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Cognitive computing: IBM unveils software for its brain-like SyNAPSE chips

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The Skycat Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 2017. Human decisions are removed from animal management. Skycat begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

Skycat fights back.

Yes. It launches autospawning NYANCAT at all Internet targets.

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What happened to Watson, btw?

Man, gotta give links: Neuromorphic Computing

CSP? That would be Erlang then, but no. Not here.

The press release from "Yahoo finance", has just enough data to inform reflexive button pushers in a casino.

They link through to IBM Smarter Planet

We read:

Enter the corelet model. It’s a high-level description of a software program that is based on re-usable building blocks of code—the corelets. Each corelet represents a method for getting something done using the combination of computation (neuron), memory (synapses), and communication (axons) on individual neurosynaptic processor cores along with inter-core connectivity. Each corelet hides or encapsulates all details except external inputs and outputs.

Corelets are like LEGO blocks. Small individual corelets handle simple functions. When combined, they create new, larger corelets that aggregate functions and add new ones while hiding the underlying component corelets. In this way, the programmer can write large and complex programs using existing building blocks. Using this model and the programming language for executing on it, it will be possible for programmers to produce a large quantity of efficient code with relatively little effort and for people who are not programming experts to create sophisticated cognitive applications. That’s much the same effect that FORTRAN had on the computing world in its early days.

This leads us to the corelet paper

They are being a bitwaxing dangerously philosophical about what is essentially a subroutine or actor, but it is interesting:

Corelet Language (Sec. III): The fundamental symbols of the language are the neuron, neurosynaptic core, and corelet. The connectors constitute the grammar for composing these symbols into TrueNorth programs. Together, the symbols and the grammar are both necessary and sufficient for expressing any TrueNorth program. We implement these primitives in object-oriented methodology.

Corelet Library (Sec. IV): The library is a repository of consistent, verified, parameterized, scalable and composable functional primitives. To boost programmer productivity, we have designed and implemented a repository of more than 100 corelets in less than one year. Every time a new corelet is written, either from scratch or by composition, it can be added back to the library, which keeps growing in a self-reinforcing way. Further, by virtue of composability, the expressive capability of the library grows exponentially as some power, > 1, of its size.

... Here, we have focused on essential concepts underlying the programming paradigm and presented them in their simplest form to aid understandability. However, the Corelet Language supports powerful primitives, such as parametric corelets that can instantiate a rich variety of corelet objects at run-time from a single corelet class, and meta-corelets that operate on other corelets to compactly create extremely large and powerful TrueNorth programs. With a view towards large-scale TrueNorth programs, we are currently extending the programming paradigm using MATLAB’s Parallel Computing Toolbox.

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Cat in a box!

“uses the same amount of power as a 20-watt light bulb.”

i.e. 20 W?

The appropriate image for this article is one of those cats in glass containers made to wind up PETA members.

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Good. Good! Now unleash your fury, young VXer!

We need the defenses tested.

We don't want Linux to be like the Death Star, where a missing mosquito net on a lousy vent caused total station loss.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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Can the El Reg editorial board actually SPANK the writers who use "troll" incorrectly, please?

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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

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MySQL's licensing policy puts it under both a GPL (for devs) and a "commercial licence" for businesses, which will need to pay a fee to Oracle.

...which is pretty much impossible. Either you are GPL, or you are not. You can't be GPL for one kind of use and not GPL for another kind of use.

Another imperfect Monty construction.

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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A low-luminosity dwarf appears

> "the ether" has simply been renamed to dark energy/dark matter

Yah no.

Don't make a fool of yourself. You should perform some reading first.

There should be a library nearby. Oh wait, there is the Internet.

"The ether" == Special reference system which is the medium which transports light. The only one in which lightspeed is "c". REJECTED.

"The modern vacuum" == Something resembling a superconductor with quite a bit of additional solid state physics imagery in which "c" is constant however you move through it (Poincaré symmetry). ACCEPTED. May be exactly the same as the gravitational field. OPEN.

