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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: Today at 04:35:06 PM
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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 09:05:52 PM
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The fact remains that more piracy leads to higher revenues. (In the content industry.)

Agreed...because...for me at least...If I didn't pirate first...then the chances of me buying a game, movie, or payware software...are close to zero tongue
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 08:26:09 PM
I don't know where the notion of 'piracy' leaves off and 'entitlement' begins.

I decided it was better for my inner self if I just didn't go there.

  • If I want something, or use something, I'll buy it.  Always.
  • I'll always prefer to sample or trial some things first. But if that's not possible, the burden of my satisfaction rests entirely on the shoulders of the seller.
  • If I don't like it - or feel it was misrepresented by the seller - I'll return it and ask for my money back.
  • If I can't have a refund, the person I paid is welcome to what they got. It's the last they'll ever get from me - and I'll  bad mouth them to everyone I know plus anybody else who will listen.
  • Conversely, if I do like what I get (and the way I was treated) I'll freely recommend them and their product(s) whenever asked, or when it's otherwise appropriate.

I make it a point to always act in good faith. And I make a far better friend and admirer than I do an adversary.

I think the same can be said of most of us here at DoCo.

Wise businesses know that.

Don't get me wrong...if I could afford to purchase software or games or whatever on the basis that I "may" like them...then I would...but quite simply, I do not have the money to do that, nor can I say that I could check all the features of Software within however long they are willing to give me a refund for...hell...Half the time I will install something and not even use it for 3 months...by which point I would be completely screwed.

I am not trying to advocate piracy..more...give my reasoning behind why I do it smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 23, 2014, 07:38:38 PM
And beware, in this forum, there are unfortunately some people who happily take the side of governments - of governments of ANY mindset.

Where did you get this idea from?  We support freely expressing whatever viewpoint you want to... this statement makes this a lot of advise tempered by unwarranted negativity.  If anything, most here are anti-government control, or lean that way.

Clearly he never visited the basement.



Getting back on topic...would a software publisher be a method you could use?  Surely publishers have in house legal teams who would know all of this and would make sure you conform to regulations and laws and then just take a % of the sale price for every download? (I am taking a stab in the dark here)
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 05:42:15 PM
Oh look...they are already trying to sell you stuff: http://ello.threadless.com/#/

lol
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 04:57:48 PM
Also...Don't forget....Facebook started out with no ads.

"First we work out how to amass a crap load of users...THEN we work out how to get rich from them."

Somebody has got to pay the hosting bills and the coders time etc... Wink
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 04:44:58 PM
My very quick input:

The design:  Horrific.
The Profile Layout: I think my eyes are bleeding.
The Features: Nothing Interesting.

My consensus:

Yet another social network I won't be joining.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 23, 2014, 10:23:37 AM
Hey guys,

For a long time, I have been wondering what you guys think on the subject of piracy.

Personally I DO pirate Movies, Games, Software etc...but I have a logical reason behind it, and I will explain this now:

Quite simply, I do not have the money to splash out on Software I may not fully utilize, Games I might not enjoy or Movies that might suck so badly the DVD is worth nothing more than to play Frisbee with.  Coupled with this, and the fact that most "Demos" or "Trials" are...well...useless and usually  constrained in terms of features...how can one really judge if something is worth spending money on?

This is where piracy comes into play for me...I can simply download the full versions of whatever...and then decide if it is worth me paying out for...I wouldn't have bought nearly 3/4 of the games on my Steam if I didn't pirate them first...I wouldn't own the movies I own if I had not have pirated them and watched them first...and I certainly wouldn't own most of the (Payware) software I own if I had not tried the full versions via piracy first.

I do understand that my situation and reasoning for piracy may be different to most...but for me...those developers would never have got a penny from me, had I not been able to pirate their stuff first...so...they have GAINED by me "Breaking the law".

So...My question on this is, what do you guys think...I know a lot of you hate piracy, but a lot of you will also (whether publicly, or secretly) download things...so it would be nice to hear your thoughts!
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: November 20, 2014, 02:21:38 PM
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Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England (My Fiancés Home Town, where we are moving)

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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: November 20, 2014, 01:59:16 PM
I'd love to see some more photos of where people live..

Just outside our windows, or of the local area as well?
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Glass dead, already ? on: November 19, 2014, 08:38:21 AM
Finally! Rose-colored glasses made a reality. Grin Grin

I want the "Beer Goggles" app!

