Archives for August 7, 2008

Linux has powerful graphics tools For the average user or the professional image manipulator, there is a range of OpenSource software that will run on Linux as well as (in some cases) other platforms such as Windows. As discussed earlier, there are two basic kinds of image: Bit mapped and vector. Here we are looking…

Michele, you ignorant slut…

OK, let’s say it all together. Minnesota is the state. Minneapolis is a city in Minnesota. Saint Paul is the Capitol of Minnesota. The Republican National Convention will be in Saint Paul. Saint Paul Minnesota. Not Minneapolis. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is from a suburb of Saint Paul and who represents the sixth district to…

Bad speling ‘should be accepted’

Common spelling mistakes should be accepted into everyday use, not corrected, a lecturer has said. Ken Smith of Bucks New University says the most common mistakes should be accepted as “variant spellings”. He lists the 10 most commonly misspelt words, which include “arguement” for “argument” and “twelth” for “twelfth”. Mr Smith says his proposal, outlined…

From NASA: Fractures, or “tiger stripes,” where icy jets erupt on Saturn’s moon Enceladus will be the target of a close flyby by the Cassini spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 11. Cassini will zoom past the tiny moon a mere 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the surface. Just after closest approach, all of the spacecraft’s cameras…

Linux One Liners

ps -eo user,pcpu,pid,cmd | sort -r -k2 | head -6

More on DNS Bug

Remember the earlier discussion of the DNS bug? If the internet is the post office, the DNS is the collection of all of the addresses on all of the envelopes traveling around the system. It is secure, inherently. But caching is used as part of the system to make it more efficient, and the caches…

Thank you, Ana, for sending this: It gets a bit old by the time it is over, but it is funny. At the event we went to, the bidding started at 50, got to 60 or something, and someone shouted out “500?!?!?” and that was the end.