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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: October 27, 2014, 01:49:50 PM
There's a saying that there's a time and place for everything. In my case, the time was the mid 70s and the place was Boston/Cambridge MA. Although I've done sessions, sat in, or just played with a lot of people since then, I haven't gone at it hammer & tongs (i.e. that professionally) since.

My band's name was Maelstrom ("High-Energy Rock!"). Your classic rock quintet: two guitars (Gibson SG + Fender Telecaster), percussion (Rodgers), bass (Gibson L9S/Fender Jazz), and vocals (1 lead/2 harmony). We were an "all original" rock band trying to get signed at the dawn of the disco error era. Two guesses how far that went despite having a good local following.  wallbash

Our favorite venue was the now legendary and sadly departed Rathskeller (known as "The Rat") on "Comm Ave." in Boston.

This is sorta what you'd see at The Rat. Pretty cute, huh? And miniskirts in the dead of Boston's winter? Boy, those were the days!

The Rat was the quintessential "rock dive" bar. Sorta of like Boston's answer to CBGB's which opened one year earlier in 1973. Great music. Great bands. And an unique cast of 'characters' out in the audience. I recently discovered my band was listed on The Rat's Wikipedia page under "Notable Acts." Not too shabby considering some of the bands on that list went on to real fame and fortune. mrgreen

Sorry I don't have any pictures, videos, or recordings to share. This was before the advent of digital. Recordings were mostly done in a $$$ recording studio on reel-to-reel and then dubbed to 30 min cassettes or mastered to 45 RPM vinyl. Very expensive in those days. Video was totally beyond the financial resources of most groups. About the only way you'd ever score a video was if you appeared on some local public TV station. (No DVDs, MP4s, VHS or Betamax cartridges for playback yet either. If you had a video it was on a studio grade tape reel.) And all (if any) pictures of us probably went out the door with the girlfriends of the band members after we (not very cordially) ended our musical relationship. nono2 rip

Too bad. It was a really good little group. Haven't done anything I've enjoyed that much since. Sniff! boohoo
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 26, 2014, 08:17:05 PM
Electric bass. Though I'd seen them all. Fretted and fretless...4-string...then 5-string...then 6-string...then 8...then 12...

Then along came Mark Sandman of the band Morphine with his unique 2-string slide bass technique. At which point I thought I had heard it all too.

But now there's a pedal steel bass dubbed the "Slideking Bass" made by Jackson Steel Guitar Co. and played by none other than Zane King.

Learn something new every day.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_2KSmfd6w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_2KSmfd6w</a>

103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Mr. Bassman Jack Bruce dies, age 71 on: October 26, 2014, 07:26:16 PM
Another musician from the Golden Age of British Rock dies.


 This from Music Radar:

Jack Bruce, legendary Cream bassist, dies
Cream co-founder passes away, aged 71

Will GrovesOctober 25, 2014, 17:39 UTC

Jack Bruce, singer, bassist and co-founder of '60s titans Cream has died aged 71, of liver disease.

Bruce's death was announced on his website and confirmed by Claire Singers, his publicist, who said "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."

His family have also issued a statement: "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."

104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let's have some weekend Science and Tech! (A bit of a roundup!) on: October 26, 2014, 06:56:06 PM
The ESA's Rosetta Lander is scheduled to be deployed Nov 12th.

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 6 August after a ten-year journey through the Solar System. The landing site, currently known as Site J and located on the smaller of the comet’s two ‘lobes’, was selected just six weeks after Rosetta arrived at the comet.

The mission’s lander, Philae, will be deployed on 12 November at 08:35 GMT/09:35 CET from a distance of 22.5 km from the centre of the comet. It will land about seven hours later, with confirmation expected to arrive at Earth at around 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET.

This is awesome! Why is there virtually nothing on US media about this? undecided
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: looking for scientific calculator like this on: October 26, 2014, 06:51:15 PM
Also HP.

Look here.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 26, 2014, 06:48:41 PM
Mr. Magoo, hasn't he been around like forever?

oh Magoo, you've done it again!

