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Happy Christmas

I was going to do something for a Christmas post, but find I can’t do much better than this image (which is via TPP via BA) and (lightly edited) TPP’s words: Think about how many stars are in such a galaxy. Then think about all those other little lights in the background that are also…

I’ve been reading History of programming languages—II which is a book of a 1993 conference. There’s lots of interesting stuff, if you like that kind of thing, but I’m particularly struck by the section on Ada. There’s fun like the distinction between general-purpose and “embedded” computing, which is always somewhat hard to define: In the…

Every now and again its nice to be reminded that the Dork Side really are a bunch of swivel-eyed loons. So I’m thankful, so to speak, to Eli (and, now I look, Sou) for pointing me at Settled science? The IPCC’s premature consensus is demonstrated by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. I didn’t bother read the…

Foundation and Empire, part II

Following up on my brilliantly prescient Foundation and Empire from April, the current economic situation in Russia is worth commenting on. The Russian rouble [is] in free-fall despite [a] shock 17% rate rise says Auntie (and she really does, doesn’t she, which is silly: rates rose to 17%, not by 17%), and Timmy has some…

Torture

Some in the US have now admitted that others in the US tortured some other people: see for example [[Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture]]. But on the whole, the people in charge at the time aren’t admitting it, and the CIA can’t even bring itself to use the T-word. Bystander pointed me at…

One disadvantage of working for my current employers is that pretty well everything I do is technically commercially sekrit, no matter how dull it might be. But this little fragment isn’t, and its fun. Perhaps it would make a good interview question. What does the following C fragment compile into… { extern bool other_thing(void); int…

There’s a thread on twitter, started by “‏@JacquelynGill” noting “The Day After Tomorrow”, “‏@ClimateOfGavin” replying that “it was that movie and lame sci community response that prompted me to start blogging”, and continuing “Spring 2004 was pre-RC, Scienceblogs, etc. Deltoid was around, Stoat, @mtobis + other sci.env ppl too. But very few.” Gosh, those were…

Help help I’m being repressed

So there I was happily making cow pies in a muddy field when some Arthur King comes along and I’m reminded once again of the violence inherent in the system. [Update: and part 2, 2015/02.] Which I think is about how seriously you should take Watt’s attempt to Godwin himself with the assistance of Ball.…

Someone pointed me at Renewable energy ‘simply WON’T WORK': Top Google engineers in El Rego, which is Lewis “you know you can’t trust me” Page’s take on What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change by Ross Koningstein & David Fork. Who they? Dunno, but you can read what they say about themselves: Ross…

Oh, lordy!

Mostly misc. I start with this erg screenshot, which I hasten to add is not mine, though that will be obvious to the cognoscenti immeadiately, or indeed to anyone who has sweated out 2k and got not even close to 6:06.8 – I can’t even quite manage 7:10 for 2k, let alone for three times…