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Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi Zero -- $5.00
« on: November 28, 2015, 02:45 PM »
I just saw this... How awesome is it on scale of 1 to BLOODY EPIC~! ;D

This is waaaaaaaaaaaaay too good! ;D

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Good luck with that!   8)

Well, on the good side, the article says that your cat doesn't want to kill you, which would be a catastrophe. But hey... no pet is absolutely purrfect.

Living Room / Re: A Cabinet of Infocom Curiosities
« on: November 26, 2015, 01:05 PM »
That's a pretty impressive portfolio! How many other people can see their entire professional career laid out so neatly for all to see?

Infocom did some really great games. I had almost all of them (on 5-1/4" floppy no less) until the tank in our water heater unexpectedly dumped it's contents onto our basement floor a few years ago, and then continued to try to refill itself one quiet Saturday when we were out for the day. My Infocom collection was on the bottom shelf of the steel storage shelving I had installed down there. So it wound up under about a half foot of water. When things finally dried out, those boxes and folios were fused together or water damaged so badly that there was nothing left to do but toss them out. 

Another piece of history gone. I also lost my entire collection of old Borland, Lotus, Ashton-Tate, and Fox software that I had been keeping for sentimental reasons. (Remember when these things used to come with extensive printed documentation - sometimes in snazzy 3-ring binders - and in nice plastic boxes or sturdy slipcases?)

So it goes. I'll especially miss M.U.L.E. and Timothy Leary's Mind Mirror.

Oh god... You have my sympathy there... :(

My new office is the basement of our new place, so this time around I have my computer and all that kind of stuff elevated. My desk is large enough that I can put my computer on it, just in case. The flooding scenario is exactly why I did it. I can lose some things, but losing my main machine would be pretty close to devastating, even if I have backups.

Looking at the pictures, which I can only assume are a part of the collection, it seems like we're creating so much information that there's simply no humanly way for this amount of data to be processed without using massive, massive data processing and artificial intelligence infrastructure.

Like, how could you possibly build a museum big enough? The only way to do it is with silicon, copper, and electricity.

Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi Zero -- $5.00
« on: November 26, 2015, 12:44 PM »
They forgot to install the network connector!!! :o IMHO it's not very useful without that :'(

It has the USB power adapter and another USB port, so maybe you could use that -- it probably connects more than just the 5V connection from USB -- I haven't looked into it though. I'm expecting that the one is full, and the power port "may" have more than just power.

The full USB port should let you connect to a hub/router.

You can also use the GPIO, though that kind of stuff is much more difficult.

Living Room / Raspberry Pi Zero -- $5.00
« on: November 26, 2015, 10:06 AM »
$5 for a Raspberry Pi Zero!  :o


Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important. Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose to get involved.

More at the link.

It's pretty hard to drop the price much lower than that. I'm thinking of getting a couple just to see what they're like.

However, they're out of stock:


uh, Hi... well, first message on this forum... and it is to show up one of my company's Programs...

You picked the right forum! :D

Hello, my name is Alfonso Rodríguez, Mexican by trade of computing services... and I make computer programs in the old Multimedia Builder suite...  so, I'm trying to start making a small buck (considering a buck is like 16 of my local currency...) of it, and I present, my MRDZ Login Manager..

You've not linked a web page. That's going to be a problem. You need one.

As for making a buck, you've picked a very hard market. Maybe you've got something special going on there, but the password manager market is fairly saturated, and not easy (been there - done that). Still, best of luck to you.

Just FYI - a fair number of people here are programmers, and understand how password managers work under-the-hood (myself included). Without a web site and some credibility, you'll have a hard time convincing people with a Mega web site link. Do go back and get that web site done. It's crucial.

This guy:

He's a flat Earther.

Just pick anything. It's hilarious.

There's a Kickstarter campaign to create a film of paint drying and then pay the British Board of Film Classification to watch it. (They're the censors.)


About this project

The British Board of Film Classification (previously known as the British Board of Film Censors) was established in 1912 to ensure films remained free of 'indecorous dancing', 'references to controversial politics' and 'men and women in bed together', amongst other perceived indiscretions.

Today, it continues to censor and in some cases ban films, while UK law ensures that, in effect, a film cannot be released in British cinemas without a BBFC certificate.

Each certificate costs around £1000 for a feature film of average length. For many independent filmmakers, such a large upfront can prove prohibitively expensive.

Luckily, there’s a flipside to all of this: while filmmakers are required to pay the BBFC to certify their work, the BBFC are also required to sit through whatever we pay them to watch.

That’s why I’m Kickstarting a BBFC certificate for my new film Paint Drying — a single, unbroken shot of white paint drying on a brick wall. All the money raised by this campaign (minus Kickstarter's fees) will be put towards the cost of the certificate, so the final length of the film will be determined by how much money is raised here.

