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Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

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Re: They don't want us

If there had been Boers on Mars, a good reason would have existed to pay an impromptu vist!

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Re: Yet another illustration that

3h of Capita ... in SPAAACEEE! background ambience

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No progressivism in space, please!

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Re: Yet another illustration that

Why not give it to CAPITA for best cheap experience?

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Re: Juno "...a software performance monitor rebooted Juno's computer."

Performance was dangerously decreased as several management moons were spotted rising over the horizon.

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'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

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Re: I'm confused.

"civil service mandates the wearing of leather"

Unlikely in a country with calvinist traditions...

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Donald Trump running insecure email servers

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..and could we maybe discuss Lady McDeath's "stolen emails" instead?

Yeah, it's fantastic, isn't it:

US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s criticism of rival Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State appeared to have rebounded on him.

It's pretty amazing that outright illegal behaviour engaged in while running the State Department, then lying about it, trying to shift the blame to Powell, and getting a free pass by law enforcement is now put on the same level as running an unsecure server when running for president (however ill-suited for that job, but the Clinton-level of "fuck everything that looks female" is there at least)

Says much about the sewer-grade "news reporting" one gets nowadays.

I'm actually expecting downvotes by Graun readers and progressive poseurs who can't wait to liberate Aleppo for the children by a no-fly zone.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Re: Yes, the younger "adult" set seems to have become over sheltered as a whole.

Everything is decaying, it's as if practically all the basics are being forgotten - actually actively destroyed by the establishment, the faster, the better.

This is why Trump has a chance.

I would buy a Sadfrog T-Shirt, but I would probably be beaten up grievously in such multicultural neighborhood zones as black inner cities or guardians of liberalism (in the old-school sense) as universities....

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It bears repeating

Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you (Mon 29 July 2013)

TL;DR? Why not just go watch another five second video of a kitten with its head in a toilet roll, or a 140 character description of a meal your friend just stuffed in their mouth. "nom nom". This blog post is not for you.

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

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"17 civilian and government intelligence agencies"

Just create another 2 government intelligence agencies and a private but federally funded think-tank for additional pointing, so as to make this a round number.

Meanwhile, The Warnings of a New World War: The U.S.-Russia confrontation over Ukraine and now Syria is far more dangerous than is understood by mainstream U.S. analysts as Russia lays down clear warnings that are mostly being ignored, writes Gilbert Doctorow.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Nattering nabobs of negativism!

Looks like David Stockman's Book "Trumped!" delivers

A review

The Great Bubble generated by the Federal Reserve that screwed “flyover country” and enriched the One Percent poured billions into the War Party’s coffers. “Money” created out of thin air and mountainous debt financed the greatest military buildup in history, one that started under Ronald Reagan and undermined the conservative crusade to cut back the federal Leviathan. And the politics of this process brought about our ruin.

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Trump’s economic message – that the America of their fathers and grandfathers can be restored, that this country can once again become the industrial powerhouse of the world, that the jobs can be brought back from wherever they have gone – appeals to those who have almost forgotten how to hope. And his foreign policy slogan, “America First,” also has the same visceral attraction: when Trump wonders why we’re making “bad deals,” such as the NATO deal that requires us to pay for the defense of a continent perfectly capable (albeit unwilling) to pay for itself, his supporters shout their approval. When Trump asks “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get along with the Russians?” they cheer – because no Russian ever looked down on them, or fired them, or called them “deplorables.” When Trump avers that it would be smart to let the Russians take care of ISIS in Syria, and that we have no business “rescuing” Aleppo, they agree wholeheartedly – because, heck, why aren’t we rescuing Americans from the hopelessness and poverty so many have fallen into?

Yes, Stockman is critical of Trump, but unlike all too many ostensible libertarians, he doesn’t sneer at the Trump supporters, because he understands the economic and social roots of their pain, he gets Trump’s appeal – and offers a fully libertarian analysis and program for reform.

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Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'

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Woah!

Can't have someone influence an election.

Whatever would be next!

No, people have already been well told how to vote. Don't confuse them!

