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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 19, 2014, 03:13:54 PM
^ I get a sense this is leading somewhere?

Me too. *Shrug* ...The current system has been in place for x million years and somehow the species has managed to survive so... What alternating is being proposed? Or is this just one of those thought experiments designed to circuitously demonstrate just how nihilistically hosed we really in the grand scheme of things?
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Has someone died in that house? on: August 18, 2014, 05:33:55 PM
Someone is surely terrorised by the movie "The Shining"...  Grin

I never really liked that movie - struck me as a bit dull. But the slaughter of the predecessor(s) is a popular theme in horror movies. I'm more inclined to worry about the property value tanking due to - a more superstitious - public perception issue, causing me to get stuck with something I can't unload without turning it into a tourist attraction. Kinda like Ma Barker's House which ain't to far from here ... Then again neither is the Seven Sisters Inn, which TAPS did a piece on a few years back. And then there is the Ritz Historical Inn...once again, just up the street a bit.

...But those are the fun ones.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Has someone died in that house? on: August 18, 2014, 01:21:53 PM
What do you think about this service?


To the best of my understanding the previous occupant of my house did indeed die in it...(I found out a few months after buying it)...of natural causes. I have absolutely no problem with this. However if the previous occupant had done a murder/suicide of the entire family - Or was torturing people to death, etc. ... Well I'd have liked to know that ahead of time so I could go buy something else.

So in that regard I would have to say that the site is providing a useful service. Especially since not everyone is so inclined to lead with that kind of info.
79  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: August 18, 2014, 07:03:20 AM
I think that's the wrong window to send the command to. Here is the part of the code that T-Clock uses to refresh itself:

Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. void RefreshUs(void) {
  2. HWND hwndBar, hwndChild;
  3. char classname[80];
  5.  hwndBar = FindWindow("Shell_TrayWnd", NULL);
  7. // find the clock window
  8.  hwndChild = GetWindow(hwndBar, GW_CHILD);
  9.  while(hwndChild) {
  10. GetClassName(hwndChild, classname, 80);
  11. if(lstrcmpi(classname, "TrayNotifyWnd") == 0) {
  12.   hwndChild = GetWindow(hwndChild, GW_CHILD);
  13.   while(hwndChild) {
  14. GetClassName(hwndChild, classname, 80);
  15. if(lstrcmpi(classname, "TrayClockWClass") == 0) {
  16. SendMessage(hwndChild, CLOCKM_REFRESHCLOCK, 0, 0);
  17. SendMessage(hwndChild, CLOCKM_REFRESHTASKBAR, 0, 0);
  18. break;
  19. }
  20.   } break;
  21. }
  22.  hwndChild = GetWindow(hwndChild, GW_HWNDNEXT);
  23.  }
  24. }

You have to grab the parent, and then walk into the child IIRC.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 17, 2014, 10:39:24 AM
And this is what happens when you completely lose you freaking mind:


The 2 S3 440 GH/s machines are turned to pull cold air out of the room, and - yes that is Dryer Vent Hose - then push the hot exhaust air out through the attic. The other S1 180 GH/s machine only has one fan and no outer housing (rather odd I thought), so it's still dumping a ton of hot air into the room ... But it's at least half assed tolerable in here now.

If these are the "Quiet Ones" (and they are), I'd hate like hell to hear the noisy ones ... Let's just say the wife is not thrilled with this latest development..
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 01:36:08 PM
It just occurred to me that law enforcement is a lot like tech support. As long as you can clear the highest number of calls, quality is irrelevant. Just stick to the script and walk them into a - The House Wins - favorable conclusion.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 12:11:13 PM
But... the more dangerous thing in the article is that silence = guilt.

Ah! Yes... I neglected to close the loop on that one. So working from the above position:

The Fuzz are saying that he is guilty based on his not asking about the poor victims in the other vehicle that he hit (cue the violins..).

I OTOH wish to assert the below:
1. There was no - guilt reaction - reason for him to ask about the condition of the other driver/idiot that caused the accident.
2. He had no way of knowing there were Children-to-think-of in the scant few seconds he was afforded to react when this daffy broad came darting into his path.
3. Even if he did find out about them after, see point 1.
4. It's fairly common knowledge these days that silence is golden when the cops are involved..*

It is frankly unfathomable to me how this got so absurdly turned around. When the reality of it is that since nobody in their right mind should be maniacally careening around corners with their entire family in the car...there was no way in hell it could possible be his fault in the first place. So the fact that the system went completely full zoot into upside-down day by making silence = guilt is almost fitting (in a kangaroo court kind of way) given the backasswards manner in which they decided to attribute guilt.