For instance, if we raise £108.59, the film will be one minute long. If we raise £526.90, it'll be an hour long. And so on.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: November 23, 2015, 11:23 PM »
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Apparently, Gelatin Can Cure A Hangover
Something to counter the woes of the holiday party season.

And colds? That's good to know. ;)

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: November 23, 2015, 10:14 PM »
Same sentiment here. Season 6 of The Walking Dead started already tense, but the last episode cranks it up a notch (or two)...

HOLY S**T! The latest episode just started with a major *********!!! (No spoilers.)

EDIT: And the ending... S**t just got epic!

If they eat hot dogs made from dogs in China at least they don't eat soylent green.

Dog is to beef as duck is to chicken.

I know that because I've had dog before. :P

But I've not tried soylent green...

Developer's Corner / Re: Article on JS V8 math.random()
« on: November 22, 2015, 01:10 AM »
Interesting read, even if it was a bit above my understanding. :)

You're not the only one. I understood a good amount of it, but not all of it.

On the silly side. :)

Developer's Corner / Article on JS V8 math.random()
« on: November 21, 2015, 03:45 PM »
This is an interesting and very well written article on random number generation:

1 short snippet from it:

The same thing is happening with the V8 PRNG and our random identifiers — under certain conditions, the PRNG’s lack of randomness is making it less likely that we’ll see a collision.

In this case the generator’s determinism worked in our favor, but that’s not always true. The general lesson here is that, even for a high quality PRNG, you can’t assume a random distribution unless the generator’s cycle length is much larger than the number of random values you’re generating.

More at the link.

This is just off the wall.  ;D

Living Room / Re: Comcast injecting code into webpages?
« on: November 19, 2015, 12:53 PM »
Rogers and Bell do injection in Canada. I think it's mostly for bandwidth metering notifications though. Could be more. Dunno. I use a VPN.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 18, 2015, 03:11 PM »
While I love Namecoin, there are problems there. This article tells about how a company moved from Namecoin infrastructure to Bitcoin, and why. The "why" part is pretty important.


The 3 Reasons Why Onename Switched from Namecoin to Bitcoin

Onename is the most well-known, blockchain-based online identity system on the market right now, and this is an idea that many Bitcoin enthusiasts believe has true promise. The identity platform, which was founded and created by Ryan Shea and Muneeb Ali, originally used the Namecoin blockchain for storing user data, but the company recently moved to the Bitcoin blockchain (by way of Blockstore). Shea and Ali were recently interviewed for an episode of Epicenter Bitcoin, and Ali stated, “We were one of the largest production systems built on top of Namecoin, and we started noticing certain limitations.”

Muneeb Ali went on to explain three specific limitations that the company found with Namecoin, which eventually led them to develop Blockstore and move over to Bitcoin.

More at the link.

Living Room / "Chilling Effects" is now "Lumen"
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:11 PM »
The Chilling Effects web site has been renamed "Lumen".

Here's a snippet:

The Birth of “Lumen”

With all of that in mind, we felt that this latest incarnation of the project would be best served with a new and more inclusive name, accessible and comprehensible worldwide. We are therefore excited to announce that as of today, the Chilling Effects project and database will be known as “Lumen”:

Lumen, the measurement unit for visible light, epitomizes our interest in illuminating the online public sphere and the platforms through which all users of the Internet post, search, speak, and read. We plan to be a light shining onto requests to remove online content for many years to come. From a practical perspective, very little will change for our users and notice submitters. All links to existing Chilling Effects notices will continue to function normally, simply redirecting to our new domain of Notice numbers will remain unchanged, and will function as they currently do. After accommodating the name change and the change to our domain name in their internal procedures, bulk submitters will have the same access to our API that they currently do. And of course, the people on the Chilling Effects team will remain the same.

NSFW - A guided meditation.  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC?
« on: November 17, 2015, 08:29 PM »
Interesting if a little long-winded at times.


Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: November 16, 2015, 10:38 AM »
^ I've been checking out some of the LED modules for some of these flashlights. They're pretty darn sexy.

Here's one and another.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 16, 2015, 09:13 AM »
A bit more about privacy:

The traditional banking model achieves a level of privacy by limiting access to information to the parties involved and the trusted third party. The necessity to announce all transactions publicly precludes this method, but privacy can still be maintained by breaking the flow of information in another place: by keeping public keys anonymous. The public can see that someone is sending an amount to someone else, but without information linking the transaction to anyone. This is similar to the level of information released by stock exchanges, where the time and size of individual trades, the "tape", is made public, but without telling who the parties were.

More at the link.

Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC?
« on: November 15, 2015, 09:21 PM »
A bit of historical interest... The Winstons just got paid for the "Amen break":

Cued up for you. Only about 10 seconds long.

And here it is for you looped (you'll know it):

And a mix made from and dedicated to it:

And a tutorial! :D  :Thmbsup:

And documentaries on it:

More out there on it. LOTS more.

I had no idea about the history of that tidbit.

A wonderful example of how great music can be truly timeless.


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