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Look! GNOME 3.10 (with Fedora 20). Did we mention GNOME 3.10?

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> I really don't get quite why these designers do all this bizarre stuff

It's the same reason government needs more and more people and more and more money while promising to get leaner and meaner and more streamlined and provide better service really soon now all the time.

Then people install the same guys as ever.

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IBM. HUMAN-crushing SUPERCOMPUTER Watson. The Cloud. You know where THIS is going

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Re: This is the voice of Watson--world control!!

Not really, it is just context-driven search.

Watson against The Prisoner:

Prisoner: "Let me watch you wreck this thing by asking .... WHY?"

Watson: "Why not!"

Prisoner: "The hell!!?"

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GOOD!

...with the possibility of access to UBM professional services

I suppose those are the UBER BUSINESS MACHINES?

Yes, capitalization is important. It conjures up images of evilly spinning tapes and malevolently blinking lights.

The Cyc approach .... dead as disco.

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Re: Sounds nice IBM

Isn't Wikipedia a part OF Watson?

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Publishers reject Google's revised offer to fix search biz in Europe

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All suspects are guilty. Otherwise they wouldn't be suspects.

"Do you not think that if google didn't have a monopoly in the search business, the case would have been thrown out months ago?"

This is called "begging the question".

I may also remind the esteemed AC that "monopoly" used to designate the situation where one single seller of an important good could set prices at his discretion (if the good were not important, no-one would care, right?). This has been redefined, boiling frog style, into the situation where a major seller makes life difficult for smaller sellers (the latter often with friendly ears in government or seen as particularly noteworthy in the nationalistic register) even though there is nothing that would prevent the major seller to be challenged at any time or the situation to change quickly due to customers' fickleness.

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F*ck those guys

"turn to the traditional route of a prohibition decision"

Yeah!! Uh. Hold on. Crony capitalism and lobby manoeuvers are the "traditional route" in Yurop? Why, sure they are.

Does anything deserve to be saved?

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

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everything around you would be much lighter when the planet is directly above and heavier when Saturn is on the other side of the moon you are living on [Computation needed]

I am not fully sure tides work that way.

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Re: priorities

> balance its budget

Balancing the budget is not the problem (though it is a problem). Filling the debt hole is.

We need to actually tell them to LAUNCH MORE MISSIONS while they still can.

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Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

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Re: why not stick with tradition ?

Nope. It depends on how rapidly (and precisely) the display reacts.

I was once in a lecture by Fred Brooks where he show diapositives of the VR headset (more like a gigantic shoebox enclosing your head) he was working on at the time. "It's just not fast enough, my wife gets sick in it" was the message. And back then, getting shaded polygons on-screen was a major feat.

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Stephen Hawking: 'Boring' Higgs Boson discovery cost me $100

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You cannot expect to have X-Mas packages in your Hadron collider all the time.

This is the time to work a bit for once and use the toys you have been given already.

There is plenty to do:

Peter Woit: The “Unnatural” Standard Model

The Standard Model is a physical theory of a spectacularly successful sort. It is built on beautiful and deep mathematics, covers almost all known physical phenomena, and agrees precisely with the result of every single experiment ever done to test it. It leaves open a very small number of questions: why this specific combination of small symmetry groups and their representations? What determines the parameters of the model (18 if you ignore neutrino masses, 7 more if you include them)? What about gravity? Does it need to be extended to account for dark matter?

For several decades now, there has been a very active and heavily advertised field of “Beyond Standard Model” physics, the study of extensions of the standard model that remain consistent with experimental bounds. While BSM models have played a role in guiding experimentalists towards things to look for that are not already ruled out by what is known, they have never come anywhere near fulfilling the hope that they might provide some insight into the SM itself. They provide no explanation of the unexplained aspects of the Standard Model, instead adding a great deal of additional unexplained structure. Perhaps the simplest and most widely studied example is the minimal supersymmetric extension of the SM, which not only explains none of the 25 undetermined SM parameters, but adds more than 100 additional such parameters to the list.

Theorists have traditionally followed what has been described as “Albert Einstein’s dream that the laws of nature are sublimely beautiful, inevitable and self-contained”, and the SM is our closest approach so far to Einstein’s dream. If you shared this dream, the known BSM (Beyond Standard Model) models would never have much appealed to you, since they just added complexity and extra unexplained parameters. You also would not have been at all surprised by the strong negative results about such models that are one of the two major achievements so far of the LHC (the other is the Higgs discovery). If you’re a follower of Einstein’s dream, the obvious reaction to the LHC results so far would be to rejoice in the vindication of this dream, welcome the triumph of the simplicity of the SM, and hope that further study of the Higgs sector will somehow provide a hint of a better idea about where the SM parameters come from (almost all of them are Higgs couplings) ...

