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301  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Article: OAuth 2.0 and the Road to Hell on: October 02, 2013, 12:33:47 AM
I was looking up what others had done in the way of making a Box.com client for Linux (there is none, just mount your folder with WebDAV).  Apparently, a client proper accesses your account using the OAuth 2.0 protocol.  I briefly looked at what it might take to whip up something of my own devising, perhaps with a bash script or my budding Pascal skills, when I came across a OAuth library for Delphi/Lazarus (which I can't find now) and decided to look up Oauth and see how difficult it might be to implement.  
I stumbled across this article written by one of the principle authors of OAuth, Eran Hammer, who abruptly quit OAuth last year after 3 years of dealing with the process of working up OAuth 2.0 to a proper IETF standard.  Scary.  I don't think I have enough Jedi skills to get very far with this...

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This is a case of death by a thousand cuts, and as the work was winding down, I’ve found myself reflecting more and more on what we actually accomplished. At the end, I reached the conclusion that OAuth 2.0 is a bad protocol. WS-* bad. It is bad enough that I no longer want to be associated with it. It is the biggest professional disappointment of my career.


http://hueniverse.com/201...2-0-and-the-road-to-hell/

He is actually kinder to the IETF board members in the comments, and clearly he was frustrated with the process as much as the enterprise goons.
Opinions?



302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: October 01, 2013, 08:20:14 PM
Bobby Hutcherson on the vibes... bliss.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKH5aGvoQl8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKH5aGvoQl8</a>

This whole album is just awesome.
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Earworms Music Thread! on: October 01, 2013, 07:49:29 PM
Oh dear... oh dear dear...

I could list a thousand of them, but I'll start with one:


...will now play in your head for the next 3 days.
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 29, 2013, 04:19:05 PM
Aaaaand from the "What is this I don't even" department, I bring you:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE</a>
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 29, 2013, 04:17:04 PM
^^ Reminds me of "Brother Metal"  Cesare Bonizziw, AKA Fratello Metallo.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7wh0lxliyE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7wh0lxliyE</a>

 Thmbsup
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 29, 2013, 04:00:51 PM
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and here I thought all along that you were this real chilled out kind of guy ;-) :p

 Grin  Well, actually, my reaction to most grammar and spelling mistakes:

[attach=1]

So... yeah.  Wink
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 29, 2013, 02:52:06 AM
maybe *you* have a fifter I could kiff ?
fo forry, fad to fay no fifter.  Sad

Actually, that would be 'kiſs your ſiſter', consistent with the post-medieval/pre-modern usage of the archaic 'long s'w
Glad to see it go, really.  I've a spelling-nazi streak in me that would have been driven to fits...
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: September 27, 2013, 01:02:10 AM
My taste in jazz has two feet: One foot in the canonical (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Dave Brubeck, Wes Montgomery, Vince Guaraldi), the other in the "suspected to be clinically insane" avant-garde (Sun Ra, John Zorn, Peter Brotzmann, Skerik, Bill Laswell).
The listed musicians are by no means a complete list, just what I could throw off the top of my head that haven't been mentioned before.
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why 24-bit/192kHz music files make no sense - and may be bad for you! on: September 24, 2013, 08:00:39 PM
Rumor had it that was a trick used extensively by Motown Records and picked up on by others.  Part of the rumor is they had their own low-power radio station that would broadcast to the cars in the parking lot where musicians and producers could listen to the final mix over the car radio.
310  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Be Tiny, World! release for Android, PC, Mac, and Linux. on: September 20, 2013, 02:47:15 AM
OS: Debian "Testing" (Jessie) 64-bit.
BTW Version 1.130917.12

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I added a "Kid Mode" to the game, which gives you a little drone that shoots at planets in the latest version that might help make things easier for you. (c;

Actually, I liked the challenge of having to avoid a world you already made tiny provides.  It's like a 'bonus' difficulty.  Don't know if you had that in mind when you coded it, but it works.  Thmbsup
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Do you like short films? Of course you do! Shortoftheweek.com on: September 20, 2013, 02:13:31 AM
Short of the Week has been serving up epic bite-sized films to millions of filmmakers and fans since 2007. We seek to discover and promote the greatest and most innovative storytellers from around the world.


I only just discovered this website about a month ago, but it is now my second favorite website (after DonationCoder Wink ).  Films are all of good to great quality, sortable by Genre , Topic, Style, Country, Year, Collection or Playlist.  Also, subscribe to their RSS or Twitter feed to get notifications of new shorts as they get posted, even submit your own creations.  Enjoy  Thmbsup


from: the awesome part of the internets
312  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Be Tiny, World! release for Android, PC, Mac, and Linux. on: September 20, 2013, 01:30:55 AM
Linux version runs great, Deo.  Too bad I keep crashing into the tiny worlds because I have to start shooting at a big world coming my way...  Cry
313  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Odd/Fun Ways You've Learned Programming on: September 20, 2013, 01:01:21 AM
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Another interesting way that I learned was via the Beagle Bros contests (in old fashioned BASIC with Assembler calls).

Dude!!  I LOVED Beagle Bros back in the day, hammering away at their advertisement's 'one-liners' on the school's Apple ][+ and ][e's.  I learned SO much from those.  Our family was too poor to afford computers back then, but I had read through so much BASIC code that I knew it by heart by the time we finally got a Timex-Sinclair 1000.  
I made two programs on that; a 'catch the falling object' game that got faster and objects falling farther away from you as you progressed, and a 'steer a vehicle (actually a letter "A") between the ever-closing walls' game.  Both of them I saved the source, hand-written on school note paper, for years so I could show off to my friends whenever I had the chance (they all had Commodore VIC-20s and TI 99/4As, the lucky bums).  That's all lost to the sands of time now...
Funny thing, that's also how I learned how RAM could affect a computer's speed.  Because the Timex-Sinclair 1000 had only 1K of built-in memory, I always had to code in larger slow-down loops when programming other computers, and when my uncle bought a 16K RAM pack for his TS-1000, I thought it was the fastest computer I had ever seen.  ohmy

Now, I'm learning Pascal (seems to be the only language I have the bean for anymore) and as a learning exercise, I'm turning all the text-mode tutorial programs into full GUI apps in Lazarus, with sometimes unexpected results.  cheesy
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 15, 2013, 04:21:14 PM
Yes to the BIOS.  I checked the BIOS version and it is the same as the latest one on Dell's website.  The ESM I'm not so sure about. 
The thing is, the machine worked perfectly when we got it, approximately 3-4 months ago.  Then my son went to a local youth camp for their leadership training program for 3 months, during which time the machine sat idle, unplugged.  Some posts I saw suggested a faulty battery, so I checked the BIOS battery, but it was a full 3 volts. 
My wife is not too happy about yet another broken piece of junk possibly recoverable hardware hanging around the basement.  I'll check into the ESM.
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 14, 2013, 08:10:32 PM
Power down.
Set NVRAM jumper.
Boot up.  Get NVRAM jumper warning.  Grub can't find disk (my bad, fixed on next reboot).
Power down.
Un-set NVRAM jumper.
Boot up.  Fans do not spin down like normal, same error, but I fixed the disk problem.  Runs, but noisy as hell.

Sad
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 14, 2013, 06:50:17 PM
Aha, I missed booting with the NVRAM jumper set. I assumed it was like a BIOS clear jumper, in which case, setting the jumper for a few seconds is all that's needed.  I'll have to wait until Debian is done installing (we were going to fancontrol a go) and I'll give that a shot.
 Thmbsup
Thanks, I'll report back with results
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did Microsoft put a mole in Nokia? on: September 14, 2013, 06:38:00 PM
^Fortunately Qt is available under both GPL and LGPL (plus a commercial license) depending upon how nicely you want to play with others and how much you want to keep for yourself.

