* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Hmmm

I'm reminded of the plot of the film "Moon". Did those guys really get to come home at the end or spoilers

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

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There Might Be Grounds?

Everybody wants to wear prosthetic foreheads on their real heads...

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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confusing "setup" and "set up" one of my personal bugbears

The first is a noun (or adjective) while the second is the only proper way to use it as a (phrasal) verb.

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Re: there's always

Plenty to be getting on with.

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there's always

computational chemistry

space exploration

biosphere maintenance

fusion/Thorium power generation

world peace

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Hmmm

As regards looking for Russian interference, isn't this a case of deliberately ignoring the Dave the Orang-utan in the room?

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Re: What the FEEL?

The scoops are on their way, bob.

(IT'S MADE OF PEOPLE, PEOPLE!)

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Well they're putting up resistance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olkS6KdF0Mw

(chosen for the "sitting here in limbo" line, but Lord, they deserve to win)

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Australia reviews defence export controls, perhaps easing cryptography research

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Re: Is this an outbreak of common sense?

Thanks for that, grumpyoldbloke. If they're being dicks, then I think they should definitely get honorary NZ citizenship.

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Joke

Is this an outbreak of common sense?

If so, and if I were in the NZ government, I'd be inclined to give everyone in the Oz government honorary NZ citizenship. Just to foster good neighbourly relations.

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Give a boffin a Xeon and a big GPU, get a new big prime number

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> then you just collect a sufficiently large set of primes, multiply them all together and subtract 1 - bingo.

I thought about this yesterday and realised that it didn't work. Consider the product of the first n primes less one. You're basically using a prime sieve, but trying to generate new primes from it rather than doing primality testing.

For a sieve to work on a number n, you have to have a table of all possible prime factors up to sqrt(n). However, the list of primes and products grow at different rates, so you're going to come across a product whose square root is greater than the largest prime in your list, breaking the ability of the sieve to test whether the number is a prime or not.

This happens quite quickly since 2 * 3 * 5 - 1 is 29, and sqrt(29) > 5. Then comes 2 * 3 * 5 * 7 -1 = 209, which is composite with factors 11 and 19, thus kicking the whole idea in the head.

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Linus Torvalds passed a kidney stone and then squeezed out Linux 4.13

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Re: Maladie cher maladie

I'll see your Rolling Stones and raise you a Bill S Burroughs... "The Junky's Christmas"

The boy looked at him, his eyes blank with pain. Finally he got one word: "Kidneys."

" Kidney stones?" Danny smiled. " I don’t mean it’s funny, kid. It’s just … I’ve faked it so many times. Never saw the real thing before.

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Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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Re: So much for that Russian collusion story...

If there weren't any wiretaps, the whole thing goes down the drain.

All it says is that a tap on the Trump end wasn't legally requested. It doesn't mean that there weren't any on the other ends. I suspect that that's why Trump got his knickers in a twist: he feared that his team was caught on tape because some of his unsavoury contacts were being legitimately "tapped". That's the simplest explanation for why his son (son in law?) approached the Russian government to set up a secret diplomatic channel.

Yeah, as you say, "so much for that Russian collusion story".

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Re: @AC Funny... but no.

Define what you think the DoJ means when they say 'wire tap'.

The headline writer gets to use vague language like "wiretap". According to the article body, the request didn't use that word. Or at least not the part that was quoted, which asked about any orders for "an intercept of telecommunications or ...".

Does it mean that they didn't eavesdrop on calls without placing bugs on the phone?

That would seem to fall under what they asked for: was there an order for "an intercept of telecommunications". Doesn't matter if they placed a bug in or near the phone or got the phone company to patch in for them.

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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Re: Hashes

A handy mnemonic for remembering -ice vs -ise is that if you're on the fence about spelling, remember that "fence" is a noun. Works for almost all tricky things like "defence", "advi[cs]e", "practi[cs]e", "licen[cs]e" and so on.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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irresistable force vs

immovable object.

