How to Not Leap in Time Using Python

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If you want to display the time to a user of your application, you query the time of day. However, if your application needs to measure elapsed time, you need a timer that will give the right answer even if the user changes the time on the system clock.

The system clock, which tells the time of day, is referred to as a real-time clock or a wall clock. The time on such a clock will jump when changed. Relying on the wall clock to find out how much time has passed since a previous event is a bug waiting to happen.

New Moto Razr is a foldable flip smartphone that costs $1500

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The new Moto Razr is a handsome retro thing. At $1500, though, who wants a 6.2-inch foldable smartphone designed to resemble a classic flip-phone?

The hinge design of the Moto Razr is probably the most interesting thing about it. The best Samsung can currently do in the foldables space is the Galaxy Fold, which, thanks to folding the display nearly completely flat, develops a permanent crease in the display after the first fold. Motorola’s display doesn’t fold completely flat, though—there is a large void space around the display hinge, so when the phone folds in half, the display has room to move around. Since it’s not being sandwiched between two solid plates, the display collapses into a gentle curve instead of a hard crease. Imagine bending a piece of paper in half just by pinching the top and bottom together versus pressing the fold into a crease. Since the display only ever forms a loop, rather than a crease, it never gains a distracting, light-distorting crease down the middle the way the Galaxy Fold does.

There’s a fair likelihood this will establish itself as a genuine “luxury” smartphone where other efforts have failed. It’s a classic, upgraded with cutting-edge display technology, but with a clever design feature (the hinge loop) that lets it avoid the visible crease (and stink of failure) associated with other expensive foldable smartphones.

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The nine best beard trimmers

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Like many beard-wearers with office jobs, I have the kind of stubble that’s not quite a beard, but is always verging on it. This was true when I first reviewed beard trimmers last year and it remains so today, my scruff often hovering around one millimeter in length. In our post-Mumford & Sons era, mine is a common facial hair choice, probably because it takes almost no effort. All it requires is an electric beard trimmer, decent eyesight, and a willingness to never actually shave your face (unless you want to clean up your neck with a proper razor occasionally, which is considered respectable before meetings and big events).

That said, finding the right trimmer to execute this not-really-shaving look is a challenge. You want one that…

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AirFly wireless headphone dongle updated with aux input support

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The AirFly Pro is the latest in Twelve South’s lineup of headphone dongles, designed to let you connect your wireless headphones to a device with a 3.5mm headphone jack but no Bluetooth support — such as a Nintendo Switch or most in-flight entertainment systems. The new model supports connecting two pairs of headphones at a time, and doubles its battery life to 16 hours compared to the AirFly Classic.

The adapter also now offers aux input, allowing you to use it to stream music from your phone to a non-Bluetooth stereo via a 3.5mm jack. That makes it useful for pretty much every older car stereo (or even older models if you pair it with a cassette adapter), but we could also see it being useful for adding Bluetooth to an old home stereo…

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The world is waiting for Google Stadia to flop

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On November 19th, Google will officially become a game company, one with its very own console, controller, and distribution platform for the latest triple-A games. If all goes well, it may stand shoulder to shoulder with Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo and Steam, or even surpass them someday.

That’s because Google is the biggest, best-positioned company to ever throw its weight behind cloud gaming — a technology that lets you play a game without discs or downloads, by streaming them from remote servers, just like you’d stream a YouTube video to your TV, laptop, or even the phone in your pocket.

But it also means this may be a make-or-break moment for cloud gaming if its champion fails to impress — and it’s not looking good.

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Secure up to 10 devices with this elite antivirus, now over 80% off

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The more you use your computer, the more it becomes possible for others to use it too. Where there are anti-virus systems, there are hackers looking for a way to get around them.

That’s why it’s important to get software that doesn’t just passively scout for viruses in the background. The folks behind GlassWire have the right idea, with a service that offers both protection and extensive monitoring that will enable you to make sure you’re the only one logging on.

Certainly, GlassWire’s firewall is an effective defense on its own. But what the software really does well is tracking. It monitors things in your network activity by app and geographic location and notifies you whenever a new app accesses the web from your system. It keeps tabs on any network activity that occurred while you were logged off and keeps an eye out for known threats and unexpected file changes. And, it lets you see all this info in an easily digestible visual format.

