* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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Re: Not that hard actually.

It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1

Unless of course you were an IRIS/AIX, X11/Motif user.

Amiga came before that. Graphical calculations line by line while the video was displayed - very clever. Never touched a Mac AFAIR. In 1986 my boss gave me a Torch XXX System V with TopDraw graphics - list price £ 7674 - to play with ....

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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Re: Playing the analogy game.

Geenstijl would be delighted to publish the location of an arms cash - it is their business. Geenstijl is owned by the Telegraaf Media Groep. The Telegraaf tabloid is notorious in the Dutch printed media landscape and could during the later part of the German occupation (1944) be qualified as a pro-SS paper http://weblogs.nrc.nl/media/2009/10/14/was-de-telegraaf-fout-in-de-oorlog/.

One of their latest tricks is their attempt to destabilize the relation between the EU and the Ukraine http://www.reuters.com/article/us-dutch-ukraine-vote-idUSKCN0UN0HR20160109.

An informed man counts for two.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: OS-X and Linux vulnerabilities

Admittedly a little out of date: Jeffrey Carr, Inside Cyber Warfare (2010) page 193 Kaspersky figures on malware distribution by OS

Linux: total 1898, 88 trojans

FreeBSD: total 43, 0 trojans

SunOs/Solaris: total 119, 3 trojans

Unix: total 212, 3 trojans

OSX: total 48, 11 trojans

Windows: total 2247659, 1232798 trojans

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Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks tough AI challenge: Beating a top Go board-game player

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Re: 2 of them?

Would they learn to get better and better?

Probably not. There are trivial 'solutions' to the game of Go, like filling (and emptying) rows or columns. The computers could decide that this was a path of least effort.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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Re: War machines that can be refuelled from the dead..

We will need dead horses for that.

In june 1941 the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union with over 600000 horses. Most of them died.

An unknown number of horses died during the battle of the Somme in 1916 with over 1 (one) million human casualties. And at least the German rations contained plenty of horse meat. Peter Hart, The Somme.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Re: There is no “safe drinking level”

Umber reports the casus of a suicidal nurse who injected herself with with 27 grams of mercury, resulting in a small mercury lake in her right heart chamber. She lived many years thereafter and died of an unrelated cause.

Sven Moeschlin, Klinik und Therapie der Vergiftungen, page 99.

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Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

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Re: Almost as exciting ....

An interesting simulation of moving dunes is Zhang's sandpile model. http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/11714.

Reminds me to upload a compilation to YouTube.

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Five key findings from 15 years of the International Space Station

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Re: cleaner auto ignitions

So did the Flame Extinguishment Experiment-2 on ISS learn us that automobiles in free fall are less polluting?

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Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

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Re: acid proof

Dutch "consumers" will between midnight 31/12 and 1 o'clock ignite on a buildup area of 2300 km² a large part of their fireworks on which they spend some 70 million Euros. That is except more than 45000 kilograms of fireworks confiscated by the national police force as illegal (like avalance mortars).

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Re: clear skies

Forecast is for all major Dutch cities. The sulphur comes from cheap imported Chinese fireworks.

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clear skies

Weather forecast for New Year's Eve: Clear skies with temporary dense SO2 clouds in the lower atmosphere.

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Crumbs! Stricken Kiev blames Russian hackers for Xmas eve outages

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Boring technical details

@thames

In 2011 47.6% of total electricity generated in the Ukraine was from nuclear power. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Ukraine. Besides the Ukraine has several large hydroelectric power plants.

Coal is however essential for steel production in the Donetsk region.

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Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

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Re: Shame about the paywall

The paper by Chen Sun, et al. Single-chip microprocessor that communicates directly using light is published behind a paywall, but the Processor Demonstration Video http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v528/n7583/fig_tab/nature16454_SV1.html is in the public domain.

