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  1. Last 7 days
    1. The ADS was developed by the military some twenty years ago as a way to disperse crowds. There have been questions about whether it worked, or should be deployed in the first place. It uses millimeter wave technology to essentially heat the skin of people targeted by its invisible ray.

      "Turn the 5G ray on them"

      "Ominous weapons" indeed.

    1. Huang has his sights set firmly on Intel, but while Intel has leveraged its integration of design and manufacturing, Nvidia is going to leverage its integration of chip design and software.

      beyond CUDA mentioned throughout, it's also worth mentioning that Nvidia still lacks useful open source drivers on Linux, and does not provide technical info that commonly is available to document their systems, such that open source developers could build open source drivers

    2. And so we are about to put the entire might of our company behind this architecture, from the CPU core, to the CPU chips from all of these different customers,

      notably absent: ARM's GPU cores. ;)

  2. Sep 2020
    1. the internet remembers

      wow uh, ironic. "software's long term cost" ad from GCP. from a company that only supports phones for 3 years, & which is notorious for deprecating services, this is probably not what you want to remind people of- that this cloud provider will pull the plug rather than pay upkeep cost of their services.

    1. Up to now in this discussion, our virtual network interface devices are connected to TinCan link tunnels in a scalable topology. However, virtual network interfaces are “dumb” - they don’t make forwarding decisions - and TinCan links simply move messages from one end of the tunnel to the other. We need to add logic to determine how messages are forwarded across the network. To accomplish this, we leverage SDN technology.

      such a fun write-up, & they take SocialVPN with it's custom forwarding & mate it to such very good open source tech... divine.

    1. Next Tuesday, Sep 15, is the 25th anniversary of Hackers, so we're doing another Cyberdelia!
    1. Meet Boston Belle, 60 feet or 18 meters long, 2 meters wide narrow boat. Built in 1992, it’s a Traditional Stern model.

      what an amazing beautiful cavernous feel these photos bring, epic

    1. You can open a file relative to a directory descriptor and you can create an unlinked file in a directory and link it later. Yes it's good that these things are possible now, but it is not a fundamental change and it took a long time.

      someone is unaware that io_uring making the whole kernel async is an epic phase shift we're entering into

  3. Aug 2020
    1. While the current APIs work very well for their intended use cases, using those APIs in contexts where there is no clear start or end for an operation can be confusing or not possible.

      sorry but this feels like a huge cop out to go off inventing your own systems. what limits did you run into around having to provide an arbitrary work/request id?

    1. Another fundamental difference between the Big Web and Small Web is that on the Big Web we trust servers and distrust clients whereas on the Small Web, we distrust servers and trust clients. We treat servers as dumb delivery mechanisms. The client – under the control of the person who owns the site or app – is the only trusted environment.

      kind of the core difference imo, making the client a consumer of potentially many semi/low trusted sources

    1. Building a Clean fortress around our citizens’ data will ensure all of our nations’ security.

      the most generous thing that can be said is that this is very unfortunate & accidental phrasing. the internet doesn't have fortresses. communication among all people of the world is a human right & the internet that is allowed to span this globe is a human essential to improving the world through amplifying that human right.

      america is not going to go hide & disconncet because the Secretary of State tells us we must cower in our fortress. our data will be shared, our culture will be shared, & we look forward to accepting foreign data, to partaking in foreign data. good americans are committed to using their liberty, their freedom of speech, their voices to try to build a more peaceful, cross-culturally rich world with everyone. this cowardice of the State Department does not represent us the people.

    2. Clean Store: To remove untrusted applications from U.S. mobile app stores. PRC apps threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spread propaganda and disinformation. American’s most sensitive personal and business information must be protected on their mobile phones from exploitation and theft for the CCP’s benefit.

      many many many places threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spread propoganda and disinformation. there is such marginal safety from this ill defined broad-sweeping prohibition you are enacting without any attempt at regulation.

