30 September 2005
I did sent an email to the author of the article... here it is:
A couple things I don't understand...
1. They provide 'software' to do the collection? So are we to assume that said software will easily integrate into any web application, or are we talking about some annoying program like Oregon's OTTER program that we would have to manually run in addition to any automated software? Or are we talking about software that would force us to use Windows and .NET?
2. Taxing the destination instead of the seller's state? How is that going to work? The seller is going to be taxed based on income made from the sale -- to tax the recipient would be double taxation. I really doubt the seller's state is going to so easily give up the taxes they are already collecting.
3. Neither Oregon or Federal law require it unless there is a presence in the other state -- how would they force an Oregon store to collect Tennessee taxes when Tennesse law doesn't apply to them?
4. Do we have any recourse if this is instituted?
I do, however, think people who use P2P are more likely to understand the 1st amendment...
29 September 2005
The Open Voting Consortium - CA Sec. of State Forming Panel to Investigate Open Source Software for Elections
28 September 2005
27 September 2005
the problem is it takes a lot of time, and money. it is hard to get enough money to pay your own salary for a year (without an external job), let alone all your friends
I look forward to reading the bit about job burnout. I have a feeling I will agree with a lot of it.
24 September 2005
23 September 2005
although it appears some have had a good experience.
If I *am* going to do it, might be best to modify my template so that it won't show up when I am personally using the site... thus, if they try to say that I clicked my own links or anything -- I couldn't have because my own template on THEIR blogging engine won't show them to me. That might work well.
but, last but not least, Tim Bray has a review of it, maybe I will give it a shot.
22 September 2005
Now, to start off with, firmware/drivers. I have the following:
- Silicon Image 3114 Driver Disk v126.96.36.199 [Asus]
- nVidia CK804 SATARAID chipset driver disk v6.66 for xp64 [Asus]
- A8N-SLI Premium bios v1007.002 [Asus]
- nVidia CK804 PATARAID chipset driver disk v6.66 xp64 [Asus]
- A8N-SLI Premium bios v1008 [Asus]
- Silicon Image 3114 Driver Disk v188.8.131.52 for Win64 [SI]
Originally, I used the bios 1007.002 and the 3114 v184.108.40.206 drivers. After getting windows running (about 10 attempts to format it until I cut the size of the C partition in about 1/2), the silicon image controller was 'unknown' in device manager. I noticed updated bios (v1008) and upgraded it.
Upon reboot, I noticed one of the RAID5 set was missing, and windows did the constant-reboot-panic.
Downgraded the BIOS, booted noticing the RAID5 drive was still missing. Windows loaded, and I upgraded the 3114 driver to 220.127.116.11 and the chipset to CK804. Upon rebooting, noticed that still no drive#3 (out of 4). Also noticed that the raid utility was reporting that I had the same amount of hard drive space available, with one less drive. Sounds to me like a likely candidate for hosing my filesystem at some point.
Upgraded the BIOS again, again not bootable.
Decided to try reinstalling Windows from scratch (they are hosed anyways, right). At the F6 prompt, used the SATARAID and 3114 v18.104.22.168 drivers. Wouldn't get past 'Starting Windows'.
Downgraded the BIOS again.
Tried to reinstalling Windows again. Complained that the drive could not be formatted at about 98%. Tried again, locked up at about 40%.
Hmm, ok. Tried latest bios, latest chipset, asus 3114 driver. Said that line 35 (which shouldn't have even been in use) of TxtSetup.oem wasn't valid. Hmm, ok.
Now I am trying v1007.002 bios, latest chipset from asus (SATARAID version), and the Asus v22.214.171.124 3114 drivers. We'll see.
I was debating whether to upgrade the BIOS after getting Windows running -- but maybe it isn't worth it.
let's just focus on installing machines....
After months of searching, we ordered the DLG-4300 gaming router. But then we decided to use Jails in our new freebsd server, and found out we had to have one public ip address per jail. Unfortunately, the dlink wasn't a router, and only allowed one ip address.
we shipped it back, spent a couple weeks finding a router that would work, and ordered the Netgear FVS124g.
21 days later (1/3rd of the way through our free technical support) FedEx finally got it to us. I configured it THEN plugged it into the network, and WHAM everything died. Couldn't even access it, let alone the internet.
