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Because however you voted — even if you were on the winning side — you should be angry that you have been so cynically and callously used in an attempt to achieve other people’s political gains. You should be angry that this decision was put in your hands without anyone providing a full and detailed plan that could be examined over many months of scrutiny. You should be angry if you realise that you were lied to. You should be angry that our country has been split down the middle and may yet split further, not for the good of the country but to further the ambitions of a tiny group of men and their quest for power.

So demand change. Demand rigour. Demand that our press and our politicians stop lying to our damn faces. Demand better.


https://medium.com/@kirstymhall/brexit-was-a-con-67532113a7c#.p87rnruci
I keep thinking about the Scottish referendum and how it was more than two YEARS of debate, working out details, cross-examination …
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I don't see how this sort of thing could be considered anything but cooking the books.

If one side in a political debate has to resort to that (as well as to outright lying, and to propaganda posters that are almost literally identical to many used by the Nazi party in the 1930s), it's probaby not a side that's worth supporting.
 
A group of economists from the London School of Economics had a look at the 'Economists for Brexit' paper and its curious claim that the British economy would be better off outside the EU.

Bottom line: thats the kind of faulty analysis that you get when your models are 40 years out of date.
The possibility of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) has generated an unusual degree of consensus among economists. Acrimony and rancour surrounded debates around austerity and joining the eur…
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Unfortunately humans are very good at reinterpreting evidence and analysis to suit their pre-established goals.
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Oh, the increasing whoopses coming out of #panamapapers are so very much fun to read about. (Though, of course, only the half-decent people with an actual sense of shame will resign upon being found out.)
The president of the Chileanbranch of Transparency International resigned on Monday afterdocuments from a Panamanian law firm showed he was linked to atleast five offshore companies.
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So, could anyone more insane than me take a look at in particular the first of these:

<https://sourceware.org/git/?p=glibc.git;a=blob;f=sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/i386/pthread_cond_timedwait.S;b=master;hb=HEAD>
<https://sourceware.org/git/?p=glibc.git;a=blob;f=nptl/pthread_mutex_lock.c;b=master;hb=HEAD#l524>
<https://sourceware.org/git/?p=glibc.git;a=blob;f=nptl/pthread_mutex_unlock.c;b=master;hb=HEAD#l36>

(specifically, the calls to __pthread_mutex_unlock_usercnt() and __pthread_mutex_cond_lock_adjust()) and tell me if their caller in that assembly file (and also the other caller in the corresponding pthread_cond_wait.S) is really doing what I think it's doing?

... that is, calling both of those functions after setting up their stack frame but without bothering to adjust the stack pointer, depending on the layout of the stack frame of the things it calls to not overwrite its own variables?

Am I seeing things? (Various experiments would suggest not, but I'm really not very good at x86 asm and could well be wrong.)
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Patch resulting from your suggestion: <https://sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2016-03/msg00226.html>.

Thank you!
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Number of times glibc built and tested in the last two days: 26. Number of tests with different configure flags, bitnesses, etc left to do if all goes well: 6.

This is really boring.
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Now on round eight of review...
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From the BBC:

'Travellers at Clapham Junction said they were faced with a "mass of bodies" as they tried to board services into central London.'

Public transport in London is brutal, brutal, but lethal commutes are new!
Travellers face continued disruption as further heavy rain in south-east England leaves some commuters stranded and leads to the cancellation of rail services.
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New definition of madness: starting out by thinking "I'll cook my guest tomorrow a curry! Oh and it needs a side dish!" and then a close member of my neighbour's family dies last night and I decide to cook them something too, because the last thing they'll be thinking about is making themselves food.

So, two working days, three curries: one black-eyed-bean/kidney-bean/yoghurt/spinach thing, one aloo gobi, one coriander chicken. Two already cooked, one to cook (because it's best not to cook stuff with meat in it too long before it's eaten...)

At least if I spend so much time cooking in the next couple of days that I lose my job as a software developer I have a side job lined up. :)

(But then, a good curry, like coffee, is obviously job-essential! And what better thing to do while you're waiting for a really really tiresome test to finally finish?)
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True! Unfortunately, providing lunch for my co-workers is not very compatible with working from home until a curry-over-IP protocol is implemented, and actually cooking it, let alone transporting it is not very compatible with commuting for someone who can't drive (I tried, once, but only once.)

So I cook for neighbours when I remember, and the Ely SF book club, and anyone who happens to come round. (My almost certainly true assumption is that I am too boring for anyone to want to come any distance to see unless I bribe them with grub and home cinema-watching.)

(I would plus in the lady I'm seeing tomorrow, but though she appears in my circles, I can't plus her in to anything. What's up with that?)
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So the +Shuttleworth Collection has gone advance-tickets-only for its airshows, or at least for the upcoming one tomorrow. As far as I'm aware this is the first Collection airshow ever where you couldn't get in at all unless you bought an advance ticket. There was no notice whatsoever of this rather significant change via the usual avenues: nothing in Prop-Swing, nothing on the extremely-sparsely-populated email list which I believe I am on (though I've never got anything from it that I can find, so maybe I dropped off), nothing -- so those of us who don't check the Collection website every five minutes and who normally pay on entry suddenly find we are shut out without warning. (I only found out by chance; I am told not even pedestrians are being allowed in without advance tickets!).

Note to the Collection: if you want SVAS members to feel scammed, this is just the way to go about it. My dad, a member since the early 1960s, spent an extra week in the south just so he could get to this airshow, and now it seems he can't go!

I'm frankly wondering if my fairly recent life membership was a waste of money now: paying days in advance for an event as weather-dependent as this one is unlikely to happen very often, given that I normally decide to go on the day depending on the wind and weather conditions; if tomorrow's show is any indication, that's too late to buy tickets! It seems the choice is to risk wasting money on a rained-off event every time or not go at all, now.
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It turns out I am a normal human being: to wit, I can be sent into drooling gadget-fanboy mode by a single tweet, as long as it's about the right gadget.

I don't even need, y'know, any details at all. It could be total crap, it could actually be made of manure (ecologically friendly!) but I'm still thinking BUY NOW.

This is clearly irrational and when actual details come out I might change my mind. But, BOOKS.
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+Jasper Janssen, yeah, but this originated back in the K4 era, when they had only 1.2GiB or even less, and for people using 3G Kindles size optimization saves Amazon money too: and it doesn't affect customers other than to avoid bloating up their devices with guaranteed useless information (the things are already stripped down so that only the preferred format is shipped: this is just part of that, really). So why on earth would they stop doing it? All that together saves on the order of 70% of book size, which means they can advertise three times the effective storage capacity for the same manufacturing cost.

It's just common sense.

(And I do maintain my entire collection on-device. So do quite a lot of people who like to reread stuff at whim.)
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"Currently git won't set people whose commit is rejected on fire, but you can explain in the company policy that they're obliged to set themselves on fire in this case."
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Another interesting paper, ASTROPHYSICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE BINARY BLACK-HOLE MERGER GW150914, by (as usual) Abbott and several pages of et al.
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So everyone's talking about the black hole merger results but nobody's linking to the publication summary... (warning: rather slashdotted, server may be slow).
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