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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: July 10, 2014, 11:45:55 PM
An email and blog post requesting our/your action, from OpenMedia.org, further opportunity to add your voice:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Refer link: TPP - Save Free Expression | OpenMedia

The email says:
Our window is closing
Meghan Sali contact@openmedia.org via mail.salsalabs.net
   05:38 (10 hours ago)

- images from contact@openmedia.org

TPP negotiators received citizen comments in a face-to-face meeting with OpenMedia just hours ago but now chief negotiators are stepping in to ram the censorship plan into place. We only have 48 hours before negotiations end; now, more than ever, we need you to stand up for Free Expression. Amplify our voices here, and take action to end Internet Censorship.

Take action!

Dear XX,
Revealed: “Chief negotiators” are now stepping in to finalize a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) plan that could censor expression online for generations.1 2

We only have 48 hours before their meetings in Ottawa, Canada conclude: Let’s raise a loud global call for TPP chief negotiators to back off and save free expression now --->

In just the last few days, tens of thousands of pro-Internet Citizens spoke up using our Face-to-Face tool3 to defend the right to access the Internet in their day to day lives without fear of censorship and surveillance.

As Harold Jaffe from the U.S. shared with us using our Internet Voice Tool:

“The proposed mechanisms of the TPP undermine some of our most valued principles--the equitable and transparent rule of law, the sovereignty of nations, and the authority of the people to determine how we are governed, among others. It is imperative that negotiations be brought into the light and the unjust, unconstitutional consequences of the plan be exposed.”

Make your voice louder, and make all our voices louder to Save Free Expression Online.

*If enough people speak out now we’ll put up a giant “Save Free Expression” banner in front of the TPP meeting building – a banner that decision makers and the media can’t ignore.

Negotiators have now heard your voices loud and clear, but they’re feeling the pressure from Big Media lobbyists and government officials to push ahead with this irresponsible plan.

Demand decision-makers and world leaders remove Internet Censorship from the TPP. Speak out today.

Thank you for recognizing that we need your help – we need your voice to protect the possibilities of the open Internet.

–Meghan, Josh, and Steve, on behalf of your OpenMedia Team

P.S., We’ve been fighting hard against the TPP’s extreme censorship, and we won’t stop until negotiators have abandoned their plans to censor the Internet. It’s the generous support we receive from the pro-Internet community - people like you - that’s made this fight possible. Help us defend your rights online by chipping in today.

Footnotes
[1] Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Source: EFF
[2] TPP talks in full gear as chief negotiators join working-level meeting. Source: Mainichi
[3] Face to Face with Internet Censorship. Source

Mind you, if one was a proponent of Transnational Progressivism, one might not want to stop TPP just yet.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 10, 2014, 10:56:25 PM
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128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: July 09, 2014, 10:29:40 PM
Maybe the author of the Hunger Games book series should write in something about secure email services - and the need for them - e.g., such as Proton Mail...
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The Latest Hunger Games Teaser Trailer Should Excite Libertarians
Robby Soave|Jul. 9, 2014 2:41 pm

The Mockingjay lives!

That's the message of the second teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which depicts anti-government rebels hacking a propaganda transmission circulated by the creepy central government.

The forthcoming installment of The Hunger Games movies—which were adapted from the best-selling book series by Suzanne Collins—should excite libertarians. It preaches a fundamentally libertarian message of the inherent evils of centralized government, excessive taxation, slavery, and police brutality, and features freedom fighters motivated by self-ownership and local autonomy.

The series is hugely popular across all age demographics, but especially among kids and teenagers. It can't be a a bad thing that so many young people now have a Harry Potter-esque reverence for Katniss Everdeen, a protagonist whose message to the government is essentially "you don't own me."

Watch the latest trailer below. The previous trailer is available here.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Download a Treasure Trove of 130 Free Ebooks from Microsoft on: July 09, 2014, 08:00:53 AM
Could be well worth checking out:
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Download a Treasure Trove of 130 Free Ebooks from Microsoft
Patrick Allan Today 4:00am

Download a Treasure Trove of 130 Free Ebooks from Microsoft

It has happened before, and it is happening again. Microsoft's MSDN blog has released a whole new batch of free ebooks that cover everything from Windows 8, to Office 2013, to SQL Server, and more.
Grab Over 80 Free Ebooks from Microsoft and Learn Something Tech-y

Microsoft's MSDN blog has released a boatload of free ebooks on a range of technologies and…Read more

Eric Ligman, the Santa Claus of Microsoft ebooks, has unleashed the biggest collection yet, with 130 different titles. Each ebook is hundreds of pages long and filled with knowledge sure to help any IT pro or home use alike. Formats vary, but a majority of the titles are PDFs.

