Man vs Snake

Best documentary I think I’ve watched, in a sad gamer way, from a game I’ve never known, although I understand the players drive and ambition… not saying I’m skilled or committed enough to achieve what these guys did, but I appreciate their casus belli

Machine learning with R

I’ve been working my way through Trevor Stephens well written and informative Kaggle Titanic tutorial for R.

Competition Description

The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the most infamous shipwrecks in history. On April 15, 1912, during her maiden voyage, the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg, killing 1502 out of 2224 passengers and crew. This sensational tragedy shocked the international community and led to better safety regulations for ships.

One of the reasons that the shipwreck led to such loss of life was that there were not enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew. Although there was some element of luck involved in surviving the sinking, some groups of people were more likely to survive than others, such as women, children, and the upper-class.

In this challenge, we ask you to complete the analysis of what sorts of people were likely to survive. In particular, we ask you to apply the tools of machine learning to predict which passengers survived the tragedy.

Excel would have been my first weapon of choice, but I wanted to try a new approach and a new analytical tool.

I’ve a use for R in my salaried role, and can see how I can utilise what I’ve learned in the guide in real World projects.

So thanks to Trev I now have a top 400 ranked score, and I am driven to do better. Think I’ll manipulate the data in Excel, rather than mastering regex in R, let’s see how high up the rankings I can get 🙂

Dishonored again

I’m 2 hours into Dishonored 2 [It pains me to spell the title without a u :)] on the PS4, I decided to play with Emily on my first play through, and I’m enjoying the experience.

I went through the original xbox360 Dishonored with minimal kills and achieved the none chaotic ending; not sure of how I’ll play this campaign; but I usually go for peaceful when possible.

I stayed away from the trailer to avoid spoilers, and I won’t post any here; all I have to say for now is if you enjoyed the original Bethesda have produced a great sequel.

Electronic Frontier Foundation chic

I received my EFF member tshirt, together with membership card and bumper sticker 🙂

I’ve got back into GTAV, just before the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2!

Been playing a little of one of the free games for October on PSN network Transformers: Devastation, although was very tempted to pick up the original Resident Evil HD remake.

I’ve been working on Machine Learning models in R and Python, playing with the new Google Studio 2.2, and Kali on the Rasp Pi 3

Street Fighter V still unplayable

Status

There was a new update today for PS4 Street Fighter V, Version 1.06; thought I’d boot up the game and blow the dust off of my fightstick… really wish I hadn’t 🙁

I couldn’t finish a simple 10 rounds with Ibuki without being disconnected from the server.

I really want to like this game, but it seems such an unstable server build from Capcom. Looking forward to when my boy can challenge me offline, but why would I choose Street Fighter V, over Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken, or even Marvel vs Capcom?

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Today I picked up Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, for the PS4, as a belated Father’s Day gift; awesome choice son 🙂

I’m only through the intro mission, but I like the authentic feel, and the open city aspect… although I can see how challenges, as in the original, could be frustrating; as the times allowed for completion leave little, to no room, for error.

Looking forward to getting familiar with Faith and Glass City once again

Raspberry Pi Twitter Bot

Status

In a moment of weakness I ordered a Raspberry Pi 3 last week, on the basis that my current original Raspberry Pi is a little too slow.

I pretty much stopped playing with it after the USB stick / drive I was using bricked, so this weekend I’ve powered it up again and I’m quite impressed.

I’ve overclocked the Raspberry Pi to Pi2 settings, although not sure what this means except it’s running quite well:

1000 MHz ARM
500 MHz core
500 MHz SDRAM
2 overvolt

I’ve set the Raspberry Pi to connect to Tor on boot,and run a couple of Python scripts 🙂
One posts how long the box has been live, and the temperature it’s running at, the other retweets any mention of SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, and EGGS!

