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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords on: August 08, 2014, 06:05:49 PM
Aaaand from the One-Raised-Eyebrow dept.:

So, Yeah, Those Russian Hackers? There Are Reasons To Be Skeptical

Firm That Exposed Breach Of 'Billion Passwords' Quickly Offers $120 Service To Find Out If You're Affected

But as Hill noted, “this is a pretty direct link between a panic and a pay-out for a security firm. Yes, I expect security firms to make money for making the Internet more secure, but I am skeptical of a firm with a financial incentive in creating a panic to be the main source for a story that causes a panic.”

52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LinuxCon 2014 on: August 08, 2014, 05:51:58 PM
I WISH I were going, does that count?  huh
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 08, 2014, 05:31:04 PM
It's not the tools. It's the artist.
But when the artist depends on the tools to make up for lack of talent/creativity/hubris/etc. or the artist is schooled by the engineer that "that's what the listener wants to hear", you get things like the "Loudness Wars" and artificial aliasing added to master recordings because we now have a generation of music fans acoustically weaned on 128k mp3s  undecided

54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 08, 2014, 01:46:33 PM
Maybe I'm a bit off base here, but it seems to me that asking a random stranger to take a picture of you and your friend/family/pet/whatever at any given location/event in lieu of the ubiquitous "selfie" is subject to something we used to call a "gentleman's agreement".  Nobody in these situations even entertains the thought of whose copyright the damn thing is, because usually it's just a snapshot intended for your home photo album with a few copies for grandma and auntie, and if either party demanded any rights or recompense, you'd get anything from a blank stare to a poke in the nose; it just isn't civil.  Besides, if you had intended it as a photograph you eventually make money off of, what the blue-sparking hell are you doing trusting it to a random stranger?  And if it DID become famous, how the hell would you know who the stranger was, and how would they know they were the ones that took that picture?  Involving lawyers in something like that would just be bad form, bad taste, bad everything.

RE: the monkey.

I think it's a bit of  a stretch to say the monkey is the copyright holder, as April pointed out, "Copyrights can only be held by humans", and I'm pretty sure the monkey had no idea what it was doing.  Dickering over whose finger operating the shutter determining the copyright is just chatter and hand-waving IMO.  What are you gonna do?  Pay it royalties in bananas?
That said, the owner of the camera probably should have done what professional photographers really do, which is properly copyright and watermark the thing before allowing it to spread like influenza over the internet.  A bit like closing the barn door after the cows have gotten out.  Angry
If he did, and Wikimedia simply rolled with the semantics, then I'm on the photographer's side; if not, Wikimedia has my vote.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Enough with the text editors... let's talk Terminal Emulators! on: August 06, 2014, 11:55:28 PM
Call them Virtual Terminals, Terminal Emulators or Command Windows, anybody who has ever done anything involving configuration or administration that only requires a line or two of shell, knows what I'm talking about.  I get by just fine with Xfce4-terminal, others may stick with good ol' Xterm or Rxvt , or go in for fancy stuff like Guake, but I've run into no less than 2 VT's lately:

This one seems to go out of it's way to invoke nostalgia while your wrestling with file permission in /usr/share, but hey... I typed 'CLS' more than once, so mission accomplished.

Cool-old-term is a terminal emulator which tries to mimic the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight.

This next one aims to be the Swiss Army Knife of terminal emulators.  A modern UI bolted on to a solid terminal.  I like it (even if I can't compile it... yet).

Final Term is a new breed of terminal emulator.
It goes beyond mere emulation and understands what is happening inside the shell it is hosting. This allows it to offer features no other terminal can, including:
    Semantic text menus
    Smart command completion
    GUI terminal controls


56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 06, 2014, 02:37:42 AM
There are supremely talented photographers out there plying their craft using DSLRs and Photoshop, and there are visionless shutterbugs thinking that real film has some sort of 'magic' that will transmogrify their flat, underexposed snapshots into timeless classics.  The argument used to be pixel density vs. film grain, but with gigapixel cameras in the lowliest of feature phones, that's gone out the window.  I agree with the basic premise that there is no longer an argument of which technology is inherently 'better', all that is left to judge upon is the talent showcased in it's use.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 06, 2014, 01:00:52 AM
And it's not just programming... I get in that 'zone' when I'm laying out a document in Publisher, doing some fine-tuning on my guitar designs in CAD, tracking down why the last update to my Debian system borked half my packages... Man, do I ever know the pain of the last panel in that comic.

Also, from the comments on the imgur page:
That guy is singing/whistling as he goes. He knew what he did. He knew. That bastard!
Angry Grin
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 05, 2014, 04:41:50 PM
NEVER interrupt a programmer:
from http://www.infoworld.com/...-technologist-work-247487

59  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Childhood games on: August 05, 2014, 04:38:08 PM
Nice, but did you ever find your old notebooks and try to revive it again? 
A challenger appears...  tongue
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Extracting audio from visual information on: August 05, 2014, 01:37:47 AM
Wow.  Van Eck would be proud...  ohmy
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: August 05, 2014, 12:59:03 AM
From the Tooting-My-Own-Horn Dept.:


62  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Shark, meet jump. Coders, meet DogeSharp on: August 05, 2014, 12:56:22 AM
much language, so programming, very .NET   [attach=2]

D# (DogeSharp)

D# is a programming language for Doge fans.

Huge disclaimer: I have no idea what I'm doing, and definitely shouldn't write languages.

from Codeproject News
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives, with 10TB and HAMR on the horizon on: August 02, 2014, 12:57:02 AM
ok it's true.  Although they're getting so big now, I'm running out of ways to fill them up.