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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Verifying photos and videos on social media

Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria - or, in fact, pretty much any story that's in the news, is an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media networks in particular are inundated with photos and videos that are either doctored or taken out of context. But although media outlets can't always be on the ground to verify every photo that comes their way, there are dozens of tools and techniques to help you cross-check images and avoid falling for the fakes.

From a 15-point DIY guide: http://observers.france24.com/en/20151110-observers-guide-verifying-photos-videos-social-media-networks

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

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Are the stamps

self-adhesive or do you have to lick to the dog's rear?

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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

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Re: What's amusing is that these security researchers blog is on Wordpress!

Don't know how insecure Wordpress is. However validating websites Proudly powered by Wordpress with https://validator.w3.org/#validate_by_uri give in most, but not all, cases a long list of errors and warnings.

For http://breakingmalware.com/vulnerabilities/sedating-watchdog-abusing-security-products-bypass-mitigations/

Warning at Line 113: The banner role is unnecessary for element header.

Error at Line 115: No space between attributes.

Error at Line 121: Start tag a seen but an element of the same type was already open.

Error at Line 121: End tag a violates nesting rules.

Fatal Error at Line 121: Cannot recover after last error. Any further errors will be ignored.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: My headstone shall say ... and he never joined Facebook

If you do that, it may after a few hundred years be the only physical reference to FB.

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Re: I wonder how many people have actually solved the cube?

@Martin, I had more or less the same experience. First I crafted a wooden model after just having seen an assembled Rubik's Cube. It did the job, but you could not turn it fast enough. So I bought the real thing and found a procedure which worked for 50% of the cases. On failure I just scrambled the cube at random and tried again. Eventually I lend my Rubik's Cube to a friend who was recovering from a brain injury. May be it is still in use in the hospital.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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Re: Humanity has clocked up just one.

This must have been the 2014 Darwin Award Nominee:

(19 May 2014, Arizona) The mummified remains of a man discovered in a Tucson manhole tell their own poignant story. In May the manhole was opened to investigate a fluctuation in electrical power. According to records kept by Tucson Electric Power the manhole had not been opened in the past five years, so the team that entered the underground high-voltage vault was quite surprised to find the dessicated remains of a man slumped near cut copper wires. In his shriveled hand was -- can you guess? -- a bolt cutter. An autopsy confirmed the obvious conclusion that electrocution was the likely cause of death. The date of death was set at somewhere between one and two years previous to the discovery.

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

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Like

Clemenceau's maxim War is too important to leave to the generals, passwords are too important to leave to the users.

Mine is the one with the passwordgenerator in the pocket.

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D-Wave heads for New Mexico

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Re: opimala?

0x6f70696d616c61. The Quantum Computer says so. It must be TRUE.

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UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil

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When conferences were in power

The First Hague Peace Conference of 1899 banned for five years the launching of projectiles and explosives from balloons, or by new methods of similar nature. 49 countries including the United States and major European powers signed the agreement.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Re: And when best laid plans fail?

This was eloquently described in the short story The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster (1911).

Describing the demise of a fictional underground society dependent on an omnipotent global "Machine". A good read at any temperature.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

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Hand-crafted in Germany

For the price of one Sennheiser Orpheus you can get a front-row subscription to the Berliner Philharmoniker for two persons for the next 63 years.

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

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Required reading

How to Shit in the Woods

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Cassini probe teases with intimate Enceladus snaps

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soft focus

The image on elreg with size 648x622 is probably an enlarged thumbnail. The Cassini Imaging Science System consists of two framing cameras with CCD detectors with a 1024 square array of pixels.

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Acne in Spaaaace

One more reason not to send teenagers to the ISS.

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Get James Bond in here: 13 million account passwords plundered from 000webhost

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Re: Ummmm........

..... with admin address (or POB) in Scottsdale Arizona, somewhere between Danny's Family Car Wash and Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center.

May be they robbed the bank themselves. At least there is nothing that contradicts that there was no outside hacker involved.

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Trio nailed in US for smuggling $30m of microchips into Russia

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Re: Can't just anyone order just about anything on the internet nowadays?

