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Space probe spies MYSTERY 'Cold Spot' in very fabric of cosmos itself

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Re: Everyone's got it wrong...

However, it looks like for some reason, we are seriously on the right track, although lots of questions may never be decidable or experimentally verifiable.

If at the end a mathematical structure pops out that has no free parameters and maps perfectly well to the real world, I would consider this, job done, you can has cake!

(Yes, I consider Portal a tale on the fight against a psychopathic, sadistic mother nature. And maybe there is a way to get behind the obviously fake theater props that are offered to us)

See also:

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

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Re: Fractal

It could be a universe-sized Death Star, and we are INSIDE IT!

The emperor has gone too far.

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Re: Here... the moment this spot was created.

What do you Lilim know about that? Nothing.

Study more Dead Sea Scrolls.

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The Planck Data Release is also being LIVE BLOGGED. Those modern scientists!

In particular, we find:

Finally, the emphasis on "anomalies" in the media conference and press release seems like headline-bait to me. By and large these were already known from the WMAP data, and are at large angular scales -- where Planck and WMAP should​ overlap with one another. Any dataset has anomalies and by stressing these, the ESA media-monkeys detract from the huge advance this dataset represents. Planck has provided us with a picture of the early universe with unprecedented clarity and precision, and every cosmologist in the world will have to do their job differently on the strength of it. Working out what it tells us may take years, but it is going to be fun.

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Clearly an Eye in the Sky.

Related:

Get your fix in High-Resolution Simulation of the Universe in Exquisite Detail (DEUS-FUR: Dark Energy Universe Simulation - Full Universe Run) HERE and HERE.

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Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

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Re: wow

> pollution capable of killing life millions of years in the future long after our species has disappeared

You will find that this is certainly not true. Expecting Chuck-Norris-like-killscale via the few tons of slowly decaying crud is RIDICULOUS. Even today, the fauna and flora around Pripyat are nowhere near dead. You realise that granite is highly radioactive and uranium is a 100% natural product?

Additionally: "species dead" ---> NO ONE CARES

Additionally: "millions of years in the future" ---> A bit of planetary extinction event will probably have come along anyway. Take that, greens.

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I am Bear ... WELCOME TO RUSSIA!

Amazingly, it seems that in spite of the Yurop and the USUK FEARTRAIN, fast breeders are being built. Mainly in Russia though (insert picture of a flaming taxi with bear riding shotgun barrelling down a street):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breeder_reactor#Future_plants

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Re: wow

The WHO certainly does not "report to the IAEA".

It may be "underreporting" (it probably is) but the brickshitting "overreporting" by Gaiaists is not helpful either.

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Brit web biz waves white flag in Python trademark bout

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Glory!

Can we a "MUAHAHA" inlined image, please.

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NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED if we spot a big asteroid at short notice

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Re: Err...not sure 'the planet' is at risk...

But the "infestation" is the only chance this differently abled Gaia lass has of being relevant at all.

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Re: Obama's goals

Why is Ann Coulter posting here?

And getting upvotes?

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Re: Nothing new under the sun

Yeah but the Economist was also justifying the war on Afghanistan and on Iraq, so...

"Where do you want to your money to go today?"

Now there is a 15 trillion dollar debt carter and 120 trillion uncovered social security benefits (with the wealth increasingly going to political entrepreneurs). And that's just the US.

Asteroid deflection? Not soon.

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Insourced staff paid a pittance but don't want to leave

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learn2economy, ffs!

> People who work for cheap drag down rates for all. Well done guys!

Sounds like someone wants a cartel or negotiator that doesn't hesistate to use force to impose monopoly pricing on wages, aka "trade union".

> If you take low wages then you deserve to never recover in your salary in punishment of the damage to the market rates you are doing

Yeah, definitely a cartel. The "market rate" is what people are asking. You cannot "damage" it, because that would mean there is a magical "right price" or "guaranteed price". Once that concept appears, your problems really start. It' just normal that people get lower pay if the benefits are better. Otherwise they are not benefits, they are "entitlements".

In this here very central European country named after a confectionary, public employees get better benefits, better pay, basically cannot be fired, see their salary increased by law during a depression and have a trade union that does not hesitate to block the capital. On the other hand they very often do shit work (if they are not outright corrupt and are actively soliciting bribes). That doesn't help anyone.

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

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Re: Pretty good!!

But the radiation is bundled by the parabolic antenna, so it's less than inverse square...

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Osborne slashes growth forecast by half in bleak economy statement

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Doom... doom

In before party-hack retards like Krugman blame the problems on too much "austerity" as opposed to too much debt digging (as he recommends) and relying on financial instrumentation with no added value except for the trader's swimming pool.

