Ghostery went open source!

Ghostery is a browser extension that provides users of the interwebs with enhanced privacy as it blocks creepy crawlies hiding in webpages, tracking you, following everything you click or visit. Ghostery has been a widely used tool by users who care about privacy and then Cliqz bough them some time ago. And people had some concerns over what they do with all the info on trackers and how they actually make the money to pay their programmers. Well, worry no more, Ghostery has gone open source!

Anyone can check its source code now and inspect how it works and what and how it transmits the data to Cliqz, ensuring transparency and potential forks as well as accelerated development with larger base of contributors. It’s great news for everyone who value their privacy. If you don’t use it yet, check it out. It supports all major browsers and it can be found on extensions/add-ons webpages of all these browsers.

Advertisements

Sour cherry cocoa infused biscuit cake

SourCherryCake

I might be a geek who likes to fiddle with computers and electronics, but I also like food. And what better way to spend some alone time creating stuff in kitchen. I’ve been cooking “normal” meals for few years without any recipes, just what I’ve eaten in the past and try to extrapolate what ingredients to use and how to prepare it to get that same end result. It’s quite fun figuring out what to use without knowing the ingredients or the whole actual process of making it. But I always had this fear with desserts because they are a lot more unforgiving, especially stuff that involves biscuit batter. Mix it wrong and you’ll get a dense pancake, bake it for too long and you’ll burn it or make it crunchy like a cookie etc. But I’m starting to get a hang of this too. I’ve made it last week and I messed something up and it was too dense, baked it for too long, didn’t use enough fruit and didn’t moist the biscuit enough. But 2 days ago, I’ve done it. With perfection. This will be more as an archive for myself so I can do it in the future again, but if anyone wants to try it out, awesome 🙂

Required ingredients

Ingredients suffice for a baking tray with dimensions of 37 x 28 x 5cm (14.5 x 11 x 2 inches). It’s what I used so predict it appropriately so it won’t overflow when baked.

  • 7 eggs
  • 150g (5.9oz) of flour
  • 150g (5.9oz) of sugar
  • 1 bag of baking powder (12g or 0.42oz)
  • 4 bags of vanilla sugar (each 10g or 0.35oz)
  • 1 bag of lemon sugar (10g or 0.35oz)
  • 1 shot of rum
  • 1400g (~50oz) of pitted sour cherry compote (2x 700g jars in my case)
  • 500ml (17 fl oz) of whipping cream
  • 4 tea spoons of cocoa powder
  • bitter chocolate flakes

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (347°F) using both, top and bottom heater (so you won’t have to wait for it later).

Preparing fruits…

Separate all the sour cherries from the compote liquid and place the remaining liquid in the fridge to cool. I’ve added some cold water to it to make total of 1.5L (53 fl oz) of sour cherry juice because it was really strong and I like the biscuit juicy. Leave sour cherry fruit part at room temperature.

Making the batter…

Separate yolk from egg white and start mixing the yolks. While you’re mixing, continue adding 2 bags of vanilla sugar, 1 bag of lemon sugar, 1 baking powder, 150g of normal sugar and a shot (or two of rum). Mix till it becomes nicely smooth and sugar starts dissolving. Add 4 tea spoons of cocoa powder and mix it well. Now mix in 150g of flour and expect the batter to become very dense. I didn’t try, but I guess you could soften it up with a bit of butter, sweet cream or milk. It’ll get smoother again when you mix in whipped egg whites so don’t panic.

Foaming the egg white…

Now clean up the hand mixer whisks and start mixing egg whites at full speed in a separate bowl till it becomes nicely foamy and doesn’t seem to inflate any further. When that happens, dump it in the bowl with the yolky batter and use a large spoon and start mixing with the back of it (so it won’t stick so much inside of it). I made a mistake of using a whisk which just got clotted with dense batter and it was really hard to mix till it got smoother and softer batter again. When it gets a bit smoother, use a whisk to evenly mix it. Don’t use hand mixer, otherwise you’ll destroy the egg white foaminess (you need it for the biscuit to be fluffy in the end). Dump the batter into a baking tray, spread it evenly or shake the tray till it levels nicely.

Finishing the batter…

Take the sour cherry (fruit part) and spread it evenly across the batter. There is no specific rule for this, if you like sour cherry like I do, drop in tons of it, really thick. If you don’t like it that much, you can use less. They’ll sink into a batter so do it progressively across all surface so you’ll know where you dropped them already. Also, it’s fine if they sink, they don’t have to stay on top.

Baking…

Place the tray in a pre-heated oven and bake for 40 minutes (middle level).

