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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 11, 2015, 08:53:35 PM
Parody of actual news. The event is real.  Cool


177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Beyond Plastic: 3D Printers Are Now Printing Metal, Wood, Even Electronics on: March 11, 2015, 08:26:44 PM
In a word... WANT!

http://motherboard.vice.c...nics?utm_source=mbtwitter

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The challenge with 3D printing isn't the machine, it's the materials.

If you've used one of the current generation of desktop 3D printers, you'll have noticed there's a limit to what you can make: If you’ve always wanted a small, personalised model in cheap plastic, you're in luck, but that’s about it.

That's set to change as 3D printer makers look to expand the available materials. At CES, Makerbot announce​d that by the end of this year it would offer composite materials of bronze, maple wood, and iron, while a host of projects are printing in new materials such as fake wo​od and carbon​ fiber.

One company at the forefront of this push is Vo​xel8, with its product based on the material science work of Harvard University res​earcher Jennifer Lewis. The Voxel8’s Direct Write 3D printing technology pushes out “viscous paste” at room temperature using pneumatic or volumetric systems.

“It's effectively pushing paste out of syringes,” co-founder Daniel Oliver told me. “The interesting thing with Direct Write is it expands the materials pallet, so it allows you to print out a large number of different materials on a similar hardware platform and has a wider band of materials it's able to print than frankly any other 3D printing technology I'm aware of.”​

Its first printer, which costs $8,999, uses thermoplastic as well as conductive silver ink, letting you print electronics—Voxel8 likes to show off a fully-functioning quadcopter that was almost entirely printed in one go (the blades need to be attached separately).

More at the link.

But printing electronics? Cripes! That is wicked cool. Cool
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 11, 2015, 01:16:17 AM
To clean roads of snow, municipalities use salt...

Oh my good grief! That stuff eats cars... Compared rusted out, old cars in Canada to pristine machines from the 1940s & 50s in southern climates... Sheesh...

So, yeah. +1 for having coating there.
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 10, 2015, 09:53:38 PM
Ok... just for laughs...

I'm working on an access security system for a client, and in the documentation they say that users can use the certificate that they provide. cheesy Mind you, it's supposed to be on a local network, but still...
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 09, 2015, 09:35:03 AM
Check here:

http://www.codeproject.co...mp;x=0&y=0&sbo=kw

That's most of what you have asked for in terms of functionality. The top result is exactly it.
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 09, 2015, 09:31:56 AM
Yeah... this isn't hard at all.  At least, that what her expression says.  Her playing says something else!

Hahaha! Yeah... Seems like it was a walk in the park for her. smiley



The Beatles rooftop concert. London 1969
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...eatles%27_rooftop_concert

......

havent watched it all myself yet ... nice to see the people on the streets too.

I'll check that out later. Looks interesting!
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Is anyone else worried about Google "Truth"? on: March 09, 2015, 09:25:46 AM
Is anyone other than myself concerned about Google now determining what is 'true'?


One article:

http://www.abc.net.au/new...truggle-to-get-it/6285054

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Google seeks a higher truth, but will struggle to get it

Google has outlined a method to rank search results by factual accuracy, but if the hope is to dispel mistruths in political and social debates it's unlikely to work. In fact, it could contribute more to the problem, writes Jeff Sparrow.

Researchers at Google have outlined a new method of ranking search results on the basis of the factual accuracy of content.

A new paper by the search giant's scientists suggests that the number of incorrect facts on a particular page could be tallied, using that as a proxy for trustworthiness. In theory, popular but unreliable sites would then drop down the listings so that your results would be dominated by sources you could trust.

Not surprisingly, the concept has not been universally acclaimed. As one writer put it: "The idea raises concerns as to how exactly the fact checking would take place, and whether it would impact controversial or alternative stances on various issues, which could be a blow to freedom of speech and diversity of opinions online."

More at the link.

This is pretty disturbing. If they do implement it, I will most certainly look elsewhere and avoid Google.

Again from the article:

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To put it another way, the willingness of people to give vaxers and birthers a hearing is a political problem, not a technical one, and so it can't be solved by rejigging a search algorithm.

I think that highlights an important problem -- "a political problem, not a technical one".

Politics? So, now searching for information has become political?

