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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: GPS Unit Recommendations? on: November 20, 2010, 01:28:20 AM
There's also OpenStreetMap with software for various platforms.

I didn't know this one. Their web map is great! It has the latest new roads added to it (from my part of the world, at least), which is not the case with Google Earth/Maps, Bing Maps or viamichelin.com!!!

I will definitely try to add it to my Symbian.

Thanks, 4wd!
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: GPS Unit Recommendations? on: November 19, 2010, 02:52:08 AM
Indeed this is true. As I already mentioned on a previous post, for Nokia phones (Symbian OS) there are 2 alternatives I know of (that offer offline maps):
- Garmin app and maps (at a cost and I think the product has been discontinued)
- Ovi Maps, which are free and are excellent (the same maps as here: http://maps.ovi.com/)
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 7-zip context menu problems on Windows 7 64 bit on: October 12, 2010, 12:50:39 PM
It has no effect...
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 7-zip context menu problems on Windows 7 64 bit on: October 09, 2010, 10:02:20 AM
what happens if you set explorer to run/launch as a seperate process ?

How to do that?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / 7-zip context menu problems on Windows 7 64 bit on: October 09, 2010, 03:23:04 AM
Hi there,

I have a problem with 7-zip program on my personal computer, that runs Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.
If I try to create a new zip file or to extract from a zip file by using the context menu (anywhere on the computer), I get the following error: "The requested operation requires elevation. C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zG.exe"

[attach]

I tried both beta and regular version, and the same problem occurs. I have the same program installed at work, on Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit, and and the same operations work without a problem.

I noticed that if I kill the Windows Explorer process and then I start it again, the operations work.

Do you have any ideas as to why this is happening?

Thanks,
bgd77
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You are Not So Smart: A Celebration of Delusion and the Anchoring Effect on: July 28, 2010, 10:45:32 AM
Great find Mouser! I love it!
7  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Total Commander 7.55 FINAL for Windows released! on: July 15, 2010, 06:35:12 AM
Thanks for letting us know!
8  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Total Commander 7.55 FINAL for Windows released! on: June 22, 2010, 11:54:42 AM
Great!  Thmbsup
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: What hotkey(s) do *you* use to trigger FARR? on: June 22, 2010, 11:23:33 AM
Win + Space on XP.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10 News Stories Overshadowed by the BP Oil Spill on: June 21, 2010, 08:02:17 AM
Well, I think I can give them a try, when time permits. How do you receive the news? You subscribe to email or use feeds?
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10 News Stories Overshadowed by the BP Oil Spill on: June 21, 2010, 07:39:50 AM
I find BBC to be one of the best news providers there is. It always has a neutral tone and always tries to have reactions from all parties involved. I wouldn't trust a news agency from a communist (or any dictatorship) country in a billion years.

I read 4 of the news stories that were "overshadowed" by the BP oil spill on BBC and they were headlines.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to Use a School Project to Score Political Points 101 on: June 21, 2010, 07:28:49 AM
I think it is a very good thing that there are people that confront the politicians and do not just sit and complain about them. This is what we all should be doing. Even if the student is not right or if the video is edited to make the politician look bad (shame on them in this case!!!), I think we have something to learn from this.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reasons to be Afraid of Driving in China on: June 11, 2010, 06:11:08 AM
 Grin
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reasons to be Afraid of Driving in China on: June 11, 2010, 01:47:28 AM
Maybe they have traffic signs (even though I do not see them) but nobody respects them. The right-of-way rule is universal, I think (except probably for people driving on the left side of the road).
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Detecting potential security risks in your installed software - Secunia PSI on: June 10, 2010, 04:18:57 AM
I too use it and it is a terrific recommendation. I thought everybody knew about it.  cheesy
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe on: June 10, 2010, 01:28:07 AM
wraith808, it seems to me that you see the problem only from the U.S. military and intelligence officials that fight in the war. But there are also (and they are a lot more than the ones from military/intel) public servants, or government or big corporations employees that have been whistleblowers.

Let me ask you something. If you were working for the government or for a big corporation and you would have access to classified information that would reveal that crimes have been committed. Lets say that you would announce all the appropriate authorities about this and nothing would happen. Maybe the crimes are still being committed. What would you do?

JavaJones, the only examples I can give you are this ones:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ki/List_of_whistleblowers
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reasons to be Afraid of Driving in China on: June 10, 2010, 01:14:32 AM
Some of them or just stupid. The one before the last gave me a good laugh.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe on: June 09, 2010, 03:39:01 PM
To Josh and wraith808:
So what you say is that, for example, W. Mark Felt was wrong to leak information about the illegalities committed by the Nixon administration?

