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Tomasz Siekierda
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In the game of artificial intelligence, Google just upped the stakes.
Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind has a program that has just beaten a human Go expert. Now it could tackle complex real-world problems like climate modelling
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Good info for all of us, even if you knew a lot of it already.
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The family is growing :-) 
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Who doesn't like Easter Eggs?

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yes, yes, I know. Some companies are agains them. No need to shout ;-)
 
You can now encounter pterodactyls once you get past approximately 500 score in the Chrome Easter Egg T-Rex Game¹.

Whenever your internet is down, you should see a T-Rex. Click on it and you should be good to go! Press <Up> and <Down> to jump and duck various obstacles like cactus and pterodactyls.

I'm personally quite bad at this game -- I barely reach 700. 
What's your highest score?

¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/LUtLvQYMFZK

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1051433002
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2015-04-20 Skarbowców - pożar traw

Okoliczne trawy dziś zajęły się ogniem. Pomimo wiatru rozprzestrzeniał się on dość niemrawo, a straż pożarna przyjechała szybko. Także, przynajmniej z tego co widzieliśmy, nikomu nic się nie stało i żadne budynki, samochody, itd. nie ucierpiały
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I had septoplasty a few days ago - a surgery that should allow me to breathe using both nostrils instead of just the right one, as I am used to. It seems to have gone well, I can breathe rather freely now - although it is a bit too early to say with certainty, as the nose is still a bit inflamed and stuffed with blood clots.

So, as I convalesce, I should not strain myself, exercise, lift heavy things etc. ... that sounds like a good time for a new project with Raspberry Pi :-) Every Pi I've had so far have been put to some good use: one has become a NAS at my parent's house (after being used for some prototype project beforehand), the other a printing server at my current flat.

This time, the project is about creating a "sensor box". My friend has a lot of reptiles (and spiders) at his flat, and needs to control the temperature and humidity to make sure all the animals stay healthy. I've figured a Pi could do the job well: it's flexible, has a nice set of GPIO pins, great support in terms of libraries (Python and C) and easy to work with. Also, since I've never used a Pi for similar tasks before, and I want to learn more Python, it will be a good opportunity for me to gain new experience.

As such, the plan is rather simple: create a Python project that would manage an array of sensors (plug-and-play fashion) and have some capability to control the environment in the terrarium (turn on/ off a light, turn on/ off a heater). Then, have some means to configure it and control at runtime. Here I'm thinking about first creating a dedicated desktop app, then a webpage (and a local server) so that the device can be controlled remotely on a LAN (possibly also outside).

I've just started yesterday, and so far I've managed to connect the components I have available at the moment, and write a short test script that checks whether all the LEDs and sensors work. I have to say Python itself and the level of support rPi has for it is a real pleasure. Being a noob at both Python and GPIO that I am, I was still able to connect it all and write a working set of tests in a matter of couple of hours.

I have not decided on a license for the code yet, and I have not pushed it to github. But it will probably happen some time in the future.
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Spotted on a PC I was configuring for a relative... Windows at it's best :-)

The text (in Polish) says: "Installing update 18 from 13"
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I like Bill's list for this year :-) https://youtu.be/mtXuNUEM3vg

Feel very tempted to try them out.
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I'm testing Kubuntu 15.04 for several days now (wanted to do it much earlier, but hit some compatibility issues). It's really impressive - the system is (again!) faster. Turns off so fast I am close to being worried something went wrong. Time it takes the OS to turn on is also very noticeably shorter.

But the biggest surprise for me is that... I like the new UI that comes with Plasma 5. In general I am not happy with the hype around "flat" design - I think it is less readable than an interface with shadows, gradients and clearly visible buttons. So I thought the new Kubuntu will not be a pleasant upgrade for me in this regard.

However, using the new Plasma turns out to be a real pleasure. It works great, looks good. And I've noticed several places have seen some major UI changes - mostly also for the good. The thing is more intuitive than it used to be, better organised and in general easy to use.

So, good job +Kubuntu, good job +The KDE Community!

PS. What does not work: I need to investigate it a bit more, but looks like 3D acceleration on VirtualBox is causing problems (parts of the GUI vanish), and so does installing nVidia drivers on a non-virtual machine (here I get a big load of crashes and a black screen).

PS2. I also miss window tabbing option, which is gone since 14.10 :-(
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Some days have passed, and my Raspberry Pi project has advanced a bit. I've pushed the code to a GitHub repo: https://github.com/sierdzio/piClimateStation Right now I've chosen GPLv3 license, but I am still thinking about others, too.

As for the functionality: still pretty basic, but takes shape already. The project can now handle numerous devices, both simulated and real ones (simulated and real devices can be mixed). Devices can now have an indicator LED: useful when you have many sensors and switches, because it will allow to quickly see which is which (turn on an indicator on device X and it's LED will start blinking). Lists of devices and their configuration can be saved and loaded, making the daily usage simpler.

There is a ton of use cases that are still missing. I'll work on those soon.
piClimateStation - A prototype for a climate station, intended for RaspberryPi. Upon completion, it should allow to remotely control the temperature and humidity inside a terrarium.
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An interesting approach to custom, reusable Qt "modules": Qt pods

http://qt-pods.org/getting%20started.html
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  • Milo Solutions
    Senior Qt developer, 2013 - present
  • Safenet-Inc
    Consultant, 2013 - 2013
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    Associate Software Engineer, 2011 - 2013
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Qt/C++ developer, unicyclist, photographer, atheist, interested in science and philosophy
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    2008 - 2012
  • Coventry University
    2010 - 2011
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