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76  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Magrunner FREE on GOG for 24 hours! (June 18, 2014) on: June 25, 2014, 10:14:40 AM
Exactly.  And I didn't really view it as nit-picking... seems valid to me!  I actually almost bought something once the ticker had expired because of this particular glitch.
77  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Magrunner FREE on GOG for 24 hours! (June 18, 2014) on: June 25, 2014, 09:43:46 AM
But when I went to check out, that first item was off sale and showing up in the cart at its regular price.

Yeah... steam is friendlier in this regard.  They put big orange letters that something in your cart has changed in price, and put an asterisk beside it.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 25, 2014, 09:42:05 AM
So at this point, about the only doable short-term semi-solution is to light a fire under these bigger players.

But how does that part of the ruling do this?  As I talked about, instead of a ring... and instead of silence... you instead get a recording.  The recording is serving the same function as the ring.  And has the same problems.

That's what I meant about short-sighted.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie news and views on: June 25, 2014, 09:17:59 AM
Well, yes ... But that's a really short list as I understand it...Just Nazis, smokers, and (I think) people that don't recycle ... Right?

You only wish! tongue Grin You're on the list for at least a half dozen reasons! tongue

... 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.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Researchers find out how governments hijack phones on: June 25, 2014, 09:16:00 AM
hey... I was presenting without comment tongue
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 24, 2014, 08:13:06 PM

Posted already smiley
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 06:27:57 PM
So right now, I think the FCC did as much as they could by focusing awareness and drawing attention to where the problem is - and more importantly, who is responsible. If there is sufficient public outcry, it will eventually force our government to do something more concrete. And hopefully address the root of the problem. But until then, don't hold your breath. There's a lot of telco lobby money leaning on Congress and the Senate. And the Congress and the Senate are leaning on the FCC as a result. And it is an election year...

But did it draw attention to the right place?  As shown above, mwb1100 thought it was a Vonage problem.  I think that given that Vonage is who is being paid for service, most people would think that.  The onus should be on the receivers of the handshake, right?
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 24, 2014, 04:05:20 PM
^ Good one app!

Meet Shane, the Walmart Deli Employee Who Gives His Managers a Major Headache

If this doesn't make you laugh out loud, nothing will!
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: June 24, 2014, 03:28:50 PM
Was it a preinstalled windows 8, I take it?
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 02:55:09 PM
All this reg is doing is making it obvious where the delays in getting an actual connection are occurring. It's also a safety issue. Suppose you were checking up on an ageing parent and you worried something bad had happened because nobody answered the phone, not knowing the call never reached them because it was hung up in your wireless carrier’s inadequate and under-provisioned network. 

But that's not what is happening.  As I said, I picked up the phone, and dialed in to work (about a half-hour's drive), and received the message "Your call is being connected, your call is being connected.... your call could not be complet..." And then the line kicked in.  How is that solving the underlying problem?

That's what I mean about the ruling being short sighted.

As far as the cell tower bit... yes, that makes a bit of sense.  But then again... it's still not Vonage.  They made half thought out regulations, and Vonage followed it.

I was making suppositions about the reasons, but the underlying point is still the same... there are more regulations on the books that do nothing like what was intended.  Because they don't understand fully the ramifications before they make a ruling.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: June 24, 2014, 01:49:50 PM
When people can avoid the natural consequences of rudeness, their real personalities just blossom for all to see.

Want a good example?

Rainbow-Cake Recipe Inspires Comment Apocalypse

...So, wait. How long should I freeze the numbers?
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 24, 2014, 11:05:11 AM
Blimey, I didn't know that HP had started charging for drivers if no support contract. When did they start that?

I don't know.  I just downloaded drivers the other day with no problem.  For a 9 year old printer, no less.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 10:21:26 AM
This sounds like a Vonage problem.

Vonage is taking advantage of the short sighted FCC ruling.  It's mostly to give advantage to the land-line die hards.  Because only on those networks is the handoff guaranteed.  And I don't blame them for doing it... I blame the FCC for the ruling in the manner that they did, rather than fixing the underlying problem.

