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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 01, 2014, 11:34:53 PM
^ Are you bored?  Grin  That was a lot of work for a punchline!  Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 05:51:06 PM
Boy, I've cut down a lot on what news I follow over the years.  i think I may cut out a whole bunch of tech news.  These articles about new devices and new features and stuff are really making me  undecided.

So all this news about windows 10.  ok.  All they've really done is change the start button so it's now even bigger with tiles showing.  One programmer.  One day.  Let's say 10 programmers, one month.

What else?  built-in multiple desktops?  ok.  windows users have had third party tools forever, so who really cares?  I can't criticize it too much, of course, they are just addressing the (quite stupid) complaints of users who say windows has nothing while apple has all these great software built into the OS.

This move away from the windows third-party tools is still troubling to me.  It's making me keep an eye out on Linux. 

There's more than that there.  In fact, there's enough more that I can't really summarize in a post.  Read a few of the articles.  And I'm sure there's more than that under the hood.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 05:49:34 PM

Please note that that was an April Fool's article from 2013!

They thought they were being silly, but they were prophetic!

That was my point... but less well stated smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 01, 2014, 11:53:31 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma2-VF7QXWs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma2-VF7QXWs</a>

Street Fighter - Angry Goat Edition
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 11:21:58 AM
This is hilarious...

http://www.infoworld.com/...-jumps-to-windows-10.html
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 11:17:36 AM
Why not jump to LibreOffice which is much better and doesn't rely on Java and is actively being developed?

That was what I tried.  It was still slow, at least in my experience.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 07:55:09 PM
I still want to know why people actually continue to pay for Office when OpenOffice does the same job and costs nothing.


Because OpenOffice is slow and non-responsive.  Just answering for myself.  When I built my new computer, I'd decided to try to stop using Office.  My experience with OpenOffice was underwhelming enough that I'm looking at getting into Office 365, especially with all that it offers.  It takes a lot longer to open the same documents (even native) on my new, faster computer than my old computer.  And trying to open the same rtf document on both?  It's no comparison.
8  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: License Key on: September 30, 2014, 02:55:03 PM
The hard thing about people other than mouser giving help on keys and such is the fact that features have been offered and the process has been streamlined.  I never knew about the link at the top of all forum pages.
9  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: License Key on: September 30, 2014, 01:17:18 PM
That page has a link to generate a key, towards the bottom, and a video of how to do it:

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To get a free key without donating, visit this page.

NEW! Watch a video demonstration showing how to get a license key and put it into the program.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 01:08:02 PM
Given fair warning, perhaps ... But life seldom happens on schedule.

Considering you pay for the month at a minimum, the chance of you hitting that date at the exact time that you can't pay $10 would seem to be a manageable risk.

Of course, there are considerations when going down this road.  As always let the buyer beware and do his own due diligence.  But after doing my own due diligence on the subject, I know where the possible failures are located, and have taken such mitigation into account- as all should do before doing so.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 11:58:22 AM
Sure it sounds like a great deal, but when the subscription runs out because hard times have hit, and the software shuts down. What do you open the files with? And what happens to all your stuff that is stored in the cloud?

Well, I'd think that you'd manage that ahead of time, and get your stuff out of the cloud.  And it's standard office format, so OpenOffice still opens it.  And you can still open the documents from the cloud office for free- no payment required.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 07:55:43 AM
As goes the Ala Carte scourge ... It's only a dollar..!

This is a dollar, that is a dollar...the other thing(s) are only a dollar. And then all of a suddenly your stuck with close to a car payment - For :)ing Life - hoping that you don't get into a bind because then all your stuff is (gone) being held hostage by a faceless corporation that wants it monthly feeding - plus late fee$...

Windows OS goes monthly ...(today's letters become F and O)... Stoic Joker Goes Linux.

That's the worse case scenario.  The thing that is making me think about office is the fact that you get a locally installed version, you can save your files locally, and they're the standard office format.  You have to read the fine print of course, but even looking at the fine print, I don't see any gotchas.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: September 30, 2014, 07:24:02 AM
Monthly for an OS?  More chance of me winning a dance contest than that succeeding

I thought the same thing about office... but have you looked at the offering?  I'm actually thinking of subscribing for office 365.  For $7 a month you get it on one machine, one tablet, as many mobile devices as you want, online, you can save offline documents, and you get 1TB of data.  For $10 a month- you multiply all of those by 5(!).  In comparison, most services are that much or more just for less storage...!

14  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: License Key on: September 29, 2014, 06:24:17 PM
http://www.donationcoder.com/Help/entry/1/
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 29, 2014, 02:50:32 PM
slash
16  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Steam is Changing... on: September 29, 2014, 02:49:52 PM
Well, if your group *is* your friends, and you follow them, then you'll get good recommendations.

