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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 07, 2014, 11:54:41 AM
Of course, this could presumably all be a deliberately manufactured "fog".
If it is a manufactured fog, then someone is controlling the fog generator.
If Snowden really did leak the stuff he is supposed to have done, we have certainly only been allowed to see certain bits of it, so someone somewhere is censoring things.
If there is a censor, then there is a control over the release/flow of information.
Thus, whereas it may seem that Snowden is in Russia because of a series of accidents or circumstances outside of his control, that could be by calculated design.
If it was by calculated design, then someone was the designer, and someone implemented the design.
Thus Snowden may be in exactly the place he was supposed to have ended up in at the outset.

I wouldn't put anything past the US NSA/SS administration.

My head is hurting. I think I shall go for a cup of tea and a lie-down now...

I don't know if it's true, but it was awesome!!  Good one Iain.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 06, 2014, 10:08:06 AM
I think the FF release cycle is just too fast.  And it's driving the spin-offs to keep up.  Seems like if it's FF or Pale Moon or whatever, it works for a couple of updates, then it's funky for a few.

A lot of time is wasted trying out supposedly stable versions only to uninstall after a bad patch.

Yeah.  They went crazy once they tried to keep up with the chrome version numbers.  But, you know, it's one of those business things, and those business guys seem to always be laughing at us technical folk.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 06, 2014, 09:06:12 AM
, all that is left to judge upon is the talent showcased in it's use.
I like that.  thumbs up
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 05, 2014, 09:11:00 PM
Calendarscope sounds like another application with a dozen possible replacements. What is its special ability?
True.  But Calendarscope is REALLY fast.  And the coloring of events is probably the best i've ever seen.  Still difficult to justify the price though.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 05, 2014, 03:33:53 PM
Here's another article.  This time, Scorsese is also talking about the importance of film.

Once again, however, the issue is less about the technical characteristics of the medium, and more about the process.  That is, it sounds like the celluloid process naturally will result in films that look different than digital.  But it's not that digital CAN'T do that, it just doesn't do it naturally.  You probably have to do it with the end goal of making it look like celluloid.

I agree with the historical value of celluloid.  It should be preserved and encouraged as an art form.  But it shouldn't be used as a criticism against digital.  I really dislike that.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New guy on the forums on: August 05, 2014, 09:52:27 AM
I have Ideas for this one...
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 04, 2014, 10:14:55 PM
I've been playing a lot with it today.  So far, I'm test out the reading capabilities.

Things I'm picky about:
--vertical touch scrollinig.  For touch devices, I like to have the documents scroll vertically (seamless, no page jumps) while I flick with my finger.  This is a pretty uncommon feature, unfortunately.
--Adjust text size on the fly.  Most can do this.  of course, with pdf's it doesn't always work well because of wrapping issues.

For epubs:
The reader I am settling on is microsoft word.  Just works the best so far.  This means I need to convert epubs to rtf using calibre.  All possible with the device itself (benefit of running full windows).

for pdfs:
I've sort of settled on pdf-xchange.  No special reason other than i already had it.  I would have preferred bluebeam, but i only have one license and i already use it.  This pdf setup is great for reading and marking up freely.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 04, 2014, 05:35:13 PM
So I have a Surface pro now.

You never did need help to decide. You just wanted someone to say it was sensible  smiley
pretty much.  Cool
it's NOT sensible.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 03, 2014, 11:02:09 PM
So I have a Surface pro now.  I will post my thoughts here as I go along, feel free to ask me questions.

So far...
It is EXACTLY what i expected.  That's not good or bad.  I am obviously very familiar with Windows, and this experience is exactly what I felt windows on a tablet would be.  I don't care for metro apps, I'm really interested in the desktop side of things.  So I have it set up where it goes right into desktop and I don't really ever do anything metro so far.

The touch experience is fine.  Very fast and responsive.  using desktop software with your finger is perfectly fine, I don't know what the big deal is.  The precision is off sometimes, and you still have to double-tap for the normal double-click (although i think that can be changed), but I expect that.  It's not just tap and swipe like smartphone apps.  but the programs you're using are also feature packed, you really can't expect anything else.  Apps have like 2-3 things to do on any given screen.  Desktop programs have dozens to thousands of things to do on a screen.  The input will be more complicated.

