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Google picks five teams to share $6 MEEELLION funding in Lunar X Prize

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Mr Turtle, your nurse is on the phone. It seems your scheduled medication is running late.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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From Neal Stephenson's "In the Beginning ... was the Command Line"

Old words...

I began using Microsoft Word as soon as the first version was released around 1985. After some initial hassles I found it to be a better tool than MacWrite, which was its only competition at the time. I wrote a lot of stuff in early versions of Word, storing it all on floppies, and transferred the contents of all my floppies to my first hard drive, which I acquired around 1987. As new versions of Word came out I faithfully upgraded, reasoning that as a writer it made sense for me to spend a certain amount of money on tools.

Sometime in the mid-1980's I attempted to open one of my old, circa-1985 Word documents using the version of Word then current: 6.0 It didn't work. Word 6.0 did not recognize a document created by an earlier version of itself. By opening it as a text file, I was able to recover the sequences of letters that made up the text of the document. My words were still there. But the formatting had been run through a log chipper - -the words I'd written were interrupted by spates of empty rectangular boxes and gibberish.

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Now this was technically a fault in the application (Word 6.0 for the Macintosh) not the operating system (MacOS 7 point something) and so the initial target of my annoyance was the people who were responsible for Word. But. On the other hand, I could have chosen the "save as text" option in Word and saved all of my documents as simple telegrams, and this problem would not have arisen. Instead I had allowed myself to be seduced by all of those flashy formatting options that hadn't even existed until GUIs had come along to make them practicable. I had gotten into the habit of using them to make my documents look pretty (perhaps prettier than they deserved to look; all of the old documents on those floppies turned out to be more or less crap). Now I was paying the price for that self-indulgence. Technology had moved on and found ways to make my documents look even prettier, and the consequence of it was that all old ugly documents had ceased to exist.

It was--if you'll pardon me for a moment's strange little fantasy--as if I'd gone to stay at some resort, some exquisitely designed and art-directed hotel, placing myself in the hands of past masters of the Sensorial Interface, and had sat down in my room and written a story in ballpoint pen on a yellow legal pad, and when I returned from dinner, discovered that the maid had taken my work away and left behind in its place a quill pen and a stack of fine parchment--explaining that the room looked ever so much finer this way, and it was all part of a routine upgrade. But written on these sheets of paper, in flawless penmanship, were long sequences of words chosen at random from the dictionary. Appalling, sure, but I couldn't really lodge a complaint with the management, because by staying at this resort I had given my consent to it. I had surrendered my Morlock credentials and become an Eloi.

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Mushroom

Elimination . Physical elimination.

It's the only way to be sure.

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Re: A++?

These are the voyages of the USS Dogeprise...

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Self-forming liquid metal just like a TERMINATOR emerges from China lab

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Alien

Because our lizard overlords don't care about toupees.

It's a chimpanzee thing. For that, we are on our own.

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Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

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Stuff's amazing

Reminds me of all the hours I spent installing kit in cramped racks with little support from the rest of the company. Real muscle stuff. Good times though.

The MTU diesel engine hails from Friedrichshafen, and was built in the old Zeppelin motor factory.

One of those VIIC diesels, I suppose?

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Good stuff by Orlowski is actually good.

I recommend that he just stop writing about "Glubal Warming" and "Muh Copyright Theft" for a couple of years of chillout period.

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Microsoft claims x86 hypervisor market lead

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Re: Best Hyper-V feature

"and Windows clustering technology is far more widespread and proven"

Where?

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Just like Elvis, dead Steve Jobs to appear all over America in 2015

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> Interested

> Go to scribd to see this document

> Nothing works

> Click "Allow all scripts on this page temporarily" in NoScript

> Ghostery pops a vein in its forehead because its list of nosy scripts becomes too long

MFW!

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Missing matter found by squinting through gravitational lens

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Re: Implications

It doesn't even touch its arsehair.

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Re: A slight inaccuracy

It also sounds not like a case of "Missing matter found" but "Hitherto underestimated value more or less where it is observed to be"?

I always hated reading comprehension tests...

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TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

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Re: Help! My radio signal is being stolen!!

Uh, oh! The random downvoter strokes again but doesn't stop to give an answer.

