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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: Today at 09:42:12 AM
^Delta Green is great! Best modern Cthulhu/Conspiracy stuff to date. Extremely clever and logical reconciliation of the Lovecraftian Mythos with modern government conspiracy and UFO theories presented as a techno-thriller. The companion fiction collections are all good reads. Thmbsup

FWIW, it any scenario involving Cthulhu, there are NO superheros. Cthulhu is IT. Period. You either have a copy of (or know how to make) the Elder Sign or you don't. If you don't, you're finished. If you do, you get a brief respite since the sign can hold Cthulhu temporarily at bay.

But tomorrow is another day. And Cthulhu, being multidimensional and immortal, has all the time and space he/she/it needs to deal with anybody. And Cthulhu never forgets. Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 08:38:18 PM
The people concepts tend to be pretty simple.


Where would you classify characters like the modern Batman and Iron Man? Wayne and Stark are both normal humans. Perhaps a lot more technologically sophisticated and wealthy than most people. But their 'super' powers derive mainly from the technology and powered bodysuits they employ. If they have any super power it's their high IQs.

Or Doc Savage? His powers derive mainly from a physical and mental developmental training program that started when he was conceived. No super anything with Doc. The implication is he's just a more 'realized' human potential. And that what he is, you could be too.

Where do these characters fit into the general superhero continuum?
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 06:01:15 PM
The Homeland tech is largely irrelevant in this case, as it will - and is -  only used for targeting crime/criminals with high political (e.g. vote generating) value. This way they don't have to run the risk of exposing how thoroughly they spying on everyone

+1 Thmbsup

Prosecutors will even withdraw evidence from a trial in some cases just to avoid revealing how they obtained it.

4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 03:34:24 PM
How is it working in the States -- are there any states successfully implementing their own sales tax for suppliers from outside that state?

Amazon is cooperating. That alone yields a massive amount of tax revenue. Most of the big online merchants are cooperating too.

In the US it's a little more complicated since each state has it's own "sales & use" tax regulations. So there are at least 50 different tax rates and exemptions. Some locales also assess county and local sales taxes on top of the state tax. There isn't a national VAT here. But there are federal excise taxes. States and localities can also assess excise taxes. Excise taxes most commonly get placed on luxury items and commonly used goods and services such as public event tickets, hotel rooms, and gasoline. Cleverly, they're usually built into the price charged to the consumer, so many people aren't aware they exist. Which makes excise taxes very popular with politicians looking for revenue opportunities.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 20, 2014, 10:50:33 AM
And for taking jobs away I've heard in the US there are a lot of "customer service" phone banks being run out of private prisons.  Tough to compete with a prisoner who has room and meals provided by the taxpayer but is only getting a paltry hourly stipend.

It's more widespread than that. I understand California has more recently been using some inmates for hazardous duties like fighting forest fires. I don't know how 'voluntary' the participation was or if there were special 'incentives' offered to participating inmates. I suspect it was "completely voluntary" and there were likely some incentives given considering this was a program ripe for Watergating if there ever was one.
6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 09:58:09 AM
Citation?  smiley

Advanced Search, We luv ya! *


* When my standby Startpage Advanced missed this, I was forced to go to the Evil G. So per some of my other posts, I don't know what database they are pulling from, but this is yet another hole.

Yeah, read that one. Short version: this is serious but nobody knows precisely how it's gonna work or who/what is covered yet. huh

Typical for new tax legislation. Which is unfortunate. Because the devil is always in the detail when it comes to tax law. undecided
7  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 09:39:25 AM
Citation?  smiley

UPDATE: Never mind. Found it. All 92 pages of "explanatory" notes. Download link here.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 20, 2014, 08:56:41 AM
And now...the awful truth about LOL cats. And what is going on while you're enjoying the latest LOL cat video... tellme

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC13MJ3accE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC13MJ3accE</a>
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 20, 2014, 08:12:34 AM
Bibo - by Anton Chistiakov & Mikhail Dmitriev

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tYBaytm-l4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tYBaytm-l4</a>

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 19, 2014, 09:08:12 PM
^I think a lot of it depends on how structured your usual thought process is. 4D is usually my first choice whenever I'm taking on a new project since I'm a list maker and schema creator by nature. If you think in terms of (for lack of a better term) outline structure (I do!) 4D can be used for many things beyond just writing. What it doesn't do well is act as a junk drawer for snippets and things you grab from other sources. Or obviously lend itself to the 'free association' or 'serendip' thought processes. Although it can. At least IMO.

Fortunately, there are other tools designed to do exactly that.

