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Brand-new black hole found in supernova remnant

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Re: Not that careful with the dates

Additionally, as there is no "universal t" and the time at which events apparently happen can differ significantly depending on the observers' reference frame for events "distant enough" (several thousand years for local observers moving at relative velocity of pedestrians when one considers what happened in the Andromeda Galaxy for example), it makes sense to enumerate things by the moment their light arrived "here".

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Earth escapes asteroid flyby, boffins want lasers aimed at next one

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Re: Rather than a laser...

Picture a ton of regolith leaving Moon every second for months and months on a collision course with soon smaller asteroid...

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Re: Just Say No to Hillbillies in Space

Stop flapping your mouth already, you are disturbing finely tuned trajectories! Who knows what could happen!! Quick, where's the number of Greenpeace??

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IBM forges Power7+ PureApplication appliance

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Re: DIY wins, when it comes to hardware

> Why should I leave the self-made server to Google?

Because you are not Google.

I understand the concepts of "overestimating oneself" and "underestimating the time/money/effort/debugging between where one is now and where one wants to get by at least an order of magnitude" because I have been burned too many times.

These problems are out there. They will bite you. And then your whole rig crashes and you don't know why.

Did you include your salary and that of your colleague (and probably the other colleague who is on 24/7 call), btw?

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Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

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Re: I want to play a Russian copy of this game...

That would be an adaptation of STALKER.

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ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! YOUR CIVILIZATION DISCOVERED: BEER GAMING!

A Barbarian Cohort appears at your gate!

A Barbarian Cohort appears at your gate!

There is not enough money to build a stadium!

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Re: American beer

Correct!

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Heroku cops to poor tech performance for last THREE YEARS

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Re: It's a fair cop.

That's because are you are too occupied with survivalism and hog farming.

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The universe speaks: 'It's time to get off your rock!'

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Re: Long-term survival is impossible

Sometimes teenagers exist in old bodies.

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Re: Long-term survival is impossible

Edgy teenager detected.

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Re: Considering the mess we've made of this planet...

Welcom to the Universe where Entropy may increase in unexpected places and self-assembling agents are not magically fully rational.

Oh surprise!

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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Jesus H. Christ riding into town in the driver seat of an Sd.Kfz 250 'Greif'

1) Go to Stack Overflow

2) Find out whether anyone uses "Python" for some retarded company's product as opposed to "The Python Programming Language"

3) ???

4) THE CHOICE IS CLEAR

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

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Re: Russians = Potty Mouth

So it's like a movie with Al Pasdcheznous and Robert de Negro?

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Re: AAAHH MOTHERLAND!

2 cents?

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Re: Russians - hard as nails, not fazed at all

The meteorite preferred to blow itself up rather than land in Russia.

Seriously, I would freak out when seeing this thing get bigger and bigger and bigger.

And don't look at it directly, do you want retina burn?

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AAAHH MOTHERLAND!

Russian meteor path plotted in Google Maps

http://attivissimo.blogspot.com/2013/02/russian-meteor-path-plotted-in-google.html

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Re: More videos

404: Not Found!

Is this a new Tunguska coverup? Where is Fox Mulder??

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Re: Not a meterorite

LOLNO. Vertical? WHY? Not moving? WHY?? No contrail? WHY???

More physics, my dear friend.

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Hello, I am bear, welcome to Russia!

Isn't Chelyabinsk the most radioactive city outside of the Prypiat/Chernobyl axis? Now pelted by HUGE METEOR? Hardcore.

> 54,000km/h

That's about 15 km/s. Not too fast, not too slow. As this is a morning impact, it must be a rock being overtaken by Earth?

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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Re: Why not....

Or you could just shoot the engine, like in Blackhawk Down.

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Not satanic, just sanic!

"I had a full tank, it could have kept going for a long time. I didn't want to continue till I reached Holland."

Shurely someone who would have liked to have a Tesla.

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

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Re: @ mods

Hired 4chan mods, did they?

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Inside Microsoft's Surface Pro: A fiendishly difficult journey

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Der Herrengestrümpfen Grossenstreichen shall NEVERRR prevail!

I gotta say though, it's pretty hilarious. It's like switching on the radio and getting a full-on nazi blast in pidgin german when you least expect it. Makes my day.

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World's biggest distie cans Euro growth hopes for 2013

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Politicians hopes dashed

"Europe, frankly, continues to be the mixed bag that we've been talking about, and we're not planning on any significant growth in 2013"

In this bag we find: French sozialism à la Hollandaise, EZB bailout money, some stale Berlusconi, empty pension funds, greek feta, a bit of Mali interventionism and ... donkey lasagne? As well as cynicism. Lots of it.

Let's have a beer.

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Ask Google this impossible question, get web filth as a reward

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Q = a_0 + a_1 * i + a_2 * j + a_3 * k

j is for the Quaternions, as is k

Please use i as intended.

