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576  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 10, 2013, 06:42:13 PM
^^ @Giampy:[/b] That is unnecessarily unkind.   Wink
Mind you, some of the scientists seem to be praying for worse weather, nowadays...

I thought it was rather accurate. The top row keeps churning forward...and the bottom row keeps praying they don't blow up the planet in the process.
577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Silent installer for java and adobe products on: October 10, 2013, 01:27:14 PM
There are several network inventory/management server products that can scan the network, identify what software is installed and push any updates to the machines like Microsoft's WSUS does.

...Except for the two products (Java & Adobe Reader) that he mentioned assuming you define reliably as better than a 50/50 chance.

Hint: Java's installer can't get it's little digital head around what to do after privileges are granted (UAC/etc.) so the installer just fails. Which usually leaves it as being relegated to a periodic hand job ... which is oddly fitting.
578  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rebuilding my home network on: October 09, 2013, 07:15:32 AM
powerline/homeplug adapters are something that i am interested in but haven't invested in any.

Wow ... Didn't even see that part on the first read, but I was pressed for time and skimming.  embarassed While I haven't used them frequently - magic bullets should be conserved - they have saved my ass a few times. So I'm definitely a fan of the technology. Thmbsup
579  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Service Killer for Shutdown? on: October 09, 2013, 07:05:39 AM
If your not adverse to using a windows native solution:

Force Apps closed on shutdown

Force services closed on shutdown
580  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 08, 2013, 03:57:57 PM
I would only ask how much difference there is between the NSA/government and parents when it comes to actually caring. I somehow doubt that the former really cares about people, whereas the latter do care about their children.

I'd say none. These things always start with a desire to care for/protect X. But than as circumstances extenuate more stringent measures are needed. So before anybody realizes what's happening an NSA class invasion is born.

Baby steps and good intentions...that, is precisely how anything goes to shit.
581  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 08, 2013, 06:45:03 AM
But seriously, after all I've told you about how I handle things, after all that y0himba told you about how he handles things, after valuing the ability of the parent to make a decision for good or bad and do what they are supposed to do...

Hay man, it's all good if it's working for you, but there are 2 sides to everything. I can think of half a dozen or more names of kids that I died while I was growing up as they finally got out of a repressive monitoring oriented culture that encouraged strict child control. Because when they (the children) finally realized that for the first time...there really was nobody "watching" ... They handled it badly.

So you have my sincerest wish that this does indeed work as well as you have it planned. But please understand that I have seen first hand just how badly it can go.

I guess my thing is what Ren said earlier- it varies based on the child and the situation.  And for as many instances as I've seen, and as many as you've seen, it's just a drop in the bucket.

Now that one I'll give you.

But I'm also in the same boat with 40hz, because we're both from the same - Screw the man - generation.
582  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 07, 2013, 05:28:44 PM
But seriously, after all I've told you about how I handle things, after all that y0himba told you about how he handles things, after valuing the ability of the parent to make a decision for good or bad and do what they are supposed to do...

Hay man, it's all good if it's working for you, but there are 2 sides to everything. I can think of half a dozen or more names of kids that I died while I was growing up as they finally got out of a repressive monitoring oriented culture that encouraged strict child control. Because when they (the children) finally realized that for the first time...there really was nobody "watching" ... They handled it badly.

So you have my sincerest wish that this does indeed work as well as you have it planned. But please understand that I have seen first hand just how badly it can go.
583  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 07, 2013, 11:59:37 AM
When I was a child, we didn't have the devices and access we do now, yet I still was monitored and had no privacy.  As a child it got under my skin due to the fact our maturing brains work that way, but taught me the right lessons.  As an adult I see the benefits and reasons for monitoring.

I believe that's referred to as a behavioral cycle, where certain patterns of activity are experience over an extended period of time so that they become perceived as "normal" and are then repeated as opportunity presents.

Just because something starts with the best and purest of intentions doesn't mean it is going to end well. Because these are precisely the type of intentions the road to hell is paved with.

People who are taught the benefits of monitoring and being monitored will be more receptive to additional protective steps. Little Sally had a tracker and it helped find her in the woods. Grandma had a tracker and it helped us finder her when she wandered of in a snow storm ... Maybe I should have a tracker so I could get help faster if I ever have a flat! ...Because it always safest for anyone if people know where they're at. And since it's so hard to remember to carry and charge a cell phone, we can just have ourselves chipped so the beacon can always be on as it's powered by our bodies...and can keep track of our health too! Hell we should just let the police handle the whole thing because they're good at things like that, and are already equipped for rapid response ... After all they're here to help us ... Right?


