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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 07, 2015, 10:36:44 AM
Download Visual Studio Express or a free version of Borland's RAD Studio and create your mockup with it. You can easily add functionality if needed, in your language of choice, VB, C# or Delphi.

Easily is a relative thing.  Just wanted to make sure that's out there... because it's a big download to find out its too much for your skills, and too frustrating to bang out something quick when you aren't already versed.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83 on: March 06, 2015, 05:14:20 PM
While some have to do it, I think that many want to do it.  Or, their needs have inflated because of the money that they made in their prime, and now that they aren't, they trade on their heyday.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 06, 2015, 04:28:10 PM
I tried some, but none had the control I need: text box with autocomplete drop down menu

I thought you wanted non-functional?  If you want functional, you're going to have to do some work.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 04:26:05 PM
Sure, they do it occasionally, in certain departments, but overall MS is like this sluggish snail that's maybe eventually going to give you what you want.   Maybe.

LOL!  Even better... they're like a vegas slots machine.  You keep putting tokens in, hoping to break even.  And sometimes... sometimes you get the right combination to get a payout, just enough to keep you feeding it.  But, in the end, the house always wins.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 03:40:13 PM
Windows OS has had issues with this.  Android may have an issue here and there, but the OS itself is built for this sort of thing.  So in your case, it may really be the problem of the hardware.

Windows' problem is not the hardware, it's the OS itself.  It's not built for efficient use of mobile tech...the management of screen on/off, wifi on/off or on while screen is off, etc.  They've made supposedly "significant" updates to it in the past year with the surface user complaining, but they are klunky and still not very significant at all.  I'm assuming it will be fixed in windows 10, but you never know.  if not, I'll be like wtf.

And this is exactly what worries me about their one OS to rule them all approach they're doing with Windows 10.  They've shown that their power management frankly sucks.  And it's the largest thing I hope they fix.  But with one size fits all, I don't think they will.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 03:28:08 PM
OK fine, but android has the same problem and they've figured it out.

Not so sure about that. Got myself my first Android tablet recently (Hudl 2), and I was shocked to see that it depleted itself in a single day in standby without me ever touching it, while my ancient iPad 1 can still hold its charge for weeks in standby (even if it's useless now for browsing).

That could be hardware related, however.  My Nook is an android tablet, and as I said, it goes a week or more.  Not as good as my ipad, but still good enough for occasional reading.  The battery life is pointed out as one of the cons on that particular tablet in the reviews I've seen.

In comparison, look at the stream numbers:

http://www.anandtech.com/...8760/hp-stream-7-review/5

That's a good review overall of the stream 7 also.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 06, 2015, 03:24:45 PM
http://blog.profitbricks....ing-tools-for-developers/
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DuckDuckGo as viable Open Source builder on: March 06, 2015, 03:17:18 PM
Didn't want to override you on anything Waith808.
I saw various posts but none that were specific that i was thinking of.
Although it is relatively easy to set DDG as search engine on Vivaldi, i haven't tried it on Google Chrome.

DDG is improving (can't say that much for Yahoo).


Oh, you weren't overriding anything.  I was just pointing out the prior conversations and my own experiences.

Totally agree Tom... that's what I was doing for a while, then I figured, why even have it as default.
84  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: March 06, 2015, 01:36:05 PM
Not true, judges also need to follow the law.

I'd have to go to a basement thread for this one.  Suffice it to say, I have personal evidence that you're wrong.  It really depends on the judge, the lawyers, and the day of the week.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DuckDuckGo as viable Open Source builder on: March 06, 2015, 11:16:10 AM
I've tried it personally, and it's been brought up here before.  I stopped, because the results and such just weren't as good for me... as well as the fact that the extension had problems in Chrome at least on my computer.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 06, 2015, 08:23:02 AM
Microsoft has a special on the HP Stream 7 signature edition tablet (meaning no crapware and a bare install).  It was only $79, and came with a $25 app store gift card and a year's sub to office 365, so it seemed like a good deal.  What it really did was bring into life a few more issues- real deal breakers.

It's a nice tablet, with a nice build.  A lot thicker than my ipad mini, but it feels good in the hand.  A bit bigger than my nook, but I really like it.  For $79 I don't feel that I've wasted money exactly, since I can use it as a test bed for apps.  But I wouldn't replace my mini (iOS) nor nook (Android) with it.

