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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LHC Researchers Expect First Glimpse of the Higgs Boson Next Week on: December 04, 2012, 08:23:53 AM
This is amazing.
I didn't realise you get a first glimpse of the Higgs Boson - here.
1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patenting Human Genes on: December 04, 2012, 04:06:00 AM
...[  These people are out of their minds.....]...
No, it's so cunning a plan that you could put a tail on it and call it a ferret.
If you were the arbiter of gene-patenting copyright, then you could presumably be the object/recipient of much corporate lobbying, praise and, erm ... funding.
You'd be on a gravy train for life.
1428  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: December 02, 2012, 05:25:04 PM
Useful post at cryptome.org:
Julian Assange: Cryptographic Call to Arms
The post/notes from Assange are copied in the spoiler below:
You can buy the book in paper or ebook form - here, where it says:
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The harassment of WikiLeaks and other Internet activists, together with attempts to introduce anti-file sharing legislation such as SOPA and ACTA, indicate that the politics of the Internet have reached a crossroads. In one direction lies a future that guarantees, in the watchwords of the cypherpunks, "privacy for the weak and transparency for the powerful"; in the other lies an Internet that allows government and large corporations to discover ever more about internet users while hiding their own activities. Assange and his co-discussants unpick the complex issues surrounding this crucial choice with clarity and engaging enthusiasm.
There's a very droll plug for the book on YouTube, Secret Leaked Video of Petraeus Outburst. Made me laugh till I cried.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMALsxxL6mI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMALsxxL6mI</a>
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: December 02, 2012, 05:17:29 PM
An update of sorts.  According to this article, the U.S. and the European Parliment are now opposing the treaty.  Personally I'll believe it when I see it.....

U.N. readies for protests on eve of secret Internet regulation treaty
 
With the potential of becoming SOPA and CISPA on steroids, a multinational U.N.-sponsored treaty will be decided behind closed doors in Dubai next weekend. Leaked documents show why everyone wants it stopped.

 http://www.zdnet.com/u-n-...ulation-treaty-7000007962
Yes, and if you are right, then we have real cause for concern.
Doha, Qatar - a great regional locus of universal truth and freedom...Oh, but wait...
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WizTree - Free NTFS only disk space analyzer on: December 02, 2012, 04:58:52 PM
@MilesAhead: Nice find. Thanks. Could be useful.
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How 4 Microsoft engineers proved that the “darknet” would defeat DRM on: December 01, 2012, 05:38:06 AM
Interesting.
I become very impatient with jerky broadband video streaming. I won't watch streamed content for longer than about 5 minutes. I download it and watch it in a timeframe that is convenient to me. If I can't download it because of DRM or obscure paywalls or something, then I won't watch it and never return to it.
1432  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: IsoBuster on offer, 2012-11-28: Recover Files From Damaged Media on: November 30, 2012, 05:17:55 PM
I read the specs and its range of functionality looked pretty good. I have just bought a licence
I see an IainB mini-review approaching  smiley
Very probably.    smiley
(Always assuming that it turns out to be worth reviewing.)
1433  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: IsoBuster on offer, 2012-11-28: Recover Files From Damaged Media on: November 29, 2012, 06:10:01 PM
@rjbull: Thanks for the heads-up on IsoBuster BDJ. Having been a bit busy on other things, I had missed the deadline but was able to take advantage from the deadline extension.
I had tried IsoBuster out on a free trial basis, but it was kinda crippled and useless. However, I read the specs and its range of functionality looked pretty good. I have just bought a licence via BDJ and am now trialling IsoBuster v3.1beta - the latter having just been announced as being "stable".
1434  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Separating features into Basic and Advanced on: November 29, 2012, 05:32:21 PM
I can understand that some users may want to change one aspect or another of the FARR or other app. settings options, for reasons of purely idiosyncratic personal preference/opinion - i.e., even if nothing's broken
The probability that you will be able to please all of the people with the set of options AS-IS will tend to be 0.5 or less. One group of the user population will be happy with it, another won't.
The probability that you will be able to please all of the people with idiosyncratic changes to a new TO-BE options will tend be 0.5 or less.
One group of the user population will be happy with it, another won't. The members and distribution of each group will tend to differ to that of the groups in the first case.

Question: Are these changes that are required by some, but not by others, Urgent + Important and/or Mandatory?
If they are, then this is a required fix.
If not, then consider: In terms of prioritisation, why would you spend valuable time considering and implementing changes that were variously non-urgent, non-important or optional (non-mandatory), and probably not required by 50% or more of the users?

