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126  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Aptana Studio 3 ROCKS~! (IDE for JavaScript) on: January 24, 2015, 03:23:15 PM
I prefer to use [the product I am affiliated with]
It has best JavaScript autocomplete.

Until you're established - especially when you're recommending your product, you want to make that association clear.

@clo: Yup. Reviving a 3 year old thread to surreptitiously promote your own product certainly doesn't look very good.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge on: January 24, 2015, 03:19:54 PM
That Atari console in the ^pic is actually quite stylish.

That's not an Atari. That's a Channel F console. The first console that used cartridges.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 24, 2015, 03:11:12 PM
Last night I watched a double feature (at home):

Rocketman (1997)

A hilarious live-action Disney film about an accident prone programmer who somehow manages to qualify for a manned mission to Mars, and the mishaps he experiences (and causes). This is an old favorite of mine which I hadn't seen since the early 2000's, but is a part of my every day life due to my frequent references I make to it. Almost every time I put my hands in hot water I'll quote, "It burns the flesh!" Or I can often be seen pointing at someone else and/or saying some variation of "It wasn't me! It was Julie!"

My wife hadn't seen the movie, and after one of my recent "it was Julie!" statements, she (once again) asked "Who is Julie?" and finally I decided it was time to show her. My wife is no great fan of Disney films, so I was worried she wouldn't like the movie. But she seemed to enjoy it and laugh through it. A few times throughout the movie she said, "That explains so much!" referring to the references I make to this film on a regular basis. The other nice thing about the movie is that other than a little bathroom humor (farts are funny) it's completely clean. Hard to find that these days! I'd recommend it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MWzEJLMjaE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MWzEJLMjaE</a>
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Blast off for outrageously funny space travel in this screwball comedy that spins wildly out of control all the way to Mars! Though he's a wiz with computers, accident-prone astro-nut Fred Randall (Harland Williams) is the last guy on Earth you'd want on the first manned mission to Mars. But as bad luck and poor timing would have it, that's exactly what happens, and Fred undergoes rigorous, if not hilarious, training at NASA. After that it's t-minus a reality check as Fred blasts off with the rest of the space shuttle crew: a cocky, no-nonsense Commander, a sexy Mission Specialist, and a mischievous space chimp named Ulysses. From the dizzying preflight foolishness to the even loonier landing, ROCKETMAN is the out-of-this-world comedy that's more than go for launch ... it's go for laughs!



Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Though I'd heard very positive reviews from virtually everyone I know who has seen this movie, I wasn't sure how much I'd like it. My primary concern was that it would be too raunchy/inappropriate. But it turned out to be relatively clean for a PG-13 film, and all-in-all a fun action flick. There were a few times throughout the movie where I said/thought "Why are they doing that?" or "Why didn't they just do that in the first place?" but it was fun/ny enough to keep me entertained despite these glaring issues.

One thing it reminded me of was my overall dislike for comic book/graphic novel plots. After the recent slew of comic-based movies from Marvel I've often thought "Oh, Character X was interesting, I wonder what his/her story is," then I'd go to Wikipedia and read a summary of what is a very convoluted and ultimately stupid background of the character. But I guess that's a side effect of writing about the same character(s) for 40+ years.

That's the nice thing about something like Watchmenw. It's a single story, so all the characters can exist in a way that makes sense (sort of) without resorting to convoluted cross-overs, retcons, alternate dimensions, or good/bad clones. I've found I have similar issues with television series. Watching them within a short period of time, you get a clearer picture of all of their flaws, plot holes, and the basic, repetitive patterns they follow. It works well when they drip-feed it to you over the course of weeks, months, and years, but sitting down to watch an entire season over the course of a few days on Netflix (or DVD/Blu-Ray, etc.) quickly reveals these issues.

But I digress.

I'd say Guardians of the Galaxy is worth a watch.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge on: January 23, 2015, 08:25:30 PM
Here's a related story about resurrecting an old Atari cartridge from the landfill:

The Story
Earlier this year the fabled Atari Landfill was discovered as part of a documentary called "Atari: Game Over".

The documentary covers what caused the gaming market to crash, and also the search for the "lost landfill" where Atari allegedly dumped millions of unsold games.  Unlike the bigfoot shows they actually did find what they were looking for – a big heap of games – and many of them were recently put up for auction on eBay.

