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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Steals 22 Domain Names from NoIP on: July 01, 2014, 08:41:41 AM
That's what I was wondering. How did Microsoft get the authority to seize the domains? That would be like me seizing all the fireworks at the local fireworks stands because some of them are illegal.

Did they have any documentation backing this up?  Seems... irregular.

Hm... There is sort of a president for this in regard to domain squatting fore the sole purpose of extortion IIRC. I actually looked into it once because of the TClock.com domain being registered (for 10 years out) but never used for anything. But I'd really like to see the list of 22 seized domain names before going there.

This.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 30, 2014, 04:18:42 PM
^ Might want to spoiler that image.  Even though the thread is marked NSFW, there are limits...
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: June 30, 2014, 09:34:57 AM
Actually, I'm amazed governments weren't in on this from day one. What an ideal way to fund covert activities and black ops. Or handle bribes campaign contributions. They've turned a blind eye toward (or at the very least tolerated) numbered Swiss bank accounts, numerous Istituto per le Opere di Religione shenanigans, and offshore banks for that very reason. So much easier to transact with than blood diamonds too.

Maybe these "democratic" governments need to rethink their position on crypto-currencies. Ya think? tongue

Swiss bank accounts, for all of the perception that they are inviolable, are not.  There's no humans involved in bitcoin security on transactions, so they are. Wink

Note that any failures on bitcoin have been human related for all of the hubbub otherwise.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Security Notifications Ending? on: June 30, 2014, 01:55:08 AM
I'm a little surprised at the reaction to this - I would have guessed that DCer's would generally be in favor of tough anti-spam laws.

This isn't a tough anti-spam law- it's a short-sighted one, with little understanding of the tech behind it, and a very stifling effect by the unreasonable penalties.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Security Notifications Ending? on: June 29, 2014, 11:18:57 PM
Aa any rate, the security bulletins have been switched to a RSS feed. Which is fine by me since I prefer to use RSS anyway.

Here's the link: http://technet.microsoft....-us/security/rss/bulletin

Add it to your reader.

They didn't switch.  That was already an option.  RSS is a pull, not a push type service... so there's a difference.  There's of course ways around that difference... but there aren't any added functions in their offering RSS.
81  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Pinnacle Game Profiler - Flash sale (75% off - $5) on: June 29, 2014, 11:51:31 AM
But is it any good? smiley

Admittedly, that was what I was wondering also. smiley
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: June 29, 2014, 11:28:29 AM
Acceptance of Facebook's user agreement, at the time of signup, would not be considered "informed consent".


Exactly what I pointed out elsewhere.  Thanks for the links, app!
83  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Missing out on the Control Panel Items, Launchy didn't on: June 28, 2014, 12:57:47 PM
Guys! Please help...! Angry Have all gone into the Snoozing Mode?

When dealing with free software and those that try to help you with it, patience is a virtue.  Especially over the weekend.  Thmbsup
84  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Mercenary Kings - 4 Pack on: June 28, 2014, 12:48:57 PM
Community choice- it's on sale for the next 7 hours, so I'll be buying no matter what at 8 PM EST.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/218820/

Reminds me of Contra with a side of Metal Slug.

4 pack is $30, so that's 7.50 each.  DC credits accepted, post interest to this thread, but don't send anything until we get 4 or I say go ahead.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: June 28, 2014, 10:15:23 AM
Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer is listed as the study’s lead author. In an interview the company released a few years ago, Kramer is quoted as saying he joined Facebook because "Facebook data constitutes the largest field study in the history of the world."

It’s a charming reminder that Facebook isn’t just the place you go to see pictures of your friends’ kids or your racist uncle’s latest rant against the government—it’s also an exciting research lab, with all of us as potential test subject.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlQjTEeW51I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlQjTEeW51I</a>
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook plays with your mind on: June 28, 2014, 09:31:45 AM
Just from reading the clip in the link I have the suspicion that this is yet another example of "event A occurred before Event B, therefor A is the cause of B."  Do the implementers of the study have an way to know how the lab rats get all their news?  Like if lab rat "Killer Joe" also reads NYT hard copy or subscribes to KKK Weekly?