Anyway, those are my thoughts so far.  I love the form factor, it sits great on my lap with that kickstand.  i think my online reading experience is going to be vastly improved.
110  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Classic Shell (shell alternative for Windows 7/8) - Mini-Review on: August 03, 2014, 09:59:39 PM
I've been using this for about a year now, i love it.
I just installed it on my new surface pro.  So this will be my first test with it on a truly touch oriented device.  So far I'm loving that the traditional start menu is back.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anybody seriously think an e-book is still the better option most times? on: August 01, 2014, 03:17:54 PM
Well, aren't there two issues here?
DRM ebook vs. non-DRM ebook
ebook vs. physical book

in the former, of course DRM is a problem.  DOn't know what the good capitalist solution to it is, other than some form of honor system.
In the second case, they both have pros and cons.  I do enjoy being able to read a bunch of books on a tablet or phone.  It's not the most pleasant experience, but it hasn't bothered me too much yet.  Of course, reading a real book is much more comfortable, but I really hate carrying books around.  (I'm really looking forward to reading on a surface pro this weekend.)

as far as this article, i never was a fan of the DRM.  In fact, when I buy a kindle book, I immediately convert it in calibre and use the open version, because I'm picky about the apps I use to read.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SPAM reaching epidemic proportions on: July 31, 2014, 04:29:11 PM
I haven't seen a legitimate spam message in...6 years now. I love it!

no illegitimate spam either? cheesy tongue

PS how come?

I use Google Apps and setup "groups", aliases, for various services I use. Each email address is for a specific service (mortgage, bank, specific ordering site, etc.). That way, I know which sites are selling my info if I receive a spam message over it.

That said, since moving to this (and previously fusemail) and the alias system, I have seen NO SPAM since starting it smiley I am quite happy about that. That said, I do have a "catch all" alias that attracts everything else from my domains.
Interesting system!  I never knew about that, will have to test it out.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 31, 2014, 04:25:09 PM

From this article over at Quanta Magazine's website:

Hints of Life’s Start Found in a Giant Virus

At more than 1.5 micrometers long, pithovirus is the largest virus ever discovered — larger even than some bacteria. Many of its 500 genes are unrelated to any other genes on this planet.

By: Carrie Arnold   

July 10, 2014

Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses. The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a sample of Siberian dirt that had been frozen for more than 30,000 years, was more bizarre than the pair had ever imagined a virus could be.

In the world of microbes, viruses are small — notoriously small. Pithovirus is not. The largest virus ever discovered, pithovirus is more massive than even some bacteria. Most viruses copy themselves by hijacking their host’s molecular machinery. But pithovirus is much more independent, possessing some replication machinery of its own. Pithovirus’s relatively large number of genes also differentiated it from other viruses, which are often genetically simple — the smallest have a mere four genes. Pithovirus has around 500 genes, and some are used for complex tasks such as making proteins and repairing and replicating DNA. “It was so different from what we were taught about viruses,” Abergel said.

The stunning find, first revealed in March, isn’t just expanding scientists’ notions of what a virus can be. It is reframing the debate over the origins of life...

What I found particularly fascinating was this paragraph:

...Abergel and Claverie, however, believe that viruses emerged from cells. While Forterre and collaborators contend that the unique genes found in giant viruses are a sign that they evolved before modern cells, Abergel and Claverie have a different explanation: Giant viruses may have evolved from a line of cells that is now extinct. According to this theory, the ancestor of giant viruses lost its ability to replicate as an independent life form and was forced to rely on other cells to copy its DNA. Pieces of these ancient cells’ genes survive in modern mimivirus, pandoravirus, and pithovirus, which would explain the unique genes found in this group. “Life didn’t have one single ancestor,” Claverie said. “There were a lot of cell-like organisms that were all competing, and there was one winner, which formed the basis for life as we know it today.”

Read the full article (and see the photos) here.
So maybe like dinosaurs, early viruses were huge!  What is the Argentinosaurus of viruses?
I see a new game:
E. Coli vs. P. O. Virus...FIGHT!!
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: July 31, 2014, 01:10:14 PM
There's a tongue-in-cheek heavy metal rant that hits on much of the problem with digital - it's too tempting to abandon discipline and education and just let the technology drive the art form. With the result that a lot of "projects" make it to the screen which have technically advanced production values - but are very poor movies nonetheless.

