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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 14, 2014, 06:05:06 PM
This is mine:

http://www.mrcoffee.com/s.../BVMC-ECM260.html#start=6
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It makes a pretty decent brew, especially if I pack it good.  Yes, the wand is for steam, that's what foams and heats the milk.  This model is much better than my old one, as it makes 2 shots in just a minute or two.  The old one took 5 minutes or more.  

If you want REALLY authentic italian-style single-cup coffee, get one of these:

http://www.bialettishop.com/MokaExpressMain.htm
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Although they do come in different sizes, up to 12 cups.

... And if you're feeling like parting ways with a sizable bit of cash just to indulge in the best coffee you've ever tasted, find a specialty store that sells Illy:
http://shop.illy.com/onli...e-for-all-preparations_us

My lovely wife bought me a gift set of Illy coffee for Father's day.  I always thought that stuff was overhyped and likely over-roasted or something, and the thought of paying 15 bucks for a pinch over half a pound of coffee just made me cringe.  I still can't say it's worth it, but damn that was good coffee...
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 13, 2014, 11:31:27 PM
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But now? Forget it! I'll just have to use one of these.

Yes!

The Melittas are very cool.  The only annoying thing is having to buy the special filters, but you can origami a regular filter and it works just fine.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 13, 2014, 08:55:59 PM
One word: boycott.

One word: buyarealdamncoffeemakerferpeteseverlovingsake

I have one.  And I prefer the Keurig for a quick cup of coffee in the morning.  Is that a crime?

See above...

And read the part where I apologized for being cynical.  I could say more, but I'd probably piss off more Keurig users.
54  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: for %%a in (*) do start "" "%%a" on: October 13, 2014, 08:44:53 PM
 nono2

The best advice ever when running random code posted in a forum, is exactly as Stephen alluded to:
NEVER run code that you don't know what it is going to do.  Perhaps you wanted to run this script because you saw it as a batch-bomb of sorts, and wanted to look into how to prevent it from crashing your system.  But not knowing?... just don't do it.

For example, DON'T run this:
[copy or print]
:s
 start "" %0
 goto s
or this:
until you know what it does, and how to stop it.  And now that you've seen the code, you'll be able to spot it in the wild.
You're welcome.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 13, 2014, 08:36:27 PM
One word: boycott.

One word: buyarealdamncoffeemakerferpeteseverlovingsake

...
Because the whole point of the Keurig was to not waste money making a whole pot when you only wanted one cup.

You see, what we have here is a failure to drink enough coffee...

...
Anyway, it seems like they don't want you to use even their own reusable pods.

And it seems like you didn't see that coming...

Sorry for my cynical tone here, but I remember when the Keurig first came out and they went on an all-out media blitz, even going so far as to set up machines at the !@#$%ing ferry terminal handing out free (small) cups of coffee to everyone, and coupons and (later) free sample "k-cups".  I recoiled in violent skepticism to the snappily-dressed vendors trying to convince me that 'pre-packaged for convenience' was better than grinding and brewing my own damn beans in my own damn proportions.  I could see this coming from a thousand miles away.
Now their true colors are showing, and my first instinct proven correct.  Screw them.  
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Trivia: How Many Can You Get? on: October 08, 2014, 12:11:37 AM
#21 - AAAAAUUUUGGGHHH!! I can't believe I didn't see that!
"Captain Obvious reporting for duty, Sir!"
"Umm, you're a tad late..."
>_<
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: extend a mp3 music! on: October 07, 2014, 10:33:28 PM
Using the "ReplayGain" function of the .mp3 format, you can do a lossless reduction of gain, that is, if your presentation software supports the ReplayGain function.  It's just a tag in the mp3 header, so any mp3 tag editor that supports the ReplayGain field will do:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReplayGain

Mp3Gain can apply the same sort volume normalization via psychoacoustic analysis that the ReplayGain function does, and does a handy job of it, whether on Windows, Mac or Linux.  The only caveat is that it manipulates the file directly, so it's technically not lossless though it is reversible:
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Some lossy audio formats, such as MP3, are structured in a way that they encode the volume of each compressed frame in a stream, and tools such as MP3Gain take advantage of this for directly applying the gain adjustment to MP3 files, adding undo information so that the process is reversible.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Trivia: How Many Can You Get? on: October 07, 2014, 10:14:47 PM
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 07, 2014, 08:17:00 PM
I remember Saturday mornings spent at my Grandmother's watching cartoons and eating Cheerios, then my Grandma would switch on her game shows after the cartoons were over, and after an hour or two she'd fall asleep in her easy chair, then my brother and I would switch it to "Mystery Theater" which showed all the old black & white Japanese monster movies (Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, etc, etc,).  I loved those days...

