Adorable Capitalists


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Creative Ways to Die of Electrocution


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DNS shenanigans

Dear Lazyweb, I'm changing my DNS from appliedops.net to pairnic.com. Please let me know if you notice anything broken. I've switched over all of my domains except for dnalounge.com, so far.
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Some satellites just want to watch the world burn.

NOAASatellites:

Hot spots and a large plume of smoke from the #CampFire in Northern California are even visible from space! To make this #GOESEast animation, fire temperature imagery was made partially transparent and placed over the geocolor image.

NOAASatellites:

Smoke from the #HillFire and the #WoolseyFire in Southern California can be seen in this view from #GOESEast. The two wildfires have already scorched some 14,000 acres in Ventura County, California.

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It is important to kill the synthetic space squid before it reaches sexual maturity

Spatial Flux: Body and Architecture in Space

Structurally, zero gravity means that we do not have to contend with architecture's greatest arch-nemesis, gravity.

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FOUND: Giant butt-plug. Slightly soiled.

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"I am the Video Word made Flesh."

Max: Have you been hallucinating lately?
Harlan: No. Should I be?
Max: Yes, you should be.

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Portal meets Grand Theft Horse

callme_mok:

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Epochryphal

Guy Harris wrote:

I don't know what the lowest layers of Windows (NT) use (I don't have any "NT Native API" documentation handy), but the Windows API offers GetSystemTimeAsFileTime(), which supplies tenths-of-microseconds-since-the-FILETIME-epoch ("January 1, 1601 (UTC)", using the proleptic Gregorian calendar and some probably-proleptic form of UTC), so it can do UTC as well. ... Caché runs atop Windows, assorted UN*Xes, and OpenVMS. SYS$GETTIME on VMS supplies "the number of 100-nanosecond intervals since November 17, 1858."

Tom Lane wrote:

In the department of weird epoch reference dates: I have a very distinct recollection that HYDRA/C.mmp[1] ran their system clock in microseconds since Charles Babbage's birthday (26 December 1791). Unfortunately I can't find any evidence other than 40-plus-year-old memory to support that. The C.mmp book cited by Wikipedia describes the clock as being 56 bits wide, which would be plenty for that timespan, but there's nothing in it about the timekeeping convention.

Paul Eggert wrote:

Sydney Lupkin reports in today's Kaiser Health News that Epic Systems, a leading system used for hospital health records, cannot handle DST fallbacks such as Sunday's fallback in the US. Lupkin writes:

'Carol Hawthorne-Johnson, an ICU nurse in California, said her hospital doesn't shut down the Epic system during the fall time change. But she's come to expect that the vitals she enters into the system from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. will be deleted when the clock falls back to 1 a.m. One hour's worth of electronic record-keeping "is gone," she said.'

Apparently competing systems have similar problems. Lupkin writes that many hospitals plan for Cerner (another major system) to be down after a DST fallback as well. [...]

The moral of this story seems to be: arrange for your medical emergencies to occur some time other than early Sunday in the US.

Paul Eggert wrote:

As I understand it, Epic's core suite was written in MUMPS (also known as M), which stores each timestamp as an integer count of days since 1840-12-31, paired with an integer count of seconds since local midnight. Although there are facilities to get UTC and timezone-adjusted timestamps, my guess is that they were added later and that most code assumes local time, which could help to explain the DST problems with that Epic and other EHR companies have (and why they can't or won't fix the problems).

The MUMPS zero point 1840-12-31 was chosen to be the end of a leap year for convenience in calculations. The leap year 1840 was chosen so that it could safely represent the birthday of the oldest person conceivably needing healthcare in the US when the timestamp format was effectively standardized for MUMPS in 1969. This is according to a letter from James M. Poitras published in the "Just Ask!" column of the September 1993 issue of "M Computing".

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Mark your calendars

Upcoming events of note:

Sun, Nov 04:   Juno Reactor @ DNA Lounge
Mon, Nov 05:   Los Campesinos @ August Hall
Tue, Nov 06:   Tokyo Police Club @ Bottom of the Hill
Wed, Nov 07:   Xymox @ DNA Lounge
Thu, Nov 08:   Nrvs Lvrs, Mrch @ Amnesia
Fri, Nov 16:   Turbo Drive: Nina, Parallels @ DNA Lounge
Wed, Nov 21:   Dark Sparkle @ DNA Lounge
Sun, Dec 02:   Kimbra @ Chapel
Wed, Dec 05:   Skating Polly @ DNA Lounge
Sat, Dec 29:   Missing Persons, Annabella @ Great Northern
Fri, Jan 25/6:   Edwardian Ball @ Regency

What have you got?

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