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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 30, 2014, 08:28:58 PM

The internet is great at producing random factoids.

Apparently cook Julia Child was *tall* ... we all sorta knew that, but still ... apparently according to IMDB she was 6'2! For a woman that's towering!

tellme

For whatever probably now-obsolete reasons, she was denied service in several women's divisions in WWII, so she had to join something called the "Office of Strategic Services".

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: October 30, 2014, 09:06:20 AM
Uh ... *one* copy of this super-top file? Why didn't they make like seven copies, stash two of them in secret locations buried in the dirt, upload another copy into the darknet in the cloud, and more?

That's just Hollywood having another wet dream on itself - imagining that files can only be moved, and never copied. It's in virtually every single TV show and film. Apparently the word "backup" doesn't exist in Hollywood.

Yeah... I know... It drives me nuts as well.

For the actual show, I've seen some, but it just seems rather bland so far. The entire premise seems stupid to me. But then again, "Person of Interest" started pretty lame and actually has turned out to be somewhat decent. PoI now addresses some actually interesting things, though the underlying premise is still pretty dystopian. Scorpion might pull itself out of the fire. We'll see.


Well, they were in fact talking about a backup, but my gripe was there was only one backup - on a tape drive to start with. Then they only made *one more* backup onto a single flash drive. That's where I started groaning.

But even then, Agent Cabe / Robert Patrick has a decent poker face, so they could have even just had a dummy second flash drive with nothing on it at all and just faked it when he got mugged! (This is why I'd love if studios could get over copyright and do series crossovers - where's Patrick Jane when you need him? He totally would have pulled something like that!)

Patrick Jane is smart, maybe IQ 130, but more to the point he's just *sneaky*. But the scorpion team of 170+ IQ types didn't think of any of that...

Can you imagine some of the crossover possibilities? Monk really does get an extremely rare sickness and has to go see Dr. House?
Grin

3  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Oct 25, 2014 - Codename: NANY 2015 Preppers on: October 30, 2014, 12:02:43 AM
Excellent question bernie.  And good guess stephen -- but not quite correct.  Who can guess (moderators not allowed to try), how the spammers were caught who didn't make a post (or even try to make a post)?

When they use the Cranch Wire too much and start to lose control of their emotions? Spammers live in vain!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanners_Live_in_Vain

Oh wait ...
Grin
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: October 29, 2014, 07:25:43 PM

So, another show has appeared about tech geniuses. For this thread, I'm skipping the controversy that Walter O'Brien is hyping himself, or casting problems, or plot cliches, etc.

I figured I'd ask y'all about the tech shown on the show.

Even to lil' ol' me, two categories stand out.

1. Ludicrous situations
In the pilot, supposedly the only way they could get some key software from point A to B was to fly a plane 8 feet above the ground and attach a cable!

2. Making things too hard for themselves
In another later episode ("Cyclone"?), there was supposedly some super incriminating file, and after a bomber blew up a backbone cable, they made it into a long term storage facility and downloaded a copy onto a flash drive and gave it to the govt handler agent ... who got mugged, and somewhere in the mess the flash drive was destroyed.

Uh ... *one* copy of this super-top file? Why didn't they make like seven copies, stash two of them in secret locations buried in the dirt, upload another copy into the darknet in the cloud, and more?

I'll let y'all come up with a third category if y'all think of one.

I do say it has to be a bit tough on writers to write for characters with a combined IQ of 700... I don't mind if they miss little details, but it's the glaring ones that annoy me just a little.

Thoughts?

5  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 - NEW APPS FOR THE NEW YEAR 2015 - START YOUR ENGINES! on: October 29, 2014, 12:32:22 PM

Yeah, I still need to finish this one. It has some things that need to be tweaked.

But I don't think it would be quite suitable for NANY. It really is designed purely for Coding Snacks.
 (see attachment in previous post)

Hehe in another of my daydream-giggle worlds, it would be *hysterical* if any marketing business geniuses here with an inside loop at somewhere like General Mills, for April Fools day, (with the whole line staff in on the joke) switched out the box art template on one of the more obscure cereal production lines, like #77 that's only used at half capacity for some health food muesli, with App's picture and a custom mold for the marshmallow nuggets to be little Cody's. After all, the C-Level management never goes to the production floor. (I worked a summer at a gatorade bottle factory. They sent out a pallette of some 1000 bottles every four minutes.) So at what must be the ferocious volume turnover on those production lines, 1000 cases could go out the door and hit shelves before someone very nervous in PR calls up and says "uh... what are Cody Snacks? And why are they selling better than the muesli?!"

Grin  cheesy

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 29, 2014, 12:21:48 PM
Nany cup bowling!

