• Stefan

    Stefan

    2 years ago
    The complex processes we call “systems” present special challenges to our uneducated imaginations. We tend to think additively, and are constantly surprised when something that seems to be “just added in” causes surprising and often disastrous changes.
    One of the reasons the consequences were not imagined is that our human commonsense tends to think of “stability” as something static, whereas in systems it is a dynamic process that can be fragile to modest changes.
    In our world, we have enough power to topple our most important systems, but not the power to restore most of them.
    Being heroic in the face of disaster—as humans often are—will not help in most of these cases. This means that we have to “learn about consequences before they happen”. We have to be able to summon vivid enough imaginations of the disasters to be heroic long before they happen. And we have to educate our imaginations how to do this without introducing superstitions and paranoid delusions.
    http://worrydream.com/EnlightenedImaginationForCitizens/
    Stefan
    Jared Windover
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  • Stefan

    Stefan

    2 years ago
    This comes dressed up as advice for game designers, but don’t let yourself be distracted by that — it’s solid advice for anybody trying to build any kind of system:https://www.derekyu.com/makegames/deathloops.html
    Stefan
    Scott Anderson
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    Justin Blank

    2 years ago
    This might be interesting for people thinking about ecosystems and collaboration, even if it’s not directly on the topic of FOC: http://www.pgbovine.net/python-tutor-ten-years.htm
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  • Kartik Agaram

    Kartik Agaram

    2 years ago
    I just noticed that I have over 650MB of shell history.
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    alltom
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  • shalabh

    shalabh

    2 years ago
    The ACM digital library is free through June. What is everyone reading? https://dl.acm.org/
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    Ivan Reese

    2 years ago
    I don't know anything about this initiative, but the few points of the manifesto that I didn't immediately love at the very least make me wonder: https://criticalengineering.org
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  • Edward de Jong / Beads Project

    Edward de Jong / Beads Project

    2 years ago
    As a sign that Haskell will never be a mainstream language, see this page on their info page. This is the kind of gobbledygook that drives me wild. https://wiki.haskell.org/Zygohistomorphic_prepromorphisms
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  • Kartik Agaram

    Kartik Agaram

    2 years ago
    I just had a fun time chatting with a few people at https://hn.town.siempre.io. Interesting mix of spatial metaphor and video chat.
    Kartik Agaram
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  • Dan Cook

    Dan Cook

    2 years ago
    I just thought this was interesting:

    https://youtu.be/1UzTf0Qo37A

    (Of course, then I also thought about how that can be used to bootstrap a minimal system without loading the OS)
    Dan Cook
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