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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dreams in the Lich House: Norway has Trolls, So More Power Lines Are Needed

Dreams in the Lich House: Norway has Trolls, So More Power Lines Are Needed







I recently had the chance to watch The Troll Hunter, a 2010 Norwegian movie that blends dark humor with a touch of horror.  It's available through Netflix streaming, so that gives me a lot of flexibility to catch a movie when the kids are asleep.  The movie is presented as "found footage", a mock documentary that details how a group of university students investigate ecological concerns around illegal bear hunting in the mountains.  When they start trailing one of the hunters at night, they learn he's actually hunting something much larger and more dangerous than bears.  Trolls are real, and they're migrating out of their ranges and munching tourists!



Over the course of the movie, the students enter the confidence of the troll hunter, a grizzled ex-soldier, and learn the secret history of the TSS, Norway's Troll Security Service.  They learn about troll baiting, troll ecology, and how the government keeps them secret and isolated.  The central mystery is about unraveling why various trolls have gone on a rampage.  The title of this post is a line delivered by the actual Prime Minister during a discussion on energy policy, which the film makers humorously worked into the context of the movie.



Gaming Inspiration

The Troll Hunter has a lot to offer as inspiration for both fantasy and horror games.  First there's the central character, the iconic monster hunter.  There's a literary and cinematic tradition of the hardened outsider that understands the nature of the foe, the necessary weapons and methods to hunt and destroy the beast.  I'm not giving it a lot of deep thought right now, but the first two that jump to mind include Van Helsing from Dracula, or Quint the shark hunter from Jaws, with his finger nails scratching the chalkboard - "Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole."



The troll hunter roams the scenic Norwegian wilderness in a beat up truck and fifth wheel camper, loaded with ingredients to make troll musk, ultraviolet light weaponry in various configurations to blast trolls to stone, and a stereo system with external speakers to play the kind of music that drives trolls nuts, like You Have a Friend in Jesus.



The other angle I enjoyed in the movie was the scientific exploitation of myth and folklore.  The movie takes certain aspects of troll folklore, assumes it's true, and then goes on to explain the "Monstercology" behind the folklore.  And the troll hunter takes full advantage of the troll's vulnerabilities and weaknesses, such as having a pint of "a Christian man's blood" in a container to use as bait.  The trolls can tell the difference between how believers smell and the pagans, you see.



Highly recommended; it's a low-budget sleeper with a lot of charm, and be sure to see the Norwegian original before the inevitable American remake - apparently an American film company already has the rights.



Here's the full image from the poster, showing a "Jotnar", one of the ancients, much larger than the standard trolls:


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

osi - Networking: Difference between Transport layer and Networking Layer - Stack Overflow

osi - Networking: Difference between Transport layer and Networking Layer - Stack Overflow



Cthulhu's explanation is ok but in order to understand a bit better, I recommend that you should read on the OSI Model


HP kills The Machine, repurposes design around conventional technologies | ExtremeTech

HP kills The Machine, repurposes design around conventional technologies | ExtremeTech






What is Shannon's Law? - Definition from WhatIs.com

What is Shannon's Law? - Definition from WhatIs.com



No practical communications system has yet been devised that can operate at close to the theoretical speed limit defined by Shannon's law. Some systems, using sophisticated encoding and decoding, can approach half of the so-called Shannon limit for a channel having fixed bandwidth and signal-to-noise ratio.






zerohedge on Twitter: "Dollar & Crude Dumped, Bonds Pumped As Yellen Jawboning Saves Stocks https://t.co/2ILIrqVi6Y"

zerohedge on Twitter: "Dollar & Crude Dumped, Bonds Pumped As Yellen Jawboning Saves Stocks https://t.co/2ILIrqVi6Y"





S.E. Cupp: War won, nuance lost - NY Daily News

S.E. Cupp: War won, nuance lost - NY Daily News



Not since “Schoolhouse Rock” has the bill — the process by which we get our laws — faced such a hostile crowd. Chris Christie, who never misses an opportunity to remind voters that he’s a governor, wasn’t having it last night, interrupting an exchange between Sens. Rubio and Paul over data collection and immigration legislation.
“If your eyes are glazing over like mine,” Christie said to viewers, “this is what it’s like to be on the floor of the United States Senate . . . They continue to debate about this bill and in the subcommittee and what — nobody in America cares about that.”
It’s a shame, but he’s probably right.

