New and improved bike routing, with low stress options
Bicyclists ride to commute, to exercise, for sport, for leisure. But no matter the reason, most cyclists will ride on the road at some point, and when they do, they’ll think about the safety and comfort of their route.
cycling  maps  blog-posts  development 
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OpenALPR — Automatic License Plate Recognition library
OpenALPR is an open source Automatic License Plate Recognition library written in C++ with bindings in C#, Java, Node.js, Go, and Python. The library analyzes images and video streams to identify license plates. The output is the text representation of any license plate characters.
automation  surveillance  software  open-source  cars  webcams 
Code Release: Out Loud
Partnering with The Warhol to create an Inclusive Audio Guide.
audio  software  player  accessibility  ios  museum  work  open-source 
Too much standing is bad, study finds — it's time to move
People who stand 4 to 5 hours a day have higher risk of heart disease, research shows.
health  science  articles 
Dangers of Sitting
Researchers also disagree on whether standing desks do anything to help workers burn more calories, or boost their productivity. Some point out that standing too long creates problems of its own: swollen ankles, leg cramps, varicose veins, posture problems, lasting muscle fatigue and back pain. Also, it turns out that some people who use standing desks at work compensate for their efforts by exercising less in their free time. The best way for desk jockeys to avoid the sitting trap, research shows, is to not just stand but walk around — for a couple of minutes once an hour, or for five or 10 minutes a few times a day. This gets the blood and breath flowing moderately. Toe tapping and other kinds of fidgeting help, as well, whether sitting or standing.
health  science  articles 
Feng Li: White Nights & The Grayness of Skies
“Formal definitions do not matter to me, the only thing that does is documenting the life around me. To that end, I must remain constant”
photography  photographers-contemporary  articles  interviews  art 
Apple External Graphics Development Kit
macOS High Sierra brings support for external graphics processors to the Mac for the first time. The External Graphics Development Kit enables you to develop and test demanding graphics-intensive apps, including VR content creation, on any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.
hardware  gpu  apple  development 
2 days ago
New Vive Price Makes The Best VR System More Accessible to the Mass Market
Starting today (8/21), we are reducing the price of Vive by $200. The high-end, PC-based consumer Vive that is in market today, and will be for the foreseeable future, will now be available for $599. All Vive purchases come with a free trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month to experience, and copies of some of the most popular pieces of VR in Google’s Tilt Brush, EverestVR, and Richie’s Plank Experience.
vr  hardware 
2 days ago
Android Developers Backstage: Episode 75: Project Treble - for the HAL of it
In this episode, Chet and Romain (no Tor in sight. Anyone seen Tor? He was on the calendar appointment, totally expected him to show) talked with Iliyan Malchev from the Treble project. Treble was introduced in May of this year as an important step toward faster and more frequent release updates on devices.
software  android  os  podcasts 
2 days ago
Youtube.com: Making your dreams become reality | Peter Madsen | TEDxKids@Vilnius
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Do you know a saying "this is not a rocket science" meaning this is easy? Well, Peter is a rocket scientist, so we suppose everything is easy to him.
presentation  videos  crime 
2 days ago
Supertext — Reach everyone with one SMS
Creating a group only takes a minute. It's completely free and you and your friends can start sending group messages right away. Start by entering a name for your group, your own number and your name
sms  services  sweden  instant-messaging  chat 
2 days ago
If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves
Google has an ambitious plan to use artificial intelligence to weed out abusive comments and defang online mobs. The technology isn’t up to that challenge—but it will help the Internet’s best-behaving communities function better.
ai  articles  google  science  language 
2 days ago
Dplug For Developing VST Plugins on Linux
Developing VST Plugins for Linux is something that has always been of great interest to me personally. There never seemed to be a framework that was easily portable to Linux aside from JUCE. Why not use JUCE you ask? Don’t get me wrong, JUCE is an excellent framework full of a multitude of useful libraries, but the licensing fees are too high for an independent developer like me. Then there is WDL which I used for a while, but unfortunately, it has been orphaned so future developments are unlikely unless you do them yourself. WDL also doesn’t have support for Linux, and in my experience, it can be a nightmare to manage the projects. I could go on and on comparing JUCE, WDL, and Dplug but I will save that for a later post. In this post, I want to tell my story of why I switched to the new kid on the block: Dplug.
