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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.
"As always, partners will continue to determine final price and currency to end customers.”
I think "end" is being used as a verb here rather as an adjective.
Additionally, this article should end with the obligatory "Which is nice" quip.
Re: Interesting idea
"The current issues are at least a part of the fact that global financial systems are in need of serious reform."
No they are not. Central Banking, and rampant centralisation however, are in need of abolition.
"Beer because I _really_ like good Belgian ones"
Good for you. Incidentally, Belgium is a salutary warning on what becomes of forcefully federated, centralized and taxfeeder-exploited regions. When will it come out of the crapper? God only knows.
Keeping interest rates low not long-term enough for ya, skippy?
This $EXPLETIVE$ guy assumes that governments take long-term views?
Hey, we are currently in a DEPRESSION OF SOME MAGNITUDE.
Guess where it came from? Not investment funds or pension schemes with "short term view"
I can only conclude that the PwC airhead considers a "long-term view" a permapipe from the taxpayer and inflation-funded government moneyhose into his bank account.
This is EXACTLY why government should have practically no economic relevance whatsoever. Outfits like these beat their drum, some politicians decide to "invest" in a hare-brained scheme, it ends in tears but the drum-beating outfit and its boardroom members are richer.
Crowbars. Apply to braincase.
Wooly and confused.
Who speaks of "rights"? Did anyone mislabel the drives?
"The only right that Sun is seeking to enforce..."
It's called a "privilege". Generally one has to work for that. Not here. We just relabel it a "right". Instant gratification.
"...thus does not engage the principle of the free movement of goods"
Recently the NSA has said that it couldn't tell anyone how many citizens it was listening in on because doing so would violate their right to privacy. This statement is in the same ballpark.
Austerity? The only solution is to get drunk and set fire to things!
Clearly a bunch of 99%ers who are eagerly awaiting their social-security financed tablets to be delivered to their front porch.
Wasn't there something along those lines in a John Brunner novel? "Muckers"?
Re: Verbal Contracts
It depends on your business partner.
If he is bound to outfit you with concrete shoes in case of a ... "misunderstanding", a verbal contract is worth a lot indeed.
Lawyer types and the Intellectual Property Moaning Brigade fugg things up
Stop defending to right to state-granted monopoly of the downtrodden creative classes!
In an imaginary, rosy-colored past, the rationale of a patent was that you share your idea about a physical machine in a nice, public document, but get a time-limited and restricted monopoly on the application of said idea, to be defended by the badges and guns of the local mafia.
This immediately entropized into "I will obfuscate the sharing thing and pretend I own everything everywhere even if only tangentially related to what I wrote down" full-out faggotry. It also had the effect of enciting entrepreneurs to pull in money via legal threats instead of actually developing their idea and bringing it to market.
To understand how the original "patent" concept can be transferred to "design" demands an affliction by a brain tumor of tremendous size.
Re: not investment advice
He realized that you could sell that BASIC paper tape for money instead of sharing it with bearded people crusing the hallways.
He thus single-handedly spawned the copyright moaning industry and pirates were declared a major factor in the decline of the Western Empire.
Re: Brave New World...?
Really, don't give the Sociopathic Sick Control Freaks in charge any ADDITIONAL ideas. Ten years ago, someone successfully served cheap blowback - successfully mainly because of rampant careerism and arse-covering inside the FBI, with possibly some interference run by the Ones Who Shall Not Be Named - and we have been oozing towards the Mister Moustache Situation at accelerating speed. Probably will have to back out of this using crowbars and projectile weapons, no restoring from tape here, nope.
Pressing buttons is serious business!
Unfortunately, you would need Wintermute running the system to get that kind of error message.
Re: Breaking news...
"I can assure you that the Guardian did do its own research"
But did they revela the admin password for the RBS mainframe in a random chapter heading because it's ok to disclose it after the fact?
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