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SPOILERS AHEAD.... #HouseOfCards
Not gonna plot reveal, but here's my reaction.... "OH M- GOD OH MY GOD NOOOOO." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I couldn't believe Darth Vader is Luke's father! - Mark Trapp
How far are you in Micah? (I haven't started yet but will be soon) - Chris Topher
Just finished S2E1 - Micah
There was an OH MY GOD moment in the first episode!?! - Chris Topher
Yes. - Micah
YES! Hence my post earlier. I couldn't stop watching! - Tamara J. B.
yes - lris - Chris Topher
HoC says, 'Happy Valentines Day, Chris.' - Micah
Stephen Mack
SomeBozo457 just retweeted a picture from VapidCelebrity! Exclamation!
AKA: Why to unsubscribe from all emails. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
aw, but these people have tweets for you. :( - Marie
Marie, the algorithm they use to determine which tweets to email me about (in order to entice me to log in) is, frankly, terrible. But I see what you did there. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
;) - Marie
Kevin Fox
TiVo should make a Roku-sized box with 16gigs of flash and the full TiVo UX. Nobody wants full-sized AV components anymore.
It's like the iPod evolution from small hd to bigger hd to small flash to bigger flash. TiVo is currently in the 2nd step. - Kevin Fox
I love looking at my home theater rack, but I hate crawling around behind it. - Eric - Watch Me Now
16GB ~= 2 hours of 19Mbps HD video (i.e. broadcast HD). But I like where you're going with this. :) - Steve and 4 other people
Consumers can get 64GB flash drive for $35; I bet TiVo could probably get it much lower. No reason to skimp with just 16GB, this isn't 2003. - Not Me
*listening* - Stephen Mack
Could flash, even SLC flash, stand up to the rewrite cycles of a DVR? Wouldn't you be better off with an iPod classic size HD? I really doubt the HD (even with cooling) keeps the box as big as it is. - Andrew C (✔) - SLC rated for 100K write cycles, MLC for 3K write cycles. So back of envelope, 64 GB of flash MLC would be good for 3 years before crapping out if you've got the box recording 24/7, but SLC would last long enough. - Andrew C (✔)
I have 250GB in my DVRs, and it's not enough. OTOH, high-capacity DVRs are a form of lock-in with the provider (and its antiquated hardware model). - Tinfoil 2.0
OTOH, everything is available as streaming, so why have any local storage at all? - Steve and 4 other people
Not legally. Not at any price. And many (most?) people don' have the bandwidth or caps necesary for all-streaming, all the time. - Tinfoil 2.0
Steve, huh? Who tosses around uncompressed HD? Most HD is closer to a gig an hour. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
"uncompressed" HD comes right off the cable or antenna, so TiVo-style. The 1G/hr stuff is what you find on teh internetz. Or, are you thinking "download & play" for this thing? - Steve and 4 other people
Based on the specs for the TiVo premiere (500 GB, 75 hours of HD advertised), they're running at ~6.7 GB an hour. So 16 GB would give you ~2.4 hours. Probably couldn't get everything you need to transcode to something like h.264/h.265 in a Roku-sized box. It would take forever to do it, too (definitely not on the fly). - Mark Trapp
The TiVo Stream encodes HD video down to 1.2gigs an hour in realtime. It doesn't take a big box to house and feed an mpeg encoder chip. - Kevin Fox
The HD video I get off comcast is pretty highly compressed. The only place you'll find uncompressed HD is OTA, which is why the latest TiVos *only* write bytestreams from cablecards, so they don't do any compression themselves. - Kevin Fox
That's true: I wonder why Tivo advertises such conservative storage capacities, then. If it's as densely packed as the 2nd gen Apple TV, it doesn't look like you'd be able to fit the cable card housing inside a Roku-sized box, but you'd have room to spare in a 1st-gen Apple TV/Mac Mini sized box. Still much smaller than a traditional Tivo/set top box. - Mark Trapp
True, and instead of onboard flash you could have a microSD card slot like the Roku has. Granted, companies like to get high margins on high capacity boxes, but they could just sell it with 8gb flash and bundle a 64gb microSD for a good amount of storage. - Kevin Fox
Mostly, I just think the full-sized TiVo isn't a good fit for dorm rooms. It's not bedroom friendly due to size and fan, which is why they made the TiVo Mini, but that's just a slave device to a full TiVo. A small standalone box without a spinning disk or fan is very appealing. - Kevin Fox
A 1.8" disk might not need a cooling fan. - Andrew C (✔)
1.8" is interesting. I'd be a little worried about their MTBF if they're always reading and writing, and I'm not sure if you'd get much of a price savings over flash for ~160GB, but it's possible. Heck, Apple still sells 160GB 1.8" HD iPod Classics. - Kevin Fox
The biggest thing I wonder about this is how to get a cableCARD slot into such a small form factor. - Stephen Mack
Heh, and TiVo ended up making the TiVo Mini, which still needs both a master box and a subscription. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Meg VMeg
For the past few months, there has been a large empty box, formerly containing an exercise bike, on the landing outside my downstairs neighbor's door. It has now been replaced by the exercise bike itself.
