wtf shsu?

Those of you unfamiliar with RFC1918 can move along to the next entry. The rest of you, figure out WTF?1

[504][20:58][pa][]% dig

; <<>> DiG 8.3 <<>>
;; res options: init recurs defnam dnsrch
;; got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 21826
;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 3, ADDITIONAL: 3
;;, type = A, class = IN

;; ANSWER SECTION:               10M IN A               10M IN A               10M IN A

Does anyone else see anything inherently WRONG about using an RFC1918 network address for your domain's DNS A record?

1 This was pointed out to me by Bill, actually.

Some Advice from Cubicle Hell

Flipping through my trusty Cubicle Hell calendar (by Scott Adams of Dilbert fame) that Diann got me for my birthday this year, I came across this gem of knowledge from February 18th.

I have a small plastic bag with dice in it stuck to my cubicle wall. Below it are the instructions on how to use the “Project Time Estimator.”

The project director came into my cube a few days ago to ask how long a particular task would take. I got the trusty dice out, threw them, and read off the number of hours. She said, “You can't do that!” whereupon I pointed out that I had been doing this for the last two software releases, and it worked as well as any other method.

She wrote down the number of hours and quietly walked away.

PERT, eat your heart out!

my nasa deep thought

So, all the talk is that this heater problem on the Opportunity Martian rover will eventually cause problems because the solar panels onboard will become sufficiently dusty that they won't generate enough power to keep up with the drain of this malfunctioning 15W heater.

My question: This rover is golf-cart sized, can rove around, take amazing pictures, has an arm that can drill into rock and analyze what the rock is made of… How difficult would it have been to put a feather duster on this arm to clean off the solar panels? Or maybe a fan blowing the little bit of martian atmosphere over the panels… If the dust is being blown there, can't it just be blown off?