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2551  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Confusing Apple Promo (Spoof) on: November 03, 2012, 01:08:45 PM
And here, the new iPad Mini commercial (courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel)


Unfortunately by now, I am unable to load this and get an "unavailable" message.

It's still there... so try again. smiley
2552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: November 03, 2012, 10:42:59 AM
Oh. Dear. Gawd.  Did that really air!? It's not a brilliant spoof?

Not a spoof. It aired. And I absolutely loved it at the time~! cheesy (I begged and begged my mom & dad to let me see Star Wars, but no dice. So, a free holiday special was certainly better than nothing. Especially when you're just a little kid.)

All I see is blankness when I press play.  I swear, people talk about this Star Wars Holiday special, and it must be mass hysteria.  Sort of like Aliens 3, Highlander 2, Boba Fett screaming when he died and Darth Vader going all warm and fuzzy. Wink
2553  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy Virtual KVM on: November 03, 2012, 10:41:09 AM
Does TeamViewer let you do that?

Sorry Ren/Wraith... I'm confused. Does TeamViewer let you do what? I think I somehow missed part of your question. smiley

Does TeamViewer let you control two computers with one Mouse and keyboard, i.e. act as a virtual KVM?
2554  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Way to Share Kindle Books on Nook, Kobo, iPad on: November 02, 2012, 11:12:11 PM
ePub is a much better format for all readers except Kindle, which requires mobi.  In addition, since both are based on HTML and CSS, so they are likely to be decipherable long after pdf has moved on.

+1.  And usually formatted better also.
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy Virtual KVM on: November 02, 2012, 10:52:59 PM
Does TeamViewer let you do that? I thought it was for remote control.

Good question... my question too smiley
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When Kickstarters Fail on: November 02, 2012, 05:46:23 PM
But in this particular case, I can see why they are concerned. And there are governing laws for this sort of thing. You can't just put something together to do an end run around them and expect nothing to happen.

I'd have to disagree on this point.  And I think they're being disingenuous, truthfully.  They only reason that they're concerned is because of the volume.  The same sort of thing has been done before, it's just not been (as) successful, other than (arguably) in the case of charities.  And for the level of individual 'investment', and the fact that they are decidedly not dealing with a monetary concern, they should be more concerned for Wall Street than Kickstarter (and they're talking about repealing those if Romney gets into office as they are 'too constricting').
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When Kickstarters Fail on: November 02, 2012, 04:38:52 PM
But Kickstarter isn't really involved, other than being a forum for submissions.  It's like if I posted something on DC regarding wanting funding for something- sure DC is place where I can put things, but how does the success or failure of that venture reflect on DC?  Or on any future posts?  That failure reflects on the business posting the proposition- not the forum where it's posted, other than this is a good or bad place to post my venture, right?

It's a little bit different with places like YCombinator that actually invest in the startups and groom them.  They are putting a certain amount of their own reputation and resources behind any that they accept.  But Kickstarter actively separates themselves from those that ask for funding.  The success or failure of any posting is a reflection on that business only, IMO.
2558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When Kickstarters Fail on: November 02, 2012, 01:36:03 PM
That's a bit disingenuous on Kickstarter's part. And considering they may be considered in the business of publicizing and facilitating investment opportunities, they're skating on thin ice with state and federal laws and regulators.

Is that true though?  It's a failure of the project in terms of a failure to get funding.  That's not a consideration for investors- but rather a consideration for those listing their KS there, right?
2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / When Kickstarters Fail on: November 02, 2012, 10:55:51 AM
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A great article (courtesy of MakeUseOf.com) about why Kickstarter's fail.  This isn't just about not getting funded, but also failure to deliver in a timely fashion, which is a problem of many successful kickstarters, especially the mega-successful ones, and other problems with estimation and expectations, which cause some kickstarters to under-deliver as they don't actually have the funds to deliver the entire product.

