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Inform: Past, Present, Future
This is the talk and slides from the June 2018 London IF meetup, held at Elephant Studios in London South Bank University on 9 June 2018. I was invited to speak about Inform, past, present and future. via Pocket
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14 days ago
The rise of 'pseudo-AI': how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots' work | Technology | The Guardian
It’s hard to build a service powered by artificial intelligence. So hard, in fact, that some startups have worked out it’s cheaper and easier to get humans to behave like robots than it is to get machines to behave like humans. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
My Serverless Adventure - Blazing Edge
After several React Native posts, now it’s time for me to reflect on the experience I had building Serverless application, differences with building standard APIs with IaaS/PaaS with Express/Koa and utilizing FaaS service model. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
All you ever wanted to know about the colors of the commodore 64
The whole issue of VIC-II color-emulation is so mis-guiding and irritating, because every c64-emulator uses different palettes and these have been created by using cheap frame-grabbers/digitizers with strange color-behaviour or by moving around some rgb-sliders until it looks quite right. Many people have forgotten how the colors on a real C64 look, because they use emulators for a long time.
retro  c64  vic  art  commodore64 
4 weeks ago
Set default node version with NVM – Eric Binnion
I was recently figuring out how to use nvm, and one thing that stood out to me is that I needed to set the default version of node that I wanted to use when opening a new tab.
dev  node  nvm  nodejs 
4 weeks ago
The sound of SID: 35 years of chiptune's influence on electronic music
It can be hard to write about the music of videogames while we are bathed in the projected glory of today’s high-definition, 4K, 60-frames-per-second photorealistic graphics. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
What's a senior engineer's job? - Julia Evans
most (all?) of the senior engineers I know take on a significant amount of helping-other-people work in addition to their individual programming work. The challenge I see me/my coworkers struggling with today isn’t so much “what?? I have to TALK TO PEOPLE?? UNBELIEVABLE.” and more “wait, how do I balance all of this leadership work with my individual contributions / programming work in a way that’s sustainable for me? How much of what kind of work should I be doing?“
career  engineering  senior  work  development 
6 weeks ago
The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack: Home
Home of the world's biggest collection of classic text mode fonts, system fonts and BIOS fonts from DOS-era IBM PCs and compatibles
fonts  retro  oldschool 
6 weeks ago
The Facebook Hack Is an Internet-Wide Failure | WIRED
On Friday, Facebook announced that hackers had leveraged three separate bugs to collect 50 million users’ so-called access tokens, which are the equivalent of digital keys to a Facebook account. With those tokens, hackers can take full control of users’ Facebook accounts, but because of Single Sign-On, they can also access any other website that those 50 million users log into with Facebook.
facebook  security  oops 
7 weeks ago
Remember When Blockbuster Video Tried Burning Game Cartridges On Demand? | Hackaday
Machines at these stores had the ability to flash 16 Mb and 32 Mb EEPROM cartridges containing Sega Genesis games. The flashing process only took 45 seconds on average
gaming  retro 
7 weeks ago
Nostalgia : WhitePeopleTwitter
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7 weeks ago
How many words per minute is that? : Eyebleach
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7 weeks ago
Lapras avoids incoming car : breathinginformation
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7 weeks ago
F*ck : blackpeoplegifs
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7 weeks ago
Drugs = no. Rhinos = yes. : memes
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7 weeks ago
She's got her priorities straight : gaming
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7 weeks ago
This is going to take forever : geek
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7 weeks ago
¯_(ツ)_/¯ : memes
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7 weeks ago
Man finds true love : gifs
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7 weeks ago
Cow plays fetch / Boing Boing
This cow bellows with pleasure while playing fetch with a human.
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7 weeks ago
Back to Basics: Running Promises in Serial with Array.reduce()
const tasks = getTaskArray();return tasks.reduce((promiseChain, currentTask) => { return promiseChain.then(chainResults => currentTask.then(currentResult => [ ...chainResults, currentResult ] ) );}, Promise.resolve([])).then(arrayOfResults => { // Do something with all results});
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7 weeks ago
When you've just had enough of your clucking first officer. : HighQualityGifs
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7 weeks ago
Tim Burton's Halloween Costume (1967) : OldSchoolCool
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7 weeks ago
Men Are Afraid Of Women Now? Good.
As the rolling saga of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination progresses ― with more
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7 weeks ago
Seal Slaps Man With Octopus but Is Probably Just Hungry in Viral Video | Inverse
Getting slapped in the face is uniquely embarrassing among the various ways a person can be humiliated. But getting slapped in the face by a seal wielding an octopus, as one kayaker in New Zealand recently experienced, is an exercise in utter submission. A now-viral video of the kayaker getting completely owned shows the unlikely event in all its unbridled, bizarre glory.

