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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 23, 2014, 09:21:57 PM
An English professor tries what should have been a fun writing exercise with his class, this is the result:


That was excellent!  Thmbsup
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 23, 2014, 07:19:23 AM
Amusingly I only knew him mainly for The Screwtape Letters and his sci-fi trilogy which I think I read at about age 12 or so:

I loved The Screwtape Letters. I forget how many times I've read it. Haven't read it in a few years though.

I am going to watch this one today:

Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve


It's an excellent documentary, and James does a fantastic job.

I have a few criticisms of the system that I've not seen anyone bring up yet, and I was hoping to hear a bit more original material from James, but alas, most of the content of the documentary I was already aware of.

Still, James has style, and really delivers the goods. He even has full transcripts with links and references.

If you like that, you will very likely appreciate this:

Original Article:


A note about that: "This video is in the public domain. The producers have waived their copyright to this video."  ohmy

It's highly related.

128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 23, 2014, 03:45:13 AM
Jon McNaughton is an excellent artist.

Someone photoshopped one of his works. Here's a "before & after":


Hail Cthulhu! cheesy

129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 23, 2014, 12:53:48 AM
^ The actual post was kind of cute. Some of the comments, well...

In other news...

This Alaskan news reporter quits live on air. Just epic! cheesy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcSqIuqkz4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcSqIuqkz4</a>

Here's a news report about it:


The anchor's reaction is similarly funny. cheesy
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help needed recording streaming video. on: September 22, 2014, 10:23:26 AM
The relevant code is:

Formatted for HTML with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
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  2. By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C
  3. found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/.
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  6. <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script>
  8. <object id="myExperience1721600232001" class="BrightcoveExperience">
  9.  <param name="bgcolor" value="#494949" />
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  12.  <param name="playerID" value="2112648932001" />
  13.  <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAABhgfpx9k~,oDdvuOi2gc9Jb6SCcsBzNSXoXbJgHyBg" />
  14.  <param name="isVid" value="true" />
  15.  <param name="isUI" value="true" />
  16.  <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" />
  18.  <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1721600232001" />
  20. <!--
  21. This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon
  22. as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after
  23. the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line.
  24. -->
  25. <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script>
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  28. </div>

So the relevant parts are:


And the IDs there.

The JS is far too long to post here.

I don't have time to go through that now (and I'm not totally sober...), but perhaps this will trigger something that someone else knows.

"Brightcove" is key there.

These things are generally straight forward in tracking down the proper URL and sending the right cookies if they're that sophisticated.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 22, 2014, 10:02:25 AM
...What's even more surprising is AC since then. Along with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Brian Welch of Korn, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, and Dan Spitz of Anthrax, and Blackie Lawless of WASP, they have all converted to Christianity. THAT bit in a documentary I would like to see.

Impressive - I hadn't known about that - though perhaps these were not as spectacular conversions as the academic and atheist C.S. Lewis' self-conversion to Christianity:
"The most dejected, reluctant convert in all England" C.S. Lewis in Surprised By Joy.

Interestingly he did not convert to RC though.

C.S. Lewis has been one of my favourite authors for a very long time. His Christian apologetics never venture into the territory of being nasty or cruel or anything of the sort. He's simply one of the finest authors to have ever lived. Our love of the Narnia chronicles is a testament to his skill. 

I really would like to see a documentary on Christian converts. It would be interesting.

You make a good point about Lewis being reluctant, etc. It isn't easy to change world views.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 22, 2014, 07:40:12 AM
Juice Rap News is periodically on RT, and does some interesting and entertaining stuff. Here's on on the singularity:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6MqvaaeqLU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6MqvaaeqLU</a>

It's a techno/dubstep rap. Very well done.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite podcasts? on: September 21, 2014, 09:17:46 PM
Really nice list of recommended podcasts on techdirt:

The comments there about Freakonomics are spot on:

Freakonomics: Usually good, though not always as interesting as it feels it should be. Often feels like it takes a bit too superficial of a view on things, which is too bad. Feels like it could dig deeper on some stories.

I tried to get into it before, but found it very superficial. On the econ side, I like Peter Schiff & Gerald Celente. They have some good shows.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 21, 2014, 09:14:42 PM
There, fixed my OP so it makes sense - there's no problem for me because I don't use a watch or a wallet.

Haha! smiley

Yes, that may very well work for you, and a lot of others -- me included -- I no longer use my watch or wallet. But that just boils down to our preference for what form factors we like. In this case, pockets. smiley Watches will find a market with people that prefer them to pockets.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 20, 2014, 11:15:04 PM

136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: September 20, 2014, 08:35:25 AM
Heh! I know you sing & all that. You start! smiley

I write audio software for musicians, and I play guitar, but I'm out of practice and really suck, so I won't be posting anything. tongue
137  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:


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.
138  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


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

139  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

140  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

141  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?


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

142  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

143  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.


144  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?


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. 
145  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.)

146  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>


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

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.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 16, 2014, 03:24:32 AM
148  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?



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


149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 15, 2014, 03:55:51 AM
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 14, 2014, 11:44:47 AM
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