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126  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: March 06, 2015, 01:36:05 PM
Not true, judges also need to follow the law.

I'd have to go to a basement thread for this one.  Suffice it to say, I have personal evidence that you're wrong.  It really depends on the judge, the lawyers, and the day of the week.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DuckDuckGo as viable Open Source builder on: March 06, 2015, 11:16:10 AM
I've tried it personally, and it's been brought up here before.  I stopped, because the results and such just weren't as good for me... as well as the fact that the extension had problems in Chrome at least on my computer.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 08:23:02 AM
Microsoft has a special on the HP Stream 7 signature edition tablet (meaning no crapware and a bare install).  It was only $79, and came with a $25 app store gift card and a year's sub to office 365, so it seemed like a good deal.  What it really did was bring into life a few more issues- real deal breakers.

It's a nice tablet, with a nice build.  A lot thicker than my ipad mini, but it feels good in the hand.  A bit bigger than my nook, but I really like it.  For $79 I don't feel that I've wasted money exactly, since I can use it as a test bed for apps.  But I wouldn't replace my mini (iOS) nor nook (Android) with it.

On the multi-purpose front, there's nothing in the App Store.  So with a $25 credit, I can't even find anything to spend it on.  And it expires in 3 months, so that's not likely to change in that timeframe.

On the reader front (I'd thought to replace my nook with something that I'm more familiar with), it just doesn't have the battery life to compete.  With either device.

I performed a test.  I fully charged my mini (the battery's already older on it) and the new stream 7.  Then I unplugged them and left them going, doing absolutely nothing but sitting on my desk.  I powered them on that same night.  Or tried to.  The stream 7 wouldn't power on because of low battery.  The ipad mini was still at 100%.  I fully charged the stream 7 again.  Today, it's at 30%.  My iPad mini is still at 100%.  That's with zero use.  Just sitting there.  And on my nook, I read on it regularly, and charge it maybe once a week?  Until they get the battery problems sorted, they shouldn't be marketing it.  Because it's hurting them.
129  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: March 06, 2015, 08:11:10 AM
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^ It's a little more tricky than it looks.

Basically, under this wording, if you are using .NET and you ever assert an IP claim against Microsoft for any reason, you automatically become a provable infringer on Microsoft’s IP because their "personal promise" is automatically withdrawn. So in short,: use .NET, try to sue us, and you're now an infringer.

So while your infringement claim remains to be proven, Microsoft’s infringement claim against you is already established.


Not really..

First of all "promise" is legal wording and is legally binding, and this particular promise is not retractable for any other reason than you participating in a patent case against Microsoft. The only way to stop this promise to be valid for future .NET versions is for Microsoft to not make those future versions to begin with.

Second, in contract law the term "termination" means that both parties are released from their obligations to effect and to receive future performances. Any claim for compensation of past performances needs to be made before the contract is terminated. In this case the termination is "automatic", making any arrangement before it takes effect impossible.

With the way that things are in court, much of this depends on what judge gets the case, and what court it is tried in.  And unless you have as much money and resources as Microsoft, I wouldn't count on your interpretation holding up.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83 on: March 05, 2015, 12:21:54 PM
Right in the feels...

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131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 05, 2015, 12:11:33 PM
In the last maybe five years I have purchased at least ten times as many eBooks as paper books. But each and every time I buy an eBook, I get a little frustrated, even angry!, because I know that if it had been a paper book, someone would inherit it after my death, but no-one will be getting the virtual books.


Why not? Put them on a DVD, box it, and place it on the bookshelf. Wink

DRM and changing formats is one reason.

OK, yea DRM and lack of conversion options is a stopper.



Well, to be fair, there are conversion options for the main DRM (not sure about the others, as I don't have any DRM'd books other than from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 07:29:50 PM
The epub format really is a different format when you deal with layout and such, which is probably the reason that they don't have it.  When I was helping Evil Hat test out their epub versions of their books, it was apparent that they had to put real work into making it available in epub.

Which brings us back to the original point- there are features available in e-ink, digital formats, dead tree publications... devices, content, and functionality converge to create a unique experience when you switch up any of the variables.  As such, I don't think there's better or worse- especially for every situation.  Just like with the OS wars and the browser wars and all the other tech wars- they're pointless.  Use the tool that is best for the given situation, and don't let anyone dictate which you should use.  And especially with books- it doesn't matter how you read, just *that* you read, IMO.  Live outside the confines of your own mind by reading the thoughts, ideas, imaginings, and information you can only get from that experience.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter is less anonymous for TOR users on: March 03, 2015, 07:24:38 PM
Is there any reason why they couldn't just use a burner phone for the account signup and then toss it? If the phone isn't required for subsequent logins then it really isn't accomplishing anything ... It's just security theater.

I've had unwelcome experiences with Google where, down the line, they ask for verification of some piece of information in order to validate the security of the account.

