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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Amazing (Potential) use for drones. on: November 05, 2014, 06:29:32 AM

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-rEI4bezWc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-rEI4bezWc</a>

When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, the time taken to receive treatment is often the deciding factor between life and death. Public defibrillators are becoming increasingly common, but if you're untrained, they can be tricky to operate properly, plus they're not widespread enough to service all cardiac arrest patients. So an engineering student from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has proposed a solution - an ambulance drone that can fly a defibrillator to the patient within a fraction of the time it takes emergency services to arrive.
The ambulance drone is a hexacopter that can travel to a location within 12 square kilometres in about a minute. According to Alec Momont, the designer of the drone, this quick response can increase a heart attack patient’s chances of survival tenfold.
When a patient has a heart attack and an emergency call is placed, the drone is able to track the location of the call using an in-built GPS for navigation, and fly there at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour. Upon landing, an operator tunes in like a paramedic, giving instructions to someone nearby on how to use the defibrillator to treat the patient. The drone also has an in-built camera that allows the operator to ensure the defibrillator is being used correctly.

Read Full Story: http://sciencealert.com.a.../news/20140511-26462.html
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pinned Icon is Stuck (Windows 8.1) - Any clue how to get rid of it? on: November 05, 2014, 06:19:46 AM
Ah ffs, never mind....I spam clicked it out of frustration and it popped up saying it couldn't open the file and asked if I wanted to delete it...only been trying for 24 hours to do it.... -_-
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Pinned Icon is Stuck (Windows 8.1) - Any clue how to get rid of it? on: November 05, 2014, 06:17:58 AM

The icon highlighted above was pinned to my Taskbar, and now it won't go away.  I uninstalled the game after I pinned it and now it has no right click options so I can't do anything o.O

I can move/drag the icon along the taskbar but am lost when it comes to working out how to delete it and Google has failed me!

Windows 8.1 is my OS.

Anybody any clues how to delete it?  tellme

54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: bottleneck of gps on: November 01, 2014, 05:32:36 PM
what is the limitation of today's GPS technology and we can't position someone/something within let's say a meter accuracy?

While government/military systems can thread a needle from space, they don't think the civilian riff-raff need that sort of pin point accuracy ... Hence we don't get access to it.

...It really is just that simple.

55  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Ideas Wanted! on: October 31, 2014, 10:59:21 AM
Anybody got any cool ideas for Software creations for NANY 2015?  I am drawing a complete blank here Sad

Obviously any ideas posted here would serve a huge purpose to anybody else wanting to make something for NANY and is staring at the same brick wall as me tongue



What's your forte... games?  tellme

Meh, I found a NANY project now lol - I think this one (SlackyApp) is going to give me plenty to be getting on with cheesy
56  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: October 30, 2014, 03:44:44 PM
Update: 30th October 2014

2 Issues have been identified within SlackyApp.  These issues are outlined below:

Known Issues
• If large amounts of data are passing through Slack at any one time (IE: Oeruse of the Giphy Integration), Window will go blank due to a possible memory leak - Bug has not been identified fully but I am aware of this happening.
• Cache and Memory not being cleared properly. - Resolution for this has been (hopefully) identified and will be resolved in the next build.

Issue #1 - I have no clue how to fix this at the moment, but will figure it out I hope
Issue #2 - I can think of several possible solutions for this, so a bit of trial and error will be in order to resolve this.

Another "Issue" has been pointed out, but it happens randomly and I can't be 100% sure if it a bug with SlackyApp OR the user in questions system.  This issue causes the audio notifications to randomly stop working (Although they do start back up again) - This could be an issue with how SlackyApp is handling the Desktop Notifications feature (Which, I will admit...It doesn't handle this very well).  This can hopefully be resolved very soon.

As it stands, I am really thinking about totally dropping the current WebCore that I use (Awesomium).  I seem to be highly limited by using this Core and it is causing more problems than it is solving.

It is entirely possible that the project as it stands will be scrapped in favor of another Core...but nothing is set in stone yet.

If I do decide to change everything then everybody here will be informed and I will let you all know how to work with the new build.

57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Graphics Designers - DOCO NEEDS YOU! on: October 29, 2014, 06:57:14 PM
Bumping the thread so more people might see it!  Grin
58  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: October 29, 2014, 05:50:05 PM
We now have our own Slack team site on slack.com!

