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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / D&D "Monty Haul" (Pun Intended!) Stats Problem on: September 30, 2013, 07:09:12 PM

This post and related is about the cases in RPG dealing with what is the perfect right curve to level up, monster stats, gold/weapons/magic/___/___ goodies ratios both layout and realtime speed, character vs combat, and more.

802  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Alice in Wonderland Rabbit Hole Math Thread! on: September 30, 2013, 07:06:36 PM
This one is for math-y topics where there are a couple of levels:
Specifically:
A. ___ can be enjoyed "lazily" as fun entertainment.
B. There is a ferociously difficult math problem underneath to understand it "for real". There's some room for "social discussion."

Lots of inspirations are exploding in my head. So badly, that they each need posts! Here goes!

I work well in an outline style, so expect a few layers per post, such that it will reward revisiting this thread ... uh ... X times! (See what I mean? What is the optimal time to revisit this thread vs how fast do I post after X days?)



803  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 30, 2013, 07:01:53 PM
Then there's this alternative:

http://gawker.com/naomi-w...snowden-truther-513470303
"Specifically, Wolf wishes to convey her "creeping concern" that Snowden "is not who he purports to be." Who is he, then? Signs point to his being one of them. You know: THEM.
...
""He is super-organized, for a whistleblower"—so organized, his methods resemble those of "high-level political surrogates."
"He conveys his message "without struggling for words." Again, like a political surrogate. "
"...Julian Assange is careful to keep lots of lawyers around him, unlike Snowden, who is suspiciously well organized and composed, except for his failure to get a lawyer. Because Julian Assange is the genuine article, not like Snowden, and whistleblowers who are the genuine article "don’t tend ever to call attention to their own self-sacrifice," which is a thing that Julian Assange would never dream of doing in a million years. "

She could be right. I rather doubt it, but it is possible. Panopticon? They can't look everywhere, so if people think they are, they modify their behaviour? Trauma-based behaviour modification?

While I rather doubt it, there's nothing wrong with entertaining possibilities.

The NSA and its cohorts have done worse. e.g. Charles Taylor was a CIA asset/agent - look what he did in Africa.


When you are faced with total confusion, it's not all bad to entertain Black Sheep theories. I am struck by the changes in tone vs two other people I feel did almost the same "work", Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. Except it's like The System ran dry shutting those stories down old school style, and finally the deep social threads are in place where Snowden is ... doing something. And not in jail.

And that colossal cognitive dissonance is kinda eating me. I'm slightly to (which?) side of you politically/rhetorically, but we're sorta kindred in our general distrust of pablum. So I have this long running sense from a table gaming perspective (both Magic the Gathering and Chess and a little bit of card Solitaire theory in the mix!) that there's X missing fragments of info that aren't making correct sense of the "tableau".

And whether by systemic flaws or design the Media isn't (easily findable?) pointing those out (often enough?).

804  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The 'Outre' Photo Thread! on: September 30, 2013, 06:54:27 PM
Thread for pics so unconventionally disturbing that you don't even know what to think!

Photo Editing is allowed. Bonus points to "cosmetic only editing" such as my opening one - where I just cleaned up a now-fragmented background for picture clarity. But the other major category is when 2-X things jump at you and then you smash them into a pic together for greater-than-parts disturbing concepts! (I am prone to those!)

So I will lead off with this one, courtesy of a Basement thread but it inspired this one.

Tip - Super dominant political overtones discouraged, such as chopped faces stuck onto whatever-settings. My theme in this thread is more abstract, as in "do those colors even do that as a picture?!" abstract disbelief.

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805  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hating on new Google Maps on: September 30, 2013, 05:59:39 PM
Surely I'm not the only one that hates the new design of Google Maps. Let me count the ways that I hate it, and see if anybody's found good solutions to these problems with it:

  • Slow to load - it takes quite a while, even on a fast (e.g., 20Mbps) connection, to load up the page
  • Slow to interact - the page just doesn't feel snappy, at least in Firefox
  • No multi-stop direction - I can only find a way to get directions from point A to Point B; I can't see any way to go from A to B to C
  • Hideous links - to send a map takes a huge, opaque URL, but I can always use bit.ly or something to fix that
  • Did I mention that it seems really slow?

Any other problems Google should be addressing?


New compared to when? When did it switch over? And do you care to say a couple of words on what the old version did better?

I don't use Google Maps all  that much, but I find Yahoo Maps doesn't seem to have any/useless Subway coverage of NY City, so it forces me to use Google despite my general dislike of their growing evilness!

806  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft demands default email be Outlook. I can't change this. on: September 30, 2013, 05:57:43 PM
Possibly this may help: GmailDefaultMaker

Note: It's not only for GMail.

Quote
Supported Web-Based Email Service Providers:
    ...
  • Yahoo
...
[/list]

I was never worried about this, but this looks like a nice finesse I may try because I am tired of keeping getting Outlook Express in certain contexts.

