I use Gnome Weather Report, an applet that shows the local temperature and weather conditions on my desktop. For the last few days, it’s been showing something really weird: . It’s nothing like -17°C here; it’s nearer 0°C, according to Environment Canada.
Things become clearer when you change the view to Fahrenheit view: . It’s clear that the sensor or protocol is broken, but is being mis-interpreted as a zero signal.
As an avid RISKS reader, I know that confusing zero and null values is pretty much unforgivable. I’ve wired up enough 4-20mA current loop instruments to know that having a zero-value signal being the same as a no signal value is bad.
But there’s no real risk here. I mean, I could always go outside and find that it’s not 17°C. You don’t need a weatherman, as Bob said.
Have you ever noticed that Jimmy Carter has pointy, pointy teeth? In the above photo (copyright AP, used without permission, taken from a CNN story about Georgia wanting to claim that evolution never happened [politeness prevents me cracking the obvious joke], don’t sue me) he’s kinda got that Transylvanian thing going on.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always liked Jimmy — he was the first US president that I was old enough to really remember what he did — but by the looks of this picture, I’d have the garlic handy if he ever came visiting.
Spalding Gray signed this for me in Glasgow. Wherever he is, I won’t forget: “All Good Things, Spalding”
Finland’s national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg was born 200 years ago today. If you can’t have a holiday, at least have one of Runeberg’s cupcakes. They sound yummy.
How about an anti-spam campaign specifically targeting drug sales? I have the perfect name for it: Boast No Pills…
… dealing with Mr Tramadol Hydrochloride Comment Spammer.
If you’re considering spamming this site, why not stop and consider doing something worthwhile?
(click on the above for a larger image)
Yes, I’ll be speaking at UofT on 20th February.
I’ve had to close comments because someone comment-spammed the site. Having to deal with this is a bit like dealing with something unpleasant you’ve trodden on in the street.
My Palm gave up the ghost yesterday, less than a couple of weeks after fitting new batteries. I should have been suspicious of the remarkably cheap Duracell brand batteries I got from the corner shop. They are marked For Original Equipment ONLY.
A set of Duracell brand AAA batteries usually lasts me about two months. I wonder if these were some kind of pirated battery?
I wrote this back in my PostScript days. This is the source for the geek warning sign.
Go and see this. Best animation I’ve seen in a long time; it’s edging out “Spirited Away” for me. Fabulous score, and many wonderful tips o’ the beret to C20th French popular culture.
The Belleville residents look like refugees from The Quigmans. The structural gangsters in their 2CV limos are both menacing and comic.
Oh yeah, and stay for the end of the credits.