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3101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are good sunglasses (brands)? on: July 21, 2011, 06:55:32 AM
I had a funny feeling about the youth frames, but didn't want to say anything ... Whoever did the fitting should have caught that instead of just rushing through the sale. mad

If you can find a competent optician, they should be able to properly adjust the frames to properly fit you face. Which would (obviously) also require extending the nose pads a bit to accommodate you eyelashes.

If "The world is bending and distorting", (assuming a non bi-focal single vision prescription) the lenses are probably buckled (cut wrong). And being that it sounds like they botched everything else ... They probably are.

(OTOH) Contacts may be a better option if you can handle sticking something in your eye (I can't).
3102  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 20, 2011, 10:59:06 PM
It's never to soon to report errors! Wink

I did see some of that (with Floppies) on Win2k in testing but not on XP and above. I can't quite tell from the SS, are you XP?

Not a lot of error checking is enabled yet, but I'll see what I can do to replicate the issue.

Thank you.
3103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are good sunglasses (brands)? on: July 20, 2011, 10:51:23 PM
What about if you already have/wear prescription glasses? Is the advice all the same? Or does that change things at all?

For the most part yes, but it can depend on the level of correction/prescription as to what type of frame works best (durability wise). Drill mounts tend to break easily with higher corrective prescriptions. They're also god awful delicate. Rimless frames suffer some of the same issues with chipping if the edges aren't beveled (and grooved) properly. Personally I like a lightweight metal frame because I still like to play mechanic from time to time.


I currently have prescription glasses with transition lenses. I like them, but since these are my first pair of glasses ever I didn't really know what I was doing and I got glasses with the frame and lenses too small. And since I'm wearing them all the time they give me a headache (so I end up not wearing them all the time if I can help it).

Transitions are a UV sensitive CR39 (plastic) lenses (that don't change well in the car because the factory windshields block UV. Photo-gray lenses are glass. So if you do have transitions, you shouldn't have a weight problem there.

Any issues with depth perception? The PD (Pupilary Distance) Optical center of the lenses has to match your eyes, or you will have a constant draw that causes eye strain. Or if you have a astigmatism and the lens is off axis, that will cause headaches also.


I think I'd prefer as light weight as possible, ultra padded/soft on the nose and ears. And really big lenses that cover as much of my field of vision as possible so I can see wherever I look without having to point my face directly at what I'm looking at to get it within the lens frame.

You don't want to go too big and end up with out-of-fashion BCGs (Birth Control Glasses...). Chances are, being your first pair you may have fiddled with them a bit to much from not being used to having them on your face (it happens). Or maybe they were just not fitted properly when you originally got them. Adjusting the frames to properly fit a persons face comfortably is an art.

I do understand what you mean about not wanting to have to turn your head all the time. I'm in my 2nd pair of progressives (no-line bifocals), and I absolutely hate them, because the corners blur due to the extra reading add power curves. But it kills my neck to have to keep wagging my head to look beside me.

While I don't know how small your small frames are, I do think if you went in and had them re-adjust the fit they'd annoy you a lot less. Nose pads should never be painful (even the cheap ones) if adjusted properly.

Might not hurt to have the prescription verified also - Do make a point to mention the headaches. Eyeglass prescriptions are only good for 2 years.

Side Note: Renegades tip about the wrap-around style frames is a good one. We used to put perscription lenses in those frames for people all the time and never had any complaints. I was just never quite hip enough for Oakleys, and tended to go for the 70's style avaitor frames...Or something in a (non-Harry Potter) medium round.
3104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are good sunglasses (brands)? on: July 20, 2011, 07:49:14 PM
OK, I can let go of the glass requirement.  But I still prefer metal frames.  I don't like the super light sunglasses...they always feel like they're just magically floating around my head.  I like to have some weight to it.

Me too.  Thmbsup
3105  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 20, 2011, 06:56:26 PM
Added a downloadable alpha build
3106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FBI Arrests 12 in 'anonymous' raids on: July 20, 2011, 05:14:25 PM
How's that song go? Four dead in O-hi-o...

For me it was more like:

Understood, but I was more queuing off you 60's protest reference. Neil Young, Kent State, people paying a high price for "change".

There are generals, and there are soldiers ... Generals tend to avoid personal risk. As the rules of combat seem to "protect" those in charge. Except when we started shooting generals during our own revolution ... That little prank rattled the British a bit...

Funny how when Egypt was in turmoil everyone was yeah democracy. But when it happens here the antidisestablishmentarians come out in force and start harrumphing about why lines can't get toed.
3107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: July 20, 2011, 03:48:33 PM
I'm not that familiar with Dreamweaver (tried it once and didn't like it), but it may be trying to get write access to a key in HKLM (which tends to grab UAC's attention). It might be worth a shot to give yourself permission to the Dreamweaver registry keys (HKLM/Software/[author]/Dreamweaver/...)to get UAC to hush when it loads.
3108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FBI Arrests 12 in 'anonymous' raids on: July 20, 2011, 03:18:21 PM
How's that song go? Four dead in O-hi-o...

