CBS’s Star Trek: Picard is getting a prequel novel and comic series

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CBS is bringing back Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Picard sometime next year on its streaming platform All Access. Before it debuts, fans will be able to see what the character has been up to in a new comic series and novel, says StarTrek.com.

The company announced that IDW Publishing will release a three-issue comic series called Star Trek: Picard — Countdown, which will be written by Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer, who is a supervising producer on the TV show. The series will be about a mission that changes Picard’s life. In February, Simon & Schuster will release a prequel novel called Star Trek: The Last Best Hope, which will lead directly into the show and introduce a number of new characters in it. That book will be written by Una…

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You can now subscribe to CBS All Access through the Apple TV app

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CBS All Access, the network’s subscription video service, can now be subscribed to and watched through the Apple TV app. It joins the range of subscription-based Apple TV Channels that Apple already offers, including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and Epix.

It’s possible to subscribe to CBS All Access through many different means, but if you go with Apple TV Channels, you’ll be able to download shows for offline viewing and stream everything from right within the Apple TV app on Apple TV, iOS devices, and recent Samsung TVs — no CBS app required. Apple handles the streams for its channels and promises the best-possible video and audio quality.

All Access costs $9.99 per month as an Apple TV Channel, which is the same…

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HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home for Doctor Who

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AT&T’s HBO Max is locking up the streaming rights for a number of popular BBC television shows, most notably the science fiction series Doctor Who.

The shows are part of a deal between the BBC and AT&T’s WarnerMedia, and will include all the current seasons of Doctor Who as well as classic shows such as The Office, Top Gear, Luther, and The Honourable Woman when it launches in the spring of 2020. HBO Max will also get a number of newer shows, like Ghosts, Home, Pure, Stath Lets Flats, and Trigonometry. The platform will also stream the upcoming 12th series of Doctor Who after it airs on BBC America in 2020.

Those shows will join a growing roster of existing and original content on the platform. HBO Max is slated to get every episode of…

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Selenium Python

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Selenium Python

Today, companies and applications are widely structured on web-based systems. The information that these systems contain is dense and requires extensive processing. Various tasks are repeated, tedious and take significant amounts of time and money. These repetitive tasks can be taken care of by Web Automation. The common tasks in web automation include form filling, screen scraping, data collection, transferring between applications, website testing, and generating periodic reports.

Web Automation Tool

There are many tools available for automation. A variety of skill levels are required for the automation tool. A non-programmer might simply have to record some test scripts; whereas programmers and advanced testers need more advanced libraries and scripts.

Installing ASP.NET Core 3.0 on RaspberryPi and Windows 10 IoT Core

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ASP.NET Core 3.0 will run on RaspberryPi and other boards out of the box. There are also SDK binaries available in .NET Core 3.0 download page. Having a full SDK available on RaspberryPi means that we can now build applications on board. Let’s see how it works.

Installing .NET Core 3.0 on a RaspberryPi

For this tutorial, I’m going to use a RaspberryPi 2 with the latest Windows 10 IoT Core. In order to download .NET Core 3.0, follow these next steps: 

Developer Tips: C# Selenium with MSTest Basics

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Selenium is a great tool for testing your user interface (UI). There are plenty of great tutorials on the web that I encourage you to review. This article is going to cover some basic setup steps and a simple .NET Core 2.1 code sample.

Browser Settings

  1. Assumptions: Chrome/Firefox (64-bit)/IE11/Edge (Win10 or higher).
  2. Most of these settings have to be done for IE11 as the modern browsers do this by default or the alternative usually still works.
    • Always open pop-ups in a new tab.
    • Turn off pop-up blockers.
    • IE11: Enable Protected Mode for all security zones.
    • Disable save password prompts.
    • When prompted to AutoComplete, click "No".
    • Set zoom to 100%.
  3. Restart the browsers.

Windows Settings

  1. Disable the logon screen save while you’re sitting back watching your automated tests run the screen saver does not kick on ruining your test.
  2. Restart the computer.

Set the WebDrivers

  1. IE 11.
  2. 64 bit should also work, but some consultants I worked with recommended the 32 bit over 64 bit as of 12/2018.
    • Extract "IEDriverServer.exe" from the zip to c:\Selenium.WebDrivers
  3. Microsoft Edge (EdgeHtml).
    • https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/webdriver/
    • Edge version 18 or great, then run the following in command prompt as an administrator.
      • DISM.exe /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Microsoft.WebDriver~~~~0.0.1.0.
      • Edge version less than 18, then do the following.
    • Under "Downloads" > Microsoft Edge (EdgeHtml) > click the top Release.
      • Save "MicrosoftWebDriver.exe" to c:\Selenium.WebDrivers.
  4. Microsoft Edge (Chromium).
    1. Since this version is in Preview  I did not download and test but here are the steps.
    2. https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/webdriver/
    3. Under "Downloads" > Microsoft Edge (Chromium) > for the top Release click x64.
    4. Extract "msedgedriver.exe " from the zip to c:\Selenium.WebDrivers.
  5. Chrome.
    1. https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/chromedriver/
    2. Under "All versions available in Downloads" next to the "Latest stable release" click the ChromeDriver link > Click "chromedriver_win32.zip."
    3. Extract "chromedriver.exe" from the zip to c:\Selenium.WebDrivers.
  6. Firefox.
    1. https://github.com/mozilla/geckodriver/releases
    2. Under the latest release v#.##.# under "Assets" click the geckodriver-*-win64.zip.
    3. Extract "geckodriver.exe" from the zip to c:\Selenium.WebDrivers.

Create the Application

The full source code is in https://github.com/penblade/Tips/tree/master/Tips.Selenium.

Citizen Ray: Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio is the wise uncle you wished you had

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“I don’t want more success. I don’t want more money.” When most hedge fund managers say something like that to you, you’d be justified in suspecting that they’re giving you their carefully crafted Davos riff. Because unlike many Silicon Valley billionaires who believe (or sort of believe) in the transcendence of their mission, the motives […]

Paul Di Filippo on Radicalized: “Upton-Sinclairish muckraking, and Dickensian-Hugonian ashcan realism”

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I was incredibly gratified and excited to read Paul Di Filippo’s Locus review of my latest book, Radicalized; Di Filippo is a superb writer, one of the original, Mirrorshades cyberpunks, and he is a superb and insightful literary critic, so when I read his superlative-laden review of my book today, it was an absolute thrill (I haven’t been this excited about a review since Bruce Sterling reviewed Walkaway).

There’s so much to be delighted by in this review, not least a comparison to Rod Serling (!). Below, a couple paras of especial note.

His latest, a collection of four novellas, subtitled “Four Tales of Our Present Moment”, fits the template perfectly, and extends his vision further into a realm where impassioned advocacy, Upton-Sinclairish muckraking, and Dickensian-Hugonian ashcan realism drives a kind of partisan or Cassandran science fiction seen before mostly during the post-WWII atomic bomb panic (think On the Beach) and 1960s New Wave-Age of Aquarius agitation (think Bug Jack Barron). Those earlier troubled eras resonate with our current quandary, but the “present moment” under Doctorow’s microscope – or is that a sniper’s crosshairs? – has its own unique features that he seeks to elucidate. These stories walk a razor’s edge between literature and propaganda, aesthetics and bludgeoning, subtlety and stridency, rant and revelation. The only guaranteed outcome after reading is that no one can be indifferent to them…

…The Radicalized collection strikes me in some sense as an episode of a primo TV anthology series – Night Gallery in the classical mode, or maybe in a more modern version, Philip K.

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