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101  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Long time members with over 50 posts, report for disbursement duty on: June 08, 2014, 05:52:06 PM
Should we share who we have/plan to distribute to?

I think I found my first proposed recipient of a MouserBuck.

That might actually be interesting if done after so as not to skew the results
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stuff We Feel Like Bitching About on: June 08, 2014, 02:30:36 PM
People don't have that level of personal connection they had before technology made them 'social'.  And so in the mistaken view that 'we're more social than ever', we equate words with the same sort of level that 'actions' used to be associated with.  While it is true that you can turn harass/stalk people online, I don't see why we don't focus on the actions rather than the words.

 cheesy And that rather cleanly cuts to the quick of it! Thmbsup

electronic communication has made it easier for people to react to each other, and completely incapable of interacting with each other. And it's not that it's necessarily bad that body language, expression, and inflection is/has been stripped away from these types encounters. It's that devoid of these handy cues regarding the actual intent of the speaker...people (or at least a general cross section of them) seem to persist in wanting to reflexively assume the worse about the intentions of their fellow man.

The sadly hysterical part of all this is it is generally done under the banner of tolerance ... Which is of course a strictly enforced utopian ideal ... With a zero tolerance policy.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stuff We Feel Like Bitching About on: June 08, 2014, 09:13:56 AM
PC crap drives me nuts.

The South Park episode "The 'F' Word" is really good. All the kids run around calling a bunch of loud bikers "faggots". I remember when I was a kid before I had any idea what sex was, much less any idea about homosexuality, that everyone said "fag" and it was pretty much the same as "jerk" or "spaz".

Yes, but you see that was back in our day when the colloquial wisdom of the time persisted that sticks and stones would break ones bones, but words would never hurt you.

Now however we have the hyper reactive shrinking violet movement's new-think assertion that [affect theatrical crying jag] Words Hurt! [/end theatrical crying jag] ...Which is just flat out retarded on so many levels I can't even begin to try counting them. The whole thing is just devolving into an idiotic witch hunt spearheaded by a bunch of smug completely out of touch with reality assholes that think that they are morally superior simply because they haven't been caught up in their own machine yet.


What I see quite often is a bunch of thin-skinned candy-ass pansies that are just looking for a reason to be "offended".

And the really funny part about all this is that ^they^ are the very same people that created the problem in the ****ing first place by forcing the previously established and working system to start persecuting the actual victims. Because back in the day everybody knew who the real bullies were, and when they occasionally ran into someone that had the panache to call their bluff...the then well deserved beating was quietly overlooked as it should be. But then in came the stampede of whine-pants idiots that can't accept the simple fact that their "little angel" just so happens to be a total asshole.

So the environment now is one in which the only "acceptable" form of recourse is to run crying with piss filled knickers to "mommy" - be that a teacher cop or other authority figure - to "protect" you from bad people because of the harsh penalties that are levied against anyone foolish enough to stand up for themselves.

I say screw all the hand holding nonsense, and stiffen the penalties for bothering the police with petty bullshit. Then make it perfectly legal to punch someone in the face (only once) for saying something that is incredibly rude or stupid. I bet it won't take more than 6 months for folks to start falling back into the 1950's era version of polite interaction.
104  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Long time members with over 50 posts, report for disbursement duty on: June 08, 2014, 08:25:59 AM
I'm in.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Our experiences with LED light bulb replacements on: June 05, 2014, 08:35:07 PM
Been hunting for an LED light that can be used on [covered] front porch.  Needs to be reasonably weather resistant, if not weatherproof.  Also would be nice if it had built in light sensor so I don't have to remember to turn it on - or off! - but I might be reaching a bit there  undecided.  Corpus, while comfortable, is not a shopping metropolis  tellme, and I'm not having a great deal of luck searching online.  Any suggestions?

