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Advogato is a great place to read normally, but oh dear, now I see the right to arm bears is back. Just to support jschauma's point, I'll say that I live in a country with very strict gun laws: and I don't feel any of my rights are being infringed, I don't feel unsafe, and I seem to recall that it was a national petition (google for the Snowdrop petition) five years ago which led to the tightening of the gun laws.

In other advogato delights, someone talks about how he wants to screw someone from his class, presumably assuming she doesn't read this and that even if they started going out she wouldn't start reading his diary; and someone else thinks that a poster about "even if you win, you're still retarded" worth linking to. There are some surprisingly elitist attitudes around here. Mental handicap is something for jokes. The need for gun rights is apparently justified in part by the number of psychotics running around the streets (having worked in an acute admissions ward of a psychie hospital, I find this a little ill-informed); kids who kill should be locked up for life rather than any attempt at rehabilitation made (that's the best a civilised society can do? Remove people from itself? Not do something about stopping it from recurring?), parents who don't fit someone's personal criteria should be neutered so they can't breed, and several other delightful sentiments. It seems almost as though... no. I don't think I'll go there.

Ilan, what is your problem with keyboard navigation of a GUI?

Finally, is it only I, or are other people seeing advogato refuse to respond increasingly often? Heading to the site, following internal links and reloading pages here often seem to result in... well, nothing. It no talk. I put it down initially to other things, but I begin to think it's the advogato site. What is the traffic on it? How many hits does the recent diary entries page get?

Oh look. Another run through the recent arrivals.

Ten people with no information. One with a name and nothing more. Two with information that's not enough to certify on. That leaves eight. Hello, Google...

misa's name shows up all over rpmfind. pop has a vim/mutt script and an opportunity to practise my French :) garett, ts, geekd and ahvezda all have links to free software straightaway. mdz is a Debian maintainer. I suspect someone with a better appreciation of what's involved should re-certify the latter two. Way over my head. I suspect those are journeyer-level things, but I don't know.

Then some not-sures. I am not sure whether surveys count, and I don't know what else grex does. I followed the links from hawk but they only refer to a game. I can't find it anywhere. Googling on the game produces only references to it or dead links. I need to find my dictionary to know what to make of the site hns linked to. And finally, there's nile and dloo. I recall the dloo announcement on Gnotices, but I haven't seen anything since. So I'm a bit stuck there.

My certificates are very low, I know. To those people who feel affronted: the usual disclaimer. I can't judge other people's code. If I know something about the project or the person then I can make a guess on where they might rank. So some people get higher ratings because I know enough about them. I don't know the projects that came up following links in this lot. With luck, someone who understands these things will follow the same links and adjust certifications accordingly.

As to people complaining about certification or lack of them, please please please provide links to contributions that are out there. I spend a few hours (not much, but more than some) trying to certify new arrivals. I try very hard to find a reason to certify someone that is in line with the guidelines. Seeing people complained that they are not certified when I've just finished the latest run through irks me, frankly.

If you want to fork Gnome, Ilan, go right ahead. But until I see a package out there I can download or a HOWTO I can read, I can't certify someone who largely complains about what's wrong with things without explaining to the uninitiated (that's me) what would be right, and how to fix the wrongness. Deven, all I found on your pages was articles from a few years ago (the certs guidelines suggest evaluations should cover the work done in the last year) and a conferencing system which didn't have much info about it. It's also not the number of certificates you have that swings it. It's whether any of those people are close enough to the trust root for their appraisals to make a difference. Well, as I understand the write-up of the trust metric anyway. I dropped maths at 17, and I got lost in the trust metric write-up as soon as I saw "each certificate is a directed edge". Um. Right. But I assume hackers know more maths than I do.

Oh yes. And I should be an apprentice, but I can't change what other people put. (If you put higher, please reconsider.)

I think that's it for another month. I shall return to lurking and enjoying the threads of conversation that meander through the recentlog page.

DV, whatever are you talking about when you compare sheep and goats and suggest goats win out? Just look at my sheep and dare to compare it with that silly GEGL.


Oh yes, the sheep is the one in the red hat, thank you.

(Thanks to Jody for the photograph.)

That said, your analogy is rather good. But my sheep would like an apology :)

11 May 2001 (updated 13 Sep 2006 at 07:55 UTC) »

[edited to remove non-existent email address].

I would just like to dissociate myself totally from Phoon's preferred analogy for software licensing. Actually, tripp is the one who started this, and I hope s/he doesn't pick such an analogy in future. However, phoon is the one who came up with the pseudo-statistic that infuriated me. I have taken this to email. But I just wanted to say how much I disputed the alleged statistic phoon came up with. Grr.

