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5876  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Upgrade" Button is Patented -- Trolls Come Out of Sewers... on: August 18, 2011, 11:10:58 AM
If push comes to shove, that particular patent has a life expectancy measured in milliseconds if they take it to court.  But they're definitely bottom feeding here. I'd guess Microsoft would be amused to learn their Win7 "anytime upgrade" button is patented.  Expect amicus briefs to be filed shortly - along with a motion to invalidate the patent. tongue
Would Microsoft be able to enter the fray if they aren't being sued by the company? Makes you wonder why they're bottom feeding...

I think they're playing a long shot hoping some big player will pay them off to go away. And also to be a barb for one of the players. Sorta like those countries with migrating loyalties that used to be so adept at playing the USA and the Soviet Union off against each other. It could go something like Apple decides to pay off the troll and tacitly acknowledge their IP. Now, with the weight of Apple behind it, troll sues Microsoft - and sets the value of the claim for damages squarely in the nuisance range so that Microsoft has incentive to settle. A parasite survives by not killing its host.  

Of course, Microsoft did something similar with it's semisecret cross-license deal with Novell over Linux. It uses that to spread FUD in the business community about FOSS by saying "See!!! SUSE recognizes the legal and technical validity of our OS patents. Why can't all the other distros, and their users, "get legal" by obtaining a license from us before it's too late? Because we'd sure hate to have to start hauling you guys into court. And right now we're just biding our time..."

Same old "same old." Cool

5877  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: August 18, 2011, 10:20:56 AM
@nosh - The Man! Thmbsup
5878  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Upgrade" Button is Patented -- Trolls Come Out of Sewers... on: August 18, 2011, 10:09:39 AM
If push comes to shove, that particular patent has a life expectancy measured in milliseconds if they take it to court.  But they're definitely bottom feeding here. I'd guess Microsoft would be amused to learn their Win7 "anytime upgrade" button is patented.  Expect amicus briefs to be filed shortly - along with a motion to invalidate the patent. tongue

5879  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conceptual art for Apple's new headquarters on: August 16, 2011, 02:35:29 PM
Yeah.. It does have a little of that Albert Speer school of architecture look doesn't it?  Grin Thmbsup
5880  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Foreclosure Scam on: August 16, 2011, 12:30:43 PM
Indeed, a very passive response for a country where everybody and their grandmother appear to have guns...  tongue


Not all of us. My preferred weapons are: verifiable facts; a sense of humor; an occasionally sharp tongue; and a pen...or, more recently, a laptop.

Experience has also made me a firm believer in the efficacy of amateur psywar programs. Grin



5881  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FlatPress blogging platform: flat text file stored, open source, freeware on: August 16, 2011, 12:23:49 PM
Redmine is not terribly hard to install, provided you already have Ruby/Rails setup on your box.
...but a Ruby setup is a big bowl of AAAAAAAAAARGH to setup. At least it's been no joy for me on gentoo and debian systems. Pickyness about versions, weird behavior, RoR connections to mysql timing out after N hours with no apparent fix, sluggish performance, et cetera.

If you manage to get it going, do yourself a favor - never upgrade anything. Ruby is famous for breaking backwards compatibility, even for relatively minor updates, and the various Gem authors have taken that habit to heart.

Boy I'm glad it's not just me!  huh

I've run into similar to what f0dder is describing at one time or another when evaluating RoR/Redmine. Last time out we wound up using a  prebuilt stack from TurnkeyLinux to get it to work reliably.

5882  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Firefox fixes the version number problem on: August 16, 2011, 10:35:01 AM

It is the right way to go. While it means that the users are less in control of the software they run on their computers, it simplifies the development and maintenance by a great deal.


I must be stoned while I'm reading this.  huh

How, in the name of all that is decent, can giving users less control over what gets installed on their machines ever be viewed as "the right way to go"? tongue

5883  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 15, 2011, 09:24:58 PM
@barney- Ah the little CoCo! That was a fun computer. I still have one packed in a box in the attic someplace along with a TRS-80 Model III from the same era.   Cool

You might be interested to know OS-9 still exists and is in active development. Link to the homepage here.
 smiley
5884  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Foreclosure Scam on: August 15, 2011, 03:32:13 PM
@40hz:
This is why I urge everyone -- assuming you could take a week off or more -- to go sit in a courtroom and watch the judge process "stoopid" all day long.

I have. And I agree with you 100%.