development  programming  linux  audio  composing  vsti  blog-posts 
3 days ago
Youtube.com: Douglas Adams Hyperland
Here Douglas Adams discusses the then ground-breaking concepts which just 20 years later we take for granted.
html  history  webdev  documentaries  internet  movies 
5 days ago
Trackpoint moves on it's own..... (Lenovo X220T)
From wikipedia:
"A common problem of pointing sticks is the inability to identify the zero position (the position indicating no user touch). A typical solution, which reflects the fact that user operation of the pointing stick is rarely constant, is to interpret any absence of change of pressure (over a given interval, perhaps one or several seconds) as meaning the user has released the stick. If the user applies exactly constant pressure to the stick for such an interval, this method mistakenly re-zeroes the stick. Then additional pressure is required to achieve the same movement of the screen cursor, and the cursor spontaneously moves in the opposite direction when the user releases the stick. If the user avoids touching the stick, the error ends when the stick detects the real zero position."

It's a fundamental flaw of any trackpoint device. The trackpoint is not a moving part so there is no natural way to calibrate for (x,y)=(0,0) that would be accurate for more then a few seconds of use. Once you understand why this happens you can even replicate the issue whenever you like by applying constant pressure in any direction; eventually the software will think this pressure state is zero and your mouse will stop moving, and when you let go the cursor will drift in the opposite direction at the same speed you started pushing at. The solution to the problem when you get drift is as you say, just let go for a second and the software will rezero the trackpoint.
forum-posts  hardware  laptop  inputdevices 
7 days ago
Sju medie- och it-debattörer: ”Transaktionsdimman på nätet hotar digitaliseringen”
På nätet är vi inte längre bara medborgare eller kunder. Vi är också varor. De data vi lämnar ut om oss själva är vad andra tjänar pengar på. Men vi vet inte vad de är värda och vad vi skulle kunna begära i betalning. Transaktionsdimman på internet bör skingras och ersättas av transaktionstransparens, skriver sju medie- och it-debattörer.
articles  netpolitics  law  eu  privacy  databrokers  business 
7 days ago
Automatic Mapping of NES Games with Mappy
Game maps are useful for human players, general-game-playing agents, and data-driven procedural content generation. These maps are generally made by hand-assembling manually-created screenshots of game levels. Besides being tedious and error-prone, this approach requires additional effort for each new game and level to be mapped. The results can still be hard for humans or computational systems to make use of, privileging visual appearance over semantic information. We describe a software system, Mappy, that produces a good approximation of a linked map of rooms given a Nintendo Entertainment System game program and a sequence of button inputs exploring its world. In addition to visual maps, Mappy outputs grids of tiles (and how they change over time), positions of non-tile objects, clusters of similar rooms that might in fact be the same room, and a set of links between these rooms. We believe this is a necessary step towards developing larger corpora of high-quality semantically-annotated maps for PCG via machine learning and other applications.
science  ai  nes  games  maps  console  nintendo 
7 days ago
>observer_ on Steam
What would you do if your fears were hacked? >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game from Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear. Play as an Observer, the new front line of neural police, as you hack into the jagged minds of the insane.
8 days ago
This WebRTC Demo enables group video conferencing, text chat, screen sharing, and more
video  chat  webrtc  services  screencast 
8 days ago
A Visual Browser History, from Netscape 4 to Mozilla Firefox - Part 4
Firefox is the next major step in the Mozilla story. This software originated in mid-2002 as an experimental branch off the existing Mozilla 1.x codebase, and used a number of codenames (initially "Phoenix") prior to the adoption of the "Firefox" name in February 2004. Unlike the existing Mozilla suite—which included e-mail and HTML composer utilities in addition to the core browser—Phoenix was conceived as a standalone browser and nothing more (actually quite similar to Netscape Navigator 1.x and 4.0 in that respect), with attention focused instead on advantages in software size, performance, and customizability. The Mozilla e-mail client and HTML composer tools were re-developed as the standalone Thunderbird and Nvu applications in the same manner.
