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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: April 18, 2015, 07:41:28 AM
Slate has picked up the Liberland story:

http://www.slate.com/blog...bia_and.html?wpsrc=fol_fb

It's rather odd as well. Slate is generally openly hostile to that sort of thing.

Also, it's on Google Maps now.



127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 18, 2015, 06:32:10 AM
(see attachment in previous post)
If you add drunk people to fitness quotes, things get hilarious. (more at randommization.com)

Those werrrreeeee GREAT~!
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: April 18, 2015, 05:30:09 AM
^ Nope. Sad I just saw it and thought of this thread. It's just, well, interesting.
129  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Ataxx - my 2nd favorite game of the 1990's on: April 18, 2015, 04:23:17 AM
I used to love that game! Getting the corners was pretty much my #1 strategy. Once you control the corners, the rest falls into place.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: April 18, 2015, 04:18:46 AM
A new country just started in Europe: Liberland.

http://liberland.org/

http://www.theblaze.com/s...uropes-brand-new-country/

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The tiny country sits on about seven square kilometers (less than 3 square miles) of land along the Danube River, between the official borders of Croatia and Serbia. According to Liberland’s President Vit Jedlicka, the land was considered “terra nullis” or nobody’s land.

Despite being just under three square miles in area, Liberland is not the smallest country on the planet. In fact, it is larger than the Vatican and Monaco.

According to a news release posted on the Liberland site, the founders are Czech citizens who formed something called a “Preparatory Committee,” elected a president (Jedlicka) and decided to declare their new state and planted a flag.

Image source: Liberland.org
President Jedlicka (second from right) and other Liberland founders at flag raising. Image source: Liberland.org
Those interested in becoming a citizen of the fledgling nation need to file an application. However, there is no official time frame attached to the process. According to the site, applications will be dealt with “in due time.”

What does it take to qualify to be a Liberland-ian? According the web site, potential citizens must:

- have respect for other people and respect the opinions of others, regardless of their race, ethnicity, orientation, or religion

- have respect for private ownership which is untouchable

- do not have communist, nazi or other extremist past

- were not punished for past criminal offenses

More at the link.

http://truucoin.com/2015/...on-to-operate-in-bitcoin/

http://liberland.org/en/n...to-become-citizens-23.htm


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British media about Liberland:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/...en-croatia-serbia-1496715
http://www.bbc.com/news/b...s-from-elsewhere-32332473

Czech media about Liberland:

http://www.novinky.cz/dom...oslavie-vlastni-stat.html
http://www.parlamentnilis...-Nejedna-se-o-vtip-370737
http://zpravy.e15.cz/doma...-kvuli-byrokracii-1180861
http://tn.nova.cz/clanek/...yt-obcany-liberlandu.html

Slovak media about Liberland:

http://www.sme.sk/c/77515...zalozil-vlastny-stat.html
http://www.tvnoviny.sk/za...te-uz-ziadat-o-obcianstvo
http://www.pluska.sk/krim...t-dovody-vas-pobavia.html

Polish media about Liberland:

http://wiadomosci.onet.pl...nstwo-na-balkanach/kjl6ln
http://pikio.pl/na-balkan...nstwo-marzen-korwinistow/

Hungarian media about Liberland:

http://index.hu/kulfold/2..._liberland_vajdasag_cseh/
http://444.hu/2015/04/15/...jdasag-mellett-liberland/

Austrian media about Liberland:

http://wirtschaftsblatt.a...chen-Serbien-und-Kroatien
http://www.krone.at/Welt/...au-Liberland-Story-448505
http://www.kleinezeitung....igenen-Staat-an-der-Donau
Turkish media about Liberland:

http://www.ahaber.com.tr/...-devlet-kuruldu-liberland
http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/dunya/28745773.asp
http://www.sabah.com.tr/d...-devlet-kuruldu-liberland

Serbian media about Liberland:

http://inserbia.info/toda...ia-and-croatia-liberland/
http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/...izmedju-Srbije-i-Hrvatske
http://www.tanjug.rs/novo...dju-srbije-i-hrvatske.htm
http://www.kurir.rs/plane...-liberland-clanak-1741441

Croatian media about Liberland:

http://www.croatiaweek.co...nd-declares-independence/
http://www.jutarnji.hr/hr...rzavu-liberland-/1331520/
http://www.dnevno.hr/vije...edu-hrvatske-srbije-8526/
Video reports:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrRccMnuiEA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp9Blx7B-Po

Not so much from American media so far.

