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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 05, 2014, 01:36:08 PM
This is another one of those "based on a true story" shows. There actually IS a Walt O'Brien who supposedly did do tech work/hacking (their word, not mine) for the government (not sure whose government) when he was a teen. Here's a link:

http://www.cnet.com/news/the-origin-of-scorpion-the-real-world-story-behind-cbss-new-drama/

Of course his "story" is having some authentication problems.   Cool

Jim

Yep..."I really done it - but I really can't talk about it!"

That's the civilian's version of our government's old "State Secrets" and "National Security" dodge.

Right up there with: "I knew a guy, who knew a guy, who knew a guy who..."

Apparently the "BS" emanating from that show isn't just confined to the TV screen. Wink Grin
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 05, 2014, 01:28:17 PM
I tried watching the pilot. I think I made it through ~20 minutes before the techno-nonsense overloaded my brain. I switched off and went and played some guitar with my GF. (And here I thought NCIS was bad!) undecided
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 01:17:09 PM
Note: Windows 7 DOES include the ability to set adapter priority for multiple interfaces.

Excellent point! Setting interface device priority is an underutilized feature in Windows. Thmbsup

But just to be clear, "NIC teaming" is not the same thing as setting interface priorities. Nor is it the same thing as "bridging" them. Bridging is strictly an OS specific software solution. Teaming is hardware/driver based solution.

Not that it really matters for most scenarios. Plug a single 1GB NIC into the usual internet access point and you have more LAN bandwidth capacity than even the most liberal ISP will deliver through their WAN link. If you are into very heavy media streaming (from a server) over an internal network, implementing a teaming solution might be worth looking into.

IMHO bridging stopped making very much sense once we moved from 10Mb interface cards to 100Mb; and virtually no sense at all after the advent of 1GB cards. But that's me. YMMV.

304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 08:38:22 AM
IME, it's always been very bad to have more than one NIC connecting to the same network, (eg. wired and wireless, 2 x wired, etc).  The system ends up getting confused about where to send things.

Probably requires some fiddly settings to get the multiple connections to load share with each other or you can use something like Speedify or Dispatch.

Using multiple combined NICs is usually referred to as "teaming." (In the NIX world it's also called interface "bonding.}

NIC teaming is not a feature built into Windows 7. There's an "intermediate" driver that needs to be installed to allow teaming. So getting it to work depends on the brand of NIC (and driver) installed - plus a network switch that supports NIC teaming. I know Intel supports teaming on some of their NICs. There are likely other brands that also support it. But I'm not familar with them. (I've been told Broadcom has teaming support for some of its adapters.)

FWIW I've never seen NIC teaming done on the PC level. From my experience it's purely a "server thing." Cool

So...is there anybody out there in DocoLand teaming NICs on their PC or laptop? huh
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 31, 2014, 03:04:08 PM
Still, girl has skillz~!  :Thmbsup

Like that? Check out Desiree Basset (tons on YouTube) when you get a chance. That's a young lady that can play metal. Cool
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: October 31, 2014, 02:58:43 PM
Just rewatched the entire Last Exile anime. One of the best steampunk influenced cartoons ever made.

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It's the dawn of the Golden Age of Aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca - a flyboy born with the right stuff - and his fiery navigator Lavie are fearless racers obsessed with becoming the first sky couriers to cross the Grand Stream in a vanship. But when the high-flying duo encounters a mysterious girl named Alvis, they are thrust into the middle of an endless battle between Anatoray and Disith - two countries systematically destroying each other according to the code of chivalric warfare. Lives will be lost and legacies determined as Claus and Lavie attempt to bring peace to their world by solving the riddle of its chaotic core.

Great artwork (by Range Murata) and phenomenal music. And the level of detail is incredible. Prester is a fully fleshed out world.  Not for the impatient. The questions keep piling up for the entire first half before the answers break like a storm in the second half. Awesome series IMO.

