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A thread about Internet Archive's "Silent Killer"

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Video: Watch someone play DOOM on a Kodak digital camera from 1998

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Retro tech and gaming YouTube channel LGR has published a new video showing the original DOOM video game being played on a 1998 Kodak DC260 digital camera. This model was quite expensive at the time with a price tag of $999.99; the cost was due, in part, to the surprisingly capable hardware packed into the camera, including a 66Mhz PowerPC CPU, 8MB of RAM and an 11khz sound chipset.

As explained in the video, the Kodak DC260 was unusual for its time in that it features USB and support for sideloading apps. Though this sideloading functionality was intended to expand the camera's capabilities in unique ways, it also makes it possible to install and run a special version of the original DOOM video game, which appears to play without issue on the camera.

DOOM is one of the multiple apps demonstrated in the video, which includes instructions on downloading, sideloading and running the software.

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The Real Fake Cameras Of Toy Story 4

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The Nerdwriter on what makes Toy Story 4 feel so realistic.

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Handling JavaScript events with Web Workers

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Alex MacArthur:

The advantages of Web Workers are many, but things really clicked for me when it came to the several DOM event listeners in any given application. These all necessarily live on the browser’s main thread, and if that thread is congested by a long-running process, the responsiveness of those listeners begins to suffer, stalling the entire application until the event loop is free to continue firing.

Here’s an example (first hit freeze, then try hitting the other button or resizing the textarea):

See the Pen
Event Blocking – No Worker
by Alex MacArthur (@alexmacarthur)
on CodePen.

In his post he lays out a way of offloading that long running task into a Web Worker.

For the Sake of Your Event Listeners, Use Web Workers →

💁‍♂️ Be sure to check out the mentioned workerize, as that’s easier to grasp when compared to the postMessage code.

let worker = workerize(&grave
	export function add(a, b) {
		// block for half a second to demonstrate asynchronicity
		let start = Date.now();
		while (Date.now()-start < 500);
		return a + b;
	}
&grave);

(async () => {
	console.log('3 + 9 = ', await worker.add(3, 9));
	console.log('1 + 2 = ', await worker.add(1, 2));
})();
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Terrible Christmas mashups with Mariah Carey are now practically their own genre

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It’s a magical time of year when the whole spectrum of humanity comes together as brothers and sisters in a shared belief: that this endlessly looping Christmas music is seriously going to make us all go completely mental.

But don’t resist. Lean in. Let’s just pile on as much Mariah Carey Christmas as we can handle. No, scratch that – let’s swallow more than anyone can handle, like doing a bong full of egg nog.

Amazon Music is here with a documentary just about Mariah Carey, who – many people will find this relateable – has feelings about Christmas. I guess this documentary is serious. It pronounces “Mariah Carey is Christmas.”

And of course, that’s given us “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The documentary reveals every detail. She went to a record label. There are people singing about Jesus, who I have come to think may be related to this whole, like, situation. There are anecdotes about … things. She plays notes on a piano, sometimes it sounds like at random. (Hey, her description, not mine, but I’ve been there, Mariah.) Hanging snow, and unwrapping stockings, and presents falling from the sky, or whatever that whole stuff is.

And then she wrote a song. A Christmas song, which they then recorded with ideas that they thought would make it more of a Christmas song, so it feels like your childhood or happiness or … I think they’re saying they were going to make a s*** ton of money with this one.

Okay, now that you can’t get those eleven minutes of your life back, what if you could obliterate still more minutes, but also ruin other songs at the same time, in a way that’s timeless? Timeless as in – you will obliterate your fragile grip on the passage of time and all other reality. Let’s do this.

But this makes you happy – you just want to sing and dance.”

Mariah Manson – “All I Want For Christmas is the Beautiful People” (probably tbe best-crafted of these)

Radiohead – Creep But It’s All I Want For Christmas.

(Thom, I’m sorry. So sorry. Yes, this mash-up is about as elegantly executed as the Photoshop but … can’t … stop … listening. I am kind of a creep, it turns out.)

Oh, and when you get to “running out the door,” well – got any family you want to make run screaming from your house?

Welcome To The Christmas Parade – Mariah Carey vs. My Chemical Romance (Mashup)

The chemical part is right.

Hey, let’s have another one. Why not? I mean – don’t answer that.

Don’t Stop Christmas Now – (Mariah Carey, Queen) – Mashup

I kept thinking mash-ups would go away. Or maybe they would be better executed. I’m a little scared of what machine learning might do here.

But the Christmas spirit endures.

God bless us, every one.

Which of these is the best/worst? Listen repeatedly, over and over again, until you can tell us in comm–ohhhhhh no don’t do that I was kidding!

The post Terrible Christmas mashups with Mariah Carey are now practically their own genre appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

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Amazon Braket – Get Started with Quantum Computing

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