Download original files from the Plex web interface
7 days ago
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"If you are using Plex, but you are not the owner of a server, the option to download a file is missing from the Plex web interface. This bookmarklet lets you download original files regardless if you are the server owner or not. It's like Direct Stream, but with a save button."
7 days ago
The Results Of Taking A Fastball To The Nuts Are As Horrifying As You Can Imagine
11 days ago
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"Back on May 5, our unfortunate Yadier Molina took a deflected 102-mph fastball directly to the dick and balls, organs which baseball decorum demand be dangled near home plate with alarming precarity. He was rushed into surgery for an injury that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch referred to as a “traumatic hematoma.” Given the location of trauma and subsequent bleeding, we can deduce that Yadi was whisked under the knife to deal with a scrotum full of blood."
"So, what does a testicle expert think about Molina’s injury?"
11 days ago
On The Origins, Use, And Meaning Of "Ass In The Jackpot"
12 days ago
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"The emergence last month of a 2016 video featuring mic’d-up Terry Collins arguing with umpire Tom Hallion not only gave the world, if only briefly, a unique insight into how umps deal with enraged managers, but also its most prominent demonstration of a phrase that was, until that point, known by only a small, niche audience. This is the story of “ass in the jackpot.”"
12 days ago
Homebridge Sensors for Plex
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"Homebridge Sensors for Plex is a plugin I’ve created in my spare time for the popular Homebridge server, which lets you create various sensors for Apple HomeKit that can be triggered by a playback in Plex. This allows you to automate HomeKit compatible devices with Plex in fun & useful ways."
13 days ago
We Should Be Building Cities for People, Not Cars
14 days ago
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"The way we live is shaped by our infrastructure—the public spaces, building codes, and utilities that serve a city or region. It can act as the foundation for thriving communities, but it can also establish unhealthy patterns when designed poorly."
14 days ago
McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised
29 days ago
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"Fifty years ago, 5 unmanned lunar orbiters circled the moon, taking extremely high resolution photos of the surface. They were trying to find the perfect landing site for the Apollo missions. They would be good enough to blow up to 40 x 54ft images that the astronauts would walk across looking for the great spot. After their use, the images were locked away from the public until after the bulk of the moon landings, as at the time they would have revealed the superior technology of the USA’s spy satellite cameras, which the orbiters cameras were designed from. The main worry was the USSR gaining valuable information about landing sites that the US wanted to use. In 1971 many of the images were released, but nowhere near to their potential quality, and mainly to an academic audience as public interest in the moon had waned. Up until 2008 most of the reported images from the project were the 1966 versions that were grainy and lower quality."
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5 weeks ago
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"I was still on the sofa at four in the afternoon, still half-dressed, when I decided that my life could not be complete if I did not somehow become friends with Anthony Bourdain. My son, then a young teenager, also in his underwear, was as inert and transfixed as I was. We were both locked into the ninth or tenth consecutive hour of a Labor Day weekend marathon of Bourdain’s cultural-journey-through-food breakthrough show, “No Reservations.”"
5 weeks ago
OS X: Run any command in a sandbox
6 weeks ago
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"Beside the pre-configured profiles, OS X's sandbox wrapper command sandbox-exec provides a flexible configuration syntax that allows one to create a customized sandbox that either blacklists or whitelists specific abilities of the application executed within."
6 weeks ago
My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.
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"So. My name is Wil Wheaton, and I have Chronic Depression. It took me over thirty years to be able to say those ten words, and I suffered for most of them as a result. I suffered because though we in America have done a lot to help people who live with mental illness, we have not done nearly enough to make it okay for our fellow travelers on the wonky brain express to reach out and accept that help."
6 weeks ago
This Must Be David Byrne
8 weeks ago
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"For over four decades, the rock 'n' roll icon has carved out a career by zagging when everyone else was zigging—whether with his band Talking Heads or with collaborators ranging from Brian Eno to St. Vincent. Now, with his first solo record in 14 years, Byrne is attempting his trickiest act of subversion yet: finding stuff to feel good about in 2018."
8 weeks ago
Encoding data in dubstep drops
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"Dubstep songs are often criticized as sound extremely computer generated and often just too aggressive/“digital” for a lot of people to enjoy. It’s not uncommon for people to joke that they sound like someone had added a bassline and drums to modem noises
For some tracks this is truer than others. After all, it’s a genre with more aggressive interpretations and more relaxed ones.
