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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 03, 2014, 09:22:15 AM
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102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What age is too young for a mobile phone? on: September 03, 2014, 08:57:33 AM
Apparently, the age is getting younger for marketers:

http://detroit.cbslocal.c...s-how-young-is-too-young/

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Many metro Detroit kids headed back to class on Tuesday with the pencils, pens, notebooks and lunch — but what about a mobile phone?

How young is too young?

A study by the National Consumers League says 60 percent of U.S. parents offer cell phones to 10 and 11-year-old children.

...

“So by the time they turn 6, 7, 8, they’re very comfortable with the mobile devices.”

More at the link.

But, one of those things to think about. e.g. How many adults actually know how to manage a mobile device properly? tongue
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 03, 2014, 07:30:44 AM
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104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 03, 2014, 02:25:42 AM
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105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying a 125CC Motorbike...Your Opinions Wanted! on: September 03, 2014, 01:42:24 AM
I suppose a lot of it depends on where you live and what kind of driving you need to do, but scooters might be something to think about. Some make it much easier to carry more cargo, e.g. for grocery shopping.

But StoicJoker is the one to ask about bikes.


Noooooo, I don't want a scooter...I live in a VERY hilly valley, which I will at least need SOME power for.  I have the car for most tasks...the bike will be commuting to/from work and for days out with the lady.

Got it. Makes sense then. (You can get 125cc scooters though.)

Make sure to hit up SJ for ideas.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying a 125CC Motorbike...Your Opinions Wanted! on: September 02, 2014, 08:44:48 PM
I suppose a lot of it depends on where you live and what kind of driving you need to do, but scooters might be something to think about. Some make it much easier to carry more cargo, e.g. for grocery shopping.

But StoicJoker is the one to ask about bikes.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor? on: September 02, 2014, 08:36:43 PM
Also, any apps that have long lists (or long pages) work better in portrait mode, as there is less scrolling involved.

That's what I find. I'm using my portrait monitor more than the others now as it's far better for long text. Combined with text window splitting (Word and Visual Studio), it makes life a lot easier. Scrolling just takes too much time compared to moving your eyeballs.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: September 02, 2014, 08:29:34 PM
In all seriousness, Ren is a great editor.  Though I didn't get my story published, between Ren's suggestions, and the suggestions of a friend who is a professional writer, the story that came out was a lot better.  I just need to get back to it.

Thank you!  Kiss
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 02, 2014, 08:28:32 PM
Did everyone notice that it it is a black cat wearing an inverted pentagram?

I saw that. It seemed, um, fitting. smiley
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 02, 2014, 08:23:01 PM
Hmm...looks like 40hz's thread has just become Renegade's human shield...  huh tongue

Actually, app shields. No, not that app. Just plain old app. smiley

But there is a growing trend out there for activist apps. I've seen quite a few. I think I might have posted about 1 somewhere.

Sidekik is nifty as it lets you simply tell the LEO, "Talk to my lawyer!"
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 02, 2014, 12:23:22 PM
I thought this discussion thread was the best place to post this:
Hillary Clinton: 'Our technology companies are not part of our government' | The Industry Standard - InfoWorld



She'll get my vote any day with humorous quips like that.

Hheehehe~! That was cute. She's such an adorable little bundle of war mongering hate. smiley

Check John Kerry. He's good for a few laughs as well.

112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S. on: September 02, 2014, 12:05:05 PM
Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.

http://www.welivesecurity...08/28/android-security-2/

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Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science.

The fake ‘towers’ – computers which wirelessly attack cellphones via the “baseband” chips built to allow them to communicate with their networks, can eavesdrop and even install spyware, ESD claims. They are a known technology - but the surprise is that they are in active use.

The towers were found by users of the CryptoPhone 500, one of several ultra-secure handsets that have come to market in the last couple of years, after an executive noticed his handset was “leaking” data regularly.

Its American manufacturer boasts that the handset has a “hardened” version of Android which removes 468 vulnerabilities from the OS.

Uh, yeah. Ok. More at the link.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Game (& reviews) industry's silent scandal on: September 02, 2014, 11:43:31 AM
As an insider for some games, I can tell you that the entire feminist crap is just that - crap.

I've worked on games with far, far worse themes than most people would imagine. Slavery. Torture. Really, really sick stuff.

But the underlying themes have nothing to do with any of the nonsense some people complain about. I get to see the entire theme and story -- everything.

But... meh... whatever.

The SJWs need to STFU.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 02, 2014, 11:07:05 AM
I listen to this and watch it regularly.

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

Lyrics are from Saul Williams.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 02, 2014, 11:05:40 AM
A long solo by Zakk Wylde:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S018IwrFd_4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S018IwrFd_4</a>

Guitar solos are total circle jerks for guitarists (the real work horses - gotta let them shine a bit, eh?), but they're damn cool! Cool  Thmbsup

Zakk is damn good too!  Thmbsup

He works in a truckload there. You can hear a lot. Jimi and Randy included.

And that's a damn fine beard!  Thmbsup

116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 02, 2014, 10:47:39 AM
HA! More danger! But only to the police state. Wink

Activist apps! Cool

I saw this a while back, but didn't want to post it because it would most likely get sent to the Basement. However, there's a new interview out with the app creator that justifies it being sent upstairs here. But... again... in its own thread might be a bit too much. So, thanks 40! You've given me the opportunity to actually get this out into the daylight! tongue

Sidekik - An app to get you a lawyer on your mobile phone immediately if you are confronted by costumed thugs with guns that think they're better than you.

