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Boffins take the temperature of the cosmos

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Gb2 mombasa

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Re: [Pul / Qua] sar

We are talking DISTANCE, man. So it's bound to be a Quasar.

Also:

1) Pull up Google in the browser

2) "PKS 1830-211"

3) ????

4) http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0201551 : PKS 1830-211: A Face-On Spiral Galaxy Lens

We present new Hubble Space Telescope images of the gravitational lens PKS 1830-211, which allow us to characterize the lens galaxy and update the determination of the Hubble constant from this system. The I-band image shows that the lens galaxy is a face-on spiral galaxy with clearly delineated spiral arms. The southwestern image of the background quasar passes through one of the spiral arms, explaining the previous detections of large quantities of molecular gas and dust in front of this image. The lens galaxy photometry is consistent with the Tully-Fisher relation, suggesting the lens galaxy is a typical spiral galaxy for its redshift. The lens galaxy position, which was the main source of uncertainty in previous attempts to determine H_0, is now known precisely. Given the current time delay measurement and assuming the lens galaxy has an isothermal mass distribution, we compute H_0 = 44 +/- 9 km/s/Mpc for an Omega_m = 0.3 flat cosmological model. We describe some possible systematic errors and how to reduce them. We also discuss the possibility raised by Courbin et al. (2002), that what we have identified as a single lens galaxy is actually a foreground star and two separate galaxies.

Your Face When it's actually a gravitational lens.

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Re: So the heat-death of the Universe is ~8.19 billion years from now?

Not the heat-death of the univers.

It's just the temperature of the background radiation that drops (actually should be doing that exponentially I reckon).

You still have a hundred billion years or so until the last galaxy disappears over the horizon and the universe looks just like a big empty room from any vantage point. And then you have to wait even longer until everything has decayed and finds itself on the light cone (if that ever happens). In these strange aeons, even time will die... because there aren't any clocks any longer. An interesting fate.

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"The cooling is predicted by the big bang theory"

Nice to hear that TV gets it right for once.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: The article is good, but is an opinion, not a fact report

> Anybody here in favor of outsourcing local jobs abroad to cheap labor

Yes.

> Thought so.

What did you think exactly?

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Re: It may or may not work...

> The fact is that the laws were made for brick-and-mortar businesses

No the laws were made for civil servants, pork barrels and wars.

There's one in Mali now, small fried compared to the war from 1914-1945 and the subsequent ones, but still...

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Re: Workers...

You could consider that they are working off the watchful eye of the Great Taxator and so should be hammered for their impudence.

I heard that the tax authorities went to amazon.fr for some protection money. Amazon told them to piss off because their revenues were basically transferred to the "mother company" in Luxembourg (a medium-sized office, I reckon), so the french tax authority couldn't put a bypass on the money flow. French tax authorities then went digging for data protection violations in the amazon.fr datastore, because, had they discovered them, the french CNIL would become involved and there is a law that in that case, the tax authorities get to have full control of the revenues. Don't know what became of that.

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Re: I'm impressed

Le gâteau est un mensonge!

If you tax it, it can no longer be found.

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

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Expecting the "Ballmer and Generals in a Bunker" YouTube video any second

I TOLD them what PCs to build. I TOLD them that we have to move forward! This is high treason!!! (Throws chair)

"As market conditions evolve, we will continue to work in tandem with PC makers on creating successful and compelling campaigns.”

Sure. How about successful and compelling products, guys.

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Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage

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Re: @TRT.

> So "real" has as vague a definition as "God".

BULLSHIT.

God can't hit you as well in the eye as a real bullet

There is some difference in quality.

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Telefónica slapped with €67m anti-competitive fine from EU

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No bloody bullfight with ultragore so that politicians can complain? SOMETHING IS WRONG!

"Instead of competing with each other for offering clients the most advantageous conditions, as is expected in an open and competitive market, Telefónica and Portugal Telecom deliberately agreed to stay out of each other's home markets."

So you can now get fined for deciding to stay OUT of a market altogether? Next you will get fined for hiring someone, or not hiring someone, opening a business or closing a business. Can't wait...

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Hydrogen on demand from silicon nanospheres - just add water

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Re: Afterwards?

