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Memory muddle muddies Intel's Exascale ambitions

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Re: I don't know why this is a problem..

Yes!

Plus -> cores as near the memory as possible. Back to the active memories of the early 90s, please!

On a tangent, the IEEE Computer issue of August 2013 has a focus on "Next Generation Memory". As IEEE still cannot be arsed to provide open access to the hallowed Intellectual Property (steady revenue stream FTW), one has to go down to the Uni Library:

The Nonvolatile Memory Transformation of Client Storage

Refactor, Reduce, Recycle: Restructuring the I/O Stack for the Future of Storage

How Persistent Memory Will Change Software Systems. There is also a YouTube video on this, but I can't watch it because "An error occurred; please try again later"

And Intel sold XScale? Oh well. More x86 then. Based on the marketing section's idea that one can "leverage" existing x86 software for completely new infrastructure, I suppose.

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Re: I don't know why this is a problem..

Exascale does not just mean "ARM based vector processor".... for specialized applications.

You will need to defend the Spinnaker somewhat more. Or why not tell Intel that their XScale already puts them where they want to be?

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I suppose he thinks more along the lines of MISC

Time to break my INMOS T404 out of its lucite cube?

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Re: You're holding it wrong.

The time to the singularity is not aeons, but a few Friedman units.

Barring a nucular war or two, of course.

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Senator halts Google's taxpayer-subsidized executive jet fuel deal

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"fair broker with businesses and responsible steward of tax dollars"

Meanwhile in Afghanistan:

Thanks to the magic of American national security politics, a number of young men who grew up in Nepal have found their way west, over northern India and across the breadth of Pakistan, to work at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, destroying million-dollar trucks bought by American taxpayers. [JOBS!] They wield blowtorches and wear fireproof suits in the crushing heat, and — according to reporting by Ernesto Londoño at The Washington Post — it takes about 12 hours to demolish each of the vehicles. The trucks need to be cut into pieces small enough to be fed into industrial metal shredders, which grind the parts down into tiny bits of scrap that are sold locally for a few cents per pound. In May, about 11 million pounds [HOW MUCH??] of this scrap were apparently sold; by now it is probably more. The contractors who buy it call it “gold dust.”

The reason it takes so much time and effort to break down the trucks is because they were designed to be indestructible. They are Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, which everyone just calls MRAPs. In the early years of the Iraq war, one brave soldier confronted the visiting defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, to ask why troops were salvaging scrap metal out of junkyards to bolt onto soft-skinned Humvees as “hillbilly armor.” By about 2007 we finally started supplying MRAPs to the battlefield.

Their prodigious armoring and smart V-shaped hulls were designed to deflect blasts from roadside bombs and more. If you have ever ridden in one, it feels roughly as if you’ve put a steering wheel and some seat belts inside a bank vault and taken it out for a spin. Those are the million-dollar vehicles that third-country contractors at Kandahar are now shredding, by the thousands, into gold dust for the Afghan scrap market.

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Microsoft reissues September patches after user complaints

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The Microsoft reorganization

It begins!

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

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Re: I did busniess with Huawei 10 years ago.

That's the funny thing about rumors. You never know whether it's FUD and propaganda or maybe someone releasing his paranoia about The Protocol Of the Elders of Huawei, or whether someone knows something.

In the end it's down to "put up or shut up".

How about it, "government"? With all the spying, there should be something concrete.

Seeing how even a reasonable dossier about the Syrian events is apparently vastly beyond the moral and intellectual capabilities of the 21st century army of bureaucrats and their assorted fakers, leeches and sycophants, I'm not holding my breath (Indeed, the only valid stuff so far is from Human Rights Watch).

Meanwhile, time for some Open Source Routers.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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It's "VORSPRUNG durch Technik"

And NEVER EVER take german design lightly. They were speeding in the decidedly german-looking (all edges and minimalist lines with a cannon like the STAFF of HELDON itself) Panzer IV through the desert while Britain was waddling around in the clearly imperial (small cannon stuck onto a blob on wheels) Matildas. Watch out.

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Then S stands for "Syria"?

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Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin

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That's exactly the mindeset I'm talking about. With a gratuitous Ayn Rand bait thrown in.

> I pay my taxes happily because it's a moral obligation.

Hahaha. No. The primary means of taxation is to pay for the wars and the nice people in the bureaucracy that tell you how to think, that manage your life and make it hell.

But feel free to transfer all of your income to state's coffers. Just keep a little something for your retirement. Oh wait, it's being inflated away. Never mind.

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Re: Don't mess with the revenue ...

- Open a business: You are retarded or a closet criminal.

- Pay yourself too little: Something smells, probably a weird taxhaven trick.

- Pay yourself too much: You are draining the business to death and exploiting the employees.

