Following up on a precommitment I made in the study hall: I am looking into using the Google Hangouts API for a better study hall. This is also a precommitment to follow up by February 1st with:

  • some amount of (possibly small) progress
  • a precommitment for the next date to announce progress by

Preliminary notes:

  • I have a server I can run stuff from. It's not super powerful, but it can handle some work if we need things beyond what a static hosted app/plugin xml file can provide.
  • Ideas for things a Study hall should have are here: http://lesswrong.com/lw
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It seems to me that while Google Hangouts might have been the obvious choice last year, WebRTC might actually work better now. See talky.io for a live demo. This page details how you can roll your own video chat with <20 lines of totally-front-end code. Since it all runs front-end, the cost to the server is no greater than a normal text-based chat client, as far as I can tell.

For a simple chat solution, there are lots of other libraries (I'm familiar with ShareJS for node, which makes this super easy). Honestly I think this would probably be simpler tha... (read more)

Open Thread for January 17 - 23 2014

by niceguyanon 1 min read17th Jan 2014192 comments


If it's worth saying, but not worth its own post (even in Discussion), then it goes here.