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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows goes Open Source?!! on: April 05, 2015, 11:18:08 AM
I'll believe it when I see it.  For one thing people could look at the code for the File Explorer.  I bet there are modules going back to Win95.  It would be rather embarrassing.  I think the press releases with "would could should might may" wording are picked up because W10 is on the horizon.  Otherwise the tech reporter would say "Great.  Call me when it is open source.  Don't call to tell me what you think you might do until you change your mind."

People said the same thing about .NET.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 04, 2015, 11:39:08 AM
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78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome on: April 04, 2015, 10:49:08 AM
Whatever my thoughts on google, this is still a very interesting development..

I am quite skeptical about the widespread value of running android apps on the desktop, because android apps are designed for a small device with no keyboard and mouse -- resulting in a user interface very well suited for a small mobile touchscreen, but poorly suited to take advantage of desktop features.

However, there will surely be some use cases where being able to run a mobile app on the desktop will be a real win -- apps where performance and usability is not essential, but where simply being able to access the app will outweigh any deficiencies in the experience.

It really depends on how they do it.  If they go the MVVM approach and have different views with the same functionality on the back end, I could see it working.  I've been making extensive use of the app interface that they have now... and it seems pretty well adapted to that approach. I just wish they wouldn't keep changing it needlessly, and without notice.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping_data_source::init error: file not found on: April 03, 2015, 03:34:27 PM
If you generally use the practice of /f'ing processes (whether with taskkill or by force-qutting from task manager), it's no wonder your system is acting wonky - that way of shutting down processes should only be done as a last resort.

/f'ing is admirably and accurately named.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 02, 2015, 09:34:43 AM
This cat wanted in...

81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 02, 2015, 09:33:47 AM
Happy easter... NomNomNom

82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Any Android coders here? Looking for a mobile DC forum reader! on: March 31, 2015, 01:45:31 PM
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That looks like an interesting approach...
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 31, 2015, 08:08:39 AM
There are things that used to bother me. I just try to ignore them now. Or, if it's too much, I just don't watch, e.g. I just can't watch CSI or NCIS.

I *love* science fiction and fantasy, and want to be a published writer.  Which is one of the reasons that when I can't stop ignoring it, it hurts even more.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 30, 2015, 11:10:06 AM
85  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 01:03:25 PM
Mouser knows I am just being honest
I wonder if others do? Could there be a more appropriate way to express things?

^ This.  Because being honest is never a good excuse for trolling and baiting.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 29, 2015, 12:51:24 PM
There's a certain amount of 'liberty' that Darabont has taken from the comics, and in some cases it changes the story in very ... charged ways.  Really not looking forward to it like I formerly was.

It's important that these liberties you speak of are taken with the blessing of Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book. In a lot of cases, these liberties are solely Kirkman's ideas to change things that he was decidedly not happy with the way they turned out in the comic. Other changes are made to give Kirkman and crew opportunities to explore paths not taken.

Does every alteration strike gold? No, but every path explored in the comic didn't, either. If the  TV show were a 100% accurate adaptation of the comic book I would still watch. However, my enjoyment would be lessened because there'd be no suspense in what came next. I'd always know what was around the next corner.

At least this way I have two different, excellent stories with the same strong cast of characters (more or less) and I can enjoy one freely without worry of encountering spoilers for the other. Just think of the TV show as being an alternate universe. smiley

It really doesn't matter about the blessing of the liberties.  It's the nature of the liberties in and of themselves.  I was going to avoid bringing them up, but others have said the same things that have struck me over time in a much better way than I, so I'll just leave this here:


I'm not expecting understanding- one needs to be in the situation to understand it to an extent.  It's just pervasive and I feel it, so it is affecting my enjoyment of it.  And this isn't the only person that has noticed it- and from a very different perspective because they didn't really 'get' it, other than the fact that it exists.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 29, 2015, 08:18:02 AM
Continuing where Stoic Joker left off, 'The Walking Dead' and 'Z Nation' are very enjoyable zombie TV-shows as well. Both are very different. TWD is already around for 5 seasons and none of these are bad. Z finished its 1st season and is much(!) more tongue-in-cheek.

