* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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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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FAIL

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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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Re: Bigendian vs. Littleendian

TIFF solved that, at least for cat-pictures.

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

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Sex?

Those nerds were only fiddling with male and female connectors.

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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First do your watermarking

"The KODAKOne image rights management platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. ... KODAKOne platform provides continual web crawling in order to monitor and protect the IP of the images registered in the KODAKOne system"

But the only useful way to track the IP of images is to watermark them in a way that is both unobtrusive and robust against all kind of image processing including rescaling, cropping, distortions and compression. And we know that is feasible.

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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@ I ain't Spartacus

Dear Mr. S., the little woodbird makes his/her performance in Richard Wagner's opera Siegfried, not in Die Walküre.

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Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

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The procedure

to follow is to subtract the "recognized" object from the image until no object is found above a certain threshold. In that case the banana will be found after the toaster.

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First Allied submarine lost in World War One, found near New Guinea

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Cyril L. Baker

was the telegraphist aboard the AE1. Future marine archeologists can marvel at the early 20th century hardware as we do at the Antikythera mechanism.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: Dvorak keyboard

A Dvorak keyboard layout is fine. But stick to one keyboard layout. Years ago I had a Z-80 with a hand-wired Dvorak keyboard. That worked fine over the weekend, but on monday I had to retrain to the company QWERTY layout. AFAIR the Dvorak layout was tested on an American warhip where all keyboards had that layout with great succes.

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Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins

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What Force?

They are battery operated ....

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Kent woman to season festive dinner with her mother's ashes

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To outdo the lady from Kent

a woman in the Netherlands had a tattoo "Mother" set with the ashes of her mother, so her mother would always be near to her.

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Juno's July fly-by gave NASA a close-up of the Great Red Spot

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JUNO,

thanks for the images. BTW there is no muzak in space, even boffins should know that.

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Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids

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Zuck

has simply run out of flies to eat shit.

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Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

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Re: 'one that caused the calculator to return incorrect results if numbers are entered too quickly'

The calculator even gives the wrong result for 2+3. You learned the answer to that in school, didn't you?

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AI taught to beat Sudoku puzzles. Now how about a time machine to 2005?

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Re: Been there done that

Me Too. 2516 lines of C# code including an MIT expat open source license. Downloadable from my website.

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