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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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GCHQ's CESG CCP 4 UK GOV IT BFFs? LOL RTFA INFOSEC VIPs ASAP

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Candidate must...

(1) ... have penetrated at least one (1) switch situated on the territory of the troubled nation of "Belgium".

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ATOM SMASHER ON A CHIP technology demonstrated

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A Little Something for Us Tempunauts

Nicely done. "preheat" in that case, though.

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Re: Well, that cool

A time-machine microwave? Get me John Titor on the horn!

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Cut it some SLAC

> First, you must get the electrons up to speed and then ramp up their energy using electric fields and a precisely engineered tube of ridges

That is because after a "suitably high" energy, the speed doesn't change much because of "that speed limit".

This wouldn't make an "atom smasher" either (no hadrons), but if you add:

1) An antielectron source

2) The calorimeters and other detector stuff

you might get a Small Electron-Positron Collider or a Small SLAC which can be fun.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Re: Slightly fruity comparison

"You are precisely correct, civilian nuclear plants ARE derived from U.S. nuclear submarine development"

In a large, vague way yes.

On the other hand, Fukushima-style Boiling Water Reactors do NOT fint into submarines.

For that, you have Pressurized Water Reactors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PWR_reactors

> But the public trusted the nuclear designers before

When was that?

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Re: Slightly fruity comparison

So.... Mr "Retired Physicist" talking from on high to the rubes...

It's all down to ignorance and nuclear lobbying? And a lack of logic?

But on the other hand, relying on solar/nuclear is faith and the infrastructure is crutters anyways because of economic uncertainty over the price of electricity?

"Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology"

Yeah. I despair of my profession.

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Re: Slightly fruity comparison

You drive down to Geneva then turn left at CERN. Take the lift downwards underneath the "Science and Technology Center" copper-colored ball. At level -1.666 there will be a big red button with gothic lettering spelling

"DO NOT PUSH UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! MISUSE WILL BE PROSECUTED".

Push it.

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Re: Uranium reactors

Behind da paywall, we find:

Russia’s Nuclear Reactors Could Take over the World, Safe or Not

Whether Russian training of foreign nucle­ar workers raises concern or not, it is vital to preventing reactor accidents, many of which are caused in whole or in part by human-operator error. “Even small reac­tors require training people up in a big, big way,” Sokolski says. Russia has been training newcomers in Obninsk, a two-hour drive from Mos­cow. New dorms and classrooms are being added here to old ones to handle a flood of foreigners expected in the coming years. Far from home, the first of some 600 Turk­ish students who will study here — baby-faced and hopeful — sip tea and look to their bright futures as their country’s first nuclear workers. “Thank God there’s Skype” to break the tedium, 21-year-old Gökcehan Tosun says in a coffee shop near her dorm. Next to her is Olgun Köse, practicing his Eng­lish, a relief after months of grueling Rus­sian lessons. “We’ve seen much cold, we’ve seen minus 35 degrees,” he says, his eyes widening at the memory of his first Rus­sian winter. Yet with guaranteed careers and good salaries ahead, they are the envy of their friends.

Later that night some of the Turks will play in a band, Rockkuyu, after Turkey’s Akkuyu nuclear project. Köse talks of how oil is “finished,” how solar is too expensive, and how nucle­ ar energy is green, “fast and beautiful.”

The students believe the new reactors will give Turkey, and themselves, entrée into a scientifically advanced and sustainable future. “Turkey will grow up,” Köse says. And Russia will be right there to help them.

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Re: Thorium reactors and A-bombs.

> The trouble with a Uranium fission reactor is that it inevitably breeds Plutonium

Very inefficiently and very easy to check. Unless your reactor is a Windscale model with a permanent feed. And then you need a reprocessing plant.

Which why the perma-shitting over Iran's pressurized water reactor is just fakery btw.

> U233 is quite definitely fissile.

Amurricans tried it and it didn't work particularly well. It's also easy to detect and difficult to handle because of the gamma-ray barbeque you are building when using U233. Use Pu, young man.