- Work overtime: You are taking away the jobs of others.

- Work undertime: You are exploiting the demoralized employees.

- Go into receivership: You are criminal leech on society.

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One may recall that Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) lived in a time in which there was no income tax in the first place.

So one should not trot him out with a statement that today has quite a bit a different meaning. Yeah I know, progressive thinking demands that tax slavery be regarded as more freedom, but it's a slightly revolting thought at best.

The Origin of the Income Tax

The first proposal to impose an income tax on America occurred during the War of 1812. After two years of war, the federal government had accumulated a then-staggering $100 million of debt. To fund the war against Britain, the government doubled the rates of its major source of revenue, customs duties on imports, which obstructed trade and ended up yielding less revenue than the previous lower rates. At the height of the war, excise taxes were imposed on goods and commodities, and housing, slaves and land were taxed. After the war ended in 1816, these taxes were repealed and instead a high tariff was passed to retire the accumulated war debt. Thankfully, the notion of an income tax was defeated.

However, the malevolent spirit of the income tax reappeared as a measure to fund the Union armies in the war to prevent the secession of the Confederacy. The war was expensive, costing on average $1,750,000 a day. Struggling to meet this expenditure, the Republican Congress borrowed heavily, doubled tariff rates (the Morrill Tariff initially provoked the Deep South to secede), sold off public lands, imposed a maze of licensing fees, increased old excise tax rates and created new excise taxes. But none of this was enough.

In July 1861, the Congress passed a 3% tax on all net income above $600 a year (about $10,000 today). However, no revenue was ever raised because a second tax passed before the first was due (on June 30, 1862). The war's demand on resources made the earlier tax ineffective, and the sale of bonds could not keep up with the expenditures of the administration and the armies. In March, the Congress passed an income tax of 3% on annual incomes of $600 to $10,000 and 5% on incomes from $10,000 to $50,000 and threw in a small inheritance tax too. Lincoln signed the bill on July 1, 1862 to take effect a month later. The Union debt then stood at $505 million. This tax also included the first appearance of withholding and was applied to federal salaries and on interest and dividends.

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ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees

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Re: What is a stock market for?

It's all flimflammery anyway. Government feeds the monster in the first place, then turns around and pretends to regulate it.

You know exactly who will write the law and who will be holding the bag.

Salon had a commendably non-progressive take on this for once:

Unless, as a competitor, you possess enough capital to jump in with both feet and with force, you’re destined, by overwhelming odds, to be on the wrong side of a flash trade, dark pool, regulation induced arbitrage. Not enough money to play and too much regulation to prevent competition. These are mutually exclusive, anti-competitive constructs to the marketplace. In the aftermath of financial bubbles and meltdowns, it has become politically fashionable to grow government with more uneducated and inexperienced personalities charged with blind hatred towards anyone working on Wall Street. Adding legislative mob mentality driven by populist demagoguery into a toxic market can further economic and productivity loss from a couple of years into decade long cycles. Hence, unmeasured and uncertain ideological sword brandishing can succeed in further adding collateral damage to an already broken system. And while it may sound like an argument that is counter-intuitive – hire more intra-country, counter-party traders and eliminate regulation. It remains important to be able to differentiate fraud from purposefully productive and openly competitive markets.

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Re: Attack of the High Frequency Trading systems.

Yeah, but if the ones with "no treat" get wiped out, no recourse, sell your ferrari, go back to mom's basement, sanity will be automatically restored pretty quickly and we will all be able to pass on to actual news.

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A sad exercise in being late to the party

"Our findings show that, in this new world of ultrafast robot algorithms, the behaviour of the market undergoes a fundamental and abrupt transition to another world where conventional market theories no longer apply."

Yeah well, I wonder in what kind of world these guys live when they think that in the world of QE Infinity and 70 billion dollar per month fresh money injections "conventional market theories" should apply anywhere outside the confused mind of NYT columnist Krugman.

The "machine wot done it" discussion is a rather old one. Here is Murray Rothbard on the crash of '87

Myth 3: The crash came about because of computer trading, which in association with stock index futures, has made the stock market more volatile. Therefore either computer trading or stock index futures or both, should be restricted/outlawed.

This is a variant of the scapegoat term "computer error" employed to get "people errors" off the hook. It is also a variant of the old Luddite fallacy of blaming modern technology for human error and taking a crowbar to wreck the new machines. People trade, and people program computers. Empirically, moreover, the "tape" was hours behind the action on Black Monday, and so computers played a minimal role. Stock index futures are an excellent new way for investors to hedge against stock price changes, and should be welcomed instead of fastened on--by its competitors in the old-line exchanges--to be tagged as the fall guy for the crash. Blaming futures or computer trading is like shooting the messenger--the markets that brings bad financial news. The acme of this reaction was the threat--and sometimes the reality--of forcibly shutting down the exchanges in a pitiful and futile attempt to hold back the news by destroying it. The Hong Kong exchange closed down for a week to try to stem the crash and, when it reopened, found that the ensuing crash was far worse as a result.

