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pjf

An honest conversation about my mental health

pjf  on  4/11/2016

Okay, time for another honest conversation about my mental health. For those of you new to my feed, this is something I do from time to time. Partly because it helps me, and partly because it helps de-stigmatise discussions about mental health.

This will be long, rambly, and personal. Imagine you’re on livejournal. There’ll probably be typos.

For the last three weeks I’ve been using a new mood-tracking app (iMood Journal), and I’ve been pretty happy with it compared to what I’ve tried in the past. I have it randomly sampling my mood throughout the day, and it means I can check my subjective experiences versus my recorded evidence.

It would be reasonable to describe my long-term mental health right now as “adequate”. It’s not

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rdp

can you boot to UDF USB

rdp  on  4/8/2016

Actually, apparently, you cannot. (i.e. can’t copy an ISO file straight to USB and have that be bootable from the USB drive. Why? I have no idea, but the BIOSES wanted to be smarter when using USB I guess…and allow it to be “real” formatted, which…means a different format than CD’s would be. Weird.

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rdp

java os x using 127.0.1.1 registry

rdp  on  4/5/2016

this meant “it should be using 127.0.0.1” root cause in this case: in the /etc/hosts file an ‘errant line’ had been added inferring the address of the local computer’s name was 127.0.1.1 java.rmi.ConnectException: Connection refused to host: 127.0.1.1; nested exception is:     java.net.ConnectException: Operation timed out

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rdp

other_vhosts_access.log not being rotated

rdp  on  4/1/2016

apache’s that is. turns out for me if I looked closely, basically all the log files weren’t being rotated, including its siblings. So looking closer (digitalocean) saw this (I hadn’t updated my password on my DO box since createing it, apparently): here

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birtles

Gecko insiders

birtles  on  4/1/2016

At Mozilla Japan, we’ve been doing a series of monthly events called “Gecko inside” where we discuss details of hacking on Gecko in the hope of helping each other learn and helping new contributors to get started. Last weekend we held a special “write a patch” day where we gathered a group of long-time contributors […]

Mozilla Japan Status updates Web Animations Mozilla 
pjf

National Rick Astley Hotline Upgraded

pjf  on  3/31/2016

Some of you know I run the Australian National Rick Astley Hotline, on +61-3-8652-1453 . Today, in celebration of troublemakers everywhere, I’ve upgraded it.

Calling the number will still give you the classic Rick you’ve always loved, but now you can use your keypad for extra joy. I’ll let you discover all the options, and how it works.

In celebration of the upgrade, I’ve also provisioned the United States National Rick Astley Hotline, on +1-760-706-RICK (+1-760-706-7425).

If you wish to help defray my costs, you can do so via Patreon, but mostly I want you to share the numbers with your friends. :)

You’re welcome, internet, you’re welcome. :)

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pjf

National Rick Astley Hotline Upgraded

pjf  on  3/31/2016

Some of you know I run the Australian National Rick Astley Hotline, on +61-3-8652-1453 . Today, in celebration of troublemakers everywhere, I’ve upgraded it.

Calling the number will still give you the classic Rick you’ve always loved, but now you can use your keypad for extra joy. I’ll let you discover all the options, and how it works.

In celebration of the upgrade, I’ve also provisioned the United States National Rick Astley Hotline, on +1-760-706-RICK (+1-760-706-7425).

If you wish to help defray my costs, you can do so via Patreon, but mostly I want you to share the numbers with your friends. :)

You’re welcome, internet, you’re welcome. :)

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rdp

frei0r cross compile woe

rdp  on  3/30/2016

[ 5%] Built target bw0r Scanning dependencies of target cartoon Scanning dependencies of target cluster [ 5%] Building CXX object src/filter/cartoon/CMakeFiles/cartoon.dir/cartoon.cpp.obj [ 5%] Building C object src/filter/cluster/CMakeFiles/cluster.dir/cluster.c.obj /usr/local/lib/libcairo.a: error adding symbols: File format not recognized collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status /usr/local/lib/libcairo.a: error adding symbols: File format not recognized collect2: error: ld returned 1 … Continue reading frei0r cross compile woe

