1. in the beginning, browsers didn't have download statusbars
2. firefox got a browser statusbar extension. it was configurable and worked well
3. chrome cloned it without options and it didn't work as well
5. now firefox doesn't have a download statusbar either
8. people complain that firefox doesn't have a download statusbar, like chrome does
9. mozilla points out the extension, but users either don't know about it or point out it sucks
it's native and therefore works way better than the extension... but it clones the chrome one so it works terribly and has no options to fix it
but it kinda feels like this has happened a dozen times with different functionality in firefox
they sold batteries and wires and transistors and computer parts. this was not a mainstream store, but you couldn't get this stuff elsewhere, so they had a small but dedicated customer base
it was a bit more expensive than their competition, sure, but it sold well for them
So Radio Shack starts stocking fewer capacitors and soundblasters and more Nokias and DVD players
So Tandy started as the "Hinckley-Tandy Leather Company".
Tandy Leather Company was now completely different from Tandy Corporation and Radio Shack.
and in 2000, The Leather Factory purchased all their assets
The Leather Factory purchases back the Tandy name, and is now the Tandy Leather Factory.
1960s: branch into hobby stuff
1975s: electronics/computers, split off the leather, competitors spin up
1990s: competitors are doing good
2000: they sell off leather to competitors
2005: competitor buys the Tandy name
It shows you the progress of ongoing downloads and lets you quickly & easily launch the files once they're downloaded.
Why's that matter? Well, if you have something aligned to the bottom of the page, on chrome that thing will be vertically above the status bar.
1. browser A is dominant, and stagnating
2. browser B appears: it's got more features and/or is much faster
3. users migrate from A to B
6. browser B stagnates
7. browser C appears and draws in users with features or speed
8. rinse, lather, repeat
because I've sometimes had similar allergic reactions to non-real-leather, and I think they use some of the same chemicals to enhance the similarity.
but there's probably differences, allergy wise, than eating an animal and touching its dried skin for hours at a time
they love them some leather! and I am chemically incompatible with it
I'm gonna go get coffee while continuing to be mad about firefox and radio shack
1. tons of kinky BDSM sex?
2. radioshack back at their peak as a hobbyist electronic store?
3. firefox as the dominant browser, WITH extensions?"
Foone: "uhhh... can you give me time to think about it? are you sure I can't have 2 and 3?"
Foone: "No, I'm good. What about Firefox with extensions, but radioshack survives and they only have a couple stores?"
Foone: "wait... ARE YOU JUST A KINKY BDSM SEX GENIE?"
Genie: "You got me."
So Genies come from the islamic idea of jinn, and jinn are not just magic wish-granters, and they don't really have incredible magic powers, either.
A sorcerer might summon one, and bind them to do something for the sorcerer
So even if you have bound a jinn to your will and you tell them "make me rich!" or "kill my enemy", they can't just make it happen.
So they either go to your enemy's house and bash them over the head with a plank or they go find a treasury and rob it
what if you summoned a "Genie" to do your bidding (which mainly involves electronic retail stores and web browser functionality) but it turns out you got a Genie of Kinky BDSM Sex
BDSM genies share the same basic weakness as the imp Rumpelstiltskin: they've got a safeword!
There are things which cannot be talked about, or bots will show up to spam.
Have you ever looked at suggestions on getting your youtube video to succeed, or to not have your posts shadowbanned for spam?
Don't put a link in your tumblr post, if the post is too short. Reply with it, instead.
Make your pictures wide, not tall. The algorithm focuses on faces, and text...
computers think using etchings in poisoned sand and measure time using vibrating crystals so if you were looking for magic you found it— Computer Facts (@computerfact) April 20, 2016
if you ever code something that "feels like a hack but it works," just remember that a CPU is literally a rock that we tricked into thinking— ben (@daisyowl) March 15, 2017
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This one is a MicroWeb Touch-1 XT/AT. Kinda.
See if you look up that keyboard you find the Deskthority page on it, showing this.
It's clearly pretty similar, but there are some differences.
Also that one uses a PC/XT/AT DIN5 connector, and this one uses some kind of RJ connector.
This one isn't in the greatest of shape, but considering I got it from the Chuck Colby estate sale, it's surprising it isn't completely water-damaged.
It's got some minor rust damage inside, where the metal clips rubbed off on the PCB.
ending #2 is some very thin credits
ending #3 is reportedly the "true ending", at least on the European release. The Japanese version has 35 endings.
This one is... more serious? a little?
The other 32 endings are translated here, by
functionally all the japanese endings work like this. you get CONGRATULATIONS and then CATS says something to you.
usually something silly, or possibly the debug menu cheat code
These are turn-based wargames for windows 3.x, sharing the same engine.
