* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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To be honest,

it is not unusual if you point at a brandnew product on show at the IBC and ask whether you can buy it and what it will cost, panic will break out because it is only a (working) prototype. BTW the IBC and funerals are the only venues I visit with suit and (normal resp. black) tie. It helps to get answers.

Mine is the one with the inflatable tank in the pocket.

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Every one

may begin a war at his pleasure, but cannot so finish it. Niccolò Machiavelli, The Discourses, Second Book, Ch. X (AD 1531).

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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WTF?

Bah, moondust

I go for the Allende meteorite with real interstellar microdiamonds ****.

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

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A08155 Summary: Establishes the right of privacy and the right of publicity for both living and deceased individuals; provides that an individual's persona is the personal property of the individual and is freely transferable and descendible; provides for the registration with the department of state of such rights of a deceased individual; and that the use of a digital replica for purposes of trade within an expressive work shall be a violation.

Good heavens, do these people not value fine eighteen century Japanese erotic prints? NSFW

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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Re: Many organised cyber criminal outfits are Russian too

To quote Inside Cyber Warfare by Jeffrey Carr, They (Russian cyber criminals) don't ask who you are and why you are doing this. They 'll just break both your arms.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: How in it done in Europe

Dutch Rijkswaterstaat designed sophisticated crash cushions called RIMOBs in the 1980s. They are pre-deformed iron tubes which collapse like an harmonica on impact. At the time we were involved in making high-speed films of crash tests and I remember that my manager had a compressed RIMOB tube on his window-ledge which looked like a piece of abstract art. These and simular infrastructure saved many lives.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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If numbers count

those animal-righters should have themselves infected with malaria or an other Plasmodium species a.s.a.p., because that is the only way to make millions of these parasites happy and let them have sex.

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Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads

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Re: Again?

As Michael Faraday once said to Gladstone: Sir, there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it!' refering to new and dangerous stuff build for no other reason than that it can be done.

W.E.H. Lecky

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

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Re: You think we all wear bright orange all day?

No, but Thrianta rabbits have to - WWII and all that, you know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efJb9Xov4xU

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Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

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whois God

No whois server is known for this kind of object.

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Get an eyeful of the stunning galaxies near us in ultraviolet light

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if mankind Saccharomyces cerevisiae only gets remembered for one thing

this FTFY

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

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Re: There is no pole flip.

For the Chinese the compass has always been a south pointing device.

BTW two weeks ago bought a fine antique (19th century) compass made by Gebrüder Fromme G.M.B.H., Wien. ø 100 mm, resolution 20'. Enough to observe the daily variations of the Earth magnetic field.

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When tyrants pull on their jackboots to stamp out free speech online, they reach for... er, a Canadian software biz?

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Re: Right to information?

@horriblicious: The title of Ch. 3 of Jeffrey Carr's Inside Cyber Warfare PDF is The Legal Status of Cyber Warefare. It mentions

Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaties

The Antarctic Treaty System and Space Law

UNCLOS

MALT

The Law of Armed Conflict

Moreover we have the Geneva Conventions.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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All about TESS

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will seek worlds close to home. It is designed to spot planets orbiting nearby bright stars.

Read the story here.

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Re: to say it with that nice song from the South Park movie

To see Zuck as a reincarnation of Caligula is an insult to the Emperor.May be he is rather a reincarnation of Cesare Borgia.

A new Caligula will have his slaves dig at sites clearly marked as Nuclear waste burial site. No do dig here!.

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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ground test

prior art

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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@DougS: People are sensitive to polarization of light

People with normal vision can see the Haidinger figures. Even the degree of polarization of the blue sky 90° from the Sun is enough to see it, if you know what to look for.

Re orientation in general:

Alice asked the Cheshire Cat "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That dependes a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where --" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. "--so long as I get somewhere," Alice added. "Oh, you 're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Re: Spotted the deliberate mistake

@AC: A five sided/pointed shape is in fact very easy to make. Learned that in kindergarten.

http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/emt725/PaperKnot/PaperKnot.html

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Holy helmets, Batman! Bane-like mask lets you 'talk' to computers without making a sound

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Utter failure

Not compatible with Google Glass. Wait - we need more ears.

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Not one, but 20,000 black holes hiding in Milky Way's heart

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Re: Interesting

Did not know about SciShow, I just get all pressreleases from NOVA in my inbox. Moreover a few weeks later Nature drops on my doormat.

See here for a picture of the team and its Dragonfly Telescope. Warning: gender imbalance.

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Re: Free Firearms For All!!!

In the Stalin era the family of executed political prisoners got an invoice for the bullets used by the firing squad. Although it was only a few rubles, it was an humiliation.

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Indian comms satellite gives boffins back home the silent treatment

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Re: Wrong Priorities

India already educated part of its population to build nuclear warheads.

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Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

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So glad to see

the Tiangong-1 is not littering Point Nemo near the Knappschaftkrankenhaus in Dortmund, Germany.

Those still interested in rocket science might read ESA's FAQ on Tiangong-1 reentry.

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Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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Re: functional alcoholism

I 'll drink to that.

Summary of job ad: register headlines software writing technology successful scientists people neural headline familiarity engineering editorial developers create.