807  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NASA puts first Curiosity Rover scientific papers behind a paywall? on: September 30, 2013, 05:56:00 PM
I have the page loaded to read in more detail in a min, but it's nice to see someone slowly passing along the news that the copyright games are NOT okay. And this might be a useful top level strategy - first push back on the clear slam dunks, to get people to notice that abuses are happening, then later you can fight for the murkier cases that are getting stonewalled for some reason.

808  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Online HTML index generator? on: September 30, 2013, 05:54:23 PM
Would something portable help, rather than online?

Actually App this is great advice on a broader level. I'm just starting to shuffle a bit with my laptop vs my project machine, and for a few things it would be nice to just download one portable copy and then float the USB drive over, rather than deal with the low specs on that laptop (and currently also bad wireless!)

809  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome babylon toolbar help on: September 30, 2013, 05:49:31 PM
Babylon is one of the nasty things that seems to be cleverly enough pushed to get past even fairly careful users. It sometimes comes bundled with stuff and I've fallen into it before.

Angry
810  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 30, 2013, 05:48:09 PM
First of a small series where innocent posts in threads inspire humor-thread response.

...
So which exactly is it? You are a YAC user? Or you never heard of YAC? Both can't be true.  tellme

Shades of Schrodinger's Cat!
Grin
811  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 29, 2013, 02:40:10 PM

Then there's this alternative:

http://gawker.com/naomi-w...snowden-truther-513470303
"Specifically, Wolf wishes to convey her "creeping concern" that Snowden "is not who he purports to be." Who is he, then? Signs point to his being one of them. You know: THEM.
...
""He is super-organized, for a whistleblower"—so organized, his methods resemble those of "high-level political surrogates."
"He conveys his message "without struggling for words." Again, like a political surrogate. "
"...Julian Assange is careful to keep lots of lawyers around him, unlike Snowden, who is suspiciously well organized and composed, except for his failure to get a lawyer. Because Julian Assange is the genuine article, not like Snowden, and whistleblowers who are the genuine article "don’t tend ever to call attention to their own self-sacrifice," which is a thing that Julian Assange would never dream of doing in a million years. "

812  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 29, 2013, 02:12:34 PM

More Snowden news!

(Preamble: Notice the big difference somehow between Bradley Manning and Snowden? Why do I know nothing of what Manning uncovered and Snowden's info is consistently getting out? And yes, slow feeds are proving more powerful than "1 data dump no one will look at"! Because like Ad guys learned 80 years ago, "exposures" count.)

From Slashdot's copy:
"Snowden Strikes Again: NSA Mapping Social Connections of US Citizens"
http://news.slashdot.org/...onnections-of-us-citizens

""The New York Times is reporting on yet another NSA revelation: for the last three years, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information. 'The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, according to the documents."

.........................

This one is pretty big. It's the next move of the game! Because with proof that the NSA/etc is *not* as inept as they like to pretend, if they have social maps of everyone, it's the conceptual beginning of the end of Social Media. (But only a VERY SLOW  beginning!)

Some funny notes:
1. If they're operating at this level, it makes the "cop shows" really funny! I'll leave it to my betters to ... uh ... start the laughter!
cheesy

2. This time it's the NY Times reporting. They have enough legal sharks to hold onto their hats against a little bit of bullying. Snickering aside, NYT is still one of the top seven papers in the US. So that's about as big as big media gets. So did Snowden get some good high class help to be able to keep doing this stuff?





813  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Interfaith Explorer (FREE) - Mini-Review on: September 29, 2013, 01:51:36 PM
Final Opinion:

A really good start as far as it went!

But it does seem to lack some important things around the edge!

1. Really weak Buddhist section! There's really nothing there.
2. The power is that it runs off source documents. But that is also its downfall! Once you have the basic materials, I am finding I don't need the explorer! Instead, just use more typical text processors of your choice (see the various threads) and then you can do anything else you normally would to a text file!

And so I leave it!

814  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Interfaith Explorer (FREE) - Mini-Review on: September 29, 2013, 12:25:15 PM
Okay, my project machine is up and I have full strength internet, so les'see this thing again...

Ongoing notes:

1. Save your experience to only trying this program out with a good internet connection. Some of the downloads are rather large and/or it needs processing power. For example it's maxxing out my CPU doing the index updating on my at least medium grade project machine, which clarifies why my old laptop didn't stand a chance.

2. Between the cpu and a memory spike over 400 megs, I did crash once so far. (My XP box, 2 Gigs ram.) I tried setting the process "below normal" to see if that helps.

3. Slightly Very unintuitive status info! For example you can think you have completed your update only to find not so much is there. So then when I clicked around and went to "scan for new" it seems to have found more documents. As of this note I am trying to find the Buddhist update, and it's not quite easy. I keep trying to click "Buddhist" and add documents and I keep getting more Bahai ones. So it might only have an example shell of the other faiths!

