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Re: Obvious problem.
I do think Nigey and Mike Judge happen to live on the same floor.
> Big Data is even more of a nose bleed.
I hear that in Japan, extreme sexual excitement is depicted by nosebleeds. So here?
Apparently you have to choose between the noose and the needle!
You have to choose between a economic illiterate lying narcissistic dirtbag whoring for That Country on the Mediterranean, promising more wars, expanding state and continuous national-sozialisation and kicking the can of serious problems down the road and a GOPer who wants to put Bolton into a position of responsibility.
In a normal world, their bodies would be discovered one morning having had regrettable accidents.
Re: Microsoft "birthing the client server era"?
It means everything old is new again, the world turns, old wine in new bottles, the big lie and tech skills and background knowledge shall never meet with marketing pushes.
Previously, when the Moon was a green, lush planet teeming with life and intellectual activity, the Lunar Central Bank was situated exactly where Tycho Crater is now.
Then the "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Mooney" went to the printers...
Is this like celebrities being hit by end-of-life events?
With the cloud, I mean ... hosted services ... lots of people notice and lots of people are affected at the same time.
If it happens to Unknown Company, we never hear about it. But it's bound to happen anyway.
Expect a flurry of these papers in the next weeks and months trying to explain / fit-in / morph the Higgs into String Theory / Minimal Suppersymmetry / Some Idea that May Be True Or Not. Theorists are gonna theorize and experimentalists are gonna think hard about how to find the exact properties of this new particle.
Indeed, the idea that "The Higgs" is actually a "condensate" of two top quarks glues by a new force (similar to what happens with electrons in Cooper pairs, I think) is not new.
> It’s only a few days since some writers were proclaiming the “end of physics”.
Mommy! There are retards in my morning paper!
Writing off 1.5 billion...
How do you write off that kind of fleshwound and still keep breathing?
There was an article in the June issue of IEEE Computer about the the abysmal failure of the FBI to renew its informatics infrastructure (it's good reading but not worth the 31 bucks that the IEEE demands, so leech it off somebody who has it). The author (an FBI insider and clear believer in the state) says:
- because of their enormous complexity, large IT programs rarely succeed
- large government contractors, "IT cartels" as former Obama administrator CIO Vivek Kundra called them, are usually only out for the money
- program managers have a tendency to put a rosy spin on projects even when they are clearly in trouble
He then goes on to describe dangerous behaviour by FBI project management. One cannot disagree with (1) and (3) but (2) only makes sense to a state employee who receives his paycheck independently of performance.
Re: So precisely do we benefit from discovering higgs?
You are missing that it's not a "we were right all along" project.
Once you get that, come back.
Re: Aha! The Friday Portal reference!
Sir, Mr Higgs Johnson is on the interphone!
Re: The stupid decision to build it in Texas just because Bush was Texan...
Texas was in discussion under the Reagan administration and AFAIK the decision for Texas was made before 1988.
http://mist.npl.washington.edu/AV/altvw25.html (March 1988)
--> Where will the SSC be built?
A: That remains an open question. Originally the SSC site proposals were to be submitted by August 3, 1987, with final site selection in January of 1989. Congress, sensing the great "slice of pork" implicit in placing a $4.4 billion facility with an annual $370 million operating budget in just one lucky state, voted to extend the deadline a month to September 2, 1987, giving slow starters a better chance to compete. It is expected that a large number of states will submit site proposals. In the 1960's when what became FermiLab was being considered there were 135 site proposals. There will probably be less for the SSC, but more than 25 are expected. Some of the leading contenders for the SSC site are Illinois (the FermiLab Tevatron could serve as an injector), New York (congressional clout, close to many East Coast universities and labs), Colorado (good site near Denver airport), Texas (congressional clout, much effort on proposal), Washington (good site near Spokane airport, cheap electric power), Arizona (good desert site, room for expansion), and Tennessee (big state commitment, TVA power).
Re: Is it just me
Welcome to tax and spend action. You may not like some of it. Libertarian yet?
> spend that cash finding alternative fuels or resurch into mechanical limbs etc.
This is ongoing too, dontcha worry. Though the chance to "find alternative fuels" is slim indeed. Also better left to the private sector, really.
You can only survive multibillion bloat of you are military or a white elephant in orbit!
It was pretty amazing that Congress was talking about balancing the budget back then while now they have all but given up.
