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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 19, 2014, 04:14:05 PM
I love this thread, thanks all.

When it comes to this subject, I find myself agreeing with Louie in one of the episodes, where he says something like...I just want to be able to raise my girls so they are capable of going to a city, finding a job, and settling down into a decent job and lifestyle.
2  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder) on: August 19, 2014, 08:59:55 AM
nice, didn't even realize this was here!  great, especially for video!
3  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: A Genuine Baby Cody Sighting on: August 18, 2014, 12:40:19 PM
lol!!!  awesome.  Good putting a face to the avatar!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 15, 2014, 01:33:52 PM
Yeah, but how does the client know who to communicate your IP address to?
... like a torrent. There are trackers that know the locations of peers holding data. But they don't know what the content of the data is. And when the actual data of a message gets transferred, it's done peer-to-peer so there's no metadata passing through a central server where it can be easily intercepted. ... actual communication takes place directly between the parties themselves.
Are those trackers run by Bittorrent Inc?

BTW does the peer matching for Bittorrent Sync work the same way? Some write ups claim that Bittorrent Sync is more secure than Dropbox since the data isn't cloud stored. But if the client matching happens in the cloud a powerful agency could require the cloud operator to hand over the secret key and then use the key to access the Sync folder directly on the client. Likewise a malicious employee who previously would try to circumvent company security to access a client data item would now instead try to circumvent company security to get the client's secret key and with it get the data directly from the client. Bittorrent saves money on not having to host and transfer the data and client may see higher speeds. But is it in practice any more secure than Dropbox style services?
Interesting question, didn't really think about that.  I use btsync and it's great, I love how nothing is stored in the cloud.  TO answer the question, I think I'll reference 40hz' posts regarding privacy and how there basically is none in the current computer/internet setup, and it's a game that we're just playing amongst ourselves in a system that is already compromised.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor? on: August 14, 2014, 09:47:09 PM
surface pro
i read comics in portrait, as well as ebooks if im lying down.  it's a joy. 
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 12, 2014, 05:46:18 PM
Even without the alcohol, soft-carbonated (and preferably unsweetened) lemonade is a treat on a hot day. Kiss

Learned about that one from a expat French client of mine. I understand it's big on the Continent.
Interesting...never tried it sugarless.  Any recommendations on brands?
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 11:12:34 PM
I love Robin Williams.  Really added a lot of memorable moments to my childhood.

When I heard the news, the first thing that came to my mind (weirdly enough) was the Louie episode from season 3 (episode 6).  Louie and Robin Williams find themselves together at the grave of an acquaintance, and they have a very interesting time and discussion together.  In the end, they agree to attend the funeral of whoever dies first.  pretty eerie.

Here's part of it:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OJ3ifG0xA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OJ3ifG0xA</a>

but I'm going to go back watch the whole thing.

Robin Williams.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Don't be afraid Arthur Dent. Be VERY afraid! on: August 09, 2014, 08:15:41 PM
Oh baby!  That is awesome.  Made me reminisce about this guy, I spent 2 years of my life helping out on this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISznqY3kESI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISznqY3kESI</a>
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New "censorship" technique on Youtube on: August 08, 2014, 04:42:50 PM
hmmm...is it me or did the world in general suddenly become more "active" the past couple of weeks?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 07, 2014, 04:57:51 PM
Hmmm Super Anti Spyware portable has a new look.  It used to find about 50 tracking cookies on every Quick Scan.  Now it doesn't find any.  I'm wondering if it's because:

a) the new SAS doesn't detect them even though they are there
b) I switched from FF 30 to Cyberfox 31 x64 so there aren't any
c) SAS doesn't look where Cyberfox puts its cookies

Has anyone noticed this SAS change?

well that's interesting.  If it weren't for cyberfox, i'd say it definitely has to do with the SAS makeover.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 07, 2014, 11:54:41 AM
Interesting.
Of course, this could presumably all be a deliberately manufactured "fog".
If it is a manufactured fog, then someone is controlling the fog generator.
If Snowden really did leak the stuff he is supposed to have done, we have certainly only been allowed to see certain bits of it, so someone somewhere is censoring things.
If there is a censor, then there is a control over the release/flow of information.
Thus, whereas it may seem that Snowden is in Russia because of a series of accidents or circumstances outside of his control, that could be by calculated design.
If it was by calculated design, then someone was the designer, and someone implemented the design.
Thus Snowden may be in exactly the place he was supposed to have ended up in at the outset.

I wouldn't put anything past the US NSA/SS administration.

My head is hurting. I think I shall go for a cup of tea and a lie-down now...

I don't know if it's true, but it was awesome!!  Good one Iain.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 06, 2014, 10:08:06 AM
I think the FF release cycle is just too fast.  And it's driving the spin-offs to keep up.  Seems like if it's FF or Pale Moon or whatever, it works for a couple of updates, then it's funky for a few.

