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Month: June 2022

The Seiko TV watch
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The Seiko TV watch 

In their 1984 issue, the Guinness World Records book listed the SEIKO TV watch as the “smallest TV in the world.” Two years earlier, SEIKO presented the device to the world after spending millions of dollars on its development. As the name already has it, we are talking about a watch with a built-in TV.…

What does an idle CPU do? (2014)
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What does an idle CPU do? (2014) 

In the last post I said the fundamental axiom of OS behavior is that at any given time, exactly one and only one task is active on a CPU. But if there’s absolutely nothing to do, then what? It turns out that this situation is extremely common, and for most personal computers it’s actually the…

Building a 34 Key Keyboard Layout
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Building a 34 Key Keyboard Layout 

Over the past year and a half, I have been using an Ergodox EZ keyboard and loving every minute of it. It does have a downside tough. As a 60% keyboard lover, it is quite large. So, I have been on the look out for a smaller, split keyboard (I can’t go back to non-split),…

Enclave: An Unpickable Lock
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Enclave: An Unpickable Lock 

The problem Just about every key lock in the world today has the same fundamental flaw. They accept input (a key, or a lockpicking tool) from the outside world, and they test if that input is correct at the same time. This flaw opens up two kinds of vulnerabilities. Nearly every lock mechanism will leak…

AI: Does Consciousness Matter?
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AI: Does Consciousness Matter? 

Consciousness plays an important role in debates around the mind-body problem, the controversy over strong vs. weak artificial intelligence (AI), and bioethics. Strikingly, however, it is not prominent in current debates on ethical aspects of AI and robotics. This text explores this lack and makes two claims: We need to talk more about artificial consciousness…

Eschatological Frameworks 

I just finished reading the book Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives. It’s an explicitly Christian book, and it sets out to discuss eight different modern belief systems—things like individualism, scientific naturalism, or consumerism—and then to demonstrate why these other worldviews are inferior to Christianity. I’ll have a review of it in…