Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    One of the things I pictured was how a large community of simulated brains would, over time, become more and more similar as dedup took effect. Hm, come to think of it, there's that big scene with the bouncing balls...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I just had thoughts about the combination of deduplication and running multiple human simulations. I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don't think "fair use" means what you think it does. And the complaints were not for violation of "Fair Use." And C&S were late-comers anyway, I remember JJ@cup.portal.com. As I recall, I've personally met the first couple of arpanet...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    It may be that with this issue they release patches for older systems. No, they won't. (The organization for engineering, build & integration, and release just really aren't suited for it.)...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Meltdown is Intel x86-specific, but is pretty terrifying. There are software mitigations that can be done -- the penalty for recent processors is fairly low (the PCID feature), but can be fairly significant for older processors. Intel just announced they're...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Go tell that to Peter Watts. Also, part of the scariness is when they decide that you have to give them your account passwords. Or they randomly decide they don't like your attitude, or your politics. Or your accent....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Then stop replying to him. I don't give a crap about anyone's feuds here, other than they piss me off. The same goes to Greg. And anyone else -- if you want to fight someone on the internet, go to...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If you can't stop attacking people, stop commenting....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    a) Don't feed the trolls. b) Do you really think telling someone how to feel about personal attacks and threats is your right? c) STOP FEEDING THE TROLLS....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Both of you -- Greg and Mihi Tibi -- stop it. I should have unpublished those comments last night, but I was discussing them with other moderators. I've done that now. STOP WITH THIS CRAP IMMEDIATELY....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Eric S. Raymond...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    They're under mandate by US regulation (unless that's another thing the fascist has done away with) to have electric-driven cars produce audible external noise at low speed (including reverse). The main problem the car makers seem to have is coming...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    From what I've understood of Charlie's explanations in the past, currency in the UK is issued by a bank, not by the government, and so the Bank of England is what issues it. The government regulates it, for sure, but...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Attempts to slavesplain the American Civil War are not going to be tolerated, so STOP IT....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I once listened to the diagnosis of a particular error in a device that turned out to be due to some materials having been produced/extracted/processed in or near equipment that had been used in a location in Russia, the result...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    My weekend-car is a BMW Z4 with manual transmission. I got it as a CPO, after it sat on the dealer's lot for over 3 months -- because nobody wanted to buy a convertible sports car with a stick. (I...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    CD-ROMS could be mass-produced, the same way CDs and LPs are -- by stamping. (I was indirectly involved in a company that crossed the threshold from "low-enough volume to justify recording our own CD-ROMs" to "high-enough volume to justify sending...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Tempers appear to be flaring, and responses are starting to get heated. Please cool it for a while....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Maybe I have been missing out on all the thrilling fantasy stories about refactoring the spells before they collapse under their own complexity What do you think Cthulhu is?...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    See also The Broken Crescent, by S. Andrew Swann. Much grimmer than Cook, but a more in-depth discussion of the magic system....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    MSDOS used CR+LF because CP/M (an 8-bit OS) did. Not because it had more memory or larger storage capacity....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Mac files traditionally had Creator and Type; each of those were 16 bit numbers (not necessarily ascii), stored in the FinderInfo structure. HFS had two sets of extents for the file -- data fork, and resource fork. The resource fork...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    wrote a webserver in Applesoft BASIC that does a decent job of serving up webpages. blink...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Fun historical note: the FPU emulator on Xenix and SysVr3.2 for the '386 ran in ring 1. The kernel ran in ring 0, and user mode ran in ring 3. This allowed the FPU to have a bit of privilege,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    IBM also made a 68k based computer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_System_9000) at the same time as their original PC....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I worked in '286 *nix for a long time. It had a couple of slight problems with its memory management that caused problems -- including one particular run of processors (from AMD) not handling a segment-not-present case, meaning it couldn't...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I keep typing a response, and then starting over, so I think I'm just going to have to quote history: "The question of whether Machines Can Think... is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim."...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    sendmail configuration is turing complete. :)...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    NOS's filesystem was a tape metaphor, so you had to do things like rewind a file after writing it. And files could have more than one EOF -- you read until you got EOT. It was not in any way...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    There's no reason for there to be more than one assembly language, and one high-level language. In a planned computer revolution, you'd probably want to have a couple of different ones, but for the most part, sticking with a variant...
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