Ernie observes that some essential infrastructure is being restored in New Orleans.
I have a strong sense that the one piece of infrastructure that the politicians (with help from the feeble-minded press) are trying to re-establish most quickly is the illusion framework.
The following procedure requires administrative privileges. The instructions are specific to NTFS filesystems; Windows operating systems using the FAT filesystem store user-specific waste in RECYCLED. All operations, unless otherwise specified, take place at the command prompt.
I’m turning off comments and trackbacks for the moment. My apologies for the inconvenience to those of you who want to add your pithy thoughts to my brilliance, but this spam crap is ridiculous &mdash and it will stay so until the executions and public floggings begin.
If you need to reach me, or would like to comment on something I’ve written, you can write it up on your site and/or send me an e-mail or instant message. Writing something on your site without informing others is no more fruitful than shouting into the wind.
Power failed in Yorktown over the weekend. Among other side-effects, it hurt my uptime.
# last reboot reboot system boot 2.2.15-4mdksecur Sun Oct 16 14:41 (2+01:15) reboot system boot 2.2.15-4mdksecur Sun Oct 16 14:10 (2+01:46) reboot system boot 2.2.15-4mdksecur Wed Apr 25 16:03 (1636+23:53) reboot system boot 2.2.15-4mdksecur Wed Apr 25 15:41 (00:19) reboot system boot 2.2.15-4mdksecur Mon Mar 26 16:57 (29+21:57) reboot system boot 2.2.15-4mdksecur Mon Mar 26 16:21 (00:34)
The system had been up for 1,636 days, 23 hours, 53 minutes, since April 25th, 2001.
With a lot of talk on NPR recently about the proposed Iraqi Constitution, I figured I should have a look at it to see where they failed. At least it isn’t 485 pages like the European monstrousity. I might not kill a tree printing it.
But it doesn’t contain anything constituting an agreement to establish a government. Article 1 is a parenthetical statement, which does nothing to describe the actual shape of the government.
(The Republic of Iraq is a single, independent federal state with full sovereignty. Its system of government is republican, representative Parliamentary and democratic. This Constitution is the guarantor of its unity)
Yes, but what is it? What are its powers? What are its responsibilities? What may it do and not do?
Article 6 is circular.
Transfer of authority shall be made peacefully through democratic means as stipulated in this Constitution.
Fine, but no means are stipulated.
The remainder is no better. If I were an Iraqi, I’d vote against this tripe.
Thanks, Rick, for pointing to Erik Heel’s astute observation. It followed to this impassioned plea to FOX Sports to just tell Tim McCarver to shut up. I’d like to second that, and ask that they gag Joe Buck while they’re at it — Oh, and hire cameramen who understand how to show the play and not just the booger in the pitcher’s nose.
As Mike said, this is “something Yankee and Red Sox fans can agree about …”
Forgetting for the moment about the tiny screen and low resolutions even on the desktop, it seems somewhat crazy and counter-intuitive to give up several dozen channels of cable television for less than a couple-dozen hours of programming. But I’d bet we give a crap about less than a couple-dozen hours of content on cable anyway.
Yes. Specifically, we care about Lost, Desperate Housewives, The West Wing, Sopranos, Rome, and baseball season — and occassionally other stuff. The rest of the crap is just there for amusement when we’re bored and don’t have Internet access.
As for the resolution issues, you should move up to the front row.
IBM Research publishes a number of journals in addition to performing actual research work. Some are of more general interest than others, such as Think Research, which currently features articles on social network analysis, and on how layers of complexity destroy value. Both articles are valuable.
The cost of switching between Web services is very low, almost miniscule, so providers of Web applications must be constantly on their toes, and provide an excellent, superb, easy-to-use product.
Hey there, reference librarians
Hey there, rare book antiquarians
Hey there, octogenarians, answers, please
What will I do with these flowers and gems?
To whom will I recite these wretched poems?
How can I live in a world without them?
Where have the women all gone?
War may be Hell, but it sure is good for business.
— The Association of Merchants, Manufacturers, and Morticians
I’ve installed Ubuntu Breezy Badger on my desk. From a GUI perspective it’s just another GNOME. From a system administration perspective, it’s Debian. From an included packages perspective, it’s free software, which means you have to intentionally install unfree features.
I have a usability issue.
My issue is not with Linux but with X, though perhaps the proximate cause of the issue is the installer. During installation I selected the possible resolutions and refresh rates for my monitor. Since I have no clue what the monitor actually supports, and since I think it’s really the computer’s responsibility to figure this out, I chose the defaults. After all, I can change them later, right?
The GNOME applet for changing the display settings doesn’t display any settings other than those I selected during the installation, instead of displaying all those possible. I suppose I could change the settings in
/etc/X11/xorg.conf by hand, if I know WTF to change them to.
The xorg.conf file (as most Unix configuration files) was designed for human beings.
I’ve noticed over the past few days that traditional media outlets, such as
Ziff-Davis c|net and other fine purveyors of re-written press releases, have begun to cite “bloggers” instead of “analysts.” Next thing you know The Associated Press will be calling me for my opinion on something. (That’s not a stretch: Ted Bridis did ask me a question once, but I think it was about Lotus Notes, and David E. Kalish asked my opinion of some industry players, but that was back when I was working down the hall.)
Anyway, now that journalists are citing bloggers, they have to watch out that they don’t
suspend their cognitive faculties inadvertently cite analysts. Take, for example, the Jupiter Research blog, Microsoft Monitor. In reviewing the response to Sun’s distribution agreement with Google, c|net quotes this assessment of the situation.
A Google alliance with any competitor is probably going to cause ulcers over at Microsoft.
No, it won’t. Haven’t you been paying attention? The Nobel committee just awarded the prize in medicine to Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren for the discovery that a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, causes ulcers.