I got a nasty surprise on Friday while putting the finishing touches on Varnish 1.0.4.
I was updating package metadata and simultaneously working on the release engineering documentation, which includes instructions for generating and testing packages. As usual when writing documentation, I wanted to verify that every command line I included in the text worked as expected. This meant I needed access to a system that runs a RedHat-based distribution to test the rpmbuild command line. Naturally, I thouhgt of SourceForge‘s compile farm. Continue reading “The end of SourceForge as we know it” »
The strangest feedback I got for my Vista sucks entry the other day was from an email from the VP of Operations at one of Diskeeper‘s competitors offering me a special discount on their defragmenter. Apparently, he thought that “thirty minutes later the disk has been wiped and Ubuntu is up and running” is l33tsp34k for “I am in the market for Vista software”. Continue reading “Insistent idiots” »
Good to know I’m not the only one who considers Vista useless and slow…
Every time I read about the RIAA lawsuits, I am reminded of the first story Robert A. Heinlein ever sold, Life-Line (1939). The story is mostly set during a lawsuit in which a coalition of life insurance companies claim damages from the inventor of a machine capable of accurately predicting the time and manner of a person’s death. The judge dismisses the case with the following words:
Before we leave this matter I wish to comment on the theory implied by you, Mr Weems, when you claimed damage to your client. There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest. This strange doctrine is supported neither by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit. That is all.
Nearly seventy years have passed, and they still don’t get it…