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.
Holy shit. 14-21% of Apple's annual profits comes from Google paying them to be iOS' default search engine https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/25/technology/apple-google-search-antitrust.html
Navigational Instruments: http://exple.tive.org/blarg/2020/10/25/navigational-instruments/
In 1998, Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law. At the time, most of the attention was on Section 512 - AKA "notice and takedown," which absolves platforms from liability for users' infringement provided they respond quickly to removal demands.
Over the years, this has been horrifically abused, with everyone from post-Soviet dictators to sexual predators to cults and literal Nazis using spurious copyright claims to censor their critics, often without consequence.
A New Map of All the Particles and Forces https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-new-map-of-the-standard-model-of-particle-physics-20201022/
so earlier today something reminded me of the ZedRipper - 16 Z80s, each with 64KB RAM, and a terminal multiplexer showing the screen of any 4 of them at once, all in a laptop:
and then i discovered that some researchers, in 1981, strung 256 Z80 processors together, each with 64KB of 300ns RAM and a bunch of high powered support components (including a fast multiplier and an FPU copro!), and a high speed communications network based on 48-bit shift registers running at 10MHz together to investigate multiprocessor / AI applications
For most of this year, @zwol and I have been working on a pretty ambitious project:
* to make a fresh release of GNU Autoconf, a crucial #FLOSS build tool that hadn't had a new release since 2012
* to get paid for that
* to help put Autoconf on a more sustainable footing so it doesn't have to get rescued again a little while down the road
Autoconf 2.70 is due out next month, and you can read my fresh LWN story about the rejuvenation & what's next:
For my next trick... 🥁
I'm going to be compiling Golang to WASM to test an idea for building an alternative to github that runs entirely in the browser, for managing remote repos stored on a decentralised, #p2p, #e2e encrypted, censorship resistant, storage and communications network.
Emacs User Survey
Some opinion and commentary about it (should you be interested):
It's time again to make a call for shows. I would be great if others
could contribute some shows rather than relying on the "old regulars" to
fill in the gaps.
Contribution is easy.
Open the recorder app on your smart phone and talk. Popular topics are
- who you are and how you got into tech
- what cool thing you have learned recently
Got to http://hackerpublicradio.org/calendar.php and upload the show.
I'd appreciate it if you could spread this message far and wide !
Once a computer fell from the sky, so intricate and divine, every visitor saw a different color in it.
Legend holds every engineer on Earth used it once, and retained a memory of its perfection, and went on to craft a half-broken imitation;
Thus came the current technology stack.
Announcing PythonDevs.social Hello World!
https://pythondevs.social is a new instance aimed at #Python developers of all experience levels. It runs on Pleroma which is similar to (and compatible with) Mastodon - you can use Mastodon smartphone clients with it, and you can enable a Mastodon lookalike interface on the web if you want.
Come join us - let’s build a community together and enjoy a local timeline filled with #Python discussions.
Be nice. No hate speech.
The official language is English for public messages.
While we encourage discussion topics directly related to #Python, other topics are okay too.
Boosts / Repeats appreciated! Let’s try to reach as many #Python developers as we can.
Tom Lehrer has released his songs and lyrics into the public domain.
What a nice thing to do.
one of my favorite things about star trek is how people will routinely be in some first contact situation and get a computer built by some civilization they know literally nothing about to do stuff for them, whereas i, a 21st century computer professional, am basically incapacitated if i sit down at a computer running the same operating system i use but configured slightly differently or try to use a telephone manufactured by a different company than the one i'm used to.
Interests: programming languages, open platforms, art, craft, diy, and justice. #nobot
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