Software. Um. Broke some, but less than normal. Reported a few bugs but ran out. Turned to the other side and started wading through gnome bugzilla and trying to sort gnome-core/general into the right categories. Next stop: "general". That's going to be fun. mmarker threatens trouble if I assign anything to imlib and I don't think Gman is speaking to me. Hey, one misassigned bug out of many isn't too bad!

26 Apr 2001 (updated 13 Sep 2006 at 07:54 UTC) »

Ho hum. How nice to have a backup diary. For those wondering why the usual link doesn't work: it wasn't me. I didn't do nuffink. I am not even too sure what's going on. But it appears that someone put a JCB through a bunch of fibres and cut off a pile of the local university and associated small business centre.

I must say, the rest from constant email was nice. However, if this keeps up, I suspect I am going to have a lot of mailman pages to go through, setting myself off no-mail.

In a stroke of genius, the local networking expert, who is of course conveniently absent for a while (grrr), put the backup MX records on a machine here. The practical upshot is that I can't receive email until someone goes and fixes this. I am not quite sure how you fix these fibre things. I have Scrapheap Challenge-inspired visions of welding and soldering, but I fear I am somewhat off-target. Allegedly it will all be fixed imminently.

I await the imminent fix and the return of the immanant email spirit. In the meantime, it is sunny, Alan is away, and I can make garlic bread without his silly complaints.

[edited five years later to remove dead links :)]

I dunno why I bother. Twenty-five new accounts and eleven have "No personal information available". Several more have links to company pages or Lynx-unfriendly sites. Will people please stop doing this? Pretty please? bagder's stats page shows a rise from observers being 57% of the total to 66% now...

Oh, I know why I bother. Just found the synaesthesia author in the list. (One of those programs you just find, and think "oooh. Pretty!")

Someone was complaining about #gnome ignoring auto* questions and the lack of auto* docs. They too have a link to their home page and I can't find an email address, so in case they didn't know: the ORA-published auto* book is also online. Hope it helps. I tend not to answer questions I don't know answers to on #gnome. Sorry. :)

Justification for current journeyer status: um. I dunno. Broke some more GNOME. Answered some more questions. That's about it.

There's twenty-five new accounts mentioned on the front page. Of those:

  • nine have no personal information filled in at all.
  • two have websites which are unreachable
  • four have websites which have no information about software or which are unreadable in lynx
  • one has a link to a project website and I can't find his name mentioned anywhere in it
That's more than 60% of the people. Of the remaining, found about four I could reasonably certify, since I was able to find free software or docs or something on their pages. I am not qualified to judge 'em, so sorry if the certifications appear low to you.

Now back to beta destruction.

Um, RyanMuldoon, I can't email you as you suggest because I see no email link on your page or from your company webpage.. :) But stuff about clipboards and X for Gnome off the top of my head:

That's the best I can do, and not being a coder means I am not even sure whether that's the kind of thing you want: but "How do I use selection in GNOME?" comes up a lot on IRC and more or better examples or doc pointers would be very welcome.

Damn. I really must update the Gnome FAQ stuff. I took a list of it to Austria with me, and got sidetracked bug-dinking (categorising and speculating and stuff).

Tried to certify a few more people, along the same lines as last time. Yet again, a good half of the Observers have no personal information and no link to look for such information. I can't certify people who put nothing. It would be silly.

1 Nov 2000 (updated 1 Nov 2000 at 18:50 UTC) »

Let's see. What have I done in the free software world to justify that scarily long list of certifications recently? Um.

  • More GNOME Users' FAQ stuff. Needs more work. Much more. I have a bunch of additions on my machine, but jade is being a pest about some of it, and I have this thing about commiting DocBook which will pass jade first time.
  • Alan and Malcolm did loads of work on gnorpm, whose bug reports were getting a bit out of hand. I went though and closed a lot of bugs with the aid of other people's scripts. Malcolm worked out we'd closed over 900 of the things. I got about five responses, one to say that the URL I suggested for an update didn't exist. Ho hum. Only 800 to go.

Saw someone making a valiant attempt to certify people languishing at observer level. They said they'd got tired towards the end, so I started from Z and worked my way up the list. Found several names I recognised. Please don't be offended if I put apprentice and you think you deserve more: I can't judge other people's code, and some things were in C, javascript, C++, php and all manner of languages. If I could find the sources of a program off someone's homepage, I put apprentice for now: one or two got more because they were people of whom I knew more. I also decided that "How I got this working" documents were contributions and included those. I got to the top of the 'w's, and stopped there. The number of people who put no contact details and no home page (or a home page consisting of one gif in one case) was quite incredible.

Not that I can talk, having to have it pointed out to me that I didn't close a tag on here :) Edited to correct.

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