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  • Brazil (evanjones.ca)
    fi directed by Gilliam so I figured that Brazil was worth a shot This movie is set in a world ruled by an authorthitative regime similar to 1984 The sets and atmosphere of this film are excellent the concept is interesting but unfortunately the execution is mediocre There are parts of this movie that are really great and parts that are not good I watched the 140 minute Criterion Edition

    Original URL path: http://www.evanjones.ca/movies/brazil.html (2016-04-30)
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  • High-Performance Server Architecture (evanjones.ca)
    near and dear to me High Performance Server Architecture This document describes in detail four performance killers for software that needs to deal with a high rate of messages or requests This is generally applicable to a wide variety of

    Original URL path: http://www.evanjones.ca/server-performance.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Primer (evanjones.ca)
    Shane Carruth managed to do the impossible He made a movie for 7000 that can compete with films that are cost a thousand times more It is a classic example of how a good story is the most important part of a movie It has simple and natural visuals and sound It has no recognizable actors Yet the movie is compelling and thought provoking Ebert gave Primer 3 ½ stars

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  • Lessons from the Jikes RVM (evanjones.ca)
    are my comments about a few choice quotes Researchers have different motivations than most open source software contributors they are primarily driven by the desire to produce publications and technical results not production quality software This is in my opinion a big problem In computer science papers are not useful unless the ideas are actually used in a real system One of the best ways to do this is to build prototypes that are actually used in order to validate the ideas The goal of computer science research should be to solve real problems the vast majority of researchers choose not to make their implementations publicly available We suspect that the main issue is that the research community as represented by program committees and tenure committees does not explicitly value producing open software Again the authors have hit the nail directly on the head although in my experience it makes no difference if the software is open or not Producing software has no value in the academic world For example I have done a fair amount of work using the ns2 network simulator which definitely exhibits the thousands of marginal grad student hacks problem The issue is that ns2 is extremely useful infrastructure that enables network research However no one has any motivation to invest the massive amount of time that would be required to improve it Unfortunately there is no easy answer for how to solve these issues The current metric for evaluating a researcher is their publication list This metric is fundamentally flawed but there is no clear alternative Part of the solution would be to raise the bar of what is required for a paper to get published Today there are many conferences that have horribly low standards These conferences are completely ignored by researchers unless they

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  • Python Parser (evanjones.ca)
    I spent a few hours hacking away on it to separate the parser from the rest of Python The code here is very rough and does not currently support all the Python types but it does work tested with Mac OS X and Linux As an example I ve written a small program that prints the parse tree It only supports a subset of the parse tree types but it

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  • VMware Player (evanjones.ca)
    is a watered down version of their VMware Workstation product that only allows you to run existing images not create new ones I think this is brilliant Virtualization software like VMware or Virtual PC is really really useful when doing software development because it allows you to quickly test multiple software configurations I ve also used it to instantly revert all changes to a system This VMware Player could also

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  • Welsh, Irvine. Trainspotting. New York: Norton & Company, 1996. ISBN: 0393314804 (evanjones.ca)
    much better than I thought it was going to be It is both funny and heartbreaking serious and entertaining I was surprised when I turned to the first page and discovered that the whole thing is written in thick Scottish slang Reading the first chapter was challenging but just like when reading A Clockwork Orange your brain soon adapts to the new words When I got to the end I

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  • Spyware, Trusted Computing, Cheating, and Online Games (evanjones.ca)
    sense is spyware since it inspects what you are doing Protecting an online game from cheating is an extremely hard problem somewhat related to the problem of protecting game systems from unauthorized software In my opinion any system in the world can get hacked unless the hardware and software platform support authenticated operation A good paper on how this could be implemented is P England and M Peinado s 2002

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