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This is a good explanation by JCR Licklider of how this subject of personal vs timesharing computer was thought of back in those days.

He's funny too!
youtube.com/watch?v=SN--t9jXQc

sadly Mastodon converted it to a PNG so you lose the animation

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Seeing an angry article that's far too typical of our software freedom community, I want to state:

1) elementary OS takes absolutely *no* control away from the user. The config files are all there at their standard filepaths. I'm happy with it as-is.
2) I do disagree with the *marketting* around FlatPak, etc. But I'll let experienced packages judge the software itself.
3) From looking at it's code, systemd looks far more modular than is often claimed. Still I wouldn't hard depend on it...

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If you don't have ADHD, imagine having the ability to function at your peak level of performance for the maximum amount of time you can physically do it with almost limitless focus and passion. Now imagine using that ability to analyze, on an academic level, the entire TV series Scrubs over a weekend instead of cleaning your home, grooming, attending to relationships, or doing homework, drinking water, etc.

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@mathew @haitch
Engelbart was trying to optimize the kind of collaboration that already existed in institutions: small teams with big budgets, inventing things together. Not, like, wikipedia.

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@enkiv2 Thinking about this again tonight.

I'm more strongly Nelsonian in the sense that I've always recognised that there's a political fight to be fought. The marxian/trotskyist metaphor is more of a simile to me, or somewhere halfway.

Doug saw bureaucracy as something to be navigated, with hierarchy as a fact of life, as it can be argued that he started work on his lifelong vision around the time he was in the military, and his breakthrough developments happened within that same structure.

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Canada’s last intact #Arctic ice shelf collapses after years of warmer summers

#Canada's 4,000-year-old #Milne #IceShelf on the northwestern edge of #EllesmereIsland had been the country's last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice analyst Adrienne White of the Canadian Ice Service noticed that #satellite photos showed that about 43% of it had broken off. She said it happened around July 30 or 31.

adn.com/nation-world/2020/08/0

#ClimateCrisis #Cryosphere

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Xanatrotskyism, with its emphasis on establishing newspapers

Xanaposadism, with its belief that only once the WWW is nuked will the UFOnauts come and bring us the true hypertext

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@enkiv2 So that's why I think that more than attacking the apparent low hanging fruit, it's more useful to approach the subject separating the core abstract concerns from the practical implementations (for example: true hyperlinking + parallel visualisation vs transpointing windows)

You can be view that as a move away from hard xanalogy, or you can view that as a revisionist strain evolving from the same core ideas.

I've always claimed to be more Engelbartian than I'm Nelsonian anyway.

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@haitch
My focus on the low-hanging fruits is motivated by The Enemy -- basically, that the biggest barrier to good hypertext is that HN-surfing code monkeys will run down anything with bidirectional links and call it "impossible" because they heard a third-hand account from somebody who read The Curse of Xanadu once.

@hafnia speaking of cooking and hafnia, not that there's any particular reason to do so (is there?), but can you deposit hafnia by calcining hafnium nitrate? I was thinking that such a process with appropriate fillers and a hydrogel might be useful for 3-D printing a variety of metal oxide ceramics

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I'm about to do a Reddit AMA about BlueLeaks, the 269gb hack of police data, with Mara Hvistendahl from The Intercept. We've been digging into the data and reporting on it -- ask any questions you have! reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/i3n

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Please. Let me identify myself with my PGP key on mastodon. Then the system can automatically help my followers find me when I change instances.

please boost my tooooot!

#mastodon #dev #hassle

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A Planck length is a unit of length which can be derived from Planck's constant. It is the smallest length which is possible in our Universe.

And it's unimaginably tiny. A hundredth of a billionth of a billionth of the size of a proton. But this is significant. Anything smaller than a Planck length cannot exist. It would not make physical sense.

Planck lengths are basically Universe pixels.

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@piggo I don't understand why modern compilers still continue parsing after the first error, and display all the errors they can find. I might have made sense back in the times of batch jobs, when you had one compilation try a day, but not since 40 years now, when we have interactive computers.

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I had been assuming Datomic would be free software, maybe under the EPL like Clojure. It's not, it's proprietary.

Then there's datomic-free, which is also not free software. It's source available, under its own particular license no less, with an integration clause:

> The above rights include the right to make such modifications as are technically necessary to exercise the rights in other media and formats, but otherwise you have no rights to make Derivative Works.


my.datomic.com/datomic-free-ed…

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