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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Gadget Idea: "Timestamper Disc" on: August 20, 2013, 10:46:06 PM
Great idea Mouser, I suggest you patent it ASAP.  Thmbsup

YES! Then go trolling with an overly-broad interpretation of the patent and all of a sudden you no longer need Kickstarter~! Grin

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Nah, I believe that as long as you use a patent like patents were intended to be used, it's a good thing.  Too bad the system was gamed long ago...
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome’s insane password security strategy on: August 20, 2013, 09:20:40 PM
Aaaand it's in Chromium too.  Damn.  And it was such a fast browser...  Sad
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Make an original joke or riddle on: August 20, 2013, 09:15:23 PM
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PUZZLE #1

For the coders & programmers out there, create a recursive version of the above riddle.

If the thread ever gets to 'Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower' it gets recursive.

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In the booklet accompanying his Biograph album, Dylan said: "I liked Jimi Hendrix's record of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way... Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way."
Wink
354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groklaw shutting down because of our new US survelliance state on: August 20, 2013, 09:01:43 PM
This is doubly sad, because in a way, it's exactly what a totalitarian government would want.  You want free speech?  Fine, as long as we can listen in.  Oh, you're not talking then?  Good, we won't have to make the effort to tell you to shut up.

Bad bad bad bad bad...
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: August 20, 2013, 08:39:12 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g51XXZrCAY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g51XXZrCAY</a>
356  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Gadget Idea: "Timestamper Disc" on: August 20, 2013, 08:32:05 PM
Very interesting idea.  I REALLY like the round form factor, so it really is like a button.  In fact, make the whole face pressure-sensitive so no need for a smaller button... Fitts' Law and all that...
It should also be as thin as possible, and since we now have the technology for super-thin flexible batteries, it should be doable down to the thickness of a coin.
As Renegade pointed out, the most difficult hurdle financially would be the round form factor.  It would be harder to do and use more material per item, thus cost more to manufacture, BUT as with many new ideas, the first ones out the door can open floodgates... 

I'm also in agreement that the most practical application of this idea may be to print some sort of round bar code (like ShotCode)on a sticker that would interface with an app on your phone, and put it in places you want reminders for.  They could also be printed or stuck on kitchen-magnet material or vinyl clings, things like that.  All you'd need is a printer, some label stock and the phone app, and with phones as ubiquitous as they are now, it's not as inconvenient as you may think.

Great idea Mouser, I suggest you patent it ASAP.  Thmbsup

357  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Edward Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds on: August 18, 2013, 06:27:21 PM
Because with everything that's been happening lately, there is no longer any doubt that it is they who are the criminals.  This government has firmly and forever overstepped the bounds of the Constitution it claims to derive it's existence from.  

I really hope not "forever". Sad

Me neither, but name me a time when the government or any of it's agencies did something 'over the line' and subsequently went "Oops, my bad" and backstepped?
I'm sure it's happened, but I'm also sure it got spun 'til it puked and buried in the background (and therefore, out of the history books) very quickly.

No fair replying "Watergate".

P.S. If anyone knows of a good email service provider with a similar policy, please let me know.
riseup.net

Interesting, thanks for the link.  I've also found a lot of other encrypted mail services lately, but they all charge quite a bit for their services (understandably so...).  It was very gracious of Mr. Levison to offer not one but TWO different tiers of free accounts, and though I used IMAP, I always kept the setting "Delete message from server" on.

Whoever made this one must know Renegade: Grin
 ...
 Wink

LOL!!  Awesome!
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chocolate Medicine on: August 16, 2013, 12:23:52 PM
Although there's something to be said for convenience.  When I get a headache, I'm none too keen on finding the closest local willow tree, and go about scraping and brewing enough bark to gain relief.   tongue
But yes, most patented medicines have biological roots for their inspiration.  The patent lies in the extraction, isolation, manufacture and 'tweaking the dose'.  Wink
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: *Email privacy and security survey* on: August 16, 2013, 11:55:43 AM
Yes, I know what it is, and I also know the Gnu version, GPG, and about the OpenPGP standard.
Do I use it for email?  No.  Why, if I was whining so loudly about my beloved Lavabit shutting down?
Because 1- I just don't go emailing around sensitive information that would require it.  I'm not that important and neither are my email messages to friends and family.  My primary concern was to prevent "casual hacking" which might reveal passwords or other information I had stored in email (not smart, I know, and I started using POP3 instead of IMAP after someone apparently brute-forced my password to start sending out spam.  *sigh* Different story.)
2- I would have to teach my brothers, mother, grandmother, cousins and aunts/uncles and friends all about how to use it and why they can't read emails from me unless they did.  No thanks.