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Re: There are multiple complex roots

"no, because the minus here is a sign indicating a position on the number line not an operator"

WHAT! Unary operator is unary. Symmetry operation around point 0.

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A new Wheatley

"This! sentence! is! false!"

"Umm.... porn! Yeah, I will download porn"

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Scottish uni slams on the Accelerator to boost UK boffinry

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Re: Hi!

Downvotes!

Ok, fess up, who in here is just in the larval stage or is one of those 12-year old "haxxors" one hears about?

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Re: Hi!

Don't know from what moon you people are coming from but buying processing power on educational/governmental supers (excluding those from the military-surveillance complex of course) has always been the norm. It's not like you are going to run your Fluid Dynamics on Amazon ECC. Well, you can, but there are some drawbacks.

Abstract needed? Performance Analysis of High Performance Computing Applications on the Amazon Web Services Cloud

Cloud computing has seen tremendous growth, particularly for commercial web applications. The on-demand, pay-as-you-go model creates a flexible and cost-effective means to access compute resources. For these reasons, the scientific computing community has shown increasing interest in exploring cloud computing. However, the underlying implementation and performance of clouds are very different from those at traditional supercomputing centers. It is therefore critical to evaluate the performance of HPC applications in today's cloud environments to understand the tradeoffs inherent in migrating to the cloud. This work represents the most comprehensive evaluation to date comparing conventional HPC platforms to Amazon EC2, using real applications representative of the workload at a typical supercomputing center. Overall results indicate that EC2 is six times slower than a typical mid-range Linux cluster, and twenty times slower than a modern HPC system. The interconnect on the EC2 cloud platform severely limits performance and causes significant variability.

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British, Belgian boffins battle buffering bandwidth bogeyman

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> certain things should be nationalised (like telecommunications infrastructure)

Trevor, grow the fuck up. I have worked in a nationalised telecom infrastructure provider exploiting its telecom infrastructure "natural monopoly". Yeah no. Enjoy your soviet-era mindset and permanent fixation on finding the next justification to not change anything and destroy any stirrings of progress. "Somebody wants a modem? Can't we make this illegal??"

Another problem entirely is that natural monopolies are about as real as pink unicorns and there is no reason to make a fantasm actual by then granting actual monopolies. This is the mindset that tries to "create jobs" by increase of the monetary mass.

And if you want that, I don't see why you would roll over some protocol research.

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Obama signs Executive Order on critical cybersecurity

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The President signs something. That means things will get better, right?

Yes, he's in full control, well informed, has clear goals, knows what a president is about and what a president should stand for.

"That's why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information-sharing and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy."

Glad that's cleared up. The administration can now continue to weaken national security, destroy jobs and eradicate "our" privacy via government control programs, as it has been doing for the last three presidential 4-year freakshows (if not the last four or five ones).

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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

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"just about every smartphone carrier used Sun's Java Mobile Edition (ME)

You mean used some kind of Java Mobile Edition. The incompatibilites and general crud of the JavaME implementations are legendary. I don't know out of what rat sewer these were pulled, but it was BAD.

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Fscking ridiculous

"Advance copy of Harry Potter"

Yeah no.

Larry, take your public wankshow elsewhere. Don't you have patches to push out? Harry Potter books biting the reader, yes? Some pages that need to be replaced, perchance? Arse.

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

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Re: Another one down

Firefox is not worth mentioning, too many people have been burned there.

WTF am I reading?

RICHTO, is that you?

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Boffins make bio-chip breakthrough

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Worryingly?

What's wrong with you! I can't wait for THOUGHT UNIVERSE and the purple snow!!

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UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats

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Re: Pure garbage

Banking sector: Where a your high pay grade makes your manager rich

Security sector: Where a your high pay grade makes a customer not poor

The incentives are clear....

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Rivals to Brussels: Google labelling its own stuff won't help us

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Gimme a part of that cake! Egalitarianism demands it!

"While many of the antitrust complaints against Google that are currently being examined by the Commission’s DG Competition relate to Google’s alleged abuse of its dominant position in various markets (under Article 102 TFEU), ICOMP’s complaint focuses on the unlawful means by which Google achieved dominance in the first place. The ICOMP complaint points to Google’s broad-ranging and illegal network of agreements with partners from across the IT sector, and explains that Google has reached its current size through anticompetitive practices, rather than because of any inherent technological superiority over its rivals."

Oh really? Oh well.

"Google partnered with computer manufacturers to ensure that every new computer they manufactured would have a search-enabled Google toolbar exclusively pre-installed. It agreed with web-browsers that Google would be the exclusive default search engine offered to their subscribers. Google paid computer manufacturers to make it the exclusive default search engine for Internet Explorer. It also agreed with major software providers that the Google toolbar would be bundled into their most popular consumer software products."

Wait, what? I must have been asleep on this one. Any examples? Additionally, there are lots and lots of weasel words and citations needed in there.

