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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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Re: ARM has been resting on its laurels.

ARM just licenses its stuff to fabbers. This should be good information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture#ARM_licensees

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Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

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Re: Satellite Server

There is no obligation to eat your own dogfood .... if you aren't usure about the F/OSS databases, shell out for Miracle Oracle.

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Hubble spies unlikely planet being born in hostile neighborhood

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Re: CGI

You don't understand. There *is* no "space"! There is only a huge cardboard sky. Far enough to allows one to put geostationaries into orbit so that TV can be beamed into our homes, but not much more. We are f*cked - but by whom?

With the scissors Pris snipped off one of the spider's legs.

In the living room Buster Friendly on the TV screen said, "Take a look at this enlargement of a section of background. This is the sky you usually see. Wait, I'll have Earl Parameter, head of my research staff, explain their virtually world-shaking discovery to you."

Pris clipped off another leg, restraining the spider with the edge of her hand. She was smiling.

"Blowups of the video pictures," a new voice from the TV said, "when subjected to rigorous laboratory scrutiny, reveal that the gray backdrop of sky and daytime moon against which Mercer moves is not only not Terran — it is artificial."

"You're missing it!" Irmgard called anxiously to Pris; she rushed to the kitchen door, saw what Pris had begun doing. "Oh, do that afterward," she said coaxingly. This is so important, what they're saying; it proves that everything we believed — "

"Be quiet," Roy Baty said.

" — is true," Irmgard finished.

The TV set continued, "The 'moon' is painted; in the enlargements, one of which you see now on your screen, brushstrokes show. And there is even some evidence that the scraggly weeds and dismal, sterile soil — perhaps even the stones hurled at Mercer by unseen alleged parties — are equally faked. It is quite possible in fact that the 'stones' are made of soft plastic, causing no authentic wounds."

"In other words," Buster Friendly broke in, "Wilbur Mercer is not suffering at all."

The research chief said, "We've at last managed, Mr. Friendly, to track down a former Hollywood special-effects man, a Mr. Wade Cortot, who flatly states, from his years of experience, that the figure of 'Mercer' could well be merely some bit player marching across a sound stage. Cortot has gone so far as to declare that he recognizes the stage as one used by a now out-of-business minor moviemaker with whom Cortot had various dealings several decades ago."

"So according to Cortot," Buster Friendly said, "there can be virtually no doubt."

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REVEALED: The gizmo leaker Snowden used to smuggle out NSA files

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Roger Roger!

The chairman of the US House of Representative's select intelligence committee Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) said Snowden “attempted to go places that he was not authorised to go”

Yes, Mr Representative. He also attempted to go to places where arsefiends like you didn't even want to go.

Would it be you that called for the execution of Bradley Manning? And who claims to personally oversee every single GWOT airstrike and who is shilling for Israel in his spare time? F*cker.

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Creating a commission

"What they won't do is admit to a problem until they understand what it is and how many people are effected."

In political circles, the word "stonewalling" is usually preferred.

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Facebook turns on frigid Swedish ice-maidens in new data centre

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Re: BFD

You mean in the 30s? Stalin was pining for the fjords (with a bit of a "let's delay the call to the doctor a bit" from his close adviser circle) pretty early in the 50s.

Stalinist architecture (Russian: ста́линский ампи́р – Stalin's Empire style or Russian: ста́линский неоренесса́нс – Stalin's Neo-renaissance), also referred to as Stalinist Gothic, or Socialist Classicism, is a term given to architecture of the Soviet Union under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, between 1933, when Boris Iofan's draft for Palace of the Soviets was officially approved, and 1955, when Nikita Khrushchev condemned "excesses" of the past decades and disbanded the Soviet Academy of Architecture. Stalinist architecture is associated with the socialist realism school of art and architecture.

The architecture of The Other Socialism is much cleaner though there are retarded eagles and shitty oak leaves galore, much like that horrible WWII memorial crud they built in Washington DC. (ahem!)