A lot of time is wasted trying out supposedly stable versions only to uninstall after a bad patch.

Yeah.  They went crazy once they tried to keep up with the chrome version numbers.  But, you know, it's one of those business things, and those business guys seem to always be laughing at us technical folk.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 06, 2014, 09:06:12 AM
, all that is left to judge upon is the talent showcased in it's use.
I like that.  thumbs up
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 05, 2014, 09:11:00 PM
Calendarscope sounds like another application with a dozen possible replacements. What is its special ability?
True.  But Calendarscope is REALLY fast.  And the coloring of events is probably the best i've ever seen.  Still difficult to justify the price though.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 05, 2014, 03:33:53 PM
http://www.engadget.com/2...ve-film-cinema/#continued
Here's another article.  This time, Scorsese is also talking about the importance of film.

Once again, however, the issue is less about the technical characteristics of the medium, and more about the process.  That is, it sounds like the celluloid process naturally will result in films that look different than digital.  But it's not that digital CAN'T do that, it just doesn't do it naturally.  You probably have to do it with the end goal of making it look like celluloid.

I agree with the historical value of celluloid.  It should be preserved and encouraged as an art form.  But it shouldn't be used as a criticism against digital.  I really dislike that.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New guy on the forums on: August 05, 2014, 09:52:27 AM
I have Ideas for this one...
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 04, 2014, 10:14:55 PM
I've been playing a lot with it today.  So far, I'm test out the reading capabilities.

Things I'm picky about:
--vertical touch scrollinig.  For touch devices, I like to have the documents scroll vertically (seamless, no page jumps) while I flick with my finger.  This is a pretty uncommon feature, unfortunately.
--Adjust text size on the fly.  Most can do this.  of course, with pdf's it doesn't always work well because of wrapping issues.

For epubs:
The reader I am settling on is microsoft word.  Just works the best so far.  This means I need to convert epubs to rtf using calibre.  All possible with the device itself (benefit of running full windows).

for pdfs:
I've sort of settled on pdf-xchange.  No special reason other than i already had it.  I would have preferred bluebeam, but i only have one license and i already use it.  This pdf setup is great for reading and marking up freely.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 04, 2014, 05:35:13 PM
So I have a Surface pro now.

You never did need help to decide. You just wanted someone to say it was sensible  smiley
pretty much.  Cool
it's NOT sensible.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 03, 2014, 11:02:09 PM
So I have a Surface pro now.  I will post my thoughts here as I go along, feel free to ask me questions.

So far...
It is EXACTLY what i expected.  That's not good or bad.  I am obviously very familiar with Windows, and this experience is exactly what I felt windows on a tablet would be.  I don't care for metro apps, I'm really interested in the desktop side of things.  So I have it set up where it goes right into desktop and I don't really ever do anything metro so far.

The touch experience is fine.  Very fast and responsive.  using desktop software with your finger is perfectly fine, I don't know what the big deal is.  The precision is off sometimes, and you still have to double-tap for the normal double-click (although i think that can be changed), but I expect that.  It's not just tap and swipe like smartphone apps.  but the programs you're using are also feature packed, you really can't expect anything else.  Apps have like 2-3 things to do on any given screen.  Desktop programs have dozens to thousands of things to do on a screen.  The input will be more complicated.

Anyway, those are my thoughts so far.  I love the form factor, it sits great on my lap with that kickstand.  i think my online reading experience is going to be vastly improved.
20  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Classic Shell (shell alternative for Windows 7/8) - Mini-Review on: August 03, 2014, 09:59:39 PM
I've been using this for about a year now, i love it.
I just installed it on my new surface pro.  So this will be my first test with it on a truly touch oriented device.  So far I'm loving that the traditional start menu is back.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anybody seriously think an e-book is still the better option most times? on: August 01, 2014, 03:17:54 PM
Well, aren't there two issues here?
DRM ebook vs. non-DRM ebook
ebook vs. physical book

in the former, of course DRM is a problem.  DOn't know what the good capitalist solution to it is, other than some form of honor system.
In the second case, they both have pros and cons.  I do enjoy being able to read a bunch of books on a tablet or phone.  It's not the most pleasant experience, but it hasn't bothered me too much yet.  Of course, reading a real book is much more comfortable, but I really hate carrying books around.  (I'm really looking forward to reading on a surface pro this weekend.)

as far as this article, i never was a fan of the DRM.  In fact, when I buy a kindle book, I immediately convert it in calibre and use the open version, because I'm picky about the apps I use to read.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SPAM reaching epidemic proportions on: July 31, 2014, 04:29:11 PM
I haven't seen a legitimate spam message in...6 years now. I love it!

no illegitimate spam either? cheesy tongue

PS how come?

