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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor? on: August 14, 2014, 12:01:08 PM
Tried it, abandoned it.

Really? Why?

I find it so much easier to read in portrait mode.

Coding when I have to look across multiple methods is nicer in portrait when I split the screen. I can have part of the window 500 lines above and code in the lower half as I look at the top for a reference.

As a coder, I'd have though that you'd like it.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 14, 2014, 11:37:11 AM
Some people think politicians are feces-tious.

BWAHAHAHA! Love it!  Thmbsup

...and political humor is even more so.

Love may make the world turn around, but humor lubricates the bearings.

You should chime in on the political humour thread in the Basement.

Political humour is great. There's nothing that you can't ridicule, and nothing that doesn't deserve ridicule. cheesy
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Do you use a Portrait mode monitor? on: August 14, 2014, 11:03:48 AM
I have 2 monitors that pivot to portrait mode and a third that is landscape only. I keep 1 monitor in portrait mode, and it's my main monitor for most of what I do. My only complaint is that it is sometimes a bit thin for some sites, but most are fine on it, and I can read a huge amount very quickly and easily.

Anyone else use portrait mode?
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 14, 2014, 10:59:11 AM
Some people think politicians are feces-tious.

BWAHAHAHA! Love it!  Thmbsup
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space on: August 14, 2014, 08:42:31 AM
That won't help either, they'll just switch to thermals or something. Personally I say take up nude sunbathing and put up a sign that says "Kiss Me' that points to your ass. That's my plan for the weekend. cheesy

Hay, if they really want to be that nosey...Then I say they should be emotionally scarred for their efforts too!

They say most of space is empty.  But I expect soon a couple of these will collide over South Beach.   Thmbsup

Nude beach anyone?

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gunnison
+Beach+(Nude+Beach)/@40.4600165,-73.9893911,209m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!1m2!2m1!1snude+beach!3m1!1s0x0:
0x377ab7ade01bddb6


131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 14, 2014, 08:37:20 AM
This is pretty good. Christopher Cantwell talking about "how to tell people about bitcoin". He boils it down pretty simply, but his presentation is, well, just him. Or, maybe not completely "him". This is SFW whereas a lot of his stuff is NSFW. (He speaks pretty fast - it's entertaining.)

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

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome and Malware detection on: August 13, 2014, 11:30:03 PM
They have a similar message that blocks a download unless you specifically reaffirm it. It's used for uncommon downloads. I get those all the time, but haven't seen what you're seeing with it absolutely blocked. I've also downloaded software that is flagged as malware, but only gotten the "are you sure" warning.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IBM develops a computer chip with one million 'neurons' that 'functions like a h on: August 13, 2014, 11:19:11 PM
Just being able to create synaptic mesh networks does not make a functional intelligence.

Although we know what the human gray matter is made of, we don't have anywhere near a complete mapping of its connectivity to use as a template for intelligences.

Developing artificial intelligence using these new synaptic chips is going to be a bit of a guessing game for quite some time until someone finally stumbles into it.

It's a fascinating field. Roger Penrose argued in "The Emperor's New Mind" that AI was a pipe dream in the sense of actual consciousness.

But, who knows?
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space on: August 13, 2014, 10:59:17 PM
My ugly face on google?  undecided

It's always good for when mom misses you!  Kiss Y'know... for the greater good of moms everywhere!
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space on: August 13, 2014, 08:57:46 PM
It's 1982 and a British band releases one of the heaviest albums produced to date.

The album starts with a short, heavy instrumental and then picks up the pace with an ominous foreshadowing...

Quote
Up here in space
I'm looking down on you

My laser's trace
Everything you do

You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind
There is no true escape
I'm watching all the time

...

Always in focus
You can't feel my stare
I zoom into you
You don't know I'm there

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMVV_HsHcX0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMVV_HsHcX0</a>

Well, apparently zoom levels are about ready to include your face. From orbit.

http://motherboard.vice.c...-see-your-face-from-space

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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space

Google will soon have an unprecedented ability to spy on you from space. Theoretically, at least. How?

Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution—twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm.

Now, the first commercial satellite set to capture these high-res images, DigitalGlobe's Worldview-3, will launch this Wednesday. Six months after that, private businesses willing to fork over the money will be able to get their hands on hyper-detailed photos and videos of the globe.

That, of course, includes Google.

Google—along with Microsoft, NASA, and numerous US federal agencies such as National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which played a pivotal role in the seizure of Osama Bin Laden—is a regular DigitalGlobe customer. It signed a multiyear imagery contract with the colossus satellite company in February to use satellite imagery for apps like Google Earth, Maps, and Street View.

...

The satellite behemoth is now making a push to relax the rules even further, down to 10 cm resolution, about the height of an iPhone 4.

DigitalGlobe currently has five birds in the sky, and one, GeoEye-1, has the ability to capture images at 41 centimeters. The company lobbied hard to loosen restrictions to 25 centimeters so that it could compete with foreign firms that will be blasting their own satellites into orbit soon...


But, the really good quote from the article... the one that will have you in rolling on the floor laughing...

Quote
Google, for its part, claims it will use satellite image and video capabilities for the greater good.

More at the link.

It's pretty cool tech, but...

136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 13, 2014, 11:22:57 AM
Not sure if media like the Telegraph should talk about that without any irony.

If it bleeds, it leads.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IBM develops a computer chip with one million 'neurons' that 'functions like a h on: August 13, 2014, 11:21:37 AM
Hopefully they can combine this new technology with those self-replicating 3D printers...   tongue

You mean like Replicators from Star Gate? cheesy
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 13, 2014, 11:20:10 AM
Even without the alcohol, soft-carbonated (and preferably unsweetened) lemonade is a treat on a hot day. Kiss
Learned about that one from a expat French client of mine. I understand it's big on the Continent.
Have you ever tried drinking shandy? It's a mixture of beer and lemonade. Very refreshing drink, and reduced alcohol content too - e.g., if mixed 50-50.

Heh! In Korea we used to drink a lemon beer mixed 50-50 with beer. Even better! Grin
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 13, 2014, 08:31:00 AM

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When WIRED asked an NSA spokesperson to comment on Snowden’s new claims or its internal estimate of the size of his leak, spokesperson Vanee Vines responded with this statement: “If Mr. Snowden wants to discuss his activities, that conversation should be held with the U.S. Department of Justice. He needs to return to the United States to face the charges against him.

BWAHAHAHAAHAHA~!

Umm, maybe he should come home to help prosecute the real criminals?

Bitch, STFU.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 13, 2014, 08:04:20 AM
Touchy-feely, but still good:

http://www.huffingtonpost...&ir=Canada%20Business

Quote

"Can I ask you a favor?" said the waitress.

The three CEOs glanced at the clocks on their smartphones, then at the tiny cafe, which was deserted at 6 a.m.

"I just got a call from the day care center, and my two-year-old is sick. I have to go. Would...?"

The raised eyebrow of one CEO said it all. They had worked hard to carve 60 minutes out of their schedules to begin discussions on a merger. Now this.

"I know it sounds weird, but if one of you would stay and cover for me, I'd really appreciate it. I'll lose my job otherwise." She sounded desperate. "The manager's on vacation, the morning rush starts in about 10 minutes and there's just me and the cook till lunch. If I leave now, we'd have to close."

Two of the CEOs stood immediately. They both said they had meetings back to back that morning. The third looked at them, but stayed seated. "Let's reschedule," he said to the other CEOs. Then he looked at the waitress and started rolling up his sleeves.

"Do you have a clean apron?"

---

The waitress returned around 11 a.m. after taking her son to the doctor and dropping him with Grandma on the other side of town.

The cook and the CEO sat drinking smoothies in the kitchen. She thanked them both profusely for covering her shift.

The cook said it was nothing, though this CEO was the worst waiter in the history of humankind. Total disaster, said the cook. Then he and the CEO burst out laughing. When the laughter died down, the CEO turned to the waitress. "I'm the one who should thank you," he said.

