wizz for coding! part 3, alan turing

Jan. 22nd, 2017 10:08 am
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alan turing invented the COLOSSOS, machine for understanding ger., lat., fr., ect which won the war for BRITTAN cheers cheers cheers. even tho he was a grate pionear of computer sience, the goverment did not respekt him, becos he did not hav a beard.

all mr turing’s discovereys are v popular at st. custards, eg the HALTING PROBLEM, which shos that you canot tell whether or not hedmaster’s pi-jaw will go on for ever.

mr turing also invented the turing test. this demonstrates that a computer is intelegent if a human canot tell whether it is another human. hence super wizard wheez to see whether sigismund the mad maths master wil notice if i send the MOLESWORTH-O-TRON 9000 to maths klass while i stay in bed.

SIGISMUND: molesworth, why hav you not done your prep
MOLESWORTH-O-TRON: is it becos I hav not done my prep that you speke to me
SIGISMUND: what is the square on the hipotnus?
MOLESWORTH-O_TRON: some of the squares on the other sides
PEASON: sir sir i have a question sir
SIGISMUND: what is it peason
PEASON: ; drop table mathematiks; –
(with a grate CRASH the molesworth-o-tron fall to the floor)
SIGISMUND: well i never, molesworth is a computer

thus we see, my deres, that i, nigel molesworth, hav absolutely 0 brane at all.

Lab Closed

Jan. 21st, 2017 09:36 am
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Woke up today. Went over to the college. Saw that the lab was closed. Um.

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Jan. 20th, 2017 08:36 pm
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You know what's super not great? When you have the emotional intelligence to know exactly what you're feeling and why you're feeling it while simultaneously NOT WANTING TO FEEL ANY OF IT AT ALL. "This is not a great coping mechanism," I say to myself, while another part of myself shrieks, "DO I GIVE A FUCK??? NO! We're functional, aren't we?!" So anyway. I'm doing fine. I burst into tears when I unfollowed the White House tumblr this morning, but I'm fine.

Real talk though: this sucks. I know I'm this angry and upset because my anger and sorrow is in equal proportion to the love I bear. That's some comfort. But see above re: DO NOT WANT TO FEEL FEELINGS.

Anyway, I'm going to the Women's March in LA tomorrow. It seems like such a small thing to do, but it's the one thing that quiets the rising urge in me to just scream.

Adding CSP to bugzilla.mozilla.org

Jan. 20th, 2017 04:44 pm
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We're about to enable a Content Security Policy (CSP) on bugzilla.mozilla.org. CSP will mitigate several types of attack on our users and our site, including Cross-Site Request Forgery (XSRF) and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS).

The first place we're deploying this is in the bug detail page in the new Modal view (which, you may recall, we're making the default view) with a goal for the site to have complete CSP coverage.

As a side-effect of this work, CSP may break add-ons that modify the bug detail page. If we have broken something of yours, we can quickly fix it. We're already enabling the Socorro Lens add-on. You can see how that was addressed.

WebExtensions can modify the DOM of a bug detail page through content.js. Add-ons and WebExtentions will not be able to load resources from third parties into the bug detail page unless we make an exception for you.

Long term, if you have a feature from an add-on you'd like to make part of BMO, please seek me out on irc://irc.mozilla.org/bteam or open a new ticket in the bugzilla.mozilla.org product in Bugzilla and set the severity to 'enhancement'.

ETA: clarify what an add-on or WebExtension is allowed to do. Thanks to the WebExtensions team for answering questions on IRC tonight.

Whatever happens

Jan. 20th, 2017 12:42 pm
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let the record reflect that the majority of Americans voted against this.

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Jan. 20th, 2017 11:31 am
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A Sestina for January 20, 2017. (395 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work, United States Politics
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: More Joy Day, Sestina, Politics, Jewish Themes, It occurs to me that I am America

A sestina for More Joy Day. (note: not actually joyous.)

Sometimes people write poetry for me

So Much Stress

Jan. 20th, 2017 09:31 am
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I've sorta lost my way.