Um, back to the subject. What's the deal with having a bit of plastic? Anyone care to figure out how much energy goes into the motherboard and CPU (during production and lifetime) as opposed to the plastic glitter and a blue LED or two?

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Phone Sex?

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#Facebook: Now all your hashtags ARE BELONG TO US, Twitter

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Re: thanks

http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/A/ASCII.html

#: Common: number sign; pound; pound sign; hash; sharp; crunch ; hex; [mesh]. Rare: grid; cross­hatch; oc­to­thorpe; flash; square;, pig-pen; tic­tac­toe; scratchmark; thud; thump; splat .

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Microsoft botnet smackdown 'caused collateral damage, failed to kill target'

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Re: Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit

~~~~Nyan ~~~~Nyan ~~~~ Nyan ~~~~ Nyan ~~~~ Nyan ~~~~

Ok, Microsoft, this was pretty much "mission failure". How are you guys doing this? Is Gaius Baltar one of your brainboxes or what?

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Java EE 7 melds HTML5 with enterprise apps

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Hmm ... yes?

I'm currently trying on Grails. Am I a bad person?

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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Re: electrons/positrons are made of "light"

Jeez Eadon.

EVERYTHING is made of the same stuff. At the SAME TIME. This is why Feynman diagrams work.

The quantum wave function has nothing to do with an classical Maxwell electromagnetic wave. Different levels of phenomenology (and theory) altogether.

More in the amazing Quantum Theory in a Nutshell. Unfortunately for people just as myself, one has to have a pretty solid foundation in dog-standard Quantum Mechanics and the use of Lagrangians.

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Barcelona taps Tesla and Tegra for next-gen hybrid supercomputer

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Oh Yurop!

> Bull is being hired to do the system integration

I foresee failure.

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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Re: I'm disapointed

At least the we have a new meaningful measure for the enormous LHC data production: the "NSA second", once we know how large that is in byte, conversion can begin!

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Re: That's what they're *telling us* they're building

I can has one, then?

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Re: Earthquakes

Well, there already are at least the Kamikande Neutrino Observatory. And then you have complete Boiling Water Reactors and actual towns sited in that country.

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Re: HHC?

Plus, I have heard that Muon Factories to generate copious amounts of high-energy Neutrinos (so copious and high-energy that they actually pose a radiation hazard downrange of the collider) would be of mucho interest in studying neutrino physics, where quite a lot of questions are open and parameters are floating around. But the technology ain't even on the paper yet.

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How about "puncturing the cloud", then?

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Re: HHC?

Absolutely Correct! El Reg has to review its "nucular nomenclature".

Also, at The Well-Informed Blog of Peter Woit, we read, back in August 2012:

For many years now discussion in the HEP community of what might be the appropriate next machine to try and finance and build after the LHC has centered around the idea of a linear electron-positron collider. The logic has been that an electron-positron machine would provide a much better environment that the LHC for detailed studies of physics at the TeV scale. At these energies, synchrotron radiation losses when accelerating electrons are so high in a circular geometry that such a machine would have to be a linear collider to keep the power needed something plausible. The two main proposals under study have been the ILC (250 GeV + 250 GeV, later upgradeable to 500 GeV + 500 GeV) and, a less mature technology, CLIC (1.5 TeV + 1.5 TeV). These would be very expensive machines to build and operate ($10 billion and up?), requiring completely new technology, tunnels and detectors.

But also:

This realization is driving a new proposal that is getting a lot of attention: the idea of going back to circular electron-positron colliders, building a new machine in the LHC tunnel, optimized as a Higgs factory, and designed to operate at 120 GeV + 120 GeV. This is being called “LEP3″, since it would be in many ways similar to LEP2, the predecessor machine to the LHC, which operated in the same tunnel, reaching an energy of 209 GeV. There would be huge cost advantages to building such a machine over the ILC or CLIC, since it can use the LHC tunnel, infrastructure, and, crucially, the CMS and ATLAS detectors (the detectors are a large part of the cost of a new accelerator).

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Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

