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A few questions: If you do not use and have no use for Linux, why do you have a USB device that must be formatted for a Linux file system?  Does it plug into another device that does run Linux?  Can that device not delete files?  If the drive doesn't need to be formatted with a Linux file system (most Linux installations I know of can read and write many Windows file systems, including NTFS), then why not simply re-format it to a more convenient file system?  Just asking...

Also, there should be a way in your USB-installed Linux (Mint? Ubuntu?) to do tasks as root.  Open a terminal and either 'su root', then password,  then the name of the default file manager, or 'sudo [file manager program]' and give it the root password. That should allow access to any plugged-in drive.  If a root password has not been set up because it's a live system, then it shouldn't ask for a password.

Speaking of USB live Linux systems, try some more obscure, but no less useful distributions: (hmmm... appears to be down at the moment)
(FYI: I have used all three of these for various purposes with good success)

Lastly, there is at least one open-source ExtFS driver for windows, though it hasn't been updated since 2016, so cave usor:
Read the warnings at the home page, and use the version most appropriate for what you need; see:

Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered
« on: February 26, 2018, 12:14 AM »
Woo-hoo, this is a good one.  If you loved old-school sprite-based adventure/puzzle/dungeon games and want to mash it up with some good ol' fashioned mutant monster horror/gore (and hacking!), this is a good comic to follow. 

Blood Is Mine: An Interactive Webcomic
You wake up in a hospital room.

You are wearing a nurse uniform and bloody bandages. You have an empty syringe in your hand.

Something is banging at the door. It wants inside.

What do you do?

The author sets up the story, and each subsequent panel and story bit is based on what the commenters suggest.  It's kind of fun seeing how more followers begin to fill up the comment section, and the story gets deeper and deeper.

from Staying Up Way Too Late Looking Up New Webcomics

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:43 PM »
Employees on Apple's new campus keep smacking into the glass walls.

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:15 PM »


*deep breath* (must.. stop.. laughing...) gggg... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA!!1!!!1

Spoke too soon.  I had forgotten that Vivaldi and Opera both have this annoying thing where they don't play embedded Soundcloud clips and don't play some animated .gif pictures.  Some, not all.  Despite it's quirks, Brave never had that problem.

What next, Chromium again?

I've been using Brave for a while now, as it is VERY fast and does adblocking very well.  I agree it has some glitches that I'd rather not deal with.

- Can't edit the default page shortcuts.  There are 'x's to delete them, but it doesn't do anything.  You click it, and a dialog comes up that says "Thumbnail removed" but it's still there.  Some discussion on the Brave forum about it, and it's apparently on the list as something that needs to be fixed.
- No 'History' item in the settings dialogs (that I could find, anyway).  I have to enter "about:history" in the address bar.
- Embedded YouTube videos can't be full-screened.  The video enlarges but the window stays the same size.  Very curious.
- Sometimes (maybe once or twice a week) it "loses" CSS; I hit the 'back' button and suddenly I'm in 1994 with no font colors.
- Sometimes I can't input text anywhere; the address bar, forum posting, information form filling, nothing.  I have to restart the browser.

Well, after putting it all on one page, I think I'm done.  Vivaldi is looking better lately...

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:35 PM »
Stupidly catchy

Two words: subtitles please.


Go to the site for a bonus comic:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:30 PM »
When you first posted that, I thought "Oh hey, cool..." but then I remembered the first time I tried to play Amnesia the way the devs suggested to play it (in the dark, monitor gamma turned down, headphones), but stopped after one too many times of me pulling off my headphones, spinning around and saying to the darkness "Helloo?  Somebody there?".  That's the ONLY time I've EVER done such a thing.  Never again.

I attempted to play the Half-Life 2 demo a week or so ago; headcrab zombies scared the puhjeeblies outta me.  Never again.

I'm seeing a trend here...

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:02 PM »

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Check out this phone-laptop hybrid

I remember seeing something like that waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2008 or so.  A computer that was powered by a phone that could be plugged into the back of a screen to turn into a tablet, which could be plugged into a keyboard to turn into a laptop. 

EDIT: This isn't the one I remember seeing, but it's from 2011, and the concept is a bit more refined.  I like how they make the tablet into a keyboard, and the phone into a touchpad:

Living Room / Re: Star Wars Last Jedi movie discussion
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:53 PM »
Same thing with the Casino world, and meeting someone that didn't fit the description they'd been given, but can happen to hack the shields.  That's less lazy than bad writing.

I kept waiting for that guy to say he lost his flower pin to the slick dude in a game of Sabacc, but... nope.  Now that I think of it though, that would have been a lazy plot device as well, due to it being a too-easy explanation.  Or not, your choice.

Ah well, carry on...

Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:28 PM »
When this bird gets upset, he sings the iPhone ringtone:

In tune, even...

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:48 PM »
You don't know the powaaaahhh...

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:03 AM »
These two guys on Melodica perfectly performing Star Wars music.


Check out their channel too, they do a lot of music using Melodica as the main instrument, which is kind of amazing.

What is Ultibo?
Imagine if you could have the simplicity and freedom of Arduino with the power and features of a Raspberry Pi. With the ease of a microcontroller and the flexibility of a real computer, Ultibo gives you a platform for creating anything without the limitations of a traditional operating system.

