Anwar http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php en-US http://backend.userland.com/rss092 Have you guys tried Annonzilla? <a href="http://annozilla.mozdev.org/index.html">http://annozilla.mozdev.org/index.html</a> <p>It looks like an interesting proofreading/annotation engine for webpages. </p> <p>Does anyone else know of similar software? I wonder if it works on dynamic pages...</p> <p>--Anwar </p> http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=have_you_guys_tried_annonzilla&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 No Walled Garden for Me <a href="http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/smartphones/first-look-the-antiiphone-openmokos-neo1973-236841.php">http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/smartphones/first-look-the-antiiphone-openmokos-neo1973-236841.php</a> <p>I have come around to Marco's view that maybe phones could be useful computing devices.</p> <p>If I ever bought a smartphone it would look like this:</p> <p>http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/smartphones/first-look-the-antiiphone-openmokos-neo1973-236841.php</p> <p>Free - as in speech. </p> http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=no_walled_garden_for_me_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 You can't cross the same river twice <p><center><img src="http://nonplatonic.com/media/blogs/anwar/rhodes02.jpg" alt="Rhodes Hall at Dusk" title="Rhodes Hall at Dusk" /></center></p> <p>So there I am, wandering around Cornell this evening during some free moments on a recruiting trip, and I'm overcome by this feeling that I'm walking through a ghost town.</p> <p>Aside from a new building here and there, its almost exactly as I left it. The crisp autumn breeze, scores of stars overhead, and the hourly rings from the clock tower.</p> <p>Walking around a little more, I see the benches I used to sit on, the trees I would read under, and even the little divot on Libe slope that I'd nap in.</p> <p>As much as its all the same, the campus -- devoid of my friends and past life -- doesn't remember me. And so I find myself an interloper -- trespassing on places that have new owners and new meanings.</p> http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=you_can_t_cross_the_same_river_twice&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Love الحريه ? If so - get out ! Your kind is not welcome here. <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5269106.stm">http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5269106.stm</a> <p>[Also posted on BoingBoing]</p> <p>http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5269106.stm</p> <blockquote> <p>Passengers on a Manchester-bound flight have described how two men were removed from the plane because other travellers thought they were speaking Arabic.</p> <p>Heath Schofield, a passenger on the flight from Malaga, described it as being a "bit like Chinese whispers".</p> <p>Monarch Airlines said passengers had demanded the men were removed because they were acting suspiciously.</p> <p>Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood said it was disgraceful the pair seemed to have been judged on their skin colour.</p> <p>The men - reported to be of Asian or Middle Eastern appearance - were taken from Wednesday's flight ZB 613 and questioned but were allowed to fly back to the UK later in the week.</p> <p>Refusal to board</p> <p>Mr Schofield, who was travelling with his wife Jo and their children, said: "We all started boarding the flight.</p> <p>"Our daughter noticed a couple of guys that were perhaps acting a bit strange. They went to the front of the queue, went to the back of the queue, and then they went and sat down by themselves.</p> <p>"Anyway, we got on the plane and we boarded and it became apparent after we were already supposed to be flying that several of the passengers had refused to board the craft.</p> <p>"A few rumours went round, it was a little bit like Chinese whispers, and then some more people decided they were getting off."</p> <p>Plane finally took off</p> <p>He said Spanish police officers came on to the plane and took the two men's passports and 20 minutes later the pair were removed from the plane.</p> <p>All the passengers were then taken off and the plane and all the luggage was swept for explosives. Three hours later the passengers boarded again and the plane took off without the pair.</p> <p>His wife said: "We still don't know what was said, or whether it was anything to be alarmed about."</p> <p>She said: "A lot of mums were trying to calm the children down - they were getting quite panicky because of what they'd seen on the telly.</p> <p>"It became apparent that the reason that some of the people didn't board the plane was because somebody had overheard the gentlemen in question speaking - I think it was Arabic."</p> <p>'Tight procedures'</p> <p>Mr Mahmood said it was "absolutely disgraceful" that passengers had taken it on themselves to label people.</p> <p>"That is not what we want. The colour of your skin shouldn't identify what you are. It is a sad state of affairs that that has happened."