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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:02 PM »

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Check out this phone-laptop hybrid

I remember seeing something like that waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2008 or so.  A computer that was powered by a phone that could be plugged into the back of a screen to turn into a tablet, which could be plugged into a keyboard to turn into a laptop. 

EDIT: This isn't the one I remember seeing, but it's from 2011, and the concept is a bit more refined.  I like how they make the tablet into a keyboard, and the phone into a touchpad:

Living Room / Re: Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:53 PM »
Same thing with the Casino world, and meeting someone that didn't fit the description they'd been given, but can happen to hack the shields.  That's less lazy than bad writing.

I kept waiting for that guy to say he lost his flower pin to the slick dude in a game of Sabacc, but... nope.  Now that I think of it though, that would have been a lazy plot device as well, due to it being a too-easy explanation.  Or not, your choice.

Ah well, carry on...

Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:28 PM »
When this bird gets upset, he sings the iPhone ringtone:

In tune, even...

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:48 PM »
You don't know the powaaaahhh...

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:03 AM »
These two guys on Melodica perfectly performing Star Wars music.


Check out their channel too, they do a lot of music using Melodica as the main instrument, which is kind of amazing.

What is Ultibo?
Imagine if you could have the simplicity and freedom of Arduino with the power and features of a Raspberry Pi. With the ease of a microcontroller and the flexibility of a real computer, Ultibo gives you a platform for creating anything without the limitations of a traditional operating system.

The development language for this is Pascal (specifically the Object Pascal variant using the FreePascal compiler), which might put some people off, but it's is actually a very powerful and easy to learn language which has been around as long as C.
The 'Make' page has some cool stuff that's been done with and for Ultibo, some good tutorial videos, and links to other 'bare metal' environments based on C++, Assembler, and C (if that's more to your liking) but from what I can see, Ultibo is the most advanced of them so far.
Check it out!

from rummaging around the Lazarus/FreePascal forums

Non-Windows Software / Re: Code-It is now also writing for Linux
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:27 PM »
I just checked this out, and it looks like he's gone totally Linux because Windows and the Anti-Virus industry has been giving him too many headaches.  From the main page:

To our past loyal customers - we've got a lot of explaining to do - and here it is...

I wish him well in the endeavor, and according to his software page: he's looking to fill niches that current Open Source projects aren't exactly filling; in other words, it sounds like he's doing it for users, not for himself.  Which is HIGHLY unusual in the Linux community to start that way; most projects start as a personal "itch to scratch" before they go on to be big user-driven projects.  Also mentions he's using the GAMBAS IDE, which (for better or worse) is a fairly decent replacement for Visual Basic. 
Looks like everything is open-source for now, I'm curious to see how he does with paid-for software.

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:59 PM »
I don't really hear it, but I do get some kind of sensation that's hard to explain (could be an acoustical reflexw). That said, this one does more for me than the power lines one:

Some people suggest that the auditory sensation is all in the camera shake (perhaps triggering the acoustic reflex). Edvard, can you still hear it with this one?

For the first one, I still hear a low decaying "thuddd" when Totoro hits the ground, but I also hear the sign rattling around; kind of a brief "pen rattling in a plastic cup" sort of sound.  For the second one, the effect is much more muted than the original; kind of flicking the end of a rubber eraser. 

Again, it doesn't come from my ears, but somewhere... deeper; more like sensations than anything, but I do perceive distinct characteristics to them depending on the visual stimulus.  Maybe like Mouser said "It's all in the camera shake", like the camera shake is the stimulus, and the noise is the response, and in some people the association is stronger than the observation.  Or something.  I'd be interested in seeing those GIFs without the shake and see what happens.

Thanks for the Acoustical Reflex link, I've noticed that sort of sensation when trying to listen to something I don't want to listen to, like when someone is loudly expressing an opinion that makes me uncomfortable.  Like when my wife talks about going Vegan.  :'(

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:50 AM »
Yes  :tellme: :tellme:

Oddly I could still hear it when I closed the page - does this make me weird?
I'm not objective enough to judge whether it makes you weird or not, ;D but for me, the sound cuts off as soon as I scroll away from the image, like 'out of sight, out of mind'.  Literally.  I think THAT's weird.

I didnt hear it either -- but did somehow sense the thump, like I were standing there and could feel the movement in my body.
I agree with this. Mine was not so much an audible sound, but more of a feeling.
The weird thing is, I can say I don't actually hear it; as in, I don't perceive it as an audible sensation originating at my ears, but I do get the distinct feeling that it's what I should hear, and therefore some part of my brain generates it and delivers it to the audio decoder part, and is therefore more of a feeling than an actual audio hallucination.  However, it's distinct enough that I can definitely say that loop I posted sounds very close to what I am perceiving as a result of the whole mess.

