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koos@greenblatt:~$ export ☃=COLD -bash: export: `☃=COLD': not a valid identifier
With all the recent news about Osama Bin Laden I had to dig up this bit of comedy: The Taliban telemarketeer attack. Copied all over the Internet in mp3 and flash and I can't find a real original source for it. The best source is here: Taliban Takes on Telemarketers (Taliban Telephone) by Sector 8 Animation.
This must be why the building had no phone lines or Internet, to avoid this weapon.
Friday afternoon, so I tried to make Ubuntu talk to my bluetooth headset. I couldn't get it to work in my own (non-gnome) environment. The pairing worked, but alsa-bluetooth didn't get active. In a gnome environment I could select the bluetooth as default audio and get delayed and bad-sounding audio events in one ear. But playing an mp3 caused just a bunch of noise.
A very nice example of "why let facts get in the way of a good story": Google mapping team gets 'lost'.EVEN the boffins behind Google's revolutionary Street View can get LOST.With a photo credit(?) for Newsteam.co.uk.
This employee was snapped reading a roadside MAP despite being on a mission to collect images for the world's most popular photographic database of towns and cities.They were forced to pull over on the side of a remote stretch of road in Elsrijkdreef, near Amsterdam, where one of the team had to get out and consult a map as well as appearing to call for help.
My best guess is that there were four streetview cars, with the picture from the first one and they passed a bystander who was peering at the map. I can duplicate the situation with streetview but I can't (at the moment) get the correct deeplink. So a screengrab will have to do.
If you want to look at your apache logfiles in Hollywood-style, try logstalgia which makes apache look like a sort of pong game. Needs a videocard with OpenGL. And access to the access_log of a busy server.
Some time ago I wrote a script for the posting of urls via @fridayaftURL on twitter. The script also seems affected by the new authorization system on twitter because I can't post anymore. The weird thing is I thought I checked the return status from the post call, but it never failed before. It does now. I had to update the return status check for this, to make it fail correctly (and not set the urls in the database to 'tweeted').
Implementing OAuth will be something I need to make time for, so for now I'll just stop posting the friday afternoon urls to twitter. Too bad.The Friday afternoon URL page itself works fine, so find the URLs over there!
In mijn werk heb ik natuurlijk ook veel te maken met de universitaire automatiseringsprojecten. Vandaag las ik een prachtige filosofische beschouwing van het leerlingvolgsysteem: God bestaat en zijn naam is OSIRIS.
The upcoming shortage of IPv4 addresses and IPv6 seems to be a nice subject for some of the April-Fools items found today:
There is a serious side: Within two years, shortage of IPv4 space will be for real.
- AAISP first ISP to drop IPv4 Andrews & Arnold Ltd., UK ISP
- ICANN schaltet Rootserver ab - Alle IP-Adressen besetzt (German) where they will temporarily switch back to VideoText on pre-Internet computers.
- Internet addresses to void in 30 days - ComputerWeekly
A little oops at the Telegraph. Now fixed: Large Hadron Collider breaks energy record which is interesting science news.
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The Silo has a climate constant/approx. 58 degree earth ambient temperature. It is 52' diameter x 178' deep / 9 floor steel superstructure. Entire steel superstructure hangs from gigantic spring suspension system designed to absorb shock of a direct nuclear hit.it is part of an exclusive airport subdivision on a (FAA approved) 2050' runway. (It is fully accessable by road too).Cheap too: only 2.3 million US dollar. Found via It's WAR - lovelylisting
I made a lolcat: How many times do I need to ask to put the seat down!
Friday, time for the Friday Afternoon URL page which you can also follow on twitter as @fridayaftURL to get fresh Friday Afternoon URLs in your twitter feed!
Even with my head clouded by a serious cold I had to create my lolcaption when I saw this picture and caption at ROFLRazzi Goes Romantic…ish. My take on it: Dingdong! .. Nobody home!
Good Piled Higher & Deeper Comic today:
If TV Science was more like REAL Science Just remember it is TV science. I'll save the rant about police wanting investigating powers like those on TV for a later time.
I made my own lolcat: Tender was sleeping on the couch near the laptop charger. I first tried to setup a picture but she was annoyed at my attempts to put the cable near her but 5 minutes later she went to sleep again. Recharging: 95% complete.
High level of friday afternoon in this one: Microsoft research came up with songsmith software and 'promotes' it with a very very cheesy video (notice the brand of the laptop?). Songsmith is software to add music to signing. What people started doing is taking voice tracks from existing music and letting songsmith add new music, leading to the most interesting ways to make you cringe: We Will Rock You - Queen versus Songsmith, "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, and a metal rickroll just to be sure.
Url doing the rounds: TV radar. I am really interested whether there is any UK agency to complain to about this and whether the same problem would occur with Freeview UK (DVB-T based TV). According to the theory of DVB-T it can deal with multipathing a lot better. Sounds like an ideal place to test this theory.