Atari was a big part of my childhood and modding the consoles is what got me started in the maker community, so I felt obliged to own one of these trashy relics. Didn't have to be ET, anything from that site was good enough for me. I went with Asteroids and Star Raiders (with keypad!) I actually quite like 2600 Asteroids.

Back in the day the games were dumped, steamrolled and then covered with cement to stop looters. From the auction photos I could tell the cartridges were fairly intact inside their boxes, so I reasoned the PCBs were likely still intact.

My goal was to obtain one of these cartridges and try to bring it back to life. To actually PLAY a landfill cartridge that had been buried for 31 years!

Read the rest on BenHeck.com.
130  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: WhenLast (Android app) on: January 23, 2015, 01:12:11 PM
Should I delete my playstore version while you're still testing, and load the APK that's referenced from the topmost post in this thread?

Assuming mouser uses the same package name (com.donationcoder.whenlast) for both APKs and signs the APKs with the same key, you should be able to install them over each other. No uninstall necessary.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge on: January 23, 2015, 12:43:30 AM
Here's an interesting article about the world before interchangeable game cartridges existed, and how the game cartridge came to be.

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Consider the humble video game cartridge. It's a small, durable plastic box that imparts the most immediate, user-friendly software experience ever created. Just plug it in, and you're playing a game in seconds.

If you’ve ever used one, you have two men to thank: Wallace Kirschner and Lawrence Haskel, who invented the game cartridge 40 years ago while working at an obscure company and rebounding from a business failure. Once the pair's programmable system had been streamlined and turned into a commercial product—the Channel F console—by a team at pioneering electronics company Fairchild, it changed the fundamental business model of home video games forever. By injecting flexibility into a new technology, it paved the way for massive industry growth and the birth of a new creative medium.

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Storage Spaces talk on: January 22, 2015, 11:00:45 PM
FYI that article was written a year ago. I wonder how things have changed since then.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite podcasts? on: January 20, 2015, 12:34:57 AM
iTunes podcasts are lower quality than digital radio sources anyway, best avoided.  Wink

I don't use iTunes. smiley

http://www.aboveandbeyond.nu/abgt
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite podcasts? on: January 19, 2015, 01:02:39 PM
I'm a regular listener of Group Therapy with Above & Beyond (previously Trance Around The World) - I try and download the split versions and keep the tracks I like.

I managed to find the link to the full podcast, but I can't find the split versions. Do you have a link for it?
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX - Problem with Steam shellscript may delete user files on: January 19, 2015, 12:35:46 PM
Yikes!
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 17, 2015, 07:11:30 PM
President Obama is saying similar things:

Not long after British Prime Minister David Cameron did the same, President Obama said Friday that he opposes encryption methods that are inaccessible to law enforcement. Rather naively, he advocated that the technology should still exist, but with methods of access for approved entities like police and preferred spy agencies. This is his first clear issue stance on the matter, though it is not necessarily out of step with his previous actions and statements.

Of course, cybersecurity experts collectively groaned at the President's suggestion of strong encryption that is only accessible to authorities. Taking for granted that law enforcement can be trusted - and, of course, Edward Snowden and countless others have shown us we cannot - there are a host of problems. The basic problem is this: if someone other than the person doing the encryption can decrypt the information, then lots of people can do it.
137  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Convert sequence of images to video (with ffmpeg?) on: January 16, 2015, 05:18:03 PM
I may not understand how it works, but it does seem to work, and that's the important part. mrgreen

Thanks!
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 16, 2015, 05:09:07 PM
In other words, while I'm sure there are some men who would do such a thing no matter the cost, I think most men would only do it to restore some semblance of normalcy if e.g., some accident/injury/birth defect caused them to lose their penis.

Or - much like in the woman's case - feelings of inadequacy compelled them to want more.

Woman: Guys wont look at me because flat chested.
Man: I can't get any dates because I'm hung like a pinky.

Does either make any sense in reality? No. But they're both still sales opportunities..

This is a valid point, but I still feel it's not perfectly analogous. The size/sensitivity of women's breasts isn't quite as directly related to their sexual utility. Breast size is (generally) more for the man's enjoyment. If what she cares about is turning on her man, then reduced sensitivity/feeling in her breasts generally doesn't really affect her enjoyment of sex.

Whereas the size of a man's penis may be related to both the man and the woman's enjoyment (though too large can be painful/troublesome for some women). But the sensitivity is definitely related to the sexual utility! He might not be able to even use it for sex at all if he's got no feeling in it.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 16, 2015, 01:16:38 PM
And if breast implants are any indicator, it's gonna get crazy!

