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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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Re: You can tell that this is a really bad idea

"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed, taxed of googled. My life is my own."

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Re: Very bigoted bootnote.

> but we are the intellectual decedents

The irony LITERALLY writes itself.

> do not wish to wear anything that will identify them.

"My body lies over the ocean.

My body lies over the sea.

I'm not good at astral projection.

So bring back my body to me."

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Re: But 666 is a wonderful number!!

Really if I had house number 666 I would mock it up Lovecraftian-style with lots of anomalous ivy and unhealthy fatty plants in the garden, then fire violet strobe lights in the basement and play bizarre freak noises at random intervals

Also, fill the trashcan with gristle.

> nasty neighbors of the Israelites

Seeing how the Israelites were themselves plenty nasty going into genocide and stuff, that region down there was really bad country. If there were a god, he should have unleashed spell 35, "meteor strike" for a fortified future of humanity.

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

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Re: Bug report

Well, if you want to get all 9-to-5 straightlaced, then there is Red Hat Enterprise 5, 6 and soon 7.

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Re: Don't mean to nitpick, but...

I think systemd is a pretty cool guy, eh boots services and doesnt afraid of anything.

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Re: Let's hope

I haven't encountered a problem? Bug# or it didn't happen.

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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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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

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Well, you can immediately get a discount of EUR 200 by picking up the "only used once" gear on amazon.

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Re: Erm

> It's an offer

At least one can refuse it.

But the non-offer is 120 USD? That's the kind of pricing for Apple vanity gear. No, Microsoft. Bad! BAD!

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Re: Iraq?!

Whatever happens, don't mention the Iraq War!

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Re: Sinofsky pitched sales of Windows 8 licences as something

Ultimate consumer research agency!

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"Learning by shipping" !!??

I hope this doesn't involve slash fiction and Steve.

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

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Re: from a story yesterday...

And the football bore a striking resemblance to Eva Braun.

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Re: Actually...

And I quote

after customers noted that one of its tea kettles bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler.

Jesus H Christ.

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Paris Hilton

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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New EXPLICIT pics support notion of moist, welcoming past for Mars

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Holmes

Next they will find old tires and rusting coke cans....

I'm thirsty.

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You will probably find that pebbles are not rounded by these.

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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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Flame

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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Holmes

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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