The development language for this is Pascal (specifically the Object Pascal variant using the FreePascal compiler), which might put some people off, but it's is actually a very powerful and easy to learn language which has been around as long as C.
The 'Make' page has some cool stuff that's been done with and for Ultibo, some good tutorial videos, and links to other 'bare metal' environments based on C++, Assembler, and C (if that's more to your liking) but from what I can see, Ultibo is the most advanced of them so far.
Check it out!

from rummaging around the Lazarus/FreePascal forums

Non-Windows Software / Re: Code-It is now also writing for Linux
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:27 PM »
I just checked this out, and it looks like he's gone totally Linux because Windows and the Anti-Virus industry has been giving him too many headaches.  From the main page:

To our past loyal customers - we've got a lot of explaining to do - and here it is...

I wish him well in the endeavor, and according to his software page: he's looking to fill niches that current Open Source projects aren't exactly filling; in other words, it sounds like he's doing it for users, not for himself.  Which is HIGHLY unusual in the Linux community to start that way; most projects start as a personal "itch to scratch" before they go on to be big user-driven projects.  Also mentions he's using the GAMBAS IDE, which (for better or worse) is a fairly decent replacement for Visual Basic. 
Looks like everything is open-source for now, I'm curious to see how he does with paid-for software.

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:59 PM »
I don't really hear it, but I do get some kind of sensation that's hard to explain (could be an acoustical reflexw). That said, this one does more for me than the power lines one:

Some people suggest that the auditory sensation is all in the camera shake (perhaps triggering the acoustic reflex). Edvard, can you still hear it with this one?

For the first one, I still hear a low decaying "thuddd" when Totoro hits the ground, but I also hear the sign rattling around; kind of a brief "pen rattling in a plastic cup" sort of sound.  For the second one, the effect is much more muted than the original; kind of flicking the end of a rubber eraser. 

Again, it doesn't come from my ears, but somewhere... deeper; more like sensations than anything, but I do perceive distinct characteristics to them depending on the visual stimulus.  Maybe like Mouser said "It's all in the camera shake", like the camera shake is the stimulus, and the noise is the response, and in some people the association is stronger than the observation.  Or something.  I'd be interested in seeing those GIFs without the shake and see what happens.

Thanks for the Acoustical Reflex link, I've noticed that sort of sensation when trying to listen to something I don't want to listen to, like when someone is loudly expressing an opinion that makes me uncomfortable.  Like when my wife talks about going Vegan.  :'(

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:50 AM »
Yes  :tellme: :tellme:

Oddly I could still hear it when I closed the page - does this make me weird?
I'm not objective enough to judge whether it makes you weird or not, ;D but for me, the sound cuts off as soon as I scroll away from the image, like 'out of sight, out of mind'.  Literally.  I think THAT's weird.

I didnt hear it either -- but did somehow sense the thump, like I were standing there and could feel the movement in my body.
I agree with this. Mine was not so much an audible sound, but more of a feeling.
The weird thing is, I can say I don't actually hear it; as in, I don't perceive it as an audible sensation originating at my ears, but I do get the distinct feeling that it's what I should hear, and therefore some part of my brain generates it and delivers it to the audio decoder part, and is therefore more of a feeling than an actual audio hallucination.  However, it's distinct enough that I can definitely say that loop I posted sounds very close to what I am perceiving as a result of the whole mess.

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:35 AM »
This is a good approximation of the sound I hear when I watch the gif:

... and now you do too  :P

Living Room / Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:00 PM »
Look at this GIF. There’s no sound, but most people who see it hear a “thudding” in their head each time the bouncing structure hits the ground. Why?
This illusion is an example of synesthesia, or when the senses — like hearing and sight — get crossed in the brain, he explained in an email to The Verge.

from CodeProject News

Living Room / Re: When is a raven like a writing desk?
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:12 PM »
Maybe I missed it, but it seemed to me that neither the article nor the video explained what about the change caused the AI to see the turtle as a rifle. :huh:

They didn't detail what the change was, but if you watch the video, notice the changes in the model.  The size is slightly larger, and there are weird color swirls on the shell sections, and some spiral markings on the underside, as well as two holes.  I suspect those color swirls and markings were precisely engineered to produce an "adversarial example".  Kinda like how changing just a few pixels in a QR code can represent a completely different batch of information.

Living Room / When is a raven like a writing desk?
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:02 AM »
Or more succinclty, when is a turtle like a rifle?

Researcher: ‘We Should Be Worried’ This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
By manipulating a few pixels in an image, you can trick a neural network—even one that's great at recognizing cats, and is trained on hundreds or thousands of images of felines—into thinking that it's looking at something completely different.

from CodeProject News

Living Room / KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi exploit
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:23 PM »
Another day, another exploit, another patch to apply...
Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'
The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack.

from CodeProject News

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:11 PM »
So THAT's why my new computer seems slower... It's the KEYBOARD!

Does Keyboard latency matter?
If you look at “gaming” keyboards, a lot of them sell for $100 or more on the promise that they’re fast.
Despite all of these claims, I can only find one person who’s publicly benchmarked keyboard latency and they only tested two keyboards. In general, my belief is that if someone makes performance claims without benchmarks, the claims probably aren’t true, just like how code that isn’t tested (or otherwise verified) should be assumed broken.
A year ago, if you’d asked me if I was going to build a custom setup to measure keyboard latency, I would have said that’s silly, and yet here I am, measuring keyboard latency with a logic analyzer.

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