I've been helping jk with the
simple but wonderful bitfield (me helping
mostly equated to telling him what features I wanted, followed by him
telling me he'd already implemented them and then laughing at me).
We now have bash completion, vim modes and Debian/Ubuntu packages
which can be grabbed from here:
deb http://neuling.org/devel/bitfield/ ./
We are looking to improved the register database, so if you have any
register definitions you'd like added, email jk or even better, grab the Mecurial
tree and submit it as a patch.
Did you know competition in telecommunications has been linked to cancer?
[ ] No
[ ] Yes, and I heard buying T3 shares can prevent it!
[ ] No, please tell me more.
Have you ever seen a grown man naked?
[ ] Yes
[ ] No
[ ] No, and stop calling me Shirly.
You are a large telecommunications wholesaler, a large telecommunications retailer of your own services, and have your origins in the regulatory authority designed to make sure you do the right thing. Most of your money comes from overcharging your customers for piddlingly small data comms services and denying wholesalers to the prices you charge your own retail outfit. The entire nation wants faster broadband access but you stand only to lose big gobs of money if you make it easier for people to move data around. What do you do?
[ ] Claim that installing faster broadband access would hurt shareholder value.
[ ] Pretend to be on the ball by talking about something completely different.
[ ] Try to sell the public another high-priced, low-bandwidth service.
[ ] All of the above.
[ ] Work with everyone else in the telecomms industry to give the public what they want, and stiff the Federal Government for the money.
N.B. Please only tick options with one letter.
How do you see life?
[ ] Like a movie.
[ ] Like a TV series.
[ ] Like a play.
[ ] Like a seance.
What is your ideal start to the day?
[ ] Finding out you've won a million dollars through your Next-G Mobile's new high-speed internet browsing capability.
[ ] Meeting your life partner through your Next-G Mobile's new high-speed internet browsing capability.
[ ] Making all your friends envious by showing them your Next-G Mobile, with it's new high-speed internet browsing capability.
[ ] Going for a forty-kilometer ride in driving rain and then eating a bowl of cold gruel.
What is your star sign?
[ ] The rutabaga.
[ ] The mump.
[ ] The hurdy-gurdy.
[ ] The quilt.
How many shares in Telstra do you already own?
[ ] 10,000 -> 39,999
[ ] 40,000 -> 87,624
[ ] 87,625 -> 274,999
[ ] Greater than 275,000
N.B. In order to proceed, you must own enough shares to qualify for this question.
I've not done a puzzle for a while and I heard this the other day.
Apparently a common Google job interview question.
You have 8 balls, all of which are identical expect 1 slightly lighter
than the other 7. You also have a balancing scales. Using the scales
only twice, determine which of the 8 balls is the light one.
if you have a solution/question. I'll post the solution in about a week.
Update: I got lots of responses to this puzzle. The solution
is (I stole the best worded response, thanks Ian):
Keep two balls aside. Weigh three each in the scales. If the scales
balance, it's one of the two spares. Balance them, and pick the
lighter one. If the scales don't balance, compare two of the three
balls from the lighter side. If those balance, it's the third ball.
recent post, I decided to put together altitude profiles for the
various mountains around Canberra that I've ridden up. They are
normalized to 0m at the start. Black
Mountain is the greatest altitude difference and the steepest. Red Hill is almost
as steep as Black Mountain but much shorter. Stromlo is the
longest but shallowest.
Jo and I headed to Adelaide for Kristy and Paul's Wedding. It was a
really nice civil service held in the Adelaide hills at the Chain of
Ponds winery. I've put some photos up here.
I've went up to Sydney to do a short 2 day training course. I managed
to catch up with MBP and Steph who are now living in St Lennerds in
North Sydney. Steph suggested that we went to RedOak for dinner which was
excellent. Highly recommended.
Along with Anton, I spent
the majority of May in Austin working with our team over there. I
managed to catch up with most of the crew over there. Todd took us
out water skiing a couple of times on Lake Travis. Went to a Mr Sinus
Show at the Alamo
Draft house downtown where they serve you beer and food while
commentating B-rate movies. Also went to a live music show at
Antone's with BCG. Overall a
good and thoroughly productive trip, although it's great to be home
Grubby and I did the Cotter-Uriarra
loop on Saturday. Really nice ride. Not many cars around, even
being a mid morning/lunch on Saturday. Not as hard as I though, but
still lots of climbing, especially out of Uriarra coming back to
Canberra. We also did a quick run up Stromlo after for good measure.
Jo just scored a new job with Prime Minister and Cabinet in the
Policy Division. She'll be working in the health group as their
PBS expert. Should be fun. The hours will be longer than before but
fortunately they are only 5 min walk from my work.
Dunedin was fun. There are some photos here.
One particular night, we went out to a bar to grab some beers (this
was regular (read: every night) occurance during the conf). We
ended up standing outside but then a bouncer came up and said we had
to have a seat if were to remain outside. So, while we were gathering
out thoughts, the bouncer also said "Hey, are you guys at that Linux
"Yeeeaah?" we replied.
"Well, I'm studying and I use Debian all the time!" he said
back, much to our amusement. We talking to the bouncer for a while
longer as we started to head inside.
Then over came another bouncer who was a huge scary looking guy. He
comes up and says "Hey, I'm a Debian user too!". Hence we now have
The Depricator! (see picture)
The current Liberal government is nuts!
Some CControl stuff happening. I have a Mercurial repo here, if you want to
try my additions and merges with other people. I'm starting to get
into Mercurial which is
great for a distributed project like this.
Despite having 3 (yes 3 people!) separate blogs, Simmo is quite a smart
guy. In a recent
post, he mentioned The
Ugly Stick which is a new show on community TV. So trusting Simmo
the first 2 episodes. It's pretty silly stuff and plays a lot on our
lazy Australian culture (I'd be surprised if people from another
country enjoyed it). Anyway, check it out.
1. which is a great concept for artists trying to get their stuff out.
As Rusty says,
obscurity is the greatest threat to vast majority of artists,
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Jo and I headed back to Adelaide for Christmas and New Year. We
had a great but tiring time catching up with lots of friends and
family. Thanks to those who made the effort to see us, it really
means a lot.
While back, we went flying a couple of times with Dad in his new
plane. First trip we went for a longer flight over Goolwa and
Strath. Afterwards I fixed Dad's GPS which didn't have a power
adapter for the plane and was chewing through batteries. After
heading down to Jarcar for some components, I made up a small circuit
board to regulate the plane supply voltage down to what's required for
the GPS. After looking at the plane's electrical schematics, we
decided where to splice into the supply, pulled out the trusty
soldering iron (trusty being that it was purchased 5 min before hand
at Jaycar) and soldered it into the plane. Much to my amazement, it
flight, Jo went up with Dad and I went up with Larry (another
"fly boy"). We ended up flying around only 100m away from each
other, which was a very cool experience. There are some photos and
videos of this flight here.
Congratulations to Brad and Tennille who are expecting their
first child in August. Congratulations again to Brad for winning the
University medal for best PhD at Adelaide Uni in 2005.
CControl has been
Debianised. I'm hosting an apt repository at neuling.org. If you want to use it,
add the following line to you sources.list (x86 only at this stage):
deb http://neuling.org/ccontrol/ ./
You'll then need to run ccontrol-init to create a default
configuration file and then add /usr/lib/ccontrol to the start of your
PATH to pick up the new gcc, cc, ld, make etc. (eg. export