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    Not sure how much the author actually researched the piece here, but Z80s are common, and still in production. Even by Zilog themselves.

    But he does nail it on the head: Retro systems are able to be fully understood by one person. Today, one person can hardly be an expert and fully understand a NIC, or CPU.

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      this is pretty funny, and cool :)

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        I do like me some BBS’s. And FIDO mail is pretty cool, and works great in batching jobs.

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          I have fond memories of that as well. I wonder if these protocols make sense in the context of my small browser.

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            probably not a small browser :(

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          I’m having some flashbacks to using CPM/VM :)

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            I had a similar idea a while ago. I’ve got it setup on tilde.town http://tilde.town/~malvarma/tilde-art-exchange/index.html

            This is a much nicer implementation though.

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              I do like this one too!

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                NFTs are non fungible, whereas CSVs are delimited.

                That actually made me laugh out loud. Nice work.

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                wow. Journeyman Project in there, I’m kinda excited about this!

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                    Try again…it seems to work on multiple ends I’ve tried, and others are able to reach it.

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                    that’s a lot of words to say: use a ton of electricity, and destroy the environment, to create a ponzi scheme for techbros to get rich off of.

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                        Isn’t git already dsitrubuted?

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                          git is, especially if you use git send-mail. but 99% of git users don’t know about git send-email or how to use it: they use pull requests on a web front-end like github or gitea.

                          git forges are not, and that’s what we’re talking about here. I’m quasi active on 3 different gitea instances. It would be amazing to be able to log issues and submit pull requests across gitea instances without having to create a new account for each instance.

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                          Well, fuck.

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                            This is big. Like, super-big news.

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                              Well, I guess lhc@home is another good one, or folding@home.

                              Man, this feels like a chapter in computing history coming to a close.

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                                Seriously. I remember being fascinated with the concept when I first heard about it around 2000-2001.

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                                If you’re interested, I’d be ok ceding tildepi.tilde to you in the .tilde DNS system.

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                                  what about pi.tilde

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                                    Or pilde.tilde

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                                    Do you think it’d be possible to have pi.tilde? :)

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                                      Sure. Hit up #.tilde on tilde.chat :)

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                                    This is probably a non-starter for myself to even consider. It’s based on the ecological disaster of blockchains, and the company has some very shady founders and history.

                                    This is pretty obvious that the company has alt-right tendencies, with the “normie” term being used. The alt right subset known as “incels” tend to be the only ones using that term.

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                                      I agree that blockchain as a technology is a bit of a dumpster fire, mostly because it’s being used for far different things than it was designed to handle.

                                      I will say, though, that I’ve heard the term “normie” bandied about in many contexts and places that have nothing to do with any particular group (outside of a general context of “us vs. those normies”), so I wouldn’t necessarily dismiss it on that account.

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                                      Doesn’t seem to work in FF nightly.

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                                        Same with FF Developer Edition 73.0b7 :/

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                                        This is actually a very fantastic resource.

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                                          I recently did a presentation about the tildeverse using a similar tool: https://github.com/ryanuber/slide.sh

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                                            I wish there was some sort of service out there, outside of BigCorp mail systems that offered free email addresses for users… :P

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                                              I think that public libraries should offer free email addresses to people, along with some basic web services like a little bit of “cloud” storage and a little bit of hosting space.

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                                                In theory that’s a good idea, but most libraries (at least where I live) have very small budgets, and asking them to buy/rent servers and train/pay someone to maintain them is not possible with the money they have

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                                                  I still think it’s doable, via partnerships. The local unis offered this sort of service. The library could certainly find some partners, being an NGO.

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                                              OMFG, there is so much just utterly and completely wrong in that article, I scarce know where to begin.

                                              The “Hero’s Journey” archetype isn’t a feature of cyberpunk so much as it’s a feature of narrative structure. Likewise, the concept of the individual progression is also a feature of narrative structure. The central criticism, which this piece calls “cyberpunk”, is a critique of narrative.

                                              Even saying that, there are literal mountains of SF/F from the last 35+ years which don’t necessarily follow either of those structural elements - I’m thinking of Steven Erikson’s “Malazan Book of the Fallen”, or China Miéville’s “Bas Lag” novels, or, more recently, Megan O’Keefe’s “Velocity Weapon” or, even more appropriately, Carrie Vaugh’s “Coast Road” Novels or Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station Eleven”.

                                              If the author sincerely thinks SF hasn’t moved past cyberpunk, then he just hasn’t been reading enough.

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                                                I didn’t get the impression that the author believes the only sci-fi coming out now is cyberpunk, but rather the “Why is is even still a thing today?”

                                                Another genre of scifi has taken off over the past decade, decade and a half: Dystopian Fiction. But, my explanation for “why” remains the same.