I misread this as “For the past few months, there has been a large empty fox on the landing outside my downstairs neighbor's door” … I need sleep - Amit Patel
Now *that* is a short story I would read. - Meg VMeg
holly #ravingfangirl
RT @tjeldridge24: I, for one, love Hippocrates. He was essentially the Father of Medicine. Don't understand this kind of hatred.
RT @tjeldridge24: I, for one, love Hippocrates. He was essentially the Father of Medicine. Don't understand this kind of hatred.
i will admit this took me a minute. - holly #ravingfangirl
It's the most effective form of hippo transportation - Johnny from iPhone
Wow. Really? That makes me laugh in a smh kind of way. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Take the oath To do no grammatic wrong -- TAKE IT. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Took me a minute too, and then I LOLed. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh my - Amit Patel
Stephen Mack
When did Google launch this etymology info box feature? I really like it.
(Mobile Safari version shown.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's been at least a few months: I remember talking to someone at Google about adding a permalink feature to it, and that was a couple of months ago. - Mark Trapp
Ah, thanks Mark. I'm late to the party. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I want it, but I don't have it. ¡¿POR QUE?! - Eivind
I don't have it either. :( - Maitani
Weird! Is it a mobile-only thing, or a US-only thing? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not mobile-only. - Meg VMeg
Yeah, at least a few months that I can recall as well. Probably the first change Google has made in years that I found myself happy with. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
You gotta tell me these things, Hookuh! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
BTW, I found this when Sammy asked me last night what "universe" meant. He guessed uni meant one. I didn't trust my schoolboy Latin enough, and "one turn" seemed a strange thing to call tout de suite. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Re: the universe, I think it's because of the context of geocentrism, because it looks like the heavens turn as one around the Earth. - Victor Ganata
Yeah "universum" already meant universe in Latin, but "everything turned as one" or "everything turned by one" is still a possible etymology The ancients didn't have sensitive enough instruments to detect the proper motion of stars (hence, "the fixed stars") so I don't think it's a stretch that they imagined that the stars all moved together "as one" around the Earth. - Victor Ganata
Sorry, just caught that and deleted my comment not realizing you had already replied. Cheers. - Mark Trapp
I know I've seen it online. Usually I search for "define WORD" for example and it shows the etymology of the word on desktop. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Oooh, I just tried it from a browser on my laptop, and the info box widget is even fancier than on the mobile, what with the usage stats and the translation tools. This is really cool! #formerlinguisticsmajor #wordnerd - Stephen Mack
Can you name an app that actually got better after it was bought out by a big player?
I never got a chance to try Grand Central. Was it made better as Google Voice? - Spidra Webster
I don't know if Skype has gotten better, but I don't think it's gotten any worse. I'd say the Macromedia suite has gotten a lot better since Adobe bought it - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from YouFeed
FileMaker got way better after Claris acquired Nashoba, but that's digging deep. YouTube arguably got better for a couple of years after its Google acquisition, but it's gotten much, much worse in the past couple of years. Grand Central was better than Google Voice, or rather it had a lot more promise: Google Voice has kinda just died on the vine. I'd argue Flash and Fireworks were... more... - Mark Trapp
Youtube is an interesting case. The Google infrastructure and deep pockets protected it from going down in a storm of lawsuits and/or scaling issues. Partnership monetizing was another hedge. So in a way, features / UX are secondary to the existential question. Rinse and repeat Wikipedia. - Micah
Atlassian does a good job at making their acquisitions better. Bitbucket and HipChat. - Not Me
Instagram? - Not Me
Reddit - Not Me
Android? - Not Me
Micah said "app" though. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
AK Notepad, temporarily. Was bought by and gained Catch's cloud-syncing powers. Then Catch shut down their whole consumer note-taking app side a few years later. Too bad. AK Notepad is cleaner and smaller than Evernote _and the cloud syncing was far more reliable_. - Andrew C (✔)
The best laptop app thing I've done in a year is revert to the pre-Evernote takeover of BEST.