5885  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Samsung hard drives - don't buy them unless you like subliminal mental torture on: August 15, 2011, 07:08:22 AM
 Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin  Grin

^@Carol - what brilliant combination of form and function. To say nothing of utility. Or symbolism. You deserve nomination for some sort of prize for that idea. (Possibly even a TED Talk slot to present it!)

Full points! Thmbsup

5886  DonationCoder.com Software / MEWLO Web Framework / Re: OLD - Unfinished Web project: YUMPS on: August 14, 2011, 09:47:18 PM
My intention is to open source the project

@Mouser - Noble.  Thmbsup But please think it through carefully before you actually go down that path. Especially if you're seeking funding since many potential investors aren't interested in underwriting open source projects. So get the funding issue squared away before you decide on your license.

And until you settle on a final license, whatever you do release should be under a time-limited and restricted "development beta" license. Ideally with a non-disclosure clause attached. I've seen a few attempts at securing funding torpedoed because source code was released to people outside the original development group without a restricted license and NDA. Many investors - particularly private "angel" investors - have a problem with putting up money for something too many people know too much about. Or that the developer hasn't "adequately protected."

smiley

5887  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / DAZ Studio 4 free thru August 2011 (Win/Mac) on: August 14, 2011, 09:35:39 PM
Thx to MakeUseOf for this find:

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DAZ Studio 4 Available For Free Till August 31st
posted on August 14, 2011 by Tim Brookes

3D figure design and animation software DAZ Studio 4 will be dropping its retail price of $49.99 to free for the remainder of August. The software, created by DAZ 3D, is used for the creation of artwork involving human models, animals, props and environments both still and animated.

The software is compatible with a large number of other suites and model types, and introduces one of DAZ 3D’s proudest features: the Genesis series of figures. Playing on the advancements made in the current version, Genesis enables users to create virtually limitless figure shape variations from a common base.

Note: free offer requires registration and free newsletter subscription for download. (Download is 435-462Mb)

Link to original article here.

Direct link to DAZ 3D info and offer page here.

 Cool

5888  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Operation Facebook (will you rejoice?) on: August 14, 2011, 04:05:29 PM
FWIW - I don't have a dog in this fight either. I don't do social networking (FB/TwitterG+ et al.) and I have no intention of ever opening an account on any of these services if I can possibly avoid it. But much as I dislike these social networks, the companies behind them - and, in many cases, the user/advocates for these services - I still don't argue they should be shut down or avoided just because 40hz personally doesn't care for them.

What I do object to is the arrogance and hubris of a group of people who flatter themselves by thinking they're neo-vigilantes, and who seem to feel they have the right to crash a system they can individually avoid and ignore if they want to.

Sorry, but I'm one of 'those people' who doesn't appreciate people who presume to speak or act on my behalf without my explicit consent. I have enough respect for myself and MY freedom that I don't willingly cede its support and maintenance to anyone - be they a big faceless government, or a group of trashers. Especially when their rhetoric about the "clueless masses" sounds just like the attitude of contempt towards humanity you perceive in the actions of so many of those already in power.

Just my tuppence. smiley

5889  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Conceptual art for Apple's new headquarters on: August 14, 2011, 12:34:41 PM
ghacks recently posted an interesting article about Apple's planned new corporate campus in Cupertino. Read it here.

Here's what it wants to look like:

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Interesting. It reminds me of a wagon train ‘circled up’ against an enemy attack. A rather appropriate look for Apple when you think about it.

And look – inside the impenetrable outer wall there’s an inner circle too! Wow…this just keeps looking more and more appropriate.

All that’s missing is a crocodile infested moat and a chained dragon near the entrance.

Hmm...was it possibly inspired by dictator Trevor Goodchilde's fortress/headquarters in the Aeon Flux movie?

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Why don't you be the judge! tongue  Grin

5890  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Operation Facebook (will you rejoice?) on: August 14, 2011, 11:13:05 AM
@JJ - I wonder what's really worse. Having a corporation play games with my information - or having a bevy of script-kiddies decide to take it upon themselves to smash something I'm using just because they don't like it.

Everybody who uses Facebook registered for an account and basically asked to be there.

I don't know anybody using Facebook that asked anon to try and crash it.

How about you?
5891  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: HyperNext, anyone? on: August 14, 2011, 10:17:29 AM
Looks interesting. I have a longstanding like/hate relationship with HyperCard. Gonna have to give this puppy a try.

@k - thanks for finding and sharing.  smiley
5892  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of alternative wifi management software on: August 13, 2011, 04:21:51 PM
AFAIK they're all pretty much proprietary and locked in by vendor.