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Re: Slightly fruity comparison

> "the bigger picture is what matters"

> concerns higher background radiation

> tsunami-devastated region

IMPLYING!

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Re: Cause for concern

Too hard to handle. Pu is easier: Uhuhuu 233

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Yes, we have no jobs. We put them into solar power panels.

Sure the profitability isn't just in the subsidies?

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Re: Commercial fusion may not be as far away as you think

> Fusion by 2017

I don't believe any of that.

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Clear this week's diary - Twitter just might flash its secret $15bn IPO in public

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Om nom nom nom

$15bn for a few servers and a couple of Scala scripts?

Truly Quantitative Easing is working.

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London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY

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It's like Rashomon: Everyone has a different story about this, even the dead guy.

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Re: Hurr durr!

Spamhaus CIO Richard Cox removed from RIPE Anti-Abuse Working Group, 18 November 2010:

James Blessing, concerned Internet citizen, said he noticed that Co-Chair Richard Cox tends often not to be present at RIPE Meetings or not involved, unless it is to be hostile towards RIPE itself. He asked if Richard was the correct person to be working group co-chair.

Working Group Co-Chair Brian Nisbet said he contacted Richard and asked him to respond to comments that had been made, but Brian had not heard back from Richard in relation to this.

Jim Reid, Internet citizen, said this was a delicate issue, and even if the co-chair of a working group was critical of RIPE, that is not necessarily a bad thing. He said, however, that his opinion was that Richard crossed a line insofar as his comments were unfair and unjustified, and he confused RIPE with the RIPE NCC in his comments, which is not helpful. He said Richard’s comments unfairly damaged the reputation of RIPE, the RIPE NCC and the Anti-Abuse Working Group.

Rob Blokzijl, RIPE Chair, noted that this is the first time there has been a situation like this in the history of RIPE. Rob noted that the RIPE Chair, the Chairman of the RIPE NCC Executive Board and the RIPE NCC Managing Director met with Richard where they tried to clear up some misunderstandings. He said all three who met with Richard are disappointed that the outcome of this meeting, where they thought issues had been cleared up, were not reflected in subsequent posts from Richard that were published on websites. He said he felt that if you were elected to chair a working group by the RIPE community then you had a responsibility to that community and to its secretariat, the RIPE NCC. He concluded that it would be better for the community if Richard would step down so it would be clear that when he spoke he was speaking for himself and not the RIPE community.

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Brian said he had discussed the matter with Rob prior to the working group session and they agreed that the working group had the authority to appoint its co-chairs and, therefore, to remove them. Brian asked if anyone was willing to stand up and object to Richard Cox being removed as Co-Chair of the Anti-Abuse Working Group. As nobody took this action, Brian declared that consensus had been reached. He said that he would require a new co-chair and he expressed his wishes that one could be in place by the RIPE 62 Meeting.

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Re: hmmm.

AL SHAHAB RULEZ!!111!!

WE GONNA SET DA BOMB UP. CLICK HERE.

[Bad quality picture of free-air morning prayer accompanied by AKM, with shopped Capitol burning in the background]

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Hurr durr!

Not a friend of spam but not a friend of Spamhaus either, having been bitten by their enthusiastic policies which are on the level of Team Amurrica and the Centre for the Propagation of Democracy in the Middle East before.

A good read:

Cyberbunker account of the blacklist event

A2B account of the blacklist event

Spamhaus account of the blacklist event

Unrelated but at least Cyberbunker is funny:

Cyberbunker raided by SWAT team

I feel I'm gonna host with those guys.

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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Re: I wonder how many people

Katawa Shoujo?

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Re: Sick!

Indeed. Even sicker to have a society that permits people like you with their morals all twisted out of shape running around freely. Why not check into a rehab clinic?

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Better than Syrian rebel torture.

Next: iPhone with call in progress being pulled along a row of Cobalt 60 rods until IT CROAKS.