Lowes has a couple of variations on that theme that screw into the bulb socket, and then the bulb screws into them:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_3...t%2Bswitch&facetInfo=
http://www.lowes.com/pd_3...t%2Bswitch&facetInfo=
http://www.lowes.com/pd_3...t%2Bswitch&facetInfo=
http://www.lowes.com/pd_1...t%2Bswitch&facetInfo=
http://www.lowes.com/Prod...el=nofollow&cId=PDIO1
http://www.lowes.com/Prod...el=nofollow&cId=PDIO1

I've had similar motion sensitive widget on my front porch for the a few years now. Walk up, the light comes on. Walk away the light goes off in about 10 minutes. And the best part is, I do nothing. smiley
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Trend Micro's Rik Ferguson says ISPs should quarantine infected computers on: June 05, 2014, 06:48:57 PM
I hope the resources they direct the account owner to, to clean up their machine, is included in that "limited internet resources".

Of course ... The users will be automatically redirected to whichever vendor is offering the highest kickback for the then hostage traffic being pumped through their gates.


I also hope they are fully prepared to offer phone support to go along with it.

Can I put in a request to be a fly on the wall for the first time the switchboard explodes with the first wave of undoubtedly extremely hostile customers? Especially in the SMB space where you're likely to run into 500 users behind one IP that just got "quarantined" because one dipstick in accounting opened an attachment.

If our ISP at the office thinks I was unpleasant about being handed an entire block of blacklisted IP addressed for our mail server back when we first switched to them. I'm sure they'll be quite astonished at how much worse I can actually get if this bit of nonsense hit the fan. Especially if it got triggered by a customers machine that had been brought in for decontamination.

Yeah, I'm with Edward...this is an incredibly stupid idea. Even if it would be fun to watch them get lynched by their own support staff for putting them directly in the line of fire.


Here's a thought, how about they use all those snazzy resources to screen out the hosting server source of the hostile code? ...Oh wait, OpenDNS already does that. And they crowd source much of the blocked hostile content from the same people that this asshat thinks don't care.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Call to arms on net neutrailty on: June 05, 2014, 05:01:52 PM
I'm not sure which is scarier, the fox guarding the hen house at the FCC, or the fact that a TV comedian successfully DoS'ed a government website by way of inspirational request.

...Well okay, the second one is funny as hell.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Lite - viable 1st Linux alternative for XP and Vista users on: June 05, 2014, 02:31:53 PM
Okay, so I have LL2.0 x86 running in a Hyper-V VM on Windows 8.1, and have installed all the updates. So Far, so good ... But two things are bugging me:
  1. How do I get rid of the Floppy Disk icon on the desktop.
  2. What are my chances of getting the sound working? The system seems to think it is playing sounds. Youtube video made virtual audio level meter bounce ... But no (noise comes out) sound can be heard.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 05, 2014, 01:02:28 PM
"Gangnam" refers to an upscale district considered to be snooty but has a lot of what we would call "wannabes" mixed in. So the song parodies the wannabe-posh people.

I Did Not Know That. Interesting...I kind of like the song now..
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to remove CDFS partition from a USB Stick on: June 05, 2014, 12:58:07 PM
Throw it away. The time you'll spend removing the partition is worth more than a bit of USB memory.

Um... Guys can't do that! When challenge vs. practical ... Practical loses.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 05, 2014, 12:54:17 PM

Holy What The... cheesy ...Please tell me there is a back story available for that photo that doesn't involve Photoshop.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An interesting marriage on: June 05, 2014, 12:29:59 PM
I'd say Frankenstein's Bride there is lookin' pretty hot. cheesy
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 04, 2014, 10:07:25 PM
 cheesy Thmbsup
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to remove CDFS partition from a USB Stick on: June 04, 2014, 10:06:28 PM
So you'll also need to grab a copy of Chip Genius to determine which chip and flavor of Umptool you need. Google it.

No need for to Google, it's covered by link 3 from your video posted above.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 04, 2014, 05:48:25 PM
Had to check with the wife on that one. She shops at Publix all the time, because the food is better there than Winn Dixie. There is no noticeable price creep (she watches), and they will allow you to split a BOGO for half price.

