Netcraft: www.sco.com is a weapon of mass destruction

This is so funny! :) Go read it and wait and see if SCO slashdots Slashdot!

Much of the commentary on the SCO distributed denial of service scenario, including our own, has been based on the premise that SCO badly wants to keep their web site running. This may not be the case: unlike Microsoft, which has a real business to run and a real need to keep its web site operational, SCO Executives may not strongly care about the availability of www.sco.com. After all, Michael Doyle’s half a billion dollar patent win against Microsoft scarcely hinged on the response times of the Eolas web site.

In fact, the author of the MyDoom virus has delegated control of the most enormous volume of http traffic that the Internet has yet seen to hostmaster@sco.com. On a whim, SCO can direct that Tsunami at an object of their choosing, simply by changing an A record in named.conf in time for the change to propagate by Sunday.

Cube – Open Source FPS for Windows and Linux

Cube – This looks like an interesting game. It’s got some pretty screenshots and the blurb makes it look appealing.

Cube is an open source multiplayer and singleplayer first person shooter game built on an entirely new and very unconventional engine. Cube is a landscape-style engine that pretends to be an indoor FPS engine, which combines very high precision dynamic occlusion culling with a form of geometric mipmapping on the whole world for dynamic LOD for configurable fps & graphic detail on most machines.

I won’t pretend to know what all that means but I’ll give it a whirl over the weekend!
Here’s the linuxgames.com review that pointed me towards this game.

Independent consumer guide to mortgages

I switched on the radio this morning to hear Gerry Ryan mention the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority. He gave a phone number and the above URL saying they had published a guide to mortgages. Obviously I had just missed a conversation on mortgages but at least I found the guide available as a 122kb pdf document at the above URL. It looks like a good read for anyone buying a house in Ireland (and perhaps in other countries too).

Format C: on a Nokia 7650?

So I finally managed to get the “Nokia Suite” software working in Windows (it doesn’t seem to like an almost fully patched WinXP!) and I have my phone backed up over Bluetooth.
Now, how do I go about deleting 827 texts? I could go through them and pick out the ones from the ex but that would take too long, and by using p3nfs I hoped to do grep -r "ex's phone number" /mnt/psion/C:/Mail/| xargs rm -f but I don’t think p3nfs is stable enough to handle that much traffic. It certainly fell over when I tried to backup my phone using it. I’ll give it a go tomorrow, it might work! Anyway, deleting her number from my contacts is a lot easier! :)
If you know of any 7650 app for doing mass-deletes of text messages please leave a comment!
Update! Just figured out that I can “Mark All”, and I then delete the texts with a few clicks of the Option button. Sorted!

Nightime around Cork


Rushing Somewhere

Taken from the flyover by Silver Springs on Thursday night. I’m sure that drivers thought I was a speed cop with my camera mounted on the tripod pointing at traffic! Certainly, many of them were doing well over the advertised 30mph limit on that stretch of road.


The ESB transformer substations, Marina, Cork.
Power generation has had a long history in Cork!


Street Lights on the Straight Rd.

John braved the cold with me on Saturday evening to take a few memorable photos of the Lee Fields. It was very cold!

Mortgage vs Rent

Zimran has an interesting but brief analysis of the housing market in Boston. The linked article has more, including this nugget:

… shortly after 2010, housing prices in most currently hot markets are going to fall off a cliff, as boomers downsize.

I don’t expect that to happen here in Ireland at least. Has it happened already? What about the boomers of the 60s here in Ireland? They’re all living in bigger houses now!