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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: Ughh... bad news

The Malay and/or Vietnamese en route traffic controllers were not up to European standards. The major flight path deviation/alteration on the radar scopes

There weren't any because the plane went off primary radar, then the transponder went suspiciously at the time handover to VIetnam would be happening.

went unnoticed for an unknown period of time

17 minutes before Vietnam asked Malaysia whether there shouldn't be a plane or something, an interval described as "peculiarly long" by I-don't know who.

during which the aircraft's IFF or whatever it's called now had been turned off.

See above. It's called a transponder.

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Re: worth a watch

Still a bit dramatic with emotionally correct voiceover, but a good résumé. Also, fuck hell, the tools around us are Jetson-style amazing but one never even notices them anymore.

The idea of the electronics rebooting after the plane begins to roll post flame-out, giving the engine a last squall of fuel is probably not needed: the plane has an emergency ram air turbine for electricity generation.

Compare with ABC's "Researchers now have new theory about where the plane went: It might have descended in a spiral before hitting the water, OMG!"

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Actually, an oxygen-starved pilot or passenger with Flight Simulator experience giving instruction to the robot in ways that make no objective sense would fit the bill. Like Tintin in the moon rocket.

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Re: Wingnut central.

No-one has yet suggested that it was the ghost of Amelia Earhardt riding on the wing, leading the plane to its death! I am the first!!

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Re: What about those black-box locator pings?

News just in: things don't always perform to specification.

Protip: This is not the realm of Microsoft-level consumer-grade shit.

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Re: @Crazy Ops

China shot the plane down

Fighter pilots are not the brightest sparks. Everybody would know about that kind of event (even in the 80s, it was quickly evident what happened to KAL007). Kerry would be shuttling all over the planing, handing out warnings and admonitions like they were going out of fashion.

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On page 38:

Radar data showed that after take-off MH370 tracked in accordance with its flight-planned route to waypoint IGARI and then turned right towards waypoint BITOD. Secondary radar data was lost shortly afterwards. Primary radar data then showed that MH370 deviated from its flight-planned route. Primary radar data showed that the aircraft tracked along the Malacca Strait. During this time the aircraft passed close to waypoints VAMPI, MEKAR, NILAM and possibly IGOGU along a section of airway N571.

So possibly following a set of waypoints picked from the standard waypoint database (but why)?

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And what would it do in Turkmenistan?

Note that these are not the wilde countries of yore, with unfriendly, bearded and fierce people on horseback shouting at whiteners in guttural voices. You can now place mobile calls to airports and ask for whether there is a plane too many on the tarmac, thank you very much.

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Black Helicopters

Only then for the USA to "take control" of the plane mid flight (aparently they have been able to do this since 9/11

Let me guess... a theory by Thierry Meyssan of "no plane hit the Pentagon, it was a cruise missile, the color of the flames on this photo proves it" fame?

Black helicopter of course. Which needs a paintjob.

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Borges Bugs!

I have had a few of those. Everything seems to conspire against you and Illuminati control the debugger output from 5000 miles away. Then suddenly .... a problem in a totally different place reveals the horrible, but ultimately mundane, truth.

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I feel a movie with Sam Neill coming up.

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citation needed

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Re: They haven't got a clue

Most people would assume civilian airliners are constantly monitored and their position is known at all times.

Most people don't even know where Ukraine is.

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Re: Ughh... bad news

But they found wreckage after 4 days with the France flight.

Are you paying attention or not?

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Re: What about those black-box locator pings?

"passive" does not mean a lot of electronic mixing isn't downstream of the signal. a lot.

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Re: Ughh... bad news

That swath is as wide as Australia. Frankly interplanetary levels of finder's luck required..

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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With NYT-editorial levels of truthiness, we boldly go....

Amazon's reported demand to control the right to copy, when it wants, is regarded as the equivalent of coming for your first-born.

Getting the license to print (even with arm-twisting involved) is not "control the right to copy".

