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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 11, 2013, 10:40:00 PM

See, this is disturbing when the Tin Foil Hats are right! More fun from Snowden saying that Microsoft was handing the NSA access to stuff. In an unrelated story, HP is apparently *still* (?!!) putting backdoors into its stuff.

802  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Privacy Policy on: July 11, 2013, 11:59:23 AM
Or to simplify:

... lie about your name and other personal information...

Always.

Not always forever, because they're closing in on the other side that "violating a site's TOS by providing false info = makes you a Bad Person".
803  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: The Danger of Naïveté on: July 11, 2013, 11:57:43 AM
In the spirit of all this, though the algorithmic issues are different, a few "beginner's magic" tricks abuse "naive" shuffling. Using whatever methods etc, you learn the location of at least one (and sometimes a few cards if you're farther along studying.) Then you migrate them to either the top or the bottom of the deck. Then you "shuffle" the cards but abuse the following:

The "riffle" intersperses "1 and 25, 2 & 26" (with clumping). However, if the card you want is on top, then you make sure that half *finishes last*. So the top card remains the top card, with only the stuff in the middle traveling.

Then you "convert" the location knowledge into a sneak peek, and then the usual mumbo jumbo obfuscation for the reveal.

804  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adblock Plus Letting Ads By on: July 10, 2013, 11:08:09 AM
I'm also grateful for AdBlock. So much so that I've contributed to it regularly since I first started using it. Right now, I don't consider what they've done to be a complete show-stopper. (I'm not that much an ingénue.) But now I'm watching them much more closely than I used to. Which is a shame since trust is such rare and fragile thing these days.

Suffice it to say I'll kick AdBlock to the curb in a heartbeat if I so much as suspect they're abusing what remaining trust I have in it. For the moment, I'll give them some benefit of the doubt. But the ball is definitely in their court going forward.
 Wink

What remaining trust is there? Isn't the point of AdBlock to ... block ads? I've spent money on chunks of value (if sufficiently vetted! One Un-Named Soul has fallen on bad luck!).

So I'll submit the newspaper pages as my signature example of the Anti-Adblock movement. They employ these *awful* javascipt monstrosities that eat your entire page until you click them to go away!!
 Angry

So see my other posts on the "javascript blockers".

On the mobile front (blah blah yes it's mobile but it matters) one app puts ads right where your finger actions are supposed to be, so then you mis-click and hit the ad 20% of the time.

805  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Google is Killing Honest (Organic) Search on: July 10, 2013, 11:02:44 AM
I lost the link for an essay/article, and wanted to find it again. It *was* easy to find through Google before. Not so much now - it's gone from the results. No matter how I try, I cannot find it.

Uh oh! We have a Return of Renny Challenge!
There are few forces (except maybe ex-girls!) as mad as DC members Scorned! So what was the article! First three to find it get Thank-You mentions from Renny!

Because if Snowden taught us anything, it is that when you're stumped, you just Give It To The Interwebs, and they will look for you as a favor!

 Cool
806  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Google is Killing Honest (Organic) Search on: July 10, 2013, 11:00:22 AM
I've experienced what cyberdiva has and am now back to Google.  As for TaoPhoenix's advanced search, I'm glad I'm a "computer novice" because "regular search" has worked perfectly for me.  I have no need to spend my time going to the advanced search options.  Thank goodness for being a novice.  Between Google and Facebook (those who use Google and Facebook) there's not such thing as privacy.  It's going to be interesting where we end up as a society.

Hi wrbird!

What searches do you do "regular" that actually work for you? Because I use Advanced so much I just made a click away on my jump-page and then it's "automatic". It just has more lines, but when you type in the words "awesome birds" it is forced to give you any page with *both* results!

807  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 10, 2013, 10:57:22 AM
If this were true though, then why doesn't the US let Snowden leave Moscow, so he could be more easily apprehended in Latin America?

Some of us on Slashdot used to call this the "Microsoft Effect" where there was such a confusing mix of brilliant malice and mind-twisting incompetence that, to (just now) paraphrase Orwell, you could no longer tell which was which.

So the fact that they are even "playing" this Snowden Game (and didn't sniper him on the spot and put a Kill Order to the media), means at least a few really scary people are involved. But then the specific handling of it all is mighty confusing as well. Wouldn't China and Russia working together really want to make USA grumpy? So why are they "semi-caving"?

