* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

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Re: Missing matter

No, Dark Money emerges from the Central Bank, which is like a Central Black Hole of Bullshit and Venality, whenever somebody says "financial crisis". That Dark Money will then have to be backfilled by 16 generations of taxpayers while the glitterati throw hard "wealth transfer" parties and deposit baryonic shit on you closer-to-Zimbabwe doorstep.

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Re: Teethed vaginas etc.

How do you know? Have you been?

There is this mathematical infrastructure called "Einstein Gravity".

It's the point where you shriek "Belgium" with your last breath in this universe.

But... Belgium does not exist? I was always a plan to make the Huns shit blood and guts for wanting to become a European Superpower?

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Re: "dark matter"

perhaps we should call it 'Don't Matter'

But it does matter. The Dark Matter part keeps the galaxy together, while the Dark Energy part (which may or may not be a cosmological constants, confusing accounts and hastily written papers differ) blows the universe apart. What could be more important? Indeed, I fart in the general direction of your baryons.

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Re: "a million-degree gaseous fog permeating our galaxy"

It's not dark matter, it's just hydrogen ex-gas.

Dark matter is and stays undetectable and to all evidence does not interact via photons.

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Teethed vaginas etc.

swallowed by the gaping mouth

Very poetic but completely wrong as there is nothing beyond the "mouth", gaping or not.

It's just a horizon, or else a one-.trip time machine into the future.

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SETI Institute damps down 'wow!' signal report from Russia

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Hillary will be thrilled!

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Cue loads of people saying...

Nothing would happen, unless these bombs were really equipped with the goods and the safety were off.

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More plastic bags?

Yeah, drones...

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Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

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Re: "Store"

Welcome to Windows World.

That smell comes from the Welcome Mat, it's made of Install Shit.

Problem?

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Jovial NASA says Juno flyby a success

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Apart from that

...any specs on the Juno computer anywhere?

CPU, RAM, tech, notes by development team, project management...

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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blacks have more trouble getting good education and a good job

Any explanation why? The assumption is always that there is some evil anti-black conspiracy here. Maybe blacks just aren't in the mood of getting good education and a good job (and social justice warriors take then go out and complain loudly on their behalf). I dunno, just an idea.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: Evolved VelociRaptors make Colonel Sanders happy

Motherfuckers are just upgraded chicken. We would be like Alien to them, in their vents, shorting out their alert systems. Let them come, roll out the BBQ!!

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Re: I wish they would can "Operation Starshot"

Good luck dragchuting against the light of Proxima from 0.9c downwards. That must be some motherfucking humongous sail.

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Re: Every time someone prefers Hillarycon, Harambe has to die again!

Powering up the Godwiniser already, eh?

Oh yeah you think?

Not even talking hypothetically.

Wrecking a few countries and being onboard for wrecking a few countries using rank propaganda and crying liberals from the safety of the desk, then cackling about it on TV?

I don't know what you need then.

People have been hanging from rafters for far, far less.

As for the "mildly corrupt bureaucrat" .. HA HA!

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Re: Green? Blue? Brown?

The light from Proxima has a colour temperature of about 3000K which is rather whiter than a halogen light bulb.

Quite so, but why is it so red on the snaps, then?

Serious question.

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Every time someone prefers Hillarycon, Harambe has to die again!

They're probably thinking "should I vote for the personality-free, mildly corrupt bureaucrat for four more years of the same

I'm sorry, that's an Eichmann-level type of bureaucrat. Banality of evil and all that (which Hillary has publicly sworn to eradicate, imagine that)

Another 4 years of Bushbama WILL kill us, as Russia and China are next.

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Re: I wish they would can "Operation Starshot"

Your probes fly to the halfway point, then flip over 180 degrees sail now acts as a drag chute as you approach target star and slow down. Larger ship uses ion drives to the halfway point, flip over then decelerate until space normal maneuvering possible.

Excuse me, we are now reaching no-reaction-mass needed Star Wars Fantasy Manoeuvering.

And how exactly is that "drag chute" thing going to work?

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Re: Solar Flares?

An excellent question. Does anyone know anything about the flaring behaviour of Red Dwarfs?

