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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Office 2012: $5 on: November 22, 2014, 08:49:10 AM
Does Ashampoo still carpet bomb you with junkmail once you get something from them? They used to.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 22, 2014, 08:41:49 AM
That said, maybe open source is an option

Based on some other things you're saying, releasing as open source (which I assume you mean under one of the established FOSS licenses) would not be a viable option since you seem more concerned about defending yourself against possible litigation. A FOSS license won't help you there.

More importantly, a FOSS license won't allow you to retain control of who uses your code, or how it gets used. Once it's released, it's out there for all to use/modify/incorporate as they see fit. It's also what FOSS licenses specifically encourage them to do. Because that's the entire point of FOSS. It's altruistic and primarily for the user's benefit - not the developer's.

FOSS licensing is done "for the good of all mankind." Which is not a good thing if you eventually plan on releasing your product commercially.

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 22, 2014, 08:20:00 AM
This despite the fact that I had publicly released my fully working software years before he claimed to have had the idea.

Unfortunately, US patent law was recently changed (3/16/2013) to match that of the rest of the world. Which is to say that the first to file, NOT the first to invent is awarded the patent.



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First to file (FTF) and first to invent (FTI) are legal concepts that define who has the right to the grant of a patent for an invention. The first-to-file system is used in all countries,[1] including the United States, which switched to a first-inventor-to-file (FITF) system on March 16, 2013 after the enactment of the America Invents Act.[2] There is an important difference between the strict nature of the FTF under the EPO and the FITF system of the USPTO. The USPTO FITF system[3] affords early disclosers some "grace" time before they need to file a patent,[4] whereas the EPO does not recognise any grace period, so early disclosure under the FITF provisions is an absolute bar to later EPO patent.

More on that here.

Bottom line: Have an idea? File early. File often. cheesy

All the big companies and patent trolls do. huh
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: November 21, 2014, 08:00:08 PM
I found it has been far easier on the budget to use my woodworking skills to supply him with the different guitar types he needs

Awesome! How about some pix and technical details? I've done some building myself and I'm always interested in what fellow guitar makers are doing. Thmbsup
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 21, 2014, 05:42:05 PM
Semi-OT since this character is far from being a superhero. He's more the eternal Everyman.

But Marvel is planning on bringing Howard the Duck back. Yay!

He's got a whole new look:

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Maybe a little too anthropomorphic this time around, but there you go.

Too bad Disney sued. I thought the original cigar smoking Donald Duck version was priceless:

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Details here.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 21, 2014, 04:04:27 PM

That is brilliant. Riffs on these costumes and theme will be the next big thing for cosplayers.  Thmbsup Thmbsup

I would have put Iron Man in enamelled Milanese armor however, and the Joker in a more jester-like costume. Cool
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 21, 2014, 09:42:12 AM
^Delta Green is great! Best modern Cthulhu/Conspiracy stuff to date. Extremely clever and logical reconciliation of the Lovecraftian Mythos with modern government conspiracy and UFO theories presented as a techno-thriller. The companion fiction collections are all good reads. Thmbsup

FWIW, it any scenario involving Cthulhu, there are NO superheros. Cthulhu is IT. Period. You either have a copy of (or know how to make) the Elder Sign or you don't. If you don't, you're finished. If you do, you get a brief respite since the sign can hold Cthulhu temporarily at bay.

But tomorrow is another day. And Cthulhu, being multidimensional and immortal, has all the time and space he/she/it needs to deal with anybody. And Cthulhu never forgets. Grin
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 08:38:18 PM
The people concepts tend to be pretty simple.

True...however...

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.

Or Doc Savage? His powers derive mainly from a physical and mental developmental training program that started when he was conceived. No super anything with Doc. The implication is he's just a more 'realized' human potential. And that what he is, you could be too.

Where do these characters fit into the general superhero continuum?
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 06:01:15 PM
The Homeland tech is largely irrelevant in this case, as it will - and is -  only used for targeting crime/criminals with high political (e.g. vote generating) value. This way they don't have to run the risk of exposing how thoroughly they spying on everyone

+1 Thmbsup

Prosecutors will even withdraw evidence from a trial in some cases just to avoid revealing how they obtained it.

