Inklings in January 2008
Discusses aspects of the world’s more despicable ‘honour’-based value systems.
Don Norman thinks the likes of Launchy and Quicksilver demonstrate that CLIs are breathing back life into GUIs.
Haven’t used svn merge before, so I didn’t realise you could use it to do something like an uncommit. Mind, this isn’t and uncommit because the changes are still left in the repository.
I hate RPMs.
VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects from video—models that might be inserted into a video game, a simulation environment, or another video sequence. The user interacts with VideoTrace by tracing the shape of the object to be modelled over one or more frames of the video. By interpreting the sketch drawn by the user in light of 3D information obtained from computer vision techniques, a small number of simple 2D interactions can be used to generate a realistic 3D model. Each of the sketching operations in VideoTrace provides an intuitive and powerful means of modelling shape from video, and executes quickly enough to be used interactively. Immediate feedback allows the user to model rapidly those parts of the scene which are of interest and to the level of detail required. The combination of automated and manual reconstruction allows VideoTrace to model parts of the scene not visible, and to succeed in cases where purely automated approaches would fail.
The tech demo’s pretty cool.
Information on various prescription and non-prescription drugs available in Ireland. I was looking for Exputex (not feeling great today).
Can ALSA please just die for all our sakes?
A rather odd linguistic map of Europe made during the 18th century.
A Python module for process daemonisation.
A parable concerning why simple conceptions of truth are usually just fine.
Good if you’re not alreay familiar with it, but I got somewhat impatient for the meat of the article.
In a nutshell: do your best, but assume your disfunctional management will shaft you.
web.py and AFK seem to have a fair few similarities, which is a pleasant surprise.
If I recall, this is mainly for pre-2.5 versions of Python.
I have spent many years working on the FreeBSD kernel, and only rarely did I venture into userland programming, but when I had occasion to do so, I invariably found that people programmed like it was still 1975. […] Take Squid for instance, a 1975 program if I ever saw one: You tell it how much RAM it can use and how much disk it can use. It will then spend inordinate amounts of time keeping track of what HTTP objects are in RAM and which are on disk and it will move them forth and back depending on traffic patterns.
Some of these are definitely going into my quotes file.
Because I’m too lazy to write something to do this for me…
My patch to give it decent support for PHP.
Looks to be a nice wee reference.
Apparrently it’s the most common hereditory disease in Ireland. I don’t know an awful lot about it mind, and after reading a short article in the newspaper concerning it, I though I should read up about it.
On the value of making setting up development environments easy.
Did I mention that I settled on Review Board to be our in-house code review system?
Why reinvent the wheel, after all.
This is just amazing. I never knew cuttlefish, squid, and other cephalopods were such great chameleons. You must watch this.
I spent a few minutes agog after seeing the demo movies for this. Think of a cross between Klax, Wipeout, and possibly Guitar Hero, and you’re still not even close. Take a look at Space Oddity and Mr. Blue Sky.
Not one of mine, but proof that the PHP devs are ‘tards.
The five whys is a question asking method used to explore the cause/effect relationships underlying a particular problem. Ultimately, the goal of applying the 5 Whys method is to determine a root cause of a defect or problem. […] The technique was originally developed by Sakichi Toyoda and was later used within Toyota Motor Corporation during the evolution of their manufacturing methodologies. It is a critical component of problem solving training delivered as part of the induction into the Toyota Production System.
TRE is a lightweight, robust, and efficient POSIX compliant regexp matching library with some exciting features such as approximate (fuzzy) matching.
Look ma, no backtracking!
About time Erlang had a decent regex engine!
Nice to see it’s out! There’s a few small things that make it worthwhile for me to upgrade, such as that the
snd_hda driver is now part of the kernel, and ncurses has now been upgraded to 5.6, which supports wide characters (meaning I can uninstall the one in the ports and can now build finch).
A good summary of why the free market doesn’t magically solve everything, and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.