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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 26, 2014, 10:14:03 PM
Must have Witch Hunt (1994) in amongst your old VHS tapes also  smiley

Detective Philip Lovecraft lives in Los Angeles in the 1950s when an ambitious Senator is holding hearings, on Magic. Magic is the new influence in Tinsel Town. Lovecraft is unique in that he is the only one who refuses to use magic in his work. Shortly after he is hired, he finds his client, Kim Hudson, accused of the murder of her husband, a film executive. Philip uses the tallents of a local witch, Kropotkin, to explain what is happening only to see her accused of the murder and sentenced to be burnt at the stake.

AND!!! It has Dennis Hopper!

He could probably take the worst script in existence and turn it into cult classic masterpiece. Solo. I have yet to see him not be utterly brilliant in any role he's ever played.

102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 26, 2014, 06:44:41 PM
Here's a fun real-world example of "piracy/not piracy" for people to chew on...

In Australia, films and movies come out significantly later than elsewhere.

So, many people in Australia get a VPN account, then get a Netflix account (or similar) in an area where movies and TV shows are available.

Is this piracy?

I believe that the answer is obvious:

Yes. It is piracy.

You see, there are copyright and licensing agreements in different areas. The local providers in Australia do not have the rights to distribute a lot of content.

By getting a VPN and foreign Netflix account, these people are circumventing the jurisdiction of Australia, the laws, and they are stealing from the local providers.

You see, there's an opportunity cost there. Were the people merely to wait a year or so until the proper licensing could be negotiated, those local providers would then be able to sell/rent that content to people in Australia.

But noooo! Instead people get that content when it hasn't been properly licensed for their region. This is immoral. It is theft. It is piracy.

I say we keelhaul 'em all!  Cool

103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The potential time/cost benefits of improved code efficiency. on: November 26, 2014, 07:43:45 AM
Or, they could hire crappier programmers for cheaper, fire the expensive ones, save $8,000 a month, and not care about the $400.

Ok, uh, yeah... I'm gonna be right over there by the... <RUNS! />

That was pretty interesting though.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 26, 2014, 06:39:42 AM
If you're into music, numbers, geometry, and funky stuff, you'll find this very interesting. Part 2 has some of the coolest stuff.

* FAIR WARNING: Some people may enjoy this more after smoking a bowl. smiley

The Cosmic 432 & The Musical Conspiracy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e9-P_zbjbY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e9-P_zbjbY</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOUprf8C-7E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOUprf8C-7E</a>

105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 26, 2014, 05:59:57 AM
Cymatics in 440 Hz and 432 Hz tunings.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zw0uWCNsyw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zw0uWCNsyw</a>

106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 26, 2014, 05:58:52 AM
Oooo! That looks good!
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 25, 2014, 09:39:39 PM
I think that I'd get a fair number of people agreeing with me if I said this is about the coolest music video ever produced:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs</a>

108  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 25, 2014, 07:59:55 PM
There is currently a push to internationalize the reach of taxation. The whole thing flies under the black flag of "catching tax cheats".

Here's one clip:


One of the key topics that heads and governments will discuss is how to crack down on tax avoidance and tax evasion.

Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the European Commission at an awkward moment.

A series of leaked documents show that major multinationals took advantage of Luxembourg’s lax fiscal rules to trim their own tax bills.

Juncker was the prime minister of the Grand Duchy for 18 years until last year.

Speeches he gave during his tenure indicate that he led the charge in tempting the likes of Amazon and Apple to set up shop there.

World leaders are expected to endorse an OECD plan to ensure company profits are taxed where they are generated.

Euronews’ Efi Koutsokosta spoke with Pascal Saint-Amans, the OECD’s director of tax, who is at the summit on Australia’s east coast.

Here's a list of companies doing business in Luxembourg:


It's long, so I'm skipping a quote.

The EU is trying to project power beyond it's borders, which is pretty sketchy to say the least.

