* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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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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Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

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Re: "Those seem to be working just fine"

Whether Kim's ballistic rockets carry any payload at all is a good guarded secret. The Soyuz is designed to lift some 7000 kg to LEO.

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Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

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A regular wristwatch

like Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin owned as a first-grader, a rare, expensive, and prestigious accessory for any age group in the time of postwar Soviet poverty in St. Petersburg.

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Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

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Re: Welcome to 21st Century USA - How about an unbiased source?

The editorial Act for Science by Rush Holt in the 10 feb 2017 issue of Science and numerous other articles therein, most recently Astronomers relieved as U.S. funding agency moves to keep Arecibo telescope operating.

Biased? Not if you want evidence based politics.

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

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Re: Backups

The problem is not to move the van. The problem is to fill the tapes.

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

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Re: as autumn weather turns to winter

Comparing the price of an iPhone X to the tariffs of budget airlines you might as well travel to the hemisphere where the sun shines.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: bomb on display

AFAIR it was the Science Museum in London that weighted the V-1 before they hoisted it up to put it on display to find that it had exactly the correct mass of 4740 lb and than realized that that included a ton of high explosive. Fortunately the V-1 was topped up with gravel to the listed weight instead.

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Not only birds

When there's no deer, or quail, or whatever it is hunters shoot up in The Dalles around, bored gunmen have been playing target practice with the insulators on Google's electricity distribution poles. It's so problematic Google's moving their fibers underground.

The fibers that are continually being shot down connect with Google's $600 million data center in The Dalles. It happens as soon as hunting season starts each November, so now a fed-up Google is building an underground path for it.

https://gizmodo.com/5644050/bored-hunters-in-oregon-are-regularly-shooting-down-googles-fibers

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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Re: Ah - museums

A couple of years ago the physicists at my uni got a brand new laboratory. The old building established in 1875 was taken over by the psychologists. Only then the huge cash of mercury under the floorboards was discovered.

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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Cat and Mouse

I say no more.

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Mastercard blockchain: Millions. Opening up the API: Priceless

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Re: Explain 'Blockchain' in one sentence...

A 15cm diameter iron ball has a mass of 13.89kg. Unless it is hollow of course, which would be quite fitting for a Blockchain.

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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Re: Avoirdupois

In 1676 Ole Rømer measured the speed of light from observations of Jupiter's moons as a little over three minutes per astronomical units. He did not know the actual length of 1 A.U. in Rijnlandse voeten, swimming pools (Olympic or otherwise), London double deckers or any other unit. For me 18.91 A.U. is still 157.27 lightminutes. Thank you.

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Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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Re: Someone called yesterday from "MS security"

@Chemist

I know him. He's the one that ends the conversation with "MøTHERF*CKER!!" after he realizes he is wasting his time.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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A good stategy

The old Tartars made their battle plans in two stages. First completely drunk at which stage all kind of silly suggestions were made. The next day when they were sobered up they made the real battle plan. It seemed to have served them well.

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Cost of Africa's internet shutdowns? $1m a day – quarter of a billion total

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@hellwig

But I suppose forcing Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, etc... to all bend to your will requires a massive GDP united CPC that no African country can match. FTFY.

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The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017

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I love

standards and I am happy that there are so many to choose from.

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Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

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Hm.

He suggested protest organizers might use this sort of technology to watch for emerging violence in order to defuse tensions, because violent movements tend to receive less support than non-violent ones.

We showed Omdat Mijn Fiets Daar Stond (Because my bike was parked there) until the box "The Amsterdam Police force used excessive violence against innocent bystanders" was ticked.

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Re: Black is Black

And red text on a blue background. Are these people crazy?

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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@Amos1

"Go back to pen pencil and paper no matter where you live." FTFY. BTW Russians love to write with pencil because it can always be erased with a rubber (and keeps working at -45 °C).

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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Re: How?

Do these fruit flies have a better fate than butterflies that are by the state of the art killed in a jar with potassiumcyanide and preserved for eternity by pushing a pin through their thorax? I hope the trained fruit flies are cared for until a ripe old age, just like chimps that were used for biological experiments.

