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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 20, 2014, 05:57:24 AM
I have half a thought of buying one just so I can return it because it doesn't work with the coffee 'pods' I have.  Companies shouldn't be  able to get away with this kind of crap, and that seems to be a concrete way to let them know.

When I was an Auto Mechanic I remember having Phillips Head and slot screw drivers and a handle for hex socket both English and metric.  All set for stuff like removing a grille or door panel.  Then the automakers must have bought stock in the tool making companies because the grilles had new screws with weird depressions in them.  Sort of like those locking lug nuts where you need that stupid adapter to get the wheel off.  The SnapOn Guy(tm) is all smiles as he sells you the same crap over again.  Nothing like ripping off your customer base to endear your products.  Word of mouth advertizing NOT.  smiley
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 19, 2014, 06:25:01 PM
What I hate is before I can read the screen and decide what I want to do, it does what it wants anyway.  It may as well put that television bullseye with the radar scan line that rotates 360 degrees to count down the seconds.  No message.  I'll just know to wait for it to shut down.  smiley
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 19, 2014, 05:08:56 PM
P.S. Roger Delgado was the best Master

+1  He was a heavy with style.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 19, 2014, 05:54:04 AM
I can remember hating the super dark tinted glass windshields because I couldn't see where the oncoming driver was looking at intersections.  Now I'll have to wonder if anyone is even in the vehicle.

If the car could go off by itself and come back with a cold 4 pack I know some guys who would figure out a way to buy it somehow.  smiley
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 18, 2014, 07:52:11 AM
I always thought that a better solution than the cat/toast rotor would be three cats strapped back-to-back in a star configuration.

I guess you could call it the three polecat configuration.

Spare parts are readily available.  Just consult the cat-a-log.  smiley
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 18, 2014, 07:43:22 AM
Would have been interesting if David Niven had ever been given a crack at it. That role would have been right up his alley.

I remember seeing him on one of the talk/variety shows maybe in the 60s.  If not The Mike Douglas Show it was something similar. He told a charming story about being in a street gang at 5 years old.  His job was to drop his bag of marbles on a department store floor. and start crying.  While the employees helped the poor little kid retrieve his marbles his confederates ripped off the merchandise.  smiley

I don't know if it was true but the audience loved it.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 18, 2014, 05:12:15 AM
"Your car needs to reboot to install updates" WTF!


Or even worse, the automatic ripcord on your parachute.  We wouldn't want to be hacked at 15,000 feet now would we?  Must have those security updates!  cheesy
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 05:06:29 PM
I think it is a done deal.  For one thing it's just too attractive to the authorities.  They can lock your doors, windows and passive restraint systems then steer you directly to jail whenever they want.  Wink
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: October 17, 2014, 10:02:20 AM
Firefox 1.5 Final
Wasn't that released somewhere in 2005? Looks like waaaay off the charts here... (iow: possible spam? )

I guess it wasn't that final after all?  Up to v 33 now.  smiley
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 10:00:35 AM
IIRC autopilot was added primarily as a convenience to mitigate the really boring parts. So outside of preventing the plane from wandering off course...(making them late)...it's not really a safety system.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...tern_Air_Lines_Flight_401

Not so much that the Auto Pilot failed as that everyone was so complacent relying on it.

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Captain Kirk just before setting off a nuclear charge on the planet surface "Beam me up Scotty!  Scot are you there?"  Scotty says "I cannot captain.  The Transporter is asking for my bloody PIN number and I forgot the damn thing!"
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: October 17, 2014, 05:48:52 AM
With the release of Firefox 1.5 Final, I find myself more willing to explore Firefox once again.  Only problem is, we all know it takes at least 10 extensions to achieve the features of an Opera or Maxthon

It's a pity they butchered MaxThon user written extensions.  MT II had a vibrant community contributing their own features.  Now I don't even want to try III with the signature official extension crap.  The virus paranoia has ruined the web for sure.  Sad
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 17, 2014, 05:45:52 AM
You might want to be able to take over when the computer says "Not my job man!"

