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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

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Re: Question - please answer

That the Weinberg-Salam model allows you to make correct predictions regarding basically the last "needed" particle (in particular, that guessing at "Lagrangians".and applying ideas from solid matter physics to the vacuum works). And this for totally mysterious reasons.

Gravitation does not enter the picture, that's still "out there", waiting to be unified-in.

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And also:

Nobel for Englert and Higgs

Another issue with today’s choice is that if you do want to emphasize a model of scientific research where advances come from a specific “great man” theorist, in this case they’ve left out the greatest one involved. The specific model tested at the LHC was not that of Englert and Higgs, but the one that Weinberg and Salam already got a prize for. The new prize is for the general mechanism, but this is something that was first understood by Philip Anderson a couple years before Englert and Higgs. For some details of the history, see here. The argument is often made that Anderson’s model was not relativistic, but this is a phenomenon for which relativity is not relevant, something which Anderson understood.

All of the above is recommended read.

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Re: Mr Blue Sky

> heads would explode, probably not a good idea

FUND THIS!

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

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Re: MUST NOT BE NAMED

fnord!

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Quite likely a "deniable" spy & control effort by some TLA/MLA

Do Androids dream of electric trojan horses?

Clearly served.

What's that? You want a black helicopter icon? Really, now. This is 2013.

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Digital 'activists' scramble to build Silk Road 2.0, but drug kingpins are spooked

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Re: The smell of hypocrisy in the morning

How does this have anything to do with Goldman Sachs??

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The Spice must flow!

> facilitating the sale of drugs

I'm all for it. Of course, plain decriminalization would be even nicer but the grip of the "no fun allowed" and "keep the prices up" lobbies is too strong.

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Three BILLION people now potential nodes for the transfer of cat videos

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Re: with 30 per cent of today's youth never knowing a world without IP

> And in doing so, encourage them to resist and oppose the slow and relentless commodification of the human being.

I think you might have missed the events in the Great Collectivist Societies of the 20th century?

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New Terminator-style 'bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

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Re: Faggots?

> This will confuse out brethren from across the pond.

Just stop being such a faggot. They will get it.

In extremis the can watch the excellent cross-pond translation effort "The 51st state":

Hands pack of cigs to Amurrican:

"Fag?"

"No.... mutherfucka!"

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Re: Killing is childs play.

This or crazy jihadi head-cutting / pancreas-eating hordes, what do you prefer?

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Re: A witch! A witch!

Pillar one: Science without results is just witchcraft.

Pillar two: Get results or you're fired.

Pillar three: if you suspect a coworker of bein' a witch, report them immediately. I cannot stress that enough. Witchcraft will not be tolerated.

[Cave Johnson, c.a. 1957]

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Re: Nothing to worry about here

GATTAI SEQUENCE HAJIME!

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TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

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Re: Geography Lesson

> Who mentioned Nigeria?

Exactly!

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Re: Cool! (@Gav)

Has Hawking already been in a Doctor Who episode?

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Police constable 1337 stunned by Lego lookalike

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"PC Rob Thomas"

Now known as "Plastic RobCop"

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Re: They don't look <b>that</b> similar

No donuts either.

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

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Re: Lawsuit

The SEC has been in shutdown mode anyway lately.

(...since at least the 1990s)

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Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?

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The anti-capitalistic mentality is strong in this thread.

Apple should be attacked for one thing only: Their attempt to control the market through monopolistic practices: patents, lawfare and engineered incompatibilities.

For the rest, go forth Apple, and break up sclerotic shit.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: Should be titled "Down with UTF-16"

> There's nothing wrong with Unicode's approach of mapping each character to a code point

Actually there is plenty of wrong with that. Because then you suddenly need the whole cartesian product of diacritics and the base characters.

The only one who I would trust to come up with a "good Unicode" would be Knuth.

