* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Yule goat's five-year flame-free streak ends ignominiously

harmjschoonhoven

We can do better

https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/01/new-year-firenado-threatens-dutch-seaside-resort

Could we use an LLVM-based cross-compiler to build apps for quantum computers? This alliance says yes

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Boffin

It would get interesting if

a QC could be used to solve real QM problems, like calculating an optical spectrum from first principes.

At Uni many years ago I followed a lecture course on theoretical spectroscopy. We started with about 15 students in september and by Christmas that number had dropped to about four .... And that only concerned the hydrogen atom.

Open Sesame, says Google... to voice identification: Speech ID adds biometric security to call-centre bots

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Flame

Re: Our customers are excited

After you exhausted all the options and get in a loop: Press 1, 2 or 3 none of which include connect me to a person of flesh and blood, press 0. The answer will be We did not receive a valid number. Repreat this 4 (four) times and the answer wil change to You will now be connected to an operator, bleep, bleep, .... After another 15(!) minutes someone identifying himself as, say, Jesse will answer the phone.

If it's going to rain within the next 90 mins, this very British AI system can warn you

harmjschoonhoven
Linux

@sharpwolverine No Windows, Apache inside.

'Extraordinary' pigs step in to protect Schiphol airport from marauding geese

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Useful fact

The Spanish won the battle. The Dutch won the war.

Space tourists splash down in Atlantic Ocean after three days in orbit

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Crew? More like modern day Laikas

Laika, the first mammal in orbit, was just an ordinary straydog picked from the streets of Moscow. Luckily for her she was euthanised is space. Sooner or later a space tourism 'mission' will fail and the tourists can collect their posthumous Darwin Awards (*).

BTW IMHO Posts on ElReg on manned spaceflight should not be categorised as SCIENCE.

(*) See this followup video.

Big Blue's quantum rainmaker jumps to room-temp diamond quantum accelerator company

harmjschoonhoven

Hm,

The design of the 250 PetaFLOPS SKA-supercomputer was completed years ago.

How to stop a content filter becoming a career-shortening network component

harmjschoonhoven

Re: "That would not be... convenient"

The English also have very polite ways to say NO - in my experience.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

harmjschoonhoven
Pint

Keep an eye on the front gardens

In the Netherlands and probably elsewhere several front gardens are adorned with MIGs and other military aircraft.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKBPimJblME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8p3CHkVgzE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOAgiJHaS0U

Most are removed either because they still have machineguns (illegal) and/or conflict with municipal building regulations. https://www.rtvdrenthe.nl/nieuws/7417/MIG-Schoonloo-verkocht

BTW, If you want to admire an Oerlikon FLAK while you enjoy your meal and a beer, go to the Zeughauskeller Restaurant in Zürich.

Beige pencil stockists on high alert as 'Colouring Book of Retro Computers' hits the crowdfunding circuit

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no colouring required

My Torch XXX UNIX System V desktop (1986) was white - the only colour available.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

harmjschoonhoven
Unhappy

And they do not even have

a funny logo, like Philips with their double cross on either side of the channel.

BOFH: When the Sun rises in the West and sets in the East, only then will the UPS cease to supply uninterrupted voltage

harmjschoonhoven
Mushroom

Re: Reminds me...

@Steve Todd: One of the reasons Du Pont was so successful in producing nylon on an industrial scale, was that E. I. de Pont de Nemours was originally in the black powder and dynamite business and so knew how to handle potentially explosive reactions.

Thanks, boss. The accidental creation of a lights-out data centre – what a fun surprise

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Happy

Re: Hands in Pockets!

That same aunt later saved with her 7 fingers and two thumb a man's life

who lost an arm in an industrial accident.

harmjschoonhoven
Childcatcher

Re: Hands in Pockets!

My father taught me to never point at a machine with moving parts. Yes, I have an aunt with nine fingers.

Now that Trump is useless to Zuckerberg, ex-president is exiled from Facebook for two years, possibly indefinitely

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Punishment?

You can be punished by FB in two ways. Either you are their product or you are banned.

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant

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WTF?

1972 was the last time

a sodium cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor was commissioned in Germany, the SNR-300 in Kalkar. It was build at the cost of 4 billion USD, but never used. It is now a (profitable) themepark for kids.

BTW The Dutch protests against Kalkar gave Milieudefensie a boost. The same organisation that now successfully prosecuted Royal Dutch Shell as a global polluter.

Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet

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Re: Mars Robot Wars!