Finally, after multiple factory resets, called ISP and they had to release the MAC address associated with our dsl modem (unmanaged bridge). Then we could access the internet.
But what is this? The netgear, though claiming it could, can't do DMZ. Don't get me wrong, I read the manual, forums, everything. Unfortunately, the manual is months older than the oldest available firmware, and the DMZ settings just aren't there. An alternate DMZ setting is there if you view source, but not otherwise. And that isn't so easy to fix.
Did I also mention it was crashing and locking up every 5 minutes or so, killing the internet connection?
So, every 5 minutes we have to unplug the damn thing and on top of that, our DNS/Web/Email have been down for days.
Finally got ahold of netgear and they sent me a new unreleased beta firmware. That seems to have mostly fixed the lockup problems, but still no DMZ.
Around this time is when I started to also try to build all our machines. Hard drives had died in almost all of them, so 3 of the 5 machines had no operating system at all, and one had no internet access.
Windows XP 64-bit and FreeBSD 6.0 Beta5.
The windows box seemed to install just fine once I decided I didn't want a 715GB partition. Once I cut that in half, it finally was able to format without locking up. That was about the 10th 10-hour attempt at formatting before I made that decision. Got the box up and running,and 1/2 the base OS was 32-bit. that sucks.
Then today, I get the smart idea to install a newer motherboard firmware. Oops, raid now shows a missing drive and it won't boot into windows. Downgraded firmware, and raid drive still missing, but got into windows. And what's this, the raid controller software shows the same amount of hard drive space, but with one less drive. That's not a good sign. Called Asus. They tell me:
1) they don't support hardware raid
2) they don't support bootable raid
3) I'm screwed
They said I have to install windows THEN create my raid array (hmm, how do I make windows have redundancy and fail over then?). They gave me an email address for taiwan engineers when I complained, but that email address had permanent failures.
So, I am reinstalling windows from scratch now. Damn.
And the FreeBSD box? Well, it appears that the SiI3114r controller is only sorta supported... IE: it will show all the drives independantly, ignores the raid settings, and if you set RAID5 and figure out how to get the driver to work (which I haven't yet) won't do parity.... um... so what the fuck am I supposed to do? Don't know yet -- still working on that.
Needless to say, computers, firmware and tech support suck ass.
20 September 2005
19 September 2005
'Don't let your fear of these massive companies allow you to deny your belief in your own innocence. Paying these settlements is an admission of guilt. If you're not guilty of violating the law, don't pay.'
Yeah, reminds me of when the COURT HOUSE told me that pleading No Contest to a traffic ticket would count as admiting guilt, and that it wouldn't show up on my insurance. Of course, I paid triple insurance for 3 years, but hey...
17 September 2005
16 September 2005
15 September 2005
The Christian right is trying to rewrite the history of the United States as part of its campaign to force its religion on others. They try to depict the founding fathers as pious Christians who wanted the United States to be a Christian nation, with laws that favored Christians and Christianity.
This is patently untrue. The early presidents and patriots were generally Deists or Unitarians, believing in some form of impersonal Providence but rejecting the divinity of Jesus and the absurdities of the Old and New testaments.
It was during Adam's administration that the Senate ratified the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which states in Article XI that 'the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.'
nor by any church that I know of...Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all
On his deathbed, Washinton uttered no words of a religious nature and did not call for a clergyman to be in attendance.
Twenty times in the course of my late reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out, "This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!
I trust that there is not a young man now living in the United States who will not die a Unitarian." He referred to the Revelation of St. John as "the ravings of a maniac"
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.
When Allen married Fanny Buchanan, he stopped his own wedding ceremony when the judge asked him if he promised "to live with Fanny Buchanan agreeable to the laws of God." Allen refused to answer until the judge agreed that the God referred to was the God of Nature, and the laws those "written in the great book of nature."
The words "In God We Trust" were not consistently on all U.S. currency until 1956, during the McCarthy Hysteria.
