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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to repair zip files? on: September 19, 2014, 09:19:17 AM
@Edvard: Those were anomalous instances and not repeatable. I could be wrong, of course, but that's what I was trying to point out in my earlier comment - i.e., that this thread is about something (an error or a fix for an error) that doesn't happen under normal circumstances, or isn't actually required, and which couldn't be mitigated or repaired if it occurred anyway.

In other words, there is likely to be no need to repair .ZIP files, as you would probably only get damaged ZIP files from an irreversible anomalous and non-repeatable) event, and due to the simple structure of .ZIP files, you will be unlikely to be able to recover/repair/reconstruct the lost/corrupted data - you couldn't "magic" the data out of nowhere.

IainB is right.

Compression relies on entropy (or many forms of compression anyways). This is a good site to get started on it:

http://www.maximumcompression.com

It's not been updated in a while, but it's excellent.

If a ZIP file cannot be recovered by the normal recovery mechanisms inside your compression software, it's unlikely that it can be recovered. Ever. Download again, or resign yourself to it being lost. The amount of effort to recover a corrupt file is likely not worth it.

If you want recovery capabilities, don't use ZIP compression.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 19, 2014, 08:37:14 AM
Space Station 76

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A space station drama with a distinct 70's feel. The sound track is very much in the 70's groove. (They used Skywalker Sound - don't get much better.)

No action. No lasers. No aliens. No plot. Just a drama.

It's a chick flick in space with a 70's feel.

But hey, if you're going to watch a chick flick, might as well have it on a space station.

Not really my cup of tea, but that could speak volumes for others. I'm sure there are people that will really enjoy it. The writing is very good with a great cast, and they do try to give a depth to the characters. It's very well done, so it still scores well there.

It probably would be a lot better high. tongue

128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite Tech News or Science News websites? on: September 19, 2014, 07:02:16 AM
Tech:




129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 18, 2014, 08:05:21 PM
Don't you hate it when this happens to you?
 (see attachment in previous post)
Eyes all aflutter

I've seen worse. Wink

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130  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rewriting work for hire after the fact... on: September 18, 2014, 03:52:30 AM
but do they own the ideas I had to solve the problem?

No.

Or look at it this way -- If I solved the problem, could they stop me?

131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3D Printed CAR! on: September 17, 2014, 11:57:01 AM
3D printed death star  Wink

I'll raise you a 3D printed X-wing. smiley

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DoCo...I need your help! on: September 17, 2014, 10:55:55 AM
Sorry to hear about that. Losing people close to you is very hard.

I couldn't donate much on IndieGoGo, but I hope it helps.

Bump?

133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 17, 2014, 10:45:05 AM
Hmmm, some guy was talking into his watch on the train platform this morning.  Either he has Dick Tracy delusions or the thing is out already?

THAT'S IT!! DICK TRACY!

I'd had a bit to drink and couldn't remember the exact reference.

But... no. Buddy there isn't what we really want. We want VIDEO!

Video is very expensive for a mobile device, and this is why we won't see a good watch device for a while yet.

Look at what's available now, then wait 5~10 years and look.


However... what do people ALWAYS have with them?

  • Watch
  • Mobile phone (it's got a clock)
  • Wallet/purse (not relevant here, but true) (I've got pockets)

Problem solved  smiley


Android Watch Phone

I think your main problem with something like that is going to be finding a battery that lasts long enough for it to be useful.

Battery - Exactly.

Battery is good enough for some things, but it isn't good enough for video quite yet. Or not good enough for sustained usage.

You can use a tablet computer that is plugged into an electrical socket to stream video and the battery level will still decline.

But for "problem solved", no. The problem is far from solved. The issue there is form factor and battery life.

The watch, mobile phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop computer form factors are all very different in how we (need to) interact with them.

The question is about fitting what we want to do (video or high energy applications) into a small form factor with battery power sufficient to meet our expectations.

Energy in general needs to be rethought. The current mainstream ideas aren't working out very well. But there are alternative technologies that are promising and could help. 
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 16, 2014, 10:01:28 AM
Watches are too small for modern communications technology right now. You can't get the RAM memory, CPU power, and storage into that small of a container.

Think of the 1950's to the 1970's movies with "futuristic" technology where they showed a watch. Ain't gonna happen quite yet.

However... what do people ALWAYS have with them?

  • Watch
  • Mobile phone
  • Wallet/purse (not relevant here, but true)

The technology **is** there to marry a watch to a mobile phone.

So why not use the watch like an old dummy terminal with the mobile phone as the server?

That gives you all the connectivity and processing power you want.

