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Monthly Archive May, 2008

temp sensor grappling in OS X

May 30, 2008

for i in `ioreg -l | grep “current-value” | cut -d”=” -f2`; do echo “$i / 65536 * 9/5+32” | bc -l ; done This doesn’t work everywhere, alas. My iBook returns this: 105.80000000000000000000 110.75000000000000000000 114.80000000000000000000 33.98803100585937500000 32.00000000000000000000 <- bogus 32.00002746582031250000 87.80000000000000000000 The iMac G5 returns: 32.04663696289062500000 <- these are all suspect 32.04117126464843750000 <- 32.06311645507812500000 <- 32.01227722167968750000 <- 32.02210998535156250000 <- 32.01738586425781250000 <- 129.20000000000000000000 32.00000000000000000000 <- bogus (The 32° readings are actually zeroes.)

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all you need to know

May 28, 2008

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I might watch it if they tried this

May 25, 2008

But while an aircraft’s wings provide lift, an F1 vehicle’s spoilers, along with its sloping upper body shape and intricate underbody surfaces, do just the opposite: They create downforce, giving the vehicle wicked-fast cornering speeds and massive amounts of braking power. The downforce is so strong that the cars could theoretically drive upside down on the roof of the tunnel at Monte Carlo, Hughes says.

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note to self: fire crew

Patrick was zipping along in the lead of the 2005 Indianapolis 500, 25 miles from becoming the first woman to beat the Brickyard, when crew orders came to conserve fuel…. The fourth-place finish became more frustrating when, Patrick says, she learned her car had a couple of gallons left at the checkered flag.

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