131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: April 17, 2015, 09:17:39 PM
132  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: April 16, 2015, 12:45:55 PM
Was gravitating towards EditPlus, but have now started using emmet (formerly zen coding) with Sublime Text.

Different strokes for different folks.

The one thing that I would strongly recommend though, is that whatever editor you choose, it needs to have decent regular expression support. You have NO idea just how awesome that can be. I've used EditPlus to work on THOUSANDS of files at once. (Was a long time ago before CMSes were popular.) Other editors can do the same. But regex? It makes you a GOD over your files.

EditPlus supports Zen Coding, but I don't use it.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 16, 2015, 12:31:51 PM
Facepalm blackeye warning! - If you like ridiculing the Tumblr crowd, you'll like this.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 16, 2015, 11:35:16 AM
That's one thing that's always befuddled me... people are happy to get back a lot of money.  It's your own money that you gave the government interest free for a year.  My perfect world is when I'm at $0 owed or returned.

^ Yep. That.

With one small caveat... You "owe" your extortionist? Oh gee... thanks for not breaking my legs. tongue #WhoIsLarkenRose?
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 16, 2015, 01:44:51 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZ8cqkYQ5A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItZ8cqkYQ5A</a>

Buddy has a lot more twisted stuff on his channel.
136  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon on: April 15, 2015, 11:28:01 PM
We're just laughing this time because it's "cute little candy crush".

Yep. Because it's still funny!

Just how much do you need to play to require surgery? Sheesh! It's hilarious.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 15, 2015, 08:05:33 PM
Happy April 15th?



138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: April 15, 2015, 09:56:18 AM
Personally I love the Walking Dead comic, and think the tv show is absolute unwatchable crap.  Just terrible acting, directing, writing, the whole 9 yards, terrible.
It's hard for me to put my finger on the core of why it falls so flat for me, but i think the inability to resist trying to come up with grosser and grosser scenes of gore and faces getting smashed reveals what the producers/writers/directors think makes a good show. All of the emotions just feel unearned and fake to me..

Being fair... a lot of the zombies are older and more decayed, and thus... messier.

Regarding the emotions... sigh... few TV shows manage to live up there. I try not to let it get in the way of enjoying the show -- it's not like there's a lot of choice for the genre out there.

Most characters are cardboard. Even great actors can't salvage some characters. To some degree, the character needs to already be a part of the actor. And that's the job of casting to get that right.

Acting is also a product of the time. Just look at 1940s, 50s, 60s... etc... movies or TV shows. "Casablanca" is a bit corny now. Audience expectations matter a lot. "The man with no name" -- fantastic character, but does he live up to it now in 2015? Or to the same degree?

Good depth of character is rare. But I don't think the broader audience really wants that depth -- they want something simple and easy to "peg" and understand.


Been watching Daredevil on Netflix.  Best superhero tv show I've seen.  If you have Netflix, try it.  All of the episodes are up at the same time.  I'm through 8 out of 13, and wish there were more.

Really?

I skipped watching it as I've found too many of the comic book shows/movies are just... not for me. I used to love comics, but the shows & movies have turned me off entirely.

But you and I share quite a few similar tastes... I'll give it a shot when I have a chance. Another friend introduced me to a few shows that I'd dismissed as "probably really stupid" and they turned out to be darn good.
139  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon on: April 15, 2015, 09:37:04 AM
Someone was saying that gaming is harmless? tongue

http://gizmodo.com/yikes-...hat-he-rupture-1697861150

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Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon

Let us bring you yet another cautionary tale of a deceptively sweet and bubbly menace to our nation. We speak, of course, of Candy Crush. A 29-year-old man actually ruptured a tendon after weeks of torturing his thumb in pursuit candy matches. We kid you not.