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South Korean TV and banks paralysed in disk-wipe cyber-blitz

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Back to playing Starcraft...

Really, Sork vs. Nork is so yesterday.

Cyprus is where it's at! Hot, steamy banks. Sweating Merkel Ferkel. Euroshambles extravaganza.

Who can resist?

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Shamefur Dispray!

Looks like yet another case of "Signature-based Antivirus sucks Donkey Dong"

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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

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Death threats and horrible mutilation threats SHALL be on the lower end of the reaction scale

Seriously...

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SCADA honeypots attract swarm of international hackers

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Re: "This is a wake-up call for operators of these infrastructures"

Natanz was a USB stickjob IIRC, so no Internet involved, at least directly.

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Re: This just in

> GIven we see as many attacks on SSH ports listening on non-standard ports as those on the standard one

Interesting as I don' see that at all. I specifically moved the port to get rid of all the stupid login scans in the log...

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Re: So there are people out there looking for these systems with the tools to do damage.

Ex-employees haxxoring out of the Occupied Palestinian Territories?

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Re: America's so called Bogeyman is supposed to be a source of risk

Obligatory DOOM CHART

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Re: So there are people out there looking for these systems with the tools to do damage.

While I conceive that protecting these systems is just good business practice (aka. "Striving for Excellence" in a Total Quality Management program), please do explain why "board level staff" should "do time" when the recommended quality assurance processes are not in place or handled well.

If your arse depends on these systems being locked down, why -- you know how to order up audits, dontcha?

And then we have the "gov't owned" stuff letting it all hang out. What you gonna do about it? Probably wait until horse bolted, then slap on the wrist, then more money injections.

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Breakneck star orbits black hole at record speed

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Why did I read "Neckbeard star orbits black hole at record speed"?

I .... gotta get out of this "industry".

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Dear gov cyber-ninjas, try NOT to KILL PEOPLE. Love from the lawyers

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They think of the children if they can use their dead bodies for propaganda

> Politicians (and particularly those of the western "liberal interventionist" bend)

> Règles de Jeu

Choose one.

Our do-gooders have no problem offing several hundreds of thousand if it is "worth it" and mean progress towards the fairy World Of Good.

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Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map

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Respect muh authority! This WILL be fully prosecuted.

This is activity seems to be on the level of "urban exploration". On a bad day you may end up being chased by rats, guard dogs, mafiosi and coppers. Or come too near a radioactive landfill site. Or give an old lady a premature heart attack. On a good day, you come away with a set of nice high-resolution pictures.

There is always the chance that the scan hits the Internet-connected widely open medical device controller, which would be bad. I still wouldn't get into a tizzy over "ethics", which are often just a convenient bullet-pointed-and-ordered-by-priority way of pretending that tradeoffs and fast or dubious decisions don't exist in the real world. Or worse, that one is whiter than driven snow...

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Re: NO..

> A script kiddie could have done this.

LOLNO.

I do hope your professional abilities are better than your evident lack of judgement would suggest.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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I am Bear ... WELCOME TO RUSSIA!

BN-XXX Fast Breeders?

But these are Superphénix-style reactors .... The french were unable to get these to work or shitting their pants about possible accidents, don't know which.

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Re: Nice, but still just a fancy kettle

Yeah so what. Nuclear fission is ENTROPY UNLEASHED. What's wrong with using it to build up a head of steam?

Nothing.

For some reason, it looks unreasonable to people who have read too many Larry Niven Magic Tech Everywhere books. But so what.

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Re: Its real enemy.

Sounds suspicious ... are the companies building reactors the same as the ones getting the Uranium out of the earth? I don't think so.

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First sale doctrine survives US Supreme Court

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No, it is the job of the state to keep the wolves hidden from the sheep.

Property rights enforcement can be done privately, too.

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FAIL

Clearly...

Three apples are rotten.

Gas!

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Software bug halts Curiosity: Nuke lab bot in safe mode

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Blinded by the light!

Dude, there is a FRICKING ENORMOUS SUN between the sender and the receiver.

If you wanna route around that thing, be my guest but I'm not sure that there are currently many transmission nodes running Licklider Transmission Protocol hanging around the solar system yet.

Once we get off this rock, things will be better, I'm sure.

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Re: That's what safe mode is for...

In other contexts: REACTOR SCRAM

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Somewhat Related: Currently in a paper on my desk...

"Can a Manufacturing Quality Model (like 6 sigma) Work for Software" [Robert V. Binder, IEEE Software, September 1997]

We have the following interesting stats:

♦ NASA Space Shuttle Avionics have a defect density of 0.1 failures/KLOC (Edward Joyce, “Is Error-free Software Possible?” Datamation, Feb.18, 1989).