No Boffins? This must be fake news or it is ....

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Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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@TRT

If you were smart enough you could create an entirely innocuous shadow data centre, but CA is not smart. See how they walked with open eyes into the Ch4 trap about a Sri Lankan "client" without apparently doing any desk-research.

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Re: Too mild

Re: I'd suggest banning the Mercer family from any oxygen use.

You are not suggesting a few mg of Novichok, are you? Naughty, naughty!

BTW what is that Facebook thing they are writing about, I never visited their website.

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Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

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Re: Since when is currency clean?

When Picasso lived in Paris shortly after 1900 he was too poor to pay his restaurant bills. But his talent was recognized and on several occasions he took a 5 Francs note, scribbled on it, signed it and the value jumped to 50 Francs, enough to pay the waiter. If it would survive to the present day it could be auctioned for millions even if it had accummulated a thick layer of shit.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Re: Fucking idiots

AFAIR I changed the Desktop Background to a nerve-relaxing darkgreen with tiles showing in black I hate Microsoft - I hate Microsoft - I hate Microsoft in five-pixel high microfont for every Microsoft Windows® PC where I could do that.

MS gave me always the feeling I had only a teaspoon to hammer a nail in a wall, where UX gave me a toolkit with the lightest and most elegant tools to a sledgehammer.

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FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables

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Re: sample set is too small

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

On the other hand, after three days without coding, life becomes meaningless.

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Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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Re: Wendell should have offered

Dave 126 reminds me that I had for years a chromium-plated mouse treadmill on my desk. AFAIR, I finally donated it to the owner of a hamster in need of some exercise.

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Hansa down, this is cool: How Dutch cops snatched the wheel of dark web charabanc

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Re: grow a tulip whilst cycling

@Alan Brown: It can be done.

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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LEGO bricks

(ABS) dissolved in acetone makes excellent glue or thick paste. It hardens to the air. Use titanium sheet as non-sticking frame. Just saying.

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New algorithm could help self-driving cars scout out hidden objects

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Re: In the laboratory,

And even in the laboratory you 'll probably only be able to detect a anaesthetized white rabbit, not a black cat.

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In the laboratory,

where you have full control over the external light sources, non line of sight imaging might well work, but not in the real sunlit world.

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Spectre haunts Intel's SGX defense: CPU flaws can be exploited to snoop on enclaves

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@Mark 85

Physical access is total control.

Mine is the one with the Skandia T20 in the pocket.

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Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

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Famous quote

An intimate friend of Faraday once described to me how, when Faraday was endeavouring to explain to Gladstone and several others an important new discovery in science Gladstone's only commentary was 'but, after all, what use is it?" 'Why, sir,' replied Faraday, 'there is every probability that you will soon be able to tax it!'"

W.E.H. Lecky

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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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@AC Re: DEL & * catastrophe

bash shell ksh script (AIX UNIX)

FTFY

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Re: undelete

Some twenty years ago a not too bright colleague deleted a file on his Irix workstation. He downloaded from a Russian website a program that was supposed to undelete files on a UNIX system, but in fact was malware. It took our service department several days to restore some order. Fortunately the damage was restricted to this one machine and we mocked our colleague with the story for a long time.

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Winter Olympics website downed by cyber attack

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Re: Antarctica

Those sneaky penguins are just brooding on their nuclear bomb shaped eggs. They aren't afraid of anything.

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Related

I regularly receive emails in very large font, for the visual impaired you know, with at the end the text Think about the environment before you print this mail., which gets printed on a single new page if you dare to do that.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Universal Parking, Inc.

Great Sci-Fi story from Nature:

http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08969-w

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Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

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@John Brown (no body)

The index fossil of human civilisation (*) will be the bottlecap. Archeologists will quarrel over the distinction between, what we call, the Cola-Cola and Pepsi-Cola variant. They will also notice an association with concretions of hollow metal cilinders of seemingly standardized sizes.

(*) Mahatma Gandhi answered ~1947 to the question what his opinion was on Western civilisation: What civilisation?.

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New click-to-hack tool: One script to exploit them all and in the darkness TCP bind them

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"As with anything, it can be used for good or bad," the security researcher added. "The responsibility is with the person using it. I am not going to play gatekeeper to information. I believe information should be free and I am a fan of open source in general."

It is important to have an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Even after a century

hundreds of tonnes of unexploded shells are recovered and disposed of year after year from the battlefields of WW I in France and Belgium.

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Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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Ah, flamethrowers

I go for the real stuff: V1 on ice.

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Re: they missed s trick.

Sgt_Oddball how dare you say that. I loooove spiders, but I do not live in Australia.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Tokyo crypto-cash exchange 'hacked' for half a billion bucks

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They did not even get their tulips back - so sad!

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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While they are on it

the brightest and best can proof that π equals 4.00. Or if all fails the UK can make it a law (not valid in the EU, thank you).

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Boil?

@Whitter: I like to fry in Greek ILIADA virgin olive oil. FTFY. With a bit of hot curry powder. Yummy.

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Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)

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It would get interesting

if AI could suggest a sensible answer to the question Do you beat your wife only on Friday?.

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