11 June 2015

Of fascism and functional programming

There’s been a fuss in some circles about the fact that Curtis Yarvin was uninvited from a tech conference after the organizers learned of his political views, which he publishes under the pen name “Mencius Moldbug”. I don’t particularly want to discuss his political views or whether he should be invited to speak at conferences; rather, I want to point out something I haven’t seen anyone else point out. But before I get to that, I feel like I should provide a little background for those who have been lucky enough not to encounter the “Moldbug” oeuvre. ... Read more

8 June 2015

Of logs and time zones and systemd

Back in 2005 I wrote about syslog brokenness — specifically, the fact that each entry is logged in local time zone, but with no indication of what that time zone was at the moment the message was logged. Because time zones change, this means there are periods of time every year where log messages are ambiguous. If your logging device moves across time zones, the problem is even worse, and sure enough, the problem has finally affected a real life case: we don’t know what happened just before the Amtrak 188 train derailed, because the timestamps on assorted logs were ambiguous. ... Read more

21 May 2015

Video games and spatial learning

« The research, published in a Royal Society journal on Wednesday, found that people who played games such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto V and Tomb Raider were more likely to employ navigational strategies associated with decreased grey matter in the hippocampus part of the brain. […] By questioning the participants, the researchers examined whether they tackled the virtual reality task using a spatial or response learning strategy. A spatial strategy involves building relationships between landmarks in an environment and relies on the hippocampus. ... Read more

19 May 2015


Found on Urban Dictionary, subsequently removed for reasons unknown: belluzzo (n.) Someone who acts against the interests of the organization he’s with, often in favor of some other organization he may be secretly working for instead — a mole. Named after former SGI CEO Richard Belluzzo, who killed IRIX and MIPS at SGI in favor of NT on Itanium. Right before that, he was Executive VP at HP, where his main accomplishment was killing HPUX on PA-RISC in favor of NT on Itanium. ... Read more

17 May 2015

Recommendations wanted: USB Audio & MIDI interface

I’m looking for a USB and MIDI interface, because M-Audio haven’t bothered to update the drivers for the one I have, so it doesn’t work with any current OSs. Requirements: At least 1 audio in and 1 audio out. At least 1 MIDI in and 1 MIDI out. Standard audio jacks (not just XLR). Must be compatible with USB Device Class Definition for MIDI Devices. Must be compatible with USB Device Class Definition for Audio Devices, specifically USB Audio Class 2 or higher. ... Read more

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