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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 10:21:26 AM
This sounds like a Vonage problem.

Vonage is taking advantage of the short sighted FCC ruling.  It's mostly to give advantage to the land-line die hards.  Because only on those networks is the handoff guaranteed.  And I don't blame them for doing it... I blame the FCC for the ruling in the manner that they did, rather than fixing the underlying problem.

Basically, the phones that I dialed today have been arbitrarily changed to be long distance.  And... this ruling affects long distance calls.  And international calls.  Even though one of the phones is sitting right next to me currently on AT&T's networks.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Movie news and views on: June 24, 2014, 10:18:10 AM
We already have a Movies I've seen... but some of the entertainment industry are quite... entertaining in their own right.  And some of the news about upcoming movies are good to share.  But I don't want to clog things up with these observations, and also... other people see things that I don't, and might want to share.  So... this thread!

Not sure how it will work out... but then that's most things!  Grin

I'll start it out...



Rian Johnson is Here to Rescue Star Wars (via Tor.com)

Interesting article about a director I'd never heard of and the movies that he's done... that makes me want to see them.  I *have* looper, but haven't watched it yet... maybe that's on my list for today.

And my favorite quote from the article...

"I want to live in the universe where the kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun ends up in Star Wars. That’s a good universe. Things might turn out OK there." - Leah Schnelbach

I can get behind that sentiment.



Gary Oldman Defends Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson, Slams ‘Political Correctness' (via Vulture.com)

Man, I've always loved Gary Oldman in films... and he's seemed like a cool guy.  But some of the quips in this... they take cool and ballsy to a new level!

My favorite soundbite from it:

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We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?”

Isn't that the truth... as long as we don't get too famous, or manage to keep our sins in the dark... we're OK.  But if the covers slip one bit with the cameras following night and day... you're a goner. 

... unless the particular celebrity does a complete mea culpa in public and bow down begging apologies, in which case if the apology is judged to be sincere enough by enough people (and not insincere by any of the wrong people) you might dig your way out to daylight.

And don't let anyone have any sort of integrity and stand by their friends... this stuff is vile and sticky.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 24, 2014, 09:52:53 AM
Some others also pointed out that 74% of Germany's power needs during that time were produced from renewable sources.  I'm sure that can be skewed both ways also... but it is progress!  Thmbsup 

... do I need to add 'in the right direction'?  Grin
129  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Omerta - City of Gangsters: free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT) on: June 24, 2014, 09:51:09 AM
Posted here: http://www.donationcoder....38186.msg357975#msg357975

As I think all of the others are going to be also to consolidate.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 09:50:17 AM
Once again, a government agency doesn't think through its ruling...

So, I have Vonage as a phone provider.  They've been adequate so far... they are cheaper than a landline, the quality is just as good... and it's a phone.  What else can you expect?

Today, I made a few calls... and received the strangest message.  "Your call is being connected" over and over followed by "Your call could not be completed."  Then, just as I was about to hang up, the call completed.

I contacted Vonage, and they said it was because of their comfort tone feature, and a recent FCC ruling.  So I looked it up.

Rural Call Completion: Problems with Long Distance or Wireless Calling to Rural Areas

The ruling

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B. Rules to Address Ring Signaling
111. False Audible Ringing. One of the rural call completion problems that parties have identified is “false audible ringing.” False audible ringing occurs when an originating or intermediate provider prematurely triggers audible ring tones to the caller before the call setup request has actually reached the terminating rural provider. That is, the calling party believes the phone is ringing at the called party’s premises when it is not. An originating or intermediate provider may do this to mask the silence that the caller would otherwise hear during excessive call setup time.279
 As a result, the caller may often hang up, thinking nobody is available to receive the call. 280
 False audible ringing can also make it appear to the caller that the terminating rural provider is responsible for the call failure, instead of the originating or intermediate provider. Once an intermediate provider provides a ringing indication to an originating provider while still processing the call, the call cannot be handed back to the preceding provider for an alternate route.281
 
112. In the Notice, the Commission proposed to mandate that audible ringing be provided to callers only after the terminating provider affirmatively signals that the called line is free and the called
party is being alerted.282
 The record overwhelming supports the adoption of the proposed rule.283

So... what do they do instead?  Always play a recorded message that communicates nothing about what is happening, and in no way fixes the problem- and in fact, makes the problem worse.  Great move, guys.  Great use of our taxpayer dollars paying your salaries...  undecided
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Researchers find out how governments hijack phones on: June 24, 2014, 09:35:30 AM
Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

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Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones.

