* Posts by uncle sjohie

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

uncle sjohie

Re: Curious minds want to know

According to the Dutch MOD, it's louder than the F16, but a little less loud than the F104 Starfighter the F16 replaced, measured at Leeuwarden airbase a couple of weeks ago.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

uncle sjohie

Re: run crying to the teacher

"the EU would have been given a needed slap with a wet fish and some real reform might be possible"

Fine, where should the Dutch pensionfunds send the bill for the ~15 billion euro's they lost in the stockmarket crash? The results of the referendum mean that a lot of people lost a lot of money, either direct or thru their pensionplans etc. The feeling along the other 27 countries is, no second chance, no favours or preferential treatment, and you'd better invoke article 50 quickly, since we're not feeling to patient at the moment, f*ck you very much.

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Poles

When the flood of Polish and other eastern Europe workers was about to start across Northern Europe, most countries used the option of a 7 year transition period, meaning they could put a quotum on the number of immigrants from those countries. Germany and the Netherlands here used that option, the UK politicians decided/chose not to so. So most of the Polish workers went thru Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, and ended up in the UK. And now I see clips/interviews of people blaming this on the EU.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

uncle sjohie

The average user, the part of the market where Android is firmly ahead of iOS, doesn't want the hassle of upgrading an OS. Not on their computer, and not on their phone. They want a phone that works, is safe, and still is after 2 or 3 years, after which the hardware starts to die, and it is replaced.

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

uncle sjohie

Re: Of course they're lying

Not ging to happen, if even Nancy Pelosi, the former house speaker of the senate is afraid to take on the CIA.. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140317/07441526589/nancy-pelosi-admits-that-congress-is-scared-cia.shtml

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

uncle sjohie

Since we don't have a driveway, and have to park in the street in front of our house, charging an electric car would mean running a cable from our house across the sidewalk to the car. And that goes for the majority of houses here in the Netherlands. I imagine that would give quite some health&safety risks, not to mention a whole new way for vandalism. And the people in those houses, constitute the bulk of car owners you need to convert to electric vehicles to make a serious environmental impact.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

uncle sjohie

Re: So long old friend

I remember those times too. I flew, as 6 year old boy from Amsterdam to Miami with a KLM 747 in 1980, I also got pilot wings, crayons, a lot of attention from the flight attendants, and a nice tour of the cockpit. Nowadays, airplanes ar just flying busses/touringcars, all the romance is gone.

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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

uncle sjohie

Re: Just basically awesome

The space shuttle had wings..

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Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

uncle sjohie

Re: Are you kidding?

I had the same experience, but with a Ford Fiesta on the Azores, those dinky 3-cylinder eco-soy-bean-latte engines always struggle with hills. 65hp in a Fiesta just doesn't cut it with any kind of elevation, even here in the Netherlands. That's just how it works out because of physics.

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Elon Musk unmasks Tesla's Model X – the $132k anti-bioweapon SUV for the 1%

uncle sjohie

It's one of the least ugly SUV's out there, but that's like winning the largest midget competition. But to be fair, he promised the first proper electric SUV, and once again he has done what he promised.

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Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

uncle sjohie

2 reasons

This is probably done for 2 reasons, to legally and financially separate VW form the other brands of the volkswagen Group, and for PR reasons, although all group brands with the 4 cylinder diesel engines are affected, so the PR nightmare is complete already.

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Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

uncle sjohie

Devil is in the details

The problem is, Winterkorn was an engineer, with a known eye for details, who allegedly squared a tray of tools when visiting a new factory prior to opening, and frequently measured the gap between bodypanels to check if they were up to standard. And now we have to believe he didn't have a clue about this? Besides, there are memo's surfacing from Bosch, the manufacturer of the fuel injection system, which state that some of VW's requests for software alterations might not be in compliance with emission laws/rules. And those are from 7 or 8 years ago.

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

uncle sjohie

Until a few years ago, we had our own chemical lab to do the testing of soil and water samples our field crews collected. We had to renew those off white Compaq cases in the xylene/toluene lab every two years, because the air inside the room ate away at the plastics, and corroded the metals in the connectors. the people working in those rooms had full respirator masks of course.

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Ich nicht bin Charlie: Facebook must crack down on racists, says Germany's Merkel

uncle sjohie

Re: re: Not being funny but why on earth would immigrants want to go to Germany?

