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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: August 22, 2014, 04:34:59 PM
Personally, every Resume/CV I send out is tailored to that industry, which means I can also make sure that I only include jobs relevant to that sector on it. 

In regards to leaving gaps in work history...I actually just lie there...I have no intention of asking those companies for references so I simply extend the dates a little bit so they don't look like I was working for X months, then unemployed for X months tongue
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 22, 2014, 02:55:59 AM
For any fellow bikers here on DC, here you go xD

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaB40TLQE8M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaB40TLQE8M</a>
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 21, 2014, 08:28:29 PM
More from the department of...



FOR THE CHILDRENZ! Cool



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B> Dafuq?
3> DAFUQ?
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 06:18:32 PM
Good luck indeed Stephen! That's incredibly cool. Hopefully you'll let us all know more about it as the date draws nearer. smiley

- Oshyan

Will certainly do so xD
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 02:57:04 PM
Awesome to see this posted on here, glad the little push on IRC helped Wink...and Yes...I know who I am tongue

I will be Auditioning for Britain's Got Talent in 2015.  No confirmed dates yet but hopefully it should go well xD!

Anyhow, good luck to your Girl and I will be wanting a link so I can stream the show live from this side of the pond!!!
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop Battery Record! on: August 21, 2014, 11:06:10 AM
Must admit...my new laptop has a pretty awesome battery!

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Works out to be around 8:30hrs when fully charged and screen brightness on 70%...should probably see how it does on appx 40% brightness!

Model: Acer Aspire E-15

All in all...can't complain xD
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 7 Best Tools To Print To PDF (From The Web) on: August 20, 2014, 04:25:37 PM
Chrome browser has a print to PDF function that I use to capture web sites.  Open Office/Libra Office has the function built in. CutePDF writer works great too for everything else.

This is for more generic PDF creation...Not entirely sure who it is aimed at in specific but I imagine it is very helpful for those who just want to hit the print button rather than hoping software X has the feature built in.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need help finding eBooks! on: August 20, 2014, 03:09:07 PM
Cheers guys!
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 20, 2014, 02:59:00 PM
Honestly though...we all know our information is being bought, linked, sold, auctioned, taken apart, put back together, and whatever else...life is life


IMHO, acquiescence and capitulation are no way to go through life. Whether or not the above is true, we don't need to accept it. Or tolerate it either. Just sayin'  Wink

Totally agreed.  And just telling someone 'don't use it then', is not an acceptable alternative.  Market pressure is a very real thing.


We choose to do these things in the full knowledge of what the outcome is going to be...However, we DO have a choice...and that choice is yours to make.

You know the dangers of driving...but most people do it anyway, and there are options there if you choose not to...
You know the dangers of flying....but most people still do...yet again, there are other options...

Facebook isn't the be all and end all of civilization as we know it...there are other ways and means to stay in touch with that girl you once met at that bar you don't remember the name of in the town you forgot you ever visited...Wink

Although I do agree that Facebook could be a little more VISIBLE about what they do (Although, it is pretty easy to find the information for those who know where to look or are willing to dig a little deeper)...however...Like I said above...Facebook isn't the problem here...Android Permissions are...

How many of you guys here have downloaded something for your phone that..say...lets you edit images you have taken, or apply filters to your photos...or have a custom launcher...or have a completely custom rom on it like Cyanogenmod?...All of those things have permission based issues that are EXACTLY the same as Facebook...Cyanogenmod obviously has some differences being a complete overhaul of Android but again..who really knows what the hell is going on there?

If you want your private information to stay private...don't share it...pretty simple really...I have only ever shared online, the information about myself that I couldn't care less who knows about me...and like I have said many times before...if people like Facebook have figured out a way to make money from that information...good for them!  I only hope that one day I figure out how the hell knowing that I enjoy a Coffee in the morning and I have a dislike for anything from The Daily Mail; is worth money!
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The history of PC hardware, in pictures (From The Web) on: August 20, 2014, 02:24:50 PM
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We all use personal computers and we all take them for granted in our everyday lives. It’s easy to forget that PCs have only been around for a couple of decades, and initially were nowhere near the powerhouses we have on our desks today.

For example, did you know that the first “portable” computer weighed 25 kg (55 lb) and cost close to $20,000, that the first laser printer was big enough to fill up most of a room, or that you basically had to build the first Apple computer yourself?

This article takes a look at the time when the computer equipment we now take for granted was invented and what it looked like back then.

The first computer mouse
The first computer mouse was invented in 1963 by Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute. (He is also one of the inventors of hypertext.) The first mouse used two wheels positioned at a 90-degree angle to each other to keep track of the movement (see picture below). The ball mouse wasn’t invented until 1972, and the optical mouse was invented circa 1980 although it didn’t come to popular use until much later.

Douglas Engelbart never received any royalties for his invention and his patent had run out by the time the mouse became commonplace in the era of home PCs.

