2016 year-end link clearance


And the customary plug for my series of short videos on One Dev Minute:

Comments (11)
  1. ErikF says:

    The “Misused English terminology in EU publications” link is broken. The May 2016 edition of the guide is at http://www.eca.europa.eu/Other%20publications/EN_TERMINOLOGY_PUBLICATION/EN_TERMINOLOGY_PUBLICATION.pdf .

    1. The misused terminology report mostly seems to be fighting back against CEO-speak and verbing everything, but good luck with that. No one who uses them will care what a bunch of grammarians have to say.

      1. Some of it is genuine misused English. For example, the use of “actual” to mean “current”, because the German word for “current” is “aktuell”. (False friend.)

        1. Be that as it may, it becomes very irritating when you actually have to translate them. That’s what I am doing right now. I have an English document coming from France that use the word “status” as a verb. There is the misuse of “action plan”, “escalation” and “logistics” in it. Sometimes the document drops all pretense and writes “Logistique”.

  2. Ted Spence says:

    I love these random items of interest! The musical notation one is awesome – I’ve seen the “Death Waltz” joke page many times, but these are more interesting.

  3. DysgraphicProgrammer says:

    Why did I read that whole EU english thing? It has no conceivable use to me. I’m supposed to be on vacation.

  4. That God-damned Nvidia helper hooking random functions with Detours caused me so many hangs and deadlocks in Firefox, plus a few crashes, and the same thing happened in several other applications. It took ages to finally track it to nvd3d9wrap, but of course raising the issue with Nvidia got me nowhere. I just removed nvd3d9wrap entirely, and so far no ill effects.

    1. Joshua says:

      We’ve had our own problems. I have now a very short snippet that can reliably detect a screwup from one kind of hooking, but not who caused it. On encountering it, we tell the customer to rebuild one of the boxes (funny how they always occur in large batches) from scratch, testing after each component is installed, with the first test being before joining the domain.

      The particular problem encountered is calling CreateFile(somefilename, …, FILE_FLAG_DELETE_ON_CLOSE …) followed by CreateFile(samefilename, …, FILE_SHARE_DELETE | …) doesn’t work anymore.

    2. Nico says:

      The standard error article was great. I’d always kind of assumed that stderr came from wanting to avoid error messages going to a special teletype of some kind, but would never have guessed it was a typesetter designed to be operated by paper tape!

      The fact that the nVidia / detours bug is using AppInit_DLLs forces me to assume that they’re doing it wrong. AppInit seems like one of those things that should automatically be raised as a red flag in any automatic crash reporting system…

  5. DWalker07 says:

    The EU English link no longer works…. :-|

    1. DWalker07 says:

      Oops. I see the new link.

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