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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 04:09:06 AM
Golf genie.
One fine day in Ireland, a gentleman was out golfing and teed up his ball on the 16th hole. He smashed the golf ball with his driver. Unfortunately, his drive went into the woods. He walked down the fairway and went looking for his ball. After searching for a while, he found a little man unconscious with the golf ball lying next to him.

"Goodness," said the golfer, and proceeded to revive the poor little guy.

Upon awaking, the little guy said, "Well, you caught me fair and square. I am a leprechaun. I will grant you three wishes."

The man said, "I can't take anything from you. I'm just glad I didn't hurt you too badly."

The man then turned and walked away.

Watching the golfer depart, the leprechaun thought to himself, "Well, he was a nice enough guy, and he did catch me, so I have to do something for him. I'll give him the three things that I would want. I'll give him unlimited money, a great golf game, and a great sex life."

A year went by and the same golfer went golfing on the same course at the 16th hole. He hit his drive into the very same woods and went off searching for his ball. When he found the ball he saw the same little guy and asked how he was doing.

The leprechaun said, "I'm fine, and might I ask how your golf game is?"

"It's great! I hit under par every time."

"I did that for you. And might I ask how your money is holding out?"

The golfer said, "Well, now that you mention it, every time I put my hand in my pocket, I pull out a hundred pound note."

"I did that for you. And might I ask how your sex life is?"

The golfer looked at him a little shyly and said, "Well, maybe once or twice a week."

The leprechaun was floored and stammered, "Only once or twice a week?"

"Well, that's not too bad for a Catholic priest in a small parish."
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 04:08:17 AM
Golfing buddy.
One Saturday, a keen golfer brings his best golfing buddy home for dinner at 6.30pm, after playing golf all afternoon, without warning his wife that he was bringing anyone home for dinner.

His wife goes ballistic, and yells her head off at her husband whilst his friend stands watching open-mouthed at the tirade.
"My bloody hair and make-up are not done, the house is a f****** mess, the dishes aren't done. Can't you see I'm still in my f****** pyjamas and anyway I can't be bothered with cooking tonight!   Why the f*** did you bring him home without telling me first, you idiot?"

The husband answered, "Because he told me on the golf-course today that he's thinking of getting married!"
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 09:24:48 PM
^^ Yes, made me laugh too. Very good images. That's why I thought I would augment it!   Wink
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 08:59:09 PM
^^ As one of my friends (a teacher) said when I asked him how he enjoyed stimulating the minds of his students, "Some days you try, some days you sigh."

We all have different paradigms - e.g., I only belatedly got @crabby3's rather clever photo joke about the cat's headstone.

That's one of the reasons I rarely - if ever - criticise other peoples' jokes. That is, it could quite well be that I am missing the point of their joke entirely - and anyway, who am I to criticise? I usually find it a useful habit of mind to try and open up my mind a tad to the possible ways in which something that doesn't look/seem funny to me at first glance could perhaps be deemed to be funny from a different perspective, and then I might get the joke after all, maybe as a kind of pleasant surprise, instead of it going right over my head and being lost on me altogether.

Of course, one doesn't necessarily have to approve of a joke just because one might thus be able to understand what could be perceived - by some people - as being funny about it, but then, that goes back to the need to criticise and whether one feels the world must operate according to one's paradigms. For example, there is probably good reason to suppose that the Charlie Hebdo killers would not have seen, allowed, nor accepted that there was any humour whatsoever in the cartoons depicting Mohammed.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 09:11:50 AM

Really? Was that where your parents usually locked you up?  Enquiring minds need to know.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 09:09:05 AM
^^ Amusing, but probably unlikely. Those men are all pulling a wry face and appear to be looking down - presumably at where their respective brains are located. The dog, on the other hand, is not looking down or anywhere except at the camera, and anyway looks more like a puppy and would not be mature enough to mate at that age. He is probably merely pulling a wry face because someone photoshopped him or something tastes funny in his mouth. Maybe he has just eaten the household budgerigar and is wondering what to do with the feathers. You'd probably have to prise open his jaws to be sure.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 18, 2015, 12:15:19 PM
 embarassed = me if you are serious.

