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    esniper is a simple, lightweight tool for sniping ebay auctions. It runs on all flavors of linux, unix and Windows, and should adapt easily to other operating systems.


    What is sniping?

    Sniping is the act of bidding on an auction with just a few seconds remaining.

    Why snipe?

    Because it is better than bidding early. For more information on sniping, including reasons for and against.

    What’s wrong with bidding early?

    In a perfect world, nothing. The world isn’t perfect, though. Most eBay bids are proxy bids. If everybody understood that, figured out how much they wanted to pay, and bid their maximum, sniping would not be useful. However, many bidders have no idea how much they want to pay, so they bid in small increments until they beat your proxy. If you bid your maximum at the end of the auction, you greatly reduce the chances of being bid up by such a bidder.

    Is sniping against eBay policy?

    No. You may bid at any time in an eBay auction.

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    OnionShare lets you securely and anonymously share files of any size. It works by starting a web server, making it accessible as a Tor hidden service, and generating an un-guessable URL to access and download the files.

    It doesn’t require setting up a server on the internet somewhere or using a third party filesharing service. You host the file on your own computer and use a Tor hidden service to make it temporarily accessible over the internet. The other user just needs to use Tor Browser to download the file from you.

    Features :

    A user-friendly drag-and-drop graphical user interface that works in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
    Ability to share multiple files and folders at once
    Support for multiple people downloading files at once
    Automatically copies the unguessable URL to your clipboard
    Shows you the progress of file transfers
    When file is done transferring, automatically closes OnionShare to reduce the attack surface
    Localized into several languages, and supports international unicode filenames
    Designed to work in Tails, for high risk users


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    BTFS (bittorrent filesystem)

    What is BTFS ?
    With BTFS, you can mount any .torrent file or magnet link and then use it as any read-only directory in your file tree. The contents of the files will be downloaded on-demand as they are read by applications. Tools like ls, cat and cp works as expected. Applications like vlc and mplayer can also work without changes.


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    Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to:

    • Build a data collection form or survey (XLSForm is recommended for larger forms);
    • Collect the data on a mobile device and send it to a server; and
    • Aggregate the collected data on a server and extract it in useful formats.

    In addition to socio-economic and health surveys with GPS locations and images, ODK is being used to create decision support for clinicians and for building multimedia-rich nature mapping tools. See the list available tools, featured deployments, and implementation companies for more examples of what the ODK community is doing.


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    Sharetribe is an open source platform to create your own peer-to-peer marketplace.

    Read more about it on the Github page. Or, you can set up your marketplace in one minute without touching code - Head to Sharetribe.com.


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    @wrapper you really like discussion with yourself!

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    yes, me and 6.5k views…

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    The IPFS Project

    The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a new hypermedia distribution protocol, addressed by content and identities. IPFS enables the creation of completely distributed applications. It aims to make the web faster, safer, and more open.

    IPFS is an open source project developed by the team at Interplanetary Networks and many contributors from the open source community.

    IPFS is a peer-to-peer distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. In some ways, IPFS is similar to the Web, but IPFS could be seen as a single BitTorrent swarm, exchanging objects within one Git repository.

    In other words, IPFS provides a high throughput content-addressed block storage model, with content-addressed hyperlinks. This forms a generalized Merkle DAG, a data structure upon which one can build versioned file systems, blockchains, and even a Permanent Web. IPFS combines a distributed hashtable, an incentivized block exchange, and a self-certifying namespace. IPFS has no single point of failure, and nodes do not need to trust each other.


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    I have released an open source project on Github :


    Open Traffic Survey

    Introduction to a citizen Traffic Survey Methodology

    The aim of Open Traffic Survey is to outline a procedure which retains un-tamperable (video) evidence of Traffic characteristics and provide an open source spreadsheet into which data can be input and visualised with charts.

    Open Traffic Survey : History of development

    The Open Traffic Survey is the result of “6 years work” (not contiguous) monitoring and analysing the traffic on a minor road in Oldham.

    The methodology arises from long term notes on how A.I. or Machine Learning techniques could assist in continuous environmental surveys such as traffic levels. i.e. it is an open source project to enable citizen environmental monitoring, contributions welcome.

    The necessity to start manual analysis and record keeping arose out of the requirement of a local planning action group to have some source of “provable in court” information on the environment and how it was changing. That investigation resulted in various charts and calculations to show/ visualise the true effect of “average vehicle flows” being experienced.

    Traffic Flow Rates 2016

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    Firstly an interesting project in it’s self, but could also have a page that accepts pays FTC?

    Also, could be financed by bounty to kick off …


    Donate to volunteers who are running Tor relays which support a powerful tool that helps you stay anonymous online.


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    @wrapper said:


    Firstly an interesting project in it’s self, but could also have a page that accepts pays FTC?

    Also, could be financed by bounty to kick off …


    Donate to volunteers who are running Tor relays which support a powerful tool that helps you stay anonymous online.


    Why not combine running tor relay with mining tor coins?
    Proof of bandwidth 🙂

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    Actiona is a task automation tool. It allows you to create and execute action lists.

    You don’t need to know any programming language to use it: its intuitive interface allows you to create action lists (scripts) using drag & drop.

    Advanced users can use JavaScript (EcmaScript) to extend its functionality.

    Actiona is free software and runs under Windows and GNU/Linux. Binaries are available for Windows and Ubuntu for both 32 and 64 bits. The program is developed in C++ and uses the Qt framework.

    sudo apt-get install actionaz


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    LXD - The Linux container hypervisor

    Just been trying these new Linux based container technology LXD. It should make an easy to package to known distribution configuration, snapshot, deploy applications and update them.

