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Sea Launch comsat rocket goes titsup 40 seconds into launch

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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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There's even some question whether there was even a LAUNCH, or if there was, that it was actually a ballistic missile test of a completely different platform.

How is that possible? One would think US SPACE COMMAND would monitor the hell out of any rocket plume and object in (sub)orbital trajectory?

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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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Re: Bah!

This is exactly the attitude we are talking about.

But .. and in reality ... it wouldn't work anyway ... etc. etc.

Maybe, maybe not. Didn't try. Who knows. Asses covered? Yep.

> And for all the crying and wailing, it is the taxpayers who fund these things and who demand LOW BID win the day.

Bullshit! The taxpayers demands one thing: low, or better no, taxes.

Whether congress wants to do "more with less, faster" (as long as the "less" does not impact the congressman's state), whether the president and the military need mo' money to fight a genocidal romp against gooks in Vietnam, whether state bureaucracies demand "low bids" out of sheer stupidity and inertia (and industrial policy arrangements and quid-pro-quos) is something else entirely.

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Re: Some More Disasters, Old And FRESH

Good story.

> Unfortunately, many of his fellow mechanics would simply rip off the Plombe, do nothing useful and put a new Plombe with a new datecode onto the part in question.

Why would they do differently? It was a wartime socialist economy, barely working. Why show pride in workmanship? As long as you don't get caught and shot, you just want to go home. Before it's bombed down or repossessed, that is.

From The Vampire Economy - Doing Business Under Fascism:

"The Labor Front secretary tries to increase his popularity, and I have to pay for it. Last year he compelled me to spend over a hundred thousand marks for a new lunchroom in our factory. This year he wants me to build a new gymnasium and athletic field which will cost about 120,000 marks. Now, I have nothing against sports. But, as a matter of fact, the workers nowadays don't care much for sports or things of that kind. They work ten, eleven or twelve hours daily — at least sixty hours a week — and they complain that they never get enough rest. More often than not they take a nap during their lunch hour. Really, no worker is interested in the gymnasium and athletic field. Yet I shall have to build it in order to satisfy the Labor Front secretary. "I am opposed to mass meetings artificially staged to show how harmonious things are in the 'work community.' Neither do I care for all the demonstrations my workers and I must attend, where we must march for hours, shouting 'Heil Hitler.' I was an officer in the German Army during the World War, and I am in favor of discipline, efficiency and social distinctions. After all, I am supposed to be the 'factory leader.' But at such a demonstration I am likely to be ordered to shout and sing by some Party member who doesn't know the meaning of decent work. I must behave as though I were his orderly. Next morning, however, I am again supposed to be an 'authoritarian leader.' "

> Without pork, no big-time R&D

Only in the socialistic world of the fake-money giganto-state, in which income and sales taxes, excises and dues don't even suffice any longer but where state even needs to print up its own money to pay for the pork, thus essentially transferring wealth from the populace to the well-connected players. Not to mention that the debts from the wars over 50 years ago haven't even been paid off yet.

Most of the pork is waste and duplicated programs which burn and crash and have to be written off, or stuff no-one needs (this is called "industrial policy").

If people want Dreamliners or Reusable Orbital Vehicles, let the economic calculations and the work of investors and, yes, wealth patrons show that this is indeed what is wanted.

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Re: Not just the foam strike

Are you perchance related to Diane Vaughan, of excellent book fame??

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Re: In reality nothing could have been done

Is this the feel of losing the IRS dataset on a USB stick in a bus?

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Not much different from an normal airliner event.

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Re: Models

Space Shuttle Challenger.

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You are having a bad problem and are not coming back from space today

Nice write-up.

I remember talking heads rumormongering the rumor that it might have been a hit by Al Qaeda (by on-ground sabotage or presumably hypersonic SAM). Pretty ridiculous stuff.

Didn't Dubya pretty much immediately after EPIC FAIL announce the MANNED TRIP TO MARS which sank unobserved into the gutter in less than a month?

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BlackBerry: Aaah, Microsoft, we meet again.. for another deathmatch

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What does Baron Harkonnen want with Alicia Key's head??

Very bad images spring to mind.

> If you want a lesion in history, look to the decline and fall of Novell, Borland and Palm.

A lesson should do, no need to increase scar tissue mass.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Re: Prediction

2007-01-26

Google is a great thing. What the fuck, Sony?

And so we arrive at last to the most recent development, the late January PlayStation 3 SDK update. Amongst the newer versions of the various tools included in the SDK lies a new function: the ability for developers to use some of the functionality of the fabled hardware scaler, a scaler many previously doubted existed at all. Interestingly enough, "some" is the key word when describing the unlocked functionality; SCEI only gave access to hardware accelerated horizontal scaling. Horizontal scaling on its own cannot upscale a 720p image into 1080p/i --this would require both horizontal and vertical scaling. Hence, the newly exposed scaler functionality is not enabled in the PS3's user interface directly, but instead will still require developer support to work.