It's Christmas in July. Go open your presents:

Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more | Microsoft MSDN blog - Eric Ligman via Tech Support Alert
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Office 2013 drops cleartype, fonts a disaster. Any way to fix it? on: July 09, 2014, 03:12:00 AM
I just happened to be playing about with Fonts today, and revisited this discussion thread.
Thought I should report that the MS Gothic (mono-spaced) and MS PGothic (proportional) fonts - as suggested by @danno - look pretty 'orrible on the Toshiba L855D laptop in OneNote 2013 (under Win8.1-64).
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 08, 2014, 11:34:22 AM
Ahaha! Not being particularly interested in iphones, I had not realised that they were effectively unserviceable.
 Is that really true?     tellme
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 08, 2014, 09:35:21 AM
(see attachment in previous post)
How the NSA Could Bug Your Powered-Off iPhone, and How to Stop Them  Threat Level  WIRED
How many of you national security threats here need something like this?
_______________________________________
I always thought that physically disconnecting an electrical device from its power source was an effective and certain way of "switching it off". If that is true, then what's wrong with simply removing the battery from the iphone?
And if it is a handheld two-way radio communications device, then wrapping it in tinfoil might be as good as or a better way of isolating it than shutting it in the fridge - and less likely to cause harm to it from condensation.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 08, 2014, 09:18:21 AM
It's a fascinating idea that an old transcript could have an error that gets passed down through the years -- and a fascinating idea that a punctuation change could make a dramatic difference.
...
Refer: Illuminated script.
134  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: July 08, 2014, 09:05:28 AM
@crabby3:
Yes, please refer to the updated opening post and my update notes here Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review..
I guess just a one-fourth screen-shot link is okay?  Is this the Authentic IainB?   Grin smiley
________________________________________________

Your initial question was in:
@IainB
There is a new look for MBAM you may want to add?  Some functions are different as well.  Or gone... i.e. tabs, 3rd-party stuff, etc.
As of this posting you can scroll down and see some of the screens here:  https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

What I was referring to was in particular response to that question, and it was was where the opening post of my mini-review now says So, for more information, please refer to that review - which also includes 10 or so screenshots of the MBAM GUI and windows. (see quote below).
I often post some/all of the comment-worthy text content sourced from other posts sans embedded hyperlinks/images, for purely informational purposes and so that people can independently use the hyperlink to the source to access the real McCoy for fuller information. However, I would generally avoid copying/duplicating all the content (including screenshots) of a perfectly good existing review - e.g., like the excellent one by PCmag - to avoid unnecessary duplication and the risk of detracting from their well-deserved potential traffic hits.
...
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1. Using MBAM version series 2.x Premium (PAID)
============================================

...There's not a lot to report otherwise, except that the latest MBAM Premium version 2.x GUI and modus operandi are different/improved to the MBAM PRO version 1.x. These differences are discussed in a rigorous test review report of MBAM Premium, by the excellent Neil J. Rubenking - Lab Results Looking Up - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Review & Rating | PCMag.com.
So, for more information, please refer to that review - which also includes 10 or so screenshots of the MBAM GUI and windows.
(My thanks to @Arizona Hot for pointing out the PCMAG review in his comment Re: Interesting "stuff".)

Summary rating from that PCMAG review:
Note that Install and scan in Safe Mode is a newly-added feature, and the Chameleon and rootkit scan features were previously functions that were separate to and not integrated with MBAM v1.x.
PROS
Installs and scans in Safe Mode.
Chameleon technology resists malware attack.
Excellent results in malware removal lab test.
Improved user interface and ease of use.
Integrates previously separate rootkit scan.
CONS
No real-time protection against attack.
BOTTOM LINE
When other antivirus products fail, tech support
agents turn to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0.
It remains a very effective cleanup tool, and
with version 2.0 it gets significant improvements
in appearance and ease of use.
...
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 08, 2014, 07:58:49 AM
This is just a demo video that shows what a Freefly Systems el cheapo video stabilisation rig can do. It's pretty darn cool! Cool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxYvSlFDbQ
http://www.freeflysystems.com/products/moviM5.php
Freefly MōVI M5 >> From $4,995.00
Other rigs can cost $30k, so it's quite a bargain as you can see from the wicked smooth video.
And another with the same rig.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp7AKtCaBUc[/youtube]
Wow.

