your dongle is not unlike a cownipple
Sunday, 9 August 2020

The UX of LEGO Interface Panels ? George Cave

quote [ In 2015, Ford recalled 13,500 Lincoln SUVs because drivers speeding down the motorway were mistakenly shutting off the engine when they tried to activate sport mode. See if you can spot why ]

Oh, this tackles all sorts of interface anecdotes while throwing a lot of nicely photographed Lego bricks at you. Been trending hard.

Bonus: Eastern block DIY computers
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@9:35amGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 7 August 2020

Intel hacked: Confidential files, backdoors obtained and leaked by anonymous hacker

quote [ An anonymous hacker claims to have obtained confidential Intel files, and has leaked them in a file-sharing folder. ]

Well fuck. This looks baaaad. Just right for 2020
[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Informative]
[by rylex@4:09amGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 2 August 2020

The Art of Code

quote [ A complex number is like a project plan: It has a path that is real, and a path that is imaginary. ]

Life programmed in Life itself. Programs that output their source code. Programs that output their source code in a different language. A language that targets music. A language whose source code are recipes. A language whose source code is modern art. A language whose source code are plays. A language whose source code are power ballads. Be a "Rockstar" programmer.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+5]
[by cb361@1:24pmGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Pre-nuclear steel

quote [ If you want to build a Geiger counter you need to first find a shipwreck from before 1945. ]

Did you know? Sorry, that was to good to pass on.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@1:43pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Scientists revive ancient microbes from the sea

quote [ The organisms had been in a dormant state in the seabed in the South Pacific since the age of dinosaurs. ]

Il s'en est passÚ des choses, les microbes ont grandi
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:08amGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 25 July 2020

This is Fine: Optimism & Emergency in the P2P Network | The New Design Congress

quote [ This global instability demands platform reform. Peer-to-peer networks theoretically offer a level of resilience, safety and community determination that may no longer be possible with these incumbent powers. The moment demands not another protocol, not another manifesto, not another social network, but a savvy understanding of the political dynamics of protocols and the nakedness of today?s networks. ]

This revels a bit in footnotes and political detours but cobbles together a nice timeline of P2P technology together with examples of potential and its sometimes narrow-minded usage and design.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@7:45pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 17 July 2020

The Uncertain Future of Ham Radio

quote [ These differing interests are manifesting in something of an analog-to-digital technological divide. As Spectrum reported in July 2019, one of the key debates in ham radio is its main function in the future: Is it a social hobby? A utility to deliver data traffic? And who gets to decide? ]

Sailing the airwaves and the interwaves.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@4:24pmGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Unraveling The JPEG

quote [ Changes to these Huffman tables will have the most dramatic effects on any image. Changing the second 1 to 12 on line 15 is a good example. Changing anything after the 125 on that line works too. ]

Getting glitchy with it ?ánice playground and explanation.

BTW: How much leverage optimizing compression still offers is nicely explained in Is WebP really better than JPEG?

Also: PNG glitches
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@2:04pmGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 13 July 2020


quote [ They say a picture paints a thousand words but sometimes it?s a thousand words of crap. ]

Well yes! (thumb)
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Insightful]
[by Paracetamol@11:17amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

'We've bought the wrong satellites': UK tech gamble baffles experts

quote [ ?Let?s give the government the benefit of the doubt: if the output the government wants is a UK-branded positioning system, a projection of UK power around the world and supporting the UK satellite industry base, then it is probably quicker and cheaper to smash the square peg of OneWeb into the round hole of a Galileo replacement than it is to do it from scratch,? said Thorne. ]

Mhh, who's trumping whom here?
[SFW] [science & technology]
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