Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Alternative Economy: Patronage

one limitation is , to convince people to help you fund your project, you usually need some sort of proof that the project will get done. and usually its a track record(doublefine and inxile i think a bit more famous; but if u check the rest out, i'm quote sure everyone of them have previous experience in the gaming industry).

or produce a short playable demo.
or at least videos of what the gameplay should be like

and this guy pledged circa us$7k, and paid ~us$2.2k thus far..i think its very interesting stuff...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

aiyoh, why dun they use a allwinner a10?
why raspi? why? i'm almost ready to mess around with a a10 tablet...

How about dedicated?
ridiculously cheap 10 pounds/mth atom with 2gb ram and 500gb hdd..this is the price of a 512 at linode!
language impaired, but almost can match the ovh, via nano instead of atom, 160gb hdd, same price..
yet another language impaired one..what's up with the french and small dedicated servers?
stupidly cheap big dedicated hw..8 core opteron, 32gb ram, 2x2tb hdd for less than us$100
a bit more than that, at 109 pounds/mth, will up that to core i7, 64gb ram, 2x3tb...or you can try your luck at their spot market for the lower specced ones...

on totally separate note..if we're still comparing with the smaller ovh stuff.. is really attractive...starting at 1gb ram, 50gb hdd, 2ghz cpu for us$5/mth going up to 4gb ram, 4ghz cpu, 150gb hdd for us$15...but i hear that its best that one don't run mail there...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

do u zpanel or virtualmin?

i virtualmin. but zpanelx is quite nice..
both are nicer than kloxo..kloxo seems to have everything but plain doesn't work....
up one level...really isp panel.....
config server for hardware...

RANCID - Really Awesome New Cisco confIg Differ

RANCID monitors a router's (or more generally a device's) configuration, including software and hardware (cards, serial numbers, etc) and uses CVS (Concurrent Version System) or Subversion to maintain history of changes.
RANCID does this by the very simple process summarized here:
  • login to each device in the router table (router.db),
  • run various commands to get the information that will be saved,
  • cook the output; re-format, remove oscillating or incrementing data,
  • email any differences (sample) from the previous collection to a mail list,
  • and finally commit those changes to the revision control system
RANCID also includes looking glass software. It is based on Ed Kern's looking glass which was once used for, for the old-school folks who remember it. Our version has added functions, supports cisco, juniper, and foundry and uses the login scripts that come with rancid; so it can use telnet or ssh to connect to your devices(s).
Rancid currently supports Cisco routers, Juniper routers, Catalyst switches, Foundry switches, Redback NASs, ADC EZT3 muxes, MRTd (and thus likely IRRd), Alteon switches, and HP Procurve switches and a host of others.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

simple and lightweight

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is an Internet standard for electronic mail (e-mail) transmission across Internet Protocol (IP) networks. SMTP was first defined by RFC 821 (1982, eventually declared STD 10),[1] and last updated by RFC 5321 (2008)[2] which includes the extended SMTP (ESMTP) additions, and is the protocol in widespread use today. SMTP uses TCP port 25. The protocol for new submissions (MSA) is effectively the same as SMTP, but it uses port 587 instead.

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAPplay /ˈɛldæp/) is an application protocol for accessing and maintaining distributed directory information services over an Internet Protocol (IP) network.[1]

Sunday, November 18, 2012

nice ways to keep time...

Chronyd is a daemon which runs in background on the system. It obtains measurements via the network of the system clock’s offset relative to time servers on other systems and adjusts the system time accordingly. For isolated systems, the user can periodically enter the correct time by hand (using Chronyc). In either case, Chronyd determines the rate at which the computer gains or loses time, and compensates for this. Chronyd implements the NTP protocol and can act as either a client or a server.


The dntpd daemon will synchronize the system clock to one or more exter- nal NTP time sources. By default an initial coarse offset correction will be made if time is off by greater than 2 minutes. Additional slid- ing offset corrections will be made if necessary. Once sufficient infor- mation is obtained, dntpd will also correct the clock frequency. Over the long haul the frequency can usually be corrected to within 2 ppm of the time source. Offset errors can typically be corrected to within 20 milliseconds, or within 1 millisecond of a low latency time source.