On the multi-purpose front, there's nothing in the App Store.  So with a $25 credit, I can't even find anything to spend it on.  And it expires in 3 months, so that's not likely to change in that timeframe.

On the reader front (I'd thought to replace my nook with something that I'm more familiar with), it just doesn't have the battery life to compete.  With either device.

I performed a test.  I fully charged my mini (the battery's already older on it) and the new stream 7.  Then I unplugged them and left them going, doing absolutely nothing but sitting on my desk.  I powered them on that same night.  Or tried to.  The stream 7 wouldn't power on because of low battery.  The ipad mini was still at 100%.  I fully charged the stream 7 again.  Today, it's at 30%.  My iPad mini is still at 100%.  That's with zero use.  Just sitting there.  And on my nook, I read on it regularly, and charge it maybe once a week?  Until they get the battery problems sorted, they shouldn't be marketing it.  Because it's hurting them.
87  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: March 06, 2015, 08:11:10 AM
Quote
^ It's a little more tricky than it looks.

Basically, under this wording, if you are using .NET and you ever assert an IP claim against Microsoft for any reason, you automatically become a provable infringer on Microsoft’s IP because their "personal promise" is automatically withdrawn. So in short,: use .NET, try to sue us, and you're now an infringer.

So while your infringement claim remains to be proven, Microsoft’s infringement claim against you is already established.


Not really..

First of all "promise" is legal wording and is legally binding, and this particular promise is not retractable for any other reason than you participating in a patent case against Microsoft. The only way to stop this promise to be valid for future .NET versions is for Microsoft to not make those future versions to begin with.

Second, in contract law the term "termination" means that both parties are released from their obligations to effect and to receive future performances. Any claim for compensation of past performances needs to be made before the contract is terminated. In this case the termination is "automatic", making any arrangement before it takes effect impossible.

With the way that things are in court, much of this depends on what judge gets the case, and what court it is tried in.  And unless you have as much money and resources as Microsoft, I wouldn't count on your interpretation holding up.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83 on: March 05, 2015, 12:21:54 PM
Right in the feels...

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89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 05, 2015, 12:11:33 PM
In the last maybe five years I have purchased at least ten times as many eBooks as paper books. But each and every time I buy an eBook, I get a little frustrated, even angry!, because I know that if it had been a paper book, someone would inherit it after my death, but no-one will be getting the virtual books.


Why not? Put them on a DVD, box it, and place it on the bookshelf. Wink

DRM and changing formats is one reason.

OK, yea DRM and lack of conversion options is a stopper.



Well, to be fair, there are conversion options for the main DRM (not sure about the others, as I don't have any DRM'd books other than from Amazon and Barnes and Noble)
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 07:29:50 PM
The epub format really is a different format when you deal with layout and such, which is probably the reason that they don't have it.  When I was helping Evil Hat test out their epub versions of their books, it was apparent that they had to put real work into making it available in epub.

Which brings us back to the original point- there are features available in e-ink, digital formats, dead tree publications... devices, content, and functionality converge to create a unique experience when you switch up any of the variables.  As such, I don't think there's better or worse- especially for every situation.  Just like with the OS wars and the browser wars and all the other tech wars- they're pointless.  Use the tool that is best for the given situation, and don't let anyone dictate which you should use.  And especially with books- it doesn't matter how you read, just *that* you read, IMO.  Live outside the confines of your own mind by reading the thoughts, ideas, imaginings, and information you can only get from that experience.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter is less anonymous for TOR users on: March 03, 2015, 07:24:38 PM
Is there any reason why they couldn't just use a burner phone for the account signup and then toss it? If the phone isn't required for subsequent logins then it really isn't accomplishing anything ... It's just security theater.

I've had unwelcome experiences with Google where, down the line, they ask for verification of some piece of information in order to validate the security of the account.

I wouldn't put it past them at some point in the future, even if you don't have to use it to log in all the time, they did something to validate it.
92  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Syntax in Different Programming Languages on: March 03, 2015, 07:19:26 PM
One of my best classes in college was a class called The Organization of Programming Languages.  It was taught by someone who was giving back time as a professional in the industry, rather than a professor.  Many years later, it is one of the only ones that sticks in my mind and that I use.  I've gone from and to many different languages - Pascal to VB to C to C++ to Delphi to C# (and I currently dabble in a few others).  The syntax has never been the problem.  You can always find syntax.  It's the data structures and memory management and such that are always the sticking point.  If you can get those, you can rapidly move from one language to another with a minimum of difficulty.