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Re: it’s completely hypothetical that Proxima b is Earth-like

> a perversion about inseminating cows and anal probing americans

Actually, it's about MUTILATING cows (and other livestock) and ABDUCTING (anal probing is generally not on the books) not only Murricans.

Additionally, it's not a "perversion". Trained tour guides from Zeta Reticuli routinely sell these activities under the heading of "THE LULZ". Confusing the locals has been an ancient tradition since at least Ghrn'Harrr the Contorter.

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Re: Orion and/or Daedalus?

FUND IT!

Though for Deadalus, I dont think there is a viable fusion motor yet.

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Ah, the dreams of ... I dunno.

"Hence, a habitable rocky planet around Proxima would be the most natural location to where our civilization could aspire to move after the Sun will die, five billion years from now."

100% sure civilization will be done and dusted several orders of magnitude earlier, if we are lucky.

Maybe the machines (possibly "semi-biological", after all protein is excellent for building various stuff) will inherit the solar system. I hope so, one always wants to leave the universe a bit more inhabited.

Additionally, Earth will become non-habitable in about 600 million years as all the CO2 gets scrubbed out of the atmosphere and the habitable zone moves outwards as the Sun heats up. Interesting times for a last run of the evolutionary process.

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Re: Ok to go.

> Ok to go. I'm OK to GO.

It always sounded suspiciously like hot sex words to me.

Maybe that's what interstellar travel is all about, too.

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Google 'Solitaire' ... Just do it

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Re: Warning!

> leet developer

He was some kind of prof

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Juno probe to graze Jupiter on Saturday

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Re: Interplanatery Warfare

Well, that's having the Iran story a bit of arse-backwards, but thanks for trying and being open to propaganda by the usual Neocon suspects.

> we had a chance to back that uprising against the mullahs

You guys fucked Iran over after the first revolution, please stay out, mmokay?

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Re: Interplanatery Warfare

This is an American mission.

First drop stuff, find out if someone complains later.

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Re: While we are talking about images from outer space

About that telephoto lens

Suddenly, swallowing another swig of beer, van Dokkum realized he might know of a way out of this predicament. He’d made a hobby of wildlife photography (he recently published a collection of photos of dragonflies), and kept up with camera trends. “I had heard about these awesome new telephoto lenses,” he says. The Japanese optics corporation Canon had started producing high-end lenses coated with a proprietary film of nano-sized cones. By deflecting errant light away from a camera’s detector, Canon claimed, the cones effectively eliminated the effects of scattering. Photographers could now get crisp, true-to-life images—no more ghosts or flares.

Nice!

In a snowy parking lot filled with amateur stargazers, they attached the lens to a camera, mounted it on a tripod, and trained the diminutive telescope on a spiral galaxy known as M51. First observed in the late 1700s, M51 has been intensely studied and photographed for centuries. But after a two-hour exposure, Canon’s lens captured a sight that scientists had only gleaned hints of before: Extending far beyond M51’s bright central spiral was a distinct halo of diffuse matter. “We quickly realized that the lens really was as outstanding as we had hoped,” van Dokkum says.

Those guys!

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Re: What a time to be alive

Everything is going extremely well. There are no complaints.

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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What happened to the "coffee causes cancer" WHO recommendation?

I haven't heard anything about it in a couple of years.

Did the civil servant tasked with acting on it die of leukemia due to Wifi irradiation?

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Voyager 2's closest Saturn swoop was 35 years ago today

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I always make time for Ballard!

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Re: Shorely we wouldn't coast all the way?

Depends on what sort of technology is availiabe.

Physics indicates strongly that we should stop being juvenile and there are no magic solutions. Very much sub-c, acceleration means having reaction mass and the best you can do getting energy is total conversion of matter (there may be better ways to do that than having antimatter at hand).

Engineering all of that is out there. We barely manage to keep a nuclear submarine running with large maintenance bases conveniently not far away.

Economics... uh, oh!

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Re: Shorely we wouldn't coast all the way?

I would like to note that the idea of constant 1G acceleration is a bit stupid as you would need vastly oversized motors to accelerate all that fuel mass at trip's start, whereas a trip's end you are down to a few tons so very much smaller motors would suffice. Better choose constant thrust for engineering reasons.