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:35 AM »
This is a good approximation of the sound I hear when I watch the gif:

... and now you do too  :P

Living Room / Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:00 PM »
Look at this GIF. There’s no sound, but most people who see it hear a “thudding” in their head each time the bouncing structure hits the ground. Why?
This illusion is an example of synesthesia, or when the senses — like hearing and sight — get crossed in the brain, he explained in an email to The Verge.

from CodeProject News

Living Room / Re: When is a raven like a writing desk?
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:12 PM »
Maybe I missed it, but it seemed to me that neither the article nor the video explained what about the change caused the AI to see the turtle as a rifle. :huh:

They didn't detail what the change was, but if you watch the video, notice the changes in the model.  The size is slightly larger, and there are weird color swirls on the shell sections, and some spiral markings on the underside, as well as two holes.  I suspect those color swirls and markings were precisely engineered to produce an "adversarial example".  Kinda like how changing just a few pixels in a QR code can represent a completely different batch of information.

Living Room / When is a raven like a writing desk?
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:02 AM »
Or more succinclty, when is a turtle like a rifle?

Researcher: ‘We Should Be Worried’ This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
By manipulating a few pixels in an image, you can trick a neural network—even one that's great at recognizing cats, and is trained on hundreds or thousands of images of felines—into thinking that it's looking at something completely different.

from CodeProject News

Living Room / KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi exploit
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:23 PM »
Another day, another exploit, another patch to apply...
Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'
The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack.

from CodeProject News

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:11 PM »
So THAT's why my new computer seems slower... It's the KEYBOARD!

Does Keyboard latency matter?
If you look at “gaming” keyboards, a lot of them sell for $100 or more on the promise that they’re fast.
Despite all of these claims, I can only find one person who’s publicly benchmarked keyboard latency and they only tested two keyboards. In general, my belief is that if someone makes performance claims without benchmarks, the claims probably aren’t true, just like how code that isn’t tested (or otherwise verified) should be assumed broken.
A year ago, if you’d asked me if I was going to build a custom setup to measure keyboard latency, I would have said that’s silly, and yet here I am, measuring keyboard latency with a logic analyzer.

Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered
« on: October 11, 2017, 09:38 PM »
This.  This is good.

Erma by Brandon Santiago: "Down to Clown"

More here:

Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread
« on: October 11, 2017, 09:23 PM »
Dog thinks the moon is a ball.

DC Gamer Club / PCGamer's Free Games of the Week page
« on: October 02, 2017, 11:03 AM »
Hopefully this is new to some folks, and I'm not repeating something someone has already mentioned, but just... WOW!  113 pages (and counting; each page is from a previous week) of free games, most I've never heard of, and a bunch even run on Linux.

The best freebies from the last seven days.


Living Room / Re: Badly explain your occupation
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:54 PM »
PS I havent figured out your last one yet...

Sign painter.  ;D

Contro, you can look up App103's blog containing humorous bits from Donationcoder IRC conversations, perhaps glean a few from there?



Is there a reliable way for consumers to defend against this?  I've taken to searching more than one search engine, but this is a pain.  Is there a reliable service that searches a lot of search engines and collates the results, so this becomes obvious?

I believe DuckDuckGo and Startpage do aggregate/metasearching.  Dogpile is still around, which combines Google and Yahoo results.  Qwant is a European search engine jumping on the "we won't track you" bandwagon.

Oh, looky what I found:
List of Metasearch Engines

Living Room / Re: Badly explain your occupation
« on: August 08, 2017, 08:56 PM »
Here's another one from waaaaaaay back in my employment history:

Some people like to be boldly reminded of who they are, where they are, or where they are going.  People paid me to use paint and large pieces of wood to remind themselves and others of the same things.  It was a good job.  Nowadays, annoying flags on the computer do the same job, so much so that people tend to ignore them.  I find this amusing.

Living Room / Re: Badly explain your occupation
« on: August 08, 2017, 08:46 PM »
this may seem pretty esoteric, but it is difficult to explain anyways, and I want to make y'all work a bit ;-)

some people root around in the ground and try to shrink what they see -- they give me the shrunken versions and I try to make them look nice.

a little more
some people root around in the ground and try to shrink what they see on paper -- they give me the shrunken versions and I try to make them look nice.

Hey! I used to make those shrunken papers!  With my machines!  On paper!  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Badly explain your occupation
« on: August 08, 2017, 01:55 AM »
If that is entertaining to you, then you should try the 'Cards against Humanity' card game...with a set of good friends, of course. The time I played that, I found it to be more fun than I cared to admit. But I was with a crowd that appreciate the 'a dirty mind is a joy forever' mindset.

Mixing and matching words, concepts and sentences that any sane and/or p.c. person would never dare to combine...shouldn't be that funny.  ;)

I've seen a few CAH shots.  Looks somewhat entertaining, and probably would have been hilarious when I was in high school.  These days not so much.
So, what do you do for a living?

Living Room / Badly explain your occupation
« on: August 06, 2017, 01:39 PM »
I've seen this game on another forum, who got it from Facebook, but it's such fun I thought I'd bring it here.
I suppose guessing other's descriptions would be fun too...
My job:
People come to me and ask me to take some 0s and 1s and stick them on paper, or they already have a paper and they want another just like it. I have a couple of machines that help me do that. Sometimes I take the papers and stick them all together on one edge. Sometimes the paper comes out of the machine with pictures on it, other times it's a bunch of words. Other people keep telling me that someday I will no longer do this job, because tiny lights arranged on a flat surface is better than paper, but for some reason people keep coming to me asking me to put stuff on paper. This amuses me.


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