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Curiosity succeeds – Mars was wet enough for life!

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Re: absolutely nothing to see

I don't think they need to justify the ridiculous budget at all. It's already made from fumes and gas.

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Re: water-rounded stones

Science hasn't disproven the existence of pixies. If pixies manage to slip through dimensions, that would explain why they have never been caught...

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> Land on Mars while on a trip to the Jupiter Hilton with the missus.

> Decide to go to the Golden Arches for a quick Terraburger.

> Find take-away litter and polystyrene packaging all over Chryse Planitia.

> Disgusted, turn around.

> Nearly get run down by a Jabba-The-Hut-Sized mall dweller in a nuclear powered rover.

The Face When!

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Re: What Are We Waiting For?

But Bronies are Good For You and promote Friendship!

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Re: Silicon-based life

Well, we don't really know what can come out of a quark star...

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Re: What Are We Waiting For?

FUND IT!

Oort Cloud Mining Now for Better Lebensraum!

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Re: So... what happened to te water?

Water comes from cometary impacts, mostly. There's solar masses of the stuff out there (a post-supernova recombination of solar masses of hydrogen and oxygen should give you a warm sauna feeling)

Planets just have to present a big enough target until all the comets have been hoovered up.

Indeed, the solar system may be particularly devoid of water, it could well be that most planets out there are "water planets" with no emerging land at all.

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Re: Assumptions

I though these were bioweapons created to do something nasty to humans or something?

In that case, "Intelligent Design!"

The problem with Mars is that it's passive. You need an environment that allows self-assembly with ratchet effects over long timespans so that complex-enough implementations of computationally-capable and environmentally-interacting machinery arise. A frozen entropized dustball which does not with the free energy that it gets from the Sun ain't particularly amenable to that.

But the landscape is cool.

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Oracle acquires Nimbula, buys way into open clouds

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Atom Heart Larry

....Nimbula's technology "is complementary to Oracle"

For about half a day, then it ignominiously is left to fall under the table where it dies of dehydration, shackled and forgotten.

Why that devil icon comes in Oracle Colors. Great!

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Perish the fault! Can your storage array take a bullet AND LIVE?

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Re: RAID 5 shouldn't even be named unless living under the bridge

> Redundant Array of Disks, Level 5

> Only a problem if you are not redundant anyway.

Dude, what?

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Re: RAID 5 shouldn't even be named unless living under the bridge

I always assume that the only thing that changes are the 15 cm² of electronics, with the case, motor and disk exactly the same. And maybe not even that. Possibly just the chip that changes. And MAYBE not even that. Maybe just ROM that changes.

Seriously, are there still separate lines for SAS and SATA these days? I demand proof! I also demand statistical proof that this improves reliability.

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Re: Bullet-proof?

> literally saved the bank

That happened just at the moment the Credit Lyonnais was embroiled in a bizarre case of about a trillion francs français having disappeared / gone to people of the well-connected persuasion with the traces kept on paper only at HQ? But maybe I misremember. Could be.

Such a tragic accident.

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RAID 5 shouldn't even be named unless living under the bridge

BAARF! Enough is enough. You can either join BAARF. Or not.

Anyway, this is a nice writeup. Gotta study, I still have stuff from 5 or even 10 years ago in my head. It only seems like yesterday....

Also:

"SAS drives without an identical SATA model"

Is this meant to say that the hardware vendor is supposed to have created a separate SAS production series very much unrelated to the SATA production series? Is that even possible these days?

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Elon Musk's 'Grasshopper' hover rocket scores another test success

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Re: Rocket Landing is old hat

> Some of the first efforts to use rocket braking were tried during WW2

Hold on.

What EXACTLY were people trying to rocket-brake during WW2? And how??

Germans were just barely managing to get A4s airborne and on trajectory. Have you seen the analog on-board computers for that (google up Hoelzer's Mischgerät). It was a pretty tall order, and Hoelzer recalls prussian generals and university profs giving him the laughing treatment. Luckily for him he didn't get the cybernetics-is-a-jewish-and-bourgeois-science treatment too. Doing the even more tricky braking manoeuver sounds dicey.

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France demands Skype register as telco

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Re: The french may have some strange ideas at times

It's not "free" at all.

Someone has to pay. In this case, either *you* via subscription to the infrastructure service or *you* via paid services from your provider that cover the "free bundling" of ... whatever.

The fact that the idea of "taxation" emerges from bureauseptic's head like feces emerges from a ruminant whenever he hears "free" doesn't make taxing moral nor does it mean that double taxation is not being performed (or even triple taxation, after all there already is hidden taxation via inflation. Printing money is not "free" except for the one who prints it, n'est-ce pas Monsieur Hollande?)

