October 8th, 2002

silver corset

Backgammon in nightclubs

I've been taking a backgammon set to various events and managed to find quite a lot of players, some of them very good! I got an SMS last night from someone in our "alternative" nightclub. It said "THERE IS HARDLY ANYONE HERE BRING BACK GAMMON". But I didn't go since it was already 11pm, the music is less than impressive and I was tired. Hopefully I'll get some games with the people during the week though.
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silver corset

Intel Solaris? Why?

Task: Compile apps X, Y, Z onto a set of Sparc Solaris servers. Build platform: Intel. Of course I didn't think to look for this mistake until after I'd built GNU make. The whole structure was so messed up (by modern standards) that I reccommended rebuilding separate application trees for Solaris-Sparc, Solaris-Intel and Linux-Intel using the packages at http://www.sunfreeware.com/. However, this now makes the job easy and fast enough for the support technicians so I've worked myself out of a job again.
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silver corset

Today's seminar

Today's seminar was on the Waterloo Variant of the Index Calculus. It's a combination of the index calculus and using Euclid's algorithm to get B-smooth numbers from a g^a which is not otherwise B-smooth. This makes it faster.

You didn't understand? Neither did I.
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