* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Hubble finds lonely 'void galaxy' floating in cosmic nothingness

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Re: Could this be the "missing mass"?

> we don't really know much about gravity

Thta's just fucking bullshit pulled out of donkey arses. The Einstein Field Equations have not shown a single hole in about a century of application. I strongly suspect this will stay that way until someone comes up with a viable description of quantum gravity.

> So we are supposed to believe in magically invisible stuff?

So we are supposed to have magically different behaviour of gravity under nicely left-unstated conditions?

I don't see what the XKCD strip adds either. Especially as it shows the Newton equation. Feck off.

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Re: Could this be the "missing mass"?

The answer you are looking for is a resounding NO.

Dark matter is nearby, indeed in our galactic halo, right here at home. Besides, you are looking for 6 times more dark matter than visible matter. A loner galaxy in a void does not cut it.

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Always good to link to Millenium Simulation. Which is pretty old now, however. Or I am old. Or the universe is. Something.

Anyway, is there a richer, more glorious simulation out there?

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Not Bussard Ramjetting out of there!

Clearly the "Oubliette" Galaxy.

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

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Glue command language with some NLP on top.

And why not.

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Coffee fixes the damage booze did to your liver, study finds

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Re: Possible NO!

I guess someone with a skill level above the average commentard would have thought about that.

> blind test/bias

This is not a medication test. "Half the patients will drink real coffee, and half will be given a yet-to-be-invented placebo". I don't think so.

Also, I remember reading about a study giving the exact same result way back when, possibly even before the War On Stuff.

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Terrorists seek to commit deadly 'cyber attacks' in UK, says Chancellor Osborne

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Re: I knew this would happen, because it now happens every time terrorists attack the western world.

Welcome to the discussion squelched 14 years ago.

Also: Mindless terrorists? The truth about Isis is much worse

Biggest trolls EVER.

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Re: Chancellor Osborne?

But for some reason he wanted to "kill them immediately". Never found out why.

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Commentard achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail

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Bronze Badge with Oak Leaves, then...

I will be in the server room, tracing patchcables some ex-popsicle from Pandorum...

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

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Re: Google is clueless

"Creating road rage" sounds like a new, pressing problem that presidental candidates could work on prime time TV and for which emotional solutions could be proposed.

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I you want a guarantee, get a toaster

Some of you might know about the DO-178B/C process. Design Assurance Level 'A' and all that analysis and documentation. Often required for safety-critical software.

Non-applicable in any case of real-world-handling machine.

Even in aircraft/spacecraft, only small elements of the whole software have "A" level design assurance - those where things are basically running on rails (reflex arcs, completely specifiable subsystems). Once it gets interesting, guess what? Downgrade to level "C" or worse and let the error handler make everything go to "safe mode" as needed.

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Re: Testing?

A sensible human driver can almost instantly see and discard.accept many option on the best way to get out of the way of emergency vehicles. I'd really like to see what a computer controlled car might do in those many and varied situations.

Pretty sure that the machine can do better and more "360° awareness" planning and evalution than the meatsack. Maybe not yet, but then pretty soon.

Humans tend to overrate their abilities. Some go so far as to credit consciousness with "special sauce" qualities instead of the intermittent stuttering introspective debugging review that it is.

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Re: Klingt reichlich erfunden

You're supposed to start reacting when you see two or three cars in your rear-view

I will post a reaction meme over my facebook account accessible via the built-in entertainment facilities...

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No you!

If two cars (same mass) doing 100 kmh crash head-on, that's basically the same as each hitting a brick wall at the very same, non-summed, 100 kmh.

Not entirely surprisingly, this is not exactly the case in the reference system of the passenger.

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These ain't the 80s anymore

Some people actually believe that practical self driving cars are just around the corner. This implies that Strong AI is here

Pfff.... meatsacks that actually manage to drive and otherwise are just good for pushing buttons that do nothing of consequence in real life clearly belie that kind of statement.

This includes quite a chunk of military personnel btw.

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Every driver in LA becomes highly skilled at driving fast without accidents.

SHAOLIN MONKS OF LA DRIVING!

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Klingt reichlich erfunden

If you have 5 cars backed up behind you, you are required to get out of the way.

Okay. So how do you count those cars? Unless you have a video feed from the coppercopter on your dashboard?

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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> the terror now enveloping Europe

Embrace the warm blanket of ... no wait. Is that the title of the next Dr. Who?

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FTC fells four tech-support operations in scammer crackdown

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Re: And this action will stop because....?

FedEx to ISIS

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

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Re: "We don't know if the pilots were looking at our wimmin"

Yeah. You see the thumbs down. The keyboarder arsehole brigade is strong again and smelling blood in the water.

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I have never seen wreaths lying in front of the Afghan embassy in the last 14 years.

#prayforparis

Don't give me this kind of whiny shit.

We have brought this on ourselves, and it's only gonna get worse. Painted ourselves into the corner of mendacity. And now it's getting dark.

#prayforgoodideas

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Re: I have red, green and violet (sold as blue) laser pointers.

Clearly the energy quantum is involved. Better ask at StackExchange

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Can't say I don't like idea, but fighter pilots generally do have a bit of a problem with releasing military ordnance on a civilian population in their own country.

That's because they are sitting in the wrong plane. They should be sitting in a ground-attack aircraft.

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Re: Meh

'It's WW2, we need a new airport - quick, let's find a prime bit of real estate densely populated with poor people'

More than one posh fox-hunting ground was destroyed by this defense perimeter action...

