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What I did on my holiday: some thoughts on the island of Santo.
Early this month I spent some time in Vanuatu, and some of it was on the island of Santo, including Palikulo Bay which you've probably no reason to have heard of. I've marked it on the map, assuming you can find Vanuatu at al...
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The recent explosions destroying a 2,000-year-old temple in the ancient city of Palmyra were yet another grim example of how  Islamic State uses conventional weapons to further its agenda.
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Funniest cat gif I've seen in a while.
I had a cat long ago who would do this to large dogs (but without a door in the way) and yes the dog went running.
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It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this” says Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, 56, who took these surprising photos. The female grey wolf and male brown were spotted every night for ten days straight, spending several hours together between 8pm and 4am. They would even share food with each other.

“No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,” Lassi told the Daily Mail. “I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone…It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see.”
“It's very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this” says Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, 56, who took these surprising photos. The female grey wolf and male brown were spotted every night for ten days straight, spending several hours together between 8pm and 4am. They would even share food with each other.
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We have a folktale of a mountain man/trapper chaining his bear & mule together. When they were found alive a moon later & unchained were lifelong companions, everafter. 
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This is the jetty on the edge of the lagoon. There's a motor boat there and one of the guys will happily take you out to the little island where the snorkeling is best. That's what the jetty is for but the reason I took the photo is the thatched roof at the end. This has been recently replaced cos it was wrecked in the cyclone that came through here in March. So imagine this jetty without that roof, or maybe some other kind of roof. Without the roof it's kind of boring. But with the roof it screams tropical paradise, as indeed it should. Clever, eh?
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Hack a Day's view of the win 10 IoT core. 
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I think they're saying it doesn't compete with the various Linux solutions and its real niche is the ATM market that runs XP. So the IoT talk is odd and perhaps misleading.
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Did German physicists have a plan in the 1930s? And if so, was their physics any help?
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Coming soon: “After the Roses”, the sequel to “Daisy’s War”
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Most of the time when I want to talk to a database through JPA I use Spring and it is pretty simple to organise things like this:     class="org.springframework.orm.jpa.LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean">            v...
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Dog is super excited to see his tiny human coming home!
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I think we can all agree that, growing up without a smart phone, Newton was seriously deprived. He did, however, have a dog. And it ate his homework. Oh, yeah, he invented the catflap too. One of those absurdly simple ideas anyone ought to have thought of... but didn't.
I'm wary of heroes, I mean all credit to the clever people who dream up stuff, but we have no idea what would have happened if they hadn't turned up. Like someone would have written Shakespear's plays if he hadn't? Maybe, and maybe he would have been called Shakespear too. Probably Jim is too pissed off about, um, whatever he's pissed off about to explain why Bohr is a special case there. But I'd quite like to know.
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I hope it works. Instead of saying 'where's my flying car' I could say '_there's_ my flying car'.
But it does sound a little bit too good to be true.
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These little dugout outriggers are really common around here and are mostly built the same way they always were. Some minor developments on this one such as the green paint (and the label) as well as a knife holder and a plastic strip on one edge to make it easier to haul in a fishing net. They do use these for fishing but they use them for getting about too. I got to have a paddle of one this trip and they're comfortable and easy to handle (though I was in a calm river and the locals take them through surf). You find them lying around on the beaches and no one worries about them being stolen, though a lot of work goes into them so I expect they're fairly valuable.
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Software engineer (J2EE), writer and carrier of Mrs' shopping (um, I ought to have said that first).
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Software (J2EE, C++, Unix, Microprocessors) with a special interest in rule based systems. The microprocessor stuff requires some electronics knowledge (so I know how to put a circuit together etc) plus some knowledge of 3D modeling for making various gadgets the micros are embedded into. I also write and self publish fiction.
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  • Software Engineer (C/C++ Unix), 1990 - 2000
  • Software Engineer (Basic+ Vax Basic), 1978 - 1990
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Trying to train my sheep to be J2EE architects. This will take a while.
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I'm into building J2EE applications using Rule-Based frameworks. Boring? Okay, My wife and I live in an earth brick house designed to look like a Romanesque Abbey. It's out in the countryside and has a big garden, a domestic orchard and some pet sheep. I've made most of the furniture in the house out of native timbers.

In my spare time I write books (fiction) and publish them as ebooks.

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Made most of the furniture in my house. So far only one thing has collapsed. Oh, it's two now. Heh. I also made the Galahad Manuscript, a poem calligraphed and illuminated and bound in leather. I also built the desk it sits on.
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    Computer Science, 1975 - 1977
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