* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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May be, may be

colonization of Mars by humans get interesting after the first transistor is manufactured there from locally mined raw materials, otherwise the colony is doomed.

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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The real thing

One of my uncles ran an industrial washing service for 5* hotels etc. with rows of ~4 meter long W/Ms (and an in-house steam engine). They were switched on by pressing 2 buttons simultaneously at either end of the device by two men to prevent it chopping off a finger. Of course my uncle frequently found one of the buttons taped down.

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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

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Re: Don't forget the bikes

Like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfLJ876lXsQ?

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Re: Any chances of a youtube viddie showing us the awesome pyrotechnics?

I can only help you with a video of a Rolls Royce A380 Blade Off Test. The action starts at 4 min.

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Bah,

with spiders or without spiders, bananas are radioactive !!

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Salesforce Einstein: Enterprise AI breakthrough, or CRM Clippy?

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Albert Einstein

would approve the misuse of his name by Salesforce, as long as it is not a quantum computer :-).

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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It is the olde story

"There are three different kinds of brains users, 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." Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe (1513), Cap. XXI.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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@ Tom Paine

I do find it rather amusing to see people with fully open Fb profiles getting dozens of birthday greetings from people they only know online...

Worse has happened. On 21 september 2012 a birthday party in Haren published on FB got out of hand. The police made 108 arrests. The damage was 843000 Euros. The mayor of Haren resigned on march 12 2013 after publication of the official report on the riots.

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China gets the e-Gov love bug

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Re: Who will think about granny?

For our US readers: Water boards are since the 12th/13th century A.D. the elected (!) institutions responsible for regulation of waterlevels and maintenance of dikes.

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Re: Who will think about granny?

For our US readers: Water boards are since the 11th/12th century A.D. the elected (!) institutions responsible for regulation of waterlevels and maintenance of dikes.

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Who will think about granny?

The Dutch municipal governments, provincial governments, water boards and central government will make all services available online in 2017. Problem is of course is that not everybody is equiped to profit from this. In 2015 57% PDF needed help to use the internet.

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GitHub gets all grown-up with better code review, project management, etc

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Re: Octocat

May be you will find this Octopod less scary - or not.

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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FAIL

Re: the BBC documentry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Flying_ace, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4 was uploaded on Mar 31, 2008. You know what comes next.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: Impressive!

@Destroy All Monsters: The failed launch of a Long March 3 rocket on feb 14 1996 killed an estimated 500 subjects of the People's Republic of China ....

See also a chilling eyewitness report at http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/disaster-at-xichang-2873673/?no-ist

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Go

Latin

was good enough for the Pope and Desiderius Erasmus: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K (seldom), L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X and (in Greek words only) Y and Z. XXIII letters.

BTW one of the early proposals for ASCII was to to restrict it to CAPITALS only, like Morse code.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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Facepalm

Re: wrong hemisphere

As educated viewers will have noticed a significant number of rotating globes shown on TV and the internet are spinning in the wrong direction - i.e. with the Sun rising in the West. In that universe you may say that Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is at +37.813610, 144.963100. But it is still downunder.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Boffin

Re: Are there clear pola-lenses?

Nope. Pola-lenses (polarisation filters) will always block one of the two (linear or circular) directions of polarisation. So the transmissing is at most 50% or your pola-glasses are fake.

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Boffin

@Fungus Bob

Kilograms is mass, Newtons is weight. FTFY.

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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Chihuahua in a haunted house

Ren & Stimpy

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Mushroom

Re: the bell, book and candle routine.

The ancient Greeks burned sulphur (sulfur) to purify their temples. Much more effective than incense.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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Happy

Re: Brrrrr spiders.

@TheProf: Spiders are at least as useful as predators as bees are as pollinators and (except a number of Australian species) quite harmless to human beings.

