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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 17, 2014, 01:37:15 PM
^Don't think so. Re-read it again. Wink

This is being advanced in the name of "the children." Grin
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 17, 2014, 01:20:25 PM
^Even with that, the rest of my comment still stands because not every 'emergency' demands a 911 call. A call for roadside assistance or other less serious problem wouldn't be helped by having 911 available. smiley

But this app doesn't block 911 solely due to a decision made by the app developer either. I have since learned ALL mobile devices are required by law to have non-defeatable 911 capabilities. Your cellphone can even dial 911 without a SIM card installed. As long as the antenna functions and can get a signal, you can call 911.

At least in the USA.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 17, 2014, 08:49:56 AM

Her son Bradley, however, likes the idea, but not for himself. “Um, well I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me.”


Brad sounds like yet another one of those "Um, yeah, but uh...it shouldn't be like that." kids.

Good luck with your prodigy Ms. Standifird. undecided

Note: I take a pretty dim view of using just technology to discipline and socialize children. That's why I never would take a request from anyone to put "use monitoring" or other"nanny/spy" software on a child's computer. (Lost a damn good client once because of that policy too!)

In this case, I would have liked it more if she came up with something that sent an autoresponse back to let her know the phone had received the message - and then let her little darling know that if HE didn't also respond within a reasonable amount of time, he was grounded.

There's always the chance of an emergency where placing an immediate call, text, or taking a photo/vid is time critical. Like when you went someplace and/or did something you weren't supposed to - and ended up in a situation where it was imperative to contact Fire Rescue or the police as quickly as possible. Or to photo/video document something for legal reasons.

In an emergency, seconds often count. Especially if Mom is not available to immediately answer the call and unlock her kid's phone. (I can predict more than a few parents might decide not to answer a tardily returned call. They'll just play the old "tit for tat" game and 'punish' their kid by deliberately not answering and leave their kid's phone locked out. Teach em' a lesson that will!)

So having to call or text Mom back first could have dangerous unintended consequences.

FWIW I have little faith in deploying restrictive technology that "only the parent" (or employer - or the government?) can supposedly use. Because if it's out there, somebody will hack it and put it to unintended uses.

And the kids will discover (and share) ways get around it soon enough.

So... Ms. Gainer? You're a parent. Why not adopt Google's public mantra of: "Do no evil." since you like Android so much.

You can start by raising your own kid and not depending on Uncle Android to discipline him/her/it.

It doesn't take a village (or a multi-billion dollar corporation) to raise a child. Just a patient and responsible parent. tongue
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 10:57:09 PM
...There is such a right.
And it has been argued in some jurisdictions (and agreed to by certain US judges) that a refusal to speak to police officers may be construed as sufficient grounds for suspicion of wrongdoing that that (by itself) is justification for arresting someone.
On the topic of "remaining silent" look here and here.
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Well, on the basis of that, silence seems to have been judged as a reasonable basis for cause for the police to arrest someone on suspicion, however that does not seem to indicate that it contributed to the proving of their guilt in any subsequent court of law.

Silence is always your best bet - as in say absolutely nothing other than "I want to speak to an attorney - and I do not consent to any searches.

 Cool
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 16, 2014, 04:42:43 PM
Even without the alcohol, soft-carbonated (and preferably unsweetened) lemonade is a treat on a hot day. Kiss

Learned about that one from a expat French client of mine. I understand it's big on the Continent.
Interesting...never tried it sugarless.  Any recommendations on brands?

The one I had was made by a French company and marketed under the Lorina label.

Since it's the only brand I ever tried, I don't know of I'd call this a recommendation. But it was awfully good. Kiss
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HDMI cables on: August 16, 2014, 04:32:39 PM
+1 on HDMI video cables from Monoprice.

They're pretty much all I buy for myself or my clients.

Never had a single problem with their product or service.  
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 11:41:37 AM
I recall that in UK contract law, silence can not be taken as an acceptance of an invitation/offer to treat.
Are you suggesting that In US law silence may be taken as an admission/implication of guilt?     huh
Wasn't there a 5th amendment right to silence in the US Constitution, or something?

There is such a right.

And it has been argued in some jurisdictions (and agreed to by certain US judges) that a refusal to speak to police officers may be construed as sufficient grounds for suspicion of wrongdoing that that (by itself) is justification for arresting someone.

On the topic of "remaining silent" look here and here.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 11:29:35 AM
This from Popehat:

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Cops, and prosecutors, and other public employees in the criminal justice system have power. It is the nature of power to make people believe that they are better than the rest of us, and entitled to privileges the rest of us do not enjoy.

The question is this: are we so addled by generations of "law and order" and "war on crime" and "thin blue line" rhetoric that we'll accept it?

Read the full article here.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 14, 2014, 09:55:20 PM
A bit too trip-hop/space-pop (damn these mongrel genres...) for me, but she obviously knows what she's doing.

Feel the same about it myself. Even with the current crop of players such as performer and co-founder of the New York Theremin Society, Dorit Chrysler. She has a number of videos up on Youtube. Here's her with Jon Coulton doing a weird intro to the Portal game song Still Alive. (It seems like she's not too happy with her performance on this one.) Sara Quin delivers an absolutely uninspired vocal on this one too:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSsstXfcRWw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSsstXfcRWw</a>
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: August 14, 2014, 06:23:11 PM
It's pretty.

