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> If you are a software guy, drilling a 12mm horizontal hole 30mm deep into the edge of a 20mm x 400mm plate is surprisingly difficult. It won't fit in my drill press that's for sure.

Welcome to the wonderful world of jig-making. "Making" jigs has about the same amount of "making" like "coding" in programming. You have to invent or search for a jig which will make that task doable. I suggest clamping lightly two planks to sides of your plate, make a thick block with your desired hole, then screw that block onto planks so that your hole is centered between them. Now you have a guide for drill.

I think the better hack would be to run it into a speech-to-text transcoder, and then use a vocoder to play it back.

You lose the "voice" in the process, but in some situations it might actually be fine

Sorry, didn't check my replies. I'm also outside of the US and honestly find your reply quite baffling. That quote about Clinton is not in any way "saying the election was rigged and that the result must be fought and overturned".

I'm sure some individual activists may have, but I certainly didn't see a large number on the losing side in 2016 saying the result should be overturned. Even if they were, they certainly weren't wound up enough to do so by violent means. Comparing the two situations is absurd.

Your point?

If you're trying to avoid being suspected of having a tv, that sounds as smart as trying to rob a gun store with a fake weapon

I agree with the Beeb being publicly funded too, though would prefer it being part of normal taxation rather than the license fee which is so controversial.

But I don't think attacking American providers is a strong counter at all, the days when the BBC led the world in quality are long gone, HBO set the standard for modern drama which no British service has come close to matching; Netflix and Prime provide plenty of quality programmes too.

The BBC/C4 still compete on non-fiction, comedy and radio, but not drama.

Another technique is variation of language (synonyms), punctuation, variations in the white space of the document... so you can take a blurry B&W picture but they still got you because your version was the one saying "amazing" and not "fantastic" in the third paragraph and using the Oxford comma in the fourth paragraph, etc.

Fair enough, and I see how "private" might mean "inaccessible" and not "secret" as I originally assumed. I hope at least...

Most of my emacs hacking I find time to do in my free time amounts to work related org-mode extensions.

I love seeing stuff like this. Emacs is the true bicycle for the mind.

> The system is failing people /now/ and there are people trying to provide a supplemental solution to that failing.

Frankly, this sounds like typical Silicon Valley attitude applied totally inappropriately.

"Just get a minimum product out, we'll figure out how to make it work later, or pivot to another market."

That's fine if you're releasing the next todo list app. That's not fine if you're providing women rape kits that, for all intents and purposes a rape kit would be used for, are useless. This severely impacts people's lives at their absolute worst moments.

You might give them the benefit of the doubt if there was even a remotely feasible path for this to be useful without a major rework of the justice system in ways that would severely compromise it in several other aspects.

Given the seemingly insurmountable hurdles, it's hard to see this as anything but a way to exploit vulnerable or fearful women to their own detriment. Especially when they'd previously co-opted the MeToo movement for their branding while suggesting women stock up on these "prior to being assaulted".

I think the key benefit of a narrow selection of live programming is the idea that a lot of people listen to the same things. The discussions that follow a program, between people who watched or listened to it (which could be a significant chunk of your friends or coworkers) is to me at least as important as the content itself.

With podcasts and streaming I often find the discussion starts and ends with "yes I listened to an interesting podcast about that...". Perhaps that will make someone else listen to it the next day, but the window of opportunity for discussion is gone.

Do we believe that the "household-fee" serves the greater good? No, I'd say not really. It was, IMHO, public broadcasts solution to the icreasing number of people preferring streaming and the internet over traditional television. And more importantly the decreasing revenue.

Are these fees generally speaking a good thing? I'd say yes, because you get a non-add dependant news source. Is the implementation, especially in germany, perfect? Of course not. It still has a place, so.

EDIT: If you move, you declare you address change to the authorities anyway. Everything depending on your address, government-wise and some other stuff, is then done automatically. Not relevant here, but that includes ballots.

The BBC is currently dedicating hours of airtime a day to educational content to match our primary and secondary curricula because the schools are shut and lots of kids can't access online provisions. And still people complain about the licence fee in terms of whether or not they enjoy BBC gameshows...

I believe the premise of the title. But the main question should be: why? And the article does not really answer that, well beyond censorship.

I think the reason why centralization is a danger to democracy, is because of lobbying. Lobbying is much easier in a centralized power structure. See how much lobbying goes on in and around the power centers of this world: DC, Brussels, London. Lobby is power for money, democracy is power for votes (at least it should be). Currently lobbies have more power in the decision process than voters (any political sciences professor will agree). So democracy is a hollow word, or worse: a facade, a lie.

Lobbies basically work in favour of the super rich. If we see the gap widening we see that they get what they pay for, and the for-sure-not-super-rich masses dont get what they vote for.

Somewhat related: the staff at NPR's Planet Money recently released a 4.5-hour reading of the Great Gatsby.


"Of course I always have the best interests of my patients in mind, but, you know, it's not like they'll pay more if I prescribe Lexapro instead of Zoloft. They won't come back more often or refer more friends. So I'd sorta just be, like, donating this money if I paid you for this thing, right?"

But you know who would pay more if they prescribe Lexapro? The manufacturer of Lexapro, and that's who he should have pitched this to. And they have the marketing muscle needed to make it scale.

That said, there's all sorts of conflict of interest/slippery slope issues going down that path, and I'm not sure they would buy this either, but they'd still have been his best bet.

Making a large profit and growing 100X every month is very hard with an emacs package. You must understand that the only reason to develop software is to make an obscene amount of money?

