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Returning to Fedi after a while of being away. I like game dev, and am learning Japanese. I like photography too. よろしくお願い。

People stop using Medium challenge (impossible)

Medium stop paywalling literally everything even when the author doesn’t benefit from it challenge (impossible)

Time to bake baking soda!

(I put baking soda into a tray and am now baking just that.)

(This is not a shitpost; the recipe calls for it.)

I just don't know how to talk to anyone not taking the pandemic(s) seriously any more. Where do I even start to explain how fucked things are for the disabled right now?

They either don't care or won't believe me. Or they do (a very small minority) but they just can't stop believing that the system can't be that broken because of their own privilege.

This Is the Data Facebook Gave Police to Prosecute a Teenager for Abortion

Cancel it. Delete your account. Help your friends delete theirs. Abandon that dumpster fire.

@ifixcoinops The other big effect is computer software being copyrightable. In the 1970s, no one knew if computer code could be copyrighted, but in the 1980s that became an issue. The courts looked back at the player piano situation: a player piano roll isn't that different than punch cards for a computer, a set of instructions for a machine to follow. And if a player piano roll falls under the 1909 copyright law, so does computer code.

So all software licensing also comes out of player pianos.

Had a dream that me, Nyx, and Arcana went to an "/lgbt/ Pride Fair" together to make fun of it and we were laughing at the fact that they were hosting booths promoting homophobia, at their own pride event

It's really unfortunate that a ton of the new GUI libraries out there for newer programming languages like Rust or Zig have left accessibility as a long-term goal instead of something core to the project.

This man is a chad honestly

-pronouns in bio
-hates NFTs
-won't spell slurs
-thinks admins shouldn't do sui threats to stay in good faith
-bans bitches
-handles dogpiling like its funny to him
-and is on FSE where none of this is normal except maybe the last point?

@Dee Ok but unironically this

Especially younger people have been shown to have a shifted day-night cycle, not to mention neurodivergent people or those with sleeping difficulties, the list goes on

There's a systemic problem of capitalists demanding people work at a specific time which dictates the entire rhythm of life, and a lot of society has been gaslit into thinking that's the ideal healthy cycle

Unless you were there, you really cannot appreciate how much damage Intel did to the PC ecosystem with the 286.

The 286 was the successor to the 8086 and 8088 CPUs that powered the original IBM PCs. It offered a huge step forward from them.

Those older chips always ran in "real mode," where memory locations had fixed addresses, and any running program could modify the contents of any address. This meant that you couldn't have two programs running at once, because one might try to use a bit of memory the other was already using, and blammo!

The 286 introduced "protected mode," which prevented programs from being able to mess with memory allocated to other programs. Instead of addresses corresponding directly to blocks of memory, in protected mode they were treated as "virtual" addresses, and mapped to memory allocated just for that program.

Protected mode meant the days when one program could reach into another one and mess with its memory would be over. And that opened up all sorts of possibilities. You could have real multitasking! A whole range of crash bugs would be instantly eliminated! Suddenly the PC began to look like a machine that you could put against a UNIX workstation with a straight face.

But there was a problem. To maintain backwards compatibility with the old chips, the 286 had to boot into real mode. It could then shift into protected mode on demand. But -- and this is a big BUT -- once it was shifted into protected mode, IT COULD NOT SHIFT BACK. The only way to get back into real mode was to reboot the PC.

Which was a problem, because every PC user owned a huge library of DOS software, much of which could only run in real mode. So the 286 gave you multitasking -- but if you ever needed to run a real-mode program, you had to reboot your PC (and lose all the other running programs) to run it.

This was, as you may imagine, not ideal.

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