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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?
There is nothing wrong with an AS/400 or VM/CMS.
Re: You get what you pay for
Not to worry, a fresh container of bills-o-the-queen has just left the print shop.
This should lube you up for a forthnight.
Little 4 year old Bobby Tables writes his own SQL!
Ok, who puts 'https' into quotes when issuing statements about security?
Possibly because it has been taken over by spambots now busily spamming!
Re: It's amazing
Mr. Worstall may be bored to death by one of the most fundamental questions of the economy (sort of like being bored to death by blood in your urine), but it's fascinating nevertheless.
"I would like to start off by stressing the following important idea: all the financial and economic problems we are struggling with today are the result, in one way or another, of something that happened precisely in this country on July 19, 1844. What happened on that fateful day that has conditioned up to the present time the financial and economic evolution of the whole world? On that date, Peel's bank act was enacted after years of debate between Banking and Currency School theorists on the true causes of the artificial economic booms and the subsequent financial crises that had been affecting England especially since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution."
Re: Tst! Silly! It's not software
Can't run out of dosh if there is an infinite supply at the central bank.
That's why inflation exists.
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