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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

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And in the next project I want to see a Lazy Gun.

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Re: Sex Toys!

These are not toys but SERIOUS TOOLS... SEX TOOLS!

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QUANTUM COMPUTER in WORLD RECORD qubit stunner

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Re: Just do the math

Personally, I like Scott Aaronson's quite a lot:

Quantum Computing Since Democritus

under which we find:

PHYS771 Lecture 9: Quantum

PHYS771 Lecture 10: Quantum Computing

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Re: Re. quantum consciousness

Cough! Your ideas are very speculative, my dear colleague.

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Re: Exciting

No because information must still be exchanged with light or really fast projectiles.

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Re: The *big* point is 39 mins at *room* temperature

Yeah, but this is useless if your system doesn't have a few hundred entangled qubits.

What do you do with a single qubit? Not much, it is the same as a tuple of reals.

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Hot stuff! What an artist reckons a qubit looks like

What the hell am I looking at?

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Re: Max Tegmark was wrong

But postulating random quantum magic dust to explain consciousness is Not Even Wrong.

Penrose never even explained how this quantum thing is going to help doing consciousness in the first place. It was all handwaving flutter with gravity thrown in for good measure. Basically, it's his HOPE that the brain is not just an analog machinery but somehow "special". Then Gödel's incompleteness theorem gets invoked in a totally inappropriate manner. FAIL on this one, Sir Penrose.

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If you think nothing is impossible, mother Nature will teach you otherwise.

Now go and solve the traveling salesman problem in polynomial time of the number of cities.

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Re: Exciting

Yeah but it's really busy and also confused from meeting itself coming from the future on a permanent basis. That kind of situation would quantize the charge of anyone.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Re: The Third Nut

Creativity is overrated, the last refuge of the wetware-pusher (the other one is "emotion", as if short-circuit decision making was something to be proud of; it is, of course indispensable, but so is machine oil)

There is no creativity to understand because its is not a thing. It is success in search.

Search in very large spaces using Genetic Algorithms has existed since the 80s.

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Google's AI chief Peter Norvig believes the kinds of statistical data-heavy models used by Google represent the world's best hope to crack tough problems such as reliable speech recognition and understanding – a contentious opinion, and one that clashes with Noam Chomsky's view.

That would be the view of having a hardcoded grammar processor.

But it doesn't clash. If Noam says "birds fly by flapping their wings" (which may or may not be true), and a Learjet flies by, no views are being clashed at all.

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BZZAP!

A tombstone with "James T Kirk" written on it appears out of nowhere.

No, wait, that was something else...

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Re: Uhm..

There is a fourth possibility here:

The algorithm cannot be compressed into a reduced set of state machine steps that can then be handled by a human brain.

Most things in nature are like that (though of course one pretends otherwise, in particular to give politicians any hope at all to pretend to be successful at anything)

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GOOD!

Better tools for better humans.

Quoc V. Le

Pretty sure that is a pseudonym for an undercover agent from Randal IV.

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Nvidia reveals CUDA 6, joins CPU-GPU shared memory party

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As long as you get loud warnings telling you that you are probably doing something that will bite you later in this and that piece of code, I'm for it.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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If you want filtering Software, you know where to get it.

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PlayStation 4 a doddle to fix: Handy if it OVERHEATS, for instance

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Sony likes internal PSUs

Back in the 80s, the "Hit Bit" MSX 8-bit sub-2 MHz machine always had a large heat signature and emitted the reassuring (though probably slightly cancerogenic) smell of heated plastics and electronic board.

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Dr Wolfram touts coding language to revolutionise mankind ... just like Wolfram Alpha did

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Live From The Parking Lot At The Silbury Hill Theatre

And we can even start to build up programs with nothing more than natural language.

Yeah not holding my breath on this one.

Well, it probably IS appropriate to these times where you encounter more and more people who are unable to even specify the problem they want to have someone else solve for them.

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Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

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Re: Star Wars style robot demise

Protocol droids?

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Re: Humans don't want to understand instructions.

Modern people don't understand the concept of "cannot be turned off".

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'Planned maintenance' CRIPPLES nearly HALF of all Salesforce instances in Europe, US

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Re: The cloud is only vaporware and it never will get any better....

Fail for inability to recognize security and availability as separate concerns, bringing in security here and completely ignoring economics like a juvenile do-it-yourselfer.

Meanwhile "The Internet is only vaporware and it never will get any better ... everyone needs a leased line from the incumbent operator, yadda, yadda, herpers derpers."

