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551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why George Orwell wrote 1984 on: January 21, 2014, 06:51:18 AM
Quote
Let America Be America Again

  by Langston Hughes   
Let America be America again.

...

We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!

Some people have always known... Orwell falls into that perceptive group, but is not alone.

Now I would say that this guy 'Totally Gets It'. And is even more accurate today as the America we all grew up in sinks into the sea.
552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 20, 2014, 09:56:42 PM
Reality trumps paranoid delusions.

Ya might wanna rethink that statement  undecided.  Money laundering, crime, tax evasion, et al., have been around - i.e., reality - a lot longer than even the concept of bitcoin and other cyber currencies.  Evil or good is not the realm of any currency medium, just the uses to which it is applied.  To paraphrase an old saying, "What Man can create, Man can pervert."  ohmy tongue

I think that's Ren's point. The MSM is trying to spin crypto as causal when it neither is nor can be.
553  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NSA restraints? Yes we can! (not) on: January 20, 2014, 03:35:45 PM
To me their intentions are and have been made crystal clear in the handling of the standards for commercial encryption issue. It was carefully ignored. e.g. The security of and for "We The People" is irrelevant to the NSA.

So all of the security technologies available to us today are in reality completely pointless academic waste of time/money/energy placeboes. Because regardless of how complex they are locks only keep out honest people ... And that assumes they were designed to work correctly in the first place.

The web was a much safer place when Anonymous was running amuck.

554  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 20, 2014, 07:02:04 AM
You're having way too much fun with that.

 cheesy
555  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Net neutrality is dead. Bow to Comcast and Verizon, your overlords (AKA DOOOOOM) on: January 16, 2014, 06:05:14 PM
Or giving them the ability to throttle individual services?
More specifically giving them the ability to cripple a service, just because it was decided that it was bad.

All this does is fast track the ability of mega corporations to crush anything they perceive as a "threat" to their profits and/or dominance. Net neutrality is about allowing all 65536 of the available ports in the TCP/IP stack free and equal time. All the crap about needing to prioritize the point to point communications via traffic shaping across the backbone is just posturing bullshit while that try like dancing monkey hell to cover the simple fact that they oversold their infrastructure yet again.

They want to pretend they can sell every clown in town a 50+MB pipe and then on a holiday weekend when there's nothing on TV and folks decide to Netflix/hulu/etc a movie to keep the kids still, they want to blame pirates of aliens of something for the fact that the system can't actually handle that kind of peak load. All because some twink in accounting didn't believe that that many people might actually try to do X at the same time.

So sure piss down my back and tell me it's raining. They've been trying to figure out how to turn the internet into the same ala carte nightmare since the original fad started to catch on.
556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Net neutrality is dead. Bow to Comcast and Verizon, your overlords (AKA DOOOOOM) on: January 15, 2014, 10:32:11 PM
...AAaanndd from the "let's take it straight to the basement" department, ladies and gentleman I give you the opposing view:

http://www.zdnet.com/i-ho...ead-this-time-7000025167/

 tongue

I think the only thing that that actually proves is that it is indeed "humanly" possible to swallow the corporate sausage sideways. undecided

Now all they have to do is get the internet chopped up into nice cleanly packaged "entertainment" channels like cable TV and we can all go back to using ham radio and the library for our information sources. Well... At least the segment of the populace that hasn't devolved into a palpitating set of media overloaded eyeballs can.
557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Net neutrality is dead. Bow to Comcast and Verizon, your overlords (AKA DOOOOOM) on: January 15, 2014, 07:48:12 PM
It's precisely this type of blatantly obvious ultra greedy money grab that makes groups like Anonymous such a hit with the grass roots type folk. I really think somebody needs to get beaten with a history book that has been turned to the chapter on why Bonnie & Clyde were so ohmy ing popular.

558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: email provider for multiple accounts on: January 13, 2014, 12:07:43 PM
it requires me to give a phone number

or an alternative email (which I don't want to give)

Have you considered lying as an option? It's served me well for this type of thing in the past.

but it will send a code to that mobile and require me to view it and enter it in their webpage (at least gmail does that)

Oaky, which problem are you trying to solve ... anonymity, or simplicity? If the accounts really are legitimate, then a SMS phone number shouldn't be that much of an issue. If the account is or may be discarded later consider updating the phone number to something fake (like (111) 555-1212) after the account has been validated. Or just make the accounts one big loop, where a validates b, b validates c, c validates d, etcetera, etcetera.
559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: email provider for multiple accounts on: January 13, 2014, 11:34:37 AM
it requires me to give a phone number

or an alternative email (which I don't want to give)

Have you considered lying as an option? It's served me well for this type of thing in the past.
560  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do i perform L.L.F. ? on: January 11, 2014, 09:15:18 AM
What 40hz said.  But given costs of hard drives these days, consider getting a replacement instead.  If the drive continues adding bad sectors then there could well be a physical defect, and perhaps whatever your friend did with the defrag tool just ran afoul of that.  I'd be uncomfortable trusting a "repaired" drive especially if a drive failure later could put me out of commission; I'd rather take proactive steps than be forced to react at some random - probably inconvenient - moment when it suddenly gives up the ghost.

