* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

13701 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008

The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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

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I know I was first fascinated by pictures of computers in encyclopedias (which were probably 10 years out of date) as a youth.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

"Software as an Enema" has arrived

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Well, I always wanted to talk to Steve Ballmer...

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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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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: "planet-killer dieselware"

It's always the hippies' fault.

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Re: The old Seth Blatter excuse

We are not talking war crimes here.

OTOH, Dick Cheney is still free as in freedom? Pity.

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Re: Olaf Lies!?

The german pronounciation would be "Lease", so it doesn't quite fit.

Anyway, this must be the latest shark-jumping act in "THE CONSPIRACY OF THE PEONS".

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Aussie students set to hack cloud biz to hell

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Transgenderism has gone too far

All female participants will be offered mentoring through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

There are also partly female participants?

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Rusky antivirus company FIRE BOMBED for research blogs

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Re: "the attacks seemed unprofessional" ?

So you can anti-firebombing professional professionals armed with Dragunova?

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Linux-powered botnet lets rip on victims with 180Gbps network floods

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Re: Don't allow ssh access with a password

Of course, a "key" is just a particular password itself...

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The Matrix will now reboot in 3... 2...

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There was a little bug a big back:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/bug-in-widely-used-openssh-opens-servers-to-password-cracking/

"akonadi" is the search server as I know. No need to panic.

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Re: Erm....

You are probably safe. Probably. Unless ....

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UK.gov unleashes 3D virtual world to train GCHQ's kiddie division

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Shortage for the goal of.....?

"there would be a workforce cyber-skills shortage of 1.5 million by 2020"

There will also be a shortage of hyperdrive shunt operators and xenobiologists, but so what?

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Do you agree with our fee hike? Press 1 to answer Yes; or 2 for Yes

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Re: I don't Think So

Actually it's a real-world satire.

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Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

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Microsoft never gives you anything to rave about. A best, it's "meh+".

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Even the Gipper's head of OMB has something to say:

Clueless Carly: Crony Capitalist Warmonger With Flash Cards

Carly Fiorina proved at least one thing last week. Namely, you don’t have to be a career GOP politician to come across as a war-mongering neocon and abortion-bashing statist demagogue. She took the stage fully formed as a frightul modern-day Torquemada, threatening to bring fire and brimstone down on anyone running afoul of her righteous indignation and crystal clear grasp of the Truth.

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The truth is that Fiorina was a once and failed CEO only because she rode the Lucent Bubble to undeserved fame during the blow-off phase of the massive 1990s tech bubble. Its peak market cap of $250 billion at the time of her departure for Hewlett-Packard in 1999 was not due to her business prowess as head of its major division or that ATT’s gussied up maker of prosaic equipment like switchgear had invented anything new under the sun.

Lucent’s giant but fleeting market cap was entirely a product of the Greenspan Bubble and the fact that its leadership including Fiorina had no compunction about goosing its sales by lending billions to its customers, many of who were tech era start-ups rapidly burning off their VC supplied cash.

In any event, Lucent’s stock crashed and eventually plummeted to less than $10 billion after it took multi-billion write-offs for its bad debts, laid off more than 50,000 employees and confessed to the SEC that it had doctored its accounting. More importantly, Fiorina had gotten out of dodge just in the nick of time.

... But it was at HPQ that her immersion in the destructive financial engineering that has become endemic in the C-suite of corporate America went full frontal. Even Donald Trump called Fiorina on her phony claims about the company’s spectacular growth during her tenure—–claims which the company’s SEC filed financial results don’t remotely support.

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Google and NASA hop into bed with quantum computing biz

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A really bizarre development.

It probably doesn't work better than go faster strips but one never knows (and doesn't NASA hook up with bizarre stuff like "reactionless drives" that have had no result in 20 years?)

Meanwhile, not defeatable by quantum computers, adiabatic or otherwise: Honest-to-God SAT problems.

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German regulator sets VW deadline

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Re: "can only be done with a big hit to the performance of cars on the road"

> buy diesel

> thought they were doing the right thing

I don't know to what level of self-delusion people will go, but I want to find out.

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Re: It'll be expensive...

would be an actual solution to the pollution issue

Because destroying the old cars and manufacturing new ones sure won't generate pollution, or waste for that matter.

This is the same reasoning behind the "cash for clunkers" idocy: wholesale destruction of working machinery because GAIACULT and, after all, money can be printed. Please leave thinking on the level of differently abled 6-year olds to politicians.

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Oktoberfest!

A new meaning!

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WATER SURPRISE: Liquid found on Mars, says NASA

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Re: Tasty Morsel

Good! CON-TAMI-NATE!

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World panics, children cry, workers sigh ... Facebook.com TITSUP

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I don't see what this has to do with Star Wars?

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Unfortunately against the onslaught of fake productivity via Quantitative Easing, it won't even make a blip on Krugman's monitor.

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Astroboffins snap BREATHTAKING, WISPY Veil Nebula supernova debris

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I am comparing this with a picture of the whoée structure (the one shown for the present El Reg article being just a part of the whole Nebula) in a book from 195. Blue-white & black, printed on cheap post-WWII paper, the ink is oily in appearance. There is no detail in the image, the stars are fat dots ...we have come some way, indeed.

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ICANN chair plays chicken with internet control-halt-shift

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Fat sacks of the Roman Empire

In order to hit a critical deadline, the main details will need to be decided by the end of that particular huddle

An excellent way of proceeding is to close the door and not let them be reopened until consensus is reached.

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Re: The Arrogance is strong in this one.

I dunno. How is it possible to talk like that without having been on meth for a few years?

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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

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Re: Today VW ...

Who would spend £1000 on a car worth £1500?

Anyone who doesn't want to spend £10'000 on a new car?

The repair cost has naught to do with the resale value (which, in the example above, would be more like £500 with a CD deck thrown in, amIrite?)

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Re: First rule of engineering.. cover thine Arse!

I can't disagree but it sounds like the engineer's version of "crazy preparedness".

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TODAY ONE CAN NEVER BE SURE.

This really could be a 100% honest statement by any of the US-american presidential hopefuls.

Yes, we are living in those times.

DOWNVOTED!

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