* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Because there are no female sockets accepting the rugby players' bits?

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Re: Snap, crackle and pop

No, it's bullshit and after having covered in fear of the microwave oven, the ElectroCrowd has moved on to demonized "pulsed" energy from mobiles and Wifi "pollution".

This reminds me of a story from Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from the early 80s where a kid takes refuge from his abusive father near HV overland lines (his dad can't pursue him there because of a pacemaker). He then acquires the paranormal capability to smell other people's (and animals') emotions.

Well, HV lines were new back then, I imagine.

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Re: Stop!

Errr... what? Maybe, but you better stand on on foot for the duration. The voltage differences across your crotch may be painful otherwise.

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Re: Not Hidden by Design

First off, all power lines should be buried.

Only someone in charge of other people's money and bereft of knowledge of the vagaries of capacitance can say those things.

It looks heavy and is very static

Gb2 tweeting granny club for a beautiful spotless english landscape

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Re: > Burying

Still waiting for the superconducting cables.

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Incomprehensible boffins bring quantum computers a step closer

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Re: At Last!

there is NP complexity behind the Schrodinger equation

That's the first time I have heard that kind of statement. You may want to provide citations.

The Schrödinger equation is a bog-standard differential equation. It solves nothing. You just let it run. Whether you need infinite precision at the density of reals is a matter of discussion, and I remember reading that the symbolic computation of the values would eschew the need of making physical use of the reals.

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Unlike conventional computers, which store data on transistors and hard drives, quantum computers encode data in states of microscopic objects called qubits.

Well, the "qubit" is the mathematical representation of a superposition of two distinct states, whereas transistors and hard drives are physical machines. Apples and oranges?

Also, the qubit is not very interesting. Interesting is:

1) Get a bunch of N qubits together

2) Wire them up so that some Hamiltonian is being implemented

3) Let the machinery run, thus moving the "state space vector" in the 2^N dimensional complex space (entanglement!)

4) After some time, measure the qubits along the projective axes, getting a classical 0..1. string with classical probabilities (collapse the wavefunction!)

5) If 2) was good, 4) is probably the solution to your problem.

Here, we are at 1).

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Re: What's quantum dots got to do with quantum computing?

No

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Re: At Last!

You can't prove that but it seems to be a law of nature (see most anything by Scott Aaronson and in particular NP-complete Problems and Physical Reality and this blog entry) Indeed, whenever you think up a physical machine with quantum powers to collapse NP to P, it fails through some unphysical assumptions you need.

As P = NP would actually would mean that things that are easy to check are easy to guess, immense powers of godlike computation would ensue and as this trick is not being performed in nature to all available evidence, the P = NP believers and agnostics have to be firmly placed in the camp of cranks and perpetuum mobilists.

Technically: BQP is strictly smaller than NP.

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What would have stopped TV5Monde hack? Yup, MOAR LAWS

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Excellent Igor. All is going according to plan!

My dastardly plan to soften up people for imminent world domination by replacing Oetti's brain with my ExtraTard Business-o-Tron StateWorship 2000 death-by-political-hypnosis device is proceeding. Nobody has noticed the operation which we cunningly performed in the loo of the Brussels Ritz Carlton!

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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Re: So why is it computer science graduates have the higest unemployment rate?

"We didnt't find a software engineer and the computer scientists were all too expensive, so we hired a web designer instead."

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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Re: someone sending him suggested moves?

...in a deep, throaty voice.

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Re: "... check players for electronic devices before they enter the toilets."

...rolls in a portaloo with integrated EMP coil.

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Backdoor bot brains snatched after cops, white hats raid servers

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Re: Oi

No, it means some types of endpoints are not secure.

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Re: Don't/Can't people notice these infections?

Did you run CCCleaner and reboot the machine?

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Re: In The Beginning, there was nothing. Which exploded.

But it does. Position uncertainty means non-virtual particles may be faster than c sometimes. Special realtivity means that in that case there are reference frames where these particles go "backwards in time". Turns out that these horrors are exactly antiparticles going forwards in time. So there is a good reason for having antiparticles and they do ferry information from the future in a certain sense. It's very satisfying when you realize that a closed loop (particle pair creation and annihilation) in a Feynman diagram can be seen as the same particle going forward, then backward in time.