But it's slow.

I guess you could say "it's pretty slow."  Wink Grin
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 14, 2014, 06:14:27 PM
Joe Gore (Tom Waite's guitarist) performing his arrangement of the Allegretto Pizzicato movement from Béla Bartók's Fourth String Quartet complete with his trademark hat and blank expression stage face.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfwR60LZrNQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfwR60LZrNQ</a>

And yeah...that's a self tricked out $99 Hello Kitty model Squire Strat he's using for part of it.

This guy is a trip. Check out some of his other videos here.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor? on: August 14, 2014, 04:06:59 PM
I had a paper white rotatable portrait monitor for my Mac IIsi.

I found it easier to write using that monitor and enabling typewriter sounds on my keyboard. 

Brought back college memories. And also subconsciously resurrected some of the skills that allowed me to author 50 page technical papers without breaking a sweat. 

Sometimes you just need to plug into what's most and "oldest familiar" to get things done.

But that's me.  Grin
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 13, 2014, 02:47:53 PM
^And people seldom change the channel at the commercial break as long as they're pissed off about something they just saw, according to a TV producer I know.

And the sad thing is, he hates playing that game as much as the rest of us.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 12, 2014, 02:09:41 PM
Spoiler: The film does not end well

Neither did the real thing. Sad
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop Battery Record! on: August 12, 2014, 02:06:53 PM
hmm,

are you sure you're not thinking of a hard drive rather than a battery??
 huh

nope. Li battery.

http://www.wikihow.com/Re...ive-a-Dead-Laptop-Battery
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop Battery Record! on: August 12, 2014, 12:55:31 PM
^If you're trying that freezer trick to revitalize a battery, I'd just put the battery (not the entire laptop) inside two freezer bags - and put that in your freezer. Let the battery chill for 24 hours. Then remove it, take it out of the bags, and let it gradually come up to room temp over a 48-hour period outside the laptop. That will avoid creating any excessive condensation that actually could fry your laptop.

FWIW I've never known it to work. I suspect it's at least 80% urban legend.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 12, 2014, 12:47:52 PM
You Are Here: A Meta Detective Story

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A great little Canadian indy where I'm not 100% sure what to make of it - other than to say I like it. A lot.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8afyOe0bCQg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8afyOe0bCQg</a>



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"You Are Here" starring Tracy Wright (Me and You and Everyone We Know) is a Borgesian fantasy composed of multiple worlds, circling and weaving around each other in always unexpected ways. At the centre of this narrative labyrinth is a reclusive woman who searches for meaning in the mysterious documents that keep appearing to her.

Her investigation begins when she finds a tape recording of a man giving a bizarre lecture: calming and sinister at the same time, he instructs how to "get where you need to go". Is this a random find, or a message to her? Another strange document presents itself, and another... Swiftly her home becomes an archive brimming with enigmatic texts, images and sounds.

This is another one of those movies you'll either love or hate less than 10 minutes into it. Grin
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 12, 2014, 12:22:46 PM
Getting back to the original post, this kind of question has been discussed by philosophers who work in areas of artificial intelligence.. At one point does a simulation of a mind (or society) become a first-class thing deserving of the kinds of things we believe are due to living animals..

Yikes! The  big A-Life Question

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That's one of the thorniest questions in the discipline. Made even more complicated by the fact we have yet to reach full consensus on how that applies to naturally occurring instances of "mind" and "being." huh

And please don't get those gals and guys started on viruses - or the newly identified 'super' viruses or we'll never get out of this conference. tellme Grin

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Note: the picture is of a Mediating Morus in case anybody's wondering. More on that here.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop Battery Record! on: August 12, 2014, 12:18:21 PM
Sorry, I can't accept your challenge!

Oh, I wasn't challenging. I was ceding to you. (I agree.  A dead battery and a screwed up power management module isn't at all the same thing.)

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Better luck next time!  Cool

Yeah...I get that a lot. tongue
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 12, 2014, 12:15:25 PM
Even without the alcohol, soft-carbonated (and preferably unsweetened) lemonade is a treat on a hot day. Kiss

Learned about that one from a expat French client of mine. I understand it's big on the Continent.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Panamax: Docker Management for Humans on: August 12, 2014, 12:02:00 PM
Now that I have got to play with...

Thanks for the heads-up! Thmbsup
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Laptop Battery Record! on: August 12, 2014, 11:57:58 AM
That runs longer than this Dell I'm using right now.

It flatlines immediately after you unplug it.  undecided Runs just fine on AC however. tongue

(And yes, I put a new $70 battery in it. That lasted for about a month before it was as NG as the one it replaced. Dell says it's a mobo issue - and since it's out-of-warranty, running it on AC will be just fine, thank you.)
 Grin
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 12, 2014, 08:16:14 AM
Try Softvoile's Flashnote.  Available here.

Or CintaNotes if you prefer something along the lines of Evernote. Available here.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 11, 2014, 08:29:02 PM
There are no real consequences for doing something stupid and dying in the 'virtual' world.

Well...I suppose you could always wire an explosive charge to your chair and have it go off if you augured in. Would that be realistic enough? tongue
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 07:03:31 PM
One of the few genuinely funny comedians. And even better in his serious roles.

Vaya con Dios Robin. Sad
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