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Better export that quickly
Mar 30th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

VIDEO: Largest hand­writ­ten Koran in Kab­ul. One of the world’s most exquis­ite copies of the Koran, has been unveiled in Kab­ul. It is the world’s largest hand­writ­ten copy of the Koran. [BBC News]

Afghanistan is not a very safe loca­tion for his­tor­i­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant reli­gious arti­facts. They’d bet­ter get that across the bor­der to Iran, or into some oth­er coun­try with an appre­ci­a­tion for his­to­ry and no Impe­r­i­al Stormtroop­ers to set it on fire.

Is ASCAP a scam?
Mar 26th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

How ASCAP Takes Mon­ey From Suc­cess­ful Indie Artists And Gives It To Giant Rock Stars. The short ver­sion of the sto­ry is basi­cal­ly that, to make its own life eas­i­er, ASCAP just pays those per­for­mance roy­al­ties to the top 200 gross­ing tours in the US, and every oth­er tour­ing musi­cian is more or less screwed — unless you can con­vince ASCAP that you play “seri­ous music.” [Techdirt]

I know a num­ber of indie artists, and I can’t remem­ber ever hear­ing any of them say any­thing, good or bad, about ASCAP.

Dictation amusing but worthless
Mar 24th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

I decid­ed to test the Dic­ta­tion fea­ture on my new iPad to see if it actu­al­ly worked. Here is my sam­ple text:

I say to the gods and the sons of gods the things that whet my thoughts; by the wells of the world there is none with the might to make me do his will.

Dic­ta­tion ren­dered that as:

Mes­sage the gods and the sons of guns the love my thoughts for the Wilson’s the world there is none with­in the com­mit­ment do his will

It’s a good thing I’ve got­ten bet­ter at touch-typing with an iPad.

An interesting study
Mar 24th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

From an arti­cle title Born This Way? in the May issue of Rea­son Mag­a­zine (not yet avail­able online):

In a study I con­duct­ed with col­leagues Jesse Gra­ham and Bri­an Nosek, we test­ed how well lib­er­als and con­ser­v­a­tives could under­stand each oth­er. We asked more than 2,000 Amer­i­can vis­i­tors to fill out the Moral Foun­da­tions Ques­tion­naire. One-third of the time they were asked to fill it out nor­mal­ly, answer as them­selves. One-third of the time they were asked to fill it out as they think a “typ­i­cal lib­er­al” would respond. One-third of the time they were asked to fill it out as a “typ­i­cal con­ser­v­a­tive” would respond. This design allowed us to exam­ine the stereo­types that each side held about the oth­er. More impor­tant, it allowed us to assess how accu­rate they were by com­par­ing people’s expec­ta­tions about “typ­i­cal” par­ti­sans to the actu­al respons­es from par­ti­sans on the left and the right. Who was best able to pre­tend to be the oth­er?

The results were clear and con­sis­tent. Mod­er­ates and con­ser­v­a­tives were most accu­rate in their pre­dic­tions, whether they were pre­tend­ing to be lib­er­als or con­ser­v­a­tives. Lib­er­als were the least accu­rate, espe­cial­ly those who described them­selves as “very lib­er­al.”

I’d real­ized years ago from talk­ing to both lib­er­als and con­ser­v­a­tives that con­ser­v­a­tives gen­er­al­ly under­stood lib­er­als pret­ty well (they just dis­agree with them) while lib­er­als are so far off base about con­ser­v­a­tives as to bor­der on delu­sion­al. I’d won­dered if this was true in gen­er­al, or just a pecu­liar­i­ty of the peo­ple I came in con­tact with, so it’s inter­est­ing to see a study con­firm­ing that it is in fact true in gen­er­al.

Useful feature for CM
Mar 24th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

I real­ly like the git blame com­mand. In CM it’s pret­ty com­mon for an irate devel­op­er to com­plain, “The build is bro­ken, fix it!” Tools like this are very use­ful for fig­ur­ing out what hap­pened. Although I’ve found that in prac­tice there’s a pret­ty good rule of thumb: the devel­op­er who com­plained is almost always the per­son who broke the build.

