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periodic reminder that "intelligence level" or "IQ" is extremely fake and also not real

good news from 2021: sea shanties are now public domain

A while back, I read an article which I think might have been linked on the local timeline on merveilles, and I can't seem to find it again.
It was about taking system 7 of the mac seriously and learning about what it did right, and what we could do with modern computers to make them as simple- such as keepng the operating systems on the disk instead of permanantly on a hard drive.

I talked about it earlier today, but I seriously can't find that article. it's not in my history. anyone know?

1. Humbaba, the ogre from the epic of gilgamesh- whose head is severed and put into a sack.
2. An early greek depiction of a gorgon (medusa), whose head gets severed and put into a sack.
3. A gorgon shield with 3 radial wings, used by the greeks to "petrify" their enemies
4. a 6 wing seraphim, from the book of revelations, which is nothing but 6 wings and a head. If you were to look directly at it you would explode.

My spirit animal is cultural appropriation.

wait, that's an animal right?
hmm..
according to the animism I appropriated… it is!

"What? you again?
Fuck off, would you? i'm trying to write here. "
even during the Renaissance they had problems with surveillance

prerequisites for a civilisation:
1. a written system of communication
2. social stratification
3. specialisatoon of skill
4. some system of governance
5. an australian bartender

"Zen and the Art of Resource Editing, Fourth Edition" foreword, written by... ?!

The flexibility this affords of course is that backup solutions can finally have reasonable strategies adapted to the different use patterns of these 4 different catagories of data, instead of these weird icky comprimises we're currently saddled with.

single purpose appliances could be dedicated to this.

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Similarly, consent oriented programming could be implemented on the user data slot.

On the cloud sync dimension, things that are dangerously close to being standards that could be implemented for this is S3 compatible object storage and datalog based event sourcing.

All consent oriented/object capability based, and end to end encrypted of course.

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Imagine an OS upgrade that isn't a complex risky prospect- just a simple disk swap.

Are you a corporation and this idea makes you nervous? on the one hand- -- good. on the other? It wouldn't be that hard to make a physical OS disk into a drm dongle with a cryptographic signing whatsit nonsense---- WITHOUT the horrible threat of bricking THE WHOLE FUCKING COMPUTER to lock users in.

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This is to regain freedoms and remediate risks we took on by adopting the permanent always on, built-in, non-removable storage paradigm.

to extend this out a bit, (and I am far from the first to think of this), "Software as a service" sites should use some kind of standard/protocol to store all user data on your local machine, by default, without special interactions. Some applications will need this to be "always on", so independent cloud sync service providers could be elected for that.

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I read this really cool idea somewhere, I don't remember where. But, i extrapolated a bit and here's what's in my mind:
A computer with 4 slots on the front for hot swappable disks/drives. (SD cards? solid state drives? doesn't matter. something)
Labelled as follows:

- OS
- Applications
- User data
- Game/Media

They should, if everything is designed to use standard formats and protocols, be able to be mixed and matched in any combination.

they will have to share with fictional characters and corporate brands though.

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People are special objects, they deserve their own syntax sugar.

fun fact i just worked out.
the crest of milan / visconte
is a serpent eating a baby, which cobsidering this saturn in the cards from the same area and century has a dragon helping him eat a baby- might have something to do with it.

which means the alfa romeo badge has a saturn eating a baby logo on it.

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*Chomp* *Gulp*
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*Chomp* *Gulp*
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*Chomp* *Gulp* Oh *cough* HERA. DID YOU CHANGE THEIR DIAPERS BEFORE CHAINING THESE BABIES UP?

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