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severak 26.7.2022 22:49:33

Hispaniola's Great Divergence

Why are Haiti and the DR so different?

severak 23.6.2022 14:32:07

Unix command line conventions over time

This blog post documents my understanding of how the conventions for Unix command line syntax have evolved over time. It’s not properly sourced, and may well be quite wrong. I’ve not been using Unix until 1989, so I wasn’t there for the early years. Maybe someone has written a proper essay on this, with citations. I’m too lazy to dig them up.

severak 6.6.2022 17:34:59

The Surreal Case of a C.I.A. Hacker’s Revenge

A hot-headed coder is accused of exposing the agency’s hacking arsenal. Did he betray his country because he was pissed off at his colleagues?

severak 10.2.2022 10:43:52

An incomplete history of as a platform for scams, grift, and bad journalism


severak 7.2.2022 17:19:41

/r/antiwork: A Tragedy of Sanewashing and Social Gentrification

The moment /r/antiwork died was tailor-made for infamy. Head moderator Doreen Ford went on with Fox host Jesse Watters for an interview…

severak 7.2.2022 09:36:45

How Japan Saved Tokyo's Rail Network from Collapse (Part 1, 1945-1982)

The most consequential project in postwar Japanese rail history (not named Shinkansen)

severak 2.2.2022 01:48:56

Okuda Hiroko: The Casio Employee Behind the “Sleng Teng” Riddim that Revolutionized Reggae

The “Sleng Teng” riddim revolutionized reggae music in the mid-1980s, and has spawned hundreds of versions in the decades since then. Less well known is the story of how the distinctive bassline originated in a preset sample included on a Casio electronic keyboard and the work of a young developer fresh out of college.

severak 27.1.2022 10:18:30

She was a notorious hacker in the ’80s — then she disappeared

Claire Evans searches for Susy Thunder.

severak 12.1.2022 14:13:42

Naladili nás radioamatéři až v Japonsku, vzpomíná bývalý technik vysílače Topolná


severak 1.12.2021 22:24:30

Dream palaces: Richard Stanley hymns the Scala cinema

The director of Dust Devil, Hardware and Color Out of Space recalls dealing drugs to Dario Argento at the cultiest of all London cinemas.

severak 1.12.2021 13:11:25

Right-clickers vs. the monkey JPG owners

Read to the end for a really good supercut

severak 29.11.2021 14:14:21

Yuval Noah Harari: Lessons from a year of Covid | Free to read

In a year of scientific breakthroughs — and political failures — what can we learn for the future?

severak 23.11.2021 09:22:10

The World’s Deadliest Thing — Anthony Warner

It is deadly, invisible and shapes much of the food we eat. A teaspoon of it could kill millions of people, and it is probably the most expensive material on earth. Yet you probably have some stuck to the bottom of you shoe.

severak 10.11.2021 20:31:21

Magor a jeho konec

Před deseti lety zemřel Ivan Martin Jirous

severak 20.10.2021 09:37:20

In 2013 Timothy Koeth of

received a metal cube with a note: “Taken from the reactor that Hitler tried to build. Gift of Ninninger.” The story of that uranium cube, by Koeth and Miriam Hiebert, is in the May issue of PT (thread)

severak 19.10.2021 17:49:00

Reportéři ČT: Praha koupí pozemky od firmy otce ministra Tomana. Zřejmě zaplatí více, než by musela

Rodinná firma otce ministra zemědělství Miroslava Tomana získala v minulosti cenné pozemky na kraji Prahy. Otázky vzbuzuje jejich původ, konkrétně, zda současný ministr nevyužil k jejich získání svůj vliv. Pražský magistrát teď některé z těchto pozemků odkoupí za více než sto milionů korun na výstavbu takzvaných zelených pásů okolo nově budované části Pražského okruhu. Za některé však zaplatí víc, než by musel – přestože na pozemcích bude zeleň, vykupuje je jako stavební parcely. Tématu se pro pořad Reportéři ČT věnovala Jana Neumannová.

severak 19.10.2021 14:36:44

Was Google Earth Stolen?

I recently watched “The Billion Dollar Code” limited-series on Netflix, which claims that Google Earth is a rip-off of a project called…

severak 2.10.2021 16:22:02

The Martians of Budapest

The Martians of Budapest”, sometimes referred to as simply “The Martians” is a colloquial term used to describe a group of prominent Hungarian physicists and mathematicians who emigrated to the United States following the Great Purge of 1933. The term refers to—what appeared, from the perspective of Americans—to be a group of men with superhuman intellects, arriving from an obscure country speaking an incomprehensible foreign language and English with strong, characteristic accents (later popularized by Bela Lugosi in Dracula)

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