* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

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Royal Navy flies first mega Mojave drone from aircraft carrier


Re: Interesting...

In 1947 the UK SOLD Rolls-Royce Derwent and Nene engines to the Soviets. Soon afterwards MiG-15 and La-15 jet fighters with similar engines rolled from their assembly lines.

Stalin reportedly said "What kind of fool would be willing to sell his secrets!". Stalin and the Bomb, page 235.

Never mind SETI and NASA, if your Ring somehow snaps ET, Amazon might give you $1M


Knock, knock

A meteorite knocking at your door, does that count?


Beneath Microsoft's Surface event, AI spreads everywhere



to read all about Copilot on ElReg, so I can avoid it as hell.

Microsoft hiring a nuclear power program manager, because AI needs lots of 'leccy


Re: What could possibly go wrong...

As Paul Odgren once said (AAAS Member Community Digest February 12, 2020):

"Well, you have to mine and purify highly carcinogenic material, transport it over the highway and rail systems, refine it to the point where it can be condensed to nearly unstable concentrations, again transport it in its new, more dangerous form, constantly keep it from a catastrophic overheating disaster, protect it from enemies, then run the movie backwards to unload and decommission, then store everything perfectly safely for over twice as long as the pyramids have been in Egypt."

Official science: People do less, make more mistakes on Friday afternoons


I remember

Fridays as the day projects were finished, not tested ....

NASA, DARPA enlist Lockheed to build nuclear-powered spacecraft


Nuclear propulsion

That has been tried before https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLK9hYXWZw4.

RAM-ramming Rowhammer is back – to uniquely fingerprint devices


Re: Scientists: Lovely people.

The Oppenheimer Award was named after the late playwright and Newsday drama critic George Oppenheimer. It was awarded annually to the best New York debut production by an American playwright for a non-musical play

Techie wasn't being paid, until he taught HR a lesson



As a student I had a Doppelgänger, as I found out when I was approached by his rather attractive girlfriend.

Beams from brightest gamma ray burst ever seen were pointed directly at Earth


Re: Don't worry

The event was so long and intense that it caused sudden Earth global ionospheric disturbances (both day and night) - a result of the increased ionization by X- and gamma-ray emission (Hayes and Gallagher, 2022; Pal et al., 2023) from the VLF/LF sub-ionospheric signals dynamics in the D-region of Earth's ionosphere (~60-100 km).

Since when did my SSD need water cooling?


Speak louder, I could not hear you

What? No spinning rust?

Astronomers spot Earth-sized exoplanet probably 'carpeted' by volcanoes


Re: Any architects care to comment?

Its sun is an M6 Dwarf with a temperature of 3100K, slightly higher than an incandescent lamp. No fancy sunscreen required.

Google Brain, protein-folding DeepMind fold into one


ten percent

is the chance any LLM gives the correct answer to the prompt What is the googolplexth decimal of pi - if you are lucky.

ESA's Jupiter-bound Juice spacecraft has a sticky problem with its radar


Re: I often wonder...

NASA's Europa Clipper will be launched in October 2024 and arrive a year ahead of JUICE. Science vol 380 issue 6640 page 22.

Guess the most common password. Hint: We just told you


Re: How to avoid getting hacked...

At t(now) seconds and XOR(history)&0x00ff your passwords are:





















; sleep(2)

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


We can do better


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


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


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


@sharpwolverine No Windows, Apache inside.

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


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


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



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

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


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


Keep an eye on the front gardens

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




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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


"vegan/gluten-free "

@Chris G: Merde de artiste comes to mind.

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


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



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


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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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


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.


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

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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


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


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



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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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



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



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