If you’re interested here’s the account: @PiCookingTime
I’ll post the code if anyone is interested, although it was all plagiarised from great thinkers online 🙂

delete Reddit posts without code

Ironically from a Reddit post 🙂
How to delete or overwrite all your Reddit

This code will run without the name Reddit auth 🙂

I think the best solution is to use RES to load up as many comments as you can on one page, then use client side javascript to click them on a timer.
Use RES to load as many comments as you can on one web page
Open developer tools – console with ctrl + option + j or ctrl + shift + j
copy and paste the following code into the console and hit enter to run
Javascript to run in console:
note: 1500 is the time between clicks on the delete button.

var $domNodeToIterateOver = $(‘.del-button .option .yes’),
currentTime = 0,
timeInterval = 1500;

$domNodeToIterateOver.each(function() {

var _this = $(this);
currentTime = currentTime + timeInterval;

setTimeout(function() {
_this.click();
}, currentTime);
});

What I need to implement in the future: Remove your comment history on Reddit as deleting an account does not do so.

Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Fusion table showing PS4 titles by genre

Inspired by a fusion chart I created for xbox 360 titles, I thought I’d try and build similar for the PS4 🙂

All data sourced from wikipedia: PS4 Games

Food for thought, I hope to play with other sources in the future.

Increase the nodes to max for full visibility!

About Fusion Tables

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Merge two or three tables to generate a single visualization that includes both sets of data.
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Google Tables helps you search thousands of public Fusion Tables, or millions of public tables from around the web you can import to Fusion Tables.

Import your own data
Upload data tables from spreadsheets or CSV files, even KML. Developers can use the Fusion Tables API to insert, update, delete and query data programmatically. You can export your data as CSV or KML too.

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Now that you’ve got that nice map or chart of your data, you can embed it in a web page or blog post. Or send a link by email or IM. It will always display the latest data values from your table and helps you communicate your story more easily.

Two tables are better than one!
Merge your data with other people’s data
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When any base data table is updated, the merged table will show the latest value too.

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Need to keep some of your dataset private? Publish a subset of rows or columns that stays up-to-date with the original table, but has its own share permissions.

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Some data owners have selected to make their data public. Search for and look at these data sets or call them via the Fusion Tables API. You can merge with another person’s public KML boundaries to make a custom intensity map, merge a flag image data set to make your map bubbles more colorful, and much more.

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Fusion Tables helps you keep track of where data is from. During import or at any time, you can specify attribution for the data. The attribution will appear even when your data is merged into other tables.

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Turn location tables into maps
Points, lines, polygons, customer addresses, placenames, countries and more can be mapped in minutes with Fusion Tables. Columns with location data are automatically interpreted.

Find the story in your data
Apply colors or icons based on your data. Make an intensity map for countries, states or provinces. Use KML polygons to make custom intensity maps. Display thousands of trails at one time. It’s easy to turn a datafile into a map that tells the story visually.

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Embed it in a blog, send collaborators a link, save it as a KML file to view in Google Earth, or even take advantage of Fusion Tables to host your dynamic KML link so collaborators will always see the latest mapped data.

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Fusion Tables is like an online file format
Want to make data available? Link to your data hosted in Fusion Tables and your website’s users can see the data without downloading it. They can explore ways to map, chart, calculate on or even search the data. They can apply filters and download just the subset that’s useful to them. Or you can prevent export – it’s up to you.

Always distribute the most correct version of your data
Enable use without creating hundreds of copies of your data sitting around on hard drives. When data is hosted in Fusion Tables, viewers will always see the latest version. Charts or maps they’ve made will automatically update when you improve your dataset.

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When your data is hosted in Fusion Tables, it’s immediately enabled with an API that you can give developers permission to use. And whenever we write tutorials or add new API capabilities, your data gets the benefit automatically, without requiring tech staff attention by your organization.

Fusion Tables is an experimental application from Google Research

Here is the source table

as of extraction date

Deus Ex Praxis points spend -spoilers

DeusExAugs
I’m not sure why this iteration of Deus Ex isn’t getting me enthralled, but nevertheless I’ve made it to what I feel is the beginning of the game proper.

And now the big question arrives;

how do I spend my praxis points?

There are many guides online, and I found this Forbes article the most helpful: Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’

I left Koller with 13 points & here’s how I spent them:

Social Enhancer: 2
Hacking Capture – to Level 4: 3
Hacking Stealth – to Level 3: 3

Oh yeah I must take Remote Hacking for 2 more… maybe?
Something wrong with my Paxis tracking as I’m now left with 2 points to apply as needed.

I now need to offload some of my inventory!

