While this is creepy, and might be interesting in a clinical sense
... why have we started covering the crazy end of the tech spectrum? I'm afraid this just reads like "batshit crazy guy writes gibberish OS, come look at our ads".
I would've agreed if TFA wasn't posted yesterday and did not add substance to the story. As it turns out, it's a fascinating read and really does a wonderful job of finally doing a technical piece on TempleOS instead of focusing on the creator's mental illness.
He’d grown up Catholic, but later embraced atheism. "I thought the brain was a computer," Davis says, "And so I had no need for a soul." He saw himself as a scientific materialist; he believes that metaphor—the brain as a computer—has done more to increase the number of atheists than anything by Darwin. He still considers himself scientifically minded. "Today I find the people most similar to me are atheist-scientist people," he says. "The difference is God has talked to me, so I'm basically like an atheist who God has talked to."
Whatever channel is used for agreeing upon those essentials, it will complicate claim of "hardly any trace that an interaction even happened" quite significantly.
First everyone started arguing over their gut-reaction, "it's obviously color X!"
Then everyone started trying to sound smart by doing some variation of: "Colors are perceived by your brain! Can you imagine that? Your brain. Like, literally!"
It does not exist, and the "best" solution is abstinence. (In this case, Not running every EXE you find on the internet.)
Actually, the equivalent analogy would be to just not go on the Internet. Even then you run the risk of getting infected with something like Stuxnet. The real "abstinence" would be to not interact with any external/untrusted data at all.
If anything, this comparison served well to make me consider buying a console. I mean, if I'm not able to see a significant difference, why would it make sense for me to spend extra bucks on the PC? Just because some videophile found the console version to be "muddy"?
People who have problems making the difference between reality and fantasy could also snap by reading a book or any other trigger.
Exactly. Imagine the outrage if Mark David Chapman was caught with a PS Vita playing Killzone instead of The Catcher in the Rye.
Nearly all of the development tools of Linux are available on OSX via ports, brew or simply compiling oneself. Even fairly advanced stuff like valgrind. There is no shortage of cross platform GUI toolkit like Qt.
In what way is OSX crippled as a dev box ?
Well, obviously the lack of systemd.
Looks like the Kickstarter is over. The device will be for sale soon directly through this website though, so check back soon. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified as soon as its [sic] available.
It'll be interesting to see how the general public's trust pans out over this thing. Do they take Kickstarter's cancellation as a red flag or are they so desperate for a easily-configurable Tor router that they'll pay whoever they can for it. Even if that means trusting these assholes vs. their ISPs.
With hundreds of millions of distinct websites "out there," if the same proportion holds, that would suggest that there about a million or more websites similarly affected.
Why are you assuming that this scales linearly? Are you suggesting that this is a technical glitch? If the websites are blocked due to the nature of their content it most certainly won't scale in a linear fashion.
Even though it's nowhere close to the real deal. It did require the casual gamer to go through a command-line interface, guess a 5-digit binary code based on feedback about how many did he get right, solve a Kanji puzzle, find password in one directory and apply it to the other etc. The end result neatly tied in with the game where you could, for example, acquire a sword in the Matrix or set off an EMP.
Certainly much better than a Michael Bay fever dream.