Some Saturday morning cartoons that I used to watch when i was young:
...
How about Grape Ape, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, Tennessee Tuxedo, Mr. Magoo, and don't forget those mainstays the Flintstones and the Jetsons... oh, how I miss those days!
Also don't forget the cartoons that were in-between Pink Panther episodes, like the Ant & the Aardvark, Misterjaw, and the Texas Toads.  Ant & the Aardvark had some killer one-liners that still crack me up today. ("Hey ant, you're pretty good... you'd be even better with jelly on toast!")

And don't forget those classic Krofft Brothers' live-action shows.  Maybe not cartoons, but there they were on Saturday morning with the rest of them; H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, the Krofft Supershow (Elektrawoman and Dynagirl were my first crushes), Land of the Lost, Far Out Space Nuts...
* Edvard lapses into a temporary coma of reminiscence...

I'll have to confess there were some that I hated with a purple passion.  I hated the Smurfs and all the clones (Snorks, Trollkins, etc), I couldn't stand Scrappy Doo, and when the networks started in with the "Junior" versions of classic cartoons (Pink Panther & Son, Muppet Babies, Pup Named Scooby-Doo, etc, ad nauseum), I was done.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This is why you don't wear metal objects in an MRI Machine on: October 07, 2014, 07:36:00 PM
I think the demonstration would have hit home a little better if they took something like a Resusci-Annie or a crash test dummy that didn't have any metal in it, and put something metal inside like the size of a pacemaker or one of those pins they put in your knee or an earring or piercing in a, umm, strategic location... you get the picture.  Then patients and operators would understand the damage that can happen.

Otherwise, that was way cool.  Thmbsup
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 05, 2014, 05:13:03 PM
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 04, 2014, 01:48:31 PM
That said, when I get my next guitar actually built sometime in the next 10 years, it's gonna be strung up in C.  Just sayin'  tongue
Not Nashville or Methaney Nashville? Wink

Robert Fripp's New Standard Tuning, maybe.  Just maybe.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy8iqm9EyY4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy8iqm9EyY4</a>

7, 8 , 9, 10...
God! Before you know it, they'll have a 12 string guitar~! tongue Grin

"Don't Be Butt-Hurt"; song for 12-string BASS.
12. actual. strings.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12O3fTYoDs0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12O3fTYoDs0</a>

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.



63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 04, 2014, 09:57:07 AM
I'm not a big fan of The Onion, but sometimes they nail it.  I haven't indulged in herbal entertainment for many years now, but I still remember what it was like when I "heard a noise".
 Grin Grin Grin

New Marijuana Study Says Everyone Knows You're High And You'll Likely Be Stoned Forever
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 03, 2014, 07:28:39 PM
Not a fan of more strings than 6 on any guitar, and 4 on the bass. Downtune all you want, just don't pretend you really want to go back up.  I think Death Angel and Slayer sounded fine the way they were.  Downtuning doesn't automatically mean heavy(er).  I've heard some decidedly god-awful CRAP done in drop B, and it would have been crap in E standard too; crap is crap, and gold is gold.
That said, when I get my next guitar actually built sometime in the next 10 years, it's gonna be strung up in C.  Just sayin'  tongue

Quick note: don't confuse the baritone guitar with the rare six string Bass-VI /Basso Sexto that Fender had back in the 60s and early 70s. It looks similar, but it's a totally different sounding and playing instrument.

And what of the piccolo bass?  Which one is it gonna be?  All these overlapping ranges, a man could go MAD I tell you!

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FWIW Ibanzez currently sells an 8-string guitar intended for the Metalhead that can't get low enough with their 7-string grunge plank. Can a 9-string be far behind?

Oh, for the love of Pete, just STOP... STOP I SAY!!  STAAAHHHHHHHPPPP!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9aGXHuzCBs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9aGXHuzCBs</a>

I SAID STAAAAAAAAAAHHH... oh never !@#$%^&ing mind...  mad

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtj189UJ9eQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtj189UJ9eQ</a>
65  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Random electronics projects on: September 29, 2014, 09:22:33 PM
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Curious how the following is going to turn out:

  SmartScope

WANT!!