My money's on maths (the latter protagonist here).

何となく、そんな矛盾の問題はとても面白いですよね。

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Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns'

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Q "Why, sirrah, may a caudled fillhorse be deemed the brother to a hiren candle in the night?"

A "Withal, because a candle may be greased, yet a fillhorse be without a fat argier."

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

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36 Dramatic Situtations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirty-Six_Dramatic_Situations

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

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The Constitution of the US and each individual state applies to anyone who is in the United States (and respective state), not just citizens.

http://www.mirandawarning.org/mirandarightsandnonuscitizens.html

The page above seems to agree with you.

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Re: Does he sound like a baddie?

Like Alan Rickman, maybe?

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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New Scientist covered some of this a few years back

An additional problem becomes that you need fuel to keep factories up and running (to make new parts) and fuel transportation and delivery (think petrol stations, among others) requires electricity. No grid means no fuel, at least at the start. Expect that martial law would have to be introduced, with strict fuel rationing until repairs to the electricity grid could be carried out, which, as the article states, won't be overnight. Of course, you've probably also got to power water pumping stations and the like.

In a society like the US with so many inequalities, it's hard to see how calmness could prevail. It's not like POTUS can just go on TV and convince people it'll be OK, especially if he's the one that egged on the attack.

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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

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Re: @F Bandersnatch yeah, but ...

Not me. I am attempting to do the opposite of making people forget about this. Judging by the number of downvotes I received and the great preference people had for my first first post over my second, I can only conclude that people (a) don't appreciate irony (especially the recursive variety), or (b) much prefer to interpret my first post as literally suggesting that Trump isn't fascist enough over the sanitised version that presents a post-Fascist apology for my original statement.

OK, I guess that confusion surrounding irony (or meta-irony) angers people. No argument there.

For the record: Nazis are limp-dicked lizards that use the "supremacy" myth to cover up their basic inhumanity.

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Re: yeah, but ...

By which I mean, "nobody properly believes that Trump is a Nazi" and "Props to IBM for sticking to #MAGA (right until it became untenable)."

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yeah, but ...

Trump isn't even proper Nazi. Not surprised IBM walked away when they did.

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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Re: Why do those pictures...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gernsback_Continuum

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Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

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Re: Isn't this related to chaos theory ?

Not really. I believe that's it's related to the "no free lunch" theorem, or at least something like it can apply. Your standard fractal generator (eg, Fractint) has various optimisations for calculating the "limit cycle" and deciding whether a point leads to "capture" by the attractor, or how long it will take. All nice for making pretty pictures, but if you want to, say, model the weather, you need to iterate to find the final state of the model. The "sensitive dependence on initial condition" part of "chaos theory" does indeed rule out there being a quick solution without having to calculate all the intermediate steps. Same with blockchains or the Byzantine Generals problem: the person provides a proof of work that they have actually done the calculations.

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Re: I can has google

... whereas something like a genetic algorithm might actually converge to a solution quite quickly.

I don't know if you can use that to characterise NP, but a GA is non-deterministic.

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Re: P = NP only works for N=1

In answer to both of those problems (n!=N and P=0, respectively):

  • I'll just add a new homomorphism of XORing with 0x20 (it's like a supercharged v8, in base 4)
  • P=0 is obviously the case of "no problem"

No false equivalence here. No sir.

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Re: Can't a computer solve this?

Ah, you may have proved your program correct, but have you run it?

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P = NP only works for N=1

Practically all mathematical papers use n as a variable. It's impossible for it to be both a constant (n=1) and a variable at the same time. Therefore, P = NP is disproved, and by the law of the excluded middle, P != NP.

QED

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: 1400?

> ALL HAIL DISCORDIA

You, sir, are a pope!

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PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

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Re: attacking anyone who disagrees with them.

No body.

I ain't got nobody. Nobody loves me. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody cares for me. Nobody. Nobody.