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CVN-78 is indeed over budget and not ready for prime time.

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Nobel Peace Prize for .... Twitter?

I like it how Twitter is nowadays immediately used as a safety valve to let off steam and bad karma.

This has probably prevented a few cases of cow-orkers "going postal" and transforming their colleagues and middle management into peppered steak and filleted fish before they can be stopped by the boys in blue.

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Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

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Re: Infection Vector?

That is the true question here.

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Re: Let the whining

NO!!

(slaps commenter)

We FIGHT!

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POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

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Re: Correction

It's "voilà", as in "Voilà ... another land war in AsiaThe Middle East." (puts on powdered wig and a mouche)

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Re: You can buy fusion reactors...

Neutron tubes. I like it.

And they add animated gifs for Blinkenlights. This is properly Mad Scientist:

If it blinks, something is going on

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Look! GNOME 3.10 (with Fedora 20). Did we mention GNOME 3.10?

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> I really don't get quite why these designers do all this bizarre stuff

It's the same reason government needs more and more people and more and more money while promising to get leaner and meaner and more streamlined and provide better service really soon now all the time.

Then people install the same guys as ever.

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IBM. HUMAN-crushing SUPERCOMPUTER Watson. The Cloud. You know where THIS is going

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Re: This is the voice of Watson--world control!!

Not really, it is just context-driven search.

Watson against The Prisoner:

Prisoner: "Let me watch you wreck this thing by asking .... WHY?"

Watson: "Why not!"

Prisoner: "The hell!!?"

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GOOD!

...with the possibility of access to UBM professional services

I suppose those are the UBER BUSINESS MACHINES?

Yes, capitalization is important. It conjures up images of evilly spinning tapes and malevolently blinking lights.

The Cyc approach .... dead as disco.

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Re: Sounds nice IBM

Isn't Wikipedia a part OF Watson?

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Publishers reject Google's revised offer to fix search biz in Europe

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All suspects are guilty. Otherwise they wouldn't be suspects.

"Do you not think that if google didn't have a monopoly in the search business, the case would have been thrown out months ago?"

This is called "begging the question".

I may also remind the esteemed AC that "monopoly" used to designate the situation where one single seller of an important good could set prices at his discretion (if the good were not important, no-one would care, right?). This has been redefined, boiling frog style, into the situation where a major seller makes life difficult for smaller sellers (the latter often with friendly ears in government or seen as particularly noteworthy in the nationalistic register) even though there is nothing that would prevent the major seller to be challenged at any time or the situation to change quickly due to customers' fickleness.

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F*ck those guys

"turn to the traditional route of a prohibition decision"

Yeah!! Uh. Hold on. Crony capitalism and lobby manoeuvers are the "traditional route" in Yurop? Why, sure they are.

Does anything deserve to be saved?

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SPACE, the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of the star probe Cassini

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everything around you would be much lighter when the planet is directly above and heavier when Saturn is on the other side of the moon you are living on [Computation needed]

I am not fully sure tides work that way.

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Re: priorities

> balance its budget

Balancing the budget is not the problem (though it is a problem). Filling the debt hole is.

We need to actually tell them to LAUNCH MORE MISSIONS while they still can.

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Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

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Re: why not stick with tradition ?

Nope. It depends on how rapidly (and precisely) the display reacts.

I was once in a lecture by Fred Brooks where he show diapositives of the VR headset (more like a gigantic shoebox enclosing your head) he was working on at the time. "It's just not fast enough, my wife gets sick in it" was the message. And back then, getting shaded polygons on-screen was a major feat.

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Stephen Hawking: 'Boring' Higgs Boson discovery cost me $100

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You cannot expect to have X-Mas packages in your Hadron collider all the time.

This is the time to work a bit for once and use the toys you have been given already.

There is plenty to do:

Peter Woit: The “Unnatural” Standard Model

The Standard Model is a physical theory of a spectacularly successful sort. It is built on beautiful and deep mathematics, covers almost all known physical phenomena, and agrees precisely with the result of every single experiment ever done to test it. It leaves open a very small number of questions: why this specific combination of small symmetry groups and their representations? What determines the parameters of the model (18 if you ignore neutrino masses, 7 more if you include them)? What about gravity? Does it need to be extended to account for dark matter?

