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Living Room / Let Inspirobot inspire you
« on: September 18, 2021, 02:58 AM »
... to new heights of ridiculous.  An AI that generates "Inspirational Quotes" complete with ir/relevant background images

I'm InspiroBot.
I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.

Some may say it's just a Markov Chain engine, but this is far smarter.  I've played with Markov Chains, and there's a fine line between nonsense and plagiarism; meaning chains of 1-3 words can turn out meaningless babble, but around 6 words generated phrases start to make sense but more often are simply sentences lifted wholesale out of the source text, not "intelligently" remixed like Inspirobot does.

Some generated quotes are mundane drivel, some are "Um... wut?" and some are ROFLOL gems worthy of hanging on your wall.  Check it out, it's pretty fun, but beware - some of the phrases generated can be NSFW, and it can become addictive; it is possible to entertain oneself for far too long just repeatedly clicking the "Generate" button looking for a LOL.  Ask me how I know...  :(   

A few of my favorites so far:




And one last one, just for Cody:


DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: September 14, 2021, 01:17 AM »
Samorost 1 is now on GOG, and is currently free. I'm not sure if it is permanently free or if it's a limited time promotion.

It is permanently free.  It's even free on the Amanita Design website: https://amanita-desi...ames/samorost-1.html

Yes, there are tools like Mongoose, Civetweb, and Woof, and I have used them all and think they are very cool tools.  Croc is a little different...

Croc - secure and easy data transfer
croc is a tool that allows any two computers to simply and securely transfer files and folders. AFAIK, croc is the only CLI file-transfer tool that does all of the following:

  • allows any two computers to transfer data (using a relay)
  • provides end-to-end encryption (using PAKE)
  • enables easy cross-platform transfers (Windows, Linux, Mac)
  • allows multiple file transfers
  • allows resuming transfers that are interrupted
  • local server or port-forwarding not needed
  • ipv6-first with ipv4 fallback
  • can use proxy, like tor


More details at the Github site:

Cops can read SMTP spec too, y'know...
Encrypted email service ProtonMail has become embroiled in a minor scandal after responding to a legal request to hand over to Swiss police a user's IP address and details of the devices he used to access his mailbox – resulting in the netizen's arrest.

Their website prior to this event stated: "No personal information is required to create your secure email account. By default, we do not keep any IP logs which can be linked to your anonymous email account. Your privacy comes first."  Apparently, that wasn't quite correct.  They have changed that statement to something a bit more vague.
In their defense, they were served with a bona fide legal order from Swiss (not French, though it was vis-a-vis Europol) authorities, which they are legally beholden to.

In this case, Proton received a legally binding order from the Swiss Federal Department of Justice which we are obligated to comply with. There was no possibility to appeal or fight this particular request because an act contrary to Swiss law did in fact take place (and this was also the final determination of the Federal Department of Justice which does a legal review of each case).

The sticky question as to why they were logging access via IP address when their policy explicity stated that was not so is addressed in the comments at the article.  Apparently, they don't log IPs as a matter of course, but at the behest of a court order, they were obligated to do so.

Caveat Emptor.

Found at CodeProject News

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: July 11, 2021, 11:04 PM »
systemd aimed to improve the startup speed - but they said it was especially good "for servers". Now how often do you usually restart your servers?

Heh, precisely.  I gotta hand it to systemd on that point though, my Linux of choice has never started up faster or more reliably.

Also, yup - if systemd would have remained a SysV init replacement, it would probably be ok-ish. Instead, they added stuff that renames your network devices on each boot.

Annoying, but strangely easy to ignore after getting over the initial annoyance.  I was more peeved about SDDM hard-coding my $PATH and ignoring .profile  :-\

If you want reliability, you don't want Linux with systemd.

As badly as I wanted to hate systemd, I find that in day-to-day use on a desktop machine doing electronic design, music recording, photo manipulation and vector graphics and the occasional game, I... dont.
I can't stand Lennart Poettering's attitude and justifications for what he thinks Linux should be like, but for the most part, I can still tell stuff to stay out of my way and it does.  PulseAudio doesn't have access to my recording interface because I told it not to, and it dutifully complied.  I've even heard of some crazy folks running a systemd-tainted distro say that the binary logs are actually a peach to parse with the tools given.  Yeah, I prefer a healthy pipe-grepping session to anything else, but I'm not anybody important, and besides, even now you can turn on text logging and it's just as happy.  AND it's been rock-solid reliable even after systemd was introduced.

