Four short links: 11 October 2019

Resilience Engineering, Ancient Emulators, Long Timespan Design, and Exporting Section 230

By Nat Torkington
October 11, 2019
Four Short Links
  1. Resilience Engineering PapersThis doc contains notes about people active in resilience engineering, as well as some influential researchers who are no longer with us, organized alphabetically. It also includes people and papers from related fields, such as cognitive systems engineering and naturalistic decision-making.
  2. Sweet 16a metaprocessor or “pseudo microprocessor” implemented in 6502 assembly language. Originally written by Steve Wozniak and used in the Apple II, Sweet 16 can also be ported to other 6502-based systems to provide useful 16-bit functionality. This article includes the source code for Sweet 16, along with a brief history, programming instructions, and notes to help port it. I was amazed at how soon emulators appear in the history of computing—eg., John Backus’s Speedcode from 1953.
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  4. Thinking, Storytelling, and Designing with Long Timespans — syllabus for class taught by Stuart Candy at the Long Now Foundation. (via Twitter)
  5. Section 230 Going Into Trade Deals (NYT) — The protections, which stem from a 1990s law, have already been tucked into the administration’s two biggest trade deals—the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and a pact with Japan that President Trump signed on Monday. American negotiators have proposed including the language in other prospective deals, including with the European Union, Britain, and members of the World Trade Organization. […] The American rules, codified in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, shield online platforms from many lawsuits related to user content and protect them from legal challenges stemming from how they moderate content. Those rules are largely credited with fueling Silicon Valley’s rapid growth. The language in the trade deals echoes those provisions but contains some differences.
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