</p> <p>He called for air passengers to understand that once people were allowed through security "they should be OK".</p> <p>In a statement, Monarch said: "The captain was concerned about the security surrounding the two gentlemen on the aircraft and the decision was taken to remove them from the flight for further security checks."</p> <p>David Reynolds, from the British Airline Pilots Association, said there were "very tight procedures" in place to ensure only the "right sort of people" boarded flights.</p> <p>"Clearly, we can't have a situation where one passenger decides that another passenger isn't going to fly," he said. </p></blockquote> http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=love_a_1575_a_1604_a_1581_a_1585_a_1610_&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Single Pipe Steam Heating <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A533819">http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A533819</a> <p>So I am an idiot -- turns out the radiators in my condo are the "single-pipe-steam" variety (linked) not the forced-hot-water variety.</p> <p>This means that the temperature adjustment has a very important difference (from my old, hot-water radiators).</p> <blockquote><p> Attached to the pipe leading to the radiator is a valve. This is a shut-off valve. It shuts off the radiator; that is all it does. This is definitely a nugget of information worth remembering.</p> <p>The first mistake people make is to assume that they can control how hot the radiator is by turning the knob on the shut-off valve. Unfortunately, this is the worst thing you could do. Since the condensed water runs back down the same pipe that the hot steam comes up, you will force the steam and the water together, making bubbles. When bubbles burst inside a metal pipe or radiator, they make horribly loud banging noises. Keep the shut-off valve fully open or fully closed, and concentrate on the vent. </p></blockquote> <p>That's right -- all those *horribly loud banging noises* [water-hammering] last winter -- completely my own damn fault for not paying closer attention to the radiator.</p> <p>Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...but nope - its a chicken!</p> http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=single_pipe_steam_heating&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Consolidation... <p>1998 General Purpose CPU Manufacturers [w/active development]</p> <ul> <li>SGI: Rx000 </li> <li>DEC: Alpha </li> <li>HP: PA-RISC, Itanium </li> <li>AMD: x86 </li> <li>IBM: Power, PowerPC, 390 </li> <li>SUN: Sparc </li> <li>ARM: Various </li> <li>MIPS: Various </li> <li>INTEL: x86, Itanium </li> <li>SAMSUNG: Alpha </li> <li>FUJITSU: Sparc </li> <li>MOTOROLA: PowerPC </li> <li>HITACHI: SH4 </li> </ul> <p>2006 General Purpose CPU Manufacturers [w/active development]</p> <ul> <li>INTEL: x86, Itanium </li> <li>AMD: x86 </li> <li>IBM: Power, PowerPC, 390 </li> <li>SUN: Sparc </li> <li>ARM: Various [Embedded] </li> </ul> <p>2010 General Purpose CPU Manufacturers [Projected]</p> <ul> <li>INTEL: x86, </li> <li>AMD: x86 </li> <li>IBM: Power, PowerPC </li> <li>ARM: Various [Embedded] </li> </ul> http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=consolidation&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Classic SOM Design <a href="http://www.renewnyc.com/plan_des_dev/wtc_site/new_design_plans/freedom_tower/default.asp">http://www.renewnyc.com/plan_des_dev/wtc_site/new_design_plans/freedom_tower/default.asp</a> <p>Now this is an excellent design. Clean lines, tall, elegant. (Contrast with the previous Superman II Ice-fortress design).</p> <p>--Anwar </p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=classic_som_design&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 The secret word is "Asinine" <a href="http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=91703">http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=91703</a> <p>Apparently this group pickets the funerals of soldiers (chosen at random?) in protest of the tolerance of homosexuality (that is tolerance by American culture, not the particular dead soldier). </p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=the_secret_word_is_asinine_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 The secret word is "Asinine" <a href="http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=91703">http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=91703</a> <p>Apparently this group pickets the funerals of soldiers (chosen at random?) in protest of the tolerance of homosexuality (that is tolerance by American culture, not the particular dead soldier). </p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=the_secret_word_is_asinine&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 What Underemployed Engineers do for fun... <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/21/BAprankster21.DTL">http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/21/BAprankster21.DTL</a> <p>(Shamelessly stolen from boingboing)</p> <blockquote><p> Sunnyvale traffic signal prankster on the loose </p> <p>Police