# The GitTorrent Commit Reel

The commit reel is defined in section 5 of the GitTorrent RFC. It is defined as an uncompressed stream of objects, sorted in a particular way. In practice, it is only the commit objects that are sorted, and all of the dependent objects for those commits are placed with the commit which first introduces them. So, you start with a repository: You sort the objects so that they are in reverse date order (tie breaking is still required over git rev-list --date-order, as well as fetching their types and sizes, to produce the commit reel index.

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# Improving Google Navigate's Pronounciation of Māori Words

Google Navigate is pronouncing Māori words poorly, which is a shame because it’s a phonetic language with few exceptions. I’d like to contribute some notes for recognising and joining sounds from an English voice syllable bank, to try to make as few errors as possible. Recognition A Māori word will match the following regular expression (Unicode quirks notwithstanding): (([hkmnprtw]|ng|wh)?([aeiou][aeiou]?|[āēīōū])-?)+ The presence of any letters not on this list means it’s not a Māori word.

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# GitTorrent: a synthesis of past efforts

If you read this list post (gmane archive), then you will probably see not much new here. I include it as a back-drop for the subsequent articles. GitTorrent concept: torrent the pack files The idea of applying the straight BitTorrent protocol to the pack files was the starting point for GitTorrent. However, this turns out not to be useful, as the pack files are not determinisitic. It is only under a very strict set of precarious circumstances that any two nodes computing a pack for a git set of git objects will produce the same binary content.

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# Letter to the court

This is my communication with my case manager at the Ministry of Justice: The correspondance from Referee Smallbone writes: The claim is dismissed. The applicant did not appear. The respondent did appear. _Reasons_ The Tribunal presented its findings following the hearing on 13th December 2010. There has been no new evidence presented today that would change the decision and find in the applicant's favour. The case was adjourned at Vodafone’s request.

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# Court Ruling

I got the final ruling from the court in the post today, co-inciding with a concise Consumer Magazine article about my case. As I didn’t appear on time to the court case, Vodafone did not need to explain their communications. The Judge ignored the merits of the case as they stood at the end of the previous half of the hearing, and dismissed the claim. I guess that’s how the game works.

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# Vilain v Vodafone NZ Ltd

Long delay between updates intentional, for ironic effect. Tomorrow, I have a court case with Vodafone NZ Ltd, over an extortionate roaming data bill. Sure, sure, it’s not like this is anything new or special, people have known about this for a long time. “highway robbery” writes one well-known industry commentator, showing that the mark-up is of the order of 100,000%. Yes, one-hundred, thousand percent. “Legal Theft”, brands another. There are frequently stories in the papers, such as:

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