Aufgedeckt! Wetterfrosch in Insidergeschäfte verwickelt


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Aufgedeckt! Wetterfrosch in Insidergeschäfte verwickelt

Schöne, neue Medienwelt: Seit einigen Tagen kursieren im Web Gerüchte, laut denen Thomas Bucheli an Insidergeschäften beteiligt sein soll. DRS 3 hat den Wettermann mit den nicht ganz ernst gemeinten Vorwürfen zum «Pneugate» konfrontiert und sucht mit Hocheifer nach dem Whistleblower. Sachdienliche Hinweise werden via Mail ins Studio entgegengenommen.

Thomas Bucheli weht momentan ein strenger Wind ins Gesicht. (SF)

Hier das betreffende Mail im Wortlaut:

«Gemäss unabhängigen Quellen soll ein Informant den SRG-Generaldirektor Roger de Weck darüber ins Bild gesetzt haben, dass SF-Meteorologe Thomas Bucheli an einem hochbrisanten Insiderdeal beteiligt gewesen sein soll. Konkret geht es darum, dass Buchelis Frau Mitte Dezember in einem Pneuhaus in Zürich-Altstetten neue Winterreifen gekauft haben soll, und zwar genau einen Tag bevor es zum ersten mal bis ins Flachland geschneit hat.

Dieser Reifenhandel wirft natürlich viele Fragen auf. Hat Buchelis Frau vom bevorstehenden Schneefall gewusst? Hat Thomas Bucheli selbst den Reifendeal eingefädelt? Wer hat alles von der ganzen Sache profitiert? Eines ist auf jeden Fall klar: Die Sache stinkt zum Himmel!

Höchst pikant ist, dass der Informant (ein Hilfsarbeiter des Pneuhauses) mit seinen Beweisen zuerst zum obersten Muotathaler Wetterfrosch Hans-Heiri Tresch (ein seit Jahren vehementer Kritiker von Bucheli) ging, und dieser wiederum spielte die «Reifenakte» der «Weltwoche» und danach Roger de Weck zu. Was wiederum die Schlussfolgerung zulässt, dass sich Hans-Heiri Tresch den Moderationsposten auf dem Dach im Studio Leutschenbach unter den Nagel reissen will. Da Tresch im Moment «in der Zeit des Schweigens» ist, war keine Stellungnahme von ihm zu erhalten. Thomas Bucheli seinerseits weist alle gegen ihn erhobenen Vorwürfe vehement zurück.»

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Atlassian Saves Developer Lives with Aperture Portal Device | Atlassian Blogs


Science tells us that when a software developer goes head to head with a moving car, the car wins.  This is getting expensive for us, and so the lab boys have come up with a better way.

We’ve installed portals in our two office locations in Sydney here at the Atlassian Software Enrichment Centre, saving our staff many exhilarating but risky street-crossings every day. The portals allow staff to have ad-hoc meetings and conversations by transmitting light and sound.

Physical objects do not appear to transmit successfully, however: So far we’ve tried to send through a variety of items including beer, hula skirts, companion cubes and technical writers.  Most of the beer has been recovered, but if anyone sees a dazed-looking technical writer please let us know.

So how did all this happen?

Atlassian is growing…fast.  We expanded into a new floor and I was given the challenge of making it feel more Atlassian.  I wanted to make something decorative, but also functional.  Keeping the company connected becomes more challenging the bigger we grow, we span multiple buildings so some teams can go days without seeing each other.  Staff do chat through Instant Messaging (IM) frequently, but people communicate more effectively when they are face-to-face.  We utilise video conferencing units in our meeting rooms, but these are booked in advance and don’t really allow for a more social “spur of the moment” interaction.  I thought…wouldn’t it be cool if people could say ‘let’s meet at the portal’ over IM and have an A/V bridge ready to go, with no need to dial or answer or deal with an interface – just walk up and talk.  On top of that, you even have the chance of walking past the portal and seeing someone on the other side who you can then have a quick chat with on your way to grab a beer.  The goal really was for it to be as seamless as possible.

For those of you who don’t know the games, I recommend you watch this introductory video.  The basic concept is this; you are a test subject navigating through puzzles of increasing difficulty.  You have a portal device which is capable of shooting one blue and one orange portal onto two different walls which then link together.  You can then pass through the portal to go from one place to another, or transfer objects through in the same manner.  We named some of our meeting rooms after characters in the game and we also had some test chamber warning stickers made with our mascot Charlie in place of the traditional stick figure.


How does it work?

