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Some sites I found while researching an i18n project.

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Sun/Java resources

Thursday, July 15, 2004 10:21 AM EST [Link]

Online Time Wasters...

Clay Kitten Shooting
BBC Learning ...To The Rescue

Tuesday, October 28, 2003 04:35 PM EST [Link]

Nuclear power...

I'm glad to see that people are again willing to take a look at nuclear power. The industry has matured a great deal in the last 50 years and the design of the plants show it. When the plants were first created, all this was new technology, and it cost it. These newer designs show a lot of improvement.

Take a look at this mini-nuke plan. The reactor is safe because it has insufficent mass to heat up on its own. It requires a reflector to concentrate the neutrons back into the core to keep the chain-reaction going. Without the reflector, the chain-reaction stops. Nice.

The reactor also uses liquid sodium for cooling/heat-transfer. Back in the early 90s, I worked on a project for the next generation nuke plant for the DOD/DOE. One of the two competing designs was called the HTRF, high-temperature reactor facility. The designed also used liquid sodium as a moderator and coolant. The way the plant operated, if the sodium ever leaked out, the reactor would be unable to maintain the chain reaction and shuts down. I don't know if the Toshiba design described above has the same characteristics, but it probably would.

Via slashdot

Tuesday, October 21, 2003 06:04 PM EST [Link]

Fun little toy....

If a few rounds with this doesn't cheer you up, see a doctor...

Friday, October 17, 2003 11:02 AM EST [Link]

What will they discover next....

(via FoxNews) A study has found that rats like food that tastes good. They want to claim that fatty, sugary or salty food is adictive because its pleasurable to eat them....

Next they'll find that oxygen is addictive, after all, you get euphoric if you get too much and you pass out and possibly die if you try to quit....

"Just that taste of the fat will immediately release these substances into the brain and actually make us have an emotional response to the food," Kelley said.

Meaning peolple might like one food over another? People should not have emotional responses to food? I guess that we should only eat tofu, rice cakes and water. After all, we wouldn't want to take pleasure in eating....

Other studies conducted at Princeton University by Dr. Bartley G. Hoebel and colleagues, one of whom appeared in the June 2002 issue of Obesity Research, examined sugar addiction. The Obesity study found that "repeated, excessive intake of sugar" in lab rats "caused behavioral and neurochemical signs of opioid withdrawal," a state which was "similar to withdrawal from morphine or nicotine."

Massive sugar binges cause mood swings... film at 11...

Self-proclaimed fast food addict Jim Smith, 41, of Indiana -- who is obese and had to cut back on his favorite Wendy's cheeseburgers and other junk food after he nearly died of congestive heart failure -- has no problem believing the implication of the Wisconsin research. Smith said he used to eat two to three hamburgers a day, but now consumes at most one or two a week.

"It's hard. I miss it," Smith said. "I've often wondered if it was addictive. I can't just have one -- I have to have two. Same with french fries."

Why is it that pedophiles are considered mentally ill, but with food it's the restaraunts fault? After all, in both cases the guy can't help himself... If you can't beat it with will power, perhaps you need some medication. It's not the food's fault.

Monday, July 28, 2003 09:33 AM EST [Link]


A gun that can fire a million rounds a minute... wow!

Friday, July 18, 2003 08:13 PM EST [Link]


Non sequiter is consistently funny... make it a daily read...

Wednesday, June 4, 2003 03:54 PM EST [Link]

You know what they call Windows 95, don'tcha? A 32-bit patch for a 16-bit GUI shell running on top of an eight-bit operating system written for a four-bit processor by a two-bit company that can't stand one bit of competition. - Michael Swain "Swain's Flames"

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