Anybody who wants to be part of it, please inbox me with your e-mail address and I will send you an invitation smiley
59  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: October 29, 2014, 12:46:54 PM
This might be of interest:

The WordPress project is testing out Slack as our main real-time communication platform, replacing IRC and ad hoc Skype chats. When compiling a list of things people liked about our existing options, it was obvious that Slack was all of that and more, including:

Open for everyone
Friendly user interface
Easy asynchronous conversation
iOS and Android apps
Powerful customization abilities
Excellent search
Wait, replaces IRC? Yes. WordPress has always used Freenode for its real-time communication, and we’re especially grateful for what Freenode and IRC have done for Free and Open Source Software projects.

More at

Somehow missed yours and Deos posts before..not sure how Sad

Bookmarked this and will see if I can use it to my advantage haha

You should make a DonationCoder slack team. (c:

So I've noticed that when it's minimized to tray, if I double click or right-click and select "Show Main Window" it will make the window show up in the task bar, but it doesn't actually show the window until I click it in the task bar. So that's kind of useless.

Also, while it's in the state of still minimized but showing in the task bar, it also still shows it in the tray, which I think it should only do when it's minimized. Which... erm... I guess it is/does. So once you fix the first problem, this second one will also go away.

I'd also like to request a portable/zip/non-installer version.

Potable Version will hopefully be available with the next build of SlackyApp

Bugs have been identified and resolved and will no longer be in the next build smiley
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. on: October 29, 2014, 11:33:19 AM
Just had to giggle that DC will now be indexed for the search terms "Smuggle Secrets" and "Incredible Danger" xD
61  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: October 29, 2014, 06:17:12 AM
It would be nice if you could discover what was enabling the audio alerts before, since they are no longer working for me. Sad

Not going to lie...those audio alerts are driving me insane...It's not that they "don't" work, as I didn't remove anything to kill the functionality.  It seems that there is something bugging it out making them stop working for no reason at all...not sure why to be honest and really something I have to look deeper into.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / World's fastest network can transmit 32 terabytes per second on: October 28, 2014, 02:57:35 AM
An international team of researchers has developed the fastest network cable in the world. It can transmit 255 terabits per second, which is equivalent to all of the traffic flowing through the Internet at peak time.

Right now, the fastest fibre optic line on the market is capable of transmitting 100 gigabits per second (gbps), which converts to 12.5 gigabytes per second (GBps). That’s pretty impressive, but an international team of researchers has decided that it really isn’t enough, and is developing a new fibre optic line that can carry a whopping 2,500 times more data. That means 255 terabits per second (tbps), which works out to be 32 terabytes per second (TBps). In other words, you could transfer 1 GB in 0.003 of a second.

"255 tbps is mindbogglingly quick; it’s greater, by far, than the total capacity of every cable - hundreds of glass fibres - currently spanning the Atlantic Ocean,” says Sebastian Anthony at Extreme Tech. "In fact, 255 terabits per second is similar to - or maybe even more than - the total sum of all traffic flowing across the Internet at peak time."

The technology is being developed by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and the University of Central Florida in the US. The sub-sea cables that currently support the Internet consist of what’s known as single-mode optical fibre cables, which means they can only carry a light signal from a single laser at a time. This signal is guided down the centre of the cable through a ‘core’, which means the amount of data able to be transmitted by these cables is, quite literally, limited by the laws of physics. We can only fit so much through a single core.

This new cable, on the other hand, is a multi-mode, or 'multi-core', cable, which means it has seven cores arranged like a hexagon that run along its length. These multiple cores allow data signals from seven different laser sources to be transmitted simultaneously.

The team has tested their new fibre cable in the lab along a one-kilometre stretch, and is now working on the (admittedly very slow) process of getting it to the market. According to Extreme Tech, multi-mode fibre is set to eventually replace the single-mode cable that currently supports the Internet, but that means physically manufacturing and installing millions of kilometres of the stuff, which will take many years.

"It’d be like replacing every two-lane highway in America with eight-lane raised freeways. It’s totally possible, just not economically feasible,” adds Andrew Tarantola from Gizmodo. "But, given how fast the Internet is currently growing, it won’t be long until we need this technology."
The research has been published in Nature.

Source: http://www.sciencealert.c.../news/20142810-26405.html
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 09:00:17 PM
I can work on it locally, then package the whole thing up, database & all, and then hand it over to mouser. It would then be up to him to use it or not. And if he chooses not to, do I then host it myself? Does etiquette say that's an acceptable thing to do? Or do I end up having to accept the idea that I just did a ton of work for nothing?  tellme

Sites like Download.com just collect everybody else's work and make them all available in one place...and to be honest...if we had a DC version...life would be MUCH easier...I mean...It took me 15 minutes the other day to find something _I_ had released here lol
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 08:23:25 PM
What I mean is that it would be hard for someone without mouser's approval to make wholesale changes to the site.  And this would be pretty much a wholesale change.  He's also on the line as a pig, whereas we're all chickens.  I try to always keep that in mind with anything for the site... I might disagree, but I'm not the one on the hook when it comes down to it.