The “New Physics Complications” are the LHC only seeing pure SM behavior. If the LHC had seen a complicated SUSY spectrum, that would have been “natural”, but somehow seeing the simplest possibility has become a new “Complication”. It is a “complication”, but a sociological not physics one. SUSY theorists do have an answer for the complication of their ideas failing: the Multiverse did it.

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Hawink trolling again.

Contentless remarks to make sure journalists cite him?

He predicted that a hypothesis known as M-Theory, which points to the existence of multiple universes, would soon be proven true

It does nothing of the sort. AFAIK, M-Theory is the hypothetical common ground of the disparate String theory formulation, formulated in a way that it subsumes them. Whether it has any link to actual physics or is only a mathematical object (if it even exists) is not certain at all and indeed is fraught with considerable doubt. The only thing we know is: the Standard Model rules.

"These multiple universes can arise naturally from physical law"

Disparate storylines of Battlestar Galactica might also arise naturally from physical law. That doesn't mean this is what happens. One would also like to see this law first and support it with some experimental evidence.

"Thus, our presence selects out from the vast array only those universes that are compatible with our existence. Although we are puny and insignificant on the scale of the Cosmos, this makes us, in a sense, lords of creation."

Lord of the Flies more like. The pseudo-science of the anthropic principle again? There is stuff out there that I can't observe. So it must exist!! Physicist, Please!

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What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...

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Re: Steve Davies 3 - The same can apply to System monitoring tools

Kit where the maker won't release the MIb because it is a 'trade secret'

KILL IT WITH FIRE.

YOU KNOW THAT ... the thing sucks donkey balls if anything as low-brow as a MIB is considered "Intellectual Property" in any way, shape, or form.

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Denver robocops fit Nasal Ranger to perceive potent pot puffing pollution

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You wish! You can still get a cap popped in your arse if you so much as fart wrongly at a checkpoint.

Additionally, AFAIK the State of Colorado may be okay with pot, but the FBI can still bust you. Because they are FEDS, nyahaha!

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

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Re: That's not a slingshot!

Minimal ΔvLow thrust Hohmann transfer orbits are the equivalent of cheap cloud hosting ... in SPAACE!

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Could be a neural misfire due to something serious. Better see the doc.

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You are having a slight problem and will not energize both coils today

I'd drink the beer yourself

There's the problem.

By Golly, only nations hardened to the vagaries of engineering by large quantities of ethanol have been been around the solar system! Ethanol - it's not for only for A4s!

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Host Minecraft on Shard Gaming? Grab your data RIGHT NOW before it goes completely titsup

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Shrek gaming

Game-server hosting biz Shard Gaming has abruptly shut down

Shurely that makes it a game-over hosting biz?

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

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Oh dog what done!

Getting an xbone in early?

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Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

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But the Google study showed that drives running a bit warmer are actually aging better.

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Re: 4 years not long enough

Little counter on the disk, tell me now how late it is.

If the warranty expired, then behave as if you were fired.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: Wait...

Operation "enduring hissy fit". It is also sustainable.

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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Curriculum suggestion: Don't give f*ck

In particular, COPYING MAKES SCIENCE LIVE.

How is the outcome of that Intellectual Property Enforcement Program in the newly liberated Iraq coming btw? I haven't heard anything new about it since 2004 or so.

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Boffins boggled by ORB-shaped electrons

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Why always so wrong

Ah, Scientific American (is that an oxymoron btw)?

a cloud of virtual particles around them that continually sweep in and out of existence

If they are virtual particles, they don't "sweep in and out of existence" (what does that even mean? is there a revolving door?). They never sweep "into existence" but you have to consider them in your integrations as if they were actually there, but weighted by their complex-valued probability (inversely proportional to their mass for a given dt and all cases subject to quantum number conservation) That's the trick.

Somewhat like the intermediary results in a classical computation reusing the same memory while working towards a result.

Doing it in one cycle.

And that is because Nature loves to do idle integration exercises to while away the time.

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

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Operation British was smalltime. This is Operation Spain.

It's a good idea though that blob really needs to be Spain-sized. That some serious mass of polyurethane. And what if it becomes sentient?

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From a toaster.

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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

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Re: Well we know who built Stuxnet

They can just impound the ISS.

