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by d4r7o - 2010-09-03 21:40
To see something closer to an academic meritocracy consider France, where elected officials have little power, a vast bureaucracy explicitly controls details from how babies are raised to how to make cheese, and people get into and advance in that bureaucracy strictly by competitive exams. Hence for good or ill, France's ruling class are bright people -- certifiably. Not ours. But didn't ours go to Harvard and Princeton and Stanford? Didn't most of them get good grades? Yes. But while getting into the Ecole Nationale d'Administration or the Ecole Polytechnique or the dozens of other entry points to France's ruling class requires outperforming others in blindly graded exams, and graduating from such places requires passing exams that many fail, getting into America's "top schools" is less a matter of passing exams than of showing up with acceptable grades and an attractive social profile. American secondary schools are generous with their As. Since the 1970s, it has been virtually impossible to flunk out of American colleges. And it is an open secret that "the best" colleges require the least work and give out the highest grade point averages. No, our ruling class recruits and renews itself not through meritocracy but rather by taking into itself people whose most prominent feature is their commitment to fit in. The most successful neither write books and papers that stand up to criticism nor release their academic records. Thus does our ruling class stunt itself through negative selection. But the more it has dumbed itself down, the more it has defined itself by the presumption of intellectual superiority.

Angelo M. Codevilla
Professor of International Relations at Boston University
Vice Chairman of the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors
former professional member of the Senate Intelligence Committee
by d4r7o - 2010-05-24 17:41
Please note that this method is the only one which will allows you to keep your preferred networks saved.

All the other methods are bullshit.

Devices: iPhone 3G/3GS
OS: up to 3.1.3

Symptoms: no wifi network / unable to join any network

First step: Localization

You should proceed by connecting your computer to your iPhone via the netatalk protocol, which is the fastest and the easier way to modify files directly on your iPhone memory. Your wifi is not working, so you will have to connect your devices via bluetooth.

You can also use iFile (check cydia) or the Mobile Terminal, but it will be a little bit longer.

So, the first step is to locate the file "/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/" which, as its name stands for, is dedicated to wifi.

Second step: Modification

Most of the wifi issues are due to a couple of keys in the plist file which are set with the wrong parameter.

Let's modify it.

Locate the first one: <key>AllowEnable</key>
…and set it to <true/>

Now locate the second one: <key>JoinMode</key>
…and set it to <string>Automatic</string>

Save, and Reboot, it should work.

Last Step: it's still not working
Make a backup of your file somewhere on your iPhone, and reset the network parameters on the Settings/General/(Last Tab), you will have to edit your new file, by copying the "List of known networks" hierarchy from the backed-up file to the new one, and you will not lose even one of them.
by d4r7o - 2010-05-24 13:48
If you magnify the TextEdit icon, you will be able to read the full length text of one of the most impressive Apple TV ad ever.

by d4r7o - 2009-08-13 01:52
by d4r7o - 2009-02-05 16:10
1 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar (white)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups oats
3 cups broken pieces of chocolate

Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and egg
Add flour, baking soda, salt & spices
Add oats & chocolate
Drop onto baking sheet
Bake about 10 minutes at N°6/7
by d4r7o - 2008-09-13 19:00
I've recently bought the Numark iDJ2, and it works pretty well, I use it to mix in my favorite restaurant, and I only have to bring my iDJ2 and my ipod, instead of a ton of cds.

But I must admit that using this product was at first a little bit disappointing. AAC support were very poor, and the timecode was lagging during playback. Checking the numark website told me that a firmware update (v 1.09a) was available, with many good stuff on it.

There were a little problem: I'm a mac user.

And a simple update, that was supposed to last five minutes, became a nightmare, for this single reason.

It's a little bit weird for a product supposed to handle Apple technologies such as HFS file-system (wich is managed without any problem on a regular use) be unable to understand this same file-system when trying to update the iDJ2.

And it's very annoying, when after a couple of hours, you plug your specially-bought USB key to have a death screen that informs you there is not valid update on it.

So after having suffered a few hours, I've decided to help you saving your time and keep your karma at a good level.
You want to update your iDJ2 with your mac ? GOOD NEWS ! It's possible, and here is the rules:

1) You download the update.

2) You need an USB key, no update can be done with an iPod or an external drive (I've tried with my iPod, with an external HD, and an external DVD drive, I love learning things ;-)

3) You must format your USB key with FAT32 file-system and only this one. You can do that with the Disk Utility wich is in the Utility folder of your Applications folder in Mac OS X. If you can't use Disk Utility you will need to do it throught the command line (Google will tell you how to do).