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Re: Expensive software

There are 300 people who are into Space Exploration Software and ready to warez it??

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

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How is the Other Blair (or is it "Lord" Blair) doing these days, btw?

A pretty good interpretation: 1984 as satire about the Socialist program of the Fabians:

The 60th Anniversary of Orwell’s 1984 / Friday, 27 November 2009

In parts of India where Orwell during his early years lived with his family, Big Brother means the close relative who provides financial support to the family. Orwell, remembering the 1942 Beveridge Report, which was used by Clement Atlee in 1945 as a campaign issue, knew that the full Beveridge package comprised more than a National Health Service. It included paid postpartum leave for mothers, child support, compulsory education until college, part-time vocational education, free lunches for students, pay

raises for teachers, improved physical education, unemployment insurance, job priority for veterans, welfare for youth, training for the handicapped, government housing around parks, and even payment of funeral expenses. It was literally cradle-to-grave security. It required new ministries to be built and filled with bureaucrats, in which government holds total power over its citizens. Orwell believed that power over citizens would grow annually until, by the calendar year 1984, Fabian socialists, who were always increasing their numbers through university education, would become sufficiently numerous to remain perpetually in power. No revolution could ever overthrow them.

Orwell saw firsthand how younger Fabians rose to power in proportion to their ability to engage in self-censure, teamwork, and shared journalism and broadcasting. They preferred comrades who tamed emotions and individuality, and showed loyalty to an international brotherhood. The new Fabians as a social class comprised professors, scientists, technologists, advertisers, journalists, public relations specialists, labor union leaders, and celebrities. They represented a collectivistic oligarchy always expanding their oppressive reach into private lives. ...

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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"Answers on a postcard, please."

Clearly, if you push the old-style Bush-Era minimalist grey icon depicting a pill dropping into your wine glass, you will subsequently be redirected to one of three colourful LSD experiences depicted!

It's pretty clear to me.

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Joel Brenner, a former NSA inspector general, said a probe into the leak should focus on how the techie “had access to such a startling range of information".

I the good old times, we used to point the fingers at hapless Germans who didn't know about the unhealthy actions of their secretive but loud-mouthed government or didn't come forward or didn't blow up stuff to delay the Evil.

People are supposed to know these things, Mr. Brenner. People are supposed to know these things.

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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The age of Accelerating Shiny

"but the iPhone was starting to show its age"

FTW .... man, FTW.

I still haven't got one and it's "showing its age"?

Then again, I used to work on VMS....

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Techies finger Bradley Manning for US secret files database breach

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Have we met?

"aiding the enemy"

Aiding us, in other words.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Re: of course

Who are those "featurers", why do they need to be rendered and has FÜHRERPRESIDENT Obama been informed by the CIA about this?

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Re: MS TELLS TRUTH SHOCK

Eadon, you missed

"IE sucks less power than rival browsers but simply sucks"

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Linus Torvalds threatens verbal assault on developers' pets

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But cleanup is good. It helps in testing!

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

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Clapper says this; Clapper says that. Clapper says things that may be true. Or not.

These people need to be dragged onto the kerb and be summarily dealt with.

Obama’s “Dirty Wars” — and a soiled presidency

One eerie episode in “Dirty Wars” that hit me especially hard amid this week’s headlines is set not in Yemen or Afghanistan or Scahill’s especially terrifying journey to Somalia (you need “kidnap and ransom insurance,” and it’s not easy to get) but in the Senate Office Building in Washington. He interviews Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a strong critic of the Bush-Obama national security state and almost the only member of the Senate Intelligence Committee who’s ever willing to talk about these issues on the record. Wyden clearly wants to explain to Scahill how the Obama administration interprets the laws it uses to conduct national security operations both at home and abroad. But an aide, sitting nearby but off camera, keeps reminding the senator that those legal interpretations are classified, and he can’t talk about them.