*Which may actually be the endgame objective if this little shenanigan. The system wants to make people afraid to be wisely/cautiously silent in an attempt to force them to blurt out something/anything that could be usefully incrimination.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 09:32:43 AM
Quote from: Ren's Article Above
Tom was arrested after his Mercedes sedan plowed into a car driven by Lorraine Wong, who was turning left onto a busy street.

Prosecutors argue that Tom's car was speeding at 67 mph in a 35 mph zone when the collision occurred. He was placed in the back of a police cruiser but was not officially arrested and advised of his rights until later in the day.

In what universe is it your fault when some idiot turns in front of you?? Yeah yeah, sad story bla bla bla ... But cruising down the road close to double the posted speed limit or not...you have the right-of-way, period. Anybody crossing the flow of traffic needs to do so smartly.

Do they not teach this in California's Driver's Education classes?!? Or do they actually enforce the F'em they got brakes rule there?

Darting out into traffic without regard for how fast oncoming vehicles may be going is how squirrels get killed constantly ... And that's setting the bar for knowing better pretty friggin low..
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 15, 2014, 09:02:44 PM
Sadly, some people really do need to be told ^that^ kind of shit.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HDMI vs Football on: August 15, 2014, 11:45:01 AM
I don't mean to interrupt your research time but if you need a break this video may answer any questions you have about football.

I remember that bit from years ago - It's funny as hell.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor? on: August 14, 2014, 10:14:20 PM
I voted Bacon.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space on: August 14, 2014, 06:50:54 AM

Thought living on the 30th floor was very private and I could do 'every cool things' on the open terrace.
Now I am more nearer to the lens ! Better live underground.

That won't help either, they'll just switch to thermals or something. Personally I say take up nude sunbathing and put up a sign that says "Kiss Me' that points to your ass. That's my plan for the weekend. cheesy

Hay, if they really want to be that nosey...Then I say they should be emotionally scarred for their efforts too!
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: August 13, 2014, 12:29:27 PM
Don't have time for a screenshot, but it looks like Renegade hit 11,000 here: Everyone is brokenhearted
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 13, 2014, 12:22:17 PM
He surprised me in Good Will Hunting.  He made that part of the plot work.  It's always a bit weird when I watch that flick since it has a couple of exterior shots right outside the room where I lived in South Boston.  But I moved out 5 years before they made the film.

He was also great as a serial killer in One Hour Photo, and he was brilliant in What Dreams May Come.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 12, 2014, 06:15:45 PM
At one point does a simulation of a mind (or society) become a first-class thing deserving of the kinds of things we believe are due to living animals..

I dont understand "..the kinds of things we believe are due to living animals" ?

In a nut shell sentience. Or more specifically how "Self Aware" does it truly need to become before we need to feel guilty about "Killing" it. Killing a dog is a crime...but "killing" your car is not. ...But if it was a really (A.I.) smart car ... Would it be?
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop Battery Record! on: August 12, 2014, 04:00:50 PM
FWIW I've never known it to work. I suspect it's at least 80% urban legend.

Me either for a laptop battery, but I used to do it all the time as a kid to get more play time out of A/AA, C and D cell batteries.

So it's not a total myth ... It did work on those back then.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 12, 2014, 06:54:21 AM
I think it really depends on your level of investment

Sims will never duplicate the IRL experience because they can't duplicate the physical feedback (like shocks, noise, or the abject terror of knowing that you're plunging to a fiery death from 30000 feet, or about to plow into a concrete wall at 240kmh)

Very nicely put, and precisely what I was thinking.

That said they can teach you routines and habits though, like the use of controls without looking at them, monitoring of instruments and the ability to understand what they're telling you while still concentrating on whatever it is your trying to do (fly a plane, drive a car, etc), emergency procedures.  They can also teach you different skills like navigating or prepare you for unfamiliar situations (emergencies, instrument ratings, a new race track etc).

And that adds sufficient value to make it worth doing as an initial step. Other bits like the above eluding to the necessity of a  more visceral understanding of the craft can wait until the basics are firmly grasped. The experience needed to perceive and understand the dynamic loads that come into play during a tricky maneuver can wait until one isn't distracted with trying to remember where all the buttons are.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 08:12:37 PM
Holy Crap!

One of the few genuinely funny comedians. And even better in his serious roles.

