* Posts by Thorsten

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Boffin

Re: Actually, this may not be a bad idea...

"Just get a modern PC [...]"

Wrong. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempest_%28codename%29.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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And why not?

Seeing that the ship is (basically) ready to sail, but there are no*aircraft available to park on it, you might just as well hire it out as RORO carrier for buses and try to recuperate a small fraction of the investment.

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Firefighters deliver trapped student from GIANT GERMAN LADYPARTS

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Re: What puzzles me ...

> Isn't the fire brigade in Tübingen a paid service?

No, it's a volunteer fire department. The town will pay for the operational costs as well as loss of wages for the volunteers. They may be able to charge the exchange student, though.

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Thorsten
Pint

Re: What puzzles me ...

It's in front of the university's microbiology and virology institute (go figure!). It cost 120k€, and it's supposed to symbolise the "gate to the world" (although the title is "chacàn", which means something different).

As for 22 firefighters being there: apparently the emergency call went "there's a guy trapped in a stone vagina". I guess that none of the firefighters on duty then wanted to stay behind at the station. The only one unhappy was Tübingen's mayor, who, thinking of the costs, asked in an interview whether it was really necessary that all 22 had to be present.

Anyway, cue lots of comments in the German press about the second speleologist that had to be rescued from a cave within a week...

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

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Headmaster

Sigh...

Mount Sharp is still in Antarctica on Earth. Curiosity would have to scale that ramp pretty fast to achieve escape velocity and be able to make it to Mount Sharp. Eventually.

On the other hand, going slowly might get it on the road to Aeolis Mons on Mars.

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11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

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Re: Coal for heating, and clearing the corn fields

Parts sent from Europe to automotive factories in China (e.g. for CKD manufacturing) are shipped in cardboard boxes, not re-usable crates, as shipping these crates back to Europe would be too expensive. The cardboard boxes are then given to the workers as heating material. That's not exactly helping with the pollution problem either.

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WikiLeaker-in-chief Assange refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch

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Debauched?

Debauched? Does he really speak like that? He sounds like he is channelling Ignatius J. Reilly, another pompous ass, but much more funny. I bet his valve closed when he read about the film being made.

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

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Headmaster

Re: And yet....

You're right about that horrible Americanism, but:

"Couldn't care lass" - which actually makes sense.

Does it really?

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Thorsten

"You cannot charge a fee for information that you're stupid enough to sign on and post yourself."

But as Jaron Lanier convincingly argues in "Who Owns the Future?", you should be able to.

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

Thorsten

Re: A known problem

The APU is at the very end of the tail, while the fire was in front of the tailplane fin, so it's unlikely that this is directly connected to the APU. And the power cables are likely below the floor, not in the crown.

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Thorsten

Re: No rear rest area

It's also reported for Ethiopian, which is a tad more relevant for this incidence than Etihad's configuration.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

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Coat

Dr. Evil's Big Boy rocket?

Ozzy Osbourne: I mean, they're using the same fucking jokes as they did in the last Austin Powers movie.

Sharon Osbourne: What fucking joke?

Jack Osbourne: You know, the fucking joke about the rocket that looks like some guy's...

General Clark: Johnson!

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Vulcan? Not on our tiny balls. Pluto moons named Kerberos, Styx

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"Cerebus"?

I never imagined Shatner being a comic books aficionado with a fondness for sword-wielding aardvarks with questionable ethics (both the aardvark and its creator)! Although it kind of fits.

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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

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Quod erat expectandum

Snowden's daftest move so far: Letting himself be "helped" by WikiLeaks.

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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Holmes

Re: Does anybody know ...?

Hint: always read the fine print.

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Techies finger Bradley Manning for US secret files database breach

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Re: Can we make this 100 Upvotes ?

Here, have an upvote! (not the OP, though...)

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Curiosity prepares for year-long road trip to Mount Sharp

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Headmaster

Never

Curiosity will never reach Mount Sharp. Ever.

However, in good time, it may reach Aeolis Mons.

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Oi, Google! Stop LIBELLING us Germans, fix your autocomplete

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Headmaster

Re: "Germans are ..."

Quote: The phrase if "different FROM ..." , not "different than ...".

"if"? Was that also "deliberate and required"?

(not a native speaker, though, so I might stand corrected...)

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Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript

Thorsten

Re: Shouldn't that be...