But we're in central Florida, so perhaps it's a region/store level policy decision. She did mention that they will pester you about doing it...but they will let it happen here. *Shrug*

...Christ we are way the hell off topic now....ain't we?
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to remove CDFS partition from a USB Stick on: June 04, 2014, 05:23:39 PM
Links from end of video above that don't require (manual labor) typing:

http://www.webtopicture.com/cdfs/cdfs-usb.html
http://agnipulse.com/2011...nscend-jetflash-usb-drive
http://cworld.wikidot.com...tion-from-usb-thumb-drive
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 04, 2014, 05:04:54 PM
...Stupidity rampant... The problem with the price of gas...is the price of gas. Period. A bunch of greedy cartels want people bleed dry so they're just going to take what they want because nobody is stopping them.

well today I 'tanked', as they say here :p
I just converted it:
1.56 euros a litre ('Super' 95) = 8 dollars a gallon at today's exchange rates.
In the last while it's usually over 1.60 a litre, got it today cause it was 'cheap'.
So, whoever is screwing ye, is doubly screwing us over here tellme

IIRC you guys have a slightly different tax structure that takes some of the sting out of it (but not much). But yes it's 'tough all over' as the saying goes. And it's the finger pointing game that drives me batshit the most. Every time you turn on the news there is some other poorly concocted excuse for bumping the price up another "little" bit. They never seem to get around to just being honest and flat out say because fuck you that's why ... I could actually almost respect that. Sad to say.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 04, 2014, 04:58:59 PM
Okay, I have to do this with out giggling..
Quote
See traffic backed up for miles going up a hill, clown at the front is one of them

These must be the same people drifting through malls looking side to side, walking abreast so I can't get around them.  Meanwhile I know the store, shelf, item, price and have exact change for what I want to purchase ready.  I'm 2.5 minutes in the store, bit 15 minutes getting around the obstructionists.  I've dubbed these types Meanderthals.  Someone should screen them when it comes to issuing driver's licenses and mall pedestrian permits.  smiley

Hadn't actually thought to include them in the above, however... Assuming they are not elderly or herding children - so just for the able-bodied rude/dense folk - I will (on the Harley) coast briskly and directly up behind them and then bounce the tach off redline ... They move. cheesy ...This frequently sets off a car alarm or too (bonus points!).
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 04, 2014, 01:22:44 PM
Oh that's an easy one (even leaving out the EPA's having the market cornered*), just Google Hypermiling. Seems there is a whole horde of idiots that just love to preen about how they're getting 90+MPG out of their castrationmobile Prius or other highway clogging road-slug hybrid. Apparently in their world impeding the flow of traffic is considered a "Driving Skill".

The thing I find is most hysterical is how many of their driving/tech tips are - in reality - suicidally stupid. Overinflate your already bicycle width tires to reduce rolling friction ... Yeah, right, and good luck with your first panic stop - Hope the insurance company has a sense of humor. My wife had an "economical car" - great on gas, but couldn't get out of its own way - that we finally managed to get her out of before she was killed. Anything that can't make it from 0 to 60mph in under 10 seconds (unless it's a Semi Truck) shouldn't be allowed on the highway.

See traffic backed up for miles going up a hill, clown at the front is one of them^.

See same clown sailing down other side of same hill at close to twice the speed limit (in neutral...)? Yepper, them again. And good freaking luck trying to set your cruise control behind one of these clowns!

Think running red lights is an "Aggressive Driver" issue (hehe) Nope! It's ^them^ again trying to avoid having to accelerate. Gas petal bad Sad ... Butterflies good smiley.

...Stupidity rampant... The problem with the price of gas...is the price of gas. Period. A bunch of greedy cartels want people bleed dry so they're just going to take what they want because nobody is stopping them. This isn't solving anything, it's just making it easier for them to get twice the money for half the product.

Make a list of the things that people do in traffic that really piss you off, and then with that in mind go browse a few hypermiling websites. It's them.

Like the yahoos that start coasting at 5mph up to red-light from a block away. For a Semi Truck that doesn't want to have to gear down and back up 12 more time it is reasonable behavior. For some idiot in a hybrid with an automatic transmission ... Not so much. Ya know what I mean?

