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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: November 13, 2014, 07:40:16 PM
Things IT people never say:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m7YjAuDMY0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m7YjAuDMY0</a>

"Well, that upgrade went smoothly..."
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 12, 2014, 11:31:45 PM
Manga U has a nice collection of Tachikawa nibs and holders they offer as The Ultimate Manga Pen Set for $25.
...
I prefer fountain pens for that kind of work (we've been over this, haven't we? Wink ), though $25 for the dip set is a decent deal.  I have (and still use) an assortment of dip-pens, but these days I use them to draw circuit boards (thin down some inexpensive model paint and draw with it for easy and artistic etch-resist).

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I'm more the Faber-Castell or Sakura type.
I used to be a marker-point pen guy (Pigma Microns FTW!!), seemed a decent enough replacement for gravity-feed pens like the Rapidograph, but... no.  I drop pens way too much, and the first time you drop a marker pen, it eventually hits the point and it's done.  Even if you don't, the points eventually wear or dry out.  
At least, they do for me.  Sad
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 12, 2014, 07:43:19 PM
Yup.  embarassed

I'm a pen freak.  Sue me.

And technically, you can write/draw in a variety of angles/pressures with a fountain pen (or any split-nib pen, for that matter) to get fine lines, blotchy lines, smooth-but-kinda-fat lines, etc.  So, it's possible to draw with the nib to the side like that, but only to drag the line to a taper.  The fancy look to that pen makes it rather improbable that he's doing any drawing though, and the Shutterstock original shows he's really just holding it, and the photographer thought that showing the fancy embossed top would imply luxury or something.  

Ah... advertising.

Seriously, you want to draw comics with a fountain pen?  I would applaud your decision, and direct you to these fine instruments:

http://www.jetpens.com/Copic-Comic-Tools/ct/812
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http://www.jetpens.com/Ta...ikawa-Comic-Tools/ct/1576
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54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 11, 2014, 05:16:12 PM
 Grin

Seriously, good article.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 11, 2014, 12:28:46 PM
He's holding the pen wrong... >_<
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 10, 2014, 06:58:05 PM
Yeah, yeah, I know, it's just an advertisement for a smart phone, but I have to admit, I did find it entertaining.

Samsung Galaxy 11 "Can football save the world?", short film in 4 parts or 4 too-long advertisements, you decide:

The Beginning:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC-zB2aSXXM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC-zB2aSXXM</a>

The Training:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW1yZPflIXY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW1yZPflIXY</a>

The Match, part 1:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ystoqYTciBI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ystoqYTciBI</a>

The Match, part 2:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sapuE9Cui0g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sapuE9Cui0g</a>
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 07, 2014, 01:23:38 AM
The NoPhone
https://www.kickstarter.c...ew-and-unimproved-nophone
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Phone addiction is real. And it's everywhere. It's ruining your dates. It's distracting you at concerts. It's disrupting you in movie theaters. It's clogging up sidewalks. Now, there is a real solution.

The NoPhone is a technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world.
Thmbsup
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 06, 2014, 09:38:59 PM


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFfnNXiltHI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFfnNXiltHI</a>
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 06, 2014, 09:33:55 PM
The definitive answer to "Does down-tuning REALLY make a metal song 'Heavier'?":

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8S-F3DKA-8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8S-F3DKA-8</a>
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 06, 2014, 09:01:49 PM
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61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 05, 2014, 07:54:18 PM
Well, trying not to cut myself shaving with Occam's razor, here's a collation a few of the theories floating from the Slashdot thread mixed with my own:

Interesting theories, and all of them plausible.  At one point, there were many websites that hosted MAME ROMs that were shut down due to people who had hand-me-down copyrights raising a stink.  And in the case of Mame.dk (sigh, never got a bad ROM from them...), it was their hosting company Efront that was slapped.  Ahh, memories...
* Edvard loads Galaxian... again...
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 05, 2014, 07:03:41 PM
Yodeling!  Grin

My favorite yodeling song of all time set to a dern-right DEE-sturbin' film-class production:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFTMwB2IdOg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFTMwB2IdOg</a>

