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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 17, 2015, 07:19:11 PM
^ It would be nice if they actually understood what they were talking about for a change.
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I no longer read WIRED - and why I'm glad I stopped reading it years ago on: January 17, 2015, 07:16:24 PM
Interesting how the image a company presents through its physical workspace says so much about the mindset of the organization itself...

Pics are here. It looks quite literally like the set of some dystopian techo-hell film. I suppose this is just one peek into the mindset of the technocrats.
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open Source News anyone ? on: January 17, 2015, 06:57:47 PM
Maybe your right, maybe the 81 are just as "good" as Boy Scouts.
Here's a result from searching Hell's Angels on Google. Nothing positive like free tire repairs or helping an ol' lady cross the street there.
Even Wikipedia can't seem to post a solid, clear, positive and honest portrait of this philanthropic group.
Guess main stream media needs a revamp hé!  tongue


Their main revenue source is from drugs. Even grandma today doesn't believe pot should be illegal. The real criminals are in Parliament/Congress.

But nobody is saying that they don't do bad things. By the same token, nobody is asking why they do bad things, e.g. because far too many things are criminalised, like drugs.

By criminalising drugs, profit margins for them go up by massive amounts. That's just because they carry more risk then.

The same thing will happen when seeds are made illegal -- profit margins will go up, and people like the HA will move in to deal in seeds.

They're not doing anything wrong - they're just dealing in very risky markets. Stop making things illegal, and the risk disappears from those markets, and you put the HA out of business.
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: No Purpose on: January 17, 2015, 03:23:07 AM
I don't.  thumb down

Contrarian! tongue
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 17, 2015, 12:15:43 AM
Stop milking it guys.  Grin

Oh, c'mon Stephen... You started it and now you're just being a dick. tongue
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2015, 12:14:12 AM
How can you tell the sex of an ant?

Throw it in some water. Girls sink. And

182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: January 16, 2015, 07:34:22 PM
It truly is astonishing how these fools who were put in place to enact the will of the people...

It's becoming increasingly apparent that we have some sort of disconnect between our expectations and theirs.
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 16, 2015, 07:27:26 PM
People on this thread be like:
 (see attachment in previous post)


Well, it is a hard topic to resist. Wink
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: No Purpose on: January 16, 2015, 07:20:32 PM
I concur!  Thmbsup
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 16, 2015, 06:17:29 AM
Creepy robot:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVTDypgmFCM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVTDypgmFCM</a>
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 05:41:00 PM
The next time you need to point out or be a grammar Nazi...

187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ideas that will change society on: January 15, 2015, 05:39:44 PM
Idea:  Invent a cell-phone-signal-blocker for a sunvisor or dashboard.  Maybe with a 10 yard radius.

This could save some lives, help prevent some road-rage and make people pull off the road to talk.   smiley

You're talking about a jammer. smiley They exist, but are usually illegal.

As an alternative, I suppose that cars could be manufactured as Faraday cars. smiley
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 15, 2015, 06:23:07 AM
I wonder who the first person to have one grafted to their forehead will be, and whether it will be voluntary or some kind of punishment. And will a scrotum be included?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ3tqIukBKg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ3tqIukBKg</a>

189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 15, 2015, 04:30:58 AM
There are quite a few films that I've seen in the past that won awards and had lots of praise, and turned out to be some of the worst drivel.

I generally attribute it to one of the worst possible scams a writer can try to pull: Being deliberately obscure in the hopes someone will mistakenly think you're profound.

Yes - that. Well phrased. I gave one film a bad review above, and it was just like that. I can't be bothered to look for the reference now though - it's best entirely forgotten.
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 14, 2015, 09:22:22 PM
^ I also do fart jokes.  ohmy
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open Source News anyone ? on: January 14, 2015, 09:21:12 PM

I know everyone will think I'm either kidding and being sarcastic, or paranoid.


Now why would anybody here ever possibly think a thing like that?  tongue Grin

Because they're all under the influence of alien mind-control~! Grin
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: home automation on: January 14, 2015, 09:20:09 PM
Mowing the lawn.
The price of robo-mowers is way too high.

Rather than a highly 'inefficient' and difficult to maintain grass lawn, why not just naturalize?

Possible answers:

  • Too much personal fondness for the color green to give it up
  • Non-standard landscaping may reduce your property's market value
  • You have small livestock to feed
  • Your homeowner's association agreement may not allow it
  • It may be illegal where you live (no joke btw!)

 Cool
 

FWIW - A year or three ago (I forget), my mother was complaining to me about someone down the street who has an overgrown front yard. She described it as extremely overgrown. I told her to be thankful that they had that freedom. You can quite literally lose your home in some places for it.
193  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: home automation on: January 14, 2015, 08:47:19 PM
+1 w/Renegade. I'm actually doing as much as possible to reduce my technical and energy footprint these days. My new goal: As little as possible - and simplify, simplify, simplify.
 smiley

Home automation could actually reduce your energy footprint though.

At what cost?

I do a lot of work in the smart device industry, which is just one part of the Internet of Things (IoT). I've also done work on IoT infrastructure, and had a few policy papers come across my desk.

In order to get those resource savings (electricity, gas, water), you're literally telling your utility company (and anyone that wants to hack the insecure systems that are used/will be used) what time you went to the bathroom and whether you took a pee or poo.

I really need to emphasise this: **I AM NOT EXAGGERATING IN THE LEAST. IF ANYTHING, I AM UNDERSTATING THE CASE.**

Smart devices and the IoT are a hellish nightmare.

Now, you can do home automation without the dystopian nightmare, but it requires you to run your own servers in the house without an Internet connection, or with high-levels of security. Your average home owner doesn't have the resources or know-how to do this.

Here's the theme song for the IoT.

194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open Source News anyone ? on: January 14, 2015, 08:31:08 PM
Just watch. In some-odd-years organised crime will be "black" (read "free") marketing things like cucumber and tomato seeds, blankets, water, batteries, electricity, gasoline/petrol, real milk, fresh fruit & vegetables, baking soda, gardening supplies, kitchen knives & utensils, etc.

I know everyone will think I'm either kidding and being sarcastic, or paranoid.

See this. Or this, or this, or this.

Or this, or this, or this, or this.

Or this.

Or this, or this.

Or this.

So, for their "black" market activities, I think it's a good idea to support "organised crime".

And just to finish off...

http://www.charlotteobser...e-hells.html#.VLclDYfl5Cg


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These everyday angels were Hell’s Angels

In the early 1960s, my wife, Anne Sarsfield Martin; our 3-year-old daughter, Leslie Jane Marshall (who now lives in Oregon); and I drove from San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the giant redwoods in Muir Woods.

There was little traffic, especially on the side roads. We were passing through an isolated area when we had a flat tire. And when I opened the trunk, I discovered the spare was also flat.

We waited for more than two hours, and no cars came by. Finally, we heard a rumbling noise approaching. It was a group of about 15 Hell’s Angels on their Harley-Davidsons. They pulled over and, needless to say, I was quite apprehensive. We were sitting on a fallen tree, and they all joined us there.

Two of the ladies riding with them asked whether we had eaten. I told them no, so one of them opened a saddlebag and brought us sandwiches and juice. The guys asked if I needed help in changing the tire and I explained the spare was flat. They told us not to worry, and two of them took the tires, somehow strapped them to the back of their bikes, and roared off.

The rest stayed with us and seemed to have a good time playing with our daughter, who loved all the attention.

About an hour later, the two returned with both tires repaired. When I got up to help put the tire back on the car, they told me to just relax. In no time at all, they had one tire on the ground and the other stored in the trunk. I tried to pay them for the garage bill and their time, but they refused to accept anything.

After handshakes and some back-slapping, they drove off. I know that the Hell’s Angels, as well as other motorcycle groups, get bad publicity, but you will never hear any of that from us. We would never call them gangs. Now, whenever I pass a group of bikers, I make it a point to wave.

You never know who will be your angel.

And,

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"When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets."

195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 14, 2015, 07:54:31 PM
Would this then be the one single surgery where you actually want it to be a real cock-up? tongue
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: January 14, 2015, 07:50:18 PM
The psychopaths never give up.

http://gizmodo.com/the-ne...he-same-as-the-1679496808

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The New CISPA Bill Is Literally Exactly the Same as the Last One

The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. That's a cliche, but politicians often follow the hoariest routes to power, and attempting to enact change by doing the same thing repeatedly is one of them. When word broke last week that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the twice-defeated bill known as CISPA, was being re-revived by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), it wasn't clear if the zombie legislation would be updated to address the myriad concerns with previous versions. We combed through the full text of the bill and, nope, it's exactly the same, word for word for overly broad data-scooping power-granting word.

More at the link.

197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 14, 2015, 06:11:49 PM

I'll leave this with everyone. smiley

https://www.google.com/se...+racing+girls&num=100

198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 14, 2015, 06:29:35 AM
^ Seems legit.
199  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 14, 2015, 04:50:33 AM
I don't think many people quite understand how hard it is for small software authors or small download site operators to do well.

If you want to do search engine ads, well... it may not even be possible as many terms are outright banned. You cannot bid on them at any price.

If you want to run ads on a download site... well... I have a hammer that I'll lend you so that you can bash your brains in. I promise it will be quicker and less painful.

Developing a business model has little to do with the quality of the software for a lot of small authors.

There are some good companies out there that can help, but the less ethical ones pay better.

As for download sites hijacking installers, well... no big surprise there. That started a very long time ago. It's around 10 years old now.

For anyone that actually wants to run a download site, the ONLY reason you should do it is because you love software and have a lot of passion for it. It will cost you money and time, and you will never be properly compensated for your efforts.

So, I get why the download sites are slipping in quality/ethics.
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 14, 2015, 04:24:42 AM
I've seen a few interviews with Billy Corgan. He's got a lot more going on for him than just being a fantastic musician.
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