2011 year-end link clearance

Another round of the semi-annual link clearance.

And, as always, the obligatory plug for my column in TechNet Magazine:

Comments (13)
  1. lister says:

    We already have MTV. You can have it back.

    The rotisserie chicken channel was great to stumble upon. "Ha ha! It's chicken! Rotating! On TV! Non-stop!"

  2. Mathematically it's appealing to have a TV channel which is infinite and without discontinuities.

    The fireplace channel seems to come quite close to this, especially if it's a gas fireplace.  A wood fireplace would occasionally need more wood added, which would add a minor discontinuity.

    The fish tank channel has some minor inherent discontinuities: feed the fish, remove dead fish, add new live fish, etc.

    The sunset channel and the rotisserie chicken channel worry me, though, because sunsets and roasting a chicken have an inherent finite timespan.  What happens when the sun is set, or the chickens are cooked?

  3. Joshua says:

    Unicode failed to recognize Ϟ or ϟ :(

  4. Ken says:

    I'm glad you liked the scambusting post.  The series is up to eight posts now.  Here is the index:  http://www.popehat.com/…/anatomy-of-a-scam-chapter-index

  5. Doyle and Conway don't think 2^200 exists?  I have 25 bytes over here that disagree.

    Good to see that the Angel problem has been solved, though.

  6. Anonymous Coward says:

    I might not agree with everyone who got banned on Xbox Live, but somehow you (or rather, some of the assholific mods you link to) convinced me that on second thought I don't want an Xbox.

  7. xpclient says:

    Wow something like ShapeCatcher should be built into the Windows Character Map. Windows has a lesser used shape recognition API, why not use it.

    "The Evolution of Sorting" should be titled "The Regression in Sorting" as the evil Windows Vista/7/8 STILL DON'T LET YOU DISABLE AUTO SORT/REFRESH (always on sort state) AND AUTO ARRANGE in Explorer forcing your files to get scattered on copy-paste and jump on rename or new item creation. No amount of ranting, feedback or begging will make MS fix it: social.msdn.microsoft.com/…/27314d0a-9c70-4b79-93e7-23fe60e7e374 . It is probably the single most annoying usability problem in Explorer. Whatever team worked on Vista/7 Explorer shell have no understanding of usability or was probably a bunch of interns fooling around with the file manager. They should have been fired right after Vista but are probably busy sticking a Ribbon in Windows 8 Explorer.

  8. Gabe says:

    For more detailed photos of what a liquid nitrogen tank looks like after you plug up its safety mechanisms, see the original engineering report: ucih.ucdavis.edu/…/chemistry_301a.pdf

  9. Gabe says:

    Regarding the scam investigation, one of the scammers in question is set to go on trial soon, presumably for a similar scam. His lawyer filed a motion to be relieved as counsel last week, though, so there could be more delays. I'm guessing that the guy scammed his own lawyer so now the lawyer doesn't want to have to defend him anymore.

    You can follow along at home:…/criminalcasereport.asp

  10. alegr1 says:


    Ribbon in Win8 explorer is a welcome improvement. If anything, it gives a shortcut for un-hiding the file extensions.

  11. @alegr1 says:

    You can get a shortcut for un-hiding file extensions by installing StExBar or just write your own script that toggles the reg key to show/hide extensions and stick in the background context menu by editing the registry.

  12. enkurs says:

    That Why was I banned? link kept me entertained for a full evening! Thanks!

  13. Legolas says:

    your great-uncle's name is LEMBAS?"

    Actually, yes; he invented the famous eponymous traveling bread.

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