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September 19, 2007

Have we learned nothing from bad sf?

BBC News: "Hundreds of people in Peru have needed treatment after an object from space - said to be a meteorite - plummeted to Earth in a remote area... 'It [the object] is buried in the earth,' local resident Heber Mamani told the BBC... 'Our people [are] afraid. A bull is dead and some other animals are already sick.'"

People, people, people.  When a fiery object falls to earth in a remote area late at night, leaving a crater which spews mysterious noxious gases, and especially when local animals start dying, it can mean only one thing.  We can only wonder how many other invasion capsules lie undetected and waiting to disgorge their cargo of alien warriors.

September 19, 2007 in Books | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 06, 2007

So not going back

BBC News: "The whole population and every UK visitor should be added to the national DNA database, a senior judge has said... Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said... 'I think there is a case for a compulsory database.'"

I've no wish to live in the UK again, but I would have liked to be able to visit my family again some day without being pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered, thank you very much.

September 6, 2007 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 05, 2007

Poisoning possums in the park

When a nice man from the local council rings up at 7:30 one spring evening to tell you they're dropping 1080 tomorrow in nearby bush, you don't pass up the Tom Lehrer reference.

September 5, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Microsoft endorses Silverlight on Linux

 It's not news that the Mono guys have been working on this, but it is news -- at least to me -- that Microsoft are giving it their blessing.

Scott Guthrie: "Today we are announcing a formal partnership with Novell to provide a great Silverlight implementation for Linux.  Microsoft will be delivering Silverlight media codecs for Linux, and Novell will be building a 100% compatible Silverlight runtime implementation called 'Moonlight'."

Miguel de Icaza: "This is an historical collaboration between an open source project and Microsoft. They have collaborated with other folks on the server space but this is their first direct contribution to the open source desktop.  Microsoft benefits by making Silverlight reach the Linux and BSD spaces. We benefit by ensuring that users of open source operating systems get access to sites that adopt Silverlight to deliver content or spice up their web apps."

Silverlight still has a mountain to climb, and I'm sure the Mono/Moonlight guys have some hard yards still to put in, but this lifts a significant barrier to adoption, and is great news for the whole CLR portability story.

September 5, 2007 in Software | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack