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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 24, 2015, 11:30:28 AM
On the subject of automotive oddities, though, are the old 6V positive ground electrical systems.

1960's era British motorcycles (like the 1969 Norton Commando I had years ago) were known for that configuration. They were also the driving force behind the popular then derisive phrase "Lucas, master of darkness".
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 24, 2015, 06:44:28 AM
Non-clumping kitty-litter will help absorb these fluid puddles and it's cheaper that oil-dry.

 cheesy I've been doing that one for years (sand works ok in a pinch too). Thmbsup
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 23, 2015, 05:05:51 PM
With a cheater bar over the breaker bar.

If by cheater bar you mean a piece of pipe then yes, I've done both. Actually motorcycle front fork tubes work wonderfully for that. (Speaking of which...) Did you know that the lug nuts on the passenger side of a 64 Dodge polara are left hand thread?? I didn't ... And I snapped 2 Craftsman 1/2" ratchets and split 3 sockets before I figured it out.
4  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Delete every N files, or keep only every N files on: April 23, 2015, 11:19:29 AM
Be aware that having a (1) directory with ~80,000 files in it will bring Explorer, and other tools looking at that file-list, to a crawl Cry

Damn it! ...So what is the best way to store porn?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 23, 2015, 11:14:33 AM

Why do you ask..? http://www.donationcoder....16974.msg376108#msg376108
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Automakers Want to Outlaw Gearheads From Working on Their Own Cars on: April 23, 2015, 07:08:12 AM
Aha, this is about altering the control computer's software, not actual car repair.  You almost had me there...  embarassed

The two are not mutually exclusive...as sometimes the repair is to alter the control computer's software. It's bad enough that the bar is already set at prohibitively expensive gadgetry just to do a minor engine tweak like dropping the idle so one's Harley goes back to idling like a Harley is supposed to instead of buzzing like some spastic appliance (Dealer Only Item(s) cost ~$600 for just that!).

No the corporate masters need to lose this one, and the messier the better. Because killing off an entire aspect of our culture in the name of IP law is simple unacceptable.


Well, the man did say "... copying the software is at issue after all, not wholly replacing it, ...".

A clever sentiment sure. But it reality which scenario is more likely to have an adverse impact on the environment?
1. People get an existing know good system and tweak it to their specific needs/liking.
2. People have to scratch build something totally in the hops of building a workable (close enough) baseline they can then work from.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 23, 2015, 06:27:40 AM
Then you can get away with it.. usually.

LOL ...Usually..  Thmbsup

Keeping you hand open so the ratchet hits first helps a bit on those odd occasions too. Alternatively I'm a huge fan of breaker bars as they nicely limit the amount of force that needs to be controlled.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Automakers Want to Outlaw Gearheads From Working on Their Own Cars on: April 22, 2015, 02:14:24 PM
In other words, they're using the DMCA in exactly the way it was intended.

...As a blunt object with which the corporations could beat the common man into subjugation?
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Automakers Want to Outlaw Gearheads From Working on Their Own Cars on: April 22, 2015, 11:25:09 AM
It's this kind of narrow minded savagely frothing greed that caused people on the fence to go totally Black Hat.

...And quite frankly, I'm already shopping for a Fedora.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: April 22, 2015, 11:17:54 AM
Terrorists also use water, air, and brains. I propose we outlaw them all! tongue 

Yes, and their wieners too, because that's where terrorists come from! All people need to do is get everybody together to all cut off their wieners so no more new terrorists can be made.

Yet another problem quickly and easily solved with Occam's Razor..
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 22, 2015, 11:13:32 AM
I'm with Ren on this one...you don't get to change the name of something just because you have decided it hurts you feelings if/when/only because of your desire to take it radically out of context.

Rapeseed - Stupidity should be punished...not rewarded.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Ads to move to full HTTPS as of June 2015 on: April 22, 2015, 07:03:57 AM
I don't care if the traffic to Google ads are encrypted. I want all traffic to/from Google ads blocked, encrypted or not. cheesy

Amen to that!

