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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 31, 2015, 05:40:49 PM
^Apologies. Sad 

No need, I was actually trying to be funny (it was a sarcastic dig at my own cynicism).


Welcome to "historically interesting" times. tellme

Indeed we are. And much like with Doctor Who's Weeping Angels, we're unable to look away for fear of being consumed.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 31, 2015, 09:50:17 AM
^Gee, thanks for totally crushing my feeble attempt at trying to pretend I could be at least fake being somewhat optimistic..
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 31, 2015, 07:57:57 AM
Guns can be used only for killing/injuring people. I haven't heard of anyone using a revolver to generate power. (Yeah I know the line "you have guns to deter others, not to actually use them." and I know the second amendment's advertised raison d'etre. But I don't believe everything I hear).

Blog software also has one purpose, but it is not crime related (at least assuming we have freedom of expression). The link between blog software and piracy is not as direct as the link between gun and murder.

Its' true that guns do have a bit of an image problem coming up with a second usage. But if one's intended usage is "Lawful self defense" (a mandatory checkbox on the carry permit application) as a purchase reason then it is per se, quite legal. Conversely if the blog was purchased with the sole intent of presenting one of an ever growing list of topics that are quickly becoming "exempt" from the purview of free speech...well ... Someone...someday... may find reason to start requiring a waiting period - and a bit of background checking - for those too.


Note: personally I agree with you on the distinction. But it's lines like the above that (need to) get crossed if the system (and it's right's/freedoms) we know is to be properly and completely flushed down the proverbial toilet.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Web Essay: Never trust a corporation to do a library's job on: January 29, 2015, 11:09:50 PM
you could have stopped with "Never trust a corporation," truth be told...

Oh...Come on, some horses need whipping dead or alive.  cheesy
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: everyday life revolution on: January 29, 2015, 04:53:41 PM
^O_o I've never been a jock, or a nerd, I'm just a guy ... That can be an asshole. But the instant gratification thing is true. People are getting to used to having things too easily at their fingertips...and it's making people over all dumber ... Because nobody needs to bother to work at anything anymore.

Some of the best experiences in life can be had during the course of seemingly mundane activities if they're done with a bit of creativity...and the right people. People that you would otherwise never have encountered if the activity had been removed by some form automation.

Yes kalos seems to keep running into the grouchy old peoples club with his new fangled ideas. But that's ok, as is his desire to try. Not all ideas work for all people,. and eventually he may just come up with a winner. A wise man once told me that if you don't make a few mistakes (/fail) now and then...then you're obviously not trying very hard. Kalos is (to me) obviously trying...and that's a good thing.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Web Essay: Never trust a corporation to do a library's job on: January 29, 2015, 04:38:36 PM
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Sorry, couldn't resist.. cheesy
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: everyday life revolution on: January 29, 2015, 02:34:01 PM
At any rate, if you automate all aspects of your life, what do you have left?  Not much.  That's what.  And, if you say something like, "Just automate the mundane things in life so you have more time for the fun things," I would tell you that that just goes hand-in-hand with the "immediate gratification" paradigm that we see more and more in the world (especially with the younger generation).  It's not healthy, in my opinion.  I'd rather feel like I've earned my so-called fun time by taking care of the mundane things that need to be taken care of.  That's called delayed gratification and I find that a much healthier paradigm (especially for children).

^this - Bravo!!  Thmbsup
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 29, 2015, 02:21:53 PM
And purely for the convenience of those who want to protect us from what they feel we need to be protected from - whether we want it or not.

Precisely where I was going, I just forgot to put the word safe in quotes to assist in imply that.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 29, 2015, 11:39:43 AM
PCs changed all that. Software started to be thought of as sold once the old dinosaur code devs reluctantly realized private individuals didn't have the money or patience to put up with arcane software licensing rules and restrictions.

Then we need to hire William Wallace to spearhead rioting in streets that run red with rivers of corporate blood to ensure that freedom from that level of draconian blood sucking is not and will not be tolerated.

^If only life was fair^ ... But seriously.

