Archive for October, 2007

And now: dramatic whitespace

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Dramatic Whitespace

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Great World Wide Star Count

Friday, October 5th, 2007

I’ve done my star counting. Now I know where the Summer Triangle is, as well as the Northern Cross. The point of the star count is to try to build a map of light pollution; but really, there’s no need for an excuse to look up at the stars for quarter of an hour in the evening.

HPLIP device permissions with ConsoleKit

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

preferences-systemFedora 8 will use ConsoleKit instead of pam_console for granting console users access to attached devices. Here is how ConsoleKit is used in the Fedora HPLIP package to grant access to both console users and the system print spooler.

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Royal Mail strike

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

2nd classToday the Royal Mail have asked us all not to use post boxes so as to avoid backlogs when the strikes are over. There will be no deliveries until next Thursday. My question: since it was privatised, and mail delivery has been opened up for competition, why does this affect me? Why can’t I just post a letter in a post box belonging to some Royal Mail rival?

UPDATE: Royal Mail was not privatised, but postal delivery was opened up to competition except for the last mile.

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