Is it OK if I image "The Dude" saying that?
 (see attachment in previous post)


Heh heh.  Freddie Prinze had the copyright.  But he's no longer with us.  So I guess The Dude can cop it.  smiley
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 16, 2014, 05:35:35 PM
I just thought I'd mention I ride on driverless cars every day.  The MetroMover system in Miami is driven by computer.  It's a bit simpler since it doesn't have to react with steering changes.  There's a guide hooked to the hydraulic steering control.

A ride on this thing might quell some of the enthusiasm for the concept.  It works, but it's not what I'd call a smooth ride.  Every now and then it doesn't want to pull out of the station and a tech has to pop the cover to reboot it.  It's kind of a novelty for the tourists.


64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 16, 2014, 04:26:40 PM
why would you need to have the skill to drive?
I am not opposite to it, but it would be an obsolete skill
and to be honest, driving will be so much automated, that you can learn driving within seconds

Ever see the whole system lock up due to a hardware fault?  Now imagine you are traveling in your hovercraft 6 inches above the roadway at just below the sound barrier in heavy traffic.  You might want to be able to take over when the computer says "Not my job man!"  When all those systems that keep things in trim are out of service it helps to have someone in control who has some touch.  It can't be developed instantly.  Muscle memory takes time to nurture.

Also the pilots would be hired for special circumstances such as piloting craft in areas where the computer is not reliable.  I'm not enough of a hardware geek to name a bunch of examples.. maybe background radiation as some spacecraft explores an asteroid with interesting attributes or whatnot.

It might be analogous to anarchists having a small cadre of lawyers just in case.  smiley
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 16, 2014, 05:40:38 AM
Of course when it's commonplace most everyone will lose the skill of driving or never learn it.  There will be families named Pilot or something similar where skills are passed down.  When a human pilot is needed for a car,boat,aircraft or extra orbital vehicle, one of these people will get contacted via the cranial implant etc..
66  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Service: Proof of Existence on: October 15, 2014, 06:40:53 PM

I still don't get the use for this service.

I think I get the idea.  By storing a hash of the file you do not risk the file being decrypted by someone getting a copy from the service.  But for it to be any use you have to produce the file, then generate a hash identical to the stored one to prove your claim the original contents was not altered in any way.  You still have the problem of a safe place to store the file.  But it seems better than stuff like making a copy and mailing it to a lawyer or other schemes where the information is stored somewhere not under your control.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 15, 2014, 12:38:24 PM
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I prefer to buy coffee in the bean, grind small quantities for use within a few days, and use Melitta type filters, either in standalone cones or a drip coffee maker.  For single cups, a #4 cone works just as well as the "single cup" #2 cone, just use the right amount of coffee and water for what you want.

When at home I typically only drank a couple of mugs a day.  I'd grind the beans right then and used a 4 cup Mr Coffee with paper filter and 12 ounces of water.  That would net me a good 10 oz. mug.  The drip process only took a few minutes.  I was the only one drinking coffee so a full sized pot would be overkill.

But with light cream harder to find in South Florida than free food I'm enthusiastic about the steamed milk technique.  smiley

68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 15, 2014, 10:24:19 AM
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Yes, the wand is for steam

That explains why it is so loud.  For some reason I thought it siphoned the milk through some hot coils.  Probably because the milk doesn't seem to get watered down.  But that would also explain why they are not reluctant to stick the wand right into your coffee cup to make the coffee hotter.  Nothing is going inside the machine.  All the pressure is positive.  No sanitary issues other than the external surface of the wand itself.
69  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Prevent some browsers executions on: October 14, 2014, 05:24:58 PM
What does "accidental execution" mean exactly?

I don't understand what you are trying t accomplish.

