* Posts by Martijn Otto

436 posts • joined 20 Oct 2007

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

Martijn Otto
Joke

Re: "viable and tested emergency system"

Oh the moon landings are definitely real. On the video you can clearly see the curvature of the moon. Were it filmed on earth you wouldn't have seen it as the earth is flat.

Don't believe this round-earth nonsense people!

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

Martijn Otto
Trollface

Re: I could not agree more

Perhaps we can make this list by hashing al the ungood words and then having the runtime hash all the variable and function names and comparing them against this list.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

Martijn Otto

Spooks caught with hand in cookie jar. Cookie jars are now locked by owners. Spooks upset they can no longer steal cookies.

Oh boohoo, they have proven time and time again that they are unreliable little data-junkies with little to no regard for the privacy of ordinary citizens. Why don't they start by showing us that they know how to behave before continuing their demand for access to anything, anywhere.

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

Martijn Otto

They've done it!

The first true A.I.! The system is apparantly smart enough to recognize that there's no such thing as an innocent member of congress.

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Don't panic about domain fronting, an SNI fix is getting hacked out

Martijn Otto

Re: Or we finally switch to IPv6

I don't see that as an ugly hack at all. The whole concept of running multiple websites on a single IP address itself is ugly. If I remember correctly that only came about when shared hosting became a thing.

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Or we finally switch to IPv6

where we don't need ugly hacks like SNI.

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

Martijn Otto

It doesn't have a sim-card?

Then how can it consistently upload all the slurped data?

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

Martijn Otto

It's a conspiracy

by the manufacturers of noise-cancelling headphones!

Without kidding, though, I work in an open-plan office and about 50% of the employees here have good-quality headphones with active noise-cancelling, myself included.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

Martijn Otto

BRRVFS, or Big Remote Repository Virtual Filesystem

serve cold.

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

Martijn Otto

The Great Turkish Führer has spoken

Uber are destroying the economy. They must be eradicated.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

Martijn Otto

Jokes on you

Carrots aren't classified as fruits.

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Martijn Otto

Re: hang on....

You think we all wear bright orange all day?

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Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch

Martijn Otto

I'll wait

For Sailfish to become available for smart watches. It works extremely well on my phone and being free of the Big Bad Google feels very liberating.

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

Martijn Otto
Joke

Exciting news

This adds a whole new dimension to smoking. Now there is an element of surprise: Will you die a slow and painful death from lung cancer or are you going out in a fiery ball of flame as your "cigarette" explodes?

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Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

Martijn Otto

"the loss of Unity"

I wouldn't exactly call that a loss!

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Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

Martijn Otto
Joke

That's Brexit for you

If you don't want to be a part of Europe, you will be a part of Africa.

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Veteran NASA probe Dawn: Winter is coming on Ceres (sort of)

Martijn Otto

Re: The Expanse

I'd actually rather recommend the books. The T.V.-series - while good - pales in comparison.

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

Martijn Otto

Suitable alternatives

Suitable alternatives are already available. One such alternative is ammonia. Ammonia can be used as an easy and safe fuel by using a catalyst that splits up the ammonia into water and hydrogen (which can then be burned).

What makes ammonia such a good alternative you might say? There are a few reasons.

1. It can be easily manufactured, it only takes water and energy to create it.

2. Emissions from an ammonia car are only water vapor and nitrogen.

3. Energy density is good (half that of gasoline).

4. Conversion kits are available for about $1000

5. Cars can be easily made dual-fuel, so one could still burn gasoline when in necessary

Ammonia cars don't produce dangerous emissions (you could run it in your living room without any problems), they have good mileage given the high energy density, allow fast refueling and still allow you to take the car to places where you don't have ammonia available - so it doesn't limit you in any way. It's cheap to convert a car - so it's viable to people besides Elon Musk.

In addition, if ammonia cars are taken up, we could use the fuel manufacturing for buffering renewable energy. Say the wind is blowing very hard or the sun is shining brightly we could up the manufacture to absorb this energy instead of offloading it for sometimes negative amounts.

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The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

Martijn Otto

Sailfish

I have been using a Sailfish device. The hardware is vastly underpowered, but the phone is actually quite responsive. I have been quite impressed with it. Only thing you notice is when you run an app using the Android Compatibility (because there is no native app available) is that those Android apps are horribly slow.

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

Martijn Otto
Joke

Re: Software?

Well, obviously a framework of some sorts will need to be made in which a suite of applications can be created that creates an interoperable, secure system which forms the basis of national security.

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That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH

Martijn Otto

Super nodes?

That sounds like p2p, which is not what Skype is nowadays. Of course it's centralized and spy-friendly.

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

Martijn Otto

The Tesla Roadster

Now sporting free interplanetary delivery. Place your orders now!

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

Martijn Otto
Joke

Why do we need a rocket at all?

Just drive to the end of the world, take a picture of the great abyss at the end. All the proof you need that the eart is indeed flat as a penny.

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

Martijn Otto

Funding?

This seems like a no-brainer. There is a functioning satellite available to be used. In terms of bang-for-buck, it doesn't get much better than that.

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Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

Martijn Otto
Joke

Fails penetration test?

* It's a sex toy

* It's easily penetrated

Working as expected!

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No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

Martijn Otto

Role reversal

Looks like roles are getting reversed. Before Modi this would have likely never happened. Corruption and lobbying in India would have prevented this.

