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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ED SNOWDEN TAUGHT ME TO SMUGGLE SECRETS PAST INCREDIBLE DANGER. NOW I TEACH YOU. on: Today at 03:39:29 PM
Interesting article. It's got me following links like crazy and reading up on a bunch of things I've always had a passing interest in (cryptography) but never bothered to really look into.

I've finally looked up how to use PGP with email and got it all set up, but since I know absolutely nobody else who uses PGP for their email I can't even try it out. (c:

I doubt anyone I know personally and could truly verify their identity (that they are who they say they are) could be bothered to go through the effort to set it up for themselves. They'd probably just look at me strangely and wonder what all the fuss was about.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Router-based ad-blocking. Possible? Totally! on: October 30, 2014, 09:20:05 PM
I get stuck at this step. I can't seem to connect to my router using PuTTy or WinSCP or pscp.

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
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Router-based ad-blocking. Possible? Totally! on: October 30, 2014, 12:56:36 AM
Awesome! Thanks for posting this!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Two of the best commentaries I've seen about GamerGate on: October 29, 2014, 11:16:25 PM
Reasonably fair articles. I think I also liked the Clark one better, though there was a part or two where I wondered what the heck he was talking about.

I feel that Rant #8 misses the point of the #NotYourShield hashtag.

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8. Women, Minorities, and LGBT People Are Not Magic.

The "#NotYourShield" hashtag is apparently intended to convey that #GamerGate can't be sexist or racist or anti-gay because there are women and minorities and LGBT people who support #GamerGate.

The hashtag wasn't meant to say that GG can't be *-ist because there are minorities who support it and said minorities are incapable of being *-ist. It was a response to anti-GG people saying, essentially:

"Literally the only people who support GG are straight white male misogynists!"

The #NotYourShield hashtag was a way to show that supporters of GG are a diverse group of people, and the opposition was whitewashing (is that the right term?) pro-GG folk and totally dehumanizing anyone who wasn't straight, white, male, or a misogynist. Which, by my estimation, was/is practically every single supporter of GG, since even if you are a straight, white, male supporter of GG, it's highly unlikely that you're also a misogynist.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: October 29, 2014, 09:08:58 AM
Well... I signed up to get two of them (planning to let someone else have the other one).

More from the Kickstarter FAQ:

Does Matchstick support 5GHz Wifi? 4K?
MatchStick does not support 5GHz wifi. It adds cost! Same with 4K ... Maybe V2?

Does Matchstick support DRM?
We are doing our best to make sure the requirements will be met either via the playback app itself or the OS. We're in ongoing talks...

Does it support Miracast, WiDi, DLNA and Airplay?
Nope, sorry! Not supported at this time.

Will this device be able to play media from a local source like samba, NFS, or windows file share?
Not supported yet. Sorry.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: October 29, 2014, 01:47:55 AM
First impressions:

Wow, that thing looks HUGE!

It looks like the same content has to be showing on your device in order to "mirror" it onto your TV. I can't tell if that's just for advertising purposes (so you can see the purpose of getting something that was on your device to show on your TV) or if it actually works that way. The thing I like about Chromecast is that I can cast a Netflix show/movie to my TV, then use my tablet to do other things while the TV is still showing Netflix. I'm worried that the Matchstick can't do that, but actually just mirrors content from your device onto your TV (i.e. both screens have to be showing the same thing at the same time).

Strangely, I worry that because it uses FireFox OS as its base, that it will not be very well supported, or won't be supported for very long and will end up being kind of useless after a relatively short time. Or perhaps vendors (such as Netflix) will implement their own DRM by refusing to play on the device... undecided On the other hand, the fact that it's open could mean that it's a lot better than Chromecast as far as functionality and supported services.
7  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: October 29, 2014, 01:39:35 AM
You should make a DonationCoder slack team. (c:

So I've noticed that when it's minimized to tray, if I double click or right-click and select "Show Main Window" it will make the window show up in the task bar, but it doesn't actually show the window until I click it in the task bar. So that's kind of useless.

Also, while it's in the state of still minimized but showing in the task bar, it also still shows it in the tray, which I think it should only do when it's minimized. Which... erm... I guess it is/does. So once you fix the first problem, this second one will also go away.

I'd also like to request a portable/zip/non-installer version.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android shortcuts on: October 28, 2014, 04:56:48 PM
For the first one, yes.

There's a widget called "Directions" which you can just put on your "desktop" and it will have you configure it to set the destination and navigation type (car, public transportation, biking, or walking).

