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5901  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DAZ Studio Pro, Bryce Pro, & Hexagon for FREE! on: February 02, 2012, 09:28:21 PM
@#lanux128 - That's a great offer you found. Thx for sharing.

I own Bryce and have used it before. Always wanted to try DazStudio4 - but I was put off by the price since I'd only be a casual user.

Now I'll finally get to see what it's all about.

Yay! Thmbsup
5902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Legitimate Ubisoft Games unplayable next week because of ludicrous DRM on: February 02, 2012, 08:40:25 PM
i've given up on Ubisoft long ago.

just a recent reminder that they don't care..

Quote from: Ubisoft dev
"We've heard loud and clear that PC gamers are bitching about there being no version for them. But are these people just making noise just because there's no version or because it's a game they actually want to play? Would they buy it if we made it?"
http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1213362p1.html


 Cool
5903  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Legitimate Ubisoft Games unplayable next week because of ludicrous DRM on: February 02, 2012, 06:26:22 PM
^ I can understand the pain. Somebody gifted me a Steam title a few years back to try to get me interested in PC gaming. (Why my friends think I'd be so great at computer games is a puzzlement to me. I like board games. But even then I'm still terrible at chess even if I can more than hold my own in a game of Go or Nine Man Morris.)

But I hardly ever use Steam - and I've only bought two other titles for it. I could never get used to how intrusive its DRM systems are. Sucked all the joy out of it for me.

Funny thing is I do play the stuff I can get on GoG.

It might be because I'm into retro titles (IMO much better gameplay and concepts even if the graphics can't rival today's newer offerings) but that's not the only reason. I really appreciate the fact the titles GoG carries don't treat me like a would-be criminal. And I also appreciate how they bend over backwards to get you all the spiffs (cards, manuals, soundtracks, extras, etc.) to make the experience that much more enjoyable.

Since I've opened an account on GoG back in August, I've bought maybe something like fifteen games - which is more than I bought in the last twenty years combined. And the main reason I did so was because I like not needing a web connection or being forced to allow something to put a modified bot or trojan or rootkit (let's call these things what they are) on my machine in order to play any of them.

In the meantime, my Steam account, with it's three titles, languishes unused. I think I'll just give my credentials to my game playing nephew next time I see him.
5904  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: BARD - My software to help organise your sample library on: February 02, 2012, 02:00:04 PM
Well done! Very polished looking app. And one of the nicest websites I've ever seen.

Best wishes for success with your new creation. Thmbsup
5905  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Legitimate Ubisoft Games unplayable next week because of ludicrous DRM on: February 02, 2012, 01:57:47 PM
Three words: Good Old Games. (www.gog.comKiss

Bookmark it! Cool

 Thmbsup

5906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: As a counter-point to the SOPA/PIPA demonstration on: February 02, 2012, 01:25:56 PM
Addressing the sickness in Canada is largely a waste of time because the root disease is in Washington. Well... That's not completely true, but I'm certainly not going to post the truth about the situation here at DC. Suffice it to say, that in the normal mainstream view (however distorted it is), if we can cure that root cause, and return America to what it was meant to be, that will filter up into Canada and Canada will become healthy again.

Ren - I'm not quite sure what you mean. But my take is that Canada is its own country. If it isn't, and it's just an un-annexed part of the USA, then there's nothing to be done for it.

But I have far too much respect for Canada and its people to accept that. (And if I'm wrong about them - please don't tell me, ok?)

Maybe it's just an act put on for the Yankee touristas, but the last few times I was up in Montreal, Canadian nationalism seemed alive and quite healthy in both the French and non-French community. In some places it went beyond vibrant. A few times I 'd even characterize it as virulent considering how more than one semi-drunk felt the need to demonstrate such feelings to me each time I was up there.  Grin

But if Ottowa is 'ramping' all over its people, do yourselves a big favor and do something about it before you have a situation, and a shortage of former constitutional protections, like the US now has.

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I sincerely want to see America restored to the beautiful ideas that it was founded upon.

Truth is, the US is sitting on what is probably the most precarious knife edge it has seen since back when "those who had a say in the matter" decided to make break with their homeland and go it alone.

America is not going to go back to what it used to be any more than it did after the Civil War. If it weathers the storm it's brewed up for itself, there will be a new nation, with new understandings, and a new social contract. How much it retains of what it used to be is anybody's guess. But right now it's too soon to reliably predict which way it will ultimately tip. And Americans have never been overly respectful of the past.

So seriously...don't wait for us to take action.

