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Color Pattern

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♫ When the spacing is tight / And the difference is slight / That's a moiré ♫
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Lythimus
7 days ago
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This just made me realize WaveNet/Deep Voice could be used to match regular sentences to the cadence of a library of pop songs. This would have no practical use, but it would mean you could pick out pairs of sentences from a speech and sing them all to well known pop songs.
FlyingRat
7 days ago
That would be fun. Certain things are well known, like the fact that you can sing almost any Emily Dickinson poem to the tune of Yellow Rose of Texas or the Gilligan's Island theme, but expanding the canon would be great.
kbenson
6 days ago
In the future, our robot overlords will speak to us exclusively in verse set to ear-worm songs, to both torture us and prevent us from forgetting their commands.
endlessmike
2 days ago
Do this with every Trump speech. Thanks in advance
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mindspillage
7 days ago
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see also: http://www.perspicuity.com/?lightbox=image_104h
Mountain View, California
JayM
7 days ago
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ROFL
Atlanta, GA
jepler
7 days ago
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hee hee
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
alt_text_bot
7 days ago
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♫ When the spacing is tight / And the difference is slight / That's a moiré ♫
emdot
3 days ago
Lines will zig ziggy ziggy zag, ziggy ziggy zag / Don't be mad at the pattern / They can smooth do a little move, just a groove / And you'll see it unscatters

Hard-to-find Nintendo Switch sees 47% resale markup

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Enlarge / The Switch's JoyCon controllers in their Grip cradle. (credit: Mark Walton)

Last week, we warned readers not to get too excited in assuming that the Nintendo Switch's successful launch implied long-term success for the new platform. That said, the system remains nearly impossible to find at North American retailers nearly two weeks after its debut, which has led to a significant markup in price among third-party resellers.

A quick search of 90 completed eBay Switch sales over the past couple of days finds a median selling price of $440 for the Switch, a 47 percent markup over the $300 MSRP. The absolute lowest recent selling price for the system was $359, while one lucky seller managed to get $810 for his system just yesterday morning.

The markup remains high if The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is included with the system. The system/game bundles resell for a median price of $525 on eBay (46 percent above an MSRP of $360), even though the game itself isn't hard to find at all on retail shelves. A Switch with the harder-to-find, extra-packed limited edition Breath of the Wild, on the other hand, resells for a median of $624 (56 percent above the $400 MSRP).

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Lythimus
13 days ago
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I'd consider selling mine and buying another in a few months if there was a way to back up my Zelda save.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - A Dog Person

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Maybe this is what they're thinking when they wag their tails.

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Hey geeks of London! Only 100 student tickets remain! Get'em while they're gettable!

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Lythimus
18 days ago
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Thus, Wobbly Headed Bob was born.
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Advertising in Windows has reached an exasperating new low

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Enlarge / Advertisements? In my Explorer? It's more common than you think. (credit: A reddit user with a name that's frankly distasteful in and of itself.)

I don't know what triggers OneDrive advertisements in Explorer. I don't know if they appear in Windows 10 stable builds or just Insider Previews as a taste of things to come. I don't know that I even care any more.

But come on.

Nobody in Redmond thought, "Gosh, that's a little distasteful"? I mean, "Let's just turn our operating system into a billboard!" offends nobody?

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Lythimus
19 days ago
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Ubuntu has (had?) gone a little too far with their search feature returning many sponsored results as well. I think this is just the way things are going. Hopefully we'll be able to pay to opt out or all just switch to Slackware.
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Nintendo says non-gaming apps for Switch will “come in time”

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Enlarge / Eventually, maybe there will be more to do on the Switch besides playing games like Breath of the Wild.

While the Nintendo Switch has seen generally positive reception from critics and the marketplace so far, many have noticed that the tablet-like system doesn't do much besides play games. Web browsing, social media, video streaming, music, and other apps that are practically required for any Internet-connected device these days are nowhere to be found on the Switch as of yet.

Nintendo doesn't want that situation to last long, though. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that, while gaming will always be the focus, the company is looking into non-gaming features for the Switch down the line:

"We built the Nintendo Switch to be a world-class gaming device, meaning we want you first and foremost to play games on the system and have an incredibly fun experience.

We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time. In our view, these are not differentiators. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play. And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform.

The fact that non-gaming Switch apps are in the works, but not ready for launch, could be seen as another sign that the Switch was rushed to market just in time for the end of Nintendo's fiscal year this month. After all, the system was first shown to the public just over four months ago, and first playable by the press less than two months ago. Add in an extremely small launch library and widespread reports of apparent hardware issues, and you get the impression that a longer development process may come in handy in many ways.

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Lythimus
21 days ago
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Most people have a previous generation console, or a smart TV, or a set top box/stick. So is this really necessary out of the box? I'd prefer them focus on games.
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Borrow Your Laptop

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If used with software that could keep up, a scroll wheel mapped to send a stream of 'undo' and 'redo' events could be kind of cool.
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Lythimus
26 days ago
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Ha, I have a very sensitive mouse, an ergonomic keyboard, and type in dvorak. I'm not proud of it, but at least no one will use my computer.
zippy72
25 days ago
I've been considering disembowelling one of my keyboards to make it an HCESAR layout...
matthiasgoergens
24 days ago
Ditch the mouse and go with a trackball---for extra nerd cred.
Lythimus
24 days ago
@matthiasgoergens I've only tried Microsoft's D67-00001, but I loved it. I'm using a Mionix Avior 7000 which is more suited for small hands with long fingers and am digging it.
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Covarr
26 days ago
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You have to hold down the fn key to type letters, otherwise it treats them as though you are holding down alt.
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alt_text_bot
26 days ago
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If used with software that could keep up, a scroll wheel mapped to send a stream of 'undo' and 'redo' events could be kind of cool.
Fidtz
26 days ago
You can try this in any app if your mouse allows full re-mapping. Gaming mice (e.g. Razer) allow this. I don't recommend it tho.
jepler
26 days ago
yeah you'd have to make sure this was meta-bucky-mousewheel, not just plain mousewheel. all you emacs users out there know what I mean. On the other hand, I'm not sure what you do with software like vim that has a redo-forest instead of one and only one redo.
kbenson
26 days ago
Crap. Now I need to look up vim redo. To be clear, this is only a bad thing because I have a feeling I'll soon be kicking myself for shortsightedness that persisted for well over a decade.
infini
25 days ago
I have a Finnish language keyboard set to international keyboard which i'm able to use because I'm a touch typist. Today's cartoon speaks to me :D
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