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15 Oct 2004 (updated 15 Oct 2004 at 02:28 UTC) »
raph: Nick Summers sent me a link to this paper, Parameterizable Fonts Based on Shape Components - have you seen it?

Also these results.

13 Oct 2004 (updated 14 Oct 2004 at 04:19 UTC) »
raph, "native X server"? What about a Quartz version? (and/or libart/X11)

Gah. Does anyone else here hate D-Link? I have a D-Link DWL-122 USB compact wireless thing in an iMac that gives grief to two other devices on my Ad-Hoc wireless net:

1. a P4 running WinXP with a D-Link DWL-G520B PCI card can't access Samba shares on the iMac or surf reliably (the iMac is gateway); can't ftp either.

2. a P3 laptop running Linux can't do certain transfers (http, nfs) with the iMac over wireless. Funnily enough, ssh and ping work perfectly.

Hmm...wonder if it's MTU/MRU related.

Gah. I think the next thing is to swap the D-Link USB for a Linksys USB.

(update) Ankh, NAT is not involved. MTU changes do not help... I think I am dealing with a faulty D-Link USB wireless adapter. Will probably buy a Linksys wireless router tomorrow (only $60 approx!) and solve it that way...

(I wish Advogato wouldn't keep spawning <p>'s every time I edit a post)

Found among M$ blogs.

1) Andy Rich says, "I love when customers find bugs!"

He must be a happy man then. Maybe one day he'll realise it's even better when customers find and fix bugs.

2) Brian Johnson's blog is titled BufferOverrun. Bad omen, or what? Sure enough, the top post is a Security Bulletin - the GDI+ vulnerability.

9 Oct 2004 (updated 9 Oct 2004 at 14:49 UTC) »
National tragedy in Australia

Australian election is a disaster. That's it. I'm leaving the country. I can't believe they re-elected that pathetic drooling liar for another term.

8 Oct 2004 (updated 8 Oct 2004 at 12:53 UTC) »
miconof, just mmap the file once.
7 Oct 2004 (updated 11 Oct 2004 at 18:16 UTC) »
AlanHorkan, in "RTFM", the profanity is entirely in the eye of the beholder. You can choose to read it in that way, or not, it's entirely up to you. It's not inherent.

Re: the case in point, most of your arguments are moot, since wget is not only completely and accessibly documented in its man page - if shlomif can't use man then answering his question would have done him little good - but also has its internal documentation which is impossible not to stumble over.

Shlomif needs to be helped to help himself. RTFM is by far the most polite way of doing so (see previous entry).

(additional) Actually I mean nothing against shlomif personally. He's a pretty OK guy. And I really like his solution to Perl Regular Quiz 023.

5 Oct 2004 (updated 6 Oct 2004 at 14:05 UTC) »
I recently had to figure out how to do something with wget: get everything below a directory on the web-server, without following links to outside it. So I logged in to FreeNode's #debian channel, where there are many knowledgable people to ask it. The first answer I got was "RTFM". ...
No matter how much you bleat, the answer has always been in man wget AND wget --help. (The latter is impossible to miss, as any incomplete or incorrect invocation suggests you use it.) If you need IRC to babysit you through a command that has comprehensive built-in help, well, you deserve what you get. Make an acronym of this: Try Harder Next Time.

(update) nymia:

So, what is shlomif's chance of getting the answer: 25%.
100% if he uses man wget or simply wget itself.

IRC was the wrong avenue, as he may or may not learn. The fault is not IRC per se. "RTFM" is a valid response because what is required here is not the answer asked for, but the knowledge of where in general to find such answers. "Give a man a fish" versus "Teach a man to fish". The former does not scale. The latter does (and is the premise of education in general).

To your cases I would add:

5. Whether the respondent knows the answer is irrelevant; "RTFM" is appropriate when it is clear from context that answering the question of the instant will do no lasting good.
4 Oct 2004 (updated 8 Oct 2004 at 16:17 UTC) »
raph -
I now have a rough interactive app for drawing with Cornu splines. ... I drew the letter R freehand,

Your editor looks very nice. And the "R" does too. Doubles as a good demo of libart - which I've been wanting to play with too. Well done.

30 Sep 2004 (updated 30 Sep 2004 at 04:20 UTC) »
apenwarr: have you taken into account:

1) that certain features (or lack of) in some compiled languages militate against reliability (and sometimes even performance)

2) that certain features of "scripting" or "interpreted" or "the other sort" of languages are actually designed to effectively aid reliability

I raise this not in order to settle the debate - which is clearly not a convergent debate as has been proven more times than there are seconds left in my lifespan - but in order to perhaps make you think for a moment. Your assertion is just a troll in a skimpy kimono.

27 Sep 2004 (updated 27 Sep 2004 at 18:18 UTC) »
bolsh wrote,
in some locales the alphabet is ordered "AaBbCc....Zz", and in others it uses the ASCII ordering of "ABC...Z...abc...z". This depends on the LC_COLLATE environment variable
Aha! I never would have thought of a non-ASCII collating sequence. So herzi's original problem might have been caused by a collation aAbB..zZ?

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