Here's my #introductions...
Isn't the world a lovely place but in a fine old state though?
M1 vs RISC-V?
(Yes, one is an implementation and the other an architecture - but maybe that got your attention!)
My question is this: when and why might a company with an ARM architectural license and a splendid ARM implementation jump ship to a different ISA, or in particular to RISC-V?
Woah. JPL on Saturn and the Cassini mission, Part 1.
"Chronicling the story of NASA’s Cassini mission, this is the latest in our series of documentaries, “JPL and the Space Age.” These films use rare archival footage and interviews with pioneering engineers and scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in retelling the stories of many of humanity’s first steps into the cosmos."
Ursula K in '82
An anthropological take; our predicament; Utopia
"I am not proposing a return to the Stone Age. My intent is not reactionary, nor even conservative, but simply subversive. It seems that the utopian imagination is trapped, like capitalism and industrialism and the human population, in a one-way future consisting only of growth. All I’m trying to do is figure out how to put a pig on the tracks."
- A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be
'You can buy T-shirts, stickers, and all manner of swag that says, “The cloud is just somebody else’s computer.” Cute slogan, but not true. Cloud services — especially at massive scale — are incredibly complex software systems. Complex software systems don’t fail the way a “computer” fails.'
short SFF fiction, 2018 hugo winners
Stumbled across a couple of very good SFF short stories, very different from each other.
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse (Best Short Story)
via MeFi, circa 2018
The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer (Best Novelette)
Thames Television explores the world of Japanese home computers, circa 1984. Get your cassette recorder ready to record the transmission for the BBC Micro at the end of the program!
Calculating digits of pi, in BBC Basic, on a PDP-11 running unix v6, emulated in the browser, with skeuomorphic realism. Including ker-thunk ker-thunk sound effects as you type.
Hat-tip to JGH for the Basic port and website. And to aiju for the PDP11 Emulator and Pavel Krivanek for the ASR33 Teletype.
Tall el-Hammam's destruction • Evidence that a city in the Middle East was destroyed by a meteor around 1650 BC https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-97778-3 #linkblog #historyarchaeologymeteorvia:hackernewssciencetootme
Ich gehe eine Runde durch den Garten hüpfen, im Paket, welches vorhin gebracht wurde, war der lange erwartete #Acorn BBC Model A
Unverbastelt und kaum Gebrauchsspuren, voll funktionsfähig. Hätte nicht gedacht noch einen in dem Zustand in die Finger zu bekommen.
Ein Gummifuß fehlt (hab ich noch welche) und beim Netzkabel ist die Isolation spröde geworden, mehr ist nicht.
"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