Basically, the phones that I dialed today have been arbitrarily changed to be long distance.  And... this ruling affects long distance calls.  And international calls.  Even though one of the phones is sitting right next to me currently on AT&T's networks.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Movie news and views on: June 24, 2014, 10:18:10 AM
We already have a Movies I've seen... but some of the entertainment industry are quite... entertaining in their own right.  And some of the news about upcoming movies are good to share.  But I don't want to clog things up with these observations, and also... other people see things that I don't, and might want to share.  So... this thread!

Not sure how it will work out... but then that's most things!  Grin

I'll start it out...



Rian Johnson is Here to Rescue Star Wars (via Tor.com)

Interesting article about a director I'd never heard of and the movies that he's done... that makes me want to see them.  I *have* looper, but haven't watched it yet... maybe that's on my list for today.

And my favorite quote from the article...

"I want to live in the universe where the kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun ends up in Star Wars. That’s a good universe. Things might turn out OK there." - Leah Schnelbach

I can get behind that sentiment.



Gary Oldman Defends Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson, Slams ‘Political Correctness' (via Vulture.com)

Man, I've always loved Gary Oldman in films... and he's seemed like a cool guy.  But some of the quips in this... they take cool and ballsy to a new level!

My favorite soundbite from it:

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We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?”

Isn't that the truth... as long as we don't get too famous, or manage to keep our sins in the dark... we're OK.  But if the covers slip one bit with the cameras following night and day... you're a goner. 

... unless the particular celebrity does a complete mea culpa in public and bow down begging apologies, in which case if the apology is judged to be sincere enough by enough people (and not insincere by any of the wrong people) you might dig your way out to daylight.

And don't let anyone have any sort of integrity and stand by their friends... this stuff is vile and sticky.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 24, 2014, 09:52:53 AM
Some others also pointed out that 74% of Germany's power needs during that time were produced from renewable sources.  I'm sure that can be skewed both ways also... but it is progress!  Thmbsup 

... do I need to add 'in the right direction'?  Grin
91  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Omerta - City of Gangsters: free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT) on: June 24, 2014, 09:51:09 AM
Posted here: http://www.donationcoder....38186.msg357975#msg357975

As I think all of the others are going to be also to consolidate.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 09:50:17 AM
Once again, a government agency doesn't think through its ruling...

So, I have Vonage as a phone provider.  They've been adequate so far... they are cheaper than a landline, the quality is just as good... and it's a phone.  What else can you expect?

Today, I made a few calls... and received the strangest message.  "Your call is being connected" over and over followed by "Your call could not be completed."  Then, just as I was about to hang up, the call completed.

I contacted Vonage, and they said it was because of their comfort tone feature, and a recent FCC ruling.  So I looked it up.

Rural Call Completion: Problems with Long Distance or Wireless Calling to Rural Areas

The ruling

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B. Rules to Address Ring Signaling
111. False Audible Ringing. One of the rural call completion problems that parties have identified is “false audible ringing.” False audible ringing occurs when an originating or intermediate provider prematurely triggers audible ring tones to the caller before the call setup request has actually reached the terminating rural provider. That is, the calling party believes the phone is ringing at the called party’s premises when it is not. An originating or intermediate provider may do this to mask the silence that the caller would otherwise hear during excessive call setup time.279
 As a result, the caller may often hang up, thinking nobody is available to receive the call. 280
 False audible ringing can also make it appear to the caller that the terminating rural provider is responsible for the call failure, instead of the originating or intermediate provider. Once an intermediate provider provides a ringing indication to an originating provider while still processing the call, the call cannot be handed back to the preceding provider for an alternate route.281
 
112. In the Notice, the Commission proposed to mandate that audible ringing be provided to callers only after the terminating provider affirmatively signals that the called line is free and the called
party is being alerted.282
 The record overwhelming supports the adoption of the proposed rule.283

So... what do they do instead?  Always play a recorded message that communicates nothing about what is happening, and in no way fixes the problem- and in fact, makes the problem worse.  Great move, guys.  Great use of our taxpayer dollars paying your salaries...  undecided
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Researchers find out how governments hijack phones on: June 24, 2014, 09:35:30 AM
Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

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Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones.

The modules, made by the Italian company Hacking Team, were uncovered by researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab in Russia and the Citizen Lab in Canada, who say the findings provide great insight into the trade craft behind Hacking Team’s tools.