And my favorite:
The Treaty of Tripoli, passed by the U.S. Senate in 1797, read in part: "The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." The treaty was written during the Washington administration, and sent to the Senate during the Adams administration. It was read aloud to the Senate, and each Senator received a printed copy. This was the 339th time that a recorded vote was required by the Senate, but only the third time a vote was unanimous (the next time was to honor George Washington). There is no record of any debate or dissension on the treaty. It was reprinted in full in three newspapers - two in Philadelphia, one in New York City. There is no record of public outcry or complaint in subsequent editions of the papers.
And from a linked source:
Christianity...(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man. ...Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus.
It is the duty of every true Deist to vindicate the moral justice of God against the evils of the Bible.
This is interesting:
Having escaped from the state-established religions of Europe, only 7% of the people in the 13 colonies belonged to a church when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
This is really good too:
It was they—the Baptists—who were instrumental in securing the separation of church and state. They knew you can not have a "one-way wall" that lets religion into government but that does not let it out. They knew no religion is capable of handling political power without becoming corrupted by it. And, perhaps, they knew it was Christ himself who first proposed the separation of church and state: Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto the Lord that which is the Lord's.
This one surprised me. Not because they declared the US to NOT be based on Christianity, but because the original was in Arabic...
As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
Am I understanding this right? Did we agree that we would never go to war with them because we weren't Christian?
Of course there are other sources as well...
Let's look at history:
- when black1 people were released from slavery, white people felt threatened
- when women got the right to vote, men felt threatened
- when alternate-beliefs gain equal rights (ie: both allowed or neither), the christians feel threatened
Sure, not EVERYONE feels threatened, but the ones who do are the ones who were previously on the beneficial end of the stick.
1 Ok, someone is probably going to complain about the word "black". I have lots of black friends, most of which use the term "black people" themselves. I think the term African-American itself is derogatory, because it makes the assumption that, because of their skin color, they must have come from Africa. What if they came from Brazil? Jamiaca? Oh, but their ancestors, eventually, came from Africa -- right? Well, so did yours -- or everyone came from Pangea, right? Do you even know how the whole Politically Correct movement started? Do you realize that it was started as a form of Freudinistic Marxism as a way to get people to segregate themselves and thus make them fight each other and easier to control? Where did I get that info? I was watch a symposium on C-SPAN that was talking about how they started it. You want to fight the racism/sexism/religionism/ageism/etc? Then quit segregating yourself and others.
this is kind kewl too. take a look of it sitting on a penny:
14 September 2005
Oh, and this is kinda funny. See how she got there.
As a side note, I am not sure why, but the float:left on the image keeps overlapping the next post. I was worried about trying to fix it, but, screw it.
The probability of occurrence of a megathrust earthquake is about 30 times higher during this approximately two-week window, than during the rest of the 14.5 month cycle," Cassidy told LiveScience. "Having said that, 30 times a small number is still a small number.
But it is a Sony game... which in itself is a negative...
maybe I should find a new MMORPG soon since my new desktop will be done soon
for example, it provides:
company name Cingular
phone number 800-331-0500
steps to find a human For faster service, press the option that you are looking to close your account, You get the same ppl but an immediate answer
company home page web
usa national mass-market?
pg9 has a link to Cliche Ideas... who has a link to Amazon/eBay/PayPal unlisted numbers... whom I am also providing said information for notebooksforless.com
page10 has an awesome link to Find-A-Human -- IVR Phone System Shortcuts (USA) which I will blog a link to separately.
wonder if it would be worth it. what do they offer?
hmmm looks like they don't offer much that I would like other than driving directions... not really worth it. if they could add OBD II to it, that would be awesome.
New Zealand Herald - Flying dinosaur biggest airborne animal - Friday 09, September 2005 17:59.00 PM - World News
which is really wierd, because google used to find my blog all the time.
I guess that is what I get when my server keeps dying (has been running 24x7 for 12 years and now the hard drive is going) -- luckily we are in the process of replacing it
13 September 2005
I'll take the Porn edition thank you
would be kewl to mix this idea with the game from Apprentice Adept
playing with it, it looks kinda interesting. wish I had more control. like ability to specify the percussion instruments and tempo separately.
'But the world has changed and there needs to be a debate on whether some erosion of what we all value may be necessary to improve the chances of our citizens not being blown apart as they go about their daily lives,' she said.
She wants to trade freedom in for security? Guess she deserves neither, eh?
These will then be put into a fertilised egg from another women with only healthy mitochondrial DNA.
