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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Take back control of YouTube and STOP it downloading. on: July 25, 2013, 09:31:02 PM
If you're using Chrome or Opera, try Youtube Options, and check out the "disable auto-play" options.

 thumbs up  Yes, that is a good recommendation - I have that set on all browsers (that or "click to start player"). It avoids unnecessary utilisation/waste of bandwidth and other resources.
However, as I understand it, the thing about the above userscript (adds a Stop Video button) is that once you started to view a video and then paused/stopped it, YouTube continued to feed it down into the browser's cache in the background, thus consuming bandwidth.
There was a facility for the user to be able to right-click the video and select the option to STOP that background download, but now YouTube has removed that option and forced it's own algorithm on you that makes the decision as to how much more it will continue to feed a background download to the cache before pausing the download and awaiting your further playing.

If a user wishes to maintain control over the extent to which the PC system consumes limited resources (e.g., bandwidth, disk storage), then the above userscript (adds a Stop Video button) restores the rather useful control function that Google had removed.
There are probably many PC users - myself included - who would strongly resist the efforts of a third party (a commercial advertising company) that was attempting to wrest that control from the user.
There is a principle involved here in terms of the ownership of the PC's domain. Once you allow another entity access to and control over parts of that domain - an entity with interests that may be hegemonic and quite at odds with your interests - then you may be unable to prevent that entity from taking over completely, leaving you forced into the role of a passive subject of the domain. Indeed, that may even be the objective. The Russian occupation of East Berlin and the Berlin Wall is probably a classic example of this.
This is arguably what Google's proprietary Chromebook could be attempting. In any event, Google have screwed about enough with my PC's domain already, with Google Desktop, and I for one have no intention of allowing them to encroach further into my life or my PC's domain. I have enough trouble keeping Microsoft away as it is.
1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware = CRAP! on: July 24, 2013, 01:16:06 PM
...When being presented with a new PC for my use (as opposed to simple tech for someone else) it takes me the better side of a week to get all the little goodies on there!
Yep, I have that experience too.
1428  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 24, 2013, 12:54:04 PM
Oh don't be so stuffy @wraith. Neologisms can be silly, funny, clever, and even useful.
For example:
Neologisms: (updated Jul. 2013)
(Neologism: The action of coining or using new words or expressions; a new word or expression.)

