* Posts by E 2

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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@erikj Re: If Pluto is taken.

You could have planet 9, planet 10, planet 9.5, planet 9.51, etc.

Like sections in some uni physics textbooks.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Re: One f*****g router?

I could be wrong, but if the offending router just started advertising bad routes or forwarding to bad destinations it could break stuff while not actually experiencing a hardware fail.

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@Voland's right hand Re: 'Faulty Router'

If you let ISIS handle your routing then you are asking for trouble!

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Boffins tentatively fire up grav wave sniffer

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Yes, VLA is the wrong thing. I was thinking of the Square Kilometer Array.

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Could this tech - sensors positioned very far apart communicating with lasers - be used for an optical telescope with a huge effective mirror diameter? Sort of like how the Very Large array combines radio telescopes across the Earth?

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Cunning Greek lizards seek skin-matching rocks

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Cunning Greek lizards seek skin-matching rocks

...the better to conceal their Deutsche Marks.

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Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?

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Re: Fremen 'Stilsuits'

I thot all they drink in Australia is spice beer!

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I'm a cyclist and ex-motorcyclist. I have used headphones inside my helmets (both vehicles) but gave them up because they interfered with my ability to hear what is going on around me. I found that hearing was almost as important as seeing.

However when skiing I find helmet-headphones brilliant.

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Beware the terrorist drones! For they are coming! Pass new laws!

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Do not allow fission or fusion weapons!

Do not allow barrel bombs or high explosives.

Definitely do not allow Russian weaponized smallpox stock.

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Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

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Re: May I be the 94th to suggest

Bowieum and Ziggium - these are better candidates than mediocre guitarists and writers.

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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Black Helicopters

Re: A serious question...

I doubt the NorK gov't distributes the source code for their kernel modifications. Given the NorK gov't appears to have implemented super-root level access for the security and tracking code, without the source how is a hacker supposed to subvert the system?

Not to mention the nature and scope of the punishment if caught.

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opprc - the "oppress process"?

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Chicago cops under fire for astonishingly high dashcam, mic failures

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" "I saw a 10-inch floppy drive unit in a storage closet."

It was probably left there because nobody could source 10" floppies to use with it."

More likely nobody knows how to use it.

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Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

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He's not completely wrong

"We're not talking about closing the Internet. I'm talking about parts of Syria, parts of Iraq, where ISIS is. Now, you could close it."

Unplug the cables that service Iraq and Syria, and drop the routes. Many countries have done this at times to disconnect from the intertubes. Iran did it last time it had a big uprising.

Sure, the evil doers could use dial up to AOL or sneakernet USB sticks into online pats of the world, but they'd have problems with routing via AOL, hard to do point to point IP messaging or telephony via USB stick.

'course they'd just use POTS or fax if we did this.

Just imagine: an ISIS cold-call fax campaign, or cold-call ISIS telemarketing.

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Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics

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It's the crotchless jeans are too obvious, right?

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Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

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The lede pic...

Every time I see the lede pic it makes me think "Planet of the Apes".

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

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Complete BS law suit. The structure of these chips (1 module = 2 int/logic cores + shared 256 bit FPU and shared decode/cache) was made very plain from word go. This structure was a selling point.

Let caveat emptor prevail: the suit is either malicious or put up by people too negligent to understand what they were buying.

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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@Def

"*I haven't actually used C in over 15 years, and seriously hope I don't ever have to again. It's a terrible, insecure language that should have been donated to a museum a very long time ago."

C is the minimal no-BS model of a load store machine, which is why all the big kids play with it. All we are really doing is loading registers then doing ops then storing results, regardless of the language used.

You could say all the other languages are just wrappers around C.

If you cannot avoid shooting yourself in the foot, perhaps you should not be allowed to play with guns.

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Germans in ‘brains off, just follow orders' hospital data centre gaff

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Germans in hospitals.

Just following orders.

Reminds me of something...

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Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

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Re: Make your mind up

@Ivan 4

You assume malice.

I don't read all the journal articles (do you?). I was just pointing out there are two things at issue and that they are constantly conflated.

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Boffin

Re: Make your mind up

There are two things:

1) Measurement of CO2 levels and temperature and sea level in the past - going back through several periods of glaciation and of extreme warming - shows a very strong correlation between high CO2 concentration and high temperatures. Nobody disputes this.

2) Modelling the effect _now_ of rising CO2 levels using computers and climate models is not well understood nor are there commonly accepted models (in the sense of, say, Newton's Three Laws, or Gauss's equations, or Special Relativity). So you can tweak the coeffs any way you want.

Number 1 says: if the CO2 levels get too high the temperature will rise a lot, but it does not say when.

Number 2 tries to say when.

Everyone yells about number 2, but they seem to forget about number 1.