Ultimately I suspect that the whole PC/Internet wild west show is going to get turned just another corporate sucking noise just like every other technological advance -(television/telephone/the automobile/etc.)- that was really fun until some idiot insisted on making it safe and profitable.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 28, 2015, 05:29:19 PM
It's getting really hard for me to stay in this game. I've basically stopped monitoring anything because it's just become too depressing to watch. If the coin's value doesn't crawl out of the toilet soon, I'm kinda screwed..
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 28, 2015, 02:52:06 PM
Is that more what you were talking about?

Yes.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 28, 2015, 12:21:08 PM
As ultimate outcomes go, yes ... But that wasn't really the point I was trying to make. I was trying to point out the similarities in behavior at the perceived 'top' and 'bottom' of a hierarchy.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 28, 2015, 11:25:12 AM
It pays to remember, as William Gibson so nicely put it in Burning Chrome, that "the street finds its own uses for things..." -

So too does government.


It's always struck me as funny how - behaviorally speaking - it always seems to be perceived as a pyramid with the government at the top and the - street fighting - rabble at the bottom. Because to me it's not a pyramid at all...but a circle...with middle management being the only ones that truly have to suffer "good" behavior. Because the closer you get to the top of the pile, the less oversight there is constraining ones behavior. And this continues until at the highest levels...where no one is/can be watching ... The typical street rules; posturing, aggressive attitudes, and a reliance/thirst for violence returns as everything circles back to the worst possible behavioral traits.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Urgent request for informatioon regarding time stamp in Windows 8 on: January 28, 2015, 06:48:56 AM
Afetr creating a new setupand adding a few files then pulling a full dump fr4om MySQL it was easy to see that inside the DB they were 12:30 ahead.  Turned out that particular module contained inside a modified script that was done by a programmer in the New Delhi TZ which is UTC+5:30.  I am UTC-6.  A total of exactly 11:30 and forward across the dateline.

Okay, that has got to suck bad enough for some kind of award ... Holy shit!
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: save & playback of Q&A session on: January 27, 2015, 06:48:15 AM
I can download and conduct a learning Q&A session.
I can disconnect from the Internet, and conduct the entire session disconnected.

That tends to imply that the test is already saved locally in some fashion. Is this a completely browser based activity, or did you have to download and install anything to start using the tests? If you right click in the test area of the browser window, do you get a context menu that implies that the test may be flash?


But when I 'master' a 'section', although it allows me to return and repeat the mastered sections online, it 'rewards' me by giving me fewer questions, instead of the full original list of questions.

Assuming this could be cookie driven, if you use in private mode to access the test do the previously correctly answered questions come back?
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: everyday life revolution on: January 26, 2015, 11:51:05 AM
Um...there are some "business establishments" on the fringes of the 'hospitality' industry that will do just that for you. For a small fee of course. tongue

Hay man, let'em get the thing to market. Then we can make a killing selling software patch/add-ons that slowdown that 30 second "shower" massage so it takes -(Ya Know)- long enough.. cheesy


Behold ... The all new Kohler Happy-Ending 5!
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Authorities suspect a shark tried to eat Vietnam's Internet on: January 26, 2015, 06:46:26 AM
Perhaps it's a remotely controlled robotic shark ...(Scooby)... We should enhance the video and read the serial number off the tail to identify the country of origin.. cheesy



(Sorry, I just had to go there - I am so getting shot for this)
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 25, 2015, 03:04:50 PM
Quote from: The Article
Survey data from Australia indicated legislation was a poor approach as it discouraged cycling—e.g. child cycle use fell 44% by the second year of the helmet law in New South Wales, Australia

Yeah! - WAY TO SUCK ALL THE FUN OUT OF IT MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The article's conclusion invariable ends up the same place this always ends up...which is: Stop trying to make people on two wheels safe(r) to run over ... And start paying attention to where the hell you're driving!

They really need to just carve "Pay Fucking Attention to What You're Doing!" on a rock, name it the rock of knowledge, and share it with all the people of the world. So the next time some jackass in country X decides that it might be a grand idea to piss a few million dollars down the drain on a "Government Study" ... The can just smack them in the forehead with the 'Rock of Knowledge' and be done with it for free.