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rdp

java zip uncompressed

rdp  on  3/25/2016

see here

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rdp

chrome does not load new tabs until they are selected/opened/clicked on

rdp  on  3/23/2016

What this apparently ‘actually meant’ was that chrome has this fancy new feature “automatic tab discarding” which is supposed to “discard” (unload) tabs that are “least interesting” and for some odd reason, it considers new tabs uninteresting [presumably because they haven’t been visited recently, so it thinks they’re uninteresting to you–it’s wrong, of course]. So … Continue reading chrome does not load new tabs until they are selected/opened/clicked on [...]

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timbunce

Semi-automated podcast transcription

timbunce  on  3/22/2016

The medium of podcasting continues to grow in popularity. Americans, for example, now listen to over 21 million hours of podcasts per day. Few of those podcasts have transcripts available, so the content isn’t discoverable, searchable, linkable, reusable. It’s lost. … Continue reading

software transcription 
pjf

Cure Evangelism

pjf  on  3/20/2016

Okay Internet, we need to talk about cure evangelism.

Sometimes you’ll have friends who aren’t doing too well. It could be their mental health. It could be their physical health. Maybe it’s social anxiety, or depression, or fatigue, or something else. Whatever it is, they’ve posted about it to social media as a way of getting support and maybe feeling a bit better.

Believe it or not, there are correct and incorrect ways to respond to this.

Unless they’ve specifically requested advice, the correct ways include sending love, saying you hope they feel better soon, or offering to help if they need it. Incorrect ways include telling them that they should try yoga to fix their social anxiety, dancing to fix their depression, or

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pjf

Cure Evangelism

pjf  on  3/20/2016

Okay Internet, we need to talk about cure evangelism.

Sometimes you’ll have friends who aren’t doing too well. It could be their mental health. It could be their physical health. Maybe it’s social anxiety, or depression, or fatigue, or something else. Whatever it is, they’ve posted about it to social media as a way of getting support and maybe feeling a bit better.

Believe it or not, there are correct and incorrect ways to respond to this.

Unless they’ve specifically requested advice, the correct ways include sending love, saying you hope they feel better soon, or offering to help if they need it. Incorrect ways include telling them that they should try yoga to fix their social anxiety, dancing to fix their depression, or

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eeejay

Benchmarking Speech Rate

eeejay  on  3/17/2016

In my last post, I covered the speech rate problem as I perceived it. Understanding the theory of what is going on is half the work. I decided to make a cross-platform speech rate benchmark that would allow me to identify how well each platform conforms to rate changes. So how do you measure speech […]

Accessibility Software Technology Uncategorized 
simonmar

Functional Reactive Animation

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

Fran is a Haskell library (or "embedded language") for interactive animations with 2D and 3D graphics and sound.

simonmar

JCLUSTER

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

JCLUSTER is a fast simple clustering program that produces hierarchical, binary branching, tree structured clusters.

simonmar

Mppt

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

Mppt is an add-in for PowerPoint that allows a presenter to multicast PowerPoint slides, including animations and effects, to a group of viewers.

simonmar

Pan - Source

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

Pan is an experimental embedded language and compiler for image synthesis and manipulation, based on principles from functional programming.

simonmar

Pan - Components

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

Pan is an experimental embedded language and compiler for image synthesis and manipulation, based on principles from functional programming.

simonmar

Video Cube

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

VideoCube allows one to load an AVI movie file as a volume, and play back the movie sampling space and time in different ways. It also provides a single cutting plane for interactively viewing single spacetime slices of the video.

simonmar

StereoMatcher

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

StereoMatcher is an implementation of some commonly used two-frame stereo matching algorithms. It also contains code to evaluate the quality of a computed depth map relative to a ground truth image.

simonmar

Mping

simonmar  on  3/16/2016

Mping is a simple command line application that sends and receives multicast packets.