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FAIL

Jeez, Fail

Go to Yellowknife in the summer currently - the bugs are so numerous you will be sucked dry in a short time.

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

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The author is manufacturing consent, pure and simple.

Internet - DARPA.

Computers - WWII military crypto.

Stealth tech - Pentagon.

Rockets - WWII German gov't.

Space Race - Cold War gov't-gov't competition.

Privately held launch capability - NASA outsourcing.

TV - private enterprise.

TV is *such a win*. Where would we be without it?

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AMD chief architect Jim Keller quits chipmaker – again

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Re: Mystery?

It would be novel indeed if AMD sold (in volume) a CPU that was competitive in the datacentre!

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Atlantis: The DSSD, data centre disk killer rising from the deep

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Why not just ditch the SSDs outright?

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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

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You are all terrorists and if you go to Canada a random minister of the Crown will incarcerate you without charge for an arbitrary period of time, after which Daddy Harper will ship you to Syria to be tortured.

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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This item should be filed under "editorial".

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When did The Register become a political rag?

Where is the technical angle or connection?

This article is just another hack trying to bolster a new orthodoxy.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Should be "Professor Hawking HYPOTHESIZES"

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Re: If the idea's been around for 20 years

You gotta keep in mind, whenever someone like Hawking says something there may be some hack waiting about to turn it into "news".

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Boffin

Re: Plasma Spewing

All the matter and energy falling down the gravitational well is converting potential energy to kinetic energy and heat - that's where the energy comes from. Outside the event horizon, heat and radiation pressure can exceed the gravitation pull. Some of the matter gets hot enough and escapes, and it is very very energetic. Some of the matter gets sucked in. It's only at the event horizon that no escape is possible.

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Re: Holey information loss, Batman!

Susskind addressed your issue when he said string theory describes an infinite number of universes - by some metric (he did not explain which one) you get local minima in the space of solutions, he says each minima is a universe. This is a great explanation of string theory because it both demonstrates humans giving names to things they don't understand and also why string theory is useful.

Oh wait...

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Re: Cite

Yes but string theories are just elaborate variations on least energy style equation fitting. What kind of theory would you like today? Just vary your parameters a bit and make up a new one.

I think "string theory" was created to maintain a serviceable population of mathematicians and physicists after the cold ended and the need for new doomsday weapons decreased. They started working on solving underdetermined mathematical models - and we all know there are infinite solutions to those.

The string theory work will literally never end.

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OLPC heir reveals modular laptop design

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So the poor children can waste their money running on the computer upgrade treadmill just like the rich children?

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Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

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Re: Might not be a complete lost cause.

But BB can't fix Android. Nobody but Google can do that.

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ROBOT SEEDS to be scattered into upper atmosphere of JUPITER: NASA scheme

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Make the little robots self replicating for better bang for the buck.

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Captain, dark energy sensor readings show dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way

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So, uhhh, they found a bunch of baryonic matter not previously known. That's not dark matter in the esoteric theory sense.

Mebbe we find some systemic measurement errors too - the universe did not used to be expanding toward a big rip.

And before the Page-ists weigh in... I know and accept that science is always a work in progress.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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It is all supposition.

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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FAIL

"There's three major points here."

Or rather: "There is three major points here.".

Indeed. Is the author a citizen of the U.S.A.?

Editors: where are the Register's grammar police?

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Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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Re: No$cript and AdB1ock

Good idea - not least because with every release Firefox more closely resembles and behaves like IE.

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Kim Dotcom...

I don't really care if Kim Dotcom got the case against him dropped. The main use people made of his storage system was piracy, and whether he "knew" that or not he bears responsibility for offering the service in the same manner that the Silk Road guy did.

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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If shooting it was bad, perhaps they could have strangled it instead?

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Misleading headline (yes, I know, this *is* the Register).

He printed a chassis that holds a bunch of machinery controlled by a small computer, which entire assembly automates cracking locks.

He did not print a lock cracking machine.

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Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

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Indeed. Sounds too much like "prolapse".

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

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Admin tools, management tools, monitoring tools, APIs, instrumentation and documentation

None of the competitors can touch VMWare for admin tools, management tools, monitoring tools, APIs, instrumentation and documentation.

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Hey, you wanna help run the internet? This power restructure is for YOU

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It looks like

... a diagram of an amoeba or paramecium. But with no DNA in the nucleus.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

@lorisarvendu

I dunno, didn't the UK use "chemical castration" on male homosexuals as recently as the 1970s?

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Re: Politics. politics....and duplicity

Thanks for seeing the sarcasm.

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Re: Politics. politics....and duplicity

Observe the paragraph structure: troglodytes refers to the "West".

Oh, I get it, you're twisting my words.

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