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Revealed: Vendors’ worst sales fluff

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Re: In other news

But does X² + Y² = Z² ?

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Re: Be Advised that we have Good Results On Target, which is Outstanding.

Actually, ISO9001 is more about controlling specific processes (basically define your process and implement the feeback mechanisms; the ISO9001 manual can be used as a somewhat relevant checklist but I recommend at least learning about BPMN or UML activity diagrams), and TQM is the "holistic" agenda (always vague but opens the door for gurus of various couleurs). Both are not actually on the same level.

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Be Advised that we have Good Results On Target, which is Outstanding.

I think that's actually straight from the Total Quality Management Manual. I had a course in this.

Consider:

"The Fundamental Concepts of Excellence are the underlying principles of the EFQM Excellence Model which are the essential foundation of achieving Sustainable Excellence for any organisation. They can be used as the basis to describe the attributes of an excellent organisational culture. They also serve as a common language for senior management."

Sounds better than "bunch of pretty general good system-oriented practices [see Deming and Wiener], some of which you may even manage to implement so that customer buy more from you and you don't fuck up your reputation or violate property rights".

The ones about sustainable future etc. just went too far. Who is to decide? Greens? Feminists? A boardroom oracle? Bring out the joss sticks. Confusingly, the course attendants did not seem to see any logical or economic problem with such progressive statements.

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Spotting a Big Data faker as you set up Big Data for someone

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> the declining Oracle/Java/VB market

HÖHÖHÖHÖHÖ!

The fact that VB is even still being listed is proof enough that these markets just don't "decline" at all, or at least not very quickly.

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Chinese game addict MURDERS girlfriend after she leaves him

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Re: Doesn't he know...

No, being infatuated with your 'girlfriend' is.

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Re: Doesn't he know...

"That playing (games) with your girlfriend can be MUCH more fun & rewarding than sitting behind the screen all day?"

So how's your high school diploma coming along?

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India’s outsourcers battle for customers in a cloudy universe

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> Otherwise (as is the most common scenario) we export jobs to India, and they buy nothing from us.

And...how exactly is that supposed to work in your opinion??

> Likewise buying manufactured goods from China doesn't help the British or Yank economies one bit

Says the guy with a 10 quid ADSL modem at home.

Economic illiteracy is rife.

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> whose entire model focused on undercutting local services

There is nothing wrong with that. Undercut while you can. Comparative advantage etc. It's the basis of the whole economy, innit?

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Re: If only

Our tsundere call center staff is now awaiting for you!

No hold on, that's Japan...

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EMC, Carbonite fight off patent pursuer

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Tide turning? TIDE TURNING??? ON A TECHNICALITY!

The tide will be turning when DEATH SENTENCES ARE ISSUED FOR THESE ATTEMPTS TO HOMESTEAD THE SPACE OF IDEAS.

/dailymail

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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Re: Only silly immature mama boys run mail servers in moms basements.

WUT?

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Re: I hope we can all agree...

> 30+ year old network protocol

Let me guess - you are younger than that and out to redo the world in your lifetime?

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I see.

But that is not actually a "reverse DNS" (nor inverse DNS), it's just DNS, i.e. "interrogate a database at spamhaus, which happens to be a DNS database": You query some record (maybe a TXT) for e.g. "88.77.12.12.isbad.spamhaus.org", which is answered by the spamhaus DNS server exclusively.

No delegation via the arpa domain or anything.

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Re: But

> I insisted our DDoS solution to give protection against R-DNS attacks

How do you do that? Warping to hyperspace?

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Re: I hope we can all agree...

Not free speech, but loud speech.

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> I send a reverse-lookup request for that IP address to the Spamhaus servers;

Why do you do that? You just need to ask spamhaus about whether the IP is smelly (doesn't work with the larger and evasible IPv6, I would think). Knowing the symbolic name for that IP is uninteresting. Maybe a traceroute would be of interesting. If the trace shows you are vectoring into the vicinity of NETHER.REGION.ZONE and the IP's address name is HOUSE.WITH.TASTY.BEER.COM, your trust levels should drop....

> Spamhaus (and other RBL providers) are vulnerable to DNS attacks because they use a version of the DNS protocol.

I think someone is confused, not sure it's me.

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

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The mystery of the mysterious operatives

> They now face interrogation as to their motivation.

