* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

700 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012


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.

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


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



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


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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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


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


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


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



War is peace

Freedom is slavery

Ignorance is strength


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


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



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


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?


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



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.

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time


Re: That's not the droid you are looking for

Georg Agricola recommended dowsing to find silver deposits in his De Re Metallica (Basel 1556). But he was in the bookpublishing business, not in mining.

UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years


Elephants in the room

Don't forget LED-lamps. The LEDs may have an average lifetime of 20+ khour, but the mini-powerconverter in the socket will fail much sooner. Leading to e-waste with rare-earth metals that will not be recycled.

Then there is the holy cow, the automobile - or how do you call them in you local dialect. The are not (yet) chockfull of e-waste, but the amount of Fe, Al and plastics when they are scrapped must be impressive. Add to that the problem of recycling Li-batteries.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


Re: What did students do to me?

Centuries ago people registered as students at the Leiden University in The Netherlands were exempt from paying local beer tax .... Don't know when that mos was retracted.

Honey, I built the app! Amazon's beta no-code dev platform is great for ad-hoc stuff, but not much else – yet


Re: Programming by Pictures - been a dream for a long, long time

Wasn't there a company that made THINK their main slogan?

Once again, racial biases show up in AI image databases, this time turning Barack Obama white


Re: Skin tones

OpenCV's Haarfilter is designed to recognize faces. Trouble is, the analysis is based on grey-scale images. So a kitchen-cupboard with two knobs is also recognized as a face. Now compare the colour of the inscribed ellipsis of the 'face' to the human skincolours which all lay in a well-defined column in RGB-space and you have a DIY face recognition system.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim


Re: 5G caused infertility in men and cancer in humans

No, but it causes infertility in feral cats and cockroaches.

Now you've done it: Cyber attack targeted Australian brewery 'n' dairy biz Lion

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Re: The Damned Things

Try Trappist beer brewn by real monks. No IT involved since Anno Domini 1664.

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere


Re: Newest prefixes and units to the rescue

How much CO2 can be saved by not uploading all those cat pictures? - Just asking. The other day we had in this house the third cat pic and 28 WhatsApp messages in one evening, because one of these ceatures ventured out in the hallway.

Not the Wright stuff: Bitcoin 'inventor' loses bid to sue YouTuber who called him a liar


Re: Judges names

The name is Anton Dingeman.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


Re: It's out of stock!

If you stack Bacofoil high enough it might absorb high energy protons a.k.a. cosmic rays, which penetrate every of your ten fingernails at a rate of one per second. BTW CRs are cancinogenic.

Pablo Escobar's big bro and former accountant sues Apple for $2.6bn over FaceTime bug


Roberto Escobar

should have done what Pablo Escobar when he had a new home built.

Include a secret chamber in it and keep it secret by murdering all the labourers who worked on it.

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies


Meditate upon the essential condition of being and have a loose wire somewhere are not mutually exclusive.

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some


Re: I am tempted ..

Be careful with that Arduino kit. Kittens can hear upto 200 kHz. Cats loose that sharp hearing when they grow up, but can still hear ultrasound of 50 kHz. That is one reason why I won't buy an induction cooker.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke


Re: Nothing like having an open mind.

Einstein: It is important to have an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

Wake up, Neo: Microsoft mulls using your brain waves or body heat to mine crypto-currency while viewing ads


Body heat

On the internet nobody knows you are a dog.

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule


Re: We know what you did ...

Bob should read https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2020/04/03/hold-the-line-coronavirus-jonathan-smith as you all should do.

Watch: Rare Second World War footage of Bletchley Park-linked MI6 intelligence heroes emerges, shared online


Re: Thank you, El Reg

That is why the Trinity test in the Alamogordo desert in New Mexico on July 16 1945 5:30 MWT was the first man-made (*) nuclear explosion.

(*) Artificial in contrast to natural nuclear explosions like supernovæ which are a phenomenon of a different order.



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