Making that biscuit juicy…

When it’s done baking, place it on your cooking top and leave it to cool. When it has cooled a bit, drizzle it with sour cherry juice. A lot. Make it juicy. Just don’t overdo it, you don’t want your biscuit floating in it. If you don’t like very juicy biscuit, you can use less or none. It’s up to you. Sour cherry fruits will provide some moisture when you bite into it, but I like more so I use the juice too.

Finishing touches…

Now mix the whipping cream with 2 bags of vanilla sugar (you can also use same amount of normal sugar or none of it even but add some vanilla extract) and evenly spread it on top of the biscuit. Evenly sprinkle it with dark chocolate flakes. Place it in fridge till it thoroughly cooled (or if you used cold sour cherry juice you can serve it straight away).

Enjoy!

End result should be a very refreshing cake (or biscuit if you’re European 😛 ) that nicely blends bitter cocoa biscuit with sour cherry and sweet whipped cream on top. It may not look anything particularly fancy, but it tastes soooooooo good and because it’s juicy and fluffy, it’ll easily find it’s place in a tummy even after a substantial dinner. A perfect dessert in my book 🙂

If you decide to make it, let me know what you think of it 🙂

CNN, shut the fuck up about guns already

Oh my god, the monumental cringe from the CNN factories. You have to watch this and brace yourself so you won’t snap your spine with the cringe like I have…

This is what an AR-15 sounds like

Straight away trying to make it look intimidating. Sure, it’s a gun and every gun is intimidating. But CNN is intentionally trying to make it more sinister than it is just to push their bullshit narrative.

FACT: If you fire any kind of a gun in a huge empty hall (shooting range), the echo created by the hall will make even a .22 Short from a handgun sound like it has a massive stopping power of a sniper rifle.

General Mark Herting served in US Army for 37 years

There is no way this guy is a real person or even a Lieutenant General.

FACT: The way he’s firing the AR-15 like he’s a bit retarded, the way rifle is rocking all over the place like he’s firing an M60 from a hip to one single specific thing he said later on, that made me believe he’s not really a real person, let alone a former soldier. There is a 3rd possibility that he’s a real person and a real soldier, but CNN made him behave like an absolute imbecile to appease their dumb viewers and push the narrative the way they want it, to make AR-15 look absolutely terrifying and scary like it’s a nuclear bomb or something.

Full Semi Automatic

When this alleged Lieutenant General said this very specific line I questioned everything about this video…

FACT 1: There is no such thing in existence as “full semi automatic” rifle. It’s an literal oxymoron and if a former soldier who served for 37 years says something so monumentally retarded, he basically wiped out his entire credibility.

FACT 2: AR-15 has a single firing mode and that is “semi automatic”. There is no other mode to switch to. So, when he’s saying “now I’m going to switch to “full semi automatic” :)” he’s just talking gibberish at this point.

FACT 3: Semi automatic means, every time you pull a trigger, a bullet flies out of the barrel. To fire a next round, you need to depress the trigger and press it again. This is what a “semi automatic” is. “Full Automatic” means you squeeze the trigger once and it will fire for as long as there are rounds in a magazine. Semi automatic guns literally fire as fast as you can physically pull the trigger.

This weapon in the wrong hands can be more dangerous than most weapons because of its capability to do a lot of damage in short period of time and be irreversible.

FACT: Saying AR-15 is more devastating than lets say Glock or a 9mm Beretta is total and utter nonsense. Every gun is devastating and every gun is designed to inflict irreversible damage if possible under given conditions, be it chambered with tiny .22 or fat .45. Of course shorter barrel brings slightly lower accuracy and slightly smaller stopping power because gases don’t have as much time pushing the bullet through the barrel, increasing its kinetic energy, but the reality is, every fired bullet is fast enough and has enough stopping power to be deadly at typically ranges experienced in school shootings which is what most people are familiar with. So, if you take a school shooting scenario, perpetrator having an AR-15 or a Glock would not make a single difference. A bullet of any kind hitting vital organs like brain, heart or liver could result in death in seconds or minutes. Doing this absurd witch hunt after AR-15 specifically like it’s some special weapon of mass destruction is just insane, stupid and illogical. It’s as lethal as any other firearm.