In my opinion, the rule of law should be above any other rules in a state because it is the only thing that (at least theoretical) makes us equal no matter of our origins or of our wealth or of our connections. So, when someone breaks the law, he must be prosecuted and, if found guilty, punished. When a person working with classified information discovers that crimes or irregularities have been committed, it should be his moral (and hopefully legal) duty to inform the appropriate authorities. If they do not do their job (as it sometimes happens), it is usually in the public interest to know about those crimes and irregularities because the public opinion will change the way the authorities will do their investigations. This is my view on this subject and I will need some strong arguments to change my opinion.

As I said above, I do not consider what this person has done to be whistleblowing. I agree with you, wraith808, in the intel field you might have only bits of data and would be hard for someone to understand the whole picture. And if this happens, then you cannot tell what really happened so you have no reason to whistleblow (if it were the case).

I do not consider that it is a general rule that classified information only covers illegal information. That would be absurd. Quite the opposite, it is important to have data classified, in order to protect national interests. But when it is used to cover illegal activities, I do not agree with it anymore and I am glad that people break the silence in order to inform us of the government's illegalities.

Indeed, I do not work with classified data, so I do not know all the details regarding this subject. I only read some stories about some whistleblowers, people that have put their careers and even lifes in jeopardy in order to stop bad things and bad people (or at least to inform us about their existence). And I am glad that they did it.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe on: June 09, 2010, 11:06:44 AM
A person that works with sensitive, classified information is not just some guy from the street. If an institution gives him this responsibility, it means it trusts him and his judgment and that he is prepared to analyze classified data from all points of view. It is not an ordinary job and it bears a lot of responsibility (or it should).

The problem with classified documents is that they can be easily used to hide certain sensitive facts from the general public. When this facts show that something illegal has been committed, do you think it is right to hide them? Even if there are authorities, we do not live in a perfect world and sometimes (or most of times, as you wish) they do not do they job as they should. So the last resort for a person that wants to do something right and to put the people responsible for that crimes to pay for them would be to make those documents and facts public.

The Watergate scandal in my opinion proves that whistleblowing is good when the law is breached. As a definition, whistleblowers raise concerns about a wrongdoing. In this case, I cannot see any wrongdoing on the tape, so the analyst is not a whistleblower.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe on: June 09, 2010, 07:52:09 AM
Unfortunately you are right, 40hz. And it happens all over, EU included (see wikipedia list on whistleblowers). They are the heroes of our days and they deserve our respect and gratitude.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe on: June 09, 2010, 02:18:57 AM
IMHO the video probe does not probe anything. Can we say from it that somebody has committed a crime? I don't think so, but maybe someone considers differently and I would like to hear some arguments from them. So, then what was the purpose of leaking the video?

Whistle-blowers should be protected if by releasing classified documents they prove that somebody has done something wrong (from the law point of view). I know this is the law in some countries.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reasons to be Afraid of Driving in China on: June 09, 2010, 02:04:04 AM
WTF??? I cannot belive this! Do they have rules on those streets or anybody just goes wherever they want? Don't they have Stop or any traffic signs?

It seems that this accidents take place in the same region/intersections.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cell phone number porting on: May 27, 2010, 06:40:46 AM
I think that edbro wants to port his number from one provider to another, so not only change phones.

I have ported numbers in my country, which is in the EU. Porting a number means a new SIM card is needed. When the new SIM card is activated with the same number, the old SIM is deactivated. Will the new phone come with an already activated SIM card? Because here the SIM cards come separately and they are activated the first time when you use it.

Basically the EU way was (is) that phones were locked to a network, but a networks card could be used in any unlocked phone.

This does not apply to all telecom operators. There is one in my country that does not lock phones to its network, so a SIM card from another company can be used.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cell phone number porting on: May 27, 2010, 04:12:11 AM
You are not living in EU, are you?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: GPS Unit Recommendations? on: May 21, 2010, 09:59:32 AM
I think I went a little off-topic, sorry for that.

To answer your original question: a friend of mine studied the GPS market and decided to buy a Garmin one. It seems that Garmin also have products for the military and the government, this is what impressed him. Some models have a feature that tell you on what line to be on the highway in order to not miss an exit.

He was quite satisfied with it, even though the lady that dictates the route went insane a few times. I don't know about the finger-drag map feature.

One advantage of a dedicated GPS device over the cell phone would be the screen size which, naturally, is larger for the former.

The phone I use works quite well, with the minor quirks I have mentioned.

My suggestion would be to try to find out which GPS producer has the best map for Australia and try to find some reviews on the internet for that company's products to see if it has good performances.
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