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601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Proposal for Improving Quality of News-Related Threads on: September 11, 2013, 07:10:52 PM
The first post of the thread is maintained and updated by the original poster with the best summary and links to 3rd party articles/essays/resources.

What if the OP doesn't want the work to maintain the thread? I've been the first poster on a modest number of threads simply because I read Slashdot 3X daily, and have cross posted some starter info over here. But then I am usually content to let the thread go where it may!

602  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: typing in web browser makes it freeze on: September 11, 2013, 07:04:21 PM
Not sure, but I was having similar problems with FF a while back. It came and went as a problem with upgrades. How many versions of Chrome has this been true for?
603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: September 11, 2013, 07:02:55 PM
Do like my husband, and wear a Red Sox hat with a Yankee jersey.  Wink

Oh, that's awesome, even if as light social trolling!

I have the Yankees cap already (aka backwards), so I have to go look for a cheapo $7 Red Sox tshirt! And then I have to pay a little care that it's best on days when both teams are playing.
604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Proposal for Improving Quality of News-Related Threads on: September 11, 2013, 12:02:13 PM
Let me try to be a littler more concise and concrete:

Can we try to think about making Definitive threads on issues? Where the first post is made by someone who intends to follow an issue, and will keep the first post updated with a good balanced summary of the issue and an updated annotated list of links where they can read the best articles on the issue from different sides?

With that in place, i think the discussions that follow will be better, and new people will be able to inform themselves and then join in.

We posted ours at the same time.

I don't think there IS a definitive thread until MONTHS or YEARS later!!

I think it has to thrash out as necessary messiness.

605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Proposal for Improving Quality of News-Related Threads on: September 11, 2013, 12:01:15 PM
I never got that impression that it was noise Mouser, I think the Dialectic is Alive and Well! Stories come out in waves, and a big ticket topic takes over two months to play out, so the early stories full of "breaking news" sound silly when the next week's update comes out.

I think this is what forums do well - people respond with the next parcel of the conversation as they see it, quoting for extra credit when their jump point is four points back. Perfect would be a Mind Map tree, but forums can only be linear.

As a super raw example, this *year*'s story is Edward Snowden, and he did (what? I'm lost...) a few things right that kicked his story over the top into mainstream news where now as a direct corollary these encryption stories are coming out, and of course that affects tech professionals. (Look for contrast how they just barely had enough old school clout left to bury Bradley Manning.)

So I'm not so sure a Mega Post of 15 links is quite the right answer either!

606  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Remember where I got the Download on: September 11, 2013, 11:49:03 AM
As a data hoarder, the approach I would generally recommend is to always automate creating/maintaining a record of downloaded files, by automatically capturing the data and logging it at the time of the download.

Hi Iain,

I might be a bit on the Apples and Mangoes department, but I can't think of how I'd automate my file name mnemonic style because about four keywords in filenames have to do any four of fifteen things depending on what group they are part of! And at a holistic level, surely stuff that's relevant for research PDFs makes zero sense for music files, but even within category, for example I have a hobby that I take a song and make about four more custom versions where I drop the speed, pitch, tempo, add echo, amplify, and maybe slice out some dumb four seconds of something.

And on and on!

607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: September 11, 2013, 11:44:02 AM
...a Red Sox or Yankee fan...

What's a guy who moved from Boston to New York to do when a Yankees Sox game comes on?!!

608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A School System goes NSA-Lite on: September 10, 2013, 05:03:18 PM
I think this is going to whip around a bit quicker than the school thinks though.

The students can then make their own group that monitors the teacher's social media, and then we see how they like things on their own terms.

I actually wanna see that play out! 10k is *not* a lot of cash for someone to fund the reverse op for the students. (Fewer teachers).

I see this as a huge next step, because the NSA is so big and so hidden, we all sigh. But within a single school run by a chump company, that tail might taste mighty fine to the Ouroboros.

And then this becomes tailor made for a test case in court!
609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The feds pay for 60 percent of Tor’s development. Can users trust it? on: September 09, 2013, 02:00:57 PM
I dunno what to think. I never suspected a budget angle. I did hear how the exit nodes got taken over, and so I didn't really trust it from that angle.

I also think that all of these concepts were legit maybe around 1997, before the big machinery ramped up. But to paraphrase a depressing vision I had around 2000, we're all staring into an abyss, without a lot of exciting real new tech, so that's the perfect environment for all this govt encroachment to grind itself into place.