She looked at CEO's expensive shirt splattered with food stains. She looked at the big half-moons of sweat under his arms. "Why?"

"I spilled coffee into bowls of oatmeal. I dumped scrambled eggs and bacon in one woman's lap. I took the wrong food to the wrong tables. I forgot the syrup and the salsa and the check. I was so bad as a waiter I got desperate. So I used your strategy."

"What's that?"

"I asked for help."

She smiled.

"Only one woman said yes. The one I dumped eggs on. She was great. Hard worker. Good communicator. After the rush finished, we got to talking, and it turns out she's from the tech world too. In fact, I liked her so much I asked her to apply for a management position at my company."

"Because she's good at waiting tables?" said the waitress.

"Because she understands that asking for help and offering help are two of the best ways to do business. Because she can see that relationships are created through giving and receiving service."

The waitress nodded.

"Now can I get you a little something to eat?" The CEO stood, draped a napkin over his arm and winked.

"Depends," she said. "If I let you dump eggs on me, will you offer me a job?"
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Blackhat thread on: August 13, 2014, 07:45:26 AM
The BlackHat Conference

 Kiss

is this ?
Seems more serious than The White House
 Grin

Yep! That's it!

It's great watching some of the videos they release. Wicked amazing stuff. With an emphasis on "wicked". cheesy

And yes - infinitely better than the White House. These guys aren't delusional and thinking that they can toss chicken bones blessed by Keynes to root your phone. Hard core computer science there.

I generally need to rewind a bunch of places a few times to not miss stuff. They go pretty fast sometimes. I find it's best to download the vids & use a real video player rather than Youtube in a browser.

But even if you don't do security professionally, or even if you have no plans on doing anything with what they say, it's good to know.

e.g. Wrap your credit cards in foil unless you want to risk them being stolen electronically over the air.

Hmm... Sounds like there might be a market for a Faraday wallet! cheesy
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 13, 2014, 07:35:36 AM
with apologies for delay ;-)
 (see attachment in previous post)
Gillette double-edged adjustable safety razor

apparently aka Fatboy smiley

Heh! Nice! cheesy

When I was very young, I somehow got an old safety razor for a toy. I think I was like 9 or 10 - I forget. But it looked very similar to that one. I just remember the handle being like that. I'm pretty sure it was a butterfly. But, dim and foggy memories there...
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered on: August 13, 2014, 07:30:56 AM
Diesel Sweeties is sometimes very good, I liked these two recent ones:

HAHAH! I really liked the FB one there. smiley  thumbs up
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 13, 2014, 07:28:52 AM
Even without the alcohol, soft-carbonated (and preferably unsweetened) lemonade is a treat on a hot day. Kiss

It's got me thinking more about what I can do. e.g. what would this be like?

500 g Strawberries (or any fruit combo)
350 g Dark brown sugar (a heavier flavour)
150 g Organic/natural/unfiltered/lightly filtered honey (gives a more complex flavour)
Champagne yeast (half package or so)

That'd be enough for 5~10 L of beverage.

Living in SE Asia... man... that was great... I'm a fruit juice freak. I love it. When I went out to eat I'd order 4 to start. Starfruit, mango, watermelon, lime juice... so many to choose!

But basically, just sugar + yeast + flavour. Done. The only trick is figuring out a good mix.

I'm really enjoying this bottle of lemon-ginger ale.

I experimented on this batch a lot with timing, and have figured out a fair bit.

And managed to start dipping into the raw batch of beer I've got brewing... man... warm raw beer is pretty damn fine. Try warm Bud. tongue Hint: You can't tell the difference between warm Bud & piss! tongue
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / IBM develops a computer chip with one million 'neurons' that 'functions like a h on: August 13, 2014, 02:28:00 AM
Embrace your infant overlords! tongue

http://www.dailymail.co.u...ons-like-human-brain.html

Quote
  • TrueNorth is being hailed as the world’s first neurosynaptic computer chip because it can figure things out on its own
  • Modern processors have 1.4 bn transistors and consume up to 140 watts but the IBM chip contains 5.4 bn transistors and uses just 70 milliwatts
  • Richard Doherty, the research director of tech research firm Envisioneering Group, hailed IBM's chip as a ‘really big deal’

IBM has developed a computer chip which it says will function like a human brain in a giant step forward for artificial intelligence.