I want to do that. - A Gunny named Slickback
So this is about to go down.
I saw the trailer, and I thought "Ooh, Robot Chicken are doing a spoof of all the LEGO(TM) movies?" and I was pleased. But then I discovered that was not the case, and I became ensaddened. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Looks like a shameless merchandising cash-in and sounds like a shameless merchandising cash-in, but it has a NINETY-FREAKING-SEVEN Rotten Tomatoes score! That's better than WALL-E! - Mark Trapp
I just listened to a review of this movie and they thought it was pretty good, although a bit long. - Victor Ganata
First third I was skeptical. Second third I settled in for the ride. Last third I was like, ok I see what you did there; and it felt good. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Might try and see this this weekend. Maybe. - Derrick
This will be Wade's second movie theater experience. First was Winnie the Pooh. - Laura Norvig from iPod
It got a surprisingly good review from our paper, and I generally trust their critics. Not one we would have added to our queue otherwise, but we've done so. - Walt Crawford
Springing for 3D! W00t! - Laura Norvig
Wow, that was better than I thought it would be. Quite enjoyable. - Laura Norvig from iPod
I want to watch it. - Rodfather from Android
I think I'm more excited for the video game based on the movie. - Rodfather
holly #ravingfangirl
Tonight's final count (before the sun goes down) 7"
Tonight's final count (before the sun goes down) 7"
it's all sleet-y now. ick. - holly #ravingfangirl
Sleet is not fun. - Katy S
And that's 6.5 inches when it's cold out! - Kristin
it's transitioning to an ice storm until tomorrow morning. superblech. - holly #ravingfangirl
holly #ravingfangirl
And now it is snowing twice as hard as when I took that picture. good timing, I've got it.
Started today with just under 6" of snow. They say we could get another 4" or so. This is, as they say, cuckoobananapants. - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
Meg VMeg
I'm sorry, sir, smoking is not permitted on the subway, even when the train goes above ground. Just because we can see outside does not mean that we are actually outside.
holly #ravingfangirl
we have almost 4" of snow here and they are saying we could get up to 5" more overnight. then there's tomorrow. and saturday. O_O
You'll have time to eat some chocolate. - Kristin
Meg VMeg
"Fuck You Time Warner is connecting to the sorry network." IT'S LIKE THE CHROMECAST CAN READ MY MIND.
holly #ravingfangirl
relatively easy drive home in the blowy snow - all the drivers were being sensible! #whatisthismadness
the only place we had trouble was, of course, our steep driveway. we had to dig out paths for the tires to get all the way to the garage. man, if this was the kind of snow we normally got, I might not hate it so much. - holly #ravingfangirl
holly #ravingfangirl
it is getting cuh-razy out there, and yet it is barely snowing where i am. to compensate, our ILL system just went BOOM. THANKS.
It's coming down really windy and heavy here in SE. - Mark Trapp
this storm is pretty nutty. it's just barely starting to accumulate here in downtown vancouver, but the roads are still clear around where my house is. go a few miles north and west, and it's totally fubar. - holly #ravingfangirl
It's weird, here it's sticking to the roads but not the sidewalks: I can't imagine they'd salt them. Too damn cold and windy to check either way. - Mark Trapp
holly #ravingfangirl
RT @fox12oregon: A break-down of important information for the Thursday snow. Winter Storm Warning will begin 10am metro area.
RT @fox12oregon: A break-down of important information for the Thursday snow. Winter Storm Warning will begin 10am metro area.
The stuff of nightmares.
Meg VMeg
Holy crap, in the UK, they spell curb, "kerb"????????? That blows my mind.