I would like the user, or myself, use a virtual machine to navigate. But he need the system to browse when using his digital certificate from a card writer. The rest from the virtual machine. That's the idea.


I see.  Thanks for the clarification.  smiley
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 05:08:52 PM
^ smiley smiley smiley
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 03:56:26 PM
The Ethics of Saving Lives With Autonomous Cars Is Far Murkier Than You Think

This covers the topic rather nicely.

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One of the most popular examples is the school-bus variant of the classic trolley problem in philosophy: On a narrow road, your robotic car detects an imminent head-on crash with a non-robotic vehicle — a school bus full of kids, or perhaps a carload of teenagers bent on playing “chicken” with you, knowing that your car is programmed to avoid crashes. Your car, naturally, swerves to avoid the crash, sending it into a ditch or a tree and killing you in the process.

Oopsy Daisy...

This is when it gets fun.  The guy in the driverless car is no fool.  He has paid a mechanic to install a hack that not only offers control back to the human driver, but WiFi hacks the computer in the aggressor car that the human behind the wheel thinks he controls.  A menu is presented with several options including jamming on the aggressor's brakes(bypassing the anti-lock/anti-skid systems) on selected wheels, taking over steering(veer the aggressor's car into the ditch) and for a bit extra playing something over the aggressor's radio as deemed appropriately sarcastic.  For the softhearted there's also an option to set off the aggressor's airbags before impact.  For real meanies an option to set off the airbags after the aggressor driver is deceased.  smiley
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 14, 2014, 09:53:18 AM
I wonder if there's such a thing as a consumer model cafe con leche machine?  That's the only coffee I like to drink now.  The machines the restaurants use have an espresso coffee maker with a siphon that heats the milk.  They make each cup individually.
  • is that steamed milk then?
  • what, roughly, are the proportions milk to coffee?
(trying to figure the difference from a cappuccino)

There are consumer versions of those machines (most are expensive, some *very*); I make something like that at home with a traditional espresso pot and heat/whisk the milk (not too hot though, or you get that boiled milk flavour) - does take a bit of work...

They do get the milk fairly hot.  I see bubbles in it but I think that's from the siphon action.  How much milk varies per taste.  One of the women used to just put the small coffee cup to catch the espresso and add a taste of milk.  That was a bit strong for me so I asked for a bit more milk.  I have only seen one person make the coffee using a regular coffee pot.  It tastes OK but not as good as the restaurant version.  Fortunately the coffee prices where I get mine are very reasonable.  Small medium large is $1  $1.50  $2.00.

I've watched them make my coffee often enough if I had the machine I think I could get it right in 2 or 3 tries.  But I'm sure those restaurant machines are an investment.

Edit:  But to try to answer your question, most of them fill a small coffe cup about 1/3 with espresso.  The morning woman is very generous and will fill it up about 75% or more if I let her.  If you ask for it "medium" strength they probably fill to about 40%.  I didn't get the name of the coffee beans they use though.

Edit2:  The machine does have hot water under pressure for the espresso.  It must use that for heat exchange to the milk.  It heats it pretty quickly so that must be it.  I see them spray out some hot water into the carafe to clean it out especially if you ask for no sugar.




73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 08:10:51 AM
Massachusetts, especially Boston, has been known for having driverless cars for decades.  It only takes one circuit of Boston Common to verify this.  smiley
74  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Prevent some browsers executions on: October 14, 2014, 06:12:35 AM
Of course if you don't want anyone launching links you could take the quick and dirty approach of setting a default browser, say firefox.exe, then renaming the file to FFox.exe.

But then it's likely the Open With dialog would pop up anyway.
75  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Prevent some browsers executions on: October 14, 2014, 06:10:16 AM
I haven't messed around much with policies. But I do have a link with some Registry Tweaks for those who have a Windows version lacking a group polocy editor.


http://gpsearch.azurewebsites.net/#4621

Don't ask me how to use it.  I saw it mentioned and it looked like a good link to save.  smiley
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