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251  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How to tell if the Universe is a computer simulation on: October 11, 2012, 06:34:06 AM

Saw this, thought of our admin mouser who was an aspiring AI researcher.

It's a famous question among academic philosophers and drunken college students alike: how can we be sure we're not living in a gigantic computer simulation? Fortunately, researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany think they've cracked it.

Their reasoning is pretty straightforward, according to Technology Review: if the cosmos is just a numerical simulation, calculated on some insanely powerful supercomputer tucked away in another world, there should be clues around us that can reveal the truth. Glitches in the system, if you like, that give the game away.

Moving from that reasoning to the science required to find those clues isn't quite so easy. To kick things off, the team of researchers from Bonn have speculated that the problem with all simulations is that they're discretized: to model a physical phenomenon, the real world has to be represented by separate points in time and 3D space. Sure you can make the distance between those points reeeeeeally small—but you still have to have this kind of grid.

252  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 10, 2012, 06:59:00 PM
Opera, protecting users from themselves, even when they know what they are doing...
253  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 10, 2012, 05:31:31 PM
Is Internet Explorer really that dangerous nowadays? I think this mentality is something leftover from the IE6 Pre-SP2 days....and yes, Opera does suck as you will see more and more as you continue to use it. But, in the end, use whatever works for you.

That said, redirection is not necessarily a problem IE, but could be the way the site is coded. Just saying...
254  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pause/Break Key has never been able to invoke the FARR!? on: October 06, 2012, 07:01:35 AM
If I had a pause/break key, I would try and verify this. Perhaps the default hotkey should change as this is not the first laptop (dell or otherwise) that does not have the pause/break key. Just sayin
255  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Chrome Subtabs Extension - Does this exist? on: October 05, 2012, 01:39:13 PM
I had been doing some looking for an extension that performs a certain set of functions for organizational purposes within chrome.

If you are like me, you have a bunch of tabs open, even multiple for the same site. What I am looking for is a "subtabs" extension that will take any tab and allow them to be grouped under a single parent tab. Upon navigation to the parent, the children tabs are expanded and placed under the parent, in a second row of tabs.

In a similar fashion, I would like the extension to be able to perform "smart grouping" that automatically puts children tabs under a parent of the same root domain (google.com, microsoft.com, donationcoder.com, etc.).

Does anyone know of such a concoction?
256  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Even Paul Allen is a little confused by Windows 8, but it gets better on: October 05, 2012, 06:51:45 AM
We should have a contest for some prize here on DC on how long it will take Microsoft to "fix" the UI in Win8 to revert back to [desktop] normal.
I give them one SP and seven months tops.

Okay, I don't think they ever will. I think people will bitch, scream, rant, rave, whine, cry, and then just figure it out. Yes those of us in the die hard old guard desktop crowd will have the hardest time with it. But (unfortunately...) the masses don't suffer our need for full access to everything. They just want to get/see/check X and go on...and that sort of (at-a-glance) consumption computing is quite easy with the new UI.

Having used Windows 8 for over a month now, I can say that it is quite easy to get back to the desktop. The start screen appears at login, and I click desktop. In the event that this bothered me, I could easily create a shortcut to "show desktop" in the startup folder and bam, problem solved.

I fail to see what the controversy is here. We've seen the same thing with every OS since XP. XP was criticzed for a "fisher price look". Vista was criticized for UAC. 7 was criticized as what "vista should have been". 8 is now criticized with another major UI change similar to XP. It seems par for the course. You are never going to make everyone happy.

I, for one, am loving Windows 8.
257  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remote Android Control Solution? on: September 30, 2012, 08:57:51 AM
Yeah, I can remote control all of my desktop and laptop computers very easily with my droid, but I cannot perform the reverse very easily.
258  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Search Result Context Menu Item and Underlining on: September 29, 2012, 11:09:35 PM
Looks like mouser has two separate sets of code for the on_rightclick and on_keypress functions. Might need to consolidate those into a single function to resolve this inconsistency.
259  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Remote Android Control Solution? on: September 29, 2012, 07:59:42 PM
I am looking for a tool that I am sure exists, but I have yet to find. I want to be able to remotely control an android-based device (tablet, phone, etc). I want to be able to "view" the screen or to take full control. I would like to be able to control key aspects such as enabling or disabling things like data networks or GPS, turning on and off the front/rear camera, and doing other tasks from a central console.

