Metaphysical Pursuit of Consciousness
“There is no good evidence, in spite of new methods, that the brain alone can carry out the work that the mind does.”
consciousness  cognitive-science  neuroscience  ai  philosophy 
5 days ago
Vim Tips & Tricks
Some nice advanced and obscure vim tips.
vim  tutorial 
11 days ago
How to Imagine Consciousness
The argument from optimism: "Lots of things in biology—like the development of an organism from an egg—seem impossible, until we stretch our imagination to conceive of simple precursors and mechanisms that could have been worked on by natural selection over billions of years."
ai  cognitive-science  philosophy  consciousness  nagel 
5 weeks ago
Cormac McCarthy on the Origin of Language
McCarthy's musings on consciousness and creativity and how language evolved.
consciousness  cognitive-science  philosophy  literature 
9 weeks ago
The rise and fall of the Gopher protocol
The team, in 36-hour sessions fueled by beer, pizza, and speed metal, finished writing Gopher in about three weeks. They installed the first computer running a Gopher server — a Mac SE/30, a little droid of a computer with an iPad-size monitor built in — in a narrow hallway between their offices and the showroom, in a closet with metal shelves. It became known as the Mother Gopher.
computing  gopher  history  internet 
march 2017
How Thomas Pynchon Turned Seattle Into Nazi Germany
Von Braun attended the Fair with astronaut John Glenn, who’d just become the first human to orbit Earth. Their talk about peaceful uses of space perhaps struck Minuteman missile worker Pynchon as ironic, and gave Gravity’s Rainbow its plot, about “a good Rocket to take us to the stars, an evil Rocket for the World's suicide, the two perpetually in struggle.”
pynchon  satire 
february 2017
Does Information Smell?
"The problem with the concept of “information” comes when we start to take it literally, as Floridi does. We start to imagine there really is a mental, non-physical stuff called information. A subtle dualism creeps in, as if the brain contained organic material on the one hand and this mysterious, immaterial “information” on the other." Part 3
ai  cognitive-science  consciousness 
december 2016
The Color of Consciousness
"Colors are something we experience, individually and collectively. But without our experience of color, science would have no reason to suspect its existence."
ai  cognitive-science  psychology  neuroscience 
december 2016
The 20th Century’s Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction
Larry McCaffery's list of the 100 best novels of the C20. He is mostly spot on.
books  literature  lists 
december 2016
Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump
The rise of the American asshole is a serious issue, and we should not only thank James for drawing our attention to it, but also hope that his most recent work stimulates further conversation among both philosophers and the broader public alike.
review  philosophy  book 
november 2016
What Is Thinking?
"The truth is that we do not know what consciousness is. That’s why we’re talking about it as a problem."
ai  cognitive-science  consciousness  philosophy 
november 2016
Formal Verification Creates Hacker-Proof Code
Dijkstra established a vision for incorporating proofs of correctness into how computer programs are written.
computing  software  programming  security 
september 2016
Human and Artificial Intelligence May Be Equally Impossible to Understand
"The result is that modern machine learning offers a choice among oracles: Would we like to know what will happen with high accuracy, or why something will happen, at the expense of accuracy?"
ai  cognitive-science  neural-networks  science 
september 2016
By Any Means or None
Thomas Nagle on the effectiveness of terrorism. "Terrorists, it seems, are at least as attached to their means as to their professed ends, and to those for whom killing is an end in itself, there is not much to say by way of rational counterargument."
philosophy  criticism  review  society 
august 2016
The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters
"Vulnerabilities on one system cascade into other systems, and the result is a vulnerability that no one saw coming and no one bears responsibility for fixing. The Internet of Things will make exploitable vulnerabilities much more common. "
security  schneier  internet  iot 
july 2016
“Can computers become conscious?”: My reply to Roger Penrose
"if consciousness is reducible to computation, then what kinds of computation suffice to bring about consciousness?"
ai  physics  cognitive-science  consciousness 
june 2016
Sample workflow for LP digitization
This tutorial outlines a set of example steps using Audacity to digitize LPs to create files that are ready for CD creation, loading into a digital jukebox or portable music player.
audacity  audio  music  vinyl 
april 2016
OpenPGP Best Practices
What is says on the tin....
crypto  gpg  security 
april 2016
vim-galore · GitHub
"Everything you need to know about Vim"
vim  resources  git 
january 2016
Free will is dead, let’s bury it.
