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Out of nowhere the warnings flashed red on his screen. David cursed as he ripped his oxygen mask from his sweat drenched face. He couldn't get timing closure on the design.

He was barely hitting 1.1GHz, and his goal was 1.5GHz. It was likely going to take weeks to untangle the longest paths causing the delays. They might even need to re-architecture some pieces.


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The alien noisily screeched as it broke into TV broadcasts and video streaming the world over. "TZAG!" the alien continued, baffling the stunned audiences as it waved appendages in a friendly, but slightly unsettling, manner.

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Hello, fediverse. I'm Charles from the USA in the , OR area. I'm excited to be on as I'm hoping it will prove a viable alternative to the "free" social sites.

I make and for a living, and I dabble in for hobbies. Other interests not limited to: , , , , , and .

"Preserving Pro-Democracy Books From Shuttered Hong Kong Bookstore"

"Hearing that Bleak House Books would be shutting its doors, the Internet Archive reached out and offered to digitize its remaining books. As it happens, Wan said his inventory was dwindling quickly. So, he gathered contributions from others, and along with some from his own collection, donated about thirty books and some periodicals to the Internet Archive for preservation and digitization."

Here's a ninja turtle with a stick!

Gonna start doing some traditional media practice pieces and selling them on my Gumroad shop (, and this is the first one I'm puttin' up.

#tmnt #drawing #ninjaturtles #donatello #cartoon

These are NGC5426 and NGC5427, collectively known as Arp271, a pair of interacting spiral galaxies located about 130 million lightyears away.

I took this image back in 2018 with VIMOS, an instrument at ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. I was the Instrument Scientist, and that night we were decommissioning the instrument to make room for a new one, so I decided to take one last farewell image to celebrate all the cool science done with this instrument over the years.

Modding Fridays is an online community of people interested to learn together about the maintenance, repurposing, and reappropriation of supposedly obsolete consumer electronics, for fun and profit. We see our interest as part of a broader conversation on post-digital culture, #permacomputing and repair culture.

I haven't posted about #Gitea #federation in a while so here's what I did this morning:
- I wrote a federation task list:
- I cleaned up and added descriptions for all the useful links:

The market apparently? 

(For a great many "consumer" items, "the market" is much more of a manufactured thing than I think most of us are willing to admit.)

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The market apparently? 

The market: "We want super thin phones made with shiny metals!"

Also the market: "I need a chonky, plastic case for this phone because it's slippery, and I can't handle it without high risk of dropping it and cracking the screen."

Small blessings 

Sometimes I feel so lucky. I still have my parents and they don't watch Fox News.

I wonder if anybody has tried to estimate the total amount of money and energy being spent training and operating all these AIs (e.g. DALL-E 2) and compared it to... I dunno... The equivalent for public school budgets. :thonking:

DALL-E 2 questions for you 

But I wonder if that is the right question to be asking. Or rather it feels like a question with an agenda.

The person who made that page also seems to think DALL-E 2 could be used to generate images to help train other AI? Which seems problematic to me.

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DALL-E 2 questions for you 

It's a weird test since it throws together all sorts of image types. Some seem like photos. Some look to me like photos that were creatively touched by humans. Some are just straight up fantasy renderings, highly stylized or not intending to be realistic.

But the question is whether I can tell whether DALL-E 2 created an image or a human? DALL-E 2 was trained on human generated images, so it seems natural that it would be difficult to tell the difference.

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Can you tell if an image was generated by a human or a machine? I only scored 25/30 on my run, and I think I could improve my score if I took it again since I was learning what to look out for.

I also "cheated" by opening the images in a different tab, since the test scaled all the images to a small box.

(hat tip )

I just realized I wrote GBA here when I meant GBC. Although, come to think of it, the first GBA also had a horrible screen.

(Also, I have no idea why my brain suddenly realized this mistake over a week after I posted this. You'd think it would have better things to do, but noooOOOOo....)

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I don't know if I would get too far in this programming language project (I mean, I have an interpreter, that's something already!), let's not forget this is *a toy*.

I get excited!

Meanwhile, remember MIllfork exists and it is super-cool:

#8-bit #amstrad #zxpectrum #c64 #gamedev #msx (and others!)

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A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.