My suggestion: IIABDFI - If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It.
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 29, 2012, 06:55:08 AM
@Renegade:
+ 1 for the Zapping the FT cookie element vid clip    - very neat. Thanks.
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 29, 2012, 06:40:42 AM
It all makes sense now.

Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day.

Leviticus 20:13 - "If a man lays with another man he should be stoned."

We've just been interpreting it wrong all along.
1437  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: November 27, 2012, 03:58:12 PM
This isn't an update, but an interesting and thought-provoking post from reason.com:
(Copied below sans embeddd hyperlinks/images, with my emphasis.)
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Did the Feds Set-Up MegaUpload?

J.D. Tuccille|Nov. 26, 2012 8:11 pm

The long-running MegaUpload saga has become known for the Keystone-Kops shenanigans of New Zealand authorities who secured the wrong legal documents and broke laws against domestic spying in executing the will of their high-handed American masters — understandable, since incompetence and snoopiness are easier to grasp than the intricacies of intellectual property law. But the copyright claims that killed the once-huge company and set in motion events that may well determine how Kiwis cast their votes next election are still in play. And it emerged recently that some of the files that MegaUpload is accused of storing in violation of copyright law were actually retained at the request of the United States government.
 
According to Wired:
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Eighteen months before Megaupload’s operators were indicted in the United States, the company complied with a secret U.S. search warrant targeting five of its users, who were running their own file-sharing service using Megaupload’s infrastructure, according to interviews and newly unsealed court documents.
 
The June 24, 2010 warrant to search the Megaupload servers in Virginia was part of a U.S. criminal investigation into NinjaVideo, which was piggy-backing on Megaupload’s “Megavideo” streaming service. Though the feds had already begun quietly investigating Megaupload months before, in this case the government treated Megaupload as NinjaVideo’s internet service provider, serving Megaupload with the warrant and asking them to keep it quiet.

What did MegaUpload get for its troubles?
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Despite Megaupload’s cooperation, the 39 infringing NinjaVideo files were later used against the popular file-sharing service as evidence to seize Megaupload.com domains and prosecute Dotcom and others connected to the site.

The apparent entrapment may not be so straightforward, since the forbidden files were also found elsewhere on MegaUpload's servers. Theoretically, then, the U.S. Department of Justice could be going after MegaUpload for those other copies, rather than the ones it asked the company to retain.
 
But ...
 
In the past year, we've had internationally coordinated armed raids, as well as a full-court press by the United States government, all over a friggin' copyright case against a company that has a history of cooperating with American authorities. Yes, there is, potentially, a lot of money in digital music and movie files, but this all seems oddly disprportionate to the core concerns in the case. Especially when it turns out that MegaUpload had previously worked with the feds, and the U.S. is complaining about files it asked the company to retain.
 
Far be it from me to suggest—
 
Oh, screw it. No, it isn't. The fact is, it increasingly looks like the United States government rented out the Department of Justice as a hit squad to the entertainment industry to enforce a contract on MegaUpload.
1438  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version) - Mini-Review on: November 27, 2012, 04:30:44 AM
@cyberdiva: Thanks for the tip about PDF-XChange Lite 2012.
I have downloaded it for a trial. I shall compare it's output to that from PDFCreator (which I have used for years).
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: November 26, 2012, 01:51:38 PM
This is an interesting turn-up for the books:
Verizon Sued For Defending Alleged BitTorrent Pirates
(Copied in the spoiler below sans embedded hyperlinks/images, with my emphasis.)
1440  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version) - Mini-Review (as at 2012-10-04) on: November 26, 2012, 01:26:13 PM
Updated: 2012-11-27 regarding the OCR feature of PDF-XChange Viewer ($FREE version).
Under Needs improvement:
OCR functionality: seems to work fine on very short, simple document layouts with clear/legible print, but for longer/more complex documents or with mixed and smaller fonts it "hangs" at 67% on the progress bar. Very frustrating.
This gets it 1 x Thumbs-Down, since it is a claimed functionality but which seems, for most purposes to be likely to be well-nigh useless.