I also tend to classic C&W when I'm in the mood for cow-kickin' tunes.
Roy Rogers at his yodeling best:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zEKaW9vmIg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zEKaW9vmIg</a>
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Music Identification via Sound Card on: November 05, 2014, 06:50:13 PM
There is an open-source music recognition project called (appropriately) "My Music Recognition" that is currently looking for testers:

'Testers wanted' announcement:
http://newsletter.sourcef...,10s8,2ocb,7opb,1zwy,l1rr
Home site:
http://sourceforge.net/pr...jects/mymusicrecognition/
GHacks review:
http://www.ghacks.net/201...s-songs-playing-computer/

(The sourceforge site is offline at the moment; give it a few...)
EDIT: (sourceforge is back up)

As an alternative, I've heard bits here and there about Tunatic:
http://www.wildbits.com/tunatic/
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 10:17:48 PM
I just saw the news story that the Internet Archive and some other people just released a browser based "Internet Arcade" of old classic games.  Leaving aside the copyright licensing / abandonware stuff,
...

But that's the big question here.  HOW did they get license to so many of these?  I mean, it doesn't just play in the browser, you can download the ROM!  Last I checked, it was *ahem* technically illegal to own a ROM except under certain conditions.  I mean, are they just throwing it up there in hopes that MOST of them stick?  Or is this a short-lived experiment in "let's take bets as to how long it'll take before the first DMCA takedown notice gets delivered"?

Either way: So... many... games...
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 07:59:48 PM
^^ A friend of mine had a gearhead father who frankensteined a Wankel Rotary into a '65 VW Beetle.  Talk about insane power-to-weight ratio...

He doesn't have it anymore.  360'd around a turn on a mountain road and almost went over, except for the large rock that simultaneously stopped his descent and wiped out the rear 1/4 of the car.  Too bad...
In a Beetle? Sounds like a seriously good conversion. The Wankels were superb engines. A mate of mine in the UK had an old Audi station wagon with 5 cyls whose engine blew up, so he replaced it with a much cheaper rebuilt Wankel rotary engine. It was a very smooth car to drive, well balanced and pretty quick. Much better than the original.

Look it up on YouTube, there are plenty of Wankel/VW conversions showcasing how insane they are.  ohmy

(In Iain's defense) Only the fools that end up as statistics drive wild-eyed and maniacal at speed. Those of us that truly enjoy the experience are completely calm, and even a bit Zen when entering the zone. Driving angry is dangerous (much like fighting angry is) ... Driving fast OTOH, simply takes skill, a bit more concentration...and a lot less time..

I never really considered myself a great driver, but living here in the great northwest has taught me the fine art of driving speed limit in the rain, just trying to make it to work on time.
Know your limits, yours AND the car's.  Expect the unexpected ALWAYS.  Don't just 'feel' the road, taste it (every one has a flavor).
VERY zen.  Cool

Wish I had some silly humor to bring this thread back to topic, but I'm fresh out.  embarassed
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 04, 2014, 07:37:30 PM
Okay, time to get silly Grin ... With MINECRAFT!!
Lots of folks have done some music videos using minecraft as a machinima, though it's kind of hard to find original stuff.

These are the best originals I could find:

Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom-Boom
(AKA Creeper Rap):
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hyk6yxSK_w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hyk6yxSK_w</a>

Take Back the Night (epic child's-revenge-for-murdered-parents-movie themed video):
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwwl9jiJ1A4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwwl9jiJ1A4</a>

There are lots of parodies that are basically karaoke tracks with spliced-together screencasts of MC gameplay, but a few stood out as having obviously done by a 3D modeling and animation program.  The best two I could find:

Don't Mine At Night (Katy Perry - Friday Night parody)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_XGxzMrq04" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_XGxzMrq04</a>

Revenge (Usher - DJ Got Us Fallin In Love Again parody)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPJUBQd-PNM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPJUBQd-PNM</a>

 Thmbsup

67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 03, 2014, 08:40:25 PM
^^ A friend of mine had a gearhead father who frankensteined a Wankel Rotary into a '65 VW Beetle.  Talk about insane power-to-weight ratio...

He doesn't have it anymore.  360'd around a turn on a mountain road and almost went over, except for the large rock that simultaneously stopped his descent and wiped out the rear 1/4 of the car.  Too bad...