“What Wyden was saying to me,” says Scahill, “was that whether it’s the kill program or it’s domestic surveillance or it’s certain secret aspects of the Patriot Act, there are laws that the American people can go online and read, and reasonable people will interpret those in relatively the same way. And then there’s a second set of laws, which consist of the way the administration has interpreted what those laws say. So what he’s saying to me is that on any of these issues, if I could tell you how they’ve interpreted what you believe a law to say, it would shock you.”

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"I always give my Papiers willingly and enjoy being waterboarded by Statis goons"

Oh hey it's the shilling sheeple. Your BSE is showing.

> It is almost like everyone has forgotten the fun and games of the cold war.

Well I can't remember that things went into full-on implementation of surveillance plans.

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Microsoft borks botnet takedown in Citadel snafu

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Re: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Because granting yourself the right to do whatever you want via a shrink-wrap clickthrough EULA that no-one reads is a actually a legally recognized way of doing so?

Not unless your name is Obama.

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Sigh!

Ballmer in your sinkhole? It is more likely than you think!

Awaiting Eadon Blast ... any minute now.

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Re: They have to nip these things in the bud.

"When the cops say there is nothing to see here... the NSA has already seen everything"

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Re: Cliché, maybe.

Arrest the footballers, put them in county for a night and throw a couple of girls into the cell ("arrested for resisting arrest" should shurely do). Then release in the morning. That should be excuse enough for the outrage, I would think? No need to go after the innocent hackers.

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

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As if!

He (she?) would have sent in a shopped Tux as picture.

INSTANT REJECTION FAIL!

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Who's the daddy of Virgin Media now? That would be Liberty Global

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Re: Turning around a successful company?

Actually, if the curvature (2nd derivative) changes sign, the 1st derivative went through an extremum, but the overall trend in the curve continues..

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Bin Laden Athletic 4, USA 1

So who's surprised and shocked by this "revelation"

I dunno. You *should* be surprised I guess. You can say *I always suspected this* of course. But suppose a close family member who has the habit of coming home late at night suddenly turns up in the latest hardcore skin flick you downloaded. That's good for some level of surprise at least.

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Re: such shock and horror

"Can you really imagine any organisation whose whole raison d'etre is to spot and gather information not spy and gather all the information it can"

It turns out that in acceptable settings, there is something called "Law" and "Constitution".

Thank you for phoning in from North Korea. HTH.

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Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?

That's the difference between decent people and yourself, Matty.

And it's Hong-Kong btw.

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Enter the Dragon: The Chinese superputer set to win the Top500 crown

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Re: Sky River

Insert wang jokes here.

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Excellent Machinery!

Greg Egan predicted the cloud quite well in the 90s. Here he is on SciFictional Chinese Supercomputing.

In a way, Luminous was a product of this strange transition from communism to not-communism in a thousand tiny steps. No one else, not even the U.S. defense research establishment, possessed a single machine with so much power. The rest of the world had succumbed long ago to networking, giving up their imposing supercomputers with their difficult architecture and customized chips for a few hundred of the latest mass-produced work stations. In fact, the biggest computing feats of the twenty-first century had all been farmed out over the Internet to thousands of volunteers, to run on their machines whenever the processors would otherwise be idle. (...)

Luminous was, literally, a computer made of light. It came into existence when a vacuum chamber, a cube five meters wide, was filled with an elaborate standing wave created by three vast arrays of high-powered lasers. A coherent electron beam was fed into the chamber-and just as a finely machined grating built of solid matter could diffract a beam of light, a sufficiently ordered (and sufficiently intense) configuration of light could diffract a beam of matter.

