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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…

How Bungie identified a mass sender of fake DMCA notices
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How Bungie identified a mass sender of fake DMCA notices 

Earlier this year, Bungie and its enthusiastic Destiny fan community were plunged into chaos. Using the DMCA’s takedown process as a weapon, persons unknown sent copyright notices to YouTube, claiming that the targeted videos should be taken down for infringing Bungie’s rights. YouTube began removing videos, including some uploaded by high-profile Destiny content creators. Other…

Goodbye Zachtronics
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Goodbye Zachtronics 

On July 5, Zachtronics will be releasing Last Call BBS, a collection of stylish little puzzle games wrapped up in a retro PC gaming vibe. After 11 years in business (and even longer outside of commercial releases), a time which has seen the studio develop a cult following almost unrivalled in indie gaming, it will…