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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: December 19, 2015, 10:09 PM »
The best way to prove somebody incompetent is to make up stuff and then point out that it’s idiotic

Hahaah! Hey, it works. I've done exactly that. The best part is the reveal where you point out that you just pulled it all out of your butt. :D

10 Times TV Shows Predicted The Future - YouTube

I was waiting for #1 there. Should've figured that they'd leave the killer for last.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: December 19, 2015, 10:03 PM »

"In charge" and "shock" ???  I have to cast my volt against that.  :)

Meh. To each their own. Some people get really amped up about it.

Living Room / Re: CISA almost guaranteed to become law
« on: December 19, 2015, 11:12 AM »
It passed.

Andreas on the issue:


CISA,  the "Son of Patriot Act",  passed the House. No warrants, all data.

Don't lobby. Don't vote. Don't whine. Don't plead.


Living Room / The completely friggin' drunk thread!
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:25 AM »
If you're blasted, post here.

At the moment, I'm pretty lit.

Rule #1: Don't post in here if you're sober. :P

That gets rid of the... err... umm...

I hate commies. :P

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: December 18, 2015, 12:51 AM »
Volume 2 of Joe Haldeman's Mars Bound trilogy

Damn! You're either a VERY fast reader or you have a lot of time on your hands!

Then again, I did read a fiction book a few months ago, and it was quite quick to get through. (I think I posted it above.) About all of my reading is technical, and it takes me a while to get through it. :(

This is really, really good!

Living Room / Re: CISA almost guaranteed to become law
« on: December 17, 2015, 10:47 AM »
Figures. They never stop. No amount of failure dissuades these people. They continue until they get what they want.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 17, 2015, 10:38 AM »
Looks like Microsoft is offering "Blockchain as a Service" through Azure now:


Microsoft now offering several Blockchains as a Service at Azure
Posted by Luke Parker on 17 December 2015 | Comments
Tags: Adoption, Bitcoin, Dapps

Microsoft Azure is a scalable cloud services platform similar to Amazon’s AWS. It offers cloud-based storage, computing, networking, databases, and enterprise-level management, production and deployment environments, along with advanced services such as analytics.

Using it has been likened to having an IT department outsourced to Microsoft services, as it allows customers to spend more time and resources on building applications that benefit their organization, rather than managing hardware and software. Although only a few years old, Azure faces diverse competition from Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle,, VMware, and even open source offerings.

More at the link.

A bit late, but an engineer freaking out about this:

Living Room / No escape from the surveillance state - printers
« on: December 17, 2015, 02:39 AM »
One of the video blogs that I like is the EEVblog. It's about electronic engineering.

Should be pretty nice & techy, right?


Like... FFS... I can't take a piss without being bombarded by this all the time.

I'm not knocking buddy there. He does an awesome job.

What ticks me off is that the surveillance is so prevalent that you can't eat breakfast without having it drop a pile on you.

The video is about printers that waste ink to print identifiers.

I've got some DC credits to spend, so if anyone wants to post a way to get around that silliness, go ahead and I'll reward you for it. (This is really low hanging fruit -- it's not hard to get around.)

Developer's Corner / Interview with Siglent CEO Eric Qin on EEVblog
« on: December 17, 2015, 02:23 AM »
Here's a bit of an interesting interview on the hardware side.

Siglent makes osilloscopes and other electronic engineering equipment.

It's basically about tech and business, but should be interesting for the few people here that are into hardware.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: December 17, 2015, 12:46 AM »
Here's a game where you need to figure out a pattern:


Pedal around the rose.

Don't cheat.

I read 2 articles on Sesame Credit. I'm linking them here:


Here are 2 sentences. 1 from each article. You guess which is which:

Perhaps it is good for all citizens to learn quickly about the concept of a "social credit" score, while it is still partly voluntary.

I wonder what it’ll really take to make such people realize that the 1984 point of surveillance has long come and gone.

It's almost like the BBC works overtime to make sure that <insert rant here />.

