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2601  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Books Downloader - WARNING - contains search hijack "arccosine.com" on: March 19, 2012, 06:25:11 PM
Did you post a comment/report the project?  Because the source that's checked in pretty much does nothing, so its a misdirection...

I'm posting something about the source, but as I don't have experience with the binary, wouldn't post that.  I'd suggest going to http://googlebookdownload...x.com/releases/view/84266 and posting your experiences...

Update: Posted two issue tracker items and a review about the source code doing nothing.  I also sent a support e-mail to the Microsoft team over the site.
2602  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Superboyac is throwing in the towel: I'm going to transition to Linux on: March 19, 2012, 05:03:33 PM
^ And this is the reason that I gave up when I tried my Linux experiment.  My steps were:

  • 1. Install Linux on a side box and use WINE to run Windows apps.  The problem was, it wasn't my primary machine, and so everything was slower and it wasn't helping my transition, as when I went to the machine, I wasn't really *doing* anything.  In fact, most of the time, I was using slower Windows apps in WINE.
  • 2. Install VM on my main machine.  Again, I wasn't really getting anything done in the VM, and when I did use it, some of my major things required Windows, so it was either install WINE to use them in the VM (which didn't seem to make sense), or go back to Windows.

In the end, I know I didn't give Linux the try it deserved, but I realized that I didn't need to- that there was no compelling reason to switch.  So I haven't.
2603  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: Ability to *up*vote a post on: March 17, 2012, 07:57:36 PM
^ I don't think so much a reputation mod, but something that you can say that this post is a good post.  It can also help mouser in making the newsletters, bringing attention to posts the community thinks are great.
2604  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Interested in an eReader - Kobo Touch $29.99 from Best Buy 2012-03-17 on: March 17, 2012, 11:59:14 AM
...no, the refurb is normally $50.  The normal price is $100.
2605  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Interested in an eReader - Kobo Touch $29.99 from Best Buy 2012-03-17 on: March 17, 2012, 09:45:40 AM
Kobo Touch $29.99 from Best Buy 2012-03-17

More on the Kobo.  Though less mainstream than the others (especially since Borders went under), the Kobo remains a viable alternative, especially since it is one of the friendlier readers for EPUB.  It's store sells books with Adobe eBook DRM, which I am skeptical of since the Adobe Digital Editions requires activation, so I'm not sure how that is on the Kobo.  But this is a really good deal on a reader.

(review on GoodReader) (Review on CNET) (review on The eBook Reader)
2606  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A change I've seen in the forum on: March 16, 2012, 05:02:09 PM
I've noticed this change or shift in attitude also, and not just in this forum.  I can't explain it, i've asked others about it, i don't get it.  There does seem to have been a change in mood or attitude or something in the last couple of years.

I'm seeing a lot more anger most places I'm looking.

People seem to get angry much more easily than they used to, and stay angry a lot longer once they do.

This, definitely.  And people seem to have less tolerance for dissenting opinions, or even discussion of those positions.

I like a good debate of positions.  But have been getting less of that, because at the end, it seems that there is more anger at than appreciation of differences.  Sad.
2607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Britannica - would you buy it on (say) Kindle or Nook? on: March 15, 2012, 06:18:29 PM
Except they're really not. There are all sorts of agendas, cliques, and power brokers within the Wikipedia community. Just like everywhere else. (Get involved as a contributor and you'll find that out pretty quickly.)

QFT.  And very good summarization of what I meant above with your comments on the peer review system.  Non-PhD's can bring things to the table, and so a group of PhD's vetting each other's work doesn't mean that you have the last word on the subject.  But you're a sight closer than you are without them.
2608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Britannica - would you buy it on (say) Kindle or Nook? on: March 15, 2012, 05:07:22 PM
But studies have shown that the quality (i.e., error rate) of Britannica is only somewhat better than Wikipedia -- they're both of similar magnitude.

I fear that the stigma really stems from academia (right down to elementary school) believing in a top-down model, a priesthood of experts who dictate to the masses, whereas WP stands for power from the ground up.

Not to get off-topic, but while your arguments may be valid (there is the argument that it's not about top down, but responsibility), they still don't reflect the stark reality of those students in the halls of academia, i.e. they can't use Wikipedia.  So Britannica and their ilk still serve a very real purpose currently.  And indexing them in a digital manner on a digital platform does serve a purpose.  Not having that constraint, I don't think that I would purchase them for myself, but others in my household do have to live by those constraints, so it's a possibility.
2609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Britannica - would you buy it on (say) Kindle or Nook? on: March 15, 2012, 04:31:38 PM
I mean, at this point, Britannica is just dying a relatively quick death.  Who really needs it?  Nobody wants or needs your books, anything you put online will be inferior to wikipedia, so either figure out a way to fill a need that is currently unfilled, or...goodbye.

Actually, not.  There's a very good reason for Britannica and other recognized sources to be there- and other than the fact that Wikipedia is crowdsourced, so the information is only as reputable as effort the community puts into it, i.e. unsourced information remains on the site.  That is for education.  Most schools don't accept things sourced from Wikipedia.  In the educational arena for the most part, Wikipedia is persona non grata.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A change I've seen in the forum on: March 15, 2012, 04:28:02 PM
As TaoPhoenix says, the living room has a very wide open scope -- I just think that discussions should try to stay on topic, and be conducted with an eye towards their permanent existence on the site as a knowledge repository.

This.  It's not the topics that I refer to, but the focus in the topic.  That's the reason for the bit about the notifications- If I wanted to be notified about replies to this topic, but came here after being notified and saw a post about SOPA... that's not really part of the topic.
2611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A change I've seen in the forum on: March 15, 2012, 02:09:56 PM
I didn't really want to call anyone/anything out... Think of this more as a PSA and the chance for a discussion. smiley
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A change I've seen in the forum on: March 15, 2012, 12:21:24 PM
I'll agree and admit to going off topic on more than a few occasions. But I don't see it as a problem per se in an area like the living room. I was always under the impression that forum areas such as that were pretty much intended as "anything goes" boards, whereas things like "general software discussion" et al were expected to be more focused and narrow.

Free ranging discussion is also (in my experience) the way people actually do talk about things - including serious topics - as may be witnessed by the popularity of the Living Room compared to the other boards.  So going off on a related theme or digressing is not at all the same thing as "talking nonsense." And, as was pointed out earlier, sometimes some horseplay or diggression defuses a tense situation and allows a discussion to resume on a less emotional level.

For a focused treatment of a topic - and one intended for posterity - I think a wiki would be a much better venue than a forum. But others may see it differently.
 smiley
 

I do agree that free ranging discussion is the way that people talk about things - to a point.  However, when totally new discussions start at random in a topic about a different discussion, it just seems strange IMO.  I have a problem with that in RL at times (because my mind goes faster than my mouth, thus I'm a few steps ahead of the conversation and forget to connect things), and other people look at me strangely because of this as they have a hard time following the change in conversation.

This is the kind of thing that I've been seeing as of late, though it could just be me...
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A change I've seen in the forum on: March 15, 2012, 10:19:43 AM
...and not necessarily a good one, in my experience/opinion, is the constant derailing (or dovetailing) on topics, especially in the living room area.  I've found myself doing the same.  It seems that no matter what's posted in the topic, the discussion degenerates into a general discussion of/commenting on anything that comes to mind.  It makes notifications of topics less than useful- I'm interested in the subject, not tangential conversations and posting of links to only peripherally related articles.  It makes this less a place that things can be discussed in a fruitful and rewarding way (IMO) and more of a schizophrenic melange of ideas on some bizarre stream of consciousness.  If some of these discussions took place in real life, I'd either be confused or walk away.  And it seems that more and more people that used to contribute are doing so... I'm not sure if that's the reason, or something else.

Anyone else notice this/have a problem with this?  And if so, is there anything we can do to make this less prevalent?
2614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Time management system from Mark Forster on: March 15, 2012, 10:11:05 AM
Okay, y'all have surprised me. To me this is the Scarlet C (for Copyright) staring me in the face, because, wait for it ... "distributing it is 'wrong' ".

Watch what happens when you / if he were to (pick a grammar case) change it to a Creative Commons license - that means the owner WANTS it to get out!

The future of content is Freemiums and riding viral waves. Secret email lists are what feel wrong to me. (Email? Really?!)

I know, it's an angle at collecting value etc, it just feels to me like it's headed into an evolutionary dead end type path.


No, copyright is distributing it is unlawful.  This is usually followed by DRM to enforce this.  

Undermining someone else's wishes when there is no price nor claim (he didn't say don't distribute it- he said sign up to get it) is just plain manners and respect for someone's works.  Just because they limit initial distribution by saying sign up for an e-mail doesn't imply any sort of dead end path to me- it implies about the same as sign up to our forum for a permanent key to our software.  

It's pay me for this work that I've done- the payment just doesn't take the form of money.

