Monthly Archives: November 2006

Ice Scream

Quite a few of the roads around Microsoft were sheets of ice around six PM tonight (my wife left work, moved about a hundred yards in half an hour, then simply re-parked in another garage and went back to her … Continue reading

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Key Wrods

More keywords that I keep mis-spelling.  As my editors improve (Word auto-corrects, my Emacs clone has a spell mode) my typing is going downhill.  But compilers are as picky as ever, so my recommendations to the standards committee are – … Continue reading

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Hello from beyond fyyff

“Wow.  What happened there?” Don’t panic.  Everything is under control.  I’ve had the FYYFF.COM domain for about eight years.  A few people know the history of that domain.  The problem is I have to explain the history to those that … Continue reading

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Lousy coppers

Police in New York pumped fifty bullets into a car full of guys who were leaving a bachelor party. Link. Twenty one of the bullets actually hit the car. (They killed the groom). The cops should be fired because (1) … Continue reading

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Zune

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Zune is a “complete, humiliating failure.” Link. I beg to differ. I got one last week and have spent a fair amount of time with it. There are a couple of user interface glitches … Continue reading

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"It was like this…"

As funny as a group of nuns on an icy sidewalk, some collected analogies by high school students. These are right up there with the luminaries of professional writing (at least the best-selling variety): Link.

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More books

Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things. Short stories by someone who can actually write stories. Not going to say any more, it’s good. Jerry Pournelle’s Faulkenberg’s Legion. Surprisingly readable (maybe most of what I can’t stand about the Pournelle / Niven collaborations … Continue reading

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ps18k

22K PS3 systems on eBay yesterday. 18K today. That’s something like 10% of the available systems (roughly guessing a 200K unit launch), not including the inevitable scams and “box” systems (where all you get is the cardboard). Keep repeating that … Continue reading

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Pot, meet kettle

Alberto Gonzales on critics of the administration’s security policies: “But this view is shortsighted,” he said. “Its definition of freedom — one utterly divorced from civic responsibility — is superficial and is itself a grave threat to the liberty and … Continue reading

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Sony guts

Gamasutra has another “here’s a neat code snippet” article. Normally I enjoy these, but as I dug into this one I found myself getting more and more worried. Article Code is here. 1. GetID assumes the linker does not collapse … Continue reading

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