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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shell Extension City Freeware Website Comeback on: May 27, 2013, 12:39:02 PM
Good to hear.  I still have them in my RSS reader...couldn't bear to delete the feed.  =]
Yep. Ditto.
1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: May 27, 2013, 12:32:22 PM
...BTW, I know this sounds twisted but I've always loved the way the spray smells... Grin - Kinda like some people liking the way petroleum products smell.
Yes, not an unpleasant smell, but I was always careful not to inhale the dust if I could help it (just to be on the safe side).
That just reminded me of:
"Breathe in the ozone, John. It's iodine."
But which is iodine and which is drains?
 - Cornwall In Childhood (John Betjeman)
1428  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 27, 2013, 12:22:51 PM
@x16wda: Apologies for my ignorance, but is that US Pres. Regan? If so, then cruel to dress him in drag (or was he that way inclined?).    tellme
What uniform was Pres. Clinton dressed in in that photo I submitted above? Do you know? Is it a US military one?
I think I saw news photos of Obama dressed in that ceremonial Kenyan uniform, or something, a couple of years back, but I don't know of he ever wore a US forces uniform. I gather that all US presidents are/were "Commander in Chief", but I'm not sure if that necessarily means they have/had a uniform.
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animatable Wigglegrams - Jeffrey Friedl's Blog on: May 27, 2013, 11:45:39 AM
Found this at his blog:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
A Wigglegram from Kyoto’s Stunning Haradanien Forest Garden of Blossoms
...It's been a while since I've done a wigglegram, so even though I've not yet gone over the photos from the visit, I went ahead and grabbed out enough for a wigglegram.
On the left is Damien Douxchamps, who also appeared in the last wigglegram I posted (in “A Wigglegram from the Well-Named “Fallen Leaf Shrine” in Northern Kyoto”). At right is the venerable Paul Barr.
It's not for lack of desire that I haven't been posting more wigglegrams... I take the base photos used to make them fairly often, but because I still can't do it smoothly, it takes a lot of work in Lightroom or Photoshop to smooth out frame-by-frame jumpiness. I probably spent an hour aligning the 17 photos used in this wigglegram. If anyone knows of automatic alignment software, I'd love to hear about it... it seems to be the kind of thing that software could automate.

There are more wigglegrams on my wigglegram blog category...
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: May 27, 2013, 09:28:20 AM
^^ Was it banned at one time in India? I know it is coming back into use in different parts of the world.
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English as it is spoke. on: May 27, 2013, 05:33:00 AM
...my formal education ended at the age of 10.
Did it really? How so? I'm impressed.
I always tried my damnedest to avoid attending school, but the best I could do was miss 53% of it (on average).
1432  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English as it is spoke. on: May 27, 2013, 05:29:55 AM
Engrish as it is spoke/murdered.
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / H.264 Explained : Indy News - YouTube on: May 27, 2013, 12:22:30 AM
Came across this and thought it could be useful: (I found it useful anyway as I didn't know any of this stuff)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShG1mnHKntg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShG1mnHKntg</a>

It has this spec in it:
1434  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: May 26, 2013, 09:23:20 PM
Yes, we are the idiots.
On the subject of insect control and DDT:
If fly spray has chemicals in it that are apparently fatally toxic to insects and potentially toxic to humans to some degree, and if the same is true of DDT, then I would not want either substance in my environment. They are potentially hazardous. For this reason I would NOT recommend spraying fly spray or DDT around the home and I would avoid exposing my family to either of these toxins/poisons.

The usual risks from toxins are typically:
(a) unknown direct harm (e.g., including cancer or organ damage) to the individuals exposed to them;

(b) unknown harm to the structure of their genes or chromosomes or reproductive functions, resulting in sterility or abnormalities - e.g., deformities or retardation - in their children.

Given these risks, to expose yourself or oblige your family to be exposed (especially without their choice) to such toxins would seem to be irresponsible if not reprehensible.

However, I would not see my risk-averse choice (above) as mandating that we ban the use of fly spray and I can't see why we should treat DDT any differently. I had never quite understood what was so 'bad' about DDT. In other words, why was it banned and not other insecticides? If DDT was indeed banned largely because of statements made in a book written for profit, then would that be a rational and scientific approach to the perceived problem? It doesn't seem to be rational.

