Apparently the mere fact of a file being dated 1996 makes a typical computer user in 2017 think they must be infected by a virus.
This is enough to draw dismal conclusions about almost everything involving computers. I'll spare you my spelling them all out.
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I might not be a typical computer user, but still had to check if I have those infected files. I found this from my home directory:
timppa@haya:~$ LANG=en ls -l ~/home-eka/timppa/work/koululta/jis -rw-r--r-- 1 timppa timppa 5168 Jan 11 1991 /home/timppa/home-eka/timppa/work/koululta/jis
It was not a virus, it was a saved post from a newsgroup:
Newsgroups: sci.lang.japan Subject: Re: Striping of ESC from JIS codeing Date: 8 Jan 91 00:41:03 GMT
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propellor in LWN
Pleased to see a lot of Haskell code in Linux Weekly News this week! :)
"The plus sign above indicates the addition of types — which is the sort of thing that Haskell developers apparently like to do."
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That first glorious lazy day of late winter when it's comfortable to read outside in the sun.
I was hiding from the sun just 2 weeks ago in Australia, but still feel the need to soak it up now before winter returns.
Molecular Sieve DO NOT EAT
I imagine the design process for this went something like:
A: So, another day another dessicant packet design.
B: Yeah, so boring.
A: What's this one for?
B: Big white antibiotics pills.
A: Oh then we probably shouldn't use a white pill-shaped container, should we?
B: Well, we could just put "DO NOT EAT" on it.
A: Heh. Actually, I have been kicking around an idea for building the dessicant into the lid of the pill bottle, to avoid accidental ingestion...
B: Ssh, you'll design us out of our jobs! (Also, that might be patentable, don't want BIGPHARMACO to own that IP!)
A: Thanks, yeah. Well, "DO NOT EAT", it's kind of Alice in Wonderland isn't it?
B: Yeah, and the patient is probably half off their head with fever too. Maybe I could make 1% of them say "EAT ME" instead?
A: Really thinking of quitting soon eh?
B: No comment. [pause] Oh take a look at this file 2015molsievecontainer.final.really.final2.done.accepted.signedoff-by-steve.doc ... it's almost the same shape as those amoxocyclin pills, and if you remove the dye process...
A: Exact same base shade of white!
B: Heh, we could put "molecular sieve" on the warning label too, the consumers have learned to avoid "dessicant" by now.
A: What happens if they ingest one of these anyway?
B: Dunno. It's FDA approved for contact with pills innit.
A: Sent the updated file to Steve. Early lunch?
library author interaction
Haskell is the only language where I've seen the author of a library sending patches to programs that use it, just to make their use of the library better, avoid breakage in new versions, etc.
Also, the author of the Raaz library recently got in touch with me, since I used it, looking for feedback from a user about how the API could be improved.
This seems very unusual, but also like something that should not be unusual..Inside Google this is apparently the norm, with lots of tooling to support https://acawiki.org/Why_Google_Stores_Billions_of_Lines_of_Code_in_a_Single_Repository ... probably happens to lesser extent within many organizations, but Google's huge scale makes it seem more relevant/aspirational for worldwide FLOSS, or that's how it strikes me. I don't know that practice has been studied at all, but also feels to me like should be usual.
what circadian rhythms
Home for 3 days from AU and just starting to emerge from my jetlag hole and accomplish anything other than reading fiction.
On Monday I slept from midnight to 5 pm. On Tuesday, I slept from 10 pm to 3 am. Last night, I slept from 7 pm to midnight and then from 6 am to 10 am. All kinds of messed up.
Doesn't help that there is no sun available in this hemisphere!
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hello from SYD
My Linux.conf.au talk: Type driven configuration management with Propellor
my sister is not jealous of me being in AU.. not at all :)
Last night's gorgeous sunset at the #lca2017 speakers dinner
Grape arbors and a radio telescope in the other direction; I didn't know where to look.
Rumors of possible aurora australis tonight.
LCA streams are at https://linux.conf.au/stream (seems not linked from the website). My second talk, on propellor, is tomorrow at 2:15pm Hobart time / 10 pm US Eastern / 25 hours after the post date of this note.
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LCA talk 1
Presented keysafe in the big auditorium at LCA. I've had a cold, but was able to get over the fever and most other symptoms before, and muster some energy for it. Went well!