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Re: Shorely we wouldn't coast all the way?

> Assume we don't have gravity generators yet

The only way to "generate gravity" is to pack a shitload of mass~energy into a small volume (because gravity and shitloads of stuff are essentially two sides of the same coin). Smells strongly like "no gravity generator in this universe", sorry!

As for the res,t according to

http://nathangeffen.webfactional.com/spacetravel/spacetravel.php

1G to Proxima with a perfect fusion motor (0.008 kg/m² fuel conversion) to put 25 tons into Proxima at rest (i.e. not zip through) will have you reach speed 0.95c at midpoint, will be 42 month ship time and will cost you 117'916 tons of fuel at start (this is the mass of one Israeli apple crop export).

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Re: A stellar achievement

You mean interplanetary, right?

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Re: Nice reference ;-)

Some of us SAW IT IN-THEATRE!

Have a gander at the animation of the Voyager 2 Saturn flyby using top-end graphics code and hardware. Not sure this is the one called "Voyager 2 - Blinn et al." presented at Siggraph '79, as accoording to Jim Blinn's page, there was a presentation at Siggraph '82. Time entropizes memories...

Instead of Brian Eno, the applicable music shoudl either be Lux Aeterna or the Jerry Goldsmith's intro to Alien, not sure which.

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Vale, LOGO creator Seymour Papert, who taught us that code can be creative play

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Re: Slight Criticism

Of course.

Does anyone remember Perceptrons, the classic? (See also, here)

I have to say ... I haven't read it myself. But I remember a "Computer Recreations" article Scientific American by Dewdney discussing the failings of the perceptron. The idea of wanting to build a "box that lights a little light if you point it at a cat" just blew my mind.

(Update: It grabbed a copy from the SciAm store for a few dollars. This was a special issue on "Computer Software" and it has articles by Alan Kay, Niklaus Wirth, Lawrence Tesler, Peter Denning & Robert Brown, Terry Winograd, Andries van Dam, Michael lesk, Alfred Spector, Stephen Wolfram, Douglas Lenat. Damn!

It also discusses "inherently safe nuclear reactors", we are still not there. And is ad-laden to the point of unreadability ...)

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

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Re: back in the good old days

Anyone who has lived through the "Red Terror" scares of the 80s (some of which are likely to have been entirely manufactured by NATO wingnuts) knows this is just the same old, same old.

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Re: electible again because

He's not "my" candidate (anyway too old to care all that much, I noticed myself starting to dream of sitting on my front porch with a dog and a beer reserve), but you have to give him his dues. Making the press panic and the establishment candidates whore even more loudly than usual is a sight to behold. It is also telling. Telling that we are entering the final sprint and the system is now making more noises than a submarine at implosion depth.

As for "releasing tax returns" (which, I am sure, are not entirely clean) we have "The Clinton Media’s Manufactured Reality" by Ilana Mercer, who is, of course, strongly into Trump:

The coda to every article written by the presstitutes exalting Hillary’s “heroic” tax disclosure asserts that, “By not releasing [his taxes] during the campaign, [Trump] is breaking with a 40-year bipartisan tradition of transparency expected of presidential nominees,” and that “there is nothing to prevent Trump from doing the same during an audit.”

Oh yes there is.

Clinton will never be perp-walked for flouting state secrecy laws, much less audited, or, conversely, criminalized by the IRS in the course of an audit. Were he merely to be accused of tax violations; Mr. Trump is certain to be destroyed by both political factions.

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty,” forewarned Thomas Jefferson. When it comes to the IRS, Jefferson’s bar has been met. Trump needs to be very afraid.

P.S. ...I don't know the story about "The Clinton Foundation" (all comers welcome, favors repaid later, pay now because we will not accept your donation after the election) and the "The Clinton Family Foundation" (some othe rfoundation, as it seems), but these seem murky at best.

Anyway, getting off-topic, here, har har!

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Isn't "Vaz" some kind of lubricant?

We should utilise the brightest talent of the world’s creative industries to counter terrorist propaganda with even more sophisticated anti-radicalising material. In the face of this new threat, we need a terrestrial star wars.

