Tuesday, August 30
Well, I could have done the quick format, but not the first time with a new disk, nuh-uh.
Anyway, when this finishes, my new notebook will have five times the memory and five times the disk space of my old notebook. Life is good.
| Humphrey Bogart |
You scored 33% Tough, 9% Roguish, 38% Friendly, and 14% Charming!
You're the original man of honor, rough and tough but willing to stick
your neck out when you need to, despite what you might say to the
contrary. You're a complex character full of spit and vinegar, but with
a soft heart and a tender streak that you try to hide. There's usually
a complicated dame in the picture, someone who sees the real you behind
all the tough talk and can dish it out as well as you can. You're not
easy to get next to, but when you find the right partner, you're caring
and loyal to a fault. A big fault. But you take it on the chin and move
on, nursing your pain inside and maintaining your armor...until the
next dame walks in. Or possibly the same dame, and of all the gin
joints in all the world, it had to be yours. Co-stars include Ingrid
Bergman and Lauren Bacall, hot chicks with problems.
Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the Classic Dames Test.
|My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on Ok Cupid|
(Via Jimmy Stewart)
Monday, August 29
Saturday, August 27
Downloaded Cygwin onto my notebook. Installed it. Download + Install = 2.8GB.
There's 3GB of software install files that came with the notebook. The Windows directory is 1.5GB, and the I386 directory of Windows install files is another 0.5GB. The hibernation file is equal to the memory size, so 1.25GB for that. Pagefile is currently running about 400MB. Program files (other than Cygwin) about 2.4GB.
40GB doesn't get you as far as it used to. I want to drop munu on there so I can play around with it, and that's another 12GB or so.
I'm going to try compressing Cygwin and see what that does.
Size: 1.96GB (2,105,701,800 bytes)After
Size on disk: 2.22GB (2,391,920,640 bytes)
Contains: 112,806 Files, 5,655 Folders
Crunch crunch crunch...Okay, about a 40% saving. Nice, if not world-shattering.
Size on disk: 1.35GB (1,450,449,973 bytes)
Of course, if I really wanted more disk space, I could always get a 100GB replacement drive, like, oh, this one here on my desk. Yes, that will do nicely.
Friday, August 26
Website of the Day is Double-Tongued Word Wrester, a dictionary of words "from the fringes of English". Frex, Finnegan Pin:
1938-39 A.T. Rosen @ Brooklyn, N.Y. LOTJ â€œGas Station Slangâ€: Finegan pinâ€¦[struck] a vague expression to cover the fact that something in the car in [ sic] wrong but not yet exactly known, a whosis, etc. Its [ sic] akin to the slang expression, A paper-stretcher, or left-handed pencil.[end struck text] Non-existent auto part which mechanic blames for trouble he cannot locate.Oh, and check out the entry for beal.
The not-so-good side of Western Civilisation, all wrapped up and tied in a bow:
Los Angeles - Sacha Baron Cohen aka Ali G was dunked in the sea by Pamela Anderson's bodyguards - after rugby-tackling the actress at her dogs' wedding.(Via Andrea Harris and James Lileks)
The Ali G star was dressed as his other creation, Kazakhstani TV journalist Borat, when he pulled the stunt.
Cohen, 33, in trunks, leather jacket and Village People-style cap, emerged from the surf on an inflatable turtle.
His rugby tackle sent Pam, 38, hurtling to the sand on the beach at Malibu, California.
Concerned security men grabbed the comedian and dragged him into the sea.
Pam was presiding over the nuptials of her Golden Retriever Star to Chihuahua Luca.
Wednesday, August 24
Everyone's favourite simulated academic has obviously been following the threads on consciousness (here and here), and has this to add:
So far, the theory of syntactic features developed earlier does not affect the structure of the extended c-command discussed in connection with (34). A consequence of the approach just outlined is that most of the methodological work in modern linguistics is rather different from the requirement that branching is not tolerated within the dominance scope of a complex symbol. Furthermore, the appearance of parasitic gaps in domains relatively inaccessible to ordinary extraction raises serious doubts about the system of base rules exclusive of the lexicon. From C1, it follows that the earlier discussion of deviance appears to correlate rather closely with a parasitic gap construction. For one thing, the fundamental error of regarding functional notions as categorial is not to be considered in determining the levels of acceptability from fairly high (eg (99a)) to virtual gibberish (eg (98d)).Also, the new mu.nu Philosophy forum is now open at the University of Woolloomooloo. All Bruces and Sheilas welcome!
