Here is the 26th morsel-sized podcast episode
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Destination Linux virtual user group meetup. More openSUSE users all around these days. Two openSUSE board members.
- 20210311 Unstable 69
- Issues with Snapper, wicked, systemd and a few other things
- 20210312 Moderate 86
- HPLIP Utilities failing
- World of Padman doesn’t launch; (also known as WoP) is a colorful, cartoon-esque shooter based on the fictional universe of Padman
- 20210315 Stable 93
- 20210316 Stable 96
- Was a pending stable 95 and increased to 96, don’t see that all the time
- 20210317 Stable 94
- 20210318 Moderate 89
- 20210319 Stable 94
- 20210320 Pending Stable 94
- 20210321 Pending Stable 95
Computer History Retrospective
This is my segment where I like to look back in time and see how the world of technology has advanced and how things have stayed the same. I find we often forget how far we have come and how good we have it while not always remember how we got here. Having some historical perspective on computers and technology can help to drive some appreciation for what we have today.
Computer Chronicles on Decision Support Systems (1984)
Game called epidemic that simulates a global infection caused by meteors. I found it rather… fascinating.
Computer Aided Decision making was done in 1984
Forecasting programs that calculate trends and outcomes and expert systems that draw conclusions and make their own decisions. They all use some level of AI.
Railroads used them for long term financial and operations planning, based on forecast and future demands. The system utilized records of train capacities, labor costs, taxes, fuel costs and revenues to predict financial impact of future strategies.
A system called “Prospector” analyzes mineral content of geological formations and recommends drilling sites. It contains many features associated with artificial intelligence. The software makes recommendations based on these probabilities.
What I think is so fascinating about this episode is how much of this carries on today. Though I haven’t hear the term “Computer Aided Decision” in the more recent era. Artificial Intelligence and “Machine Learning” are buzz words today for things that really aren’t that far removed from what they used some 30 to 40 years ago. You may argue otherwise, and I would love to hear about it.