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July 15th, 2011


Posted by rdub in Rants

Today is Friday.




Carry on…

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March 15th, 2010

Failure to Communicate

Posted by rdub in Rants
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The transparent_union type attribute enables you to specify atransparent_union type, that is, a union data type qualified with__attribute__((transparent_union))__.

This is an actual example of some real documentation from ARM’s RealView Compiler Toolkit – used to build high-performance ARM binaries.

What this roughly translates to is this:

A transparent_union type is a type with a transparent_union attribute.

Well, no shit, Sherlock!  What the fuck does the attribute do to the type or the handling thereof?

To contrast, here’s what GCC’s manual says in the first sentence:

This attribute, attached to a union type definition, indicates that any function parameter having that union type causes calls to that function to be treated in a special way.

This is somewhat better – with one sentence of (not wasted space), I already know that the transparent_union attribute has something to do with function parameters, and, additionally, causes some special handling thereof.

That said, I’m still not clear (in one sentence) what this attribute does, but GCC is certainly off to a better start.

ARM, work on your documentation please.

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January 21st, 2009


Posted by rdub in Musings, Rants
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Anyone on my twitter feed has seen me post numerous updates on what’s happening in Gaza today.  What follows is my latest discovery: an essay by Noam Chomsky that does what I’ve been doing with my twitter updates – comparing the Gazan Operation to The Holocaust or 9/11.

Noam Chomsky lays into Israel, and the US, as terror-states, doling out terrorism far advanced from the alleged terrorism they’re fighting in Gaza.  It’s looking more and more like a new Holocaust, with Israeli troops slaughtering Gazan civilians to “educate” them – a policy that is tacitly condoned by both European and our own government – similar to the “education” of Grozny (See “Second Chechen War”), or the “education” of bin Laden’s 9/11 attacks on our civilian population.  How is it any different? Well, there is one main difference: technology.  Instead of passenger air craft, Israel is using White Phosphorus shells, and aerial bombs to destroy civilian infrastructure in order to cause the civilians to exert pressure on their governments to rein it in.

Quote of the day:

U.S. arms and military training played a role in 20 of the world’s 27 major wars in 2007.

74% of the world’s major wars in 2007 had our stamp of approval on them.  Does that worry anyone?

Read the article here.  It’s long, but it’s smart, and truly worth it if you’re at all concerned about civil rights, terrorism, international law, and a new world war.

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September 24th, 2008

The Post of the Beast

Posted by rdub in Life, Rants

Moving has the potential to turn me into an alcoholic for a month on either side.

I listed my place on Craigslist, and have received 11 separate calls today alone, all from different numbers.

Originally, my landlord made it sound like it was a simple, painless process. “yea, just send them our way, fill out an application, pay the credit check fee, and if they pass, they’re in.” Coupled with a few “we do this all the time”s.

Now, a prospective tenant calls me and says they turned her away from the office, being very frustrated, and having said things like “we don’t have to do this, we’re doing him a favor, and he’s sending too many people our way.” And also, “I’ll rent you a unit right now for $1500, but we don’t have to do anything for him.”

I’m sorry, but aren’t the landlords in a better position to determine what kind of tenant you want than I am? You’re the ones running the credit checks; I can’t do that.

So, instead of doing the right thing, and calling me up and saying “wtf, you’re sending like 15 people?!? zomg!” They’re getting irate at tenants?!? Who are these people?

btw: this is the 666th post, apparently.

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September 22nd, 2008

Scam Attempt

Posted by rdub in Rants

From craigslist:

from Tony Coll <tonycoll07>
to Ryan <removed>
date Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 2:54 PM
subject Re: Couch & Love Seat – $1500

Hello Ryan,
I appreciate your response to my inquiry. I am interested in buying it from you. I would love to come and check it myself but I just got married and am presently on an honeymoon trip to Hawaii with my wife. I would love a surprise change of furniture in our home on our return. Pls do withdraw , the listing from Web as i dont mind adding $50 for you to do that, so i can be rest assured that the item is held for me. I should believe it is in excellent condition as stated. I will be making the payment via a Certified Check, which my secretary will mail across to you. I’ll be picking the item from you with the aid of my mover. My Mover will be coming to pick it from you once the Certified Check has been cashed. Pls I will need both your full name and physical address along with your phone number to issue out the payment.
I await your response.

Thank You,



Sorry, cash in hand only. If you can get a certified check, you can get cash.

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