Wednesday, July 28
Kenya, yet again.
(The management accepts no responsibility, you understand. None at all.)
Just... Well, doing stuff. Back soon.
Thursday, July 22
Today on Pixy's Science Theatre: Tales of the Very Small!
A micron, or micrometre, is one millionth of a metre, 10-6 m. A typical human hair is about 80 microns thick (the range is rather large, from 18 to 180 microns). A human red blood cell is 6 to 8 microns across; the average bacterium is between 1 and 10 microns. The wavelength of visible light is around half a micron - ranging from 0.38 microns for violet to 0.74 microns for red. The smallest features of today's computer chips are just 0.09 microns wide.
An Ångström is much smaller, one ten-thousandth of a micron, one ten-billionth of a metre, 10-10 m. Atoms are around one Ångström wide - half an Ångström for hydrogen, the smallest of all atoms. X-rays have a wavelength of around an Ångström. The double-helix of DNA is about 20 Ångströms across.
The Fermi is far smaller still, one one-hundred-thousandth of an Ångström, one quadrillionth of a metre, 10-15 m. A proton or neutron is about one Fermi in diameter.
The Planck Length is really ridiculously small: about a tenth of a billionth of a quadrillionth of a Fermi, 1.6 x 10-35 m. According to current theoretical physics, that's as small as you can go: any distance smaller than a Planck Length doesn't actually exist.
Iraq's Interior Ministry dismissed as "stupid" a report in a local newspaper on Wednesday that said three nuclear missiles had been found near the town of Tikrit.
A senior U.S. military official told reporters he had no information on the report in the newspaper al-Sabah. He said officials were checking the report.
Asked by Reuters about the report, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said: "It's stupid."
I doubt this story is true, but if it is, I have two responses:
2. We have at most twenty-four hours of grace before being told by the Left that WMDs were never the issue.
Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday.I suspect that they may have found missiles, but with conventional or possibly chemical warheads. Or likely the whole think is bunk. But...
The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
"The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said.
If it does pan out, where the hell did he get nuclear warheads from? We know he never got close to making them himself. The only country in the Middle East with nukes is Israel, and I somehow doubt that is the source. North Korea might have one or two, but would they sell their ace-in-the-hole? India and Pakistan are more worried about each other than about bringing in a few bucks. The US and UK we can rule out. One would certainly hope we can rule out France, and China hasn't been acting that stupid lately. So, did the Russians lose track of some of theirs? If so, we have a hell of a problem.
Probably jumping at shadows. Probably.
My current boss went to visit my former boss, who is now semi-retired and owns a bookstore (Dymocks on the corner of Pitt & Hunter, open 'til 7pm weekdays) and bought a copy of Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man, which my former boss who now owns the bookstore got in specially from the US because it isn't available through his Australian distributor.
How cool is that?
Wednesday, July 21
Well, I've always hated the Nazis, but I didn't know until today that their extermination program extended to sufferers of Huntington's Chorea.
So if they'd had the chance, they would have murdered my mother's family as well as my father's. Bastards.
The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce:
Law enforcement sources said archive staff told FBI agents they saw Berger placing items in his jacket and pants, and one archive staffer told agents that Berger also placed something in his socks.So a former National Security Advisor stuffing classified documents into his jacket and pants, taking them home, and losing them, is okay, but to put them in his socks is beyond the pale?
That allegation drew sharp responses from two of Berger's associates. President Clinton's former spokesman, Joe Lockhart, said Berger "categorically denies that he ever took documents and stuffed them in his socks.
"That is absurd," said Lockhart, who is now advising Berger. "And anyone who says that is interested in something other than the truth."
Former Clinton aide Lanny Davis challenged any unnamed official who accuses Berger of stuffing documents into his socks to come forward and level that charge publicly.
"I suggest that person is lying," he said. "And if that person has the guts, let's see who it is who made the comment that Sandy Berger stuffed something into his socks."
Thank you, CNN.
I hate doing server migrations. You can't start until everyone else has logged out and gone home, and then you have to be the first one in the next morning in case anything breaks.**
Meanwhile, barbecue at Susie's place!
* Burn your own posts.
** Something always breaks.
Geeze, it's only July and already the Democrats are circling the drain.
Friday, July 16
Y'know, blogging - and indeed the internet as a whole - is pretty much a case of Think locally, act globally.
Don't know that this is particularly profound, but it's all I've got right now.
Thursday, July 15
Oh look, a new urgent security update!
Really, the difference between open-source software and closed-source software is not the number of bugs, but the manner in which fixes are announced. Err, and the price too.
But this time I managed to completely rebuild MuNu's Apache server with all its attentand modulary without breaking anything! As far as I know...
Update: DOH! Why the hell does the Apache install script in CPanel reset the permissions on everyone's home directory, forcing me to manually correct the settings for 113 users?
Wednesday, July 14
The database archive server failed a perfectly good disk out of the RAID-5 set. A quick raidhotremove and a raidhotadd - and a 20-hour resync - and it's back again. It would be better, though, if Linux didn't fail disks out of RAID-5 volumes every time a gnat farts in the computer room.
Tuesday, July 13
New Janet Evanovich novel. Byee!
Oh, okay, I'll do some welcome emails first. Ppppt!
Monday, July 12
This is a sad story but such a perfect example of the thesis I'm working towards in Thought that I have to comment on it. Via LGF:
The images from the explosion kept running through Sammi Masrawa’s mind as he lay in his hospital bed — a young female soldier with the back of her head missing, a heavily pregnant woman lying on the sidewalk, legs mangled ... screaming “my baby, my baby.”Sammi has joined the real world. Unfortunately, there are some who will not wake up even if you literally set off a bomb next to them.
Sunday’s blast at a Tel Aviv bus stop had changed his world view.
The 29-year-old Arab Israeli from Tel Aviv was the head of a local committee calling for coexistence between Israelis and the Palestinians.
Now he wants them kept apart.
“A month ago I went to protest the fence,“ he said, referring to the barrier Israel is building in the West Bank. ”Now I believe it can only strengthen us.”
Well, that was weird. No mouse, reboot, no Windows. Boot from CD, chkdsk, reboot, no windows. Put CD back in, reboot... Windows. Eh.
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