The problem with wifi is that the drivers are proprietary. That's why wifi has traditionally been such a headache for Linux users. Without access to the underlying driver code, it's very difficult for a 3rd party to write a utility for a specific card. And since cards vary so widely, it's also really hard to do a generic management app. Because even if a card uses a widely available Broadcom or Realtek chip/driver set, each manufacturer will often customize their version. So there's really no such thing as generic anything when it comes to wifi cards.

If it's any consolation, most USB wifi card utilities are equally sucky. Many users (myself included) tend to ignore these utilities and just use whatever control panel or configuration tools the operating system we're running on provides.
 smiley
5893  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Samsung hard drives - don't buy them unless you like subliminal mental torture on: August 13, 2011, 03:36:19 PM
@Edvard - that's an interesting thought, intermod distortion. Especially when you get a 'beat modulation' (ex: a note simultaneously sounding with the flat immediately beneath it) on many very close frequencies. Which is a potential scenario with multiple disk drives.

That wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh sound would be enough to drive anybody crazy.  tellme

 Cool

5894  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 12, 2011, 04:29:38 PM
I always preferred the Mace Utilities myself over Norton. And PC Tools after that.

But the Norton Editor was a mainstay for me when it first came out. It was the first text editor I ever purchased.  Thmbsup
5895  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: UK Riots: Have you been affected? on: August 12, 2011, 11:54:56 AM
It's called "Carousel".

There are worse ways to go. Especially if they threw in the part about Jessica 6 (as played by Jenny Agutter) making herself available "on the circuit."

 [attachthumb=#]

Well...yes...quite!  Wink

5896  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: UK Riots: Have you been affected? on: August 12, 2011, 09:18:06 AM
Unfortunately, anytime population begins to significantly outstrip the available 'real' jobs you're going to have this happen. Look at any history book. Or just do the math.

A real problem is that many of the 'cures' that have been tried over the years ("get tough" laws, eugenic legislation, "make-work", deporation to colonial penal colonies, totalitarianism, euthanasia, ethnic cleansing, slavery, genocide, war) are worse than the problem they try to cure. Tough talk, in the absence of dialog, doesn't work. Because if you push people hard enough, sooner or later they're going to start pushing back even harder

The time has come for some radically brilliant thinking.

So...are any radical thinkers out there feeling particularly brilliant today?

Because this world could sure use some of that right now.  Cool



5897  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Operation Facebook (will you rejoice?) on: August 12, 2011, 08:53:33 AM
So tell me...what do they rationally expect to accomplish by trying to do this?  huh

ego enlargement

Reminds me this one kid I grew up with. He couldn't walk down a sidewalk without going out of his way to find, and step on, some defenseless little bug.

The innately mean personality blossoms early.



5898  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Operation Facebook (will you rejoice?) on: August 12, 2011, 08:03:34 AM
Seems like an unjustifiable amount of collateral damage is about to be inflicted on a huge number of undeserving people.  And all in the name of "teaching a lesson" to a large corporation . One which is not going to change anything it does in the wake of it - except possibly push for even greater government regulation of the Web. And likely cooperate even more with government law enforcement than it (allegedly) already does.

So tell me...what do they rationally expect to accomplish by trying to do this?  huh

5899  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Next step up from Autohotkey on: August 12, 2011, 07:55:17 AM
I don't know if this is a step up, but a friend I occasionally work with spoke kindly about this development tool.

It's called Illumination. Its a visual cross-platform development environment that supports: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Flex/Flash, and Maemo. (It was designed by Bryan Lunduke who's one of the hosts of the Linux Action Show in case anybody's interested,)

My buddy used it for quick prototyping a combo iOS/Android project he worked on. He says the "Tinker Toy" snap-together methodology won't appeal to some of  the "real programmers" out there. But within the scope of what Illumination is designed to do, he says it gets the job done handily.

Being a former professional programmer and senior project manager for two of the big software publishers (and an absolute C/C++/Mono wizard) I tend to trust his opinions when it comes to software development.

Might be worth a look. Cool

5900  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fresh install of Windows XP SP3 can't use Windows Update? on: August 11, 2011, 07:12:59 PM
Try reinstalling SP3. If that doesn't work, try reinstalling the version of Windows you have, and then immediately go to the Windows Update site and do ALL your updating (including SP3) from there. I had that happen once on a client machine and that was the only way we were able to get around it.

 smiley
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