We are proud to announce the birth of the Free Silicon Foundation (https://f-si.org)!
We organize a conference in Paris, March 14-16 2019, to promote:
1. Free and Open Source (FOS) CAD tools for designing #VLSI circuits
2. the sharing of hardware designs
3. common standards
4. the freedom of users in the context of #silicon technology
Program and submissions:
first task of xmas hols done; firewall upgraded to 18.04; small 'discussion' with shorewall that wanted me to explicitly list a helper to load otherwise it wouldn't reload the old rules.
There's lots in the news about how doomed our high street is this year; it's difficult to tell; last Saturday Manchester city centre was really busy, so it's a good sign; this week it's pretty quiet but there again it's damn cold. Who knows?
Now I've got the basic z-wave stuff going, I think I'm going to go with https://www.home-assistant.io/ to do stuff properly. It's open, not Java, and looks pretty neat. That's going to be a little bit more of a setup though, since I first have to upgrade the host which it is going to get added to.
With just one TRV (in my bedroom) I've got some ideas; like turning it down/off once I'm up, and perhaps turning it right up last thing at night on a cold day to get the latent heat over night.
OK, so I've got this z-wave thing on the radiator in my bedroom, and open-zwave control panel I can use to pair it and monitor it; I *think* it's still on temperature sensing and won't freeze me to death in the morning. I *think*. The radiator in my office has a different thread on it's mount, and none of the adapters would fit. Hmm. Also, all our radiators have vertical valves, so the temp sensor is a bit too close to the radiator.
Finally made some useful progress in my #vulkan mandelbulb; for those who remember I had it working as all compute shaders; but that was rather silly - so now the ray tracer is in a fragment shader, the bulb calc is in a compute shader and there's a trivial vertex shader. Lots of rough edges but at least the damn thing works! Been a bit of a fight.
I hate how build tools are so random these days; on one project I type make, another I take cargo build, another I type ninja, another has it's own build tool.
I watched the film 'paycheck' last night; quite a nice different almost sci-fi film. When flicking through the TV listing I almost confused it with 'payback' (which I also like) which is an entirely different type of film.
Eww google has started round cornering everything.
Hmmm, I might re-assess my opinion. The frozen ganache comes out of the molds really well, *if* they are the silicon type. They push out nicely. I also have some in hard plastic molds and they might be more challenging.
Here is the proof. Henceforth known as Ganache Buttons:
Plasma Mobile coming to a Necuno phone 📱 near you! Check out the new open device that'll install KDE's mobile environment:
Time for a lego head to passthrough the body; scientifically tested:
(with SHAT and FART scores!)
Manchester Arndale's HMV has 3 high res spinning full colour displays - they're gorgeous - they're built into domes in the front window - you can only just see they're rotary from concentric circles, and taking a fast shutter to them you can see the rotation - lovely.
I worry that z-wave seems to be implemented by only one company in silicon. Not sure there are better alternatives.
rsvg-io.[ch] are no more; they are ported to #rustlang now.
The loading path in librsvg is moving to Rust quicker than I expected.
Chocolate eating computer geek, Manchester, UK