    3. Clean Carrier: To ensure untrusted People’s Republic of China (PRC) carriers are not connected with U.S. telecommunications networks. Such companies pose a danger to U.S. national security and should not provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.

      we should be allowing China to access our democratic & free information & this makes that nearly impossible. holy shit you have no fucking clue what the fuck you are doing you worthless sods.

    4. Announcing the Expansion of the Clean Network to Safeguard America’s Assets

      fuck you, you fucking asshole. this is not how the internet works you authoritarian little bitch.

  4. Jul 2020
    1. These companies really want us to always be logged in, for obvious reasons.But what’s our incentive?

      just trying to spitball reasons-

      so we can access our saved content easily? so we can save easily?

      i guess my desire would be like, i want my own systems that i trust to have my content, that i store into. then additional systems can push/propogate that back into youtube or what not, if i want that.

      and i'd want my systems to be able to augment some of the experiences i'm having elsewhere, use a 3rd party tool to make favorites of a site, any site, available.

      there is some negative here, this is kind of anti-social. i do like looking at people's favorites! if they off-board them into their own environments, if the practice is that the first system you store to is yours, the online social world suffers. we have no means right now to create links that would be anywhere as effective as what youtube internally can generate, the data is too far apart in this system, rather by design. yet surely some will seek to harvest that distributed data, but will need big tools, & how do we end up with not just the rich & powerful holding our data again?

      one additional though- perhaps just a buffer system, so one can fav stuff while offline, then log in & dump that buffer into youtube.

    1. web mentions

      a mentioning of the #webmention s right here folks

    1. Overall, the process of moderating individual comments is really really really fucking hard.

      dire need for some IBIS or other, where people can make structured arguments & thread out, rather than this endless growing log of comments that pick up wherever they feel like & push whichever-which-way.

      we need higher fidelity information to begin to moderate effectively.

      this is a really nicely written thread from one of the most ultra-productive extremely-high-quality coders on the planet, detailing what challenges moderators face. and how they are equipped with only: a) moderation of individual comments b) locking threads c) bannings, all fiat acts.

    1. The idea: Let a field of smaller social networks bloom

      ideally i want social networks to go away. i want people, online. they should have some really good toolkits that make their information, their posting, accessible & usable in convenient fancy ways to multiple consumers & across multiple pieces of software.

    1. Users cannot reply, like, or retweet without comment

      i like a lot of this post (and have spent time trying to find where on twitter i mentioned withdrawing/correcting one's own posts, because i feel strong affinity for a lot of the ideas here),

      but this particular suggestion is fascist & stupid & strongly deserves glaring disapproval.

      this isn't just a take-backs tool. we can't just say bad thing after bad thing, say we were wrong, & get to deny people their stage to respond. tweets are a collective online phenomenon. critique & review must be ongoing, beyond the point where fault is accepted. we don't stop socialization at the point that someone says, yeah, i guess not.

    1. A very astute observation by @devonzuegel with some good advice to overcome this fact: "digital spaces generally have no equivalent of a disapproving glare."

      i'm both glad we're going to spend the next 3 years talking about moderation & online space & reinforcement & socialization but also i'm already so so tired of it.

      in huge part cause i don't think we are loose enough to engage productively. we're still staring at our belly buttons, spaced out, fascinated. and not doing a damned thing.


    1. There should be a word for the situation that happens when the responses to a statement are evidence that it's correct. This sounds like it should be a rare edge case, but I've seen it happen dozens of times.

      flipping unbelievably disgusting that this corner still so vehemently protests, is so entirely unwilling to accept in any fault, to show any moderation or acceptance that perhaps they do deserve some scrutiny & that their behaviors might prompt real questions. disappointing showing. not seeing a shred of humility or reason or sensitivity from any of the prime actors here.

    1. A huge part of the problem is that digital spaces generally have no equivalent of a disapproving glare.

      Anyone have a good goto emoji for this?

