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51  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 08:14:32 AM
Huh?!? I just about creamed myself there.

Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

This I worry about. We'll see though.

However, this time around it won't be so obvious. We'll need to be much more alert.

Interesting patent verbiage from Microsoft on this (full text here):

Quote
Microsoft Patent Promise for .NET Libraries and Runtime Components
Microsoft Corporation and its affiliates ("Microsoft") promise not to assert
any .NET Patents against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale,
importing, or distributing Covered Code, as part of either a .NET Runtime or
as part of any application designed to run on a .NET Runtime.
If you file, maintain, or voluntarily participate in any claim in a lawsuit
alleging direct or contributory patent infringement by any Covered Code, or
inducement of patent infringement by any Covered Code, then your rights under
this promise will automatically terminate.


This promise is not an assurance that (i) any .NET Patents are valid or
enforceable, or (ii) Covered Code does not infringe patents or other
intellectual property rights of any third party. No rights except those
expressly stated in this promise are granted, waived, or received by
Microsoft, whether by implication, exhaustion, estoppel, or otherwise.

This is a personal promise directly from Microsoft to you, and you agree as a
condition of benefiting from it that no Microsoft rights are received from
suppliers, distributors, or otherwise from any other person in connection with
this promise.


A couple of things:

(1) I don't know what the legal ramifications of "a personal promise" are. But it apparently isn't the same thing as a" contract" or a "guarantee" - otherwise why make such a distinction? Pretty vague if you ask me. Be interesting to see how something like that would play out in court if push came to shove.

(2) If you discover something in .Net that you think is infringing on one of your patents, it looks like you waived the "personal promise" not to be sued for infringement of Microsoft's claimed patents on .Net

That's a bit of a double-bind that gets Microsoft neatly off the hook either way.

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If it does turn out to be genuine, I will be a very happy camper! cheesy

That seems to be more the case with the Windows dev crowd than the Linux developers and maintainers - except for the Mono project, which is generally regarded as a "trojan project."

But time will tell.

I'm sure the in-house biz devs will be happy hearing this since they can now more easily port their proprietary .Net apps over to a less expensive OS. Won't their bean counters and upper management be pleased to hear that! undecided
52  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 06:06:52 AM
Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
* Stephen66515 offers 40hz a gift

 Grin

No thanks.  Grin Grin

What would I do with a big wooden horse anyway? Wink
53  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 05:24:46 AM
Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. Once again.  undecided

Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything You Need To Start Making Webcomics For Free on: November 12, 2014, 08:20:25 PM
Manga U has a nice collection of Tachikawa nibs and holders they offer as The Ultimate Manga Pen Set for $25.

The set consists of 4 holders and 14 nibs. A good value IMO if ink is your thing. I'm more the Faber-Castell or Sakura type.

I've also found the Pilot Razorpoint II pen to be an excellent choice for cartooning or general drawing. Nice solid black ink, good feel - and very inexpensive.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 12, 2014, 10:03:48 AM
Watch live stream here. Thmbsup

UPDATE: 11:04 AM EST - It's landed. And they have telemetry. They've done it! GO ESA!!! Woo-hoo! Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox begins its mass rollout of ads on new tab tiles on: November 12, 2014, 07:48:04 AM
"How do I turn it on/off?
You can turn off Enhanced Tiles by clicking on the gear icon on the top right corner of the new tab page, and selecting Classic to show only unenhanced History Tiles or Blank mode, which turns the Tiles off. "


"What data is being collected and why?
Only information about Directory and Enhanced Tiles on a user’s new tab page is being collected to help offer the most interesting sites to new Firefox users and improve recommendations for existing Firefox users. All the information is aggregated and does not include a way to distinguish between unique users. We are collecting data to make sure the tiles are delivering value for our users and advertising partners, and are only collecting the data we need to determine that.

I find it interesting that you can turn the 'enhanced' tiles off - but nothing at all is being said about how to turn Mozilla's data collecting 'feature' off.

Looks like Mozilla borrowed a page from the OpenCandy playbook.

BTW is "enhanced" now a new synonym for "sponsored"? huh
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Veteran's Day on: November 11, 2014, 05:24:42 PM
I just wanted to take a minute to thank all those who served - and are serving - wherever they may be.

Although I sometimes disagree with, or am sceptical of  the reasons given for deploying military personnel, I nevertheless have a good deal of admiration for those who act on their beliefs and are willing to put their lives on the line for others.

So once again ladies and gentlemen, I thank you.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 10, 2014, 10:08:41 PM
WTF? I mean seriously...WTF???

