junk science

The National Snow and Ice Data Center predicted that the north pole would be ice free this year.  that didn;t happen so they had to go back to the well and find out why. Arctic sea ice forecasts point to lower-than-average season ahead As it turns out they were throwing away perfectly good data that would have told them that thei prediction was silly.  Why?  well the data didn’t match what they expected it to. "Some people might ask why we don’t simply switch to the EOS AMSR-E sensor. AMSR-E is a newer and more accurate passive microwave sensor. However, we do not use AMSR-E data in our analysis because it is not consistent with our historical data." Satellite sensor errors cause data outage This is junk science.  When your theory predicts X but you get Y, real scientists don’t look for the flaw in Y to get them to X, they look at the flaw in the theory.  If your historical data is flawed- guess what- the data is junk!  It wouldn’t be so bad if governments (like ours) weren’t screwing around with the economic systems around the world to "save the planet"

powershell goodness

man o war

It’s apparently man o war season on the eastern side of florida.  Every day as I waslk along the beach I see hundreds.  Jimmy and I went in the water on day one (just wading) of course it wasn’t until after I came out that I noticed the man o war’s washed up on shore.  The place we are staying doesn’t put up any of the usual flags (of course it doesn’t have a lifeguard on duty) but the public beach about o hafl mile up did (which I noticed the day after).  I guess we got lucky.  I’d rather swim with sharks then those critters.

palm beach florida.

well I thought I was staying in Hollywood- turns out I’m in Palm Beach on Singer Island

datacenter whitepapers

Here’s a great link to some whitepapers by APC about datacenter design:

link to ms spotlight


if anything shows that open source is not inherently more stable and secure:
from the article:

Marshall Kirk McKusick, the original developer of the *dir() library, commented on the issue in a personal conversation with Balmer:

As the original author of the *dir() library, you probably fixed one of my bugs :-). Prior to the *dir() commands, programs just opened, read, and interpreted directories directly. I had to update a shocking 22 programs (a large percentage of the programs available on UNIX at the time) to replace their direct interpretation of directories with the *dir() library calls.