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IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

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I think Oh is written without the "h". I have done ... hmmm... .extensive research.

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> They're going to throw the book at him.

Probably the Kama Sutra?

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Decade to 2010 was hottest, wettest: WMO

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Graphics without error bars?

Dammit guys!

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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A classic on advertising:

The Tunnel Under The World -- By FREDERIK POHL

Took me some time to find it...

No, not the usual commercials, Burckhardt realized. He had been exposed to the captive-audience commercials so long that they hardly registered on the outer ear any more, but what was coming from the recorded program in the basement of the building caught his attention. It wasn't merely that the brands were mostly unfamiliar; it was a difference in pattern.

There were jingles with an insistent, bouncy rhythm, about soft drinks he had never tasted. There was a rapid patter dialogue between what sounded like two ten-year-old boys about a candy bar, followed by an authoritative bass rumble: "Go right out and get a DELICIOUS Choco-Bite and eat your TANGY Choco-Bite all up. That's Choco-Bite!" There was a sobbing female whine: "I wish I had a Feckle Freezer! I'd do anything for a Feckle Freezer!" Burckhardt reached his floor and left the elevator in the middle of the last one. It left him a little uneasy. The commercials were not for familiar brands; there was no feeling of use and custom to them.

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Re: Wow! is that an animated gif?

Not been on the Internets lately, right?

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Re: hax0r...

I think there was an X-Files episode about that.

Pretty good too.

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Tell me your secrets, window.

"Your iPhone just told me the stuff you usually buy at Tesco is now ONLY 2.99 BUT FOR A LIMITED TIME! Go and GET IT! Or do you want me to tell your iWatch to bug you every 15 minutes? Faggot!"

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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

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Re: First amendment?

Yes.

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Re: What they SHOULD be doing??

"Is getting the Chocolate Factory to give them the names of the users that..."

PAPIER! SCHNELL!

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Faking drivers' licenses? Illegal.

Snooping, Killing, Maiming, Lying, Economy Destroyin'? Legal if the Prez does it.

Frack off, Nanny Statists. I think people can decide by themselves if they want your "illegal" drugs or dodge an unconsttutional "surprise overwatch road checkpoint" by faked id.

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3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

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Re: OOps

The early rocket designs in "Across the Space Frontier" were huge flying tanks of Hydrazine and Nitric Acid. I wouldn't want to have been near the launch site...

Also:

Space launches make kids sick: Hydrazine fingered in leaked study

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Re: Russian engineers

It doesn't kill germans, so it's a bit boring and mundane...

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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

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Re: Great stuff

On the other hand, if you play at agreeing, there won't be any progress!

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/vomit-chan

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> third gripping hand,

It's just a "gripping hand", unless you are a mutant motie with 5 arms.

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Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space

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Re: New artist takes modern art to a new level

Why can't I upvote this?

Why is the new interface such a mess?

Did you LOOK at the text and box diarrhea when posting a new comment, El Reg? It's like a Mondrian paiting with less colour and more random text and exhortations.

Get Dominique Connor on the case!

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> The exhibit was produced by taking a meteorite, making a mould of its shape, then melting the multibillion-year-old space rock down and pouring it into the mould to create a replica of itself, made of itself.

WHY!

You just hermeneutically transform an original, raw originary meteorite into an Ersatz piece which exhibits no longer the proto-natural crystallographic structure of its long gestation but instead expresses its human origin through the feministically inspired retravail of the roundish, but pitted form.

It is pointless.

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Apple adds Yves Saint Laurent CEO to executive team

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Apple: Leaving tech relevance faster than a neutrino leaves CMS.

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Re: This is good, but not for MS

> Students can get MS stuff for free / very cheap anyway.

Students should not get MS stuff at all. At least the ones studying engineering.

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Re: Icon shift/shaft?

It's the creeping arabisation of the whole of the UK. They WANT you to read from right to left!!

Get me the BNP on the phone!!

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D-Wave IS QUANTUM, insist USC scientists

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Re: Errrr...

Simples. You encode the problem in an analog formulation involving a "start" hamiltonian which is slowly and linearly replaced during the computation by a "target" hamiltonian so that at the end of the computation, as the system settles into its lowest energy state, the bits encode the solution you want. The thing gets problematic as the D-Wave machine is not using full entanglement across all its bits (so it's not actually matching the mathematical idea), there is noise, it does some proprietary magic and actually finding the solution may take exponentially long in the end as the lowest energy point lies in a very flat landscape. Or something.

