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Journal Journal: Transporting A-Bombs 3

I have a question about Star Trek.

In both the tee vee shows and the movies, they often transport people and objects to and from spacecraft with transporters.

When they are fighting Klingons, how come they never transport an a-bomb into the bridge (or some other vulnerable point) of the opponent?


Journal Journal: Hard-wired for geometry

Hard-wired for geometry 12:44 Friday 20 January 2006 Pending

I submitted this article. Let's see how long it takes for someone to deal with it, and reject or accept it.

Update: It was published at 8:28am PST on 21 January, 2006.

I still have an outstanding article (a poll) pending:

Best funeral for a head of state 11:18 Monday 04 April 2005 Pending

This was relevant only for around a week after Pope John Paul II died, and is utterly irrelevant now!

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Journal Journal: Signatures 4

Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakatuluk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

HCG 50a = 2MASX J11170638+5455016
11h17m06.4s +54d55m02s

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: *BSD is dying

It is now official. Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: NetBSD is dying


Journal Journal: Jazz giant Artie Shaw dead at 94

I'm not a big fan of big band swing (although I like that music), and I'm not a big fan of the clarinet.

The only reason I even know about Artie Shaw is that, as a child in the late 50s, I had a set of 78rpm records (as distinguished from "LP 33s") which was a musical adaptation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I used to play it quite a bit on a record player.

The story was kind of interesting, but I really liked the music. It was Artie Shaw playing clarinet.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Being silly

Check this out.

It's a mildly amusing thread I participated in last Monday. I did it anonymously. Mine is the second comment. I actually got modded up.

I generally think that people who write "Mod parent up" or "mod parent down" are boofheads, although sometimes those comments have been right on.

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Journal Journal: Finding a relative

I just found my nephew here. He has a prestigious low Slashdot userid, from which I gather that he registered about 4 years ago. I wonder how many other acquaintances of mine are here?

Journal Journal: Captain Kangaroo dead at 76

I grew up with him. I've always wondered why I never see re-runs of his show -- I'm sure that I remember it being much, much better than it actually was.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Nerds and geeks 1

Miss Marvel wrote in her journal:

...nerds and geeks. I may live to regret this, but I'm willing to try anything at least once.

I have to say that I am just really disappointed that Miss Marvel seems to be calling me, and a lot of other people, including one of my friends, a nerd and a geek.


Journal Journal: What is CGCG 378-15?

CGCG 378-15 is a galaxy in the Catalogue of Galaxies and of Clusters of Galaxies. It is located at 22h 40m 30s +03d 21m 30.9s (J2000). This galaxy is rather unremarkable, except that it gravitationally lenses a distant quasar, forming a 4-lobed image known as Einstein's Cross .

Journal Journal: What is HCG50a?

HCG50a is the brightest component of Hickson Compact Group 50 (HCG50), a small group of 5 galaxies in the constellation Ursa Major. They are extremely faint, and are visible visually only in large telescopes, say > 25" in aperture.

There are 100 groups in the Hickson Compact Group catalog, compiled by Paul Hickson to investigate interacting galaxies.

More information on this interesting catalog can be found here .

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