“We’re sorry, but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.”—Google Groups FAIL. False positives like this suck. Guess it’s time to move my group.
“Indeed, if there was a defining moment in Friday’s debate, it was the declaration by Representative Paul Broun of Georgia that climate change is nothing but a “hoax” that has been “perpetrated out of the scientific community.” I’d call this a crazy conspiracy theory, but doing so would actually be unfair to crazy conspiracy theorists.”—Op-Ed Columnist - Betraying the Planet - NYTimes.com
“Also, don’t take the intoxicated results to be acceptable just because they’re an improvement over the texting numbers. They only look better because the texting results are so horrendously bad.”—Texting While Driving: How Dangerous is it? - Car And Driver. Yup: texting while driving is so bad, it makes drunk driving look good in comparison. (And they’re not talking just about writing, they test reading texts too.)
"Given these budget constraints and the need for consistent units throughout the Constellation Program lifecycle to minimise risks, and to contribute to mission success, we’re revising the previous management directive to a primarily English-units-based program," he says.
That previous directive stems from 2004 when, under continuing pressure from its independent inspector general, NASA agreed to conform with US legislation enacted in 1988 that ordered all government departments to move towards the exclusive use of SI units.
Sad. What I don’t understand is:
In June 2006, when NASA’s progress on that looked sluggish, NASA spokesman David Steitz offered New Scientist this update: “NASA is in the process of converting to SI units. However, immediate conversion of systems that are already designed in English units can prove risky and inefficient. The US space program … will need time to evolve into SI units.”
[…] “Operating in space while using two different systems of measurement certainly opens the door for problematic mistakes and miscommunications,” he adds.
Why is it riskier to use inches and meters together than to use inches and yards together? In either case, you have to know what your units are in order for a number to mean anything. Mistaking inches for meters is no greater a problem than mistaking inches for yards.
Before DART’s launch, NASA found that GPS data on its position was mistakenly being read by its computer in feet. Ironically, correcting this to metres in a simulator resulted in an incorrect change to another parameter that was programmed into the spacecraft – a problem that led to the collision.
Oh, I get it. Someone is covering their ass by protecting against a previous mistake that had very little to do with SI vs imperial units but was played up that way by the media. Great…
“What matters is getting the right words, undiluted, in front of the right people. That’s what the Internet is for. Everything else is (at best) the icing on the cake.”—ongoing · The Internet’s Payload. Amen.
“The 3.0 keyboard has a few extra special characters when holding certain signs down. For example, when you hold down the “.”, you also get “…”, the dash “-” also displays an em-dash “-” and quotations and apostrophes display “>” and can also be curved. Another quick tip is to hold and press on the numeric button while in letters mode and slide your finger to the desired punctuation sign. Then, the letter keyboard will come back automatically.”—iPhone 3.0 Update: 10 Hidden Features - PC World. I’ve actually been hoping for this exact feature for a while now—it just might be my favorite thing about 3.0.
“Anonymous Pro (2009) is a family of four fixed-width fonts designed especially with coding in mind.”—Anonymous Pro, from one of my favorite indie font studios. Suddenly my text editors and terminals are all so legible…
“June 19, 9:00am: The Bureau of Labor Statistics will announce the unemployment numbers for May, showing a loss of 660,000 jobs, with 1/3 of them being white-collar jobs. Coincidentally, 220,000 unemployed professionals will realize to their horror that their Facebook profile now ranks above their LinkedIn profile if a prospective employer googles them, and that they have no idea how to use Facebook’s privacy settings.”—Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil Dash
“CTR actually has practical benefits over RC4; because the keystream is generated by a counter, you can seek to an arbitrary point in the stream and start decrypting.”—A Working Theory About RC4. Oh hey, that’s pretty cool.