Maybe this will help: An introduction to quantum annealing

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Re: Everything is quantum!

So why do you hate it? Just to be edgy? This is El Reg, not Physical Review B.

The point of the expression is of course to distinguish the capabilities of a new physical device from a "classical" one, which should be obvious to any El Reg reader. A short hand to say "quantum mechanical effects indeed shown to be used by D-Wave's quasi-quantum-annealing thing". Be glad that you don't get a LOHAN or PARIS crammed into the headline.

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Re: @ Michael H.F. Wilkinson - Uncertainty about quantum computing?

Your Ket is showing!

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Sounds like there are homeopathic amounts of quantum involved.

Where's Professeur Jacques Benveniste?

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Crimelords: Stolen credit cards... keep 'em. It's all about banking logins now

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Re: Is that safe?

They had EXACTLY the same problems as we do today.

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Re: Over drought

Then fill it with a governmental credit card!

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Can we now discuss the arming of wahabbi jihadis in Syria with seriously serious gear including AA missiles?

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Snowden speaks from Moscow: 'Obama lies'

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> Obama a liar

Pope catholic, bears shit in woods etc.

Really, does anyone except blue-state fascists still have any confidence in Hopey Changey?

Closed Guantanamo, most transparent administration evar, saved the economy, left Iraq as promised, does not do surveillance, not into exporting duhmocracy by force of arms into foreign lands and other utter bullshit for years and years and years.

Did I mention not gonna kill women and children every Wednesday and won't intervene in Syria? Ok, he didn't say that but he does have a "Nobel Peace Prize", like Kissinger.

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Facebook reveals TAO - the data store for its social graph

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Nah. "Tao" is about as generic as "Windows". There are about 394 search results at the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)...

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Unix luminary among seven missing at sea

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Re: Cruel Sea

Why are you sailing with Larry?

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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Next: Personal LSD trips copyrighted!

I saw this blue floating island once with the huge tress and multicolored sky. S'Truth.

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

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Re: Not News

Not News

I wonder what counts as news today?

A new Lohan event?

Lizards discovered during a politician's lobotomy?

Someone denies the Holocaust sotto voce in a bar in Devonshire?

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NSA boasted of targeting "third party partners", which do not include second-party countries like Canada, the UK or Australia

Did they mean "third class partners"?

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Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

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Useless register to keep old ladies safey-feely goes AWOL, care-o-meter at 0.

So what.

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What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

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It's exactly the wrong way round.

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Supercomputer efficiency jumps, but nowhere near exascale needs

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Re: "you will still need a 42 megawatt nuke plan to power an exascale machine."

Toshiba 4S (Super Safe, Small and Simple)

"The actual reactor would be located in a sealed, cylindrical vault 30 m (98 ft) underground, while the building above ground would be 22×16×11 m (72×52.5×36 ft) in size. This power plant is designed to provide 10 megawatts of electrical power with a 50 MW version available in the future."

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> 2,351 megaflops per watt

I never understand this unit. That's in effect just "megaflop/joule". Why not use that?

An interesting point from "Energy Oddities, Part 2: Why Green Computing Is Odd by Kirk W. Cameron (IEEE Computer, March 2013)":

Consider the power profile of an average system with two 4-core Intel Xeon processors under various loads. (...), the power consumption varies according to the system’s use of memory, disks, and processors, fluctuating from about 120 W at idle to more than 200 W under an intense CPU workload. This constitutes about a 90-W or 42 % up-swing in energy use, which typically occurs in less than 50 ms.

Now, consider a datacenter with 1,000 or 10,000 of these types of systems. The largest possible increase in power consumption in less than 50 ms in the case of 1,000 systems is about 90 kW, and in the case of 10,000 systems, it is about 900 kW (...) power companies prefer steady power consumption to the impractical nature of spinning generators up and down and the high cost of overprovisioning. So, for a single datacenter with less than 10,000 systems using a typical Xeon server, these energy swings are real but not troubling because power providers operate in the range of tens to hundreds of MW.

General-purpose graphics processing units (...) engines consume significant amounts of power, ranging from 30 to 200 W per GPGPU. (---An example--) system’s baseline power increases about 40 watts with the GPGPU card installed. Furthermore, under a matrix multiply workload running on the Nvidia card, the power can fluctuate as much as 62 percent, or 270 watts, in less than 50 ms.