610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is 'the cloud' becoming the 'SkyNet'? on: September 09, 2013, 01:18:11 PM
The "Cloud" is sorta a Big Mainframe in the sky.

I'd put bets on the NSA's surveillance getting out of control first! Because that actively *is* processing data with intent to label people as Bad People. So then one too many automated efficiencies later...


611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: September 09, 2013, 05:38:38 AM
I liked it. No nonsense included - less than 200 pages.

Ah! That's good! Far too many books just blather on with complete nonsense that just wastes your time. I really like when they just cut to the chase and get to the point.


Heh I often like to go the other way, because sometimes short books glaze over the stuff "without doing any work". I made a small joke I called the "500 page club" - if the author has to fill much more space, then it's more likely there are some nice juicy details in there!

612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mentioning a Site Could Be Criminal Now on: September 09, 2013, 05:33:16 AM
Sigh... It might just be shorter to list what doesn't get you sent to jail. Sad

Bizarre when information is a crime.

Is there any such [politically acceptable] list?!?

Yes in a way. Basically any info which is not likely to be useful breaking the bonds of tyranny is fine. Also, anything rated PG 13 and under is generally fine. So I feel it's "quite easy" to stay out of trouble. It's just that we shouldn't *be* in trouble for lots of those categories!

613  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Winboard 4.5 Accessible Chess for the Blind and Quadriplegic on: September 08, 2013, 02:26:41 PM
While not handicapped myself, I am a modest fan of text to speech devices, and I dunno if this is in there.

But it would be cool to have different voices selectable on server chat vs the program reading moves.
614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mentioning a Site Could Be Criminal Now on: September 08, 2013, 02:23:58 PM
"The following seven TV episodes describe beating a polygraph" - go to jail.
615  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: September 07, 2013, 06:07:49 PM

I tend not to need search inside capability, but I don't exactly use a desktop search per se. I still stand by the slightly unusual method of doing a drive read via Karen's Directory Printer, and then searching the resulting text file! Doing the drive read from the "desktop down" takes some five minutes. And then good ol' Control-F in the text file finds stuff *instantly*!
616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 06:02:35 PM
Mouser, I can partially agree with if we are talking about a hundred dollar printer, then yeah, repairs probably wont be worth it.  But brand new the P3005 and 4100 HP are many hundreds of dollars.  The 4100s are known to be real workhorses and some probably have a million or more pages.  Te older ones tend to have heavier and possibly more metal parts in them than the newer plastic printers.

And the Kyoceras we used to have at work ran to several *thousand*! So see above, at least see if you get lucky on a quote.
617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 07, 2013, 06:01:42 PM
I'd put a voice in for at least getting some info. (These examples assume the repairman is legit, no scams etc). It sounds as if you don't know exactly what's wrong. So I'd at least get a quote. And with that quote, ask if there is a *warranty on the repairs*! In other words, done right, you don't expect the thing to conk out next Tuesday.

Other types of repairs are really cheap proportionally - you know it won't last forever but a lot of printers have some dumb little piece of plastic, or the guiding metal bar gets crooked, or whatever. So then you can escape with say $100, and then *next year* you finally have to bite the bullet and buy new, but as we say in accounting, "next year is next year's problem".
618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Designers discuss the new Yahoo Logo: "Logo, Bullshit and Co., Inc." on: September 07, 2013, 08:33:26 AM
Okay, a bit of "Devil's Advocate" position here, just to get a few chuckles!

What if it's an elliptical "out of the box result" where the key phrase is "we had great fun"!? To me the logo doesn't stand for anything at all! I as a medium informed consumer, using what I consider Yahoo's last core product (Yahoo Mail!), have no idea what else Yahoo is any good at! After all, they are officially out of the search game, being "powered by Bing". I think they might have some good sports stuff (vague 5th hand hearsay). But what else? I have no idea!

But what if they are doing a bit of a snub on the whole "logo is big business" thing and just having some fun in the middle of an exhausting turnaround? Let them have some fun fiddling with the logo!

I will basically only "care" about them when they unleash something completely new and unexpected! Is *anything* left as a game changer in online tech? Or are we just going to jockey about for the next X years with the same roster of output that we have now? (I was gonna say players but that might move around, aka the MS buyout of Nokia.)