Very impressive.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 08, 2014, 07:40:53 AM
Thanks for posting about this. I just read that TechDirt post in my Bazqux feedreader and searched the DCF for references and found that you had just started this discussion thread.
Very thought-provoking.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 08, 2014, 02:39:50 AM
Hopefully this could only happen in Spain:
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Airbus 340 and Boeing 767 nearly collide at Barcelona airport - video | World news | theguardian.com
A video filmed at Barcelona airport shows two planes almost crashing on the runway. An Airbus 340 is shown crossing the runway at El Prat Airport in Spain as a flight from Moscow is coming in to land. Seeing the Airbus in its path, the pilot of the Boeing 767 from Russia aborts the landing. The plane then lands safely on the runway shortly afterwards.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Photographic overlay technique used re 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. on: July 08, 2014, 02:31:49 AM
Impressive and haunting then-and-now photographic overlays, being used as part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. You couldn't really communicate this without the Internet. I've been to some of the places depicted, but never saw them in this light, though driving past the mile after mile of allied graveyards across parts of France was a pretty harrowing experience.
Take a look.
The image fader/slider gives good full-screen images:
139  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: July 08, 2014, 12:47:39 AM
@crabby3:
Yes, please refer to the updated opening post and my update notes here Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review..
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 07, 2014, 05:28:00 PM
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141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 07, 2014, 05:20:33 PM
Clinically depressed man diagnosed as British.
George Farthing, an expatriate British man living in America, was recently diagnosed as clinically depressed, tanked up on anti-depressants and scheduled for controversial Shock Therapy when doctors realised he wasn't depressed at all - only British.

Mr Farthing, whose characteristic pessimism and gloomy perspective were interpreted as serious clinical depression, was led on a nightmare journey through the American psychiatric system. Doctors described Farthing as suffering with Pervasive Negative Anticipation - a belief that everything will turn out for the worst, whether it's trains arriving late, England's chances at winning any international sports event or even his own prospects to get ahead in life and achieve his dreams.

"The satisfaction Mr Farthing seemed to get from his pessimism seemed particularly pathological," reported the doctors.

"They put me on everything - Lithium, Prozac, St John's Wort," said Mr Farthing. "They even told me to sit in front of a big light for an hour a day or I'd become suicidal. I kept telling them this was all pointless and they said that it was exactly that sort of attitude that got me here in the first place."

Running out of ideas, his doctors finally resorted to a course of "weapons grade amphetamine", the only noticeable effect of which was six hours of speedy repetitions of the phrases "mustn't grumble" and "not too bad, really".

It was then that Mr Farthing was referred to a psychotherapist.

Dr Isaac Horney explored Mr Farthing's family history and couldn't believe his ears.

"His story of a childhood growing up in a grey little town where it rained every day, treeless streets of identical houses and passionately backing a football team who never won, seemed to be typical depressive ideation or false memory. Mr Farthing had six months of therapy but seemed to mainly want to talk about the weather - how miserable and cold it was in winter and later how difficult and hot it was in summer. I felt he wasn't responding to therapy at all and so I recommended drastic action - namely ECT or shock treatment".

"I was all strapped down on the table and they were about to put the rubber bit in my mouth when the psychiatric nurse picked up on my accent," said Mr Farthing. "I remember her saying 'Oh my God, I think we're making a terrible mistake'." Nurse Alice Sheen was a big fan of British comedy, giving her an understanding of the British psyche.

"Classic comedy characters like Tony Hancock, Albert Steptoe and Frank Spencer are all hopeless cases with no chance of ever doing well or escaping their circumstances," she explained to the baffled US medics. "That's funny in Britain and is not seen as pathological at all."