The wall itself is made of wood and has a back hatch.  Inside is a 42″ TV mounted in portrait orientation, a Mac Mini connected through HDMI, a set of PC speakers running off the audio jack on the Mac Mini and a rope LED light with RGB controls to make the portal any colour (one is set to blue, one to orange).  On the right hand side of the TV is a hole with a web camera showing through.  By having the web camera and TV both mounted in portrait orientation there was no need to play around with rotation display settings in the OS itself.  For the A/V side of things, we are just running FaceTime in full-screen mode.  To maintain the illusion of the portal, we ensured that the preview video of the near side is covered by the oval cut-out in the wall itself.

To conserve power when people are not in the office, we use the Energy Saver ‘schedule’ feature in Mac OS X.  This allows you to select a time to have the Mac Mini power on every day, and you can select to have it not power on over the weekend.

What’s next?

Some of our developers have started looking at ways to hack it to integrate with Xbox Kinect with one idea being to swipe between video feeds of our different offices, and they are looking at using our FedEx days to do it.

Our founder has recommended some pranks that could be played with the portals, including the common heist movie trick of syncing up a video stream on one of the portals showing the same person walking past in a different location.

We’re looking for other creative or amusing uses of the portals, let us know your ideas in the comments!



Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future


Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future

A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.

The LHC successfully collided particles at record force earlier this week, a milestone Mr Cole was attempting to disrupt by stopping supplies of Mountain Dew to the experiment's vending machines. He also claimed responsibility for the infamous baguette sabotage in November last year.

Mr Cole was seized by Swiss police after CERN security guards spotted him rooting around in bins. He explained that he was looking for fuel for his 'time machine power unit', a device that resembled a kitchen blender.

Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. "Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening."

This isn't the first time time-travel has been blamed for mishaps at the LHC. Last year, the Japanese physicist Masao Ninomiya and Danish string-theory pioneer Holger Bech Nielsen put forward the hypothesis that the Higgs boson was so "abhorrent" that it somehow caused a ripple in time that prevented its own discovery.

Professor Brian Cox, a CERN physicist and full-time rock'n'roll TV scientist, was sympathetic to Mr Cole. "Bless him, he sounds harmless enough. At least he didn't mention bloody black holes."

Mr Cole was taken to a secure mental health facility in Geneva but later disappeared from his cell. Police are baffled, but not that bothered. Günther Hetzerss Rezension von Wenger Schweizer Offiziersmesser Giant Mes...

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Ich besitze dieses Stück seit etwa einem Jahr und habe es seitdem täglich bei mir. Bei der Bestellung sollte man allerdings darauf achten, dass man mit der Schwerlast-Spedition ausmacht, wohin sie es liefern. Bei mir haben sie es einfach in den Garten gegestellt, Gartenhäuschen und Zaun waren gleich ruiniert.

Vom Handling her ist es echt gut. Allerdings muss man auch einige Kompromisse eingehen, aufgrund der Kompaktheit - So ist bei mir der Ubahntunnelbohrer bei auftretenden Starkgeröll gerne mal aus der Verankerung gesprungen. Außerdem hätte ich mir gerne auch einen variablen Bohrkopf gewünscht. 6,35 M Durchmesser für das Loch ist nunmal knapp bemessen dafür.

Mit dem Spiegelteleskop bin ich auch nicht zufrieden. Statt einer in dem Handbuch versprochenen Sichtweite von 8 Mrd Lichtjahren ist aufgrund der kompakten Bauweise des Spiegels (5 m Durchmesser) grade mal 5,5 Mrd Lichtjahre möglich. Ein Anruf beim Service brachte keine klarheit - Stattdessen wurden mir Bedienfehler unterstellt.

Die mobile Disco ist allerdings ein Highlight - Die 16 2000-Watt-Boxen sind perfekt auf den bis zu 500 Leute fassenden Saal abgestimmt. Einzig die Brandschutzmaßnahmen sind nicht ganz okay. Die 700 Discolichter sind nicht GS-Geprüft und die Notausgänge nicht gut ausgeschildert. Da sollte der Hersteller nachbessern.

Der Pizza-Steinofen ist recht solide gemacht, nur der Dunstabzug hätte bei bis zu 12 Pizzen gleichzeitig etwas großzügiger ausfallen können.

Sehr gut finde ich die mobile Bushaltestelle. Das aufstellen vor der Haustür erspart mir viel Laufarbeit und der Bus fährt nie wieder einfach nur vorbei.

Die Spaghettigabel allerdings ist erkennbar zuguttenbergt worden und orientiert sich deutlich am gleichnahmigen Yps-Gimmik inklusive gleicher Macken. Das geht deutlich besser.

