Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
Friend of mine was one of the 16,000 complaints. I think the gist of his argument was that if you read the weather wrong in London, you'll get wet walking between the bus stop and your house because you didn't take an umbrella. If you read the weather wrong in the Highlands of Scotland, you die.
YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices
So are those "No copyright in this it is a fair use" messages I see on youtube not legally enforceable? I mean, I'm only listening to this whole album for criticism... Sheesh! Whoodathunkit.
Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?
Great idea Joe! Now, hey, what's the IP address of the DNS server?
Non-Coders As the Face of the Learn-to-Code Movements
Someone looked up all the people who were on the committee of this Year of Code thing. Only three of 23 had a geeky coding background. The others were a bunch of entrepreneurs and startup-biz types.
Tom Morris blog
How many of them even know what 'github' is? Just a bunch of Nathan Barley types who got lucky. Although it doesn't mean the organisation would be any better if Nathan's programmer sidekick Pingu was on the committee.
Adrian Short blog.
and see also all the episodes of Nathan Barley on YouTube if you've not seen it before.
Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own
Red flags that this is not and probably won't ever be a working thing:
1. "Designer Jeabyun Yeon has created something great". No, Designers don't create things. Engineers create things. This Designer creates with Photoshop and 3DStudio, and his creations are not 'things'.
2. Its on a design blog site. Not a scuba site. Not an engineering site. A design site. I reckon I could troll up a fake thing (collapsible refrigerator, hover table, solar powered sun-tan lamp) and get it posted there if I wanted.
3. Because sharks
Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
In every movie I've seen police officers always get killed two days before retirement.
Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?
I keep my pa55w0rd hidden in plain sight.
How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won
Nobody has answered the questions I posed. Does the user see an even slightly different page? Do they get different prices on stuff on the site? Who are these affiliates?
I could understand if amazon.com was being redirected to a rival company, or if (as some ISPs have done) typos and invalid DNS entries got redirected to a page stuffed with advertising.
Excuse me if I don't understand this aspect of Amazon's trading practice - but then you are probably sitting in your mom's basement spending her money on Amazon all day long. Okay now we're even.
How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won
From the article: he goes to amazon.com, it returns the IP for the proxy, and eventually a redirect to www.amazon.com/?affiliate=id
How does that affect the user? Do they see a different page than if they'd gone straight to www.amazon.com? Or is it just that the affiliate gets a cut if the user buys anything from amazon at that point? Who loses out here? Other affiliates who aren't in the program?
Parents' Campaign Leads To Wi-Fi Ban In New Zealand School
If WiFi access points aren't properly fitted to walls and ceilings, they could fall off and hit the students. That probably happens more often than someone gets cancer from the radiation.
Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users
Bill Hicks cared - he would have had a lot less material without marketers.
Although he did only want them to kill themselves.
Battlefield 4 Banned In China
EA should have worked with the Chinese government to produce a version where you can invade Taiwan, Japan, and if you do really well, North Korea,,,
Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades
Some idiot sub-editor wrote a misleading figure caption here. The article (which I've read) says nothing about how data is lost with age. It only says something about how much data is lost for papers of a given age as of now.
In other words it does not mean that in 10 years time, 10 year old papers will have such drastic data loss. The world 20 years ago was a very different place in terms of communication, scientific practice, and data storage than it was 10 years ago or is now.
The Slashdot article repeats the fallacy by saying "scientific data disappears". No it doesn't. Some has disappeared, but the paper cannot say anything about whether it is still disappearing.
Come back in 10 years time for that conclusion.
The FBI's Giant Bitcoin Wallet
Irish pounds were actually "Punts" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_pound] - named to rhyme with the irish word for "banker".
Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits
Sheldon: Well, there’s some value to taking a multivitamin, but the human body can only absorb so much, what you’re buying here are the ingredients for very expensive urine.
How Microwave Transmission Is Linking Financial Centers At Near-Light Speed
Ever see two ships using those flashing lamp things to talk in morse code? They are communicating at the speed of light.
Data transfer speed is in baud, or bps, or Gb/s, or Encyclopedia Britannicas/s - never metres per second.
22-Year-Old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Is the New World Chess Champion
Wikipedia: "Carlsen modelled for G-Star Raw's Autumn/Winter 2010 advertising campaign with actress Liv Tyler." and "Carlsen was selected as one of the "sexiest men of 2013" by Cosmopolitan." He's a pawn star.
Google's Barge Is a Marketing Showroom
Never mind that, what about the human's ability to breathe inside shipping containers?
Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate
A neighbourhood ecologist friend of mine has a bat detector. Shall we settle this once and for all?
Is Google Building a Floating Data Center In San Francisco Bay?
I say I say I say, how does a floating data center connect to the internet?
But seriously, what bandwidth and latency can you expect from something out in the ocean, unless they drag a wodge of fibres with them or tap into something on the seabed...