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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Re: In my mind it's a bit cruel to the cockroach.

These people are out of touch, so no.

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Re: Hmmmm...

Health and safety rules will not allow the improper disposal of electronic gear, even if it is bromide and lead free and follows WEEE standards!

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Re: Cockroaches have a long and proud history...

> sanding and wiring up a highly reproducible biobot that would eat your festering innards if given half the chance and will dine on your kids once the nuclear fallout has lifted a bit

> ethics perspective butthurt

I think we are getting a bit overboard here.

Or maybe we have insectoid aliens from Zargaz 9 among us who feel a tad miffed where idle curiosity is taking these unruly mammals.

Actually, this experiment has been made some years ago during the Bush Years, where it caused some uproar already but is only now hitting the public. Remember the Bush years when be burnt down habeeb and gave him DU to dine on? HAHAHA!

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Oracle's nemesis MariaDB releases sleekest seal yet to beta

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Is that the reverse of "RMS vs. LISP Machines"?

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Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

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Sacre, Fear, Money Dare!

Nothing new. It's like the Iranian Nuke that will be ready in a few months since the 1990s.

And still yellow journalists falltake money for it. Why shouldn't they.

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If your bosses tell you you're 'in it together', don't EVER believe them

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Yes, but...

"Capitalism is ruthless and you are a human resource to be exploited, one amongst many."

MarxMind detected.

Capitalism is based on exchanges on so it happens here: you get paid. Seeing how things are, quite a lot of people do like this, though they bitch about being exploited, adhere to the labour theory of value, demand that government pass laws so their paycheck is embiggened etc. etc.

THIS DOES NOT HELP.

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World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

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Re: Because:

This is the iGun: Overly expensive, nearly as good can be had around the corner for far less money, and it's just "one more gun".

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Re: You reporting isn't very even-handed

That's because there are several types of 3D printers.

In this case, it is easier to just set up a normal, non-lasering machine shop in your garage. Your door might be forcefully opened by boots because "FREEDOM LOL" but if you succeed in turning out a gun it will definitely be cheaper.

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Enjoy going up against a Steyr AUG with 1870's class liberator. It will like a Gaza Gore event.

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Re: I'm all for advances in technology

> what would your Mugabes and Husseins do, where would they stop?

I don't see them getting interested in manufacturing, Really, they can just order up a container of boomsticks at a range of friendly factory outlets.

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

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Re: Rama

Okay then, let's do this!

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Astroboffins solve birth of the Man in the Moon face

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Re: @JamesTQuirk. @Destroy all Monsters...

As if.

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Re: Its a history of the moon saving our butts ....

> I hate bully’s ......

I actually love bully's. They are excellent with mayonnaise.

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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

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Re: The Morris Worm and vulnerabilities in sendmail?

Oh shit. Well I better get on with my redneck-style rape then.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Re: Is it bad that I quite like this thing?

No.

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Re: Rip off

Maybe the Daicon IV intro makers should sue everybody

DAICON IV OPENING ANIMATION, 1981

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I thought object orientation was out and functional in?

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Help us, Theresa May! You are our only hope!

This thread sure incites the curtain twitchers to come out of their cultural hiding holes.

I bet 50 quid that they let their daughters out of the house in similar dresses on Friday night. Or worse. Quite probably worse.

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Re: Oh, dear...

> and these sort of images only help perpetuate those attitudes

Then don't look at them.

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The TRUTH behind Microsoft Azure's global cloud mega-cock-up

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Re: @Steve Knox - GM Foods

> Tell Monsanto about that!

But Monsanto happens to be the regulator.

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Re: GM Foods

> http://www.cracked.com/article_18503_how-biotech-company-almost-killed-world-with-booze.html

Haha! This is like Frederik Pohl's "Shaffery Among the Immortals".

Analysis that's not from the weekend science press requested. One would suppose that this kind of trick might be found by mother nature a few times per day, greygooing your garden through purely natural means (100% green!). That doesn't routinely happen though. Maybe it just happens every 300 years...

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Re: GM Foods

> You can't stop invasive plants spreading across Britain, so you can't stop invasive GM plants either.

Is there a need? Won't these plants just die on their arse when challenged by the natural variety in their usual habitat?

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

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No, it's an unnamed factory in Pakistan's FATA.

MUAHAHAHA!

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YOU WORST SUSPICION IS JUST A CONFIRMATION AWAY!

Maybe all the attendants are under NDA? Or they were a hired crowd....

But yeah, this event needs to be Zaprudered.

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