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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:57 pm
by fatalhalt
VenomousPinecone wrote:
fatalhalt wrote:I have kicked off NSA/CIA/FBI off my laptop :p
What OS?l:
Gentoo with OpenRC, hardened kernel, all GNU software, disk encryption and ciphers that NSA hasn't weakened. As Terry said, you have to watch out and not be part of n*gger cattle.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:43 am
by robespierre
I thought he said, "God forbids networking"? Good luck with that...

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:26 am
by VenomousPinecone
Dodoid wrote:What, you're worried about systemd backdoors again? ;)

Complexity of code and a cavalier attitude towards those who question your methodology is how you get 0days. As we all know the NSA isn't some superbadass agency, it is just that code is shit. If you don't believe any of that, there is nothing I will do to further convince you. :lol:

fatalhalt wrote:Gentoo with OpenRC, hardened kernel, all GNU software, disk encryption and ciphers that NSA hasn't weakened. As Terry said, you have to watch out and not be part of n*gger cattle.

What about browser hardening? That seems to be where the rubber hits the road, as it were.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:55 pm
by pentium
I put a spinning blue light on a bowler hat.

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http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ ... G_8867.jpg

This has to of been the most satisfying goddamn thing I've done all fall.
I don't even know why I did this.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:47 pm
by Irinikus
Now that's a really cool kind of crazy! :lol:

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:06 am
by Dodoid
Is it to warn others of the speeding Origin racks :lol: ?

pentium wrote:Wouldn't fit. They would have to park at the top of the hill and then wheel all of them down the driveway.
guardian452 wrote:Ah so we could race them down the driveway! We did that with some empty HP racks... just shove off and hang on!
un_ wrote:The mental picture of Pentium being chased down a hill by dozens of loose Origin racks is hilarious.

Run Pentium Run!

(from a Bazaar thread from 2008)

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:43 pm
by pentium
I'm still down for a race. ;)

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:12 pm
by Dodoid
fatalhalt wrote:I have kicked off NSA/CIA/FBI off my laptop :p

Compiled and flashed git version of Coreboot (after days of research (I had to start from scratch), getting configs right, borrowing some stuff from libreboot, etc)


I have just flashed Libreboot to a T400, and filmed the entire process. Video coming soon!

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:31 pm
by pentium
In an effort to reduce the amount of racket going up through my workshop ceiling and into the dining room above I have installed a buttload of foam panelling.

CGS_7750.JPG

I had to spray it all with a bitterant in the hopes the mice don't start making a home out of it. I cann't get the taste off my hands. I want to eat junk food right now but it tastes so baaaad! ;_;

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:27 pm
by guardian452
That stuff they put in compressed air cans. Which are great for shooting upside down at CNC bits when milling plastic like ABS. Keeps the work piece from melting into a congealed mess on the bit. Just don’t do it before lunch, like the opposite of swimming.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:41 am
by smj
Running the Sprite OS (Ousterhout, et al) for the first time in gxemul. Because somebody at work made a remark the other day about how amazing some framework doing jail/container migration was, and it triggered nerdrage about process migration in distributed systems from the 1980s and 90s (Sprite, V, Locus, Aleph/Accent/Mach...) being completely forgotten.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:45 pm
by miod
Ouch. Sprite, the canonical definition of unusability.

Although that on gxemul it might actually run faster than on the original hardware, and make you feel less miserable.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:07 pm
by ClassicHasClass
Backporting the new VSX acceleration in libpng to VMX/AltiVec. It actually required very few changes, mostly to deal with a couple new VSX intrinsics that AltiVec doesn't have.

Mmmm, vectors.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:22 am
by smj
miod wrote:Ouch. Sprite, the canonical definition of unusability.

What makes you say that? I'd love to hear about any experiences with anything other than that disk image from the GitHub repo. I'm not sure if pieces are missing, but from the command line cc/gcc won't compile anything.

miod wrote:Although that on gxemul it might actually run faster than on the original hardware, and make you feel less miserable.

Well maybe, but I decided I didn't like the fact that GXemul was using one core of my desktop 100% even when the Sprite system was idle, so I just stopped it for the time being.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:26 am
by miod
smj wrote:
miod wrote:Ouch. Sprite, the canonical definition of unusability.

What makes you say that? I'd love to hear about any experiences with anything other than that disk image from the GitHub repo. I'm not sure if pieces are missing, but from the command line cc/gcc won't compile anything.

I have not used Sprite in the last 20+ years, but I remember that, at least in our use case, the system was extremely slow and depending too much upon the network (and it was running on 10MBit/s Ethernet systems, of course) - there was no real difference between diskless systems (no local cache) and systems using the local cache. Before NFSv3 (or NFSv2 + prestoserve accelerators) this would have been acceptable because NFS was slow, too. But NFSv3 changed the game, and Sprite could not catch up.