This is kind of relevant:

Propaganda Games: Sesame Credit - The True Danger of Gamification

Ok, that took "dystopian" way the hell beyond Brave New World in extremely disturbing ways.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: December 16, 2015, 11:52 AM »
I really thought that it was pretty good. Would watch it again. I really like the experiment movies like this one so please, recommend some if you know of any.

Heh! I saw this the other day:

Living Room / Re: Kickstarter Highlight: Onion Omega
« on: December 15, 2015, 11:21 PM »
Are you taking requests? I'd like to see a kangaroo taco~! :P NOM NOM NOM~!

Not going to work too well on a monochrome screen :)

Don't tell me you're missing skippy?

Just hungry... 8)

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: December 15, 2015, 11:20 PM »
This is a guy showing you how to make rings from silver dollars. Pretty interesting.

Living Room / Re: Kickstarter Highlight: Onion Omega
« on: December 15, 2015, 10:42 PM »
It lives!

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Nicely done!  :Thmbsup:

Are you taking requests? I'd like to see a kangaroo taco~! :P NOM NOM NOM~!

how nice ;D
This idea might come in really useful, if you didn't already know about it.
Toilet-training is something that we naturally assume gets sorted out in childhood, but there's apparently a lot of room for improvement over the traditional Thomas Crapper position.

I read some research a while back that showed that adopting something closer to the squat position (e.g., as employed in Asian squat toilets and French motorway squat toilets) made all your internal guts line up for an easier, faster poo and reduced risk of straining/piles.
So I recommended it to my daughter as she often has tummy probs in the morning before going to school, and suggested that she use the plastic foot stool that we keep in the bathroom for our 5 y/o son to stand on at the basin. So she tried putting it under her feet to raise her knees up, and the changed anatomical geometry helped her a lot and now she always uses it.

So then I tried using the footstool, and whilst I was used to always taking a book and reading glasses into the throne room for the duration (or the classical 3-movement symphony), I now barely have enough time to read half a page (and I'm a fast reader), and I don't get piles like I used to. It is very effective. So I always use the footstool too.

As Ren said in the Ren and Stimpy cartoon episode "Space Madness":
"I'm not hitch-hiking anymore - I'm riding!"

It's actually very well known in Asia. You can go into public bathrooms and you'll see signs telling people not to put their feet up on the (western style) toilet seat/porcelain.

A lot of people hop up on the toilet (with their feet), stand on the porcelain, and then squat.

But hey... whatever works.

I'll skip more stories though. Cause... y'know... too much information. :P

If anyone likes Bill Hicks... Here's a puppet show of one snippet from one of his comedy routines.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: December 14, 2015, 09:57 PM »
Mike Hernandez's classic Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design Still the single best book on the topic of relational database design AFAIC. Now in its 3rd edition. I'm reading it to see what's changed since the previous two editions - both of which I own and read. :

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Hey, please do report back on anything interesting.

I was doing some data work for someone recently, and was screaming inside about how awful the data was. This stuff should have been in the 6th normal form and it was in the 2nd.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: December 14, 2015, 09:54 PM »

Pretty interesting video about a Superhero coming out in a real world.

Heh! Looks like it was filmed in Toronto or nearby. (Saw the "Go" train there.)

But it was a good film. One more recommendation for anyone teetering on whether to spend the 9 minutes on it.

An article that might seem to lean towards the way of the writer:

He quoted that article in his article. Then ranted like hades on it! :)

It is bad.  In fact, it's arguably worse than what he says in the article.  But adults don't need to be saved from themselves.  No matter the reasoning.  It's not a slippery slope.  It's an express elevator funded by your tax dollars.

"Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?"

It's common all over -- save this, save that, save the planet, trees, whales, children, climate, oceans, plastic bottles, seagulls, birds, dogs, cats, historic buildings, accident victim, blah blah blah.

I'm fine with people going and following causes to help solve a problem. The only issue I have is trying to ram that down my throat. I have my own problems to solve, and I have my own causes that I support. I don't need everyone else's problems or causes. Got enough, thank you very much. :)

I follow Cliffski, and have bought his games, and do enjoy his articles.  But he's a bit vitriolic at times, and definitely has his own agenda.  And even worse, he subscribes to his agenda with one hand, while bashing the system with the other.

