* Posts by AIBailey

209 posts • joined 29 Jul 2014

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Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

AIBailey

Re: Inside for 6 and a half years?

Of course not he's not eating Pot Noodles, he's to busy munching on the excessive pyramids of Ferrero Rocher.

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Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Lots of laws don't apply to Australia, physics being just one of them. They're upside down, yet don't don't float down towards the sky. It's madness, or at the very least, witchcraft.

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Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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In my early days as a PFY I was summoned to a director’s office by a frantic secretary. The Director had been on a trip to Hong Kong and couldn't get any audio on his laptop, neither for work purposes or for listening to music or watching films. He'd spent ages trying to fix it, but with no success, and it was still broken now he was back in the country.

A quick check confirmed that no sound was coming from the speakers. However, this was the mid 90's, the laptop was a Toshiba, and had a thumb wheel volume control. One quick twiddle later, and the laptop worked perfectly again.

Cue one embarrassed Director, and one smug IT support guy.

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Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

AIBailey

Re: My calculator is out of date

The only constant on my calculator was 58008

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Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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4 Million gallons of water per day...

... to be rendered unfit for human consumption!!!!

That's over twice the amount of bottled water consumed across the UK on a daily basis.*

How can that be considered a political win in any way at all, unless you don't care about the enviro.....

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Oh, as you were.

* - https://www.statista.com/statistics/283762/bottled-water-consumption-volume-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/ - annual consumption of UK bottled water, then converted to US gallons.

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US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

AIBailey

China currently buys its jet engines from the US and Europe and has been trying for years to produce its own domestic jet engine.

I'm still not clear why they would need to steal blueprints for an engine, when they could reverse-engineer one that they'd already purchased?

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Won't someone take Ctrl of this thread, (Num) Lock the comments and put a stop to (or at least Pause) these jokes? It's almost the End of the day and I want to Esc the office and Return Home.

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

AIBailey

Re: Milk in Bags?

Yup. Usually clear bags holding about 4 pints (I'd guess).

My wifes aunt works for a "welcome wagon" - when someone new moves into the area they get a visit from the wagon, which generally involves being told about the vicinity, given a load of vouchers for local businesses etc. One of the things they also get given is a plastic jug for milk. Slip one of the milk bags in, snip off the corner and away you go.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Teacup, meet storm

Jesus. It gives you an option to install your browser of choice anyway, and also has a link to prevent further messages like that appearing.

Sounds to me like it's nothing more than a millennial taking to Twitter for his 15 minutes of fame.

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

AIBailey

Worrying...

able to carry a payload of 100 people into space, and/or the hardware to keep them alive once they get there.

Just wait until RyanAir start offering a similar service. You'll be charged extra for peanuts, baggage and life support.

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Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

AIBailey

Re: not sure which is worse...

Wow, this work easily pushes Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings into second place.

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Am I the only one that thinks this looks like GERTY from the film Moon?

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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best collective noun...

...for a group of clowns would be a circus.

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Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass

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If a company says "we're going to photograph the coloured shells. They were out for shipping by Royal Mail today, but were sent back to the depot. We're paying extra to have them delivered Saturday, and will post photo's ASAP", and almost a year later hasn't done so, how is that the backers fault?

If a company says "We're on track to deliver by the 12th of May", 7 months after saying "we'll have them out for October", and hasn't done so, how is that the backers fault?

If a company can't show a single image of a working machine, 2 years after a working prototype was ready to go into production, how is that the backers fault?

The actions of RCL over the past 2 years have been a complete embarrassment, ranging from pulling (one of) the release date(s) to redesign the hardware after a bunch of kids discovered a button problem just before launch, through to being asked for the dimensions of the unit, and when one backer produced an image with their best guess based just on the size of the USB port, RCL told them they were exactly right (and by the way, could they borrow that image for their own use?)

Other than several renderings of the final product, RCL have shown noting beyond the original prototype, some 3D printed offerings of questionable quality, and a bag of buttons (not even chocolate ones).

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Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle

AIBailey

The statement was true at the time it was issued. Less than an hour after receiving that message, RCL miraculously and entirely coincidentally announced they would start shipping this coming week. SCL then declared they would wait to see what happens regarding this before moving to oust the directors.

So Andrews was right at the time and if RCL again fail to follow up on their promise, he presumably will be again.

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AIBailey

Re: Well I backed it...

