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2601  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
2602  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?
2603  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.
2604  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.
2605  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
2606  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.
2607  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.
2608  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.
2609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple ripoffs on: September 30, 2012, 06:07:28 PM
I think it falls into the same category as DRM, Patent, and Copyright to be honest.

Someone makes a phone, and says that no one else can make theirs look anything like that, and sues if someone does.

Someone makes a plastic brick with raised dots, and says that no one else can make theirs look anythinng like that, and sues if someone does.

What's the difference in those two scenarios?
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wicked Cool Unusual Features in Software on: September 27, 2012, 03:57:10 PM
Clear is an app for iOS that has a cool way to add an item.  You put your fingers together over the two items you want to insert the item between, and separate your fingers to create the new item.  Really cool use if NUI.

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2611  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Demise of the Desktop (Free ALTools licenses too!) on: September 27, 2012, 02:25:16 PM
The reasons for this are consistent and continual revenue.  If you can get someone on the hook for a lower amount- then continue to get them to have to pay to use the service, you have a more consistent revenue stream than with the sale of software.  Everything else is just an excuse.
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recharge Your Tesla for FREE! on: September 26, 2012, 09:26:48 AM
They are really living up to the name Tesla- especially since one of his last projects that wasn't complete was wireless energy.
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 25, 2012, 01:46:35 PM
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2614  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Stealth-focused Computer Games on: September 25, 2012, 10:58:35 AM
Thiefw  Kiss Kiss Kiss

How could I forget about that.  That's one series I hope they re-do.  And I hope that Forsaken is good.

Actually, the elder scrolls games can be played as pretty good stealth-focused games too.  It's just that they allow you to play in other ways.
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter Highlight: Amanda Palmer: The new RECORD, ART BOOK, and TOUR on: September 25, 2012, 10:14:46 AM
Musicians and groups desperately need venues like The Rat. Too bad there are so few of them left.

+1.  It also takes a special location and environment for places like that to thrive.  That nexus used to be easier to find- but these days, not so much.

Modified because I saw this part of the quote "the club finally closed its doors in 1997 amid a movement toward gentrification."  That's part of a problem, unfortunately.

And one final note on AFP - she's married to Neil Gaiman which is definitely way cool. smiley

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On January 1, 2010, she stated on her Twitter feed that she "might have told [Neil Gaiman] [she]'d marry him but also might have been drunk."

They went on to get married, then really married later... but that quote is pretty awesome all by itself.
2616  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Stealth-focused Computer Games on: September 25, 2012, 09:33:26 AM
Ghost Warrior is another I'd forgotten about (remembered that when you said Sniper Elite)
2617  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.
2618  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.
2619  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.
2620  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.
2621  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.
2622  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
2623  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.
2624  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.
2625  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!
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