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Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

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[Link, Politics] Cubans + Ultrasonics

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:02:03 -0400

I wonder if this was perhaps a listening device?  Somehow ultrasonics
are modulated by normal conversation?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40883020

Andrew

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[Book, Link] Laurent Binet

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2017 13:32:13 -0400

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n12/christopher-tayler/episteme-my-arse
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/16/hhhh-laurent-binet-review

Andrew

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[Book, Link] No One's Ways

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:29:37 -0400

Saw this book advertised in the LRB - might be interesting.

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/speak-therefore-daniel-heller-roazens-no-ones-ways/

Andrew

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[Link] The Biggest Problem For Cyclists Is Bad Driving

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 08:30:57 -0400

“We believe this report strongly supports our view that the biggest
problem for cyclists is bad driving. With that in mind we are greatly
concerned that the government still seems fascinated with analysing
and promoting cycle helmets, the value of which appears to be
inconclusive. We believe that the government should now focus on
tackling the causes of injury which appears to be mainly inconsiderate
and dangerous driving. Reduced speed limits, stronger traffic law
enforcement and cycle-friendly road design are the solutions.”

http://bike-accidents.com/2017/08/04/risky-cycling-rarely-to-blame-for-bike-accidents-study-finds/

Andrew

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[Computing] Doxygen, Sphinx, Breathe

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 20:03:04 -0400

Spent some time playing around with Doyxgen, Sphinx and Breathe.

The pipeline is:

  * Write docs in Doxygen as normal

  * Run Doxygen to generate xml output

  * Write Sphinx framework (mainly near-empty pages) that use 
    Breate, as a Sphinx plugin, to pull docs from Doxygen XML 
    (instead of from Python).

There's also a script that generates the PShinx outline
(breathe-apidoc.py), but it didn't seem to make much sense to me
(maybe I misunderstood).

Anyway, it's no good.  It almost works, but Breathe is buggy and
unsupported, so you end up with gaps (no structs...) and weird
inconsistencies.

I guess next I need to try improving Doxygen CSS.

Breathe:
https://breathe.readthedocs.io/en/latest
https://github.com/michaeljones/breathe

Andrew

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[Admin] Brokw Recent Permalinks

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 19:56:55 -0400

Decided to remove (new) tags from permalinks which has broken them.  I
don't think anyone much reads this, so hopefully no harm done.  Going
forwards things will work better (tags made permalinks practically
identical for different posts).

Andrew

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[Bike, Chile] Buying Bearings in Santiago

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 19:34:50 -0400

You can buy bearings - any size, as many as you want - in the shops
along Vergara, just to the south of Alameda (near Los Heroes).  In
particular, maybe 4 or 5 shops in on the east side, there's a place
with dark blue signs with white writing that was very helpful.

They're called "bolitas" and 3/32" is just "tres treinta y dos".

I spent about $1.700 on 100x3/32, 2x1/8 and 2x3mm (so about $17 each).

Andrew

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[Computing, Opensuse] Upgrading to 42.3

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:13:49 -0400

Two gotchas:

* The NVidia drivers seem to have the same version.  So simply changing
  repos to 42.3 and updating all doesn't change anything.  You have to 
  force a reload in Yast (say).

* There's some Gnome disk scanner crap that crashes repeatedly and
  drags the machine to an almost-halt.  Google for "disable Gnome 
  tracker" for solutions.

Otherwise, seems to be fine.

Andrew

PS "zypper dup --download-in-advance" doesn't JUST download in
advance.  It then goes on to do the install.  So don't run it in an X
console and think you can switch to runlevel 3 later...

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[Link, Physics] First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:25:16 -0400

https://www.quantamagazine.org/first-support-for-a-physics-theory-of-life-20170726/

Earlier:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-new-thermodynamics-theory-of-the-origin-of-life-20140122/

Andrew

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[Link, Bike] Peruvian Frame Maker

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:36:28 -0400

$300 for full-spec cromo

http://marinobike.com/
https://www.reddit.com/r/bicycling/comments/6q9404/marino_pupper_build_process_dont_think_too_hard/

Andrew

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[Link] Awesome Game Theory Tit-For-Tat Thing

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:58:18 -0400

http://ncase.me/trust/

Andrew

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[Food, Review] La Fabbrica - Good Italian Food In Santiago

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:59:36 -0400

http://la-fabbrica.cl/
https://www.zomato.com/es/santiago/la-fabbrica-la-reina

After months of disappointing restaurants this was a real surprise.
Good food, unpretentious surroundings, great service and reasonable
prices.  It's also the new home of the Santiago Jazz Club.

I'm no expert on Italian food, but this was recommended (I later found
out) by the Italian husband of a friend of Paulina's - he's taken his
parents there when they visit Chile.  And what I ordered - the Pizza
Caponata was sufficiently unlike any other pizza I've eaten in Chile
that it's either a genuine dish or simply inspired.  Either way, it's
worth eating.

And the service: Just some young guy, but he actually spoke to me.  He
wasn't embarassed to be dealing with a gringo.  He didn't speak in
baby talk.  He didn't address all the questions to Paulina.  What a
refreshing change!

Andrew

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