Sat 20 October 2018
Wed 10 October 2018
All email disclaimers are utterly useless – except, possibly, one that a lawyer sends you that, on that particular message, reminds you that you are not in a privileged relationship.
Here’s the proof:
This message (including any attachment(s) hereto) is confidential and may also be privileged. It is intended …
Fri 21 September 2018
One problem: we have built an immense network of supercomputers that is essentially a Commons. An abuse of this Commons that would be ridiculously unprofitable if it had to be carried out by humans – say, an expected return of one one-hundredth cent per attempt – is highly attractive to unscrupulous actors …
Sat 04 August 2018
Sun 29 July 2018
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Sat 28 October 2017
Thu 07 September 2017