No Linux Support, No Deal

May 22, 2015
No Linux Support, No Deal

No Linux Support, No Deal

Team Rift gives me yet another reason to not include them in future VR decisions…

" Our development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows. We want to get back to development for OS X and Linux but we don’t have a timeline."

tl;dr – Given the challenges around VR graphics performance, the Rift will have a recommended specification to ensure that developers can optimize for a known hardware configuration, which ensures a better player experience of comfortable sustained presence. The recommended PC specification is an NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290, Intel i5-4590, and 8GB RAM. This configuration will be held for the lifetime of the Rift and should drop in price over time. …

What has changed in 10 years? The Speed of Outrage. 

May 22, 2015
What has changed in 10 years? The Speed of Outrage.


What has changed in 10 years? The Speed of Outrage.


http://tomscott.com – http://twitter.com/tomscott – On stage at Thinking Digital 2015, I talk about

Coopting The Core, Bizness As Usual

May 21, 2015
Coopting The Core, Bizness As Usual

Coopting The Core, Bizness As Usual

Any force that reaches a threshold of ability to make change faces this problem. Marketing to change as change.

“Nerd culture is the product of a late capitalist conspiracy, designed to infantilize the consumer as a means of non-aggressive control.”

Given that Simon Pegg has spent most of his career riffing on and benefiting from “geek culture,” he got in a bit of hot water when he told Radio Times, “Nerd culture is the product of a late capit…

In Our Times- The Lancaster Cotton Famine

May 16, 2015

In Our Times- The Lancaster Cotton Famine

Things here make things there go boom…or bust. Trade both on and off

Science.. Neat

May 15, 2015
Science.. Neat

Science.. Neat

Does my soldering get better with help?
In no way a full study, tiny sample set…Still…Telling. 
Maybe it was just the extra practice? I'll drink to that. 

+Adafruit Industries 

A DIY Voight-Kampff Device Gets A Bit Closer

May 15, 2015
A DIY Voight-Kampff Device Gets A Bit Closer

A DIY Voight-Kampff Device Gets A Bit Closer

"A python code that detects the heart-rate of an individual using a common webcam or network IP camera. "

webcam-pulse-detector – A python application that detects and highlights the heart-rate of an individual (using only their own webcam) in real-time.

…The King has left the building…

May 15, 2015
…The King has left the building…

…The King has left the building…

Dadifesto Labs Presents – Huzzah: An Adventure

May 15, 2015
Dadifesto Labs Presents – Huzzah: An Adventure

Dadifesto Labs Presents – Huzzah: An Adventure

Setting up the +Adafruit Industries   ESP Huzzah boards.
Watch as I relearn to solder, then desolder, then fix various mistakes in soldering all while keeping kid friendly banter going. (Skip to the  35 min mark if you want to miss all the soldering  highs and lows)  
Once done  experience the joys of setting up the Arduino IDE under Ubuntu  and adding in all the ESP and Adafruit specific board management goodness.
Once connected wonder at  the following of the Adafruit learning page  as I make lights blink and then connect to my wifi router and make contact to the mother ship on the interubes. 

Watch all the fumbles, all the fun and all the  raw unedited  excitement of the start of our Huzzah adventures.

- The Huzzah Board can be had at https://www.adafruit.com/product/2471

-The amazing lady Ada Learning page that we followed can be found at https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-huzzah-esp8266-breakout?view=all#overview

-Special guest appearances by offspring.  

Much thanks to Lady and Mr Adafruit for making the goods that make good times. Rock on honorable ones.

Setting up the +Adafruit Industries ESP Huzzah boards. Watch as I relearn to solder, then desolder,

Dadifesto Labs : Setting up the Adafruit Huzzah ESP 8266

May 15, 2015
Dadifesto Labs : Setting up the Adafruit Huzzah ESP 8266

Setting up the +Adafruit Industries  ESP Huzzah boards. Watch as I relearn to solder, then desolder

Setting up the +Adafruit Industries  ESP Huzzah boards. Infrequent soldering makes this a task that …

May 15, 2015

Setting up the +Adafruit Industries  ESP Huzzah boards. Infrequent soldering makes this a task that might be worthy of recording.  It might get nsfw but with my kids around maybe not. If all goes well, 3 Huzzahs soldered up and ready for projects. 

