* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Forrester to Facebook: you're SHALLOW and a BAD FRIEND

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Halloween XIV: Revenge of Zuck

Oh, come on. It's not like FB would hoover up the whole industry and its dependencies like the Blob from Zuckerberg. It's just a search graph with Hadoop. You need a war or government for THAT.

Those who want the good stuff will find it and get it. Those who won't spend time on Facebook will spend it elsewhere. Life goes on etc.

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Bask in the glory!

Unfortunately, a bit of your pension scheme money is most probably locked up in there.

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Re: Cursor tracking

We have ways to make you read! (Raises eyebrows Spock-like)

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Milky Way 'POPS PILLS and SNORTS GAS', insist boffins

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Intergalactic blaster battle!

Inb4 the "Plasma Universe" horde discovers this article and uphelds it as particularly telling proof of their belief in a, well, "Plasma Universe" while hatin' on good old Gravitation.

Is that what you want, El Reg? Are you stirring the pot?

Meanwhile....

"Faraday rotation is sensitive only to magnetic fields in ionized gas! Although magnetized gas in the Galaxy with a low ionization fraction does not contribute significantly to Faraday rotation, gas with the ionization fraction of the warm and cold neutral media is still affected by Lorentz forces due to ion-neutral collisions. Therefore, if a field is present in the neutral gas but does not have an evident RM signature due to the low electron density, it could still be dynamically important. Because most of the RM detections reported here are concentrated in narrow, possibly shocked filaments, the magnetic field lines are likely compressed. Because the mass contained in the filaments is larger than can be explained by swept-up gas from the ambient ISM, the filaments are most likely gas stripped and decelerated from the HVC."

You now picture the above explained to you breathlessly by a lab-coat equipped gorgeous Young Scientist (evidently female) barely old enough to be out of high school, this with "Navy CSI" eagerness, while infographic porn designed by the Best Of CNN is being exhibited out-of-focus in swirling, cool blue shades (with zests of warm orange) on several large flat-panel displays in the background.

Also, scary music.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Re: How to find "nothing".

That's quite something.

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But can you do the Kessel Run in less than 15 parsecs?

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Re: @ Destroy all monsters

> I think Einstein would suggest that "common sense" is a very bad indicator as to what is right and what is wrong.

I would think your would find out that this would not be so.

Also, I meant "use common sense to detect crankery" not "use common sense to detect new physics". The former is generally >> easier than the latter.

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You jelly?

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Re: It's not there guys...

Hawking doesn't say much really.

For "Saddle Shaped" that's "Negative Overall Curvature", see Riemann Surfaces and General Relativity, in the 1920s or so. Experimentally, not detected at the present time; indeed the universe is pretty much at 0 intrinsic curvature. Why? Dunno, LOL!

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> If space-time itself contained vortices

Please provide an adequate mathematical model of this. We currently can barely get gravitational waves going, so don't put all your money on vortices...

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I dunno, are you not technically a nincompoop?

> bosom particles

Right.

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Re: Dark Matter doesn't exist ..

<I<Dark Matter doesn't exist</i>

A peremptory statement followed by utter FAIL because replacing "dark matter" would demand that gravity "decay" SLOWER over large distances.

As in time flows slower that farther away from a strong gravitational source.

Again, arse backwards. Also, it is "proper time" and it does not "flow" in any particular way.

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Re: The universe...

I have some Downloadable Content for you. For a little fee. Just study this little pamphlet.

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Re: thinking...

I t is possible.

The problem is finding a model that yields useful predictions and is testable. Pluspoints if it has a very compact beautiful mathematical formulation, which for some reason seems to be the preferred way of it.

All the rest is metaphysics.

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Re: @ Destroy all monsters

I whined about downvotes and criticism?

Metaphysically related, how can I whine about downvotes and criticism if I must not post?

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"Black holes have no basis in General Relativity..."

Dear Plasma-Universe Colleague,

Your paper has received all the attention that it deserved. Unfortunately, I am currently unable to write up a complete analysis of your doubtlessly well-reasoned ideas since my cat had a little accident and I needed cellulose-based material in a hurry. Rest assured, however, that further submissions on your part will be looked at with the same intellectual curiosity as your latest missive managed to elicit.

Believe me always, yours faithfully,

etc. etc.

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Re: sounds as massively non intuitive as anything else in quantum cosmology.

