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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: collaborative software, note strong, for small biz on: August 31, 2014, 05:02:40 PM
@SA - Q: Just to clarify - the client piece wants to be running under Windows - but the backend not be a Microsoft solution?

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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 31, 2014, 01:01:25 PM
@Stephen66515 - here's some food for thought courtesy of Raymond Chandler:

By the way, would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will remain split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of barroom vernacular, this is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed and attentive. The method may not be perfect, but it is all I have.

Raymond Chandler


 Cool Thmbsup

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: method of network drive-mapping regulated by location on: August 31, 2014, 12:17:33 PM
The real big technical differences are that the pro version allows you to configure Microsoft domain and proxy settings. That and store as many profiles as you want. If you're a roving tech, those are all 'must have' features. For home or small workgroup use, the free version should have everything you need.

Hopefully we're also all the decent type of downloader who abides by that "not for commercial use" clause in their license. Because this dev operates purely on the honor system. There's no "phone home" checks built into their software.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 31, 2014, 08:35:26 AM
^Chalk it up to someone who has set up many home aquariums.

You can easily increase the number of fish beyond what a natural body of water can support. But only up to a point. Push the number up too high and sooner or later you end up with a tank of dead or very ill and dying fish. Despite all the fancy water cleaning and oxygenating technology along with carefully selected food and preventative medications.

If our technology can't prevent a massive die off in 100 gallons of water and a relatively simple ecosystem we fully control, how is going to he possible with an entire planet we have so little control over?

Pessimistic? More like 'lacking in hubris' I think.  tongue

Pray for miracles if you must. But try not to put yourself in a position where you have to rely on one.
 Cool
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 11:11:00 PM
There are many critics of Malthus out there, and he's been pretty much laid to rest.

Not really.  smiley

Systems tend towards some kind of equilibrium. For AIs, robots, and human (un)employment, we'll likely see the same kind of thing.

Systems also tend towards extinction - extinction being the ultimate state of equilibrium. Cool

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 30, 2014, 11:01:30 PM
(I find the complete absence of any provision for readers to comment back both telling and oddly familiar. Dialogue was never the extreme Left's strong point. They always preferred the soapbox or lecture rather than a discussion or debate conducted in good-faith.)

The discussions are on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/...mag/posts/931983790161656

Better than nothing I suppose. But IMHO a FB membership is a pretty high price to pay just to comment on something. undecided Wink
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 06:36:03 PM
You can't escape Malthus. There's only so far something can push a system before the ability of that something to survive in spite of itself is exhausted.

Unfortunately, with unchecked and geometrically expanding population growth, it isn't a matter of if. It's a matter of when.

But most people don't want to consider this. There's a feeling that the human race is somehow exempt from the ultimate limits of any closed system - as opposed to every other life form in this universe. We keep waiting for the arrival of a miracle. And that's gonna be "a long wait for a train that don't come" as Malcolm Reynolds said to Reverend Book.

 huh
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 30, 2014, 02:29:52 PM
@App - interesting magazine this Jacobin. Refreshingly leftist for a change. But sometimes marred by that same old wilful blindsidedness we remember from the counterculture rhetoric of the 60-70s. (I find the complete absence of any provision for readers to comment back both telling and oddly familiar. Dialogue was never the extreme Left's strong point. They always preferred the soapbox or lecture rather than a discussion or debate conducted in good-faith.)

But still...talk about a blast from the past! Thx for finding and sharing that. smiley Thmbsup
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 30, 2014, 01:12:35 PM
^@Mouser - what an enjoyable little group! That's how it all begins. Thx for sharing! Thmbsup
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 29, 2014, 10:40:54 PM
UPDATE: the ALS Foundation has since withdrawn its trademark application.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Did you know DonationCoder has a Facebook Page? on: August 29, 2014, 10:33:30 PM
DoCo on FB? huh

So much wickedness in the world! tongue Grin
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 29, 2014, 08:04:40 PM
In fairness to the ALS Foundation, they do have a provision (according to their FAQ) where you can direct that 100% of your donation goes towards research with nothing taken out for administrative or other purposes.

That makes me much happier.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 29, 2014, 06:06:46 PM
^ never having laid claim to grammatical powers - I'm enjoying the slagging Ren is getting, but dont understand why...
Should we be saying 'our pets the peeves' maybe ? tellme
or what?

S/B - ...just how many of these pets do you have? There must be hundreds. Wink
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 29, 2014, 02:39:51 PM
Ronald Reagan demanded harsher conditions, which caused some friction with the Russians, delaying the signing.

