@roadriverrail Awesome points, thank you. I’d love to read some serious sociology and anthropology of techies. No doubt the cyberpunk ethic is a response to late capitalism, a sense of abandon by public institutions. It makes sense how the norms of ham radio (as a subset of the old radio geek corps) which expect building of public institutions, would be viewed as either naive or complicit.
Problem is, radio is a commons. And ceding such commons to enclosure helps no one.
I love looking through the Adafruit catalog, but I almost never buy something because I don't have the kind of creativity that sees a humidity sensor and an RFID transceiver and goes "Oh, this will totally do something that will improve my life." Which sucks, because they do good work over there at Adafruit and I feel awesome when I complete a project quickly thanks to their components.
“Ham radio is too regulated, so doesn’t apply to X use case.”
That’s like saying:
“I learned all this painting in college. Schools are regulated. It’s too bad, as it makes painting useless outside of school.”
The institutional knowledge in ham radio, whether in physics, electronics, or operational training, is absolutely vital right now. I don’t see how people can’t grok this. If a regime “shuts down the internet”, you can bet messages will still be flying on HF via CW. *IF* you know how.
Oh, heavens. This has already been favorited and boosted more times than any other toot I've made. It's sure to hit some real mathematician who's bound to tell me how I'm wrong wrong wrong. To that future person, I am apologizing in advance. I fake all my math.
TIL that there is no formula for the exact perimeter of an ellipse, but that you could make an arbitrarily close approximation of a formula for the perimeter of a *given* ellipse, and that such a formula would depend on the sum of an infinite series.
TIL that this is technically how we have a formula for the perimeter of a circle, but don't notice the messiness because the circle's "axes" are of equal length and thus a single sum of an infinite series works. We call it "pi" to keep it unmessy.
What I'm missing most about #dragoncon this year: it's a place where you can stand around with a puppet on your arm and people will walk up to the puppet and start talking to it.
New blog post, covering my latest #retrocomputing stuff in a more long-form format.
So it looks like the next unexpected challenge to everyday #retrocomputing, after the matter of SSL, is the matter of Unicode.
From the everyday #retrocomputing project, behold my personal website rendered on the Spectrum Internet Suite browser on MAME's AppleIIGS emulation, featuring my port of Uthernet emulation.
I honestly have never had such a warm welcome as a rando outside developer as the MAME team gave me working on this feature. Would do again.
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