The Galactic Patrol

Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

November, 2003

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    Breaking [Serializable]

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    Doug is asking folks if we should change how [Serializable] works under partial-trust, to be more compatible with our upcoming XML serialization efforts.  Follow this link and let him know what you think .
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    skeptical about plastic memory technology

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     I’ve seen a couple blog mentions recently about a ‘plastic’ memory technology being researched at Princeton and HP.  I have to say that I am extremely skeptical about this project.  For one thing, another 3-D (“memory...
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    Lego robot solves rubik's cube

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     Very cool – a design journal for a robot made of Legos that can solve a Rubik’s Cube: http://jpbrown.i8.com/cubesolver.html
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    Children growing up in a TiVo world

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    With my own little Lucy due in less than two months, I find articles like this one particularly interesting – a story of a family, a three-year-old daughter, and how she uses TV and expects it to act in a TiVo household.  I, of course, also...
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    The /GS switch and 'secure by default'

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     Interesting article about the /GS switch for compiling more secure C++ programs, as well as some history and Whidbey futures for the feature: http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/branbray/commentview.aspx/79185d10-58e7-4429-a1da-08aadb407c19
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    The Blue Lady watches out for homeless Miami street children

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     Amazing stories of God and Satan, Angels and Demons, and the wars between them – as recounted by homeless Miami children.  Really amazing stuff, a new and stirring mythology. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/1997-06-05/feature...
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    separated at birth?

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    Cameron Purdy spills deep family secrets about his brother Doug.  I think its funny as heck, you make up your own mind: http://www.jroller.com/page/cpurdy/20031110#mon_frère_douglas  
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    cbrumme on application compatibility (appcompat as we fondly know it)

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    Chris has another excellent opus , this time on managed appcompat . 
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    who will help the robots?

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    I’ve been reading about this robotic race that DARPA is setting up from CA to Las Vegas.  I think it is very cool that they would host such a thing, and it sucks that its very popularity is becoming an obstacle.  Ideally DARPA would...
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    VB Lover? Read On...

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     Paul introduces a most excellent idea for a short video or ad targeting the proud VB programmer ; here is a little snippet: “BASIC is the oldest Microsoft language, the most popular programming tool in the world and the best part...
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    wanna beta-test some games? get some free software? read on...

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     I just noticed a post by Steve describing Microsoft Usability Lab’s need for more usability testers – for games and other software.  It won’t make you rich, but its fun, and you get a prize.  If you are in the area...
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    PDC - Company Meeting - who needs it!?

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    I’m back from my week-long vacation in West Virginia.  I gotta tell you, the Northeast does autumn much, much better than the Northwest!  It was sunny, the leaves were changing color – reds and browns everywhere – it wasn’t...
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