Here's my #introductions...
Isn't the world a lovely place but in a fine old state though?
Covid time use • Some statistics on changes in American behavior during Covid https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/07/27/business/economy/covid-parenting-work-time.html #linkblog #covid19coronavirusbehavioramericaworktootme
@Edent so I guess what I'm saying at ridiculous length is that let me think about an answer that honors the seriousness of your question, and then I can write that somewhere in longer form and we can have a proper discussion? Because otherwise, as you say, you will regret asking, and I will not have changed your mind, and you will have not changed mine, which to me is the point of any conversation -- to move to a new, better understanding
If you’re interested in (roughly order of appearance) content-addressed filesystems, Guix/Nix like package managers, capability-based security, componentized OSes, rust at Google, and plan9-ish resource views, this is really good intro to Google’s Fuchsia.
Plenty to learn (i.e. steal) from here!
"""10-year-old Truman Henry Safford, asked in 1846 to calculate 365365365365365365^2, showed that difficult problems are difficult even for prodigies—"...he flew around the room like a top, pulled his pantaloons over the tops of his boots, bit his hands, rolled his eyes in their sockets, sometimes smiling and talking and then seeming to be in agony, until, in not more than a minute said he, 133,491,850,208,566,925,016,658,299,941,583,225!"
from the HP-45 manual
constitution, murderousness, Iceland
"Iceland ... the birthplace of a brilliant literature ... home of a high level of intellectual cultivation... under conditions in the highest degree unfavourable. ... no less interesting as having produced a Constitution unlike any other and a body of law so elaborate and complex, that it is hard to believe that it existed among men whose chief occupation was to kill one another."
James Bryce, 1901
Another #LLVM backend targeting #mos6502 . Looks pretty interesting. Didn't realize compiling C to 6502 was such a challenge, with the tiny stack and whatnot. Also some interesting notes there about LLVM trying way too hard to avoid branches to please the nonexistent branch predictor.
Every time I watch a Greg Wilson talk on software engineering, I learn something. I also wish I'd been taught engineering at university.
Latest from Wilson:
Highly recommended, especially for free and open source developers.
I remember someone asking on here what a good permacomputing language would be to be to learn—to make sure their software would still run in, say, half a century’s time.
A lot of people recommended C. I deliberately kept out of the thread because I didn’t want to disturb anyone or start an argument.
I would recommend Common Lisp. Lisp was discovered in the 50s, and many Lisp programs written from decades ago still run with zero, or minor modifications today.
This is my humble suggestion. There are many benefits to using Lisp as a permacomputing language, such as strong typing, remarkable simplicity of its grammar, and, by its design, exhibits much less undefined behaviour.
decades-old bugs in code
Timsort invented in 2002... implementation bug found in 2015 (by formal methods)
See also 20 year old bug in Java's mergesort discovered in 2006: "Nearly all Binary Search and Merge Sort implementations are broken"
@TheGibson nope, the social contract may be lop-sided, but it can't get toooooo lop-sided before the sides aren't the things getting lopped anymore
"Cyber-liability insurance comes with a catch, however: It may make you more vulnerable to a ransomware attack. When cyber-criminals target cyber-insurance companies, they then have access to a list of their insured clients, which cyber-criminals can then use to their advantage to demand a ransom payment that mirrors the limit of a company’s coverage."
"Attacker Target Selection" at:
This 1983 intro to computers book for young children has as much detail in a few colorful pages as a college hardware architecture class. https://archive.org/details/Usborne_Guide_to_Computer_Jargon_1983_Usborne_Publishing/mode/2up
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko