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François-Xavier Thomas
Food-loving geek
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God dammit Trigger, you guys rock! #lwa2 was awesome and hilarious, I had a manic grin on my face during the whole thing!

Perhaps as important as the animation was the grandiose musical pieces by both composer Michiru Oshima and the Russian Symphonic Orchestra. Those really helped drive that movie, cheers to all of them!

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Really cool saxophone cover of one of my favorite endings in this season!

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I recently purchased a small mini-ITX board (the Asrock Q2900-ITX) to build a media server/NAS box. It will replace the aging and error-prone USB drives I still keep around for data storage, provide me with a home server for all my different computing needs (I currently use one provided by OVH) as well as run XBMC to play media (which my OVH box can't do, obviously).

I wasn't sure about this while buying the parts, but I am pretty happy to say that I'll be able to stop using fans entirely! Right now the only remaining fan is the one used by the rather ginormous power supply, and I'll buy a smaller, fanless one as soon as I can, which will incidentally help with the airflow even more.

The CPU (quad-core Pentium J2900) max power should be around 10W according to the specs, and I'm not expecting the full build to go above 30-40W. Stabilized CPU temperature at full power is around 50°C in the closed case.

I initially wanted to use FreeNAS (I wanted to play with ZFS and a BSD system for a change!), but got into a hitch with the Intel 3D drivers -- hardware acceleration is unfortunately required by XBMC. FreeBSD has on old driver port from Linux which doesn't support the integrated GPU my chipset is using. Not sure what I will use now, maybe Archlinux with either BTRFS or ZFS.

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Apparently one can use HSTS (which is used to enforce HTTPS on websites) to track people even in incognito mode or across iCloud-synced devices. Damn, that's nasty.

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Eh, this is nice! She looks a little more mature than how she's drawn in the series, which is different enough to be interesting.

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This was a good while ago, but last time I did a native application (no UI toolkit besides windows.h and plain old C++) on, I belive, Windows XP, it looked strikingly similar to this. How little low-level Microsoft UI programming has changed since 1985...

Thankfully, nowadays toolkits like QT or .NET are much more evolved!
It's 1990, and you want to introduce programmers to the Windows API. Enter the worst Hello World in history.

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I don't have a hard time believing the TSA agents could be a little wary in such a situation. It's not like you meet a Nobel everyday. Yet the "Who gave it to you? - The king of Sweden" line totally cracked me up for some reason!
“They’re like, ‘Sir, there’s something in your bag.’
I said, ‘Yes, I think it’s this box.’
They said, ‘What’s in the box?’
I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does.
So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’
I said, ‘gold.’
And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’
‘The King of Sweden.’
‘Why did he give this to you?’
‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’
At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor. I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, ‘Why were you in Fargo?’”

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The "gameplay" is a splendid idea!
A game about writing fiction, where you explore dead worlds and write stories about them in response to different prompts, or just as freeform.

I once read an article suggesting that computer games could be a great get-to-know-each-other activity to play on a first date, if you could just find a suitable game. Now this won't everyone's cup of tea, but if the people in question are even a bit creatively inclined, a collaborative playthrough ("let's alternate writing answers to the prompts and try to come up with a consistent story") of Elegy seems like an awesome way to get to know someone a bit.

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It's a revolution! The new Windows will have the following amazing new features never seen before :

  - A start menu
  - Multiple desktops

...oh, wait?

I'm glad to see the improvement though. If only they could have a decent terminal/shell for us developers! PowerShell is a definite improvement, but it is still quite clunky, nothing near the power of POSIX shells found almost anywhere else.

And I'm definitely glad they managed to do something with their live tiles : I've always found them super nice to look at on the Windows Phone OS, and horrendous as a full-screen desktop OS experience. Integrating them as a small part of the revamped Start menu is a great UI/UX decision!

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A really fantastic article offering a view from the opposite side of the usual GMO/environment/green farming debate. Going to check out the sources as soon as I finish reading this.

“When I was starting out in the ’60s, a lot of us got into genetic engineering because we thought we could do a lot of good for the world,” he says. “We thought, These tools are fantastic!

“We do feel a bit betrayed by the environmental movement, I can tell you that. If you want to have a conversation about what the role of large corporations should be in our food supply, we can have that conversation—it’s really important. But it’s not the same conversation about whether we should use these tools of genetics to improve our crops. They’re both important, but let’s not confound them.”

"A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that pesticide use on corn crops has dropped 90 percent since the introduction of Bt corn, which contains genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis that help it ward off corn borers and other pests."
Un super article sur l'agriculture de GMO et Organic, et qui va au delà des saloperies de Monsanto =)
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