Robert SynnottMr Coffee Cocomation (9.12.2005, 03:31 UTC)
Someone bought this thing from clicking through one of my websites. In one of the reviews: “Not the true frothy hot chocolate that one gets with an expresso machine,”. I have not the words.
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Robert SynnottOoo-er (8.12.2005, 15:38 UTC)
A lyrics-viewing MacOS widget got a cease and desist letter from a publisher. When I saw the headline I immediately thought of my own reverse lyrics search; since it uses only data from Google and does not store or distribute lyrics, however, it should be okay. Still, it’s the first time publishers have gone near lyrics copyright violations…
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Robert SynnottAnother weapon in the war against the wobble-bottom! (8.12.2005, 15:23 UTC)
A treadmill that controls computer games. Wonderful. Logical progression from DDR, I suppose.
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Robert SynnottArts Block Anecdotes (8.12.2005, 14:57 UTC)
I was in the Arts Block in college today. Here are some tedious little things which I will now attempt to pass off as interesting. Condom machine in the toilets. It sells two types of condoms, ordinary (or possibly ribbed or something) and “extra-safe”. On the sign on the machine, ordinary has a little bubble saying “Fun”. Extra-safe has a little bubble saying “Secure”. So, two things can be taken from this, firstly that extra-safe condoms are not fun, but a...
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Robert SynnottComing Vaguely Soon, Niagara II! (8.12.2005, 11:17 UTC)
The Register has revealed that Sun will launch the successor to its UltraSparc T1 (Niagara) in 2007. The chip will have 8 cores, just like the current one, but it’ll have 8 hardware threads per core, a floating point unit per core, and will operate in multi-processor configurations. It will be clocked at at least 1.4GHz, and manufactured with a 65nm process. This doesn’t seem to be Rock, incidentally - Rock will launch separately. So Sun do have a plan, seemingly. I hope they succe...
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Robert SynnottCondoms, US Government distaste for (7.12.2005, 02:33 UTC)
The US government’s delightful website, 4parents.gov, promotes abstinence as the only method of STD prevention, portraying the effectiveness of condoms in an extremely poor light. Since abstinence doesn’t work (abstinence-fixated America has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world, roughly twice that of the UK), this seems unwise. Could it be that the US government is spreading misinformation which will cause suffering, death and disease epidemic for the purpo...
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Robert SynnottCivil Union in the UK (6.12.2005, 21:20 UTC)
Two men became the first people in the UK today to get a civil union. Although it’s a good thing, it’s quite sad in a way; one of them seems ready to die any day now, which is why they got to skip the 15 day period after application. Previously, a couple in Northern Ireland were going to be the first, as Northern Ireland is the first nation in the UK to implement the new law. Here are some comments on civil unions on the BBC’s site. Note that most of those who weighed in wit...
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Robert SynnottNiagara At Last (6.12.2005, 21:11 UTC)
Sun has finally released its innovative new processor, Niagara (UltraSparc T1). It comes in 4, 6, and 8 core versions, running for now at 1 and 1.2ghz. Each core has 4 hardware threads. Very fast on-chip memory controllers and so forth, naturally, though they seem to have held back on the on-chip network assist and encryption that were muttered about last year. The chip is aimed towards the web services market. System prices (for the 1ghz 4 core model, naturally) start at just $3000. Seems to ...
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Robert SynnottThis is a test (6.12.2005, 12:04 UTC)
This is a test of the emergency broadcasting system
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Robert SynnottLove Gnomes (6.12.2005, 11:19 UTC)
I just got a spam comment containing the phrase “Love Gnomes”. I shudder to think…
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Robert SynnottMore Dodgy Contracting Site Projects (6.12.2005, 11:13 UTC)
Looking at another of those “Copy Google. Budget $200″ sites. A couple of interesting projects. Here’s one to calculate Islamic prayer timings. With ColdFusion. And Access. Then there’s this program to add people to your MySpace friends based on age and such. Stalker-tastic.
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Robert SynnottNo Longer Burned, and Army Ads (6.12.2005, 10:28 UTC)
I had an appointment in student health this morning, and got the dressing off my hand. It still hurts a bit, and makes typing and such difficult, but all in all it’s surprisingly good. Also, the college Careers Advisory Service is sending spam about the defence forces. I find this odd; I mean, we’re not America… Update: The Google Ad that appeared on this page involves dating army people. Weird.
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Robert SynnottArgh, it BURNS! (5.12.2005, 15:44 UTC)
Today, I got a nice cup of coffee from the coffee shop outside college on Westland Row. It was of the environmentally-friendly paper variety, with a little cardboard holder. Which fell apart, causing half a (large) cup of hot black coffee to deposit itself on my hand. Where it stayed, dripping and more falling out for the next ten seconds. I was so shocked initially that I didn’t even feel it, then I couldn’t drop it cause there were people everywhere. So burnt. Quite badly. So, ra...
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Robert SynnottImage-flipping Wackiness (5.12.2005, 05:42 UTC)
A few weeks ago, I wanted a photo to represent me on instant messenger apps and websites and so on, so I took one with my mobile phone and transferred it to the computer with my mobile phone, via Bluetooth. Apple makes this wonderfully easy, incidentally. Since my phone camera’s format is 4:3, and my face is longer than it is wide, I took the picture with the phone rotated 90 degrees. Flipping it on the computer should be no problem, right? So, double-click on it, and click the rotate-90...