I think that would "interrogation" . Of the kind we used to outsource to places like Libya and Syria before they got onto the shitlist for some reason.

> the same line that was damaged in 2008 by a ship's anchor

Hmm........

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After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

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Re: Not everything is covered by existing law

> All thanks to hysterical news paper reporting.

Mainly due to people who cannot think their arse out of a paperbag. And due to some of the medical profession who think they are the saviours of the human race but are actually run-of-the-mill quacks.

Opening a paper doesn not mean "disengage brain".

Like with El Reg. There is good stuff, there is bad stuff. Sometimes by the same author.

Then there is utter tripe, best avoided.

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Re: After reading this

I commend your smell test. But if a writeup goes up against state, is that IN or AGAINST the public interest? Think carefully now.

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Re: The Difference Between Communism And Capitalism

> The fact that most Communist states have been totalitarian

You mean, 100% of them?

> more probably linked to the propensity for greed in the human race

More probably linked to the propensity of control in the sociopaths.

Orwell knew exactly what he was writing about when he described the end result of the Fabian's drive to societal "good management".

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Re: The Difference Between Communism And Capitalism

> With Communism you know you are not free, with Capitalism you have the illusion you are free.

Meh.

Please explain again what State Control of Media has to do with "Capitalism".

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“Given a choice between the government and the press, I'd trust the government's honesty and integrity more than the press.”

Woah someone sure is looking forward to his Kool Aid.

Hope he's "working" in the military and being experimented upon (either in the political or the actual medical sense) for Great Honesty and Integrity.

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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

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Re: Cryptonomicon

> acoustic memory

> milftastic

I infer a blowjob.

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Starbucks Coffee tastes best only when served by sweating Klingons, as originally intended!

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Re: technology exports

More on the Collectivist Techno FAIL at

Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley and Joel Barr.

That was another architecture than the 360 though.

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DAT MAINFRAME!

Literally, a telephone network main distribution frame, I would reckon.

This reminds me that I have the book on Leo somewhere under my "to read when your miserable pension vests and you are living in a loghouse while taxfeeders and cronies laugh at you" stack of stuff.

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Ellison aims his first Oracle 'mainframe' at Big Blue

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Re: Hurrah!

Stevie stop coding in basic on that Sinclair, ja?

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Re: And just how much is the Oracle RDBMS going to cost?

> SPARC T5 has the same 0.5 multiplier as Xeon and is half that of the Power7/Power7+ 1.0 multiplier

Which is all the fault of the Power CPU architecture, of course. SPARC is THAT good.

Bring out the Gimp!

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Re: Fast memory search

What is a Unix class machine and why is its memory pipe clogged??

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Re: Fastest?

Don't remind me of the stark raving bonkers price-setting by Oracle, list price vs. actual price or not. Do they have any other customer than the financial "industry"?

Instrumented JVM:

If sold at < USD 500 per node + yearly maintenance: count me in.

Actual price is USD 15'000 per CPU (whatever that is): LOLNO!

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Re: who cares about specint for mainframes

SPARC is just SPARC (which is still not bad), but the JVM instruction set is forever!

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Oracle's new T5 Sparcs boost scalability in chip and chassis

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Re: humm x86 anyone?

"Commodity hardware is like violence, or XML ... if it doesn't work, you are not using enough of it"

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Re: SPARC lol

Matt, stop sockpuppetting as AC.

Or is there only POWER and the x86 and in the future, better ARMs? Well, maybe. But probably not.

There won't be Itanium though.

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Re: lol

Once you install the Oracle Database on that, you won't feel the pain.

I wonder how the TCO is compared to Big Blue's stuff?

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Slime mould mashup models fiendish computing problem

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I also recommend that interested readers check NP-complete Problems and Physical Reality if they haven't yet done so. It's pretty eye-opening.

Can NP-complete problems be solved efficiently in the physical universe? I survey proposals including soap bubbles, protein folding, quantum computing, quantum advice, quantum adiabatic algorithms, quantum-mechanical nonlinearities, hidden variables, relativistic time dilation, analog computing, Malament-Hogarth spacetimes, quantum gravity, closed timelike curves, and "anthropic computing." The section on soap bubbles even includes some "experimental" results. While I do not believe that any of the proposals will let us solve NP-complete problems efficiently, I argue that by studying them, we can learn something not only about computation but also about physics.

