The Five Types of Technological Standard

Technological standards may be usefully divided into five basic types: 4 – Standards arrived at by consensus. Examples: Common Lisp. 3 – Standards imposed by dictatorial fiat. Examples: Russian railroad gauge. 2 – Standards imposed through sudden, overwhelming, and indisputable technological supremacy over the previous state of the art. Examples: Arabic numerals.  Sildenafil. 1 – […]

Dreams of a Sane Computing Platform

The aim of Loper is to build a sane computing environment on top of the ubiquitous yet nauseatingly flawed X86-64 architecture.  I believe that it is possible to abstract away its most damning shortcomings, such as the lack of direct hardware support for capabilities, orthogonal persistence, type-checking, and garbage collection.  However, wouldn’t it be nice if we were not […]

Posted in: Hardware, Hot Air, Idea, LispMachine, Memory by Stanislav 2 Comments

Not Dead

Loper should not be considered truly dead until I myself am dead and buried. Currently available computing systems are brain-damaged in such wholesale, unmitigable ways that I am driven back to the project again and again, despite the oceanic size and nearly certain futility of the task. Working full time and being back in school […]

Posted in: Hot Air, Idea, LoperOS, SoftwareSucks by Stanislav 2 Comments

How Much Computation Does the Universe Perform?

From Richard Feynman’s The Character of Physical Law: “It always bothers me that, according to the laws as we understand them today, it takes a computing machine an infinite number of logical operations to figure out what goes on in no matter how tiny a region of space, and no matter how tiny a region […]

Posted in: Distractions, Hot Air, Idea, NonLoper, Physics by Stanislav 6 Comments

Music, UI, and Greedy Algorithms: the Mozart Machine?

This post is not about Loper. It concerns another idea I had recently. In order to distinguish such posts, the text will be displayed in an unpleasant color. As I often have odd ideas which I must write down, they will appear regularly. Many years ago, I read a short story by Asimov called “Button, […]

Posted in: Idea, NonLoper by Stanislav 2 Comments