I guess it's pretty easy but you have to dig up the oil (or use the solar panels) for some righteous heating.

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Liferay's not dead yet - but what's keeping it alive?

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What does it matter what the employees are doing away from the Portal development?

Seriously, do I ask them whether they are vegetarians or whether they are driving to the recycling centre?

No I don't.

Because it's totally irrelevant to the end product.

An alternative view of what's happening: the employees are given additional free time. That they spend it repairing housing instead of playing WoW is nice and all, but I just need to know things up to "free time".

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Re: ECT

It's actually plagiarized.

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Re: Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch [what?] in February

You don't understand!

There are many people, and especially technical people, who continue to reject the notion that the disciplines concerned with social and cultural re-engineering, like marketing and political easing, can have anything to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to the development of a new hermeutics of language. Still less are they receptive to the idea that the very foundations of their worldview must be revised or rebuilt in the light of such re-engineering. Rather, they cling to the dogma imposed by the long post-Enlightenment hegemony over the Western intellectual outlook, which can be summarized briefly as follows: that there exists an external world, whose properties are independent of any individual human being and indeed of humanity as a whole; that these properties can be described by ``meaningful'' grammatical laws; and that human beings can obtain reliable, albeit imperfect and tentative, knowledge of the inherent meaning of a phrase by hewing to the ``objective'' procedures and epistemological strictures prescribed by the (so-called) textual (and contextual) analysis.

But deep conceptual shifts within twentieth-century science have undermined this Cartesian-Newtonian metaphysics; revisionist studies in the history and philosophy of science have cast further doubt on its credibility; and, most recently, feminist and poststructuralist critiques have demystified the substantive content of mainstream Western communicative practice, revealing the ideology of domination concealed behind the façade of ``grammatics'' and ``morphology''. It has thus become increasingly apparent that grammatical ``knowledge", far from being objective, reflects and encodes the dominant ideologies and power relations of the culture that produced it; that the truth claims of sentence structure are inherently theory-laden and self-referential; and consequently, that the discourse of the community of linguistic "enforcement", for all its undeniable value, cannot assert a privileged epistemological status with respect to counter-hegemonic narratives emanating from dissident or marginalized communities. These themes can be traced, despite some differences of emphasis, in Aronowitz's analysis of the cultural fabric that produced, inter alia, quantum mechanics; in Ross' discussion of oppositional discourses in post-quantum science; in Irigaray's and Hayles' exegeses of gender encoding in subliminal televised messages; and in Harding's comprehensive critique of the gender ideology underlying the sciences of communication in general and marketing in particular.

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Re: How can Microsoft get this stuff so wrong

> the kind of apps which need 8GB are not the kind of thing you should be running on a tablet.

But then why bother with an Intel processor?

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Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

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Paging Leonid Breshnev

LET THE CLEANSING BEGIN!

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

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Re: "Hardcore" American porn?

This side of the Atlantic, it used to be sold in respectable stores as art.

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Re: Pornified blameless predators ..

> Personally I find the sight of a pubescent teenage girl dressing and talking like some red-light-crack-whore disturbing.

Quite so, my dear fellow.

Additionally, I fear that Little Miss Fabian (the Society that Orwell warned us about in 1948) may have gotten cultural influences from the Amurricas and the Japanese Isles mixed up somewhat. But what do I know ... er, nothing, nothing at all really.

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Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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Re: It's amusing to watch...

And bitter bite.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Re: Tees and Cees

Yeah I would like someone enforcing "prohibiting commercial use".

Basically it means "shite service, do not use for reliable ops"

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Telefonica Germany starts bonking with friends

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Smelly, runny crud pushed by smelly, runny, smalltime orifices on two legs

"Children will only know from history books what a wallet and hard cash are," said Telefonica Germany CEO René Schuster

Well, they already know only from history books what hard cash is (which means they can admire beautiful bubbles and inflation from the front seats).

But as long as there are people who do not like to be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered, there will be cash, even if it has to be reinvented again and again.