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Read Full Story: http://royal.pingdom.com/...-pc-hardware-in-pictures/
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Wi-Fi Turbocharge: The Future of Connectivity (From The Web) on: August 20, 2014, 02:21:06 PM
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What’s the big deal? Speed. Speed and
throughput are the really big deals.
And
while promises of Gigabit speeds may
seem overstated – or maybe unnecessary
right this minute – HD streaming media
and real-time video are becoming
commonplace, meaning it won’t be long
before you need that extra oomph.

Read Full Story: http://www.spiceworks.com...ts/future-of-connectivity
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Large List of Downloadable Computer Repair CDs (From The Web) on: August 20, 2014, 01:57:20 PM
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One of our Technibble forum members, PcTek9, and a handful of other Technibble members have compiled a large list of CDs for various computer repair tasks. In this list, the following types of CD are available for download: Antivirus Boot CDs, Recovery Disks, Hardware Diagnostic Boot CDs, Network Testing/Monitoring, Data Recovery Boot CDs and Special Purpose CDs.

Some of these are free to download, some are not. Be sure to read the EULA for the CD’s you download and the applications you use to make sure you are allowed to use them in the manner you plan to use them in. Many of the CDs contain a variety of different programs and some of the applications are free to use as you please, but some of them disallow commercial use. So be sure to read and abide by the EULA for whatever you use.

Read Full Story Here: http://www.stumbleupon.co...seful-computer-repair-cds
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / 7 Best Tools To Print To PDF (From The Web) on: August 20, 2014, 01:34:31 PM
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What’s the best PDF printer for Windows? We checked 7 of the most popular options to find out.
It’s kind of shocking that printing in Windows 8 doesn’t come with a PDF option; Mac and Linux users have had this by default for years. Windows users still need dedicated software, and it’s all of varying quality.

PDF printers let you save any file you can print as a PDF, meaning that any computer on Earth can open it without much trouble. Because these programs disguise themselves as regular printers, you can use them to create a PDF file in any program that lets you print. We’ve shown you how to print to PDF on Windows 8, but such software is by no means new: you can use it on any version of Windows.

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Read Full Story: http://www.makeuseof.com/...g/7-best-tools-print-pdf/
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nextdoor: The anti-facebook social network for neighborhoods on: August 20, 2014, 12:47:27 PM
Oooooooooooo an original bbs! Do it!
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nextdoor: The anti-facebook social network for neighborhoods on: August 20, 2014, 10:28:02 AM
Good god...I don't even want to LIVE near my neighbors...letalone socialise with them ...... Grin
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: August 19, 2014, 08:04:20 PM
OK...Not entirely "Animal Friends" but it is nice nevertheless.

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67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 19, 2014, 05:27:24 PM
As an addition to the above...how hard would it be to do the following example?:

(Current Permission): Take pictures and videos: This permission allows you to take photos and videos within the Messenger app to easily send to your friends and other contacts.

(Proposed Revision or Additional Permission): Take pictures and videos: This permission allows you to take photos and videos within the Messenger app to easily send to your friends and other contacts when explicitly requested by the end-user ONLY.

So basically...in your applications manifest, instead of having 
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  1. <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
you would have something like 
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  1. <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERABYREQUEST" />

My guess is that this might be tough to implement if a user action can be spoofed, which is pretty normal stuff to do.

I can only think of hardware buttons working here, which would muck up the UX.

I didn't think it would be easy to implement as such, the idea was simply to throw some ideas in the pond for ways it could actually be made more sane cheesy
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 19, 2014, 05:22:19 PM
The real solution would be to allow users to deny permissions on a permission-by-permission basis (per app), so that if I didn't want Facebook to have access to my GPS, I could simply deny the location permission and anytime it tried to access the GPS, it would simply get an OS-level error/denial and be unable to get info from the GPS.

Then they could request all the permissions they wanted, and all I'd grant them is the ability to talk to the internets to deliver me my LOLcats and family photos.  Thmbsup

I do agree with this actually...However, it should give detailed explanations of the features that will no longer work when you remove a permission (Because...well...people are idiots).

However...where would be the issue with implementing both ideas?  Allow people like Facebook to only be able to use the Camera when the user requests...but they can also deny the permission forever (or at least until they re-enable it).

OR...you could even go as far as defaulting all Android phones to have security popups much like UAC in Windows...so when an app requests permission to use Feature X, the user would be then informed and asked to choose Yes or No.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 19, 2014, 05:07:21 PM
As an addition to the above...how hard would it be to do the following example?:

(Current Permission): Take pictures and videos: This permission allows you to take photos and videos within the Messenger app to easily send to your friends and other contacts.

(Proposed Revision or Additional Permission): Take pictures and videos: This permission allows you to take photos and videos within the Messenger app to easily send to your friends and other contacts when explicitly requested by the end-user ONLY.