And I do mean seriously! tellme

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5907  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who needs SOPA? Website accused of defamation is closed by judge on: February 02, 2012, 10:50:08 AM
Next step will be engineering a gradual reduction leading to the eventual end of open platform PC manufacturing. Afterwards, all there will be left are walled-garden devices licensed, monitored, and controlled by government friendly corporations.

This will be done because the government lacks the constitutional authority to issue regulations that corporations may impose at will - and can enforce thanks to patents, copyright laws, and things like ACTA/SOPA/PIPA which make it illegal to attempt to circumvent any restrictions they build into their devices.  

Do we now finally see where this is all leading? And why things like ACTA are getting signed all over the world despite public protest and concern?

It's not just the USA. Apparently governments everywhere have decided both the free Internet, and open hardware platforms, simply must go. And they want it gone not only from the backbone and the airwaves - they want it taken out of the hands of their private citizens as well.  

Brave new world ladies & gentlemen. It's called "Global Village." And the plans for it say there will be barbed wire fences and guard towers placed all around it.  

Welcome to the Age of the Panopticon. tellme
5908  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Main hard drive in my PC died today suddenly on: February 02, 2012, 09:20:53 AM
...but I am trying to use my second drive as a curated save space for everything but the OS.

and if that one goes? (asks the guy with a chaotic backup system...)

Yup. A quarter-hour  saved now in exchange for several hours of regret sometime down the road...

With drives it isn't a question of "if." It's merely a question of when.  
Wizard

And Murphy is inescapable.  ohmy
5909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: As a counter-point to the SOPA/PIPA demonstration on: February 02, 2012, 08:31:53 AM
^ And slavery, and poverty, and polio, and hunger, along with sanity, and legal process, and a host of other things. Strange place my country. It's neither as bad, nor as good as its more extreme detractors, and supporters, like to think it is.

That's the problem with a government as fluid as the one the US has. I gets replaced every 4 to 6 years so it doesnt have much in the way of long-term memory. And it's easily manipulated by well organized special interest groups as a result.

What I find amusing is how the US gets blamed by citizens of other countries when their governments go along with US inspired nonsense - much like the US used to blame something called "the communists" for everything that was wrong with the world. Unfortunately, the Soviet Union collapsed and deprived us of our favorite scapegoat. I wonder who other countries will decide to blame next after the collapse of the current USA sometime towards the end of this century?
 smiley
5910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google-based services seem to be out from NZ on: February 02, 2012, 07:14:22 AM
Possibly due to a snag in their new redirect to local TLD server policies?

Link here.

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Google Starts Redirecting Blogspot Blogs to Country-Specific URLs

by Venkat on January 31, 2012

in Tech News

You wouldn’t be surprised in future if you visit Blogspot.com other than in US country you’ll be redirected to your country specific URL in browser in fact its happening now – where Google redirecting Indian users from blogspot.com domain to blogspot.in. For e.g if you visit Googleblog.blogspot.com URL from India you’ll be taken to Googleblog.blogspot.in URL.

Right now these policies only officially affect Blogspot. But once the rollout is completed I'm sure the practice will spread to Google's other services as well. They're already "cooperating with local laws" in countries that are practicing outright web censorship. So it's a small step to do the same for everything down the road. And easier from a network administrative viewpoint.

To riff on the Space Guild Navigator's line about melange spice in Frank Herbert's book Dune: Order must be maintained! The adword revenues must continue to flow.

Good old Google. The unspoken message seems to be: We're still not evil! In fact, we're completely uninvolved with any of these issues. (Subtext: Our advertisers wouldn't like it. And our investors would be outraged if we were.)
 undecided

5911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: As a counter-point to the SOPA/PIPA demonstration on: February 02, 2012, 06:27:24 AM
This article is the singe best analysis of what actually went down with the MegaUpload bust:

What The Pundits Are Missing In The Megaupload Case This article is a must read because it addresses issues of criminal law and enforcement that have ramifications far beyond the Megauploads case (emphasis added):

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The US charges against Dotcom, who was nabbed in a panic room clutching a sawed-off shotgun, are based on an indictment unsealed last week that accuses him and six others of criminal copyright and three other charges.

Contrary to many reports, those other charges are not about money-laundering and racketeering but instead about conspiracy to commit those crimes. The distinction is important because conspiracy charges are a key law enforcement tool for the federal government that, critically, do not require proving the underlying crime.

“It’s a huge engine for the government and one of its bread and butter statutes,” says Miriam Baer, a criminal law specialist at Brooklyn Law School.

