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1376  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you own a car? :: A Product no self-respecting DC member should be without! on: August 26, 2011, 11:23:33 PM
  Grin Loving the license plate!

At least people know your a self-respecting DC member!  Cool   Grin
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1378  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Ohhhhhh, A package! I wonder what it is?! on: August 26, 2011, 05:34:10 PM
I received a package today!

Needless to say, like always, I fail at remembering if I ordered anything...but it has my name on the box!

Lets get to opening!

Ooooh...It's a box!
[attachthumb=1]

Wtf? Another box?
[attachthumb=2]

OMG Another! - Its like pass the parcel...only...without all the other people.
[attachthumb=3]

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH CODY CARDS!
[attachthumb=4]

O_o, They make me read instructions!
[attachthumb=5]

Never mind those...THESE are what I want, after opening 3 cardboard boxes, one plastic one, and removing the cling film heat sealed wrapping stuff...took ages!
[attachthumb=6]



Sorry for the bluury pics...took from a crappy camera phone lol
1379  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 26, 2011, 05:04:04 PM
Hey all,

I’m a writer at CNET and Download.com, and personally I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on the Download.com Installer, including but not limited to Mouser and I emailing directly. (We've spoken a few times over the years.) I had absolutely nothing to do with the development or approval of the installer, but I wanted to assure you that I’ve been forwarding on your complaints to the appropriate people.

I have no news of changes being made to the installer as of yet, but I can assure you that the people in charge of it are listening to your complaints and are strongly considering options for improving the experience. I can’t say whether the installer will ever go away because CNET is seeing a much higher download completion rate than before it was in use. I have not been provided with numbers to back this up, yet. However, your feedback does appear to be reaching its target.

In the meantime, if you’re a developer and would like your software to be excluded from the installer, you can send a request for exclusion here: cnet-installer@cbsinteractive.com. No requests have been denied so far, to the best of my knowledge.

If you’re a Download.com reader, logging into your CNET account (at the top right corner of the page) will give you a text link on the download page that allows you to directly download the program you want, bypassing the installer. The link appears just below the green Download.com icon, and reads, “Direct Download Link.”

You are all more than welcome to continue sending your complaints and concerns to me, and I can forward them on. I can be reached at seth.rosenblatt@cnet.com. You can also send them to cnet-installer@cbsinteractive.com.

p.s. Yes, I'm posting this on a couple of sites. This is not an official CNET response, but me personally taking matters into my own hands to let you know you're being heard. In other words: BE GENTLE! smiley

Firstly, Welcome to the site!

Secondly, its awesome that you have posted this information here for everybody to see.  This will certainly help clear up any un-answered questions from the masses!

Great to see somebody from a large corporate run website taking matters personally!
1380  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Exploding star to be visible from Earth within a fortnight. on: August 26, 2011, 03:45:25 PM
The most visible exploding star in a generation will be visible in skies above Britain within a fortnight, Oxford University astronomers have announced.

The supernova will burn with the brightness of more than a billion Suns | Photo: AP

Quote
The supernova, triggered by the collapse of a star 21 million light years away from Earth, began on Tuesday and could soon be bright enough to see through a pair of binoculars.

 The cosmic event, observed by Oxford scientists and American colleagues, is one of the closest stellar explosions to Earth since 1987, and is the nearest example of its type to be seen from Earth in 40 years.

 The rare "type 1a" supernova – an event where a star explodes, then sucks up the energy from another nearby star and is reborn – happened in the Pinwheel Galaxy, located in the Great Bear constellation.

 It is of particular interest to scientists because type 1a supernovae can be used to measure the size and age of the universe.

 The supernova, dubbed PTF11kly, is close enough that astronomers will be able to study it in unprecedented detail, and Nasa announced it would tear up the Hubble telescope's work schedule to study the phenomenon from Saturday.

For the first three weeks after the explosion, the supernova will burn with the brightness of more than a billion Suns, but experts warned that it would still be difficult for the general public to locate in the night sky.

 Dr Mark Sullivan, who led the Oxford team, said: "The best time to see this exploding star will be just after evening twilight in the Northern hemisphere in a week or so's time ... You'll need dark skies and a good pair of binoculars, although a small telescope would be even better."

