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  • Male Bass in Potomac Producing Eggs
    10/15/2004 1:00AM
    From Washingtonpost.com:

    "MOOREFIELD, W.Va. -- The South Branch of the Potomac River is as clear as bottled water here, where it rolls over a bed of smooth stones about 230 miles upstream from Washington. But there is a mystery beneath this glassy surface."

    Read the full article over at the post.

    I've been coming across stories like this from all over the world on google news and other places. This evening there was a story on the BBC about the problem with amphibians (i.e. they're deforming in droves).

    We are so doomed.
  • Zero-emission Power Plants Proposed
    10/14/2004 3:28PM
    An article over at Slashdot;

    "Supercompact, superfast, superpowerful turbines called ZEPPS (zero-emission power plants), designed to combat global warming, could help produce the electrical power needed to keep up with 21st century demand. They would consume methane and oxygen and produce liquid carbon dioxide, which could be sequestered underground. The current electricity grid would need to be replaced by a 'supergrid' across the USA, says Jesse H. Ausubel in The Industrial Physicist. Work on such a system should start as soon as possible, since CO2 levels leaped up 2 ppm in the past two years as global warming becomes more of a reality."
  • Study Links Mobile Phones, Benign Tumors
    10/14/2004 2:40PM
    From an article over at washingtonpost.com

    "STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A new Swedish study suggests that people who use a mobile phone for at least 10 years might increase their risk of developing a rare benign tumor along a nerve on the side of the head where they hold the phone."

    I don't know about you but using the modern cellphones gives me headaches so I stay away from them ... holding gigahertz radiation sources next to my head just makes no sense to me.

  • Copying select files from one heirarchy to another
    10/13/2004 11:03AM
    Let's say you have a two directories, each with the same set of subdirectories under it such as:

    /dir1/src
    /dir1/lib
    /dir1/docs

    and

    /dir2/src
    /dir2/lib
    /dir2/docs

    A situation I run into all the time is the need to copy some files from all subdirectories in dir1 to their corresponding location in dir2 ....
    Let's say you have a two directories, each with the same set of subdirectories under it such as:

    /dir1/src
    /dir1/lib
    /dir1/docs

    and

    /dir2/src
    /dir2/lib
    /dir2/docs

    A situation I run into all the time is the need to copy some files from all subdirectories in dir1 to their corresponding location in dir2. For example let's say you want to copy over any *.txt files that reside somewhere under dir1 to the corresponding location under dir2, you can do this using the find command as in:

    $ cd dir1
    $ find . -name "*.txt" -exec cp {} /dir2/{} ;

    This command says,
    • find all files
    • starting in the current directory
    • that have a filename ending in .txt
    • and for each file a copy the file to the same location in /dir2/
    In the case of a file such as /dir1/src/README.txt, the {} would get expanded to ./src/README so the cp would get expanded to

    cp ./src/README.txt /dir2/./src/README.txt



  • FCC is promoting Digital TV?
    10/13/2004 5:28AM

    Check this out:


    Coalition Asks Congress to Stop the FCC from Hawking Digital TV Sets
    October 7, 2004

    Commercial Alert, children's advocates and media experts sent letters today to all members of the U.S. Senate and House appropriations and commerce committees, asking them to cut off funding for the Federal Communications Commission's campaign to prod Americans to buy digital television sets.
    Well, I agree. It's not the FCC's place to tell people what to buy, and the forced move toward digital TV is pretty silly. I think they just want to be able to resell the broadcast TV frequency spectrum.