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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 11, 2013, 12:14:48 AM
Just for fun, I installed a bitcoin miner yesterday evening, and joined a mining pool.

If my maths is any good, it seemed like - at the current rate - it would take me around 400 days to mine one single BTC, even though I used a GPU miner (on my not-so-recent-but-still-relatively-beefy GTX460... but OK, AMD/ATI cards are better for mining). And do note the "at the current rate" - mining gets progressively harder as the minting-limit approaches.

Guess one has to gamble the bubble (or resort to botcoining :p) in order to cash out on the scheme - and neither is my cuppa tea.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: convert MOBI or EPUB ebook format to PDF while influencing font size? on: April 11, 2013, 12:08:33 AM
HanllyJimes: are you, perchance, affiliated with said product in any way?
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 10, 2013, 06:58:38 AM
* f0dder sighs and counts to ten.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 10, 2013, 06:48:16 AM
Next step: "Goodbye LibreOffice, hello SoftMaker Office". Once it has .ods support...!
LibreOffice might suck a bit, but it's gratis - that matters to a lot of people.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 09, 2013, 04:19:59 PM
EDIT: It finished and Windows reports it is 184MB.
Round-nearest vs. truncate-to-zero? :-)
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 09, 2013, 02:43:07 PM
OK then I downloaded the correct file, the top link. It comes down as an MSI file but only 79.9 MB. Can't seem to get the entire file to download. Weird!
If your browser is bugging out or your internet connection is unstable, downloading with a torrent client might be a good idea - it's more resilient against errors, and where you often need to restart downloads from the beginning, torrent clients only have to restart a single failed chunks.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 09, 2013, 11:32:08 AM
I cant download Libreoffice. It apparently is a torrent download from their site. Claims it is a 185 MB file but only 7.79 MB is downloaded. Do I need a torrent program to get this?
I think you might be clicking on the wrong link -- confusingly, the links for the installer and for the torrent are very close:
I've been confused by this at least twice embarassed

Might be on purpose? - they save bandwidth when people download with a torrent client.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MagicRAR on: April 09, 2013, 11:30:21 AM
Please do not revive old threads from the dead just to post advertisements - I've asked the moderators to put a lock on it so it can rest in peace.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 09, 2013, 02:03:09 AM
The initiator of the Bitcoin experiment went under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. Towards the end of 2010 Satoshi apparently left the project saying he had moved on to other things.
  • Come up with a processing-intensive alternative currency.
  • Write efficient botnet code.
  • ...?
  • Profit!
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 08, 2013, 03:27:40 PM
I beg you a judgment about the penultimate message I posted, the message with the girl sleeping on her breast. I consider it very funny but a (male) member considers it inappropriate instead. I am ready to remove it but first I am curious to know what's your impression.
It's not something that triggered my humor-o-meter very much, but taste differs - didn't find it offensive (given that this thread is marked NSFW). Dunno if it's a bit too much for some people, and whether stuff like that should be put in a spoiler tag along with a disclaimer?

I personally don't mind either way smiley
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Readability - Get rid of the clutter so you can read! on: April 08, 2013, 01:51:44 PM
Since the thread was revived, I'll piggyback too:

I really like how Readability formats pages... but is there any way to not make it push the content to the Readability site? And not having to enable/whitelist JavaScript on the page I want in a readable format?

Alternatives to readability would be OK as well, since I don't need the "read later" and whatever features.
137  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: UTF-8 bug? on: April 08, 2013, 10:37:58 AM
Does CHS support Unicode characters at all?

(most of? all of?) mouser's stuff is written in Borland C++ Builder, which didn't use to have Unicode support. A few quick searches on the board doesn't seem to indicate that mouser has switched to a version with Unicode support (...which would probably mean a fair amount of source code changes as well).
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Discourse in Practice on: April 07, 2013, 04:48:37 PM
It does persist progress.  Not sure by what mechanism it does it, but it does persist progress.  And that's the reason behind the endless scrolling.
...and I'd hope it does it in a database-persisted setting rather than a cookie - because otherwise, it's useless smiley. Given that the team behind Discourse are pretty skilled (even if they chose RoR :p), I'd expect it not to be a cookie hack.

Doesn't change my overall sentiment, though.

139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Discourse in Practice on: April 07, 2013, 10:00:48 AM
I hate "endless scrolling" with a passion.

