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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to delete this empty file? on: May 22, 2015, 11:43:32 PM
Does doing a system restore to before make any sense?

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PayPal about to claim rights in all IP sold/licensed using PayPal for payments on: May 21, 2015, 05:12:59 PM
Heh we really need to encourage some lawyer to be the In House DC Lawyer to settle stuff like this! : )

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 21, 2015, 03:30:55 PM
This is very off-topic for this thread, but if you follow the source links, you'll see an interesting game of "Telephone" happening where the story gets further and further from the truth with each rewrite. By the time The Mary Sue got to it, it was already pretty distorted. (Also, what's with "news" outlets citing other "news" outlets as their only source?)

I dunno, I think it "threatens" to be on topic, (been watching too many chess lectures lately!), because a big chunk of Silly Humor comes from these telephone games.

And as for "what's with "news" outlets citing other "news" outlets as their only source?", that's how low budget low quality "news" works - something pops up on someone's radar, and they smash it out because Timelines Are King in the viral news age. And "someones" are getting past the old quasi effort in journalism to produce a legit story, somehow changing the culture, because ClickBait Works, and there's little or unfocused downside to not writing these things compared to a balanced story. So you get the 21st century rehash of the "quality sites get a smaller smarter audience", and the even more rabid hordes just like their clickbait because they can enjoy an hour exclaiming to their friends "would you believe this?!".

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 21, 2015, 01:03:29 PM
I put the warning in to give fair warning. I didn't have any trouble with the page, but then I use 2 anti-virus programs and Sandboxie(Yes, one of them is Malwarebytes). But if you do clickthrough and get sucked into the Twilight Zone, don't blame me.

And I decided to look at it, and MS Sec E didn't say anything at all, and neither did PaleMoon's internal lists of pages.

But A-H, how do you use two AV programs? I thought those kinds of programs end up fighting each other.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 21, 2015, 12:29:32 PM

What was the child's name?

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Antivirus: Quick Thoughts 2015 on: May 21, 2015, 11:49:34 AM

Yeah, and when I'm not feeding the mammoths because I move at glacial ice age rates, I need a new AV too, to ditch MS Sec Essentials for.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 21, 2015, 11:46:06 AM
The has this post: (copied here for information/searching.)
Unfortunately, we have renewed our ICANN Accreditation -
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
May 20, 2015 Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS has met the automatic renewal requirements under our ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement and will thus renew into the 2013 RAA on June 23rd, 2015,

This means that as of June 23rd we will be subject to enforcing the new Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) which was enacted by ICANN earlier this year. All registrants of any domains under which easyDNS is directly accredited (.COM, .NET, .ORG .BIZ, and .INFO) will henceforth be subject to the WAP. (Note, all new GTLDs such as .website, .host and are handled through our OpenSRS Resellers tag and are thus already subject to the WAP).
After June 23, 2015 whenever one of your domains hits an event outlined above, you will be receiving an email notice from us asking you to "Click this link to verify your Whois data". Even though it looks like an obvious phishing attempt, it isn't.

You can thank ICANN for this policy, we because if it were up to us, and you tasked us with coming up with the most idiotic, damaging, phish-friendy, disaster prone policy that accomplishes less than nothing and is utterly pointless, I question whether we would have been able to pull it off at this level. We're simply out of our league here.

Computing is almost becoming "too hard for humans". So given some "mythical" consortium of the top 25 IT consultants in the world to consult, they ... create this policy. (I had a hard time picking the right word there. I sorta meant even if it has no name, they could do something like a request for feedback and just invite your choice of 25 top IT people in the world. Evil aside, Google's got a few, a couple of the AV companies, a few researchers, and a few people from private companies.)

The problem apparently seems to be that "Humans" includes politicians asking them to do something. Every time we see one of these kinds of things, I'm sure there's at least one smart properly trained lower level guy doing Facepalms and Facedesks. But their voices don't count.

So what does this mean to little guys like me who own a random domain?

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 21, 2015, 10:06:38 AM
Doesn't sound very Spartan... I wonder why? Then I read on:

But let's just suppose the engine is good.

The same way IE wandered into everything, can someone like Maxthon grab the engine minus all the MS marketing junk, and re-skin it?

9 Software / ProcessTamer / Re: CPU Smoothing? (Solved) on: May 18, 2015, 11:41:58 AM
I've got it and I'm trying it out. I'll have to observe it over time and see if I can report some results.


I stuck both Pale Moon and Plugin Container on Force Below Normal Priority, and the other big offender, MsMpEng from MS Sec Essentials. So I'll let them sit there and see what results.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft "Hyperlapse" tech is finally available to play with on: May 18, 2015, 07:10:39 AM

Or just borrow the components of WMP and unite it with their new project. MS has this habit of referring back a lot of things to "needs WMP to run".

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch PDF printing on: May 18, 2015, 07:06:45 AM

Just so I better understand what has to be done, how many sets of *different* 67 page files have to be done this way?

