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Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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Re: Next time I won't cheap out

Wasn't that the one written on Terminus?

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Re: Also, the Sun is not an insignificant star...

But the stuff in orbit ain't that bright.

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Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding

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My Big Fat Californian Wedding

What are these facebooks dudes doing swimming in riches instead of doing honest coding work at normal salaries? Oh, I know, the never-ending central-bank diarrhea of monetized debt has to end up somewhere, but still...

I want to go back to pre-Nixon. Without Vietnam.

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Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype

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On the other hand, there are tons of subsidies in the milk carton (Making for a low price, causing subsidized milk producers to pour their milk overproduction on the capitals' streets, demanding "fair prices". Europe is a basket case)

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Re: Why indeed

> What point is there in continuing to spend time and money on something that won't get passed?

Yes, indeed.

What point is there in spending (in particular) your money on something that won't get passed.

Better retire it, let if fester in the cellar for 4 month, add a paragraph, then table it again.

That way your money will be spent more wholesomely, and it might even pass this time.

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Intel: Haswell is biggest 'generational leap' we have EVER DONE

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Re: 2-in-1 WTF?

Isn't it just the new rectangular die form factor of the chip?

Or maybe they are talking about Wintel suicide pact.

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Intel's plan for Haswell, Silvermont, Bay Trail: WORLD DOMINATION

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Re: Everything?

...and IA-64

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Inside Intel's Haswell: What do 1.4 BEELLION transistors get you?

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Re: Microsoft shill?

> 100 million Windows 8 licences sold.

HERP DERP!

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Apple declares WAR on Spotify: iRadio bags streaming rights

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Re: Artist or label?

Or is it tax optimization?

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Quantum boffins send data ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

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So no surprises?

Everything works exactly as QM says it should.

The fact whether the photon has been destroyed or not is not particulary important.

The problem stems from the fact that people see disconnected "objects" (photons) mysteriously interacting, whereas the whole setup is just one single fat state vector (ket) that is is being heaved around.

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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Re: Don't dig in the desert

Oh absolutely. Who hasn't heard of Alamogordo (additionally, trivia lover will know that there is Holloman Air Force Base nearby, which got visited by a few UFOs - some say they actually put to ground - back in the time of Ike, soon after Kenneth Arnold coined the term "Flying Saucer")

But then, this is the era of people who think the Chernobyl Accident has been invented as backdrop for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game.

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Lovecraftian!

At eleven a. m. the next day I commenced digging. It was sunny weather, and I was glad of that. I was still alone, for as much as I feared the unknown horror I sought, there was more fear in the thought of telling anybody. Later I told commentards only through sheer necessity, and because they had heard odd tales about cartridges being buried in the desert from old people which disposed them ever so little toward belief. As I turned up the stinking dusty earth in front of the ripped-up concrete slab, my spade causing a viscous greenish ichor to ooze from the ground and disperse in bizzaredly patterned streams resembling so many pieces of horribly phosphorescent telex ticker tape, I trembled at the dubious thoughts of what I might uncover. Some secrets of old code are not good for mankind, and this seemed to me one of them.

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Re: Here's a playthrough

These cartridges were fracking expensive. Especially if you were a kid on an 80's allowance.

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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Omen 4: The Googling

Soon at a web browser near you!

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And furthermore...

As this kind of bullshit production stresses me out something fierce, I will help you even more by vectoring you to the description of the specific UPC barcode. In that code:

- Start, Middle and End Markers are two black bars separated by a white bar, each 1 module wide ("BWB") , they are not check digits.

- Clearly these don't match the UPC encoding of "6" for the left-hand side ("WBWBBBB") nor of the "6" of the right-hand side ("BWBWWWW"). Yes there are two 6. Choose one. Or not.

Well, the right-hand coding could be interpreted as being somewhat like the markers if one squints enough and one hasn't taken the lithium pills, I will grant you that.

Hope this helps.

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Oh no another literal-minded one from the esoterics clownshow.

How are check digits the number "6"? In what encoding? If they are check digits, how come they are constants?

Maybe you should just read up on Barcodes.

Awaiting references to Greek Monasteries, The Schengen Treaty and the Dresden Agreement of 1931.