+1! Thmbsup


Especially fine was Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol with ol' Magoo playing it straight as Ebnezer Scrooge. One of the best adaptations of Dickens I've ever seen.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 01:27:38 PM
ABS attempts to stop a skid -- sometimes, in some conditions, releasing & reapplying the brakes *may* help, by essentially giving the tires a 2nd, 3rd etc. chance to grab. For it to work traction must already be lost. Skids can be intentional, sometimes directed, sometimes controlled, and skids to some extend can often be countered. Control is not always completely lost, though it requires the driver not panic, & it obviously helps of they've prepared themselves beforehand, e.g. by practicing to know their vehicle's characteristics & limits.


I've generally found the ABS feature on Fords to be more startling for the driver than actually useful. I'm a big believer in anticipating and preparing in advance whenever possible. As the Top Gun school allegedly says: You don't rise to the occasion - you default to your level of training. So first snowfall, I make it a point to get a little "skid practice" as soon as I'm in a safe place to do it. Especially since people seem to be stupidest after that first coating of snow. After they get some experience with it over the following day or two, 90% are fine. So the sooner you're prepared the better off you are.

Same goes for a 'new' car. An empty lot and a spare hour getting a real feel for the individual vehicle is time well spent.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: October 26, 2014, 01:12:17 PM
So what would it be like to live with no irrational cognitive biases?  Boring?  Enlightened?  Insane?  I really wonder...

Inhuman.  Cool

Truth.  I don't think that biases are a bad thing- I think that unrecognized bias or denial that they exist is the bad part of it.  You have to know your audience, and you have to conversely know who is speaking to you.  Then you can add context around the bias that is transparent.  But when we deny bias, we deny that context.  Which leads to inefficiency in communication.

+1! We, of necessity, work with the tools we have - and play the cards we're dealt.

I think that's called adaptability - which some have argued is the human species best (or possibly only) real skill.

109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 26, 2014, 10:53:34 AM
You need a champion/project owner that has the vision that people submit to... and everything is measured against that vision- and you have his development side- the architect/designer.


I never realized coding projects invariably need an 'overlord' to get them to work. Or that every project needed to start from a completely bank page if I understand you correctly. Seems almost inefficient by design.

I always thought there were enough coding standards, documented "best practices" and development models that, by now, the days of starting with a a completely empty whiteboard wasn't a given. But I'm not a coder. The few real dev projects I was involved with go back before "objects" and the web. They involved several individuals, and getting everybody on the same page wasn't a challenge. We knew what needed to be done, what the deadlines were, who was best qualified for which roles and pieces, and it went from there to successful conclusions.

Apparently things have changed somewhat over the years. (Read Tracy Kidder's book Soul of a New Machine for a good write-up of how things worked back in the day.) Today it seems more like people are jockeying for who's gonna be (resentfully) acknowledged as "Chief Pecker" in the neighborhood boy's club than anything else.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7yqlTMvp8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7yqlTMvp8</a>

But maybe that's just me looking at it from the perspective of a former insider who is now an outsider? huh

110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 26, 2014, 08:29:37 AM
Overall, this is probably one of the most depressing threads I've read in a long time.  Sad

I'm not a coder. But I am a musician. And if musicians (as a collective) can routinely gather "fiercely independent personalities" (including the occasional hyper-talented albeit bona fide sociopath) to collaborate on artistically valid, and financially remunerative projects...I'm wondering why coders can't do the same?

Is this 'problem' real? Or is it just something coders have programmed themselves to believe? huh
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / ALERT - do NOT install or use ownCloud server from Ubuntu repositories on: October 25, 2014, 07:39:49 PM
If you're an Ubuntu user running an ownCloud server - and you installed it from a Ubuntu maintained repository - see below for some important security info courtesy of the Web Upd8 blog:

ownCloud Ubuntu Package Affected By Multiple Critical Security Issues, Nobody To Fix It

Author: Andrew | Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has sent an email to the Ubuntu Devel mailing list, requesting that ownCloud (server) is removed from the Ubuntu repositories because the package is old and there are multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported. He adds that:

   "Those security bugs allows an unauthenticated attacker to gain complete control about the web server process".

However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2).

Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical.

You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list.

So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service <more>

112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 25, 2014, 06:58:48 PM
Perhaps roast one of those giant Japanese hornets with our body heat? Wink (kidding...just kidding...)
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Favorite Sci-fi movies? on: October 25, 2014, 06:41:20 PM
On a lighter note I'd add:


GalaxyQuest Kiss One of the best Trek spoofs ever. Featuring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver demonstrating the amazing powers of a Wonderbra! Talk about alien technology!