Even the Swedes are not so sure about the cashless society:

The war on cash in Sweden may be stalling. The anti-cash movement has been vigorously promoted by major Swedish commercial banks as well as the Riksbank, the Swedish central bank. In fact, for three of the four major Swedish banks combined, 530 of their 780 office no longer accept or pay out cash. In the case of the Nordea Bank, 200 of its 300 branches are now cashless, and three-quarters of Swedbank’s branches no longer handle cash. ... Fortunately, it seems that the Swedish people are not falling for the anti-cash propaganda spewed by private bankers and Riksbank officials and are resisting the trend toward a cashless economy. It is reported that last year the value of cash transactions in Sweden were 99 billion krona which represented only a marginal decrease from ten years ago. And small shops continue to do one-third to one-half of their business in cash. Furthermore a study of bank customers satisfaction released by the Swedish Quality Index in October 2012, indicated that the satisfaction index was pulled down among customers of Swedbank, Nordea and SEB by their policy of eliminating cash transactions at their bank branches. Even more heartening is the fact that Handelsbanken, the largest bank in Sweden, is committed to serving consumers who demand cash.

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India gets paranoid about foreign tech

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Re: Not about security

> then we'd all be better off

You don't understand how international trade works and how it is fucked up by fiat money.

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Re: Not about security

+1

The tire thing was also done by the US btw, at the behest of local tire manufacturers and trade unions. Just wrap it into a "we need to keep people safe" package, instant sell.

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Beware the coming of the ROGUE CLOUDS, wails Symantec

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existence of rogue clouds in their IT infrastructure

Oh woah, did someone channel Alan Greenspan?

Next... frothing clouds, exhuberant clouds and possibly overheating clouds.

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BEST reiterates ‘no solar forcing’ claim

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> Richard Muller, whose Koch Foundation-funded Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature

Is that the same "Koch Foundation" that is accused by proggos in every lead-in of advocating exploitation of children in sweatshops, destroying welfare, giving 99%ers cancer and possibly generating chemtrails?

Now they are linked to studies not rejecting Global Warming? Is there nothing holy anymore?

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Re: Open Journals

> the exclusivity of a journal is what gives the lead authors weight in jobs & grants

So you are arguing "pay to get lustre". Can't argue with that, it's a kind of academic "pay to win".

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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

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Re: JMC

As long as the drugs peddled by the slimy megacorps are not of the psychosis inducing variety, I might consider a job up there...

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This sounds like what Krugman ordered.

Well, not quite, as its not a big government program to defend against Space Aliens but it's pretty close. Space Race to Asteroid Mining! Just needs more government money containers and we might go WWII SAVED MUH ECONOMY again!

Sure is a better plan than a rekindled Global War on Terror through the whole Sahel region as recently fanwanked in front of cameras by Monsieur Cameron.

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Re: red tape

You are now being detained for aggravated unbellyfeelness and nogooder govdistrust. Please assume the party escort submission position, a bluebutler will meet with you shortly.

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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Re: yawn

Is this The Register?

Yes, how can I help you? Is your parrot feeling unwell?

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Re: I put my foot through my cornflakes

Whatever happens, don't mention the war

"Will you stop talking about the war?"

"Me?! You started it!"

"We did not start it!"

"Yes you did, you invaded Poland!"

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> you should see the awesome might of the FCC

A Jimmy Savile nipslip outrage? Oh my!

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Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section

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Re: Can someone please enlighten me

> bully-boy tactics to silence anyone who even insinuated that he migt not be competing clean.

The Steve Jobs of cycling.

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AT&T 'violates net neutrality' by NOT charging twice for same data

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Do-gooder proggies in action

I remember when "Net Neutrality" meant that one should force providers to not drop packets on the floor depending on destination, origin, service type and content and force them to charge everyone equally (clearly another one of those 99%er club "good ideas" even though the 99% didn't even know they were the 99%ers back then).

Now it's about how the bill looks like? Really?? Let's apply some gas here, shall we?

No Daily Mail icon, I see.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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Re: Amazing

But he wouldn't have said anything!

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This article should be accompanied by a pic of Team Fortress 2's Engineer doing some naughty, sadistic stuff.

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Jesus Christ

I hope these guys get an "accident" so they can get some intensive "care".

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Global mercury ban to hit electronics, plastics, power prices

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Expect a "mercury trading certificate" scam to spring up any minute now

Yeah, let's have some progress in this bitch.

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Wireless performance will collapse, prices rise: Deloitte

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Captain, we are detecting huge physical limitations. I recommend we increase shield strength.

"The prediction would be music to the ears of Australia’s Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, who has been criticized for setting too high a floor price for this country’s upcoming spectrum auctions."

Right.

So riddle me this...

1) Scarcity of bandwidth shall be economically allocated through adequate pricing, as any non-progressive intellect will agree, makes sense.

2) For some reason, this resolves the totally unrelated problem of the government setting a high price on the spectrum. Setting a high price on the spectrum ultimately means heavily taxing the end users (that's you, btw.) as the phone companies' investment in the spectrum needs to be recouped, so it will be passed on, it will not magically be paid through a money hoard held by evil one-percenters with crooked noses.

It's magic! Or is it?

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The Spherical Cow lands, spits out Anaconda

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Re: Won't try it until they get rid of yum

> doing nothing for several hours

You are doing it wrong. Just type "yum update". It's not hard.

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Re: Well, that's Anaconda worse then

> The disk partitioning section is now actually far worse than the old...

Always has been the Angry Leprechaun. I don't know who codes this or what the design decisions are that go into the high-level goal of "Anaconda, work out what the user wants", but the end result has been consistently horribly surprising, wrong and annoying.

When you find out how to do it, write it down! Myst without the pretty graphics....

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Re: Debian user here...

> copyright-encumbered codecs

Don't exist except if someone pilfered the source or wrapped an opaque .dll.

You mean "patent-encumbered" codecs, yet another cancer of the Internet (YACOTI)

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Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

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Re: 1983 - A good year for Kev!!!

You can see his trademark way of answering the phone - resting the whole upper body weight on the elbows...

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"Thank you, HAL"

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Re: Understand the Lisa for what it really is!

> http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/

DAT LINK!!

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Cash-ravenous Sony will flog Manhattan HQ for $1.1 BEELLION

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No.

> on the balance sheet the real difference between an investment and an asset

The balance sheet has assets ["stuff"] on one side and liabilities/equity ["whom the stuff belongs to"] on the other side. Hopefully most of the stuff on any side is an investment for someone.

> Put another way one side is the stuff that makes money and the other side is the stuff that takes money

That's not how a balance sheet works, hon.

> A corporate HQ is just like your house and it shouldn't be placed on the asset side

Being an asset means it will be placed on the asset side otherwise the good ole governement will whip your arse for tax evasion

For the remainder of the problem, see "fair and prudent evaluation", "deprecation" and "write-offs".

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Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31

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It's inflation, Jim, but not as we know it.

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot? - yes, by releasing Win 8.

> It's certainly not straight in the root!

Actually it is. That's the whole point. It's a straight hierarchy. All your objects are in this hierarchy (even the devices, and last decade a lot of runtime and kernel stuff has shown up in places under /proc and /sys), you know the operations you can apply, you know where your current directory is, you know where you are when you go ..-wards. (Eliding the magic of ioctl, the fact that you have to tell users why you cannot cd to /dev/sda and my experience when I first wanted to "mount a floppy" in a Sparc IPC) You don't care about whether a directory (really, a provider of byte streams) is on a local disk, a mounted CD or on a network drive. It's an abstraction. That's the point of of having and OS. It's a clean abstraction. That makes the OS worthwhile.

You may argue whether an inexperienced user needs an overlay on this view, but generally I don't think it's needed. Drive letters? ... well, it's an IBM idea. Nuff said. Plus, the bizarro overlay shown to unsuspecting users starting with XP File Explorer is frankly confusing. My what? Where? What for? And it seems to be getting worse.

And don't get me started on the Redmond Implementation of symbolic links. Accumulated karma fused with bad design is the best description one can come up with.

Where is the religious war icon?

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

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Re: How many people, so much money spent...

> Not even governments fuck up that bad.

I challenge you on this!

As of March 2006, approximately £4.5 billion had been spent by the United Kingdom in Iraq.

All basically tax transfers to well-connected people, so one might actually consider this a "just as planned", but still.

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