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The Turing Option


For the smallest instant the image on the screen stilled, the lips did not move. This was the first indication that Mura was actually speaking in Japanese, his words swiftly translated into English — while the movement of his face and lips were simulated by the computer to match the words.

—Harry Harrison, Marvin Minsky. The Turing Option. 1992

Голосовые нейронки летят, конечно, на сверхзвуковой. Тестирую одну (для перевода) на винтажных мемах. pic.twitter.com/xJ5lkY2XIu
— Dobrokotov (@dobrokotov) September 10, 2023


https://vulpo.one/posts/turing-option.html




Electronic Vote Theorem


Electronic vote cannot be both anonymous and verifiable at the same time.


https://vulpo.one/posts/electronic-vote.html





16:9 iframe


While updating YouTube embeds today, I also updated embed styling. I used this insanity taken from I don’t even remember where:

.videoblock > .content {
overflow: hidden;
padding-top: 56.25%;
position: relative;

> iframe {
border: 0;
position: absolute;
height: 100%;
width: 100%;
top: 0;
left: 0;
}
}

Much simpler now:

.videoblock > .content > iframe {
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
aspect-ratio: 16 / 9;
}
https://vulpo.one/posts/iframe-16-9.html


Legendary Shepard


Legendary Shepard is back, so it’s time to update my Commander’s data.

Selene C. Shepard, Legendary Edition

Mass Effect 1: 5L1.5FH.FHF.D7H.BMK.IBD.FH7.677.87C.8EA.265.659.A
shep me1
Mass Effect 2: 5L1.5FH.FHF.D7H.BMK.IBD.FH7.677.87C.8EB.26A.659
shep me2
Mass Effect 3: 5L1.5FH.FHF.D7H.BMK.IBD.FH7.677.87C.8EB.26A.659
shep me3

https://vulpo.one/posts/legendary-shepard.html





Selene Shepard


Apparently the remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy is soon upon us. So I want to publish some ‘source data’ for my Commander, Selene C. Shepard just to immortalize her a bit.

Mass EffectMass Effect 3
selene shepard me1selene shepard me3


Name: Selene Shepard
Biography: ruthless spacer
Class: vanguard
Alignment: neutral, slightly more paragon than renegade

Her canon: (Important things about her biography)

  • Kaidan and Wrex die on Virmire
    • Wrex’s stubbornness and death lead to a general distrust for Krogans
  • Rachni Queen is saved
  • Balak is turned to the Alliance
  • One teammate is lost in the suicide mission (probably Jacob; Jack in my first playthrough)
    • For some sense of loss like in ME1
  • Collector base is destroyed
  • Genophage is sabotaged, Mordin is saved
  • Red or blue ending, never green or ‘do nothing’

Things that should be promoted to canon but they contradict some of my playthoughs:

  • Udina named councillor
    • To save Anderson from the job he doesn’t want and, frankly, Udina is not that asshole he seems on the first playthrough (except ME3)
  • Jacob dies
  • Quarians are saved, Geth are destroyed
  • Red ending with survival
Version 1 (2012): 541.BFE.HL8.F7H.BMK.IBD.FGI.6HD.87C.FE7.667.424
selene v1 me2selene v1 me3
Version 2 (2020): 541.BFE.HL8.F7H.BMK.IBD.FG7.6CD.87C.FE7.667.324
selene v2 me2selene v2 me3
Version 2 alternative (2020): 541.BFE.HL8.F7H.BMK.IBD.FG7.6CD.87C.FE9.267.324
selene v2alt me2selene v2alt me3


Alternative of version 2 was created for the last replay of ME3 to show some changes due to civilian life.


https://vulpo.one/posts/selene-shepard.html





New blog ready


Almost a year ago I scrapped my WordPress and started moving my blog to Pelican, and now it’s finally ready. Blog has been transferred and a new template has been developed, Tumblr inspired, UIkit powered, hand crafted, with dark mode using prefers-color-scheme: dark. Right for the next Christmas.
https://vulpo.one/posts/new-blog-ready.html


Athena is a patron goddess of IT
  • A patron goddess of knowledge
  • A weaver. Looms were first programmable devices
  • She turned Arachna into a spider, Arachna then built the World Wide Web
  • A militant and a virgin, she has to be the patron of comment sections
  • She invented ships. Shippers, rejoice!
  • A patron of agriculture. What about your Facebook farms?
  • A daughter of Zeus, and PCs work from electricity. Is it a coincidence?
  • She invented the Trojan Horse
If your PC acts strangely, make a sacrifice to Athena
https://vulpo.one/posts/athena-it.html





Selene Shepard


Apparently the remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy is soon upon us. So I want to publish some ‘source data’ for my Commander, Selene C. Shepard just to immortalize her a bit.
Mass EffectMass Effect 3
selene shepard me1selene shepard me3

Name: Selene Shepard
Biography: ruthless spacer
Class: vanguard
Alignment: neutral, slightly more paragon than renegade

Her canon: (Important things about her biography)
  • Kaidan and Wrex die on Virmire
    • Wrex’s stubbornness and death lead to a general distrust for Krogans
  • Rachni Queen is saved
  • Balak is turned to the Alliance
  • One teammate is lost in the suicide mission (probably Jacob; Jack in my first playthrough)
    • For some sense of loss like in ME1
  • Collector base is destroyed
  • Genophage is sabotaged, Mordin is saved
  • Red or blue ending, never green or ‘do nothing’
Things that should be promoted to canon but they contradict some of my playthoughs:
  • Udina named councillor
    • To save Anderson from the job he doesn’t want and, frankly, Udina is not that asshole he seems on the first playthrough (except ME3)
  • Jacob dies
  • Quarians are saved, Geth are destroyed
  • Red ending with survival
Version 1 (2012): 541.BFE.HL8.F7H.BMK.IBD.FGI.6HD.87C.FE7.667.424
selene v1 me2selene v1 me3
Version 2 (2020): 541.BFE.HL8.F7H.BMK.IBD.FG7.6CD.87C.FE7.667.324
selene v2 me2selene v2 me3
Version 2 alternative (2020): 541.BFE.HL8.F7H.BMK.IBD.FG7.6CD.87C.FE9.267.324
selene v2alt me2selene v2alt me3

Alternative of version 2 was created for the last replay of ME3 to show some changes due to civilian life.
https://vulpo.one/posts/selene-shepard.html


Athena is a patron goddess of IT
  • A patron goddess of knowledge
  • A weaver. Looms were first programmable devices
  • She turned Arachna into a spider, Arachna then built the World Wide Web
  • A militant and a virgin, she has to be the patron of comment sections
  • She invented ships. Shippers, rejoice!
  • A patron of agriculture. What about your Facebook farms?
  • A daughter of Zeus, and PCs work from electricity. Is it a coincidence?
  • She invented the Trojan Horse
If your PC acts strangely, make a sacrifice to Athena
https://vulpo.one/posts/athena-it.html




New blog ready


Almost a year ago I scrapped my WordPress and started moving my blog to Pelican, and now it’s finally ready. Blog has been transferred and a new template has been developed, Tumblr inpired, UIkit powered, hand crafted, with dark mode using prefers-color-scheme: dark. Right for the next Christmas.
https://vulpo.one/posts/new-blog-ready.html