* Posts by harmjschoonhoven

681 posts • joined 3 Sep 2012


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.

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.



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