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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ebay snipping on: Today at 10:37:36 AM
So when I use the sniping tool, I don't feel any regret over lost auctions.

My approach is to simply go in about 5 minutes before close of auction and watch the bidding until the 90 second mark. I'll then enter my initial bid at 1 minute and see what happens. I there's a flurry of counterbids, it's pretty obvious the snipe bots are at work and I'll either walk away or wait till the 20 second mark and enter my real final bid.

If I lose the bid, I lose it. There's nothing I need so much at auction that I'll ever be upset if I lose it. And losing the bid costs zero.

But that's me. Wink
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: Today at 10:29:43 AM
@mmilke - In the meantime, would it be possible to for me to personally license a single copy of Vis-à-Wiki from you for my own personal and exclusive use?

I must admit I find it an intriguing piece of software from the video demo. And I'd love to give it a try.

Send me a PM if you're willing. smiley
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: Today at 10:23:40 AM
Theft is a case where the thief deprives the victim, of something.
Copyright infringement does not necessarily lead to deprivation.

Great points!  Thmbsup



More like great rationalizations, but there you go. undecided

BTW: the Obama administration probably has a job for you, gentlemen. They love the art of "nuancing" definitions as much as you do. tongue Wink
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 26, 2014, 10:35:09 PM
^ +1 on Dennis Hopper. His masterpiece was Riders on the Storm - a cult classic if there ever was one. Thmbsup

@4wd - no. I don't have Witch Hunt unfortunately - although I do remember seeing it.


@Wraith - you didn't hear it from me, but there are at least two uploads of the full movie currently on YouTube if you want to watch it.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 26, 2014, 05:46:27 PM
I just discovered my VHS player works! So, rumaging through some boxes in the basement, I found a few dozen gems I haven't watched in years. Last nite it was a 92 minute HBO original called Cast a Deadly Spell.

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If you cross LA Confidential with the private detective Spencer, add a heavy dose of noir - and throw in Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos for good measure - you get this: Los Angeles in the 40's, with wise-cracking detectives, foxy dames, and snappy dialog, all in a city where eldritch magic has replaced political corruption as the real public enemy.

If you're a Lovecraft fan (the chief protagonist is a detective by the same name), or a fan of noir detective movies, you'll be happy with this one. Dozens of genre cliches plus inside jokes and references will keep you snickering knowingly. Beyond that, it's a very entertaining yarn. Which should come as no surprise since it's from the same producers who brought us Aliens and The Terminator.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-as3j3l9xso" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-as3j3l9xso</a>

Normally, I wouldn't have cared for the fuzziness and muted sound (how soon we forget!) of VHS. But in this case it almost added something 'vintage' to the whole 40s vibe of the movie.

Watch it for laughs, watch it for ftaghn, and watch it because Julianne Moore has never looked better. Wink

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Recommended - but HBO please! - get this remastered to disc pronto? You're leaving money on the table not offering it on contemporary media.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: November 26, 2014, 01:54:52 PM
@theGleep:

re: Bass- Depends on how much work you want to make for yourself. The urethane based finishes Fender was big on up till recently are sturdy. But they're thick and many people (myself included) think it adversely affects the tone of the instrument.

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For those who don't know what we're talking about:

The two most traditional/recommended finishes for guitars are either a nitrocellulose lacquer or a shellac-based finish called French polish.

Nitrocellulose lacquer is very toxic so you'll need to be very careful with ventilation if you go that route. Nitrocellulose lacquer also doesn't like water or drinks being spilled on it. You will get those water spots and damage that our mothers always used to be worried about with their good furniture. It can also chip easily if you bully it. That said, lacquer is relatively easy to refinish if it ever comes to that. It looks gorgeous and it seems to have a positive effect on the sound - although I don't think any real scientific study was ever done to support that. So take that assertion with a grain of salt.

Time was when you wanted a spray gun to apply lacquer. Some of the big guitar suppliers (StewMac, Luthier Mercantile, et al) now carry excellent lacquers in a spray can that actually work quite well. If you're only doing one offs (as opposed to running a boutique manufacturing operation) these aerosol cans are a lot more convenient and economical that investing in a compressor and a sprayer. You can also hand apply lacquer with a brush. But it will make a  lot more work for you when it comes to sanding and polishing it out.

For lacquer finishing a guitar, check out Will Kelly's videos on YouTube. His channel is here.

French polish is the traditional finish used on fine string instruments such as violins and classical guitars. It's an easy but tedious process that involves applying and sanding multiple thinly applied layers of shellac. Much less toxic than lacquer. And possibly more sturdy since shellac finishes have more flex than a lacquer finish does. Easiest to repair if needed. But like lacquer, it doesn't care for water hitting it.

There's a really good detailed 6-part tutorial on YouTube that will walk you through the whole process. Find the beginning here. And another good tutorial here. I'd watch both if anybody is thinking they want to take a stab at it.