114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Online harassment affects 40% of US adults, report says on: October 25, 2014, 03:44:36 PM
The vast majority of harassment took place on social networking sites, according to the research.

Which just might be why that 60% who are not experiencing online abuse most likely eschewed "social media" to begin with.  Wink Cool
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: October 25, 2014, 11:29:46 AM
This is is stunning! A scifi short for the ESA sponsored Rosetta Mission. It shows a far future, with a post-human apprentice planet builder and her mentor...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H08tGjXNHO4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H08tGjXNHO4</a>

Published on Oct 24, 2014

Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.

More information.
Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact

The 'Making of Ambition' is available here:

Unlike NASA, the ESA understands the importance of spreading the dream... Thmbsup Thmbsup  


And here's "the making of" part:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud9ON2CzYYM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud9ON2CzYYM</a>

 Cool Thmbsup
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 24, 2014, 03:51:49 PM
It's generally a good idea to only download directly from the app publisher's website. If you get bounced over to CNet or another 3rd party software aggregation host, think twice. (If you're using a lot of free software, this is now happening with increasing regularity.) Same for any popup upgrade notifications. Always upgrade from inside the app if at all possible. If there isn't an upgrade/"check for update" feature in the app itself, go to the publisher's website. If you're redirected to anywhere other than one of the publisher's websites, go back to the beginning of this post and read again.

[attach]   Wink
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite movies? on: October 24, 2014, 11:13:54 AM
I'd add the 1990 psychological thriller Jacob's Ladder to the list.

I'll avoid any discussion to keep the "go in cold" crowd happy. tongue

118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: October 23, 2014, 02:03:48 PM
I haven't found FF version 28.0 (running on Linux) to be all that bad. About the only sites that give it occasional grief are the usual suspects: YouTube/GMail/Hotmail. Everything else generally works well including Amazon. Running FF on Windows 7 Pro is a different story. The Windows version of FF is almost unusable IMO. I've since switched to IE when in Windows. (When in Rome as the saying goes.)
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 01:43:20 PM
I vote for Texas Instruments and Motorola!

Not so sure about TI. But a big +1 for Motorola. I miss those guys and their 68xxx architecture. That flat memory map alone was worth it.  One of the easiest and funkiest chips to engineer or code for. (My 'commode door" roots are showing. Grin )

And while we're on the subject of drop-the-ball wunderkinder, too bad about Transmeta. There are no secrets that can be kept indefinitely in the CPU world - stealth startup or no stealth startup. tongue
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning SERVER 2008 R2 SYSTEM TO A BACKUP 2TB DRIVE-Which app is best? on: October 22, 2014, 06:39:52 PM
Thanks to all.  I agree on the problems with makign a "bad" clone but  working "bad" clone would at least give me some comfort-zone for THEN trying to make cluster repairs.  I have had this happen before on this same system when it ran RAID and it was even MORE trouble then.  One of the pauir was bad and not synced to the other but the one that was newer would not boot.

Sounds like you have (a) a flaky RAID controller; (b) are experiencing power glitch induced errors due to an inadequate or marginal power supply; or (c) you're routinely maxing out available disk space so much that errors are starting to creep into things. If possible try to keep at least 20% of your available system volume "unused" to avoid bad surprises. It's also wise to max out RAM. Inadequate RAM puts a lot of stress on your disk drives when running Windows Server. Especially if you're running a database or other app that writes a lot of temporary and log files.

This system has been on the sheet to be upgraded/(REPLACED) now for over 6 months.  I guess now someone will finally OK it.

Yup! Been there. And just recently too. Kinda goes with the turf unfortunately. Luck! Grin Thmbsup
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning SERVER 2008 R2 SYSTEM TO A BACKUP 2TB DRIVE-Which app is best? on: October 22, 2014, 06:28:06 PM

As an alternative to imaging, have you tried using the built-in Windows backup software to do a complete system backup? I've had great luck with it doing restores/recoveries to both original and alternate hardware. Also as mentioned above it will allow you to do a test restore of a few files (like the really critical ones...) to alternate location to verify it's integrity.