There was a case in Canada where a fellow refused to collect taxes at his business. Of course he was taken to court, but he won. He claimed that forcing him to collect taxes on behalf of the government was forced labour, and the judge agreed.

So, in at least 1 common law country there is precedent for refusing to collect taxes.

I tried to find the reference again, but I can't manage to find it after almost a half hour. I remember that the case was near Ottawa, though I forget the name of the town.

109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 25, 2014, 06:27:17 PM
^Really? I don't even own a gun. Nor do I have any desire to use one. Grin

I didn't mean to imply that you'd have a rifle in your hands. It was an allusion to the 4th box of liberty. You simply reminded me of that.

And to people who think it cannot work -- in one of Antonopoulos's videos he talks about politicians already accepting bribes in bitcoin and this being the start of the end so-to-speak (do you remember which vid that was Ren?).

He's probably said it a few times in a few different ways. He mentioned politicians taking bitcoin campaign contributions on Monday.

110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 25, 2014, 06:22:33 PM
(Provided it held up under peer-to-peer review of course.  Wink tongue Grin)

FTFY. Grin

111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 25, 2014, 10:09:46 AM
How is it circular?


You are not harmed because I have said: I have not harmed you?


That's not circular reasoning.

Let's outline this with a fictitious example.

First, let's imagine Stephen and he's seen my software, Guitar & Drum Trainer. He's working on a particularly difficult piece, and figures that he could use some help with it, so he downloads the trial. He uses it, then it expires. He goes to The Pirate Bay and downloads it so he can continue to use it.

Stephen wasn't going to buy a license anyways, so in what way have I been harmed?

Pretty simple. I haven't.

I haven't suffered any harm at all. None. Zero. Nadda.

Stephen hasn't taken anything from me. I still have exactly what I had before he downloaded GDT, and I'm no worse off.

Now, I'd surely love for Stephen to buy a license, as I'd love for anyone to buy a license.

Second, let's imagine that instead, Stephen downloads the trial, it expires, he doesn't buy a license (which he wasn't going to anyways), and then he goes out and downloads Audacity where he can get a small amount of the functionality of GDT with a lot of effort.

In that case, I doubt there's anyone (sane) that would say that Stephen has harmed me.

But what is the difference between the first and second scenario?

In both cases I don't get anything. So, that's easy.

In the first case, Stephen gets to work with highly functional software that let's him focus more on his music than on farting around with software settings.

In the second case, Stephen has to fart around with software settings and deal with distractions that take away from his music.

Stephen is better off in scenario 1 compared to scenario 2.

But neither scenario makes a lick of difference to me.

Or does it??? Wink

Scenario 1 may provide enough of an advantage for Stephen that he goes on to produce something that he wouldn't have in scenario 2. That may positively affect other people, and in a tiny way, my life might be better because of that "butterfly effect". But, that's just wild speculation.

Stephen does not harm me by downloading my software from The Pirate Bay and then using it.

112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: November 25, 2014, 09:27:51 AM
I'd rather swivel my head side-to-side than nod my head up and down all day long.

it's really true -- moving the head/eyes vertically is *MUCH* more uncomfortable than horizontal movement.

I don't have that problem. Actually, I find it harder on my neck to work on screen where I need to look left/right.

But I sit back a fair ways, and I don't use my neck to scan up/down - just my eyes.

Reclining also helps if you have a chair that does that. You can then use that to adjust where you look without moving your eyes/neck. But the main advantage of reclining is the distance you get that eliminates the need to move your neck at all. (Similar for swiveling.)

But, just my own experience.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 25, 2014, 09:01:13 AM
Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame tackle an introduction to Zen thinking by animating some talks by Alan Watts.

Did anyone else find themselves clapping with 1 hand?
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 24, 2014, 11:14:56 PM
People with power and guns (i.e. 90% of all current governments) don't relinquish their positions and perks without a fight. A real - as in physical - fight.