But that had me thinking, how much effort would it be to actually embed machine readable data inside a dubstep track, while ensuring that the sound could be enjoyed by humans as well…"
What About “The Breakfast Club”?
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Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than three decades ago.
Giving every Tor Hidden Service a IPv6 address
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However tor2web has the downside in that it will only work for HTTP/HTTPS, even though onion services can be wrapped with any TCP port service!
To get around this, we can use IPv6 and its very large amount of IP addresses that are standard with a IPv6 deployment.
A Tor onion address is a 8 byte base32 encoded string (80 bits). Conveniently the minimum routable IPv6 block size is a /48 (80 bits of address space) meaning we can have a 1-1 mapping of .onion addresses to IPv6 addresses in a /48!
Ween’s The Mollusk Turns 20: An Oral History By Mickey Melchiondo
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"A couple weeks ago, I received a text from my friend Mickey Melchiondo, asking if I’d be interested in putting together an oral history for the 20th anniversary of Ween’s album The Mollusk."
Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country
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"Meet the Great Slate — a fundraising campaign that raised nearly a million dollars in 2017, mostly through Twitter, for eight seemingly random Congressional candidates from across the country. The Great Slate has no splashy slogans, no slick logos: just a bare-bones website, a donate button, and a lot of jokes on Twitter."
'We Got to Be Cool About This': An Oral History of the LØpht
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"Born from the Boston BBS scene of the 1980s, the L0pht emerged in the 1990s as one of the more influential hacker groups ever and helped spawn the security industry as we know it today."
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"Today, we are launching the Signal Foundation, an emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit created and made possible by Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, to support, accelerate, and broaden Signal’s mission of making private communication accessible and ubiquitous. In case you missed it, Brian left WhatsApp and Facebook last year, and has been thinking about how to best focus his future time and energy on building nonprofit technology for public good.
Starting with an initial $50,000,000 in funding, we can now increase the size of our team, our capacity, and our ambitions."
WRITING ‘THE SHINING’ – by Diane Johnson
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"My own work with Kubrick in 1979 came about as a result of his reading my novel The Shadow Knows (1974), a psychological novel with certain connections to the detective story, in my mind dealing with racial issues and urban violence, or, in the minds of some readers, about the deteriorating state of mind of a young woman under stress who is perhaps, or perhaps not, being stalked. Kubrick had been browsing in the “horror” genre because he wanted, he said, to make the scariest move he could."
‘May I, Papa?’: McDonald’s Is Releasing A New Fig And Ladyfinger McFlurry For Fancy Little Boys Who Desire A Treat - ClickHole
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"Don your tartan-print leisure knickers and command Barkley to warm up the Rolls-Royce, because McDonald’s is releasing a toothsome new offering for America’s blue-blooded lads. In a press release this morning, the fast-food giant announced it is coming out with a new fig and ladyfinger McFlurry for fancy little boys who desire a treat."
How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At Once
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The vulnerabilities behind the devastating Meltdown and Spectre attacks have existed for decades. Four groups of researchers independently found them within mere months of each other.
I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter
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"Last night, I made cinnamon rolls. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, per se, but this recipe was included in Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology letter, and so I feel compelled to make them. Batali is not the first powerful man to request forgiveness for “inappropriate actions” towards his coworkers and employees. He is not the most high profile, and he is ostensibly not even the worst offender. But he is the only one who included a recipe."
Wikipedia articles invented by a neural network
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"I trained a character-level recurrent neural network (that is, it uses individual letters as building blocks) with a very small memory to prevent it from memorizing the small dataset so quickly. Even so, most of the generated names were either incomprehensible or memorized from the original dataset. Those that weren’t, however, fit right in. It turns out text-generating neural networks are great at mashups and non sequiturs."
Why do some developers at strong companies like Google consider Agile development to be nonsense?
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"Before I get into why this "Agile" stuff is horrible, let's describe where Agile/Scrum can work. It can work for a time-sensitive and critical project of short duration (6 weeks max) that cross-cuts the business and has no clear manager, because it involves people from multiple departments. You can call it a "Code Red" or call it a Scrum or a "War Room" if you have a physical room for it. "
She was a force: A ‘Star Wars’ fan remembers Leia, and the complicated woman who played her
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"If Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi had trained Leia as a Jedi, the trilogy would be over in one movie — Leia is the use-eagles-to-fly-the-One-Ring-into-Morder option of the “Star Wars” universe. The reason they train Luke instead isn’t because they think he’s better; it’s because he’s expendable. If Vader cuts him down, they still have Leia."