A Zebra spider (Salticus scenicus, a common jumping spider) will actually look back at you with blue eyes and red eyelashes, when you take a close look - so cute.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Accidents happen,

so carry in hazardous situations or when working alone a safety device like the NIROS TX 606. It is a battery operated radiotransmitter with a range of some 300m, communicating with an automatic telephone alarm system. The transmitter is activated when the device is not held upright, i.e. if the wearer falls, gets an incapacitating electrical shock, etc., unless a reset button is pressed. A very nice piece of antique hardware, containing three mercury switches.

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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WTF?

An fancy

makeup can fool face recognition systems. It certainly works for against OpenCV face detection by Haar Cascades.

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Oz stats bureau deploys a bot to harvest Twitter IDs

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Big Brother

At the other side of the globe ...

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) has said that if the world would come to an end, he would go to the Netherlands, because there everything happened 50 years later.

However 46 years ago there was widespread protest against the general Dutch census to be held in 1971 fueled by privacy concerns, computer angst and memories of the Nazi occupation.

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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I am getting old.

My first asocciation with anti-vaxx is DEC's VAX.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: 500lb?

Presumably about 50lbs of shell and explosive, and 450lbs of false $100 banknotes

FTFY

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Paris Hilton

Irony is,

the best trick to beat a polygraph lie detector is to imagine the most vivid and sweaty sexual fantasies you can think of.

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

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Re: Firearms?

As an alternative you might fire a Switchblade ™ (at least in Afghanistan etc.). Works against drones as well as against local wedding parties.

Switchblade is designed to provide the warfighter with a man-portable, rapidly deployable, loitering munition for use against beyond-line-of-sight targets. This miniature intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and lethal platform can be operated manually or autonomously. Switchblade provides the operator with real-time video and GPS coordinates for information gathering, targeting or feature/object recognition.

* The vehicle's small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize, and track even at very close range.

* Switchblade is fully scaleable and can be launched from a variety of air and ground platforms.

* 10 km radius of operation.

* 55 to 85 kts.

* Precision strike with very low collateral damage.

* Back-packable.

* Tube-launched.

* Loitering munition.

* Effective against stationary and moving targets.

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Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide

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Childcatcher

Re: It's funny

"Putin isn't immune: he's squirrelled billions away himself". Er, citation? Evidence of some kind?

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/apr/03/panama-papers-money-hidden-offshore An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members of Putin's close circle fabulously wealthy. Though the president's name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern - his friends have earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-capitalism-propertymanager-idUSKCN0WX1MU Last year, Reuters reported that Putin's daughter Tikhonova, who holds a senior position at Moscow State University, is personally advised by some of Putin's oldest friends. She is also married to Kirill Shamalov, son of billionaire Nikolai Shamalov, an associate of Putin's.

Baevsky has previously attracted little attention. His connection to Putin was uncovered by investigative journalist Roman Anin who was conducting research for the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an East European media network. Public records show that companies co-owned by Baevsky have benefited from state construction contracts worth at least 6 billion rubles ($89 million) in the past two years.

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/russia-capitalism-shamalov/ The man who married Putin's daughter and then made a fortune. The story of Kirill Shamalov, the celebration of his wedding to the Russian president's younger daughter, and the loan from a politically well-connected bank that helped make him a billionaire. Kirill Shamalov, son of an old friend of Vladimir Putin, was able to borrow about $1.3 billion via a new company wholly-owned by him.

Etc, Etc.

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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WTF?

Let's do the sums.

Fig. A8. gives World's energy production as ~5*1020J/yr without any reference. World Electricity Production from all energy sources for domestic and industrial use was in 2014 22433 TWh = 8*1019J/yr or 350 W per person (including those living on less than a dollar a day).

Ever heard about solar energy?

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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WTF?

Re: Terrible fates

Most people die after drinking water for about 70 years.

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

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Coat

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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Childcatcher

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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FAIL

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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Devil

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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Facepalm

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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Happy

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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Coat

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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Stop

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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Unhappy

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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IT Angle

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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