Battles in a Distant Desert is from 1992, and is based on the first Iraq war (Desert Storm)
and Battles on Distant Planets is from 1991, and takes place in SPACE!
I'm pretty sure this is the one I played as a kid.
They've got 3 options to play with:
* Player vs. Player
* Player vs. Computer
* Computer vs. Computer
So it's a 0-2 player game!
They also did a DOS strategy game called "STARDATE 2140.2: GALACTIC CONQUEST" in 1990, but it seems to be lost.
All the games share an experimental AI system based on neural networks.
Do you think the people implicated in Jeffrey Epstein's book had a general "Dead men tell no tales" slush fund?
Or did they have to separately organize his assignation?
I'm just imagining that on August 10th there's a big traffic jam of hired killers all running into each other like
some guy's sneaking out of a vent when a guard walks in, sees him, and goes "HALT!" and the vent guy goes "SHIT!", then notices the guard's ill-fitting suit. "Wait, ...Steve? Is that you?"
"Alex! I haven't seen you since the Reno heist! What are you doing here?"
"Same thing as you, looks like."
"I'll be damned. Well, I've already knocked out the guard, you want to let me finish this?"
"Yeah, go ahead. I'll get paid either way."
after it was known that they were here to destroy the human race, system of a down set up a fundraiser for the invasion.
not to stop it, but to support it?
the pope called in a message of support.
so my dad and I were at a mall to get some food while waiting for news, but we couldn't get any because there wasn't room to have socially-distanced lines for the restaurants
after an acapella band crashed the foodcourt and bombed, some folk singer lady showed up to try to cheer up the crowd, and my dad was so obviously enthusiastic about her performance that she told him to get a guitar and join in.
which is when I left
I thought about going into a toy store or a game store to see if there was anything interesting I could buy, but I realized I forgot my mask
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A bit latet, I was in Lab 127’s terminal room, talking to dmr or bwk, and overheard amusing conversation between ken and Robert Morris Sr, who sometimes consulted for NSA.
(RM Jr of worm fame was just a kid then.)
They were chortling away over cleverness of exploit. Then one (must have been ken) said “think we could put this over on NSA?” (which already had UNIX systems... we did favors now and then).
More chortling, then (must have been Bob): uhh, NSA really doesn’t have sense of humor.
PWB crew ran 1st real UNIX computer center & we were hyper-sensitive, partly because someone had called at night, told operator he was Ken Thompson & needed root password ... and got it. Turned out to be high schooler ... proving that social engineering tactics have been eternal.
Years later, as many BTL Directors were buying PDP11-70s for labs as general service systems, some PWB crew were asked to do security audits, given experience running biggest UNIX site. One lab was very proud of enhanced password software.
We did audit, agreed with that, BUT:
Value = doing things that other people don't do, won't do or can't do.
"You get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of problems you solve" — Elon Musk
Service is high-touch result generation (building experience), product is low-touch result generation (scaling experience).
In a world of infinite distraction, focus is the only path to freedom.
Sell time to buy experience, sell experience to buy time.
“If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” — Warren Buffett
Progress in CS comes from discovering ever more abstract and expressive languages to tell the computer to do something. But replacing "tell the computer to do something in language" with "do it yourself using these gestures" halts that progress. \2
Stagnation started in the 1970s after the first GUIs were invented. Every genre of software that gives users a "friendly" GUI interface, effectively freezes progress at that level of abstraction / expressivity. Because we can never abandon old direct manipulation metaphors \3
The 1990s were simply the point when most people in the world finally got access to a personal computer with a GUI. So that's where we see most of the ideas frozen. \4
It's no surprise that the improvements @jonathoda cites, that are still taking place are improvements in textual representation : \5
Poly Bridge has a language SLIDER.
all languages exist on a spectrum from English to 한국어
next I want to see a game with a "choose language" button and it brings up this language map like it's a skill tree
gonna spend 200 XP to unlock Tamil
the year kicked off with shmuplations' first big video project: a subtitled translation of a 2016 NHK documentary on the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest which features interviews with Yuji Horii, Koichi Nakamura, Akira Toriyama, and Koichi Sugiyama https://t.co/JCWA15RTlx
following DQ30 was one of the most popular articles of the year: an assortment of interviews with composers Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima concerning the music of Streets of Rage 1, 2 & 3 https://t.co/QUtyC9W12Z their comments on SoR3 in particular were full of gems
Game Designers: The Next Generation profiled six potential successors to the likes of Shigeru Miyamoto & Hironobu Sakaguchi, some of who you may recognise: Kazuma Kaneko, Takeshi Miyaji (1966-2011), Noboru Harada, Kan Naitou, Takashi Tokita & Ryoji Amano https://t.co/lWZU3PLvwX
from the 2010 Akumajou Dracula Best Music Collections Box, a subbed video feature on long-time Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane https://t.co/NMJe4ROozR sadly, Chiruru has since passed; Yamane wrote these albums in his honor
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But they are also the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Here’s what my experience has been like with two young ones.