+ made other minor amendments.
1441  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Surfulater at BdJ today ($39.50) on: November 24, 2012, 10:50:24 PM
After my comment above, I made a floow-up comment about it, here: Re: Grab Free Desktop Syncing Plus 25GB Storage Space on Box (Lifehacker 2012-08-15)
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Grab Free Desktop Syncing Plus 25GB Storage Space on Box (Lifehacker 2012-08-15) on: November 24, 2012, 10:47:39 PM
In a separate discussion here Re: Surfulater at BdJ today ($39.50), I made the comment that:
If Neville can make it so the cloud storage is under my control
I haven't done this with Surfulater, but I presume you would be able to put it "in the Cloud" already like most other databases - by using a CloudDrive - e.g., (say) Google Drive, Box.net, SkyDrive, or similar.
I'm not sure, but I presume that if you put into the local (PC-based) Google Drive folder a reparse point (Junction folder) that links to the surfulater database folder on the PC, then presumably up the the pipe its contents would go, and after every change also. Then you could access that folder from the CloudDrive via other PCs.
I shall try it out and see when I have some time later today.

...I'm not sure, but I presume that if you put into the local (PC-based) Google Drive folder a reparse point (Junction folder) that links to the surfulater database folder on the PC, then presumably up the the pipe its contents would go, and after every change also.

Well, I tried that, but it doesn't seem to work - though it should work. This probably means that the folders in the Google Drive directory on the PC do not necessarily have all the characteristics of directories - or at least not as Junction or reparse points. However, the thing seems to work OK if you put it around the other way - i.e., if you put your Junction/reparse point as the working folder for your database to access, with the link going to an ordinary folder in the Google Drive directory.

There's one particular caveat I'd make about this: If you are using Google Drive, it might muck about with your data in a couple of ways - one is destructive, the other is excessive duplication:
(a) Convert some of your files into Google docs format, without telling you and without leaving you a backout option.
(b) Duplicate/triplicate etc. your files if you had them multi-labelled (it did this on changeover from "labels" to "folders", and without any warning as far as I could see.

What this really means is that you can't rely on the security of your data on Google drive. - the greatest risk being from Google themselves.
1443  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: November 24, 2012, 10:05:36 PM
Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but:
If you, like me, are running FF v17.0, and are being driven crazy because you think things are looking a little fuzzy on the screen, it's probably because they are fuzzy - not necessarily because of your fading eyesight, but due to a bug.
Fix-it notes here: Firefox 17.0.1 to fix blurry font issue in the browser

Basically:
1. about:config
2. find: gfx.content.azure.enabled (It's probably set to "True".)
3. Double click it to set it to "False".
4 Restart FF.

It worked for me. So simple.
1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why did it never occur to me.. You can wash a keyboard in water. on: November 23, 2012, 06:16:09 PM
Washing always works just fine. Just don't try and speed up the drying process using too much heat, like I did...
A few years ago, someone accidentally spilled a bit of red wine on my laptop keyboard. Not enough to flood the insides, but enough to stop the keyboard working.
So I took off the keyboard, washed it with lots of warm water, and because I was in a hurry I popped it into the oven which was still warm from my missus having baked a cake.
Came back a bit later and the keyboard plastic had all shrunk.    embarassed
1445  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Surfulater at BdJ today ($39.50) on: November 23, 2012, 06:10:08 PM
If Neville can make it so the cloud storage is under my control
I haven't done this with Surfulater, but I presume you would be able to put it "in the Cloud" already like most other databases - by using a CloudDrive - e.g., (say) Google Drive, Box.net, SkyDrive, or similar.
I'm not sure, but I presume that if you put into the local (PC-based) Google Drive folder a reparse point (Junction folder) that links to the surfulater database folder on the PC, then presumably up the the pipe its contents would go, and after every change also. Then you could access that folder from the CloudDrive via other PCs.
I shall try it out and see when I have some time later today.
1446  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: November 22, 2012, 06:30:04 PM
@40hz: Thanks for those video links. I had seen and downloaded the first video some time ago, via a DCF link in another discussion thread, but I had not seen the 2nd vid.
Amazing that you actually do seem to need educational/self-defence videos like this, to maintain your constitutional rights, in a supposedly "free" country and where the aggressors in this case are apparently the police.
1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: November 22, 2012, 02:27:43 AM
This post from TorrentFreak makes a reasonable summary of a lot of what seems to be fundamentally wrong about this Dotcom fiasco - it really does seem to look rather like a deliberate fit-up.
If it is, then what a national shaming if the New Zealand judiciary and the PM continue to play along with it. I suspect that, if it had happened in the UK, then the extradition case - and any other legal action against Dotcom - would have been thrown out of court by this stage.
That probably wouldn't happen in a banana republic though.
(TorrentFreak post copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Megaupload Assisted FBI vs NinjaVideo, But Evidence Then Used Against Them

In 2010, individuals from the now-defunct NinjaVideo site stored copyright-infringing videos on the servers of Megaupload. These subsequently came to the attention of the FBI who were conducting an investigation into NinjaVideo and its operators. As a result Megaupload was served with a criminal search warrant requiring it to hand over information to the authorities, but in a cruel twist Megaupload’s cooperation and a desire not to destroy evidence is now being used as evidence against it.

