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Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing

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Re: You gotta remember

The world works better when you nail corporate accountants to trees and give the jello their job.

(Metaphorically, not literally, obviously.)

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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>The actual value of a Bitcoin is the amount of 'leccy used to obtain it. any value above that is Hot Air.

The actual value of a banknote is the cost of printing. Any value above that is Hot Air.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Not Engineering

That Xiph piece is full of know-nothing idiocy and in no way deserves the 'science' label. It's clearly been written by a dilettante data compression geek who has no clue at all about what happens in real data converters. (Clue: hardware is not software.)

If you want real science by someone who has been working with audio for a lifetime, has built real hardware and innovative DSP products, and demonstrably knows what he's talking about, try this:

New Audio Formats by James Moorer

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Re: £17 for an album

£17 for an album from the 1970s.

Or George Michael.

There must be - ooh - at least ten people who want to update their Genesis albums to the very latest format and play super-ultra-high-mega-total-incredible-fidelity digital remasters through the crappy converters on a typical BluRay box.

Good to see the music industry still trying to party like it's 1989.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Socialism in Software Development...

> The same thing always happens when you use a Socialist/Communist "model" to get your work done: You run out of other people's money.

That never happens in Capitalism[tm], because other people's promises to pay you are an infinite resource.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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Re: What does she actually bring to the table?

>Sure, the press release throws out some buzzwords, but how can a war mongering security czar really help the company?

...is the wrong question.

The correct question is 'How has the company been helping a war-mongering security czar?'

Who thinks there was board meeting and someone said for no reason "I know! This company really needs Condoleeza Rice!"?

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Astronomers spot hint of first EXOMOON, possibly

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Re: Pics or it didn't happen

Sea? Land?

Strings of lights at night. That's when it will get really interesting.

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No, we're not in an IT 'stockapoclyse' – boom (and bust) is exactly what tech world needs

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>the efficient markets hypothesis

It's almost as if no one has read 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Clouds'.

Wait - I meant 'The Madness of Crowds'.

Sorry.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: poacher/gamekeeper

>How about trial by jury for MPs?

How about trial by combat?

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

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>That fits on your wrist?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Apple marketing.

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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It's still too expensive

I know it's super-cheap as a computer, but if you want to start automating your home >£40/module is still too much for most people.

It cost me around £80 to automate the home heating and put it online. That's cheaper than a commercial equivalent, but it would be really, really useful to have something cheap enough and small enough to replace light switches and power sockets - ideally something with WiFi or Xbee or even Bluetooth that 'just works.'

I'd rather pay a tenner for a third of the processor power and a quarter of the size than £50 for this blade-like thing. Because all you're getting is some extra pins. And there's still no A/D. (Yeah, Arduino. I know...)

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Nice Internet you have there.

Shame if anything happened to it - yaknow whad I mean?

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Time is on their side: NIST's new atomic clock accurate for 300 MEEELLION years

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Our fruits do not grow more precisely.

But our planes do not get lost, and our Internets continue to anneal, and if I had one of these I'd paint it blue and put it on the mantelpiece to impress the neighbours, because it would be so much cooler than their cheap-ass illuminated betta tank.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Erm - planned obsolescence? You know, that thing big corporates do because it's the only way they can make any money?

It's not just for fridges and boy bands, you know.

What's worse is that Planet Linux does it too. I'd really like one *incredibly good* desktop, not an endless stream of nearly-there--this-time-we-mean-it ones.

But coders gonna code. So there's that.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Ah yes - on Planet Tim, in spite of proof of LIBOR fixing, fx fixing, commodity price fixing, the wholly inexplicable banking meltdown (the one that everyone saw coming except the markets), and that whole thing with Enron and such, the world's trading houses remain paragons of virginal market purity, and there is no cause for concern - so go back to sleep and don't fluster your naive and ignorant little heads, it's all working as it should.

Just how stupid does this person think we are?

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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Re: See you later

Poisson d'Avril

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Re: The database will be available to brands and companies that buy ads

>The database will be available to brands and companies that buy ads and to all the piratebay (proxy) users in the UK.

It'll probably be torrented tomorrow.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

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Re: Einstein's answer:

It would also give anti-matter the equivalent of a negative energy density, which sounds extremely unlikely.

On the other hand, if it does work like this, it suddenly makes a lot of FTL drive designs much more practical.

And they'd run off anti-matter, which would make Star Trek right about the future again.

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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

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Re: Go grab market, kill competition ....

>Why not dump the written down stock on the market? HP proved £99 is a very sweet spot.

And then...? Problem is that even at £99 Surface is a product with no future, so it's not as if you're 'creating an ecosystem' or 'building buy-in on your platform' or whatever the current marketing bullshit is.

Win RT was always a stupid idea - all the 'benefits' of Win 8, with none of the...

Never mind. I think I'll just give up on that sentence. It makes as much sense as Win RT does.

