Monthly Archives: July 2004

TSS-1

The PDP-1 initial timesharing system. A far cry from the miserable little (13Mhz 68020, 1M RAM, 1M ROM) platform that is currently the bane of my existence. We could all learn a little humility from these older systems.

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Zap'N'Go

Various forms of electric propulsion (no, not a hybrid vehicle; space stuff).

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The Enemy of my Enema Is … ?

Eek, kitty enemas (from Charlie’s Place). (Hey, Charles Stross uses Bloxsom!)

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Bogies

Early into Sojourner, a narrative of the development of the first Mars rover, there is a reference to the term bogie, as a form of vehicle suspension. Here’s more than you probably ever wanted to know about bogies and other … Continue reading

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Right where we want 'em

RFID (this Mexican attorney general and some of his staff just had an implant) is an excellent way to track politicians, lawyers and their appointees. But it’s not a security story; it’s not even a great way to verify someone’s … Continue reading

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"Why don't we tax … thingy?"

Not that thingy. The Internet thingy. New Hampshire considered a seven percent tax on web e-mail, chat rooms and voice mail, under the auspices of their two-way communications tax. One could argue that all existing computer communications technologies are two-way … Continue reading

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Zippo

… and Harpo? No. The “world famous” Zippo lighter clinic….

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Election borking

It’s Monday morning, and I can afford to be paranoid and negative. All this talk about “preparing to handle terrorists who want to disrupt the democratic process” seems premature. The vaguely colored pronouncements from Tom Ridge about “something bad might … Continue reading

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Maths and fizzicks

For some reason, it was a week of reading neat and not really work-related papers. I needed a change from the code-grind, I guess. I’ve pointed some folks at transcripts of talks by George Chaitin before. If you haven’t read … Continue reading

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Pigeonista

“Look, the Goodyear Blimp!” “Ha ha. You just want my pizza.” “Well, um — look! It’s an Al Qaeda operative!” “Ha.” “No, really! Spandex-and-dynamite underwear, evil night goggles and he’s blessing some followers from a pocket-size Koran, over there on … Continue reading

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