mdlbear: (grrr)

From the BBC, no less, we get the headline FBI tries to fight zombie hordes!

Of course, it's about networks of hijacked computers, not yesterday's silliness. But the timing! (From [ profile] wcg.)

mdlbear: (knit-tank)

OK, put your drink down. this is distinctly Not Safe For Keyboards.

(From [ profile] mia_mcdavid.)

mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

This would have been the Quote of the Day if I'd posted it yesterday when it happened, but I got distracted. I was dropping the Younger Daughter off at school, and she was having trouble getting out of the car.

Her: This seat belt hates me!

Me: It's just trying to protect you.

I didn't even have to think about it.

mdlbear: (120-cell)
20-Sided Fuzzy Dice - Gizmodo
Fuzzy dice are no longer reserved for the rock and roll lifestyle. Latest to land over at the Thinkgeek store is this revised pair of the classic car accessory—the fuzzy 20-sided dice.

(product page) image )
mdlbear: (ccs)
If you're a programmer, you really have to see today's xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe
Caution: not safe for keyboard! )
(from [ profile] xkcd_rss)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
Awesome Apple Fantasy iGadgets from Worth 1000 - Gizmodo

Some amazing Photoshop fantasies. Well worth a look. There are more here on the worth1000 site
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

The owner of parody site recently received a "proceed and permitted" letter from -- if anything the letter is funnier than the parody.

We do not believe that reasonable people would argue as to whether the website located at constitutes parody -- it clearly is. Linden Lab is well known among its customers and in the general business community as a company with enlightened and well-informed views regarding intellectual property rights, including the fair use doctrine, open source licensing, and other principles that support creativity and self-expression. We know parody when we see it.

Moreover, Linden Lab objects to any implication that it would employ lawyers incapable of distinguishing such obvious parody. Indeed, any competent attorney is well aware that the outcome of sending a cease-and-desist letter regarding a parody is only to draw more attention to such parody, and to invite public scorn and ridicule of the humor-impaired legal counsel. Linden Lab is well-known for having strict hiring standards, including a requirement for having a sense of humor, from which our lawyers receive no exception.

In conclusion, your invitation to submit a cease-and-desist letter is hereby rejected.

(From Boing Boing via this post by [ profile] slothman)

mdlbear: (impeach)

THIS VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK. It is, however, funny as hell, highly political, and dead-on accurate. (From [ profile] filkertom.) Offensive to Republicans, prudes, and the humor-impaired.

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Virgin Birth Expected at Christmas -- By Komodo Dragon
A virgin birth is expected this Christmas, though this particular nativity scene will be set in a zoo instead of a stable.

That's because the virgin in question is Flora the Komodo dragon, a giant lizard at Chester Zoo in England that has laid fertile eggs despite never having had a mate.
So, let me get this straight: the Messiah is arriving six years late, and He's a lizard. OK, I can deal with that.

(Edit: s/She/He/ -- sex determination in reptiles works differently from the way it does in mammals. Too bad; it made a better story the other way.)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
Google Patent Search is indeed a wonderful thing, and incredibly useful in my line of work. But trust Gizmodo and their readers to come up with the first patent illustration I've had to cut-tag as potentially not safe for work ) Here's the result page for patent #1690926 if you want to check it out (NSFW)
mdlbear: (borg)
Gates wants to play host, AOL may soon be toast | InfoWorld | Column | 2006-11-17 | By Robert X. Cringely®
Bill Gates may soon be joining Leona Helmsley and Donald Trump among the world’s elite hoteliers. Sir Bill’s investment group is part of a consortium bidding to take over the Four Seasons Hotel chain. One can only imagine what may happen if the bid is successful. At the new “Four Seasons Live,” room service will be available for just $35 per call, though all food deliveries will be routed through Bangalore. To combat rampant towel piracy, guests will be required to validate their room keys within 15 minutes of checking in or get locked out; the toilets will ask three times if you’re really sure you want to flush. Welcome to the Hotel Microsoft: You can reboot any time you like, but you can never leave.
Probably not, but they'll be changing the name to The Gates Motel...
mdlbear: (kill bill)

I'll probably post something about Novell's sellout to Microsoft later, but this comment on Groklaw is way too good not to share:

"And MS crack legal team [...]"

Play nice now. Just because you can point to the MS Litigation page for evidence, it doesn't show the MS legal team is on crack. That's only circumstantial evidence. There are other legitimate reasons for all those failures (aka, settlements).


Oct. 28th, 2006 10:17 am
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
[ profile] selkit: Do either of you need a hand?
[ profile] mdlbear: No. A couple of extra tentacles would be nice.
mdlbear: (hacker glider)

From [ profile] amethyst_dancer by way of this post by [ profile] folkmew comes the news that the classic A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates has recently been republished.

