After I got used to hood gas springs on BMW, there was no going back. Did some searching and found an ideal fit. Continue reading Hood gas springs for Mazda6 (2015 3rd gen facelift)
Recently I had some time to install another active subwoofer, this time in an old BMW E61 wagon. I bought the only one in the store that was available without wait and had an amplifier built in, cuz honestly, I’m lazy and installing extra amp seems like too much effort for such an old car (2008 make). Continue reading BMW E61 Subwoofer install
I see news on neural networks almost every day now, they do all kinds of stuff – from market predictions to editing pictures in your phone (see Prisma or w/e that latest fancy app is called).
However, most people and particularly journalists that write articles about them, don’t really understand what a Neural Net (NN) is, some even think that it may lead to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Well let me tell you about it: AI is much like UFO – there are people that want to believe in it, but no one ever saw one in real life. Fake photos, dots on the lens, halo effects and so on, not a single UFO ever landed to say hello. Same goes for NNs, they have same relation to A.I. as a hammerhead shark to a hammer: it may look like one… at a certain angle, from a distance, if you’re on drugs – you get the idea. Pseudo-intellectual chat bots in the past and NN euphoria now. Calm down people, nothing’s happening here.
If you go read on how NNs really work, you’ll find out that there’s no magic involved, it really is just a fancy math equation. Sophisticated math equation. Can you imagine an equation having self conscience? Will of it’s own? That would be ridiculous, but somehow that’s what people think, most of them being as far from math in their lives as flying eagle’s ass from the ground, I might add.
That said, NNs are very useful in solving lots of problems, take image recognition for example, computer vision is making great progress right now. But A.I. won’t happen any time soon. Stuff that looks like it – maybe, but not something that can have a self conscience. Imitation or the real thing – that’s a huge difference.
First of all I’d like to say I have a huge respect for the guys at Tesla Motors. They grew (with investments of course, but that’s not the point) on a simple idea of a better electric car and looking at their progress, I think they have a bright future ahead of them.
While Johanna’s hero week is still going, I’d like to share a short vid of her “tanking”, while she still feels kind of squishy in big teamfights (personal opinion), you can have some really funny moments like these:
TBH I waited for her and really wanted to kind of roll her as my new main character, since I was absolutely in love with crusader class in Diablo III, but as for now I’ll probably still stick to my old choices.
Once again, USA sets a great example for other countries to follow. The so-called “Freedom Act” just recently passed Senate and became a public law as of 06/02/2015. It’s great news for all U.S. citizens because from now on it’s going to take a court order for any agency to dig in your personal data, just like it used to be before the “Patriot Act” of 2001. For more details see here.
This change shows what a healthy democracy is capable of, when something outlives its purpose, the system removes it and reverts back to the normal order of things, rather than keeping the abomination alive by stitching it up with more and more patches, slowly moving in totalitarianism general direction.
One can argue that the real cause of this change is the Edward Snowden scandal, but there’s more to it really. Conspiracy theories aside, I want to be positive about this change. Just recently, UN also voiced its position on anonymity and encryption and they actually would like to see them as a part of basic human rights. These are interesting times we live in.
Recently Falstad became one of my favourite heroes in HotS. He’s awesome in so many ways. Here’s a guide on talents and general strategy when playing this hero.
Got a short letter today from CCP, inviting me back to EVE Online. Struck with nostalgia, I read it through and noticed this line: “PERMANENT SHIP SKINS“. Whaaa..?
So I guess in 2011 we fought for nothing. It’s already here. The very essence of the “greed is good” made it into the game. While I didn’t play EVE for a few years already, I still feel for it and worry about it’s future. A brief look at the forums and other media showed that everything’s fine. People seem to accept the change, at least I didn’t find a new “threadnaught” that we had back then. Just see for yourself, those were the days – http://oldforums.eveonline.com/?a=topic&threadID=1536065
On a second thought – why not? First of all, skins are still only cosmetic, it’s not like they add something in terms of real gameplay and besides, everyone’s doing it now, so what seemed immoral and bad in 2011 is now perfectly normal, even Blizzard made a game which makes half of it’s profit (if not more) on skins alone (talking about HotS). From 2015’s point of view all that monocle drama that we had in EVE seems meaningless and stupid to most people. The sad part is that it won’t stop here, it never did. I think we’ll see more and more ingame sales mechanics and those will eventually become pay2win. There’s no other way.
Unless it’s a boss in Diablo, there’s nothing good about Greed.
Recently, I have started to notice an increase in unnatural behaviour on many sites that I visit. More than once I’ve even been blocked with a Captcha, that I had to enter prior to being granted further access. The last drop was a full ban on Google when trying to do any search query. So, here’s a story how I dealt with the problem, along with some thoughts on failing security techniques. Continue reading Wrongfully accused: my Conficker ban story
I’ve been playing in the closed beta of Blizzard’s new MOBA called Heroes of the Storm for a while now and want to share a few thoughts on one of the heroes – Nova. Consider it a guide to your bright frag filled future. Continue reading Thoughts on Nova ‘The Bane of the Wounded’