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2601  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: NetLaunch on: October 08, 2012, 09:59:48 AM
I think that the post should be removed.  An unknown participant with a link to an executable based off of another?  *I* wouldn't trust it.
2602  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Testers Wanted for my Game(s) - Asteroid Destroyer on: October 06, 2012, 10:43:35 AM
I'll echo the nice graphics and explosions.  The thing about newtonian physics in asteroids was that you could accelerate continuously and continue to gain acceleration- you might want to think about if you want to go full newtonian, not newtonian, or keep it as is.  I'll definitely echo the difficulty level, and not sure what you are going to do for long term playability- after a few levels, the sameness sets in.  Also, a way in the application to adjust the volume other than on or off would be nice.  But nice first shot.
2603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Privacy Violation - This time it's about kids on: October 05, 2012, 08:30:47 PM
And I am not too sure it would be wise to put up a fuss about the palm scanning, either. It is for the protection of the children, and not merely for convenience. You might not understand my point of view unless you were bullied, beaten up, and had your lunch money/tickets stolen as a child. A single act is a multiple assault whose effects do not ever entirely go away, first with an act of violence when the money/tickets are taken, then again when you have to go hungry every day for a week, and then again every day when you are going to/from school from the fear of being attacked again. I still hold my breath when going under a certain bridge, even as an adult in the safety of a car, because of what happened there when I was about 8 years old.

A bully can't steal your palm.

Very good points.  I was of a different mind... but reading your post with an open mind... You make a very persuasive argument.
2604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For the Trekkies - Star Trek Engines Being Researched on: October 04, 2012, 01:33:44 PM
Call me when either Deanna or Beverly are free for dinner. Wink

Is dinner a euphemism?  No?  It is for me... Grin
2605  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: Carbon - my new hackable performant (semi) static blogging system. on: October 04, 2012, 01:32:55 PM
That's really cool!  Having done my own framework, I know how much work is involved, and tip my hat to you- the code looks really solid for this stage of the game.  And if you're not using it for a wide variety of projects, having your own tailor made to what you need is great.  That's my problem with Unity and Prism and all of the Microsoft Enterprise libraries- they're too heavyweight.  Yours is functional and readable.

Great work!
2606  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: This program should be avoided like the plague! on: October 04, 2012, 01:03:53 PM
(Quite true that respect is lacking) You're half way there. The problem is that the sugarcoating is being used as a substitute for respect. It's a pretend civility, because people are just trying to sound nice...instead of being nice. Kind of like self respect, folks what have it are generally never seen flopping around on the floor like toddlers. But the PC types will throw a flatout fit if one makes the "mistake" of using a "naughty" word in their presence.

Oh, I totally agree with you on that point.  I hate all of the PC pretend that I'm OK while internally being the same person BS.  I'd rather see the real you, and decide for myself if I like you or want to be offended, rather than this whitewashed facade.  If I choose to get offended or not- that's my choice.  But let it be based on the real you, and if I make that choice, then I can choose to distance myself, which is better for both of us.  This Coexist BS just rubs me the wrong way.

That's not to say force my views on you, or you force yours on me, but for us to agree not to agree and not deal with the fakeness.
2607  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: Carbon - my new hackable performant (semi) static blogging system. on: October 04, 2012, 10:07:07 AM
So... technical question.  It looks like you did your MVC work from scratch?  Is that right?  Just curious... I've been looking at CodeIgniter because I did an MVVM framework almost from scratch (using parts of Unity and Prism), and didn't want to go through that again, but love the approach.
2608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For the Trekkies - Star Trek Engines Being Researched on: October 04, 2012, 10:03:45 AM
Well, no.  But, yesGrin
2609  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: This program should be avoided like the plague! on: October 04, 2012, 09:53:27 AM
It didn't used to be rare, back when people had spines. Now our society has become hypersensitive about anything that isn't sugarcoated.

