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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The first Lotus motorcycle on: February 22, 2014, 09:18:07 AM

Now that looks like a good time. Bummer they didn't have a shot with the body panels off and give us a look at the engine. I'd like to see if the went with a Harley-esq 45deg V, or a more Ducati like 90deg V for the engine layout (I'm guessing the latter).
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar - March 3-4, 2014 (NY, USA). on: February 20, 2014, 01:02:03 PM
Deming was way too conceptual, compared to other quality philosophers of that time, especially Juran and populist Crosby.

Tomos, here is summary of Mr. Deming, taken from my specialisation project and master thesis, condensed for forum:

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William Edwards Deming is considered to be the pioneer and the founder of the quality movement. After Second World War he was involved in planning of the Japanese Census. At that time Japanese engineers were studying Shewart's methods and techniques...

Oh, That guy. From what I recall of the story told when the factory I was working at years ago was being switched over to Just In Time (JIT) manufacturing. These techniques were indeed so new and revolutionary at the time that the current prevailing wisdom infested business establishment in the US had flat out laughed at him, and then basically foisted him on the Japanese after the war. Which then backfired rather handily for the Japanese and is much of the why the current top selling car in the US a currently the Toyota Corolla ... And has been for something like the past 12 years (which annoys me to no end).
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows moving around after monitors wake up on: February 20, 2014, 06:46:36 AM
FWIW, I run dual monitors and I DON'T experience this behaviour.  W7/64

Me either. I just jumped from Win7 with 2 22" 1920x1080 DVI monitors to Win8.1 with the same monitors but they are now DisplayPort with a DVI adapter. I have T-Clock auto sleep the monitors on session lock (Win+L) and nothing ever moves.

The only time I have seen this type of behavior is if I've been connected to the machine remotely. Then all bets are off as to where any given window will end up. With the old Win7 machine being a bit slow it would put on quite a show as they bounced all over hell trying to find where to be. But again, that was only if I had been connected remotely which already has to force everything from both screens into one smaller (at the house) screen so it was rather predictable behavior wise.
104  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition *FREE* (again) for a limited time on: February 19, 2014, 12:00:14 PM
It appears to be free here: http://www.oldversion.com...indows/paint-shop-pro-9-0  Note: UAYOR. This is just one example of where it is offered for free.

Damn, cool site man. One of my favorites was (the unfortunately 16-bit) Jasc ImageCommander v2.00 (from 1996) until I jumped to a 64-bit machine here at work.
105  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition *FREE* (again) for a limited time on: February 19, 2014, 06:56:48 AM
Well, it can be used "stand alone", but it's intended to be used with other programs, for example with Perfect Suite or with Lightroom, so the "basic image manipulations" (like size/crop) are not supposed to be in it, they are supposed to be done by the other program.

And you could use that exact same logic to explain away the need for the open and save dialogs, as they are after all rather pointless for a plugin. So I guess this is to stand alone...with friends. My definition of alone is a bit different I guess.

I know that for someone who doesn't intend to use it with Perfect Suite or Lightroom it's annoying, but it would also be annoying for me to have a resize in a program that's supposed to be a plugin/extension to Lightroom.

I'm sure there are a medley of things that can be toggled on or off as the software is started in either one of plugin or standalone modes. There is no "have to" in affording one options, however in omitting thing it does force one to have to futz with yet another piece of software to do a single (quick image modification) thing.

Also, don't forget that Perfect Effects is supposed to be the last step in the photo manipulation workflow, while resize/cut should be one of the first things you do.

That assumes a great deal about ones workflow...and according to whose rules? Perhaps someone wanted to dial in a few details while the image was still large/complete before dropping/cropping it to the finished size? I'm not a graphic artist with 100% of my time and space dedicated to image manipulation. I'm a network administrator that occasionally needs to do something quick with an image and therefore don't have time to waste going boing, boing, boing, between applications while trying to accomplish some probably trivial task for a user that got stuck needing X for Y in preparation for a deadline of some kind.

Besides, it's free, what more can you ask from it ? tongue

Actually it's normally $100 according to the add in the OP...and I can ask for the rest of it in the scant few moments while this is still a free country. cheesy
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 18, 2014, 03:05:13 PM
I generally don't have much need for local firewall (or related features) on my home PCs. The firewall, along with antispam and privacy controls, are handled by my gateway for the entire network. So on the local machines I just run Bitdefender + the Windows built-in firewall and call it a day.

