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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.


Since this format seems to be basic to the explorer in windows I am sure I am not the only linux user who would like the kind of functionality that we are discussing

I agree with Wraith808's comment to this that it seems Linux users have a different workflow paradigm from Windows users (in general), and that affects software design.  For insight, compare "Orthodox" vs. "Navigational" file manager concepts here:

Not much to be done besides contacting developers, and hopefully something happens in the near future.

Living Room / Re: Largest FREE Microsoft ebook giveaway EVAR!!
« on: July 16, 2017, 11:13 PM »
Somebody posted about that on here a few days ago.  I passed on it- mostly because I get all of this free stuff and never look at it  ;D

But it is a good deal if you're going to use it. :)

Aw crap, seriously?  I searched for it and everything... :(

Living Room / Re: Amazon patents "anti-window shopping" tech
« on: July 16, 2017, 11:11 PM »
I think you're not getting the implications.  When in the physical store for Barnes & Noble, I sometimes check prices on Amazon.  Same in Best Buy, Costco, etc.  It's usually using the free wi-fi in the store.  This would prevent that while you're in the store and on their wi-fi.  I don't see what the use is other than to piss off customers that are currently on your store, however, as you could just turn off your wi-fi connection and use your cell phone's connection instead.  But there you go. 

Playing the long game to shoot yourself in the foot.
No, I get the implications just fine, and I believe most folks won't even be aware of what's happening.  They'll probably just accept that when in Amazon (or Amazon-owned franchise), you do as your Amazonian Overlords allow, and won't bother turning off Wifi.  Further, I believe it is a dual-edged sword; like Deozaan said:
So is this a defensive patent which Amazon will use to keep benefiting from such behavior? So the likes of Walmart and Barnes & Noble can't stop you from checking the price on Amazon?
This is a patent, which means that others can't legally use the same tech without negotiating with Amazon.  That said, a simple router setting would do the same job, which leaves me scratching my head how... I just...  :huh:
On a personal note: To be honest, if I'm in a brick-and-mortar store, I've already done my online homework, and I am there for the express purpose of buying something that I need that day, and I am fully aware that I am paying for the convenience.  On many occasions I have gladly paid Radio Shack (R.I.P.) 5 bucks for a 75 cent part because I needed it today.  No data plan needed.

What I wouldn't give to have Xplorer2 for Linux...  :-\

Cicerosc, I've tried every file manager I could find for Linux and nothing but XFE could compare to Xplorer2, so I feel your pain a bit.  My first thought after seeing your screenshot was XnViewMP.  It's an image editor/viewer/organizer that does more things than I can use it for, and it has favorites, previews, folder view, etc.  It does not have a tree view, but that may be a configuration tick away, I just couldn't find it.  Then I saw you do word processing as well, so you need more than in image viewer.  I'm sorry I can't recommend anything better, but check out XnViewMP anyway, I think you'll find it useful.

P.S. I sometimes program little doodads in Freepascal with Lazarus.  I have been looking into programming a file manager that does what I want, but the task so far looks a bit daunting.  If I ever dive into it more seriously, I'll look you up.

Living Room / Largest FREE Microsoft ebook giveaway EVAR!!
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:25 PM »
For you folks running and supporting and programming for Windows, here ya go.  Now read the guy's blog just to be nice back.  Or not.  Your choice.
I’m Giving Away MILLIONS of FREE Microsoft eBooks again, including: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server and more!

from CodeProject News and Eric Ligman's blog

Living Room / Amazon patents "anti-window shopping" tech
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:16 PM »
Don't know how they patented a router setting, but:
Having long thrived on shoppers checking on their phones to see if a product is cheaper online, Amazon’s “Physical Store Online Shopping Control” patent aims to prevent you doing just that in a Amazon-run real-world store.

from Packt Dispatch and The Verge

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: July 02, 2017, 05:19 PM »
This is just too damn good not to share.  Enjoy!  ;D ;D

Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered
« on: July 01, 2017, 01:55 AM »
Still in the B-list because I'm not 100% positive what the hell is going on in this one, but an interesting read nonetheless.  Apparently a trio of mad professors graduate college together and make a bio-chem lab with a big secret.  One of them goes madder than the others, and hilarity ensues when a hapless repairman enters the fray.

Not Drunk Enough
A quick repair at a huge corporate lab during a late night shift should not have sent Logan into a hellish landscape fraught with monsters, but it looks like Lady Luck decided to give him the middle finger. Logan would like to give one back.


from Hiveworks again, and staying up way too late looking for interesting webcomics

Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered
« on: July 01, 2017, 12:48 AM »
This one has moved from the B-list to my main rotation, it's that good.  This is Ben Fleuter's spiritual successor to his earlier comic Parallel Dementia and recycles some of the main characters but with a more fully fleshed-out plot, and better artwork.

The Sword Interval
The Sword Interval is about a world on the verge of a supernatural apocalypse. Most of humanity goes about their daily lives trying to ignore the constant threat of magic and monsters, but a few face these dangers head-on. Fall is one such person. She has left behind the sheltered safety of the paranormal witness protection program in order to hunt down the monster that killed her family.


from around the corner of 12th and Holycrapwhatthehellisthatthing

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