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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ignorance is Strength - Censorship just got VERY real on: June 18, 2014, 07:07:00 PM
Some don't even need that much. Terry Pratchett once said it's amazing the terrible things people will do for money - but even more amazing are the terrible things they'll do absolutely free.

This.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: June 18, 2014, 05:33:14 PM
Well, it appears that ProtonMail is going crowdsourced to keep up with the demand.  Just received this e-mail today...

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Dear ProtonMail supporter,

Thank you for patiently waiting for the activation of your account while we increase capacity. Since ProtonMail beta launched one month ago, a huge number of people from around the world have requested ProtonMail accounts. The world is ready for privacy.

We want to provide free ProtonMail accounts to everyone so we have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for additional servers. If we hit our target, we should be able to accommodate everybody on our waiting list by the end of July.

If you would like to contribute to our Crowdfunding campaign, you can visit it here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/protonmail

This is how real change happens: every contribution, no matter how small, gets us closer to enabling privacy for everyone. Online privacy and freedom touch each and every one of us. If we all stand together, we can build the future we want.

Thank you for supporting our fight to restore privacy.

Your ProtonMail Team
Andy, Jason, and Wei


===============================
We sent you this email because you are on our waiting list.
If you no longer need a ProtonMail account, consider taking yourself off the waiting list to make room for others:
https://protonmail.ch/invite/invite-settings.php

This email was sent by:
ProtonMail, Case postale 575, Geneva 1215, Switzerland

One might wonder, however, if the initial invites were to generate a critical mass, which this is taking advantage of...
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's new "Hey Indies! Pay or your video won't play!" subscription service. on: June 18, 2014, 03:29:07 PM
I don't even know why people would use a video site for music anyway. Why not just use BandCamp or SoundCloud?

See above about YT penetration.
129  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5 on: June 18, 2014, 12:34:19 PM
Full note view was a really smart addition!
130  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Strike Vector 4-pack on: June 18, 2014, 08:52:31 AM
I sent you a PM Josh... one of the purchasers fell through... though if you get enough for the second 4-pack, then don't worry about it.  Just let me know.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building Another Budget Gaming PC... on: June 17, 2014, 06:58:45 PM
I suppose it would be nice to spend a little more of the budget on the video card..

From what I've found, there are three price points to look at: the lower $100s are definitely bargain.  You get into a standard gaming PC that can handle most things at high frame rates at $200 (which is my usual price point).  And over that, you're looking at $400+.  I spent that once, and while it was nice, I didn't think that the price for performance was worth it.  Sometimes things dip into other price points... but this is in general where the tiers stand from my experience.
132  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Strike Vector 4-pack on: June 17, 2014, 06:50:34 PM
Yes, that's fine... and that's also all of them. smiley
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building Another Budget Gaming PC... on: June 17, 2014, 06:38:40 PM
Well then, you can stop calling this a "budget" build -- it's a proper gaming rig.

I think the budget part comes in the video card realm.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's new "Hey Indies! Pay or your video won't play!" subscription service. on: June 17, 2014, 06:06:00 PM
Why are people still using youtube anyway.

It just works.  And by default, other sites hook into YT.
135  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5 on: June 17, 2014, 03:52:46 PM
And I must say... thanks for turning me on to 5iler.  Yours is cool and a very well done clone... but having the web sync and always available no matter what is killer...  a simplified version of what I use now... simplenote.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: June 17, 2014, 03:50:23 PM
Do you feel the same about home surveillance of your own pad?

I know you asked 40... but I'll answer with a yes, for me personally.

You know the ghosts you see in the corner of your eyes.  And then you look that way, and they're gone.  It's the same with any surveillance.  This isn't to say that it's not useful.  But it's the same as with those ghosts- even with security.  

Oh, I have blind spots... I need to see more.  Oh, was that something off in the woods?  I need to put something to be able to see out there.  Oh... what was that guy doing out this time of night by my mailbox... maybe a camera there...

...and if you resist, that siren call will still be in your head.  

But what if something happens, and I don't do it?  How will I feel then?

Seems like paranoia waiting to happen, IMO.  For me, especially since I now live in a very rural area surrounded by strange noises at night, deer and other animals running around, and all sorts of imaginary goblins just waiting to lurk in my mind?