dntpd runs two linear regressions for each target against the uncorrected system time. The two linear regressions are staggered so the second one is stable and can replace the first one once the first's sampling limit has been reached. The second linear regression is also capable of over- riding the first if the target changes sufficiently to invalidate the first's correlation. The linear regression is a line-fitting algorithm which allows us to cal- culate a running Y-intercept, slope, and correlation factor. The Y- intercept is currently not used but can be an indication of a shift in the time source. The slope basically gives us the drift rate which in turn allows us to correct the frequency. The correlation gives us a quality indication, with 0 being the worst and +- 1.0 being the best. A standard deviation is calculated for offset corrections. A standard deviation gives us measure of the deviation from the mean of a set of samples. dntpd uses the sum(offset_error) and sum(offset_error^2) method to calculate a running standard deviation. The offset error relative to the frequency-corrected real time is calculated for each sample. Note that this differs from the uncorrected offset error that the linear regression uses to calculate the frequency correction. In order to make a frequency correction a minimum of 8 samples and a cor- relation >= 0.99, or 16 samples and a correlation >= 0.96 is required. Once these requirements are met a frequency correction will typically be made each sampling period. Frequency corrections do not 'jump' the sys- tem time or otherwise cause fine-time computations to be inaccurate and thus can pretty much be made at will. In order to make an offset correction a minimum of 4 samples is required and the standard deviation must be less than 1/4 the current calculated offset error. The system typically applies offset corrections slowly over time. The algorithm will make an offset correction whenever these standards are met but the fact that the offset error must be greater than 4 times the standard deviation generally results in very few offset cor- rections being made once time has been frequency-corrected. dntpd will not attempt to make a followup offset correction until the system has completed applying the previous offset correction, as doing so would cause a serious overshoot or undershoot. It is possible to use a more sophisticated algorithm to take running offset corrections into account but we do not do that (yet). dntpd maintains an operations mode for each target. An initial 6 samples are taken at 5 second intervals, after which samples are taken at 5 minute intervals. If the time source is deemed to be good enough (using fairly relaxed correlation and standard deviation comparisons) the polling interval is increased to 30 minutes. Note that long intervals are required to get good correlations from internet time sources. If a target stops responding to NTP requests the operations mode goes into a failed state which polls the target at the nominal polling rate (e.g., 5 minutes). Once re-acquired dntpd will either go back to the 5-second startup mode or to the 5-minute acquisition mode depending on how long the target was in the failed state.


If the system clock is naturally off-frequency dntpd will be forced to make several offset corrections before it gets enough data to make a fre- quency correction. Once the frequency has been corrected dntpd can typi- cally keep the time synchronized to within 1-20 milliseconds depending on the source and both the number of offset corrections and the size of the offset corrections should be significantly reduced. It will take up to 30 seconds for dntpd to make the initial coarse offset correction. It can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 hours for dntpd to make the initial frequency correction, depending on the time source. Internet time sources require long delays between samples to get a high quality correlation in order to issue a frequency correction. It is difficult to calculate the packet latency for an internet time source and in some cases this can result in time sources which disagree as much as 20ms with each other. If you specify multiple targets and run in debug or a high-logging mode you may observe this issue.


Multiple servers may be specified in the configuration file. Pool domains are supported and the same domain name may be specified several times to connect to several different targets within the pool. Your DNS server must rotate IPs for this to work properly (all UNIX name servers will rotate IPs). dntpd will automatically weed out any duplicate IPs. When two or more time sources are configured, dntpd will do a quorum- based sanity check on its best pick and fail the server if its offset deviates significantly from other servers. If a server fails, dntpd will relookup its domain name and attempt to reconnect to it. To avoid overloading servers due to packet routing sna- fus, reconnections can take upwards of an hour to cycle.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

and the penguin-in-chief said, let there be light..
or rather, he complained there was no light..or rather, udev was broken...

and there was light..
or rather, there may be light..or rather, the gentoo people(penguins?) want to stick a fork in it...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sensory Overload {Interacting With Autism Project}

in praise of lighttpd and nginx
The benchmark shows that Lighttpd and Nginx are slightly faster than others, and in CPU terms significantly better.

but they didnt include thttpd in the comparison :P

In a discussion about the unsubscribe button

You'd better hope that I unsubscribe. Because that's just a signal to you that I don't want what you're sending.
If I get really pissed off, I will go look up what else you've sent. Who else is complaining. Where you're hosted. How you got my address.
And then I start complaining. Not to you. To your webhosting company. To your email hoster. To your upstream network vendors. All of them have AUPs that say "you won't use our service to send spam".
And on a bad day for you, they listen. They see the complaint from me. They actually investigate. And maybe my complaint is the one that suggests to them that you aren't paying enough to be worth this aggravation.
Don't send spam. If you're going to send me email, we had better have an existing relationship where I actually handed you my email address and positively clicked on "Please send me email about stuff you think is going to interest me", or you had best be sending me a personal email written by a person expressly to me about a specific subject.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

i'm left with bluetooth here...

shitty xp+intel 2200bg can only present adhoc. shitty android can only connect to infrastructure.
shitty 'tethering' assume internet from phone only.
now i want phone to use internet from laptop.

1. changed wpa_supplicant in /system/bin
- failed to detect any network
2. edited wpa_suplicant in /system/etc/wifi
- didnt do squat

i think have to 'flash' a 'patch'...which i am reluctant. maybe brick radio permanently if i do scary.