eeejay

Normalizing Speech Rate

eeejay  on  3/13/2016

While working on the speech synthesis API in Firefox, I have been trying to figure out how to provide the most consistent experience across different desktop platforms. This is tricky, because each platform has its own speech API. Each API has slightly differing feature sets and idiosyncrasies. A good way to foresee the difficulties others […]

Accessibility Software Technology Uncategorized 
rdp

uninstall homebrew completely

rdp  on  3/11/2016

see here

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eeejay

Narrate: A New Feature in Firefox Nightly

eeejay  on  3/7/2016

Reader View in Firefox makes reading articles, stories and blog posts enjoyable. It removes the noisy background ads and graphics, and gives you a clean single column optimized for your reading pleasure. As of today’s Nightly build, you will find an extra button in the Reader View toolbar: the Narrate button. Press play in the […]

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simonmar

MSR IPv6/IPv4 Translator

simonmar  on  2/19/2016

The IPv6/IPv4 translator converts packets between the IPv6 and IPv4 protocol formats.

simonmar

MSR IPv6 Tunnel Broker

simonmar  on  2/19/2016

The Microsoft Research IPv6 tunnel broker service is a web interface plug-in for Internet Information Server (IIS), provided by Microsoft Research to ISPs, which allows remote users to gain access to an IPv6 tunnel service provided by a suitably capable router. The router need not be co-located with the web server. Details of the tunnels, and the users, are kept in a database for ISP management purposes.

simonmar

MSR IPv6 Binaries

simonmar  on  2/19/2016

Prototype IPv6 stack for Windows NT and Windows 2000, for research, educational, and testing purposes only.

simonmar

MSR IPv6 Source Code

simonmar  on  2/19/2016

Prototype IPv6 stack for Windows NT and Windows 2000, for research, educational, and testing purposes only.

simonmar

WinMine Toolkit

simonmar  on  2/19/2016

The WinMine Toolkit contains a set of tools that allow you to build statistical models from data.

simonmar

MSBNx

simonmar  on  2/17/2016

MSBNx is a component-based Windows application for creating, assessing, and evaluating Bayesian Networks.

pjf

Changing The World Is Done In Small Steps

pjf  on  2/13/2016

It’s 4am, and I’ve been goth-clubbing with , which of course meant I ended up having discussions about technologies with three-letter acronyms, and how to change the world. I have strong opinions about this, so I’m sharing them with you all.

Lots of people seem to think that very few people can change the world, but I feel that’s patently false. You change the world merely by living in it. That may be supporting the status quo (which is easy), or by rallying against it (which is more difficult). But for anyone who’s fought against how things are, it can feel like progress is impossible. It can feel that no matter how hard you try, you don’t make a difference.

But that’s bollocks.

Your brain is wired to appreciate

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pjf

Changing The World Is Done In Small Steps

pjf  on  2/13/2016

It’s 4am, and I’ve been goth-clubbing with , which of course meant I ended up having discussions about technologies with three-letter acronyms, and how to change the world. I have strong opinions about this, so I’m sharing them with you all.

Lots of people seem to think that very few people can change the world, but I feel that’s patently false. You change the world merely by living in it. That may be supporting the status quo (which is easy), or by rallying against it (which is more difficult). But for anyone who’s fought against how things are, it can feel like progress is impossible. It can feel that no matter how hard you try, you don’t make a difference.

But that’s bollocks.

Your brain is wired to appreciate

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simonmar

Dual Word Embeddings Trained on Bing Queries

simonmar  on  2/12/2016

This data is being released for research purposes only. The DESM Word Embeddings dataset may include terms that some may consider offensive, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Microsoft has not reviewed or modified the content of the dataset. Microsoft is providing this dataset as a convenience and is not responsible or liable for any inappropriate content resulting from your use of the dataset. Use of the dataset is at your own risk and discretion. Please contact the paper authors with questions.

pjf

Win my hat at linux.conf.au 2016

pjf  on  2/1/2016

For almost a decade, I’ve been presenting conference talks wearing a black top-hat. Indeed, this has become one of the most recognisable parts of my stage-persona. So I’m very pleased to say that you can win my original conference hat as part of the linux.conf.au charity raffle, raising money for Give Where You Live.

