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Archive for August 22nd, 2008

hyperbole and journalism

“The quartet smashed the previous world mark of 37.40…by a huge margin to set a new benchmark of 37.10.” [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/athletics/7576737.stm BBC] “smash Michael Johnson’s mark of 19.32….” (with 19.30) [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/athletics/7572131.stm BBC] Dear BBC, please educate your journalists – 0.8% faster and 0.1% faster are not worthy of those statements. By comparison the [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/athletics/7565203.stm 100m] report [...]

SW RAID weirdness

Yesterday a disk dropped out of my RAID array at home: ata3.00: exception Emask 0×10 SAct 0×0 SErr 0×4050000 action 0xe frozen ata3.00: irq_stat 0×00000040, connection status changed ata3: SError: { PHYRdyChg CommWake DevExch } ata3.00: cmd ea/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 tag 0 res 40/00:04:14:d6:42/00:00:25:00:00/40 Emask 0×10 (ATA bus error) ata3.00: status: { DRDY } ata3: hard resetting [...]