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Black hole boffins close in on gravity waves

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Re: Impressive work

Yes, one would have probably want to whump an asteroid-mass black hole around the ring. Using electrostatics...

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Re: Limits of doubt

Not detected and there may be weird / unelegant / unlikely gravities with no gravity waves indeed.

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Re: Impressive work

It always seemed obvious that a GW detector near a big particle accelerator should be picking up feint but repetitive pulses when the accelerator was running.

LOL what?

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As for the "why must they combine" (from the press release When galaxies merge, their resident central black holes are doomed to meet. They first waltz together then enter a desperate embrace and merge.), this seems to come from models that predict merger via interaction with the dust and gas of the surrounding disks (first slow down via interaction with gas and dust, then get rid of momentum via gravitational waves, if I understand correctly

I found this for example: Massive Black Hole binaries in gas-rich galaxy mergers; multiple regimes of orbital decay and interplay with gas inflows.

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Well, you just don't get a serious (and detectable) "wave" without at least two mightily density things doing a complex dance with mightily high acceleration. So it's good to have a few million-solar-masses black holes merging or in near orbit.

See This Wikipedia Entry:

A more dramatic example of radiated gravitational energy is represented by two solar mass neutron stars orbiting at a distance from each other of 1.89×108 m (only 0.63 light-seconds apart). [The Sun is 8 light minutes from the Earth.] Plugging their masses into the above equation shows that the gravitational radiation from them would be 1.38×1028 watts, which is about 100 times more than the Sun's electromagnetic radiation.

Mathematically, this is hairy because the solutions to the equations are nonlinear (adding two solutions does not yield a solution), so numerical approximations are needed.

It is also evidently not easy to depict. The first part of the video doesn't show a black hole; it shows a black ball. In the second part, the third space dimension seems to have been dropped so these should be "circles" (but what is the "time" of that plane? This is not a Newtonian space that allows constant-time planes).

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US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS

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Re: What is the alternative?

What kind of airhead votes down Richard's comment?

Yeah, put a socket into your ribcage, see how it goes.

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Re: Old ways are often the best ...

Seeing how a Senator who was hunting with him got a faceful of shot then an earful of insults, it might be more dangerous for them to attempt that.

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You couldn't make it up

Dick Chaney [sic] was fitted with a new defibrillator by Dr. Jonathan Reiner

His cold Nazi heart maintained by German Doktors? Ach ja!

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Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

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Shuttleworth, F.U. and your socialistic pandering!

“the Open Source Tea Party”

Not everything is wrong with the Tea Party and quite a lot of open sources should be into this.

Mir must be like Obamacare then: Heavy, mainly a political statement and ultimately pointless. Not to mention that you cannot put a price on it.

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

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Re: 'Nyan Nyan' pronounced vaguely like 'Nyah Nyah'?

Are you 10 years old?

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Micron tears away cloak to reveal its Gen3 Hybrid Memory Cube

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Ok, is anyone paying attention to politics?

"harder to create than bipartisan Congressional comity"

Pfff..... you just need to set the subject to "personal enrichment", "pumping money to cronies and spendthrift lobbyists" or "controlling the populace by hook and by crook" and you can have a signed declaration within 5 minutes.

The rest is banana-republic level theater.

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

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Looks like the nuke boys are looking for new jobs (remember the CIA wanting to go into copyright enforcement at the end of the cold war)? Well, they may have a case in this case: With need for nuclear weapons questioned, builders find a new target – errant asteroids.

Course there are still several thousand warheads ready to give all of humanity a really bad 6 hours day whenever somebody accidentally farts at the wrong frequency in an underground control room, but hey, you don't get to have an aggressive primate brain without having to take on some risks, right?

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Re: Thursday

Yes. Yes it does.

But what if it's iron-nickel? That would really be a kick in the teeth. Even still-standing boiling water reactors won't save us then.

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My kind of Keynesian!

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Re: Title is basically incorrect

Excellent service, 10/10.

Would decrypt again.

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Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

You are only allowed to "yawn" if the same expedience can be reached than with a standard Linux upgrade.

But at least you get epic foreplay in this case. You should be ready to blow the load on WinWord once the desktop comes up.

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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I support this!

Next: Legislation that makes it illegal to demand payment for state services you have already paid for with taxes.

