Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Saturday, November 29



Quote One:
Philip Taubman, Washington bureau chief of the New York Times, said that "in this day and age, there should have been a way to take more reporters. People are perfectly capable of maintaining a confidence for security reasons. It's a bad precedent." Once White House officials "decided to do a stealth trip, they bought into a whole series of things that are questionable."
Quote Two:
Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, criticized the White House correspondents who made the trip without spilling the secret. "That's just not kosher," he said. "Reporters are in the business of telling the truth. They can't decide it's okay to lie sometimes because it serves a larger truth or good cause."
Quote Three, in a pointed response to One and Two:
But Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of National Review Online, called the trip "a political masterstroke," saying: "This wasn't lying about an 18-minute gap on a tape or lying under oath. If they had announced the trip and there were attacks and people had died, everyone would be screaming bloody murder about how Bush put people in harm's way. I'm sure the press corps has their dresses over their head about it, but I sincerely doubt anyone in the real America will have any concern about it whatsoever."

(From the Washington Post)

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Tuesday, November 18


Minus Threeth Normal Form

A list. In a string. In a field. In a table. In a relational database. With seventy-four million records.

A line-feed delimited list. Containing entries that are themselves lists. With data-dependent delimiters. Wonderful delimiters, like " --> ", for example. It's as if Codd had never lived.

You're not supposed to have to write parsers to pull data out of a database. That's the whole [bad word] point of [bad word] databases.

Mind you, the people responsible have been sacked. That's why I get to work on it.

Well, at least it's not nibble-aligned.

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Wednesday, November 12


Good News, Poo News

Good news: I've finished recovering my files, all 380,000 of them. I'm just triple-checking before I reformat the drive and copy everything back.

Poo news: My ADSL is still down. Telstra* now say that it may be fixed by mid-day today.

* Spit.

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Telstra "fixed" their DSL network at 10:30 this morning and closed the fault. Then reopened it when a reported 15%* of users turned out to be still having problems. This was fixed at 1:30 this afternoon... That is, "fixed" as in "not fixed". Currently there are "some services" still having problems and there is no ETA on fixing those.

As someone once said:

Telstra must die. Die, die, die, die.
So if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'm "off line". I wonder what that will be like...

* 15%: A Telstra term used in reporting faults, meaning "Some customers are still able to use the services we are overcharging them for."

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Tuesday, November 11


The Curse of the Pixies

I was typing up a fascinating new post and my X session crashed. Ploink. All gone.

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Saturday, November 08



Well, at least this one was brand new and didn't have any files on it when it died.

Also, it's under warranty.

Still: Bleah.

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