The point is that when the Vega+ was launched on IGG, it was already prototyped and tested. The money was simply tonight the device into mass production. All of the risks associated with backing "an idea" should have been mitigated.

RCL took over half a million quid for something that was ready to manufacture and have so far produced nothing but restaurant bills and legal fees.

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

AIBailey

Re: Bill Gates

He made the money by getting the cravat in on the deal that he could licence DOS to other companies.

Always important to dress well when making a deal.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Now I have the music to the GameBoy version of Robocop in my head.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

AIBailey

Did they actually ship them (Vega+) yet?

Very much not - retro-computers.co.uk

Just for clarification however - the team behind this C64 were involved in the original Vega (which did ship). They left RCL almost 18 months ago after falling out with the current management over the Vega+, including (amongst other things) whether they should be taking any salary until the product shipped. They believed they shouldn't, the current RCL lot disagreed and appear to have since wasted the entire IndieGoGo fund (half a million quid of investors money) on doing anything but delivering a finished product.

The URL I posted above makes for very interesting reading!

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

AIBailey

I've been having issues being unable to send mail since about 11 this morning. Still not fixed :-(

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

AIBailey

Re: Still driving?

I'm getting a strong sense from the article that the car kept going despite the likely instant death of the driver and the ripping off of the entire roof.

I'm not actually sure how a "regular" car would cope any differently.

My 2011 car has standard cruise control. If I wasn't paying attention and ended up instantaneously losing a few KG of body weight, along with the instant conversion of my car to a cabriolet, I don't know whether my car would necessarily stop either.

Disabling my CC requires me to operate either the brake or the clutch, or manually disengaging it via the controls. I'm pretty sure that the CC software only has a limited set of programmed scenarios that will cause it to turn off.

The car failing to stop is the least of the issues here - the fact that some guy got behind the wheel, set the cruise control for almost 15% over the maximum speed limit on the road, and then sat back and only made contact with the steering wheel for, on average, 1 second for every minute and a half that the vehicle was moving, just goes to prove that some people are too stupid to be trusted with technology in some cases.

I'll probably never be able to afford a Tesla, but if I could, and it came fitted with "autopilot", or whatever they've renamed it to now, I still have enough common sense to know that it's not the equivalent of a digital taxi driver. It's a driver assistance only, and still requires input and concentration from the person behind the wheel.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

AIBailey
FAIL

So much wrong with this.

Other than the background at the top of the article, those screenshots look to be from the Atari VCS version of the game - which is far, far removed from the arcade version.

Also, a quick google would suggest that the current human score for Ms PacMan was 933,580, set back in 2006 - http://www.twingalaxies.com/scores.php?scores=1386

So basically, what the article is really saying (errors withstanding), is that after a lot of hard work, Microsoft have produced something AI-ish that can set a slightly higher score on a dodgy home-conversion of Ms PacMan, when compared to a human playing the genuine arcade version over 10 years ago.

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it though.

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

AIBailey

Would this "factory tour" also include a tour around the basement, including the areas where the lights are dodgy and the CCTV doesn't work, accompanied by a couple of oversized security guards carrying a length of lead pipe and a newspaper?

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

AIBailey

Re: Two inputs, no output?

So more of a splatworm then?

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Science megablast: Comets may have brought xenon to Earth

AIBailey

Re: Oh thanks, now I'll have bloody Bomb the Bass stuck in my head all day!

Cheats? CHEATS?

Perseverance, that's all I needed.

... and lots of it!

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

AIBailey

Numbers...

"They only considered black holes weighing more than 100 million times the mass of the Sun, allowing them to narrow down to about a million of them within a few billion light-years of Earth.

The sheer scale of numbers in this statement is what makes this kind of science so awesome!

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

AIBailey

Re: Don't these so called scientists know anything

Funny you should mention that...

https://youtu.be/pHp9Cakv2Fg

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AIBailey
Joke

Someone, somewhere has a job in the Japanese space industry with an interesting name (astro-biologist or something). Their parents are extremely proud, their friends think it must be a cool job, their kids all excitedly tell their mates that they have a parent that does "space stuff" but in reality, they've had to go to work and wank a mouse.

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America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

AIBailey

Re: it is unlikely that it carries any weapons... cough... cough...

Thank you, a much better explanation than I would have written, and well deserving of a thumb up.

