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MoD and tech, arms giants start super-duper cyber fight club

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Re: Lethal Software?

Taxpayer's Money.

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Cosmic blast mystery solved in neutron star's intense death throes

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The subheading 'As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced' clearly goes too far.

Let's leave out the duplicate "suddenly" and more correctly state:

'As if millions of magnetic field lines cried out in stress and were suddenly expelled'

Those magnetic field test charges around the neutron star sure must feel whoozy as the generator formed by the massive fermionic tower exponentially disappears underneath them. I think the lab equivalent would be to drop the electromagnet into a superconducting liquid.

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Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks

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Luckily the Asteroid was not named "Rasd-Codurersa Diziet Embless Sma da' Marenhide" or there would be headspinning.

Although I always thought of her looking as Maetel... where is there no Asteroid Maetel, huh?

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US workforce expands as more job seekers seek jobs

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"delivering some good news: over the past three months, despite government job cuts, private-sector employers added enough jobs to keep pace with population growth"

Really! Government job cuts! Private hirings! Oh miracle. Unfortunately....

America's Jobs Disaster

The impressive Michael Mandel of BusinessWeek recently (October 2009) crunched the numbers for job growth over the last 10 years, and the results, shall we say, don't look good.

He calls it a "lost decade for jobs" in the United States. I call it a disaster. Consider his graph depicting the percent change in private-sector job growth over time. ....

We find a traditional pattern for private-sector job growth that, although volatile (following the business cycle), remains within a 20–30 percent band for the 30-year period starting in 1971. However, this period is followed by an ominous decline in the 2000s, which approaches zero job growth by May of 2009. What's going on?

Mandel doesn't say, although he points out that the real story is somewhat worse than the data suggest. Throughout the 2000s, there was significant growth in public sector jobs, doubling that of the private sector in absolute terms. Mandel adds that, of the private-sector jobs created during this time period, most were in the "HealthEdGov" sector, meaning that these jobs — technically private — would not have existed without government spending.

The situation is troubling, to say the least. From May 1999 to May 2009, private-sector employment increased by only 1.1 percent — the lowest rate of job growth since the 1930s. This reflects structural problems within the US labor force that have increased in severity during this decade....

No it's not gonna be fixed by the end of the year.

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HP techies reject latest pay offer, closer to industrial action

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"Industrial action" announced

Will HP bods actually do their job?

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> pay freeze for 3 years

Be lucky that there is no "austerity". Managing to keep pay at bubble levels is actually amazing.

> performance

May I ask how it is measured?

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Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat

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Re: "Not only is the release just a week away"

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/Schedule

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Re: A new keyboard...

There is nothing wrong with KDE.

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FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy

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> Astronomer wins

Why?

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Re: The laws of physics do NOT change in different places.

And as it is Friday, for those who want to have fun with numbers: Alpha and Electro-weak Coupling

It is shown that the fine structure constant alpha has the same value that "characterises" a relation, denoted by alpha_137(29*137), between a representation of the cyclic group of order 29*137 and the induced representation for the cyclic subgroup of order 137. The value of this characteristic is alpha_137(29*137) = 0.007297352532... . The complementary characteristic alpha_29(29*137)=0.034280626357... for the cyclic subgroup of order 29 is shown to represent the gauge theory electro-weak coupling quantity g^2/(4 pi). Kinematic aspects of the representation geometry are discussed and a generalized version of the Weinberg electro-weak mixing angle is introduced.

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Re: The laws of physics do NOT change in different places.

Actually alpha is variable. It depends on the energy of the interaction. This is an experimental fact.

Interestingly, the description of the strong force does not have an equivalent of alpha, I hear. It is "self-contained". That's the way it should be. There may be big holes in the electromagnetic force.

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Apple files patent for 'Waze-plus'

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Re: It probably is novel.

But now they are patenting getting others to work for THEM. That's got to be novel.

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Going lo-tech to avoid NSA snooping? Unlucky - they read snailmail too

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Re: Encrypted email

Aren't they in your Ericsson Switch?

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Quality improvement etc.

And they STILL manage to lose mail, have mail not delivered, bounced, addressed wrongly, disappear up the arse of the Postal Service and whatnot.

Working on the important things, are we?

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Whitehall's ball-breaking efficiency tsar quits for a quiet life in Oz

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Sounds impressive.

His last words must have been "I won't be back!"

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

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That guy

Smells like an operator team working from the basement of #FedBuilding.

Don't give me the "true-blood-red-state/blue-state-fascist-patri0t-hacker" bullshit.

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IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

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Re: Well Now

Especially when you are in a bit of a hurry to get that movie on 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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