94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest way to get files off a damaged RAID Mirror drive onto a new drive on: August 11, 2014, 12:03:03 PM
On a side note: the last time I XCopy'ed half a TB of files to preserve permissions (which was a week ago), it took about 15 hours to complete. And that was running between to VMs both of which were sitting on the same blazingly fast 8 disk RAID array.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest way to get files off a damaged RAID Mirror drive onto a new drive on: August 11, 2014, 11:53:52 AM
Okay, so one drive in a mirrored set failed. Under ideal circumstances...that's what supposed to happen. One drive is mirrored (e.g. imaged) on the fly to another drive so if one fails, you still have a copy. Given the panicked - fire drill - tone, are we to assume there are no backups?

Personally, I would just go for the RAID rebuild...because it's just going to take a low level image of the source drive and lay it on the target drive. Doing a 3rd party image isn't going to gain or save anything at this stage, it's just going to add steps to the process. If the now - presumably - last copy/drive is going to fail during the imaging process...then it's going to fail during the imaging process ... How the imaging is done isn't the deciding factor.

If you have a hardware RAID controller, it should start doing the rebuild without needing to boot the OS. So letting it idle at a boot prompt (like F8) will take some of the IO "pressure" off the drive while it's rebuilding. But this assumes this isn't a mission critical system that a whole horde of people aren't waiting to get back into. Note, not all systems do this so check the documentation for your RAID first - Might not have hurt if you'd mentioned what you had above.

Go over the documentation for your RAID twice before initiating anything...then read it one more time to be sure. After that you just gotta grit your teeth and pick a button. First time I did a RAID rebuild I smoked half a pack of cigarettes in an hour ... Second time wasn't so bad.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 11, 2014, 06:48:39 AM
Doesn't seem to have any meaning to make a statement that "...And we have done it.", knowing that it cannot be substantiated in any event. A marketing puff.

They can't put it on a billboard, true. But as the saying goes "People Talk". And historically word of mouth has been a reliable form of advertising. So I'd file it under pay attention to the mummer on the street and see which way the rumors go.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" raises awareness, shames patent trolls on: August 11, 2014, 06:42:18 AM
Here's one classic patent:


A stick. For a dog.

Found this is the patent:
. The animal toy of claim 1 wherein said main section includes a wood.

How is "making" a wooden stick out of a piece of wood considered a creation?
98  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: SharewareOnSale newsletter on: August 10, 2014, 01:01:37 PM
Okay, ^that was funny.

Interesting site, I'll have to keep an eye on it.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 10, 2014, 12:52:02 PM
It's almost like that same short-sighted venture capital goal of an early "cash-out" has come to the art and creative world. That mindset has hurt business. Because there's no longer a long-term goal to actually build sustainable business. Just to get them to where they can be sold. Then, take the money and move on.


To my mind, our biggest problem with IP is that, in order to have a fair and workable copyright law, we need to apply common sense. And laws and the legal system generally aren't about common sense. They're about complex definitions and tortuous semantic arguments. And an entire professional industry and branch of the government has been built upon it. And they employ tens of thousands of clever well-heeled individuals whose very livelihood is dependent upon things remaining the way they are.

And This IMO is why the now archaic practice of trying to make a truly quality product has been replaced with the inane quest to rush to market with something "Good Enough".

Good enough to me is a road side repair in the middle of nowhere at midnight. It's just a Band-Aid to limp home on. A quality product OTOH is when you are willing without hesitation to toss the product of your work into a hairpin corner at 100+MPH and bet your life on the outcome.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 10, 2014, 12:33:13 PM
"If we find anyone -- doesn't matter if it's hackers or governments -- involved in any of our customer environments anywhere in the world, we tell our customers, period," Chambers said[/b]. "And we do that in the U.S., in Europe and China and India. And we have done it."

Yeah, right. Sounds great. So what? Proof to substantiate that statement? None so far, it seems. But wait...where did I put that proof...?
(Sound of crickets chirping.)

It's in the same place as that proof of WMDs...

No. The proof that the NSA et al are only gathering information on real terrorist threats is in the same place as the proof of WMDs. Especially when the DoHS has free time to get involved in a local BS drug bust. Now how do you recon they found out about that action... Hm...

Cisco is just doing damage control after a badly placed photo took a chunk out of their bottom line. Corporate whores tend to react badly when cash flow is impeded ... So I think it's a front worth watching. But expecting Cisco to just rattle off a list of clients that have been breached in some way, kind, sort, form, or fashion is a bit silly...as that would be even more bad exposure for all parties involved.
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