(Sorry... I was posting at the same time as you, Tomos.  I removed the questions and just left the statement)
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats the point of subcribing to a youtube playlist/show? on: March 14, 2012, 08:22:22 PM
but does it show playlists and shows you are subscribed to? I used to get those emails (not sure why I don't anymore) and I don't really remember ever seeing the playlists I subscribed to showing up in those emails either.

Yes... and that's what I was referring to.  I don't even use the homepage, so I hadn't ever seen it affect that.

From my digest:

[attachthumb=1]

Note the name of the channel I'm subscribed to, followed by the playlist that I'm subscribed to.
2616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Time management system from Mark Forster on: March 14, 2012, 08:13:30 PM
I don't think it's copyright... I think it's wanting to artificially form a community.  It's not like you're actually paying for it, and I'd never sign up under false pretenses then e-mail someone else's work out.  That seems on the other spectrum of wrong.  He writes it and gives it away for free with a sign-up- if that's how he wants to distribute it, even though I won't go through the effort without some information, it is his prerogative, and I'd not undermine that.
2617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone playing Mass Effect 2 game yet? on: March 14, 2012, 04:52:58 PM
Either way: it is bound to EA account (despite the fact of having DVD edition).

If you have the DVD edition, I believe someone can still use it- they just can't use the free DLC.  At least I think that's how it works.
2618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone playing Mass Effect 2 game yet? on: March 14, 2012, 03:46:56 PM
For you fenix (no spoilers, but I'll still put it in tags)

2619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Time management system from Mark Forster on: March 14, 2012, 11:47:39 AM
I could copy and paste his email but I think that would probably be against his wishes. Hopefully he'll "out" it on his site soon.

If I get the time to have a closer look I'll report back.
I agree. I don't like his approach - although he may also have a very good reason for doing it this way he hasn't shared with us yet.

And...he is the author...so I think it's only right we respect his wishes and not broadband his emails if we do decide to receive them.

Oh, I didn't mean the contents of the e-mail (and totally agree with you), but the impressions of the system once you have time to peruse it more closely.
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Time management system from Mark Forster on: March 14, 2012, 11:03:11 AM
^ This.  Maybe someone that has it can give more information?
2621  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Paypal: Censors in the name of Profit on: March 14, 2012, 06:31:45 AM
Smashwords PayPal Censorship Update via (Author Steve Perry's Blog)

Quote
From Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords:

"Great news.  Yesterday afternoon I met with PayPal at their office in San Jose, where they informed me of their decision to modify their policies to allow legal fiction. Effective last night,we rolled back the Smashwords Terms of Service to its pre-February 24 state."

How about that? Now and then, the Forces of Evil lose a round.

Way to go, Mark.
2622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats the point of subcribing to a youtube playlist/show? on: March 13, 2012, 11:17:01 PM
I think playlists can act like channels now, i.e. the subscription lets you know when the playlist is updated- either changed or added to.
2623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cute jokes' thread on: March 13, 2012, 08:03:19 PM
A husband and wife are shopping in their local Wal-Mart.

The husband picks up a case of Budweiser and puts it in their cart.

"What do you think you're doing?' asks the wife.

"They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans," he replies.

"Put them back, we can't afford them," demands the wife, and so they carry on shopping.

A few aisles further on along the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket

"What do you think you're doing?" asks the husband.

"It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful," replies the wife.

Her husband retorts, "So does 24 cans of Budweiser and it's half the price."
2624  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / RYG: SecureROM DRM Integrated into Origin, Traces found in ME3 on: March 11, 2012, 04:04:29 PM
RYG: SecueROM DRM Integrated into Origin, Traces Found in Mass Effect 3

Reclaim Your Game tweeted that they had found evidence that despite EA's claims to the contrary, they are still using SecueROM, and haven't notified their customers that this is the case.

I have a big problem with this if it's true.  Use whatever form of DRM you want.  But you'd better let me know what you're putting on my system.  There are certain DRM methods that I just don't want to have on my system.  TAGES is one, and SecureROM is the other.  If you have to get your hooks deep into my system, and possibly cause problems, or limit the number of installations I can have, I just avoid the game.  So not to let me know?  That's just wrong...
2625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why I Pirate - An Open Letter to Content Creators on: March 11, 2012, 03:14:37 PM
I just watched an interesting movie too Repo Men (2010)w.  It's decent movie, if a bit gory.  But a couple of the quotes stuck with me, and reminded me of the excuses given to justify the behavior that goes on towards copyright.



You can't absolve the people that make the decisions because the company and the rules tell them that this is required.  If you see such decisions being made, you have to have the moral fortitude to stand up to them.  But, when placed in a position where morality conflicts with career, most ignore the morality of the situation.
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