* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

604 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012


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


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.

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


Re: Someone called yesterday from "MS security"


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

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.

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



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.

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


I love

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

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



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.

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


Re: Black is Black

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

Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves



"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).

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


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.

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


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.

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.

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


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.


Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed


The toy had two settings

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

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


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!!

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


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 ....

Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks



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

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


Re: It may have competition

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

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


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".

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.

Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES


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?

Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse


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.

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


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.

Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins


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.

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


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.

It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists



"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.

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


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.

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


@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

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


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.

Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop


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.

Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop


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.

Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment


6,699 metres below the waves

6700m below the wave-tops.

Solved that for you.

How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections


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

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


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."

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


@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.

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting with stars



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

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


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?

LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth


@AC: Re: Banking

Be careful about what you wish. https://xkcd.com/538/

Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs


No place to hide

From the Malwarebytes's video is seems that the only places for the criminals to hide are Antarctica and the DPRK.

What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off



Why not chip all the passengers? They do it with cats. They never complain.

Have a go with this WW2 German Lorenz cipher machine – in your browser


Re: 3D Simulation

The virtual Lorenz cipher machine has all screw slots in the northeast-southwest orientation. I am convinced not even the Germans could achieve that.

FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald


C'est plus qu'un crime, c'est une faute.*

*It's worse than a crime, it's a blunder.

Need the toilet? Wanna watch a video ad about erectile dysfunction?


Pissing at at the Carnegie Institution

As late as 1955, when Margaret Burbidge, a superb observer, applied for a position at Mount Wilson , she was told that there were no toilet facilities for women on the mountain. With aplomb, she replied that she would use the bushes. Her husband, a theorist, was hired as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, which granted him privileges at Mount Wilson and Palomar. Astronomers looked the other way when she showed up at Mount Wilson to use her husband's allotted time on the one-hundred-inch telescope. He read books in the darkroom while she observed. (R. Florence, The Perfect Machine page 306)

China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs



what is the displacement of the latest Chinese carrier in average adult giant pandas? According to the World Wildlife Fund, pandas can swim ...

NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars


Re: A colour photo, please

Cassini's cameras, the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), provide far more information than consumer-level digital cameras because they're sensitive to all wavelengths of light between the near-ultraviolet and the near-infrared, a range greater than typical visible-light cameras. Each camera has a variety of colour filters mounted on wheels that select the range of wavelengths, or colour, for the camera to record with each image.

So there is no time to make (false) colour photo's Saturn's surface.

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology


Re: FFS...

Ketlan, I am not going to downvote you as requested, but ask you to read a book like the Linux Bible or UNIX in a Nutshell.

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard


Re: Piss poor service?

Once saw a garbagebag near my home with a label Intel Inside stcking out. Fetched the desktop, erased the letters of application (after reading) and used the HD ever after.

Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash


Re: make money from developing an EMP system

Nope. Prior art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9Zvpx9fFsM.

Battelle just shipped hundreds of DroneDefenders to Mosul.

Google's cloudy image recognition is easily blinded, say boffins


Inquiring minds want to know

when Google's Cloud Vision API starts to recognize an image with added noise as a snowstorm.

US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags



Why do I hear in all the videos the explosion simultaneous with the blast when the camera is at least several miles away?

BTW The battle of the Somme started at 1 july 1916 with explosions of two mines (11000 and 13500kg) dug under the German lines. They left a crater 98 ft (30 m) deep and 330 ft (100 m) wide.


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