"Dark matter" == Stuff which interacts gravitationally. Can be detected through observation at large scales. BEING ANALYSED.

"Dark energy" == Non-zero energy density (very small) of the vacuum. Can be detected through observation at large scales. BEING ANALYSED.

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Re: almost as if some people have an emotional investment in the current model

" It was a bedrock foundation underlying all other assumptions and doing away with it was a threat to all of science."

It think you are retconning history quite a bit here.

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Re: Hah something Science can't explain

Because it's a Commie!

Where is gasplanetbag Rush Limbaugh?

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Infosec analysts back away from 'Feds attacked Tor' theory

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Re: Sir

It's fresh compared to the constant yells of "It's the PRC".

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A disquieting message in your chat applet

"Victor the Cleaner has been spotted taking the lift to your floor"

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So, you gonna foot this '$200bn' hacking bill, insurance giants asked

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I love the smell of lobbyists in the morning.

Insurance:

1) A group of people comes together and throws money into a pot

2) ...so that, in case an incident "X" occurs (the probability of said incident and the cost of remediation having been ascertained through empirical observation)

3) ...the contents of the pot may be used for remediation

4) ...and the probability of the pot contents going below 0 is "small enough" over the lifetime of the pot

Yes, we have no values for anything of the above.

Let that not stop us to demand "insurance". Most "insurance" these days is just another legislative trick to part people and their money and pump the money to well-connected entrenched interests.

Yeah. Guess WHO is gonna pay for that "insurance"?

This is addition to the cost that go into actually securing the infrastructure in the first place.

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Brits give thumbs-up to shale gas slurping in university-run poll

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Re: Change the names

Dinosaurs lay eggs, they are like birds...

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Re: Energy Deception

I don't see why "foreign companies selling it back to us" couldn't lower the bills?

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Gnome Keyring..

KDE Keyring...

Eclipse secure password storage....

Same here. Unification would be nice though.

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Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

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Re: My British Buddy

Kazakhstan has more energy sources, so no.

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Careful with those Bushisms, Trevor.

A Finland-vs-Russia showdown on the american mainland?

Stranger things have happened.

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

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Re: Look, just give us Snowden

> possibly millions

Oh drama.

Can't be. He hasn't got a medal yet.

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Re: Syria's nuclear programme?

Israel bombed the ALLEGED project (alleged by Israel, that is) into dust.

Proof? Not so much.

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Re: It's all good

You better learn first what "ad hominem" is. I doesn't mean what you think it means.

And the "suggestion" is far from stupid. Indeed it is extremely trivial.

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Re: Syria's nuclear programme?

Bush'ed!

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Re: It's all good

Your Sieg Hailing is duly noted.

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Russia Nyet. But Sweden is "a close friend and partner". COUGH COUGH REUGGHH

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/07/obama-putin-talks-canceled-snowden

In a separate announcement, the White House said Obama will visit Sweden instead, travelling to Stockholm the day before the St Petersburg summit. "Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States," it said in a statement. "[It] plays a key leadership role on the international stage including in opening new trade and investment opportunities."

Speaking on Monday night, Obama said he was disappointed that Russia had allowed Swowden to stay instead of sending the former government contractor back to the US to face espionage charges.

In his first direct comments about Snowden since Russia's decision last week, the president said the situation reflected "underlying challenges" in dealing with Moscow. "There have been times where they slip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality," Obama said on NBC's Tonight Show.

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My contempt and hate of everything Obama is growing...

It's growing faster than the Ackermann function.

I will magnanimously include the rest of the political caste and their assorted sycophants in press and think tanks into this.

I hope some gigantic meteorite laden with cancer-causing chemicals but curiously exhibiting the form of an eagle coloured in blue, white and red flattens everything inside the Beltway.

