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45 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010

Hacker-hunters finger 'Keyser Soze' of Russian underground card sales

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Re: All this stuff emphasises...

They guy is Ukrainian, lives and operates in the Ukraine. But wait, he knowns Russian, hence the mafia state is clearly behind him.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Please remind me what

> where the countries annexed by a EU or NATO member during the last 30 years?

This is exactly the point: NATO bombs remote nations from the Bronze Age back to the Stone Age *without* providing the inhabitants with health care and pension system, not to say about allowing them to freely move into invaders' own countries.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Trollface

It's nice to see

that this generation of sci-fi authors continues to read simpler of S. Lem's texts. Watts, for example, producing novel after novel based on "Fiasco".

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Meh

It's only logical...

... after decades of using smileys and laugh tracks on TV to identify "humour".

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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Childcatcher

the software they're running was compiled from the source code

If building and comparing binaries is beyond their capabilities, the West is safe.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Mandatory KAL007 reference

Here is a more relevant reference for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberia_Airlines_Flight_1812 .

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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"books about pneumatic blondes"

This must be a reference to Huxley. Brave New World is certainly at least as relevant as 1984, but alas, lacks the cheap thrill of terror.

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Traditional RAID is outdated and dying on its feet

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Headmaster

Re: Eh?

> You are quite right, you can't rebuild a 4TB single disk in minutes. It's utterly impossible.

It is entirely possible and reasonable. There are 2 ingredients here:

0. Parity declustering. In a parity declustered array, e.g., 8+2 RAID6 can be used to stripe data across a large number of drives, say, 100 (rather than 10, as in standard RAID). This means, that only a small fraction (10% in this example) of each drive has to be read during rebuild. See Holland's thesis (http://www.pdl.cmu.edu/PDL-FTP/Declustering/Thesis.pdf) for details.

1. Distributed spare. By allocating spare space on each device, a fraction of *total* array bandwidth can be used for rebuild. That is, the wider is the array, the faster is the rebuild.

The funny thing is that this technology is 20 years old.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: It is rather sad

I beg to differ. Fundamental Hellenistic heritage are not natural sciences, but humanities. And this was preserved through the entire history of the Roman empire and bootstrapped Renaissance. Homer and Plato were studied and commented all they way down (vide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemistus_Pletho). And there was no need for Italian cities to re-establish trade: it was never broken. In fact up to 12 century, Naples, Amalfi, etc. were *part* of the empire, formally, politically and economically. Funny enough, Naples was even a staunch supporter of iconoclasm (if I still know my Gibbon).

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frobnicate

It is rather sad

that people persist in this silly anachronistic nonsense started by the 18th century propaganda, which chose Byzantium as a strawmen monarchy. There was no need to keep the "knowledge": up until 1453, the continuous tradition of Hellenistic education and scholarship was maintained in the Roman empire and its capital---Constantinople. There was almost at all times cultural exchange between the empire and Western Europe (sometimes, alas, in the form of Crusades).

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French drug dealers regretfully announce 'temporary closure'

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Trollface

Re: Allô ?

But "parking" is already French: it stems from ye Old French "parc", so it just returned back home. Actually, about 75% of the modern English vocabulary is of Romance origin.

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

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The wrath of Vril-ya!

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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> Turing's work is widely held to have shortened World War II...

How is that? Did they share decoded info with their Soviets allies, who did most of the fighting?

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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ARM is being pushed in the HPC space too: http://www.montblanc-project.eu/ And mainly for exactly the same reason: energy consumption. Megawatt per petaflop is too high.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: The historical accident of little-endian

Historically, numerals in almost all languages are little-endians from "thirteen" (3+10) to "five and twenty". Operations, like addition, are performed from least to most significant digits and the new digits are added at the most-significant side. It is unnatural to do this right-to-left in the otherwise left-to-write oriented writing system. Because of this, *one* often finds oneself in a pain of printing a column of numbers right-adjusted (the only reasonable way to do this, so that scale is immediately visible).

Compare this with another ridiculous right-to-left vestige: the mathematical notation for function composition: f(g(x)), so cumbersome that mathematicians composing functions a lot (e.g., in category theory) adopt notation from programmers and write "g;f". But that at least we can blame on bad vodka Euler had. Fibonacci and his ilk who gave us big-endian numBerals have no excuse.

PS: the argument about "starting with the biggest quantity" makes no sense, because Arabs, who invented the thing, read from right to left and hence start with the least significant digit. Which put no hindrance on Arabian mathematics.

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Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

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Re: WotW a Western

Not to say that the War of the Worlds (1898) predates any Western by a comfortable margin and features no good guys.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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Trollface

> The irony is, Nero was actually a quite reasonable guy

Yes, go tell this to Seneca and others. Oh wait... you cannot.

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

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Meh

Re: It's okay, they're French...

It's not Google, it's "Big Five": LLNL, LALN, LNNL, ORNL, ANL. Why do you think they need *exaflop/exabyte* systems?

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HPC server sales spike: Buyers get chops around juicy cheap flops

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Pint

"I" seems to stay

for "Intel" in "ISC13".

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Brit spooks bugged Edward VIII's phones, records reveal

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Headmaster

Nokia^WWodka --- connecting people

So it's "England" and "duty of an Englishman". Good that rumours about so-called "[Kingdom of] Great Britain" are only rumours.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: Mixed lessons from history?

