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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Remember Alice's restaurant? on: July 02, 2014, 10:21:45 PM
Browsing the City of Oakland's website, as one often does in moments of boredom, I came across this chappie.
Most peculiar assortment of crimes.... could anyone from California shed some light on the last listed crime please?
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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PC Audio Enhancers on: February 17, 2014, 12:24:06 AM
Thanks for the info from everyone, right or wrong I went for dfx (a discount helped me decide)
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PC Audio Enhancers on: February 16, 2014, 02:12:31 AM
Thanks Nzyme, useful to me. Do you have a preference or recommendation ... most of the reviews I've googled are self serving.
Tony
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software to edit pdfs on: November 15, 2013, 05:38:41 PM
techidave, I use PDFannotator on my win 8 tablet (with proper stylus) and use it extensively at school.
 Typical workflow for me...
set maths test using word
print to pdf using primo (free)
use pdfannotator and stylus to handwrite solutions on the pdf using the tablet/stylus - on my surface pro,writing maths is a very pleasant experience. (this is the connection to your "software to edit pdf" request)
post solutions online

Cuts down heaps on paper, physical storage, keeping track of past tests.
The price - student licence $29 .... 20 licences $458. Don't know if that is cheap or not for you.
tony

EDIT: a url would be nice I s'pose: http://www.ograhl.com/en/....php?Product=pdfannotator
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: September 26, 2013, 11:20:16 PM
Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: September 26, 2013, 09:22:01 PM
+1 for Concierto and Out of the Cool .... or is that +2 then?
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: September 26, 2013, 05:46:14 PM
How about Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaborations.
Or Bill Evans - he was one of the best.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: browse without hands on: June 19, 2013, 05:15:12 PM
Perhaps there's an eye tracking peripheral like the fighter pilots use to lock rockets on target?  It should be fast once you learn to control your blinking.  smiley
Several years ago, there was some freeware floating around for using your cam to track where you were looking and hence move the cursor. It worked (no comment about the quality of the experience).I can't remember whether it provided for LMB /RMB clicks or not. Probably best used just to sate one's curiosity.
Edit: there's a version at http://www.cameramouse.org/
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WTF? A serious news story about 50-foot tall humans on a planet?? on: June 18, 2013, 10:06:17 PM

  I guess you missed this part: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_SETI
err .... that was the link I supplied  ohmy 
Maybe you missed the difference between "SETI" and "ACTIVE_SETI"?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WTF? A serious news story about 50-foot tall humans on a planet?? on: June 17, 2013, 02:11:04 AM
It has always bothered me that we have massive radio telescopes (SETI), that for years has sent out messages

"The science known as SETI deals with searching for messages from aliens. METI (aka "active-SETI) science deals with the creation of messages to aliens. Thus, SETI and METI proponents have quite different perspectives."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_SETI
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WTF? A serious news story about 50-foot tall humans on a planet?? on: June 13, 2013, 09:18:16 PM
It has always bothered me that we have massive radio telescopes (SETI), that for years has sent out messages into the cosmos
I was under the impression that radio telescopes received rather than emitted and that the SETI  program searched for signals
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to open a can with a spoon on: April 21, 2013, 10:03:59 PM
Further OT...
Not happy,Edvard!!!! Just followed your link and my initial happiness turned to dismay when I saw that a "care less"defender wroe " It's too wide OF a word." (emphasis mine).
 English was a fairly good language - maybe not the best, but up there, until the Americans got their hands on it.
I'm going to take an aspirin and have a good lie down.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to open a can with a spoon on: April 21, 2013, 05:26:19 PM
Well,that clears that up,thank you.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to open a can with a spoon on: April 21, 2013, 04:44:28 AM
"Peaches",in some places,can also mean "OK" as in :
"Honey,sorry,we're out of peaches,will pears be OK?"
"That'll be peaches,dear".

Hope that clears up any confusion.

Now,how about the oft seen (at least,from USA sites) "I could care less" ... if someone could explain the logic in that one I'd be amazed.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Greatest shipping ripoff ever? on: December 17, 2012, 03:41:16 AM
Thanks 4wd for your kind offer, and others. Been a bit sidetracked tho checking out shipping costs for a used nuclear powered aircraft carrier for self defence.
Carol, was doing some prelim checking as it was mid weekend, evening, when no local shops opened. I tried today and will see what happens from a phone enquiry I made.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Greatest shipping ripoff ever? on: December 15, 2012, 04:50:08 AM
 Summer's here, time to get out my old small underwater camera. Needs a new O ring (like a rubber band) for the small watertight enclosure.
Great, on sale via Amazon for $9.95. Better place an order. Great (2), finally an item that they will allow shipping to Australia. Here I was thinking North Korea has less restriction on goods that can be purchased from Amazon... must be getting paranoid.