It wouldn't even matter if people were not forced to put their money into dubious stockmarket schemes just to "invest for their retirement", i.e. run the decidedly nonzero risk of being robbed blind by "investment" sharks while trying to avoid being robbed blind by bureaucracy sharks. (More on this: How the Stock Market and Economy Really Work)

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

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This is basically a vendor communication problem.

In a restaurant, you don't get to see the stuff left over at the end of the day. There may be a perfectly good steak left in the fridge that has to be thrown out for elf and safety. Sure, you *could* have eaten it during lunchtime if perfect knowledge of future customers' orders had been available at that point. But there wasn't and so you paid for a piece of steak you never even saw on your plate.

But it's more invisible than the "held back" storage. So there is less complaining. (Same goes for the invisible costs of taxation, bureaucracy, war, nepotism, money printing etc. - people don't complain much about those... but that's another can of worms)

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Intel reveals 14nm PC, declares Moore's Law 'alive and well'

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Then we can all euthanize ourselves in an iDream.

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Re: Even without another process shrink...

But then Linus will ream you out because you designed stuff without thinking about the software that's gotta run on it.

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: I invariably find his unabashed hyperbole ... refreshingly honest

1) Why are movies relevant and why should anyone care?

2) What movies are these?

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Re: He's right.

@RobertLong 1

I'm not sure why anyone would think that technical failures can be defended on moral grounds in the first place, though.

Postmodern Liberalism, maybe?

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Re: Suggesting killing them is a bit OTT

One could wheel out Kerry to make the killing and maiming more tasteful.

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Apple's no-news Beijing event leaves it adrift in China

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Re: I do beg your pardon?

Fear not. You are going to get familiarer with it before this "depression is over".

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

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In China, this is a lounding ellol

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Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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> impossible to audit

Yeah, some people haven't heard about statistical tests for randomness.

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Google backs gallery of computer-crazed female boffinry at Bletchley Park

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Apparently in Fallujah.

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"This new Women in Computing gallery at TNMOC will promote positive role models for women and so encourage girls and women in critical thinking and engineering. It shows the heroines of computing as historic facts to inspire the upcoming generation."

It is my sad understanding that these days, the above is already tl;dr for "girls".

I wish it were otherwise.

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CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer

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The century of farce

About as farcical as "The Administration" pushing its Nextest War. Are there only a handful of "CEOs" in the whole world? No Are we making a Hollywood shite movie which needs Big Names of Tired Talent to pull in punters? Well.....

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Re: No surprise there.

I have to say I cannot adapt myself to the New Times and cannot feel shock about NSA shenanigans either. It's like it was somehow still okay.

Oldthinkers unbellyfeel the Listening, reckon.

With all the snooping one would think the War on Terror would be "won" in a jiffy. But now, it's getting worse by the hour, soon with Pakistan on the Rio Grande. What gives? What are they doing?? Aren't they keeping us safe?

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Literary reference FAIL

SInce when are there "brainwashed zombies" in 1984?

Maybe there are in the Americanized Version? With a good-looking Winston Smith cleaning up the Inner Circle?

"You killed my girfriend Brother - Big Mistake!"

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

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Re: Rotting at the head

> Kallasvuo was the guy who happened to bye electronics in Switzerland and happened to forget to pay customer duties when returning to Finland.

I seriously fail to see how this is a problem.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Bristol boffins announce QUANTUM CLOUD

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake?

This does not imply all that much.

Ultimately, all these "things" we label are just macroscopic ideas applied to "the layer below". You need to use the mathematical idea to be "closer to the thing in itself".

Consider the position vector of a bullet in a first-person-shooter. There is no bullet. There is a position vector of three IEEE floating point numbers (which exhibit interesting logarithmic granularity). Where is that vector? Not at the bullet's position.

Anyway.

This gave me the thought there are probably plugins for well-known math packages like Matlab which do all this, so:

http://www.quantiki.org/wiki/List_of_QC_simulators

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Re: Shurely shome mishtake?

The fun thing about photons is that you are never sure about how many there are. Accelerate your reference frame and voilà - instantly more of them.

Back to the article

The Bristol chip generates a photon using a blue laser that is split into two red daughter photons. These photons are prepared as qubits – the quantum equivalent of a digital bit, except these can exist in superposition of states which can be manipulated using electrodes acting as phase shifters that change the speed of the photons via wave guides, which "behave like optical fibres and channel the photons around the chip," the researchers write.