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Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: Interesting factoid not in the article

Indiana Jones was based on the "archeologist" Langdon Warner (1881-1955) who stole manuscripts and Buddha's from the Dunhuang caves in China for the Harvard University Fogg Art Museum in the early 20th C.

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

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Re: GLASSES ... GLASSES ... We Don't Need No Steenking __GLASSES__!

Even better than a pinhole is using (half a) binocular to project an image of the Sun. Binoculars with a small opening are ideal. You can use photographic neutral density filters in front to prevent overheating. Put a white screen at some distance behind the binocular, focus and hey presto a nice large image of the Sun. If you are lucky (or wait 5 years) you can see the sunspots. Historically this was the way they were first discovered around 1618 by Christoph Scheiner.

Never look at the Sun through binoculars! Unless you like hospital food.

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What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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First gas, now TNT to open ATMs

Just saying

Dutch criminals for years used gas explosions to lay their hand on the contents of ATMs. Now these are better protected, they are starting to use TNT and other high-explosives. Articles in Dutch, the photos speak for themselves.

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/07/20/eerst-gas-toen-tnt-politie-en-plofkrakers-spelen-kat-en-muis-12139639-a1567270 Police and criminals play cat(!) and mouse.

https://nos.nl/artikel/2162190-plofkraken-met-pentriet-tnt-of-een-zelfgemaakte-bom.html

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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The toy had two settings

normal and exhibitionist. Unfortunately the default was ....

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US prosecutors demand data to unmask every visitor to anti-Trump protest website

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Re: Ooops

Off to the reeducation centre to be sprayed orange and made to study The Art of the Deal and force-fed a double portion of vanilla ice cream with chocolate cream pie through the nose!!

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Blighty’s beloved Big Ben bell ends, may break Brexit bargain

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No, no, no!

Re: "Downing Street this afternoon confirmed the 24-month deadline for reaching a Brexit deal will expire 'when Big Ben bongs midnight' on the night of March 29-30, 2019."

This must be surely be midnight Paris (Brussels?) time. Still time enough to negotiate about that ....

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Hm,

Having seen how easy it is to pick a lock, there is hardly a problem.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: It may have competition

It has competition, but not from brilliantlightpower and their ilks who do not know their QM.

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Re: Snopes: Hot Down Here

Two soccerfans ask themselves whether soccer is played in heaven. They make the promise that whoever goes first tries to phone home. One of them dies and his friends phone rings: "I have good news and bad news. Yes they play soccer in heaven. You are in the team playing next Friday".

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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No PC involved

There is an interesting story about an old US prison where the inmates protested against their appalling conditions by flushing all toilets in the multistory building topdown on cue of the chimes of a local church which they all could hear. The resulting damage to the sewage system forced the authorities to move all prisoners to a better location.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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I have no experience

as a sniper or otherwise. But I took the trouble to buy and read Einführung in de Lehre vom Schuss by Dr. Karl Gey and Dr. Horst Teichmann, Leipzig & Berlin, 1941. Printed in Germany.

Other publications from the same publisher Physikalische Denkaufgaben aus der Welt des Soldaten. Any takers?

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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To add insult to injury, observations have shown that the winds also slacken during a solar eclipse.

Mine is the one with an UPS in the left and right pocket.

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

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Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

First send a lot of stale pizza to Mars, then a bunch of German cockroaches. At least they are radiation hardened, less that 1m high and they don't mind if their food is stale.

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Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

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Re: That's the automatic warning system...

In the USSR of the Stalinist era the bereaved widow would automatically get a bill for the bullet with which her husband was executed. No advertisement involved.

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Facebook tried teaching bots art of negotiation – so the AI learned to lie

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AI take this:

For centuries the Dutch and German law of inheritance used the rule of Divide or Choose where one party whould divide an estate in "equal" parts and let the other party choose one of the parts. So knowledge of preferences gathered over decennia was essential, rather than negotiations during bargaining.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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Hm

"The process of regeneration is normally 100 per cent accurate - they never make two-headed worms in the wild,"

Two-headed Dugesia japonica can be bred with Praziquantel, a common deworming medication for cats and dogs.

