The Intellectual Wilderness There is nothing more useless than doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

2019.06.26 09:40

Before the Fall

Filed under: Society — Tags: , , , , — zxq9 @ 09:40

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE)

2019.06.22 23:20

Social Prophecy

If you want to feel creeped out in 2019…

Backstory setting for the Cyberpunk 2020 game rulebook Neo Tribes: The Nomads of North America, published in 1994.
Sagan nailed it in The Demon Haunted World.

Mojibake3

Filed under: Uncategorized — zxq9 @ 14:29

After updating the MySQL tables to a UTF8 multibyte encoding…

どうなるかな?

Hopefully that isn’t just a bunch of nonsense.

UPDATE:

WOW! Now things work like they are supposed to!
Unfortunately, however, it seems that all of my previous posts that used UTF-8 are lost… and I have no idea how to recover them. That’s super disappointing.

DDoS

Filed under: Society — Tags: , , , , — zxq9 @ 04:37

My site has been under sustained attack for the last week.
I don’t really care, I just think it is silly.

The main question that has been floating through my mind is, strangely, “When did ‘pwned’ revert back to ‘owned’ for the sake of normies?”

2019.06.20 22:39

Perspective

Filed under: Science & Tech — Tags: , , , , — zxq9 @ 22:39

SpaceX has made rocket booster landings so routine they are almost boring for anyone other than a space tech geek (but I’m a space tech geek, so there’s that). Blue Origin has a full-blown lunar cargo and machinery ferrying service in the works. The first 60 Starlink satellites have already launched. Acoustic simulation is now essentially a solved problem. VR latencies are finally being measured in single milliseconds. AMD is rapidly approaching its goal of having 1000+ cores available on the consumer end of computing devices.

These aren’t prospective projects, they are in development now and most of the underlying tech already works now. It is an absolutely amazing time to be alive.

And yet today I saw a picture of a US Navy destroyer mounted completely dry, high above the water, on a specialized cargoship… (a “wet” drydock? I have no idea what this is even called) and in spite of all the amazing things going on elsewhere in technology I am totally stunned at this. I’m sure it is just a normal thing for the operators of such craft to see, but wow that’s amazing:

ZOMG!

Ad Saturation

Filed under: Computing,Society — Tags: , , , , — zxq9 @ 15:28

The greatest benefit of sharing an IP address with a large number of other people all browsing the same hundred or so websites at the same time is ad saturation. Adsearch auctions still have no idea how to account for a large number of hits that are clearly human, but also trigger frequency protections — so you just see no ads after a while. Nice. (Incidentally, nobody in the world has any clear idea how to distinguish robots from humans, so… have fun with that if your business model depends on any aspect of this.)

A second benefit is a super fast, constantly refreshed, broadly populated DNS cache on the local network.

You don’t have time to play games

Filed under: Games,Science & Tech,Society — Tags: , , , , — zxq9 @ 12:44

There is only one way to develop graduate-level expertise in more than one narrow specialty: self education.

The time commitment required is larger than most people are willing to consider — so large that the people who tend to apply themselves to the degree required don’t notice they are doing it.

2019.06.19 14:02

Mojibake2

Filed under: Uncategorized — zxq9 @ 14:02

Hmmm… I’ve changed the encoding definition. Let’s see what happens…

?????????????

Nope! Still borked. Nice.

Mojibake

Filed under: Uncategorized — zxq9 @ 13:45

WP????????????????UTF-8?????????????????

??????????????…

??????????

Hmmmm… This is super annoying. After some WordPress update I’ve completely lost the ability to use UTF-8 on my blog. Utterly ridiculous.

I was hoping it was simply some silly thing going on with encoding tags embedded in a theme or something similar, but nope — all UTF-8 seems to be utterly broken at the moment. I don’t really feel like mucking about with MySQL right now, either, though that seems a possible place to check.

I might move back to using boring old hand-written pages and drop a comment plugin into them instead of messing with this increasingly annoying and arcane blogging system. I have more freedom with hand-written pages, anyway, and a script can generate the necessary interlinks.

Bleh. The utter state of technology today. I feel the urge to write something snarky in Japanese here, but it wouldn’t be readable — so just use your imagination.

2019.06.18 18:43

Zombies

Filed under: Computing,Society — Tags: , , , , — zxq9 @ 18:43

IRC will never die.
It will never die because its minimal implementation is useful.

Windows will die, but only after rotting all the way through.
It will continue to persist for the next few decades not because its minimal definition is useful (there is no minimal definition), but as a consequence of deliberate strategic choices that were highly effective at fostering dependency (not entirely unlike social welfare programs).

Linux will never die.
Its super power is the same as its curse: it is Shoggoth.

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