Hello!?! Thought police anyone?!?

When someone wants to find out about "hollow earth" or "flat earth", then what happens?

How about "economics in the 20th century"? What then? Keynes? Rothbard? Hayek? Marx?

UFOs and aliens?

Einstein's field equations and torque? (Yes - this is a real thing.)

Just for the sake of living up to my user name here, and for a hat tip to those educated in the classics, I would like to leave this post with a little tidbit...

Quote from: John 18:38

"What is truth?" retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him."








183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VOIP - alternatives, PROs and CONs. on: March 09, 2015, 08:08:26 AM
I've got a Korean SK Internet phone. It looks just like a regular phone and works wonderfully.

I've tried Jitsi, but can never seem to get anyone to use it, so... pretty useless. Sad

I would have thought you'd have RedPhone or something similar on your Android phone also smiley

Thanks for the suggestion.

One of the problems I have is dealing with corporate firewalls. My phone gets around them nicely as it goes over the regular telephony network.

Now, for mobiles, well... I'm not a fan of them. They still have crappy speakers and mics that are near useless. I've been spoiled by Skype with far better audio quality, and I have grown to loathe telephony quality audio. I prefer to use my own high quality equipment, and most often, people have equipment that is much higher quality than the crap in regular landline phones or mobile phones. That's quite nice to deal with.

Also, the majority of my phone calls (other than to my wife) are all overseas/international, and usually over Skype.

Does anyone remember Dialpad? That was a while back. smiley

184  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VOIP - alternatives, PROs and CONs. on: March 08, 2015, 09:34:02 PM
I've got a Korean SK Internet phone. It looks just like a regular phone and works wonderfully.

I've tried Jitsi, but can never seem to get anyone to use it, so... pretty useless. Sad

I would be interested in hearing if anyone has found something that is easy enough for anyone to use.
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi, the new Web browser for power users on: March 08, 2015, 07:48:13 PM
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Just about every major feature in today's browsers started out in Opera: tabbed browsing, mouse gestures, pioneering support for Web standards, and even the clustered page thumbnails when you open a new window or tab (a feature known as "speed dial"). These all started in Opera and were then copied by Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and (sometimes) IE.

Given that Opera really has been the main innovator in browser UX, they very well may pull off a new trend.

I'll give it a try sometime. I use Opera as my primary browser, and it has been lacking since they swapped engines.
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple gold watch to take up 30% of world gold production on: March 08, 2015, 07:42:37 PM
The original article fails to take into the laws of supply and demand. If Apple were to impact the world's gold supply so sharply then gold prices would skyrocket, Apple's price for their watch would go through the roof, and demand for this luxury timepiece would quickly turn into a trickle.

There's no way in this reality, or any other, that Apple could consume that much gold...for a decade...and prices would remain stagnant.

Silly web authors must have failed their Econ classes. smiley

Yup.

Now, they may sell some, but they're not going to sell a million a month.

But you did get me thinking about the price... if they engaged in market manipulation like Goldman Sachs & their buddies, they could short paper gold to suppress the price, but that carries risk as well. I would have expected gold to rise if their million a month sales target had any credibility, unless they were shorting, but I just can't see Apple getting into the paper gold shorting business. That would require getting in bed with GS & JPM, etc., and it isn't remotely a part of their business.
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 08, 2015, 09:09:43 AM
@Renegade: Very interesting and factual history video. Thanks. Some more interesting and factual history videos there too.

The thing that ticks me off is that I was taught a lot of the wrong stuff in school... sigh... I'd come across this stuff since, but that video was nice & short and had some of those points that should've been taught in grade 9 (or whatever).
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nice essay on the Prisoner's Dilemma Tournaments on: March 08, 2015, 09:07:37 AM
^ I think the point of the tournament is with iterations, and not single-shot strategies.

Instead of thinking of "years in prison", the point is to think in terms of X negative consequences and "defection" (the term used for the problem).
189  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 08, 2015, 09:01:07 AM
If only a mockup is needed, then Eclipse is a good choice:

https://eclipse.org
Hm, I beg to disagree on that statement. Building a GUI using Eclipse has always been real close to a nightmare to me.

