Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2006-09-14 18:57
Just in case you weren't convinced that computerised voting was bad...
"I did not hear one voter say they were happy with the machines, and a dozen or so expressed strong feelings against them."
Posted by ats at 2006-09-14 16:44
"BBC7 are launching a season of new Eighth Doctor audio adventures. Produced by Big Finish, the eight 50-minute episodes are bookended with Dalek and Cybermen two-parters."
"Enhanced versions of the stories will be released on CD by Big Finish later in 2007."
No more India Fisher?
I assume I.F. will continue in the regular series from BF
Posted by ats at 2006-09-14 09:56
"Following near-unanimous acceptance by both the Committee on Small-Body Nomenclature and the Working Group on Planetary-System Nomenclature (in consultation with the discovery team), the IAU Executive Committee has now approved the names Eris for (136199) and Dysnomia for its satellite (136199) Eris I"
Those'd be the objects formerly known as Xena and Gabrielle.
To be fair, "Eris" is a still a pretty cool name, but it's going to mean we don't get to hear Patrick Moore calling it Xena on TSAN any more...
Oh dear. Aaron on Gale just pointed out that "dysnomia" is usually translated as "lawlessness", and Xena was played by Lucy Lawless...
Posted by ats at 2006-09-14 09:41
"A start-up called Simply RISC has built a single-core variant of Sun Microsystems' UltraSparc T1, an indication of interest in Sun's plan to encourage others to adopt and modify open-source designs for the processor."
Not that there's anything particularly special about the SPARC design in itself, but it'd sort of be cute to have an embedded SPARC system.