Photography by Erin Walsh

The hat comes with a beautiful note of authenticity—written by me—certifying that it is indeed my conference hat. The hat-band, flower, and pins on my hat all have great sentimental value to me, and are not incldued as part of the raffle, but if you’ve attended the bioinformatics miniconfs you can probably recover my genetic material. You should be aware the the hat has seen almost a

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pjf

Win my hat at linux.conf.au 2016

pjf  on  2/1/2016

For almost a decade, I’ve been presenting conference talks wearing a black top-hat. Indeed, this has become one of the most recognisable parts of my stage-persona. So I’m very pleased to say that you can win my original conference hat as part of the linux.conf.au charity raffle, raising money for Give Where You Live.

Photography by Erin Walsh

The hat comes with a beautiful note of authenticity—written by me—certifying that it is indeed my conference hat. The hat-band, flower, and pins on my hat all have great sentimental value to me, and are not incldued as part of the raffle, but if you’ve attended the bioinformatics miniconfs you can probably recover my genetic material. You should be aware the the hat has seen almost a

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simonmar

Election 2012 Tweet ID dataset

simonmar  on  1/29/2016

This data set identifies 38M tweets collected for the analysis of social media messages related to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. The data set provides tweet IDs for tweets containing the words "obama", "romney", or both (case-insensitive matching) during the period from July 1, 2012 through November 7, 2012. The paper, “Online and Social Media Data As an Imperfect Continuous Panel Survey.” PLoS ONE 11(1): e0145406 by Diaz et al. provides further description of the dataset.

eeejay

It’s MLK Day and It’s Not Too Late to Do Something About It

eeejay  on  1/18/2016

For the last three years I have had the opportunity to send out a reminder to Mozilla staff that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up, and that U.S. employees get the day off. It has turned into my MLK Day eve ritual. I read his letters, listen to speeches, and then I compose […]

Personal Software World Affairs 
pjf

Fact Check: Will Pap Smears Still Be Covered by Medicare?

pjf  on  1/5/2016

It’s fact checking time! Today, the claim that pap smears will no longer be free in Australia!

That claim is false.

I won’t link to the article in question here, because it’s misleading clickbait, but the claim that pap smears and other pathology services will no longer be covered by Medicare is scaremongering, or at least a pretty big stretch from the truth.

The change which is happening is that pathology providers will no longer be given an additional payment for bulk-billed tests. The cost of the procedure itself is still covered by Medicare.

The article is extremely misleading when it claims that “Medicare rebates for pathology and diagnostic imaging services haven’t increased for over a decade, and now they are being

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pjf

Fact Check: Will Pap Smears Still Be Covered by Medicare?

pjf  on  1/5/2016

It’s fact checking time! Today, the claim that pap smears will no longer be free in Australia!

That claim is false.

I won’t link to the article in question here, because it’s misleading clickbait, but the claim that pap smears and other pathology services will no longer be covered by Medicare is scaremongering, or at least a pretty big stretch from the truth.

The change which is happening is that pathology providers will no longer be given an additional payment for bulk-billed tests. The cost of the procedure itself is still covered by Medicare.

The article is extremely misleading when it claims that “Medicare rebates for pathology and diagnostic imaging services haven’t increased for over a decade, and now they are being

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pjf

Best of Paul Fenwick 2015

pjf  on  12/28/2015

Hi everyone! I give talks, write articles, and frequently share my thoughts and opinions. Here I’ve tried to summarise my “best of” output for 2015.

Writing

I do a lot of writing about technology, mental health, society, and the future. Here are some selected pieces from this year:

Videos

While I’ve appeared at a number of conferences in 2015, not all of my talks have been taped. However I’m very pleased with the ones that have:

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pjf

Best of Paul Fenwick 2015

pjf  on  12/28/2015

Hi everyone! I give talks, write articles, and frequently share my thoughts and opinions. Here I’ve tried to summarise my “best of” output for 2015.