It even helps you use your computer more effectively by alerting you to possible bandwidth overages, and lets you clear your internet activity at a moment’s notice.

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Directly importing photos into Adobe Lightroom is about to get a lot easier

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I love Adobe’s Lightroom app. It makes editing my photos, one at a time or a bunch all at once a pleasure. I use it to catalog my photos, too: Apple’s Photos apps on Mac OS and iPadOS just don’t do it for me.  That said, I loath the number of hoops I have to jump through any time I want to import RAW photos from my camera into the iOS or iPadOS version of the app. Yeah, there’s a Siri Shortcut to give shutterbugs a hand. But I don’t use Siri. Happily, earlier today, I discovered that the two hundred and eleventy steps required to import photos into the app from my much-loved Sony RX100 III will soon become a whole lot more reasonable.

Next to Scrivener releasing an iOS version of its spectacular writing app for iOS a few years back, the possibility of easily importing RAW images to Lightroom without having to deal with any bullshit is one of my favorite developments to come to the iPad since I bought my first one back in 2010.

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The Motorola Razr avoids Samsung’s worst folding phone mistakes

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Late last night, Motorola announced the new Razr phone, which is a much-leaked folding device that looks exactly like a wider version of the classic Razr. It has a folding OLED screen and Chaim Gartenberg headed out to LA to check it out.

Read Chaim’s impressions and definitely watch the hands-on video. I have done so multiple times and have Zaprudered portions of it to try to suss out exactly how Motorola pulled this hinge off. There doesn’t seem to be any visible (or even feel-able!) crease on the screen, Motorola says it’s plenty durable, and the phone folds literally flat. It’s all the things the Samsung Galaxy Fold isn’t.

I’ve also got something to say about the way Motorola announced this phone: at 8:15PM Pacific time at a party in…

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Truly tiny house flipping

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“Mini House Flip” on Instagram is dedicated to documenting efforts to remodel a childhood dollhouse:

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Our inaugural post! This house was gifted to my sisters and I when we were kids. 20 years later, my mom and have finally decided to give it the remodel it deserves. Follow along to watch our progress! . . . #minihouseflip #dollhouse #dollhouseminiatures #miniatures #craftproject #remodel #makeover

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The three dozen or so posts to date include creating a new hardwood floor:

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Miter snips, crafts sticks, glue, and a ruler = a new floor for the next room in the house. Swipe to see a super blurry “before” photo of the what will become the study. This room is also where the stairs come up from the first floor. I created a template from card stock for the floor for easy installation. . . #dollhouse #miniatureinteriors #miniature #interiordesign #dolls #onetwelfthscale #remodel #remodeling #minihouseflip #dollhouseaccessories #maker #craft #craftsman

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Framed butterfly collection:

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Mom made tiny shadow box frames and I made tiny butterflies for the study’s gallery wall. . . #dollhouse #miniatureinteriors #miniature #interiordesign #dolls #onetwelfthscale #oneinchscale #remodel #remodeling #minihouseflip #dollhouseaccessories #maker #craft #craftsman

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Reupholstered chair and throw rug:

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Reupholstered chair for the study.

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Motorola Resurrects the Razr As a Foldable Android Smartphone

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After teasing it last month, Motorola has officially announced the successor to the Motorola Razr. The “razr,” as it is called, “keeps the same general form factor but replaces the T9 keypad and small LCD with a 6.2-inch foldable plastic OLED panel and Android 9 Pie,” reports The Verge. “It’ll cost $1,499 when it arrives in January 2020.” From the report: The new Razr is a fundamentally different take on the foldable phones that we’ve seen so far: instead of turning a modern-sized phone into a smaller tablet, it turns a conventional-sized smartphone into something much smaller and more pocketable. […] The core of the phone is, of course, the display. It’s a 6.2-inch 21:9 plastic OLED panel that folds in half along the horizontal axis. Unfolded, it’s not dramatically bigger than any other modern phone, and the extra height is something that the Android interface and apps adapt to far better than a tablet-size screen. The screen does have a notch on top for a speaker and camera and a curved edge on the bottom, which takes a bit of getting used to, but after a minute or two, you barely notice it.

