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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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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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Re: Thank god

it looks like ass

Better eat some crow, then.

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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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Well, sure it is the current Earth Year. Which is just a fixed number of seconds. Which are defined using distance and the universal dimensionless constant 1 ... or lightspeed for the hoi polloi.

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Re: "Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

Am I wrong?

Yes. You seem to be mix this up with more oriental approaches like Zen Buddhism and things like that.

(I still hope to see Frank Herbert's Zensunni religion before I log off; it would be weird, but the human mind is malleable and can pull practically anything out of the hat as long as verification of it can be left as an exercise...)

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It gets really, really old

It might be you...

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"Blind, drunken Gods, swaying to the sound of mad piping...."

Further perusal of Jimbo's Excellent HTML Store™ revelas that...

Gnosticism presents a distinction between the highest, unknowable God and the demiurgic “creator” of the material. Several systems of Gnostic thought present the Demiurge as antagonistic to the will of the Supreme Being: his act of creation occurs in unconscious semblance of the divine model, and thus is fundamentally flawed, or else is formed with the malevolent intention of entrapping aspects of the divine in materiality. Thus, in such systems, the Demiurge acts as a solution to (or, at least possibly, the problem or cause that gives rise to) the problem of evil. In the most radical form of Christian Gnosticism, the Demiurge is the "jealous God" of the Old Testament.

So I think there is some leeway in those texts from the sandy lands.

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Re: But the earth is only 6 thousand years old

gb2 Jesus Camp!

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Re: Years or revoltions around the Sun?

Earth never wanted to be a Stormtrooper!

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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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Re: Sooooo........

malaria charity

Wasn't she voted into the Afghan Parliament?

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Holdy Ony! "Dr."?

Where did that PhD come from? University of Life?

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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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The software is modular and pervasive, and unique thanks to its ability to inject itself into all new processes via the Windows security registry function CreateProcess API

I do not understand? Is fork() now considered a black art skill? Has it come to that?

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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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Our computers use the binary system of 1 and 0s. Quantum computers use qubits (quantum bits), which can exist in "superposition", meaning that they can be a 0 or a 1 and everything in between... simultaneously.

NO!

"The state of the qubit is a complex-valued probability distribution over the state space { 0, 1 }"

Isn't that clearer?

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Re: Genuine question

You will be able to

1) Factorize numbers for fun and profit

1.1) Probably do quantum crypto stuff on the side to alleviate 1)

2) Do quick searches in a database (faster than using a search tree)

3) And simulate quantum processes without exponential slowdown. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART as it means advances in material science and deeper understanding of how molecular interactions actually work.

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IBM releases Software-Defined Storage For Dummies - no joke

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Native encryption and secure cryptography erase (data wiping) that is NIST-Compliant and FIPS certified

OH SHIT!

Purposefully flaky and price-upgradingly compliant to a bunch of hocus-pocus.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Microsoft in hunt for the practical qubit

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Needs better explanation

With enough qubits, a quantum computer could therefore represent an awful lot of states simultaneously. If you can then ask the quantum computer the right question, its waveform should collapse into the answer.

With the answer given having a certain classical probability of being correct.

The quantum computer therefore – in theory – lets you get a complex answer in a single operation, rather than having to step through lots of iterations, as in a classical computer.

Only for the following algorithms:

1) Factorization

and

2) Searching in databases

All the other classical turing-machine algorithms have to STAY classical.

MORE HERE

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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Re: IPV6 Foot Dragging Goes On Forever

Frankly, if it wasn't terrible, it would have been adopted ten years ago.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Have you red the project?

Few things are great about hydro.

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Re: Renewable is OK but...

1) Pick up fone to Canada

2) Order up a few CANDUs

3) ???

4) ENERGY from cheap uranium.

On the minus side, the lead time is prolly 10 years.

On the plus side, you will enrage Amurricans and Greens because you can produce Plutonium in a continuous cycle.

Added bonus if you order up a Russian fast breeder package.

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...and how.

I hope it is Sun powered!

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MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

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Re: X scale

Not a logarithmic scale of badassery then?

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Windows 8 leaker gets three months, booted back to Russia

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Then "The Disgruntling" occurred!

"After receiving a poor performance report, he reportedly became disgruntled and leaked prerelease Windows 8 software to an unnamed French blogger."

Why did the poor performance report make him hate French bloggers that much? It is a mystery. Will we ever know?

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

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Re: Does anyone care? I'm mean, really care?

Well, it sure brings back memories from before the Global War On Stuff -- struggling with getting servlet engines to work via ajp while random people told me how cool and easy asp and ActiveX were only to be hacked up the wazoo a bit later, so .... yeah.

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Re: Nick Kew Deja vu again

Which ignores the fact many IIS server admins also try to hide their servers' identities as well

RESPECT THEIR SECURITY-FU! No wait. Why lose time with inanities like that? Oh well...

Indeed, many IIS servers run on corporate intranets and therefore are not visible on the Web at all, making IIS's real share of the webserver market even larger than the Netcraft survey suggest.

"Please find the various problems with this statement for 15 points."

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Re: Chris Wareham

You could say exactly the same thing about the large number of (insecure) Linux servers I see with Apache installed and advertising itself by default.

So ...

a) how do you know about their apparent "Insecurity"?

b) what's wrong with proud advertising? It's not like IIS says "I'm a trolling dog" either.

holes like SAMBA configuration files

WTF are you talking about?

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Re: Bring him back

A true firefox!

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