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jepler
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the counterpoint to 'use pax' is the awful antipattern (adopted from cpio) of taking lists of filenames as input. The method suggested in the article does NOT give proper handling of arbitrary filenames (those containing whitespace, in particular), you have to use an incantation involving printf(1) instead.
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Photoediting before Photoshop

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Intricate squiggles and numbers are scrawled all over the prints, showing Inirio’s complex formulas for printing them. A few seconds of dodging here, some burning-in there. Will six seconds be enough to bring out some definition in the building behind Dean? Perhaps, depending on the temperature of the chemicals.
As a youngster I developed some of my own film and studied (but never implemented) advanced darkroom techniques.  I began to wonder if I would ever see the phrase "dodge and burn" used again.

More information at The Literate Lens.  Image cropped for size from the one at Gizmodo, via Neatorama.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Naughty

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It's too bad Santa doesn't believe in predestination. He could give you a lifetime of presents in one go.

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jepler
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I see my objection was addressed in the bonus frame.
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duerig
7 hours ago
Agreed. All good prophecies are self-fulfilling. :) But the interesting question here is if an omniscient system of rewards and punishments based on utilitarianism ethics is itself ethical by its own set of ethics. If getting coal every Christmas causes the little girl to become Hitler, then Santa's own actions become unethical by his own moral code.
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How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web

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Brian Merchant, writing for Wired: There are some 269 billion emails sent and received daily. That's roughly 35 emails for every person on the planet, every day. Over 40 percent of those emails are tracked, according to a study published last June by OMC, an "email intelligence" company that also builds anti-tracking tools. The tech is pretty simple. Tracking clients embed a line of code in the body of an email -- usually in a 1x1 pixel image, so tiny it's invisible, but also in elements like hyperlinks and custom fonts. When a recipient opens the email, the tracking client recognizes that pixel has been downloaded, as well as where and on what device. Newsletter services, marketers, and advertisers have used the technique for years, to collect data about their open rates; major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter followed suit in their ongoing quest to profile and predict our behavior online. But lately, a surprising -- and growing -- number of tracked emails are being sent not from corporations, but acquaintances. "We have been in touch with users that were tracked by their spouses, business partners, competitors," says Florian Seroussi, the founder of OMC. "It's the wild, wild west out there." According to OMC's data, a full 19 percent of all "conversational" email is now tracked. That's one in five of the emails you get from your friends. And you probably never noticed.
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jepler
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down with those people.
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fxer
4 hours ago
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on web gmail I keep the "load images" option disabled for this reason. too bad they don't have that option on mobile, from google's docs:

"When you use the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad, images will always appear."
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psung
4 hours ago
Gmail fetches the image on your behalf and proxies it to you, which makes it useless as a form of tracking (it's retrieved whether you open the message or not, and the UA/IP that the sender sees is Google's, not yours). https://gmail.googleblog.com/2013/12/images-now-showing.html
fxer
3 hours ago
Google fetches the image and shows you its proxied version the first time you view it, not immediately when someone sends it. This means the unique URL tied to the tracking pixel still knows when you've loaded the email, even if they only see Google's UA/IP. This also means if you view the email a second time then it is served from Google's cache created by your first viewing and the tracking url is not hit a second time
psung
3 hours ago
Ah! Well, that's disappointing, but good to know.
fxer
3 hours ago
I was equally disappointed when I found out, if only Google just cached them all immediately, even with a short expiration like a day if nobody viewed it.

The Last Aztarac

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One of the rarest arcade games out there is a color vector machine from Centuri, one of their few in-house titles, called Aztarac (more info - gameplay video). Designed by Tim Stryker, it was a color vector game and only saw a production run of 500 machines (some say more like 200). It is ultra-rare, and almost no units are known to exist intact. The machine failed in the market and Stryker got out of games, eventually finding success as the creator of the MajorBBS bulletin board software before tragically taking his own life at the age of 41.
This is the story of how Tim Stryker's lost, personal Aztarac machine was found for sale in an ad, and how it was restored.
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Let's Encrypt looks forward to 2018

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The Let's Encrypt project, working to encrypt as much web traffic as possible, looks forward to the coming year. "First, we’re planning to introduce an ACME v2 protocol API endpoint and support for wildcard certificates along with it. Wildcard certificates will be free and available globally just like our other certificates. We are planning to have a public test API endpoint up by January 4, and we’ve set a date for the full launch: Tuesday, February 27."

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jepler
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I'll have to come up with something that needs wildcard, just so I have an excuse to play with this.
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