The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Team’s larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.

They allow, for example, for covert collection of emails, text messages, call history and address books, and they can be used to log keystrokes and obtain search history data. They can take screenshots, record audio from the phones to monitor calls or ambient conversations, hijack the phone’s camera to snap pictures or piggyback on the phone’s GPS system to monitor the user’s location. The Android version can qlso enable the phone’s Wi-Fi function to siphon data from the phone wirelessly instead of using the cell network to transmit it. The latter would incur data charges and raise the phone owner’s suspicion.

Scary stuff... and good info.  More at link.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 23, 2014, 09:33:19 PM
It's apocal-OPTIMIST Ren. Wink  I do think that just like Tesla, if they tried to ramp up solar production in the US, you might be right though. Sad  Hence the Forbes rebuttal.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 23, 2014, 08:44:41 PM
True, but that was on a holiday, where demands on the grid dropped considerably. But for such a damp place on the globe it is still a very good accomplishment.

Yup they did mention that as one of the factors in the quoted bit above.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: June 23, 2014, 02:35:16 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwsYvBYZcx4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwsYvBYZcx4</a>

I like it more than the original. smiley

And apparently this guy is someone else from AGT:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIMLhbL5eNM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIMLhbL5eNM</a>

His channel is full of great covers simply done...
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 23, 2014, 02:27:33 PM
50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record (Via liberty voice with links to The Local and ThinkProgress)

Apocaloptimist is a good word.

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At the start of June, Germany produced 50 percent of its electricity needs from solar power: a new world record. Tobias Rothacher, expert of renewable energies at Germany’s Trade and Invest, stated that what his country has done with solar power is a testament to what the renewable resource can accomplish in modern societies.

Fraunhofer ISE research institute revealed that solar panels in the eastern European country generated a record breaking 23.1 GW of electricity in one hour on June 6th. On June 9th, a national holiday, solar energy production peaked at 24.24 GW, which equalled approximately 50.6 percent of the electricity demand.

That week was unusually hot with highs of 37 C, Rothacher attributed the warm weather and the holiday as major contributors to reaching the new record. He did state that he is confident that they will be able to break a new record every few months now: saying that his company is installing more and more photovoltaic solar panels.

According to Rothacher, the critical component for the high solar energy production is the encouragement to the public of Germany to install solar panels on their homes as opposed to the construction of giant solar farms. Rothacher said 90 percent of the solar panels in the country are on individual’s rooftops. He said that solar power production increased by 34 percent in the first five months of the year and he believes that the warm weather is responsible for this.

The new record of the large amounts of solar energy being produced in Germany, 50 percent of the demand, demonstrates that the energy companies will need to develop improved storage capacity. Rothacher said that 1.4 million photovoltaic systems are generating a surplus of energy, especially on sunny days around midday. He describes that with every new solar system that is installed, the need for electricity storage solutions increases.

The new record of 50 percent of Germany’s energy demand being produced by solar means that 74 percent of all the energy produced in the country comes from renewable resources; wind power being a close second. During the record breaking afternoon, energy prices dipped into the negative for a period of time.

More at link.

Opposing view courtesy of Forbes, that doesn't know that you can be an apocaloptimist.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to stop Facebook from using your browser history on: June 22, 2014, 07:52:53 PM
Since when can sites read browser histories?  ohmy

https://developer.mozilla...ating_the_browser_history

As far as I'm aware, the most useful information is ".length", and you can only ".go(-3)", but not ".getUrl(-3)" or anything like that. But "go()" isn't useful for knowing history.

Or is this all just compiled from ad company cookies/data?

Not sure... it was news to me too.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How to stop Facebook from using your browser history on: June 22, 2014, 03:42:37 PM
For those of you that frequent Facebook (or any of a bajillion other sites)

How to stop Facebook from using your browser history (via Digital Trends)

For those that just want the link to opt-out and not the article: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/

Not sure if this actually *works*, but I know that according to the site, I had 27 ad companies using my browser history...
100  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Need help with some string manip in C# on: June 21, 2014, 10:35:17 PM
RegexHero is another you might want to try.  Regexbuddy is the best Regex editor that I've come across.
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