Sunday, December 01
No News December Edition
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been cancelled by Netflix. (Forbes)
This marks the 27th time the show has been cancelled, but the first time it has been cancelled specifically by Netflix.
- The replacement for SMS has been hacked even before it gets implemented, sort of. (Vice)
It's not that RCS is broken so much as telcos (or "telecos" as Vice would have it) are idiots.
- Modern Javacript tooling is too complicated. (Changelog)
Or rather, it's a fractally horrifying can of Plutonian nightmare worms.
- UPX is the ultimate packer for executables. (GitHub)
It reduces my 8.3MB binary to 3.2MB with the minor downside that it breaks exception tracebacks (even if I don't strip the binary) and randomly segfaults on WSL.
So not great in development but for delivering a production binary on platforms other than WSL it's a useful option. Not only can you run a UPX binary directly, you can uncompress it to get back the exact original file.
The resulting files are a little smaller than zip/gzip and you don't need to unzip them. Unless you're getting tracebacks in production, anyway.
- Election polls aren't broken, they're just... No, wait, they're broken after all. (Ars Technica)
It’s easy to write off the power of polls when they pick the wrong winner. But doing so misses the intended purpose (and acknowledged capability) of polling: to capture a snapshot of public opinion—not to make a prediction.But when it comes to an election, that snapshot of public opinion is a prediction.
- Files are hard. Use SQLite.
This isn't the usual complaint like "threads are hard", but a proper examination of what is required to provide a correct filesystem abstraction under all circumstances up to and including unreliable hardware.
The answer is - if you want local ACID-compliant storage - just use SQLite.
That's where you're wrong, mate.
Posted by: Rick C at Monday, December 02 2019 03:30 AM (Iwkd4)
Just out of curiosity, have you tried rewriting that program in C, to see how much (if any) better the linker shrinks the executable? I mean, if you really wanna go down that rabbit hole you could recompile all your libraries that it uses, and rip out all the code that it doesn't actually use, so it's not there for the linker to not exclude. (I suppose, in theory, you could do that in Crystal, too.)
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