ddevine@identi.ca ddevine@identi.ca

Brisbane, Australia

Yet another GNU/Linux guy. Haiku OS fan, KDE user and accidential web developer.

  • 2014-04-11T09:34:40Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It just occurred to me that a thoughtful bunch like you may have advice on a question I have...

    How do you teach somebody attention to detail and what a minimum standard of work is?

    Could you provide more context?

    On a general level, if you want attention to detail, you need the person to feel that the detail matters. When teaching English, one thing I ask students to do is correct erroneous sentences where the list of sentences are all ones they've written.

    As for a minimum standard of work, that phrase itself is only defined if below-threshold work is treated as unusable or unacceptable. For example, when my students are lazy and do their homework in a sloppy fashion, I write"Zero" on top and hand it back along with a fresh copy of the same homework.

    Douglas Perkins at 2014-04-11T12:59:53Z

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  • 2014-04-11T09:29:33Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Some of you (probably none, maybe one) might have noticed that I have been absent from identi.ca... I'd like to have a story completely explaining it away but I don't.

    Frankly my lifestyle has changed a lot - I spend a lot more time in meatspace (people, drinking, tomfoolery, girls, rock climbing/bouldering, uni work) and Pump.io based Identi.ca doesn't offer the same level of interaction and value that the Statusnet version did.

    It's not to say that I won't be dropping around occasionally.
  • 2013-12-23T14:04:36Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Fedup failed... Though I still have a reasonable system so I'll download the CD and install afresh tomorrow.
    In the italian mailing list they suggested to enable updates-testing repo and upgrade fedup from 0.7 to 0.8. It worked, and i finally upgrade from F19 to F20. But my system sometimes decide to block after the grub...

    at 2013-12-23T14:30:20Z

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    Yeah I already did that, and I used the no-gpg-check (or whatever it was) option.

    ddevine@identi.ca at 2013-12-25T11:42:04Z

  • 2013-12-23T05:05:41Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Not having a particularly good Festivus. I think I am just going to read The Elements of Fucking Style and pace the house aimlessly until it is late enough to eat and go to bed.
  • 2013-12-18T14:01:12Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    I think I am going to take my Friendica instance down. I don't really get much compelling use out of it, and having this massive hunk of not-very-active PHP makes me nervous for security reasons.
    Oh… Do you have a Diaspora* account then?

    XRevan86 at 2013-12-18T14:14:46Z

  • 2013-12-05T04:22:26Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Who's going to LCA?

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    Australia has an entire conference dedicated to a kernel?

    Jason Self at 2013-12-05T23:35:49Z

    No time and no fund ):

    Olivier Mehani at 2013-12-06T00:28:39Z

    It's not all kernel stuff. It's basically an "open source" conference.

    ddevine@identi.ca at 2013-12-07T12:04:04Z

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  • 2013-12-04T04:07:16Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Ugh, I think the problem that has held up the implementation I am working on for a few days was due to my own arrogance... I enabled some functionality which I didn't really understand and actually interfered and broke things. Good thing I went off the clock to solve this one :)

    And again, the key to finding a solution was simply writing a message asking for help - and then realising the solution before I had even sent it.

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    Though, in my defence - the debug output from the components I am using was fucking useless.

    I ended up writing my first bit of PHP in many years to get the information that I really needed. It was really obvious stuff that should have been in the debug output! I may push a patch upstream.

    ddevine@identi.ca at 2013-12-04T04:12:18Z

    Rubber ducking ftw. We have started doing regular code reviews in the office, and as a result I have started shaping things up in anticipation of having to explain my code to someone. “He is going to ask why I am doing doing this thing here. Why am I doing this thing here? I think I have to because foo, but I'm not sure. Hey, that's not too difficult to find out, I'll try it out now.”

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2013-12-04T12:40:51Z

  • 2013-12-04T00:22:35Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers


    This makes me fucking sick. I can imagine how they gathered such data too and that also makes me even sicker.

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  • 2013-11-17T02:54:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Thinking of starting a new blog very soon. It will be Nikola powered, of course...

    The idea is that it will be about issues for younger (teens/twenty-something) geeks and hackers. There is already http://bluehackers.org/ but I want to provide a perspective and limited discussion on growing up and integrating with other people our age and not so much about dealing with mental illnesses.