The modules, made by the Italian company Hacking Team, were uncovered by researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab in Russia and the Citizen Lab in Canada, who say the findings provide great insight into the trade craft behind Hacking Team’s tools.

The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Team’s larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.

They allow, for example, for covert collection of emails, text messages, call history and address books, and they can be used to log keystrokes and obtain search history data. They can take screenshots, record audio from the phones to monitor calls or ambient conversations, hijack the phone’s camera to snap pictures or piggyback on the phone’s GPS system to monitor the user’s location. The Android version can qlso enable the phone’s Wi-Fi function to siphon data from the phone wirelessly instead of using the cell network to transmit it. The latter would incur data charges and raise the phone owner’s suspicion.

Scary stuff... and good info.  More at link.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 23, 2014, 09:33:19 PM
It's apocal-OPTIMIST Ren. Wink  I do think that just like Tesla, if they tried to ramp up solar production in the US, you might be right though. Sad  Hence the Forbes rebuttal.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 23, 2014, 08:44:41 PM
True, but that was on a holiday, where demands on the grid dropped considerably. But for such a damp place on the globe it is still a very good accomplishment.

Yup they did mention that as one of the factors in the quoted bit above.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: June 23, 2014, 02:35:16 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwsYvBYZcx4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwsYvBYZcx4</a>

I like it more than the original. smiley

And apparently this guy is someone else from AGT:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIMLhbL5eNM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIMLhbL5eNM</a>

His channel is full of great covers simply done...
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 23, 2014, 02:27:33 PM
50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record (Via liberty voice with links to The Local and ThinkProgress)

Apocaloptimist is a good word.

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At the start of June, Germany produced 50 percent of its electricity needs from solar power: a new world record. Tobias Rothacher, expert of renewable energies at Germany’s Trade and Invest, stated that what his country has done with solar power is a testament to what the renewable resource can accomplish in modern societies.

Fraunhofer ISE research institute revealed that solar panels in the eastern European country generated a record breaking 23.1 GW of electricity in one hour on June 6th. On June 9th, a national holiday, solar energy production peaked at 24.24 GW, which equalled approximately 50.6 percent of the electricity demand.

That week was unusually hot with highs of 37 C, Rothacher attributed the warm weather and the holiday as major contributors to reaching the new record. He did state that he is confident that they will be able to break a new record every few months now: saying that his company is installing more and more photovoltaic solar panels.

According to Rothacher, the critical component for the high solar energy production is the encouragement to the public of Germany to install solar panels on their homes as opposed to the construction of giant solar farms. Rothacher said 90 percent of the solar panels in the country are on individual’s rooftops. He said that solar power production increased by 34 percent in the first five months of the year and he believes that the warm weather is responsible for this.

The new record of the large amounts of solar energy being produced in Germany, 50 percent of the demand, demonstrates that the energy companies will need to develop improved storage capacity. Rothacher said that 1.4 million photovoltaic systems are generating a surplus of energy, especially on sunny days around midday. He describes that with every new solar system that is installed, the need for electricity storage solutions increases.

The new record of 50 percent of Germany’s energy demand being produced by solar means that 74 percent of all the energy produced in the country comes from renewable resources; wind power being a close second. During the record breaking afternoon, energy prices dipped into the negative for a period of time.

More at link.

Opposing view courtesy of Forbes, that doesn't know that you can be an apocaloptimist.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to stop Facebook from using your browser history on: June 22, 2014, 07:52:53 PM
Since when can sites read browser histories?  ohmy

https://developer.mozilla...ating_the_browser_history

As far as I'm aware, the most useful information is ".length", and you can only ".go(-3)", but not ".getUrl(-3)" or anything like that. But "go()" isn't useful for knowing history.

Or is this all just compiled from ad company cookies/data?

