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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1380 on: August 13, 2018, 06:00:29 PM »
I mostly go from a usage point of view.  I can't stand Apple products or Apple's design philosophy.  I always felt they peaked with the Apple II.  Microsoft has never been any good at design whatsoever.

Google's arc is like a lot of corporate arcs.  They started off as a small groovy place run by enthusiasts who cared.  Then they became really profitable.  Then they got taken over by people who don't care about the tech but are all about the profit.  And that was the end of them being any good.

The corporate world is a meritocracy, but its merits are not human merits.

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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1381 on: September 01, 2018, 12:49:24 PM »
Embassy 'sonic weapon' attacks may have been microwave weapons instead


Yeah, I called it a year ago.

I still think some kind of classified radar installation or something is the cause of the Taos Hum, too.

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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1382 on: September 02, 2018, 03:26:35 PM »
I hope those aren't easy to make at home.
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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1383 on: September 04, 2018, 09:16:48 AM »
For official purposes, let's say they aren't.

An issue with them is that they're cumulative damage weapons that take awhile to work, and they have a limited focus.  I think these embassy attacks are someone testing different configurations.

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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1384 on: November 09, 2018, 11:54:19 AM »
I might be missing something, but . . . anytime I do a Google for something and Google pops up a thumbnail result for Wikipedia in the corner . . . which isn't a thing I need, because I can do Wikipedia searches from the address bar, but anyway . . . Google includes a thumbnail image from Wikipedia, too.

Except if I go to the Wikipedia page, that image is almost never displayed or linked to from there. 

WTF, Google?

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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1385 on: November 10, 2018, 08:56:16 AM »
Heh. I was just noticing that yesterday too. I was googling "Kittie" (band). The images are the top results from GIS, not Wikipedia.

I hope Google is paying Wikipedia for the stuff they are scraping off them.
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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1386 on: November 10, 2018, 09:25:53 AM »
I can do Wikipedia searches from the address bar...

Many times, if not most, I end up on Wikipedia, or I'm looking for a Wikipedia article to begin with, but Google seems to be more successful at knowing that I'm looking for Lucifer (the band), as opposed to Lucifer the TV show, or whatever. Wikipedia doesn't even want to take a stab at it, they just send me straight to their internal search results instead of the disambiguation page. Their search engine isn't very intuitive.

lol I just pulled that example out of my ass, and it's totally wrong. Google thinks I'm looking for the TV show, Wikipedia serves up the mythological figure. Anyway, my point is, it's somewhat unpredictable, and Google has a higher success rate. If I search for "Lucifer band", Google will get the right one, Wikipedia offers search result listings with the correct one being third.



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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1387 on: November 10, 2018, 09:37:41 AM »
No, you're basically right, though -- Wikipedia's search isn't very good.  It often fails to turn up the disambiguation page, for instance, and it's truly horrible at fuzzy searches.  (I just tried "borsct" in both Google and Wikipedia, and Google guessed I might mean "borscht" but Wikipedia just gave up.)

Part of the problem at Wikipedia is that the pages themselves are often formatted improperly.  The search engine may expect that the main page for Lucifer will have a direct link at the top to a disambiguation page, but the Lucifer page may be missing that link.  And if it is, finding it requires that you jump through hoops -- not difficult for an experienced user, but infuriating for the newb.

One thing to keep in mind is that Google searches have been fake for years and years.  Wikipedia has less of a dog in the fight, but Google is trying to control where you go, not to give you what you want.

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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1388 on: November 10, 2018, 03:18:04 PM »
not difficult for an experienced user, but infuriating for the newb.

 :hmm: How do you get to the disambiguation page? Is there an easier way?

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One thing to keep in mind is that Google searches have been fake for years and years.

You mean as in preferring to give you Lucifer (the company they sell advertising to)?
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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1389 on: November 11, 2018, 11:56:14 AM »
Surely that, but god only knows what-all goes into their decisions on how to route your search.  I'm sure it's mostly done with software that even the Googlers don't really understand.

Amazon's still a dozen times worse, though.  Most embarrassingly bad commercial site search function of all time.


With Wikipedia, if you add _(disambiguation) to the end of a search URL, it'll send you to the disambiguation page if there is one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer_(disambiguation)

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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1390 on: November 11, 2018, 02:39:54 PM »
I'm disappointed. I was hoping for some kind of shortcut.

