Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Free for commercial use, including PlayStation 3, Open Source multiplatform C under the ZLib License.
Discrete and continuous collision detection, integrated into Blender 3D and COLLADA 1.4 Physics tools support."
Netgear's tiny Network Attached Storage RAID -- just right for a home entertainment/data server? - Boing Boing
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
And then there's the music. This is Hyman solo on electronic organ with rhythm effects and some kind of wah-wah peddle. In fact, it sounds as if some demo tape Hyman recorded to showcase his skills on the wah-wah, since at one point he dabbles with it to the point that the tune almost self-deconstructs."
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
FARK.com: (3274131) Sixty-three years ago today, the Battle of the Bulge began. "Just pull your vehicle behind me... I'm the 82nd Airborne, and this i
"Late on the night of December 23rd, Sergeant John Banister of the 14th Cavalry Group found himself meandering through the village of Provedroux, southwest of Vielsalm. He'd been separated from his unit during the wild retreat of the first days and joined up with Task Force Jones, defending the southern side of the Fortified Goose Egg. Now they were in retreat again. The Germans were closing in on the village from three sides. American vehicles were pulling out, and Banister was once again separated from his new unit, with no ride out.
A tank destroyer rolled by; somebody waved him aboard and Banister eagerly climbed on. They roared out of the burning town. Somebody told Banister that he was riding with Lieutenant Bill Rogers. "Who's he?" Banister wanted to know. "Will Rogers' son," came the answer. It was a hell of a way to meet a celebrity.
An hour later they reached the main highway running west from Vielsalm. There they found a lone soldier digging a foxhole. Armed with bazooka and rifle, unshaven and filthy, he went about his business with a stoic nonchalance. They pulled up to him and stopped. He didn't seem to care about the refugees. "If yer lookin for a safe place," he said, "just pull that vehicle behind me. I'm the 82nd Airborne. This is as far as the bastards are going."
The men on the tank destroyer hesitated. After the constant retreats of the last week, they didn't have much fight left in them. But the paratrooper's determination was infectious. "You heard the man," declared Rogers. "Let's set up for business!" Twenty minutes later, two truckloads of GIs joined their little roadblock. All through the night, men trickled in, and their defenses grew stronger."
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
"What’s cool about SimpleDB
* Really large data sets
* Really Fast
* Highly Available - It’s Amazon. Running Erlang. Whoa.
* On demand scaling - Like S3, EC2, with a sensible data metering pricing model
* Schemaless - major cool factor for me here; items are little hash tables containing sets of key, value pairs"
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Plushie:An Interactive Design System for Plush Toys:We introduce Plushie, an interactive system that allows nonprofessional users to design their own original plush toys. To design a plush toy, one needs to construct an appropriate two-dimensional (2D) pattern. However, it is difficult for non-professional users to appropriately design a 2D pattern. Some recent systems automatically generate a 2D pattern for a given three-dimensional (3D) model, but constructing a 3D model is itself a challenge. Furthermore, an arbitrary 3D model cannot necessarily be realized as a real plush toy, and the final sewn result can be very different from the original 3D model. We avoid this mismatch by constructing appropriate 2D patterns and applying simple physical simulation to it on the fly during 3D modeling. In this way, the model on the screen is always a good approximation of the final sewn result, which makes the design process much more efficient. We use a sketching interface for 3D modeling and also provide various editing operations tailored for plush toy design. Internally, the system constructs a 2D cloth pattern in such a way that the simulation result matches the user's input stroke. Our goal is to show that relatively simple algorithms can provide fast, satisfactory results to the user whereas the pursuit of optimal layout and simulation accuracy lies outside this paper's scope. We successfully demonstrated that non-professional users could design plush toys or balloon easily using Plushie.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
All the text windows, will initialize in 'input' mode (standard cocoa text input). You invoke the Vi-command window (exit the input mode) by hitting ` (the back-apostrophe key, this is customizable, see installation instructions) and then key in your favorite Vi commands. For example, move down a line 'j', move right 'l', delete two lines 'd2d', and so on. You enter back into 'input' mode by typing the 'i'. You get the idea. Right now, you should be thinking -- 'you mean the editor in XCode will behave like Vi?' Answer: Yes."