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7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 29, 2014, 11:58:34 AM
I still think the old fashioned mechanical SD-10 air raid sirens that went off at noon every Saturday post WWII till about 1980 were the most reliable. (A steady siren meant: "alert" A rising and falling tone meant: "Sit down; face the nearest concrete wall; put head between legs - kiss ass goodbye!" as the saying went.

I can't prove it, but I think Billy Joel borrowed the rough concept of an air raid siren in his musical structure for his song "Leningrad". (And that's unbelieveable musicianship to make something like that into a listenable song!! )

And his musical structure rose and fell...
ohmy

That quote above just made me go download it, and I'm going to do a couple of my little sets of modified versions in Audacity. I haven't done one of those in a while.

I think I got my "magic formula" - "Echo 4 4" aka Delay .04 seconds and decay factor 0.4, twice. It evokes for me those cut rate cheap PA speakers one of my schools used to use for stuff. Then a couple more variants for the set, depending on the mood I am in. (After the double echo.)

A. Tempo up 15%, to give it some urgency
B. Then some pitch down adjustments, because I often like bass pitched versions of stuff. My standards:
B1 15%
B2 25%
B3 37% (This one is tricky, it can sometimes be too much. It works best when the original starts with a high tenor or soprano.)

These kinds of homemade adjustments really open new avenues for me to explore a song with.






8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ED SNOWDEN TAUGHT ME TO SMUGGLE SECRETS PAST INCREDIBLE DANGER. NOW I TEACH YOU. on: October 29, 2014, 11:27:17 AM
I love the hashtag:
#HiNSA

I still idly daydream-giggle in some dystopian future that we'll all have our personal agent assigned to us and be on eerie-friends basis with them.

**IM from Jim@NSA** "Hi. You posted a document that we don't approve of. Would you please take it down? By the way, what toppings and crust style do you want on the pizza I just ordered for you? Cheers, your NSA rep Jim."

ohmy  Grin
9  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: October 28, 2014, 12:29:36 PM
I'm going to play a couple more LD games. Just because their site is a bit strange, this is a raw post to the master list of LD 30 games:

http://ludumdare.com/comp...m-dare-30/?action=preview

10  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: One Chance: A game you can only play once on: October 28, 2014, 12:17:38 PM
Not just that, but it seems pretty unfair. When I review Ludum Dare games, I look for an "easy-medium" level of difficulty that someone can hope to catch on to in a couple of hours. But I can't get a hold on this one at all, so if there is in fact a solution, it's incredibly tight.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: October 28, 2014, 11:45:52 AM
I saw this from Mouser's newsletter.

I'm more worried that it's one more "But ... but .... mommy needs to talk to her kids!"
But then nastier types like cops get old of this, and Bad Things Happen.

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 28, 2014, 11:09:38 AM
Interesting...

I never realized coding projects invariably need an 'overlord' to get them to work. Or that every project needed to start from a completely bank page if I understand you correctly. Seems almost inefficient by design.


I may have a wee bit of insight to offer here.

I "begged" myself into a Nany badge based on some highly alpha-level "components" that I was working on just before my job and therefore dev-paying income tanked.

I was dreaming of a "Super-Word-Processor" where once the "boring word crunching" left off, it had all kinds of fascinating ultra features to do nifty things never heard of before in a single program. The theory started out as this:

Word Processor. Makes documents. Yay.

But then you really wanted some other end result, and that requires more pieces most word processors don't do. But why not? With smart programmers like (say, you, but I outsourced this one), there's no reason a program couldn't do end-to-end production of the end goal.

The main reason typical word processors are what they are is because they "hit the minimax and no more".

But what I began designing as a concept was a type of "Turbo Word Processor with add-ons".
(I know, "turbo" is so '80's.)

So, the original goal was:
You take some web text, hit a bunch of options in the program, and using the CSS Zen Framework,
http://www.csszengarden.com/
You could have an instant webpage in any (authorized) design you wanted.

There was more, but the summary point is that I discovered I needed one guy to do the conversion module, one guy to translate the strange html output code of a program I was using, one guy to so something else, .... and then I hired a "project manager" because I got all these components but they didn't mesh, so his job was to select the raw WordProcessor open source framework, translate the intent of the modules, then connect them to the final evolving master project.

So yeah, there's a 3001 combined IQ here, and the 1 point is mine, but once you get out of Ludum Dare, various soft needs explode.



13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is technology killing old loved books? on: October 28, 2014, 10:36:38 AM

One thing has changed for sure ... the speed that stuff ceases to be "iconic".

In the SciFi field for example, in my childhood my favorite trick was to (benignly) abuse the pricing policy of Annie's Bookstop used book pricing. "Half Cover Price". As a mid aged biz trained adult it had a long term benefit, aka raising the overall price of the store stock, but for a sweet golden period, there was lots of wonderful Gold and Silver age stuff there. So Dad's $20 allowance could let me bring home 15 books!!

