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martin_piper

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Programmer and eater of pizzas.

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martin_piper, to commodore64
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In this episode of #Commodore64 retro games memories, I look at Parallax Scrolling used in several games, the techniques used, and where they are used.
https://youtu.be/aK630qKQMRg

futurebird, to random
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I just read a review of a children's book written in 1911 (the review is from 1913) and the person reviewing the book totally missed the point of the story. The whole thing went right over the reviewer's head.

Tempted to write the latest, least expected bad book review clap-back in the history of humankind.

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martin_piper,
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@futurebird when anger transcends space and time.

skinnylatte, to random
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My wife and I have been talking about our immigrant experience. She’s moved more than I have; she’s much more experienced than I am in this. (I have spent long periods of time in many countries, but I never intended to settle down anywhere: until we got to San Francisco. So it is my first immigration rodeo.)

In comparison she’s done this in several continents, several times. I asked her how she dealt with the heartbreak. She said she puts all her lives into different buckets.

martin_piper,
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@skinnylatte I've received multiple death threats, and been the target of doxing and harassment while living in Singapore. You can probably guess exactly which type of groups are responsible.

martin_piper,
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@skinnylatte and the WAAPD lot.

futurebird, to random
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Everyone acts like I'm "From the Great Depression" because I want to take the T-bone home from the steakhouse to make split pea soup but what THEY do not understand is the best split pea soup in the universe is made with a 2-inch thick proper NYC steakhouse T-bone. It's not like I'm going around back to get them with Pica's ilk.

Take the bone home.

If steakhouses had any sense they'd make soap too. Brand it with their logo.

Soup Tomorrow!

martin_piper,
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@futurebird they probably couldn't use a bone from someone else's plate and use that to make soup for someone else.

martin_piper,
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@futurebird except for those who just use the serving platter as their plate. :)

metin, (edited ) to amiga
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Jeff Minter is of course a retrogaming legend, but I dare to say that level 5 of our Amiga game Hoi (1992) wins when it comes to psychedelic gaming… 😎

The level is also a very taxing task for Amiga emulators and video compression algorithms. 😁

❗WARNING: not suitable for people who have epilepsy!

martin_piper,
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@metin Photosensitive warning

gsuberland, (edited ) to random
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is anyone aware of a physical calculator (an actual one, with buttons) designed for working with integers, hex, and binary, with support for both arithmetic and binary operations?

I'm looking for something with the simplicity of a basic calculator, with minimal cognitive effort to operate it, rather than something where I have to constantly press a bunch of buttons to switch modes or do anything useful.

NOT a regular calculator that has a hex mode - I want something designed for binary ops.

martin_piper,
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@gsuberland weren't most of them limited to 32 bits back in the day? Back then I was mostly maxing out at 16 bit values.

futurebird, to random
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As a HS CS teacher I'm often torn when someone asks "do you do anything with AI with the kids?" not so much because of the controversies, but rather because nearly all projects I could plan would require using libraries of code without explaining how they work.

I feel the need to go from scratch to some degree. I know using libraries of part of coding, a worthy skill... but I have not been impressed with the cake mix lesson plans I've seen.

Has anyone seen anything that addresses this?

martin_piper,
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@futurebird AI or simpler neural nets?

martin_piper,
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@futurebird that's probably several layers too deep for a topic "from scratch".
Natural language processing is a big topic all of its own.

martin_piper,
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@futurebird as a much smaller topic, a neural network that recognises small gray scale images of individual characters is much easier to understand.

martin_piper,
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@futurebird or even, stimulate an ant with a small neural network!

jacqueline, to random
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rigol

martin_piper,
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@jacqueline tried calling their information desk?

martin_piper,
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@jacqueline oh my gosh, it sounds like "regal". At the end of this video.
https://youtu.be/537R-ukzvT4?si=JH0eF9spBbWekK-4

jacqueline, to random
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octoprint is so good. it sparks much joy, in contrast to every other 3d printer software and firmware.

martin_piper,
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@jacqueline are you fangirling over software?
If yes, please carry on. :)

jacqueline, to random
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this is a super cool project https://ploopy.co/headphones/

martin_piper,
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@jacqueline maybe it's because they really really want to drive power but also have accurate frequency response?

jacqueline, to random
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i think they should let me purchase one (1) ip address

martin_piper,
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@jacqueline ages ago I had significant forms to fill in for wanting two.

TheByteAttic, to random
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There you go, first complete and DRC-clean pass! It's all done, but I'll take a week or so to review, check, and optimise. I'm not getting paid for this, so I better get it right first time. #TalosCR, an open RISC CPU on a board, is coming!

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martin_piper,
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@TheByteAttic looks like a work of art

skinnylatte, to magASEAN
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An interesting segment on how Indigenous people in Sabah ferment meats in their communities using a poisonous nut (that also tastes really good once processed). They use that as salt was not easily available back then

https://youtu.be/iicVZqczLdM

#TootSea #Malaysia #sabah #Food #indigenous

martin_piper,
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@skinnylatte I really like the taste of buah keluak fermented.

Daojoan, to random
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If we really wanted to change the world, we'd make politicians' internet search histories public record

martin_piper,
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@Daojoan
65102 bcs
74ls174
Win32 ReadFile
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skinnylatte, to SanFrancisco
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Foggy Gate Bridge

#SanFrancisco

martin_piper,
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@skinnylatte isn't that completely normal for that area though? :)

DemDifference, to random
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Never forget that thousands of Florida seniors have needlessly died since the spring of 2021 because of Ron DeSantis's doomed effort to out-trump Trump for political gain.

In May 2021, DeSantis decided to put extreme MAGA politics ahead of Floridians' health, banning local COVID precautions and increasingly pandering to anti-vaxxers.

Before then, Florida's COVID death rate was close to the national average.

In the 2 years after, Florida's COVID death rate was the nation's 4th highest.

martin_piper,
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@DemDifference he killed his own voters.

jacqueline, to random
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about to use a pozidrive bit with a pozidrive screw. not sure if anyone’s done this before!

martin_piper,
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@jacqueline nerd mode on: There is no e in Pozidriv.

amoroso, to retrocomputing
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Retro Programming is a delightful but sadly abandoned blog about programming retro systems, particularly the Spectrum and Z80 devices.

However, the archive is full of great posts on Z80 Assembly, Forth, BASIC, and more. Lots of interesting technical details and project ideas.

http://www.retroprogramming.com

martin_piper,
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@amoroso I wonder what happened for it to just stop like that.

Haste, to tech
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I sat off-screen and listened to a peer's at a major company last week. I didn't even work there, and even with that distance, I am astounded and disgusted at the state of this industry, and the spinelessness of the proceedings.

If you haven't experienced one yet, let me tell you the playbook.

martin_piper,
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@Haste it was a "we cannot pay you for work done last month" kind of thing.

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