Okay, then

Profile: Aereo’s Chet Kanojia Is Bringing Live TV to the Cloud

Aereo’s approach is simple: Pick up free television signals over the airwaves and send them to a cloud-based DVR that can store video and stream it to computers, phones, and tablets—for a fee. The signals are picked up by tiny, tunable copper antennas—each about the size of a postage stamp—which are slotted by the thousands into modular racks. Customers can rent one of those antennas for US $8 a month.

So who is getting shafted?

Because each customer rents his or her own antenna, the company argues, the process does not conflict with laws that regulate rebroadcasting (and which ensure that broadcast networks get hefty fees from cable companies for the right to transmit network programs to cable subscribers).

So it's about bypassing cable companies.

Is Kanojia afraid he’ll be branded as the man who killed the Disney Channel, or other cable- and satellite-only channels? Perhaps not Disney, he says, but “the man who killed the bundle? Sure, I hope.

If that is stealing, I want more of it.

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Help! My radio signal is being stolen!!

Citation by Broadcaster: "This injunction will prohibit Aereo from stealing our broadcast signal in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Montana."

Well, I hope they get it back.

Seriously though, isn't Aereo just providing a service to their punters like renting out an antenna?

Wil those punters now have to pay the broadcasters?

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New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

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"Your technological terror is insignificant..."

Really, it's like an exhaust vent on a battle station.

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VMware embiggens VSAN to petabyte scale

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Re: Embiggens?

Better than "largerizes"

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Re: This is the way it's going to go, isn't it?

"easier than trying to derive a proof analytically"

I think you are confused about how this whole proof business actually works. The "analytically" adjective doesn't fit in there either.

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Re: Empirical proofs are the best.

I don't think that JPS ever was in doubt about that.

"Existentialism" is not about whether you exist or not.

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I thought we were past all that!

For a writeup of the discussion of "Mathematics by computer!! MY GOODNESS, WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO", see Peter Woit blogpost and pointers therein.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Re: in a free market there's no such thing as a skills shortage

This.

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Doomed Cassiopeia star was sloshed just before deadly supernova blast

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Re: Pauli Exclusion principle

Trevor: It's a quirk of mine, especially when it comes to science.

I know the feel.

In furtherance of which, an oldish paper (i.e. 2004) explaining the role of neutrinos in core collapse.

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Re: "Line noise, Mandrake. Internet line noise!"

"Know that for a fact, do you? You know more than any physicist out there then. I believe, however..."

I don't know what to believe anymore.

"Eleventy squillion neutrinos passing through matter that is just this side of violating the pauli exclusion principle will heat the matter in question."

Handwaving does not physics make. I also don't see how the PXP applies here. These neutrinos would definitely all have different states...

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"Line noise, Mandrake. Internet line noise!"

"When Cas A went supernova, the internal temperature of the star rocketed as it began to collapse, while contained in the cooler outer shell of the reaction. As the compressed neutrinos were formed in the heart of the celestial body they heated the surrounding matter"

Hold on, I think a few things are wrong here.

0) "while contained in the cooler outer shell of the reaction" sounds like english at a first glance, but on second sight turns out to be a nasty pan-galactic dialect most often associated with never-do-wells and chestbusters from Zeta Reticuli. Beware!

1) Neutrinos aren't compressible.

2) They do not tend to heat surrounding matter either.

Anyway, anyone remember Cassiopeia from "Battlestar Galactica", the original series? She was some hot bitch. Rewatching this series makes me realize that she's actually a clueless kid. What's wrong with ME? Oh my god.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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Welcome to the current bubble. Which will burst, taking your pension scheme with it.

It's like buying a few Gucci bags while everyone still thinks you actually have a lots a money.

While are you are really just a bum borrowing fine clothes.

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Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

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Re: SPARC

because the Sparc cores aren't truly simultaneous and will not perform optimally compared to Intel's design

Wow. Much meaningless technobabbly blather. Such sales power.

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Re: Wither 'Lockstep'

The City doesn't like undetected errors and corruption.

NOBODY likes competition.

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The Yellen Chip.

Listen man, the whole economy is so swamped in easy cash that it's totally unreal.

Better get in the bids while it's still relevant.

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See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

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"Banco di Mesa Verde"

According to Brand Finance's Global 500 list, Apple's brand value in 2014 is $104bn, up 20 per cent from $87bn in 2013. Samsung, meanwhile, was judged to be worth $79bn, up from just $20bn last year.

But what is a brand value? Does the above mean that if I wanted to buy "Apple" off Apple, USD 79'000'000'000 would be regarded as a "fair price"?

