* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Boffins probe mystery of ANTARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER

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WHITE MONKEY PALACE found in ANATARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER on MOON!

I know it's all about pulling in the clicks but this is again a headline that will cause the /paranormal/ and /lizard-control/ crowd to come for a look-see.

Can we tone it down?

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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

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Bum icon for obvious reasons

This sure will absorb a fat part of the 252%-of-GDP debt level of the UK, which has increased at the healthy clip of 30% since the start-of-the-recession. MUH AUSTERITY!

Considering that GDP numbers are currently artificially inflated by excessive use of the government's credit card, we might well be looking at 300%-of-actual-GDP debt levels and up.

Athens-upon-Thames when?

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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Name it and I'll show you 10 years old much better implementation.

Now under control of Oracle.

FECK OFF!

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those original developers will drop out of Systemd work to pursue something else that is newer and shinier that they can mess up

It's like a neocon liberation army of development.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: Will the Battleship return?

...against peasants, mainly.

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Re: And the thrid ship

Wasn't one of the reasons for secrecy that they were in massive violation of the Washington Naval Treaty

Apparently not:

"Preliminary studies for a new class of battleships began after Japan's departure from the League of Nations and its renunciation of the Washington and London naval treaties"

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Re: and expect a new anime to follow out of Japan

ever watch Ghost in the Shell?

I didn't notice the Yamato making a guest appearance either in GiTS or GiTS: Innocence.

A lot of heavy nationalism and borderline revisionism in there.

Totally unlike the U.S., then?

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Re: Last gasps of the battleship

we were totally unprepared for Iraq

Why not stay home in that case?

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Re: And the thrid ship

each with separate plans which were destroyed upon completion

Sure is gonna help repairs.

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Re: and expect a new anime to follow out of Japan

You are making shit up, I don't recognize a story by Leiji Matsumoto at all.

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Re: "Sister ship - The Yamato"

Still awaiting delivery of the engines.

They are being made in China.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: Anyone wondering about the giggles from the Kremlin wall, should stop doing so

Meanwhile, national "newspapers" getting their information from SACEUR's shrill press releases and neocon suggestions are having a 24/7-hatewank about the permanent-imminent dangers of P.U.T.I.N.

I laugh.

We have arrived at Blairville, make no mistake.

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: Point of order Mr. Speaker

"opt-out" is so rude.

I prefer the user-fiendly description "sideways option".

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NASA: Curiosity rover's BROKEN ARM doesn't SPELL DOOM for Mars mission

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Curiosity did 9/11!

why the error had occurred during the mission's 911th Martian day

Do I smell a conspiracy?

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Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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Re: Bloody hell, when will this nonsense ever stop?

This disreputable nonsense is truly getting out of hand, it's time we users revolted, big-time.

I blame 14 years of homeland security which has made anal probing by random smug people memetically respectable.

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Re: Only the JRE not the JDK

Take-home point: I hate you Java and all who sail in you.

You seem to not develop in Java, so do you mean "I hate the JVM" or "I hate the Oracle JVM" or "I hate the JRE package that Oracle provides" or "I hate Oracle"?

Enquiring minds etc.

I feel the urge for .Net runtimes. Now that Clojure has been ported...

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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Re: Bah!

Have you ever seen the containers of papers with official EU texts spewing forth from the printing presses? One could probably bury a small country in it.

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It's impossible for a tax like VAT to hurt a company, since it is always passed on to the end consumer.

I don't know just how totally politician-level of utterly stupid one must be in order to not realize that upping the price towards the "consumer" (don't you mean "customer")? by 20% or thereabouts for no particular reason whatsover won't impact sales and thence "hurt a company".

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Re: Your Kindle purchases are about to get dearer

1) Buy a book at Amazon

2) Check the that nice slip of paper that comes with it (commonly called an "invoice" or "bill")

3) ???

4) 3% VAT

You can't just charge the VAT rate you bloody well like.

I would also like to see the EU-whatever-retardo-decision-group-of-the-week lovingly treated to a healthy dose of Zyklon B to tell them in no uncertain terms that Orwellianically deciding that people just don't pay enough to the loving, indispensable state for the privilege of buying a book is just not on.