I've had a long history of ignoring/disabling the software firewall due to having IPv4's NAT at the border. But with IPv6 no longer affording one that option (there is no NAT in IPv6), I've started experimenting with the built-in Windows firewall - which is configurable via GP on a domain - and rather like it. I think it should get better mention as it's quite granular if/as needed and also allows the simpler just prompt me as/if needed option.

I do have plans to give BD a shot one of these days but haven't gotten to it yet.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 18, 2014, 02:53:50 PM
Nooo I like Vikings - Rape, Pillage and Burn, what's not to love? At least they were honest about their intentions. Unlike so called civilized societies where they smile kind words while knifing you in the back.

I'm waiting to for new season to start cheesy
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 18, 2014, 10:58:43 AM
A, being a fan of Small and Light, that was nice! But see the note about behavior vs signatures. What if you got that to behave with a second AV program without them fighting each other? Could the combined power of the two approaches synergistically become "more than the sum of the parts"?

Hard to say, but the AV players are aware of it. As a result, many of the big AV products (that are signature based) also include a heuristic/suspicious behavior scanning feature. Many people leave it off. And it's not necessarily turned on by default.

40hz, question:
Why did you go with Bitdefender AV over MSE?

I'm going to guess because MS only has 2 sizes, tiny and enterprise. While MSE can (legally) be use on business networks with 10 or less machines. Above that (legally) requires MS ForeFront which is such a big harry monster that it doesn't make sense on networks with less than ~500 machines. So if you (and I suspect 40 is) are in that vast middle ground ... You need a middle sized (legal - option B ) solution to avoid getting forced into MS's A or C (dinky or huge respectively) size options.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 18, 2014, 07:00:07 AM
On the other hand, I had a Windows 8 Pro tablet.  I really wanted to like it...

Funny you should say that, as I approached the ElitePad in much the same fashion. The problem - and there is only one, but it's huge - is that lacking a physical keyboard, if I "click" or rather touch a text field...the on screen keyboard should appear...instead of making me hunt for it. But sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't...and the inconsistency just drives me bat shit.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Very interesting images by Erik Johansson on: February 18, 2014, 06:50:10 AM
might make an interesting set to be rotating through on one's desktop

I was thinking the same thing, but couldn't find any high res versions available.
111  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition *FREE* (again) for a limited time on: February 18, 2014, 06:48:14 AM
Would be nice if it at least had some basic resizing/crop in it, but I guess they want to charge you for that with Perfect Photo Suite...

Thats the only downside I see to that program if you want to use it as a standalone effects program.

Note: At least I could not find a resize/crop in it.

Indeed, if its billed as a stand alone application - which it is - then it needs to have the basic staple functions for the file format, and it doesn't get any more basic than resize and crop with images. That's like creating a text editor that doesn't do cut and paste ... I may not even install this thing.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 17, 2014, 03:52:35 PM
I have never actually met anyone with a Windows 8 or RT tablet!

I've got an HP ElitePad with Windows 8 Pro on it, does that count?
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 17, 2014, 07:56:45 AM
I've always rather liked Paul Thurrott, I'm not an avid reader...but I do like his style of presenting the new features list. As far as his "inaccuracies" *Shrug* I tend to assume that anyone in the press is completely full of shit and form my opinion on an average of everybody's input...and then weigh it against my own experience.

From a consumer perception stand point, Windows 8 is truly an epic class train wreck. I've seen people's reactions first hand. The expression of horror on their faces - as if I was using a shrunken dead baby head for a key fob - when I pull out a Windows phone. Or while spec'ing a new machine inquire as to what OS (8?)they would like to use.

I actually did worry a bit, but didn't hesitate to flatten Win7 and install Win8 on the new workstation I just got here at the office. I'm also not having any trouble using it. There are a few things that aren't where I expect/remember them to be, but search works just fine.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 17, 2014, 07:15:27 AM
Fanciful friending tactics aside, I think the point of the article lies here:
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“If you want Google search, they’re going to shove Google Plus at you pretty hard, so the consumer’s forced to take the product they don’t want to get the product they want,” said Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School who studies antitrust law and the Internet.

