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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: August 17, 2015, 12:33:15 AM
Kinda sad, but I can't help but see this guy as terribly cute either way:

Ozzy the cross-eyed cat
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3NOg3-7HEM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3NOg3-7HEM</a>
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: August 16, 2015, 11:50:53 PM
Laser printers have their own caveats, namely that the toner cartridges can be quite spendy, and you have to worry about the photoreceptor drum as well. but just like inkjets, you can get remanufactured and replacement brands much cheaper.
Pro Tip: Do not buy laser printer cartridges from your local office supply unless you are in a REAL bind.  They can cost you MUCH more than ordering online.

Case in point:  I have a Brother HL-1440 that has served me well for about 8 years now.  It uses the "TN-460" High-yield toner cartridge that gets me about 6,000 pages, and the "DR-400" photoreceptor drum unit that is good for 20,000 pages (YMMV).  Last time I checked all the major office supply stores in my area (there are 4) had at least one toner in stock and only one store had a drum unit.  The toner unit was $103.00
 ohmy
Their online price these days is about $90 for toner, and almost $200 for the drum if you buy Brother brand stuff, but the R&R brands can be had for almost 20-30% lower.  Amazon and eBay have even lower prices, with OEM Brother stuff remaining about the same, but R&R brands down to $10 for toner and $25 for drums.  

I would definitely recommend laser printers if you do mostly black and white printing, but do your research and choose your poison...
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns on: August 03, 2015, 01:48:24 PM
Then there's this:

http://www.newsweek.com/w...g-users-every-move-358952
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Using Windows 10? Microsoft Is Watching

From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information—name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics —but it also digs a bit deeper.
...

Relevant?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns on: August 03, 2015, 01:41:22 PM
One thing I'm still unclear on is whether or not WiFi Sense will recursively share your WiFi AP info with your friends and their friends and their friends, etc.
...

Just found this:

http://www.zdnet.com/arti...e-is-not-a-security-risk/
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Windows 10's Wi-Fi Sense is not a security risk. Here's why

Yesterday, tech sites went full Chicken Little over a Windows 10 feature that allows you to share your wireless connection without having to give away your Wi-Fi password. If only those alarmists had actually used the feature first...

YMMV
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro Reviews of Board Games From a Non-Competetive Perspective on: August 02, 2015, 04:25:25 PM
Just wondering, based on your reviews of Settlers of Catan and Heroscape, if the two could be blended; combine the fast-action gameplay of Heroscape with the simpler map and social aspects of Settlers?  For the record, I never played either, so...

Also, while looking for piecepack, I ran across this:
http://theboardgamedesigner.com
Heard of it?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Piecepack: The Flexible, Portable, Affordable Board Game System on: August 02, 2015, 04:24:12 PM
I was reading through Mouser's board game mini-review thread, and suddenly I remembered something I had checked out a few years ago, called "piecepack" (lower case intentional).  It's basically a free (public domain) set of counters/chits/cards/ in pdf form you can download, print, and make up your own rules for.  There is a board where you can browse and download different game rules, and there are game design contests where presumably, the cream rises to the top.  Check it out:

http://www.piecepack.org
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What is a piecepack?

Flexible. Portable. Affordable. Public domain. The piecepack is a set of boardgame parts that can be used to design and play a wide variety of games. Anyone may design and publish a piecepack rule set. Any manufacturer or individual may produce piecepacks.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3SlOK0gUE4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3SlOK0gUE4</a>

Tom Vasel in the video says the piecepack is best for abstract strategy-over-luck games, but because it is simply an open-ended system, you can make up your own story or theme, or simply make up your own pieces using the piecepack system as a base, or use the piecepack bits as an add-on to other games that may need a little "extra".
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: August 01, 2015, 02:21:44 PM
How about a 'crust of Pascal devs'?

They're usually thinly layered on top of a deeper substrate, often older and fragile if stressed, but quite stable if left alone.
 Grin
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 26, 2015, 12:01:50 AM
Two police officers responding to a domestic disturbance with shots fired arrive on scene.
After discovering the wife had shot her husband for walking across her freshly mopped floor, they call their sergeant on his cell phone.

