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3376  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We are doomed: IBM's Watson debuts on Jeopardy today (14 Feb 2011) on: February 26, 2011, 08:20:57 PM
I liked Eccleston when they restarted Who.  The guy after kept pissing me off by not dying.  The regeneration tease(tm) was really annoying.

Trouble with Who is they appeal to the soap opera watching female demographic by using homely companions.  It would be better with a bit of eye candy.

That's one reason I like Asian TV shows.  They may be formulaic but there's usually several hot babes in the regular cast. If the female lead isn't beautiful, only cute, then the evil chick ruining her life is. smiley
3377  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We are doomed: IBM's Watson debuts on Jeopardy today (14 Feb 2011) on: February 26, 2011, 04:03:16 PM
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I just saw that in an episode of Doctor Who.

Hmm, I got the "meat bags" from the movie Surrogates.  Haven't watched Dr. Who in awhile.
3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 25, 2011, 08:43:30 PM
To me all the political parties are the same.

+1  Thmbsup

From Ambrose Bierce's famous The Devil's Dictionary:

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POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When we wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.




3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We are doomed: IBM's Watson debuts on Jeopardy today (14 Feb 2011) on: February 25, 2011, 04:58:10 PM
I wonder if Alex Trebek knows he's training his own replacement?

With Watson the answer board could be integrated into the Watson OSD.
He could be the answer board and the master of ceremonies.

Then to make it even more fun, the 2 contestants who do not come up with the correct question get tazed while Watson says "take that meat bags!" or something equally silly.
3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 25, 2011, 04:12:11 PM
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OK everybody? He never said that!

Guess that's the mechanism. Just repeat the lie often enough and it sticks out there in the ether someplace.

To me all the political parties are the same.  They just come up with different excuses to raid the treasury.  They are all the "Pillage Party" as far as I can see.  They should put all the anarchists on the moon and see if it works. smiley

edit: I am talking about how it is in USA where the 2 parties have the game all locked up. I've never lived under a parliamentary system, benign dictatorship(in the oxymoron list I'm sure) or tribal system.  Maybe they are more tolerant of individuals getting over. I dunno'. smiley
3381  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Internet Explorer Address Bar Search Utility on: February 24, 2011, 03:35:47 PM
(I could be wrong, but...) You really don't need a tool, unless you're going to be doing a large number of them at once. It's really just a matter of doing a search on the given target site to see how they pass in the search string to what. Then set the @ value to that string, give it a new alias, and reapply the new .reg patch file.

I never tried the .reg approach for this purpose with other browsers. Kind of interesting.

With Chromium It took me a bit to grasp that it's transparent.  I used to go to the search site, do a search so I had keywords to find to substitute "%s" for, then manually enter the stuff.  Then I realized if I did a search at an engine site, Chromium added it to the list.  All I had to do was change the alias to what I wanted, say 'y' instead of "yahoo" or whatever, substitute "%s" for the keywords and it was done.

3382  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinX DVD Author, Free & Clean on: February 24, 2011, 03:30:54 PM
@MilesAhead: thanks for the feedback. it seems that the WinX series doesn't really add much to the already crowded field of video converter suites.

Sure. I hate to bash something that's out there for free.  But if something looks like a cul de sac I'll mention it.
3383  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 24, 2011, 03:20:15 PM
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She prefers Gnome to KDE

Mandrake 9.1 made it a one click to choose either. I remember using both and it was no big deal to switch around. I think I eventually settled on Gnome just because much of the software I downloaded seemed to be tuned for it. But it's been a long time.  Many of the sites I used to visit to check out the latest developments don't even exist anymore.

3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 24, 2011, 02:51:16 PM
@40hz

I think the argument got confused between those saying "Ubuntu is way easier than Slackware" or other nuts and bolts distros where you had to dig into scripts(which is certainly true) and my point, which is Ubuntu didn't spring out with a new system that's easier. In fact just refreshing my memory by checking the Wikis it seems it's initial release was 4.10 since it was a Debian offshoot so to speak and is dated 2004.  The Mandrake 9.1 I used was released in 2003.  So my only point is that Mandrake did it earlier and implemented it better in my opinion.  Mandrake too used the APT packaging system but it didn't go around shouting like it invented it. It just made a distro easy to use that still catered to developers. It made it very easy to install software development tools as well as user apps.

I guess it's kind of like Al Gore "inventing" the internet. If you are a Democrat ward boss then I'm sure for you he did.  Other people think internet developed for quite awhile and zoomed to popularity in the early 90s. smiley

Perhaps because Ubuntu is a Debian offshoot then the dude felt justified with the hoopla.  But I would recommend before anyone with broadband  makes up their mind, try the Mandriva one CD install, then try Ubuntu equivalent.

As much as some of the Linux programming was fun and I could obtain incredible database software, even Corba development systems for the download, I started in Dos so I guess I have a masochistic streak.  Linux is too easy to maintain now. If you have a UPS and a journaling file system the damn thing never breaks!! Windows otoh requires constant tweaking for those of us who feel we have to "improve" something every day. smiley
3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 23, 2011, 03:55:15 PM
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It's all a matter of where you look and how you see it.

