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Objectives & Design Principles
The two objectives above were thosse of Reginal Dutton's Internationl Symbolic Script of 1935, and of its subsequent revisions known as Speedwords (1936, 1946, 1951); they are, presumably, also the objectives of systems derived from or inspired by Speedwords such as Iso and Xmal.
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The Briefscript Project
Index of /Briefscript Name Last modified Size Description Parent Directory - Babm_Lin.html 21-Jul-2011 06:42 12K ClassicalBS.html 09-Sep-2011 07:37 18K Grammar1.html 21-Jul-2011 06:42 20K IAL.html 21-Jul-2011 06:44 3.7K Icon 19-Jul-2005 18:00 0 Index.html 25-Aug-2011 15:52 13K Morphology.
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1 hour ago
The ZX Spectrum Next Arrives | Hackaday
Sinclair Research was best known in the United States for the tiny ZX80, and the ZX81, under its Timex branding. However, they also made the ZX Spectrum which had many features that were — at the time — unusual.
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1 hour ago
Retro ZX Spectrum Lives A Spartan Existence | Hackaday
FPGAs (like Xilinx’s Spartan series) are great building blocks. They often remind us of the 100-in-1 electronic kits we used to get as kids. Lots of components you can mix and match to make nearly anything.
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1 hour ago
MicroEMACS - Wikipedia
MicroEMACS is a small, portable Emacs-like text editor originally written by Dave Conroy in 1985, and further developed by Daniel M. Lawrence (1958–2010[1][2]) and was maintained by him.
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2 hours ago
GoodRx Shared My Prescription Data With Third Parties
With the abysmal state of healthcare in this country, it shouldn’t be surprising that tech companies—specifically those in the app space—have swooped in left and right to solve the ills that the federal government can’t or won’t.
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2 hours ago
Key Missteps at the CDC Have Set Back Its Ability to Detect the Potential Spread of Coronavirus — ProPublica
ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. As the highly infectious coronavirus jumped from China to country after country in January and February, the U.S.
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2 hours ago
[UPDATE] Help us create an indexed and sortable list of Star Trek episodes! : startrek
It seemed popular so I've started work on something. I've started it in a service called AirTable, because Google Sheets didn't have the flexibility necessary.
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6 hours ago
Can I Make Synthehol at Home? : startrek
Hello, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Cazidin and today I ask one simple question. Can I brew synthehol at home*, without a replicator and if so... would it taste better than the replicated stuff?
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6 hours ago
Built my first antenna today! I was surprised. : RTLSDR
Built the planar disk antenna from the sidebar. Went with 16" pans and surprisingly it works well even down in the 120~mhz airband. Blown away with all the signals im picking up indoors now. I cant wait to see how it performs outside.
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6 hours ago
GitHub - open-sdr/openwifi: open-source IEEE802.11/Wi-Fi baseband chip/FPGA design
openwifi openwifi: Linux mac80211 compatiable full-stack Wi-Fi design based on SDR (Software Defined Radio). This repository includes Linux driver and software. openwifi-hw repository has the FPGA design. [Detailed architecture] [Demo video.
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7 hours ago
I Don’t Wanna Do My Video Game Chores
Everything about Red Dead Redemption 2 is big. The latest open-world western, released in October 2018 by Rockstar Games, constantly reminds you of this. It takes roughly 15 minutes for its bland everycowboy star, Arthur Morgan, to gallop across the 29-square-mile map.
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7 hours ago
Middleman: Hand-crafted frontend development
Install the gem and run middleman init my_project to create a new Middleman site from the command line. Check out the directory cd my_project. Middleman works right out of the box. Start reading the docs to find out what each directory is doing and how to customize your site.
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7 hours ago
System Dynamics: Prison, Inc. - Serious Games: 377G - Medium
Our game, tentatively titled Prison, Inc., focuses on the effects of private prisons in the incarceration industry and how its existence as an industry fosters unsafe and unethical conditions for prisoners.
