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"When AT&T donated the [UNIX] V6 source code to Berkeley, it was classified as industrial waste for tax purposes."

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“When you type characters, a gnome deep in the system gathers your characters and saves them in a secret place.”
UNIX™ Time-Sharing System Volume 1: UNIX Programmer's Manual

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RT @MIT_CSAIL
Happy birthday to the late John McCarthy, father of AI & LISP: bit.ly/2omV4Y1 (credit: @wired)

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My brain is exploding after playing with github.com/nakst/flip. I've been looking for years for a simple pedagogical OS that boils things down to their essence and is yet easy to get running on any computer.

I've always had a question in my mind about how to bootstrap the OS. I knew about BIOS but vaguely considered it "cheating" when compared to the "purer" way of working within the processor's ISA. But I'm starting to realize that BIOS is _part of the ISA_.

Mu will soon drop Linux. Watch.

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"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
— Edward Snowden

Similarly, the argument that you don't care about software freedom because you don't know coding can be considered as same. It's like arguing that you don't care about the food you eat because you don't know cooking!

#FreeSoftware #SoftwareFreedom

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#Icecat is not just a rebrand, it does significant changes from Firefox, that's why it can't use "firefox" name unlike Debian's version of Firefox. It also removes DRM from firefox's source code(Not just disable it).

And Icecat is not being maitained is not true, Just visit the Git page and you'll see recent commits.

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Received a signed paper copy of Vsevolod Dyomkin's Programming Algorithms book in the mail today. Can't wait to read it!

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computer keyboard nerding 

Arrived today: custom Unicomp classic trackball with APL key set. Highly recommended!

Does anyone have tips (preferred e-stores, auction sites, etc) for ordering laptops from Japan? I am thinking about getting this: panasonic.jp/cns/pc/products/s

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LMI Lambda Lisp Machine emulator LamdbaDelta:

github.com/dseagrav/ld

Written mainly by Daniel Seagraves who seems to have a sparse blog here:

bogodyne.com/blog/

He seems to have some real LMI machines now and have been cleaning them up and trying to make them work.

"Everything is a file" because the file system/buffer cache turned out to be the only well-designed part of Unix.

"When AT&T donated the [UNIX] V6 source code to Berkeley, it was classified as industrial waste for tax purposes."

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My favorite bit of early-UNIX history trivia:

When AT&T donated the V6 source code to Berkeley, it was classified as industrial waste for tax purposes.

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What Is the Business Model for DuckDuckGo?

Here are a few actionable things companies can do to remain profitable without tracking the maximum amount of information possible on consumers

spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-r

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Dystopia is a white people word that means “what if all that shit happened TO US?!?”

Next time someone starts whining "Sending patches to mailing lists is sooo outdated, GitLabHubFace pull requests make things so much easier!" tell them: man git-am, then to read this: github.com/magit/magit/wiki/De

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tip: check out how the Roswell launcher can help you test your libraries in multiple implementations: gitlab.common-lisp.net/parensc I am working on an integration for unit test libraries that is planned to result in this being available in roswell automatically for any CL system that defines an ASDF test-op.

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"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