2/ Before kids, I was all about my startup life. I built an awesome edtech company with my wife, and we sacrificed many years (filled with joy and pain) to get our nut. We traveled a lot. We ate out. We hung out with friends every weekend.
Then we decided to have kids...
3/ When our first kid arrived, we attempted to be very active parents--that didn’t work out so well. It turns out that being a stay-at-home mom or dad is way harder than we could bear, psychologically and physically.
4/ We had to accept that we were better off throwing money at the problem and got a wonderful nanny + other support, so we could go back to work. That decision currently costs us $80K/year (now for 2 kids in f-ed up bay area rates), but was right for us.
5/ For me, I try not to work between 5pm and 9pm during the week, so I can dedicate time with family. Weekends are all family time. But I have to make up those lost hours of productivity by starting work at 5am. On average I get 5 hours of sleep per night, which is not enough.
For candidates: evaluate prospective employers accordingly.
For startups employing e.g. engineers: given that your candidates should evaluate you accordingly, be *extra special* careful to operate like professionals with regards to e.g. interviewing, offers, and negotiation.
"Can you be more explicit about 'abusive' here?"
Not without violating a confidence, but as someone who has been on hiring side of table and is a capitalist, there are *clearly* things you could do which would be "sharp operating, but we're all sharp operators" in some contexts.
Hiring employees is often not one of those contexts. The nature of the relationship, the asymmetry in power, and the social contract strongly counsel you to be a lot better there than you are minimally required by law / contract.
A thing which aesthetically frustrates me is that a lot of the things I've heard companies do here serve *no legitimate business purpose.* In some cases it's getting tens of dollars of advantage. TENS! On an engineering candidate!
In the 1990s, a maverick breast surgeon at @TataMemorial (fresh from his return from the UK) stepped up to do research. Now, to understand the situation, you should go back 30 years, when research was not as big as it is now, and certainly not from surgeons.
Surgeons, and especially cancer surgeons, were renowned for their technical prowess, and their sheer bravado – "wherever the cancer, however advanced, I will take it out". So, our surgeon-researcher was ridiculed for even attempting clinical research
For a surgeon, he couldn’t have chosen a worse topic to research on: early detection; nothing to do with surgery, or even treatment. Remember, this was the 1990s. Cowboy surgery was celebrated, and research ridiculed
Being a breast surgeon, he was troubled with women consistently coming with advanced cancers, and he set out to see if he could work on picking them up at an earlier stage. But community-based early detection needs money, and he just didn’t have it.
So after my marketing agency closed I started freelancing again. A marketing company that wanted to work with me only hires freelance writers through @Upwork. So I signed up. I wasn't thrilled about it, but that's who they contract with and it's their marketing company.
I've been receiving regular assignments from this company, thru @Upwork, for over a month now. I've written dozens of articles for them. My work has been exemplary. I've been handling repeated rush jobs and delivering. The client was and is very happy. That's coming from them.
While I was wrapping up several assignments this week I was contacted by the marketing company. They asked if I had taken a new full-time job and wasn't available anymore. It seems @Upwork's talent group told them I was no longer available to take assignments.
I was very surprised. Nothing had changed on my end. I still needed the freelance work very much. I told them so. So the marketing company pressed @Upwork and were told there were "compliance" issues that were preventing the marketing company from giving me any more work.
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THIS NEEDS TO GET OUT *RIGHT THE HECK
Holy $&#%! **Khaled Saffuri** is the source for these Jamal Khashoggi stories? Khaled Saffuri, longtime aide to US al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi (currently in federal prison) and friend of convicted/deported Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian?? \U0001f633\U0001f633\U0001f633 pic.twitter.com/BJcklTtFIe— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) October 12, 2018
As Wictor was saying, this was an attempt to frame the Saudis. Guy connected to an AQ terrorist who attempted to ASSASSINATE Mohommad Bin Salman is the *source* for these Kashoggi stories.
If this had been known *from the beginning* we wouldn't have gotte 3 days of media hysteria over an attempt to frame Mohmmad Bin Salman and Saudi Arabia for Kashoggi's disappearance.
The media's MAIN SOURCE for these stories about the disappearance of Khashoggi is an underling of the Al Queda guy that tried to ASSASSINATE the Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman a few years ago.
The media has been HIDING this until now....