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7 hours ago
Designing A Game With System Dynamics - Serious Games: 377G - Medium
Fullerton’s book Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games dedicates an entire chapter to working with system dynamics. What did it teach? See my mindmap below for the key takeaways.
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7 hours ago
A Single Player’s Descent into Understanding - Serious Games: 377G - Medium
Discussions of the norm often prompt us to think about deviations from the norm. In reading Ian Schreiber’s article on Game Balance, I found myself most interested in his mentions of intentionally unbalanced games.
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7 hours ago
No One Survives This Board Game - There Will Be Games - Medium
Some games are designed for masochists. Normally, they’re co-op or solitaire games that are difficult or impossible to beat. And yet, they make you want to play them over and over and over again. Endless Nightmare is one of those games.
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7 hours ago
4 “Swiss Army” Board Game Systems - There Will Be Games - Medium
Playing cards are probably the world’s first game system. The same 52 cards can produce a multitude of games, making them the world’s go-to game system. That hasn’t stopped modern designers from trying their hand at inventing “the last game system you’ll ever need”.
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7 hours ago
9 Board Games Too Strange for a Typical God-Fearing Gamer
A variant of Pandemic that you alter with stickers and markers. You play through a year of outbreaks and contagions that permanently wipe out cities and kill off characters. Quantum Leap meets 12/Monkeys. This is a cooperative “deckploration” game.
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7 hours ago
A Degenerate News Junkie Reviews ‘Penny Press’ - There Will Be Games - Medium
I woke up around 3 in the afternoon and, thanks to the endless streaming of NPR on my laptop, was immediately greeted with more of the unending news about Trump’s latest fiasco. A fiasco that many will say will be the last straw for his supporters, but probably won’t be.
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7 hours ago
A Primer on “God Emperor Trump” for Non-Trolls - There Will Be Games - Medium
AUTOCRAT, n. A dictatorial gentleman with no other restraint upon him than the hand of the assassin. — from The Devil’s Dictionary OK. So there’s a sci-fi miniatures wargame called Warhammer 40,000, often shortened to 40K.
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These 18 RPGs Are Way Better Than D&D - There Will Be Games - Medium
IMAGINATION, n. A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership. — from The Devil’s Dictionary Apparently everyone has decided that roleplaying games are “cool” now because of Stranger Things. The problem is that D&D is a crap game and there are better games out there.
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7 hours ago
Hell is Other Gamers | The Solo System - There Will Be Games - Medium
ALONE, adj. In bad company. Inn Fighting is the only D&D game I actually like, and I still can’t help wishing there was a Gamma World expansion for it. That said, I can’t think of a sci-fi game that has the same brutal minimalism. I guess fantasy occasionally has something to offer.
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7 hours ago
How to Annoy Gamers That “Deify” Trump - There Will Be Games - Medium
Hatred is the Emperor’s greatest gift to humanity. Warhammer 40,000 is mostly known as a miniature wargame, but there used to be range of more accessible board and card games. That range came to an end last year (but new options are on the way, more on this below).
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7 hours ago
Solitaire Board Game Challenges for Masochists - There Will Be Games - Medium
PAIN, n. An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another.
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7 hours ago
Homeowners’ Associations are Fascist | Suburbia - There Will Be Games - Medium
The following was partially inspired by the indomitable JC. A turn of Suburbia is played thusly: The player selects a tile from a common market, pays its price, and adds it to their borough.
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7 hours ago
I Play Board Games Wrong (and You Can’t Stop Me) - There Will Be Games - Medium
Frankenstein was an anarchist. He cobbled his creation together from parts originally belonging to disparate owners. Note that the Creature wasn’t “resurrected”. The Creature was never alive before. It was an original life form. Something new made out of discarded bits. It’s like this.