The answer is definitely yes.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google's new "Hey Indies! Pay or your video won't play!" subscription service. on: June 17, 2014, 03:38:10 PM
Well, google's been redefining evil for a while.  And as long as they stick to their definition, they're doing no evil, right?

From: https://twitter.com/Brent...atuses/412700627152961536

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Google motto 2004: Don't be evil
Google motto 2010: Evil is tricky to define
Google motto 2013: We make military robots

 Grin
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Gitbook.io on: June 17, 2014, 03:23:22 PM
In one of the best things I've seen in a long time, especially as an aspiring writer.

https://www.gitbook.io/

from https://www.gitbook.io/about (stripped of pretty formatting)

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GitBook makes it easy to publish great books.

Discover gorgeous books from the community.

Publish your books easily thanks to a great workflow.

Monetize your paid books in less than 5 minutes.

Simple to update, publish and update your books easily using Git or the editor.

Responsive, books can be read on all devices, laptops, tablets, phones, kindles, etc.

Editor, use the GitBook editor to write beautiful books, on Mac, Windows or Linux.

Git, books are versionned and collaborative using the GIT scm.

Markdown, books are written using the markdown syntax.

Open Source, built on top of the open source GitBook technology.

o more thanks to powerful integrations.

E-book readers, books are readable on the Amazon Kindle, Nook and other readers.

iBooks, books are readable on iPad, iPhone and Mac using iBooks.

GitHub, write your book on GitHub and publish it in seconds through GitBook.

Monetize your books

Choose your own minimum and suggested prices, from $0 (or free) to $100.

Let everybody buy your book easily. GitBook accepts most credit & debit cards.

You keep the rights to your book, not us. So you can do a deal with a publisher at any time.

GitBook charges 20% per transaction.


I'm cautiously optimistic...  could also be a big middle finger to the traditional publishing model...

Update: So, following my own advice to do more investigation on open-source projects I find interesting.

So far, I see that Gitbook is owned by FriendCode.  Haven't done a corporate search, but a little cursory searching led me to Codebox (https://www.codebox.io/about).  They are owned by FriendCode also, so I assume at this point some correlation.

There is also a concerning bit in their TOS- the use of real names, and the ability to terminate accounts.

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Violation of any of the terms below will result in the termination of your Account. While FriendCode prohibits such conduct and Content on the Service, you understand and agree that FriendCode cannot be responsible for the Content posted on the Service and you nonetheless may be exposed to such materials. You agree to use the Service at your own risk.

Account Terms
  • You must be a human, bots are not allowed
  • You must be 10 years or older to use this Service.
  • You must provide your legal full name (as name) and a valid email address (as email)
  • You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and password.
  • You are responsible for all Content posted and activity that occurs under your account (even when Content is posted by others who have accounts under your account).
  • One person may not maintain more than one free account.
  • You may not use the Service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction
  • Your use of the Service is at your sole risk
  • You must not modify, adapt or hack the Service

I wrote an e-mail, and am waiting to hear back.

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Hi,

I'm a prospective user of gitbook.io, and I had a concern.  I don't want to write under my real name.  I have business concerns that I use my real name for, and don't want any contract or other issues, which is why I don't use my real name for either my hobby coding nor writing concerns.

However, it seems that things published must be connected to my legal name?  Or I'm subject to summary termination of account?

I just wanted to make sure of what was actually meant, i.e. was this absolute?  Especially in publishing where people ghost write and use pseudonyms, it seems that this is a bit short sighted.

Thanks for your time, and any response!

Update: I received a response today, which I've posted below.

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Hi,

If your book is a paid book, you have to use your legal name, because otherwise we can't legally transfer you the money.

But if the book is a free or private book, feel free to use a pseudonym, we'll suspend the book only if the content is a stolen or illegal content.

You can only signup using twitter or github, so if you want to use a pseudonym, please make sure that your real name is not written on your Twitter/Github user profile.

So it seems that you can publish free content under a pseudonym, but not paid content.
139  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Strike Vector 4-pack on: June 17, 2014, 01:53:30 PM
I've been keeping an eye on strike vector, and it has dropped in price.  If you're interested (and a regular on the forums) drop me a line.  I'm getting the 4 pack no matter what, so get in on it while the price is bottom basement.