VERDICT

I haven’t served military and I haven’t fired a single gun myself (paintball and air guns and rifles don’t count). But I am fascinated by physics, mechanics and guns. And I learn about them a lot and I know how they operate and what kind of damage they inflict. And even I could spot all this bullshit in CNN’s video and they are pushing this drivel to the masses like it’s a holy word of a prophet. It’s bunch of illogical nonsense designed to further confuse casual CNN viewers who don’t know better to push this anti gun narrative you miserable sacks of shit, CNN is a sad excuse for what used to be called journalism. Stop talking about guns because you’re bunch of cretins who don’t know anything about it and you’re making that Lieutenant General look like a total fool saying those words. Assuming he’s a real person to begin with…

Susana’s Press Play Radio

PressPlayRadio_By_Susana.jpg

I’ve been listening to Susana for years now, ever since I first heard her voice in one of Armin van Buuren mixes and simply fell in love with her powerful vocals. There are many vocalists in the world, but not many are like her. Have been following her work through years when she was still hosting V2V show which unfortunately ended (and I never managed to archive all the mixes), but she continued with Press Play Radio show which puts even more emphasis on amazing vocals in trance and vocal trance genre. Thanks to her mixes, I’ve discovered many other amazing vocalists within this genre. I think her mixes are amazing way to promote these vocalists. Most of them can be found on Beatport where you can buy their music and support them as well. Best way to consume Press Play Radio mixes is to create a playlist with all the tracks in your favorite music player and set it to randomized repeat loop. I can listen to it like this for days and never get tired of it!

I’ll always upload Press Play Radio mixes to MEGA Archive the moment they become available.

Press Play Radio

Press Play Radio is a monthly music show hosted by incredibly talented vocalist Susana every first Sunday of the month at 20:00 CET on 1.FM Amsterdam Trance Radio channel. But if you can’t listen to it live or you fancy listening to Press Play Radio mixes at a later time, you can check them out below…

Listen/download Press Play Radio archive

Press Play Radio on SoundCloud

Press Play Radio on iTunes

If you for whatever reason cannot download Press Play Radio mix of your choice from above links, use my Press Play Radio Archive on MEGA.

Press Play Radio MEGA Archive
Decryption key for MEGA Archive: !Cz8QWNcH6aBraifQiramEA
Decryption key is used separately to prevent direct hotlinking due to limited bandwidth.

Press Play Radio Tracks Lists

Discover other artists from Press Play Radio mixes

Support Susana

If you like Susana’s music and you want to support her, follow her on social media and consider buying her music on Beatport.

Disclaimer

This is not a paid promotion, I just really like her music and vocals and I want to share her work with the world (as well as work of other musicians included within the mixes). All Press Play Radio continuous mixes are available for download as MP3 free of charge by Susana herself, I’m just hosting a MEGA Archive so her work won’t ever get lost (also SoundCloud is often funky and tracks can’t be downloaded reliably). For any copyright or licensing concerns, please contact Susana directly as she is selecting the tracks and hosting the Press Play Radio show as well as providing the downloads.

Adding custom AdBlock filter lists to Opera browser

As you might know already, Opera comes with integrated AdBlock for quite a while. And it’s generally very fast because it’s an integral part of the rendering engine in this browser. It also comes with widely used EasyList and EasyPrivacy out of the box as well as with NoCoin protection from cryptocurrency mining scripts that can abuse CPU usage during visits on certain webpages. But there are a lot more out there that you can use to filter out of webpages…

How to do it?

OperaCustomFiltersScreenshot.png

 

 

What lists to use?

Most widely used ones are from EasyList and Fanboy. EasyList and EasyPrivacy are already included in Opera out of the box, so you basically only need Fanboy’s lists as an extra.

https://www.fanboy.co.nz/

My favorites are Annoyances List (which includes blocking of social widgets and cookie messages), Anti-Facebook List and Enhanced Trackers List (which also includes Problematic Websites List).

Read the descriptions of lists well because some already contain the others and you don’t want to unnecessarily duplicate them as it will just make browsing slower with no other benefits.

This way I filter out all the nonsense and tracking garbage from websites without using a single extra extension.

How to use the lists?

To use the list, just go to Fanboy’s webpage, right click on “View List” link and “Copy link address”. Paste it in the “Add a site” field and press ENTER. It’ll import the list and it will also regularly auto update on its own.

Congrats! You’ve just removed bunch of nonsense from webpages you visit, keeping them clean and without social networks that track you everywhere you go.

Slim down your Windows with Auslogics Windows Slimmer

AuslogicsWindowsSlimmer.png

If you’re tired of constantly running out of disk space, especially on smaller SSD’s, and Windows Disk Cleanup doesn’t do much and you don’t want to use magic all in one optimizers that usually just break everything, maybe it’s time for you to check out Auslogics Windows Slimmer. It’s a very focused tool that doesn’t do anything magical, but it does focus on Windows stuff that gets accumulated the most. WinSxS libraries, Old Windows versions which always remain after larger Windows updates, Windows Update remnants and System Restore points. Under Regular Maintenance you’ll find few more usual entries like Memory Dumps, Recycle Bin, Temporary Files and old Windows Logs. Over time, all this can accumulate quite a lot of stuff and this is by far the easiest (and free!) tool to remove all that clutter. CCleaner generally does similar, but this one focuses on few more areas not covered by CCleaner.