10  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 03:34:24 PM
How is it working in the States -- are there any states successfully implementing their own sales tax for suppliers from outside that state?

Amazon is cooperating. That alone yields a massive amount of tax revenue. Most of the big online merchants are cooperating too.

In the US it's a little more complicated since each state has it's own "sales & use" tax regulations. So there are at least 50 different tax rates and exemptions. Some locales also assess county and local sales taxes on top of the state tax. There isn't a national VAT here. But there are federal excise taxes. States and localities can also assess excise taxes. Excise taxes most commonly get placed on luxury items and commonly used goods and services such as public event tickets, hotel rooms, and gasoline. Cleverly, they're usually built into the price charged to the consumer, so many people aren't aware they exist. Which makes excise taxes very popular with politicians looking for revenue opportunities.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 20, 2014, 10:50:33 AM
And for taking jobs away I've heard in the US there are a lot of "customer service" phone banks being run out of private prisons.  Tough to compete with a prisoner who has room and meals provided by the taxpayer but is only getting a paltry hourly stipend.

It's more widespread than that. I understand California has more recently been using some inmates for hazardous duties like fighting forest fires. I don't know how 'voluntary' the participation was or if there were special 'incentives' offered to participating inmates. I suspect it was "completely voluntary" and there were likely some incentives given considering this was a program ripe for Watergating if there ever was one.
12  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 09:58:09 AM
Citation?  smiley

Advanced Search, We luv ya! *

http://wordsthatchangethe...ld.com/2014/eudigitalvat/




* When my standby Startpage Advanced missed this, I was forced to go to the Evil G. So per some of my other posts, I don't know what database they are pulling from, but this is yet another hole.



Yeah, read that one. Short version: this is serious but nobody knows precisely how it's gonna work or who/what is covered yet. huh

Typical for new tax legislation. Which is unfortunate. Because the devil is always in the detail when it comes to tax law. undecided
13  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 09:39:25 AM
Citation?  smiley

UPDATE: Never mind. Found it. All 92 pages of "explanatory" notes. Download link here.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 20, 2014, 08:56:41 AM
And now...the awful truth about LOL cats. And what is going on while you're enjoying the latest LOL cat video... tellme

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC13MJ3accE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC13MJ3accE</a>
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 20, 2014, 08:12:34 AM
Bibo - by Anton Chistiakov & Mikhail Dmitriev

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tYBaytm-l4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tYBaytm-l4</a>

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 19, 2014, 09:08:12 PM
^I think a lot of it depends on how structured your usual thought process is. 4D is usually my first choice whenever I'm taking on a new project since I'm a list maker and schema creator by nature. If you think in terms of (for lack of a better term) outline structure (I do!) 4D can be used for many things beyond just writing. What it doesn't do well is act as a junk drawer for snippets and things you grab from other sources. Or obviously lend itself to the 'free association' or 'serendip' thought processes. Although it can. At least IMO.

Fortunately, there are other tools designed to do exactly that.

I personally don't find OneNote's paradigm or approach all that useful. Probably because I don't really 'grok' it. But that's me. Grin
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 19, 2014, 08:46:07 PM
A classic 1960 animation of Jules Feiffer's tale about bureaucratic cluelessness - and a 4-year old draftee by the name of Munro.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZey6toSToc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZey6toSToc</a>

 Thmbsup
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 02:56:41 PM
I still find it weird that the mouse is still more accurate to use than a finger.  I've been using a touchscreen for a while now, and it's not even close.  Touching the screen with a finger should be intuitively more better...I mean, you're just touching the actual thing you want to touch.  Yet doing it with the mouse is far easier, faster, accurate.  Is it because of the finger-pad being too big?  Would it be different if my finger ended in a needle-tip?  I don't think so.

"Thick fingers" is a known issue with smartphone touchscreens, so yes finger size and the degree of callusing or "pad thickening" might be a major factor. There's also the varying conductivity, capacitance, and temperature of different fingertips. So depending on how you're tracking them, that can also be an issue. Musicians frequently have problems with touchscreens because the pads on their fingers tend to be thicker from playing. I have occasional problems on my iPhone with either hand. I have to use more of the ball of my finger rather than the tip to get good response. My GF has trouble using her fretting hand on hers.