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Re: You can tell that this is a really bad idea

"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed, taxed of googled. My life is my own."

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Re: Very bigoted bootnote.

> but we are the intellectual decedents

The irony LITERALLY writes itself.

> do not wish to wear anything that will identify them.

"My body lies over the ocean.

My body lies over the sea.

I'm not good at astral projection.

So bring back my body to me."

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Re: But 666 is a wonderful number!!

Really if I had house number 666 I would mock it up Lovecraftian-style with lots of anomalous ivy and unhealthy fatty plants in the garden, then fire violet strobe lights in the basement and play bizarre freak noises at random intervals

Also, fill the trashcan with gristle.

> nasty neighbors of the Israelites

Seeing how the Israelites were themselves plenty nasty going into genocide and stuff, that region down there was really bad country. If there were a god, he should have unleashed spell 35, "meteor strike" for a fortified future of humanity.

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Fedora's Schrödinger's Cat Linux gives coders claws for thought

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Re: Bug report

Well, if you want to get all 9-to-5 straightlaced, then there is Red Hat Enterprise 5, 6 and soon 7.

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Re: Don't mean to nitpick, but...

I think systemd is a pretty cool guy, eh boots services and doesnt afraid of anything.

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Re: Let's hope

I haven't encountered a problem? Bug# or it didn't happen.

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"Fedora 19 bugs cannot be reported because the server side cannot handle the release name 'Schrödinger's Cat'."

That's epic and should definitely enter the book of the history of computing trivia.

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

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Well, you can immediately get a discount of EUR 200 by picking up the "only used once" gear on amazon.

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Re: Erm

> It's an offer

At least one can refuse it.

But the non-offer is 120 USD? That's the kind of pricing for Apple vanity gear. No, Microsoft. Bad! BAD!

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Re: Iraq?!

Whatever happens, don't mention the Iraq War!

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Re: Sinofsky pitched sales of Windows 8 licences as something

Ultimate consumer research agency!

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"Learning by shipping" !!??

I hope this doesn't involve slash fiction and Steve.

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Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

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Re: from a story yesterday...

And the football bore a striking resemblance to Eva Braun.

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Re: Actually...

And I quote

after customers noted that one of its tea kettles bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler.

Jesus H Christ.

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Amazing

Hitler had pretty smooth skin.

How did he do it?

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Re: But ...

Right.

When it's done, it Hesses!

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Re: People are stupid as a whole.

Either that or those godawful filter coffee machines. The one guaranteed way to turn decent coffee beans into bitter, over-stewed brown liquid.

People who don't use proper filter coffee machines are drinking coffee with Hitler!

Gb2 Senseo.

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New EXPLICIT pics support notion of moist, welcoming past for Mars

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Next they will find old tires and rusting coke cans....

I'm thirsty.

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You will probably find that pebbles are not rounded by these.

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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0800 hours. No time to lose. He started rounding up the shipping papers. Everything was set for lift-off: hatches closed, health and port inspection out of the way, flight clearance, customs declarations…

There was a knock at the door.

“Come in!” he hollered, hurriedly gathering up the papers scattered on the desktop and stuffing them back into their folders. Two men entered but ventured no farther than the doorway.

“Boman, nuclear engineer.”

“Sims, engineer-electrician.”

Pirx got up from his desk. Sims was a young, lean man with squirrelish features, a nervous cough, and flickering eyes. One glance at Boman was enough for Pirx to know that he was dealing with a space veteran. His sunburned face had that peculiar orangish tint that comes from prolonged exposure to cosmic radiation. He barely came up to Pirx’s shoulder (ever since he had begun flying, Pirx had been accustomed to counting every kilo aboard ship). His face, in contrast to his scrawny build, was puffy, bloated, and there were dark bags under his eyes — the mark of a man who’s been tested many times over the years. He had a drooping lower lip.

“You’ll be looking like that yourself, one day”—it crossed Pirx’s mind as he went to greet them with outstretched hand.