Just a word of caution, installer of Auslogics Windows Slimmer offers bunch of their other apps which you have to manually decline during installation, so watch out what you click during installation.

DOWNLOAD

After Florida school shooting, idiots are blaming the games again…

Oh boy, just as I’ve predicted in an my article from few days ago, after the usual parade of idiots who want MOAR GUN CONTROL! after every school shooting, the idiots who blame games finally crawled out of their caves, just as I’ve predicted it…

First it was this retard…

No, rape is and has never been rewarded…

First of all, there is literally NO game in existence where you are rewarded for raping someone. In fact, there is not a single game where you, as a player rape anyone. Because such game would fail all the possible ratings and approvals and wouldn’t even ever made it to the market. There were games that involve rape, granted, I can name you one, F.E.A.R. 2. And you don’t rape anyone, Alma, the supernatural antagonist rapes you. No points awarded to the player either. More like, what the fuck just happened factor.

Killing is not always rewarded, it’s often punished…

While killing in games is rewarded with progression, new weapons that you can pick up as part of progression and obstacles to overcome, they are often also punishing. For example killing non-targets or other civilians in military games, tactical games like SWAT or assassin games like Hitman. You actually get deduction of points or penalties if you kill people that are not part of the mission.

Games make you to empathize…

But games don’t only “teach” you killing and glorification of violence and desensitization to violence. Such games also teach you companionship and team work, makes you value people that fought for us in the past. I was never in the military, I’ve never fired an actual gun (apart from air rifle and paintball gun, but that doesn’t count imo), but I hold a respect to this tool we created and has shaped our civilization for the good and worse through centuries. I’ve fought in the beaches of Normandy in Medal of Honor, storming the beach as bullets were flying past my head and my fellow soldiers were dying left and right as we ran from the boat, you turn to the left and medic who’s rescuing someone gets blown up by a mortar, dust flying all over the place, yelling, explosions, ringing in your ears… You start to value the lives that were lost there so we can have the free Europe of today. One thing is reading history books and watching documentaries, something else is experiencing it from first person and experiencing all the terror and despair from the eyes of a soldier. This doesn’t teach you how to do school shootings, this teaches you to value life, it makes you empathize, feel bad for what it happened to the character.

Difficult moments in games…

Majority of these violent games also push the limits of your emotions when you work with some character for half the game and then something tragic happens and you lose that person. Sure, it’s just a fictional game with fictional characters, but it happened on several occasions that I got watery eyes when it happened. Now, tell me, do I look like a mass murderer when I almost start crying for a non existent character in a game? And I know I’m not the only one, I’m just one of few people who is not afraid to openly admit that. I’ve got tears in my eyes when memorable characters in games died, I got watery eyes when memorable characters die in movies, I cried when my actual friends and family members died, there is no shame in that, it’s what makes us human. Games invoking our emotions is a normal process of being human. But who can’t be classified as a human, all these mass murderers who kill innocent children in schools, does anyone honestly believe games did that or they’ve been that way the entire time even before they touched any game?

Chronological problem of the violent games argument…

There is also a major problem with this argument that games cause violence and that is a chronology of violent games existence. We didn’t actually have violent first person games before 1990’s, more specifically 1992 when Wolfenstein 3D (Wolf3D) came out. I mean, who doesn’t remember playing this as a kid?

Wolfenstein3D.png

If games are the cause of school shootings, then what the fuck was causing them before 1992 when era of “realistic” first person shooters began? Was it Tetris? Pong? Sokoban? Pac-Man? I know, it was Commander Keen! A motherfucking sidescroller… Besides, millions of people played Wolf3D or later Doom along with hundreds of others alike. We don’t see mass shootings all over the world as some sort of global epidemic because of games. In fact, violence in general among youth and in general has dramatically decreased…

I’m not saying correlation means causation, but the fact remains, as games became more violent and more graphic, global violence among people kept decreasing. So, I don’t know, maybe the reason is, I don’t know… elsewhere? But games are such easy scapegoat to blame after every fucking incident. And they are only doing it because whole industry is so passive. If games studios giants smacked these idiots in the face and demanded scientific evidence to support their claims, then they’d probably stop because there is not a single scientific study in existence that supports their claim that violent games increase violence among people. None. And quite some have been done so far. It’s a fucking 21st century witch hunt that has been going on for decades now. Show actual academic evidence to support these claims or shut the fuck up already.