    The online demonstration and documents show the command line tools available. Pretty mind bending …


    What is LXD (“lex‐dee”)?

    Imagine you could launch a new machine in under a second, and that you could launch literally hundreds of them on a single server. Now, imagine hardware‐guaranteed security to ensure that those machines can’t spy on one another. Imagine you can connect them separately and securely to networks. And imagine that you can run that on a single node or a million, live migrate machines between those nodes, and talk to all of it through a clean, extensible REST API.

    By combining the speed and density of containers with the security of traditional virtual machines, Canonical’s LXD is the next‐generation of container hypervisor for Linux.

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    This has made me feel a complete idiot that I have never heard of TreeSheets!

    The ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases.

    Suitable for any kind of data organization, such as Todo lists, calendars, project management, brainstorming, organizing ideas, planning, requirements gathering, presentation of information, etc.

    It’s like a spreadsheet, immediately familiar, but much more suitable for complex data because it’s hierarchical.
    It’s like a mind mapper, but more organized and compact.
    It’s like an outliner, but in more than one dimension.
    It’s like a text editor, but with structure.


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    Flatpak - The future of application distribution

    Flatpak has been created to be an open source “Container” / “Package manager” solution, making it easy for developers to release a cross platform version of software.

    Flatpak is the new framework for desktop applications on Linux

    Distributing applications on Linux is a pain: different distributions in multiple versions, each with their own versions of libraries and packaging formats. Flatpak is here to change all that. It allows the same app to be installed on different Linux distributions, including different versions. And it has been designed from the ground up with security in mind, so that apps are isolated from each other and from the host system.

    The days of chasing multiple Linux distributions are over. Standalone apps for Linux are here!


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    the standard unix password manager

    Password management should be simple and follow Unix philosophy. With pass, each password lives inside of a gpg encrypted file whose filename is the title of the website or resource that requires the password. These encrypted files may be organized into meaningful folder hierarchies, copied from computer to computer, and, in general, manipulated using standard command line file management utilities.

    pass makes managing these individual password files extremely easy. All passwords live in ~/.password-store, and pass provides some nice commands for adding, editing, generating, and retrieving passwords. It is a very short and simple shell script. It’s capable of temporarily putting passwords on your clipboard and tracking password changes using git.


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    Ever required a table of contents in your Mark Down documents?

    DocToc automatically produces a table of contents (Toc) at any position in your document.

    Generates table of contents for markdown files inside local git repository. Links are compatible with anchors generated by github or other sites via a command line flag.


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    Grip – GitHub Readme Instant Preview

    Render local readme files before sending off to GitHub.

    Grip is a command-line server application written in Python that uses the GitHub markdown API to render a local readme file. The styles come directly from GitHub, so you’ll know exactly how it will appear. Changes you make to the Readme will be instantly reflected in the browser without requiring a page refresh.

    Sometimes you just want to see the exact readme result before committing and pushing to GitHub.


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    ULAM - Programming language using “artificial life techniques”


    Just watched this amazing video by David Ackley [Ref 1] showing some “artificial life” demonstrated with a program written in his new programming language MFM.


    MFM (Movable Feast) and it’s compiler ULAM has been designed to be infinity scale able. The MFM language breaks down the operation of “computing” into basic points which contain the minimum amount of information and compute (or act) solely by interaction with their nearest neighbors.

    Thes can be used to generate stable self replicating patterns of “behaviours” which are intrinsically self healing and self aligning to the task since the “life and death” of processes is built into its natural operation.

    David Ackley - Artificial Life for Bigger & Safer Computing

    Quote :
    This codebase implements a simulator; and, hopefully one day
    soon, board support for actual hardware for a computer
    architecture known as the “Movable Feast Machine” (MFM).

    The MFM is an indefinitely scalable computer architecture, meaning
    that the underlying hardware is organized as a tile that can
    be duplicated and plugged together to form an arbitrarily large
    machine, without ever running into any a priori design
    limit such as running out of addresses.

    The current version ULAM 2, includes a graphical programming interface.

    I think of it as an early 2D version of the programming language used by the mice in “Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy”.

    For Ubuntu

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ackley/mfm
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install ulam

    Running the built in Demo “Example Environments”

    List of available MFM demos


    From the demo list : run PredatorPrey

    mfzrun PredatorPrey demo       

    Running the compiler


    Downloading the demo’s code

    git clone https://github.com/elenasa/ULAM.git

    David Ackley’s presentation on the philosophy and development of ULAM

    David Ackley - Presentation Youtube - Including Ulam Hardware

    [Ref 1]

    David Ackley
    David Ackley is an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico, with degrees from Tufts and Carnegie Mellon. Over twenty-five years my work has involved neural networks and machine learning, evolutionary algorithms and artificial life, and biological approaches to security, architecture, and models of computation.

    Over the last 70 years, ever more powerful computers have revolutionized the world, but their common architectural assumptions—of CPU and RAM, and deterministic program execution—are now all hindrances to continued computational growth.

    Many common networking assumptions—such as fixed-width addresses and globally unique node names—are likewise only finitely scalable.

    Life is a self-repairing, space-filling, programmable computing system. For that reason, artificial life principles and software will be central to future large-scale computer architectures. But today, most software ‘alife’ models are siloed in their own unique computational universes, hampering engineering interoperability and scientific generalization.

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    NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. It is open source and written in java so it is cross platform.

    It is used by tens of thousands of students, teachers and researchers worldwide. It also powers HubNet participatory simulations. It is authored by Uri Wilensky and developed at the CCL. You can download it free of charge.


    NetLogo FireWorks