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Star Wars minus Star Wars - the story retold in clips from about 100 different sources. Pretty cool.
Rob beat me to the blog this morning with a post about Star Wars Minus Star Wars, a stupendous video in which Kyle Kallgren retells the entire story of the first Star Wars movie with footage that e...
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For MS Outlook users:

Microsoft released a terrible update last Tuesday, which forces Outlook to always open in "Safe Mode", which is terrible (update KB3114409). They pulled it, but that didn't stop corporate managed updates from continuing to install, (and re-install) it. If you want to uninstall it, the simple way is:

1) Make sure MS Outlook is closed (and MS Lync or other Exchange-related programs),
2) Click Start. Input "wusa /uninstall /kb:3114409" and press <Enter>
3) Wait a few seconds as it finds and uninstalls the update. It then says you have to reboot, but you do not.
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After some trial and error, Chris-Rachael Oseland has perfected a recipe for spice-filled sandworm bread, just in time for Kitchen Overlord's Dune Week.
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I've like the One Time Password encryption idea for a while. I wrote a functional single web page that implements it. Not practical for large files, but it does really work, and I think it's very effective at demonstrating the principle.

http://rawgit.com/abamacus/otp/master/otp.html

(source repository at https://github.com/abamacus/otp)
Simple encryption/decryption using a one-time-pad.
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There's No DRM in JPEG—Let's Keep It That Way
If you have ever tried scanning or photocopying a banknote, you may have found that your software—such as Adobe Photoshop, or the embedded software in the photocopier—refused to let you do so. That's because your software is secretly looking for security features such as EURion dots in the documents that you scan, and is hard-coded to refuse to let you make a copy if it finds them, even if your copy would have been for a lawful purpose.
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I've used a program called "ManicTime" for over a year now, just ignoring it while it collects data on my computer usage. It gives back some interesting data after you leave it alone for long enough. These are my approximate usage ratios so far this year:

22% Visual Studio - coding, testing, and researching in VB and C# .NET
12% Google Chrome (browser) - this includes some website development and testing, but the largest single domains visited were our internal wiki (which I use heavily for reading and updating of documentation), Google.com, and Stackoverflow.com.
8% MS Outlook - email is always a big time waster.
8% Mainframe - coding, testing, and researching in COBOL and JCL.
5% Notepad++ - most text that I write that's longer than a sentence I write in a file in Notepad++, as well as constantly updating my transient time tracking for later putting into whatever official time tracking we are using that year.
4% MS Lync - our internal messaging application.
3% MS SQL Server Mgmt Studio - I'm sure this is mostly creating and running queries, but also designing tables, writing stored procedure, plugging data, etc.
1% Windows Explorer
1% MS Excel
1% MS Word
~7% other applications
~28% (very approximate) - Meetings, and probably some other time that ManicTime could not log (it did crash a few times this year).
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I have got to try this!
Put round magnets on either end of a AA battery and set it down on a sheet of tinfoil and watch it spin! It's a homopolar motor, a simple electric motor that relies on the Lorentz effect to set it ...
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Attention j-walkers:
While you are j-walking, please do not totter back and forth on the yellow line in the middle of the road while talking on your cell phone.
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Create Your Own Version of Google!

Did you know that you can create a custom type of google search? With it you can:
* include only search results from a list of sites, OR just emphasize these sites and search the whole internet
* exclude search results from a list of sites
* restrict which types of pages come back (book, image, etc)

I created one called "Less Crap (Computer Programming)", at:
https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=004990884297158399419:77uxyh15sdk

Credit to http://www.ehow.com/how_6752589_create-blacklist-google-search-results_.html for directions!
My Account · Search · Maps · YouTube · Play · News · Gmail · Drive · Calendar · Google+ · Translate · Photos · More · Shopping · Wallet · Finance · Docs · Books · Blogger · Contacts · Even more from Google · Sign in. Hidden fields. Search in CSE home ...
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Baby steps into GitHub.

Today I installed git locally with "depot_tools" - followed steps at https://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chrome-infra-docs/flat/depot_tools/docs/html/depot_tools_tutorial.html for Windows. That page was then immediately over my head, so I found https://try.github.io/levels/1/challenges/1 where the tag line is Got 15 minutes and want to learn Git?. Followed the web tutorial as I played around in git locally in parallel.

Activated my github.com account (created account a while ago actually, but didn't actually use it for anything).

Next baby step: create a repository?
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This is cool
Loadingicons should loop, use a constrained color palette, and be fun enough to look at that they could distract a user while a computer or network churns away in the background.
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How much could encryption cost?

I wondered if it was theoretically possible to implement perfect end-to-end encryption for all traffic on the internet. That takes some thinking.

The only mechanism for perfect encryption that I know of is the "one-time pad" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-time_pad). If you create a terabyte of truly random data, and give a copy to both the client and server, they can have perfect encryption with trivial programming, and with no other authorities. So what would that cost, just for the storage and to generate the random numbers?

First, the internet. Apparently we use around 640 TB per minute (http://www.techspot.com/news/52011-one-minute-on-the-internet-640tb-data-transferred-100k-tweets-204-million-e-mails-sent.html), which is around 922,000 TB (almost 1 exabyte) per day.

Current commodity hard drives are around $30/TB. To store one day of internet traffic once costs about $28 million. Now you need to store it twice, and you can't just mail every hard drive every day, so say multiply by 50, bringing us up to $1.4 billion of storage. Not that unreasonable for the whole internet, right?

But what about generating truly random number, how much does that cost? There is some cheap, dedicated hardware for this, I just picked one at random (http://www.entropykey.co.uk/) which costs about $30 to generate 54 KB of "entropy" per day. So how much to create 1 exabyte per day? 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 / 54,000 = 19,000,000,000,000 -- that's $19 trillion. ouch.
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