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Randian versus Liberal views in Programming (Joey points out debate+followup regarding the ethics of Open Source)


Back when I was in high-school, our "extended learning" course was given a "real world" demonstration of Randian versus Liberal ideology via an old party game. If everyone in the group is willing to accept a moderate reward, then everyone can simply have that moderate reward. If any one person gets greedy while everyone else ...

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This isn't helping much... (Old (running) code is finally showing the cracks that made me replace it)


Have spent > 4 hours tracking down problems with the old scanner code. This code is entirely ripped out and replaced with TwistedSNMP in the new version, but the old version is what the customer is running at the moment. I was seriously tempted to just upgrade them to the new version.

I should eat some day soon... (The cupboards are bare, the license is expiring, the hard disk is missing!)


Tomorrow need to run errands before I start work. I've been out of food since early this morning (even the emergency snacks (high calorie and salt content) are gone), and my poor little tummy is going to be unhappy with me come tomorrow. It's getting back at me by expanding my shopping list (never make ...

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Widgets should be determined w/out if/elif junk (Things you know you should do right in the first place but never get around to...)


Well, mostly wound up generalising the planned-object editing system today (modulo a few hours trying to figure out what was wrong with my SNMP queries, (it was just a system mis-configuration in the end, nothing to do with my code)). Got the "choose an existing or other-new-planned" control working nicely. Whipped up a street view, ...

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The end of the first day (Blogging day one is finished...)


Seems like forever since I got up "this morning" and started blogging (I had a 2 or 3 hour nap around 9 or 10 pm, but not a full night's sleep). The sun is lighting up the haze now, "The Time Warp" (original cast version) is now playing over the (loud) traffic outside. The weekend ...

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