"The only thing I conclude from these studies is that neither the scientists who conducted the research nor the study participants spent much time thinking about what the absence of free will really means..."
free-will  cognitive-science  philosophy  physics  blog 
january 2016
Typesetting automation
The project tex-boilerplates is the result of my effort. At its core there’s a simple system that provides you with a basic skeleton for painless and automated typesetting of three common types of documents: letters, invoices and CVs/résumés.
latex  typography 
december 2015
The "Worm" Programs - Early Experience with a Distributed Computation
" we describe the model for the worm programs, how they can be controlled, and how they were implemented. We then briefly discuss five specific applications which have been built upon these multimachine worms."
computing  malware  virus  history  programming 
november 2015
Why the Free Will Debate Never Ends
A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.” Kant called it a “wretched subterfuge,” James a “quagmire of evasion” and Wallace Matson “the most flabbergasting instance of the fallacy of changing the subject to be encountered anywhere in the complete history of sophistry.”
philosophy  free-will 
october 2015
Objects of consciousness
"These two considerations, from evolutionary biology and quantum physics, suggest that current models of object perception require fundamental reformulation."
consciousness  psychology  cognitive-science 
july 2015
Automata in Myth and Science
1963 essay tracing the ancestry of modern automation back through the curious mechanical inventions of past centuries to the twilight figures of remote mythology.
cognitive-science  ai  history 
june 2015
On undoing, fixing, or removing commits in git
"an attempt to be a fairly comprehensive guide to recovering from what you did not mean to do when using git."
git  vcs  reference  unix 
june 2015
Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking
He later wrote that a psychology based on rats in mazes rather than the human mind was “bad poetry disguised as science.”
consciousness  philosophy  psychology  cognitive-science 
may 2015
Relative line numbers in Vim for super-fast movement
"Vim’s relativenumber is a great setting to help you move around files quickly, but sometimes it can get into your way a bit. Luckily, it’s really easy to add some clever settings, so Vim knows when to toggle between relative and absolute line numbers."

Genius.
vim  hack 
may 2015
Grepping logs is terrible
"Sorry, I prefer convenience and efficiency over dogma."
unix  system  grep 
may 2015
Makefile
Heavily commented makefile introducing the basics: excellent learning tool...
make  programming  unix  tutorial  linux  gnu 
april 2015
Make
Blog post covering the basics of `make`...
unix  gnu  make  compile  reference  linux  programming 
april 2015
Computing Machinery and Intelligence A.M. Turing
I propose to consider the question, "Can machines think?"
ai  turing  philosophy  history  cognitive-science 
march 2015
Did 1995 Change Everything?
Louis Menand reviews W. Joseph Campbell’s “1995: The Year the Future Began”
history  review  books  culture 
march 2015
Using GNU Stow to manage your dotfiles
"if you use multiple computers, which may not have the same software installed on them, you can pick and choose which configurations to install when you need them. All of your dotfiles are always available in your dotfiles directory, but if you don't need the configuration for one program, you simply don't Stow it and thus it does not clutter your home directory."
dotfiles  gnu  linux 
march 2015
State of Text Rendering
In this paper we focus on the specific problem of text rendering, ie. from input Unicode text to pixels lit on the screen. We will discuss the current architecture, identify problems that have limited progress in recent years, and propose actions to be taken to remedy them.
fonts  linux  text  typography  unicode 
february 2015
Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'
"The deeper problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is that it myopically views privacy as a form of secrecy."
privacy  surveillance  policy  government  rhetoric 
january 2015
The Bash Guide
lhunath's work in progress...
bash  linux  programming  shell  reference 
january 2015
Playing with overlayfs
Post on using the first in kernel tree union mount filesystem.
archlinux  jwr  kernel  filesystem  union  hack  bash 
january 2015
Secure Secure Shell
"My goal with this post here is to make NSA analysts sad"
ssh  security  crypto  config  linux  unix 
january 2015
The Fascinating World of Linux System Calls
The system call interface includes a number of functions that the operating system exports to the applications running on top of it. These functions allow actions like opening files, creating network connections, reading and writing from files, and so on.
c  linux  kernel  reference 
december 2014
Xplain
"I want to explain a lot of the more undocumented or harder-to-grasp features built into X11 (the permutations of input grabs, for instance), and I also want to provide an accurate, historical context on why a certain feature was added (COMPOSITE, for instance), and all the clever hacks we've invented along the way (WM_TAKE_FOCUS, for instance)."
graphics  unix  xorg  server  reference  linux 
december 2014
Scientific Quotes That Blur The Boundaries Between Mysticism and Science
“Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out
in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves.” --Erwin
Schrödinger
quotes  science  advaita  philosophy 
december 2014
Supybook
Phrik's source and commands
archlinux  irc  reference 
december 2014
Artificial Intelligence - foundations of computational agents
Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents is a book about the science of artificial intelligence (AI). The view we take is that AI is the study of the design of intelligent computational agents.