404:  Someone who is clueless.  From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located.  Used as in: "Don't bother asking him, he's 404 man."
Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the "adminisphere" are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve. This is often affiliated with the dreaded "administrivia" - needless paperwork and processes.
ALPHA GEEK: The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group.
Anally: Occurring yearly.
AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks'trus) adj.  Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub tap on and off with your toes.
Arbitrator: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at Mc Donald's
Artery: The study of paintings.
ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss.
Avoidable: What a bull fighter tries to do.
Bacteria: Back door to cafeteria.
Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
Baloney: Where some hemlines fall.
Barium: What doctors do when patients die.
BEER-COAT.  The invisible but warm coat worn when walking home after a booze cruise at 3am.
BEER-COMPASS.  The invisible device that ensures your safe arrival home after booze cruise, even though you're too drunk to remember where you live, how you got here, and where you've come from.
Benign: What you be after you be eight.
Bernadette: The act of torching a mortgage.
BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
Bowel: A letter like A.E.I.O.U.
BREAKING-THE-SEAL.  Your first pee in the pub, usually after 2 hours of drinking.  After breaking the seal of your bladder, repeat visits to the toilet will be required every 10 or 15 minutes for the rest of the night.
Burglarize: What a crook sees with.
Burglesque: A poorly planned break-in. (See: Watergate)
Caesarean Section: A neighbourhood or district in Rome.
Carcinoma (n.), a valley in California, notable for its heavy smog.
CARPERPETUATION (kar'pur pet u a shun) n.  The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.
Catscan: Searching for Kitty.
Cauterize: Made eye contact with her.
Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts (esp. if worn by Jewish men).
Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon.
Coffer (n.), the person doing the coughing.
Colic: A sheep dog.
Coma: A punctuation mark.
Congenital: Friendly.
Control: A short, ugly inmate;
Counterfeiters: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.
CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously farting while passing through a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust; leads to PRAIRIE DOGGING.
CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.
D&C: Where Washington is.
Diarrhoea: A journal of daily events.
Dilate: To live long.
DILBERTED: To be exploited and oppressed by your boss.  Derived from the experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-hell comic strip character. "I've been dilberted again.  The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week."
DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt') v.  To sterilize the piece of confection (lolly) you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, assuming this will somehow 'remove' all the germs.
Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem brighter when they come at you rapidly.
Eclipse: What an English barber does for a living.
ELBONICS (el bon'iks) n.  The actions of two people manoeuvring for one armrest in a movie theatre.
Enema: Not a friend.
Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
Eyedropper: A clumsy ophthalmologist.
Fascion: The tendency of societies to reincarnate the National Socialist German Workers' Party in new forms.
Fester: Quicker than someone else.
Fibula: A small lie.
Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex.
Frisbatarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there.
FRUST (frust) n.  The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until he finally decides to give up and sweep it under the rug.
G.I.Series: World series of military baseball.
Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavoured mouthwash.
Genital: A non Jewish person.
Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high. . . .
Glibido: All talk and no action.
GOING FOR A McSHIT.  Entering a fast food restaurant with no intention of buying food, you're just going to the bog. If challenged by a pimply staffer your declaration to them that you'll buy their food afterwards is known as a McShit with Lies.
Grippe: Suitcase.
Hangnail: What you hang your coat on.
Heroes: What a guy in a boat does.
Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
Homophone: A gay telephone sex-line.
Hormone: A sound made by a prostitute when you refuse to pay her.
IDEA HAMSTERS: People who always seem to have their idea generators running.
Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
Impotent: Distinguished, well known.
INNUENDO: An Italian suppository.
Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously (when you are running late?).
Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realise it was your money to start with.
Intense pain: Torture in a teepee.
JOHNNY-NO-STARS.  A young man of substandard intelligence, the typical adolescent who works in a burger restaurant.  The 'no-stars' comes from the badges displaying stars that staff at fast-food restaurants often wear to show their level of training.
Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right?  And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like a serious bummer.
Labour Pain: Getting hurt at work.
LACTOMANGULATION (lak' to man gyu lay' shun) n.  Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the 'illegal' side.
Left Bank: What the robber did when his bag was full of loot.
Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
Medical Staff: A doctor's cane.
MILLENNIUM-DOMES.  The contents of a Wonderbra - i.e., extremely impressive when viewed from the outside, but there's actually naught in there worth seeing.
Misty:  How golfers create divots.
MONKEY-BATH.  A bath so hot, that when lowering yourself in, you go: "Oo!Oo!Oo! Aa!Aa!Aa!".
Morbid: A higher offer.
MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the Couch potato.
MYSTERY-BUS.  The bus that arrives at the pub on Friday night while you're in the toilet after your 10th pint, and whisks away all the unattractive people so the pub is suddenly packed with stunners when you come back in.
MYSTERY-TAXI.  The taxi that arrives at your place on Saturday morning before you wake up, whisks away the stunner you slept with, and leaves a 10-Pinter in your bed instead.
Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightie.
Nitrates: Cheaper than day rates.
Node: Was aware of.
OHNO-SECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake - e.g., you've hit "reply all" by mistake for your email with personal comments.
Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.
Outpatient: A person who has fainted.
Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.
Pap Smear: A fatherhood test.
Paradox: Two physicians.
Parasites: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
PEARL HARBOUR.  Cold (weather).  An example of it would be - "It's a bit Pearl Harbour" out there (there's a nasty nip in the air).
Pelvis: Second cousin to Elvis.
PEPPIER (peph ee ay') n.  The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want fresh ground pepper.
PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
Pharmacist: A helper on the farm.
Pheromone: The musty smell of an ancient Egyptian mummy.
PHONESIA (fo nee' zhuh) n.  The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.
Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist.
Polarize: What penguins see with.
Post Operative: A letter carrier.
PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.  (This also applies to applause for a promotion because there may be cake.)
Primate: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV.
Protein: Favouring young people.
PUPKUS (pup'kus) n.  The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it.
Recovery Room: Place to do upholstery.
Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanour assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.
Rectum: Darn near killed 'em.
Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
Relief: What trees do in the spring.
Rheumatic: Amorous.
Rubberneck: What you do to relax your wife.
SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream, only to get screwed and die in the end.
Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.
Scar: Rolled tobacco leaf.
SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps over everything and then leaves.
Seamstress: Describes 250 pounds in a size six.
Secretion: Hiding anything.
Secretion: Hiding something.
Seizure: A oman emperor.
Seizure: Roman emperor.
Selfish: What the owner of a seafood store does.
Serology: The study of knighthood.
SINBAD. Single working girls - Single Income, No Boyfriend And Desperate.
SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage.  What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids or start a "home business".
STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
Subdued: Like a guy, like, works on one of those, like, submarines.
Sudafed: Bringing litigation against a government official.
Tablet: A small table.
Tatyr: A lecherous Mr. Potato Head.
TELECRASTINATION (tel e kras tin ay' shun) n.  The act of always letting the phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you're only six inches away.
Terminal Illness: Getting sick at the airport.
Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
TESTICULATING.  Waving your arms around and talking Bollocks.
Tibia: A country in North Africa.
TOURISTS: People who take training classes just to get a vacation from their jobs.  Example: "We had three serious students in the class; the rest were just tourists."
Tumour: An extra pair.
Urine: Opposite of you're out.
Varicose: Located near by/close by.
Vein: Conceited.
Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
WOOFies: Well Off Older Folk.
XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.
YUPPIE FOOD STAMPS: The ubiquitous $20 bills spewed out of ATMs everywhere. Often used when trying to split the bill after a meal: "We owe $8 each, but all anybody's got are yuppie food stamps."
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware = CRAP! on: July 24, 2013, 11:08:55 AM
OH Boy!   I wish I never got this (Screen Shot Captor).  Now I cannot  use my internet without junk web sites popping up - it's really annoying!!!!  Definitely give this a second thought - In fact just spend the money and get the real Snip It tool!!!!   
THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD EVER MAKE A 'DONATION' FOR THE HEADACHE THIS 'FREE' SOFTWARE HAS GIVEN ME!!!!  IT ONLY A VIRUS!
BEWARE!
-KC