in Sunnyvale are keeping an eye out for a highly skilled and frustratingly elusive prankster who has been tampering with the city's traffic lights... </p></blockquote> <p>http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/21/BAprankster21.DTL </p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=what_underemployed_engineers_do_for_fun&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Industry Standards <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/newsimage.php?newsId=1318&image=4">http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/newsimage.php?newsId=1318&image=4</a> <p>I went to <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/newsimage.php?newsId=1318&image=4">see the office pranks page</a> and noticed sadly that all office cube farms are identical, everywhere.</p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=industry_standards&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 I don't need no stinkin' gubmint. <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/05/29/INGJPCU3GL11.DTL&type=printable">http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/05/29/INGJPCU3GL11.DTL&type=printable</a> <p>...because I pulled myself up by my bootstraps (all by myself). </p> <p>Slackers.</p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=i_don_t_need_no_stinkin_gubmint&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 ...but some do it better than others <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/04/business/worldbusiness/04energy.html">http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/04/business/worldbusiness/04energy.html</a> <blockquote><p> After $1.3 billion in subsidies, about 160,000 homes have solar power systems. Solar power remains two to three times as expensive as the electricity supplied to households. But homeowners say that with time, the "free" electricity pays for the high installation costs. And the government is willing to devote taxes to the effort, preferring to spur rural employment through solar power installations to help reduce payments for foreign oil, coal and gas.</p></blockquote> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=but_some_do_it_better_than_others&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Governments shape behavior <a href="http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4032842">http://www.economist.com/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4032842</a> <p>This is exactly the kind of forward thinking civic policy we need in today's world! Oil is plentiful, energy is cheap, and no link has been found to prove human activity influences large scale climate change. w00t!</p> <blockquote><p> Shanghai, home to about 9m ordinary bikes, aroused a flurry of media criticism last year by banning them from main roads in the centre. But they are less and less used these days. </p></blockquote> <blockquote><p> Since the late 1990s, however, housing has been largely privatised. Many state-owned factories have closed down or been shifted to suburban areas to reduce pollution in the cities and make way for new development. The economic boom has been spurred by a building frenzy, which itself has been fuelled by reckless bank lending and by the government's readiness to allow developers to bulldoze the inner cities. Close-knit communities have been scattered, often to the suburbs, to places ill-served by public transport and far from places of work.<br /> </blockquote> </p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=governments_shape_behavior&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 If Burns Ran an airline...(with Federal Money) <a href="http://www.timesonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14600233&BRD=2305&PAG=461&dept_id=478569&rfi=6">http://www.timesonline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14600233&BRD=2305&PAG=461&dept_id=478569&rfi=6</a> <p><center><img src="http://nonplatonic.com/media/2005/06/02/burns.jpg" border="0" alt="US Airways Managers" /></center></p> <p><em>Well, that's odd ... I've just robbed a man of his livelihood, and yet I feel strangely empty. Tell you what, Smithers - have him beaten to a pulp.</em></p> <blockquote><p>When the airline needed about $1 billion annually in labor cuts, the AFA filing said, the airline had argued that "in light of management's sacrifices, it would be 'inequitable' for labor not to take commensurate reductions."</p></blockquote> <blockquote><p>The objections they have raised in bankruptcy court surround the company's request for up to $55 million to hand out in bonuses and severance pay to executives, managers and salaried workers.</p> <p>The money essentially would wipe out the $56 million in concessions given by management and salaried employees, according to an objection filed in bankruptcy court Wednesday by the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents mainline and regional workers in the airline.</p></blockquote> <p><em>Smithers, for attempting to kill me, I'm giving you a five percent pay cut!