Although this second egg has been fertilised, the pronuclei DNA from the male and female that made this egg will be removed.
The result would be an embryo with pronuclei DNA from the parental egg and sperm but mitochondria - and mitochondrial DNA - from the donor egg.
speaks of 'an order of magnitude more transcripts than genes', suggesting that more actual coding is done through RNA than DNA. Is everything we know about genetics off-base? (no pun intended)
Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Controlling Hurricanes -- [ METEOROLOGY ] -- Can hurricanes and other severe tropical storms be moder
not to say that they aren't devastating themselves -- but what would happen to the earth if they no longer happened? if they are caused by heat, wouldn't stopping them mean stopping the heat dissipation as well? what about the millions of tiny particles that end up hundreds of miles away that no longer would -- would some species of microorganism end up inbreeding?
sounds like a dangerous proposition without them knowing more
Google launches GMail
Germany company said they own the trademark on the name GMail
British company said they own the trademark on the name GMail
British and German companies will work together to proove that __insert_what_here__ owns the trademark GMail?
And what does the US Government say?
- the "Typed Drawing: GMAIL" since 1/20/1998: Cripps, Milo INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 1211 Bajada Santa Barbara CALIFORNIA 93109
- since 4/7/2004: Google Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE Building 41 1600 Ampitheatre Parkway Mountain View CALIFORNIA 94043
- since 11/11/2004: Giersch, Daniel INDIVIDUAL FED REP GERMANY Harvestehuder Weg 16a Hamburg FED REP GERMANY 20148
- since 4/2/2004: GOOGLE INC. CORPORATION DELAWARE 1600 AMPHITHEATRE PARKWAY MOUNTAIN VIEW CALIFORNIA 94043
- since 4/8/2004: Gospel Music Association CORPORATION TENNESSEE 1205 Division Street Nashville TENNESSEE 37203
- since 3/31/2004: CENCOURSE, Inc. CORPORATION DELAWARE 4070 Woodridge Rd Miami FLORIDA 33133
- since 4/3/2004: The Trustees of the Smith Trust Shane Smith and Karen Griffith, both citizens of the United Kingdom TRUST UNITED KINGDOM London 24 Lock Keepters, 117 Brunswick Quay London UNITED KINGDOM SE16 7PW
The key to running 32-bit applications is something Microsoft dubs WOW64; WOW stands for Windows on Windows. Running 32-bit apps in x64 essentially gives each application its own 4GB of virtual memory space, which isolates it from other applications. So if one 32-bit application locks up, it only affects its memory space, not other running 32-bit apps. Windows x64 itself has a full 16TB (that's terabytes) of virtual memory address space. The downside, if you can call it that, is that you'll want to load your system up with as much memory as possible. While we used 2GB in our test systems, 4GB or even 8GB is desirable—assuming your motherboard supports it.
how to install 32-bit apps (as long as they have no 16-bit code):
On the other hand, installing and running 32-bit apps can occasionally be a chore. A 32-bit application that has any remaining 16-bit code won't run, because WOW64 doesn't support any 16-bit code. Also, 32-bit applications and 64-bit applications get their own folders. "Program Files" is reserved for 64-bit apps, while "Program Files (x86)" is for 32-bit software. This will sometimes result in strange installer behavior, as with Steam, Valve Software's game download application. Steam insisted that the parentheses in "Program Files (x86)" were illegal characters, and refused to install. You can either install Steam into a different folder (e.g., \games\valve) or change the folder name in the installer to "Progra~2\valve".
Page3... well, they are using the A8N SLI-Deluxe. We are using the A8N SLI-Premium, so the results should be fairly comparable.
They are running with 6800GT graphics, whereas we are running with dual 6600GT.
They are using a 160GB SATA drive (actually, two but dual booting one os to each disk), we are using 4x250GB SATAII drives.
since we can't rely on them actually knowing whether someone else has WMDs or not -- we will let them bomb anyone they think has WMDs, even if they don't?
does this also mean that they can nuke Oregon if they "suspect" that someone planted biological weapons here?
yeah, give guns to the bullies on the playground. great.
