Rik's Ramblings

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wi-Fi said to nuke sperm

Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of a sequence of events which, whilst surfing the internet, would result in my sperm getting on the computer. But apparently, if it does happen, your sperm don't like it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More video conversion bullarcy - MOV files to AVI for windows media player playback

Note to self: This was a good batch file for converting from MOV to AVI

if "%1" == "" goto noinfile
if "%2" == "" goto nooutfile

mencoder %1 -alang en -vf scale -zoom -xy 480 \
   -o c:\temp\%2.avi \
   -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=msmpeg4v2 \
   -oac lavc -lavcopts acodec=mp2

copy c:\temp\%2.avi  "c:\test_editstudio\%2.avi"



It presumes you have mencoder present in your working directory. But that's a given for me. I never leave home without copies of mencoder and VLC.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Hitch a ride ...

Animation of the trajectory for asteroid 2005 YU55 - November 8-9, 2011
See: NASA Asteroid and Comet Watch

This would have been a great opportunity to hitch a ride on an asteroid. The darn thing was only a "couple of miles" away when it went by. And we've known it was coming for a while too.

Someone should have launched a probe that would get trapped in it's orbit and follow the blighter into deep space. Let's see where it's going.

Friday, November 04, 2011

// temp kludge until bug XYZ gets resolved

I love code comments like this:
// temp kludge until TI bug gets resolved:

Comments like that guarantee that no one will ever dare to change the line that follows the comment.

Free Money From Apple

I love class action law suits! Especially ones you can join via the interweb.

Use the link below to get some money out of Apple. Most of it will go to some troll lawyer of course, but you'll get a dribble for yourself.

Just click the link below and pretent you bought whatever it was from Apple.


If you purchased an Apple iTunes gift card, you could get benefits under a class action settlement.

A proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit could affect you if you purchased an Apple iTunes gift card and the card or packaging to which it was attached contained language that “songs are 99¢” or other language indicating that songs are priced at 99¢ (referred to as a “99¢ iTunes gift card” in the rest of this Notice).

The settlement will provide you a $3.25 iTunes Store credit if you purchased or received a 99¢ iTunes gift card and used it to purchase one or more $1.29 songs from the iTunes Store on or before May 10, 2010.

Feel free to lie. After all, you're only lying to a weasely, money grabbing, bastard lawyer. No one will get hurt!

Legal Disclaimer: I did not falsify any claims in connection with the above mentioned class action lawsuit. Please don't lie to lawyers, they probably did make it illegal. Lawyers are professionals, they lie all the time, and are trained to do so and as so don't get hurt when they lie, but they will probably guarantee you do if you lie to them.