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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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There is only one question...

Will David Lynch pick this up and make a movie?

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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That was a good read!

+1 El Reg

Have some Greg Egan in return (Permutation City, 1994):

Paul uncovered his eyes, and looked around the room. Away from a few dazzling patches of direct sunshine, everything glowed softly in the diffuse light: the matte white brick walls, the imitation (imitation) mahogany furniture; even the posters -- Bosch, Dali, Ernst, and Giger -- looked harmless, domesticated. Wherever he turned his gaze (if nowhere else), the simulation was utterly convincing; the spotlight of his attention made it so. Hypothetical light rays were being traced backward from individual rod and cone cells on his simulated retinas, and projected out into the virtual environment to determine exactly what needed to be computed: a lot of detail near the center of his vision, much less toward the periphery. Objects out of sight didn't 'vanish' entirely, if they influenced the ambient light, but Paul knew that the calculations would rarely be pursued beyond the crudest first-order approximations: Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights reduced to an average reflectance value, a single gray rectangle -- because once his back was turned, any more detail would have been wasted. Everything in the room was as finely resolved, at any given moment, as it needed to be to fool him -- no more, no less. He had been aware of the technique for decades. It was something else to experience it. He resisted the urge to wheel around suddenly, in a futile attempt to catch the process out -- but for a moment it was almost unbearable, just knowing what was happening at the edge of his vision. The fact that his view of the room remained flawless only made it worse, an irrefutable paranoid fixation: No matter how fast you turn your head, you'll never even catch a glimpse of what's going on all around you ...

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A Unix beard meets a hipster beard:

Hipster: "I recognize you. You are one of those annoying Unix beards!"

Unixer: "Here is a nickel kid. Grow yourself a real beard!"

"And stop using Node.js".

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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What's the latest on ISS deorbiting?

I haven't heard of the latest end-of-line.

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Knowing that Google uses Java heavily, I'd wager this is the culprit.

Nope, they are just using the API.

"it fails horribly" == "I didn't read the JavaDoc. 21st century programming style?

In fixed-rate execution, each execution is scheduled relative to the scheduled execution time of the initial execution. If an execution is delayed for any reason (such as garbage collection or other background activity), two or more executions will occur in rapid succession to "catch up." In the long run, the frequency of execution will be exactly the reciprocal of the specified period (assuming the system clock underlying Object.wait(long) is accurate). As a consequence of the above, if the scheduled first time is in the past, then any "missed" executions will be scheduled for immediate "catch up" execution.

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

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Unbelievable.

"(because of a sucky java-based kvm)"

Yeah. it's Java's fault.

THIS ALSO PROBABLY MEANS YOUR RARITAN KVM WITH NO UPDATES FROM AROUND 2006 IS INSECURE, BUSTER!

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Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland

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Hmmm....

Defford's work on airborne radar helped sink Hitler's U-Boat packs. Photo: Shutterstock

That would Admiral Dönitz's packs but anyway:

Frankly that looks like a WWI submarine. Any war nerds around?

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Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

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Re: "He faces a maximum of five years behind bars "

Russians did Brexit, Trump, Catalonia, Ukraine, NATO hysteria, Syrian Gas Attacks and Merkel's haemorroids. It's only fair.

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Re: Known as Celebgate?

Appending -gate to anything under the sun is just dumb though.

"Watergate" was a hotel and the story around it has clear politicial connotations and the smell of corruption in high spheres. No political connection anywhere here, just the usual low-brow smash-and-grabbing.

Would anyone call an event whereby dumb brownshirts smash up H&R stores under the name of anti-racism "H&R-gate"? Well, maybe. It is 2018.

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Dear US taxpayers, 4.5 BEEELLION of your dollars were blown on unapproved IT projects

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Re: Wow, impressive

Well, 4.5 billion is "two nuclear subs lost at sea".

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Re: Part of downsizing government, enriching the corporates

Western Democracies are basically Socialisms for civil servants, nepotists, wall street high flyers and the MIC, the latter two always steaming as close to total destruction as is possible to extract rent.

Socialism works fine until you run out of someone else's money. Modern government has found the nice "solution" to print some more, it's the magical extraction of wealth! No taxes even needed.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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So, you reinvented callback hell in a dynamically typed language? Top.Job.

When it comes to the point where you actually find telling yourself "The West had a good run, but at least there's still some hope that China will go on carrying the flame", it puts things into perspective.

Use tabs in your shitty indentation, what do I care.