I'm relieved. I wasn't doing it the wrong way for the past 20 years.

I started to go look to see if there is some kind of shortcut, but holy crap, disambiguation is some complicated business. I skimmed through it but didn't see anything.

And there are exceptions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joker (appropriately)
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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1391 on: November 13, 2018, 10:45:57 AM »
Since the classic version of InfoSelect won't seem to work properly on any machine I still use, I've been thinking of what the hell I can do to keep notes on the computer.  I've been considering creating my own wikis for different projects.  Not online, just locally.

I have no idea how difficult it is to do such a thing, but one of these days I'll look into it.  I've looked at a ton of note-keeping software, and most of it looks just awful.  In fairness, most of it seems to be set up for collaborative team projects, which is almost more awful, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1392 on: November 13, 2018, 02:53:46 PM »
Wait, wind it back a bit - is Kittie (band) still active? I loved them!
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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1393 on: November 13, 2018, 04:02:46 PM »
I think just barely active.

You might like Lucifer's first album if you like that style. Actually, it's not as hardcore metal. I heard a track from them and it made me remember Kittie, which is what led to me looking them up in the first place.
 
Cyberpnuk turned me on to Kittie. I have one of their CDs from back in the day.
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Re: Geek Talk
« Reply #1394 on: January 02, 2019, 05:01:05 PM »
I've been endlessly farking around with lighting changes.  Our tiny house is chiefly lit by ceiling fan light clusters, and while strong LED bulbs make them quite effective, the bulbs are naturally kind of low, and a lot of indirect light is intercepted by the fan blades (on or off), so the light is a little oblique and there are a lot of shadows up high.  Plus, it's extremely easy to be standing in the wrong place or facing the wrong way and then be casting a shadow on whatever you're trying to look at.

I'd love to replace our simplistic crown molding strips of LED lights in a lot of places, but money and wiring are issues.  Also, it's goddamned easy to get cheap (or wildly overpriced!) LED strips that have 5200 color settings and come with a remote control, but it's much harder to get good, bright, white LED strips at a reasonable price.  (I'm really glad that dimmable LED bulbs have come way down in price in the US, because I don't need to dim the lights much, but dimmable bulbs pushed a lot of better, cheaper, but non-dimmable ones off the shelves.)

I've spent way too much time fussing with LED replacements for fluorescent bulbs.  I had some nice ones that were supposed to work with or without the ballast . . . and they did, until the ballast noisily burned itself out at rather high voltage.  :eek:  NO THANK YOU.  And the LED T8 bulbs they sell at Meijer and Home Depot around here are powerfully weak, like a third as bright as the fluorescent bulb they'd be replacing.  :nonplused:

But then.  We were at Home Depot on New Year's Eve (yes, rockin' the party), and for $32 we got a 4' pretend-T8-fluorescent fixture that's 2100 lumens of near-daylight for under 20 watts.  Well, OK! 

It's meant to be wired in place, and we needed it to be plug-in, so I used the cord and plug off an old power strip.  Easy as anything.  But putting a switch on it was more of a poser.  The cord was going to be hidden, so buying an ugly grounded toggle . . . actually, I think toggle switches are cool, but they don't fit our kitchen, and there wouldn't have been anywhere good to put it.  Adding a new electrical box with a switch would've been just as bad and ruined the Do This Quick And Easy theme.

In the end, we got a grounded on-off-with-a-remote outlet adaptor.  They were on clearance because Home Depot stocked them for people to use with outdoor Xmas decorations. The remote is the size of a car keyfob, and I made a little crappy plastic bracket no one will see and fixed it under the upper cabinets over the kitchen counter, and the light is under the lip of the shelf on top of the cabinets.  Hit the remote button, and the counter, sink, and stove go from shadowy gloom to bright and nice.

Installation was like an hour, plus forty minutes screwing with kludging the remote into place.  I'm 50% happy because the light was inexpensive and does exactly what it's supposed to, and I'm 50% happy because the cord, plug, switch, and remote are being used in a way they were never intended for.  :lol:


Also?  I gotta say, we had two Home Depot employees help us while we were there -- we also got cordless cellular window shades -- and they were both great, helpful, pleasant, non-irritating.  Home Depot is often not that great, so that was a real bonus.