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Collection of random thoughts, some acted upon, most not.


Do people still use /frames on 4chan?

Moot says no:

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On 11/19/13, 20:28, wrote:
> This sprung to mind earlier, because I still use /frames every now and then
> because I find it easier to navigate. Do a lot of people still use this
> feature?

On the fragility of programming.

_why was noted saying:

if you program and want any longevity to your work, make a game. all else
recycles, but people rewrite architectures to keep games alive.

which is very true. I think about BitRot a lot, and how much of history is lost everyday because of things like url shorteners or just good old fashioned maintenance. How much of code from a decade ago can still run?

It brings up questions about formatting. Things like ASCII only work because we’ve all agreed that a certain amount of bits represents a letter. This gets trickier when things like UTF-8 (and it’s derivitives) are involved.

Whats the best formatting for preserving literature, then? I think it’s probably a good idea to assume that the simpler it is to represent something, the longer it’ll stick around. This makes formats like HTML and Markdown pretty persistent, but who knows if they’ll last through this millenium. Textfiles certainly do.

Thoughts on the Network Time Protocol

NTP is a protocol that a lot of computers use to set their times in a very accurate and consistent way. What would happen if that infrastructure collapsed? Do places like the New York Stock Exchange use something that could potentially be cut off? I can’t imagine they would. Interesting to think about. Maybe.

Update: Interestingly enough, this article was posted recently concerning the abuse of NTP to take down several high profile websites.