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@theGleep - Don't know if this answers your question since neither French polish nor nitrocellulose lacquer is more "dent proof" than what's already on your bass. If anything, they're more fragile. But they are great finishes, And they're what gets applied to better quality instruments.

StewMac also has a pretty useful channel with loads of good advice, how-tos, and tips for builders and repairers. Find that here.

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Luck! Thmbsup
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The potential time/cost benefits of improved code efficiency. on: November 26, 2014, 11:27:22 AM
In and of itself, it may not be that important to some developers. But to their clients, who are increasingly buying CPU cycles from cloud providers like Amazon, it's will inevitably become a major concern. No different than identifying the most fuel efficient vehicles for their fleet purchases.

Faster processors and disk speeds only benefit you if you own those processors and disks. Since so many enterprise customers are looking to get out of owning their own hardware for a variety of reasons (some valid, some not so) I'm guessing "code efficiency" will become a significant selling point in enterprise software not too long from now.

@IainB - +1 w/Ren. It was an interesting read. Thx for sharing. Thmbsup
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 25, 2014, 02:55:54 PM
Re Bitcoin: I'm neither a 'believer' nor a cynic -- but I think bitcoin *is* going to change the world, how exactly, I dont know, but it's made a start already, and even if it fails as a currency, it has opened doors that cannot be closed.

Agree. But whatever it is, I don't think it will end up being bitcoin. However, Bitcoin might possibly have opened a door for something else.

Whether it will usher in a whole new age remains to be seen. "The street finds it's own uses for things." as William Gibson so aptly said in Neuromancer.

The web was supposed to be empowering and liberating. And maybe it has been. Sorta. But it's also created the potential for a ubiquitous and repressive surveillance state Orwell couldn't have glimpsed in his worst nightmare.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 25, 2014, 02:42:06 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?

FWIW some sites do say exactly that - and refuse to load if they detect an ad blocker at work.

I voluntarily disable ad blocking on many sites I visit where I know they're depending on ad revenue for their continued operation. However. I'd be happier paying a reasonable subscription fee and skip the ads since 'offer-acceptance-tender' is a lot cleaner a way to do business than a quid pro quo. That said, I'll also stop visiting them if their ad stream becomes obnoxious. There's an implied social contract to this arrangement. I'm good with that.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 25, 2014, 02:30:54 PM
@Ren - I know a lot of aspiring young musicians that could benefit greatly from your GDT app who either can't a afford (or can't be bothered) to buy a license for it. If I decided to broadband a cracked version of your GDT out to all and sundry - and encourage them to do the same - do you maintain you have not been harmed in any way? And if so, are you suggesting it's ok by you to do it? And that I should feel free to do so? (kidding)

Because if that's the case, why trial or license it at all? Why not just put it out there with a "donation requested" button and call it a day?

I'm missing something... huh

That, or you're the only person I know running a business who doesn't take opportunity cost/revenue factors into consideration. And more power to you if you can afford to do that. That's probably worth a Nobel Prize in economics if you can do a mathematical proof of how that's "a good thing."

(Provided it held up under peer review of course.  Wink tongue Grin)

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 24, 2014, 11:36:16 PM
^Really? I don't even own a gun. Nor do I have any desire to use one. Grin

My point was just that people should know what they're getting into taking a rebel stand. And not delude oneself that a government will play by any sort of rules once the ball gets rolling. Or that's it's helpless in the face of a serious challenge. I saw government with it's claws and fangs out many years ago. It was a sobering lesson in reality. And that was genteel by today’s standards of militarized police forces.

The Oracle at Delphi said: Know thyself. To which I'd add: know what you're letting yourself in for.

 Cool
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 24, 2014, 08:09:13 PM
However, the implementation and execution of ideas are even more important.

Without meaningful, sustainable, and ultimately successful action, they're just more rhetoric.

 Cool

Bitcoin is still a pretty young technology, and the things happening right now are changing the world. Even "the Internet of money" is a limited view of it.

Smart contracts, tokenized property, micro payments, and arbitrary escrow are just a few things there.

It's more than just rhetoric. It's a multi-billion dollar economy with millions of participants and this is just its infancy.


Agree. A multi-billion dollar economy with millions of users that will be co-opted or assimilated by the current economic system. Not to say that reforms won't ride in along with it. But they will be reforms of existing institutions - not a sea change that will completely replace them.

People with power and guns (i.e. 90% of all current governments) don't relinquish their positions and perks without a fight. A real - as in physical - fight. Something which may come as a surprise to people who primarily see the world through a virtual perceptual framework.

Unless...unless...


Yup. And all we need is for the first 10,000 martyrs to throw themselves on the sword (along with their families and loved ones) and a new era will dawn. That's the unfortunate calculus of all revolutions.

