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801  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? : )

802  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
803  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
804  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
805  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
806  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!"

807  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."

808  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!  : )

809  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
810  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!

811  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.
812  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=#]
813  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.

814  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
815  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



816  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?
Grin
817  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!
818  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






819  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!
820  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?
Angry
821  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 14, 2014, 11:30:49 PM

Hmm.

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB_sfnwbgvk
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.
822  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".
823  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!

824  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"!

825  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.

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