12 September 2005
10 September 2005
Date: 04/08/2002 at 11:41:19
Subject: Weird base three
Hello Dr. Peterson,
First of all thank you for your prompt answer to my math problem. I
followed your advice and made a table using base 3 for the numbers -5
to 35. I noticed a pattern. The column of the 1s follows 1, -1 0. The
column of the 3s: 1,1,1, -1,-1,-1, 0, 0,0. The column of the 9s has
nine 1s, nine -1s, and nine 0s. Consequently the next column, which is
the column of the 27s, will have 27 ones, 27 -1s, and 27 0s.
What they are saying is this...
bit0 follows the pattern 0+-0+-0+-
bit1 follows the pattern 000+++---000+++--- (note that the first + is actually number 2, so leading 0's don't have initial 0)
bit2 follows the pattern 000000000+++++++++--------- etc (first + is actually number 5, so leading 0's don't have initial four 0s)
bit3 follows the same pattern, but 27 of each -- starting with first + at 14
so, to clarify...
bit0: [+][-] repeat
bit1: [3*0][3*+][3*-] repeat
bit2: [9*0][9*+][9*-] repeat
bit3: [27*0][27*+][27*-] repeat
how do we clarify where the initial '+' would be?
bit0: skip 0
bit1: skip 1
bit2: skip 4
bit3: skip 13
f(x)? except for bit0, the # we are skipping, times itself, plus 1 = the number of the repeat
more specifically, we are repeating the pattern of: 3^bit, and the number to skip = ((3^bit - 1)/2)
bit0: ((3^0-1)/2)=0/2=0 [if the computer didn't give a crash]
we are skipping the first half of each repeat (round down to nearest whole number), where each repeat is 3^bit...
what does this mean? it means we could generate an entire table without doing any math, any calculations, etc -- OTHER THAN doing 3^bit and /2.
pattern = (3^bit)0s followed by (3^bit)+s followed by (3^bit)-s; skipping the first 1/2
The RSA FAQ says that the best known method for solving the factorization is to use a General Number Sieve and then Matrix all the resulting primes to find the correct one. While the first is an algorithm, the second is obvious brute force. It is because of the length of time these two take that the RSA feels that these algorithms are secure for "decades". I believe that an AI could solve the problem quicker (even if it still took months).
We can speed up the first part (the sieve) by matching patterns. For example, some basic things we know:
- has 2048-bits, based on the specific challenge to solve
- has to start with a 1, or it would be a 2047-bit number
- actually, it appears all primes start with 1
- has to end in 1, or it would be a multiple of 2
- has to end in 1,5, or 0, or it would be a multiple of 3
- can not end in 2,4,6,8, or 0, or it would be a multiple of 2
- can not end in 5 or 0, or it would be a multiple of 5
One AI solution to speed things up would to be locate patterns in different bases (as seen with base2, base10 and base6 above). This would speed the sieve engine. Speeding up the matrix/brute force might best be done with a median-approach, but that is hardly AI-based.
We can assume that teams are currently working to break the RSA-640 algorithm. As such, an alternative to the RSA-2048 algorithm up front would be to run the program against the RSA-704, then move on to the next one once it has been solved. If we wanted to take this approach, then the program should be written so that it makes as much of the reusable data collected/created available for the next run.
Also, 2048-bit keys are going to take a lot of memory to keep track of every single one in memory. This is probably part of the reason it takes so much resources. Perhaps a better approach would be to utilize a random-access memory mapped file, so that we can keep the minimal amount of data in memory at any given point in time.
09 September 2005
although, it doesn't agree with Google themselves...
from Google Code:
Google Talk is Developer Friendly - 24/Aug/2005
As you may have heard, we've released our IM/Voip system Google Talk into beta. Talk uses XMPP for its communications protocol, and the team has a document outlining how to use a standard Jabber client to communicate with Google Talk. This makes for a very nice programmatic interface for IM. There are interfaces in multiple languages, including Python, PHP, Java and C#, and the Jabber Software Foundation maintains a healthy list of libraries on their site. We hope you enjoy our developer-friendly Google Talk.
> If the levees there are so flimsy that a single barge (heavy though
> they are) can do this much damage, then the people who approved the
> levee design should be hung.
