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Cross-compiling openSUSE build service projects

I recently needed to debug one of my OBS projects that was failing on the ARM architecture. Unfortunately, my only ARM computer (a Raspberry Pi) was of a too-old architecture to run the OBS toolset directly – the Raspberry was … Continue reading

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How to build a Macintosh executable that will run on older versions of MacOSX.

This took me a good day of drilling into MacOSX, with a paucity of appropriate advice on the internet, which is why I’m writing this post. -mmacosx-version-min compiler flag The first hint is to use the -mmacosx-version-min compiler flag, which … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to Aegis

After nearly 16 years, I am now saying a long farewell the the Aegis source code management system (http://aegis.sf.net). Aegis was, in its day, years ahead of its time. But now, with Aegis’s author dead, and only a handful of … Continue reading

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Living la vida Hackintosh

Like many, I make a living from open source software development, which I develop on Linux, but then build on Windows and Macintosh. I do have a Mac, a rather cute Mac mini, which is a cost effective way of … Continue reading

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Regression test coverage analysis in TCL

If you’re like me, you like having lots of regression tests to keep you covered from making stupid mistakes when hacking up some complicated piece of code. Whilst code coverage tools exist for the major development enviroments, one major blind … Continue reading

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Movie Graph Argument Revisted

In this paper, we reexamine Bruno Marchal’s Movie Graph Argument, which demonstrates a basic incompatibility between computationalism and materialism. We discover that the incompatibility is only manifest in singular classical-like universes. If we accept that we live in a Multiverse, … Continue reading

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Sucked in by a fake journal?

Recently, the phenomenon of fake open-access peer reviewed journals has been put under the spotlight, with blogs, a New York Times article and even a special issue in Nature covering this issue. I just wanted to cover anecdotally my own … Continue reading

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Elliot banned!

It seems like both Elliot and Alan have now been banned from FoR. See Elliot’s posting on BoI

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Why Windows is not ready for the desktop!

OK – yes I know this is a provocative title. But it is often claimed that Linux is not ready for the desktop. I have been using Linux as my primary desktop environment since 1996, so the statement always surprises … Continue reading

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Microsoft Word Rage

Way back in the dim distant past (well, the 1980s, for those who remember), whilst a PhD student of theoretical physics, I noticed a distemper amongst my colleagues attempting to write their theses using a word processor. It involved much … Continue reading

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