Robert Pogson

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Daily Archives / Friday, November 16, 2012

  • Nov 16 / 2012
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Steak Dinner

I passed on hunting deer this fall. I was fighting off a severe cold in my chest with a lot of coughing that persisted for weeks. Yesterday, I did get out to the bush briefly. A hunter had bagged a large white-tailed deer and needed help retrieving it. When I got the call via smartphone, I was given the location and headed out. The deer was killed in the afternoon but by the time the task of dragging it out was fully appreciated it was dark.

The deer was a beauty, probably 250 pounds and in the prime of life. The shot had been perfect, through a rib on the left side, the heart and breaking the opposite front leg. Still the deer had to be tracked down in the forest. It must have died in seconds with such injuries but still travelled ~100 yards or so.

Dragging it out through a foot of fresh powder was a killer. Fortunately, by the time I arrived, the deer was at the vehicle. Since my SUV was easier loading we raised the head and slid the deer in a bit. With one pulling and me lifting we got it halfway in and then with two pushing finished the task. We skinned the deer and quartered it in my garage.

Today, we began to cut the quarters. In the front quarters we made a pile of ribs, steak and stewing/soup bones. The hind quarters remain while we reorganize freezer-space. After all this work we were rewarded by a steak dinner cooked by the little woman. It was excellent even though she cooked it rare and spicey. It was the most tender steak I have ever eaten. The deer was very fat, probably grain-fed over the summer, and the steak was supremely easy to chew. I think one barely needed to chew but it would fall apart with only a rub of the tongue…

The only downside to the whole affair was that the deer was shot at extreme range and the bullet did not expand promptly. It turned sideways to pass through the heart and break the leg. 100 yards less range probably would have dropped the deer in its tracks. Still it was a quick, humane kill, just not as quick as such an accurate placement should have been. If the heart had been missed the deer might have suffered long. A lesson had been learned for next year. The ammunition used was .308 Winchester 180 grain round-nosed. It should only be used within 200 yards. The shot was close to 300 yards. A 150 grain pointed bullet is the ticket for the situation at hand. It is no problem to carry two weights/styles of bullets for long openings and dense bush.

Ballistics of 150 SP and 180 RN from .308 Winchester follow. A 150 SP will have a muzzle-velocity about 2800 ft/s and have a 10 inch high trajectory with a 350 yard zero. The 180 grain RN will have a muzzle velocity about 2600 ft/s and zero at about 250 yards in the same rifle. The 150 SP will have about 1000 ft-lb of energy at 350 yards and be quite lethal on deer while the 180 RN will be down to that energy at 250 yards.

It is good to see young people learning the hunting craft and being able to feed their families by hunting. It definitely is the right way to get red meat… Some of the red meat sold in stores in Winnipeg was killed in Alberta and shipped by truck. It is within days of expiring even in a refrigerator. Still, hunting is not for everyone. There just aren’t enough deer in Manitoba to feed all of us carnivores.

  • Nov 16 / 2012
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PC Pro Dabbles in GNU/Linux

PC Pro has been a magazine of Wintel PCs but now it is obvious they realize a PC can be a PC without Wintel. They almost get it…

Here’s what they wrote in the Debian part of a review of several GNU/Linux distros.

“There’s a rather unusual selection of preloaded software included. For web browsing duties, there’s Epiphany or Iceweasel (an unofficial build of the Firefox browser that lacks support for plugins), while the office suite is Apache’s OpenOffice rather than the more popular LibreOffice. Debian’s focus is on completely licence-free software, hence these rather unusual choices, and this approach is reflected in the official Debian software repositories, too; these are accessed by one of two different package manager tools – the Ubuntu-style Software Centre, and the slightly less friendly, but very powerful, Synaptic. Whichever one you use, however, will involve some fiddling once again. By default, both asked us to insert optical media when we attempted to download and install new software; we had to uncheck the “cdrom” option in Software Sources before it would go online.”

see Debian review.

Clearly, Debian GNU/Linux is not licence-free. The GPL and other FLOSS licences cover all the work. PC Pro did find Debian GNU/Linux did not work well with the particular Nvidia graphics of one PC but that is clearly not GNU/Linux’ fault. Nvidia has to get its act together to fix that. When using the Stable branch of Debian GNU/Linux, one should not expect the kernel to know any recent Nvidia release. The smart shopper should avoid Nvidia until they see the light. GNU/Linux has a large enough share of PCs these days that Nvidia should care and Linus told them so…

They do understand the importance of GNU/Linux however:
“Linux has many advantages over operating systems such as Windows 8 and OS X, and the most obvious one is that it’s free. You can install it on as many systems as you like – from laptops to servers and even supercomputers – without ever having to spend a penny.

It’s terrifically secure too. Like the Unix operating system on which it’s modelled, Linux operates a strict regime of file ownership and permissions that makes it all but impossible for malware to spread as it does on Windows. As a result, no native Linux viruses have ever been observed in the wild. (Some exist as proofs of concept, but in order to spread they would require users with administrative privileges to actively install them.) Linux systems can still be compromised by weak passwords and vulnerabilities in application software, such as web browsers, but overall it’s very secure.”

Thanks to Richard Chapman for providing a link to this article.

  • Nov 16 / 2012
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Monopoly Done Legally

 “Android  has established a clear monopoly in  China  after achieving more than 90 percent market share there, up from 58.2 percent a year ago, according to a new report from Analysys International (via Tech in  Asia ). The data combines estimates from both devices sales and ownership.”


There’s nothing illegal about monopoly. Google achieved monopoly in China legally, without exclusive dealing, anti-competitive actions, and without eliminating competition on price/performance. Google did it by providing a great product at a very reasonable price, $0 provided that the space of users increases so that Google grows its core business, advertising. It’s a brilliant strategy that completely whipped those monopolists at M$ and Apple.