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Old Motorola 68000 Systems Can Finally Move Away From Linux's Deprecated IDE Code

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  • muncrief
    I created a biological neural simulator in my early 20s on a 68000 based Atari 1040ST. I invented four unique software structures - reception, conduction, integration, and transmission - to create dendrites, somas (cell bodies), axons, and synapses for a variety of neurons. And these were true to life neurons with everything from passive, electrically, and chemically gated ion channels to anterograde and retrograde transport mechanisms.

    I couldn't afford the primitive 10 MB hard drives of the time, so I would insert and eject a series of 20 or so floppy disks over and over and over until a simulation completed, which would often take over an hour. However as near as I could tell, and I used "The Principles of Neural Science Second Edition by Kandel and Schwartz" to compare my results against, it worked.

    I could only simulate 10 neurons at a time with such primitive hardware, and had to kludge the extracellular fluid, but I was really excited that I'd found a way to do it, so I presented my results over the phone and via postal mail to the Stanford Neurobiology Department, where I was roundly chastised for such a foolish pursuit, and scolded for wasting their time. And when they found out I'd barely graduated high school, and had no formal training at all, they outright made fun of me.

    Unfortunately simulating the human brain was considered impossible at the time, so most scholars, and industries, pursued the idiocy of "neural networks", instead.

    And that's why we don't have anything even close to artificial intelligence now, and instead have run into the dead end of pattern recognition that I warned of.

    The sad truth is that the last four decades have mostly been wasted, and only now is that being realized, with many researchers finally turning back to modeling the human brain, as we should have been doing all along.

    In any case, the relevance to this article is that the 68000 was a fantastic processor, and enabled me to do many things I never could have done without it.

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  • Old Motorola 68000 Systems Can Finally Move Away From Linux's Deprecated IDE Code

    Phoronix: Old Motorola 68000 Systems Can Finally Move Away From Linux's Deprecated IDE Code

    Earlier this year was talk of Linux finally removing its legacy IDE subsystem that has been deprecated for years in favor of just maintaining the still-supported libata code for IDE support. The libata path is much better supported and matured for nearly two decades, but one of the holdouts was some Motorola 68000 series hardware -- like early Macintosh computers -- not being supported outside of the legacy context. That is finally set to change with Linux 5.14 so in turn the legacy IDE code will likely be able to be removed soon...