WTF:
Quote from: The Article
The changes are designed to ensure that users are safe from ad-borne security threats when watching videos, opening mobile apps or running any applications, the two Google executives blogged.  Moving ads to HTTPS ensures that users will automatically have an encrypted connection with the ad servers, just like they have an encrypted connection when using Google Search and Gmail and YouTube.


Somehow I don't recall ever hearing about MITM being an issue/factor with hostile Ads, as it's usually the Ads themselves that are foisting some scareware crap on the target. The marketing companies being constantly in a froth for money...the "screening process" (yes I'm smirking) for who gets to advertise what is total shit. Delivering malware over a "secure" connection - to me - makes about as much sense as having an attacker take a shower before they murder you.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 20, 2015, 10:04:17 PM
^That's kinda what I figured...but it is early so I figured dipping a toe in couldn't hurt.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 20, 2015, 06:23:27 PM
Not sure if anyone has heard about this one, or even if it's legit ... But I'm giving it a shot in the name of insane curiosity. eBitInvest.com (Yes that is a referral link)
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: April 12, 2015, 04:37:07 PM
Based on the angle of the walls at what appears to be the entrance to the stairs, I'd say the cat is going up.
16  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: WordPress Login Fiasco on: April 12, 2015, 01:56:56 PM
Server side caching on a server that doesn't even seem to have a control panel? You probably need to use phpinfo uploaded via FTP to get some php and other version info. Something like wwww.domain.com/cpanel or serverip:8443 doesn't exist?

Yes, caching is an IIS default, the cpanel is optional. *Shrug* ...The hosting is also donated by another company, and was in place prior to my involvement...so I've no idea what agreements were made.

On the "bright" side...the db crashed shortly after my post (main site displayed db go poof error). So after whoever restarted whatever (or maybe it was automated) I was able to get in just fine (about an hour later).

But thanks for chiming in!
17  Other Software / Developer's Corner / WordPress Login Fiasco on: April 11, 2015, 09:45:30 AM
Greetings
   This is one of those nagging issues I've been contending with for a while, that has finally come to a head. From the research I've done it's a somewhat common issue that has no real concrete solution. When trying to login to the WordPress admin backend the login keeps looping back to the login screen (yes the password is correct). The reflexively regurgitated answer is to dump the browser cache...which - for whatever reason - has never worked. The issue affects all browsers I have tried (IE, FF, Chrome, and Safari (Yes, I actually got that desperate..)).

   The only thing that I have found that had a high rate (98%) of success, was to toggle IE's compatibility mode. Start normal, let it fail, flip on compatibility mode, and it succeeded (Usually..). After this, the site could be put back in normal mode...and the login would work fine. Once again...Usually.

   Now the behavior has changed so that the redirect maze which is the WP login just stops at a blank page that after a few (5-10 - sometimes forced) refreshes finally kicks me back to the login page. I suspect that it is something that is being cached on the server side. But this is the only site I deal with that I don't have direct access to the server on. They don't even have a control panel that I (have ever seen) am aware of. I do have FTP access to the site root so I can attempt to force the issue from there...but I'm not entirely sure what the best angle of attack would be.

   The site is for the local Humane Society which I donate the time to maintain for them. So the creatures and I would greatly appreciate any assistance we can get with this issue.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

   
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Solved: Visual Studio Toolbox Blues on: April 10, 2015, 11:20:10 PM
I was thinking about giving it a shot, but the MPN subscription requirement just didn't sit right with me. Is there really anything that exciting in 13 to make it worth shenanigans?

I'm currently running 10 (08 & 05), and I can score a copy of 12 from the office ... It's just that this subscription shit gives me the willies..
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 10, 2015, 07:02:44 AM
I use Acrobat 9 Pro, and it's very fast. Small files open instantly, and opening larger ones only takes a few seconds. (3 seconds with a 150 MB file I just checked.) However, it's rather expensive. It does include all the bells & whistles, but most are rarely needed, similar to how few of MS Office features are ever needed.