</em></p> <blockquote><p> The AFA filing pointed to the different treatment in union workers, who were saddled with court-imposed 21 percent pay cuts for four months, while management saw only a 5 percent pay cut, "on the heels of a nearly commensurate prebankruptcy pay increase."</blockquote> </p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=if_burns_ran_an_airline_with_federal_mon&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator</a> <p>Another item in the list of "Things that are HOT"</p> <blockquote><p>There have been five known accidents involving RTG powered spacecraft. The first two were launch failures involving U.S. Transit and Nimbus satellites. Two more were failures of Soviet Cosmos missions containing RTG-powered lunar rovers. Finally, the failure of the Apollo 13 mission meant that the Lunar Module which carried the RTG reentered the atmosphere and burnt up over Fiji. The RTG itself survived reentry of the Earth's atmosphere intact, plunging into the Tonga trench in the Pacific Ocean. The US Department of Energy has conducted seawater tests and determined that the graphite casing, which was designed to withstand reentry, is stable and no release of Plutonium will occur. Subsequent investigations have found no increase in the natural background radiation in the area.</p></blockquote> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=radioisotope_thermoelectric_generators&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Global supply chains <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1464454,00.html">http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1464454,00.html</a> <p>Here's a very interesting article that describes the nitty-gritty details of how Dell manufactures computer systems and who their suppliers are, followed by some unsolicited political commentary about how Dell is responsible for preserving world peace.</p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=global_supply_chains&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Dr. Feynman would be proud: HOT chips! <a href="http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=160401538">http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=160401538</a> <p>These IBM guys have some wicked good material-science kung-fu. They've figured out how to reliably integrate PFETs (on 1-1-0 silicon) and NFETs (on 1-0-0 silicon)</p> <p>Its amazing how on the ball Dr. Feynman was about the angstrom-scale world...</p> <p>http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/feynman.html</p> <p>"I would like to describe a field, in which little has been done, but in which an enormous amount can be done in principle. This field is not quite the same as the others in that it will not tell us much of fundamental physics (in the sense of, ``What are the strange particles?'') but it is more like solid-state physics in the sense that it might tell us much of great interest about the strange phenomena that occur in complex situations. Furthermore, a point that is most important is that it would have an enormous number of technical applications."</p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=dr_feynman_would_be_proud_hot_chips&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Cuba, US, Health <a href="http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/2091.html">http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/2091.html</a> <p>Collin's post about Cuba got me thinking about health care...</p> <p>..if you don't like these measures for health care, which ones do you propose we should use for comparisons?</p> <p>From the CIA World Factbook:</p> <p>Infant Mortality Rate (deaths/1000 live births)<br /> -World 50.31<br /> -USA 6.63<br /> -Cuba 6.45<br /> -EU 5.3<br /> -Canada 4.82<br /> -Japan 3.28</p> <p>Avg. Life Expectancy at Birth<br /> -World 64.05<br /> -Cuba 77.04<br /> -USA 77.43<br /> -EU 78.1<br /> -Canada 79.96<br /> -Japan 81.04</p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=cuba_us_health&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 The Car Matrix... <p>So here I am -- about to buy another car. What car will he buy, he's not going to buy another Civic is he? Well no.</p> <p>The car matrix has been narrowed down to three choices: Honda Civic Coupe, Scion tC (non-customized), and the Mazda 3.</p> <p>Yes, they are japanese-econo-boxes. (The estimated TCO @150Kmi of these cars is more than only two cars: Toyota Echo, Corolla)</p> <p>If these cars were OSes they might be VMS boxen (or maybe its cheaper even uglier cousin, FreeBSD). Ugly, but with ridiculous uptimes. And that matters.</p> <p>As someone who relies on my car to get me to work 100+ working days a year (2-person carpool), I can't really afford to get in the car and have it not work. Depending on what you currently do for a living, this may or may not make sense to you.</p> <p>Sure I'd like a Porsche, maybe as a second pleasure car. But until I move out to car heaven, where parking is free, the roads have wonderful s-curves and are impeccably dry and paved - I'll stick to the econo box. </p> http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=the_car_matrix&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1