silent mode – How do I put the phone on vibrate, except for select contacts in phone app. No, not Do Not Disturb. Vibrate

Since like 2005 my phone has been on vibrate. I don’t want sound from WhatsApp, SMS, Calendar, phone ringer, or anything else. So I set my phone to silent. (press volume up or down, then click the bell until it’s set to “vibrate”.

I know about Do Not Disturb, but I use that for night time, to not wake me up from even the buzz. Do Not Disturb is not that suitable for daytime.

But my situation is now that I can at any time receive an important phone call. I have starred that contact, and made sure it goes past “Do Not Disturb”, but I also want it to ring my phone when they call.

Android’s controls here seem very coarse. Neither DND nor Vibrate/Silent seems like a good fit.

A related problem is that Ring Doorbell cannot use “Alarm” to notify me, so if the phone is not in my pocket I won’t hear it. But this is less of a concern.

In short: I’m fine missing every single notification from every app, except these two contacts calling. So I want to turn off ALL sounds from the phone except those.

I hope the answer isn’t “go into every single app on your phone, and every global setting, and hope that they have the option to use ‘vibrate only’ as notification”. Or “get a second phone”.

dnd 5e – Can I use Silent Image to create the illusion of a torch that illuminates the area?

Yes, but not for creating real illumination. The illusion’s details are completely invented by you, so you wouldn’t be able to use it as a light source to reveal anything unknown to you.

Even using it as a deceptive illusion, it wouldn’t be very useful. The image would only add the appearance of illumination within a 7½-foot radius of the illusory torch. That includes both “bright” light and shadows. Silent image has a 15-foot cube maximum area of effect, so you’d have to have a torch with “illuminated” surroundings limited to that size of sphere.

That is… not a very convincing torch. A real torch illuminates an 80-foot diameter sphere (bright light in a 20-foot radius, plus another 20 feet of dim light; PHB p. 153). That’s five times too large to create a convincing image of a burning torch plus illuminated surroundings. You’d be limited to making an image of a guttering torch moments away from burning out, a torch inside 15-foot-or-smaller rooms (so long as nobody looks at the non-light spilling out a doorway), or using it at a very great distance from the observers so that a mere pinpoint of light would be convincing as… something emitting light far away.

For an intuitive understanding of the disparity in size, even the illumination of a candle (20-foot diameter sphere) is too large to fit correctly inside the area of effect of silent image. You’d have to make an image of a candle burning low before silent image was adequate to pull off this trick in a large space.

So yes, you can create the appearance of illuminated surfaces surrounding an illusory torch, in strict principle. But it’s not real light, and even as an illusion it’ll be a terrible illusion and the DM would be quite justified in giving observers a free “investigate” check to see through it every round, if the DM wanted to. (That’s up to “a good DM” of course, but you can’t dismiss it as relevant to the RAW because deciding the impact of illusions on NPC behaviour is inherently within the DM’s sphere of authority.)

(That, without even getting into the issue of whether you accurately reproduced the lit-up appearance of the surroundings if your observers know it better than you do; also something that’s just up to “a good DM”, but is a likely hurdle for using silent image in this way under some circumstances.)

dnd 5e – If I create magical darkness with the Silent Image spell, can I see through it if I have the Devil’s Sight warlock invocation?

Silent Image probably does not create the same effect as Darkness

Silent Image, a 1st-level spell says:

You create the image of an object, a creature, or some other visible phenomenon (…) The image appears at a spot within range and lasts for the duration. The image is purely visual; it isn’t accompanied by sound, smell, or other sensory effects.

(…)

Physical interaction with the image reveals it to be an illusion, because things can pass through it. A creature that uses its action to examine the image can determine that it is an illusion with a successful Intelligence (Investigation) check against your spell save DC. If a creature discerns the illusion for what it is, the creature can see through the image.

The wording of Silent Image is a little vague because it allows the caster a lot of room for creative use but it is probably unbalancing to allow it to duplicate the effect of the higher level Darkness spell. The fact that a creature can investigate it to nullify the effect means that it is not as strong as the true Darkness spell and so there is room to argue both ways.

I think it’s also worth pointing out that the Silent Image spell does not convey any sort of effect or benefit to the generated image (“It is purely visual”). If you create the image of lava, it does not deal fire damage to any creature that stands in it. (That would be what Phantasmal Force, another higher level spell, does.) So it shouldn’t convey the benefits of Darkness spell by the same token.

Even if you did rule that Silent Image replicated Darkness, in actual use, it might not function as well. The rule for Silent Image contains the sentence “Physical interaction with the image reveals it to be an illusion, because things can pass through it.”

This creates a conflict: A creature or object can move through both a true Darkness and an illusory version just as easily. But the fact that the Silent Image version specifically states that “physical interaction reveals it to be an illusion” means that there must be some difference between the two (whatever that is) which causes it to not function as a true Darkness.

In the cleanest presentation, a creature might be outside of the effect and look through it at another creature that is also outside the effect. But as soon as, say, a projectile traveled through it, that would arguably be physical interaction with the illusory darkness and therefore reveal it to be normal darkness.