Time complexity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Time complexity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia





In computer science, the time complexity of an algorithm quantifies the amount of time taken by an algorithm to run as a function of the length of the string representing the input[1]:226. The time complexity of an algorithm is commonly expressed using big O notation, which excludes coefficients and lower order terms. When expressed this way, the time complexity is said to be described asymptotically, i.e., as the input size goes to infinity. For example, if the time required by an algorithm on all inputs of size n is at most 5n3 + 3n for any n (bigger than some n0), the asymptotic time complexity is O(n3).
Time complexity is commonly estimated by counting the number of elementary operations performed by the algorithm, where an elementary operation takes a fixed amount of time to perform. Thus the amount of time taken and the number of elementary operations performed by the algorithm differ by at most a constant factor.
Since an algorithm's performance time may vary with different inputs of the same size, one commonly uses the worst-case time complexity of an algorithm, denoted as T(n), which is defined as the maximum amount of time taken on any input of size n. Less common, and usually specified explicitly, is the measure of average-case complexity. Time complexities are classified by the nature of the function T(n). For instance, an algorithm with T(n) = O(n) is called a linear time algorithm, and an algorithm with T(n) = O(Mn) and mn= O(T(n)) for some M ≥ n > 1 is said to be an exponential time algorithm.



Legalism (Chinese philosophy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Legalism (Chinese philosophy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Fa-Jia, usually (although inaccurately[3][1]) translated as Legalism is a classical school of Chinese philosophy whose reformers focused on the centralized management of personnel and state through the manipulation of codes or interests like greed.[4][5] The developments representative of the term were important in Chinese history, forming guiding principles for the First Emperor and imperial administration. Sometimes compared with modern social sciences,[6][7] they rejected their Confucian contemporaries espousal of a rule based solely on the charisma of the aristocrats as undermining to their ruling patrons.[8][9] Highly effective in the short run, their dismissiveness of traditional culture, morality and "anti-ministerial" approach earned them enmity, despite continued use.[10]





Urban Dictionary: lawyerism

Urban Dictionary: lawyerism



A mental disorder. Dietary characteristics include calling oneself a vegitarian, and then eating meat. Have a veracious appetite for chocolate bars, drinking inhuman (possibly angelic) amounts of diet coke.



It also includes a paranoia in which the person believes that every individual of the opposite sex (and then some) wants to propagate (screw) them so hard that Jesus falls off the cross. Waist size is not part of this consideration.



The most major symptom is believing that they "could" have been a lawyer. A very smart lawyer at that, who may graduate from lawyer school. As well thinking that carrying more than $20 means that they are super, ultra wealthy.



People who have diagnosed with lawyerism seem to have a tendency to "F" up grocery stores and respectful managers.
"I think that "Witful" girl should study into lawyerism. (Polite way to say that someone is a good candidate of this disorder)


La publicidad en vídeo, una nueva forma de distribuir malware

La publicidad en vídeo, una nueva forma de distribuir malware





Cada vez es más habitual ver en diferentes páginas web todo tipo de contenidos multimedia. Vídeos, música, imágenes animadas y mucho más contenido forman parte de la web moderna ya que, gracias a las grandes velocidades de conexión, es posible descargar este tipo de contenido de forma prácticamente instantánea. Los piratas informáticos están constantemente buscando nuevas formas de infectar a los usuarios, por lo que una de las técnicas analizadas es el poder suplantar este tipo de contenido multimedia para esconder en él sus herramientas maliciosas.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jedi Church - Jedi Religion and Jedi Faith


Emotion, yet peace.Ignorance, yet knowledge.Passion, yet serenity.Chaos, yet harmony.Death, yet the Force.

Vox's Sarah Kliff Goes Silent as Obamacare Co-Ops Collapse

Vox's Sarah Kliff Goes Silent as Obamacare Co-Ops Collapse



For years, first at the Washington Post's Wonkblog and now at Vox, Sarah Kliff has been happily chirping away about the wonders of Obamacare. She has been perhaps its biggest cheerleader by far. And then the predictable collapse of its cooperatives hit and now poor Sarah has gone silent on the whole topic of Obamacare since November 19 when she sadly delivered apocalyptic news about the nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth:

Fitzgerald: Longtime cab driver has nightly view of Hub’s ‘broken souls’ | Boston Herald

Fitzgerald: Longtime cab driver has nightly view of Hub’s ‘broken souls’ | Boston Herald



“It’s like saying, ‘Yes, bring in the refugees, we can handle more,’ when it’s obvious we can’t even handle the broken souls we’ve already got.”






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