In my post about Lavabit shutting down, I described my very simple reason for using an email service that was encrypted, and it was about simple prevention of "casual hacking" which might reveal passwords or other information I had stored in email (not smart, I know, and I started using POP3 instead of IMAP and erasing messages from the server after someone apparently brute-forced my password to start sending out spam.  *sigh* Different story.)

Anyways, I do use GPG to encrypt my password vault, does that count?
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: August 13, 2013, 12:54:56 AM
The Final Moments of Karl Brant:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFotiDbj-D4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFotiDbj-D4</a>

Wonderful cinematograhy and nicely understated special effects.  Stunning performances by Paul Reubens and Fay Masterson.  The other actors could have done just a wee bit better, the ending kinda unravels a little and wanders into predictable/cliche territory if you stay through the credits (wait for it... wait for it...) but otherwise the best short I've seen in a while.
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Licensing Developers? on: August 12, 2013, 11:08:55 PM
 Just think of all the hospital equipment that's computer controlled.  The machines and software already have to pass the FDA before it can be used in an actual setting.  So it's already regulated in the medical field.....

Whoooooaaa there, let me tell you something... medical equipment, hardware and software, is held to several orders of magnitude above 'normal' standards.  To be approved for medical uses, the equipment and software that may run in it has to not fail. Period. Ever.  It is SERIOUS business.  Are you willing to take on that level of responsibility?  If any coder would require a license to do business, it would probably be those in the medical equipment field.  But as has been mentioned before, the employer usually takes care of that.   I don't have any hard numbers or data, just anecdotal talk around the electronic hobbyist circles.  

As far as 'license to code' goes, I think it may happen, but only in certain markets, and GPL/Open/Free/Libre software will always be around as long as the internet is not completely locked down.  I believe restrictions on dissemination of information over the internet may be more prevalent as the years go by, simply through creeping regulation, but like some smart scientist said, the internet is built to route around errors, and control/suppression/censoring counts as an error in the current internet mindset and operation.
So, there is hope... for a little while smiley

*EDIT* It was John Gilmore -- "The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA 2: The Resurrection... on: August 11, 2013, 02:17:03 PM
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(I was just dying to make a zombie joke~!  tongue )

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363  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Edward Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds on: August 09, 2013, 04:32:47 PM
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Not strictly true - unless all you senders and recipients also use the same service and you can guarantee end to end encryption

OK, yes, this much is true.  However, the central location where it ALL can be found would be on their server, which would be a much juicier prize, and if it's true that Lavabit was Edward Snowden's email preference, it would obviously be their first target in any prosecution proceedings.

Personally, I am just not that paranoid, or else I would have my family and friends all using GPG or some such when they communicate with me.  No, it was more about the peace of mind that my email account had some protection against ne'er-do-wells who would look through my mail for other attack vectors (bank account and business transaction names and communications, like eBay, PayPal, etc.)  Little did I know it would be my own government the ones come a-knockin'.
So what's the point of my concern?  Why do I think they would they care about lil' ol' me?  And why should I care about my government going looking for evidence it has a right to look for in a criminal case?  

Because with everything that's been happening lately, there is no longer any doubt that it is they who are the criminals.  This government has firmly and forever overstepped the bounds of the Constitution it claims to derive it's existence from.   I really try not to be political, and this isn't a rant against the Left or Right or anyone else, it is just the facts as they are manifest.  I mean, I'm with Wraith, it shouldn't have to be like this.  The simple choice of email provider shouldn't be a political action.  But now it is, and we are the worse off for it.
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: August 09, 2013, 12:36:05 PM
Aaaaaand our next inductee into 2,000 posts is...

