Hi, I'm pho4cexa. I make software.
It's my art, identity, and would be my "passion"
if it weren't also my day job.
Hi friends, this is my alt account. My main is too thoroughly bound to my meatspace identity, and I feel increasingly hesitant to toot there about flaws, feels, preferences, rants, etc.
I haven't gone to great lengths to obtain real pseudonymity--nasty silicon valley surveillance companies will likely be able to link my profiles together--for now I really just want Google searches for my meatspace name to return results as boring and "professional" as possible.
"Galaksija" or Galaxy in Serbian, was a DIY computer from Yugoslavia, invented by Voja Antonić in 1983
It ran on a Zilog Z80 at 3Mhz and had 6K RAM and 8K ROM max. You built the whole thing, including the keyboard
Here's the complete listing from the Računari magazine (January, 1984) with the complete build instructions including the keyboard wiring (language is Serbian, I think)
And the ROM-a B instruction set http://www.voja.rs/galaksija/ROM%20B%20Listing%20Scans/ROM_B_listing.htm
New instance idea (s):
Introduce pseudoscarcity by only allowing uploads from green areas like parks, or only when it's raining etc
Regular reminder: "legal name" is a very boring sounding phrase.
It sounds WAY cooler if you call it your "government alias"
more hints for the Spritely (currently v a p o r w a r e) project:
- ocap + actors based
- activitypub enabled, backwards compatible with current AP fediverse
- written in Racket
- eventually will support more bold things like: tor .onion addresses (enabling a more p2p system) and petnames
- the ultimate vapor: I'm planning for #fedmud eventually, but design enabling it is in place from day 0
However I won't get much done until my move is over. Serious work starts in the fall.
took us a few days but we finally figured out that when our 2yo shouts FUCK IT as loud as he can he's actually just mispronouncing "found it." phew
a couple important points:
1) the number of professional programmers doubles every 5 years, so at any given time half of all pro developers have less than 5 years experience.
2) 1970 is the point at which brogrammers began to outnumber the first generation (who were largely serious engineers, & designed every worthwhile idea in CS).
3) most of that first generation retired around 1995.
this is why tech is like Scarfolk, collectively reliving the 70s every 5 years.
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Attached to a LinkedIn "connection invitation" (not an "inMail"):
"Hey <pho4cexa>, Tried to find your number to call you directly but ended up talking to a different person with your name."
Well, I guess diligently refusing to publish my phone number is working exactly as intended, then.
I've been hearing a lot of prominent people speak about surveillance and privacy, but when I hear Richard Stallman talk about it, it really struck a chord with me.
"We need a law. Fuck them — there’s no reason we should let them exist if the price is knowing everything about us. Let them disappear. They’re not important — our human rights are important. No company is so important that its existence justifies setting up a police state. And a police state is what we’re heading toward."
Why are Signature Plastics keycap sets so dang expensive and take so long to manufacture?
Oh. Maybe it's because they're all made in a barn somewhere in Washington in tiny little batches (not even a whole set at a time) with an incredible amount of manual labor.
A literal person scrapes the imperfections off each and every key cap by hand with a utility knife!?
To some people this is artisan quality but the automator in me is chewing on the desk.
The problem with the NC is that it's counter-productive and does not achieve what artists want it to achieve.
It does nothing to stop people who do not care about licensing from "stealing" your work.
OTOH it stops people who feel strongly about licensing from using your work, making derivatives, making it popular.
It's terribly vague -- what does it even mean? If I use this CC By-NC picture in a presentation funded by a grant, is that "commercial"?
CC By-SA is way better.
the end result here is that the technical deficiencies in git create a barrier to non-experts which has led us to grant an american corporation exclusive control of vast swathes of the FOSS commons. This will not end well.
@m455b I think I already said this to you, but you are one of the only programming enthusiasts I know. There's a lot of people in industry that wish they could write Lisp but they have to write $COMMERCIALLY_FRIENDLY_LANGUAGE instead. I fucking love that you're learning Lisp and not just following "Rails in 10 minutes" or something