You remind me of this:

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / NSA Backdoor Exploit in Windows 8 Uncovered on: November 24, 2014, 07:20:39 PM
Presented without comment so that other people can rant instead.  Wink


An internal document issued by IT experts working for the German federal government warned national agencies and companies not to use Windows 8. The reason? An alleged backdoor exploit has been discovered, and the details were obtained and published by German site Zeit Online. The leaked message suggests that the NSA likely has access to a hidden feature which apparently can’t be shut off and allows Microsoft to remotely control any computer running the software.

The Windows 8 feature under scrutiny by the German government is called Trusted Computing, a backdoor setting established ten years ago by a number of American tech giants including Microsoft, HP and IBM. Trusted Computing is supposed to protect computers from being manipulated by malicious third parties using viruses or other methods. The chip used to install Trusted Computing on Windows 8 computers allegedly offers Microsoft backdoor access, though the implication appears to be that the American company will extend that power to the U.S. government as well.

A second leaked report also notes that Windows 7 can “be safely operated until 2020,” implying that the German government may revert to the now-outdated operating system until the current security holes are plugged. However, in response to Zeit Online’s report, the Reichstag issued a statement partially denying claims it would downgrade its software.

116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: November 24, 2014, 06:56:43 PM
^ That's funny!
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 24, 2014, 06:55:10 PM
However, the implementation and execution of ideas are even more important.

Without meaningful, sustainable, and ultimately successful action, they're just more rhetoric.


Bitcoin is still a pretty young technology, and the things happening right now are changing the world. Even "the Internet of money" is a limited view of it.

Smart contracts, tokenized property, micro payments, and arbitrary escrow are just a few things there.

It's more than just rhetoric. It's a multi-billion dollar economy with millions of participants and this is just its infancy.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 24, 2014, 10:29:21 AM
^ hah, that must be you with Andreas Antonopoulos in Melbourne smiley


I presume you enjoyed

Very much!

He is a brilliant mind and I was very happy to have met him.

At one point in his speaking, I could see the emotions beginning to flow up to the forefront, and him holding them back. (I was in the front row.) What he talks about matters because he talks about things that affect people's lives in very deep and practical ways.

In many ways some of what he talks about is deeply saddening, but then he presents great hope.

Long before I became involved in Bitcoin, I was cheering it on because I could see good coming out of it.

Now, more than ever, I am still cheering for those same reasons.

"Another world is possible, and we pledge to make it real."

The Pledge of Resistance - Original:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_o660d0oc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_o660d0oc</a>

Mix by Jeff Berwick (brilliant):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib0PBZavpuQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib0PBZavpuQ</a>

(I listen to this regularly as it is, well, listen and you'll know why.)

And when people understand that, they will stop using the blood currencies of the warmongering states and start transacting in the currency of voluntarism, peace, and freedom - Bitcoin.

The more people use Bitcoin and stop using fiat, the less power the vampiric, bloodthirsty, warmongering politicians will have.

Make no mistake - we're headed for war right now. Just look at the economies --- states with weak economies go to war. Today is not an exception in history.

The question now is whether people will support more mass murder or not.

We believe that as people living
in the United States it is our
responsibility to resist the injustices
done by our government,
in our names

Not in our name
will you wage endless war
there can be no more deaths
no more transfusions
of blood for oil

Not in our name
will you invade countries
bomb civilians, kill more children
letting history take its course
over the graves of the nameless

Not in our name
will you erode the very freedoms
you have claimed to fight for

Not by our hands
will we supply weapons and funding
for the annihilation of families
on foreign soil

Not by our mouths
will we let fear silence us

Not by our hearts
will we allow whole peoples
or countries to be deemed evil

Not by our will
and Not in our name

We pledge resistance

We pledge alliance with those
who have come under attack
for voicing opposition to the war
or for their religion or ethnicity

We pledge to make common cause
with the people of the world
to bring about justice,
freedom and peace

Another world is possible
and we pledge to make it real.