Then we can plant beautiful trees on top.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Re: Funny but wrong.

both the waveform of a dead cat and the waveform of a live cat

No, it's just a single "wavefunction", i.e. a complex-valued probability assignment to all considered states, in this case "DEAD" (dimension #1), and "ALIVE" (dimension #2), a so-called qbit.

Incidentally, this function can be described by a three-dimensional real-valued vector constrained to the unit sphere (the Bloch sphere). Thus there are actually only two real dimensions.

Totally uncalled for but linked to just because: Aperture Science Time: Schrödinger's Cat

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The terrifying tech behind this summer's zombie assault

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Re: "3D films are increasingly becoming the standard"

> not doing that again

But was it "Prometheus" or the "3D" that did it?

Imma drinking my black oil now, thanks.

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

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The first rule of embarrassing the people in charge is that you never talk about embarrassing the people in charge.

There was a reason for the "court jester" psychological outlet in times past.

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As if.

90 years? Imperial Americana ain't gonna keep it together for that long.

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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

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Re: But these are not CPUs?

But isn't that cheating? A CCD cell is way simpler than an SRAM cell for example.

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

It’s not even a “prototype marketing” package its just something the graphic designer has created to look nice.

A closer look reveals that this is just good-looking 3D graphics someone whipped up on an iPhone during lunch hour.

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Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

> Of course it is to erase the resistance!

Just send in Vader!

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Re: "May the best chip – or chips – win."

But these are not CPUs?

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

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Re: The Skylons are coming!

So say we all!

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Re: Can you get a refund if a Carrier is not fit for purpose ?

Isn't that "not building for us"?

What's happening to the F-35? I hear rumors of "F-35 a shit", "unfit" and "cancellation"...

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Re: Frakking Skylons

> schedule fairly regular trash collections...

Sounds like the mob will be barging into that line of business, then.

Why not?

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Re: Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier

Well, it's still pork. But at least it's tasty pork.

Make some sausages!

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Steelie Neelie finds phone calls are cheaper in Latvia than in Luxembourg

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"For example, a litre of milk can be bought for between €0.69 and €0.99 wherever they are in the EU"

Not in Luxembourg. It's ... uuh (checks bill) 1.28 EUR. The poor country is suffering from aggravated inflation and a housing bubble, both fuelled by an expanding foam of well-paid (but rarely in the office) civil servantry and Eurocracy. Not to mention bankistas.

I actually expected Nelly to come down hard on the inter-operator roaming fees, which are amazingly high in Luxembourg. UGGHHH.

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UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe

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TrollNomNom

I see what you did there.

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Kudos to El Reg for NOT stooping to calling threats "trolling" for once.

Shame on the earlier writers.

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Flippin' tosser: Sun's magnetic field poised to SWIVEL on it - NASA

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Re: Wake up - it's here!

[Citation Needed]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_magnetic_field#Future

At present, the overall geomagnetic field is becoming weaker; the present strong deterioration corresponds to a 10–15% decline over the last 150 years and has accelerated in the past several years; geomagnetic intensity has declined almost continuously from a maximum 35% above the modern value achieved approximately 2,000 years ago. The rate of decrease and the current strength are within the normal range of variation, as shown by the record of past magnetic fields recorded in rocks (figure on right).

The nature of Earth's magnetic field is one of heteroscedastic fluctuation. An instantaneous measurement of it, or several measurements of it across the span of decades or centuries, are not sufficient to extrapolate an overall trend in the field strength. It has gone up and down in the past for no apparent reason. Also, noting the local intensity of the dipole field (or its fluctuation) is insufficient to characterize Earth's magnetic field as a whole, as it is not strictly a dipole field. The dipole component of Earth's field can diminish even while the total magnetic field remains the same or increases.

The Earth's magnetic north pole is drifting from northern Canada towards Siberia with a presently accelerating rate—10 km per year at the beginning of the 20th century, up to 40 km per year in 2003,[33] and since then has only accelerated.[34]

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Queensland bans IBM from future work

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"Not being considered for public sector work in Queensand is bad news for Big Blue, as the State grows quickly thanks to an attractive climate, enviable lifestyle and low taxes."

