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Journal Journal: The Game Boy, a hardware autopsy - Part 1: the CPU

Have you ever wondered how the Game Boy works? How the games that defined the history of the handheld world were made? This video series hopes to answer these questions and more concerning one of the most successful gaming platforms ever.

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Journal Journal: Prolefeed

Prolefeed is a Newspeak term in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It was used to describe the deliberately superficial literature, movies and music that were produced by Prolesec, a section of the Ministry of Truth, to keep the "proles" (i.e., proletariat) content and to prevent them from becoming too knowledgeable.

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Journal Journal: Eturia - The (Programmable) Computer for All YouTube Series Schedule

1) Syntax 1 - Symbols, Numbers, Comments and Lists
2) Syntax 2 - Quoting, Comman and Commaat and Booleans
3) Builtins 1 - Atom, Eq
4) Builtins 2 - Cons, Car and Cdr
5) Builtins 3 - Cond
6) Builtins 4 - Quoting with qquote and Set
7) Builtins 5 - Lambda and self
8) Builtins 6 - Values and Bind
9) BUiltins 7 - Defmacro, +, -, *, /, %
10) Builtins 8 - env, fenv, rm, rmf, load, save, me
11) Exercises 1 - if, when, unless
12) Exercises 2 - reverse

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Journal Journal: 'A (Programmable) Computer for All'

Today I came up with a slogan for Eturia: A (Programmable) Computer for All. I think this is important in this day and age to provide students of all ages a simple, yet powerful, programming environment along with the proper educational materials they need to learn to use it. I'll be using this Journal as a log of my thoughts and explorations into this idea. Stay tuned.

Submission + - Eturia - A (Programmable) Computer For All for Education (busfactor1.ca)

kruhft writes: The Eturia project, a browser based Personal Computer designed to be free for all to use (and program) on the Internet, is starting to reach maturity and move to the later embryonic stage. It is being livecoded at Livecoding.tv, has some new documentation, and plan of a possible future educational YouTube channel teaching it's use and programming from the ground up. You can try Eturia and follow along with the documentation here:

        http://busfactor1.ca/bin/eturi...

Eturia is meant to be a tool for beginners to experts learn the design and development of programming languages with very little programming knowledge required to start with the 'course'.

Comment Maybe it was The Madman (Score 1) 91

I recently picked up "The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" and this post made me think of the the story. A quick check gives a time frame of 150 years ago, and maybe everyone that works at the OED isn't familiar with the history of Dr. Minor. If he truly was a "Madman", I wouldn't put it beyond him to make up sources for some of his many contributions.

Comment I was part of the original MintChip challenge (Score 4, Informative) 248

After trying to get them to support Linux and even offering to do the development to get it to work with Linux they informed me that the hardware requires a binary blob and that Linux would never be supported.

Some other developer also found an easy way to pull money off the chip without permission using a bit javascript and I wasn't too impressed with the design and security.

There's a hard limit (1000?) transactions per chip so once you go over you need a new chip. I found that quite odd but maybe that's the limit to the amount of transactions this "anonymous" cash system can hold.

Comment Technical Ignorance (Score 1) 692

From the last paragraph of the article:

We donâ(TM)t really know how this coin is created. You canâ(TM)t have a functional money without a basic transparency.

We know exactly how this coin is created! At least those of us that know how to read the technical specs and source code of the implementations. It is a strictly designed mathematical implementation that will release a certain number of bitcoins at a certain rate over a set period of time. Maybe to a guy that is used to the money supply tap being turned on and off on a whim might not understand that concept though.

Maybe we should stick to the instruments that the people on *his* side designed so that *we* have absolutely no idea how they work in managing to bring the global economy to halt except at the very top.

Comment Re:Application and Screen on Different Machines (Score 1) 455

So what I think we need, is for the core team for each major toolkit to sit in a room and try to design an extensible network transport that they can all agree to use. With a core set of features, and perhaps some toolkit specific extensions. Perhaps ending up with a process similar to the way HTML has evolved over time.

http://xkcd.com/927/

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