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126  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 18, 2014, 04:52:51 AM
Nice Thmbsup.

The only thing I can point my finger at is the flickering of the progress text while it is updating.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 18, 2014, 02:23:00 AM
Google [replace with Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, or your preferred corporate villain/hero] is not your enemy. They are also not your friend. "They" are, technically speaking, not even a they but rather an it, and it is a corporation.

You forget that at your own peril.

128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 02:15:23 PM
I don't know, perhaps John Gruber has a point in saying that Windows 8 comes from their desire to try to have the same interface on all devices in the hope that that interface will be Windows. But phones and desktop computers are not the same, and are not used for the same things, so the same interface will not work.
129  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: My Initial Impressions of The Elder Scrolls Online on: February 16, 2014, 02:08:11 PM
Did they lift the NDA?

Edit: Seems so: http://elderscrollsonline...5/the-beta-nda-has-lifted

130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 15, 2014, 01:41:02 PM
Google Plus, the company’s social network, is like a ghost town

First sentence being false makes me not want to read the rest. I have only ~200 friends and member of a handful of communities and there is lots going on.

My personal experience is also that there is a lot going on. So much in fact, I should probably turn down the volume of some of my circles, because I can't keep up.

I think if you include the rest of the paragraph, he perhaps does make some sense:

Google Plus, the company’s social network, is like a ghost town. Want to see your old roommate’s baby or post your vacation status? Chances are, you’ll use Facebook instead.

The thing is, I find these kind of facebook updates (which is all I am seing on facebook) to be horrible. On G+ I have found new and engaging people and content, on facebook I have found duckface selfies and "Took the kids to socker practice" posts.

But I know a lot of people are interested in the stuff that facebook offers them, and those people will stick to it, and to them G+ could seem like a "ghost town", in the sense that their family and friends aren't there (yet).
131  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Binary Search Tree help on: February 13, 2014, 03:40:27 AM
A static variable should work as well, you just have to remember that it is initialized at program start, so you will need some way to reset it between uses.

You could also pass and return an int that contains the total number of integers printed so far.

But this being C++, perhaps a better solution would be to create a little helper class, which wraps an ostream, and then pass it to your function. This way, you have removed the details of how the numbers are printed from the traversal, and you can reuse it if you have to print the tree in some other order as well.

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: hubiC, DropBox like service with interesting pricing on: February 09, 2014, 02:31:00 AM
Redundant storage does not provide privacy, but secure data does not only mean private data.

Also, it could be a plus to some people that the servers are not located in the US.

I don't know if this one is going to be useful, but for unimportant data, 25 GB of free storage is welcome.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: hubiC, DropBox like service with interesting pricing on: February 07, 2014, 09:46:08 AM
Don't think so, but you can save the PDF and then upload it to Google Translate.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / hubiC, DropBox like service with interesting pricing on: February 07, 2014, 05:09:43 AM
Via HN, hubiC is what looks like a DropBox like service at a fraction of the cost.

I hope some competition in this market will bring the prices down Thmbsup.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: February 06, 2014, 09:03:11 AM
Maybe uninstall/reinstall is needed?

Looks like it, plus some rebooting, if you read for instance this forum post:

136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: February 06, 2014, 02:36:39 AM
Thank you for the heads up indeed Thmbsup.

And I agree, this is a nice way to handle it (unlike some we've seen recently).
137  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Koding.com and the great 100TB giveaway on: January 31, 2014, 08:34:40 AM
Not quite sure what I am going to use it for, but I signed up and gave one of you some extra space anyway Grin.
138  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: The Descent to C - introduction to C from a HLL perspective on: January 29, 2014, 08:51:00 AM
The author, Simon Tatham, is the guy who wrote the PuTTY SSH client, btw.
139  Other Software / Developer's Corner / The Descent to C - introduction to C from a HLL perspective on: January 29, 2014, 07:49:33 AM
I think this is an excellent introduction to what makes C different than most modern high level languages:


This article attempts to give a sort of ‘orientation tour’ for people whose previous programming background is in high (ish) level languages such as Java or Python, and who now find that they need or want to learn C.

C is quite different, at a fundamental level, from languages like Java and Python. However, well-known books on C (such as the venerable Kernighan & Ritchie) tend to have been written before Java and Python changed everyone's expectations of a programming language, so they might well not stop to explain the fundamental differences in outlook before getting into the nitty-gritty language details. Someone with experience of higher-level languages might therefore suffer a certain amount of culture shock when picking up such a book. My aim is to help prevent that, by warning about the culture shocks in advance.