I have to admit that, sometimes, I wish I had never got Screen Shot Captor - I'm hooked on it so bad that I am now unable to function on a PC without first installing Screen Shot Captor.
And that goes double for Clipboard Help & Spell too.
Curse you @mouser! Curse you a thousand times! You know full well what you have done to me!
Software madness. I'm not hitchhiking anymore, I'm cruising!

It's not FREEWARE - it's ADDICTIONWARE!  Don't touch it!
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 24, 2013, 10:03:13 AM
@Renegade:
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...fascion...

Heh. I like it, a neologism.    Wink
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 24, 2013, 12:30:11 AM
^^ @Renegade: Uh, thanks. I hadn't seen your post of that.
Regarding the other silliness you mention, it is amusing yes, but I suspect that you are just pointing out the emerging progressivism in the US. Is there a "progressive" party in US politics? (I have no idea.) "Progressive" in politics seems to be a de facto and inarguably "good thing", though apparently to the stupid and unenlightened it may often seem to be a euphemism for "going backwards".

Some people (not me you understand) might suggest that students of modern history could look at what you were pointing out and compare it to a potential parallel in the form of the original and self-described "progressive" party - the National Socialist German Workers' Party, but I couldn't possibly comment - though I have met a lot of people whose parents/grandparents had apparently all been staunch members of that party, so it must have been pretty popular at one time.
1432  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: July 23, 2013, 11:49:31 PM
2013-07-24: Just got a reply email from the WizNote website.
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dear,
       i'm so exciting for receiving your mail, sorry i took so long to reply.
       I also think wiz is very interesting,more and more users taking wiz. we have over 2 million users by now. They love wiz, using wiz and discussing wiz eveyday. if you are also interested in wiz , we can take a discunssion for it, and also you can mail us some using experiences . we'll show them on our "weibo" and website, also if you need ,we can give you the others helps.
       thx!
weekly@wiz.cn

Would it be a good idea to create an EN forum for wiznote?
It's a deep program... just found that alt + drag shows a tiny formatting floating window.
@urlwolf: Good idea about the forum. Would you like to set one up? In light of the interest expressed in the above email, I reckon that (a forum) could be a useful/collaborative thing to do.
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 23, 2013, 10:23:27 PM
Priceless. I actually did LOL when I read this at arstechnica:
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NSA says it can’t search its own e-mails
The NSA's system is “a little antiquated and archaic."
by Justin Elliott, ProPublica - July 24 2013, 5:13am NZST
The National Security Agency (NSA) is a "supercomputing powerhouse" with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.

