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2551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 17, 2012, 09:09:17 AM
No country threatens to storm an embassy for a rape

This.

Interesting article from former CIA man on Assange debacle: 'Not even in Cold War’s darkest days'

And thinking about it more, I wonder if the break down in diplomatic actions and language are just a mirror of the breakdown in communication in every other area in current times.  I think in the days of the Cold War, there was an unspoken etiquette between all sides in addition to a lack of a forum for such things, so the idea that a country would have even had to threaten to storm an embassy would never have even occurred because things would never have even gotten this far- a media outlet wouldn't have touched anything like this, and there was no open internet.
2552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: August 17, 2012, 07:49:39 AM
I love the ..01's:

and here's (belatedly) another,
from wraith808 thumbs up thumbs up

 (see attachment in previous post)

Thanks!  I hadn't even noticed it!
2553  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikileaks - Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador on: August 17, 2012, 07:48:20 AM
Interesting article from former CIA man on Assange debacle: 'Not even in Cold War’s darkest days'
2554  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BitTorrent Inc. earns $15-20 mn; makes uTorrent Ad-supported to "keep lights on" on: August 16, 2012, 09:42:00 PM
I still don't understand why you guys are so afraid of someone "frankensteining" or whatever the torrent protocol.  I don't get it.  It's just a tool, you can use any which way it works.  Yes, I also hate to see someone use a chainsaw to commit ghastly crimes...but so what?  Why is this such an issue?  Are you saying we should stop trying to improve on torrent or chainsaws?  I don't get it.  Just seems like a bunch of judgmental stuff and nonsense fear.

Take a look at Java and what has become of it.  There are a myriad of other examples.  As people start to repurpose something, it inevitably becomes instead of the sum of its parts, the difference of its parts.  For better or worse, its better if there is a driving force, vision, and purpose.  Software designed by committee without these things inevitably becomes crap.

And we're not talking about stifling innovation nor inhibiting improvements.  We're talking about purpose.  In the end, a chainsaw is a chainsaw.  It's not a hammer, and it's not a screwdriver.  And if you start trying to make it those things it was not meant to be, you end up with a tool that useful for nothing.
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: waiting list at library...for an e-book? on: August 16, 2012, 03:25:33 PM
^ I thought that was the way that most of these worked.

Really? Shit... I was just guessing out loud. I ain't been to a library in years.

How locked down are the files? can you copy/print stuff etc.?

I don't know... she gets them on her nook, so that's not really a consideration...
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: waiting list at library...for an e-book? on: August 16, 2012, 11:32:09 AM
^ I thought that was the way that most of these worked.  I know at our local library, that's the way that it does work- with a time-limited license.  We like borrowing that way for my daughter because we don't have to worry about taking it back, nor late fees.  And they have a pretty deep well of books to draw from- the e-book distribution is handled at a (partial) state level rather than at a library level.  So you're actually more likely to find the books digitally than physically- at least if it's available at all.  This really helps in small town libraries.

The only bad thing is that only certain titles can be returned before they expire, limiting your ability to check books out.  Those kinds of books are a problem for my daughter because she reads voraciously.  But it's still quite convenient.
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: waiting list at library...for an e-book? on: August 16, 2012, 10:34:12 AM
Truthfully, I sort of agree with it.  You have to buy (or be donated) licenses, just like you have to buy physical copies.  I know there's a lot of problems with digital vs. physical, and silly limitations (and pricing) being carried between medium.  But I think that using a license per user isn't one of them.
2558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / IndieGoGo Spotlight: Operation Let's Build a Bleeping Tesla Museum on: August 15, 2012, 11:02:29 PM
I don't do too many IndieGoGo Projects.  Not sure why... exposure maybe?

But they do allow for some more interesting projects than on Kickstarter.  That's a good segue into this one - Operation Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum.

Quote
Nikola Tesla was the father of the electric age. Despite having drop-kicked humanity into a second industrial revolution, up until recently he's been an unsung hero in history books. If you don't know who Tesla is, go read this.

Tesla's final laboratory is located in the sleepy town of Shoreham, New York.  It's known as Wardenclyffe and it's where Tesla attempted to build a tower that would provide free wireless energy to the entire earth. Unfortunately, Tesla lost his funding before the project was completed and in 1917 the Wardenclyffe tower was demolished.  Subsequently, the land was sold to a film and paper manufacturer.