You do have a much more eloquent way of expressing where my head is at for time to time 40hz. But I do still enjoy ranting at odd angles. The constant hype these days just gets to me.
3109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FBI Arrests 12 in 'anonymous' raids on: July 20, 2011, 01:31:23 PM
But it sure does make nice headlines to say you've grabbed 12 members.

hehe ...Yeah, especially when you leave out what a small percentage of the whole that is.

I liked the part where they said a computer was seized in the raid. o_O Seriously?!? A computer ... Who the fsck has a computer?

Now if they said they seized a small distributed computing cluster ... I might be inclined to believe they were on to something. But "a computer" WooHoo ...I gotta go piss myself laughing.

The word for the day is: d. e. c. o. y ... decoy.

 cheesy
3110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FBI Arrests 12 in 'anonymous' raids on: July 20, 2011, 07:29:12 AM
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Today's FBI raids shouldn't come as a surprise, said Josh Shaul, CTO of Application Security Inc. "They got a lot of people angry," he said. "When you play with fire you are going to get burned."

This Just In!!: Pot calls-out Kettle ... This guy has apparently forgotten who he works for. Marie Antoinette made that mistake once. Once... smiley

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What is unusual, however, is that some Anonymous members appeared to have put little effort into concealing their tracks, he said. "It seems like these folks who got caught were brazen and careless about the way they went about their hacking activity."

Sounds like somebody went after the Decoy.

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Many of the recent attacks by Anonymous and splinter group LulzSec appear to be focused on embarrassing the victims, not about outright data theft or sabotage. Even so, "they [law enforcement officials] are certainly going to want to make an example of anyone they can bring in," Shaul said.

Because just like every other street gang... Image is important.
3111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are good sunglasses (brands)? on: July 20, 2011, 06:45:28 AM
Here's what I like in glasses: glass lens, metal frame.  I have a narrow face, which excludes most frames.

While I understand the glass lenses seem more appealing, you really are better off with the standard CR39 (plastic) lenses. Glass lenses have to be thick(er) for safety reasons (read quite heavy) because of their tendancy to shatter. The CR39 lenses have excellent optical quality and only require a 3mm center thickness (e.g. are quite lite) to pass as OSHA approved safety glasses.

It's also next to impossible to find anyone with the proper skills to cut, edge, & heat treat (it's a bit of a bitch) the glass lenses properly these days.
3112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to see impressive numbers? on: July 20, 2011, 06:32:27 AM
I just left BoA about 6 months ago in favor of a small local bank ... I'd just had enough of their greedy fees.
3113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FBI Arrests 12 in 'anonymous' raids on: July 19, 2011, 10:36:13 PM
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Spokesmen from the FBI's national office in Washington and from its field offices in San Francisco and New York confirmed to Computerworld that the agency had carried out law enforcement actions related to an ongoing cybercrime investigation.

Yeah... I just can't get excited about double-speak.

Somebody wrote a parking ticket during a donut run.
3114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are good sunglasses (brands)? on: July 19, 2011, 10:32:59 PM
The problem with cheap sunglasses is that you never really know if they're properly polarized or not. If they're simply 'dark', then that will actually allow more damaging light (from those parts of the spectrum) into your eyes than should be, which can damage your sight.

Oh hell man, that's the easy part. Polarized Lenses 101:

Hold the glasses level out in front of you and look through the lenses. Now while looking through the lenses, rotate the glasses 90 degrees ... The view should get brighter. If it don't, the the lenses ain't polarized. And if they get darker when you turn them sideways, them somebody cut the lenses off axis (and yes that is different than the prescription's optical axis).
End of test. Wink

The UV protection on glasses (that they charge top dollar for...) is really just a 2min dip coating, which can be done to any lens.
3115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what are the merits and limitations of the different types of flash memory? on: July 19, 2011, 06:45:08 PM
Just seemed a neater solution as USB keys could be vulnerable in certain situations, but you never seem to see them 'promoted' this way - it's always this is a camera card, this is a phone card, etc

This is to make sure you buy two of them...

smiley
3116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: July 19, 2011, 04:58:55 PM
Personally I say put it to max and leave it there. If you have a badly written app that needs Admin privileges always then select that checkbox in the shortcut compatibility tab. Sure you'll have to ok it every time it runs, but at least you won't ever forget it manually have to right click and say "Run as Administrator".
Thmbsup
3117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are good sunglasses (brands)? on: July 19, 2011, 04:55:27 PM
Why not see what your local optician can do for you? You'll get a good fit and, probably, a better choice of frames. I still have a pair that were made for me years ago.

Having managed an optical lab for 5 years back when, that was my first thought too ... But Ya beat me to it. It's definitely the best way to get a good pair of quality custom sunglasses. Just pick a favorite frame (or bring one with if you got it), and have them tint the lenses to whatever color you want! Or get Polaroids.

