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IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari

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Re: Austerity Kills Demand

> Austerity kills demand.

That's so much bullshit that it must come from the Labour anal region.

Unless you mean Austerity = "reduced government spending, higher taxes" instead of "extremely reduced government spending, lower taxes", which is what's happening now.

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Movie review: Oblivion

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Re: Dream Speak Base Ports of Call which be both Destination and Starting Points in Timed Space.

This definitely is Ship Control. We are fucked.

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Re: Slightly off topic

> first version of "Stalker" was simply lost upon completion

Correct, the proletariat-owned development studio fucked up.

After that it was shot next to the proletariat-abandoned hydropowerstation and a few proletariat-run semi-abandoned factories which were dumping all that foamy crap and snow shit into the estonian water system. Good in the movie but it gave the crew and the dog uncurable cancer a bit later.

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Re: Nothing puts me off a film more

> 3 facial expressions

Xenu present, Xenu absent and Unsure about Xenu?

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Re: RSVP in Dream Speak. Always Transparently Clear of Fab Intentions with Great Inventor Engines ..

Is this Ship Control?

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And now for something completely different!

So has anyone read Greg Bear's "Hull Zero-Three". Nothing one hasn't seen elsewhere , but damn fine read in the grimdark interstellar genre anyway.

Oh it's Saturday, time to drive down to the recycling center with tons of karmic accumulation. Work, here I come.

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Re: "Tom Cruise" - Hollywoods permier scientology creepozoid

> since the studios became corporate

May I recommend "Stalker" then.

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Re: IHS?

Possibly something to do with NHS?

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Nearly a quarter of all books sold in US in 2012 were ebooks

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Re: They haven't caught up to real books

Positively puzzling!

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

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Actually, I haven't seen it done once in Hollywood films.

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Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?

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Re: Space elevated....

With what? A nuke? And nothing would happen. That's the whole idea.

Besides, Jeru/Salem might like to keep the rubes groundside

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Re: We need another war

Don't know what total arseholes in need of having their heads sledgehammered for the good of all us us upvoted this.

How's burning down cities wholescale and killing a few 10⁷ people as well as impoverishing whole nations by destroying capital goods and consumer goods IN ANY WAY helpful in building capital-intensive technologies that will get you into space? Fucking cretins pretending that wars "kickstart the economy" (and whom I would glad dropkick and kerbstomp with no moral qualms whatsoever) never provide an explanation about how this magic is supposed to happen either, so I suppose it doesn't.

In the same vein you could argue that Auschwitz was needed because it relieved population pressure. Sure it did, but there were some problems with the whole show, right?

Nope, wars don't help. In fact, without WWI/WWII and the whole Red Revolution / Cold War bullshit we could pobably already book tourist class to Mars.

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Re: Fuels

And the electronic computer of the A-4 is also of mucho interest!

Check this (if you understand german):

Helmut Hoelzer’s Fully Electronic Analog Computer used in the German V2 (A4) rockets

A fascinating talk about great ideas meeting full-on retardation of academia and industry (not understanding cybernetics at all) and military (not understanding shit) about the design of the on-board analog computer. Is there an english translation?