Just my  two cents

I do get what you are saying, and yes...the decision ultimately comes down to mouser.  However, App could create some sort of service like the wanted to and host it separately to DC.  I know it wouldn't be the ideal solution...but something like that would be easier to implement as it would not require mouser to intervene any further than (possibly) giving approval.

Site wide changes for a website of this structure and scale are never going to please everybody...you only have to look at what happens every time Facebook make a change to their UI...people bitch, moan, and within 2 days, completely forget anything happened  Grin
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 06:48:36 PM

Almost 3.5 years later and I am sitting here with the feeling that I should have just gone ahead and done it, and handed it to mouser. And it still bothers me enough that I am considering just doing it and calling it my NANY project for this year.  Sad

Sounds like a plan! And why not?  Thmbsup

I can tell you why not... it's not her site.  That's just one reason that I'd think of if it was me.  But I think that's the big one that's been holding her back if you look between the lines.

Actually, as far as I am aware, there are other mitigating reasons that have held her and many others back from doing something like this.

Not being her site wouldn't make much difference as I don't think any of us really see DC as "This is mousers website...that's it"...more of a community project.  DC is now, and will always be "Crowd Funded" in the sense that without the supporters, DC wouldn't be anything like it is...I know mousers Software does bring in the greater majority of users...but without the community...this whole site would be just based around those, and be a support forum for mouser's Software instead of what it really is.

Just my  two cents
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / 10 Web Application Security Scanners To Monitor Your Internet Activity! on: October 27, 2014, 06:37:17 PM
1. Netsparker Community Edition

According to their website, Netsparker is the only false-positive-free web application security scanner. Simply point it at your website and it will automatically discover the flaws that could leave you dangerously exposed.

2. Websecurify

The Websecurify Suite is a web application security solution designed to run entirely from your web browser. It packs our awesome web application security framework combined with the power of client-side technologies.

3. Wapiti

This web application security scanner allows you to track the following security vulnerabilities,

- File disclosure
- Database Injection
- XSS (Cross Site Scripting) injection
- Command Execution detection
- CRLF Injection
- XXE (XmleXternal Entity) injection
- Use of know potentially dangerous files
- Weak .htaccess configurations that can be bypassed
- Presence of backup files giving sensitive information

4. N-Stalker

This is a web application security scanner that searches for security loopholes like SQL Injection, XSS and other known attacks.

5. Skipfish

Skipfish is an active web application security reconnaissance tool. It prepares an interactive sitemap for the targeted site by carrying out a recursive crawl and dictionary-based probes. The resulting map is then annotated with the output from a number of active security checks. The final report generated by the tool is meant to serve as a foundation for professional web application security assessments.

6. Scrawlr

Scrawlr, developed by the HP Web Security Research Group in coordination with the MSRC, is short for SQL Injector and Crawler. Scrawlr will crawl a website while simultaneously analyzing the parameters of each individual web page for SQL Injection vulnerabilities. Scrawlr is lightning fast and uses our intelligent engine technology to dynamically craft SQL Injection attacks on the fly.

7. Watcher

Watcher is a Fiddler addon which aims to assist penetration testers in passively finding Web-application vulnerabilities. The security field today has several good choices for HTTP proxies which assist auditors and pen-testers.

8. Exploit-Me

Exploit-Me Mobile (EMM) is an open source project demonstrating common mobile application vulnerabilities in the iOS and Android platforms. ExploitMe Mobile is a training platform built based on the common mobile application security pitfalls.

9. WebScarab

WebScarab has a large amount of functionality, and as such can be quite intimidating to the new user. But, for the simplest case, intercepting and modifying requests and responses between a browser and HTTP/S server, there is not a lot that needs to be learned.