What kind of utter collectible moron says this kind of shit?

The Darth Vaderesque collection of even greater collectible morons in nominal charge on our side should give anyone with even a passing knowledge of history since at least "Darth Clinton" pause (soon with a neoconnish reboot in "Clinton II: Darth Harder", electible again because of the "female+liberal=caring" meme complex)

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Salesforce's NA14 nods again

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NA14 is the equivalent of the Haunted Missile Silo.

Better shut it down and let the otherworlders in peace.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: Why this happens

It's like when computer programmers produce some egregious piece of rubbish instead of a usable program

Not at all. When someone suddenly decides to write a program in INTERCAL, this will be readily apparent and a robust bollocking will hopefully ensue.

Spreadsheets in general (and the horrific Excel in particular) are the equivalent of INTERCAL for the business user. This is NOT readily apparent because they hide their in-built awfulness behind nice graphics, bells and whistles, tradition and the mindest that "there is nothing else". An acceptable idea back in the seventies, after Microsoft grabbed the market and added its "special user-friendly sauce" on top, they are now used way beyond what they should be used for.

Time to rethink this.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Re: post summed up in one meme :P

Is that Scumbag Steve's hat?

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1) How often did the shell move from /usr/bin/bash and /bin/bash lately?

2) Code "conservatively" is actually an alias "not using features that make shell scripting less horribad". Are you still coding in original Perl? Why suffer needlessly for a couple of survivalist stuckists loudly proclaiming their insanity on the interwupps who insist on "original sh code" and who are unlikely to ever encounter your script in any case? It's rank masochism. And you don't even get a woman traipsing all over you on the plus side.

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That's the idea. You want to leave the user the possibiity to soft-replace an executable using PATH if he is in the mood of pretending to know what he's doing.

Except for the shebang line, where you want to (actually, must) use #!/bin/bash or something (some people prepend "#!/usr/bin/env bash" which completely bonkers in a pretend-more-flexible-than-you way.

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US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

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"Seeking shelter in foreign lands" is not illegal.

It is not even immoral unless the assumption is that The State (or at least one of them ,if not several) owns your goods, your work and your arse. I don't think anybody signed up for this.

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Re: I don't think so. The US has a huge debt that they need to address sooner or later.

But the can kicking is now nearing the level of "better start a new World War rapidos now, before things get dicey in here and the guillotine gets erected", not sure where this is going.

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I say!

Well, nothing that can be fixed with a bit of hitlerization followed by regime change, really.

(I don't think the EUC can unilaterally demand the monies without ECJ having a say... )

Thumb it down, Hillary voters. Are your ready for Madame Nuland at the head of the State Department doing her pivots wherever they are needed?

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: OK Jeremy--renationalization--what then?

Corbyn's job is to just get the legislation passed, that's why he's a MP and not an engineer.

Not the same at all.

An engineer has to go up against reality.

An MP has to go up against the public and his peers using manufactured reality.

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Re: Cant see where he lied

Stuck in a short train at Paddington at rush hour, waiting and waiting, people packing in and packing in, waiting and waiting...and dripping inside one's shirt...

Dark, satanic trains of the monopolistic capitalists. They are probably even transporting children in there.

If only there were some germanic communistic discontent with eschatological tendencies, scant knowledge of economics but who had studied that totally tripping absolutistic-monarchy-selling court philosopher Hegel. He could write a multi-volume book about these terrible conditions which could then be distributed via amazon.

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'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

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Re: Wow

That was back before the War on Durror (that's when I read the last IEEE Micro, after that I had to change my interests)

Get one for USD 94 here now:

http://www.cognimem.com/products/chips-and-modules/CM1K-Chip/

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Re: Most Surprised

They matter a lot if you're doing VR. Sloppy latency on scene calculations is a good way of inducing motion sickness. Given that everyone is getting into VR these days this might end up being of concern.

I don't understand this at all. VR and we are talking sub-microsecond realtime arrival times ... ON THE FSCKING CPU (yes, the CPU, not the graphgics pipeline)

Not going slightly overboard here? And I mean hanging on a 15 meter outrigger slightly overboard?

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