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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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YFW: Chucky in your appliance.

I lolled at Here's a guy who's run Linux on a Western Digital hard drive motherboard.

Embedded stuff is amazing, sadly I haven't had an occasion to look at it since I had to run floating point calculations on COP microcontrollers in the 90's.

Have an upvote.

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Re: Version 2

Version 2.1 however, flashes a BLIT, leading to abnormal termination of user.

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The doctor's verdict is in!

Either:

1) Run of the mill schizophrenia.

2) A now form of UFOs

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This is "Halloween", not "April 1st".

I would rather believe Fukushima radiation can cause people to be zombified.

(I remember a very bad pulp fiction story with a virus from Mars that infected Earth machines via download through a martian probe...)

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Could Doctor Who really bump into human space dwellers?

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Re: instant communications

No, and it doesn't even work in theory. That's the point.

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Get me John Galt on the phone!

AND DAMN THE TORPEDOES!

And now you already got people whining about not enough collectivism in space. Those asteroids belong to WHOM? All of HUMANITY? Right. How whiney can one get.

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Re: Problem with getting rich people to pay

Those typically don't want to pay. Just look at the Concorde. Though tickets were expensive it had to be subsidized, and of course Concorde flights, like all flights never were affordable to the general public.

This just means they don't want to pay for glorious shit, so the taxpayer steps in because he's supposed to pay for glorious shit at the call of a politician preening his feathers using glorious shit.

How that makes sense is anyone's guess. Maybe that taxpayer had preferred a new frying pan instead. Oh well.

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Re: Special, not general

Both do.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Re: As an intellectual and technological excercise...

NOTHING LEFT TO CUT!

"Many technological marvels of the 20th century were the result of military research. I suspect the amount of public and private wealth realized from the Internet dwarfs the money put into developing ARPANET."

False dichotomy fallacy. Many more technological marvels of the 20th century were the result of non-military research. The counterfactual is: if the money had been left in the economy, what would people have come up with, quite probably more efficiently?

I will also say that the bill for all this has not even be paid yet. There WILL be suffering. MUCH suffering.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: Recyclable not landfillable

Most recycling is like this anyway:

1) Collect at (govnmt-run) recycling center

2) Put into large container

3) Ship to "recycler" in China

4) Recycler puts container contents into the ground while collecting money

5) Ship empty container back to recycling center

It's about California-style guilt abatment. One can then complain how China is evil and how communismcapitalism exploits poor workers etc.

California's Top Exports to China: Waste and Scrap on second place (via "China's Cap On American Garbage: Pseudo-Environmental States Impacted Most")

One day people will probably have to use thermonuclear devices to fuse all the crap into a mass of radioactive slag that can be resaonable forgotten about.

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Fiery bits of Euro satellite to rain down on Earth this weekend

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There will be cake and then you will be baked

Doesn't this mean you have to get him to assume the TSA inspection position?

Otherwise it will just land "on" him.

(Hope the boss ain't female, otherwise....)

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Re: If a bit lands in my garden ....

GOCE has no nuclear pile ... Greenz can sleep easy.

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Re: Ohhhh, The Irony... (x2)

Of course not. It depends on how the atmosphere interacts with the satellite more than on the gravitational bumps.

Good luck extracting a prediction from THAT.

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Re: Here we go again...

I do not understand the need for patents nor do I see the need for a buy-in monopolist-of-ideas called "Rockstar".

Clearly something that can be solved by the appropriate use of accidents and AWPs.

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Google barge erection hypegasm latest - What's in the box?

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Better than the "monster.com party boat"

...which was just a tugboat IIRC.

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Milky Way 'POPS PILLS and SNORTS GAS', insist boffins

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Re: Intergalactic blaster battle! @DAM

Not at all. I'm not into that Halloween crap.

Old-school Christian European, me!

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Intergalactic blaster battle!

Inb4 the "Plasma Universe" horde discovers this article and uphelds it as particularly telling proof of their belief in a, well, "Plasma Universe" while hatin' on good old Gravitation.

Is that what you want, El Reg? Are you stirring the pot?

Meanwhile....

"Faraday rotation is sensitive only to magnetic fields in ionized gas! Although magnetized gas in the Galaxy with a low ionization fraction does not contribute significantly to Faraday rotation, gas with the ionization fraction of the warm and cold neutral media is still affected by Lorentz forces due to ion-neutral collisions. Therefore, if a field is present in the neutral gas but does not have an evident RM signature due to the low electron density, it could still be dynamically important. Because most of the RM detections reported here are concentrated in narrow, possibly shocked filaments, the magnetic field lines are likely compressed. Because the mass contained in the filaments is larger than can be explained by swept-up gas from the ambient ISM, the filaments are most likely gas stripped and decelerated from the HVC."

