Category Archives: fail

Planet: Secure For Now

This is a followup to a followup – hopefully the last one for a while – about Planet. First of all, I apologize to the community for taking this long to resolve it. It turned out to have a lot more moving parts than were visible at first, and I didn’t know enough about the […]

“It Happens When They Don’t Change Anything.”

“Glitch in the Matrix? No, just that amazing San Francisco workplace diversity in action.” – @jjbbllkk “You take the blue pill — the story ends… You take the plaid pill — you stay in Silicon Valley.” – @anatolep “… And I’ll show you just how high your rent can go.” – @mhoye

Hostage Situation

(This is an edited version of a rant that started life on Twitter. I may add some links later.) Can we talk for a few minutes about the weird academic-integrity hostage situation going on in CS research right now? We share a lot of data here at Mozilla. As much as we can – never […]

Go Home Yosemite You Are Drunk

anglachel:proj mhoye$ svn –version svn, version 1.7.17 (r1591372) compiled Aug 7 2014, 17:03:25 anglachel:proj mhoye$ which svn /opt/local/bin/svn anglachel:proj mhoye$ /opt/local/bin/svn –version svn, version 1.8.10 (r1615264) compiled Oct 29 2014, 14:11:15 on x86_64-apple-darwin14.0.0 anglachel:proj mhoye$ which -a svn /opt/local/bin/svn /usr/bin/svn anglachel:proj mhoye$ /usr/bin/svn –version svn, version 1.7.17 (r1591372) compiled Aug 7 2014, 17:03:25 anglachel:proj mhoye$ […]

Rogue Cryptocurrency Bootstrapping Robots

I tried to explain to my daughter why I’d had a strange day. “Why was it strange?” “Well… There’s a thing called a cryptocurrency. ‘Currency’ is another word for money; a cryptocurrency is a special kind of money that’s made out of math instead of paper or metal.” That got me a look. Money that’s […]


Well, we have to get back to making jokes at some point. I bought some glasses from the internet. It didn’t go exactly as I’d hoped.

A Glass Half Broken

A friend of mine has called me a glass-half-broken kind of guy. My increasingly venerable Nokia N9 has been getting squirrelly for a few months, and since it finally decided its battery was getting on in years it was time for a new phone. I’m going to miss it a lot. The hardware was just […]

Citation Needed

I may revisit this later. Consider this a late draft. I’m calling this done. “Should array indices start at 0 or 1? My compromise of 0.5 was rejected without, I thought, proper consideration.” — Stan Kelly-Bootle Sometimes somebody says something to me, like a whisper of a hint of an echo of something half-forgotten, and […]

Algorithmically Marginalized

I wouldn’t have thought that mathematics or signal processing would have a cultural bent, but I just sat through a conference call where everyone was reasonably clear except for one guy, with a pronounced central-African accent, whose voice was getting audibly butchered by the noise cancellation algorithm on the line. The beginning of every sentence, […]

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

If you own a public establishment, consider putting one of these near the door. The keynote file it comes from is right here, under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license, and you’re welcome to use it as often as you feel is necessary.