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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: July 31, 2014, 11:37:26 PM
Relative Effectiveness of Common Computer Repair Techniques:

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52  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.

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53  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.
 undecided
54  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
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+1 for Vim then.
No.
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.
55  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...
56  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
57  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:
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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.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kidney stones and Beer! on: July 27, 2014, 06:47:09 PM
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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.
59  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.

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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>


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60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kidney stones and Beer! on: July 26, 2014, 06:58:14 PM
Hehe, whatever floats your boat...  embarassed

As far as the spinach goes, it's only really applicable if you like and eat spinach a lot, or are susceptible to kidney stones (once you get one, your probability goes WAAAY up for another one).  I actually enjoy spinach, and it really is good for you otherwise.  The reason my doctor told me to avoid it is because spinach is naturally high in Oxalates, and most (90% or so) kidney stones are Calcium Oxalate.  He told me other foods have higher than average Oxalates, but spinach leads the curve by a large margin.  See here:
http://www.webmd.com/kidn...in-oxylate-topic-overview
Notice how spinach is mentioned twice?  And he told me nothing about beer...

So, as long as your doctor thinks you're hydrated fine, then she's not likely to have you drop the spinach, but whatever you do, drink as much water as anything else, and you'll probably be fine; spinach, beer, and all...  Grin
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 26, 2014, 05:03:34 PM
His permission perhaps, but not the distributor's or studio's permission he is under contract with for that picture?

Article says it was done with public money for TV release, so I don't think the film's relationship to the producers is the same as your average Hollywood or even independent film in that respect.

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So...anybody want to throw themselves on the sword he himself doesn't plan to sacrifice himself on?

For the record, he did upload the Youtube copy himself, after the first torrent upload was crappy quality.

The big sticky that I got from the article was that it wasn't the movie itself that was the problem, but the licensing of the music used in the soundtrack.  That is why it isn't in syndication, because the broadcaster would be responsible for paying the copyright holders of the music (already happening with it being up on Youtube), and they don't want to do that, so the movie can't be shown without re-licensing the soundtrack, no matter who holds the rights to distribute it.  The director just wants people to be able to see the movie.  The legality of his request may be questionable, but I suspect rather trivial (IANAL), so he's probably in the clear, but I can't say he's not taking his own risk.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 26, 2014, 04:42:38 PM
Rootkits, they're quite hard to manage with any security software and windows is the only OS that has tons of them.
...

Umm...
http://packetstormsecurit...NIX/penetration/rootkits/

That right there is the reason for the existence of Linux/Unix tools like Rootkithunter and Chkrootkit.  Just because you're not using Windows, doesn't mean you're immune.  Personally, despite not running antivirus on Linux for the 10 years I've been using it, I haven't acquired any cooties yet (and I do check from time to time), but then again, I also avoid those things that your average web-wise user already knows about.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kidney stones and Beer! on: July 26, 2014, 04:13:01 PM
The two best things you can do for kidney stones is stay hydrated and avoid eating too much spinach and salt.  I had a 2.1mm kidney stone and it felt like I had been stabbed with an elephant tusk.  It may be that some by-product from fermentation in wine and beer have an effect on kidney stone formation, but I'd like to see more research, especially as there are a few different types of stones you can get.

I don't imbibe, so I just keep myself well-hydrated.  Thmbsup
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Capacitor plague on: July 26, 2014, 04:08:38 PM
I have successfully revived two flat-screen monitors by re-capping.  All it takes a little finesse with screwdriver and soldering iron.  Cheap too, because I used recycled caps from old stereos.  The "Elmers" will tell you don't do that, but I've done it enough times to spot a bad cap in the first place, and my success rate speaks for itself. Thmbsup
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 26, 2014, 03:44:38 PM
If you had printed the money, and nobody wanted to exchange it anymore, then yes, that would be a closer analogy.
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 25, 2014, 01:23:22 AM
The Comcast customer service disconnection call that went viral:

https://soundcloud.com/ry...lock-10/comcastic-service

Comcast responds: "He did what we trained him to do"

http://www.pcworld.com/ar...we-trained-him-to-do.html

 ohmy
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 25, 2014, 01:14:52 AM
I've been thinking about printing out the internet.
...

 huh

Dude, wait... What?

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68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 24, 2014, 07:24:14 PM
Reminds me of the April 1st spoof one of the British TV channels did a few years back. It was a nature documentary about the penguins assembling in preparation for their annual migration - just as they started to fly to a warmer climate for the winter.

I remember that quite fondly.  I'm a little embarrassed to admit, but I did get a little wet-eyed when those little guys began to flap, lift, then soar.  I managed to breathe out "... look at 'em go!..." before I totally choked up.  The very idea of such gravity-bound creatures having 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' was, at that moment, overwhelming.

