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176  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.
177  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
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: March 23, 2015, 01:09:10 AM
I figured for the fundraiser I would finally get off my behind and create a bitcoin account so we could accept bitcoin donations.  You'll find the address at the bottom of the alternate donation page: here.

And people can see how much has been donated so far here:


179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IRLDD DC Meetup April 2015: Upcoming Trip to Singapore and Malaysia on: March 23, 2015, 12:26:18 AM
Drat! I'll be in KL again probably around the first week of June. Would've been nice to chat over some nasi goreng and a Tiger or two. smiley

Anyways, have fun!
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer on: March 22, 2015, 05:38:52 PM
Bye bye to IE.

Microsoft sends Internet Explorer to tech's scrapheap

SAN FRANCISCO — It's the end of the line for Internet Explorer.

The much maligned browser that battled Netscape to guide people around the World Wide Web was consigned to history this week by Microsoft, joining Palm Pilots, flip phones and Myspace as relics of a distant digital age.

A staple of the Internet for nearly two decades, the Explorer brand will be replaced by a flashier, speedier browser codenamed Project Spartan that will run on phones, tablets and personal computers but is expressly made for a new era of mobile devices.

Junking the Explorer brand is part of a new game plan at Microsoft. CEO Satya Nadella is determined to remake the aging technology giant as an innovator rather than a follower.

Even when it debuted, Explorer was a me-too product. Browser pioneer Netscape Navigator was the world's first commercial Web browser. It ignited the Internet boom and had already transformed how people roamed the Web. Even the Explorer name was derived from Navigator.

"Explorer was never a cool brand," Silicon Valley futurist Paul Saffo says. "It's like one step from AOL."

More at the link.

I wonder if they'll continue to make it available, or for how long. A lot of people depend on IE.
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My computer is haunted? on: March 21, 2015, 01:38:22 PM
Holy water. Totally holy water! Dump a few gallons of holy water on the machine and everything will be gone! Guaranteed!  Thmbsup

If not... then a cross... usually in the form of a large sword. Plunge that through the machine. (With the electricity disconnected.)

Other than that, I got nothin'. Sad
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The conflict of interest that is Google on: March 21, 2015, 12:50:54 PM

I'm glad someone posted it.

Google is a leader, part of an oligopoly - if it isn't a monopoly - and can probably do whatever the heck it wants, with impunity.
Unfortunately, when one tries to address the apparent causal problem (i.e., Capitalism), one runs smack into the brick wall that other economic ideologies seem to have done - e.g., the Communist/Socialist "command economy" system.

One thing that drives me up the wall is "capitalism". Google is in bed with the state everywhere, and what they do can hardly be called "capitalism" if one believes that "capitalism" means free markets. It's a twisted form of fascism, which is at least better than communism/socialism in some ways, but still degenerate.

Sadly, it's not far from the truth. Sad

That's rich!

Actually, while it is funny as hell, the Onion's usual tinge of truth makes it just a little painful to laugh much at it. And so my abject hate of all things Goldman Sachs grows ever stronger!

The Onion is less fake news than prediction. You can literally go back and look at older articles, then go ahead a few years and see it in reality. It's sad. Sad

Spain taxed the sun. The sun. Taxed it. Really. Not a joke. Not fake. Spain really in reality taxes the sun.

Can you imagine this in a title from The Onion?

In a Response to Spain Taxing the Sun, Italy Taxes Shadows

Yes - it would seem like insanity. But it's true. Italy is now taxing shadows. In reality. For realz. No joke.

As Italian newspaper Leggo reports, store owners in Conegliano are now faced with the unfortunate (albeit comically absurd) proposition of paying taxes on shadows.

The rationale appears to go something like this: an awning casts a shadow on public property and therefore you must pay to use that property.

The really screwed up thing here is that the sun actually wears down materials (in this case sidewalks), and shading them preserves them. So, if anything, the "tax" should be in reverse.

So, for Google and the FCC, this isn't much of a surprise. There's nothing that's beyond belief.

Google has some great services, but... FFS... They need to clean up a bit.

183  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 21, 2015, 12:02:43 PM
This is just, way, way, way, way out there... way out into beyond insanity land... Like, Cthulhu, move over... Insanity has a new master!

184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Scientists in Switzerland attempt to gate in Elder Gods and relatives of Cthulhu on: March 21, 2015, 09:17:39 AM
The end is nigh!

Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days

SCIENTISTS conducting a mindbending experiment at the Large Hadron Collider next week hope to connect with a PARALLEL UNIVERSE outside of our own.

