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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: Today at 10:26:23 AM
What happened to my 40?  I could always depend on 40 to be the rational one, balancing out the radical Renegade, and myself in the middle!

@Wraith - I think you just completely lost me there... smiley

It's just that your statement sounded more closely aligned to a Ren statement smiley

Oh! Well...that's understandable. Upon extremely rare occasions I do find myself in at least partial alignment with the Renegade. I think we generally agree when there's a problem somewhere. But we generally disagree in our interpretations of how and why said problem(s) came about. And we're almost always disagreeing about the best approach to deal with it.

Ren is brave and principled warrior.

I'm more the wounded and treacherous old Samurai. Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Et tu, Sourceforge? on: Today at 10:18:54 AM
^AFAIK Sourceforge is promoting it - but (at least for now) it's up to the developers whether or not to participate.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: December 20, 2014, 08:13:02 PM
OK...finally something musical that may appeal to the broader tech crowd here. The creator of the iOS looping app called Loopy has started on its next iteration: Loopy Masterpiece Edition. He's invited his userbase and interested musicians to participate and follow along with the design process. And he intends to detail the entire development process in a blog he's created.

Here's his introductory video:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGOary0QgdQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGOary0QgdQ</a>

Then his three part walkthru of LME: part-1, part-2, part-3

Once you have what LME is all about under your belt, he moves into the software engineering behind how all this software magic is going to happen. This video will probably be quite useful to anyone who is thinking of doing a serious music app. It shows just some of the thinking behind such products and is a decent example of an object oriented programming project.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFIiIS3HVTI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFIiIS3HVTI</a>

Pretty fascinating and well worth a watch even for non-programmer musicians like myself.

There's more to read and see at the blog. I intend to follow this one closely. Recommended. Thmbsup Thmbsup
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2014, 06:12:33 PM

What happened to my 40?  I could always depend on 40 to be the rational one, balancing out the radical Renegade, and myself in the middle!

@Wraith - I think you just completely lost me there... smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: imagine future life on: December 20, 2014, 04:06:00 PM
Now we just need a program that does your physical workout for you.  I don't think I'd like the muscle twitching type unless it can also make you unaware of the twitches.

Or if it also induced certain "twitches" that might distract you from noticing the ones you don't enjoy? All it would require is combining two already existing product um..."feature sets." That and a clever product name* to market it under. Wink  Wink

Now please excuse me. I gotta go put together a quick Kickstarter.  Thmbsup


*Maybe the Angelina-J Total Body Workout Machine? "In just 25 minutes you'll be left totally exhaused and gasping for breath - with every muscle in your body aching so badly that you could just cry - and here's the best part: you'll still feel it was totally worth it folks!!! Get some for yourself today. Operators are standing by. Evil
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: December 20, 2014, 11:54:11 AM
Just finished re-reading Hermann Melville's  Moby-Dick. Totally engrossing story that, for some reason, seems to get better and better the older I get. What can that meantellme Grin

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: imagine future life on: December 20, 2014, 11:21:51 AM
With that level of technology, your home will more likely immediately check your medical records and see what your government-provided medical insurance has to say about it, before telling you you're already 20 pounds overweight and can't have that. Then it will "helpfully" suggest a nice salad with low fat dressing and a 12 oz. glass of unsweetened iced tea for dinner instead. tongue
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2014, 11:14:28 AM
^What is it with Australia (and New Zealand) lately? They went from being two of the coolest most laid-back countries in the world to being participants in the footrace race to see which so-called "Western Democracy" can be the first to fully embrace totalitarianism. So sad. Sad
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: December 20, 2014, 11:04:09 AM
From the Shameless Plug Department: My GF's cousin (Susanne Vick) doing harmony for her good friend and musical collaborator Melissa Mulligan's CD. An almost medievally pure set of harmonizations on O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4AlX9GH3KM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4AlX9GH3KM</a>

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 20, 2014, 08:36:42 AM
^Good old Sammy! I keep waiting for the day he gets just a little too cocky for his own good and the sky falls on him once and for all. Still, when "you da man!" - YOU DA MAN! Grin (Hmm...I wonder if that thing still works even with USB Services disabled. Sick)
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 20, 2014, 08:17:00 AM
^ I'm not a Trekkie, nor really that big a fan of Roddenberry's universe. But I did go to a Trek convention once. It amazes me how deeply that show has shaped so many peoples lives. (Sometimes frighteningly so.) While there I got the chance to see a panel session with some of the TNG cast.

Marina Sirtis was funny and absolutely charming those few times I got to see and hear her then, as well as at various other scifi conventions. So was George Takei (a wonderful gentleman!) and Gates McFadden. (I always thought the writers did a particularly bad job with her character. The Dr. Crusher role had the potential to be so much more. Like Bones and Spock, she would have been the perfect verbal sparring partner for Worf. Instead, they cast her as a fairly neurotic pre-menopausal empty-nester who was about one month shy of being started on Prozac. Seriously guys...this was the best you could come up with for an elegant looking and rather classy female medical officer? No wonder they pay you the big bucks!)