Likewise, before Trump, the US seemed to be going a sensible way, with net neutrality being a requirement for every ISP.

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

Martijn Otto

Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

Don't they usually have a capacitor bank for this? This energy is then fed back into the battery (or the motor).

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

Martijn Otto

Re: Corporate systems

Interestingly, this is exactly what the article describes. Sometimes customers can be stupid as well as foolhardy.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Martijn Otto

If you can afford the iPhone X

You can afford to move to a place with a more agreeable climate.

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

Martijn Otto

Re: Please enlighten me.

Where did you get the funny idea about the transaction costs? You are expected to pay a small percentage in transaction fees to ensure the transaction goes through smoothly. It will only ever be so high if you are doing a very big transaction. You can decide the transaction fee yourself and the average seems to be about 0.01 % nowadays.

To reach a fee of $ 40 with that fee percentage you would have to gift your wife something of $ 400,000. Talk about generous!

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

Martijn Otto

There is a very good episode of Last Week Tonight about civil forfeiture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

Shows nice examples of everything being wrong with this system. It's just not that the whole idea is bonkers and that you have to go to court to get your stuff back, the court dealing with this is sometimes run by the same people taking your stuff.

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FTC ready to give back tech support scamming money to the bilked

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Martijn Otto
Joke

Proud to be Vodafone

where we not only screw the customer, but ourselves as well.

Would you like some lube for your shafting? You'll have to buy it yourselves.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

Martijn Otto

I also have a Samsung "smart" TV. I bought it around 5 years ago, right around the time that the "smart" part was becoming the default. If there had been a cheaper TV with the same picture quality without the "smart" thing I would have bought that, but nowadays they tend to be cheaper.

Never plugged the network cable in, so I don't get any pushy "update" messages. As such, the TV does what it's supposed to do. Only minor annoyance is the fact that it takes quite long to start up, you can see the samsung logo on it (so the screen is ready) but it is probably trying to phone home - failing every time - and waiting for some response from their puppet masters.

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

Martijn Otto

What was the alternative?

Not making any calls during the extended period of downtime?

Wouldn't that financially ruin any telecom-company?

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Alphabet takes Euro antitrust fine in stride, spooks investors with rising Google ad costs

Martijn Otto

Google-free

I have gone mostly google-free. I switched from gmail to my own hosted email, threw away my Android phone for Sailfish and I use Duckduckgo for searching.

Life is good without the Google.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

Martijn Otto

I am still waiting

for the smart sandwich.

This smart sandwich will be made from materials that can recognize when they enter an acidic environment (say something like hydrochloric acid) and then break itself down.

This way it could be absorbed through a semi-permeable membrane. Wouldn't that be brilliant?

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

Martijn Otto

I don't know about stock Android

But LineageOS has an option in the developer menu to kill an app by a long press on the back button.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

Martijn Otto

Re: SQL Server for Linux on Linux on Windows

Obligatory turnoff

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

Martijn Otto

I think that when it comes to patching servers Debian has the best strategy. They backport security fixes so that holes get closed without affecting any of the functionality of the software in question.

This provides the smallest chance for problems. Because of this, I know companies who have auto-update enabled for their production servers running Debian.

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

Martijn Otto
Joke

Please

don't allow Samsung to use this new technique. I don't want a camera that can sting me before exploding in my face.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

Martijn Otto
Joke

Start a petition, of course!

Those weatherman should never get away with it!

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SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

Martijn Otto

Re: BBRs are go!

It's mostly an insurance thing. It's cheaper to launch a used rocket, some of these savings make it to the customer, which saves them money. They will likely need to pay some extra premium to their insurance.

If the savings are greater than the additional insurance premium it becomes financially interesting to use a second-hand rocket. It's likely that as reusable rockets become more common the premium goes down and the savings go up, tipping the balance more and more towards reused rockets.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

Martijn Otto
Joke

Re: Perhaps...

The fridge is just for testing purposes. We keep Bruce around for when the real deal comes along.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

Martijn Otto

Alternative solution

is to simply stop going to America. This is the option I have chosen. It does suck because I always enjoyed going to cppcon, which is now no longer an option.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Martijn Otto
Joke

Re: Not optimal ...

We cannot land on Europa. It is forbidden.

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

Martijn Otto

This is true!

Also, the UK gets plenty of sunshine, you just need a decent vantage point.

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Horror in space: Hot alien giant boiled alive by nasty radiation-belching star

Martijn Otto

Not possible

It's not nearly massive enough. For the lightest star, about 13 times the mass of Jupiter is required, which would yield a brown dwarf. This exoplanet only has 2.8 Jupiter masses.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Martijn Otto

If this ever becomes law

You can no longer bring any electronic device with you on a flight to/from 'Murica. The fact that it is outside of your control for quite an extended period of time means anything could have happened to it. It is, essentially, no longer your device.

Firmware updates, hardware keyloggers, anything is possible. They already require your bags to be 'locked' in a way that they can be opened by anyone with a master key (the TSA and anyone with a 3D-printer). They can thus do anything to your device without detection.

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

Martijn Otto

Re: Milspec

The end pricing is justified because there is a market for it. What if that component is part of a critical, multi-million-dollar piece of equipment. Suddenly you need to consider the additional cost of all that testing vs the additional cost the insurance wants if you don't use it.

The more expensive component turns out to be cheaper in most cases.

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