* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

608 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012


China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom


Re: bribery in China

China has never had a formal privatisation programme. Instead, as Minxin Pei, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in California, writes in China's Crony Capitalism, decentralising the rights of control over state property without clarifying the rights of ownership gave those who rule maximum advantage to extract wealth from society. Rights of control have been separated from rights of ownership in China - and where ownership is uncertain, control is key.

With clinical precision, Mr Pei explains how corruption operates at every level, perverting each branch of the party-state and subverting the political authority of the regime. The party cannot mitigate, let alone eradicate, "crony capitalism" because, since 1989, it has been "the very foundations of the regime's monopoly of power", the author argues. The conclusion, he believes, is that far from saving the regime, President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive may accelerate its demise by creating divisions within the ruling elite even as it reinforces strong popular resentment of corruption. (Cit, from The Economist)

China's Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay. By Minxin Pei. Harvard University Press.

'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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Re: What about the Super Furry Animals?

The Woolly Mammoth?

CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics


Re: Next question...

Experiments to answer the question Does antimatter fall down? were proposed in A Catching Trap for All Antiproton Seasons. The question is simple and relevant. The experiment is very difficult to perform. Electrostatic forces will dominate over gravity for falling antiprotons and antihydrogen, which is electrically neutral, is harder to make and handle.

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'


Re: I sense political meddling.

@080 http://www.talkingaboutpolitics.com/crooks-and-fools/

Sitting in a century old steakhouse staring out at the Brooklyn Bridge thirty years ago Hank Greenburg (the pollster not the baseball player) explained an election that could only happen in the grubby circus of New York politics: Given a choice between a Crook and a Fool, he said, voters take the Crook. His theory was simple: You can predict what a Crook will do but you never know what a Fool may do.

America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack


Re: anywhere in the world

Is the U.S. at war? Sorry, that's classified.

Rosa Brooks, a former Pentagon staffer and author of "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon," argues that U.S. citizens and lawmakers should shake off fears of appearing unpatriotic to challenge the U.S.'s unchecked, unilateral and covert military activities abroad. If that doesn't happen soon, the United States may have to pay for the dangerous example it's setting for powers like Russia and China.

Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos


Re: Standard Units

And is she pregnant?

LinkedIn, Dropbox hack suspect named as Yevgeniy Nikulin by US prosecutors



let's do the calculation: a maximum jail term of 10 years for stealing 117 to 185+ million passwords is 170 to 270 milliseconds per theft. Admittedly time spend in American jails count double.

DeepMind boffins are trying to help robots escape The Matrix and learn for themselves in the real world


There was once a German professor

who had trained his dog to recognize slides with geometric figures. He toured from town to town to show the clever dog. Until one day the lamp of the projector failed and the dog still made the right barks; he was trained on the sounds the slides made when they were put in the projector. Something simular happened when neural networks were first used to train driverless cars. The side of the road was recognized not by the curb, but by green grass and the car refused to cross a bridge.

'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army


Re: You're supposed to peeling all those potatoes, not eating them!

@Captain DaFt: Sure,

Jain monks and nuns are not only strict veganist, both also avoid eating tuberous plants and roots as they are a source of life.

Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare


Since 2006

there is ongoing criticism of attempts to introduce electronic voting in the Netherlands. The most recent vote, the non-binding referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, was all done by red pencil on paper (at least by the 32.2 % of the electorate that turned up to vote). BTW, there are indications that some initiators of this referendum were more than inspired by Russia.

For an update on electronic voting see http://wijvertrouwenstemcomputersniet.nl (in Dutch).

US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down


We should not forget

the Huemul Project an Argentine effort to develop a fusion power device known as the Thermotron which also supposedly failed by lack of funds.

Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director


Re: What a very substandard article this is

Watch a chilling interview with survivors of the armed attack on South Africa's nuclear plant at Pelindaba that holds enough fuel for a dozen atomic bombs. Even just the first few minutes will give you a new appreciation of the risk we face.

With thanks to http://nuclearrisk.org/ for providing the link.

Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour


64.000$ question

What will the University of Edinburgh charge for printing the output? Did they make a deal with the printer ink mafia?

Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing


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


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.

Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES


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.

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


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


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.

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



with spiders or without spiders, bananas are radioactive !!

Salesforce Einstein: Enterprise AI breakthrough, or CRM Clippy?


Albert Einstein

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

BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon


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.

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


@ 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.

China gets the e-Gov love bug


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.


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.


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.

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.

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


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.

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


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

Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge



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.

Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps


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.

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back


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.


@Fungus Bob

Kilograms is mass, Newtons is weight. FTFY.

Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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Chihuahua in a haunted house

Ren & Stimpy


Re: the bell, book and candle routine.

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

Bees bring down US stealth fighter


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.

'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.

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


An fancy

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

Oz stats bureau deploys a bot to harvest Twitter IDs

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.

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


I am getting old.

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

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


Re: 500lb?

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


Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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?

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


Re: Terrible fates

Most people die after drinking water for about 70 years.

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


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.

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


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.

Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract


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.

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


Full circle

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

Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport


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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