Throwaway comment of the day

05/11/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/04/tulsa-june-28-and-suchlike.html

This one's courtesy of Neil Gaiman's blog, er, Journal:

Obviously I'm still English. If I'd become American I would have stopped drinking coffee.

Ouch.

 

DRM Redux

05/10/08 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright

Link: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/04/22/msn-music-customers.html

Microsoft's shutting down their DRM validation servers for their retired MSN Music store, and thus rendering all music purchased through it unusable should the registered machine associated with the DRM license ever be altered or replaced. This reminded me that I actually had some DRM-contaminated music lying around that I'd never burned to CD.

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That's a lot of litter

05/09/08 | by Adam | Categories: Calgary

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2008/05/05/cgy-cleanup.html?ref=rss

More than 1,600 volunteers scoured the banks of the Bow and Elbow Rivers and Nose Creek for litter on Sunday, collecting roughly 7,000 kilograms of trash.

The three-hour pickup, covering roughly 160 kilometres, was part of the 41st annual Calgary Pathway and River Cleanup.

Event organizer Kevin Forster, with the City of Calgary Parks Department, told CBC News that volunteers collected more than 3,400 bags of garbage, not counting oversized litter such as tires, wheel rims and shopping carts.

Wow. That's a lot of litter. Definitely the volunteers who did the cleaning up deserve a round of applause.

 

Baby Dos and Don'ts!

05/08/08 | by dena | Categories: Ramblings

Link: http://childtorture.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/babydosdonts.jpeg

Things have been hopping in our household since before our son was born, and in many ways the rush of "to-dos" seemed to snowball time and again with necessary project after desired lifestyle change, etc!

Axel is 7 1/2 months old now, and in that time since he was born we have (in rough order):

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Oopsies (patent invalidation)

05/08/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://gizmodo.com/387597/legal-snafu-makes-thousands-of-patent-rulings-since-2000-invalid

Apparently the judges that make decisions for the patent office in the US were not properly installed rendering their rulings invalid.

For *thousands* of patents.

I'm definitely interested in seeing how this one pans out.

 

The rumours of the recent death of "Common Sense" have been greatly overstated

05/07/08 | by Adam | Categories: Whining

Generic email forwards invariably annoy me. This recent one about the "death of Common Sense" was particularly nauseating. I had a bit of a problem with this reactionary screed and needed a new blog post, so hello there, fodder.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense,
who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

Oooh. Strawman alert! When you start a rant with an ad hominem, you can tell it's only going to get better.

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Backscatter Spam

05/06/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: https://64.22.124.245/viewfrag?id=6047

I'll have to concur with Stephen on this one: backscatter spam (wherein the source is forged (legitimate domain name plus random collection of user names) is incredibly annoying. For a while I had my domain set to put all email that had no real mailbox home into one account for verification; recently I went away for a weekend and came back to 11,000 bounced spam messages. That's eleven thousand replies from other mail servers refusing delivery of spam because it's spam or because the user it was being sent to doesn't exist. Just think how many others are correctly configured not to send out the acknowledgments on spam receipt and the sheer mass of emailed crap jumps out at you.

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Ugly, but functional

05/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.herringtoncatalog.com/t479.html

I like this idea: a screwdriver with a built-in light.

(Via Gizmodo)

 

Wirthless Expelled Review

05/05/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science

Based on the misrepresentations in the Expelled! movie, reason tells me that a unilaterally positive review is liable to partake of a number of factual inaccuracies in the movie, and add its own bad conclusions.

Well, one out of one so far.

In a credulous and blithering post entitled Ben Stein is the Rosa Parks of Darwin Skeptics, Kevin Wirth lays out a positive review and some commentary on the Expelled pseudodocumentary.

Years ago Rosa Parks got on a bus and sat where she shouldn't have - a form of protest letting the world know she'd had enough. Ben Stein, about as unlikely a candidate as Rosa for similar notoriety, has now done much the same thing, only this time the issue isn't about racial prejudice, it's about prejudice against those who question any aspect of evolution.

Well, for an easy objection, Ben Stein is no Rosa Parks. He's no Ghandi, Galileo or Martin Luther King, Jr., either, lest someone be trying to reserve any more pedestals that Stein is most unfit to occupy.

The larger claim, though, "prejudice against those who question any aspect of evolution" is bullshit, unless you modify the phrase to have "by using the already-disproven Second Law of Thermodynamics argument".

Kimura's Neutral Theory did not get him Expelled, and neither did Gould get ejected for Punctuated Equilibrium. The most aggravating thing about this, of course, is that intelligent design luminaries know this, in part because they are constantly quoting these sorts of working evolutionary scientists.

(Instead of doing their own damned research, I might add!)

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Springsteen versus Manfred Mann's Earth Band

05/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Calgary

I recently picked up the "Essentials" collection for Bruce Springsteen, mostly as it had some tracks ("Blinded By The Light", "For You", "Spirit In The Night") that I'd only previously heard as cover versions done by Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

Perhaps it's the curse of having heard the others prior to the originals but, um, wow, Springsteen's versions are almost unlistenable.

 

Space aliens in Calgary

05/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Calgary

Link: http://www.nbc10.com/slideshows/15663013/detail.html

Hmmm. And what else have the Stelmach Tories been keeping from us?

And I love the subheading that the spoilsports at NBC thoughtfully provide:

Some Believe Images Are Just Reflection From Window

(Via BoingBoing)

 

Road skating in Saudi

05/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
 

The Other Lost Treasures Of Infocom

05/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Games

Link: http://waxy.org/2008/04/milliways_infocoms_unreleased_sequel_to_hitchhikers_guide_to_the_galax/

The long lost sequel to Infocom's "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" is revealed and playable. Alas, there was a lot of politics behinds its development resulting in pretty much no game. Too bad really; would have been fun.

There's also another good write-up on Infocom's chequered history here.

 

ORA-06575: Package or function X is in an invalid state

04/30/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Programming

If you go throw a function into Oracle, and it's wrong, e.g.

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION Banana IS -- Oops, no return!
BEGIN
RETURN SUBSTUR('Banana',2,5); -- Oops, misspelled!
END;

You will get no warnings about this in most tools until it comes time to call it:

SELECT Banana FROM DUAL;

(If Banana were a procedure, we would use CALL Banana; instead)

You will get the error ORA-06575: Package or function BANANA is in an invalid state.

So how do you find out what's wrong? SHOW ERRORS; only works for SQL statements, not the contents of a stored procedure.

This is what you have to do:
SELECT * FROM USER_ERRORS WHERE NAME='BANANA' ORDER BY SEQUENCE, LINE;

It is important to put the name in uppercase.

You get:

BANANA, FUNCTION, 1, 1, 17, PLS-00103: Encountered the symbol "IS" when expecting one of the following: ( return compress compiled wrapped, ERROR, 103

If we add in the RETURN VARCHAR2 before the IS, and select the user errors again, we get:

BANANA, FUNCTION, 1, 3, 10, PLS-00201: PLS-00201: identifier 'SUBSTUR' must be declared, ERROR, 201
BANANA, FUNCTION, 2, 3, 3, PL/SQL: Statement ignored, ERROR, 0

Nice, rich error messages, but what a way to have to get them!

If you are using PL/SQL Developer, take a look under Functions or Procedures. Any stored procedures in error show up with a little X on their icon. The errors will show up if you right click->Edit. Creating the stored procedures from right-click->New on these items will save you a lot of hassle.

If you are stuck with a bit of a "manual" tool, however, the USER_ERRORS technique is your best bet.

 

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