"Ich möchte nur erwähnen daß, wenn bei Nyquist von Schwingung gesprochen wird, diese Schwingung nichts unmittelbar mit einer Schwingung zu tun hat, welche die Rakete im Flug ausübt oder nicht ausübt. Ich benutzte daher, abweichend von dem Sprachgebrauch der “klassischen Wurzel-Methode.” das Wort “Phase” und “Phasenschieber.” Einer der Herren der Firma fragte mich, ob ich wüßte, daß das Wort Phase nur Sinn mache, wenn es sich um eine Schwingung handelte. In anderen Worten, “wenn die Rakete keine Schwingung ausübt, kann ja Ihr System gar nicht funktionieren und die Schwingung wollen wir ja gerade vermeiden.” Diejenigen von Ihnen, die sich einmal mit Regelungstechnik befaßt haben, werden jetzt anfangen zu lachen und ich tat das auch bis mir der Ernst der Lage klar wurde. Dies war nämlich für unseren General, der die Sitzung leitete, aber noch weniger davon verstand, so sehr überzeugend, daß er das neue System abdrehte. Die Computersteuerung war kaputt - tot - und die Industrie war beruhigt. Dies blieb so bis Prüfstand Tests zeigten, daß es das einzige System war, das wirklich funktionierte. Es wurde dann das endgültige System für die Rakete. Nicht nur, daß es billiger war, es war auch zuverlässiger und man konnte nun alle Geräte der Steuerung miteinander austauschen und miteinander arbeiten lassen. Z.B. Siemens Richtgeber mit Anschutz Rudermaschine oder stabilisierte Plattform von der Firma Kreiselgeräte mit irgend einer Rudermaschine von einer anderen Firma oder umgekehrt. Ich möchte noch erwähnen, daß auch die Stellungszuortnung der Rudermaschine überflüssig wurde. Wenn Ihnen also jemand ein Steuerungsschaltbild zeigt, welches Wendezeiger enthält, dann war es nicht die V 2 Steuerung sondern der Vorschlag von einem, der es gerne verkauft hätte, wenn es funktioniert hätte."

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Re: That's what happens when you leave development up to governments

Cars were saved by government?????

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And really, the only thing that needs putting down is excessive government (What is excessive? Everything beyond a government managing the receptions of other government's diplomats: select the restaurants and all that) . Hell, we could have done a lot more with a few world wars less, for starters.

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Re: Space elevators simply won't work. Never.

Unless you ferry reaction mass to the counterweight and boost it a bit....

But yeah there's basically the point "It's not an elevator, it's a railgun with an additional vertical component, or something. Deal with it, nerd!"

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That NASA and Amurrican flag on the space elevator fantasy picture ... most ridiculous.

Next: The Imperial Seal of the Holy Roman Empire on the Space Shuttle.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: They bought a stolen laptop.

That's four idiots.

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Re: Receiving stolen goods is still a crime.

If receiving stolen goods were a crime, the whole state apparatus would be inside.

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White whines: Muh New Overpriced Shiny was a stolen!

"which beams the laptop's location back to its owner along with desktop screenshots and pictures from the built-in camera"

While it travels? Ok, any explanation of how that is supposed to work? Does it sniff out open WiFi? Does it have built-in GSM?

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Re: They bought a stolen laptop.

Three idiots posting in a row?

Not having tons of money tends to make one overlook the actual provenance of second-hand laptops.

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Oh S**T, here comes a ROBOT to take my JOB

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"This deserves top marks for its optimistic view of the human spirit but it’s still as much a wild fantasy as Sparky dreaming that he can play the piano."

Unfortunately, I have news: Sparky better start playing the piano, even if badly. Have you seen a miner 'round here lately? There are just fuhnancial types and possibly state employees being fed by taxes of I don't know whom where I live. And cleaning ladies. The guys who worked in the housing bubble have all been laid off, too, causing moans about "austerity".

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'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake

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Re: Why?

Yea wowfood, you seem ready to upgrade from the 101st keyboarder to a real airborne brigade so that you can put some boots on the ground.

Sign up on this line, son.

> Oh shit they're in belgium, now we HAVE to join in, thanks a fucking lot germany.

No you didn't. No-one gives a hoot about Belgium.

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Re: Well that couldn't have gone wrong anyway...

Well, one would hope that in 2013 one would not succumb to the "tyranny of the railroad schedules" and take a little peek at the display of the Aegis system or whatever and, you know, cross-confirm.

Unless non-cross-confirmation suits the powers in charge, as in the Gulf of Tonkin "incident". But there is no indication that anyone wants to go hot at the present time.

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Stop this faggotry worthwith

"fellow rogue nation Iran"

Iran is declared "rogue" in "the West"'s"Press Declarations Meant For Useful Idiots because the far-right government of Israel thinks it needs to perpetually play the nation scheduled for holocaustation and buys political influence via brown envelopes from the military superpower one continent away. There are also quite a few oil-related interests as in "who will be the next regional power", Saudi Arabia, Iran or US?

