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Perspective illusion puzzler THE IMPOSSIBLE is out now
8 August 2020 at 1:28 am UTC Likes: 2

Oh wow, this looks amazing! Ever since childhood I've pretty much never been able to see an impossible shape like this without doing exactly what you do in this game, tracing the surfaces around and around to see what flows into what.

Also, oddly enough, you can currently buy the game + soundtrack bundle for less than the price of the full game by itself.

Edit: bought the game, it's pretty good. All that time spent in childhood visually navigating these impossible spaces is coming in handy, I'm finding the levels quite intuitive.

Play as a small mischievous cloud with a big dream in the Rain on Your Parade demo
7 August 2020 at 12:55 pm UTC

What's this? A cute game with a demo that isn't just for Windows? Don't mind if I do try it!

(I really wish Valve would get around to letting you download Windows-only demos on Linux to try with Proton, sure maybe it might not run but at least I can take that chance myself. )

Edit: tried the demo, it's quite good! Runs well, interesting challenges on the various level, and the ability to customize your cloud is pretty funny, especially being able to free-hand the face.

Free and open source 3D creation suite Blender gets funding from Microsoft
30 July 2020 at 10:10 am UTC

Quoting: mirvIf you follow the link to the announcement, you would know that Microsoft use Blender for creating synthetic models for use in training AI. There are certain advantages in using a 3D model of a person rather than a photo, such as being able to more clearly (and automatically) label what is a leg, hand, head, etc, and also being able to control the data variation (shape of a person, posture, clothing, skin tone, etc).

Here's an example of a very recent paper on the matter:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/uploads/prod/2020/07/high_fidelity_face_synthetics.pdf

And yes, it's explicitly stated that Blender is being used.
Oh interesting, thanks for sharing that. :)

Free and open source 3D creation suite Blender gets funding from Microsoft
30 July 2020 at 8:42 am UTC

Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: LinuxwarperWhat's their intentions with funding Blender?
Primarily it's marketing: they get a good PR boost for peanuts - much less than the cost of an advertising campaign.
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Thanks for the explanation, I was sitting here thinking "That's cool that Microsoft is contributing to Blender, but what do they stand to get out of it? This isn't like Pixar or some other company that would obviously stand to gain from a 3D-modeling program." (And yes, I know Blender can do much more, I'm just saying it didn't seem immediately obvious that Microsoft would have any use for it. )

Looks like Steam is getting a 'Playtest' feature for some developers
27 July 2020 at 12:16 pm UTC Likes: 3

Seems like a really useful idea, which Steam's infrastructure enables handily. Hopefully it'll lead to more/better playtesting and better games!

NoiseTorch is another tool to remove background noise while recording on Linux
18 July 2020 at 1:52 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: scaineWhen all you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail chance to test microphone noise-suppression solutions on Linux.
Fixed that for yah.

I had zero luck with Cadmus so far, either the first or the current version, but this actually seems to work a bit, at least in Discord testing. Like in Liam's test, it doesn't seem to catch typing while talking, but it does cut out any that occurs while I'm not talking.

Now, anyone know how to get it to work with Audacity? The list of microphones I have to choose from there is a long list of cryptic names like "default: Rear Mic: 0" and "pulse: Line: 0". Nothing resembling the names of any of the microphones I actually have attached (which Discord displays nicely) or the Denoised microphone NoiseTorch creates.

Remembering an indie gem with Osmos over 10 years later
11 July 2020 at 1:41 am UTC

I actually got this in the Humble Bundle 2, shortly after I'd moved away to college and discovered that with better-than-dial-up internet speeds Steam was actually viable and there were a lot of games out there. That was about 4 years before I switched to Linux, but having games like this ready and waiting for me when I did was a big part of why I took the plunge.

I never did completely finish it, maybe I'll fire it up today for a bit.

Chrome OS appears to be edging closer to Steam support with Linux
3 July 2020 at 9:51 am UTC

Steam on ChromeOS, and Google working on something called "Borealis," eh? Coincidence? I think not!

Cadmus is a new Linux UI for managing microphone noise suppression
30 June 2020 at 12:31 pm UTC

This seems really interesting! I've been mildly annoyed for quite a while at how well my microphone picks up my mechanical keyboard when recording gameplay videos, and this looks (or sounds ) like a good solution.

Become an AI, build a station and grow some humans in Starmancer
23 June 2020 at 9:15 am UTC

Quoting: stanOh, I was interested but it’s just a sandbox? No campaign? Or is it just for this demo?
I'm not 100% sure as this is just a demo, but I think the idea is that it's like Dwarf Fortress or RimWorld, so more of a sandbox than something that would have a campaign.