It was an awesome scene, I used to put out jungle and trip hop tracks on Mono211/Monotonik/Voodoo and a couple of other mod labels back in the day.
Everything was free, in an era where studio time and studio equipment was really expensive it was mind-blowing to be able to do it with just a PC, all in software. Lots of friendly competition between artists and the file format was such that you could open a mod and see exactly how it was put together, and reuse the samples if you wanted to. Gave birth to many people's careers in music and software!
I used to download all tracks they (and other labels such as TDR) released back in the days and listen to them while learning to code.
This shaped my taste in music as the only other influence in this pre-Kazaa era were rather boring mainstream radio broadcasts and MTV.
It felt like wizardry and names like distance, dune, falcon or mortimer twang still give me shivers.
It would be a pretty funny outcome: "hey sorry we couldn't buy the Constitution, thanks for sending us 10 eth last week, here's 11 eth back"
The 'banks' are still laughing at Ethereum with the slow transactions speed and the very high gas fees involved, just for a simple transfer.
Making it useless for buying food. Everyone needs to eat.
I don't see the improvement here.
Checking out what files other people had uploaded or what comments they had made was fun, and you could sort of have a real-time chat with the sysop when they were online. Downloading stuff took ages, sometimes overnight.
Warez was a big part of it, but so was all sorts of text files for making various stuff, tracker music, demos etc. It was a real DIY culture and a lot of fun.
If someone else in your household picked up the phone to make a call when you were online, the connection dropped (the modem used the main phone line). That was the worst! Luckily you could continue downloading where you left off usually after reconnecting. Many BBSs had leech ratios - you needed to upload stuff as well.
This was late 80s/early 90s… Beyond the PC and modem cost you’d pay for local calls, which was pretty expensive for a bunch of 12 year olds. International calls were out of the question
Ashamed to admit I was unzipping my zips and re-zipping them with `pkzip -e0 ...` to disable the compression before uploading them to another BBS. It inflated my upload ratio several times over and the upload looked unbelievably fast because zmodem transfer protocol would do decent in-line compression on uncompressed files.
There was also a BBS that had a door for queuing downloads that just assumed everyone had a 14.4K modem, and I only had a 2400. When you picked your downloads to queue up, it checked your minutes to check if you had enough time. But since it did the math wrong I was able to queue up more downloads than my minutes allowed. Since it was a door, it didn’t return to the BBS software until my downloads were done. Fun times!
Even better was when these were combined with an image viewer that would let you view an image as it downloaded. Progressive gif let you see it in full, but blurry and watch as detail filled in.
Is anyone changing their behaviour because of this data? In the U.K. at least people behave like COVID is over and most things are back to normal (restaurants, bars and clubs, public transport). I have relaxed my behaviour a lot too, but not too sure if I should be reducing this type of interactions in the light of the new data or not? I don’t belong to a risk group and am double vaccinated 5 months ago with Moderna.
SD card reader is a nice addition for a handful of pros, sure, but definitely not essential for everyone who does photo/video seriously.
MicroSD->SD is easy with a dummy adapter
I think we're unable to fully appreciate biodiversity - a lot of it is too small for us to take notice, or too large to comprehend at ecosystem level. Similarly we are also unable to fully appreciate the loss of it - it's too abstract and happens at timescales our biological planning capabilities haven't evolved for (decades instead of minutes or days).
Such a shame to lose millions of years of amazing parallel optimisation by evolution, across so many species.
I don't get why _every_ point about 'the wonder of nature' has to suffixed with a downer.
It actually leaves the impression with me that you actually want to put everyone on a downer, while trying to signal to us how much you love nature.
Its like saying the ice cream is great, but its so unhealthy for you to eat. The way I see it, eat the ice cream if you like, but don't also moan about how bad it is for you.
Feels like we should generally have more positive narratives and stories of the future, like this
However, it is expedient that this is the message that we receive and so we are being blamed for 'climate change'. Those doing the blaming are those that caused the problem - corporations and governments.
Rather than take a positive action to address the problem, even if there is a hit to the bottom line (money), it is far easier and cheaper to 'socialise' the risk. So corporation use lobbyists etc to make government put the costs on the general population (carbon taxes, 'smart' cities, etc). And, as it happens, this provides the same corporations with the opportunity to make even more money, providing us with the governmental solutions that they lobbied to achieve!
Its a win/win for the corporations. Its lose/lose for the general public.
I thought it was the opposite. Christians hold that babies are born innocent and pure.