What I would be VERY wary of is any manufacturer lobby insisting that their products were "safe" according to research sponsored by them. For example, asbestos manufacturers, cigarette manufacturers, DDT manufacturers, GM corn manufacturers - the list would be long.

An interesting green eco-fascist idea has recently been resurrected, viz:
Instead of being obsessed with killing insects, why not consume insects? Thus controlling the insect population and enjoying a varied diet with more protein.
Perhaps insects could be ground up like herbs and spices and used to flavour "exotic" dishes. Insects would have less fat than meat and more likely be better for your digestive system (this is a purely speculative conclusion of course). I can find no research to suggest that consuming large quantities of insects is linked to bowel cancer - unlike consuming red meat. Perhaps you could mash up insects and make a "all insect pattie" - rather like the new angus burger at McDonalds.
Perhaps flies have health properties when ingested, perhaps they could be marketed as the new "super oil" (like omega 3 fish oils). Imagine that!

One interesting "scientific" perspective on DDT: http://www.pan-uk.org/pestnews/Actives/ddt.htm

However, I suspect that that website in particular would be unlikely to be able to provide a balanced view of any pesticide/insecticide, as it has pretty clearly stated beliefs and objectives for a UK free of the use of pesticides, and seems to refer to the Pan-god, which has religious overtones.

There's quite a good and balanced overview of DDT (certainly better than in pan-uk.org) in Wikipedia, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDT.

As a keen environmentalist, I have, over the years, used DDT and read up a heck of a lot on the subject of this and other man-made toxins. My reading and the instructions on the DDT packets pointed out that DDT was safe to use, but only as long as it was used with care.

The book Silent Spring (1962) merely suggested that DDT and other pesticides may cause cancer and that their agricultural use was a threat to wildlife, particularly birds.
It offered no scientific proof - which is why the UK and USAID continued to use the stuff until 1984 and later, and until it became politically incorrect to continue to use it - i.e., not scientifically incorrect.
DDT was regarded as being as harmless (i.e., "mildly hazardous") to humans as the plant-based Derris Dust (rotenone), which latter is still sold by Yates today as an "organically permissible" pesticide - though some countries have banned it for "organic" status as a result of its modern "politically incorrect" status.

Whilst it might feel satisfying to talk humourously about using insects as a source of food flavouring or protein, we need to acknowledge that many countries do in fact already use insects for just such purposes. For example, in Thailand, where one of the delicacies in the rice-farming areas is an iridescent green-backed flying beetle that is a particular favourite amongst children and adults alike. The Thais catch them with lamps that attract the beetles at night, and the beatles fall off the lamps into a bucket of water below. My daughter Lily loves to eat them. Having eaten them myself - as well as other insects - I have to say that I don't find them particularly tasty and cannot see what all the fuss is about.

Now take a look at what Wikipedia says about malaria at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria
This is an extract:
"Each year, there are approximately 350–500 million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people, the majority of whom are young children in sub-Saharan Africa."
After it had been discovered during the second half of World War II that DDT enabled real control of malaria and typhus amongst civilians and troops, DDT was used extensively and had almost eradicated malaria in some parts of the world. When it ceased to be used, the malaria came back, so millions of people - mostly children - had to die each year again.

Now try telling those children as they lie dying, and their families, that this massive scale of death is justified because some Westerners think that DDT is bad for them.
That may be only half the story of the use of DDT. The other half would be in its use as a highly effective crop pesticide.
It is thus easy to understand why the Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1948:
"for his discovery of the high efficiency of DDT as a contact poison against several arthropods."

All this may not stop you from continuing to try to justify your pumping known toxic pesticides (fly spray chemicals) into your own household environments - toxins that merely kill an annoying pest (household flies). Of course, you would do this through freedom of choice.

We in the western civilisations are fortunate in that we will not have to watch our children die of malaria by the millions. You can be sure that if they did start to die of it, then we would rapidly deploy DDT or invent some even more effective malarial control. We are already using crop herbicides, crop pesticides and animal pesticides by the mega-tons, and genetically modified seed which is resistant to these chemicals, which is one reason why we can produce more than enough food for our needs.

