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[Dutch] 'Van roken word je lelijk'

Old news, but still a good argument against smoking: "You get ugly from smoking"

The BIG cat who likes getting wet and wild

Nice pics of a wet pussy :)

Image:Zombie-process.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Where your spam and trojans come from, in a nutshell

BBC shredded on bad science in WiFi scare report

The BBC recently ran a terrible half-hour program on the risks from Wi-Fi to 'the children.' While there's no reason to not study the matter further, the report relied on measurements taken by a lobbyist who also sells tinfoil hats and measurement devices to those afraid of wireless signals.

Also see but she's a girl's take on Wi-fi madness.

Creation Museum opens

Some silly creationists are finally opening their wacky $27 million Creation Museum on Monday in Petersburg, Kentucky. The slogan on the museum's site? "Prepare to believe."

A Gallup poll last year showed almost half of Americans believe that humans did not evolve but were created by God in their present form within the last 10,000 years.

People are weird...

Burst Culture: what it means to get your culture in short bursts

Interesting insight in how we consume our content from the web and from magazines

How to Clean an Apartment Before Moving Out - WikiHow

A tad to late for me, but a nice guide for cleaning your old apartment before moving on, so you won't get screwed^Wsurprised by the landlord.

BoingBoing post about this article

Homework sucks: The case against homework

How the ever increasing amount of homework is hurting school kids

Flip your text upside down

With real characters; utf-8 stuff I guess

Language Log: Punctuation, now with heightened indifference!

Interesting post about various odd punctuation characters

VBA for Macintosh goes away - Joel on Software

Joel on Software on how Microsoft is cutting in their own fingers:

But what's really interesting about this story is how Microsoft has managed to hoist itself by its own petard. By locking in users and then not supporting their own lock-in features, they're effectively making it very hard for many Mac Office 2004 users to upgrade to Office 2008, forcing a lot of their customers to reevaluate which desktop applications to use. It's the same story with VB 6 and VB.Net, and it's the same story with Windows XP and Vista. When Microsoft lost the backwards-compatibility religion that had served them so well in the past, they threatened three of their most important businesses (Office, Windows, and Basic), businesses which are highly dependent on upgrade revenues.

YouTube - The Coolest 8 Year Old In The World Talks About O'Reilly

This eight year old girl tackles some of the weird world views of grownups in the US. Brilliant :)

Review Board - Reviewing code made easy

You're probably familiar with this. A contributor puts a patch up on Bugzilla, Trac, or your project's listserv. It’s large and spans several files. Eventually you get around to it (if you haven't lost it in your inbox yet). You open an e-mail or the Bugzilla page to respond, put the diff where you can see it, and start going through the changes, line by line, making comments as you go. It's tedious. You have to make it clear what function you're talking about, make references to the general area in the diff. It’s a pain for the contributor too, because they have to figure out what you're referring to. This leaves room for error.

So they created Review Board, an online reviewing tool for patches etc, in which you can easily annotate changed code, to the line. Really nice piece of software

Sean Egan about some design decisions of the pidgin interface

Complete with a minor history of the gaim/pidgin GUI

Cluster spacecraft makes a shocking discovery

Vrije Universiteit - Linux lab | May 15, 16:20

On 24 January 2001, the four Cluster spacecraft were flying at an approximate altitude of 105 000 kilometres, in tetrahedron formation. Each spacecraft was separated from the others by a distance of about 600 kilometres. With such a distance between them, as they approached the bow shock, scientists expected that every spacecraft would record a similar signature of the passage through this region. Instead, the readings they got were highly contradictory. They showed large fluctuations in the magnetic and electric field surrounding each spacecraft. They also revealed marked variations in the number of solar wind protons that were reflected by the shock and streaming back to Sun.

Golgafrinchans

Vrije Universiteit - Linux lab | May 15, 12:32

Ancient people described in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. The original Golgafrinchans decided to rid themselves of all of their "below average" population by blasting them off into space. This had the unfortunate side effect that all of the sanitary workers were removed, and the Golgafrinchans were killed off by germs. All of the hairdressers, insurance agents, and managers that were launched into space actually did survive and ended up on earth as our ancestors.

Why Microsoft Won't ID Patent Violations...

Vrije Universiteit - Linux lab | May 15, 12:24

Because either they will be too trivial to defend properly, or they could be worked around. Microsoft would loose their leverage and be high and dry without any way to scare companies and people away from OSS

Todo.txt - Task tracking for command line lovers

Even has a plugin so you can read and write your todo.txt by using Jabber. Neat :)

Also check the self-contained iKog, about which Linux.com has a nice little howto.

Next-generation, high-performance processor unveiled | Science Blog

Interesting material, as those are ground-up designed to do a lot at the same time, instead of just hooking up more single cores to each other.

Each TRIPS chip contains two processing cores, each of which can issue 16 operations per cycle with up to 1,024 instructions in flight simultaneously. Current high-performance processors are typically designed to sustain a maximum execution rate of four operations per cycle.

Microsoft claims software like Linux violates its patents

Microsoft takes on the free world. Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe.

Sooo, any windows fanboys out there wanting to finance this corporate terrorism?

Pidgin LaTeX

Finally a way to do nice formulas in your favourite IM client

Librarian girl makes installing Linux fun - a movie

This interesting gall installed Ubuntu on two donated machines for her library. The fun part is that it all seems fun to do; an emotion that was sometimes lacking while doing this task [not counting geeks like me wanting things to go awry to be able to go full-out fixing it :)].

The original article with YouTube movie

OpenChange - open source Exchange interaction

Everything seems to be pretty alpha quality still, but it looks pretty promising. Will we have a decent open source implementation of the Exchange MAPI protocol soon? Now only to have a nice alternative of Exchange :)

Universal segfault

What if our universe is some simulation. What if poking at its internals exposes bugs? Food for thought.

NASA rethinking death in mission to Mars

Interesting stuff; but what about sex? :)

Uncomfortable Questions: Was the Death Star Attack an Inside Job?

Somehow, the numbers 9 and 11 come to mind

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