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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Web Space if you already have free domain? on: May 18, 2014, 09:26:17 PM
Hi Miles,

My other winner from my hosting contest, Charles Decker aka Deeplist just found my note, so I sent him the link to this thread, so we might hear from him soon. Then you can see if either of these guys can help you out! : )

802  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Want to make some extra coin? Like a LOT of extra coin? BIG BOUNTY! on: May 18, 2014, 05:39:23 PM
Even playing it "straight up" there are many other types of problems with this offer not counting tinfoil hats.

- Where is he located and under what fiscal laws govern him? The U. S. Treasury / IRS just ruled that Bitcoin counts a lot like "stocks" so I'd bet $100k is a big enough "public" amount for them to send at least a middle manager around to make sure they got their cut! (So is that $100k raw, meaning the recipient is really only keeping some $55k of it before the state level?

- I'd want a CPA/Other kind of professional to certify this guy. Coming from my position of know-nothing, this could dangerously be copied as text to become Phish V3.0, way nastier than any Nigerian! And even from him, "Hi, I'm running a huge contest, so send me a month's worth of work" leaves a lot of holes. I'd want to see a "contract/bond to pay the prize money already in escrow" for something like this.

- He lists "projects" each of which themselves would cost several millions! This is just for a "platform". Where is all *that*  funding coming from? Him?

803  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 17, 2014, 07:48:10 PM

Wow, that's messed up!

804  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 17, 2014, 02:08:02 AM
An interesting variation on the theme is the Nicholas Cage movie Next.

Deals with a man who can see a very small number of minutes into his own future, allowing him get repeated - albeit immediate - "do-overs". Sort of like Groundhog Day but on steroids. Clever (and refreshingly original) in that the window to repeat keeps moving forward - so if he hesitates to make a revised move, the window of opportunity closes and he moves forward like everyone else. Think walking backwards on an escalator rather than the 'climb 20 flights of stairs - then take an elevator trip back to the lobby' mechanism Groundhog Day uses.

Hangs together remarkably well and makes me wish I had a gift like that. Grin

Yeah I just watched this. After getting a bit mean in places, that woman agent does a decent job of "looking sideways" when she starts to really lock into her real mission. An interesting subtheme often explord in the X-Men movies is raw talent vs training. So if you have this freaky ability, that's one thing, but if you have worked on it, you get to do the subtle stuff.

The movie does a good job about an hour and 20 min in showing that Cage's character really spent some time practicing. (Dodging bullets, spawning 50 iterations to sweep the floors, and more.) It's also awesome that he is a trained pseudo-cheesy stage magician, because he pulls a couple of psychological tricks along with his real ability. (Maybe one creates the other - if you drop and look shot dead, that's the way out and then you don't get shot dead!)
805  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Plea for help from programmer and blogger Xah Lee on: May 17, 2014, 12:07:12 AM

Yeah, this is a bit of a tricky call.

I'll take you folks' word if he has provided useful info to the community but there's no way he's gonna make $1600/month payments doing dish washing. And that $1600/month is just gonna stick in my craw because he should have just "rented a room" ages ago.

All McDonalds, lots of Dunkin Donuts, some Burger Kings, etc. have free Wifi which you can get even outside on the sidewalk so if he really wanted to he can do stuff offline and then push it out in range.

Maybe he doesn't have friends but not counting I am across the country, someone like me could probably offer a couch for free.

So a couple puzzle pieces are still missing here.

 
806  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Web Space if you already have free domain? on: May 16, 2014, 09:03:21 AM
I appreciate your thoughts.  My idea is to create the page, then it's up to the customer to host it someplace.  Then as long as my html is valid I'm out of the picture and all is between the customer and his hosting provider.  I see ads for up to 3 pages for about $120.  But that supposedly has functionality for business.  I'm looking more to do one off nice looking personal sites relatively cheaply.  More or less "if it works and looks good I'm gone" type of deal.  Of course I would fix some problem in my code etc..  But I don't want somebody to own my attention for years for $75 or whatever ends up being the price.

My older brother was a Senior Software Engineer.  He used to lament that programs never go away.  There's always a new bug to fix.  He wanted to open a restaurant instead.  His business theory being, if they don't get food poisoning, once they use the bathroom, the warranty period is over.  smiley


Heh well fourth hand I wouldn't recommend anyone go from IT to opening a restaurant!

Back at the Webpages, Free Hosting is about people's little personal pages. Businesses are supposed to make a few bucks and should probably pay for hosting. But for ex if you are just getting started, and the web page client doesn't know what they want, sure. Not that I would imagine your code to "not be valid".

From my layman perspective creating a page is not at all about the 1-off. The managers will have new things to do with it, so it's a far longer term engagement, fees to be negotiated. It's tough news to have a 1-off that no one knows how to add to ever again.