I personally don't find OneNote's paradigm or approach all that useful. Probably because I don't really 'grok' it. But that's me. Grin
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 19, 2014, 08:46:07 PM
A classic 1960 animation of Jules Feiffer's tale about bureaucratic cluelessness - and a 4-year old draftee by the name of Munro.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZey6toSToc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZey6toSToc</a>

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 02:56:41 PM
I still find it weird that the mouse is still more accurate to use than a finger.  I've been using a touchscreen for a while now, and it's not even close.  Touching the screen with a finger should be intuitively more better...I mean, you're just touching the actual thing you want to touch.  Yet doing it with the mouse is far easier, faster, accurate.  Is it because of the finger-pad being too big?  Would it be different if my finger ended in a needle-tip?  I don't think so.

"Thick fingers" is a known issue with smartphone touchscreens, so yes finger size and the degree of callusing or "pad thickening" might be a major factor. There's also the varying conductivity, capacitance, and temperature of different fingertips. So depending on how you're tracking them, that can also be an issue. Musicians frequently have problems with touchscreens because the pads on their fingers tend to be thicker from playing. I have occasional problems on my iPhone with either hand. I have to use more of the ball of my finger rather than the tip to get good response. My GF has trouble using her fretting hand on hers.

Besides, what's more precise than a laser beam? Definitely not a fingertip. Cool
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 02:46:52 PM
As for the mouse-typing switch, just figure out a way to toggle between data-finger and typing-finger for the keyboard.

Isn't that what already happens when you plug a mouse into a laptop and don't disable the trackpad - or tell it to defer to the keyboard when typing? huh

Looks like OS support is 90% in place - or already there. All you'd need is the glove and the driver.
14  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 19, 2014, 02:40:00 PM
I'm not a professional programmer, but I do occasionally code something for myself (or a client) out of sheer necessity. So I guess I'm in much the same spot as you are - except that I have considerably less ambition than you have. Grin

I've found sticking to Java as a cross-platform desktop dev language and working with NetBeans as my IDE give me the most bang for the effort. Some good interface building tools using Swing are in there too. Nothing that will win you awards for brilliant design. But they'll be familiar looking and more than nice enough for public deployment.

And that's my tuppence. I'll now yield the floor to those Doco members who really do know what they're talking about.

Luck! Thmbsup
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 19, 2014, 08:19:33 AM
Ievan Polkka? Love it! Thmbsup Thmbsup

Reminds me a bit of an old Jacobian diss on King George called Cam Ye O'er Frae France.

There's probably a thousand different takes on it, although my favorites are by the incomparable Maddy Prior with the band Steeleye Span. This live video doesn't have the best sound quality. But you really get to see the level of dramatic performance Maddy could bring to a song. She was also into the 'trad' dancing thing long before River Dance hyper-refined it and made it mainstream. In a club setting she'd sing and dance around the entire room all night, alone and with audience members, and never miss a single note or step. Sweet and talented woman! Would there were more performers like her.

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

BTW, Maddy and the band can still do it! Thmbsup

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvnvoe-jVQ4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvnvoe-jVQ4</a>

As someone else pointed out, nobody will ever deliver a cutting put-down better than a Scots bard. Grin
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 19, 2014, 07:08:42 AM
Hmmm... the reverbed guitar skronk in that song...

Gotta love that skronk!  Grin Thmbsup First time I heard it in was when Buck Dharma in Blue Oyster Cult did it for E.T.I.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkvpNR8BGU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYkvpNR8BGU</a>

That was another good song. I just wish there was a really good recorded version of it. BOC had a tendency to rush the beat in live performances, and the original suffers from the recording technology of the era. This was the best I could find for live:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMC2p_mWueY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMC2p_mWueY</a>

More cowbell!!! cheesy

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Glass dead, already ? on: November 19, 2014, 06:51:20 AM
Finally! Rose-colored glasses made a reality. Grin Grin
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / NEMO UX - the shape of the desktop to come? on: November 18, 2014, 01:56:49 PM
Details are sketchy. But if you're a fan of all those scifi desktops you see in movies like Oblivion or Minority Report, the NEMO UX from Sungkyungkwan University, Republic of Korea just may be what you've been waiting for:

The computing environments looks like SF movies would come to our real life in the not too distant future. NEMO-UX project is the first step to make the computing environment looks like SF movies, and would be a big, important part of IT.

 Everybody can think new display computing environment watching SF movies or future display clip nowadays. Like this, Tabletops, Wall-size displays, and Smart glass are coming into your real life.

