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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

El Reg - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 7:03am
Although, actually you know, we already do

Worstall @ the Weekend  There's an old jokule, vaguely traced back to Mark Twain, that the people of the Isles of Scilly used to eke out a living by taking in each others' washing. Yes, another economic thigh slapper: but the really weird thing is that for all of us seven billion humans in aggregate, we do really do that.…

Comet Lovejoy Giving Away Alcohol

Slashdot - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 6:13am
Thorfinn.au writes: Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team. The discovery marks the first time ethyl alcohol, the same type in alcoholic beverages, has been observed in a comet. The finding adds to the evidence that comets could have been a source of the complex organic molecules necessary for the emergence of life. 'We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,' said Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory, France, lead author of a paper on the discovery published Oct. 23 in Science Advances. The team found 21 different organic molecules in gas from the comet, including ethyl alcohol and glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar. Comets are frozen remnants from the formation of our solar system. Scientists are interested in them because they are relatively pristine and therefore hold clues to how the solar system was made. Most orbit in frigid zones far from the sun. However, occasionally, a gravitational disturbance sends a comet closer to the sun, where it heats up and releases gases, allowing scientists to determine its composition.

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win7 pro cannot validate

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [Vista] - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 3:18am
After many attempts to download win10 I continue to get error 0xc004e003. Strangely, I was able to download win 10 over one month ago with no problem. I return it thereafter since I had problems affecting a software I work with. I was trying to give it another try now.

New Algorithm Provides Huge Speedups For Optimization Problems

Slashdot - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 3:07am
An anonymous reader writes: MIT graduate students have developed a new "cutting-plane" algorithm, a general-purpose algorithm for solving optimization problems. They've also developed a new way to apply their algorithm to specific problems, yielding orders-of-magnitude efficiency gains. Optimization problems look to find the best set of values for a group of disparate parameters. For example, the cost function around designing a new smartphone would reward battery life, speed, and durability while penalizing thickness, cost, and overheating. Finding the optimal arrangement of values is a difficult problem, but the new algorithm shaves a significant amount of operations (PDF) off those calculations. Satoru Iwata, professor of mathematical informatics at the University of Tokyo, said, "This is indeed an astonishing paper. For this problem, the running time bounds derived with the aid of discrete geometry and combinatorial techniques are by far better than what I could imagine."

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How can enter Product Key after I did a format/re-install of Windows XP Home Edition?

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [XP] - Sun, 25/10/2015 - 1:32am

After trying to clean up after getting a Ransom Virus left the system with the black screen after boot. I purchase Windows XP home edition system repair recovery disk from:

freemaxmoney@outlook.com

FreeMax Shop

P.O. Box 3805

Cerritos, CA 90703

I am getting Incorrect product key in the Activate Windows.      

The system is a Dell Optiplex GX260 1800MT-06  Service Tag - BWYBC21

Product key -  <redacted>

MGA Diagnostic Tool into below:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Status: Not Activated
Validation Code: 1
Cached Validation Code: N/A
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-R3R2D-TRP4D-PPPCT
Windows Product Key Hash: SUU0kAOTSdJVQWhaOEwUrsBFXcI=
Windows Product ID: 76477-007-8164986-21870
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010300.3.0.hom
ID: {FDB50BAA-3A51-4F43-9227-E09E1F05617D}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: N/A
Architecture: N/A
Build lab: N/A
TTS Error: N/A
Validation Diagnostic: 025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-258-3
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A
Version: N/A

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: B4D0AA8B-543-80070002_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-258-3

Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

File Scan Data-->

Other data-->
Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{FDB50BAA-3A51-4F43-9227-E09E1F05617D}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010300.3.0.hom</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-PPPCT</PKey><PID>76477-007-8164986-21870</PID><PIDType>5</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-527237240-790525478-842925246</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Dell Computer Corporation</Manufacturer><Model>OptiPlex GX260               </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Dell Computer Corporation</Manufacturer><Version>A03</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="3"/><Date>20020924000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>23643D4F01842072</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time(GMT-05:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  

Licensing Data-->
N/A

Windows Activation Technologies-->
N/A

HWID Data-->
N/A

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
BIOS string matches: yes
Marker string from BIOS: 1B1E9:Dell Inc|10008:Microsoft Corporation|1B1E9:Microsoft Corporation
Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
N/A