Personal pronouns: 同志 / 同志 / 同志的

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Cake day: Feb 24, 2021


The way drive encryption is implemented on Linux makes it really gross for hibernation. A whole lot of time is wasted.

Detailed support policies listed in the guideline included promoting prenatal and postnatal care, further developing nursing systems, improving the mechanism for maternity leave and insurance, offering preferential house-purchase policies to families with more than one child, adding high-quality education resources, creating a fertility-friendly employment environment, and setting up a complete service system on population.

None of these address the elephant in the room: raising a child is expensive here. REALLY expensive. If they don’t address the actual, direct, out-of-pocket costs to parents, they’re not going to get their birth rate increase. All of these other things are fine. Nice. But not worth a wet slap if you literally can’t afford a child.

They’ve calculated, but never measured. There’s a problem with that: calculations come with assumptions that don’t always bear out in the real world: whole time sinks get missed because we don’t perceive them happening.

I know of only one formal study that actually measured and the results of any gains were inconclusive. I’d like to see more, but there are none that I’ve found. I’m putting the “thousands of hours gained because no mouse” thing into the firm camp of religion.

I use my PC for stuff that’s other than just programming, and can’t just leave stuff open, I need to turn it off when not in use because it wastes a lot of energy. At the same time, turning it off means wasting time because on HDD - unless I want to reinstall Alpine Linux, where everything was blazing fast but the need of configuring every system thing by hand killed me - everything takes ages to load.

Learn about hibernation. Cuts time from a full power-off state to replicating your last known state completely from several minutes to 30 seconds even on my fairly old, slow machine.

You can track who invited whom and quickly shut down brigades, maybe?

I genuinely don’t give a shit.

Jiang’s incoherent “三个代表” drivel was mandatory. Chinese students from senior middle school all the way through university had to memorize it and regurgitate it in their politics classes. It’s had zero impact on the way people think.

Hu’s “科学发展观” and “社会主义荣辱观” were also mandatory and his eight honours and eight shames positively festooned school (and other) walls around the country. Again, nobody was meaningfully influenced by this.

The same will happen with Xi’s “习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想”. It will go the same way: something that’s recited to pass exams before the single most durable Chinese political philosophy (predating anything from the CPC and likely to be alive another thousand years hence) holds sway in real-world matters: “天高皇帝远”.

You be you, Boo. You be you. So edgy! So independent a thinker! I’m so impressed!

I am “boots on the ground”. I am neither Chinese state media, nor am I western media. I am a resident of China, however. Believe me or not: it turns out reality doesn’t generally give a fuck in whether you believe in it or not.

Xi’s book is mandatory. Full stop. You can go off pretending it is or isn’t and it won’t change the reality of it. So you be you, Boo. You be you. Reality will continue being, you know, real.

My favourite Blockchain/DLT-based social networks are the ones that take all the cryptobros away from people who aren’t cultists.

My son is reading Xi’s book in his politics classes. All children in his age group (at least in the province of Hubei, the only place I have direct knowledge of) are doing the same. Because it is mandatory, as was Hu Jintao’s stuff as was Jiang Zemin’s stuff as was …

This is a loooooooooooooooooong established tradition in the PRC, beginning with Chairman Mao. I’m kind of shocked that there’s anybody denying this tradition.

Could you perhaps please specifically cite the actions he took to suppress this meme? I’ll tolerate the lack of sources for now because if the actions you cite are the ones I suspect you’re going to cite, I probably won’t need sources.

Ah. Then cloc’s output is apparently meaningless too. Pity. I thought it would at least be recognizing statement count. :-/

for (size_t i = 0; i < 100; i++) calculate_something_and_display(i);

How many lines of code does your system show for this?

for (size_t i = 0; i < 100; i++)

How many lines of code does it show for this?

for (size_t i = 0; 
     i < 100; 

What about this?

for (size_t i = 0; i < 100; i++)

And this?

These are all identical in any meaningful way. The compiler’s parser will see them all as exactly the same sequence of tokens with no difference.

And now you can understand perhaps why cloc’s complexity isn’t entirely “unnecessary”…

The moment a site or piece of software incorporates crypto bullshit, that’s the moment I dump it without ceremony or warning.

I’ve lived here for 20 years and have strong ties via marriage into the locality.

The clothing in that picture would not raise any eyebrows today, especially in Wuhan given that it’s a huge university town. (It would probably get a harsher reaction in smaller, more clannish cities.) It would take me under two minutes to find even more “shocking” clothing for sale in Taobao, and most of that two minutes would be me wrestling with my shit Internet connection. (ISPs are evil the world over it turns out.) There’s tattoo parlours everywhere, and some of the tattoo designs I’ve seen are very garish and outlandish (though typically easily concealed by “work” clothing, so there’s some push-back against that still).

But it wasn’t an easy route to get here. Story time.

In the early days of my stay here, all of this stuff was reacted to badly. In my first school, students who dyed or bleached their hair would be disciplined and forced to dye it black again, for example. A tattoo of any kind anywhere on the body was grounds for expulsion. Then in about 2002 a girl entered the campus. She was the daughter of one of the high Party officials on campus and thus had incredible amounts of power. And she had a rebel spirit that I just loved to watch.