The trailer, if watched, won't spoil anything for you:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3lXas9dzjY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3lXas9dzjY</a>



307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: October 31, 2014, 02:22:19 PM
I can't define lolligaggin' or galavantin' but I know them when I see them.  smiley

I can. Those were two of my grandmother's favorite words. Grin

Lolligag - to be busy doing nothing, just sitting around, making haste slowly

Gallivant - making the rounds in search of a good time or crowd to hang out with - ideally with (or in hopes of meeting) an attractive  member of the opposite sex; running around with your friends

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308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sci-fi novel now available from DC member kyrathaba! on: October 30, 2014, 09:15:31 PM
Maybe we could just all transfer into the virtual such that our physical demise wouldn't matter? Wink
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 30, 2014, 06:57:52 AM
I just found it a bit odd that they explicitly ask for a "webcam photo of yourself".

At least they didn't ask that you be wearing a bikini.[attach]

(Sorry! I couldn't resist. redface )
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 29, 2014, 10:04:57 PM
P.S.  I saw that to verify your identity (in one of the Terms and Conditions pages) they want a picture of your driver's license and a webcam photo. 
WTH?  They need a blinkin' SELFIE?!?! :nono2

Maybe if you're taking something for academic credit?
 
I didn't provide my DL last time I registered for an EdX course. huh
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Two of the best commentaries I've seen about GamerGate on: October 29, 2014, 07:07:34 PM
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Two good posts regarding GamerGate that are actually worth reading IMO. Both from Popehat.

The first by "Clark" talking about how the whole idiotic thing got started - and how it evolved to even greater levels of idiocy from there:

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Gamer Gate: Three Stages to Obit

Posted By Clark On October 21, 2014 @ 12:09 pm


A lot of things been written about Gamer Gate. Some of them wrong, some of them stupid, some of them both.

A lot of the confusion (both accidental and malicious) is because Gamer Gate is three separate things clustered together under one name. <more>

The second is by Ken White who provides 10 mini-rants which are very funny and enlightening - and apply equally to any major web kerfuffle. A must read! Thmbsup

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Ten Short Rants About #GamerGate

by Ken White · October 26, 2014


If you know what #GamerGate is, I don't have to tell you. If you don't know what #GamerGate is, any description I give you will be attacked by hordes of partisans saying that I have described it unfairly and that the sources I have linked are biased. So I'm going to treat you, dear readers, as if you know what it is. Clark wrote a post about it last week. My take is different. I'm not going to offer you a timeline or an attempt at a definitive "what happened" or "who is right." Instead I'm going to rant about ten ways that this controversy illuminates how we're screwed up. <more>

312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 29, 2014, 11:13:34 AM
 EdX is in the process of updating the Linux course, the new course will be offered on 12/20/14 and will still be free unless you want it to be accredited......

Marking my calendar. I started it last time and got half way through (it's excellent BTW  Thmbsup) before I go tripped up with availability of time and didn't finish it. embarassed
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sci-fi novel now available from DC member kyrathaba! on: October 29, 2014, 10:49:13 AM
^I'll wait however long it takes. Thmbsup
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is technology killing old loved books? on: October 28, 2014, 08:02:53 PM

What do you think is the best strategy for hobby writers who want to get their stuff out there

From what I've heard, nobody in the main publishing industry is interested in "hobby" anything. If you're not "writing professionally" they do not want to know you. The reason is because, if they do decide to publish your manuscript, you're expected to be very actively involved in the promotion of your book. That means appearances and book signings. Something that can be hard to arrange if you can't get time off from family responsibilities or your regular job.

There are success stories that are exceptions to this, but those are pretty rare. Most times you're either "all in" or you're out.


I was just talking to a writer friend of mine, who has an agent, and she basically said you are committing career suicide by not going the agent-publisher route.  If you self publish, you will be ostracized from the industry.  I immediately thought "what if the music industry is like this too?"