Oh, I'm sorry. I hadn't realised you had deliberately removed the cat and put in a headstone as a joke. I just saw the cat wasn't clearly there, didn't notice the headstone, and simply thought it was a bad case of lossiness.

Belated har-de-har-har anyway.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 18, 2015, 12:08:37 PM
...Crap, I can really respond to this properly without going radically outside the intent on the thread. Perhaps it would be better (easier/safer/more appropriate) if this tangent was moved to the basement.

I think you probably meant "...I can't really...".
Sorry, I didn't wish to start an argument, it was simply that you made a bald statement of (I presume) POV that I could not see as necessarily being true, so I thought I would point that out, but by all means continue in the Basement if you think that will be "safer" and (say) prevent me from being shot with an AK-47, or something, as I sit at my keyboard...       (((:~>
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2015, 11:02:34 AM
Eh... I think it depends on context.  And along those lines, silly humor from tosh.0
Low Quality version from youtube..
Interesting experiment that is ... I think it speaks volumes about the current hyper-reactive -(PC)- trend our society has devolved into of looking for things to be offended by. Sure intent unknown some things might - by inflection - sound insulting...but racist?? No. Racist/sexist/elitist/whatever are all patterns of behavior, not terms or phrases.
Yes, perception and political correctness. I think you could try to define these things as being "patterns of behaviour", but I'm not sure that psychologists would necessarily be able to agree with that without at least some better definition. The problem is that, in usage, such terms often seem to be merely clichéd ad hominem attacks - simplistic and pejorative labels which appear to be intended to force other people to maintain the labeller's paradigm or cognitive bias - i.e., it becomes mandatory that the thing being labelled be perceived in that light. If one does not perceive the thing in the "correct" light, then one is punished by the pejorative label being applied to oneself, either directly or by implication - e.g., "If you can't see that that is a racist thing to do/say, then you must be a racist also" (which is a non-sequitur). This would seem to be irrational.


This reminded me of the following - seems a reasonably concise/accurate definition of "political correctness":
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."
(Texas A&M website)
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2015, 10:30:26 AM
I have added a ringed image below the invisible cat picture above, so that you can spot the tabby cat there.
The image of the cat is not the clearest, but it is more easily seen with a magnifying glass (as opposed to digitally enlarging it). Sharpening it also helps, but that also distorts some of the image.
@crabby3: You must have copied and saved the image, resulting in some lossiness, so you can barely discern the cat in the lossy image.
136  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Recalibrating the temperature sensor on a hard drive? on: January 16, 2015, 11:54:52 AM
I wondered whether any of the wise denizens of DC might be able to offer some advice.
I am trying to figure out the best method and thermometer to use to recalibrate the temperature sensor on a hard drive. My drives are all 2.5" format drives, either housed in a laptop or in a USB-connected device enclosure, and some of the latter are sealed plastic enclosures and thus difficult to gain access to without risking breaking the enclosure.

I have come to the conclusion that the reported temps on some of the drives I use are inaccurate. Some feel hotter to the touch than others that HDS says are running at a higher temp.

The HDS Temperature report tab says:
It is recommended to calibrate the temperature and set the temperature offset on the S.M.A.R.T. page. This way later the correct temperature value will be displayed.

The HDS Help document says:
Temperature calibration
The temperature sensor built in most modern hard disks may give improper results. The difference between the measured and the actual temperature can be 7-9 Celsius degress or even more.

To fix this problem, it is possible (and recommended) to measure the actual temperature of the hard disk by using an external infrared thermometer or a front panel with temperature sensor and set the difference between the measured temperature and the temperature displayed by Hard Disk Sentinel (reported by the drive itself) as temperature offset. This is called calibration.

After the real temperature has measured (by the thermometer or other external temperature sensor), the offset can be calculated by subtracting the value reported by the software from the measured value. This offset can be positive (the software reports smaller temperature than the real) or negative (the software reports higher temperature than the real).

This offset can be specified on the S.M.A.R.T. page of the hard disk, after selecting attribute #194 (hard disk temperature) and using the + / - buttons (by clicking on the number between the icons, the offset value can be entered directly in Celsius units).

(Diagram: S.M.A.R.T. attributes, details and trends)

Hard Disk Sentinel will automatically increase (or decrease) all hard disk reported temperatures by the configured offset value. This way the correct (real) temperature will be displayed and used in all cases (for example, when checking hard disk temperature against a threshold and when saving reports etc.)

It is recommended to perform the temperature calibration on all installed hard disks if possible. Same type of hard disks may require different temperature offsets.

Note: if the calibration is not possible (the computer chassis cannot be opened), an estimated offset value can be determined by checking the first displayed temperature immediately after starting the computer and comparing the value with the environment (room, office) temperature. At this time, the CPU, video card or other components are not too warm and they do not affect the temperature of the hard disk. Of course this is true only if the computer had enough time to cool down to the environment temperature (it was not powered off for at least 8 hours).

For example, if the hard disk temperature is displayed as 17 Celsius degrees (immediately after starting the computer) and the room temperature is 22 Celsius degrees, +5 can be configured as offset value (because the hard disk cannot be cooler than its temperature). This offset is better than nothing but of course an external thermometer is needed to determine the proper temperature offset value.

Note: the temperature offset should be specified in Celsius units, regardless of the selected temperature unit (Celsius or Fahrenheit).

Note: the unregistered version automatically resets all offset values to 0 when the user restarts Hard Disk Sentinel.
137  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Hard Disk Sentinel PRO - now up to version 4.60 (7377). on: January 16, 2015, 11:17:22 AM
Update 2015-01-17 0614hrs: Hard Drive Sentinel is now up to version 4.60 (7377). I forgot to post about this when it updated a short while back.
In the OP, I have made minor updates to version number and supported OSes.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 04:34:04 AM
Not sure whether this has been posted before.
I and my 4 ½ y/o son just spent about 10 minutes trying to find this cat in the photo. I had forgotten where it was.
I used a magnifying glass in the end, and that did the trick. Superb camouflage. The image is a bit bigger here, so that should help.


139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 03:40:51 AM
Grandpa gets an I-Pad ...
While a daughter is visiting her father and helping in the kitchen, she asks,
"Tell me dad, how are you managing with the new iPad we gave you for your birthday?"
This clip is spoken in German but it's easily understandable in any language.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 03:37:20 AM
Do any women here get fe-mail?
I dunno, but some of them probably get hotmail...
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 13, 2015, 11:56:52 AM
Blasphemy is a victimless crime...
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 12, 2015, 08:17:26 AM
And this also at funnyjunk, for @Renegade and his trigger-happy ilk: Norwegian Pride
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 12, 2015, 07:56:21 AM
My 13 y/o daughter Lily was laughing uproariously and had tears streaming down her face watching some vids in possibly bad taste on a website, so I took a look and couldn't stop laughing. I thought the best was the parachute jump.
Check it out at: Bonus dank WebM compilation - "ISIS"

I found the scientific one about matter/antimatter especially funny. Made me cry laughing.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 12, 2015, 06:50:28 AM
Very good Apple spoof by IKEA: Experience the power of a bookbook™
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Stretching the "peer reviewed" brand until it snaps. on: January 07, 2015, 07:30:14 AM
I'm not sure whether the term "peer review" carries any real weight nowadays - or whether it retains any scientific credibility or has any real meaning for science.
Interesting review of the state of affairs:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
DSHR's Blog: Stretching the "peer reviewed" brand until it snaps
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Stretching the "peer reviewed" brand until it snaps
The very first post to this blog, seven-and-a-half years and 265 posts ago, was based on an NSF/JISC workshop on scholarly communication. I expressed skepticism about the value added by peer review, following Don Waters by quoting work from Diane Harley et al:

    They suggest that "the quality of peer review may be declining" with "a growing tendency to rely on secondary measures", "difficult[y] for reviewers in standard fields to judge submissions from compound disciplines", "difficulty in finding reviewers who are qualified, neutral and objective in a fairly closed academic community", "increasing reliance ... placed on the prestige of publication rather than ... actual content", and that "the proliferation of journals has resulted in the possibility of getting almost anything published somewhere" thus diluting "peer-reviewed" as a brand.