Just throwing that out there as nobody had mentioned it, and it is very fast.

Isn't 9 EoL, or do you still get security updates for it?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 09, 2015, 07:04:04 AM
Derp! ...Apparently I've been using the Editor for a while now and didn't realize it.


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My PDF requirements are fairly minimal, just view and occasionally create (with Cute PDF)...but the view part must be fast. Apparently the Editor is a bit slower than the viewer - I had been wondering about that - but not enough to be really aggravating.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 08, 2015, 11:29:10 AM
it's worth noting that VirtualBox will not work if you have a modified version of uxtheme.dll (which has to be modified if you want to use non-windows themes for the OS).
https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/13767
Damn, that's arrogant!

That was my first thought, also- though I'd assume it would be possible to fork it and remove that check.

Not everything UI plays nice together. T-Clock had a similar check in its code for many years. For the most part I'd just left it there - trusting the previous author - to see if anybody ever complained ... which they never did. TBH I'm not entirely sure if it's still there of not.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 08, 2015, 06:44:30 AM
Posting from within Spartan

Posting this from the new Project Spartan browser in Windows 10 b10049 ... It's definitely fast. Really, really fast.
Does it use multiple executables?
Yes, I'm showing 4 listed in TM just to get here - New tab == new .exe instance.
Does it do that for every tab? One of the things previous versions of IE was smart about, was doing tab/process grouping - so, unlike insane-o chrome, you don't end up with a zillion processes not executables. The separation of "UI" and "Worker" processes seems like a sound thing to do, but each site in its own processes is... ugh (sure, there's some security implications, but mostly it smells like a "uh, threading and async is hard" thing to me).


Sorry, it took me a while to get back to this (I didn't have time to fiddle with 10). It starts with 3 for the first tab/page, added a forth for the 2nd tab, then held there for the 3rd tab. Added another for the 4th tab, and held there for the next 7. The 8th tab finally added another instance of the .exe.

So...I'll go with yes on this one.





- I just saw an article that says a search bar (may?) be hard-coded to sit there starting at you in Win10, and it's part integrated with Bing.

It is currently the - search every with tiled MSN like web highlights (ick) - default, but there is an option to remove it ... Which I'd sincerely hope they never drop.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: April 07, 2015, 10:27:52 PM
For the record, my dick has never been photographed.

However, if the NSA is truly that desperate for cheap thrills... I will - as part of my patriotic duty - post pics to the forum of their choice for $3,000,000 (tax free). Payment in Bitcoin preferred: 1HQXMMLwvqNH4jrJD7YVMeLx9wqDgSswsi

 cheesy
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 06, 2015, 06:47:46 AM
^Hay, that's Groovy man!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 03, 2015, 06:58:43 AM
Posting this from the new Project Spartan browser in Windows 10 b10049 ... It's definitely fast. Really, really fast.

Can you give a couple of examples of how "fast" affects normal websites? Such as a site (I will load here), and "before and after" aka Spartan vs FF&gang/Chrome&gang/IE/Safari or whatever.

(In all 3 minutes I got before the VM locked up) Testing is strictly - click-->result - subjective. If I have to use a stopwatch to "see" improvement...there ain't none. But for the test sites I used (here/MSN/Bing image search), the get there and load (to usable e.g. I can scroll smoothly) times were as close to instantaneous as anything I've seen. Much faster than IE, FF, or Chrome on the native hardware host machine.

I'm lately deciding UI interface and maybe usability is my number one metric of software. (See my other Kingsoft office post today on the other thread.) So I can't even think of a time when I felt my browser was the culprit for not rendering a page. Often a site will be slow, but the status bar at the bottom will say things like "waiting for site at 3.14.15.926 to load..." so it's not the browser render fault.

Funny thing you mention the status bar...because there ain't one that I can find ... So I can't see where I'm going when hovering over a link. Other than that it hasn't pissed me off, yet..
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