News items for tag shiny - Koos van den Hout

2011-06-20 (#) 9 years ago
Quite an interesting article this weekend When Secret Sats Spy on Us, Monsieur Legault Spies Back - Wired danger room. Thierry Legault, famous for a number of very great images of space phenomena is also busy tracking things in space which you're not supposed to know are there. Wired did a great article on the satellite-tracking community a few years ago: I Spy: Amateur satellite spotters can track everything government spymasters blast into orbit. Except the stealth bird codenamed Misty. Wired issue 14.02. The persistence of the spy satellite-tracking community combined with the telescope photography skills of Thierry Legault make for some very nice videos. I guess the owners of the spy satellites aren't too happy about these videos. They would be even more unhappy when the videos would be combined with the latest orbital data.

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2011-06-15 (#) 9 years ago
Today's XKCD Manual Override is good. And sometimes recognizable...

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2011-06-07 (#) 9 years ago
The NTP pool project is participating in World IPv6 day. Well, not participating in the 'switching off after 24 hours' bit: 2.pool.ntp.org now has AAAA records and will keep them. In the current default configuration this means a system with broken IPv6 connectivity will still work, it will just decide one of the servers is unreachable and tick on happily.
koos@greenblatt:~$ host 2.pool.ntp.org
2.pool.ntp.org has address 213.249.66.35
2.pool.ntp.org has address 91.148.192.49
2.pool.ntp.org has address 72.26.217.210
2.pool.ntp.org has IPv6 address 2001:4f8:fff7:1::17
2.pool.ntp.org has IPv6 address 2607:f128:42:63::2
2.pool.ntp.org has IPv6 address 2600:3c00::2:b401
Source: Experimentally enabling IPv6 - NTP Pool News.

It's not possible to add ntp.cs.uu.nl to the ipv6 pool at the moment, but ntp.idefix.net is reachable via IPv6 and is ok as a server. So it is in the pool.

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2011-05-25 (#) 9 years ago
Luck in Iceland with research into the ash plume from Grímsvötn volcano:
The IMO has a mobile weather radar on loan from the Italian Civil Response Authorities. When Grimsvötn erupted it was placed near the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur, about 80 km from the volcano. The weather radar is used to monitor changes in the height of the volcanic plume, but those are indicative of the strength of the eruption.
The mobile weather radar helps understand the size and direction of the ash plume, without having to get too close.

Source: Update on volcanic activity in Grímsvötn - Iceland Meteorological Office. I am a fan of Iceland, I want to go visit it again some day.

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2011-05-21 The ALPOCALYPSE 9 years ago
Coming 21 June 2011: The ALPOCALYPSE! Be prepared!

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2011-05-15 (#) 9 years ago
Coolest flightsimulator ever: Original DC-10 flightsimulator up and running computing by a PDP11. But 20/times second the position data is used to feed Flightsimulator 2004!

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2011-05-04 (#) 9 years ago
Na wat verdwaalt te raken in websites over radio en televisie kwam ik dxrapporten.nl tegen, en ontdekte ik een voor mij onbekende subcultuur: 35cm broadcast radio. Dit is niet de 'normale' FM omroep band maar er wordt op de frequenties 856-862 MHz en 865-868 MHz gewerkt met wideband FM, compleet met stereo modulatie en rds.

Het eerste deel valt samen met UHF tv kanaal 69 (854 - 862 MHz), het tweede deel staat alleen genoemd voor RFID. Dat eerste deel is/wordt uitgefaseerd als TV-kanaal en zal dan voor iets als een volgende generatie mobiele telefonie en datadiensten gebruikt gaan worden.

Maar mijn scanner heeft een 'wideband fm' setting, en ik kan de ontvangstmode altijd wijzigen ten opzichte van de default voor die band. Gisterenavond dus eens wat geluisterd en niets gehoord behalve een duidelijke draadloze koptelefoon op 864.5 MHz. Maar omdat de '35cm radio amateurs' een overlap met / opvolging van FM radio piraten zijn zal een en ander wel actiever zijn in het weekend. In theorie is NoName.fm in Utrecht actief op 860.2 MHz.

Ik kan me zo voorstellen dat zolang deze activiteit in obscure banden gebeurt waar geen commerciële belangen er last van hebben het agentschap telecom ook erg weinig neiging heeft om erachteraan te zitten. Dus als er 800 MHz spectrum naar mobiele aanbieders gaat zal de wide-fm daar gauw over zijn.

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2011-04-10 (#) 9 years ago
A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountry by Tristan Greszko. Great video by Tristan Greszko using tilt-shifting and a stop-motion effect. The brain really thinks it is watching an animation in miniature scale, but it is all video of 'real' things and views.

Found via Tilt-Shifted Ski Resort Delivers Thrills in Miniature - wired.com

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2011-04-04 (#) 9 years ago
About 6 years after the maximog special vehicle based on an Unimog Wired comes with a gallery of pictures of the custom Mercedes-Benz Zetros trucks built for Mongolian businessmen. Niiice!