 Tom Boles, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Association, added: "Most amateur astronomers detect supernovas using electronic sensors, so to be able to see one at all is tremendous and to be able to see it using binoculars is pretty much unprecedented.

 "To find it will be relatively easy if you know where to look, but someone who has not done it before will probably fail because you really need to know where the Pinwheel Galaxy is, and even then it will not appear that bright."

 The discovery of the giant explosion just hours after it took place means astronomers will also get a rare chance to study the outer layers of the blast, which contain unburnt sections of the star.

 Prof Andy Howell of the University of California Santa Barbara, one of the team who made the find, said: "We caught this supernova earlier than we’ve ever discovered a supernova of this type.

 "On Tuesday, it wasn’t there. Then, on Wednesday, boom! There it was -caught within hours of the explosion. As soon as I saw the discovery image I knew we were onto something big.

 “We are finding new clues to solving the mystery of the origin of these supernovae that has perplexed us for 70 years. Despite looking at thousands of supernovae, I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Source:  www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8725053/Exploding-star-to-be-visible-from-Earth-within-a-fortnight.html






I'm going to be keeping my eye's, on the sky, with a camera ready at all points, will try snap shots of this!

I expect you all do the same!
1381  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ultimate touchscreen control via iPad remote software - I'm excited on: August 26, 2011, 10:35:46 AM
Okay, I've bought the iPad Keypad Pro app and a few of the ready made button templates... but, I can't bring myself to try it. I may test it out over the weekend just to see how well it works - I've decided I just don't like the idea of having to keep an iPad next to my keyboard just in case I want to use some fancy button shortcuts.

Don't get me wrong, I do want some convenient fancy button shortcuts that are there whenever I need them; an iPad just doesn't fit those requirements.

So, I'm going to get a mini touchscreen and try Ath's WinButtons. It will be in a week or two from now that I get the touchscreen (unless I can't resist getting it sooner)...

Can you use the iPad as a Tablet of sorts on which you can actually draw directly on the iPads screen, and see what your doing (rather than typical tablets where your drawing on your desk, and staring at the PC screen)
1382  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ultimate touchscreen control via iPad remote software - I'm excited on: August 25, 2011, 09:10:13 PM
This kinda came at the perfect time as I have been seriously looking at getting an iPad 2 (found one for £15/Month).

Would be cool as hell if I could also control the TV with it at some point cheesy
1383  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone else using Ramdisk in Windows 7? on: August 25, 2011, 09:07:40 PM
Sounds rather interesting, gonna download it and see how my machine takes it...it could do with a swift kick up the ass, and this might just be the answer (Seeing as I'm on a machine with 1GB of DDR2 and a 3.2Ghz single core processor and can't afford anything better lol)

Will see!
1384  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Seriously, Youtube is becoming impossible! on: August 25, 2011, 08:05:31 PM
Just a quick rant about how full of Adverts youtube videos are becoming.

Seriously, I just watched a 2 minute video clip and was having to keep clicking those annoying as hell "close" buttons that are so small, you miss half the video trying to aim on them...if you miss, your taken to the spam site, and when you finally hit the damn X, the video has finished.

Its driving me mental and I'm now in the process of finding a good alternative to youtube that doesn't drive you absolutely mental.
1385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 24, 2011, 12:55:17 PM
So after the aliens landed, bringing world peace, immortality, and all the unicorns back ... They created a magic toolbar...

...and sprinkled gobs and gobs of silvery glitter over everything!



Sounds like the storyline to the next "Twilight"
1386  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for August 21st, 2011 - "What's New With You?!" on: August 24, 2011, 09:21:41 AM
Thanks Stephen for the Newsletter.

I am sorry to say that I abandoned the "You Have Files" NANY 2012 pledge, as I found that many similar exist and no point in making the same.

But do not worry, I am testing a totally different App right now, and may be this will prove more useful that the above. Hope to make a beta in 1/2 weeks.