It's not so simple. Besides the Assad regime, there are 100 to 300 armed gangs in Syria who change allegiance on a daily basis, merge or just stop, IS is also fighting Al-Qaida, the "free Syrians" operating from inside Turkey fight all the above, and last but not least, there are the Kurds who are just fighting to survive. From an EU perspective there is not one group to give any serious support. Arming IS or Al-Qaida is a bad idea, like arming the mudjaheddin in Afghanistan turned out to be, ditto the Kurds (the PKK are genuine terrorists in their own right), and the the free Syrians have some ties to hamas/hezbolla in Lebanon.

Basically there is no group or faction that the west can back, to the the point of real soldiers fighting beside them against the regime, the gangs, Al-Qaida and the radicalized western youths that make up IS. I'm afraid the whole country will be a bloody mess the next decade. It's like the gangs of Mogadishu, the Balkan war, and the Palestine-Israeli conflict but with 5 instead of 2 parties, all rolled into one terrible mess.

The 2 Syrians I spoke to in Kos 2½ week ago, said they would probably have voted for Assad the next election, he was far from perfect, but under his regime there was no all-out guerrilla war like now.

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uncle sjohie

Because in general, it's a nice country to live in. They have a functional and sound economy, to pay for decent social security, public transportation. healthcare and affordable housing in the suburbs and beyond. And if your introduction to the EU is Greece, who have way to many public servants, but only 2 for immigration on the whole island of Kos to process 500+ refugees a day, and a mayor who even refuges to place portable toilets for immigrants for fear of "inviting" them (it's not like a vicious civil war is pushing them in those boats), then Germany may well feel like paradise, especially if you are welcomed at the train station by little children giving candy and just saying welcome, after having just enjoyed the Macedonian and Hungarian "hospitality".

The racial hatred is historically most common in the old DDR and the south, but remember, in 1988 the unification hadn't really happened yet, and during the unification and integration of east Germany, there was a lot of racial hatred, not just from east Germans towards immigrants, but also between west- and east Germans themselves. That hatred has been diminishing the last two decades, because of the massive investments in the east, but haters will hate, first it was the Turks and Greeks (a lot of Greek babyboomers worked in Germany in their youth), second the east Germans vs the west Germans, now it's the Syrians.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

uncle sjohie

I can buy it online here in the Netherlands, an Etailer has it in stock. Saves me the hassle of importing it from China, and paying VAT etc. Downside, the price is 359 euro, exactly the same as a new simlock free xperia Z3 compact.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

uncle sjohie

Men will always be boys, only the toys become more expensive.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

uncle sjohie

The Greek tax problem mainly resides with the baby-boom generation, who after the colonels regime developed such a deep mistrust of any form of government, that they avoided paying taxes any way they could. I remember our holidays there in the nineties, cash payment in dutch guldens or deutchmarks was the norm, no taxes were ever paid by the Greek apartment owners. And the same group has managed to thwart the establishing of a proper cadastre, which is instrumental in recording property value, and the subsequent taxing of that property.

And running a railway company at a 3 million euro/day loss, with drivers getting double the pay of their German and Dutch colleagues doesn't help either. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/business/global/21rail.html?_r=1

I also remember an article stating that the Greek government has about 70 billion euro's of uncollected taxes on the books. How about they collect that, the northern European countries write off 100 billion, and the Greek government does as it has promised the third time around? That way we can move past this horrid mess with only losers.

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Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition

uncle sjohie

Monitor Audio and Marantz always sound very good together in my opinion. I once heard a Marantz KI setup hooked to some Monitor Audio floorstanders a tenth of the price of the Marantz CD/amp combo, and it just rocked. Ditto for their AV/5.1 combinations.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

uncle sjohie

Re: refuel...

Actually, the 787 we flew from Cuba back to Amsterdam, was being refueled at the stopover in Mexico, with all the passengers on board and the lights on. We were told to unfasten the seatbelts, and stay in our seats, while there was a stewardess positioned at every exit. So it wasn't completely shutdown.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

uncle sjohie

Re: A modest haul

I was tempted to buy all the Bruce Springsteen reissues for my collection, but I already have the CD boxset, and don't even own a turntable, so I decided against it. Last year I did get the American Beauty EP, and it sounded pretty good on the Rega RP6 of my neighbor.

