* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

604 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012


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


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.

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


Re: Thanks NASA

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

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


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.

Young blokes blinded by video-game addiction: THE FACTS


Re: Cause and effect?

We need a double-blind test - definitely.

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


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."

Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi


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.



Two weak spots


"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.


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

There is no way to track a person.

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


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.

Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging


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.

It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!


Tulip mania

Tulipomania is small fish compared to trading a company with 178 employees, including the cat, for 1100000000.00 USD.


Even in capital intensive petrochemical industry investments are in general below 1 million USD per employee.

Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours


Re: youtube ywfewbzmvrw

No in-picture timestamps (with eight minute ambiguity of course).

Degenerate dwarfs tear neighbors limb from limb



There are no molecules at a WD, that severely restricts the choice of medicines.

Only elemental iodine as a disinfectant comes to mind.

'Liberator': Proof that you can't make a working gun in a 3D printer

Black Helicopters

Re: But...but....

From the Dutch law on firearms (Wet wapens en munitie, translated):

"Category I 7° other objects that can form a serious personal threat as indicated by Our Minister or that look like a weapon appropriate for threat or extortion."

So no need for a Liberator here, just print your Walther P5 in soap and paint it black.

BTW the Liberator seems as good as the gun that exploded and killed James II of Scotland at the siege of Roxburgh in 1460.

INSATIABLE black hole in Milky Way's heart crams hot gas into cavity



The <real> news is the death of Herschel.


NORKS powers down whole towns to find pirates


Re: Surely that's untrue?

Can't you open most DVD-players with a paperclip and hide the contrabande?

Wait, in the DPRK the only people who have ever seen, let alone bend, a paperclip are probably army generals or nuclear engineers.

Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?


Re: OK...translation.

Obersturmbannführer (as in "Banner") not Übersturmbahnführer (as in "Eisenbahn").

See http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmbannf%C3%BChrer. Upvoted you anyway.

Space elevators, vacuum chutes: What next for big rocket tech?


Re: Feasible Space Elevators

Designers of Space Elevators should not ignore the Coriolis-force, unless they are writing a work of fiction.

Kissinger and tell: WikiLeaks scrapes 1.7m US diplomatic reports from the '70s


Re: Old news

Although (re)reading I.F. Stone's "The Hidden History of the Korean War" is very interesting.

iPads in education: Not actually evil, but pretty close


Re: I tried painting on an iPad - turned out to be load of Pollocks!

You should have sold the iPad at auction.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock:

In November 2006, Pollock's No. 5, 1948 became the world's most expensive painting, when it was sold privately to an undisclosed buyer for the sum of $140,000,000.

Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map


Re: Researcher sets up botnet

Installing software on a system you do not know and execute it on said system of which you do not know the purpose is a crime FULL STOP

Are your servers PETS or CATTLE?


Re: when they get ill, you get another one

Cattle get more care than dogs and cats that are dumped by their owners when they go on holiday. After all they are the farmers capital and are given names like "Betsy24" - at least in Holland.

Indian atomic boffins draw up plans for 50,000 TONNE magnet


Re: I had visions of...

The INO magnet will be housed 1300 meters below the carpark.

Moreover the Tata Nano has an aluminium engine ....

Is world's first space tourist Dennis Tito planning a trip to Mars?


Re: He isn't walking on Mars...

Why not just send a couple of radiationhardened ants on a flyby around Mars?

They 'll inherit the earth anyway.

Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock


Re: Original Image

http://curiosityrover.com/imgpoint.php?name=0173MR0926020000E1_DXXX shows that the image covers the path taken by Curiosity.

The object seems to be something the rover 'lost', deliberately or otherwise.

Google exec defends search snooping, location tracking



Citation needed.

Ten 3D printers for this year's modellers


Re: Cost

The problem is mass production: in 1986 the price of a Canon PJ-1080A Colour Ink-Jet printer (Made in Japan) was 2644.18 Hfl., incl. 19% VAT (equivalent to 1199.88 Euro).

The serial number of my PJ-1080A is 801057, but I doubt whether 801057 printers were made. The resolution was only 85 dpi.

May be converting it to a 3D-printer is a nice hobby project.

Chinese boffins crack cloaking tech for camouflage


Re: Bend light here and hey presto, your aircraft becomes a bird

The research paper mentioned describes calculations for a model working at a single microwave frequency ("wavelength 30mm at the frequency of 10 GHz."). No physical experiments were involved.

Jie Sun et al., "Large-scale nanophotonic phased array" http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v493/n7431/full shows a more interesting innovation from MIT in Cambridge Mass. working at optical wavelengths.

Viruses infect vital control systems at TWO US power stations


Re: @Destroy All Monsters


One backup is no backup.

Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

Thumb Up

Re: Ultra HD ≠ "4K" (3840×2160)

On IBC 2011 NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) had a demo of their Super Hi-Vision system (7680x4350 pixels, intended horizontal viewing angle 100°).

I was impressed and thought I saw the future of TV.