10. Acunetix Web Application Security Scanner

According to the company, the features of this security tools includes,

- AcuSensor Technology
- Industry's most advanced and in-depth SQL injection and Cross site scripting testing
- Advanced penetration testing tools, such as the HTTP Editor and the HTTP Fuzzer
- Visual macro recorder makes testing web forms and password protected areas easy
- Support for pages with CAPTCHA, single sign-on and Two Factor authentication mechanisms
- Extensive reporting facilities including PCI compliance reports
- Multi-threaded and lightning fast scanner - processes thousands of pages with ease
- Intelligent crawler detects web server type, application language and smartphone-optimized sites.
- Acunetix crawls and analyzes different types of websites including HTML5, SOAP and AJAX
- Port scans a web server and runs security checks against network services running on the server

Source: http://www.efytimes.com/e...?edid=141537&magid=11
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 04:24:35 PM
Overall, this is probably one of the most depressing threads I've read in a long time.  Sad

I'm not a coder. But I am a musician. And if musicians (as a collective) can routinely gather "fiercely independent personalities" (including the occasional hyper-talented albeit bona fide sociopath) to collaborate on artistically valid, and financially remunerative projects...I'm wondering why coders can't do the same?

Is this 'problem' real? Or is it just something coders have programmed themselves to believe? huh

I wasn't speaking about developers in general. I was speaking about here and from experience.

Check the date on this post and read through that thread: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=25932.0

That thread was started after a discussion in the IRC channel, and mouser suggested I post about it and get some input from the community.

Almost 3.5 years later and I am sitting here with the feeling that I should have just gone ahead and done it, and handed it to mouser. And it still bothers me enough that I am considering just doing it and calling it my NANY project for this year.  Sad

And I don't care if it ends up only being used for a few months, or ultimately, a few years.

So, it's not that there isn't a desire to contribute, and not that we don't want to work together. Some of us are still waiting for their assignments, have sat by and watched someone else end up with the assignment they were best suited for, watched that person eventually abandon the project, and are getting the feeling that they are never going to be taken seriously, and are trying really hard not to take it personally and feel insulted by it.

Is that how big projects get done? Obviously not, if 3.5 years later we still don't have a DoCo 2.0 or at the very least, a proper software repository.

Do it!
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let's have some weekend Science and Tech! (A bit of a roundup!) on: October 27, 2014, 03:44:05 PM
While this may sound gimmicky, removing windows has the added benefit of weight reduction and would also simplify plane construction. It would also allow greater flexibility when designing the interior of the plane.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com...views#k77557fLHpV346hZ.99

What? The windows on planes I've been on feel like some kind of plastic. How is replacing a bunch of windows with a couple huge displays and the wiring needed for them going to decrease weight?

Windows, window frames, and bracing for the hole where the window goes would all be removed. Then the screen material (which would also be plastic) would replace the currently used interior walls...so yeah, I can see it dropping a bit.

It might not even be plastic.  The screen could realistically be a material of some sort (I have no clue what but suspect it is possible).  It would certainly provide some good views either way if done correctly!
69  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Folderwatch (a MAC application) for PC's on: October 27, 2014, 02:44:55 PM
I wrote a review back in 2010 about something that does this:


Bvckup is a handly little utility (less than 500kb in size) for backup up files to different drives/computers.

From what I can gather, it does not actually upload the entire file, each and every time you process it.  Instead, it locates the changed data, and only uploads that portion of it to the original file, saving very large amounts of time on each upload.

Don't know if it is still in Development, but it was released here at DC so you might be able to contact the developer or find something about it.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: October 27, 2014, 01:59:44 PM
71  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Oct 25, 2014 - Codename: NANY 2015 Preppers on: October 27, 2014, 12:06:17 AM
72  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Oct 25, 2014 - Codename: NANY 2015 Preppers on: October 26, 2014, 11:58:51 PM
Excellent question bernie.  And good guess stephen -- but not quite correct.  Who can guess (moderators not allowed to try), how the spammers were caught who didn't make a post (or even try to make a post)?
lol, my lips are sealed.. Grin

Only cause you don't know tongue
73  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Patreon for software developers? (Crowd funding) on: October 26, 2014, 10:43:25 PM
Would be nice if this would be something that could be done here at DC for Software Devs - People pledge $X/Month for Developers for certain things (I don't know how it would work...just seems DC is a logical place for these things?)
74  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: October 26, 2014, 10:22:23 PM
Update: 27th October 2014

I'm still looking for Feature Requests for SlackyApp and also people to help test it out to make sure it is bug free!  I want to be able to bring it out testing phases sooner rather than later, but don't want to do so until I know it is working as good as it should do!  cheesy

Don't forget to give us a Shoutout on Twitter using #SlackyApp and #NANY2015 !!!

You can also follow me on there: https://twitter.com/Kynlo
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: looking for scientific calculator like this on: October 26, 2014, 07:57:39 PM
You live in England...Check Jysk, Argos or if you want online...eBay/Amazon?
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