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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 26, 2014, 02:49:36 PM
with apologies for lowering the tone embarassed (NSFW)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT9xuXQjxMM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT9xuXQjxMM</a>

in my defence, it was the "Against" in the title that stuck in my head - I knew it reminded me of something....
102  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 01:28:59 PM
Learning here Thmbsup

I'm curious -- what software did you use Jibz, in the examples above?

Example #2 is ~40% smaller than example #1 - I dont see any loss of quality thumbs up
That could be very helpful occasionally. Cant imagine myself going to the trouble of reducing the bit depth, but who knows, could be helpful too someday.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dropbox and privacy (or lack of) on: February 26, 2014, 01:16:22 PM
I wonder does all that stick - I mean does it really work if they just say you agree to not do a/b/c? A lot of it seems unreasonable, but I guess the real point is whether it's legal.

I almost posted about the email from dropbox the other day:


email from dropbox about changes to TOS:
We want to let you know about some upcoming updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These updates will go into effect on March 24, 2014.

You can find more details on our blog, but here’s a quick overview:

    We’re adding an arbitration section to our updated Terms of Service. Arbitration is a quick and efficient way to resolve disputes, and it provides an alternative to things like state or federal courts where the process could take months or even years. If you don’t want to agree to arbitration, you can easily opt out via an online form, within 30-days of these Terms becoming effective. This form, and other details, are available on our blog.
    We’ve added a section to our Privacy Policy that discusses our recently launched Government Data Request Principles. We’ve also made clarifications to better explain how our services will use your information. For example, we explain that when you give us access to your contacts, we’ll store them so that you – and only you – can do things like share your stuff easily, no matter what device you’re using.
    We’ve also updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to better explain and reflect our growing list of features for Dropbox for Business customers.

While we’ve simplified much of the language, our commitment to keeping your stuff safe and secure hasn’t changed. We don’t sell your personal information to third parties. We don’t serve ads based on the stuff you store in our services. As always, your stuff is yours.

If you have any questions about these updates, you can read more on our blog or email us at tos-questions@dropbox.com.


TOS: https://www.dropbox.com/terms2014
Blog: https://blog.dropbox.com/...ing-our-terms-of-service/
104  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 10:30:11 AM
^ I'm pretty confused there Jibz embarassed

  • 1) I dont see any option to change bpp in Screenshot Captor(?)
  • 2) I presume the default in SC is 24bpp?
  • 3) all screenshots say 24bpp in the statusbar, yet you label #3 as 8bpp
  • 4) what are the k numbers - I know k is a thousand ;-) but is it number of pixels? (240k etc)
  • 5) is the idea that the optimisier reduces the image size, but keeps the quality?
    Or is it simply to improve quality of lower quality images (#3 =>#4 above)?
    I dont see any difference between images #1 & #2...

105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Voynich Manuscript -- Serious Progress Decoding it on: February 25, 2014, 04:05:12 PM
Has anybody successfully downloaded the Bax PDF here? I can only get to about 91% before the download hangs no matter how I try to pull it over.

... that's a dc link (? get's a 404 at that :p)

edit - this must be the link:
http://stephenbax.net/wp-...-partial-decoding-BAX.pdf
(try clearing your cache or using a different browser, if that doesnt work I guess we could re-upload it here (?))
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 25, 2014, 04:03:01 PM
^I guess I'm a bit late, but I just discovered this...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=048fBXwc1tI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=048fBXwc1tI</a>
or,
a little tweaked:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnPJg8_lzls" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnPJg8_lzls</a>
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: February 25, 2014, 02:47:53 PM
From Arizona's link:
Quote
When it froze withdrawals earlier this month, the company cited a software bug that allowed people to "use the Bitcoin network to alter transaction details to make it seem like a sending of bitcoins to a bitcoin wallet did not occur when in fact it did occur."

"The problem we have identified is not limited to MtGox, and affects all transactions where Bitcoins are being sent to a third party," Mt. Gox added in a statement on its website.

It will be very interesting to hear exactly what happened - I presume it will come out as some stage.


You were saying...?
and you are saying ... ? tongue


if the powers that be really wanted to hurt Bitcoin, right now all they'd need to do is shrug and say "Oh well!" about the theft - and decline to get involved or open an investigation...Looks like Japan has already decided to do exactly that.