For me, I have to just let it drift by, because I can't afford the medical fees to unwrap my mind from becoming  pretzel.

808  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 10, 2013, 10:49:34 AM
...

In other words, screw what he said! The Renninator is Baack!

809  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Geek fun: If famous authors wrote JavaScript on: July 10, 2013, 10:36:24 AM

So if you stuck them all in a room, Seven Writers In Search of an Algorithm, you'd get something like this?

---

"So whence it came that it became time to teach the maths, and no Russian Farmer's Child Methods would work, then if you honor, nay worship the Mouser, and have recorded all his fabulossical writings, you would have discerned and divined, the post whereupon he gave his approximate age by elucidating the facts of how long it had been, oh so very long, since ...

Since he was in that tortuous Kafka-esque prison called college, and within that factoid was a number. So if you take that number, which he thus had provided for good and earnest measure, and cross reference it with the square root of your own forum post number, you will have ...

Aw hell with it. We are going to factorial something. But since Fermat was busy and the only known professional Fermat Contacting Medium was busy, the method to factorial is too long to fit into this post, for it is filled with tigers instead, and only the lord and dead Colosseum victims know that Tygers burn bright, and fill the room ...

The end.
810  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: July 09, 2013, 07:51:37 AM
it's french fries and potato chips I long for . . .

Actually, one interesting tip is that if you have to have something, do potato chips (sparingly!) instead of the french fries. That's because an order of fries gets big, fast. It feels like part of meal entry.

As long as you carefully have your main meal first, a few potato chips deals with that "oily-salty" craving without quite as bad of a pound gain-age. I can get two-three servings out of a small can of Pringles!

811  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 07, 2013, 01:03:12 AM
Well this one is inspired by the Recipe thread but it belongs here:

"Recipe for Cooked Rat."

It was from a SciFi Dystopia story. (Recipe Paraphrased)

Ingredients:
1 Rat
tablespoon of salt

1. Cook rat twice, to ensure all parts are free of bacteria.
2. Add salt.

Serves three.

812  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 06, 2013, 06:08:04 PM
Why don't they follow the plot of a third rate tv movie and give a hundred grand to a sniper team and pick him off?

There's a reason why those are third rate tv movies.

Maybe, but I get the feeling that it would play out like that if it were a Russian whistle-blower. Just look at Alexander Solzhenitsyn's remarks about the bad old Gulag days. One tiny comment could get you "disappeared".

Instead it looks like we're tip-toeing all around this.

813  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 06, 2013, 11:03:35 AM

There's still something wrong with this whole story. All of it. It's something to do with "too much noise". Why don't they follow the plot of a third rate tv movie and give a hundred grand to a sniper team and pick him off? Who cares if he's in another country? A lot of us are cynical - these guys perjure to Congress, but now they're acting like the rules matter?!
814  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 06, 2013, 07:54:48 AM

Here's an interesting article which lists several countries that Snowden applied to for asylum. A lot of them are using a nasty trick where "you must be inside our border to apply for Asylum". (Aka haha, we'll deport you first!)

http://edition.cnn.com/20...itics/nsa-leak/index.html

815  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 03, 2013, 11:18:52 PM
...
You're probably right ... But it just infuriates me that people can't get together and behind this thing and force the government to blink. WTF is it gonna take to get people off their asses?!? Christ we had more outrage expressed in the MSM when Janet Jackson's titty popped out FFS.

If the overlords can't be made to blink now, with something this mind-blowingly blatant...they're never going to. We might as well pack up the flag -- I'm sure they'll be making a new one soon anyhow ... Something with more red, and a scepter. -- and leave.

But exactly how do we make them blink? They're pretty close to a lockdown.
816  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 03, 2013, 11:17:04 PM
I wonder who he's got advising him? Surely he can't just be doing this all alone and guessing.

But it's interesting if you rule out Russia and China and most of the Euro bloc the options get a bit thin.

817  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10 signs you may have OCD on: July 03, 2013, 01:19:21 AM
There's also a "chart" where "obsessive" is on one axis, but on the other is "importance". You don't hear people complain that bridge engineers are "OCD"!! No, if they study a design prototype-mockup in great, lavish detail, first doing some math, then measuring structural angles, simulating wind, and tons more, you basically leave them alone/help if needed and say "great job!"