Well yeah....that and the fact he wanted to keep the those odd sigils seen on the experimental German WWII "Bell" device squarely in the hands of Majestic - even after the treaty was signed. The Sovs had a part of the inscription from old photos and previous espionage attempts. But they were missing several sigils on one side of the device that had never been recorded anywhere other than some MX-Ultra classified photos taken shortly after the device was shipped to the United States just before the end of WWII.

Apparently those sigils were absolutely critical for something as the "Kecksburg Acorn" incident in PA seemed to confirm about 20 years later.

 Cool Wink
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 29, 2014, 01:25:01 PM
The Digital Reader blog has a nice little daily feature called The Morning Coffee which gathers a handful of interesting article links that should be interest to both actual and will-be authors and publishers. Perfect for...well...when you're drinking your morning coffee.

Add this URL to your favorite feed reader to get it:

http://www.the-digital-re...gory/morning-coffee/feed/

 Cool
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Stinking, Rotten ASUS Router Died Overnight! on: August 29, 2014, 10:07:33 AM
this one caught me by surprise.

I know the feeling. Especially after getting careless on the one occasion where I inadvertently bricked a WRT54G when I got careless flashing it for DD-WRT. (RTFM Dude! They updated the software since last time you did it.)  redface

 Wink
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 29, 2014, 09:55:44 AM
For a while, I was worried that I may have been unduly harsh towards the ALS Foundation with my previous comments. So I decided to do a little more research to see if an apology was due.

But now that I've looked at their IRS Form-990 filing and examined the information contained therein a bit more closely, I'm less convinced they're the best non-profit to be contributing to for ALS research.

(Those of you with a financial or accounting background might want to do a little analysis and read between the lines in a few places on that 990. Check out the salary and compensation section (p. 8 & 9); and the note on p.29 regarding the perpetual endowment whose earned income makes up part of the 28% going to research. Interesting huh?)

Their officially published numbers also paint a fairly dismal picture, with less than half of all funds making it to research (28%) or patient services (19%).

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And while the public and professional education wedge seems to indicate a healthy 32% going to...um...education, I'm not sure how to interpret that since the government gives registered charities fairly broad leeway as to what to categorize as 'fundraising' or 'marketing' as opposed to 'educational' communications and publications. This is something which has been a source of controversy (in the US) over the years since much of what gets called 'educational' is often little more than a thinly disguised fundraising effort.

So...bottom line?

I think ALS is a serious health issue that needs research and deserves our dollars.

But...is the ALS Foundation the best way to contribute to the effort? Maybe. But I'd like to see a little more of what they get actually going to fix the problem. My rule of thumb for charitable giving is a distribution breakdown where 75% or better of all monies received goes directly to the cause, and administration expenses are held at or below 6%.

But that's me. Wink
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Stinking, Rotten ASUS Router Died Overnight! on: August 29, 2014, 05:44:56 AM
It happens. Probabky due to heat build-up courtesy of poor case  airflow and cheap power bricks. I've had all the major brands go toast on me at one time or the other. Including their top of the line models.

Since a waranty replacement is cheaper for them than an adequate QC & test policy, "risk management" calculations rule the day for consumer electronics. As long as it only rarely catches fire they'll ship it.

Luck! Thmbsup
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 29, 2014, 05:31:28 AM
@E - We come in peace! We only seek Ampegs for our young... tongue
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 09:58:14 PM
Cool.... smiley ...uh, no huh

Bummer!  Sad

I kinda liked it more when we didn't really know how it worked.  Cool

Some harmless mystery is always nice to have around. Grin
of all people!   cheesy

Wot??? You thought I actually wanted to have all the answers all the time? huh Grin
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 09:57:20 PM
That principle could well be in action with these "moving rocks" also.
Empiric method. Innit great?

You betcha! Saves endless speculation and "explanations" of how it had to be aliens and UFO technology that made it possible.

This rube has made a career of it:

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22  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: Orcs Must Die 2, Crusader Kings 2 (+2 pieces of DLC) and Terraria Giveaway on: August 28, 2014, 05:40:30 PM
Why didn't they play cards on Noah's ark?



I don't need any games either. I just wanted to post something really lame! Grin Thmbsup
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 28, 2014, 05:33:45 PM
"Keeps us humble" as my grandmother used to say. Wink
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 05:31:44 PM
Cool.... smiley ...uh, no huh

Bummer!  Sad

I kinda liked it more when we didn't really know how it worked.  Cool

Some harmless mystery is always nice to have around. Grin
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 28, 2014, 01:36:58 PM
I'm pretty sure now that the problem was, embarrassingly, caused by an older version of my own program, Multi Photo Quotes.  Installing the latest version seemed to solve it.

Why is it embarrassing? You solved the problem. Job done! Thmbsup
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