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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 01, 2013, 09:44:28 PM
Ah, I should have been more clear as well...  I am running Debian "Testing", not Linux Mint.  I used to be a Ubuntu fan, but it has gone downhill since 9.10, IMNSHO.  I went back to Debian and I've gotten along with it so well that I intend to stay.

Though I will admit Mint looks pretty slick...
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Linux Mint 16 "Petra" just released on: December 01, 2013, 08:56:57 PM
If it's based on "Testing" I'd say there's more than one update Wink

I do an 'aptitude update/full-upgrade' every week or so and it's always huge.  And in the past couple of months, they've been obsolete-ing tons of packages.
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 16, 2013, 11:50:49 AM
So, according to the root meanings of "flame" and "inflame", then "flammable" means "if you manage to catch this on fire, it will burn with flames", but "inflammable" means "burnable to varying degrees, but visible flames not explicitly required"

Interesting...
354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a seventies music title... on: November 13, 2013, 02:42:13 AM
Not the '70s, but the gestalt bears a resemblance:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT5CzKGYhQk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT5CzKGYhQk</a>
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a seventies music title... on: November 13, 2013, 02:30:19 AM
I think I have an inkling of what you're looking for, but I heard it a long time ago in the company of some very interesting individuals whose whereabouts I no longer know.

You mentioned french; perhaps a female singer covering Plastic Bertrand's "Ça Plane Pour Moi"? (the lyrics apparently make no sense, even in the original french).

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsXknE8LOEI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsXknE8LOEI</a>

As an aside, I did find something interesting in my searches:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUi6UEQh00" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUi6UEQh00</a>

Prisencolinensinainciusolw
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The song was produced with the purpose of exposing Italian pop artists and musicians who were deceiving the public, pretending to speak/understand English lyrics and plagiarizing American and English songs, so this was a satirical parody to underscore the fact that those artists and musicians were not fluent in any form of English at all, and the Italian public would accept and popularize any song sounding like English, whether or not it was accurate.

Or maybe it could be one of these?:
http://www.who-sang-that-...nse-word-song-titles.html
356  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: November 13, 2013, 01:33:27 AM
From the anecdotal-tale-to-the-contrary-department: I still have a handful of less-than-1GB drives that still fire up just fine, though they don't hold much, and I can count on that same hand how many disk drives I've had fail while it was installed and being used.  Every time I've had a disk fail it was because I had taken it out to install a newer, larger one, and later tried to install it in a different machine. 
CD-ROM drives, on the other hand... let's just say I should buy them in bulk.  undecided
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 12, 2013, 08:52:27 PM
I felt that way about "tapping" in the 80s; felt that way about digital stompboxes in the '90s, felt that way about Autotune and anything Line6 in the '00s.  I haven't found anything to be stodgy about for the '10s.  Maybe I'm finally old enough to not care.  Oh, wait... no more than 6 strings on a guitar, and 4 on the bass (though I'll allow for the bass if you're good enough to actually use all those extra strings), and dagnabbit, if you're going to make some music and call it "dubstep", don't drill my eardrums with a fire alarm noise and call it "bass".  undecided

And while you're at it, much props if you ditch your Kaoss or Launchpad for a Leonardo Touchboard and some bananas and wire.  Thmbsup
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 11, 2013, 07:23:48 PM
I like the word; so descriptive and to-the-point when applied properly to the appropriate subject.

Double-up on "properly" and "appropriate".  When was the last time you excommunicated a heretic?  huh

And double-kudos to your punny bone if it's your dog's name. Hint: look it up  Grin
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 11, 2013, 07:09:55 PM
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Most musicians adapt fairly rapidly to new instrument interfaces - as long as they're logical and consistent in operation.

I would amend that to say "Most younger/incredibly creative musicians..." as, believe it or not though I'm sure you're aware, musicians can be a downright stodgy bunch when something newfangled comes along that "all the kids are using" even when it's "logical and consistent" (yours truly guilty as charged).  Wink

Darn kids, always changing the game before I'm done playing...  Angry
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 11, 2013, 06:58:07 PM
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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

Yes, but the hints were something to behold:

361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 06, 2013, 09:07:26 PM
Theremin is the key.  Once you grasp why theremins work the way they do, sensing proximity is no problem for anything from theremins to burglar alarms to making interesting gadgets with microcontrollers.  I'm thinking a homebrew HotHand-type midi controller, without the need for the funky ring.  Thmbsup
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino Leonardo Touchboard on: November 06, 2013, 01:48:53 AM
Looks like a bit of advance on the MakeyMakey concept.  Based on the same chip too.  Very nice.
363  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Lavabit's court documents unsealed; what THEY wanted, and Lavabit's appeal... on: October 22, 2013, 11:59:54 PM
Great stuff, and IANAL, but IMO Lavabit's got some good legs to stand on in their appeal.


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The government has suggested that it's entitled to get Lavabit's private keys for three reasons: the Pen Register Statute, the Stored Communications Act, and a grand jury subpoena. Lavabit attacks all three of those in its appeal.



from somewheres I fergit
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: October 22, 2013, 11:27:22 PM
From an IRC conversation:

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365  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 21, 2013, 11:40:55 PM
This is pretty interesting:
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So I just moved into a new apartment, and made a big discovery.
http://themetapicture.com...d-under-my-new-apartment/
 ohmy
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Was the iOS 7 "look" created using Microsoft Word? on: October 21, 2013, 08:03:17 PM
Exact opposite here... Word makes me foam at the mouth. 
Publisher, on the other hand is like... I dunno... Magic or something Kiss... and that's coming from a Linux guy!  Thmbsup
367  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to avoid creating/using a Microsoft Account when upgrading to Win 8.1 on: October 21, 2013, 07:55:24 PM
Of course this is not wholly on topic but ... please Linux people fix various Linux wifi issues so that I can dump Windows even more quickly.

