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I am on XKCD

Well, sort of. I suspect a lot of geeks have experiences like this, though we don't normally get photoed in the act.

http://xkcd.com/466/:

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SETI ain't boring

I wrote a while back (SETI at home getting boring ?) about giving up with the SETI at home project, but I never actually did, and as I have a few more CPU cycles spare these days, I've even started to help out with the ClimatePrediction.net distributed project - which should hopefully allow us to still be here long enough to hear an alien signal.

The bug hunting process

Following on from their excellent GUI style guide, Stuff That Happens now presents their approach to bug hunting.

The only person to receive a knighthood for writing sci-fi

The only person to receive a knighthood for writing science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, has died aged 90.

Although not surprising, it's still a shock to me that Sri Lanka's most famous resident has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Clarke got me, and many others, into sci-fi. With Rama I think. Maybe 2001.

Insert cunning joke about magic being advanced technology here :-/

I must do something tomorrow that involves a space elevator or a geosynchronous satellite.

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Adobe saves the BBC's iPlayer

The only reasonable way for the BBC to do it's job and offer it's iPlayer catch-up TV service (last 7 days TV on demand) across more than just one brand of Windows was using Flash.

People said that when the thing first came out.

And look... it has come to pass :-)

Projects like Adobe's Media Player and adding H.264 (high quality with low bandwidth use) support in Player are starting to make real sense now...

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