Archive for month: January, 2003

Ouch!

January 30, 2003 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

You think your day is bad, be glad that you aren’t a crab. Don’t watch this if you are squeamish or feel particularly kindly towards crabs.

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Noah’s Ark Found!

January 29, 2003 | Quack of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I am fascinated by pseudoscience, creationism and all sorts of other leger de brain that people engage in. Occasionally I end run accross websites that don’t really deserve Quote of the Day status, so I’ve created a new Quack of the Day to take its place. I was inspired today by Anchor Stone International. There […]

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Ark of the Covenent Found!

January 29, 2003 | Quack of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I am fascinated by pseudoscience, creationism and all sorts of other leger de brain that people engage in. Occasionally I end run accross websites that don’t really deserve Quote of the Day status, so I’ve created a new Quack of the Day to take its place. I was inspired today by Anchor Stone International. There […]

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Motherboard Monitoring

January 29, 2003 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Modern motherboards kick ass. They have all sorts of temperature sensors that can tell you what the current temperatures, fans and voltages are. I’ve had a simple monitoring gadget in the FreeBSD ports collection called healthd installed for a while, and finally got down to making a tiny PHP program that inserted the relevant info […]

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Robot Sumo

January 25, 2003 | Books I Read | By: Mark VandeWettering

I stopped by Barnes & Noble on the way home the other day, and was bemused by a couple of books, including this one on the construction of robots to play sumo. Since I am considering a small robotics project, I thought this book might be good, and after a brief reading, it appears to […]

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Cryptography Potpourri

January 23, 2003 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve also maintained a bit of an amateur interest in cryptography. While I understand a bit about modern ciphers such as DES, IDEAL and RC4, I find it more fun to play with older cryptosystems. When Simon Singh published his book The Code Book, I decided to work through the Cipher Challenge at the back. […]

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Mantaining a Robotic Sense of Balance…

January 23, 2003 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve always been interested in robotics (particularly of the amateur variety) and in the past few days I’ve discovered some excellent links. Slashdot ran an article recently that highlighted the Legway, a lego version of the Segway, built using the RCX controller from a Lego Mindstorms kit. It’s an awesome achievement, and very, very spiffy. […]

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Oops, did the decision of Eldred v. Ashcroft open a new legal challenge to the DMCA?

January 17, 2003 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Jack Balkin, a scholar on First Amendment issues presents some really interesting criticism of the majority opinion in Eldred v. Ashcroft that may frame new challenges to the DMCA. Ginsberg asserted in the majority opinion that as long as the traditional boundaries of copyright (such as fair use) are unchanged, Congress is free to expend […]

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Thanks Larry!

January 16, 2003 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

A great post-mortem of the Eldred vs. Ashcroft decision is going on Lawrence Lessig’s weblog. I’ve decided to add it to my newsfeeds on the right. Click through and remain active. I took the time to post a thank you to Larry and his efforts on behalf of the public. I urge all who come […]

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Cool code…

January 16, 2003 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

While searching for some information about Duff’s device, I ran aground on The Apocrypha, a collection of interesting code including Duff’s device and emulating a Turing machine with vi. Nifty!

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Dark Day for the Public

January 15, 2003 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

The story is just now breaking that the Supreme Court has upheld the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act as constitutional in a 7-2 decision. I have only read part of the briefs, but had a couple of quick comments: I expected this outcome, but I must admit I am still surprised that the Justices abandoned […]

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Hello, my name is Mark

January 9, 2003 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

I admit it. I have a hard time with names. Actually, that isn’t true. I actually memorize names fairly well. The only problem is that I can only memorize them well when I see them in print. If you walk up to me and tell me your name, without tons of real effort, I can’t […]

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