Does anyone know if such a solution exists?
260  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SpammerScammer on: September 26, 2012, 05:14:05 PM
Tinman, actually this is exactly a DDoS. What is happening is one user is telling multiple users to indirectly flood a service or person in an attempt to deny them the ability to process potential targets.

Either way, a DENIAL OF SERVICE, is occurring of a DISTRIBUTED nature. The "scammer" in this case would be denied the ability to perform their "service". DDoS is not simply limited to IP flooding, Security 101.
261  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Include Windows 7 Start Button Search Results in FARR? on: September 26, 2012, 07:40:59 AM
Nah, I already have those in the new "cpanel" alias. What I am looking for is "God Mode" items vice control panel applets initiated from control.exe
262  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Include Windows 7 Start Button Search Results in FARR? on: September 26, 2012, 07:04:29 AM

I have been trying to work on a solution to populate these results and have them appear in FARR search results (without using shortcuts).

If anyone is willing, I need a list of the GUIDs in order to begin this process. I am going to try and figure out a way to programmatically populate this list from the "God Mode" folder.

Anyone willing to help out? I will work with mouser to develop this as a plugin as it would be EXTREMELY useful.

263  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: September 25, 2012, 04:01:06 PM
How strange!

I don't think removing core aliases is the cause of this problem, but i'm not sure what is..

I'm guessing you might have one of your own aliases configured to use %?

Can you do a little more experimenting to figure out what's going on?

The special use of % is actually governed by a new alias "AliasGroups\Installed\EnvVars\EnvVars.alias", so if you delete/disable that you will see behavior when it is around.

Love to hear some more clues about what might be causing this.


Well I actually removed my previous version completely and reinstalled the new beta (ZIP version), so none of my aliases were interfering ^_^ Here are the steps to reproduce:

1) Download portable zip version, extract
2) Delete contents of \AliasGroups\Installed\Core_Aliases
3) Start FARR
4) Press % [SPACE]
5) Enjoy the crash =)

Confirmed, I can duplicate in the portable edition. Removing the core aliases folder produces the crash on win8 x64 pro.
264  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 ... Light! on: September 24, 2012, 09:00:27 AM
I still say this program is grossly overpriced. Yes, it has a lot of functionality, but hell, I can get a copy of Windows and Office for cheaper than the cost of one license of DOpus.
265  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Service Control - My FARR2 Plugin Contest Submission #3 on: September 23, 2012, 07:41:26 PM
Taichi, had you considered wildcards such as sctrl vmware* or sctrl windows media* to start, stop or restart all services with those names? If multiple exist in different states, possibly prompting for what to do (start or stop)?
266  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: September 23, 2012, 03:24:00 PM
As always folks, if the admin tools don't work for you, let me know!

Thanks for the help, Jesse!
267  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Onetastic - Multi-purpose add-in for Microsoft OneNote on: September 23, 2012, 06:15:25 AM
I will definitely check this out! I think the onecalendar could be a very nice add-on.

Thanks for posting and welcome to the site!
268  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Program which runs a program then shuts down the computer on: September 22, 2012, 04:03:23 PM
Check this out, built into windows. You might need to install the group policy console.

269  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 22, 2012, 08:45:49 AM
Amazon shopping results have been integrated into the Unity Dash of Ubuntu 12.10.

The feature comes a day after news that Ubuntu were adding Amazon and Ubuntu One Music web-apps as default items on Unity launcher.

Canonical says that the feature ‘extends what was already introduced in the Music and Video Lenses’ by offering ’a “more suggestions” results category …to searches performed from the home dash.’

The boon for them is that they get a small % cut from every purchase made through the Dash (or the web-app mentioned yesterday), as Oliver Ries explained on the Ubuntu Development mailing list yesterday:

“…if a user clicks the item and purchases it, it will generate affiliate revenue that we can invest back into the project (in a similar way to how we generate revenue from the Firefox search

We have found affiliate revenue to be a good method of helping us to continue to invest in maturing and growing Ubuntu.”

