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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: auto switching of network drive mapping on: Today at 01:16:33 PM
The trick is not to allow Windows to manage your wifi connections. Many laptops include an OEM supplied utility (usually written by Intel or done for IBM, HP, or Lenovo) that handles all this for you.

For 3rd-party, take a look at freebie/FOSS project Argon; and for "pay-for" check out NetSetMan Pro.  (~€18/$20 USD last I looked)

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: Today at 12:59:33 PM
Better that than the CIA, NSA, and Executive Branch renaming some of their favorite things while stone cold sober. Wink

Heh.  When I lived in Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis was credited with substituting the term "Revenue Enhancement" for taxes.  smiley

LOL!  Grin Right up there with "five-finger discount."
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: Today at 12:50:45 PM
That makes things really scary for people who only know the basic concepts of bitcoin.

And I would guess that those people represent somewhere north of 85% of all the people who might be using Botcoin currently - and possibly 99% of those who would be using it if (or once) it went mainstream.

Simple fact is most people are not sufficiently up on data signal security and cryptographic methodologies to have a considered opinion - let alone be able to adequately evaluate somebody else's opinion of it.

In the end, it all comes down to a matter of trust for most people. Whom do you trust about this?

Or, if that's too much to ask for, to SeraphimLabs earlier point: Who will be blamed??? Who will be held to account if it ever goes sideways big time? For the average Bitcoin user (who has little hope of understanding much of this technology) the response is a resounding: "Not I!"

With a decoupled currency system such as we now have, the collapse of one currency system does not necessarily bring down all currencies. Governments worldwide will step in quickly to shore up the global monetary system until the problem gets resolved. But with a distributed, "non-fixable responsibility" system that is only protected by encryption and some clever algorithms, and no governmental sanction to date, it is very possible a systemic breech or failure could bring the entire system down in flames. And lacking government sanction, it's doubtful many governments would intervene should it ever happen. Many might even conveniently argue a lack of legal jurisdiction because Bitcoin is not a 'recognized' or 'registered' investment vehicle, commercial paper, or currency. A case could be made for intervention on the grounds of wire fraud perhaps. But that would be about as good as it gets. And from my experience with government agencies, their feeling about something like Bitcoin will probably be: "You wanted to operate independent of government? OMF-YOYO!"

Now some may well believe Bitcoin can't be compromised due to the programming cleverness behind it. But up until recently we believed Tor was extremely secure, digital certificates were an excellent safeguard, and random numbers really were random. Complex engraved artwork and special paper was considered a foolproof check against counterfeiting until photo offset printing came along and counterfeiters discovered they could bleach single denominated paper currency and reprint them as hundred dollar bills.

Whatever is made by human design can be undone by humans, given time and sufficient motivation.

And it will be interesting to see how crypto-currencies fare over the long run since there are sufficient humans and motivation on both sides of the equation.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Some unknown webpage opens itself after starting my PC! on: Today at 12:02:06 PM
But i'll still not use anti-virus lol, its not that i m not heeding your opinion, it just slows my pc. I have a decent pc with dual core , 2 GB ram and 3.0 Ghz processor. Whenever i'll have a drastic situation , then restore would the way to go. But these kind of annoying things are rather best fixed and opt to a drastic restore.

Fine (sorta tellme) as long as you don't do any online banking or shopping on that machine. If somebody succeeds in dropping a keylogging trojan on your PC, all the cleaning and recovery operations in the world won't mitigate the problems you may shortly encounter. It'll just be locking the barn after your horse is gone.

Antimalware is most effective when it's used as a preventative - not as a "fix."

Anyway...good luck going forward. Thmbsup  You'll need it. smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A stoned guy renamed some of his favorite items while high... on: Today at 11:08:28 AM
Better that than the CIA, NSA, and Executive Branch renaming some of their favorite things while stone cold sober. Wink
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: Today at 11:05:00 AM
Laserhacker.com - one of the better alternative power project websites I've ever visited. I'm in the process of gathering materials to try out the crystal power cell project detailed here - and thinking of adapting the supercapacitor boost pack project for a friend's powerboat.

Check it out. It's time well spent.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: Today at 10:12:54 AM
Dammit... I'm into my second bottle (750 ml) of ginger ale here that I brewed with Lalvin EC-1118...