The problem then is mobile phone battery life. And the watch battery life because wireless communications and video take up a lot of power.

The problem of mobile phone battery life can be mitigated easily though through connecting to desktops/laptops, and using a cycle to check for other devices, e.g. connected tablet computers.

That space will be filled fairly shortly though. Give it 5 years or so. Maybe 10 at the outside.

What do you guys think?   Should I start a kickstarter?  Or am I only designing for myself?

You are not designing just for yourself. If done right... e.g. You get a call on your phone, answer it on your watch, and if it's a longer call you walk over to your phone & use that **seamlessly**. (The audio quality/volume will be paramount - you must have a good speaker that far exceeds the quality on a mobile phone.)

Can it be done? Absolutely.

Can you do it with a Kickstarter? Dunno. It requires a huge amount of investment into hardware and software development.

Batteries will be a problem though. Careful planning there is essential. e.g. You talked too long, but still need to tell the time, so a reserve is needed.)

135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 3D Printed CAR! on: September 16, 2014, 06:47:41 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daioWlkH7ZI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daioWlkH7ZI</a>

https://localmotors.com/3dprintedcar/

Your 3D printed handgun (not included) goes in the glove compartment. tongue

Quote
Your car has over 20,000 parts. Ours has 40.
The Strati: 44 hours of printing. 2 days of assembly.
Full-scale. Fully functional. Can we do it? Hell yeah.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 16, 2014, 03:24:32 AM
Sk8rboi
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / NSFW - Naughty Bits - Sexy Bitcoin "News" Show :) on: September 15, 2014, 04:44:58 AM
Remember the Nude News?

http://www.reddit.com/r/B...s_sexy_bitcoin_news_show/

NSFW

Quote
Naughty Bits - Sexy Bitcoin "News" Show smiley

Hello everyone! I just posted the first episode of my new bitcoin "news" show where I talk about things that I think are sexy in the world of bitcoin! smiley

The show isn't really intended to be informative or educational, just fun! Hopefully the show will get people excited about bitcoin! Wink

So I did 2 versions of the show, an uncensored version for my Pornhub channel, and a comically-censored version for YouTube! Both are pretty NSFW:

Pornhub: http://www.pornhub.com/vi...eo.php?viewkey=1683533477

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwTCgvCAz80

Here are the things that I thought were sexy in this episode:

PayPal Accepting Bitcoin through Braintree: http://www.theguardian.co...raintree-overstock-reddit

CoinKite's new Nym service: http://blog.coinkite.com/...and-payment-pages-for-all

The OpenBazaar Beta: /r/OpenBazaar

Bazaar Markets : /r/BazaarMarkets

I'd love to hear what you guys think is sexy in the world of bitcoin so I can talk about it next time!

The show is free and always will be, but donations are always appreciated! smiley

XO-Saffron

138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 15, 2014, 03:55:51 AM
Klingons
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 14, 2014, 11:44:47 AM
Woof!
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: web automation on: September 14, 2014, 08:39:21 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.

how do you get VS to "see" a radio button or a text form in a website?

Here's an example:

Formatted for C# with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. // This is the basic method to use when a document loads. Expect problems and check StackExchange.
  2. private void webBrowser1_DocumentCompleted(object sender, WebBrowserDocumentCompletedEventArgs e)
  3. {
  4. // Get a collection of all the kinds of elements that you want to look at.
  5. // In this case, we're looking for <input> tags.
  6. HtmlElementCollection collection = webBrowser1.Document.GetElementsByTagName("input");
  7.  
  8. // Run through the collection and look for a specific element.
  9. foreach (HtmlElement element in collection) {
  10.  
  11. // Check the name of the element.
  12. if (element.Name == "user") {
  13. element.InnerText = "kalos";
  14. }
  15.  
  16. // Check if the element has a specific attribute.
  17. if (element.GetAttribute("type") == "password") {
  18. this.Text = "Found it!";
  19. element.InnerText = "some password";
  20. }
  21. }
  22. }
  23.  
  24. // This shows clicking a sbumit button.
  25. private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  26. {
  27. // Get a collection of all the kinds of elements that you want to look at.
  28. // In this case, we're looking for <input> tags.
  29. HtmlElementCollection collection = webBrowser1.Document.GetElementsByTagName("input");
  30.  
  31. // Run through the collection and look for a specific element.
  32. foreach (HtmlElement element in collection) {
  33.  
  34. // Check if the element has a specific attribute.
  35. if (element.GetAttribute("type") == "submit") {
  36. this.Text = "Found the submit button!";
  37. // This is how you click. It is not always 100% reliable.
  38. element.InvokeMember("Click");
  39. }
  40. }
  41. }

Here's the compiled version:

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It should look like this:

[attachimg=2]

I think that should be enough to get you started.

