* Posts by uncle sjohie

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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HTC knocks out the Beats

uncle sjohie

Actually

There are some good reasons to buy monster cables, especially their higher end hdmi cables with guaranteed bandwidths. Those reasons don't apply to your average home, so in that case it's a waste of money. But if you have a dedicated home theatre room, you don't want to rip out the wall to replace the hdmi cable going to your new and shiny 4k projector hanging on the ceiling in 2 years time, and then it starts to make sense to spend a few hundred quid on a more futureproof hdmi cable. There are some interesting youtube video's comparing cheap, medium priced and the hig end monster cables, with a skeptical audio-journalist and testing done at the Aussie moster cable lab. The results may be an eye-opener. :-)

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TomTom Start 20 satnav

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Dashboard holder

@ Alun Taylor. If you really want an uncluttered view, try a Tetrax Fixway. With that little gem, you can mount any PND on a ventilation grille of your choice. That way, there is nothing on top of the dashboard blocking your view of the road, or creating a blind spot.

It doesn't come cheap, but it held our 4.3" Navigon in place, even when we were rattling about on the Tuscan dust trails. And you get a few extra metal "knobs", so you can use it to mount different things on the holder, like an mp3 player.

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Reg ed rattles the Red-Headed League

uncle sjohie
Heart

Red headed Women?

To quote from the song "red headed Women" by Bruce Springsteen:

Well brunettes are fine man

And blondes are fun

But when it comes to getting a dirty job done

I'll take a red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done

Well listen up stud

Your life's been wasted

Til you've got down on your knees and tasted

A red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done

Tight skirt, strawberry hair

Tell me what you've got, baby, waiting under there

Big green eyes that look like, son

They can see every cheap thing that you ever done

Well I don't know how many girls you've dated, man

But you ain't lived til you've had your tires rotated

By a red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done

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And he can say that. because he has been married to a red headed woman for a long time.

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Judge to music industry: 'Worth trillions? Forget it'

uncle sjohie
FAIL

Contrary to popular belief

Producing music actually cost time and money. The session artists, mixers etc at the studio have to be paid a livin' wage, not to mention all the supporting staff you need for running a modern organization. Ditto for the admins of those iTunes servers, the artists who design the cover art, etc etc. These are average people, who want a decent salary to pay there mortgage, not the kind that whizz around in stretched hummers with bowls of Bolivian marching powder in the back, and just tell each other how important they are for the record industry and mankind in general. :-(

So saying there are no damages at all is just as ridiculous as the claims those cokeheads make about the trillions they claimed they lose.

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Saab-spotter blogger poached by the company

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Actually

The vectra is more saab then vice versa, and there are fundamental differences in the suspension, most noticably the passive steering rear-axle in the ssab. Besides, the same thing can be said about a R8 and a Gaillardo. :-)

And both the vectra, and the saab even more so, are known for their reliability. There is something to be said for proven technology.

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Surprise Automotive X Prize winners announced

uncle sjohie
Go

Numbers

They did a survey a while back, and in turned out that Dodge cars got closest to their claimed fuel consumption, and some hybrids consumed 40% more fuel then claimed. It had something to do with the fact that here in the Netherlands most of the hybrids are lease cars, which spend most of their time doing 130 km/h on the highway, where that dinky 1.4 or 1.6 has to keep all those batteries moving. A punto evo or polo greenline is moch more economical, but not as cheap, thanks to our government.

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Dutch send submarine to fight Somali pirates

uncle sjohie
Coat

Not so formidable

During one of those huge NATO exercises in the Atlantic a couple of years ago, one of our walrus submarines sank not only a nimitz class carrier, but one of the escorting cruisers and one SSN. NATO is just sending their varsity, that's why there's no carrier.

Mines the one with the periscope sticking out...

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PARIS hits the road with live GPS tracker test

uncle sjohie
Go

Top Gear?

Why not strap the car to some rockets? Just ask the guys from Top Gear.

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Next from Apple: The Pocket iPad

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I suggest

You ask your girlfriend... :-)

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High-speed Chinese train kicks French, Japanese butt

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What about physics?

Aerodynamics and physics dictate the more or less same high-speed train designs used all over the world...

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US told to keep its beak out of European decisions

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Palm?

We all know they could use some help, right?

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Chinese media finger Swedish lesbian enclave

uncle sjohie

I have been there

Having flown to Ornskoldsvik with the SAS, I now know why the stewardess was such a tall blond woman wearing knee-high leather boots. I was one of the guardians!

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BOFH: Weapon of choice

uncle sjohie

Pants

Now all I have to remember is where I stored those yellow pajama pants 18 years ago, I always knew I'd end up wearing them to work one day!

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HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

uncle sjohie

ESRI

ESRI used to have a habit of sending ~50 retail packages if you have 50 licenses, we had to alter our contract just to get 1 box shipped, no matter how many times we told them we do a network install including the demo data, and we really didn't need a pallet full of those boxes 2 times a year.

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BOFH: The Christmas party

uncle sjohie

Well worth the wait

and I hope we'll learn next week if they remembered to put the balls in the freezer?

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Dutch plan 'Energy Island'

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What about the Germans?

I'm dutch and just wondering, a lot of Germans come to our beaches, and as everybody knows, they like to dig holes there.. Why not use those instead? And of course we still have our beloved IJsselmeer, it wouldn't be all that much of problem to use that, we just have to make it a little deeper..

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NXP sues to silence Oyster researchers

uncle sjohie
Paris Hilton

@Michael

They've had the original report for some time now, and have been sent a copy of the definite report, which we are talking about now, too. So why haven't they verified the results and fixed the problem? And as far as I know, they have better protected chips they can use, this is a fairly old design, but I'd wager it's cheaper?

Paris, because she's both cheap and expensive..

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