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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Favorite Sci-fi movies? on: June 10, 2014, 06:42:08 PM
Not my favorite but i'm surprised no one has mentioned the Cube series -- good stuff.

I really enjoyed the first Cube movie. Are the sequels in the same ballpark of quality?

No. Just no.

Cube was decent. The others were just awful.

Or maybe they were all awful but I didn't realize it because I saw the first one when I was in my early teens, and the others as an adult.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: June 09, 2014, 08:45:55 PM
Wow. Pretty neat!
78  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Hi everyone & software announcement... on: June 09, 2014, 06:16:21 PM
I'd also like to say that though the large spacing helps in some of them, when you have long lists of similar looking items in a column/row format, it helps if every other row is shaded a different color so that the eye can easily see what row the checkboxes belong to. Thmbsup
79  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GOG announces DRM-Free game client: GOG Galaxy on: June 09, 2014, 06:13:22 PM
It sounds to me as though Galaxy will work a lot like the GOG Downloader but with social things optionally included.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nice blog post on the parasitic software hosting sites bundling junkware on: June 09, 2014, 01:52:43 PM
^ Umm... that article is from 2011?

Hey! That's my line! tongue
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YouTube finally forces creation of google+ A/C to comment on: June 09, 2014, 01:49:30 PM
It could also be related to your sharing settings. For example, if someone posts a YT video on Google+, it will show up as a YT comment. And any replies made to the Google+ post will also show up as YT comments, but only according to the sharing settings.

In other words, any public posts and comments will show up for anyone. Any private posts and comments will only show up for the people they're shared with.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: June 09, 2014, 01:46:43 PM
You and I have different ideas of the definition of "leisurely."
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me find this video on: June 09, 2014, 01:38:10 PM
I was really worried when about 55 seconds in the screen went blank white. But a couple minutes later it worked again.

Thanks so much!

I was able to find Parts 11-21 simply by changing the filename in the URL.
84  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GOG announces DRM-Free game client: GOG Galaxy on: June 09, 2014, 09:58:07 AM
Sounds promising.

I like the idea behind GOG's DRM-free games, but admittedly the convenience of Steam auto-updating my games for me and keeping everything in one easy to access location has often gotten me to buy games on both Steam and GOG. While I think Steam is the best client at the moment, I've had a lot of complaints about how it works over the years, so I'd be pretty happy to be able to eventually phase it out with something like GOG Galaxy.

Especially considering one of the points they made in their announcement video: I have quite a library with Steam, and all those games are locked to my Steam account. That's going to make migration to another client painful, and will require me to always have Steam installed as long as I want to play those games. It sounds as though things would not be as painful if my game library was with GOG Galaxy.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Please help me find this video on: June 08, 2014, 10:17:21 PM
Hi folks,

Back in 2007 there was a free video tutorial series named C# Soup to Nuts given by William J. Steele, sometimes referred to as Bill Steele. It seems the original links on Microsoft's website are no longer valid and the "archive videos" are linked to a domain that is no longer owned by Mr. Steele (and thus, no longer host the content). I'm hoping that somebody, somewhere has the videos archived. Unfortunately my searches have proved fruitless thus far. While it would be nice to have the entire set of lectures, I'm specifically looking for the one on Delegates and Events, which seems to have originally been recorded/released on February 19th, 2007.

Perhaps some of the fine folks here at DC will have better luck or know of better resources to search through to find these videos?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
86  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: OpenDNS + DNSCrypt - Mini-Review on: June 08, 2014, 06:00:04 PM
All I know is that I have frequent connectivity issues that are almost always traced back to DNSCrypt. I.e., my problems go away when I disable DNSCrypt. And that's even with the "Fall back to insecure DNS" enabled.
87  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: OpenDNS + DNSCrypt - Mini-Review on: June 08, 2014, 04:33:15 AM
Is DNSCrypt abandonware? The Windows client hasn't been updated in two years. . .
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: June 07, 2014, 01:31:45 AM
Many years ago I had a dream that I was on a covert ops mission infiltrating the enemy base. My team and I had snuck into a relatively small utility room through a window near the roof. We had just lowered ourselves to the floor and were beginning to unpack the supplies we needed to perform the mission when an unsuspecting, innocent woman opened the door and stopped dead in her tracks when she discovered us. Both parties were equally surprised to see the other. I quickly grabbed her, keeping her silent, and pulled her into the room, closing the door behind us.

I was overcome by an awful feeling of guilt and sadness because I knew we had to kill her to keep our mission a secret. Then I woke up.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Steam: now has working beta of in-home streaming capability for games and apps on: June 06, 2014, 01:52:14 PM

For what it's worth, we (my oldest daughter and I) tested this yesterday using my desktop PC (nice gaming rig) and her laptop (not much a gaming laptop, i.e., HD3000 graphics chip).  I used FarCry3 as the test game and the whole experience actually worked out pretty well.  For a game like that on her laptop, typically, we have to really reduce the graphic settings in order to make the framerate playable.  However, using the streaming functionality, we were able to play FC3 on her laptop with MUCH better graphical quality than if we played directly on her laptop.  There was some screen tearing on the laptop side that reminded me of the effect you get when you play with a framerate higher than the refresh rate of your monitor.  However, we could have probably reduced that by using a lower resolution to play at as I think her laptop was struggling to keep up with the video decoding that drives this functionality.  At any rate, it was pretty damn slick overall.   thumbs up to Steam.   cheesy

I've also test this out somewhat. There are games that don't even run or run so poorly as to be nigh unplayable on my netbook that I have been able to stream without much issue.