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZa4yre0uEk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZa4yre0uEk</a>




59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Stephen Fry's eloquent response to Grammar Nazis on: November 10, 2014, 09:02:10 AM

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY</a>

 Cool
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any fans of the TV Sci-Fi show "A Town Called Eureka"? on: November 09, 2014, 06:12:29 PM
Out of curiosity, what is the significance or meaning of the spelling 'EUReKA' on the town's sign? huh
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mailpile [Beta] on: November 09, 2014, 06:05:00 PM
What's wrong with browser-based?

Nada really.

Browser based email makes some sense if it's a POP3 account that needs to be accessed by multiple machines such as a home and work based PC. Leaving messages on the server until deleted keeps a POP3 inbox in sync if you're careful. But there's no setting you can enable to get the same with your outbox - unless you resort to the ungainly hack of copying yourself on all outgoing messages.  So web-based email makes sense since it gets you some of what an IMAP account will give you regardless.
 Cool
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: BIG NEWS: Scientists have now managed to link the minds of three pairs of people on: November 09, 2014, 05:56:00 PM
The next major breakthrough will be a gadget that makes the researchers do what they're told.  smiley


They already do when it comes to stem cells. tongue
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 08, 2014, 07:50:55 PM
Blast from the past (1978). Genya Ravan, a lady who set the tone and look - and raised the bar - for a lot of what came after.

Not a video proper. But still a great song. Here's Genya and Lou Reed doing Aye Co'lorado from her Urban Desire album:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhlCEgZ0uu0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhlCEgZ0uu0</a>

 Cool Thmbsup
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: java -version -> 'java' is not recognized as an internal or external on: November 08, 2014, 06:14:45 PM
Check your PATH to see if Java is installed properly. If in doubt, try uninstalling, rebooting, and installing it again.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a hand with a laptop issue. on: November 06, 2014, 07:34:12 PM
That's very weird. Sounds like your power management settings may be screwed up. Try resetting PM to the default and see if the problem improves. Once you're there you can customize power plans and settings via the control panel. I have everything set to high performance when running on AC.
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: BIG NEWS: Scientists have now managed to link the minds of three pairs of people on: November 06, 2014, 12:04:23 PM
Per Science Daily:

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The research published in PLOS ONE was initially funded by the U.S. Army Research Office and the UW, with additional support from the Keck Foundation.

Is anybody all that surprised? I mean, seriously?

(And they assured us that  MKUltra was dead!)

We are soooo pwned... tellme

67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any fans of the TV Sci-Fi show "A Town Called Eureka"? on: November 06, 2014, 12:02:30 PM
I watched it sporadically. (GF was a big fan.) But she felt it sort of went off the deep end the last season. Said she didn't much care for it once that space travel project got underway.

Liked what little I saw. Especially scenes with Felicia Day in them. Too bad they didn't give her and Allison. Scagliotti from WH13 their own show. Maybe the promised but never delivered WH12 which was to be set in the Victorian Age. Make them the top two agents. Bring back Jamie Murray ("HG") as the conservator-in-charge...
 Wink
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Software KWM on: November 06, 2014, 07:12:02 AM
Synergy is probably the most popular software for this in the Windows environment - although some people (myself included) had problems getting it to work reliably. It's no longer free however. They now charge $10 for it.

+1 w/Miles above. Thmbsup  I also use (and prefer) a hardware KVM switch.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stephens Weekly Tech/Science News Roundup on: November 05, 2014, 07:50:19 PM
Good to see that masthead again S-Man! Cool
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 07:44:02 PM
^I wasn't aware that bridging or teaming could reduce lag (ping?) time for gaming. I was always under the impression it couldn't. But then again the game server and client machines in this scenario are within the LAN and not accessing the WAN so I suppose (under certain conditions) it might be possible.... but I'd want to try using a smarter network switch before I went that route.

We couldn't afford smart network switches back then  Grin


Apologies. I've been spending OPM  way too long. embarassed Wink


Seemed to work though, less lag was noticeable when the guys who were running the game server had teaming enabled ... or maybe we were all plastered by then and it didn't seem to matter  Grin

Works either way. I'd call it a win! Grin Thmbsup
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 05, 2014, 04:49:59 PM
All I saw was a bunch of magic.

And that, in a nutshell, is what the core concept behind this show is. Thmbsup
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 04:42:36 PM
It just does so automagically

[attach]

Bingo! And that's the beauty of it. Grin
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 04:36:55 PM
^I wasn't aware that bridging or teaming could reduce lag (ping?) time for gaming. I was always under the impression it couldn't. But then again the game server and client machines in this scenario are within the LAN and not accessing the WAN so I suppose (under certain conditions) it might be possible.... but I'd want to try using a smarter network switch before I went that route.

But still...guess you learn something new every day!  smiley Thmbsup
74  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
75  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
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