However when I compared the image on the 85 inch LCD with the lady in front of the camera, I noticed that the colour reproduction, especially of skincolour, was very poor.

First rigid airship since the Hindenburg enters trials


Re: 'rare and expensive helium'

"Hydrogen has twice the lifting capability [of helium] (H2 molecules are nearly twice the volume, and only half the mass)."

1) The lifting capacity is the difference between the density of air and the density of the lifting gas.

Hydrogen: 1.293-0.0899= 1.2031 kg/m3

Helium: 1.293-0.1785= 1.1145 kg/m3

(at 1 bar, 0° C)

2) The volume of H2 molecules is irrelevant. The number of molecules present in equal volumes of gases at the same temperature and pressure are equal (Avogadro's principle).

She's a beauty! Super WATER-RICH Mars rock FOUND


Re: Planet of...

Alcohol in space!

The detection of hot ethanol in G34.3+0.15 MNRAS, Volume 273, Issue 1, pp. 25-29 (1995).

Read at http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?bibcode=1995MNRAS.273...25M&db_key=AST&page_ind=0&data_type=GIF&type=SCREEN_VIEW&classic=YES

The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?


Re: I'm waiting for the black LED

The black LED does not exist as it requires a radiating body at 0 K, which is impossible.

Boffins build elastic wires with liquid metal


Re: resistance

Does anyone remember mercury?

Fill a rubber tube with mercury and stretch it. Measure the electric resistance and you know the length.

Used to have some interesting applications in medical research.

UK cops: How we sniffed out convicted AnonOps admin 'Nerdo'


Re: AC@13:46

You forgot the ignition coil between the car battery and the genitals.

Three little words stall UN's 'bid for INTERNET DOMINATION'


Re: three little words

"The traditional standard of clarity of a language is a cultural inheritance which should be carefully guarded. Language is one of the most important institutions of social life, and its clarity is a condition of its functioning as a means of rational communication." The open Society and its enemies by K.R. Popper (1945), Ch 12 note 30.

Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5


Re: Keep it going!

The nuclear energy of the sun comes from the fusion of hydrogen to helium .

The gravity of the sun with its mass of 1.989 10^33 g only provide the natural conditions for that to happen.


Re: Nice

The gears of a "knijpkat" - literal translation: "squeezecat" - make a sound not unlike the purring of a cat (Felis Catus).

On top of my "knijpkat" is imprinted: "MADE IN HOLLAND - IMPORTE DE HOLLANDE - TYPE 7424-03 - 2.5 VOLT - 0.1 A" with the Philips logo, the one with double-cross on either side of the channel, in the middle.

Modern versions with 3 LEDs, a rechargable battery and a crank are available (Made in China). Their plastic gears make a softer sound than the 1940's "knijpkat" made of steel and pertinax.

Behold ATLAS, the fastest computer of 50 years ago


Re: What are the specs?

The instruction set can be found here:



Re: Compute time was billed at around £750-800 per hour

"The word you're looking for is "computer", which is a noun."

In the pre-electronic time a "computer" was a lady with a quill pen. At Harvard College Observatory they ware paid $0.25 to $0.35 per hour in the 1920s.



Re: I'll get downvoted, but...

The problem is, if you use Dvorak over the weekend, you 'll have to adjust to Qwerty on Monday morning.

As far as I remember the Dvorak keyboard was successfully tested on a US battleship.

Granny upstages Microsoft, storms stage at Surface launch



The guard could be floored by the Taiwanese lady at 0:14. Every woman should be able to defend herself. My mother learned Ju-Jutsu during WW II and practised the ticks half a century later.

http://www.utrecht.nl/images/DWS/Overvecht/PDF/Dreefnieuws/Dreefnieuws_oktober_2012.pdf (pp 12,13 in Dutch).

Big Blue bigwig: Tiny processor knobs can't shrink forever


Re: Christoph

Muons are unstable leptons. Laws of physics ....

Will computer-users be happy if their CPUs disintegrates within 2.2 µS ?

Delivering them from China at 0.999....c would help due to relativistic effects, but create I/O problems.

'Replace crypto-couple Alice and Bob with Sita and Rama'


Re: A lot of hostility here

@AC at 11:52 GMT

Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili a.k.a. Stalin HAD a religion

after he lost his faith at the Tiflis seminary in 1896: Marxism.

He always has seen himself as special and deified himself

with unimaginable consequences.

Vid. "Young Stalin" by Simon S. Montefiore, page 66.

NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past


Re: each and every dot is an entire galaxy

The 'starry' dot near the center of the righthand lower quarter of the image is a foreground star in 'our own' galaxy.

Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off


@frank ly

The big red blob on the end is there because swiss trains depart on time - sekundengenau.

Gigantic Roman bathtime-fun mosaic found under Turkish field


Re: Antiochia ad Cragnum

The Holy Hand Grenade was invented by Kallinikos in Lycia, southeastern Anatolia in the year 6163 since the creation.

Edward N. Luttwak, The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Enpire, page 324.


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