* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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Re: I wonder how many people have actually solved the cube?

@Martin, I had more or less the same experience. First I crafted a wooden model after just having seen an assembled Rubik's Cube. It did the job, but you could not turn it fast enough. So I bought the real thing and found a procedure which worked for 50% of the cases. On failure I just scrambled the cube at random and tried again. Eventually I lend my Rubik's Cube to a friend who was recovering from a brain injury. May be it is still in use in the hospital.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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Re: Humanity has clocked up just one.

This must have been the 2014 Darwin Award Nominee:

(19 May 2014, Arizona) The mummified remains of a man discovered in a Tucson manhole tell their own poignant story. In May the manhole was opened to investigate a fluctuation in electrical power. According to records kept by Tucson Electric Power the manhole had not been opened in the past five years, so the team that entered the underground high-voltage vault was quite surprised to find the dessicated remains of a man slumped near cut copper wires. In his shriveled hand was -- can you guess? -- a bolt cutter. An autopsy confirmed the obvious conclusion that electrocution was the likely cause of death. The date of death was set at somewhere between one and two years previous to the discovery.

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

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Like

Clemenceau's maxim War is too important to leave to the generals, passwords are too important to leave to the users.

Mine is the one with the passwordgenerator in the pocket.

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D-Wave heads for New Mexico

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Re: opimala?

0x6f70696d616c61. The Quantum Computer says so. It must be TRUE.

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UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil

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When conferences were in power

The First Hague Peace Conference of 1899 banned for five years the launching of projectiles and explosives from balloons, or by new methods of similar nature. 49 countries including the United States and major European powers signed the agreement.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Re: And when best laid plans fail?

This was eloquently described in the short story The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster (1911).

Describing the demise of a fictional underground society dependent on an omnipotent global "Machine". A good read at any temperature.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

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Hand-crafted in Germany

For the price of one Sennheiser Orpheus you can get a front-row subscription to the Berliner Philharmoniker for two persons for the next 63 years.

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

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Required reading

How to Shit in the Woods

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Cassini probe teases with intimate Enceladus snaps

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soft focus

The image on elreg with size 648x622 is probably an enlarged thumbnail. The Cassini Imaging Science System consists of two framing cameras with CCD detectors with a 1024 square array of pixels.

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Acne in Spaaaace

One more reason not to send teenagers to the ISS.

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Get James Bond in here: 13 million account passwords plundered from 000webhost

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Re: Ummmm........

..... with admin address (or POB) in Scottsdale Arizona, somewhere between Danny's Family Car Wash and Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center.

May be they robbed the bank themselves. At least there is nothing that contradicts that there was no outside hacker involved.

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Trio nailed in US for smuggling $30m of microchips into Russia

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Re: Can't just anyone order just about anything on the internet nowadays?

As a decent European citizen who has nothing to hide I could not buy a Casio Protrek PAG240T-7 Altimeter Watch from Amazon USA.

There was a problem with some of the items in your order ... The following types of items can't be shipped to buyers outside the U.S.: video games, toy and baby items, electronics, cameras and photo items, tools and hardware, kitchenware and housewares, sporting goods and outdoor equipment, software, and computers.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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Re: Is it just me?

BTW the bridge in the background was probably designed with a slide rule.

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GCHQ to pore over blueprints of Chinese built Brit nuke plants

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Nothing to be seen here

The Chinese and French Hinkley's owners will get a guaranteed price for the electricity generated, subsidized by the British consumers.

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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

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Re: Prosecute the perps

And in other news: The Turkish airforce today shot down their first drone in anger.

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Cybercrime bazaars: What's for sale in the online underworld?

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Medical data

The PDF mentions blackmail involving medical data, missing is the fact that your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market ( Caroline Humer and Jim Finkle, reuters.com 09/24/2014 ).

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Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: Pray all goes well.

But should we make te sign of the cross in the traditional Russian Orthodox way with two fingers or with three fingers as introduced by Patriach Nikon in the 1650's?

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

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Re: Etherkiller

At the time I worked at the National Broadcast Center in the Netherlands we had a BNC-killer. From time to time it would resurface and anybody who saw it said Hum, that looks dangerous and nothing happened.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Re: Would love to hear more from him

You could try ADVANCED QUANTUM MECHANICS

Lecture notes by Professor F. J. Dyson, Cornell University 1951.

http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0608140.pdf

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Pitchforks, torches, and awful quotes – we read what Cisco's CEO said

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Re: On time, On budget, Working...

van Solingen and Berghout distinguish 4 dimensions: People, Quality, Cost and Time. You cannot sacifice one without paying with the other.

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Let them read the book

The Thrilling Adventures Of Lovelace and Babbage, a graphic novel by Sydney Padua, more fun than playing with Lego.

BTW The only nice thing about Lego is that it dissolves in acetone.

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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Psssssst....

My bookseller told me The Hut Six Story by G. Welchman & M.M. Baldwin

may be in reprint. Mine is the one with the book in the pocket.

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Global productivity explodes as Facebook's service takes a dive

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We are doomed.

No FB in the North Sea.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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The other ball

Someone should take a large gobstopper and give it a daily sugar coating for 40 years. Smells better too.

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Bookworms' Weston mecca: The Oxford institution with a Swindon secret

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Re: precautions against bookworms

The Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana has its unique pseudoscorpion species to handle that. Don't know about the Bodleian.

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

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Re: Paving Slab Construction

No cement dust here. I can only mention my neighbours PC full of perfumed cat hair.

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RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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RFID detector detector

RFID tags are passive until activated by an RFID detector. So I build an RFID detector detector. A simple 13.56 MHz receiver, a voltagecomparator and a bleeper. Fun to see the panic of the ticket collector when you approach their RFID reader with the device.