Otherwise it would be about as "rogue" as Pakistan. Quite a lot less actually.

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Mars orbiter finds remains of pioneering Soviet Mars 3 probe

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On a level with the UK's "Beagle" effort.

Come to think of it, the Soviet Union and Blighty also both managed to seriously blow out nuclear reactors.

More in common than one would at first think.

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Windows 8 has put the world's PC market to sleep - IDC

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Re: Then Eadon told bullshit again

The economy may be down the drain, but one thing that's definitely NOT tight is money. The printing press is puking it out.

Savings and wealth reserves though, are all gutted, dead and locked away in dead assets.

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Muahaha---

Make your kit-shifting dependent on a rape-bus piloted by a head salesman with the meat sweats and staffed with his band of motley fools and serfs trying to follow the yuppie transporter in front.

Reap what you sow.

On a related tack, I'm sure state-worshippers will demand that "austerity" measures be relaxed for a righteous uptick in sales. Yeah, that's gonna help (as if there were any in the first place)

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Microsoft Xbox exec quits after ENRAGING the INTERWEBS

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Re: Ubisoft....

Malicious Obedience? Something from the Newspeak dictionary?

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A high-flying Microsoftie?

Clearly a comet-ary descent ....from the Orth Cloud!

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Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin

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Dinosaur resurrection out of the question!

They are all chicken!

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Hey Intel, Microsoft: Share those profits with your PC pals, eh? - analyst

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Re: Why is there such a disconnect

"It's painful to see, and certainly isn't great PR for capitalism and the free market"

On the contrary. This opens possibilities for new entrants. That's what it is about. Unless they are kept off the market by "Intellectual Property" (state-subsidized monopoly, that is), which is a pain for everyone.

The alternative is to have a Soviet Computer For Everyone on your desk. You know you don't want that for quite a lot of reasons.

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Re: Mature market

"I doubt that the PC is dead. For a lot of purposes, especially business or serious work, you need a keyboard and a mouse and a decent screen at arm's length."

That has always been the case. Even in the area of clunky 486 with horrible OS, you could get a decent machine for approx 10'000 USD (the then-valued USD) from SGI. We may be getting back to that.

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

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Re: Stunning

Why do you want to put social science majors reconverted as webmonkeys into engineering?

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Re: I don't get it

Rocket Equation

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Re: Nope!

The funny thing about feedback loops is that it can end at least two ways.

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Now I know how these russian dudes managed to crash an airliner in Die Hard II by just moving the ground's representation on a CRT.

No wait, planes weren't as computerized back then...

Anyway, this all seems rather far-fetched and complicated to pull off when it's easier to blow up a 4x4 at a mall.

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Re: Sky's the limit

"Always assume there are people out there much cleverer than you are."

I think you just invalidated your own argument. You are none too clever.

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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D'Oh!

Well, it's definitely not a Ponzi scheme. Bernie Madoff's investment pyramid is a Ponzi scheme. "Quantitative Easing" is Ponzi scheme. Social security is a Ponzi scheme. This here? Just the standard "bubble". Bubble up, bubble down.

This dramatic rise has led to people investing into the currency that are not technically skilled enough to understand the complex principles on which the system works

Unskilled? It happens to the "best". Quite a few ministers of finance and economics as well as that nobel-prizewinning economist-clown writing columns in the NYT are not skilled enough to understand even basic economic principles. What you gonna do about it? Always look on the bright side of life...

Bitcoin's virtues as a digital currency may not yet be clear, but right now its devotees are treating it like a commodity, and this can only end in tears.

Money *must* be a commodity, what else? And it must not be easily generated either. Next you will be telling me cheap paper with pretty pictures and flowery signatures of semi-dead males on it and monopolized/imposed by a government outfit hidden in a repurposed 18th-century building with lots of marble and large wooden doors is "money". I laugh!

(Although, is bitcoin a "money"? Opinions diverge)

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'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

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Re: Priorities

Do you forget about TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT? Do you let it fall BY THE WAYSIDE?