+10 - I've never seen anybody break a HDD with defrag (unless they were doing it with an icepick), but I have seen it expose existing issues with a drive many times when it wandered across an area that was on-the-edge.

Replace and relax ... Unless you really like surprises... Wink
561  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Pledge: Laptop utility to run any program on Lid Close on: January 07, 2014, 07:08:12 AM
People living in cold parts of the country probably laugh if I gripe about 48 degrees F but with 20 MPH wind and wet it's no fun to be out in it all night when you've acclimated to 60 or 70+ in December.

I ain't laughing, it's freaking cold outside (I'm in central Florida) ... God I hate winter!

I vote we give Miles a few "snow days" to catch up.
562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I want to ping back blocked incoming pings - could I use BlackIce Defender? on: January 02, 2014, 05:11:29 PM
You can get a list of what programs have which ports open with
netstat -anob

But anything internally initiated shouldn't be getting blocked by the router. Conversely, anything blocked by the router will have been externally initiated.

The pink and orange screenshot makes me wonder if you have a PPPoE connection with its mention of VPI/VCI. Does you ADSL require a user/pass to/when it connects?
563  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Printer network on: January 02, 2014, 07:08:35 AM
HP's docs say that this particular printer model will only support 5 PC clients under Windows P2P network sharing. Odd in that Win 7 itself allows up to 10 PCs for file & print sharing.

This is caused by the immense amount of bloated BFF software that wants to display ink levels, job status (and etcetera ad nauseam) information to the user from the system tray. 90% of this software is totally pointless, and the rest is just junk.

Unfortunately there is no set procedure as HP changes the installer UI constantly. But with a bit of exploring there should be an option to install only the driver (minus the crapware) so that more (7-10) machines can be comfortably added.
564  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... reasonable backup software on: December 31, 2013, 01:38:39 PM
Assuming you're using Win7 the Shadow Copy Services/Previous versions option has served me well in the past.

I've also moved a Domain Controller to a different hardware configuration using the built-in Windows backup software. Overall I think the biggest failure point with any restore operation is in not taking the time to firmly and completely understand the ramifications of what is going to be overwritten during the restore.

The built-in Windows system restore software leaves the user data areas of the drive untouched. Most 3rd party backup solutions OTOH...do not.

I've had many clients call asking what the recovery options were for their files after doing an OEM factory (image...) restore. My typical response is to tell them save your money, and kiss your files good bye. Because outside of a ($$$$) professional service the chances of recovering anything are totally shit.
565  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Printer network on: December 31, 2013, 12:02:14 AM
In addition to the above. (Very important) What model HP printer do you have? Because if it uses a host based driver it can be a real PITA trying to get it to behave properly on the wire.

Also there are small print server devices that are fairly cheap ($20-30) if your router doesn't have one built in. Or the option of adding a network card (More specifically one of HP's EIO JetDirect cards) directly to the printer depending on what model it is.

Did I mention it would be like super handy to know what the exact HP model number was...? Wink
566  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I want to ping back blocked incoming pings - could I use BlackIce Defender? on: December 30, 2013, 05:40:19 AM
Why? The only thing that could be "gained" is additional exposure of the internal machine by allowing ICMP through the network border's hardware firewall. At best you'd eat up a bunch of time answering automated services, and at worst by answering an actual attack you'd "ante up" to a pissing contest with someone that knows how to win.

If you're really just curious about the haps out on the wild web, just setup a syslog server and then forward the router's logs to it for future study. Nslookup and whois should be able to tell you everything you need to know about the blocked traffic ... Without exposing you to looking like a live one.. smiley

...It's been said that every IP address on the web gets hit with/by something every 20 seconds...and that estimate is over a decade old... Wink
567  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: The Internet Archive presents .... on: December 29, 2013, 10:32:59 AM
Okay, I'm going to put this here not so much because it's on this topic per se, but because you got me started on it with this topic.

I came up a generation or two from the original consoles to the Sega Genesis emulator and scared up a copy of the Sonic the Hedgehog ROM ... Which is stuck in demo mode. How the hell do I get the thing to start the game?!? I've been basically palming the keyboard for the last half an hour.

For me on the "Gens" emulator, try doing stuff with the Enter key. I know, sounds simple, but it seems to be working for the moment. But I almost remember it not working ... so then try the way I found it first, Control-Enter!

Now wouldn't you just know I tried everything else first... Thanks man!

