Second Livestock

Virtual Free Range™

Eliminating the need for the physical space required for free-range livestock our Virtual Free Range™ gives livestock the experience of Free Range life while in the safe confines of our facility.

Free Range life, though providing a diverse diet, exercise, and socialization, is inherently stressful to the animals. It can also result in a high loss for the producer due to injuries and predation.

Virtual Free Range™ combines the physical and psychological benefits of free range life with the safety and security of conventional agriculture. Chickens are free to roam, socialize and "eat" virtual food, which appears in the virtual world where their real food trays are located.

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Today in Monkey Butter News:

Cow Milk Without the Cow Is Coming to Change Food Forever

They're trying to make cow's milk cheese without the cow. Using mail-order DNA, they're tricking yeast cells into producing a substance that's molecularly identical to milk. And if successful, they'll turn this milk into cheese. Real cheese. But vegan cheese. Real vegan cheese.

That's the name of the project: Real Vegan Cheese. These hackers want cheese that tastes like the real thing, but they don't want it coming from an animal. Abandoning real cheese is one of the hardest sacrifices vegans must make, says one member of the group, Benjamin Rupert, a chemist by training and a vegan for the past decade. With Real Vegan Cheese, they won't have to. "What we're making is identical to the animal protein," he says. "You're not giving anything up, really."

This is what we call "burying the lead":

The possibilities include not just vegan cow cheese, but, well, vegan human cheese. The same basic process for synthesizing cow's milk applies to milk from any other mammal. You just need different genes. Cheese made from engineered human breast milk may not sound like a top seller at the deli counter. But the team says it can serve a practical purpose: Human milk cheese could offer an option to people who have allergies to non-human dairy products. (Chavez said the group has put its experiments with human milk on hold due to Food and Drug Administration concerns about possible autoimmune reactions.)

They also hope to engineer cheese based on the milk of the narwhal, the most outlandish mammal they could imagine. They hear the milk has the consistency of toothpaste.

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Coconut Oil

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Fly through Wipeout tracks in your browser

Reverse Engineering WipEout

With all the work that went into this project, handling the WebGL drawing with three.js turned out to be one of the simplest parts.

The finished WipEout Model Viewer loads all the original data files and does all the binary file reading, unpacking and scene creation in JavaScript.

All in all, I wrote about 800 lines of JavaScript to load and draw 3D scenes for a 20 year old game. I wonder how big the original WipEout sorurce is. It's quite sad that probably nobody will ever see it again, considering that it now belongs to Sony.

Having a hard time accepting what I see my web browser doing right now!

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SOMA Nature Walk, hemorrhagic tax dollars edition

These guys are digging a trench in a road that was poured literally two days ago. Prior to two days ago, this road was an open dirt hole covered with movable steel plates for close to two years.

Meanwhile, a hundred feet away, another crew are jackhammering up a sidewalk that they poured two weeks ago.

Who is in charge of this Mickey Mouse operation and how do they still have a job??

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I'm only up to episode 7, but wow, Daredevil is amazingly good! And it has some of the best fights I've ever seen on TV.

Fisk is perfect! Stick is perfect! Foggy is just the right level of goofball.

That hallway fight, with the six minute tracking shot!

First they do a slow build, down the hall once, peeking in the rooms to establish the space; then fight after fight, some of them off screen, which is fine because we already know the rooms; and the whole time the camera just stays out of the way! Then it ends as slowly as it began, and we never actually get to see into the Bad Room at the end of the hall. I backed up and watched that scene twice. You never see that combination of physical badassery and cinematic restraint. I haven't seen fight cinematography that good since Haywire.

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Dali Clock 2.43

Android bug fixes.


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Eighth-grader charged with felony for shoulder-surfing teacher's password

A 14-year-old Florida boy has been charged with felony computer intrusion after shoulder-surfing his school's computer network password and using it to play a prank on a teacher.

Domanik Green, an eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, Florida, was charged with an offense against a computer system and felony unauthorized access, according to a report published Thursday by The Tampa Bay Times. In late March, the youth allegedly used the administrative-level password without permission to log in to the school's network and change the images displayed on a teacher's computer to one of two men kissing.

While the factual allegations laid out in the article seem to indicate the youth perpetrated some form of trespass, they also alleged a litany of poor practices on the part of school administrators. These practices include weak passwords, entering passwords in front of others, and widespread unauthorized access, possibly that went undetected.

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From the Godwin Institute For Paratemporal Studies:

Men more likely than women to time-travel and kill Hitler, study shows

If they had a time machine, men would be more likely than women to travel to pre-World War II Europe and kill Hitler, according to a recently published study. [...]

Participants were asked 20 questions about moral dilemmas such as decisions about murder, torture, lying, abortion and conducting research on animals.

The study examined two philosophical principles that relate to ethics, deontology and utilitarianism. According to the former, the morality of an action depends on its consistency with a moral norm. Utilitarianism, meanwhile, holds the morality of an action maximizes utility -- in other words, that it is best for the greatest number of people.

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Dali Clock 2.42: Android!

Robin Müller-Cajar and I have ported Dali Clock to Android! Finally!

It's not in an app store or anything, because I don't know anything about that crap, so you have to manually install the .apk file. I assume everyone reading this knows how to do that.

It runs as both a normal application and as a "Daydream" service. Select Settings / Display / Daydream / Dali Clock, and it will run automatically as a kind of screen saver when the device is docked or charging. Android 4.2 or newer is required.

Like the iOS version, there is no preferences panel. Swipe left or down to decrease the number of digits; swipe right or up to increase. Tap to momentarily display the date. Double-tap to toggle 12- and 24-hour mode.

Let me know what performance is like on your various devices.

The emulator doesn't seem to be able to emulate more than one Android device, so I haven't witnessed it doing its thing on a tablet or a Google TV or anything like that.

Hopefully it will track your locale's rules about the order in which day, month and year appear, and whether 24-hour time is the default.

I'd sure appreciate some advice from experienced Android developers about what we did wrong, since this is my first trip down this road. In particular, the android/Makefile is a horror show. Do I really need to type in a password every time I want to build the .apk file?

I'm also suffering PTSD at just how many useless subdirectories this effort resulted in. I'm sure that some of this is unavoidable Java insanity, plus a layer of Android insanity on top, but seriously? It goes fourteen levels deep!

I would like to make pinching do the same as swiping, but I couldn't figure out how one does pinch gestures on Android.

When changing the device's orientation, it takes a long time to react. I don't know if that's because I'm doing something wrong, or if that's just how Android is. (I've only seen this thing running in the emulator, not on a real device.)

So far, I have not discovered any way to get Android Studio on OSX to show me the output of Log.d() or Log.i(), which makes all of this incredibly difficult to debug! Even when I do "adb -e log cat", nothing shows up. Well, a lot of crap shows up, just nothing I printed. Does this happen to everyone, or am I just lucky?

Oh, also, Joshua Wise ported it to the Pebble Smart Watch. The source for that is in this release too.

That's probably not the watch you were wondering about, right?

So it turns out that an Apple Watch port of Dali Clock would be kind of pointless, because the Apple does not allow you to build custom watch faces at all. No, really.

And as far as I can tell, the only way to get custom graphics onto the watch is to basically package up and hand it the equivalent of an anim-GIF. So the way that would work is, you'd launch an app on your watch, which would launch an app on your phone, which would then start spraying image frames at the watch over bluetooth as quickly as possible -- which they say is something like 10 FPS when they are looping. In the case where every frame is different forever, who knows.

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