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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 17, 2014, 07:56:31 PM
Don't you hate it when this happens to you?


52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 08, 2014, 08:29:22 PM
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: September 08, 2014, 07:38:34 PM
Well, after getting setup... I see that this is not meant as your primary e-mail.  At least not at 100MB and 1000 messages/month...?

Considering how many people actually use encrypted mail as their primary... :shrug:

That said, yeah it doesn't seem like a whole lot, although I doubt I get more than 300 emails a month from my regular email, and I'm signed up to at least 5 subscriptions, plus Facebook and G+ notifications.  Maybe 5 messages a month through the email I give out to family and friends... maybe that's saying something.  Sad
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google playing dirty, or being a nice guy? on: September 08, 2014, 07:03:53 PM
I loved experts-exchange, especially after I figured out you could just scroll down to the answer under the 'pay-up' banner.  Thmbsup

Now, not so much.  undecided
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Remarkable - a very simple previewing Markdown editor for Linux on: September 07, 2014, 06:56:16 PM
Looks very nice, LOTS of dependencies though.  YMMV.
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / BYOBU - Even more fun with Screen and Tmux on: September 07, 2014, 06:33:56 PM

Byobu is a GPLv3 open source text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer. It was originally designed to provide elegant enhancements to the otherwise functional, plain, practical GNU Screen, for the Ubuntu server distribution. Byobu now includes an enhanced profiles, convenient keybindings, configuration utilities, and toggle-able system status notifications for both the GNU Screen window manager and the more modern Tmux terminal multiplexer, and works on most Linux, BSD, and Mac distributions.



Learn BYOBU while listening to Mozart:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NawuGmcvKus" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NawuGmcvKus</a>

Yet again, from NixCraft Facebook page
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / rePTYr - Re-parent a running process to a new TTY on: September 07, 2014, 06:29:26 PM
This one's going to be fun...
reptyr - A tool for "re-ptying" programs.
reptyr is a utility for taking an existing running program and attaching it to a new terminal. Started a long-running process over ssh, but have to leave and don't want to interrupt it? Just start a screen, use reptyr to grab it, and then kill the ssh session and head on home.

from NixCraft Facebook page
58  Other Software / Developer's Corner / If programming languages were weapons on: September 07, 2014, 11:11:00 AM
In the vein of "Shooting yourself in the foot with different programming languages":  Grin

from NixCraft's Facebook page
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 05, 2014, 09:57:49 PM
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 05, 2014, 07:10:16 PM
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 04, 2014, 10:15:48 PM
Crossdressing on the Job Shorts-No, Skirts-Yes
Boy wears skirt to school in protest against school's uniform policy  Metro News
4wd: Didn't believe me, did you? Do you think he(lower one) looks cute in that skirt?

Guys at my high school did that in '87 or so.  Same stupid rule.  Guys could wear shorts year-round after that.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 11:42:07 AM
Robert Anton Wilson touched on this subject in the second book of his Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy:  
In The Trick Top Hat, President Hubbard, a woman, promotes a scientific approach to the improvement of life, offering rewards to anyone who can design a robot to do their job or develop methods to prolong life. Eventually Unistat (the USA in an alternate universe) becomes a Utopia. She makes the whole law system into three different laws: victimless crimes, which have no punishment; crimes against property, which involve debt and payment; and serious crimes, such as murder, which result in being sent to Hell, a place like jail but not quite. It's encased in laser shielding and is like a primitive world all its own. It is, in fact, the State of Mississippi.

The trick that makes it not-so-full-commie is that all the citizens of Unistat share in the profits of such automated operations, so it's not so much taking from the rich to give to the poor, but sharing in the profits generated by robotic manufacturing, and people who contribute by inventing useful things get a greater share.