Beats By Adafruit

May 14, 2015
Beats By Adafruit

Beats By Adafruit

An unboxing vine
https://t.co/z4FQRRFy1n

+Adafruit Industries#huzzah #accidentalbeats 

Vine by The self described..

What Is Left Behind

May 14, 2015
What Is Left Behind

What Is Left Behind

Google Pulls An Apple

May 13, 2015
Google Pulls An Apple

Google Pulls An Apple

Nope. Not good once not good twice. Choice of browser just got easier.

Last year, Google began blocking the installation of Chrome extensions that weren’t from the Web Store. However, it didn’t affect Chrome’s dev channels. Starting today, that changes.

Spoken Words

May 13, 2015
Spoken Words

Spoken Words
"Bu the 1950s, the conventions of radio plays had ossified too much even for old-time radio audiences. Who best to call to tear up the form and start it over again? Why, Samuel Beckett, of course."

Think of radio plays, and you most likely think (or I most likely think) of the form’s American ‘golden age’ in the first half of the 20th century.

Followers of a God of Love Strike Again

May 13, 2015

Followers of a God of Love Strike Again



Ananta Bijoy Das wrote for a website once moderated by another writer, killed in a similar way. To learn more, Steve Inskeep talks to Syed Zain Al-Mahmood of The Wall Street Journal in Dhaka.

OBS For Linux

May 13, 2015
OBS For Linux

OBS For Linux

I missed the release of this but dang this is great news. OBS on linux means more streaming how I like it.  I just ran a quick live streaming test to youtube…yep..fast to setup and easy to run. 

Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for recording and live streaming. Stream to Twitch, YouTube and many other providers or record your own videos with high quality H264 / AAC encoding.

Its The Jackie Gleason Show..with…

May 12, 2015
Its The Jackie Gleason Show..with…

Its The Jackie Gleason Show..with…

So we decided to live stream every day…some amount of time… and see where that goes. Down the ego drain, as a way to focus the myriad of project , just as a journal…who knows.

http://younow.com/tomwsmf

You now You then You

May 12, 2015

You now You then You

In the stream today I was told of a new live broadcast service/app called YouNow. Looking in on it showed it was yet another instant mememe video look at me service that blended in some of the monetization features talked about in a recent +Planet Money​ The geezer in me said Feh but then a little spark of the "gee whiz new things on the intertubes" me went up. Why no geezers on these streams? Where are the dadifestos? Where Is The Crime. Srsly folks, shit needs stirring.
And so…stay tuned.

Running Headlong Into The Lingo

May 11, 2015
Running Headlong Into The Lingo

Running Headlong Into The Lingo

10 years ago …. he did just that. 

In what would turn out to be a watershed event in the history of viral videos and online multiplayer gaming, footage of the Leeroy Jenkins incident was uploaded to the internet ten years ago…

DIY Fona Cellphones With Ting

May 11, 2015
DIY Fona Cellphones With Ting

DIY Fona Cellphones With Ting

I have been.using Ting on an older Droid as a solution for my oldest boy. So far thumbs up.on service and price. As a Fona solution…brilliant. My next cell phone project looks better now. +Adafruit Industries​

NEW PRODUCT – GSM 2G SIM Card from Ting & Adafruit – Data/Voice/Text Multisize Adafruit is now a phone company :) Or, well, we’ve sold DIY cell phones for awhile now but you’ve never been able …

Snobots Are Go

May 11, 2015

Snobots Are Go

" The sad fact is that law and legislators are losing the capability to hold people in the intelligence world to account, and also losing the appetite for it."

I’m at Princeton where Ed Snowden is due to speak by live video link in a few minutes, and have a discussion with Bart Gellmann. Yesterday he spent four hours with a group of cryptographers from industry and academia, of which I was privileged to be one. The topic was the possible and likely …

And If You Have Five Seconds To Spare…..

May 10, 2015
And If You Have Five Seconds To Spare…..

And If You Have Five Seconds To Spare…..

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South Seas Bubble …the corrections

May 9, 2015
South Seas Bubble …the corrections

South Seas Bubble …the corrections

England: South Sea Bubble – Lies – Extra History: https://youtu.be/NqeXXzKTzRU

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