> From rense.com:
> Locals - Loose Barge
> Broke The New
> Orleans Levee
> By Wayne Madsen
> Locals from Lakeview subdivision of New Orleans report that after
> Katrina passed a loose barge struck levee causing breach that flooded
> WMR has just been informed by evacuees in Baton Rouge from Lakeview, a
> well-to-do New Orleans neighborhood, that the flooding of the city was
> caused by a loose barge striking the levee on the 17th Street Canal.
> The breach was not caused by rising flood waters as reported by FEMA
> and other agencies. Lakeview is some 1.5 miles down Veterans Boulevard
> from the 17th St. Canal breach.
> Distraught evacuees want to know why the Coast Guard or the U.S. Army
> Corps of Engineers did not secure the barge. The evacuees who
> witnessed the barge striking the levee also want to know why the major
> media is not covering this story. It is not known what company owns
> the barge but if it is a major campaign contributor to the GOP, the
> answer is self-evident.
well, you figure it out:
from Section 9.1: Introduction to Correctness and Robustness
For software written completely in Java, buffer overflow errors are impossible. The language simply does not provide any way to store data into memory that has not been properly allocated. To do that, you would need a pointer that points to unallocated memory or you would have to refer to an array location that lies outside the range allocated for the array. As explained above, neither of these is possible in Java. (However, there could conceivably still be errors in Java's standard classes, since some of the methods in these classes are actually written in the C programming language rather than in Java.)
Sure there are Java programs out there that have this problem. But that is USUALLY because they include NON-Java code.
It’s in the initial stage of production.
We hope it will be released in 2006.
It will cost less than a good mobile phone.
It will be real.
It will be OS-independent (at least it’s going to be able to work in some default state with any OS).
It will support any language or layout.
Moscow is the capital of Russia.
Each key could be programmed to produce any sequence.
It will be an open-source keyboard, SDK will be available.
Some day it will be split (and made “ergonomic”).
It will most likely use the OLED technology (e-paper is sooo slow).
Our studio is located two blocks from the Kremlin.
It will feature a key-saver.
Keys could be animated when needed.
It has a numeric keypad because we love it.
There’s no snow in Moscow in summer.
It will be available worldwide (why not?)
OEM is possible (why not?)
gene discovered that gives adults the ability to digest milk..? hmmm...
08 September 2005
They also report that Tempel 1 consists largely of extremely fine particles that seem to be very loosely bound together: in other words, the comet is more like a pile of powder than a solid rock. The outer layer of the comet is composed of particles that are between 1 and 100 microns in size, while the density of the nucleus is about 600 kilograms per cubic metre (Sciencexpress 1118923).
In addition to the material ejected by the impactor, the flyby spacecraft also saw shallow outbursts of material - probably triggered by sunlight - with a mean radius of about 3 kilometres. This ejected material mainly contain water and carbon dioxide. Furthermore, a relatively high concentration of organic material, such as formaldehyde and methanol, was found to be more abundant than water and carbon dioxide during and after the impact.
Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Morphware -- [ INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ] -- Magnetic logic may usher in an era in which computing devi
luckily there are other resources...
and WTF is up with having to buy a mouse in order to buy a keyboard? in order to buy a new set of wireless keyboard+trackball from logitech, we had to ALSO buy a mouse? How friggin useless.
• Search By Number
Use Google to access package tracking information, US patents, and a variety of online databases.
• Travel Information
Check the status of an airline flight in the U.S. or view airport delays and weather conditions.
• Who Links To You?
Find pages that point to a specific URL.
07 September 2005
4Frontiers will also be hiring soon, said Homnick.
'We're not shooting blanks,' said Homnick. 'We need to staff up. Our message to recent college graduates is, 'You can go with a large corporation, give up some of your freedom and most of your dreams. Or, if you have freedom in your heart, courage to face the unknown and discipline to deliver, contact us.''
And then neither Quicktime or Real Player included audio when they played it...
The website has separate audio download available, but I would prefer it to be in sync.
NOTE!! This site has been slashdotted. All large images have been temporarily removed to save our webserver and bandwidth. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Hitachi said it did not have concrete plans for launching the products in overseas markets, explaining that consumers in Europe and the United States were not as keen on high-end recorders.
Oh no, we are interested in the high-end recorders, just not the high-end price tags.