So then off you go to create a page, off someone goes to upload it to Seraphim, and off the site goes into the wide world.

807  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Web Space if you already have free domain? on: May 16, 2014, 07:35:03 AM
Hi Miles.

I think we might want to separate hosting from tools here. I have no agenda, Seraphim was my final study winner because just like now he jumps in to try to help.

Let's suppose Seraphim's basic hosting plan is 1 Gig of space. Let's say you two hit it off and you spread some good words besides me, he might give you a little more.

As for creating a new page, that's a different service altogether. I have no info on that at all. For ex if you got hold of some new page design you liked and the whole thing was under a Gig, upload it and have at it.

But as for analyzing whatever was weak about your old page and what you want to do with it, is way outside of my range. Seraphim may have a couple of ideas, but even though he offers free hosting if you want hard core web re-work I'd consider dropping him a donation whenever you can manage it. (I know, I saw the other threads, it will be a while, I am just laying out the groundwork!)

808  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 16, 2014, 07:27:28 AM
I saw Dark City in college and it blew me away.  Great looking movie.

I just watched it now. I so did not expect that battle with the alien boss. He was way tougher than I thought he would be! Before then they were using powerful but low level tactics.

So then a brilliant endgame by the doctor with the altered memory syringe for whom he saw as the "savior". Notice he managed to poke his head up a couple of times to see his handiwork. And then way at the end John just barely beats the alien boss by a smidge to free the world.

809  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 15, 2014, 09:19:24 PM

Good lordy! Paradoxical loops were a mainstay of the Twilight Zone! In the first season alone there were several stories that used some sort of a loop as a central element in their plot:


I just watched Judgment Night and it reminded me to say something a little sideways from the main topic here.

A lot of the Twilight Zone original episodes had characters speaking "really slowly" which creeped me out for the "wrong" reasons. I wanna say it has something to do with the state of TV culture at the time. I know I think a lot in "12 minute thought experiments that would take 12 days to prove" but in general the Words Per Minute has dramatically increased in modern TV shows.

A slight bias might be that since one of my favorite shows is Warehouse 13, where at least once or more a season someone's memory gets messed up, and they peel off a huge string of "something" at a really fast clip. All of them: Artie, Pete, Myka, and Claudia.

But even on that episode of Supernatural I just watched courtesy of Shades, a show I'd never even heard of, you can hear it: the characters talk way faster, with far fewer long pauses.

810  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 15, 2014, 09:01:16 PM
I usually don't go in for Creepypasta, but boredom and the internet will spirit you away to places you would otherwise ignore.  This one was alright, a few grammar fails and a generally adolescent tone in a few places, but the story is good, and relevant to topic:

The Strangest Security Tape I've Ever Seen

Decent little story Edvard!

811  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 15, 2014, 08:35:02 PM
Supernatural season 3 episode 11 - 'Mystery spot'  - Great episode, too bad this series went downhill so fast after season 6, especially after the (more than) excellent seasons 2 till 5. So many opportunities missed in season 6 till 9, it is a shame.

This was a great tip. I just watched this. I've never even heard of this series before. There's just so much out there.

Nice take on the theme with a "double loop" and differing time scales.

That Trickster is nasty!
812  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 15, 2014, 06:25:50 PM
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(This post has been brought to you by Crabby, who has now canonically documented my 12 minute obsessions that turn into 500 word posts that I only care about for a week!)

But at the end of the week do you forget you already posted and ask the same question again?  Wink

Heh epic response!

813  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Web Space if you already have free domain? on: May 15, 2014, 12:22:51 PM
Googled Seraphim Labs.  The page says to sign up via irc due to spam.  I don't have irc set up and I'm not sure if the college WiFi blocks it.  I would imagine the public library system does because they even block sourceforge.  That's how paranoid they are these days.  smiley

Thanks for the suggestion though.  smiley

Well let's see if I can not make this Snarky.

A long time ago I went hunting for free web hosts for reasons darn near what you wanted. PS I hate Google and sometimes you just don't search for things. On my tip Seraphim showed up here and he has posted a few nice comments. I left it a bit as an "open entry" because it might take him a day to find my post here but he's pretty good.

So my post had a bit of a "Batman Signal" quality to it. Before you judge him, give him a chance. Services like what you want and what he offers are often wrecked by a raw engine search, be it Google or Bing/Yahoo ot whatever. I used my own "private" methodology but let's just see what happens.

Here is his profile page:
http://www.donationcoder....p?action=profile;u=372590

I think he set it up that if you send him a PM it filters into an email. Either way if he cannot help what should be a simple request for you I need to know because you sounded dead center into what I was trying to do five years ago - aka find simple quick low tech free hosting.