But ask the NSA as part of a freedom of information request to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees' e-mail? The agency says it doesn't have the technology.

"There's no central method to search an e-mail at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately," NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week. The system is "a little antiquated and archaic," she added. ...
1434  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 23, 2013, 09:52:28 PM
Don't click if you can't take a joke. tongue
I think that's unnecessarily offensive and equivalent to my post of Pierre's photo of Germany taking an all-classes win of the 1940 Tour de France at Re: bicycling suddenly a British speciality?!.
In short, it's LOL funny.    Grin

Those sorts of jokes act as reminders of the French's inability to win wars or to resist capitulation to an enemy or to having to be rescued from enemy occupation by the Brits/Yanks. They are not only always good for a laugh, but also they probably inject a healthy dose of realism into what might otherwise tend to be a forgetful and overly prideful national paradigm. That is, it takes off the rosy spectacles when viewing France's colourful history.
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Lest we forget.
As a student of religion and modern history, my daughter Lily (now 11½ y/o) thought it was rather funny too.

@tomos might object to it though, as he objected to the Tour de France photo.
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread! on: July 22, 2013, 11:44:09 PM
I'm slightly surprised not to see any love for EditPad Lite here, given how popular EditPad Pro has historically been.  Maybe "Free for Personal Use" is too much limitation?
+1 Yes, EditPad Lite is a superb tabbed text editor.
1436  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Find FOLDER (not files) with Duplicate Content on: July 22, 2013, 11:32:35 PM
@shayne.micchia: To understand more about your opening post, I have some questions please:
Q1. How exactly would you define a "duplicate folder"?
Q2: How might these "duplicate folders" have been created in the first place?
Q3. How might you distinguish/differentiate between the "original" and a duplicate/copy?
Q4. What rules might you need to apply to ensure that you consistently delete only a duplicate folder (as opposed to deleting the original)?
Q5: Do you have a real life use-case example of where you need to detect/locate and delete duplicate folders defined as above?
1437  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Remember where I got the Download on: July 22, 2013, 11:06:49 PM
As a data hoarder, the approach I would generally recommend is to always automate creating/maintaining a record of downloaded files, by automatically capturing the data and logging it at the time of the download.
For example:
  • The download software GetRight (which works nicely by picking up download links with IE, Chrome and Firefox) can be set by the user to maintain a consolidated download log (.txt file) of all files downloaded. I have used GetRight since 1997 - it is a seriously good piece of software. I think it is freeware now, but I bought a licence. I start a new log every year, and usually delete the old logs after they are about 2 years old, but they are not deleted from my backup archives, so I could probably go back many years if I ever needed to.
  • On those occasions where I might have to use the built-in download manager in a web browser, I use their "native" download log. Most browsers give you the download source URL if you right-click on them in the downloads page, so to keep a "log" of sorts, don't clear the contents of the downloads page!

This approach does not work too well for video (e.g., YouTube) downloads though, as the filename is often just a generic string (e.g., filename "videoplayback", with no file extension). What I have started doing with those is copying the video title in .rtf from the download website, and saving that in MS OneNote, which also automatically copies the metadata (e.g., URL link and date/time of copying/pasting).
For copy/paste, I always use CHS (Clipboard Help & Spell)    Thmbsup - and I would like to use CHS to maintain a de facto download log for downloads such as this. You could (say) concatenate all the CHS clips of this type to make a consolidated log for a period, if you wanted. In any event, it would make it a one-step clip-and-save process, rather than the above constipated two-step process of getting it into OneNote.
I have made a request for a feature to capture and retain that kind of data/metadata in CHS, but until that is available, then I shall probably continue using OneNote, as above.