I wouldn't put it past them at some point in the future, even if you don't have to use it to log in all the time, they did something to validate it.
134  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Syntax in Different Programming Languages on: March 03, 2015, 07:19:26 PM
One of my best classes in college was a class called The Organization of Programming Languages.  It was taught by someone who was giving back time as a professional in the industry, rather than a professor.  Many years later, it is one of the only ones that sticks in my mind and that I use.  I've gone from and to many different languages - Pascal to VB to C to C++ to Delphi to C# (and I currently dabble in a few others).  The syntax has never been the problem.  You can always find syntax.  It's the data structures and memory management and such that are always the sticking point.  If you can get those, you can rapidly move from one language to another with a minimum of difficulty.

Rosetta Code seems to handle the approach to moving between languages in that way at a more granular level.  Not to dissuade you, but I'm just not sure how much a syntax mapper will actually be used.

Of course, it could be based on how you learn, so perhaps it's just me.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 02:37:18 PM
Speaking of RPG books... on DriveThruRPG they watermark the PDFs with the users name/e-mail address.  Some consider this a form of DRM... but is it?  It's not managing digital rights in any way that I can see...
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Twitter is less anonymous for TOR users on: March 03, 2015, 02:35:26 PM
Tor Users Must Now Provide A Phone Number To Open A New Twitter Account

I understand the intent and reasoning behind it... but it seems that yet again, a few bad apples 'cause' the erosion of privacy for the masses.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 01:07:48 PM
Test if the format needs to be more adapted to smart-phones.

There is a mobile version of the site.  It's all text, however- not sure if SMF has mobile forum themes.
Where can I find the mobile version?  I'd like to compare it with the "normal" version of the site that I see on my Android tablet and my Android phone using the Pale Moon for Android browser.  It shows me the site just as I would see it on my desktop computer, but smaller.  I see the same layout, the same graphics, etc.

138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 10:01:04 AM
In the last maybe five years I have purchased at least ten times as many eBooks as paper books. But each and every time I buy an eBook, I get a little frustrated, even angry!, because I know that if it had been a paper book, someone would inherit it after my death, but no-one will be getting the virtual books.


Why not? Put them on a DVD, box it, and place it on the bookshelf. Wink

DRM and changing formats is one reason.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 10:00:05 AM
I've had mixed feelings about the discounts/giveaways in recent years, for two reasons:  First, without a consistent, sustained effort that lasts indefinitely, it doesn't gain traction or attention.  The second has more to do with an existential struggle with the nature of the site, and what we should be focusing on, and what we do well, and the (non-financial) costs associated with trying to do too many different things..  While at the same time it pains me that this is yet another example of folks volunteering to do something for the benefit of the site and me being less than enthusiastic.  This gets at part of what i think we need to find a solution to.

Even with a consistent, sustained effort, it's not going to happen, unless that's a real focus of the site, and it's not.  I thought just the effort would be enough- but in the end, I've found that it's not.  The companies have to view their contribution as an integral part of the site, i.e. BDJ, Two Dollar Tuesday, etc.  That's why I was thinking special occasions like the anniversary, or NANY, or to go along with some other event on the site.  For such events, you can get a critical mass, and have a real event around it.  The mass of companies surrounding helps also.  When I was able to tell the companies about an event and other sponsors- they became more engaged and excited about it.  Just a discount?  In general, not so much, though I was able to push against that at times.

And I think that your second part gets to a conflict of DC.  Is it a community site?  Or is it mouser's site that we contribute to?  I don't think that either is a wrong answer, but I think not having an answer to the question sort of drives the confusion.  And that can be one of the things that is firmly decided in this 10th anniversary.

Thoughts?
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 07:39:44 AM
When are you planning for the fundraiser to begin?  And would we be interested in discounts/giveaways to go along with the fundraiser?  The well has pretty much dried up, but I might be able to get some of our discount heroes to help us out...
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: March 03, 2015, 07:26:19 AM
Perhaps he was a bit aggressive in using the word dead, but the improvements and features are going towards non-e-ink devices, I think that's pretty clear.  For the longest time, I was stuck on the fact that e-ink was better to read... but after using a non-e-ink reading device, I haven't gone back, realizing that the bias has shifted.  Reading on one of the newer screens isn't that much different in my eyes, and there are many devices that are tailored to read on.

It's a matter of preference, and all three types of reading media (and more hopefully) will be around for a while.  It really doesn't matter how you read, as much as it matters that you read.  And for mouser's use, e-ink hasn't been well developed, I can say from my own experiences.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 07:21:38 AM
Plus it is nice to lend then to people or give them away to friends or charity shops when you have finished with them.

My problem is, I'm never finished with them.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 02, 2015, 09:27:43 PM
It's a matter of differences in what people view as the 'respect' due to a book.  Deo wasn't saying that anyone else is doing anything wrong (at least if I read it right, and from what my feelings are on the subject), it's just a subjective difference and a subtle nuance in the way that one views books.  And after working in libraries and bookstores, I tend to view the physical things as valuable beyond my use now.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 09:02:16 PM
The ones that I've received from DC are going strong.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 06:49:17 PM
Test if the format needs to be more adapted to smart-phones.