The electrons were redirected from layer to layer of the light cube, recombining and interfering at each stage, every change in their phase and intensity performing an appropriate computation-and the whole system could be reconfigured, nanosecond by nanosecond, into complex new "hardware" optimized for the calculations at hand. The auxilliary supercomputers controlling the laser arrays could design, and then instantly build, the perfect machine of light to carry out each particular stage of any program.

It was, of course, fiendishly difficult technology, incredibly expensive and temperamental. The chance of ever putting it on the desktops of Tetris-playing accountants was zero, so nobody in the West had bothered to pursue it. And this cumbersome, unwieldy, impractical machine ran faster than every piece of silicon hanging off the Internet, combined.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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The Player of Games

...and this just after the official announcement that western society has devolved to the point where the paid butlers spy on their paymasters and their sole excuse is to huff, puff and rant at the guy who mentioned it. (I won't go into any of the other kind of abuse that's routinely happening.)

I think there is a message here.

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Facebook's first data center DRENCHED by ACTUAL CLOUD

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Re: Deja vu?

It's not like NSAbook isn't leaking stuff through its backdoor like it's having the runs anyway...

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Sneaky new Android Trojan is WORST yet discovered

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Re: does tend to prove the point

"People tend to forget, or don't know, that the NT kernel for windows actually has very robust security built in."

Recently I have heard of something rooting the NT kernel by using a bug in some kernel code that computes Bézier curves...

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Re: Big. Deal.

> 2013

> Using "paranoid" as an attribute with negative connotations.

I SHIGGEDY DIGGEDY

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Re: The real meaning of the new console's name

Let Uncle Fester Fist Up the OXO With an XBone!

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Re: All sounds good to me

"loads if you lot are winging about it, but it's an awesome way to get a reliable, fantastic spec gfx machine"

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Re: Root Cause here...

> I can't predict which way the US economy will go

It's not hard to do. The laws of economics are SOLID. For a time you may stretch them. But then they snap back, like a particularly macro version of Heisenberg's uncertainty relationship.

The End of Sound Money and the Triumph of Crony Capitalism

... a clue to the next phase of this saga may lie in the conterfactual. Had Nixon kept the gold window open, China would have accumulated bullion, not bonds. America would have experienced deflationary austerity, not inflationary bubbles. And fiscal deficits would have mattered. Thus, today's terminally imbalanced world has evolved at complete variance with the outcome that could have been expected under a regime of sound money.

The risk is that the doomsday system for global money and trade that has metastasized since 1971 may be approaching its endgame. By all appearances, Mao's great rural swamp has now pretty much been drained.

Global wages will therefore start rising, because even Walmart has not been able to discover another country inhabited by millions of one-dollar-per-day workers. In that environment, the people's printing press in China will have to drastically slow its creation of RMB, and therefore its capacity to absorb Treasury bonds. Its fellow traveling central banks throughout its feeder system of mercantilist exporters will likely follow its lead.

At that point, the Fed will be the last bid standing. But if it keeps buying bonds, Mr. Market may be inclined to sell dollars with prejudice — even violence. If it stops buying the bond, at what price can trillions more find a place in real, risk-based private portfolios? Either way, it will be a grand experiment. But as they say on television, it's definitely not something that should be tried at home.

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So say we all!

A nitpick!

As the US has spend the past 30 years going completely off the rails

I think we can agree that it was least going off-rails with Nixon, a low-brow, low-IQ mobster type of President. Heavily. Totally. Monetarily. That makes it 40 years.

Going further back, there was FDR. A know-nothing and Mussolini admirer who played the system to the hilt (and freedom and dead people be damned) and still managed to get on the history books as some noble person instead of a run-of-the-mill powerseeker. That would make it 60 years.

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Amazon confirms CIA spook cloud contract

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Re: We've got Terry Taliban in our si.... uh no, it's down again :(

Because this thing will be running on the cloud for non-governmental rubes which may be up or down, instead of a special bespoke solution for the glorious Inner Party Master Race?

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