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Living Room / Re: How to do funky text?
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:50 PM »
There's a way to do funky text where you have what you write, but also have screwy text above and below your writing.

It looks like garbage going up and down from the actual text.

I forget how to do it or what it's called.

Stephen used to do it a lot here.

Can someone help remind me?




I just noticed you mentioned me :P - (See the above post for what it's called) :D

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Living Room / Re: How to do funky text?
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:49 PM »
I think Renegade means something more like this:

T̸̝̭͎͙̭̬o̯͜ ̭͕̥i҉̟̟̫̹̙̯n̡v̥̩͎̟o̮̭k̥̫̭̖ę̺̺͙͙̭ ̵̹͖̹͍t̶̞͕̰ḩ͍͔̮e̗͔ ͈̟͖̩̼̻͚h̵̦̣i͉̜̬̟͖͎͘v̼̭̼ͅe̗͚͢-m̗̥͉ì͍n̢͎̙d̵͔̫̦̮͔̺̻ ͚̜͖r̸̻̲̹̺̱͉ͅẹ̙̥͕̦̜̺p̖͡r͏̝̤̼ͅe͇̤͕̫͍̲ͅs͕̘͍ẹ̮͎͈̠̮͘n̪̱̺̪͚̭t̶͚̩̟i̶͎̟͍̻n̗̥͈̫̫͚g̫̯ ̖͍̣̟̱c̩̕ẖ̢͈͈̹̱̺a̸̦͉̻̞̥͉o̡̘s͖̟̘̺̠.̞̼̳̤̬
͍I̞̱̤̼͍̣̹nv̠̭͉͙͎̣͡o̹̳̞king̴̙͈̻̟ͅ ͏t̤͓̳̭͘ͅhe͏̭̟͚ ͖̪͍̜f͓̰̟̞̠̤̀e͔̞͍̼ẹ̶̟̮̪l̮̺̪͠i̟͖̯̺͕n̥͖͙̲̤͔̳g̮̦͓̪̦̯ ̢͉̝̯̘̠͓ọ̡̺͔̭͖f̩̻̀ ͉̞c̼͕̻̻͞ḩ̟̺a͎̪͕̖͉ͅo͕̫s͙͈.͉̖̭̺̰͖ͅ
̫͢W̷̯̫̞̱i̤̼̰̕ṱ͎̟̝͙̣̼ḫ͢ ̶͍̳͉̣̪̯̞o̡͍̣ṳ͚ţ̻̱ ̤͚̭̼ọ͍rd̵̳͇e͇̝͕̖̮͖ͅr̸͎͎̞̳̺̟̭.͎̤͝
͏T͈h͏e͈͓ ͎͇̫̮ͅN͙̥͔̻e͖͟z̫̝͎ṕ͍͙e҉͕̜̳r͈͈̹͚͓̼d̬̙͉͓̮i̟̖̜͙ͅa̢͔n̶͙̱͎̤ ̜̟h̬̹͙͡i͖̻͙̙̤v̳͞e̵̺̗̝̠-̢̠m̵͎͙͔̘̪i͈̥̞̰͘n̮͞d̺͍̪ ͔̮̼͙̘̖o͈̩͈̹̘̣̙f͈̫͕ ̗͈͓̲̜c͕̣h̥͉̙̻͍ạ̢o͈̖̜s̶̺̰̫ͅ.͎͈̭͈̲̟͡ ̡̰̖Z҉̟̝̲͔ͅal̲̥̲go͙̠̦̞̖͈.̧̝͚͙̬̥̖͕
̝͈̜͙͖͔̖H͟e҉̮͇̙͍̦ ͚̩̙͈w͕̠͘h̼o̭̤̪͔̯ ̩̠̱Wá̞i͚͔̗t̤̙̱̤̹͡s͓͘ ͔̞̰͍̯͞B͍̜͈͉e͚̘̩͡h̷̳̫i͇͙̰̭n̮͇d͈́ T̴̙̞͕͚̺͎h̯̹̱͡e̼̯͉̬̙̲͕ ̬̮͔̞̲̕W̪a͇̙̗̬̟͔ͅl̹̰͚̬̻̻͉l̼͈͕̥̫̤̜.̜̟̙̜̦̲
̝̺̺͔̺ͅZ͎̹A͏̝̫̭̩͕L̶̬G̟O̶̱͇͓͔̩̮!͔̮̱̘͇ͅ