Paranoia Agent Opening

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US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

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Re: “US consumer confidence is high…"

So, everybody is really pennyless but the fake numbers make up for it. Pension schemes ain't gonna pay out.

2007, more powerful, when?

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“US consumer confidence is high…"

I repeat. "US consumer confidence IS high"

But I wonder how come they are so "confident"....

Do they all have un-cashed-in bitcoins?

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Boffins split on whether Spectre fix needs tweaked hardware

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Re: Perimeter Defence

Use QubesOS

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Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws

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Bullshit

You can always emit a "share price warning" saying that due to unforseen circumstances, there may be trouble later in the year oh and btw the latest CPU has been delayed.

Nobody is forced to go full disclosure at once.

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Re: Some decisions are just so hard

Bullshit.

Unless it is shown that their latest CPU released AFTER they got told about the fault but BEFORE this was public knowledge can be easily fixed at no cost and that a relase instead of a delay was not of consequence to the consumer, there will be balls and ovaries hanging off perches.

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Share price down?

They can just announce a new CPU with embedded blockchain.

Problem solved.

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Wondering where your JavaScript libs went? Spam-detection snafu exiled npm packages

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Development: Gone Wrong, Gone Bad

Hopefully nobody got hurt when the Play-Doh applications croaked.

Meanwhile, Java code is happily humming in the backend, uses threads and SQL for normal levels of productivity and sanity (btw: Threads Without the Pain) without the Promise cancer, uses only a few bunches of 3rd party libraries AND is killing Node.js in performance benchmarks.

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Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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I don't suppose this is Himmler's project to awake some giant from Norse mythology

So, a Cheyenne Mountain for Nazis?

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

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Re: Art World

The same was true in the past as well.

Yeah, but at least one didn't have to put up with "Piss Christ" and similar work of arts being published in the "news".

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Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

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Re: I thought....

became increasingly naked as the series went on

This is bad how?

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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Teach citizens IoT dangers, engineering students cybersecurity, Uncle Sam suggests

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Actually it was handed to the desk.

The prez is too busy whoring for money and less 24/7 condemnation in the well and truly "managed meedja"defending Israel's Self-interest.

Why isn't there a Gallic Shrug icon?

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Re: Timeline...

> If Microsoft actually wanted to innovate

Next you will want native ext4, a decent text editor (instead of two that have sucked since the 90s) and actually a bootloader that has not been put together by interns toiling in the boiler room?

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Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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Re: PCID implementation in Linux?

We need to ask on the kernel developer list...

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Re: Calling BS on the CPU graph

Ok, so just by listening to the gas turbine outside of a datacentre you can determine whether the patch has been applied or not?

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IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

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No Shutterstock Photo with obviously posing Stepford People?

Maybe a short clip from Apocalypse Now - the one where the guy on LSD is, like, totally admiring the exploding fireworks over the doomed river bridge - would be appropriate?

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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Meh Meh Meh

That must be some pretty powerful BIOS sauce.

Will it rip out the branch predictor and install a new one?

The Intel CEO should go to jail for what he knew and when he knew it.

That CEO must actually be BRAINIAC. "Stupid engineers! My enormous computronium-based intellect foresees a fault in your design that can be exploited by exquisite cache timing measurements and that will bite us in the arse 10 years later ... SHIP IT ANYWAY!! MUAHAHAHAH! MY HATE SHALL YET BE QUENCHED!!!!"

(decimates the engineering team because punishment must be meted out no matter what)

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Re: 2018 - the beginning of the end?

Charming!

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Re: I regularly see one or more [..] machines in the household receive patches days before the rest.

Welcome to the exclusive Guinea Pig program. You receive early updates with exciting functions -- it's fun for the whole family! I, for one, am grateful that you perform this very important role. Keep it up, and don't forget to yell at MS if you find any issues before Tuesday!

And at the end, there will be cake!

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Re: Put a lot of effort into something that'll never see the light of day ?

...and then you get yelled at by "persons in charge" while a dumpster fire can be noticed in the background.

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Some simple New Year's resolutions for vendors – lots of love, suffering IT grunts of world xox

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How so?

"Just girly things"

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: I was interested

That's even worse.

Any, if you want space gothic....

Alastair Reynolds adaptations when?

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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Re: Back in the day.....

What am I missing?

You may be missing that we don't put computers to such extremely productive uses like solipsistically managing our kitchen recipes in databases no larger than 64KB running at a speed that gives you time to watch "War Games" at the movies and be back before "Processing Completed" appears on the 80x24 character screen.