Augmentation Guide

stolen with pride from PCGamer

Social Enhancer

There are several moments in Mankind Divided where you can talk your way out of trouble, and this augmentation makes that a lot easier. Instead of trying to second-guess the person you’re confronting, the aug tells you what kind of personality they have, whether they’re alpha, beta, or omega. And with this information you can determine which dialogue responses they’ll respond the most positively, or negatively, to.

Hacking Capture

Invest in this early. Upgrading it lets you hack higher security keypads and computers. Hacking can lead to handy shortcuts, safes filled with loot, useful intel, and hidden items, so it pays to brush up on your computer skills. And an additional upgrade tree lets you dominate turrets, cameras, and security robots, making them work for you rather than the enemy.

Hacking Fortify

This isn’t as essential as Hacking Capture, but it will make breaking into keypads and computers much easier. Fortifying a node slows down the system’s security, and the higher your Hacking Fortify level, the longer it’ll take the trace break through a fortified node.

Hacking Stealth

This aug reduces your chances of being detected while hacking a system. The higher level it is, the less likely you are to trigger a security trace.

InfoLink

This cranial implant is unlocked by default and allows Jensen to send and receive transmissions. It’s a high-tech phone, basically.

Stealth Avatar
Another augmentation that’s unlocked from the start, which gives you a visual indicator of where a searching enemy last saw you.

LiDAR Mark-Tracker

If you find yourself sneaking through a large, guard-filled area, this augmentation will come in very handy. It lets you mark enemies on the HUD and track them even when they leave your line of sight. The more you upgrade it, the more enemies you can tag at once, up to a maximum of 40. Combine with an upgraded Wayfinder Radar System (more on that later) and you’ll be fully aware of your surroundings at all times. To tag an enemy, hold your aiming reticle over them for about a second.

Smart Vision

Unlock this one straight away, because you’ll be using it a lot. It lets you see through walls, revealing computers, items, enemies, vents, and pretty much anything you can interact with. It’s invaluable for finding shortcuts, safes concealed behind paintings, hidden switches, and other helpful secret things. Upgrade it to majorly reduce its enemy consumption.

Retinal Prosthesis

You get this aug, which displays the HUD in Jensen’s vision, by default. But you can also upgrade it once to unlock a flash suppressant, which negates the blinding effects of concussion mines and grenades.

Wayfinder Radar System

The radar is another good aug to upgrade early. At its most basic level, which you get for free, it shows the topography of your surroundings and how long you have before an alarm resets. But upgrade it and you’ll be able to see the lines of sight of guards, represented as vision cones, and a visual representation of nearby noises—including your own footsteps. You can also boost its range to reveal more of the map around you.

Sentinel RX Health System

You’ll only need to upgrade this aug if you’re a combat-focused player. I ghosted my way through the entire game without spending a single Praxis point on it. Upgrades grant Jensen more HP and faster generation, which has obvious benefits if you’re into firing guns at people.

Sarif Series 8 Energy Converter

Your batteries, basically. It’s not as glamorous as some of the other augs on offer, but spending Praxis on this early will benefit you in the long run. Because what’s the point in having all those cool cyber-powers if you can only use them for a few seconds at a time? A fully upgraded Energy Converter combined with the cloak aug makes sneaking through most enemy-guarded areas a breeze. So much so, in fact, that it takes a lot of the fun and challenge out of the game’s stealth.

Implanted Rebreather

You won’t be using this augmentation constantly, but there are a few shortcuts through gas-filled rooms—often concealing some decent loot—that might make it worth dropping a couple of spare Praxis points on. Alternatively, most of these rooms have valves that make the gas slowly fade away. So if you’re feeling brave you locate it with your Smart Vision and try and make a mad dash for it before you choke to death.

Cybernetic Arm Prosthesis

There are a few benefits to upgrading Jensen’s cyber-arms. One is being able to lift heavy objects, which often conceal hidden entrances and vent covers, or can be used to create makeshift steps. Another is expanding your inventory size, giving you more room to store all those bottles of wine, gas grenades, and sellable junk. And the upgrade that lets you punch through walls is another great way to uncover hidden paths—but it makes a lot of noise, alerting any enemies close enough to hear it.

