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126  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.
tongue

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:

[attachthumb=#]

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

cheesy

Fortunately, Adblock Latitude eats these, but it does take half a second, and I was wondering what the flashes were.
127  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.

128  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".



129  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?

130  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

Whew!

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.
131  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?

132  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.

133  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!?
tellme

I hope your luggage makes it all that way!
134  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
http://idle.slashdot.org/...ion-through-pizza-hut-app

http://abcnews.go.com/US/...hut-app/story?id=30841925

135  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
Thmbsup


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

Rombertik made Slashdot -
http://it.slashdot.org/st...cting-virus-kills-off-pcs

Maybe there's some insight there.

Their links (of many)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32591265
http://blogs.cisco.com/security/talos/rombertik




137  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 on: May 09, 2015, 04:23:11 AM

Heh.

These compos are basically a wonder to behold. But because I careen into over-focusing, I will just make a list of the candidate games I found tonight and save them for later when I am fresh and have gotten some other stuff done.

How about I just keep that list here!

http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=51895
DEITY
-- especially because I am working on a young adult myth project, this is at the top of the list.

http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=34675
Town is Mine
Something using card-game type mechanics.

http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=44370
Stain
A strategy game.

http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=27523
SSZB
An old lady wants to take back her town. (Strategy)

http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=50227
Kitten Cleaner
A modified Tower Defense game.

http://ludumdare.com/comp...ion=preview&uid=45848
Potion Quest
Another strategy game of some kind.

138  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 on: May 08, 2015, 11:42:28 PM
Here's an amazing game. It has incredible graphics, music, and the gameplay concept was pretty cool, too!


Content disagreements aside, the Button Masher Bros agreed this was a killer entry.

139  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 on: May 08, 2015, 11:38:43 PM
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I don’t know why, but somehow the very act of giving up altogether on LD32 filled me with inspiration. I had moved on physically, but my mind couldn’t think of anything else. I was excited about this new idea! I could hardly wait to finish showering so I could get back to my computer and see if it worked as well in practice as it did in my mind.
Interesting how often you hear of things working out -
or, as in this case, you getting the good idea, after one has given up.
It's been explored in the business schools. Various words describe the exact cases, but somewhere it often links to "reducing the pressure to deal with dead baggage". One of the accounting terms we learned was "sunk costs" and the example of the "inefficient machine" - that let's say you buy a Widget Maker and it is what it is, but over time it both ages in ability, and has a bad upkeep curve. So you just finally say you refuse to be bound by it anymore.

So you ditch it, and start looking at next generation Other-Widgets that do something completely different but the returns on both investment and maybe "satisfaction" are way higher.



(ps bleh I messed up the quotes)
140  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 on: May 08, 2015, 11:32:11 PM
I found the controls awkward, and it cramped up my hand/wrist while I was trying to play.
Very broadly, I've fiddled with unusual hand placements to deal with this, especially variants on cross-over-hand stuff.


141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 08, 2015, 07:32:40 PM
...
10 Things Banned in Other Countries, but Legal in the U.S.[/url]

I luv the phrase "up to" in law language.

"1. BABY WALKERS
Babies in Canada have to learn to walk the old-fashioned way. The country banned once-popular baby walkers in 2004, after they were found to endanger babies and delay motor and mental development. Possession or selling of a baby walker can result in fines of ..."

So far so good. I can see a $1000 fine as a nice "this is a law we meant, so wake up!"

But then we get ...

"... fines of up to $100,000 or six months in jail."

What causes *that*?! National Conspiracy to sabotage baby growth to fudge childhood development because you bet on futures of outsourcing companies or something?!

 tellme
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 08, 2015, 07:29:30 PM
I just heard that Windows 10 would be the last version of the OS.  But not like it's not going to be updated anymore, it will still get regular updates.  It's just not going to have regular OS updated versions anymore.  What does this mean??

It sounds like just a nomenclature thing, right?  Instead of Windows 10, Windows 11...etc.
It will be Windows 10 v1, Windows 10 v2, Windows 10 v3, etc.  Or some kind of service pack, or just KB updates, I don't know.

And how does this relate to their cloud desires?  Just wondering...

I was gonna bring this up too.

It will be like service packs on experimental steroids, and what little I've skimmed of the tech community def has concerns about it!

I generally don't care about security updates - they just do their thing and go sit there.

But these proposed "quarter-OS turbo updates" do bother me because I can absolutely forsee at least one of them being done wrong and then it will be hell to pay to clean up and I don't have the skillz for that!

ohmy
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 06, 2015, 05:44:41 PM

Good luck questorfla!
This is the weirdest virus case I have ever heard of!!

ohmy
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 06, 2015, 01:52:21 PM
Sorry. I thought this thread was about helping Kalos with MS Project. thumb down

Yeah, our tone is wavering a little, but it's getting into a broader theme of "answering the question" and "next steps".

I posted my remarks because in my old job we'd never needed MS Project for anything, then one day, *exactly once*, it drifted up through management "Hey, we need a chart." And never used it again.

So it happens. I've been in Kalos' position a lot, so a big "take months to learn MS Project" kind of reply would really have upset me! By now y'all see he's dealing with a lot of stuff. So to keep getting multi month homework assignments would start to get discouraging!

So on *these kinds of questions* I was trying to suggest we need a double-barreled answer - something to get past the week, and then what could be done later now that the meeting-fire is put out?

145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 06, 2015, 02:09:34 AM

Epic line from a Spam that just appeared here (which will be gone soon but the line deserves to be laughed at!)

(Solemn visage and voice, like a C rate wise man.)

"After washing that person precisely before you go to sleep, night products should be applied just."

tellme  Grin
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 06, 2015, 01:53:55 AM
@DerekHal:
Good answer, but now you've gawn an' done it.
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"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." - Chinese proverb.

Ya gotta do both, Iain!

Police: "Why is this man dead, with a book next to him?"
Witness: "He starved while trying to learn how to fish. No one would give him dinner."

147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 05, 2015, 05:44:02 AM

Somewhere in the middle ground, is something like what I ran into once.

"Oh look! Some client wanted a MS Project chart. Well, bang that out for me as soon as you can."

"Forced", sure. But not as part of the basic job description, but something that showed up on a one-time basis. Someone wanted something simple like a quick chart, and then that complexity gets rough.

148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 04, 2015, 09:43:51 PM

I think phones are more than an amplifier.

Except for minor "we forgot how to watch for people", they are changing our lives in many ways for the good because people can get "minor" things done in ten minutes that used to take three hours. (Without being rabid) a few texts, check the web for something, a map, sometimes the gps, I like my timer-stopwatch, and more.

149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox data collection and asking for help comparing to Pale Moon on: May 04, 2015, 10:10:58 AM
Yeah, that's really good!

And that's another reason I promote Pale Moon!

150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Windows Desktop Virtualizers? on: May 04, 2015, 07:36:08 AM

Well I don't think it's worth digging for a while. Dexpot is doing just grandly for me.

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