06 September 2005
they are saying that studing deuterium is important because it was created during the big bang and provides measurements of how much dark matter there is.
are they on crack? since when is a hydrogren atom with one extra neutron proof of anything a bazillion years ago? since when are we even unable to create it ourselves? since when do we have proof that it can not exist naturally in some other galaxy? in fact, since it occurs naturally as a gas -- who is to say there isn't stars right now giving it off?
they are on crack, I am sure of it
in fact.. how about a router like the PX40, but add 4G to it... and then get me unlimited minutes on the cell carrier... yes, then we can set up our own 1Gb mesh network with multiple entrypoints to the internet and say screw fiber.
news @ nature.com - Dark matter highlights extra dimensions - Three new 'directions' could explain astronomical puzzle.
05 September 2005
from the above article:
The new, Internet-connected and secure players will report any "hack" and the device can be disabled remotely.
And from a new er article:
The Inquirer is running an article detailing how Blu-Ray drives for the Playstation 3 will cost Sony a small fortune. It turns out that at the release of the console in the first half of 2006, Sony will have to pay more than $100 per drive which will dramatically increase the unit cost of the PS3
So, what does it come down to? Sony is going to charge us more money for the right to fuck us over if we do things like take out region coding... Fuck them. I don't think I want Blue Ray or PS3.
04 September 2005
03 September 2005
Two days later, somebody in Seattle hid a container of goodies, and posted satellite coordinates of where it could be found. Another guy found the goodies and up went a Web site about it, later posted to the sci.geo.satellite-nav newsgroup. Today, according to the site, there are 194,813 active caches (or hidden goodies) in 217 countries.
I've heard about this, but didn't realize it was so popular. Nice, sounds like fun.
Google paid Lee a $US2.5 million signing bonus and promised a $US1.5 million bonus after one year, plus a $US250,000 salary and options on 10,000 shares of Google stock, according to court documents.
If he stays for four years, Lee also will receive another 20,000 Google shares, currently worth $US5.8 million.
They are opening a new center in The Dalles, right? hmmmmm....
02 September 2005
Portland has many nicknames. The City of Roses and Rose City originated during the 1905 Lewis and Clark centennial. The climate is ideal for growing roses and the city is home to the annual Rose Festival, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Rose Garden Arena.
One of the oldest nicknames, 'Stumptown', comes from the period of phenomenal growth after 1847. The city was growing so rapidly that the stumps of trees cut down to make way for roads were left until manpower could be spared to remove them. In some areas, the stumps remained for so long that locals painted them white to make them more visible, and used them to cross the street without sinking into the mud. The name has been paid homage, albeit with a stylized local pronunciation, in the name of a popular coffee chain, Stumptown Coffee.
Other nicknames include:
* City of Bridges, or Bridgetown, due to its numerous bridges;
* PDX, from the airport code of its airport;
* Puddletown, because of its weather;
* Rip City, a nickname stemming from a chance remark from Bill Schonely, a long-time announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers;
* River City, because of its proximity to the Willamette River and Columbia River;
* Little Beirut, for the hostile demonstrations in response to the visits of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and his son George W. Bush;
* Deportland, from the alleged rough treatment of passengers at the Federal Inspection Service facility when Delta Air Lines operated flights to Asia from PDX;
* P-town, presumably from "Portland" + "town";
* Pizzortland, the post-modern ebonic slang approach.
01 September 2005
M400 Skycar Deposit Information
Deposit is refundable until after a successful transitioning flight has occurred. Thereafter deposits are refundable only if Final Delivery Price exceeds List Price (as adjusted for CPI-W) by 5%, OR Standard Equipment List has been shortened OR Guaranteed Performance Specifications are not met, OR FAA Certification Date of the M400 Skycar occurs after December 31, 2008 or a Purchase Agreement is executed prior to FAA certification.
Your required deposit amount is as follows:
Delivery Position Minimum Deposit
Amount List Price
25-100 $100,000 $995,000
101-200 $25,000 $750,000
201-500 $10,000 $500,000
Performance Specifications & Equipment List
Maximum speed 350 MPH
Cruise speed (25,000 ft.) 315 MPH
Range 750 Miles
Size Large automobile
Best mileage approx. 20 MPG
Useful payload 750 lbs
Can hover with one engine failed
Can use automotive gasoline
Not later than December 31, 2008
If you are interested in a delivery position please review the Moller M400 Skycar Deposit Agreement or contact Bruce Calkins at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
this device seems kinda kewl. wouldn't mind having a BSD-equivalent on my network (or even a Windows one for those game machines)... but...