(I remember an article in 'The Economist' in the good old Clinton/DotCom-Bubble days where the adventurous thesis was advanced that Skype would destroy the existing telecom providers. The thought occurred to me that the writers must think that Skype was magically running via ansible)

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Oops, they did it again? Britney Spears, Paris Hilton 'LAID BARE ALL OVER THE WEB'

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More Cheeki Breekisms

> below El Reg.

I say! Not at all, my good fellow!

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Earth bombarded by interplanetary SLIME MONSTERS

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Re: Journal of Cosmology is loony bullshit.

Fossilization Rays, of course!

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Re: Already debunked?

MAD SCIENCE!

These articles should all be accompanied by a picture of Isaac Kleiner.

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Re: Jesus.....

Yeah, his manly appendage was pretty sensitive.

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Heart of the Comet or Fortean Events?? YOU FSCKING DECIDE!!

Check April 1st ... no.

Check Mayan Apocalypse ... no.

Possible influence by Saturn ascendant in the Sign of Scorpion ... no.

Ok, that would be AMAZING IF TRUE but I remember the "Red/Blood Rain Over India" flap, which was originally panned to be panspermiotic interlopers TRANSPORTED BY METEORITE but could be explained away standard terrestrial microbiologic CELESTIAL PHENOMENA somehwat related to FROG RAINS!

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Czechs check cheques, reject £680m 4G auction

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Re: Completely unacceptable

The limit to exceedingly high charges are the punters.

And "gouging" is a concept of the progressive toolbox completely devoid of any meaningful content.

Of course Eurocrats like the build a up a head of steam about "high prices" which need to be "regulated", and make this a question of national or even continental "SUPERIORITY!" which needs to be nurtured and channeled. After the roundtable they visit expensive restaurants then retire to their apartments that they could buy due to high taxpayer-provided salaries despite housing bubble-level pricing...

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How UK gov's 'growth' measures are ALREADY killing the web

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Care-o-Meter hovering at zero

"Killing the Web" is NOT "sob stories about various 'creative people'". "The Web" is fine.

"But once the law is weakened, the economic hangover starts."

What is this? Whig Historiography? What we have now is the best and empowers photographers taking stock images in Bristol? Change can only be worse? Leads to Somalia and interventions by President Clinton?

Well, maybe ten 'less creative people' set up a shop in which they hire a cheap drone together and then sell photographs for 2 EUR each. Or contract a book printer first, who knows? Economics is about change and price finding, not about lockdowns and guaranteed income.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

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Re: rant

Well, you always roam between networks. Even in a single town, there may be roaming. How it is billed is another matter entirely and subject to a game of prisoner's dilemma, it seems.

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Holy flying camembert, lads!

> why T-Mobile and other network operators can't fix this problem

Ja, because the kraut invazion was successfully repelled, nein?

VERHANDLE DU DAMIT!

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Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Re: 'mind-crippling' COBOL

> A bad workman blames his tools

EWD a "workman who blames his tools"? That's the guy who writes an Algol compiler in assembler and invents a few new things doing it.

It is "mind-crippling" because it doesn't help you to think about the problem, nor formulate the solution (trips you up and cripples you), nor help you prove that the solution is correct. But EWD may have been mistaken in thinking COBOL is a general-purpose programming language.

He also not not much good things to say about the several others:

https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~shallit/Courses/134/dijkstra.html

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Can it do recursion yet?

I remember some guy coding up the stack in a database table (this on IBM big iron system) because there was no way to correctly handle the inherently recursive structure of the problem (which had to do with telecom cabling, but I digress)

COBOL wasn't even good at what it was designed to be doing. It just appealed to management types who went all "Oh english words! now I can understand computers too and I WILL CONTROL THOSE IDIOTS IN ICT". Retarded premise, retarded results.

And also, these you can have a DSL that compiles to whatever you want in about a week. Why use one of the first stumbling attempts at a business-oriented DSL in the first place (except for maintenance, rewrites and flushing down the toilet). These ain't the 90's anymore.

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Re: I got this one.

I hope we can fall back to "Foxconn rebadger".

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On International Woman's Day we remember Grace Hopper

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Re: @YAAc

Meanwhile, in Wilhelminian Germany, Emmy Noether could go to University of Erlangen in 1903 (which raised hackles) but allowing her to teach at Göttingen in 1915 took some serious arm twisting of faggots:

Emmy Noether at U. Göttingen

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Re: Now Let's Drop Romanticism

Work on code optimization over 4 decades makes code more optimal.

Vector processing is more vector.

Language born from a straightjacket in order to compile to optimizable stuff is easier to optimize.

Next: People in wheelchairs roll faster.

Yeah, well, I'm blown away kid. To warm myself tonight, I will burn my UNICOS manual.

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Re: Now Let's Drop Romanticism

> Fortran, which was invented almost at the same time and still is the best numerics language

For some values of "best" that have to do with cleaning toilets at McDonalds.

