* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

668 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012


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 Don't know when that mos was retracted.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.

Internet Archive opens National Emergency Library with unlimited lending of 1.4m books for stuck-at-home netizens amid virus pandemic


Re: Out of print

At least in Europe it is easy to get hold of out of print books, like a dictionary printed in Franckfurt am Main in 1714 or a natural history of Northern Africa printed in Paris in 1789. BTW the last one is also available online.

FYI: You can trick image-recog AI into, say, mixing up cats and dogs – by abusing scaling code to poison training data


Does that mean

a self-driving car can be trained to recognize my face as a stop sign or is it as likely to recognize it as a end-of-speed-limit sign as a car with a "gentleman" behind the wheel did when I crossed the street the other day?

Firefox to burn FTP out of its browser, starting slowly in version 77 due in April


Re: Real Beardies

The REAL Beardies do their command line stuff in hex--on the fly as root. FTFY.

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner



are a cleaner fuel than coal. Just saying.

One whole day: That's how long Facebook's COVID-19 content moderation went without a mess



Do not know it. Never touched it with a 10 foot pole.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?


Re: photocopiers

One organisation where I worked had separate photocopiers for confidential, secret, very secret and state-secret documents and probably for several levels above that ....

Mysterious face-recog AI startup Clearview sued, capabilities questioned after scraping billions of web pics


Re: Well he would say that wouldn't he?

MS bought LinkedIn. That is a photo site.

Is there alien life on Earth? Maybe, says Brit 'naut. Well, where did they come from? How about this far-away cluster. Or this 'Godzilla' galaxy...


Re: Alien life on earth

And they can predict the future. At least one of them did that very well.

Behold Schrödinger's Y2K, when software went all quantum

Black Helicopters

Tuesday Jan 19 03:14:08 2038

Another thing Greta can worry about.

Oh this 2019 timeline. Finish this sentence: Austrian politico accused of spending €3,000 a month on ...


Re: These are interesting times

When this proposition (withholding grain from Sicily from the people) came to the ears of the people, it excited so great an indignation against Coriolanus, that, on coming out of the Senate, he would have been killed in a tumultuary manner, if the Tribunes had not summoned him to appear before them and defend his cause. This occurrence shows, as we have said above, how useful and necessary it is for a republic to have laws that afford to the masses the opportunity of giving vent to the hatred they may have conceived against any citizen; for if there exist no legal means for this, they will resort to illegal ones, which beyond doubt produce much worse effects.

Niccolò Machiavelli, Discorsi (1531), Book 1, Cap. VII.

Cool 'joke', bro, you could have killed someone: Epilepsy Foundation sics cops on sick flashing-light Twitter trolls


Re: mailing a rabid bat or rattlesnake

The ancient Greek did something like that in naval battles. It was called a scorpion bomb. A earthware pot with a scorpion inside was thrown to an adversary trireme. The pot shattered and panic among the rowers was assured.

At the time it was considered fair play.

And now for this evening's space weather report. We've got a hotspot of satellite-wrecking 'killer electrons' in the outer Van Allen belt...


Don't worry kids

Do you have a problem?

- No. --> Do not worry.

- Yes.

Can you do something about it?

- - Yes. --> Do not worry.

- - No. --> Do not worry.

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app


Re: Saint Isidore of Seville

But with any hardware problem try a voodoo repair first: Remove power cable, open cabinet, say Ahum twice, replace cover, reconnect power cable.

Google causes more facial-recog pain, machine learning goes quantum ­– and how to lose a job if an AI doesn't like your face


The easy way

When a company got over 400 replies on their job advertisement, the chair of the selection committee split them in half and put the upper half in the bin with the remark We can not use people without luck.

If you really can't let go of Windows 7, Microsoft will keep things secure for another three years


Re: Games?

My advice: Install Linux and write your own games.

After three days without prgramming, life becomes meaningless. (Tao of Programming Book 2)

Facial recognition at festivals, stupid shoplifting algorithms, Google shares data to kill off deepfakes

Big Brother

Re: AI in Africa

The Chinese technology company Cloudwalk is building a facial recognition database in Zimbabwe. Biometric data of Zimbabwians will be exported to China to train the algorithms to better recognize people of African descent. The software can then be exported to other African countries for a high price.

What's that smell? Perfume merchant senses the scent of a digital burglary

IT Angle

Re: Reminds me of my favourite perfume (huh?).