Bazman hasn't submitted any stories.
I suspected this all along. I've been doing data analysis of tropical disease data for quite some time - meningitis in Africa, loaloa in Cameroon, and most recently lymphatic filariasis in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin.
And then last week I discover where the money comes from. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They pay the tropical medicine researchers, and the tropical medicine researchers pay me to do the statistics.
But the joke is on Bill, because I only use Free Software - R running under Linux. Reports are written in LaTeX.
Of course this doesn't go down well with my anarchist-inclined friends. Especially when I told one of them that I had a meeting with the tropical medicine people and some guys from the World Bank next week...
Next entry in a years time, no doubt.
so today is the day of my sea otter movie
premiere. i'm up until 1.30am writing the
voice-over script. get up at 7.30am and sort out
the microphone. Record the parts to my Akai
digital recorder, and then have to muck with the
soundcard drivers to get the digital input
working. I was expecting this sort of trouble,
and it didn't take long to sort it out. Chopped
up all the audio and put it in its proper place
on the Premiere timeline. Grrreat. Adjust a few
levels here and there and its ready to mix down
onto my camera.
Once its on the DV tape in the camera, its over
to the TV and the VCR to make a VHS copy. Hello,
that doesn't sound right. There's something wrong
with the audio at the start of the film. Rats. I
check the Premiere project and there's a section
of wav file out of place. Delete. Fixed. Sorted.
I mix down to the camera again.
Then its over to the TV. its 12:30, the transfer
to VHS takes 30 minutes, I'll be out of the house
and on my way to the 3pm showing no problem. I
switch the camera on. Low Battery. I plug the
mains in. Low battery. I try my monster great
fully charged 10 hour battery. Low battery. I
take the batteries out, wander round the house
for a minute, try again. Low battery. The camera
will do nothing except display Low Battery.
This is the final process in getting the finished
film ready. And I'm stuck, totally. Despair hits.
Obscenities fly at nobody in particular. Then I
have an idea. I pack the camera and the tapes into
my bag and run into town to the camera shop where
I bought the camera. I tell them my story. The
man tries my camera with a fresh battery and
it says 'Low Battery'. He takes it for repair,
and offers to make a VHS copy from my DV tape. I
have to come back in an hour.
Its funny having an hour in which you're in a
tense deadline situation but there's nothing you
can do. I walk back home and try to relax on the
couch. I also search for the receipt for the
camera, and find it in my desk draw.
After an hour, I pack everything I need onto my
bike and speed back to the camera shop. The film
is being transferred on a machine in full view in
the shop, and some customers are watching! I
wander into town and sit by the fountain for ten
minutes, relaxing again. Nothing I can do.
Back to the shop, and pick up the tape. Its now
2.25. I speed onto campus and arrive at 2:45, just
in time. At 3pm there's a few Biology students and
some friends in the room to watch the film. They
all seem to like it, and four of us go and have
a coffee in the coffee bar afterwards. I think
they liked it. They certainly liked the otters.
Then saturday night to the pub. The Bobbin was chocka-full of goths.
Then on sunday decide to install my new hard drives. Nightmare. Windows decided that my paging file wasnt big enough. Or wasnt there. But logged me straight out without giving me a chance to fix it. Aargh. Two reinstalls later I got a semblance of a working system back and then had to fix all the device drivers. I've not checked that my soundcards are working yet, I'm just grateful to have video back.
And a power failure on Saturday means lots of machines here at work are screaming. Aaaaaargh....
I dont like Mondays, tell me why, I dont like Mondays...
Friday. Working at 8.40, and about to leave. At least
today I'll get home before 11. Working hard for a
deadline next week to get some web-based reporting
of food poisoning cases done. I've found a great
web-based free GIS 'mapserver' (google for it) and
thats saved a lot of work and made it all possible.
Now I just have to get the data into it.
Every day we are sent updated data by email which gets
filtered by procmail, gunzipped, un-pgped, and stuffed
into a Postgres database table. Then the idea is that
every midnight or so a job gets the data out of the
table, matches up the postcodes (like zip-codes) with
the small area-based units we use (census tracts of a
sort) and computes incidences over space and time.
Then all this data has to go into a Dbase .dbf file
cos thats what the GIS uses.
So not only am I building a GIS, doing stats analyses
with R (www.r-project.org), I'm also writing code for
R to write out dbf files. Hence the late nights.
And I'm making a documentary about sea otters that has
to be done in a couple of weeks. Aaaaah.
So its Friday, but I dont think I'm going to have a
restful weekend somehow.
Happiness to all of you.
So, I'm going to whore myself. If you've got comments you want modded up, send $1 to me and I'll use all my moderator points on you whenever I get mod access.
Nothing much else happening today....
Well well well. Here I am, reading stuff on slashdot when I see someone has a journal entry. When did slashdot become 'blogs for nerds'?
today I have mostly been thinking about playing football.