* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Cancel the farewell party. Get back to work. That asteroid isn't going to hit Earth in October

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Re: It's getting annoying now

You are just living in the universe in which Schrödinger's cat lived to see another day of cat food.

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Re: Aim is improving.

No, and Hillary did Bernie!

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Re: damn

> i'd ordered butt plugs and everything.

WHY!

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: Imagine

Remember the Dell capacitor scandal? Deliberately using ones with an only 18 month life?

IIRC that was counterfeit chintokke product getting into the production stream?

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Re: Well its consumer stuff...

Considering that business computers often even cost less than consumer ones

That's definitely not true.

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Re: Microsoft is only interested in a couple of things....

Don't forget per-socket/per-CPU pricing. Pulling in the money for stuff developed and bought by someone else.

Up there with aggravated robbery and "VAT".

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Re: Heat cycling (ie. normal use) breaks them.

Do not turn it off. Do not go into sleep mode. Just set the power use to minimum.

Greens tossing in their bed because of unintended consequences.

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Re: Not just Microsoft

Given the cost of surface products then they should be giving decades of trouble free service!

That would be a first from the House of Muggersoft.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: Have you actually read the article?

Sober Lessons from the Google Farce

A company with a US$650 billion market cap and a CEO who took home US$200 million last year fires an employee for expressing his opinions on an internal forum curated by the company itself in probable violation of California labour laws designed to protect, inter alia, union organising and nobody on the political left can stop gloating and come to the defence of the fired worker.

Yes, that.

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Jeez, this dicussion is still ongoing?

I will just quote more iSteve then:

Why Are Damore's Observations About Statistical Distributions Assumed to be Inevitably Aspersions on Women _already_ Hired by Google?

Imagine if in an Alternative Universe in which the media’s diversity dogmas were based on their ostensible logic rather than on sheer “Who? Whom?” childishness, somebody asked Cleveland Cavalier all-time great LeBron James:

Q. “Why is there so little diversity and racial equality in the NBA?”

LeBron: “Well, I think we could be doing a little better outreach to under-represented ethnicities to show them what a great sport basketball is, but, yeah, basically, at the highest levels, blacks tend to be a little better than whites at basketball.”

Q. “Didn’t your stereotyping just create a Hostile Work Environment for your white teammates like Kevin Love? How can Kevin Love continue to play on the same team with a hate-filled bigot like yourself who doesn’t believe he deserves to be in the NBA?”

LeBron: “Wait a minute, I didn’t say that Kevin Love doesn’t deserve to be in the NBA. I specifically insisted that the Cavs sign Kevin as part of my plan to return to my home region and win Cleveland an NBA title, which we did. Granted, Kevin looked a little dorkier while defensively shutting down NBA MVP Steph Curry in the last minute of the seventh game of the 2016 Finals than, say, I might have, but damn that white boy got the job done when it mattered!”

Q. “But if whites are genetically inferior to blacks at basketball, then aren’t you saying that all the whites in the NBA don’t belong there.”

LeBron: “No, stop being stupid. The whites in the NBA belong in the NBA or they wouldn’t be in the NBA. We don’t have special programs to hire whites who aren’t really good enough to play in the NBA. What I’m saying is that there aren’t a huge number of whites who aren’t in the NBA who belong in the NBA but are being kept out of the NBA by anti-white racism.

“I’m not saying that there is no anti-white racism, just that it doesn’t explain most of the The Gap. You know, maybe we need to think about why more and more whites in the NBA come from Europe or Canada or super white small cities in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe we’d discover that there are changes we could make in basketball culture to get a few more white NBA players out of the suburbs of big American cities. But in the big picture, not much will or can change. Basketball talent is what it is.”

“Sure, if Adam Silver ordered each NBA team to be half-white, there’d be a lot of white guys sitting on the end of NBA benches who wouldn’t really belong in the league. But we don’t have quotas, so we don’t have white deadwood in the League.”