It's the exact same outcome...for a hell of a lot less money.


I've found that if I cycle well, i.e. keep a very straight line, some drivers will pass dangerously close to me. So I tend to weave slightly to try and keep them more aware, and wary, of me. Not ideal, but I'm still here :-/

1. Bicycle/Motorcycle makes no difference in this context.
2. I've been riding a motorcycle on the street since 1977 (and bicycles before that).
3. You're right ... doing what you can to draw a bit more attention to yourself, helps keep you in one piece.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 24, 2015, 11:01:51 AM
Here's a broken link that lead me to a very interesting and informative 404 page.
20  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Page Countster on: January 23, 2015, 05:50:12 PM
From the lack of activity here I am guessing this app is no longer being developed?

Actually - due to it originally being a company project - Official development on it ended in 2008. This is the only reason it could be released for the 2010 NANY.



Which is a shame, this is an amazing app and incredibly useful.

Thank you, I spent an insane amount of time writing it.


It would be even perfect if Ricoh MFDs followed the same standards other manufacturer's use so we could color page counts.

There are many of the manufacturers - actually most at this point - that chose not to follow the original standards. But then again there are currently so many variations on how pages are counted (e.g. weighted counts for billing purposes) it's a miracle anything works these days.


Page Countster has always been one of my favorite programs, and I've always been tempted to take another run at it to see if I can make it a bit faster by spreading the scan out over multiple threads. But so far the time has not been available.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 23, 2015, 11:26:41 AM
In reality, the only reason everybody hated it was the noise.

After a few 100,000 pages the (plastic) drive gears tend to get a bit (worn) noisy, but the gear kit and labor aren't that bad IIRC (I never had to pay for one, but I did several). Otherwise they're a very quiet printer. Mine sits right next to the phone:

I had a LaserJet 4100 and loved it - It had 1.2 Million Pages on it..
It got replaced by a LaserJet 4015, and I hated the noisy thing - Couldn't hear on phone.
Now I have LaserJet 4050 - with good gears - and I can once again hear on the phone just fine.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 23, 2015, 06:58:49 AM
Runs fine here at the office on Win8.1 Pro x64 *Shrug* ...I'm thinking it's a .NET thing (I don't have 4 at home).
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 22, 2015, 07:26:18 PM
Hm... I'm not using SecureDNS either. Miles?
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 22, 2015, 05:45:17 PM
Edit3:  So far not so good. I installed in Portable Mode.  Even after a reboot I get "Ice Dragon is already running but not responding." It doesn't show in Task Manager.  Something is busted.

At least you got an error message ... Mine won't even do that. Sad

I also went portable on Win7 x64 Pro. Moved portable folder to location w/o permissions issues, and still no dice.

Maybe TD meant he played with it fast, because it wouldn't start.. cheesy
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 22, 2015, 03:58:44 PM
My experience with HP is to stick to the real business class products and you'll be fine. T'was a time when that was all they sold, so it was a no-brainer going with HP. The old Laserjets (II/3/4/5/81xx/85xx, etc.) were built like tanks and un-killable.

I've currently got an HP LaserJet 4050dn here in IT, and a standing threat to shoot anybody that tries to wander off with it.


And they were repairable (often even field repairable) if anything did go wrong.

We have a crew of 5 service techs that do HP (and other brands) field repairs, all day, every day. So they are still possible. Wink


Then HP (of necessity) got into home/consumer-grade products...and the results are what we live with today.


I get where you're coming from here ... And yes, many of the really low end devices are ship to factory for disposal repair only. But I think that's only in the InkJet stuff...I honestly don't recall it ever happening with any of the LaserJets.


But I don't completely blame HP's engineers...

While I frequently spend much time swearing at them because of some of the designs...or the fact that they keep moving things. Over all I really like their products. Especially from the networking side where scan to Email/Folder/etc. services have to be tied into customer networks. I've dealt with the UI's from all of the major brands, and many of the fringe/copier brands. HP definitely has the best Embedded Web Server for administrative access going. Yes they tend to be slow as hell (since they went SSL). But they are laid out so that everything needed for a given task is in the section for that task.
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