As a decent European citizen who has nothing to hide I could not buy a Casio Protrek PAG240T-7 Altimeter Watch from Amazon USA.

There was a problem with some of the items in your order ... The following types of items can't be shipped to buyers outside the U.S.: video games, toy and baby items, electronics, cameras and photo items, tools and hardware, kitchenware and housewares, sporting goods and outdoor equipment, software, and computers.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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Re: Is it just me?

BTW the bridge in the background was probably designed with a slide rule.

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GCHQ to pore over blueprints of Chinese built Brit nuke plants

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WTF?

Nothing to be seen here

The Chinese and French Hinkley's owners will get a guaranteed price for the electricity generated, subsidized by the British consumers.

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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

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Re: Prosecute the perps

And in other news: The Turkish airforce today shot down their first drone in anger.

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Cybercrime bazaars: What's for sale in the online underworld?

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Medical data

The PDF mentions blackmail involving medical data, missing is the fact that your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market ( Caroline Humer and Jim Finkle, reuters.com 09/24/2014 ).

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Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: Pray all goes well.

But should we make te sign of the cross in the traditional Russian Orthodox way with two fingers or with three fingers as introduced by Patriach Nikon in the 1650's?

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

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Re: Etherkiller

At the time I worked at the National Broadcast Center in the Netherlands we had a BNC-killer. From time to time it would resurface and anybody who saw it said Hum, that looks dangerous and nothing happened.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Re: Would love to hear more from him

You could try ADVANCED QUANTUM MECHANICS

Lecture notes by Professor F. J. Dyson, Cornell University 1951.

http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0608140.pdf

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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

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Re: On time, On budget, Working...

van Solingen and Berghout distinguish 4 dimensions: People, Quality, Cost and Time. You cannot sacifice one without paying with the other.

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Let them read the book

The Thrilling Adventures Of Lovelace and Babbage, a graphic novel by Sydney Padua, more fun than playing with Lego.

BTW The only nice thing about Lego is that it dissolves in acetone.

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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Psssssst....

My bookseller told me The Hut Six Story by G. Welchman & M.M. Baldwin

may be in reprint. Mine is the one with the book in the pocket.

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Global productivity explodes as Facebook's service takes a dive

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We are doomed.

No FB in the North Sea.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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The other ball

Someone should take a large gobstopper and give it a daily sugar coating for 40 years. Smells better too.

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Bookworms' Weston mecca: The Oxford institution with a Swindon secret

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Re: precautions against bookworms

The Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana has its unique pseudoscorpion species to handle that. Don't know about the Bodleian.

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

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Re: Paving Slab Construction

No cement dust here. I can only mention my neighbours PC full of perfumed cat hair.

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RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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RFID detector detector

RFID tags are passive until activated by an RFID detector. So I build an RFID detector detector. A simple 13.56 MHz receiver, a voltagecomparator and a bleeper. Fun to see the panic of the ticket collector when you approach their RFID reader with the device.

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Re: Tagless T-Shirts

Amazon Indians solved that for you. They wear their T-shirts inside-out back-to-front, to proudly show its most interesting detail: the manufacturers label.

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Re: Pairing socks?

@Fraggle850: My socks are not are not the same. One has a large R on it, the other a large L. It brings bad luck if I pick two lefties or - even worse - two right socks.

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MYSTERIES of remote ICE WORLD PLUTO: New pics BAMBOOZLE boffins

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Re: I wonder what the skiing is like!

Great skiing resort. Gravity a little more than 1/20, atmospheric pressure roughly 10-6 to 10-5 that on Earth with occasional strong winds. But bring your own radioisotopic bodywarmer.

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Attention sysadmins! Here’s how to dodge bullets in a post-Ashley Madison world

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Do you drive a car?

What is the chassis number?

FTFY

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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Re: Calling all conspiracy theorists..

@Roland6

Present owner of 191.232.139.253 is Microsoft Informatica Ltda. country: BR.

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