• Getting Sketchup running on ReactOS in VirtualBox

    Posted in Developing Software on Oct 25, 2019

    Yes, it can be done. You have to use the 2014 version of Sketchup, and you have to tweak the Windows Imaging Component DLLs which are not installed by the .NET 4 installer. The .NET 4 installer only installs a couple of the 4 DLLs you need, so you have to deploy the other two and install/register them. This information is likely useful for anyone else running into "Windows Imaging Component Install Failed" or even "Cannot Update a Checked (Debug) System" types of issues. (If you got to this page after you've gotten the latter error, use the dotnetfx_cleanup_tool described here to get your .NET...

  • On learning the quasicrystalline nature of prime numbers

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Sep 04, 2019

    It is wholly hilarious that I got to this point in studying prime numbers before I learned of the quasicrystalline nature of prime numbers, which was discovered by Freeman Dyson while in idle conversation with Hugh Montgomery over lunch one day in the early 1970s. I knew of the legendary conversation, but first learned of it well before I had an overall grasp of where prime numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis sit in relation to the rest of mathematics. And long before I began to understand what an eigenvalue is. I remember thinking "I've got to learn what eigenvalues are." (The famous quote hap...

  • Reads article about a rogue process

    Posted in Developing Software on Sep 01, 2019

    Reads article about a rogue process in Windows related to Microsoft Store. Reads enough of the article to recognize it's a component he never uses, so can be safely disabled. Opens command prompt, uses it to invoke regedit to edit registry to disable the subprocess that is most suspicious, leaving the client-facing one intact, because it hosts commonly-used programs. Leaves regedit open for a couple days in case something got broken. Nothing broken. Archives the article locally in case there is an issue with the tweak. Blogs about it. Goes to sleep.

  • First qutrit teleportation! Complex high-dimensional quantum states go from zero to infinity in one nanosecond

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Sep 01, 2019

    I knew there was a link between pure logic and the real world, and I knew it was through a window we call infinity, but I had no idea that physical "teleportation" of quantum states would be where ternary logic touches the physical world.

    The first qutrit had a single digit beyond normal binary quantum teleportation, but now that we've broken that barrier, it will be easy to explain to people how the qutrit is not just the addition of another "it" to the "bit" concept, but the addition of a whole "infinity."

    As in, an entire mappable 3-D landscape, not unlike the physical world.

    More later as ...

  • On group dynamics and critical thinking

    Posted in Everything on Aug 07, 2019

    A friend told me a story recently, and it so purely reveals a dynamic we do not often see clearly, I'm delighted to discover it. I think it is quite a profound insight. He is a member of an online group discussing a new cryptocurrency, one of many hundreds of similar groups, each of which is in a tiny ecosystem within the larger ecosystem of cryptocurrencies. Each of these smaller groups is usually led by a charismatic and/or brilliant innovator, with a core team surrounded by advocates and on the periphery, detractors.

    The leader of the group one day asked him privately in a casual and frien...

  • A conspiracy theory must involve Laniakean red strings somehow to be legit

    Posted in Everything on Jul 12, 2019

    What's up with the maze of red strings that somehow defines the crazy consipiracy-theorist in the movies? It's a meme that shows up often. I personally think the image is beautiful (I mean the Platonic form of the idea, not the actual screenshots from scenes in movies).

    Such complexity! Such multidimensional beauty! Looking like a miniature fractal version of the Laniakean shape of the universe, or the wiring diagram of a part of the brain itself, these scenes have always won my heart, and shaped how I see the character from that point forward. I'm drawn in.

  • Getting data into Twilio parsed variable

    Posted in Developing Software on Jul 02, 2019

    It took several attempts, but I eventually found out why I could not access the value of a "parsed" variable within Twilio Studio while using the HTTP Widget. Someone else may encounter this error, so here's how I resolved it. The following 3 attempts are screenshots from the log viewer built in to the studio.

    1. This one is incorrect because it sends content_type "text/html." Notice there isn't even a "parsed" variable, as seen in the next screenshot. This is because Twilio only parses variables from Content Type "application/json".

    2. This one is incorrect because the JSON string is quoted....

  • Compile and Install FreeSWITCH 1.8.2 onto Ubuntu 18.4.2 LTS

    Posted in Developing Software on Jun 28, 2019

    This closely follows the excellent and very concise instructions at another site: "FreeSWITCH 1.8.2 on Ubuntu 18.4 LTS". I found a few unexpected twists and turns before it was working, so I've put this information together to help others who encounter these or similar issues.

    Dependencies

    Starting on a freshly installed Ubuntu Server 18.4 (32bit), install these packages:

    apt-get install --yes build-essential pkg-config uuid-dev \
    zlib1g-dev libjpeg-dev libsqlite3-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev \
    libpcre3-dev libspeexdsp-dev libldns-dev libedit-dev libtiff5-dev \
    yasm libopus-dev libsndfile1-dev unz...

  • The Greek subject lives in the excluded middle of binary logic

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Jun 12, 2019

    Well, well, well. I am delighted to find yet another piece of private intuition has a respectable home already existing in the public domain. I've been working on this insight for years, but not able to put it into words well enough to relay it to others coherently. Much to my delight, I find that Schrödinger already had the same observation, and saw it more clearly than me, though apparently not many realized the importance of what he was saying.

    I was reading an article about the rather interesting angle on a new quantum theory called "Quantum Bayesianism" when I came across the following qu...

  • Ternary logic and a coin toss

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Jun 12, 2019

    Discovered a quick way to illustrate the value of ternary over binary logic. Think of a coin toss. Although it might take millions of times, there is a tiny possibility that the coin could land on its edge. What do you call this result, in the binary world of heads or tails?

    This is a crude example (and it can be described with binary logic if you add one layer of abstraction), but it effectively shows how ternary logic can explain things more holistically than binary. It doesn't convey the true nature of the "third pole" either, but it does give a place to introduce that topic.

    A better exam...