So...any takers?  huh

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13  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Giveaway - Teleglitch: Die More Edition on: November 24, 2014, 05:54:09 PM
You mean the field of view/lighting? Yeah, it's a neat trick. From the looks of it, each room just has a large, tall, black box near the top of it that extends toward the camera. So when you move at an angle it looks like shadows, but when you get close to it, it looks like the light finally reaches there. Clever. (c:

Neat trick is an understatement IMO. That’s what immediately caught my eye. And I'm pretty jaded by now. Cool
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 24, 2014, 05:50:57 PM
I want four of them. smiley
15  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Giveaway - Teleglitch: Die More Edition on: November 24, 2014, 03:01:21 PM
^I have no need for the game but I just went over and took a look at it. Love that unusual unfolding perspective thing it does as you move around. Very cool!  Thmbsup
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: November 24, 2014, 12:25:20 PM
@tjbray - very cool. Also nice to see you have some contract work.

One place you might want to look at is Joe Gore's Tonefiend website.

Joe was one of Tom Waite's guitarists and is also a columnist for Premier Guitar magazine. He's a customization and experimental mod/builder. Very interesting stuff. He has incredible chops and a talent for using a looper - so his demos are also impressive - to say nothing of funny since he uses a non-speaking deadpan in all of them. He freely shares most of what he does on his site. Go check it out. Link here.

He also has a channel on YouTube to host his videos. Here's an sample of some of what you can expect:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRzr1j1aKiA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRzr1j1aKiA</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ2915d_o6I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ2915d_o6I</a>

 Thmbsup Thmbsup

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 24, 2014, 11:00:56 AM

Ideas matter. They're important.


However, the implementation and execution of ideas are even more important.

Without meaningful, sustainable, and ultimately successful action, they're just more rhetoric.

 Cool
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 24, 2014, 09:29:00 AM
Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame tackle an introduction to Zen thinking by animating some talks by Alan Watts.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YgEhvZDZVg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YgEhvZDZVg</a>

 Thmbsup

Some more Alan Watts animations and links can be found here.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 24, 2014, 07:19:25 AM
How is it circular?

Umm...

You are not harmed because I have said: I have not harmed you?

 Wink
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 24, 2014, 06:55:59 AM
Arguments equating piracy with stealing physical items have never hit home with me.

Same. Because the argument there is just silly.

If you make something, let's say a movie, and I download it without paying you, you are no worse off than before I downloaded it. I have not inflicted any actual harm on you. I might be better off, but that's debatable - you might be a horrible film maker and I might lose an hour or 2 of my life. tongue


Seriously? That's such a sloppy bit of 'logic' (more like circular justification) that I'd think it was written by some government. Grin

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21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 09:43:00 PM
I am not trying to advocate piracy..more...give my reasoning behind why I do it

That's fine. I also appreciate the candor. Thmbsup

I'm just giving my reasons why I don't. smiley

But here's the thing. If I want something I don't have the money for - and it's non-negotiable - I walk away.

Once you get clear of the hoarding/consumer "gotta have it now!" mindset, it becomes easier to just let it go. I'm constantly amazed how little I actually need - or really want.

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I'm even more amazed how long it took me to realize that. Better to wake up late than never, right? Cool

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 06:30:47 PM
I don't know where the notion of 'piracy' leaves off and 'entitlement' begins.

I decided it was better for my inner self if I just didn't go there.

  • If I want something, or use something, I'll buy it.  Always.
  • I'll always prefer to sample or trial some things first. But if that's not possible, the burden of my satisfaction rests entirely on the shoulders of the seller.
  • If I don't like it - or feel it was misrepresented by the seller - I'll return it and ask for my money back.
  • If I can't have a refund, the person I paid is welcome to what they got. It's the last they'll ever get from me - and I'll  bad mouth them to everyone I know plus anybody else who will listen.
  • Conversely, if I do like what I get (and the way I was treated) I'll freely recommend them and their product(s) whenever asked, or when it's otherwise appropriate.

I make it a point to always act in good faith. And I make a far better friend and admirer than I do an adversary.

I think the same can be said of most of us here at DoCo.

Wise businesses know that.
23  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GamerGate: 'Press must tackle misogyny,' says developer on: November 23, 2014, 06:16:20 PM
Like they suggested on The Well way back at the dawn of the online discussion era:

Try not to offend.
Try not to be so easily offended.


 Amen! Thmbsup
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: November 23, 2014, 11:12:59 AM
However, I must admit, I couldn't find anything cool on the French horn... tongue

No? How about Entwhistle's french horn on the Overture of Tommy? Or in Dr. Jimmy and Mr. Jim from Quadrophrenia?

For those too young to know or remember:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKdusyjiuvY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKdusyjiuvY</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVk8Ze26_PA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVk8Ze26_PA</a> Note: lyrics NSFW

BTW - which french horn? There are a few different types.

25  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GamerGate: 'Press must tackle misogyny,' says developer on: November 23, 2014, 10:58:53 AM
This says pretty much everything I think and might say about Gamergate. Since somebody (Ken White) went through all the trouble of writing it up, I won't duplicate effort by doing my own version.
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