Here's a neat article on "sneckdowns" (cf. desire paths), if anyone is interested: - Meg VMeg
Yeah, but they pronounce it "curb." America wins! - Stephen Francoeur
holly #ravingfangirl
Record cold could lead to 6 inches of snow Saturday | Portland -
Record cold could lead to 6 inches of snow Saturday | Portland
"Snow flurries hit the Portland area again Tuesday and continuing cold temperatures were expected to usher in as much as 6 inches of snow on the valley floor Saturday, according to KGW meteorologists." - holly #ravingfangirl from Bookmarklet
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - holly #ravingfangirl
Wait, we already had snow yesterday. AND TODAY. For 20 minutes! And it almost stuck, too! This is a harbinger of a new ice age. - Mark Trapp
I KNOW RIGHT. - holly #ravingfangirl
part of me is hoping that it's yet another "swing and a miss" forecast like so often happens, but we are due for a real one. - holly #ravingfangirl
True: past 48 hours the Portland-area weather teams all seem to rely on augurs. Seems awfully late in the year for the big one: would've thought if we were going to get that, it'd be in December or early January. - Mark Trapp
i just figure nature wants to screw with us a little. :) at least whatever happens it shouldn't last long. - holly #ravingfangirl
I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of how to parse HTML using regex, which this comment is too narrow to contain. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Mandatory reference: ;-) - Angelo
THE PONY HE COMES - Victor Ganata
I parsed HTML with regexp once, and I would've gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling kids! - Mark Trapp
Look, I never experimented with drugs, so if I want to use regex with abandon until I end up on the street turning biz card website tricks to eek out the rest of my days, THEN I. WILL. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
But then what do you say to your kid when they tell you they learned it by watching you? - Mark Trapp
^ Ha. I remember that one. - Micah
Let's face it, whoever foisted the term 'mathlete' onto the world was probably a humanities major.
And/or definitely a nerd. - Friar Will
I don't know where it originated, but I remember when I first encountered the term. It was an episode of Sliders. The "sport" was like a mashup of Netball (a kind of stationary basketball, played exclusively by young women) and Spock's "How Vulcan ARE you?" test in Trek Ep. IV. - Steel Penguin Slippy
"Major" to denote a concentration of study whilst getting a degree is an American term that was borrowed by Canadians. "Mathlete" has its origins in the 1930s, but the American apparatus for defining "humanities" wasn't in place until the 1960s. The Canadian institution, however, was founded in 1931. I'm not suggesting that the first act of Canadians humanities majors was to coin the term "mathlete", but I'm suggesting it. - Mark Trapp
A humanities major who always got picked last for the pick-up teams. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
^ that would be me, nevermind that I was an actual athlete. And not at all terrible at math. I never understood why those all had to be mutually exclusive. - Jennifer Dittrich
Actually, despite my comment earlier, I never took the term to suggest that athletes can't be good at math. In my h.s. the best athletes also tended to be the best students, with notable exceptions. I think it came down to a discipline thing. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I keep hearing that aerobic exercise improves the brain … - Amit Patel
I was a mathlete and loved it. :) My specialties were differential calculus and analytic geometry. - Hookuh Tinypants
RT @hemantmehta: That viral video about how the sum of all positive integers = - 1/12? It's a lie. Here's a good explanation of why:
RT @hemantmehta: That viral video about how the sum of all positive integers = - 1/12? It's a lie. Here's a good explanation of why:
uh-oh - Aldo Oldo
Plait's response: and Padilla's response: (Padilla is the one who created the video on which Plait's article was based). It's technically correct (the best kind of correct), but the proofs for why it is correct were oversimplified to reach a wider, non math pedant audience. - Mark Trapp
Stephen Mack
PowerPoint: “I heard you liked hidden things, so I hid the hide menu afforandance” -
[Image of the right-click menu in PowerPoint, with a very subtle indicator that a slide is hidden
(Alternate theory not presented in my blog post: It's possible that it's not subtle at all, and that my eyes are just getting worse.) - Stephen Mack
It might only be because you've pointed out the hidden slide in your post, but it does look substantially desaturated (particularly the blue footer) when compared to the other, non-hidden slide. Given no other cues, I think I might mistake that for being selected, though. - Mark Trapp
Mark, good point. But the gray text was noticeable to me -- and I even thought it might mean it was hidden. I just was thrown off because the right click menu affordance wasn't what I expected. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yeah, that is pretty wacky, especially considering none of the other icons in the menu act as a toggle indicator. - Mark Trapp
I call the right-click menu a contextual menu. I've never heard the phrase "menu accordance" before. I learned something today! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Zu: well, it is a context menu. Affordance is more the way how you know something operates: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
There was an ancient Robert Scoble post here on FF attacking Kevin Fox because of (Robert's claim of) broken affordances. He used the word affordance 20 times. Someone's comment (maybe Akiva?) was "Guess who just learned a new word!" Ironically, though, that WAS where I learned this word. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That post went beyond attacking, I thought. Very nasty. I unfollowed Scoble wherever I was following him because of that. - Jim is digging out.