But some games didn't work out so well. When there was a free Borderlands 2 weekend a few months ago, I tested it on my netbook. The main title screen looked really nice, and there's no way in Michigan that it would even run directly on my netbook! But while playing there was too much lag between my netbook and my gaming rig. It was hard to aim the correct way and with the speed required of an FPS game.

I imagine I would have had better results if I could have plugged straight into the LAN instead of using WiFi. But if my PC and my netbook are close enough to the router to be plugged in, then they're both close enough that I'd just use my PC to play games.

But for now I'm glad that I don't have to worry about downloading most games to my netbook (saving HDD space) and that I can play games on it that previously wouldn't even run.

Making sure I understand this... you cannot access anything from the shared library from multiple computers at the same time?

Correct.  I started Game-A on Computer-1 and attempted to start Game-B on Computer-2.  A warning box appeared stating that Computer-1 already had a game going and would be disconnected if I were to continue attempting to play on Computer-2.

Hopefully they'll allow that in the future. But in the meantime, there's still offline mode for that. (Which is how you'd accomplish it on Steam before.)
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: June 06, 2014, 02:18:56 AM
I've been really liking this song lately. (The music video isn't much to see, though.) As a person who doesn't traditionally like the saxophone, I feel it goes a bit crazy toward the end. But other than that, I really, really like it.

Letoile by Parov Stelar
From the album Coco (even though the video shows the album art from Part 2, it's actually on Part 1)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hst7blUWWU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hst7blUWWU</a>

Or, more accurately: L'étoile.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programmers: What size monitors do you guys prefer? on: June 05, 2014, 08:57:57 PM
How long did it take you to receive the monitor when you ordered it?  I'm seriously thinking about that last one you posted...

If you're talking about the 4K Seiki TV, it was ordered on Amazon with free 2-day shipping using Amazon Prime. So it arrived very quickly.

If you're talking about something else, then there must have been a misunderstanding because the only monitor/TV I've purchased in the past couple years was that TV.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programmers: What size monitors do you guys prefer? on: June 05, 2014, 06:35:40 PM
Just thought I'd mention it here officially that I returned the 39" 4K TV. It was just too large and I couldn't concentrate on the task at hand.

I'll most likely buy this one as a 2nd monitor:

X-Star 27" WQHD 2560x1440 Monitor
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 06:18:54 PM
I just tried it without LVM and it still crashes VirtualBox when I shutdown the VM. Weird.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 05:24:31 PM
@Deo- don't forget the guest additions. Most times I have problems with VBox it's the guest additions that are responsible. And I almost always forget to update them. Cool

I just tried a fresh re-install and attempted to install the guest additions. I'm not sure if it worked or not because I don't think I've ever done them before and all I found was a file on the CD that said Linux in the filename. I clicked it and told it to run in the terminal. The terminal popped open for a second, some text flashed across the screen, then it closed.

After that I decided to reboot the VM to see if anything was working any better. It crashed VirtualBox again. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I'm picking "use LVM" in the installation options.

I'll try a fresh install one more time, this time without the LVM and see if that gives different results.
95  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Sniper Elite V2 free on Steam for one day on: June 04, 2014, 04:04:39 PM
Thanks! Thmbsup

Is it only 2-player co-op? Or can we do even more? That would be cool to get a 3-8 player DC co-op game going.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How high can we count to? on: June 04, 2014, 03:56:03 PM
If we just keep replying, then the counting will be done for us! Observe:

97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Search Results Removal on: June 04, 2014, 03:52:36 PM
Seems it took Vivint four stinking months to finally get rid of their spammy and unnatural links!

Not quite as simple as that:

According to Vivint, Google said it had found external links into Vivint’s website that sat outside of its “quality guidelines,” but Google wouldn’t  confirm what those links were. The company was left to fish in the dark to figure out what it had done to upset its rival, to identify the offending links were and make repeat requests for reinstatement.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 04, 2014, 05:41:08 AM
I'm also running VirtualBox on Windows 7 x64. I'm not sure what the issue is. VirtualBox is running my previous Mint (15 XFCE) install just fine, as well as other VMs. But Mint 17 Cinnamon x64 is crashing VirtualBox each time it shuts down.

Maybe I need to update VB. I'm running 4.3.10 and it tells me 4.3.12 is available.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 01:54:17 AM
I installed it on a VM and it crashes VirtualBox every time it tries to shutdown. I'm not sure what went wrong. VirtualBox is working just fine with my other VMs.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: June 02, 2014, 01:12:37 PM
That's a lot of links Panzer -- care to point us to your favorites?
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKKL1kpnbkE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKKL1kpnbkE</a>

I've had this one downloaded on my hard drive for many years. It's been a long time since I watched it, but I remember liking it at the time. (c:
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