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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: March 09, 2015, 06:40:28 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlM5jWOnDO8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlM5jWOnDO8</a>

Elio's engine in action
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 09, 2015, 03:28:05 PM
Well, the difference in that approach is the fact that when you purchase a DVD and/or a CD, on the physical media, you have the digital media.  It's just a different mode of distribution.

Books don't have that advantage.  And I think that's one of the reasons they started offering physical media with digital- they'd rather give it to you in their format than you ripping it and getting it in a format they can't control.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 09, 2015, 10:11:09 AM
It's good to see the old names again.   Cool

I was full-time carer for my mother from 2007 until she died in July 2013 at the age of 98.  She developed dementia, so I didn't get much sleep in the last year or so. Now I'm stuck with a house far too big for one, and not much chance of selling.

I got my head back together mostly by reviving an interest in long-distance cycling. I worked up to doing a couple of 200+ mile rides last year, and have hosted a few passing international tourists.   I'm still looking for enough employment to stop the savings eroding.  Sad

Best wishes for that- it can be a hard thing to recover from.  My sincere condolences.  But the cycling is impressive!
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is anyone else worried about Google "Truth"? on: March 09, 2015, 10:03:19 AM
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You can freely insert 'Google' in there, in the place of government.

It is neither a technical problem, nor a political problem.  In fact, giving anyone a hearing is not a problem.  The problem is what arises in the wake of the hearing.  

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI</a>

That's how you handle it.  And you trust the people to make the decision.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Firefox drastically bleeding market share on: March 09, 2015, 10:00:12 AM
An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status (via Computerworld)

I have Pale Moon on my machine- which I guess wouldn't count.  And FF on another, which would.  But I use Chrome more than either.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 08, 2015, 11:34:14 PM
Yeah... this isn't hard at all.  At least, that what her expression says.  Her playing says something else!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpASSx0ecTU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpASSx0ecTU</a>
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft 'Signature' PCs on: March 08, 2015, 05:22:42 PM
I've found the downsides, as reported in another thread.  However, I still consider it a good buy for testing out the waters in app development.  Having a device instead of an emulator to test on is a good thing no matter what else.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uTorrent has gone rogue on: March 08, 2015, 05:19:31 PM
I don't have a problem with a freeware app coming with a built in Bitcoin miner, provided the users are told about it up front and possibly offered a paid version without the miner, as another option.

Depend on how they do it.  Telling you a miner will be installed- then using up your whole CPU to do so isn't kosher.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Conditional diary on: March 07, 2015, 01:22:09 PM
I just use ActiveInbox.  The fact that it integrates with my e-mail puts it in front of me all day.  And the fact that I can use different aliases to send to my e-mail address to automatically classify things helps also.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 07, 2015, 01:17:14 PM
Mine have changed significantly:

Save to Pocket
PickPocket
Evernote Web Clipper
XMarks
LastPass
Ghostery
uBlock
ActiveInbox
Humble New Tab Page
Checker Plus for Gmail/Google Calendar

(actually, I don't use pickpocket as much since I started using the ifttt recipe to copy pocket entries to evernote)

And in Apps that I use:

Draft
Marxico
SourceKit
Workflowy
StackEdit
GingkoApp
Gistbox
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 07, 2015, 10:36:44 AM
Download Visual Studio Express or a free version of Borland's RAD Studio and create your mockup with it. You can easily add functionality if needed, in your language of choice, VB, C# or Delphi.

Easily is a relative thing.  Just wanted to make sure that's out there... because it's a big download to find out its too much for your skills, and too frustrating to bang out something quick when you aren't already versed.
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83 on: March 06, 2015, 05:14:20 PM
While some have to do it, I think that many want to do it.  Or, their needs have inflated because of the money that they made in their prime, and now that they aren't, they trade on their heyday.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 06, 2015, 04:28:10 PM
I tried some, but none had the control I need: text box with autocomplete drop down menu

I thought you wanted non-functional?  If you want functional, you're going to have to do some work.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 04:26:05 PM
Sure, they do it occasionally, in certain departments, but overall MS is like this sluggish snail that's maybe eventually going to give you what you want.   Maybe.

LOL!  Even better... they're like a vegas slots machine.  You keep putting tokens in, hoping to break even.  And sometimes... sometimes you get the right combination to get a payout, just enough to keep you feeding it.  But, in the end, the house always wins.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 03:40:13 PM
Windows OS has had issues with this.  Android may have an issue here and there, but the OS itself is built for this sort of thing.  So in your case, it may really be the problem of the hardware.

Windows' problem is not the hardware, it's the OS itself.  It's not built for efficient use of mobile tech...the management of screen on/off, wifi on/off or on while screen is off, etc.  They've made supposedly "significant" updates to it in the past year with the surface user complaining, but they are klunky and still not very significant at all.  I'm assuming it will be fixed in windows 10, but you never know.  if not, I'll be like wtf.

And this is exactly what worries me about their one OS to rule them all approach they're doing with Windows 10.  They've shown that their power management frankly sucks.  And it's the largest thing I hope they fix.  But with one size fits all, I don't think they will.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 03:28:08 PM
OK fine, but android has the same problem and they've figured it out.

Not so sure about that. Got myself my first Android tablet recently (Hudl 2), and I was shocked to see that it depleted itself in a single day in standby without me ever touching it, while my ancient iPad 1 can still hold its charge for weeks in standby (even if it's useless now for browsing).

That could be hardware related, however.  My Nook is an android tablet, and as I said, it goes a week or more.  Not as good as my ipad, but still good enough for occasional reading.  The battery life is pointed out as one of the cons on that particular tablet in the reviews I've seen.

In comparison, look at the stream numbers:

http://www.anandtech.com/...8760/hp-stream-7-review/5

That's a good review overall of the stream 7 also.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 06, 2015, 03:24:45 PM
http://blog.profitbricks....ing-tools-for-developers/
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DuckDuckGo as viable Open Source builder on: March 06, 2015, 03:17:18 PM
Didn't want to override you on anything Waith808.
I saw various posts but none that were specific that i was thinking of.
Although it is relatively easy to set DDG as search engine on Vivaldi, i haven't tried it on Google Chrome.

DDG is improving (can't say that much for Yahoo).


Oh, you weren't overriding anything.  I was just pointing out the prior conversations and my own experiences.

Totally agree Tom... that's what I was doing for a while, then I figured, why even have it as default.
44  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.
45  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.
46  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.
47  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.
48  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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49  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)
50  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.
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