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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 22, 2015, 06:21:44 PM

Sometimes things with silly humor attached are cousins to "interesting stuff". But I'm putting it here for two funny DC-related topical spins.

Meet Daniel Browning Smith, contortionist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck2ZmPl8F9c
(Sorry for those who can't get Youtube videos! I'm amnesiac so I keep forgetting but if someone knows a foolproof alt way to view these, dig me up!)
"If you allow him two inches for him to relax", the man fits himself into a box 18x18x18 inches.

Hilarity Ensuing:
1. Playing awesome jokes on various security agencies. The colleague would need to be near strongman level, but there's enough out there even that aren't actually competing, and "you only need one" for a stunt act.

2. Detective stories, especially the ones with the "gifted" star and the rest of the force is a little slow on the uptake. : )

3. On a good day, general saving on transport costs. Airports would be the toughest, but on trains and buses, you just wait until the conductor is all done, then he comes out.

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote Revisited / Review (in lieu of a RN forum) on: January 22, 2015, 04:57:00 AM
Question:  I'm really curious why RightNote is free.

One generally thinks, "free", must not be so good.

However, RightNote seems to be a great outlining program.

Yes, there are the two charged-for versions, standard and pro.  But the free version is super as is.

Please explain.

Thanks,
Nicholas Kormanik

Well, I think half of the reason is that if I borrow your own phrasing a little, this is the right way to do "freemium".

If the free version is "super as is", then you can use it, and get comfortable with the basic and even whatever intermediate features are in the free version. You don't feel the pressure of "crippleware" to evaluate-or-die with a clock ticking at 30 days, or "oh look, you can customize a profile but you can't save it".

Then later on a relaxing day you look at the "upsell premium" features, and decide if there are any somewhat obscure but powerful features that are worth the upgrade price. That's how TreeDB became one of the only programs I ever spent money on - because it didn't feel like a pressure sell.

3  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Foreground wallpaper on: January 21, 2015, 07:00:26 PM

This is actually pretty clever, now that it works!

Not content to leave well enough alone, I fiddled with opening multiple copies of it. A multi layer effect is interesting!

I think the main thing I'd like is an easy way to always do "nosetwall" without having to type a command path somewhere.

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 06:38:38 PM
I imagine that many of the 'corporates' sticking with XP and Win7 are small businesses, one-man bands, and then consumers. There must be good reasons probably why they stuck with those OS's (e.g. that they run well on their ageing machines). It would make sense to try to get the maximum return on investment on the licenses and hardware. So they might not be that easily fooled by one year of free subscription, especially if it's then not transferable to replacement hardware. The big question is how much the subscription is going to cost afterwards, and whether your current hardware can handle Win10.

I'll re-iterate the stall power of fear of the computing future. In particular, it seems to take over a year for the "what do we as mid rank tech people think of ____ OS release from MS". MS gets there first with their 10 paid blogs which are then echoed by the 100 news outlets. So for example, we "sorta know" what we think of Win 7, then 8 - and - 8.1

But while a few people on the advanced places (maybe here!) are beginning to scout the Win10 landscape, it still feels really early.

XP isn't running well at all on my DevilComp. And that fan still needs to be replaced. I'm just trying to hold on until we get closer to the real rollout of 10, then the "second line" people will begin posting their news.

I def don't want OS-as-Service. And I don't plan to need to change my hardware more than once. If I have to change my hardware more than once, then I did it wrong. If I do it right, it will sit there until it too decays, just like I am doing now with XP.





5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 04:32:50 PM
I don't know what I think of this. I'm sure it will be all over the tech news as the months roll on. So I'll have to revisit it when I am not tired!

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX - Problem with Steam shellscript may delete user files on: January 21, 2015, 05:14:42 AM
^Well...it happened. Not much else we can say about it since we could only speculate endlessly as to why it happened.

Hehe I've been watching too much TV. We just call Homeland Security and have them haul the programmer and his boss in for interrogation upon threat of watching Barney episodes and make them tell us!

Why is it the little people are reduced to speculation?

tongue
7  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Visual Progressive Countdown Calendar on: January 20, 2015, 06:42:06 PM
Is the calendar portion crucial?  If not, perhaps mouser's own Progress Bars of Life might suit you?

https://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/pbol/

The calendar portion is interesting, because stuff happens "on days", not really "in a bar". I've had real trouble staying focused for a while! And also you can see the overlapping time frames, and on any particular day you make your decisions based on the dynamic priorities.

So as you suddenly discover yourself unfocusing--> procrastinating, to see the days click by as "wasted" (or not, if you are prepping a multi day thing bit by bit), has value.

An interesting alt second half is stuff that needs to be done "in varying shades of now", and then maybe it starts a different color bar in the opposite direction of how badly the unfocusing is making the time slip away!

Now, this is all easy to do, to a point, on a reg calendar with pencils and pens, but just saying the physical day integration has its own value. For ex a progress bar can "overstate" how much time you have left, and you subconsciously fail to correctly back out weekends that aren't business days.

Programming wise, it may not be wholly necessary to super-calculate stuff, but maybe have some nice drag-drop so let's say you have a four day item, you just drag the bar over four days, and then the program just logs what you drew. "Oh. Four days. Got it. I think. Is this correct? Yes/no."

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 20, 2015, 05:05:38 PM
2015:
Listened to chess lecture. Dad calls. Sound card burns out.

Would Buzz(Lightyear?) be proud of your solution to that?


He is now!

So you can have your main volume "is what it is", but somehow the separate Wave ended up at zero and you can't see it on the simple master volume interface.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 20, 2015, 04:07:46 PM
Because we have a 50 50 chance of ending up in a dystopia like the classics but with better tech (than some of them, but not others!)

Then I suggest you start studying classic dystopias, so you can have a response prepared. Do you expect Big Brother to be watching you?

Big brother(s), little brothers (corporations), and everyone on social media is watching already.

My current response is self-induced psychopathic defeatism to stay below the radar. "Everybody has things to hide. Some are less interesting than others."

Planned response #1: Everyone will eventually be assigned their very own agent. And since it's National Security, they might be just a wee cut above Go-Phone tech support.

So invite your agent to have Pizza!  tongue

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 20, 2015, 03:43:02 PM

Still a bit edgy, but more towards the interesting stuff side here.

1969:
As the guys were getting ready to lift off of the Moon to go back home, Buzz noticed something important was amiss. A switch from a kind of important circuit breaker had fallen out -- the breaker that allowed the Lunar Lander (LEM) to take off from the Moon...Buzz found the hole where the breaker used to be and jammed a pen in there to complete the circuit.

2015:
Listened to chess lecture. Dad calls. (???? Unknown actions). Sound card burns out.

huh
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: January 20, 2015, 03:37:03 PM
Blecch!

I was watching a chess lecture this morning, and because of server side tech problems, they kept saying to increase the volume. Then Dad called, and by some unholy devil's-miracle of somethings-pressed while trying to minimize it, I think I maxed out my audio output (after *eight years on this comp*!), and I think I blew out my sound card!

ohmy  Cry  

It still is "just a sound card" and I have a backup laptop to still watch stuff on, so I didn't just become electronically-deaf, but COME ON! Ridiculously impossible Murphy's Law stuff like that shouldn't happen!

Chances are I'll end up waiting on the sound card until my big test/overhaul this summer with Win10, but still, that's among the more unbelievable pieces of bad luck!

Update:

So you can have your main volume "is what it is", but somehow the separate Wave ended up at zero and you can't see it on the simple master volume interface.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 20, 2015, 03:32:30 PM
If anyone tries this and it can be done, let us know what you thought of it.

Well, their site design looks pretty strange, and I couldn't get a handle to get going!

"Tell me web design doesn't look like that in the future!"
tellme

Aging software is pretty old news. But I'm skeptical of the text responses to stuff. It has to just be dressed up grade B scifi/futurism. Because we have a 50 50 chance of ending up in a dystopia like the classics but with better tech (than some of them, but not others!)

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 06:56:44 AM

From the other thread:

"Windows 10 to have a grand coming out party on January 21"

Start your graphics!

 Grin   Cool
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX - Problem with Steam shellscript may delete user files on: January 19, 2015, 02:28:59 PM
I'm amazed whoever put that command in a script didn't realize that could happen. Especially since rm -rf/* is one of the first "killer commands  Linux users learn and repeatedly get warned about. My guess is that whoever did this is probably a Windows programmer by trade. Windows has some built-in safeguards when you run the rd command. That, however, is not the case in Linux, which assumes you know what you're doing when issuing commands within a terminal session.

This is what I was trying to explore / express.

Valve isn't a three man op - they have a few bucks to their name.  So I'd think if they write Linux code, they'd presumably get a decently skilled Linux coder who is aware of the basics like this. Or if they have to have a "Windows programmer by trade" write the bulk of the code, they'd at least get a Linux guy to eyeball it for sanity.

I'm particularly disturbed that it was labeled "scary" - to me, that seems like something is missing from the programming "story", especially as you remarked how basic of an issue this is, this being in people's top lists of scary commands to be really careful of. I can't imagine anything I'd do for work that I'd notice as "scary", then ... not check it with a boss! Notice especially it's work, for a big company, not some well meaning guy just trying to write a nice little utility and getting it wrong. And the severity of what can go wrong is also a red flag for me.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX - Problem with Steam shellscript may delete user files on: January 19, 2015, 01:05:19 PM

As a newbie question, I am responding to these bits:

-----------

# Scary!
rm -rf "$STEAMROOT/"*

Yes, $STEAMROOT can end up being empty, but no check is made for that. Notice the # Scary! line, an indication the programmer knew there was the potential for catastrophe.

-----------------------

So is this a bug?! Or a hack?

How does a line like "rm -rf "$STEAMROOT/"*" even begin to have a legit purpose?

And then how does a programmer label something "scary" and do nothing about it?

I'm missing the meta-story here. Given the number of "blah" security reports on random "vulnerabilities", wouldn't this rocket to the top of someone's to-do list to investigate?

Did someone bulldoze the programmer, who then felt trapped and the best be could do was add "scary", counting on the tech media to somehow do an end-run fix?

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I no longer read WIRED - and why I'm glad I stopped reading it years ago on: January 18, 2015, 01:28:28 AM
Unfortunately, real-life always overrides such requests, and desks and walls start getting covered in paper, sticky notes, whiteboards scrawled with god-knows-what and other materials.  If you want work done in a workplace, the artifacts of that work will start messing things up.

The scary parts start when they don't actually want real work done, they want the image because it makes for more money during investment meetings, combined with the stress-deflection of yelling at people to get more work done!

Angry
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I no longer read WIRED - and why I'm glad I stopped reading it years ago on: January 18, 2015, 01:24:41 AM
It looks quite literally like the set of some dystopian techo-hell film. I suppose this is just one peek into the mindset of the technocrats.

Again, sometimes life is even creepier than films!

I didn't think it looked like a dys-film at all!
Instead, it looks more like just a boring case of "you're not here to work. You're here to be furniture to my expensive board meetings as the west coast office of Conde Nast."

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congratulations Terrorists, You are getting what you want! on: January 18, 2015, 01:21:54 AM

I think a moderately important exception about law enforcement might need to be "a lot of the time, the lowest uncontroversial law enforcement can be trusted". This is the tone of my response to everything from that "don't talk to cops" lawyer video all over youtube, to just talking to cops randomly while getting lost on the streets of NY City.  As long as it's "painfully easy" with no wrinkles, then you can (mostly!) trust them.

It's just the minute when it gets complicated that things begin to get hazy.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator" ??! on: January 18, 2015, 01:18:44 AM
I know people hate black/white answers a lot of the time, but...

I'm all for Black and White Answers, but ...

cheesy
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / "Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator" ??! on: January 17, 2015, 01:48:42 PM

After some thought, this one ended up in the Living Room. A couple of notes why at the top:

- I'm not mis-firing inflammatory language. A judge did that!
- This creates a legal-advice quandary for any tech users in Spain!

------------

Slashdot's summary:
Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

Is it possible that using secure email services can be construed as an indicator of being a terrorist? Although it's a ridiculous notion that using secure email implies criminal activities, a judge cited that reason to partially justify arrests in Spain. In December, as part of "an anti-terrorist initiative" Operation Pandora, over 400 cops raided 14 houses and social centers in Spain. They seized computers, books, and leaflets and arrested 11 people. Four were released under surveillance, but seven were "accused of undefined terrorism" and held in a Madrid prison. This led to "tens of thousands" participating in protests. As terrorism is alleged "without specifying concrete criminal acts," the attorney for those seven "anarchists" denounced the lack of transparency.

http://yro.slashdot.org/s...ntial-terrorist-indicator
http://www.networkworld.c...-terrorist-indicator.html

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Something that jumped at me:

"over 400 cops raided 14 houses and social centers in Spain".

That's in the range of 30 cops per house! I can't even recall the last time I saw thirty cops in one place!

Meanwhile, for the entire premise of "Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator", well my ??! comes from modified chess annotation punctuation, and approximately means "platypus-$hit crazy, but usually you can laugh that kind of thing off in the Basement if it bothers you, but this time it's in a legal ruling from a judge, and judges are more difficult to laugh off!!"

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2015, 12:44:46 PM
Yes, perception and political correctness. I think you could try to define these things as being "patterns of behaviour", but I'm not sure that psychologists would necessarily be able to agree with that without at least some better definition. The problem is that, in usage, such terms often seem to be merely clichéd ad hominem attacks - simplistic and pejorative labels which appear to be intended to force other people to maintain the labeller's paradigm or cognitive bias - i.e., it becomes mandatory that the thing being labelled be perceived in that light. If one does not perceive the thing in the "correct" light, then one is punished by the pejorative label being applied to oneself, either directly or by implication - e.g., "If you can't see that that is a racist thing to do/say, then you must be a racist also" (which is a non-sequitur). This would seem to be irrational.

The psychologists are right to object to things as vague as "patterns of behavior". That's a slightly aggressively creepy way for putting a negative slant on anything that isn't "crazier than a nutcase loon playing a chaotic random D&D character in real life"!

tellme

I'll try to add a new angle: political correctness especially pays overt attention to the differences between denotation and connotation, and also creates "excluded middle" fallacies. So you don't have to see things in the PC label's context, but it then forces you to then use it as the "anti" opposite.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ideas that will change society on: January 17, 2015, 10:57:53 AM

The third one is not a fact!!

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: youtube ad blocker for seamonkey? on: January 17, 2015, 01:58:08 AM
Do you often thank yourself, or is it just on special occasions? Grin
all the time. sometimes i talk to my cat.  Grin

That's just fine.

The fun starts when the cat talks back!

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 15, 2015, 08:42:07 PM
Isn't called the godwin point or something like that (sorry, late here, no time to google...).

Yes it is, and that's normally a Basement trigger. : )

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans on: January 14, 2015, 11:08:28 PM
Well, they are extending resources to give one a leg up on the competition.. I mean if you really just want them to help you stand for something...is the angle at which it's done really that critical?? And there's no point in needing/having/wanting longer arms, if you can reach anyway...

Remember the great Microsoft strategy of the 1990's?

"Embrace, Extend, ... "

... uh...

tellme  Wink

Suggested distribution wrapper:

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I just don't know why this isn't in the NSFW humor thread.

Cool

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