My prediction was:

    The big problem will be a more advanced version of the problems currently plaguing blogs, such as spam, abusive behavior, and deliberate subversion.

Since then, I've returned to the theme at intervals, pointing out that reviewers for top-ranked journals fail to perform even basic checks, that the peer-reviewed research on peer review shows that the value even top-ranked journals add is barely detectable, even before allowing for the value subtracted by their higher rate of retraction, and that any ranking system for journals is fundamentally counter-productive. As recently as 2013 Nature published a special issue on scientific publishing that refused to face these issues by failing to cite the relevant research. Ensuring relevant citation is supposed to be part of the value top-ranked journals add.

Recently, a series of incidents has made it harder for journals to ignore these problems. Below the fold, I look at some of them.

In November, Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch reported that BioMed Central (owned by Springer) recently found about 50 papers in their editorial process whose reviewers were sock-puppets, part of a trend:

    Journals have retracted more than 100 papers in the past two years for fake peer reviews, many of which were written by the authors themselves.

Many of the sock-puppets were suggested by the authors themselves, functionality in the submission process that clearly indicates the publisher's lack of value-add. Nature published an overview of this vulnerability of peer review by Cat Ferguson, Adam Marcus and Oransky entitled Publishing: The peer-review scam that included jaw-dropping security lapses in major publisher's systems:

    [Elsevier's] Editorial Manager's main issue is the way it manages passwords. When users forget their password, the system sends it to them by e-mail, in plain text. For PLOS ONE, it actually sends out a password, without prompting, whenever it asks a user to sign in, for example to review a new manuscript.

In December, Oransky pointed to a study published in PNAS by Kyle Silera, Kirby Leeb and Lisa Bero entitled Measuring the effectiveness of scientific gatekeeping. They tracked 1008 manuscripts submitted to three elite medical journals:

    Of the 808 eventually published articles in our dataset, our three focal journals rejected many highly cited manuscripts, including the 14 most popular; roughly the top 2 percent. Of those 14 articles, 12 were desk-rejected. This finding raises concerns regarding whether peer review is ill-suited to recognize and gestate the most impactful ideas and research.

Desk-rejected papers never even made it to review by peers. Its fair to say that Silera et al conclude:

    Despite this finding, results show that in our case studies, on the whole, there was value added in peer review.

These were elite journals, so a small net positive value add matches earlier research. But again, the fact that it was difficult to impossible for important, ground-breaking results to receive timely publication in elite journals is actually subtracting value. And, as Oransky says:

    Perhaps next up, the authors will look at why so many “breakthrough” papers are still published in top journals — only to be retracted. As Retraction Watch readers may recall, high-impact journals tend to have more retractions.

Also in December, via Yves Smith, I found Scholarly Mad Libs and Peer-less Reviews in which Marjorie Lazoff comments on the important article For Sale: “Your Name Here” in a Prestigious Science Journal from December's Scientific American (owned by Nature Publishing). In it Charles Seife investigates sites such as:

    MedChina, which offers dozens of scientific "topics for sale" and scientific journal "article transfer" agreements.

Among other services, these sites offer "authorship for pay" on articles already accepted by journals. He also found suspicious similarities in wording among papers, including:

    "Begger's funnel plot" gets dozens of hits, all from China.“Beggers funnel plot” is particularly revealing. There is no such thing as a Beggers funnel plot. ... "It's difficult to imagine that 28 people independently would invent the name of a statistical test,"

Some of the similarities may be due to authors with limited English using earlier papers as templates when reporting valid research, but some such as the Begger's funnel plot papers are likely the result of "mad libs" style fraud. And Lazoff points out they likely used sockpuppet reviewers:

    Last month, Retraction Watch published an article describing a known and partially-related problem: fake peer reviews, in this case involving 50 BioMed Central papers. In the above-described article, Seife referred to this BioMed Central discovery; he was able to examine 6 of these titles and found that all were from Chinese authors, and shared style and subject matter to other “paper mill-written” meta-analyses.