Cybernetic Weapon Handling

Another augmentation for combat fans. Again, I didn’t put a single point into this in my pure stealth playthrough. Upgrading it stabilises your aim, reduces recoil, and increases your reload speed.

PEPS

The Pulsed Energy Projection System, or PEPS, was a weapon in Human Revolution, but now Jensen has one built into his arm. It unleashes a blast of concussive energy that knocks enemies on their arse.

Remote Hacking
One of the best new augs in Mankind Divided, which I suggest unlocking as soon as possible. If you’ve ever played BioShock 2 you’ll be familiar with how it works. It lets you temporarily disable turrets, mines, cameras, tripwires, and other security devices from a distance, from cover, by completing an easy timing-based mini-game. The effect lasts for about 25 seconds, giving you plenty of time to sneak past. I used this constantly.

Tesla

Another new augmentation that lets you fire a small arc of electricity at a target, incapacitating them non-lethally. Upgrade it and you can fire up to four arcs simultaneously at four separate targets.

Nanoblade

Those scary-looking black chisels that pop out of Jensen’s arms are back in Mankind Divided, but now you can fire them as a projectile—pinning enemies gruesomely to walls—if you upgrade them.

Icarus Landing

An old favourite returning from Human Revolution, and worth investing in early. The levels in the new game are a lot more vertical, and you’ll find yourself climbing up the sides of buildings and over rooftops in Prague to break into people’s apartments and take shortcuts. Unlocking this ensures that if you fall you won’t die horribly on impact. And if there are any enemies below, you can use Icarus Strike to knock ‘em out. Bonus.

Quicksilver Reflex Booster

Unlock this and you can perform a lethal or non-lethal takedown on two enemies at once. I didn’t bother with it myself because I never encountered any situations that needed it. But maybe you will.

Typhoon

Another aug I never used, but some players swear by this one. It allows Jensen to unleash an explosive blast with a wide radius that can either kill or knock out a group of enemies. When you first unlock it you have to decide whether to make it lethal or non-lethal, and the decision is permanent. Using it requires ammunition, however, which can be quite rare.

Focus Enhancement

Another new augmentation which allows Jensen to briefly slow down time. Not especially imaginative, but should be useful for the combat-focused players among you. Upgrade it to extend the duration.

Icarus Dash

You know the Blink power from Dishonored? This is basically that. Hold down the assigned button to charge it up, then point at a climbable ledge until a hand icon appears. Release and Jensen will automatically teleport over and grab it, hauling himself up. Unlock this straight away, because it makes navigating the world so much easier. And you can often bypass high security doors in Prague by teleporting up to the window and climbing inside. Make sure you’ve unlocked Icarus Landing first, though, because if you mess up an Icarus Dash (you will), you may fall to your doom.

Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis

If you want maximum mobility in Mankind Divided, unlock this along with the Icarus Dash and Icarus Landing. The cybernetic leg aug lets you jump much higher than normal, which is handy for grabbing distant ledges and hopping along balconies in Prague. Get this one early.

Glass-Shield Cloaking

This augmentation is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, being able to turn invisible for a few seconds is extremely useful in a stealth game. But as your batteries get more powerful, you can stay cloaked for longer, and it makes some sneaking missions incredibly trivial. I used this a lot in my first playthrough, but in my second run I’m trying to limit its use to desperate situations. Using this is a totally legitimate way to play the game, but you might have more fun if you don’t rely on it constantly.

Rhino Dermal Armour

Essentially body armour that reduces damage taken. When unlocked it’s always active, meaning you never have to activate or charge it.

Titan

A new aug that covers Jensen in weird diamonds and gives him an enormous defense boost. But unlike the Rhino Armour, this one uses up energy fast and can only be used in short bursts as a result. If you’re combat-minded, this is a good way to wade into enemy lines, guns blazing.

Where’s Edward?

Edward, on the other hand, has been rather difficult to find, especially since his waypoint isn’t correctly displayed. To find Edward, head to the minimart on the other side of the Fountain District subway station. When you find Edward, you’re going to have to take out a thug that wants to take him out.

The shop is being robbed, and is behind the subway station.
www.shacknews.com

Search Engine Optimisation Ranking

I understand Search Engine Optimisation, although I don’t claim to have a clue what is happening with the Google search algorithm; and thus this question?

