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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Opera now supports DuckDuckGo on: March 29, 2015, 11:54:27 AM
I just noticed today that Opera now supports DuckDuckGo as a default search engine.

It's been a while in coming since they switched to the Chromium engine.

So, for those few people that use Opera, DDG is now available.
127  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 10:51:17 AM
^ Looks like it's gone now.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 29, 2015, 10:20:25 AM
For some light campy mindless fun check out the new iZombie It's a knockoff of the 'Dead Like Me' formula, but very well done IMO.

I'd not thought of that angle. I'd figured it was similar to "Forever" with a bit of the zombie spice thrown in. Many TV shows come out in pairs from competing networks.

Continuing where Stoic Joker left off, 'The Walking Dead' and 'Z Nation' are very enjoyable zombie TV-shows as well.

Exactly like those 2 shows. cheesy

Or "Helix" and "The Last Ship".

The same happens in movies often, and in particular, in disaster movies.

It's like some kind of A/B testing.

I only watch WD with my family to have some family TV time... but it's becoming less and less enjoyable, and not for the reasons one would say.  There's a certain amount of 'liberty' that Darabont has taken from the comics, and in some cases it changes the story in very ... charged ways.  Really not looking forward to it like I formerly was.

I'm not familiar with the comic, so it's all new to me. Seems fine though. It's one of the better shows out there.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 28, 2015, 08:27:38 PM
Have you ever looked at the ground while standing in line at the airport? Well, you're probably a terrorist then.

https://firstlook.org/the...hecklist-spot-terrorists/

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Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.

These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA document obtained exclusively by The Intercept.

The checklist is part of TSA’s controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception — known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. The program employs specially trained officers, known as Behavior Detection Officers, to watch and interact with passengers going through screening.

The document listing the criteria, known as the “Spot Referral Report,” is not classified, but it has been closely held by TSA and has not been previously released. A copy was provided to The Intercept by a source concerned about the quality of the program.

The checklist ranges from the mind-numbingly obvious, like “appears to be in disguise,” which is worth three points, to the downright dubious, like a bobbing Adam’s apple. Many indicators, like “trembling” and “arriving late for flight,” appear to confirm allegations that the program picks out signs and emotions that are common to many people who fly.

More at the link.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 28, 2015, 10:19:58 AM
Just finished the first 3 books of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein. Non especially deep, but a nice light page turner.

Now I'm reading The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga, by Jimmy Maher.



I read the review. It reminded me of when I was a kid at a "computer camp" and wrote my first program of any "length" at the time. The Commodore PET computer froze and I lost it. Sad
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act on: March 28, 2015, 08:52:07 AM
@Stephen! Where you been? smiley Missed you!

Being none American, I don't have a GAS Limit for anything about American Politics tongue

I thought I should send you a gift, then realised that I don't know your address. Hopefully a virtual one will suffice. smiley



Sorry... couldn't resist... FWIW - I eavesdrop on a lot of different countries' politics, and they all blow dead donkeys. What's going on now in Africa is pretty crazy too! smiley That's totally 666 thread stuff though.

But, on topic... I'll be keeping my eyes open for the next train wreck. tongue

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / TV shows thread on: March 28, 2015, 08:34:33 AM
TV shows don't fit into short films or movies. So, might as well give them their own space so that they don't encroach on the other topics. smiley



For sci-fi enthusiasts, "12 Monkeys" is pretty darn good.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3148266/

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...2_Monkeys_%28TV_series%29

The time plot is well done, which is no mean feat.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 28, 2015, 08:06:18 AM
Never ever (Ever...) make the user dig..

Unless you're a government web site and don't actually want people to find information. i.e. Most of them.

Has anyone ever visited a gov site and not wanted to commit suicide, or at least stab themselves in the face to end the pain?

But...




The User is Drunk

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Your website should be so simple, a drunk person could use it.
You can't test that. I'll do it for you.

WHAT: I'll get very drunk, and then review your website. I'll send you a document outlining where I thought the website needed help, and a screencast of me going over the website.

How's that for a job?

I'm totally qualified for that job~! °°hic°°°

Hell... I'm even Irish°°~! It°s in my DNA.°°°

I think he°s just a dirty poser! Gimme a bottle and I°ll prove it°!




Another from Commitstrip.com (some real gems in there):
How many times...

http://www.commitstrip.co.../best-of-scumbag-windows/
...

There's way too much truth in there.

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 27, 2015, 05:54:57 AM
"Free Depends" - HAHAHA!

Anxiety inducing clapping:

That was wild! You can't even see buddy's hands!







