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601  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!  : )

602  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
603  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!

604  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.
605  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!

606  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.

607  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
608  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

609  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Blank full-screen background, solid movable circle replacing cursor on: March 16, 2014, 07:18:22 AM
One would think it would be easy to program what I've asked for above.  But maybe not.

I think it is easy to program ... depending on the language!

I lost track if you are a programmer or not ... if not and if you didn't feel like you wanted to make it a project, give any college kid in a Comp Sci class a pizza and he'd be done with the program with slices to spare. Then since it's real code and not a painfully brittle macro, who knows, you could repurpose it to something else later!

Just for discussion value, I was doing stuff like that in 1986! (Heh but nothing ever since!) The breakthrough: while game coding was notoriously tough at the time for children on the Apple IIE and the Mac, the Commodore 128 specially added some twenty "easy-game" commands!

So I bet one of the hotshots here can whip it up in under 50 lines of code in something.

Friendly joke:
"Blank full-screen background, solid movable circle replacing cursor."

Why not just play lots of Pacman?
610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 16, 2014, 01:01:31 AM
Heh 40hz that was epic!
611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 15, 2014, 05:21:55 PM
My little hobby is taking sound editors and doing quick and dirty edits of some songs that I half-like. Right down the middle is the ballad verses of "What does the fox say?".

Y'all can have my mix if ya want it. smiley

612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what does this say? on: March 15, 2014, 05:02:55 PM
So it sounds like Janie is calling regarding a position you have applied for.  She would like you to call her back at 1-865-826245 in regard to something on the 26th of March at Prompt Wyndham.  Be there by 7:45 for an 8am start, the session will last until 12:30.

Everything else she said was actually gibberish.  tongue

Whatever that phone number is, as written above it's missing a digit!
613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 14, 2014, 11:48:12 PM

Sadly if the US government wasn't wasting so much time peeking in our backyards and panty drawers, they'd of had time to grab a few shots of the rest of the planet and we'd know where that Malaysian plane went.

News flash for the NSA: The plane isn't on friggin FaceBook ... So zip up your flies, go out side, and do some real work for a change.

From another angle, I'm wondering why in this era of "everyone online", that if there started to be trouble, *why no one got a digital communication off*. 239 people and no one managed to tweet something?! How about just someone's phone syncing email? Wouldn't that produce a ping on the cell tower?

And does anyone else smell a bad TV movie coming?
614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 14, 2014, 11:30:49 PM


I've just spent a few nice hours listening to the non-business talks. It ranged from a great comedy skit, a couple of good science talks about Dopamine overloading, parts of a couple blah "improve your life by writing things down", and a good beat-boxer.

Then one presentation left me with a bit of a lurch.
The evolution of juggling: Jay Gilligan

Here's why: for someone who has spent his whole life studying and teaching juggling, his presentation was somehow a bit chilling at the over-selling of what looks like only mediocre ability, apalling misunderstanding of historical research vs business concepts, and ... no fun or amazement.

His entire presentation over-sold juggling innovation as this incredibly hard process on the order of the hard sciences. "Look! Years later, we now have a triangular ring! New techniques are possible with this different prop!! It's pointy!!"

There's just one problem. He got schooled about *twenty years ago* by my summer camp juggling teacher. Because she taught us to juggle the two orbs and ...

... wait for it ...

A forlorn half-destroyed rubber chicken. Comedy gold was made that day.
615  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone can recommend a good macro recorder for windows please? on: March 13, 2014, 02:19:10 PM
I toyed with those kinds of progs several years ago. A couple thoughts:

- consider making several partial macros. So for example if your test case is something like "report/run/condition/add/status=open/ok/ok/" (the slashes indicate separate GUI screens being dealt with), the macro does all that, and then you just enter the project # and click "Create Report" or whatever.

If you try too hard to automate absolutely everything, it starts being counter productive because you burn more time fiddling with the scripts. Same theme, it's hard to insert a mouse movement into the middle of a macro. So instead if you run two shorter ones, you can do the misc stuff in the middle.

- Watch out for Popups. The times I used Macros years ago, they only work in one sequence. So if you record this long sequence but now your printer throws a low toner warning that grabs priority, all of the rest of the macro smashes into "thin air".
616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 12, 2014, 02:00:38 AM
I confess I hadn't realised the politicians somehow bought their seats. The whole thing seems nonsensical to me
Nah Iain, Buying Political Appointments is a big game in the US. A few fellas are gunning for it as early as High School!

617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 12, 2014, 01:58:22 AM
Unfortunately, it's less of that, and far more that the USA currently "has the best government money can buy."

Naw, I dispute this.

We have the government money *has* bought, and it's far from the best!!

I get that it "isn't Ross Perot's 1992" anymore.

