* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model

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Unhappy

But

had Sophie bad breath? We will never know.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: Fact is

Correction: 99.99995 % waste.

BTW stopped using the device years ago. No reget.

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Fact is

of all the photons (in the visible spectrum) leaving the telly only the ones entering the viewers' eyes are relevant.

That is 99.9998 % waste (2x2 eyes at 2.5m, pupildiameter 5mm).

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Re: "things like ... muting the volume"

Ages ago I put a relais driven by a flip-flop controlled by a microphone and an opamp band-filter in the audio circuit of my Sony TV. I can (un)mute the TV by a whistle.

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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Earth seen behind Moon

It is always good to see in an animation that the Earth rotates in the right direction. It seems animators give it a 50% change.

Goddard may have forgotten, but here on Earth we have weather.

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Fake

The balloon in the leader picture gvbjklhgfghjk.png with 45% zeros is fake. Binary code is expected to contain twice as many zeros as ones according to Benford's law. See Havil §14.2.

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Re: True Holography??

And the answer is http://www.technologyreview.com/news/415755/head-up-displays-go-holographic/

So also links and comments on this site.

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

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Re: I an pretty certain that the nation Portuagal.........

I am pretty certain that Portugal can bring a better soccer team in the field than FB.

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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Re: How about Magnetars?

They will erase your VISA from light years away.

Nop, even a magnetar with 10^12T has to be at the distance of Jupiter to make its magnetic field 5 times stronger than the geomagnetic field. May be enough to erase your VISA, but I guess you will have other things to worry about with a magnetar in your backyard.

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Re: The FRB is well outside the Milky Way, at 5.5 billion light-years' distance.

A radio telescope cannot measure the distance to a source. It can only measure the DM (the burst is detected later at lower frequencies). The standard interpretation is that the radio signal traversed a tenuous plasma in our 'own' Galaxy and - if the RM is larger - in the extragalactic medium or near the source.

The large circular polarization of 21±7% for FRB 140514 hints at extraordinary conditions at the source. A distance of 5.5 billion light-years for FRB 140514 is an upper limit.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Y2K

We need a three-letter acronym for the Year 2038 Problem. Enough 32-bit embedded systems will still hang around at 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038 to cause problems.

Any suggestions?

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Yeah but...

Will it make god dissappear in a puff of logic ?

Not necessarily, Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit, a.k.n.a. the last man who knew everything, published in 1663 his Polygraphia nova et universalis which promises the reduction of all languages to one and the extension of one language to all. A kind of proto-Babel-fish.

He was inspired by Gustavus Selenus' Polygraphia nova of 1624, which expanded work going back to the time of Cicero.

Kircher also wrote extensively on the seventy-two names of god. The word was his bread and butter.

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SURPRISE: Norks' Linux distro has security vulns

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Re: Impressive computing power shown in that picture

Impressive is not the computer in the cabinet, but the battery of Leclancé cells (model 1866) it contains as a power supply.

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India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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Re: AID !!

Indias annual military budget is 38.35 billion USD (FY 2014, nominal). Its (100% military) Defence Research and Development Organisation has a budget of 1600 million USD and India is estimated to have an arsenal of 90-110 nuclear weapons (SIPRI 2014).

Let them research the Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein mechanism on a shoestring. Neutrinos are harmless, they zap the earth core unhindered.

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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No proper motion

@MartinC: The Sun rotates with 250 km/s (0.000833c) at a distance of 32000 lj around the galactic center. That is ½ arcsec/century. In the timespan of 20 years galactic rotation can be measured by careful observations, but not as a stereo effect in a pair of HST photos of M16.

So what you see is the internal dynamics of the Pillars of Creation.

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This one shall pass! Not even a flesh wound from ‘Monty Python’ SPACE ROCK

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Where

is the Spanish Inquisition?

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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Mushroom

If you want to shoot fireballs, do it the German way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdwbp6R2qM8

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*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

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Re: drunken birds in a British publication

Christopher R. Olson (Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road L470, Portland, Oregon, UNITED STATES of AMERICA 97239-3098) et al. wrote in their publication:

"In the presence of females, male zebra finches reliably produce female-directed song as part of their courtship behavior. ... The study design assigned adult male finches to alcohol or control drinking treatments."

and more interesting for our British readers:

"Body mass ... remained constant across phases for the birds that were provided alcohol.".

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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Paris Hilton

Also,

the ASA considered that the nonviolent and gender-neutral character of the Minecraft videos make them perfect entertainment for 8 year olds.

Paris, because she was distressed when she heared Santa Claus does not exist.

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Fake Android The Interview app actually banking Trojan

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Re: Installing an app from a random torrent is definitely smart

Storing online banking credentials on a device which is also used for random non-banking purposes is definitely smart.

My coat is the one with the e.dentifier in the pocket.

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Re: How hot is that in olympic swimming pools or london buses?

Kelvins, pleeeaaase

A temperature of 25-28°C is 298-301K. So the Sun's effective surface temperature of 5770K is 19.2 OSP.

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

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Or ...

the North Koreans, paranoid as they are, airgapped themselves step by step.

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

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Weapon of choice

The pic shows two M-16 rifles. Not the AK-47 prefered by ISIS. And the guy at the front does not look as if he is happy to go to paradise.

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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>If I was Sony I'd release it free to download.

Indeed. Sony gets old and has forgotten their Judo lessons.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: A man after my own heart

In 1304 you used your fingers and brought your own knive.