Der begehbahre Bierkühlschrank ist natürlich ein Zugeständnis an die Männerwelt. Und ja, er ist großartig!!! Einzig die zu kleine LKW-Zufahrtsrampe stört den Genuß, wenn er mal leer ist.

Der Zeppelin ist ein empfehlenswertes Feature und ich kann jeden raten den statt den Heißluftballon zu bestellen - Aufgrund des hohen Eigengewichts des Giant kommt der Ballon bei einer Zuladung von 6 Leuten sehr ins schwitzen und die Gasbuddel ist schnell aufgebraucht. Das geht mit dem Zeppelin wesentlich besser.

Ansonsten fehlt mir noch eine eingebaute Atomuhr. Das hat die Konkurrenz schon längst. Wer mit den genannten Schwächen leben kann, den kann ich ansonsten dieses gute Stück wärmstens ans Herz legen!
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The 10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts


The 10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts

When asked to name one of the great things about our network, I have to say it’s our fiber footprint.  With over 57,000 miles of intercity and 27,000 miles of metro fiber, our footprint is a grand design of both buried and aerial paths.  It makes us unique, but with that also comes one of the worst things about our network, and that is the different types of damage we see to our fiber plant.  From errant excavators to crazed squirrels, there are so many different ways to wreak havoc on our network, it boggles the imagination!

While I was watching Letterman’s “Top Ten” reasons the government cannot agree on resolving the debt ceiling crisis, I started thinking.  Over the years I have seen fiber cuts that range from frustrating to downright bizarre. And just when I think I’ve seen it all, I am rudely reminded that anything can happen, and typically does.  So allow me to present my top ten most annoying and bizarre causes of fiber cuts (with real photos from my team):

  1. The biggest pain and the most common cause of fiber cuts come from construction companies and excavators that don’t call before they dig!  One time we had an outage in California where the excavation company had dug a trench and found a steel pipe about 4 feet underground.  Now, you would think that they would have called someone and tried to make sure they weren’t cutting into something dangerous like gas or oil, but no.  They jumped down in the trench with a saw and cut through the pipe and into our fiber!  What a group of Einsteins!
  2. While we can try to reason with humans and publicize our underground cable, there is nothing we can do about our next biggest pain in the rear, and that’s squirrels!  Of all the animals in the whole world, almost all of our animal damage comes from this furry little nut eater.  Squirrel chews account for a whopping 17% of our damages so far this year!  But let me add that it is down from 28% just last year and it continues to decrease since we added cable guards to our plant.  Honestly,   I don’t understand what the big attraction is or why they feel compelled to gnaw through cables.  Our guys in the field have given this some thought and jokingly suspect the cable manufacturers of using peanut oil in the sheathing.  If you have any new ideas on how we can combat these wayward rodents, I’d love to hear from you.  We are always looking for ways to improve.

  3. Our next biggest offender would have to be Mother Nature and her extreme weather conditions.  I could fill 10 pages with stories from the hurricanes, mud slides and ice storms we’ve had to deal with.  One incident that sticks out in my mind was during mud slides in Utah a few years back.  We were trying to repair a cable across a ravine that was literally over a quarter of a mile wide and filled with raging water.  Every piece of equipment and truck we had was stuck in mud up to the axels.  We launched a couple of Sea-doos and a boat to try and pull the cable across the ravine to make the repairs, but no luck.  We finally had to shoot the cable across with a line gun.  We got the job done and luckily no one was hurt. But it was pretty scary.

  4. Speaking of big trucks, vehicle damage is another one we have to contend with.  From people running into telephone poles to truckers underestimating the height of their rigs – it’s all part of the problem.  One time in Pennsylvania a trucker got lost and accidently turned down a residential street.  His rig got tangled up in a mess of overhead phone cables.  But that didn’t stop him!  He kept pushing forward until his rig was tied up like a Christmas present.  He was dragging a 20 foot section of broken telephone pole down the street before he stopped to see what was impeding his progress.  Future DOT Instructor??

  5. Putting phone cables and electrical cables on the same pole can be convenient, but it can sometimes cause an outage by default.  Such was the case in Boise, Idaho when strong winds during a dust storm blew down one telephone pole.  The stress on the cable pulled down a second pole, then a third, until 19 poles were lying on the ground.  But that’s not what caused the outage.  Our cable was down, but still intact, until one of the poles sent an arc of electricity that started a grass fire which melted the fiber.  Our guys repaired the cable while airplanes flew overhead dumping fire retardant to battle the blazes. Incoming!