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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

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Berryman Logical Image Technique (hence the usual acronym BLIT)

SECRET * BASILISK

Distribution UK List B[iv] only

... so called because its outline, when processed for non-hazardous viewing, is generally considered to resemble that of the bird. A processed (anamorphically elongated) partial image appears in Appendix 3 of this report, page A3-ii. THE STATED PAGE MUST NOT BE VIEWED THROUGH ANY FORM OF CYLINDRICAL LENS. PROLONGED VIEWING IS STRONGLY DISRECOMMENDED. PLEASE READ PAGE A3-i BEFORE PROCEEDING.

2-6. This first example of the Berryman Logical Image Technique (hence the usual acronym BLIT) evolved from AI work at the Cambridge IV supercomputer facility, now discontinued. V.Berryman and C.M.Turner [3] hypothesized that pattern-recognition programs of sufficient complexity might be vulnerable to "Gödelian shock input" in the form of data incompatible with internal representation. Berryman went further and suggested that the existence of such a potential input was a logical necessity ...

2-18. Details of the Berryman/Turner BLIT construction algorithms are not available at this classification level. Details of the eventual security breach at Cambridge IV are neither available nor fully known. Details of Cambridge IV casualty figures are, for the time being, reserved (sub judice).

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Re: How about this....

Asians are always CRAZY PREPARED. This can be learned by reading Vernor Vinge's "A Deepness In the Sky" where Pham Nuwen distributes hidden eavesdropping stuff throughout a starship which helps him to get out of a Bad Situation.

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Pure says two of the four tiers of storage are set to disappear

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Re: Nonsense!

Unfortunately there still isn't anything this is actually "Excellent for Archival".

Micropatterned Silicium Carbide maybe?

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Re: What a surprise.

> When flash is cheaper per TB than disk then this will be true.

That would mean the speed of flash would count for naught. This just isn't so.

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Ruby on Fails: Zombie SERVER army built thanks to Rails bug

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Re: "trendy web programming kit Ruby on Rails"

Hey Gramps, still worrying about memory management?

Why dontcha load in that program via the plugboard over there?

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Amazon cloud threatens entire IT ecosystem – report

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Re: no pay for what you use in many cases

Yes. That's why a resource may be "reserved". If I "reserve" the CPU, I expect it to be available when I need it (although when I don't need it, it may be opportunistically be used by something else), but if I want to pay "by use" it may not be actually there when I need it.

Seriously, what's the problem with people nowadays?

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A kind of Global Warming for the IT industry?

Bring it on and don't forget the popcorn.

I am currently renting a few servers at EC2 to run BOINC applications just for fun. At spot pricing (where your server may disappear at any moment) as opposed to "reserved instance" pricing, it costs me a tenner a day (plus VAT). I will throttle that soonish but this price level sure is interesting for some applications. The virtualized Xeons are not particularly oomphy though, time to rent some pricey GPUs?

Spot pricing

Now if you want to have a "reserved" machine, the price level corresponds to what one would expect when renting a rack full of newly bought gear in a data centre, less the maintenance contracts and the screwdriver dude's wages. For example, a "heavy utilization quadruple extra large" instance on a 3 year contract costs $4792 upfront and 142$ per month. In case you want Windows with SQL Standard, you are looking at $12720 upfront and $696 per month....

Reserved instances

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz

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Expect orbital chair...

...we have liftoff!

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Soyuz brings new crew to International Space Station

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Re: WHY?

because it's cool?

It's not cool.

just on a whim?

Or you give the money to EInstein@Home.

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Japanese SoftBank's $20bn Sprint gobble clears US security hurdle

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Don't diss FREEDOM HARDWARE!

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It's just 5 Instagrams.

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China rumored to rule impending Top500 supers list with 50-plus petaflopper

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Re: Pretty detailed. And AMD is not on the menu.

At least one downvoter has a large stash of greenbacks, soon not worth a continental.

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Pretty detailed. And AMD is not on the menu.

"Maybe they can borrow the money from the Chinese government, which has something on the order of $2 trillion sitting around?)"

NOPE! Because, guess what - the US govnmt has ALREADY borrowed that money from the Chinese government in exchange of treasury bills, to be financed by future taxpayers.

In the year 2525, if the dollar should survive....

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Samsung plans new R&D centre in Finland

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Re: Research or Tax fiddle for big business?

...and so?

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