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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Re: This might need more study

See also the cloud chamber. The idea for it was apparently sparked by observation of bubbles in beer at an Ann Arbor restaurant / bar.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Obviously

Naturally, it's found by an intrepid archaeologist, triggering a rollicking adventure.

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Re: "Not all of the banks agreed to take part"

"We're the FBI. We want to see if you've been hacked." "No."

How does that work?

"We pay your, uh I mean we pay the salary of the guy that controls your funding. No not that salary, his real one."

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Shai-Hulud of the tundra?

I was going to go with Sarlacc, but I like yours better. Now I have a vision of an internet meme of Putin riding the sandworm.

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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Re: @Charles Manning

I use APL (actually A+) as my desk calculator app.

http://www.aplusdev.org, and available as linux packages

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: Improving your reproduction

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Music Library

Thank you. The internet has been useful today.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: The socks have it

"A true boffin would also be totally mystified by the inability of us ordinary folk to follow their descriptions and train of thought."

"pete 2, Alas the same applies to politicians and management 'consultants'"

I have to disagree with this -- those people not only are not mystified, they know full well their own existence depends on ordinary folk not understanding what they say. Your true boffin actually really does think he is being clear and simplifying by describing the motion of a floor buffer in terms of rotating force tensors, e.g.

And that leads me to a couple rules I'd like to see in the Pyke scale --

1. There must be some characteristic of tuning out the real world either transiently or permanently, but not enough to be actually scary. i.e. Norbert Weiner, asking what direction he had been walking when he stopped to talk to you and being told the answer saying, "Thanks, then I guess I've already eaten." was a boffin.

2. Things boffins do are for the glory of boffinry, not to become rich by selling to rubes. Woz could be a boffin, Jobs never. Goddard maybe, Musk no, not really. Edison no, Tesla yes and no.

I think there needs to be a big dash of enthusiasm, also. Simple putterers aren't really boffins, no matter how smart or clever.

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Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

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Re: Michelle Bachmann

She knows that Obama is A.) A Democrat, and B.) Black. I don't know which of those is the lever and which the fulcrum, but between them she knows she can move her world.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Re: "...simply because they’ve always done it"

-- I'd noticed a severe lack of segregation of duties between development and operation of the production environment.

You really probably don't want to look into this year's big buzzword then (DevOps)

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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Re: Data

> Surely there's plenty of data out there

A neat summation of the Mediaeval attitude to the Renaissance there. Have you heard of science?

And have YOU heard of unmanned drones, wheeled or aerial?

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: Hmm,

" I could imagine making computerized goggles (google-goggles? (sorry)) which include night-vision, and which might assist the driver in paying better attention to dangers. It would be a shame to oust those. A HUD could be used for this as well, of course.

Banning ALL wearable computers sound a bit knee-jerk to me."

I'm pretty sure an FLIR-type thing is (or was) available on high-end Cadillacs. The commercials for them seemed to imply that the image was projected to the windshield (or maybe a combining glass) in a way to superpose it on the driver's eyeball view of the (initially not visible) object or pedestrian. Something like that, to me would be a fantastic application for something like Google Glass plus an eyeball tracker in the car. I can also see something that, for instance, puts a colored dot or arrow into the driver's view of the correct exit in a complicated upcoming interchange. (Think American football TV yard-marker technology) Stuff like that goes beyond simple HUD capabilities, I would think, and sort of requires both head-mounted display, and some on-the-fly computation capabilities.

I don't want idiots watching cat videos while they drive, but I don't want legislatures to cut off very promising innovative routes to more safety, either. I hope they are very careful about the laws they are crafting. (but, sadly, I don't have much confidence in them).

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Coffee a memory enhancing drug, say boffins

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I'll repeat a quote from a few years back

Back in 2010, The Reg's hallowed Page reported that some fules decided coffee had no benefit.

"Caffeine makes my neurons twinkle" -- Bonnie McCafferty, in the Chicago Tribune.

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SaaS superstars' cynical sales schemes make them dinosaurs-in-waiting

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[sic][[sic]]

Nothing wrong with 'foundational', I think. 'Tenants' is what needs the tag.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it! @RyokuMas

"I know practically zero about programming and despite trying on numerous occasions to learn via Visual Basic I get frustrated very quickly and lose interest. Why? Any tutorials I found online ended up being for older versions of programs and when you have to spend 5 - 10 minutes hunting down the thing that has moved / changed in the UI just to get to the next step it's hard to keep going. I imagine that isn't a lot when you must run into problems that take days, weeks, months even to resolve but it doesn't take a lot to discourage some people."