A Surface Pro at £199, or even at £299, would be something else entirely, and a classic loss-leader to get users onto Win 8. But we all know that's not going to happen.

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Mt Gox staff tried to warn CEO of Bitcoin loss risks – reports

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Re: not even a Ponzi...

>Shipping souped-up Hondas from the UK to Japan - aren't they Japanese to begin with???

Adding British soup makes all the difference.

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AMD teases workstation pros with 16GB FirePro W9100 graphics card

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Re: Follow the money

This is what the PC market is turning into - super-expensive high-margin performance hardware for content creators, leaving toy-comp tablets to the proles.

Not an entirely good thing, IMO.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Re: Showing my age...

You can't directly compare MIPS and FLOPS because throughput depends on the architecture.

But for HPC, it's (nominally) slightly faster than a Cray X1 from ten years ago.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: right - 'what's wrong with white middle aged males?'

>they only tend to employ women.

If you're in the UK or US that's actually illegal. If you have a record of that conversation you likely have a basis for legal action.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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Am I the only one wondering how they tested this?

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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I'm so glad that era is over.

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

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IKEA - this time it's personal.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: $1000 wouldnt be enough

Office and Windows - more deadly than booze, fags, and cholesterol. (And bingo.)

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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"We already redistribute wealth by taxing the rich to provide pensions, housing, free education (only until 18 these days) and so on to people who could not otherwise afford them. But when bemoaning the amount of inequality that clearly cries out for more redistribution, we fail to note how much we're already doing."

We don't 'tax the rich to provide pensions' - we pay pensions through NI into a fund, where eventually it's paid back.

That'll be the same rich who moan about the low standard of basic education and training in the UK, but don't understand that if you want quality you have to contribute to it.

In reality the wealth is distributed towards the rich, and has been increasingly distributed towards the rich since the 1980s. Money flows uphill. Virtually all of the productivity gains since the 80s - the ones made out of longer hours, decreased job security, and increased debt - have been made at the expense of most of the population.

The supposedly frantic redistribution forces a tiny trickle of it back downhill - where, incidentally, it goes to the people who actually create it, and not the people who think that having money and land makes them so much better and more important than people do useful work, like inventing things, and keeping the things that have been invented working.

We're also, in case you haven't noticed, forcing people to starve or rely on food banks.

Anyone who writes oily smug prose about this as if it doesn't matter - as if it's actually a bit of a joke, chaps - is quite literally beneath contempt.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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Re: Now there's an idea.

>Get rid of mister lens flare and see if James Cameron is willing to bring his expertise to the party.

Star Alien Trek VI - Mutant Babylon Bat Wars[tm]

(Will there be hobbits? It won't be proper geek food without hobbits.)

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Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

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Office on a device with a (relatively) tiny screen and a toy keyboard?

How about 'Who cares?'

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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I was expecting Scimitar Oryx to be an urban dictionary-style bizarre sexual perversion, probably involving the staff and stock of the Natural History Museum gift shop.

But no - it's an actual oryx. With scimitar-ish horns.

How very disappointing.

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Indian supremes demand $573m in Nokia-Microsoft phactory selloff deal

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Re: How long is it going to take ...

It's not supposed to be cost-effective over the long-haul - it's supposed to be cost-effective over the next few quarters, where the 'reduced costs' and 'increased profitability' look good on the accounts, and upper manudjment can claim that it's full of mutant levels of uber-genius business talent, which legitimises a tidal wave of bonus cash.

Anyway, you can always compensate for increased costs with increased layoffs.

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MtGox remedy worse than the disease says Kaspersky researcher

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Re: Le résumé de la situation

Mt. Gox was supposed to be an exchange, not a bank.

Although given the minimal reserves held by all banks, I'm not sure it's easy to tell the difference.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: Leyland, ICL, Post Office Telecom

>Leyland, ICL, Post Office Telecom

>All went south as did most "nationalised" industries

Unlike their privately-owned equivalents in the UK and elsewhere, which are always roaring consumer-friendly successes?

I liked Benn. Last of the old-school Labourites who stood for something valuable, from a time when the party hadn't yet drowned in Westminster slime and corruption.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Re: Write once, copy many

>Writing code is the easy bit.

No, telling the people who write the code what to do - as if you actually have a clue - is the easy bit.

That's why Cameron is Prime Minister. Our glorious tribal chief wouldn't know strategy if it fell out of a game theory simulation, but he is - yet - qualified to pontificate on Britain's magnificent connected future, and stuff like that.

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

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Mushroom

What could possibly go wrong?

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Microsoft's battery-boosting Surface slab cover to ship soon

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>Do you do a lot of typing on your tumble dryer?

At least a tumble dryer is useful.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Maplin catalogs from the 70s (ruh roh...) had Concorde, and improbable but shiny starships boldly delivering packs of 5% resistors to planets beyond the final frontier.