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Robert SynnottDeath of Nice Keyboard (5.12.2005, 04:50 UTC)
I had a nice clicky keyboard, not as nice as the IBM ones, but still nice. It broke (a number of keys started malfunctioning simultaneously. I suppose it’s only to be expected; it was nearly as old as I am, and I’m not actually using it too much recently, what with the Mac and all, but it’s still sad. I must have some sort of funeral.
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Robert SynnottNot Sick Anymore (5.12.2005, 04:22 UTC)
My horrible, horrible cold, that’s had me moping around and not doing much this past week, seems to have mostly vanished! Yay!
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Robert SynnottInvestigative Journalism for Bloggers (5.12.2005, 04:21 UTC)
Best blog entry ever. An interested bystander takes on a naughty, naughty company (the same one behind the whole CherryOS thing) over copyright violation. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
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Robert SynnottStalker? (3.12.2005, 14:29 UTC)
Hmm, quite a few people are finding this by googling for either “Robert Synnott” or “Robert Synnott gay”. Do I have stalkers now?
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Robert SynnottThe Milk of Human Kindness (3.12.2005, 14:26 UTC)
Are you petty, short-sighted and pseudo-illiterate? Have you considered a career as a professional webmaster? (The link is to a forum talking about how to block people who use ad-blockers from accessing their websites. It does not occur to them, seemingly, that said users are a tiny percentage of their viewership, or that said users might actually link to them at some point, if they are not told to fuck off due to ad-blocker use). Actually, quite a few of the postings on that forum are rather ...
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Robert SynnottImaginary Lawsuits Again! (3.12.2005, 04:45 UTC)
Not aimed at me tho. (My history of being mock-sued by mad people is here) In this case, the imaginary sue-ee was Mil Millington of “Things my girlfriend and I have argued about” fame, who had his content stolen by the Mail on Sunday. When he had the cheek to complain about this, said tabloid started making oblique legal threats and said he was being childish, and so forth (this seems to be a common pattern of the insane imaginary litigant). It eventually backed down, and gave him &...
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Robert SynnottIt’s World Aids Day; have a condom (1.12.2005, 13:32 UTC)
As it’s World Aids Day, Trinity College SU is giving out free condoms. This is, when you think of it, a strange thing to do. Is the message supposed to be “have safe sex today, you needn’t bother next week”? Of course, this being Ireland, condoms are terrifyingly expenisve compared to everywhere else in the civilised world; they are taxed as a luxury. Obviously. That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? I declined to take the free condoms, not on a Jesus-wants-me-to-s...
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Robert SynnottMore Pub Toilet Signs (1.12.2005, 12:17 UTC)
Another fake ad thing in a pub. This time, an Eastern Health Board ad, consisting of a piece of reflective material with “Are you looking at someone with Chlamydia” or similar on it; the problem was that the ad was placed rather high. Apparently only people who are well over seven feet tall get Chlamydia…
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Robert SynnottServer Death (30.11.2005, 01:28 UTC)
The User Mode Linux virtual machine this runs on is hosted on a proper, real-life server. That server just fell over. Back now, but was scary for a few minutes… Silly Bytemark! I forgive them, tho; it’s still a great service.
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Robert SynnottMore Rubbish from Ratzinger (29.11.2005, 10:30 UTC)
The Catholic Church has come out with a new, incredibly offensive, policy on gay priests. It’s filled with babble about homosexuality being an over-comable ‘tendency’, it seeks to associate homosexuality with paedophilia, while also, apparently, stressing the church’s deep respect for homosexuals, who should not be discriminated against. Ratzinger, who encouraged American bishops to oppose the legalisation of homosexuality on various states in that unfortunate country, m...
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Robert SynnottBanking (27.11.2005, 01:45 UTC)
Had to transfer money from my account to another bank recently. So, went to website. Website only allows transfers to other branches of same bank. Hmm. Next step, go to bank. Man behind desk recoils in horror; obviously is completely outlandish request. Apparently, other bank once allowed this sort of thing, but not any more. Am advised to withdraw money, and deposit at other bank. Yes, really. That’s technological age for you. So, last resort, phone bank. Navigate through horrible menu...
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Robert SynnottFinance-o-vision (24.11.2005, 10:48 UTC)
In gay bar in Dublin last night. In the toilet, there was one of those fake movie posters advertising… pensions! First, this is an odd thing to advertise in a toilet. It wasn’t even a company; it was from the Pensions Board. But the good bit is… the fake movie is presented in “Glorious Finance-o-vision”!
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Robert SynnottDUCSS Room (24.11.2005, 10:41 UTC)
The Dublin University Computer Science Society, DUCSS, of which I am treasurer, recently got the use of two rooms from the Distributed Systems Group. We’re getting a small grid computer too! Rooms are cool: Photos Here.
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Robert SynnottLecture Incident (23.11.2005, 12:07 UTC)
In the middle of our two-hour Computer Engineering lecture with Michael Manzke: (Someone comes to door) Someone: This is <some lecture>. Manzke: No it’s not! (Someone leaves)
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Robert SynnottMac Blog (23.11.2005, 02:05 UTC)
I started a stupidly named blog thingy to keep track of my transition to MacOS. Hopefully it’ll be useful to other people doing the same thing, or just randomly interesting. Here.
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Robert SynnottBack from Belfast (21.11.2005, 00:26 UTC)
I’m now back from Belfast. Belfast was, erm, interesting. I had maybe 4 hours sleep over the weekend… The backstory is that I was helping organise a get-together event for LGBT students in USI affiliated universities. 200 of them. So, we had a hostel with 200 gay students in it. (Plus a few random frightened Student Union people). That in itself was asking for trouble, really, but all things considered we had very little. Various workshops in the improbably huge Ulster University ...
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