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Fedora's Schrödinger's Cat Linux gives coders claws for thought

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"Fedora 19 bugs cannot be reported because the server side cannot handle the release name 'Schrödinger's Cat'."

That's epic and should definitely enter the book of the history of computing trivia.

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Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

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Amazing

Hitler had pretty smooth skin.

How did he do it?

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Re: But ...

Right.

When it's done, it Hesses!

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Re: People are stupid as a whole.

Either that or those godawful filter coffee machines. The one guaranteed way to turn decent coffee beans into bitter, over-stewed brown liquid.

People who don't use proper filter coffee machines are drinking coffee with Hitler!

Gb2 Senseo.

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

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0800 hours. No time to lose. He started rounding up the shipping papers. Everything was set for lift-off: hatches closed, health and port inspection out of the way, flight clearance, customs declarations…

There was a knock at the door.

“Come in!” he hollered, hurriedly gathering up the papers scattered on the desktop and stuffing them back into their folders. Two men entered but ventured no farther than the doorway.

“Boman, nuclear engineer.”

“Sims, engineer-electrician.”

Pirx got up from his desk. Sims was a young, lean man with squirrelish features, a nervous cough, and flickering eyes. One glance at Boman was enough for Pirx to know that he was dealing with a space veteran. His sunburned face had that peculiar orangish tint that comes from prolonged exposure to cosmic radiation. He barely came up to Pirx’s shoulder (ever since he had begun flying, Pirx had been accustomed to counting every kilo aboard ship). His face, in contrast to his scrawny build, was puffy, bloated, and there were dark bags under his eyes — the mark of a man who’s been tested many times over the years. He had a drooping lower lip.

“You’ll be looking like that yourself, one day”—it crossed Pirx’s mind as he went to greet them with outstretched hand.

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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

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Berryman Logical Image Technique (hence the usual acronym BLIT)

SECRET * BASILISK

Distribution UK List B[iv] only

... so called because its outline, when processed for non-hazardous viewing, is generally considered to resemble that of the bird. A processed (anamorphically elongated) partial image appears in Appendix 3 of this report, page A3-ii. THE STATED PAGE MUST NOT BE VIEWED THROUGH ANY FORM OF CYLINDRICAL LENS. PROLONGED VIEWING IS STRONGLY DISRECOMMENDED. PLEASE READ PAGE A3-i BEFORE PROCEEDING.

2-6. This first example of the Berryman Logical Image Technique (hence the usual acronym BLIT) evolved from AI work at the Cambridge IV supercomputer facility, now discontinued. V.Berryman and C.M.Turner [3] hypothesized that pattern-recognition programs of sufficient complexity might be vulnerable to "Gödelian shock input" in the form of data incompatible with internal representation. Berryman went further and suggested that the existence of such a potential input was a logical necessity ...

2-18. Details of the Berryman/Turner BLIT construction algorithms are not available at this classification level. Details of the eventual security breach at Cambridge IV are neither available nor fully known. Details of Cambridge IV casualty figures are, for the time being, reserved (sub judice).

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Re: How about this....

Asians are always CRAZY PREPARED. This can be learned by reading Vernor Vinge's "A Deepness In the Sky" where Pham Nuwen distributes hidden eavesdropping stuff throughout a starship which helps him to get out of a Bad Situation.

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"You have no idea of my hidden infection channels....."

Hehehehehe!

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Pure says two of the four tiers of storage are set to disappear

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Re: Nonsense!

Unfortunately there still isn't anything this is actually "Excellent for Archival".

Micropatterned Silicium Carbide maybe?

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Re: What a surprise.

> When flash is cheaper per TB than disk then this will be true.

That would mean the speed of flash would count for naught. This just isn't so.

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Ruby on Fails: Zombie SERVER army built thanks to Rails bug

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Re: "trendy web programming kit Ruby on Rails"

Hey Gramps, still worrying about memory management?

Why dontcha load in that program via the plugboard over there?

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Amazon cloud threatens entire IT ecosystem – report

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Re: no pay for what you use in many cases

Yes. That's why a resource may be "reserved". If I "reserve" the CPU, I expect it to be available when I need it (although when I don't need it, it may be opportunistically be used by something else), but if I want to pay "by use" it may not be actually there when I need it.

