* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

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Glass

There is a historical precedent when Peter Dollond bought all the flint glass of optical quality that was available in the late 1700s.

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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@ Semaj

Let us not forget FB will USE the gender info. That is why there is no textbox.

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Re: Coming soon, privacy masks

Makeup to fool face recognition is effective, at least against the native OpenCV cvHaarDetectObjects().

Examples: http://www.geekosystem.com/anti-facial-recognition/, http://cvdazzle.com/.

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

harmjschoonhoven
Coat

Re: Ironing?

One of the little pleasures in life is to put on a DIY ironed shirt while it still hot, out of sight of CCTV of course.

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Mass domain hijack leaves Reg reader angry with 123-Reg

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Re: What do you expect

LOL. From http://www.webfusion.co.uk/web-hosting/: Telephone support Mon - Fri, 9am - 7pm.

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Forget ski-jumping – Russians setting records in Sochi visitor hacking

harmjschoonhoven
Happy

Competition

Jeffrey Carr's "Inside Cyber Warfare" may be a little outdated. His Fig 13.1 gives Kaspersky figures on malware distribution by OS (2009?).

FreeBSD Total: 43 Trojans: 0

OSX Total: 48 Trojans: 11

Linux Total: 1898 Trojans: 88

Windows Total: 2247659 Trojans: 1232798

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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WTF?

I would be impressed if the autonomous convoy drove through downtown Peshawar and passed the Khyber Pass.

BTW no need for IEDs, a scarecrow or a bunch of strategically placed cardbord schoolchildren will stop the convoy. And a large mirror can confuse the ladar.

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Rosetta comet chaser due to wake up for final rendezvous on Monday

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Re: Poor little comet

Björn J.R. Davidssona and Pedro J. Gutiérrez find that the semi-major axis of the nucleus Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is close to 2.5 km, the nucleus axis ratio is approximately 1.4. An upper limit on the nucleus bulk density of 600 kg m³ is suggested.

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Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767

harmjschoonhoven
Holmes

Obvious

'they were bussed to the airport's terminal C where they were fed'

The obvious motive was to avoid the stuff that is served on board.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

harmjschoonhoven

A timehonoured interpretation

'They focussed on mentions of Comet ISON, and Pope Francis'

There is no need for time travellers. Just interpret the prophecies of Michel Nostradamus (1503-1566) in the "correct" way.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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Re: Came after the HP-25, so?

I bought my HP-25 in august 1975, the year it was launched (pun not intended).

The HP-25 was the first affordable programable calculator with floating point and scientific display, trigoniometric functions in degrees, radians and grads, statistical functions and much more.

Never returned the Service Card. Still going strong with new Ni-Cd cells.

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Click here to beat David Cameron's web porn ban

harmjschoonhoven
Linux

Re: Doesn't bypass BT Parental Controls

http://goawaycameron.co.uk/ should be Open Source and have the option to download a tar-ball with the source code. Do not trust this if it communicates with a unknown site or any site for that matter.

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ITU signs off network spec for personal medical devices

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Headmaster

@ AC 2013-12-23 01:16 GMT

... costs are lower OR ... is cheaper

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

harmjschoonhoven
Go

And I want

a filter that blocks all sites stating that pi equals 4, except http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2xYjiL8yyE

and all sites asserting that Stalin was a bankrobber and all sites asserting that Stalin has never been a bankrobber.

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Cryptolocker copycat ransomware emerges – but an antidote is possible

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Re: Money. Can someone tell me why it's transferred? ...And where's the NSA when actually needed?

@:obHib 'The big card companies, M/C, Visa etc. had absolutely no trouble screwing WikiLeaks by not allowing them to be paid.'

At the height of this so called screwing of WikiLeaks my state owned Dutch bank had no problem whatsoever handling my humble contibution to WikiLeaks.

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

harmjschoonhoven
Happy

One.com

The simple business model of One.com allows you to create a virtually unlimited number of CloudDrives with single or double encryption at the drop of a hat for an extremely low flat fee.

The only negative comment I can make about One.com is that the Earth spins clockwise in their promo-video.

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KILO-MACH SONIC BOOM probed in fireball embers of 1572AD SUPERNOVA

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Stop

not so fast

The cited Mach number refers to the shock velocity over the velocity of sound in a shirt-sleeve atmosphere and has nothing to do with the sound- or Alfven- velocity in the hot collisionless magnetoplasma of Tycho's SNR

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How the W3C met its Waterloo at the Do Not Track vote showdown

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Coat

Re: Any server / browser?

http://validator.w3.org/#validate_by_uri finds errors and flags warnings in a large fraction of webpages. Browsers have now 'learned' to handle almost all of them gracefully. Most errors have nothing to do with targeting specific browsers, but are the result of sloppy programming.

Even many homepages of HTML code generators like quackit.com contain errors (in this case 197 Errors, 89 warnings).

Mine is the one with valid-html40.png in the pocket.

