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301  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 08, 2014, 01:18:53 AM
So, what's the catch?  Are you required to do something with it and the tools provided, to be sent to Microsoft for approval?  Or can you just get it and tinker away, possibly trying to boot something other than Windows on it?  I'd sign up, but oh, the paranoia. Cry
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: July 05, 2014, 07:00:36 PM
Do you have any capability to take video?  That would be fun to see.
303  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Childhood games on: July 03, 2014, 03:45:17 AM
I wish I could find my old notebooks, I'd do the same...
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Mexico City, 1984. There and then I was 12 years old, dreaming of creating computer games. I already knew how to program in BASIC, but I didn't have a computer. So I just took a pencil and a notebook, and wrote down my games.
...
Almost 25 years later, I re-discovered the old notebook with my first hand-written games. It was dusty but still readable (unlike the floppy disks). Thrilled by this encounter, I decided to write new games based on those original ideas.


Anybody here ever tried to do the same?


from RunMe.org
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: July 03, 2014, 01:05:14 AM
Facebook's Sandberg gives us a classic non-apologyw:

http://www.huffingtonpost...book-study_n_5551828.html

nono2
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Steals 22 Domain Names from NoIP on: July 03, 2014, 12:48:35 AM
18 have been returned:
http://arstechnica.com/se...onfiscated-no-ip-domains/

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As partial justification for the request, Microsoft lawyers argued No-IP didn't follow security best practices.
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Some defenders of Microsoft's actions have claimed that the consequences of the domain confiscations were limited to administrators who should know better than to rely on dynamic DNS hosting to make their networks work.

nono2
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Alice's restaurant? on: July 03, 2014, 12:06:47 AM
Heh.  For the clueless:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM</a>

307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: BitPay introduces "BitAuth" - New authentication technology on: July 02, 2014, 08:26:18 PM
Nice.  Now if it would take the place of Oauth 2.0, I know a few people who would be a lot happier...
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 01, 2014, 07:34:34 PM
^^ Classic, man, classic.  As much as I appreciate this song, I have to admit my favorite is the first version I ever heard.  Shimmy Disc label head and creative whirlwind Kramer, and performance artist Ann Magnuson in their band Bongwater.  It's got a cool 'aaaalmost creepy' vibe to it, and the bit of spoken word at the end gives it a neat little twist.  All other versions I've heard since this one sound a little too 'sweet' to my tastes, but... well... ignore the video and listen to the tune:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asb4l5thyM8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asb4l5thyM8</a>
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: June 30, 2014, 11:56:02 PM
Wellllll... now we know of at least one more company that is securely in the spook's pocket.  I mean, they wouldn't ask if it weren't a concern, right?.  And it wouldn't be a concern unless... tellme



I'll let you flip on that light bulb yourself.  Wink
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: June 30, 2014, 12:01:08 AM
Cats and dogs meeting for the first time  Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z7EKD6N3HM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z7EKD6N3HM</a>
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING: Carefully clean up broken CFL (fluorescent) lightbulbs if you have any on: June 27, 2014, 10:57:02 PM
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Light bulbs are a good example of the contradiction with the green movement. Europe has outlawed the tungsten lightbulb. Tungsten is a harmless metal, like gold, it does not react with anything and yet now, in the name of conserving energy, we have low energy light bulbs full of toxic chemicals, including mercury vapour, which is poisonous.

This one sentence right here has absolutely mystified me since CFL bulbs were first on the market.  The only argument I have heard that kinda/sorta makes sense, but is beyond my ability to research is, the energy saved by CFLs balances out the environmental damage of the materials used.
... and I still don't get it.

Thanks for the tips, IainB.  I regularly "recycle" my dead CFLs by harvesting the electronic parts inside for my own nefarious purposes.  Taking great care not to break the bulb, of course.
... and I still haven't seen the bulb life promised on the package, BTW...
312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Researchers find out how governments hijack phones on: June 27, 2014, 10:32:34 PM
When I worked as telephone support for Sprint cellular, we had a few callers that proved to be entertaining in their kookiness.  One lady called and just started telling me how the government had tapped her phone and how they would shut it off randomly just to let her know they were listening and could control everything about it and that they knew her location at all times.  "Uh-huh... Yeah?.... Wow, really?" was about all I could bring myself to say, especially when she mentioned how many meds she was taking regularly.  
huh
Finally she said the reason for her call was to check her balance of minutes.  I gave her the information and the phone signal started breaking up.  She commented "Yep, that means they're triangulating on my signal, I should probably go."  I wished her a good day and hung up with more than a little skepticism.

Reading this, I'm a little less skeptical... ohmy
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Donationware Guitar lessons! on: June 23, 2014, 12:49:43 AM
Lately, I've been doing a fair bit of research in most things guitar for many and varied purposes, but ran across this when I briefly thought "I'm getting kinda rusty at this geetar bidness, maybe I oughta take in a bit o' learnin' while I'm at it."
Lo and behold, I found a guy who not only plays quite well, but teaches at a good pace, covering all the ground needed to go in whatever direction you may want, AND it's all run by donations (and book sales, but that's beside the point... ).  Pay what you can on the honor system, go forth and twang...

