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Lately I’ve been enjoyed some very daft poems about cows (and ancillary characters) by Ann Leckie and her fans. I mentioned this to Matthew although I think a few other people might like them too, so here we are.

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Hills Road/Regent Street junction improvements. There's a diagram of proposed changes and a consultation form.
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Someone asked how long I expected my SSDs to last. The context was swapping to SSD, but obviously it actually depends on the usage pattern as a whole, not just one aspect of it. Here’s the SMART attribute data for an Intel SSD that’s been in constant light usage, including swapping, for the last 18 months:

smartctl 5.40 2010-07-12 r3124 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-10 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 5
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
  3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0020   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0030   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       12131
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       19
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       5
225 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0030   200   200   000    Old_age   Offline      -       9248
226 Load-in_Time            0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       16301
227 Torq-amp_Count          0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       1
228 Power-off_Retract_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       1018723636
232 Available_Reservd_Space 0x0033   100   100   010    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
233 Media_Wearout_Indicator 0x0032   099   099   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
184 End-to-End_Error        0x0033   100   100   099    Pre-fail  Always       -       0

A couple of caveats about interpretation. Firstly, TYPE is the type of the attribute, not a commentary on its current value - i.e. the ones that say Old_age will still say that on a brand new device and Pre-fail doesn’t mean a failure is imminent. Secondly high VALUE fields are better: they mostly start at a high value (here, mostly 100) and decline as things get worse.

Anyway Media_Wearout_Indicator is the one of interest here. Intel describe this as follows:

The E9 SMART attribute reports a normalized value of 100 (when the SSD is brand new out of the factory) and declines to a minimum value of 1.

The normalized value decreases as the NAND erase cycles increase from 0 to the maximum-rated cycles. Once the normalized value reaches 1, the number will not decrease, although it is likely that additional wear can be put on the device.

So the current value means the device has performed at least 1% and less than 2% of the maximum rated erase cycles; if current usage patterns persist it’d take between 75 and 150 years to reach the maximum.

Obviously this isn’t the whole story. The device only has a three year warranty, and plenty of other things could go wrong either with the disk or the computer containing it; and Intel could have got their sums wrong. Nevertheless I’m pretty comfortable that flash wear is not going to be a problem in the near future.

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I caught a cold about two weeks ago. I’m still coughing slightly.

I put a deep cut into my thumb while chopping vegetables this week. (There will not be photos.)

Our landline isn’t working at the moment. Now fixed.

I’m still pleased with my phone:

  • I spent too much time playing World Of Goo on it and then too much time playing Sprinkle. I also have Osmos though I’d played that a fair bit on desktop.
  • Having Kindle books on it is handy though the Kindle itself is a better device for reading books.
  • I tried out SwiftKey X and bought it as soon as the trial expired.
  • Having a small tablet for poking around the kitchen putting together a food order is one of the applications I had in mind when buying, and it doesn’t disappoint.
  • Most of the photos I’ve taken recently have been through the phone. It’s been interesting watching the new MS building going up…
  • I occasionally even make phone calls with it.

I’ve been posting my photo backlog to tumblr. It turns out that silly graffiti and baby cows get a lot of attention. It’s also rather easy to spend an awful lot of time browsing other people’s postings.

I’ve got the next two weeks off work.


Feb. 29th, 2012 09:07 am
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The last time they did this they lent nearly half a trillion Euros. Anyone care to guess how much it’ll come to this time?
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This cartoon contains the Latin phrase “MENDACII IN CLOACA TRUCES SIDERA”. I’m trying to make some sense of it.

MENDACII is the genitive singular of mendacium, which has variety of meanings mostly amounting to “a lie”. Being in the genitive means that there is something “of the lie” or “of a lie”.

IN is a preposition with with a variety of meanings.

CLOACA is the nominative, ablative or vocative singular of cloaca, sewer. I think the IN goes with this, making both “in” and “into” fit.

TRUCES is the nominative, accusative or vocative plural of trux, meaning several things along the lines of “wild” or “grim”.

SIDERA is the nominative, accusative or vocative singular of sidus: constellations, stars, seasons. Being plural, TRUCES obviously modifies SIDERA rather than either of the other nouns in play.

“The sewer of the lie” makes much more sense than “The grim stars of the lie”, so I think MENDACII modifies CLOACA rather than TRUCES SIDERA.

So: “the grim stars in the sewer of the lie”? Perhaps with “the grim stars in the sewer of lies” being a more natural but less literal translation.

(Of course I may be onto a loser by assuming it’s supposed to be anything more than dog Latin in the first place…)

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I have a tumblr at kwaktrap.tumblr.com. Its current purpose is, essentially, “best of” my photos, past and future. (By my interpretation of “best” l-)

Most of them will have appeared here at some point already.

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The Dubai Job. Some new reporting on the assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh.
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Repeatedly pressing ENTER at Google Scribe:

Ducks Unlimited Canada and the United States and Canada and their territories and total client assets of approximately 1 to 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful to your business partners and customers together to participate in these features is the ability to make and use them together to make anything of it until I was introduced to them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by [...]

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Tory MP tells constituents: “Don’t email me… it’s becoming a real nuisance”

I had a look at 38degrees and they're doing a bit more than “publishing his email address”, in fact one thing I don’t see there is an MPs email address. Rather they have a web form that pre-fills an email message to your MP (looked up by postcode) and sends it.

It looks like this:

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The only things I entered were the email address and false name, and my postcode. Everything else is filled in by the website. I didn’t press the Send button l-)

It seems suspiciously like “push a button to spam your MP” to me and as such I can see why he’s pissed off. Perhaps they should instead send him a daily email saying how many people agreed with them (and invite anyone sufficiently motivated to say more than the boilerplate to contact him separately).

Would anyone care to argue that this sort of thing isn’t spam?

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This may be news, but I don’t think it’s front-page news. “Notorious serial killer to be released” would be front-page news, “Notorious serial killer to stay in jail” is simply not that unusual.


May. 13th, 2010 08:41 am
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My windows partition just got less useful. Not that I’ve used it for a while, actually.
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I have been finding Gareth’s smart-quotes.el very useful lately.

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