Fanfic: Choke If You Voted For Trump

Jan. 20th, 2017 02:59 pm
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Fanfic: Choke If You Voted For Trump:

Title: Choke If You Voted For Trump
Universe: Leader Of The Free World (President Barton AU)
Rating: Teen and Up
Summary: President Clint Barton, his very personal bodyguard Bucky Barnes, and Vice-President Steve Rogers have been kidnapped. This is not going the way the kidnappers thought it would.

If you’re reading this on DW/LJ, you can get to the fic here: http://ift.tt/2iSB5vG

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2jHf9bx

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jan. 20th, 2017 07:40 am
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!
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Life in Technicolour
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Disney (various)
music: Coldplay
content notes: none
summary: Babies. Animals. Baby animals.
download: 72MB zipped .mov
notes: For More Joy Day, and my dad. <3 Also, there are some great movies not featured here because I focused on the ones that my dad and I have watched and loved together over the years. Thank you [personal profile] purplefringe for ever-heroic beta services.

embed )

one upside

Jan. 19th, 2017 11:37 pm
[personal profile] alexr_rwx
... is that now we've got some pretty good moral clarity going. We know what we have to do.

I think we got this. I think we're not doomed. Not because this isn't a bad situation, but because we're realizing how bad it is and we can take corrective actions.

I love all of you <3

The world has changed quite a lot, and in many ways I think for the better. We don't have to go back -- we can push things forward!

Take care of yourselves! Talk to me; I'd appreciate it <3

Linkspam can't stop rereading

Jan. 19th, 2017 08:27 pm
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Gay Talese @ Esquire: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold
Frank Sinatra, holding a glass of bourbon in one hand and a cigarette in the other, stood in a dark corner of the bar between two attractive but fading blondes who sat waiting for him to say something.

Jeanne Marie Laskasjan @ NYT: To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation
These were people writing, and you’re a person reading, and the president is a person. Just keep remembering that, and you’ll be fine.

we write history with our feet

Jan. 20th, 2017 12:05 am
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In the last week of my twenties, I sold a story; concluded a piece of litigation in the Court of Appeal; agreed to remain on secondment through to March 2018; and spoke a little Gaelic with some kind strangers. And here we are.

A friend of mine, to mark a similar occasion, wrote a letter to her younger self. I thought that was a lovely idea, though I'm too tired to write very much and perhaps I don't have to. To me at eighteen, from me at just-now-thirty: I am glad I was you, and you, I think, will be glad to be me. I have done what you set out to do, and it has been hard work that was worth doing, and it has been transformative.

But you will never be more or less queer than you are right now. The language thing won't ever hurt less; writing will hold you and keep you; sleeping or eating will never become any easier; you are, and have been, and will be loved. And you and I both have an unknown self - the one for whom the Trump inauguration will be the past and the Bush inauguration the distant past - who lives in the glorious unknown uncertainty, in that which can yet be made. I hope she thinks of me with the same affection with which I think of you. And for the world she lives in, I want to believe this, from Rebecca Solnit's essay on Hope In The Darkness:

"The sleeping giant is one name for the public; when it wakes up, when we wake up, we are no longer only the public: we are civil society, the superpower whose nonviolent means are sometimes, for a shining moment, more powerful than violence, more powerful than regimes and armies. We write history with our feet and with our presence and our collective voice and vision. And yet, and of course, everything in the mainstream media suggests that popular resistance is ridiculous, pointless, or criminal, unless it is far away, was long ago, or, ideally, both. These are the forces that prefer the giant stays asleep.

Together we are very powerful, and we have a seldom-told, seldom-remembered history of victories and transformations that can give us confidence that, yes, we can change the world because we have many times before. You row forward looking back, and telling this history is part of helping people navigate toward the future. We need a litany, a rosary, a sutra, a mantra, a war chant of our victories. The past is set in daylight, and it can become a torch we can carry into the night that is the future."

