In other news, my super cheap web host is no longer super cheap, so I'm considering switching over to https://NearlyFreeSpeech.net (they have a 1 month free trial). While I'm at it I might try to switch from WP to a static site generator like Ghost.
It's a lot more hands-on than I'm used to (cPanel & Fantastico, etc.) but I am confident I can figure it out, I'm not afraid of the terminal.
Since I already paid for the next year I have a lot of time to prepare. Anyone have experience with NSF / migrating from WP to a static CMS / etc.?
My department (U of Glasgow Computing Science) is offering up to 8 studentships to support #PhD research starting by January 2022. Info session for potential applicants will take place online on Wed 9 June at 12 noon https://gla.ac.uk/schools/computing/postgraduateresearch/prospectivestudents/studentshipinformation/#d.en.764044
TIL that crows will harass coyotes. I've seen them harass raptors plenty, but I was surprised this morning on my run (well, walk since my toe is still broken) to watch as three crows harassed and chased off a coyote that was wandering the neighborhood. After that, I was grateful that the crows leave me alone in the morning. 😆
Semiconductor industry consolidation nonsense
The semiconductor industry consolidation continues (just like in every industry really). I had forgotten that AMD is attempting to buy Xilinx (just like Intel bought Altera): "AMD and Xilinx Stockholders Overwhelmingly Approve AMD’s Acquisition of Xilinx"
I wonder I'll see "The Chip Corp" in my lifetime. Or maybe we'll have a "Big Three" where they carefully carve out which domains they serve to avoid directly competing.
"Some songs should not be covered. There's no way you could improve on--"
NYCers have a new ridehailing alternative to Uber: The Drivers Cooperative is a driver-owned, app-based ride-hailing service that pays drivers more, charges riders less, and pays out any profits to driver-owners as periodic dividends.
Platform cooperativism is a powerful antidote to app-based gig work: a way to provide customers with the convenience that made app-based services so popular while putting workers in control of their days, schedules and conditions.
Dissing the PDP11
I just stumbled across the blog of a professor I had back in college.
"ACM Queue published an essay... called: C Is Not a Low-level Language: Your computer is not a fast PDP-11 that expresses many common misconceptions about C and also takes the time to make a bunch of incorrect claims about computer architecture... I think the general tendency in academic Computer Science to dismiss C as an embarassing fashion faux-pas has important consequences."
So that's what they were doing with those early Crays!
"Or how no one dreamed that we’d all now be carrying the power of a 1990s supercomputer in our pockets, enabling us to buy virtually anything online, share cat videos, or binge-watch The Crown on Netflix?"
Not the point of this article at all, but the sentence jumped out at me as succinctly describing the progression of computing.
Anyway, the article is actually about optimism in the face of climate change.
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