Since the FOSS world operates under open licenses it wouldn't have much mattered since you can't rescind a GPL or LGPL after the fact no matter who currently 'owns' Qt.

Yes, you are correct, the open source stuff would remain untouched, but managing the project and the commercial side of Qt would have changed management hands, and THAT would have been disastrous, I predict.  Thank God for forks...
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 14, 2013, 03:36:39 PM
Thanks for that, but I did see that posting and many others like it but the method described did not clear the problem.  I read somewhere there was a software solution to turn the fans down after booting to a Linux operating system, but I've lost it and it may have needed the BMC to be functional (which it is not at this point).
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hardware Question: Baseboard Management Controller communication failure on: September 14, 2013, 03:19:53 PM
I picked up a couple of Dell PowerEdge SC1425 server racks from Craigslist for FREE.  One for me to play with self-hosted cloud services and shared storage, the other for my son to build a Blender offline renderer.  Now his machine is giving the afore-mentioned error, and the fans keep going on full.  I realize the server isn't "broken" per se, just the thing that controls the fans, but I'm wondering if there's any way to fix this?  I've done the power down-unplug-push power button-repower cycle, but the same error came up.  There are a few posts marked Solved on Experts-Exchange, but the answers are held ransom (no more simply scrolling down).  Anybody have experience with this, and is there a way to fix it, or is the hardware simply toast?
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A School System goes NSA-Lite on: September 14, 2013, 02:59:23 PM
...
Positing a completely abusive and unworkable "solution" to a "problem" that is doomed to be overruled is the perfect excuse. Because now, should anything happen, the school administration can whine "See? We soooo tried to do something to protect the children!!! But we were overruled by those nasty judges who just don't understand the challenges facing parents who want their children educated - but can't be bothered to do anything themselves to help raise them. IT'S NOT OUR FAULT!"

This.  mad

Every.
Damn.
Time.  
wallbash

321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did Microsoft put a mole in Nokia? on: September 14, 2013, 02:45:21 PM
Ah, so that's why Nokia sold all of it's Trolltech assets (Qt).  At least it was passed on before it ended up in Microsoft's clutches, planned or not.  Cry
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 09, 2013, 10:01:25 PM
^^ +1  Thmbsup
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a new page of "DonationCoder's Favorite Web Sites" - suggestions? on: September 09, 2013, 12:37:49 AM
My under-appreciated go-to site for almost anything 'under the hood' Linux related:
Nixcraft - http://www.cyberciti.biz/

They spotlight the newest utilities with solid examples, review books, software and hardware, post challenging admin quizzes in my facebook feed, have a fairly lively discussion forum, maintain an excellent Bash scripting wiki and not least they keep popping up in my searches with just the right solution to just about any situation I've encountered.
 Thmbsup
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 09, 2013, 12:13:25 AM
My rule for deciding to fix anything is very simple:
If I can fix it (1)myself with (2)readily available parts (local store or online) for (3) less than the cost of a new [insert object here], then proceed.  
Otherwise, I initiate replacement discussions with my Wife.  Wink

In your position, Techidave, I would advise to not underestimate or overlook costs of downtime as the machines age, along with your long-term projections of potential repair costs.  A few hundred on repairs is not that much if the machines are actually reliable and repairs are easy, in which case you've got a good argument for repairing vs. new.  Just don't ignore how quickly things can add up when repair visits become more frequent over the next 2-5 years, and how much time (money) you'll be losing waiting for repairs to be done as parts become more scarce.
Hopefully you (or somebody responsible) has been keeping reasonably detailed records of repairs, supply usage and costs (newer machines are often more efficient with materials usage), and duration of downtimes so that a solid case can be made to justify either choice.
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick Ways to Start Programs in X11 Environments on: September 06, 2013, 06:40:18 PM
I can report it IS quite snappy.  Zeitgeist is just kinda creepy.
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