However, the land, laboratory, and foundation beneath the tower are still there and very recently went up for sale. And right now a non-profit is trying to buy the property and turn it into a Nikola Tesla Museum. The property is listed at $1.6 million, and this non-profit has received a matching grant from New York State of up to $850k.  This means that if we can raise $850k, New York State will match us for that same amount -- putting the total raised at $1.7 million.

There is currently another offer on the table from someone who wants to purchase the property potentially tear it down or turn it into a retail establishment. There is no Tesla museum in the United States, despite Tesla's extraordinary accomplishments.  If we can outbid this other person and buy the land it will permanently be protected as a historic site and eventually converted into a Nikola Tesla Science Center.

The folks behind this project are a 501(c) non-profit organization and they've spent the past 15 years trying to find a way to save this property.  This IndieGoGo account is linked directly to their bank and all the funds will go directly to them.

Even if we raise the full amount and end up with $1.7 million, this isn't enough to build an actual museum / science center. But it will effectively put the property into the right hands so it can eventually be renovated into something fitting for one of the greatest inventors of our time.

Internet, this is where you come in: HELP ME BUILD A GODDAMN TESLA MUSEUM.


More details about the campaign can be found over here.

All the funds raised from this campaign are going directly to a non-profit group.  Details about the non-profit behind this project can be found on their website: Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe
2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8: Yes, it's that bad on: August 15, 2012, 10:39:40 PM
Still haven't checked it out yet... and reserving judgement... When it comes to MS, things often get overblown. So, no idea yet...

My thoughts exactly.  And seeing the rumors of Surface at $199 makes me hope that it's good...
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BitTorrent Inc. earns $15-20 mn; makes uTorrent Ad-supported to "keep lights on" on: August 15, 2012, 05:13:43 PM
^ I get what you mean, but I think the reaction that you're getting is towards the idea of including these things into bittorrent, i.e.

torrent is good stuff, but it can be improved.  my suggestions:
--ability to add/remove files and folders from an existing torrent that is being shared live already.
--ability to add/block users on a per torrent basis

You add those abilities to the torrent thing and you'll have one badass file sharing system.

So the replies have been more towards adding these things to torrents, which is sort of homogenizing what torrents are away from what they are currently to make it something less concise.  Now saying something new (X) should be created with decentralized distribution but having these features would be cool... but when people start trying to build on something existing to take it away from what it currently is meant for to add features you end up with sort of a Frankenstein monster... it's happened before, and I'm sure it will happen again.
* wraith808 shrugs
2561  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BitTorrent Inc. earns $15-20 mn; makes uTorrent Ad-supported to "keep lights on" on: August 15, 2012, 03:53:13 PM
Truthfully, I like when a developer knows what they want to do and sticks with it, not adding features to try to make it the be all and end all.  BitTorrent isn't meant for certain types of things- it's meant for a large distributed network that allows people to download largish bits of data by the packet from distributed sources with redundant backup, along with the ability to feed this.  It's not perfect... but it does it well.  The other things- that's why we have other ways of doing things.  Focus on making it better within its space is the recipe for success here... not trying to shoehorn it into other spaces IMO.
2562  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Humble Bundle 3 for Android Live on: August 15, 2012, 02:53:36 PM
http://www.humblebundle.com/

FieldRunners
BIT.TRIP BEAT
Uplink
SpaceChem

(links are to the games on Steam)

beat the average and get Spirits.

I have the first four on PC and they're enjoyable little games - especially at this price.  It's worth it for Uplink and SpaceChem alone.  Don't know anything about the last one.
2563  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why Everything 1.2.1.451a still Alpha? on: August 14, 2012, 04:08:25 PM
You could e-mail the developer to ask why.  It could be as simple as he's not had a chance to work on it so hasn't migrated it.  Or it could be some feature that you don't use.  Alpha generally implies that he's added features that aren't ready for general consumption or has plans for features that haven't been implemented to one degree or another.  Of course the exact definition varies by who you ask... so I'd ask the developer.
2564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Kickstarter Highlight: Digispark on: August 13, 2012, 12:44:36 PM
Digispark
 
Goal$5,000 ($24,743 as of this posting)
End Date2012-09-10
Project Creator(s)Erik Kettenburg
ExcerptThe micro-sized, Arduino enabled, usb development board - cheap enough to leave in any project!

The Story: We set out to build a little brother to the wonderful Arduino line of development boards - we were tired of leaving our valuable Arduino's behind in projects, or worse, ripping apart old projects to build new ones! We also felt the Arduino was too big and powerful for many projects where we only needed a few pins, or an SPI or I2C bus. And so the Digispark was born! To us, the best things about the Arduino is the community, the easy of use, and the IDE - by making the Digispark an Arduino compatible development board all of those remain common. Plug it in, power your project with USB or external sources, program it with the Arduino IDE, and easily use existing Arduino code! But with its small size and low cost you can feel free to leave it in your project, give one to a friend, and use them everywhere!