"Hello, Sarge?"

"Yes"

"It looks like we have a homicide here."

"What happened?"

"A woman has shot her husband for stepping on the floor she had just mopped."

"Have you placed her under arrest?"

"No sir.  The floor is still wet."
9  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Over. No, really... "The Flock" will shutdown after all players die on: July 23, 2015, 08:53:05 PM
I'm curious to see if somebody clever reverse-engineers a server so that people can keep playing.  That would only work for people who bought the game in time though, and also who's to say that Steam wouldn't disable the game at the devs request when "the end" comes?
 tellme
Or maybe somebody will simply make a clone of the game if the gameplay is that compelling...
 tongue
10  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Game Over. No, really... "The Flock" will shutdown after all players die on: July 22, 2015, 10:11:15 PM
Strange premise for a game...


Gameplay and setting, from the official website:
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Description
The Flock is an asymmetrical multiplayer thriller. You get to play as one of the agile hunters that make up the Flock, but your goal is to become the hunted Carrier.

As the Carrier you need to shine your light upon objectives placed in the world in order to win the game; while at the same time fending off Flock that attempt to gain the Artifact for themselves! The Flock are vulnerable to the Artifact's light, but their key to survival is to stand still when the light is shined upon them..

Aahh... but there's a twist:

From VG24/7:
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This is how it works, from our understanding: once the game is released on Steam in Q3 of this year, every time a player dies in the game, it will drop the game population. Once that population reaches zero, “the game will never be purchasable again.”

Only players who have The Flock in their Steam library will then be able to partake in the yet to be announced climactic finale.

After the ending, the game will go offline permanently and no longer be playable.

But why?

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“A multiplayer game can take players to incredible heights, but at some point gamers will start to play less, get disinterested and stop playing altogether,” said Jeroen Van Hasselt, the studio’s creative director.

“In opposition to other multiplayer games, we want The Flock’s experience to inspire a sense of awe, to keep players eagerly anticipating what is coming next and to end with a memorable climax.”

Sounds legit...
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZM9XdKjLzc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZM9XdKjLzc</a>
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge in Maintenance Mode on: July 22, 2015, 09:01:12 PM
AHA! Looks like my pages are back up...

I've noticed as well... can't get to my project

What is your project?

I have two:
Pastequick:
http://pastequick.sourceforge.net

and SharpDot cursors for X11:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sharpdotcursors
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook asks the end of Flash Player on: July 21, 2015, 12:58:14 AM
So, when is Facebook going to put their money where their mouth is and ban all the flash based social games on their site?  tellme

Good question... and I wonder how casual flash gaming sites like NewGrounds and ArmorGames will do when it is finally killed off?

Relevant:
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge in Maintenance Mode on: July 21, 2015, 12:52:58 AM
I've noticed as well... can't get to my project Sad

They've posted about what has been going on since the outage first began:
http://sourceforge.net/bl...-and-service-restoration/
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer Programming To Be Officially Renamed “Googling Stackoverflow” on: July 21, 2015, 12:34:58 AM
It was bound to happen.  Even some Lazarus/FreePascal questions I searched for came up with similar questions on StackOverflow.  undecided

In fact, many of my general tech questions I've searched for came up with the most popular answers being similar questions from the StackExchange network, especially since they've added SO MANY categories over the last few years.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 18, 2015, 01:01:38 PM
OK, stop the presses...

Scientists find seaweed that tastes like bacon but is better for you than kale.
[attach=1]

 ohmy
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 15, 2015, 11:45:44 PM
If you like logic, argumentation, and fallacies, you'll enjoy this:

http://imgur.com/a/QDbyt#0

Oh, and if you like football, that's a bonus too. smiley

Those. Are. Awesome!!   (forwarded to my son, who devoured a textbook on logic and fallacies, then proceeded to correct my logic :\ )
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: July 15, 2015, 02:16:12 AM
I finally heard back from 40Hz!  ohmy

He reports he is still alive and kicking, and though I hesitate to reveal more of his situation out of concern for simple privacy, I can say life has taken him in a direction somewhat askew from most things tech, getting more active in music and it's doing his spirit well.  He does miss us all and hopes to soon pop in for a bit here and there, though it will probably be later rather than sooner when he crosses this path again.

