Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Sir Bacterium

You sometimes don't recognize it until it's gone.... I recentlyrecognized another great thing about Squirrel Hill. There's noMcDonalds or Burger King. Of course, there's still some Starschmucks..

Here's a fun comic poking fun at a certain line of arguments thatsome flavours of religious people like to spout.Of course, such people are too busy to read such things -- they're probablytoo busy complaining about transexual models in the army.South Korea has some pretty freaky America-wannabe-ism going on, fromabandoning their beautiful language for English, to performing mouth surgery ontheir kids to make it easier for them to pronounce English (google for it).Now there's plastic surgeryapparently being rather popular, at least according to the article. I find itdisappointing that people give so much of themselves for competitiveness inbusiness. On the other hand, I guess it is easy for me to say that, living ina country with inflated wages, with a retirement plan, and all that. If thewages for work across the globe were evened out, and the U.S. didn't needprotectionism to protect the way of life it's been able to provide itspeople (witness tech jobs heading to India, and farms .. farms getting enoughsubsidies here to prop them up against basically everywhere else), maybe I'dbe singing a different tune. That's something that, I wager, will be somethingthe U.S. will increasingly struggle with in the next 20 years.

On Sunday, for the second time, I did indoor climbing with Dimitry and friends.It was, again, a lot of fun, although my hands and arms are sore. When it comesto climbing, it's useful that I'm really flexible -- I was able to pull myselfup on one of the bouldering walls from a foothold at about head-height, and it'sgood that I have Texas-sidewalk feet (went barefoot this time), but it's badthat I have very little upper-body strength, and also bad that I again chosenot to use chalk. I think I'll likely make that a fairly regularly sunday thing.

Robert Cringely has an article on Wireless AP availability(The term Wi-Fi is hopelessly lame), which, unlike most proposals I read whereI have some reservations, I agree 100% with. I hope it could work -- heproposes that end-users and businesses, on agreement to share their AP, begiven it gratis (I submit that at reduced cost might also work out), and thatthis would ensure that access points are almost everywhere. If it could workfinancially, it sounds like a good plan.

Strange.Remember Scorched Earth? The classic DOS tank game?There's apparently a Java clone. Cool.

If you're using Fedora and yum, note that you'll do well to change youryum repository to something like this. The main onesare usually too busy.

The U.S. military gave some of its members the boot after theywere found to have seriously abused some Iraqi prisoners and lied to themilitary courts about it. Sadly, although one of them recieved a dishonourabledischarge and loss of 2 months salary, the others got honourable discharges.This really bugs me -- these seem to be really serious abuses of power thatmerit jail time, and instead they're getting off with just being fired. Texasjustice, perhaps? :)

Interesting theories. It brings to mind a recent daydream, oftechnical conferences being held by our primitive ancestors, tens of thousandsof years ago. The reception and Question-Answer sessions for controlled firemust've been fun... Project: Prometheus as a codename :)

Some of the new systems we've been getting at work support HyperThreading.I've enabled it where I could (one of the workstations uses a funky videocardthat needs a kernel module that won't work with the SMP kernel). The idea behindHyperthreading is simple -- there are two CPU cores on a single chip. They'renot as good as two complete CPUs -- they share cache and some other resources,but they're usually better than a CPU acting on it's own. I've been reading upon hyperthreading. I also read that the next version of GTK will have anicer file selector. Amusingly, some of the ideas are things I thought ofyears ago... it just goes to show that it's hard to be original, and actuallyoften it's an overemphasized thing in making things better. Too many companieschant 'innovation' as if it's a mantra, and go on to create really badsoftware. Do you want to buy a toothbrush that's marketed as innovative?Certainly not -- innovativeness is as good as a roll of the dice -- sometimesgood, sometimes bad.

From a conversation on IRC,"I find it very sad that Miguel's broken from most of the GNOME community onthis issue." (C#) "To most of us in the community, Miguel's efforts are slightlyworse than a complete waste of time" (because of its divisive nature)

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