    I thought about this a lot last night and there is a *lot* of content to cover. Everything from my own lessons learned, discussion on the problems technology (and privacy) aware geeks face, general PSA's...

    I can't help wondering how valid or appropriate some of my personal commentary would be. I doubt I have any controversial opinions, but I do worry about saying something wrong or something that I may regret saying publicly.
    I would expect that anyone who thinks for himself/herself will have some controversial opinions. That in itself is not a reason not to start your blog.

    I would be concerned about
    • having enough time to devote to writing blog articles and responding to comments so that site visitors have a reason to return regularly
    • whether you are able to tolerate commenters whose worldviews are quite different from yours
    • where to draw the line on your own content and on comments
    • preventing spam comments (spam chases away legitimate visitors)
    • whether to have occasional articles by guest-writers
    You may (or may not) want to think about how something you write could affect your employment after graduation.

    If you have the time to put into it, I hope you go for it.

    lnxwalt@microca.st at 2013-11-17T04:32:21Z

    Controversial is not bad. By definition.

    Wrong sucks a little. But that's why we write publicly, in part, I think. For corrections and refinements. What would really suck is never figuring out where you were wrong.

    Douglas Perkins at 2013-11-17T06:08:00Z

    Yeah that's exactly what I am thinking (execpt for the Spam, that's actually pretty easy to deal with). I might just sit on the idea for a bit longer and if it keeps buzzing around my head for long enough I'll just do it.

    Guest writers would be really awesome.

    I might just draft some articles and if it looks like the idea is robust then I'll bring it public.

    ddevine@identi.ca at 2013-11-23T07:47:26Z

  • 2013-11-13T04:35:30Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    Compressing my site's static files with Zopfli (zlib client compatible, but better compression). It's really bloody slow on full compression.
  • 2013-11-05T06:59:02Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    I really must be a terrible tactician.
    I come up with a plan, I execute it, it was inneffective, I reflect, I can't see what I did wrong...

    Bummer. :-(

    A different and better question is where things deviated from your expectations. (You can be right and still not succeed, after all.)

    Douglas Perkins at 2013-11-05T09:55:03Z

  • 2013-11-03T12:58:27Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    I forgot how fucking harsh EVE Online is... Especially when you're a pirate trying to navigate hi-sec.
  • 2013-10-31T12:03:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Either I am ballsy, or stupid... But I feel ready to go start a new project involving Twisted. I am envisioning successfully punching Twisted in the face, but I fear that I may be the one who gets the bloody nose.

    I am also looking at using Pulsar with Twisted. I can use the protocol support from Twisted until it suits me to remove twisted in favour of native Pulsar implementations... But, of course, at the moment I am talking shit because no code has been written.

    If you're talking about the Python library, I say do it! I got to play with EventMachine in the Ruby world and I'm pretty sure it was modeled after Twisted. Twisted always looked like a great project to me.

    Christopher M. Hobbs (inactive) at 2013-10-31T12:35:21Z

  • 2013-10-31T03:22:09Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Except as otherwise stated in this Policy, the University owns all IP created by Staff:
    (a) created in or during the course of employment with the University; or
    (e) while participating in any project or program supported by funding obtained or provided
    by or through the University;

    Woah, hang on a fucking second!

    Considering the other work I will be doing at the same time (on my own time) I can't afford to let this slip by. I guess I have to get an official clarification or amendment made.

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  • 2013-10-27T17:13:43Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    I think I'd really dig Europe. I should get some cash together and get over there - or better yet, find some work over there and spend some solid time there.

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  • 2013-10-27T06:53:03Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    Hmm... My Filastruder order is coming up to 4 weeks now. Considering they say they're meeting and exceeding lead times I'll be quite concerned if I don't get a shipping email by tomorrow.
  • 2013-10-27T03:34:30Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    Ugh, I'll never make the mistake of posting on a political site inhabited by loons and hipsters again... (So, in general, never post on a political site).
  • 2013-10-26T17:13:03Z via social.ddevnet.net To: Public

    I have been getting lots of fake WhatsApp emails that have fake headers. To a normal person they would look very legit, and they would have fooled me except for the fact that I refuse to use a service such as WhatsApp, even to listen to a recorded message sent to my email address.

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