Q. “But if you are saying that whites aren’t inferior in basketball, why are you The Man on the Cavaliers? Why isn’t Kevin Love your Co-Man? Or, more appropriately, why aren’t you both the Co-Persons on the Cavs?”

LeBron: “Hey, thanks for the questions but I got to go lift some weights. Bye.”

When are we getting that deplorable icon? I already got the T-Shirt.

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Unless of course top-level domains, FCC policy debates and surveillance laws are your version of click-bait

Yeah, these one are pretty good.

Unlike this one served uncooked from MiniTrue entrails.

More ICANN watch, Kieren, please!

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Then there are people who write articles while standing on the Good side.

Meanwhile: Perhaps Shame Still Exists? "No Google Doodle today in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."

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TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

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Re: Really!

The fines need to be PERSONAL to the Executives and Board

I completely support that,

I have seen what happens internally what happens when breaches are announced: SFA, only political game playing increases while C-tards congratulate themselves on being such hot shit that they will still reach yearly targets while the IT support section is a festering skeleton.

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Hell yeah

sending the SAS to Las Vegas to bust him out

FUND THIS!!

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Re: @kain preacher

murders and all other violent crimes been declining steadily since the early 90s nationwide

Don't know about that. Was Chicago like Aleppo in the 90s? Currently it's just like Dodge city.

One could say that violent offenders are now locked away (you know the headline "violent crime rate goes down in spite of soaring prison population" etc.) but then again, who trusts the prison industry?

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Hutchins’ first friend chipped in again: “Criticising the system is not helpful. If you don’t want to live under that system, don’t go there.”

What kind of statement is that and why does anyone utter it outside of high-school classrooms.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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There is not even a Message.

What can one conclude about a company that behaves like that about employees who care?

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If we're in a simulation, someone hit it with a hammer, please: Milky Way spews up to 100 MEELLLION black holes

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Re: Quid of dark matter then ?

Stupidly I erred in the above calculation, not being helped by El Reg's tendency to delay my missives and pass them by Oompa Loompas of Colour enslaved in disused London underground tunnels and trained to detect dangerous levels of Badthink.

The dark matter content of the galaxy is 80% of its total mass (21 / (21+5)), not 21%, leaving out dark energy (is that right?), so we are looking for 5.6*10^11 dark mass, of which the millions of Black Holes would only be 5 thousands....

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Re: Quid of dark matter then ?

No.

The mostly excellent Natalie Wolchover has a writeup at Quanta Magazine: Scientists Unveil a New Inventory of the Universe’s Dark Contents

The analysis, posted on DES’s website today and based on observations of 26 million galaxies in a large swath of the southern sky, tweaks estimates only a little. It draws the pie chart of the universe as 74 percent dark energy and 21 percent dark matter, with galaxies and all other visible matter — everything currently known to physicists — filling the remaining 5 percent sliver.

100 x 10⁶ 30-solar-mass black holes = 3 x 10^9 solar masses.

The Galaxy total (dark and light) is around 7 x 10^11 solar masses., 21% of which is 1.5 x 10^11. So the unseen black holes would be 1% of that DARK MASS (cue ominous Back music on the organ)

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Florida man is world's fastest flasher: Just 53 quintillionths of a sec

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Re: What electrons?

Where?

In the cloud! The cloud of complex-valued probability!

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Re: I Love Science!

There is nothing wrong with paying boffins to fire attolasers while you play the Game of Thrones with a winning hand!

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China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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Yes, they will look at "affirmative action policies".

Then hire a asian "honorary white" straight male.

Chinese aren't into SJW shenanigans.

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Is this a China thing?

They need someone who knows astronomy and can manage (and additionally, someone who knows local cultural elements and can navigate the famously problematic corridors of PRC state institutions?)

That makes no sense.

Jusrt get a good manager who can listen to advisors, FFS.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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The truth

They said that if DRUMPF got elected we’d have scientists silenced just for speaking out against the grain, and they were right!

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Re: The guy's a bigot

Full Ack!

