Debugging story. A Windows service causing an invisible 40GB kernel memory leak due to some kind of race condition where it occasionally fails to properly release process handles.
Some interesting thoughts on the value of writing blog posts vs. living documents that work as long-term resources.
Early versions of Windows did bit-blitting by JITting a routine specialized for the actual parameters. This is the evolution of those routines.
Thoughts from Martin Cracauer on what the GC implications would be on using LLVM as a SBCL code generator..
What goes into implementing enough of the OS/2 ABI to get an absolutely minimal graphical application working?
> There are lots of plausible ways to pack bits into bytes, and all have their strengths and weaknesses that I’ll go into later. For now, let’s just cover the differences.
Also, part 2
Writing an asynchronous (when allowed by the semantics) D3D to OpenGL shim.
Writing a SQL parser in Haskell isn't very interesting. The good part is everything else about this. All the way from the genesis of the tool (need to figure out what all the relations in the system really are, for a hellish schema transition), to where the system actually ended up at and what other use cases naturally appeared.
The typical HN second guessing comments feel even more depressing than usual. Why didn't they just read the documentation of the tables to figure out the details? Why not use a Python SQL parser instead of writing a new one? Why did they want this schema transition anyway? It's like there's zero empathy for other people's problems being more complicated than can be explained in the setup of a blog post.
A deep dive into reverse-engineering an ultra-obfuscated piece of malware, with multiple layers of custom virtual machines. Really awesome.
A network debugging war story, involved IPv6, fragementation and QUIC.
I'm probably going to disagree a bit on the moral of the story. The authors' takeaway here is that routers should not be reordering packets.
What I see here is yet another instance of full transport layer header encryption making it impossible to do the right thing. Why does the server need to MTU-probe with a massive packet? Because there's way for the path to give a signal about the packets size (MSS clamping in TCP). Why does the receiver end up blocking the queue on fragmentation? Because there's no way for it to know what the intended order was, the packet numbers are encrypted. So it has to assume the receiving order is the delivery order.
But look Ma! No ossification!