The majority of people affected by malaria are those living in poverty and do not have a choice. Malaria effectively aggravates the state of poverty - which is the world's biggest killer and the greatest cause of ill-health and suffering across the globe. It is listed almost at the end of the WHO International Classification of Diseases. It is given the code Z59.5 - extreme poverty. DDT is one of the few things that has made any major dent in the statistics for global poverty and its associated human misery, and yet it has been pushed aside because it was made politically (not scientifically) incorrect by the book "The Silent Spring" (1962).

Just as a rough estimate, let's suppose that since (say) 1970, DDT ceased to be used (was banned for use) to control malaria, and that (say) at least 1.5million children died from malaria each year since then as a result. That's approx 40 years and 60 million dead children to date.
We could perhaps argue about precise numbers, but this estimate helps us to get the general idea of the scale of the thing.

So, this estimated 60 million children were apparently sentenced to die from what could have been an otherwise avoidable disease - malaria. The only reason those children were sentenced to die was because they suffered from another disease - Z59.5 (extreme poverty). Because they were children and had Z59.5, they had no franchise - no voice - in the arbitrary decision made by wealthy western nations to withhold the only known defence that could have saved them - DDT. We committed those 60 million children to death, and we currently commit somewhere between 1.5 and 3.0 million more children to death each year by the same means.

That 60 million is a staggering number of children to kill by default, made all the more worse a crime because it continues and may have been because DDT became politically unacceptable due to a fascist green whim regarding DDT and because someone wanted to write a best-selling book based on insubstantial scientific evidence.

If the Wikipedia and other balanced articles are anything to go by, then we should not forget that it is apparently acknowledged that not only was the case against DDT far from being categorically scientifically proven at the time the book was published, but also a substantive part of that case still remains to be proved. We have apparently become and continue to be mass murderers through our own passivity and ignorance and now including from our belief in the relatively new religion of greenie.

It is our beliefs that are become fatal to so many others, coupled with our avoidance - even hatred - of anything which might test or contradict that belief. This is a fascistic religion where the belief, dogma and religio-political ideology are more important than, and come at the cost of, the deaths of millions of innocent children.

If we:
  • (a) have withheld DDT from these innocents, thereby ensuring their deaths in the millions each year;
  • (b) have done this because we believed we were right to do so and that somehow this would save even more lives in our societies ("for the greater good");
  • (c) withheld DDT without offering any reasonable or effective substitute (QED);
  • (d) did this without knowing for certain whether we were right (QED);
- then arguably we could well deserve the charge of mass complicity in mass murder on a scale that beggars belief and that would make Hitler seem like a rank amateur.
We did this. We are the idiots.
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English as it is spoke. on: May 26, 2013, 08:14:20 PM
^ Hahaha. Thanks. Well spotted. I hadn't realised I had repeated that. Always difficult to spot your own mistakes. Corrected now.

Is there a word in English that describes that as a figure of speech - I mean, describes a description of an error which itself contains an example of the selfsame error?
Is it simply "an illustration"?
If you do it unwittingly, is it simply "an unwitting illustration"?
If you do it deliberately in humour, is it simply "a humorous illustration"?

For example:
"There are only three kinds of people in this world: those who can count, and those who can't."
It has often puzzled me - what is that sentence exactly? Is it a figure of speech?
Yes, I know it might be a reflective joke on oneself, but is it something else besides?
Is there a word in English that describes it, for example, like "oxymoron", which is "...a figure of speech or expressed idea in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction"?

(This appears to be on topic.)
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English as it is spoke. on: May 26, 2013, 06:58:15 AM
No, I reckon they already had a copy of that, and had read it, hence the gobbledygook.
1437  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 26, 2013, 06:15:01 AM
I don't know if this is true, but it did amuse me.
1438  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cool visualization of dial-up modem sounds and what they mean on: May 26, 2013, 01:20:22 AM
@Edvard: http://windytan.blogspot.com/   Nice find!    thumbs up
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English as it is spoke. on: May 26, 2013, 01:02:33 AM
Let's look at those two sentences:
"Coherent evaluation with sound evidence of whether the aim was achieved along with what worked well and why, and conversely, what didn't work so well and why How were the outcomes of initiative shared? i.e.; if you addressed an issue arising from PACT, how have you responded to the 'you said' by promoting 'we did'?"

