Oh, yes...

Oct. 26th, 2016 08:00 am
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I just remembered this old post of mine...

I wasn't wrong, was I?
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"Still, it taught me that being a man making video games is like a woman doing anything -- you can give the world nothing but a free supply of objective awesomeness, and you'll still have crusaders hellbent on destroying you."

That's from this nice, sober and thoughtful article to be found here...


Well worth the read.
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A wonderful twitter feed is bitcraft lab, it focusing on generative designs. And trying to figure out where it comes from leads you to http://bitcraftlab.com/ which takes you here...


So, the twitter feed's generated by someone interested in the "convergence of craft and computation", with a focus on knitting. That site doesn't seem to have been updated since 2013, but the twitter feed is active, so worth keeping an eye on.
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"The international SETI community has established a 0 to 10 scale for quantifying detections of phenomena that may indicate the existence of advanced life beyond the Earth called the Rio
Scale. The BSRC team assesses the Borra-Trottier result to currently be a 0 or (None/Insignificant) on this scale. If the signal were to be confirmed with another independent telescope, its significance would rise, though an exhaustive analysis of other possible explanations, including instrumental phenomena, must be performed before supporting the hypothesis that artificially generated pulses are responsible for the claimed signal."

From here: https://seti.berkeley.edu/bl_sdss_seti_2016.pdf
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coming from 234 stars out of 2.5 million looked at...


"Finally we consider the possibility, predicted in a previous published paper, that the signals are caused by light pulses generated by Extraterrestrial Intelligence to makes us aware of their existence. We find that the detected signals have exactly the shape of an ETI signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this hypothesis."

Still only at the hypothesis stage though.

Should we be sending such signals too?
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So, having got Twitter videos working in Firefox last month, (see the previous post), they've stopped working again after Firefox's latest update. Twitter's fault, or Firefox's? Well, Twitter's, really, since they should be checking them on all the browsers and videos work fine in Facebook and most everywhere else. (Twitter videos don't work in Opera either, but do in Chrome, so maybe Twitter's hoping above hope that Google will buy them and so only care about Chrome...)
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Videos on Twitter in Firefox haven't been working for me, so I decided to look into it today and I found the solution...

in about:config set media.mediasource.webm.enabled to true
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Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, already accounts for a third of NZ's population and its growth continues apace. In a seismically active country, this is just daft. For instance, see the maps and animations about the recent earthquake off NZ's east coast...


Even if Auckland isn't the center of a future large earthquake, a tsunami from one offshore could still devastate it. Having near to half the country's population in one location makes no sense at all in New Zealand.
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If 21.co is the bitcoin folks' latest wet dream (as I claimed yesterday), then democracy.earth must be their current daydream. A case of the hammer seeing everything as a nail.
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This appears to be the bitcoin folks' latest wet dream...


Taken to its logical conclusion, what's on the net would be paid for by whoever pays for the power of the computers connected to the net. (Assuming my brief scan of the site is sort of correct, which it may not be.) So popular sites would be receiving more bitcoins than unpopular ones, and people with no content or services to share sell would be the ones footing the overall bill.

But bitcoin mining ends eventually, right? So computers won't be able to create them any more, which would then get problematic for those who just consume what's on the net - and those relying on the income they receive from them.
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With our nearest star discovered to have an Earth-like planet, as apparently a high percentage of stars seem to have, it's time to get serious about the possibility of aliens out there.

If there are other technically advanced lifeforms in our galaxy, (to restrict our search), it's reasonable to assume they'd be thousands of years more advanced than us, and probably millions of years more advanced. So what they'd be like is probably beyond our imagination.

This makes it probably pointless to look for them, but it does suggest if they're keeping an eye on what's happening in their galaxy, they'll probably spot us before we spot them.

Assuming they've not already spotted us, that is. And there's probably only one reason they haven't, and that's because we've only recently started to make much of a din, technologically speaking. If they were keeping an eye out for just life on planets, then they would've noticed us long ago. But if life's common within the galaxy, that may not have been considered of any consequence.

So, if it's the sudden burst of radio waves or other signs of us getting technologically and scientifically competent that they'd be looking for, it's only in the last hundred or so years that we've reached a point where they'd bother to take an interest in us. And if our understanding of nature is more or less right and information about us can't escape at more than the speed of light, then a bubble of a hundred light years or so surrounding Earth is the current size of the signal of our presence that's being sent to any aliens out there.

Assuming that logic stacks up, we should be examining every star within that expanding bubble to the best of our ability, the better to spot any signs of aliens out there before they spot us - while we still have the element of surprise on our side...
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From here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3060553/why-dark-patterns-wont-go-away

The reason dark patterns don't work in the long term, explains Loranger, is that a loyal customer is always more valuable than a new customer. "Loyal customers are willing to pay more for your products, engage with your brand on social media, and recommend you to their friends," she says. Dark patterns might result in a boost in new customers, but they're less likely to be loyal customers because they'll soon realize they've been tricked.

So very true. The list of companies I'll no longer recommend just keeps on growing. Their sins consist of auto-setting of automatic payments which then occur more than a month before they're due, no respect for their customers' (or their customers' families) privacy (and I'm not thinking of Facebook in this case), error messages when you try to change a setting they don't want you to change, hardware that becomes unusable because it relies on software that can't be kept up-to-date, and so on, etc., etc.

OK, that last one's not a Dark Pattern, but it's still trickery. Then of course there are the companies that provide a good service until they're bought out because of all the people their good service attracts - at which point the rot sets in.

There's now few companies I can recommend! (Other than Dreamwidth, of course.)
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Long Tan and Rangiriri Pa.

War wounds take a long time to heal.
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The The Digital Antiquarian is an excellent and ongoing history into computer entertainment, with quite a bias towards adventure games. In AGT though, the author makes a compelling argument in favour of text adventures...

"In a ludic world obsessed with high-concept, world-saving, galaxy-spanning plots, text adventures can provide a window into the more modest but — for me, anyway — far more interesting lives of real people."

Small lives (and places) could indeed be easier to capture and bring to life in a text adventure compared to any of the other graphics-rich gaming genres around today.

(Note I'm not saying they could be better - just easier to achieve. Same as it's easier for one person to write a novel than make a movie.)


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