Older blog entries for haruspex (starting at number 239)

19 May 2006 (updated 19 May 2006 at 06:32 UTC) »
titus, when it comes to external filesystem handling not all the points are in Wind'z' favour. For instance, on OS X a WebDAV mount is a first class filesystem, unlike WinXP. You're right that FTP is not one of OS X's supported external filesystems. WebDAV is arguably more useful anyway (especially over https).
28 Apr 2006 (updated 28 Apr 2006 at 00:20 UTC) »
ravidgemole, The idea has long been part of modern systems. See man random , egd, wikipedia on hardware RNG, Yarrow, etc. BSD and OS X even has a library function to seed from /dev/random, sranddev() .
oubiwann, Cory Doctorow also has some good notes of Shirky's talk (that page links both to the 2006 talk and a 2003 one I also found interesting).
17 Mar 2006 (updated 17 Mar 2006 at 02:38 UTC) »

Australia? A civilised democracy? You must be kidding. Web censorship without the support of law: That's life under little Johnny. Read the mea culpa speech you'll never hear at richardneville.com.

12 Mar 2006 (updated 12 Mar 2006 at 22:15 UTC) »
bi, The person who made that post was me: Apologies for attributing froofyjit wrongly -- I've followed up with a correction. Btw I think it is quite a cool thing. I want an excuse to play with it!
e8johan, it's clearly just humorous navel-gazing, nothing to start a jihad over.
pphaneuf - Re: VSS, whether they use it internally or not - I've read that it is often shunned - isn't it rather shocking that they try and sell it to customers? Of course, we could see it as a problem of education or marketing, that greatly superior free alternatives such as Subversion exist...
1 Mar 2006 (updated 13 Mar 2006 at 20:36 UTC) »

One of the rare gems of common sense on the 'cartoons' issue was Haroon Siddiqui's editorial in the Toronto Star.

(update) Another sensible column: Michael Coren. Three (more) cheers for Canada.

22 Feb 2006 (updated 22 Feb 2006 at 16:56 UTC) »
bi, Most of what I know about significance arithmetic is in those Usenet threads (not the web page -- I only found that yesterday). Yes, it would take patience to read them, but I found Steve's arguments compelling - IMHO he has some good ideas that improve upon accepted wisdom in this area. Ymmv.
22 Feb 2006 (updated 22 Feb 2006 at 04:47 UTC) »
rmathew, Significance arithmetic, as outlined by Steve Richfield in numerous threads on comp.arch.arithmetic, is an interesting alternative to interval arithmetic.

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