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
..."
- J.R.R. Tolkien; First verse of Gandalf's letter to Frodo Baggins in Bree.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you resist buying ever more powerful PCs? on: July 15, 2015, 12:53:43 AM
I just look at my bank account the day after payday... no resistance required.  Sad  tongue
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: UK to ban encrypted messenger services to combat the specter of ISIS on: July 15, 2015, 12:49:42 AM
... and now you know what ISIS is really for.

*edvard ducks and covers in the basement
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Using a Webcam as a security camera -- software suggestions? on: July 15, 2015, 12:48:01 AM
Good catch  Thmbsup
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Using a Webcam as a security camera -- software suggestions? on: July 15, 2015, 12:03:03 AM
I assume you're asking for a Windows solution, but I do have a solution if you have a spare box or old laptop sitting around, and can install some flavor of Linux on it (*cough* Debian *cough*).  After setup, install a sync service like Dropbox or Copy, then install Motion.

http://lavrsen.dk/foswiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHome
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Welcome to the home of Motion, a software motion detector.

Motion is a program that monitors the video signal from cameras. It is able to detect if a significant part of the picture has changed; in other words, it can detect motion.

It's a command-line program, so it's very light on resources, the sensitivity, snapshot interval time, and snapshot folder location can all be set.  So just configure it to dump snapshots in your Dropbox/Copy/SpiderOak folder, and voila'... remote monitoring.

For Windows, I know WebcamXP was one of the more popular webcam softwares around, and the free version has motion and audio detection.

http://webcamxp.com/home.aspx
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News:

webcamXP Free and webcamXP Private now with Motion and Audio Detection. We have decided to extend the features of those 2 versions to allow everybody to put in place home security even with the free version. The only feature which remains specific to webcamXP / webcam 7 PRO is the continuous recording (DVR). A license for webcamXP Private allows supporting up to 4 cameras and removing or changing the webcamXP watermark displayed over the video streams and recordings.


Dunno other than that...
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 04, 2015, 12:45:47 PM
Now THIS... this looks like lots of fun.  Though the groin tag at 0:33 makes me cringe.  Cry

Archery tag:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bz-uKlZiQo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bz-uKlZiQo</a>
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 28, 2015, 03:30:49 PM
I remember LaBrea.  The original author almost abandoned the project, citing potential legal action against him because the nature of LaBrea goes against certain provisions of the Federal Wiretap Act, namely:
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Any person who intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept, any wire, oral, or electronic communication…intentionally discloses, or endeavors to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection; intentionally uses, or endeavors to use, the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection…

Basically, LaBrea does exactly that; intercepts electronic communication.  How that actually would play out in the courts is another matter, as TechRepublic's John McCormick pointed out back in 2003:
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You probably think that this is a really stupid idea—the concept that you could be violating the law merely by monitoring what a trespasser does on a system you own. But that’s just your common sense speaking, and any lawyer will tell you that the law has little or nothing to do with common sense.

I think the honeypot concept mouser is talking about involves more of a "mousetrap" aspect; an application places a special file or fake network connection that looks (to a ransomware program) like something it would want to access and modify, but is in fact actively monitored by said 'honeypot' application such that when the file or network is accessed, the process doing the access is immediately targeted and shut down.  Sounds like a good idea to me; how to implement?  Beyond me.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Alienforce on: June 28, 2015, 02:53:07 PM
Yeah, I should have been a little clearer.  Basically it's anything part of the browser that's not web content.  Window decorations, icons, fonts, things manipulated by plugins, tab shapes, bookmark colors, etc.  Look through the list of chrome:// urls and get a feel for everything that can be manipulated.  That's chrome.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Alienforce on: June 27, 2015, 10:49:02 PM
the chrome:// thingy in Firefox is not indicative of a chrome backend, chrome is Firefox's euphemism for add-ons and shiny-shiny (like adding chrome to cars and household appliances). 
https://developer.mozilla...n-US/docs/Glossary/Chrome

For a list of all the current chrome:// URLs, see here:
kb.mozillazine.org/Chrome_URLs

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