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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: July 16, 2014, 04:12:43 PM
I'm jealous. I want Cody + Cody's Uncle for my windows! (c:

I like the decals a lot! Thmbsup
27  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sublime Text Giveaway on: July 10, 2014, 11:47:42 AM
Thanks for this!

Just FYI to any future readers of this thread, the link in ha14's message is a referral link that gives him 3 more entries for every person he refers.

Use this link if you don't want to give him the referral:

http://sublimetexttips.co...ys/sublime-text-giveaway/
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Android call recording software on: July 10, 2014, 11:42:55 AM
Even with your description, I'm not sure what a callback message is.

But if you use Google Voice (available in USA only, AFAIK) you can easily start or stop recording a call by pressing 4 during a call. When you press 4, a voice will announce "This call is being recorded" or "This call is no longer being recorded" or something similar (I haven't used this feature for a few years so I can't remember it verbatim). You cannot start recording while the phone is ringing (thus making the other person miss the message that they're being recorded).
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro Reviews of Board Games From a Non-Competetive Perspective on: July 10, 2014, 03:33:32 AM
Another party board game mini-review, this time for a game called "Telestrations".

[...]

The normal edition supports up to 8 players; there is a "party pack" that goes up to 11 or 12.

I've played this one before. I've never heard of this game being called "Telestrations" and I think that the idea that the board game is limited to 8 players or having to buy a party pack for extra players seems ludicrous to me. This game can be played with as many players as want to play. No game board necessary. No timer necessary. No "secret word" from a list or deck necessary.

A multi-page drawing pad for each player is useful and simplifies the process, but it is not necessary. The instructions below will get you playing if you can scrounge up enough paper (take regular sheets of paper and fold them up and tear them into smaller sheets) for everyone.

Just get some pieces of paper, enough so that each person has as many as there are people playing (so if 26 people are playing, each player needs 26 sheets of paper). Then you just start by writing a word or sentence, then pass it the paper to the left. Everyone plays simultaneously. When you get a drawing, you try to write the sentence that the drawing was of (on a blank paper) then you pass it to the left. When you get a sentence, you try to illustrate it with a drawing (on a blank paper) then you pass it to the left.

When everyone is out of blank paper, they pass their entire stack to the right. The person to the right takes the paper from the bottom of the pile (assuming oldest drawings/sentences are on bottom) and passes the remaining stack to the right. This process is repeated until all the stacks are gone. Now everybody should have all the papers for their original sentence, in order (or reverse order, depending on which way the stack was facing). Then you go around one at a time, reading the original sentence, then showing the drawing, then reading the sentence of the drawing, then showing the drawing of the sentence of the drawing, etc. until everybody has had a chance to be the center of attention and laugh at all the silly drawings and twists of the original sentence/word.

If you use pads of paper, it simplifies the process of getting the story back in order, since you can just flip back toward the front of the pad. But other than that there's not much difference and no need to limit the number of players or the possible "secret words" since you're limited only by the number of people who want to play and their imagination. Even people who use the same starting word/sentence could result in very different stories by the end of it. (c:
30  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 10, 2014, 03:08:50 AM
It's sufficiently vague in what it says that I suspect no hardware is forthcoming, ie.

Pre-submit:

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We’ll provide samples and documentation and we’ll show you how to create your own fun projects ...

This is in reference to the SDK/software.

Post-submit, the wording was along the lines of, (IIRC): "... we'll let you know when your kit has shipped ..."

Still sufficiently vague as it could be just a CD/DVD with requisite documentation/software.

Be that as it may, since I can't get the followup email maybe I'm just skeptical.  Wink

The post-submit email said essentially the same thing:

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Thank you for signing up for the Windows Developer Program for IoT.  We’ll let you know when your kit has shipped.
 
Thank you,

Microsoft IoT Team

Also, the Internet of Things (IoT)? Is that in any way related to this?

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Is Microsoft just trolling us all?
31  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 08, 2014, 03:36:35 PM
Are they actually sending a board? All I see mentioned is an SDK. Is it just software for the board? huh

Also questioned in the OzB comments, nowhere did/does it say you receive any hardware.

It does say something about sending a kit and software, but I still couldn't tell if the kit was the board or something else.
32  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 08, 2014, 01:44:18 AM
Are they actually sending a board? All I see mentioned is an SDK. Is it just software for the board? huh

So, what's the catch?

https://www.windowsondevices.com/EULA.aspx
33  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Blasteroids on: July 07, 2014, 08:04:36 PM
Another release:

v1.140707.6
- Fixed game title showing twice at once in some situations.
- Consolation prize slightly easier to obtain.
- Firing bullets is now limited only by rate of fire.
- Rate of fire increases as you progress in the game.
- New sound effects improve the audio experience.
- [Android] No more submitting to Google Play leaderboards if score is 0.
- Various performance improvements.
- No more tweeting about game overs if no points were scored.
- No more tweeting high scores if no name entered.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 05, 2014, 10:51:27 AM
Scented Candles for Life’s Disappointments

http://theflickingcandles.com/collections/all

Nice. I suppose it's no accident that they named their company "flicking" candles and write it in all caps so that the L and the I in flick looks like a U.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux User Are Evil TERRORISTS! Shame on you all! :P on: July 05, 2014, 10:48:41 AM
What would be really cool is for massive numbers of web sites to include an iframe of the Linux Journal (and others) to spam the NSA and create massively larger data storage requirements for them - just drown them in data! cheesy Grin

Wouldn't that effectively DDOS the Linux Journal?
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android malware on: July 05, 2014, 01:22:13 AM
Well, it can't be totally from fake pron sites if it's also sometimes from SMS spam.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 04, 2014, 12:25:05 PM
Bumblebee in spider's web rescued by other bumblebee:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs_3FHh3z4o

That's not what it looks like.

