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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 06:09:34 PM
New forum theme!
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ghacks is dying and needs your help on: February 27, 2015, 04:53:53 PM
Previously when he had a voluntary donation plan with access to extras like forum I donated a small amount. Would be sad to see anything happen. I also whitelisted ghacks many years ago. Will see what I can do.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Net Neutrality? Title II? on: February 23, 2015, 11:04:15 PM
Renegade, you know how the FCC's Canadian equivalent whose job is supposedly to protect the consumer is a rubber stamp for Bell and Rogers (and Telus). I don't know what can be done to fix it but FCC standing aside is likely just as bad as it having too much power. The part above in red will be taken up by some one any way. Is there a better or worse someone? Who really knows.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Funny Animal Videos on: February 21, 2015, 09:13:59 PM
Border Collies  Kiss
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 20, 2015, 11:04:24 AM
Have a Lenovo, but long since overwritten with Mint (from original Windows)

FWIW this is what I see:

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6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 08:55:37 PM
Have now discovered Fing, thanks 4wd   thumbs up
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reliable Web Hosting for $5 or less? on: February 19, 2015, 10:09:10 AM
Chrome on Linux works fine for me



8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reliable Web Hosting for $5 or less? on: February 16, 2015, 10:21:07 PM
Another option is HawkHost, they have a plan that fits the budget and bandwidth, been with them many years and happy. About software downloads, I think they allow it but just in case http://www.hawkhost.com/Legal
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *FIXED*: Help! Problem with NoScript add-on in Firefox 35.0.1 on: February 03, 2015, 12:46:23 PM
cheesy

Format, re-install was going to be my first suggestion  Wink
10  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Would appreciate some feedback on my new logos on: January 31, 2015, 05:16:59 PM
Make it three for 23Q1Rie.jpg?1

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: January 30, 2015, 11:30:28 PM
Something 'unusual' I have done and mentioned in passing here on DC before is use a local WordPress install and make each post a note. It of course has tags, inline images, search, etc. With a theme I can make it look like masonary style, with another (or a plugin) I can make it show a summary (excerpt) of all notes. Another plugin to make it look like a calendar ... on and on.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 30, 2015, 01:32:22 PM
Quote
It would be like going after BIC because someone at Napster wrote notes using one of their pens.

 Grin Grin x 1000
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: ALERT! How to test for major security hole now affecting major distros on: January 28, 2015, 10:39:41 PM
Thanks for this. After running Mint 13 update manager including libc updates:

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14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick list of 7 FOSS Cloud Storage Products for Self-hosting on: January 25, 2015, 12:00:40 AM
Thanks
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick list of 7 FOSS Cloud Storage Products for Self-hosting on: January 24, 2015, 10:02:03 PM
Full article link doesn't go anywhere smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 09:48:55 PM
@40hz
Can you please explain further what leads you to the Linux line you posted? How it relates to today's news?
Serious question, I am not trying to be funny, may be I should read again but don't see the actual connection to something MS said today.

It's not in the statement from Microsoft I quoted.

But many times in the past Microsoft has alleged that Linux/GNU violates in excess of 200 of its software patents. And although the company has waffled around acting upon it (and refused to say exactly what those patents are) no person in a position of authority at Microsoft has ever ruled out a future lawsuit or series of lawsuits. At this point in time, Microsoft seems to have contented itself with spreading enough FUD that many companies (and a few big Linux distros such as Redhat and Suse) have purchased licenses from Microsoft for supposedly infringing their IP. Unfortunately, those licenses are (by contractual agreement) a secret between Microsoft and those who signed them. So nobody in the broader FOSS community knows what the specific claimed IP violations are, or is able to re-code or change things in order to be non-infringing. Assuming they actually are. Cute move huh? It's basically saying: "You're infringing - but we're not going to do anything to let you know what or where."

When Linux began to look like it had a shot at becoming the next dominant desktop OS, Microsoft upped it's posturing and threatening. Including threatening corporations that adopted Linux. It's true that once Windows 7 became the success it became, and some major players in the FOSS community caved in and bought questionable licenses, Microsoft ramped their threats back down. But again. they never ruled out legal action in the future.

From Microsoft's past rhetoric and behavior, I suspect if they get a lot of pushback on where Windows 10 seems to be going - and Linux again starts looking like a good replacement - they'll start up their legal bullying and FUD machine again. Or possibly invoke the nuclear option and actually file a lawsuit against someone. Most likely Linux (i.e. the kernal) itself, which they claim has something like 65 infringing pieces in it.

Hope that clarifies. It's a long story. And it's been going on for the last 10 or so years. This is an older article that gets into the nitty -gritty of the thing. It'll give you some background as to what it's all about.

Thanks. The lesson from back in the day of SCO Linux suits is I think it became clear that enough big names want/need Linux that I think we are almost certainly not reaching the place you allude to soon. Now if MS does more "buying into" Linux (patents, etc.) and then kill it from the inside ... probably still unlikely.

Linux for the desktop is far from a real threat anyway, over the years I have listed a few reasons here and elsewhere. Many big and small quirks...
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 04:57:33 PM
@40hz
Can you please explain further what leads you to the Linux line you posted? How it relates to today's news?
Serious question, I am not trying to be funny, may be I should read again but don't see the actual connection to something MS said today.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 21, 2015, 01:35:50 AM
One also has to register if they plan on giving credits to a developer, in appreciation for their work.  Wink

You made her register to send you credits?  tongue
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 18, 2015, 10:39:22 PM
samsung M2835DW...

destructions say it uses 'wifi direct' which I gather is specific (peculiar?) to intel chipsets, though that shouldn't be an impediment to 'normal' operation

 Grin

Using any brand printing via wifi has always been similar to that for me, remove, re-discover and re-add printer
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: flashplayer fix - is this safe? on: January 18, 2015, 09:28:58 PM
Haven't tried this in years but it's on Adobe's site so should be still applicable
http://helpx.adobe.com/fl...flash-player-windows.html
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 14, 2015, 02:03:53 PM
Not to say mouser is wrong at all but as of this date never had any issues with softpedia. Most of their downloads are available as 'from softpedia server or author site' too.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of Freeware downloads on: January 12, 2015, 11:20:30 AM
DC should become a freeware download site  mrgreen
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Spam complications on: January 10, 2015, 01:35:17 PM
Welcome Hans

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 08, 2015, 11:19:32 PM
Someone is responsible for the site itself but doesn't own the url?  huh
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Can anyone help break "router block"? on: January 05, 2015, 01:16:36 PM
On the subject of reviews, for modems and routers you will never get a consensus good or bad. TVs, computers and anything else you can name will never match modems and routers in that sense, believe me I know this.  You will have to go by one source you trust (for whatever reason) like for example here DC.
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