I use Google Apps and setup "groups", aliases, for various services I use. Each email address is for a specific service (mortgage, bank, specific ordering site, etc.). That way, I know which sites are selling my info if I receive a spam message over it.

That said, since moving to this (and previously fusemail) and the alias system, I have seen NO SPAM since starting it smiley I am quite happy about that. That said, I do have a "catch all" alias that attracts everything else from my domains.
Interesting system!  I never knew about that, will have to test it out.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 31, 2014, 04:25:09 PM

From this article over at Quanta Magazine's website:

Quote
Hints of Life’s Start Found in a Giant Virus



At more than 1.5 micrometers long, pithovirus is the largest virus ever discovered — larger even than some bacteria. Many of its 500 genes are unrelated to any other genes on this planet.


By: Carrie Arnold   


July 10, 2014


Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses. The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a sample of Siberian dirt that had been frozen for more than 30,000 years, was more bizarre than the pair had ever imagined a virus could be.

In the world of microbes, viruses are small — notoriously small. Pithovirus is not. The largest virus ever discovered, pithovirus is more massive than even some bacteria. Most viruses copy themselves by hijacking their host’s molecular machinery. But pithovirus is much more independent, possessing some replication machinery of its own. Pithovirus’s relatively large number of genes also differentiated it from other viruses, which are often genetically simple — the smallest have a mere four genes. Pithovirus has around 500 genes, and some are used for complex tasks such as making proteins and repairing and replicating DNA. “It was so different from what we were taught about viruses,” Abergel said.

The stunning find, first revealed in March, isn’t just expanding scientists’ notions of what a virus can be. It is reframing the debate over the origins of life...

What I found particularly fascinating was this paragraph:

Quote
...Abergel and Claverie, however, believe that viruses emerged from cells. While Forterre and collaborators contend that the unique genes found in giant viruses are a sign that they evolved before modern cells, Abergel and Claverie have a different explanation: Giant viruses may have evolved from a line of cells that is now extinct. According to this theory, the ancestor of giant viruses lost its ability to replicate as an independent life form and was forced to rely on other cells to copy its DNA. Pieces of these ancient cells’ genes survive in modern mimivirus, pandoravirus, and pithovirus, which would explain the unique genes found in this group. “Life didn’t have one single ancestor,” Claverie said. “There were a lot of cell-like organisms that were all competing, and there was one winner, which formed the basis for life as we know it today.”

Read the full article (and see the photos) here.
 Cool
Fascinating!!
So maybe like dinosaurs, early viruses were huge!  What is the Argentinosaurus of viruses?
I see a new game:
E. Coli vs. P. O. Virus...FIGHT!!
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24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: July 31, 2014, 01:10:14 PM
There's a tongue-in-cheek heavy metal rant that hits on much of the problem with digital - it's too tempting to abandon discipline and education and just let the technology drive the art form. With the result that a lot of "projects" make it to the screen which have technically advanced production values - but are very poor movies nonetheless.

Here's the rant I mentioned previously. It's about music, and metal, and it's over the top both in both the pronouncements made - and the language used to make them. (NSFW! You have been warned.) But it's spot on once you see the joke and read between the lines to get to what's really being said. I think it applies equally to movie making...or most other art forms.

Check it out:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT9LUiWXkyo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT9LUiWXkyo</a>
That was excellent!!
So it IS an issue of accessibility and not what I was thinking, which was some kind of technical limitation of digital compared to film.  This is a people problem...as in because the tech has made things easier, we maybe aren't as anal throughout the process as we used to be.  I get it, but again, that's not the problem of the technology.

I guess what I'm a little sensitive about is this attitude that technology is "bad" because it has made things easier.  And every time I look into the issue, it's not the technology that's the problem, but the way it's being used.  And really, ultimately, i don't really care.  So what if hundreds of people are making bad movies.  I don't care.  I will find the good one, whether I'm in 1950 or 2014.  I suppose this makes it more like finding the needle in the haystack...but before, we wouldn't even know there was a needle in the haystack...because the haystack was smaller and pretty satisfying.  So whatever.

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: July 31, 2014, 09:42:19 AM
I've been reading a little about this celluloid issue in film recently.  One of my favorite directors is Tarentino, and he is very vocal about his preference for celluloid.  But I don't *quite* understand what the complaint is.  It doesn't sound like a technical complaint...that is, it doesn't sound like there's anything you can do with celluloid that you can't accomplish more easily with digitial.  And the way he explains it doesn't sound like that's what it is either.

Some claim there's a look to celluloid that digital can't do.  But I don't know if I buy that either.

At some point, it sounded to me like it was more of a complaint of accessibility.  Like, he just prefers that the process is more tedious and difficult so that it won't be so easy to make a film.  That's really what it sounds like to me, but I can't tell.  And if that's what it is, what's the complaint there?  That there will be a lot of mediocre films being made?  I don't really get it.
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