Ideas matter. They're important.

119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 24, 2014, 07:12:28 AM
That's rather odd. Usually SMF gives an update warning. Have we discovered a race condition? smiley

Anyways, regarding your edit:

Arguments equating piracy with stealing physical items have never hit home with me.

Same. Because the argument there is just silly.

If you make something, let's say a movie, and I download it without paying you, you are no worse off than before I downloaded it. I have not inflicted any actual harm on you. I might be better off, but that's debatable - you might be a horrible film maker and I might lose an hour or 2 of my life. tongue

Seriously? That's such a sloppy bit of 'logic' (more like circular justification) that I'd think it was written by some government. Grin
 (see attachment in previous post)

How is it circular? Sloppy? Yes. But circular? No.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 24, 2014, 07:01:55 AM
Seriously? That's such a sloppy bit of 'logic' that I'd think it was written by some government. Grin

Yup. That was completely sloppy. You're right. No argument.

But it's one of those topics that I'm willing to poke at, but not willing to be very serious about, and certainly not willing to actually argue in a meaningful way. It's a waste of time because people already have their minds made up. Simply saying that there is another side is more than enough for most people to handle, and too much for a lot of them.

121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 24, 2014, 05:54:07 AM
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 24, 2014, 05:51:34 AM
For shareware released directly by the programmer, however, I check out the trial version. If I like it, I write to the programmer and tell them $39.99 is a lot of money here in Turkey, and I'd be really happy if they would give me a discount. They often do. Regardless of the discount, in the end I buy the software.

This works.

I've had people email me before, and I never hesitate to offer them a steep discount. Those that ask for free licenses, well, sorry, but no. I want people to pay *something* because I want them to invest a bit in my software so that they value it and use it.

I also get the odd "I lost my license" email from people who never had a license. Not often, but every once in a while.

Now, before anyone jumps on me for advocating piracy above, my software has been on The Pirate Bay for YEARS and I have NEVER once complained. I've mentioned it, but that's not the same as complaining.

Arguments equating piracy with stealing physical items have never hit home with me.

Same. Because the argument there is just silly.

If you make something, let's say a movie, and I download it without paying you, you are no worse off than before I downloaded it. I have not inflicted any actual harm on you. I might be better off, but that's debatable - you might be a horrible film maker and I might lose an hour or 2 of my life. tongue

I've always known it's wrong on some level but it's too easy to come up with justifications.

There are some very good arguments against copying being wrong, and they're good enough to deserve actual scrutiny.

So, whether copying is wrong is up for debate.

All too often we fall into politically correct traps set for us by vested interests. This is one topic where there is little honest debate.

Lectures in morality may make people feel bad about themselves but usually don't change anything more than that.

"Morality" is often used to bludgeon people. It's possible to frame things to uplift people, but that takes a lot of effort.

I've rewritten countless, scathing, profane rants to be polite (and sometimes uplifting), and I can tell you... even just being polite can take serious effort.

123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: November 23, 2014, 09:43:37 PM
Here's an interesting post:


Source: The earliest Norwegian laws

This law was written down in the older gulathing law . The reason for this law was because of the old tradition of drinking "jol" to remembrance and as a ritual drinking offer to the old gods. This was not in accordance to christianity, but all the people of Norway was so accustomed to drinking jol that Olav Trygvasson said/made a law that more or less said "You shall keep your traditions of brewing beer and drinking it, but you have to bless it in the name of Christ and holy Mary".
Also, Jol was celebrated as long as there was beer to drink. After 20 days of celebrating, all the beer had to be consumed and eveything regarding christmas had to leave the house. But some kept the tradition of celebrating as long as there was beer in the house.

Here is the transcript from the older gulathing law.

