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26  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.
27  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.
28  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!
29  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.
30  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.
31  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.
32  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
33  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.
34  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.
35  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
36  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.
37  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
38  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.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 13, 2015, 11:59:58 AM
Me being part of the 80% of the 'normal users' ... isn't it better to be safe than sorry?  Don't believe anything you read and half of what you see.  I heard this long before the Internet earned my mistrust.  Why would any semi-informed non-geek take a chance with their machine?  They wouldn't.  When IE9 or MBAM or... warns to stay away... i do.  Mousers view is my view.  Go to the source; the author of the software.  (Just beware be aware of what you click at the authors site as well).  Grin

Because it's often the big download sites that get a lot of downloads, so the browser won't warn you there. But if the author's site is relatively small and unknown, your browser will warn you that "this file is not frequently downloaded and may be dangerous" or some such nonsense when the reality could be that the author's download is the safe one and the freeware site's download is bundled with carp.

Yes, be safe. But don't trust something just because there wasn't a warning when you tried to download it. And don't fall for the trickery that just because millions of people don't download something that automatically means it's dangerous.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: January 13, 2015, 02:47:49 AM
That was weird. But enjoyable. (c:
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: home automation on: January 13, 2015, 02:39:37 AM
Showering, brushing teeth, combing hair, dressing, vacuuming, sleeping, shaving, eating, cleaning, cooking.

You know, all those pointless things that don't serve any purpose. tongue
42  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, 02:14:45 AM
I'm not a fan of the upgrade process.

I did my due diligence, reading all about the update, release notes, new features, known issues, etc., before clicking that upgrade button. After doing the research, I decided I was aware of the potential risks and I didn't see anything in particular that would destroy my system, so I decided to go ahead with the upgrade.

So imagine my frustration when, after clicking upgrade, I was forced to click a link to open up the release notes in my browser before I could click the button to continue with the upgrade. "What is this? I already read this page." I closed the browser and clicked "Next" so I could upgrade to 17.1. After that I was forced to click a link to open up something else (known issues?) in my browser (which I'd already read) before I could click the button to continue with the upgrade.

Finally I was allowed to let the system install the upgrade.

But eventually I got a warning message that one of the packages failed to download, and asking me if I should cancel the upgrade or ignore the error and continue. I didn't want my system broken due to an unknown, vital package not being installed, so I cancelled the upgrade. It was only then that I was informed that the failed package was just some wallpapers.

So I tried the upgrade again. And I was forced to click the link to open up the release notes in my browser before clicking Next, and then I was forced to click the link to open up the other thing in my browser again before clicking Next. Then it started the download of the wallpapers again and they downloaded correctly and the upgrade installed and it suggested I reboot the computer to allow the changes to go into effect.

I'm glad that it works, but my experience with it was a bit frustrating and annoying, and could have been made so much easier if I wasn't forced to open my browser twice on my slow old netbook to read things I'd already read.

First world problems, eh? cheesy
43  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / IDEA: Convert sequence of images to video (with ffmpeg?) on: January 12, 2015, 02:10:56 PM
Hello,

Every so often I have a sequence of images that I'd like to convert into a video. This is usually a bunch of screenshots of me programming made into a timelapse video for the finished product but more recently I've been exploring the "Mandelverse" (aka 3D fractals) and have been making timelapses of my explorations in preparation of rendering frames of an image that I then also need to convert into a video with ffmpeg.


I use a tool called Chronolapse to take the screenshots for my timelapses, and it has a feature to convert the screenshots into a video, but Chronolapse hasn't been updated in years so they're very low quality videos with outdated codecs and lots of compression artifacts.

I searched and found ffmpeg which has a fairly simple commandline arguments to convert the images to a high quality video. But I can never remember all the arguments and have to resort to my notes each time I want to make a video.

What I would like is a nice, simple little GUI that had these options preset for me, would remember what I last set them to, but also allow me to easily customize them. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here are my notes I refer to:

Quote
From: http://notes.theorbis.net...me-lapse-with-ffmpeg.html

First rename all files so they are ordered consecutively. I named them all ss######.png using XnViewMP.
Then use ffmpeg to turn them into a video with the following command:

ffmpeg -r 60 -i ss%06d.png -s 1920x1200 -vcodec libx264 ld29.mp4

[The "ss%06d" means each filename starts with "ss" followed by 6 digits, so ss000001.png through (up to) ss999999.png]

So the command is like so:

ffmpeg -r [framerate] -i [images] -s [resolution] -vcodec libx264 [videofilename].mp4

What I want the program to do:

I would like the app to allow me to customize the following values:

  • the path to ffmpeg (with file browser would be nice)
  • the framerate
  • the filename pattern for the images
  • resolution (maybe this can just be taken/grabbed from the size of the images?)
  • output video filename (with output path--file browser here would be nice as well)

Basically everything above that is in square brackets, plus the path to ffmpeg. As I said before, I'd like it to remember my settings from the last time I ran it, since I'm unlikely to change the path to ffmpeg.

It seems fairly simple to me in theory, but maybe it's more work than I would think.

Optional bonus features:

Another bonus nice thing to have (but not necessary) would be to let me browse for the images, and have it automatically figure out the pattern based on one of the images in the sequence. So for instance, if I navigate to "someImage12345678.png" it will automatically figure out the pattern and set it as "someImage%08d.png" for me. But again, that's just a nicety. All I really need is some sort of example to remind me of the format, either as a tooltip or inline.

Yet an additional bonus feature would be a wizard to batch rename files so they are numbered consecutively. When rendering frames for the animation, the frames are already named appropriately, but when capturing screenshots for the timelapses, the images are named with the timestamp. The timestamp is of course chronologically ordered, but the format is something like "Capture_2015-01-12_13-06-28.png" which isn't quite as useful as "someImage00005.png" would be. If it could count the number of images in a directory, or let me select all the images, then automatically batch rename them with enough leading zeroes, and then when finished automatically fill the "filename pattern" entry box, that would be wonderful. But again, not needed.

Thanks in advance!
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: January 11, 2015, 08:40:27 PM
This is a perfromance

I ain't gonna watch a video of a perv romance! tongue
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Expanded role for Anonymous - Now more like The Watchman than V? on: January 11, 2015, 08:37:05 PM
But who watches the watchmen? ohmy
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 05:44:01 PM
Shouldn't there be a link to this in this threadcheesy

That is this thread. huh
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft on: January 10, 2015, 01:44:20 AM
Crazy!
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 09, 2015, 03:00:09 PM
A real-life conference call.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ</a>
49  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: PasteQuick - yet another pastebin app on: January 09, 2015, 12:17:19 AM
There are no 64-bit binaries (Win64) for download that I could find.

Nope.  But I can put some up as soon as I can.  I figured 32-bit binaries for both Windows and Linux would be more universal, and people could build their own with Lazarus if they wanted/needed other options.

OK. I just misunderstood something. All is well. Thmbsup
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 12:16:00 AM
I really don't get it. Why sell the site at all if you still want control over what happens to it? Once you've sold it, it's no longer your baby. Let it go.

Not to mention that I supposed it's possible that the new owner could sue Marko for disparaging him or for encouraging people to give it a poor rating when there's no evidence that it's being (or going to be) used for a scam.
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