It's not about sugar-coating.  It's a good dose of respect, and the realization that if you do it, and it's done back, then you shouldn't get bent about someone turning your own vitriol against you.

I'm personally getting a little fed up with all the cheap shots, digs, snide comments, swearing, posturing, ranting and screaming that seems to be the norm of late.

This is exactly it.  There's criticism (and I'm not one of those people that believe that criticism can't be constructive), and then there's just useless ranting and vitriol.  People confuse the two, and the PC movement hasn't helped.

I personally prefer if someone is straight with me.  But if you come at me the wrong way, I'll either shut down and ignore what you're trying to say, or come back at you inappropriately (most times, the first... but... hey, I'm human).  There are only a few people that I will let actually vent at me.  It's a matter of respect, in my opinion, something that's vanishingly rare online these days.

What is going on with people lately? There's a widespread refusal to deal with situations (any situation) in a mature and sane manner. In almost every place I been lately I'm running into people who cry on cue and/or fly off the handle at the drop of a hat. It's almost like there's a reward for acting like a cranky toddler rather than an adult. Antisocial is becoming the accepted new 'social.'

So much this.  I was in court recently, and it even works there.  Passive-Aggressive or Antisocial is the way to go these days, it seems.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For the Trekkies - Star Trek Engines Being Researched on: October 04, 2012, 09:45:37 AM
Trekkers, please smiley
2611  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: This program should be avoided like the plague! on: October 03, 2012, 10:33:21 PM
There's is the cleansing of a good scream or yell.  But just because it is, doesn't absolve you of responsibility if you direct it at someone else.  I think that's what 40 was objecting to... and I find myself agreeing.
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: AWESOMENESS * 99^9999999!!! Meets Douchebaggery. on: October 03, 2012, 12:12:16 PM
The mere appearance of impropriety is enough to send some scampering back into the shadows as if they were burned by flame.

Exactly.  Especially in this increasingly litigious society.
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: VPS Recommendations Anyone? on: October 03, 2012, 11:57:31 AM
So, kind of narrowed down to this:

http://myhosting.com/

Did you notice this part:

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Multiple State-of-the-art Facilities
Our web servers are housed within Equinix and Earthlink Enterprise Data Centers located in Toronto, Canada and Rochester, NY, USA respectively. Web servers are directly connected to world-class fibre optic networks which ensure that your web site experiences superior performance in a fully-redundant and secure environment.

This is why I didn't make any recommendations; even the company I used to go with that was based out of Australia had datacenters in the US.  If you're concerned enough to be doing this, it seems like this would be a red flag...

Still mulling over a control panel... I don't like the idea of subscription software. I like to pay once and be done with it. So, the Plesk and cPanel pricing just rubs me the wrong way.

If you're paying from hosting from a good provider, that cost of cpanel/whm should be a part of your hosting price- not a separate charge, truthfully.  You can get things a la carte, but if you don't you'll find the cost of a reliable host with/without cpanel not to be much (if any) different- and a lot less painful if you aren't in the know regarding *nix.

If you do want to go the more painful route, we aren't looking at anything like RDP- more like command line stuff.  There's not a desktop OS to any of this stuff AFAIK.  I think your prejudices against subscription software might be making you look at this the wrong way- especially since you're going to be paying for hosting per month in any case.

FWIW, if you're primarily interested in more of a webmail solution (which is probably smarter if it's your server) take a look at Roundcube. I've been evaluating it and it's very impressive.