This kind of watermarking is already done in cinemas. I read an interview recently with the producer of "Cloud Atlas" who said that with digital projections, he could identify exactly not only the cinema but the particular screening where a digicam recording of the movie was made. This doesn't prevent the copying, but could be used as evidence in the unlikely event that the perpetrator was caught. The soundtrack is similarly watermarked.

If nobody notices the watermarks in the digital projections in cinemas, then why should it be noticeable on a computer screen?

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

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Stop

Re: Copyright Protection Should Not Be ("Free" deleted)

I went and I did some little thing wrong,

That's why I had to go and write this song

.

'bout throwin' out the baby.

You're throwin' out the baby,

You're throwin' out the baby with the bath-water blues.

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A perty girl kissed me on the chin,

Honey it'll never happen again.

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You're throwin' out the baby,

You're throwin' out the baby,

You're throwin' out the baby with the bath-water blues.

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Don't say our love can't be saved,

Just because I kinda misbehaved.

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Don't throw out the baby,

You're throwin' out the baby,

You're throwin' out the baby with the bath-water blues.

[Rev. Horton Heat]

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NASA: There are 17 BEEELLION Earth-sized worlds in Milky Way

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Paris Hilton

Can't decide if that's a failed attempt at humour or a failed attempt at physics. Whatever...

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John McAfee the Belize spymaster uncovers 'ricin, terrorist plots'

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Holmes

Hedging your bets...

<quote>Jones [...] concluded that McAfee is either telling the truth, "is partially telling the truth and has become paranoid" or is "one of the best liars and storytellers".</quote>

No shit, Sherlock.

Give the man a job in a think-tank. Such deep analysis ... awesome.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials

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@JustaKOS Re: COSH

Good point. Increasing the size of the airbag would also reduce the space available for the helium, so no need to reduce the volume of the cell. (I was remembering when I built a model airship, filling the thing with helium is difficult when using rigid cells. Needs to be done very slowly, else too much air remains mixed with the helium)

Maintaining the shape of the airship is not due to the helium, though. You'd normally have some kind of outer hull.

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Thorsten

COSH

Pumping the helium into a container on its own wouldn't suffice. If the gas cells are rigid, then the helium needs to be replaced with some other gas, else you'd create a vacuum, which at the least wouldn't reduce buoyancy. Also, replacing the pumped out helium with some other gas (like normal air) is not a good idea, either, since then if you'd want to increase buoyancy again afterwards, siphoning out the air without also removing some of the expensive helium would not be easy - they won't be that cleanly separated.

My guess would be that they have internal helium cells that they can decrease in size as required to control buoyancy, without actually moving the helium from the cell into some container.

Still, this needs to be a very fast system, unless they only want to be able to load/unload small items one at a time.

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Vatican shrugs off apocalypse, fiddles with accounts dept

Thorsten

Re: You mean 292279025167 years

No, given my age, I'm pretty sure that I'm still running a 32-bit system.

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Thorsten
Alert

The world will end in 25 years

Roughly.

To be precise, it will end 03:14:07 UTC on Tuesday, 19 January 2038.

By which time I will be half a year away from retirement.

Damn.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

Thorsten

Re: Considering the distances from Earth for the *other* candidates this is pretty close.

"intergalactic interstellar"

or maybe intragalactic?

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

Thorsten

Re: At that speed Windows 3.1 did not disgrace itself.

My first own computer had just a single 5 1/4" floppy drive. Saving anything to disk from, say, Word, took about a dozen (maybe more) disk swaps. The 32 MB RLL was suddenly the highest priority on my wishlist...

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Thorsten
Coat

Re: Z-80

"Nowhere near as wonderful as the 68K!

//no antique computing icon???"

Microprocessors, bah! Antique computing means TTLs, not VLSIs.

Mine's the one with Wang 2200 BASIC-2 manual in the pocket...

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AssangeTM spins Oz Senate candidacy again

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Paris Hilton

Re: Assange 2013!!

Assange™ would certainly feel at home at Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties...

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Thorsten
Boffin

Re: Survey results

Hint: Always read the label.

"Disclaimer: These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate."

So the result of this little poll is worth: nothing.

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England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize

Thorsten

Re: Errata

"stuffed"? Such a harsh word. Rather applies to Munich, 2001, I'd say. (or Oxford '09...)

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Thorsten
Headmaster

Errata

The decision to introduce the technology comes a whole two 46 years after an infamous disallowed goal by England’s Frank Lampard Geoff Hurst against Germany in the last '66 World Cup. Despite not landing fully across the line it was mysteriously not spotted by either linesman or and referee – prompting gratuitous “we was robbed” "wir wurden bestohlen" outbursts from the English German diaspora all over the world.

there... fixed that for you.