What's even more surprising is that even after the ends of the flatworm were chopped off, it always regrew with two heads.

It would be interesting to see what happens if two-headed flatworms are regrown in a centrifuge. Russians grew crystals in microgravitity and in centrifuges with suprising results.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli said of the secretaries of princes, Il Principe (Florence, 1513), Cap. XXI.

E perché sono di tre generazione cervelli, l'uno intende da sé, l'altro discerne quello che altri intende, el terzo non intende né sé né altri, quel primo è eccellentissimo, el secondo eccellente, el terzo inutile.

There are three different kinds of brains, the one understands things unassisted, the other understands things when shown by others, the third understands neither alone nor with the explanations of others. The first kind is most excellent , the second is also excellent, but the third is useless.

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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@Aladdin Sane

Franklin's quote on Liberty and Safety was taken from a letter he wrote about a tax dispute between the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the family of the Penns, the proprietary family of the Pennsylvania colony who ruled it from afar. And the legislature was trying to tax the Penn family lands to pay for frontier defense during the French and Indian War. And the Penn family kept instructing the governor to veto. Franklin felt that this was a great affront to the ability of the legislature to govern. And so he actually meant purchase a little temporary safety very literally. The Penn family was trying to give a lump sum of money in exchange for the General Assembly's acknowledging that it did not have the authority to tax it. http://www.npr.org/2015/03/02/390245038/ben-franklins-famous-liberty-safety-quote-lost-its-context-in-21st-century

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Two hot Jupiters around two similar stars orbiting at similar distances look similar, right? WRONG

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Science is a bloke

"with tiny splashes of chicken soup lost in a straggly beard, and a distant, pensive look in his eyes"

That will be a fifteen century Moskovite pope then.

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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Re: Hardware nostalgia

It is now 2017 and I am typing this on an Silicon Graphics keyboard! Well, yes, running Slackware, not Irix.

I have once and only once seen a Silicon Graphics hardware failure. One day I returned to my office after lunch and noticed a strange smell. One of the two board of the IRIS workstation that I used at the time had to be replaced because of an electrical shortcut.

Another incident was when a SGI server that was used for MPEG encoding regularly failed because a RAM-module was ripped out of the machine while it was running, apparently without further damage. We got the cleaners who did this on camera.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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18+ years old

Many years ago I got involved in negotiations about purchasing an aging DEC PDP-11. The female computer engineer how was in charge of the beast was almost up in tears. And if we 'd asked her if she had wanted to marry it, she probably would have said Yes.

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Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment

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6,699 metres below the waves

6700m below the wave-tops.

Solved that for you.

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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Does the Electoral Commiss know how much the Russians Mercer spent on advertising on Facebook?

"It has emerged that Robert Mercer, a hedge-fund billionaire, who helped to finance the Trump campaign and who was revealed this weekend as one of the owners of the rightwing Breitbart News Network, is a long-time friend of Nigel Farage. He directed his data analytics firm to provide expert advice to the Leave campaign on how to target swing voters via Facebook - a donation of services that was not declared to the electoral commission." https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/us-billionaire-mercer-helped-back-brexit http://www.france24.com/en/20170228-usa-mysterious-billionaire-robert-mercer-played-crucial-role-trump-brexit-victories

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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Re: Why bother?

It already happened. The Slate mentioned that Donald Trump Jr. said in 2014 talking about the Trump golf courses "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets."

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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@Trigonoceps occipitalis: Re: Underground

And limit number four:

Physical: Do not spend more energy in safety devices (and waste removal) than the reactor will generate in its lifetime.

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Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars

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arXiv

You can download the full article from https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.08662 ; PDF.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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FAIL

The Blue Lion

is not a blue lion at all. It is a normal yellow one viewed through a blue filter. Don't they use PhotoShop anymore?

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