I've been thinking about this for a while as well.  I really can't imagine buying a disk that I know I will never use all of.  "Just in case" isn't the greatest argument in the world, and I'll probably troll around eBay and back-stock resellers for lower-capacity hard drives for a while to come.  Might there be a market for lower-cost/smaller-capacity drives (like 1-2 TB after 10 TB drives are the norm) from people who just don't use that much?  


As I posted about here, your unused space would be perfect for helping maintain a decentralized internet.  Now that I would buy a new drive for...  Thmbsup
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: August 02, 2014, 12:22:39 AM
It wouldn't, unless he did X session forwarding over SSH.  Geany is graphical, so you'd either do that or VNC.  You want text editing in a SSH session?  That's what vim/emacs/pico/nano/ed are for.  Maybe that was the point; he's a freshman, so he wouldn't know.  embarassed
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: To Hell with Net Neutrality: Sprint to charge extra for Facebook access on: August 01, 2014, 02:02:27 AM
From what I remember before I quit the telephone CS agent job, Sprint is now owned by a Japanese company (SoftBank) and in the valuation stage of purchasing, they said we were "giving away too much money".  So when a customer would complain about service being crap in their area (especially during tower upgrades... ugh) we could no longer offer them a discount to their bill to calm down.

So glad I don't work there any more...
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 01, 2014, 12:57:59 AM
If you do nothing to help the given situation but cry about it... yes.  embarassed
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 31, 2014, 11:37:26 PM
Relative Effectiveness of Common Computer Repair Techniques:

68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: July 31, 2014, 09:38:18 PM
Good luck using a Windows style editor when your X won't start and you'll have to fix config files on the terminal when you never dug into vi/Vim or similar editors.

Very true, which is why I use Nano for quick config file editing.  I only use a graphic editor when I'm intending to work graphically.  The best way to put it is, I use a text-mode editor when I mean business, and a GUI editor when I'm crafting art (scripting, programming without an IDE, hand-coding SVGs, cleaning up mp3 playlists, etc).  Two different mentalities, two different tools.

69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 30, 2014, 07:45:52 PM
As pointed out here, my grammar in that sentence was atrocious.  May I clarify:

Alanis Morrisette's song "Ironic" is quite catchy, but the situations described therein are not really ironic.
Which may be an irony in itself.
But it also makes the song 'wrong' in the same manner as a song about goldfish being titled "My Pet Trout" would be 'wrong'.
Trying to explain this to somebody who doesn't understand (or doesn't want to) is an exercise in frustration.
Quite possibly because (1) they like the song, and (2) they think they have learned something new.
Which is ironic, because they think they have learned about irony from a song entitled "Ironic" but they haven't, really.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: July 30, 2014, 12:17:23 AM
+1 for Vim then.
If I wanted suggestions for a text-mode editor, I already have it in Nano.  Vim and Emacs both drive me nuts.  Vim more.  I'm talking about a nice graphical text editor with bookmarking, regex search, column edit mode, and some other things I miss from the above-mentioned windows editors.  I'm told that Kate does all I need, but !@#$%&* if I'm going to download over half of KDE just to run the flippin' editor.

Anyways, the Diamond binary ran here, looks ok, but Crimson Editor it ain't (yet).  I'll keep an eye on it.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: July 29, 2014, 01:16:12 AM
Interested because I can't find one damn editor on Linux that will do what Notepad++ or TextPad will do.  They each do bits and pieces of what I need, and the rest can be accomplished with sed and whatnot, but dammit, I just want one text editor that is more than a notepad, and less than an IDE.  I'd heard that Sublime Text can do everything I need, but the price of admission is a bit steep for me.  Diamond won't compile for me, so trying the binary...
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 01:08:45 AM
There are many places on the 'Tube that nobody should go...  ohmy
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 28, 2014, 07:14:03 PM
Certainly interesting, but I thought "God mode" had been around since Win 98?  Wonder where I learned that?  huh 

Obviously not from Wikipedia:
The Windows Master Control Panel shortcut, labeled All Tasks and also called Windows God Mode by bloggers and All Tasks folder by at least one Microsoft developer,[1] is a short-cut to access various control settings in Windows Vista and later operating systems.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kidney stones and Beer! on: July 27, 2014, 06:47:09 PM
hard to wrap my head around passing a couple of pingpong balls
You wouldn't.  Stones of that size are VERY uncommon and would require surgery.  The ureter from your kidney to your bladder is quite small, as in really, really tiny.  Which is why my own 2.1mm stone made me feel like I was passing a horse.  Once it gets into your bladder, small stones pass easily the rest of the way.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 27, 2014, 02:42:11 AM
I admit, this idea struck me as odd at best and 'pie-in-the-sky' at worst, but the basic gist is to create a network intended to replace the internet that is completely decentralized, paid for by users' spare hard drive space, and is completely encrypted.  This goes beyond darknets and meshnets, and... well... read the FAQs, check out the article, watch the video, decide for yourself.

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

“What we’re building is software that connects together all the computers on the network to form — think of it as one giant computer, or effectively one giant cyber brain. So it really connects together all the nodes on the network and allows them to effectively become a very large datacenter, without of course the datacenter,” explains Lambert. “It’s a network infrastructure that will replace datacenters — and hopefully large technology companies.”

That’s right. This startup wants to reconfigure the current Internet hierarchy too — pulling the power and centre of gravity away from the owners of the biggest datacenters and platforms, and putting it back in the hands of individual users.

TechCrunch Write-up: http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/23/maidsafe/
Home page: http://maidsafe.net/

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdGH40oUVDY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdGH40oUVDY</a>

from CodeProject News
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