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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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Re: "Gravity" was accurate and realistic? Really?

Shame you snipped the important part then: "as accurately as the plot and limitations of special effects allow"

You do realize that the plot is fully constructed and can be molded around realistic premises in the first place?

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Re: Phil Plait hates it

> I can't find my copy of Leighton.

DAT NAMEDROPPING.

> Schwartzchild

Oh no, sorry.

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

I decline to take my inspiration for saving the world from a science fiction novel, let alone science fantasy, let alone science fantasy quoting a poet who's not sure what he's saying.

That must be one of the most hipster edgy things I have ever heard.

Try 'liberate me ex inferis"

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And my latin courses are a bit way back now, and why are you pretending to know latin anyway?

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So did the (Kerr) black hole suck all the oxygen out of the theatre?

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

Equally poignant, you must agree?

No. Go back to /b/.

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Re: "Gravity" was accurate and realistic? Really?

It's the Benny Hill Space Station Train.

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Re: Can i suggest...

'The Black Hole' - That was actually mostly pretty good fun. That Vincent character should just have looked less like a fucking roboticized pokemon (Kid appeal in a dark movie like that? Remember that was when "dark" was not "hollering-Vader-style" mainstream. I sure hope someone at Disney got locked in the cellar for that)

'Spaceballs' - Cringeworthy american "comedy". Avoid unless it is thrown in as a late-night special.

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

"The short answer is, it doesn't."

Roadside Picnic starts off with this citation by Robert Penn Warren:

"You have to make the good out of the bad because that is all you have got to make it out of."

Deal with it.

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Re: Phil Plait hates it

Woah they did those kind of errors? This being a story made out of whole cloth, where good Homeric skills can produce a yarn that doesn't violate the basics that one is proud to tell everyone one has taken into account is a let-down. Hollywood as usual.

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Re: Why does humanity deserve to survive?

"Liberate tutemet ex infernis"

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Horizon finds new potential in the sci-fi staple deepsleep tale

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Actually...

I don't remember that many tales with cryosleep in it.

The alien franchise yes. 2001, of course, but that was just for a trip of several months inside the solar system. In the "Forever War", there is no sleep, only dreadnoughts driving around at 0.9999c doing "collapsar jumps", which makes the weapons onboard obsolete fast. "Hull Zero Three" has some sleepers but the crew is actually recreated from on-demand, as with Rama. "Use Of Weapons" has a single scene. Stories by Alastair Reynolds have cryosleep which generally morphs into gothic horror (do NOT miss "Galactic North") and bad awakenings (or not), same with "Pandorum" btw.

Anything else?

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

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Re: This doesn't make sense..

Yup, I never fail to stock up at Crazy Johnny's "Meth & Drive" on my weekly way to get mugged at the HP printer supplies shop.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Brain's mush, doc?

Oh, did I mention that there is a NATO member actively helping ISIS?

‘ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally': Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation

Yep, better watch the little suburbanites with their crypto.

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Brain's mush, doc?

[W]e should not capitulate to the big communications giants: they cannot be allowed to get away with the absurd idea that they hold no responsibility for what is transmitted on the platforms they provide.

Politicians should also not be allowed to get away with the absurd idea that they can randomly string words together that pop up in their diseased control-obsessed minds and hope to get away with it. It's basically incitement to (fasc|commun)ism of the standard sort, so probably hate speech.

Time for the Fletcher Memorial Home, Blunky. It's not going to hurt one bit.

And "terrorists spread genocide?". I would think if they spread genocide, they are no longer terrorists, they are on the level of state actors.

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Police in U-turn as 'shop a gun-owner' hotline is scrapped

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That Danger Mouse feeling

It sounds like the humble boomstick has been upgraded to the domain of "weapons of mass destruction" now?

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Modern Panic V: A world of H.R. Giger, spunking unicorns and deeply unsettling puppets

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immediately recognisable from Ridley Scott's sci-fi film Prometheus

I don't even know what to say anymore.

"Beam me up scotty, this planet is full of ADHD!" ... maybe.

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Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

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Re: 'They kinda made up a bunch of stuff that i found hurtful'

the Winklevoss twins have got much more to complain about

The only thing these freaksleechesgood citizens wanting to spread the wealth of the 1% can complain about is not enough no-win no-fee lawyers

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Re: Cinema alone

Always take fresh popcorn, Cliff. Always.

And does Zuck resemble Cameron more and more?

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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

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Re: Terry Pratchett?

Are you a sailor?

