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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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> Who really uses a custom programmed APP?

How was life in the Bundeswehr, mmeier from mmicrosoft?

Welcome to the messy area of civilian apps.

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Three used cheap deal to lure me into buying expensive slab, chap tells ASA

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But people like to play the victim. If it's not radioactivity or genetically engineered food or the Koch Brothers, it's the expensive fondleslab.

They then proceed to vote the bandits into office. Go figure.

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Re: Why bother?

> And we wonder why people say this country is going to pot.

If you want Pol Pot and socialism, you know where you can find it.

Regulate away. Can't find a job?Get in the dole. Because getting a job is also a matter of regulation.

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> it is very annoying, and a waste of your time.

So you lose a few minutes during which you can't watch Desperate Chickens or Games of Thrones.

Big deal.

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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Re: So what can we do to attract more comets?

You have to put cunningly made comet fodder imitations into low-earth orbit. That should make them notice.

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Why should several impacts hit the North American landmass at the same time?

Ancient astronauts?

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: Engineers might be save, but will they stay?

> Stack Ranking

Some new debugging methodology?

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Myst: 20 years of point-and-click adventuring

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Re: Myst great. Riven, not so much. But all must bow to the Neverhood

Oh hop someone remembers the Neverhood.!

That was good stuff indeed.

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Hell yeah. Pretty sure the designers visited the Canaries.

Anyway, who in the world downvotes this? Hyperactive Apple addicts?

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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

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Re: Protesting AmEx?

No frequent flyer miles?

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Re: Oh for a steam roller..

> Oh for a steam roller..

John Kerry is that you? Shouldn't you be working your your dodgy Syria Dossier?

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Boffins confirm quantum crypto can keep a secret

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Re: Dave - Aka - Tremendous Knowlege

No

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Re: Great Idea...

But Charlie may just be a device in Bob's phone....

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Re: This isn't really going to help is it ?

Pretty sure that no, but for that you have to go over the math. Unfortunatley I am currently busy shifting decidedly classical bits from the database to user program and back.

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Re: This isn't really going to help is it ?

You are not supposing for a second these guys haven't thought about this, do you?

We are not in classical space here.

I will have to read the paper later but I suppose that in this case you "measure" whether two qubits are equal or not without measuring the qbits...

So, your original state is one of |00>, |01>, |10>, |11>

Then you ask the question: is the state one of (|01>, |10>) or one of (|11>, |00>)

This gives you the classical Yes/No bit, at which point your photon pair is still either

(|01>, |10>)

or

(|11>, |00>)

But you don't know which, and A and B will still have to measure to see whether the 0 or the 1 is on their end. Charlie doesn't know anything helpful about that.

We need the "are you serious, commenter" icon ASAP-

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Re: This isn't really going to help is it ?

You are reading it wrong.

"the Charlie detector doesn't report on Alice's / Bob's polarisation – only the difference between their polarisations"

So no-one knows the polarisation yet (in fact, it hasn't even been "set" at all). Only their difference!

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Re: Someone has been duped

I say, my good fellow.

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Re: Honestly? How hard is this?

> 5. Carry the thumb drive back to Brazil.

"You may want to take one of those modern train coaches, my good friend. I heard the horse-drawn carriages are increasingly being controlled by political police."

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China confirms plans for first Moon visit later this year

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Re: I honestly do not care who does it...

> Would the ISS or the LHC be a good model for joint projects of this nature?

The ISS certainly not. An open-ended money sucker and political golfball, yield tincans in orbit for 23 billion freshly printed money. Okay.jpg.

The LHC is better. Yields amazing results and research for < 5 billion (even with major delays and max energy lowered from 14 TeV to 12 TeV or so, which is still in the future)

But the LHC has a clear goal and committed people - the ISS does not. Getting some stuff into orbit is vague. So is getting some stuff on the moon. Politicians will enter the fray. Then it goes downhill.

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Re: A new space race?

> Watch how quickly those abandoned NASA projects get un-abandoned now.

You wish.

A moonshot isn't Good for Israel. So no.

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

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> and it's not your life to talk about.

Are you the Obama of (low-end) journalism?

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"Real woman"

What does that even mean?

3D pig disgusting, not my waifu etc.

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THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

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Re: @ Sorry that handle is already taken. "They revised their projections down by.........

Well, if the margin of error is 5%, that is, ~10 million devices, then this revision towards lower sales makes a dent of ~ 17% in the margin of error of the forecast.

