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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Why oh why etc.

Because the Swiss are prepared to pay for their telecom infrastructure, 1395 CHF (1524 USD) per person per year (figures 2012).

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Happy

Syrian coffee

Travelling in Syria Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784-1817) mentions cardamom-flavoured coffee. It tastes quite well.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

harmjschoonhoven
FAIL

Re: Regina Eggbert

Vulture eggs have brown spots.

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

harmjschoonhoven
Meh

Re: Anybody know if the SLAs for Azure include chargebacks for loss of business?

Azure's SLA guarantees "at least 99.9% availability".

That is a downtime of 365.25*24*0.001 = 8 hours 46 minutes per annum.

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What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this

harmjschoonhoven

Just a personal feeling

The video of the moving kilobots gives me the same itchy feelings as looking at an anthill.

1024 must be above some critical number.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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IT Angle

Re: 512KDay

I will wait till the 2^19Day.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Sorry, too busy to check the details of the test right now but...

The test was done at atmospheric pressure (see my post above).

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harmjschoonhoven
Stop

Re: Anomalous Thrust Production

From D.A. Brady et al.: "Testing was performed ... within a stainless steel vacuum chamber with the door closed but at ambient atmospheric pressure."

So it is not rocket science after all.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon

A well-known astronomer instructed his teenage daughter to answer the phone at full moon to ask whether callers who had spotted a UFO had also seen the Moon.

This usually settled the argument.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

harmjschoonhoven
Facepalm

@Nuke

That I can read ElReg doesn't mean I can't read Chinese, all be it very slowly.

BTW the link leads to the video http://weibo.com/u/3957583411#_loginLayer_1405984877559 which suggests the hacker is using a mobile phone. The car is NOT moving.

May be there is just a little green man inside, you never know these days.

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

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Re: When I hear "saccharine Disney charm" ...

I was happy to see a large rubber hammer in the video at 2:35.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Stop

Re: Experimental Procedure

IMHO the difference between run-of-the-mill programmers and an ace is so large that the experiment is useless.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Are dildos allowed in Japan?

Dildos feature in the film A Lost Paradise after a novel of the same name by Junichi Watanabe, based on the true story of Sada Abe.

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Uh-oh... we guys are in trouble.

Guys & Grls, thinking about sex without interruption is the trick of choice to fool a polygraph lie-detector.

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'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

harmjschoonhoven

fossilised giant bird

picture or it didn't happen.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

harmjschoonhoven
Joke

@Allan George Dyer

"I think I'll get a set of keycaps marked \"Any\" for the next user that asks where the Any key is."

I always use the Ctrl key for that.

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

harmjschoonhoven
Holmes

Just a thought

What if the 'experiment' never took place and the publication was just a setup to see the response on Social Media.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

harmjschoonhoven
Happy

Re: 50Hz hum randomiser

A working UPS (not in stand-by mode) is in effect a 50 Hz randomiser.

That you are paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you.

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Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

harmjschoonhoven
FAIL

prior art

RFID (ISO 14443) working at a comfortable frequency of 13.56 MHz does what iFind claims to do.

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Patch looks like Microsoft FAIL, quacks like FAIL, is actually quite good

harmjschoonhoven
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Vista?

This cartoon was published 5 October 2011.

http://www.foksuk.nl/content/formfield_files/formcartoon_8213_db8567a8338658349c8c35c8062f9f6d8ac62b65.gif

F&S are not waiting for Steve.

"Here in Hell we are working for years ... with Vista."

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Drone-assisted Swiss construct virtual 3D castle

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Euro 6,500 for the software

and the Swiss will also charge you CHF 12.50 p.p. for entry to the castle.

The ticket office https://maps.google.ch/maps?q=Chillon&hl=de&ll=46.414135,6.927679&spn=0.001397,0.001725&sll=46.362093,9.036255&sspn=4.048684,7.064209&oq=chiilon&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=46.414323,6.927944&panoid=uk3RISu5fpUtobWCD6oEbA&cbp=12,183.92,,2,1.87 is discretely kept out of the 3D view.

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France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

harmjschoonhoven

Re: .everythingthatsnotacountry

What about country-codes .do, .mu, .nu, .tv?

https://www.any.do/,

http://muse.mu/,

http://lookbook.nu/,

http://www.heldenvan.nu/,

http://blip.tv/,

http://fora.tv/,

and last but not least http://www.nederland.tv/info/domainnames.htm .

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Hubble Telescope loosens Kuiper belt to reveal ICY BODY for NASA boffins' PROBE

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Give the Hubbles popularity

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is planned for 2018.

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harmjschoonhoven
Stop

Re: putting fission power sources in spacecraft

Not if 99% of rocket launches succeed. Nor if 99.9% of rocket launches succeed.

Now the failures only give a nice show and some smoke:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl12dXYcUTo

Astronomers can wait or a future generation will reap the results. Explore space, but there is no need to speed things up.

BTW the next tansit of Venus is in December 2117.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Re: Q: Is 0.999 recurring equal to 1.0

That is where L. E. J. Brouwer's mathematical philosophy of intuitionism kicks in. It simple forbids "Gedankenexperimente' as "0.999 recurring".

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About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

harmjschoonhoven
Linux

Re: Question?

Far more interesting than the drunkard's walk is a Lévy flight. This is also a random walk, but now small steps are interspersed with sporadic very long steps.