Well, yes.

And the actual, REAL priority is PAYING THE TAXMAN. Never ever forget paying your protection money.

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One-eyed Large Disk Rusty sez...

"What do you think, Rocco? Are we pirates?"

"Crooopy! Croooooopy! Arrrrhh!"

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ACLU documents shows free access to emails for IRS tax police

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AS IF!

"Intuit fighting hard to retain its market by blocking moves to simplify the tax system"

Uh yeah, Small Bad Capitalists bring YOU to tears by influencing politicians. Crying_Indian.jpg

As if that was needed.

Tax shenanigans are used profitable to solicit votes from this or that voter block. It ain't gonna go anywhere soon.

Hopefully the fact that the confiscation outfit also can check your e-mail will finally kick people into PGP mode.

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Frightening fondleslabs branded Hannibal Lecter of UK PC market

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Re: why are pc's/macs sold

Angry Birds only needs to be written once.

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Big Data’s booming. So why hasn't the channel caught on yet?

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"Big Data" sounds more like "Bubble Data"

So the battle for understanding of "The Cloud" is over?

"It took time for resellers and their customers to understand exactly what cloud computing was, and what it could do for their business, and for vendors to educate them about the cost and efficiency benefits it could bring."

I am in "the industry" and I still don't know what cloud computing is and what it can do for my business. "The cloud" is like Hegelian philosophy: it's obscure, quite probably content-free (if someone managed to drill down through the jargon) and likely to have a hidden nefarious agenda (in Hegel's case, making the Prussian State your New God, Forever).

So, Cloud: Just tell me you want to host my data and do all the ancilliary things: power, data pipes, security, killing roaches in the server room, security, replacing faulty machines, and security. Then I can ask where, how, how often, how do I get out and what are the legal implications (the latter evidently still being worked on at the Eurocratic Offices).

"Big Data is similar. There’s a compelling case for companies to analyse the vast quantities of data sitting idle on servers to better understand and serve customers, and respond in a more agile way to business change. But that education has been piecemeal at best."

I don't know about that compelling case. How many companies do have lots of data of interest that they can legally hold and analyze for some profit? Sure there is scientific companies, research companies, medical companies, engineering companies, but these already know their data and it's not sitting idle. Retailers may have billions of sales slips (pseudo-anonymized via 'fidelity card number', natch), but what to do with these? We already have had the Data Warehouse thing from the '00s...

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Re: Big Data Solution

Obvious vendor-sponsored posting is obvious.

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Boffins propose photon-swapping entanglement experiment on ISS

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Re: Well at least it's almost science

> But it's also 'proving' something that nobody seriously doubts

You are unfortunately rather clueless. That "nobody" is you and your dog, I suppose?

It is by no means clear whether entanglement should hold over vast distances and speed differences.

> but still pointless

GB2 your PS3.

> Otherwise it's like repeating the Michelson-Morley experiment in Houston to check if the aether exists in the confederacy

Dumbass.

Also, the confederacy had been absorbed in the United States of Lincoln by that time. Unitary presidency, here we come!

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> Hard on the heels of a Chinese claim to have measured the speed at which entanglement can transfer information,

Don't you mean "to have measures the speed at which entanglement does not transfer information"?

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French spies do a Barbara Streisand over secret nuke radio base

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1) It is "pas de fumée sans feu"

2) If you want to evade the guns and badges of the french tax nazis, what would that have to do with anything about a military place on wikipedia? An article about belgian expats would be more appropriate.

And then,,,

"The Foundation takes allegations of national security threats seriously and investigated the matter accordingly."

Yeah, they are okay with endlessy discussing/censoring/moderating the particular ways cats fall down stairs, but once the real stuff his the HTTP request, they chill the fuck out.

Fracking peter puffers.

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Re: Probably an Idiot

> we advertise engineered solutions to any problem

Does this involve the use of polonium and/or dioxin?

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Re: It's preprogrammed...

This "amurrica fuck year" retardation is actually getting tiresome.

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