Feb 222009
 

Ok, I feel the need to preface this with the following: I am a bigotted racist jerk.

There. that’s out of the way. Now allow me to explain; I hate ubuntu… no, I LOATHE ubuntu. you know why? The name and color scheme That’s right, I hate the OS because of the color of its interface!

I have no idea why this is such a big hang up for me. I have installed ubuntu and I find that the OS itself is a highly organized, incredibly functional OS that has done GREAT things with the Linux name and community. But the makers had to go and Africanize the beast with their “for the people” crap, then smear it with color schemes that make me think “third-world turd”… it REALLY bugs me and I will NEVER get over it.

Seriously, Canonical, what were you thinking? Did you not learn from the whole honey bee fiasco?!? Africanized things are NOT A GOOD THING!!!

Hey, I know, lets make a new OS, an awesome OS! OK, what do we call it? Something tech friendly? HELL NO! lets go all ghetto and call it something that came from the sphincter of the planet! and hey while we’re at it, lets smear it with poo!!! Yeah, people like crappy things! that’s why Microsoft is doing so well!

Stupid ubuntu…

 Posted by at 1:08 PM
Feb 192009
 

Well it appears to be that time again… you know… when I start to flip through the Linux world in search of a new distro… I do this from time to time.

I just noticed Debian has come out with a new release… v5, they’re calling it lenny (oddly appropriate) so I’ve kicked off a VM install… we’ll see how things look on the USABILITY side before we dive in.

Last time I installed Debian I had a few issues;

For starters, I HAD to use all lowercase letters in my username… this is just lame. I mean, COME ON!!! Debian appears to be the only distro with this issue and it’s really easy to overcome (by simply installing kuser and creating a new account as desired) but seriously, this is just the most retarded thing to me…

Next I had issues with proprietary drivers… for instance the Nvidia driver was a friken pain to install… I mean it was ridiculously hard to get in there. and of course that spurred a Kernel rebuild that took out my wifi and eventually fixing both led to my sound going out… it was absolutely retarded.

Which brings me to my last gripe… Support. Debian support is… well… there is none! I tried several forums for assistance on my little video driver problems and got many “helpful” posters telling me how easy it was to do, but in reality NONE of their “helpful directions” worked… one group told me to do it the “debian way” involving some ridiculous kernel module build app that never worked, another recommended an addendum to the same telling me I had to build a deb for it… which made NO sense considering the fact that if all I needed was a deb then why the heck hadn’t someone else just posted their deb for me in the first place? Then add to all that the fact that the gcc compiler version was screwy (there was a link to a gcc compiler that was out of data and not removed, easy fix but still annoying).

the ting is, I have loved Debian for some time now… it’s clean, simplistic, and unbloated. I like the fact that as fast as I want to work Debian works that fast… I have no complaints there… it’s just the build that’s a pain… if this release has fixed all those problems, I am sticking with debian!

 Posted by at 6:50 PM
Feb 152009
 

Ok, I know that likefood will be chomping at the bit to comment/rebuke this but PLEASE for the love of science read the entire post first.

It has been the subject of countless scientific debates, the center of endless science-fiction literature, and between them both it has single handedly been the leading cause of death for billions of trees (paper).

The Speed of Light.

Weather you are referring to actually building a craft that can do it or just trying to send an e-mail to grandma–circa the Pleiades–there is one constant speed limit that, thus far, cannot be broken. Why? Well now Timmy here’s your answer! The speed of light is NOT the universal speed limit (USL) that cannot be broken! in fact “the speed of light” (or TSOL) is actually BELOW the USL altogether! HOWEVER (and I use all caps on that one because this is huge) The actual speed of light (roughly 299,792,458 meters/s) is so close to the USL that the USL has been incorrectly labeled “the speed of light”.

Once upon a time I posed the following to likefood: If you were on a craft that somehow was able to travel at TSOL, and you turned on a flashlight and pointed it forward what would happen? Likefood–I suspect, simply having insufficient argument–declined a reply. Well I have the answer, and likefood it should have been your response. Once the flashlight was powered on, there would be a sudden bulb of light in front of the flashlight but that bulb would never become a beam and would in fact simply dissipate or reflect back into the face of the torch holder! You see it is NOT TSOL that prevents the light from moving beyond the vessel at equivalently faster speed, it is the USL that does!

Why?

Think of velocity (which is defined as the rate of change of position) as a ever shrinking value. If you are traveling at a given speed and you want to increase your speed you have to exert an increasing amount of energy to propel yourself that much faster. This equation involves three parts, your existing speed, your mass (or your overall weight and size), and the energy required to go faster. Well timmy, the closer to the USL you get the smaller you have to be in order to get closer to the USL. there is a very real and definable limit to how fast any object with measurable mass can go regardless of how fast the originating “push off point” was moving to begin with. So the USL tops out just under 300 million meters/s, the problem herin is simply that TSOL is NOT an unbreakable speed. In fact it not only can be done, it HAS been done! Just not with anything with mass!

So Timmy, what was the point of this little informational? To all you simple people out there reading your Issac Asimov books and star trek fanboys, please try to remember we are not trying to travel faster than light, that’s easy. We are trying to break the universal speed limit!

‘nough said… begone.

 Posted by at 10:41 AM