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There are many hundreds of free guitar lessons here, most with video and audio, and as you can imagine it's taken quite a lot of work for me to put it together. It's important to me to help everyone that wants to learn to play the guitar, not just those with money to spend on tuition, so I run it on an "honour system".

It relies on the honesty of its users to make a donation if they can afford to. Donations allow me to keep it free, so if you like what I'm doing here then please support the site, don't leave it for "everyone else": make a donation or buy some products. Thanks for your support!



from loogin' around
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The AVE on: June 22, 2014, 01:52:53 PM
Well, as long as the advice is to switch away from Vim, why Sublime Text?  There are SCADS of GUI text editors on the planet that have all sorts of nifty features, and they cost less than $70.

Besides, you miss out on these gems:

[copy or print]
:help 42

:help!

:Ni!

 Grin
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: June 20, 2014, 10:25:29 PM
 embarassed

[attachthumb=1]

Not shown: 2 huge KLH model 4132 speakers on either side of the chair. 
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: June 20, 2014, 09:18:51 PM
Holy cats!! o_O

Reading through this list, I agree with the post title how these things "screw up everything we do".  There is literally nothing I can think of that would escape irrational bias.  I can totally recognize many of the biases I have noticed in myself and others, mostly due to the reactions I have to someone else's bias.  Grin
Usually what happens is; sometimes I don't notice my bias and just go with the flow, sometimes I see it, but just accept it because really there's no compelling reason to change, other times I instinctively react against it because I can see how irrational it is, which often causes unwanted friction with others who are (in my probably biased opinion) being irrationally biased.

So what would it be like to live with no irrational cognitive biases?  Boring?  Enlightened?  Insane?  I really wonder...
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: June 20, 2014, 07:54:29 PM
Well, that was quick...  (still on the waiting list, though).

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Welcome to Lavaboom.

Thank you for signing up to Lavaboom. You’ve just confirmed your place on the waiting list!

We’re rolling out invitations on a first come, first served basis. You should receive another email soon inviting you to join the service.

What now? Invite your friends to join Lavaboom, check out our privacy blog and stay updated by following us on Twitter at @lavaboomhq.
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: June 20, 2014, 07:52:34 PM
And I thought I was alone in thinking the same thing...

I'll try Lavaboom and see how that turns out.
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How to get users to install malware... pay them a few pennies. on: June 18, 2014, 08:57:47 PM
 ohmy
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It’s All About The Benjamins:
An empirical study on incentivizing users to ignore security advice

Abstract.
We examine the cost for an attacker to pay users to execute arbitrary code—potentially malware. We asked users at home to download and run an executable we wrote without being told what it did and without any way of knowing it was harmless. Each week, we increased the payment amount.
...
We conclude that users are generally unopposed to running programs of unknown provenance, so long as their incentives exceed their inconvenience.

 What the...

Engadget article here: http://www.engadget.com/2...udy-on-paid-pc-hijacking/

PDF here: https://www.andrew.cmu.ed...ublications/CEVG-FC11.pdf

Faith in humanity: shaken yet again...
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "English" <> "German" translations on: June 18, 2014, 05:28:42 AM
My first thought was "deploying", but that would apply more to implementing the use of a software package by many users in a group or enterprise, as in:
"We deployed the new cloud software to all our partner companies"

The next thought I had was the common use of "running" or "using", as in:
1- Install the software
2- Configure the software
3- Run or Use the software
 embarassed
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: June 15, 2014, 07:31:39 PM
The world's luckiest unlucky man:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZyUWLW7kEI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZyUWLW7kEI</a>
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: June 15, 2014, 07:16:42 PM
Dogs annoying cats with their persistent friendliness  Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXAy_QU5WE8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXAy_QU5WE8</a>
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: KDE anyone? First thoughts. on: June 13, 2014, 12:15:54 AM

I hope you were joking

No.  Sad

I'm sure there's a config somewhere that does the same thing, but this tool is easy enough.  You are correct that the *boxen WMs keep it simple with basic config files that can be simply text-edited, which is nice.  I wouldn't know where to begin in KDE  ohmy
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: KDE anyone? First thoughts. on: June 12, 2014, 10:02:08 PM
Xfce Settings -> Keyboard -> Application Shortcuts

[attachthumb=2]

[attachthumb=1]

 Thmbsup
325  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Apple debuts new programming language for iOS: Swift on: June 12, 2014, 10:00:28 PM
Hmmm...

http://www.infoworld.com/...so-swift-after-all-244120
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Apple cited speed as a key attribute of its Swift programming language when it was introduced last week. But developers who have independently run tests on the new language have found it lacking in performance in some instances.
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