Josef “Jeff” Sipek


The Apple ISA — An interesting view of what Apple could aim for instruction set architecture-wise.

Internetová jazyková příručka — A reference book with grammar and dictionary detailing how to conjugate each Czech word.

Java is Magic: the Gathering (or Poker) and Haskell is Go (the game)

An Interview with Brian Kernighan (July 2000)

Booting a Raspberry Pi2, with u-boot and HYP enabled

The SmPL Grammar — Description of the grammar used by Coccinelle.

Netbooting Debian Squeeze — A link I had sitting around for a couple of years when I last set up a NFS-root netbooting Linux system.

Are there any 3 dimensional items wwe can’t print layer by layer — A humorous story about Wikipedia article: Fubini’s theorem and its relation to 3D printing.

The Diagnosis of Mistakes in Programmes on the EDSAC — In some ways, debugging hasn’t changed much since 1951.

Netflix Chaos Monkey

Somehow, I managed to miss that about two years ago Netflix open sourced their chaos monkey.

Based on my quick look over the code, it appears to be written in Java. Meh. Regardless of the language, it’s great to see large companies open source their code.

Licenses can be amusing

So, I had to install Sun’s Java, and my eyes noticed the following text in the license agreement (I bolded the amusing section):

3. RESTRICTIONS. Software is confidential and copyrighted.
Title to Software and all associated intellectual property
rights is retained by Sun and/or its licensors. Unless
enforcement is prohibited by applicable law, you may not
modify, decompile, or reverse engineer Software. You
acknowledge that Licensed Software is not designed or
intended for use in the design, construction, operation or
maintenance of any nuclear facility. Sun Microsystems, Inc.
disclaims any express or implied warranty of fitness for
such uses. No right, title or interest in or to any
trademark, service mark, logo or trade name of Sun or its
licensors is granted under this Agreement. Additional
restrictions for developers and/or publishers licenses are
set forth in the Supplemental License Terms.

I understand that Sun is just trying to cover all possible mega-misuses, and I think it is amusing that they felt the need to put that into the license.

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