The recent standardization of Encrypted Media Extensions by the W3C isn't actually a big deal. EME was already used in production with multiple independent implementations (which is a W3C requirement). Before that, Flash and Silverlight provided similar things. Worse, some video services used (and still use) custom NPAPI plugins to protect their content.

And yet, a lot of people on several link discussion websites posted ridiculous slippery slope doomsday scenarios. Like, now, NOW the Web will be no longer open and free, full of DRM for everything, even news articles will be DRM'd, and proprietary software will run in the browsers instead of "open" scripts (that you can View Source), and someone even seriously suggested that browsers might stop playing non-DRM content.

How come this never happened when Flash was extremely popular and included DRM capabilities? ;-) It's as if no one except for movie studios actually wants to use DRM.

Also, there's this innovative technique for proprietary software on the web. Actually it existed since forever and it's called… doing the interesting things on the server side.

Recent discovery: forwarding serial ports over the network is pretty easy. Useful for embedded development!

For example, if you're working with an ESP8266 SDK in a Linux VM, but the device is attached to a FreeBSD machine: run something like doas python2 ~/rfc2217_server.py -p 8266 /dev/cuaU0 on the host and use something like rfc2217://192.168.1.2:8266 as the --port argument to esptool.

(Yeah, use that script. Other RFC2217 implementations don't seem to support binary mode for some reason.)

Polymer 3.0 is pretty exciting! R.I.P. HTML Imports.

Paper elements were automatically converted to ES Modules… except for the deprecated neon-animation, which is a dependency of paper-dialog and some others. Hopefully this will be solved soon. micro-panel is a heavy user of paper-dialog! :D

Also, a new interesting thing by the Polymer team is lit-html, which is not yet actually integrated with Polymer…

Camera LGE Nexus 5X Photo parameters 1/24 ƒ/2.0 ISO 539 Software bullhead-user 7.1.2 N2G47W 3938523 release-keys

My desktop has Ryzen! :D

Interestingly, it runs my 2400 rated DDR4 sticks at 3200. Not super tight timings (CL18-19-19-37 1T) but pretty good for Hynix memory. My previous system, non-K Skylake, couldn't run it above ~2450.

I went to pull the gadgetbridge repo today and look at this shit. Someone issued a DMCA takedown because "reverse engineering of my work or sharing images from my work is strictly forbidden"?! Fuck off asshole, you can't copyright that. Apparently the reverse engineering is bluetooth logs. What a dick.

This Belkin Lightning cable's connector just cracked open… but I put it back together. One half locks into the other. Good design.

Apple just announced a new image codec that's based on HEVC but it's not named BPG?! New proprietary thing? No, an ISO standard apparently, created by MPEG.

It's sad that Apple likes MPEG though. I wish they didn't hate Google and just adopted WebP.