Dude... Stop being such a lazy bum and just brew your own! tongue

Been wanting to do that for ages actually!  cheesy
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Glass dead, already ? on: November 19, 2014, 08:20:12 AM
Finally! Rose-colored glasses made a reality. Grin Grin

I want the "Beer Goggles" app!
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 03:41:01 PM
Yeah, sounds like BS, the whole thing

More than it would be possible to imagine Sad
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 03:29:12 PM
Best of luck with the whole thing Stephen

Honestly...If the work was remotely connected to anything I wanted to do...or failing that, supported a charity or small local business...I wouldn't have as much of an issue....but would still disagree with the whole thing.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 02:23:22 PM
We have Lidl and ALDI here as well..and in my town we have the largest "Free Site" in the UK...People are actually surviving by people literally swapping items with each other (Very basic things like Washing Machines, Kettles, Fridge/Freezers) - This is how bad it has got.

I do often wonder...when I heard on the radio recently that the UK is down to "Only 2Million Unemployed"...what is the real truth?  Are they counting the "Legalized Slavery" jobs?  If so...then that number would be significantly higher than they are claiming it to be...is it really just a complete cover up to make the UK seem like it is way more prosperous than it is?  Seriously...Don't be fooled by reports saying the UKs economy is rapidly rising and getting stronger...as somebody living in the thick of it...it REALLY ISN'T.

By the way, for the sake of openness and honesty...The reason I am so aware of this Slavery Scheme, is because I receive government benefits (I live in a craphole town with no jobs at all) so I have to sustain our living costs somehow...I asked my Advisor at the Job Center for a careers advise appointment of sorts (Basically to try talk it out and figure out what is the best University courses for the paths I want to go down), and the person I was talking to, ignored everything I said and decided that me working as a Warehouse Operative for Boohoo.com (Yes I WILL name and shame them) - In a town 8 miles from here...would be the best thing for me (Bearing in mind I suggested that my 2 career paths are [Working within the Technology Industry] and [Flying Instructor]...2 completely different paths I know, but both things that I want to do more than anything).  Oh...and my travel costs.....they have to be paid by me...so...I get to work...AT MY FINANCIAL LOSS, for a company valued at over £600MILLION GBP.


16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 01:35:26 PM
Sounds about par for the course for the UK? (Not trying to be offensive - but looking at successive UK governments' records does not inspire.)

Whoops, completely skipped over this:

No offense taken (From me anyway) on that...it is a perfectly reasonable thing to say as far as I am concerned.

The thing is though...after looking a little more into it...It seems that this happens in way more countries than I first suspected...it is quite literally a world-wide happening  ohmy
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 01:32:56 PM
Sounds about par for the course for the UK? (Not trying to be offensive - but looking at successive UK governments' records does not inspire.)
Prime basement material, this is Stephen ;-)

The reason I didn't post this in the Basement is because I didn't intend for it to boil down to the political aspects...more of the moral aspects and the implications that such a scheme causes (Taking away actual paying jobs and such).

I can see how it could turn into Basement material though and if it does...then it shall be moved tongue
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 12:43:17 PM
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) is a workfare programme in the United Kingdom that started in May 2011, whereby individuals must work for their benefits or risk being 'sanctioned' and losing them. An academic analysis by the Department of Work and Pensions cast doubt on the effectiveness of MWA, and despite finding "little evidence" that workfare improved claimants gaining paid employment, the DWP ignored the findings of the study, and in June 2012, the scheme received a £5m expansion. A similar but little-known scheme 'Jobseeker Mandatory Activity' (JMA), was piloted by New Labour in 2006, but did not last beyond 2008. JMA targeted those claimants 25 and over, who had been unemployed for 6 months or more and made claimants liable to 'sanction' for non-compliance.

Legal challenge to the scheme, and retrospective legalisation
The legality of the scheme was indirectly challenged in the case Caitlin Reilly and Jamieson Wilson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The High Court partially found in the claimants' favour; they then appealed to the Court of Appeal, which ruled in February 2013 that the 2011 Regulations 'were unlawful and that the Secretary of State had acted beyond the powers given to him by Parliament by failing to provide any detail about the various “Back to Work” schemes in the Regulations'.

The Department for Work and Pensions appealed to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, it also drafted new regulations to ensure the continuance of the work placements. During the period of the scheme which had been ruled unlawful, perhaps 300,000 people had had benefits of an average of around £530-70 withheld, totalling around £130m which the DWP was potentially obliged to repay if Reilly and Wilson won their case in the Supreme Court. The Government sought to avoid having to make these repayments by retrospecively changing the law through the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill, which became law on 26 March 2013.

However, Mandatory Work Activity was created under its own set of regulations so though the ruling touched on many of the same issues and the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act amended the regulatory foundation of the scheme, it was not directly affected by the outcome of the Appeal Court ruling.

The law firm acting for Reilly and Wilson, Public Interest Lawyers, reportedly lodged submissions to the supreme court, arguing that 'the actions of the secretary of state … represent a clear violation of article 6 [of the European convention on human rights] and the rule of law, as an interference in the judicial process by the legislature'.