Yeah... Eclipse is, well, Eclipse... But if you don't actually need to wire-up anything, and only need to create a visual, it's not that entirely miserable. Like, GTK gravity (and all that) is pretty bizarre when you first deal with it, but... it's just another way of dealing with a problem.

I'm sure that there are some people out there that would find Eclipse intuitive! Grin
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Use a unique password for this site on: March 08, 2015, 08:56:34 AM
But security isn't about 'criminals', it's about online safety and privacy, especially for those who live in countries where their political affiliation this year could cost them their life the next.

...And that's my point. If you can't keep the alphabet soup crowd out - and you can't - then the entire exorcise becomes pointless.

Not entirely pointless. Just pointless if they're interested in you or they make a mistake. smiley



BTW - Does anyone have any worries about 2FA?
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Use a unique password for this site on: March 08, 2015, 08:53:31 AM
Please allow me to emphasise this a bit more because @db90h has brought up some really, very important security issues:

Yea, rainbow tables are the term you are looking for Wink.

For those not familiar, a rainbow table is a list of hash values for strings (passwords). So, if your password is hashed, the attacker just looks it up in a rainbow table in, oh, like, it's done now, so, next. It's a very powerful attack.

They are, again, hopefully, neutralized by appropriately salting the hashed password.

For those not familiar with a salt, salts are just strings that are added to passwords before they are hashed. The resulting hash value is different than the simple password hash. As such, rainbow tables are useless.

Now, if a single salt is used, a rainbow table can be created for that specific site/salt. And, if individual salts are used, the site itself needs to be compromised (with a database dump or something similar in effect).

tl;dr - If you don't already understand what a rainbow table is, do look into it because it's a critical point in password security.

@db90h - Good call in pointing those out. (And the other bits as well.)

192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 08, 2015, 08:38:21 AM
I've got a book for you...

https://www.youtube.com/w...ture=youtu.be&t=6m18s

193  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 08, 2015, 08:01:33 AM
I have considered learning things like C,C++ and C# but i do not know which one to start with, many have recommended to start with C or C++.

If you want ease and speed, you want C#.

If you want freedom and power, you want C++.

If you want to wish that you'd instead stabbed yourself in the eye with a plastic funnel and poured a gallon of hydrofluoric acid into your skull, you want C. (C isn't easily replaced in some cases, but if you need to ask about C, then you need to stay away from C.)

Autohotkey is incredibly fast to write in many ways. You can do things in AHK that would take you 5x as long in C# or 10x as long in C++. I've seen guys here post AHK code for problems and it's short, as in very short. I think about how long that would take me in C# or C++, and there's just no comparison.

I don't use AHK, so you should ask around for more info there. I don't know its real limits, or if it has any.

I mainly code in C# because I'm lazy and am only interested in getting the job done, and C# is good enough.

Different languages have different strengths and weaknesses. People will argue forever about this and that, but at the end of the day, the absolute 100% guaranteed #1 best language to use is the one that you are comfortable with and that you can get the job done with. Even if it's Eiffel or Scala or F# or Lisp. smiley

Since you already know PHP, VB.NET, and Java, you might want to stick with one of those.

But, since you know VB.NET and Java, I'd say run with C# as you'll feel very much at home and you'll have world class tools at your fingertips for zero effort. Your learning curve there will be near zero as well.

So I want to be able to make applications and auto bots (I want to make software that do some tasks for me without me having to do much, e.g copy and paste this here, take out these sections, then replace this etc... or click here then click here, that sort of thing) while I am also interested in applications which have a GUI and have multiple features.

Check this out:

http://www.codeproject.com/

Absolutely one of the best sites like it out there, if not the best. (I don't know of anything better.)

Just search for what you want to do and it's likely that you'll find something similar or something that does a part of what you want to do. Search specifically though with specific tasks, e.g. "how to pan an image through a view port" or "how to make a browser".

194  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 07, 2015, 08:00:55 AM
Download Visual Studio Express or a free version of Borland's RAD Studio and create your mockup with it. You can easily add functionality if needed, in your language of choice, VB, C# or Delphi.

Do you have a link for Free Rad Studio?  I'm not having any luck finding the freebie.  smiley

I can only see a free trial. Sad

If only a mockup is needed, then Eclipse is a good choice:

https://eclipse.org

Also, Monodevelop:

http://www.monodevelop.com

Use GTK# with that.