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7 hours ago
‘Flatpack’ Will Assimilate All Your Board Games - There Will Be Games - Medium
Flatpack is a not-all-that-horrific post-apocalyptic RPG. It’s basically Apocalypse World re-imagined by TEDsters. Along with the Achievement and community-building subgames, Flatpack features a…
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7 hours ago
Rich People Cheat Fair and Square - There Will Be Games - Medium
FRAUD, n. The life of commerce, the soul of religion, the bait of courtship and the basis of political power. A few years back, researchers ran a series of social experiments involving Monopoly.
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7 hours ago
What the Hell is a “Farmer of Racism”? - There Will Be Games - Medium
Thoughts on KeyForge. “What the Hell is a ‘Farmer of Racism’?” is published by Oscar in There Will Be Games
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7 hours ago
A News Junkie Deals with Media Bias - Oscar - Medium
I spend at about 4 or 5 hours a day reading, watching, or listening to news on everything from politics to the economy. Sometimes while doing something else. Sometimes to the exclusion of other healthy activities. I know just enough to be dangerous about A LOT of different things.
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7 hours ago
Trump’s REAL Game and the Worst LARP Idea Ever - There Will Be Games - Medium
Some people think The Orange Man is playing Four Dimensional Chess with Nancy Pelosi, the Press, China, and Robert Mueller. Wrong. He’s playing 1000 Blank White Cards. 1KBWC is a DIY nomic card game. New decks are made spontaneously with blank index cards and Sharpies.
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7 hours ago
Fog of Love is the Most Unbearably Awkward Board Game on Earth
DOUBT, n. A feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. In a cynical attempt to leverage Medium’s theme-of-the-month, I planned to analyze the most doubt-inducing board game I could think of. By a mile, that game was Fog of Love.
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7 hours ago
9 Giant Games For People with Too Much Money - There Will Be Games - Medium
I have 29 drafts that I have failed to finish. In an effort to end my creative constipation, I’m publishing a list of expensive-ass games because why not? Not rare out-of-print games. Big-for-the-sake-of-big games that were made to stay out of the reach of the masses.
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7 hours ago
7 Political Board Games for Shameless Election Junkies
PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics. If there’s one good thing that will come out of Trump’s presidency, it’s that EVERYONE follows politics now. On a related note, games about contemporary elections are more numerous than ever. So play them!
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7 hours ago
The Dark Art of Politicizing Board Games - There Will Be Games - Medium
When Paizo released Stonehenge 12 years ago, gamers called it “the Sybil of board games”. This “Anthology Board Game” contained rules and pieces for six different games. The idea was inspired by the r
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7 hours ago
Pandemic: Contagion is a Nihilistic Fantasy - There Will Be Games - Medium
Somewhere in the world are anti-vaxxers who think shooting themselves will make them immune to bullets. Pandemic: Contagion diverges from Pandemic Classic in a few ways. First off, it’s a card game. Second, the players aren’t doctors, medics, and other specialists.
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7 hours ago
Too Rich to Lose: The Hidden Meaning of Monopoly Cheaters Edition
I’ve written about Monopoly Cheaters Edition before, but here’s a crash course on how it differs from the original. I felt a burning need to play Cheaters again after reading some other essays on Monopoly’s history and the meaning of the mechanics.
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7 hours ago
Rulebooks Are Meant to be Broken - There Will Be Games - Medium
I rarely game with other people anymore. Possibly because everyone’s sick of my shit. Once I’m even a little familiar with a board game, I will almost always want to change the rules. Or use different dice. Or add a sand-timer. Or mash it up with another game. Or turn it into a roleplaying game.
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7 hours ago
Impeach the Motherfucker - There Will Be Games - Medium
CORRUPT, adj. In politics, holding an office of trust or profit. — from The Devil’s Dictionary PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics. — from The Devil’s Dictionary
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7 hours ago
Confessions of an Ex-Fortuneteller - There Will Be Games - Medium
A few days ago, while paying the tab at a local diner, I made the mistake of engaging in small talk with the cashier. She mentioned, for some reason, that the staff in the back was freaked out about an item in the lost-and-found box. The item was a miniature Ouija board on a necklace.