Since literary agents vet the writers they take on as clients, there's a certain assurance felt by publishers when somebody has an agent. Non-agent submissions to major publishers generally don't get read. Many publishers simply return them with a letter stating they have not not read them. That's because somebody is always suing somebody else for "stealing" their novel once a book hits the best seller list. Some publishers are nice enough to tell you they only buy through an agent they work with and return the manuscript to you postage due. Most just say "thanks - but no thanks," state they haven't so much as looked at what you sent, ask if you want the manuscript returned to you (at your expense), and warn that if you send another unsolicited manuscript, it will be shredded unread.

Smaller publishers throw unsolicited manuscripts into what's called the "slush pile" where they sit unlooked at unless somebody is bored or there's an intern sitting around with nothing to do. Your odds there are about as good as they are hitting the lottery.

The reason self-published writers are such a problem is because people tend to do stupid things when they self-publish. Many times they sign contracts or assign copyrights to e-publishers, or vanity presses, or some company they set up with a "friend" or family member.  That can sometimes prevent a major publisher from getting clear legal rights to publish your work. If you have a contract or "arrangement" with somebody else - even a fairly informal one - the big guys won't waste their time trying to undo your legal messes.

So yes, an agent is a good thing - as long as you get a good agent.

Music, I think, is a little different. A person's talent and skills can be easily determined in less than 5 minutes of listening, whereas you'd need to slog through a book or two worth of output before you could determine if a writer is good enough to be worth an agent's time and effort.
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: October 28, 2014, 03:47:12 PM
Just in time! A post-apocalyptic-trick-or-treat-themed short called: The Last Halloween

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4MEpR2-vQI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4MEpR2-vQI</a>
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 02:45:46 PM
Do or did nuns actually smack with rulers?  That seems to be the Standard Catholic Nun behavior in tv comedies.

The Dominican nuns in the school I went to did.

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These ladies in case you never met one.

Sister Ann Christopher had a backhand a tennis pro would have envied.

Some of the older ones used to whack with one of those 40" rubber tipped wooden pointers too.

[attachthumb=#]

But the times were a changin' (and those metal rod reinforced pointers too easily bruised) so the yardstick became the nun's weapon of choice for school discipline.

(They'd also throw chalk sticks. One of those in the back of the head was a painful reminder not to pass notes in class.) huh
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is technology killing old loved books? on: October 28, 2014, 02:37:15 PM
I don't think it’s so much the technology as changes in the publishing business and the gradual elimination of the "mid" or "middle list" by most publishers.

If it ain't selling in large quantities (~50K and up), a title is either tossed on the bargain rack or into a shredder fairly quickly these days. New tax rules for how back and mid stock inventory has to be valued also plays a part. Nobody can afford to carry"slow inventory" on their financial books any more.

The end result is that the only books by major publishers that can be sure of survival are the ones that cater to the lowest common denominator. Classic, cult, and niche interest titles disappear fairly quickly after their first press run. So in some respects, electronic editions make many more titles available for longer since there's no production costs or physical inventory to carry. Under this scenario, it actually behoves a publisher to keep their entire catalog available electronically. Something they can't do with paper.

Oh yeah...just for the record, I still prefer paper and enjoy buying and giving away used books. That's something you can't always (or simply or aren't allowed to) do with e-books.

 Cool
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 02:14:26 PM
In CT they activated the EBS at one point during Hurricane Sandy. It was a "take cover" announcement.

Most of the people who received the alert (because they still had power as opposed to the rest of us) bitched because it kept popping up over the TV show they were watching.

Radio is ok. Internet...meh!

I still think the old fashioned mechanical SD-10 air raid sirens that went off at noon every Saturday post WWII till about 1980 were the most reliable. (A steady siren meant: "alert" A rising and falling tone meant: "Sit down; face the nearest concrete wall; put head between legs - kiss ass goodbye!" as the saying went.

At least with those you could always hook a gas engine or car battery up to them (by design) and get them to work. If the grid is down, all the technology in the world becomes nothing but inert PC boards stuffed with electronics.