For several decades now, there has been a very active and heavily advertised field of “Beyond Standard Model” physics, the study of extensions of the standard model that remain consistent with experimental bounds. While BSM models have played a role in guiding experimentalists towards things to look for that are not already ruled out by what is known, they have never come anywhere near fulfilling the hope that they might provide some insight into the SM itself. They provide no explanation of the unexplained aspects of the Standard Model, instead adding a great deal of additional unexplained structure. Perhaps the simplest and most widely studied example is the minimal supersymmetric extension of the SM, which not only explains none of the 25 undetermined SM parameters, but adds more than 100 additional such parameters to the list.

Theorists have traditionally followed what has been described as “Albert Einstein’s dream that the laws of nature are sublimely beautiful, inevitable and self-contained”, and the SM is our closest approach so far to Einstein’s dream. If you shared this dream, the known BSM (Beyond Standard Model) models would never have much appealed to you, since they just added complexity and extra unexplained parameters. You also would not have been at all surprised by the strong negative results about such models that are one of the two major achievements so far of the LHC (the other is the Higgs discovery). If you’re a follower of Einstein’s dream, the obvious reaction to the LHC results so far would be to rejoice in the vindication of this dream, welcome the triumph of the simplicity of the SM, and hope that further study of the Higgs sector will somehow provide a hint of a better idea about where the SM parameters come from (almost all of them are Higgs couplings) ...

The “New Physics Complications” are the LHC only seeing pure SM behavior. If the LHC had seen a complicated SUSY spectrum, that would have been “natural”, but somehow seeing the simplest possibility has become a new “Complication”. It is a “complication”, but a sociological not physics one. SUSY theorists do have an answer for the complication of their ideas failing: the Multiverse did it.

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Hawink trolling again.

Contentless remarks to make sure journalists cite him?

He predicted that a hypothesis known as M-Theory, which points to the existence of multiple universes, would soon be proven true

It does nothing of the sort. AFAIK, M-Theory is the hypothetical common ground of the disparate String theory formulation, formulated in a way that it subsumes them. Whether it has any link to actual physics or is only a mathematical object (if it even exists) is not certain at all and indeed is fraught with considerable doubt. The only thing we know is: the Standard Model rules.

"These multiple universes can arise naturally from physical law"

Disparate storylines of Battlestar Galactica might also arise naturally from physical law. That doesn't mean this is what happens. One would also like to see this law first and support it with some experimental evidence.

"Thus, our presence selects out from the vast array only those universes that are compatible with our existence. Although we are puny and insignificant on the scale of the Cosmos, this makes us, in a sense, lords of creation."

Lord of the Flies more like. The pseudo-science of the anthropic principle again? There is stuff out there that I can't observe. So it must exist!! Physicist, Please!

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What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...

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Re: Steve Davies 3 - The same can apply to System monitoring tools

Kit where the maker won't release the MIb because it is a 'trade secret'

KILL IT WITH FIRE.

YOU KNOW THAT ... the thing sucks donkey balls if anything as low-brow as a MIB is considered "Intellectual Property" in any way, shape, or form.

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Denver robocops fit Nasal Ranger to perceive potent pot puffing pollution

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Big Brother

You wish! You can still get a cap popped in your arse if you so much as fart wrongly at a checkpoint.

Additionally, AFAIK the State of Colorado may be okay with pot, but the FBI can still bust you. Because they are FEDS, nyahaha!

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

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Re: That's not a slingshot!

Minimal ΔvLow thrust Hohmann transfer orbits are the equivalent of cheap cloud hosting ... in SPAACE!

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Paris Hilton

Could be a neural misfire due to something serious. Better see the doc.

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You are having a slight problem and will not energize both coils today

I'd drink the beer yourself

There's the problem.

By Golly, only nations hardened to the vagaries of engineering by large quantities of ethanol have been been around the solar system! Ethanol - it's not for only for A4s!

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Host Minecraft on Shard Gaming? Grab your data RIGHT NOW before it goes completely titsup

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Shrek gaming

Game-server hosting biz Shard Gaming has abruptly shut down

Shurely that makes it a game-over hosting biz?

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

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Oh dog what done!

Getting an xbone in early?

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Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

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But the Google study showed that drives running a bit warmer are actually aging better.

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Re: 4 years not long enough

Little counter on the disk, tell me now how late it is.

If the warranty expired, then behave as if you were fired.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: Wait...

Operation "enduring hissy fit". It is also sustainable.

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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Curriculum suggestion: Don't give f*ck

In particular, COPYING MAKES SCIENCE LIVE.

How is the outcome of that Intellectual Property Enforcement Program in the newly liberated Iraq coming btw? I haven't heard anything new about it since 2004 or so.

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