You now picture the above explained to you breathlessly by a lab-coat equipped gorgeous Young Scientist (evidently female) barely old enough to be out of high school, this with "Navy CSI" eagerness, while infographic porn designed by the Best Of CNN is being exhibited out-of-focus in swirling, cool blue shades (with zests of warm orange) on several large flat-panel displays in the background.

Also, scary music.

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Number-crunching quant cooks up gambling machine, promises untold RICHES

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> Is it possible to win sports bets consistently over the long haul?

Seeing how quite a few games are rigged (and I hear you can find this out by checking how the bets are standing relative to the historical averages, in yuropean football and sumo wrestling at least), I would not put my money on it.

On the other hand, you can make money by detecting the rigged game in the first place as you then have good information from the future.

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HP 100TB Memristor drives by 2018 – if you're lucky, admits tech titan

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Re: O RLY?

Living in a Jetsons' world and not even noticing it.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Re: That's not the only thing that doesn't make any sense

I'm not saying it was Aliens ... but those chunks came from Aliens.

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Forrester to Facebook: you're SHALLOW and a BAD FRIEND

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Halloween XIV: Revenge of Zuck

Oh, come on. It's not like FB would hoover up the whole industry and its dependencies like the Blob from Zuckerberg. It's just a search graph with Hadoop. You need a war or government for THAT.

Those who want the good stuff will find it and get it. Those who won't spend time on Facebook will spend it elsewhere. Life goes on etc.

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Bask in the glory!

Unfortunately, a bit of your pension scheme money is most probably locked up in there.

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Re: Cursor tracking

We have ways to make you read! (Raises eyebrows Spock-like)

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Re: How to find "nothing".

That's quite something.

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But can you do the Kessel Run in less than 15 parsecs?

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Re: @ Destroy all monsters

> I think Einstein would suggest that "common sense" is a very bad indicator as to what is right and what is wrong.

I would think your would find out that this would not be so.

Also, I meant "use common sense to detect crankery" not "use common sense to detect new physics". The former is generally >> easier than the latter.

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You jelly?

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Re: It's not there guys...

Hawking doesn't say much really.

For "Saddle Shaped" that's "Negative Overall Curvature", see Riemann Surfaces and General Relativity, in the 1920s or so. Experimentally, not detected at the present time; indeed the universe is pretty much at 0 intrinsic curvature. Why? Dunno, LOL!

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> If space-time itself contained vortices

Please provide an adequate mathematical model of this. We currently can barely get gravitational waves going, so don't put all your money on vortices...

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Holmes

I dunno, are you not technically a nincompoop?

> bosom particles

Right.

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Re: Dark Matter doesn't exist ..

<I<Dark Matter doesn't exist</i>

A peremptory statement followed by utter FAIL because replacing "dark matter" would demand that gravity "decay" SLOWER over large distances.

As in time flows slower that farther away from a strong gravitational source.

Again, arse backwards. Also, it is "proper time" and it does not "flow" in any particular way.

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Re: The universe...

I have some Downloadable Content for you. For a little fee. Just study this little pamphlet.

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Re: thinking...

I t is possible.

The problem is finding a model that yields useful predictions and is testable. Pluspoints if it has a very compact beautiful mathematical formulation, which for some reason seems to be the preferred way of it.

All the rest is metaphysics.

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Re: @ Destroy all monsters

I whined about downvotes and criticism?

Metaphysically related, how can I whine about downvotes and criticism if I must not post?

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"Black holes have no basis in General Relativity..."

Dear Plasma-Universe Colleague,

Your paper has received all the attention that it deserved. Unfortunately, I am currently unable to write up a complete analysis of your doubtlessly well-reasoned ideas since my cat had a little accident and I needed cellulose-based material in a hurry. Rest assured, however, that further submissions on your part will be looked at with the same intellectual curiosity as your latest missive managed to elicit.

Believe me always, yours faithfully,

etc. etc.

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Re: sounds as massively non intuitive as anything else in quantum cosmology.

But Kissinger just had a pen and a couple of genocides under his wing.

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Re: Stab in the dark

Not good enough. I do think someone used this for the magnetic photon /quid vid/. Experiments sadly proved the absence of this this kind of matter-penetrating light.

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I think you meant "Just as planned"

(white fluffy cat stroke from a wheelchair-bound diminutive figure)

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Re: Much like the Higgs Boson...

Yes, and this IS odd, which is good.

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Re: @ Destroy all monsters

Ah, this would be the name calling and style criticising bit of the "scientific debate". Good to see so many upvotes for this fantastic bit of reasoning.....

