Further adventures in the fediverse

By mcphail

I’ve added the ActivityPub plugin to the site, so it should be possible to follow the blog by following @mcphail@neil.themcphails.uk on Mastodon, Pleroma or similar.

LXD, I love you

By mcphail

Don’t ask me what lxd does. Or what lxc does. Or how lxd relates to lxc. I just know that lxd (or lxc – this confuses the hell out of me) is an awesome piece of software. Having snagged a new vanity domain in the .uk release, I decided to bite the bullet and join…

Reinventing Firefox for Android: a Preview

By mcphail

At Firefox, we’re passionate about providing solutions for people who care about safety, privacy and independence. For several months, we’ve been working on a new strategy for our Android products to serve you even better. from https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2019/06/27/reinventing-firefox-for-android-a-preview

Google to reimplement curl in libcrurl

By mcphail

Not the entire thing, just “a subset”. It’s not stated very clearly exactly what that subset is but the easy interface is mentioned in the Chrome bug about this project. from https://daniel.haxx.se/blog/2019/06/19/google-to-reimplement-curl-in-libcrurl/ Embrace, extend…

Dogs’ eyes evolve to appeal to humans

By mcphail

If a dog has eyes that seem to be telling you something or demanding your attention, it could be evolution’s way of manipulating your feelings. Researchers have found that dogs have evolved muscles around their eyes, which allow them to make expressions that particularly appeal to humans. from https://www.bbc.com/news/education-48665618

Germans thirsty for alcohol-free beer as brewers boost taste

By mcphail

During last year’s sweltering summer in Europe, workers of the Störtebeker beer brewery stood at the doors of the bottle depot eagerly awaiting the empty returns so they could be washed and refilled as quickly as possible. from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/14/germans-thirsty-for-alcohol-free-beer-as-brewers-boost-taste

Cecconoid: Trailer

By mcphail

Stardate: 15th April, 2088The good ship Equinox is under attack from Stormlord and his robotic minions, the Exolons! You’re the crew’s only hope. Take your Samurai-1 fighter, find Captain Solomon’s Key, clear the decks of evil robots, and save the Equinox from certain destruction!Cecconoid is an 8-b from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFtRonr1VqM https://triple-eh.itch.io/cecconoid Nice one, Gareth!

Once again, a neural net tries to name cats

By mcphail

Last year I trained a neural net to generate new names for kittens, by giving it a list of over 8,000 existing cat names to imitate. from https://aiweirdness.com/post/185339301987/once-again-a-neural-net-tries-to-name-cats