* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Boffins unveil 500TB/in2 disk. Yeah, it's made of chlorine. -196˚C, why?

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1200 °C

Between five hundred thousand to two million cuneiform clay tablets survived the millennia because they were baked by (accidental) fire. There is plenty of room at the bottom as Feynman said to store a huge amount of data on clay-like material.

Mine is the one with the matchbox in the pocket.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: The family snaps, gone in a flash.

There is a book about that. You know the things they make from dead wood. When We Are No More, How digital memory is shaping our future by Abby Smith Rumsey.

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Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract

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Fair weather models

Demos of high energy laser weapon systems are AFAIKS all performed under exellent weather conditions. I want to see their performance (and survival rate) in an arctic blizzard. Mine is the one with the Goalkeeper in the pocket.

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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WTF?

Full circle

The car is evolving from a horseless carriage to a driverless car with the intelligence of a horse.

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re: My God.

Article 13 of the Dutch law Wet wapens en munitie, 's-Gravenhage, 5 juli 1997 states: it is not allowed to make, transform, make for a third party, transfer, have available, carry, transport, import or export an object ... that in so far look like a weapon that it is fit for threat or extortion.

So in the Netherlands you can be arrested for the possession of a piece of soap that does not resemble an iPhone.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Yes, we can

LOL. Just Youtube adds simultaneously an estimated 18000 videos to be censored rated.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Later developments of the Molotov cocktail

The early history was IMHO correctly described by Kmiettinen. In 1968, when students and laborers almost toppled the French government, an improved version was developed by adding a layer of suphuric acid to attack priceless marble. Finally there is supposed to be feminist Molotov cocktail where the glass bottle is replaced by a cola-can which makes it almost harmless.

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Social Eating

reminds me of the film The Phantom of Liberty (Le Fantôme de la liberté, 1974) by Luis Buñuel which shows what happens when social eating becomes a taboo.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: July 29 .. ?

MS does not state "Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends July 29 2016".

See you in court.

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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Re: Bag of chips?

The Enfer of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France contains 2600 erotic and pornographic books dating from the 16th century to the present day. At an estimated weight of 800 g per tome this comes to 2 tonnes.

Keep playing with your punched cards, or your DVD for that matter. Old books smell better than punched cards.

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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

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Re: Every follower needs to pay USD $1 per month to charity

Every man, woman and child on the globe needs to pay USD $6.58 per month to fill the coffers of the Pentagon.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Re: pieces of buttered toast

There is no need to experiment with buttered toast. If the toast would land on the buttered side, it confirms Murphy's Law. However if the toast would land with the buttered side up, that only confirms that Murphy's Law holds for this kind of experiment. QED.

It is left to the reader to proof that this is a fallacy.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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just checked LiN:

found 2 posts.

1) Open Sourcing Photon ML LinkedIn's Scalable Machine Learning Library for Spark. Machine learning is a key component of LinkedIn's relevance-driven products. We use machine learning to train the ranking algorithms for our feed, advertising, recommender systems (such as People You May Know), email optimization, search engines, and more.

2) "registreer je voor het webinar met kenner Yorick Dokter" sponsored by Microsoft Nederland (never saw this s** before).

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It's not us, it's you: Boffins ditch supercomputers in lust for new materials

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@Bloakey1

Give me the cat for ten minutes and the hammer and I will sort the whole quantem super position thingy out in one swift blow.

Not so fast: Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that you can not control with certainty the momentum and position of the hammer in one blow.

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Cold space gas? Sure, supermassive black holes can eat that. Nom, nom, nom

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You can NOT peer through the ALMA telescope.

ALMA consists of 66 mirrors of 8.2 meter diameter working as one interferometer at (sub)millimeter wavelengths. The 66 heterodyne receivers operate at 4K (-269 °C). ALMA is located at the uninhabitable Chilian Atacama desert at 5000 meters above sealevel. The operations Support Facility (OSF) where the primary observations are done, is located at 2,900 meters.

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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

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The Embraer Phenom 300

and other planes use avionics based on the Garmin G3000 system. That seems to be 100% GPS-based. The manual mentions GPS eighty times.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Re: Complicated permissions system + humans != security

But they're as likely to do it as the pope is likely to convert to islam. Pope Sylvester II came close to that after his visit to Córdoba.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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Re: Stronger than steel...

Hopefully they do not rely on the same contractor as the first high-speed fiberlink laid in Belgium - on the cheap. No watertight couplings were used to save time & money. That is, until they had to start digging when the first rain came.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: Fly agaric..

Sven Moeschlin's, Klinik und Therapie der Vergiftungen states that deadly poisoning by Amanita Muscaria is exceptional (2% according to Habersaat).

However consumption of reheated leftovers of edable mushrooms, even if stored in a refrigidator can be very dangerous. Prepared mushroom dishes contain enough protein to be a good breeding ground for bacteria.

Before modern times people had a very limited knowledge of foodpoisoning. Many cases, like the death of Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI) in 1503, which were attributed to deliberate poisoning, were probably a case of foodpoisoning.

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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Re: How did they manage to carve granite

The Egyptians used diorite for pounders to work hard stones like granite and quartzite. Diorite is a crystalline, granular rock consisting essentially of the minerals plagioclase felspar (white) and hornblende or augite (black or dark green); it may be either fine- or coarse-grained.

Making Classical Art, Process & Practice, © Roger Ling, 2000. Page 19.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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0 - 100mph in four seconds

For freight transport? I would not put all my eggs in thát basket.

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Fuel

So the RD-274 and assumably also the RS-28s will use almost the same nasty fuels as the Amercan Titan II. - Read Command and Control by Eric Schlosser.

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Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Best password advice I ever had?

I will never discuss passwords - full stop.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Re: Gateway Terrorism

Or they would have converted the chicken fat into some nasty explosives.

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Skygazers: Brace yourselves for a kick in the Aquarids

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If you missed the Aquarid meteor display

or just slept through it, you could try to observe the transit of Mercury on May 9 2016, 11:12-18:42 UTC.

Use binoculars or a small telescope to project the image of the Sun on a sheet of paper.Never look at the Sun directly.

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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Re: Must. Build. Big. Radar Corner Reflector.

The hi-res mode offers a resolution of 5mx5m. So may be you can build an array of corner reflectors and leave a message.

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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This

makes me sick, even from the other side of the herring pond. I can feel my kidneys already.

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: CIH

And just in time several viruses ("W32.Ramnit" and "Conficker") were detected at the German Gundremmingen B nuclear power station. It only affected the handling of nuclear waste. The reactor is safe. Nothing to see here.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclearpower-cyber-germany-idUSKCN0XN2OS

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: Well

Fishermen used to have a golden earring, so when they drowned and washed ashore the gold would pay their funeral bill.

The Loon balloon could have a bundle of dollars in a titanium box to pay for damages at the crash site. But then ....

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Re: from three 'double u's to one single 'm'

@Charles 9

In the 6th century AD the Roman script started to be used to write the version of English spoken at the time. But Latin does not have the W-sound. So that was written an VV, where V is the way the romans chiseled their U-sound.

(The compact edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, lemma W)

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

Mine is the one with UNICODE, The Universal Telegraphic Phrase-Book, Cassell and Company, Ltd. London, Paris & Melbourne 1897 in the pocket.

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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@John Brown (no body)

What about bats armed with napalm bombs?

FTFY

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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The NRC-Handelsblad newspaper writes (2016-04-21, page 3)

Selling PGP-services is not punishable. Nevertheless is the owner of Ennetcomm detained on Tuesday. He is accused of laundering. According to the police he must have known that most of his clients were criminals who paid him with money originating from crime. By accepting that money for his services he is guilty of laundering, is the proposition of the public prosecutor. (my translation)

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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@Robert Jenkins

CDs should be OK, at least

The data on (audio)CDs are not compressed, but in reality almost all CDs develop defects - think scratches - which are in principle masked by error correction code which comes with every block of data. In that case the information can not be restored to the original form, i.e. the data on a pristine CD. So it becomes illegal under the proposed Burr-Feinstein bill.

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Chilling evidence emerges of Kilocat weapon

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Suicide Bomber Bats

In fact the U.S. Navy experimented with bat bombs, not cat bombs. Ten- to eleven-gram Mexican free-tailed bats carried a 17.5 gram napalm time bomb designed in 1943 by Louis Fieser.