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it would be impossible for us to understand Gödel's incompleteness theorem

I will cite directly from Jimbo's bag of stuff:

The first incompleteness theorem states that no consistent system of axioms whose theorems can be listed by an "effective procedure" (e.g., a computer program, but it could be any sort of algorithm) is capable of proving all truths about the relations of the natural numbers (arithmetic). For any such system, there will always be statements about the natural numbers that are true, but that are unprovable within the system. The second incompleteness theorem, an extension of the first, shows that such a system cannot demonstrate its own consistency.

Part 1) Axiomatic system cannot actually prove all theorems in natural number theory. Note that in real mathematics, we are not encountering many of those for some reason and the one Gödel provided had a self-referential relationship, and it can evidently be proved OUTSIDE of the given axiomatic system.

No minds are involved unless minds are theorem provers working on number theory described by first-order-logic only. Which ain't the case.

Part 2) The second incompleteness theorem, an extension of the first, shows that such a system cannot demonstrate its own consistency.

Consistency of axiomatic systems is not a great concern of the real world. And consistency can be proved outside of the system. See also: Gentzen's consistency proof.

That argument was just Hollywood-level bad and pop science from the get-go. Let it rest.

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The story moves on to genetics, where one Per-Olov Lowdin is quoted as saying: “The genetic code that makes life possible is inevitably a quantum code.”

Evidently not. You can write the code down on paper, then reconstruct the molecule from scratch. So it's a classical code.

It is suggested a tad unscientifically that: “Quantum weirdness could be playing a role in the mutations that drive evolution.”

I recommend Greg Egan's "Teranesia" for an exploration of that kind of idea. It's unlikely though. High parallelism and random feelers through the search space are good enough. Moreover, one would need to find out what function releated to "driving evolution" would be computed more efficiently via a quantum computer than via bog-standard classical one. Things always go south once has to get the classical bits out of the quantum system, with additional randomness introduced. The complexity BQP is well-defined nowadays, have at it!

The book goes on to describe the work of Roger Penrose, who theorised that the human mind is a quantum computer.

Not that shot again. Penrose also things we think by logical deduction and that Gödel's incompleteness theorem somehow applies. Please!

“Perhaps death represents the severing of the living organism’s connection with the orderly quantum realm, leaving it powerless to resist the randomising forces of thermodynamics.”

What the hell am I even reading? Death represents the randomization of large hierarchy of processes that were going off the rails a bit before death. As for the "quantum realm" (what is that?) being "orderly", I think a famous cat, possibly gassed, has something to say about that.

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Blizzard shows off Overwatch – yet another guardians of Earth FPS

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evil characters once again menace the Earth's population by shooting anything that moves

THANKS OBAMA!

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Apart from the inbuilt creepiness

Actually, it would open the pod bay doors, but you first have to one-click pay!

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Aussie spooks warn of state-sponsored online attacks during G20

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Re: "Who left that microUSB charger cable lying around?"

He's a top executive, this WILL happen.

So where is the security sidekick with Morpheus-style leather anorak and glasses who will put a burly hand on his shoulder before the inevitable happens?

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

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John Brunner was a genius

Clearly moot needs to open a new board, /confessional/, where everybody can be the priest behind the screen.

Somehow it's like that "Shockwave Rider" opening...

"Yes, little sister?" he said in a neutral tone.

"Father, I got to make confession or I'll be damned!" she sobbed. "I shivved my mom - cut her all to bits! I guess I must have killed her! I'm sure I did!"

Time seemed to stop for a long moment. Then, with what calm he could summon, he uttered what had to be said for the benefit of the record... because, while the booth itself was sacrosanct, this veephone circuit like all such was tied into the city police-net, and thence to the tireless federal monitors at Canaveral. Or wherever. There were so many of them now, they couldn't all be in the same place.

Memo to selves: would be worth knowing where the rest are.

His voice as gritty as a gravel road, he said, "My child" - aware as ever of the irony in the phrase - "you're welcome to unburden your conscience by confiding in me. But I must explain that the secrecy of the confessional doesn't apply when you're talking to a microphone."

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: Morons

No, there was Brown Socialism and Red Socialism.

Two faces, same old shit.

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Re: Hackery

If the Palestinians were serious about freedom rather than killing anyone they don't like and especially Jews

For now, its brownshirtish Israelis doing the killing, so spare me.

Europeans have supported the Palestinians financially far more than the rich Arab states and what to they get out of it?

The US supports Israel with >3 billion per year and what do they get out of it? A few wars, kickbacks and otherwise the finger and accusation of un-americanism. Chutzpah, we hardly knew you!

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Re: Morons

Also put up the flag the Other Great Socialism of the 20th century.

A message with lots of the success.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: /k/ is calling and wants its educational rants back!

Of course. Standard range safety etc.

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Re: Not a perfect solution, but...