BTW: If you ever do get a chance to hear Patrick Stewart, don't pass it up. He usually deserts the podium and speaks without a microphone. He's a Shakespearian actor so he knows how to project his voice so that it can be clearly heard in every corner of the room. And while not a physically large man, his stage presence is enormous. Patrick Stewart owns any room he speaks in. Not to be missed.

Trivia note: when asked, Sirtis said the one thing she always wanted to be given in the show was the opportunity to sit in the captain's chair and say Stewart's iconic line: "Engage!"
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite movies? on: December 19, 2014, 07:54:38 PM
"Once Upon a Time in the West": http://en.wikipedia.org/w...e_Upon_a_Time_in_the_West

A masterpiece. No need to add further words.

+1! Awesome flick.

To which I'll also add the suggestion: High Plains Drifter. Clint's very own Spaghetti Western. Thmbsup
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 19, 2014, 01:54:37 PM
Then the ... "interesting" ... crew member was given an "interesting" outfit, (that almost made Jeri pass out a couple of times on set!) ... just to ... gain your eyeballs longer when you actually weren't impressed with the writing, as you just admitted.

Aha! tellme I always wondered why they eventually plunked Jeri into a Star Fleet uniform - even if that uniform, unlike those of the rest of the female cast, was oddly tailored to Barbie Doll specs. Apparently the Trek universe has evolved past Earth's PC phase by the time TNG boldy went...wherever to do...whatever.

My GF's reaction the first time she saw Seven of Nine was classic. After silently watching the entire episode, she looked at me and said "Huh! That's all real."  (Women apparently know these things.) I nodded and said so it seemed to me too. She reflected for a moment - and then said "Oh-KAY then!"

That was the sum total of her assessment of the woman and the costume. Grin
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: December 19, 2014, 08:01:35 AM
Only today I have known Tina S:

Quite impressive. The future of speed metal shred seems to be in very good hands as the next generation takes over. It would be even more interesting to see how she handles a slow lyrical number however. I'll have to go look. Thx for the find.  smiley
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 19, 2014, 06:50:51 AM
^Yes indeed. It was bordering on modest by today's standards. You can see far more on the average beach. Or at an up-scale cocktail party. But Ms. Jackson's poise and deportment lent a certain "authority" to whatever she wore. A fully buttoned choir robe would have worked equally well with her in it.

As even the normally unflappable Dick Cavett learned.  Grin
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 18, 2014, 08:13:38 PM
Voyager isn't my favorite either, but I never understood the hate it gets.

I don't think it's so much hate as extreme disappointment. Voyager had the potential and opportunity to be the apotheosis of the StarTrek saga. Then Paramount Pictures started chiming in on what to do and how to do it...

Then again, I grew up with TNG, so those episodes will always be my among my favorites.

I grew up with the original. And much as I liked that, TNG was definitely (IMO) the best and finest iteration once it got past its growing pains and the main members of the cast started to click as an ensemble. Pretty much the way a real ship's crew would.

Deep Space Nine started out not that great, but I heard from others that did watch DS9 completely, its ending was very strong.

It had it's moments. But those good scenes and storylines were spread out few and far between all the soap opera junk that made up the bulk of the series. Most times it felt like you were watching Dallas, except this time it was out in space.

Granted, I watched Voyager longer, because of an "interesting" new crew member...

Ah! Jeri, Jeri, Jeri...

Ms. Ryan probably did more to rekindle our fascination with metallic spandex than anything else found in the StarTrek universe.

For the record, Famke Janssen  Kiss, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby, Sherry Jackson (whose legendary costume by Bill Theiss most emphatically answered the question in the TOS episode: What are Little Girls Made Of?), Beth Toussaint, and any of the 'Onion Girls' are more my speed.

(Note: Bill Theiss is on record as saying his Theiss Theory of Titillation maintains that “the degree to which a costume is considered sexy is directly dependent upon how accident-prone it appears to be.” )
17  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: All Packt Publishing eBooks and Videos are $5 today on: December 18, 2014, 07:33:58 PM
And me! Thmbsup
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2014, 04:14:41 PM
I know for a fact that equipment that allows off grid power is a very sensitive issue with building and safety, and other code related agencies.

Yup. You still usually need to have utility mains attached to your house (making you subject to utility charges for "line maintenance" and various fees regardless of how little utility power you actually use) if you want to keep your CO. Most municipalities require electrical service as a condition of occupancy. You usually also, at a minimum, need to spring for an electrician to install a fairly expensive transfer switch for safety reasons. That, however, does make sense purely from an engineering perspective. So it's not entirely motivated by political considerations.

A 200A service main is not something to tinker with lightly. Screw up messing with that degree of electrical potential and you'll likely wind up as a cautionary tale on the local 6 o'clock news channel.


19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2014, 11:38:31 AM
@Ren - if you didn't want to get bogged with Laserhacker, you definitely don't want to check out this guy's YT channel.

More seriously, if you're thinking of going off the power grid as much as possible, you'll need to know about the stuff he's demoing. Not sexy or bleeding edge like Laserhacker's site. But he's rock solid on whole house inverters and battery tech. Something you'll need to know about if you plan on disconnecting from the utility mains. Good product reviews too.