What's the issues?  I and certain of my compatriots would certainly be willing to help troubleshoot, especially if it results in giving Redmond the bird... a nattily dressed flightless aquatic bird, that is.  Wink

@Tomos: Thanks for finding that.  I think my son already has a Live account, but he'll surely be uninterested in using THAT as his login.  Not sure if he will be wanting to upgrade, though.  Once bitten...
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A real debate over Mir? This is gonna be good if it ever happens! on: October 21, 2013, 01:28:10 AM
No, my point was that such behavior was unbecoming of folks on BOTH sides, and said nothing about libel.  Mark could have taken the high road and either ignored the attacks altogether or come up with some coherent reasons as to why Mir is technically superior.  But he didn't.  He didn't even "refute back" anything.  Instead, he engaged in the same name-calling his detractors are guilty of.  Personally, I would welcome some well-reasoned arguments in a fairly-moderated point-for-point technical debate, rather than an over-the-internet mud-slinging match.
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A real debate over Mir? This is gonna be good if it ever happens! on: October 21, 2013, 12:17:59 AM
Mr. Shuttleworth "shows his less professional side" in making ad hominem statements against those who dislike Mir.  I couldn't care less, plain ol' Xorg works just grand so far, and hopefully the superior technology wins in the end rather than egos and politics (yeah, right).  I have less than high hopes about it with bad form being shown on both sides.

40Hz, could you pass the popcorn?
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LZIP - When you THINK you've seen it all... on: October 16, 2013, 08:19:26 PM
Seems to have some pretty nifty features. Especially good are its integrity and file recovery capabilities.
It seems as though it is aimed squarely at IT pros and sys admins. Definitely not for regular user-land.

So the site says it's got the script-friendliness of bzip2, and the (totally unscientific) benchmarks show it to be comparable to the speed of gzip.
What's not to love for user-land use?  Installing now...
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for recording audio continuously on: October 15, 2013, 01:50:13 AM
I think what you're looking for is "Voice Activated recording", much like how a security camera with motion sensor works in that it starts recording when the input to the sound card is over a certain threshold, and pauses when things are silent.
There are also auto-started programs that can be set to start and stop recording at certain times, like a DVR.
There are a few out there, this is what I could find:

Triggered:
-ScanRec. The original website is down, but it's available from Softpedia, Software Informer, etc., just do a search for "Scanner Recorder" or "ScanRec", you'll find it.  Only records to WAV format, but does have a buffer so it starts the audio recording from just before the trigger, so you don't get clipping. Freeware
-VoxRecorder
http://antoninoporcino.xoom.it/VoxRecorder/
Same as above, don't know if it buffers though. Freeware
-ReCall
http://sagebrush.com/recall.htm
As requested, this runs in the background, listening for audio.  Not free; $14.95 or ReCall-PRO for $29.95

Timer-based:
-AutoRec
http://www.scott-inc.com/html/AR.htm
Free.

Both:
-LoopRecorder
http://www.looprecorder.de/
Can run in the background.
Free, with a Pro version for way too much money, but apparently NASA used it.
-Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Has both Timed Recording and Sound-activated Recording features.  Free and Open Source.


372  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Let's get Chocolatey! on: October 14, 2013, 05:18:33 PM
I see it's already been mentioned here, but I found it just recently when re-installing a Windows parition, and thought it deserved a little more exposure.
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Let's get Chocolatey!
Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind.

Easy Install!
To install chocolatey now, open a command prompt and paste the text from the box below and press enter.
[copy or print]
c:\> @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%systemdrive%\chocolatey\bin



from 5 Steps to a better Windows Command Line
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The issue of Ad-Blocking in our browsers. on: October 04, 2013, 01:57:15 AM
The saddest part:

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Having worked at (and left in disgust) an ad-driven company, the answer is simple and clear: The most annoying ads yield the best click-through rates

I can believe it, thoroughly and whole-heartedly, after talking with absolute idiots doing bizarre things with their cellphones and expecting me at customer service to fix it, after multiple times telling my mother-in-law what's OK and not OK to click while surfing political sites and I still have to spend 3 hours every time I visit because "the computer is running a little slow, can you take a look at it?" only to find that not only is it slow, but half the start menu and desktop icons are gone because "We have detected a virus on your computer.  Totally clean the virus now for only $29.99!", and taking a handful of Tylenol after reading my mother's posts on Facebook "This is not a hoax!  Confirmed by Snopes... "
 undecided
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I the only person that has a real big problem with software like this? on: October 04, 2013, 01:42:00 AM
I could (and probably will... later) say quite a lot on this subject, but let me just say this:
When I was working customer service for Sprint, if I had a dime for every time someone called about a tracking app for their child's phone because they were lost/out with less-than-trustworthy friends/run away/suspected of drug dealing/etc, I wouldn't have needed their meager paycheck.  Well, maybe it wasn't that bad, but still...
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Earworms Music Thread! on: October 02, 2013, 07:13:46 PM
Oh no, not this one again:  ohmy  ohmy  ohmy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s</a>

The jangly guitar riff and the chorus BOTH will stick.. will stick... will stick... will stick... will stick... will stick...
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