GyroJets? These go best with teleportation plates when you want to off somebody. And hiking boots.

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Re: Printed Metal

Too expensive though.

I will just drive down to SerbiaRump UkraineBelgium and ask around for the real deal.

And that hooky side article title: "'We must stop this YouTube pick-up artist sexually assaulting women on the street'". I laughed because 'Not your personal army' applies.

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Re: Here's how a rational attempt behaves

Can one actually mill a barrel? I though these are made via hammering from a hot billet?

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/k/ is calling and wants its educational rants back!

guns are actually relatively simple machines

I think I am not mistaken in the belief that they are one the most lovingly honed and exceedingly titivated simple machines, too.

Right up there with muscle cars and high-maintenance women.

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Luxembourg: Engine-room of the tax-break economy

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Never forget that "tax non-transparency" helped to get Jews out of Europe last time

Frankly, this shit is ridiculous.

Sounds more like journalists wanting to get into the news because "beellions NOT TAXED" (which is bad how?), while central banks pump out tens of billions per month to well-connected persons and revolving door outfits.

Anyone who can read french: L’étalage non assumé des rulings. These are legit companies doing legit deals. Yes, they are dodging taxes abroad, but so what?

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Old hat: Fedora 21 beta late than never... and could be best ever

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So has KDE been waylandified?

Not clear, it is.

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Net neutrality Thursday PROTESTS: Time to learn your chant

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Can anyone tell me what this is about?

Because I don't know even.

I read through the EFF posting but I am none the wiser.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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It's cool.

I recognize none of the shows except "Dr. Who" and that Oprah woman.

I stopped watching TV after the OJ trial, looks like the correct decision.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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Oh give me a home where the VultureNets roam...

It advertises low prices and has a capex budget for its first 10 years of precisely £0.00. All calls are therefore roaming calls, parasitic on the established four networks’ infrastructure.

This ain't no "roaming call". VultureNet is a "virtual operator" and I would guess they will have to pay the infrastructure provider buckos to carry traffic. "Roaming" is when you log in to another network to make the call, and I can tell you that fat files are changing hands servers daily for "reconciliation". "Parasitic" my lice-infested arse.

Also, these operator arguments sound very much like some of the stuff I was ordered to make up when employed a national incumbent operator (not UK) more than a decade ago. They nearly make sense.

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Feds investigate Homeland Security background checker security breach

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Bureaucratic bacon to cover other bureaucratic bacon with efficiency cheese.

That question has been posed about 12 years ago and is still waiting for an answer.

A freedom medal awaits the genius who finds one.

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Re: So much money wasted @ Crazy Operations Guy

So much White Man's Burden and "Woe is me"!

Stop considering Saudi Arabia as friend, Israel as the plucky champion, Iran as enemy and stop having the stupid idea that you can implant democracy wholesale in foreign lands that have been infected by yourselves with wild ideas back when you wanted to get the soviets out.

Enjoy the permafail.

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"All the markings of a state-sponsored attack."

Nobody left a file with "H4ckEd by TEAM PakistAN, OLOLOLOLL" on the server?

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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Consider that ISIS bans video games and these guys are ANGRY.

Clearly a negative correlation.

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7 questions we're dying to ask the internet's MOST EXCITING BLOKE

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"How will you make the ITU more relevant to the digital age?"

Very open-ended. So what has changed in the digital age that makes the ITU less or as much relevant as before? The hands-on work of small teams on digital communications? RFCs? Why make the ITU *more* relevant?

"Is the ITU content with its current status"?

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Re: yep

Why is that relevant to telecoms though? Do women / LG / asexuals / transgender / alternatively sexual people experience telecoms differently?

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Fatty Brit 4G networks SLOW DOWN. Too much Bacon, perhaps?

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Re: Too much bacon.

Don't you mean Francis Bacon, "the father of modern pork rind"?

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

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Re: We do not need to trust these people and we should not trust them.

> subpoena

So quaint.

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

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Re: From an insider

"we know what caused this particular megadisaster, and it wasn't a senior manager; as mentioned in the article, it was an inexperienced member of IT staff screwing up a batch job."

Those events in the Berlin Bunker could all have been avoided if that inexperienced sergeant in Greece had properly followed procedures and applied a different key to his Lorentz machine on the second round!

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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Re: so 'Lost in Space' gets a reboot.

Spoilers: here.

Actually it's FAIL at physics because it involves copying quantum data via classical channel.

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Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream

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Re: Something is broken... the method

It's about as hard. Adding random bytes to your malware should do the trick. But you do need at least a man-in-the-middle attack situation to pull of the subsitution. OTOH, if you are forging material that has been digitally signed and is sitting on the notary's disk, you may well have all the time in the world.

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