I'm definitely NOT a systemd fanboy, I'm just saying that In My Experience, I didn't see the world come crashing down around my head when it first showed up in my Debian updates, and I have no reason to believe it will anytime soon.  If it does, there's always BSD.  Always.  ;)

Anyways, back on topic:
I won't be installing Windows 11 for my wife anytime soon, as there is no way we can afford the kind of machine it would take to run it.  Maybe in 5 years we can afford this year's refurbished model and give it a go, but whatever.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 11 Announced
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:56 PM »
Looking forward to when they get rid of version numbers altogether.

Wasn't that supposed to be Windows 10?  Like, it was supposed to be a "rolling update" operating system? 


Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: January 31, 2021, 05:14 PM »
I don't know what they're saying, and I can't help but feel that I'm being scolded for doing something wrong, but I can think of worse ways to be scolded.

That's Ievan Polkka.  It's gotten to be an internet thing since about 2006 or so.  Nope, they aren't scolding (well, maybe); check out the lyrics (farther down the page in the second link)

Link 1: High-profile Linux sites taken over by Microsoft and staff replaced with Microsoft shills.
Link 2: LinuxAcademy streaming site taken over by Microsoft shills CloudGuru; Linux shows dropped and/or replaced by MS-focused shows.
Link 3: At ZDNet, "Linux" articles are actually articles on how to use the new MSL (Microsoft Subsystem for Linux).
Link 4: Microsoft proclaiming they "love" linux when buying Github was just a ploy to keep Github users from fleeing en masse when Microsoft bought it.
Link 5: Suse are traitors because they promote MS SQL Server in Suse, and they apparently don't remember what happened to Novell.

Personally, I've never believed this "Microsoft Loves Linux" BS.  It's a one-way relationship.  When Microsoft does as much to make Windows technology accessible to Linux users as it has done to make Linux technology work for Microsoft, then I might consider it.  Otherwise, nope.  This is just the "Embrace" stage...

Back in the day, Pagemaker was my jam, and is in fact the very software that kicked off the Desktop Publishing revolution of the '90s.  I thought that since you were still considering Broderbund that it might do exactly what you need, but the latest that I could find is that it won't install on any Windows past XP.  It might be a nice exercise for your inner hacker to see if it can be done.  I don't know if Adobe will still sell you a license though...

Scribus is actually very nice once you get used to its workflow of separating content from layout, which is how it used to be done in the old pasteup-and-rubylith days.  My only gripe about it is it can't do Publisher-style automatic repeating layouts like for business cards.  It can be done, it's just more manual then I'd like for that functionality.

That said, and I hate to admit it being a Linux user, but for ease of use doing simple layouts, Publisher is a very nice and straightforward solution if you're willing to put up the money.  OpenOffice doesn't really have an equivalent, and Scribus is the closest I've found in the free options.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:32 PM »

The video is no longer available :(

Try this one:

OK, I was skeptical when this popped up in my Brave Ads.  Is this just a way for another blockchain miner to tap my precious Gigahertz to make them money, or is this as revolutionary as they claim?  I think it's a great idea that if I spend some time in a game and gather assets to my inventory, that it can represent actual possessions via blockchain, which can be used in other games on the network.  Now if they somehow develop this to the point that you can actually cash it out, hmmm...

Farmville Creator to Launch Blockchain Game Network
“It’s going to be a revolutionary experience for people,” Schiermeyer said. “Unlike any other experience I’ve ever seen, when you spend money here, you actually get something, something that you can keep, and maybe even give away or give some to somebody else. You can’t do that in traditional free-to-play games right now. And people just accept that. I think that once people realize that you don’t have to accept that situation, and you can actually own your own items, then people aren’t going to play those other games anymore.”

The first game is Townstar, which is in open Beta at the moment: https://www.gala.gam...kchain-games-on-gala
I read a little further, and paused here:

Townstar will feature an in-game tokenized currency with a fixed price. The game also includes a pseudo-mining feature. Players can purchase “loot boxes,” which contain the parts needed to build a “farm bot,” which can be used to mine the in-game currency. Farm bots can also be purchased pre-assembled within the game for a much higher price.

"... much higher price." you ain't kidding.  According to,  it'll cost you $100,000.00 or 13.902 BTC to buy a FarmBot outright, or you can start with the lowest Loot Box tier at $10 or 0.00139 BTC.  Here's what that's all about:

Mine While You Play
Only 1,000 FarmBots will be available. FarmBot is not only extremely rare but is the only way BoxCoin is mined and introduced into Town Star.
Players who have BoxCoin will be able to buy, sell, share, or use it to enhance in-game play.

