Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Update OS Day V: Odyssey 2

Loaded up with Crossover Linux 8 with VLC.exe and office 2k7 installed.

tech specs
ext4, BTRFS
2.6.34-9 kernel
KDE 4.4.3
gnome 2.28.1
openoffice 3.2
firefox 3.6.5

i hear that opensolaris 2009.06 is much improved stability wise (solaris unix kernel with gnome 2.26), but i'm staying with linux until 2010.04 reviews. I saw Solaris 8 in 12th grade in 2003. I talked around and everybody who does uses linux didn't try OpenSolaris and they're all like "I installed yellowdog on PS3" deal.

Guys, we're moving to a near-ZFS (UNIX-only) file system, BTRFS. With zlib compression enabled, this filesystem writes and reads 50% faster than EXT4 would. Has extents like EXT4.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Abraham Lincoln's original 5 year plans

mystery of the 5 dollar bill ~ solved

or alternatively:

"If one labor hour equaled one dollar, the correct wage would be five dollars per day."

In 2010 that would be $110.13!

Abraham Lincoln's original 5 year plan

mystery of the 5 dollar bill ~ solved

or alternatively:

"If one labor hour equaled one dollar, the correct wage would be five dollars per day."

In 2010 that would be $110.13!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Top 25 anime films (no series): 2011 Edition

25. Steamboy
24. Panda Kopanda
23. Blood The last Vampire
22. Akira
21. The end of Evangelion
20. Paprika
19. Porco Rosso
18. The Castle of Cagliostro
17. Perfect Blue
16. 5 centimeters per second
15. Grave of the fireflies
14. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa
13. Piano No Mori
12. Cowboy Bebop – The Movie
11. Tekkon Kinkreet
10. The Cat Returns
9. The Girl who leapt through time
8. Whisper of the Heart
7. Kiki’s Delivery Service
6. Castle in the Sky
5. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
4. Howl’s Moving Castle
3. My neighbor Totoro
2. Princess Mononoke
1. Spirited Away

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Inferior F-35 is stupid now

Usually when Lockheed Martin make an fighter jet, it is superior to the previous jet (F-22A Raptor). The Obama administration decision to scrap a proven aircraft in favor of a supposedly cheaper, more flexible replacement is proving to be an expensive mistake. Gates also announced he is withholding $614 million in fees from the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. F-35 is six months behind schedule. The only thing it has that the F-22 doesn't have is the short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) technology. Pentagon should have produced more F-22 Raptors and sold F-22 Raptors to other countries.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Moderate and conservative Americans demand "Population Redistribution thru private sector", not wealth redistribution

DEMAND A BALANCED BUDGET: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.

STOP THE TAX HIKES: Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.

COMMIT TO REAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY: Every bill, in its final form, will be made public seven days before any vote can be taken and all government expenditures authorized by any bill will be easily accessible on the Internet before the money is spent. (Proposed by: Steve Kulik, Gonzales, Texas; and Steve Hollis, San Francisco, Calif.)

PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION: Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.

PASS REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM: Greatly improve affordability of health insurance by permitting all Americans access to all health insurance plans sold anywhere in the United States through the purchase of insurance across state lines and allow small businesses and associations to pool together across state lines to buy insurance.

ENACT FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM: Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the Internal Revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words -- the length of the original Constitution.

END RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT SPENDING: Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth.

LET US SAVE: Allow all Americans to opt out of Social Security and Medicare and instead put those same payroll taxes in a personal account they own, control, and can leave to whomever they choose.

PROTECT INTERNET FREEDOM: No regulation or tax on the Internet.

GIVE PARENTS MORE CHOICES IN THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN: Improve American education by reforming the broken federal role through eliminating ineffective and wasteful programs, giving parents more choices from pre-school to high school, and improving the affordability of higher education.

PASS AN 'ALL OF THE ABOVE' ENERGY POLICY: Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition.

PROTECT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: Prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using funds to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in any form, including requiring “localism” or “diversity” quotas.

RESTORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY & CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED GOVERNMENT: Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states.

PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS: Block state and local governments that receive federal grants from exercising eminent domain over private property for the primary purpose of economic development or enhancement of tax revenues.

REJECT CAP & TRADE: Prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.

STOP THE PORK: Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the process is fully transparent, including requiring a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.

NO CZAR REGULATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION: All “lawmaking” regulations must be affirmatively approved by Congress and signed into law by the president, as the Constitution requires for all laws.

AUDIT THE FED: Begin an audit of the Federal Reserve System.

NO MORE BAILOUTS: The federal government should not bail out private companies and should immediately begin divesting itself of its stake in the private companies it owns from recent bailouts.

STOP CAREER POLITICIANS & CURB LOBBYIST POWER: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require Congressional term limits. No person shall be elected to the Senate more than twice or to the House of Representatives more than four times.

SUNSET REGULATIONS: All regulations will be “sunset” after ten years unless renewed by Congressional vote.

LET US WATCH: Broadcast all non-security meetings and votes on C-SPAN and the Internet.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Top 20 country

20. Eddy Arnold
19. Ray Price
18. Lefty Frizzell
17. Dolly Parton
16. Kitty Wells
15. Buck Owens
14. Loretta Lynn
13. Tammy Wynette
12. Bob Wills
11. Conway Twitty
10. George Jones
9. Waylon Jennings
8. Willie Nelson
7. Carter Family
6. Bill Monroe
5. Jimmie Rodgers
4. Patsy Cline
3. Merle Haggard
2. Hank Williams
1. Johnny Cash

Sunday, March 07, 2010

New Successor to Ogg Vorbis: CELT

A bit nicer for podcasts even though 24 kbps autov Vorbis 5.7 sounds like he-aac m4a at the same bitrate.

* Ultra-low latency (typically from 3 to 9 ms)
* Full audio bandwidth (44.1 kHz and 48 kHz)
* Stereo support
* Packet loss concealment
* Constant bit-rates from 32 kbps to 128 kbps and above
* A fixed-point version of the encoder and decoder

Here is a lossy sample in flac format.

Tech Specs
FLAC sample
more samples