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Friday, 23 February 2018 Dereel Images for 23 February 2018
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Offensive code of conduct
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

It's no secret that I'm opposed to “codes of conduct”, specific interpretations of what the codifiers see as good behaviour. Apart from the fact that there are too many of them, all with loopholes and inconsistencies, they shouldn't be necessary in the first place. Six years ago I decided against attending linux.conf.au (seasonal URL) because of their insistence on a code. Two years ago I noted a perceived issue with the FreeBSD Code of Conduct, requiring (in their view) an overhaul of the code.

Now it's there, and we had a long discussion (as it happened, started by myself, though I didn't stay in the thread for long). It seems that there's a distinct difference in attitude between the USA-centric members of the project and the rest, though it's worth noting that the head of the code of conduct committee was Benno Rice, who comes from Adelaide, and who was one of the few participants of my first Hacker's barbecue, 17 years ago. Maybe he has been in the USA too long.

Today two committers took such offence at the code that they resigned. This was private mail, so I won't mention the names:

I stop participating in FreeBSD project because of such stupid things as
https://www.freebsd.org/internal/code-of-conduct.html
Until this is removed or changed. For example, the current CoC can be shown
in case of a negative question "Are you 12 and/or your upbringing and
intellect is OK?".

and

FreeBSD is more care about SJW than resolving conflicts. I stopped doing
anything and visiting events after conflicts with bsdgirl.

Thank you members who was helping me to solve issues. Happy to see you in
real life without strange restriction by CoC. Please keep my account, i
might get back on board in future.

In passing, I have learnt a new TLA: SJW.

In some ways this is similar to my decision not to participate in linux.conf.au 6 years ago. I wonder how many others feel the same way (but not enough to read the endless mail threads). As it is, 121 ports in the Ports Collection are now looking for a new maintainer.

In passing, it's interesting to note some of the language used in the code of conduct: “misgendering”, ““dead” or rejected names”, ““outing” of any private aspect of a person's identity”. I don't really know what any of those mean. “Don't cause pain to people” should be clear to everybody, and it seems to encompass the entire code of conduct.


Understanding lens caps
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

When I bought my first Leica lens in 50 years, the Summilux 25 mm f/1.4, I felt a certain feeling of satisfaction at having a Leica lens:


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The only issue was the lens cap:

 
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Why not a Leica lens cap?

 
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So I went out looking for one. The prices are typical Leica: I could pay up to USD 40 for one. Finally I found one, but it didn't quite fulfil the quality expectations: it arrived in pieces that I couldn't glue back together.

Since then I've been looking for another, and finally I found one. It was even cheaper, only USD 10 (plus $11 postage!). And it arrived in one piece.

But it didn't fit! Unlike most modern lens caps, it was designed to fit round the tube on the outside of the lens. And this part was too small. The tube at the front of the lens has a certain thickness, matching the filters. I measured an inside diameter of 45.18 mm and an outside diameter of 50.52 mm:

 
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And the lens cap has an inside diameter of 47.84 mm and an outside diameter of 50.56 mm:

 
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Somehow it seems that something is telling me that I should just give up. The inscription on the new caps is very low key anyway.

In passing, it's interesting to consider how hard to use lens caps are. For my four thirds lenses I have 5 or 6 different kinds of lens cap, all with marginally different ways to be removed. Most require to be pressed in a certain place, like the Lumix cap above, and the lens cap for the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO also requires to be put on the lens in a particular orientation—just what you need when you're in a hurry. Rear lens caps are (not surprisingly) all the same: they have a short rotation bayonet fitting. Why can't people do that with the front lens caps?


Server down!
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Mail from Callum Gibson this evening, telling me that I (my proxy) had disappeared off the IRC channel. Strange. The proxy bip, runs on the external web server www.lemis.com. It occasionally hangs (I think there's a file descriptor leak somewhere), but I had just restarted it. Off to take a look:

=== grog@www (/dev/pts/1) ~ 1 -> uptime
11:13AM  up  6:22, 2 users, load averages: 0.58, 0.59, 0.52

The server had gone down again! That's the second time this year.

Somehow RootBSD is not what it used to be. I've had nearly 5 years uptime in the past, but when the server went down last month, it had been up for less than two years. But this time it was up for less than 6 weeks! And no information as to why. I could enter a ticket or send mail, of course, but why bother? Somehow things have changed, and silly things like uptime are only of interest to old fogies like me.


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Nvidia
Topic: technology, multimedia, opinion Link here

Mail from Nvidia today asking me how I liked my support experience. I've described this in painful detail, notably the absence of a real online bug report submission and the fact that the support person wasn't aware that the problem was solved in a newer version. But what got me was this:


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“Submitted Online”? How? If they really have that option, they're hiding it well. Hopefully my comments will get read, and they'll fix that.


Dinner preparations
Topic: food and drink, general Link here

Margaret Swan is in town again. She's a vegetarian, and thus provides a good excuse to cook Indian (and Malay) food. But this time it was different: Yvonne is still out of action, and it showed. Somehow it took me all afternoon, and I didn't have time for photos.

We had alu masala, gobi pakora, ikan goreng, mixed dal (of which I have found not one, but two enormous bags of deep frozen portions), spiced green beans with coconut milk and (since I was out of time, deep frozen) ayam lemak. Not surprisingly, we have enough left over for at least two more meals.


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