Tag: fail

  1. One quarter of DC's snow plows are out of commission.

    09 February 2010

    The reasons for DC's generally poor response to Snowpocalypse II and III may have been discovered. WTOP News got hold of a leaked e-mail that seems to describe some of the things going on behind the curtain. Among the stuff going on that we didn't know about is the fact that approximately 25% of Washington, DC's snow plows are in the shop and they can't get enough parts to fix them all. The e-mail says that they're triaging the trucks to stretch the parts and vehicularr consumables they've got; they're working on getting hold of alternative snow clearing equipment (including …

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  2. Snowpocalypse 2009.

    19 December 2009

    After my utter failure to get to the store to stock up for the winter storm that I didn't expect would actually happen (cynical cat screwed the pooch this time), Hasufin and Mika cleared some space for me at their place while I packed up enough kit to last me a day or two. Nothing major, you understand, but there's a good chance that I won't be able to get home until Sunday night so I figured that I'd better be prepared. Hasufin and Mika are more than ready for the blanket of snow that brought the DC metroplex to …

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  3. First snowstorm of the year.

    19 December 2009

    Yesterday morning, the newswires were burning up with winter weather warnings, effective midnight last night for a region of the eastern seaboard as far north as Manhattan and as far south as North Carolina. A Pittsburgh native, I said "Yeah, right," and proceeded to battle the DC beltway, which happened to be clogged with people who forget how to steer or accelerate whenever they think something is going to fall out of the sky. This included a multiple-hour drive home last night which culminated in my getting in the front door around 2230 EST5EDT after a cut-short dinner at a …

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  4. Enough fighting with mod_rewrite.

    08 October 2009

    One of the quirks of the old version of Pivot I used to run was that it generated its RSS and ATOM feeds as static XML files with the names /rss.xml and /atom.xml, respectively. Since upgrading to PivotX, which implements these news feeds in a standard fashion (i.e., with the URLs /rss and /atom) with some URL rewrites, everyone who was using the URLs generated by the old release was left out in the cold. I've been trying to set up mod_rewrite to transparently redirect requests for the old feeds to the new ones with an HTTP …

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  5. Fabbing eyeglasses and Morse Code fail in the Steel City.

    16 July 2009

    Something that’s fascinated me for a while (if you’ve been been keeping an eye on my blog for any length of time) is rapid prototyping, or the use of automated systems to build modular components by laying down successive layers of plastic, ceramic, or other materials. While the technology has not advanced sufficiently to make it truly useful to end users (i.e., your grandmother won’t be using one to make a new coffee mug anytime soon) it’s a subject of heavy development right now and the state of the art is advancing every day. For …

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  6. The nice thing about metrics is that there are so many to choose from.

    01 June 2009

    One of the many buzzwords that you hear in the discipline of software engineering is metrics. They're supposed to be a measure of how effectively your coders are functioning based upon how many lines of code they write a day, how many bugs they make (for some value of 'bug'), how reusable their code is, how much money per line of code your project is burning through, or some other arcane measurement. The numbers are generated through techniques that appear to have more in common with gematria than with engineering and make managers salivate with glee (or rabies). The theory …

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