Why the SSC Was Terminated : http://www.aip.org/fyi/1993/fyi93.142.txt
The Decline and Fall of the SSC : http://www.npl.washington.edu/AV/altvw84.html
In the latter we read:
"It is common wisdom in Washington, D.C., that it is dangerous for a large project to span more than one Administration. Bush was defeated by Clinton in 1992, and the SSC project came to violate this rule and suffer the consequences. In 1993 the incoming Clinton Administration made a budget-tightening decision to stretch out the SSC project, moving its date of completion from 1999 to 2003, increasing the overall cost of the project while reducing its yearly cost. The SSC cost rose to over $10 billion, a 16% cost increase. The budget-conscious freshman Congressmen swept in with with Clinton in November of 1992 felt no responsibility for the decisions of their predecessors, and the SSC project became a tempting target of opportunity.
Clinton's new Science Advisor John Gibbons did not give active support to the SSC project, as had his predecessor, Alan Bromley, and Clinton's new Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary, now famous for her million dollar travel excursions, proclaimed during her confirmation hearings that she was "not passionate" about the SSC. In September, 1993 when her passions were finally aroused, she took the counter-productive steps of re-shuffling major SSC contractors and increasing the already bloated oversight team to 140 bureaucrats in the Dallas DOE Office. Before the two critical votes in June and October, neither Clinton nor Gore was willing to make personal appeals to House Members on behalf of the SSC, as Bush had in 1992.
The final blow to the SSC came late in 1993 when the DOE's Baseline Validation Report was released. The validation group surveyed the sorry history of SSC cost escalations and concluded that extreme conservatism was needed. Their report advocated much larger safety and contingency margins and moved the completion date back to 2004, increasing the project cost to $11.5 billion or another 15% increase.
With this, rank-and-file members of Congress had had enough. They were fed up with the ever-rising SSC price tag, the evidence of poor management and DOE indecisiveness, and the heavy-handed attempts by Congressional Leadership to save the project. On October 27, 1993, by a vote of 283 to 143 the House rejected the Conference Committee report that would have continued SSC funding. The project was officially dead."
We have a name for that kind of API around here.
It's called a "service". You may have to pay for it.
Whether the cookbook to access the service (the API as such) is proprietary, patented, copyrighted, hidden, open, open-sourced, GPL-ed or whatever is orthogonal.
"SMPP is an API. Sending SMS over SMPP costs in the case of one provider and is free in case of another."
"imposed on people who used to be civil servants"
I will be at the pub.
No boom today.
Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow
> undermine freedom!
Shift money to the insurance cartels, shurely?
Re: They found the Higgs Boson?
> It was predicted they'd find it at 125 GeV
LOLNO. Where do you people get that stuff?
As close as 11 August 2011:
"ATLAS and CMS exclude 145 to 460GeV together. Islands (e.g. 300) not formally excluded, but are
close. Focus on 114-145GeV"
Re: What the f*ck does this have to do with the IT industry
In real life, when the US President plays his last (but winning) ace with the babes in the background holding their breath and well-uniformed acolytes by his side look at large computer screens ... a blue screen of death appears.
And then death appears.
...and don't come back, ACTA.
Was the "Copyright is Theft" subline really needed? It doesn't make any sense however you look at it.
Copyright = Privilege (which may vary greatly in extent and moral justification) granted by state to a "right holder" (often a well-connected) to control the distribution and replication of an often intangible good. Apparently "creates new markets" and "puts the food on the plates of the creative types".
Theft = Somone takes your TV. The ECB issues money, driving inflation. You are being hit by the taxman.
Not the same thing at all.
They are actually playing Half-Life 2. You can see the underground sewer of City 17 on that greenish screen,
Are the stats good enough?
I know what you’re thinking: “Did we find five sigma, or only four?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is the LHC, the most powerful collider in the world, and would blow your mind clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well do you, punk?
(Originally by Neil Bates)
Re: Be careful what you wish for
Now that the Higgs has been "found" the next thing to do is to confirm that it is indeed what it is - a scalar boson doing the expected decay dances. One hopes that interesting deviations would appear. Apparently a special collider for that would be appropriate, which AFAIK, is a "muon factory".
HIGGS HAS BEEN FOUND is actually a VERY bad phrasing - it should be "STANDARD MODEL FRACKING CONFIRMED, SUCKERS!!". What has been done is to confirm a prediction of the standard model that there is a so-called "Higgs field" that, when twanged hard enough, manifests itself in exceedingly heavy quanta that immediately decay, where the decay products can be observed classically in very heavy microscopes. And this of course, means that the standard model, i.e. the mathematical model consisting of all this group theory allied to complex Hilbert spaces and action integrals and Grassmannians and whatnot, is indeed amazingly consistent and somehow, though no-one really knows why, describes reality as it is. Indeed, describes the underlying platonic world that, when scaled up enough, somehow coalesces into everyday life. This is worth tons more than any old shit that humanity has ever done before. UNESCO-protected stuff? PAH!