He's a good writer, and very well-spoken.  I like his game.  But I also realize he has biases, and they show... but he doesn't really acknowledge it.  So I take the good, and bin the bad in his conversation, passing them through the lens of known bias.

I had a peek at a few of his blog posts, and read the second on there. A far as that one goes, well... I think he needs to read "Human Action" by Ludwig von Mises and take a look again at subjective value. $216,000 is a lot for me, but Larry Ellison poops that much every morning.

I got his point, but... well... @wraith, I see what you mean about him in that article pretty clearly.

But really, if I didn't hammer it home enough: Don't ask the government for anything for me, or for the "greater good".  You'll get a new form of evil in response.

That bias in this case can be summed up very well:

“Hi, I’m from the games industry. Governments, please regulate my more successful competitors.”

Always remember:

“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”

+1 and well put. People rarely ever consider "unintended consequences", which are very often disastrous or worse (skipping history lessons here).

I also had a read on this post:

It was quite interesting. He's basically got a revised version of a Nolan Chart there.

It reminds me of one game I worked on a while back where I changed the name of an NPC group from "Anarchists" to "Anarcho-communists". :P

Reading through a bunch of his other posts... wow... Dude really gets it. He's damn smart. It's like post after post he's nailing the gaming industry perfectly. Any aspiring game developers would do very well to read what he's got there. It's like a gold mine.

I work for a few large gaming companies, and on some pretty big games, and I get to peer into games in ways that a lot of people don't. Reading more of Cliff's stuff was like chanting "yes" a fair bit.

@wraith - Thanks for pointing out the other blog posts and about Cliff. I'd never read him before. I just happened across that one article and figured some people here would enjoy it.

I might go for that, other than this line:

people need to be saved from themselves.

Just to be clear for everyone else -- wraith was quoting from the article there, and not me. It'll be a cold day in Hell when I think you need to be saved from yourself. ;)

This is an interesting article where a game developer argues for regulation in the gaming industry against psychological warfare techniques used in ads and customer management.

Hi, I’m from the games industry. Governments, please stop us.

This may not be popular, but its how I feel. First, some background and disclaimers. I run a small games company making games for the PC, strategy games with an up front payment. We don’t make ‘free to play’ games or have micro transactions. Also, I’m pretty much a capitalist. I am not a big fan of government regulation in general. I am a ‘get rid of red tape’ kind of guy. I actually oppose tax breaks for game development. I am not a friend of regulation. But nevertheless.

I awake this morning to read about this:

*** see link for graphic ***

Some background: Star Citizen is a space game. Its being made by someone who made space games years ago, and they ‘crowd-funded’ the money to make this one. The game is way behind schedule, and is of course, not finished yet. They just passed $100,000,000 in money raised. They can do this because individual ships in the game are for sale, even though you bought the game.  I guess at this point we could just say ‘A fool and his money are soon parted’, but yet we do not do this with gambling addiction. In fact we some countries have extremely strict laws on gambling, precisely because they know addiction is a thing, and that people need to be saved from themselves.

Can spending money on games be a problem? Frankly yes, and its because games marketing and the science of advertising has changed beyond recognition from when games first appeared. Games ads have often been dubious, and tacky, but the problem is that now they are such a huge business, the stakes are higher, people are prepared to go further. On the fringes we have this crap:

And one snippet:

This is not market research, this is not game design. This is psychological warfare.

More at the link.

I encourage you to read the entire article as it gets a lot better with some pretty shocking stuff if you're not already familiar with the industry inside.

FWIW - I've been doing a lot of work in the gaming industry for a long time, and I get to see some of the dirt, but certainly not all of it.

I know some other DCers are knowledgeable in Big Data and can help shed light on the subject. Hopefully they'll chime in.

The tl;dr is that gamers are massively outgunned by marketing departments with bots and Big Data.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 13, 2015, 08:41 PM »
I think a few people will rather enjoy this:


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