Hardly "minute".

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

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Re: NK barbary

Even nuking the entire country would be a blessing, a mercy killing, offering them a final end to the tortures they endure.

Jesus H. Christ, I am actually reading Mein Kampf?

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The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides....

It just might be true and people may have died

People die all the time in horrible ways (quite often due to people trying to save them from dying in horrible ways through the expedient and narcissistic way of pushing buttons)

So who you gonna sue? Better make a Monty Python sketch about this.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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Choosing a CEO like a Hollywood filmstar: Better take Tom Cruise, a sure win!

Yeah.... I hope every one of those has been ENDORSED BY OPRAH.

How about CEOs we haven't yet heard of instead of somewhat burnt-out prima donnas?

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Quantum crypto nearly ready to go mobile

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Re: Sounds perfectly safe

Well, you better have some confidence in the point where your data comes out ... that's the starting point, innit?

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Re: What is the application for this?

I remember the Sarkozy being presented by a special mobile made by Thales with extra-special crypto sauce. Maybe it was just for phoning the wife while still being safe from Paparazzi or NSA forking the stream on the telecom switch, but I doubt it.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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There is nothing better than SIgourney Weaver fixing stuff in 'Alien'...

> "I traded my heels and Ann Taylor outfits for Gap khakis, button-down shirts and comfy Clarks."

GOOD!

> "I’m sure many of you reading this are wondering why I didn’t report him to HR"

That would be reaction of the whiney "but the world owes because I have vagina" feminist claptrap crowd. BAD!

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Kiwis (finally) confirm software ban under new patent law

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This is good for NZ right?

Less uncertainty and fear of being sued translates to less monopoly power for the Big Players, saner, more flexible and better manageable economic activity (with a higher pressure to innovate instead of looking for rentier revenue), less Ferraris for the lawyerastic bloodsuckers and finally an avoidance of useless work and waste for the patent office, the judiciary and the state's gun wielders with its concomitant danger of seeing incestuous empire building and rampant tax revenue destruction for the benefit of the few.

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Re: misreporting?

Being a trademark, you *can* use a generic word in a commercial context, more precisely in the commercial context listed in the application. There is still a difference between the "TM" and the "(R)", the latter must be a non-generic name (or something), while the former allows you to grunt in the direction of competitors but may not necessarily preclude them from using the same term.

Better ask Groklaw.... oh wait.

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Re: here it comes

There are rumors that US companies are currently using IP weapons of mass destruction!

LAUNCH CRUISE MISSILES!

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3D printed guns are for wimps. Meet NASA's 3D printed ROCKET ENGINE

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Re: Sorry this model is out of print

Really, if you can buy that machine, you can source your officeworker-reaping AKMs directly. And get delivery of a few boxes of ammo.

I remember Drexler speaking about honest-to-God nanotechnology (the one with the nanobots, what nanotechnology meant before marketdroids looking for the next big thing found about it) and saying that one day one would be able to put together a rocket engine in a vat filled with the appropriate salty solution and a few grams of magic nanobot powder. Just rinse when the light goes green.

This seems nearly as good.

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Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

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Re: Poor Microsoft

> You feel sorry for them?

This made me actually check whether that old site still exists...

KEIN MITLEID FÜR MICROSOFT

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

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> expected to exist

For some values of "expected", I reckon.

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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Re: Been hearing this...

Imma have commenters not knowing about them atoms?

This is a good way to start off with the fascinating World of Real World Knowledge:

Model Rail

There are also a few other limits

P =/= NP for one...

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Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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> holographic imagery and handwaving UIs

Japanese animation was there before.

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> white flag designs

This joke is getting pretty stale, especially as "the French" are totally on board the latest USUK freakshow of starting yet another illegal war in the next week or so. Another Black Bomber / Rice / Hague / SarkozyHollande production.

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Did Google's Waze gobble run rivals off the road? UK watchdog starts probe

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Re: "The only Waze is ethics"

Should probably be "The only Waze is Bureaucracy".

Seriously, WTF? Monopoly in the mapping market?

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Chinese authorities say massive DDoS attack took down .cn domain

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Re: This is a different kind of war

Today network experts are just as capable, it really does change a lot of about histroy will be written.

Oh that old trope again....

Really - nothing is better than a cruise missile leisurly cruising into your refugee camp / hospital door / aspirin factory. As you will witness momentarily when bomberprez unleashes another show of amazing fireworks, totally not okay by any democratic consultative process.

