Infrastructure Failures Suck

So this morning every single VirtualBox VM refuses to load. Ever-so-helpful "there was an error" messages. I'm assuming I'm looking at a driver, libc, or similar failure from the dist-upgrade of the host this morning. Yay. This is *not* what I needed to work on this morning.

[Update] a workstation/server reboot (Egads ...

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Going to try AppVeyor for building releases

Got hard-stalled trying to get the laptop configured for building all of the various versions of Python to get the binary packages released. So I think I'll try using AppVeyor to build the releases. It's free for OS projects, and it would be nice not to have to pay attention to the compiler ...

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Lazy-calculated Integer Sizes Deprecated

So there's a bit of code in PyOpenGL that is now producing deprecation warnings. In essence, we have a type that is a "run-time lookup" integer. So when you have an element that is of unknown size, you lookup that value via some function. That function is often OpenGL-context-dependent. As of latest Numpy that ...

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Java Jokes

So I ran across a snippet of code today in a Java codebase:

additionalCommands.add(new XYZAdminClientMenuItemAdditionalCommand(START_COMMAND, "Start Cluster"));
additionalCommands.add(new XYZAdminClientMenuItemAdditionalCommand(STOP_COMMAND,  "Stop Cluster"));
additionalCommands.add(new XYZAdminClientMenuItemAdditionalCommand(MON_COMMAND, "Start Monitor the Cluster"));

which, to any Python programmer looks like someone is pulling your leg.

Here's a Java version that doesn ...

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Embrace the Singularity: Sunday Bahen 1180

Presentation is shaping up nicely. I'm still way-over on slides (71), but that's normal for me at this stage. I'll do some ruthless cutting as I start into full read-throughs. The biggest thing that's shown up in reviews so far is that probably 15 of the slides are fodder for an ...

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Has it really been 18 years since I did Java?

I've definitely had to touch Java in the intervening years, but the last big Java project I can remember working on was in 1997. And that was a VR Mutech that we ripped out and replaced with C++ and Javascript ASAP. Java code always seems somewhat like someone is pulling my leg...

  • You wrote ...

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That point where you wish you'd asked for an hour

There's a point in every presentation where you realize "I should have asked for an hour (or 8)"... that's about 1/2 way through in my experience, it's where you've filled the work-table with a thousand items, taking each bullet point you wanted to cover and expanding it to full-lecture size ...

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Kubuntu 15.10 seems fine so far

So I pulled the upgrade switch on the (Dell Inspiron) laptop on Friday. It trundled for almost the whole day doing the upgrade, then rebooted to a black-and-totally-unresponsive screen, with no way to switch to virtual consoles... I did a hard-reboot, booted to recovery console and reinstalled the fglrx (proprietary AMD) drivers, then rebooted... and ...

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