The video, uploaded to Instagram by filmmaker/surfer/skydiver and GoPro family member Taiyo Masuda, shows another kayaker, Kyle Mullinder, receiving the wet, eight-armed slap as they explore the waters around Kaikoura, New Zealand. “My face happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mullinder told Yahoo7 News.

Read More... Seal Slaps Man's Face With Octopus, but It's Probably Just Trying to Eat Lunch
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7 weeks ago
Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating his MacBook - The Verge
Robert Mueller surfaced from the Russia investigation this afternoon to ask for help — tech support, specifically. The special counsel and former FBI director was spotted in the Georgetown Apple store today, working with a Genius bar employee to get help with a MacBook Pro. The photo was taken by Meghan Pianta, who works in communications in DC; we initially caught it via Washington Examiner reporter Kelly Cohen.

In the photo, you can see a pained, confused look on the special counsel’s face. What is he looking at? We tried calling the Apple store to find out, but were stymied by endless phone trees. An investigator who went on location on behalf of The Verge said there was no sighting of either Mueller or the employee seen helping him.

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Continue reading…
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7 weeks ago
Join in the chant! Massive new Nitzer Ebb box set on the way / Boing Boing
Electronic body music pioneers Nitzer Ebb are releasing a career-spanning retrospective box set. From Pylon Records, "Nitzer Ebb: 1982-2010" features 10 LPs with all five of the band's Geffen/Mute albums along with bonus tracks and 12" club mixes. Below, the "Join in the Chant (Burn!)" 12" mix. Lies, lies, lies, lies. Gold, gold, gold, gold. Guns, guns, guns, guns. Fire, fire, fire, UH!
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8 weeks ago
It hurts to look. [F] : gaming
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8 weeks ago
TIL the reason why clocks run clockwise. They do because in the Northern hemisphere that's how sundials cast shadow : todayilearned
It’s a total cop-out to say that clocks run clockwise because that’s how clocks run...but it’s also kind of true. The modern convention is no arbitrary design choice, but rather a direct adaptation of the original timepiece: the sundial.

Way back when, a sundial told time by casting a shadow with its gnomon around a circular platform. In the northern hemisphere, that meant the shadow moved (to use a compass analogy) from north to east to south to west as the sun traveled, and when mechanical clocks started appearing, they were designed to operate in a similar fashion. Which begs the question, would clocks run the opposite direction if we’d based them on sundials in the Southern Hemisphere? Yes! Sundials work counterclockwise below the equator, and we’d be reading our watches totally differently if modern clock-makers had used them as an example.

If you’re already into the old-school style of an analog display, the fact that it's a throw-back to even older time-telling devices makes the design that much cooler.

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8 weeks ago
When cops arrive suddenly : funny
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8 weeks ago
Gamasutra: Sebastien BENARD's Blog - Building the Level Design of a procedurally generated Metroidvania: a hybrid approach.
My name is Sebastien Benard and I'm currently working as the Lead Designer on Dead Cells, a procedurally generated Metroidvania. As you would expect, questions about the quality of our procedural generation pop up very regularly, with both players and other devs. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Underrun – Making Of - PhobosLab
I participated in this year's js13kGames, a JavaScript game development competition with a file size limit of 13kb, including code, assets and everything else. My entry was Underrun, a twin stick shooter using WebGL.
gaming  javascript  webdev  webgl  js 
8 weeks ago
What Teenagers Think About the Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh - The New York Times
And she worried that if the Senate does not take Dr. Blasey’s allegations seriously, it will reaffirm the idea that “boys will be boys,” and teach a dangerous lesson to teenagers today.
news  politics 
8 weeks ago
Cutie with a flower ❤️ : aww
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8 weeks ago
These $530 pre-distressed sneakers are pissing people off / Boing Boing
Would you spend $530 on a pair of sneakers that were described like this?

Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole.

