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The Languages Which Almost Became CSS

When Tim Berners-Lee announced HTML in 1991 there was no method of styling pages. How a given HTML tag was rendered was determined by the browser, often with significant input from the user’s preferences. To many, it seemed like a good idea to create a standard way for pages to ‘suggest’ how they might prefer to be rendered stylistically.

Elm In Production: 25,000 Lines Later

Using Elm in production has been a been a very successful endeavor at Roompact. Our latest project, with a front end written solely in Elm, has exceeded all expectations, both those of our users as well as our own. We have managed to take a set of functionality that would have been exceptionally difficult to build using our old methods, and using the strengths of the Elm language and architecture, successfully developed the largest feature in our entire software product to date.

TypeScripts Type System is Turing Complete

This is not really a bug report and I certainly don't want TypeScripts type system being restricted due to this issue. However, I noticed that the type system in its current form (version 2.2) is turing complete.

Sandsifter – the x86 processor fuzzer

The sandsifter audits x86 processors for hidden instructions and hardware bugs, by systematically generating machine code to search through a processor's instruction set, and monitoring execution for anomalies. Sandsifter has uncovered secret processor instructions from every major vendor; ubiquitous software bugs in disassemblers, assemblers, and emulators; flaws in enterprise hypervisors; and both benign and security-critical hardware bugs in x86 chips.

The Impact of Flash

A short Twitter exchange with Mike made me pause and think about the positive impact Flash has had on me. I felt the need to scribble a few loose thoughts and anecdotes about a technology near its end.

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