Even its original perpetrator agrees.
I don't like my browser running code provided by strangers (who are
very unlikely to have my best interests at heart).
On the other hand, having a site that works reasonably well with dinky screens
Combine those two sentiments with my love of tinkering, and it won't
come as a big surprise that I eventually did find a way to have both
responsive layout with a popup navigation menu, but without any JS (or
click here for the rest of the story...
[ published on Sun 22.03.2015 11:13 | filed in interests/comp
The Windows 10 announcement: certified hardware can lock out competing OSes means
that it would become much easier and more common that the computer you've just
bought does not boot anything but MS shiteware.
[ published on Sun 22.03.2015 10:03 | filed in interests/anti
Beim Herumstöbern bin ich über diesen ÖBB-Unfallbericht gestolpert, und hab den sehr lustig gefunden.
(Den Italienern ist eine unbemannte ÖBB-Lok Richtung Villach
"ausgekommen" und dem Bericht nach sind daraufhin alle kurz wie die kopflosen
Der Bericht selbst ist wunderbar. Die Formulierungen sind eine wilde Mischung
aus Altösterreichischem Amtsdeutsch, elendigen Abkz. u.dgl. - und sehr
witzigen Nacherzählungen bzw. Übersetzungen der Zeugenaussagen.
Auf Seite 13 lässt sich da der Italienische Chef gscheit aus, und auf Seite 17
wird klargemacht dass zum "Energischen Auffordern" das mit den Armen wacheln
ganz klar dazugehört.
Insgesamt sehr Österreichisch, das Ganze.
[ published on Thu 12.03.2015 20:37 | filed in interests/humour
Da sind sogar die Trotteln besonders unbeschreiblich deppert.
[ published on Tue 03.03.2015 16:54 | filed in interests/anti
Two of my unstressed WD20EARX disks have just crapped themselves
almost simultaneously after 21846 hours of operation (or 2.493 years),
with just 49 power cycles and disk temperatures never above 45 degrees C.
Both disks were manufactured in June 2011, but WD's warranty period for
consumer gear is only two years.
The culprit? WD's damn idle3 timer
which I wasn't quite aware of until a few days ago; hdparm only
says 'power management not supported' and I trusted that to mean 'no spindown'.
That timer contraption parks the disk after just 8 seconds of idleness.
Guess what: both of mine shipped with the default setting, 8 seconds, and
racked up a load cycle count around 2377000. (That WD disk series is rated
for a minimum of 300000 load cycles, certainly not 3 million).
Update (Sun 22.02.2015 11:09):
Seagate: see data run! run, data, RUN!
Well, the competition isn't much more reliable. There are four
ST2000DM001-9YN164 in my colo'd systems at the other end of the world
(climate-controlled datacenter, stable power, no nasties whatsoever).
One of the damn disks is going tilt very, very quickly. After just a measly two
years. See az not happy. Run, Seagate, RUN!
Airflow_Temperature_Cel 25 (Min/Max 23/32)
And the damning:
And it's deteriorating pretty quickly, about 16 new duds every day or two. Fortunately it's
all RAID-1 and the replacement is already ordered.
[ published on Sun 23.02.2014 17:47 | filed in interests/comp
The British Isles have a reputation for being a culinary
wasteland (pickled eggs, offal pie, absolutely dead mashed vegetables
combined with meat red enough to hop of your plate, etc. pp.),
but I guess this here might be an example of colonial one-upmanship:
This Australian wooster sauce boastfully claims that it's made
from 50% recycled plastic. I'm not quite sure whether I want
to know about its other "premium quality ingredients".
[ published on Mon 16.02.2015 16:59 | filed in interests/au
...at least when the mail has finally brought you a toy like this one:
That's a UDI R/C 839 quadcopter, which cost me a measly AU$35 (shipped).
Really tiny, lots of fun to fly, very much worth it.
[ published on Wed 11.02.2015 21:25 | filed in interests
I find it very interesting how Stiegl is
increasingly present in the Australian beer market; a few years ago
you'd find it only in very very very special beer pubs, but that's
changing. In December I had a few here on the Gold Coast, at the Bier
Cafe in Broadbeach. (On tap, not bottled.)
And now even
Aldi has it
- except that for silly hysterical raisins most of Oz still requires
totally separate bottle shops, and in QLD Aldi's booze branch is
mail-order-only for that reason.
With the also ridiculously high alco taxes factored in,
the lovely Stiegl costs about 50% more than the decent local brews; $7.6/litre
vs $5/litre. No surprise that lots of Australians do home-brew; even I do
it every now and then.
While I intensely dislike the City of Salzburg (it's the anus mundi as
far as I'm concerned), I wholeheartedly endorse the products and/or sevices
of the Brauerei Stiegl :-)
[ published on Sun 08.02.2015 12:45 | filed in interests/au
Not much to be said about him, except that he's pretty good but very dead,
and the book, except that it's slightly weird but very good.
