Sunday, March 23, 2014

How to build only vcl modules from scratch in LibreOffice

After reviewing the component diagram on the LibreOffice wiki, the following will make the VCL module in LibreOffice:

make sal salhelper store cppuhelper cppu xmlreader registry unoidl dtrans \
     binaryurp dtrans animations jvmfwk jvmaccess javaunohelper stoc i18nlangtag \
     ucbhelper comphelper basegfx tools unotools i18nutil i18npool sot svl vcl

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Google+ names policy discriminates against Native Americans

I find it absurd that Google+ doesn't recognize certain names. The latest outrage was when they rejected Elaine Yellow Horse. It was only after BuzzFeed contacted Google that they decided that, gee whiz, that is a real name! Who would have thought it.

So I thought I might let Google know a few things about Anthroponymy. Given Google has a whole division who work out if you've given a real name or not, you would hope they would be well-versed on what can constitute a name. It appears not, even in their own country they don't recognize the name of the original native people who inhabited the land.

 Here are a few things that Google+ administrators might like to brush up on when it comes to names of people around the world:

  • You don't have to have two names. You can be named with just one name - a mononym. This is quite common all over the world.
  • There are those who prefer to be named after their children - this is called teknonymy. As an example, I knew a Lebanese man whose first son was named George. We knew him as Abu George, literally "father of George".
  • People can have names that are... unusual. Let's give you a few:

    Jellyfish McSaveloy
    Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence
    Apple Blythe Alison Martin
    Baby Hospital
    Yahoo Serious

  • There are a number of people whose names may be mistaken for rudeness:

    Argelico Fucks
    Dick Assman
    Lucious Pusey (changed to Lucious Seymour)
    Rusty Kuntz

    So let's see - Google will be banning all the Fucks, Assman, Pusey and Kuntz of the world, even though these are their legal names.
Google, pick up your act. It's getting really old. Frankly, the fact that Elaine Yellow Horse appealed your policy three times and it was only once the media got involved that you did the right thing shows that your staff are either incompetent, or racist. I hope for incompetence. Either is bad, but racism is much worse than incompetence.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How to use NUnit in Visual Studio 2010

To run NUnit, you need to add the following to the NUnit.exe.config file:

Under C:\Program Files\NUnit 2.5.9\bin\net-2.0\nunit.exe.config (replace version with whatever you have installed) add the following:

   <!-- the below is WRONG! See here for why.
      <requiredruntime version="v4.0.30319">
   <supportedruntime version="v4.0">

Also add the following in the <runtime> block:

<loadfromremotesources enabled="true">

The reason is that in .NET v3.5 and below, remote assemblies were loaded partially trusted. Starting with .NET v4, unless you add this directive then you will get a runtime exception.

Once you have done this, add another dll project and add a reference to NUnit.Framework.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What does Vodafone 3G and the Sydney city bus system have in common?

A note to the NSW government. Adding more buses does not decrease travel times. It actually increases travel times. This is called "bufferbloat" in network systems. Why? Because if you have a limited capacity on a road, and it gets blocked, adding MORE vehicles makes things slower. The only way to fix the issue is to increase the capacity of the roads.

It's the same for train lines. Adding MORE trains won't help anything. You need to add more platforms to stations, and with more platforms you need to lay more rail track. Then you distribute the current number of trains on these tracks and make them go faster than they do. If you then add enough platforms and rail tracks, then you can start adding more trains.

Congestion theory 101. If only the dimwitted politicians would know it. Or perhaps the public? :-)

On that note: Vodafone and 3 - please pay attention! I suspect that this is partly the cause of your incredibly crap service.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My greatest claim to fame

Sadly, my greatest claim to fame is that I invented the [citation needed] tag. I'll stop sobbing in a corner one day.

P.S. if anyone writes [Citation needed], then [Citation provided].