The disconnect between generations is sometimes really funny. Kato (big model train maker) and U Tokyo have released a booklet aimed at getting more kids into railway modelling and related skills. It's a paper booklet you order online and send a stamped addressed envelope for. I know its a space mostly occupied by old people but I can't even begin to imagine *how* it got to that state without someone saying 'Umm.... hold on what about a PDF file'

Frizeflink on retrobrewcomputers "For January 2nd 2020 I will take offline for personal reasons and will not open it again."

So grab anything you need now

I feel old. My stepdaughter just asked what the point of something was because 'all you can do with it is phone people'

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Wow, some very interesting new research here:

Researchers published attacks that can recover encryption keys from Trusted Computing Modules (TPMs) (which isn't supposed to be possible) by timing elliptic curve signature generation. "On Intel fTPM, our key recovery succeeds after about1,300 observations and in less than two minutes."

Nearly all Windows computers store BitLocker encryption keys in TPMs.

How come you can't plan walls on a wall planner ?

We have a group that distributes donated new toys to needy kids for Christmas. Amazon sell kids bagpipes. Oh the temptation

is like . It's a neat solution used almost entirely by people who have no idea how it actually works.

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A high-definition 3D scan of the 3,400-year-old Bust of Nefertiti has been released by the #Egyptian Museum of Berlin, thanks to the three-year effort of artist Cosmo Wenman:

Wenman has put the scan on Thingiverse, where it's available under a CC-BY-NC-SA license from the Egyptian Museum:

Happy thoughts.. because of the way my holidays fall today is my last Friday before I retire and escape

being decidedly post-truth

"Apple does not take any actions to block consumers from seeking out or using repair shops that offer a broader range of repairs than those offered by Apple's authorised technicians."

"Despite initially losing the case last year, Apple is continuing its legal pursuit against the owner of a small, independent iPhone repair shop in Norway. "

So you can seek out repair shops freely, but repair shops are targets

The standard of web design spammers is really falling


"I'm a web developer and I came across your website and think it's fantastic but there are some elements where you might need some help. I specialize in "insert whatever here". If this is of interest to you just click reply"

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Much of what’s being sold as "AI" today is snake oil. It does not and cannot work. In a talk at MIT yesterday, I described why this happening, how we can recognize flawed AI claims, and push back. Here are my annotated slides:

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I was pleased to learn that youtube-dl supports downloading PeerTube videos such as (Aral Balkan speaking to the powerless EU parliament)

Decisions decisions. Is it better to wire a 65C816 up for 24bit addressing or just use 16bits, saving all the mux crap and use a bankable memory card. The latter avoids the problems with the brain dead stack and DP in the low 64K limits. #6502

Retro-boards need retro docs. The 6303 RC2014 CPU card now has a manual - in daisywheel font, with bad photocopy effects including misaligned pages and curvature. Fun with


Interesting that newcomer has a logo very carefully shaped to look like NUMA. Not sure it's a good name globally though. In the UK Nuvia is a nuclear company heavily involved in nuclear waste cleanups...
Still if anyone can shake up the CPU world they must be good contenders.

Today on the project list - the joy of bitbanging a PS/2 keyboard in RC2014. But hey - it works really well. With TMS9918A video, a keyboard, a mouse, sound and joystick it's almost achieved home computer status 8)

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In community member un1corn posted "the most complex project I have done to date", a W. Allchin steam traction engine, at

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