Sat 04 August 2018
Sun 29 July 2018
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD10 (2017) is the high-end tablet of their line. The hardware is mediocre and the software is quite bad. I do not recommend you purchase this or any other Fire tablet... unless you have some very specific requirements.
Let's consider the negatives, first.
Bootloader is locked …
Thu 26 July 2018
Mon 09 July 2018
Someone on the
debian-user list just discovered that
gpt partitioning allows you to put 128 partitions on a disk. They got really excited at the granularity that would allow. They weren't thinking about the exciting maintenance procedures that would inevitably follow -- not enough space here, too much space there, backups …
Thu 17 May 2018
In 'Lies, Damned Lies and Benchmarks' (2014) I wrote about varying measures of CPU power versus perception of speed, and concluded that there were no order-of-magnitude differences in affordable CPUs. Three and a half years later, there ought to be some change in the market. What's the best bang-for-the-buck these …
Tue 15 May 2018
Wed 28 February 2018
The price for using a math library developed by Foobar Corporation is $10,000 plus 1% of the sale price of your product, or whatever you negotiate with them.
The price for using a GPL'd math library is that you must license your source code under the GPL as well.
The price for using an LGPL'd math library is distributing the source for the library along with your product. If you modify the library itself, then that falls back to the GPL.
In no case are you getting something for nothing. It's just that the cost of using GPL'd software isn't usually in dollars, but in contributions of more software.
Thu 21 December 2017
Your company probably needs a librarian. Maybe more than one.
A modern librarian selects, installs, configures and administrates knowledge management software. They are experts in organizational methods and search techniques.
A librarian may take in paper documents and convert them to electronic formats. Everything gets stored, indexed, and made searchable …
Thu 23 November 2017
It's not enough that Net Neutrality be enforced. That's just a basic requirement to keep corporations from completely exploiting their customers.
What would a good long-term solution look like?
We can look at history. In 1982, the eight-year antitrust suit against AT&T was ended by the breakup of AT …
Sun 12 November 2017
Wireguard is a new open source VPN system being initially developed on Linux. I have two major use cases for such a thing: site-to-site protection, and backhauling traffic from a laptop or phone to my house.
Small codebase, because there are very few options. For example, there is …
Sat 28 October 2017
Thu 07 September 2017
Wed 06 September 2017
Thu 10 August 2017
Ken MacLeod writes science fiction. His job to write stories that entertain us while, perhaps, presenting some interesting ideas. He doesn't have to be a prognosticator. Nobody really thinks that the future of humanity will be to separate into fast-thinking, fast-evolving AIs in Jovian orbit versus nanotech-equipped paranoid biological humans …
Mon 12 June 2017
People are overwhelmed with email.
In response, they declare email bankruptcy -- that means that they arbitrarily delete their inboxes and hope the problem will magically fix itself -- or adopt strange methodologies.
Here is the one true method of dealing with email. It works. It requires some setup. It requires some …