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Re: Neutrality and all that

So basically "political operators are not responsible for what they are doing, it's in their genes"

> This is an extremely dirty job which normal humans with a moral compass cannot stomach.

An extremely dirty job is sewer maintenance. Being a crooked politician taking bad decisions with lots of dead people at the arrival point is a choice.

More about the Queen of Chaos: Hillary Clinton and Syria: Stupidity or Something Worse?

I raise this point because we now have new evidence which confirms that, in fact, Clinton is quite knowledgeable about one of today’s most prominent foreign policy issues, Syria. The evidence comes from a transcript of Clinton’s notorious Goldman Sachs speeches, which were recently leaked by WikiLeaks This particular speech occurred in June 2013, before President Obama’s more public push for strikes directly against the Syrian government.

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As crazy as this sounds, it’s important to notice what is not going on here. At least as expressed to Goldman, Clinton’s policies do not stem from ignorance or stupidity in the normal sense. Rather, she seems to understand the risks and the reality quite well – and she has just decided on a dangerous policy anyway.

In most instances, being knowledgeable is a virtue in a political candidate. But in the case of Clinton’s foreign policy, it is a severe demerit. If her hawkishness was motivated merely by ignorance, new facts and new failures could cause her to change course. The antidote for her clear-eyed belligerence is going to prove far more elusive.

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How do you make a qubit 10 times as stable? Dress it up for work

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Re: Goddammit El Reg

The fact is, every time I ask someone to explain this "quantum" thing to me, I get the same kind of answers ("you're just too thick" or "something about cats").

Seriously, what exactly about vector addition don't you understand??

Okay, Okay. Here are some links:

Scott Aaronson explains best, for civilians

Quantum Theory from 5 reasonable axioms this needs some time and contemplation

Quantum Algorithms via Linear Algebra: A Primer or grab this book

If you are feeling chipper, you may want to check this about a pictorial approach using linear logic. I don't understand it. One day, maybe.

> strong whiff of bullshit

Ni**erDude, if it were bullshit none of the computing and electronic "entertainment" devices would work. Ditto for lasers, the sun and generally everything (i.e. matter would collapse in about a picosecond)

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Re: Goddammit El Reg

No.

If you can't do linear algebra as learned in high school, you can't do QM.

It's as simple as that.

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Re: And the bullshit keeps rolling on

> Science is boring

I shall refrain from using the R-word or even the N-words or F-words here.

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Goddammit El Reg

It NEVER comes out right, does it?

Instead of two states, 0 and 1, however, a qubit can occupy an infinite number of states as its quantum states are entangled with one another.

NO!

The qubit is in a superposition of states, a bit of 0, a bit of 1 (written as nonmixable vectors |0> and |1>):

Q = a * |0> + b * |1>

...where a and b are complex values and the vector <a,b> is of length 1 (i.e. on the complex sphere of complex dimension 2)

This is mathematically analoguos to bog-standard "I don't know" probability, where a classical system is in some unknown state until we look (but in QM, the system is ACTUALLY in the superposition until we look):

Q = a * |0> + b * |1>

where a and b are real values and the vector <a,b> is of length 1 (i.e. on the unit circle on the real plane)

The ENTANGLEMENT comes from composing N qbits into an entangled whole, and the state of the system is then described by 2^N complex values, one for each "classical state", anmd the 2^N complex vector is on the 2^N-dimensional complex unit sphere. For example, for 2 qubits:

QQ = a * |00> + b * |01> + c * |10> + d * |11>

One can mix-in to "QM probability" above some classical "don't know" probability to obtain "mixtures". For example, we have system QQ which we know is in state QQ1 with classical probability p, and in state QQ2 with classical probability (1-p), then:

QQ = p * QQ1 + (1-p) * QQ2

...some people dispute that such mixtures have physical reality though as they are indistinguishable from a quantum state.

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Audit sees VeraCrypt kill critical password recovery, cipher flaws

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

You seem to be a right suave know-it-all motherfucker.

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

Uh oh, is Wikipedia down again?

Get up your lazy arse and at least write a one-liner, millenial slacker.

