A crook decided to break into the counterfeiting business. To ensure success, he decided that he would only try to pass his phony currency in the most back water towns deep in the heart of hillbilly country, figuring that most of the poor and simple folk who lived there had never seen denominations of even modest size.
He then strikes upon the idea of printing $18 bills. After all, if the Treasury Department caught him, then he could claim that he was just goofing around: nobody would ever cash an 18 dollar bill.
He loads his wallet full of his contraband currency, and heads to swampy country. He saunters into a general store, picks out a soda, walks to the counter where he is met by the clerk. The clerk says "that will be 50 cents". The crook whips out his $18 bill and says "Can you break this for me?"
The clerk responds, "Sure, do you want 2 $9's or 3 $6's?"
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I just had the urge to see what my website looked like a couple of years ago, and used the Internet Wayback machine to find out. Kick ass.
Hitachi has a technical briefing the breakthrough Storage Technology which is used in their latest drives, destined for an mp3 player or cell phone near you.
Did I mention that you'll need Flash to view it?
Link courtesy of Dave Slusher.
During our (alas, last) class today, they were passing around Martha Dahlen's book, Brush with Life. A very nice, spiral bound book. I'll have to pick up a copy, and this post will remind me to do so. 🙂
Apparently you really can patent nonsense. In United States Patent 5,533,051, we get the following intriguing claim:
A second aspect of the present invention which further enhances its ability to achieve high compression percentages, is its ability to be applied to data recursively. Specifically, the methods of the present invention are able to make multiple passes over a file, each time further compressing the file. Thus, a series of recursions are repeated until the desired compression level is achieved.
Any first year computer science student taking any kind of discrete math should be able to tell you what is wrong with this claim.
The EFF has an interesting article on Howto Blog Anonymously.
What's a more interesting question is why would you want to?
It's not that I can't think of a reason, I'm just curious as to why people feel that they need to talk about something, and then choose to disassociate themselves from their words.
Sure, there is the personal security aspect. When you open the door to the world and allow them to peek in, there is always the risk that something you'd rather not let get out gets out, and somebody you'd rather not know about it will learn about it.
A small variation on this theme is the "my work doesn't approve of my opinions" aspect, in other words, your job security.
Are there other reasons to try to communicate with others while remaining anonymous? Shouldn't we all strive to make statements which we will stand by with the integrity of our own names? If we aren't going to stand by our statements, then why bother making them in a public forum at all?