* Posts by Vladimir Plouzhnikov

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Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’

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It is a pleasure for people who like music. Those who take music as a source of rithmic background noise to accompany whatever else is it they've happened to be doing - might as well like the new "service". Poor sods :-P

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: Hmm

Can anyone enlighten me?

Well, basically, that means the difference is so miniscule as to be irrelevant. They are talking about an improvement in test scores by 3% or 4% (absolute) for the lowest scoring 25% of pupils even in the case where there may be a vast gap between the good and bad scoring pupils' results.

Let's say Johnny Aintgood scored 40% in a test whilst being allowed to use his smartphone for underage-drink-sex. Well, the same Johnny would have scored maybe 43%-44% with the ban.

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NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really

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Ridiculous

This is a bowser!

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Jay-Z freestyle attack on Tidal's rivals leaked to Tidal's rivals

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at around the 17 minute mark.

Wow, there's at least 17 minutes of that crap?? What a waste of bandwidth and space...

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Experts?

Any "researchers" who talk about rap and hip hop as of a category of music disqualify themselves from being called musical experts.

And so it comes as no surprise that they have totally missed the revival of progressive music since the first decade of this century.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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What's new about it?

That was described in a fair bit of detail by Robert Heinlein in Waldo, ages ago...

What next - Magic, Inc.?

Looking at these people - so smug, as if they've built the Gay Deceiver...

OK, I know, that's enough already... :-)

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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When you look into all the scaremongering claims about the dangers of AIs and the doom of humanity and stuff - it all boils down to fear of an inferior half-arsed AI given too much power than that of a superior super-intelligent AI which is just so much better than humans.

So, it's really the fear of us, inept humans, making a machine too stupid to coexist with us willingly. Meh.

Look at the Avengers: TAOU - it's the manifestation of that fear. An existential threat - a robot with an AI so dumb you could make a Hollywood movie out of it...

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El Reg merch tentacle mulls retro LOHAN T-shirt

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Ah, what, rounded corners?

Sorry :-)

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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Stoopid flyboys

They are holding 'em 'rong! Duh!

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: OMG!

Ah, the downvotes are rolling in!

One little fanboi

jumping on the bed.

Another one jumped on

and promptly bumped his head.

"More little fanbois jumping on the bed!"

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OMG!

It's soooo beautifulugly!!

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Eco-loons hack Thirty Meter Telescope website to help the 'natives'

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Re: building on the Temple Mount

I think you are being too idealistic about this whole thing. From what I can see, and I'm sure you will find proof to it if you really dig deep into the local politics - these protests are more about how to split the contents of the "brown envelopes" rather than about some profound religious and cultural issues.

There will be some protests, then the local chief gets a small present, a new car and a promise and, suddenly, it's peace and love, peace and love again.

This is ALWAYS like that in such "disputes" and the more remote the area is, the surer you can be about it.

The Greenie haxx0rs, on the other hand - they simply got the wrong end of the stick, as they usually do.

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Re: Direct action

But maybe these Greenies should go to the nearest lava tube and protest there first. Clearly, hot lava kills more bugs and crawlies than a few boffins with their coffee mugs.

With any luck the Volcano gods will arrange a little surge in the tube and turn the Greenies crispy as well...

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: Let me get this straight

Hmm, still waiting for AndyS to respond...

And enjoying the downvotes for having the audacity to ask questions(!), in the meantime! :-)

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Re: Let me get this straight

So, what do you think IS wrong with HFT then? And how is market "stabilisation" going to benefit anyone?

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Does not compute...

From the BBC: "The statement continued: "By allegedly placing multiple, simultaneous, large-volume sell orders at different price points - a technique known as 'layering' - Sarao created the appearance of substantial supply in the market."

This I cannot quite understand. To place a sell order which you don't want filled you must put it above the market (because if you place it below the market, you will get filled immediately and won't be able to withdraw). Then you cancel it if the market prints higher and closer to your number. That can only drive the prices up IMHO.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Survived by a monitor and a keyboard

So, what's happened to the mouse then?

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

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Clearly, no mirrors. True.

But the one at 2 o'clock on that picture - most certainly an exclamation point. On a hatch, obviously.

Abandon hope, he who enters... Etc.etc.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: Deeper thought

"SCADA environments with components that can cause serious trouble tend to have an isolated, wholly independent ESD (Emergency ShutDown) segment which you cannot touch from the outside:"

Yeah! Tell that to the Eyeranians with their nukular cetrifugues...

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The presence of LCD displays, software buttons and dials obviously unconnected to any physical switches behind them, crosses any washing machine off my shopping list even before I look at the price tag.

An iron that needs a smartphone to change its settings? Hmm, how much you'll pay me to get it off your hands?

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

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Duh!

So, that Freeman's prank with Magnusson's microwave did cause the resonance cascade after all!

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Fred-rick Nee-chee

Wasn't he playing in the same band as Imma-Nu-eel Cunt? No, that can't be right....

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Time to act!

The only solution is to transport a spare RBMK core from Russia to the Falklands, set it off there and let it sink into the crust. If timed right, it will hit the Fukushima ones head on and cancel the oscillations.