Xamarin Studio has a free version:

https://store.xamarin.com

195  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 07, 2015, 07:32:17 AM
Download Visual Studio Express or a free version of Borland's RAD Studio and create your mockup with it. You can easily add functionality if needed, in your language of choice, VB, C# or Delphi.

^ That's some good advice.

Something along the lines of this? (I did not implement everything because I'm running out of time now)



yes, something like this! how you created it?

It looks like it was done in an IDE.

Try out Ath's recommendation.

In Visual Studio, just create a Windows Forms project then start dragging & dropping. It's really easy. (I've not used Delphi in almost 10 years now, but IIRC, it's about the same as VS.)



196  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft reveals Windows vulnerable to FREAK SSL flaw on: March 07, 2015, 07:28:25 AM
In other news, it appears that if one was staying up-to-date on any of the other myriad of SSL flaws over the past several years, then you're safe from this on too...when using IE.

Well, that's some good news.
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 07, 2015, 06:13:30 AM
How Dark Were the Dark Ages?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqzq01i2O3U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqzq01i2O3U</a>

Some really good stuff in there.
198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple gold watch to take up 30% of world gold production on: March 07, 2015, 05:02:11 AM
It's still in the news.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cm...-00144feab7de.html#slide0

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$10,000 watch tests Apple’s luxury appeal

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch in September, the iPhone maker’s chief said it was the “most personal device we’ve ever created”.

Some models will also be Apple’s most expensive products in more than 30 years. The company is widely expected to put a price tag of at least $10,000 for the gold Apple Watch Edition when it shows off the devices at a press event in San Francisco on Monday.

According to the details released so far, the premium device will offer no additional features or functions above those in the aluminium Apple Watch Sport, which starts at just $350.

Yet the volume of gold alone in the new device’s 18-carat casing and buckle will make it Apple’s priciest gadget since the Lisa, a $10,000 computer released in 1983. The high-spec Lisa, which took five years to develop and was overseen by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, sold just 100,000 units and is seen as one of the company’s rare flops.

Apple Watch is the first new product category to emerge from the company since Jobs’ death in 2011. Its ambitious pricing and luxury styling shows how Mr Cook and his design chief, Sir Jonathan Ive, hope Apple can transcend Silicon Valley to enter the more prestigious and lucrative worlds of fashion and jewellery.

“I do see that the Watch is a move away from what is traditionally understood as consumer electronics,” Sir Jonathan said at a conference last year.

“Apple has always been about ‘affordable luxury’: at the higher end of the price range and with a premium feel, but it’s always been within reach of the ordinary consumer,” says Jan Dawson, technology analyst at Jackdaw Research. “This is the first time that Apple has moved into straightforward luxury.”




Maybe they're serious... I'm still skeptical though...
199  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Microsoft reveals Windows vulnerable to FREAK SSL flaw on: March 07, 2015, 02:05:30 AM
Another security issue.

http://www.zdnet.com/arti...erable-to-freak-ssl-flaw/

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The FREAK security bug that allows attackers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections encrypted using an outmoded cipher has claimed another victim. This time, it is Microsoft's Secure Channel stack.

"Microsoft is aware of a security feature bypass vulnerability in Secure Channel (Schannel) that affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows," the company said in a security advisory. "The vulnerability facilitates exploitation of the publicly disclosed FREAK technique, which is an industry-wide issue that is not specific to Windows operating systems."

Although Microsoft Research was part of the team to uncover FREAK alongside European cryptographers, Redmond chose not to reveal Windows as vulnerable until today.

More at the link.

200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Use a unique password for this site on: March 07, 2015, 01:29:49 AM
SSL or not -- EVERY website you use, you need to use a unique password, so that if one site gets hacked, the bad guys don't learn your logins to other sites.

^ THIS!

I had one account compromised. It used a password that I used on 1 other site. Just 1 other site. 1.

Now, either the other site was malicious, or it was hacked as the site the compromised account was on knew that some accounts had been compromised, while others were not.

So, you can imagine how that all goes and how the hackers try brute forcing sites with known account IDs/passwords.

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