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Current retrocomputing state of play:
* Tandy 1400LT - starts up but no valid boot disks, floppy drive and 720k floppies ordered
* ZX81 - power supply built, composite mod installed, keyboard built, working up the confidence to build flashable banked ROM (got all the parts)
* BBC Micro B - Power supply recapped. Intermittently shits the bed, probably needs a full recap
* Apple II - Boots BASIC but shits the bed when trying to run it and drops to the system monitor - suspect RAM or ROM problems
* Basically never tried to turn on: 2x ZX Spectrum, Macintosh 68k, Amiga 500, Atari 1040ST

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If they're on my computer, they're my bytes.

You know you're existentially tired when your brain refuses to do what you tell it to:

Me: Best get out my notebook to plan out what I should be working on to help me stay on task...
Brain: That's real good and imma let you finish but let's find out if Cistercian numerals are supported by UTF-8 first.

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idea: programming languages that are optimised for distribution via oral tradition

For some reason I can’t get MS DOS 3.20 to boot from a floppy but ELKS boots just fine and I’m excited to say it comes with IP over serial (both SLIP and CSLIP) built in so I’ll be playing with that real soon.

On ELKS it seems to have to do a lot of retries when reading the boot disk, so I’m considering taking the drive apart to try to clean the head. I need to take the other one apart anyway as it has some mechanical failures. I don’t know if the DOS disk drivers are as resilient to intermittent failures - it would certainly explain why.

github.com/sbu-fsl/kernel-ml

Oh no it’s that feeling of powerlessness when you’re dragged into a world you don’t want to come to fruition which, inevitably, will.

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Prompted by people sharing on gridchat, this is where the magic happens.

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take me down to parallax city where the back moves slow and the front moves quickly

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Tfw you think you’d make a great Bene Geserit but you’re a dude and not nearly Kwisatz Haderach material.

One of Nicholas Flamel’s houses, the oldest stone building in Paris.

Flamel is most famous for being an alchemist, something that history doesn’t seem to actually support.

It’s very common that historical figures were attributed the authorship of works they had nothing to do with (pseudepigrapha), especially with regards to grimoires.

That there is a Rosicrucian store just round the corner - a very syncretic formulation of the order of the world informed by Christianity, Kabbalah and Hermeticism which went on to influence the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - is unsurprising.

The most interesting part of magick in my opinion is not the veracity of it, but in the choice of mistruths, both motive and effect.

Current retrocomputing state of play:
* Tandy 1400LT - starts up but no valid boot disks, floppy drive and 720k floppies ordered
* ZX81 - power supply built, composite mod installed, keyboard built, working up the confidence to build flashable banked ROM (got all the parts)
* BBC Micro B - Power supply recapped. Intermittently shits the bed, probably needs a full recap
* Apple II - Boots BASIC but shits the bed when trying to run it and drops to the system monitor - suspect RAM or ROM problems
* Basically never tried to turn on: 2x ZX Spectrum, Macintosh 68k, Amiga 500, Atari 1040ST

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blazing hot AI take that techies are definitely not ready for, caps 

It is nearly impossible to train a neural network to do anything but recreate the status quo and you can certainly never teach it to have independent guiding values from the training data or anything resembling a social imagination. Using it outside of EXTREMELY NARROW, PURELY ADVISORY contexts where this can't really be much of a problem like assisting in the classification of medical imagery for predicting disease presence should be permanantly banned butlerian-jihad style.

:dont_at_me:

(I feel I should clarify that the tiny white Donald Trump head on the left is part of a plaster statue and is covered with black string because I haven’t gotten round to actually doing the hexing ritual yet.

After which it’s going to have quite the accident, probably involving a hammer.)

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Look who finally decided to say hello (and by hello obviously I mean “none of your boot disks work).

I’ve never ordered a USB floppy drive or 720K floppies before but I guess 2021 is the year for it.

In which @tj and I worked on his Cambridge Z88 and built a ridiculous rig consisting of a scavenged FreeBSD machine proxying a serial connection from my GPD P2 Max (because USB serial devices don’t tend to have hardware flow control).

We were working at loading code onto it but only managed to get as far as Rx (the file sharing software seems to require Tx as well). Pretty good for being both drunk and hungover!

This thread was brought to you by the People's Fund for Yeeting Nick Clegg Into The Sun.

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So if you're British, of a certain age and political leaning, you'll have been politically active (or at least interested) at just the correct moment to see Sir Nick for what he is:

A flak-catching shit-sieve.

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