In the video, the first bee is struggling to escape from a spider’s web on a windowsill. Clearly, the bee has become trapped indoors and while bashing into the windowpane in trying to escape has become entangled in the spider’s web. The spider is nervously edging closer, but this is a big and energetic bee, prey that looks far too big for it.

Dramatically, a second bee that must also have got trapped in the house then comes crashing in, falls on its back and thrashes around a bit. As the second bee flails around on its back, it looks in one frame as if it stings the spider.

In fact, what one can see is the rear leg of the bee which happens to line up with the tip of the abdomen for a moment. It is too long and thick for a bee sting. The spider runs away, and the bees break free (as bumblebees usually do from spider’s webs).

So, sorry, this is not a noble, brave act, much as I might like it to be. This is just two clumsy bees trying to find their way home.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android malware on: July 04, 2014, 12:09:12 PM
The way your device gets infected is "mostly from fake pron sites, and sometimes from SMS spam." So it seems there's little danger of being infected if you avoid those two.
39  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Want to make some extra coin? Like a LOT of extra coin? BIG BOUNTY! on: July 02, 2014, 01:31:51 PM
Thanks again. After reading those links, it still sounds like trust is required. undecided
40  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Want to make some extra coin? Like a LOT of extra coin? BIG BOUNTY! on: July 02, 2014, 12:17:34 PM
Thanks. Maybe I'm being particularly daft at the moment, but that still doesn't really answer all my questions.

What if the buyer says he never receives the item?

How are disputes resolved in a "trustless" system?
41  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Want to make some extra coin? Like a LOT of extra coin? BIG BOUNTY! on: July 02, 2014, 11:42:34 AM
However, if I really did want my dollar, I could have gone and arranged with you to set up escrow, then posted the pic.

Basically, the conversation goes like this:

You) I'll give you $1 to post an alien pic from Deviant Art.

Me) Sure. Put that $1 in escrow.

You) Ok. Done.

Me) Let me check... Ok. Looks good.

...a little while later...

Me) Ok, here's your pic!

You) Great! Let's finish off the escrow.

Us) Yay! We both got what we wanted!  Thmbsup

At no point do we need to trust each other there. When I ask you to put the $1 in escrow, that guarantees your end of the deal, or you can look at it as me saying, "Really? For sures? Like totally for reals?" My posting of the pic is the completion of the deal before escrow completes.

Please excuse my lack of understanding of the BitCoin escrow process. But your scenario didn't seem to answer the question (in my mind) about why trust isn't needed.

1. How does Tao know that you will post the picture after he puts the money in escrow? i.e., Once the money is in escrow, can he cancel the escrow if you don't fulfill your end of the bargain?

2. How do you know that TaoPhoenix will complete the escrow after you post the picture? i.e., If he can cancel the escrow, what stops him from doing so after you post the image?
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anti-counterfeiting technology in 3D printing (quantum dots) on: July 02, 2014, 01:31:20 AM
Who cares if you have the dots or not? I wouldn't mind an exact replica of something that was missing a few quantum dots.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Steals 22 Domain Names from NoIP on: July 01, 2014, 03:35:42 PM
This sucks though. Dyn recently got rid of their free dynamic DNS service too, forcing everyone to go paid or go elsewhere.

With no-ip having long been a second most popular option, that's both of the big players in the dynamic DNS arena being down simultaneously.

I pay for DynDNS and it's been a good enough value that I consider it worth the price.

That said, I just learned about DuckDNS last night. Folks here may want to look into that if they need an alternative.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Steals 22 Domain Names from NoIP on: July 01, 2014, 05:15:06 AM
That's what I was wondering. How did Microsoft get the authority to seize the domains? That would be like me seizing all the fireworks at the local fireworks stands because some of them are illegal.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Qiana" released to distribution on: July 01, 2014, 01:38:52 AM
A totally clean install? Or something fancy like have a system partition and a data partition and only wipe the system partition and install the OS there, keeping my user/data partition from before?

I'd make a copy of /home just in case, but the current partition scheme should otherwise be fine.

Thanks. I'll see what happens. (c:

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And while I've got you on the line, how about fixing the name of Mint 17 to "Qiana" in the OP's title? cheesy
Ok. It's done. (Not my fault they can't spell.)

And not that it will make much difference because it only fixes it in the OP.

Now all further replies to this thread will have the correct spelling.  Cool
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Qiana" released to distribution on: June 30, 2014, 06:46:17 PM
A totally clean install? Or something fancy like have a system partition and a data partition and only wipe the system partition and install the OS there, keeping my user/data partition from before?

And while I've got you on the line, how about fixing the name of Mint 17 to "Qiana" in the OP's title? cheesy

Sorry, it was bothering me. embarassed

But not as much as when the guy in that review video you linked pronounced it like "quinoa" (keen-wah).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW_BOkrcjEY#t=1080
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 30, 2014, 04:21:09 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.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: June 28, 2014, 08:24:48 PM
Nothing about these two videos makes sense.

First video: Why would you just stand there and film your kid drown, saying "Goat in the water!" instead of going in after him yourself?

Second video: It's Comedy Central. Lots of things he says are silly and obviously not true (or not meant to be taken seriously). Such as the death penalty part for breaking the NDA.

Personally, I don't trust either video.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 27, 2014, 02:52:25 PM
^ That.  Though seeing Welsh translations, I'm not sure that some unknown Elder God wasn't behind it...  Grin

Ah, but aren't they all unknown? Wink

(Or rather, unknowable.)
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to Sell Digital Products with Google Drive and PayPal on: June 27, 2014, 06:10:58 AM
This probably counts as one of the "other services with 5% commisions," but there's also Sellbox which works with Dropbox as well as Google Drive.

https://sellboxhq.com/
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