Being a bit facetious, they have a "few bucks left" ... so is it worth it swiping Google's now discarded "20% rule"?

619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 05, 2013, 08:14:21 PM
I always giggle at that. You get 500 programmers who can write 500 lines of code but they can't get the *same seven* grammar points right.
620  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Chess Snack #1! on: September 05, 2013, 02:54:13 AM
Update - I can Kudge half way there with Crafty, but I'll still take comments!
621  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Chess Snack #1! on: September 05, 2013, 01:36:49 AM
Okay, I seem to be pretty good at these little concepts that hover right between the "coding snack / coding lunch" line.

This one at stage 1 seems simple enough, and then the implications get a little hard. So it's a useful discussion, though Mouser can move it to Developer Corner if he wants.

The idea is just a chess "legal move generator". At snack level it purposely doesn't care about the moves. It just takes a new game and cranks out a list of moves (important to be savable and printable!) So then you can make one of the moves, and hit "go"' again, and it then runs the new legal moves from there. Not all that hard is it?

I forsee a bit of time could disappear into GUI. But there's resources out there, and I can't imagine any run of the mill board set being all that hard to use.

The purpose of it is theoretically (above the snack level) to run all the moves *one ply depth increasing* at a time through some chess engine. It "simulates" my/someone's style of play as a patzer. So for example presuming I am "chess awake" I can stop most (but not all!) 2 mover combos. But then I fall off a cliff! So at 1 ply, my move looks fine, 3 ply looks fine, running on "intuition" etc. But then I am noticing about 5 ply a *lot* of the moves crash because of something that's "not in my head".

So I'd like some thoughts if the first part sounds snacky enough. I am content that later I'd probably have to commission the "1 engine step" as some kind of plugin to an existing engine. Edit: It works best as "1-Click" (Sorry Jeff Bezos!), aka just click on the piece and watch the move list appear, rather than keep having to click "go". Additional fun would be generating say a 5 ply move list deep all at once, then you click a piece for his reply to "prune" the whole tree. So okay, I am just having fun! But in the world of things, all this isn't "that hard". I just love feature creep! : )

622  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Right Click any file and create New Folder by its Name on: September 05, 2013, 01:24:08 AM
I magically had this working again out of a total fluke ... and then I moved the folder again and it went back to crashing! Sad

623  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Free Online Educational Offering: Major or Minor in Computer Science at Saylor on: September 05, 2013, 01:19:31 AM
Wow, okay, a couple of angles to go for here.

1. "But how much is it worth?" It may be true, but that's *brittle* - it can't hold true forever. (Maybe until the NSA stops spying on us? tongue  ) In other words, as long as it was at least tied to actual professors who legit knew their stuff, they can fiddle with the "value pricing". But these kinds of things are starting to catch the public eye, and they are just at the point they can't be forgotten again. Not forever. So another angle is to get someone to start companies hiring *only* people from MMO (Is that the term?) courses. (Legit companies, not scams - you can expect someone will try to bury this stuff under scams too!) 

2. Improve the quality pronto. Because as noted above, people are going to go down in Logical Fallacies in order. So if they can gripe about bad quality materials, ... take that gripe away. Get your favorite 5 grumpy real profs to make/fix the whole degree's worth of courses *including* the real world stuff that so often gets left behind. A Special Lectures seminar is *crucial*. One day do a "stop the zero day" lesson. One day do "Issues in UI" (and for whatever else we hate them for, Apple basically wrote UI 3.0") Your choice of 18 more seminars taken from real life. Maybe it's "Pick 20 of the following 85 seminars"!

3. Copyright mess. Get recordings of the real lectures of the name brand schools! Get them to play the "Marginal Cost" game (zero)! So if you now even have the real lectures, (with simulated office hours etc), you squeeze the snarks even more.

Timeline wise, I think they can stall this meme until after the 2016 Prez elections, and then I think it will explode about 2018.

624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Short Sell Nokia NOW! :P on: September 04, 2013, 09:24:02 AM
But weren't the reasons Steve Ballmer is getting ditched, is that he "didn't get" the new scene? So is Trojan Horsing Nokia really the answer to "leadership"?! So I guess I was mildly interested in who they picked for new CEO, but I guess I'd be a bit dismayed if it was Steven Elop!

625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 03, 2013, 11:59:10 AM
sez it all!
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