At the time of publication, the reasons why SCEI didn’t give developers access to both horizontal and vertical scaling are still unknown, as are the reasons they didn’t grant developers access to horizontal scaling until now. The video scaler itself remains shrouded in mystery, as strange as it may seem, but at least now we can say with confidence that it does indeed exist. There are multiple reasons for this continuing secrecy, and insiders are reluctant to discuss them even off the record, nevermind for publication. Nonetheless, the reasons behind SCEI's choices are not our subject today. While a great deal could (and will) be said about the nature of this scaler in the future, today's article will focus on the recently exposed functionality; the details of its hardware and the way that it is integrated into the PlayStation 3’s architecture will be reserved for a later article.

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If everybody is gaming like crazy, overpopulation should be a manageable problem.

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Oracle loses appeal in HP row over Itanium

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Re: Destroyed All Braincell's rant

Huh?

You seem to know more about me by analysis of a simple posting than a truth teller, who has practiced clairvoyance in the Mexican highlands with only Peyotl and a book by Castaneda as company for ten years, could find out in half an hour facetime. But anyway.

Picture this....

"Yes, young Jedi. It is a trap. Soon all the CPUs that you love and cherish will be destroyed by this fully operational Matt Brainstation. Good. I can see the anger rising within you...."

"Eh? Listen old man, I don't really care. Do they have good coffee around here?"

Seriously, why all the hate and trollololling? I can only picture you as a potty-mouthed arm-waving red-faced garden gnome reaching apoplexy in front of his screen as he tries to claim some sort of high ground for HP for reasons which still elude me.

> Maybe you should get an adult to help you.

May you should *be* an adult, Matt. Not that I would want any help from the sort of you.

P.S. I think AS/400 looks far better than anything HP could come up with ever.

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> If you made a mobile call in the last ten years then it's likely the charge for it was billed using an hp Itanium server.

You owe me a new keyboard.

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Seriously Matt, what do you want to say?

That Itanium will yet prevail and is just currently resting?

That Xeon is the best thing since the Hitachi Massage Device?

That you hate Sun and even more SPARC?

That you hate IBM and Power?

That you have a huge stash of HP shares going nowhere?

Maybe that HP was stupid when they dumped PA RISC as they currently seems to singlehandedly finance another manufaturer's processor line into the sunset?

What??

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Re: What hp should really ask for.

> Slowaris

Yup, it's Matt

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Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

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"...such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Zynga are the ones listing"

If modernity is characterized by a loss of the sense of the real, this fact is connected to what has happened to money in the twentieth century. Everything threatens to become unreal once money ceases to be real. I said that a strong sense of counterfeit reality prevails in "Disorder and Early Sorrow." That fact is ultimately to be traced to the biggest counterfeiter of them all - the government and its printing presses. Hyperinflation occurs when a government starts printing all the money it wants, that is to say, when the government becomes a counterfeiter. Inflation is that moment when as a result of government action the distinction between real money and fake money begins to dissolve. That is why inflation has such a corrosive effect on society. Money is one of the primary measures of value in any society, perhaps the primary one, the principal repository of value. As such, money is a central source of stability, continuity, and coherence in any community. Hence to tamper with the basic money supply is to tamper with a community's sense of value. By making money worthless, inflation threatens to undermine and dissolve all sense of value in a society. ...

Those who know how to exploit an inflationary situation can gain as much as others lose. As a result, inflation creates a topsy-turvy world. The fact that people are losing and making fortunes overnight is responsible for all the social confusions in "Disorder and Early Sorrow," such a s Cornelius's inability to tell his son from his servant. In a world in which all distinct categories begin to dissolve, a pervasive sense of relativism develops. Cornelius's convictions begin to weaken and he feels unable to take a stand against the opinions of the younger generation. In a frightening anticipation of today's tyranny of political correctness, the history professor retreats into a n academic skepticism when faced with the fanaticism of youth, trying to make his lack of conviction masquerade as a form of broadmindedness ...

"Hyperinflation and Hyperreality: Thomas Mann in Light of Austrian Economics", Paul A. Cantor, in: "The Review of Austrian Economics" Vo1.7, No. 1 (1994), p 3-29

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Quantum crypto still not proven, claim Cambridge experts

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Re: I'm sure I speak for all quantum physicists

It's both in and out of the bag.

