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201  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 07, 2015, 12:30:47 AM
Beyond "interesting", this is simply hilarious!


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Can sex save Denmark's future??

Denmark faces a crisis. Our birthrate is at a 27 year low. At Spies we’re concerned. Fewer Danes mean fewer to support the ageing population - and tragically, fewer holidaying with us. Research shows that Danes have 46% more sex on city holidays and since more sex equals the chance of more kids, we are prescribing a romantic city holiday to save Denmark’s future. Let's save the future of Denmark with romance!.


Now, that's a f***ing competition! tongue

202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 07, 2015, 12:11:14 AM

That was insane.

Here's the original imgur post:

There are more pics in there and NSFW descriptions.

203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DuckDuckGo as viable Open Source builder on: March 06, 2015, 08:17:40 PM
I've tried it personally, and it's been brought up here before.  I stopped, because the results and such just weren't as good for me... as well as the fact that the extension had problems in Chrome at least on my computer.

Almost exactly the same for me. It's my default engine in Chrome, but I use Opera mostly, and can't set DDG as my default there, and the plugin UI sucks (needs an extra click).
204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: No more Filehippo for me on: March 06, 2015, 04:25:09 PM
I'm not surprised. The market has been overcrowded for a long time, and running a site takes serious effort. Ad revenues are crappy, and at some point these things creep in. The problem is similar for a lot of software authors.
205  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: online tool or software to create a treeview on: March 05, 2015, 05:41:43 AM
Check out the Code Project.
206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: March 05, 2015, 12:50:05 AM

What 170-Year-Old Beer Uncovered From a Shipwreck Really Tasted Like

In other news, my last batch of hard ginger ale was AWESOME! Cool 

207  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 04, 2015, 07:53:25 PM
Meanwhile at a McDonalds drive-thru in Canada...

208  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 04, 2015, 06:34:35 PM

209  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 04, 2015, 06:26:31 PM
Self-signed, perhaps? At least you can make these last 10 years...

Or is it for the company and it's clients. Because for internal use only, I wouldn't be bothered too much about makin' me some certificates Wink

Agreed there. Self-signed is a good option for internal use - it's what I do. The only thing is that you need to trust yourself. smiley

I do get popups in Outlook regarding my cert, but it's not an issue - I just click OK. Also, that only happens once when I start Outlook - it doesn't happen every time Outlook polls for new email.
210  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 04, 2015, 09:07:26 AM
I can sympathise with the misery of dealing with certificates. Not fun. Sad

In reality, it's just a big scam.
211  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: March 04, 2015, 08:08:48 AM
Screenshot of a Google cache:

404 at the original for some reason.

212  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter is less anonymous for TOR users on: March 04, 2015, 01:39:22 AM
Is there any reason why they couldn't just use a burner phone for the account signup and then toss it? If the phone isn't required for subsequent logins then it really isn't accomplishing anything ... It's just security theater.

In many countries you cannot get a phone without ID. Sad

213  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: $15,000 bounty for a Mark One 3D printer on: March 03, 2015, 10:41:27 PM
It's perfectly legal.
214  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / $15,000 bounty for a Mark One 3D printer on: March 03, 2015, 06:52:25 PM
Cody Wilson has issued a $15,000 bounty for a Mark One 3D printer.

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Here's the email I received:

Companies like to pile on Defense Distributed, like we don't all know how this story ends. The most recent is a company called Mark Forged in Cambridge that sells a carbon fiber 3D printer called the Mark One.

I bought this printer a year ago and waited that long for them to decide they didn't want to sell it to me after all. Before the weekend they returned the money and told me due to business risks they wouldn't sell it to me. Now Wired has the story and the company has invented some new terms of use to preclude DD from using the device at all.

Yet another of our bad faith dealings with White Liberals for NATO.

But in all seriousness, I'm going to get this printer. And, as I told them, I'm going to print a gun with it. These hurried attempts by almost everyone in polite society to impede my company in its purpose are efforts of last resort. Last hope attempts at diverting this world from its final conditions.

I will pay $15,000 to the first person who can get me the Mark One printer.

email me at crw at if you can help.


Cody is just non-stop laughs.

Here's the printer:

It is a very impressive piece of tech.

215  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 03, 2015, 04:45:36 AM
You've heard "think of the children" but now the DEA wants you to "think of the bunnies!"


216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: edit pdf like doc on: March 02, 2015, 06:59:13 AM
AFAIK, no.

The best programs for editing PDF documents that I have used (and I've tried quite a few) are Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Illustrator. I have not found anything that compares.

But, someone else may have found one. I've tried a lot of different programs, and only had horrible results.

For re-flowing the document, you really need to be able to convert it to an editable format, then edit, then save, then export as a PDF. I have never seen anything that can reasonably convert a PDF to an editable format in a remotely sane manner. Everything I have tried has been complete garbage. And by complete garbage, I mean drive you into a blood thirsty rage level of total chaos that Cthulhu himself couldn't manage. Random crap on a page is a kind description.

I really hope someone can prove me wrong as this problem has plagued me for years.
217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 02, 2015, 06:54:07 AM
For those that love the experience of reading books in print vs. digital, this may be of some comfort:


Don't lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What's more: further research suggests that this trend may save demonstrably successful learning habits from certain death. Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future:

More at the link.

I read in both formats, but, when it comes to more serious reading, I do like jotting notes down on the page or highlighting.
218  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Why Do We Pay Pure Mathematicians? on: March 01, 2015, 06:45:11 PM
If I Reacted to Other People’s Careers the Way They React to Me Becoming a Mathematician


Hahah!  Thmbsup That was good!

