A thought

If a Debian General Resolution ballot asked me to choose between “eat shit” and “die”, I’d vote for Further Discussion.

Planet Debian RSS 2.0 feed is broken

Tollef Fog Heen asks: Also, why does bloglines link to the completely wrong place on dburrow’s posts? It links to http://planet.debian.org/tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-$blah rather than the real URL. I think I know why. I don’t know which Planet feed Tollef is reading, but a look at the…

You have a blog? Call the plumber!

David N. Welton writes about the word “blog”: […] to me it sounds more like something you have to call a plumber to deal with after having drained a couple of bottles of some caustic agent down the toilet, in an unsuccessful attempt to eliminate…

It’s time to fix the ABI

SELinux is entirely correct about disallowing dynamic code generation, as it is a major security risk. Disregarding Just-In-Time compilation, the main legitimate need for dynamic code generation is to support (downward) closures that are ABI-compatible with normal C functions. GCC’s local functions extension of C…

So THAT’s how we recruit nowadays

If you know of an occasional passerby who takes the time to extract the contents of Debian source packages to see whether the RFCs are here or not, please let us know. We are always looking for new potential contributors. — Josselin Mouette 🙂

I am going to rank MJ Ray low from now on

MJ Ray writes: There seem to be some 30 or 40 voters who really dislike me, but didn’t tell me that straight, preferring to be silent then vote me down. Are you cowards, or what? This displays such an antipathy against secret ballots (which protect…

The Dying Philosophers Problem

Reading a masters thesis draft that mentions the dining philosophers problem – a parable about the difficulties of process synchronization very well known in computer science – it occurred to me that it must not be a very good idea to eat just spaghetti (or…

Tux Games is a spammer

I received some time ago (don’t remember exactly when, I’ve since deleted that mail) a mail from Tux Games informing me that a mail that I (supposedly) had sent them is being held pending my confirmation that the message is not spam. Now, I have…

Nixforce, cease and desist

Update Amazingly, they seem to have complied with this notice by taking down my content 🙂 Nixforce, you are republishing (parts of) my blog without permission, and without indicating that you are republishing stuff written elsewhere. You are required to do all of the following,…