[ published on Mon 02.02.2015 20:21 | filed in interests
...but the local weather sucked nevertheless: still 86% humidity at 2100.
Today is also the day on which I gave in (to a recommendation by a friend)
and spent $249 on a Rowenta DH4120 dehumidifier (on special/clearance
at Hardly Normal, RRP $590 or so). It's now been running since 1730 and
I just emptied out 4l of water, and the relative humidity inside is now 68%,
not qute perfect yet but not as dripping wet as earlier.
We'll see how the thing does over the next few days, especially whether it's
big enough to handle the 200m^3 of my place.
[ published on Wed 14.01.2015 20:54 | filed in interests/au
-- karl kraus, wobei es sich fragt, ob der kraus über die (erlogene!) gschicht mit dem verschlampten hitler-brief gelacht oder gewettert hätte.
[ published on Sat 22.11.2014 22:46 | filed in interests/humour
[ published on Tue 18.11.2014 07:29 | filed in interests/humour
(see here if DSW is not a term you're familiar with...)
[ published on Thu 13.11.2014 18:17 | filed in interests/humour
"clearly we can't have that! so, up the pain!" must be mozilla's
official line. point in case: firefox 31. (inflicted upon us as a
security update from debian's marginally bearable ff24.)
by and large humans are pretty lemming-like and flock to the "oh,
shiny!" but when it comes to FF 31 the natural reaction is more like
the ui layout is plain stupid. the options and choices are gone. it's
less usable than all the older versions of FF. it's a memory hog. it
manages to both waste more screen real estate and show less useful
information simultaneously, which is quite a feat.
An editor is a tool for saving programmer-bukkake to disk.
-- Anthony de Boer
oi! mozilla team: less wanking. please.
(unfortunately there are no real workable alternatives:
midori isn't flexible or solid
enough yet, and with chromium the stoopid never goes below 11.)
fortunately there are lots of other people who also hate the default setup
and have spent some time cooking up useful extensions for getting FF
back into a workable state:
[ published on Sun 19.10.2014 13:53 | filed in interests/anti
source: andrew bath's site
[ published on Thu 09.10.2014 19:40 | filed in interests/anti
So the local *unspeakable* *elided* with the big ambitions, glib tongues, short memories and minimal brains have decided to play the "nasty evil terrorist" sock puppet once again - very likely because
it's convenient for justifying all kinds of absolute abuse,
the sheep will nod their heads and be suitably subdued by your fear mongering propaganda,
and you never have to substantiate any of your divine inspirations - because you can always just handwave some soopersekrid rule that says you're not allowed to say anything about those "threats" - but hey, they're "imminent! honest, trust me". bwuahahaha...
As we all know pretty well there's a ridiculously low risk of the evil
bad torrorists (who are obviously "everywhere" according to the
*unspeakable*s) terminating you, yes you!; much lower than the risk of
you getting mushed by traffic & croaking, or slipping in your bathtub
& croaking or...gazillions of other
As a matter of fact i'm quite sure that you're much more likely to be
killed by your own government (or one of its allies and sundry henchmen)
than by the nasty oh-so-ubiquitous terrorists.
Refuse to be terrorized! (and please do enjoy your noodles)
[ published on Sat 13.09.2014 14:48 | filed in interests/anti
(dear english readers, sorry but that's all quite utterly
wenn ich mir die letzten 40 jahre globale realpolitik anschauen würde dann
wär mein resume
'mehr verlogene scheisse als die "seriösen" politiker kann so
eine krach-rosa bettina
auch nicht anrichten, und da wärs zuschaun wenigstens lustig.'
[ published on Sat 13.09.2014 09:20 | filed in interests/humour
They are pretty cheap to buy, nowadays, but I prefer making my own
if possible - that has the added benefit that I get to understand how it
works (or why not).
The intertubes have linked to that diagram for ages, but that one doesn't work. The diode needs to be installed
blocking the MAX's TTL output connection, not the input.
This is because the Yaesu radios use the Dallas 1-wire "bus" system, which
works by holding the line level high when idle, and to transmit either
of the two parties pulls the bus low (for different amounts of time to
With the diagram as shown above the MAX's pull-up output overpowers
the Yaesu's minimal current sink when it tries to pull low, so its
transmissions go nowhere.
With the diode blocking against the TX pin, the Yaesu can pull the signal low
to send and the MAX TX pin level is isolated. Transmitting to the Yaesu works
because when the MAX pulls low, current flows across the diode and the Yaesu
sees the low level. Slightly weird, but it works.
Here's the trivially simple Yaesu programming cable that I whipped up:
one FTDI breakout board (I have lots of MAX232s around,
but dealing with the extra 5V power supply is less appealing than just
using a cheapy usb-to-rs232 module), one diode and one dismantled
CHIRP works fine
with that cable and both my VX-5R and VX-7R.
[ published on Sun 07.09.2014 14:26 | filed in interests/tinkering
"Gold Coast Show Day" - das ist ungefähr so
weltbewegend als wie ein Kirtag in der Provinz irgendwo hinter St. Blöden.