135  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: pretty-software.com does the same as Find and Run Robot and it is really free ;D on: March 26, 2015, 10:46:57 AM
I think that's why mouser has decided to leave it here tbh, in one way, if it is spam...oh well...it gives everybody a chance to weigh in and defend DC...which they have done here ^_^

Please don't misconstrue my post as a defense of DC. It was not intended as such. It was a statement on the state of software ethics in 2005 vs 2015.

I'm not sure if you took my post into consideration for that statement, so please forgive me if I've been presumptuous. That wasn't my intent.
136  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: pretty-software.com does the same as Find and Run Robot and it is really free ;D on: March 26, 2015, 08:23:59 AM
pretty-software.com does the same as Find and Run Robot and it is really free Grin

I shall ignore the obvious spammy factors of a first time poster, linking to a competitors products (Not sure if this guy is the dev, or just a fan...)

However,  I wasn't aware that FARR, or in fact, ANYTHING from DC wasn't free...yes you need a license key in order to stop it moaning at you in like 6 months time...but...it is still free....Registering on the forum to get a key, is free...entering the key, is free...donating is 100% optional...so...it's free...and seeing as pretty-software also ask for donations, I don't see how anything other than the license key is different.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

First, I do get your point.

as i've said many times before my frustration threshold is very low and when trying to install some software i can understand getting mad at having to do any extra step.

And you're far from the only one! smiley

But consider this...

DC started in 2005. That's 10 years ago. Or, a epoch ago in Internet age.

Back in 2005 we (as software authors) were worried about spyware and adware and shady stuff in our software. We looked for ethical ways to create ties or links or bonds to customers, and opt-in licenses were one way, e.g. Expresso used the same model.

Today giving away your email address has far more far reaching consequences.

And today a very large number of software authors are doing things that are at best unethical.

If anyone remembers OpenCandy, I wrote a deconstruction of what was happening under the hood in OpenCandy. I turned up nothing. There are good guys out there, but there are also a lot of bad guys.

Today, asking for an email address is a different thing.

In any event, I can understand that perception. It's a shame that we don't really have a good reputation system that isn't gamed.

So, the question is, is the OP's post an indication of a changing environment, or is it just a knee-jerk reaction from a 1-time poster? Dunno. The title drew me in, and the thread got me thinking a bit.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 26, 2015, 06:03:32 AM
This is just batshit crazy...

These people are worried about being "triggered" by clapping. Really.

138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Astonishing comics that 'save your game' when you turn the page on: March 26, 2015, 06:02:17 AM
One even has a kind of "inventory" system.

I had a few books when I was a kid that had stuff like that. You had your character and could battle through the book. I forget the name of the series though...
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / [EXCLUSIVE NEWS!] Captain Obvious hired by Apple! on: March 26, 2015, 04:17:06 AM
Renegade News(TM) has the scoop on this exclusive story!

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS(R) IS NOW CONFIRMED WORKING FOR APPLE!

Through the Renegade Network(TM) of Renegade Informants(TM) it has now been confirmed by a Renegade Unnamed Source(TM) that CAPTAIN OBVIOUS(R) is now working for Apple.

"Well, it's kind of obvious now. Like, just how can you possible not look at Apple's patent #8,989,773 and not know that it was devised by CAPTAIN OBVIOUS(R)? I'm sure that a few heavily brain damaged and comatose people haven't noticed by now, but c'mon... let's cut 'em some slack," said the informant in a Renegade Informal Interview(TM). "We've knows it for years. If the rounded corners didn't clue you in, then please don't operate any machinery or vehicles where others could be injured."

The new patent is for people to track each other in real time.


The patent was reported by Apple Insider, but quickly spread to other news outlets, including CNET, and alternative news outlets like Prison Planet.

One Renegade Anonymous Source(TM) from the Cult of Mac said, "This will help people stay in touch, all the time, with their iPhones and iPads. It's all about, like, closeness and peace. If the corps and, like, The Man(TM) know where you are, shouldn't like your loved ones know too?"

Other analysts have similarly praised the brave innovation in this new patent.

Director of the National Security Agency Admiral Michael S. Rogers explained, "We already know where you are and usually what you're doing. Heck, we know when a lot of people take a #1 or a #2, and the rest we'll know soon enough. So it really makes sense for this technology to be made more broadly available to the general public, and the timing is perfect to deflect from..." At which point the Admiral trailed off into an uncomfortable silence.

The Admiral continued, "I think this is a fantastic innovation," as he motioned with air quotes, "for family and friends to keep track of each other. In a way, this lets everyone have a bit of the NSA experience in the comfort of their own homes. Well, that and that we'll now have the data on who you are keeping track of and who keeps track of you, but it's really for your own safety."