Lazoff concludes:

    Research fraud is particularly destructive given traditional publishing’s ongoing struggle to survive the transformational Electronic Age; the pervasive if not perverse marketing of pharma, medical device companies, and self-promoting individuals and institutions using “unbiased” research; and today’s bizarrely anti-science culture. 

but goes on to say:

    Without ongoing attention and support from the entire medical and science communities, we risk the progressive erosion of our essential, venerable research database, until it finally becomes too contaminated for even our most talented editors to heal.

I'm much less optimistic. These recent examples, while egregious, are merely a continuation of a trend publishers themselves started many years ago of stretching the "peer reviewed" brand by proliferating journals. If your role is to act as a gatekeeper for the literature database, you better be good at being a gatekeeper. Opening the gate so wide that anything can get published somewhere is not being a good gatekeeper.

The fact that even major publishers like Nature Publishing are finally facing up to problems with their method of publishing that the scholars who research such methods have been pointing out for more than seven years might be seen as hopeful. But even if their elite journals could improve their ability to gatekeep, the fundamental problem remains. An environment where anything will get published, the only question is where (and the answer is often in lower-ranked journals from the same publishers), renders even good gatekeeping futile. What is needed is better mechanisms for sorting the sheep from the goats after the animals are published. Two key parts of such mechanisms will be annotations, and reputation systems.
146 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Feature request: automatic OCR of captured images. on: January 06, 2015, 07:05:27 PM
Yes, the ABBYY software seems really rather good at what it does.
As described in EPSON Perfection V330 Photo Scanner + ABBYY and ArcSoft software, I first came across it in the bundled software that came with that scanner.
The last time I had Acrobat was in its version 7, but I don't use it now and currently get .PDF OCR processing via a FREE software - see PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version) - Mini-Review.

My thought with the ABBYY ScreenshotReader was that it might be worth exploring to see whether it could be incorporated into the CHS process somehow, to meet the requirement for automatic OCR of captured images (those captured by CHS). This could be (say) upon the capture of each individual image, or perhaps as a post-capture batch process, or something. I had effectively been doing the latter - albeit manually - using OneNote, but the OCR capability of ABBYY ScreenshotReader seems to be superior to OneNote's OCR capability.

Added note: By the way, this is not to forget the very relevant point that any images in .TIF/.TIFF format can be automatically  OCR'd for text and indexed/searched by Windows Desktop Search, if you have the .TIFF iFilter installed. In my view, for client-based databases, this in itself could be a good reason for duplicating text-bearing images into .TIFF format.
Similarly, I gather that any/most images - i.e., not just those in .TIFF formats - which are stored in the Evernote "cloud" are OCR'd and indexed for searching, and .PDF imaged documents stored in Google Drive can be OCR'd and the text searched/extracted.
147  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Abbyy screenshot reader on: January 06, 2015, 04:52:30 AM
Not to labour the point, but please do note that the comparison of OCR'd table data that I posted details about (above) - and much to my pleasant surprise - definitively contradicts/refutes my earlier statement:
I recall that Abbyy disabled (couldn't support) the thing at some point because it was not compatible with Win7 or something. Didn't bother me anyway, as I was already using OneNote by that stage, which has OCR integrated and a much better OCR clipping function in Send to OneNote. ...

So the recommendation from me would be to get the ABBYY Screenshot Reader giveaway, as it is very good at what it does, if not better than most. That is, assuming one can forget about the apparent extra bloatware and the licence server phoning home.
148  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / IsoBuster Pro - today only on BitsDuJour 50% discount - US$19.97 (17.5 hrs left) on: January 05, 2015, 08:32:19 AM
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I reckon this is probably a worthwhile piece of emergency recovery software to have in your back pocket.
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149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: unitypdf project will be ended at the end of January 2015 !!!! on: January 05, 2015, 08:08:51 AM
I had never come across this software before, but managed to find this: UnityPDF [Review]
150  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Abbyy screenshot reader on: January 05, 2015, 04:59:45 AM
The previous FREE ABBY Screenshot Reader "RETAIL" (Christmas giveaway) also installed a licence server Service (you cannot seem to run the ABBY software without having that service running). One more overhead.
Presumably this is probably still the case with the latest Christmas giveaway.
is this license server service still present in the newer versions?

Looks like it. There is a process called the ABBYY NetworkLicenseServer.exe running:

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