Seriously, what's the problem with people nowadays?

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A kind of Global Warming for the IT industry?

Bring it on and don't forget the popcorn.

I am currently renting a few servers at EC2 to run BOINC applications just for fun. At spot pricing (where your server may disappear at any moment) as opposed to "reserved instance" pricing, it costs me a tenner a day (plus VAT). I will throttle that soonish but this price level sure is interesting for some applications. The virtualized Xeons are not particularly oomphy though, time to rent some pricey GPUs?

Spot pricing

Now if you want to have a "reserved" machine, the price level corresponds to what one would expect when renting a rack full of newly bought gear in a data centre, less the maintenance contracts and the screwdriver dude's wages. For example, a "heavy utilization quadruple extra large" instance on a 3 year contract costs $4792 upfront and 142$ per month. In case you want Windows with SQL Standard, you are looking at $12720 upfront and $696 per month....

Reserved instances

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz

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Expect orbital chair...

...we have liftoff!

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Soyuz brings new crew to International Space Station

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Re: WHY?

because it's cool?

It's not cool.

just on a whim?

Or you give the money to EInstein@Home.

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WHY would you want to take an Olympic Torch on a spacewalk? Who comes up with those ideas?

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Japanese SoftBank's $20bn Sprint gobble clears US security hurdle

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Don't diss FREEDOM HARDWARE!

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It's just 5 Instagrams.

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China rumored to rule impending Top500 supers list with 50-plus petaflopper

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Re: Pretty detailed. And AMD is not on the menu.

At least one downvoter has a large stash of greenbacks, soon not worth a continental.

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Pretty detailed. And AMD is not on the menu.

"Maybe they can borrow the money from the Chinese government, which has something on the order of $2 trillion sitting around?)"

NOPE! Because, guess what - the US govnmt has ALREADY borrowed that money from the Chinese government in exchange of treasury bills, to be financed by future taxpayers.

In the year 2525, if the dollar should survive....

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Samsung plans new R&D centre in Finland

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Re: Research or Tax fiddle for big business?

...and so?

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Yes?

No!

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Speaking in Tech: 'It's the democratisation of the internet GONE MAD'

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A completely different question...

Who is that blondemonster with the unlikely coiffure for space operations in the hook-me picture?

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Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

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Re: He's grasping at straws.

"I wear a watch. It is a tastefully sized, lovingly hand crafted mechanical work of art that contains as many, if not more, parts than a mobile phone"

Right.

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First 'adult' app for Google Glass planned 'within days'

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Re: This could get all a bit 'Strange Days'

Hopefully without the "guro/snuff" parts.

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I, for one, support this opening of new markets!

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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

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Re: Anything with 80+% market share

"A patent is a government sanctioned temporary monopoly given in exchange for contributing to the public knowledge base."

In other words, a privilege. And if the patent is worded correctly, you allocate quite a bit of the idea space and give nothing away.

Do you want champagne and nose ajax with that?

The proposal is not "punishing success". It is giving air to further developments.

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Re: Amazing, Holmes

If these people don't leave, the B-Ark is gonna be mighty big.

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Re: Anything with 80+% market share

No.

"Release all claims of patent" is the minimum that should be imposed. No antitrust shenanigans but you don't get to stay the king of the hill via the government's guns and badges. Do it via competition.

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Wonder substance pulses QUADRILLION lasers per second

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Re: Hold on!

A "laser" should work on a narrow peak of frequencies, otherwise it's just a (white) light.

As you take the signal in the time domain over to the frequency domain, you will notice quite naturally that:

Long-time-signals can have very narrow peaks in the frequency domain.

Short-time-signals necessarily have very broad bumps in the frequency domain.

Until you reach the dirac function which has no extension in one, but infinite extension in the other domain.

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Hold on!

These are short pulses, so how can they be "lasers?" The shortness alone guarantees that a very wide band of frequencies will be in the pulse.

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How God and übergeek Ron Crane saved 3Com's bacon

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Well, well...

Nowadays you have to justify yourself if you so much as spend more than half an our on a PROPOSAL.

Engineering? We will outsource that to India. And BYOD!

