Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Technoviking does not dance to the music, the music dances to Technoviking.
Update: The video was uploaded to Break.com less than a day ago and already it has had a staggering 1,300,000 views. "TechnoViking" certainly has turned into a bit of an Internet celebrity. This morning "technoviking" was at no.4 on Google Trends.
Update 2: Somebody's put Michael Jackson's "Beat It" on the video..
This is Sparta! (pic)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Russian OS is to be installed on every school computer in Russia by 2009. Furthermore, every pupil will get the opportunity to operate the applied software produced in Russia, Leonid Reiman, acting Minister of Communication stated at a press conference.
The Ministry of Communication Press Service explains the Ministry plans to install Russian OS and alternative program package in every Russian school. The dates to carry out tenders for OS development have not been announced yet, but the tenders are to be held in the near future, the Ministry of Communication informs.
“Software distributives, developed on the basis of Linux and tested within 2007-2008 might actually be installed in schools by 2009 end”, - Sergey Shalmanov, CNews Analytics Analyst believes.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
will output A to Z , but it will also output AA, AB, AC until it finishes with ZZ.
To just output A to Z do the following
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is astonishing - it's the Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpius. The clouds that you see aren't clouds of dust and gas - they are actually clouds of stars.
Arrrrhhh... today is "Talk Like A Pirate Day".
Pirates are absolute divine beings according to Gospel of the Flying Spagetti Monster.
Talk Like A Pirate Day
Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster
Via Slashdot and Information Week
More on Groklaw
"With its cash reserves running out and its legal case against IBM Corp. unraveling, The SCO Group Inc. says there is doubt that it will remain afloat.
SCO made the statement in its most recent quarterly U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission statement, filed today. The company cited its recent motion for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as well as a recent court setback relating to its intellectual-property claims as reasons for worry."
Monday, September 17, 2007
In the UK there's currently a run on a bank - Northern Rock - with worried savers queueing to get their money out. Share trading in Northern Rock shares has been suspended.
"Worried savers have continued to flock to Northern Rock bank branches to withdraw their savings, following similar scenes over the weekend."
Northern Rock share trading suspended
Northern Rock Shares plunge
Yahoo Finance Quotes
Update: Via the FT
The European Central Bank offered emergency credit facilities worth €139bn in a midweek auction which was heavily oversubsribed. According to FT Deutschland, 140 banks applied, including “some of the largest British banks” - Barclays among them.
Turning to the Bank of England, as Northern Rock did last night, has a high reputational risk, whereas turning to the ECB has, by and large, allowed UK banks to stay out of the headlines.
Here is the complete list
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Jeremy Piven - Entourage
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Terry O’Quinn - Lost
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jaime Pressly as Joy - My Name Is Earl
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Thomas Haden Church - Broken Trail
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Katherine Heigl - Grey’s Anatomy
Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
Late Night With Conan O’Brien
Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
Rob Marshall - Tony Bennett: An American Classic
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Robert Duvall - Broken Trail
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Alan Taylor - The Sopranos
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
David Chase - The Sopranos
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
Tony Bennett: An American Classic
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Judi Davis - The Starter Wife
Outstanding Made For TV Movie
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Helen Mirren - Prime Suspect
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Philip Martin - Prime Suspect
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Frank Deasy - Prime Suspect
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Television
Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, CurrentTV.com
Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program
Tony Bennett - Tony Bennett: An American Classic
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Richard Shepard - Ugly Betty
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Greg Daniels - The Office for “Gay Witch Hunt”
Outstanding Reality-competition Program
The Amazing Race
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Ricky Gervais - Extras
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Sally Field - Brothers & Sisters
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
James Spader - Boston Legal
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Emmy Awards website
Friday, September 14, 2007
MIAMI (AFP) — Tropical Storm Ingrid emerged over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, becoming the ninth named storm of the 2007 Atlantic season, the US National Hurricane Center said.
With winds of up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour, Ingrid was about 1,350 kilometers (840 miles) east of the Lesser Antilles, a chain of popular tourist islands, the center said.