Can I recommend MIT's OpenCourseware? Specifically, for this particular case, 6.00SC.

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-00sc-introduction-to-computer-science-and-programming-spring-2011/index.htm

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

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Re: While

"While I think there is some substance to global warming, every day we get information, mis-information and down right poorly researched information to the point where the majority of people really don't care anymore."

Mission Accomplished! For the extremely well-financed oil and coal salesmen.

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A steam punk VDU ?

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Linotype

Have we already forgotten this mechanical wonder of information dissemination?

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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British history and tradition

You need roundels, whatever else you do.

And maybe an oil leak.

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Got a couple spare million? Grab an original Monet on Amazon

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Re: Greed

"if you are someone like Albert Hitchcock"

Albert Hitchcock? The Group CIO of Vodafone?

Forget it. He's rolling.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

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Re: Or, Alternatively, the UPI Style Manual

Personally, I'd say that indentation should absolutely be done by pressing the tab key. What goes into the file, however, should be plain old spaces -- however many you've agreed on with your editor.

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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

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Re: VMS: The God of Operating Systems.

"Now, if only OpenVMS could be ported to run on the Raspberry Pi... how good would that be? :-)"

Not only could be, but has been (through SIMH).

And clustered.

http://www.designspark.com/blog/a-raspberry-pi-vax-cluster

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Shit. Not just the end of VMS (the Open is silent), but in a way, the final nail in a great company, laid low by beancounters in the executive suite destroying the good efforts of engineers at the working face.

For what it's worth, OpenVMS runs very well on the remarkable SIMH emulator. No telling how long HP will make available the disk images, but a search for 'OpenVMS Hobbyist' should prove useful to anyone who wants to see the OS running on their own PC.

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: First female Doctor

Instead of dying / regenerating, perhaps the Doctor could just go on a little sabbatical, and his wife River could take over the doctoring for a year or two. That takes care of the storyline and avoids the icky questions and keeps Alex Kingston on the scene. Eventually, sadly, the Doctor regenerates off-screen for some hilariously-alluded-to reason, and River swaps roles again.

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Prenda lawyers miss sanctions deadline

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Re: failure to comply will result in additional sanctions

"I wonder how far down that list disbarment is?"

Already in play. When the judge dropped the hammer, he explicitly said (IIRC) that he was personally referring his findings to every bar association AND every judge they still had cases before AND the US Attorneys (criminal prosecutors). I believe defense lawyers in other Prenda cases have already started using those findings in front of their own judges.

http://www.popehat.com has a pretty complete chain of events documented.

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Senators: You - Cook. Apple guy. Get in here and bring your tax books

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Re: Well, if US politicians want to screw/destroy Apple

More likely the politicians want to make it clear they're unhappy with the amount that Apple is funneling to them personally. Haul in some big shots, make them sit and sweat under lights, call them names for a while, and act very stern, while the only real message is, "nice company you have there; shame if anything were to happen to it." Then Apple's lobbyists step up out of sight, and it all goes away.

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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Could have been worse

I wonder how many votes PHP got?

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Big Data about to bottom out, says Gartner

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Searching for diamonds

If you don't know what a diamond even looks like to begin with, sifting through a bigger bucket of shit won't help you find one. And if you do know, you also know that's not where you should be looking anyway.

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‘Anonymous’ takes down Texan RFID-tracking school

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Re: John Jay High

"Whoa, looks like a prison, maybe there's a reason for the tags!"

No, it was fairly typical of high-school construction at the time it was built (1967), and not really unpleasant to attend. (that was my school, but long before the SEA was created).

I suspect (and hope) that the Southern Baptists in the area will be suffering great cognitive dissonance over this -- support the student, with her somewhat insane Biblical interpretation of the RFID as evil, or support the administration under the theory of 'Obey' and 'Don't question authority' that they believe in so deeply.

Personally, whether RFID is a good idea or not, whether the student is being an idiot or not, I'm on her side just for standing up for something and following through. The involvement of external script-kiddies is not helpful to anyone though.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Re: I still use ecomstation ...