> and maybe some Soviets

And a lot of British---Mig's were equipped with Rolls-Royce Nenes at the time (which Sir Stafford Cripps was all too happy to provide together with licences).

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Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

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Devil

Obviously fake.

There can be no "divine anything font" in a society happily free from the bourgeois capitalist-imperialist state ideology of worshipping imaginary dead. Back to a drawing board, comrade!

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Intel pits QDR-80 InfiniBand against Mellanox FDR

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Re: This doesn't make sense

Let's try a very rough back of the envelope estimation. Assuming that the network is fully utilised during compute phase, the IO phase would be at least as long as compute phase, because the total state of computation must be dumped at it is more data than exchanged during compute phase. Worse yet, IO phase cannot be overlapped with compute phase of another task, because they compete for the fully utilised network. Which means that even in the ideal state, when the storage system is so blazingly fast that it is the network which is the bottleneck of IO phase, the duty cycle of the system is less than 50%. A reason for a big lab administrator to have a heart attack. The system seems to be misconfigured.

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Meh

This doesn't make sense

I am sorry. Peak "flops" are achieved during compute phase of cluster jobs, when the interconnect is mostly idle. The network is used during IO phase, e.g., to dump checkpoints. Having a larger flops capacity does not imply a faster network. More details about benchmarks are needed.

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

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> What does it mean to “own” something when it’s stored on someone else’s cloud server and

> can be wiped, possibly erroneously, with the flip of a switch? This is not ownership in any

> traditional sense of the word.

You mean, like money in a bank?

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Assange chums must cough up £93,500 bail over embassy lurk

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Headmaster

Re: "But I still submit it's force majeur."

Your contracts must be quite old if they were agreed before War did exist.

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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Re: Edsger Dijkstra

Dijkstra participated in design and implementation of some of the most influential languages, including Algol-60, Algol-68 and Ada. He and Hoare made fundamental work in language semantics, typing, formal correctness and concurrency. To think that EWD reduced computer science to algorithms is... unbelievable. (Yes, I subscribe to his view about Basic and yes, I programmed in it. It was difficult to unlearn, but worth it, all happy memories notwithstanding.)

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Microsoft raises 'state of the art' son of NTFS

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Holmes

Re means Reiser!

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Climategate: A symptom of driving science off a cliff

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Passive stupidity is even more of a problem.

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Obama drops Twitter bombs on debt-ceiling foes

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Forth to the past

And I thought Spengler gave us at least another century before the West falls to that hue and cry style of populism. Incidentally, "Gen. Petraeus" sounds powerfully Roman.

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LiveJournal groans under 'immense' DDos attack

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to protest a restrictive government

In the past it were the pro-government organizations that ddosed LJ.

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Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

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Go

forget trips to distant galaxies

Why should we? They don't require faster than light travel as was known since around Lorentz times.

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Russian pres fumes at mystery DDoS hack

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Isn't it a bit odd that,

> as president of a country, Medvedev is writing that the police ought to investigate the

> attack rather than phoning them up and insisting they look into it.

Right, a bit of friendly support from Albion is exactly what notorious Russian "telephone law" (http://www.law.wisc.edu/m/nmytc/telephone_law_and_rol.pdf) needs.

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Russian jailed for 6 years for smutty billboard stunt

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Headmaster

No, this is an "art"

group "Voina" ("War"). Incidentally, they also ended up in a jail (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12645902).

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One third of Russians say Sun revolves round Earth

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FAIL

In a frame of reference

attached to the centre of the Earth, the Sun does revolve around the latter. The real blow to the Russian education system is that shaken Olga still believes that there is _the_ frame of reference.

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Mysterious crypto-book dated to 15th century

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In other news

Codex Seraphinianus is still waiting for radiocarbon analysis.

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Delete all you like, but it won't free up space

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Beware

he is going to invent reference counting next!

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Whamcloud staffs up for brighter Lustre

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Ruskie teacher fired for objection to Microsoft Office

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Unhappy

after he complained to the Kremlin

those are the key words, believe me. Nobody loves trouble-makers complaining over one's head.

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Osborne details painful cuts for UK

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Headmaster

490,000 civil service jobs slashed

Even Sir Humphrey would need an awful lot of tea-ladies to handle that.

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Police slam internet justice - then use it themselves

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Joke

Pictures on the Met site

Oh, I have seen this site, in fact, there seem to be an awful lot of them, with phones and prices too.

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HP boffin claims million-dollar maths prize

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Paris Hilton

No luck...

Perelman _refused_ the prize.

Paris, because she does not care about money too.

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Brits trump Ruskies with flying horse

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WTF?

I am disappointed.

Where is a mandatory "Yes, Prime Minister!" reference?

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Flash and the five-minute rule

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Boffin

the last minute rule

With all the due respect to (presumably) late Mr. Gray, that rule only worked in a rather narrow set of configurations. Realistically, servers, especially high end ones, are stuffed with as much memory as fits in them.

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IBM's Unix poaching slows in Q1

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HP noting that VTB Bank in Russia ... to get a mix of Superdomes and Integrity blades running HP-UX

And now HP is under a bribery investigation in Russia (http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/russia/article7098065.ece). A coincidence of course.

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