Android apps, IMEIs and privacy

Jan. 19th, 2017 02:47 pm
[personal profile] mjg59
There's been a sudden wave of people concerned about the Meitu selfie app's use of unique phone IDs. Here's what we know: the app will transmit your phone's IMEI (a unique per-phone identifier that can't be altered under normal circumstances) to servers in China. It's able to obtain this value because it asks for a permission called READ_PHONE_STATE, which (if granted) means that the app can obtain various bits of information about your phone including those unique IDs and whether you're currently on a call.

Why would anybody want these IDs? The simple answer is that app authors mostly make money by selling advertising, and advertisers like to know who's seeing their advertisements. The more app views they can tie to a single individual, the more they can track that user's response to different kinds of adverts and the more targeted (and, they hope, more profitable) the advertising towards that user. Using the same ID between multiple apps makes this easier, and so using a device-level ID rather than an app-level one is preferred. The IMEI is the most stable ID on Android devices, persisting even across factory resets.

The downside of using a device-level ID is, well, whoever has that data knows a lot about what you're running. That lets them tailor adverts to your tastes, but there are certainly circumstances where that could be embarrassing or even compromising. Using the IMEI for this is even worse, since it's also used for fundamental telephony functions - for instance, when a phone is reported stolen, its IMEI is added to a blacklist and networks will refuse to allow it to join. A sufficiently malicious person could potentially report your phone stolen and get it blocked by providing your IMEI. And phone networks are obviously able to track devices using them, so someone with enough access could figure out who you are from your app usage and then track you via your IMEI. But realistically, anyone with that level of access to the phone network could just identify you via other means. There's no reason to believe that this is part of a nefarious Chinese plot.

Is there anything you can do about this? On Android 6 and later, yes. Go to settings, hit apps, hit the gear menu in the top right, choose "App permissions" and scroll down to phone. Under there you'll see all apps that have permission to obtain this information, and you can turn them off. Doing so may cause some apps to crash or otherwise misbehave, whereas newer apps may simply ask for you to grant the permission again and refuse to do so if you don't.

Meitu isn't especially rare in this respect. Over 50% of the Android apps I have handy request your IMEI, although I haven't tracked what they all do with it. It's certainly something to be concerned about, but Meitu isn't especially rare here - there are big-name apps that do exactly the same thing. There's a legitimate question over whether Android should be making it so easy for apps to obtain this level of identifying information without more explicit informed consent from the user, but until Google do anything to make it more difficult, apps will continue making use of this information. Let's turn this into a conversation about user privacy online rather than blaming one specific example.
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A friend of mine once had a very lavish birthday party for which she hired a professional magician. I was a little skeptical, as I have never much enjoyed stage magic. It usually strikes me as a bit cheesy or dull, not to mention repetitive. Once you've seen one card guessed and one thing vanished, you've seen the whole show; the rest is just variations.

This guy, whose name I forget but will ETA in if I figure it out, was different. His tricks were still variations on tricks I'd seen before. But his performance was wonderful and his persona was like nothing I'd seen before. It was all based on understatement and faith in the audience to appreciate the artistry of competence and skill.

He didn't make dumb jokes or big promises. He wore a slightly old-school-looking dapper suit. He had beautiful hands and moved in the precise, no-motion-wasted, polished manner of a martial artist or open kitchen chef or Olympic gymnast. Every time he moved, you could see the thousands of hours he had to have spent doing and re-doing that exact movement until it looked effortless and was perfect. He embodied "in the moment."

I don't recall his exact tricks, though I do remember that they were clever and done with charm, sometimes funny (in an understated way), sometimes "how the hell did he do that?" We all gasped and laughed and were enchanted. But the main enchantment was watching an incredible craftsman at work. He didn't brag; he didn't have to. His skill was evident. He could have been a carpenter, and we'd have been just as blown away watching him join wood... perfectly. And that was his persona: the craftsman.

