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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 08:26:01 AM
No. I was just drawing parallels - the smells are very different. I like them both. tongue

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 29, 2014, 04:06:23 PM
Predestination - which has the most convoluted temporal paradox I've ever seen in a movie.
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I really enjoyed it! Solid performances too... I've always liked Hawke and Sarah Snook was adorable! Kiss
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: November 25, 2014, 02:10:41 AM
Horsetornado FTW!!  Grin
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 24, 2014, 03:21:27 AM
I've pirated ever since my first PC in 1998 came pre-installed with a pirated copy of Win95, MS Office and whatever software I wanted from the seller's huge catalog (and could fit on the mammoth 1GB drive!). I pirate much less now- I need less and I also find it worthwhile paying for a good deal.

Music: I managed to get a Spotify premium membership. I had to go about signing up in a roundabout way and I pay nearly twice the official cost since it's not available in India. So I pay for my music now but technically am still on the wrong side of the law because I'm doing it without the content providers' blessings. smiley

Software: I tend to buy apps that I think are good value for money even if they're available to pirate. Most mobile apps are surprisingly low priced compared to desktop apps. The only pirated app I have on my iPad costs $50 and it's something I use _maybe_ once a year.

Movies/TV shows: The broadband speeds and streaming services have a long way to go here - I see no reason to keep pirating once the situation improves.

I didn't start making the shift from pirating to paying because I woke up one lovely summer day with a different set of ethics. Arguments equating piracy with stealing physical items have never hit home with me. I've always known it's wrong on some level but it's too easy to come up with justifications. And it's easy to hide altogether if you don't talk about it.

In every single case that I've stopped pirating, I've done it for selfish reasons - the clean feeling you get when you're doing the right thing is a motivator but it's not enough to make most people make the change. I think that's a good sign, there's hope if you can get people to make a change appealing to nothing more than their own interests, when you go about things in a smart way. Lectures in morality may make people feel bad about themselves but usually don't change anything more than that.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 14, 2014, 01:57:01 PM
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Fiiiiiiine! tongue
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 14, 2014, 03:56:59 AM
Aww come on 40... methinks you're being a bit harsh on NASA!  Grin

I know they have their problems but they have sooo many things going on simultaneously. I've been following a few of their twitter accounts and am super impressed.

Can't wait for JWST (I know it's a joint effort) to get going - just hope there's no incident, they've put so much time, money and effort into it - I get emo just thinking about something not going according to plan.

Unrelated development that could prove to be interesting: lunarmissionone.com - UK based.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 14, 2014, 02:31:10 AM
I read somewhere that all three mechanisms to anchor it in place (jet, screws, harpoons) have failed. Philae is lying on its side at an unintended location. *fingers crossed*

A comment from Reddit to put this achievement in perspective:
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[ESA] hit a moving target 1500 times farther away from earth than the moon, with an object going 30 times faster than a bullet.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Call to arms on net neutrailty on: November 11, 2014, 01:11:48 PM
I'm not a fan of government control either - I was a bit confounded about which side I should pick on this issue. I'll be honest - my main concern is torrenting and under which scenario will I get screwed over less. Found a torrentfreak article from 2010 which was against NN wrt torrenting - they claimed things are worse with NN with new govt. guidelines imposed.
OTOH, uTorrent supports it and I've read recent pieces that claim NN is important to maintain the status quo.

My personal situation is somewhat ironic. The most efficient (relatively speaking) ISP here is a govt. company. Private companies here (internet, mobile, cable TV) have the most atrocious tech support. They also formulate the most confusing, diabolical plans and UI (in the real world sense). I'm certain atleast part of the confusion is intentional.

 I'm all for free market in 99% of the stuff - when it comes to say, cable tv - it's a relationship between the content provider and me, I don't care about who else is or isn't subscribed to it) but when it comes to the internet I really do want its all-inclusive nature to be preserved, for selfish reasons, because everyone is a potential content-provider. I'm paranoid about govt. control but I'm equally paranoid about corporate greed. Ok, my teeny little brain is tired. Nosh, out.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Call to arms on net neutrailty on: November 11, 2014, 02:00:52 AM
Sen. Ted Cruz equates "Net Neutrality" with Obamacare.
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The Oatmeal's response: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality
10  DonationCoder.com Software / fSekrit / Re: LATEST VERSION: fSekrit 1.40 shrinkwrapped! on: November 02, 2014, 05:35:46 AM
Have you tried renaming a .tmp to .exe and running it. I suspect they might be copies the program saved since it couldn't overwrite the original.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 06, 2014, 10:27:50 PM
Ren & Stimpy - I loved those maniacs!  Grin
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are Your Favorite YouTube Channels? Here are Mine for Board Games on: September 30, 2014, 04:55:40 AM
NECRO!  (I love necro. LEAVE NECRO ALONE!)