ai  cognitive-science  book  programming  computing 
november 2014
The Myth Of AI
What do I mean by AI being a fake thing? That it adds a layer of religious thinking to what otherwise should be a technical field.
ai  cognitive-science  interview  religion 
november 2014
Artificial Neural Networks - Introduction
"Artificial neural networks mainly work as classifiers. They literally are meant to classify patterns of features (features, in our case, are the inputs of the units). That said, they can also be used to solve other problems: classification (or pattern recognition) and regression problems.
ai  cognitive-science  brain  neuroscience 
november 2014
Wittgenstein, a Memoir by Garrett Caples
"Wittgenstein, of course, wrote very little about literature and even less about poetry..."
poetry  wittgenstein  philosophy  literature 
november 2014
Jeff Hawkins on the Limitations of Artificial Neural Networks
However, the inherent limitations of ANNs will prevent them from every even approaching artificial general intelligence and will limit their use in machine learning.
ai  cognitive-science 
november 2014
The Birth of the Internet Troll
"In the beginning there were bulletin board systems. And Usenet. And newsgroups. And people just starting to realize the massive potential trembling beneath their fingertips. Anything was possible! Which, as it turns out, is not always a good thing..."
internet  trolls  society 
october 2014
Terminals Are Weird
How terminals interpret key chords...
linux  shell  terminal  unix 
october 2014
FS#42353 : [linux] 3.17.x Lockups
i915 driver bug that causes heinous crashes: patch linked to.
archlinux  kernel  bug  patch 
october 2014
Pruning Tarsnap Archives
A simple bash script for managing Tarsnap acrhives... Also, my 100th post.
archlinux  backup  tarsnap  bash  scripts  jwr 
october 2014
The Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
"Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand."
ai  cognitive-science  data  analytics 
october 2014
Kernel Changes
Changes done in each Linux kernel release.
linux  kernel  reference 
october 2014
The UNIX System: Making Computers More Productive
In the late 1960s, Bell Laboratories computer scientists Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson started work on a project that was inspired by an operating system called Multics, a joint project of MIT, GE, and Bell Labs.
unix  history  reference  video 
october 2014
The UNIX System: Making Computers Easier to Use
This 23-minute film about UNIX was designed for students with an interest in engineering, math, computer science or other sciences. The film was made available to the public in December 1982. It covers different ways that UNIX could be employed practically in a computing environment.
unix  video  reference  history 
october 2014
Open Source is awful in many ways, and people should be aware of this.
Lennarts Poettering's lament for the prevalence of trolls and their poisonous behaviour in the Linux/FOSS world.
linux  open-source  trolls  systemd  community 
october 2014
Multi-arch Packages in AUR
A script to update the sha1sums for multi-arch PKGBUILDs...
archlinux  bash  scripts  hack  jwr  awk 
september 2014
Simple Reminder
Post on a wrapper script for at(1) that emails a reminder...
archlinux  cron  scripts  hack  jwr 
september 2014
Awk by Example, Pt.1
Daniel Robbins series of introductory articles on the Funtoo wiki...
awk  unix  wiki  reference  tutorial 
august 2014
Building from Source
Post on the ABS and Dave Reisner's new tool, asp, to improve that process...
archlinux  compile  source  make  jwr 
august 2014
zsh: 19. Completion Widgets
Details of the variables for zsh compdef...
zsh  unix  shell  reference 
august 2014
Z-Shell completion system introduction
An overview of and introduction to Zsh's completion system (compsys).
zsh  unix  shell  reference  tutorial 
august 2014
Using chmod - symbolic mode
Two very comprehensive posts on chmod...
unix  security  reference  chmod 
august 2014
Memories Are Inextricably Tied to Place
Psychologists hypothesize that we lock in that memory by linking it to a where, that integrating many stimuli together helps us remember something particularly important. They call this process episodic memory formation: the locking of ideas and objects to a single place and time, to forming associations between different stimuli.
cognitive-science  brain  psychology  research 
august 2014
Vim Respect XDG
Post on moving Vim's files to the correct directories...
vim  linux  unix  blog  reference 
august 2014
Build a Debian Docker Image
Create, import and start a docker image...
debian  docker  reference  howto  linux 
august 2014
Taking Apart a Samsung 900X Laptop
Handy guide to the innards of a 900X...
hardware  laptop  tutorial 
august 2014
pass{,word} manager
Post on setting up and using pass, the "standard Unix password manager"...
archlinux  unix  security  suckless  jwr 
august 2014
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