 From long time ago, NEMO-UX team have dreamed the new computing generation. Soon, new display would be taken for granted. Now, NEMOSHELL software platform made will give you a new experience.

It was recently demoed at the ACM ITS 2014 in Dresden

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJxpt59Me_w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJxpt59Me_w</a>

Amazing. The classic messy desktop enshrined in a computer interface! Hows that for progress?  Grin
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 18, 2014, 08:53:39 AM
My guess is that he uses components in his code that have restrictions on commercial use or redistribution.

That or components previously released under one of the 'open' licenses, which it looks like it does. That makes some people think they can't sell software incorporating them. (Point of information: you can. You're even encouraged to do so.)

I'm wondering if this isn't all just an extremely clever attempt to get hired by somebody. Wink

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: November 18, 2014, 07:19:32 AM
FF 33.0 on Linux is a constant annoyance. Big initial lags (15-20 secs) getting some sites to load. And Amazon is getting to be unusable. Constant timeouts. Sometimes after only a few seconds. Switching to Chrome, I don't see any of this.

I suspect their new ad serving revenue scheme has something to do with it.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can anyone advise this developer on commercial licensing? on: November 17, 2014, 07:27:47 PM
^If he's concerned about getting sued for something, there are few reassurances that can be given. In the USA, you can have a suit filed against you by anybody at any time for nearly anything - regardless of merit. That doesn't mean the plaintiff will prevail. But defending yourself in a lawsuit, even a bogus one, is a hassle at best. And the terms in your license won't stop something like that from happening if somebody decides to file.

If he's more concerned with liability, there is plenty of "limitation of liability" boilerplate developed by the software industry over the years that has stood the test in court.

A good intro book for this is: Software Agreements Line by Line. It's short - and fairly pricey IMO. But it's all in there, even though you still need get professional legal advice and review for your own license. (This book should be available from all the usual booksellers.)
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 17, 2014, 02:29:22 PM
Malwarebytes suggests the following:

Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:21 AM

If you've disabled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from starting with Windows but it still starts up please try the following.

Delete Autostart Entries Using Autoruns:

    Please download Sysinternals Autoruns from here and save it to your desktop.


If using the paid PREMIUM version of the product please make sure you also disable Self Protection.

  • Make sure you disable the program Self Protection if you've enabled it.
  • From Settings -> Advanced Settings -> uncheck the "Enable self-protection module" and close the program

  • On Windows Vista or Windows 7/8 Right-click over Autoruns.exe and select "Run as administrator"
  • On Windows XP Double-click Autoruns.exe to run it.
  • Now, in Autoruns, click on the Logon tab and look for any Malwarebytes Anti-Malware entries.
  • If you find one, right-click on it and select Delete then click Yes when asked to confirm. Once that is done, reboot your computer and see if Malwarebytes Anti-Malware still starts when you've set it not to do so.

For those curious, this happens because the old start-up entry for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75 is sometimes left behind in the registry after it has been uninstalled. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 does not use the registry to start with Windows, but this old entry may cause it to start.

Looks like Miles earlier suggestion to try to hunt it down with Autoruns is a good place to start. Thmbsup
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 17, 2014, 02:24:24 PM
Bluetooth is MS's tech?

Nope! I misspoke. See correction in previous post.

per Wikipedia:

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz[3]) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs). Invented by telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994,[4] it was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization.

Bluetooth is managed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which has more than 20,000 member companies in the areas of telecommunication, computing, networking, and consumer electronics.[5] Bluetooth was standardized as IEEE 802.15.1, but the standard is no longer maintained. The SIG oversees the development of the specification, manages the qualification program, and protects the trademarks.[6] To be marketed as a Bluetooth device, it must be qualified to standards defined by the SIG.[7] A network of patents is required to implement the technology, which is licensed only for that qualifying device.

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 17, 2014, 08:19:23 AM
After the initial flurry of breathless "game changer" announcements, it seems to have stalled out around 2012. The biggest motivation seemed to be killing off Bluetooth - which is odd because that's something that never really went mainstream beyond headsets for smartphones. (On second thought, reason enough for everybody else to want to kill it since it's a Microsoft proprietary technology.) Evil

Look here.

There's some talk of how this may be the key technology for bringing "the internet of things" to the general public. But most of it seems to imply wifi-direct will be built into the devices rather than offered as an add-on. Which could make it a selling point for new devices.

Be still my heart! undecided
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Latest Avast deleting Firefox add-ons on: November 17, 2014, 06:41:02 AM
There also the FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) add-on. It's what I use.
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