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2551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter Highlight: Amanda Palmer: The new RECORD, ART BOOK, and TOUR on: September 25, 2012, 09:27:34 AM
She actually did a video and a set with Wayne Coyne in Boston- and replaced Erykah Badu in his video after that singer's remarks about the first cut (note- don't bite the hand), so yeah... she gets a lot of her influences from that era.  And the album is running #10 on the charts.
2552  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Stealth-focused Computer Games on: September 25, 2012, 09:20:05 AM
I really like the Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed series- even the latest installations.  The only downside is that its ubisoft, so I have to watch the DRM requirements, and in cases, use the 360 instead b/c of that.  But I'd recommend both if you like the stealth based gameplay.

I'd also recommend going back to the first ones in the Deus Ex series if you haven't.  They still hold up IMO, and the first one is a definite classic.
2553  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Changes at Kickstarter... on: September 24, 2012, 08:28:16 PM
I was referring to projects like this one: http://www.kickstarter.co...quartet-recording-project

This is an established musician with a good fan base that has had 10+ albums already, most on major labels, and he doesn't want to go back to recording for a big name label. This guy is a pro, not an amateur.

I was not referring to an unknown garage band that wants to have instant riches and has no fans.

That's what I also assumed.  I think that the concept, however, applies to professional as well as amateur artists that use the medium.

Very nice group, BTW.
2554  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... a hardware donee on: September 24, 2012, 03:45:45 PM
So did Wraith's PM beat my Post or does "First Come First Serve" mean something new now? : )

OK, maybe the phrasing was a little awkward.  His was the first post that I saw, see  huh?  That made him the first, not by the clock, but by perception  Wink.  And that was notification by Gmail ... I saw received the PM notice before I saw received the forum notice.

If he wants it, that's fine.
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Changes at Kickstarter... on: September 24, 2012, 01:51:18 PM
Very good point 40.  And with the caveat of demo quality, it's not like it's much out of their pocket to do so.
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google says goobye to Internet Explorer 8 on: September 24, 2012, 12:02:06 PM
Well, when App starts to stand up for something along these lines, that's my cue to back off as she's usually the one on the frontlines waving her fist.  Cool
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Changes at Kickstarter... on: September 24, 2012, 12:00:03 PM
I wonder what the indie musicians using Kickstarter will put in as the risks for the albums they are trying to pre-sell and looking for financing to get the album released.

If the artist knows how much it will cost to produce and distribute the album, then maybe they can simply say that there is virtually no risk if the goal is met.

Totally agree.  If the only risk is lack of backing, then the risk is encompassed in reaching the goal.  There doesn't have to be any extra risk.  But this only goes towards disclosure when there is IMO.
2558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Changes at Kickstarter... on: September 24, 2012, 10:13:38 AM
Kickstarter is not a store, a recent blog post on the crowd sourcing site is titled.  And it details changes to drive that point home.

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Creators must talk about “Risks and Challenges”

Today we added a new section to the project page called "Risks and Challenges." All project creators are now required to answer the following question when creating their project:

“What are the risks and challenges this project faces, and what qualifies you to overcome them?”

We added the "Risks and Challenges" section to reinforce that creators' projects are in development. Before backing a project, people can judge both the creator's ability to complete their project as promised and whether they feel the creator is being open and honest about the risks and challenges they face.

The new section will appear below the project description of projects that launch starting today.

Even more stringent changes are coming to hardware and hard product design.

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New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

The development of new products can be especially complex for creators and seductive to backers. Today we’re adding additional guidelines for Hardware and Product Design projects.

They are:

Product simulations are prohibited. Projects cannot simulate events to demonstrate what a product might do in the future. Products can only be shown performing actions that they’re able to perform in their current state of development.
Product renderings are prohibited. Product images must be photos of the prototype as it currently exists.

They end with this statement: "We hope these updates reinforce that Kickstarter isn't a traditional retail experience and underline the uniqueness of Kickstarter."

I think this will definitely help keep the perceived 'balloon' from bursting.  Some people think that Kickstarter is along the lines of the real-estate bubble or any of the other financial scandals to come down the pipe.  I think they're overreacting- but isn't that was caused the other crises?  People overreacting to the promises offered by people who might or might not have known that they can deliver.  So perhaps something needed to be done to change perceptions and make people look at funding in the way it really is - a risk to help a project along, and get benefits for doing so if it succeeds.

Personally, I don't contribute if something doesn't meet a few criteria:
1. Has a solid vision.
2. Has a near delivery date (how far depends on my trust in the principals).
3. I don't mind losing the amount contributed.

All of these work together to solidify my decision to contribute.  But I don't think a lot of people look at things this way- this is especially seen as dates slip.  They see the date and not the Estimated in front of it.

There was a pretty good blog post by a game developer on his love/hate relationship with Kickstarter.  A pretty good read- especially considering that many (most) of the funded projects are games of one sort or another.
2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... a hardware donee on: September 23, 2012, 11:36:16 PM
BTW, I'm still kinda iffy on the PM stuff.  I thimk I replied, wraith808, but I've been wrong before - December 31st, 1999 - thought it was January 1st, 2000.  Still using old dating system  tongue tongue tongue.

I got your PM.  Thanks!
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... a hardware donee on: September 23, 2012, 10:26:12 PM
I think it's a vidock with a graphics card inside.  A pretty good graphics card, actually.
2561  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Um...the new iphone map app is, like, the same as google maps on: September 23, 2012, 10:08:16 PM
Somewhere in an Eye for an Eye, comes Legal Precedent. If Apple wins a wild lawsuit based on a rounded corner, then why not have Google win one back on Maps? It hits the meta level of what we think precedent means and how basic it can become.