Kodachrome news
Mar 23rd, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Seen on a mail­ing list:

On demand” could con­ceiv­ably include any film that Kodak has ever man­u­fac­tured. Some­one in the audi­ence asked the inevitable ques­tion: “Includ­ing Kodachrome?” [Bev­er­ly Paster­czyk of East­man Kodak Co.‘s] answer: “Yes, includ­ing Kodachrome”. She added that while small runs of Kodachrome were unlike­ly, it was not out of the ques­tion, since they have had numer­ous inquiries.

To the ques­tion “How could this be made pos­si­ble?” her answer was intrigu­ing. “Vol­ume is the answer. Con­sumer groups of large num­bers of indi­vid­u­als could peti­tion for the return of a spe­cif­ic film. This would include not only large com­pa­nies, but also indi­vid­u­als band­ed togeth­er such as cam­era clubs, espe­cial­ly those with a large enough base such that they could col­lec­tive­ly join on a nation­al or even inter­na­tion­al basis”.

The ques­tion of pro­cess­ing isn’t real­ly addressed here. I seem to remem­ber read­ing that Dwayne’s sold their pro­cess­ing equip­ment after they stopped pro­cess­ing Kodachrome. How­ev­er, if that were dealt with, it occurs to me that anoth­er com­pa­ny could con­ceiv­ably order a pro­duc­tion run and then resell it, like the way that com­pa­nies buy graph­ics cards from a man­u­fac­tur­er and then resell them with their own com­pa­ny name.

iCloud not safe enough
Mar 22nd, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Ask Ars: how safe is my data stored in iCloud? [Ars Technica]

An interesting article which ultimately concludes that it's "safe enough." However, right there in the article is something which contradicts its conclusion:

As far as your Safari bookmarks or iPhone photos, however, that information is only given out when required by law, such as when it's required by court order. "We may also disclose information about you if we determine that, for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate," Apple wrote in its privacy policy.

In other words, it's not really safe at all. If it were, it would be impossible for Apple to ever disclose anything, for any reason, because they wouldn't be able to get to it to disclose it.

Amusing timing
Mar 20th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Per­force is a Git Devel­op­er. We’ve been study­ing Git for some time. We like to keep an eye on play­ers and tech­nol­o­gy in our space, part­ly because it’s some­thing we think our cus­tomers appre­ci­ate, part­ly because it’s due dili­gence as a leader in the SCM/Version Man­age­ment space, and part­ly because it’s just plain inter­est­ing! But some­thing unex­pect­ed hap­pened last sum­mer as a result of this study of com­pet­ing tech­nolo­gies: the rela­tion­ship between Git and Per­force turns out to have syn­er­gis­tic appeal with a peanut but­ter twist, as out­lined in my blog arti­cles Per­force and DVCS: Two great tastes that taste great togeth­er and Git as a Per­force Client. 

[…]

But if you want to use Git and Per­force togeth­er today, you’ll like­ly be look­ing at the git-p4 fea­ture of Git as either a tool or a start­ing point. So to get you a lit­tle fur­ther along the road, we’ll be mak­ing an increased effort on git-p4 in the com­ing months. Here’s where you can give us a hand: let­ting us know what’s impor­tant to you in a git-p4 fea­ture set. Please add your sug­ges­tions to the com­ments below! [p4 blog]

I just start­ed try­ing out git-p4 yes­ter­day for a very small inter­nal tool, so this is real­ly good news. As a CM Engi­neer, I pret­ty much live in Per­force, but it’s a bit awk­ward for work­ing on small inter­nal tools where I might want to have sev­er­al exper­i­men­tal branch­es. I’m quite new to git, but I’ve already found that its capa­bil­i­ty for that sort of work more than lives up to the hype.

Are they certain about the reasons?
Mar 20th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Ana­lyst: Only one in ten tablets sold has a cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion. It’s clear that peo­ple are will­ing to pay for new tablets, but it’s also clear that they aren’t yet ready to take on the fee for cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­i­ty to their tablets. [Mac­Cen­tral]

Per­son­al­ly, I don’t care about the fee, but I refuse to vol­un­teer to car­ry a track­ing and sur­veil­lance device around with me. The idea that I’d pay to car­ry one is just insult­ing.

Quote of the Day
Mar 17th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

There’s either a sports game on TV, or a large group of men is being tor­tured in the house next to mine.

Ter­ra Nao­mi

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