So basically...in your applications manifest, instead of having  
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  1. <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
you would have something like  
Formatted for XML with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERABYREQUEST" />
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 19, 2014, 05:02:37 PM
Maybe they DO have ulterior motives...maybe not...nobody knows but them  undecided

However...the point isn't about the possibility of it happening in the future...people are getting up in arms about the PERMISSIONS because they have jumped on the band wagon for something they have no idea about.  It is purely a permissions based argument which can ONLY be solved at Operating System Level...Facebook...like every other developer of Android Apps, have no choice over the CONTENTS within that permission...merely the permission itself.  Now...if Google implemented a permission that allowed developers to strictly say "ONLY WHEN YOU REQUEST IT" next to things like Camera, Microphone and such...rather than just a vague "Can be used at any time, for any reason, by anybody" then this would be easily solved...because if Facebook or anybody else still wanted to use the system wide permission to be able to use it 24/7 without further permission...then we would have an issue...however...on the other side of the coin...if the added permissions could be implemented by Android to get rid of such stupidity, and Facebook chose to use that...then there would be no issue at all!

The problem isn't Facebook and what they COULD do...the problem is with the Android OS and what they WON'T fix...
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 18, 2014, 09:48:16 PM
The problem is that if I'm going to use the Facebook messaging system, the only thing I want to use it for is essentially as an IM client. I don't want it accessing my contacts or my camera or my microphone or my location or anything else.

The very act of granting it permission to do those things means that it can at any time access those functionalities of your device. And if you trust the app to only do it when you explicitly give it permission to (e.g., only access the camera/gallery when you're taking/attaching a photo to your IM) then great! Use it. But IMO, Facebook has already demonstrated time and again that they cannot be trusted. They will abuse these permissions, they will take every advantage they can to collect as much information about you as possible.

You give your built in SMS app permission to use services that cost you money...and compose/send SMS...

Your dialing app has permissions to use your microphone and such...

Your camera app has permissions to...hmmmmm...take photos...

All of which are basic and standard...yet people ain't having a retarded fit about all these...WHY do people have to be so idiotic?  Seriously..May actually sign up to these guys...

http://www.mars-one.com/
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need help finding eBooks! on: August 18, 2014, 09:04:08 PM
Cuffy is on a mission! cheesy

I am directing her to this thread...easier than me sending all the links haha
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Need help finding eBooks! on: August 18, 2014, 06:59:00 PM
I am looking for as many FREE eBooks based on Psychology, Social Work/Care (UK/England) and anything else that may help my Mrs with her studies.  She is starting her Higher Certification in Social Care before moving on to a Masters Degree and full Doctorate...but right now, she is trying to take in as much information as she can muster, so I want to help her as much as possible smiley

If anybody has any resources then it would be greatly appreciated tongue

-Stephen
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 17, 2014, 09:46:03 PM
Hey...if disparaging comments about Daily Mail shit means I see less stuff FROM the daily mail...I don't really see the problem Wink

Honestly though...we all know our information is being bought, linked, sold, auctioned, taken apart, put back together, and whatever else...life is life and the only way to solve it is to use Tor and register for everything under a pseudonym lol
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 17, 2014, 08:38:51 PM
On the point of cameras pointing at the ceiling when not in use...I have that habit...more for the fact it freaks me out knowing I have a lens pointed at me...not through the thought somebody could see me...couldn't care less about that...not much to see Wink

Anyhow...the point wasn't what they could possibly do in the future (Which...I highly doubt they would do for very long before somebody clicked on to it)...it is about what they are doing now...People have gotten hysterical in typical Daily Mail style about it, when it is unfounded and pointless.  Yes there are dodgy applications that WILL do all the dodgy crap that people are thinking Facebook are doing now...but being a HUGE company...there are more eyes watching them, than there could ever be watching us Wink  The power of the people far outweighs that of companies.

Typically, people go crazy about it...yet they still use it...personally I couldn't care less about the privacy aspect of things when it comes to me...I only put the information that I don't care about sharing, online...anything else...I NEVER put online and NEVER have...and to this day...that information still isn't available online smiley

We could go on and on about the politics of it all but realistically...even you can agree...when they have the eyes of the world staring in their direction...it would be a bloody miracle if they managed to sneak anything by the world without somebody noticing within 30 minutes of it happening.

I saw something recently that actually made me laugh, and does somewhat fit perfectly into this situation...

"Tell people not to panic over Ebola, and people freak out...tell people to panic over global warning and they reply "lol...where's my coat?""

Don't wanna get onto the whole Ebola subject...or global warming for that matter...just feels like it fits here.

My guess is that if you knew more about what is happening with Big Data you would be scared shitless and on the opposite side of the fence.

I actually do keep on top of these things...and yet..not actually worried...I have no reason to be...like I mentioned above...the information that I don't want people to know...I have never put online in any form.  They can sell any of the data that I have shared...if it is worth something to them...good for them...just wish I could make some money from it Wink
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