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Comment: device driver (Score 2) 143

by riffraff (#47107419) Attached to: Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

I once had to write a module for a pc/104 board on an embedded system running kernel 2.4. It had 8 relays that were write-only, there was no way to query a relay for what it's current position was, so I kept track of it myself and made the cached status available by a proc entry.

It wasn't really that hard and I learned a bit more about how the kernel modules got initialized and executed. I wrote a couple of others also, like for the Sensoray Model 518 (which is discontinued now I think).

Comment: Re:Woooo! (Score 1) 192

by riffraff (#39064003) Attached to: WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006

I can't remember, but it is likely I came here for the same reason. I wrote a patch for wm back then that added scale and tile options for the background, which was accepted (but rewritten). I have been using it for my vnc sessions for a long time. I get good response time with it. Still one of my favorite window managers, and I really like the color scheme.

Comment: like tv shows (Score 1) 181

by riffraff (#37208106) Attached to: Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?

Kind of like the tv shows. Nowhere Man lasted only 1 season, years ago, but that was still 22 episodes. There are shows today that get canceled after 3 episodes. Perhaps they should be left out there a little longer to give them a chance to build public interest. I see this in a lot of things, tech, tv, movies, for example.

Open Source

Open Source Developer Knighted 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"

Comment: Weird, scary (Score 1) 385

by riffraff (#28600591) Attached to: Railway Workers Get Daily Smile Scans

Reminds me of a book by John De Chancie, one of the Castle books. In it, Gene is dumped in a world with InnerVoice (tm), which is a virus which monitors your endocrine system and whatnot for "guilty" feelings (such as raised heart rate, sweating, stuff like that). If you feel guilty, it starts giving you bad cramps and other things until you "adjust" your behavior. Someone said "put a smile on your face", but he didn't at first, until the cramps and other pains came. When he did, it went away.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.