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2011-03-31 (#) 9 years ago
Eindelijk! Chriet Titulaer maakt schoon schip bij NASA - De speld.

Briljant stukje werk weer van de speld.

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2011-03-23 (#) 9 years ago
Found via Help Make Better Map of Global Light Pollution - Wired science: The Globe at Night project gathering data about the light pollution all over the world.

I remember really 'seeing' light pollution when on a late trip in a very dark area in Schotland we stopped and I looked up and I saw the Milky Way for the first time.

So all go, look at the sky in the evening and help improve the light pollution map of the world!
Update: The Bad Astronomer also writes about light pollution (but does not mention the globe at night project): The skies at night, are too darn bright found via Help Map Global Light Pollution, By Starlight - Slashdot.

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2011-02-27 (#) 9 years ago
Ik heb duidelijk wat gemist: het openingsfeest van Hack42. Maargoed, ik heb andere lol gehad met een zoon die nieuwe dingen aan het leren is.

Erg gaaf dat het ze gelukt is in Arnhem om een hackerspace te krijgen met een enthousiaste groep mensen er om heen. Ik ken er een paar van en op de foto's zie ik ook de nodige bekende gezichten. Ik wens iedereen van Hack42 veel succes bij het project, veel kennis uitwisseling en heel veel toffe projecten.

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2011-02-15 (#) 9 years ago
I followed a link to the Linux Call Router and found this gem on the page: www.blueboxing.org which has some good descriptions of blueboxing as it was 'back then' from the European view. And the Linux call router offers the option of CCITT-5 handling. You can also download Beep-Beep on the site which is a nice software bluebox (CCITT-5 dialer) for Linux. One advantage over CAESAR which I tried before in 2008 is that it can set a sequence of multiple digits and play it at once. Which has at least one advantage: the result sounds a lot like I expect from 'phreaking' sounds. And Jolly Eversberg runs a CCITT #5 exchange which you can phreak. Indeed, "Phreaking never dies!".

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2011-02-15 (#) 9 years ago
Nice article: Nine traits of the veteran Unix admin by Paul Venezia. Checking my own style:
  1. sudo versus su - .. I'm no fan of sudo command ; sudo command ; sudo command so I lean towards sudo -i which is functionally the same as su -.
  2. vim or vi. Yes. Preferably vim.
  3. greedy or non-greedy regular expressions? That is a yes.
  4. smart and robust scripts for repeating tasks are so much better. Yes.
  5. oh yes.
  6. sometimes .. although repeated questions about the system environment also mean it may be way too complicated or the communications with your users suck.
  7. oh yes. Not only in unix admin work, also in security work.
  8. not commenting on this matter. yes.. on certain windows admin work, not on user interface annoyances
  9. rebooting isn't problem solving, it's bringing a system to a known state.

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2011-02-02 (#) 9 years ago
Usenet lives! I just saw a new posting in rec.humor.funny.

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2011-01-11 (#) 9 years ago
It's public! repocafe has been cleaned up and version 0.9 has been released! Repocafe page on freshmeat Repocafe 0.9 page on SourceWell

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2011-01-05 (#) 9 years ago
Another interesting site with stories from the Antartic: Antarctic Section: Penguins, Cold and Winterovers - Guillaume Dargaud. I really enjoyed reading the report of his winterover at Concordia station.

It is always nice to read these stories. The Antarctic is a very special area, especially in the winter when transport of people and material is impossible due to ice, darkness and extremely low temperatures. The record temperature in the 2005 winter was -79° Celcius.

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2011-01-03 (#) 9 years ago
Hee, ineens is de gemeente Utrecht ook aan de digitale nota via de bank. Zoals ze al geschreven hadden toen ik er 5 maanden geleden naar vroeg.

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2010-12-19 (#) 9 years ago

Brilliant piece of film from 1963: "Snow" by director Geoffrey Jones when British Rail was still proud of being able to deal with all kinds of snow and kept the trains running better than cars.
Link via Winter's here - David Hembrow A view from the cycle path a recumbent rider (and builder) who views Dutch life with a UK background.

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2010-12-17 (#) 9 years ago
Eindelijk tijd om weer eens wat te schrijven. Met de regelmatige voedingen van mijn zoon heb ik beide handen natuurlijk vol. Maar soms is er ook maar een hand nodig, bijvoorbeeld om een poosje de speen vast te houden. Dus ik heb maar eens de FrogPad opgedoken die ik in 2004 heb aangeschaft. Nog niet zo veel mee gedaan maar nu heb ik een goede reden om maar met 1 hand te tiepen. Voor programmeren niet handig maar goed genoeg voor tiepen in irssi, news lezen in tin en mail lezen in mutt. Kan ik toch met een hand bijblijven!

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