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
email from Jani Monoses:
now that the browser activity is working[*], I have modified a Xubuntu
7.10 liveCD to include the existing .deb packages of Sugar. They are up
to date as of git master, equivalent of current joyride.
TamTam and Etoys are not yet packaged.
It boots in plain Xfce and the emulator is in the applications menu,
Starting in native sugar can be achieved by relogging in and choosing
the sugar session. User is 'ubuntu' and there in no password.
It can be installed to the hard drive as any Ubuntu derived liveCD, by
using the install icon on the desktop.
There's a script in the download directory which puts the ISO on a
bootable USB stick for easier testing.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
(Makes 8 servings)
4 large bell peppers
1/4 cup (50 ml) olive oil
1 small eggplant, diced
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
1 cup (250 ml) sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 tsp. (2 ml) each dried basil, oregano and salt
Black pepper and hot pepper sauce, to taste
1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise and cut into 1/2 -inch (1-cm)) chunks
1/4 cup (50 ml) grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membranes without cutting through shell. Place halves in a 13-by-9-inch (3-l) rectangular glass dish, cover with vented plastic wrap and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender.
2. Immerse peppers in an ice-water bath to stop cooking process; drain and set aside with cut sides up.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant and onion and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, tomato, mushrooms, basil, oregano, salt, black pepper and hot sauce and cook, stirring, until mushrooms are tender and mixture is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes more or until crisp-tender.
4. Spoon mixture into prepared pepper halves and sprinkle each half with about 1 tsp. (5 ml) grated cheese, if desired. Bake for 15 minutes or until mixture cheese is begins to bubble. Serve.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
SpeedStream 4100 - Siemens Gigaset Provider Portal Home
2.4 Efficient 4100 modem Ameritech - SBC FAQ - dslreports.com
UPG Update - Siemens
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Messages from Don Hopkins, Alan Kay, re. Tcl, SimCity, OLPC
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
"As the only Valleywagger who writes for the Wall Street Journal, I get lots of email from readers who want to know Sweet, how can I land that gig next time you're busy? Careful what you wish for. Freelance writing is hard work. Unless, that is, you follow my easy guide to slacking your way to the top -- well, not really the top, but sort of near the top. Which is the whole idea."
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
* Modification 1 - Improve accessibility to the firepan.
* Modification 2 - Improve firepan airflow
* Modification 3 - Improve accessibility to the water pan
* Modification 4 - Improve temperature indication
...and some of my own mods:
* Modification 2a: - Improve fireplan airflow even more (charcoal rails).
* Modification 2b - Add vent covers.
* Modification 5 - Improve cooker airflow (top vent & foil).
The Brinkmann water smoker is an inexpensive tool which can make some excellent barbecue. It is sometimes referred to as an ECB on this mail List (El Cheapo Brinkmann). Don't let this moniker fool you however. The ECB makes some mighty fine barbecue right out of the box. However, there are several modifications which can improve its performance, ease its use and therefore enhance your enjoyment."
Monday, November 05, 2007
What's your cool cam?
"With all of the bugs he could get started on, he decided it was necessary to add a new feature instead. He developed a camera system that would focus on anything "cool" happening near the player. For instance, one plane shakes another with a delicate evasive maneuver. Or it'd mount to a bomb right as a B-17's bay was opening, following its descent onto the earth. Or it'd follow a plane being shot down, ablaze and spiraling toward the ground, engines sputtering.
The "Cool Cam" was cool. But it didn't change the fact that the game was almost completely broken. Brand wanted to confront Tim about bug priority and all of the code he was toiling away to debug, but held his tongue. No one could save the project at this point anyway.
