We invite you to create a sound that is global, smart, and familiar — a sound that will soon be recognised around the world as The Sound of All Human Knowledge. Your original submission must capture the essence of everything Wikimedia stands for. It should respond to questions like: “What is the sound of discovering something new?” or “What is the sound of trusted information?” or even “What is the sound of winning an argument?”
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Now put on your VR headset. Connect to your friend who lives on the other side of the world. Give it a world prompt:
I’m a cop, my friend is a robber. I am chasing him through the streets of Chicago at night time. In the rain. If I catch him within 15 minutes I win, otherwise he wins. Also we each have a radar on our wrist that tells us the direction to the other player. Go!
Even with things like Stable Diffusion and Copilot around I think completely computer-generated games are quite a distance away.
The nuances of human beings are difficult enough for us to understand, and these automagical technologies would run into the same problems of comprehension.
Gorbachev secured his place in history by what he didn’t do. While never endorsing the end of the eastern bloc, he made it clear beginning in the late 1980’s that unlike his predecessors, he would not oppose democratic reforms in Eastern Europe by force. To general astonishment, he kept this promise, and with the regrettable exception of Lithuania this commitment to not repeating the crimes of his predecessors is Gorbachev’s greatest legacy. In 1988 you would have been hard pressed to find anyone who could imagine the mostly peaceful collapse of the Eastern Bloc, but Gorbachev had the moral courage to accept this once unimaginable consequence of his policy and to see it through.
Star Trek was first aired on September 8, 1966, so September 8th is Star Trek day! Thank you to TimmyThumb for letting me know!
I first watched the entirety of the original series in a friend’s basement during a hot summer in Tunis, Tunisia, when I was a teenager. An excellent show that touched the lives of many.
Here is an idea for a Star Trek video game that came to mind during today’s stream, focussing on some of the lesser-known crew members, the Redshirts:
Star Trek: Redshirt · Roguelike shooter where as a crew member of the original Enterprise, you are beamed down to “investigate” various dangerous planets, derelict space ships, and so on, and when you inevitably die, you start again from the beginning in different environments with randomized objectives.
If you manage to live to the end of a play-through, you win the game and are promoted to a yellow-attire wearing Lieutenant.
Flight simulators are rather complex pieces of entertainment and training software, and when one loses keybindings, also known as controller mappings or simply keyboard shortcuts, perhaps due to errant operating system updates, hard disk drive crashes, or other phenomena, it is not uncommon to also lose one’s mind.
In service of mental health for all sim fanatics everywhere, here are the keybinding locations for various simulators I have so that we can find them and back them up regularly, without ever forgetting to do so.
The keybinds are, we are told, saved by the gods in the clouds, though we suspect they may also be somewhere in our machine. If you know, please tell me and I will dance and chant, update this post, and credit you, whilst cursing the MS gods!
And thank you, Icebird4all, for the valiant attempts at helping me find it!
Install_Drive_Letter:\Program Files\Roberts Space Industries\StarCitizen\LIVE\USER\Client\0\Controls\Mappings
War Thunder (WT)
The default keybinds are in: Install_Drive_Letter\Users\your_user_name\Documents\My Games\WarThunder\Saves\LotsOfRandomNumbers\production\machine.blk, but it is recommended you save your keybindings to the directory of your choice by going to Controls → Disk symbol → Export. See here for my own WT keybindings.
OBS Studio, the world’s best and most popular software for streaming recently had an excellent update for their 10-year anniversary, OBS 28.
My favorite thing about OBS version 28 is the ability, currently in beta, to capture audio from individual applications so that you can, for example, play music during your live stream without recording it to your VOD.
Here’s how to do it in Windows:
Make sure you have OBS version 28 or above.
Click on Settings in the Controls window, then Output on the left-hand menu, and set the Output Mode dropdown to Advanced.
Put a check mark on Twitch VOD Track and a little dark mark on radio input 6 then click Apply on the bottom.
Click Audio on the left-hand menu and set both Desktop Audio and Desktop Audio 2Global Audio Devies to Disabled. Make sure Mic/Aux is set to the device you are using for you Mic input. Click OK on the bottom.
Click the plus + sign on the bottom of the Sources window, and select Application Audio Capture. Give it a name like “Music” and click OK. Choose the window that will be playing music, such as SOMA FM or MyNoise in your web browser, or a local application, and click OK.
Repeat step 5, name it Game Audio and choose the game that you will be playing (you will need to remember to change this when you play a different game). Also repeat step 5 for any other audio sources you would like to capture, such as Discord voice chat.
On the top application menu click on Edit → Advanced Audio Properties, and under Tracks make sure Track 1 (stream) is checked for all audio sources. Ensure Track 6 (Twitch VOD track) is unchecked for the “Music” source and any other sources that you do not want recorded to the VOD. Click Close.
Leap up from your seating or standing position towards the sky while roaring and high-fiving anyone nearby, because your are done!
Yesterday I learned via TimmyThumb that streamers can now award viewers moments during the stream.
Viewers need to “claim” moments awarded them within 3 minutes in order to further embellish their digital text-plus-icons avatarial chat nameplates.
It looks like a good idea, though only 5 moments per month seem too few. The feature is currently in beta for selected users and has not materialized on my dashboard so far. If and when it does, I will give it a go.
I like software features that can be created from plain text. In this case, writing 4:20 Bongiorno in the video description adds a chapter marker titled “Bongiorno” 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the video. Bravo!
By incentivizing automakers to cater to a less affluent crowd and by pushing automakers to bring their supply chains to the U.S., the administration believes it can make EVs more mainstream and accelerate toward an ambitious goal: to have half of all new car sales be for electric models by 2030, up from only 3% today.