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Wrong. The "big crunch" is max entropy as at that point, everything has collapsed gravitationally to maximum mixture. At the "big bang", gravitational clumping is minimal, so entropy is very low.

you may be confusing "crunch" with the "heat death" hyothesis where everything gets converted into entropic so-called "heat" energy which just keeps expanding into an empty infinity

"Heat death" means that the universe ages without crunching. Entropy increases constantly until every cm³ of space is just a uniform warm bath of heat and no useful work can be done anymore (this happens after the last black hole has evaporated and possibly the last proton has decayed and/or rest mass has gone to zero for some reason or other). Ultimately, you just have very-low energy photons, and the universe continues to cool off as it expands (OTOH, there would be nothing left to even build a clock with, so is there actually TIME at that point?)

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Re: shouldn't the first question be...

Nothing has changed, this is the basic assumption (remember the "alpha changes!" flap around when Bush II went to Afghanistan ... nothing concrete ever came of that - the universe seems set in most ways)

However these star crackers change their behaviour as the universe ages, kinda like with your bones. There is more metal around at later stages of the evolution for example. So all the physics are the same, but actual behaviours differ. Kinda like you can have hypernovae but only at early stages of the universe.

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Game of Torrents!

1) No stress

2) Wait until you have reached IDLE TIME (will this ever happen? will death come sooner?) and/or everyone has moved on to the next thing

3) ???

4) Get the whole block cheap on Amazon or from a sale bin, no hassles (unless the EUR no longer exists by then)

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

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Re: Whoosh

The El Reg boffinry is the best. They have mutant bastard childs of ingsoc indoctrinators and incense-preserved marketdrois beavering away in the underground vaults of Umbrella CorporationReg Towers.

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Re: I feel this won't end well because not enough influential people care about old games.

what they have already done with music, movies and books

What did Google do to music, movies and books?

Amazon did more, I think.

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Someone call the ACA ("Andrew's Copyright Ambulance"), something weird is going on!

Congress clearly intended to protect the right of consumers and developers to choose between competing styles of platforms.

Did the publishers just argue to abolish copyrights and exclusive "only on my platform or the highway" contracts?

WOAH!!

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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I actually watched this 13 ghosts movie. I guess it was worth the beertime I was having but now I feel bad and empty inside. This is "worst ever" levels of quality!

A commenter on imdb says:

Some people praise the set design, but you won't catch me doing so. It might have sounded like a neat idea to have every single wall and floor and ceiling made of sturdy clear glass, with Latin phrases written on every surface in white letters, and it may even have looked impressive to the cast and crew as they walked around the set, but to us, it's just shopping-mall chaos that hurts the eyes and conveys nothing. And what's the POINT, visually speaking, of having the house reconfigure itself, if it ends up looking precisely the same after as before?

He hasn't heard about glass offices.

Now, having "lorem ipsum" in phosphorescent "Extra Serif Alchemical", size 666 on every fucking office glass wall sounds like a neat idea.

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It's a donkey with augmented decision power.

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Re: Freedom at a price

As a general rule, in Spain if there is no law permitting something it is basically illegal.

It is always good to consider citizens as euthanizable robots of the state apparatus that need a certified upload before they may function. It keeps lengthy discussions at bay.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Americans will think this is actually a country, probably near Sweden or thereabouts

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Re: Or, in other words.

Thats' ALSO 127.0.53.53

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China weaponizes its Great Firewall into the GREAT FIRE CANNON, menaces entire globe

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3rd Reich-style economic control for you, sir? With added hectoring about "money"? Suits you.

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What the hell is that diagram???

Do people need to learn producing proper sequence diagrams under the threat of violence or what?

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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I'm conservative as anyone, but...

"cloud computing, HSM, virtualisation, all stuff that's been around for decades under a different name"

Not it hasn't. Pretending otherwise is not a service to anyone and is the general region of "IT creationism".

