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Welcome to Red Slime, the personal journal of Orange Claymore. This site contains work I have done over the years, audio and video. Things i like to do are as followed; skateboarding, computers, video games, listening to bad music, guns and creating music (check noise section). I also pass live feeds of interesting and related topics. Explore and have fun.

UPDATE: The new 404_Error band archive site and my old project, bland officer, is now active on the Noise page!

Office 365 Customers Can Finally Get Outlook for Mac

Microsoft Finally Announces the New Outlook for Mac and It Looks Great

Good news Microsoft Office power users! You’ll soon be able to use the new and improved Outlook for Mac. That’s good news, because the new Outlook for Mac looks pretty awesome. And since a lot of people use Outlook, this upgrade is going to improve a lot of email experiences.

New features on Outlook for Mac include things a completely revamped (and attractive!) interface, an improved threading model, real-time email delivery, better archive searching, and generally faster service. The new Outlook for Mac is available to commercial Office 365 subscribers, Office 365 Personal users, and Office 365 University users.

The bad news? “In the first half of 2015 we will release a public beta for the next version of Office for Mac, and in the second half of 2015 we will make the final release available,” Microsoft said in a blog post. Patience is supposedly a virtue, but if you’ve been dying for an Outlook update, you’re going to have to wait. [Microsoft]

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Dual-mode Avalanche and RF Random Number Generator

OneRNG Open-Source Random Number Generator

[Paul] designed a new open-hardware RNG (random number generator) that includes two sources of entropy in a small package. The first source of entropy is a typical avalanche diode circuit, which is formed by a pair of transistors. This circuit creates high-speed random pulses which are sampled by the onboard microcontroller.

What makes this design unique is a second entropy source: a CC2531 RF receiver. The RF receiver continuously skips around channels in the 2.5Ghz band and measures the RF signal level. The least-significant bit of the signal level is captured and used as a source of entropy. The firmware can be configured to use either source of entropy individually, or to combine both. The firmware also supports optionally whitening the entropy byte stream, which evens out the number of 1’s and 0’s without reducing entropy.

The OneRNG uses the USB-CDC profile, so it shows up as a virtual serial port in most modern operating systems. With the rngd daemon and a bit of configuration, the OneRNG can feed the system entropy source in Linux. [Paul] also has a good writeup about the theory behind the entropy generator which includes images of his schematic. Firmware, drivers, and hardware design files are open-source and are available for download.

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The Dad Rock Version of The War of the Worlds

The Dad Rock Version of The War of the Worlds

On this very night in 1938, a radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds may or may not have caused mass hysteria for American listeners. But there’s another War of the Worlds that scared me much more as a kid. For me, there’s the HG Wells version, the Orson Wells version, and the rock opera version by composer Jeff Wayne, released in 1978.

Turning the fictional Martian invasion into an orchestral prog rock concept album sounds as wacky as believing in an actual Martian invasion, but Wayne brought together a talented roster of collaborators and produced a best-selling, bonafide masterpiece (it would even be turned into a stage show). He collaborated with lyricist Gary Osborne, who co-wrote many of Elton John’s albums, and tapped Richard Burton to play the narrator. Most of the songs are performed by Justin Hayward, the distinctive voice of The Moody Blues. Which was why I think my dad played it over and over. And over.

As a kid, listening to the album in its entirety became somewhat of a ritual for us. We’d turn off the lights and I’d drop the needle on the turntable, scrambling back to the couch in time for the dramatic opening chords. But even these symphonic interpretations of blood-hungry aliens provided far too much aural detail for my overactive imagination, and for most of my childhood, the album absolutely terrified me. I‘d have to cover my ears during the heat-ray sound effect—”uuuuuullllaaaaaaaa”—and the sounds of the Martian capsule grinding ominously open made me shiver. To complete the imagery in my head, there were fantastical illustrations of rampaging Martians across the entirety of the album. I was often too scared to look at the cover art at night.

I knew it wasn’t real. Even Hayward reassured me of that fact—The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one!”—in that voice that would provide the soundtrack for most of my childhood. Still, I can remember the cosmic sounds reverberating through the living room as I looked out the window at the night sky, wondering if maybe, there was something out there after all. [iTunes]

Welcome to Soundtrack, what Gizmodo’s staff are listening to every night.