Just avoid the AR coating, it's expensive as hell and hard to keep clean. Most people end up having it removed, and there is a charge for that...
3118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: July 19, 2011, 04:03:28 PM

It's a pity that Microsoft hasn't been able to devise a better tool after all this time.
It's a pity 3rd party developers are ***hats who don't want to follow official programming guidelines - if they did, we wouldn't need administrative privileges (and thus an UAC popup) nearly as often.

I'll 2nd that. Glad to see you back f0dder!

And now we all suffer with all this idiocy of counter measures because MS never enforced the available security.

It's not Microsoft's job to enforce security, that's up to the Admin. MS generated tons of documentation on how to properly setup Windows in a secure fashion ... Most folks were just to lazy to read it. Or whined constantly because it was too hard to use the Run as... command.


UAC is enabled for me. smiley ...Because familiarity breeds contempt ... And just because I know a bunch of stuff, don't mean I know everything. It usually just means the scope and scale of the screw up when it happens is quite high.

Best to have a "net".

smiley
3119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 19, 2011, 11:49:50 AM
XPMode is standard XP 32-Bit OS running in VirtualPC

With USB support.

I'm not sure on the graphics, but I'm thinking XPMode also gives better access to the real native graphics hardware.
3120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 18, 2011, 06:47:16 PM
 huh You really don't like the 100MB boot partition? Given the new breed of scareware rootkits and their tendency to infect the MBR ... I'm thinking the system is best left in control of that one.

Otherwise the Windows install partitioning is super easy to use. Hit advanced, set C: as X, and worry about the rest later when you start moving in.


[Just thought to check]
On my office machine I went with a 40GB C:, and it's rather cramped these days(mentioned before). Here at home I went with 85GB and that's been much better. So ideal is probably somewhere between that and Carol's 100GB. Anything smaller = bad.
3121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 18, 2011, 06:29:54 PM
This is kind of old, and I wasn't sure where I first found it so I had to go back through all the pages in this thread to check. Every once in awhile something will remind me of this and it will end up stuck in my head.

Ya know, part of me feels obligated to like something called the Indian Nipple Song ... But that's really weird. Catchy tune. But weird.

(I think I liked it...  undecided), (hehe)
3122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 18, 2011, 04:00:48 PM
I love the VirtualPC thing and will probably never go back to dual booting. I've got networkable virtual copies of everything back to DOS v6.22.

C: partition, I thought 40GB would be enough but it's bitten me a few times, if you got the space and are going to be using large apps go at least 60 or 80GB.

Recovery partions are only useful if you don't have the install media (IMO). If you really want to image, use a 3rd party app to image it to a completely different external drive that can be moved to a safe location.
3123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Update disaster - recovery help, please! on: July 18, 2011, 03:39:38 PM
Usually if you just wait a few days or a week before installing new updates, the Interwebs will tell you if there are any major problems with it. Personally I think it's ok to wait a few days/week on updates, despite them fixing security vulnerabilities. And it can save you from trouble like this.

Generally speaking, yes, I do this also. Primarily as a safety measure for the managed client networks. As pushing a bad patch to hundreds of machines at multiple disparate locations is a level of sucks that I very much wish to avoid experiencing smiley.

Just don't lag more than a week, especially if the patch is critical or for a hot topic exploit. 3 days is a good safety buffer I think.
3124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: anonplus: new, uncensored social network coming soon? on: July 18, 2011, 02:35:54 PM
Interesting idea. But the real censorship that's coming down the pike is of the "voluntary" and "cooperative" variety. And it will be the ISPs rather than the social networks that will be doing it after being "encouraged" to take on more "responsibility" by several governments.

There is no such thing as a pick-proof lock. The "system" can squeeze out much of the public, true. but there will always be exploitable back channels available to those willing to take the time to know. Wink

Many people assume there's nothing that can be done to effectively stop hackers. And while that may be semi-true with the Internet the way it's currently implemented, there's nothing to say this particular version of the Internet will be the one we all end up using ten years from now. Either way, it's a sure bet tomorrow's Internet will be nowhere near as open (by design and law) as our current one is.

Hacker is a way of looking at things, of perceiving "problems" or obstacles simply as a challenge (and not a barrier). It is not something that can be "fixed"...or stopped. The carrot of "stopping" evil people, dangled before the masses will be the platform used to push much of this (completely bogus IMO) legislation down the public's collective throat. But it will be to no avail.

The biggest danger users face on the internet today (wrt their computer's "health") is marketing companies, not hackers. So if "the grip" gets "tightened" it will simply be shoving there slimy (demographic pulse checking) fingers farther up the public collective ass of the consumer.
3125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: anonplus: new, uncensored social network coming soon? on: July 18, 2011, 11:54:29 AM
4chan...ugh...see, that's the problem with anarchy.

Hay, (bright side to the unfiltered version) at least there is no need to wonder what they really meant.

If it was just a bit more articulate, it might catch on.
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