* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Sports doping agency WADA says hackers lifted Olympic athletes' medical records

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Re: TUE secrets?

Because medication can be deeply personal - imagine being Caster Semenya - having your very identity become the subject of international news for years

Welcome to competition sports. If you enter, you know what will happen.

That being said, Caster is a swell guy.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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That photo looks like there is a can of Red Bull lifting off.

I sense a marketing opportunity...

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Linux 4.8 rc6 facepalm!

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What does a pull request have to do with code size?

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Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

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Re: And the 'Sentence of the Year' award goes to...

Well, seriously. Mentioning "bug" and "self-driving car" in the same sentence is kinda stupid though. If it is "self-driving", does the concept of "bug" still apply? Cause maybe you can't even iron it out, the problem will be hidden behind walls of machine learning results that no-one understands. It will be so complex that we will have to talk about "inappropriate decision-making" or "cognitive excursions" etc.

Same as with human drivers, actually.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: Stupid

Add the on-shore maintenance facilities, too, please.

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Hillary knows where Aleppo is. No wonder ... she did it in.

No need. Assad and Putin have that nicely covered already.

Yeah well that's fucking bullshit oozing from the liberventionists. Please take your brainpills.

Remember when Ghaddafi distributed viagra for RAPE! to hurry GENOCIDE! along and we suddenly needed to impose a NO-FLY ZONE! because otherwise A NEW HOLOCAUST SOON!

We are currently at the point in Obama'sHillary's excellent Lybian Adventure where the NOBEL-PEACE-PRIZE PRESIDENT is stationing THE CARRIERS OF FREEDOM off the coast of Lybia for no particular reason except to apparently bomb stuff (based on what? for what? who nows! Maybe to keep Hillary's weapon rat line into Syria intact?). Unfortunately our Lyibian CIA ASSET General Hifter (an ex from Al Qaeda btw) has suddenly been declared as NO LONGER A WINNER as he's not aligned with the TRIPOLI-BASED (or was it Syre-based?) GOVERNMENT that we are currently supporting (or not). I suppose a REGRETTABLE INCIDENT if not DEATH BY LIBERTY DRONE will follow soon.

In Frank Miller's comic "Electra Assassin" the progressive presidential candidate Ken Wind, a smug smooth-talking cardboard cutout who is always looking directly at the reader is actually a product of Evil and the idea is to unleash nuclear war. Luckily this is pre-empted by mind transfer as foul-mouthed, beer-drinking Agent Garret, who fantasizes about Electra dominating him (and who is a Trump lookalike come to think of it) gets to inhabit this empty shell, win the presidency, install the red button on his desk and tell the Soviets what's what, Thompson submachinegun in hand (we are left hoping that the Soviet Ambassador showing up at the White House will accede to demands). It's like Frank got some channelling from the future.

Also, to heat the debate up some more: It Takes A Village Idiot to Vote for Hillary

As the media reminds us, Trump disqualifies himself for the presidency daily. This time it was for speaking the truth about Putin at the forum. The Russian people’s approval of their president stands at 82 percent. But the correct American values, as decreed by our northeastern elites, depend on disparaging Putin and his people. After all, Russians are stupid. They need Clinton and her Radical Republican counterpart, Speaker Paul Ryan (or a color-coded revolution organized by both), to induct them into the American government’s ways.

Enforcer Hillary (and Speaker Ryan) was having none of it. A preference for the Russian president over our American president was plain “unpatriotic and scary,” to be stamped out and marginalized.

“Hillary Rodham Clinton,” argues historian Clyde N. Wilson, whose métier is American intellectual history, “is a museum-quality specimen of the Yankee—self-righteous, ruthless, and self-aggrandizing.”

And this just in: Hillary Clinton’s National Security Advisers Are a “Who’s Who” of the Warfare State

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Re: US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs

As former U.S. military (Navy), I'd say that when you're attached to a foreign command, you obey the commanding officer, regardless, unless it goes against your basic oath of defending the U.S. Constitution.

Also do not forget to disobey orders that are against the Laws of War (Good Luck riding it out in the brig though).

(Also try to evade assignments in "deniable operations" where you will be left hanging dry by the denying weasels in charge once shit hits the fannon-MSM press.)