    1. For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.

      maximize this, please. maximize the interest-ability of us all, of all to come.

    2. going to (try to) permanently delete this account in a few days dm me if you want to stay in touch via other channels, if i dont reply dont take it personally. goodbye, and thanks for all the dope

      i fucking loath people throwing themselves in to the black hole i fucking hate it i hate it i hate it i hate it.

      they get to delete all the fav's, all the conversations i've been in. they can take it all back, take it all away, & leave everyone they've dealt with absolutely nothing to hold on to.

      this are such sad events.

      @similaralterity was such a fun maker of prompts, someone who found so many ways to post their insides, hold up the human organs for all to see. shitty shitty shitty piece of my day.

    1. Apple is "deciding not to implement" a long list of features for reasons that boil down to some variant of "it's hard and we don't want to try"

      Apple and Mozilla both seemed to say in recent days that they considered these features problematic from a security perspective & to imply that they were a better browser because they were going to refuse to implement these capabilities.

      There are security issues here. But systems like Web HID, WebUSB, WebNFC, WebMIDI, they really are vital concepts to enable in the hypermedia platform as a whole. There's no way to substitute or circumvent that, and anything short of this being in the commonly available hypermedia platform is a severe & grave threat to the people of the world's ability to enjoy & work with the systems about them.

      It's not clear how we transition from the classic rough & open web, the small bundle core, to a richer mulitmediaed system where, like apps, users need to make assessments of what capabilities to grant. So I accept both parties arguments: we don't know how to do this (and we cant/wont), and we have to do this because we can't limit ourselves to staying in place & not growing while all other tech does grow.

    2. Katamari Capability

      wasn't sure how well condensed this article was going to be, but this clinches it for me.

  5. Jun 2020
    1. everywhere i have been has had extremely kind sweet people doing an amazing job to keep things level & reasonable for everyone else there.

      which does sometimes just make me so sad because everything not going great feels like it's my fault & probably is.

    1. Slightly on a tangent, but https://github.com/hypothesis/h/issues/777 could be a good target for https://solidproject.org/ to address. The Web Annotation Vocabulary is defined in RDF, so there should be zero overhead.

      yes SOLID would be a neat backend for w3c annotations

  6. May 2020
    1. DARPA program managers also exercise much tighter control over the projects that they fund, including demanding monthly progress reports from investigators and canceling those projects that are less successful.

      if there's anything I learned from reading Waldrop's Dream Machines it's that you need to give smart people the reigns & step back. that's what let ARPA do great things before. i'm all for radically better funding of NSF but in my mind if that money comes with too many strings it will be squandered, & only people who adapt to bureaucracy will benefit. let's leave that money to the creative, thoughtful explorers of reality, & not place great restrictions on what forms of creativity we accept & fund.

    1. hope I never lose the ability to tell when I’m talking nonsense, and never lose the inclination to say it anyway

      l hope i might build or find the meta-capability to express this willfull contravention of sense, some time.

      Doing such is natural, human, but I hope I might become better, only in that I can point out my own faults, explore my impulses & begin to better pry into where reason & truth spring under the shade of sprouted nonsense.

    1. "The wider world is mostly characterized by wicked learning environments, where you can’t see information. It’s hidden from us. Feedback is delayed and sometimes inaccurate.

      Un-wicked-ize computing! Make it visible! Let everyone see it happen! This could be the most illuminating, clearest environment, the most causal & overt of realities! If we dare to try to make it so.


  7. Nov 2019
  8. Oct 2019
    1. In all cases in fact, the library adopts the philosophy that the user should not pay for what the user does not use.
  9. Aug 2019
  10. Oct 2016
    1. The Establishment Under Assault

      I frankly find such framing to be boring and besides the point, especially painfully obviously here in 2016 as we see (what feels to me like) a new- this time, indeed digital society- establishment congeal & ossify itself into fixed place.