This article will not actually teach C: I'll show the occasional code snippet for illustration and explain as much as I need to make my points, but I won't explain the language syntax or semantics in any complete or organised way. Instead, my aim is to give an idea of how you should expect C to differ from languages you previously knew about, so that when you do pick up an actual C book, you won't be distracted from the details by the fundamental weirdness.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free web storage service that offers the biggest amount of data? on: January 24, 2014, 01:29:31 AM
And while we're at it, be warned that SugarSync will become a paid only service on February 8, 2014.  If you have been using their free service, you have until then to move your data elsewhere or either pay for it or lose it.   Ransomware?

Interesting. I was about to make a post because I had a free SugarSync account, which I had not used much.

So I apparently forgot to log in to it in the past three months, and received what I first thought was a friendly reminder that I had to log in to keep my account, but turned out to be "pay or we delete your account", without much attempt to SugerCoat it:

Your Account Will Be Deleted


You have not used your SugarSync account in over three months. SugarSync periodically deletes accounts that have been inactive for 3 months. To save your data from deletion, please take one of the following actions in the next 7 days:

  • Upgrade to an annual plan and never worry about account expiration again.
  • Remove your data from SugarSync by following these directions.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive Brand Reliability Data on: January 22, 2014, 04:14:37 AM
Even if their use is a special case to some extent, I think a failure rate of over 10% is bad.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy remote access to my home pc? on: January 21, 2014, 09:59:48 AM
LogMeIn is apparently shutting down the free service as well.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to repair zip files? on: January 15, 2014, 05:25:30 AM
This zip format does not contain any recovery data I am afraid. The best you can hope for, is being able to decompress files skipping the parts that are corrupted.

If the data record that lists the files is intact, you can try 7-Zip or Info-ZIP UnZip, which both do not mind continuing after a corrupt file.

If not, you will probably need some tool to repair it. WinRAR has some support for reconstructing, and searching for 'zip repair' gives some hits that might work as well (Zip Repair as mentioned by tomos might be worth a shot).
144  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 - New Apps for the New Year - Welcome Thread on: January 03, 2014, 06:53:20 AM
I count 39 apps for this year's NANY.

Quick, someone travel back in time and release one more app! Grin
145  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Roundup Prep on: January 02, 2014, 03:00:56 PM
Sounds like a good idea, I added a couple of videos for my "entry" Thmbsup.
146  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 Special: gaioNiBBLES, old DOS game on: January 02, 2014, 02:55:09 PM
Here is a short video of single player:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMktEZEhwzI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMktEZEhwzI</a>

And a two player game (where my son does a fine job of blocking me Grin):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvyOedz3w1M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvyOedz3w1M</a>
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free version of XYplorer is back on: January 02, 2014, 01:03:31 PM
According to that list, the free version does not support making coffee, so that rules it out for me sadly. Glad I have a lifetime license, so my coffee is secured Grin.
148  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: You Need a Budget 4 - 75% off (Steam version) on: January 01, 2014, 02:57:03 PM
Looks like it's 75% off again today, Jan 1st.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF DONATIONCODER - 2014! on: January 01, 2014, 04:38:25 AM
Happy new year folks Kiss
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall on: December 17, 2013, 02:54:16 AM
As for #2, i do think WOT can be gamed, and probably *is* being gamed -- though not nearly as much as most of the damn internet services we use every day.  every major successfull (and trying to be successful) internet service is gamed to high heaven, both from inside the company -- to fakely inflate the apparent popularity, and by external people who pay to have fake accounts and content and upvotes and likes, etc.  It's the nature of our current system that such gaming takes place and has become a solid business model.  it sucks.  It's fair to complain when companies encourage this or don't do much about it.  I don't know enough about WOT to judge them on this.

Like most things in the real world, WOT involves competing interests. The interests of most users would be to get reliable information about the safety and reliability of a website. The users who have gained more prestige in the system OTOH have an interest in being more equal than all the other animals. And of course WOT's owner gains most if the breadth and depth of site rankings grows exponentially since that's what makes it useful - or not.

WOT is one of those things that work great in theory, but has some problems in practice because humans are, well, human.

Take for instance one of my sites, which has been a home for some of my software projects over the past ten years. If you google the site with WOT installed, you see a yellow circle warning you that the site is not trustworthy, not safe for children, and contains "hate, discrimination". All of this is based on a grand total of two ratings.

If you have enough people rating a site, then the numbers should even out the people who may have a special interest. Not only the ones who are somehow affiliated with (or paid by) a site or it's competitors, but also the people who rate sites with little or no effort to actually check their claims, in order to increase their rating score on WOT.

To some degree, I can understand if some companies were tempted to try to balance out such bogus ratings.

That being said, I have found WOT to be helpful in many cases, but I think it is important to check the scorecards to see what a given rating is based on.
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