Thank you for the expectation that I would have enough time and energy to seriously dissect an ALTERNATE EXPLANATION OF THE MATRIXLIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING in El Reg reader's forum.

People interested in learning more about the (non) controversy are invited to apply Google to the problem but to stay within the bounds of what common sense tells them about the websites they visit. There are also "books".

In particular, the following information may be of help when you encounter Tim The Enchanter and his Electric Staff:

Martin Gardner’s Signs of a Crank

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Re: Electrical model of the universe

There is an electrical model of the universe that doesn't require dark matter.

Unfortunately it resides in crank universe and it firmly intends to stay there. It seems to be pretty much at odds with things that one can see in a telescope. In a positivist science, this is generally a Bad Thing. I won't even mention websites promoting it that look like something out of geocities. I think it's mainly made up by electrical engineers afraid of an Einstein mass/energy tensor letting fly.

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

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Re: This is bloody insane, yet again :-(

This device from Company (a) will do the job that we need it to do, and save us wasting time and funding on developing a whole new branch of radio technology,

...you forget to add "which might be covered by patents held by someone else anyway that no-one is aware of as yet", so why bother developing anything new?

Patents are a trade-inhibiting and pauperizing crock from A to Z.

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Infosec bod reports ONGOING ATTACK at RSA securo-confab

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"It's a non-issue"

They would say that, wouldn't they?

"Was it a crypto-anarchist wing of the anti-Monsanto hippies?"

Deploy Roundup! Anyone protesting Monsanto while rooting for what makes Monsanto deserves it.

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Cameron pledges public access to list of who REALLY owns firms

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Re: VAT is the answer?

Unless you want to cripple the economy by taxing the street-level grunt, no.

Frank Chodorov, in Out of Step, Devin-Adair, 1962:

First, as to method of collection, taxation falls into two categories, direct and indirect. Indirect taxes are so called because they reach the state by way of private collectors, while direct taxes arrive without by-pass. The former levies are attached to goods and services before they reach the consumer, while the latter are in the main demands upon accumulations of wealth.

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It is not the size of the yield, nor the certainty of collection, which gives indirect taxation preeminence in the state's scheme of appropriation. Its most commendable quality is that of being surreptitious. It is taking, so to speak, while the victim is not looking. Those who strain themselves to give taxation a moral character are under obligation to explain the state's preoccupation with hiding taxes in the price of goods.

and also:

Taxes of all kinds discourage production. Man works to satisfy his desires, not to support the State. When the results of his labors are taken from him, whether by brigands or organized society, his inclination is to limit his production to the amount he can keep and enjoy. During the war, when the payroll deduction was introduced, workers got to figur­ing their "take home" pay, and to laying off when this net, after taxes, showed no increase comparable to the extra work it would cost; leisure is also a satisfaction. A prize fighter refuses another lucrative engagement because the addi­tional revenue would bring his income for the year into a higher tax bracket. In like manner, every business man must take into consideration, when weighing the risk and the pos­sibility of gain in a new enterprise, the certainty of a tax-offset in the event of success, and too often he is discouraged from going ahead. In all the data on national progress the items that can never be reported are: the volume of business choked off by income taxes, and the size of capital accumula­tions aborted by inheritance taxes.

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Marxist Populism is Big Again: Big, Bad Companies!

What we would LIKE to hear

"We need to know who really owns and controls our politicians. Not just who owns them casually, but who really benefits financially from their existence," Cameron is expected to say at a conference.

But unfortunately not.

"For too long a small minority have hidden their business dealings behind a complicated web of shell companies and this cloak of secrecy has fuelled all manners of questionable practice - and downright illegality."

And we make the "legality" - in particular in order to spend other people's money on various shit, wars as well as ourselves. As the income is not enough, we introduce VAT, income taxes etc. As this is STILL not enough, we need to upgrade constantly which we then sell to the sheeple by claiming that widows and children are being treated unfairly.

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

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So what

I am not a Product. At least, not to Facebook.

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Re: Find the odd thing out

Collectivism and state-worship is a bit strong in this thread.

I think it's time you all started to think about meeting the next 5-year plan's goals because Mr. Mosley will be reactivated SOON the way things are going.

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Re: Find the odd thing out

Of course, of course. But the "spoils of war" are even worse. Like GWB's self-financing Iraq war.

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So what's wrong about that?

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Twitter duped us, coupon-clippers claim

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Lawyers, Leeches, IP advocates and other disgusting things

"I can't get the cut that God himself entitled me to have... WAAAHHAAAAMBULANCE!"

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