Doing a search for "demonic text" gave me this result:

http://eeemo.net/




"Zalgo" (That's what it's called)

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Living Room / Re: Warning: Do not download "Pip Cam" for Android
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:01 PM »
Have you clicked "Flag as inappropriate" yet? That app clearly violates Google's policies on monetization and ads:

"Ads associated with your app must not interfere with other apps, ads, or the operation of the device, including system or device buttons and ports. This includes overlays, companion functionality, and widgetized ad units. Ads must only be displayed within the app serving them. "

https://play.google....ads/ads/interfering/

Yeah I sent a detailed report directly to them :) I posted here after I did that.

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Living Room / Re: Have you ever walked through a computer?
« on: September 16, 2018, 04:37 PM »
That was slightly more than mildly interesting.  I wouldn't say absolutely riveting but still deserves slightly more.

All in all...it was fun to watch, and now your strange title makes sense  ;D

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This is a public post, on a public forum.  People will obviously bring their own thoughts and ideas to the topic as that's how this forum works.

If this thread continues to dissolve into petty arguments and name calling; it will be locked.

Please consider this as the final "off-topic" message in this thread, and get back to the original topic, rather than letting madness descend.

~Stephen.

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Living Room / Re: EU to Stop Summer (or is it Winter) Time
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:09 AM »
Personally think the need for DST has long since past.
agreed -- just because it's 'always' been there is no reason for it actually being there.

and they the entire EU should be unified on the exact same time "to make trade easier"

I dont believe this is the goal here Stephen -- they are not scrapping time zones.

No, they are making them a joke ... what's the point in a time zone if they're not going to use them?
well, yeah, if they allow each country to decide which time they want, it will be the equivalent of a patchwork of time zones. So could be the opposite of what Stephen was suggesting :-/

God knows - It's the EU...They will probably try to make them illegal or add a tax to them or something, I dunno.

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Living Room / Re: EU to Stop Summer (or is it Winter) Time
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:02 AM »
Saw something about this a few months ago with the head of the EU bitching and moaning that there is no need for it and they the entire EU should be unified on the exact same time "to make trade easier" (Cause no company in the world has any idea how to trade with a country in a different timezone, apparently).

People wonder why the UK voted to leave, and countries like Italy are on the edge...it's for stupidity like this.  They want to do stuff simply for the hell of it, with no actual thought process involved lol.  Clocks going back/forwards is something everybody is fully used to.  It happens twice a year, and for the majority of us...has done for our entire lives... :-\

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Living Room / Warning: Do not download "Pip Cam" for Android
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:27 AM »
Pip Cam for android, on the surface, looks to be a legitimate camera app (filters and all that jazz), but actively takes over your phone system and displays invasive advertisements over every other app you are using...all of the time.

I just spent the last hour trying to work out what was making my mothers phone (Razr) unusable due to an invasion of ads, and within that hour I got shown around 150+ ads that, some of them couldn't be skipped at all (or just closed instantly).

As it transpires, after a bit of digging around to wtf she had installed, I noticed that Android had mentioned on the dtopdown bar that Pip Cam was "drawing" over other apps...not liking the sound of a camera app being able to do that, I uninstalled it...the second I did....the search icon that was glued to the screen was there no longer, and all the ads stopped instantly.

I provide the link to the Play Store listing for it purely so you can see which it is, and which you should to remove if you come across anybody else with this issue:

https://play.google....pcamera&hl=en_GB

~Stephen

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Living Room / Re: Label printer
« on: September 05, 2018, 05:21 PM »

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Your request is puzzling me; I didn't even know you can have games in Google Search! How did you get it in the first place? Yes, I can search for "Solitaire" and read that it has been included by Google since 2016. But I have never seen it, and I don't know where or how to get it. Maybe you need to adjust your Google Settings? Or install a simple advert blocker? They come free by the dozens, so I cannot think you would need any one here to write it for you.