I 'll wait till the first semiconductors run of an assembly line on Mars.

Be careful not to stir up all that dust while digging for your minerals.

Researchers say objects can hide from computer vision by seeking out unusual company that trips correlation bias

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"vegan/gluten-free "

@Chris G: Merde de artiste comes to mind.

WTH are NFTs? Here is the token, there is the Beeple....

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Prior Art

At the beginning of his carrier in Paris Pablo Picasso could not pay his restaurant bill. He scribbled on a five Franc banknote and signed it. One of his friends swapped it for a fifty Franc note ....

The silicon supply chain crunch is worrying. Now comes a critical concern: A coffee shortage

harmjschoonhoven
Happy

Maté

These stories about tea and (Ersatz)coffee reminds me: I have a long forgotten store of Ilex Paraguariensis. Traditionally you drink Maté as a very strong hot tea through a silver straw which you share with your friends.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft

harmjschoonhoven

Be careful what you wish

Einstein has said "I don't know how WWIII will be fought, but WWIV wil be fought with stones and clubs.". We can add to that "under the twinkling lights of Starlink".

Delayed, overbudget and broken. Of course Microsoft's finest would be found in NASA's Orion

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Thumb Up

Re: Slide Rule

You do not need a tatoo to remember 10log2=0.3010 and 10log3=0.4771 and from that you can calculate everything.

BTW, the astronauts of the Apollo project used an (upgraded) HP-25 programmable pocket calculator. I used it many years to fill my annual tax form.

The Great Borkish Breakfast: I'll have a cup of tea, a sausage roll and a side of bork, please

harmjschoonhoven
Pint

Re: Updating will probably also require fishing out the mouse and keyboard from a cupboard

If the sausage roll has a tail sticking out of it, do not eat it. Well, that depends on who's tail it is and how well the locals prepared it.

https://www.wingingtheworld.com/eating-guinea-pig-ecuador/

ESA mulls sending waves of robot explorers into dark depths of lunar lava tubes

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Thumb Up

U-drone

Delft Dynamics already developed their U-drone. An tethered underground drone for military reconnaissance. U-drone navigates with Australian SLAM (Simultaneous Location and Mapping) software.

The U-drone is one of the many products sponsored by the Dutch army.

One of Delft Dynamics' other products is a drone catcher. See the video.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday gaffe leads netizens to 'Microosft' typo-squatting domain

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My favourite typo is

sofware, meaning a complete failure in Dutch.

There may be not one but two new air leaks in International Space Station: Russian boss tells us not to panic

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This must be fixed immediately!

Not because the ISS is in danger, but because the ultra high vacuum of space gets polluted again.

Humans ....

US nuke agency hacked by suspected Russian SolarWinds spies, Microsoft also installed backdoor

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Facepalm

Orion

SolarWind's Orion only runs on Windows server according to their own website ....

Where is TUX when you need him?

Marine archaeologists catch a break on the bottom of the Baltic Sea: A 75-year-old Enigma Machine

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Re: Old typewriter

@Neil Barnes: Do not forget X Y & Z by Dermot Turing, The real story of how Enigma was broken.

NATO's at risk if you go your own Huawei on 5G, US government warns Germany

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Re: human rights abuses by the Chinese government

Thank G*d we don't rely on China to build any other computer stuff.

We just sell them pork.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

harmjschoonhoven

Do not mention the war

AFAIK, numberplates commencing with SS, WH, WL, WM and WP are not used in the Netherlands. These were used during WWII by German SS and Wehrmacht of which memories are still fresh.

How do you solve 'disruption' at the UK border after Brexit? Let's call Peter Thiel! AI biz Palantir – you're hired

harmjschoonhoven

Re: How do you solve 'disruption' at the UK border after Brexit?

No need to update the software. The blood of all their victims clients is red.

As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive

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Re: scum

Wasn't it during the Cultural Revolution that the Party set the norm for agricultural production for next year to that of the commune with the highest yield, year after year?

Fusion boffins apply plasma know-how to building thrusters

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FAIL

20 km/s?

The mean velocity of protons in a hydrogen plasma of temperature T million Kelvin is 129.0 sqrt(T) km/s ....

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over

harmjschoonhoven

Re: More horizontal than an elevator -

AFAIR, the Electrologica X8 of the Utrecht University (happy memories) was also fed by a rotary converter. It allowed a save shutdown in case of a brown out.

