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Stricken 2e2 threatens data centres: Your money or your lights

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Re: Hey! We're Having a Bankruptcy Party

Is this Enron?

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Re: Sounds fair to me ...

Yeah well, that STRONGLY depends on the SLA.

Does it stipulate that in case of wind-down operations, customers may have to pay to defray any running costs plus VAT, may have to wait weeks to exfil their data from servers that belong to HP and to which they have no physical access and generally be up shit creek without a paddle unless they have a second cloud on retainer? (An even then they will probably want to nuke their first cloud by wiping disks etc. but that is another matter still)

Can anyone verify?

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200 million office workers gagging for a... Microsoft Surface?

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Forrester surveyed 9,766 information workers globally to compile this research between September and October 2012.

Before anyone knew what was coming and gave up?

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Nuke the site from orbit!

"These values are Honesty, Courage and Humility."

Looks like they forgot about "Mo' Money" and "Asshattery".

They would probably stoop to hiring Carter Burke to look after IP rights in a stricken space colony.

FLAMERS ON!

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Re: Marines?

Possibly.

The "U.N. Spacy" is of course the armed space of the UN in Macross.

Can't remember whether the grunts were called Spacies...

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Microsoft techies bust data centres, pull plug on Bamital botnet

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Re: Anhd where were ...

"Tax avoidance schemes"

aka.

"Robbery evasion", amirite?

If only one could valid aircraft for all the robbing. Instead, one gets served with talking airheads.

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Re: "The crack unit..."

More briefly, "The Krokodil"

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Re: chalk one for the good guys

> We'd be pillorying them if they did nothing.

Yeah, they taxed us already, so they better get their asses in gear.

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Earth-like planets abound in red dwarf systems

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Härter rangehen, Manfred! FEUER!!

But if you go that far, a "battleship" does not actually exist, as the name comes from a perversion "a ship of the battle line". Do we need it to be wooden, too?

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Re: Windows won't sell in advanced civilisations

Because otherwise wild commentards would downvote it? Oh wait...

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Re: Entropy: Big Problem!

> photosynthesise through red light

Physically impossible due to Quantum Mechanics, it should.

But there are organisms that use

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phycobilisome

in order to harvest bluish light that penetrates water and re-emit it a lower but more interesting frequencies, it seems. Any specialists?

Actually, I found this:

"However, purple bacteria perform photosynthesis with NIR radiation and produce no oxygen, and lichens do not have a strong red edge. Scientists still puzzle over why plants are green, because it seems this wastes the light where our Sun produces the most energy."

http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/kiang_01/

So it might work.

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What does the Admiral Graf Spee have to do with interstellar distances?

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Entropy: Big Problem!

They are red.

How about some photosynthesis? That's gonna be a tough one.

I suspect that there is no solution in nature to using long-waveish light to construct useful stuff, otherwise it would exist right here, would it not?

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: Actually, if BAe built the Death Star

Yeah but the main destroy-o-blast cannon would have been "left out" to be "fitted in once the design has been finished at some future date".

"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed - it was made by BAE"

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Re: Splutter

> No, but we don't even have 12 destroyers, each to take 1 F35 jump jet

Flaming pieces of crap, I hope to see that in my lifetime on live TV, that would beat Battlestar Galactica action!

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Re: Petition, anyone?

> I often wonder how effective and value for money all these BAe jobs are.

They just bring negative value to the economy.

> How much against that is the taxpayer subsidising that wage?

130% of course. The other 30% are for expensive swimming pools and mansions for the well-connected ones. Where do you think the money comes from. And you get for this... some unusable boondoggle. Not anything that would bring in the bacon in the future.

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Re: Chocolate Teapot

PEACE ... through mutually inadequate firepower!!

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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>> I'd rather be wise than intelligent any day.

I feel with you.

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Re: an i7 ?

It's also because in the meantime someone realized that

PRIMES is in P

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Re: My imaginary number is....@Benchops

Indeed, they are very useful to represent rotations in 3D space.