National Hurricane Center
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Good one this. Nichegeek has an article on 10 totally stupid online business ideas that made someone rich.
My favourite is LaserMonks - real Cistercian monks who will refill your laser cartridge. 2005 sales were $2.5 million.
Posted by chunkybacon at 2:26 pm
Full 4 page interview with Richard Stallman on freedom, Linux, Microsoft, software patents and Linus Torvalds.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Not sure about the actual physics behind this, but it is an interesting story nonetheless.
Thruster May Shorten Mars Trip
An amplified photon thruster that could potentially shorten the trip to Mars from six months to a week has reportedly attracted the attention of aerospace agencies and contractors.
Young Bae, founder of the Bae Institute in Tustin, Calif., first demonstrated his photonic laser thruster (PLT), which he built with off-the-shelf components, in December.
The demonstration produced a photon thrust of 35 µN and is scalable to achieve much greater thrust for future space missions, the institute said. Applications include highly precise satellite formation flying configurations for building large synthetic apertures in space for earth or space observation, precision contaminant-free spacecraft docking operations, and propelling spacecraft to unprecedented speeds -- faster than 100 km/sec.
“This is the tip of the iceberg," Bae said in a statement from the institute. "PLT has immense potential for the aerospace industry. For example, PLT-powered spacecraft could transit the 100 million km to Mars in less than a week.”
Posted by Justin Flavin at 10:45 am
"Out of shape, out of touch, Britney Spears opened the worse MTV Awards Show ever, an atrocious disaster show inspired by Timbaland that served as a big infomercial for the Palms Hotel. If this is the music business, no wonder albums aren’t selling; they don’t have a clue what they are doing!"
Britney Spears Kicks off MTV Awards
Digg - Britney Spears attempts comeback at MTV Awards
Britney Back from the brink - in a bra
Sunday, September 09, 2007
I've started a new blog about the lesser known small towns of America. In Google Earth and Maps I've always been fascinated by the small towns of America that I've never heard of before - and there are quite a lot of them. Most Europeans would have heard of Kansas City or Tulsa, but very few , if any, would know about ,Cape Girardeau, Benton or Olney.
The format of the blog is a simple idea - pick out a relatively unknown town in America and post an embedded Google map of it, a Wiki link, links to photo galleries and any other links to websites about that town.
Formula 1 Grand Prix circuits Google Maps mashup
Hat tip: Googlemaps Mania
Other Google Earth/Maps links:
Google Earth Flight Simulator tips
Rachael Ray's US Travel mashup
Mendoza, Argentina crime map
UK Flight prices mashup
Discover popular user created maps
October 12, 1935 – September 6, 2007
Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che fremono d'amore
e di speranza.
Ma il mio mistero e chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun sapra!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo diro
quando la luce splendera!
Ed il mio bacio sciogliera il silenzio
che ti fa mia!
(Il nome suo nessun sapra!...
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)
Dilegua, o notte!
None must sleep! None must sleep!
And you, too, Princess,
in your cold room,
gaze at the stars
which tremble with love
But my mystery is locked within me,
no-one shall know my name!
No, no, I shall say it as my mouth
meets yours when the dawn is breaking!
And my kiss will break the silence
which makes you mine!
(No-one shall know his name,
and we, alas, shall die!)
Vanish, o night!
At dawn I shall win
Pavarotti , in his own words:
"Pensho che una vita per la musica sia una vita spesa bene ed e a questo che mi son dedicato"
"I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to"
Friday, September 07, 2007
A bunch of links regarding sound problems with the STAC9200 chipset on Ubuntu Feisty
Launchpad Bug 117246
No sound - Ubuntu Forums
No sound with hda nvidia and sigmatel stac 9200
Comprehensive sound problems guide
Hda Intel Sound HOWTO
Fedora 6 - No sound on Sigmatel - Gateway laptop
ALSA dmix setup
Envy - nvidia driver download python script
This is another pure linkbait experiment after seeing this morning's Google trends. No I don't have them, but you could have a look around
this Google Trends page.