The very first thing she did was dye her hair blue. And not a subtle blue shading on black hair. She’d bleached her hair until it was practically white then dyed THAT an electric blue. Because she was a Party official’s daughter, and because he wasn’t doing anything about it, the teachers and cadres and deans and such of the school couldn’t do a thing to her. And because she was doing it, other students started to do it until, at one ridiculous time at around the midterms of the first term that year, most classes looked like someone had accidentally spilled a bag of Skittles into the room. Person-sized Skittles.

She, all by her lonesome, broke up so many regulations that were being stupidly enforced it was amazing. She got a tattoo. Now that couldn’t be enforced. She wore coloured contacts, and not just eye colour changers. Eye SHAPE changers: lizard eyes, goat eyes, cat eyes, etc. Now those were allowed. She started wearing outfits that made most people in positions of power call slutty, but nothing could be done to her, so other students followed suit. By the time I left that school in 2003, the dress codes were in a shambles and showed no signs of stopping.

And then I moved to Wuhan and watched similar things happen, but over a longer period of time. There was no single untouchable renegade, just the inexorable force of cultural drift. The net effect was the same in the end, though: hair dying is normal, as are (concealable) tattoos. Revealing clothing is not commented on (though to be fair Wuhan is hot and humid and the clothing is also practical as a result). So all the shamate stuff is now commonplace and current counterculture would be hard-pressed to find something new to shock their elders with.

There is nothing about being a minority that makes you a saint. There is nothing about being a minority that makes you superhuman. Minorities are human beings and have all human flaws (no exceptions!).

  • Racism is a flaw present in human beings. Minorities can be racist.
  • Violence is a flaw present in human beings. Minorities can be violent.
  • Infidelity is a flaw present in human beings. Minorities can be unfaithful.
  • <X> is a flaw present in human beings. Minorities can be <X>.

Ooh, yeah. I forgot about that. 我经常得用中文打字 nowadays. Dvorak would be a nightmare for that, I suspect.

cross-posted from: > This is arguably one of the most important archives of computer science and engineering information available. And 50 years of it is now free. Get out there and play while educating yourself on things you didn't know were ancient history!

This is arguably one of the most important archives of computer science and engineering information available. And 50 years of it is now free. Get out there and play while educating yourself on things you didn't know were ancient history!

cross-posted from: > When last I wrote about COROS I explored the EVQ component of it with a focus on the API and some of its underlying construction. In this post I will expand on that underlying construction giving reasons for some of the design decisions, as well as providing some example use cases for this.

Protests are all well and good but they're not helping the Ukrainians on the ground. Governments aren't helping Ukrainians on the ground either. Maybe it's time to help them help themselves.

Software has a problem. OK, it has many problems. I've already highlighted one of them. But this is another important one. The problem is that software—all software, with no exceptions—sucks. The reason for this is multifaceted and we could spend years and years arguing about who has the larger list of reasons, but in the end it boils down to the proverbial shoemaker's children: Our development tools are the worst of the worst in software.

Well, it's come full circle.
You'll probably need your favourite translation engine of choice, but long story short, COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. Ten known cases with prospects for more. A lot of buildings have been locked down and the city is back on location tracking and mitigation measures. There's a decent chance I'm facing lockdown again for the first time since March 2020. Fuck.

cross-posted from: > With coroutines and their use cases at least reasonably well established, the event queue mechanism of COROS is introduced to tie them up into a convenient architecture.

cross-posted from: > The first piece of COROS explored was the coroutine system, but coroutines are not a well-understood facility in programming circles for some reason. This article builds up some use cases for coroutines and their application in preparation for the next major component of COROS.

cross-posted from: > The first in a series of articles that builds up a coroutine-based RTOS for use primarily in memory-constrained embedded systems. Future articles will expound on other pieces of the RTOS after which the full, production-ready source will be published under my usual choice of the WTFPL2 license.

How embarrassing must you be if your colleagues feel the need to publicly drag you for your "study".

cross-posted from: > Dynamic SRAM allocation is the device-killer … > > … but it doesn't have to be.

Software reliability is hard. It's rendered even harder when we go out of our way to use tools that amplify that difficulty.

Oh look! A straw man communism "joke"! This is totally fresh and new and not at all tired and dated! Ha ha ha!

There is a crisis in software development. Wait, sorry, there are so many crises in software development that I need to be more specific. There is a crisis in generating new programmers.

What boredom or frustration can do to a brain.
When I get bored, or frustrated, or otherwise unengaged from my job, I like to hit Rosetta Code and implement something pointless in a dead language. Today it was this.

> Local teachers scrambled for $5,000 worth of cash during the Sioux Falls Stampede hockey game on Saturday night. > The first-ever Dash for Cash event pitted 10 Sioux Falls area teachers against each other to grab as many single dollar bills as possible in less than five minutes. The money, meant to go toward either their classroom or school, was donated by CU Mortgage Direct. What the actual f\<expletive deleted>!?!?! I would wager a year's salary that the stadium gets MILLIONS in direct and indirect funding from various levels of government, but ***teachers***—people who actually contribute to society!—are left to scramble and wrestle each other for chump change to improve their classrooms! Late-stage capitalism at its finest! Everything is a spectacle with the poor providing entertainment for the rich. Mother. Pus. Bucket!

Careful research and espionage has found the dark secret of how western reporters write their stories of life in China.