Yeah, neither would I, and neither would these folks (aka "the internet"):

Golden Goose comes out with a pair of sneakers listed at $530 that are worn down and kept together by tape. Since when is it a trend to glorify the appearance of used sneakers and poverty? pic.twitter.com/1yLTuitIBX

— Bryan Heckman (@b_hecky) September 20, 2018

Poverty is real, I’ve been bullied for wearing thrifted clothes before thrifting was “cool”, and now we have high end brands capitalizing upon many people’s past and current poverty related suffering. Thank you Golden Goose. I hope the designer that came up with this is happy. https://t.co/iixNhxip7T

— 1-800-ARE-YOU-DYIN (@evelyn_art_) September 20, 2018

The new fashion is wearing worn out looking shoes that include taped one that costs a bomb from $530 to $1340.
Glorifying poverty or making a mockery of poverty, can't decide. #fashionstyle #GoldenGoose pic.twitter.com/k8mxvchw4n

— Kumar Manish (@kumarmanish9) September 20, 2018

There's a quote from something, wish I could remember what, but it goes something like "the rich kids all want to be poor and the poor kids all want to be dead". Seems relevant

— steph (@Thespookysteph) September 20, 2018

Once available at Nordstrom online, these held-together-with-tape sneakers by Italian luxury brand Golden Goose are currently sold out (or removed??). Not to worry, they have plenty of other filthy, overpriced shoes to choose from.
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8 weeks ago
Help Us Bring Back the Creative Web! – Glitch – Medium
Show us how you got started building the web. Bring back your first web projects and share them with the world.

It’s easy to forget in this era of billion-dollar Internet startups, that many people got started on the web by learning to tweak HTML creating a GeoCities page, or fiddling with CSS to perfect their MySpace profile. Back then, people were almost as likely to make a web page as to read one — it was a rite of passage growing up.

Now though, things are a little different. Many modern websites all look the same, and people spend most of their time online using just three apps. So it seems more important than ever to remind ourselves that the web is still a thing we all make, not just something we consume.

We know the good, fun internet is still out there. Help us bring back the creative web and show everyone how you got started building the web. Bring back your first web projects and share them with the world, and help encourage a diverse community of creators to experiment with their broadest set of ideas.

Bring Your First Site Back To Life

To help you out, we’ve created the Wayback Importer. An easy way for you to grab your first website from archive.org and bring it back to life on Glitch.

It’s complete with an authentic early-web design of course — check out that cursor animation!

And we’re showcasing peoples’ first websites in a collection, alongside some classic layouts from sites like LiveJournal, Neopets, Movable Type and many other old-school ways of publishing a web page.

If you were on the Internet back then, or are just curious about web history, you should check it out, and remix some sites to make your own new classic.

If you do make a page, let us know by sharing it on social media. We can’t wait to see what you create❣️

Help Us Bring Back the Creative Web! was originally published in Glitch on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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10 weeks ago
Create Your Own ESP8266 Shields | Hackaday
The ESP8266 has become incredibly popular in a relatively short time, and it’s no wonder. Cheap as dirt, impressively powerful, Arduino-compatible, and best of all, includes Wi-Fi right out of the box. But for all its capability and popularity, it’s still lagging behind the Arduino in at least one respect. Namely, the vast collection of add-on “Shields” which plug into the Arduino to add everything from breadboards to GPS receivers.

Until such time as the free market decides to pick up the pace and start making standardized shields for the various ESP8266 development boards, it looks as if hackers are going to have to pick up the slack. [Rui Santos] has put together a very detailed step-by-step guide on the creation of a simple shield for the popular Wemos D1 Mini board, which should give you plenty of inspiration for spinning up your own custom add-on modules.

Presented as a written tutorial as well as a two part video, this guide covers everything from developing and testing your circuit on a breadboard to designing your PCB in KiCad and sending it off for fabrication. The end result is a professional looking PCB that matches the footprint of the stock D1 Mini and adds a DS18B20 temperature sensor, PIR motion detector, photoresistor, and some screw down terminals.

[Rui] goes on to show how you can utilize the new sensors shield via a web interface hosted on the ESP8266, and even wraps the whole thing up in a 3D printed enclosure. All worthwhile skills to check out if you’re looking to produce more cohesive finished products.

If you’re looking for a similar project for the ESP32, [Rui] has you covered there as well. You may also be interested in the series of ESP8266 tutorials we recently highlighted.
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10 weeks ago
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Text Adventure by Scott Adams - The Retroist
In 1985 a Scott Adams text adventure was released based on the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Let's take a look at it.

The post The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Text Adventure by Scott Adams appeared first on The Retroist.
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august 2018
We Need Open Hosting Platforms
I don’t want to be an entrepreneur! Hell, that’s even more of a pain in the ass than giving stuff away.
webdev  openweb  oss  hosting 
august 2018
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Favorite: ckeys summer 2018 meetup, by Technomancy concrete keyboard
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july 2018
Outreachy internship with Mozilla: First lambda function
Hi there!

In this blog post, I will be talking about generating AWS lambda functions. Let’s go ahead. :)

First things first- You should have an Amazon Web Services account. I got mine through Mozilla dev account. Awesome! :D

So, here I am logged into my AWS console. It looks like this-

As we have already seen in my last blog post that AWS Lamda is a part of compute domain. You can certainly see “Lambda” under “Compute” heading in the above image. Now, click on “Lambda” to create a new lambda function. As an example, I will be writing a function to calculate volume of cone in NodeJs.

