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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? October 2006 Entries
There could be 350+ people at Desert Code Camp tomorrow
We’ve got 500 people registered on the site, 449 of which have picked out sessions to attend. So it may end up that we’re pretty busy tomorrow! Last camp was held on May 6th, a day which we had scheduled not realizing at first that it's the day after a big drinking day in the Southwest, Cinco De Mayo. (Mexico's big holiday celebrating a victory in the Battle of Puebla against France.) But even still last time we had 70 unique sessions, and 300 people in attendance. This time I'm delighted that there's ......

Posted On Friday, October 27, 2006 3:35 PM

Perhaps we've dismissed the precipitation <-> autism link too quickly.
Y'know, after reading over my last post about the TV-autism link, I see that I was a little harsh on Gregg, Michael, and the others who wrote the report. Okay, I was even downright inflammatory. I apologize. It's a hot button for me because of our friends who have had to go through so many trials with their autistic little ones. Sadly they are often completely misunderstood because most people assume that the wild behavior of their children is from bad parenting, never knowing about their condition. ......

Posted On Monday, October 23, 2006 2:28 AM

Autism related to watching TV?  Yeah, right.
UPDATE: Let's toss TV out of the equation entirely, and focus on precipitation vs autism! Here's more info. We're friends with a family that has three severely autistic children. It's an amazingly difficult thing to care for them. Our family has spent quite a bit of time in their home, and occasionally we help out with babysitting and such in order to give them a much-needed break. When we spend time with those children we find that they're very special people, and we get the feeling that there's ......

Posted On Sunday, October 22, 2006 5:38 AM

Authors of printer drivers must have a dare going to see how much disk space they can waste
How I miss the days when printer drivers consumed an unobtrusive 300k or so... I actually went out to HP's website in search of the leanest driver possible for this printer, and this was it. Atrocious that it requires MORE DISK SPACE THAN THE ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEM!!! Stupid bloatware. During installation there are four steps, and fortunately the first two are actually installing the driver, and the last two are putting on all the extra useless crap. So if you end task on the installer after step ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 3:19 AM

We made it eight years without a nuclear blast, and now this.
There was lots of stir generated earlier today -- North Korea being assumed to have had a degree of success in creating a prompt-critical fission reaction using plutonium. Whatever occurred there -- a mere 70 miles from China's border -- it was powerful enough to kick up a reading of around 4 on the Richter scale. This indicates a fairly sizable blast. Enough for me to assume that whatever the device was, it has a potential yeild of at least a couple kilotons, the same general yield of a suitcase ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 8:34 PM

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