Archives week 32 of 2004

Aug. 9, 2004 - Aug. 15, 2004

Rather annoying cutting old code (New scanner code added to old cloth makes some poor seams...)

When you wind up back-modifying large-ish bodies of code to work in entirely new ways, you wind up with a lot of areas where the fit isn't wonderful. In this case, the ping scanner was written with the assumption that the entire hierarchy was coming from database, and so therefor every operation could rely on ...

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Why do we still have software patents? (Have they helped foster invention? No. Then why grant them?)

Just seems insane to me that people can get patents on what are essentially just ideas. It should not be possible to patent "using a computer + network to do x", yet that's what's being done. It should not be possible to patent basic mathematics or algorithms, yet we allow it. And every time we ...

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Extreme Twisted Goodness! (Days are more productive with extreme programming... though having a "User" would be useful)

The day's work was basically getting the hierarchy-discovery code moved into the ping-scanner framework. As a side effect, I've finally built a full-system simulator for the CMTS+Channels+modems... makes writing tests much easier, which in turn gives a better feel to the development process... a good day :) .

The actual mock CMTS + Modems are ...

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The Italian Job and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Flicks in the field)

Just got back from the free movie night at U of T. Rather a large crowd for the early show (The Italian Job, which honestly wasn't that spectacular a movie), much smaller for the late show. Was good to see Natasha, but had one of those moments; you know, the one where the woman is ...

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Dinners upon dinners upon movies... (Raining and pouring...)

Wound up going to Shiva and Shademan's place on Sunday, then had Shane and Golnar over for dinner yesterday, going to Shademan's parent's place for dinner, then out to see Farenheit 9/11 this evening, and if the weather is good, planning to go see a movie in the UofT football field tomorrow. I dimly remember ...

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Joy of Twisted (Well, sort of an ennui, really...)

For days now I've been working in Twisted, building a severely trimmed-down version of Cinemon. Every so often little glimmers of greatness show up, but then I have to create yet another 2 functions to deal with success/failure cases, and the glimmer fades.

As I've mentioned time and again to anyone who will listen; the ...

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