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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: Today at 10:35:09 AM
As a keen cyclist with children, I had always been in favour of the New Zealand law making it compulsory to wear a bicycle helmet. However, the outcome of that law is apparently not what one might have intuitively expected - according to a 2012 report from the NZ Medical Journal. I'd not seen it before. Very interesting statistical analysis.
Evaluation of New Zealand’s bicycle helmet law - New Zealand Medical Journal
2  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Slow on: Today at 07:34:07 AM
I don't know if this is related, but I have often found CHS to be inexplicably slow when displaying consecutive clips. I had assumed that pruning out the clips database to a bare minimum should help. and it seems to, but that means I have to hold far less clips than I would like.
28,000 clips would seem like a lot though.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: Today at 07:00:09 AM
Got to Korea. 27 hours by air. Laptop is hosed. Worked at home. Tablet has errors now. Can't install anything now. Google Play Services errors. Smartphone stopped booting. Had to rent a phone. Disaster. I'm a bit pissed off.
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Just as problem analysis: Why do you say your laptop was "hosed"? What exactly were the symptoms?
What do you suppose the cause was?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Evernote Desktop v2.2.1.386.0 appreciation thread on: Today at 04:13:34 AM
Interesting. That seemed to be a piece of software with superb, but not realised potential. I didn't appreciate that it still worked with Evernote though. I thought it had been deprecated/hobbled because they belatedly realised it didn't fit with the Evernote lock-in  - oops, sorry, "business model".
In the various comments I have posted on DCF and OutLinerSoftware.com, I have often referred directly or obliquely to this defunct software.
One of the main reasons I use OneNote now is that Evernote pulled that client software.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 05:29:47 AM
I didn't get the Slovakia thing. So, I did a search...

No, I didn't get the Slovakian thing either. My 13 y/o daughter was told the joke by her Iranian friend (a girl), who apparently was told it by the Croatian father of one of her friends, or something.
I did a DuckGo search and after wading through the results I came to the conclusion that Slovaks seem to sometimes be the default nation to be the butt of jokes in some (mostly European?) countries. As far as I could determine, a lot of the jokes seemed to denigrate the Slovaks and were thus not very nice, but this one could be atypical because, whilst the implication would seem to be that Slovaks can't even tell a funny joke, the idea that a penguin might say "Radio" a propos of nothing, to another penguin standing nearby is preposterous, and therefore could be amusing. Anyway, for that reason, my daughter decided it was quite funny in and of itself and told it to me. My initial reaction though was "Huh? I don't get it."

I'd been sorting out my jokes database a bit today - hence the two golfing jokes - and thought I'd toss in the Slovakian one to see the effect, because it's kind of a case in point regarding what I wrote above:
...We all have different paradigms - e.g., I only belatedly got @crabby3's rather clever photo joke about the cat's headstone. ...
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I wouldn't save the Slovakian joke into my database, because it didn't make me larf.
By the way, I thought "the bridge named Chuck Norris" was quite amusing.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 04:11:55 AM
Penguins.
Two penguins were standing on an iceberg.
One said to the other, "Radio".

(It's apparently what is described as "a Slovakian joke".)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 04:09:06 AM
Golf genie.
One fine day in Ireland, a gentleman was out golfing and teed up his ball on the 16th hole. He smashed the golf ball with his driver. Unfortunately, his drive went into the woods. He walked down the fairway and went looking for his ball. After searching for a while, he found a little man unconscious with the golf ball lying next to him.

"Goodness," said the golfer, and proceeded to revive the poor little guy.

Upon awaking, the little guy said, "Well, you caught me fair and square. I am a leprechaun. I will grant you three wishes."

The man said, "I can't take anything from you. I'm just glad I didn't hurt you too badly."

The man then turned and walked away.

Watching the golfer depart, the leprechaun thought to himself, "Well, he was a nice enough guy, and he did catch me, so I have to do something for him. I'll give him the three things that I would want. I'll give him unlimited money, a great golf game, and a great sex life."

A year went by and the same golfer went golfing on the same course at the 16th hole. He hit his drive into the very same woods and went off searching for his ball. When he found the ball he saw the same little guy and asked how he was doing.

The leprechaun said, "I'm fine, and might I ask how your golf game is?"

"It's great! I hit under par every time."

"I did that for you. And might I ask how your money is holding out?"

The golfer said, "Well, now that you mention it, every time I put my hand in my pocket, I pull out a hundred pound note."

"I did that for you. And might I ask how your sex life is?"

The golfer looked at him a little shyly and said, "Well, maybe once or twice a week."

The leprechaun was floored and stammered, "Only once or twice a week?"

"Well, that's not too bad for a Catholic priest in a small parish."
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 04:08:17 AM
Golfing buddy.
One Saturday, a keen golfer brings his best golfing buddy home for dinner at 6.30pm, after playing golf all afternoon, without warning his wife that he was bringing anyone home for dinner.