Should be a winner!

But seriously, it makes sense. Why not integrate a digital signature-based chain of ownership in the mobile though? One could check immediately if a prior owner has no properly signed the "check-out".

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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IBM emits salespersons, Apple emits genius carbon.

It's not serious. Clearly just a PR message destined to greenster hipsters not averse to buying an iPhone.

Not having a complete accounting of the CO_2 (and other emissions) of all the materials and labor going into the SS Apple over its whole lifetime including decomissioning? You don't have it? Can't be done? Stop talking in superlatives then. And relying on "green sources" in California? FAIL.

Seriously, the best that will ever be built? Is that Captain America's lair?

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Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap

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Re: Narcissism

Yeah... remember the Beach Ball Alien in Dark Star?

IT PREVAILED! Nearly.

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Obstacles that have been strategically deployed in nursing homes since times immemorial to lighten the ranks.

Add the ever-on TV to dull the will and confuse.

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Mainly impressive if it gives you the finger.

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Extreme ultraviolet litho: Extremely late and can't even save Moore's Law

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Dropping off the exponential?

The doctor says this is nothing to worry about - it happens everywhere.

Just do the best you can.

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Re: I can't figure this guy out ...

"More to the point, why would ANY human trust him?"

Maybe you should switch the subtitling of your life to the one for the for the "hearing impaired".

Are your implying there are AIs on the loose?

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[[Freedom Intensifies]]

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Sphincters audibly clench at TLAs

Snowden is pure win.

“If that was compromised, NSA would have set the table on fire from slamming it so many times in denouncing the damage it had caused."

Muah!

I do hope quite a few of the brats in the control complex and their congressional shills (always a step away from dying via fat overload or sheer stupidity or both) get blood pressure so high that their ears bleed. "Discussion welcoming" Obama can bleed too.

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NSA boss Alexander and deputy to take a hike next year

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If they want to take a hike...

...don't they first have to make sure that the National Parks aren't closed because LOL DEBT CEILING REACHED AGAIN?

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METEORITES, not MEN, are FROM MARS: NASA rover's shock discovery

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Re: Greenpeace doom mongering

"So women might be from Venus. They destroyed that one and moved to the next one too."

This totally explains why Venus is now covered in maxed-out credit cards.

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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

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Childcatcher

Hmm... a new variation of "won't anyone think of the children", I see.

Speaking of which, has anyone played Introversion Software's "Uplink" and is it any good?

I just played "Defcon" ... hold on, it seems there is someone form the moral brigade on my door probably wanting to talk about I promote nuclear wars...

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Leaky security could scuttle global ship-tracking system

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Ships full of Terrists! Pirates! Podophiples!!

...and last but not least the "Iranian ships with nukes" ... an Israeli Propaganda Pump Production if there ever was one.

I would say selectively dropping "under the Radar" would arrange "Western" governments quite nicely. Unless they ship their arms by way of planes (like recently the late Ghadaffi's weaponry to Syria's Al Qaeda franchise).

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Re: No surprise

Upvoted for "Veblen Good" (though not a fan of Veblen's ideas in general)

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China, an untapped land of opportunity for the West - EXCEPT IBM

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Re: "serves them right for stealing job's like they do"

There I was thinking the governments of emerging economies were responsible for the poor living and working conditions of their people, because they won't implement the necessary legislation to force decent working/living conditions. As it would have massive cost implications and thus slow down their economic growth, making them only able to compete on price fairly with other countries whos businesses have similar cost bases... when all along it was my fault for conforming to the capitalist ideals of buying at the best price/performance/functionality balance I could get.

> because they won't implement the necessary legislation to force decent working/living conditions

The bastards. Not pricing themselves out of the low-productivity labour marketplace so that they can enjoy the same fat-arse benefits that every member of European Commission enjoys here? Who do they think they are?

> making them only able to compete on price fairly with other countries whos businesses have similar cost bases

Whenever I hear "fairly" I know that utter ignorance is not far away.

> when all along it was my fault for conforming to the capitalist ideals of buying at the best price/performance/functionality balance I could get

And that is what you should do. Buying the same quality of materials abroad instead of making them in more expensive fashion locally frees you up for more interesting jobs. Of course, if you are dumb enough to insist on competing in market for low-priced shoes using local labour and reglementation horrors, well... good luck.