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Re: Why are we paying for this research?

Because your mom does primes!

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Stricken 2e2 sacks 627, winds down, retains a few data centre caretakers

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Re: Last one out the door ...break it

Okay.

So what's not right here?

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Ex-ICO: Draft EU privacy rules will turn every citizen 'into a liar'

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There are some really cool things in that regulation.

I also know for a fact that there was a kerfuffle about some section that would have made it hard for the US to hoover up stuff with a wink and nod. It was quietly dropped under the table at some point. Muah.

Anyway... I think I shall take up a law degree.... because:

Notification of a personal data breach to the supervisory authority

"In the case of a personal data breach, the controller shall without undue delay and, where feasible, not later than 24 hours after having become aware of it, notify the personal data breach to the supervisory authority. The notification to the supervisory authority shall be accompanied by a reasoned justification in cases where it is not made within 24 hours."

You have to have the lawyers all lined and on retainer PERMANENTLY for this to be even possible.

"The controller and the processor shall designate a data protection officer in any case where:

(a) the processing is carried out by a public authority or body; or

(b) the processing is carried out by an enterprise employing 250 persons or more; or

(c) the core activities of the controller or the processor consist of processing operations which, by virtue of their nature, their scope and/or their purposes, require regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects.

The controller or processor shall designate the data protection officer on the basis of professional qualities and, in particular, expert knowledge of data protection law and practices and ability to fulfil the tasks referred to in Article 37. The necessary level of expert knowledge shall be determined in particular according to the data processing carried out and the protection required for the personal data processed by the controller or the processor."

Hehehehe.

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Re: ... rogues, not businesses ...

You must be state-employed. How is life in the tax-feeder club?

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Socket to 'em: It's the HomeGrid vs HomePlug powerline prizefight

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Yes, Great Galactor! Jamming of Earthlings' communications *will* proceed soonish.

We have several so-called "companies" working on this. No-one suspects the horrible truth.

All is going to plan.

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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Re: *ç%&!!

HAH! Downvote me about "turing complete" all you want, Sir Bedeveres of "Computer Science" with your O'Reilly books. I laugh at your puny onslaughts and your bizarre rabbit-shaped logic contraptions.

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Don't laugh so laxatively

Hmm. Node.js presumably works just great on big data for quick development and testing, right up until you actually have real big data coming in.

Node.js seems to follow where Erlang was a long time ago:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2206933/how-to-write-a-simple-webserver-in-erlang

Now, Erlang is a language that has no mutable datastructures and is thus a very long way away from the fears, trepidations and buggery engendered by C and their associated "spiky" { } - adorned offspring.

Webservers in Erlang run pretty well

So a good JavaScript framework and compiler might well succeed too. If you throw enough time and money at it.

P.S. There is not even a meme description for the Garma Zabi utterance "Don't laugh so laxatively". WTF?

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*ç%&!!

Yes, yes,

But can we PULEASE absolutely INTERDICT the use of the ugly "Turing-complete" marketadjective.

It sounds more retarded than "cyber" and means even less. Once you have a WHILE loop and string concatenation (plus substringing and length maybe), you have an Universal Turing Machine. Great, so what.

I can only imagine this ... expression ... was born by people who initially thought that HTML was a "programming language".

IMHO, people typing that ... thing ... into textareas should automatically be presented with a strobing screen so that they get epilepsy and drop under the table. Maybe on can get the browser developers to integrate this idea.

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Re: Really, guys?

JS makes writing tests far, far easier than, say, Java or C++

Explain!

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Re: For goodness' sake

> I'm sure JS on it's own is an elegant language.

You are actually not right.

There are people writing books like "JavaScript: The Good Parts". That's telling.

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Re: Gut feeling ...

You are being too negative here.

> My daughter weeps for her generation.

Tell her to cheer up. Away from the shiny, there is still work to do.

