Is it true that the code for the TCP/IP stack of every modern OS is at least partly derived from BSD code?
It's kind of messed up that ZIP64 archives still have the .zip extension even though it's totally incompatible with the original ZIP specification. In other news, I deleted a 5GB archive that wouldn't open because OS X can't unzip ZIP64 files. I thought it was corrupt and now I'm downloading it again.
I don't know why people jump immediately to Hitler when fascism is mentioned. There's also Mussolini and there's also Franco. I mean, I guess I'll have to call it ultranationalist corporatocracy instead. Or Trumpism for short.
There were really at least two lessons from the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the U.S.S.R.: (1) totalitarian communism is a shitty system and (2) holding together a global empire is very, very expensive and the costs will eventually destroy your nation-state. We seem to only remember the first lesson.
The weird thing about L.A. is that (1) the ring of bears definitely comes before the ring of people with tractors (2) there is a ring of coyotes and mountain lions that comes between the ring of people with money and the ring of people with less money (3) the ring of people with tractors is actually way, way out there, far beyond the ring of bears. There is a definite no-man's land of desolation between those two rings. (via https://mokum.place/barmaton/335045 )
All the apparent Sanderistas trying to Berniesplain the Civil Rights Movement to people of color: do they really sincerely believe they're helping Bernie's cause or are they just wolf-in-sheep's-clothing who are trolling progressives hard? #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm
It's pretty cool that some of the greatest discoveries in physics happened at Mt. Wilson. http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/san-gabriel-river/higher... I had no idea that Albert Michelson had done speed-of-light measurements in So Cal before he went on to disprove the existence of the luminferous aether along with Edward Morley, further bolstering the legitimacy of Special Relativity. Hubble also discovered that nebulas were actually distant galaxies here, and discovered that the farther they were, the more redshifted they were, leading to the conclusion that the universe was expanding.
There is something really strange and bizarre about imagining that your body is being stretched and squeezed by waves in spacetime generated more than a billion years ago, even if the expansion and compression is in fractions of a picometer.