French Engineering: FAIL

24 September 2008

Once again the LHC is broken. This time it may be as much as 2 months to fix. It seems that the french are having a hard time preventing the helium coolant from flash boiling because they can’t keep consistent power on the magnets.


WHooo Whooooo, LHC fire team coming through!!!

I’m gonna lean back and take a nap, this thing won’t be running for years.

While the french are busy putting out fires on their multi-billion dollar mistake, we have a perfectly operational, American made super collider at Stanford thats been smashing particles for decades ( http://www.slac.stanford.edu/ )

If anyone is interested, The Big Picture has a pretty good collection of hi-res images from the LHC “project” @ http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/08/the_large_hadron_collider.html . Some of the images are pretty impressive looking until you consider that all that engineering doesnt actually work.

Learning XSL

27 August 2008

Learning how to write XSL(XML style language). Im convinced it is one of those useless languages doomed to the trashheap but its the only semi reasonable way to get the desired result for the project i’m currently working on. I need to deliver a large amount of relational data from an application to a variable number of users in 5 minute intervals and display it in a user friendly way that isnt bound to any form or client application. So I’m going to deliver the data in xml and then write xsl sheets for different users as the need for them arises but for now, everyone gets the default sheet.

Blue Screen

27 August 2008

My laptop just crashed again due to a conflict with my VPN client and my wireless adapter. I’ve emailed the vpn provider many times over the last year because it happens everytime i forget to turn off the deterministic network enhancer driver after connecting to the work vpn over wireless from home. They never reply but maybe oen day they will. Until then I’ll have to watch microsoft prove that windows server 2003 is technically advanced enough to count backwards from 100 while displaying the page full of giberish about the same fatal error that happens everytime my computer queries wifi networks while connected through vpn at the office.

My new phone’s headset

27 August 2008

So a couple weeks ago I bought a used iPhone from one of my friends who wanted to get one of the new twice as fast, half the price, and ten times the hype version. I unlocked the phone on the 2.0.1 framework using WinPwn so I could connect on the local Bell network instead of an overpriced ATT contract and everything works great except once in a while it will get stuck in headset mode because pocket lint debris in the headset jack. I’ve found the best way to fix it is to run the headphone jack in and out a few times. Seems to me that the problem is partially due to the software though, I can’t imagine that my pockets produce more lint than other iPhone owners, so maybe Apple will address the issue at some point. Until then I guess I need to buy some canned air or a lint brush.