To me, there has to be a script that just does "print, pages 105 ; print, pages 6 to page 13 ; print, pages 14 to page 21 ; print, pages 21 to 67".

Int other words, one (clunky?) way to do it is mimic doing it yourself manually. For example those "repeat action" macro programs would do it, and you just run it once per file.

But if you had a whole army of 67 page files to do this on, you'd need another step, some kind of loop to select each one, then do that above.

12 Software / ProcessTamer / Re: CPU Smoothing? (Solved) on: May 17, 2015, 07:45:12 PM
Can you give a couple of links just as a reminder more broadly what process tamer does and how it can affect applications? I'm wondering if you tame one (badly written?) process, it might free up partial cpu usage to make the rest of your computing experience bearable.

I think the two that come to mind for me are MsMEng or whatever, tied to Ms Sec Essentials, when it does whatever it does, especially at reboot when it wants to check everything. I'd like to slow that down.

The other is some combo of Flash and Plugin Container when I watch videos. I'm curious what taming will do to that, and if in fact there might be a point there is no loss of video quality (adware fighting adblock in the background?), and then again the overall computing might be bearable. "Your choice of a third case".

On topic for this thread - I'm not sure the exact setting but I'd put it maybe medium aggressive because it's always the same X things that really crush the cpu, so anything more than the 2 second spikes that web page scrolling does, should be picked up.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Visualize pseudo code via flowcharts? on: May 17, 2015, 07:35:39 PM
I'll recommend the excellent RAPTOR:

Minimal UI, but very powerful and will even 'run' your psuedo-program so you can see if the output is what you are expecting. I used it in my college programming courses & it was very useful.

What and how does it do that!?

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Implications of a global market on random success on: May 16, 2015, 07:36:28 AM
I've noticed this for a while, and haven't been able to put my finger on it.  But it's a good article, and helped clarify my thoughts on it.

Here's another phrasing of the problem:

"Other users searched for X trending now".

So whatever the numbers it takes to hit the wave, at Z point, you exactly get the "you are clicking on this because someone else is clicking on this, and now because you clicked on it, you induce someone else to click on it, and if you "threaten not to click on it", then there is subtle peer pressure against you for not knowing what it is". I actually had no idea even what Gangnam Style *was* until so late in the game that it finally figuratively clubbed me over the head!

Interesting sideways projects include:

- Stephen King's Richard Bachman pen name experiments, to get some info cutting through exactly this problem. (Result: His competent writing still showed, so eventually "Richard Bachman" also became famous enough he ended the experiment.)

- Some professors took certain "English Class legends" (Non-Shakespeare, who is in a category all by himself for other reasons!), and then when stripped of that name-dropping fame, they ended up getting rated "not that good". I think I remember Majorie Kinan Rawlings "The Yearling" ending up in this category.

I'll leave Minecraft alone as I am unqualified to comment, but certainly Gangnam Style and Flappy Bird / Angry Birds are in this category!

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Coders are cars! on: May 14, 2015, 08:58:58 AM
Yahoo via Bing is never wrong.
If you think they are wrong, see above.

1. Yahoo via Bing is getting pretty desperate to serve ads on top of their searches. Google just gives you results. This cannot be yet another reason Google has the market share.

2. Ads "related" to something describe what you are. If you code, then you are a car. Proof:


Yahoo couldn't think of a single ad related to coding!


Fortunately, Adblock Latitude eats these, but it does take half a second, and I was wondering what the flashes were.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 13, 2015, 02:14:22 PM
This is why discount stores still sell plenty of pairs of crappy $15 sneakers that fall apart in a month. There is no shortage of people willing to blow $180 a year by buying 12 pairs of them, over spending $70 on a single pair that would last them more than a year. And they actually think they are saving money with that $15 price tag. They don't really understand the first thing about frugality.

Not sure if this will drift too far off topic, but for me at least shoes are in their own weird category. Last winter I bought a pair of cheap shoes knowing full well I wasn't getting efficient value or anything, knowing they'd disintegrate kinda fast, but merely to kick "February's problem" into "May's problem", when I gauged (correctly) I would simply be in better emotional shape to put the work in to re-deal with with the problem. (Turned out, I had some "emergency sneakers" in my cache of supplies in my lair, and I think they have lasted almost a year (with very light usage, to be sure.)) But Fairly Soon Now, I do plan to go get some good new shoes with value.

So maybe in the comp world, people might dump $400 into a netbook with the same strategy, knowing it's not a true value, but just because their old machine tanked or something, and they just want to bump the clock while slowly thinking about a real replacement. And also, like me, waiting to try to get some crucial "state of the industry" knowledge that only appears with the passage of time.

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 12, 2015, 02:21:57 AM
...Money.  It blinds the eye, and this is just another example of that.

Well, it's an inability to see all right, but an inability to see reason, and the cause is arguably attributable to just not thinking things through - a human trait that we may all share until we've learned to do otherwise. A backlash would otherwise have been a pretty predictable likely/potential outcome, and thus it would seem unsurprising that that (amongst other things) is what happened. It was unwittingly self-inflicted harm.
Any CEO who approved taking steps like that without considering the potential marketing consequences (which is apparently what happened) would arguably need to have rocks in his head. I think that's what is cynically referred to as a "career-defining moment", or something.

Something bothers me about this evaluation, so I think I disagree with it. Maybe a little of it is semantics, but here goes. In a different order than the paragraph:

"...without considering the potential marketing consequences..."

I am quite sure the consequences were "considered". I am also quite sure they knew there would be a backlash. I am quite sure no CEO would think "Hey, we can lock it down and our customers will luv us! Yay!"

Instead, a theme I see slowly grinding across lots of otherwise seemingly unrelated news is that there is a profoundly broad and "Jungian-ly Conscious urge" (to struggle to coin a phrase!) to force the entire economy supply-demand curve towards power on the supply side. To the extent they do this, the broad "bullying powers" of barriers to entry and "talk to the first level reps" leave consumers helpless.

So instead of "not considering" the effects, instead I propose they *were* considered, as something like a balancing equation: The long term deep boosts of profits with greater supply side control, vs the localized and short term "tactical risks" of backlashes and local losses of profits.

The CEOs have pretty thick skins - so they're quite used to the fact the media loves the "local tactical backlashes". So meanwhile the C-level team just gauges the risks and they just laugh at things like "backlashes". Even if they get one specific equation wrong, their multi - level parent corps or friends have the money, it's not like a 4 man company that's gonna tank if their only flagship product tanks.

The rise of viral activism is putting a little more power into the hands of consumers, making these calculation much weirder than they used to be fifteen years ago.

The last side of "not considered" is something to the lines of "Come on, the 22 regular members of DC can't be that much smarter than professional managers in these companies". If proposed policy floated around, I'm sure any company would have a random guy who would raise our objections.

Instead, I think there's a bit of a power-lust in the urge to do all this supply-side control, and arrogance, that can over-ride "consideration".

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi short story about time travel on: May 12, 2015, 01:16:58 AM

Target, you seem to recognize it, but your plot line is different - any clues that tie back to Merle's garden of tubes and sending out rockets?

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi short story about time travel on: May 11, 2015, 11:45:43 PM


I might be out of luck. The best clues I can piece together from your notes are that, since you said you read it over 30 years ago, that makes it "pre-1985", ruling out Deo's question. And guessing if it was in French translation, it probably wasn't hot off the press like "the best science fiction stories from 1984" or whatever. So that guess already takes us to the '70s and earlier.

But my last clue is the story structure, if it's so big into rockets and stuff, that could predate the '70s as well, because by then we were burnt out about space travel and s-f of that decade got very psychological and stuff. Especially if it was in a collection, stuff floated along in collections for a very long time back in those days.

So that could make the story easily from the 1940's to 1960's.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi short story about time travel on: May 11, 2015, 12:53:14 PM
Hi all,

I am looking for a science-fiction short story, I just remember the synopsis, partly. It's a time travel story, where the main character, a boy at the beginning of the story and an adult at the end keeps returning to a strange garden which is used to launch rockets ? Or something else scientific related.  And for some reasons, I can't remember, this garden is flowing with tubes that create some time shifts, essential to the scientific activity.  It's strictly forbidden to come across them but for some reason some day he will, and since that day he will meet a stranger that tries to communicate with him but somehow eludes him. And, big spoiler coming, it happens that this stranger is himself at a different times.

I read it as a part of a compilation of short stories, but I really cannot find neither the title nor the author.

Any hint much welcome, as always.

Thanks !

What's the rough plot or the ending? So whazzisname keeps returning to this garden to "do something", to what effect? And since the stranger can't communicate, is it all futile that the older self is trying to fix something but then can't communicate so Whatever-Bad still happens?

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 10, 2015, 10:00:09 AM

I have no idea what it is. That just was the biggest virus news to hit this week.

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple Catastrophic Failure Logic... on: May 10, 2015, 02:20:34 AM
Ready for a nightmare?

We have 6 flights before we arrive at our final destination.
It's been a crappy day. Tomorrow had better be better.

Yikes! Perfect Storms and George Clooney's!

Meanwhile, fix flights!?

I hope your luggage makes it all that way!
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Woman Alerts Police of Hostage Situation Through Pizza Hut App on: May 09, 2015, 08:39:29 AM
Woman Alerts Police of Hostage Situation Through Pizza Hut App

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Awesome unconventional uses of tech thread on: May 09, 2015, 08:38:52 AM

A thread with a special slant where more or less ordinary tech just takes on whole new levels of awesomeness inspiring the icon

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 09, 2015, 08:18:12 AM

Rombertik made Slashdot -

Maybe there's some insight there.

Their links (of many)

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