Sure looks like a frog in a pot to me.
584  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 06, 2013, 03:02:23 PM
Let's see a show of hands.

Am I the only one with my hand up?

Nope...me too, and in my case the breach of privacy radically exacerbated the situation. It also forced me to up my game because trust was lost for many years after for one parent...and never again for the other.
585  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 05, 2013, 08:27:08 AM
Why? Because (from experience with that exact same thing) GPS will work where the phone won't.

Simple really, your question is predicated on the assertion that the child in question is in fact carrying said device. Because the GPS tracking feature only guarantees you know the location of the phone...not the person that is supposed to be carrying it. This is why GPS devices are bolted to felons that the court system is (allegedly...) trying to keep track of.

Kids tend to be very smart and rather devious little creatures. So you can either trust them to do the right thing because you've raised them well ... Or you can do your best to console yourself that all is well while staring at a little red dot on a map.


I'll give you a real world example.  My son knows that when he's with anyone that's not us, he has to call when he gets where he's going, and when he's on his way home.  The first time he went farther away than the immediate area (we live in a rural area) he hadn't called after he should have been where he was going.  We tried to call, and it went straight to voice mail.  We checked the GPS, and saw that he was in the vicinity of where he was supposed to be.

Yes, but you were already armed with trust understanding and foreknowledge of the situation. Those are the key points that really mattered...the red dot...really more of a placebo level confirmation (I'll explain).


Tell me which is more responsible.  To check the GPS and know he's safe in the area where he's supposed to be?  Or to just assume or just plain have no way to know whether he and his friend got into an accident on the way and were on the side of the road with no signal and no help in sight?

And here we get to the true crux of the matter. Because in reality...you still do not know. Because all you can truly confirm is that if there was an accident...the phone wasn't damaged.

Now, if the tracking was normally off...and a child had the option of turning it on (or it was/could be auto activated by an accelerometer) ... that would be an acceptable compromise. Because it gives them a send up a flair safety net, and a modicum of trust/control of the situation. While also giving you some level of true assurance that all is truly well (e.g. no news really is good news).


Yes, we got by without it before GPS and cell phones.  But now that we have them, why not use them for the safety of our children?


I'm not adverse to the technology...It's the force usage of monitoring that I find to be counterproductive.


But the children is a whole lot different from my children.  When you're talking about those children?  The ones that are entrusted to my care?  I'd let the world burn to keep them safe.

Ah yes, other peoples kids...Eek! As it's obvious that you really do care, I'm quite sure yours are just fine. I just think the usage of this technology sends a bad message to the masses. As I mentioned before, if a child doesn't step over the line because they don't want to that's a good thing. But if the don't step over the line because they are afraid to...the end result is destined to fail. I've seen it happen many times when kids get out of a repressive culture and then just go bat shit crazy when they finally realize nobody is watching ... Too many of my childhood friends died that way.
586  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 04, 2013, 02:34:48 PM
I personally think the child-monitoring "suggested use" for this product got tacked on - either as an afterthought - or with the intent of deflecting criticism and/or to defuse some potential legal complications for the developer down the road.

And you're quite likely right. The rather key point that seems to be getting missed here is we're talking about a phone. A phone - more specifically - that said child in question has on or about their person. Think about that carefully for a moment...


It's a phone... So if you really need to know where your child is at... Just call the dam thing and ask them. If the kid will blow off your call, or flat out lie to you on the phone about their whereabouts...(tracking them is about as useful as pumping bullets into a dead hoarse, because)..the war has already been lost. The tracking software just makes it easier to confirm your failure. But it's not going to do a damn thing to or for the child, because they have no respect for you.

Lets pretend I'm a teenaged girl:

Mom I'm at Sally's house.

Mom confirms GPS location of phone.

I sneak out to get high/drunk/laid/run over by a train.

Sally's younger sibling answers mom's texts, and/or calls Sally's phone (we're both out - see above) if mom calls "to-many-times".

<Back to being me - Zoiks! That was weird>

What have we accomplished with said spiffy new technology??? Jack shit.

You either have a child that you know and trust...or you don't. Tracking them is just early training for subjugation by a tyrannical state.