I must, however, query one of your statements:

however the air rifle is incorrectly named as the barrel of an air rifle isn't rifled

My current (ageing) air rifle (Air Arms TX200, FWIW) certainly does have a rifled barrel. As does my previous rifle (Weihrauch HW 77K), and several owned by my father (including rifles from Anschütz, BSA, Gamo and Parker-Hale).

In fact, I don't think I've ever seen an air rifle without a rifled barrel.

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Re: it is unlikely that it carries any weapons... cough... cough...

A pellet gun would probably suffice to destroy a satellite if it could be aimed precisely enough.

In the vacuum of space? I think not!

(a "pellet gun", aka an air rifle or air pistol, usually relies on a a spring to rapidly compress the air in a chamber behind the pellet. That in turn pushes the pellet out under pressure. The principle isn't really much beyond a pea shooter or blowpipe. No air means no force pushing the pellet).

</pedant>

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Former RCL director: It was me who cancelled their domain names

AIBailey

Re: Very odd

The whole Vega Plus saga could be described as "odd", and this seems par for the course.

Apparently, RCL keep changing the Indiegogo owner name back to Paul Andrews as well, despite him repeatedly telling them (Indiegogo) that he's not responsible for it anymore. They change it back, then RCL change it back again. RCL seem to be utterly inept, and considering the amount of bullshit they're spreading, would be better setting up a new campaign to produce fertiliser.

I'm not a backer, and gratefully so in this instance.

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Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

AIBailey

Re: Why bother?

For a portable Spectrum experience, the PSP is more than capable of doing exactly what the Vega Plus would have done.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Well done Apple

You're rapidly becoming the new EasyGroup (who in the past have tried suing curry restaurants, pizza places and gyms)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EasyGroup#Legal_action

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

AIBailey

Re: SAM Coupé beat them all by decades

I've a Sam Coupe core on my FPGA board, and it works very well. The majority of the cores for mine are open source, so there's a reasonable chance that it could be converted.*

* -There are other factors that may affect a conversion - memory type seems to be a regular issue (SDRAM vs DRAM), but also the design language used by the various FPGA's on the market (VHDL vs Verilog).

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AIBailey

Re: "£865 for five of the consoles; in effect, a BOGOF deal." - Really?

BFGOF doesn't roll off the tongue in quite the same way, does it.

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AIBailey

Re: Why not go further?

I've got a FPGA board for retro computing, and many 8 and 16 bit computers are already supported including Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bi,t BBC, C64, Spectrum, Atari ST, Amiga, Sam Coupe and MSX. As my board was (probably) less than the Spectrum Next (it cost me about £130 I think), I'm extremely happy with it.

Whilst it's good that this new Spectrum will run old software, AND offer hardware enhancements, has anything been mentioned about whether it can/will run implementations of other computers?

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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

AIBailey

Re: Spot the issue

It's a screen grab from Wikipedia (though taken a while ago), so the information is very much in the public domain.

No backside to cover in this instance.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

AIBailey

Re: Juicing is bad

It smashes the cell walls of the fruit inceasing the amount of sugar released.

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Eat the fruit normally and get the benefit of the fibre bulk to fill you up without the excess calories fine blending causes.

If you eat the fruit, do those sugars not get digested in the same way? Surely blending won't magically generate extra calories - they're there anyway, right?

(genuine question, as I'm curious)

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

AIBailey

Re: $5M...

Plenty of downvotes for my previous comment, but can someone clarify why?

I agree that sending this data to Bose is unnecessary, but I really despair when people feel the need to sling multi-million dollar lawsuits every time they feel slightly put out. If the Bose app forced you to enter credit card details, social security numbers, address details etc, before the headphones could even perform their primary function of playing any music, then this might have some traction. But to sue a company because, in essence, you haven't read the T&C's, and Bose might find out that someone (though may not even know who, other than an identifier) actually willingly listened to Kanye West at 3PM on a Tuesday? *

I'm presumably in the minority here, but I just don't like the stance of trying to sue for millions for first-world problems. By all means complain to them, call them out on social media, name and shame on relevant news sites etc, but to feel the need to claim for "damages"? I just don't get it.

* - Though that in itself is a crime against music.

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AIBailey

$5M...

... for someone having (anonymised?) information relating to what music you listen to?

Yes, I can understand that's mildly annoying, but asking for $5 million shows him to be nothing more than a money grabbing twat.

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

AIBailey

Re: Daft thing is ...