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Dell swings layoffs axe at 3,000 EMC people

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Being there, doing that.

Not a DELLMC, elsewhere...

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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So if you cannot go faster than light in normal space then you must use abnormal spece - simples

Let's set up an experiment at a Central Bank!

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Re: Mythic

The universe is a dangerous place, even without Klingons.

Fleshers! They suck at everything.

(The metronomic cackle of what passes as laughter of an AI, heavily entropized by noise, is heard over the radiowaves at 1'666 MHz)

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Re: It is all wishful thinking

somehow equate with "godlike powers", though on what basis I can't imagine

I will just pithyly say that if you don't understand why, you need to read more.

But what's the harm in at least doing a little research to see if it is even theoretically possible?

That's what I am saying - it's all in good fun. Go ahead, surprise me!

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Re: It is all wishful thinking

Hubris much?

I think the guy with the Hubris problem is the one who thinks that there is an undiscovered and cunningly hidden principle in Nature that allows one to attain *literally* Godlike powers. That kind of juvenile dreamer is bound to be disappointed. Maybe entrepreneurship (honorable) or politician (dishonorable) are career choices to look into for such a person?

Note that all the discoveries in recent centuries have about KNOWING YOUR LIMITS -- not about Yet Another Comic-Strip Worthy Powerdiscovery.

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Re: FTFY

You are confused.

Are we talking "Trek Science" or "Science"

Making stuff up on TV is fun, but one cannot conclude from that that there is any transference to the Real World..

> The problem is moving the bubble

The problem is that there is no bubble in the Real World.

> gravity waves/particles are being detected by satellites, now, looking for gravity wave events and whatnot.

There is no realistic way to detect the quantum of the gravitational field (if it even exists). Satellites are used for mapping the gravitational field of Earth and Moon, yes, but that's not any different from using a torsionmeter to find that there is a large mountain outside.

> Emitting them may be nothing more than spinning heavy atoms inside a magnetic field [let's say a mercury vapor magnetron].

There is no Science behind these words which align to form a phrase, nothing more.

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Re: How old would those naysayers be?

Is that the equivalent to saying it's impossible to travel at light speed?

No. The equivalent of saying "it's impossible to travel at light speed" is that (the mathematical description that best fits) this universe only allows, indeed enforces, light speed for particles with 0 rest mass. These happen to be photons, the carriers of the electromagnetic force. Matter structure (i.e. spaceships and fleshers therein) cannot be mapped to bunches of photons in any evident way. So no spacecraft at lightspeed.

Addendum 0: Interestingly for a photon, the universe has size zero. Photon trajectories seem to be a very special object that may well indicate a better mathematical description of the whole shebang. Last I heard, Penrose was working on that.

Addendum 1: According to Penrose, an old universe may well see the rest mass of all particles go to zero, in which case everything will be at light speed, which means there won't be any "time" left.

Addendum 2: Why is light speed that special veolcity "1"? The explanation may be at a deeper layer that we don't have access to as yet. Let's grab something from the SciFi bag and listen to Greg Egan (Schild's Ladder) for a few paragraphs:

In the beginning was a graph, more like diamond than graphite. Every node in this graph was tetravalent: connected by four edges to four other nodes. By a count of edges, the shortest path from any node back to itself was a loop six edges long. Every node belonged to twenty-four such loops, as well as forty-eight loops eight edges long, and four hundred and eighty that were ten edges long. The edges had no length or shape, the nodes no position; the graph consisted only of the fact that some nodes were connected to others. This pattern of connections, repeated endlessly, was all there was.

In the beginning? Waking more fully, Cass corrected herself: that was the version she remembered from childhood, but these days she preferred to be more cautious. The Sarumpaet rules let you trace the history of the universe back to the vicinity of the Diamond Graph, and everything you could ask for in a Big Bang was there: low entropy, particle creation, rapidly expanding space. Whether it made sense to follow these signposts all the way back, though, was another question.