Besides, what's more precise than a laser beam? Definitely not a fingertip. Cool
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 02:46:52 PM
As for the mouse-typing switch, just figure out a way to toggle between data-finger and typing-finger for the keyboard.

Isn't that what already happens when you plug a mouse into a laptop and don't disable the trackpad - or tell it to defer to the keyboard when typing? huh

Looks like OS support is 90% in place - or already there. All you'd need is the glove and the driver.
20  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 19, 2014, 02:40:00 PM
I'm not a professional programmer, but I do occasionally code something for myself (or a client) out of sheer necessity. So I guess I'm in much the same spot as you are - except that I have considerably less ambition than you have. Grin

I've found sticking to Java as a cross-platform desktop dev language and working with NetBeans as my IDE give me the most bang for the effort. Some good interface building tools using Swing are in there too. Nothing that will win you awards for brilliant design. But they'll be familiar looking and more than nice enough for public deployment.

And that's my tuppence. I'll now yield the floor to those Doco members who really do know what they're talking about.

Luck! Thmbsup
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 19, 2014, 08:19:33 AM
Ievan Polkka? Love it! Thmbsup Thmbsup

Reminds me a bit of an old Jacobian diss on King George called Cam Ye O'er Frae France.


There's probably a thousand different takes on it, although my favorites are by the incomparable Maddy Prior with the band Steeleye Span. This live video doesn't have the best sound quality. But you really get to see the level of dramatic performance Maddy could bring to a song. She was also into the 'trad' dancing thing long before River Dance hyper-refined it and made it mainstream. In a club setting she'd sing and dance around the entire room all night, alone and with audience members, and never miss a single note or step. Sweet and talented woman! Would there were more performers like her.

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

BTW, Maddy and the band can still do it! Thmbsup

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvnvoe-jVQ4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvnvoe-jVQ4</a>

As someone else pointed out, nobody will ever deliver a cutting put-down better than a Scots bard. Grin
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 19, 2014, 07:08:42 AM
Hmmm... the reverbed guitar skronk in that song...

Gotta love that skronk!  Grin Thmbsup First time I heard it in was when Buck Dharma in Blue Oyster Cult did it for E.T.I.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkvpNR8BGU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkvpNR8BGU</a>

That was another good song. I just wish there was a really good recorded version of it. BOC had a tendency to rush the beat in live performances, and the original suffers from the recording technology of the era. This was the best I could find for live:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMC2p_mWueY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMC2p_mWueY</a>

More cowbell!!! cheesy

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Glass dead, already ? on: November 19, 2014, 06:51:20 AM
Finally! Rose-colored glasses made a reality. Grin Grin
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / NEMO UX - the shape of the desktop to come? on: November 18, 2014, 01:56:49 PM
Details are sketchy. But if you're a fan of all those scifi desktops you see in movies like Oblivion or Minority Report, the NEMO UX from Sungkyungkwan University, Republic of Korea just may be what you've been waiting for:

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The computing environments looks like SF movies would come to our real life in the not too distant future. NEMO-UX project is the first step to make the computing environment looks like SF movies, and would be a big, important part of IT.

 Everybody can think new display computing environment watching SF movies or future display clip nowadays. Like this, Tabletops, Wall-size displays, and Smart glass are coming into your real life.

 From long time ago, NEMO-UX team have dreamed the new computing generation. Soon, new display would be taken for granted. Now, NEMOSHELL software platform made will give you a new experience.

It was recently demoed at the ACM ITS 2014 in Dresden

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJxpt59Me_w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJxpt59Me_w</a>

Amazing. The classic messy desktop enshrined in a computer interface! Hows that for progress?  Grin
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 18, 2014, 08:53:39 AM
My guess is that he uses components in his code that have restrictions on commercial use or redistribution.

That or components previously released under one of the 'open' licenses, which it looks like it does. That makes some people think they can't sell software incorporating them. (Point of information: you can. You're even encouraged to do so.)

I'm wondering if this isn't all just an extremely clever attempt to get hired by somebody. Wink

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