Things I discovered yesterday
- Installing Firefox in an OpenVZ container can make you lose /dev/null
- OpenSolaris sleep(1) needs the network to be up
- People are injecting foreskins into their face
- Dubai is really screwed
Things I discovered yesterday
Audacity is frustrating
You might think that recording and then splitting it into separate audio files based on silences
between each track would be easy to do - sadly not.
Aside from crashing a few times and failing to recover properly, I've been hit by these
- despite claims to the contrary, even 1.3.7 does not correctly alter labels when you modify the
audio. That means there's no way to Truncate Silence without re-doing all your labels!
- you can't split into tracks (or, apparently, make selections) based on labels added by the silence finder, so you can't remove inter-track silences that way either
- the labels dialog has a fun bug where it removes all your labels that don't have names (as
none of them do by default). This gets frustrating fast.
- there's no way to start a recording on the current track - I have to have a new one, it seems. This was fine until I discovered that Mix and Render completely screwed up the merging of all the tracks.
Seriously, how do people actually use this thing?
openpty() and forkpty(): avoid
After dealing with more code that gets it wrong I was reminded of the numerous reasons why openpty() is such a broken API. The prototype of this "convenience" function is this:
int openpty(int *amaster, int *aslave, char *name, struct termios *termp, struct winsize *winp);
Review board review
I was bored so played around with Review Board a little more, including installing it myself.
Things seem to have got easier to install, at least to some degree. You can use easy_install, though at least
for CentOS 5.2, you'll need to install a newer version of setuptools first. It's also far from automated, missing
out basic dependencies like pysqlite2, patchutils, and even patch itself. Discovering these can be, and in my case was, rather tedious work.
After that it's pretty easy to install, for the sqlite version anyway. The documentation isn't exactly clear on
what permissions changes you need to make: you need to chown all of db/ to the apache user as well for anything to work. Expect to set up a virtual host for the installation, like I did above.
Don't forget to enable logging in the admin interface whilst you're messing around.
Sadly, the Mercurial support seems some way behind. For example, it doesn't pick up changeset comments.
The diff parser (how is this not in a library by now?) can't handle git diffs, and the failure mode is horrible (basically, silent failure, with no debugging messages). This is because hg git diffs don't contain the revisions being diffed, so Review Board can't pull the files from the repo. Undoubtedly a Mercurial misfeature, but it does make Review Board near useless for my purposes unfortunately.
It can handle ssh repositories (which is all opensolaris.org provides), but there's a horrible work around needed: you have to set up a correct known_hosts file in the apache user's home directory. Yuck.
As for the main interface, it's generally pretty slick. I can imagine it getting cumbersome quickly with large code reviews though. Compare and contrast Review Board's diff viewer with webrev. The latter to me at least, is much more scalable, even though the actual diff mechanism is less smart. In particular, I can review each file with webrev in a separate tab, whereas Review Board insists on one big (very big!) screen. I'd still give my right arm for a webrev-based Review Board :)
Another thing I'd like to see is more integration with the repository, so I can click on a file and it will take me off to the repo browser for looking through history.
My Real Dad
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
I've only just read the XML-RPC spec. I knew it was simple, but I didn't know it was stupid. Seriously, no parameter names? Only 32-bit integers? And no "NULL"? WTF?
Harold Wobble Wedges
ASA to rule on the existence of god
I think atheists and believers alike should agree to abide by the Advertising Standard Agency's decision, when it comes - agreed?
After sitting through Expelled, I felt the need to cleanse my intellectual palate. Thankfully I had Bill Maher's Religulous to watch. Coming across like a mongrel of Borat and An Inconvenient Truth, it's an alleged documentary, played for laughs. And chunks of it are indeed very, very funny - the Cannabis Ministry guy comes to mind.
Consisting mainly of Maher tracking down the more comedic elements of out-there religion, it's a wonder he
got most of these people to sign the release forms. I'm especially thinking of the senator who admitted he
was religious because he was stupid. Maher uses his incredulity at these people's beliefs for humour, and he
does it rather well. It's not the kind of film that's supposed to make a serious point, though of course it does.
Particular highlights for me were the Vatican priest who dismissed Hell as a "silly idea", and the Professor
Frink style inventions of The Institute for Science and Halacha, devoted to technology to work around the absurd orthodox Shabbat rules (cue the pneumatic wheelchair).
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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