(sing it, Mpeler)

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Especially not Theil, Palantir or Cambridge Analytica.

Our chief weapon is surprise! (because we cunningly didn't mention them in the article!)

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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Re: @Ole Juul - now fled to the dark web

I think that the Trump brand is toxic, no matter whether you bought it or paid for it. In other words, not long.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: The thin line between right and wrong

Oh, and by the way, the "race" I am talking about you being a part of is "the human race". Get with it.

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Re: The thin line between right and wrong

There is no scientific definition of a race. The closest word is "landrace", which is nothing at all like what ignorant people like to label as "race".

I am fully aware of what a species is. In that context, I find it ironic that you talk about "talking at cross purposes".

Look up the whole Linnnaean (or other) taxonomic system. There are zero mentions of "race".

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Re: The thin line between right and wrong

Just to clarify that a bit more, I subscribe to Buckminster Fuller's view that a "racist" is "someone who believes in race." There is only one race, here, and we're all part of it. For that reason, I also reject the idea of forming organisations to advocate for one's race. It's a misguided concept.

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Re: The thin line between right and wrong

The part below. It probably slipped under your radar because apart from that it seemed to be a rational post.

Forming organisations to represent and advocate the interests of one's religion / race / identity group is common and acceptable. White people must have the same right to form such such groups as anyone else, particularly where they are becoming an underclass

The false equivalency is between organisations like the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, and, well, fascists. Note that last bit: "particularly [when white people] are becoming an underclass".

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Re: The thin line between right and wrong

I teetered between hitting "report abuse" and "downvote" here. In the end, I downvoted.

Why? Because you are implying the same sort of false equivalence that Trump used when he said "... on many sides. On many sides."

That dog won't hunt, Monseigneur.

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Re: The Law is an Ass

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/godwins-law-mike-godwin-internet-hitler-charlottesville-virginia-donald-trump-a7892171.html

You said: "it's really just an attempt to stifle criticism"

Mike said: "To be clear: I don’t personally believe all rational discourse has ended when Nazis or the Holocaust are invoked," he wrote. "But I’m pleased that people still use Godwin’s Law to force one another to argue more thoughtfully.

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Re: Noted troll Julian Assange?

The man had sacrificed a great deal...

The man sacrificed Chelsea Manning, IIRC. Any updates on this article?

https://www.wired.com/2010/12/manning-defens/

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In the USA

"censorship" is only "censorship" when the government does it. What is it? The first amendment, I think.

A company that fires a guy for saying something (possibly detrimental to their organisation) does not fall under the 1st amendment.

Assange is a knob.

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: hosting defcon in the US...

>...seems a bit of an oversight by the organisers.

So, DEFGONE next year, then?

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Chess champ Kasparov, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

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電動の羊は…

人型を夢見るの?

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Astroboffins discover that half of the Milky Way's matter comes from other galaxies

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so ... many ... folk ... memories

Obviously, we are stardust. We are golden.

> We could consider ourselves space travelers

or a "starman, waiting in the sky"

> we could consider ourselves space travelers

Well, a spaceman did come travelling

> "a computer model of supernovae explosions,"

Your Galactic tendency to conjugate adjectives is showing

> kicked out by a powerful wind

Now you're just taking the piss

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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Re: No doubt

> Reminds me of the old saying ...

Reminds me of "A légpárnás hajóm tele van angolnákkal". But then, my mind has been corrupted by naughty, naughty British TV.

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Debian patches plenty in new version 9.1

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Re: I'm fairly certain there is one patch ...

> I'll go with January 1st 2019 ...

Probably more like 19 January, 2038. Fucking Millennialists.

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Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

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Re: Fixed it!

> sudo apt-get --annual purge -- follow-rabbit-hole --redpill gnome-exe-thumbnailer

FTFY

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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staff get reamed

just like the oranges.

(disclaimer: I have no idea about how their juicer works)

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