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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FAIL

Re: 3584 x 1792 pixels

The full-res picture of the Ricoh Theta is 3584 pixels wide. 20/20 human vision has a acuity of 1 arcminute, 21600 "pixel" pairs in 360°.

BTW a poor man's way to take a 360° picture is photographing a Xmas ball. It works quite well in fact.

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Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

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Re: one-inch C Format tape

The main advantage of the C-machines over the BCN-recorders which we used before - and after - that was that the C-Format allowed single frame recording.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: Mmmh, punch cards

Therefore I used to draw diagonal lines with a marker pen over the deck of cards. In fact I still do this with unbound piles of paper.

Turn the sheets upside down, make all edges visible by repeated bending, put waste paper underneat, draw two oblique lines with a pencil.

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harmjschoonhoven
Happy

Re: Mmmh, punch cards

Therefore I used to draw diagonal lines with a marker pen over the deck of cards. In fact I still do this with unbound piles of paper.

Turn the sheets upside down, make all edges visible by repeated bending, put waste paper underneat, draw two oblique lines with a pencil.

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Explanation of the Mpemba effect

There is an alternative explanation for the Mpemba effect.

The thermal conductivity of water ice is two orders of magnitude smaller than that of a typical metal. So if the hot sample is capable of melting a frost layer on the cooling surface of even a few hundred microns (which is almost always there) and the cold sample remains isolated by a frost layer, the result may be the Mpemba effect.

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Switzerland to set up 'Swiss cloud' free of NSA, GCHQ snooping (it hopes)

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Stop

Re: land of cuckoo clocks and fine chocolate

Switzerland is accommodating 924 million tourists a year (2008, estimated) and the earnings from the export of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry is over 3½ times that of watches.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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Thumb Up

Re: obOfficeSpace

http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTXY6QK#a=1

Fishery administration officers use axes and hammers to destroy confiscated electric fishing equipment on the banks of Hanjiang River in Wuhan, Hubei province, China April 1, 2013 by lack of printers. ©REUTERS/Stringer

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

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WTF?

H.265

In the mean time the hot issue in the broadcast world is HEVC a.k.a. ITU-T H.265

or MPEG-H Part 2 (ISO/IEC 23008-2). See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/11/feature_wtf_is_h265_hevc/

and/or google "H.265-HEVC-Overview.pdf".

This codec will supersede H.264 in a few years time, just like H.264 superseded MPEG-2.

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Toshiba brings out terabyte laptop drive (yes), miracle enterprise-grade TLC

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600,000

Toshiba(*) specifies "MTTF of 600,000 Hours" for their MQ01ABD100 (1000G in 69.85x100.0x9.5 mm) and "Reliability: Load/Unload 600,000 times" for their new MQ02ABF100 (1000G in 69.85x100.0x7.0 mm).

Spot the difference.

(*) pronounced with the stress on the second syllable.

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A steam punk VDU ?

harmjschoonhoven
Happy

Re: Machina Cryptologica

For an illustation of the device go to

http://diglib.hab.de/drucke/218-25-quod-1/start.htm?image=00425

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harmjschoonhoven
Angel

Machina Cryptologica

Ah, a steampunk VDU. That is the Machina Cryptologica of Athanasius Kircher S.J., described in his book Magnes, sive arte magnetica (The Magnet or the Magnetic Art), Cologne 1643.

See "Athanasius Kircher, The Last Man Who Knew Everything" by Paula Findlen (ed.), Figure 11.1.

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

harmjschoonhoven
Black Helicopters

Dependencies

Building TrueCrypt from the tarball TrueCrypt_7.1a_Source.tar.gz comes with several requirements inter alia:

RSA Security Inc. PKCS #11 Cryptographic Token Interface (Cryptoki) 2.20 header files (available at ftp://ftp.rsasecurity.com/pub/pkcs/pkcs-11/v2-20).

An audit should take this into account. BTW FTP is blocked by my firewall by default.

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

harmjschoonhoven
WTF?

Re: you might see an ad for a nearby restaurant along with your friend's favorable review

If one or more of my friends-in-the-Google-sense has had a meeting with Staphylococcus aureus in that nice restaurant around the corner, this new "service" of Google would only give me the +1s ....

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New Terminator-style 'bots can self-assemble, leap, climb and SWARM

harmjschoonhoven
Happy

Robots vs. Humans

The talking heads in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aZbJS6LZbs (1108797 views) are not lipsync.

The M-Block robots in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOqjFa4RskA (76731 views) are, well, just cubes.

So the (fascinating) image and sound are OK.

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TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

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RE: 106 BBC programmes have been unearthed

The BCC apparently has 106 40+ year old videotapes labeled "Dr Who".

If they can find equipment to run the tapes - The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe may be a good start -, the tapes may well turn out to be unplayable and/or disintegrate at the first attempt to digitise them.