+1 on the built-in tools. Even the very popular (and $$) BackupAssist app uses various Windows services such as shadow copy. I've made successful bare metal recovery images using just the tools that came with Windows Server. Saved my bacon more than once. If you don't need to automate disaster recovery for a server farm, the utilities that Microsoft provides should work just fine. Especially if you're just dealing with a single server.

Note: if any of the Microsoft recovery utilities give you grief, or don't run to completion, you can be 100% sure you have a filesystem or other serious issue that absolutely needs to be addressed NOW!  tellme
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning SERVER 2008 R2 SYSTEM TO A BACKUP 2TB DRIVE-Which app is best? on: October 22, 2014, 09:42:20 AM
I'd worry about those possible cross links more than anything right now. If the integrity of your file system is questionable, cloning it over to a new drive isn't going to fix things. In a worse case scenario you might be left with a DOA (i.e. STB) situation, or a system that's going to fail when you least expect it. You can't clone (or even get a usable backup) if your files are glitched. Sure they'll backup to a file. Often without warning on older backup systems. But more often than not, when you go to do a restore, it will fail because most databases check the integrity of the backup before they'll restore it. If you have a "bad" backup, it won't use the recovered file copy.

If at all possible, get the file system fixed first.
123  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Steam Game: Afterfall InSanity on: October 22, 2014, 09:32:44 AM

Not available for the anti-social among us, ie. requires Twitter, Facebook accounts to get it.

I prefer to think we're more 'selective' than 'anti-social.'  Cool (Ah...screw it! I probably am anti-social.  Grin )

Just quickly register a fake Facebook profile using some random name and e-mail address...the website doesn't care lol

I'm with 4wd. Dealing with so-called social media sites? That's one game I still refuse to play. Wink
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / No cameras allowed in SCOTUS? No problem! We'll use dogs... on: October 21, 2014, 08:22:58 PM
This is just too priceless for words, with thanks to Techdirt. Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

John Oliver Has The Solution To The Supreme Court's Refusal To Videotape Supreme Court Hearings: Dogs
from the not-cats? dept

For many years, we've discussed the pure ridiculousness of the Supreme court's adamant refusal to allow cameras in the courtroom, along with the Justices' questionable justifications of the ban. Now it appears that John Oliver has taken up the issue as well, but unlike those just whining about it, Oliver (thanks to the resources of HBO) has a possible "solution." Dogs.

Oliver starts out mocking Justice Antonin Scalia's reason for barring cameras: that people would just see 15- or 30-second clips from the arguments, taking things out of context. Of course, as Oliver points out, that makes absolutely no sense, since the Supreme Court already releases audio of the hearings, and thus we already do hear the same clips -- it's just that they're generally paired with artistic renderings of the Justices instead of the actual video.

His solution -- using "an almost immoral amount of resources" -- is to present video representations of the entire Supreme Court... using dogs (and a couple of birds in supporting roles). And, Oliver claims, they're making those videos freely available to any other news provider who would like to create complete reenactments of any court case in a way that is cute and guaranteed to draw more attention than the court renderings, or, hell, actual videos if they were ever allowed.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9prhPV2PI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9prhPV2PI</a>

John Oliver! Legend. Thmbsup
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 21, 2014, 11:57:37 AM
All the reviews I have read about the Kalita "Wave" brewers say the filter is the biggest 'con' (out of pros and cons) about them; they don't stock them at your corner store and they cost 10-15 bucks for a pack of 100, when 'normal' filters cost around 2.
How about just using a regular filter and folding it down?  No go, say the enthusiasts.  The patented "wave" (read: pleated sides) configuration must be preserved for the full flavor to be realized.

It's more "in the pour" than it being which filter IMHO.

Getting the right amount of water at the correct temperature through the correct amount of grounds at the right speed is the key. Everything else is marketing boondoggle or wishful thinking.

The Kalita tries to make it idiot proof. They succeed very well. That said, I refuse to pay the price they want for their filters. I've used the smallest Mr. Coffee and Melitta filters with equally good results. You just need to work on your pouring technique a little more. The ones specifically made for the Kalita make it virtually goof proof. It's almost as easy as slosh and wait. But at such a premium, it's hardly worth it to me. YMMV.

And as App pointed out, she can get an excellent result with an inexpensive kitchen strainer. All it takes is a little feel for the brewing and an appreciation for good coffee.

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