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Re: Tagless T-Shirts

Amazon Indians solved that for you. They wear their T-shirts inside-out back-to-front, to proudly show its most interesting detail: the manufacturers label.

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Re: Pairing socks?

@Fraggle850: My socks are not are not the same. One has a large R on it, the other a large L. It brings bad luck if I pick two lefties or - even worse - two right socks.

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MYSTERIES of remote ICE WORLD PLUTO: New pics BAMBOOZLE boffins

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Re: I wonder what the skiing is like!

Great skiing resort. Gravity a little more than 1/20, atmospheric pressure roughly 10-6 to 10-5 that on Earth with occasional strong winds. But bring your own radioisotopic bodywarmer.

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Attention sysadmins! Here’s how to dodge bullets in a post-Ashley Madison world

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Do you drive a car?

What is the chassis number?

FTFY

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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Re: Calling all conspiracy theorists..

@Roland6

Present owner of 191.232.139.253 is Microsoft Informatica Ltda. country: BR.

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Re: "you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned"

Dutch penal code article 69: The right to institute criminal proceedings expires by the death of the accused.

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Boffins: Spooky, spinning SPACE PEANUT butters up Earth with close flyby

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Re: How does it work?

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA19646

These images are radar echoes, which are more like a sonogram than a photograph. The views were obtained by pairing NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, with the 330-foot (100-meter) National Science Foundation Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. Using this approach, the Goldstone antenna beams a radar signal at an asteroid and Green Bank receives the reflections. The technique, referred to as a bistatic observation, dramatically improves the amount of detail that can be seen in radar images. The new views obtained with the technique show features as small as about 25 feet (7.5 meters) wide.

http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/2011UW158/2011UW158_planning.html

Image caption: Delay-Doppler images of 1999 JD6 obtained on July 25, 2015 using DSS-14 to transmit and GBT to receive. Resolution is 7.5 m x 0.5 Hz. Range increases down and Doppler frequency increases to the right. Each image contains 300 sec of data. The images span 2.5 h of the object's rotation.

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Watch leggy ROBOT INSECT WALK on WATER before JUMPING OFF

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Doable

The robotic insect produced by the engineers was able to exert up to 16 times its own body weight (68 milligram) on the water's surface without breaking through.

Jeez, we only need a raft of 270x270 of these critter to walk on water (380x380 in the USA).

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: It's very simple

It is very simple indeed, just read the Copyright Law of the United States of America § 107.

Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include--

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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More risks

Most minimally invasive surgery or "robo-operations" are performed under general anesthesia with a 1:400 risk of (minimal) brain damage. This and the general risk of an operation are not evaluated by Alemzadeh et al. Which does not mean there is no room for improvement since surgeons started in the 19th century to wash their hands before surgery.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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The third dimension

The tensile strength of steel is 80000 to 330000 lbs/inch². So the strut was probably only 1/8 to 1/32 inch thick. In tension it should have been strong enough, in compression it would buckle. The weight of the strut or struts was only a faction of the (AFAIK) 1000000+ lbs Falcon where every gram counts ....

BTW The timber in many old buildings is some four times heavier than necessary, because architects could not calculate the minimum requirements.

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Science sub spots lost Revolutionary-era SHIPWRECK

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And in other news

water is still wet. There are an estimated 3 million shipwrecks on the bottom of the oceans with a total area of 361 million km². So the average distance from wreck to wreck is 10 km and much less in the well-trodden shiplanes.

BTW, I am a fan of deep-sea exploration.

Penguin, because they love the sea too.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: Computers are afraid of me...

On wednesday 12 May 1937 the BBC had three cameras and one mobile video unit connected by 8 miles of balanced cable ready to broadcast the coronation of King George VI.

The Marconi-EMI equipment had all just been delivered and set-up the day before, with the television vans only just completed in time for the event. On the day of the coronation it nearly all worked perfectly first time with no problems reported from any of the three camera positions or the engineers being relayed the pictures back at Alexandra Palace. The problem that did arise nearly cost the entire transmission however. Just as the royal procession was nearing the first camera position a dryjoint in the vision relay circuitry in the control truck shorted out and the picture transmission stopped. Bernard Greenhead, who had been responsible for much of the equipment (including its installation and operation on the great day), took a guess at which panel would be the cause of the problem. Giving the offending relay rack a sharp kick with his shoe, the circuit was re-established and with barely three minutes to spare, picture transmission commenced.

From: R.C. Alexander, The Life and Works of Alan Dower Blumlein.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Re: Perhaps Hillary Clinton could offer some useful advice?

You know, that's probably exactly what gmail runs on (:

ftfy

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Very interesting story,

but the thing that scared the Americans about Sputnik-1 was that it was bleeping.

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Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

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Now the hard work starts,

naming all those surface features. Luckily the chance the number of people in the New Horizons team is odd is 50%.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: great series. when are you getting around to the rest of the planet?

Delta Works and Maeslantkering for a detour?

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Apple's chip, firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

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What could possibly go wrong with Apple's super-secure Homekit?

"Siri! turn on, kettle"

.... .... sssssssssssss Bang!

"Siri! turn off, kettle"

"Siri! put water in kettle"

Nooo, not in the smart-socket.

Yes officer, the frontdoor opens if you touch 12345 on your iPhone.

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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Re: change the photo

If you visit the Beemster you will see that "klompen" are the only practical footware in the "polder".

Nice photo BTW.

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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

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Re: protruding red chin

Hitachi EX5500-6 mining excavators (Bucket capacity: 29 m³ Power: 2*1044 kW Operating Weight: 522,000 kg) and its little brethren have red chins.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Uitsmijter

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Re: Heavenly...

Old Amsterdam is artificially ripened. If you want to taste Oude Kaas, try

Stompetoren Grand Cru.

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