  6. One of the dumbest reasons I can think of for an outage is downright vandalism.  It doesn’t happen all that often, but it certainly happens more often than it should.  People sometimes cut the fiber thinking it has value and can be sold in pieces.  Or they vandalize it in other ways.  We can attribute about 7% of our annual outages to people using our fiber cable for gun practice.  More often than not, it happens in the rough parts of town. Making the repairs usually requires that we dispatch a couple of body guards with our techs, just to keep everyone out of harm’s way.  By the way – it’s not copper!

  7. Everything I’ve mentioned so far can be considered all in a day’s work. But every now and then I hear about something so out of the norm that I just want to say “What? Are you kidding me??”  Such was the case with a recent outage in California.  A small airplane was attempting to land at the Burbank International Airport and overshot the runway and crashed in a residential area.  It clipped the poles that our aerial fiber was attached to, causing everything to come down.   No one was killed.  But I wouldn’t want to fly with that guy!

  8. And earlier this year, there was an ice storm in Chalfont, Pennsylvania that brought down some tree limbs.  The limbs fell onto the PECO Electric utility primary power which crossed into the communications space.   The cable caught on fire in multiple places while suspended in the air and surrounded by ice covered limbs.  Fire and ice!
  9. You never know what to expect during natural disasters.  I would go up against a squirrel any day rather than encounter some of the other creatures that are unearthed during a hurricane. Alligators, snakes and sharks are all creatures you don’t ever want to encounter on a fiber cut.  But sometimes it happens.  For example, during the cleanup efforts after hurricane Katrina, one of our field managers was about 2 miles inland when he spotted a three foot long shark in one of the trenches beside our fiber.  That is probably the craziest animal encounter we’ve had in the field to date!

  10. Lastly, never under estimate a Southern gentleman with a backhoe and a shotgun.  Remember how I feel about vandalism?  Well I’ve saved the best for last.  There was a landowner whose property stretched across the border between Georgia and Florida.  He was mad at Florida DOT because he didn’t get enough money when they purchased the right-of-way to widen the highway that cut through his property.  Level 3 had fiber in the right-of-way, so he was mad at us too.   One day he decided on revenge, so he jumped onto his backhoe and drove across the state line from Georgia to Florida, right up to the edge of the ROW and dug a 2 foot wide by 10 foot long trench.  He then got down in the hole and cut the fiber and the ducts.   Then he moved 15 feet south and dug a second trench until he found more fiber and ducts and cut them in a second location.When our field techs got on the scene, Mr. Landowner was waiting on them with his 12 gauge shotgun!   He refused to let anyone repair the fiber on threat of death!  When law enforcement arrived, Mr. Landowner had moved back over to the Georgia side and claimed he had no idea how the damage had been done.  He was out of their jurisdiction.  There were no witnesses, and all the law enforcement could do was talk to him and try to get him to confess.  At least we were able to repair the damage.  But during the conversation with the law, Mr. Landowner spewed anger and said he was going to come back tomorrow and cut the fiber again.  Well, that was admission of intent to commit a crime and the rules of jurisdiction didn’t apply anymore.  Ha!  He was arrested and we were able to see frontline justice after all.

During all of this, natural disasters, impossible odds, wild animals and angry landowners, I am thankful that I have a team of experienced professionals who are willing to get down into the trenches, make the necessary repairs and restore service fast.  No matter what they encounter, this team can handle it.

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    Pyramid Denials — The Pylons Project Documentation Site


    A number of parties have promulgated a certain amount of misinformation regarding the Pyramid project. We would like to officially put to rest some of the wild rumors and extravagant myths that have been circulating in board rooms and chat rooms around the world.

    • Pyramid is not built by aliens.
    • These aliens are not telepathic. They do not look like human babies.
    • Pyramid was not conceived of inside of a pyramid.
    • The pyramid is not black. It does not shoot a beam of light out of its top.
    • That beam of light is not a communications link to a more massive black pyramid that is orbiting the earth.
    • This space pyramid, as it were, does not use light bending technology to make itself invisible.
    • The Pyramid developers are not members of a shadow government.
    • Neither are they performing experiments on the dark side of the moon, where they can work unobserved.
    • The Pyramid developers do not worship an ancient crocodile god.
    • The source code for Pyramid is not over 5,000 years old.
    • The source code for Pyramid was not discovered carved into stone tablets in the Karnak temple complex. It was not translated to Python from hieroglyphs.
    • The Pyramid developers do not have a giant, magic eye they use to spy on their enemies.

    We hope that these denials are sufficient to put to rest some of the wild speculation that has been circulating about the Pyramid project. We’re not sure where people get such wild ideas. We hope that people will refrain from spreading such slanderous lies in the future.

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