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RunSnakeRun 3.0.0 Beta 1

So I finally sat down and finished off the work I was doing a while ago to get RunSnakeRun updated to run on Python 3 and support pyspy/speedscope files. There was a bunch of stuff needed to make us compatible with the wxPython Pheonix releases, a huge and horrible hack to let us load Python2 ...

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Listener GUI Started

So with the code-context, the dictation in Listener is getting okay-ish. It's still pretty frustrating and error prone, but I can use it maybe 1/4 of the time (mostly for doc-strings). Part of the frustration is just that the language models are not yet well tuned for some commonly needed phrases that the tokeniser didn't ...

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Auto-link a Host-provided Package into a Virtualenv

There are Python packages that are basically a PITA to get compiled into your virtualenv. The one I constantly hit when doing GStreamer, DBus, IBus, etc is gobject-introspection (a.k.a. gi). So, there's now a trivial package available:

source path-to-venv/bin/activate
pip install venvhpl
venv-hpl gi

Listener v2, using DeepSpeech for Coding on Linux

So a few years ago, as I was working on a project called Listener that used PocketSphinx to allow dictation into the Eric IDE, I got some feedback suggesting that the only practical solution these days would be to use a neural network based dictation engine. That led me down a rabbit hole from which ...

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Ubuntu 20.04 unhappy on the old Dell XPS

Figured I'd try to update the old Dell 15" XPS with the broken keyboard as a machine for the kids to use as a desktop (for at-home schooling, etc) and do a bit of testing on the new release while I'm at it. The machine has been on 18.04, was updated and rebooted right before ...

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Playing with EGL+OpenGL Off-screen Multi-Card

So I've now spent the last day and a half playing with getting EGL offscreen rendering working on Linux. There are two major ways to do off-screen rendering with EGL and OpenGL. In the first, you use a pbuffer surface, that surface is basically a purpose-defined surface-type for off-screen backing of a renderer. When I ...

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Started work on getting py-spy/speedscope in RunSnakeRun

So having finally written down the thoughts on a carbon tax, that kept distracting me from actually working on Open Source, I finally got a bit of work done on Open Source on the last night of the vacation.

What I started work on was getting a sampling profiler format supported, and for that ...

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What would a realistic Carbon Tax look like?

So if we (Canada) were to set flat carbon cost at a reasonable $.6/kg ($600/ton) instead of our current $.02 rising to $.05 in two years with the big polluters excluded, what would happen? Would it be effective at changing people's behaviour?

Fuel

  • Crude would go up by $258/barrel (currently $60)
  • Oil Sands crude up ...

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Windows Isn't a Horror Show

So it has been a long time since I forced myself to boot into Windows to get support/development work done for the platform. Other than one hard-freeze where the machine updated its drivers, rebooted, and just stopped recognising the keyboard or trackpad, it pretty much just worked (turning it off and on again did, as ...

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