I have an old Heathkit scope I bought at the Goodwill.  It works, but has a time-machine glitch in it (the tops of the waveforms tend backwards) and I haven't found a manual to adjust it yet, but really I would like something to replace it that doesn't cost a million bucks.  Been saving my pennies for this:
http://www.seeedstudio.co...t/DSO-Nano-v3-p-1358.html

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I never thought that maybe an Arduino with a display could do the basics, but it looks like some folks have done it:
http://www.instructables....ast-Arduino-Oscilloscope/
http://www.instructables....e-poor-mans-Oscilloscope/
http://www.instructables....d-Poor-Mans-Oscilloscope/

For simple audio signal tracing, I've used Xoscope to good effect:
http://xoscope.sourceforge.net/
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I've done audio equipment repair in my youth, and tried my hand at designing guitar sound effects units (stompboxes), but never really went anywhere with that.  I have an arduino, and am fascinated by what others have done with it, but I'm having trouble coming up with my own ideas for it.
 embarassed
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 29, 2014, 08:56:29 PM
THIS!

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Thmbsup
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: September 29, 2014, 07:53:26 PM
However, that means it is not a perpetual motion after all. It would consume cats bread and butter as fuel, as all three organic components would require regular replacement.

But it would still produce energy over unity which means it would produce more power than was put in.  Take the total caloric value of your average house cat + slice of buttered bread, and as long as the energy output was more, it still counts as perpetual motion.

In that case it would be a per-pet-ual motion machine.
Face.
Palm.

Sorry - I shoulda added the  Grin to my comment!  Having a cat who needs regular application of an ointment, I just know how easy to work with they are as a species...  tongue



 Grin Grin Grin
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: September 28, 2014, 08:23:30 PM
>_<

I meant in the context of using said cat for infinite energy, which is absurd, therefore making my comment a meta-absurdity or something.  IRL I love cats and would never "simply replace" one.  All the cats I have known and taken responsibility for have held important places in my life, and I remember each one fondly.  C'mon, did you really get the idea that I only think of cats as simple replaceable utilities in fantastical free-energy-production schemes?  
I seriously hope not... ohmy
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: September 28, 2014, 04:40:56 PM
Well... technically yes, and the cat would eventually die also, but... Any energy production system based on perpetual motion is not really expected to ALWAYS stay in motion, but simply that the energy production be at or over unity.  There would be periods of shutdown for cleaning, repair, lubrication, etc.  Replenishing the butter or replacing the cat would be matters of simple maintenance.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 26, 2014, 07:02:23 PM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 25, 2014, 08:38:14 PM
^^ Very cute, but excuse me if I make a few changes to the Linux list; having been "in a relationship" with Linux for ~12 years now, I can honestly say:

Simplicity"It's complicated"
BeautyWith a little makeup...
Self-confidenceBordering on arrogant
StrengthLeaps tall paradigms in a single command line
PowerDepends on diet
Financial MgmtSelf-sufficient... Donations accepted
Trust issuesForgive and forget... as long as you use Shift+Del
PrivacyYour secret is safe with me... for now
HobbiesSupercomputing, clustering, hacking, pretending to be nicer than I really am
SecurityYou've heard of this Fort Knox place, right?
TantrumYou change kernels without updating initramfs, I change your face without updating the pretty parts
Heart-breakerYou haven't uninstalled me yet, is it love?
End of day thoughtWow, that was quite an adventure!
Thmbsup
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 25, 2014, 01:22:05 AM
What things sound like in different languages:  The art of James Chapman.


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More here -> http://chapmangamo.tumblr.com/
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 24, 2014, 01:20:18 AM
I like my jazz one of two ways:  Ultra-traditional or way-out-wacked.  Guess which one this is?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EPwRdVg5Ug" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EPwRdVg5Ug</a>

You like that?  More here -> http://www.youtube.com/user/LakeStreetDive
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: September 20, 2014, 04:54:01 PM
I think this question has been asked on DC before and didn't get many replies, but I KNOW there are more musician types here.  Myself I like to think I play guitar, but I get more caught up in making noise and building things than actually improving my chops, and the things I build are usually doomed to reach the "good enough" stage before I move on to the ne   OOH! SHINY!

40Hz plays bass and has actually played in bands (unlike yours truly).  Superboyac has mentioned he plays Hammond organ and other people actually listen to it.  I don't recall off the top of my head anybody else who's mentioned anything.

I've toyed with doing a Donationcoder-themed metal tune (I have the main riff, a bit of melody and a few snips of lyric), but availability of free time and technical issues have prevented that from coming to fruition.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite Tech News or Science News websites? on: September 19, 2014, 09:49:03 PM
CodeProject news:
http://www.codeproject.com/script/News/List.aspx

Nixcraft (for actually interesting Linux/BSD/OpenSource articles, tutorials & how-tos,  and the like):
http://www.cyberciti.biz/
... and their facebook feed is pretty cool too:
https://www.facebook.com/nixcraft

That's all I got for now...

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