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Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song


Technology can be pretty wonderful sometimes. Case in point: Warblr, an app that uses sound recognition tech and your phone’s GPS signal to identify birdsongs. The application first pinpoints where you are (it’ll debut in the United Kingdom), and narrows the results by what types of fowl are common to the area, according to its Kickstarter page. Then, after making the ID, it presents the most likely suspects. Pretty simple, yeah? The folks behind the app say that one of the intentions is to add geo-tracking to, well, track what species are being found where — useful for the likes of zoologists and ecologists to monitor migration patterns, for one.

The accuracy has been rated around 95 percent under optimum conditions and has even been validated by a Brazilian bird identification organization. As of now, the crowdfunding campaign has tallied £4,096 (around $7,850) of its £50,000 (approximately $80,000) goal and aims to launch next spring when the birds start flying again. Buy-in starts at the £25 tier ($40), and we’re guessing that the app won’t work for feathered pals of the angry variety.

[Image credit: AFP/Getty Images]

Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/30/warblr-birdsong-shazam/?ncid=rss_truncated

Flaming Jack-o’-lanterns Light up the Night


[misterdob] wanted to spice up his Halloween decor, so he built these flaming concrete jack -o’-lanterns to decorate his walkway. He started with the classic plastic jack-o’-lanterns that trick-or-treaters have been using to collect candy for years. [misterdob] filled the plastic pumpkins halfway with concrete mix, then dropped in metal coffee cans. He then filled the pumpkins up to the top with concrete, shaking them up a bit to avoid air pockets.

Once the concrete had set, [misterdob] cut away the plastic revealing nearly perfect concrete duplicates. He used acid stain to color his creations – though it looks like he missed a spot or two.

We have to disagree with [misterdob's] choice of fuels. In fact, we think he was out of his gourd when he picked gasoline for his flaming pumpkins. Seriously though, gasoline is a horrible choice for a fire pot like this for a multitude of reasons. Gas has a particularly foul odor and its fumes are explosive. If a Halloween prankster were to try kicking one of the pumpkins over, not only would they have a broken foot, they’d also be covered in burning gas.

Thankfully, the folks on [misterdob's] Reddit thread had better fuel suggestions – citronella torch cans with lamp oil and wicks, kerosene, or gel fuel would be better suited for these hot pumpkins.

If you still don’t believe how dangerous gas and its fumes can be, check out this video of a bonfire gone wrong (language warning).

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These pygmy seahorses are so good at changing colors for camouflage

These pygmy seahorses are so good at changing colors for camouflage

Pygmy seahorses are super tiny creatures that have the awesome ability to camouflage. They attach themselves to colorful corals and blend in so seamlessly that I have a hard time picking them out. What’s cool is that even if the pygmy seahorses are descendants of orange seahorses, they can adapt and become purple if that’s the only coral nearby.

Also cool: how they shoot out their spawn babies.

These pygmy seahorses are so good at changing colors for camouflage

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Bluetooth-Enabled Danger Sign for Lab

Wireless Warning Sign

[A Raymond] had some free time at work, and decided to spend it on creating a wireless warning sign. According to his blog profile, he is a PhD student in Applied Physics. His lab utilizes a high-powered laser system. His job is to use said system, but only after it’s brought online by faculty scientists. The status of the laser system is changed by a manual switchbox that controls the warning signs wired around the lab entrances. Unfortunately, if you were in the upstairs office, you only knew this after running downstairs to check. [A Raymond's] admitted laziness finally got the better of him – he wanted a sign that displayed the laser’s status from the comfort of the office. He had an old sign he could use, but he wanted a way for it to communicate with the switchbox downstairs. After some thought, he decided Bluetooth was the way to go, using a pair of BlueSMiRF Bluetooth modules from Sparkfun and Arduino Uno R3’s.