Publishers not happy? Then they should get their shit together. Lazy buggers couldn't set up an independent venture if their profit depended on it. And it does.

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'Sterile neutrinos' re-ignite 'we found dark-stuff' debate

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More from this paper (file under "WTF am I reading?")...

We can divide physicists into two types: Those who believe the world is special and inevitable, and those who believe it is random and accidental.

Steven Weinberg’s correct prediction of the cosmological constant certainly gives the latter camp a strong upper hand. If that latter camp is right it would seem that winning the next Nobel Prize in high energy theoretical physics is equivalent to winning the Lottery. It might well be this is just the way things are. On the other hand, it must be said that much of Physical Mathematics has a predilection for special, sporadic, and exceptional structures. Superconformal field theories and supergravity theories are closely related to magical properties of low-dimensional Clifford algebras, leading to startling connections with platonic solids, triality symmetries, division algebras (including the octonions), exceptional groups, Freudenthal-Tits magic squares, and so on. Moreover, certain conformal field theories have famously been closely related to the sporadic finite simple groups, especially the monster group.

Even if we live in a random world, it cannot be denied that it contains within it some exceptional gems of rare beauty which can only inspire a sense of awe. One could write an extensive essay on the numerous “coincidences” and “accidents” associated with exceptional structures appearing in Physical Mathematics which call for deeper understanding. I cannot forecast what stormy weather our field is destined to endure, but I can confidently forecast abundant moonshine in the years ahead.

Among the most notable recent examples of such structures is the Mathieu Moonshine phenomenon associated with K3 sigma models and mock modular forms. Four years after its discovery it remains largely mysterious, despite very intense efforts of first-rate scientists to find a natural explanation. Indeed, the mystery has only deepened with the extension to umbral moonshine. The state of the art is summarized in [SCGP workshop on Mock Modular Forms, Moonshine, and String Theory]. Here is a fairly concrete question in this general area:

"Is there an algebraic structure on the BPS states (spacetime or worldsheet) of string theory compactifications involving K3 surfaces whose automorphism group is naturally related to (the Mathieu Group) M_24?"

In the heady days after the invention of the heterotic string many of the exceptional “accidents” were adduced as evidence of deeper structure. Some of these “accidents”, such that the relation of surface singularities to Lie groups and the Kodaira classification of elliptic fibrations have been incorporated beautifully into enhanced gauge symmetries in string theory and F-theory compactification. But other “accidents” remain unexplained and unutilized. My favorite question in this class would be:

"Is there a physical interpretation of the fact that the group of 11-dimensional exotic spheres, {Z}_992, is cyclic with order four times the dimension of E8?"

Finally, we might ask whether there are applications of various Moonshine phenomena to laboratory experiments. There are claims that neutron scattering from cobalt niobate detects the first two Perron-Frobenius eigenvalues of the Cartan matrix of E8. If E8 appears, can the Monster be far behind?

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They decay. I don't know what decays are permitted that keep all the quantum numbers invariant though. In the end, you get photons, which is what counts.

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Messy? Just simple consequences of inherent simplicity

Via Peter Woit, this gem,

“Physical Mathematics and the Future”

accompanying a lecture at String 2014, cites Dirac:

The steady progress of physics requires for its theoretical formulation a mathematics that gets continually more advanced ... What however was not expected by the scientific workers of the last century (i.e. the 19th) was the particular form that the line of advancement of the mathematics would take, namely, it was expected that the mathematics would get more and more complicated, but would rest on a permanent basis of axioms and definitions, while actually the modern physical developments have required a mathematics that continually shifts its foundations and gets more abstract ... It seems likely that this process of increasing abstraction will continue in the future ...

and Einstein:

Our experience up to date justifies us in feeling sure that in Nature is actualized the ideal of mathematical simplicity. It is my conviction that pure mathematical construction enables us to discover the concepts and the laws connecting them which give us the key to the understanding of the phenomena of Nature. Experience can of course guide us in our choice of serviceable mathematical concepts; it cannot possibly be the source from which they are derived; experience of course remains the sole criterion of the serviceability of a mathematical construction for physics, but the truly creative principle resides in mathematics. In a certain sense, therefore, I hold it to be true that pure thought is competent to comprehend the real, as the ancients dreamed.