I don't think it was an accident that he was performing for a bunch of Hollywood professionals in Los Angeles, and that he also worked at the Magic Castle, which is where magicians go to see each other perform. Whatever else you can say about Hollywood, it appreciates the effort and difficulty of making things look effortless. It was the perfect match of performer and audience, and I don't know if he, or that persona anyway, would have worked elsewhere.

I realized then that stage magic isn't about the tricks at all. It's about the performer and the performance. And the audience. All else aside, that guy's "Watch me flick one finger perfectly" deal would have been literally impossible to do in a large arena. We were in a small room with the farthest person no more than 30 feet away from the front row. Any bigger, and you wouldn't have been able to see what made him great.

I told him afterward that he'd done the first magic show I'd enjoyed at all, and that I'd not only enjoyed it, I'd loved it. I tried to explain why; hopefully it made sense. He did seem sincerely pleased. In an understated way.

Hiding the Elephant makes a similar point about performance and audience vs. tricks. But the book is at least 50% about the tricks. It's nonfiction on American stage magicians and their tricks in the 1800s (Houdini’s time), written by a modern designer of magic illusions who is not a performer himself. Interesting perspective, mixed execution.

He says from the start that while he’ll explain how some tricks are done, he’s not going to spill secrets on anything that hasn’t been previously detailed in print, though some of his sources are not well-known. He does, however, detail some original research he did into how Houdini made an elephant vanish onstage— a trick which impressed other magicians more than the audience, as Houdini’s showmanship as an illusionist was lousy compared with his dramatic skills as an escape artist.

Each chapter begins with him discussing some concept of magic, often couched in autobiography, which leads in to his chapter on a specific historic magician. These intros are beautifully written and fascinating. The historical material is noticeably more dryly written and often quite technical. It turns out that most magic tricks of that era were indeed done with mirrors aided by elaborate stage tech. If you care about the details, he explains many of them with diagrams and careful explications of the physics, engineering, and math which create the illusions. I read a lot of the book thinking, “Mia Lee would love this.”

If the whole book was like the chapter intros, I would have loved it too. If there had been more focus on the magicians’ personalities and the cultural factors playing into stage magic, and less on technicalities, I would have liked it more. There was a reasonable amount on the former (Houdini comes across as a real jerk), enough so that some chapters were moderately juicy reading, but ultimately the book felt much more bloodless than I expected when I began.

I suspect there are histories of that era of stage magic I would like better, but I don’t know which they are. It isn’t a subject I have that much inherent interest in. On the other hand, it did inspire me to re-watch The Prestige, and that was every bit as good as I remembered.

Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear

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Jan. 19th, 2017 11:36 am
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Exhausting couple of weeks. A week ago Saturday night was [personal profile] freeradical42's bachelor party, which I hosted. We braved the snow- everyone was late as a result- but it was a really good, chill time. It was the sort of hangout we used to do when we were in our early twenties and have been too busy and dispersed to do too often lately- dinner and then a laid back trip to a bar with lots of beer choices. My commitment from day one of planning was "The only strippers at this party will be wire strippers." I gave [personal profile] freeradical42 a pair of wire strippers, and the other groomsmen gave him a pair of gardening hoes and a bottle of coke. Because my friends are all as terrible as I am. So now I know I can plan a bachelor party, woo!

I was also in the city Tuesday and Thursday- Tuesday for Puzzled Pint with [personal profile] ghost_lingering, Thursday for wedding rehearsal and dinner with [personal profile] freeradical42's family. Wednesday I spent in bed with a cold.

Then Sunday was the wedding. It was wonderful. [personal profile] freeradical42 and I met at CTY more than fifteen years ago, when I was sixteen. I'll be 32 in April, so yeah, we've known each other just about half our lives. We've done a lot of crazy shit together, we've grown up so much together, and he's been there so many times when I've needed him, that I'm incredibly happy that he's found this happiness. And his wife, who doesn't have an LJ I can tag that I recall, I've known nearly as long, and she's an amazing person who complements him so well.