He constructed a metal box that intercepted the cable from the main switchbox, mounting one BlueSMiRF and Uno into it. Upon learning that the switchbox sends 12V AC signals over three individual status wires, he half-wave rectified the wires and divided their voltages so that the Uno wouldn’t fry. Instead, it determined which status wire that had active voltage. and sent a “g(reen)”, “y(ellow)”, or “r(ed)” signal continuously via Bluetooth. On the receiving end, [A Raymond] gutted the sign and mounted the other BlueSMiRF and Uno into it along with some green, yellow, and red LEDs. The LEDs light up in response to the corresponding Bluetooth signal.

The result is a warning sign that is always up-to-date with the switchbox’s status. We’ve covered projects using Bluetooth before, from plush birds to cameras- [A Raymond's] wireless sign is in good company. He notes that it’s “missing” a high pitched whining noise when the “Danger” lights are on. If he decides to add an accompanying (annoying) sound, he couldn’t go wrong with something like this. Regardless, we’re sure [A Raymond] is happy that he no longer has to go back and forth between floors before he can use the laser.

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​The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

​The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

Earlier this week, we walked you through the stridently awful Apple Pay alternative being cooked up by Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, and more. It is dumb and bad, but as a recent New York Times report indicates, it’s also not going anywhere any time soon. But not because anyone necessarily wants it.

It’s probably helpful to do a quick overview, both because the proceedings are slightly complicated and because sometimes you can end a great dumbness just by talking about it over and over again until everyone realizes just how dumb it is. So! Let’s keep talking.

In this corner you have wireless payments, powered by NFC technology, championed by Apple Pay because previous versions (helloooooo Google Wallet) never took off. These are Virtuous and Good and make your life easier. In the opposite corner, you have something called CurrentC, a meaningless (on multiple levels) name given to a horrific payments system developed by a consortium of major retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and CVS. It is Greedy and Dumb and relies on QR codes, which should tell you most of what you need to know.

Big corporate entities fighting! Boring, right? But here’s where you come in.

So long, choice

The band of big box brothers pushing CurrentC is known as MCX, and has been around for years now. In fact, while CurrentC won’t be implemented until next year, it’s been a known quantity for at least the last few months. Nobody paid it any mind, though, because there was no need to, because there are sacks of potatoes with a more compelling narrative.

And then Apple Pay happened! Apple Pay, which put wireless payment powers in millions and millions of phones all at once. While Google Wallet and Softcard had given plenty of Android owners mobile wallets already, it was the critical mass of iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses marching into McDonald’s that caused a minor panic among the MCX multitudes.

In the face of a widely adopted payment platform that would make it easier for their customers to give them money in exchange for goods and services, CVS and Rite Aid opted to pull the plug on NFC payments in their stores altogether. No more paying with your phone, at all, until CurrentC shows up sometime next year.

For the visual learners, that means that instead of this:

​The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

You will be stuck with this:

​The Horrible No Good Apple Pay War No One Signed Up For

This would be bad enough if it were simply a matter of limiting your choices out of self-interest. But what makes it unconscionable is that CurrentC is objectively terrible. Don’t believe me? Here are the steps you’ll need to complete a CurrentC purchase:

  1. Download CurrentC.
  2. Give CurrentC your bank account information. (No seriously).
  3. Hand the cashier the items you want to purchase.
  4. Open up your CurrentC app.
  5. Open the QR code scanner on your CurrentC app
  6. Point your phone at the cashier’s screen.
  7. Scan the QR code.
  8. If the QR code doesn’t work, enter a numeric code by hand.
  9. Just pay with your credit card next time because honestly.

It would be easier to pay for everything by counting out nickels and lining them all on the counter face-up.

Hello, greed

So why, you might wonder, would a retailer like Target or Rite Aid or any of them, honestly, opt for such an anti-consumer product? To make it more difficult for people to pay, instead of easier? Because money!

While CurrentC will be terrible for you—or much more likely, just another thing to ignore at the checkout counter, like Almond M&Ms or Modern Quilting magazine—it is in theory amazing for the stores behind it. Not only do they get direct access to your bank information, they get to push you towards using their own store cards, and away from the credit card companies that skim a few percentage points off of every transaction they’re a part of. It’s a chance for them to push “marketing communications” to you (opt-out only) and track your location (likewise).