Possible rewrite:
"Analyse and evaluate, describing whether and how the aim was achieved, and what specifically was effective or ineffective, and why.
How were the outcomes of the initiative shared? For example, if you addressed an issue arising from PACT, how did you respond to the 'you said' by promoting 'we did'?"

The original first sentence is very awkward and contains several redundant words. It seems to reflect a form of illiteracy that is quite common in the English-speaking world, where people have learned the language but have not been taught (or have not learned) how to communicate clearly in writing.
This form of illiteracy was particularly prevalent in the UK Civil Service, which was why Sir Ernest Gowers wrote The Complete Plain Words.

Goodness knows what the second sentence is about.
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English as it is spoke. on: May 25, 2013, 06:08:47 AM
Shouldn't this go in the "Silly Humor" forum?
I'm not sure it qualifies for either.
I always thought a Living Room was a suitable place for 'humour', perhaps I was mistaken?
Perhaps I should stick to computing subjects? Or simply stop posting altogether and just read the threads?

Hahaha, very droll. Yes, it can be a real challenge sometimes can't it?    Wink
Here you go. This is what you probably need to consider doing:


By the way, I liked the jokes. Thanks.
1441  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: BumpTop - last free version BumpTop-2.1-6225.exe on: May 25, 2013, 04:44:14 AM
Sorry, I can't help re the widgets, but there may well be someone else on the DC forum who could.
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: EU president and IT staff don't understand democracy maths truth. on: May 24, 2013, 07:32:58 AM
...A few hundred Emails about this new law is good/bad legislation OTOH is (the) people trying to tell you something.
Yes, but the point would seem to be that their views  apparently are (or would be) irrelevant in an undemocratically appointed governmental structure.
1443  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 24, 2013, 07:21:36 AM
 How Humans Eat Their Food:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSE5HmryaP4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSE5HmryaP4</a>
1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 24, 2013, 07:08:22 AM
2013-05-25: I sent a message to weekly@wiz.cn to let them know Wiz had some fans at DC, and gave a link to this thread. I hope something useful will come of it.
1445  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / EU president and IT staff don't understand democracy maths truth. on: May 22, 2013, 11:46:30 PM
This is not a joke, but it made me larf: EU president and IT staff don't understand democracy maths truth.

Difficult to comprehend. Hard to believe.
1446  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteFrog Pro (clipboard information manager) - Mini-Review on: May 22, 2013, 10:36:01 PM
@rjbull: Thanks for spotting that about NoteWindow. I hadn't yet got to it in my Google Reader. It looks rather nifty.
I am experimenting to see if I can use it in some kind of an integrated fashion together with NoteFrog.
1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In support of the Internet Archive on: May 22, 2013, 09:00:52 PM
Great interview with Brewster Kahle and a look inside the archive building.  Pretty neat!  Thmbsup
([url=https://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=33304.msg326818#msg326818]see attachment in previous post)[/i][/url]
Thankyou! I hadn't spotted that. Very interesting.    thumbs up

By the way, you can download the video from here.
1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: May 22, 2013, 08:51:25 PM
This says a lot: Secret IP Treaties
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to prevent screen flickering when scrolling chrome? (nvidia issue) on: May 22, 2013, 07:04:50 PM
@urlwolf: Thanks for this interesting discussion.
..I now belive HP is the most incompetent company I know...
In defence of HP, I would suggest that it probably only looks that way to you because of your (this) bad experience.
I had the same sort of experience with DELL support when trying to renew a maintenance contract for a laptop bought in one country (UK) but being used in another country (NZ) - the latter being where I needed the support. I eventually got there, but I shudder when thinking about it, even now, and "incompetent" was one of the most polite of the epithets/expletives I used.