Wall Street similarly chimed in on the topic with Apple stock skyrocketing 13.32% within nanoseconds of the announcement. We asked an HFT (High-frequency Trading) supercomputer what it thought and it showed us a live stock chart for Microsoft stock diving 6.66%, then quickly strobing between the screen for the 13.32% rise for Apple.

It seems the votes are in, and that patenting the ubiquitous spying of the NSA for personal use will be a big hit in the market.

140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / OpalCalc 1.75 is out on: March 25, 2015, 09:51:59 PM
I suppose this is belated, but I'm just updating it now. v1.75 is now available here:

http://www.skytopia.com/software/opalcalc/

The original post for it here at DC is here:

http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=30578.0

This is an insanely, wicked amazing calculator. Once you try it, you'll wonder how you ever survived without it. It beats the b'jeez out of any normal calculator program. Type what you want, and get an answer.

I absolutely cannot recommend this program highly enough. It's on my very, very short list of true "MUST HAVE" programs.

141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: metadata solution on: March 24, 2015, 08:16:54 AM
Office documents already have metadata in them.

This is from PowerPoint:

[attachimg=#]

Other office documents have similar metadata embedded in them. It's simply a matter of iterating over folders and files and then reading that metadata.

142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer on: March 23, 2015, 09:41:19 PM
^ Chrome also does funky things. If a close a tab, then later switch a tab or open a new one, I'll often see the closed tab content flash for a moment.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer on: March 23, 2015, 11:37:06 AM
Oh sweet Jesus! If you knew the nightmares of Trident...

There's no escaping Trident. Neptune himself would run! smiley
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: March 23, 2015, 10:09:39 AM
Woohoo~! More bitcoin donations for DC!

https://blockchain.info/a...xUD28WZjnp6sGMLAKTcjeQwwX

Keep 'em coming! smiley  Thmbsup
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: March 23, 2015, 09:55:51 AM
Big image, so only a link, but this is beautiful!

http://i.imgur.com/BlSVMQx.jpg

146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 23, 2015, 08:52:24 AM
This should be interesting to watch:

http://www.telegraph.co.u...arge-Hadron-Collider.html

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Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang

The theory of Rainbow Gravity may prove that the Big Bang could not have happened

The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen, scientists believe.

The particle accelerator, which will be restarted this week, has already found the Higgs boson – the God Particle – which is thought to give mass to other particles.

Now scientists at Cern in Switzerland believe they might find miniature black holes which would reveal the existence of a parallel universe.

And if the holes are found at a certain energy, it could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely with no singular point where it started, and no Big Bang.

More at the link. (via)

I think one of the things that I truly love about science, is that it constantly changes our understanding of the universe, and disproves past theories, and illustrates a new reality, and I really love being a smug ****ing skeptic and laughing while I see the religio-political science worshippers' beliefs destroyed in a flash. I do get enormous joy out of that. (I'm kind of conflicted that I'm such a sadist at times. tongue ) The pisser is that it takes people a very long time to catch up with the evidence and what new bits of reality science has actually shown to us. But, that just drags out my laughter as well, so - take the good with the bad. tongue Cool

Shaudenfreud? Is that the word?
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how can I do this in excel? on: March 23, 2015, 08:37:36 AM
What are the business requirements please? I might be able to help.

HA! And IainB cuts directly to the important stuff!  Thmbsup
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how can I do this in excel? on: March 23, 2015, 08:36:13 AM
my manager is convinced that it can be done

No. It can't.

URIs do not work that way.

When you download a file, it is saved to something like:

c:/some path/some folder/some file.xls
c:/some path/some temp folder/some file.xls

When the file is opened by a spreadsheet program, the program sees the path as above.

Remember, local paths are also URIs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...lationship_to_URL_and_URN

If you give me "some path/some folder/", that is a URI. I do not know the mechanism to look for the resource, so I'd look for the resource based on the current path, which is determined by the path that the resource was opened from or the path that the resource program holds in memory, which may be different (and often is) from the opening location, e.g. "c:/users/me/documents/my pron/", etc.

I could be wrong here, but I don't think so. Perhaps one of the resident gurus can chime in on the topic to either confirm or deny what I've got above.



Now, to solve the problem...

Set up a redirector server so that you can link to a redirector URI/URL and return the proper document and even change the location. (We've all seen this done before, even if we didn't recognize it.)

Yeah. Messy. Ugly. And even fugly.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Life sucks and here is why. on: March 23, 2015, 08:18:16 AM
My condolences.

Hopefully along the way a tiny bit of the beauty in this world will reveal itself to you and give you and those affected along with you a bit of strength.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: March 23, 2015, 07:22:13 AM
Am I rich yet?

To the moon!!! ┗(°0°)┛ ..○

Or maybe HODL for a bit. Wink
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