It makes the scrollbar useless (both for scrolling and as a visual indicator of progress) once you're a few pages down, and if I'm searching for something specific in a thread, I often have an idea that it's a page n+/-3 (or whatever), something you just don't get with endless scrolling. Oh, and if a site doesn't persist "progress", or persists it in a cookie, that's just extra hate-fuel, since I often switch browsers and machines.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: convert MOBI or EPUB ebook format to PDF while influencing font size? on: April 07, 2013, 06:17:55 AM
cecillovell2: are you, perchance, affiliated with said product in any way?
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 06, 2013, 03:04:56 PM
^I think the "notable" (as in worth noticing) reference is that the malware's primary goal is to steal CPU cycles for the author's gain, rather than to steal user data from the host machine as is usually the case.
Yup - but as app also noted, it's not new by any stretch smiley

(Nor is the use of botnets for CPU-intensive work itself - they've been used in the past for stuff like factoring RSA keys).
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: April 06, 2013, 12:01:55 PM
What Took Them So Long Dept...
India comes trough! The previously suggested zombie bitcoin miner is real. From the folks at Geek.com:

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A new piece of malware is floating around, but that seems like par for the course these days. What makes this malicious bit of code notable is the goal its creators have in mind
Note that "notable" doesn't mean "not seen before" - botcoining is hardly new.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disney to shut LucasArts games studio, lay off workers on: April 06, 2013, 06:35:34 AM
LucasArts might not have come up with any interesting games for quite a while, but still... they were my childhood in a far greater way than Disney ever were. Screw you, Disney.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative on: April 04, 2013, 05:57:33 AM
Tried The Bat!?
Been there, done that, migrated to Thunderbird.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Six free security tools from Microsoft on: April 04, 2013, 05:56:07 AM
What Jibz said Thmbsup
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Registry cleaning software debunked... on: April 02, 2013, 07:56:24 PM
Alignment of HDD matters regardless of the sector size, the bigger the HDD capacity the worse (in term of performance) if a partition is misaligned. I remember I read an article discussing this issue.
Got a link to something backing this up? I can't off top of my head think of a technical reason this would be a problem - the smallest unit a HDD can address is a sector, and as long as your requests are sector-aligned you should be going full speed; I've never seen partitions that weren't at least 512-byte aligned (probably because the old-style partition table entries addresses in units of 512 bytes? Cool ).

I've owned a PC since W95, and the only time I have ever heard about "Alignments" was with the old C64 drives that had head alignment problems over time.  So what exactly is this alignment that you speak of?
Up until a few years ago, a sector was 512 bytes - "lots of people" used to hardcode this number when dealing with raw disk access. Then came SSDs and a bit later we got harddrives with 4k sectors. While the tech and reasons are different between the two, both share the same performance property: if you don't access the the drives native block size, performance suffers badly. Reads are bad enough, but consider what happens if your OS tries to write a misaligned 512-byte data block that crosses two 4096-byte drive blocks? The drive needs to read in those two blocks (8k), merge in the modified 512 bytes, and write back those 8k again. Instead of issuing a single aligned 4k block. Ouch.

It's even worse with SSDs - their read/write addressable blocks are large (typically 4k or 8k, I believe?), but then there's the "erase block size" as well - probably in the range of 256k or 512k.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Registry cleaning software debunked... on: April 01, 2013, 08:22:57 PM
As far as I know, the alignment matter is as important in the case of SSD. Misalignment can happen when one does not prepare the SSD with Windows itself during setup. That was exactly my case in the past when I transfer my Windows (originally install on a HDD) via Ghost image to SSD.
Indeed - you'll want your SSD partitions to be aligned to the SSDs erase-block size - otherwise you'll both lose performance as well as decrease drive lifetime. XP didn't align partitions properly, Vista and upwards should be doing this automatically. For HDDs, I believe alignment only matters if you've got a relatively new drive with 4096-byte sectors?
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Registry cleaning software debunked... on: April 01, 2013, 10:32:02 AM
I'm on an XP puter, and I can tell a big difference.  As far as why removing unused reg keys would make a difference, the registry is constantly being accessed by the system and running apps where most all preferences are stored, the difference between scanning a registry that's 60 or 80 MB to scanning one that's been cleaned down to 47 MB AND optimized (defragmentation) makes a whole lot of difference, the CPU don't have to work as hard.
That's plain silly - keys are alphabetically sorted, so they can be searched with binary search... which means that doubling your registry size would require all but one extra comparison. And that's for infrequently-accessed keys, stuff that's used frequently is cached.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Folder protection on: March 30, 2013, 12:51:11 PM
Not sure what OS your using but on XP (and XP Mode) I use Microsoft Private Folder, just don't forget the password!
I wouldn't consider that smiley
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pirate Vinyl Records! :D on: March 30, 2013, 10:25:33 AM
In practice the situation is completely different. The Digital Era has created the plague of the "digital" sound in the worst sense of the word: a cold, cutting, caustic, harsh, metallic sound. I have never heard a such crap coming from a LP. Never.
Blame the musicians and the mastering engineers - not the playback media.

(In addition to that, there's of course subjective preference and the psychological/self-suggestive effects of putting a vinyl on your record player. Just like there's people who violently claim they can tell the difference between Monster Audio cables and electrical wire, even though they produce identical waveforms on an oscilloscope Cool).
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