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so" - Douglas Adams

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

AIBailey

Re: James Clark Ross?

From the article (with clarifications):

"it (the research ship) was eventually given the conventional name Sir David Attenborough – with the public choice (Boaty McBoatface) being bestowed on her autonomous underwater vessel (the research sub)."

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Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships

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Re: Worst.strapline.ever

...along with every phone on the market it seems, looks exactly like an iPhone from the front

There are only so may ways that you can design a phone with a large screen. It's notable that the Huawei phone here doesn't have any buttons on the front, a trend that many Android manufacturers follow (there's no need as Android supports an on-screen home button), so to say "exactly" is somewhat incorrect.

you can't purchase any phone without it looking like an iPhone,

Consider the fact that Apple, for a long time, stuck with the 3:2 aspect ratio screen, and were getting left behind as many Android manufacturers had moved to 16:9. As Apple's later phones are now also 16:9, you could argue that you can't purchase any iPhone without it looking like an Android.

Even Android is a silly clone of iOS

Yeah. I agree. Apart from that pull down notification thing that Android was doing for years before iOS. And the ability to use third party keyboards, that Android has always done. And for goodness sake, how long was it before iOS even did something as basic as change the case of the keyboard layout depending on whether shift or caps lock was in use? Multitasking - Android was doing that way before iOS, and Apple's first attempts were restricted to a handful of specific apps. Give it another couple of years, and Apple will trumpet the next new innovation for iOS - the app drawer. At which point, every Apple fan will point out how Android is yet again copying iOS by having a convenient place to put the application icons instead of peppering them over the home screens.

Android and iOS share many features nowadays, but don't kid yourself that Apple haven't wholesale pinched ideas from Android (as well as the other way around)

a home page with, surprise; iconic apps. Swipe this way or that, another page of more icons

Well, on MY android phone (also a Huawei, FWIW), my home page has nothing more than a few widgets (showing me at a glance my calendar and email). A further swipe has another page with another widget (my music player) and a few folders with my most used apps. For as long as it's been a "thing", Android has the aforementioned app drawer. Unlike an i-device, there's no need to have an icon for every single application nailed to your screen (unless you like it that way, in which case a system setting or an alternative launcher will come to your rescue).

I do get amused by the fanatical rambling of iPhone lovers.

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We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

AIBailey

Re: Mexit, of course

Mexit means Mexit!

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Assange™ keeps his couch as Ecuador's president wins election

AIBailey

Immunity

I assume that any legitimate diplomat still has all the perks and benefits that come with the position, even when not stationed inside their embassy?

Surely then, if it's costing Ecuador money having Assange as an unwanted lodger for the past few years, they could put the embassy up for sale (as it's really nothing more than a flat) and just move further up the road? The ambassador and associated staff can just stroll up the street to their new lodgings, but Assange would either have to break cover and try and run to the new location without being spotted, or would be fair game for the police to go in and collect him the instant his current residence loses its diplomatic status?

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

AIBailey

How many Ikea shoppers does it take to change a läijtbulb?

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

AIBailey

Re: @AC ...the fairy tale of Darwinian evolution

Probably a moron that evolved into a troll. I'm pretty sure no $DEITY would intelligently design something like that.

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

AIBailey

Re: First ? Erm ...

"it hopes to, for the first time ever, launch a commercial satellite into orbit using a previously used rocket."

Didn't the Space Shuttle used pre-loved rocket boosters, making this statement incorrect ?

The SRB's in the shuttle were essentially huuuuge fireworks with no control over throttling (other than the shape of the solid fuel - it had a star-shaped cross section, and was designed so that the surface area changed during the burn to adjust the amount of thrust produced), however a rocket engine has thousands of separate parts, and can control the thrust. Whilst SpaceX's rocket engines are in principle similar to the shuttle main engines (if you squint a bit), the shuttle was a very different beast to a rocket, and so the original statement is true.

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AIBailey

Re: Don't call it "re-used"

I vote for "pre-launched".

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IBM has cloud access to quantum computer 400 times smaller than D-Wave system

AIBailey
WTF?

Umm...

"Even for simple molecules like caffeine, the number of quantum states in the molecule can be astoundingly large – so large that all the conventional computing memory and processing power scientists could ever build could not handle the problem... "

I know that quantum computing is a bit "odd", but this is amazing. It's solving "the problem" without actually telling us what "the problem" is.

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