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August 26, 2009

On World Domination…

Filed under: hardware,linux,technology,wearable,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 1:00 pm
On World Domination...

(12:45:08 PM) mprov: it still seems like we’ll have to tackle HAL and XInput after we have a driver, but maybe understanding those layers will help us understand what, at the kernel level, we’re trying to achieve
(12:46:58 PM) mprov: HAL depends on (d-bus, and then) udev to provide the manifestation of the /dev entry for the device, when the kernel registers the device, it shows up in /sys, where udev gets the info it needs to generate the /dev entry. Then dbus provides the notification to HAL which provides the permissions and access to the device to XInput
(12:48:01 PM) mprov: that’s the flow of things, once we have a complete handler for the HID layer once we have a recognized device registration
(12:48:58 PM) mprov: what we need in the kernel seems to be just that, a handler for the HID registration, which will provide the /sys entries for /udev to make the device. then we can interface it higher up the stack
(12:49:30 PM) mprov: for udev to make the /dev entry i mean
(12:49:32 PM) mprov: not /udev
(12:50:34 PM) mprov: (i’m repeating myself here, but) once udev generates the device, d-bus will notify HAL to parse the device and register it with XInput, which will make it available to the user

After that.. Wearable computing on every computer, using any HMD, by any manufacturer. Death to monitors!

August 10, 2009

Oh looky, a rant on the internet! How original!

Filed under: rant,society,technology — Victor Tramp @ 2:37 pm
Oh looky, a rant on the internet! How original!

So, Twitter goes down and Facebook goes down, and suddenly people don’t know what hit them? I’ve never understood how so much of the Internet’s population can mistake a website for a public utility. It’s as if Twitter is supposed to be some deeply embedded component of the internet’s inherent architecture, and when it’s not working; teh OMG, Now what?!

That the majority of twitterers & facebookers don’t realize, much less care, that they’re communicating over a closed, privately owned channel (which may or may not be harvesting their information, relationships, and communications for purposes they never intended) really isn’t my point.

That the attacks were targeting one person, and wound up crippling entire social networking sites (illustrating a lack of integrity in the operating systems involved in the attack,)¬† isn’t my point either..

I just find it so crazy how surprising and¬†paralyzing it can become to people when one random websites or another goes down. Like a handful of corporations think they can be their own social revolution or something. It’s odd that people have such a hard time seeing past the facade. It seems the strengths of open protocols and federated systems would be far more evident in times like these, but instead, people hardly remember email, or XMPP, or their own blogs.

Whatever. I guess I get it. It’s just so disheartening.