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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 24, 2014, 10:45:38 PM
So now that the layout for most applications is designed for a wide screen interface they're going to recoil back into a completely square screen???

Several of my favourite software are modular, where you can either rearrange panes manually (e.g. PDF-Xchange Editor or ConnectedText) or portrait/landscape mode can be toggled (e.g. Dopus). Maybe the square layout would encourage developers more to make their software to suit both portrait, landscape, and square views.

Yeah, sure (me too), that's what you can do. But it's not what you should have to do every time you open something.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: November 24, 2014, 04:52:12 PM
Sand Moose?? ...Okay, That's funny!

Please be sure to have someone available to take notes next time you get stoned.. Wink

Sand Moose made me laugh like crazy tbh hahaha

Yeah, I was trying to follow the 'Stoner Logic' (having had some experience with it in the past...), and the first few almost made sense. But when I got to that one it was just a total swan dive off the deep end into WTF land. Tehehe!!
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 24, 2014, 04:48:02 PM
So now that the layout for most applications is designed for a wide screen interface they're going to recoil back into a completely square screen???

 wallbash
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: November 24, 2014, 04:42:48 PM
Sand Moose?? ...Okay, That's funny!

Please be sure to have someone available to take notes next time you get stoned.. Wink
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 12:17:17 PM
I have always gone by my own definition of what is to be construed as 'Fair and Reasonable'. If I'm going to be deciding on the purchase of an application that is hundreds or thousands of dollars...then my 'Trial Period' will be just as long as it takes for me to be comfortable with said applications fitness to preform said task.

I've been hustled through demos by ISV reps far too many times to fall for the slick sales tactic of saying "Oh Sure It'll Do That"...only to find out later that the list of caveats - oddly enough - is a mile long.

So yes, there is - quite literally - a pirate flag hung proudly above my desk ... Because before I parts with any of me Spanish gold I'll be damn sure Ye's not foolin' me. Or the plank it will be with yer carcass for sure..

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 21, 2014, 05:19:55 PM
...and the Joker in a more jester-like costume.

Speaking for the darkly humored and criminally insane ... Oh hell no! We ain't wearing no friggin bells like a %&^^$ reindeer..

 cheesy
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 21, 2014, 06:51:46 AM
But I don't remember how laser printers work..

(condensed version)Laser draws image on drum, drum picks up toner where laser has altered the drum's charge, drum transfers image to paper, fuser (or fixing unit as they are sometimes called) melts toner into paper.

Side note: In certain really cold environments a laser printer will emit a visible amount of steam when the paper comes out if the humidity is high enough for the paper to be just a tiny bit moist ... Oh the fun we had on that service call..
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 03:08:12 PM
Besides the tech, I think it's important to figure out the roles of the police when a superhero is around.

I'd think with billion dollar Homeland tech, a vigilante would have a far harder time now than 20+ years ago.

I think that changes things.

I'm not quite sure how.

The Homeland tech is largely irrelevant in this case, as it will - and is -  only used for targeting crime/criminals with high political (e.g. vote generating) value. This way they don't have to run the risk of exposing how thoroughly they spying on everyone by accidentally eliminating - or largely denting - crime in general - As that would be bad for "business"..

So Superheroes will become the stalwart few that actually are foolhardy enough to attempt to protect 'We The People' from all criminals and criminal organizations ... Including the highly organized, funded, and outfitted paramilitary street gangs that have an undue fascination with the color blue..
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worm's neurons mapped, simulated in robot on: November 19, 2014, 02:06:27 PM
When reading the subject line my mind expected to see
"Worm's neurons mapped, simulating a politician."  Wink
But… but… politicians move blindly forward whereas even a worm can turn.
 

Yes, I too felt this was unfairly disparaging of worms as well. You never hear of an early bird getting a politician do you? Of course not. Because politicians are far too disgusting for birds to eat - they would probably make the poor birds sick of something.