Yep...I'm with you on this...had no idea it existed until this thread.  I googled "Play solitaire on Google" and the game came up...that was the only way I could get it to show. 

Honestly...if it's that much of a time sink...the best idea would be to probably just not search for solitaire related search terms (I can't see that being an issue in most peoples daily lives).

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I highly doubt any software like this exists.  Dominoes isn't exactly a popular game, except for the over 70's, so your best bet is just to google it.

https://www.casualar...a.com/dominoes/rules

First link on Google.  Not software, but teaches you the game (If that's what you even meant).

Failing that...download one of the god knows how many dominoes games from the play store/iOS store/windows store/whatever store you want, and just play until you work out how to do it.

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Living Room / Re: DC on Discord :O
« on: September 01, 2018, 11:54 AM »
* Stephen66515 casually bumps this post

So I changed a few things and don't know if the old invite link works anymore!  So...here is a new one :)

https://discord.gg/mwKQhS5

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Living Room / Re: 25x~100x faster 3D printing?
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:04 PM »
Did it ever.... materialize?

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Sympathy = Simpatia o compasión

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https://www.coolmust...ogs-to-computer.html

Was the 2nd link on Google for "store android phone call history as text file".

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General Software Discussion / Re: Listary 6
« on: August 28, 2018, 01:05 PM »
a) it had a 20 Mb footprint; I know people act as if disk space is infinite, but it seemed an awful lot for a launcher, the more so as the first PC I ever used (in 1988) only had a 20 Mb hard disk.  For everything.

Ha! I find it amazing that I'm not the only one around who can't understand why the solution to performance problems is to just throw more hardware at it...


The difference between then and now, is that 20MB was a huge amount of data, and hardware was expensive.  20MB these days is literally nothing...I have single images that are bigger than that in file size.

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Dialects and Languages in Italy:

Dialetti_e_lingue_in_Italia.png

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Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:13 PM »
Well, after copying the 'name' from the browser debugger (tried both Firefox and Chrome, latest non-developer releases), my text editors say it's a set of 4 and 5 0x1A characters (26 decimal, ASCII symbol 'Substitute', or ^Z/Ctrl-Z) separated by a space, quite unlikely that's a real name, whatever encoding or character set it might be, must have a deeper meaning, as ^Z used to be EOF (End Of File) for text files, way back when... :huh:

The only rendering engine that is actually showing something (and installed on my laptop) is Chromium (Chrome/Vivaldi), neither Firefox, Edge or IE show anything, so that might make Chrome-based browsers a tad more informative.

I would have expected SMF to filter out/reject any non-rendering characters from usernames, but obviously that's not a test-case for them.

I mean, I wouldn't expect anything from SMF because it's old as hell and the developers are stuck in the early 00's  ;D

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Screenshot Captor / Re: GIF not playing correctly
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:06 PM »
Hope Mouser sees this.  Is this the right place to report it?

I don't know if this is the "perfect" place to report it, but it's certainly somewhere it will be seen.

I'm not entirely sure if mouser is online at this moment in time but he will respond when he is :)

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They only bought it for one reason. To have access to all of that code whenever they please.

This is FUD and nothing else.

I absolutely agree with Tuxman.  It was a public open-source repository before Microsoft bought it.  In other words, prior to their purchase, they already had access to all of the code anytime they pleased.

Adding to this, I explained to him earlier in another thread that Microsoft are one of the biggest Open Source contributors on GitHub and have done more good than bad for the service (by releasing things like VSCode and such).

*edit*

ahha...mouser didn't delete that thread yet so I can paste what I said here!

I mean - This was a huge story in the programming community when it happened, and has made absolutely no difference to how GitHub has worked since the takeover.  Microsoft have actually been doing some big things in the Open Source community and has produced a huge amount of code and such which is now available for anybody to use. 