I don't see innovation as taking credit for other people's work.
I started with Slackware having to edit the scripts under /etc to
get the system to boot with the options desired and recompiling
kernels to get driver support. To me the first innovation was modules support.

People will go by their own experience. If you tell them Lexus invented the automobile and it's the only car they've ever driven, then that's the fact until they learn better.

In any case, Linux to me is "been there done that."  The guys who really wanted to make a living at it didn't have multi-boot with Windows there as a crutch like I did.  They just did Linux. Maybe they came from a unix environment and saw a free PC equivalent.  In any event when I first started some of the stuff you'd never figure out on your own. You had to get a book on configuring Linux, then go on usenet and carry water for a guru until he gave you a hint where to look.  Some script under /etc that calls another script that calls another script that sets an environment variable.

If there's any props to easy Linux it's probably deserved by Debian.
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 23, 2011, 03:47:33 PM
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I did.

I handed a copy of a Ubuntu 6.06 live CD to my GF Alexis who, though very bright (and not afraid of technology), is definitely not a "computer person" like most of us here are.

She got it installed with no help from me. And she used it regularly, with very little hand holding afterwards. And that included installing/upgrading software and sorting out the occasional "missing dependency" problem when not installing from a repository.

But did you hand her a copy of Debian or Mandrake?  I think what happened is Ubuntu basically took credit for the Debian Advanced Package Tool.  As I noted, the easy install up to an X window manager with all your programs condfigured, including C/C++ compilers, interpreters like Perl and Python, was there with Mandrake, which used APT. It wasn't an innovation of Ubuntu.  They just started shouting as if they thought of it. So I guess the "innovation" was to shout loud enough that people who might not try Linux would try it and think what they saw was "new."

Also a lot of the ease of installing and configuring Linux programs came after 2 things.  PCI winning the bus wars, and developers standardizing on APT using standard directories to put things. Instead of fiddling with a tarball for 3 days I ran the installer for the APT package. Most of the time the app worked with maybe a tweak or two.

None of this stuff is a Ubuntu invention.
3387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 23, 2011, 02:18:14 AM
Seemed to me like the buzz was manufactured before anyone even tried it.

Be interested in hearing you expand a bit on why you feel that way.

Because I can't think of anything that occurred that would give me any reason to think that. And I go back a long way with Linux. The first distro I ever successfully loaded was Softlanding's SLS back somewhere around 1994. We were trying (unsuccessfully Grin) to get a version of the Fido BBS Kiss to run on it.

Cool

I can remember loading up Slackware 3.0 and being amazed how solid the 2.0 kernel was.  First kernel I used seriously was 1.39 I think.  The reason I felt that way was because there's all this talk Ubuntu Ubuntu this revolutionary stuff. I load it up and nothing special at all. How else should I feel?  All air and no balloon.

I'm no guru but when I started with Linux if you wanted a window manager you had to either copy X-Files(pun intended) off the CD if it came with them, or download off the net, set it all up and tinker with the configuration file until you got it to come up without crashing or hanging.

It was common to boot into console mode, then run X to start X and load a window manager. I think Red Hat 6.0 was the first one I tried that did it all for you.

I haven't tried Ubuntu after the first couple of releases since I saw no reason to.  Other distros such as the Mandrake I mentioned not only set you up and booted right into a Window manager, but downloaded the packages you wanted so the first time you came up into your account everything was set up.  I think apt-get was more responsible than anything for making Linux easy to mess with. I can remember downloading tar balls and spending several days to get something to install and load correctly.  After apt-get it was mostly push button.  Nothing to it.

I didn't see the innovation. All I saw was hype.

3388  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go? on: February 22, 2011, 06:16:51 PM
I never really understood the buzz about Ubuntu in the first place. To me, Mandrake, now Mandriva, has a much better one CD install if you have broadband.

Seemed to me like the buzz was manufactured before anyone even tried it. A big nothing as far as I'm concerned.
3389  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Internet Explorer Address Bar Search Utility on: February 22, 2011, 05:22:32 PM
The way they do it in Chrome/Chromium is preferred. Unless you have an absolute need for some IEism I'd say just use Chromium.  Even the nightly build zips are pretty stable.  You can look in the xml file to see if there's a bunch of issues or tests with that build. Or just wait until one is noted on Softpedia.  Those tend to be very stable.

Also the main bug I've noticed in Chromium that pops up now and then is losing the favicons.  That's pretty minor.  To me the Chromium nightlies for Windows are more stable than most beta releases I've tried with other browsers.

It helps if you have some memory/horsepower since coming up to a blank page is uses like 8 processes.  But it snaps open, unlike FF.

I can't see going back.
For privacy concerns if you uncheck all the options under the Privacy setting then at least in Chromium it shouldn't track you.

I wrote a little script just to visit all the pages in my bookmarks file to restore favicons as that seems to be the most popular bug if you get a bug.