Even if you enter OSTG905 as a promo code, this device cost $7k. There is no friggin way it is worth THAT much.
They expect the facility to create between 50-100 jobs over time, with estimated average of $60k/yr salary + benefits (kinda low, probably why they chose The Dalles instead of Beaverton).
They have agreed to provide Google with tax incentives and power supply (according to The Dalles Chronicle).
Of course, The Dalles has had fiber since 2003, and Ashland since about 1998-ish... But, Beaverton, we MAY get it next year "IF AT ALL" according to Verizon. The Dalles fiber connects to NoaNet via Bonneville Power. Their fiber network is called "QLife" (quality of life). Senator Ron Wyden raised $700k for it to be put in. They also got grants from the Columbia River Gorge Scenia Area and loans from the Gorge organization.
Google said at the time that they had no specific project completion date, but was planning to start construction soon. Wonder if it has been started.
I looked through the minutes of the The Dalles Port Authority site, but could not find any mention of Google. Their site also has maps of their properties, but I unsure which one Google bought.
Beaverton has not agreed to let Verizon do the rollout yet because they are concerned about disruption and public complaints.
I could understand about public complains due to mass traffic problems during reconstruction. I could understand public complaints about how Verizon will only allow FIOS to be used with their own ISP (who's terms of service may be less than desirable). I could understand people complaining because the lines aren't community owned.
But no one has actually asked us our opinion. Don't you think that should be the first step?
4' below the surface, earth maintains constant temperature between 50-60 degrees (depending on location)
geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling
uses liquid-filled tubes buried in earth
works a lot like a refrigerator
much more efficient than air-based heat pumps
70% of the energy used is renewable
1/4" window has same insulation as 7 panes of glass
Nanogel is used as filler in opaque skylights
They showed a 1/4" aerogel insulation and was unable to burn it with a stove... in fact... he kept his hand on it IN the burner without getting burnt...
and that they can incorporate various wiring/sensors while they build...
wierd... concrete that is made like cooking bread.... and 1/5th the weight, even floats... great thermal/fire insulation... 8" thick has R-value of 20. can use saws,drills and routers on it. with rebar inbedded can be used for floors and roofs... quakeproof... can be finished with just about any standard building materials...
The hacker's worksheet looks interesting... it is like Excel, but where the cells themselves are Java expressions, so you can do things like col(0,row-1)
The Autonomous Embedded Java Robots link didn't really provide anything useful. Just a PDF slideshow talking about how well their LEGO-oriented project worked.
I thought the GPL Course Management software had promise -- but I couldn't access the demos to figure out whether it would be worth ripping out the MySql bit.
The eConf thing is interesting, I think. hard to tell. I think it is basically so that an instructor can record his presentation so that students can later view it.
What I need to do is make my JAXB DB open source... Then, not only are the rules easy to define, access and utilize -- but it would open up the opportunity for multiple rules to end with the same endpoint -- ie: true workflow style.
I'll have to open source the DB, then a Rules/Workflow Engine based on it.
I really like the auto-suggestions being in a separate section. Makes it easier to see than the auto-pulldown...
And it's all written in Java. Nice :) Not only that, but they chose Java so that it would be faster than the C++ one they already had :) haha...
a couple comments from the 'its all in Java' link...
No one believed it was possible, but we were able to build the prototype crawler in three months using two developers, which was a major achievement.
hmm, but then they go on to say that they then wrote it so that it is in Java, but the data structures are in C++, but there is no JNI... hmmm....
they moved away from SQL cuz it wasn't good enough -- that's good. they went to a proprietary format -- that's bad...
they used JDK 5 -- that's good.
they're using RMI -- not so hot....
they are running Intel on Linux -- and said the hardware AND operating system failed more often than the JVM... very interesting indeed... perhaps that's why I don't use either?
NIO and JAXB -- very good. I always do both as well....
Eclipse was too slow ;) yep