Maplin catalogs from the 2010s have CCTV kits, SAD lightboxes for sad people, 5mW Special Mini Disco Laser Multipacks and Volcanic Heated Insoles.

I can't help feeling this is not the future we were promised. [sniffs and wipes tear]

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Re: Whereas if it was a bank doing these transactions

>Whereas if it was a bank doing these transactions they would... be required to have an Audit process in place which would pick this discrepancy up at the end of every day. ^H^H^H

...get a bailout from public funds and pay their manudjment huge bonuses for being 'top talent.'

Was no one awake during 2008? Or the more recent Rape of Cyprus? Or the news that RBS has lost more than £46bn of public bailout money, but is still paying half a bill in bonuses?

What do you think would happen if banks had to offer the same 100% reserves that Bitcoin exchanges are supposed to, or if the public suddenly decided it would like its cash back?

Not that I think Bitcoins are anything other than fool's gold. But let's be realistic - banks are in exactly the same game. The only difference is they've been doing it for longer, and if they want to steal your cash they'll do it by manipulating and fixing market rates, applying punitive interest rates and account charges, and by taking your tax and pension money with government support. (Sure, it will be 'protected' - you just won't be able to withdraw it 'until the crisis is over and confidence returns.')

Mt Gox seems to have been run by criminal idiots, but in terms of absolute economic damage it's piss drops compared to the scams the banks get up to.

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

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>I keep all my bitcoins in a toaster.

In Cylon - I mean Bitcoin - Finance, toaster keeps you.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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Re: IS MICROSOFT AN INNOVATOR?

>There are all sorts of reasons to not like Microsoft or their products, but to pretend that they weren't the driving force behind a massive and beneficial societal change is a little blinkered.

But the change would have happened more quickly without Microsoft.

16-bit consumer computing with pre-emptive multitasking, graphics and sound was already available by the mid-80s in the Amiga. Other windowed GUIs were already available from DR (Gem) and Apple.

And what did MS give the market? DOS.

Without MS competition in both software and hardware would have accelerated, and it's likely the Internet would have happened 2-3 years earlier, the mobile/social thing would have happened 5 years earlier, and home computing would be doing interesting things with AI we haven't even got around to thinking about yet.

MS didn't create the PC market. What MS did was kill all competition and create a monopoly selling stupid, crippled, boring, computers designed for managers and secretaries to home users, who were then forced to think like office drones just to get the damn things to half work.

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Re: My first PDA

>I think MS basically failed to capitalise in any meaningful way on it's involvement in handheld devices

I think MS basically failed to capitalise in any meaningful way on its involvement in Ballmer's missing brain.

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Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'

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Re: You folks are living in the past.

Microsoft are exactly the kind of company to 'hit on all cylinders.'

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: Translation:

Or GCHQ could just be lying.

I'd like to see the legislation that says it's fine to collect pictures of naked adults, and probably naked kids too.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Consensus

is the word you're looking for, and not likely to find.

Because - you know - cherry picking stuff just makes you look stupid.

Just in case anyone wants to read what the abstract actually says, it's this:

There is, however, considerable interannual variability in the number of storms making landfall over the countries investigated; most probably driven by cyclical atmospheric forcing, including El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO). Recent trends indicate an increasing number of tropical cyclones tracking to the south of Madagascar, potentially associated with the southward shift of the 26 °C isotherm, combined with a decrease in the steering flow during La Niña years.

Now, it's true that you can't generalise global trends based on a sample based on one small geographic area.

But then that's the difference between real climate science and 'journalism'.

Oh, and you might want to look up what 'southward shift of the 26 °C isotherm' means.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Re: More popcorn, please

>It will be interesting to see what happens to XBox under Elop.

He'll probably sell it to Google.

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: Enough with the illegal money thing

It's not that our official institutions have the moral high ground on this - it's more they don't want the competition.

Actual death, never mind threats, seems to have become a popular hobby for a worrying number of mainstream bank employees recently.

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Re: Insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting different results

>C++ seems to have done pretty well for itself last time I looked.

C++ is 21st century FORTRAN, committee-enhanced with added cruft and brittleness.

Java is 21st century COBOL.

JavaScript is 21st century VBA without the useful bits.

No one cares about TypeScript.

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MtGox has VANISHED. So where have all the Bitcoins gone?

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Re: Were people really stupid enough to use MtGox as a bitcoin wallet

>A banking account with a positive amount is just a very risky loan given to the bank...

Banks have liquidity reserves of <10% of deposits. Usually a lot less.

In the UK, reserves are voluntary. Banks can define their own liquidity ratio. Reserves can and do become negative.

What about capital requirements? 7% core, 3% leverage.

So even if Mt Gox has lost 6% of all its Bitcoins, it's still massively more solvent than any bank.

Except for that 'Not talking to anyone' thing that's happening now, anyway.

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

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Shouldn't this be 'Giant science foundation logos crash into Moon, causing permanent damage'?

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