The February 2012 “Superseding Indictment” document, which lays out the Grand Jury charges against Megaupload, runs to 90-pages long and contains dozens of allegations of illegal behavior against the operators of the now-shuttered file-hosting site.

As outlined in our discussions this week, Dotcom says that some of the allegations are misleading, particularly one claiming that Megaupload failed to delete infringing video files from its servers.

“A member of the Mega Conspiracy informed several of his co-conspirators [in 2010] that he located the named files using internal searches of the Mega Conspiracy’s systems,” the DoJ wrote.

“As of November, 18 2011, thirty-six or the thirty-nine infringing copies of the copyrighted motion pictures were still being stored on servers controlled by the Mega Conspiracy.”

Out of context the claim, that Megaupload ignores the DMCA, looks bad. However, when the full picture is put forward – that Megaupload found these files because a criminal search warrant from the FBI required them to do so – things start to look quite different.

And the plot thickens. Wired has discovered that the infringing files were put on Megaupload’s servers by individuals connected to the now-defunct streaming video site NinjaVideo.

The FBI were conducting a criminal investigation into NinjaVideo (which later resulted in several of its operators going to jail) and required Megaupload’s cooperation after serving the company with a search warrant in June 2010, just days before NinjaVideo was raided.

“Megaupload complied with the warrant and cooperated with the government’s request,” Megaupload lawyer Ira Rothken confirms.

According to Kim Dotcom, the FBI made it clear that the warrant should be kept quiet so as not to jeopardize the NinjaVideo inquiry.

“The agent was concerned that the target could be warned and that this needs to be handled confidentially,” Dotcom informs TorrentFreak.

The Megaupload founder says that this warning was taken seriously and that since the files were clearly evidence in the case none of them were interfered with.

“Obviously when the FBI contacted us they made this clear to us and therefore we did not touch the accounts or the files,” he says.

“We even emailed back to Carpathia [Megaupload's US server host] to ask the FBI (and the FBI had our emails before asking for the Mega domain seizure) if we should do anything about those files. We never got a response.”

But the criminal investigation against NinjaVideo and evidential issues in that respect were pushed aside when it came to building a case against Megaupload and seizing its domain.

“To use this against us and to tell a Judge that the Megaupload domain seizure is justified because we have not removed those 39 files is totally unethical and misleading,” Dotcom concludes.

The fact that the infringing files remained on Mega’s leased servers led the U.S. government to claim that Megaupload infringed copyright, despite the company having been served the original NinjaVideo search warrant as the site’s service provider, one that presumably should have received safe-harbor protection under the DMCA.

As previously reported, NinjaVideo founder Hana Beshara was eventually sentenced to 22 months in jail and ordered to repay almost $210,000.
1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Corruption" errors on startup of Task Scheduler on: November 21, 2012, 09:07:40 PM
@cranioscopical: Thanks. Though I did find some useful information in the references that I gave, I couldn't find anything quite as helpful step-by-step as this, so, whilst I was writing my own notes in OneNote about what I did (whilst it was still fresh in my memory), I thought it could be useful to record it as a bit of knowledge for others - it might be a common type of problem.
I suspect that many people could have similar problems with the Task Scheduler, but might not actually know it, yet.
I mean, it was a surprise to me, and then I wondered how long this had been going on. I could have remained blissfully unaware of any problems had I not started up Task Scheduler in the first place. Like I said:
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I haven't really looked in the Task Scheduler in ages...
    embarassed
1449  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Hard Disk Sentinel PRO - Mini-Review on: November 21, 2012, 08:43:07 PM
Just made a few updates to the Opening Post: Updated application interface shots (added more) and amended some notes/format.
1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Corruption" errors on startup of Task Scheduler on: November 21, 2012, 01:42:27 AM
It turned out that I had been somewhat premature in thinking I had fixed all 4 errors in Task Scheduler, just by fixing one. Following a laptop reboot the three remaining untreated errors returned, so it seemed that I had only fixed the first error.
So I have made a major change to the OP above, covering the detailed process for fixing the remaining 3 errors.

Task Scheduler is now running properly. I think it had been unable to run properly - if at all - due to the errors. This might explain some of the startup oddities I had been experiencing, as the Task Scheduler is invoked at startup (as well as at other times). The problems had apparently also frustrated the proper update of some standard software (HP Support Assistant), which completed its update just fine after I had fixed the errors in Task Scheduler.
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