At the next week's meeting with management, the air felt heavy. With each passing week the execs were seeing money hemorrhaged into a dying project that they'd had a full team on for four years. Tim started up the game and played carefully to avoid the obvious bugs. Getting a double whammy of tough questions ("How overbudget is this project?" and "Why shouldn't we cancel this right now?"), Tim made sure his plane was level and flying evenly and let go of the joystick and hit the cool cam button.
Brand sat there silently, watching the monitor. Tim turned toward the execs, about to stumble through an answer they probably wouldn't accept. The room was silent, save for the steady hum of the plane's engines coming out of the computer speakers. Suddenly, the camera zoomed in on an explosion, following a flaming plane barreling toward the earth, then the focus moved slightly to another plane quickly evading the flaming shell. Tim took the controls again when the execs lobbed another tough question about bugs they'd made no progress in fixing. Again, Tim leveled the plane and hit the cool cam button. And again, he didn't have to answer because everyone was fixated on the screen.
Tim's "cool cam" saved European Air War. It went from a money-leaking embarrassment to a top-tier release for MicroProse. The weekly meetings got easier, more developers were brought on, and the team managed to put together one hell of a game. It reviewed well after its 1998 release and is still a popular game for history buffs. And it probably wouldn't have been released if not for a programmer that knew what the project needed most; the cool cam."
Sunday, November 04, 2007
"After watching a particularly good episode of my favorite (now ended) video blog The Show With ZeFrank, I knew my life would never be satisfying until I followed the instructions he gave me (watch til the end):
“Put a little oil in the pan, but make sure you add some butter. That’s where the flavor is. Coat it, and then pour yourself a nice, big pancake. Now watch it. See those tiny little holes? Those are bonding holes, and they have a purpose. As soon as you see enough bonding holes, pick the pancake up and crack an egg under it…”
The mix of flavors and textures works really well. The cooked egg white combines with the pancake to make something exquisitely fluffy, and the runny yolk fills the role normally occupied by syrup.EDIT: There’s been a request for egg-in-the-basket instructions as well, and since it is a valid alternative to the Pankegg, here they are: take a piece of bread. Butter it. Cut a circle into the center of the bread; eat the circular scrap that results. Put the bread buttered-side-down in a skillet, crack an egg into the hole, and break the yolk. Allow one side to cook, flip the bread, and lightly cook the other (to insure the whole egg white has been cooked)."
Thursday, November 01, 2007
"11) There's no way to assure the quality of private schools Ha. Ha. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Seriously? The problem with private schools is that they can't match the same level of quality we've come to expect from our urban public school system? And what else have you learned in your visit to our planet?"
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"IN HIS 1988 BOOK, SEARCHING FOR SAFETY, the late UC-Berkeley political scientist Aaron Wildavsky laid out two alternatives for dealing with risk: anticipation, the static planning that aspires to perfect foresight, and resilience, the dynamic response that relies on having many margins of adjustment: "Anticipation is a mode of control by a central mind; efforts are made to predict and prevent potential dangers before damage is done. Forbidding the sale of certain medical drugs is an anticipatory measure. Resilience is the capacity to cope with unanticipated dangers after they have become manifest, learning to bounce back. An innovative biomedical industry that creates new drugs for new diseases is a resilient device. . . . Anticipation seeks to preserve stability: the less fluctuation, the better. Resilience accommodates variability; one may not do so well in good times but learn to persist in the bad."
Here, then, is the basic difference between the valley and the Hub: Viewing the world as predictable and itself as the center of the universe, Boston has encouraged strategies of anticipation. People try to imagine everything that might go wrong and fix it in advance. But in Silicon Valley, there are no certainties. The future is open and subject to upheaval. Resilience is the strategy of choice. People do the best they can at the moment, deal with problems as they arise, and develop networks to help them out.
The positive side of anticipation is that it encourages imagination and deep thought, the stuff of intellectual life. And it is good at eliminating known risks. It can build confidence, appropriate in a city whose leading business manages the life savings of America's middle class. "Just look at the name: Fidelity," says Hutchinson. "Rock solid, New England." Building Fidelity Investments meant not just hiring good fund managers but getting customers to trust impersonal computers, phones, and customer-service systems as they'd once trusted the neighborhood banker. Anticipation makes such systems reliable."
