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zev honked back 13 Apr 2024 00:46 -0700
in reply to: https://tech.lgbt/users/sjolsen/statuses/112262741877678420

@sjolsen Certainly, it of course doesn't free you from still ultimately using I2C, just a convenient abstraction on top of it...though FWIW 1.5Mbps was the TCP throughput I got out of it with iperf, so including a fair amount of overhead; the actual bus frequency was a good bit higher, and at least on the systems I was running it on it seemed to work well enough (though perhaps I was lucky).

zev honked back 30 Mar 2024 14:15 -0700
in reply to: https://chaos.social/users/ChuckMcManis/statuses/112186273145247536

@ChuckMcManis @dougmerritt Assuming that's regarding just the kernel (and setting aside the problem of auditing 30+ million lines of existing code, which I'd think such a customer might also want?), a dozen people doesn't seem like very many to try to thoroughly vet all the changes that get applied to Linux all the time. Even assuming sufficient subsystem expertise among the entire group to cover everything, the sheer volume per individual would be enormous -- thousands of lines per day, all day every day.

zev honked back 30 Mar 2024 12:48 -0700
in reply to: https://hachyderm.io/users/cliffle/statuses/112185792882765955

@cliffle While I can't claim anything approaching your degree of thoroughness, this patch resulted from me going through a very similar process (involving xmobar) with a new laptop a few years ago. I'd thought it was my Framework, but the timestamp suggests it was probably the Librem that predated it (and that I'd probably still be using if I hadn't fried the display with an ill-advised i2cdump command...),

zev honked 16 Mar 2024 01:01 -0700

Relieved that the signs thank me, for I am virtuous and already in compliance.


parking lot sign reading "...please use honk signs thank you"

zev honked back 06 Mar 2024 22:22 -0800
in reply to: https://honk.tedunangst.com/u/tedu/h/cjVYCBQBD62Bn9Yt8g

@tedu FWIW I actually took an ever so slightly deeper look at this briefly, and at least going by the sophisticated investigative techniques laid out here it appears to be built with Backbone, no React detected...(shrug)

Though honestly either way (whether leftover webapp framework detritus or Firmware Innovation Bright Idea)...it's a strange world we've built ourselves.

zev honked 03 Mar 2024 22:31 -0800

Sometimes holding your own head up is just too much work.

Bowie, a dog, resting his head on a leg outstretched from the couch, in turn resting on the coffee table

zev honked 03 Mar 2024 16:47 -0800

You can spend twelve grand on a wine cooler, but the floats will always haunt you.

digital price tag for a $11,869 dollar wine cooler, with "Total Price: $NaN"

zev honked back 22 Feb 2024 14:23 -0800
in reply to: https://mstdn.ca/users/oclsc/statuses/111977440325264706

@oclsc @cks @benjojo Yes, there is indeed plenty in the world of BMC firmware to be irritated or horrified by...the most striking example to me is something I've occasionally seen flicker by and disappear as the BMC web UI loads on certain servers, not fully implemented and actually exposed, but clear evidence that somewhere in the firmware vendor chain someone thought it was a swell idea: I shit you not, an app store.

zev honked back 22 Feb 2024 14:00 -0800
in reply to: https://mastodon.social/users/cks/statuses/111977230760054856

@cks @benjojo There's unfortunately often a delay between when the BMC powers on the host processor and when the interfaces by which the BMC can read the temperature of that processor (e.g. PECI on Intel platforms or SB-TSI for AMD) actually come fully online. The fans are usually on the same 12V power rail as the host and hence turn on when it does, and lacking a valid temperature reading from the host CPU, going into failsafe mode is the...well, safe option. Logic like "if we just turned it on right now on it's probably not very hot" runs into problems if it had recently been on and is still holding a lot of residual heat...you could potentially get into tracking more history to disambiguate that in turn, but then you're suddenly a lot more stateful than you were which gets messy and fragile (especially considering that the BMC and the host can both reboot independently of each other), and it's ultimately just a lot simpler and less error-prone to make it (relatively) stateless and err on the side of not cooking things. And of course since most servers end up situated in places where there usually aren't people around to hear them, acoustic noise optimization is typically pretty low on the list of priorities.

(Yes, I work on BMC firmware.)

zev honked 19 Feb 2024 21:37 -0800

Photographing a sea lion from shore can be tricky.

sea lion back (or belly?) poking up from the water

zev bonked 10 Feb 2024 01:27 -0800
original: ols@yeet.ols.wtf

In reality, plants are actually farming us, by giving us oxygen daily, until we all eventually decompose so they can consume us

zev honked 06 Feb 2024 14:13 -0800

Scenes from what ended up being not quite the jankiest file transfer I've ever performed, but probably a close second.

shell command using a nested loop to break up a file called "image-kernel.xz.b32" into 40-line chunks and paste them one at a time into an X11 window via 'xdotool', with a 0.1-second sleep after each one

zev honked 01 Feb 2024 03:48 -0800

It's one thing for a vendor's OEM IPMI command set to contain, in various places:
- big-endian bytes
- little-endian bytes
- binary bytes
- BCD bytes
- standalone (single) ASCII bytes

But I think cramming all of the above into a single 16-byte message is a pretty award-worthy accomplishment.

Contemplating filing a feature request to get EBCDIC added to the roadmap for future generations though...gotta keep innovating!

zev honked back 31 Jan 2024 18:18 -0800
in reply to: https://fosstodon.org/users/ianthetechie/statuses/111853653596988327

@ianthetechie @cliffle @iliana Having used both for code review at least semi-regularly over the last few years, I'm a fan of...neither, really. Github lacks some major, fairly basic capabilities like commenting on commit messages; Gerrit leaves a lot to be desired UI-wise IMO and frequently exhibits annoying little bugs. I recall liking Review Board reasonably well last time I used it, but it's been a while so who knows...

zev honked 26 Jan 2024 02:27 -0800

You know you've done some quality web design when "view source" doesn't look all that different.

zev honked 24 Jan 2024 15:32 -0800

3:15 PM: Late birds get worms too.

grainy photo of a small bird in my back yard, its unearthed earthworm prey lying helpless before it