Now you can create a function code all by yourself or you can use some of the blueprints that amazon gives you. In the image below, you will see a number of blue prints ( some basic codes that amazon gives you).

In order to create a new lambda function, you should provide a name, choose a role ( if you don’t have any previous created role then create a new role and provide a role name to it), runtime etc.

Now, let’s talk about how a basic AWS lambda function looks like. AWS Lambda invokes your Lambda function via a handler object. A handler represents the name of your Lambda function. For example-

Here, in order to invoke our function, we should write the name of the file along with the name of the function in Handler section ( as you can see in above image i.e index.handler). Now, let’s take a look on parameters of the function. Here you can see three parameters- event, context and callback. Callback is something that is used when you want to return something back to the user. The general syntax is- Callback(error, success). Here success can be a string message or the object you want to return. I will talk about event and context in my next blog(API Gateway).

In AWS, each lambda function is executed in a container and you can explicitly specify the memory, time etc settings of each container as shown below-

Once you are done with writing function, you can create a lambda function by clicking on “create button”. After that you can see a success message on your console- “Congratulations! your lambda function ‘xyz’ has been created successfully”. After that you can test your code and the test results would be somelike like this-

Here you can see the response object, response ID, execution time, memory size etc. Well, this is the basic example of generating lambda functions. A lot more things like including triggers etc will be discussed in my next blog ( API gateway). So, stay tuned. :)

Thanks for reading!

Cheers!
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july 2018
Sad Without a SID? This Comes Pretty Close | Hackaday
The MOS Technologies 6851, popularly known as the SID, is a legendary sound synthesiser integrated circuit from the early 1980s that is most famous for providing the Commodore 54 home computer with its ability to make noise. At the time it was significantly better than what could be found in competitor machines, making it a popular choice for today’s chiptune and demo scene artists.

There’s a snag for a modern-day SID-jockey though, the chip has been out of production for a quarter century and is thus in short supply. Emulation is a choice, but of little use for owners of original hardware so it’s fortunate that [Petros Kokotis] has produced a SID replacement using a Teensy 3.6.

The operation is simple enough, the Teensy provides all the requisite SID data lines via some level shifters for the host microcomputer, and uses [Frank Boesing]’s ReSID library to do the heavy lifting part of being a SID. You can download the code from a GitHub repository, and he’s posted a video we’ve put below the break showing a prototype in action with a real Commodore 64. The audio quality isn’t brilliant due to a phone camera recording from a very tinny speaker, but notwithstanding that it has the air of the real thing.

This isn’t the first SID we’ve seen here. How about a MIDI synth using one?
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july 2018
Outreachy internship with Mozilla: AWS Lambda – Shruti Singh – Medium
Hi there!

In this blog post, I will be talking about AWS Lamda. Let’s start with a little introduction.

AWS ( Amazon Web Services ) is a cloud services platform that offers services like database storage, content delivery, compute power/domain etc. AWS Lamda is a part of compute domain. Basically, there are three main services in compute domain-

EC2 — It is like a raw server. We can also say that it is like a personal computer that we are working on remotely. It can install any kind of operating system which is supported by AWS infrastructure and then you can use it in any manner i.e one can configure it to become a server etc.

Elastic Beanstalk- This is an automated version of EC2. Here, you don’t get the access to the operating system but you still have control over the configuration. Here, you can directly upload the code and then application is deployed on AWS infrastructure.

AWS Lambda- This is also an automated version of EC2. But here, you son’t have neither have access to the operating system nor you have any control over the configuration. All you do is to upload your code and it executes.

AWS Lambda is not used to deploy applications. It is used to execute background tasks. So, we can say that- “AWS lambda is a serverless compute service ( i.e you are not choosing the kind of configuation you want). The developers don’t have to worry about which AWS resource to launch or how to manage them. Just put the code on Lambda and it runs”.

Once you upload the code, your code will be executed on your behalf using Amazon’s infrastructure. Each piece of your code is called a function on Lambda platform. All of the functions that you upload has to be stateless. Now, the question is- How to trigger a Lambda function? Lambda funnctions can be triggered by events ( events from AWS services i.e S3 is also allowed), https calls etc.

In order to use AWS Services, you have to set up an AWS account. I got mine through mozilla. Next is to learn and implement some practical examples. I will write my experience with AWS lambda along with examples in my next blog.

Thanks for reading!

Cheers!
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july 2018
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