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Re: needless complexity

It may be needless complexity for the computer on your desktop, but it's a different matter when your computing is either under outsourced management or is in a cloud data centre.

Quite correct, but all this hush-hush work should come 100% open and configurable.

"This PSP here runs this OS (provides source code and manuals with appropriate Open License) and anything can be tuned including the key material"

Boardroom roaches would become additional victims of the opioid crisis but that's a small price to pay.

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Re: So for Intel is always bad but the sweet AMD is fine? PLEASE!

How comes no one is telling that the AMD PSP is against privacy and having and embedded OS is spying on people?

Because ... it's NOT spying on people?

Unless it's suitably "leveraged" as Newspeak adjectivization likes to call it.

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GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

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Re: My favourite part...

There is structure in primes:

Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy: A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a long-standing assumption about how they behave.

Among the first billion prime numbers, for instance, a prime ending in 9 is almost 65 percent more likely to be followed by a prime ending in 1 than another prime ending in 9.

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Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

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Re: We have only ourselves to blame

If we had all done 64 bit properly with Itanium like Intel told us to we would not be in this situation so realy it is our own fault for following the cheap and simple AMD64 route. We made Intel fuck up.

Why are you applying Bái Zuô (white left) logic to this particular case of less-than-perfect engineering?

Anyway, can we bring freedom to downtrodden Intel? Maybe an "IA-64 affirmative action" program and subsidies to increase the dominance of IA-64. I'm totally in favour of a "Free Itanium March" through Washington D.C.!

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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THE TALK: BATTERY TECH EDITION

not just Elon's money, but EVERY! LAPTOP! COMPUTER! MAKER! and EVERY! PHONE! MAKER!

Look here, kid.

I will tell you about hype and vaporeware and how this works and on how engineering is actually hard to do and most ideas fall by the wayside out of various reasons (generally NOT conspiracies).

Now, take a seat.

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Nebula spotted with more super-sized bodies than a gym on Jan 2nd

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Recently, in the Sorority Nebula (aka. "Big" Nebula)...

El Reg needs less moderators vaping harmless, suggestive comments

Good sir! These kind of curlicues are a must-have for any self-respecting 21st-cen publishing outfit.

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Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

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Re: Surprised...

I told my sister to leave this particular Titanic, but she wouldn't listen.

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Wait! Before you fire up that HP lappy, check the battery

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It's the FINAL RECALL!

This laptop was too clever

So for now it's farewell

And maybe it'll come back,

With HP, who can tell?

It's the FINAL RECALL!

Duh-duh-duuuh-doo....

Where were we? Oh yeah NiMH. Well, it will have to be somewhat bigger. This table:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_density

says maybe a factor 6.

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Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

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Re: maybe it's time to re-consider server-side inefficiency

I write C++ REST services.

Well, I hope they don't look all that different from the Java ones (except for the calls to "free", something that really should be out of the mind when doing REST services) otherwise you ain't using the libraries right.

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Where does this BS come from now?

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Re: where do database queries sit in the %CPU loss continuum?

RBMSs? Or even NoSQL? are they doing the kind of things that trigger that slowdown?

If it's not slowing down, it's not a database. (It may still not be a database even if there IS slowdown ... right, MongoDB?)

Processes with little I/O on a machine with few interrupts (not many processes) will be fine. Weather simulations, that sort of stuff.

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Re: maybe it's time to re-consider server-side inefficiency

For frontend ES6+Vue are lightyears away from Java+Swing

Swing has been out for some time now. Please use JavaFX for your GUIs. Maybe Griffon.

As for ES6 beyong light-years ahead of anything.

I dunno. This industry is fully of bad opinions.

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Skynet it ain't: Deep learning will not evolve into true AI, says boffin

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Re: old result

Nobody read or understood it then.

Apparently nobody does now.

Perceptrons are one-layer neural networks. Irrelevant to Deep Learning, which are very deep neural networks with Bells and Whistles of all kind.

Back when I was in school, people were well-informed about the problem with perceptrons. They were used as simple models to teach students. Everyone including Pinky and the Brain were working on 3-layer NNs and possibly looking at Boltzmann machines while the first NN chips were being talked about in BYTE and IEEE Micro.

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Apple macOS so secure some apps can't be easily deleted

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Re: Death of apple

Who?

We will finally go back to writing Good Software and systemd replacements.

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