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"it becomes increasingly difficult to test a solution in polynomial time (that is, the travelling salesman problem is NP-hard)"

Hmm... I actually had to look this up, getting alzheimerish and all, but it is immediately clear that this is not a good definition.

NP-hard means that the problem is "at least as hard as" (and probably harder than) a problem in NP-complete.

How hard is that? Simples:

NP-complete problems are those problems which are easy to check if you are given a solution. "Easy to check" means there is a Turing Machine which can verify that a purported solution actually is a solution in polynomial time of the input size. This is the "P" of "NP".

However, getting a solution may be difficult. Generally you need to search through a large space, moving back and forth through it. If you have a super-parallel (exponentially large or more) Turing Machine that can run all the possible searches through the space simultaneously, and then verify each solution in polynomial time (as described above under "P") and then just print to the common tape if a correct solution was found (if it exists), then you can relax as you just need polynomial time to solve the problem overall. This is the "N" of "NP"

Actual Turing Machines do not have the luxury of being exponentially (or better) parallel, and thus reality imposes that you wait a long time (exponentially or worse) for the solution to your NP-complete problem.

Now, the NP-hard problems are even more difficult (in terms of number of operations till solution) than the ones that can be solved by the magic machine described above, so they sure are harrrd.

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'End the commercial-in-confidence CROOKS' CHARTER', gov told

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Milton Friedman said it...

"There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income."

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Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher

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Not kosher?

Is this the "Lasagne Dump"?

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Whoops! Tiny bug in NetBSD 6.0 code ruins SSH crypto keys

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Re: Hardware RNG's are already here

Id didn't know about the VIA implementation. Since January 2003, too.

So what's keeping the others?

You can also buy pricey add-on cards, I see.

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The trivial thought came to me while on the karzy that, if additional trust is needed, one can just XOR the bits from the hardware RNG and the software RNG. Then both have to be foobared pretty seriously to give a compressible result.

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Also, when french-propelled cows fall from the sky they may land on your valet.

Seriously, the tests on these pieces of kit are pretty good and not at webmonkey level.

Behind Intel's New Random-Number Generator

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CPU-integrated hardware RNGs when?

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US democracy activists lose case against Baidu and China

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"serve a lawsuit against an entire country"

Actually that would be

"serve a lawsuit against a state apparatus"

Let's be precise here.

At least you can start impeachment proceedings against the droner-in-chief from NY.

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Lightspeed variable say intellectuels français

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Hmmm....

Well, I don't yet get much vibes from this, but this is a bizarre line:

> That “quantum noise” is a spooky property that looks like the Universe is watching us back

It's not "spooky" at all and the Universe is certainly NOT "watching" anything, be it our back or anything else.

The base physical machinery "just" accounts for the infinite number of possibilities that it might evolve in time, then very quickly drops those that interfere destructively as you scale-out. No magic involved, just loss of the classical "one timeline" straightjacket. Said machinery does not correspond to anything that one can build or actually observe on the macrolevel, but it's still not "spooky", it's just "amazingly extravagant in computational power (which remains mostly inaccessible)".

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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Cough!

Well, we have this: LOUD SEX at XKCD

Anyway, nice article. Have some electronica by Geir Jennsen to listen to while reading.

Still not Friday? Pity.

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Freetard den isoHunt loses appeal against search ban

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Fung was also profiting substantially from the operation, we're told. According to Hollywood Reporter, the site indexed millions of torrent downloads.

How does the latter translate to the former? I need to know for money-making purposes.

If this goes on I will no longer be able to find all the good music form th 90's that has been dropped off the "long tail" or is being sold at extortionate prices via second-hand CDs. Or is available via MP3, but "not in your country"....

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Re: Register dot co dot uk - exists merely to be nasty.

True. On 4chan, you at least get acceptable images.

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Jimmies rustled - Mission accomplished

"has responded to El Reg teasing last week"

That would be a "tearing", and to be fair, the first issue of Mr. Orlowski's article just rolled over Mr. Fry in a T-34 from nowhere without explaining what the exact problem was nor giving link to reference materials [citation needed].

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Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop hailed oddest book title

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Re: Point?

Jesus H. Christ!

What's up with that austrian mustachioed guy anyway? Why no Lenin, Stalin, or further abroad, Mao jokes? Or one can throw a Pol into the Pot.... etc.

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Universe gains an extra hundred million years

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Re: big bang is nonsense

I already told you Fark Off, did I not?

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