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Cognac and brandy: what is the difference?
Cognac is brandy from the Cognac region, made of grapes from six specific sub-regions.
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Will We Ever Get To Learn Nepali?
Not yet :-( But it includes links to many existing resources.
language  learning  nepali  nepal 
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The Origin of the Shell
Then in 64 came the Multics design time, in which I was not much involved, because I had made it clear I wanted to return to France in mid 65. However, this idea of using commands somehow like a programming language was still in the back of my mind. Christopher Strachey, a British scientist, had visited MIT about that time, and his macro-generator design appeared to me a very solid base for a command language, in particular the techniques for quoting and passing arguments. Without being invited on the subject, I wrote a paper explaining how the Multics command language could be designed with this objective. And I coined the word "shell" to name it. It must have been at the end of 64 or beginning of 65.
computers  programming  history  operatingsystems  shell 
2 days ago
Cup Quarter Trick - Evacuating Your Home
Put the water in the freezer until it's frozen solid. Then, take it out, and put a quarter on top of the ice. Return the cup—with the quarter—back to the freezer. When you return, if you find the quarter has moved to the bottom of the cup, then you'll know your food was unrefrigerated while you were gone and it's no longer safe to eat. Found the quarter in the middle? The food is likely still okay, but, as Sheila advises, "If you don't feel good about your food, just throw it out."
lifehacks  disaster  ice 
3 days ago
random-choose.md · GitHub
Select k sorted distinct natural numbers less than n, fairly among all the ways of doing so. By Ciphergoth (Paul Crowley)
algorithms  maths  computers  programming  python 
3 days ago
A Hidden Resource - Futility Closet
Print scales on the reverse edges of maps, so you can measure distances by turning up a corner
maps 
3 days ago
What if we had a warp drive? – Piekniewski's blog
Milky Way is probably 100-180 thousand light years across. Which means that with our "warp-capable" ship at maximal velocity of stunning 1ly/h (almost nine thousand times faster than light!!!) it would take 11-20 years to fly across the Milky Way one way! At that velocity the Andromeda galaxy would still be prohibitive 228 years of travel away. It would however only take 2.5 months to travel the galactic disk across the thinner axis.
space  sf  startrek  astronomy 
3 days ago
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Ch 19 Page 114: Sustainable Energy - without the hot air | David MacKay
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UKH Articles - You Don't Always Need All The Gear
For each item, you either have it or you don't, and hence the question 'am I fully equipped?' is far easier to quantify than 'am I acting appropriately with respect to my limits?'
mountains  outdoors  Gear  maps  navigation  safety 
6 days ago
Soyuz 7K-ST No. 16L - Wikipedia
The launch control team activated the escape system but the control cables had already burned through, and the Soyuz crew could not activate or control the escape system themselves. The backup radio command to fire the LES required 2 independent operators receive separate commands to do so and each act within 5 seconds, which took several seconds to occur... the escape system motor fired... with an acceleration of 14 to 17g (137 to 167 m/s²) for five seconds... Upon being greeted by recovery crews, they immediately asked for cigarettes to steady their nerves. The cosmonauts were then given shots of vodka to help them relax.
space  rockets  russia  fire  safety  drink 
7 days ago
The Phantom Duo - The Daily WTF
For most people, such a story would elicit a chuckle and a hmph, I didn’t realize MRI machines could explode. But for those who work closely with MRI machines, the knee-jerk reaction is please don’t let it be our MRI and please don’t let it be our fault .
computers  programming  debugging  medicine  explosives 
7 days ago
Ned Batchelder: Print this file, your printer will jam
In the case of the bug report file, the page took longer than three seconds, but only slightly longer, so not only did the drum have to stop, but it hadn’t quite totally stopped before it was started again. That mechanical edge case is what made the printer jam. The file had pages that took just the right amount of time to hit a bad timing window in the drive train firmware, and the printer jammed every time. Once the hardware guys adjusted the firmware, the problem went away.
computers  debugging 
7 days ago
Melting Gold, and Organizational Capacity - LessWrong 2.0
If you are not building organizational capacity, you are burning it. Burnout looks like gold melting: nothing apparent happens until a critical temperature is reached, and then it melts in seconds.
organisation  volunteering  mentalhealth  opensource  rationality 
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