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

Anyone who dumped TC for Vera back when the ballyhoo kicked off should be feeling rather silly right now.

I don't understand. Isn't VeraCrypt basically TrueCrypt + some extras? Meaning TrueCrypt is the unaudited, buggy version and will stay that way?

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Orange blows up French govt website in terrorism censorship snafu

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Mon cher ami!

As the reliably "crabby nanny" The Guardian explains, your despondent mood, hating on glorious politicians and pervasive nihilism might actually due to rank Russian propaganda

David Clark, a former Foreign Office adviser and the chair of the Russia Foundation that the Kremlin used RT not for straight propaganda purposes but “information warfare”: “The clue is in the strapline: ‘Question more’. They are trying to sow confusion and to create a climate of intellectual pessimism and nihilism by mixing the genre of news and outright fabrication.” He added: “The channel is designed to undermine rational debate. It’s a multi-layered thing and just one instrument they use.”

You just have to Believe!.!

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"Websites that promote terrorism"

The website of the State Department should be banned in la France.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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No wonder America is going down the shitter

AI-driven autopatenters patenting stuff that no-one has ever read, can understand or can even decide whether it is patentable or new, while AI-driven patent attorneys start lawsuits in Texas where AI-driven attorneys argue with an AI judge and a jury that is out for lunch but has left stand-in AI-driven pseudopersonas running on their fondleslabs to argue on their behalf.

It's would be a wonderful world.

(I also would like to see "AI" replaced by "marketing-yeast-driven-so-called-AI" ... MYDSCAI)

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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Well, a small bipartisan land war on the eurasian landmass that "will pay for itself" would pay for 200 over-budget ITERs. There is not enough place in France to put them all there though.

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

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Over decades, politics became about talking at people, in the belief that can humans can "be engineered and corrected by instruction from their enlightened betters”

If only. It seems to have become a "free for all" for those on the inside and "let the rubes deal with the shit, just keep them busy" for the rest.

Meanwhile we get fed bullshit that even pigs would avoid. Ukraine is being invaded and Russians shot down MH-17. Iran is active in Yemen. ISIS is absolutely not a joint CIA-Saudi effort. Bogeyman of the day has WMD. Trump is worse than Bill Clinton regarding wymmen etc. etc.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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UFOs of the 21st come as Drones.

People who have read Jacques Vallée know that UFOs take the form that matches the epoch...

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Juno probe has tech trouble, cancels orbital re-adjustment

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Re: "...so it could concentrate..."

Menace it with no dessert and see what happens.

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India/Russia tech pact

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Doesn't India already have a nuclear agreement with the USA? The only thing I remember was that it sounded suspiciously like a way for India to perform nuclear up-armement, it's been some time.

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Drone exercise will transform future naval warfare, says Navy

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Re: Job title....

It depends on whether he has to wear two-colored skintight pajamas from now on.

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Re: also attending

That's unfair because there was nothing to enforce anything on that piece of paper (dead british empire is dead and has not even planes to go into Europe etc.) and Mussolini had been declared Ghaddafi of the day instead of Valued Friend Against The Mustachioed One because he had had the termerity to grab our piece of the desert, the bastard!

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Navy obsoletes itself, not many medal wearers dead. Film at 11

Yep, a sea free of ships and possibly subs.

The ramming up the backside of "carriers" and "supercarriers" is definitely on.

For the rest, Stanislaw Lem's "Upside-Down Evolution" describes well what is happening.

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Forget malware, crooks are cracking ATMs the old-fashioned way – with explosives

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Re: Obviously their own fault

Seriously?

How about I ram your datacenter and pull away with your HP server in tow, buster?

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Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

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Re: karma

This is why I left the post office.

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Trigger warning: "Copying" mentioned

The logic that innovation gets “sedimented” (the great buzzword of the day) into open protocols and code was very seductive at the time (1999)

Can't remember that. I think even then people found that open protocols (as expressed in RFCs) and code either got completely ignored by the stumbling Internet giants or got "sedimented" (i.e. copied) into various "enhanced" proprietary stuff from hell, with a patent slapped on top for good measure. Microsoft being one of the prime nonnovators back then.