Fun concept (and the trilogy was quite a read, though it's been more than a few years since I read it), but yeah, it's a Utopian idea which means it ain't gonna happen.  We human beings are our most notorious saboteurs.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 11:48:37 PM
Cool.... smiley ...uh, no huh

Bummer!  Sad

I kinda liked it more when we didn't really know how it worked.  Cool

Some harmless mystery is always nice to have around. Grin
of all people!   cheesy

Wot??? You thought I actually wanted to have all the answers all the time? huh Grin

64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: August 27, 2014, 08:54:36 PM
I took a year of commercial graphic arts at 'that' school. Using Lorem Ipsum felt too much like cheating, so I usually wrote my own body copy. I got a few raised eyebrows and one tilted head, so I figure I won.  Cool
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: August 24, 2014, 05:57:57 PM
Just got my email and set up account today.  Let's see if my door gets kicked down...  tongue
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 19, 2014, 04:17:56 AM
Although I don't have biological progeny of my own, I've done a fair amount of genuine child rearing in my time. So I'm not insensitive or unaware of the concerns many parents have. (Unless somebody wants put forth that old bromide that says: "if they're not your own it's not the same. Because if that's the case, we might as well just end the discussion now. Grin)

Far be it from me to belittle anyone's experience with raising children, seriously.  But I do have to say that while caring for someone else's children has it's own great and valid burden of consequences, when you are ultimately responsible from cradle to graduation for the health, welfare, and social viability of a brand-new human being that fruited from your very own loins, the stakes are higher and the ties run deeper than any other.  If you want to end the discussion, fair enough.  That's just my experience.

I had written some other blatherings, but then I realized something.  First of all:

You don't point electronic surveillance/control technology at a loved one. At least not in my school of ethics.

With this, I whole-heartedly concurIf I thought flat-out surveillance was the only viable methodology for keeping my child in line, then I have failed as a parent.  No questions.  Then I realized the reason I am not opposed to this app is that (in my opinion) it fundamentally does not cross the line into surveillance.  What is it then?  You alluded to it:

In this case, I would have liked it more if she came up with something that sent an autoresponse back to let her know the phone had received the message - and then let her little darling know that if HE didn't also respond within a reasonable amount of time, he was grounded.
(emphasis mine)

Back when I was a kid, "grounded" meant that I did something stupid, and as a consequence, I was not allowed to do certain things for a period of time.  That worked pretty well, but only because I was at home in the presence of my parents who could immediately exercise the appropriate restraints on my liberty.  In the case of the situations that gave rise to the reasoning behind this app, the child in question is outside of the parent's sphere of immediate influence.  Sending a text saying "I know you got this message, respond or you're grounded" is somewhat toothless.  That tells him/her "I can do what I want until I decide to go home and face the gauntlet".  Ah, but temporarily disable their phone, especially kids of this generation, and you get their attention.  This app is, or should not be more than, akin to a grounding tool.  Parents could easily do (and have done) worse.

So when somebody comes to me and says "Well I remember how out of control I was at that age. We all were." I have to call BS on that and say: "Speak for yourself." Because most of us weren't. And since I deal with enough kids to appreciate how smart and aware of what's going on most of them are, it's not just simple belief on my part. They're just as sick and tired of the jerks they have to deal with as the rest of us are.

Yes, I've met almost as many very smart, polite, aware kids that I would be proud to call my own, and please forgive me for implying that all kids are going to be stupid just because I was.  To be honest, that isn't exactly what I meant (and for the record, I had pretty good parents and a mostly happy, secure childhood; I really had no excuse...).  
Perhaps I should have phrased it that all kids have the potential to do dumb/dangerous/ill-conceived things simply by virtue that they are immature humans; works in progress whose decision-making faculties aren't fully 'in gear' until life experience has galvanized into genuine wisdom.  I've met enough full-grown adults still struggling with maturity to be anything but reassured that children left to their own devices will turn out peachy.  Until you can give me a 100% guarantee on some methodology of this nebulous concept we call "parenting" that will produce ideal citizens, then erring on the side of caution is rather the smart thing to do.

So when I hear people saying: "don't make me feel any less if I used it because I wanted to know if my kid was still alive or not" I suspect they too feel there is something intrinsically wrong with using an app like this one.