Unfortunately, as Luis Sancho warned on many occasions, such energetic collisions may lead to creation of runaway mini black holes, which will doom us all.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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Who cares?

All of the mentioned are musical Zulu Tango Deltas, anyway... Zero Talent Detected.

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

But your apostrophe - is it relativistically rrr'ed-shifted?

Even so, I believe it will still be "Boom! And yooouuu'rrre out!" for an observer on board...

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Have they ever read any Sci-Fi

If yes, then how did they fail to notice the bloody big shields usually carried in front of relativistic spaceships?

If no, then The Songs of Distant Earth (1986) by Arthur C Clarke might be a good point to start...

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Sony snags Spotify for streaming music to Playstation gamers

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Re: Hyperbole

It's exactly how they were selling their wonderful BD menues that could be overlaid over a running movie. Really, is that what I'd want? Seeing a menu while the film is running behind it? I guess that shows how much they valued the quality of the movies they were going to punt...

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: GMT/BST and working with Americans

Yep. And had we stayed on GMT it will have gone back to 5 hours in October anyway.

The consolation of course is that in that case we could blame the clueless Americans! :-)

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Re: GMT/BST and working with Americans

Except the Americans are already on the summer time. They just switch over 3 weeks earlier than we here.

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That what happens

When you give away control over the things in your house to someone else.

Internet of fucking things, right...

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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Would be a perfect example

Of how corruption endangers the future of everyone. Except, of course, corruption only ever happens in Russia and never here or in any countries on today's friendly list...

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: BBC has just stolen el-Reg's website design!

I'd recommend calling your IP lawyer and telling them to sharpen their pencils first...

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And clicking on any picture at the top of the page currently leads to Angelina Jolie's lost ovaries.

What a bunch of wankers!

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OMG!

BBC has just stolen el-Reg's website design!

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Layla enjoys a Sanskrit makeover: Clapton set to become one of several Gods

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Re: Hehe

Wait till they get round to "Cocaine".

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Hmmm....

Looks like the kind of post aimed at boosting sheer numbers of posts. The reply to it, likewise.

What an outrage! How dare they?!

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Philae's either screening Rosetta's calls or isn't home

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Re: Not Good Writing:

You know the difference between solar cells and batteries, uncle, don't you?

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Watching porn makes men BETTER in bed, say trick-cyclists

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Re: would that be @adnim

Yes, but porn is not watched for "entertainment" in the same sense as other movies/images. It has a specific purpose and it's not good for anything else other than, perhaps, academic studies.

So, if the purpose of porn is to excite people sexually and someone is excited watching violent porn - that can only mean that he is excited by sexual violence. A corollary - only those who like violence in sex would watch violent porn.

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Re: would that be @adnim

There are people who watch war movies to get a hard-on? Hmm, learn something new every day, I do...

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Re: would that be @adnim

Poor sods are in denial - in need of counseling or something :-)

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Re: would that be @adnim

Hmm, I was waiting for you to conclude by putting the child porn into this for good measure, cause that's a trump argument which no one dares to contest, right? Forgot the script a bit, maybe?

But, since you brought these things up, anyway - the viciously fucked, the trampled testicles et al - let it be known to you that unless you like these things in real life you are not going to like them in porn, no matter how much you watch it.

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AI guru Ng: Fearing a rise of killer robots is like worrying about overpopulation on Mars

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Re: Finally some sense

I'm trying to imagine an RBMK core flying in my face and - geez! - that IS scary!! What'll likely kill me first - the neutrons or the tons of glowing graphite and molten uranium?

You should be given an "analogy of the month" award!

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Looking in the wrong direction...

"We considered the model had a youthful appearance and that some consumers were likely to regard her as being younger than 16 years of age."

Such consumers must then be rounded up, put on the Sex Offenders Register and sectioned under the Mental Health act. No way that model would appear 16 to a normal person. One must have a certain predisposition to see her that way...

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GCHQ: Ensure biz security by STOPPING everyone from TALKING

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Re: Solution

"wouldn't want to take any rash measures."

I'm sure there are nerve agents available that will deal with the employees discretely, without any rash showing...

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Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook

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Re: NSFW flag or different pic needed @sisk & Lusty

Ah, schools - somehow it didn't connect... My bad.

For once, I did not think of the children!

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Re: NSFW flag or different pic needed

That's not safe? Isn't it simply a factual example illustrating the article's subject matter?

However, if you are not supposed to read such *articles* while at work... I guess then the tag should be something like Not Suitable For Simulation Of Being Busy, I think.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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22nd of July

But... it doesn't work for DD-MM-YY :-(

All I get is 0...

OMG! The world is gonna end!!!

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Curiosity rover's broken arm heals, exploration-as-normal resumes

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"The sample in question...

...was the one that gave the arm problems back in February."

Yes, I heard that before - a sample, purity, went to great length to get it, resonance cascade...

Now everything is OK, though. Except the arm is now actually a tentacle...

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: Idiot

Yeah, this racial stereotyping and discrimination of Neanderthals is shocking and unacceptable.

So much so, that I've decided to set up a Respect the Memory of the Neanderthal Benevolent Fund and will tell everyone where to send the donations shortly. It will be operated with full transparency and all donations will be used solely to remind me to respect the memory of the Neanderthals.

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