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I cannot find anyone who has ever touched it [edlin] twice. Either they're already dead, or it's too embarrassing to talk about :)

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I used and loved edlin right up to its bitter end. Eventually, it became a secondary, rather than my first choice for most tasks, but it was easy to use, fast, and did the job.

But then, the first editor I used was TECO.

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WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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Re: Jim-eh!

Millennium hand AND SHRIMP!

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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Only one answer

My vote will always go to the rat bastard that shot Emma Peel.

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

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Re: An important idea here.

"I was surprised to read that though trained as a chemist, he practised as a doctor for some 40 years."

I assumed from the wording that he majored in Chemistry as an undergraduate, then went on to medical school for an MD (or DO). That would be a very typical progression for someone in the U.S. wanting to be a doctor. Among scientists, neither degree would imply 'scientist'; that would require actually doing publishable research.

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Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

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Black Helicopters

Or to have the crowd collect the data necessary to invalidate other people's patents through the tool, while entering their own into it somehow never turn up any prior art at all.

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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

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Indeed it will

'The cloud' certainly will have an impact on drive manufacturer's bottom lines - instead of your data being on one cheap consumer disk, it will be on 2 or 3 or 4 more expensive quasi-enterprise level disks.

It isn't actually a literal cloud you know, where bits just float around in space.

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Big biz 'struggling' to dump Windows XP

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Re: Legacy legacy legacy

Petards enough for all!

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Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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Re: These should increase the number of Darwin Award nominees.

Actually, cheap personal HUD seems like a pretty good idea for driving, assuming the content and display are useful and not just 'look what we can do'.

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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Re: RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?

'Perhaps you should upgrade the software - I've not seen a parallel port in years and years. You must be the 0.01%.'

Typical IT. "You shouldn't do what you've been doing that has always worked. You should pay more money and do what we tell you to do."

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

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Re: A few hundred quid an hour?

"... and expect a massive completion bonus of at least five figures on there too..."

What the hell, go whole hog, executive-style, and demand a retention bonus for every day you show up.

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R is ready for big data

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2 big advantages of R over Matlab

A fully featured Matlab installation has a license scheme that looks like a squid having sex with a bowl of spaghetti.

Every one of those tentacles costs you an arm and a leg.

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And the worst film NEVER made is...

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Your entry needs only one more thing

You seem to have left Baz Luhrmann off the credits.

Or Golan-Globus.

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Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2

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No options market available yet

And I suspect December puts will be damn expensive when they start trading.

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Not really bought, per se

As I understand it (I welcome correction by the knowledgeable), the underwriters (not 5 random banks) had a large fund that they used to prop up the price by buying at $38, and the amount of that fund they used was subtracted from the amount they owed FB. It seems to me they were just 'buying' from themselves and other insiders, and every share accounted that way was a share that wasn't flogged onto a retail rube at inflated price, so okay by me.

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VW STUNS WORLD+DOG WITH REAL HOVER-CAR!

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CGI people certainly are proud of their shadows, aren't they?

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

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To be fair, 'cunning stunt' is almost exactly what I think of when I see Zuckerberg mentioned.

Almost.

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Space probe in orbit above Mercury sees signs of polar ice

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Re: Ice, ice, baby!

It looks to me like a giant covered wagon on the back of a vulture. Has El Reg already landed the colonists?

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Citrix drops Rush Limbaugh over 'slutgate' slurs

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I miss Sarah Bee

She would have known what to do with the God-damned lying trolls in this thread.

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PARIS soars to Guinness World Record

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Re: Re: What's next?

Not to mention the British carrier-based aviation wing.

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Shuttleworth remixes Ubuntu... for biz users

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Seconded OpenSuse

As suggested, if you haven't tried it yet, you might want to give OpenSuse a shot. Stable, but flexible, and everything works pretty well, as far as I have experienced. (except for the damn KDE automatic updater thingy, but that is relatively easy to make go away.)

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How's Cameron's favourite Shoreditch startup doing? Oh.

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Wouldn't do you any good

"Can someone actually invent something please?"

Sorry - it's already patented.

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That Brit-built £22 computer: Yours for just £1,900 or more

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Condor

" I have this little vision of a few of them mounted in a case with built in switch fabric, like a little cluster"

I'm thinking more of just a loose box full, running purely distributed workloads.

Whatever, I want some.

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Exactly

"The only area this seems to be excelling in, is the extremely lowcost."

That's what they said to Henry Ford.

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