Google are running a public beta of Google Earth, and in keeping with their “don’t be evil” policy, the basic version is free for anyone to enjoy. Continue reading
BBC News just reported that Richard Whiteley, the presenter of Countdown*, has died of a heart attack at the age of 61. Continue reading
During the storms of Friday AM, Portsmouth got off very lightly. The only damage I’m aware of is in my house. My network failed at precisely the moment that we had an overhead flash and bang. So now, having those nice fitted carpets, and the fitted and recessed cable, is a real pain. Wireless would be good right now. I’ll be taking the opportunity to upgrade from Cat-5e cable to Cat-6, which will make it all seem worthwhile.
I’ve been intermittently toying with the idea of fitting an Anti-Limescale device to the water supply in our home. Continue reading
We just had 3 jet aircraft, each around the size of an 80 seater commercial airliner, flying over our house, very low, probably below the 2000ft floor, flying due west. Continue reading
The withdrawl of 7 teams from the USA F1 GP is a certainly milestone in the history of F1. The chain of events that led to the withdrawl really began when Ralf Schumacher crashed on Friday. Continue reading
Two of the most engaging factors in F1 are that it’s very dangerous and it costs an awful lot of money just to get in the game; so it’s either too risky or too expensive for ordinary people to get involved. It’s the glamorous playground of car manufacturers and independent entreptreneurs. Continue reading
Referral and Comment spam continues unabated, with several new domains this week, and several new machines doing the spamming. Here I present two regularly updated URl’s that list the domains and ip addresses of the machines that are hitting me, and the two scripts that generate them. Continue reading
Tell me a joke. No really; please, tell me a joke. A good one. I feel the need to hear a pants-wettingly-funny story. It can be your favourite, or one you overheard on the bus. Anything that genuinely approaches bladder-failure material will receive the honour of making it through moderation and will appear for public enjoyment.
Science is not the private playground of people in white coats with clipboards. Popular Science is a good thing. The problem, however, with popular science is that it can introduce all kinds of misconceptions. Take, for example, this story, in which the BBC quotes Professor Frenk FRS as follows:
We are now able, using the biggest, fastest supercomputers in the world, to recreate the whole of cosmic history.