Archive for the ‘Links’ Category

The Illustrated Guide to Breaking Your Computer

October 20, 2006

The Illustrated Guide to Breaking Your Computer

WARNING: Do not try this at home.


Giant bug invades Germany

September 29, 2006

Giant insect bugs Germans
Ich zumindest heisse unsere neuen Insektenoberherrscher willkommen! (I for one welcome our new insect overlords… or, as Babelfish translates it, “I at least am called our new insect upper rulers welcomely”)

Satellite navigation ain’t that good after all
They just don’t make bridges like they used to.

Yes, I have been looking at Slashdot again. Apologies.

Rightio then….

September 28, 2006

Pens in space

Somewhere between funny and disturbing.

RSS 2.0 feed

September 6, 2006

I’ve added a link to the RSS 2.0 feed, it’s on the links list to your left. Just in case you were worrying about missing some of the hard-hitting stories I post here.

You will need an RSS 2.0 reader/aggregator, I am told it will not work in other versions. I personally use Sage, a Firefox plugin. Though RSS hasn’t particularly caught on with me.

Oh, yeah, and don’t believe for a minute that a CAPTCHA is going to stop a dedicated botwriter. Apparently, people are willing to solve them for $0.60 an hour. I guess the only remaining option is to require users to solve a mathematical proof as your CAPTCHA, showing all steps and working.

Abrupt climate shift

August 27, 2006

Before we go anywhere here, this isn’t really about Code::Blocks. I haven’t particularly done much with it yet.
I also told a few people my next post would discuss Open Source software. It won’t. I’m still contemplating that one.

Instead, I figured I’d share with you this disturbing image of abrupt climate change in Edmonton, Canada.
Edmonton (as seen from Google Earth)
You can explore the area on Google Maps, if you like.
Some detail on this is available at The Register

Bored? You could check out some farmer’s huge arse, some very bitter crop circles, the gold ol’ Aussie flying car (out near Perth), or a Lancaster Bomber flying overhead, as they are presumably somewhat wont to do.


August 5, 2006

Through an interesting series of clicks, today I ended up watching on Youtube a section of an American satire show, The Colbert Report. This section discusses what the show’s host (Stephen Colbert) calls wikiality, that the truth is determined by whatever the majority happens to think.

To emphasize these points, he (supposedly) gets on Wikipedia and edits a few articles. This generally made a lot of people posting comments at the end of several of the 2 million or so blog entries on the subject very angry; that he was taking something great like Wikipedia and vandalising it. I wonder, however, how many of them actually watched either the segment (or a video posting of the segment), given as how there seems to be little comment on how Coulter managed, for example, to navigate to the Wikipedia page on George Washington and edit it so that it turns out that Georgie didn’t own any slaves, in about half a dozen keystrokes and without touching his laptop’s mousepad. Or, for that matter, how he changed his own entry without even looking at it.

Shortly afterwards, meanwhile, it seems some people shortly afterwards took his advice and edited several of the pages on elephants, whose population has seemingly tripled in the last 10 years. Of course, it’s not like they’d jump off a cliff if Stephen Coulter told them too. Reporters tracked down several of these editors, however on knocking the door all they heard was an extended scream and a less extended thump.

I guess you can have no yellowcake and yet eat it too.