Here's an interview with the creator:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVoMx_4Nl0A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVoMx_4Nl0A</a>

http://sidekik.co/

It's currently being crowd funded.

117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 02, 2014, 09:56:38 AM
Hehehe - Just saw this. Like danger? This idea is very dangerous for statists:

http://www.bitnation.co

Now, as far as how much faith I have in that right now... well... we'll see (not a lot). But the idea itself is a nova bomb on the state.

118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 02, 2014, 09:03:20 AM
Look how many "good" ideas turned out to be "not very" once we uncovered the hidden agendas behind them and suddenly realized just how ugly and batshit crazy their chief proponents really are. (ref: The Patriot Act, FISA, Libertarianism, etc.)

You remind me of this:


smiley

My feeling is that one good thing about publicly discussing "dangerous" ideas is it gets them out in the open where you can often see the clear difference between "bad dangerous" and "good dangerous."

It all depends on who you ask. Case in point above. Wink (But just to be clear, I'm anti-state.)

Very, very few ideas are universally dangerous.

But even then, a lot of people consider universally dangerous ideas "good", like the state. tongue Cool

Risk always needs to be assessed against the potential benefit(s) to be gained. Almost everything worth having comes at a price. The question is how much risk and how high a price you're willing to pay to attempt to gain something. That's where common sense, economic reality, and ethics come in. And those are much harder criteria to apply in a rational manner.

Most days I wonder if rationality matters in the least.

I have never seen a decent critique of Immanuel Kant. They all run off to "damed if you do, damned if you don't" situations. Yeah? So? You're damned. Big deal. But Kant has probably the single best theory out there. Here's a very quick summary:

http://people.wku.edu/jan.garrett/ethics/kant.htm

Yet if we were to act ethically rationally, we would all be Kantian in our actions. This isn't the case. Rationality is rare.

119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: web automation on: September 02, 2014, 08:43:44 AM
is there any other option?

I want to create my own standalone programs that automate webpages and secure them with password so that the source won't be visible! and sell them!

as I can do with AutoHotKey for desktop automation programs!

I've done a lot of web automation in the past using Visual Studio. I don't know if that's an option for you. There are a few tricks that you need to know to get things smooth, but it does work.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: September 02, 2014, 03:51:41 AM
If you figure out something interesting and non-trivial to use The Brain for, be sure to let me know?

It's useful for pretty much any set of complex, related information.

Richard Grove uses it extensively at Tragedy and Hope. Here's a cued up bit with it onscreen. You'll likely want to pause:

http://youtu.be/pwwYuW2tzUo?t=3m50s

I've seen him use much more complex mappings. I just grabbed that at random.

Richard is really big on the Trivium method of education, and uses the tool in that.

From the link above:

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The HISTORY BLUEPRINT is a tool for auto-didactic learning, allowing anyone to begin developing a comprehensive understanding of where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going as Humanity.

So, it's excellent for history. You can map events, organisations, people, places, ideas, URLs, or pretty much anything you can imagine. You can then get that feel for the relationships there in a more visual and interactive way.

But the same goes for tracking news topics or other kinds of events, e.g. a political campaign, sporting events, etc.

Also, for academic purposes, it's ideal for doing research as you can pin down those connections and relations nice and visually.

It would also work very well for personal research and discovery. You can continually add nodes, so it would work very well for planning.

I suppose that you could use it to design arguments/syllogisms as well.

But, I'm not sure any of that is non-trivial.

121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SIGIL, free ePub editor on: September 02, 2014, 01:21:31 AM

That's too bad. Sigil was really good.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: September 01, 2014, 08:05:43 PM
Wow. That's a lot of tools in there.

There's one mind mapping tool that I've seen used that looks pretty good:

http://www.thebrain.com

It's cross platform, and would make a good addition there.

I found out about it here:

https://www.tragedyandhope.com/the-brain/

Richard uses it in a lot of his videos.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 01, 2014, 10:03:05 AM
^The degree of "tameness" (is that an actual word?)

It actually is. smiley


Not for everybody. But since I'm most comfortable, and at my mind seems to function at its best whenever I'm outside my 'comfort' zone, I think FODI has a role in the world of ideas.

Heck yeah!

I probably should have qualified myself above. **I** didn't find too many things "dangerous". But quite a few of the topics would certainly piss off a lot of people. e.g. The topics addressing free speech are extremely dangerous to a lot of people. As an example of that, the UN is currently trying to coax Japan into creating "hate speech" laws. Speech is inherently dangerous because some people are just... uh... Let me just *not* devolve into a blithering rant. Wink Grin

I would like to see things like FODI gain greater publicity with a broader range of dangerous ideas. It's good to shock people that have gotten comfortable.

And it's ok to reject ideas too. Without becoming violent. People forget that sometimes.

I'm dying to blurt out some things... sigh... nope. Sometimes it pays to be quiet. smiley
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 01, 2014, 09:38:01 AM
Think the Basement can get a little over the top at times?

Over the top? I think we mostly keep it bottled up downstairs. Wink

For the festival, browsing through some, they all seem fairly tame.

 

But it would be nice to seem some more dangerous ideas pop up. The question remains though, who is it dangerous for?

Nice find. smiley
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 31, 2014, 11:37:23 AM


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