They should pivot this package to crosswords as a service and ensure growth, maybe seek some funding while they are at it.


Just because lot of people like or treasured the work doesn't mean I have a duty to share the same opinion as everyone else.

For now, the only separation we have is that each worker is responsible for its own weights, since network security has not been our top priority. Still, we've been thinking about adding some security measures like proof-of-work for each node and detection of anomalous inputs/gradients (or simply NaN values). Right now we're running experiments on internal hardware, but before a public launch we'll make sure that malicious participants won't put everybody else's work to waste :)

German public broadcasters in particular used to justify gross per-household fees by arguing free-to-air TV can be received by everyone, and pushed FTA DVB2 over antenna a couple years ago with spotty reception, and only in metropolitan areas, years ago. That argument is as comically out-of-date as it ever was, with CI/CAM devices (for SmartCard readers) being installed on every Smart TV and set-top box since the SD/DVB1 times. Even though they argue they act in accordance with the majority, they know quite well that they'd loose a large percentage of their audience out of inertia alone when they'd be doing the decent thing and require SmartCards for those who actually want to watch their TV programs which, as far as entertainment goes, is mostly bottom-of-the-barrel palliative-care crime series plus expensive programs for corrupt sports (the good stuff is mostly on radio IMO).

But public broadcasters also have expansive web/IP presence, and even use Facebook for public communication (ZDF), when in their news/opinion pieces they rant against social networks LOL.

Public broadcasters news today seem just to create a self-serving and self-referential media presence for politicians, in these times of Coronavirus more than ever. Tonight, they're going to push for even stronger measures including curfews (!) even though infections are going down; needless to say, without parliamentary participation. The whole thing is going out of hands with irrationality fast right now.

This persistent kind of framing in media is quite possibly a second order effect of the Neoliberal consensus. Markets become the primary tool of societal organisation, and institutions are bent and dented into an orientation toward the economic value system.

I would not trust that. Seriously.

Reasonably effective stream watermarking happens every day and is done in the human vocal range with almost no listener impact.

In radio, Arbitron has a system working well within the lower audio range, even AM radio. AM is typically 5Khz bandwidth.

They use a spectral masking technique able to encode ID bits into streams that can be decoded with portable devices.

PPM Portable People Meter

Frankly, this kind of thing would go unnoticed by pretty much all listeners.

From the PDF I linked:

[...]all watermarking technologies use the well-known perceptual principle of “masking,” which was first reported in the early 20th century and is a core technical basis for mp3, AAC, and a host of data-rate reduction schemes.

In simple language, a loud burst of energy at one frequency will deafen the human auditory system to certain other audio components at nearby frequencies for a period of time before, during, and after the loud signal.

Consider the following illustration: A tone burst at 1.1 kHz with an intensity of 0 dB will hide (make imperceptible) an added signal at 1.11 kHz with a level of -30 dB for a period of about 10 ms before the burst and as much as 50 ms after the burst. However, modern signal-processing techniques can still detect the existence of this added 1.11 kHz component even though the ear cannot.

This is the basis of PPM and other similar watermarking technologies that use masking for determining the frequencies and intensity of the data that can be added for the station-identifying watermark.

The PPM system constructs 10 spectral channels in the region from 1.0 kHz to 3.0 kHz. The original program audio energy in each channel is evaluated for its ability to mask an added component. If that masking energy is insufficient, nothing is added. Conversely, if the energy in a channel is large enough, a tone is injected, chosen from one of four possible frequencies within the channel. For example, the channel centered at 1058 Hz might have one of the following four frequencies injected: 1046, 1054, 1062, or 1070 Hz.

Each of the four frequencies represents 2 bits of information. If we assume that this process repeats at a 500 ms rate, using all channels provides 40 bits per second or 2400 bits per minute of watermark code. Let’s further assume that a radio station is credited for a listener if any code is correctly detected within a 3-minute interval. With the very large number of encoded bits generated in 3 minutes (2400 x 3 = 7200 bits) and a station’s identification data needing perhaps only 50 bits, there is massive excess capacity for redundancy, error correction, and for audio that does not have enough high-frequency content for masking.


Empathy works as long as you don't create a us vs them situation.

> The tyranny of the majority

Has that ever happened or is that just an argument to let politicians keep their power?

This technology claims 100 miles in 5 minutes. As of 2019, a Tesla can charge 100 miles in 7 minutes using the v3 supercharger. https://electrek.co/2019/07/02/tesla-supercharger-v3-range-m...

Great read!! :D

>If you are a software guy, drilling a 12mm horizontal hole 30mm deep into the edge of a 20mm x 400mm plate is surprisingly difficult.

Punch to center the first hole, then drill pilot holes at 3mm, 6mm and 12mm, use duck tape on the drill bit to keep the depth right.

If you really need the holes to be dead straight use a handheld router those are a great thing to have anyway and pretty much all of them have 100mm of or so of travel.

If you're drilling into something very hard skip the 3mm.

He he, you’re woke man... you pay for health insurance?


The fee not being a tax in Germany is an important distinction for a very basic reason: The government has no direct control over it. The whole reason for the public TV and radio to exist is to create independent media, especially also independent from the state. So while the government is involved as far as it guarantees the system, it has no further control about it. So the government can't threaten to cut funds, just because they don't like critical reporting. And guess what, the right wing extremists are constantly asking for the end of that system.

I was expecting some clever brute-forcing turns out it's just lucky guess.

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