(And in case I didn't mention it, Penguicon 2021 is online, so you'll be able to participate online)
(And you can participate online too. Register here: https://2021.penguicon.org/registration/ )
54 years ago, ST:TOS episode A Taste of Armageddon aired. In it, a culture has computer simulated war for 500 years and "casualties” tailed by the machine must report to euthanasia chambers. At the end, Kirk gives a speech.
Death, destruction, disease, horror... that's what war is all about, that's what makes it a thing to be avoided. You've made it so neat and painless you've had no reason to stop it.
@noelle how I learned to pronounce this word
Liz is reading "Zoflaya the Moor", scandalous gothic novel by Charlotte Dacre from 1806. She read to me a fantastic bit of drama between two anti-heroines. The style is so good that I immediately pasted it into GPT3 to see if it could keep up the tone, but to make it more relevant to my interests, I changed the names of the anti-heroines to those closer to my heart, namely Richard M. Stallman, and Eric S. Raymond, a place name, and a half-sentence or two of related references, and let it run:
My son's scout troop meets in a room in a Catholic church. The church is requiring all adult volunteers to complete their youth protection training which they call "VIRTUS." I can think of nothing other than this classic 4chan post.
Me at 11 am this morning: I've got a neat idea for a story, I want to write it.
I might want to work on it from my desktop or laptop or mobile device, so I should use some kind of cloud editor. But I don't want to put my stuff in the hands of Google or any other 3rd party, let me see if I can self host something.
Me at 11 pm: so, Nextcloud is slow and buggy, Onlyoffice screwed over their open source users, Filestash is docker only, this all sucks, and meanwhile I haven't written a word.
@reay Signal. Originally tried it because of endorsements by EFF and Snowden. Continue to use it because I managed to get my spouse, parents, mother-in-law, and nearly all of the other people I care about communicating with on to it, and I don't think I could manage that again.
intel CPU history
intel has made a fuck ton of CPUs. do you know how many? lots of them. every new process requires new factories and all kinds of waste. but did you know there's a DARK secret? ok maybe not DARK or a secret, but something really worth digging in to. so let's look at the history here
Happy birthday to TROGDOR THE BURNINATOR. sbemail #58, "dragon" was originally released on January 13, 2003.
Archaeologists uncover a beautifully-frescoed street food stand in Pompeii: https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/26/europe/pompeii-shop-archaeology-intl/index.html