Here's the rant I mentioned previously. It's about music, and metal, and it's over the top both in both the pronouncements made - and the language used to make them. (NSFW! You have been warned.) But it's spot on once you see the joke and read between the lines to get to what's really being said. I think it applies equally to movie making...or most other art forms.

Check it out:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT9LUiWXkyo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT9LUiWXkyo</a>
That was excellent!!
So it IS an issue of accessibility and not what I was thinking, which was some kind of technical limitation of digital compared to film.  This is a people problem...as in because the tech has made things easier, we maybe aren't as anal throughout the process as we used to be.  I get it, but again, that's not the problem of the technology.

I guess what I'm a little sensitive about is this attitude that technology is "bad" because it has made things easier.  And every time I look into the issue, it's not the technology that's the problem, but the way it's being used.  And really, ultimately, i don't really care.  So what if hundreds of people are making bad movies.  I don't care.  I will find the good one, whether I'm in 1950 or 2014.  I suppose this makes it more like finding the needle in the haystack...but before, we wouldn't even know there was a needle in the haystack...because the haystack was smaller and pretty satisfying.  So whatever.

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: July 31, 2014, 09:42:19 AM
I've been reading a little about this celluloid issue in film recently.  One of my favorite directors is Tarentino, and he is very vocal about his preference for celluloid.  But I don't *quite* understand what the complaint is.  It doesn't sound like a technical complaint...that is, it doesn't sound like there's anything you can do with celluloid that you can't accomplish more easily with digitial.  And the way he explains it doesn't sound like that's what it is either.

Some claim there's a look to celluloid that digital can't do.  But I don't know if I buy that either.

At some point, it sounded to me like it was more of a complaint of accessibility.  Like, he just prefers that the process is more tedious and difficult so that it won't be so easy to make a film.  That's really what it sounds like to me, but I can't tell.  And if that's what it is, what's the complaint there?  That there will be a lot of mediocre films being made?  I don't really get it.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SPAM reaching epidemic proportions on: July 30, 2014, 01:34:35 PM
I think what has happened is that in the last 2 years, more than the usual amount of people have started using the internet and phones and stuff.  These were the holdovers, the technophobes, and now they are playing with their phones more.  They are not used to the protection measures longtime users of computers are familiar with...antispam, firewalls, privacy, etc.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: July 30, 2014, 01:29:18 PM
I had the feeling that this would be the end of this story.  And another blow is dealt to the idea of crowdfunding in the minds of the masses.


BTW...is it just me...or do about half the comments posted on the campaign site read like astroturf? undecided
no not just you. 
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 30, 2014, 01:14:38 PM
re dutch:
I once read (don't remember where) that the dutch, just a few decades ago, were quite short.  And in a relatively short amount of time, the population height grew to where they are now some of the tallest in the world, avg male height over 6'.  Maybe it's all that cheese.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thinking of switching to WP8 from Android on: July 30, 2014, 12:29:35 PM
I had WP8 (lumia 920) and now I'm on the Nexus 5.  I don't miss WP8 at all.

The worst part about WP8 is that it can't really do anything.  And the things it does do, android and ios do much better.  There was only one feature I was really impressed with: the handling of contacts was awesome.  Android sucks at it and iOS is probably equally good.  All the apps for WP8 are either kind of broken or aren't good enough where you really want to use it.  There are practically no customization options. 
You will be satisfied (maybe) with the windows phone if all you do is use the phone, text, email, browse web, plus some popular apps...and not being able to customize much is ok.

But after the Nexus and all the things I can do to it, i'm a little embarrassed to have even considered the windows phone.  order of preference:
android > jailbroken iphone > iphone > blackberry > windows phone
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 29, 2014, 09:42:22 AM
There's a 10.1 nexus out now, but it's considered "old" and again, a new one is right around the corner.

The Nexus 10 came out in 2012 and never got a hardware update in 2013 like the Nexus 7 did. I've been itching to buy one for about a year, but thought surely there was a new one "right around the corner" since the Nexus 7 was updated last year. AFAIK, any news of a Nexus 10 hardware update has proven to be just a rumor. Cry
Yea, I think you're right.  I've heard about a NExus 6 and 8 coming out, with sizes that reflect the number.  The Nexus 7 has been a huge hit, it is very nice.  I'm guessing the 8 will be pretty nice also, especially if it's built by HTC.
The Nexus 10 is nice, it's just a little slower than people prefer I guess.  I don't remember who said it here, but to my eyes, an 8.5x11 sized tablet (the actual display) would be ideal.  That would be a 14" monitor display, which i guess sounds large.  But it's not!  If we are willing to carry 7" in our pockets  tongue, then we should be fine using a 14" tablet.