... Continually doing "scan for documents" seems completely unclear! It seems to be doing some mix of adding only a few docs at a time in sweeps, and repeating some. The names click by pretty fast. I'll try a few sweeps.

4. I found a bug! I "Hard-Closed" the program during a scan and it lost its database! I am re-scanning it back!

815  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 27, 2013, 11:49:20 AM
Yes - seriously. It's not an Onion article. It's real. This guy actually means that!

For a Super-Skeptic like you:
You think he "actually means that"?!

It's much easier to take it as a "position piece" that in one of seven ways was in his interest to post! It's far from clear who actually means anything these days! (Except DC. Because Mouser is a minor deity!)

All news is The Onion these days. That's the ultra meta point of the Onion!
tellme  mad  Cry
816  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 27, 2013, 11:44:04 AM
Once again, my super-powers of not pissing myself laughing have come in quite handy! (Still working on the pooping powers...)

Renny, please visit the rest room before reading any further political threads!
tongue

I also want a plaid pegasus pony with a polka-dot saddle so I can ride over the rainbow and go swimming in a leprechaun's pot of gold!

China can make that for you! Not sure of the money conversion, but maybe about 60 ___ whatever it is in your country!

817  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 27, 2013, 11:41:17 AM

I'll make up my own version of it!

---

CIA needs a killer and it subjects three persons to a test.

Agent of CIA speaks to the first person, a man: "Take this pistol. In the other room there is your wife. Kill her."
The man: Takes the gun. Then shoots the agent, dead.

After some unclear delay later, a supervisor looks in. He is shocked to find his agent dead! Because he is busy being shocked, the man shoots the supervisor dead!

Then a Top Agent brings a team which finally subdues the man after losing three of their men to anti-armor placed shots! When all the smoke cleared, and they asked the man "What the HELL was THAT??", the man replied: "Didn't you want a killer?"

818  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yay! I've got the old style of Gmail Compose back - in Firefox! on: September 27, 2013, 11:36:14 AM
Heh I don't need this precise advice, "but I approve of this message".

I "spread the word" of Firefox Adblock (I know, basic level) to my cable internet installer, just because on principle I get grouchy about how these guys like to move stuff around slowly taking our comps away from us.

I know, drifting off topic a hair, but in topic at the meta level, today I finally discovered the reason for the strange "usability problem" signing out of yahoo mail. You have to *mouse-over but not click* a field, and only then click sign out. For misc reasons, I finally did it today without adblock on.

Answer: it tricks you into clicking the ad!
tellme  mad

p.s. Yahoo has started animating their yahoo logo in searches with airplanes and junk! Adlblock daily to the rescue!

819  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: VPN Gate - Univ. of Tsukuba launches Academic Experimental [Crowd] Project. on: September 26, 2013, 09:32:01 PM
Yes, it seems safe (so far). I have been using it on and off over the last 24 hrs. anyway.

But wait! What's this popup demanding a credit card payment!?
(Only joking.)    Wink

Rather than join a committee, my preference would be to post here my experiences with this project, and read about other users' experiences posted here. We could all potentially learn from pooling our experiences this way. For example, I learned something from the post above by @pilgrim-online.

Hehe that one is easy Iain.

"Anyone posting into this thread becomes part of the committee. Not all members of the committee are obligated to do things" : )

My contribution: does their webpage get kicked by Ghostery/other for any trackers?

820  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Interfaith Explorer (FREE) - Mini-Review on: September 26, 2013, 09:26:13 PM

My remarks will have to wait a few days until my project machine comes back online.

I will test out the Buddhism section because that's a bigger faith than most people realize.

821  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 25, 2013, 06:45:40 PM
come on guys, you're being serious and that's inappropriate

this is supposed to be a nonsense thread!!!

Heh it's also the NSFW thread and that video should be snuck into 3rd grade classrooms everywhere!

 tongue
822  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 Powertools 2014- Endorse Study Results Before They're Published?! on: September 25, 2013, 11:45:23 AM

Sounds to me like they are beginning to dig themselves a PR sinkhole. What's a bit dangerous to me is this seems to be an emerging trend in computing concepts. "Delete it, ride out the local storm, and then no one knew will learn of it and it will go away".

It has a faint echo of the Facebook move a little while back when they kicked that plugin dev's page and info.

823  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Right Click any file and create New Folder by its Name on: September 22, 2013, 07:14:23 AM
Hmm. It's at least starting off behaving on my laptop. This time I made a MoreUtils folder way at the top of the C drive, so this is one I have to remember gets really cranky when you move it, so it's out of the way and I can just let it do its thing.

824  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 21, 2013, 03:21:06 PM
A kinda meta comment - this is about movies, but you tend not to see the characters very many times. I like TV shows in some ways in that even though they take budget-saver shortcuts, you get to hang out with the characters longer.

825  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: September 21, 2013, 11:48:24 AM
Someone capture Panzer's 100th!
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