CurrentC makes at least a little more sense when you remember that it’s been in the works for years, before Apple Pay was even a glimmer in a rumor site’s eye. At the time, Google Wallet was languishing. The mobile payments market was wide open. And the retailers themselves weren’t yet associated with some of the biggest financial info breaches of all time.

But Apple Pay is here now. As is the rightful distrust of the MCX coalition’s ability to keep your info safe. If nothing else, at this point there’s been enough backlash against CurrentC that you’d think at least some of the companies involved would have turned tail by now. But last night’s NY Times report indicates why they’re still standing strong in the face of ugh; if they leave MCX, they’ll face fines hefty enough that it’s not worth just letting Apple Pay into their hearts. Not yet, anyway.

In a statement released this morning, MCX denied that fines were involved for leaving MCX. But stalwart NYT reporter Mike Isaac stands by his report. And there must be at least some disincentive that would make companies CVS suffer though such a clusternut; possibly that if you stay with MCX and use Apple Pay anyway you’ll take a hit? It’s unclear in the way that PR scrambling always is.

Either way, it’s clear that this isn’t a fight that MCX retailers signed up for so many years ago. And it’s hard to imagine that many of them are excited to stay the course. The longer it takes for the retreat to start, though, the longer the future of payments will stay stalled out.

Or you could always just shop at Walgreens instead.

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DIY FPV Goggles Born From Necessity of Cheapness

DIY FPV Goggles

So now that you’ve built your quadcopter and can fly it without crashing most of the time, what’s next? How about metaphorically hopping into the pilot’s seat with a First Person View setup. Great idea… but the cost of the required gear can be a deal breaker. FPV goggles alone range from the low to high hundreds. [sneaky] was using his laptop screen for his FPV setup and decided to try to make is own FPV goggles.

The display is just a small LCD screen that was purchased off eBay. Craft foam board was cut, bent, glued and duct taped to form a box about the same size as the LCD screen which is also secured to the box with duct tape. [sneaky] then cut the opposite side of the box to fit his face before he lined it with 1/2″ weatherstripping foam. Staring at an LCD screen just inches from your face is sure to cause some discomfort. A Fresnel lens inserted in between the user’s eyes and the LCD reduces eye strain to make long flights tolerable. The whole assembly is then held to your noggin via a recycled ski goggle strap.

In the end, [sneaky] likes his new goggles better than his old laptop screen and sun shade setup. The goggles aren’t too heavy and he can wear them comfortably for a while. We’ve seen a DIY FPV goggle setup in the past that uses individual lenses for each eye rather than one large Fresnel lens.

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The Unmanned Antares Rocket Just Exploded Immediately After Lift-Off

The Unmanned Antares Rocket Just Exploded Immediately After Lift-Off

Mere seconds after NASA’s live-streamed Antares rocket launch, the craft exploded and crashed back down to earth. There were no crew onboard, and it’s been confirmed that all personnel have been accounted for and no one was harmed.

It was to be the craft’s third resupply mission to the International Space Station, and the control team is currently following contingency procedures to assess what went wrong on the ground at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Wallops Island, Virginia.

The rocket was carrying not only resupply materials for the ISS, but also the first payload to launch from the fledgling asteroid mining company Planetary Resources. According to Popular Mechanics, the rocket contained more than 30 cubesats, as well as 5,000 pounds of other supplies and materials related to research in space. (Full cargo manifesto below.)

YouTube user Brad Panovich captured the malfunction (please be aware, even though no one was hurt it’s upsetting to see).

Twitter is responding with some pretty major pics:

Here is the full cargo manifest from NASA (via SpaceFlightInsider):

Science investigations: 1,602.8 lbs.
-U.S. science: 1,254.4 lbs
-International partner science: 348.3 lbs

Crew supplies: 1,649 lbs
-Equipment: 273.4 lbs
-Food: 1,360.3 lbs
-Flight prcedure books: 15.4 lbs

Vehicle hardware: 1,404.3 lbs
-U.S. hardware: 1,338.2 lbs
-JAXA hardware: 66.1 lbs

Spacewalk equipment: 145.5 lbs

Computer resources: 81.6 lbs
-Command and data handling equipment: 75 lbs
-Photopgraphy/TV equipment: 6.6 lbs


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