Now if the scientists can make a robotic staph infection...that might be closer to a fair comparison.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: eesh: picture definitely doesn't go with the article on: November 19, 2014, 11:48:06 AM
So you don't think the officials should be publicly high-fiveing each other when they find out they aren't totally screwed?
11  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Code fight club on: November 18, 2014, 06:42:24 AM
Most cool, thanks for the link!
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 17, 2014, 10:13:43 PM
While the OS has to have an awareness of the technology, the adapter - it would appear - also needs to have ??X?? ...and nobody seems to have created a list of devices what do that.

Then how come my Android tablet suddenly has Wifi Direct capabilities because of an OS update? huh

The hardware was capable, but the OS hadn't caught up yet. That's hardly odd in the industry. Much like FireWire support in Vista. Sure you could order a machine with it, but it ran like crap - if at all - until somebody got around to shitting a proper driver for it.

The whole thread is about the lack of clarity regarding what if anything is required of/by/out of the hardware for proper WFD compatibility.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 17, 2014, 03:22:26 PM
After the initial flurry of breathless "game changer" announcements, it seems to have stalled out around 2012. The biggest motivation seemed to be killing off Bluetooth - which is odd because that's something that never really went mainstream beyond headsets for smartphones.

...And rapid (short burst) device to device file transfers. All those commercials with people whirling around smacking their phones together while the picture jumped from device to device were using NFC (Near Field Communication). NFC was originally (and still is as I understand it) by design dependent on a secondary Bluetooth connection to do the actual file transfer ("work").

However some companies like HP are using the initial NFC handshake to trigger a WiFi connection for their quick print from your phone widget. Which may have much to do with it - for the most part - not working on any device I've gotten ahold of to try with in any fashion vaguely reminiscent of the brochure's rhetoric..

HP's on printer NFC (to WiFi) implementation does work, it's just way too many steps to really be called truly convenient IMO.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Latest Avast deleting Firefox add-ons on: November 17, 2014, 01:43:33 PM
I stopped using/endorsing Avast a few years back when it decided to just up and (FP) delete all of an accounting firms tax software one fine morning in April..
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 17, 2014, 06:50:55 AM
Prob a good article on the web dying, but it seems paywalled out.

So now you know what's killing it.. cheesy
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 17, 2014, 06:49:10 AM
Can a regular wifi adapter do that? Or do you need a special WiFi Direct card/adapter thingy? For some reason I thought a wifi adapter could only connect to one thing at a time.

Correct, hence the problem Wi-Fi Direct is purportedly to 'solve'.

I think you just circled back to Superboy's original question. While the OS has to have an awareness of the technology, the adapter - it would appear - also needs to have ??X?? ...and nobody seems to have created a list of devices what do that.

I'm thinking it has a different protocol name that identifies it as WFD compatible/capable ... Just can't nail down wtf it is.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 16, 2014, 09:38:59 AM
Ad-Hoc is the wireless equivalent of using a crossover cable to connect two devices. You can Ping-Pong between the two device...but that's as far as anything can ever get. Wi-Fi Direct (mind you I'm only working with what I read in the link posted above) allows a single wireless NIC to connect to more that one target at a time.

So if you connected your laptop to a hotel's wireless, and you wanted to connect a wireless printer as well. The laptop could connect separately and directly to the wireless printer while maintaining the connection to the hotel's wireless network, instead of having to connect the printer to the hotel's wireless network and then access it (hopefully unless session isolation is enabled) through the hotel.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 15, 2014, 10:12:17 PM
How is Wi-Fi Direct different from ad-hoc wifi? undecided

Ad-hoc is strictly point-to-point. Wi-Fi Direct is point-to-multi-point ...(e.g. Infrastructure mode without the infrastructure device)... And it has a Derp-to-connect button.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Speed record by a rocket-bicycle on: November 15, 2014, 12:44:14 PM
Well... It did have a bellcrank he could (pretend...) try with so I'm ok(ish) with calling the rocket bike a "bicycle". But I will agree it has no business being on the street unless he's looking to paint the side of a building with his remains.
20  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Any CentOS Security Gurus Here? on: November 15, 2014, 08:03:36 AM
^Funny how the 'basics' always seem to end up being the most important part. All the fancy stuff won't amount to squat if you botch the basics.

