Archive for November, 2006

Goodbye, net neutrality, we hardly knew ye.

November 22, 2006

Justin Milne, managing group director of Telstra-owned Bigpond (Australia’s largest ISP), has made his feelings clear on net neutrality. If you want to be a web host with high traffic running on our ISP, then you can darn well pay for it.

“I think that’s a ride that’s coming to an end,” he said. “It’s based on free traffic where the guys who are running the highways are going to come after their money as well.”

Telecommunications carriers “have got to keep building out these networks so that other people can shunt their content around and we don’t make any money from it”, Mr Milne said. Oh, you poor things. And they’re the ones who charge more than pretty much every other major Australian ISP, too.

Link: YouTube faces revenue crunch

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I knew I had a Gmail account for some reason…

November 21, 2006

… and it was probably because of their tendency to include recipes for serving spam in the spam folder.

If only every advertisement publisher had such a sense of humour, the internet would be a much better place.

Mindless expansionism

November 19, 2006

An old joke, expanded unreasonably!

An optimist says a glass is half full, and thus decides to enjoy the provided bounty by drinking the rest of it.

A pessimist says the glass is half empty, and drinks the rest before it disappears too.

The engineer says the glass is double the necessary capacity, and drinks the water whilst pondering whether it would be easier to get a smaller glass or to resize the current one appropriately.

The scientist remarks that it would have taken (x) hours for the water, assuming the glass started full, to evaporate to such a level, given the current humidity and temperature. At this stage, the scientist then is sufficiently thirsty that they drink the water.

A programmer looks at the glass, ponders it for a while, drinks the water and then refills the glass to see if it happens again.

A cynic, meanwhile, demands to know who drank half their water, launches an investigation, and is thus the only one to survive after all that arsenic got dumped in the water supply.

Vista and Zune

November 16, 2006

So Microsoft’s new Zune Media Player (which they hope will be an iPod-killer) is incompatible with Windows Vista (Microsoft’s new operating system, in case you’ve been hiding under a particularly uninformed rock). Brilliant, eh?

Seraphiel 0.3b6 released!

November 15, 2006

This version fixes up two bugs on the Thievery page:

  1. The tags on the thievery page redirected to the Magic page
  2. The wrong value was remembered for the number of thieves sent

Both the Greasemonkey script and the XPI have been updated.

Gmail advertising

November 13, 2006

Since Gmail came out there has been a lot of controversy over the text-based ads based on your emails (though, granted, most of that has died down now). With all that said and done, I must personally say I find the Gmail ads overwhelming useful. They are, for the most part, well picked, and often provide useful information. I’ve now clicked quite a few of their links, and actually use a number of the things they’ve advertised.

Hail, context sensitive advertising. Welcome, and please bring with you relevant text ads to replace banners, popups and things that flash.

Seraphiel 0.3b5 released!

November 10, 2006

This version just fixes up a few bugs in the kingdom page where people had more than 10k acres or 1 million networth. Specifically dealing with sorting, plus networth/acre calculations.

Also I fiddled with the formatting on the kingdom page.

The Greasemonkey script now inherits the changes made in the extension-only version (0.3b4). Not that that actually improves anything…

The extension hasn’t been updated yet – I don’t have FTP access here. I’ll fix that up tonight.
Update: The extension has now been updated.


Despite a valiant effort, I have not figured out how to get the thing working as an Opera User Script. I blame Opera for being lousy. Maybe I’ll try again in a few weeks.

Hoorah! I won!

November 8, 2006
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I’m rich, I tells you, RICH!

Oh, wait… :p

This is what counts as a joke these days?

November 7, 2006

So I received this in the email today:

For years, it has been believed that electric bulbs emit light, but recent information has proved otherwise. Electric bulbs don’t emit light; they suck dark. Thus, we call these bulbs Dark Suckers.The Dark Sucker Theory and the existence of dark suckers prove that dark has mass and is heavier than light.
First, the basis of the Dark Sucker Theory is that electric bulbs suck dark. For example, take the Dark Sucker in the room you are in. There is much less dark right next to it than there is elsewhere. The larger the Dark Sucker, the greater its capacity to to suck dark. Dark Suckers in the parking lot have a much greater capacity to suck dark than the ones in this room.
So with all things, Dark Suckers don’t last forever. Once they are full of dark, they can no longer suck. This is proven by the dark spot on a full Dark Sucker.
A candle is a primitive Dark Sucker. A new candle has a white wick. You can see that after the first use, the wick turns black, representing all the dark that has been sucked into it. If you put a pencil next to the wick of an operating candle, it will turn black. This is because it got in the way of the dark flowing into the candle. One of the disadvantages of these primitive Dark Suckers is their limited range.
There are also portable Dark Suckers. In these, the bulbs can’t handle all the dark by themselves and must be aided by a Dark Storage Unit. When the Dark Storage Unit is full, it must be either emptied or replaced before the portable Dark Sucker can operate again.
Dark has mass. When dark goes into a Dark Sucker, friction from the mass generates heat. Thus, it is not wise to touch an operating Dark Sucker. Candles present a special problem as the mass must travel into a solid wick instead of through clear glass. This generates a great amount of heat and therefore it’s not wise to touch an operating candle.
Also, dark is heavier than light. If you were to swim just below the surface of the lake, you would see a lot of light. If you were to slowly swim deeper and deeper, you would notice it getting darker and darker. When you get really deep, you would be in total darkness. This is because the heavier dark sinks to the bottom of the lake and the lighter light floats at the top. The is why it is called light.
Finally, we must prove that dark is faster than light. If you were to stand in a lit room in front of a closed, dark closet, and slowly opened the closet door, you would see the light slowly enter the closet. But since dark is so fast, you would not be able to see the dark leave the closet.
Next time you see an electric bulb, remember that it is a Dark Sucker.

It was titled as a joke. Frankly, this is just a long stream of nonsense. That really doesn’t work, unless you are John Cleese (or perhaps just British in general).

But then, maybe I’m just posting this to remind y’all that I haven’t disappeared off the face of this earth (yet). Go figure.

The Great Polish Sea

November 2, 2006

Take a close look at the world, as Microsoft see it.

Particularly, the great Polish sea.

The technical explanation for why Microsoft’s map of the world is missing a country can be found on Raymond Chen’s blog The Old New Thing.