Monday, July 25, 2016

Linux - KDE and other goodies

I run everything I have on Linux.  That's because I get the leftovers from the kids who just *have* to run Winnie.  When their laptops don't 'work' any more, I get them and they zoom on Linux.  As well, if you like to explore the sketchier side of the internet, you need Linux.  My son was devastated when they took down kicky-torrents, but it didn't bother me.

My favourite desktop is KDE.  I tried many others, but I always am happiest with this.  However, the reason I've tried all the others is that kde is totally euro, and regularly becomes unusable despite my massive efforts.  This is written and maintained by union people who take long lunch breaks and take the whole summer off to go sailing.  :)

The latest thing, was that kde refused to mount usb sticks after its latest upgrade.  I followed this to alter the registry to make it work.  blah

I did find a nice trick when making a new kernel for a laptop.  You have to compile the kernel and on a laptop it takes forever.  The trick is to do the usual 'make menuconfig' and then get out (or you face a zillion questions).  Then do 'make localmodconfig'  which eliminates the thousands of ticks for devices you never heard of.  Then compile ten times faster, with a zippier computer at the end.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bruce nuclear deep black hole - weaseling as an art form


I just check on this soap opera once in a while.  In the last episode, the newly minted gov't asked for their studies on alternative sites.  They never studied alternative sites, so they are going to rehash some of the generic crap for the granitic rock of N. Ontario.  They are delaying for the legalization of cannabis, in the hopes that nobody will care at that point.  :)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Physics - El Nino still having a huge effect

This is the MIMIC shot of warm wet air.  If we have a stable thick band at the equator, then the Earth is in maximum insulating mode.  The warm air rises from the hot water, and the heat comes down as rain.  This is physics.  Almost no heat is radiated out into space, and the satellite microwave readings are low.

But the ocean currents are chaotically unstable and do what they want.  The shortest cycle we know is El Nino, but there are longer ones that we don't know about, since we haven't been around that long, and the cycles leave no trace, except for tree rings and other things such as major ice advances, interglacials, and mini versions of the same.

Normally we would expect that the huge heat energy loss to hit us by now, but this thing is lingering forever.  Natural gas futures have zoomed up,along with OK earthquakes, but I don't know if we will have the expected cold winter.  Could be next year before the 'rebound'.