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

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Re: Won't be able to post hate comments

"BURN! BURRRNNNNNNN!! BUUURRRRRRNNNNNNNNNN"

The Commentard Watering Hole Is Now Closed

Keep Calm and Keep Thinking of Ponies

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Google cyber-knight lances Microsoft for bug-hunter 'hostilities'

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But your Operating System does Bezier Curves!

That must count for something?

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I wasn't aware that he was part of a development team.

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Now it gets serious: Fracking could RUIN BEER

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Re: Germans, Beer, Purity

"Fracking liquids, Mandrake! Fracking liquids in childrens' beer pitchers!"

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Re: She needs to visit Colorado

So how about the rumor that there was Worcester Sauce in fracking fluid samples?

Seriously though, why you want to put diesel into liquids meant to fracture hydrocarbon-bearing materials?

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Re: Fracking needs to be fully controlled

> Laws mean nothing to most oil companies

What the hell does that even mean?

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Re: They're a bit old aren't they?

They were undiscovered quickly.

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Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

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Re: Flavors

In The Matrix the saying was that "everything tastes like chicken, which is why chicken tastes like anything". Maybe inkjet ink tastes like chicken.

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Forget the word 'cyberwar' says Marcus Ranum

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But... MUH Cubersecurity

'an extended struggle that will take time, money and commitment from everyone'

You mean an extended taxpayer-funded stupidity that will transfer wealth from the populace to military welfare queens and government-danger-close contractors who will deliver total bullshit for tons of dosh, sorry "monetized debt which we owe to ourselves".

You may also get boring cretins on the speechification circuit and even more boring books about cybergeddon, but that's par for the course.

Do you want freedom fried with that?

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

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FUND IT!

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Re: A different concern?

> Perhaps the governmental worry has more to do with the guns being made of plastic...

Right, anyone old enough to remember the media panic when the "plastic gun" by Glock came out? UNDETECTABLE IN AIRPORTS, ZOMG!!

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Unsuccessful SuccessCase

The US and Australian police instead of spouting off, actually do the tests, and conclude, even when produced by the cheapest available 3D printer that the gun is extremely dangerous, "both to the person it is being used against and to the user."

They also found out it was made of plastic.

Using a gun is a uniquely cowardly act but using one of these is going to play right into the "gangsta" mentality where using one is spun as a uniquely brave thing to do.

Not only do we have ganstas with gangsta mentality with real guns, but now we have to worry about them having plastic gun initiations, too? Shock horror.

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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Re: Locking software to an account is nothing new...

Nothing probably but why do you accept being made an ass of?

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A honorable gentleman says....

If you can't afford the product you have no human right to get it by installing from media you obtained without paying the original content creators.

This is an amazingly circuitous route of saying "rent is due because I say so".

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Re: high street hackers..

I think if this goes ahead we'll be back to the days where you can walk into a store and get your console modded.

Unfortunately, rampant empire building by bureaucrats has it made it so that the whole security apparatus and SWAT overkill power of AUS/US/UK's Homeland Jackboot Security will come down on modders like the fist of Himmler in a short time.

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BBC suspends CTO after £100m is WASTED on doomed IT system

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"rampant and seemingly unstoppable theft of digital IP across the globe..."

Must be happening in another dimension. Or maybe it's irrelevant?

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Re: Money? it's not real money

Yeah, well, of course in the private sector no one ever has an IT scheme fail and if they did they would never, ever, recoup the loss by simply passing it onto the public.

You sarcasm is commendable but I'm not so sure you know what you are actually talking about.

Except, ha ha, this mess was largely made by private companies (Seimans/ Atos) who, er, passed it back onto the public in the form of the BBC who tried to rescue some value from it and failed.

So how did they manage that mysterious feat of "passing it back onto the public in the form of the BCC?"

And spell Siemens properly, please.

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Re: @theflashyblade

On the other hand, from the industry that brings us techniques of the week like 'agile' and even 'LEAN agile' while almost without exception ignoring the wisdom of things like The Mythical Man Month, I'm frequently not sure what the point is.

I'm sure of that because you clearly missed what the Mythical Man Month was about and how "agile" may be able to help - at least in a certain number of cases.

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