Math students were allowed to run any pet program, as long as the execution time was 30 seconds or less (and did not use the plotter). Input was by paper tape, output on 132 column line printers. The turnaround time was one day, which made you check your code very carefully. Yes, my first program (Algol 60) succeeded at the first try.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

harmjschoonhoven

Aluminium

is in itself not poisonous, but inhalation of aluminiumdust, bauxitdust or aluminiumvapor (from castings) is deadly. Sven Moeschlin, Klinik und Therapie der Vergiftungen.

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

harmjschoonhoven

Bah,

these kids can't even build a decent pyramid these days.

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Honestly..

At least they weren't 5 1/4 8 inch floppies (of which I have a few still floating around). FTHFY

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects

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Planet

is the first word to go. It means wandering star, but we now know that they follow very exact orbits.

Austria astroboffins shed a little light on how we might track orbital junk hurtling at spacecraft during daytime

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FAIL

Not tracking orbital junk hurtling at a spacecraft !!

The proposed laser ranging works only for satellites equiped with an intact retroreflector or f.i. large rocket boosters, not for your eh-em garden-variety of space junk. Most satellites do not have retroreflectors. They are not cars where a mirror is obligatory and when a satellite has one and is reduced to space junk by a collision, the mirrors are probably no longer aligned.

Virgin Galactic pals up with Rolls-Royce to work on Mach 3 Concorde-style private jet that can carry up to 19 people

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Thumb Up

Re: and fuelled with..?

No beard trimmings but waste coffee grounds which contains coffee oil, a clean biofuel.

911, I wanna report a robbery. Hundreds of thousands of stars stolen from a cluster. I think it was the Milky Way

harmjschoonhoven

Seeing other stars so close that the sky is literally full of other suns.

Better than the current situation where citydwellers call the police if they spot a bright star.

Russia tested satellite-to-satellite shooter, say UK and USA

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Facepalm

Re: respectable clone of the B29

In 1947 the Soviet Union bought Rolls-Royce Derwent and Nene engines from the British and the Russians cloned them in their MiG-15 and La-15 jet fighters. Stalin had been skeptical that Britain would sell these engines. Stalin reportedly said "What kind of fool would be willing to sell his secrets!". But the British government agreed to the sale anyway.

Stalin and the Bomb, page 235.

Mysterious supernova is blasting far-flung galaxy with flashes of UV light – and astroboffins don't know why

harmjschoonhoven
Mushroom

Re: That solar system is just being disinfected against coronavirus!

Four supernovae (SNe), exploding 300 pc from Earth, were recorded 44, 37, 32, and 22 kyr ago in the radiocarbon (14C) record during the past 50 kyr. Each SN left a nearly identical signature in the record, beginning with an initial sudden increase in atmospheric radiocarbon, when the SN exploded, followed by a hiatus of 1500 yr, and concluding with a sustained 2000 yr increase in global radiocarbon due to gamma-rays produced by diffusive shock in the SN remnant (SNR). For the past 18 kyr excess radiocarbon has decayed with the 14C half-life.

SN22kyrBP, is identified as the Vela SN that exploded 250 ± 30 pc from Earth. These SNe are confirmed in the 10 Be, 26 Al, 36 Cl, and NO3- geologic records. The rate of near-Earth SNe is consistent with the observed rate of historical SNe.

See however the comment https://arxiv.org/pdf/1406.5141.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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VMware

War is peace

Freedom is slavery

Ignorance is strength

harmjschoonhoven

Re: Last time I checked ...

the REAL injury is the usage of Stop instead of the clearly more fun word, Halt halt. FTFY

Don't strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake... Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump

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You've think you've heard it all about automation in technology? Get a load of this robot that plugs in cables

harmjschoonhoven
Linux

Re: USB

My octopus can do that single handedly.

Icon, because penguins are also wet. USB is just 5 Volt, what can go wrong?

Fancy some fishy-chips? Just order one of these sensors: Research shines light on suspect component sources

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Prior Art?

In the 1970's the CIA sold defective electronic equipment to the Directorate T of the Russian KGB. This well known fact is described in the Farewell dossier.

Spotted the ISS in the sky yet? How about pulling out some spare kit and giving it a listen?

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Happy

Re: Anyway always good to see stuff from space anybody can access.

Oh, just some stars. Download free from gaia DR-2.

Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart

harmjschoonhoven
WTF?

40000

is the number of webshops in the Netherlands. According to the list by Gemini Advisory 28 were compromised. None of them are well known and most have names that will not inspire potential clients.

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