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John Ferguson; You Suck

I went to the pre-season opener against Buffalo last night at the ACC. The Leafs pretty much sucked. I’m not a fan of Paul Maurice, or a fan of changing up a huge percentage of your players over one summer. If you’re going to make huge changes like that, you’d better do it right. Once again, it’s already starting to look like it’s not working out as well as Ferguson proclaimed it would. I know, it’s the first pre-season game, but the Leafs were really really bad. With very few shots on Buffalo’s goal during the second period, I even started to get bored. Getting shut out 4-0 isn’t good. Of course, I’d be crazy if I had thought that the Sabres weren’t going to kick the Leafs asses.

Anyway, if it continues like this, it’ll further enhance my disappointment in my two favourite Leafs organization members; Pat Quinn and Tie Domi. Quinn, in constant conflict with Ferguson, is an awesome coach when given the latitude to get things done. Tie Domi, is the most down to earth, kindest hockey player who has ever set foot in Toronto in my lifetime. If Quinn was still coach, Domi would have never been forced to either be traded or retire. Today he announced his retirement and his joining of some TSN program. Maybe it’s for the best of the Leafs, but in my opinion, if they’re going to lose, they might as well be entertaining, and entertaining Pat and Tie are. Heck, I’d rather they be entertaining than as boring as many of the American teams have become.

In any case, there’s no one more responsible for the current, and recent, success (or lack thereof) of the Leafs than John Ferguson. I can only hope that he’s the next to go.

BTW… I sat in section 314 right in front of the “Ice Box”. Probably the best seats you can get for $80 (or less).

Add comment September 19th, 2006

Toronto Hydro launches free wireless network (for spammers)

OK, maybe not for spammers, but I’m no more likely to believe that they’re taking efforts to prevent email abuse than that they are not.

Canada.com: Toronto Hydro rolls out wireless in continental first

Toronto Hydro Telecom launched its downtown WiFi project yesterday, offering full wireless Internet access throughout the financial district, with plans to have all of Toronto covered in three years.

Yesterday Toronto Hydro launched their wireless service, which they are providing for free until March 6, 2007. Hopefully they’re taking measures to prevent email (and other) abuse by doing things like port 25 blocking or throttling/limiting, otherwise this makes about as much sense as Google providing free WiFi to Nigerians. Heck in years of dealing with the public I’ve learnt that free anything is always going to be abused.

At least this is currently only in the financial district, so it shouldn’t be open to too much abuse from spammers sitting at home. Then again, some spammers make so much money that they can probably easily afford to live in the financial district, so watch out.

If anyone knows what address space this network is using or knows what is or isn’t being blocked, please let me know.

Add comment September 8th, 2006

NASA: It does still work; it just doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.

Tonight NASA announced that despite not resolving the fuel cell coolant pump issue that they scrubbed the Wednesday launch over, they’re going to try and launch Atlantis at 11:41 eastern Friday.  Fuel cell motor problem?  Can anyone say “Apollo 13″?

Canada.com: Shuttle launch to go ahead despite wonky motor 

NASA spent 48 hours trying to diagnose a little electric motor similar to a car starter after a glitch was found in one of the three fuel cells that provides the shuttle with electricity. The motor runs the cell’s coolant pump, which was giving erratic readings.

The problem has grounded the $2-billion shuttle and stalled construction of the $100-billion International Space Station. The little motor was manufactured in 1976 by a company that has changed hands five times since then. And lives depend on it.

In four hours of “intense” closed-door discussions, NASA decided the wonky motor isn’t a safety hazard. It does still work; it just doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.

“We had another fun and very interesting meeting,” said Wayne Hale, boss of the shuttle program. “If you ever want to see the difference between the old NASA and the new NASA, you should have gone over there today. There was a chance for everyone to participate. All the data was laid out on the table for everyone to examine, from the top of the agency to the most junior engineer.

“It was very nearly unanimous, with just a few folks voicing concern,” he said. A further meeting was set for 1 a.m. today.

The shuttle is scheduled to launch a 11:41 ET today. Saturday is a backup launch date.

If Friday’s launch doesn’t pan out, they’ll try again on Saturday, which is a day later than their original deadline — which is silly too.  If they previously decided that it’d be too dark to launch after Friday, why, other than desperation, are they now pushing back their deadline?

At least their decision not to launch outside of optimal lighting conditions is just so that they can film the launch and review the film for debris that may have caused damage doesn’t increase the safety of the launch, it just makes it more likely that they’ll be aware of potential problems upon return.

I’m all for space exploration.  I just hope that they don’t write off all the shuttles before I get a chance to go see a launch.

Add comment September 8th, 2006

Apache SpamAssassin 3.1.5 released!

Holy crap! On Wednesday we released Apache SpamAssassin 3.1.5 on schedule for the third, maybe fourth, time in a row. As Theo put it, “what’s the world coming to?!?” I’m not quite sure why we’ve been getting regular releases out but I expect it has some to do with wanting to get sa-update out and in use (some minor fixes to sa-update have been in the last couple releases) and that we’re not tied up with getting a big release out (3.2.0) yet. As it stands, I don’t expect to see a 3.2.0 release until at least late winter or early spring. There’s a lot of stuff in the 3.2 queue and we’ve been backporting most things that a user would notice to the 3.1 maintenance branch.

Anyway… for those who don’t believe software can be released on time:

On 7/25/2006 6:54 PM, Daryl C. W. O’Shea wrote:
> BTW, I’d like to release 3.1.5 on Friday. Maybe we’ll hit the end of
> August. :D

On 8/30/2006 11:21 AM, Theo Van Dinter wrote:
> Apache SpamAssassin 3.1.5 is now available! This is a maintainance
> release of the 3.1.x branch.
>
> Downloads are available from:
> http://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi?update=200608300000

Add comment September 1st, 2006


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