But I think one of those billionaires with a year left to live could really shake up US Politics as a "last legacy" if he/she wanted to.

But (your quote here) a President with zero backing in Congress doesn't get far either - the down side of "checks and balances". So maybe the formula is "Buy Presidency and thirteen congress seats"!

618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 12, 2014, 12:59:20 AM
 From my perspective, up until now, she either (a) was deceived; ...
And any of those makes her derelict in the fulfilment of her oath of office.

She "Was deceived". When you're in Congress you "pick" what you "believe" in order to get into the right circles.

But she apparently banked on "certain things not happening". Pick your adjectives, most of them justified, but the tone of her big speech was "I was deceived".

And she/staff did put a lot of work into it, before broadcasting it. It's clear it's been brewing in her mind for a while. You can tell it's not a fluff piece written on a four day deadline.

619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What happened? on: March 11, 2014, 05:38:20 PM
Rule 34!
620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 11, 2014, 05:16:41 PM
Not to excuse her, but what's going on here has been such an absolute shock to most Americans, and their image of this country, that the majority of the population is still in denial and doing its best not to see the elephant in  the room. Very similar to what happened during the McCarthy Era and the Red Scare. And like then, public opinion is finally starting to swing around.

I dunno if I would quite call it an "absolute shock" - I'm fishing for a slight change in nuance here. Because for example in "private spaces" for forty years people have "grumbled about it". But I think there's been an underestimating of exactly how bad it is, combined with little previous hope of cracking their armor.

I think the following snip shows that we have indeed found a crack in the armor. If only for the Legal Drama finish with the thrilling music! (Slight formatting by me.)

"Staff approached the CIA personnel at the offsite location...
- who initially denied that documents had been removed.

- CIA personnel then blamed information technology personnel, who were almost all contractors, for removing the documents themselves without direction or authority.

- And then the CIA stated that the removal of the documents was ordered by the White House.

(Coda)When the committee approached the White House, the White House denied giving the CIA any such order."

(Side show for the "Silly Jokes Thread"! Casting Calls, anyone, for the Lead Counsel for the People? )


621  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: March 11, 2014, 03:00:30 PM

I haven't used one of these in a long time. (   ohmy  )  So I am running a scan now just to see what pops up. I used HijackThis a couple of times years ago.

622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 11, 2014, 02:54:14 PM
I'll take this as a sign she's learned something as soon as she applies the same standard to my privacy as her own. After all, some animals are more equal than others.

Some thoughts:

- Fair point Vurbal, but it looks to me like at least a step (of many needed) to eventually do something. Congress operates on momentum, and whether one side can sustain it and the other side can dissipate it. So there's still lots more to do, but since this is sitting at "www.feinstein.senate.gov/public", it's there to stay, as opposed to the extra smokescreens if it were some newspaper story that then later vanishes. So while nothing may happen yet, it needs this step *to* happen at all.

- "We have no way to determine who made the Internal Panetta Review documents available to the committee. Further, we don’t know whether the documents were provided intentionally by the CIA, unintentionally by the CIA, or intentionally by a whistle-blower."

I like DC because we get to analyze news from the IT angle. This statement looks like a "save someone's honor compromise". How do you not know where the documents came from, at least partially? From any of twelve angles - ip/other addresses, document signatures, maybe even upload logs? (It's a super ultra top secret database, and it doesn't stamp when someone uploads something into it?! So are we talking a security breach?! Nah, I'm going with my other theory here.)

- By reversing her position from "for" to "against" this stuff, other junior senators might decide to follow her lead. Even, if we had a "privacy candidate" in the 2016 election, even as a "1-topic-joke", it might raise the issue in people's minds.

623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 11, 2014, 10:10:51 AM

To which one reply is ...
"... And you think they'd come out correctly and fairly?!"

Shades of 1776!

624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: usa job stats on: March 08, 2014, 02:03:58 PM
It's just my professional and methodical approach I have for everything  Grin

Heh you just said "professional". That means you are getting paid!

So by Whom, for what?

If in fact you are not asking this stuff for pay, one phrase you would need would be something like "pseudo-professional".

: )

625  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software longevity on: March 08, 2014, 02:01:34 PM
First, I do acknowledge security risks are introduced with installing old(er) software. However, in the WinAmp v1.91 case, there aren't that many attack vectors as it hardly does anything else than playing MP3's. What is not there...cannot be attacked.

Shades raises an interesting point here. I sometimes suspect the constant upgrade/feature chase is just as big a source of security risk as so-called "outdated" versions of most software. And when some rush-to-get-it-out-new-features-bloated software in turn becomes outdated, the problem only gets further compounded.

This might become one of the discussion themes of the year when official XP support dies in about a month. I am "one of many" who is mostly happy with my current config, but cue the fear when security updates are no longer available!

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