Thread's still here, but not the comment I was thinking of: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jim, you're right, it was nasty and still is. I don't miss the R.Scoble-type acolyes in that thread who did little other than complain about FF. - Stephen Mack
Oh! Zu, I forgot to tell you something! I typed "Zy" by accident on my phone when I was making an earlier comment, and it got auto-corrected to Zu! MY PHONE KNOWS YOU. - Stephen Mack
Every phone should know my name! I don't remember that thread but I promise I won't say affordance 20 times. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Damn that thread is long! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Zu, yeah, FF was a bit exhausting sometimes back in the day. - Stephen Mack
One of my co-workers pointed out another affordance: The slide number has a diagonal line through it to show the slide is hidden. Who knew? - Stephen Mack
Stephen, you're not going crazy. If I remember correctly, back in previous versions if you right clicked on a hidden slide, it would say "Unhide Slide". Which makes sense. This? Not so much. - Jonathan Disher
holly #ravingfangirl
H. O. M. E. (@ Portland International Airport (PDX) - @flypdx w/ 19 others)
H. O. M. E. (@ Portland International Airport (PDX) - @flypdx w/ 19 others)
Tybalt's not a bad name choice. To a point.
Hahahaha - Friar Will
You slay me sometimes, Micah. - Mark Trapp
"To say the service is no longer relevant or informed seems inaccurate — much of my day is still spent poring over Twitter, picking out the best links, insights, quips and bits to examine and share later..."
"... it is less informed (and informative) than it used to be. Increasingly, I’ve found myself retreating to smaller groups, where the stakes are lower and people are more honest and less determined to prove a point, freer to joke and experiment, more trusting in one other and open to real conversation." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Smaller groups? Real conversations? What kind of network could that be?! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Is there a term for hacker news variety dude bros. HnDB? It has a simple SQL-like interface -- query anything and get a over-confident answer glued together with googleable factoids.
Brogrammers? - Not Me
I don't know anything about Python, and I stopped reading after the second sentence, but I talked to a guy once 6 years ago about this very issue and it's clear to me that the author has no clue about what he's talking about and this post is worse than cancer. - Mark Trapp
But it's Canadian cancer so it's okay. - Akiva
^--- This. That. Those. Here's a link to a completely irrelevant blog post (er, I mean "essay") by Paul Graham that proves its unfailing correctness: - Mark Trapp
In all seriousness, I think "shitposter" comes close: - Mark Trapp
I think the key here is that Micah's not being serious. Or at least he's only being Canadian serious. - Akiva
I'm biserious. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Seriousness for some values of serious. - Mark Trapp
S vs. NS. - Akiva
It's a NonPlussed Hard problem. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
The Traveling Snarkman? - Mark Trapp
Meg VMeg
OMGOMGOMG - Catherine Pellegrino
I assumed it was just my internet that was down!!!!!!!!! BUT NOOOOOOOOO - Meg VMeg
Is this our Brand New Day? When all email debts are erased? - Meg VMeg
Well, you know, their service is new, and they are just working out the kinks. - Zamms
Fortunately, no one on Twitter is panicking about it. - Zamms
(we're back, mostly, I think.) (Zamms made me LOL. Twice.) - Catherine Pellegrino
Thank $deity it wasn't Google+ that went down. - Stephen Francoeur
I do what I can to help people thru the hard times. - Zamms
(actually, it went down too....) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Thank $deity it wasn't FriendFeed that went down. - Joe - Systems Analyst
so grateful that there is a $deity. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Thank $deity it wasn't Zamms that went down. - Steele Lawman
ThankERROR: array index out of bounds - Steel Penguin Slippy
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