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Verizon!'s top! lawyer! ponders! walking! away! from! Yahoo! gobble!

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Re: We are confident in Yahoo's value

But the value is left unstated---

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Pwned Clinton aide Trumped

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It was Russia!

It's certain. It was them!!

I read it in the War Street Journal.

Meanwhile sounds like there are Rumors of Aggressive War (a new kind of October Surprise?) in the vent system.

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$100 credit for Note 7 owners

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Oh really?

If you hand in your Note 7 and buy another brand, you get just $25.

Well, the thing is not fit for purpose, so how come I don't get a full refund in cash?

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Hypernormalisation: Adam Curtis on chatbots, AI and Colonel Gaddafi

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Re: Ooh, Can't Wait

Not yet but I sure will.

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Re: watch anything by adam curtis.

You know that the US helping Saudis bomb civvies in Yemen is absolutely ok, while Russia helping Assad bomb Qaeda goons with collateral damage of Stalingrad levels in Syria is absolutely a no-no, a "war crime" and demanding of a "robust response"? It's true!

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Eliza? Oh yeah

Well, Eliza is a tired and old subject, always fun when someone wants to show that he superior to the rubes (Ha Ha, a simple chatbot confuses people about whether there is a freudian analyst there). It was a silly stunt.

I would like to have heard more about Judea Pearl who is the real deal. I have a few books by him - serious algorithm wrangling.

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Soylent bars farting recall

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Total Recall

...on the fart bars!

But will we be told what biochemical processes are the root cause of the gaseous disaster?

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Personal info on more than 58 million people spills onto the web from data slurp biz

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The database with those default settings?

These should be called MongoDrops

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Pound falling, Marmite off the shelves – what the UK needs right now is ... an AI ethics board

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French channel all their emotions into strike rage!

It's not all that long ago that humans were arguing about this in connection with their treatment of other humans

You mean, during Operation Enduring Freedom (and followups?)

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Re: Solder free?

Ethics outsourcery?

Politicans will stop to even attempt to think completely and get FAT ARSES!

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Hackers pop 6000 sites on active 18-month carding bonanza

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Russia!

I'm not saying it's state-sponsored, but it's probably state sponsored.

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

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After "Obama wants to go to Mars", a "Govn't Safety Net for Machines"

It's like there something really big in the pipe that we are not supposed to notice. Maybe the fact that the war on behalf our our ISIS allies and against Russia is getting hot ... OMG Kim Kardashian has been ROBBED!!

“The key question is: if something goes wrong, who is responsible?” pondered the Science and Technology Committee, in a report released today.

Yeah you dumb idiot, that's why we have insurance.

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Mars by the 2030s: Obama

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Something in the coffee or....?

What the hell is Obama going on about now?

Maybe he should reflect about his less-than-convincing here-on-Earth tenure. 8 years of war & consequences, surveillance has become legal, undeclared drone wars, several countries blown sky-high and getting worse, in bed for war crimes with Saudi Arabia, faffing around in Russia's near abroad and racial tension like never in the land of the free, promises to pump up the nuclear arsenal, and a pivot to China.

And now Mars??? WHAT THE F*CK!!

Oh yeah, he got Osama. Yeah.

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Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Re: What a very substandard article this is

Droll. Must be a facility managed by sun people.

"What happened at Pelindaba is the thing that keeps Presidents awake at night"

I rather think that the thing that keeps Presidents awake at night is getting the next cheque to finance the elect-me circus and pandering to the masses instead of doing policy.

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The fear of millenials

"Amano's remarks are prima facie terrifying"

Rumor mongering by M. Amano is "prima facie terrifying"? Who knew?

"but perhaps even scarier when one considers our 2013 story revealing Canada's nuclear plants will run code specificallly assembled for PDP-11 minicomputers for at least another 30 years"

Actually sounds relaxing, TBH.

As to the "could have been used to construct a dirty bomb" ... I think it's easier to get a fat chunk of DU and dust that over the city, see the uranium babies pile up.

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No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

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What do you mean, it doesn't "just work"

Stop pissing on the parade, El Reg!

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