I had an electrician I know vet the info this guy is presenting. She said he is correct - but be sure to check your local electrical and building codes. Because some of what he's doing gets into grey areas - and may be illegal depending on where you are. And in some places, you may also need to obtain a permit to do it even if it does comply with electrical and/or building codes.

She said if you have a fire or injury due to code violations, your homeowner's insurance won't cover you. And you could also be subject to fines - and possibly some community service or slam time - if someone got hurt as a result. She said it's always best check with a licensed electrician before you start mucking with your AC or house mains. If for no other reason than to avoid electrocuting yourself. She said it's a lot easier to do than most people think.

She also said it shouldn't cost much ($100-200 at most) for someone reputable and licensed to review whatever you plan on doing and let you know if it's kosher.

 Cool Thmbsup
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2014, 09:59:09 AM
Laserhacker.com - one of the better alternative power project websites I've ever visited. I'm in the process of gathering materials to try out the crystal power cell project detailed here - and thinking of adapting the supercapacitor boost pack project for a friend's powerboat.

Check it out. It's time well spent.
You just sounded like "Doc" there!

LOL! But which one? Who? Savage? Or the Disney dwarf? Grin
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 17, 2014, 08:48:38 PM
I pray nobody in Hollywood gets a wild hair to start cinematizing Kafka.

@Edvard - Too late! It happened in 1962.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7weUR0oMY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7weUR0oMY</a>

Unedited and long talk by Wells on the making of The Trial (along with other things) can be found here. Wells is a fascinating character and well worth listening to. That voice alone is worth it.

And a full list of others (mostly not by Hollywood USA) can be found here.

Oh yes, the BBC took a stab at Kafka in 1993 as well:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQafXHKPWu0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQafXHKPWu0</a>

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: auto switching of network drive mapping on: December 17, 2014, 08:28:51 PM
By the way, do you happen to know WHY I can map a drive letter to an FTP drive using NETDRIVE2 with Zero problems but cannot do the same thing with any other program.

Not really sure. Have you ever tried Ferro Backup's freebie FtpUse ?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: auto switching of network drive mapping on: December 17, 2014, 01:16:33 PM
The trick is not to allow Windows to manage your wifi connections. Many laptops include an OEM supplied utility (usually written by Intel or done for IBM, HP, or Lenovo) that handles all this for you.

For 3rd-party, take a look at freebie/FOSS project Argon; and for "pay-for" check out NetSetMan Pro.  (~€18/$20 USD last I looked)

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: December 17, 2014, 12:59:33 PM
Better that than the CIA, NSA, and Executive Branch renaming some of their favorite things while stone cold sober. Wink

Heh.  When I lived in Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis was credited with substituting the term "Revenue Enhancement" for taxes.  smiley

LOL!  Grin Right up there with "five-finger discount."
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 17, 2014, 12:50:45 PM
That makes things really scary for people who only know the basic concepts of bitcoin.

And I would guess that those people represent somewhere north of 85% of all the people who might be using Botcoin currently - and possibly 99% of those who would be using it if (or once) it went mainstream.

Simple fact is most people are not sufficiently up on data signal security and cryptographic methodologies to have a considered opinion - let alone be able to adequately evaluate somebody else's opinion of it.

In the end, it all comes down to a matter of trust for most people. Whom do you trust about this?

Or, if that's too much to ask for, to SeraphimLabs earlier point: Who will be blamed??? Who will be held to account if it ever goes sideways big time? For the average Bitcoin user (who has little hope of understanding much of this technology) the response is a resounding: "Not I!"

With a decoupled currency system such as we now have, the collapse of one currency system does not necessarily bring down all currencies. Governments worldwide will step in quickly to shore up the global monetary system until the problem gets resolved. But with a distributed, "non-fixable responsibility" system that is only protected by encryption and some clever algorithms, and no governmental sanction to date, it is very possible a systemic breech or failure could bring the entire system down in flames. And lacking government sanction, it's doubtful many governments would intervene should it ever happen. Many might even conveniently argue a lack of legal jurisdiction because Bitcoin is not a 'recognized' or 'registered' investment vehicle, commercial paper, or currency. A case could be made for intervention on the grounds of wire fraud perhaps. But that would be about as good as it gets. And from my experience with government agencies, their feeling about something like Bitcoin will probably be: "You wanted to operate independent of government? OMF-YOYO!"

Now some may well believe Bitcoin can't be compromised due to the programming cleverness behind it. But up until recently we believed Tor was extremely secure, digital certificates were an excellent safeguard, and random numbers really were random. Complex engraved artwork and special paper was considered a foolproof check against counterfeiting until photo offset printing came along and counterfeiters discovered they could bleach single denominated paper currency and reprint them as hundred dollar bills.

Whatever is made by human design can be undone by humans, given time and sufficient motivation.

And it will be interesting to see how crypto-currencies fare over the long run since there are sufficient humans and motivation on both sides of the equation.
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