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Re: Very interesting stuff

The lines they're talking about are absorbtion pits in the electromagnetic spectrum of blackbody radiation coming from the hot object.

Not at all. They are emissions possibly due to photons generated by the decay of the sterile neutrino (which thus unsterilizes when increasing system entropy). What are you getting at?

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: So MS are threatening the sacred cow of British life?

I would rather have my taxes paying for care of patients rather than paying off a bully of a company.

Blowing the NHS away might actually result in reaching BOTH TARGETS AT THE SAME TIME!!

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It told the bodies to assess their software estate and cough for any "identified shortfall" by 30 June.

1) Is there a magician in the house who can do this in time and also decide which of MS licensing horror ruleset to apply?

2) What happens in case of a "reverse shortfall". Refunds? Don't mention it.

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NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars

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Re: Off topic

Bite us.

Biting vultures demands having a VERY solid immunitary system!

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Re: Nice

Fn'orrrl survivors in my thread?

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Re: How is that "debunked"?

You seem to have an idiosyncratic meaning for "correctly".

It does not mean "stuff I previously was too lazy to point out and which doesn't underscore my point particularly well anyway as the next paragraph cautions".

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How is that "debunked"?

It says exactly what's up:

So sorry, this is not a "new heartbleed" situation the author seems to dream for.

Nevertheless, it's a good idea to close this risk, just in case, in the future, one implementation may inadvertently wander into the area of "custom compression format using large blocks of > 8 MB on 32-bits system, and receiving data from untrusted external sources". Judging from the current list of usages, this scenario stand in the low probability range. But that's nonetheless good to plug it, if the solution doesn't trigger any other side effect, which is the case within current LZ4 release available on Github and Google code.

So no "debunking" anywhere in sight.

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Re: Nice

C has been used in the galaxy for the last 5 million years. Which is why the Fn'orrrl died of bitterness before they could expand from the core, and the Blfti'ckx Machine Civilization just snowball-bluescreened when an unexpected radio burst was generated by a nearby neutron star and generated a surprise packet with unexpected binary content.

Fermi Paradox: It's all down to C!

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Re: All software has flaws

S'truth.

On the other hand, there is a pretty cool article on formal verification ("Reasoning and Verification: State of the Art and Current Trends") in "IEEE Intelligent Systems" of January (which, incidentally, just arrived in my mailbox; yes I am not living in Upper Volta - IEEE managed postal delivery still needs to be pulled into the 21st century).

Apparently, advances over the last ten years have been enormous and practical. Victory soon!

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

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its own bit barns

The lolcat mausoleum!

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App maker defends selling S.F. parking spots as a FREE SPEECH issue

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Re: MonkeyParking creates two classes, those "in" and those "out".

> 2014

> Wanting classless egalitarianism on sparse resources and expecting it

Soon in the UN: "Parking spaces - A human right!"

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Re: MonkeyBusiness

There seem to be some dots in your argumentation between the "rage" and the "leeching"? You need to explain this "leeching" further.

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Re: The city have their analogy wrong

But they are not selling "their" spots. They are selling the announcement that they will be leaving their spots soon.

They sure are not selling access to the parking spots as that would imply they have the wherewithal to block the parking spot at will -- which they don't.

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Re: Taking the piss

Yeah, well, how is that "illegal"? Starting from the what one wants to conclude iis not a good form of discourse.

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What's the problem now?

A private exchange between citizens regarding an evidently sparse resource with no victim in sight.

Verboten! I realize that government shills are unhappy that the money does not flow into THEIR coffers, but the only conclusion is.....

Gas, please. Preferably Zyklon B.

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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République du Bisonoursland!

Pretty sure citoyens will be very happy about the egalitarian decision to have to pay more to get their book fix. And a strike by postal workers protesting the work énorme of throwing packages over fences all day from 09:00 to 16:00 will have been averted.