4) copy the update file (iDJ2_v1_09a.upg) on the USB key, and to be sure that the Finder will not create hidden files that the iDJ2 would take, by mistake, to be the update, we will use the terminal to do that.
open the Terminal, and assuming that the update file is on your desktop, and that your USB key is labelled as "HELLO", type the following command:
cp ~/Desktop/iDJ2_v1_09a.upg /Volumes/HELLO/DJ2_v1_09a.upg

don't open a finder window pointing your USB key, the Finder could take this occasion to create ugly hidden files on it.

5) You can verify that your USB key is holding one, and only one file, with this command:
ls -al /Volumes/HELLO
If it's not the case, you should use rm /Volumes/HELLO/[the name of a file you want to delete] to fix it

6) Start the Update process by following the Numark instructions, as an honest PC user would do.

7) Play AAC music and be amazed by the beauty of the non-lagging timecode.
by d4r7o - 2008-08-12 16:17
You reach this page because there's something you need to know about your browser: it's a shit. I'm probably not the first one to advise you that you should change for a true browser, a software that respects standards, for example firefox or safari, but I'm afraid to overflow your mind.

You can't imagine the amount of time webmasters and developers are wasting for the remaining dumbs, like you, who persist to use this IE-crap.

I have no time to loose, so I provide you this simple version, because I'm in a good mood, I should block IE users.
by d4r7o - 2006-08-14 19:00
I've just received my brand new macbook, and unfortunately, Corel Draw is crashing on startup as well as the other applications of the suite.
I've tried to google this error and get not enough details on the way to troubleshoot it.
After a few days I've found the solution: Install the latest coreldraw update, and configure a default printer. And then, on corel start, maintain the caps key to refresh the desktop environment.
That's now works.
by d4r7o - 2006-03-16 22:00
You may experience some problems, under mac os x, with older applications, like Palm Desktop which takes on consideration the ressource fork of files.
I've found softwares from a japanese programmer that can solve all problems concerning ressources fork. All those softwares are native mac os x applications.
by d4r7o - 2004-02-14 22:00
Let's talk about the Hiroshima bombing of the 6th August of 1945.
I want to attract your attention about this major historic event because I went in this city last December, and I have visited the Hisroshima Peace Memorial Museum with friends.
At 8:15 am on August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima fell victim to the world's first atomic bombing. The entire city was virtually leveled, and thousands upon thousands of lives were lost. Many of those who managed to survive suffered irreparable physical and psychological damages and still suffer of the effects today.

The United States wanted to force Japan's surrender as quickly as possible to minimize further American casualties, and also wanted to use the Atomic bomb before the Soviet Union to establish its dominance after the war and to measure the effects of this weapon.

After a few months of reflexions, US Army chose Hiroshima because it was one of the only Japanese cities to remain intact, and the topography of the city was well suited to observe the destructive power of the A-Bomb. In addition, there was a great concentration of troops and military facilities in the hearth of Hiroshima.

In this August morning, all the inabitants were preparing to have a standard day, but at 8:15 am, with a blinding flash, the bomb detonated approximately five hundred eighty meters of the city center. The heat rays and blast burned and crushed nearly all buildings within two kilometers of the hypocenter taking 140 000 of lives.
It's necessary to understand that the Nuclear weapon have three majors effects:

• Damages by radiation: Very caracteristic of an atomic weapon, the radiations inflicts severe injuries to the human body. In this case, about one kilometer above the hypocenter, people were so exposed to radiations that they died in a few days. A wide range of symptoms affects the people, its includes bleeding, loss of hair, severe fatigue. Aftereffects begans to appear about two years later and includes leukemia and various cancers. It continue to plague survivors to this day.

• Damage by heat rays: At the instant of detonation, the temperature at the center exceeded one million of degrees celsius, generating an enormous fireball. One second after detonation, it had extended to its maximum diameter of two hundred thousands meters and temperature on the surface reached 5000°C. No need to tell you how damaging this temperature can be.

• Damage by the blast: At the moment of explosion, an extremely high pressure is created. At 500 meters of the hypocenter, the blast pressure 19 tons per square meters.

With this speech I want to attract your attention to the extremely high level of cruelty this weapon is able to inflict to innocent population. Virtually, the using of atomic weapon is going against all the international treaties, including the Geneve convention.

But in France today for example, we have about 350 warheads, and in the world, up to 20 000 warheads remain, and about 8 countries are known to have or trying to have atomic weapon.

Only the quarter of this amount of munitions is enough to erase all kind of live of the surface of our planet.

I think that in a country like France, which have been the fourth to have the A-bomb, we widely underestimate the physical and psychological effects this weapon can have during decades and decades to innocent civil population. Another question is the ethic at war time, when we see the cowardice of using such a distant and widely-damaging weapon.

Nowadays, Hiroshima is one of the world's most peacefull cities, with a special atmosphear and a very special state of mind.