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NASA melts mysterious 'metal Martian flower' myth

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Re: I'm no nutter (well, maybe) but...

> hundreds of thousands of years

That's some seriously good hooker.

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Re: "using its MastCam camera mounted on the top of the rover!

Held by a seriously overweight, sweating alien in a garishly-colored sandbathing suit that reveals too much of his anatomy in a horrible, horrible way, evidently.

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Re: The chances of anything coming from mars.....

> Horse meat is delicious.

But you need to add a martian garlic sauce.

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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Where is John Galt?

DO IT NOW!!

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Meanwhile, we have HAPPY HAPPY FISSION reactors (a PWR in my orbit? It's more likely than you think!)

Or you can deploy SOLAR REFLECTORS to direct heat onto the poor astro-roid which will transform itself into a nicely outgassing marble once you deploy several hundred km² worth of mylar.

Space Super Capitalism!!

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So this is Apple's Cash Stash floating around?

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Still-living, unincarcerated Ted Nugent invited to Barack Obama gig

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Not progressive enough?

http://mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=206

"The Official View of the Whiskey Rebellion is that four counties of western Pennsylvania refused to pay an excise tax on whiskey that had been levied by proposal of the Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton in the Spring of 1791, as part of his excise tax proposal for federal assumption of the public debts of the several states.

Western Pennsylvanians failed to pay the tax, this view says, until protests, demonstrations, and some roughing up of tax collectors in western Pennsylvania caused President Washington to call up a 13,000-man army in the summer and fall of 1794 to suppress the insurrection. A localized but dramatic challenge to federal tax-levying authority had been met and defeated. The forces of federal law and order were safe.

This Official View turns out to be dead wrong. In the first place, we must realize the depth of hatred of Americans for what was called "internal taxation" (in contrast to an "external tax" such as a tariff). Internal taxes meant that the hated tax man would be in your face and on your property, searching, examining your records and your life, and looting and destroying.

The most hated tax imposed by the British had been the Stamp Tax of 1765, on all internal documents and transactions; if the British had kept this detested tax, the American Revolution would have occurred a decade earlier, and enjoyed far greater support than it eventually received.

Americans, furthermore, had inherited hatred of the excise tax from the British opposition; for two centuries, excise taxes in Britain, in particular the hated tax on cider, had provoked riots and demonstrations upholding the slogan, "liberty, property, and no excise!" To the average American, the federal government's assumption of the power to impose excise taxes did not look very different from the levies of the British crown.

The main distortion of the Official View of the Whiskey Rebellion was its alleged confinement to four counties of western Pennsylvania. From recent research, we now know that no one paid the tax on whiskey throughout the American "back-country": that is, the frontier areas of Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and the entire state of Kentucky.

President Washington and Secretary Hamilton chose to make a fuss about Western Pennsylvania precisely because in that region there was cadre of wealthy officials who were willing to collect taxes. Such a cadre did not even exist in the other areas of the American frontier; there was no fuss or violence against tax collectors in Kentucky and the rest of the back-country because there was no one willing to be a tax collector.

The whiskey tax was particularly hated in the back-country because whisky production and distilling were widespread; whiskey was not only a home product for most farmers, it was often used as a money, as a medium of exchange for transactions. Furthermore, in keeping with Hamilton's program, the tax bore more heavily on the smaller distilleries. As a result, many large distilleries supported the tax as a means of crippling their smaller and more numerous competitors.

Western Pennsylvania, then, was only the tip of the iceberg. The point is that, in all the other back-country areas, the whiskey tax was never paid. Opposition to the federal excise tax program was one of the causes of the emerging Democrat-Republican Party, and of the Jeffersonian "Revolution" of 1800. Indeed, one of the accomplishments of the first Jefferson term as president was to repeal the entire Federalist excise tax program. In Kentucky, whiskey tax delinquents only paid up when it was clear that the tax itself was going to be repealed.

Rather than the whiskey tax rebellion being localized and swiftly put down, the true story turns out to be very different. The entire American back-country was gripped by a non-violent, civil disobedient refusal to pay the hated tax on whiskey. No local juries could be found to convict tax delinquents. The Whiskey Rebellion was actually widespread and successful, for it eventually forced the federal government to repeal the excise tax."

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So what are his negative sides?

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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"....with a safe level of the latter being 400 milligrams"

Additionally, that is an alarming item to read in an El Reg newstory.

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"it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died"

So it would have been more likely that she might have died a bit earlier or later and in a somewhat different matter, probably boringly so. Is this like a less-tasteful version of the parrot skit?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Why was the charge lost overnight?

He parked the car in a rundown neighborhood...

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

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Re: OK kiddiez, try something new

I don't know why this is getting downvotes.

How many Obamites are in this forum believing that the constitution is not pear and zombie shaped? Anyone?

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Re: This is the stuff

Now, lock them up for 40 years!!

Because people these days are dumb enough to be alerted by "dead rising" messages.

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