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@Miles - Those were the bad old days weren't they? Remember when the two civil defense radio frequencies were marked with a CD logo right on the AM dial of every radio sold in the USA?

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319  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 28, 2014, 07:52:19 AM
When I was a kid I really liked the 1940's era Superman cartoons by Paramount Studios.

One good punch solved everything in Superman's world. So American!  Grin

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Low on plot, silly stories - but at least the characters looked like they did in the comic books. The artwork was superb. Nice art deco look.

Somebody posted a bunch of them up on Youtube. If you're interested, best watch or download before it gets pulled:

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

 Thmbsup
320  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a project time tracker/nag tool that keeps me writing billable notes on: October 28, 2014, 07:27:48 AM
Sorry, but unless this solution reads application window titles and automatically tracks hours based on activity in the respective windows (which I suppose it doesn't) -- it is only one of the many (sorry again) USELESS "solutions" for time tracking and billing which instead only puts another layer of complexity on top of one's projects.

Um..."useless" is a pretty harsh characterization. Wouldn't it be more correct to to say it's "USELESS" for your purposes? 

Just sayin' smiley

321  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a project time tracker/nag tool that keeps me writing billable notes on: October 28, 2014, 07:21:15 AM
I would suggest rather a better time tracking software from Replicon as it has helped in better time management for our business activities. It got great usability and at the same time can be accessed from any location using a web browser and can be quickly implemented in any office environment.

Try it and you would definitely like it for sure!!

One thing about this product and company that I find particularly annoying is the complete absence of pricing information available on their website. I know some folks still like to follow the old 50's era "sell the sizzle, not the steak" mantra by being overly coy about pricing. Apparently with the belief that, if you can demonstrate the usefulness of your product to a potential buyer, they will somehow magically come up with the money to buy it, no matter what.

Guess what? This isn't the go-go 90s any more. Businesses are more budget conscious than ever. If the product doesn't fall within their budget, it's a non-starter no matter how perfect a fit. So stop wasting everybody's time.

I recently had a client spend a dozen or so hours evaluating a product only to discover it was priced several orders of magnitude higher than the highest amount they could even consider. And they didn't find this out until they spoke to something called a "solution specialist" who reluctantly gave them the pricing schedule. Talk about a total waste of time.

322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 27, 2014, 09:55:52 PM
Blast from the past here. A an "alt" band I really liked called Garbage with Shirley Manson on vocals.

Stupid Girl:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N29vkIT3eo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N29vkIT3eo</a>

and I Think I'm Paranoid.:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpRiSb_Ir-s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpRiSb_Ir-s</a>
323  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 27, 2014, 08:49:36 PM
^Yeah. Pretty awesome wasn't he? Yet another Boston music scene original - with a capital 'O.' Totally unique sound and approach to the role of bassist. I really miss him and that band. Sad

This probably my fav:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M34iZH4-qkI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M34iZH4-qkI</a>

Some of the sleaziest sounding vocal, bass, and sax lines since Lou Reed's Take a Walk in the Wild Side.
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 08:46:09 PM

Almost 3.5 years later and I am sitting here with the feeling that I should have just gone ahead and done it, and handed it to mouser. And it still bothers me enough that I am considering just doing it and calling it my NANY project for this year.  Sad


Sounds like a plan! And why not?  Thmbsup

I can tell you why not... it's not her site.  That's just one reason that I'd think of if it was me.  But I think that's the big one that's been holding her back if you look between the lines.

@Wraith - I don't see how submitting a software repository project as a NANY entry steps on anybody's toes or needs anybody's permission. There's nothing to say it has to be deployed at DoCo. I'm sure it could find an audience outside of this website regardless of whether or not it finds a home here.

Just sayin' smiley
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 04:04:02 PM

Almost 3.5 years later and I am sitting here with the feeling that I should have just gone ahead and done it, and handed it to mouser. And it still bothers me enough that I am considering just doing it and calling it my NANY project for this year.  Sad


Sounds like a plan! And why not?  Thmbsup
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