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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone understand what Android does with contact photos? on: July 14, 2014, 06:18:36 PM
Don't have an answer to your question, but the following seems to support what you said about 720x720:

  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17834815/how-to-find-the-max-image-size-supported-for-contacts-images
127  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Do you use a good office chair when programming? on: July 13, 2014, 08:14:23 PM
You just have to get an extra wide chair, like the ones made for guys that weigh 300+ lbs.  Wink

That sounds like a good idea -- thanks for suggesting it. 
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 13, 2014, 02:22:10 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmC0ygr08tE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmC0ygr08tE</a>   <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnUBaBdl0Aw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnUBaBdl0Aw</a>

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time  Science  WIRED

Very much appreciated this one.  Thanks!
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Tried git-annex / git-annex assistant? on: July 12, 2014, 05:28:41 AM
Any one tried the git-annex system?

Quoted below are two use cases:

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use case: The Archivist

Bob has many drives to archive his data, most of them kept offline, in a safe place.

With git-annex, Bob has a single directory tree that includes all his files, even if their content is being stored offline. He can reorganize his files using that tree, committing new versions to git, without worry about accidentally deleting anything.

When Bob needs access to some files, git-annex can tell him which drive(s) they're on, and easily make them available. Indeed, every drive knows what is on every other drive.

Bob thinks long-term, and so he appreciates that git-annex uses a simple repository format. He knows his files will be accessible in the future even if the world has forgotten about git-annex and git.

Run in a cron job, git-annex adds new files to archival drives at night. It also helps Bob keep track of intentional, and unintentional copies of files, and logs information he can use to decide when it's time to duplicate the content of old drives.

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use case: The Nomad

Alice is always on the move, often with her trusty netbook and a small handheld terabyte USB drive, or a smaller USB keydrive. She has a server out there on the net. She stores data, encrypted in the Cloud.

All these things can have different files on them, but Alice no longer has to deal with the tedious process of keeping them manually in sync, or remembering where she put a file. git-annex manages all these data sources as if they were git remotes.

When she has 1 bar on her cell, Alice queues up interesting files on her server for later. At a coffee shop, she has git-annex download them to her USB drive. High in the sky or in a remote cabin, she catches up on podcasts, videos, and games, first letting git-annex copy them from her USB drive to the netbook (this saves battery power).

When she's done, she tells git-annex which to keep and which to remove. They're all removed from her netbook to save space, and Alice knows that next time she syncs up to the net, her changes will be synced back to her server.



Also from the homepage:

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git-annex is designed for git users who love the command line. For everyone else, the git-annex assistant turns git-annex into an easy to use folder synchroniser.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: July 12, 2014, 03:10:20 AM
After struggling (and failing) to get a mechanical keyboard recognized by an ATEN kvm, came across and got the following replacement:

  Uniclass AH-04

Switching can be done via physical switches on the kvm unit or via the keyboard -- although the unit looks like it can use an AC adapter, it doesn't come with one and it has worked so far without one.

Works like a charm -- quite happy so far smiley
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: KDE anyone? First thoughts. on: July 09, 2014, 07:03:27 PM
I checked that file out after changing the value but didn't notice any difference, but perhaps the file hadn't updated...or something Wink

Thanks!
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: KDE anyone? First thoughts. on: July 09, 2014, 05:26:45 AM
Thanks -- any advice on performing "merges" with existing settings?

FWIW, attached is a copy of xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml

I didn't find the setting related to Window Manager Tweaks -> Accessibility -> Key used to grab and move windows -- is that in there too?
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: KDE anyone? First thoughts. on: July 08, 2014, 06:45:28 PM
I wonder why more desktop environments/managers/etc. don't go for using the Windows key to stay out of application key usage territory...seems like such a nice solution.

Tweaked the 3 sections that looked to contain keyboard settings in XFCE4 to try to avoid potential conflicts with various applications -- by judicious use of the Windows key.  Now I'd like to reuse these settings on other machines.  Anyone know of a good way to do so?  Didn't have much luck turning up any kind of export / import of settings...
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android malware on: July 04, 2014, 09:07:51 PM
I wondered about the word "mostly" smiley
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android malware on: July 02, 2014, 10:16:43 PM
Thanks for sharing this.

I don't do banking via Android apps either.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: BitPay introduces "BitAuth" - New authentication technology on: July 02, 2014, 09:44:08 PM
Patience is a virtue?
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: BitPay introduces "BitAuth" - New authentication technology on: July 02, 2014, 05:17:01 AM
Hmm, I thought this kind of scheme might be useful in providing a small number of authentication "tokens" (possibly down to one) for reuse across many systems -- but without some of the downsides of existing systems which claim to provide a sort of single-sign-on system.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: BitPay introduces "BitAuth" - New authentication technology on: July 02, 2014, 03:44:00 AM
So will it be possible to sign up at DC forums using this? smiley
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Are Your Favorite Science Blogs? on: June 30, 2014, 03:30:53 AM
How is the one you mentioned that had the bit on sugar?

  http://www.ucsusa.org/
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 30, 2014, 03:10:44 AM
v2 releases of Mate and Cinnamon are avaliable:

  http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2662

Apparently they contain the following fixes:

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MDM crash with non-xrandr compatible GPUs

...

Dangerously ambiguous label could lead people to mistakenly wipe their hard drive

...

Driver Manager didn’t handle missing firmwares correctly

...

Corrupted APT sources when / partition wasn’t formatted

...

Better out of the box experience for Steam, Wine, Skype, LibreOffice-base

...

All level 1 updates were added

See the post for more details.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interview with Dr. Richard Stallman at CEBE 2014 on: June 29, 2014, 08:20:21 AM
Thanks for sharing!
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 27, 2014, 01:02:44 AM
...and the KDE version:

  http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2653
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quiana" released to distribution on: June 26, 2014, 06:29:49 PM
Looks like the XFCE version is out:

  http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2656
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: June 22, 2014, 08:11:32 PM
Cute!

145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: June 21, 2014, 07:51:16 PM
Ha ha!  Good one Thmbsup

Though to work on Windows out-of-the-box, I guess I'd need to use "|" and "more" Wink
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thousands of Android apps reveal private App-develeloper keys on: June 21, 2014, 06:01:37 AM
Thanks -- I think that's almost the same as what I found at github:

  http://viennot.com/playdrone.pdf

The file sizes are quite close.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good bye. (originally About buying books, etc., especially at amazon's) on: June 20, 2014, 07:22:51 PM
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Am I the only reader here who is utterly confused by this entire thread?

Unlikely.

FWIW, although it required noticeable effort to read for me (he he, getting old), I found the content understandable and interesting.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: June 20, 2014, 06:47:20 PM
Indeed!

Thanks for sharing this Thmbsup



FWIW, while looking for the article on a different machine, came across:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: June 20, 2014, 06:39:39 PM
Not unusual to use the following at least once a day:

Android
arandr
bash
df
dwb
emerge
fluxbox
grep
less
linux (the kernel smiley )
mupdf
nix-env / nixpkgs
pacman / pacaur
sakura
slim
sudo
vim
VirtualBox
wget
X.org

Oops...have I leaked out of bounds, both numerically and OS-wise? Wink



150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thousands of Android apps reveal private App-develeloper keys on: June 20, 2014, 06:36:40 PM
Thanks for sharing.

I failed to locate much more regarding this so I'm left wondering about specifics.  Did you have any luck?

Update: The following looked more detailed:

  https://github.com/nviennot/playdrone
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