Conservation of magnetic tape is a serious problem. According to Sarah Everts

(New Scientist, 24 Aug 2013) some 200 million hours of culturally valuable audiovisual content is in danger of disappearing entirely.

May be we should equate digitising analog videotapes with baking Babylonian clay

tablets by accidental fire which conserved them for millennia.

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Dutch oven overcooked in World Solar Challenge

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@Richard Wharram RE: "vapor-driven vessel of low-countries origin"

Something like

http://www.liedjesland.com/Liedjes/Sinterklaas/ZieGindsKomtDeStoomboot/ZieGindsKomtDeStoomboot.htm

?

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

harmjschoonhoven
Megaphone

Re: The historical accident of little-endian

Arabic text is written right-to-left, but numbers are written left-to-right

in the opposite direction of the script (Teach yourself Arabic by J.R. Smart, page 33).

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Leaked docs: NSA 'Follow the money' team slurped BANK records, CREDIT CARD data

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Re: More proof

Osama bin Laden was not a goat farmer.

The bin Laden family made $5 billion in the construction industry, of which Osama later inherited around $25-30 million.

Upvoted you anyway.

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Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Stop that tape

HP mini's, I worked with in the 1970's, used 8-bit paper tape.

The reader could scan the tape at full speed and halt at a given byte by activating a magnetic clamp.

Given the kinetic energy of the moving tape and the speed of the action working on a small area the paper should be scorched.

What in stead happened was that the tape was clamped and a pair of shockwaves was send through the tape which dissipated without damaging the tape.

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Mystery of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

harmjschoonhoven
Headmaster

Re: Turing turning in his grave

@Lee D

Alan Turing was cremated at Woking Crematorium on 12 June 1954. Turing's ashes were scattered there. Otherwise Turing has plenty of reasons to turn in his grave

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Why data storage technology is pretty much PERFECT

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Facepalm

Not so random errors

In the 1990s the Dutch retail chain "Kruitvat" sold low-cost recordable CDs.

When a colleague showed me the physical location of the sectors where error correction was necessary a few months after recording, I could read "Kruitvat", exactly matching the logo proudly printed on the CD in the wrong kind of ink.

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Your own £19 Pocket Spacecraft could be FOUND ON THE MOON

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Stop

Littering the Moon

NASA uses a variety of methods to measure, control and reduce spacecraft microbial contamination for planetary protection purposes. http://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/methods

I am afraid that the PocketSpacecaft project as proposed will upset the delicate microbial balance on the Moon.

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTjQeELPI2HojUF8F69bJQrK0qLNhqRgpIC318bzqdj9zegjP5Naw

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

harmjschoonhoven

There is a story that a class of KLM stewardesses, first confronted with a computer mouse (I personally know a KLM stewardess who is quite familial with the animal variant, al least her cat is) tried to move them over the screen like a lightpen, a device predating the mouse.

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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

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Happy

Re: Thanks NASA

Well, due to the rotation of The Galaxy alone NEXT and earth with it moved 43200 million km in 48 kh.

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Re: Then there is another problem...

Hb. Chem.& Phys. 53rd Ed., E41 gives the velocity of sound in m/s at 25+t°C as:

Ethanol: 1207-4.0t

Water (distilled): 1496.7+2.4t

--> 37.5% ethanol, 62.5% water 1388+0t (estimated)

So Turing was right. Gin (and Vodka) are OK. Vermouth (16-18% ABV) won't work in a delay line.

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Young blokes blinded by video-game addiction: THE FACTS

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Boffin

Re: Cause and effect?

We need a double-blind test - definitely.

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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

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Holmes

The usual suspects.

Bytes 1274 to 1320 of http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/06/12/prism_slide.jpg (the first picture of the post) read

"Copyright 2007 Apple Inc., all rights reserved."

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Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi

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Re: Two weak spots

@Graham Dawson

Please, do not compare the WiSee technology, impressive as it is, with a modern radar system like that of the S-300.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-300_%28missile%29

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harmjschoonhoven
FAIL

Two weak spots

1)

"You always perform a startup sequence of gestures to get into the control system before sending the real gesture commands. The startup squence (sic) could be relatively long so false positives become rare cases. Such a startup sequence can also serve as your personal password."

There is no way to see you entered the RIGHT startup sequence before you send the commands, in particular if you are not in the same room as the WiSee enabled Wi-Fi router.

2)

"WiSee technology uses multiple antennas to focus on one user to detect the person's gesture."

There is no way to track a person.

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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Mushroom

Don't dig in the desert

" \"I hope more people find out about Alamogordo through this opportunity that we have to unearth the Atari games in the landfill,\" Alamogordo mayor Susie Galea said."

I thought Alamogordo was already worldfamous/notorious by the Pu239 from the Trinity test burried there.

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Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging

harmjschoonhoven
Boffin

Re: Give way to whoever's biggest.

Galaxies do not have to give way. They just attract each other - gravity you know - and merge.

Cars, other vehicles and pedestrians get their shape from electromagnetic forces and do not merge.

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