There could be a way to get this kind of data into GetRight as a comment with (say) AHK, but I haven't sat down to think about how to automate that yet.
The useful thing about OneNote is that anything saved into OneNote is indexed, and searchable/findable - so you won't lose it.
I have been contemplating saving my GetRight download logs into OneNote as well - you can use it rather like a SharePoint database.
1438  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: July 22, 2013, 09:25:56 PM
...They've been made a restricted import in Australia due to the mentally deficient pointing them at aircraft approaching Sydney International. ...
Really? Had they been shown to be mentally deficient?    tellme
Are these people also allowed to vote and drive cars?
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Take back control of YouTube and STOP it downloading. on: July 22, 2013, 08:59:48 PM
...The computer can make better choices than 99% of users....
Well, that may be true, I don't know, but in this case it is not so much the computer that is making the choices, but Google's algorithms.
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"Google knows what's best for you."
Yeah, right.

Forgive my skepticism.    Wink
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability on: July 22, 2013, 10:32:56 AM
Cross-link to post here: Re: PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version) - Mini-Review
PDF-XChange Viewer now gets a 5  x  Thmbsup from me (was 4½).
No issues re OCR, now - it all seems to work just fine. I see that it currently caters for English, French, German, Spanish, but I have only used the English OCR functionality so far.

I agree that PDF-XChange Viewer is excellent. I used the free version for years, and recently have upgraded to PRO.

Regarding OCR, it is generally fine for most purposes. Where it begins to have problems is with poorly scanned texts. For those situations I use ABBYY FineReader, and there can be a big difference: where PDF-XChange Viewer might have a 60-70% success rate in recognising text (which is basically unusable, as you can't understand a sentence where a third of the words are unintelligible), FineReader produces a 99.99% correct OCR. But these are marginal cases I'm talking about (book pages scanned at a low resolution).
1441  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version) - Mini-Review on: July 22, 2013, 10:29:47 AM
...Regarding OCR, it is generally fine for most purposes. Where it begins to have problems is with poorly scanned texts. For those situations I use ABBYY FineReader, and there can be a big difference: where PDF-XChange Viewer might have a 60-70% success rate in recognising text (which is basically unusable, as you can't understand a sentence where a third of the words are unintelligible), FineReader produces a 99.99% correct OCR. But these are marginal cases I'm talking about (book pages scanned at a low resolution).
Yes, there are discernible differences in OCR output quality/accuracy depending on what tool you use, and even the colours of the text being scanned - for example, see notes OCR - comparisons of different software/capability
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Take back control of YouTube and STOP it downloading. on: July 22, 2013, 06:16:39 AM
I was unimpressed when Google unilaterally made a mandatory change to YouTube so that the user could not control it and stop it downloading.
Good news via Instant Fundas:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Add the ‘Stop Download’ Option Back to YouTube
Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 by Kaushik | No comments

About a month ago, Google removed the ‘Stop Download’ option from YouTube that allowed users to instantly stop download and buffering of a video. This option was available in the context menu when a user right-clicked over the YouTube video player. You may have noticed it or you may have not, depending on whether you used that option. Many did, and it was sorely missed.

Google removed it in favor of the Pause button that is already present in the video player. When you pause a video, it buffers partially and then stops buffering until you play the video again. This is different from the ‘stop download’ option that used to stop video buffering instantly. With the pause button, video buffering will continue for some time after you have clicked the button. This is a problem for those users with slow internet connection, when more important downloads are in progress.

The workaround to the missing ‘stop download’ feature will be to close the page entirely to prevent the video player from sucking on valuable bandwidth. However, you may not want to close the page because you want to watch the video later.

Now a userscript has been created that beings back the removed feature.
How to Stop Downloading YouTube Video

Method 1 – Using a Bookmarklet. This is the easiest way because the bookmarklet works with all browsers. To use it, simply drag and drop the linked bookmarklet to your Bookmarks toolbar. To stop a YouTube video while watching, just click on the bookmarklet and your video will stop right there.

Method 2 – Using a Userscript. The userscript adds a Stop Video button on the YouTube interface. Unlike the original ‘stop download’ button on the right-click menu, the ‘Stop Video’ button appears next to the Subscribe button under the video player. Clicking on it stops the video from downloading.

stop-youtube-video

Firefox users, install the Greasemonkey add-on and then install the userscript.

Chrome users, install the TamperMonkey extension and then install the userscript. TamperMonkey improves Chrome's userscript compatibility allowing you to use Greasemonkey userscripts on Chrome.