Consider: It's private and anonymous by design. There's no transaction trails. No provable ownership of accounts. No direct path of responsibility. No insurance or regulatory requirements in place. No laws broken...so where could the regulators or police possibly step in to assist?

As you say, I dont think there's much that they can do anyway.
I dont see regulation or government backing as a saviour of Bitcoin. I think the governments dont know how to regulate Bitcoin itself - okay, the exchanges could be regulated as you say. Me, I'd like to see it succeeding in spite of no government regulation or backing.

I dont have any Bitcoin -- but if I did -- from what I've read and listened to (e.g. Andreas Antonopolous) I would not be using an exchange anyway - I'd be keeping my Bitcoin offline (I dont even have a clue how to do that but apparently there are ways). But going back to the quote at the top of the post, this might even not be enough.
108  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: [SC] Minor Requests on: February 25, 2014, 05:51:26 AM
Hotkeys:
[1] request the ability to crop via shortcut -
this is usually all I do in SC, so would be great if I could just select my area and e.g. Ctrl+Enter to crop (or even just Enter?)

currently 'Ctrl+R' does what you want. is this request meant to add another hotkey for the image crop?

oups...
I better read through the menus to see what else I'm missing out on undecided
(thanks lanux!)
109  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / [SC] Minor Requests on: February 25, 2014, 04:58:00 AM
hi mouser,
I had a couple of minor requests, so thought I'd throw them in together.


Hotkeys:
[1] request the ability to crop via shortcut -
this is usually all I do in SC, so would be great if I could just select my area and e.g. Ctrl+Enter to crop (or even just Enter?)

[edit] this exists embarassed Ctrl+R (thanks lanux128)[/edit]

[2] I've been using SC for years now, but I still struggle with the Ctrl+Q shortcut to delete a file:
Ctrl+Q is used by many apps to close the programme (I think it's origin is in graphics programmes, maybe from the mac world?).
(But I can understand reluctance to change a long standing shortcut - is customisation of menu shortcuts outside the realms of possibility?)


Pixelation error:
[3] [Very minor] confusion re pixelation:
a long time ago I got into using huge blocks for pixelation:

[attachimg=#]

I had forgotten this, and lately got this error when trying to pixelate a line of text (which wasn't high enough to cover one "pixel"):
---------------------------
Screenshot Captor
---------------------------
Floating point division by zero.
---------------------------
OK  
---------------------------
took me a while to figure out what the problem was - would it be possible to make the error message more informative?
Or are my pixelation setting completely off? (Default is 5/50 for min/max)

btw here how that image above pixelates

[attachimg=#]
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 25, 2014, 03:32:18 AM
the really funny part is that you got them back to front Grin Grin Grin

 Grin

yeah,
I was wondering why Rolf Harris was on Sky News (I see it's wrong at source too).
111  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 24, 2014, 02:06:15 PM
Hi LiDale,
I think png is the default filetype - this is the best quality for screenshots anyway. Avoid jpg completely here (files are smaller but quality is worse).

You mention PDF - are you using PDF anyway? - or are you asking if it's better quality than the others? If the latter, again, I'd say just stick with the png filetype.

Here's my settings -

[attachimg=#]

The dpi and colour are default - no need to change them (dpi may vary according to your monitor).
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Voynich Manuscript -- Serious Progress Decoding it on: February 24, 2014, 01:03:38 PM
Enjoyed thumbs up
Pretty bizarre...


(sound unfortunately not great)
113  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Disable notification sends to SC tray icon? on: February 24, 2014, 08:09:51 AM
It's worth going through the all options to see what is possible.

Here it's set to no popup and play capture sound - so I'm sure it worked - mind you, I've never had any trouble with it not working ;-)
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DeskRule: A new kind of desktop search engine is born (ß testers wanted) on: February 23, 2014, 12:43:06 PM
It's an interesting idea - especially for photos (for me anyways).

