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The SpaceX drone ship is called "Just Read the Instructions".

An Ian M. Banks fan at SpaceX perhaps?
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Well at least it's not called RTFM.
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Sure it's impossible to read, but it's cool, right?
http://www.nngroup.com/articles/low-contrast/
Low-contrast text may be trendy, but it is also illegible, undiscoverable, and inaccessible. Instead, consider more usable alternatives.
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my absolute hot button issue with 'UI design' at the moment. Yes use low contrast on not so important text (or leave it out if you don't want people to read it), but make important text readable.
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Seen on a train in Geneva. Some kind of windows crash.
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Better than the train itself, I guess. 
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You gotta love it:
"The A343-300 is  Swiss' flagship aircraft.

All Economy Class seats A,D,G and K may have restricted under seat storage or legroom due to the presence of an entertainment equipment box. "

How such decisions get made is anyone's guess. So the people with tablets and laptops (i.e. probably everyone) get no legroom to make room for an entertainment center for which they probably have no use. Wonderful!
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The under-seat entertainment box is there to entertain you when you have to stow your laptop in the overhead compartment because it will no longer fit in the space remaining under the seat.

Alaska's even better.  The box is still there, but the plane just provides a WiFi access point so you can stream to your laptop.  Why the box is so big, no idea.  A Chromebox with a 4TB drive is tiny in comparison...
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I'm sure the answer to this is easy, but I'm astonished that I even have to ask it.
#include  <stdio.h>
main(){printf("hi\n");}
gcc -static -o a a.c

Anybody know the secret to producing an object file that has a text and data segment that is smaller than 3 MiB? -N doesn't count: you only get one segment. I want an RE segment and an RW segment, and I want a file that's small when stripped. Said file should be much smaller than a MiB. I can write a Go program to do this ELF rewrite in a jif but ... shouldn't the toolchain do it? 

"Use shared libraries" in this case is not an acceptable answer.
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Try uclibc. http://www.uclibc.org/
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"some random comment on slashdot about nothing related to systemd" 
gets one of two responses:
"systemd is so wonderful because ..."
or
"systemd fascism ..."

And from there the positive feedback loop takes off.  It's getting weird.
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Yes indeed. Sorry about that. Even a meta Comment is not safe...
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I am currently compressing an approximate 52M initramfs to 13M using LZMA. I know I'm well behind the curve on best compression technique, and I'm wondering if people have recommendations on the best compression options for 
- decompression speed
- size 

It needs to stay under 14M (flash part is 16M) but aside from that faster is better (surprise! :-). It also needs to work well on x86, ARM, and powerpc.
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Check out https://quixdb.github.io/squash-benchmark/

Maybe lzham? Almost as good compression ratio as lzma but 3x faster decompression.
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So, I was realizing yesterday that coreboot now supports
x86
arm 32-bit
arm 64-bit
MIPS
RISC-v

and in the past supported
PowerPC
Alpha

And, most important, most of the code in coreboot is shared between all those platforms. There's far more code in common for a given mainboard than code that differs. The engineers who have been doing this work the last 5 years have done a great job..
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"I've got this pre-fabricated switch and I want to move it on the railroad, so I'll just put lay it out flat on a flatcar."

Not so fast! It's too wide and will smash up the railroad and train cars.

"OK, OK, I'just stack it vertically"

Not so fast! It will destroy overhead wires and get caught in the tunnels.

"OK, OK, I'm Swiss railways and I'm smart. We'll make it so you can store it at an angle, controllable by hydraulic pistons. OK?"

Very nice!
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I have a .csv that needs sorting. 

Choice 1:start  neooffice, oh but it has to load a new java, please wait, and then it has to restart, and load the file, because it lost track of what it was doing, then it spins the beach ball, then it shows me how to sort, but somehow manages to get it wrong (how do you get that wrong?). And, at each step, it takes forever to do anything. Oh, yes, did I mention java? That unique combination of slowness, resource hogging, and general bugginess? 

Choice 2: sort -t, -f -k4 f.csv > sort.csv

and view that. 

Tough call. Oh wait it wasn't. 
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Gnumeric handles the escaped commas better than sort. But without that, pipes FTW
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What's the difference between "inorganic" and "an organic"? I thought you'd never ask. Oh, about $500 million dollars. That comes down to about $100 million per bit.
[yeah, I know it's "only" $54M in fines but I've read that the cleanup is a lot more than that. This is the famed "private sector efficiencies" that the US Congress has brought to our National Labs.]

http://www.abqjournal.com/570812/news/final-report-on-wipp-leak-blames-lanl-doe.html

Red, in this case, is "bad".
Report finds that radioactive contamination was 'preventable'
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