Why does this site [www.gamer-geek-news.com] get presented on the first page of Bing, DuckDuckGo, and StartPage, when searching for ‘Gamer Geek’; but not Google?

gamer geek (stolen image)

Found an answer

Why do I get different results with StartPage than Google?
Last modified on 16 August 2016 02:45 AM
One of two things may be happening to cause you to receive different StartPage results than what you would receive from Google.

The first may involve Google’s tailored search feature. Google keeps a record of all of your interests, based on things you write about in your Gmail account, things you search for on their search engine, and other Google services you use. They use this information to pre-select what search results they believe you are actually looking for. The result is that you do not receive “pure” search results, but results that have been tailored, censored, and personalized for you specifically.

StartPage does not do that. StartPage acts as an intermediary between you and Google, so your searches are completely private. StartPage submits your query to Google anonymously, then returns Google results to you privately. Google never sees you and does not know who made the request; they only see StartPage. Since Google can’t determine your interests based on your past search history, you receive standard search results, rather than Google’s “personalized” results.

We believe this is a benefit, rather than a bug.

The other possibility is that Google may occasionally provide different results to StartPage than to its direct users. Because we act as an intermediary between you and Google, we are dependent on the results Google sends to us. We do not modify these results in any way, but deliver them to you exactly as Google delivers them to us. We have noted that occasionally Google provides different results to StartPage than they offer to the general public, for reasons that are not entirely clear. We believe, however, that the privacy advantages of using StartPage vastly outweigh the occasional difference in results.

Please note that results can also change based on the settings you have selected on the Settings page. Specifically, the search language, exact phrase, and the web/picture and video family filter options. Changing the server settings, does not influence search results. It merely changes the server through wich websites are shown.

support Start Page

Journey free

Status

Journey

is coming free to PS4 PS Plus members in September, w00t 🙂

Together with Lords of the Fallen; from what I’ve read is Dark Souls like… not sure how to take this as I’ve yet to get far in a Dark Souls title, due to lack of time and ‘git gud’ ability… must revisit DS3 & Bloodborne

Awesome! Journey

has shown up for free in the Playstation store today for the PS4… wonder if the PS3 save will carry through; although I doubt it?

The ambience

the controls tutorial; I so hope there’s a VR version / sequel

Together > Alone

I missed out from having a companion in the game the first time through… as in missed missed the whole motivation and loved up emotional draw / attraction of the title.

I’ve played a the first few stages and know this time through will be different; it has excelled the title from cool to awesome … same game but different, even though I’m still not 100% sure what’s going on 🙂

Edit: I’ve now played with several players who didn’t understand the benefits of working together, and it becomes quite a sad experience.

To paraphrase PaRappa the Rapper; to make the most of this game all you gotta be is nice and friendly 😉

Paranoid much?

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I’ve tagged so many articles to post about, I really must sort out mobile access.

One find I’ve gotta share is the Paranoia RPG game rebuilt in python… although I haven’t had chance to run it successfully as yet

/* This is a solo paranoia game taken from the Jan/Feb issue (No 77) of
"SpaceGamer/FantasyGamer" magazine.

Article by Sam Shirley.

Implemented in C on Vax 11/780 under UNIX by Tim Lister

This is a public domain adventure and may not be sold for profit */

Grab the source code from spkane’s github to run: https://github.com/spkane/paranoia/blob/master/paranoia.py

offensive overwatch

Status

12 out of 15 hours of my Overwatch time have been spent playing Mercy, time for a change!

And not just in character, but play style… although funnily enough I’ve achieve better healing stats with Lucio, and love the advantages of Symmetra.

So I’ve taken my fight to the front line, when no-one else in the team has chosen a healer in quick play; I’m just one level away from joining friends in competitive season!

So as for attack I’m enjoying:

  • Hanzo and his bow attack
  • Soldier: 76 for the run and gun approach
  • Played on game with Widowmaker, have to learn to back off

    Looking at my stats I may have to try more Lucio, but there are the rest of the characters I’ve given zero playtime.

    Overwatch is a great pick up an play game, that for me is really filling the gap; both in the evening, and until I can get my hands on No Mans Sky 🙂
    Rating: ★★★★½