Not sure... it was news to me too.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How to stop Facebook from using your browser history on: June 22, 2014, 03:42:37 PM
For those of you that frequent Facebook (or any of a bajillion other sites)

How to stop Facebook from using your browser history (via Digital Trends)

For those that just want the link to opt-out and not the article: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/

Not sure if this actually *works*, but I know that according to the site, I had 27 ad companies using my browser history...
138  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Need help with some string manip in C# on: June 21, 2014, 10:35:17 PM
RegexHero is another you might want to try.  Regexbuddy is the best Regex editor that I've come across.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 21, 2014, 03:09:44 PM
I reckon that is a valid point, and if you follow it to a logical conclusion, then one conclusion you could end up with is Microsoft BitLocker being arguably the only safe/stable encryption tool for the Windows OSes. That might be OK if you could trust Microsoft, but Microsoft's own actions would seem to have demonstrated that there is no rational basis for such trust - quite the opposite, in fact.
Not exactly.  If you find an encryption tool that's valid for your current OS, then it should be valid up until the point that you change OS.  And you can take steps before you change to see (a) if that particular software supports your new OS before you install it, and (b) if not, find another and switch.

Not sure I understand you there. Are you trying to say that the argument:
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if you follow it to a logical conclusion, then one conclusion you could end up with is Microsoft BitLocker being arguably the only safe/stable encryption tool for the Windows OSes.
- is incorrect?

Yes.  The only argument I was making was that if they say its not compatible with the OS, they are probably saying it for a reason, and if they aren't supporting the OS, then just because it works now, doesn't mean it always will.  If they are *actively supporting the OS*, then I think if you trust it, the stability isn't really in question.  Changes within the cycle for an OS can affect any software, including Microsoft's.
140  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Possibly interesting blog post from a pirate/Steam gamer on: June 21, 2014, 12:14:14 PM
GoG has a different approach... I wouldn't agree better.

I buy a lot of games.  Too many games.  Way too many games.  I'll even buy the same game over for certain incentives.

Personally, I know that GoG doesn't have DRM.  That is a concern... but...

Games on GoG - 147
Games on Steam - 505

During a summer sale, I'm checking back and refreshing on Steam.  On GoG... I forget.

It's the community that pulls me back on Steam.  And the refreshing approach to selling me stuff.

I just don't get that on GoG.  So though GoG does have the advantage and selling point of no DRM... it's just not enough.
141  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Possibly interesting blog post from a pirate/Steam gamer on: June 21, 2014, 11:08:07 AM
Great Link!  And the bit about 37% of activated games are never played?   embarassed Yeah... I contribute to that number quite a bit.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good bye. (originally About buying books, etc., especially at amazon's) on: June 21, 2014, 11:01:02 AM
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But of course, unless you're just posting to get things down, it can feel lonely after a while as no one responds if no one reads.

That of course, is the most cruel and ironic problem with writing long posts -- sometimes the more work you put into writing a long post, the less likely it is that others will be able to absorb it all and be able to respond..


I think therein lies the fundamental difference between posting in a forum and posting for a blog.

Forums are a conversation. Blogs are more a meditation, lecture, ramble.

If you want to go long, get a blog.

Great breakdown!  Thmbsup

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143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 21, 2014, 10:58:55 AM
I reckon that is a valid point, and if you follow it to a logical conclusion, then one conclusion you could end up with is Microsoft BitLocker being arguably the only safe/stable encryption tool for the Windows OSes. That might be OK if you could trust Microsoft, but Microsoft's own actions would seem to have demonstrated that there is no rational basis for such trust - quite the opposite, in fact.

Not exactly.  If you find an encryption tool that's valid for your current OS, then it should be valid up until the point that you change OS.  And you can take steps before you change to see (a) if that particular software supports your new OS before you install it, and (b) if not, find another and switch.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: URL Rewrite Problem on: June 21, 2014, 10:52:03 AM
Probably the reason you're not getting views, etc, is that it's not a URL-rewrite issue either; it's a regex issue.  The . character is a regex character, so you have to escape it.  Also, you should probably make the / optional.  I put some regex below.