270  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: New CPanel alias discussion and suggestions on: September 22, 2012, 06:37:37 AM

Here is a list of msc files I am going to add for MSC files. This will fall under the admin alias:

azman.mscAuthentication Manager
certmgr.mscCertificate Manager
comexp.mscComponent Services (COM+) Administration
compmgmt.mscComputer Management
devmgmt.mscDevice Manager
diskmgmt.mscDisk Management
eventvwr.mscEvent Viewer
fsmgmt.mscShared Folders Management
gpedit.mscGroup Policy Editor
lusrmgr.mscLocal Users and Groups
NAPCLCFG.mscNetwork Access Protocol Client Configuration
perfmon.mscPerformance Monitor
printmanagement.mscPrint Management
rsop.mscResultant Set Of Policy
SecPol.mscSecurity Policy Editor (A subset of Group Policy)
Services.mscServices manager
TaskSchd.mscTask Scheduler
tpm.mscTrusted Platform Module
WF.mscWindows Firewall with Advanced Security
WMImgmt.mscWindows Management Instrumentation Control

Once this is complete, I will create an adcpl alias for active directory tools. This will include things like DHCP, DNS, RRAS, Active Directory Users and Computers, Sites and Services, Domains and Trusts, etc.

Please let me know what you think of the current or planned aliases! Thanks!
271  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: New CPanel alias discussion and suggestions on: September 21, 2012, 09:33:00 PM
On the note, if you have a separate vendor-specific control panel applet, please pass the .cpl or namespace and GUID for it, and I will create a separate, optional, alias file for the vendor-specific entries.
272  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / New CPanel alias discussion and suggestions on: September 21, 2012, 09:25:41 PM
To all that are interested in the new CPanel alias mentioned here, please post any comments or suggestions to this thread. If you find any missing applets (not vendor specific such as NVidia or AMD, or ones that come with a utility such as sisoft sandra or everest), please post them here and what OS you are running.

273  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: September 21, 2012, 09:21:30 PM
Also, a thank you to mouser for putting up with my constant nagging to get him to add some of these features smiley

 drinksmiley Cheers Mouser!  drinksmiley
274  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release v2.107.04 beta - Sep 23, 2012 on: September 21, 2012, 09:11:30 PM
My pleasure! I am happy to help. This is a tool that, with these updates, has become indispensable to me.

A note on the control panel list. It is hard coded to the control.exe procedural calls. With Vista, .cpl files slowly went away and were replaced with namespaces. Right now, I am focused solely on adding the core control panel applets found in XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Applets like NVidia control panel, AMD Control Panel, SiSoftware Sandra or Everest, etc. will not be added as not everyone has them and I have no way to detect their presence in FARR.

Another note, the icons are NOT EXACT MATCHES to the icons in the classic control panels. If someone has an icon of decent resolution (32x32), please send me a pm with a link to it and what applet it replaces and I will update the alias for mouser. Additionally, if some are found to be missing or not working, post to a thread in the FARR forum and I will look into it. Be sure to let me know the control panel applet name so I can l look it up.

Please pass any feedback so we can continue to improve this tool and capability. I will be adding admin tools (msc file) and a separate alias file for active directory management (ADUC, Sites and Services, Federated services, DNS, DHCP, etc). So look for that in the next beta release.

Bring on the feedback!
275  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot Captor 3 - Window Object and Scrolling Capture Screencast Videos on: September 20, 2012, 06:25:07 PM
First, do not take my comments as detracting from the power that SsC brings. SsC is a great tool with a lot of power, my comments only refer to the scrolling capture functionality and are not meant as a detractor to the rest of the application.

I agree with nsathishk in that there needs to be a simple way of performing a scrolling capture without having to tweak the options in place. I do a lot of capture for scrolling windows and use these captures for tutorials, documentation development, and a few other projects, and when I capture, I want it to be as simple as possible. 9 times out of 10, I do not want to tweak any options, I just want the tool to capture the window and provide me the option of saving or editing the capture.

I am also in agreement with peterlonz in that I need a simple option. There is a lot of power in the tweaking options, but to take a simple screen capture of a scrolled window, I haven't found a way to reliably capture a scrolling window in SSC. Browser windows, mirc windows, scrolling word docs, and some of the sources I use for tutorials or documentation purposes all result in "seams", overlaps, or multiple captures of the same area in the final product.
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