'Helix' is also a very enjoyable. A lot of series from SyFy are. From them also comes a sci-fi mini-series, called 'Ascencion', which is very well done. Know as little as possible about this mini-series as possible for full enjoyment, though. 

I only watch WD with my family to have some family TV time... but it's becoming less and less enjoyable, and not for the reasons one would say.  There's a certain amount of 'liberty' that Darabont has taken from the comics, and in some cases it changes the story in very ... charged ways.  Really not looking forward to it like I formerly was.
88  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 08:10:43 AM
Looks like Ghostery took care of them, so they do not bother me tongue.
Ghostery took care of them for me too, but anything that is blocked by Ghostery is a thing i do not want on DoCo.

This.  I whitelist DC currently.  And my ghostery count has always been at 1, so it's not been a problem.  Now it's at 4(!).  If it's hosted at DC, it's not really a concern... but just like with GHacks (and thankfully he put another way to support the site other than not blocking ads), if it's hosted elsewhere I'll have to start, which would be a sad day. Sad

What is the purpose of sharing on other social media is my thought?  Is there a viable reason?  Or is it just because everyone is doing it?  If there's not a reason for it- and it's just to follow trends, then why do it?

And, just a suggestion- there's a lot of hyperbolic pejorative above- can we tone it down?  Because the reason for a discussion is to bring all opinions together and discuss, and that's the way it's normally done around here, and I appreciate that.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 28, 2015, 01:09:46 PM
It's not just a good time at the movies for super heroes:

Agents of SHIELD is really hitting its stride, Arrow is doing well, and The Flash started out with a running start.

Gotham has so much potential, and so many good points, that it's hard to see it struggle.

I'm really waiting for the Netflix Marvel explosion to begin with Daredevil.  I especially love the way that they aren't going string you along week-by-week waiting to see what's going to happen.  Interesting experiment for a variety of reasons.
90 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: does the same as Find and Run Robot and it is really free ;D on: March 26, 2015, 09:50:32 AM
I still say spam:

Date Registered:   March 25, 2015, 12:14:23 AM
Last Active:   March 25, 2015, 12:22:46 AM

He registered, posted this, then left...typical of a spammer.

The reason that I wouldn't have a knee jerk reaction in the other direction of spam is the fact that there are countless others who have done the same thing- most of them just say your software sucks!  Or why is this so hard?  And never come back.  Though the way in which it is posed is a bit rude, it still is good for rumination.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 24, 2015, 03:20:20 PM
I hope none of you current regulars get any funny ideas from this thread and make plans to disappear for a few years just to get the lost sheep treatment !  Angry
Don't even think about it!!!!!

Who leaked our plans?  Grin

I told you he'd get wise to us... tongue
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Downloading from DonationCoder always gives me problems on: March 24, 2015, 09:02:44 AM
Have you tried direct downloads instead of going through a download manager?  Perhaps using DC updater to download the update?
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 24, 2015, 09:01:30 AM
I think what we're all reacting to is that it's not a planned strategy from day 1, but it gives off the vibe of being X, then much later the developer (notice with way too little timeline warning) say "oh, by the way, I'm broke, next month I'll do X".

That's what feels like the rip off. If people want to do cool projects, then let them stay cool projects. If you think you can't hold on forever, then plan that in the campaign.

But unfortunately "bait and switch" however naively implemented is abusive.

Well, basically, BillP wasn't going to be around forever; it's a fact of life.  So in order to make sure that his customers that have come to rely on the program where taken care of, he made a deal to ensure the longevity.  All of his current customers will be taken care of in the deal.  Anyone that wants to get on board has had ample time to do so.  It's not perfect... but what is?  I just appreciate the effort from BillP and the new guy.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 23, 2015, 02:59:03 PM
Doesn't seem unfair at all to me.

