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  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    blink It's even RFC2324 compliant. You can see a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmIC1rImhU4 Though I guess I was exagerating a bit saying it does a good job serving of webpages, as it's a bit slow. Also, another cheat, the ethernet card...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The IBM PC bus was better though, more open and less of a hassle to interface stuff to -- the Apple II bus had dedicated slots for things like the floppy controller, the IBM's slots were all universal. I'm resisting...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    > But you only ever see them as undergraduates True, but my experience in industry is they often throw the "boring" tasks (like IoT security) to the new fresh-from-college interns. As a computer engineer I find the discussion of the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Everyone's always so down on assembly language. I love programming in assembly language. Though I mostly program in C, which is mostly indistinguishable from assembly. My students *hate* assembly though, and always want to know when they can forget it....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Is there any serious talk of repealing the 19th ammendment? Or is it just twitter trolling being reported as news? In any case people always seem to forget that there's no "national election" in the US, despite all the rumblings...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I actually like the Electoral College. The US is a republic, not a direct democracy. The presidency is not an individual popularity contest, it's a choice by the 50 states (weighted by population). Check the US Constitution, it never even...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I wish both sides would quit crying wolf. Is *this* time going to be the time facism/the antichrist takes over the country? I dunno, the last three times this was claimed didn't pan out, so it's hard to get worked...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I've been slowly working my way through all of Ian M. Banks's works. Why? I have to admit it was because of the names on the SpaceX landing crafts. So I guess there's advice for aspiring authors, just get a...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    But you will admit that copying an existing human brain into a non-biological form isn't massively 'way out' SF idea Do we have to admit that? I guess because I am in the electrical/computer field I sort of more clearly...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I also think people might be over-estimating the effectiveness of self-replicating machines. Earth has been over-run with a form of grey goo running genetic algorithms for billions of years and it only very recently seems to have figured out how...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Also, the ants in my scenario could be postulating that an advanced civilization full of griefers could construct amazing devices. Giant glass lenses that could focus the power of the sun to a fine point which would destroy our workers...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I think the missing factor in the Drake equation might just be apathy. If the aliens are anything like humans, the griefers are lazy. Sure if there's an existing mega-laser device that was built for some other reason (propulsion) and...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I'd like to think I more or less understand most of what goes into a cellphone, but at the same time I have a PhD in Computer Engineering with a recent emphasis on embedded systems. A lot of the current...
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