Wandering albatrosses use this search strategy on their voyages on the largely empty ocean.

Tux because it is also a bird.

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NASA spots new Mars meteorite crater

harmjschoonhoven
Happy

Re: HIRISE image...

I saw a dome until I viewed the picture with my head upside-down. The curious thing is I had no problem seeing the crater afterwards when I returned to my preferred viewing position.

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James Bond producers sign on for Edward Snowden movie

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Would need some work

'perhaps he could be afflicted with some medical condition that absolves him of his previous actions'

Young Snowden broke both his legs during infantry training and he was thereafter discharged from the US Army.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Scale independence

Julian Havel explains Benford's Law in Ch. 14 "It's a Logarithmic World" of his excellent book "Gamma, exploring Euler's constant".

BTW, Benford's Law also holds for binary numbers: expect the number of zeros to be double the number of ones. Try it.

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The weird and wonderful mind of H.R Giger is no more

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Wow.

You are getting old when you think police officers are getting too young.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

harmjschoonhoven

Just asking

Has USPTO also granted a patent to photograph a black cat in a coal cellar at midnight?

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

harmjschoonhoven

Return of the Mololov-cocktail

Surround vision is most useful in urban warefare. A shotgun or petrol bomb can easily disable an armored vehicle which relies on Oculus Rift goggles. In a 'real' war it will be knocked down by the first shell landing near the tank.

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McAfee chap is back in crypto-wrap chat app back flap

harmjschoonhoven

Security by obscurity

Secure encryption is only possible when the key is longer than the message.

During WW II "Die Rote Kapelle" used for its daily radio transmissions from Brussels to the Kremlin an antiquarian unpublished roman as its codebook.

It is unclear how Chadder shares its key(s), how they are generated and what they are.

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What's that PARASITE wriggling inside my browser?

harmjschoonhoven
Flame

No, it is not a PARASITE

Caenorhabditis elegans, including the Australian strains, are free-living non-parasitic roundworms.

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Boffins build billion-synapse, three-watt 'brain'

harmjschoonhoven
FAIL

@Kwabena Boahen: "you have to know how the brain works to program one of these"

The whole point of neural networks is that you do not have to program them.

You just train them to give the right response.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/22/google_boffins_beat_own_captchas/

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Re: A nasty way to go

Not if the sponges start with eating the little brains. They are the tasty bits.

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IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

harmjschoonhoven

Re: IBM's skeletons in the basement

May be the museum should show a realistic waxwork of an engineer oiling

the IBM machinery at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

IBM's German branch, the Deutsche Hollerith Maschinen Gesellshaft, was deeply involved in the running of the Nazi bureaucracy consuming 1500 million punch cards a year.

Read "IBM and the holocaust" by Edwin Black.

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Re: Worst take-apart video on the web.

Every demolisher knows there is always a hidden screw under the label, because the warranty is void if you remove or damage the label.

BTW I always use a blunt Stanley knife to open the box. It is safer and more effective than a screwdriver.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiyGVvA6KfU if you want to see blood.

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

harmjschoonhoven
Facepalm

Dorothy has no spoilers, so she will feel the full upward Bernouilli force of the tornado.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

harmjschoonhoven
Unhappy

One picture is no picture

Looking at mh370_satellite_image.jpg and especially a version generated with 3 iterations of cvErode(), the feature seems to be a freak wave. Only by comparing the image with scores of sumultaneous images of the surrounding ocean is a conclusion possible.

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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

harmjschoonhoven
Linux

ecma-international.org

It is a widespread misconception that C# and .NET is a Microsoft® thing.

These are ECMA-International standards (ECMA-334 C# Language Specification and ECMA-335 Common Language Infrastructure).

Due to this we have mono-project.com and xamarin.com (love it).

Ms is, as you might imagine, one of the currently twelve voting members of ECMA-International.

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Ethernet boffins get ready to kick off 400G development

harmjschoonhoven

What use?

Short distance 400G bps Ethernet may be useful for CERN, the Square Kilometer Array or have a roll as the backbone of a supercomputer. 'Normal' hardware cannot feed a connection like this.

In broadcast facilities underground tunnels with hundreds of parallel optical fibers are used. There is nothing wrong with that.

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Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

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Paid alternative

@ James 51

One.com's Cloud Drive is fine for me.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

harmjschoonhoven
Go

Re: Was it made in France?

I remember there was a French car (Citroën Traction Avante?) where the custom was to drive up a steep hill in reverse because the transmission of the reverse drive was lower than the first gear.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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GOLOX

Excellent advertisement by Nans Thomas, co-founder of GOLOX in Nancy, France.

You can hire their drones from http://www.golox.fr/beta/drone/, but you have to fly them yourself.

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

harmjschoonhoven

Glass

There is a historical precedent when Peter Dollond bought all the flint glass of optical quality that was available in the late 1700s.

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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@ Semaj

Let us not forget FB will USE the gender info. That is why there is no textbox.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Re: Coming soon, privacy masks

Makeup to fool face recognition is effective, at least against the native OpenCV cvHaarDetectObjects().

Examples: http://www.geekosystem.com/anti-facial-recognition/, http://cvdazzle.com/.

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

harmjschoonhoven
Coat

Re: Ironing?

One of the little pleasures in life is to put on a DIY ironed shirt while it still hot, out of sight of CCTV of course.

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