Pertinax and burned* epoxy.

* In particular after lunchtime.

UK Home Office primes Brexit spam cannon for a million texts reminding folk to check passports


Re: Credit where credit is due.

What? But, but, that is against EU-rules. You have to provide surrender your fingerprints!

Four-year probe finds Foxconn's Apple 11 factory 'routinely' flouts Chinese labour laws


The days

kids built their own ham radio sets are long gone.

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?

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Re: Linux.

In 1991 I had to transfer text and binary files over an (fast) ASCII-only connection to IBM AIX for the development of the https://9292.nl/ service which was launched in 1992. I converted the files to hex, 32 byte/line, but left the printable characters (except space) unchanged preceded by a minussign. That way the converted file was still kind of readable.

--> icon, because of AIX's ksh.

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot


Re: They went for a simple label

That is appropriate with the Swedish systembolaget restrictions on selling alcohol.

Suspected crypto-coin crook collared after emailing apology note to the cops rather than victim – shock claim


If this is first-degree identity theft,

what are second- and third-degree identity theft, inquiring minds want to know.

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers


Re: Get a dog

After closure of the DSM coal mines in 1965 some miners were reschooled to work as process engineers in the chemical plants of DSM. They found that very difficult because these men, used to work with their hands, were now supposed to monitor a automated factory (think 100 million tonnes of NH3 p.a.) and not to touch a button unless something went wrong.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy


Re: Tin foil helmet

I have a vision of German cockroaches with tiny tinfoil hats.

Lots of them.

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's personal MiG-29 fighter jet goes under the hammer



It is well known (see page 235) that the MiG-15 of which upto 15000 were produced was powered by a Soviet versions of the Rolls-Royce Derwent and Nene engines, which the Soviet Union bought from Britain in 1947. Stalin had been skeptical that Britain would sell these engines - What kind of fool would be willing to sell his secrets! he had reportedly said - but the British government agreed to the sale.

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's two-dozen government surveillance balloons over America


Re: Sierra Nevada Corporation

In 2011 the Sierra Nevada Corporation developed Gordon Stare, a 100 megapixel Airborne Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance System extensively used both in drones over Aghanistan and in drones, balloons and planes over the USA. It has now been superseded by a.o. ARGUS-IS, a 1.8 Gigapixel video system composed from 368 cell phone cameras, 5 megapixels each.

Arthur Holland Michel, Eyes in the Sky

Decoding America's spies: What does the NSA's cryptic memo really mean? Citizens illegally spied on again


Fake data

I count about 16 zero's and 22 one's in the data besides the eagle's head in the illustration.

Benford's Law predicts it should be more like 25 zero's and 13 one's, that is two zeros for every one. This holds for almost all data represented as binary numbers. If you do not believe this, try it out for yourself.

One goes up, one stays on the ground and one gets ready: It's a week in space


Wholesome: Waste heat from coal power station turned data centre to help grow veggies


Re: wonderful concept

The Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden * is building a 25 MW heat pump to use the waste heat from water (i.e. shit &c.) purifucation for district heating.

The next thing I read was that 18 mature trees wil be cut to make way for the new pipelines ....

* Also responsible for keeping our Dutch feet dry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBHCOwp2Zgg

Barbie Girl was wrong? Life is plastic, it's not fantastic: We each ingest '121,000 pieces' of microplastics a year


Avoid vegetable oil in plastic bottles

because plasticisers from those bottles slowly dissolve in the (moving) oil. Glass bottles are chemically inert and can be recycled. BTW starting around the sixteenth century almost all glass was recycled, because it is much more energy efficient than making 100% new glass.

Double-sided printing data ballsup leaves insurance giant Chubb with egg on its face


Re: Saving the world...

That is why I love pages printed at least at one side with:

This page is intentionally left blank

Copyright <Month> <year> CONFIDENTIAL

I see you're writing an app... Microsoft nudges AI Clippy-for-Code out the door, turns machine learning onto Word


Can Clippy® help you?

E perché sono di tre generazione cervelli, l'uno intende da sé, l'altro discerne quello che altri intende, el terzo non intende né sé né altri, quel primo è eccellentissimo, el secondo eccellente, el terzo inutile. Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe (1513), Cap. XXI.

There are three different kinds of brains, the one understands things unassisted, the other understands things when shown by others, the third understands neither alone nor with the explanations of others. The first kind is most excellent , the second is also excellent, but the third is useless.



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