The Kiloblog


I don’t even know the teams!

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 16:27

Here I sit in a Bavarian gelateria watching the cricket on their TV.  I daren’t ask if they have anything better than the IPL.  I don’t everything know how say “Test Match” in German.


Fat shoes, Flat shoes

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 07:01

It seems London’s rioters like to nick trainers. Their apologists (on TV because the crowd loves a villain) often blame the Evils of the Consumerism. This is self-righteous, illiberal and almost painfully pompus. It’s better to point out that many status symbols aren’t really worth a polished ball of sheit.

I recently went to crowded shop selling ugly sports shoes, accosted a salesman and explained that I wanted shoes for running. He smiled smugly and then, to his credit, explained that his shop didn’t sell shoes approprate for any kind of sporting activity. So some shops sell ugly shoes that are good for sport. Other shops sell nice shoes that are bad for sport. But kids these days like their shoes both useless and ugly.


London Burning

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 06:09

The riots in London have spread and people are puzzled over the cause. I don’t know any deep causes either – but I do know the proximate one. Individual troublemakers don’t dare start up without safety in numbers; usually, they can’t coordinate the provide those numbers. This week they can, because everyone knows there’s going to be trouble. That is: the riots are the reason for the riots.

That doesn’t explain why there are so many would be looters in London. I’ll keep my half-informed guesses to myself, but I invite y’all to have your say in the comments.


Where in SF are ghosties made of dark matter.

Robin Hanson invites us to consider whether ghosties really exist, and are made of dark matter. He makes a good point – though neither he nor I believe in ghosts. I don’t even know about dark matter.

I’m more interested in the science fiction. A commenter points out that Philip Pullman already thought of this in His Dark Materials, and I would point to Alastair Reynolds’ Pushing Ice. Any others?


NewsFlash: Wikileaks founder innocent of piglet theft.

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 08:55

Justice Howard Riddle has warned he will allow extradition of the famed WikiLeaker Julian Assange to Sweden, unless prosecutors provide evidence for claims of sexual abuse. Fair enough. However the Swedes claim that evidence is not relevant – and just they might have a point.

The prosecutors are seeking a European Arrest Warrant (EAW), which “makes extradition to a country in the European Union that requests it all but automatic”. Happily Britain seems to want to reign in the EAWs, and Justice Riddle is apparently taking the lead. I just hope that he is not being swayed by Assange’s fame, and that future Lithuanian piglet-rustlers will receive similar treatment in his court.


Lies and Death

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 07:55

On the 9th of October, US and NATO officials reported a failed rescue by US Navy SEALs of Linda Norgrove, a British aid worker held in Afghanistan. They claimed one of Dr. Norgrove’s captors killed himself and her by detonating suicide bomber’s vest. This report was false. In fact the US worries that its own grenades killed her.

Nothing suggests that the SEALs were reckless, incompetent, or dishonest. Indeed the new story apparently stems from the report by the commander of the rescue team. Yet according to the Times, even before that report was written, journalists were being spun a tale unrelated to any facts. Contrast this to the careful approach of the SEALs themselves, who seem, admirably to be over video footage and the reports of commandos, carefully picking up pieces of harsh truth. They – and Dr. Norgrove, have been shamefully let down by those military spinmeisters who didn’t let good story wait around for the facts.


0343 hours – Away Days

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 20:17

First, I thank those of you who made helpful suggestions about what to do to my machine. Second, I apologise for my 236 hour silence. Those hours were spent being, or preparing to be, in the apparently internetless land of Germany (sorry Luca).

Now that I am back in Sunny Olde England, I will soon be reporting on:

(1) Why windows programs don’t work together for beens. And

(2) Internet Explorer 8.

So stay tuned.


0082 – Vista Search

Filed under: review,software,Uncategorized — raka @ 22:21

Once, Windows search was an absurdity. Sometimes, however, humilitation begets resolve and resolve begets greatness. So it is with Vista’s search engine. Think of something to do, anything all. You might run a command, open a document or just find a written word. As long as your thought as a name that a computer could know, all you need to do is press Windows and start typing. Soon you will hit Enter, and your will is done.

It is like the command line, except it finds anything, not ust commands. Search is not just a sleek UI, it is also damned fast. Filenames are indexed, and so is the text of likely documents. I typed in “hell”; without pausing, Vista offered me two mysteriously unfiendish C file; neither was named “hello”, but that’s what they both said.

Vista’s search is very, very good.

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