Bigotry, is a crime, especially when vox populi has detected it. And cherry-picking research in one's support against the immense amount of affirmative-action success stories is even crimer. What's next? Citing Charles Murray??

That guy can't be fired enough.

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Goodthink upheld!

A MiniTrue autonomously driven vehicle cunningly disguised as an anime character has been seen leaving the building with the perp inside. The unperson will be ecologically-mindfully disposed of.

Get back to work!

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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

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"Google’s suggestions for “American scientists” are famously Woke, with blacks dominating the list."

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.”

If you wanna go to Sudan to wallow in diversity cargo-cultism, you know how to do that.

Meanwhile: Google's Rotten Core of "American Computer Scientists"

The two idiots from the Goog are pretty much up front, wonder why.

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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HIT THEM IN THE FACE WITH A CROWBAR!

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"Bored!"

It looks like the animated young lady is explaining her darker fantasies to the professionally disdainful domme. Action soon!

(... I have got to get my mind out of the gutter.)

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Forget Iran and North Korea. Now there's another uranium source

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Intriguing

Unfortunately, there has been no confirmed observation of primordial black hole boiloff via Hawking Radiation so far. Do they exist?

There was this article on Gold Production in Quanta Magazine recently: A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold, but it was about Supernova vs. Neutron Star merger only.

Also:

The gravitational interaction between the pair causes the black hole to devour the neutron star inside out.

I would say the Black Hole is rapidly decelerating in the Neutron Star then settles in its middle while having an amazing full-fat meal with a side dish of transfat fries.

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Re: Centrifugal force?

Phew lad! This discussion is as old as Internet "I am even geeker than you ultrageeks" contests and still being pursued by high scoolers everywhere.

Learn2GalileanVsRotatingReferenceFrames

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Particle boffins show off 'cheap', cute little CosI, world's smallest neutrino detector

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Re: How many particles are there?

Never mind so called "black matter", how many particles are there?

That actually depends on the observer!

An accelerating observer sees additional particles in front while particles towards the back are disappearing behind an event horizon. See: Rindler Metric (no I am not a specialist). This is apparently related to new particles being pumped out of black holes (and are black holes only largish particles?)

And then there are the virtual particles, which are literally uncountable...

It is best to think that there are no fixed amount of particles, as these are just answer to a question asked of the corresponing particle field---

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Re: "Sizes for working neutrino detectors might continue getting smaller."

Reminder that future muon factories present a Neutrino Hazard.

Yes, really! Potential Hazards from Neutrino Radiation at Muon Colliders - January 1999

Prepare for Greens Waving Boards.

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Re: Typo

I still don't think this is right.

The "Spallation Neutron Source" produces neutrons from slamming mercury with protons.

Directly from Le Wiki-Pédia:

The spallation process at SNS begins with negatively charged hydrogen ions that are produced by an ion source. Each ion consists of a proton orbited by two electrons. The ions are injected into a linear particle accelerator, or linac, which accelerates them to very high energies (eventually to 90% the speed of light).[citation needed (no seriously, WTF!)] The ions pass through a foil, which strips off each ion's two electrons, converting it to a proton. The protons pass into a ring-shaped structure, a proton accumulator ring, where they spin around at very high speeds and accumulate in “bunches.” Each bunch of protons is released from the ring as a pulse, at a rate of 60 times per second (60 hertz). The high-energy proton pulses strike a target of liquid mercury, where spallation occurs. The spalled neutrons are then slowed down in a moderator and guided through beam lines to areas containing special instruments where they are used in a wide variety of experiments.

So that's the idea. Where do we get those neutrinos from?

In the extra-interesting presentation about "COHERENT Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering" by Kate Scholberg ("CEνNS is a possibility but those internal Greek letters are annoying.. CEvNS, pronounced “sevens”... spread the meme!")

we find the explanation on 21 ("Stopped-Pion (πDAR) Neutrinos"):

The proton hits the Hg nucleus, eliciting Pions from nature's infinite bag of probablistic stuff: a pion+ and a pion- (these are quark-antiquark pairs), unsure what happens to the Hg nucleus.

