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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 25, 2014, 05:58:19 PM
Ah.. that does change the landscape.  I use my iPad for things like that... so I can't be of help, unfortunately.
2  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 25, 2014, 03:44:01 PM
The offer to install the Search App by Ask was still there, and checked by default.
Oracle actually offers a solution for disabling those 'sponsor offers': https://www.java.com/en/d...ad/faq/disable_offers.xml

Thanks!  I didn't know about that... which brings to mind the question... should it even be necessary?  Are there different categories of adware distributors?  Why do they get a pass?
3  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 25, 2014, 02:44:13 PM
I just had to make a Java update today.  The offer to install the Search App by Ask was still there, and checked by default. Sad
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 25, 2014, 12:29:36 PM
If we use Ad Blockers...is that classified as piracy?  I mean...These websites that serve ads see that as their primary form of income and a way of you paying them for seeing that content...but if I cannot see those ads...then am I technically stealing content?

I'd say that connection is sketchy at best, IMO.  Ads are not the price that the people are placing on content, it is the act of trying to monetize visits to the site.  If there was a paywall over the content- yes, getting past that would be removing the pay requirement to see the content, but in the other case, they're trying to get money from your visit, even as they attempt to direct you to visit (linkbait, etc).
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 25, 2014, 12:01:32 PM
Stephen and he's seen my software, Guitar & Drum Trainer. He's working on a particularly difficult piece, and figures that he could use some help with it, so he downloads the trial. He uses it, then it expires. He goes to The Pirate Bay and downloads it so he can continue to use it.

Stephen wasn't going to buy a license anyways, so in what way have I been harmed?

Pretty simple. I haven't.

I haven't suffered any harm at all. None. Zero. Nadda.

I think that's where the circular reasoning comes in, and is left out in your equation.  You say that you've not suffered any harm, which is correct from your perspective- but does Stephen have the right to determine that?  Though he says he wasn't going to buy... future need can coerce someone into buying something that they were not going to, i.e. he doesn't get it from pirate bay, comes across a real need for it that he doesn't have right now... and purchases it.

Not saying that I agree with anything in regards to the viability of the argument, just pointing out a big argument that's ignored in many discussions.

Also, for pirating for 'preview', what's fair use?  One of the arguments (and I've made it before) is that demos and such are *totally* different than gameplay.  That's one of the reasons I stopped even trying demos- the amount of effort on my side to see a marketing version of the software wasn't worth it- demos should be IMO time limited or progression limited versions of the true software.  But that's a different argument.... that doesn't speak to my root question... what's considered 'fair use'?  I play the whole thing and decide I didn't like it?  Or I didn't like the ending... and at that point, what real incentive do you have to pay after the fact?

I was a pirate in the old days... down to even cracking a few myself (though I never released them).  I didn't see anything wrong with it... after all, I wasn't stealing anything.  My change came because of getting into content creation when I realized more intimately that real effort was involved- this wasn't just some bits and bytes, but represented part of someone's life.

This isn't to say anything about piracy itself, other than I couldn't in good conscience continue the practice.  And in all truth, I haven't missed it.  I think that neither side has it completely right or completely wrong, truthfully.  And that's just like most things in life, I suppose.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 25, 2014, 11:46:10 AM
I just purchased a Nook to replace the one that my e-ink screen went out on- Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.  The price was good.. it reads standard epubs and comes with something that reads PDFs.  It's apparently (from a co-worker taking a look) pretty standard android with a few widgets for the homescreen, and a change of the lower right button to activate the nook app.

I'm pretty happy with it... though some reviews say that the processor is laggy, I've never noticed it.  They have a 10" one also, but that's a bit larger for me.

It's 7" LCD Display, 1280x800, 216 ppi - from http://www.barnesandnoble...u/Compare-NOOKs/379003181

I'd recommend it from my use.
7  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: ShareX - Open source screen capturing/recording and sharing software on: November 24, 2014, 09:03:10 AM
It seems more like a welcome back than a welcome aboard  Thmbsup
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 24, 2014, 08:50:14 AM

There's already discussion going on here.
9  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 23, 2014, 09:16:08 PM
This thread is sidetracked. 

Agreed... and good for pointing it out.  And if it's not obvious, once clarified... I have no help for you.  Sad
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 09:14:19 PM
Also...Don't forget....Facebook started out with no ads.

They already took care of that. 

http://dealbook.nytimes.c...-raises-5-5-million/?_r=0
11  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 09:12:56 PM
...That's what I meant Iain, today it didn't seem to be there.
Yes, I realised that. I was posting not so much to agree with you as to say that I thought it used to be there (until very recently).
By the way, I forgot to mention that, depending on the source one used to download Java/Flash from, it could make a difference as to whether it had a PUP installed.