121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives, with 10TB and HAMR on the horizon on: July 28, 2014, 06:15:40 PM
Don’t let Superboy find out about this. He'll be among the first to get one. And knowing him, he'll probably order a dozen to start. Just because. Wink Grin
ok it's true.  Although they're getting so big now, I'm running out of ways to fill them up.  I'll figure something out.  This 4k fad is promising to be a terabyte-friendly technology, maybe coupled with some SDI connected video feeds.  I'm on it...
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 28, 2014, 06:02:07 PM
Any you guys seen this thing, the Dukepad?  $370 worth of DIY components to make a raspberry pi 10" tablet.

The DukePad is not a product, it is an open source, freely available set of plans and software for assembling your own tablet using off the shelf components. As such, the quality of the DukePad software environment is demo-quality (although we did strive to write as much real functionality as we could, the realities of demo presentations requires sacrificing time on parts of the applications that are not going to be shown, in favor of smoothing out those parts that will be shown). The code is hosted in the OpenJFX repositories under apps/experiments/DukePad. We hope to see forks of this code (GitHub, BitBucket, whatever you like best) and lots of experimentation and improvement that can be shared.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 28, 2014, 05:49:41 PM
My dilemma is that it's still the only tablet with a nice large screen and good pen input.

I also just tried out my friend's sub-$200 lenovo tablet, it was small, maybe like 7".  It was running full Windows 7.  It was nice!  Too small for what I want though, it's like a large cell phone.

The other options:
--Other brand windows 8 tablets from lenovo and dell, primarily.  Asus/acer have some.  They are somewhat cheaper, but they don't have the power of the surface, nor the pen input.  The lenovo and dell are convertibles and they are heavy like laptops.
--The Android tablets.  I would have gotten the nexus 7, which I do like a lot.  But android will have new tablets coming out soon, so I'm waiting on that.  But really, it's not windows, and that's kind of what i want to try.  I'll still get these tablets regardless when they come out anyway, they'll be pretty cheap.  There's a 10.1 nexus out now, but it's considered "old" and again, a new one is right around the corner.

I really don't have a problem with the tablet or the price of the surface pro.  I do have a problem with this half-assed microsoft rollout of it, but isn't this to be expected now from everyone?  MS, google, comcast...aren't they all just getting us used to being treated like inferiors anyway?

Who is working on a linux tablet currently?
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 28, 2014, 04:14:53 PM
I love this line!
“I know not everybody cares about that, but I do. The cinema is the best place to see movies. If you haven’t seen ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ on the big screen, you just haven’t seen it,” Koolhoven says.
I just saw that movie for the first time a few years ago and it blew me away something special.  I just couldn't get over the experience of that movie for several weeks.  I haven't seen it on the big screen!  damn!!
I heard last year that they showed the full uncut never before seen version of this at a private showing with the stars in attendance, and it got a standing O from deniro, connelly, everyone.  I do really like this movie.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 28, 2014, 10:35:39 AM
So I wanted to go get the tablet this weekend.  I went to the mall, where the microsoft store is supposedly.  Here's my experience, and why microsoft basically annoyed me:
--There's not store, just a booth in the middle of the mall.  I kind of already knew this.
--I walked up to play with the tablet.  I was intentionally avoiding eye contact with the rep there, who is like breathing down my neck.  Can you stand at least 3 feet away?
--After playing with it for about 5 awkward minutes, I finally tell the guy I'm ready to buy this one.
--So he asks which model do i want?  I chose one of the i7 models.
--he says that's not available.  ok...this whole trip is now a waste of time.  it will be available 8/1.  Maybe I should have known this, but I don't understand what Microsoft's strategy here is.  Probably something to do with their inventory issues and this non-store situation.
--Says do I want to preorder?  I'm like ok.
--Then he tries to convince me to get the i5 machines, saying there isn't any reason to get i7 other than autocad or something.  He was just trying to sell the i5 because it was in stock.
--Then I ask, do I have to pick it up at this place?  He says yes.  I say, what's the point of preordering then?  I can order online and get it shipped or picked up wherever I want. 

Such a weird, unsatisfying experience.  I got a hot dog on a stick and left.
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