I dunno. There's a difference between breast implants and breast transplants.

I'm not sure there will be such a large percentage of men willing to have their penises removed and replaced with a different one as there are women willing to have their breasts cut open and some silicone added. Also, from what I've heard, it isn't uncommon for women who have gotten breast transplants to lose feeling/sensitivity in their breasts due to nerve damage. If something similar happens in penis transplants, that alone would probably be enough of a deterrent to keep it from being widely adopted in men whose penises are already perfectly functional (if not a bit aesthetically unsatisfying to their owner).

In other words, while I'm sure there are some men who would do such a thing no matter the cost, I think most men would only do it to restore some semblance of normalcy if e.g., some accident/injury/birth defect caused them to lose their penis.
140  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Convert sequence of images to video (with ffmpeg?) on: January 16, 2015, 11:15:35 AM
Try these, you might run into some problems with such a high input frame rate so check the output.

Use the preset under IMAGES Native Res as this won't do any scaling of the images and might avoid any frame drops, it'll pay to source the images from an SSD, RAM drive, or something similarly as fast.

Thanks!

I could be wrong, but I don't think it has to actually read them in real-time in order for it to output the video at 60fps the way I want it. As it is processing the images, it tells me how many frames it is processing per second. Sometimes it's higher than the output rate, sometimes it's a lot lower than the output rate. But the output video still looks good when it's all done.

Also, I'm still not convinced there's a difference between input rate and output fps. It looks like you transposed the numbers (60/1 = 60) but the output still looks as it should with a different image each frame, running at 60 frames per second.

Either way, I just tried it out and it seems to have made a video that is virtually identical to one I made earlier. The file sizes are slightly different, but other than that they appear visually identical to my untrained eyes. So thanks again!
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 15, 2015, 10:47:56 PM
I recently watched Godzilla (2014).

It was alright for a brainless action movie. There were a lot of things that didn't make sense. And not in the Fridge Logic kind of way, but rather in the yelling-at-the-TV-screen-as-it's-happening-because-it's-so-obviously-ridiculous way. I don't regret watching it, but I wouldn't mind if I never saw it again. Also, neither I nor my wife can take Bryan Cranston seriously. She was ruined on him because of his role in Malcom in the Middle, and I've seen him too much in Breaking Bad memes (even though I've never seen Breaking Bad, or MitM for that matter).

This video sums up most of my issues with the movie pretty well (spoilers (duh)):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p69Hfx7rUh0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p69Hfx7rUh0</a>



I also recently watched The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

It was better than I thought it would be. One thing I didn't like about the "original" 3 Spider-Man films (starring Tobey Maguire) was that the plot of all 3 movies was essentially the same: Good-guy turned bad guy by forces out of his control. Bad guy goes after Mary Jane to get to Spider-Man. In the end he regains control of himself and says he never meant to hurt anyone, and we all feel like it's not his fault he did those horrible things. Then he dies and we feel sorry for him. Or something.

Sadly, Amazing Spider-Man didn't deviate much from that pattern either. Except this time there was no Mary Jane to go after to get to Spider-Man. Though there was a time or two when the bad guy unintentionally went after Spider-Man's love interest. But that was mostly because she actively got in his way and/or tried to stop him. Also, why is Spider-Man revealing his identity to everyone in this film?

I'd say it's worth watching at least once.

Oh, and one thing I've had fun doing over the past few years is seeing if I notice any scenes which were put into the movie purely for the fact that it would try to "show off" the 3D. In Amazing Spider-Man it was the scene where Spider-Man is fighting The Lizard in the school library and The Lizard throws a table at Stan Lee and Spider-Man grabs it with his web and pulls it back (in slow motion) just before it hits Mr. Lee.

I can't think of a gratuitous "3D shot" in Godzilla, but it's my guess that it wasn't big budget enough to be shot in 3D.
142  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: WhenLast (Android app) on: January 15, 2015, 10:24:55 PM
Notifications can be expandable and respond to input.

It would be nice if it had a button you could press to say "done" (i.e. update the "Last Done Date" to now and reset the reminder to remind again in X days/months) and have another button that was something like "sleep" which would remind you tomorrow or maybe bring up another selection window of a few pre-set times to remind you, such as 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 1 month.
143  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Convert sequence of images to video (with ffmpeg?) on: January 15, 2015, 10:20:11 PM
If you let me know what fps/dimensions/codecs you're interested in, I'll try knocking up some presets so you can look at them - specify image persistence in seconds and video output frame rate.

