Police make it hard to report things to them.
Last week while on a canoe trip we spotted a minivan crashed in the
river, at the bottom of a 30m+ cliff. From the open driver's side door
It looked like it had been pushed over the edge, and, judging from the
multi-level water stains on the side, had been there for a week or two
at least. Still, being good citizens when we got to somewhere we could
make a call we phoned the police just in case nobody had reported it
yet. They received the report easily enough but then demanded name,
phone number, street address, a …continue.
came across my desk and inspired me to make a poster. Well, it inspired
me to find a poster, but I didn't locate one that resonated just the
right way with me, so I made my own.
A portion of the first ever 'portrait' of the solar system taken by
Voyager 1 in 1990 from a distance of more than 4 billion miles from
Earth. Our world is a mere point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixels
in size, coincidentally right in the center of a scattered light ray,
resulting from taking the image so close to the sun.
"We succeeded in taking that picture , …continue.
Thanks to the persistence of Kent Nassen and the generosity of Jeff
Wunderlich, the Aurora Text
can be downloaded and registered, “…the .bat file command I use to
register is: ac -reg “Jeff Wunderlich” “xujcwpkgzngqmqn” 1 Feel free to
share it with anyone on the net.”
So what’s the big deal? Well I covered most of it a few years ago in
Musing on the Favourite Text
(slow link, involves time travel), but at the moment my biggest cause
for joy is that I can, once again, select a column and inserting a
character or range of characters (useful for turning fixed width text
records into delimited text), and filling …continue.
A japanese "Kung Fu Bear" video has been circulating. I got curious
about this history of this animal and managed to unearth a few tidbits.
I may have some details wrong as I relied on google translate and there
are multiple bears talked about on the same page at the Asa Zoological
In September 2002, about 70km(?) northwest of Hiroshima a mother
Asiatic Black Bear with two cubs were marauding crops. Unavoidably the
sow had to be shot. The surviving 13kg cub was too small to survive on
his own and at the request of Hiroshima Prefecture was handed over to
Asa Zoological Park for protection where he …continue.
Are users right in rejecting security
is a must read, in my opinion. Make sure to set some time aside to
think it through and follow links. Favourite quotes:
We argue that users’ rejection of the security advice they receive is
entirely rational from an economic perspective. The advice offers to
shield them from the direct costs of attacks, but burdens them with
far greater indirect costs in the form of effort*
...costs and benefits do not always directly refer to financial gains
or losses... Password rules place the entire burden on the user. ...
[who] know that strictly observing the above rules is no guarantee of
being safe from …continue.
This morning I had to dig up a series of emails and a script from almost
2 years ago in order to answer questions about what I’d exactly I’d
given to someone (it was a digital elevation model mosaic). A 3rd party
needed to know the specific datatype and precision of the model. I
couldn’t remember, I’d long since deleted the mosiac, and since it was
only a 1 day project which didn’t require learning or research I didn’t
keep any notes.
After spending some time coming empty in the filesystem and not finding
the email exchange I fired up Google Desktop Search and located the
specific emails and …continue.