Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Girl with a one-track mind

Girl With A One-Track Mind is a blog by Abby Lee (pen name of Zoe Margolis, born 1973), in which the author writes in detail about her life as a sexually active young woman in London. The blog has won praise for its keen psychological insights into male and female sexuality, as well as for the author's earthy humour. It claims over 100,000 readers a month, and won the "Best British or Irish Blog" award at the 2006 Bloggies.

In August 2006, Lee published the text of the blog as a book with the same name. It was published by Ebury Press on 3 August 2006 (ISBN 0-09-191240-7) and immediately entered the British best seller lists. British news reports claimed it attracted a "six figure" (pounds) advance.

Soon after the book was published, the Sunday Times published an article which revealed the identity of the author as Zoe Margolis, an assistant film producer. Margolis was traumatised by the identification [1] and went into hiding. She continues, however, to write the blog.

[Source: wikipedia]

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Crane Felt Down in St. Petersburg

In St.Petersburg a construction crane crushed the near-standing building, making a big hole in the walls of the apartments, like the knife easily penetrates through the butter. Cranes fall down in Russia pretty often, the development companies often try to save on construction costs violating security requirements while building.

[Source: englishrussia]

Italian teacher cuts off noisy kid's tongue

An Italian teacher has been suspended by her school in Milan after cutting off the tongue of a lively 7-year-old child with a pair of scissors, daily Corriere della Sera reported Tuesday.

The boy has since had his tongue stitched back but is afraid to go back to school. His parents say he suffers nightmares and runs away whenever he sees a knife. They are now suing the school for damages.

The incident took place a week ago but was only reported on Tuesday.

According to Corriere, the 22-year-old substitute teacher threatened the child twice with a pair of scissors before actually chopping it off.

'Pull out your tongue. I'll cut it, and you'll no longer talk,' she was quoted as telling the child.

The teacher, who has only been identified by her initials R S, has since apologized, claiming it was an accident.

The school's principal, Anna Maria Dominici, has suspended the teacher and ordered an investigation, saying her conduct could in no way be excused.

[Source: monstersandcritics]

Why RAID is (usually) a Terrible Idea

What is the Problem?

So what do I have against RAID? I have no problem with the concept. The problem is that for 90% of the people out there, it isn't a good idea. Since high end enthusiast machines are some of our most common builds here at Puget, we frequently are asked to build machines with RAID when it doesn't make sense. I am here to say that those RAID configurations account for a very large portion of our support tickets, and are one of the biggest sources of frustration for our customers. I can also tell you that "I told you so" is not a very comforting reply from our support staff! Don't worry, that's not what we say (but there are times when we sure do think it!). That is the root of my problem with RAID -- I see the frustrations it causes all the time. When I weigh that against the benefits of RAID, I just can't recommend it except in very select cases.

The underlying problem with RAID is the fact that by using it, you are making your computer significantly more complicated. Not only are you now relying on two hard drives to work properly, but you are also relying on a much more complicated controller (the RAID controller). If any one of those items has a problem, the array fails. If one hard drive has a problem even for a moment, you have a degraded array on your hands. At that point, you are relying on the RAID controller for error correction and array management, and the fact of the matter is that all (yes, all) RAID controllers onboard a motherboard are low quality. They have been added to the motherboard as an afterthought -- a feature added simply because the manufacturer knows that if they add any feature they can, they're more likely to sell their product. At at a time when nearly every modern motherboard has built in RAID, they have to offer it just to be considered as feature rich as their competitors.

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