In my opinion, M$ taking over GitHub has done no harm, and has actually served quite well.  It has also given them the direct ability to link GitHub to their programming suites (such as Visual Studio) meaning a much easier way to manage ones code.  That and the fact that Microsoft are probably one of the biggest contributors to the Open Source community right now (with offerings such as Visual Studio Code being open source).

A huge company buying things like this don't always have to mean doom and gloom.  ;)

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^ Klingon hah ;D


What language are you looking at learning anyway?
looking at improving my German --
I'm fluent, but crap at the finer points, and sometimes crap at the not-so-fine points...


That image above actually made me realise something....Rosetta Stone may no longer sell "one price forever" products....but there must surely be some of the CD versions floating around auction sites/those types of places.

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^ thanks again. I feared that...

I suspect there are not many people like you or I who prefer to just download something, pay once, and forget about it forever, rather than paying a monthly subscription to be able to use it on 86 different types of device and such haha

What language are you looking at learning anyway?

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Ah, scratch that - as it transpires (I spoke to a chat agent), they are only doing subscriptions now. :(

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Thanks Stephen. Looking at the Rosetta Stone link (via phone) I can only find subscription offers. Do you have a link to whatever other option there might be?

Oddly, I can only find the subscription version now too...which is odd because it's more expensive than I paid for a permanent license :| I do however see they have the comparison page...so it must be there...somewhere? https://www.rosettas...m/product-comparison

What language are you looking for?  I'll email support for you and try to grab a direct link.

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For the last 8 months or so, I have been studying Italian.  I want to now share with you the tools I have been using!
(Negli ultimi 8 mesi ho studiato italiano. Desidero ora condividere con voi gli strumenti che ho usato!)

For those curious: I am learning it with my partner mainly for fun, but also because we plan to eventually move to Italy (Somewhere around Scalea in Calabria, Southern Italy).  It's a beautiful language with an amazing history and has dragged me so deep into the learning experience that it's pretty much all I do in my free time now!

So...on to the tools, apps, software, etc!

Rosetta Stone (Downloadable Software OR Mobile App)
Now, although this is not free (or cheap for that matter), it is one of the best tools you can find for learning a language (pretty much any language!).  I've been using this almost daily (with a few breaks here and there) and have not regretted the money I have spent on it even once.

You can choose to get the downloadable version (one price, yours forever), or the app version (subscription).  They both have their own merits and which version you want depends entirely on your own learning needs.  The downloadable version (what I use) is one static price and you keep it forever, where the app is a subscription service.  The app has the advantage of having the ability to connect with native speakers and book tutor time with them!

Edit/Update: The only available payment method now is the monthly/yearly subscription.


Learn Italian with Paul Noble (Audio Book [Audible/CD/MP3 + Accompanying PDF])
Now, I've only listened to the first 2 hours of this audiobook so far, but have read the PDF about 5 times!  It's a very VERY useful resource and has actually increased my vocabulary quite a lot and I have been recommending this audiobook to quite a few people!


Duolingo (Online/App)
Now...be warned with this...Although it IS a great free resource for learning very basic phrases/individual words, it also teaches you some things that are not actually correct, and some other things that you question if you're even awake (things like "he takes the tiger from the zoo and gives it the meat"...I mean...that's a super useful sentence right there.....OH...and there is also the super creepy moments where it asks you to translate "why do we die" and then "they are among us" right after each other).  So yeah...use it on the basis it is free, but remember that you get what you pay for...and this is free ;)

Italian Learning and Language Server (Discord):
Super helpful community who will happily help non-natives learn the language (Speak directly to native Italians and other learners via voice or text, completely free!)

https://discord.gg/b5tqJDb

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Once I get an extra bit of spare time, I will also add a list of all the Android Apps I have been using (around 20 or so of them!)

In the meantime, if anybody else has any great resources to add to this, please feel free to share!!!

~Stephen

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