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Voyager 1 arrives on ‘magnetic highway for charged particles’

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Alien

Vogons?

Reading the words "highway", "roadworks", and "space" in the same article makes me very nervous. Glad to have a towel here in the office.

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

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Devil

And who'd be able to afford the $500K tickets?

Investment bankers.

Hedgefond managers.

All those sociopathic rich people currently looking into "seastading".

Media executives.

A- to Z-list celebrities.

Fantastic!

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

Thorsten
Angel

Booting straight into Office?

What nonsense is that?

Booting straight into Emacs, that's all I need!

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

Thorsten

Re: no emacs users?

C-x C-k? What's that? kmacro-edit-macro???

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Germans hail Vulture 1 spaceplane

Thorsten
Headmaster

Re: Erm...

Although there's no German equivalent to boffin, and so it might have been a valid translation, the article appeared in Die Zeit, not Bild, and so Wissenschaftler must unfortunately be translated as scientists. (but reading it made me smile...)

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Scientists probe Earth's core, make mystifying discovery

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Stop

They are looking for something that is even *lighter* than iron. The decay chain of uranium-238 ends with lead-206, which is much *heavier* than iron.

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Engineers seek funds for world’s largest Tesla coil

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Paris Hilton

“Lightning uses around a tenth of the power per foot of energy to send electricity through the air compared to man-made examples,”

Eh?

I admit that back in school, I never fully managed to distinguish Watts from Volts from Amperes from all the rest, but "foot of energy"? What's that?

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When geeks turn Green: Performance tune your energy bills

Thorsten
Boffin

Damon Hart-Davis meeting either Andrew "resources are invented" Orlowski or Lewis "Made-in-USA nuclear technology is a triumph" Page would obviously result in annihilation. If only we could transform the resulting gamma ray photons into electricity...

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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Excellent analogy. Hope it's "free", since I'd like to borrow it the next time I have to argue with an Apple fan!

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Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

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Stop

Third's still missing

Jobs didn't receive a Turing award, and never would have. So he doesn't count.

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OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3

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Flame

"In a way openSUSE will likely lose some of its appeal – particularly with potential new users who are often focused on what the desktop looks like."

I don't see how openSUSE loses any appeal. The users could do the sensible thing and use KDE instead.

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Defendant presents Playmobil rendering of court in court

Thorsten

Here's an article containing pictures of the set:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20110914/local/Fantasy-meets-reality-in-court-of-law.384614

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Apple ejects FT app from iTunes

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FAIL

...FT has nothing to do with NI

The Financial Times is the main competitor of the Wall Street Journal. The latter is owned by Murdoch, the former not.

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German authorities park tanks on Facebook's lawn

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Weibchen?

That's an interesting new insult.

"Bitch" would normally be translated as "Schlampe"

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Google calls halt on German Street View

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Black Helicopters

If it's high res, then yes

"According to German law it is not permissible to violate the protected privacy of a person by means of photographs from airplanes or helicopters. (BGH, verdict from 9 December 2003, AZ: VI ZR 373/02, - aerial photographs of a holiday house)" (source: Wikipedia, my translation)

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Google hits 'prove we killed no Afghans' – Assange™

Thorsten

Why?

1. its a stupid suggestion to get a meaningful ranking by googling that phrase

2. you get much more impressive numbers if you don't, so much less fun if you quote the phrase

3. the whole Assange(tm) saga is beyond satire anyway

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Fukushima situation as of Wednesday

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yes, let's

Firstly, 15TW is the total energy consumption, not just electricity consumption. But anway, wind power already can already deliver 1% of that, and I don't see a 100-fold increase covering the whole planet.

Secondly, I personally wouldn't a priori exclude Antarctica or off-shore locations. Not many bees there to fret over, and plenty of wind.

Thirdly, given this government-sponsored study on leukemia incidences, if I'd live close to a nuclear power plant (which I don't), I would worry about the effects on the health of my children more than whether there's mobile phone transmission mast in the vicinity. (and actually I don't worry about those)

In another post you mentioned fusion energy. I'm 100% with you on that. I don't see wind as the sole energy source. (I prefer solar furnaces and solar updraft towers, btw) But until fusion power is ready, I much rather use renewable energy sources than nuclear technology. Do you have a problem with that?

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