Regards,

Anand


Thanks for letting us know!  cheesy
1387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 23, 2011, 09:26:37 AM
It seems I was overly optimistic in predicting that the outrage over this would force cnet to immediately stop this practice Sad

I'm not sure what we can do to put a top to this other than continuing to express outrage everywhere we can and demand that our software is removed from CNet's services, and cause enough heat that CNet realizes how badly their reputation is going to be damaged if they do not reverse course.

The response to my email to them telling them to remove all donationcoder software was to tell me to purchase their premium service if i wanted to remove their bundled installer crap.  In other words this is one big extortion racket.

Legal threats might be the next step.
1388  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "The Fourth Reich: Facebook's Like button banned in Germany" on: August 23, 2011, 06:45:30 AM
Taking politics out of the equation, I merely posted about this to highlight the stupidity of media firms when it comes to creating "Headlines to make you read", that, and the irony of said website not actually having a "Like" button on their website.

When is a brick not a brick? When its a tree.
1389  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Transformer Owl: 3 Owls, in ONE Owl! on: August 22, 2011, 06:30:33 PM
Ahh, one of my favorite videos. Funny to see it resurface, I recall it "going viral" a few years back. Great (and amazing) stuff! It's like the owl version of cephalopod mimicry.

- Oshyan

Haha, I can't help but laugh every time i see its 3rd "mask" haha
1390  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Transformer Owl: 3 Owls, in ONE Owl! on: August 22, 2011, 05:54:46 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-GFZ4bdSiQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-GFZ4bdSiQ</a>

I can't stop watching it! hahahaha
1391  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "The Fourth Reich: Facebook's Like button banned in Germany" on: August 22, 2011, 04:54:34 PM
I have no intention of War  Cool

I knew that Thmbsup

 Grin
1392  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Fourth Reich: Facebook's Like button banned in Germany on: August 22, 2011, 04:32:11 PM
and as for quoting it with title, seems to me like just saying/doing the same thing...

If thats aimed at me, I had zero intention of causing any offense by leaving the title in place.  This was NOT written by me (Except the little laugh about their website).  This is how I Always Share website quotes, leaving the original title to be used as the title for my post.

thanks Stephen for that clarification, I didnt want to be offensive myself or start another war or anything embarassed
btw I'm not personally offended by it but do find it offensive - if that makes sense (living in Germany you start to realise how big the guilt stick is and to see things from a different perspective). FWIW I would have put it in quotes myself to show they're not my words...

I have no intention of War  Cool

Lemme quickly fix the title so its in quotation marks cheesy

*edit*

Done =D
1393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Download.com and the installer scam on: August 22, 2011, 04:22:38 PM
Absolutely outrageous and unacceptable.

I predict the pushback on this is going to be so severe that it is reversed within days if not hours.

Just wrong on so many levels -- not to mention it's going to result in freeware authors reputations being harmed as users blame them for something cnet is doing.

It's just so far outside of acceptable behavior -- the outrage is going to be withering.  I give cnet 24 hours before they completely abandon this and being an apology tour.



And I give it 48 before all those "Remove my software before we sue you" e-mails hit their desks.

What they have done, shows they have no care for anybody they serve, or the developers who are listed on there.

Like its already been said, Devs find their stuff on there when they never even submitted it, so if they don't specifically look to see if they ARE listed, how the hell would they know they are on there...thats not exactly giving permission for them to mirror (steal) your software for THEIR benefit.  Ignorance is the route of all evil, and is certainly not bliss in any sence of the word.

For me, CNET has just been removed from my bookmarks and I will never be using the service again.  The mere fact they would even THINK about this, makes me shudder.  I hate all things that have bloatware, and if DC did it (I know it won't), I would also leave here, as many many people also would.  They have just instantly lost the trust of millions upon millions of people in one stupid move, and Developers are going to be going crazy (Those who have bloatware ALREADY in their software are going to be even more pisses as they will lose out on revenue!)
1394  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Fourth Reich: Facebook's Like button banned in Germany on: August 22, 2011, 04:16:38 PM
wheeling out comparisons to Nazis and Hitler when talking about the Facebook like button is ridiculous and an insult to the victims of the Nazis and World War II. Out of proportion even when compared to the arbitrary laws the nazis made...

it's an insult to everyone, Germans as well (but of course that's the tabloids main intention, and isn't it great to have someone to insult when you have such a big guilt stick to beat them with if they object, & who gives a toss if 90% of them weren't even born then etc etc)

and as for quoting it with title, seems to me like just saying/doing the same thing...