Cass let the graph's honeycomb pattern linger in the darkness of her skull. Having relinquished her

child's-eye view of the world, she was unable to decide which epoch of her life she actually inhabited. It was one of the minor perils of longevity: waking could be like to trying to find your way home on a street with ten thousand houses, all of which had once been your own. That the clues on the other side of her eyelids might be more enlightening was beside the point; she had to follow the internal logic of her memories back into the present before she could jolt herself awake.

The Sarumpaet rules assigned a quantum amplitude to the possibility of any one graph being followed by another. Among other things, the rules predicted that if a graph contained a loop consisting of three trivalent nodes alternating with three pentavalent ones, its most likely successors would share the same pattern, but it would be shifted to an adjoining set of nodes. A loop like this was known as a photon. The rules predicted that the photon would move. (Which way? All directions were equally likely. To aim the photon took more work, superimposing a swarm of different versions that would interfere and cancel each other out when they traveled in all but one favored direction.) Other patterns could propagate in a similar fashion, and their symmetries and interactions matched up perfectly with the known fundamental particles. Every graph was still just a graph, a collection of nodes and their mutual connections, but the flaws in the diamond took on a life of their own.

The current state of the universe was a long way from the Diamond Graph. Even a patch of near-vacuum in the middle of interstellar space owed its near-Euclidean geometry to the fact that it was an elaborate superposition of a multitude of graphs, each one riddled with virtual particles. And while an ideal vacuum, in all its complexity, was a known quantity, most real space departed from that ideal in an uncontrollable manner: shot through with cosmic radiation, molecular contaminants, neutrinos, and the endless faint ripple of gravitational waves.

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Re: It is all wishful thinking

Well, that's the comment section of the register. It's a mix of youthful know-nothings full of hope and old curmudgeons who assume they know what the deal is.

The latter are probably right.

Pity all those PhDs at NASA Eagleworks are apparently wasting their time looking into questions like these without assumptions that they already know everything about how physics actually works

I never understood how that actually works. It's probably just a weekly get-together of the young lions and all in good fun. They have never produced anything beyond flashy CGI either.

Yeah, it looks like we pretty much know how the universe works at the lowest levels. Much work has to be done in fleshing out the mathematics and there may be some additional surprises but easy & fast interstellar travel at least by fleshies is not likely to be among them. Machines at sub-c sent out by the millions so that one may arrive once there is enough spare capacity in the economy for such fun? Possible, but that's too vanilla for TV.

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Re: EM Drive is an impossible idea

Remember 20, 30 years ago. It was impossible that stomach ulcers in humans were caused by a virus ? Hello Heliobactor pylorii !

Yeah. It's a bacterium. And what has that to do with the fabulous EM drive?

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Re: How old would those naysayers be?

Context: If said gentleman says to go up against the laws of nature, he is probably a crank.

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That is unlikely but it wouldn't help you.

With every particle of your transport thingamabob suddenly leaving your docking bay at lightspeed in all directions, you might as well blow yourself up with a fusion bomb.

Also note that the Higgs is only responsible for the rest masses. Most of the mass in matter is in the energetic glue fields.

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Re: Sir

If you can create those, you can make them time-travelling, and then P=NP (see the end). Instant computational superpowers!

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Re: FTFY

Can't unhear!

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Re: EmDrive is NASA's?

And probably patented at the USPTO

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FTFY

Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre proposed that if a spacecraft was placed within a ring of “exotic matter” that could warp the space around it, the spacecraft travelling in the warped bubble could bypass the speed of light.

Glaswegian physicist Imma Musingmyself Wiffequations proposed that if cats were actually magic beings with the power of extruding rainbows from their arse, a spacecraft that was placed within a ring of “exotic kittens” could "move over the rainbow" and thus bypass the speed of light.

The only way we know how to "warp space" (and that only one way) is to move shitloads of matter into the place to be warped.

And we know that if there is something that moves faster than the speed of light, there are reference systems in which an observer can see causality relations invovling this faster-than-light-signalling going the wrong way, and that is a no-no. Indeed, Mother Nature consistently goes to extremes to interdict any possibility of faster-than-light-signalling that may appear in QM and QFT.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX Falcon 9 fireball investigation is 'biggest challenge yet'

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Yeah I saw that happen at 9-11. EXACTLY THE SAME!!