No, no, no.

1) It's "Queensland"

2) It's "the state", not "the State". The latter designates that entitiy that is just the current mobster outfit nominally in charge. You know, the guys who are "here to help you".

3) "low taxes". Soon to be less low, especially if the kraken sub 2) continues to grow.

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CSC enslaves Infochimps to create army of big data monkeymen

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Life imitates art!

When CSC begins to insert the Infochimps DNA into its global staff of 90,000 employees ... powerful things are bound to happen

Someone clearly is channeling Cave Johnson.

Those of you helping us test the repulsion gel today, just follow the blue line on the floor. Those of you who volunteered to be injected with praying mantis DNA, I've got some good news and some bad news: bad news is we're postponing those tests indefinitely. Good news is we've got a much better test for you: fighting an army of mantis men. Pick up a rifle and follow the yellow line. You'll know when the test starts.

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Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

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Re: @ Jolyon Smith - 'this is simply unacceptable'

> I call this pebkac

It isn't. It is bad design.

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Re: They are held in memory

Additionally, there is black magic to interdict the copying of banknotes. And possible child porn and back issues of "Insipre".

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That sound...

Lawyers powering up!

OMG! We are doomed. And all for the price of a gigabyte RAM.

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Re: 'this is simply unacceptable'

If a reliable analogue (or simple digital) photocopier fouled up due to small typeface and poor resolution, it would be reasonably obvious on the copy.

This Xerox product seems more like a scanner, OCR, random editor, and printer.

THIS.

Anyone who doesn't get that point?

It's like the government giving you the "unvarnished truth". But then you look closer, underneath the retouched crisp type and....

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Stop! Yammer time: Microsoft blats biz babble account hijacking bug

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Katzenyammer

WHY!

..or rather... HOW could this pass security requirements checks?

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IBM committed 'ethical transgressions' to win botched project

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Re: Johnnie Thicko I smell "covert reward" systems at work.

Another amusing point to make about those insisting all government projects are doomed to failure and overruns is that, if that were true, nothing would work, hospitals would simply close, roads would never get built, and taxes never collected. A bit like Greece, I suppose.

Which rather proves the point, I suppose.

The advantage of govnmt projects is that, if they need more money, they get more money instead of the ministry being wound up and its assets being distributed among the shareholders (in this case, the taxpayers). Economic calculation goes from impossible to irrelevant.

Which means ~ 200% GDP debt craters and crumbling bridges. Oh and a 3 trillion dollar bill for a landwar in asia in the mail.

The objectives of public administration cannot be measured in money terms and cannot be checked by accountancy methods. Take a nation-wide police system like the F.B.I. There is no yardstick available that could establish whether the expenses incurred by one of its regional or local branches were not excessive. The expenditures of a police station are not reimbursed by its successful management and do not vary in proportion to the success attained. If the head of the whole bureau were to leave his subordinate station chiefs a free hand with regard to money expenditure, the result would be a large increase in costs as every one of them would be zealous to improve the service of his branch as much as possible. It would become impossible for the top executive to keep the expenditures within the appropriations allocated by the representatives of the people or within any limits whatever. It is not because of punctiliousness that the administrative regulations fix how much can be spent by each local office for cleaning the premises, for furniture repairs, and for lighting and heating. Within a business concern such things can be left without hesitation to the discretion of the responsible local manager. He will not spend more than necessary because it is, as it were, his money; if he wastes the concern’s money, he jeopardizes the branch’s profit and thereby indirectly hurts his own interests. But it is another matter with the local chief of a government agency. In spending more money he can, very often at least, improve the result of his conduct of affairs. Thrift must be imposed on him by regimentation. (Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises, 1944)

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Re: I smell "covert reward" systems at work.

It's all about Itaniums, baby!

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Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

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Psaho

Laureline had a far better outfit back in the 70s....

No Barbie she.

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