Since news is generally negative it might be more demonstrative if they fed the lab rats a diet of jolly good news and they all started posting through rose colored glasses.  smiley

Well, the study is pretty stupid when you look at it.  "Do words affect your mental state?" is what the question can be boiled down to.  Well... duh?
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Facebook plays with your mind on: June 27, 2014, 09:03:35 PM
Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment

Yeah.  I'm done.  Especially since they didn't consider the ramifications of someone being in a negative emotional state and possibly... you know... doing negative things other than posting?

Don't really care how much family is on it now.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Google... cardboard? on: June 27, 2014, 07:56:40 PM
[attach=1]

Yeah, that is Google's new VR project...

It's for your smart phone..

and it's cardboard.....

WTF!

Google's Cardboard
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Security Notifications Ending? on: June 27, 2014, 06:34:33 PM
Again, short-sighted legislation without an understanding of technology.  And the fact that this will cross country boundaries... wow.

• You, as an individual, may be fined $10,000

And... more wow.  I see what they were going for but... wow.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Security Notifications Ending? on: June 27, 2014, 05:47:06 PM
Well the page has changed for notifications.

Cached: http://webcache.googleuse...us/security/dd252948.aspx

New: http://technet.microsoft....us/security/dd252948.aspx

So, there's something to it...

More on it:

http://seclists.org/microsoft/2014/q2/27

http://www.zdnet.com/micr...notifications-7000031017/

http://windowsitpro.com/s...on-system-security-alerts

Update:

It's apparently due to a new Canadian anti-spam law.

http://fightspam.gc.ca/eic/site/030.nsf/eng/home
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 27, 2014, 02:46:38 PM
... and items can be added for any reason or no reason.  As long as there is perceived 'offense'.  And they are removed for...  I'm at a loss.

Yup.

But it's predictable. Anything to start a conflict where there was none before, or to open old wounds, or to throw gasoline on a real conflict.

Invent a victim. Dig up a victim. Find a victim.

Order doesn't matter - just whatever works at the time.

Otherwise, what the hell good is it if it can't make headlines?



*sigh*

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANpttfdbe9s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANpttfdbe9s</a>

The best thing would be if after all of this blew over, he turned around and said...

"See!  Exactly what I said in the article... happened.  Grow up people!  Realize what's going on!"



But more strangeness...

Shia LaBeouf removed from Broadway theater, arrested (via USA Today)

Does anyone not see... he needs help?  Or do they need a male Lindsey Lohan?

The craziest details and jokes from Shia LaBeouf's Broadway arrest (via USA Today)

He had to be ... muzzled.  And we make fun of this?



And something to lighten the mood...

Amy Adams Gives Up First Class Seat to US Soldier in Coach (via ABC)

... and it was reported by a tweet from someone else, not from any PR spectacle.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to Sell Digital Products with Google Drive and PayPal on: June 26, 2014, 09:43:06 PM
That's interesting reading... I'll have to look again when I have more time... but thanks for posting it!
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 09:42:12 PM
Not nearly as convoluted a rule set than what American Football subjects you to.

Convoluted?  American Football?  Hmmm...  ohmy
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 26, 2014, 09:41:11 PM
^ That.  Though seeing Welsh translations, I'm not sure that some unknown Elder God wasn't behind it...  Grin
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: June 26, 2014, 06:35:38 PM
Baby Cody has been found!
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 26, 2014, 06:23:55 PM
Oh.

Yes... you've been rickrolled by a picture. tongue
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 26, 2014, 06:23:14 PM
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 26, 2014, 05:53:51 PM
From a book store signing.  And don't blame the messenger when you get it!

I don't get it. Is it Libba Brary? Or is the Butcher Skin Game the joke?

Look at the titles of the books stacked up behind it...
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 26, 2014, 05:19:15 PM
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Does it better than most adults I've seen... and without a stuntman!
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 26, 2014, 01:28:34 PM
[attach=1]

From a book store signing.  And don't blame the messenger when you get it!
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