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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 27, 2014, 11:21:59 AM
"...as many as 100,000 documents have been handed over."
That's actually a staggering number of documents - I can't grok what that instinctively means - what are they all about? And maybe a few are simple 1 page memos, but I bet a ton are multi-page, and maybe "a bunch" could be 300 pages each. That means the page count could be in the millions!

I'm sure 99% of them would be massively over my head, but maybe 1% are designed for news reporters and stuff. So it would be cool if they were made public domain or something.

Oh wait. Nah, that would "help terrorists". : (
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a new Anti-Virus and need you guys to help! on: September 27, 2014, 11:15:34 AM
Please, do NOT rely on Microsoft Security Essentials to protect your PC. Most independent AV testing organizations are even starting to drop it from their regular testing because it can't compete with even the worst freeware AV solutions. Microsoft has let it languish on the vine far too long. It will let all sorts of nasty stuff install on your system while it obliviously studies its shoe laces.

My comp knowledge is a little erratic, so forgive the newb-ish question, but didn't MSE *used* to be considered good at one point? A ways back the IT guy at my old job seemed to think it was fine.

I can totally see MS doing something like dropping the ball so it "stopped being good", but wasn't it (sorta) good once?

Meanwhile I'll try to remember this thread because I've been idly meaning to switch out of MSE for a long time, and I just didn't manage to put together a research campaign.

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kevin Mitnick Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits on: September 27, 2014, 11:08:41 AM
It's amazing how some of the smartest people can also be among the stupidest.

Well, that phrasing bothers me a little. I prefer it as "IQ and wisdom are far from the same thing. "
So you get both halves of the spectrum - IQ off the charts but zero wisdom, and maybe Forrest Gump on the other. (After all, he somehow managed to meet Presidents, start a business, become a leader (when he had people following him while he ran), and more, and didn't really seem to have very many vicious enemies.

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 27, 2014, 07:58:17 AM

Who at Microsoft keeps using eye-bleeding colors? What's with the Spoiled-Apricot brown?

I so miss 1998-2003's movies when computing was supposed to be cool. Seriously, that could be a fun project for someone - re-map Win ___ 's ugly design into sliding stylish TV/Movie type UI's. The buttons would map 1-1, but you could have your choice of skins, say: Transformers, Matrix, Johnny Mnemonic, and Species 8472!

One variant could have the start menu be triggered from the middle of the screen, and then it flowers outward like a firework blast. Or maybe a Stargate.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 27, 2014, 07:53:24 AM
That's some crazy driving skillz! Where is that, Paris?

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kevin Mitnick Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits on: September 26, 2014, 12:39:14 PM
I'm not sure how long he'd even survive against the legal system doing this.

I just don't know enough about computer law.

A lot of those kinds of guys are out of reach, buried in Russia/your choice of 10 countries.

But Kevin Mitnick is in in our back yard.

Look what happened to that Dot-com guy. Or is music more important than security?!

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 26, 2014, 12:33:59 PM

(Faux indignation)

Oh yeah? Oh yeah?
Did you hear the joke about the fastest runner in the world?


Sorry, I can't tell you. It's racist.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IDEA: a software that makes normal windows apps more touch friendly. on: September 25, 2014, 06:06:28 PM
Not to shoot down your idea, and I know this is not a helpful suggestion in the current circumstances, but wouldn't the obvious solution be to use a stylus and optimise the software for stylus use? It worked for the Palm Pilot... There must have been a point when the head honchos at MS threw out that idea ...

Last I recall, it was Steve Jobs who threw out Styluses. Some quote somewhere that went like "if you need a stylus, you're doing it wrong."

Now you can add it back, but Steve J was the leader of the Finger Is Good movement. Because we all miss Kindergarten because we like using fingers, and people kept losing the stylus.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IDEA: a software that makes normal windows apps more touch friendly. on: September 25, 2014, 06:04:43 PM
It's a tough call, because on the desktop space we've gone "anti-tablet" ... aka just because of limits of tech, remember the old 19" ish monitor days? So people built stuff with that in mind.

Now screens have not just gotten bigger overall, but specifically they've changed dimensions. In about 2006 as a "screw you" to my old employer for being "penny wise pound foolish", I bought *my own* monitor, out of that year's birthday money, and plunked it on my desk, and said, (paraphrased for drama) "Hai. You couldn't be bothered. So there are many monitors but this one is mine. I'm going back to work now. And the time I save doing what I always used to leaves me Google's 20% left to scout deep and fix $hit so when you want to through some faux mgt emergency at me, I have a couple tricks up my sleeve. K Thx Bye."

When it finally died last month, my brother remarked that it was only a "hybrid" widescreen - my new one has traded an inch of height for an inch of width (or whatever still comes out to 24" diagonally.) A couple of my (non-work) flows suffered, other ones gained, I adapted. (Hello Borg!)

So then suddenly, and ya gotta credit Steve Jobs for PWNing the smartphone concept-space, phones went from useless pieces of crap to "Omg I used to hate phones worse than root canals but even I can enjoy a calculator, and the fact it doesn't auto-dial from my pocket once a week!"

Then of course, way too much power for a phone showed up, so then we got Tablets - Yay Phone, Minus Phone, Bigger Screen. But still locked down to all hell. (Then this Phablet mess. When you can't Innovate cap-I, and that was what both i-Phone and Android did, you search for innovate small i, which is fill in nooks and crannies. As long as revenues exceed costs, you win.)

Ever seen the mobile sites of various pages? What a disaster. Now we have Touch to worry about. If Tablet makers just let you plug in a mouse, you would be ... sorta ... fine. But Steve J, in a fairly canny move for the masses, made it touch-only.

Wait for it ... Smaller screen, Huge mouse (finger).

So my first thought experiment is a meta-program that sez, (Sorry, Cat-speak attack for a day or two) "Hai. You look like you are accessing a menu. That means you're not working. So let's make the menu ultra sized, so you can click your buttons. Then when you are done, we'll go back to normal so you can see your work. K Thx  Bye."

10  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / A different type of game! "Time Machine notes"! on: September 25, 2014, 12:33:23 PM
I know this is stretching what we think this tab does, but I think I can squeeze it in!

See this xkcd:
"Future Self"
Transcript (From Explain xkcd)

"    [Cueball is sitting at a laptop, reading code. The two separate parts of code as well as the two comments by Cueball is connected with "speak" lines, with the line from the code going down to the computer screen.]

    # Dear Future Self,
    # You're looking at this file because
    # the parse function finally broke.
    # It's not fixable. You have to rewrite it.
    # Sincerely, Past Self

    Cueball: Dear Past Self, it's kinda creepy how you do that.

    # Also, it's probably at least
    # 2013. Did you ever take
    # that trip to Iceland?

    Cueball: Stop judging me! "

The game:
Who has some useful but longish-term advice they might forget, but want to remember later?
We can write a note to ourselves and use the cute phrasing "Dear Future Self: _________". Maybe date it, and stick it in a folder called "Time Machine".

Then at some much later point we can trade notes on how things all shook out!

11  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Prevent Windows Explorer Window From Opening When Saving File on: September 25, 2014, 12:18:51 PM
My screenshot needs are below cave-man-before-he-learned-fire.

But I just have to shout how incredible Mouser's detail is.

I half expect an option like "after capturing a recipe, click this box to convert between ounces, grams, teaspoons and tablespoons"!

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 25, 2014, 12:16:28 PM
^ https://startpage.com/ works better I find - but very occasionally, I do have to go back to google or bing.

With StartPage, this thread was #3 (!) and this was #6 when I searched mo lay tau:

EDIT// and ^that's^ better results than google Thmbsup

Well I had gotten that far, but maybe it's preference, one wiki result buried in the middle of other stuff, vs a suggestion to re-search so that all the results come back relevant-ish.

So it looks like I found an interesting test case.

I'll have to poke around on it a bit here and there.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 25, 2014, 06:52:00 AM
Anyone know of a really crisp way to search Google in privacy?

I always use DuckDuckGo

They're not bad, I just never felt the need previously to drill through three different engines and never got around to using them. Unfortunately, DuckDuckGo also just failed the test.

mo lay tau (into DuckDuckGo)
"Sorry, no results here."

And to be honest it's "not that hard of a test", Stephen Chow made the concept famous for years starting in the 1990's after Tiannamen Square, and with the right spelling, there's plenty of material. Luckily in this case, had I really worked at it, there's a "back door", via Wiki.
"Throughout the 1990s, Chow made lots of famous movies and his movie style became known as Mo lei tau". But the "interesting stuff" aspect is when there isn't. If you don't know how to spell something, that's the weakness of engines unless they have really good guesses.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 25, 2014, 06:40:32 AM
Also awful is "and confirmed its presence in bash for an extended period of time".

So this is roughly a second time that I have heard of, (I'm sure there are more) where flaws in otherwise trusted non-Windows Non-Adobe/Java stuff has been sitting on a vulnerability for who knows how long, and the "good guys" only found it in 2014. I mean, I know zero about Linux, but isn't bash one of those "deep core" little items that's been around forever?

(Glancing at the article for snips)
"...has been given the name Shellshock by some"

"this is the sort of exploit that will be lurking around in all various and sundry sorts of software, both local and remote. It's quite common for embedded devices with web-enabled front-ends to shuttle user input back and forth via bash shells, for example -- routers, SCADA/ICS devices, medical equipment, and all sorts of webified gadgets are likely to be exposed."

It's like a war now. "My heart is bleeding, and now I have shellshock." Sad

Meanwhile in a tangentially related article I don't have the link to this minute, someone reported that hackers want medical data even more than credit cards now, and it remarked that hospitals don't always have top-notch IT departments. So if someone gets into some medical equipment, that could cause a mess!!
Robin Cook, where are you?
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 24, 2014, 08:23:24 PM
Another small page in the Search Engine wars

I just watched Kung Fu Hustle again today. I really enjoy "enhanced movie watching" on my computer, where I can learn so much alongside the movie between Rotten Tomato critiques, and then looking up terms.

But while lots of my searches are just lazy and almost impossible for Yahoo to miss, sometimes a few surprises pop up.

According to one review, "mo lay tau" (special quotes use here, read on) is supposed to be a kind of "I refuse to give up even though you defeated me in the material world" attitude. Neat. Off I go to Yahoo (Aka Bing) (take that, Google!). But then ... well ... Yahoo failed me.

Turns out the reviewer made a spelling mistake. This is where the art of second order searching begins. I spend a modest amount of time "yelling" at search engines because I'd type in something obscure, only for it to give me some completely different set of results based on it thinking it knows more than I do. Made up example: Suppose there was a little known allegorical phrase "Miles of Cypress" (trees). Back comes "Showing results for Miley Cyrus. Click a second time to actually show the results for Miles of Cypress".


Then when you actually do that, all these weird pages that are beyond turbo-optimized to respond to basically any set of words show up. But occasionally you do need the search engine to guide you. But, heed this Microsoft, *suggest* what you think it is, don't re-write the search and then say "re-click here to actually search what you typed in."

The results from yahoo were (with some skipped for drama):

Showing results for mo lay thai
Search instead for mo lay tau

Mo Lay Thai - Video Results
(followed by a bunch of results)

Lai_tau Mo | LinkedIn
Lai_tau Mo. Research Analyst at Decision-Science.com Location Orange County, California Area Industry Internet

St Jacques de Molay - Knights Templar Priests of the ...
templarpriests.weebly.com/st-jacques-de-molay.html   Cached
Canonisation of St Jacques de Molay, 18th March 2014 an ecumenical initiative of the Knights Templar Priests of the Presentation of Our Lady

Tau MO | LinkedIn
View Tau MO's professional profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the world's largest business network, helping professionals like Tau MO discover inside connections to ...

Mo Lay's Photos, Phone, Email, Address
Surname: Given Name(s) Date: Age: Other: Publication: LAY: Raymond: 2013-12-08: 90: Herald Sun (Melbourne) LAY: Walter Raymond (Tas) 2009-08-14: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Demolay International, Evansville-Compton Chapter Order Of De ...
www.nonprofitfacts.com  › Indiana
Demolay International, Evansville-Compton Chapter Order Of De Molay: Employer Identification Number (EIN) 237587794: Name of Organization: Demolay International

Microsoft, you beat me. But I will not give up!

Off I go to the Sauron Castle of Google:

Did you mean: mo lei tau

Bingo. (And off we go to sensible results.)

To make things worse, Startpage claims to offer "search results from Google in complete privacy". Well, I can only take their word about the privacy, but the resulting returned items are some bastardized mess that definitely isn't Google! It did barely pick up the Wiki page, but no more.

Anyone know of a really crisp way to search Google in privacy?

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 24, 2014, 07:07:22 PM
(see attachment in previous post)
Some other interesting gifs and jpgs at the site below, beside the one in the post above this one.

Disclaimer i have yet to play LoL

Maybe but fair warning, it's a bit of a wild ride blog, not nearly as crisp and interesting as the sign posted above!

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 24, 2014, 06:41:47 PM

I'll add this snip from the article (called a "footnote")

"A spokesman for Google said the change was made to fix a bug with the Translate algorithm (aligning ‘lorem ipsum’ Latin boilerplate with unrelated English text) rather than a security vulnerability.

Kraeh3n said she’s convinced that the lorem ipsum phenomenon is not an accident or chance occurrence."

-- A Spokesman at Google calls herself "Kraeh3n"? With a 3? Is this the next generation legacy of Prince-glpyh-Prince? Forget internet handles, this is a real-world spelling!?

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 24, 2014, 06:21:47 PM

I'd consider this more "interesting stuff" - it's perfect "small science" that doesn't take mega-millions and lead to infighting paper publishing squabbles. I dunno what the cost of the tech was, but it can't have been "all that much" in the grand scheme of things. But I bet there's a few useful nuggets of data hidden by the "oh look this is cute" style report.

Just off the top of my head, I can imagine useful weather pattern data, component reliability over unmanned and unclear mission parameters, and so on.
Plus they prob got a ton of awesome pics, and if they make them public domain like most government stuff, that could be useful to artists of various types as material.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 24, 2014, 06:14:25 PM
An English professor tries what should have been a fun writing exercise with his class, this is the result:


That was excellent!  Thmbsup

It could still be a "fun" exercise, of a different (and meaner) kind of fun, from Gary. In ye innocent olde English class days, people were a bit more likely to say what they actually meant. Now, there's a real chance that Gary was trolling!

(Intones in faux business commercial tones) "In today's internet world, you can never be sure what anyone is saying anymore. Was Rebecca being trolled? But it got an A+. But would we all be happier if they dutifully followed along like the mindless lemmings the archaic school system (sometimes) tries to make us, and then they got a nice, safe, B? You decide."

20  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: September 23, 2014, 01:56:11 PM
Okay, that's it for now!

21  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: September 23, 2014, 11:37:03 AM
Here's a  nice one!

The basics are easy to learn - you draw lines between planets to form defense lines to stop missiles. As people have said, it's a variant on Tower Defense but with geometry instead of firing stuff at monsters.

Playability tip - for me starting at level 5, I couldn't figure out how to block a bunch of missiles from the bottom. That's because part of my play screen was scrolled out of sight. Fiddle with scrolling out and/or resolution. There's no super secret trick. I only figured it out because I checked the Bro webcast and they had an extra planet on their screen.

Rated Phoenix Medium-Hard with the following tips below.
- *Really* check your angles and gauge the speeds of the missiles and try to make your defense lines do double duty blocking two sets of missles.
- You *can* let a very few through, so you have to plan some fast strategy. So stuff like there may be a couple missiles left in a wave, re-draw the line to stop the next real threat.
- I had to re-draw lines back and forth really fast a few times because sometimes you can swap two sets of defense lines against paired sets  of hordes. Remember, check your angles. So I remember one case where missiles had to travel across the whole screen, which meant they're "next second's threat, not this second's."

Stuff like that.

The levels move pretty quick, including dying in five seconds! And even when you win they move at a good clip. I beat the game, but I can easily see how someone could get jammed up.

Here's part of level 7:


22  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: September 23, 2014, 08:07:23 AM
Okay, here come a few games!

First entry in the hysterical humor department (with great art too!)  :

Going Postal!

A good effort by a novice dev:
Rating is in fact Phoenix Easy, (just with some delaying tactics because you can't save levels), because the first few levels are a total snap, and a little inspired lateral thinking added to typical arcade timing reflexes wins the last one featuring two planes. My spoiler is on the LD page because everyone seemed to get stuck on it.

23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: September 23, 2014, 04:20:47 AM
Misc Stuff

- guys called the Button Masher Bros do writeups on playing some of the games, in a podcast. It's good, amusing fun as they struggle with some of the games, or quietly freak at game surprises, and sometimes even the user names!

Here's "Episode 11" from this compo.

The main organizer says he wants to get a little bit of money for his time after so much work.
Some posts exploring the options:
(I haven't listened to the podcasts, just skimming before I start playing.)

Part 1: Outlining the problem

Part 2: Concerns


Raw entry page for LD30

I've always found the LD site a little strange in layout. (And per that discussion, I'm not the only one!) They've already flipped into planning for the next event, and it's far from intuitive how to get to the master list of LD30. It doesn't currently seem to be listed in "recent events" yet.

Fortunately it seems like they use a standard pattern for their structure.


So I think you can change that number to anything and get any of the original game lists.

Off topic grump:
My wireless modem keeps misbehaving, and it just went down again a half hour ago as I as about to play stuff, so I unplugged it and hard plugged my comp directly into the main modem. Onward!

24  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: September 23, 2014, 01:07:12 AM
I've been playing through some of the LD30 entries...

I am feeling a little better these days, so I will peek at some of the LD30 games too! Let's see if I can find a few more pleasant "Phoenix-Rated Easy or Medium ones!" And I'm armed with six hours of sleep, some American cheese and a monster drink!

Plus, despite Deozaan being a minor deity (heh which pantheon?), I wonder if I'll be utterly mesmerized again with one like I was with Undermined last time.

Even if not, I like posting a few strategy cracks to bring down a game that initially looks Cthulu-Hard into one of the Phoenix categories. After all, I'm just a senile ol' birdie, if I can do it, so can you!

25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 30: August 22-25, 2014 on: September 23, 2014, 12:31:21 AM

Completely tangent topic but derived from here, Deozaan used http://soundtraxxmusic.com/ , which has royalty free music. There's also a hosted podcast on there too about how the concept works. "Royalty Free" sounds a lot like Creative Commons Attribution Only.

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