Researchers planned to pack the bats into five-foot-tall steel bombshells the size of a Standard 500-pound bomb. Each shell was filled with circular steel trays about one and a half inches tall, subdivided into small rectangular bat-sized niches and fitted upside down one on top of the other. Hibernating bats with napalm bombs attached to their breasts with surgical clips -thought to simulate the teeth of a baby bat- were to be placed in each compartment. Timing and safety wires connected each bat to the tray above and to the compartment walls. Strings two- to three-inches long connected the trays. On release, a parachute deployed and a mechanical device jettisoned the casing. Trays fell to the bottom of their connecting strings like an accordion and released the timing wires. As the deployed bat bomb descended into warmer air, the bats were expected to wake up, wiggle or fall out of their cubicles, and fly away in the process removing the safety wires and arming the bombs. Each shell could carry 1,030 bats. A twin-engined B-25 could carry twenty-five shells: almost 26,000 individual bat bombs. A Del Mar, California, company owned by entertainer Bing Crosby and his brother Larry was contracted to manufacture the devices.

Napalm, An American Biography by Robert M. Neer, page 48. Photo's after page 86.

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Kepler space emergency

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Kepler's second mission

Kepler, launched March 6 2009, was cripled in august 2013. A cat may have 9 lifes, a space telescope gets two or three.

Latest news can be found here.

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1,000 cats await stadium-sized sandwich bag launch

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You can not lift them all

NASA's 1 kcat balloon consumes ½ million m³ He. The global He production is only 175 million m³. The estimated global cat population is 200000 kcat.

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Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot

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Some light on the black hole

A 17-billion-solar-mass black hole in a group galaxy with a diffuse core http://arxiv.org/pdf/1604.01400 (PDF), published online 06 April 2016 in Nature http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature17197.html

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Black hole

Nothing to be seen here http://arxiv.org/find.

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

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Re: contributed some of their own dry clothing

@x 7

Yes

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Re: contributed some of their own dry clothing

But real mountaineers have rescue blankets.

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Re: Lucky to be alive

In regions where the population adheres to the Catholic faith she would at least be warned by the crosses along the path. In my experience these crosses also carry a helpful placard with the month of the accident.

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NASA discovers black hole here on Earth – in its software budget

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R&D white coats at HP Inc will make corporate ID into wearable tech

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@Dave 126

I've worked on sites where wearing a visible badge was part of the corporate culture.

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

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Re: Atmospheric entry

"If the debris makes it to the Martian surface, it's highly unlikely that it would survive the heat of atmospheric entry"

That very much depends on the mass of the debris. Dust, with or without microbes, will just drift slowly to the surface.

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Netherlands votes to splash cash on encryption projects

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Re: sarcasm

America must join forces with the rest of Western Europe and bomb them from the face of the planet.

We are prepared: The air raid sirens are tested every first monday of the month at 12 o'clock sharp.

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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Re: Sound Problem

Like the old Start menu, when you wanted to stop the PC.

When I was a student we had Flexowriters - Yes folks, Flexowriters, make a typo today and find it tomorrow. - and offline telex machines. One night I was alone, playing with a telex. But how do you stop that noisy thing? Whatever I tried, nothing worked. Finally it turned out that the telex switched itself off when you did not touch it for a couple of minutes.

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You say I mustn’t write down my password? Let me make a note of that

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Re: It's not a password, it's a TO DO list

The password is secret.

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NASA sets the date for Martian robot drilling rig to lift off

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InSight Mission Summary

See public lecture by Bruce Banerdt, InSight Principal Investigator, 1h25m15s.

http://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/webcasts/public-lectures/

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Electrified bird bum bomb shuts down US nuclear power plant

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Re: Oneupmanship

Or a Swan? Google Maps shows what looks like a swan (white, size 1.5 m) on the Hudson River near the Indian Point Energy Center. Definitely not a penguin.

https://www.google.nl/maps/place/Indian+Point+Energy+Center,+Broadway,+Buchanan,+NY+10511/@41.2708395,-73.9586827,21z/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c2cf53c87f192b:0x5caf08ed472a463

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