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When you grow up with nothing... posted on 18 Jul 2010 10:17

…you learn not to expect anything…

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ICFPC 2010 *cough* results *cough* posted on 21 Jun 2010 11:11

OK, guys — without telling me anything, my other self decided to take part in ICFPC 2010 =) And it did — forming a spontaneous team with two of my friends.

First of all — the task was great. We weren't prepared for what ICFPC threw at us, but managed to do at least something none the less =)

We solved the very first part — synthesizing the circuit that produces «The Key» prefix on the server, but after that we couldn't crack the car ternary encoding in time. About 1700 GMT+4 server became really slow — my guess is that several teams successfully managed to create automatic car generators and/or car fuel solvers and let them loose to reap the score points =) And with an unresponsive server we couldn't test our assumptions about ternary encodings.

Yes, we only got in the top 200 (hooray!), but for an ad hoc team IMHO that is a result of itself. And — yes, we didn't give it our best, we're not the best, etc. But we participated — and we scored! =)

I can't but mention my teammates — zakh and sergeif. Gate Bruteforcer in Haskell written by sergeif immensely helped us in cracking the circuits. And Circuit Simulator — Java and zakh this time — served as a basis for Circuit Mutator by yours truly which got us «The Key» circuit from example 19L in under 20 minutes (yup, guess we just got lucky). Anyway — thanks a lot, guys, it was a hell lot of fun =)

Some mistakes we made (due to ad hoc team and stuff):

  • Try to get together — team communication when you're in the same room is ten times more efficient!
  • Create query utility tools for communicating with the ICFPC server — using browser is too painfully slow…
  • Do try to brute force your way out of this =) You can think all you want about optimizing your code and such AFTER you launch something simple and dirty — it may get you results faster than you think!

All in all, I really enjoyed ICFPC 2010. I think I'll wait for ICFPC 2011. And this time I'm gonna be ready for it =)

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New domain is up and running! posted on 14 Jun 2010 15:37

OK, mates. For those of you who still visit this wiki of mine — you can now use nice and yummy address to go here =)

Bought this domain for 2.99$ (and — sic! — no delivery fee) at NameCheap — after looking through several dozens of registrars this one came on top with best «Efficiency/Cost» ratio out there. «We give it a 5 out of 5» =)

Till next time!

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Erlang is a Tank! posted on 26 May 2010 20:03

Erlang syntax, compared to Haskell, is ugly, clunky and cumbersome. Make no mistake though: Tanks are ugly, clunky and cumbersome. It does not make tanks less menacing.

(с) Haskell vs. Erlang

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So very true posted on 24 Apr 2010 18:44

The following pages give a flavor of the Lava HDL and how it can be used to describe circuits for implementation of Xilinx's Virtex family of FPGAs. These pages assume a good understanding of Xilinx's Virtex FPGA architecture and of the Haskell lazy functional programming language. The number of people that know about both can easily fit inside a medium sized elevator.

(c) Satnam Singh — The Lava HDL

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Another quote posted on 23 Apr 2010 18:31

«Have to trust someone to be betrayed. I never did».

(c) Captain John Price, CoD: MW2

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Sage Wolf Horo's Wisdom... posted on 16 Apr 2010 11:12

«Males really are best when chasing down their prey».

(c) Spice and Wolf II, ep. 10

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Chuck Norris... posted on 31 Mar 2010 21:54

…never updates his compiler. He can use any feature from any version of any programming language — even a feature that will be implemented only in 2020.

Inspired by import from __future__ from Python =)

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Kind of my life motto... posted on 28 Mar 2010 20:43

«When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles.
When I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.»

(c) Dune, Frank Herbert.

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Spanish Lady... errr, I mean - Wolf posted on 20 Mar 2010 15:35

I just have to write about this AMV. Because Spice & Wolf is a great anime, but it's very hard to do any decent AMV based on it.

Nevertheless, Cross/fade from AMP did it. Classic «Character profile» and «Romance» mix once again gives you that familiar sense of S&W calmness and takes you somewhere far away. Just for a moment, but still…

I can't but compliment a fantastic choice of music — that «Spanish Lady» celtic motif feels very natural and blends perfectly into S&W setup.

Anyway — don't read any further. Just watch «Spanish Wolf» AMV. Kore wa meirei desu! =)

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