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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 18, 2015, 11:01:16 PM
Old PSA...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhgoXZDA7ig" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhgoXZDA7ig</a>

102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 18, 2015, 01:16:04 AM
Try getting an O'Reilley "Pocket" book. I find that's about the best way to get up to speed on something quickly and easily. They cut out all the BS fluff and distil everything down nicely.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 25x~100x faster 3D printing? on: March 18, 2015, 01:14:10 AM
This is a wildly different way to do 3D printing, and it's damn cool.

http://www.popularmechani...arbon3d-3d-printer-resin/

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Carbon3D's technology does this by harnessing oxygen and light to grow the parts continuously as the object rises like the T-1000 from Terminator out of the resin. One experiment captured in a study published Monday in Science shows a mini-Eiffel Tower emerging from a vat of blue liquid in just six minutes.

http://carbon3d.com

Demo:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpH1zhUQY0c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpH1zhUQY0c</a>
104  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: [Free Book] Blockchain Programming in C# on: March 17, 2015, 10:33:25 PM
Part II of the book is now available! (Via)

http://blockchainprogramming.azurewebsites.net

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=926087.0

New parts in the book:

  • BIP39
  • Arbitrary ownership
  • Using the transaction Builder (Stealth, CC and normal payment)
  • Colored Coins (Open Asset)
  • Ricardian contract
  • Use case: Liquid democracy voting
  • Proof of burn and reputation
  • Lots of fixes, over Part I
  • Copy/pasteable code instead of screenshots

Now I have this in my head... Cool

105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi, the new Web browser for power users on: March 16, 2015, 06:56:29 PM
I just glanced at it ... still too minimalist. It's rapidly becoming for me that Palemoon is the browser to beat, and once you have something that works, other newcomers stack against it.

How is Palemoon for CPU usage? I find that Firefox is simply a CPU hog and untenable for me, so I only use it very rarely.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Meshnets are happening (mini-Internets that connect to the Internet) on: March 16, 2015, 06:53:40 PM
I tripped across another:

http://freifunk.net/en/

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z12OjnPADA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z12OjnPADA</a>

And a fantastic bit here:

http://freifunk.net/en/bl...an-being-against-someone/

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Better working FOR the People than being AGAINST someone

Freifunk groups in Germany support refugees with free access and the willingness to help people who had to leave their home countries is still growing.

Many refugees have mobile phones, but no data rates. Using the a Freifunk network would make them able to contact their families at no charge. Freifunk is also one way of helping these refugees to get informed about their new home and get access to local information as well to information from their home country.

Even if some Freifunk groups had problems with local administrations in the beginning, many of them are still working on solutions for free access in refugee accommodation centres. By now, there are many projects up and running in various german cities and communities.

107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: March 16, 2015, 09:23:44 AM
Anyone else love "Guitar Lessons with Bubbles"? Cool

{NSFW}

https://www.swearnet.com/...ns-with-bubbles/seasons/1

Best guitar lessons ever!  Thmbsup

And who doesn't love "Liquor and Whores"? tongue

108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help superboyac build a server (2013 edition). on: March 16, 2015, 09:15:23 AM
~~Whoops - wrong thread~~
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: March 16, 2015, 05:57:09 AM
This is a short series called "Liquor Stories". Cool

Narrated by Jim Lahey!

https://www.swearnet.com/...ries/seasons/1/episodes/1

''...every drop of liquor tells a different story!"

The rest is paid content, but you can buy a month subscription for $4.20. And that's $4.20 USD or CAD! And you can pay in Bitcoin. (Download speeds are FAST - surprisingly so. But, it's all streaming.)

And yes, it's brought to you by the Trailer Park Boys!
110  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: LiveCoding - watch others code on: March 14, 2015, 08:51:02 AM
Neat!

I personally find it hard to code if I think someone is watching me.. Though to be fair I have a hard time walking if I think someone is watching me.  undecided

There are CCTVs and cameras everywhere. Cool

Enjoy your motorised wheelchair! tongue cheesy
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 14, 2015, 08:48:25 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EilcXPjuEc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EilcXPjuEc</a>

Cripes... Some of those looked just plain dangerous!
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once-in-a-century Pi Day 03/14/15 on: March 14, 2015, 08:40:07 AM
There's always 06/28/31 8:53:07. Cool
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a free image viewer with strong editing features on: March 13, 2015, 05:57:10 AM
Echoing some of the above sentiments, I've not yet seen a viewer that really is very good with editing for anything except basics. MilesAhead's recommendation for the GIMP is solid. You may also want to look at Paint.NET.
114  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Any play VoidSpace? on: March 13, 2015, 04:49:24 AM
Has anyone tried VoidSpace?

http://www.playvoidspace.com/new/index.jsp

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2015, 03:57:16 AM
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can you help me with this design on: March 12, 2015, 08:28:06 PM
Are you looking for Spirograph?

Here's a software version:

https://mathiversity.com/online-spirograph/app

Haven't tried this one though:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/spirograph/

117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 11, 2015, 08:53:35 PM
Parody of actual news. The event is real.  Cool


118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Beyond Plastic: 3D Printers Are Now Printing Metal, Wood, Even Electronics on: March 11, 2015, 08:26:44 PM
In a word... WANT!

http://motherboard.vice.c...nics?utm_source=mbtwitter

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The challenge with 3D printing isn't the machine, it's the materials.

If you've used one of the current generation of desktop 3D printers, you'll have noticed there's a limit to what you can make: If you’ve always wanted a small, personalised model in cheap plastic, you're in luck, but that’s about it.