What are the implications for the datacenter? For 1,000 systems, swings of about 270 kW would occur, whereas for 10,000 systems, swings could exceed 2.7 MW. These are big numbers, and we have no idea whether they will wreak havoc on the power grid. Certainly a 2.7-MW swing is less than ideal from a power company’s perspective. (...) If we extrapolate the data from our system to 10,000 nodes with three GPGPUs each, swings could exceed 8 MW.

(...) individual datacenters and colocation facilities, such as those Google and Facebook are building, are getting larger. For various reasons, companies are clustering datacenters in certain areas—for example, Salt Lake City, UT, and Herndon, VA. With these types of observed fluctuations across multiple datacenters, potentially dramatic power swings in the tens of MW can place additional strains on the power grid.

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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

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Re: electrons ?

They go back into the ion stream:

"....and neutralize them"

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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

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Damn. The younger Boyd looks like "Shaft" from those blaxploitation movies.

And that advertisement looks like a vinyl cover.

Stop trying to pull me back to the Reagan years!

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Voyager 1 'close' to breaking through to DEEP SPACE - boffins

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Re: Good until 2050

> Wireline phones

I know what these are. The Battlestar "Galactica" (BSG-75) was running on those.

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Retired 4-star general probed over Stuxnet details leak - report

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Unapproved leaks shall be prosecuted to the full extent of my law!

Vader: Where are those transmissions you intercepted? WHAT have you DONE with those plans?

Antilles: We intercepted no transmissions...

Antilles: ... This is a free country ... We're on a -

Antilles: whistleblowing mission...

Vader: If this is a whistleblowing mission, WHERE is the WHISTLE?

Crack! Another one bites the dust.

Vader: Commander, tear this nation apart until you find those plans! And bring me all leakers, I want them ALIVE!

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Oh, FFS

widely interpreted as a scheme

"Widely" == Israel, people in the pay of Israel (yeah, those AIPAC bags of greenbacks really get the tongues wagging), scumbag politicians looking for a quick way to the top using the lifes of others and our friendly terror-supporting guys of Saudi Arabia, more like.

Hope this helps.

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MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

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Re: Will we be talking about Xbox in a similar fashion in 20 years time?

Hell yeah.

> Get the latest Scientific American in snail-mail (quite a few were lost in transit, but that's another matter)

> Flip to "Computer Recreations"

> Mandelbrot Sets Explained with formulas and pretty pictures.

> Can't wait for school to finish, if only the girls weren't so distracting.

> Get home

> Fire up that Sony machine

> Fiddle around to get something working, only getting 20% of the math

> A FORM appears on the screen. One pixel every 5 seconds.

> Success!!??

> It doesn't look right...

> But at least there is something!

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Re: Girl in the Sony ad

Please go on....

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Burnt out the CPU fan playing gaunlet.

There were no CPU fans back then. Really. There weren't even fans for the transformers and rectifiers inside those little boxes.

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It was training in autism.

"And then find out that it's not working due to a printing error in the book and you have no idea what the correct value should be?"

This. Much later did I realize that, had those editors not been clueless brats they would have included error-detection and possibly correction codes.

To be fair, books about arcane things like coding theory were hard to come by, but I'm sure there must have been articles on this in IEEE Computer or CACM, which did arrive in the mailboxes even in Yurop.

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The Amiga monitor was a refurbished Philips/Magnavox TV, wasn't it?

(Btw.... I remember an advertisement for a whole video manipulation set by Sony meant to be used with the Sony MSX 2 - never saw it anywhere in any store.)

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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It isn't even a "Ground Zero", which used to be the place where nukes are detonating.

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Apple threatens ANOTHER Samsung patent lawsuit

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Re: As if there wasn't going to be another one?

Just lay a few gas pipes and get it over with.

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UK.gov finally admits it will MISS superfast broadband target

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I like the smell of politically-remeaninged "austerity" in the morning

It’s absolutely crucial, if we want to rebalance our economy .... that we are providing a further £250m to ensure that...

Right. And here I was thinking that savings, tax reductions and spending reduction as well to STOP PRINTING MONEY so that all the financial clowns DIE THE FUCK OFF would be the way to rebalance the economy. Silly me.

We need a "Statler and Waldorf" icon because the Reg readership is not getting younger... cough!!

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Re: No shit.

Oh come on. Those fibers feel pretty lonely all by themselves.

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