The ceremony was in a beautiful hundred year old synagoguge on the Upper West Side. I served as one of the eidim, the witnesses to kiddushin. Because of this, I was asked to hold the ring- I did not lose it!!! The Rabbi spoke well, the musicality of the chazan singing the Sheva Brachot with choir backup was lovely, and then it was over and there were hugs. Much hugs.

And then the reception, with so much dancing my legs were barely holding me up the next day, and the surprise arrival of [livejournal.com profile] allandaros, who had a health issue come up at the last minute and almost missed the whole affair. [livejournal.com profile] theslammer brought a bunch of CTY frisbees and we danced with them and then we drank an alcoholic version of the Passionfruit. Also a whole lot more hugs and some great conversation with amazing people, and good food and good alcohol and happiness. Happiness, man. It's a good thing.

Then Monday I had D&D and Tuesday I had a second date, that also went really well. I am very hopeful about this. I am also struggling to figure out how to balance my post-wedding exhaustion and introversion with my desire to push that forward. A large part of me wants to spend the next week all by myself curled up in a ball not having any human contact. Instead, tonight I'm going to dinner with my parents. Or really, I'm going to tech support my parents' printer, with dinner thrown in.

*happy dance*

Jan. 19th, 2017 10:17 am
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So, U2 are playing in Chicago the weekend after Wiscon. [profile] izzybeth and I got completely shut out of the first concert :(, but they added a second night and we had SUCCESS and have GA tickets. I'm looking forward to standing/sitting in line all day with actual company this time. The last time I went to U2 (Montreal, 2 tours ago) I went by myself, which made the waiting in line for a good spot on the floor remarkably boring.

Unrelatedly, I posted another recs post at [personal profile] recsforalloccasions and forgot to post about it here: Lord Peter Wimsey: 15 Recs including 3 Crossovers.

Continued Revelations

Jan. 19th, 2017 06:49 am
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While reading about Quakerism quite seriously for about a month now [https://srukle.dreamwidth.org/61553.html], I realized that my interest in continued revelations has grown. And lately I'm interested in what God has to say and eagerly await for interactions via meditation.

This morning, while awake in bed in the dark silence, I believe a form of revelation took place.

A voice, similar to my conscience took direction of my thought. Unlike a paranoid thought, it was a good thought. And I rested upon this direction -- not quite feeling deliberate in grooming it. In the past I've had negative thoughts -- that I learned were brought about from depression and anxiety. These thoughts say, "No one will love you."

However, this thought was many loving things, and I left it there -- guiding me into instruction on how I should conduct myself following. There was a lot of focus on avoiding distractions. Distractions have been an utility I've used to avoid pain. My inner voice spoke -- or in a way guided -- saying distractions such as YouTube, a distraction I used after reading (funnily) last night, were misguiding me. And the only way to redirect my life is to avoid distraction for now.

Perhaps it's guilt that makes me feel this way, I thought.

I felt bad that I went on YouTube and actually spent an hour or two watching videos. I think I did this because I was anxious about class work.

You may be like my old self that says, "What is wrong with spending a few hours on YouTube every week?"

The response is that -- it's not healthy for me. I'm being distracted from doing the things I love simply to fill in a hole inside of myself. However watching YouTube and browsing FB is as helpful as eating chips for lunch. They satisfy a carnal need but only that. YouTube makes me laugh. FB makes me angry. I feel these ways because they distract me from the feelings and truths of today.

Being an existentialist, I embraced the Internet platforms when they were new. Largely because I thought they were solutions of old institutions; however, I realize now the wisedom of old. The old institution is an institution of bad stuff. And though I do not have the vocabulary to exactly describe what this bad realm is, I know in my heart God opposes it.

My heart says, "Tread cautiously in these few months."

And so I will continue to avoid that which distracts me.
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Just include the following in your custom CSS:

.page-recent .entry-poster { display: none !important; }
.page-entry .entry-poster { display: none !important; }

It's a hack I figured out just tonight. I spent awhile on it before realizing I didn't need to use > (CSS child selector), which works on .page-recent but not on .page-entry here.

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