Nope.  I stand by my original thought on this one.  IMO, this app does not cross the line into surveillance.  I haven't seen in my son any behavior that would warrant me actually using it, but I can definitely see the potential for situations where I needed to say to him "No, really, you need to call me back now".  Keyloggers, GPS trackers, text message mirrors (#1 request by parents for keeping tabs on out-of-control kids when I worked at Sprint) are all technologies I would never feel comfortable with, because you are correct; effective parenting makes these things completely unnecessary and obsolete.  Use of these sorts of things is indeed a 'red flag' that parenting has failed.  That said, If I caught wind that my son was up to something illegal or life-threatening and he didn't own up to it, I would be sorely tempted to use whatever technology I felt appropriate to find out what was really going on.  Failed parent as I might be at that moment, the least I could do is attempt to stop the tragedy from playing out further.  Maybe the better option at that point would be to involve the appropriate authorities?  That has it's own caveats that I'd rather not get into...


40hz: I agree with enough of what you've said that I think the disagreement hinges upon our opinions of exactly how draconian this app is, or could be.  In my opinion, not so much.  Perhaps we can agree to disagree?
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 17, 2014, 04:48:20 PM
This is being advanced in the name of "the children." Grin

^that on it's own is not a reason to knock it either.

I suspect you dont have children from your response above (only those of us without kids could be so idealistic I think), but I still think you made good points thumbs up

40Hz, you made some very good points, but I do agree with Tomos.  My kid has had his ups and downs, but he's really good about calling or texting back, so I'd never have any reason to use this app, and we've tried to raise him to be ready for real independence when the time comes.  

Whether that makes me a good parent or not, I consider myself fortunate.

So many kids are not as responsible, regardless of the quality of their parents, and I see it every damn time I go someplace where 12-16 year-olds congregate (thankfully, that's not often  undecided ).  "Won't somebody think of the children" has so often been used as a nice little mockery to throw at us folks who ARE thinking of our children that I have just stop and draw a line, instead of bowing in shame for 'keeping little junior from his potential'.

Even patient, responsible parents who do their best to raise citizens of integrity is deadly aware that oftentimes our children do not think.  Period. As immature human beings, they very easily get into herd mentality and suddenly they're doing things that prove either unhealthy or life-threatening.  How do I know that?  Because I did it as a kid, and I have to admit, some of those things were an awful lot of fun; but I can honestly say that in most cases I did not think through the consequences before doing it.  My mother would have had an instant heart attack if she knew where I was and what I was up to, because she loved me dearly and wanted to continue seeing me in one piece for as long as possible.  
That's NOT an unreasonable desire on the part of any parent.  

I'm sure any thinking person can come up with counter-arguments and "what if" scenarios until the cows come home, but at the bottom line, just because someone uses this app, doesn't mean they are not parenting.  In fact, if used as intended in the situations called for (not just because you want to lock out Missy until she picks up some milk on the way home from the waterpark), it can be as useful a parenting tool as any.  Yes, some will find ways to abuse it, yes, kids will find a way around it, welcome to human nature.  But for God's sake, don't make me feel any less if I used it because I wanted to know if my kid was still alive or not.
 two cents
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 15, 2014, 07:59:56 PM
A bit too trip-hop/space-pop (damn these mongrel genres...) for me, but she obviously knows what she's doing.
Feel the same about it myself.
That said, I DO like Clara's voice, it's got a certain soul that cuts through the background.  I'd like to see her with a few other members, at least keyboard and maybe something else eclectic, like a turntablist to keep those drum loops live.  
I don't envy those who have chosen Theremin as their vocation, it's really easy to make god-awful noise, and takes more than it's fair share of skill to make music.

Sara Quin delivers an absolutely uninspired vocal on this one too:
Weeeelllll, I can't quite say it's uninspired, but definitely in that deadpan style that seems to be all the rage lately...
*cough* Owl City *cough*   undecided
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 14, 2014, 07:12:26 PM
Clara Rockmore was the virtuoso of the theremin back in the day:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzTPGlNa5U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzTPGlNa5U</a>

She would do stuff like play a note quiet enough for only her to hear on the stage, just to get the pitch right, before swelling it to stage volume.  Her phrasing and smoothness of fade-ins and fade-outs are just amazing.  If you've ever attempted to play a theremin, you'll know that !@#$ is hard...