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Muh Jobs!!!

> stealing job's

First it's "jobs". And jobs cannot be stolen, except in the mind of The Entitled Ones Who Know Nothing About Economics But Want to Raise a Good Socialistic Scare (Lump Of Labor Fallacy)

No jobs? Government destroyed the private economy through money printing? The rest is at the government's teat or playing soldier?

Must be China.

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

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"with the necessary skills to decode and translate the messages being broadcast from the rock so that they can be exposed to the rest of us"

...for a slight fee.

Of course the decoding will demand ... careful interaction ... with young russian women lest the signal/noise ratio of the retrieval process suffer due to male spiritistic emissions.

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Oracle drops shedload of CRITICAL vuln-busting Java patches

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Re: Loopy

Flash?? I think that's another company's bailywick?

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Hold on - how?

I just download the 64 Linux zip file. Uncompress. Set symlink from PATH. Done...

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

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Re: Pfft

Clearly the second name will have to be "Manchester".

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Re: Let's think of the kids

[Joke about blowing away a President elided]

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"Despite Twenge's grim vision of future school playgrounds packed with Messiahs, Kings and Princesses"

Let a Game of Thrones begin!

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Android security relies on ZOMBIE CRYPTO, argues infosec pundit

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So how has this anything to do with Java?

A decisions to follow an outdated spec for no good reason (definitely not for reasons of "compatibility") is just stupidreeks of nudge-nudge-wink-wink. It has nothing to do with Java. It has even less to do with Java as Android is not running a JVM in the first place.

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

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Re: Let me save you some time and money.

Certain countries on the Mediterranean shall be included in this set, then.

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Re: Almost unsolvable problem.

Even if you have all the code, and reviewed all the code, you are still compiling it with a compiler in binary form.

In the real world, this is not actually seriously a problem. It can be defeated in theory....

Countering "Trusting Trust"

...and I actually don't think a compiler exists that has enough swiss army knife functionality to look out for a few dozens programs just to put backdoors into the crypto parts unseen. Ken Thomson's initial idea was to finagle the lowly "login" program, which sounds feasible. Finagling GPG etc. via that method sounds like it needs a AI module in the package.

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Twitter sets up BEELLION-DOLLAR credit line ahead of IPO

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Re: $10bn?

It's because cash in the decabillion range is very easy to come by today, considering the ongoing "quantiative easing" enema.

You can hear the scream "finally someone who wants it!"

People don't laugh about the 2001 Internet bubble and the 2008 housing bubble. They won't laugh about this bubble, which might be even bigger.

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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Re: This is a feature of all corporations

GODDAMMIT. DID YOU ATTEND MAINSTREAM ECONOMICS CLASSES AGAIN?

First, who cares what Wall Street wants? And then...

"...they require stock price growth. And you don't get that unless you have a government that prints money"

"A growing economy consists of prices falling, not rising"

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Re: Meh

Cats in a row? Happens whenever You Tube.

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Re: And....

1990 is still a bit early. Text-only Internets were all the rage back then...

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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These companies are not there to please your sorry arse. They would not even exist without "greed" and "profiteering". As for "lack of foresight", it is difficult to be had in this here century of permanent uncertainty regarding what our "leaders" will be cooking up in new reglementation tomorrow.

If you want a kumbaya company running 0 profit you can set it up yourself. It might be a bit difficult to find investment partners, especially in the era of negative interest rates and it will probably die pretty quickly because it won't have any financial wiggling room, but it will have an immense feel-good factor associated to it. Not to mention long hair.

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"shareholder return is the only thing that matters - investment is contra this"

Yeah. Not quite sure about this "business" thing, are you? Especially about capital-intensive ones?

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

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Re: FOSS is in use across the Military. Hate to break it to you Larry.

> Everywhere the Military can save a buck, especially since the Sequester started

Taking political theater seriously, I see.

Does anyone detect "saving"? Nope, nada. No such thing.

The impact of sequestration: Defense spending climbs 17%

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Oracle whoring for a place a the tax-disbursement trough. Film at 11.

So basically a "send the taxpayer money to us because why not" argument with no content whatsoever except the typical FUD one has been fed by Microsoft for 15 years now?

Yep, get in line Oracle. There should be something for you this october.

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