      The establishment is secondary, defined by a long set of offerings and bids it has come to make. There is no assault on this- there are only eras of growth and opening, of people liberating new capabilities in deployable, shareable fashion, in varying extents of sharing. Earlier points talked to software being captured knowledge, and sometimes that's distilled into competitive tools that do new or better, but the general purpose promise is that the tech itself remains imminently re-workable, that a new software system, a new network can come along and repurpose the existing materials. What is established isn't under assault, it's always base materials for the next mashing up, the next re-view: what is true is that the new baseline is general purposeness, is existence as a virtual object that doesn't have to be completely reified into monolithic singular product to be deal with. Just as we constantly invent new tools to observe and inspect and play with reality, so too is the great eternal boom of the new digital society regime.

    2. And so we see something totally unique in the history of commerce: the largest firms on the planet face direct competition from tiny start-ups that can move rapidly, experiment with high-risk strategies, adapt overnight, and grow large to fill new areas before large firms even realize those markets exist.

      The magic of "general purpose" computers was this kind of open competition- that the edge of thought could lead itself, needed no permission. Software and APIs gave this impression for a long time, presented this magical idea that we ourselves could take ourselves, on the base provided, to ever increasing heights, but as Service as a Software Substitute continues it's reign, as mobile takes off and leaves things like user-extensions behind, our individual user agency diminishes upon this alter of massified software. In 2016, we risk losing access to the magic, to the means and ways that software has given us, has kept open to us, as we rely increasingly on hosted, cloud systems, relying instead on them to determine the full and complete set of capabilities we might ever need. Keeping this unique aspect open- this access to the magic- is how we can continue to keep our machines broadly magical, and enhancing and serving us the people.

      Which ought be easier to do if we can keep Moore's Law for Software trickling down, helping people maintainsmall scale and independent systems and grow them during times of thriving: https://hyp.is/IwN6aomwEeaPsld5YV_GIQ/content.cultureandempire.com/chapter1.html

    3. This means we don't need dedicated computer systems or support staff.

      Software again as the below zero cost.

    4. All of human society depends on communications

      Which is why it's so vital that people own it, that it's ends not be bounded by the limits and constraints of deliberate, corporately controlled product. Digital society was free not just of material inputs, but opened people to dealing directly with a post-product: with construct, with virtuality. These magic machines are Engelbartian, limitless, things that by dreaming & reworking we can continue to roll with far beyond their original imagined uses. We depend on communication, and it is a human act, our way of bringing out the limitless realms of thought, and the devices of product and digital communication can alloy and found medium in which thought can be begun. Digital society is constantly eclipsing it's previous communications, is externalizing it's past as it develops new capabilities and knowledge onward.

    5. Powerful drivers must exist in order for people to keep pushing the envelope

      The powerful pull of possibility, remains ever one of the most compelling. I continue to believe that the magic of these machines is their imminent possibility, their malleability, and the vast captured knowledges and possibilities we have established as shared. There's always new combinations, new ways of seeing things, better ways to let things express themselves that compel certain people to bring those radiant systems out to shine. And that, often, connects with people in a far more direct, driving, powerful way than the conventionally thought of powerful drivers, than the massive industry that has arisen to deliberately, ongoingly both stoke this engine & also capture it's output.

    6. Software represents distilled knowledge about how to approach specific types of problems that can be solved using general-purpose computers.

      100! This is really deep into the heart of it. And very few bits of accrued knowledge are right or correct- they're all circumstantially useful for solving problems, often problems themselves acrued from previous knowledge/software cycles gone by.

      And larger still, software really enfolds and extends us when we can solve general classes of problems broadly with the general tooling atop our general purpose systems & computers. Tools and applications drive ends, but this constant generation of new ends, new problems, new models and new views, all of that hints at the higher order nature of software as a system of capabilities, for letting us work and rework models and the virtual weightless concepts about.