Even when they're two-dimensional.
Tuesday, August 23
I got a new toy today - one of these. I actually got one of the low-end models, because I wasn't paying for it, so it had to actually be justified. Anyway, they don't have much of a range available in Australia. In America, you get to choose exactly which CPU you want, how much memory, how large a disk drive. In Australia, you get 1.4GHz with 1MB of cache and a DVD/CD-RW drive, or 1.6GHz with 2MB of cache and a DVD writer. For the difference in price, I could get an extra gig of memory, so I did.
For a cheap, low-end notebook it's very nice. The screen doesn't have a reflective coating, which can be a bit distracting, but on the other hand it's extremely bright and clear, with excellent colour. It's got Firewire and 3 USB 2.0 ports, a card reader slot that works with both Memory Stick (which my camera uses) and SD/MMC (which my Palm Pilot has). Battery life isn't bad; initial tests suggest over 2½ hours playing videos with brightness turned up all the way. (I haven't had a chance to run it flat yet.)
It's not small, though. Twice the size of my old Vaio (which was tiny). But more than twice the speed. And one-third the price, so I'm not about to complain.
Now I just have to choose which anime to copy onto it to start with. And maybe shop around for a better price on those new 120GB notebook drives...
Oh yes. I'll be getting wireless internet for it too. It already has WiFi and Bluetooth, but I'll be adding a wireless broadband modem, so I'll be able to munu from anywhere.
Technology. What can't it do?
Update: 256MB bad. 1280MB good.
Sunday, August 21
The Barrel O' BabiesThis is one strange game.
The villagers discovered a large barrel bobbing in the surf today. Unlike your average barrel, this one contains toddlers wrapped in blankets! They probably got lost during the exodus that brought the villagers to Isola. [What, and they've been in suspended animation for the thirty years since then?] Luckily, they found their way here to their kinfolk.
Saturday, August 20
Under the headline Telstra deal may shrink federal coffers, The Age, Australia's answer to... I dunno, the Boston Globe, I guess... Bemoans the fact that if you sell a company, you don't get paid dividends any more:
THE loss of billions of dollars of Telstra dividend payments means the Government will have to run down budget surpluses or spend less on health, education and infrastructure, Finance Minister Nick Minchin has suggested.A 5% return isn't bad by current standards, but it does leave unasked the question of exactly why the government should own a profitable telecommunications company.
Telstra's full sale would involve a "fiscal tightening", implying less cash would be available for other spending priorities.
"We have been up-front about the fact that this policy involves an implied fiscal tightening," Senator Minchin said yesterday.
The Government's 6.4 billion Telstra shares, valued at $31 billion at today's prices, generate dividend payments that swell the budget bottom line by about $1.5 billion a year.
But unlike the previous two Telstra share floats, the proceeds from the sale of the remaining 51.8 per cent stake will not be used to pay off debt. That means there will be no interest saving to offset the lost dividends.Well, yeah.
They sort of gloss over the reason that the proceeds of the sale won't be used to pay off debt.
The reason is this: There isn't any.
The Australian federal budget has been reaping such huge surpluses for so long that the government has been able to pay off its entire debt.*
I think it's just a little bit unfair to criticise the government for not paying off a debt that it's already paid off.
* That's purely federal, public-sector debt, though, and says nothing about state or local governments - which mostly suck - or the private sector. Also - I need to look this up - the final payments may be coming in the next financial year, but still require nothing from the Telstra sale.
Wednesday, August 17
Oh deary me.
(Via Peeve Farm)
Boss: What are you working on at the moment?
Me: A new LSD processing system.
Boss: Okay, let me know when it's done.
Saturday, August 13
Take the quiz: "Which Holy Grail Character Are You?"
Oh, I am afraid our life must seem very dull and quiet compared to yours. We are but eight score young blondes and brunettes, all between sixteen and nineteen- and- a- half, cut off in this castle with no one to protect us.
(Stolen from Bridgekeeper Ted)
Friday, August 12
After trillions of experiments carried out by billions of volunteers over the course of thousands of years, we come to the inescapable conclusion that consciousness is the result of brain chemistry, and that everyone else - Cartesian Dualists, Berkelian Idealists, Penrosian Quantumists - is quite simply wrong.*
I'm talking, of course, about beer.
* Which doesn't falsify any of those positions, because - once more - they are not falsifiable. There's a lot of it going about.
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