Science by press release

There’s a reason that the scientific community uses a peer-review process to validate publications.  Unfortunately, the “global warming” branch of climate science doesn’t operate this way.   Recently, excerpts of a report from the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were leaked to the press ahead of the release of the full report.  As usual, …

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Who got fired for this?

What an unusual pine tree! Who would have guessed that this is actually a giant antenna, cleverly disguised as a tree? I just hope that my taxpayer dollars weren’t used on this monstrosity.

How the E815 dies

I have a Motorola E815 cell phone.  This morning, I was reminded why it hasn’t been an entirely satisfying experience.  The E815 has excellent reception (on Verizon’s network) and lots of software features that work really well. Unfortunately the mechanical quality leaves a lot to be desired.  The E815’s weakness is the socket where the …

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“Ubuntu” actually means “eats your config files”

The Dapper-to-Edgy upgrade was surprisingly smooth, once I figured out how to do it. Unfortunately, the new version overwrote my “/boot/grub/menu.lst” so I could not boot Windows. I have enough experience with Linux that this was a five-minute fix, but it could be pretty scary for an inexperienced person. Who knows what else got over-written …

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