The Auragen file system.


This article on the interesting Wave Transactional File System inspired me to look up an earlier file system that also used copy on write semantics. From: Anita Borg, Wolfgang Blau, Wolfgang Graetsch, Ferdinand Herrmann, and Wolfgang Oberle. 1989. Fault tolerance under UNIX. ACM Trans. Comput. Syst. 7, 1 (January 1989),…

MiFID II, GPS and UTC time


I have a post up on FSMLabs web site about the use of GPS and other satellite time for MiFID II timestamp compliance.  It's fascinating how much effort has recently gone into trying to convince people that MiFID II will require direct time from a national lab or certified via…

Annals of unintentional irony


Come back after a trip to see Marc Andreessen's team of twitter posters complaining wryly about how government is so gosh durn big and citing experts like Milton Friedman. A difficulty of modern economics: I have yet to talk to a non-Keynesian who believes Keynesians intend to cut fiscal spending…

Ikea and RedHat


This is state of the art for systems software now - which is not all that impressive. Glantz explained that Ikea has more than 3,500 Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) servers deployed in Sweden and around the world. With Shellshock, every single one of those servers needed to be patched and…

Space-X patents


Anderson: So what have all your creative people come up with, then? What’s different in your basic technology versus 50 years ago? Musk: I can’t tell you much. We have essentially no patents in SpaceX. Our primary long-term competition is in China—if we published patents, it would be farcical, because…