September 9th, 2008


When investors panic

Could United Airlines have just had a bit of luck bad enough to make it vulnerable to a takeover?

According to this BBC report, they've just had 75% wiped off the value of their shares on the basis of a story on the South Florida Sun Sentinel's web site saying that they'd sought protection from their creditors. Well, the story was apparently true, but ... six years out of date, being one that had resurfaced from archives.

In normal times, this would be interesting enough, but UA are losing a fortune, and a severely depressed share price is not good for any company.


Any computer running multiple operating systems simultaneously has obviously to partition those systems from each other. These days it's getting pretty difficult to get code executing inside one instance of VMWare or VirtualPC or whatever to crash the host machine, even though it's partitioned in software. When you get machines built for multi partitions, doing it with hardware support, a misbehaving OS shouldn't be a problem.

So it's a little embarrassing that Sun/Fujitsu M4000-M9000 machines can apparently be crashed in such a way that not only do partitions outside the faulty one go down, but they go down so hard you need an on-site visit from an engineer before the hardware will agree to work again. At least, that's roughly what the OpenBSD guys have apparently fallen over. And moreover, it was due to attempting to make full use of the available cores - a reasonable aspiration.

(Theo de Raadt posting in bugtraq - <>)

A chopping we will go

OK, we have helicopter tickets. We can travel that light, that small, for a week. 20 kg total baggage, and it's just as well we've got a good selection of cases, since we've actually got two that fit just under the size limits.

I find quite amusing the information that check-in starts 30 minutes before the flight. And which closes 10 minutes before departure, basically when the inbound flight arrives.