history  firefox  mozilla  browser 
8 days ago
The Vogmae Manifesto
(Original post: December 6, 2000)

a vog respects bandwidth
a vog is not streaming video (this is not the reinvention of television)
a vog uses performative video and/or audio
a vog is personal
a vog uses available technology
a vog experiments with writerly video and audio
a vog lies between writing and the televisual
a vog explores the proximate distance of words and moving media
a vog is dziga vertov with a mac and a modem

(added on February 2, 2002)

a vog is a video blog where video in a blog must be more than video in a blog
vlogging  history  video 
8 days ago
Inside Cuba's DIY Internet Revolution
You’ll be sitting in the magnificently beautiful ruin of Havana, surrounded by decaying stonework and pastel-colored Detroit rolling iron, and you’ll be ignoring it all to swipe down on your Facebook feed like a cocaine addict licking his snort mirror—which you are, of course: a depraved cokehead trying to get a hit. And you’ll scroll over the same content you swiped over 15 minutes ago, pretending that it might have refreshed and that it might provide the dopa­mine rush your brain is demanding. Yet it does not refresh. It will not refresh.
internet  netpolitics  politics 
8 days ago
Vad gör du när någon blockerar dig på Facebook så att du inte kan bemöta sura anklagelser? DN:s folkvettsexpert Magdalena Ribbing har svaret.
[…] Det borde finnas en spikrak uppförandekod för dessa kanaler, och ”övervakare”, hur trist ordet än är, som ser till att medverkande följer koden. Hur detta ska gå till vet jag inte, så länge som vinsten för ägarna är viktigare än andras väl.
articles  swedish  socialmedia  netpolitics 
10 days ago
Addons.mozilla.org: Clean URLs
Take care of your privacy by removing tracking links of the web pages you visit. Link tracking allows marketing campaigns know exactly from which site or page you come from. This add-on is a fork of Pure URL, ported as Web Extension from Google Chrome. Special thanks to the original author, Evgeny Vrublevsky (VEG), for her work and dedication in creating this add-on.
extensions  firefox  url 
10 days ago
Wikipedia.org: Military tattoo
A tattoo is a military performance of music or display of armed forces in general. The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap"), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks.
music  war  army  wiki 
10 days ago
Ad blocking is under attack
Yesterday a strange commit landed in the EasyList repo. The "functionalclam.com" domain was removed with a comment "Removed due to DMCA takedown request". An ad server was unblocked by all ad blockers due to a DMCA request. Let that sink in for a moment... A small research was conducted by the community in the comments section of that commit. It appears that the story began 23 days ago with a comment by a freshly registered Github account to the commit that added "functionalclam.com" to EasyList. @dmcahelper threatened with "the file or repository disruption," but his threats were not taken seriously that time.
copyright  ads  blog-posts  law 
12 days ago
How to allow Unsigned Extensions to be installed on Firefox
For disabling signature checks, a developer will need to set the xpinstall.signatures.required preference to “false”.
firefox  extensions  tutorials 
13 days ago
Manpage of bdsync
Bdsync can be used to synchronize block devices over a network. It generates a "binary patchfile" in an efficient way by comparing checksums of blocks of the local block device LOCDEV and the remote block device REMDEV. This binary patchfile can be sent to the remote machine and applied to its block device REMDEV, after which the local blockdev LOCDEV and the remote block device REMDEV are synchronized. bdsync was built to do the only thing rsync isn't able to do: synchronize block devices.
rsync  software  open-source  cli  backup 
13 days ago
how do I turn off firefox autocomplete for urls?
(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box that appears above the list, type or paste urlb and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.urlbar.autoFill preference to switch it from true to false.
firefox  tutorials  forum-posts  url  search 
13 days ago
Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber
How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion.
google  business  feminism  politics 
13 days ago
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