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Some first-wave big data projects 'written down' says Deloitte

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Re: The reasons why Big Data projects fail isn't a fault of 'Big Data'

I still think that "Big Data" is a thing for large scientific projects with appropriate funding and the appropriate time & brainpower levels.

Nothing for consultancy firms, pointy-haired ones sniffing out the "next big one" and fly-by-nights looking for a big/quick buck.

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Intel's new Xeon: Easy to switch between dual memory modes? Uh, no

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So performance mode is unreliable somehow...

So what happens? Random bit errors (hopefully caught by ECC memory, though the designer may have thrown it out for performance in the first place)? Random bus initializations? Random threads dying because of "bus errors"?

And where are the reliability numbers?

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HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

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Re: Caveat emptor

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/please-buy-autonomy-503330.html

Link has disappeared.

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Re: HP knew...

Colour me unsurprised...

Out of the following colors: CYAN, MAGENTA.

Please call support for another cartridge.

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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Re: Today? Today where?

Thank you.

No!!

That Brutish Empire thing with all its gay trappings was dead around the time Keynes wrote "The Economic Consequences of the Peace".

It just took until Maggie to actually make everyone aware that the empire had been resting for some time and was now pining for the fjords with all the smells that go with this. Understandably, she was blamed for it.

Get over it! Adopt metric units now!! [Revolutionary Music swells]

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Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival

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Care-o-meter: LOW <-[]----------------> HIGH

"But the move has stirred up criticism among high-ranking EC officials, who question the planned soft treatment of a multinational that commands up to 90 per cent of the search market in Europe."

This is a problem how and why does it need to be "solved"?

The solution would be for some Euroweasel to come up with a good competitor. NOPE! CAN'T DO! That would be real work!

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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"The Germans may have tried to conquer Europe and murder my ancestors, but god damn, do they ever make awesome hardware."

Listen mate. British Empire could have stayed out of Belgium back in '14 and continued to exploit India and China for fun and profit, while Wilhelm would have bled out against the French and Russia or managed to build a railway from Paris to St. Petersburg, innit? Messed it all up, did ya?

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Re: Doh @underpants

> It also exists so that industry can be brought forward at a faster pace

It clearly does the opposite.

Cartels advancing things! Next: flying pigs.

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"The patent system offers us some protection but not enough"

Translation: WE OWN EVERYTHING AND ARE ENTITLED TO IT.

Dyson! Out!

Make a lovechild with the revolutionary/innovative Apple. Then patent it.

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Childcatcher

In soviet AppStore....

... your App will be righteously REJECTED by the selected guardians of UTTER ORIGINALITY and GLORIOUS INNOVATION sitting in deep ZEN MEDITATION in the HIGH CASTLE of the FRUITY DO-NAUGHT!

But isssuing "Flappy Jobs at Flapple" will cause a free visit by a LEGAL GOON SQUAD.

Flap on, peasant, and be grateful! (Jobs 25:17)

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Re: Utter guff

Gutter stuff!

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China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

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Re: Seriously

> haul ass

What does the democratic party have to day with it?

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@h4rm0ny

Clearly you are looking for downvotes.

Well reasoned, pretty obvious argumentation vs. drooling hordes of nihilistic windrones. You know what will happen.

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HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop 'competitive misuse'

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Unhappy

"Auditing customers", eh?

I wonder who they think they are? TSA goons out for a good fondle? Himmler's Quality Assurance squad? Mao's "rejuvenated revolutionary thinking" inspectors?

Frankly the mind boggles.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Totally sadistic

"Your XBox One, sir, as requested"

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Try getting that past TSA officers.

They will probably identify it as a porta-nuke.

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People are respectfully requested to Google Plinkett's review of JJ's Star Trek reboot.

It's better than watching the movie.

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Re: Final Destiny

Not at all. Darth was just the emperor's "dirty jobs" man, sent out to choke the military aristocrats into line, kick some ass on orbital construction sites, supervise planetary bombardment and maybe torture a princess in the dungeon.

He was never at the source of major decisions.

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Terminator

The would be Artoo Darthtoo, then.

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I want SDN and I want it now!

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Re: SysAdmin daily cycle

Then an SMS arrives that tells you that a sweetheart deal made by bossman caused delivery a 1 m³ box of shrinkwrapped software nobody knows what it does that you have to install "now".

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Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

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Reminder that the Limbo language for Inferno has now morphed into Google's Go (or Golang).

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Linux: it's like Thai Ginger!

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