My other suggestion is Charles Decker from Decker Services. While he reduced his web hosting exposure due to spam entries, I think he will trust my recommendation that you are a smart fella and worth working with.

I suggest you first read this for a quick overview:
http://www.freevoteusa.com/WebHostFAQ.html

Then you want the "executive summary" of the thread here:
http://www.freewebspace.n...ild-my-host-spread/page38

A couple of important details quoted from there:

Deeplist/Charles Decker: Due to the amount of bogus nonsense, I removed automated signups some time ago. However, I still provide free hosting, but it's by invitation and/or request only. I don't actively promote it any longer either.

Seraphim (Labs): I took my site for new signups down entirely. It looked awful, the code was not aging well, and no matter what I did to it I couldn't stop the spam signups. Though I will still accept new clients if they ask me about it. Hopefully I can turn things around for Seraphim and actually build it back up to where I wanted to be when I started.

So closing the loop these are two guys who I think are pretty good but that you can't "Google them". It's a test of my rep here as Phoeni. If neither of them can help you (and they are wise enough to share a small tip here and there to each other) then that's all I have. But in another thread I spent 18 months looking for free web hosting for darn near exactly what you want, but that happens to be "unGoogleSearchable". Again in the other thread, I took a very innovative/new metric to judge my entries and those two were my dead heat ties with another one just barely behind.

Summary is, if Awesome Miles and three Awesome Providers can't work it out, I need to know for data reasons if nothing else. I'm a humanities guy. I picked a clever durational metric to weed out the jokers on FreeWebSpace.com. But between them the winners' basic tech skills sounded solid. So if AwesomeMiles can't get a hit with any of them, that's a higher level order of info I would appreciate!

And I just now posted a "please visit DC" note over there for them. : )

Yours,

--Tao




814  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: May 15, 2014, 12:13:48 PM
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The doubt is: did the cat attack the dog to defend its little owner or because the dog was simply an unwelcome intruder?

there are lots of videos of cats defending territory or in general antagonizing a dog that is in their area -- but such videos show very different behavior than what we see in the video above.

In such territorial cases the cat approaches with claws front, back up and attempts to scare off and intimidate the intruder, etc.

Wheras in the video above the cat launched her whole body at the dog so forcefully that she becomes disoriented afterwards.  I've never seen a video of a cat do that -- has anyone else here seen such behavior before?

Me neither. This is how Memes are born!

"Flying Ninja Cat!"

815  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: May 15, 2014, 12:12:28 PM
"As it should be", but far from all cats do that. A whole lot of them just go "ho hum, look, it's a burglar. I think I am going back to sleep now."

We're used to cats being "cute" so this one of active action will go far for a month.

816  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Tale of Ye Olde Inter-Nets on: May 15, 2014, 11:56:50 AM
Well done indeed.

I haven't kept track of T-D-B for a long time but I learned from xkcd to watch out for 8 "simple" strips that sometimes those guys use the extra saved time to build a "scorcher" that rocks the Internetz for a week.

817  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Web Space if you already have free domain? on: May 15, 2014, 11:55:20 AM
Is anyone using free web space for an existing free domain?  Search is difficult because all the hits offer a free domain if you sign up.  I already have a free .tk domain. I'm looking to try out a web creation tool and thought I might as well put it up on a real site instead of using a simulator. What I want to do is dummy up a few sample web pages.  See if I can get some work.

DotTK apparently has free DNS service if I can find a spot to plunk on.  I don't really know what html5 is.  But I want to find out.  smiley

Edit: I should add I don't want a site that forces you to use their picture dragging tool etc.. I want to be able to upload the html files produced by this tool I'm trying ..(  Deleted tool link. I'm not spamming the site creation tool after all  ) 

(Summons) Hey Seraphim, are you out there? What is your opinion of what Miles wants to do?

For those who do not know, this sounds close to dead center of what a free host provider does and years ago I set out to find a couple of fellas who provide that. Seraphim Labs was my overall winner in my survey.



818  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Groundhog Day Loops on: May 14, 2014, 12:53:48 PM
Just a little thread asking if people know of any other "Groundhog Day Time Loop" TV/Movie episodes. (For pedantic completeness, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray featured a man who lived the same day over and over until he achieved the mysteriously driven required personal growth to snap out of it.)

The other ones I know of so far are:
Star Trek Next Generation Season 5 Episode 18 (sometimes written as Se05 Ep18) Cause and Effect
Eureka I Do Over Season 3 Episode 4 (Se03 Ep04)
The entire series of Daybreak:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_Break
The entire series of Seven Days: (But he only gets one shot at it)
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...even_Days_%28TV_series%29

Different but an Also Ran for interest is the Star Trek Next Generation finale All Good Things but that's more of a multi shift than a true loop.

