* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: Repetitive, mind-numbing menial tasks are IMPORTANT

It's what stops uppity 2nd-line people from developing ideas above their station.

Bare Windows® gives me the feeling I have a teaspoon to hammer a nail in a wall. UnxUtils is a lifeline, Cygwin a must and WinBatch fun.

BTW after 10000+ day as UNIX-superuser I do not trust anybody with that power, including myself. Cmd.exe is more benign.

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Drones to bring DEBT FROM ABOVE in Switzerland

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WTF?

This will fit nicely

with garbage collection by helicopter as I have seen (and heard) in Wallis.

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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Sue first, ask questions later

Evidently plaintiff Susan Harvey used her Bank of America debet card without checking her account and/or changing her PIN when she found an unauthorized withdrawal.

See https://www.bankofamerica.com/deposits/manage/faq-debit-card.go:

"How is a debit card different from a credit card? You can use a debit card just like a credit card wherever Visa or MasterCard cards are accepted. However, when you use a debit card, the purchase amount is deducted from your Bank of America checking account."

"Where can I use my debit card to inquire about account balances, transfer funds or withdraw cash from my account? You can get these services at any Bank of America ATM across the country and at many ATM networks worldwide. Some services may not be available at non-Bank of America ATMs. Fees may apply for the available services at non-Bank of America ATMs."

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Ukraine conflict spilling over into cyber-crime, warns former spy boss

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No surprise

Russian intelligence has begun sharing advanced malware developed for cyber-espionage with cyber-criminals.

This will come as no surprise if you have read Bill Browder's book Red Notice or seen http://russian-untouchables.com/eng/.

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

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@Christian Berger

Almost all radiation leaks away if the microwave oven is turned on while it is empty. This can be shown with a 6 cm ø wireloop, a Ge-diode and an mA-meter.

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Re: Or maybe, just maybe...

A Roman emperor once held a banquet with 300 creamcovered virgins to lick off for dessert.

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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How it was done.

Chaplin was an obsessive perfectionist. Sometimes it took over a hundred retakes before he was satisfied with the result.

Charlie Chaplin demanded 'City Lights' co-star to do 342 retakes of one scene.

Chaplin Directing City Lights (1931)

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: Everything after the first 128 bytes remains untouched.

May be it is wiser to leave the first ten bytes untouched and encrypt the remainer. In that way it is possible to hide a needle in a heap of needles.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Re: The funniest I've seen...

@Robert Helpmann??

The bid to lay the cable ducts for the broadband fiber network in Belgium was initially awarded to to the lowest bidder. The snag was they thought to speed things up by not fitting watertight sockets between the sections of the cable ducts.

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Re: Are we all doomed?

@X 7

On april 30 1937 Westinghouse celebrated the completion of the huge structure of the 200" Hale telescope. At the occasion Albert Einstein asked Rein Kroon, the chief egineer, What happens if somebody makes a mistake in manufacturing?. Kroon answered We build it over again. Whereupon Einstein said My work is much simpler. When I make a mistake I just tear up the paper I wrote on.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Pictures or it did not happen

Boffins at work

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

The artist impression of Yawunik kootenayi

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

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Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

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Re: how much Galileo will cost

@John Tserkezis

The budget for the period 2014-2020 is 7071 million Euros in current prices. That is less than 2 Euros p.p. p.a.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Obligatory Dilbert

Regular application of dental floss at the intended body parts by all exhibitors will do even more to attract me to a trade show than high-heeled ladies.

By the way, extravagant shoes are not banned by RSA security conference new dress code.

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

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Re: next up - hosted AirCons

The Dutch heating season starts around September 1 and ends at May 1. In mild winters as we have had here for the last few years only limited home heating in the evening is required. Summer heatwaves occur, but are the exception. So a server/heater at home running 7/24 is no option.

However I enjoy unlimited tapwater at 60 °C heated by Eneco's district heating. HPC with hot water cooling can be one of the sources.

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Boffins bothered by EU prez's proposed science funding cut

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Re: Where do I vote?

The appointment of all Commissioners, including the President (Jean-Claude Juncker 2014-2019), is subject to the approval of the European Parliament. In office, they remain accountable to European Parliament, which has sole power to dismiss the Commission.

Directly elected by EU voters every 5 years, members of the European Parliament represent the people.

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On a positive note

"Given that the EU does not recognise the illegal annexation of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, under the terms of the Horizon 2020 Association Agreement with Ukraine, legal persons established in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or the city of Sevastopol are not eligible to participate. Should the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol end, the Agreement will be revised accordingly."

h2020-hi-list-ac_en.pdf

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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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Re: VLOS only

There are enough situations where delivery by drone with visual line-of-sight will be economically viable. Think the farm at the end of a dirt track, a mountain hut, a ship or an island or just any disaster zone.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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The proper value of pi

From Notes by an Oxford Chiel by Lewis Carroll, The new method of evaluation as applied to π.

In the early treatizes on this subject, the mean value assigned to π will be found to be 40.000000. Later writers suspected that the decimal point had been accidentally shifted, and that the proper value was 400.00000.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Re: -110V?

A Tesla-coil? 7kV AC out, for a starter.

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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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Boffin

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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FAIL

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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Unhappy

>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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