I have roundcube on my server, and it looked pretty cool, along with horde.  My personal favorite though is squirrelmail for a client.
2614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: AWESOMENESS * 99^9999999!!! Meets Douchebaggery. on: October 03, 2012, 11:53:10 AM
I think their biggest problem was that they were too open with the wrong information.  If he had not *named* the printer company, I don't think they would have come after him.  It's the *knowingly* part that got him in trouble.
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: AWESOMENESS * 99^9999999!!! Meets Douchebaggery. on: October 03, 2012, 11:42:44 AM
Interesting... they have a bitcoin address to donate to... never knew you could see the transactions freely for bitcoins:

http://blockchain.info/ad...GMT8e9uoJ8CmamrdVz9o8fAEa
2616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: VPS Recommendations Anyone? on: October 03, 2012, 08:24:21 AM
I'm not a Linux person either, but I use CentOS/CPanel/WHM on my VPS and it works well.  My provider uses Virtuozzo for the environment, though I've not really had to have any interaction with that part.
2617  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cool New Malware/Spyware ;) on: October 03, 2012, 08:21:12 AM
You're sitting at your desk. Someone calls. You raise your phone to see whose calling. They just nabbed your computer screen.

Yep - Boring most of the time, but it's those little, opportune moments that count, and they're probably more common than you'd initially think.

As for the PDF, it gets into some technical stuff that's interesting, but probably not worth the time for most people to read it.

Nope.  They'd get a blank blue screen or my speaker.  At home and at work, when I'm at my computer, my phone is on a stand and I just glance at it and hit the button if I want to answer.
2618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Judge Lifts Ban on US Sales of Samsung Tablet...funny on: October 02, 2012, 01:22:31 PM
aaagh



* tom runs off to mark thread ignore
* wraith808 follows
2619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Got a Damaged iPhone? You're Not Alone on: October 02, 2012, 11:37:04 AM
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Damaged iPhones have cost consumers more than $6 billion dollars since the smartphone's introduction in 2007. Smart Money's Quentin Fottrell points out the sleeker iPhone 5 design isn't going to make it any easier to protect your phone.

http://live.wsj.com/video...3A-972F-5B28F15B3050.html

Planned obsolescence?
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 02, 2012, 11:32:41 AM
iPhone Haiku

Captain's log: We are

where no man has gone before--

blame Sulu's iPhone.
2621  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: VPS Recommendations Anyone? on: October 02, 2012, 07:13:11 AM
FWIW: we used GoDaddy for a project I worked on some years, one of the cheaper VPSs since we didn't need much processing muscle. The software control panel wasn't impressive, but covered our needs, and the VM seemed to perform well enough. But the latency to Denmark was pretty bad.

I think the ditch the USA would put that out of the running.  Or else I'd recommend LiquidWeb.  But I don't really know anything about anyone without a US presence.
2622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: October 01, 2012, 10:57:11 AM
Right. I just didn't think anyone would want it.

Most people usually like to see context for stuff like this. smiley
2623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Hack Attack to Scare You - Badly on: October 01, 2012, 09:19:19 AM
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The official described the type of attack as “not infrequent” and said there were unspecified “mitigation measures in place.”

It isn't as sensational as it seems- not related to actual launch codes, but rather towards the "nuclear football", i.e. the C&C and COG during times of nuclear crisis.
2624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple ripoffs on: October 01, 2012, 09:14:11 AM
Um...Legos are not an American product even if Lego DK is very careful not to claim to have invented the interlocking toy block it is based on...

If you look at the video on the subject (produced by LEGO), they actually do go into that in exacting detail.  So it's not exactly something that they never say- just not on the site.
2625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple ripoffs on: October 01, 2012, 12:13:15 AM
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What's the difference in those two scenarios?

You make a very good point.

I think it comes down to who we view as the bad guy, bully, cheater, freeloader, or exploiter in any given scenario..

Sometimes it feels like the "original inventor" is abusing the system by suing everyone who has a similar idea -- using their money to scare off reasonable alternatives and making tons of money through legal extortion.

And sometimes it feels like some big company has just walked all over a small inventor and used their influence and marketing dollars and aggression to trample over and bury the original developer.


And I do agree with both of these points.  But laws have to be made to be impartial (the blind lady and all).  Same thing happened/happens with Microsoft vs. the rest of the world.  They do the same things as others, and are held to a different standard.  I can see the thought process behind it, and based on emotions and what I'd like to happen, I'd agree.  But logic tells me that they all have to be treated the same way.
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