Removing Zero-Byte Files (0b)

I recently saw a server glitch where an automated system created thousands of files with no content—0b. Once they were created, they became really hard to remove.

I solved it by running:

find /srv/www/ -size 0b

This let me know where all the funky files were. Then I tested on a deep folder… and then:

find /srv/www/ -size 0b -delete

removed them all, allowing the system to re-publish them correctly.

Happy 210th Birthday Frédéric Bastiat!

Last year, Don Boudreaux wrote:

209 years ago today, in southwestern France, a man who Joseph Schumpeter was later to call “the most brilliant economic journalist who ever lived” was born: Bastiat.  Sadly, this gifted writer and unmatched communicator of economics died of tuberculosis only 49 years later.

To learn more about Bastiat, you can do no better than to read Sheldon Richman’s “Annotated Biography of Frederic Bastiat.”

Happy 210th, Fred!


Ah, Texas. Such an easy target for mockery. So willing to stand up and say its piece when it believes in something. In today’s world, it must be considered an “extremist state full of extremists”. And it stood up against the US Federal government’s invasive and demeaning Transit Security Agency’s “enhanced security” measures.

‘the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed “Restrain-the-TSA” legislation, which would make invasive pat-downs a crime at Texas airports… The Texas legislation [PDF] proposes to charge TSA agents with a misdemeanor crime, face a $4,000 fine, and one year in jail for any airport inspection that “touched the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person, including touching through clothing; or touched the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person.’ Ms. Smith,, May 22, 2011

Here a state is actually standing up against the United States’ ongoing degradation of personal liberties. Well done, Texas.

More fascinating to me, though, was the above article’s very brief expose on President Obama’s Science and Technology Advisor John P. Holdren.

‘Holdren has some “disturbing beliefs about America, capitalism and humanity,” according to the Examiner.

‘Long before becoming “science czar,” Holdren co-authored “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment.” In this “environmental text book,” according to Stop Austin Scanners, Dr. Holdren promoted mass depopulation measures, advocating the “population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food (pp. 787/788).” Additionally, on pages 917, 942/943, Holdren wrote that a “transnational ‘Planetary Regime’ should assume control” which could “dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives – using an armed international police force.”

‘As the article points out, Science Czar Dr. Holdren is the “ultimate authority on science/technological issues” for the White House. So is this push of “safe” backscatter and full-body scanners at airports, stadiums, mass transit and elsewhere, part of Holdren’s vision from his book for the American way of life to include an armed police force?’ Ms. Smith,, May 22, 2011

Apparently, Mr Holden has refuted these beliefs before attaining his current role. Still, Holden is (or was) an advocate for “coercive fertility control”, forced sterilization, and other crime against humanity — and who worries about “pronatalist attitudes” in the unenlightened.

“Pronatalist” would, presumably, be his preferred perjorative for “people who like babies”.

How on earth is Holden not considered not considered an insane extremist, while Ron Paul is considered crazy and extreme for advocating sound currency, an end to American invasions and occupations, holding the federal government to obey its own Constitution?


Evolutionary Hymn by C. S. Lewis


Lead us, Evolution, lead us
Up the future’s endless stair;
Chop us, change us, prod us, weed us.
For stagnation is despair:
Groping, guessing, yet progressing,
Lead us nobody knows where.

Wrong or justice, joy or sorrow,
In the present what are they
while there’s always jam-tomorrow,
While we tread the onward way?
Never knowing where we’re going,
We can never go astray.

To whatever variation
Our posterity may turn
Hairy, squashy, or crustacean,
Bulbous-eyed or square of stern,
Tusked or toothless, mild or ruthless,
Towards that unknown god we yearn.

Ask not if it’s god or devil,
Brethren, lest your words imply
Static norms of good and evil
(As in Plato) throned on high;
Such scholastic, inelastic,
Abstract yardsticks we deny.

Far too long have sages vainly
Glossed great Nature’s simple text;
He who runs can read it plainly,
‘Goodness = what comes next.’
By evolving, Life is solving
All the questions we perplexed.

Oh then! Value means survival-
Value. If our progeny
Spreads and spawns and licks each rival,
That will prove its deity
(Far from pleasant, by our present,
Standards, though it may well be).

OPEGEM: Perfect Symmetries

The implications of wearable technology have been far-reaching and pervasive. After years of private research into the lookaside buffer, we disprove the refinement of superpages. In this po- sition paper, we disconfirm not only that the famous decentralized algorithm for the improvement of the partition table [6] runs in Θ(n) time, but that the same is true for 16 bit architectures.

Read OPEGEM: Perfect Symmetries by Justin Beaulieu and Jason Friesen (PDF)

With help from SCIgen

See also:

Canada: Refuse the TSA’s Example


Alex Atemenanko, MLA for BC Southern Interior
Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transportation
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Dennis Bevington, NDP Transportation Critic
Joe Volpe, Liberal Transportation Critic
Michael Ignatieff, Liberal Leader


Jason Friesen
xxxxxxxx, BC Vxx xxx

Honourable Ministers:

I am writing to express my great concern about the “enhanced” security procedures Canada is beginning to implement at airports, following the example of the American TSA.

These procedures are an unacceptable breach of civil liberties and basic human rights everywhere they are implemented.
Continue reading Canada: Refuse the TSA’s Example

Larry Norman on Being a Christian

“We each have some problem that we have been unable to solve. Maybe it’s fear; maybe it’s anger… insecurity… jealousy.

“God knows what we’re like, and he loves us just the same. But the way the Church has established its message, many of us think to be a Christian we must be good. We must always be very good. So many people say ‘I cannot be a Christian, because I cannot be this good. I cannot be as good as the Church wants me to be. So I must give up trying, because I will never be the right kind of person… I will never become the perfect Christian.’

“And yet they believe in God. They believe in Jesus, that he is God’s son. They believe that he died on the cross for our sins, and that he rose from the dead, so that we can also rise from the dead. They believe everything. They are a Christian. But they are afraid to try.

“We must not be afraid of God. Maybe we must consider the communication problems with one another, between us and perhaps the Church. And they will say Larry’s hair is long, or he’s drinking water out of a bottle like it was some alcohol…

“Maybe the Church… and I shouldn’t say the Church, because we are the Church. It’s not the buildings, it’s not the priests… it’s us. And the priest, if he’s a Christian. It’s everyone that believes in God that’s the Church. We are the saints. We don’t need to pray to any saint Peter. We are the saints.

“And saint Peter, he’s asleep, waiting for the resurrection. When I die, I shall sleep and wait for Christ to come back and resurrect me. I know he can resurrect me, because he resurrected himself.

“This is our hope in God—that God loves us, that Jesus is coming again, and that God will look at us with love and mercy, and not with a list of all of our failures.

“So please don’t be afraid of God. Open up your heart to God. You’ll never be a perfect Christian. Even the priests can never be perfect.”

Larry Norman, speaking during the Omega Europa concert.