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7 hours ago
Toy Gaming is Criminally Underrated - There Will Be Games - Medium
I dislike X-Mas, and I refuse to make lists of gift ideas. However, this time of year is a good opportunity to experiment with toy gaming. To facilitate this, I made a list of toy gaming options. You don’t need new games. Just play new games with the toys you own or have access to.
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7 hours ago
4 RPGs for People Who Hate The Man - There Will Be Games - Medium
2019 was a big year for protests. Hong Kong. India. Catalonia. Paris. Lebanon. Everyone hated the powers that be. And rightfully so. The idea of “leadership” was a con all along. Hucksters that con others into following them gain the most from the relationship. Followers get scraps.
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7 hours ago
Board Gaming in 2020 Will Be DIY - There Will Be Games - Medium
Everybody makes their own fun. If you don’t make it yourself, it isn’t fun. It’s entertainment. I read your call for insight about the future of the board game industry. As a board game junkie AND a former fortuneteller, I am uniquely qualified to realign your compass.
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7 hours ago
Homemade piecepack, seeking suggestions | Piecepack | BoardGameGeek
So a couple months ago, I found The Infinite Board Game at a Half Price Books, and I've been digging into the games.
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8 hours ago
The Best Kitchen Trash Can for 2020 | Reviews by Wirecutter
Wirecutter supports our readers with thousands of hours of reporting and testing to help you find the stuff you need in order to live a better life. You support us through our independently chosen links, which earn us a commission. Read more about what we do.
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9 hours ago
Quanta Magazine
Wormholes offer a way for information to escape the seemingly insurmountable grip of black holes. As experimental proposals go, this one certainly doesn’t lack ambition. First, take a black hole.
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PlaytestNW
who is PLAYTESTNW?

Based out of Seattle, playtestNW is a collective of designers with the sole mission of bringing enjoyment through tabletop games to the masses. Our playtestNW events wouldn't be the same without the generous help of the eager gamers and game designers who volunteer their time for event hosting and community outreach.

Director of Events, Seattle | Nicole Jekich
Designer Relations | Alice Davis, Matt Jacobs, Levi Mote, Sara Sharp, Thomas Gutschmidt
Website Manager | Luke Turpeinen
Event Host | Greg Farnsworth, David MacKenzie, Shawn Stankewich, Beau Johnson

And, more importantly, playtestNW is all of you! We rely on the time and thoughtful feedback of playtesters in the Pacific Northwest. Please join us at one of our many events!

PlaytestNW hosts playtest events at board game stores, cafes, coffeehouses, and conventions throughout the Greater Seattle area. Smaller events feature three or four game designers showing off their games to get your verbal and written feedback. Larger events can have a dozen designers... or more!

There's nothing more valuable to a game designer than a gamer willing to test their new game idea and offer fresh insights into game-play dynamics and prototype presentations. As soon as you sit down at the table you're "on the team" and your experience and feedback are golden. If you're eager to try out tabletop games still in development and help the designers to make each game the best it can be, you're in the right place.
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9 hours ago
Martin Ender - esoteric.codes
Martin Ender creates 2D languages of unusual topologies, with code arranged in hexagons, triangles, or using registers arranged in icosohedral structures.
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10 hours ago
Code Witchery Abounds as the IOCCC Celebrates the Strangest C Programs for its 25th Year - esoteric.codes
After a one year break, the International Obfuscated C Code Contest is back to showcase the strangest and most challenging-to-comprehend C programs, in the 25th iteration of their event.
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10 hours ago
Esopo: Turing Complete Poetry - esoteric.codes
The esolang Shakespeare, created in 2001, was among the first to make code resemble prose. It wasn't for the purpose of clarity -- to explain the behavior of an algorithm in simple language -- but rather to do the opposite: prose to hide the algorithm's computational nature in a dramatic script.