So I just discovered "Grand Illusions" - he's got a ton of physics based toys and curios. Very cool stuff! Kiss

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13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite podcasts? on: September 07, 2014, 03:43:18 AM
I'm a regular listener of Group Therapy with Above & Beyond (previously Trance Around The World) - I try and download the split versions and keep the tracks I like. I don't have words to express the amazing, positive impact this show has to my life. Not even being dramatic.  Grin

A couple of other podcasts I've been meaning to get into (but haven't had the time to) are hosted by two of my all time fav trance producers, Jaytech (Jaytech Music Podcast) and Chicane (Sun:Sets). I love most of their own stuff so I have a good feeling about the podcasts. I'm more into vocal/melodic and can't really get into the slightly more hardcore(?) stuff producers like Van Buuren put out. Been listening to electronic music for as long as I can remember but all the sub and sub-sub-genres still have me at a complete loss.  Grin embarassed
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 28, 2014, 05:09:37 PM
Sue! Mouser vs Mouser.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 28, 2014, 01:38:32 PM
Watched the first few episodes of Extant (Halle Berry) - seems very formulaic, very boring and
The Strain (vampire series with heavy Guillermo del Toro involvement) - the creatures are insect-like and creepy but the storyline here doesn't intrigue me either... had high expectations of this one. Sad

I'm about to try "Sons of Anarchy" - seems to have a mature theme and a solid IMDB rating.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: August 03, 2014, 12:41:02 AM
A quote I read somewhere recently:
"Virus check complete. All viruses functioning normally."
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 26, 2014, 04:36:28 PM
Phenomena - an 80s giallo starring a very young Jennifer Connelly. I found the origin of the word quite interesting, btw. -->  I loved the locale, a boarding school near a small Swiss town. A high level of suspension of disbelief is required, if you like to nitpick about loose plot threads this isn't the movie for you. But it's exactly this kind of movie that creates an awesome atmosphere that's hard to find in regular, grounded to reality fare. Recommended for pure trashy fun, and a great atmosphere. I saw it off Youtube. cheesy The girl in the opening scene is Argento's daughter.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3SVCoEDwH8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3SVCoEDwH8</a>
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 28, 2014, 04:25:08 PM
Me too. I feel I'm too old for them now lol - or maybe I was just insanely sleep deprived but it was all very unpleasant. Chile deserved a win, IMO.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 27, 2014, 05:37:38 AM
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20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 25, 2014, 04:15:53 PM
"They cooked us in 90 minutes"

So sad to see Pirlo's WC end. Sad
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 22, 2014, 01:46:48 AM
40, I can identify. I feel that way about most popular sports. Cricket is one of the most boring sports ever invented and the level one is exposed to it here is, literally, nauseating.

I can get into tennis and atheletics in addition to soccer. The more I understand the intricacies of a sport, the more I tend to like it. And there's nothing like a (small, friendly) wager to really fire up the interest level for an event.

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Spain and England out


England was out before Germany had even played its second game. (Ouch!)
Guess Portugal is on its way out too? Lots of big name causalities. Brazil have been rather lackluster too, esp. considering the home advantage. I'm hoping they don't manage to step it up in the later stages, though that would make for some amazing matches.

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I was really hoping that Iran could have pulled it off just to witness Argentina's reaction
Grin   - there you go 40, yet another reason to get into these things... schadenfreude. GO, GERMANY!!  cheesy
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 21, 2014, 05:34:02 PM
I've been rooting for Germany from the get-go. Today's match was a _complete_ nail-biter... hope you guys caught it.
SO glad Klose equalized in the end or it would have been embarrassing, to say the least. I tend to be pretty obnoxious in my pre-match smack talk... would have had to eat a large portion of humble pie had Germany lost. tongue
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 08, 2014, 04:56:03 PM
Hahaha! Hadn't seen that.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 08, 2014, 04:41:29 PM
I'll be watching though the timezone difference is a bit crazy - lots of matches airing at 3:30 AM. I've already tried around 6 different iPad apps to go with the games. #geek tongue

Germany looked very impressive - they started somewhat slow and then it was like they suddenly figured out the Armenian players had zero mass and they could just pass the ball through them at will. No fun really when that happens.
When it comes to individual players Cristiano Ronaldo is one heck of a specimen - always awesome to watch!  Thmbsup


 
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 08, 2014, 01:25:18 PM
I'm in the minority here. Sad I didn't think too badly of 'Melancholia' - don't remember it too well... viewed it quite a while back but I've rated it a 7 on IMDB. I'm smitten with Kirsten "Fangs" Dunst, so that may have had something to do with it.
And I didn't think 'Oculus' was particularly interesting. 'The Conjuring' was the only horror that did it for me this year, had some seriously creepy bits.

My recommendations:

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Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Not his best but it has Anderson's characteristic quirky feel and is an out-and-out visual masterpiece.

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O Som Ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds) - I adore Brazilian flicks, love their realism. The plot is mostly easygoing but kept me engrossed throughout. And there just might be something more going on than appears on the surface. Wink

 
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