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If I’m converting 8-bit PCM to 16-bit, is a “normal” conversion via FFmpeg or sox the best option? Or is there something that can do some interpolation/filtering that would help cover up the 8-bit artifacts?

Well this is *incredibly* overdue, but it looks like Edmonton’s football team is finally changing its name. vice.com/en_us/article/bv8ygv/

Just noticed the Kerberos site still has its “Kerberos Y2K statement” on the front page web.mit.edu/kerberos/

Tip for people testing software on Apple Silicon: if your terminal emulator is Intel-only, it will launch shells running under Rosetta and all software you launch will run in Rosetta too.

In other words: if you have a non-universal iTerm, all your CLI tools run in Rosetta.

Really loving how much the “squish that cat” video has become an in joke with my friends

Also, as pointed out by @shadsy, the Earth in the same scene is a sphere-mapped version of the System 7.5 world map.

Now here’s a deep cut reference: as pointed out by @ravenworks, the space stadium from the ending of Ganbare Inu-chan is a direct reference to the gameplay arena from Pararena.

Having to use Slack in a web browser while Electron is broken on ARM has made me realize that web Slack is honestly really good. It might be faster than the Electron app?

Interesting Apple Silicon discovery: there’s a flag that exists to determine if your program is running in Rosetta. However, you can’t access it via the commandline `sysctl`, which may be a bug, so your shell script and non-C programs can’t detect this yet. developer.apple.com/documentat

OK, well, I got it to boot, but… MAME freezes every time I try to mount an ISO in Toast. I may just be out of luck.

I found out Elemental Force works under Toast so I tried to see if that would run in MAME, and… I can’t seem to get MAME to boot a hard drive image that works in anything else? So weird.

If you have tips on how to properly make a MAME Mac hard drive image using BasiliskII, please let me know! I have files I need to copy into it, so it’s hard to use MAME itself to prep the image.

Yes, that’s Fairlight as in the synthesizer company

Anyone else getting frequent WindowServer crashes after upgrading to Big Sur beta 2 on Intel? I’m wondering if this is a VM-only bug.

There’s a function you can call, `mach_timebase_info`, which will provide you the fraction to use to convert `mach_absolute_time`’s units into seconds. Please use that instead of hardcoding assumptions! developer.apple.com/documentat

PSA for Apple Silicon devs: the timebase format used by `mach_absolute_time` is different than on Intel. If your code has been assuming that both the numerator and denominator are always 1, your code is wrong and is going to fail to work as intended on ARM macOS.

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Hands down, this is the best mashup of midcentury furniture, cocktail culture, and robotic age styling. Alleged to have been inspired by the moon landing. Vintage bar by Borghesani, 1969. (Photos by an unknown 1stDibs seller and Kelly Wearstler)

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Canadian friends: if you have a copy you’d be willing to sell of the sci-fi anthology Far Futures (edited by Gregory Benson), please let me know. I need it for a research project, and can only find copies in the US - which would take forever to make it to Canada right now.

Canadian friends: if you have a copy you’d be willing to sell of the sci-fi anthology Far Futures (edited by Gregory Benson), please let me know. I need it for a research project, and can only find copies in the US - which would take forever to make it to Canada right now.

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