Goth So White? | Black representation in the Post-Punk scene
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"Before post-punk and Goth in the early days of Punk, British film director, DJ and musician Don Letts pretty much ran the scene at The Roxy in London, spinning primarily reggae…"
Managing SSH Access without Managing SSH Keys
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"Everyone uses SSH to manage their production infrastructure, but it's really difficult to do a good job of managing SSH keys. Many organisations don't know how many SSH keys have access to production systems or how protected those keys are. A trusted SSH private key can be years old, unprotected by passphrase, and shared among multiple people who may not even work for you.
With some tooling and configuration SSH keys can be replaced with limited-use ephemeral certificates, issued centrally and with better access controls and automatic key expiration, solving many of the shortcomings of using SSH keys."
The Last of the Iron Lungs
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"Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other side, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air."
Scores of Cambridge restaurants paid six figures for a liquor license. Others got them for free
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"It took years of hard work for Sumiao Chen to open her own restaurant in booming Kendall Square. She navigated a pricey real estate market, lined up financing, and created a menu of authentic Hunan cuisine that’s been drawing a crowd of young patrons since her summer launch.
But there’s one thing she finds galling: paying $200,000 for a liquor license that other Cambridge restaurant owners got for free."
Bob Lutz: Kiss the good times goodbye
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"Bob Lutz is a former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors. He also held senior executive positions with Ford, Chrysler, BMW and Opel."
If Bostonians Loved Other Local Institutions the Way They Love Their Local Sports Franchises
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"Hear that new one from the BSO?
— Shit, yeah, that Brahms? That one knocked me square on my ass. Even more so than the Shostakovich. Pardon me, the Grammy Award-winning Shostakovich."
Join our startup, we’ll cut your pay by 40%!
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"Have you ever thought to yourself, “I need to get paid far far less than I’m worth?” Me neither. And yet some companies not only pay less, they’re proud of it. Allow me to explain—
I recently encountered a job posting from one such startup. My usual response would be to roll my eyeballs and move on, but this particular posting was so egregious that had I done so I would’ve ended up looking at the back of my skull."
40 Years Later, Talking Heads’ Most Valuable Member Is Still Its Most Under-Recognized
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"Upon the release of [Selena] Gomez's "Bad Liar," a track built on Weymouth's iconic "Psycho Killer" riff, critics focused on David Byrne's seal of approval, despite the fact that he wasn't responsible for the seminal sample. As is often the case with women who back charismatic frontmen, Weymouth's recognition was an afterthought."
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You
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"Was an account opened in your name without your consent? Great, you’re in the right place. The rest of this article assumes that you’ve either checked a credit report or been told by a bank that an account exists in your name which you didn’t open. (There exist steps related to the below to help improve one’s situation in the circumstance where your problem is that you’ve not paid debts you legitimately owed, but that problem is out of scope here.)"
Mike Patton on Future of Dead Cross and Faith No More [Interview]
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Mike Patton was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio program. The singer spoke about his involvement in Dead Cross from initially wanting to sign the band to his record label to becoming their frontman. He commented on the freedom he has within the band, their plans for the future and he gives an update on what’s currently going on with Faith No More. Check out the chat below.
New Security Measures in iOS 11 and Their Forensic Implications
Apple continues to tweak security models in iOS in ways clearly designed to protect its users from nation states. No model can be perfect, but I'm hard pressed to come up with the name of another vendor working as hard at it.apple ios iphone security keeprunning forensics
Sword Guys Are a Thing and I’ve Had Sex With All of Them
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"I genuinely think there’s no better demonstration of sexism in our society than the fact that we talk about cat ladies but not sword guys (and I do not mean to disparage either). This is despite the fact that the transition into the sword-guy lifestyle is swifter: A woman has to have, let’s say, more than three cats before her cat ownership becomes a lifestyle statement and people deem her a “cat lady.” But if a guy just mounts a single katana on his wall he is saying, “That’s it, this is me now.” Yet we never talk about sword guys?
Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment
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"I found the old matchbook lying on a desk.
It was buried under some papers, beside a thick, water-logged book frozen solid in the January chill. I ran my fingers down its spine and read the title: "How to Run A Successful Golf Course."