Seriously, if there is anything good about that crud collector language it has been added in the 90s.

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Re: Caption for that last picture: -)

Why did they shop Forrest Gump out of that historical picture?

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'Seriously Kelly? I may as well call YOU the unelected networks tsar'

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Re: There is no shortage !!

So they are on the dole?

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Holmes

Lump of labor fallacy detected.

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Google Glass to recognize you by your FASHION SENSE

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WTF?

WHY!

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Hey David, how is it going in the "minding other people's business, gotta appeal to the state" club?

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Re: Hmmm..

> how do you suggest this be enforced? Rent-a-cop? Vigilante justice meted out by drunken customers? Ohh....

It's called bouncers. And indeed some "burly guys" helping.

What exactly about the real world don't you understand?

Next you will be telling us that bars disallowing patrons to carry projectile weapons at their premises are infringing your progressive rights to carry heat wherever you go. Ah no, hold on ...

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Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

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Re: @Phil

That may be because it's the guy actually taking the photograph?

Another Map of Japan, sadly not with underlying images.

I once amused myself to overlay Fukushima and Chernobyl maps. As El Reg does not provide image upload, I shall upload this to a known den of scum and villany, where it survives only limited time:

Comparison

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Re: Is there any data

Precise data exists! See above for link, or see page 35 and 43 of

http://www.grs.de/sites/default/files/pdf/P18827_GRS_Fukushima_WEB.pdf

It's in german though.

On page 37, they have reused the XKCD chart w/o credit....

Course, how much is in the sushi now?

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Re: Who Is Doing The Street Cleaning

There are no "Freedom" camps-of-Stalkers.

Back to serious. For anyone who can read german:

Fukushima - 2 years after

With the restricted areas at end-of-2012 depicted:

Evakuierungszone_Fukushima.jpg

Area 1: Load < 20 mSv/y - You can move around but can't stay the night.

Area 2: Load > 20 mSv/y - Restricted access

Area 3: Load > 30 mSv/y - Only short-time access under special circumstances permitted

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Re: Unsecured WiFi

It's probably easier to send a Global Hawk to do precise mapping for that.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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"genuine culture of equality"

I'm for that, as I'm into all sort of weird pr0nz. Dwarf sex, Handicap sex, Homo-on-Lesbian, People-on-Bike, Donkey-vs-Donkey, Lasagne Sex you name it! Let's be equal in there!!

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Re: Why is bacon "processed"?

> it seems that any effort to prolong the shelf life of meat has a negative effect on your when you eat it

Maybe.

But we only know that people in the QUICK DEATH group like to eat government-pushed stuff (through subsidies, though then it is labelled as 'not good for you' in government-issued warn letters) that can be bought for cheap at Tesco's or at the Kebab corner and have otherwise strong correlation to the LOW INCOME/NOT POSH group.

Conclusion to causations are.... open.

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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

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Re: Paging Maxwell! Mawell to the white courtesy phone!

> his free will to do the filtering, thus reducing entropy

No free will is involved as this is a fully mechanizable procedure. So a Maxwell's Daemon is anything that reduces entropy of a closed system with no expended energy.

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Re: maxwell's demon

Nah... this guy is using 700 pW / 1.9 cm³ of cooling power, so that can't be him.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Re: Control emissions?

Unfortunately burning your forest happens faster than its regeneration. Add subsidies for creating wood chips and/or "guaranteed prices" and the forest is gone in a forthnight. Did I mention that you don't actually cover a lot of energy needs with this kinda stupidity? In the old times, whole forests were transformed into ocean-going ships at least.

Well, sounds like a good idea from the ministry of silly walks.

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Hunger Games!

Armed bears? Well...

Why not give the task to university robotics research groups?

Robots in camo, equipped with spears, crossbows and kives slithering through forests doing pattern matching on Bambi Creatures To Terminate.

It's fun! One can probably obtain a few grants from the ministry of clusterfucks and ordinance, too.

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Re: +1

> will not go back to Android

You will not go back to a Huawei Ascend G300. There is a difference.

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Re: Come on....

Don't know who downvotes this. Have an upvote.

"would look like if the software was free. Now we know, and it's a rather depressing sigh"

That's all about the free things are bad for you and your neighbours and won't enable you to collect the Intellectual Property Riches that you, as a Creative Person, so richely deserve" meme propagated by some. But you know that.

It's the same as if you read an article by Krugman in the NYT. There will be at least one statement to the effect that "printing money and state intervention saves the economy". All empirical evidence collected since 1920 says NO in bold letters, but that doesn't stop the author from clinging to his cherished view (which opens up the doors of the political cocktail parties, natch).

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The amount of man-hours wasted during the whole story of humankind is huge.

You always have to compare it against something ...

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Clearly you are a Win/Apple user - otherwise you would be able to murder yourself.

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