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

“Despite the investment of tremendous funding resources worldwide, we don't have working testbeds; we're still stuck at factoring 15 using a three-qubit algorithm”

This may well be due to engineering problems. Maybe a detailed study of the current state of the art will show that....

[The paper] suggests that current experiments have not yet proven that “local realism” (that is, classical behaviour without the “spooky action at a distance” that so bothered Einstein) is violated.

O'Really?

It's good to know that Helium II does not actually exist. Or the Quantum Hall Effect. Maybe we are imagining that we understand the mathematics at the foundation of QM. Could be that the LHC is just an empty hole in the ground. Who knows.

The paper intro states:

Second, we consider a recent soliton model of the electron, in which the quantum-mechanical wave function is a phase modulation of a carrier wave.

Yes. Models that "explain" quantum mechanics using the tools of classical physics have been a dime a dozen for the last hundred years or so (and there are actually interesting approaches) Most have been written up by people who haven't yet learned about the things the players have already forgotten, who are either very young or very old and not yet/no longer "believe in QM" or maybe who are computer science researchers or auto mechanics who have a cool idea and want to write something up. Okay.

It's a bad sign when someone hasn't yet sussed that the "wavefunction" (What an ancient pre-WWII term, really. Smells of undead cats.) that he wants to replace is not necessarily a "thing in space" but is actually the state of a quantum-mechanical system in general, not necessarily extended in space. So it's pretty pointless to try to replace it by "another thing in space" ("Modulation of a carrier wave"? Really, now. What is this, fixing of radios? Frack off.)

Let's randomly search for a paper with Anton Zeilinger in the author list....

Bell violation with entangled photons, free of the fair-sampling assumption.

The violation of a Bell inequality is an experimental observation that forces one to abandon a local realistic worldview, namely, one in which physical properties are (probabilistically) defined prior to and independent of measurement and no physical influence can propagate faster than the speed of light. All such experimental violations require additional assumptions depending on their specific construction making them vulnerable to so-called "loopholes." Here, we use photons and high-efficiency superconducting detectors to violate a Bell inequality closing the fair-sampling loophole, i.e. without assuming that the sample of measured photons accurately represents the entire ensemble. Additionally, we demonstrate that our setup can realize one-sided device-independent quantum key distribution on both sides. This represents a significant advance relevant to both fundamental tests and promising quantum applications.

I must be imagining things. Where is my Ubik vaporiser?

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Axed staffers hijack HMV Twitter account: 'We're tweeting LIVE from HR'

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Re: control of information

Alternatively, stay as long as possible and give running commentary as they break down the door.

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UK cookies cop changes own policy to ‘implied consent’

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"We felt this was appropriate at the time, considering that many people didn’t know much about cookies and what they were used for."

Yeah, because it was just about ten years after the first cookie scare.

Can Commissioner Reding now get off her high horse and ...

What's that I hear ... "Privacy by Design" she's yelling. Oookkay. Get ready for another wave.

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Great Firewall architects fingered for GitHub attack

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Re: The future of SSL

> There would then be no indication of a MITM attack

I don't see this. The browser checks the chain that the remote server presents. And if you want an SSL connection, that chain has to check out.

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Italian 'Eurora' supercomputer pushes the green envelope

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Ok, what can one throw away to use less energy then?

I know that "3-8-12 NEVAR FORGET" (i.e. if you erase bits in a classical machine, you must transform a minimum of energy into heat, see here) but there is still some way until we reach that limit. So... asynchronous logic? Supercooled circuits? Josephson junctions/Quiterons? Optical interconnects? Definitely new industries are needed.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Yes you! You behind the windmill! Stand still, lassy!

Dear Sarah,

I do not think that having caught Windfarm Religion should excuse you from writing proper english.

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Re: Nuclear always costs more than it's supposed to

"Finally, it would be fascinating to hear how wind, solar, thermal, et cetera will not succumb to inflation driven by economic speculation."

"Economic speculation" does not drive inflation of resources. First, "inflation" means "inflation of the monetary mass", resulting in what is commonly called "inflation" by politicians and unwashed plebeians, which is nominal price increases. This is driven by money printing via central banks and subsequent pyramiding via fractional reserve banking. No big mystery or dark forces.

If anything, "economic speculation" will drive costs DOWN as capital will pour in to finally get some work done. Notice what happened with all the computational gear?

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Re: Easter Island

> European diseases and enslavement, the same as everywhere else in the Americas and the Pacific.

Eco-guilt replaced by white guilt? I can live with that.

> So the Parthenon in Greece is the monument of a failed civilisation?

Yes. Some writing are left. The rest ... well, look at what's up. PIIGSified utterly.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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@Anontard

"I'm sorry, please explain to me why Samsung now have to fix a buggy Linux kernel driver."