 Anyway, on to checkout. Wait a mo, this can't be right! I'm ordering a 1 oz (guesstimate) rubber band, and the shipping is $72 - AUSTRALIAN ONES, not cheap US ones.
$72 to send a rubber band to australia. In  their defence, it's expedited shipping. On the other hand, that's the only bloody choice offered.
Amazing.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remote Android Control Solution? on: October 02, 2012, 10:16:34 PM
Check this out to see if it's of any use:
https://play.google.com/s...ps/details?id=com.snappea
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 21, 2012, 05:19:32 PM
I'm talking too much, but can't resist one last thought. Then I'll defer.
I seem to recall how everything pointed to Saddam having WMD. How ironic.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 21, 2012, 05:15:01 PM
I'm afraid it's fantasy that Assange is not going to be extradited to the USA, should he reach Sweden. Everything points in that direction
 You say as FACT what at this stage is conjecture. "everything points in that direction" is hardly as basis for an assertion of fact. Everything has pointed to my football team winning the premiership each year for the last 20 years or so by now. They won it about 4 of those 20 times.
 You make be right in your PREDICTION, you may not.

I wonder what would be the story if the alleged crime was, say, child molestation, and the central figure wasn't a darling of the media.
 Would the idea of such a person refusing to go to Sweden to face molestation charges because the possibility of then maybe being somehow shipped to the USA be embraced? Or would the 2 issues be separated?

Whatever, to me it seems a bit like mob hysteria with all sorts of wild, fanciful claims springing up. Most of them based on half truths or rumour or someone is reported as having said instead of actual facts. With our favourite govt to hate being the witch.
Disclaimer 2. I'm Australian, not USA-an. And I hate the way USA culture has swamped Australian culture. (If I had the power I'd ban ALL tv and USA movies from being shown here) So I'm not a rusted on pro or anti USA person
 
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 21, 2012, 08:48:52 AM
I guess Renegade, that the reason I spoke up - not a smart move - is that the Assange debate seems to run precisely along the lines of claims of "assassination/indefinite detention/torture/whatever" which suggests the extreme possibilities whilst only factually based on the "whatever" possibility. ie the debate is not centred on fact but emotive claims and innuendo. Thus whipping up outrage and condemnation for no rational reason.
 This is not to suggest the USA shouldn't be yelled at for other things. In my youth I found it quite fun, but then I aged and got too lazy to yell at anyone
Disclosure: I hate all self appointed, evangelical, holier than thou proselytizers like Assange. Give me Elmer gantry any day
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 21, 2012, 08:39:05 AM
OTOH I dont think Assange can be fussy at this stage, what exactly he's facing can be argued, but I certainly wouldnt expect a fair trial (if any)

But what fair trial are you referring to? The ONLY trial we can say with certainty that he's facing is the Swedish one. So projecting to a USA trial at this stage is fantasy.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 21, 2012, 06:58:10 AM
No problem ...
http://www.abc.net.au/wor...content/2012/s3569972.htm
http://www.freedomhouse.o...nalists-are-assassins-ink
http://www.cpj.org/blog/2...epresses-free-express.php

I've selected links from different sources.
Interesting to read the source you quoted. Re assassination, I note what was outlined was
1. A FORMER AIDE to the CANADIAN  PM calling for Assages death
2. A REPUBLICAN (I'n not au fait with USA politics, but I know the president is a Democrat, and I'd assume a lone republican voice couldn't be called the US govt calling for anything.
3. A FORMER white house staffer who PARTLY supported the republican
4, A FOX NEWS commentator.

There are calls for prosecution for espionage, agreed. That seems odd to me (too). Note tho from your quoted article... "Punishments under the Espionage Act can include the death penalty, although in practice the US has not executed anyone for a crime other than murder since 1962"

I think the link you supplied has nothing to do with the US GOVT calling for Assage's assassination.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 21, 2012, 12:25:46 AM
if I had the world's largest super-power calling for my assassination/indefinite detention/torture/whatever
I only heard the "whatever" bit from news channels... the other bits I've heard claimed by his supporters and/or himself.
Would like a reference to where the USA govt has called for his assassination as you allege though.

What i meant though is that for a guy campaigning for freedom of information, he's sure allied himself with the antithesis of that in such a  media repressive leader as Correa
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 20, 2012, 07:07:53 PM
Assange in bed with Correa???? A tad hypocritical?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: bicycling suddenly a British speciality?! on: July 29, 2012, 07:02:41 AM
just saw that poor Cav was a bit upset with the world after the Olympic men's road race because they (the rest of the competitors) didn't ride to suit the British team.
Dearie me, how sad smiley
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