80/20 rule:
Turn off what ain't used (including the unnecessary nifty extras for the parts you are using).
Keep patch levels current.
Pick proper passwords.

I've never seen a breach happen that didn't ultimately involve one of those three.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 15, 2014, 07:49:14 AM
Played fine for me in IE 11.

I think the source is the latest Window Update(last Wednesday). It only seems to be a small problem and only here.

Just got the updates caught up and tried again. It still plays. Although I had to disable MS EMET to get IE to load for some (very strange) reason.
Just got the updates caught up and tried again. It still plays. Although I had to disable MS EMET to get IE to load for some (very strange) reason.

Are you sure it isn't because you are a very strange person?

That's not the prevailing theory...but I'm not ruling anything out just yet.. smiley

I had MS EMET on a very aggressive setting, so I'm guessing that it just was not allowing some post update first run modification to the browser. So I disabled its checks for IE briefly to get it to load, and then re-enabled them. *Shrug* All is fine now, so I'm just going to go with it for the moment.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 14, 2014, 05:28:02 PM
I don't want a Miracast or anything, because that's basically a restricted-use device.  I want an adapter that will connect the computer directly and then I can do anything that I normally do over wifi.  I don't want Miracast dictating what I can and can't do.  But that seems to be where the tech is at currently.  However, I'm not sure, and it's not clear, and so forth.

Okay, I just did a bit of quick research and it doesn't look like that's an option to me:

Quote from: Wi-Fi.org
Q. How is Miracast related to Wi-Fi Direct?

A. Wi-Fi Direct allows devices to connect directly to each other, without the need for a Wi-Fi AP, and requiring just the push of a button, the entry of a PIN, or tapping two NFC-capable devices together. Wi-Fi Direct allows source and display devices to discover one another and provides the underlying device-to-device connectivity for Miracast. Miracast builds upon Wi-Fi Direct with mechanisms to negotiate video capabilities, setup content protection (if needed), stream content, and maintain the video session. - See more at: http://www.wi-fi.org/disc...rect#sthash.pVpt3GVj.dpuf


So... Miracast sounds more like a protocol than an evil restrictive corporation to me.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 14, 2014, 12:25:15 PM
Played fine for me in IE 11.

I think the source is the latest Window Update(last Wednesday). It only seems to be a small problem and only here.

Just got the updates caught up and tried again. It still plays. Although I had to disable MS EMET to get IE to load for some (very strange) reason.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English Retail Sites Block Access from Quebec (self-censorship?) on: November 14, 2014, 11:43:19 AM
Quebec's official language is French. Businesses are allowed to use other languages so long as French is prominent and given preferential treatment. Displaying a sign? French must be displayed first and in a larger font. Other languages may appear below in a smaller font. Setting up a voice menu for your customers? French first. Setting up your voicemail message for when you are out of the office? French first.

Having had to suffer through the annoyance of calling an American company from an American address only to have them start prattling at me in Spanish - Pressa Uno... - out of the gate more times than I care to count. I'd have to say hell Yeah, if X is the primary and officially spoken language of region Y...then they should be allow to assume it is safe and appropriate to lead with language X.

Christ, enough with the PC nonsense ... If somebody doesn't want to take the time to learn the local language then they can bloody well wait in line instead of holding it up for everyone else.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 14, 2014, 06:56:08 AM
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Am I the only person getting this?

It seems to be an IE 11 problem. I don't have this problem in Chrome 38.

Played fine for me in IE 11.

I frequently suggest kicking it just to get a laugh out of people and/or to get a rough approximation of the device's location/environment without having to play 20 questions.
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