Furthermore, 15 PhD-ed structural engineers have stated that rockets do not explode in the way shown in the footage (which has been doctored with anyway). The fireball is too red and balloons outwards more rapidly than would be expected normally. They thus have stated in a non-existent European Physics Journal that is being financed by friends of George Soros that what we are looking at here was actually a controlled demolition, possibly to celebrate the 50th anniversay of Star Trek.

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IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

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Re: We've come a long way...

Yes that. Burns power like there is no tomorrow but basically fast.

No longer the economically sweet spot for supercomputing today...

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Save us, Jack Dorsey!

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Weird that no-one has ever brought up these claims regarding AIPAC for example.

I strongly suspect that this is all preparation in case Trumps unexpectedly wins. The "t'was Russia" clamor will go into overdrive, the Supreme Court will annul the result and hand the result to La Néoconne Corrompue Madame Clinton.

This might be followed by a little war with Russia (US vs Germany was started on similar shaky grounds), because the propaganda apparatus is rolling, and hey, never let a manufactured crisis go to waste (What else that woman gonna do? She has already declared that "Putin is Hitler", thus ensuring that she is the laughing stock of the other serious economies - and that "her mission is to fight evil worldwide" - and you know what that means for a neocon).

Better get out of Europe while you can. Anyway it's hopeless crap now, what with Mutti Merkel the Obama admirer, the amazing decaying Eurozone, perma-PIGS, French socialistic terminal illness, brown people coming home to roost and as addendum the festering corpse of Ukraine ripped apart by Nazis and oligarchs (soon to be more Euro-Integrated, that's gonna be fun).

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Fujitsu's billion-dollar ARM supercomputer delayed by up to 2 years

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Delay ... but so what!!

Only in Management Land can one both work on the bleeding edge and still be on-time and on-budget. Because the bleeding edge can just be looked up in books, right, how hard can it be.

These programs are "industrial policy" anyway - get new researchers into the field, keep the knowledge alive, build the bases to attack the next problem earlier than the country next door. The money will flow (even it it has to be printed). It's all in good fun.

(Anybody remember the "Strategic Defense Initiative"? It started off with the idea of building Intelligent Machines (always good for Cold War machism), then when it became clear that that was kinda out there, quickly veered into supercomputing and integrated communications. Success!)

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Re: Bampots

Go back to your talk show!

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Re: MSN default homepage ???

MSN, possibly the most sluggish image and flash heavy site

Possibly the most shitty and cruddy "news" site too. Just look at it. Lousy gossip newskebabs, "people" stories and clickbait. Makes one physically sick. Frankly, I would be at the Daily Mail if I needed that.

Vomit-chan.jpg

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

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Re: If you'd had any real IT awareness beyond Windows

You may of course have tons of experience that is non Windows, but if it's not Linux then the snobs on here won't miss a chance to lord it over you whatever you may know.

On the contrary! Relevant skills in cooking, internal combustion engine tuning, martial arts, nuclear engineering and hot raw sex are always appreciated.

Skills in Windows, however, must, sadly be relegated to the dustbin of the fakers: people who are in IT because they heard it pays so much and are otherwise so uninterested in anything that they buy the proverbial cat in the bag. As a consequence they are mainly staring at goatsscreens telling them to wait because "Windows is updating".

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Red-faced VESK scratches '100% uptime' claim after 2-day outage

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"VESK not so tough since being molested by Murphy"

Reality bites extreme uptime claims

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

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Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets recalled immediately

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OY!

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Hmmm.....

Is it advisable to hold supernova-ed phones with bare hands?

Whatever happened to safety gloves?

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: Orwell's alive & living in the Kremlin

I really think Orwell is far more powerful on the "Blue Side" (aka "Good Side", aka "Freedom Side", aka "Side Against the Side Who Gas Their Own People", aka "Genocide Interdictor", aka "Annexiation Avengers" etc.)

Hell, I'm still hearing P.U.T.I.N. is breaking the Minsk accords while in actuality Ukraine randomly shells stuff, "activists" do their show on the Crimea strait or Donbass leaders get assassinated.

Meanwhile, America has become the Bridge Policeman of the World. What the actual fuckety fuck?