      Good software doesn't just perform the illusion of making work look like it's free, of doing work for nothing: good software lets us suspend belief in gravity, in being anchored and affixed, letting us pick our perspective and continually explore new directions in towards problems, specific and sometimes general too. When software can move beyond being a single system, move beyond being about specific problem types and be generally used, then we can all begin to be magic makers.

    7. the production cost of technology drops by half every 24 months, more or less.

      Yet for many startups, compans, costs now while remaining unsophisticated are already low, have many affordable service based offerings.

      For big players, riding OpenStack, Mesos, &c has long been a bit of a no brainer, but smaller scale, less intensive, lower entry/base cost platfor ops has only just begun getting trendy, possible (thanks Kubernetes). This adoptability shift- not just big high gross ops, but small scale ops, with more of the common developership getting exposure- is where I think a real measurable and meaningful shift/change can start, where this Moores Law of Software starts showing returns.

    8. why all old technology isn't literally free

      Now we are starting to see second hand tech being fantastically impressive, but it's still, here in late 2016, early days for this. Racks of high density compute are showing up- sans drive rail, wink wink- for stupid cheap. A lot of those boxes will continue running for 10 more years. 15x 2U c100 units on a rack, 4 nodes per box, 2 sockets per node, a L5640 low power hex core and you've got 720 rather competent CPUs going for a couple k$.

      With GPUs we're still seeing more than incremental change, we're seeing serious architectural shifts and entirely differnet stratas of software support growing on each new generation, but that will calm down too, somewhat, as we enter a normalized Vulkan era. And in the cheap-racks realms, we do still find differences- it's only the really old Nehalmens & Sandy Bridges, 40-32nm, showing up. The first major refinement- Ivy Bridge- is still not there (& rocks a vastly improved IO subsystem via DDIO). Keep waiting for some big phase transition there.

      10Gbit network gear is cheap-ish now but that whole enterprise- connectivity- seems likely to experience radical drastic rebalance, reshifting real soon now. And current networking tech- with the normal stupid-cheap Infiniband exceptions- seems unbelievably unlikely to have lasting impressiveness versus the new breaking waves.

    9. A new wave (aka Web 2.0)

      kind of culminating in Google Wave, with it's post-late REST model of OT's versus the well structured (but somewhat archaic in retrospect) Buzz: operational transforms as something else versus longstanding conceptual resource oriented syndication systems.

    10. digital culture has changed from a luxury to a paper-cheap commodity

      more so, it has flipped below low cost to no cost, provided to you: software is now a non-commodity, an ambiently available all pervading system of services that we readily partake and wade into. the locus of event- the device- still features, but it's presence is reduced under the "My ___" tabs- my photos, my videos, my friends, all fully available from any computer anywhere.

      There are no price points and there are no features- all lure is the lure of network, of externalities. Unlike car shopping we aren't picking our luxuries and features, aren't opening or closing capabilities- we may get a better GPU for graphics and games, but everyone has the same basic range of capabilities open to them- touchscreen, volume buttons, IMU. We tend not to extend software, live in deeply customized environments, but exist on Facebooks and Googles and iTunes functionally very similar to the other billion Facebooks and Googles and iTunes open at th moment.

    11. changes scare many people, whereas in fact they contain the potential to free us,

      And now many of the changes bore us! Alien intelligence (AI) now is the banner of the day, the big vastness of machines atop their big data troves, programming themselves passing scripts to make it by.

      And in character, I find many of the old changes far more interesting and alluring, particularly when I consider & reflect on their freeing potentials. A usable world wide web, one where all pages and all things are part of a greater personal canvas that I play upon, is one that frees people, a literally heirarching of people above the software.

    12. most significant changes have occurred during just the last 10 years or so

      2003-2013 in this books case. I tend to agree, feeling that vast swarths of the technical infrastucture had arisen even early in this period. Impact on people, our lives, I think was much less, but the hope and bounds were dialated wide open and that a lot of the technical shifts that've followed have been serving fragments of the original bigness, particularly that a resourceful, open, addressable web implied.