In short, it’s messier to give Silent Image the ability to replicate all aspects of the Darkness spell than it is to say that it can create an area of darkness that lacks the full benefit of Darkness and therefore it’s probably a better to interpret the rules so that it does not.

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dnd 5e – Does the Ghostwise Halfling Silent Speech allow two-way communication?

The ghostwise halfling’s Silent Speech trait (SCAG, p. 110) says:

You can speak telepathically to any creature within 30 feet of you. The creature understands you only if the two of you share a language. You can speak telepathically in this way to one creature at a time.

The use of “speak to” rather than “speak/communicate with” seems to suggest that the telepathy is one way. Furthermore, the trait doesn’t describe any way for the creature to respond, and the subsequent sentences seem to reinforce this interpretation.

Rules designer Jeremy Crawford confirms this ruling in an unofficial tweet from September 2016:

Twitter user: Please, for the love of the Gods.. Can people speak back telepathically to a Ghost Wise Halfling using racial telepathy?

Crawford: The Silent Speech of the ghostwise halfling lets you telepathically talk to someone. It doesn’t enable replies.

(He also clarifies in response to another user that the ability can be used by a druid in Wild Shape.)

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packages – Silent Install Team Viewer with custom cinfiguration

Currently i have PDQ Deploy in my Active Directory.
i have to Deploy Team Viewer with several configuration :

  • Disable File Transfer
  • Disable Settings (user need to use password if they want to change setting) in Team Viewer.

already did research for both configuration, but it have to take action manually to configure the Team Viewer Settings.

could i deploy Team Viewer with such setting using PDQ Deploy?

dnd 5e – Disguise Self / Silent Image when camouflaging an item into another item

You can try

Everyone plays D&D a bit differently, sometimes more than a bit. Aside from rules as written, only the DM knows how magic works in their world, so you have you ask this particular DM.

There is no game text that explain all the corner cases. It’s the DM’s job to adjudicate them:

A spell’s text details the spell’s effects—the only thing the spell does. Any additional effects are up to the DM.

The Disguise Self spell’s text states:

You make yourself — including your clothing, armor, weapons, and other belongings on your person — look different

The easiest option is probably say that “on your person” is the requirement of the spell. So the moment the caster drops an item it takes its original look (the illusion is dismissed).

Would someone picking up the quarterstaff, without examining it too closely, immediately notice the illusion, assuming the weight/material of the illusion is similar to the real one?

Yes, since any physical interaction reveals the illusion per RAW:

The changes wrought by this spell fail to hold up to physical inspection.

could Silent Image be used to maintain the illusion? I would want to create the exact image of the fake quarterstaff “around” the actual quarterstaff to keep it camouflaged.

Probably yes, but the spellcasting process itself is noticeable, so it won’t work right in front of the guard.

Is that a possible use of the spell?

I’m sorry, but it’s the thing only your DM knows. Ask your DM.

banding – LED lighting problem: Bands of uneven exposure on images taken under LED lighting with silent shutter (full electronic shutter)?

The problem is, that the camera does not do a full sensor readout in one go (or global shutter), but reads the sensor linewise.

LED light is often pulsing to dim the light. So when you see a LED that is half bright, it often is instead flickering faster than your eye can detect and is instead off for half of the time.

If you combine both, you get something like this:

0000000000000000000000000000000 <- Pixel row
0000000000000000000000000000000
1111111111111111111111111111111        |
1111111111111111111111111111111       time
0000000000000000000000000000000        |
0000000000000000000000000000000        V

where 0 is a time where the LED is off, and 1 is a time where the LED is on.

There is not much you can do. If you are lucky, you can change the shutterspeed so that the banding does not become visible, but most of the time the only way to circumvent flickering LED light is by using the mechanical shutter.

If you can change the LED illumination, use quality video or photography LED lights. They use better dimming circuits that drive the LEDs fast enough, that the problem is not visible.

The flicker reduction in the Sony cameras does not help, as that is meant to counter issues with light flickering with the frequency of the AC/DC currents, not for the faster LED modulation.

If the cameras evolve enough to read-out all pixels at the same time, then mechanical shutter would be obsolete.

banding – Why do I get bands of uneven exposure on images taken under LED lighting with silent shutter (full electronic shutter)?

My question is how to avoid banding in images made under LED lights using a full electronic shutter.

I am using a Sony AIII and Sony A9 cameras. When I photograph with the A7III using silent shutter (full electronic shutter) under LED lights, I often get soft-edged bands of lighter and darker exposure across the image. Why does this occur and how can I avoid it? I don’t seem to get this problem (at least not to a degree that I have noticed it) with the A9.

I understand that if I use mechanical shutter at a speed under 1/60 second (1/50 in 50hz countries), I will avoid the problem because the shutter will be open for a full cycle of the LED light emittance. Why does the problem occur with full electronic shutter? And why does the A9 avoid it? I understand that the A9 sensor can do a full electronic scan and readout more quickly than the A7III or any other camera. But I would think that would make the LED banding problem worse rather than better. But the A9 is much better about not banding when using full electronic shutter under LED lights.

How does all of this happen?

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