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Re: The historical accident of little-endian

Compare this with another ridiculous right-to-left vestige: the mathematical notation for function composition: f(g(x)), so cumbersome that mathematicians composing functions a lot (e.g., in category theory) adopt notation from programmers

I think you cannot into math.

It's written f∘g (x), with the ∘ generally being a bog-standard multiplication sign.

"Notation from programmers", indeed. Pchao.

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I thought EBCDIC was a single permaproblem?

Yay for a non-continuous mapping of roman characters. About on the same level as the original PC design.

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Re: Character encodings in real life

Not bad

I can now add MOJIBAKE (character gibberish shite output crud) to my vocabulary.

Really, that should be in the Hacker's Dictionary.

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Re: @Verity

I thought all of those had been slash-and-burned by the advance of Stalin's army (and possibly the retreat of Hitler's, too) so why name them at all?

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GitHub wipes hand across bloodied face, stumbles from brutal DDoS beating

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Samsung DENIES benchmark CHEATING, despite evidence

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A Galaxy of Frank Retards

1) Someone with a harebrain down at marketing has a BRIGHT IDEA

2) Someone with a harebrain up at management thinks this is a GOOD IDEA

3) FUND IT (other features can wait)

4) ????

5) Shenanigans

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Twitter spills unprofitable guts in $1bn IPO filing

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Re: Where did the money go?

> They have a system with one table database, two columns, max single record of 140 characters

Not at that volume, we don't.

And you would be surprised at the money that even a company housed in a shed can burn through.

As for the "5 people company". Do you really expect much happening in a 5 people company unless you outsource pretty much everything?

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It's official: Steelie Neelie is a triple-triple-TRIPLE win digital woman

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It's like we are doing elections here?

Women, the digital market and Europe's economy can all benefit from more females working in the IT sector within the EU, Brussels' unelected digital czar Neelie Kroes insisted today.

The whole of Europe could benefit if a mothership from Xargoz IV appeared in low earth orbit and proclaimed that it would hand over unbelievable technology to caring and liberal/progressive nations which have "free healthcare" and strong gun laws not to mention the foresight to worry about global warming and that treat their army of public employees well by giving them higher salaries than can ever be reached in the private sector.

But it ain't gonna happen.

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Re: I'm all for more women in IT

Implying that you won't just swap those with the female version with added drama on top.

And, is that you Jake?

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Iranian cyberwar chief shot dead. Revolutionary Guard: Assassination? Don't 'speculate'

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Re: terrorism, not war

[Citation needed for killing random Jews Worldwide]

While Iran is not a do-gooder country (but still stays seriously below the rap sheet of "The West" in all respects, a fact for which quite a lot of our "leaders" should spend their lives in a supermax), the AMIA bombing has all the clarity of the finding that "Iran was working with Al Qaeda towards 9/11", i.e. something served up in fast food fashion for boobus americanus and his siblings. WIth mayonnaise on top.

Indictment of Iran for ’94 Terror Bombing Relied on MEK

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman based his 2006 warrant for the arrest of top Iranian officials in the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 on the claims of representatives of the armed Iranian opposition Mujahedin E Khalq (MEK), the full text of the document reveals.

The central piece of evidence cited in Nisman’s original 900-page arrest warrant against seven senior Iranian leaders is an alleged Aug. 14, 1993 meeting of top Iranian leaders, including both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and then president Hashemi Rafsanjani, at which Nisman claims the official decision was made to go ahead with the planning of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA).

But the document, recently available in English for the first time, shows that his only sources for the claim were representatives of the MEK or People’s Mujahideen of Iran. The MEK has an unsavory history of terrorist bombings against civilian targets in Iran, as well as of serving as an Iraq-based mercenary army for Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraq War.

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Argentine Report Casts Doubt on Iran Role in '94 Bomb

Less than three weeks after that Iranian bid for negotiations, on March 17, 2002, a bomb blast destroyed the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 26 people. Argentina, the United States, and Israel have long maintained that Iran was responsible for both that bombing and the 1994 bombing of the AMIA headquarters.