Ewemoa!!

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365  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Links to info for analog-mimicing digital recording techniques? on: August 09, 2013, 03:37:37 AM
First of all, go to TapeOp and start reading.  It's a free subscription if you like paper as well.  Oodles of information on the nitty-gritty of recording, especially in the analog domain, from some of the biggest and not-so-big names in the biz. (and read up on Steve Albini for another die-hard analog evangelist, though he can be a bit abrasive at times)

Second, tape is a physical medium with inherent flaws that we have come to associate with analog sound and actually be beneficial to the overall listening experience, probably (in my humble opinion) due much to how tape saturation deals with transients and affects dynamic range in a non-linear, not-very-static fashion.  I could be wrong, but that's what my ears tell me.

Digital is (for all intents and purposes) a virtual medium which has the goal of eliminating as many flaws as possible.  As good as digital recording is now, it still apparently loses some 'character' in the attempt, and it's flaws can be quite detrimental rather than beneficial.  I've used tape saturation and tube emulation plugins, with varying degrees of benefit.  Give it a shot, you might find some magic in them 1's and 0's yet...
 Thmbsup
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Edward Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds on: August 08, 2013, 11:24:40 PM
Damn damn damn damn  Angry Angry Angry Angry

Lavabit was MY email provider.  I used it because they were a small, relatively unknown email provider (read: smaller target), they used Linux servers (gotta support the flock smiley ), but more importantly, they kept your email encrypted, with no master key.  Only YOU could read your email.  Ever. 

So, this is what it comes down to.  Submit to being spied upon at whim or else no goodies for you.

This is no longer a matter of whether it's not the United States I and millions of others used to know.  This is no longer the United States of America as defined by it's founding documents, period. 

P.S. If anyone knows of a good email service provider with a similar policy, please let me know.
367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where/how do you mostly watch movies/videos? on: August 05, 2013, 09:26:18 PM
Computer/DVD to projector to tripod screen:

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Old school baby, old school.   Cool Thmbsup
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: August 04, 2013, 02:19:05 AM
Old, but good.  Surreal and saccharine cute at the same time.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF9-sEbqDvU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF9-sEbqDvU</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta9K22D0o5Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta9K22D0o5Q</a>
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: August 04, 2013, 12:38:55 AM
BTW:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato_(firmware)

The most complete (feature-ful, that is) appear to be the Shibby, Teaman and RAF mods:
Shibby: http://tomato.groov.pl/
Teaman: http://code.google.com/p/tomato-sdhc-vlan/
RAF: http://victek.is-a-geek.com/

I like Victek's simulation, so you get a try-before-you-buy look at what to expect:
http://victek.is-a-geek.c...matok26/status-index.html
 Thmbsup
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ExtFS for Windows on: August 01, 2013, 12:00:13 AM
There are plenty of Linux filesystem viewers available for free (as in, read-only) and that's all I've ever needed.  The things I do on either OS are so different as to be disparate, and I find little use for write access from one to the other (although Linux has had solid ntfs support for quite some time now).  Anything I REALLY need to share, I just stick on a USB stick or in a shared folder on the NAS (running Samba, of course).

Nevertheless, native, transparent access to a Linux filesystem is an attractive idea.
Checking out Paragon's offering now, thanks for the tip.  Thmbsup
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 31, 2013, 11:21:49 PM

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The hatred of money is simply a plot by the rich to keep the poor from getting their hands on it.
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372  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 30, 2013, 08:14:50 PM
huh

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PJT-BqTqZg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PJT-BqTqZg</a>
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 29, 2013, 11:22:13 PM
Best twist on the zombie movie genre... EVAR!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gryenlQKTbE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gryenlQKTbE</a>
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread! on: July 29, 2013, 09:54:57 PM
HA! Iain! I was waiting for a second on my vote.  Thank you  Thmbsup
Also a big fan of xplorer², when I'm on Windows that is...
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 29, 2013, 09:26:29 PM
DEOZAAN: THE ONIONS!! OUT!!

Now for something a bit more light-hearted  Kiss

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8xiub7Vg3c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8xiub7Vg3c</a>
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