And back then, stories lasted a lot longer. Isaac Asimov's Nightfall, while a nice little story itself, magically found itself as a the Golden Child of Reprint Anthologies, and stuck around for *twenty years*. Today we're lucky if anyone gestaltly remembers anything before Obama's 2nd election.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 28, 2014, 10:30:52 AM
And people call me a douche or cheap ass for using ad blocking software. Pfft. Yeah, that's one of the reasons why I run it and never click on ads. Sorry, but if you're not vetting your advertisers, I ain't clicking. There's a long road ahead before a decent solution to this problem is created. Actually solving the problem isn't that hard... rolling it out is near impossible.

Naw Ren, I want to chime in with a different sentiment.

Ignoring actual malware "injections", unless you're really savvy it can be tricky to find the actual download link to the legit software that even adblock won't catch because it's local to CNet and so on. There's this big green "download here" button, and way in the corner in grey font is "actual download site" or something.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting study comparing reading on paper vs tablets on: October 28, 2014, 10:20:50 AM
Back to paper vs tablets:
I'll read certain stuff like "papers" as PDFs as they show up in web links, but if I really want to dig hard into a book I feel is of major importance to me, paper is the way to go. Kindles sound seductive for "yay, I have 5,000 books on my kindle", but of course you're not going to read 5,000 books. It's about the selection on a whim. If I identify a book I feel is really important to me, paper it is. I picked up from somewhere a double system of underlining. If a whole paragraph looks useful, I draw a slightly curved line down the whole left hand side of it. (If the whole page is incredible, just fold down the page corner!). Then later if some three sentences are the key, underline them. Write notes in the margins.

Use a large nibbed blue ball point pen for "Bold" to underline certain section titles. Then stick bookmarks in various sections so you can flip back and forth at high speed comparing the "five fundamental points".

(Borrowing the marine motto) "There are 4999 other books on my Kindle, but this one is mine."

On another angle, if you're doing elusive instinct level research, I haven't seen an analogue for 7 tomes all spread out over a desk at once.

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Eagle has landed: Nasa launches free sound library on: October 27, 2014, 04:10:26 PM
Cool. It might be fun to use these in a video game. (c:

Do I smell a Ludum Dare?
"It came from NASA!"

 smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 22, 2014, 05:37:16 PM

Ow Stephen!

That's one for the adblock cannon!

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 20, 2014, 06:27:49 AM
It's fiction, but it feels like it fits:

From an Episode of House MD (S07 Ep13)

"Check your surroundings for safety"!?

Granted, it was from a very strange episode that had multiple layers of lies as the plot, but I can see it eventually happening...



19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 19, 2014, 04:42:50 PM
I run Vista Home Premium, ...

Every second version of Windows... Darn that meme just keeps on giving!

: )

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 19, 2014, 01:47:02 PM
I may have found my spirit animal. This raven doesn't say 'Nevermore'.  Grin

That's actually an awesome take on the whole old myths meme - they always show those in subdued polite language. But what if your spirit bird is from New York City?
Grin
21  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: You Can Relax Now v1.0 on: October 19, 2014, 05:59:50 AM
Actually, this made me look - and I think my system clock was off by a day! I've had my sys clock hidden for months or more. I have no idea how it got off by a day. So I fixed that.

So I should have had it yesterday in the chat room!

But there, is the golden starter pic, a day late!

Per Mouser's suggestion a while back to donate a bit to new members from a few of his membership funds, I just donated a MouserBuck to you dmytron!

22  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: You Can Relax Now v1.0 on: October 19, 2014, 05:53:53 AM
Funny, because I got the one I wanted! Must be an obscure program feature about timing.

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Gentlebeings, start your graphic designs!

smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 19, 2014, 12:52:07 AM

It was a bit hard to search.

Here's an alternate link that worked for at least me.
http://video.plasa.msn.co...nner-with-a-gun/2ym1pckja

Is this the greatest 2nd Amendment exhibit ever?
smiley

And I'm kinda interested in the tech behind it.
What can get shot at and makes musical notes instead of getting pulverized?

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 18, 2014, 04:35:35 PM
Heh sorry Renny, I had to adblock that image - too much random motion that was going to drive me nuts!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 18, 2014, 04:33:51 PM
Put another way, we somehow tolerate bad engineering when it's "just a computer", but the car companies *have* had about 100 years to "sorta" get their basic old style production in line, especially after the Japanese boot to the head in the 70's.

But with our new urge to super-computerize everything, if you have seven seconds not to commit involuntary child-slaughter to a bus full of fifth graders, suddenly these little gaps become less forgiving!!
ohmy
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