And there it is.  Sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I'll be taking the plunge; they want my phone number to sign up for the game, and I don't know that they have a Linux version.  Or maybe it's a browser game?  I don't know, I couldn't find anything about it.  Anyways, check it out:



from a random Brave Rewards ad

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: May 02, 2020, 03:35 PM »
Dizzy Gillespie vs. Charlie Parker

LOL! The drums!! ;D ;D ;D

Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered
« on: May 02, 2020, 01:52 PM »
Mouser's post about the System32 webcomic got me to re-visit this thread.  Here's a good one I've started reading recently:

Welcome to the future – where our world has become an exercise in contradictions. We are more connected than ever but alone. Healthier than ever but sick. Safer than ever but ultimately vulnerable. Seed is a story for these future times. Where the relationship between a girl and an AI system that begins simply, quickly complicates things for the entire world.
Start at the beginning:


Wow, there's even a trailer video.  *Beware; contains spoilers* (for the first few episodes, anyway)

from WebToons

How has the price of opinions remained $0.02 over the years even after inflation?  :huh:

I bought some shoes from a drug dealer.

I don't know what he laced them with, but I've been tripping all day!  :P

DC Gamer Club / Re: Ludum Dare 46: April 17th-20th, 2020
« on: April 20, 2020, 02:54 PM »
The theme is Keep It Alive.

Soooooo.... Tamagotchi?   :D

Living Room / How COVID-19 made computing history
« on: April 16, 2020, 04:34 PM »
The coronavirus pandemic turned [email protected] into an exaFLOP supercomputer
[email protected] had settled into a low-profile niche. Then came COVID-19.


from Ars Technica, by way of CodeProject News

Living Room / Re: Looking for audio merger Y-cable
« on: April 02, 2020, 05:52 PM »
Deo, I've been doing DIY electronics for a while now.  A Y-cable may work, but is risky, for reasons I probably don't have space to explain adequately, but basically it's possible to accidentally fry the output of one output by combining it with another output, without isolating each from the other.  Ask me how I know  :(
The next best solution would be to find or build a Y-cable that has resistors on the junctions to act as a static passive mixer, but even better would be a simple stereo mixer.  These are the best I could find on Amazon for as cheap as possible.  You may be able to search around and find them cheaper on the eBay or other site.  They have input jacks for stereo 3.5mm plugs, two adjustable inputs and one "straight through" main input so you can mix together 3 different devices.  USB output also  8).  Listed in order of price from ~$33.00 to ~$50.00:
Maker Hart "Just Mixer" Portable
Maker Hart "Just Mixer" Desktop
Maker Hart "Just Mixer 2" Desktop

This one is ~$26.00, but you'll need 1/4" adapters for all the inputs and outputs

The perfect thing may be a standalone DJ cross-fader.  It'll mix two sources in stereo with isolating electronics so you don't accidentally fry anything, and provide a convenient method to balance the volumes of each in one handy control, rather than trying to match the volumes at each device.  The most inexpensive I could find is this: ~$50.00
It's passive, so no USB output, but also doesn't require batteries or power, and just the fader; no extra controls to complicate things.

Hope this helps!

EDIT: I just re-read your original post, and I missed a few things.  You said you wanted no external power required; the first 2 "Maker Hart" devices can run on batteries, so that's an option.  The Stokyo Kutter is passive, therefore needing no power, but is the most expensive at $50.00.  Maybe not as helpful as I'd hoped :(

Living Room / Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Paranoid does!
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:15 PM »
I have no words... This is funny/awesome/crazy.

66% of internet users are increasingly concerned about their online privacy due to their own government
45% are more worried about their online privacy than they were one year ago
75% of U.S. households are estimated to be equipped with a smart speaker by 2025

Uniting Tech and Privacy. Get Paranoid.

from thuh innernurt

My son had his Zelle hacked and apparently it's easy to do. See here: https://bobsullivan....i-wrote-to-the-bank/ and other articles about Zelle hacking on that site.
The thing not mentioned in the article is that once the hacker has added a phone number and raided your bank account, they delete the number and Zelle keeps no record of it, so there's no way to even try to track down the thief via phone number.  This my have changed since it happened to our son, I don't know, and yes this can be minimized if only people would use more secure passwords and keep a closer eye on their account activity, but there it is.

I'm getting Brave ads like clockwork.  Some I click on, some I don't.  I've earned $0.10 already!  :-*

OK, I just turned on Brave rewards.  I was skeptical about activating it, but it looks like it's just as easy to turn off if it annoys me.  Let's see what happens next... :tellme:

Living Room / COVID-19 might have just killed ISP data caps
« on: March 22, 2020, 01:27 PM »
Raise your hand if you knew data caps were a hoax all along...

As COVID-19 leaves people working from home, ISPs are lifting limitations on data consumption. That’s good—and it might turn out to be permanent.

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