Pretty historical stuff
"The real story is not that a generator can bring down a chunk of a cloud, but that the recovery process when there is a failure is still hairy even after some of the best minds on the planet have tried to think of all the angles."
It's also the first time in human history such cloudy juggling at a large scale is being attempted. Just keep on trucking!
As for the 2012-leapsecond-linux-bug, I wonder how many Linux server are still running full blast in the various datacenters right now. I hear our hosting company noticed a fat uptick in Watt consumed when the bug hit.
Futa bondage mermaids?
....well, better not.
On second thoughts, it would be easier to get the tentacles into the storyline.
These statements are actually sinister
One can actually imagine Beria sitting in the smoky, shady background, nodding, while the sweating spokesperson delivers the laudatio-of-the-party-interspersed-with-appropriate-selfcritique-and-the-demand-to-be-controlled-by-people-more-worthy to the assembled members.
Only a reference to the teachings of Marxism-Leninism and the glories of The President is missing.
As said in the comment section of the earlier iteration of this article...
Details on Tevatron data mining and compositing:
Ivory-tower uponfrowned rumormongering details on the upcoming 4th of July PRESENTATIONFEST at:
People have unreasonably high expectations. Let the dole queue lengthen, let state interfere somewhat more in the economy, let the depression continue or even worsen.
Social networking, mobile and gaming??
Be happy to take up a job in the basement of MinPlenty as datatypist to the Big Blair Computer.
The Old Collider
Bosons appear, possibly -
Anyway, and as usual, details can be admired here:
And for people who want rumormongering about the 4th of July:
Re: Who injects leap seconds on weekends, at night, during the Euro football??!?
> People who realize that doing it during the week is likely to cause even more business disruption.
Really I would like to see those people. Probably managers. Or freshmen.
Definitely not people who have to pay for the sysops to be called in pronto.
Re: Its a kernel bug
Fairly unlucky ... at 66% hitrate.
Sod this. Red Hat 6 servers going haywire *simultaneously* from 02:00 CEST (Red Hat 5 holding though), with load average at around 150 or so. JBoss was gummed up, restart was not helping, everything dying a crawling slow death, everything waiting for some futex. The only thing I could think of was that mcelogd is triggered from cron at that time. Bad lead.
That was not a good night.
Who injects leap seconds on weekends, at night, during the Euro football??!?
So, basically a land hurricane?
> Still not using quark computronium safely embedded in earth's core, accessible only via high-energy neutrinaser.
It's the capitalists, I say. They are holding EVERYTHING back.
It's "protect its IP", not "protect it's IP"
And Apple is not actually "protecting its IP" (that childish concept from the IP moaning industry again). As is evident from the patent in discussion here, it's just locking out competition by co-opting state power.
Btw, why do you think I'm using an iPad, Fire, Tab or whatever else?
Re: Happy birthday iPhone
A planeload of justice?
Must be Agent Orange!
Re: Not Just Workstations, Not Just Dummies... Sometimes, it's Back-corner Cruft
War stories - hell yeah!
Re: remind you of y2k bug lol
Come on now. These youngsters know nothing. Let them make cynical noises from the idiot corner, install random apps from Facebook and get plastered on weekends.
I always wondered who the hell makes up the demographic expressing "high consumers confidence" in the government statistics.
Objectivism married to Machiavellism?
Office Attilas and Witch Doctors shall get no traction!
Re: Reeks of Daily Fail
> China is growing at 7-9% annually - which means prices go up by that much each year.
Err no. Either that growth is actual, in which case prices stay the same or even go DOWN, or it's mainly inflation (increasing monetary mass which looks like growth on paper) in which case prices go indeed up. Wealth not so much.
Re: Where is the Immigration / Foreign Worker Control?
That's why the free market idea has been floated, once upon a time.
It might work out. One should try it.
Life is uncool
Military - it's not about fighting and shooting, it's about logistics [and state violence]
"It's abhorent that a governent owned organisation outsources..."
It's abhorent that government-owned organisations even exist.
The General Service Vehicle "Lots of Boxes On This Slide" is entering subspace!
I should really get interested in these things but that slide looks a wee bit crowded. On the other hand, the words indicate that the boxes indicate "wishful attributes" which may or may not be encountered in real life. How do they manage to stitch up stuff from various developer cultures together and still make sense afterwards? Shouldn't one just keep things simple? I have spent a good part of my life trying to heal wobbling boxes-withing-boxes, configuring obscure elements and scripting around "one-click deployments". Oh my god.
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