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10 hours ago
Evan Buswell - esoteric.codes
What if conditional branching (the if statement) had not become the dominant approach to flow control? What would the alternatives look like? Evan Buswell's dissertation (in progress) addresses these questions with languages from an alternate computer history that eschew the if.
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10 hours ago
All HTML - esoteric.codes
Evan Roth's All Html is a structural experiment with a simple premise: a single page containing every single HTML tag in alphabetical order. Each tag is a container for all the tags that follow, regardless of whether they are designed to be containers or if the tags make sense in that combination.
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10 hours ago
esoteric.codes
Some #esolangers are programmers, others call themselves hobbyists. Not much technical knowledge is needed to begin designing #esolangs A programming language is a tool. It does not tell you what to write with it. A language is always a field of possibilities.
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10 hours ago
Chef and the Aesthetics of Multicoding - esoteric.codes
To bake a Hello World Souffle requires exactly 114 g sugar, 111 ml beaten eggs, 54 ml double cream, and 32 g cocoa powder.
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10 hours ago
Trump’s Grasp of the Coronavirus Outbreak Seems Weak
While President Trump rails against the media and political opponents for creating panic over the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are urging him to ramp up the government’s response.
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10 hours ago
Inform - Wikipedia
Inform is a programming language and design system for interactive fiction originally created in 1993 by Graham Nelson. Inform can generate programs designed for the Z-code or Glulx virtual machines. Versions 1 through 5 were released between 1993 and 1996.
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11 hours ago
Glulx - Wikipedia
Glulx is a 32-bit portable virtual machine intended for writing and playing interactive fiction. It was designed by Andrew Plotkin to relieve some of the restrictions in the venerable Z-machine format.
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11 hours ago
SCUMM - Wikipedia
Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion (SCUMM) is a video game engine developed at Lucasfilm Games, later renamed LucasArts, to ease development on their first graphic adventure game Maniac Mansion (1987). It was subsequently used as the engine for later LucasArts adventure games.
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11 hours ago
Hardware virtualization - Wikipedia
Hardware virtualization is the virtualization of computers as complete hardware platforms, certain logical abstractions of their componentry, or only the functionality required to run various operating systems.
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11 hours ago
Full virtualization - Wikipedia
In computer science, virtualization is a modern technique developed in late 1990s and is different from simulation and emulation.
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11 hours ago
QEMU - Wikipedia
QEMU (short for Quick Emulator[citation needed]) is a free and open-source emulator that performs hardware virtualization.
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11 hours ago
Virtual machine - Wikipedia
In computing, a virtual machine (VM) is an emulation of a computer system. Virtual machines are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer. Their implementations may involve specialized hardware, software, or a combination.
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11 hours ago
Intermodal container - Wikipedia
An intermodal container is a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo.
11 hours ago
Hypervisor - Wikipedia
A hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM) is computer software, firmware or hardware that creates and runs virtual machines. A computer on which a hypervisor runs one or more virtual machines is called a host machine, and each virtual machine is called a guest machine.
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11 hours ago
Software-defined storage - Wikipedia
In computing, a storage hypervisor is a software program which can run on a physical server hardware platform, on a virtual machine, inside a hypervisor OS or in the storage network. It may co-reside with virtual machine supervisors or have exclusive control of its platform.
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11 hours ago
OS-level virtualization - Wikipedia
OS-level virtualization refers to an operating system paradigm in which the kernel allows the existence of multiple isolated user space instances.
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11 hours ago
NPR's no-nonsense guide to preparing your home for Covid-19 / Boing Boing
It's seems likely that Covid-19 will be a pandemic, maybe on the order of the 1918 Spanish Flu (listen to this podcast episode of The New York Times' The Daily for a persuasive argument as to why). It might be a good time to prepare your home for an outbreak.
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12 hours ago
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