Archives for November 26, 2008

Franco Sacchi: Welcome to Nollywood

Browsing Browsers

With Firefox undergoing the usual late-life evolution towards uselessness (…it was great while it lasted, Firefox, but you’ve become Windozed…) it is time to start paying attention to other browsers. So here’s two very very interesting bits of browser news. Lunascape is a new browser that is Java based but remarkably has not been developed…

Disable your laptop with a text message.

I’m very unhappy with Lenovo because they exploited us, then dropped us, and now the lie to us (us = Linux users). So Lenovo can kiss my ass. But this is cool: Lenovo is using text messaging to add an additional layer of security to the company’s line of ThinkPad notebooks. Starting in 2009, Lenovo…

Fedora Ubuntuized

Fedora, the version of Red Hat Linux that you can have because you’re a person, has come out with a version (version 10) that seems meant to be easier to install and set up, designed apparently for the Ubuntu-user kinda person. It has Gnome as its default desktop. Get it here. Don’t worry, there’s a…

Near Earth Object Telescope Comes On Line

The first of four new asteroid-tracking telescopes will come online next month in Hawaii, promising to quickly scan large swaths of the sky–thanks to the world’s largest digital camera. The project, known as the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), aims to scan the entire sky visible from the summit of Mount Haleakala…

Personally, I think we should start with a dodo, and then work our way up the ethical ladder from there. … We know roughly how the sequence of life ran forward in time. What about running it backward? … Last week in Nature, scientists reported major progress in sequencing the genome of woolly mammoths. [see…

Please step AWAY from the cold cuts …

Unless you have retained a lawyer… McDonalds has applied for patent WO2006068865, which carries the title ‘METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING A SANDWICH.’ John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, can eat his heart out … given that it only mentions generic sandwich making ‘tool(s),’ rather than any specific machine, it might not survive after…

We haven’t seen RD in a while

He mentions the Enemies of Reason. Oh heck, I might as well post that as well. Starting tomorrow.

Minnesota Senate Recount Information

Another local blogger, Jeff Rosenberg, is following the recount and providing his own analysis. Here.