* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

604 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012


The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat


Re: War machines that can be refuelled from the dead..

We will need dead horses for that.

In june 1941 the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union with over 600000 horses. Most of them died.

An unknown number of horses died during the battle of the Somme in 1916 with over 1 (one) million human casualties. And at least the German rations contained plenty of horse meat. Peter Hart, The Somme.

Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack


Re: There is no “safe drinking level”

Umber reports the casus of a suicidal nurse who injected herself with with 27 grams of mercury, resulting in a small mercury lake in her right heart chamber. She lived many years thereafter and died of an unrelated cause.

Sven Moeschlin, Klinik und Therapie der Vergiftungen, page 99.

Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

IT Angle

Re: Almost as exciting ....

An interesting simulation of moving dunes is Zhang's sandpile model. http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/11714.

Reminds me to upload a compilation to YouTube.

Five key findings from 15 years of the International Space Station


Re: cleaner auto ignitions

So did the Flame Extinguishment Experiment-2 on ISS learn us that automobiles in free fall are less polluting?

Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve


Re: acid proof

Dutch "consumers" will between midnight 31/12 and 1 o'clock ignite on a buildup area of 2300 km² a large part of their fireworks on which they spend some 70 million Euros. That is except more than 45000 kilograms of fireworks confiscated by the national police force as illegal (like avalance mortars).


Re: clear skies

Forecast is for all major Dutch cities. The sulphur comes from cheap imported Chinese fireworks.


clear skies

Weather forecast for New Year's Eve: Clear skies with temporary dense SO2 clouds in the lower atmosphere.

Crumbs! Stricken Kiev blames Russian hackers for Xmas eve outages


Boring technical details


In 2011 47.6% of total electricity generated in the Ukraine was from nuclear power. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Ukraine. Besides the Ukraine has several large hydroelectric power plants.

Coal is however essential for steel production in the Donetsk region.

Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current


Re: Shame about the paywall

The paper by Chen Sun, et al. Single-chip microprocessor that communicates directly using light is published behind a paywall, but the Processor Demonstration Video http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v528/n7583/fig_tab/nature16454_SV1.html is in the public domain.

Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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Verifying photos and videos on social media

Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria - or, in fact, pretty much any story that's in the news, is an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media networks in particular are inundated with photos and videos that are either doctored or taken out of context. But although media outlets can't always be on the ground to verify every photo that comes their way, there are dozens of tools and techniques to help you cross-check images and avoid falling for the fakes.

From a 15-point DIY guide: http://observers.france24.com/en/20151110-observers-guide-verifying-photos-videos-social-media-networks

Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog


Are the stamps

self-adhesive or do you have to lick to the dog's rear?

Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences


Re: What's amusing is that these security researchers blog is on Wordpress!

Don't know how insecure Wordpress is. However validating websites Proudly powered by Wordpress with https://validator.w3.org/#validate_by_uri give in most, but not all, cases a long list of errors and warnings.

For http://breakingmalware.com/vulnerabilities/sedating-watchdog-abusing-security-products-bypass-mitigations/

Warning at Line 113: The banner role is unnecessary for element header.

Error at Line 115: No space between attributes.

Error at Line 121: Start tag a seen but an element of the same type was already open.

Error at Line 121: End tag a violates nesting rules.

Fatal Error at Line 121: Cannot recover after last error. Any further errors will be ignored.

'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father


Re: My headstone shall say ... and he never joined Facebook

If you do that, it may after a few hundred years be the only physical reference to FB.

How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds


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.

Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims


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


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.

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



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.

D-Wave heads for New Mexico


Re: opimala?

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

UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil


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.

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.

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


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.

Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss


Cassini probe teases with intimate Enceladus snaps


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.

Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station


Acne in Spaaaace

One more reason not to send teenagers to the ISS.

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


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.

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


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.

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.

GCHQ to pore over blueprints of Chinese built Brit nuke plants


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.

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


Re: Prosecute the perps

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

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


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 ).

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


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?

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


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.

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


Re: Would love to hear more from him


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


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


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.

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


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.

Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman



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.

Global productivity explodes as Facebook's service takes a dive


We are doomed.

No FB in the North Sea.

Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS


The other ball

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

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


Re: precautions against bookworms

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

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


Re: Paving Slab Construction

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

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


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.


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.


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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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.

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


Do you drive a car?

What is the chassis number?


Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches


Re: Calling all conspiracy theorists..


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

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


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.

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


Re: How does it work?


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.


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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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).

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


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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