There’s also a second, 2.7-inch glass-covered OLED display on the outside that Motorola calls the Quick View display. It can show notifications, music controls, and even a selfie camera mode to take advantage of the better main camera. Motorola is also working with Google to let apps seamlessly transition from the front display to the main one. There are some concerns about durability for the folding display, especially after Samsung’s Galaxy Fold issues. But Motorola says that it has “full confidence in the durability of the Flex View display,” claiming that its research shows that “it will last for the average lifespan of a smartphone.” There’s a proprietary coating to make the panel “scuff resistant,” and it also has an internal nano-coating for splash resistance. (Don’t take it swimming, though.) Motorola says that the entire display is made with a single cut, with the edges entirely enclosed by the stainless steel frame to prevent debris from getting in. Aside from the mid-range specs, like the Snapdragon 710 processor and “lackluster” 16-megapixel camera, seasoned reviewers appear to really like the nostalgic look and feel of the device. Did you own a Razr phone from the mid-2000s? How do you think the new model compares?

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Party like it’s 2004 with the new Motorola Razr’s secret ‘Retro Razr’ mode

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Motorola is bringing the Razr back in the form of a foldable Android phone, but that doesn’t mean that the company is leaving the classic design of the original behind. As a neat tribute to the OG RAZR, Motorola has included a secret “Retro Razr” mode that turns the $1,499 modern smartphone into the spitting image of its 2004-era predecessor.

The mode is basically a glorified skinned Android launcher that faithfully re-creates the original RAZR UI through software, right down to the classic boot animation. But Motorola has put in some serious work here: the skin is fully functional. Click the button for messaging, and it’ll launch the Android messaging app. Click right to open settings,…

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Absorb best-selling books in minutes with this reading app

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Knowledge is power. It’s a cliché, but sometimes things turn into a cliché because they’re true. If you’re making your way through the world of business and entrepreneurship, it only makes sense to read about the insights of people who have climbed that ladder before you.

Trouble is, the modern workday doesn’t leave a lot of time for reading – especially for those go-getters who might benefit the most.

That’s where services like Readitfor.me can be a real life-saver, giving you the meat of self-help or business books in minutes rather than days or weeks.

The book summary service gives laser-focused breakdowns of some essential titles in the nonfiction world – bestsellers like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, To Sell is Human, 10% Happier and many more. The current library has over 300 titles and is growing at around 100 additions every year.

Summaries are accessible as animated videos that distill the big ideas and water-cooler facts into bite-sized chunks that you can absorb over a quick lunch, coffee break, or lazy commute. That’s a ton of time freed up to actually act on all that great information.

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These are the best phone deals that Black Friday will have to offer

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Black Friday is almost here. The big shopping weekend actually starts on Thursday, November 28th, which is Thanksgiving in the US. If you’re in the market for a new phone, we’re cataloging the best offers you’ll be able to get from retailers.

Whether you’re looking for deals on unlocked phones, or carrier deals with big trade-in bonuses, you’ll find the latest deals on the iPhones, Google Pixels, Samsung Galaxy phones, and more below. As new phone deals surface or expire, we’ll update this post.

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Starting on Thanksgiving and continuing through Black Friday, Best Buy will host a few carrier deals for the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. If you’re looking for a discount…

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How to survive solitary confinement

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I highly recommend McKinley Valentine’s email newsletter, The Whippet. In each issue she presents interesting ideas, art, videos, and articles.

Here’s an item from the latest issue (#85):

How to survive solitary confinement

I like to read things like this, keep it in my pocket, so I worry less about what if it happens.

The recommendation is more or less — you’ll go crazy anyway, so go crazy with intention, to protect your brain.

The human brain does very badly in social isolation – we’re not built for it, and people start hallucinating and dissociating very quickly when it’s complete. It’s actual torture, but people don’t expect it to be because it sounds so low-key.

So the people in this article – both people who’ve survived solitary, and psychologists – suggest using a lot of visualisation. Imagine yourself in a much bigger space than you are, get to know it. Have a “workspace” where you train, maybe practice a sport in your mind. Every day, regularly, like you were outside and had a proper life. Imagine meeting a friend and having conversations with them.

Part of what makes you go crazy in isolation is the lack of external cues and structures, so it has to be structured visualisations, not just panicked uncontrolled daydreaming.

From someone who survived 7 years in almost total solitary confinement (again, this is torture, it is amazing he came out of it relatively okay):

“He he used to kill time for hours working out detailed visualizations of himself in a vivid alternate reality, where he could inhabit open spaces and converse with people.

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