The Quantum Game: like Laser Maze, but built on real principles of quantum mechanics

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Laser Maze is a super-fun electronic board game that challenges players to arrange angled mirrors to route a laser beam from an emitter to a sensor, avoiding obstacles; in The Quantum Game, you undertake the same fundamental task, but with a virtual laser that only emits one photon, and virtual beam-splitters, absorbtive polarizers, quarter-wave plates, polarizing beam splitters, Faraday rotators, and other exotic apparatus.
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Common Front-End Mistakes That Cause Layout Problems

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Successful online services like marketing and e-commerce websites rely on exceptional customer experiences. As a front-end developer, it’s your job to create flawless layouts, so your customer can complete necessary actions (like submit a sign-up form or purchase a Christmas gift). As you probably know, layout issues can cause users to distrust your website, so you’ll want to fix them up ASAP.

These are some of the most common front-end mistakes that cause layout problems on websites, using examples from our website, Raygun.com (in a test environment, of course!).

The 15 best video games of 2017

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A decade from now, there’s a good chance we’ll look back at 2017 as one of the best years ever for new game releases. Just think about it: some of the medium’s most iconic names — like Zelda, Mario, and Resident Evil — came roaring back to prominence, while new names like Horizon Zero Dawn and Cuphead forced their way into the spotlight.

From blockbuster to indie games, console and PC to mobile, the wealth of experiences on offer has been incredible. And narrowing down our favorites has been a lengthy task. But after a series of votes — and maybe a few arguments — we’ve settled on a list of the 15 best games of the year.

Cuphead

Brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, who formed indie outfit Studio MDHR, captivated the…

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The dark, unsettling adventure Inside is now on the iPhone

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One of last year’s best games was a short but haunting adventure called Inside. Developed by the team behind the similarly macabre hit Limbo, the game put players in the role of a young boy in a mysterious, gray world, uncovering all kinds of horrors along the way. It starts out as a simple platformer, but the game slowly reveals itself to be something more complex, and much darker, than it initially seems — and now you can play it on your phone.

Developer Playdead released Inside on both iOS and Apple TV today, and it makes a pretty seamless transition to a touchscreen device. Much of the side-scrolling game involves simply walking to the right, and solving small puzzles along the way. The mechanics aren’t complex; the real reason to…

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Rogue One is actually about internet freedom

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Now that the new Star Wars is upon us — which, as we all know, is the real Reason for the Season — it’s time for what is now my yearly overthinking of the entire franchise. Last year, I came to the realization that if the galaxy had adequate women’s health care, Anakin would have never turned to the dark side. This year, I want to point out that Rogue One, a tremendously underrated installment of the series, is really about internet freedom.

Really.

Think about it.

(Spoilers ahead for Rogue One.)

Star Wars is life, but Star Wars is also not very good, which is why Rogue One — a Frankenstein’s monster assembled from a butchered first cut and an excessively large space antenna that only exists to add another 30 minutes to…

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The directors of Avengers: Infinity War just optioned Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State

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Avengers: Infinity War’s Russo Brothers have added a new project to their slate: an adaptation of Simon Stålenhag’s recently Kickstarter-funded art book The Electric State.

Joe and Anthony Russo won a bidding war for the book, says Deadline, and will act as producers for the project. The brothers are looking to bring on It director Andy Muschietti to direct. They will also bring on the Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters behind Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and the two upcoming Avengers films.

Image: Free League Publishing

Stålenhag is a Swedish artist who specializes in retro-furistic art, telling stories about an alternate, pastoral Sweden in books such as T…

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AIM is officially dead

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 Say “goodbye” (in the AIM voice, if possible) to Aol Instant Messenger. Back in October, Oath (the combined entity of Yahoo and Aol) announced that it would shutter AIM on December 15. Yes, today is the day. All good things come to an end. On Dec 15, we’ll bid farewell to AIM. Thank you to all our users! #AIMemories https://t.co/b6cjR2tSuU pic.twitter.com/V09Fl7EPMx —… Read More

Circuit Maze Logic Game

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When I was a child my favorite game was Mousetrap because the experience wasn’t simply about rolling dice and moving around a board.  Rather, it was an invitation to construct environments with the reward of something special happening.

I still enjoy games where you build but I especially love it when they offer clever, valuable lessons as well.  Circuit Maze teaches spacial reasoning and electrical engineering with simple to understand concepts.  As you play, the levels naturally get more difficult and are challenging even to adults.

If your child is interested in games at even higher tech levels, there’s also a game series called CODE  that teaches the valuable superpower of computer coding concepts.  I only wish I had access to these games when I was young.

If your doctor asks you to say ‘Ahhh’ during a pelvic exam, it may be a sign of physician fatigue

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In the future, when robots are our doctors and we find ourselves describing our symptoms to an online portal, we’ll miss the foibles of the physicians who once cared for us. But until then, we can still laugh at the very funny things that our very human doctors sometimes say and do when they’re…

Let’s meet in New York to talk token sales

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 I’ve been holding a few micro meet ups over the past few years and thought I’d start it up again in honor of token/ICO mania. I’d love to hear what you all are working on in the New York area so we’ll all meet at Union Hall in Brooklyn next Wednesday at 7pm. The event is very informal and we’ll plan the next few months of micro-meetups during the event. My goal is… Read More

This might be Microsoft’s secret Surface notepad

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Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a foldable notepad-like device, much like the company’s Courier concept. A patent from earlier this year provided an outline for such a device, but a new patent has emerged this week with a lot more detail. The patent references a “hinged device,” and has been filed by Microsoft Surface engineers that are responsible for creating various Surface hinges and devices.