Here's some practical math that will literally blow your mind, but not in a good way.

In "Paranormal" Europe, Banks Will Pay You To Borrow, And Charge You To Save

In Europe, Bond Yields and Interest Rates Go Through the Looking Glass

At first, Eva Christiansen barely noticed the number. Her bank called to say that Ms. Christiansen, a 36-year-old entrepreneur here, had been approved for a small-business loan. She whooped. She danced. A friend took pictures.

“I think I was so happy I got the loan, I didn’t hear everything he said,” she recalled.

And then she was told again about her interest rate. It was -0.0172 percent — less than zero. While there would be fees to pay, the bank would also pay interest to her. It was just a little over $1 a month, but still.


Last month, Ida Mottelson, a 27-year-old student, received an email from her bank telling her that it would start charging her one-half of 1 percent to hold her money.


If you have 200 apples, and give them to me to hold for you, how many apples for you do I have? 199 of course!  Cool

219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: March 01, 2015, 06:14:06 PM
More inconvenient tidbits of reality from Washington's Blog...

tl;dr - Half of peer-reviewed studies show concern for GMOs. The other half are funded by industry.


Tufts University’s Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (Timothy Wise) points out:

There is no … consensus on the safety of GM food. A peer-reviewed study of the research, from peer-reviewed journals, found that about half of the animal-feeding studies conducted in recent years found cause for concern. The other half didn’t, and as the researchers noted, “most of these studies have been conducted by biotechnology companies responsible of commercializing these GM plants.”


The only consensus that GM food is safe is among industry-funded researchers.

By way of background, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).

One tidbit suggests that today in modern science, the most scientific thing one can do is to "follow the money":

Indeed – as Tufts’ Timothy Wise notes – huge sums of money are being poured into shutting down all honest scientific debate about the risks from GMOs:

A lot more at the link.

220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 27, 2015, 09:17:14 PM
This is hilarious, but NSFW:

221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 27, 2015, 08:09:29 PM
Can a solipsist you have imagined who doesn't believe in you cause you to not exist?

 Thmbsup Those were good!
222  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 27, 2015, 08:03:11 PM
I've seen reports of firmware deliveries being intercepted en-route and physically modded with spyware.

I remember reading 2 reports, though I forget the exact details and links.

In one case, a security researcher (?) ordered a drive through Amazon (?), and tracked the shipping as it was routed across the country to some place in Virginia (?) (which has an army base or intelligence service), and then back over to the person. I'm fuzzy on the details, but that was the gist.

Does anyone have links? Or remember the details?
223  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pick a number between 1 and 10 on: February 27, 2015, 07:58:48 PM
There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, those who don't, and those who know trinary.

@renegade I challenge you to find another base system which has the series 1,  [another number] and 10.

Good joke, and good example! smiley

There are no other systems that fit there. That's only trinary.

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10...

As there the only possible base is octal.

As for how they're spoken, I don't know.
Although I would imagine Octal is spoken like the decimal it looks like  e.g. 27oct would be Twenty-Seven, octal.

I don't use octal much at all, and probably only a handful of times over the years. But any base less than 10 could use that convention. It would seem odd though saying binary 100 as "one hundred". With binary we're accustomed to still saying the number as it is instead of "reading" it, i.e. "four" in that case. But, I think binary is pretty commonly used and understood, comparatively.

Hex is annoying because it can't be spoken in a lot of cases so it has to be spelled out.

That's how I say hex -- just reading out digits.

Not to mention plumber's numbers where $150 turns out to be really $375.

Hahaha! cheesy

In some circles, they quite literally say "plus alpha".
224  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pick a number between 1 and 10 on: February 27, 2015, 07:49:59 PM
I forget where, but I have seen some proposals for speaking non-base 10 numbers. However, part of the point of language is to communicate, and secret languages for which only a few initiates exist do not really serve well for general communication.

The most common non-base 10 system in use is base 60, which is used to tell time. When speaking "11:00" we still stay "eleven o'clock", the same as in base 10.

While "10" could be construed as ambiguous for "two" or "eight" or "ten" or "sixteen", etc., it's disingenuous to assume anything other than base 10 in normal situations. There are only a few places where we might wonder, but those situations are almost always explicitly clear, e.g. 0x10 indicates that we're using base 16, and when they are not, they are made clear.


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Also...  Cool

'And only ONE for birthday presents, you know. There's glory for you!'

'I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't—till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice objected.

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master—that's all.'

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. 'They've a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they're the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what I say!'

'Would you tell me, please,' said Alice 'what that means?'

'Now you talk like a reasonable child,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. 'I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life.'

'That's a great deal to make one word mean,' Alice said in a thoughtful tone.

225  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Why Do We Pay Pure Mathematicians? on: February 27, 2015, 09:02:38 AM
An interesting post on math that I think a lot of people here will really enjoy.

One of the joys of being married to a pure mathematician—other than finding coffee-stained notebooks full of integrals lying around the flat—is hearing her try to explain her job to other people.

“Are there…uh… a lot of computers involved?”

“Do you write equations? I mean, you know, long ones?”

“Do you work with really big numbers?”

No, sometimes, and no. She rarely uses a computer, traffics more with inequalities than equations, and—like most researchers in her subfield—considers any number larger than 5 to be monstrously big.

Much more at the link.

Have fun! smiley

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