68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Router-based ad-blocking. Possible? Totally! on: October 30, 2014, 08:30:15 PM
Wow! I didn't catch you posting that.  I also read the post you linked to (http://www.linksysinfo.or...nd-mean-adblocking.68464/), but what I wanted was to start small, you know, basic bare-bones adblocking with a hosts file in your router.  How simple is that?  And the payoff is immediate.  Once folks catch on to the possibilities, THEN we can look into auto-updating scripts, running Pixelsrev, parsing multiple host files auto-magically, etc.

Thanks for reminding me of that post though, it was part of the inspiration and I couldn't find it when I went back looking for references for my post.  Thmbsup
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Router-based ad-blocking. Possible? Totally! on: October 30, 2014, 12:52:40 AM
Hey... psssst!   Cool
Ever wanted to block internet advertising from within your router? huh "Why would I want to do such a thing?", you may ask.
Well, whether you want ad-blocking for your mobile devices while at home (most mobile browsers don't allow plug-ins, including AdBlock), you want to help your WiFi guests escape ads while they're logged in at your place, or you just want a fun evening project hacking around in your router, just follow these steps to ad-blocking bliss...



I got this idea from a few websites and forum posts out there that have elaborate scripts for parsing the above hosts file links, cobbling them into a custom file, and doing it on a regular schedule to keep the hosts file up to date.  I wanted to keep it simple, so I just created a hosts file manually and uploaded it to my router, which worked just fine.

First, a few caveats:  
1 - It only works on DD-WRT and it's step-children, and
2 - It's really nothing more than feeding your router an extra 'hosts' file (for more information on that, see HERE, and HERE and um... HERE about that...), so nothing fancy.  
3- You have to have "Local DNS" and "DNSMasq" enabled on your router so it can act as a proxy for your network's DNS requests (we'll go over that in this post).

More caveats:  I still don't know how to block Youtube ads, and apparently Internet Explorer doesn't really dig URL redirects to empty ether, so some some good folks have come up with something called Pixelserv that is simply a webserver whose sole purpose in life is to serve back exactly one pixel, so IE doesn't get stuck in a loop actually expecting something back when it calls to the abyss for a non-existent ad URL.  

Links to articles describing installing and using Pixelserv and advanced host-file voodoo hijinx at the bottom.

So, let's get started...

First of all, log in to your router and select the "Administration" tab.
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(I am using a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH with a branded version of DD-WRT.  Your interface may differ somewhat.)

It will ask you to log in:
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From there, scroll down until you get to the part labeled "JFFS2"
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Enable it, and if this is the first time you are doing this, enable "Clean JFFS2" also.

Apply settings:
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Don't reboot yet!  We will do that later.

Go to the "Services" tab:
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and scroll down to "DNSMasq":
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Type in as shown:
[copy or print]
addn-hosts=/jffs/hosts

NOW comes the hacker part:

A 'hosts' file is a list of addresses and URLs arranged in a [address] [space] [URL] format, like so:
[copy or print]
127.0.0.1 sleazyadserver.com
127.0.0.1 naughtyadserver.net
127.0.0.1 badguys247.org

So, with your favorite text editor, copy and paste in the host-file entries from the links above, or from the links HERE, plus any that you would like to include, and edit the redirect address to your liking.  Most folks will use 127.0.0.1, some use 0.0.0.0, use whatever tickles your fancy, but remember to save the file with Unix line endings and plain ol' ascii text.
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Call it 'hosts.txt' for now.

Now, using 'scp' (if on Linux or BSD) or 'pscp' (PuTTY's implementation of scp on Windows), upload the file to your router.
The syntax for scp is: [scp or path to pscp] [path to the hosts file you created] root@[your router's address]:/path/to/somewhere

From Linux, if I put the hosts file in my home directory, and my router is at 192.168.11.1, it looks like this:
[copy or print]
scp ~/hosts.txt root@192.168.11.1:/jffs/hosts

On Windows, if I put the file on my Desktop, it might look like this in a command window (Start Menu -> Run.. -> 'cmd'):
[copy or print]
"C:\Program Files\PuTTY\pscp.exe" "C:\users\edvard\Desktop\hosts.txt" root@192.168.11.1:/jffs/hosts