(OT, but this one is interesting, too: Is Putin the Godfather of Extreme Nationalism? ... well, no!)

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Ah well

Russia has this thing about WWII and the Soviet Union. It's part of the national mystique. Yep, they were not the good guys either, counting up from 1918 they were arguably worse. But that's messianism in action.

The Bandera referred to is Stepan Bandera, an historical figure that became a famed Ukranian nationalist. He was assassinated by the KGB in 1959 and has become a figurehead for a new movement critical of Russia's annexation of Crimea and its continued interference in the country.

Well, in truth Bandera is maybe a bit too hardcore to be described as a "nationalist". This "movement" is not particularly "new" either. It's from the old school of the people who love marching, uniforms, boots, symbols inspired by runes and seriously beating up (or worse) the odd guy who disagrees with them, especially if Jewish (at least historically, currently this seems to be kept in check until the cheques have cleared, see also Russian Jewish Leader Slams Ukraine Moguls in Flap Over World War II Nazi Ally). The Social National Party of Ukraine is not fun even if the Obama clownshow (it's not longer an "administration" in my eyes) pretends otherwise. Not content with messing around in Russia's front yard, America pals around with the arch enemy. This must be doubly insulting to any Russian.

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

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How about community service instead

Replacing Windows with Linux on at least 2 computers per day, fielding Linux user support questions, managing a few forums and generally doing menial tasks for the kernel devs for a few years should put some starch into his collar.

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When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

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Expect mobsters doing "protection money claw-back" operations soon...

I'm sorry, but the "claw back" ALWAYS works in direction of the tax-payer, never the the tax-extractor even if Big State defenders and other riffraff would like this to be acceptable Newspeak.

It's a "tax", right.

A "tax" is never friendly, doesn't initially belong to the one extracting it and requires guns and badges to be shown in order that the extraction may proceed speedily.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

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Bring it closer to the Sun

A gigantic salty swimming pool!

The atmosphere would be a problem...

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Lindsay Lohan's Grand Theft Auto V cartoon case kicked out of court

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Re: The never ending hypocracy of the progressive liberal never ceases to amaze.

Proud member of Alt-Right checking in (well, not fully, but, you know...)

Who you calling "Progressive", bub?

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Re: Looks like Lohan?

Can't unsee

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Aggrieved cat sues 4chan for unapproved use of lolcat images

"That image looks EXACTLY like me, falling down stairs" says aggrieved cat.

Lawyers say this lawsuit could take some time but expect millions in payout.

Meanwhile, it is reported that aggrieved cat is on rehab again. "I haven't been sniffing at glue tubes all that much" was the only statement that could be obtained before we went to press.

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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I hope someone brings out a book

...and includes all the commentary.

Copyright has been waived, right? Right?

What's that noise? Oh no, it's Andrew coming at me in hot pursuit...

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Re: At least the switch was still there

This is why good jobs go to China.

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SETI searchers: We still haven't found what we're looking for

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Re: Cloaked?

Are there actually any examples of stealthed satellites? Or actual use of laser comms?

The X-37 doesn't look very stealthy, that special ferrite coating will be ablated on re-entry...

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It's a conspiracy!

Yet another hit by P.U.T.I.N. who controls Trump who controls White Supremacist Farmers and Suburban Mysoginistic Racists who are listening to Talk Radio on shortwave which captures Alien signals beamed from Dark Satellites which hypnotizes them into following the Illuminati Voices to vote for Lizard People so Hillary will win!

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What do microservices do to data stores? Netflix is built on them and had no idea!

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Re: Stop the madness

It's nice for playing around with Erlang/Elixir though.

Also, it probably is a solution to problems form the 90's (Distributed Computing Environment etc.) when CPUs were feeble, RAM was scare, and RPC was thought to be a good idea.

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Re: containers != microservices

Well said, thank you good sir (or madam, names on the Internet being what they are).

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: Hydrazine

Reticulans like to drink it "on the rocks".

Humans, however.... well .... liver failure and cancer. And that for minute amounts.

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Re: Kerbal

A Ballardian Failure Mode, then?

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Re: Wet beach sand

Might as well do Orion From Ground.

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