The device appears to have two separate screens and sections that fold together or flat, much like Lenovo’s Yoga Book. The images also show how the mysterious device could flip over and be used as a nightstand. While there’s not much detail about software for such a device, Microsoft’s patent filing includes a lot of intricate…

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Gorgeous low-profile miniature mechanical Planck keyboard

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It won’t be arriving in time for Easter, let alone Christmas, but this keyboard features three particularly fabulous qualities: the tiny 40% size, the unstaggered grid layout, and a new type of keyswitch that’s both mechanical and low-profile. $150 at Massdrop.

Note: The base price is for the assembled Planck Light. It comes in black with tactile switches, black alphas, and white modifiers; in navy with clicky switches, white alphas, and black modifiers; or in silver with linear switches, white alphas, and black modifiers. At checkout, you can get the unassembled kit with your choice of any of the above combinations—including all blank semi-translucent white keycaps—for (- $10). You can also add a carrying sleeve for (+ $8). If you select an assembled keyboard, the other selections at checkout will not apply.

IMPORTANT: Note that it “beeps and boops.”

Also notable, the PCB is outfitted with a dual-channel speaker that can play two notes at once (an upgrade from the previous version). In the default firmware this will make a few different noises—like a short series of beeps on startup, notifications when you put the board into Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode, plus noises when you change the default layout to prevent mishaps when typing quickly. The speaker can be disabled by flashing new firmware. A noiseless version of the default firmware is available on the GitHub.

(Here is my own planck setup)


When Ruby on Rails Is Not a Good Fit

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It’s no secret that we love Ruby on Rails at Planet Argon. We’ve been part of the community for 13 years, and have built over a hundred applications using this framework since then. But just because it’s our framework of choice doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for your business.

Over the years, we’ve had several companies approach us about their existing Ruby on Rails application, or with the idea of creating a new app in Rails, that we’ve directed away from this framework.

Xbox party chat is coming to Android and iOS

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Microsoft has started testing Xbox party chat in the company’s Xbox mobile apps for iOS and Android. The beta Xbox app for Android is available immediately with the party chat support, and you can sign-up to test party chat on iOS using Microsoft’s form.

Party chat inside the Xbox mobile apps lets you voice chat with friends on Xbox Live, similar to the Discord mobile app. It’s a useful feature if you’re not near your console or PC, or even if your headset isn’t working correctly on those devices. Microsoft typically brings beta features to its main Xbox apps within a few months, so it should be available to both the regular iOS and Android apps shortly.

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Retractable Console Allows Wheelchair User to Get up Close and Personal

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[Rhonda] has multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that limits her ability to walk and use her arms. She and the other residents of The Boston Home, an extended care facility for people with MS and other neuromuscular diseases, rely on their wheelchairs for mobility. [Rhonda]’s chair comes with a control console that swings out of the way to allow her to come up close to tables and counters, but she has problems applying enough force to manually position it.

Sadly, [Rhonda]’s insurance doesn’t cover a commercial solution to her problem. But The Boston Home has a fully equipped shop to …read more

Google releases YouTube VR for Steam

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YouTube VR is one of the best reasons to use Google’s Daydream VR platform, but the company didn’t make it available for higher-end PC headsets. That’s just ended with the release of a Steam VR version designed for the HTC Vive. It’s available to download right now.

I’d love to tell you how it is, but for some reason it doesn’t work on my PC — it crashes instantly on start, and a lot of people in the Steam forums are having the same problem. A member of the dev team has responded to the thread and is looking into the issue.

Google has released YouTube VR in Steam Early Access, to be fair, indicating that bugs are to be expected. But having the app not work at all for what seems to be a significant proportion of the userbase is an…

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Dumb Coffee Grinder Gets Smarter with Time

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[Forklift] has a Rancilio Rocky, a prosumer-level coffee grinder that’s been a popular mainstay for the last few decades. It’s a simple machine with a direct-drive motor. Rocky has one job, and it will do that job in one of 55 slightly different ways as long as someone is pushing the grind button. What Rocky doesn’t have is any kind of metering technology. There’s no way to govern the grind length, so repeatable results rely on visual estimates and/or an external clock. Well, there wasn’t until [Forklift] designed a programmable timer from the ground up.

The timer interface is simple—there’s …read more

The first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will come from Vivo

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Earlier this week, Synaptics announced that it’s cracked the problem of embedding fingerprint sensors into displays and is mass-producing the tech for a “top-five” smartphone vendor. Now we know the identity of that vendor: it’s Vivo.

In a post for Forbes, analyst Patrick Moorhead detailed his experience with a pre-production Vivo phone equipped with the technology. Moorhead describes the sensor as “fast and simple,” while Synaptics claims it’s twice as fast as 3D facial recognition like Apple’s Face ID — though that’d be a hard thing to realistically measure considering the different mechanisms that each system uses in practice.

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Patterns in Large Scale JavaScript Applications, Part 2

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It is clear from Part 1 of this series what a pattern is in the software development process, why we use software design patterns, and the factors for using design patterns in JavaScript. If you haven’t read the previous post, i would recommend you to please read it once to get the overview.

I am a very big fan of JavaScript’s module design pattern. That’s the object literal pattern in the category of modular design patterns.

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