Opera users, install ViolentMonkey extension and then the userscript. ViolentMonkey improves Greasemonkey scripts compatibility in the browser allowing users install scripts from UserScripts.org using the install button.

via Webtrickz

So far as I have tested it, the script seems to work just fine in Firefox and Chromium.
1443  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Does Adobe reader support PDF text extraction or not? on: July 22, 2013, 02:30:47 AM
Very interesting comments from the xplorer² blog about Adobe apparently playing unethical tricks on us for their own benefit (also mentions PDF-XChange Viewer in a positive way at the end).
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Does Adobe reader support PDF text extraction or not?

I can understand the frustration of the guys who run Adobe, having introduced the most popular portable document format (PDF) and being unable to make money out of it — or at least making much less than they feel they're due. With the release of adobe reader X (version 10) they started castrating their PDF shell integration and in particular the text extraction filter that allows PDFs to be searchable for keywords.

The other day I installed the latest adobe PDF reader version 11 on a windows 8 machine to see how things fare nowadays. Intriguingly, adobe have reintroduced the text filter (IFilter) functionality but somehow it only worked for windows search (!) and not for other IFilter aware programs like xplorer². How did they manage that? I was not alone wondering about this duality but there was no solution forthcoming.

Technically speaking adobe supplied and correctly registered the PDF text extraction filter DLL (ACRORDIF.DLL) but it wouldn't be instantiated by any common means, that is either using LoadIFilter API or using direct COM object creation after looking up the filter object CLSID in the registry. Was it broken? No, because somehow windows search could use it!? Some people argued that the filter was dropped in STA threading mode (like it did in the old v6 days) but that isn't corroborated by the ThreadingModel of the filter DLL. Some talked about running it only through a Job object. Adobe support kept themselves tight lipped and were claiming that the restriction was there for our security — ahem.

Anyway, here's a spoiler for Adobe, I present to you the way to obtain the IFilter object in C++ for use in your program (after adding some error corrections). Instead of LoadIFilter, you must obtain a stream interface on the PDF file, then create the filter COM object and use its IPersistStream interface to pass the file to be extracted. Also note that the whole process has to be running as a job or you receive E_FAIL.

This approach works for version 11 of the adobe filter. However that's not the end of the story.

The plot thickens: PDF reader v10
Version XI isn't available on windows XP, the last supported version there is X, so I run a quick check on XP to confirm that the above code for initializing the PDF IFilter works... but it didn't!! As usual windows search had no problems finding text so the handler worked, and so did all microsoft filter test tools. Back to head-scratching.

At first I thought that they could be playing on the job object trick and use some particular name for it, that only FILTDUMP.EXE used. So I wasted a few hours hunting the job name using process explorer, but it looks like FILTDUMP doesn't register a job object at all. Can you guess how the trick works? They hard coded the names of MS tools like FILTDUMP in the PDF filter ACRORDIF.DLL!!! So when the PDF IFilter object is being instantiated, it checks the calling process name, and if it is one in the "whitelist" it works, otherwise it fakes a problem and E_FAILs. Scandalous. For proof, rename your program to "filtdump.exe" and as if by magic everything works, even plain LoadIFilter without job objects.

So it wasn't really sandboxing or security Adobe were after, but a callous attempt to stop 3rd party tools extracting PDF text. Interestingly, FILTDUMP.EXE is still hard coded in the version 11 DLL but they must have turned off the hack. Adobe naughty <g> I say dump Adobe reader altogether (who needs 100MB installs just to read documents?) and go with a better solution like PDF-XChange Viewer. All the shell integration features work (for free), both for 32 and 64 bit windows. That's the best plugin for use with xplorer² too.

Some pretty good points there. I dumped Adobe Reader some time ago, and avoid using anything sourced from Adobe if I can help it. After reading the above, I think I shall shun Adobe products from hereon.
1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: VPN Gate - Univ. of Tsukuba launches Academic Experimental [Crowd] Project. on: July 21, 2013, 09:33:20 PM
Found an informative website here: https://www.grc.com/default.htm (it's the SpinRite home page)
 - it does a "reverse DNS" check on your IP address, and can inspect characteristics of your router (e.g., if is has UPnP enabled). However, if you are operating via a VPN, then all it sees is the VPN node and its characteristics.
These things could be important to the cyber criminals out there (cough, cough).
(By the way, this is not an endorsement of SpinRite, which some pundits on this forum and elsewhere seem to think has a rather dubious history.)
1445  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 17, 2013, 11:46:59 PM
Here's a photo of me in the shower.
- and here's a rather clever comedy skit by Armstrong & Miller on "showers" (click on link).
This short BBC sketch is chock full of oblique references to science, social trends, big government, buggery in prisons, and the British attitude to the weather.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQlHaGhYoF0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQlHaGhYoF0</a>
1446  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / MS Excel Power Map (was “GeoFlow”) - 3D cartographically distributed data maps. on: July 17, 2013, 10:27:10 PM
MS Excel Power Map (was “GeoFlow”) - 3D cartographically distributed data maps.
Here are the latest (2013-07-04) docs on this Excel add-in:

(The above are links to Google Drive/Docs views of the original docx files. The embedded links in the files do not work.)

I have only just now installed the updated versions of these two Excel add-ins, and have not had time to play with them yet, so cannot make any user comment about them.

Links to info for download and use of the add-ins:
1447  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: OpenDNS + DNSCrypt - Mini-Review on: July 16, 2013, 03:34:41 AM
You may have missed the advent of DNSCrypt because, almost immediately after it was announced/released, OpenDNS seemed to stop talking about it. It was kinda buried away. I suspect that they may have been asked to do that, as the implications of using DNSCrypt are that government snooping (NSA) is frustrated to some extent...

I can't answer "What is going on with that?", but here is a screenshot capture of the relevant OpenDNSCrypt connections on a laptop, as viewed in Process Hacker:

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It rather looks as though DNSCrypt may be automatically dynamically making as many connections - and polling the relevant ports - as it needs at any given point.

I was not sure what the OpenDNS Updater was as I don't use it and I don't get any messages from anything by that name.
I looked it up and found it referred to at https://www.opendns.com/support/dynamic_ip_tech/
Windows IP Updater
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This is the officially supported OpenDNS Windows client, which sends your network's new IP Address to OpenDNS whenever it should change.
I have the Primary and Secondary DNS nodes (IP addresses) set in my router as being the OpenDNS addresses, so when I restart the router or my ISP assigns a new dynamically allocated IP address, it doesn't stop the connection going to the OpenDNS nodes.
1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 15, 2013, 11:16:39 AM
My daughter sent me this link. TV News reporting FAIL (Asiana Flight 214 pilots' names):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1JYHNX8pdo
(DC Forum YouTube window artefact not working?)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1JYHNX8pdo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1JYHNX8pdo</a>
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Secure Cloud backup -e.g., Digital Lifeboat - what alternatives are there? on: July 15, 2013, 02:40:36 AM
...I would like to know why the service had to be killed.
   I guessed that the reason was probably a financially non-viable business model, or infeasibility, or police/SS pressure that led to this "cryptographically unbreakable" data backup service being closed down. I suppose another reason could be a mixture of all three reasons.
   Because the Digital Lifeboat system was redolent of BitTorrent functionality, today I did a search of BitTorrent-related comments in the DC Forum, and then I realised why Digital Lifeboat may have been shut down - viz: it is an application concept that seems to be already being worked on and moved into the public domain.
   For example, including:

   I suspect that such a P2P "cryptographically unbreakable" data backup service would be anathema to the police/SS/NSA from a surveillance prospect.
   The thing about Cloud storage and Cloud-based services is that (as we now know thanks to the Snowden leaks) the "Big Data" and "Social Network" providers  - including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, for example - have been obliged to act as data suppliers to the NSA, for NSA (and other) surveillance agency purposes. So you categorically cannot expect the common "Big Data" and "Social Network" providers to be not breaching your privacy/security/confidentiality.
   Since Them are bigger than Us, I suspect that it may be only a matter of time before operating such P2P "cryptographically unbreakable" data backup services in what could effectively be a virtual "Dark Net" could become illegal, or at least "showing a suspicious intent".

Note: This might be handy as a BitTorrent summary: 4 Things You Didn’t Know About BitTorrent
1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida on: July 15, 2013, 02:32:38 AM
On second thoughts, maybe this Florida fiasco is no accident of incompetence.
Just sit back and watch how complex and time-consuming it may have to become before it gets fixed and the bad bits undone - if they ever are, in entirety.
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"I've got a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel." - Blackadder.
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