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Terry Davis' Death, Five Eyes, And More

Thu, Sep 6, 2018
Terry Davis Is Dead

It’s been a crazy past few days for fans of Terry Davis/TempleOS. It seems he has died in some sort of accident. There has been a lot of back and forth over the past few days on whether his death was real or a hoax, as the first person to announce his death publicly was a known conman/hoaxer, but it seems to be true. Even though he struggled with mental illness, he created an interesting little 64 bit operating system called TempleOS. He thought God told him to make it be the new temple. Despite it basically being a toy OS, it’s actually very interesting, and it has some interesting features. One of the most interesting of which is that the shell is also the system language, and the command line is just a REPL with JIT compilation. I always tell myself I’m going to install it on an extra partition, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe it’s time.

You can get TempleOS at this site: http://www.templeos.org/

You can learn more about what TempleOS is actually like at this site: http://www.codersnotes.com/notes/a-constructive-look-at-templeos/

Five Eyes

If you don’t know who the five eyes are, they’re a group of countries that have an agreement to surveil everything they can, and to share it all with each other. Not only does this give the countries more intel in general, it also allows them to get around restrictions about spying on their own citizens. The five eyes are the USA, Australia, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand.

Five eyes issued a memo saying that they want cryptographic back doors. You can find it here: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/national-security/five-country-ministerial-2018/access-evidence-encryption Much like the UN Declaration of Human Rights, they talk about how important it is to have rights, then say that those rights should be violated whenever they deem it necessary. They actually threaten that if these back doors aren’t implemented, they will do everything they can to force it with law enforcement and legislation. They also intend to use it to quell free speech in the name of stopping the spread of disinformation.

I was reading a discussion of this online and saw someone mention The Secure Data Act on 2018. It basically says that no agency nor court can compel someone to put back doors in their product. This is exactly what we need. Maybe by some miracle it will actually get passed and we won’t get fucked in the ass. You can find the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5823/all-info

Standard ML

Well, on a more personal note, I’ve bought The Little MLer. It should get here soon. I’m eager to start learning Standard ML. I’ll still be working through SICP when I’m at home, but when I have downtime at work (which is actually usually more than my free time at home,) I’ll be working through The Little MLer. I’m very excited about it.

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