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

uncle sjohie

economic crime

The next case from the dutch government will call it an "economisch delict" which translates into economic crime, and that can be punishable with prison time. Alternative measure/punishment for such a crime can be "bestuursdwang", which basically means that the government kicks the CEO out of his chair, takes the seat, and implements the measures the court has ordered, and sends the bill to the company.

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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

uncle sjohie

Re: Why aren't our sanctions against NK already maxed out?

International diplomacy, military doctrine, and common sense, all agree on the fact that it's not a good idea to back a nuclear armed dictator, into to tight of a corner.

But the last 2 years have seen a subtle shift in the attitude towards North Korea by the USA and South Korea. Until then, NK would do something provocative, like setting off some half assed underground nuclear firecracker, or shoot off a rocket over the sea of Japan, and negotiate some fuel-oil of lift of a few sanctions for stopping. Now they just ignore them if it's possible, and don't offer anything. Then they back down on their own accord.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

uncle sjohie

Two birds with one mobe

They only needed one model to attack both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Round in court? Wow, that's progress.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

uncle sjohie
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Re: Why use the military?

And that's not the first time, the Dutch submarine Walrus did the same in 1999 in an exercise, They "sank" the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, an SSN (USS Boise SSN-764) and a couple of destroyers and frigates for good measure. The commentorative T-shirts are still worn with pride..http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/boats/images/submarines/boat_walrus2_tshirt.jpg

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

uncle sjohie

Old fashioned

We use freshly ground beans (from our Solis maestro grinder) and a MoccaMaster KBG-741 filter machine for our regular cup of coffee. A nice and versatile combination, with the Solis I can grind as fine as I want, so when I feel like an espresso from the Gaggia, I just have to change the beans in the grinder. And the Moccamaster is a great machine, with a good strong boiler, and it's built like a tank.

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

uncle sjohie

Re: Pop goes Samsung's glossy image.

That would be the same Apple, who had to be jerked into line by an Italian judge to give EU customers the 2 year warranty they are entitled to by EU law? And for free, not as an extra warranty-plan?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/02/apple_extends_eu_warranty/

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

uncle sjohie

Unchecky

I just use unchecky, a little tool that does what the name says, it automatically unchecks all of those default toolbars, like the Ask toolbar in the Adobe Flash downloads.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

uncle sjohie

Working fine

It's working fine here in the Netherlands. (12-08, 15:49 CET)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

uncle sjohie

Or you could get a second sim for your existing contract?

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Bloodied Samsung's profits down 25% as it clings to mobe crown

uncle sjohie

Re: The only good profit is an obscene profit?

Samsung and the other chaebol companies in South Korea almost own the complete political system, there horse really does decide which direction the cart is being pulled. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tax-evasion-bribery-and-pricefixing-how-samsung-became-the-giant-that-ate-korea-8510588.html

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

uncle sjohie

Re: Float? More like Sink!

Would you mind an even-cheaper company entering the market, if you were one of the SpaceX shareholders?

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

uncle sjohie

Re: Space Race?

I think a lot of people would care, since a lot of consumer products like PNA's and in-car navigation systems can't use the signals of those other navigation satellites. Only more recent systems like the TomTom Go, are able to use Glonass as well as GPS.

Professional receivers from Leica, Trimble and Topconn etc already accept all of those signals, or can be made to do so with a firmware upgrade in most cases.

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

uncle sjohie
Coat

Re: Should

Eehh, Saab is Chinese now, not Dutch anymore. Victor Muller found out that those Swedes knew a lot about designing good cars, but not so much about actually selling them for a profit. Also there are some differences between running a boutique brand like Spyker, and a high volume brand like Saab.

Now the Chinese are revamping production of the face-lifted (old) 9-3, while transforming the Phoenix platform into an EV friendly and GM-free version for a brand new 9-3.

Mines the jacket with the Saab key in it..

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

uncle sjohie

+1 for cashplan

I use an synology NAS for local copies, Dropbox for syncing with my smartphone. and Crashplan for the backup of both local and Dropbox folders.. This is all tied together with Cobian backup. What can I say, it works for me. And I'd wager that Crashplan is the most affordable of the bunch..

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Decks and plugs and rock and roll: Tascam CD-A750 cassette and CD combo

uncle sjohie

Pioneer CT-W606DR

How about an Pioneer CT-W606DR cassette player with AD/DA converters?

http://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/archive/CT-W606DR/page.html

Maybe one can be found on Ebay?