141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 14, 2014, 08:08:32 AM
glue
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 12, 2014, 08:27:21 AM
Wer

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Worth a watch!  Thmbsup

I don't want to say much about this, but just go into it blind.

It's a horror on a relatively common topic, but does it really well. I think the horror fans out there will be pleased.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 11, 2014, 09:39:50 AM
Dice
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 11, 2014, 09:06:13 AM
Metal
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 11, 2014, 09:04:25 AM
Some good Aussie humour:









More here:

http://imgur.com/a/nvwFB

146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 11, 2014, 09:01:34 AM

HAHAHA!  Thmbsup Thmbsup

Just to make it easier for people:



147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 11, 2014, 07:42:46 AM
http://www.zerohedge.com/...-09-10/iclock-post-mortem

Tim Cook announced Tuesday the release of Apple’s long-rumored watch, the latest in wearable technology. Here are some features of the new device:

- 13-megapixel camera enables users to take crystal-clear pictures of wrist
- Allows wearers to start and stop the flow of time
- Discreet, but not so discreet that anyone would mistake it for a regular watch
- Comes in a variety of colors and styles to express your personal submission to the planet’s dominant tech company
- Adjustable ticking volume
- All the convenience of a traditional watch that needs to be charged every 12 hours
- Built-in thinkpiece regarding the increased connectivity yet simultaneous isolation of the millennial generation
- Small size and intricate circuitry able to drive twice as many Chinese workers to suicide as iPhone
- Makes it easier for muggers to see whether or not you’re carrying an expensive electronic device
- Another screen to throw into your current rotation of things you look at

But apart from that... it's 'awesome'

Haha! smiley  thumbs up

ZH is one of my favourite sites. (Even if the joke is a repost.)
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 07:32:30 AM
But... what if they aren't filming?  They're trying to stop anyone from wearing/using them.  Just because there is the 'possibility'.  Just for one possible use.  It's a device that can do a *lot* of things... and this one use is the one that they're trying to get the whole thing thrown away because of.  And it's funny that most of the people on the other side of the issue, are those that are usually for the freedom.

Seems pretty simple to me.  It takes an active use in a manner that offends/is an imposition to others before anyone else has a right to step in.

I've not made up my mind quite yet. Which is why I posed questions above.

But I certainly do like the technology!  Thmbsup

Here's another example...

You have a coffee shop or bar near a university where you offer free Wi-Fi, but disallow Google Glass. Since it's your place, well... you make the rules.

Conversely, if I'm a patron, and you change your policy to allow Google Glass, and I disagree with that, I can't see how I can legitimately block GG on your premises from your Wi-Fi.

The issue gets muddier in public places. But, that would seem to be already covered by harassment or stalking laws.

Dunno. Haven't thought about it too much. I can see both sides of the coin. I'm leaning towards zero restrictions on GG in public places. It's really no different than someone walking around with a video camera.

Is following someone (who doesn't want to be filmed) in a public place with a video camera harassment? Possibly. I can imagine scenarios where it clearly would be. I can also imagine other scenarios where it wouldn't be. Muddy.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 04:59:36 AM
Here's an example - Say Cindy Citizen Journalist is filming herself on the steps of city hall to get the news out about the horrible new by-law making it illegal to park your car with the windows down! The frame isn't zoomed into only her nose, but rather a more reasonable full body shot with the sinister den of iniquity (city hall) behind her. People are still going about their business and most people walk behind her, but are clearly visible in the frame. Shy Stan walks behind her and is also captured in the video.

QUESTIONS:

  • What is Cindy filming?
  • Is Stan "being filmed"?

The first is obvious - Cindy is filming herself in front of city hall.

The second has 2 answers - yes and no. Those 2 answers have very different presuppositions regarding "filming".

Yes assumes that anything in the frame is "being filmed".

No assumes that the intent and main focus of the frame is what is "being filmed".

But, that's just one example of a focused recording, and doesn't include the "Google Glass" scenario.

For general surveillance cameras, it seems that we would usually say that whatever is in the frame is being filmed, similar to the "Yes" answer above. i.e. Shy Stan walks past a surveillance camera, so, he *IS* being filmed.

Does the same apply to Google Glass?

If not, would we then say that someone is being filmed (by GG) if they are framed and in focus, but not being filmed if their appearance in a frame is incidental? Where does the line start to blur?

This site has a lot to say on the topic:

http://stopthecyborgs.org/

150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 10, 2014, 11:55:21 PM
Smack
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