That should probably read

The Bristol chip generates a photon using a blue laser that is split into two red daughter photons. These photons represent a 2-qubit entangled state (and thus you can make the paths of the photons interfere with each other, which would not be possible if the photons were not entangled).

It's not very well explained at all on the Bristol pages ... >:-(

Did I mention you can get Scoot Aaronson's "Quantum Computing since Democritus" in fine bookstores? BUY IT NOW.

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Re: OMG, the laziness!

Son.

I am disappoint.

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Re: I hope so

Weak trolling on weak encryption?

Supersized Weak!

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Re: ipsec6

No it has to do with massive inertia and the fact some committee made the mistake of thinking that hassle-free backwards compatibility could be left out.

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Plus a lot of the Great Minds are jewish.

We need to recruit them back!

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Re: re: Why would we have known about it?

@Anonymous Blowhard

I don't know about any of this but the idea that managing "in partnership with unions" is a good idea is readily disproven, at least for some kinds of "partnership". One just has to check what happened to the north american auto industry where the UAW reigns supreme. It's dead. It only exists because the Obama government pumps tax money into it (and then you have the "cash for clunkers" hidden subsidy, which is another effort at splaying Attila of economics). Southern automotive factories are doing well though. Well, at least they did until "Government Motors" came unto the scene. It's hard to fight your own government.

The moment a violent strike occurs, in which "scabs" are being turned away, the hiring of replacement workers is being "discouraged", and the company's capital is held hostage if not degraded, you are in mobster territory.

"Today the UK makes great cars, and in large numbers too, but the companies are all foreign owned"

That is NOT a problem. Ultimately, the ownership must be measured at shareholder level. I guess quite a few investment pools from the UK are holding shares.

Sherlock icon in replacement of a nonagressive shrug.

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Hmmm... Hacks

Israel or Turkey:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/security/the-athens-affair

On 9 March 2005, a 38-year-old Greek electrical engineer named Costas Tsalikidis was found hanged in his Athens loft apartment, an apparent suicide. It would prove to be merely the first public news of a scandal that would roil Greece for months.

The next day, the prime minister of Greece was told that his cellphone was being bugged, as were those of the mayor of Athens and at least 100 other high-ranking dignitaries, including an employee of the U.S. embassy

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: Show MS how you feel....

Except that you can install a nice Fedora 19 on Amazon EC2.

So what are you on about?

And please stop the retarded Linux baiting.

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US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

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Re: Any doubts?

You forget to mention "HITLER" and "WORSE THAN SADDAM" and "THE WORLD AGREES THAT" and also "WORSE THAN HITLER".

OTOH, pluspoints on the "CHILDREN" and the single "WOMAN".

Did I mention "HITLER"?

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"He did his job and all he got was pneumonia on a watchtower at Auschwitz"

"Our intelligence community would not be doing its job if we did not try to counter that"

Who gave you that job?

Who defined that job? Did you define that job yourself?

What is it for?

Where is the job description?

Does your paymaster know about you doing this job for him?

Does he approve of being the object of this job?

Is the job worth anything or is it just an ego trip and funride that yields nothing? Evidence says so.

Do you think your job is ethically a bit problematic? If not, why not?

Who pays for your job? Is it future generations? If so, are they okay with that?

Do you truthfully report to your supervisor (not the coloured decider cretin , i mean the "representatives")? If not, why not?

Is your supervisor in full control of his mental faculties? If not, why do you assume you are doing your job correctly?

Do you think your job is putting the nation on a path of hegemonistic ideological control? If not, why not?

Does your head rest uneasily?

What is conscience?

etc. etc.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: So how come...

So this Volcano should be called "The Economy"

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Re: A-ha!

> Second Impact was supposed to be in Antarctica!

Anno just adapted that for more dramatic effect.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: excluded

> For example: My wife is a chemist, I'm an engineer, it drives her up the wall when I walk about entropy in communication channels.

Then she needs some training because it's exactly the same thing.

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Re: Truth or consequences

> luckily for him, after his school career had finished

I don't see that. He would have been luckier to be thrown out BEFORE his school "career" had finished (the retardation trip is actually called "career"? who knew...)

> If I'd behaved like this towards my previous employer I'd expect them to tell any future employer.

The uni is not his "employer": He is the "customer", you know.

Fracking authoritarians are everywhere.

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Re: Anarchist?

I'm okay with that!

F.U., bricks in the walls.

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

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The rentseeking of King Ball

> And more logic in the fact that CPUs are getting far more powerful over time...

1) I have already paid for the CPU

2) Why should I pay Microsoft anything for work done by others

3) You could also price-hike because airtravel is getting easier etc.

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