I want to go MAKДOHAЛД’C

Ever wonder how to pronounce Russian words like: компью́тер, студе́нт, па́спорт? Actually they aren’t that hard as Gadling teaches you to read the Cyrillic alphabet in 5 minutes. I took longer.

And that’s I want to go McDoanald’s in the title.

By the way, why is it “pronounce” but “pronunciation”?

Python will switch to Mercurial

Not too surprising for the choice of DVCS.

[Python-Dev] And the winner is…

Dear Python developers,

The decision is made! I’ve selected a DVCS to use for Python. We’re
switching to Mercurial (Hg).

To me, the advantages of using *some* DVCS are obvious. At PyCon,
Brett already announced that Git was no longer being considered —
while it has obviously many fans, it also provokes strong antipathies.
So it was between Hg and Bzr (both of which happen to be implemented
in Python FWIW). Based on a completely unscientific poll (basically
whatever feedback I received in my personal inbox or on Twitter), Hg
has a strong following among Python developers and few detractors,
while few (except Canonical employees) seem to like Bzr. In addition,
most timing experiments point towards Hg being faster than Bzr for
most operations, and Hg is (again, subjectively) easier to learn for
SVN users than Bzr. (Source: Python mailing list)

Here’s another win for Mercurial.

Swingapore, Singapore – Global Shim Sham

Here’s something interesting from Singapore. I haven’t heard of Frankie 95 event, still good effort nevertheless. From Swingapore with Love made as part of the Frankie 95 Festival’s ‘Global Shim Sham Video’ drive. Featuring the lovely chanteuse Jo Dong and the Swingaporean Lindy Hop Community ‘Live’ from the steps of City Hall (soon to be N.A.G). Happy 95th Birthday Frankie Manning!

Swingapore, Singapore – Global Shim Sham – Frankie 95 Festival

How does a gas pump at a petrol station know when the tank is full

How Stuff Works explains how a gasoline pump at a filling station know when the tank is full.

How does a gasoline pump at a filling station know when the tank is full?

Near the tip of the nozzle is a small hole, and a small pipe leads back from the hole into the handle. Suction is applied to this pipe using a venturi. When the tank is not full, air is being drawn through the hole by the vacuum, and the air flows easily. When gasoline in the tank rises high enough to block the hole, a mechanical linkage in the handle senses the change in suction and flips the nozzle off.

Here’s a way to think about it — you’ve got a small pipe with suction being applied at one end and air flowing through the pipe easily. If you stick the free end of the pipe in a glass of water, much more suction is needed, so a vacuum develops in the middle of the pipe. That vacuum can be used to flip a lever that cuts off the nozzle.

The next time you fill up your tank, look for this hole either on the inside or the outside of the tip. (Source: How stuff works)

Now you know.

Marina integrated resort under construction

This is the view of the Sands casino under construction from The Sail, Marina Boulevard.

Integrated resort Marina Sands Singapore The Sail
Integrated resort Marina Sands Singapore The Sail

In the sky terrace, you get occasional connections to Telkomsel, the Indonesia carrier. And it’s from Marina Boulevard! I’m sure if you pull open some windows you can see SingTel building somewhere. But no, it just prefers Telkomsel. Last I check, SingTel owns 35% of Telkomsel.

…And it will cost you millions

This is a rather funny complaint. Sure I agree that PHP hasn’t exactly been that great an opensource example, but this complaint is just ridiculous. Love the part when he/she says “The time is coming when a law suit beckons because as sure as eggs is eggs, a lot of your users will grow tired of paying out the thousands of dollars you cost them with every new php release, (theres a growing band who are already tired of it) and will sue. And they will win. And it will cost you millions.”

The contempt you show php programmers and website owners amazes me.

You change usages and drop tags like you are the only users of php. You create shedloads of work when you do that. One can forget developing anything if using php as one spends too much time reprogramming existing items to keep up with your constant changes.

Can you kindly ask all the idiots that engineer php if they would be willing to do that work for free or if they will pay for programmers to do it in compensation for their utter stupidity and arrogance and the contempt they show to their users?

Why cant you make every release backwardly compatible?

The time is coming when a law suit beckons because as sure as eggs is eggs, a lot of your users will grow tired of paying out the thousands of dollars you cost them with every new php release, (theres a growing band who are already tired of it) and will sue. And they will win. And it will cost you millions.

Kindest
Adie Close

[via PHP]

That’s terrible attitude. Anyway, the problem of upgrading server software has always exist. People scream when there is a lack of backward compatibility. And new users scream that the language is not lean enough. You can’t serve both sides.