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Compact Cassette supremo Lou Ottens talks to El Reg

uncle sjohie

I remember keeping my fingers poised over the "record" button, listening to the radio. And of course dreaming of owning an Nakamichi Dragon auto reverse tapedeck.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

uncle sjohie

Re: tempted

I was born with a heart defect, but I was successfully operated at the age of three, and have been proclaimed healthy by my cardiologist. Still, 35 years after the operation, the occasional pain/cramp in my chest like everybody else has once in a while, makes me wonder.... So knowing isn't always a good thing in my book.

And with the current medical diagnostic possibilities, they can find something minutely wrong in anybody. But that doesn't say anything about a cure for what they found.

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Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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Re: If I ever meet that Dell f*cker

I am dutch, and you are welcome to come and checkout my basement. If you confused the Netherlands with Belgium, where a sick fellow called Dutroux did some terrible things to little children, locked up in his basement, you should go and visit an geography teacher.

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Steve Jobs' Apple-powered yacht makes belated first trip

uncle sjohie

Re: God that thing is ugly

Those professionals sometimes would like a good keelhauling for some of their customers. One female member of the Ford family is know for walking on her semi-finished yacht, pointing to the solid walnut veneer in the master cabin, and say "paint it all blue". Making the 3 expert carpenters, who had been working 2 weeks nonstop on those panels, leave the wharf whilst crying their eyes out..

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

uncle sjohie

Ongoing

This has been ongoing for at least 2 years that I know of in my own city, so it isn't all that new to be honest. These are mostly used in area's with apartment buildings or in older parts of the city, where fixed roadside communal bins are a waste of precious public space. Added bonus is that these bins can be emptied by a one person garbage truck, in stead of one with a driver and 2 collectors on the back.

For more rural area's we now have garbage trucks with a robotic arm, operated from within the cabin, and only one "helper" to line up the bins. The robotic arm automatically weighs the bin, scans the embedded rfid tag, and bill the corresponding household for the kg's of rubbish produced.

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Office 2013 to offer one-off apps on demand

uncle sjohie
FAIL

Macro's?

A lot of company's, their paying customers, use macro's for a lot of things. From simple letterheads to complex reports with graphs. We have at least 20 that I know of, so how would this fit in our (ISO) certified workfow?

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Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

uncle sjohie
Mushroom

I hope they didn't copy the old one, since that didn't really work all that well for the people who thought it up..

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Curiosity snapped mid-flight by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

uncle sjohie

Re: NUKES IN SPACE!!?!

How about we shoot off those green types in the next rocket to mars?

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

uncle sjohie
Unhappy

Re: RE: what else do you want - parallel printer ports?

Some of our customers, local governments to be precise, dictate the software, and the version of that software you have to use for the job, in the tender. This means, that as engineering firm, we still have to use software , secured with parallel dongles, just to get contracts. Some of our acoustic modelling software uses different calculating modules, and the specify those too.

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Retina Display detachment

uncle sjohie

Re: I don't get the fuss

It takes a minute or so to get some DVD's to chuck into your laptop bag, but a little longer to download them. :-)

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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

uncle sjohie

Re: titles are for toffs.

If you used to sell B&O products, you should also be aware of their excellent service, even 10+ years after purchase, or in the case of the old beocenter 2200 of my parents, >25 years. When my father asked for a replacement needle for the turntable a few years ago, it was on stock at the distributor, and at the shop ready for pickup 2 days later.

And let's not forget the excellent manuals they provide with all of their kit, made by actual people, and not by running the Chinese thru babelfish like most companies do. I remember my parents buying an beocenter 9500, and me running off for some speaker cable. When I got back, my mother was busy programming the radio-stations.

These things and service cost money too...

My own HiFi system sounded better than the 9500, at half the price, but my mother couldn't get it to work...

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

uncle sjohie

Soluto

I would add Soluto to the list. That program lets you delay or pause the starting of programs during windows-boot, and speeding up the process.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

uncle sjohie

Re: It's all so depressing...

That doesn't really matter, since you can move the airbase it flies off. Just park the carrier roughly in the right area, and presto.

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Motorola Razr Android smartphone

uncle sjohie

The Hulk?

Around the internet, there are reviewers talking about a green hue on the display, but the screenshots here, look ok?

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