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
"The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures, according to a top scientist."
You'll never guess which species evolves from the scientists...
Friday, October 26, 2007
"Here's my five-step guide to ensure software failure:
Mistake No. 1: Start with a mediocre team of developers.
Mistake No. 2: Set weekly milestones.
Mistake No. 3: Negotiate the deadline.
Mistake No. 4: Divide tasks equitably.
Mistake No. 5: Work till midnight."
Thursday, October 25, 2007
"Ever wonder how the power LED shows through the aluminum of Apple's new wireless keyboard when it's on, but blends into the metal when it's off? Here's how.
This design feature caught my eye as soon as I powered the keyboard up, so I brought it into work the next day and took a picture at 40X magnification using the scope in our lab. A small pattern of what must be laser cut holes allows the light from the LED to shine through, but hides it from view when it's turned off. "
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
"Ordinary citizens wouldn't know what to do with eternal life," says Minsky. "The masses don't have any clear-cut goals or purpose." Only scientists, who work on problems that might take decades to solve appreciate the need for extended lifespans, he argues.
He is also staunchly against regulating the development of new technologies. "Scientists shouldn't have ethical responsibility for their inventions, they should be able to do what they want," he says. "You shouldn't ask them to have the same values as other people."
The following ten tenets define the gentle art and philosophy of Chindogu
1. A Chindogu cannot be for real use
2. A Chindogu must exist
3. Inherent in every Chindogu is the spirit of anarchy
4. Chindogu are tools for everyday life
5. Chindogu are not for sale
6. Humor must not be the sole reason for creating a Chindogu
7. Chindogu is not propaganda
8. Chindogu are never taboo
9. Chindogu cannot be patented
10. Chindogu are without prejudice
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
swap 2364 mb
echo 262144 > rmem_default
echo 262144 > rmem_max
echo 262144 > wmem_default
echo 262144 > wmem_max
sudo rpm -Uvh libaio-0.3.106-2.2.i386.rpm
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Now there's a new product that reattaches plaster without leaving behind difficult-to-disguise bumps. Big Wally's Plaster Magic repair kit uses a two-part adhesive to glue the lath and plaster back together, so a spackle is all it takes to make the repair disappear. Rory Brennan, a Vermont-based plaster restoration expert, developed this homeowner-friendly system after years of using drums of similar adhesives on large-scale plaster-repair projects.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Many events of an extraordinary character transpired in Texas during the year 1839. The two which overshadowed all others, from a military point of view, were the campaigns driving the Cherokee Indians from Eastern Texas and the establishment on Texas soil of "The Republic of the Rio Grande." The troubles which led up to the expulsion of the Cherokee Indians from Texas are matters generally known, but little is known to the causal reader of Texas history concerning the events surrounding the revolution against the Centralist of Mexico which led to the establishment of the "Republic of the Rio Grande." This event has historical value to Texas because the revolution had its birth in Texas and, too, because the "Republic of the Rio Grande" unfurled its banner on Texas soil.
The impetuous Texans who joined the Mexican Republicans in this revolution, were venturesome spirits who were not contented with the dull monotony of peaceful scenes. They thought they saw in it opportunities for service and gain. They felt that by taking advantage of these opportunities they could gain both. They were young men of splendid abilities-ambitious and brave but they did not stop to count the cost of failure or consider the reproach they were bringing upon their country."
"I spotted this flag in Laredo while traveling in south Texas. I was curious about its resemblance to the Texas state flag, so I did some research to determine its origins.
The red, black and white flag was the national flag of the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande. A group of rebels known as the Federalists declared a republic based on the Mexican Constitution of 1824. The new state was to include the Mexican States of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamulipas, with its capital at Laredo. The Republic of the Rio Grande was declared in January 1840.