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The times have changed

After his victorious battle at the Kleidion pass on 29 July 1014 the Byzantine emperor Basil II (976-1025) blinded about fifteen thousand bulgarian prisoners of war, with the orders that one man for each hundred be left one eye so he could be their guide. Blinding was much used at the time as the more Christian penalty because God-given life was not taken.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: Is the Register sure this is an IBM S390

One of my "prize possessions" just happens to be an (1) IBM valve. Picked it up on a scrapyard as a kid, should have taken the bucket full of them.

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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A matter of language

Switzerland is not a homogeneous country. Comparing The French speaking part of the Rhone valley west of Leuk with the German speaking part east of Leuk you will soon notice that in the western part the ladies are more elegantly dressed and in the eastern part the houses are better painted.

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GOOGLE is COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN

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Re: I like that phrase

I 'll use the acronym PIL from now on.

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Facepalm

Had Google to kill CAPTCHAs because it got too many complaints from real people who could not remember the 26 letters of the alphabet?

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Colourblind

Besides color vision deficiencies, which affect some 8% of males, the appreciation of a colour is highly influenced by the surrounding colours. Here the Banana PI background goes astray. Near the triangle the (R,G,B) values are (210,210,0) - i.e. yellow. The brightness decreases in concentric circles without change in chromacity to (152,153,0).

The lack of colour (chromacity) contrast makes it hard to judge the colour.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: I was looking for something in the GigaWatt range, for reasons.

5 mW is the continuous output. Pulsed lasers get to 10 TW/cm² and higher, 1TW=10^15 mW.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v424/n6950/full/nature01938.html

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DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS

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Trust

The homepages of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal do not pass W3C's Markup Validation without errors. So why should I trust their products?

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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In the old days

IBM offered to double the capacity of their punch-card machines. A technician would come along and exchange the pulleys of a 1:1.41 drivebelt. Problem was that the company charged the full price of a new punch-card machine, because you could now handle twice as many cards.

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How Hollywood film-makers wove proper physics into Interstellar

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If

Nolan had also consulted a biologist, the slogan whould not have been "THE END OF EARTH WILL NOT BE THE END OF US.", but "The end of us will not be the end of earth". After all, life on earth has been thriving for billions of years without us.".

Beer because yeast will survive us.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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@proto-robbie

Sounds like a job for Joy Reidenberg, professor of anatomy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She dissected large animals like stranded whales before.

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080402/pdf/452525a.pdf

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ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member

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Whois netmundial.org

Whois info on netmundial.org leads to GODADDY.ORG (Scottsdale, Arizona) as its sole owner. So it is just a commercial setup to be ignored.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: water pistol

Better: have two water pistols as backup, one filled with a solution of sodium monosulfide and one with a mild organic acid.

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Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream

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For corruption checking

a 32-bit CRC is sufficient. You can even compute it with a look-up table.

Security is indeed an other matter.

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

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Re: Where's Uranus

Uranus, IJsselstein, The Netherlands. Estimated population 121.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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Re: lunar Mach number

The illuminated side of the Moon (not to be confused with the near side) is bombarded by the solar wind with 5-80 protons/cm³ at ~200000K. The velocity of sound in hydrogen plasma (not H2 gas) at 200000K is approx. 57 km/s.

So 3800 miles/hour is 0.033 in lunar Mach numbers.

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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

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Re: Shame

Over the decennia I had many bad experiences with WD drives. But they make several series (colours) with different MTBFs. Their high-end drives are reliable. Also Toshiba* claims a long MTBF for their drives.

BTW AFAIK the the quality of spinning rust is mainly determined by the quality of the ball bearings: initial submicron differences in diameter of the spheres have just to wear off.

* Pronounce with the stress on 'i'.

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

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Re: Good call

The video is here for all to see:

http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/10/28/nasas-unmanned-antares-rocket-explodes-o?videoId=346731881

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Local climate

All power consumed by computers from the 25W human brain to a 6.3 MW Cray XC40 is dissipated. This in contrast to chemical processes like Haber-Bosch ammoniasynthesis (good for 5% of global energy use) where a large part ends up in the product.

The installation of the HPC at the Exeter Science Park will influence the local climate which it is supposed to forecast.

Will this be the begnning of selfconscious computers?

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Re: How much weight...

http://www.aerofilmsystems.com/air-cushion-transport/air-cushion

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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An other way to make cars more fuel efficient

My late father improved the efficiency of the family cars, notably several Panhard PL 17's, by adding a retour pipe for cooled exhaust gases to the low pressure air-fuel mixture, controlled by a hand-operated valve. The pressure being measured with a vacuum gauge.

Increasing the pressure (and temperature) in the cylinders gave a more complete combustion for a wide range of loads.

BTW Panhard's forced air cooled boxer engines are not unlike aircraft engines with one instead of two sparking plugs per cylinder.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Tool use at Lockheed-Martin

At 41 seconds in the video you can see that the open end of a combination wrench is used to tighten a nut, how unprofessional.

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Re: Size

The substantial problems with the stabiltity of a magnetised plasma decrease with increasing scale. There is a reason why ITER is the largest experiment for controlled nuclear fusion up to this day.

A mass of 2*10^30 kg hydrogen by itself is sufficient to initiate a stable fusion reaction and solve all our energy requirements.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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No Undo function

I thought we had Twitter for that.

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