It was.  I always wondered how they got away with it.  And this was not getting it from a 3rd party... but as an upgrade direct.
12  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GamerGate: 'Press must tackle misogyny,' says developer on: November 23, 2014, 12:53:43 PM
Nice.

The largest problem with any intelligent conversation on the issue, is that there is such a fog of war on the issue, and it takes effort to find the good conversations, and too many bad ones fatigue.

So thanks for cutting through a bit of that and finding a post that I can just point to on the subject. smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: November 23, 2014, 09:33:50 AM
I guess I'll say something smiley

Vocally, I cross all genres- but for piano and guitar, I am firmly in the Classical genre- for piano, that means Baroque, High Classical, Romantic, and Early.  For Guitar, that encompasses Renaissance and Baroque, with *some* Spanish.  I just can't seem to get a handle on more modern music, no matter how much I try.

For the longest time I had a Steinway upright passed down from my great grandmother, to my grandmother, to my father, to me, so it was definitely getting long in the tooth, and when I moved out of my mother's house had to leave it there.  It is still there... but for the moment only.  I think, not being able to transport it economically, it is going to go to my sister.  Since then, I've moved to digital, and have a mid-range Yamaha DGX-505.  It's functional, but I miss the real keys and tone of the steinway.  *sigh*

As far as my current guitar(s), I have a Taylor T5-C1 with a red edgeburst (bought back in the days when I could afford such things), and a 60th anniversary Fender Strat American Standard (bought new- again when I could afford such things).  I have a few others, but those are my two of note that I actually use.  I also have and play the trombone... but I'm honest enough to admit that I'm not exceptionally good- still have it from the marching band years.  I wanted to play the sax, and instead played the trombone, and so never really got into it.

As far as career-wise, it was going well; my teachers were very well reknown, and my family supported me wholesale.  But, as the venues got larger, and the strangers more critical- I realized that I have (or I developed) paralyzing stage fright.  I remember my first time- I was playing for an reasonably moderate sized auditorium- about 500 people or so... The pieces I knew like the back of my hand and weren't especially challenging- Solfegietto and Moonlight Sonata.  Halfway through the first piece, my right leg started shaking so bad I couldn't sustain.  Not too much of a loss in that piece, but coming to Moonlight Sonata...

I tried and tried (and truthfully... still try) to overcome it.  But no matter how much I try and/or play- it creates physical effects in me to play before audiences if I have the time to contemplate it.  If I play for myself, I get lost in it... and the watchers don't matter.  But you have to be able to do it all the time, any time to make a career of any sort.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 23, 2014, 08:47:10 AM
I don't like the additional vertical space because it forces me to scan upwards also.  I have 4 monitors side by side, and the motion to scan across them is more natural to me than scanning upward.  I know, because originally I was going to do 4 in a grid- but there were quite a few problems with that setup, both in use and physically.
15  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 21, 2014, 04:33:07 PM
I just go to show unread posts.. and it shows me a list of posts, each with a new beside it.

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16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 21, 2014, 04:30:07 PM
And beware, in this forum, there are unfortunately some people who happily take the side of governments - of governments of ANY mindset.

Where did you get this idea from?  We support freely expressing whatever viewpoint you want to... this statement makes this a lot of advise tempered by unwarranted negativity.  If anything, most here are anti-government control, or lean that way.
17  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 21, 2014, 03:20:34 PM
What other languages can you advise me to learn? I considered Java but it's looks too hard.

I don't think C# is simpler to learn than Java. I'd say they are comparable in size and complexity, both the languages and the accompanying libraries.

When I first started migrating from Delphi, my two paths were Java and C#.

Today, I program in C#, because from my experience, for a Delphi programmer, C# is easier to become productive in.
18  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 21, 2014, 02:59:10 PM
Most forums have a "view first unread" button for threads.  I found one reference to pressing the "new icon" to show the first unread in the thread.  Bit I don't see the icon or anything that looks like it will view the first unread post.  I've been hitting "Go Down" then backing up..  kind of awkward.  Is there a button that does the View First Unread in Thread function?

That new does the same thing.  It views the first post that is unread for you.  After you press it, that goes away... until someone posts again to that thread.  Am I misunderstanding your need?
19  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 21, 2014, 10:01:51 AM
The big drawback to .NET is people won't try your program if they have to install yet another framework.  It tends to make you use what you figure most people already have on like .NET 2.x features.

That might have been a consideration at one point... but that point is pretty far gone.  You can plan on .NET 4 at least currently (and that's what I code to).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 21, 2014, 09:06:15 AM
But just think of these characters in terms of some gaming systems or worlds.

Call of Cthulhu anyone?