His wife goes ballistic, and yells her head off at her husband whilst his friend stands watching open-mouthed at the tirade.
 
"My bloody hair and make-up are not done, the house is a f****** mess, the dishes aren't done. Can't you see I'm still in my f****** pyjamas and anyway I can't be bothered with cooking tonight!   Why the f*** did you bring him home without telling me first, you idiot?"

The husband answered, "Because he told me on the golf-course today that he's thinking of getting married!"
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 09:24:48 PM
^^ Yes, made me laugh too. Very good images. That's why I thought I would augment it!   Wink
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 08:59:09 PM
^^ As one of my friends (a teacher) said when I asked him how he enjoyed stimulating the minds of his students, "Some days you try, some days you sigh."

We all have different paradigms - e.g., I only belatedly got @crabby3's rather clever photo joke about the cat's headstone.

That's one of the reasons I rarely - if ever - criticise other peoples' jokes. That is, it could quite well be that I am missing the point of their joke entirely - and anyway, who am I to criticise? I usually find it a useful habit of mind to try and open up my mind a tad to the possible ways in which something that doesn't look/seem funny to me at first glance could perhaps be deemed to be funny from a different perspective, and then I might get the joke after all, maybe as a kind of pleasant surprise, instead of it going right over my head and being lost on me altogether.

Of course, one doesn't necessarily have to approve of a joke just because one might thus be able to understand what could be perceived - by some people - as being funny about it, but then, that goes back to the need to criticise and whether one feels the world must operate according to one's paradigms. For example, there is probably good reason to suppose that the Charlie Hebdo killers would not have seen, allowed, nor accepted that there was any humour whatsoever in the cartoons depicting Mohammed.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 09:11:50 AM

Really? Was that where your parents usually locked you up?  Enquiring minds need to know.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 09:09:05 AM
^^ Amusing, but probably unlikely. Those men are all pulling a wry face and appear to be looking down - presumably at where their respective brains are located. The dog, on the other hand, is not looking down or anywhere except at the camera, and anyway looks more like a puppy and would not be mature enough to mate at that age. He is probably merely pulling a wry face because someone photoshopped him or something tastes funny in his mouth. Maybe he has just eaten the household budgerigar and is wondering what to do with the feathers. You'd probably have to prise open his jaws to be sure.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 18, 2015, 12:15:19 PM
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 embarassed = me if you are serious.

Oh, I'm sorry. I hadn't realised you had deliberately removed the cat and put in a headstone as a joke. I just saw the cat wasn't clearly there, didn't notice the headstone, and simply thought it was a bad case of lossiness.

Belated har-de-har-har anyway.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 18, 2015, 12:08:37 PM
...Crap, I can really respond to this properly without going radically outside the intent on the thread. Perhaps it would be better (easier/safer/more appropriate) if this tangent was moved to the basement.
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I think you probably meant "...I can't really...".
Sorry, I didn't wish to start an argument, it was simply that you made a bald statement of (I presume) POV that I could not see as necessarily being true, so I thought I would point that out, but by all means continue in the Basement if you think that will be "safer" and (say) prevent me from being shot with an AK-47, or something, as I sit at my keyboard...       (((:~>
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2015, 11:02:34 AM
Eh... I think it depends on context.  And along those lines, silly humor from tosh.0
http://tosh.cc.com/video-...kcq/is-it-racist----slurs
Low Quality version from youtube..
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Interesting experiment that is ... I think it speaks volumes about the current hyper-reactive -(PC)- trend our society has devolved into of looking for things to be offended by. Sure intent unknown some things might - by inflection - sound insulting...but racist?? No. Racist/sexist/elitist/whatever are all patterns of behavior, not terms or phrases.
Yes, perception and political correctness. I think you could try to define these things as being "patterns of behaviour", but I'm not sure that psychologists would necessarily be able to agree with that without at least some better definition. The problem is that, in usage, such terms often seem to be merely clichéd ad hominem attacks - simplistic and pejorative labels which appear to be intended to force other people to maintain the labeller's paradigm or cognitive bias - i.e., it becomes mandatory that the thing being labelled be perceived in that light. If one does not perceive the thing in the "correct" light, then one is punished by the pejorative label being applied to oneself, either directly or by implication - e.g., "If you can't see that that is a racist thing to do/say, then you must be a racist also" (which is a non-sequitur). This would seem to be irrational.

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This reminded me of the following - seems a reasonably concise/accurate definition of "political correctness":
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"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."
(Texas A&M website)
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2015, 10:30:26 AM
I have added a ringed image below the invisible cat picture above, so that you can spot the tabby cat there.
The image of the cat is not the clearest, but it is more easily seen with a magnifying glass (as opposed to digitally enlarging it). Sharpening it also helps, but that also distorts some of the image.
@crabby3: You must have copied and saved the image, resulting in some lossiness, so you can barely discern the cat in the lossy image.
17  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Recalibrating the temperature sensor on a hard drive? on: January 16, 2015, 11:54:52 AM
I wondered whether any of the wise denizens of DC might be able to offer some advice.
I am trying to figure out the best method and thermometer to use to recalibrate the temperature sensor on a hard drive. My drives are all 2.5" format drives, either housed in a laptop or in a USB-connected device enclosure, and some of the latter are sealed plastic enclosures and thus difficult to gain access to without risking breaking the enclosure.