The Amazon customer reviews are well worth a read, and the "search inside" feature can provide hours of harmless amusement.

Personally, I found it a little dated. As the only work of its kind, the digits can hardly be considered random anymore, but must instead be regarded as parts of the largest well-known integer that does not have a simple closed-form expression in standard mathematical notation. (At least until ISBNs become accepted as standard mathematical notation, a prospect which purists can only contemplate with horror and disgust.)

mdlbear: (hacker glider)
RFC 1925 -- R. Callon
(3) With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

(4) Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network.

(5) It is always possible to aglutenate multiple separate problems into a single complex interdependent solution. In most cases this is a bad idea.

(6) It is easier to move a problem around (for example, by moving the problem to a different part of the overall network architecture) than it is to solve it.
Never mind that it's dated April 1; it's still all true.
mdlbear: (debian)
Debian Etch is not ready for release
When etch was installed we wanted to access the USB disk in order to move some pieces of the backup to the new system. It was pure horror. After plugging the cable into the USB slot, an icon appeared on the screen and after clicked caused the system to mount the first partition on the external disk. It worked. Out of the box. Without tweaking anything. That's so non-Debian...

I also noticed a while ago that a USB mouse with a scroll wheel was also simply recognised by X.Org in etch and just worked. Huh? That's not how Debian is supposed to react.

Where are the hours of fiddling around how to properly add USB stuff to the system? Where are the evenings you needed to debug such stuff? Nowadays it just works? Where's the Debian we all knew?
(from Debian Weekly News #38)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

... "Summon children" is a second-level parenting spell.

At least if their bedrooms are upstairs.

mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
Neatorama » Blog Archive » Soap Not Spray Can: Reverse Graffiti Art.

So, there's this British guy who makes street art by selectively cleaning the grime off of dirty walls.
The tools are simple: A shoe brush, water and elbow grease, he says.

British authorities aren’t sure what to make of the artist who is creating graffiti by cleaning the grime of urban life. The Leeds City Council has been considering what to do with Moose. "I’m waiting for the kind of Monty Python court case where exhibit A is a pot of cleaning fluid and exhibit B is a pair of my old socks," he jokes.


Sep. 13th, 2006 08:29 pm
mdlbear: (cthulhu-powered)

With all the horrors coming out of HP these days, ...

... maybe we should start calling it HP Lovecraft.

mdlbear: (kill bill)
Latvians laugh at Vista -- the Inquirer
Microsoft marketers are having a hell of a job establishing the super soaraway operating system in the pecking order in Latvia.

Apparently, whenever they ring up peddling Vista, Latvians burst out laughing because the name means "chicken" or "frumpy woman" in the local lingo.
(more here)
"Sure, the Microsoft people in the US cant be expected to understand all languages, but this really is funny," he said.

Arvis, an IT manager of a chain of casinos in Riga, was also chuckling about Microsoft Frump. Or Fowl. No, make that Vista.
(From a thread on

Why am I suddenly reminded of the Chevy Nova ("No va" = "doesn't go" in Spanish)? Or, for that matter, Microsoft's Windows CE, universally pronounced "wince".
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

I was up in the garage attic looking for a two-wire plug and cord longer than 10 feet. (I often snip the cord from devices about to be trashed, so it wasn't an entirely impossible quest.) I ran across a box containing the remains of a swag lamp. Naturally, what immediately went through my head was "Once a jolly swag lamp..." to the tune of Waltzing Matilda.

I ended up driving to OSH, buying a cheap extension cord, and chopping its sockets off. We now have a very nice fluorescent grow lamp in the back bathroom, for the [ profile] flower_cat's orchids. The swag lamp, or possibly its ghost, is still in the box.

mdlbear: (hacker glider)

The past few days according to LJ (approximately) according to [ profile] azurelunatic. DO NOT read with food or drink in your mouth. (Link via [ profile] celticdragonfly by way of [ profile] sandy_tyras.)

mdlbear: (cthulhu-powered)

... You probably don't need the Cthulhu Dildo Cthozy. (From BoingBoing)

mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

... Seuss?!!

From Boing Boing (of course) comes this link to

Horrton Hears a Heart

True, I've been shaken - and true, I've been bad.
But how can you say that this elephant's mad?
This Loopidy sickness has sharpened my brain!
My ears are quite large, and I hear things quite plain.
So before you pass judgment, please let me explain...


I buried him under the theedlewog bush
And jumped in a pool to rinse blood off my tush.
How smart I was, Sam! How sane was my plan!
So sure I'd be implicated by no man! -
It was then I stopped splashing. I heard a queer sound...
A faint tumpata-tump - but there's no one around!

Followed by a list of "Some books by Edgar Allan Seuss" that's an absolute classic all by itself.

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