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Re: mirror

The US was looking into special fast-blackening glasses for their pilots back in the 90s when it was feared that high-powered lasers might be used against US warplanes to actually blind pilots for good (verboten by UN conventions, but hey) in case a shooting match breaks out with someone whose armed forces are a bit serious about that war business. What happened to that?

Well, sitting in a cockpit with what would be heavy sunglasses still would not make instrumental landing practical.

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Re: "We don't know if the pilots were looking at our wimmin"

These are not the KneeJerk crowd you are looking for.

The other part of the KneeJerk crowd is blathering about our freedoms being under attack and how they are shocked, shocked!! and mourning, mourning!! about some blowback shock-and-awe in Paris and how they will let their inner Nazi out. Oh my.

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Decoding Microsoft: Cloud, Azure and dodging the PC death spiral

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Re: Celebrities

Your personal belief in stating facts shall be amply rewarded in due time!

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WTF?

All that forest ... gone!

But maybe they will plant trees on the roof?

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

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Re: Plausable deniability

One yet but it's only a matter of time.

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NoSQL: Injection vaccination for a new generation

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Kinda faddish

> future architecture

More like "niche architecture"

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

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Re: Bollocks - Right stat wrong conclusion

Our PMO knows EXACTLY where we are on a perfectly blank surface with moving hills

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Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

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Re: You are an idiot, truly speaking out of your arse.

Well, I can only upvote the spirited discussion of the both of you.

Just don't veer off into a Hubbard vs. Heinlein thread.

(It's "Ursula K. Le Guin" though. That's been some time since I last heard that name now. Or Theodore Sturgeon. Well, we are 2015. Must .... resist .... urge ... to open old books.)

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Using the cosmic background radiation – the “echo of the Big Bang*” – as a random number generation isn't a new idea, but a couple of scientists have run the slide-rule over measurements of the CMB power spectrum and reckon it offers a random number space big enough to beat any current computer.

Idea close to Stanislaw Lem's "His Master's Voice" whereby someone sells neutrino spectrum data as good sources of random numbers to make a bit of money on the side. Then these turn out to be unexpectedly very nonrandom, which leads to a suicide, lawsuits and more.

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Open to the core: MongoDB's enterprise push in 'joins' U-turn

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Re: Instead of concentrating on being all enterprisey...

"I couldn't seriously present a recommendation to switch to a NoSQL architecture and then... "

I don't understand what the "and then" subphrase is doing there.

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

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Re: Today, we remember the millions of people who made the ultimate sacrifice

Actually Wilhemine Germany was quite far from a totalitarian government even after Hindenburg had put the "Total War" economic suicide train into motion. They also didn't want to invade the UK. Like, at all.

It's true that Bismarck is the founder of the modern social-democratic "bind the the citizen to the state from birth to death" doctrine, which leads to all kind of excesses, but still....

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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Re: Directly from Microsoft

some .... but how many?

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Satan Nutella'ed

And nothing of value was lost.

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US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

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I have rarely heard of anything quite as US-centric and cargo cultish

Make the legislation and interplanetary flowers will bloom? And will the Space Navy defend the right of US citizens to select the space trajectories that they damn well please if tsarist soviet russian space police overtakes a colonists' cargo ship on the high spaces?

Also

"Throughout history, governments have spurred growth in new frontiers by instituting sensible legislation"

Like, trade barriers, letters of patent, blocades, tariffs and duties and a bit of genocide of the natives on the side. Yeah, we get it, the pleasuring of political animals is de rigeur, but can we keep it low-key?

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Cement company in sacks out for the lads rumpus

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Re: Women!!

> bloke advertising eyeliner??

"Pirates of the Carribean" was not that long ago?

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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Re: Another point

I remember this but I don't remember the laughing.

Was pretty serious.

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Rebellious colonies forever burdened with shit-tier math!

"[the] Director was referring to the UK being a world leader in [cryptography] in its own right, in that we do not need to depend on other countries, whether state or industry, to have this capability."

Mathematics works the same (and possibly even better) in the cindery remains of the British Empire?

Fancy that!

Greg Egan may have been up to something with "Luminous" (1998).

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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"Basically his organs were shutting down."

Gotta play louder then.

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Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

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WOW! SUCH TAX LOSS! MUCH ABSENCE OF STATE GLITTER!

We could actually fuel about 1/10 of the Iraq war with that. THINK ABOUT THIS! 10% FREE WAR!!!

Well, you can have money going into actual productive investments instead but who wants that? Today, we can just print up the stuff, right?

KEYNES WAS RIGHT! No wait, then we wouldn't need tax collectors either. Ermm...

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Block storage is dead, says ex-HP and Supermicro data bigwig

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Re: really?

That's positively STEAMPUNK!

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Re: Hunt the bastards down and publicly execute them

But what if they transfer their ill-gotten gains directly to charity?

Eh, eh? Answer me that!

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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Re: "How long can the ceasefire last?"

...and then you hire Kissinger!

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Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe

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Re: Transparency

Stealthy Dopant-Level Hardware Trojans

That sure is some crazy Pham Nuwen stuff. But why not?

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Re: Lost ballot box

Actually a good argument for mandatory voting: You know when a fat percentage of votes has dropped off a lorry or a new box has been "discovered" on the way from the voting office in the trunk of the governor's BMW.

Of course, one could also track them easily with numbered (non-counterfeitable) seals. What's good for your water counter should be good for the ballot box.

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