The interface might just scare me off (video), it seems to me to be so fundamentally geeky and unintuitive. I can say that - but unfortunately I dont have any talent in the direction of offering/suggesting alternatives... [edit] fundamental GUI alternatives I mean [/edit]
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: create a new entry in the main contextual menu : a new txt file on: February 21, 2014, 03:47:46 PM
Did you get Dopus that time Contro (I know you gave it a trial), or are you using Windows Explorer?
(I ask cause, AFAIK, it's easy to add to Dopus context menu)
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 21, 2014, 04:41:37 AM
The best security suites is the one that controls even the Kernel.
I am referring to Windows XP. I was told that Windows XP will be unprotected against Kernel attacks after April, I mean after its end of support.
Is there any program that controls even the Kernel?

See this thread Continuing with XP - in particular app's post:
http://www.donationcoder....37176.msg348626#msg348626
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 21, 2014, 04:24:37 AM
^love it Kiss

just too much bull in the artworld...
118  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 21, 2014, 04:11:46 AM
^Yeah, I think the thread moved away from the clipboard fairly quickly cheesy

Read the Manfred Kuehn link from dr_andus - that was very informative I found - and helpful in it's suggestions as to *how* to take notes. He's not so into the idea of simply copying quotes - more into your opinion of, and comments on, the quotes.

The basic strength of any IM is that each note is separate and can be moved around/"cloned"/copied/connected/tagged/filtered.
So when you say:

one long text file of heterogenous snippets is not a problem.  Don't bother parsing out into various categories and topics.  Keep all notes in one single shoebox (=folder).  The Grand Indexer, regularly run, and the Info/Data Manager would be the way to go.

makes me think: would it not be better to have each "snippet" as a separate note? Mouser's CHS uses a database for clips. I've never really taken advantage of that in any menaingful way, but it might be worth looking at it's capabilities and export options.
OTOH, InfoQube -- and probably many other IM's -- allow the option to separate a pasted text into individual 'items' (with a new item after each carriage-return). Also importing a text file in a similar manner is oten a possibility.

Re the indexing of your PDF's -- I think there are IM's that will allow search of linked files (maybe they're indexed?), or even store a copy within it's own db (that is gonna be dangerously big though imo). But not an option I need/use so I'm not well informed there.

But just index/search is not enough, hence the Info Manager. And I think that's where/what you've got to follow up on.
119  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - Spews on: February 20, 2014, 12:11:12 PM
Another review landed in my RSS reader today: Spews Review by Softpedia!

from that review:

Quote
On the downside, there is no way to shuffle the playlist and all files seem to be displayed in the exact order they are stored in the directories. As such, the element of surprise is completely eliminated if the list is not rich enough

that's not the case here -
i.e. it's random images here (mind you I'm just using one folder, and ignoring subfolders - where they are using many locations)
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar - March 3-4, 2014 (NY, USA). on: February 20, 2014, 11:56:52 AM
^thanks Attronarch thumbs up
121  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody 2014! on: February 20, 2014, 07:50:31 AM
I believe that superboyac still has him (hostage).   tongue

tellme poor Cody (lol)
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar - March 3-4, 2014 (NY, USA). on: February 20, 2014, 07:48:03 AM
Just got a summary on Wkikpedia -
(Deming circle / PDCA)
I think you might find that that is not "a summary of Deming" or of anything much, but rather just a description of "the PDCA/PDSA cycle" (aka "the  Shewhart cycle").
Take care. The Wikipedia article you linked to seems to rapidly wander off into BS territory with the OPDCA and "Lean [insert word here]", where you'd probably need thigh-length gumboots to wade through all the management consulting BS.
I'd be very surprised if you found any of that at the seminar.

 Grin
any more reputable summaries out there?
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: February 20, 2014, 04:10:14 AM
My taste in jazz has two feet: One foot in the canonical (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Dave Brubeck, Wes Montgomery, Vince Guaraldi), the other in the "suspected to be clinically insane" avant-garde (Sun Ra, John Zorn, Peter Brotzmann, Skerik, Bill Laswell).
The listed musicians are by no means a complete list, just what I could throw off the top of my head that haven't been mentioned before.

enjoying the Vince Guaraldi Trio at the moment - A Flower is a Lovesome Thing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRzIVE5bbJI
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar - March 3-4, 2014 (NY, USA). on: February 20, 2014, 03:49:30 AM
Just got a summary on Wkikpedia -
(Deming circle / PDCA)
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: February 19, 2014, 03:26:42 PM
^ embarassed
failing miserably at my duties Grin

well done Ath Thmbsup
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