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Re: To rephrase your question ... (was: How does this affect Unity?)

I guess "it depends" .... on the standards ... and what you mean by these.

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Worst decision after the Gnome 3 pratfall.

Guess this will be like Java, where adequate and usable languages will emerge over time (after much slaving, moans, lost money and time) that compile down to / can still be transformed into the one primary party-decreed big-brotherly language where their proponents can still say "but technically it's still X" without causing Papal writs against heretics to be issued.

If Gnome has still any developers by then.

"Seriously, if someone brings that up in a discussion they can now be thoroughly ignored"

Yes, that's a formula for success. Someone has confused physics and development.

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Crooks, think your Trojan looks legit? This one has a DIGITAL CERTIFICATE

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Re: CA who?

Exactly.

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Bug-hunters: They're coming outta the goddamn walls, aargh!

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Re: It's game over man!

I say we take off and debug the site from orbit. It's the only way to stay clean.

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World's 'most green' supercomputer in red-hot battle between Intel, Nvidia

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Re: Other purposes

You already did. The energy, formerly strong and vigorous, is now all flopsy and tired and needs to be euthanized in office heating.

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Re: Now approaching ludicrous processing speed, Captain!

Well, you would have your FLOPsing done by the vector-processing floating point units around the core CPU anyway, so I would say the CPU area itself should be one which uses least power. ARM cores sound like a good idea, no?

See for example:

New EU based supercomputer to be ARM-based

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Now approaching ludicrous processing speed, Captain!

You are right, but this kind of error has become the "it's/its - you're/your" of HPC it seems.

Ok, so..

NVidia says that its Cuda C programming language for its own chips is now popular in its own right.

What about OpenCL, you proprietary wallowing animals?

“We [Phi] are very competitive in performance,” James Reinders told us.

Okay

“We have higher performance bandwidth."

What does that mean? Performance per second??

"We have the best power efficiency."

How is that even in the realm of the possible with x86 CPUs?

"Because it is x86-based and we book Linux on the cards, you can run whatever you want there.”

NO! Get out of there Stalker! Give me an ARM instruction set!!

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Hard drive sales to see double-digit dive this year

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Re: Death of optical

Not to mention that if you have a DVD drive that works reliably, you should cherish it.

Server-mounted optical drive fail when you need them or for some reason refuse to read the disk, I have discovered.

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Re: Great!

Maybe. Could also be the electronics flaking out. Could be the R/W head corroding. Could be the PCBs corroding. Maybe the cleaning lady was dusting with ammonia nearby. Or your printed pumped out too much ozone. I'm not sure all the RoHS problems have been fixed yet either. Who knows, maybe the casing metal was slightly radioactive...

I recently opened a WD disk which failed "just like that" (SMART indicated no failures, no reallocated sectors, just the SMART tests failing and the controller regularly reset the disk). I was somewhat amazed how small the read-write heads are nowadays. The interior has also been perfectly pared down compared to stuff of 5-10 years ago. Very cool. Very subject to random problems.

"FAIL" icon, evidently.

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Quantum crypto still not proven, claim Cambridge experts

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Re: Some dude writes something up. Next: animal entrails, bone casting and the I Ching.

Okay, so.... Suppose this is World Quantum Wrestling Championship and some skinny guy duo in gaily colored dresses enter the ring....