3. run 'reverse usb tether'
- after get ip the tethered connection disconnected

4. run 'usb tunnel'
- pc side cannot see the phone, nevermind connect to it, never mind setup tunnels and adding proxies...

5. olsr is dependent on 1 or 2 working anyways.

6. serval currently only do voice. and no xp version.

7. opengarden may be able to do it via bluetooth.

at home i had a slightly different problem, albeit a far smaller one.
1. hotspotsystem signup
2. turn on hotspotsystem in ddwrt
3. no ip
4. give up. its not like there's tourists who want to use my wifi while they visit teban.  its not even like i gonna use my wifi from downstairs...or is it?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

i just thought this is important

Bender: You humans are so scared of a little robot competition you won't even let us on the field.
Fry: What are you talking about? There's all kinds of robots down there.
Bender: Yeah, doing crap work! They're bat boys, ball polishers, sprinkler systems. But how many robot managers are there?
Fry: Eleven?
Bender: Zero! (He throws his bottle on the floor and it breaks. A small robot comes out and cleans it up.) And what a surprise! Look who's scraping up the filth! Is it a human child? I wish!

that's only half the problem, no?

unique transactions is only half of it, no? how do you claim your rewards? do u also produce a unique QR code for the merchant to scan?

Friday, November 9, 2012

after 7 years, its finally here..

A credit card with an LCD display and built-in keyboard has been launched in Singapore by Mastercard.

Who we are ?

Since 1996,

Our Present & CEO George Ou sensed the trend of multi-application cards and put together a team to develop Multi-Component Cards (MCC) for the project for Taiwan National ID Cards. From 1996 to 2001, the team developed numerous prototypes of MCC with glass LCD and plastic LCD. However, it could not be commercialized due to low impact resistance, high power consumption and display thickness.

In 2002, SmartDisplayer Technology was founded and started to develop EPM using EPD for smart card applications. We encountered many technological limitations and barriers along the way and managed to overcome these challenges.

In 2005, we completed the world's first viable display module (EPM & BDM) for ISO card applications. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tokyo Jihen Ultra C Tour - Zettai Zetsumei by Qnguyen5555

Tokyo Jihen - Kurumaya-san by spicachu

東京事変 歌舞伎 by 0607Engin

閃光少女 by n0sslwl

Tokyo Jihen - Honnou [WS] by iQuEkun

椎名林檎 - Rising Sun Rock Festival in Ezo(1999)b by youme7901

咲かせてみて-発育ステータス by Yua0type0m

たかいたかい-発育ステータス by Yua0type0m

if you haven't come across uber yet, look them up, really..
1.You define the location parameters; zip codes, radius around store locations, counties, commuter routes, areas without billboards or transit, shopping centers.
2.We match you to adverCars who's daily routes, or parking locations 
meet your specific requirements.
3.Your branded adverCar fleet saturates your target area for duration of the campaign
4.adverCar can provide real-time or post-campaign commuter data, and impressions analysis from GPS units assigned to fleets.

SideCar is moving transportation in a big, sustainable, community-driven direction -- one ride at a time. Whether you’re ready to fill your car's empty seats with new friends or need to get across town in a hurry, SideCar connects you with just the person to help you out.

Drive for Lyft and make money being the ‘friend with a car’

1 List your car online in just a few minutes. The more love you put into the profile, the more business you’ll get.
2 You’re notified of and get to approve of any reservation requests. You’re in charge of who can drive your car.
3 Meet the renter to hand them your keys and check their driver’s license.
4 Sit back and count your cash! No need to worry as RelayRides is keeping your car safe with our insurance, while also handling billing and roadside support for you.
5 The renter will return your car at the end of her trip. Don’t forget to say thanks when you leave a review and to keep your car in tip-top shape to ensure repeat business.

Monday, November 5, 2012

predicting baseball matches and elections

the telegraph says :

Nate Silver is partisan and wrong. The voters will decide Romney v Obama, not The New York Times

the atlantic retorts:

People Who Can't Do Math Are So Mad At Nate Silver

even the nyt, who work with him, say:

Under Attack, Nate Silver Picks the Wrong Defense


someone else tries to explain..

and if you read the comments in the last one, you'd run into:


Candidate Obama Romney
Expected Electoral Votes 304.2 233.8


10s of 1000s of artists making median income , not 10s of artists making zillions i think, is a desirable societal outcome. i hope both and are successful and help us get rid of the recording industry once and for all.

personally ,i haven't bough music in years and in that time i'd only ever bought games from stardock(um..demigod?), humble bundle and indiegala.

nus got talent!

i ran into this..

confirmed the nov 16 event...

and was duely impressed..

but yea, the very first link did say they're all gone..