Next, log back into your router via the web interface, click the "Administration" tab, go to the bottom of the page and reboot!
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Now, open a command window and try to ping one of the adservers listed in the hosts file:
[copy or print]
ping www.clickhouse.com

If you get a response like this:
[copy or print]
PING www.clickhouse.com (127.0.0.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from localhost (127.0.0.1): icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.019 ms
64 bytes from localhost (127.0.0.1): icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.032 ms
64 bytes from localhost (127.0.0.1): icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.038 ms

--- www.clickhouse.com ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 1998ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.019/0.029/0.038/0.010 ms

... then you're successful.  If not, something's not right, and I suggest you go through the steps again, or maybe I got something wrong, and I need your help to de-bug the process.  Happy ad-free routering!  Thmbsup



References and resources:

Ad blocking from the DD-WRT Wiki, complete with complicated automatic update script and everything:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Ad_blocking

How-to Geek article on ad-blocking with the Pixelserv:
http://www.howtogeek.com/...with-pixelserv-on-dd-wrt/

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a wireless access point with ad-blocking:
https://learn.adafruit.co...ifi-access-point/overview
https://learn.adafruit.co...ing-access-point/overview
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. on: October 30, 2014, 12:23:40 AM
http://www.bash.org/?88575

Quote
<Stormrider> I should bomb something
 <Stormrider> ...and it's off the cuff remarks like that that are the reason I don't log chats
 <Stormrider> Just in case the FBI ever needs anything on me
 <Elzie_Ann> I'm sure they can just get it from someone who DOES log chats.
 *** FBI has joined #gamecubecafe
 <FBI> We saw it anyway.
 *** FBI has quit IRC (Quit: )

 Grin
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: October 30, 2014, 12:14:46 AM
From the trailer, I knew it was going to be bad.  Then I read a review of the pilot, and it was even worse than I had imagined.  The best comment was along the lines of "I'm glad for bad shows like this that make my job in infosec look so much more exciting than it really is".  I don't have TV anyway, so by default I can't really comment, but... yeah.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 30, 2014, 12:04:43 AM
Hmmm... perhaps.

From the Honor Code page, under "Certificates, etc.":
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Registration and Payment.
Subject to the foregoing, you may be required to pay a fee to receive an ID Verified Certificate of Achievement (a “Verified Certificate”) with respect to certain courses on the Site, in which case, the following processes and requirements shall apply:
- As part of your registration, you will be prompted to submit a photo of yourself, along with one other form of photo identification (“photo ID”). Although these items are collected by edX in accordance with these TOS and the edX Privacy Policy, you should be aware that the actual authentication of your identify is performed by an edX third party service provider. Please refer to the Privacy Policy for additional details on how we handle those items once received by us.
-...

But then this, farther down, under "Authentication":
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AUTHENTICATION

In order that edX can authenticate your identity as required by these TOS, you will be prompted to take a webcam photo of yourself, as well as a photo of an acceptable form of photo ID (described below). Once submitted to edX, this information will be subject to the edX Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of verifying your identity. Acceptable forms of photo ID’s are:
...

... but if you didn't have to, then I won't sweat it.  I just found it a bit odd that they explicitly ask for a "webcam photo of yourself".
 huh
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 29, 2014, 07:48:11 PM
Thanks for letting us know.  I signed up for EdX and was about to sign in to the Linux course when I saw this post.  

P.S.  I saw that to verify your identity (in one of the Terms and Conditions pages) they want a picture of your driver's license and a webcam photo.  
WTH?  They need a blinkin' SELFIE?!?! nono2
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 09:20:24 PM
Random thought: I want a Faraday cage.

It needs to be grounded to be effective: http://en.wikipedia.org/w...Electromagnetic_radiation

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75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 08:13:55 PM
The town of my birth in Oregon put the old air raid siren to good use.  It would go off with a 3-cycle rising and falling tone at exactly 12 noon.  The town is small enough that you can hear it even if you live a mile or two "back in the hills."

I agree that internet news travels pretty fast.  All it would take is a few big names (facebook, twitter, google) to post urgent news on their front page à la "Amber Alerts" and most folks would get it.
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