But it seems unlikely that Iranian leaders would have ordered or knowingly supported any terror bombing in Buenos Aires just when they were concerned with nailing down an agreement to protect Iran's important interests in relations with Argentina.

The report goes on to present new information that also appears to rule out an Iranian role in the 1994 AMIA bombing. It confirms that Menem canceled the second and third nuclear technology contracts with Iran but not the first contract involving the low-enriched uranium.

etc. etc.

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After the Syrian pratfall... plan B!

Yeah... sounds like Israel quickly wants to make sure peace doesn't break out. That would be politically damaging to the little gnomic fascist in charge.

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Cloud biz model 'unproven' as Amazon scares world+dog into competing - or ELSE

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Re: Gee.

Can someone somewhere come up with a convincing reason to stream GBs of data to a cloud over a sub 1MBps link to somewhere largely unknown?

Exactly not the target market.

For me, the cloud works because I use it to quickly set up and tear down applications for customer projects or for trialing software.

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Re: Gee.

Goddammit Jake, posting from your survivalist stronghold innawoods again.

"Security" against NSA or whatever is not the point at all. It's easier to cloudify than manage the horror of the infrastructure in-house. Sure, it may not fit all use cases (and you seem to say that it must fit all use cases). Welcome to the market.

By your rationnel, there would be no Internet because not secure etc. etc. Instead leased lines would be everywhere.

"Joke Alert" icon because it is the nearest to "Jake Alert"

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Feds smash internet drug bazaar Silk Road, say they'll KEELHAUL 'Dread Pirate Roberts'

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"Drug dealers who have enough scale to make real money get caught (or dead)"

...or protected by a US three-letter agency or the agency of some other state.

As always, it depends

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In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows

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Re: Having a founder who is too influential is one thing

Which is okay too.

The anti-capitalistic mentality, I see. Being rich is NOT a sin.

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Re: Kinda silly.

There is something the "humanizes" Microsoft and it is some kind of old founder dude who now looks like the repairman from "Alien" but who used to be the most nasty operator in the business???

Just. What. What are you smoking?

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But the CEO cannot let the board go. That is not up to him to decide.

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FAIL

So much apocalyptic imagery. But what does it actually mean? Nothing.

Except that the author maybe thinks that shareholders aren't entitled to dividends, fat or not?

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US spy court says internet firms can't report surveillance requests

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Re: Wait, what?

I would prefer no healthcare and cheap guns.

At least it wouldn't be a liberalwank with everyone happy and born equally retarded.

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The US Department of Justice has nothing to do with Justice whatsoever.

They are on the same level as a "Volksgerichtshof".

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Washington Post officially sold to Amazon's Bezos for quarter of a Tumblr

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Glories of Youth

"that broke Watergate"

Nowadays carrying water for AIPAC and various imperalist agendas or else permashilling for various D.C. powerplayers. Called the "Neocon Post" for a reason.

They even waited for the Guardian to come out with the Snowden Snowball first.

That outfit needs a slash and burn.

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Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

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Re: "Fork! I said Fork"

So is Mir better than Wayland?

None of them is live yet, but it would be astonishing.

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Mir will now be know as "WTC 5"

As Mayor Guliani once said with his best Tarkin impersonation to a firefighter asking what to do about the burning WTC 5: "PULL IT" (because why did we spend the past 2 months setting the demolition charges if we don't use them now?)

[...okay what he actually said was "PULL OUT" (because a majorly large part of the support structure is missing), but that's not nearly as fun.]

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Scientists to IPCC: YES, solar quiet spells like the one now looming CAN mean ICE AGES

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Re: 15 year hiatus in global warming? BULLSH*T!!!

The good thing about tipping points is that you never know when it tips.

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Re: Eddy Minimum here we goes.

Bad times for Mexicans. Bad times.

