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Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Saving Time?

terremoto Re:Singapore (395 comments)

Singaporeans liked the concept of Daylight Saving so much that in 1982 they moved to it permanently.

Not so. See the article Why is Singapore in the 'Wrong' Time Zone? for a better explanation.

more than 2 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

terremoto Re:We don't use sudo? (592 comments)

like using vi to look at a config file you have no intention of editing

For that we use view of course.

And :w! if we change our mind.

more than 3 years ago
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Where Are the Original PC Programmers Now?

terremoto And which one have Wikipedia entries? (124 comments)

I got the Programmers at Work book recently (picked it up in a second hand book sale). After reading the articles I looked up a few Wikipedia entries. John Page is not there at all. And PFS:FILE is mentioned only in passing in an entry on pfs:Write [sic] - in which Page is entirely absent.

about 4 years ago
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Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier

terremoto Re:Has ImageMagick improved? (590 comments)

I always thought XV was shut down for being the shareware everyone had but nobody ever paid for.

Hey! I paid for it!

The total charge was $25.00 plus $0.00 tax.
...
Contact: John Bradley
Email: xvcc@trilon.com
Receipt: [elided]

more than 4 years ago
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Solving an Earth-Sized Jigsaw Puzzle

terremoto Re:how is this measured? (39 comments)

Anyone know how the measure this stuff?

Short term (human lifetime) by using GPS, VLBI and measurements of seismic activity.

Long term (earth lifetime) by using magnetic stripe lineations on the seafloor, hot-spot tracks (eg, the Hawaiian volcano chain) and other geologic indicators.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_reconstruction

more than 4 years ago
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Duke To Shut Down Usenet Server

terremoto Re:Obsolete (273 comments)

... And nothing of any importance was lost.

Really? Just have a look at some of these posts.

more than 4 years ago
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New Hope For Predicting Earthquakes

terremoto Re:Related research (27 comments)

True, I suppose ... although the scale of the problem is somewhat greater. Rock also tends to flow under pressure, so it's not a simple matter of shear force.

... and the places where earthquakes occur are deep in the earth and not amenable to direct observation. Earthquake prediction, in the sense of saying when any specific event will occur, is a very hard problem.

more than 5 years ago
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A Short History of Btrfs

terremoto Re:Yet another "modern" FS without undelete... (241 comments)

Simply make the filesystem mark deleted files as "hide from directory listing, and really delete only if you need the space". Then add a couple of syscalls to examine these "recyclable" files and restore them to normal status.

Netware has a Salvage utility that relies on a filesystem with those attributes. It used to be called the Netware File System (yes, NFS). More recent versions are now called Novell Storage Services. Ported to SuSe now according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novell_Storage_Services/

more than 5 years ago
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Unix Dict/grep Solves Left-Side-of-Keyboard Puzzle

terremoto Re:Didn't work here (423 comments)

>The longest word I got was 'redrawerredrawers',
>which probably indicates that my wordfile is corrupted

I think you've found a bug ...

% grep '^redrawer' /usr/share/dict/words
redrawer
redrawerredrawers
redrawers

... on Fedora 9 and RHEL 4 and 5 boxes at least.

more than 5 years ago
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The Sounds of Failing Hard Drives

terremoto Ringtones (205 comments)

The three or four I listened to all sounded pretty similar. Still, I can imagine that some readers here might like them as ringtones...

more than 5 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?

terremoto Reordering a file (702 comments)

This ex command impressed me.

g/^/m0

Now, repeat it.

more than 5 years ago

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Malware forecast for New Zealand

terremoto terremoto writes  |  more than 3 years ago

terremoto (679350) writes "New Zealand has been in the path of a severe winter storm since last Sunday. A 30 to 50-year event as far as it snow falling in some places is concerned (like the capital, Wellington). With unprecedented interest in the local weather, this was the perfect time for someone to subvert the ad server of the national weather service and dish out malware to a large number of PCs nationwide. Our workplace of ~400 PCs had about 10 strikes yesterday afternoon."

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