All this cyberwar hype is just hype, momentarily hypeable because open networks are currently, well, open, not very well built and not very well managed. This please MIC people because they can cream off. It also pleases politicians because they can call for more control.

Cyberwar Is Mostly Bunk

Subversion," Rid notes, has quite different meanings and effects in liberal and authoritarian regimes. Occupy Wall Street was a form of more or less legitimate subversion in the U.S.; Occupy Tahrir Square in Egypt has quite a different political valence. "In liberal democracies subversion has been successfully legalized and institutionalized," Rid writes. Meanwhile, authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia tried to push for the United Nations to adopt an "International code of conduct for information security." The proposed code of conduct would have specifically obligated nations to “combat” the use of information and communication technologies that “undermines other countries' political, economic and social stability.”

Rid frets, "The real risk for liberal democracies is not that these technologies empower individuals more than the state; the long-term risk is that they empower the state more than individuals." Given the NSA spying scandal, this observation seems disturbingly prescient. "Open systems," Rid argues, "no matter if we're talking about a computer's operating system or a society's political system, are more stable and run more securely." That much is absolutely right.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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Re: Plumbing new depths

Nokia =/= Humanity

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EFF, Lessig battling copyright takedowns

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Deal with it, AC!

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Time for a revenge torrent.

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The 'third era' of app development will be fast, simple, and compact

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Re: "How is Ada doing?"

It exists but it's nowhere where it was originally INTENDED to be - a do-all language for military (and of course other high-reliability) applications, and the more-or-less single language to use in that case. That idea was doomed from the start.

Yes, it should be used more often. Instead of C++ hackarounds.

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How is Ada doing?

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Java sure is COBOL naow

I'm sure there is a lot of effort and excellent engineering going into forcing the square peg of Java into every hole (body orifices excepted, I hope), but -- did they even mention languages more appropriate to this "third era" than one that has been designed squarely in the "first era" and is being controlled by Godfather Larry? How will the JVM be applied to this heterogeneous computing? Won't other VMs be more appropriate? Where is Erlang for example? What if I want to run ancient PARLOG code from the 5th generation project?

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Pulsars: the GPS beacons of the cosmos

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an exploding galaxy for example

I would like to see that. Structures 100'000 ly in diameter don't explode. Maybe we are talking about merging black holes?

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Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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What is a "Bank Holiday"... sounds agreeable ... like a holiday in Cyprus.

Bank Holiday

During the 1920s, a typical year might find 700 banks failing, with deposits totaling $170 million. In 1930, 1350 banks failed, with deposits of $837 million; in 1931, 2,293 banks collapsed, with deposits of $1,690 million; and in 1932, 1,453 banks failed, having $706 million in deposits. This enormous increase in bank failures was enough to give any bank pause—particularly when the bankers knew in their hearts that no bank (outside of the nonexisting ideal 100 percent bank) can ever withstand a determined run.

As a reaction, one by one, states imposed "bank holidays", thus permitting the banks to stay in business while refusing to pay virtually all of the just claims of their depositors (a pattern that had become almost traditional in America since the Panic of 1819).

Nevada had begun as early as October, 1932, but only 9 out of 20 banks took advantage of the state holiday, the others remaining open. Louisiana declared a brief holiday for the hard-pressed New Orleans banks in early February, but the bank holiday movement began in earnest with the proclamation of an eight-day holiday on February 14, 1933, by Governor William Comstock of Michigan. This action precipitated the bank runs and deflation of the latter part of February. For if one state could, with impunity, destroy property right in this manner, then others could—and did—and depositors began an intense scramble to take their money out of the banks.

On the request of bankers for government to save them from the consequences of their own mistakes, state after state, beginning with Indiana, declared moratoria and bank holidays. Governor Ritchie of Maryland declared a three-day bank holiday on February 24. On February 27, the member banks of the Cleveland Clearing House Association decided arbitrarily to limit withdrawals from all their branches, and no state officials acted to stop this blatant infringement of property right. They were promptly followed by Akron and Indianapolis banks. On February 27, the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Delaware legislatures authorized the state banking officials to restrict the right of withdrawal of deposits.

By March 4, every state in the Union had declared a bank holiday. President Roosevelt closed down all the banks throughout the nation for an entire week, from March 6 to 13, with many banks remaining closed even longer.

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