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I saw this yesterday while hiking in extremely hot temperatures: squirrels beat the heat by imitating roadkill in the shade.

"The more we stretch, the more heat we dissipate!"
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One of the hosts of +The Retro League Podcast self-published a book chronicling the years he spent in retail video game sales throughout the 90s (1992-1997). I read through it last weekend. For those of us with fond memories of games from that time, it's interesting to get this clerk-level perspective on all the big video games trends and releases of that time.

One of my favorite parts is his observation that many customers believed the store was conspiring against them in order to keep them from buying the games they wanted.
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Thanks for the plug, glad you enjoyed it!
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"PB O8N1"... I'm almost positive that this is a reference to serial protocols.

Or some obscure joke involving peanut butter.
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This CommitStrip exquisitely articulates what we all inevitably encounter with online video-- the frustration when the pre-roll ad plays perfectly but the main video buffers forever.
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Nerdy license plate of the day: "SUDO MV".
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I set up a small web server on the public internet and protected it with a Let's Encrypt https cert, mostly to see if I could. No one is really supposed to know of its existence and I don't expect any traffic.

What I have gotten so far is a front row seat to the so-called dark web. Automated scripts scan my server in order to see if certain scripts exist. Then I can Google for these script names and learn about all kind of wonderful new exploits.
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I accept that it will be found. The interesting bit is the periodic requests for, e.g., "/a2billing/". I'm curious about the exploit there.

And then there are the random strings of ostensible binary.
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My most recent game hacking project. This is different from my usual work since, for once, there is at least one other person on the internet who cares about the effort.
Adventures in resurrecting a 20 year old multimedia format in order to translate an equally old computer game
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Nope. Kostya would not need my help with something like this. :-)
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Nerd license plate: I'm assuming this belongs to a female Python enthusiast.
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I earned major bragging rights today: I helped diagnose a hardware problem in my ISP's network.

I had been having strange packet loss problems for nearly a week, making it difficult to load websites while video was nearly impossible to stream. I went to work with ping, traceroute, and mtr and found certain routes in my ISP's network that seemed to be causing trouble.

I did all the proper due diligence on my end. I didn't want to be one of those insufferable, know-it-all nerds who assigns blame everywhere else but myself, but the problem absolutely seemed to be on one specific path inside the ISP's network.

Luckily, I found a path to interfacing with actual, technical people at the ISP who were very interested in the details I had discovered. In the end, they discovered a failing piece of network hardware that wasn't throwing any obvious errors.

I probably solved the same problem that numerous customers have been seeing for a week, but who probably contacted frontline support and were told to reboot their modems.
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Yep, I've had that xkcd comic in my head all week as I battled this problem, dreading the moment I would have to call frontline tech support.

Fortunately, I actually did find the back door straight to the techs who could diagnose the real problem. The back door really exists!
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This is pretty funny for an old school multimedia hacker: A bunch of HN users are getting riled up (and not for the first time) over the fact that Google owns the domain duck.com, which they construe as an obvious attempt to interfere with search engine DuckDuckGo.

I first saw the subject line, thought for 2 seconds, and realized, "Oh yeah, because Google purchased On2, which was formerly called Duck; makes sense that they control the domain name now."
This is more than a little bit silly. Duck.com used to be owned by On2 Technologies which made video compression software. Google acquired On2 and got duck.com as part of the deal. It's not like they went out and just bought the domain. And they definitely didn't spend $106 MILLION on a video ...
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Because the mighty Google is so afraid of some little hipster search outfit nobody has ever heard of outside of HN.
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Man that brings me back
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Part 2, in which I figure out how to scribble text on another video format used in an old DOS game.
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