Rosetta Code seems to handle the approach to moving between languages in that way at a more granular level.  Not to dissuade you, but I'm just not sure how much a syntax mapper will actually be used.

Of course, it could be based on how you learn, so perhaps it's just me.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 02:37:18 PM
Speaking of RPG books... on DriveThruRPG they watermark the PDFs with the users name/e-mail address.  Some consider this a form of DRM... but is it?  It's not managing digital rights in any way that I can see...
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Twitter is less anonymous for TOR users on: March 03, 2015, 02:35:26 PM
Tor Users Must Now Provide A Phone Number To Open A New Twitter Account

I understand the intent and reasoning behind it... but it seems that yet again, a few bad apples 'cause' the erosion of privacy for the masses.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 01:07:48 PM
Test if the format needs to be more adapted to smart-phones.

There is a mobile version of the site.  It's all text, however- not sure if SMF has mobile forum themes.
Where can I find the mobile version?  I'd like to compare it with the "normal" version of the site that I see on my Android tablet and my Android phone using the Pale Moon for Android browser.  It shows me the site just as I would see it on my desktop computer, but smaller.  I see the same layout, the same graphics, etc.

96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 10:01:04 AM
In the last maybe five years I have purchased at least ten times as many eBooks as paper books. But each and every time I buy an eBook, I get a little frustrated, even angry!, because I know that if it had been a paper book, someone would inherit it after my death, but no-one will be getting the virtual books.


Why not? Put them on a DVD, box it, and place it on the bookshelf. Wink

DRM and changing formats is one reason.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 10:00:05 AM
I've had mixed feelings about the discounts/giveaways in recent years, for two reasons:  First, without a consistent, sustained effort that lasts indefinitely, it doesn't gain traction or attention.  The second has more to do with an existential struggle with the nature of the site, and what we should be focusing on, and what we do well, and the (non-financial) costs associated with trying to do too many different things..  While at the same time it pains me that this is yet another example of folks volunteering to do something for the benefit of the site and me being less than enthusiastic.  This gets at part of what i think we need to find a solution to.

Even with a consistent, sustained effort, it's not going to happen, unless that's a real focus of the site, and it's not.  I thought just the effort would be enough- but in the end, I've found that it's not.  The companies have to view their contribution as an integral part of the site, i.e. BDJ, Two Dollar Tuesday, etc.  That's why I was thinking special occasions like the anniversary, or NANY, or to go along with some other event on the site.  For such events, you can get a critical mass, and have a real event around it.  The mass of companies surrounding helps also.  When I was able to tell the companies about an event and other sponsors- they became more engaged and excited about it.  Just a discount?  In general, not so much, though I was able to push against that at times.

And I think that your second part gets to a conflict of DC.  Is it a community site?  Or is it mouser's site that we contribute to?  I don't think that either is a wrong answer, but I think not having an answer to the question sort of drives the confusion.  And that can be one of the things that is firmly decided in this 10th anniversary.

Thoughts?
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 07:39:44 AM
When are you planning for the fundraiser to begin?  And would we be interested in discounts/giveaways to go along with the fundraiser?  The well has pretty much dried up, but I might be able to get some of our discount heroes to help us out...
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: March 03, 2015, 07:26:19 AM
Perhaps he was a bit aggressive in using the word dead, but the improvements and features are going towards non-e-ink devices, I think that's pretty clear.  For the longest time, I was stuck on the fact that e-ink was better to read... but after using a non-e-ink reading device, I haven't gone back, realizing that the bias has shifted.  Reading on one of the newer screens isn't that much different in my eyes, and there are many devices that are tailored to read on.

It's a matter of preference, and all three types of reading media (and more hopefully) will be around for a while.  It really doesn't matter how you read, as much as it matters that you read.  And for mouser's use, e-ink hasn't been well developed, I can say from my own experiences.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 03, 2015, 07:21:38 AM
Plus it is nice to lend then to people or give them away to friends or charity shops when you have finished with them.

My problem is, I'm never finished with them.
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