I've found more than a few of the games that I've bought recently from seeing what friends have been buying and playing.  This seems an extension of this.
17  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Steam is Changing... on: September 29, 2014, 01:26:44 PM
Valve has decided to make an overhaul to the way gamers interact with Steam and how it works.  There's a great breakdown on Kotaku about these changes

But to summarize:
1. A new Steam Discovery Queue
2. An expanded recommendations system with a new "endless" recommendation feed
3. A curator system, where people can recommend a collection of games, and you can follow different feeds

It looks like a great update, and I'd like to flesh out the DC curator page.  Unfortunately, they're a bit swamped so I couldn't get it started, but will once the servers stabilize.

What do people here think about these changes?
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 29, 2014, 10:20:18 AM
dead
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: September 29, 2014, 08:13:57 AM
At first, I wondered why this was its own thread instead of in silly humor.  Now... I wonder at why it's still getting debated?  huh  tellme Grin
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 28, 2014, 09:17:51 AM
There is a great quote describing what copyright law was supposed to be in the comments there...

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There are some slight differences between property law and copyright law.

When you own a house, that's your house, the public isn't involved in the process(buying, renting, selling) at any point. Copyright however was meant to be a deal between the creator and the public("We'll give you exclusive rights and related legal rights for a limited time to your works, so you can be incentivized to create more, but in exchange once that limited time is over with the rights to it go to the public so people can build off of what you've created"), it was never meant to be a welfare system for heirs and 'estates' like actual property.

This is one of the big reasons I believe that any copyright term lasting past death(at most) is excessive, the creator at that point is dead, they're not being given incentive to create squat, so at that point it's time for the public to receive their half of the deal.

Also, I've seen this mentioned before when the subject has come up, but if you believe that copyright should be treated the same as any other property, do you believe that is should ever go to the public domain? You don't have to give your car up after X number of years, nor your house, if copyright is just another category of property, why the difference?

As well, if a copyright is a property like any other, well, you pay taxes on your house and car based upon their worth, clearly paying taxes on a copyright is only fair as well. I'm sure the likes of Disney would love that.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: September 27, 2014, 03:20:39 PM
Going on a tangent:

I, as many others, said early on that if G+ is aiming to reach Facebook level activity within a handful of years it is being delusional.

But it is by no means empty or deserted. 'Sharing with family' type updates is probably what keeps Facebook going more than any other. G+ was never going to just capture that market.

While this is true... I think its more because they tend to serve different purposes.  Facebook is a more archaic form of social networking- grouping things in one location no matter who they are from and what its purpose is.  And that familiarity is the very reason that G+ had a long uphill climb ahead of it.  But, people predicting its demise are also doing it for one self-serving reason or another.  For connecting with groups of people and having communities, I think that G+ is a lot better in functionality and form.  For connecting with individuals?  Not so much.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 26, 2014, 10:39:54 AM
A note... git bash is vulnerable
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 23, 2014, 06:45:57 AM
^ Again, not silly humor.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reader's Corner - The Library of Utopia on: September 22, 2014, 07:23:49 AM
When they said deleted, they meant deleted from online access.  The paper ones would have been available (and are available) for physical viewing in their respective courthouses.  this is more a matter of ease of access than deletion of records.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Kickstarter TOS Updates on: September 19, 2014, 12:45:11 PM
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Kickstarter had a recent update to the terms of service

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When a project is successfully funded, the creator must complete the project and fulfill each reward. Once a creator has done so, they’ve satisfied their obligation to their backers.

Throughout the process, creators owe their backers a high standard of effort, honest communication, and a dedication to bringing the project to life. At the same time, backers must understand that when they back a project, they’re helping to create something new — not ordering something that already exists. There may be changes or delays, and there’s a chance something could happen that prevents the creator from being able to finish the project as promised.

If a creator is unable to complete their project and fulfill rewards, they’ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to the best possible conclusion for backers. A creator in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations to backers if:

they post an update that explains what work has been done, how funds were used, and what prevents them from finishing the project as planned;
they work diligently and in good faith to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe that’s communicated to backers;
they’re able to demonstrate that they’ve used funds appropriately and made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;
they’ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and
they offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward (in proportion to the amounts pledged), or else explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.
The creator is solely responsible for fulfilling the promises made in their project. If they’re unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement, they may be subject to legal action by backers.

I understand that people are very protective of their money.  In a lot of cases, I think it's not money so much as a mindshare investment.  You can return pledges or offer to return them, and lack of fulfillment will still lead people to bad mouth the creator, the project, Kickstarter, and anything else they can say foul things about.

Adding these terms doesn't address the root issue, and in fact exacerbates it, IMO.

Kickstarter isn't a store.  And there's risks involved in backing people.

Assessment of these risks and awareness of possible risk scenarios- this is what needs to be made transparent and addressed.

These 'terms' just seems to exacerbate the appearance of a net... when there really is not one.

Thoughts?
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