* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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

harmjschoonhoven
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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harmjschoonhoven

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

harmjschoonhoven

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

harmjschoonhoven

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?

harmjschoonhoven
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

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

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

harmjschoonhoven
Mushroom

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

harmjschoonhoven

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?

harmjschoonhoven
Joke

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

harmjschoonhoven
Pint

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

harmjschoonhoven
FAIL

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

harmjschoonhoven
Mushroom

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

harmjschoonhoven
Coffee/keyboard

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

harmjschoonhoven
Alien

Re: Where's Uranus

Uranus, IJsselstein, The Netherlands. Estimated population 121.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

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

harmjschoonhoven
Meh

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

harmjschoonhoven

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

harmjschoonhoven
Mushroom

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

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

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

harmjschoonhoven
Holmes

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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harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

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

harmjschoonhoven

No Undo function

I thought we had Twitter for that.

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

harmjschoonhoven
Headmaster

Re: Higher level languages are easier to set up at the price of slower runtimes.

Higher level languages are easier to set up at the price of longer runtimes.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

harmjschoonhoven
Flame

http://[:naughty:]*adobe.com

I counted 137 links to adobe.com in the vanilla Adobe Reader9 for intellinux, but no links to adelogs.adobe.com or 192.150.16.235 ...... (killed it).

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

harmjschoonhoven
Facepalm

Re: Press any key

It is the Ctrl key.

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

harmjschoonhoven

Re: the price of personal data

The survey asked an equivalent of "If your car is stolen, what would be its value on the black market?".

Both stealing cars and using personal data for a purpose it was not intended for are punishable by law. In the later case f.i. CELEX:31995L0046 'Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data', Official Journal L 281 , 23/11/1995 P. 0031 - 0050 and national laws like the Dutch 'Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens' supervised by http://www.dutchdpa.nl/ .

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

harmjschoonhoven

@Dave Bell, Re: MP3 compression

You might have a look at

http://www.harmjschoonhoven.com/mp3-quality.html#listen

where you can hear what MP3 (the MPEG1 Layer III audio codec, as defined in ISO 11172-3) discards by opening one of the links in the table with dBA values. It is pretty horrible.

My impression is that MP3 leaves the sound intact, but compromises the emotional impact. May be a boffin with access to an fMRI scanner can do some research on this.

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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Pictures or it did not happen

For the Hubble Space Telescope image of the M60-NGC4647 system see Figure 1 of the article by Anil C. Seth et al.: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1409.4769.pdf .

"M60-UCD1 is the nearly point-like image in the bottom right. The discovery of a black hole in M60-UCD1 provides evidence that it is the tidally stripped nucleus of a once larger galaxy. We note that NGC 4647 is at approximately the same distance as M60 but the two galaxies are not yet strongly interacting. The inset shows a zoomed version of the g band image of M60-UCD1 with contours showing the surface brightness in 1 mag/arcsec2 intervals."

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Hollerith cards in the pocket

Just for the sake of the argument, 1 TByte of data can be stored in a block of 30 m x 30 m x 30 m of punched cards. Mothballs not included.

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harmjschoonhoven
Coat

Re: "you can still insert and play your very first commercially produced CD"

I remember a story form New Scientist that the very first CDs could not survive transport in the cargobay of an airplane, because the lower airpressure drew bubbles in the CD. Of course the problem was solved in subsequent pressings of CDs.

My coat is the one with the Hollerith cards in the pocket.

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Look out, world! Space Station satellite cannon has A MIND OF ITS OWN

harmjschoonhoven

The video is far better with the terrestial sound turned off.

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Russia: SEXY LIZARDS which landed FROM SPACE are all DEAD

harmjschoonhoven
Facepalm

Protection

So someone forgot to put on their spacesuits. Doing their business they were naked of course.

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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?

harmjschoonhoven
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

harmjschoonhoven
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

harmjschoonhoven
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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