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Come hear about digital signal processing in Python! The talk is on March 8th at the Zurich CCC.
This talk is outside our normal 1st Thursday of the month schedule since Leszek Jakubowski is visiting Zurich offered to do a talk. Abstract An introduction to Digital Signal Processing (DSP), how to read different representations of signals, where did they come from and how Python plays into all that. This will help you start listening to different radio signals around us. See http://gnuradio.org/.
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Hehe, det vil vaere et godt trick :-)
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Amazon just launched a new service:  a full-blown 3D game engine that you can use for free, as long as your games only use AWS as their cloud platform. You only pay for the AWS services you consume — the engine itself is free and you even get the C++ source code so you can customize things to your liking. Impressive!

In the service terms (https://aws.amazon.com/service-terms/) section 57.10, you find a clause about not using the engine for safety-critical operations. Pretty standard stuff, except that the clause comes with an Easter egg:

57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. [...] However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.
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Yes, they write somewhere that their engine is based on Cryengine.
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The guy who wrote PHP upgrades PHP on his router from version 5.4 to version 7.0 and the woman who wrote the web UI notices: https://twitter.com/e1en0r/status/691511760843440128 It's amazing how the Internet can bring people together from different parts of the world like this :-)

I recently got an EdgeRouter Lite myself for connecting to my new 1 Gbps Internet connection from Fiber7 (https://www.fiber7.ch/). Fiber7 has an amazing offer: a 1 Gbps symmetric connection for  65 CHF/month. That is about the same as what we pay for CableCom at the moment — but much, much faster. We no longer use anything from CableCom so we can stop paying 32 CHF/month for their TV connection.

Unfortunately, the fiber to our apartment has a problem so the connection is not working yet. In the meantime I'm playing with the hardware...
After nearly 7 years of service I retired my Asus RT-16 router, which wasn't really a router, but a re-purposed wifi access point running AdvancedTomato. In its place I got a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite. It is Debian-based and has a dual-core 500MHz 64-Bit MIPS CPU (Cavium Octeon+), 512M of ram and ...
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Nice and well-reasoned explanation by +Brett Cannon about why +Python is moving from +Mercurial to +Git and GitHub.
 
The history behind the decision to move Python to GitHub - Or, why it took over a year for me to make a decision
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Python plans to switch from +Mercurial​ to +Git​ :-( The reason mentioned is the usual one: GitHub.

This is the argument I've seen again and again over the last five years. People don't care about Git, but they care deeply about the network effect of GitHub. When the two systems have near feature parity, you cannot really blame anyone for thinking like that, though it is sad to see as an old Mercurial developer.
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+Ondřej Čertík hg file format is obviously better :)

But afaik it's abstracted well enough that other formats can be used (I think that's what fb is doing internally, or what google had for code.google.com).
I think it's a bit harder to fit a foreign system tho due to some mismatch in data structures, but it's doable (see hg-git).
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The Zurich Python User Group is back with new talks! We currently have four talks in the pipeline for 2016. The first will be about Morepath, a new micro web framework that promises to do things differently. +Denis Krienbühl gives the talk and it is on March 3rd at +Rackspace DACH.

Please submit more talks! It would be great to fill the slots of the rest of the year quickly. Any Python related topic will be on-topic and you can make the talk short or long as you like :-)
Denis Krienbühl will be presenting Morepath. Abstract A new web framework in 2016. Yawn, right? Wrong! Existing web frameworks are great but they haven't reached perfection yet. Morepath is the latest attempt of Martijn Faassen to get there. Martijn is a former Zope developer and creator or LXML, Fanstatic, Grok and other popular projects. So this is not just some new web framework, it's the next evolutionary step. I know, I know - if you had a...
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"When you install Comodo Internet Security, by default a new browser called Chromodo is installed and set as the default browser. Additionally, all shortcuts are replaced with Chromodo links and all settings, cookies, etc are imported from Chrome. They also hijack DNS settings, among other shady practices.

https://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-toolbars/chromodo-private-internet-browser.php

Chromodo is described as "highest levels of speed, security and privacy", but actually disables all web security. Let me repeat that, they  **disable the same origin policy**.... ?!?.."

#welp  
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Mozilla is hosting the next global +Mercurial sprint in San Francisco. It will take place on Friday March 18, 2016 to Sunday March 20.

I've been to several Mercurial sprints and they're always a lot of fun :-) It's a great way to meet other users and to get to know the core developers!
Subscribe to this page so you don't miss updates! 1. Date and location. The sprint will take place Friday March 18, 2016 to Sunday March 20 at Mozilla's San Francisco office. 2 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA 94105. The entrance is under a big Mozilla sign along Embarcadero Blvd facing the water ...
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+mercurial FYI. none of your comments make any sense. 
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If you're using TrendMicro antivirus software on your Windows machine, update it now...

The password manager installed with the antivirus software was basically full of holes: visiting a malicious website could execute arbitrary commands on your machine and get access to your passwords. Pretty clumsy for a company that makes security-critical software!
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