It's for their own good. A redistributive measure, so to say.

Come to think of it, with VAT on books at 5.5% in France and 3% in Luxembourg, why not order at amazon.lu right next door? What's this? It doesn't exist? Pity.

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Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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Re: Confused?

Assume illegal.

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Re: This makes no sense on multiple levels

So?

Frankly,the "ethical problem" is just another manufactured idea from people who run around like headless chicken trying to detect "loopholes" like old curtain twitchers. Apparently they are also unable to separate the concepts of "monopolies granted to and exploited by Big Content" from "giving producers the opportunity to lay a pipe to end consumer's pockets". Note that I say "opportunity" not "entitlement to be concreted-in by government decree".

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Re: Aereo is NOT broadcasting

The definition of re-broadcasting or public performance does not stipulate the size of the audience

Amazingly, you just found out that your rebroadcasting to yourself! You know how to write a cheque...

To the second point that everybody seems to make, it is prohibited by Copyright law to make copies or re-distribute protected content.

Amazingly you are suddenly required to show up at Amazon's warehouses because they can't send protected content via postal mail: that would be re-distribution. Very much prohibited. I won't even say anything about ISPs and IP backbone providers.

You end up with a nifty setup and want to start renting it out to others? That's no longer the same, and you will be found infringing.

Amazingly, this is suddenly no longer related to copyright law but clearly a prior restraint of trade: You can't rent that cable!

The moment that this use is mechanised by clever technology to overcome such limiting factors--and especially when its sole purpose is to make money off it--it is no longer fair use. It is as simple as that.

"Fair use" does not even apply. And suddenly "making money" (as in, shipping books through the worl without paying the holder of the book's copyright) is despicable? Pull another one.

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Really?

Well, I guess everything about the payment of potential remuneration for a non-occurring public performance for an already-paid-for datastream has already been said in that other thread.

You can't rent long cables. Period.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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Re: How do they actually orbit?

"The curvature of spacetime" is the classical approach. Use it.

"Graviton exchange" is the Quantum Field Theoretic approach, still being researched. Do not use it for Gravity. But yes, gravitons would definitely be exchanged by anything in the vacuum. If the gravitational field can be meaningfully quantized.

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Re: @ Loyal Commenter - not only, but also......

> about 45.7 billion light years

Just no.

The "observable universe" sure ain't 45.7 GLY (woah ... the meaningless precision!) in any direction whatsoever. No light emitted "now" (if there is even a valid definition of the "now" hypersurface for the universe) will ever reach us from those distances.

Cosmology deals with "diistance traveled by light". Deal with it.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: Sad? probably. Surprising? no.

Bringing in straw man irrelevances does not alter that, indeed the counter position is if anything more contemptible than any of the above

Utter bullshit and you are a F.F. flying frankly statist symbols of the most evil sort.

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Re: Sad? probably. Surprising? no.

Really, it doesn't matter one jot what you think: if your thoughts are not in alignment with those of the courts then it is you that is in error: that is what has been determined here.

With that kind of mindset, one wonders why courts are even needed. You can have a presidential cretin disbursing unassailable wisdom by decree.

Still it's good to know that one is permanently "in error" about patent law, copyright law, spying on the populace, the war on terror, indefinite detention, bailouts, bailins, disbursements to cronies, extrajudicial but perfectly legal killings, etc...

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Re: Are recordings fungible ?

Unfortunately, there are already an infinite number of copies in each point of the aether being filled by the broadcast signal.

EXACTLY LIKE a CATV provider.

You can repeat it 1000 times, this won't make it so.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Re: If we are going to build a wall

> 2014

> Pretending that the US has not yet transformed its southern border into a ghetto killzone

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FUND IT!

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Attackers fling Stuxnet-style RATs at critical control software in EUROPE

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just how many points of vulnerability do you need?

Deresilience in depth. In the Cloud. Keeping civilization going!

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