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patch_bunny pointed out an MST3K-style parody of Dark Dungeons, a Chick tract. ^_^;

I can think of a couple folks who might enjoy CBBC's Husky Racers Flash game.. ^_^ (Thanks to sockscatt)

Here's a fascinating look into a most unusual car factory in Dresden.

Phallic snow! 'Many scholars, of course, trace the origin of the modern-day yule log to ancient pagan totems to virility and sun-god worship. Is that what Sherer was going for?

"We just did it because we were really bored, and we thought it'd be funny." she said. "It was huge."'

And on that note, this posting in animaloptica. Probably not work-safe. ^_^ [Edit: link's dead, and after only a couple hours..]

So, I need to come up with a new word for the English language; one expressing calm acceptance that nothing you can do will, at that moment, be helpful, whilst also expressing many old Anglo-Saxon epithets. The cause? Last weekend, Hyzenthlay took a nice little fall from a table onto a hardwood floor. As it was falling, I couldn't really grab it without probably killing the screen.. so, in bullet-time, I had to wait for entropy to settle down.

Mercifully, I can confirm the current PowerBooks are quite durable; no visible sign that anything had happened - aside from a cracked case, belonging to the tiny printer server the display casing met on the floor.

SCO continues to wither, reporting revenue of $36m for this year, down from $42.8m previously - although their diminishing scale did buy a smaller net loss, $10.7m, compared to $16.2m last year. I did like Darl's comment that "Additionally, with the closing of our $10 million private placement in November 2005, we are confident that we will be able to execute on our business strategies and see our litigation through to its conclusion", as if the two were distinct. ^_^

The wonderful world of politics manages to make a pig's ear of yet another bright, hopeful proposal, this time San Francisco's aim of city-wide WiFi. Essentially, all requirements have more or less been dropped, including speed, coverage, security, and privacy policy. And whatever decision is made will be on a long-term basis, akin to the magic that that's brought to the city's cable service.

I think this TV spot (10.8MB) is one of the more gently amusing ones turned out by a.. well, guess what/who they're advertising before the logo appears. ^_^

In other thrilling news, it looks like I need to lay my paws on something running Windows XP, offering at least one PCI slot. (The key here is the PCI slot, and an unexpectedly missing, tiny, awkward to source, and doubleminuscheap piece of interface hardware, which was fine hanging off one of Hyzenthlay's USB, under Virtual PC. I doubt it offers the required SSE3 emulation, but it'd be fun to try running OS X Intel within it..)
Wow. That's some factory. I find it hard to see how they're generating a profit given their production rates vs. what that factory must have cost.
Well, it's for a fairly high-end vehicle, so that should take care of much of the overheads - plus, I dare say the company's learning a fair bit from the processes involved, for deployment elsewhere. I think I'll have to look into it a bit further - maybe even take the tour in the Spring, if things work out.
The animaloptica post seems to be gone.
Oh, poo! Indeed so.. and I didn't save a copy of it, either. :-P (That was quick! The posting only appeared a couple hours before this entry)
Might it still be hiding in your cache?
Sadly, no.. presumably my visit to verify its disappearance flushed the original in the process. :-P (Maybe I should set up a caching proxy here, separate from any browser, deliberately to maintain something like a day's complete history; OmniWeb's a bit too good at keeping the cache as small as required, even below the limit set in the preferences)
Well, vmware will do SSE3 if your CPU does.
Also there is a SSE2 only patch for SSE2 CPUs for OS X
I need to check what VPC emulates - if there's any SIMD supported at all. If I can lay my paws on a cheap PC with a suitable processor, I'd definitely have to give it a try. ^_^ (Hyzenthlay uses an MPC7447A v1.3, so it has no problems with OS X. *grin* Really quite a nice processor, actually - Altivec does a very nice job indeed, with the whole offering desktop performance with laptop power consumption. Still, Yonah sounds like it should be worth waiting for, even if SSE3's necessarily somewhat hobbled by comparison, until such time as IA-32 can be forgotten, and the internal power fully exposed)
Yeah, yonah looks like it's going to kick ass. I've seen some of the early benchmarks and in most cases it matches/beats athlon64s of the same clock speed.

Yonah should be better on power consumption as well, especially over the athlon64.

But if you want a cheap OS X PC, you could get a sempron, although you might want to check the supported hardware for the hacked version first. ;)
Interestingly, I just found out that my new notebook's Pentium 4 CPU (non-M/Centrino - no wimpy power-saving CPU for me ;) includes AMD's 64-bit extensions. Imagine that, Intel cloning from AMD! Even a friend who deals with server specs in his job didn't know that Intel made 64-bit capable processors for notebooks yet. Kind of like finding a extra prize inside. :)

Now to see if I can get an eval of Intel's latest compiler and see what joy EM64T and hyperthreading yields. ;)
Well, I did notice Intel C++ 9.0 kicking around someplace or other..

I'd love to see what AMD could do if they weren't bent on IA-32 and mild variants. They've undoubtedly got some great talent there, and an impressive pedigree - the AMD7910, f'rex, was the first DSP-based modem chip, offering v.21 and v.23 on a single device, with no need for discrete filtering. Come to think of it, didn't AMD offer some bit-slice processors at one point?

Have you run any benchmarks on the laptop yet? I'm curious to see how it performs on things like MPEG-4 compression. Just how do a 1.67GHz MPC7447A and a 3.2GHz P4 compare?
Not really a reply to your current post, but I noticed you replied to foxymoonheart's LJ entry about Second Life, if you refer my character I would actually help you to get a custom Avatar. My SL username is Sandy Hedges
Mmm.. ! I might just take you up on that. ^_^ (Of course, I should probably check if the client runs acceptably - my understanding is SL's rendering engine is somewhat on the slow side)