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Ivan Privaci
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I finally have a new episode in the Hacker Public Radio queue again for the first time in, likem far too unreasonably long.

I'm especially interested in what anyone else who has ever turned an underpowered computer into a Linux-based "appliance" (or has just wanted to) thinks of it. Everyone else, too, of course, but since it's really a "Make A Linux Appliance" tutorial there's an obvious bias...

"Enhanced" .opus version to be posted relatively soon at hpr.dogphilosophy.net




Hacker Public Radio is an podcast that releases shows every weekday Monday through Friday. Our shows are produced by the community (you) and can be on any topic that are of interest to hackers and hobbyists.
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Hey, spiffy, opus codec v 1.1.1 just finally got released for real.
No change in the already-awesome output quality, but it looks like there are a bunch of little performance optimizations in it.
Opus Interactive Audio Codec. Overview. Opus is a totally open, royalty-free, highly versatile audio codec. Opus is unmatched for interactive speech and music transmission over the Internet, but is also intended for storage and streaming applications. It is standardized by the Internet ...
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"Opus is on the backlog with high priority" ("Roadmap priority: High — We intend to begin development soon.")

Just...wow. Microsoft really DOES seem to be improving.

Only complaint - all the audio files I find are .ogg, but so far the only relevant container format that Microsoft has in active development is "webm", which has awful metadata format by comparison in my opinion.  Still, if I have to settle for "webm audio" with opus to get legally-free audio on the web rather than .opus, I'll cope.
Ogg Vorbis and Opus are free and open-source audio codecs with great quality. They are developed by Xiph.Org Foundation and IETF. Opus codec provides the best quality (latest listening tests: http://listening-test.coresv.net/results.htm for 96 kbps and http://listening-tests.hydrogenaud.io/igorc/results.html for 64 kbps) and very low latency (http://opus-codec.com/comparison/ ). More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opus_%28audio_form...
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I've been procrastinating getting the next HPR episode done (Real Soon Now, I swear!) on things to do with old Android-based devices, and just ran into a newly-added map/tracking app in f-droid (a category I have a lot of use for).  Tabulae seems to be a nice raster-style ("map tiles") counterpart to osmand's vector-style maps, and so far Tabulae's tracking and exporting functions seem to work really well.

Now I have to add this one to the episode.
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I do believe I have my klobasnek dough where I want it.

/performs "cookie-monster" imitation with klobasneki...
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Just because YOU aren't cleared for Ultraviolet-chow doesn't make it treasonous, Mr. Sedition...
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I'm making my second batch of klobasneki (assuming I'm spelling that correctly) with a few tweaks to the dough recipe and a change of sausages.

Wish me (good) luck...
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It appears there's no longer any point in trying to submit corrections for portals in Ingress anymore. There;s no way to explain what's wrong with them any more, and lately I find after sitting for weeks or months an automated "eh, whatever, who cares" email arrives to indicate that the fire department will be left in the middle of nowhere or that obviously it's perfectly reasonable that there are two "post office" portals a couple of blocks from each other (and despite the rejected photo, it can't possibly really be a fire department...)

Ingress is really the only thing keeping a foothold for Google on the one remaining Android device that hasn't gone Google-Free so far. Kind of losing interest as the parts that aren't mob-clickfests stop getting attention.
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ya on MDI i have the same thing. i just keep putting in take down requests
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Hey, everyone! It's about time for the annual viewing of the traditional Christmas movie!
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I'm so desperate, I'm devouring the spirits of the dead for good luck.
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It's kind of obscene how much of a hassle it was to figure out how to get bluetooth and pulseaudio to work properly off of a headless machine.

Finally got the bluetooth speaker playing .opus files off of the headless netbook successfully now, though.  The real question is whether I'll be able to remember the way to navigate the mess next time I want to get it working...
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Within the Geek/Nerd/Dork phylogeny, if playing with computers is "geeking out", am I "dorking out" if I mess around with D&D-style fantasy fiction stuff?
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The very physical manifestation of Sadness: a Tim Hortons with NO DONUTS!
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Computer/Microbiology/Food nerd, trying to become an internet media personality and/or innkeeper.
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I worked as a professional computer nerd to pay for my 20-year-long "4-year" degree in microbiology, and then ended up becoming an innkeeper. Funny world. I still have my microscope and actively-used collection of Linux boxen, however.
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  • Idaho State University
    BS - Microbiology, 2007
  • Idaho State University
    AS - Chemistry, 2007
Definitely more than "Salami and Mozarella" - though it is true they don't often have much bread sitting out for separate purchase. Great sandwiches though. *SADLY, THEY CLOSED IN 2014*
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I love finding places like this - wonderful pastas made in-house here at this little independent restaurant.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
"Buttery-Taste® Spread", fake "maple" syrup, Pasteurize Process Cheese Product...yup, cheap "greasy spoon" diner food. It is, however, GOOD cheap greasy-spoon diner food. For those among us who consider this genre of food to be a guilty pleasure, this is definitely not a bad place to stop.
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Not especially fancy as a dine-in restaurant, but it's the best pizza place in the area.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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Excellent "American-style Chinese" fast food. I concur with the other reviewer about the coconut chicken, it was delicious.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
This is a reasonably good American-Style "Oriental" fast-food place run out of a converted trailer across from the paper mill. Lots of deep-fried appetizers, chow mein, etc. Prices are a LITTLE high but not too bad, and the portions are fairly large. Not a bad choice locally for quick take-out.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
A nice little independent, old-school burger and ice cream stand, with both a take-out window and a small indoor seating area. Nothing fancy, but the bacon cheeseburger was well made (and they weren't shy about putting plenty of bacon on it), and the fries were excellent. They'll definitely be on our list to stop in again and try some of the other offerings on their menu. Additional minor bonus: sugarless sodas other than (or rather, "in addition to") "diet cola".
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago