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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nice blog post on the parasitic software hosting sites bundling junkware on: April 01, 2014, 04:38:50 AM

Not a bad post, but the company behind it looks like they've been changing their branding a lot in the background.

The blog post leads to this wordpress homepage that they picked to be "simple and blogged":
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/new/

I often find it useful to check "other things on the same top domain". One earlier version was this:
http://thundercloud.net/start/index.htm

Then one with a definitely older design is at the very top:
http://thundercloud.net/

Their business model is selling direct connection computer repair services. So the blog post is an "info loss-leader". The only thing then becomes that I as a user have no way to attest how reputable they are to fork out $90-120 for a repair session!

52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cute jokes' thread on: April 01, 2014, 03:53:06 AM
Actually when trapped in places with the wrong level of ambient bustle, getting someone on a cell phone right next to you is really annoying! I've thought about just pulling out my phone and making up a random fake call just to compete in noise-space!

You mean like this?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtdpJlZ07u4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtdpJlZ07u4</a>

Yep! Though with the handset phone as an extra prop. But yeah.

53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cute jokes' thread on: March 31, 2014, 07:58:12 PM
I don't have twitter or instagram, so I walk the streets, shouting at random people. I'm screaming out what it looks like in my place, and what I do, what I am eating and drinking, what I am hearing, watching, (not) thinking, what clothes I am wearing, and what my pet just did.

So far I have 3 followers, yeah! One I think is a doctor, the other two are policemen.

Actually when trapped in places with the wrong level of ambient bustle, getting someone on a cell phone right next to you is really annoying! I've thought about just pulling out my phone and making up a random fake call just to compete in noise-space!
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cute jokes' thread on: March 31, 2014, 07:56:52 PM

And via member DMD elsewhere, I decided not to spoil his thread but his awesome new word "splinterface" is just begging for a Lady Gaga parody!

 cheesy
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hypothetical hypothetical question on: March 31, 2014, 01:07:38 PM
I don't think it's really possible to investigate or research something without leaving some footprint behind. Especially if you do it mostly online where everything is ultimately trackable. And it's probably a quixotic quest to even attempt to get completely around that.
...
I get tapped a couple of  times a month on average by somebody who wants to discuss an "idea" for something. Usually a new business. I tell them to put together a preliminary business and marketing plan first and then I'll be happy to discuss it with them. That's usually the last I ever hear from them - either because they can't be bothered to do the work of putting a plan together - or because they did do a plan and realized their idea either wasn't (a) doable or (b) worth doing.

I've come to believe planning, execution and timing are the three most critical factors for success in almost every human endeavor. A brilliant or original idea lands somewhere around eighth in importance. And originality is vastly overrated when it comes to building or conducting a business. So is genius, whatever that overused word still means.

I'll try a slightly different perspective.

The idea of "noise" is used a lot - there's just a lot of stuff going on over the web. It feels like a topic in AI how you would flag and bubble up exactly when the one time a Mr. MilesAhead looked up stuff, that it would ricochet around so fast.

Regarding all that planning etc, I'd go the other way - talk is cheap and educational. Instead imagine what the "sunk costs" would be: how hard is it to do a cute little hobby prototype of the idea? Then you and a few friends goof off with it. If there's "burgeoning excitement" then you go back and do the plan for an investor.

Instead if it takes 100k just to get in the discussion, that's when it reverts back to 40hz's notes - in better years I could spend up to a grand goofing off with a prototype of something, but anyone risking 100k and then cascades more, better have it locked down.

Also, what is the timeline? A media project "just gets made", then you are sorta done except marketing and follow up. But a big business has to plan for years of losses before it flips, or else it starts with a bang but then becomes Atari in 1984.

56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 29, 2014, 11:19:58 AM
Picture apparently recovered from a camera in the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may shed some light on the possible cause of the accident:

Heh that's funny Iain, but where is that picture originally fun? (Or Photoshopped?)

57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft: All your data are belong to us. on: March 28, 2014, 11:05:07 PM
News just in...

Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

Quote
Today Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith has announced Microsoft has changed its policy again. From now on, Redmond staff won't probe the email inboxes of its customers, but will outsource the job to law enforcement.

So they won't read your email themselves, but they still reserve the right to rummage through any documents you have stored in their cloud.

It's time to update a children's campfire classic:

"Microsoft read the emails from the email jar."
"Who us?" "Yes you!"
"Well okay, but now we we wont." "Then who?"
"The cops!" "Well the cops found something. Then they told you."
"Who us?" "Yes you!"
"Couldn't be." "Then who?"
"Yahoo!" "So Yahoo read the emails from the email jar?"
"Yes." "But you provide some of Yahoo's back end services."
"Uh, but not those!"

 Angry

58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 28, 2014, 06:22:06 PM
Huntsmanw - pretty harmless to people, I generally let them wander around the walls until they happen to stray to a spot within reach of take-away container and cardboard smiley

Then they get tossed outside to become Kookaburra food or eventually find their way back inside.

Heh you guys know you can make an entire Ludum Dare out of your comments here! This one has the makings of gaming app gold!

Cool

A spider game app?   huh  I don't get it.

Yeah Crabby, you have to keep tossing the spiders outside, and they keep crawling in, so like at level 5 they just take over your house and win.  : )

59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 26, 2014, 04:07:28 AM

Ever have that feeling when you lost your keys and your mobile phone?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K58H-1IIdlQ

60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Word under attack. Don't open RTF files! on: March 25, 2014, 09:20:02 PM
Looks like all of them to me...although one mitigation they didn't clarify is that of you set the .rtf association to WordPad, you're ok (or at least appear to be so far..).

Or LibreOffice/Notepad2/KingsoftWriter/other?

I only use rtf files when I am being utterly lazy because plain txt doesn't want to capture fonts. The rest of the time I guess I use 2003 style .doc (LibreOffice I am looking at you, quit burying it in the settings!)

In a silly other note it's amusing no one has yet (that I know of) made a Botnet Detector game.
"Your machine has been Pwned. What do you want to do?

A. Send 1.6 million emails
B. Participate in a DDOS
C. Play Minefield like it is 1997
"
61  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Blank full-screen background, solid movable circle replacing cursor on: March 25, 2014, 09:12:12 PM
Sure and thank you! I'm glad you like it.  cheesy

See? I knew one of the "Snacker Hotshots" could do it!

Heh how many lines of code did it take Chris? : )

62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 25, 2014, 09:06:37 PM
Nothing like a good game of chess.
 (see attachment in previous post)

Haha!

Did y'all know it is currently time of the "Candidates" tournament that picks the player to challenge for the World Chess Championship? A few grandmasters do commentary, and I can almost imitate one of the British ones using your set!

"Anand is doing well indeed. In my opinion Mamedyarov's best move is to move the Tequila to the nice square c5..."
 Cool
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 24, 2014, 10:51:46 PM
Huntsmanw - pretty harmless to people, I generally let them wander around the walls until they happen to stray to a spot within reach of take-away container and cardboard smiley

Then they get tossed outside to become Kookaburra food or eventually find their way back inside.

Heh you guys know you can make an entire Ludum Dare out of your comments here! This one has the makings of gaming app gold!

Cool
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX - List of 100 Open Source Replacements for Popular Security Tools on: March 24, 2014, 04:05:47 PM
That article loses a lot of credibility with me when it lists Microsoft Internet Explorer as a "Popular Security Tool"  tongue

Sing-a-long!
100 "Security Tools" on the wall, 100 "Security Tools" ... take IE down, Pwn it to the ground, 99 (actual) security tools on the wall!

 Grin cheesy
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to tell if your DOG is plotting to KILL you on: March 24, 2014, 03:21:15 PM
Heh I just read a funny short story called "Into your tent I'll creep" by Eric Frank Russell.

It's about what if Dogs are master sycophants taking over the world just by looking cute!

 Grin
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to tell if your cat is plotting to KILL you on: March 24, 2014, 03:20:54 PM

Heh Rgdot! "A little time to train that trick. Internet Meme - priceless!"

67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to tell if your cat is plotting to KILL you on: March 24, 2014, 03:18:52 PM

Re: Crabby -

Heh it took me a min to remember the name of that cat - "Grumpy Cat". For those who like trivia, "Her famous face is likely due to feline dwarfism."

68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 21, 2014, 09:57:22 AM

Heh Crabby I can confirm the "three old men joke" dates at least to the 1980's. I am pretty sure I saw it in a joke book for children!  : )

69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 21, 2014, 09:56:21 AM
" ... but am finding the spirit increasingly expensive..."

Did you mean ...spirit increasingly expensive... as in booze?  Or maybe ...spirit increasingly expensive... as in collection plate.   Grin

Both! Because you go to Church to feel nice and holy, then visit the store for some relaxing Sunday evening drinks!

 Grin  cheesy
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: March 19, 2014, 07:52:10 PM
Another hypothesis is an instability of my Windows with regard to visualization of images. Perhaps a component/file of Windows, directly or indirectly devoted to visualization of images, is partially corrupted. 

I should try the command SFC.

Sure, your idea tags with mine. We'll crack it somehow!

71  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: March 19, 2014, 07:23:15 PM
...
If I look at the photo the next day, or after few hours, or sometimes after few minutes, the photo is reddish again. Photoshop again, another decreasing of the color red.
All that repeats itself for several times. I would say the correction must be repeated roughly for four-five times.
At last, after several corrections, the photo reaches its final stable state.

Hi Giampy,
It's one thing to wonder if you are going crazy over several weeks, but if it's down to several times a day, try this:

Take a screen shot of photos when they misbehave once. Then fix it and screen shot that. Then if it misbehaves, screen shot it again. If you can get a set of three - before, fixed, and re-broken, you can post it here and we can look.

The analogy I'm using is that my comp completely refuses to retain some music player file associations, aka it's not the sound card etc.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Literal Videos - Hilarious! on: March 19, 2014, 04:34:12 PM
To be forewarned is to be forearmed.  

Shiva the Destroyer is coming!

[attachthumb=#]
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [INTERVIEW] John McAfee's New Cognizant App Puts an End to Spying on: March 16, 2014, 04:18:43 PM
I was considering a smartphone lately, I think you've just helped me make my decision (against).
Will be interesting to hear reports from users.

I do a lot of work in the mobile space at both the API and marketing level. I can tell you... it's worse than anything you hear in the news. I can't post details as I'm under NDA.

I bet. But eventually it becomes exhausting to try to out think ALL of them. I am one of the many who just have to chip off what I can and hope that it's not worth a 3 letter agency going nuclear on lil ol me while risking their true capabilities.

At some point it's not even apps - if something *makes phone calls on your behalf* and you can prove it, that sounds like a decent ACLU case. If (three-letter) just grabs my social media data through the top level, oh well. I keep a medium low profile there anyway.

I have a quarter-baked new mini equation that says the price of a few conveniences while knowing you're not exactly safe allows you just to operate more efficiently and on the whole get more done in your life. Put another way, spending five hours a day researching top of the line security measures ... just ruins your life! Better just accept five minutes of cynicism and then get on with it all! ... For us lesser mortals.

You geniuses can do it "the right way", you and your eidetic memories and fantastic comprehension and all. I'm far from a dummy, but not at your level. So I gotta take a middle ground.

74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 16, 2014, 04:04:05 PM
...And it's dripping with agenda...

Any time someone comes out saying "think of all the poor/starving/children/women/whatf*ckingever", I want to puke. The vast majority of the time it's an agenda and when you start following things back, it's the exact opposite of what it looks like. "I am Ukrainian" was a good example of a psyop. F*ck that.

Maybe Renny, but I go into it with a cross of "agendas suspected are agendas half neutralized", followed by "take with a street cleaner truck of salt". So I consider many of the ones I choose to watch much less volatile; for example there's some decent basic science ones there, as well as several of the "BizMgt bubblegum" ones and even "kindergarten cyber security ones" (that I still didn't know!)

Parodies aside, sometimes hearing "the obvious" and knowing it is, but with a new specific phrasing, is mildly useful. And for the science ones, getting a blurb about the role of dopamine that sounds right means you have a new name (the presenter) to search for looking for the real papers.

I myself strongly believe there's value to be *extracted* from almost anything. Pardon this week's Matrix marathon themes, but once you are able to stop just staring in awe, you can find the two minute useful advice amongst the snow-job.

Now excuse me while I Write Things Down JUUUUSST as the presenter told me to!!

1. Get weekly dose of Renny's politically incorrect opinion.
2. Perform this week's thirty seven second worship of Renny.
3. Apply Renny's ideas to Something Serious and Important.
4. Do Dishes. It's the Small things that count.

 Grin Cool cheesy
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 16, 2014, 07:48:06 AM
Let's go abuse MilesAhead's BBSS! (P.S. Miles it's misbehaving on Youtube for me! I'm missing a couple of the urls and some other bugs.)\)

This guy takes bad-meme songs and makes them disturbingly listenable!

Dr. Who Meets Metal
Back to the Future Meets Metal
Indiana Jones Meets Metal
Terminator Meets Metal
Jurassic Park Meets Metal
Mortal Kombat Meets Metal
Star Wars Meets Metal
Moonlight Sonata (1st Movement) Meets Metal
The Fox by Ylvis Meets Metal
Gangnam Style Meets Metal
Numa Numa (Dragostea din Tei) Meets Metal
Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley Meets Metal
Chocolate Rain By Tay Zonday Meets Metal
Tetris Meets Metal
Pokemon Meets Metal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucDQlnvU5FM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78eV0vIww2I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjCmgf8SxBA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c55P4gan8w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jB3z0bz7kY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kEu3J7iLEc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvep1WaUmOM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eEwh0RoazM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLH6PidZ-7I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntu-poC2FOI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM-5tbZJa9c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGkyL_MF-lw



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