Dali Clock 2.39

Dali Clock 2.39 is out now, including the iOS version.

Didn't I just do this? Yes, but of course as soon as I released the previous version, someone sent me "Oh yeah, I've been meaning to report this" mail with a reproducible crash! It affected new iPads and very, very old Macs: two systems that cope poorly with very large textures.

While I was at it, I fixed a visual glitch that had been bugging me for a while: the transition from 3 to 4 to 5 left a stray chunk that disconnected and floated left and right in a weird looking way, so I manually tweaked the character outlines to make the up-turns on the 3 and 5 line up with each other and with the horizontal bar on the 4. I'm sure nobody will notice the difference but I DO.

Are any of you still running this thing on Linux? Someone who is not me should finish the port in the gtk subdirectory one of these days.

Also someone should probably send me a Pebble. I don't even wear watches but that's a port that seems necessary.

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Dazzle Camo for Sharks

"Shark Attack Mitigation Systems"

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Space. Spaaaaaaace.

Space is a slouchy place.

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Interesting visualization:

These maps show the corporate networks of the top six banks in the USA. Each dot represents a company, and each line shows where a company controls another company. A "corporate network", therefore, is a network of control, with a single corporation at the top of the tree, ultimately controlling all the companies beneath it.

We have grouped together companies that are in the same country, in the shape of that country. This gives you an idea of the size of the corporate network, and how it is structured. By comparing different corporate networks, you can see where and how different companies operate.

If you want to understand how complex multinational companies are, consider this.

In Hong Kong, there's a company called Goldman Sachs Structured Products (Asia) Limited. It's controlled by another company called Goldman Sachs (Asia) Finance, registered in Mauritius.

That's controlled by a company in Hong Kong, which is controlled by a company in New York, which is controlled by a company in Delaware, and that company is controlled by another company in Delaware called GS Holdings (Delaware) L.L.C. II.

...Which itself is a subsidiary of the only Goldman you're likely to have heard of, The Goldman Sachs Group in New York City.

That's only one of hundreds of such chains. All told, Goldman Sachs consists of more than 4000 separate corporate entities all over the world, some of which are around ten layers of control below the New York HQ.

Of those companies approximately a third are registered in nations that might be described as tax havens.Indeed, in the world of Goldman Sachs, the Cayman Islands are bigger than South America, and Mauritius is bigger than Africa.

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Horror photography

Joshua Hoffine:

Pickman's Masterpiece is pretty fine, too.

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The Apple 'Kill List'

What Your iPhone Doesn't Want You to Type

Our analysis found over 14,000 words that are recognized as words when spelled accurately, but that won't be corrected even when they are only slightly misspelled. However, the vast majority of these words are technical or very rarely used words: "nephrotoxin," "sempstress," "sheepshank," or "Aesopian," to name a few.

But among this list as well are more frequently used (and sensitive) words such as "abortion," "abort," "rape," "bullet," "ammo," "drunken," "drunkard," "abduct," "arouse," "Aryan," "murder," and "virginity." [...] In total, our analysis found dozens of words that were not identified as jargon or technical words but nonetheless did not offer corrections -- charged words like "bigot," "cuckold," "deflower," "homoerotic," "marijuana," "pornography," "prostitute," and "suicide." [...]

To find the list of excluded words, we came up with two different misspellings for roughly 250,000 words -- including all of the ones in the internal dictionary that ships with its desktop operating system -- and wrote an iOS program that would input each misspelled variant into an iOS simulator (a computer program that mimics the behavior of a factory-condition iPhone). We then made a separate program that simulated a user selecting from the menu of suggested corrections and recorded the results. After narrowing down the list to roughly 20,000 words that looked problematic, we tested 12 more different misspelling combinations. Words that did not offer an accurate correction any of the 14 times were added to our list of banned words. [...]

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment for this article.

Apple also declined to comment on changes made to Siri regarding abortion and birth control.

Asked by The Daily Beast why Apple software won't correct "abortiom" to "abortion," Siri responded only: "I'm sorry, I don't understand."

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Projection Mapping on a Moving Object

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XScreenSaver 5.22

XScreenSaver 5.22 out now, including for iOS.

I wrote a few new ones this time! It's been a while. There are also a bunch of bug fixes.

In particular, I think that the OSX binaries should run on any Intel Mac running 10.5 or later, and the iOS version should run on anything running 4.3 or later.


Lemme also repeat what I asked when I did the last release, since it hasn't worked yet:

HEY YOU: If you are a Linux user, will you please report a bug against your distro and ask them to upgrade to this version? I'm getting really tired of getting bug reports about things that I fixed two and a half years ago because Debian (for example) is still shipping 5.15.

And the modern batch of Linux fanboys don't seem to comprehend that this makes the answer to the question "are you running the latest version?" be "no".

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Minimum Soda Requirements

The Walking Bostonian:

Recently the Boston Restaurant Authority has indicated a desire to reduce their minimum soda requirements in new restaurants.

These requirements have been in place since the founding of the BRA in the 1950s, in order to assure that every patron has access to at least one free soda with every meal. In some cases, the BRA had been requiring two sodas per customer.

This measure had been intended to reduce demand for the depleting supplies of on-street soda machines.

Over the years, minimum soda requirements have been blamed for causing over-consumption of sugary drinks. The obesity epidemic, some say, is directly related to the excessive number of soda drinks being forced upon restaurant patrons, whether they order it or not.

"We don't need to push a soda with every meal," Peter Mead, head of the Boston Restaurant Authority, said in a recent interview. He cited US census data showing that one in three Boston residents is between 20 and 35, and most drink water, juice, or beer primarily.

Critics of the new policy claim that elimination of minimum soda requirements will cause a terrible soda shortage, as restaurants may choose to devote resources to other products, such as food. They say this will put a strain on already-short supplies in on-street soda machines.

A local woman complained, "If the BRA gets their way then families will leave Boston and move to the suburbs where they can get soda for free."

Another explained, "While I appreciate the idea of promoting public health, the city's public water transporter, MWRA, is not good enough to replace soda for everyday needs."

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