Collision course: Large Hadron Collider could discover parallel universe
The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect - or even create - miniature black holes.

If successful a completely new universe will be revealed – rewriting not only the physics books but the philosophy books too.

It is even possible that gravity from our own universe may ‘leak’ into this parallel universe, scientists at the LHC say.

Yeah... leak into their universe and suck in unspeakable horrors!

Abominations will pour through the gate into our universe! Madness will ensue!

Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 19, 2015, 07:03:53 PM
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Courier Prime on: March 18, 2015, 11:01:50 PM
The sans version looks really good!  Thmbsup
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 18, 2015, 11:01:16 PM
Old PSA...

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188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 18, 2015, 01:16:04 AM
Try getting an O'Reilley "Pocket" book. I find that's about the best way to get up to speed on something quickly and easily. They cut out all the BS fluff and distil everything down nicely.
189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 25x~100x faster 3D printing? on: March 18, 2015, 01:14:10 AM
This is a wildly different way to do 3D printing, and it's damn cool.


Carbon3D's technology does this by harnessing oxygen and light to grow the parts continuously as the object rises like the T-1000 from Terminator out of the resin. One experiment captured in a study published Monday in Science shows a mini-Eiffel Tower emerging from a vat of blue liquid in just six minutes.


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190  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: [Free Book] Blockchain Programming in C# on: March 17, 2015, 10:33:25 PM
Part II of the book is now available! (Via)

New parts in the book:

  • BIP39
  • Arbitrary ownership
  • Using the transaction Builder (Stealth, CC and normal payment)
  • Colored Coins (Open Asset)
  • Ricardian contract
  • Use case: Liquid democracy voting
  • Proof of burn and reputation
  • Lots of fixes, over Part I
  • Copy/pasteable code instead of screenshots

Now I have this in my head... Cool

191  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi, the new Web browser for power users on: March 16, 2015, 06:56:29 PM
I just glanced at it ... still too minimalist. It's rapidly becoming for me that Palemoon is the browser to beat, and once you have something that works, other newcomers stack against it.

How is Palemoon for CPU usage? I find that Firefox is simply a CPU hog and untenable for me, so I only use it very rarely.
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Meshnets are happening (mini-Internets that connect to the Internet) on: March 16, 2015, 06:53:40 PM
I tripped across another:

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And a fantastic bit here:

Better working FOR the People than being AGAINST someone

Freifunk groups in Germany support refugees with free access and the willingness to help people who had to leave their home countries is still growing.

Many refugees have mobile phones, but no data rates. Using the a Freifunk network would make them able to contact their families at no charge. Freifunk is also one way of helping these refugees to get informed about their new home and get access to local information as well to information from their home country.

Even if some Freifunk groups had problems with local administrations in the beginning, many of them are still working on solutions for free access in refugee accommodation centres. By now, there are many projects up and running in various german cities and communities.

193  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: March 16, 2015, 09:23:44 AM
Anyone else love "Guitar Lessons with Bubbles"? Cool


Best guitar lessons ever!  Thmbsup

And who doesn't love "Liquor and Whores"? tongue

194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help superboyac build a server (2013 edition). on: March 16, 2015, 09:15:23 AM
~~Whoops - wrong thread~~
195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: March 16, 2015, 05:57:09 AM
This is a short series called "Liquor Stories". Cool

Narrated by Jim Lahey!

''...every drop of liquor tells a different story!"

The rest is paid content, but you can buy a month subscription for $4.20. And that's $4.20 USD or CAD! And you can pay in Bitcoin. (Download speeds are FAST - surprisingly so. But, it's all streaming.)

And yes, it's brought to you by the Trailer Park Boys!
196  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: LiveCoding - watch others code on: March 14, 2015, 08:51:02 AM

I personally find it hard to code if I think someone is watching me.. Though to be fair I have a hard time walking if I think someone is watching me.  undecided

There are CCTVs and cameras everywhere. Cool

Enjoy your motorised wheelchair! tongue cheesy
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 14, 2015, 08:48:25 AM
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Cripes... Some of those looked just plain dangerous!
198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once-in-a-century Pi Day 03/14/15 on: March 14, 2015, 08:40:07 AM
There's always 06/28/31 8:53:07. Cool
199  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a free image viewer with strong editing features on: March 13, 2015, 05:57:10 AM
Echoing some of the above sentiments, I've not yet seen a viewer that really is very good with editing for anything except basics. MilesAhead's recommendation for the GIMP is solid. You may also want to look at Paint.NET.
200  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Any play VoidSpace? on: March 13, 2015, 04:49:24 AM
Has anyone tried VoidSpace?

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