Same goes for Warehouse 13 Season 6 Episode 1 (Se06 Ep01) Endless Terror. That one is about alternate realities via time travel which is not my focus here. I'm looking for where the character is in his own same loop and eventually realizes it. Also similar but slower is of course the famous Star Trek Original Series Season 1 Episode 28 (Se01 Ep28) The City on the Edge of Forever. (And many more.)

(Quick Edit: There seems to be a Wiki page!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_loop
(And a TV Tropes page!)
http://tvtropes.org/pmwik...i.php/Main/StableTimeLoop

And so I think I am looking for examples that are not on those two pages. Also I think I want to focus on ones that are single episode long and multi loops featuring multiple restarts etc.
(This post has been brought to you by Crabby, who has now canonically documented my 12 minute obsessions that turn into 500 word posts that I only care about for a week!)
Grin



819  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 14, 2014, 12:46:50 PM

Oh my word, Crabby just nailed me to a wall! It's too small to see in the thumbnail but that one is too good to resist a new thumbnail!

cheesy



I felt nailed as well.   Grin

What were we talking about again?
tongue

820  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 13, 2014, 05:58:33 PM

Oh my word, Crabby just nailed me to a wall! It's too small to see in the thumbnail but that one is too good to resist a new thumbnail!

cheesy

821  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 13, 2014, 05:55:15 PM
Heh wow this is turning into an awesome thread! There's some *forty* programs combined of which each is part of someone's list of four(ish) super must have programs!

822  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 13, 2014, 02:22:01 AM
Just be sure that you rate the games based on the compo/jam versions and not the "post compo" versions. That would be unfair.

You're probably right, but I'm all over the map on that one. Even so, I think I slowed down. I have a rather short attention span so the excitement of it all is fading. But it was fun!

823  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Broforce ("Bro Force") on: May 11, 2014, 07:10:58 PM
@TaoPhoenix: I did wonder about the violence etc., but by the time my son had found Broforce, he had already found several other gruesome addictive/fun games - e.g., including "Must Have Brains", the zombie "Earn To Die" + ETD2, 2012 and 2012/2. (From memory those were the names.)
His older sister had initially shown him how to play some nice cute kiddie-friendly free games, but he kept clicking on links to discover lots of new/different games - most of which he preferred to the "cute" games. I started bookmarking the ones he liked and needed us to help him with, and he knows to use use the bookmarks to go back to them. He finds some of them a bit scary - e.g., "Must Have Brains" and one with "good" and "bad" spheres that you can turn into squares and back to spheres and have to solve to get rid of the baddies (roll them off the screen into an abyss) and leave just the goodies.) - but enjoys the puzzle/problem-solving they challenge you with. He gets a bit scared by any games that are difficult to defeat and which "kill" his player (e.g., the "BombIt" series and Broforce), though he enjoys the animation and music. That's when he asks his sister and I for help. He was very pleased with himself the other day when he saw how surprised I was at how expeditiously he overcame the challenge of a difficult Broforce level that a month or so ago would have been impossible for him. One forgets how quickly little kids pick things up by trial-and-error learning, given half a chance.

Heh I hope the tone on this doesn't misfire, it's meant in innocent humor:

(Speak-to-child voice) Yezhs you are! You're my little science experiment! Did you beat another BroForce level today? Good boy! Now remember you can never do that for real. Got it? Games only. Then you can be as vicious as you like!"

(20 years later Iain's son goes on to become a world shaker)

824  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 11, 2014, 01:33:07 PM

Misc Note:
I'm not a "purist". While the compo/jam is about the time limit of the 48-72 hours, I recommend people play the "Post Compo" versions where some devs not only fix bad bugs that can really make you miserable, but also sometimes add tons of features they wish they had time for when they weren't racing the clock, and that makes for an overall better gaming experience. After all, it's the compo/jam inspiration that counts that made the creation come into being, rather than one more thing by Zynga. But sure if the post compo version has the extra zingers, by all means I don't go all hardcore and insist on ignoring it to play the original version!

825  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Broforce ("Bro Force") on: May 11, 2014, 01:23:56 PM
My 3¾ y/o son likes hunting for games on the Internet. He turns up some really interesting online ones ...

Broforce is an amazingly addictive and fun game - lots of shooting, violent explosions, splatter, baddies, etc. and with hugely tongue-in-cheek references to American movie heroes.

"But ... But ... Think Of The Children and all that violence will make him a murderer and ..." (insert parody of Renny parodying Right Wing Blather here!!)

Cue App's brilliant Correlation is not Causation page earlier.

Heh so now Iain has his very own little science experiment in his house. If a smart and sensible parent (which I know Iain is) teaches his smart son (finding internet games before age four!?) good family values, then things will be mostly just fine.

thumbs up

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