So uhh, how much Candy Crush do you need to play before it becomes dangerous to your physical health? According to a case report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the man told doctors he’d been playing for six to eight weeks pretty much nonstop—in his words, “playing was a kind of secondary thing, but it was constantly on.” That whole time, his left thumb was swipe swipe swiping, until it basically gave out. He came in with pain and unable to move his thumb. And yes, he needed surgery.

The oddest detail, according to the authors of the report, is that the man never noticed any pain before his tendon ruptured, possibly because he was so absorbed in the game. “Although this is only a single case report, research might consider whether video games have a role in clinical pain management and as nonpharmacologic alternatives during uncomfortable or painful medical procedures,” the case report concludes. So Tylenol or Candy Crush, pick your poison?



140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Political Apps Thread on: April 14, 2015, 11:18:35 AM
ps. Didn't mean to derail the topic -- i do think it's useful to talk about political-related apps, especially those dealing with political free speech.

^ So much THIS!

Canada is facing legislation what will make a lot of speech criminal. Software to dodge around that is important.

Jitsi is one of those apps that can help people communicate securely. I just wish that it had more financial backing so that more people could find about about it and use it. I'd rather use it than Skype... but just try to convince someone to communicate privately with you when it takes more than 5 seconds to set up. Sad
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 14, 2015, 11:13:12 AM
Just speak with a financial counselor... Wink



142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Political Apps Thread on: April 14, 2015, 10:04:51 AM
I keep coming across politically motivated software and apps, so it might be interesting to have a thread on it.

* Caveat: Keep the politics out or post in the Basement. This is a discussion about software, and any politics should be excluded or "meta".

I've casually posted a few in other thread on related topics, but there are more and more of these kinds of programs coming out. Here's a short round-up of a few:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAUVyopPT6w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAUVyopPT6w</a>

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Here are 8 great apps that make your world a little freer—and a whole lot easier to navigate.

Waze is a real-time, crowd-sourced map that not only tells you about traffic jams and finds the cheapest nearby gas station for you but also warns you of speed traps, police checkpoints, and ticket cams. Get this: The info is so good that the National Sheriffs Association is pressuring app stores to shut Waze down.

Open WhisperSystem’s Red Phone and Text Secure provide easy end-to-end encryption for phone calls, text messages, and chats. If you’re on Apple iOS, check out Signal.

Meerkat and Periscope allow you to livestream everything from your kids’ soccer games to police stops directly to Twitter. The only thing blocking these apps is that they’re only available on Apple’s iOS for now.

The Peacekeeper Emergency Response System app cultivates “benevolence” and independence in communities by allowing you to create your own personal emergency response network so that friends, family, and others can come to your aid at a moment’s notice—and you can come to theirs.

And then of course there’s Uber, the ride-sharing app that almost singlehandedly undermined taxi cab cartels all over the world. Uber is driving down a dark road by collaborating with state and local governments to keep out new competitors, but it’s also true that its ease of use and superiors product has brought safe, affordable rides to neighborhoods that never knew them before.

Here's a bonus app: Reason's mobile app is super-light and fast-loading—and constantly updated with our latest blog posts, videos, and articles about "Free Minds and Free Markets."

The "Peace Keeper" app is interesting. It's a kind of social app, but very different.

http://peacekeeper.org/

The author (Cody Drummond) has been interviewed a couple times that I know of here (Tom Woods) and here (Jeff Berwick).

One program not mentioned in the video above that I like (but can't seem to get anyone else to use) is Jitsi. It's secure chat & calling. Excellent when you want to discuss... uh... get Jitsi & I'll tell you. tongue

143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 14, 2015, 09:37:25 AM
The Worst Room: A blog about trying to find affordable housing in new york city (and elsewhere)

The descriptions of these rooms for rent, along with the tags used by the author, are hilarious.

That.was.disgusting. Sad

And I didn't need another reason to hate NYC. Sad

But the descriptions & tags were funny! cheesy

144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 5 Insane Devices for Monitoring Your Kids on: April 14, 2015, 09:02:47 AM
I saw this, and immediately thought of 40hz.

