Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Wandrian walking


... and that awesome feeling of being able to walk forever, slowly bridging previously unthought distances ... :-)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Change AUR url to fix yaourt error

Hi all,
this is the prototype of the short and useful posts I promise to write here and I never write since ages XD
There you are.

If you are using yaourt on Archlinux and you get this fancy error while it is trying to fetch information from the AUR..

The URL http://aur.archlinux.org/rpc.php?type=multiinfo&arg[]=yaourt returned error : 301

... that's because something changed on the AUR servers.

To fix it we need to apply those changes in the configuration of yaourt as well.

The solution? Easy peasy!

As superuser edit /etc/yaourtrc and set the variable AURURL to "https://aur.archlinux.org"

before

#AURURL="http://aur.archlinux.org"

after

AURURL="https://aur.archlinux.org"

Enjoy! ;-)

See you soon!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A promise! Venus Transit photos

Last month I resurrected once again these pages and I promised you, dear casual readers, the pictures I managed to spot during the Venus Transit.
Here you are then! :-)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

What a beautiful day!

It's about to end a day really full of events. A day which deserves to clean up the dust on this blog to be told!

This morning Venus transit gave has been a great "excuse" to get up early, with the ease of the good company of friends admiring the event!

Along the day I lived another thousands adventures before coming here to have some rest!

It's real as we say in Italy "moning has gold in its mouth". It really seems to me to have lived two days in one.
It's a great and wise "secret" of monks and farmers to get up with the Sun ;-)

See you soon on these pages, maybe for sharing here as well, my Venus transit photos!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Goodbye Dennis...


These are really sad days for the IT world. Last weekend Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at 70 after a long illness.

His contributions to techlonogy have been outstanding: he was the creator of the C programming language and the father of the UNIX operating system along with Ken Thompson.

He received the Turing Award, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal and the National Medal of Technology.

The influence of his work and creations is widespread in each and every software product you are using right now, either as direct heritage or as indirect influence on developers and programming languages.

Linux, BSD (and therefore MacOSX and iOS) users owes to him much more: the core concepts, stucture and basic utilities of these operating systems.

His collaborators remember him as "a quiet and mostly private man" and it was sad that the news of his passing spread with this delay only because he was not a pop-celebrity.

Then, thank you Dennis for everything you made possible with your work and passion!
I borrow my last salute to him from the internet because, in my opinion, there's nothing more appropriate than this:
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
    printf("goodbye, dad\n");
    return 0;
}

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Goodbye Steve...


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.

Steven Paul Jobs
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Of Neutrinos, Tunnels and Ministerial Stupidity

It's simply true! Experimental evidence says that lightspeed is not an universal limit. But if Theory of Relativity will need a fix to comply with these new findings, Einstein has not to worry so much, because Italian Ministry of Research demonstrated another of his theories, the one about Human Stupidity.

From Gran Sasso and CERN researchers say that after 6 months of checks and reviews looking for measurement errors, it seems that Neutrinos travel a bit faster than that almost confortable universal limit, which was the pivot of 20th century Physics: c, the speed of light, 299 792 458 m/s in perfect vacuum (Google It!).
http://www.infn.it/news/newsen.php?id=621

But the best was yet to come! Few hours after the announcement, just in time for getting the credit for the result (which is described like a victory ?!?!) italian Minister of Research Mariastella Gelmini sends her congratulations to the scientists in a Press Release:
http://www.istruzione.it/web/ministero/cs230911


Here you are the translation of the absurd part:
Italy contributed with an investment esimated in about 45 million € to the construction of the tunnel between CERN and Gran Sasso, in which the experiment was conducted.

Yes... you understood correctly! According to the minister and her staff, the experiments with Neutrinos have been possible thanks to a 732 km straight tunnel from Geneva to Gran Sasso (Central Italy) with a maximum depth of 11.4 km into the ground!


We as Italy, contributed with "about 45 million €" for its construction!
A few bucks if you consider that the just finished Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland - the longest to date with its "poor" 57km in length - had a cost of 10 billion dollars.

Of course, we could ask for the minister resignation and for the idiots at the ministry press office to be fired. But we are in Italy, and nothing will happen... at least until meritocracy and professionalism will become, for the Italian People, common values.
This change is the key for any real economical and cultural growth for Italian society and for a better country... finally outside the tunnel of nonsense!
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein