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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A real touching movie on: March 05, 2014, 02:47:08 PM
 Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 22, 2014, 06:46:11 AM
A brief video that show it in action:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQAUVLpb1pU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQAUVLpb1pU</a>
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 21, 2014, 11:10:37 AM
What about this?
I admit I am not very fond of Mr. Gibson (mainly due to the tecnobabble about Spinrite and the whole personal firewall thing), but this seems interesting.

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Secure Quick Reliable Login
Proposing a comprehensive, easy-to-use, high security replacement for usernames,
passwords, reminders, one-time-code authenticators . . . and everything else.
Gibson Research Corporation - Secure Quick Reliable Login

Another information site about it:
SQRL - An Illustrated Guide
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 02, 2014, 05:02:20 AM
Beware of Butterfly Labs! They have built quite a "reputation" in the last months.
Quite a bit of not brilliant feedback around, starting from reddit r/bitcoin.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 23, 2013, 04:01:58 PM
Funny, but I in my Amateur Armchair vehemently disagree.

Yes, it was just to show that Krugman haven't exactly a good track record as a tech prophet!  Grin
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 23, 2013, 02:25:52 PM
The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in "Metcalfe's law"--which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants--becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet's impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine's. - Paul Krugman, 1998

 smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2013, 11:08:53 AM
Great. Seeing how spaces on smartphones is at premium, and how the manufacturers try to come up & push with smaller and smaller SIMs format, they should embrace something like this.

Except Apple: they show no love for Bitcoin probably because they are afraid for their next iPay-system-thing...
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2013, 10:00:07 AM
Andreas Antonopoulos on Bitcoin the technology and its social implications:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2CsJ2HMA2I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2CsJ2HMA2I</a>
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2013, 08:12:22 AM
How could one make a site like donationcoder enabling donations with bitcoins ?
For example a download site for homebrew game developers which allowed payments / donations whenever someone downloads digital productions

The simplest way would be to just show an address, either in plain text or as a QR code. People scan the code in their wallet application, send, done: bitcoins are delivered.
Blockchain.info offer a simple donation button maker, ready to be cut & pasted on a web page, that generate a different address every time (to complicate things a bit to whom want to try to see how much bitcoins the receiver have accumulated) and display a QR code.

Or, a payment processor like BitPay can be used, to let users pay in bitcoins and receive the corresponding amount in the legal tender of choice, with a minimal fee (1% per transaction or fixed 30$ monthly, if I remember correctly).
 
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 17, 2013, 11:51:48 AM
Check this: https://www.btproof.com/

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BTProof
Trusted timestamping on the Bitcoin blockchain

What is trusted timestamping?
Trusted timestamping allows to prove you held a document, some information or a file at some specific point in time, in a way that can't be forged. Read more at Wikipedia.

More trustworthy than any notary. Not to mention cheaper!  Thmbsup
Someone just signed a marriage certificate & a photo.  smiley
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mid-range DSLR Camera Recommendations on: December 17, 2013, 10:23:42 AM
I got myself a used but in perfect condition Olympus OM-D E-M5, and I'm very happy with it. The in body stabilization is fantastic. I have done some shots with a 90mm equivalent lens, free hand, with 1" exposure, and the results are very nice.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 15, 2013, 09:20:30 AM
Continuing in the (IMHO) interesting videos...

A Mike Hearn (a Bitcoin dev) presentation that show how a simple transaction like "give 1 BTC to Bob" is just the tip of the iceberg of what can be done with Bitcoin:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA</a>

And here a bit of a leap in to an optimistic near future:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu4PAMFPo5Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu4PAMFPo5Y</a>
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 14, 2013, 11:05:03 AM
Don't know if all here have already seen it, but I personally become hooked on Bitcoin after seeing this video:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx9zgZCMqXE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx9zgZCMqXE</a>

This one also is less technical but present some possible interesting outcomes:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDO7TDMlxsY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDO7TDMlxsY</a>

"On the blockchain, no one knows you are a fridge." - Richard Brown  Grin

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt Audit on: October 24, 2013, 05:08:44 PM
How I compiled TrueCrypt 7.1a for Win32 and matched the official binaries
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We show in this article how to reproduce a deterministic compilation process specific to TrueCrypt 7.1a for Windows that matches the official binaries, and relieve the world from at least some concerns.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 01, 2013, 08:58:49 PM
[attachimg=1]

Triggertrap Mobile

For about the price of a simple remote shutter + intervalometer, 30$, it makes for a far more flexible and powerful gadget.
There's a dongle that connect to the headphones out jack of a smartphone (or any device that can output audio), and then a collection of adapter cables for nearly any photocam around.
Features includes: remote shutter, timelapses, distance timelapses (a shot every x meters), multiple shots with different exposures for HDR, stars trails, sounds or vibrations triggers, etc.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: June 19, 2013, 09:56:35 AM
A team at the free university of Bolzano, Italy, recently built MegaRPI, a cluster of 300 Raspberries!

http://megarpi.nickpreda.it/
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photo-Reactor 1.0 by Mediachance on: June 10, 2013, 07:31:44 PM
Interesting! Thanks!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Finally! A private, non-cloud file-sharing service on: June 03, 2013, 05:54:25 PM
I had the occasion to try BitTorrent Sync just today. Me and a friend shared a folder among 3 different machines (2 on Linux, 1 on Windows). It was dead simple to install & configure. Adding a new PC just require selecting a folder and entering the secret "hash", and it immediately start downloading pieces from all the others.
Very nice.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: June 03, 2013, 04:27:51 PM
I too would never go back to not having an SSD. There's simply no comparision.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: June 01, 2013, 05:11:44 PM
I think the main difference is that problems arise not because of some intrinsics problems of the technology, but more as an effect of some not very good implementations.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shift to Linux on: May 30, 2013, 01:46:54 PM
I too am starting to use Linux more and more.
Before, I happens to use it only occasionaly, mostly as part of some recovery procedure involving a live Linux distro of sort, or to try some cross compilation.
Then in recent times I started toying with a Raspberry Pi and his Raspbian first, and then I built a new home server with Ubuntu 12.04 -I thought it would be less confusing to remain around something Debian based while I was learing how to move around.

I have to say it's a very pleasant experience. Finding doucumentation about anything is very easy. In near no time I had a mirrored Zpool setup, Samba shares, media server for the Squeezebox, the works.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 30, 2013, 08:14:51 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUqnaJN5x-A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUqnaJN5x-A</a>
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: May 28, 2013, 08:16:42 PM
In my (admittely not very long) experience with SSDs, I actually never met one made inoperable due to flash wear, while I have seen various briked by faulty electronic / controller or simply bad firmware (or after an update of the latter).
So, I think the most important thing is to do the proper homeworks before buying, and getting a model with a good track record. I have good experiences with Samsung (I never heard of serious firmware problems with the 830 serie, for example). Probably the fact that they do the entire thing in house by themselves helps.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cool visualization of dial-up modem sounds and what they mean on: May 27, 2013, 06:24:12 PM
Cool!  Thmbsup

I actually have a modem handshake as a ringtone! Grin
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Connection Conundrum on: May 26, 2013, 05:49:28 PM
If you still have the problem you may check if, for some some reasons, the "Routing and Remote Access" service isn't running.
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