In reality, both HP and DELL have amazingly good pools of highly-skilled and competent technicians, but they are isolated/insulated from the formalised support business process. They had to be isolated because they are relatively few in number, and are only assigned to work on 2nd level support issues. The 1st level support is done (or attempted) by the people you get into contact with via their Support centre (the customer-facing part) - and the first contact you make there is likely to be more of an administrator or problem-router than a pukka support technician wiz.

For what it is worth, and simply in the hope that it might be of use/help, here are some of my experiences when trying to sort out some annoying DPC latency issues on my HP ENVY 14 laptop (ATI Mobility Radeon HD5650 1GB Dedicated Graphics) - operating system is Win7-64 Home Premium.
The latency seemed to be adversely affecting the quality of the graphics display (I have mostly fixed that) and the sound output (still fixing that):
  • 1. I reckoned that there would be a techo wiz somewhere in HP who would know exactly what my laptop problem was caused by and whether it could be fixed, and if so what the appropriate/necessary fix or workaround was. I also reckoned that my chances of getting to actually talk to that person or having them focus on this problem for me were probably pretty bleak.
    What I knew was that these wizzes would likely as not often be busy helping out in support forums, so I googled "DPC latency" and also googled for forums referring to HP ENVY 14, ATI/AMD Mobility Radeon HD5650, and other support forums.
    Some examples (links and tools):

  • 2. Getting an upgrade to the display driver was a real headache, and I posted about my solution here: Problems with AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6500M/5600/5700 Series GPU driver/software

  • 3. Tweaking and experimenting all standard Windows graphics/animation features (e.g., switching them on/off and seeing what the results were).
    General result: using the CPU for full graphics output (instead of the GPU) improved the quality of the display for written material.

  • 4. Tweaking and experimenting with the settings for the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6500M/5600/5700 Series GPU driver.
    General result: using the GPU for full graphics output (instead of the CPU) reduced the graphics image quality but speeded up the animation (reduced latency).

  • 5. There is an option in Google Chrome chrome://settings/, under Show advanced settings-->System to Use hardware acceleration when available. I expect there may be similar settings in the other browsers, but am unsure where.

So you can see that for graphics there were trade-offs there. Probably the trade-offs will take the general form of: optimising for good graphics output will result in sub-optimal audio output, and vice versa.
For audio, I am still trying to get to grips with understanding what automatic priority interrupts from what device/driver are being assigned precedence in the queue over the audio output, but the DPC Latency Checker tool seems to be proving quite useful there. The WiFi network adapter looks like it might be causing some of the problems in my case.

Example of DPC Latency Checker tool in use (the notes in the image might be useful):
1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / New IT development at the Internet Archive. on: May 22, 2013, 04:18:20 PM
I don't recall having come across the Knight Foundation before today.
This looks like a seriously useful new development, and a good working example of a forwards development in the use of Information Technology.
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Hundreds of thousands of TV news broadcasts on one website
May 21, 2013, 9:01 a.m.
The following blog post is written by Roger Macdonald, director, Television Archive; Brewster Kahle, digital librarian, Internet

We are seeing more and more public benefits arising from applying digital search and analysis to news from our most pervasive and persuasive medium— television. That’s why, we are thrilled to announce that the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest public digital libraries, is expanding our television news research library to make readily available hundreds of thousands of hours of U.S. television news programs for users to search, quote and borrow.

The expansion plan is being supported by $1 million in funding from Knight Foundation. With this support, we will grow our TV News Search & Borrow service, which currently includes more than 400,000 broadcasts dating back to June 2009, to add hundreds of thousands of new broadcasts. This means helping inform and engage communities by strengthening the work of journalists, scholars, teachers, librarians, documentarians, civic organizations and others dedicated to public benefit.With TV News Search & Borrow, these folks can use closed captioning that accompany news programs to search for information. They can then browse short-streamed video clips and share links to specific ones. The research library does not facilitate downloading, but individuals can watch whole programs at Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco, Calif., or borrow them on DVD-ROMs.

Along with ramping up our current offerings, Knight funding will help us add new features and website enhancements to improve user experience, strengthen audience engagement and integrate with media partner collections...
Read more (here).
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