Writing

I do a lot of writing about technology, mental health, society, and the future. Here are some selected pieces from this year:

Videos

While I’ve appeared at a number of conferences in 2015, not all of my talks have been taped. However I’m very pleased with the ones that have:

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pjf

Just Love Each Other

pjf  on  12/24/2015

I’ve seen an article on love doing the rounds recently, and I’m really glad to see this. People fall in love all the time, but society keeps telling us there’s only one type of love that counts, and we have an unhealthy societal expectation that we shouldn’t tell people that we love them unless they are “the one”.

Even without having studied relational psychology, it’s not hard to see that we’re using one word for many different things. Sternberg¹ splits love into three components: “Intimacy” (closeness, connectedness), “Passion” (physical attraction, sex), and “Dedication” (cognition, planning, commitment). A lot of long-term relationships end up having intimacy and dedication, and we call that love. A lot of friendships have

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pjf

Just Love Each Other

pjf  on  12/24/2015

I’ve seen an article on love doing the rounds recently, and I’m really glad to see this. People fall in love all the time, but society keeps telling us there’s only one type of love that counts, and we have an unhealthy societal expectation that we shouldn’t tell people that we love them unless they are “the one”.

Even without having studied relational psychology, it’s not hard to see that we’re using one word for many different things. Sternberg¹ splits love into three components: “Intimacy” (closeness, connectedness), “Passion” (physical attraction, sex), and “Dedication” (cognition, planning, commitment). A lot of long-term relationships end up having intimacy and dedication, and we call that love. A lot of friendships have

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pjf

Duck Yes! SpaceX lands their Falcon 9!

pjf  on  12/21/2015

DUCK YES! SpaceX landed their first Falcon 9 today after it successfully deployed its payload to orbit. This is big news, and to quote Andy Weir:

Imagine if you took a flight from New York to London. And then, when you were done, they threw the plane away. Want to go back? Well, they’ll have to make a new plane. Imagine what air travel tickets would cost if the airline industry worked that way. Well, that’s exactly how the space industry works.

Or at least, that’s how it used to work. Until today. :)

Andy’s pretty good at explanations, but at this point at least one of you would be thinking “but what about the Space Shuttle? That was reusable!”

And you’re right, the orbiter was reusable, that was its primary role.

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pjf

Duck Yes! SpaceX lands their Falcon 9!

pjf  on  12/21/2015

DUCK YES! SpaceX landed their first Falcon 9 today after it successfully deployed its payload to orbit. This is big news, and to quote Andy Weir:

Imagine if you took a flight from New York to London. And then, when you were done, they threw the plane away. Want to go back? Well, they’ll have to make a new plane. Imagine what air travel tickets would cost if the airline industry worked that way. Well, that’s exactly how the space industry works.

Or at least, that’s how it used to work. Until today. :)

Andy’s pretty good at explanations, but at this point at least one of you would be thinking “but what about the Space Shuttle? That was reusable!”

And you’re right, the orbiter was reusable, that was its primary role.

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gvwilson

Why I Teach (Revisited)

gvwilson  on  12/19/2015

When I first started volunteering at the University of Toronto, students occasionally asked me why. This was my answer:

When I was your age, I thought universities existed to teach people how to learn. Later, in grad school, I thought universities were about doing research and creating new knowledge. Now that I'm in my forties, though, I've realized that what we're really teaching you is how to take over the world, because you're going to have to one day whether you like it or not.

My parents are in their seventies. They don't run the world any more; it's people my age who pass laws, set interest rates, and make life-and-death decisions in hospitals. As scary

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simonmar

TSS.MSR: The TPM Software Stack from Microsoft Research

simonmar  on  12/18/2015

In addition to physical TPM devices, the TSS.MSR libraries can also connect to a TPM simulator to enable application development and debugging on platforms that do not have a TPM 2.0 device. The connection to the simulator is over a TCP/IP socket so the simulator may be running on a remote machine or in another process on the same machine. Below you will find a link to download the TPM2 Simulator binary for use with the TSS.MSR TPM2 libraries.