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. .*sub1\.domain\.org/*.*

In the future, you might want to run your regex through a tester to make sure it's doing what you want it to do.  There are several online.  RegexHero is one, but it uses the Silverlight parser, so if you're typically doing perl rather than .net expressions, you'll want to find another.  I use RegexBuddy... but it's a paid app.  Very much worth it to save sanity.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good bye. (originally About buying books, etc., especially at amazon's) on: June 20, 2014, 10:52:11 PM
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Am I the only reader here who is utterly confused by this entire thread?

Unlikely.

FWIW, although it required noticeable effort to read for me (he he, getting old), I found the content understandable and interesting.

Excellent! Going forward, you can be our 'official' Rosetta Stone.   Grin tongue

I think Mouser and Tao pinned it down.  After a while, you get critted by walls of text, and it becomes difficult to read... so you stop.  But of course, unless you're just posting to get things down, it can feel lonely after a while as no one responds if no one reads.
146  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Risk of Rain 4-pack on: June 20, 2014, 10:48:30 PM
I'm game if this is still available.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Supreme Court Invalidates Software Patent... on: June 20, 2014, 02:58:42 PM
"Young man, let me remind you that this is a court of law and not a court of justice." - Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court

 tellme

and of course the classic..

In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls.

Lenny Bruce


Brilliant!

Never heard that one before. And I thought I heard them all when it came to LB, may he rest in peace. Sad

One last four-letter word concerning Lenny Bruce: Dead. At forty. That's obscene.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Supreme Court Invalidates Software Patent... on: June 20, 2014, 02:56:29 PM
We have a thing called Legal Aid in our state. If you're below 125% of the poverty level, they get you an attorney. For criminal charges, there's the public defender's office (not bad here actually) which often means some sort of plea deal.

But if you're not, but just don't have the money for an attorney, then you're screwed.  In some cases, showing up with an attorney can also leave you screwed, because having the money to pay an attorney means that you obviously have the money to pay, even if you actually don't.  And then there's the money that you used on the attorney that could have been used to pay.

See, this is my problem with the whole thing.  The legal system is supposed to be for the good of all.  But like so many things in the US, it's for the good of all, as long as you have money.  In my case, the only reason that I didn't end up in prison... even though, according to the laws of the land, it couldn't end up in prison as that would be debtor's prison and is outlawed, is because the assistant thought... this guy came in here with the best of intentions, had a plan, and is trying.  So, he should be rewarded for that as many people who come in there under those circumstances don't.

And as far as the deal?  It was on the other side, from the other party, who was able to get legal aid, and thus was able to get them to create a bargain behind the scenes before the farce of a trial played out.  Before legal aid entered the picture... it was cut and dried.  In fact, the judge seemed inclined to rule in my favor.  But me, having a very ... punishable ... sense of justice tried to do the right thing.  And so, they figured that they needed legal aid.

Let the circus begin.

There's just something wrong with that, no matter how much we say that "it's complicated."  Our Justice system is in love with the system rather than with justice.  And in many cases, our legal systems are anything but.  It shouldn't have to be this complicated, IMO.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Supreme Court Invalidates Software Patent... on: June 20, 2014, 01:14:48 PM
If you're in trouble, you need an attorney. Even attorneys are usually smart enough to not represent themselves in court.

But if you don't have the money...

... and it was in response to laws that were on the book, related to research done pro bono by another attorney that wasn't going to go so far as to represent in court.  If a lawyer had been there, the outcome would have been totally different.  And I go so far as to say that deals had been made behind the scene... which was something found out only later.

Bought and paid for, courtesy of the court fiefdom.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Supreme Court Invalidates Software Patent... on: June 20, 2014, 11:51:30 AM
There's far too much influence peddling and politics surrounding IP on the regional circuit and appeals court level in the federal system. Having a centralized IP court system would go a long way towards eliminating the "venue shopping" and "rogue judge" problems we're experiencing today.

That's the justice system in general.

Imagine if I told you that in a courtroom, a judge said "if you wanted to follow the rules of law, you should have hired a lawyer.  without one, the law is what I say it is."

Now, take off the imagine.  I was struck with a definite blow to my belief in the justice system when I heard that.  And realized that many judges believe that.

*sigh*
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