The owner of the Penn Hills Resort in the Poconos probably hadn't followed whatever advice the author had to offer. They boarded the place up years ago, and there's a gaping hole in the roof of his old office. Muted greens and yellows, shag carpeting peek at me through a sheet of ice.
The matchbook, which looks to be from the 60's, is about half empty—whoever was sitting here when this place finally went under surely needed a smoke. "
When Sears sold the American dream
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"Long before you could buy a flat-pack bedroom set from IKEA and spend an afternoon sweating and swearing as you put it together at home, Americans were ordering entire houses by mail that were shipped by rail and ready for hopeful homeowners to assemble piece by piece."
Aphex Twin Speaks To Ex. Korg Engineer Tatsuya Takahashi
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"RICHARD D. JAMES INTERVIEWS EX. KORG ENGINEER ABOUT THEIR COLLABORATION ON THE MONOLOGUE, MICROTUNING, GEOMETRY AND DREAMS. ACCOMPANIED BY TRACK "KORG FUNK 5" USING EXCLUSIVELY KORG SYNTHESISERS. TATSUYA TAKAHASHI IS CURRENTLY ADVISOR FOR KORG AND HOLDS A FULL-TIME POSITION AT YADASTAR GMBH TO WORK ON TECHNOLOGY BASED PROJECTS. HIS TOKYO HOME WAS PHOTOGRAPHED BY AKEMI KUROSAKA.
How to Ship a Beluga Whale via UPS
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"When the Georgia Aquarium broke ground in 2005, UPS made a generous donation: at no cost, they offered their logistics and shipping services for whatever the facility needed. It didn’t take long before their corporate headquarters got a call from Atlanta.
“This is going to sound strange, but hear me out,” said the voice on the line: “we’d like to transport some really, really big fish.”"
Getting Crashplan to work after failed upgrade to CP v4.8
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"PC Load Letter's package for installing Crashplan has long been a staple for Synology users needing low-cost, high-volume backups. Annoyingly, CrashPlan have not really done much over the years to improve their Java-based backup application and this year they really messed things up for a lot of people since it now only works on Intel based devices (not ARM) - so much for Java being cross-platform!!
So, for what it is worth, here are my notes on how I got it to work again without having to destroy my settings. This meant I could just restart the existing backups."
'Spaceballs' at 30: Bill Pullman Says Crew Worried Blue Screen Would Make Them Go Blind
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""Mel used to do these power naps where he'd lay down for just five minutes, and I have never seen anything like the spirit that would return to him," the actor recalls."
The founder of Pinboard on why understanding fandom is good for business
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"Subscription-based bookmarking site Pinboard is a one-man operation, founded and maintained by former Yahoo engineer and slightly eccentric Silicon Valley figure Maciej Cegłowski. Last week, it managed to acquire its longtime rival, Delicious, for a paltry $35,000, in what appeared on its surface to be a standard story of dog-eat-dog.
But behind every boring story is a smaller, more interesting story. Delicious may be largely lost to the internet, but it leaves behind a valuable lesson on understanding users — specifically those that belong to a massive online subculture."
The Red Special: Brian May’s Handmade Guitar
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Guitarists are a special breed, and many of them have a close connection with the instruments they play. It might be a specific brand of guitar, or a certain setup required to achieve the sound they’re looking for. No one has a closer bond with an instrument than Brian May to his Red Special. The guitar he toured with and played through his career with Queen and beyond had very humble beginnings. It was built from scratch by Brian and his father Harold May.
Inside The Cars’ secret clubhouse on Newbury Street
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"I once had access to the most exclusive address on Newbury Street — No. 331, near a Japanese restaurant that today houses Sonsie. It was the site of Syncro Sound, an aging recording studio that The Cars bought and completely refurbished in 1981. Every day, thousands of people passed the storefront between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue; few knew what went on beyond the unmarked door and one-way window."
Notes From An Emergency
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"But their software and algorithms affect the lives of billions of people. Decisions about how this software works are not under any kind of democratic control. In the best case, they are being made by idealistic young people in California with imperfect knowledge of life in a faraway place like Germany. In the worst case, they are simply being read out of a black-box algorithm trained on God knows what data.
This is a very colonial mentality! In fact, it’s what we fought our American War of Independence over, a sense of grievance that decisions that affected us were being made by strangers across the ocean.
Today we're returning the favor to all of Europe."