5 Insane Devices for Monitoring Your Kids

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

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We're in the midst of a tech revolution that's changing childhood for the worse. It's the constant digital surveillance of our kids. Here are five devices that are turning moms and dads into the NSA.

(1) Today there are literally hundreds of baby monitors on the market that stream live video, and many are infrared so you can peer in the dark as your baby snoozes under his Mozart mobile. Some models pivot and tilt, which seems like the sort of tool that might appeal to Seal Team 6. But parents?

(2) Then there are all the gadgets you can attach to your baby, like the Owlet monitor. Do you know your blood oxygen level? Why are we treating healthy babies like they need neonatal intensive care?

(3) Making parents afraid for their kids is a goldmine for companies, which explains the coming arrival of Smart Diapers that help parents analyze the chemical content of their babies' output. Because how dare you toss such a vital diagnostic specimen just into the Diaper Genie?

(4) Once the kids venture out, there's a tsunami of tracking devices that allow parents to strap the equivalent of an FBI ankle bracelet onto their offspring. One of these is V. ALRT, which can detect if your kid falls down. Can you imagine how anxiety inducing—and yet completely useless—this will be? “Warning your child has fallen. Commence feeling bad."

(5) The new Apple Watch is a revolutionary device, but I worry it could turn into the Swiss Army Knife of tracking tools—video feeds, GPS locators, biometric sensors.

These gadgets promise they’ll give parents peace of mind, but they do the exact opposite. They create constant fear—fear so great that you believe you must buy these things or your child is in grave danger. Once you’ve become convinced that your happy, healthy baby in her crib needs blood oxygen monitoring—or that you need to track your teen's heart rate and GPS on a date, which is too disgusting to think about, you'll be a total wreck. Meantime, your kids feel all the joy of a prisoner under house arrest.

Saying, “these devices provide peace of mind,” is like saying, “this box of mosquitoes will provide a good night’s sleep." Do not open the box.

40hz, care to chime in? Wink
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 12, 2015, 08:50:31 AM
Friendly reminder... Don't post any funny memes anymore if you're in Russia...

http://www.washingtonpost...-memes-illegal/?tid=sm_fb

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Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal

http://knowyourmeme.com/m...mes/people/vladimir-putin



tongue

146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 10, 2015, 12:10:21 PM
Isn't 9 EoL, or do you still get security updates for it?

Not sure. I've got 9.5.5 now. Haven't paid for any new versions. And I rarely download PDF files. I *always* check the source.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 10, 2015, 03:32:31 AM
I use Acrobat 9 Pro, and it's very fast. Small files open instantly, and opening larger ones only takes a few seconds. (3 seconds with a 150 MB file I just checked.) However, it's rather expensive. It does include all the bells & whistles, but most are rarely needed, similar to how few of MS Office features are ever needed.

Just throwing that out there as nobody had mentioned it, and it is very fast.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: April 09, 2015, 08:14:56 AM
World beer consumption by country.

149  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: April 08, 2015, 11:06:18 AM
Well... just to throw it out there... EditPlus or Notepad++ or UltraEdit.

For multiple files, I love EditPlus. I've been using it for years (nearing 15 now...), and it's wonderful.

However, pure text editors aren't for everyone. And even inside of pure text editors, different people like different things.

  • (1) as a beginner, I want to be easily able to find everything.
  • (2) using a non-standard keyboard (qwertz) I would like customisable shortcuts (bonus for exportable list of same)
  • (3) would love to be able to compare files side by side (e.g. my version and someone elses - but this may be another category of software?)

1) Search in all files with a text editor - done?
2) Not sure.
3) Easily done in a good text editor.

Not sure if I'm hitting the mark here... Sad
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Cool Crowd Funders, Kickstarters, Indiegogos, etc. on: April 08, 2015, 11:00:13 AM
I figure that a thread of new crowd funded initiatives might be fun.

I'll kick this off with a funky aquarium that uses aquaponics:

https://www.kickstarter.c...e-c-your-window-to-nature

It's pretty much all videos there, but should be enjoyable for a few people.

That project launched to it's goal in 1 hour.  Thmbsup
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