It's a rite of passage to step outside the line at least once or twice...it's just part of growing up. And if you really do know your child, they'll give themselves away. How well you react to that will dictate when/if it happens again. Remember, making them afraid to step over the line is not the same as making them not want to step over the line.
587  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 04, 2013, 07:33:06 AM
Have we really sunk to the point where Orwellian monitoring of our children is considered proper? Instead of taking the time to build a rapport of respect and trust with them??!?
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I have mixed feelings about this whole issue - but in fairness SJ, monitoring does *not* exclude "taking the time to build a rapport of respect and trust with them".
I think if your kids dont talk to you about things that they see/experience that they might find uncomfortable or worse, you're both in trouble anyway, monitoring or no :-(

I hear Ya man ... But it's a theory vs. practice game. In theory it doesn't...but in practice *Sigh*
588  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 04, 2013, 06:47:17 AM
I think we have a serious scale issue going on here, between black and white/all or none assertion. How many people remember the old commercials with the tag line "It's 10 O'clock...do you know where your children are?" Here's a hint for those that don't remember them...they're from the 1970s!

Now, Orwell time - the scale part kicks in. In the 1970s it was simply a matter of asking the kids where they were going, who they were going with...and paying attention to the GD answer. That was called parenting. But our society has devolved to the point where there isn't time to pay proper attention to much of anything so why not offload the whole parenting responsibility crap on technology! YEAH! Let the computer keep track of the little monsters...I don't have time.

Seriously???

Have we really sunk to the point where Orwellian monitoring of our children is considered proper? Instead of taking the time to build a rapport of respect and trust with them??!?

The real key problem here is that if the kid has a GPS target painted on their back, then they're just as easy for anyone to find...and not all anyones have said child's best interests in mind. But yet we have obviously been trained to accept the idea of Big Brother-esq monitoring systems as righteous and good ... Because it's... For. The. Children.

The fact of the matter is that if the kid wants to get lost. They're going to get lost. technology be damned.
589  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silk Road Seized - Dread Pirate Roberts Arrested on: October 03, 2013, 03:57:03 PM
In fact, if this evidentiary trail was submitted in any reputable court of law under the rule of law, then the whole case should, by the same rule of law that you're trying them under, be thrown out.

Do we actually have any reputable courts left? Judges just hate having a disappointed crowd when folks show up for a hanging only to find out the guy ain't guilty... Wink


Sorry, couldn't resist having a bit of fun. I agree with you in principal...I just fear that those ideals - put in place to protect us from tyranny by the founding fathers - are from a time that has passed.
590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Blacked Out Government Websites Available Through Wayback Machine on: October 03, 2013, 12:03:15 PM
So in some senses this is a "legal" way for the agencies to say they are annoyed - of course the content isn't going to go sour in a day, but it's now more "in the face" of average Americans.

They did not request, nor were granted a permit for this protest. The American people do not need anything rubbed in their faces regarding how badly the US government handles money. Congress OTOH should be immediately fired in total, and the janitorial staff should be allowed to clean up the mess...in an expedient fashion. Which I would happily bet a testicle they could pull off by sundown with time to spare.
591  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Blacked Out Government Websites Available Through Wayback Machine on: October 03, 2013, 07:03:01 AM
I think the funny part is that the seem to expect us to believe that they went totally busted flat broke at exactly the stroke on midnight ... Because apparently they're operating critical systems without any cash buffer what-so-ever. Really??!? They operate so close to zero that nobody has a single red cent left in any of the government accounts? Bull Shit!

Complete theater indeed.
592  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silk Road Seized - Dread Pirate Roberts Arrested on: October 03, 2013, 06:51:56 AM
Things to note:
Quote from: The Article
The 29-year-old University of Texas graduate had first created a trail for himself, however, by asking for help working with Tor dark web tactics on coding site StackOverflow.com, the complaint says. His original question appears to remain on the site here.

...But you have nothing to hide right?? When asking a simple coding question on a coding site gets you tossed on a watch list ...Hm... Yepper things has gone way too far at a point what's well past now.
593  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The issue of Ad-Blocking in our browsers. on: October 03, 2013, 06:40:59 AM
Quote from: Comments:
   PhasmaFelis
    So has anybody ever tried to address the root cause of adblocker use, i.e. ads are really fucking annoying? I don’t like ads in general, nobody does, but that alone wouldn’t be enough to make me bother to install and maintain AdBlock. What does it is strobing “YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY WON” and animated “one weird trick” scams and softcore porn. This shit is *everywhere*, even on allegedly respectable news sites.