$4.50 by paypal to buy in (as a gift).  If you can't gift on paypal for some reason, $5 to cover fees.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building Another Budget Gaming PC... on: June 17, 2014, 12:01:41 PM
If you're really concerned about crossfire:
http://www.tigerdirect.co...str=ClickCP&rrindex=1

But I wouldn't worry about it.  At one time, I was concerned... but I never ended up getting the second video card... and by the time I upgraded, the cards were always old and better served by just getting a better card.  And there are problems with crossfire support being in games, and concerns over the increased load of the additional card.  There are upsides, but I haven't missed it.

Not sure on the size of that Antec One case, but with my video card, there was barely clearance in my Antec 900 case, and I had to remove the HDD cage fan to get mine to fit.  Another thing to keep in mind.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stuff We Feel Like Bitching About on: June 17, 2014, 09:51:53 AM
I'd rather give them a couple bucks a month and get rid of all ads.

Amen!

I'm surprised that hasn't come of age before now.  And I wonder how long before a big player steps in.

For those who haven't seen them:

Patreon
Flattr

I'm sure there are others out there... but really, there's no excuse to depend on ads anymore IMO.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: June 17, 2014, 09:49:40 AM
Proof? Since when was proof required for anything with these people? They maintain they don't even have to show you (or a court) the text of the law they claim you've broken. "Have waterboard - will travel!"

Well, yes, there is that.  But as the Lavabit guy showed, you can at least make it hard on them.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building Another Budget Gaming PC... on: June 17, 2014, 09:45:24 AM
I just built one, if you want to compare...

http://pcpartpicker.com/u...er/wraith808/saved/VL648d

I put that into an antec 900 case with a corsair hx620 PSU.

The builds actually look pretty similar smiley

I've just been doing the multi-drive thing as of late, especially for gaming.

As far as the 27", if he's doing anything up close on his desktop, you might want to check the 27". In my experience, it was just too much too close.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stuff We Feel Like Bitching About on: June 16, 2014, 09:27:55 PM
The only ones I tend not to block now are the ones that use that Project Wonderful.  And I'm on the verge of blocking even them.  With Patreon up and running, I've been able to contribute to the sites that use that without accepting ads.  I'd rather give them a couple bucks a month and get rid of all ads.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: June 16, 2014, 09:24:28 PM
My guess is that if the message is real, any discrepancies with proper Latin grammar, etc., can be relatively safely attributed to the difficulty in creating an English sentence to properly fit.

Certainly. But also remember that these people are cryptographers. I don't think getting it to work using a real Latin sentence would have been much of a challenge for them.


Maybe not much of a challenge on the surface.  The challenge is in doing so in a way that our Neighborhood Shopping Allies can't prove it was done intentionally.  Thus mistakes.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... functional software kvm on: June 16, 2014, 12:42:31 PM
They responded to me within a few minutes, so I'm not sure what happened. Sad  Been using multiplicity for a while... and now that they've added KVM support for headless use.  Stardock was the original company... they spun off their productivity software into Edgerunner to differentiate from their games and desktop customization division.  Which I guess makes sense from as much corporate interest as it gets.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: June 16, 2014, 10:46:48 AM
That's not Latin.  Not even near in the same neighborhood as Latin.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: June 15, 2014, 06:05:58 PM
No one is a villain in their own story.  That's just human nature.  Those that are behind PRISM and other initiatives think they're doing the right thing.  And I think that's the addictive part of it... the more you see, the more you think you need to see.

Someday, ^this should be a famous quote.

To be fair, I thought I may have remembered that from somewhere, though I love to quote it.

http://www.brainyquote.co...tes/g/georgerr575871.html

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Nobody is a villain in their own story. We're all the heroes of our own stories.
- George R. R. Martin
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... functional software kvm on: June 15, 2014, 05:47:57 PM
I've been using Multiplicity for years.  It's great software.  And it now has a dedicated subsidiary of Stardock around it, and version 3 has some really good improvement.  I'd recommend it, and if you're having problems with it, contact them.  As EdgeRunner is dedicated to the product, the support has improved massively.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: June 15, 2014, 12:13:32 PM
Someone or something gave me an innuendo that we have another winner here:
 (see attachment in previous post)
Innuendo at 1900 Thmbsup

Bad joke leads to good post? Grin Thmbsup
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