The Centrists in Mexico City (who were responsible for the suspension of the 1824 constitution) moved to quickly bring the Rio Grande back into the fold. Laredo was captured by Mexican forces less than two months later, but the insurgency continued and the Federalists eventually retook the town. A major Centrist victory at Satillo in October 1840 effectively killed the Republic of the Rio Grande. The Federalists surrendered two weeks later and their new nation ceased to exist. The republic lasted 283 days.
Although the republic is long gone, its flag is still displayed in prominent places, including the masthead of the local paper."
Ryan Fennell, 27 July 2000
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
ACM Queue - Languages, Levels, Libraries, and Longevity: New programming languages are born every day. Why do some succeed and some fail?
We can gather insights from the last 50 years of programming systems to the current time. For the far future, Vernor Vinge’s fine science-fiction novel, A Deepness in the Sky, rings all too true. The young protagonist, Pham, has joined a starship crew and is learning the high-value vocation of “programmer archaeologist,” as the crew’s safety depends on the ability to find needed code, use it, and modify it without breaking something. He is initially appalled at the code he finds:
The programs were crap…Programming went back to the beginning of time…There were programs here that had been written five thousand years ago, before Humankind ever left Earth. The wonder of it—the horror of it…these programs still worked…down at the very bottom of it was a little program that ran a counter. Second by second, the Qeng Ho counted from the instant that a human had first set foot on Old Earth’s moon. But if you looked at it still more closely… the starting instant was actually about fifteen million seconds later, the 0-second of one of Humankind’s first computer operating systems…
“We should rewrite it all,” said Pham.
“It’s been done,” said Sura.
“It’s been tried,” corrected Bret…“You and a thousand friends would have to work for a century or so to reproduce it… And guess what—even if you did, by the time you finished, you’d have your own set of inconsistencies. And you still wouldn’t be consistent with all the applications that might be needed now and then…”“The word for all this is ‘mature programming environment.’”
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Twenty-five years ago, Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes — a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis — as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message.
Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly."I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-)," wrote Fahlman. "Read it sideways."'
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
"ThingFish is a network-accessable, searchable, extensible datastore. It can be used to store chunks of data on the network in an application-independent way, associate the chunks with other chunks through metadata, and then search for the chunk you need later and fetch it again, all through a REST API over HTTP.
The system should, in its most basic form, only do two things: 1. Store files via a network interface. 2. Store metadata about the files and provide a search facility for finding files via their associated metadata."
The UN continues its mission of spreading optimism and hope and hope for the future in the world's children.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
“Some of our customers don’t know the name, though after they meet us, they want to read the book,” she went on. “Our sales reps have a problem, however. New clients usually ask: ‘Hey, where is John Galt? How come I’m not important enough to rate a visit from John Galt?’ ”
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
AsiaInfo Wins Exclusive Contract with China Mobile Pakistan to Deliver Telecom Billing and CRM Software Solutions
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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Saturday, September 08, 2007
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Sunday, September 02, 2007
"So, this is still 'valid', but there are other ways in the year 2007. proxy users for example, consider: ops$tkyte%ORA10GR2> alter user scott grant connect through ops$tkyte; User altered. ops$tkyte%ORA10GR2> connect ops$tkyte[scott]/foobar; Connected. scott%ORA10GR2> select user from dual; USER ------------------------------ SCOTT scott%ORA10GR2> connect scott/foobar; ERROR: ORA-01017: invalid username/password; logon denied Warning: You are no longer connected to ORACLE. scott%ORA10GR2> connect ops$tkyte/foobar; Connected. ops$tkyte%ORA10GR2> "
Saturday, September 01, 2007
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Monday, August 27, 2007
"“Law school taught me one thing: how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.” – Hart Pomerantz"
Sunday, August 26, 2007
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Sunday, August 19, 2007
"disposition := 'Content-Disposition' ':' disposition-type *(';' disposition-parm)
disposition-type := 'inline' / 'attachment' / extension-token ;
disposition-parm := filename-parm / creation-date-parm / modification-date-parm / read-date-parm / size-parm / parameter"