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*There are apparently several auto companies that have gotten vilified for doing commercials that show people failing in (car running in closed garage) suicide attempts because their cars exhaust is so clean the air is breathable. So it'll be pretty hard to lean them out much further.
120  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: June 04, 2014, 06:54:04 AM
Download of White Tiger's build now added to first post.
121  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: June 03, 2014, 10:12:23 PM
Unfortunately I don't know what the latest build is these days. I stepped away from the project and released the source code about a year or so ago. There are several other people are working on it now (I think), but I don't know who is where on what. I just forget sometimes and comment here out of reflex.

If someone knows what the most current build is, I'll add it to the first post here, and also make a note of it on my website ... My inbox is still getting hammered about that week number bit.

@WhiteTigX - Did you or LonelyPixel have the latest build?
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 03, 2014, 05:09:28 PM
After dealing with the rust-N-dust and ichor of most blown wheel cylinders the master cylinder rebuild must have been a welcomed change. I did a ton of that stuff on motorcycles that people had left sitting for too long. Only thing I go to a shop for is an automotive automatic transmission. I never have figured them damn things. Sure I know how they work...but put it back together and have it work ...(for me)... Not likely.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 11:05:25 AM
FWIW running off the ISO or installed on real metal works just fine.

I wonder if something with the current version of upstart is causing big stones for virtual machines?

Realistic Expectations issue perhaps? Since everything else (network, sound, mouse, and keyboard) worked fine in the virtual environment - smooth guest/host transitions with no captured mouse issues - the OS's desire for hardware acceleration is fairly reasonable in this day and age. I'm assuming there is a setting somewhere that will quiet the video grumbling ... I just wanted to chime in on Deo's shutdown issue incase they were somehow related. I'm wondering when during the shutdown is the VM crashing. Is it during the graphical, transitional, or textual phase of the shutdown?
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 07:52:18 AM
I installed it on a VM and it crashes VirtualBox every time it tries to shutdown. I'm not sure what went wrong. VirtualBox is working just fine with my other VMs.

At least it turns off when you tell it to. I just spent 10 minutes at a command prompt trying to kick mine to sleep in Hyper-V.

Apparently it doesn't much like the video driver, as it complained every step of the way that it couldn't access hardware acceleration. On boot it gave me a CLI login and refused to go graphical until I ran StartX. Then it loaded the desktop and promptly told me it really wanted hardware acceleration (GUI), and that the X server had crashed (CLI style error)...but then went right back to the desktop. O_o

Then I polked around for a bit and all seemed fine, but I had a rather narrow window of time to play with this thing ... So, time to shutdown and go back to work. Ha!

Apparently after hitting shutdown on the desktop it just starts a 60 second timer (WTF..?) that then closes the desktop...only. Shutdown had actually just dropped me back to a command prompt and then syntactically teased my until I stumbled the correct command to get the thing to exit ... Which it finally did do smoothly.

Booting from the "CD" (.iso actually) did not however exhibit any of these ill natured shenanigans.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 02, 2014, 06:15:07 PM
It was even worse when they adopted that "lean burn" computerized crap.  It was a brilliant concept.  Generate waste heat deliberately.  Like start a small fire in your house to discourage the mosquitoes.  Crazy man!!

Oh yeah, I've been having big fun with that crap on my 2010 Harley FLTRX. The starter clutch is a bit edgy because the last owner would just let it grind until it fired (like an idiot). I dropped $500 on a vehicle interface kit so I can connect a laptop to it and club some sense into the damn thing.

It's EFI FFS, I shouldn't need to do any more than touch the starter and have it pop off instantly...regardless of what the temperature is (just like my carborated 1987 did..). But oh hell no...the startup enrichment is trying to light the 10's engine with a friggin butterfly fart.

...Damn'ed-est think though ... After I +++ed the startup mixture. All-of-a-suddenly - as if by magic - the engine began starting much easier. Kinda just like it was supposed to in the $%&#^@#^%$ first place. I've even add about 3mph to the top speed by adding a bit more fuel to the upper RPM range ... Seems they had made it a bit lean up there for safety...or some other idiotic notion.

Christ on a stick, if I wanted to play it that safe I'd be wearing a helmet and kneepads while hiding in a Volvo...(or get one of those lame-assed battery powered Prius' that don't even go fast enough to kill an insect that hits the windshield at "full" throttle)...not riding a freaking motorcycle -- God damn cretins piss me off.
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