But that's because it's the story not the game that makes the difference.  How does your character go insane?  What is he looking for?  What did he find?  Which then leads into what the other characters/new characters have to deal with from the fallout.

CoC was more of a novelty with me, until the recent spate of storytelling type/narrative games.  Then **** got real.

A few examples of systems/campaigns:

1. Trail of Cthulhu
2. Delta Green (and a whole lot more - http://rpg.drivethrustuff...tist=&pfrom=&pto=) including a Free introductory adventure.
3. Tremulus - uses the absolutely awesome Apocalypse World system, which is worth checking out also.

And my favorite...
3. Nemesis with Delta Green - Free.  Definitely worth a read.

There's a lot going on on that front... well worth getting back into it.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 21, 2014, 07:24:20 AM
Back to the Flash theme, it's important to note the first version spent half its time trying to stay "domestic" without the "meta-human" side of things ... filling in gaps of normal (for then) police work.

And personally, I think this was the problem, and was what my statement was addressing.  There are two warring concepts:

1. People watch superhero shows for the fantastical.  Just as people watch procedural shows for the procedure, suspense shows for the suspense, etc.  Agents of SHIELD had this problem during its first season.  It was a spy/superhero show.  But it had neither.  The reason, of course we see in hindsight, is that they were treading water waiting for Captain America: Winter Soldier to drop.  Then it turned into a completely different (actual) spy/superhero show.

2. People watch entertainment to be entertained.  To be entertaining, you have to have certain elements.  And the group of people that you have to appeal to in order to have a successful movie/TV show is a lot greater than the people that are usually attracted to your genre.  When you only have a group of people that like to watch your genre watching?  You end up with a cancelled series/flop of a movie that's labeled 'cult'.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Contributor: A New (not so new) way to fund the web on: November 21, 2014, 07:18:17 AM
It sounds more like flattr than patreon to me.

There are several that do the same thing.  But yes, Patreon does the exact same thing as Flattr + more.  I support several websites through Patreon in exactly this manner.

I applied for a sign-up just to see how this actually works or they think it should work in practice...
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Google Contributor: A New (not so new) way to fund the web on: November 20, 2014, 10:48:58 PM
https://www.google.com/contributor/welcome/

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Contributor by Google
An experiment in additional ways to fund the web.
Today’s Internet is mostly funded by advertising. But what if there were a way to directly support the people who create the sites you visit each day?

Introducing Contributor by Google.

My largest problem with this... is that it's by Google.

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The basics

Choose a monthly contribution.

Visit participating sites.

Support the people who make the web.

It seems a lot like patreon.

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Visit participating sites.
When you visit a participating website, part of your contribution goes to the creators of that site. As a reminder of your support, you’ll see a thank you message - often accompanied by a pixel pattern - where you might normally see an ad.

In theory, it seems like a good idea.  In practice... well, Google long ago abandoned the do no evil pledge.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 09:29:25 PM
Where would you classify characters like the modern Batman and Iron Man? Wayne and Stark are both normal humans. Perhaps a lot more technologically sophisticated and wealthy than most people. But their 'super' powers derive mainly from the technology and powered bodysuits they employ. If they have any super power it's their high IQs.

I posted a video that has a funny... but relevant line in it to the silly humor thread.  Namely, Drax tells Batman you should be called normal man in a suit that looks vaguely like a bat. And in all truth, as much as I love the Batman as a character, his real superpower is the audience's suspension of disbelief, and a lot of cool.  Either that, or he actually does have powers.  Because he does a *lot* that a normal human, no matter how well trained, cannot do.

He's not a "normal" human. He's closer to a western version of a gifted natural martial arts talent from China etc.

So while his body could "almost make sense" to a doctor in a hospital if he overdoes it, he doesn't exactly have super-powers, not something that he can just whip out and pummel disbelief with. Instead, it's more like "a grown-up prodigy". (For ex, ever seen those types? You play a 3 minute piece of music four times and they can play it note perfect?)



Even a gifted natural martial arts talent could not do a fraction of what he does in all truth.  And the cross-section of all the things that he is incredibly gifted in- it's not just physical. 
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 09:06:26 PM
Where would you classify characters like the modern Batman and Iron Man? Wayne and Stark are both normal humans. Perhaps a lot more technologically sophisticated and wealthy than most people. But their 'super' powers derive mainly from the technology and powered bodysuits they employ. If they have any super power it's their high IQs.

I posted a video that has a funny... but relevant line in it to the silly humor thread.  Namely, Drax tells Batman you should be called normal man in a suit that looks vaguely like a bat. And in all truth, as much as I love the Batman as a character, his real superpower is the audience's suspension of disbelief, and a lot of cool.  Either that, or he actually does have powers.  Because he does a *lot* that a normal human, no matter how well trained, cannot do.
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