I'm interested in 60fps input/output. One image for each frame, each frame taking up 1/60 of a second to display. 60fps for nice, smooth visuals. Also because then I can just use 1 screenshot per second and it converts nicely to each second of video representing 1 minute of realtime for my timelapses.

I tend to stick to 2560x1440 (my monitor's native resolution) or 1920x1080 (1080p). But I also have a 1920x1200 monitor I may want to take snapshots of and convert to video.

I pretty much only use YouTube to upload, and they have some recommended codecs/bitrates here.
144  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Convert sequence of images to video (with ffmpeg?) on: January 14, 2015, 02:11:19 PM
Thanks! I'll look into this.

Download the preset I attached to this post and extract it somewhere, (it'll create a 10fps video that's 1280x720 and displays each image for 1 second).
Wouldn't that be a 1fps video if it only shows one frame (image) per second?  huh
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: January 14, 2015, 02:00:35 PM
Reading through his "review" it seems to me that almost all of the problems he encountered were due to the problems he had with the flaky broadcom adapter, which may or may not have been caused due to problems during the 7-boot install.

Package manager downloading things slowly? Yeah, that's probably because your wifi adapter is flaking out.
Some repositories are timing out or "broken"? Yeah, flaky wifi adapter.
Checksum mismatches? Probably didn't download it correctly due to your flaky adapter.

Et cetera.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 14, 2015, 01:40:15 PM
I tried to make my own 'good - bad' download sites list, but I'm not so sure anymore, but here's what I compiled:
Crapware sites:
Softonic
Brothersoft
CNET installs crapware/malware/trojans;
http://www.tomsguide.com/...ojan-Nmap,news-13410.html
MajorGeeks is suspect.
Download.com

(possibly/maybe) Clean download sites:
http://LO4D.com
http://freewarebb.com
http://ninite.com
http://Softpedia.com
http://TechSpot.com
http://Filehippo.com
http://SnapFiles.com
http://fileforum.betanews.com
http://downloadcrew.com

I will cheerfully edit and amend my ^list according to approved comments.

Apparently you can move FreewareBB to the other list.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HDMI cables on: January 13, 2015, 04:14:25 PM
I just got my free replacement cables. I didn't have to pay shipping, nor did I have to return my (still working) frayed cables.

I was worried that I was just going to be getting more of the same cables that would end up having the same issue, but they were free so I figured I didn't have anything to lose. It looks like they did take steps to solve the problem! They have extended the "sleeve" that comes out of the connector by about a centimeter (at both connectors), so that if the cable pulls away from it, it will still be inside the sleeve.

I realize that my description of the issue and solution isn't very clear, so here's a photo so you can see for yourself and compare the different lengths of the "sleeve" coming out of the connector:

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This restores my faith in Monoprice products and I would heartily recommend them to anyone looking for good quality cables at a decent price. Thmbsup
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: January 13, 2015, 03:00:24 PM
I posted about my complaints and got a nice response: Thmbsup

Edit by Clem: Hi, I understand it can be annoying but I also know for a fact many people will not actually click the link if they can just press Next, in fact many won’t even look at the page containing the link… With that said, we can probably improve the experience by trying to detect if you already read these pages. On a scale of 1 to 10 we’re close to 10 here in “getting in the way” and that goes against what Mint is, as an OS.. so I agree with you. We do want people to read these, but we’re certainly not doing this the right way. We’ll go back to the drawing board and try to make this better for the next cycle.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 13, 2015, 12:28:43 PM
Let's follow the logical outcome:

If the government can read it --> so can the terrorists --> and so can other unfriendly governments --> and if encryption is banned, then the government can't use encryption either --> so state secrets won't be very secret.

Yep. This is definitely for "homeland security" and the children! cheesy
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: In-place upgrade of Mint 17.0 Qiana to Mint 17.1 Rebecca on: January 13, 2015, 12:25:23 PM
That's pretty much the mindset of Linux Mint. They warn you about updating, and tell you there is nothing wrong with staying at your current version if it's working for you. They say you should only upgrade if it fixes an issue you're having or provides some new functionality you need.

They'll probably update the "core" more often than every 10 years, but other than that, Mint pretty much exactly mirrors your opinion there.
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