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Re: VAT Fraud!

"VAT is a luxury tax."

what complete and utter bollocks

Downvoted for stating facts?

The commentariat is even more outrageously retarded as usually.

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Massive gravitational lens flare unveils EINSTEIN CROSS SUPERNOVA

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Light gets bent, big-time

I think that should be "minimal (proper) time"

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El Reg will now find some old mechanic dude who worked on subs and make him editor.

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IBM System x biz sales: The numbers are out... and they're not pretty

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Der Aufschwung!

But some customers deferred purchases due to some lingering economic uncertainty

"lingering" as in "this Chernobyl reactor core sure has been lingering during the last 2 seconds"?

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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If it even exists and hasn't been made up by journosensationalists.

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Re: (Optional) Tsk you humans

So maybe extrem e wealth implied a longer lasting relationship with the environment capable of sustaining life for generations rather than a magpie habit of putting stuff (usually non-perishable?) in safe places?

Superior new age eco bullshit of impeccable pedigree.

People may have reached the healthy age of 40-50.

They still had to pay the taxman or hide the little they had from his prying eyes. While the leader of state and his sycophants accumulated gilded stuff on which to sit on.

It has always been thus.

a magpie habit of putting stuff (usually non-perishable?) in safe places?

Not very skilled in economics either. This is called "saving". It is what causes investments to happen. Unless (like now) financial repression goes full out like what happens currently (and happend in the roman empire a bit before the crash).

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Re: Alternatively...

I don't know what exactly is going on but this seems like another case of NatGeo QUALITY reporting / reportutainment.

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Re: WTF is this?

Explorers will attempt to uncover extreme wealth even if there isn't any extreme wealth to find. Does that answer your question?

I suppose you are able to answer your question yourself with "not really".

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Re: WTF is this?

Wealth doesn't mean money, eg precious metals and jewels

How is the life in My Little Ponyland?

Oddly enough, some people prize knowledge over money.

Oddly enough, Conquistadors didn't. Oddly enough, "wealth" never meant "large libraries". "Excuse me peasant, would you indicate the shortest path to the next library or do you want me behead you after a short introduction to Christianity?". Yeah, I think not.

As for the vast tracts of land, jungles grow. Fast.

Relevance?

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WTF is this?

Explorers have attempted to uncover the extreme wealth of "Ciudad Blanca", so called because its buildings and a wall around it were of white stone, since the time of Hernán Cortés and the Spanish conquistadors in 1520.

How can there be a city of "extreme wealth" (probably relative) somewhere in Honduras just like that? There needs to be a supporting civilization and vast tracts of land to support that city to the point where asking a local would most likely result in finger-pointing into the general direction of said city. What gives?

As an example, it's not like the location of Mesopotamian cities was particularly unknown (indeed Mongols amused themselves to "un-wealth" those cities something fierce, having evidently easily detected them).

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EU annoys industry and activists with net neutrality proposal

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Re: The problem is the infrastructure

Once the debt-laden governments wake up to the fact that we are working on a scarcity model and make the taxpayer (and increasingly the poor mugs expecting pension payouts) do something about it

FTFY. HTH.

Oh, I forgot:

Debt Gone Wild! 23 Countries Have Leverage Ratios Above 200 Percent (Debt Growth Escalates At Low Central Bank Rates)

Just for reference, should any particular questions crop up.

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

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Re: Let them chew on this

Except if they are Nazi scientists.

"One of the persistent questions that people have, and not just specialists, but everyone wonders about where did we come from?"

Software archeology is as interesting, unfortunately not many old artifacts are left. Time to read Julian Jaynes one more time.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: Never made it to civilisation.

So how about those little paper-encased pads?. They work pretty well.

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Re: Too good to last

Yes, because that will lead to good products that are easy to recycle.

Makes sense only if recycling is your primary goal. A feel-good-factor selling, basically.

I actually want to use the product, too.