    If you want me to turn off AdBlock, you need to insist on reasonable, non-offensive, non-animated ads. If your ad provider doesn’t do that, get a better one, or lean on yours until they do. If this industry spent one-tenth as much energy pushing ad services for better quality standards as they do wringing their hands about ad blocking, shit would happen.

I'd say they nailed it quite nicely there. It infuriates me to no end when a page freezes for x seconds because so lame assed ad element hasn't managed to drag its poorly coded or BW provisioned carcass into memory. Hay add companies...you have 3 seconds to lose my attention...so keep it light, as in ultra light, ultra fast, ultra quiet. I don't need to have to keep cleaning my chair because I just shit myself after getting screamed at by some idiotic video in a silent room when I'm researching something in the middle of the night.
594  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When will the trademark madness ceace on: October 02, 2013, 11:52:35 AM
Now for a bit of fun...

Checkout the comment section explosion at www.thingsthegame.com. The people appear to be speaking loudly and clearly.

+1 for the internet!

Terrible Things looks like it would be a blast. I'd just love to see how far off the rails the Banned Deck's content goes!
595  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: WinDirStat for OS X? on: October 02, 2013, 11:17:46 AM
I'd like to clean up my Mac a bit.

Just use a garden hose if you have the latest OS...I hear it's waterproof.


(Sorry man, I just couldn't resist)
596  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: October 01, 2013, 12:54:45 PM
It's been going on since at least 1975. Well, different equipment and capabilities, but same steamy pile.

9/11 was just the best thing ever to happen as it let them justify, or try to justify the worst abuses of privacy in history -- and that was just the dinner mint. They got wars and all kinds of goodies out of it.

Interesting... I've long suspected that when the fall of the American empire is retrospectively and objectively documented that MADD will be at the very testing phase top of the when-they-came chain. I say testing phase because it really was a sentinel moment/game changing proof-of-concept for how much spin doctored shit "We the people" would eat if it was packaged (for the children...) just right.




Quote from: article
And according to his timeline, in February 2001 — some six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — he was approached by the NSA and asked to spy on customers during a meeting he thought was about a different contract.

 huh Wait...what? I was always of the impression this nonsense was (9/11) overreactional. But this would make it rather decidedly premeditated.

You really didn't think any of this was reactionary and/or coincidental did you?

Premeditated, strategized, and meticulously planned are the words of the day.

Coincidental no. But yes, I did have the general impression that 9/11 was a strategically seized opportunity to had the keys to the kingdom to the Hun in prime time. Previously, there seemed to be more of a honor-among-thieves feel to it where only bad cops/feds or desperate ones would step over the line in extreme circumstances. So the spying was more discreet/testing phase instead of the full bore pervasive insanity we have now.
597  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: wont boot normally! on: October 01, 2013, 12:28:33 PM
XP/2000 had a bad habit of dropping drives down to PIO mode, but I don't recall ever having heard of that effecting Win7.

After the machine boots slowly, does it continue to run slowly, or does the resource usage calm down after a bit. When the machine is slow does the CPU show 80-100% high usage? Or is it sitting at/under 10%.

I'm just thinking out loud in the direction of heat. Like something along the lines of dust buildup or a CPU/chipset heat sink that is no longer seated well.
598  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hating on new Google Maps on: October 01, 2013, 06:49:06 AM
Or put another way, I want it to tell me the most efficient order in which to visit all of those places.

Ah! I'm not sure I'd trust a computer to do that. Unless I was looking for something like UPS's right turn only delivery routes. Jus strikes me as having too many subjective variables for a puter to get "right". *Shrug* ...Unless of course it was the NSA's computer in which case I'm sure they know much more about me than I do... Wink
599  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The LED lights in your home could be spying on you! on: October 01, 2013, 06:39:18 AM
Which would make it only slightly less useful than the much simpler, more readily available, and mature technologies that have been available for decades.

Except that unlike the typical RF bug this can't be swept for - no transmitter to catch per se - Which puts it in the parabolic or laser mic class oh shit category.

Remember back when it was "safe" to just shut off your cell phone..?
600  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: October 01, 2013, 06:31:54 AM
Quote from: article
And according to his timeline, in February 2001 — some six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — he was approached by the NSA and asked to spy on customers during a meeting he thought was about a different contract.

 huh Wait...what? I was always of the impression this nonsense was (9/11) overreactional. But this would make it rather decidedly premeditated.
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