Comfortably Numb Archive

Posts for August, 2010

Little things that wind me up, #23   13 August 2010

For what little good it will do, I’d like to note my frustration with the countless people misusing "could care less" where they should be saying "couldn’t care less". It’s annoying, because those three characters completely change the meaning of what you’re saying. If you could care less, it means you do care about it; whereas if you couldn’t care less, it means you don’t care about it one jot.

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Posts for July, 2010

OpenBSD/sgi   31 July 2010

Last time I tried to install OpenBSD on the SGI Octane2, it didn’t go well. –insert flashback here, lots of swearing and possible violence– This time, installing OpenBSD 4.7, it worked wonderfully. Whatever issue caused the spurious IRQ 2 from the xbridge has been fixed, and now I can actually put it to use. Finding a use to put it to, however, is going to be more interesting. Maybe run that AI project on it…

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Free Electronic CAD woes.   21 July 2010

As I ranted about previously, I’ve switched to KiCAD after hitting some frustrations with EAGLE. However, KiCAD does not have quite the array of component libraries that EAGLE does. One well-recommended library is a collection of all the EAGLE libs run through a well-recommended converter script. Unfortunately, it seems that the less-used parts (The SO-DIMM socket, for example), are horribly horribly mangled. The well-recommended script also seems to have destroyed the library I created for the Loongson (Which was my first

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Posts for June, 2010

Principle of Least Astonishment [Edit x1]   23 June 2010

Okay, web developers, It’s time we had a chat. You know that little thing you keep doing with password fields, autocomplete="off"? Yes, that violates the Principle of Least Astonishment. It’s also frustrating and (believe it or not) makes things less secure. If I tell my browser to save passwords, I want it to (surprise, surprise) save passwords. What right do you have to override my preference? This misguided, halfarsed attempt at security is making my

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Entropy Attacks   23 June 2010

With the (start of the) addition of user management in the bot, it looks like I’m beginning to get somewhere with the bot. However, I am beginning to dislike working on some of the code because of the state it’s in; yes, I know it’s my fault it’s such a mess! In my defence, this is mainly due to how parts of it have been developed. As I didn’t intend for it to grow to the point it is now, there was no real plan (It was originally meant to be a simple

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Work resumes on the Perl monstrosity   18 June 2010

Picked up work on Harlie again, and finally created the module that’s been missing and breaking the fresh-out-of-vcs bot. (Anyone inconvenienced by this, let me know by email and I’ll give you your money back. :p ) Still on the whiteboard are the changes to build in multithreading; working plugins; user and permission controls and so forth. I’m spending this afternoon working on the user and permission side of things.

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Tinkering with the theme.   13 June 2010

You may notice a few issues with the theme of the blog, such as things not lining up any more. This is because I made an attempt to change it to variable-width, and the way I’ve done it is a tad fragile. However, the issues are entirely cosmetic (Which is good.), so the changes are for the better in my opinion. :)

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Non-free software frustration    9 June 2010

One of my hobbies is hardware design (I quite enjoy it, but I don’t have the qualifications (Or the confidence) to do it commercially.), which I use CadSoft EAGLE for. Unfortunately, the Evaluation version has some limitations that make it impossible to use for the project I’m looking at. I can create the schematic very easily, but I cannot lay out the board because the free version is limited to a board that is far too small to fit a connector

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Ruining the game    6 June 2010

I often enjoy playing a nice violent video game (Although, due to lack of money, I only have two. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (The one I play the most) and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (Don’t play this as much, due to a few issues I have with it.)), usually to unwind or be somewhat social with friends (Most of whom are separated from me geographically.). However, I am getting more and more frustrated with the sheer number of cheaters on Xbox Live. What makes this worse is that using a console rather than a PC, cheating is supposed to be

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Posts for May, 2010

A rant.    8 May 2010

This is aimed at no one person in particular. <rant> * I am not psychic. If you need help, ASK FOR IT; don’t get pissy

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