Dear Anon,

Given the level of your technical understanding so evident in your question, nobody has to explain tits to you as you wouldn't understand it anyway.

Yours sincerely,

etc., etc., etc.

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Re: @DiBosco

One "relies on a strong partner" when in jail.

Not earlier.

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EFI crap...

Manufacters haven't managed to issue adequate BIOS code for over 20 years (bad, slow, crap, user-unfriendly and unfit for purpose are just some adjectives)

They decide to up the complexity.

Guess what happens...

This is just the beginning!

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'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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Re: Java

Would the ACs please refrain from shitposting?

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No comment

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Microsoft dev tools to add Linux-style source code versioning

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Re: explanation for commenter "dgharmon"

> It can be the other way round

Of course, but there is some of the "where there is smoke, there is fire" in there. Same as when you see a physics paper written in Word instead of TeX ... not a good sign.

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Re: explanation for commenter "dgharmon"

You have a problem deploying a package archive to the staging server.

1) Ask the developer chilling in front of the Windows GUI

"Sure, I hit "build all - package". Then I fire up Putty to transfer the whole copy manually which can be found down in this directory. Depending on the target server, I have to choose different subdirectories though. The password is copy-pasted from this file. It takes about half an hour for the upload. Can't we use a Maven plugin for Eclipse to do all of that?"

2) Ask the developer chilling in front of the KDE GUI

"Sure, I hit "build all - package". I fire up this little Perl script I finagled earlier and pass the target server on the command line. It automatically selects the correct files and rsyncs the whole package to the server in about 10 seconds. Authentication? SSH keys, of course. Plugins? Sod that, I have enough problems as it is"

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Java open-source frameworks 'pose risk' to biz - report

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Enhanced knowledge!

People use frameworks, or they don't. This may increase risk or lower risk. Misconfiguration may play a role. Conclusions can or cannot be drawn, and any conclusion drawn may be due to sampling, preselection, look-elsewhere effects or lousy stats.

Next: Activities of bears in woods.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: There is no point.

veneer engineering

Pretty good. You have to pronounce it like Samuel Jackson did "Royale with Cheese", I suppose.

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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

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Re: Java

> All the smart devs know that Java shops turn out shite.

Just what the fuck? /b/ is over there.

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Re: Oracle

But in the end one is left with gaping holes either way.

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Unbreakable Bullshit

"The plan for Java security is really simple: it's to get Java fixed up, number one, and then, number two, to communicate our efforts widely."

Talk like a politician. Confuse goals and the way and means to attain them. Mix in some "communication efforts". Probably raise taxes down the line...

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Fujitsu reveals data transfer protocol 30 times faster than TCP

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This is how it is done!

"A Fairer, Faster Internet Protocol"

--- Set up a website with the docs, philosophy and rationale

--- Write some RFCs

--- Write an article for IEEE Spectrum (in 2008)

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Re: Yet another bad research paper

You can't include links when phoning it in...

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What the fuckety fuck

Ok, so, another protocol that is "not TCP". I do think there have been several proposal during the last ten years.

From the CERN courier, Nov 2005:

Theoretical models now exist for alternatives to TCP that can be mathematically proved not to cause congestion collapse, and work is ongoing to test these models experimentally. Some of these alternatives promise to balance traffic across the Internet, and to deliver high data rates and much better quality of service for services like voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) and live video - all at the same time. It seems likely that these theories will find their way into the mainstream Linux and Windows kernels within the next five years or so, and we hope that they will serve for many years to come.

Indeed. Why is this "based on UDP"? Doesn't that make it UDP? There is a "protocol" (IPv4) and "next header" (IPv6) field in the IP packet, use it!

More important, where is the RFC?.

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Greedy Apple told it can't triple Samsung's $1bn patent payout

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Ok, so it had rounded corners.

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We will stop enhancing the truth in three.. two.. one...

The idea that an "Enrichment center" is actually just a lawyers' club comes to mind.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Re: Lisp

That's probably because you are not a computer scientist. Or you are one, but sadly of Generation Twitter.

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They didn't predict that: Astrologers! blamed! after! Yahoo! hack!

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Re: I tried the following:

Mafia takes just one "f". Try again.

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Zuck on it, Google: 'Public' Facebook events are dead to you

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Plan Zuck! That's where we wake up the dead....

What Facebook is in effect telling its users is that the company needs to build a web within the web in order to encourage everyone to create an account and make Facebook more money as it fends off Google.

Isn't that like Microsoft Network opening the cover of its well-deserved coffin (from inside) to horrible creaking? Bystanders are bound to get a yeast infection.

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