But you raise really good points, and I'll be damned if I'll let a bit of intoxication fart with a response~!

But perhaps you should? Just sayin' tongue Grin



But I think you're wrong about the comparison there. A few jerks can't spoil Bitcoin because it's decentralised, and at any time the miners can tell the Bitcoin development team to go f**k themselves.

It would take a LOT of assholes~! Grin

There's a balance in Bitcoin that doesn't exist in other systems. You can create any code you want for Bitcoin and run it. But that doesn't mean that anyone else will do the same. One or two assholes can't poison the pie here. It takes a massive number of assholes to do it.

A medium of exchange is only as good as the general public's and the business community's belief and trust in it is. Otherwise, Bitcoins are nothing but faux-collectibles. Their relative rarity is manufactured. No different than pogs, or Beanie Baby dolls, or baseball cards - which may be "valuable" within a minor subset or two of enthusiasts - but are pretty much worthless anywhere else.

Right now I see a certain schizophrenia in the Bitcoin world. One part is attempting to establish Bitcoin as a "store of value" and a "medium of exchange." A fancy way of saying: Bitcoin is REAL MONEY! The other part seems to be saying: Bitcoin is sooo much more than that. It's a...it's a...Oh go screw yourself! You just don't get it!

And in this framework it definitely won't take much more than a jerk or two to derail it. Maybe not within the community of Bitcoin diehards who will be the last to ever admit a failure. They'll continue to man the bastions to defend it long after the rest of the world, having better things to do, gets on with their lives sans Bitcoin.

Truth is, Bitcoin is too much of an "in" thing for it's own good. And from many of the comments by Bitcoin enthusiasts, I think a large part of the Bitcoin world would rather it remain that way. A thing for "the cool kids" to play with. And as for the rest of you? Catch up as best you can - or better yet - KTFO! It's an elitist attitude that doesn't work in Bitcoin's favor if the goal, as espoused, is to make Bitcoin universal.

But maybe that's just me. I've generally found most Bitcoin enthusiasts to be pretty obnoxious about it once they start talking and let their guard down. They've "bought their 'cool'" as George Sanger so beautifully phrased it. Fairly typical behavior for a clique. And Bitcoin is still very much a clique.

Either way, Bitcoin will have its moment on the stage. Whether or not it turns out to be " full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" is entirely up to those involved.

I wish them the best. Cool
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: OS News on The Devaluing Effect of the Application Store Model on: Today at 09:47:50 AM
Which goes to show there's very 'good' reasons why none of the big players are willing to publish any relevant data about revenues - or revenue sharing with devs.

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9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: Today at 06:41:07 AM
@Ren - I think enough people want it to work right now that the single biggest threat is some people in the Bitcoin community doing something completely jive to torpedo it. I remember the heady early days of the libertarian party when everybody thought this was finally the big break with the past we'd all been waiting for. Surprise! Surprise!

All it takes is one or two jerks to poison the well. I already see that happening over in the FOSS world where the stakes are perhaps even higher.

I don't know if the sudden reduction in serious governmental push-back is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe those that would see Bitcoin gone are banking on the "fall from grace" so many new social movements too regularly suffer. If so, the odds are certainly in their favor.

Good luck Bitcoin. smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Farewell, Dr. Dobbs on: Today at 06:27:59 AM
I guess surviving means you keep losing those things you enjoyed along the way.

+1

In an era of technology where the desire to be considered "cool" has almost entirely replaced the desire to be considered "elegant," it's understandable. Brightly colored cookie cutter apps, running on locked-down dumb-downed devices, for a dumbed-down and uncaring public. That's where we seem to be going these days. People will even camp out on the sidewalk for days just to be among the first to buy in.

Such a high price we pay for "Cool!" undecided
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Farewell, Dr. Dobbs on: December 16, 2014, 08:23:17 PM
Sad to see the first and finest purveyor of "computer callisthenics and orthodontia" ("Running light without overbyte!) finally quits the field. I still have some of my old issues carefully stowed away.

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It's a whole new world.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 16, 2014, 04:59:16 PM
IMHO it began to slip with Deep Space Nine. And I do my best to not think about Voyager or Enterprise.