If thats aimed at me, I had zero intention of causing any offense by leaving the title in place.  This was NOT written by me (Except the little laugh about their website).  This is how I Always Share website quotes, leaving the original title to be used as the title for my post.
1395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 22, 2011, 04:11:11 PM
This really pisses me off since some of my software is listed on that site and now has this extra setup garbage.  FWIW, I have never submitted any of my software to ANY site other than my own.

Wow! Did not know they were going around grabing things at random. Good to know, thanks.

They have ALWAYS done that, apparently, not enough people submitted work directly to them, so "stealing" it was their only real route to market.

They have now broken SO many T&C's and license agreements by doing this!

I see thousands of cease and desist orders, removal orders, and legal battles in the next few hours!

Bye bye Download.com, you will not be missed after this horrific move.
1396  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My own posts showing up in Unread Posts - Am I the only one experiencing this? on: August 22, 2011, 02:52:49 PM
This seems to be a pretty forum-wide thing, noticed it on several other forums, but didnt think anything of it till this post
1397  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Free CryEngine 3 SDK Released! on: August 22, 2011, 11:25:30 AM
I will say, their inbuilt video recorder is pretty nice and the fact you can jump into "Game-Mode" within the editor and actually run around your creation using whatever objects you have put in.  That, coupled with the "Live Physics/AI" option you get while using the editor (Which I suggest NEVER turning on until you place everything nicely on the ground, because if you don't, things {destroyable things} will fall to the floor quicker than you can catch them, and have a tendency to explode and break).

Unity has a feature like this. At any time (as long as your code has no compile-time errors) you can jump into "Game Mode" and run around and test things out. The neat thing about this is that any changes you make while in Game Mode are undone when you return to edit mode. This allows your objects to fall to the ground and break or for you to tweak values to test them out and then when you're done just return to "Edit Mode" and the things that fell to the ground and broke will be back in their original condition and position. Thmbsup

Yip, exactly the same with CE in regards to the game mode being able to play around and break stuff without ever needing to reposition afterwards.
1398  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Free CryEngine 3 SDK Released! on: August 22, 2011, 10:56:11 AM
you simply CANNOT share your work with ANYBODY

I'm curious: why is this?  I tried looking on that forum, but I didn't see anything jumping out to me describing why I cannot share anything.

I had seen this and had thought about playing with it, so I would really appreciate you describing the issues you've had.

Firstly, don't let the fact that you cannot share yet put you off learning this fantastic piece of software.

Secondly, they are apparently working towards allowing users to share their work with other developers by means of adding them to your "Team".  For the moment, the DRM style system they use seems to be encrypting work files in a really strange way, where-as a user would have to login to your account SPECIFICALLY in order to open then files (And even then I'm not sure if that would work! {Ill try it later with a new account and see what happens!})

Realistically, nothing I have made is even close to being able to be released as a stand-alone game yet.  The sharing part was only to get the opinion of others.

I will say, their inbuilt video recorder is pretty nice and the fact you can jump into "Game-Mode" within the editor and actually run around your creation using whatever objects you have put in.  That, coupled with the "Live Physics/AI" option you get while using the editor (Which I suggest NEVER turning on until you place everything nicely on the ground, because if you don't, things {destroyable things} will fall to the floor quicker than you can catch them, and have a tendency to explode and break).

-Stephen
1399  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for August 21st, 2011 - "What's New With You?!" on: August 22, 2011, 10:49:25 AM
I could tell it was Stephen because I recognized his writing style. Maybe I need to stop using IRC so much. ohmy

 Or I should?  huh

 cheesy
1400  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Poland on: August 21, 2011, 05:25:24 PM
When we have BC's next destination, someone send me the address so i can send a pack of CodyCards to meet him.

If nobody offers to take him for awhile, send him to me!
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