TrueNorth is being hailed as the world’s first neurosynaptic computer chip because it can figure things out on its own.

The chip also has one million ‘neurons’ and could cram the same power as a super computer into a circuit the size of a postage stamp.

IBM's TrueNorth processor could enable a wide variety of applications based on the human brain's computing power. For instance, it could help assist vision-impaired people to navigate through an environment

Experts said that it was as big an advance as the advent of supercomputers in the 1980.

Horst Simon, deputy director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, told the New York Times: ‘It is a remarkable achievement in terms of scalability and low power consumption’.

Modern processors have some 1.4 billion transistors and consume up to 140 watts but the IBM chip contains 5.4 billion transistors and uses just 70 milliwatts of power, meaning it is incredibly efficient.

More about your new masters at the link! tongue
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 12, 2014, 10:34:47 AM
And, knowing how to properly open a super-mega-fizzy bottle is a learned skill. I tried a few ways, and have now settled on a solid method that works for explosively wild fizziness. cheesy
you want to be careful you dont have exploding bottles ohmy

I've got good strong bottles.

And I have a lot of faith in them... Especially after opening a few and seeing the pressure first hand... Holy mother... They sound like a high-caliber rifle.

One last thing... Using a fermenter is way better than just doing it in bottles.

no understand -
you mean instead of 'bottle-conditioned'? does a 'fermenter' make it like in a barrel?

Ren's Draught Ginger Ale smiley

Oh, for the ginger ale (or really with this batch, lemonade-ginger ale), I fermented them in the bottle then capped them.

A fermenter is just a glorified barrel. They're better to work with.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 12, 2014, 09:37:19 AM
Well, some more lessons learned...

I need to filter my syrup more. I don't mind sediment, but I got way too much particulate matter in this batch of ginger ale. Like, nearly lemonade with pulp.

I've also concluded that I should probably simmer the syrup a bit more.

I think much finer filters are needed coffee filters.

Also, I need to be more patient in letting it ferment. I opened some 2, 4 days after starting, and that's not long enough.

Also, probably a bit less lemon. I used 5 in this batch. It's good - no mistake about that, but it's more like ginger-lemonade with too much lemon. Just a matter of taste there... which brings me to...

So many more ideas! Just mash up some strawberries and go wild! smiley It's just flavour anyways. It's the yeast & sugar that give it the alcohol & fizz. So, that overdose on lemon has me thinking in a much broader sense now.

And, knowing how to properly open a super-mega-fizzy bottle is a learned skill. I tried a few ways, and have now settled on a solid method that works for explosively wild fizziness. cheesy

One last thing... Using a fermenter is way better than just doing it in bottles.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 12, 2014, 03:17:29 AM
Some really good doge jokes here:

http://imgur.com/gallery/krnJ5

Here's one (more at the link):


149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Blackhat thread on: August 11, 2014, 09:16:14 PM
RFID is another scary can of worms in and of itself. If you even get close to being able to manipulate it without all kinds of licensing red tape, they are really quick to lawsuit you to death. Its inherently flawed in a very serious way, one that enables anyone with the right kind of equipment to read it at will. And its only a matter of time until viable designs for that equipment become well known to the public, rendering RFID a completely worthless concept.

Yes - Chris Paget's Blackhat presentation shows how anyone can steal credit cards from up to 250 feet or so using RFID.

The Blackhat conference videos are really good for anyone interested in technology to watch. They really get down into the tech at a very low level and show some pretty surprising things.

I'm going to try to watch some over time and then post a tl;dr for people here.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 09:10:02 PM
Insightful, but deeply disturbing:

Quote
“I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.”
― Robin Williams

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