But it was an interesting list. And I definitely agree with their #1 and most of the top 20.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 16, 2014, 01:36:21 PM
^Anything P.K. Dick did in that era with his "Valis" concept is both intriguing - and ultimately disappointing. Radio Free Albemuth as a book ranged from barely tolerable to OK. The movie was...um...mostly less so. Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here handled that theme far better, and frankly, far more believably - no scifi or fancy tech needed to pull it off. Lewis's book should be required reading for every schoolchild in America. (I'm not holding my breath for that however.) And I'd love for someone to make it into a major motion picture. (Not holding my breath for that one either.)

Oh well. Maybe someday some brave soul will do it as a web series while we're still able to. huh

If you like old movies, the 1942 Keeper of the Flame adapted from I.A.R. Wylie's novel of the same name is worth watching.

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Tracy and Hepburn in an unusually dark and serious setting this time out. Was the unexpected and accidental death of a beloved national war hero (and rising political juggernaut) as simple as that? Or was there something far more sinister behind it all? Very cool noire flick that was quite out of character for the movies of that period, even if there still was some of that 40s zaniness in places. Recommended. (This story is just begging for a remake.)

Also check out the big 1964 surprise Seven Days in May with screenplay by none other than Rod Serling.

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A ballsy cautionary movie made in an era where you didn't talk, let alone think, about things like this as far as the United States was concerned. (What are you? One of those Commie sympathizers or something? Somebody ought to report you to the FBI, buddy!)

The official trailer is one of the biggest spoilers going. If you're in a rush (or the tl:dr type who wants to skip watching the entire film) this trailer will effectively give you the entire story in 3-minutes 43-seconds flat. You have been warned! tellme


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsMuK_Sos58" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsMuK_Sos58</a>

 Thmbsup

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 16, 2014, 09:15:02 AM
^I couldn't really get my head around that book or the movie. All of the characters seemed extremely weak (I can only take so much northern euro angst before I want to dope-smack somebody) or flat-out crazy. Maybe it's also because I had trouble with how the story seemed to present virtually every male as a sexual predator - or inferred they were a potential sexual predator. Must be rough if you're a woman living in Sweden if that's even partially true.

Or maybe that was just my take on it.

Not a single half-likeable character anywhere in it either. Something I think is very important in a movie since there's so little time to build enough backstory for a viewer to independently develop sympathy for a character without a little nudge from the director.

In truth, the characters in Dragon Tattoo seemed rather flat to me. Take the two main characters. Mikael is a frustrating study in blundering ineffectual dithering. Odd for someone who's supposed to be a crackerjack investigative news publisher. Lisbeth is completely over the top. To be expected considering the degree of damage she's endured. But the humanity is so crushed out of her, that there's little most people could ever hope to relate to. She has more in common with the absolute rage of a Greek fury than a victim who's learned to fight back. And because of that she comes across as very one-dimensional. And it was also very hard for me to buy into her uber-hacker prowess. But in fairness, I have the same problem with virtually any hacker character you'll meet in a movie. Maybe knowing something about how hacking really works has spoiled it all for me. "So it goes."

I dunno. It was a well made movie to be sure. But something about it just left me feeling cold and detached from it all. Others may see it differently.
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15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / How they program Christmas music for the holiday season on: December 16, 2014, 08:44:01 AM
Interesting article on holiday music programming over at FiveThirtyEight .

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Holiday Music   7:15 AM Dec 12, 2014

Of Course You Hear What I Hear — Christmas Music Season Is Totally Data-Driven

By Walt Hickey   


On Oct. 24 at 6:24 p.m., Magic 96.5 in Birmingham, Alabama, flipped its “St. Nick” switch. The soft-rock radio station began playing all holiday music all the time.

Magic 96.5 (WMJJ-FM) was one of the first stations in 2014 to give listeners exactly what they want at year’s end: more the Madonna than Madonna. In fact, there’s an entire library of songs that are in constant demand now, but people cringe if they hear them months before.