The Specs:

Support for the Arduino IDE 1.0+ (OSX/Win/Linux)
Power via USB or External Source - 5v or 7-35v (automatic selection)
On-board 500ma 5V Regulator
Built-in USB (and serial debugging)
6 I/O Pins (2 are used for USB only if your program actively communicates over USB, otherwise you can use all 6 even if you are programming via USB)
8k Flash Memory (about 6k after bootloader)
I2C and SPI (vis USI)
PWM on 3 pins (more possible with Software PWM)
ADC on 4 pins
Power LED and Test/Status LED (on Pin0)

2565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It's Official: Many DC'ers Are Psychopaths~! :P on: August 13, 2012, 12:24:57 PM
Sociopath == Donnie Darko
Psychopath == Shutter Island
Psychotic == The Hitcher

Why so serious ?  cheesy

+1 for referencing a great movie... The Hitcher!
2566  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BitTorrent Inc. earns $15-20 mn; makes uTorrent Ad-supported to "keep lights on" on: August 13, 2012, 10:07:32 AM
Of course now that BitTorrent will be making serious money, they've just painted a great big target on their backs. Especially since anybody that has a grudge with torrents in general (i.e. RIA, MPAA, et al) now has a nice juicy bone to toss to their attorneys and bounty hunters.

Weren't they already making serious money in legitimate uses of the product, i.e. World of Warcraft?  Or did none of that include them?  And considering how high profile some of the users of the technology are, and because of the fact that it is a transport, I don't think it will be as easy to do to them what was done to Dotcom.
2567  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Steam set to become app store on: August 12, 2012, 10:11:44 AM
^ And GameFly is also trying to become Steam...
2568  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Olympic coverage this year SUCKS! on: August 11, 2012, 11:15:47 AM
I didn't get it at first... I thought the dot was supposed to be the nose, with the eyes being under the hat for something more plushie looking.  Then I finally realized that it's an *eye*....!  That's creepy!
2569  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Updates has hosed my system... Help! on: August 11, 2012, 11:13:45 AM
You might want to turn on system restore, also.  That has saved me more times than I can count.
2570  Special User Sections / DC Website CMS / Re: A more radical transition idea for DC CMS on: August 10, 2012, 05:33:06 PM
I think one of the suggestions was to go ahead and focus on the customizations rather than the platform; to re-architect those to be true plugins rather than hacks to the code.  In this manner you better prepare yourself for whatever the future holds whether this be an upgrade to v2 or a change to any platform, and break it down into more manageable objectives.  This makes a whole lot of sense IMO.
2571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Olympic coverage this year SUCKS! on: August 10, 2012, 08:02:21 AM
^ http://www.guardian.co.uk...an-fencer-protest-olympic
2572  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Olympic coverage this year SUCKS! on: August 10, 2012, 07:18:57 AM
The guardian has found a unique way to get past restrictions on coverage of the Olympics.  A cool way to watch and give no money to the sponsors or the IOC.
2573  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: August 09, 2012, 09:00:55 PM
ok...i need to order one.  I'm not going to be left out of this!

You too?  This thread has single-handedly convinced me I must have one!
2574  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Opinions sought: should I open source Auspex? on: August 09, 2012, 02:53:38 PM
One problem may also be it's written in Delphi. I don't know what sort of license goes with Delphi, but there may (or probably are) terms in Delphi's license that precludes you making it "open."

No, there isn't anything there.  There are many FOSS projects using Delphi.

Context,an excellent text Editor more efficient than NotePad++ for very large files.
AxBase,a MDB (and ADO) database front end.
PyScripter, a well known Python IDE.
HeidiSQL, a MySQL Frontend
osFinancials, Accounting Software
dxbx, a port of cxbx which is an xbox emulator for the pc
StarUML, Dev-PHP, Dev-C++, XanaNews, SynWrite, and many more.
2575  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robert Downey Jr credits BK saving his life... on: August 09, 2012, 11:46:23 AM
And I watched Batman last week.  The audience clapped at the end.  I don't know why they were clapping for that snoozefest.  Maybe they were glad it was over, I don't get it.

It's a matter of taste, I suppose.  I enjoyed it, and most that I know did also.  And I'm not just one to go along with the crowd especially in the case of movies.
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