"Do you recognize the logo? Yes? So, I'm sure you are tired like me about this crappy app."
Someone reverse engineered the BLE protocol used by the LED strip lights I just bought.
Or, more accurately: I just bought some LED strip lights because someone reverse engineered the BLE protocol they use.
nonbeard 2022-06-25 00:14:26.103436
> Orioles fans should definitely feed their love birds all summer long! Not
> only will they get some great exercise and some delicious Orioles food, but
> they will also be keeping an eye on baseball.
Examples of superficially plausible nonsense text, via hn
Short story for "The Shorter The Better"
This would be the most Finnish thing I've ever seen except that cross-country skiing is not directly involved. My favourite part is that a condition of the bike-path-maintenance contract is that the contractor cycle on the paths they've cleared.
Katja and Sade's Wordpress plugin
Children's story based on a poem written by an anonymous 9th-century Benedictine monk about his cat.
nonbeard 2022-06-08 14:12:19.289298
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Borges absolutely would not stop [writing book reviews of imaginary books]. His reasoning was that writing whole books was a lot of work, whereas writing book reviews was much easier, and let you get much the same ideas across.
OCaml Programming: Correct + Efficient + Beautiful — OCaml Programming: Correct + Efficient + Beautifulhttps://cs3110.github.io/textbook/cover.html
ocaml tutorial recommended on the subreddit.
Unlike Real World OCaml, this doesn't use Jane Street libraries.
This is cute! Very detailed automated birdwatching
If you plot x = test score and y = perceived ability - test score, when both test score and perceived ability on test score are generated randomly, you get the type of graph which Dunning and Kruger reported in their paper. This is because y is effectively x plus some noise; if you have a low (randomly-generated) test score then you are more likely to have a high (randomly-generated) self-evaluation simply because there are more numbers to choose from above; and vice versa.
That implies that it's not obvious that there's an effect which is specific to human psychology: since you can get the effect with random numbers, it just comes down to "pick a random number between 0 and 100" being more frequently above low numbers and more frequently below high numbers.
It also happens to be the case that when you remove the correlation, by separating actual test score from perceived ability on test score (e.g. by using two different tests), the Dunning-Kruger effect disappears. In other words, the effect is purely a result of correlation between x and y axes.
So the Dunning-Kruger effect doesn't exist, and Dunning and Kruger used an invalid test method to generate data which led them to a false conclusion because it was correlated with itself.
Classic Japanese sweet a little like madeira, brought from Portugal to Japan in the 16th century.
Nice simple water droplet effect from the famous shader showdown champion, fizzer!
A building for receiving foreign dignitaries in Kyiv. "when it rains water pours over the woman's face on the facade, running down her cheeks like tears."
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Irredentism refers to political or popular movements whose members claim and seek to occupy (usually on behalf of their nation) territory they consider "lost" (or "unredeemed") to their nation, based on history or legend.
On Girard: "All desire is mimetic" is a fascinating proposition, but is obviously wrong (plenty of desires arise purely internally). "Some desire is mimetic" is pretty clearly true, but also boring -- we all already knew that.
nonbeard 2022-03-17 10:45:18.605237
Umeboshi onigiri (is a fun thing to say)
Basic framework for creating a loopback monitor device combining system audio and microphone in Pipewire.
> There is something haunting and desperate about the chokehold that white, sallow humans from southern England have over the identity of the UK. [Adam Curtis] suggests many white people entered a state of prolonged philosophical mourning over the loss of the empire; sleepwalking through a kind of ambient identity crisis, confused as to what their "story" now was.
This article reflects some of my views of the UK, but offers little in the way of explanation beyond the above. It seems plausible (it occurred to me as well), but it's been a long time since Empire -- societies can change much faster than this, why hasn't the UK?
One of the activists mentioned in the article shows up in the thread.
"I was one of the activists who had their computers seized. I told the police to kiss my ass and they gave up trying to get my password. Though I guess a 6 month concurrent sentence when you’ve already got 4 years isn’t worth the paperwork. Prison was butlins btw. I highly recommend it. Plenty of time to read books"
My first computer, a Color Computer 3, came with two issues of Australian CoCo magazine, August '87 and July '87. They were not designed for beginners and I had no clue what any of it was about, but I did manage to type in most of the listing for Chatwin Manor.
Katja's favourite Korean comedy
The term Stakhanovite (стахановец) originated in the Soviet Union and referred to workers who modeled themselves after Alexey Stakhanov. These workers took pride in their ability to produce more than was required, by working harder and more efficiently, thus strengthening the socialist state.
Half a grated nutmeg
& litle orangeflower water. Frie it without butter.
This is the right way
Obsessive fried rice
Apparently because the 8 track looped around.
Reverse engineering Naughty Dog's proprietary Lisp, with the goal of decompiling all the GOAL code in Jack and Daxter in order to provide a reimplementation.
The generated assembly for their factorial function is very nice, in that it looks like the output of an unoptimised C compiler rather than a Lisp compiler.
Because we started with one which is just the aolian mode (natural minor), then sharpened the 7th to get more satisfying harmonic progressions, particularly when leading from chords involving the 7th to the tonic (harmonic minor), then sharpened the 6th as well on the way up to make it sound less weird when singing, but reverted to aolian when desending (melodic minor).
Basically, because they sound good in different contexts.
Wish I'd learnt more music theory.
nonbeard 2022-01-12 00:01:35.462887
doll design via k
The Canon Cat, designed by Jef Raskin and released in 1987, stores what it was displaying when you switch it off, so what when you switch it on again it can show you that screen quickly while it boots in the background. Very funny that Apple ripped *this* feature off, too, when designing how iPhone apps would work in the face of app suspend (send to background) and resume.
Rosenkrantz Tower in Bergen, and the Hamlet character.
Even snake gourds become Buddhas — Shiki
Every so often I revisit the pcg-random vs xoshiro-family rng feud.
This is so cool. The exploited code is in the JBIG2 image compression algorithm, which lets you apply arbitrary logical operators to arbitrary portions of the image. So the exploit builds a small computer out of logic gates which it can then "run" by applying logical functions to various parts of the image at decompression time.
magic bibimbap sauce.
food for my rice cooker
One of the first games I ever played was re-released in 2019 with upgrades to make it work better on the original machine I played it on
covid-19 variant prevalence over time.