The pion- is captured by another Hg nucleaus with high probability.

The pion+ decays into a muon and a muon neutrino.

The muon then decays into a positron, an anti-muon-neutrino and an electron-neutrino. That last one is the one we want.

Photons are not involved anywhere!

The must be some additional trickery regarding focusing of the neutrinos, we want a beam after all.

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Re: This is quite astonishing. From 100 tonnes to 35Kg.

I remember that the idea floated about how a neutrino detector/emitter pair would be useful was to allow flash traders to send trading information right through the earth and so one-up the competition by a few sub-milliseconds (presumably going via fiber laid on a great circle).

Humanity is doomed.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

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Re: I'm not sure if the hackers are the worry in this case

"I'd be more concerned with the gamma-emmiting isotopes being injected into my bloodstream."

Why?

Don't you like to consort with grown men in spandex and gaily jump from one high-rise to the next?

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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Re: >Ah

That's pretty good coffee in a healthy celtic environment.

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The opposite of "softners"?

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Re: Seems fine to me

Objection, your honor! The Jesuitism of the plaintiff is exceeding all bounds of rational discourse.

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I see!

Grsecurity's agreement, the lawsuit states, only applies to future patches, which have yet to be developed.

Is this like Quantitative Easing 7 Wealth Transfer, the negative economic consequences of which only apply to future taxpayers, which have yet to be born?

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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"You wanted a miracle, I give you F.B.I.!"

Agent Johnson and Special Agent Johnson will see you now.

The usual stuff: someone in the entierly rotten hierarchy is doing a self-promoting Hunt for the Baddie and is misinterpreting or even misrepresenting technical stuff he/she heard to biggen up the catch before the annual performance review.

Gotta laugh hollowly whenever complete idiots come out in articles and comments and claim the FBI is apolitical, transparent, impartial and somehow competent and we should trust what it says about Trump's Russian Ties (especially the red ones), the guys who did 9/11, or how a muslim guy with mental issues that an undercover inciter picked off the street is the biggest terrorist threat ever.

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Capita's smart meter monopoly is owed £42m by industry

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Porsche Cayenne are leaving the premises!

Well, you have to reach NILPOUND before year's end somehow...

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"Caught by El Reg"

Vulture on your back!

was caught trying to charge £7m to change a single component in its dual-band comms hub by The Register.

Well, I still don't know whether that charge was justified or just a case of a report being afraid of big numbers.

Can we have an update, please?

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Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed

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"Muh Russia Investigations ... will yield something any time now ... any time!"

It's another White House distraction from the Russia investigations.

It's been about 12 months now. At this point, even Pizzagate has more raw evidence.

Did Hillary Scapegoat Russia to Save Her Campaign?

Yeah, that.

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Yes, and?

Americans Shocked to Learn Emma Lazarus "Poem Technically Isn't US Law"

It turns out that the US actually has border, who would have thunk it?

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Wut?

a frenzy of Steve-Bannon-like onanism

What is this I don't even.

Was an editor absent or too plastered at the downstairs pub?

Anyway this bezel-less phone may be a step in the direction of handhelds that can be assembled during meeting or class into a bigger screen / computer, an idea found in Alastair Reynolds "Pushing Ice" and probably elsewhere. Might be nice.

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Amazon admits flouting sanctions by flogging consumer tat to Iran

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Wow these Galactic Empire sanctions are really serious!

Also reminder that any operation performed in dollar falls under the purview of US american courts, so you better not trade in dollar anywhere anytime lest you want to look at a travel interdiction, extradition order or light droning ("executing anywhere anytime", a diplomacy push by President Bushbama)

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

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Re: Er, what defences?

"Er, what defences? "

Prayer! Pray really hard!

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Another US government committee takes aim at Kaspersky Labs

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

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Nothing beats hands-on experience.

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