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Curiosity keeps on trucking despite government shutdown

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All in all it's a sorry 55th birthday for NASA. The agency came into being on October 1, 1958 after being set up by President Eisenhower, who also established the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

That's a simplifying view of history. I remember the story of Lyndon B. Johnson operated operationally in Washington to create NASA to replace NACA, purposefully using practically the same name and posting legislation in Arthur Dent fashion buried and just before holidays. I need to find that story back. I need to find that story back.

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Worse than theatre. Clown show.

GovMedia Speak

By Peter G. Klein

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We all know that in GovMedia speak, “spending cut” means reducing the rate of increase in spending, while “shutdown” means reducing the workforce by 40%. From David Henderson we learn that “defund” apparently means “change a few implementation requirements without reducing funding by a penny.” Specifically, the Congresspeople who supposedly want to “defund” Obamacare proposed only to scrap the individual mandate [mandatory buying of health insurance] and remove the subsidy for Congresspeople and their staffers.

Remember the old Soviet-era joke, “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us?” This is the state of US political discourse about economic issues. The Republicans pretend to oppose Obamacare, and the Democrats pretend to oppose them. The purported differences are trivial, the “debate” political theater. Only government officials and the Official Media are amused.

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'The NSA set me up,' ex-con Qwest exec claims

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WTF?

The reflexive "he was an exec, he must be bad" idiots are out in force I see. Apparently they trust the government and the SEC. I laugh.

"Insider trading" is very often a bullshit accusation, where you are being asked to prove you are not a witch. I expect the next level will come where you are accused of not having sold your shares in spite of knowing their value would go up, depriving poor widows and children of their just rent.

The real insiders are setting pretty on the Hill and clustering around Fed offices to pull on the contracts fuelled by money printing. Anyone ready to haul them away? Nope.

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US.gov - including NASA et al - quits internet. Is the UN running it now?

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Liberal spotted

"It's pretty clear that once anybody understands what "obamacare" is really all about, they really, really want it. And that would really destroy the Tea-bagger narrative, now wouldn't it."

Apparently YOU really understand what obamacare is all about, so YOU want it. Does anybody else? Must be those freaking "tea-baggers", right.

As far as I see it, its is mandatory insure to be taken out by the taxpayer for a service that already exists in quite a few places. It's not something that will help the bottom rungs to get "free healthcare", which is a concept that exists only in the addled minds of people who think things like healthcare can be "free" (don't be surprised by no service or a deathtrap when you actually need it, as is the use in quite a few places in Yurop). It is also a promise to not pay healhcare workers for the work they do (that is the part called "price controls").

But apart from that.... anyone talking about the runaway military spending and the cancerous government growth that could be curtailed in order to continue working? NOPE! NO WAY, NO SIR! THAT'S AN ACQUIRED BENEFIT, THIS IS! GIMME AN ADDITIONAL F-35 SQUADRON ON THE TAB, PLEASE. AND ANOTHER 10'000 FEDERAL WORKERS DOING NOTHING BUT HEAT THEIR SEATS IN D.C.

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We all know that in GovMedia speak, “spending cut” means reducing the rate of increase in spending, while “shutdown” means reducing the workforce by 40%. From David Henderson we learn that “defund” apparently means “change a few implementation requirements without reducing funding by a penny.” Specifically, the Congresspeople who supposedly want to “defund” Obamacare proposed only to scrap the individual mandate and remove the subsidy for Congresspeople and their staffers.

Remember the old Soviet-era joke, “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us?” This is the state of US political discourse about economic issues. The Republicans pretend to oppose Obamacare, and the Democrats pretend to oppose them. The purported differences are trivial, the “debate” political theater. Only government officials and the Official Media are amused.

As well as the patsies, apparently.

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Google adds Large Hadron Collider tunnel to Street View

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I hope they put Gordon Freeman/Barney Calhoun or Yoko Tsuno somehwere to be spotted.

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