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2601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: August 27, 2012, 07:16:39 PM
There is no innocent multi-billion company, none. However there is doing business and then there is abusing the system (be it patents or whatever)

That's what that link is about... Samsung is an abuser also.  Especially as even as much as we complain about the separation of corporate interests and politics in America, in South Korea, there is no separation.
2602  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: August 27, 2012, 06:19:04 PM
Relevant:

The frenemy companies try to limit fallout.

And though I don't defend the case, nor the outcome, I will say that Samsung isn't the innocent here.
2603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: August 27, 2012, 01:35:16 PM
^ Doesn't that also go towards conflict of interest?  Why wouldn't the Samsung lawyers try to get rid of such a juror?
2604  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Winzip Courrier 3.5 Free to celebrate the 1 billion downloads on: August 26, 2012, 09:49:51 PM
^ No different than any other contest.  If you get a large item, you have to pay gift taxes on it.  That's why many of these contestants on game shows end up in worse condition than when they went on- they have to pay taxes on a tangible item that they might not have the liquid funds to cover.

http://money.msn.com/tax-...w-that-will-cost-you.aspx
2605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nikola Tesla's Lab Saved by Donations! on: August 24, 2012, 09:49:05 PM
Ahem.
2606  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Any DC members thinking of trying Kickstarter? on: August 24, 2012, 04:34:35 PM
Does kickstarter accepts non-us or international gigs? If yes, then maybe I can push few ideas.

I know at one time they didn't which was the appeal of indiegogo.
2607  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Any DC members thinking of trying Kickstarter? on: August 24, 2012, 03:31:59 PM
I'm planning to also... for a couple of RPGs/Supplements.  But I'm taking a long view at successful and unsuccessful projects within that sphere.  If you're looking to do a board/card game, you might want to look at the list of games on Kickstarter and get similar information.

Some resources that I've found:

http://www.purplepawn.com/

http://www.kicktraq.com/

http://danielsolisblog.blogspot.com/ especially the following posts:

http://danielsolisblog.bl...-ducks-5-kickstarter.html
http://danielsolisblog.bl...ter-freelance-market.html
http://danielsolisblog.bl...ss-why-im-postponing.html (and all of the posts tagged utara)
http://danielsolisblog.bl...osts-of-writers-dice.html
http://danielsolisblog.bl...dsourcing-content-as.html
http://danielsolisblog.bl...arter-momentum-after.html
http://danielsolisblog.bl...arter-video-for-game.html

I hope those help!
2608  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: This reads like my life... on: August 23, 2012, 11:08:37 PM
When I was a kid, other than breaking into the teachers files on the network, some typical piracy, and a tiny bit of fun phreaking, I really didn't do anything remotely like hacking. I was a pretty good kid. Not always sober, but good none-the-less. cheesy tongue

That's about me... except for the phreaking was for the reason that the guy says in the article- access was sooooo expensive!  He even admits he wasn't really a hacker.  My friends on the other hand...
2609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hyperrealism in Action on: August 23, 2012, 11:06:33 PM
^ Ah... no.  I just didn't read the FAQ on his page but went from the article, so I didn't know where you were getting that from.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hyperrealism in Action on: August 23, 2012, 09:42:25 PM
... and only 8 colors!

He only used 6 plus black for this Wink

Just quoting from the article, i.e.

Quote
Silva’s medium of choice is standard Bic ballpoint pens on paper and this particular portrait uses eight different colors, taking some 30 hours to complete.
2611  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: This reads like my life... on: August 23, 2012, 03:32:59 PM
It depended on what the crime was.  In the circle I was in, one guy was co-opted (he's a fervent white hat today), and another was quite paranoid after that to the extent of wiping fingerprints off of glasses.  He eventually was caught, and did some time for it (though he got a really sweet deal when he came out).  I wondered for a long time if because there wasn't the extent of knowledge on the government side at the time it actually paid more to get caught...
2612  Other Software / Developer's Corner / This reads like my life... on: August 23, 2012, 02:14:36 PM
...other than the fact that I never got caught.

http://www.codinghorror.c...was-a-teenage-hacker.html
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon.com toastabag on: August 23, 2012, 11:46:55 AM
Oh the pane of bad puns!
2614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hyperrealism in Action on: August 23, 2012, 11:40:25 AM


The left side is a ball point pen rendering of the image on the right.  Yes, I said ballpoint pen... and only 8 colors!

http://www.thisiscolossal...oint-pens-by-samuel-silva
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XKCD makes online ratings easy to understand on: August 22, 2012, 12:29:24 PM