"Hvis det ikke er færdigt til den fastsatte tid, skal man betale 3 øre til biskoppen, men dog holde gildet, selv om det er senere. Hvis nogen ikke brygger og findes sandskyldig i det, at han sidder således i 12 måneder uden at iværksætte sammenskudsøl, da skal han bøde 3 mærker til biskoppen for det.

Endnu en ølbrygning har vi lovet at gøre — bonde og husfrue af lige store mængder — og signe det på den hellige nat til Kristi og den hellige Marias tak til år og fred. Men hvis det ikke bliver gjort således, skal der bødes 3 mærker til biskoppen for det. Hvis han sidder således i tre vintre, at han ikke iværksætter ølbrygningen — og findes sandskyldig deri — og ikke udreder de bøder, som vi har pålagt for vor kristendoms skyld, da har han forbrudt hver en penning af sin ejendom, som skal tilfalde halvt vor konge og halvt biskoppen. Men han skal have mulighed for at gå til skrifte og bøde over for Krist og så forblive i Norge; hvis han ikke vil det, skal han forlade vor konges land."

In english:

Now the next is this, that we have promised an ale feast, such as men call a "neighborhood ale"; [there shall be] ale from one measure of malt for each freeman and another for his wife. And let three householders at the fewest give the ale in common, unless the live so far out among the isles or so high up on the mountainside that they are not able to bring their brewing to the homes of other men ; in such cases they shall brew as much ale singly, Magnus: "as would be their share". Olaf "as all three should".

But if a man occupies a farm supporting fewer than 6 cows or [needing] less than six salds of seed grain he shall give the ale feast only if he wishes to do so. Both: "This ale shall be given before the mass of All Saints at the lates. The ale shall be blessed with thanks to Christ and Saint Mary for peace and a fruitful harvest; and if one fails to do this at the appointed time, he shall pay a fine of three "øre" to the bishop and shall give his ale even if it [has to] be at a later time. If he fails to do it and if he is accused and convicted of having allowed a twelvemonth (year) to pass without sharing in a neighborhood ale, he shall pay a fine of three marks to the bishop.

We have also promised that every husbandman and his wife shall join in an ale feast, all sharing equality, and bless it on Holy Night with thanks to Christ and Saint Mary for peace and a fruitful harvest. And if this is not done, they shall pay a fine of three marks to the bishop. And if a man allows three winters to pass without giving an ale feast, and he is accused and convicted of this, or [if he fails to heed] the penalties that we have added to our church law, he shall have forfeited his goods to the last penny ; and the king shall have one-half of it, and the bishop one-half. But he has the choice of going to confession and doing penane; [then he may] remain in Norway ; but if he refuses to do this, he shall depart from the king's dominion.

tl;dr - It was illegal to not brew ale. Grin

In other news, I've got a new batch of ginger ale on the go. I've been too busy for too long to manage to get it started, but Saturday I finally had time.

Once that's done, next on the list is a beer.

But this ginger ale recipe is quite different from anything I've tried so far. I'm really curious how it will turn out. I'll post the recipe later when I find my notes again. I still need to write down the SG (1.096).
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 08:58:52 PM
I am not trying to advocate piracy.

Hehe! I am advocating it. tongue

Here's why some pirating isn't "piracy"...

If you want to keep a secret... don't tell anyone.

If you broadcast a signal that anyone can receive, don't be surprised when they copy that signal.

If you broadcast radio waves through someone's home, you really have no right to complain about what they do with that unless you've taken precautions to encrypt the signal to keep people from accessing the content.

If you have a broken business model, fix it.

The fact remains that more piracy leads to higher revenues. (In the content industry.)

The current state of IP is such a complete disaster that there's really nothing that can be done other than to tear the whole thing down.

Should people be compensated for creating things? Sure.

Who should compensate them? The people that use/consume the creation.

But that's not what happens now, even without piracy. The MAFIAA taxes blank media. That's not just compensation because it steals from people who aren't consuming MAFIAA creations.

One. Big. Mess.

Burn it down.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 23, 2014, 08:38:34 PM
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