature like that.

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SCIENCE!

In this rather old infographic from New Scientist the Deccan Traps event is marked with "probably no extinctions". I need a new infographic!

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Re: Naaah

Shouldn't you be in prison for dissing our our honorable effort in Afghanistan?

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Re: Germanium transistors - really?

Actually, this being about 1962, the transistors at the time were using Germanium. When Cray ran into trouble getting the multiplier circuits for the CDC6600 to work, he looked for something better, and Fairchild Semiconductor had just started marketing FASTER transistors in Silicium. With these, progress could be made just as the demands of business started to close its jaws around the project.

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Re: Cray FP != IEEE 754

Speaking of floats, does anyone know whether there are implementations of the UNUM floating point representation out there in HPC world?

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Re: Typical management

If COMMUNISTS can order up supertech on demand, then SO CAN WE!

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Re: My mate swore blind...

I think he got an MSX, in the end

Damn you Greg. Long time, no see!

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Pluto's moon SPLIT OPEN by ancient FROZEN OCEAN

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Re: Shotgun Moon

But...but... VELIKOVSKY!

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Re: Are they really that daft?

Because Nature loves symmetry. But only so much.

(Also, seriously awesome in a Kelly Freas painting kind of way)

(Also, the pebble density out there still seems high judging from the charonic pebbling; can we conclude something about the dustyness of the Kuiper belt?)

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Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare

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I feel capitalizing is in order

"bottles of the strange substance" -> "bottles of the Strange Substance"

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Re: Waste of time

pointless

...until you step on a lego brick with your bare foot.

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Re: Sorry but..

I know I was first fascinated by pictures of computers in encyclopedias (which were probably 10 years out of date) as a youth.

Hell yeah. Time Life Science books, so mysterious. Those were the times.

There are a number of Lego Turing machines (TM#1, TM#2) but they cheat, coming with an integrated Universal Turing Machine already. Would LEGO DIFFERENCE ENGINE make the same error?

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Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

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If the other 50% are management, we have a problem.

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15 MILLION T-Mobile US customer records swiped by hackers

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Re: Sadly the Encryption was Compromised ?

Back in the early noughties they had bad data on customers' credit record, basically shitting over them with no recourse.

Don't know whether fixed.

Probably not.

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Freely accessible from the Internet!

Clearly we are in the epoch of "Doxx Quantitative Easing". The market value of the info will go to nothing as duplicate records fill mobster Excel sheets...

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Re: Information wants to be free!

Ah... Apple Lore!

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Microsoft previews less buggy OneDrive for Business client

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Windows

Microsoft QUALITY tools

Suck it up.

Yes, I do. Sucking hobo logo.jpg

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: Someone's lift...

> applying scalar thinking to a vector problem

Don't you mean tensor?

Also, it's easier than the Ringworld. Let's do this!

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I, for one, welcome our Martian Kaaba!

Though the Hajj is going to be difficult and costly. (At least it won't be under control of our favorite rich.man wahabbi-pushers to which which we also ship several billion USD high-tech weapons at taxpayer expense because "friendship" and "reassurance against random Iran attacks." I'm not saying we should bomb, I'm just saying.)

No, wait... Mars ... Dunes... Fremen!

I have a butlerian feeling about this.

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

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Re: As if anyone needed another reason to not use LOSER10

Just one more little reason....

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Re: Once I was a computer geek...

Why do these pieces of shit called "word processors" exist at all?!

Not fully sure. They appeared before markup was a thing, and later persisted in metastasizing in spite of TeX and company, probably because the special notation made people afraid. Even nowadays, barely functional "WYSIWYG" web editors written in JavaScript that generate rage are mushrooming, as using markup would be both simpler and controllable. I'm looking at you, Atlassian...

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Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

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Cybersharknado soon?

Let's do this!

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