I have come to the conclusion that the reported temps on some of the drives I use are inaccurate. Some feel hotter to the touch than others that HDS says are running at a higher temp.

The HDS Temperature report tab says:
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It is recommended to calibrate the temperature and set the temperature offset on the S.M.A.R.T. page. This way later the correct temperature value will be displayed.
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The HDS Help document says:
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Temperature calibration
The temperature sensor built in most modern hard disks may give improper results. The difference between the measured and the actual temperature can be 7-9 Celsius degress or even more.

To fix this problem, it is possible (and recommended) to measure the actual temperature of the hard disk by using an external infrared thermometer or a front panel with temperature sensor and set the difference between the measured temperature and the temperature displayed by Hard Disk Sentinel (reported by the drive itself) as temperature offset. This is called calibration.

After the real temperature has measured (by the thermometer or other external temperature sensor), the offset can be calculated by subtracting the value reported by the software from the measured value. This offset can be positive (the software reports smaller temperature than the real) or negative (the software reports higher temperature than the real).

This offset can be specified on the S.M.A.R.T. page of the hard disk, after selecting attribute #194 (hard disk temperature) and using the + / - buttons (by clicking on the number between the icons, the offset value can be entered directly in Celsius units).

(Diagram: S.M.A.R.T. attributes, details and trends)

Hard Disk Sentinel will automatically increase (or decrease) all hard disk reported temperatures by the configured offset value. This way the correct (real) temperature will be displayed and used in all cases (for example, when checking hard disk temperature against a threshold and when saving reports etc.)

It is recommended to perform the temperature calibration on all installed hard disks if possible. Same type of hard disks may require different temperature offsets.

Note: if the calibration is not possible (the computer chassis cannot be opened), an estimated offset value can be determined by checking the first displayed temperature immediately after starting the computer and comparing the value with the environment (room, office) temperature. At this time, the CPU, video card or other components are not too warm and they do not affect the temperature of the hard disk. Of course this is true only if the computer had enough time to cool down to the environment temperature (it was not powered off for at least 8 hours).

For example, if the hard disk temperature is displayed as 17 Celsius degrees (immediately after starting the computer) and the room temperature is 22 Celsius degrees, +5 can be configured as offset value (because the hard disk cannot be cooler than its temperature). This offset is better than nothing but of course an external thermometer is needed to determine the proper temperature offset value.

Note: the temperature offset should be specified in Celsius units, regardless of the selected temperature unit (Celsius or Fahrenheit).

Note: the unregistered version automatically resets all offset values to 0 when the user restarts Hard Disk Sentinel.
18  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Hard Disk Sentinel PRO - now up to version 4.60 (7377). on: January 16, 2015, 11:17:22 AM
Update 2015-01-17 0614hrs: Hard Drive Sentinel is now up to version 4.60 (7377). I forgot to post about this when it updated a short while back.
In the OP, I have made minor updates to version number and supported OSes.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 04:34:04 AM
Not sure whether this has been posted before.
I and my 4 ½ y/o son just spent about 10 minutes trying to find this cat in the photo. I had forgotten where it was.
I used a magnifying glass in the end, and that did the trick. Superb camouflage. The image is a bit bigger here, so that should help.

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20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 03:40:51 AM
Grandpa gets an I-Pad ...
While a daughter is visiting her father and helping in the kitchen, she asks,
"Tell me dad, how are you managing with the new iPad we gave you for your birthday?"
This clip is spoken in German but it's easily understandable in any language.
 
http://www.snotr.com/embed/8965
http://www.snotr.com/video/8965
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 03:37:20 AM
Do any women here get fe-mail?
I dunno, but some of them probably get hotmail...
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 13, 2015, 11:56:52 AM
Blasphemy is a victimless crime...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u6XXOELs_s
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 12, 2015, 08:17:26 AM
And this also at funnyjunk, for @Renegade and his trigger-happy ilk: Norwegian Pride
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 12, 2015, 07:56:21 AM
My 13 y/o daughter Lily was laughing uproariously and had tears streaming down her face watching some vids in possibly bad taste on a website, so I took a look and couldn't stop laughing. I thought the best was the parachute jump.
Check it out at: Bonus dank WebM compilation - "ISIS"

I found the scientific one about matter/antimatter especially funny. Made me cry laughing.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 12, 2015, 06:50:28 AM
Very good Apple spoof by IKEA: Experience the power of a bookbook™
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