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Geekbench

Posted 02-05-2014 at 04:04 PM by ttk (Unpopular Positions: One Geek's Take)

Because none of us have infinite time and money to throw at our computer hardware, it's nice to be able to look at a benchmark and gauge whether it's worth it to spend a little extra cash at a more powerful CPU, or one with a different memory subsystem, or a solid state disk, etc.

For this, we have system benchmarks.

For a system benchmark to be useful to a person, it must measure the system's capability to perform the kinds of tasks that person needs their system to...
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Reflections: Progress on OpenSSL, and Greybeard Wisdom

Posted 02-01-2014 at 03:01 PM by ttk (Unpopular Positions: One Geek's Take)
Updated 02-01-2014 at 03:03 PM by ttk

I'm finally pulling out of a months-long depressive funk, and touched my openssl patch again. On one hand openssl isn't exactly pleasant to work with (hardly any comments, bizarre formatting, obscure internal interfaces), but it felt good to be writing some C and making progress on my #1 project.

In addition to writing the code, I really should be documenting the whys and hows of the changes, like I promised my friend Chris. I didn't remember that until just now. Perhaps enumerating...
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Some Observations Regarding NSA Surveillance

Posted 10-26-2013 at 01:43 PM by ttk (Unpopular Positions: One Geek's Take)
Updated 10-26-2013 at 01:44 PM by ttk (Adding categories)

Some things to keep in mind regarding the mass hoovering of data communications a la Room 641A:

Communication lines transport packets of data, each of which contains metadata (including identifiers for the origin of the packet and its destination) and data (voice, video, internet traffic, etc). Collection software would inspect each packet and append entries to its own data store, including at least the source, destination, and time the packet was inspected (and possibly additional...
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ZACL Changes Afoot

Posted 07-17-2013 at 07:52 PM by ttk (Unpopular Positions: One Geek's Take)

Lately, when working on Zacl (Zacl's A Concurrency Language), I've been trying to implement a parser for the language with Lemon.

I've despised lex and yacc (and their successors, flex and bison) since 1988, and most of the other compiler-compilers out there looked to me like remakes of lex and yacc, using different implementation languages and different syntactic sugar. But not Lemon -- Lemon is different. It inverts the relationship between the lexer and the parser, and uses nice-looking...
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Headcrab, and $NEWJOB

Posted 06-12-2013 at 11:38 PM by ttk (Unpopular Positions: One Geek's Take)

I haven't had time or energy to do much lately, because I started a new job. The first week or so will keep me tired and relatively inactive on my personal projects.

On the other hand, I may be allocating some hours to Headcrab development. Mutt is having a hell of a time with my new employer's IMAPS server. It keeps getting TLS packets with "wrong length" and falling into a craptastic state, requiring me to periodically quit mutt and restart it.

I could...
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