Well, that and well-chosen background music...  embarassed

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4</a>
69  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 22, 2014, 01:50:19 AM
FWIW, I guess I'm saying the idea that madness is the inevetibale end is Lovecraft's belief - and doesnt have to be our's, or the game makers'.

Well sure, I'll agree to that, but don't call it a Cthulhu game if you do, that's all I'm saying.  I'm not opposed to "Making defeatable bosses out of unnameable horrors" per se; it is probably fine for any game that requires it.  But if you want to stay true to the Cthulhu mythos at all, you really shouldn't do that, because that's simply not what it's about.

From the man himself:
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Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large. To me there is nothing but puerility in a tale in which the human form—and the local human passions and conditions and standards—are depicted as native to other worlds or other universes. To achieve the essence of real externality, whether of time or space or dimension, one must forget that such things as organic life, good and evil, love and hate, and all such local attributes of a negligible and temporary race called mankind, have any existence at all. Only the human scenes and characters must have human qualities. These must be handled with unsparing realism, (not catch-penny romanticism) but when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown—the shadow-haunted Outside—we must remember to leave our humanity and terrestrialism at the threshold.

— H. P. Lovecraft, in a note to the editor of Weird Tales, on resubmission of "The Call of Cthulhu".
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ki/H._P._Lovecraft#Themes

Wow, I'm getting WAAAAY too passionate about this subject...  Sad embarassed
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 20, 2014, 03:20:19 AM
Edvard was here.

 Thmbsup

I remember a sign in an aquarium on the Oregon coast when I was around 6 years old that said "Unattended children will be fed to the sharks".  
I stayed very close to my mother that visit.  Cry
71  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 20, 2014, 03:09:15 AM
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I'm not saying that the Cthulhu stories don't feature vast forces so large that they are beyond our control.. I'm just saying that I don't read that as the key, core element.  Madness seems the key to me.

Well... I don't think your opinions are so different from the video's author, really.  I mean, it's not so broad a jump from here to there, is it?  The natural result of facing the situations he described would be utter insanity in the face of them, no?  That IS the crux of many stories by Mr. Lovecraft. 
They often start out somewhat benignly in that the main character has come across some peculiar phenomenon and will explore further.  Then as a result of his (many times dangerous and/or foolhardy) investigations, discovers forces beyond his control or comprehension that brutally exposes his own smallness in the face of the vastness of what he observes.  This, in turn, drives him stark raving mad and/or drives him to pen an entry in a letter or diary warning the rest of us not to tread the path he forged.

You've actually got a pretty good grasp of the argument, as madness IS the inevitable end, and I think you'd agree with the author's opinion that any game based on the Cthulhu mythos would be better served by NOT making defeatable bosses out of unnameable horrors.  I mean really...
72  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 19, 2014, 01:30:57 PM
it doesn't really explain why they keep doing Cthulhu wrong

I sort of agree, but they kinda did in their examples.  Apparently, it's WAAAY easier to design a game around a "boss", and what bigger boss can you ever offer than an insane elder god?  And what's the point of a boss if it isn't defeatable?  That's the catch, and where they get it wrong.  Cthulhu is more of a concept than a thing, and it's obviously easier to design a game around things rather than concepts.  More popular, at least.  Not that the game designers are lazy, but it seems to me the creative process required for designing around conceptual content requires a different kind of genius.

That said, I think games like Amnesia got it more right by making the game winnable, but without the ubiquitous "overcome bad guys by force" element.  You were meant to hide and run away from the creatures (they were indestructible anyway), and the ever-encroaching insanity as you searched for a !@#$%& box of matches was an even worse enemy.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 19, 2014, 12:09:10 AM
I need a little taste of smooth cool jazz to go with these hot summer nights we've been having.

Y'know, I've followed you so far, even when going deep into prog territory, even when you invoked the infernal name of Windham Hill, but this is the line in the sand.  Obviously great musicians, tight as the pocket they're playing in, but... I just can't follow you into Smooth Jazz territory.  The best I can match that with is the incredible Wes Montgomery:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HldQ6-RZr5g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HldQ6-RZr5g</a>

It's jazz for sure, and it couldn't get any smoother if you put butter on it, but I can't call it "Smooth Jazz" to save my soul.
Enjoy!  Thmbsup
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 17, 2014, 11:13:57 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc</a>

I'm still waiting for "Tacky" to show up on Youtube.

That was awesome!
"Irony is not coincidence" <--- that one line just made my entire week.  Year.  Decade.  Do you know the frustration of trying to explain how Alanis Morrisette's catchy but !@#$%& WRONG song about irony is like, totally, absolutely wrong in it's definition of the word? 
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 17, 2014, 10:56:04 PM

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