But Kissinger just had a pen and a couple of genocides under his wing.

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Re: Stab in the dark

Not good enough. I do think someone used this for the magnetic photon /quid vid/. Experiments sadly proved the absence of this this kind of matter-penetrating light.

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I think you meant "Just as planned"

(white fluffy cat stroke from a wheelchair-bound diminutive figure)

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Re: Much like the Higgs Boson...

Yes, and this IS odd, which is good.

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Re: @ Destroy all monsters

Ah, this would be the name calling and style criticising bit of the "scientific debate". Good to see so many upvotes for this fantastic bit of reasoning.....

Thank you for the expectation that I would have enough time and energy to seriously dissect an ALTERNATE EXPLANATION OF THE MATRIXLIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING in El Reg reader's forum.

People interested in learning more about the (non) controversy are invited to apply Google to the problem but to stay within the bounds of what common sense tells them about the websites they visit. There are also "books".

In particular, the following information may be of help when you encounter Tim The Enchanter and his Electric Staff:

Martin Gardner’s Signs of a Crank

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Re: Electrical model of the universe

There is an electrical model of the universe that doesn't require dark matter.

Unfortunately it resides in crank universe and it firmly intends to stay there. It seems to be pretty much at odds with things that one can see in a telescope. In a positivist science, this is generally a Bad Thing. I won't even mention websites promoting it that look like something out of geocities. I think it's mainly made up by electrical engineers afraid of an Einstein mass/energy tensor letting fly.

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

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Re: This is bloody insane, yet again :-(

This device from Company (a) will do the job that we need it to do, and save us wasting time and funding on developing a whole new branch of radio technology,

...you forget to add "which might be covered by patents held by someone else anyway that no-one is aware of as yet", so why bother developing anything new?

Patents are a trade-inhibiting and pauperizing crock from A to Z.

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Infosec bod reports ONGOING ATTACK at RSA securo-confab

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"It's a non-issue"

They would say that, wouldn't they?

"Was it a crypto-anarchist wing of the anti-Monsanto hippies?"

Deploy Roundup! Anyone protesting Monsanto while rooting for what makes Monsanto deserves it.

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Cameron pledges public access to list of who REALLY owns firms

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Re: VAT is the answer?

Unless you want to cripple the economy by taxing the street-level grunt, no.

Frank Chodorov, in Out of Step, Devin-Adair, 1962:

First, as to method of collection, taxation falls into two categories, direct and indirect. Indirect taxes are so called because they reach the state by way of private collectors, while direct taxes arrive without by-pass. The former levies are attached to goods and services before they reach the consumer, while the latter are in the main demands upon accumulations of wealth.

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It is not the size of the yield, nor the certainty of collection, which gives indirect taxation preeminence in the state's scheme of appropriation. Its most commendable quality is that of being surreptitious. It is taking, so to speak, while the victim is not looking. Those who strain themselves to give taxation a moral character are under obligation to explain the state's preoccupation with hiding taxes in the price of goods.

and also:

Taxes of all kinds discourage production. Man works to satisfy his desires, not to support the State. When the results of his labors are taken from him, whether by brigands or organized society, his inclination is to limit his production to the amount he can keep and enjoy. During the war, when the payroll deduction was introduced, workers got to figur­ing their "take home" pay, and to laying off when this net, after taxes, showed no increase comparable to the extra work it would cost; leisure is also a satisfaction. A prize fighter refuses another lucrative engagement because the addi­tional revenue would bring his income for the year into a higher tax bracket. In like manner, every business man must take into consideration, when weighing the risk and the pos­sibility of gain in a new enterprise, the certainty of a tax-offset in the event of success, and too often he is discouraged from going ahead. In all the data on national progress the items that can never be reported are: the volume of business choked off by income taxes, and the size of capital accumula­tions aborted by inheritance taxes.

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Marxist Populism is Big Again: Big, Bad Companies!

What we would LIKE to hear

"We need to know who really owns and controls our politicians. Not just who owns them casually, but who really benefits financially from their existence," Cameron is expected to say at a conference.

But unfortunately not.

"For too long a small minority have hidden their business dealings behind a complicated web of shell companies and this cloak of secrecy has fuelled all manners of questionable practice - and downright illegality."