And then on the recreational side, when a finished result is presented, and it's *good*, everyone cheers. "Dabbling" is notoriously slammed in recreational projects.

It's only when it's external stuff that gets "super-managed" that people think it's a problem. But the little quirks are all wrapped up in the rest of you.

So what do they want? Chuck the TV show did a great ongoing parody of all this - Ryan McPartlin's "Captain Awesome". Never a line mis-spoken, in near perfect physical shape, etc.

818  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Google is Killing Honest (Organic) Search on: July 03, 2013, 01:09:44 AM

Well, I never use "regular seach" anymore, ever. But let's narrow down that vague phrase "good results". What exactly is a good result?

1. Wikipedia and IMDB
If I am having a TV/Movie night, then these two sites are all I want to mix and match "name that actor" and "tell me some of the production backstory and the budget vs. revenue ratio". So why bother using Google at all? I have them both as engines in Firefox.

The rest of the points revolve around Advanced Search. If I want to look up a "red box", I don't want "(other) boxes and (other) red things". In my worst grouchy days I consider "regular search" as the inside joke for computer novices.

2. "Include all these words and/or Exact Phrase". So what is a "good result"? You have to spend a minute with yourself and ask "what category of result am I looking for?" If you just put "Japanese" into a search, you get everything from the language to people to electronics. So if what you really mean is a Japanese food restaurant, then put that in and your location.

If you're looking for high grade computer advice, then put in a phrase for Exact Phrase as well as some other words. That's because sales pages can't (normally!) have sane ad copy that includes something like "your settings" in a restaurant review.

3. "Do Not Include". So the SEO guys are made sure that H I J K and L show up first when you really want A B and C. But you don't want to spend all day writing search queries. So look at the junk results and find a word common to the worst offender. So if I want to put a search for "Phoenix" into the web, I'd stick "Do Not Include Arizona" into there.

819  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 52K-word sample of my sci-fi ebook, due on Amazon and B&N in September on: July 02, 2013, 12:11:32 PM
Me = 7.  : )

820  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wave? Good-bye! on: July 02, 2013, 12:08:32 PM
Getting serious for a min,

We're uncovering an unstated principle of "innovative". Apparently it's NOT enough to be "innovative". But that the innovation must also be "useful".

It's a variant on the old "Pure vs Applied Sciences" argument. I *totally* bet that Google invented some new "technologies" to make Wave.

But we *didn't like it*, so "who cares what they invented, it died in the marketplace".

In some ways, that's a problem.

821  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 52K-word sample of my sci-fi ebook, due on Amazon and B&N in September on: July 02, 2013, 07:38:20 AM
Actually I think what I'm gonna do is slow down and just release every three chapters. At that rate, we'll have about 4 or 5 more uploads, probably spaced at least a week apart.

So, about 6 chapters every two weeks!? That's a pretty fast clip! "Optimistically speaking" that's about the schedule I'd review it at if I can focus. : )

822  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 52K-word sample of my sci-fi ebook, due on Amazon and B&N in September on: July 02, 2013, 06:56:47 AM
Yeah, I've been thinking this too. I'm gonna start releasing whenever two chapters are written, instead of one.

Make sure you bump the version number!
tongue
823  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2013, 06:55:47 AM
State of Education in Florida:
http://www.firstcoastnews...story.aspx?storyid=318442

Cool
824  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows "Blue" on: July 02, 2013, 06:19:39 AM
Fix Windows 8 and remove most of the unnecessary annoyances = Windows 7 (for a desktop PC without touch screen)

Well, another article has come out about Blue, and they're doing ... uh... Stuff to it.

http://hothardware.com/Re...-It-Get-Windows-81-Right/

It look like they keep fiddling with those Program Tiles. Except why can no one realize how incredibly much space that those take up? And look at the categories:
"Health and Fitness"? "Chat and Browse"?

Granted I am due for a cleanup again, but I have 120 items in my start menu and another 30 in an "App Links" folder. So No Tiles for me.

825  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 02, 2013, 05:51:59 AM

I don't think so, I couldn't get it either. I'm betting they moved it!

Try this copy from the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

http://hosted.ap.org/dyna...HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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