Mehr weltbewegend find ich das Feiertags-Faktum an sich; etwa so unglaublich
als wie wenn in Wien alle frei hätten und alles zu wäre, weil's in Sopron
den "Tag des Kukuruz" zelebrieren.
[ published on Thu 28.08.2014 21:09 | filed in interests/au
I find the new 'good & cheap'
cookbook by Leanne Brown pretty cool and very inspirational - and
it's free :-)
Cooking for just myself isn't my idea of fun, but a number of the
eminently practical ideas from Leanne's book I've already used
I'm lucky in that I don't belong to the prime audience for her book,
however; for me the appeal lies in her simple,
straightforward, low-to-no-frills and fast-ish cooking projects.
[ published on Mon 11.08.2014 19:58 | filed in interests
I just finished rebuilding an Ikea Jansjö lamp into
a portable camping lantern. It's not quite Luxo, Jr. but it'll do.
The Jansjö has a very long flexible neck, and to me that's the most
essential aspect: it lets me have light on the table surface without
having anything to suspend a lantern from. All the other common camping
lanterns suck in that regard as they need to be suspended - or they
produce lots of glare and no light on the table.
The Jansjö has one 3.5W white LED and needs 4V.
I threw away the transformer and the concrete weight for the base, then glued
the base to a plastic cylinder that once held 25 dvds - that has just the
right diameter and has space for one adjustable LM2596-based step-down
converter, and one set of repurposed laptop lithium cells (four in series).
Very simple, same XT60 plugs as all my other rechargable stuff, and packs
up reasonably small.
[ published on Thu 24.07.2014 19:41 | filed in interests/tinkering
There are very good technical reasons for why SMTP has an envelope that
is separate from the mail
headers. DMARC ignores those
completely and insists that the envelope matches the mail body and
DMARC completely breaks mail forwarding and mailing lists.
The fun part for anybody running mailing lists (like me) is that there
are no alternatives - to appease the DMARC cretins you'd have to
violate real mail standards or make your lists broken by disabling
useful features of proven efficiency (like VERP) and exposing all your
subscribers to bounces and other crap.
In the physical world DMARC would be like prohibiting blank envelopes
and requiring that all letters must have the full letter head printed
on the front of the envelope.
"this letter contains a new credit card - please steal me!"
Clearly only cretins would think that's a good idea. The list of
cretins who insist that DMARC being a great idea includes yahoo, aol and
I hope yahoo's dumb move does serve to 'improve protection' - by
prompting people to go to somebody more sensible for their mail
[ published on Sun 22.06.2014 12:49 | filed in interests/anti
bundjalung n.p. was pretty nice, if busy and very windy. we had a good
[ published on Mon 09.06.2014 17:58 | filed in interests/au
...für sonst nix gut aber immerhin brauchbar als Anlaß für Feiertage.
Bissl ein Kontrast: In Ö feiert man
jeden noch so mickrigen Heiligen - hier in AU hauptsächlich die Scheinheiligen.
[ published on Fri 06.06.2014 10:52 | filed in interests/au
Start with this:
Minus all this:
It's somewhat obvious that I have spent a bit of money
at subaXtreme, isn't it.
Weird coincidence: just a few days before the coffi^Wpallet arrived a
total bimbo bumped into my car: I was waiting behind her in a right-turn
lane, she committed to turning, successfully crossed the two lanes of
oncoming traffic - and then suddenly decided, for no good reason
whatsoever, to reverse back across those lanes...all the way into my
bumper - thunk.
I guess the new bar will be pretty good not just for the silly roos
but also for brainless suburban bimbos.
[ published on Wed 28.05.2014 22:56 | filed in interests/au
It's pretty obvious that 15.875mm is more than 11.1125mm. It's
certainly not immediately obvious that 5/8" is more than 7/16".
(and by immediate I mean "at a glance, without mental effort".)
[ published on Wed 28.05.2014 18:41 | filed in interests/au
A few weeks ago I was wearing my Nirvana shirt (x-eyed smiley on the front,
"flower sniffin, kitty pettin, baby kissin, corporate rock whores" on
the back) and waited in the queue at the supermarket.
A woman behind me asked me what kind of company I work for: she had read the
t-shirt text and thought it might involve gardening or rock walls...
[ published on Tue 27.05.2014 08:44 | filed in interests/humour
nachdem jetzt langsam österreich nimmer andauernd mit The Sound of Music
(falsch)verbunden wird, werdens wohl beim thema österreich jetzt für die
nächsten 50 jahre mit dem komischen würschtl daherkommen. wunderbar.
[ published on Sun 11.05.2014 17:28 | filed in interests/anti
my father wanted to know what kind of car i drive; apparently the
soobies aren't exactly common in austria? - at least that was his excuse
for not associating my answer ("2006 forester") with anything.
well, here you are:
[ published on Tue 18.03.2014 18:45 | filed in interests/au