And we make the "legality" - in particular in order to spend other people's money on various shit, wars as well as ourselves. As the income is not enough, we introduce VAT, income taxes etc. As this is STILL not enough, we need to upgrade constantly which we then sell to the sheeple by claiming that widows and children are being treated unfairly.

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

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So what

I am not a Product. At least, not to Facebook.

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The Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, Tower of London... and, er, Steve Jobs' GARAGE

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Re: Find the odd thing out

Collectivism and state-worship is a bit strong in this thread.

I think it's time you all started to think about meeting the next 5-year plan's goals because Mr. Mosley will be reactivated SOON the way things are going.

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Re: Find the odd thing out

Of course, of course. But the "spoils of war" are even worse. Like GWB's self-financing Iraq war.

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So what's wrong about that?

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Find the odd thing out

The Colosseum: Built by govnm't on taxpayers' expense to amuse and awe them

Hagia Sophia: Built by govnm't on taxpayers' expense to control and awe them

Tower of London: Built by govnm't on taxpayers' expense as its cozy home and torture cellar

Steve Jobs' Garage: Generates taxpayers' expense and actual things people want!

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Twitter duped us, coupon-clippers claim

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Lawyers, Leeches, IP advocates and other disgusting things

"I can't get the cut that God himself entitled me to have... WAAAHHAAAAMBULANCE!"

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Twitter, ARM voted on to Java steering committee

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Re: Yep, that's what is needed...

Young lad! I have stories to tell....

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Re: A year is not enough

People are actually also using Windows and x86 and even Linux and C.

Your Face When cockwomble encounters industry standard.

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The company that admits no wrongdoing

> Goldman Sachs

LOL WHAT.

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Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

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Greek quantitative easing!

Easy now!

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Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

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This shall be called the "Nostromo" approach.

Nothing to do with Conrad, everything with Ridley.

I want to see repairmen on the lower decks!

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Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

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To me it sounds like the spin you get when your Pratt&Whitney turbine has just accidentally hoovered up someone from the flight deck.

CUT ENGINES! CUT!!

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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

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RSA Royale with Cheese

Btw, it is "Grand Fromage" in french.

"Grande" sounds spanish. Nobody likes the Spanish Inquisition.

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"Drone Signature Strikes" in your neighborhood? SOON!

Precrime here.

We have detected suspicious behaviour in your immediate future.

Step away from the keyboard and show your hands. We have the permission to use deadly force!

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Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

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Re: As a friend said to me...

Deal with it, AC.

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Re: "In Australia it's legal to sell region-free DVD players"

There will be tax hikes long before that. As this means no jobs, expect a government-provided one in a canned goods factory or something.

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Growth, what's that? Storage firms tighten belts as revenues flatline

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This is superland: expect an upwards trend on profits!

Apparently the continuous QE3 monetary inflation effort is not strong enough to get us out of the perma-depression. There are rumors to go Weimar for real now:

The Fed has worked for decades to suppress inflation, but economists, including Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Fed starting next year, have long argued that a little inflation is particularly valuable when the economy is weak. Rising prices help companies increase profits; rising wages help borrowers repay debts. Inflation also encourages people and businesses to borrow money and spend it more quickly.

Fasten your seatbelt, this economy is going places. I suspect disk drives will be manufactured, bought by government and carted directly to the landfill.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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"Everything dies, Mr Mulder!"

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Re: Wait, people use iWork?

"actually a folder with multiple files inside, abstracted into a single object by OSX"

Actually that is very good file format in systems which have no internal structure to "files", but it should really behave like a single "package" (like the OpenOffice files, which are actually jar files, which are actually zip files of a file tree)

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Re: I am an Apple fan...

> Actually, it was a computer. Just a computer.

gb2 The Telegraph

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Cameron on EU data protection rules rewrite: 'Hold it so we get it right'

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It's still large, have a look:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52012PC0011:fr:NOT

119 pages, 47384 words.

Changes to such high-level documents happen all the time. I hear a big change was a hush-hush removal of something about cloud computing, which happened after a USUK delegation was seen hogging the lobby...

Apart from that, companies better have good lawyers if this is translated into national laws. Apparently sometimes it might be very unclear whether one would or would not compliant with the law.

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I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee

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And upwards both ways!

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Re: And how is The Register helping women in IT?!

> tits

> overtly sexual

Welcome to Catholicism.

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Re: Where is Bond when we need him?

Not enough fluffy cats.

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