TL;DR summation from the article itself (and a great quote included before the conclusion)

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These changes seem sensible, yet the title of the blog post (“Kickstarter is not a store”) misses the point. The real issue is not contributor expectations but instead the burden of success. Project creators are beginning to understand that realizing a dream is sometimes more frightening than failure, which may be why there’s been a noticeable upward trend in the funding projects are asking for. Kickstarter could solve this by implementing a funding cap that allowed creators to keep projects manageable, but that would cut in to the company’s profits.

Conclusion

In talking with Tyler, Dylan and Georgia it became clear that Kickstarter, though potentially an incredible platform, is no magic bullet. The effort required to put up a good project is substantial and many projects have no reasonable chance of success without weeks of work by the project’s creators.

Talking with these individuals has also given me a sense that Kickstarter is a force of both creation and destruction. An extremely successful project can be life-changing for its creator, but failure implies the world has found the project worthless. This chaos allows for incredible creativity and success but also can take a toll on the people involved.

As the flood of money into crowd-funding continues both contributors and creators are at risk of forgetting that this movement is about people, not products. The people we fund, the platforms we support and the rewards we demand will shape the future crowd-funding, and perhaps even our economy.
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy Virtual KVM on: November 02, 2012, 09:38:47 AM
http://www.mattcutts.com/...ure-synergy-in-six-steps/

This tutorial is the one that I used.  I gave up on it after I spent the time to get it set up- it worked for a week, then I took my laptop home from work and when I came back, it didn't work.  I went through this a few times, and finally found Multiplicity and ditched Synergy.

Note: I did remember why I used Synergy for as long as I did - Multiplicity isn't cross platform, but ShareMouse is.  But the problem with ShareMouse is the pricing - you pay per computer that you use. thumb down  You might want to give Synergy more of a try.  embarassed
2561  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy Virtual KVM on: November 02, 2012, 09:14:48 AM
I've gotten it to work, but it's definitely sketchy.  When it works, it's great!  But it's likely to stop, even after you spend the time to get it to work.

I'd suggest looking elsewhere (ShareMouse, Multiplicity, etc)
2562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction on: November 02, 2012, 07:45:44 AM
Just for clarification- hack is a bit sensationalist (they enabled the disabled camera).  But still impressive.

(And don't read the comments.  They're depressing.)
2563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook's New Orwellian Censorship on: November 01, 2012, 03:26:51 PM
Nope...I don't want less government in my life. I want less 'corporation.'

Actually, I want less of both.
2564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hurricane Sandy Discussion Thread on: November 01, 2012, 02:39:20 PM
Unfortunately, in our current "gimmee" culture, some people will routinely have trouble understanding the difference.

And that falls right into what I said about bringing out the best in some people and the worst in others.

Very much so. And glad to see that you and 40 are back online and ok.  Thmbsup
2565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: October 31, 2012, 11:52:13 AM
It's probably not fair that I base it on Star Wars and one other movie but based on those I disagree. For example when he is telling Padme to not believe the lies it seems so forced and unnatural, he couldn't even pull that off in my opinion. Similarly when he left Padme to go find his mother.

Both of those... Lucas?  Especially considering taking a look at the other side of that (Natalie Portman) in Star Wars vs other movies.  But don't take my word for it... check out Life as a Housew, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.  Look at Ep 4 and 6 vs. 5.  The difference?  Lucas.  Star Wars was a great (adaptation of an) idea.  But its success propelled him to a place where he could coast secure that he was better than he really is in other areas.
2566  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: October 31, 2012, 10:32:44 AM
And speaking of missteps he personally picked Hayden Christensen, correct?

Hayden Christiansen is actually a decent actor- don't take the Star Wars movies as indicative of what any of the actors can do.  Any of them that managed to bring any level of characterization to the roles did that in spite of his clunky dialog and inept direction, not because of the same.  Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson are both great actors also, and suffered from the same.
2567  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: October 31, 2012, 09:58:24 AM
As if Lucas didn't fsck up the star wars film badly enough himself, now he's going to let Disney mess it up even further? How sad. I hope LucasArts (the games department) isn't included in the sale.

It is.  Everything is, and the largest parts of the acquisition that people aren't talking about are Skywalker Sound and ILM.  Those two are the real feathers - along the lines of Disney's acquisition of Pixar.