Legal challenge to non-disclosure of participating organisations
The Department for Work and Pensions has worked to keep secret the list of organisations participating in the MWP scheme. A freedom of information request submitted around March 2012 resulted in a first-tier tribunal ruling in May 2013 that the DWP must reveal these names. The deadline for appeals expired in October 2013, but no list has been forthcoming, as of December 2013. A provisional list of organisations using workfare has been collected by the Boycott Workfare campaign.

The above is from: http://en.wikipedia.org/w...i/Mandatory_Work_Activity

Now, That being said...this still happens here in the UK...People are FORCED to work, in order to keep their benefits.  Some of you may say "Well, they are still getting money" ... yes...they are...less than 1/4 of the National Minimum Wage.  These people are not forced to work for charitable organisations, or small companies who would otherwise not be able to hire staff...Instead they are forced to work for huge companies worth BILLIONS in yearly revenue.  Comanies such as BooHoo.com, Tesco, ASDA and many others.

My question is this:  How can this be reasonable...or even legal?

I ask how it can be reasonable, because it stops those huge companies from being bothered about hiring anybody, because the government is basically saying: "If you don't want to pay people, we will send you some and WE WILL pay them slave wages....so you get FREE staff who have NO other choice".

The Job Center staff are the ones responsible for  sending people on these mandatory placements and will send you to whatever company they want...regardless of if it is something you even seem remotely capable of doing...oh...and if you get fired, don't turn up, or simply are not suitable for the job so are asked to leave....your benefits will be stopped for up to 3 years.

There is no benefit for people to do these work placements other than to quite literally live on a slave wage, and barely be able to survive.  I agree for SOME that it may help them get full time work, but for the vast majority...this is pointless to them.  Why can this "scheme" "stupidity" not be voluntary?  If it is supposed to help people like they claim...then why not just help those who want to be helped...in a way that REALLY helps them?



I am more than open for a debate on this with anybody who has anything to add!
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: November 16, 2014, 04:45:37 AM
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20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please recommend a Canadian domain name registrar to me on: November 15, 2014, 01:51:31 AM
Just out of curiosity...what difference does it make if they are from other countries?  Does it mean anything special, or is it a purely political choice?
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How The Internet Was Born. on: November 13, 2014, 07:02:17 AM
^ - That explains it!   Thanks!!!
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How The Internet Was Born. on: November 13, 2014, 06:16:18 AM
Thought this was cool enough to share here smiley

Side note: Anybody know what Sputnik has do with any of this?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How The Internet Was Born. on: November 13, 2014, 06:15:47 AM
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24  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 05:37:32 AM
Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
* Stephen66515 offers 40hz a gift

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25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 12, 2014, 11:14:23 PM
Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux, and Visual Studio Community

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It's happening. It's the reason that a lot of us came to work for Microsoft, and I think it's both the end of an era but also the beginning of amazing things to come.

The .NET 2015 wave of releases is upon us. Here's what's happening and we announced it today in New York. There's a lot here, so drink it all in slowly.

Be sure to check out all the blog posts I'm linking to at the end, but here's my personal rollup and take on the situation.

We are serious about open source and cross platform.
.NET Core 5 is the modern, componentized framework that ships via NuGet. That means you can ship a private version of the .NET Core Framework with your app. Other apps' versions can't change your app's behavior.
We are building a .NET Core CLR for Windows, Mac and Linux and it will be both open source and it will be supported by Microsoft. It'll all happen at https://github.com/dotnet.
We are open sourcing the RyuJit and the .NET GC and making them both cross-platform.
ASP.NET 5 will work everywhere.
ASP.NET 5 will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mac and Linux support will come soon and it's all going to happen in the open on GitHub at https://github.com/aspnet.
ASP.NET 5 will include a web server for Mac and Linux called kestrel built on libuv. It's similar to the one that comes with node, and you could front it with Nginx for production, for example.
Developers should have a great experience.
There is a new FREE SKU for Visual Studio for open source developers and students called Visual Studio Community. It supports extensions and lots more all in one download. This is not Express. This is basically Pro.
Visual Studio 2015 and ASP.NET 5 will support gulp, grunt, bower and npm for front end developers.
A community team (including myself and Sayed from the ASP.NET and web tools team have created the OmniSharp organization along with the Kulture build system as a way to bring real Intellisense to Sublime, Atom, Brackets, Vim, and Emacs on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Check out http://www.omnisharp.net as well as blog posts by team members Jonathan Channon
Even more open source.
Much of the .NET Core Framework 4.6 and its Reference Source source is going on GitHub. It's being relicensed under the MIT license, so Mono (and you!) can use that source code in their .NET implementations.
There's a new hub for Microsoft open source that is hosted GitHub at http://microsoft.github.io.
Open sourcing .NET makes good sense. It makes good business sense, good community sense, and today everyone at Microsoft see this like we do.


Source: http://www.hanselman.com/...isualStudioCommunity.aspx



This could be a MASSIVE game changer...simply...wow.
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