The situation where IBM had "virtual machines" back when on extra-expensive hardware built from discrete logic and triphase current converters where you could admire the 256 KByte RAM usage indicator on a terminal screen and sip coffee while the next program was spooled from a magnetic tape is NOTHING like today.

Or maybe a WWI infantry charge is just like a modern tank brigade plus air support coming at you. Who knows.

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Sprint fined $16m for sticking it to The Man: Telco 'overcharged' Feds for phone wiretaps

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Your kung fu is weak, Sprint!

Not Halliburton enough, grasshopper!

Now you shall must be FINED!

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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"Field geologists trained on Mars" on a CV would cause most of Earth's Three Letter Agencies to pursue you as if you had eyes filled with black oil.

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Re: Who are the aliens anyway?

They might well bring the freedoms: The Liberation of Earth

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

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I recognize this!

It’s a difficult place to understand, where outsiders are often misinformed about the importance of language localisation and the significance of the caste system. The market has special requirements to cope with poor electricity supplies, putting a premium on battery life, heat, dust, and particularly noise. Locally produced phones often have very large speakers.

Basically, it's a cyberpunk market?

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Since its first release in 1997 Grand Theft Auto (GTA) has been accused of perpetuating ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorising violence and inciting real–life crimes.

All the politicians are playing it!

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Saudis go ape, detain Swedish monkeys at border

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Re: Thank gawdess the poor little critters didn't get shipped!

Join the modern world.

Implying they will do that before ISIS takes over the whole show from the inside.

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Re: Are you listening Mr Hammond?

There is Shiis to bomb and military gear to be delivered to open hands holding barrels of oil, we ain't gonna stop now, will we? Can't we look past the little amount of Wahabism?

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PC sales dip below 2009 levels, with Japanese sales off 44 per cent

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With the Yen now weak

Is this some kind of Keynesian parrot sketch?

Krugman must be having a good laugh over his "in the long run we are dead" cocktail.

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

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Re: Market babble aside

Billy Mays impersonations.

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How does a certain Linux kernel lead fit into that position? He seems to pride himself on being one.

You have to distinguish between Dilbert-type arseholes and the other arseholes.

Also

If you consider the large enterprise, you have policy implemented across a variety of tools. What changes things is the ability to express those controls in a formal way using Chef. That policy as code also comes back into Chef Delivery

Don't tell me logic programming is back en vogue? That would be rad!

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Gartner forecast dartboard falls off wall, lands in pile of crumpled dollars

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Fiddling while the Weimar Situation is resurgent

“This is not a crash, even if it looks like one,”

About as recomforting as your dotty doctor saying "this is not terminal cancer, even if it looks like one".

John-David Lovelock: “rapid rise in the value of the US dollar against most currencies has put a currency shock in the global IT market."

It's all relative. On the way down the toilet, the dollar seems to be the least sick man: Why The Dollar Is Rising As The Global Monetary Bubble Craters

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Our primary distributor Zednax runs the OpenBSD Store and sells our releases worldwide out of the UK.

Why not out of Luxembourg? At least it would be "mainland". Plus: 17% VAT.

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Using Office 365 at work? It's dangerous to go alone! Take this...

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Biggest mistake we EVER made was using 365 for email.

Explain!

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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And salts. Lots of salts.

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Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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Patents: Sought by the Wright brothers while Europe built planes

THEY ARE PATENTS.

Retarded shit for rent seekers. From a university, moreover.

Oh wait, it's Amurrica. Never mind.

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Re: Popular?

This is signed "Cuddles", a "Happy Tree Friend" with lots of morality tales about dangerous behaviour.

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Re: Urgh

AFAIK there is no sandboxing for extensions. Extensions like NoScript definitely could not run if there were. There should be though.

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and that includes the compiler itself in case you're wondering

MITIGATED!

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Re: And how is this..

we just don't know

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FBI to WordPress users: patch now before ISIL defaces you

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Re: Requires a valid nonce?

Stop watching BBC.

Definition - What does Nonce mean?

A nonce is a type of data bit identification in IT security and other types of technical systems. It is a number or other data variable that is used only once.

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