Disney would absolutely destroy Star Wars, I feel.  Lucas just cashed out, it's not like he was able to bring the stories back to life much himself.

I have more hope.  From their plans as stand, they are going to give the franchise to someone already at LucasArts, and picked for the role.  Lucas will be Executive Producer and Consultant, so might not have been purely a cash out.  I look at what's been done with the EU and the Clone Wars as an indication as to what could be done without Lucas in ultimate control, and that's what gives me hope.  The fact of the matter is that a lot of the missteps were due to the fact that Lucas was a lot like Jobs, i.e. no room to be questioned.  It's just that he wasn't as competent as Jobs.  Say what you want about the man, but he knew how to get things done (for better or worse for the industry as a whole).  Lucas really didn't, and has been coasting on the strength of what he adapted in 1977.
2568  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Confusing Apple Promo (Spoof) on: October 31, 2012, 06:52:28 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os87PLlyU4k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os87PLlyU4k</a>

All the banned Apple Promos on this Playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/pl...54950D82&feature=plcp
2569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steve Ballmer's Dilemma on: October 30, 2012, 09:01:15 PM
Well, I figured that the waving might be the motion before he put his hands in his ears smiley  After all, there must be a reason he has such a hard time hearing anyone other than himself...
2570  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steve Ballmer's Dilemma on: October 30, 2012, 04:49:17 PM
I don't know.  I looked at it as an in media res look at this final product...

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2571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Steve Ballmer's Dilemma on: October 30, 2012, 03:09:43 PM
A new article on Cringely (I, Cringely formerly of InfoWorld fame), hits it on the spot, with a few zingers to boot!  He doesn't always get it right, but I love his deconstruction of the industry.

One of my favorites from this article:
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Like Blanche DuBois, Microsoft has relied on the kindness of strangers.

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(And, just for clarification, I don't totally agree with the article.  But it has a glimmer of truth, even if just partial and perceived- especially when it comes to the consumer market.)
2572  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / A Strange Discovery... on: October 30, 2012, 12:04:40 PM
So, I have a few searches in the form of RSS feeds that I can see where I am mentioned on the internet using a few different search engines.  I've started to see my posts on DonationCoder show up.

An example: http://donation.best1.eu/dishonored-review/

What is that?  Does anyone know? It has no links to DonationCoder anywhere which is why I was so skeptical of it.

Also check the main site at http://donation.best1.eu/

Thoughts?
2573  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Valve is looking for beta-testers for Steam Linux client on: October 29, 2012, 05:00:59 PM
While I think games and such have a right to not be free, the fact it is the most gigantic market out there at present. If they continue to be locked to Windows and Mac, you'll have a monopoly. Today, we at least have the luck of installing what we want on our Linux and Macs, but in the future the giants want it all to go through their stores.

There's too many large segments (and too much money) that aren't onboard with this whole thing to think that they have ultimate power.  This is one of the reasons that I'm glad for digital distribution of games - if you think they're going to just roll over, then look at live for windows.  And game center.  I really don't think they're going for that in terms of the desktop... but again, time will tell.
2574  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AdBlock Plus To Not Block All Ads on: October 29, 2012, 04:22:41 PM
^ I found out that this is what is happening.  ABP used to block the https ads, but now it isn't, unless you block the whole domain.  I'm not sure of the reasoning behind this, but it was definitely not because of a lack of ability as they were blocked before the latest update.
2575  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Valve is looking for beta-testers for Steam Linux client on: October 29, 2012, 09:58:23 AM
Yes, I've read the FSF's take on it, and even hammered on a few of my own points a few times, but what this means is more than just a few more registrations at the Linux counter. 

Actually, I think they alienate more than a few people (including me) with their definition of "Free".  No matter what they might say on the matter, there's a whole wide range of software that is "Free", and its pretty insulting to the devs (IMO) to say that they aren't just because they can't/won't release the source.  That's why I have a hard time reading (or supporting) anything they say, unfortunately.
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