♦ Leading-edge software companies have a defect density of 0.2 failures/KLOC. These companies are achieving 0.025 user-reported failures per function point or better (Capers Jones, Applied Software Measurement, McGraw Hill, 1991, p. 177).

♦ A leading reliability survey found an average defect density of 1.4 faults/KLOC in critical systems (John D. Musa, Anthony Iannino, and Okumoto Kazuhira, Software Reliability: Measurement, Prediction, Application, McGraw Hill, 1990, p. 116).

♦ Surveys of military systems indicate at best a defect density of 5.0 faults/KLOC and at worst a defect density of 55.0 faults/KLOC (Joseph P. Cavano and Frank S. LaMonica, “Quality Assurance in Future Development Environments,” IEEE Software, Sept. 1987, pp. 26-34).

[In the above, failures/KLOC should prolly be replaced by faults/KLOC]

[The answer is NO, btw]

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Psst, young rover. Wanna try this URL "origin://blumars.exe?cmd=chinastrong.dll"?

Not necessarily. This was an "unrelated file", so may not have been picked up at all.

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EA Origin vuln puts players at risk

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Re: Hah

"The issue can be mitigated by disabling the origin://URI globally using tools such as 'urlprotocolview'. This means a user will be no longer able to run games via Desktop shortcuts or internet websites with customs command line parameters."

Good idea!

Did Steam fix their problem of the same nature, btw?

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Hah

"because Origin functions on multiple platforms"

should be

"because Origin does not function on multiple platforms"

What are those "multiple platform" and why did 40 million install it? Is this like smoking? Does the Surgeon General emit health and safety issues? Is it sin-taxed at least? Questions, questions...

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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

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Re: I guess we don't need to write our own guidebook for people going to America...

America is nothing like in a Moore movie. He's filming from a progressive standpoint. Might as well watch "Sin CIty - CAPITALISM" for realism.

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Re: From the land where the consumer is king?

Isn't this why the consumer is king... and not Brussels?

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"Fish and chips, national dish mate."

I hope there is a free DVD of "The 51st State" glued to the back of the manual.

An educationally valuable movie!

"You can still go to France, mate, it's not too far, it's full of pricks and they hate fucking yanks as well!"

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Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

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Re: The real question is...

Changing Lines:

Hexagram Twenty-Three/Line Three:

He moves among those who would overturn the throne.

Discretion and a true heart are the key to survival.

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Re: The real question is...

I asked the "I Ching Online"

"Was the smear against Apple as tweeted by the 8:20 party truthful or not?"

Cast Hexagram: 23 - Twenty-Three : Po / Splitting Apart

"The weight of the Mountain presses down upon a weak foundation of Earth: The Superior Person will use this time of oppression to attend to the needs of those less fortunate. Any action would be ill-timed. Stand fast."

SITUATION ANALYSIS:

"This is a situation easily mistaken for Stagnation (Hexagram 12) or Revolution (Hexagram 49). It just depends on which side you're on. During a time of Stagnation, human worms invade to feed on the decay. During a time of Revolution, oppression is being overthrown. But in this situation, oppressors are violently seizing power. Pay special heed when you receive this hexagram, because the oracle is often warning you of a situation of which you are totally unaware. You are about to be blindsided."

So probably not, but this sounds like even more ominous things are in the offing.

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Re: Storm

The Android one?

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Bottomless, unsatisfied Xbox widow cuffed after boyf flees nookie

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Re: Hint, kids (of any gender) ...

"if your partner(s) is(are) more interested in X than they are in you then BAD CONSEQUENCE"

Why talk like a young one on the ultimate ego trip?

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Drones with freakin' CLAWS grab objects like eagles

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Greg Egan had one of those in "Distress"

Snapped up a protestor in the street, broke all his bones, then let him drop again pour encourager les autres.

Autonomy is not needed, we just need Mr. Copper on his anonymous terminal.

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OpenSUSE 12.3: Proof not all Linux PCs are Um Bongo-grade bonkers

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Re: KDE submenus still don't work

Never had any problem and I also think AC-ing should mean the IP address is advertised with one of those kaleidoscopic images.

How about it, El Reg?

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Re: Linux as a desktop is a failure, its time to move on

"Moving on": Choose the Jobs Cult Camp or the Windows Gulag.

No thanks, I will pass. I don't particularly like Kool Aid or barbed wire.

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Muah...

MUAH.

AC trollposts about Linux, injects hostility, fakes aggravated fanboism for Windows and hopes for a shitstorm?

Here?

Where using "professionalism" and "Microsoft" in the same phrase evokes tired guffaws?

Go back to /b/, anon.

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