There is a mobile version of the site.  It's all text, however- not sure if SMF has mobile forum themes.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 02, 2015, 06:47:37 PM
I feel like I'm destroying something when I write in a paper book. But in a digital book I feel free to make all the notes and highlights I want. Not only am I no longer restricted by margin space, but I also won't lose my notes due to the book getting worn out and/or destroyed.

This.  Very much this.  And the sound of opening a book to make it comfortable to read disturbs me.  It sounds like the binding is cracking.  And in some cases that's exactly what's happening.  But if I don't go to that extent, it's hard to read.
147  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / GOG insomnia sale- with a twist! on: March 02, 2015, 03:28:35 PM
GOG was founded meaning Good Old Games, and many people complain about the lack of focus on that as of late- they've been branching out, especially reaching out a hand to indie publishers.  It's become based more around their pillars of pricing, DRM, and good service.

With that in mind, they've decided to focus on that in their new insomnia sale.  For those that haven't seen one, it's a pretty wild ride, as they have certain stock numbers (artificial of course) of games to be sold at a specified price, and when they're gone, they're gone... at least until the popular ones are back.  And the discounts are deep- up to and including free (I just got Desktop Dungeons for free while checking out).

This time they have two categories - Seasoned and Fresh.

From the site:

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Insomnia returns to GOG.com.

BREAKING: Doomsday projections of an impending worldwide caffeine shortage reported, as the hyper-popular Insomnia promo returns to GOG.com. Last spotted in May of 2014, the "greatest promo ever" has since transformed into a phenomenon most accurately described as "Double Insomnia". GOG.com's best men have been unable to fully comprehend the nature of this beastly transformation so far. Preliminary research indicates, however, that its effects are relatively benign.

Welcome back, sleepless friends. Against everyone's better judgement, the hyperactive promo returns to GOG.com with twice the everything. The Double Insomnia Promo will feature more games than ever, and two simultaneous pools: Seasoned classics and Fresh new titles. If you know how this works you're probably trembling with anticipation already (or is it fear?), but if you're just joining us... well, you'll still probably make it out okay.

What's all the hullabaloo about? All sales are offered in limited quantities, and the number of copies remaining is labeled with a huge counter on the front page. There are two pools, and only one game from either pool can be on sale at one time. Once a game sells out, another will immediately take its place so that two are always available. If you missed your chance, fear not but keep your eyes open! Your favorite one will probably be back. Insomnia mercilessly goes on, day and night, until every single unit is gone - like a carousel of deals. You might even have a chance to get a free game, if you're lucky that is.

It annoys some and thrills others, but I figured I'd post notice to the fact that it's going on.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 03:20:59 PM
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Super-sized Newsletter for Mar 2, 2015 - Codename: Freezing Feathers
It's been a whopping 127 days since the last newsletter, and in that time.. New threads started: 861; new posts: 8,995 (number of those deleted as spam: 242); new members who joined: 10,133; new donors: 609.
I know I dislike change, but... who needs "revitalize" with that sort of statistics?  DC is super-excellent already; if it ain't broke, don't fix it?

If you don't fix it until it's broken, then in many cases, you're too late.

I agree with keep the flavor of our community- but I think we need to evolve, especially in the case of the new user experience.  This isn't to say that anything is bad... but there's definite room for improvement.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 64 bit Explorer copy replacement? on: March 02, 2015, 01:58:14 PM
Re: Folder Redirection: https://technet.microsoft...-us/library/cc732275.aspx

Is there some specific feature that you're looking for?  Not knowing what you're specifically not liking nor needing makes making recommendations problematic, as seen by the recommendation given and the response to the same.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / A first look at the Windows 10 universal app platform on: March 02, 2015, 12:55:38 PM
http://blogs.windows.com/...0-universal-app-platform/

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Earlier today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I provided developers a first look at the Windows 10 developer platform strategy and universal app platform. I encourage you to tune in to our Build conference in April for the full story.

Windows 10 represents the culmination of our platform convergence journey with Windows now running on a single, unified Windows core. This convergence enables one app to run on every Windows device – on the phone in your pocket, the tablet or laptop in your bag, the PC on your desk, and the Xbox console in your living room. And that’s not even mentioning all the new devices being added to the Windows family, including the HoloLens, Surface Hub, and IoT devices like the Raspberry Pi 2. All these Windows devices will now access one Store for app acquisition, distribution and update.

For APIs specific to a given device family (e.g. a phone dialer), the universal platform also provides an easy way to light up that functionality within an app without having to resort to using conditional compiler flags.

Today I’ll briefly touch on how this new platform delivers on the three platform goals I discussed in January:

Driving scale through reach across device type
Delivering unique experiences
Maximizing developer investments
You can expect us to go into all of the universal platform technical details at Build.

More at link.
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