Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Friday, January 27, 2006

  Mexican tunnels, challenger, tether gloat, linux 2.6.16 HRT, grabbag


Two tons of pot were seized in tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego.


My only question: Were they smuggling the dope into or out of the US?

I figure immigrants were going one way, and high quality california grass the other. I'm all for anything that will fix our nation's export, balance of payments, drug and gardening problems. My vote, dude, is for the govermnent to widen that tunnel, not close it...

Somehow the Washington Post published an article *today* that apparently was first published exactly 20 years ago. Now, that's missing a filing deadline! (warning - registration required - some us bugmenot, me, I use an older hacker voodoo - logging in as "cypherpunks" with a password of the same. You'd be surprised on how many web sites this works... punks rule!).

The article was about the Challenger. The flashback depressed the cr*p out of me... but on the other hand I felt less morose about the Falcon 1 delays. I had forgotten about the 7 delays the Columbia went through that year. I was obsessively playing Rhysling and me yesterday night, now I know why. My subconcious picks up on dates better than I do. I've been playing great sax players all day today, against the memory of Ron McNair.

Saw that Spacedev got some major funding. Go Spacedev! I WAS trying to figure out how they acquired Starsys (makers of the most reliable space gear in the solar system), now I know.

Finally, some rocketheads in the space blogging world finally caught on (a bit) to rotating tethers, I'd write more, but I'm too busy gloating. Has anyone caught on yet that you can have one of these spinners at the edge of the atmosphere (100km up) yet?

Lessee... other news - I got fed up with what some asterisk users called (sarcastically) a time bomb. Seems that the latest 1.2.2 release died tuesday across the known voip universe. Admittedly it was a very obscure bug, but it cost me some sleep.

So I saw the discussion on slashdot and checked out freeswitch, which is intended to be, well, asterisk done right. The project's got the potential to be the egcs of the internet voip world. More power to freeswitch!

I spent a little time with it, enough to be helped by everyone in the #freeswitch channel on irc.freenode.org in getting it set up, and to be impressed by the set of timer abstractions and the modularity of the code (but I soon got sucked into other matters like the hysterically funny prank call to AOL). They offer an immediate writable personal svn branch of the code, which is a service far more projects (all of sourceforge, please!) should offer.

Have I mentioned that high res timers and Ingo's mutex code has been folded into Linux-2.6.16? Reliable timing is just around the corner for Linux. Finally. It's been a long time coming, and since my longest term goal is to see Linux orbiting overhead, sorely needed. 1000 nanoseconds is the default granularity for HRT while older linuxes, 4000100 nanosecs was the norm. you don't see orders of improvement this magnitude everyday....

... and all other kinds of stuff in my usual random brain dump. I'm swamped with work and remodeling my house and I just deferred my vacation a couple weeks, but not long enough for my bathtub to arrive....

(blog written in haste during an incredible Buddy Rich solo in the West Side Story song)
 
Comments:
Just so you know, the google hack still usually works with the Washington Post.

You put the full url in google search, click on the happy face,
google returns a "try visiting that web page by clicking on the following link:"
form of the url, and you click on that, bingo! You're in.
 
And the fun thing is, (and this is the truth) the
"word verification" for this post was
gpl xframe

not kidding.
 
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