Apparently the catch was that you have to hit it while the Sega logo is still being displayed. So it's sort of a slow double tap if the demo has already started.
568  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: The Internet Archive presents .... on: December 28, 2013, 03:02:28 PM
Okay, I'm going to put this here not so much because it's on this topic per se, but because you got me started on it with this topic.

I came up a generation or two from the original consoles to the Sega Genesis emulator and scared up a copy of the Sonic the Hedgehog ROM ... Which is stuck in demo mode. How the hell do I get the thing to start the game?!? I've been basically palming the keyboard for the last half an hour.
569  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - Engine Displacement Calculator on: December 27, 2013, 12:29:29 PM
While certainly not something that I have use for, it looks pretty cool.

LOL ... Yes, I was kind of expecting a WTF? reaction. smiley

Can you give us some insight into who would use such a thing and for what purpose?

This is for performance engine builders (motorcycle[me]/car/truck/etc.) who want a quick way of calculating the impact an engine modification will have on its displacement (a.k.a. its size - i.e. how much bigger will it get if I increase X by Y).

So if I have a bike with a 103 cubic inch engine (which I do), and I want to increase the engine size to (say...) 120+ cubic inches (which I do), this will tell me how much bigger I have to make which measurement to achieve that goal.


Badass.   Thmbsup   I love stuff like this.

Thanks man!

Mouse, a auto mechanic might be interested in this.  But I would say it fit a hot rodder or engine rebuilder better.

Bingo! Wink
570  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / NANY 2014 Release - Engine Displacement Calculator on: December 27, 2013, 10:53:22 AM


Stoic Joker's Last Minute NANY 2014 Entry Information

Application NameStoic Joker's Engine Displacement Calculator
Version 1.0.0.0
Short Description Calculates the Size of an Engine.
Supported OSes Windows XP and up
Web Page You're on it.
Download Link [attachurl=1]
System Requirements
  • Windows XP or Newer OS
  • .NET 2.0
Version History
  • Version 1.0.0.0 Released
Author Stoic Joker


Description
Stoic Joker's EDC was written to allow the user to calculate the displacement (size) of an engine using the bore diameter, stroke length and number of cylinders. It will also calculate the compression ratio if the combustion chamber and piston dome/dish measurements (use negative number for dish) are entered. Also for the compression ratio calculations the volumes - which are correctly done as a wet measurement - can be ballpark calculated using dry measurements, but this should only to be used for very rough (ballpark) estimate as it assumes a symmetry that almost never actually exists.

Features
Various engine configurations can be stored in list view (per session only) for comparison to dial in a desired target displacement/CR.

Planned Features
None currently

Screenshots
[attachimg=2]
Main window

[attachthumb=3]
With Show CR (compression Ratio) checked

[attachthumb=4]
Enter Dry Guess measurements showing

Usage
Installation
No installation required - Just run it.

Using the Application
Application is designed to be self explanatory ... Assuming you understand how an internal combustion engine works.

Uninstallation
Just delete it.

Tips
Calculations are designed to give best accuracy at 0.000 decimal precision.

Known Issues
None currently?

571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 26, 2013, 10:31:12 PM
If I'm reading the page right, each coin is worth $0.00057 USD ... So I'll go with not friggin much. cheesy But then again I know less about currency trading than my cat knows about canasta.
572  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 24, 2013, 07:38:11 PM
The mining window is closing as it is getting increasingly difficult to do (unless you have really serious dedicated hardware). When I first started I was getting over 10,000 coins a day ... Now I'm lucky to break 100.
573  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: System Volume Information on: December 24, 2013, 01:52:32 PM
SVI is a system folder that Windows uses for misc. file system stuff, like where the System Restore files are stored (assuming it's on C:\). assuming you don't actually have a GUID partition on the thumb drive...(that would be rather odd)...it could be a left over from a previous backup of some kind (e.g. it's harmless). But if the drive is indeed empty, a quick format should get rid of it.
574  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit on: December 24, 2013, 01:42:35 PM
Oh this is a fun one...The system partition must be marked as active not the boot partition. The boot partition contains the OS, and you can have multiple boot partitions (e.g. OSs). But the bootstrap and boot loader goes on the system partition, which has to be active.

Permissions may still flake a bit as "disk ownership" "changes hands", but they should be accessible...(admin acct)...this is the kind of thing where domains are handy (just don't use a dynamic disk or the same machine name for multiple OSs).
575  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: December 24, 2013, 07:52:35 AM
Sorry for the delay, I've been in vacation mode.

Unfortunately, I don't know. I spend most of my time with the backend systems, and really don't have very complex needs for the interface. I'm actually currently trying to figure out a new Windows 8 phone...which seems to have some rather interesting new restrictions on what I can do with my contacts. I suspect I'm doing something wrong, but have as of yet not ascertained what exactly that is.
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