Oh, almost forgot the main point.  With Chrome/Chromium you can set up aliases for search engines.  Say google is your default, just typing keywords in the address bar searches google.  But if I want to search d-addicts for the titles of Asian TV Dramas, I just prefix the search with alias "da" in the address bar.  I have "av" to use AltaVista and so on. Very flexible.

3390  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Internet Explorer Address Bar Search Utility on: February 21, 2011, 09:17:19 PM
I would use that in a second, Windows 7 here, however Sad

I'm running FF 3.6.9 on W7 32 bit and this gives me google search in the address bar( or location bar.. whatever they are calling it this week ) smiley

http://www.techzilo.com/s...ar-firefox-google-chrome/
3391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google set to steal Opera's thunder yet again, decides to eliminate url bar on: February 21, 2011, 09:10:39 PM
To me Windows7 Wordpad is totally useless for that reason. I use another editor for .rtf files.
hey!  Don't leave me hanging man!  What do you use for an rtf editor?  I have NEVER found a good specific rtf editor.  Please, tell.

I've only used it on occasion so I don't know how it will bear up under heavy usage.  Atlantis Nova is what it says. It gives this for home page:

http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/

3392  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinX DVD Author, Free & Clean on: February 21, 2011, 03:50:45 PM
finally went freeware after being on giveaway sites around the internet several times.. never had the chance to try it though.

Haven't tried the Author app but I tried a couple of variations on the Ripper by this publisher.  As you say, GOTD is how I got it.  I took them off within a couple of days. After trying this and a couple from other publishers I've come to the conclusion if the program insists you have a disc in the optical drive or it won't continue, it's a waste of time. To test for bad output you have to use a slow erasable disc for the burn instead of just producing a VIDEO_TS folder.

The converters worked ok for the common cases if you ran them at highest quality slowest speed.  But too often the aspect ratio of the output was messed up.  People either tall & skinny or with really wide shoulders and fat heads.

3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google set to steal Opera's thunder yet again, decides to eliminate url bar on: February 21, 2011, 03:35:14 PM
Seems like a horrible idea to me -- just like this move to get rid of menu bars, etc. all seem like bad ideas to me.  Just give me a standard user interface and stop all this obsession with hiding everything.

I never met a ribbon I ever liked. I don't see the utility in burying everything in context sub-menus under one button.  That's the worst "feature" of Chrome/Chromium is that wrench thing.  A program you know how to use that becomes unusable after one "improvement" is not improved. To me Windows7 Wordpad is totally useless for that reason. I use another editor for .rtf files.

I remember awhile back some scientist/engineer types were trying to get rid of the steering wheel in automobiles.  After all it works perfectly and is old fashioned.  They substituted a button pad that you worked with one hand.  Most likely all these guys died during testing! smiley

3394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google set to steal Opera's thunder yet again, decides to eliminate url bar on: February 21, 2011, 12:59:12 AM
Hmmmmm ain't it weird how stuff cycles around?  I remember when I was a kid many of the older cars on the block had a starter button on the dashboard.

I forget the model but now there's some new expensive ride with this big starter button on the dash like it's some innovation.  Guess if you save your suit coat long enough it will come back in style.

Didn't some version of Netscape come with this real small address bar? I seem to remember having to mess with it to get the input line wider than 2 inches.

3395  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange subtleties of the Placebo Effect on: February 21, 2011, 12:53:07 AM
Following the tenor of this discussion I'd like to point out another phenomenon, which is that the individual bursts into song. This is known as the Placebo Domingo Effect.

Just be careful with those fake aphrodisiacs. You could end up singin' soprano.

3396  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange subtleties of the Placebo Effect on: February 20, 2011, 06:22:22 PM
Speaking of bias, let's not forget the fact that research often produces the results the sponsors paid for.  You're likely to get different research results on the harmful effect of tobacco if Philip Morris paid for it than if the research was sponsored by NORML.

Another "placebo effect" is the physician sticking a stethoscope on you can tapping around like it means something. In that vein I guess I'd agree with the video that the placebo is more effective if the gadget is bigger(e.g. MRI machine.)
3397  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange subtleties of the Placebo Effect on: February 20, 2011, 03:43:23 PM
For a tried and true traditional example of the Placebo Effect(tm) just go to any barber shop and find a chair with a nearly bald guy.  Barbers did "air scissors" way before we ever did "air guitar."

3398  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange subtleties of the Placebo Effect on: February 20, 2011, 03:40:34 PM
I'm skeptical. A Genuine Placebo Aphrodesiac never did a damn thing for me!



It would be hard to see if it's working  dance

Like Carson used to say, "I ain't touchin' that straight line with a ten foot pole!" smiley
3399  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange subtleties of the Placebo Effect on: February 20, 2011, 03:22:53 PM
I'm skeptical. A Genuine Placebo Aphrodesiac never did a damn thing for me!

3400  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SrtStrip 1.2 on: February 19, 2011, 05:48:01 PM
SrtStrip 1.2 is available for download via the link in the first post. I've added removal of tags that use an opening and closing curly brace on a line such as {a6}. Anything that opens with a '{' and ends with a '}' on the same line will be removed from the output copy. As before the output filename is the input filename with ".strip" appended.

The input file is not altered.

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