Monthly Archives: October 2006

At the spin doctor's

“Here is the bill. You are not going to like it.” “Jesus! What’s this? Three hundred for –” “That is three hundred million for advertising reinforcement, to shore up failing rhetoric.” “Couldn’t it have gone another couple weeks? I mean, … Continue reading

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def: sw eng

A nice essay on the meaning of the term Software Engineering. Link.

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quant. suff.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”      – Arthur C. Clarke “Any sufficiently advanced technology is insufficiently documented.”      – me “What I said.”      – Arthur C. Clarke [... well, not really] “Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is … Continue reading

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l337 5p3a4

I swear to God, I’m going to backhand and then throttle the next Linux geek I hear say, “Well, <whatever> is easy if you actually know how to read a manual, recompile the kernel, configure X, set up your ip … Continue reading

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Curmudgeon Alert

It’s funny how things I once thought were cool are now things I now hold as abominations from the slimiest pits of hell. Take makefiles. I once wrote a freeware version of make because I needed one that worked on … Continue reading

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Yet more books

Jon Courtney Grimwood’s Stamping Butterflies doesn’t make any sense until the last chapter. Throughout the book, the real plot revolves around the question of how three essentially unrelated stories (one set in the 70s, one in present day, and one … Continue reading

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What I'd Like to Hear

“if you listen closely…” “If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democratic Party, it sounds like –” “they think the best way to protect…” “– it sounds like — ” “…the American people…” “they think the … Continue reading

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Yet another….

   here i am again my mom thinks i’m in high tech    … a tokenizer

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Fermi paradox resolved?

Maybe there is a limit to how curious you can get? Link. (Large Hadron Collider turning on next ear, risk of making a black hole estimated at 10E-40….)

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