MUAHAHAHA!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

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Re: Please excuse this OT comment...

Like buying region-locked phones, commenting on Orly articles is not necessarily recommended.

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But he told the truth!

"provide customers with optimal mobile experience"

In an NSA-like least offensive enhancement of the truth, this actually means the customer wanders around in confused fashion looking for a maintenance shop able to unlock the thing.

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

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Hipsters Hurling Heavily as Holy Handhelds Have Hidden Hooks into Hindbrains?

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

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Re: @ Mr Spok & Vociferous - Just heat it up a bit?

Fund it!

Just because it's fun and it lead to moans about the Pristine Female-ish Martian Desert being ruthlessly violated by the patriarchic Hand of Man!

MUAHAHA!!

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Re: Thus the nucular treatment

Ridiculous! Gigantic biorobots launched from underneath Tokyo and driven by schoolgirls is where it's at!

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US House Republicans: 'End net neutrality or no debt ceiling deal' – report

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Re: Is there *any* evil view the GOP doesn't hold?

I don't see this. Some of their stuff is reasonable enough.

Dems are pretty evil in their own way. Controlling people and making them dependent "for their own good" (actually to placate union interests and liberal fantasies) is not a Good Thing.

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Re: End the Drug War or No More Debt

> vast sums of unclear origin

What?

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Way to miss the dick in your digestive tract

The thing that should ACTUALLY alarm people is that the "debt ceiling" is being raised.

Where did all the money go? The magic negro most liberal president ever spent it on weaponry, warfare and surveillance mostly, I guess. And bureaucracy, i.e. people solving the problems that they create in the first place (aka. the invisible jobless support program)

Did I mention that quantitative easing is still transferring peoples' wealth to well-connected interests and wallstreet playas? It's not like Republicans aren't already getting their coffers filled.

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30 years on: The day a computer glitch nearly caused World War III

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Re: The Soviets claimed the flight was a spying mission, but it was ... off course

Actually for some reason the airliner crew didn't notice they were off course.

There was an unresolved question about why the sun wasn't up yet when it should have been. Didn't ring any alarm bells. They must have been overworked.

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Re: Don't fret

...If you want to go to an agrarian community living at subsistence level, you are free to do so.

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Re: I was in the right place at the right moment

Why no offense? That guy needs to be offended. Fiercely!!

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Re: I was in the right place at the right moment

> Mr. Putin's government will only let a small part of it to reach his bank account.

Care to explain why or are just another guy on the Putin demonization bandwagon so prevalent in the indoc channel "western media" (MUH SYRIAN CHILDREN!!++)

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Re: Note to self...

The answer will be F.Y.R.O.M.: F*ck You, Read Our Manual!

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

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Re: That's scary!

He isn't, he is in Homeland Security.

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eBay unveils data center that runs on fuel cells

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> in this case natural gas feeding the cells

I hate to say so, but this is a non-renewable getting oxidized to CO_2 to obtain energy.

Is it more efficient than a white-fluffy-cat-stroking evil nuclear reactornon-threatening coal plant? I dunno.

Additionally, where those submarine diesels german?

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Boffins have constructed a new LIGHT SABRE. Their skills are complete

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Because it doesn't go through a lot of ultracold rubidium, Einstein.

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"Here we demonstrate a quantum nonlinear medium inside which individual photons travel as massive particles with strong mutual attraction, such that the propagation of photon pairs is dominated by a two-photon bound state"

This is actually the same idea that says that particles get their rest mass from interaction with the surrounding mediumvacuum, via the Higgs field.

Particular applications of this technique include all-optical switching, deterministic photonic quantum logic and the generation of strongly correlated states of light

Hell yeah. That sounds useful at least.

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These midichloridians are resistant to multiple antibiotics!

"The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies"

We don't see no physics happening in the movies, only cool medieval magic in the first tirlogy, and senseless rationalising crud in the followup.

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Re: If this guy is Lukin ...

That would be an accidental inon exchange.

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