Identifying Mr Farthing as British changed his diagnosis from 'clinical depression' to 'rather quaint and charming' and he was immediately discharged from hospital, with a selection of brightly coloured leaflets and an "I love New York" T-shirt.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 05, 2014, 01:56:35 AM
Very droll. From blog: http://order-order.com/
June 2014
Re possible UK MOD invasion of Iraq:
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The joke doing the rounds in MoD circles is “we now have what we didn’t have in 2003: a valid reason to invade Iraq.”
With the defence budget slashed, they don’t have much else.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 05, 2014, 01:54:16 AM
A bit of sarcastic British humour:

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(Hint: It looks rather like Wandsworth prison.)
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / <24 hours to get your voice heard re secretive TPP Internet Censorship plan. on: July 02, 2014, 04:28:03 PM
An email and blog post requesting our/your action, from OpenMedia.org, if you haven't added your voice yet:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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24 hours to do something meaningful about it | OpenMedia

We have just 24 hours until key decision-makers behind the Trans Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Internet Censorship plan begin meeting in Ottawa, Canada.1

Please Note: This is your last chance to use our easy-to-use “Internet Voice” to get your comment right in the hands of those crafting this extreme and secretive plan.

Your diligence over time has allowed your OpenMedia team to get a face-to-face meeting with them.

It’s crucial that we have as many original comments as possible to show TPP insiders when we meet them.

Nj, will you take this last opportunity to join Internet users across the globe and have your comments put in the hands of TPP decision-makers?

–Steve

Footnotes
[1] Trans Pacific Partnership deal elusive as talks set for Ottawa. Source: CBC News.

I strongly object to any State or Government or commercially sanctioned moves to act in any way that could end or limit free expression online as we currently know and enjoy it. This would be a threat to the free world, to democratic freedom and to the American Constitution.
This thing seems to be being driven home with a pile-driver and backed by the US government, so it's probably bound to be pushed through in the shorter term, but at least a protest can be made beforehand.
Democratic freedom at its finest.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 02, 2014, 11:29:29 AM
Interesting...
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Scott Adams Blog: The Religion War Predictions 07/02/2014
...In the book I imagined that the government would combat terrorism by strictly limiting digital communications. If someone is not on your approved list you can't call, text, or email with them. If you want to add someone to your list, there's a bureaucratic process to do that. That part of the prediction is unlikely to happen because the NSA can monitor every form of communication, and that's a more effective solution. I didn't see that coming. But I'll take partial credit for predicting that the government wouldn't allow unfettered private conversations over networks in the future.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: July 02, 2014, 11:19:34 AM
@Renegade: Good article. Thanks. Hope he is proven right by events.
147  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: July 02, 2014, 10:34:19 AM
UPDATE: 2014-07-03 - made notes in the review regarding:
  • I today came across McAfee Stinger Portable | PortableApps.com (a potential $FREE MBAM alternative which I have not trialled).
  • I today noticed that the Vista Ultimate installation of MBAM updated itself:
     * from version series 1.x (PRO),
     * to the newer version series 2.x (Premium),
     - so I would guess that the version series 1.x might now be obsolete.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING: Carefully clean up broken CFL (fluorescent) lightbulbs if you have any on: July 02, 2014, 09:26:02 AM
On what I've been saying and LEDs:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kSEnSVFD5o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kSEnSVFD5o</a>
I hadn't seen that video before now. Pretty impressive.
I already knew about the functionality that could be (or was being) designed into LEDs, and I have been keenly awaiting the day when, for example, my lightbulbs will be able to transmit/receive my wifi router signals. I was keen on the idea ever since seeing it demonstrated on (I think it was) a TED talk.
Certainly, the future looks very bright for smart LEDs...
But then there's this, of course:
This NSA business had left me with the nagging feeling that I had seen it in a movie.
Tonight I was cataloguing one of my portable drives (all movies) using BooZet's Visual CD Version 4.0 and found the answer amongst a collection of short films. It's from YouTube: PLURALITY

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzryBRPwsog" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzryBRPwsog</a>
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING: Carefully clean up broken CFL (fluorescent) lightbulbs if you have any on: July 02, 2014, 09:00:54 AM
Relevant to lighting generally. Might be useful. Very informative notes here from Michael Herf - the guy who I gather is the author of f.lux (which I have used for a while now) and the original author of Picasa: - notes on Full Spectrum lighting.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Our experiences with LED light bulb replacements on: July 02, 2014, 08:58:39 AM
Might be useful. Very informative notes here from Michael Herf - the guy who I gather is the author of f.lux (which I have used for a while now) and the original author of Picasa: - notes on Full Spectrum lighting.
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