* Posts by E 2

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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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Whereas when the UK or USA does so it is not?

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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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Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

That makes no sense.

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Re: Religious Freedom vs Persecution

What if the Christian is a pedophiliac Catholic priest?

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Re: The biggest problem facing humanity...

Sophistry.

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FAIL

Re: How does this boycott thing work again?

Make sure you do not expose yourself to anything else that you disagree with either.

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Alien

Re: Why is compelling servitude "freedom"?

The history and power of "Go along to get along" should be enough explanation.

Mom & Pop florists or photographers who ARE willing to do the work for gay marriages will become targets of extremist hate filled anti-gay lobbies. This happens all the time. Shows like Ellen Degeneris's were break throughs because big TV grew the stones (pardon me) to tell the Moral Majority et co to get lost. Don't assume pressure tactics from the right wing religious nuts has stopped because big TV found some profit.

Making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation protects the majority who do not have a problem with homosexuality from abuse by the zealots.

Alien because only a space alien could so poorly understand Human politics.

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Re: Politics. politics....and duplicity

Don't you know: there are no Muslimn gay, nor Japanese gays, nor Chinese gays. I know this because my Muslim, JP, CN friends assure me it is the case.

There are gays in Africa but in most African countries they are targets for state sponsored murder, kinda like pogroms against the Jews in eastern Europe in the past.

The "West" has faced the fact of homosexuality and the rights of homosexuals. We've mostly changed our laws and attitudes to respect homosexuality. We still have some troglodytes, sadly.

I suggest we kill the troglodytes.

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Mike Pence is so polished and shiny, he's gotta be gay. Deep closet, terrified of being outed... reminds me of that NYC mayor back in the day. Hiding his orientation from the voters by being the biggest gay basher in the state.

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Japan pauses asteroid BOMBING raid – still no word from Bruce Willis?

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Facepalm

Re: Thought the Japs were in a shitload of debt!

You know, I just now flashed that the JP PM is named Shinzo Abe. I meant Abe as in Lincoln as in the US Prez.

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Re: Thought the Japs were in a shitload of debt!

Well, Abe has been printing money like a madman for the past 6 years. The US trade imbalance is epic.

Thus dollars -> yen.

Though I understand it is much more dollars -> yuan.

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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Lester - you should look at launching from Canada. We don't generally actually define anything policy-wise until someone does something that raises the question. I dunno if this is because our politicians are stupid or if Canada is actually the bastion of libertarian values (you decide).

WRT drones - read the rules at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-recavi-uav-2265.htm?WT.mc_id=1zfhj#apply. Basically it's saying "don't f*ck anyone else up, and we don't care".

I suspect you could drive out to B*ttf*ck, Saskatchewan, set up your gear, and press the launch button. Ottawa might notice 18 months later.

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

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Drug eh eh eheheheh heeheehee cough cough Agency.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: Capacitors - caveat observer!

Oh, BS. Charged by convection. I can't believe nobody called you on this already.

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FFS. Using high voltage to "attack" computer is hardlly worthy of note and boost convertors are a dime a dozen in bulk. Must be a slow new day.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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My gaming box... Win7 & Ubuntu 14.10 dual boot. Windows updated: reboot: failed to apply patch: reboot: failed to apply patch: etc etc etc

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Re: QTE's

Dunno about ports to PC from consoles.

On screen prompts and hand holding however...

I think if a C programmer starts writing assert() macros in application (not library) code then the programmer is not sure what problem s/he is supposed to be solving.

When a game developer has to resort to cut scenes and "direction" of the game, well, I think the game developer has lost the plot.

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Alert

I dunno, eesiginfo.

When DVDs first came out they were hyped as immersive and having viewer interaction. There were some DVD titles where I could choose the camera angle, or alternate scenes. My neighbour at the time was excited about it and showed me a few movies like that.

That was not exactly amazing: why not just watch the cut scenes via the DVD menu.

Games are supposed to be fun: nobody wants to sort of participate in a few scenes that have strictly limited options and then watch video for a while, then rondo. What's the point? It's the worst of both worlds.

Take Deus Ex for example. In Deus Ex HR, there were cut scenes and voice overs (ie: orders) from Command Central, and these things either broke the game play or imposed choices on me.

In Deus Ex Invisible War I could choose my path modulo there being only 6 outcomes - but I was often surprised how my choices influenced the outcome. Maybe a faction leader nagged me but I could tell him/her to F off.

I think Deus Ex IW offers a way forward: many and surprising choices without a fascist director imposing a decision tree on the player... yes you ultimately have to get to the end of the game but there are many paths to the end state and they are not tightly scripted.

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Meh

Disclosure: I've not played this game, just looked at the 'reg screenshots.

Victorian (Edwardian? Out here in the colonies we get a little lost) England with steam-punk styled automatic weapons.

Whatever.

I'll invade your little colonial era haven and use a Quake II rail gun on your plush bottom.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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"The tightly controlled, rarely compromised world of app stores and mobile contracts is not limiting if that's all you wanted in the first place. "

Yet on my android devices almost every app wants to read identifying info about my phone, wants to read my call logs, read who is on the other end of a phone call, read my address book.

That's apps ranging from messaging apps to 3rd party soft keyboards and simple games.

Tightly controlled indeed.

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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I like it. 64GB uSD is proving too small. My MP3 and docs collections currently are pushing 150GB and I would like to fit them all into a phablet.

Also - what if this stuff becomes small and cheap enough that it is more convenient to add more storage to servers or PCs than to actually erase anything? That would be interesting?

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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Is "HyperCat" an acronym, if so what does it stand for?

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Will it get me 100 FPS in Crysis?

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Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials

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This is not an attack or exploit. They used freely offered legitmate services to do computation.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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Re: TheOtherHobbes

Thankfully Frank Herbert's logorrhoeic idiot son has not latched onto it yet.

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

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Untimely

This proposal is old, is not news.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: What happened to GAGA

"That electronics diagram was from 1963..."

Doubtless Apple is drawing up a patent application for this.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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How about if it used high power LEDs in the 10 watt range. It could blind other motorists, not just distract them.

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