For the second one... Sounds like your MobileVOIP app would need a widget to support that. Or if it could hook into your device so that calls made were intercepted and the MobileVOIP app was made as the default app (I used GrooVeIP which did this). Then you could just use a Contact widget to call the contact and let the MobileVOIP app intercept/override it and go from there.
9  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: October 28, 2014, 03:13:42 PM
I prefer to browse the entries through this portal:

http://ludumdare.itch.io/
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Eagle has landed: Nasa launches free sound library on: October 27, 2014, 04:49:16 PM
This one was fun to hear:

https://soundcloud.com/na...=nasa/sets/mercury-sounds

Because of this (hear it for the first time at about 1:42):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVCB3qpplLk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVCB3qpplLk</a>

I just found another one from the song above:

https://soundcloud.com/na...s-1-were-going-to-dust-it
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Eagle has landed: Nasa launches free sound library on: October 27, 2014, 04:19:36 PM
This one was fun to hear:

https://soundcloud.com/na...=nasa/sets/mercury-sounds

Because of this (hear it for the first time at about 1:42):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVCB3qpplLk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVCB3qpplLk</a>
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let's have some weekend Science and Tech! (A bit of a roundup!) on: October 27, 2014, 02:50:04 PM
While this may sound gimmicky, removing windows has the added benefit of weight reduction and would also simplify plane construction. It would also allow greater flexibility when designing the interior of the plane.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com...views#k77557fLHpV346hZ.99

What? The windows on planes I've been on feel like some kind of plastic. How is replacing a bunch of windows with a couple huge displays and the wiring needed for them going to decrease weight?
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: auto wifi on: October 27, 2014, 02:17:21 PM
Also, in my experience, you usually don't need to fill any form. You just need to click a "continue" or "I agree" button. It's annoying losing your credentials every hour and needing to open the browser and press the button again, especially if you don't realize you've been disconnected (e.g., using a WiFi tablet (no option for 3G/LTE)).
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Eagle has landed: Nasa launches free sound library on: October 27, 2014, 02:14:30 PM
Cool. It might be fun to use these in a video game. (c:
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 27, 2014, 01:55:22 PM
I was thinking that my Nook might be the gateway into Android for me.  But It's turned out to be the exact opposite- I just use it for reading.

Is the Nook even really Android? I mean, yes, I know it's built on Android. But the Amazon Kindle devices built on Android are so customized that they're not really Android (IMO). I would never recommend an Amazon Android device to someone who was interested in getting into Android, because Amazon changes the experience so drastically that it's not really the same thing anymore.

It's a bit like saying you're interested in vampire lore, then exposing yourself to only the Twilight series and then saying you just can't get into vampires. Or something. tongue
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Graphics Designers - DOCO NEEDS YOU! on: October 27, 2014, 01:31:04 PM
Is there an official Cody svg or png?

Not official, but there is a Cody vector that I made for Paintshop Pro, attached to this post.

Also, I'd love help in keeping this thread up to date:

DonationCoder & Cody themed art compilation thread.
17  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Oct 25, 2014 - Codename: NANY 2015 Preppers on: October 27, 2014, 12:36:11 PM
Thanks for the time and effort of compiling these threads into this latest newsletter. I found a few interesting threads that I had missed. Thanks!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Qiana" released to distribution on: October 27, 2014, 12:35:10 PM
Is there any way to upgrade an older installation to the latest version? I have a working Mint 15 install. Instead of starting it all over from scratch, it would be nice if I could tell it to upgrade itself. I went into the Update Manager and updated everything, but it still says it is running Mint 15.

You can...but it's not recommended. Especially if you have a bunch of PPAs added to your repositories. Many of those are version specific so you'd need to remove and install the correct ones for the version of Ubu underneath Mint.

And even though Ubuntu has a do-release-upgrade command, you'll need to manually update your software sources list first for it to work.

I've done upgrades that way (in the past) and I learned they made for far more work than they saved. About the only time I've found Debian's apt-get dist-upgrade or Ubuntu's do-release-upgrade really useful was for upgrading servers. Desktops just have too much "other stuff" loaded for either upgrade command to work reliably.

Recommendation: Don't. Just do a clean install. You'll save more time in the long run.

Does anyone know if this has changed now that Mint has changed its upgrade path? That is, if I install some version of Mint 17, should I then be able to update to Mint 17.x without having to do a clean install?
19  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Long time members with over 50 posts, report for disbursement duty on: October 27, 2014, 11:33:57 AM
Somehow I missed this thread back in June. I'm in!
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 24, 2014, 10:55:13 PM
Like this spiral... it makes me dizzy
 (see attachment in previous post)

That's not a spiral. Those are circles.
21  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Are Ubisoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: October 24, 2014, 10:52:04 PM
This is status quo for PC gaming. Remember when Crysis came out? A top-of-the-line, brand new PC couldn't run it on the highest settings. AC:U will likely be used for benchmarking purposes for the next few years until even CPU-embedded graphics can run it and then the next bigger and better thing will replace it.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 22, 2014, 07:15:49 PM
All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.

Do CPUs actually make noise? huh
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: No cameras allowed in SCOTUS? No problem! We'll use dogs... on: October 22, 2014, 04:08:31 AM
I'm sure she'll do an eggsellent job.

I disagree. She seems to be one of those hunt-and-peck typists.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 05:13:56 PM
That cat looks pretty offended/scared/worried about Batman eating that pony.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 20, 2014, 12:07:03 PM
Mildly amusing, but really not as hilarious as you led me to believe it would be, IMO.
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