Now a new Clara has come to claim the antenna:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0iDDnhU5go" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0iDDnhU5go</a>

A bit too trip-hop/space-pop (damn these mongrel genres...) for me, but she obviously knows what she's doing.

70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Panamax: Docker Management for Humans on: August 12, 2014, 09:19:01 PM
I tried playing with Docker a few times and every time ended up scratching my head wondering what I was doing.  It was like trying to play checkers with an elephant who thinks I'm trying to give him a recipe for blueberry muffins.  I know Docker is like, über-useful and flexible and it's what all the cool kids are playing with these days, and I kinda get that it's like virtual machines but not really, but I just can't for the life of me make the connection between what Docker can do and what I might want to do with it.

Maybe that means I should just leave it alone...  embarassed

Or maybe Panamax can help?  Watching the video now...
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 11, 2014, 10:58:06 PM
 Grin Grin Grin

I've got it... rig it so the simulator knows you're trying something stupid, and when you die it uninstalls itself from your computer, de-registers your account and order from their server, and charges you a 10% "restocking fee".

Seriously though, when my son went through driving school, they touted "state of the art simulations" as part of the course.  I was skeptical.  Apparently, that was for some class other than basic driving lessons.  He got live on-the-street driving instruction the entire time, and then passed his final test with flying colors.  Thmbsup
Afterwards, he uninstalled TrackMania from his computer, because now that he was driving 'for real', he felt that the unrealistic simulations in that game might "throw him off" while he built up experience as a beginning driver.

72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 11, 2014, 06:50:20 PM
I've often wondered the value of such simulators (flight, driving, space exploration) in the context of learning.  For better or worse, the simulation, no matter how well done, is pretty much a glorified video game.  There are no real consequences for doing something stupid and dying in the 'virtual' world.  "Well," I am told, "that makes it all the better because you can practice until you get it 'right' without dying the first time, which would be even more tragic."  True, but still... 
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 06:44:26 PM
You can find the news all over the 'net.  I didn't post a link 'cause there's too many to choose from. 
Another one gone...  Sad
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" raises awareness, shames patent trolls on: August 10, 2014, 04:44:14 PM
To clarify, this patent went through one day before the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision, which boiled down to "you can't patent something just by saying 'do it with a computer'".
In a concise 17-page opinion, the Supreme Court recognized that Alice claimed the abstract concept of “intermediated settlement,” something the Supreme Court recognized was “a fundamental economic practice long prevalent in our system of commerce.” Having done this, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that merely adding “a generic computer to perform generic computer functions” does not make an otherwise abstract idea patentable. This statement (and the opinion itself) makes clear that an abstract idea along with a computer doing what a computer normally does is not something our patent system was designed to protect.

So now we see it's doubly stupid because the patent still stands even though it's passing premise has been invalidated.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" raises awareness, shames patent trolls on: August 10, 2014, 04:28:24 PM
We wish we could catalog them all, but with tens of thousands of low-quality software patents issuing every year, we don’t have the time or resources to undertake that task.

But in an effort to highlight the problem of stupid patents, we’re introducing a new blog series, Stupid Patent of the Month, featuring spectacularly dumb patents that have been recently issued or asserted.

Their first example:
U.S. Patent No. 8,762,173, titled “Method and Apparatus for Indirect Medical Consultation.”
    a.    take a telephone call from patient
    b.    record patient info in a patient file
    c.    send patient information to a doctor, ask the doctor if she wants to talk to the patient
    d.    call the patient back and transfer the call to the doctor
    e.    record the call
    f.     add the recorded call to the patient file and send to doctor
    g.    do steps a. – f. with a computer.
What we found was that the original claim 1 (which was similar but not identical to the claim that eventually was patented) had not claimed a computer.
The examiner correctly issued a rejection, saying the claim was abstract and thus wasn’t something that could be patented. In response, the applicant added element (g) (“providing a computer, the computer performing steps “a” through “f””). And the rejection went away.

Somehow, something that wasn’t patentable became patentable just by saying “do it with a computer."

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