(sorry if the video doesn't show up... youtube is blocked from work but I'll fix it later if necessary)
2616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: XKCD makes online ratings easy to understand on: August 22, 2012, 09:47:13 AM
In the end, the success or failure of a movie depends on critical mass and the ability to hit a cross-section a combination of things, not the opinion of one particular person.  Even hitting that, it still doesn't allow for individual tastes.  It's sort of like that conversation we had on why people make new software.  I usually try to find a couple of critics that seem to grade and think the way that I do, then follow them.  It's better to me than some random cross section- whether it is critics or the general masses.
2617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Social Networking explained via Groundhog Day on: August 22, 2012, 09:03:19 AM
This is classic!

[attachthumb=1]
2618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please (oh please!) let this be a joke... on: August 22, 2012, 07:28:50 AM
But the picture alone is still funny.

Not to the woman and her husband.  Sad
2619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please (oh please!) let this be a joke... on: August 21, 2012, 04:24:42 PM
You can already do this.  What's so different other than the packaging?
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VLC - Is it worth it still? on: August 21, 2012, 01:33:02 PM
Wraith, do you mean it handles video well also?

Yes.  I've started ripping my DVDs to mkv, and I'm indexing them all in MMG with the codec pack.
2621  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VLC - Is it worth it still? on: August 21, 2012, 11:50:32 AM
As for audio output being sub par, I wouldn’t know as I use it only for video. I use MediaMonkey Gold for my music, and it sounds just fine for me! It's output is to my computer speakers which is a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 and it does fine for that.   Cool

If you already use MMG for your music, with the codecs installed, it becomes quite good for managing everything...
2622  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Storybundle on: August 21, 2012, 11:38:32 AM
Thanks!  That's a great find!

UPDATE: After looking at it, I noticed that the books are available on Amazon, Smashwords, etc., for pretty decent prices, so it's not as good a deal as the indiebundle type software deals- especially if you pay the minimum to get the extra books.  But they have pretty good reviews, and you can always pay less if you don't want the extras so it comes out OK in the end.
2623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Stabs You in the Back... on: August 21, 2012, 08:18:15 AM
The reason they can get away with this is complacency. If hundreds of thousands of people expressed their displeasure by no longer using Google Search, what would happen? But that won't occur, because the masses are ignorant.

I just don't see the point, currently.  They haven't done anything wrong- there's just the fear that they will.  If they start charging for standard search, the quality of their searches will go down b/c they'll be missing great parts of the internet.  And they will go down in flaming ball of fire.  As they charge for their shopping searches, I'll look elsewhere?  Why?  Because they won't have the index of all of the places possible.  If people see that the quality of what they're doing declines as their greed increases, they'll quickly lose share.
2624  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Simple online ToDo/GTD lists on: August 21, 2012, 07:34:11 AM
Interesting... and good for him!  The same principle he refers to is found in many spaces, though the area I hear it most is in writing, and I have a hard time with it also.  Start small, release often, and grow.  There's a lot to be said for that cycle.
2625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Stabs You in the Back... on: August 21, 2012, 07:31:26 AM
Again, not taking sides... but how is this doing otherwise?  If their search results are still based on relevance, but they also have a shopping results tab, then it seems like its two different parts of the service.

I'm just not feeling the righteous indignation here...

Because the plan is that only merchants that pay will be listed. Payment won't guarantee that one will rank well for any particular search terms, but without payment, you won't be listed at all. Free placement is being phased out.

I am sure that I don't have to tell you that before Google came along, that's pretty much how most search engines used to work. What Google is doing is taking a step back in that direction with their Google Shopping service. I think what people fear most is them not stopping with just Google Shopping and going ahead with that same kind of "stone age days of the internet" paid inclusion model with their regular web search.

Ah... so it's the fear of collateral damage.  So there was a difference in interpretation of what 'search results' included- Google apparently looked at it as the standard web search, but others took it to mean all search products period.  So when they changed it for one, it breached trust; even though that might not be what they ever intended, it's the law of unintended consequences. And now with that trust breached- people fear that it might spillover.

A valid fear if they were not kept in check.  But they aren't unassailable, and Bing is a good alternative, as well as others, so I think that if they did make that change, they'd be shooting themselves in the foot.  They're doing to a certain extent it seems what Microsoft has done to such good effect- and gotten 'slapped on the wrist' a few times for doing- leveraging the popularity of their platform to gain traction.  The difference is that they are now trying to turn that traction into actual dollars, and I don't think that Microsoft was ever as obvious about what they were doing when they made that transition.
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