Lots of pundits are looking for a watershed where we all finally say "enough - no more".

Why not overturn the Apple lawsuit, instead of trying to make it legal precedent?  If you make it legal precedent, then you can bet that people will use (and misuse) it.  Again... why propagate the issue?

Of course, see Groklaw, there were several fishy things. You can bet Senior Legal Counsel of Samsung is prepping for the Appeal. You just know it won't end here. It does take time to prepare the 200 pages of appeal research though.





Well of course.  But what I mean is that people are saying take advantage of the ruling that is in place.  That way will lead into more of the same mess we're already in with patent law.  It's better to prove all of it wrong rather than cherry-pick.
2562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 23, 2012, 09:03:02 PM
No. It was always there from release 10.04, 3 years back. I am surprised that people found out so late. Same with Mint, gnoppix, mephis and few other distros, none of them have it mentioned on their site.

Then that's the how.  It's not right for any of them, frankly.
2563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 23, 2012, 08:22:01 PM
I didn't get you there.

Is this mentioned on the ubuntu site?  In clear view, in plain terms where you get the distro?
2564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Um...the new iphone map app is, like, the same as google maps on: September 23, 2012, 08:21:02 PM
Somewhere in an Eye for an Eye, comes Legal Precedent. If Apple wins a wild lawsuit based on a rounded corner, then why not have Google win one back on Maps? It hits the meta level of what we think precedent means and how basic it can become.

Lots of pundits are looking for a watershed where we all finally say "enough - no more".

Why not overturn the Apple lawsuit, instead of trying to make it legal precedent?  If you make it legal precedent, then you can bet that people will use (and misuse) it.  Again... why propagate the issue?
2565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Um...the new iphone map app is, like, the same as google maps on: September 23, 2012, 07:51:31 PM
Just because Apple does it... does that mean we need to propagate it?  I mean seriously.  It's like that analogy about an eye for an eye.
2566  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 23, 2012, 07:36:13 PM
^ It's not in the what...it's in the how.  And someone else is doing it has *never* been a valid reason, especially if no one has said that Mozilla isn't wrong also.
2567  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Um...the new iphone map app is, like, the same as google maps on: September 23, 2012, 07:01:34 PM
Yes, they will notice a difference.

The google one is right.

http://gizmodo.com/594489...s-already-horribly-misled

There's a lot of news out there about it.
2568  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: WiX Installer - not really a review on: September 23, 2012, 06:15:56 PM
I know the feeling. Inactivity? Bad! - but is it, really, that bad? It is for proprietary systems, but iirc NSIS is opensource?

It is... but 2009 is last activity?  And I'm not really going to fix any problems I find, so the fact that it's open source isn't really a help in that case.
2569  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: WiX Installer - not really a review on: September 23, 2012, 02:35:47 PM
I generally have 3+ seconds before the installer launches (even for the simple stuff),

Oh... that preparing to install dialog.  Yup.  Still there.  I started to use NSIS.  That's the last thing I used when I was doing installers, and I really liked them.  But the lack of activity on the boards is what made me start looking for something else.

And I'm not sure if there's a GUI... I don't think so.  And I can see your point on having to maintain multiple installers with a text editor.  My needs are small, so having the source and the builder in the same place as my other source and builds outweighs those considerations.  If I was doing a large project, then I'm not so sure that I would use WiX.
2570  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 23, 2012, 02:32:21 PM
Canonical seems to make a difference, according to the comments above.

To some people, the use of funds makes the difference.  Not to me... I call a spade a spade, and the ends don't justify the means.
2571  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: WiX Installer - not really a review on: September 23, 2012, 02:16:55 PM
Well, all .msi installers I've used take a lot of time to "boot", and generally seem slow and sluggish - even if only dealing with a few megabytes worth of files. Nullsoft based installers, on the other hand, are crazy fast.

I do realize that .msi offers a lot of rollback and whatnot, but... meh.

Mine comes up pretty much instantly, and doesn't take that much longer than it would take to decompress the files and copy them to their locations.
2572  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 23, 2012, 02:15:54 PM
No, I really wonder.

Don't we already know?  There would be an uproar that would involve lawyers making a lot more money, nothing getting done, other than in the end, it would have to be removed.
2573  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 ... Light! on: September 23, 2012, 02:15:02 PM
Yes.. thanks!  I didn't get a chance to read before, just marked it.  There are some good things there... just getting the time to explore them.  *sigh*
2574  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 23, 2012, 02:14:20 PM
Interesting. I wonder what would happen if Microsoft did that.

You forgot the sarcastic smiley smiley
2575  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: WiX Installer - not really a review on: September 23, 2012, 01:37:52 PM
Shouldn't be too hard writing a WiX-config-generating tool that takes out the mind-numbingness? :-) - I think one of the developers at the company where I did my internship did something along those lines.
Yeah... I could do something along those lines.  But you know how these annoyances are- they're annoyances only at the time you're using the tool, and the tool isn't used that often, so you'd rather use your time elsewhere.  embarassed

I've always found that .msi installers are slow and sucky... are the installers generated by WiX any better?

Depends on what you mean by slow and sucky.  My needs are pretty light.  The fact that it integrates into VS and gave me control was enough to make my day.  Basically, everything I did with the installer could have been done with a simple xcopy, and it was only 10MB of stuff, so not really representative (also why I called this 'not really a review').
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