MAD SMACKDOWNS then happen at Scott Aaronson's blog (IMAO well deserved). We read:

First thought: it’s ironic that I’m increasingly seeing eye-to-eye with Lubos Motl—who once called me “the most corrupt piece of moral trash”—in his rantings against the world’s “anti-quantum-mechanical crackpots.” Let me put it this way: David Deutsch, Chris Fuchs, Sheldon Goldstein, and Roger Penrose hold views about quantum mechanics that are diametrically opposed to one another’s. Yet each of these very different physicists has earned my admiration, because each, in his own way, is trying to listen to whatever quantum mechanics is saying about how the world works. However, there are also people all of whose “thoughts” about quantum mechanics are motivated by the urge to plug their ears and shut out whatever quantum mechanics is saying—to show how whatever naïve ideas they had before learning QM might still be right, and how all the experiments of the last century that seem to indicate otherwise might still be wiggled around. Like monarchists or segregationists, these people have been consistently on the losing side of history for generations—so it’s surprising, to someone like me, that they continue to show up totally unfazed and itching for battle, like the knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail with his arms and legs hacked off. (“Bell’s Theorem? Just a flesh wound!”)

Like any physical theory, of course quantum mechanics might someday be superseded by an even deeper theory. If and when that happens, it will rank alongside Newton’s apple, Einstein’s elevator, and the discovery of QM itself among the great turning points in the history of physics. But it’s crucial to understand that that’s not what we’re discussing here. Here we’re discussing the possibility that quantum mechanics is wrong, not for some deep reason, but for a trivial reason that was somehow overlooked since the 1920s—that there’s some simple classical model that would make everyone exclaim, “oh! well, I guess that whole framework of exponentially-large Hilbert space was completely superfluous, then. why did anyone ever imagine it was needed?” And the probability of that is comparable to the probability that the Moon is made of Gruyère. If you’re a Bayesian with a sane prior, stuff like this shouldn’t even register.

.... Iit’s worth noting that, if (for example) you found Michel Dyakonov’s arguments against QC (discussed on this blog a month ago) persuasive, then you shouldn’t find Anderson’s and Brady’s persuasive. Dyakonov agrees that scalable QC will never work, but he ridicules the idea that we’d need to modify quantum mechanics itself to explain why. Anderson and Brady, by contrast, are so eager to modify QM that they don’t mind contradicting a mountain of existing experiments. Indeed, the question occurs to me of whether there’s any pair of quantum computing skeptics whose arguments for why QC can’t work are compatible with one another’s. (Maybe Alicki and Dyakonov?)

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Oracle blocks security hole with quick, hot 'n' premature Java update

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Re: Anyone else get a 'invalid certificate' fail on trying to install this update?

Recommending to uninstall the old versions.

Then log in as admin.

THEN install. Oracle/Sun still haven't fixed the bug from ... 2011 or so whereby installation won't proceed by User Account Control only.

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Herp Derp!

I can only point the commentariat to the Sophos post indicated in the original article before they make the usual noises. It clearly explains what's what. (More so than stuff that appeared in IEEE Computer Mag as I mentioned somewhat earlier.)

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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Re: When they build a 400 seater bus...

At least the bus is running on time.

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Re: 1980s?

Implying banks are part of the "market".

They are not.

They have a special status granted by state to waylay you.

The additional fact that people are too confused to suss this out helps.

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Sea Launch comsat rocket goes titsup 40 seconds into launch

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Re: Why not launch from altitude ?

> So, we launch from a mountain in the middle of a continent, and if something goes wrong we just rain debris down on the populace below?

Happens all the time in Khazakstan.

That's why people nearby have serious liver trouble. Hydrazine in the environment.

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"You Are Having a Bad Problem And Will Not Go To Space Today"

http://xkcd.com/1133/ right at the bottom

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Re: Elon is only slightly better.

> Soyuz still uses analogue circuits

That's not redundancy (though they might use that too). That's hardening. Slow zone level hardening.

Hmm... why not use a cat's brain in a vat?

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Re: so easy sat in an armchair

Ahhh! Motherland!!!

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Re: Some More Disasters, Old And FRESH

> This isn't the place for a political screed. Downvoted, Mr Monsters.

WHAT! You bastards... bastards!!

And I haven't even started yet on the wrong use of the word "anarchy" in Robert Glass' article "Greece vs. Rome: Two Very Different Software Cultures" in which he compares "tool using" greeks and "people using" romans!

Well, you will never hear it now!

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