Depending on the fee, not in and of itself. It just seems indicative of the direction.  Everything going to tighter control.  Browser extensions signed, getting away from Pay Once and use it Until a major version change, for software.  Now if you are flush one month and broke the next everything you click on your PC might come up "Not Implemented."

The movie Repo Men might not be many years away from reality.  I must be getting old and nostalgic for the good ole' days.  smiley

I actually like the pay on a regular schedule better than the pay until next version change- as long as the updates keep coming.  But before it was a pay once and never pay again.  I don't think that *anyone* can make a profit on that model.  BillP just wasn't concerned about it... he was just doing it because he wanted to.  But if you've invested money into buying the software, I don't think it's unrealistic to expect to get that money back, personally.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 23, 2015, 11:35:14 AM
Bill P recently sold WinPatrol.  There was a big deal made on the transition about picking someone who would continue the same traditions yadda yadda.  I'm not really bashing the new developer trying to make a few $$.  It's just that everything seems to be trending to having a meter attached.  People with longer names will change them to short ones because when they sign something online they will be charged per keystroke.  Pay toilets won't have a coin box on the door but on the toilet paper dispenser.  Pull on the roll and watch your bankroll dwindle.

It's like the bean counters are going to nickel and dime us all to death.  Every gimmick and angle will be exploited.

As far as I am concerned that's still the equivalent of what I said, I believe it's been only a few months since the sale

Almost a year, officially.  A bit more than that unofficially.

96  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer on: March 23, 2015, 11:31:47 AM
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 23, 2015, 11:06:03 AM
If you bought a license before (or buy it before the time is up), you get a program that you don't have to pay for ever again.  And once that time passes, it will be upfront with the costs.  The only people I can see that would be possibly screwed are the ones using the free version that don't know about the transition.  But then again, if you were willing to buy... then you would have bought.

So it seems that he is continuing the tradition for those that were a part of the tradition, IMO.  And a subscription based service probably means the same thing as the others in this space have done... a yearly cost.  Doesn't seem unfair at all to me.
98  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Reference Overlay Tool on: March 21, 2015, 09:27:59 PM
Oh man, this tool is exactly what I need!... except it's missing one thing. cheesy Any chance you can implement a new feature/option?

I was looking for something that would let me take a headshot image of me and let me easily overlay it dynamically on anything I wanted to, specifically web shopping sites for clothes. I think it could be very helpful for picking out clothing online. I can do it manually of course in something like Photoshop, but that's incredibly time consuming and would only slow down the process, while I'm trying to speed it up.

So, your tool is perfect, except it does not seem to support mask-based transparency/opacity (as opposed to overall window transparency/opacity, which you do support). Supporting transparency would be hugely useful, first because I can't get a good impression of how a shirt fits me (particularly the collar) if my head is surrounded by a white box that overlays some of the shirt. But also especially because it enables things like having a full body shot with only my arms and head showing - in the right positions - and the body transparent, to hopefully give an even better impression of fit. This is more relevant for color theory approaches to clothing rather than body-shape stuff of course, but it still seems quite helpful.

So if you can implement mask/transparency support that would be fantastic! An option to hide the UI controls would also be super nice, but not mandatory. Maybe like a double-click on the main interface will toggle show/hide the controls?

Thanks in advance!

- Oshyan

That actually seems like a really cool addition!  Let me take a look, and get back to you!
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: March 16, 2015, 09:36:04 PM
Very interesting device, thanks for sharing.

Interesting to see if anyone manages to "extend" or "modify" the system that ships with it...

From the way that they're marketing it, and the 'interview' process and the reasoning behind that, I don't know if it will get into the hands of someone that would do that.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 15, 2015, 05:22:46 PM
Currently, I'm re-reading the Demon Cycle by Peter V Brett- preparing for the new book to come out later this month.  If you've not read them, they're very good.

I'm also reading Point of Impact- the movie that Shooter (with Mark Wahlberg) was based on.  Definitely very different a much more engaging than the movie.

I'm also reading Promise of Blood by McClellan- promises to be a very good series.  

As I read very fast, I try to read multiple books at once in order to string each one of them out.
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