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DaveNet: Sept 26 in SF.

Seybold site: How to enter your vision. "Please edit your vision off-line and post it to the companion mail list where it can be discussed with other people who are interested in the future."

LinuxToday: Netscape lays off Mozilla Chief Lizard Wrangler. I met Mitchell Baker at the open source summit in July, and she gave a great speech in the Craig Mundie debate.

IEEE Spectrum: An Engineer's View of Venture Capitalists.

NY Times: "Cookies changed the Web from a place of discontinuous visits into a rich environment in which to shop, to play even, for some people, to live."

James Hong is one of the panelists at Seybold.

Press release: "Exodus Communications today announced the appointment of L. William Krause, a member of the Exodus Board of Directors since June 2000, as chairman and CEO, succeeding Ellen M. Hancock who has resigned."

I know both Hancock and Krause from work with and around Apple in the 90s. We worked with Krause's company, Storm Technology, on scripting interfaces for graphics processing software; and Hancock was a source of intelligence and maturity at Apple of the mid-90s. We also host at Exodus, and wish the new management much success, and offer best wishes to Hancock for a smooth landing.

NY Times: Hewlett-Packard to Acquire Compaq. "Hewlett-Packard and Compaq said the merged company would be in a position to compete with IBM across virtually its entire product line."

Register: "HP is essentially buying red ink, and a whole heap of trouble."

Chris Cook: The Broadcast Web. "If digital TV broadcast instead of a TV channel the data encapsulated in a website the effect would be a stupendous increase in data dissemination."

Tonight I'm writing code, just took a break and did a few laps. Swimming is the closest thing to flying. I can dive and surface just like the birds do in the air. By September, after swimming pretty much every day this summer, it feels really natural, but it's sad that swimming season will be over soon. The nights are already getting chilly. Hot nights means the pool stays warm. Cool nights, the opposite.

Strange technical dream last night. Poking around the source of a popular scripting environment, a Scripting News reader found an optimization that got a lot of people thinking. In a critical piece of code that's executed a lot, they found that C, the speed of light, was being saved, squared, then the code would execute, and before returning, the original value was restored. This optimization had been in place for a few years, with no clear adverse effects on the universe. But what if one of the CPUs failed before the value was restored? A debate on Hack-the-Planet ensued.

Pseudo-code that illustrates the optimization. (There would need to be a semaphore around the optimization.)

Hey my strange technical dream tickled some funny bones at O'Reilly. Coool.

     

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