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IBM buys 'deep learning' upstart Alchemy API, inhales 40,000 devs

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> and hire 40,000 new developers

Ok, now tell me:

1) How do you actually FIND 40'000 new developers (and I don't mean randomly hired grunts who know how to fire up an editor and code Hello World - real developers skilled in whatever stuff you actually want them to do)

2) What does this do to salaries (WHEEE!!)

3) How do you manage this kind of extreme bing-hiring in the first place?

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Oracle's piping hot new pot of Java takes out the trash (faster)

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> Hopefully it collects itself and deletes....Java is horrible, bloated and insecure mess.

> Which bit is ignorant? Seems spot on to me.

Samefag!

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ITT: Discussion GCs like it's 1989.

I have worked with Java since it was released in the mid-1990's

You are a re[dacted]. You know that JVM implementations have several types of GC and there are quite a few GCs for specialized applications?

> Java's mark/sweep methods are inherently non-deterministic

The only deterministic methods when GCing are those that have strictly pre-planned and limited memory usage. Good luck finding those outside of aerospace applications.

> I had finished a deterministic reference-counted garbage collector which after 20+ years is still running many major semiconductor

Yeah, I did that as a student, too. And then circular data structures showed up.

> 10+ million lines of code with no deletes and no memory leaks

Do you even know what you are talking about.

> go find someone else who has a taste for self-flagillation...

I hope somebody spell-checked your IEEE paper for you.

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SpaceX lofts two all-electric ion-drive comsats to Clarke orbit

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The free Palin republic?

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50 shades of grey can turn Adobe Reader into a hot mess

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Detections were duly added to AV products and as a result, the generated PDF files became increasingly obfuscated as malware attempted to circumvent the scanners.

What an "industry". Managing to allow execution of data streams. Then kludging detectors on top of that to avoid SHTF situations. Only a world economic crash can cleanse us anymore. You could have stopped it!

I have said it before, I will say it again: OCCUPY BABEL!

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Here comes Vulkan: The next generation of the OpenGL graphics API

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Naysayers in my comment section?

Amateurs, please!

Gb2 XBox 360

(And too cheap to buy the docs? I laugh.)

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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As time goes by.

Maybe easis will get rid of this problem. They must be good for something.

Incredibly a single WIPO panelist actually agreed with this creative interpretation of trademark law over the domain 'easytrain.com'.

Cages. Fire.

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Twitter probes terror threat: Medieval murder mob ISIS allegedly puts co-founder in crosshairs

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This is a "movement" not a centralized state of the authoritarian sort. So no decapitation strike getter-out. Sorry, based Hollywood-solution lovers, we will be hearing from those guys for some time yet.

Now ordering Patrick Cockburn's explainer on what this caliphose freakshow is about.

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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Chalk it up to P.U.T.I.N.

He's offing stuff left and right now and probably is behind our perenially non-escape-velocitiing economy too. Remember David Kelly!

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Out of time: Huawei, LG unveil watches nobody wants to buy

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Re: I just want...

Both smart and stupid? Smupid!

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NASA 'nauts complete another EPIC SPACEWALK to route cables around ISS

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Also: SpaceWire uses LVDS at ~1V. The idea seems to be to suppress emission of radio energy.

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The sheer amount of cosmic radiation would drown out any WiFi signal, it would even drown out a wired network connection at normal voltages

WTF? You seem to mistake space for the interior of a nuclear reactor mysteriously working in the radio-wave spectrum.

Looks like all these communication satellites are big conspiracy.

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Re: Routing cables?

No

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Any minimally acceptable spacestation has riveted joints, fat, snaking cabling on floor, ceiling and inside barely accessible ducts, flickering and/or inexistent interior lighting and people with slavic accents (possibly with US-style baseball caps and gaily colored mission patches).

We are getting to it. Slowly.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Who?

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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Re: It had to be said

The feel when that was nearly 20 years ago.

feelguy.jpg

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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No, hard-earned taxpayer dollars are being expended to fund the homeland security which just issued "OMG! Thermite on Planes! It's UNDETECTABLE" surpriso-research.

Problem?

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