That's set to change as 3D printer makers look to expand the available materials. At CES, Makerbot announce​d that by the end of this year it would offer composite materials of bronze, maple wood, and iron, while a host of projects are printing in new materials such as fake wo​od and carbon​ fiber.

One company at the forefront of this push is Vo​xel8, with its product based on the material science work of Harvard University res​earcher Jennifer Lewis. The Voxel8’s Direct Write 3D printing technology pushes out “viscous paste” at room temperature using pneumatic or volumetric systems.

“It's effectively pushing paste out of syringes,” co-founder Daniel Oliver told me. “The interesting thing with Direct Write is it expands the materials pallet, so it allows you to print out a large number of different materials on a similar hardware platform and has a wider band of materials it's able to print than frankly any other 3D printing technology I'm aware of.”​

Its first printer, which costs $8,999, uses thermoplastic as well as conductive silver ink, letting you print electronics—Voxel8 likes to show off a fully-functioning quadcopter that was almost entirely printed in one go (the blades need to be attached separately).

More at the link.

But printing electronics? Cripes! That is wicked cool. Cool
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 11, 2015, 01:16:17 AM
To clean roads of snow, municipalities use salt...

Oh my good grief! That stuff eats cars... Compared rusted out, old cars in Canada to pristine machines from the 1940s & 50s in southern climates... Sheesh...

So, yeah. +1 for having coating there.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 10, 2015, 09:53:38 PM
Ok... just for laughs...

I'm working on an access security system for a client, and in the documentation they say that users can use the certificate that they provide. cheesy Mind you, it's supposed to be on a local network, but still...
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 09, 2015, 09:35:03 AM
Check here:

http://www.codeproject.co...mp;x=0&y=0&sbo=kw

That's most of what you have asked for in terms of functionality. The top result is exactly it.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 09, 2015, 09:31:56 AM
Yeah... this isn't hard at all.  At least, that what her expression says.  Her playing says something else!

Hahaha! Yeah... Seems like it was a walk in the park for her. smiley



The Beatles rooftop concert. London 1969
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...eatles%27_rooftop_concert

......

havent watched it all myself yet ... nice to see the people on the streets too.

I'll check that out later. Looks interesting!
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Is anyone else worried about Google "Truth"? on: March 09, 2015, 09:25:46 AM
Is anyone other than myself concerned about Google now determining what is 'true'?


One article:

http://www.abc.net.au/new...truggle-to-get-it/6285054

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Google seeks a higher truth, but will struggle to get it

Google has outlined a method to rank search results by factual accuracy, but if the hope is to dispel mistruths in political and social debates it's unlikely to work. In fact, it could contribute more to the problem, writes Jeff Sparrow.

Researchers at Google have outlined a new method of ranking search results on the basis of the factual accuracy of content.

A new paper by the search giant's scientists suggests that the number of incorrect facts on a particular page could be tallied, using that as a proxy for trustworthiness. In theory, popular but unreliable sites would then drop down the listings so that your results would be dominated by sources you could trust.

Not surprisingly, the concept has not been universally acclaimed. As one writer put it: "The idea raises concerns as to how exactly the fact checking would take place, and whether it would impact controversial or alternative stances on various issues, which could be a blow to freedom of speech and diversity of opinions online."

More at the link.

This is pretty disturbing. If they do implement it, I will most certainly look elsewhere and avoid Google.

Again from the article:

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To put it another way, the willingness of people to give vaxers and birthers a hearing is a political problem, not a technical one, and so it can't be solved by rejigging a search algorithm.

I think that highlights an important problem -- "a political problem, not a technical one".

Politics? So, now searching for information has become political?

Hello!?! Thought police anyone?!?

When someone wants to find out about "hollow earth" or "flat earth", then what happens?

How about "economics in the 20th century"? What then? Keynes? Rothbard? Hayek? Marx?

UFOs and aliens?

Einstein's field equations and torque? (Yes - this is a real thing.)

Just for the sake of living up to my user name here, and for a hat tip to those educated in the classics, I would like to leave this post with a little tidbit...

Quote from: John 18:38

"What is truth?" retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him."








124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VOIP - alternatives, PROs and CONs. on: March 09, 2015, 08:08:26 AM
I've got a Korean SK Internet phone. It looks just like a regular phone and works wonderfully.

I've tried Jitsi, but can never seem to get anyone to use it, so... pretty useless. Sad

I would have thought you'd have RedPhone or something similar on your Android phone also smiley

Thanks for the suggestion.

One of the problems I have is dealing with corporate firewalls. My phone gets around them nicely as it goes over the regular telephony network.

Now, for mobiles, well... I'm not a fan of them. They still have crappy speakers and mics that are near useless. I've been spoiled by Skype with far better audio quality, and I have grown to loathe telephony quality audio. I prefer to use my own high quality equipment, and most often, people have equipment that is much higher quality than the crap in regular landline phones or mobile phones. That's quite nice to deal with.

Also, the majority of my phone calls (other than to my wife) are all overseas/international, and usually over Skype.

Does anyone remember Dialpad? That was a while back. smiley

125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VOIP - alternatives, PROs and CONs. on: March 08, 2015, 09:34:02 PM
I've got a Korean SK Internet phone. It looks just like a regular phone and works wonderfully.

I've tried Jitsi, but can never seem to get anyone to use it, so... pretty useless. Sad

I would be interested in hearing if anyone has found something that is easy enough for anyone to use.
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