I've been a computer programmer since I first started typing in program
listings on a Commodore Vic 20 when I was about 8. My hobbies include
electronics, CNC manufacturing, photography, beer and winemaking.
I live with my wife, cat, and lots of left-over parts from unfinished
projects in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
These days, it's no big deal to have autotools installed on your development machine. this is left over from days when you wanted to develop your software on GNU systems where the light was good, but then potentially deploy on systems that had UNIX but not GNU. In those cases, you really did need to pre-build the awful configure shell script and include it in your distribution. but .. that was 1993, not today.
I had a quick gander and one exciting thing (compared to micropython) is that it appears to have a mark/sweep relocating garbage collector. *NOT* being built on such a GC seems to be a liabiltiy for micropython, and circuitpython's trick of relocating certain objects to the higher end of RAM may get some of the benefits of relocating GC but has problems with maintaining object identity as well as occasionally moving types that must be considered immovable.
'"A car was damaged nearly every other day in February," Miller said. "We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles."' Remember when the stories were about how many brazilian miles these things were driving every minute with no mishaps whatever !?
Not sure we should celebrate the man whos 1930 patent almost certainly didn't work but who cast a shadow over subsequent efforts to create working transistors.... it's still an interesting "Rest of the story" though.
We don't yet know what post-human tech spooks are supplying to Intel this time, because the vlogger who violated the EULA and de-capped their pre-launch i13-3̮͐̉̂1̫̤͎̪̹̞̱̐ͣ̉̅͂4̜̖̾͒̍͐̅̽͘1͚̝̯̫͍͔ went blind ("instantaneous crystallization of the ocular vitreous fluids", look it up) and the men in black confiscated the CPU. I swear I saw leathery tentacles for a fraction of a second on the livestream, but the recorded version shows only 4 seconds of white-out at the end.