And then there is this second cretin…

This is an interview with Governor of Florida, Mr. Bevin…

And while I agree with him that it’s a cultural problem and not a gun problem as he goes on about how they as kids brought guns to school and no one shot anyone and then fucks it all up by going with the same bullshit arguments as Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich about the games. Read my paragraphs above how much games desensitize us from violence and death. And then also read the study below… The thing is, they don’t cause this. Games don’t lead to school shootings or violence in general. Unless you have pre-existing problems with perception of death, violence, perception and separation of fiction from reality, games affect you about as much as a bag of stale chips. Or they do the reverse and increase the capacity to perceive death and violence and show higher levels of empathy. And also, there’s the same chronological issue as in Ozzie’s argument. There were school shootings before 1992. So, please do tell me what game caused those if evidence is so hard rock solid that he has the balls to say “what other evidence do you need” so nonchalantly? Because you haven’t presented any either apart from baseless accusations of games and throwing shit around without ever talking or reading any criminal psychology papers or studies.

Recent academic study tells a different story…

Like for example recent actual academic study done by Karger in Germany.

https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/487217

The study used The Sims 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5 which lasted for 8 weeks. Each group was later induced a stimuli that should fire the response to pain and empathy in our brains while monitoring the brain activity under 3T MRI scanner and it showed no difference in brain activity. Both groups responded basically identically to stimuli, concluding the study that there is no evidence to support the claims that playing violent games makes people desensitized to violence or death.

And while this is just one recent study, more have been done in the past and they have not shown any evidence that games induce violence in people either.

And we also know people play games differently. When Buzzfeed played GTA5, they immediately went after the hookers and ran them over with a car because they heard that’s what people do. Well, most players first drive around the city and explore it. Do silly things like steal a helicopter and throw themselves out of it, do silly jumps with tanks and trailer trucks etc. Just like we often play The Sims games in a normal way until we get a bit boring and we start drowning Sims in swimming pools without ladders to go out or closing them with a phone in a 2×2 cubicle, allowing them to order pizza but no doors to receive it and then they die of hunger in their own pool of piss. Or leave their kitchen burn to the ground while removing the doors from the kitchen. Don’t act like you haven’t done it, we’ve all tried it. That doesn’t make us any less human or any less empathetic. It just shows we know the separation between harmless fictional game, because we wouldn’t do this in real life because it harms another human being and would cause us to land in prison for a very long time if we did. You know, just the very most basic capacity for moral decisions. I can murder all the “people” in games and drown them in their own piss, but I wouldn’t be able to squash a spider in real life, because I’d feel bad if I did.

So, Mr. Bevin, the Governor of Florida, I’ve presented academic study and my personal experience of myself and millions of other gamers. What have you done, other than just flinging shit at us gamers who mind our fucking business being too busy playing games to even be bother to go and shoot some people at schools when doing it in games is probably actually far more fun and we can do it repeatedly without any harm to anyone or consequences.

I’m slowly getting tired of this bullshit and game companies and publishers should step up the game. It’s their industry. Seeing how every dick with 5 minutes of time is throwing shit and pissing all over us like we’re some sort of monsters really blows the lid of my head.

America has a cultural problem, but isn’t interested in finding a real cause of school shootings…

Yeah, America does have a cultural problem in this regard, but it’s not fucking caused by games, movies, music or tabletop games. It’s a problem of media vomiting all this glorification of mass shooters, it’s problem with this endless chasing of fame in America. They are the ones who desensitize everyone from it. We used to be shocked in the past when shooting happened. These days it’s more like “Oh for fucks sake, again?” And followed by “Oh no, they are gonna go after gun control and blaming the games again, like every single fucking time…” That’s what’s causing the desensitization, this endless parading of media with the shooting details about the shooter. I still believe it’s that and nothing else. It’s not the guns, America had them around for ages and they weren’t getting shot like Mr. Bevin stated, we have hundreds of millions of gamers worldwide backed by academic studies that games are not causing it either and we already know Rock & Roll didn’t cause it either so going after rap music “glorifying” violence is a bit of a silly path to go as well.

Maybe if they’d stop chasing these non existent bogeymen, they’d maybe already find the actual reason. But why bother and actually do real research when you can just throw lame accusations at the first thing you can think of and that’s again and again games. These people are a disgrace and they should be ashamed of what they are calling us gamers based on literally nothing.