“That raises big questions under antitrust law,” he said. “It reminds me a little bit of Microsoft when Microsoft was fearing Netscape and decided to bend over backward and do anything possible to tie Explorer to their operating system.”

Google declined to comment on this issue.

[Insert Favorite Do Not Want Meme Here]

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And despite what some vocal users have said, few have fled — a sign, perhaps, of Google’s sheer strength on the web.

“If people want to use your platform enough,” Mr. Elliott said, “you can get away with quite a lot.”

I think they meant to say if sheeple want to use... But never the less the point stands. Folks are getting turned into a pair of eyeballs with a - soon to be empty - wallet.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING! Linksys routers infected with self-replicating worm/malware. on: February 15, 2014, 08:29:36 AM
So, why, one wonders, did UpNp get excommunicated and HNAP get invited in...?

UPnP is to allow misc. services to get out. HNAP is to let misc. "Admins" get in. But skipping past the whole opposite directional intent bit. UPnP got much more (sales pitching to customers) exposure. Where HNAP was never really used much, because:
 1. admitting the thing could break isn't a sales highpoint.
 2. Getting the customer to enable UPnP (assuming it wasn't already by default) was the easiest route out for support people.
 3. The only time support would really need to get into a (residential...) customer's router...was when they were stuck offline...making the point of the protocol rather moot.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING! Linksys routers infected with self-replicating worm/malware. on: February 14, 2014, 07:08:51 AM
Okay... I've only gotten as far as reading the above, but with an exploit that uses an HTTP request to port 8080 as an entry point I can only assume they're targeting the external access remote administration "feature" of the router. A feature that should be either turned off, or highly restricted to start with me thinks.

So is this exploit somehow bypassing configuration imposed restrictions, or is it just targeting the defaults crowd? I'm inclined to think simply turning off remote administration - like it's really used that often by home users - would sufficiently mitigate this but don't want to assume that just yet.



Edit: Looks like SANS confirmed the Remote Administration off = safe hypothesis.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: February 14, 2014, 06:49:33 AM
In the forum here, the face looks well balanced on my monitor (with brightness relatively low on monitor settings).

Looks perfectly fine here to me as well.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 13, 2014, 10:52:48 AM
Zoiks! With the exception of the top few, those are some frighteningly high percentages.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hidden Files on: February 13, 2014, 10:45:37 AM
Have you tried an offline scan of the machine?
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Very interesting images by Erik Johansson on: February 13, 2014, 10:42:26 AM
Those are cool.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for Windows 8 (got any?) on: February 13, 2014, 07:31:42 AM
Don't know if this has been posted yet but: Windows 8: How To Recover Previous Versions Of Files
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's not a valid windows 32bit application on: February 13, 2014, 06:55:24 AM
What can I do to recover those affected executables.

OS isn't mentioned, but if it is Win7 Previous Versions may be an option if it's enabled.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stop NSA Spying! on: February 12, 2014, 11:58:29 AM
Creating more laws won't stop anything. It just makes the rat maze all that more convoluted. (Hint: rat is a 3 letter word...) The problem lies in the existing laws that these rats are wiggling through. Repeal these laws and the rats no longer have places to hide. Patriot Act, bad law, get rid of it...and all of its little Constitution pissing friends should go with it.

The 3 letter alphabet soup rats need to be constrained by extremely bright sunshine to keep them from deviating from there actually appropriate tasks. Strip them of their volumes of legal mumbo-jumbo wiggle room, so they spend plenty of good quality time fearing being thrown in one of their own prisons if they get caught going peeping-Tom on one the fine citizens what's covered by the constitution.

They should all should be given, and be required to carry at all times a book with only one page. On that page should be written:
What Part of NO Did You Miss?
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Point About Grammar on: February 11, 2014, 03:33:06 PM
I was actually just going with liquid and solid (ice at bottom of photo) for a total of 2.

I did not however see any lakes in the photo. Wink
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hidden Files on: February 11, 2014, 02:51:04 PM
FWIW - anytime I'm doing a virus scan, I'll run CCleaner and nuke all the temporary files and cookies just to save scan time.

I use ATF-Cleaner for much the same reason. It easily knocks close to an hour off the scan time. I haven't tried it on Win8/81 yet, but its never done me wrong on Win7 and below.
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