Radio’s wall-to-wall holiday format is a recent development. Of course, stations in the past played some Christmas music on Dec. 24 and 25, but the vast majority of soft-rock stations began switching to all-holiday soundtracks in the 1990s. The first to throw out its regular playlist entirely was 99.9 KEZ (KESZ-FM) in Phoenix, in 1991 or 1992.1 The variety station saw a substantial jump in its ratings, and the trend eventually caught on nationwide. <more>

Note. FiveThirtyEight is a little bit different. If you're into polls and predictive statistical analysis, be sure to check it out.  More on how it came to be can be found here.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 38 mi/62 km long 5.9 GHz link that supported ~ 1 mbps on HamWAN on: December 15, 2014, 06:29:16 PM
I always love how we computer types like to think we're such techno-ninja badasses. The ham radio community Kiss is so far ahead of us with cool projects and tech that most of us aren't even close to being in the same league with these people. Thmbsup Thmbsup
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animation question: exposures on "eights" or "twelves" on: December 15, 2014, 06:23:39 PM
Thx! I just learned something. Thmbsup
Just trying to get even!

Be my guest. I'm bored with the stuff I already know. Grin Thmbsup
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 15, 2014, 06:17:59 PM
I don't remember much about Smila other than that I watched the whole thing.

Bet if you think back you'll remember that controversial confrontational scene at her father's home between Smilla and her father's dancer-girlfriend (or maybe new child-bride?) Benja played by Emma Croft. When Benja gleefully informs Smilla: "I've called the police - and I told them you're here."

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The way Smilla choose to add 'emphasis' to her warning: "Leave me alone, Benja. Leave me alone!" was one of the big takeaways from the movie. Everybody remembers that moment. tellme

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animation question: exposures on "eights" or "twelves" on: December 15, 2014, 06:08:17 PM
Thx! I just learned something. Thmbsup
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 15, 2014, 04:04:55 PM
Did you ever watch a movie that had a very good premise, a mind blowing opening, ridiculously flawed plotting, and an ending that absolutely crashed and burned - and yet you still liked it?

I have. And I watched it again last night and still liked it smiley

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It's called Smilla's Sense of Snow based on a novel of the same name by Danish author Peter Hoeg. Great cast (Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Redgrave, and Richard Harris in major roles) and some beautiful cinematography throughout. Part scifi, part murder mystery, part - oh, I don't know what! It's a complete and total mess. And a fun one as long as you don't expect to come out of it knowing exactly what is going on; or why what you think is going on should even be an issue.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciYLNW1cpmk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciYLNW1cpmk</a>

Even reading the book (like I did) won't help. There's a great deal in it that is presented as significant, but doesn't do more than prompt a "so what?" out of me. Perhaps you need to be from Denmark, or live there, to appreciate the subtext and context of the information in the story.

Either way, I liked the film. Maybe for no real reason other than to imaging how much I'd like to rework the script into something that made sense. And possibly to have another look at Ms. Ormond doing her thing. She's an extremely talented actress who's largely disappeared off the radar these last few years. Not too hard on the eyes either. Wink
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software to write gamebooks ? on: December 15, 2014, 01:50:29 PM
Very nice looking and seems fairly intuitive to use. Well done! Cool
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 15, 2014, 01:17:39 PM
Moonrise Kingdom.

All star line-up in one of the best send-ups of a small-town-young-lovers-runaway-coming-of-age flick ever.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s</a>

Dry surreal humor. If you like this sort of thing it's well worth a watch. Recommended. Thmbsup Thmbsup
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 15, 2014, 12:30:41 PM
@crabby3- LOL! It's beginning to look a lot like Kris missed, huh? Wink
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 15, 2014, 08:07:10 AM
@Ren - from the The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce Wink

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Liberty

n. One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.

   The rising People, hot and out of breath,
    Roared around the palace: “Liberty or death!”
   “If death will do,” the King said, “let me reign;
    You’ll have, I’m sure, no reason to complain.”
                                                            - Martha Braymance

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Freedom

n. Exemption from the stress of authority in a beggarly half dozen of restraint’s infinite multitude of methods.
A political condition that every nation supposes itself to enjoy in virtual monopoly. see: Liberty. The distinction
between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living specimen
of either.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: December 14, 2014, 08:11:16 PM
Raed Khashoukgi on Megatar performing A Days Cycle

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9v0lxTSzMA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9v0lxTSzMA</a>

Especially checkout Daniel Schmidt on saxophones. Incredible tone!

 Thmbsup

And the Rebecca Johnson Band doing the Pastorius/Herzog funk number Come On Come Over


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0WyOIZij2A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0WyOIZij2A</a>

I don't know too many bassists confident enough to tackle a Jaco Pastorius bass line let alone do vocals at the same time.

Hey Rebecca! Go Girl!! Thmbsup Thmbsup
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