Under federal law, a person is guilty of conspiracy if they agree with another person to commit an illegal act and then any person in the conspiracy does something to move the plan forward. This means that the conspiracy doesn’t have to be successful—only that someone performs an “overt act.”

Baer says this can be “particularly easy” to show because an overt act can be anything from a phone call to an email message. “There’s usually plenty of overt acts to choose from.”

I mentioned this in another post I recently made. And I apologize for cutting and pasting it a second time here.

But it's an important enough article that I think it really needs to be read by everyone who is concerned with where the US is heading with its latest War on Communism... International Terrorism... 'Foreign' IP Piracy.
 huh
5912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A Siri challenger emerges. Meet Evi. on: February 01, 2012, 10:27:17 PM
Someone please come up with Ask Jenny  cheesy

Sounds good.

Better than what some government types may be hoping for instead:

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 Wink
5913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond Gamification. Designing up Maslow’s Pyramid. on: February 01, 2012, 10:19:03 PM
If you're interested in Maslow (and ready to move beyond Wikipedia)...

That could seem to be a rather cheap shot smacking of intellectual snobbery, and as such would do the author no credit.


@IainB -Perhaps a certain sort of person might take my words as a "cheap shot." But my mind doesn't work like that. All I was suggesting was that if someone were interested enough in Maslow to move beyond the mostly descriptive articles found in Wikipedia, the suggested article could provide a more in-depth treatment of Maslow's ideas.

That's all it meant as far as I was concerned. Feel free, however, to interpret it as you will.

As far as an accusation of intellectual snobbery...well, that's the first time anyone's ever suggested I was guilty of that. But there's a first time for being called anything I suppose.

Regarding the notion of buzzword as it applies to self-actualization, all I can suggest is that it may have become a buzzword with the passing of time and it's passing into common parlance. But in Maslow's case it was anything but. He was groping for a term. And as terms go, within the context in which he used it, it was a very evocative and apt choice of words.

As for the rest...what can I say? I lack the patience for infinite hair-splitting and other debating tactics. Being an intensely noncompetitive sort of person, I also lack the appetite for that sort of thing. If you've tracked down a more reliably documented origin for the term self-actualization, please accept my "bravos" and collect full points for it. I hardly think it has much real bearing on the discussion.

Whether Maslow ultimately coined the term, or merely popularized it, he meant it in a rather specific sense. Which I think is not the case with what most people think of as a buzzword. (And I'm sure you'll be able to find a source to contradict me on that point as well.  mrgreen)

Either way, this discussion has gotten rather tiring.

So I'll leave it to you and others to carry on.

Best! smiley Thmbsup
5914  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond Gamification. Designing up Maslow’s Pyramid. on: February 01, 2012, 04:57:54 PM
If you're interested in Maslow (and ready to move beyond Wikipedia), go here to read a very good essay on Maslow's theories and ideas.

Note: self-actualization isn't properly a "buzz word" since Maslow coined and used that term in his writings.  tongue
5915  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: how to add a image to email body ( not as attachment) on: February 01, 2012, 01:54:23 PM
Don't know if this would work for the person asking. But what I do is save the screenshot to the desktop or someplace else I can easily find it, double click to open it first, then do a right-click copy on what appears in PhotoViewer. That image can then be pasted into a standard e-mail as a visible graphic embedded in the body of the message.

In most e-mail clients I'm familiar with, just doing a right-click copy without opening it first, will load the screenshot into your email message as an attachment. Same goes for using the copy to clipboard button in SSC.
 smiley
5916  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu's Latest Interface "Brainstorm" - HUD on: February 01, 2012, 01:33:06 PM
It actually looks pretty cool to me. It's not just an app launcher. It allows you to search and "launch" all the things from the menus in multiple applications. Sweet!

It certainly is - IF - you're primarily interested in coming up with an interface for tablet PCs.

I disagree. Typing your search terms would be more of a hassle on a tablet PC's virtual keyboard than navigating the menus with touch. On the other hand, pressing a hotkey to bring up the HUD and speedily typing away to get access to the things you want would be so much better on your desktop/laptop PC with a physical keyboard.

Might want to mention that to Mark Shuttleworth then.  Grin

Although there are plans for implementing voice control for it too.

From ZDNet:

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Although Shuttleworth doesn’t say so, part of the reason why Ubuntu is making these changes is to make Ubuntu a more attractive option to smart TVs and smartphones and tablets. On these systems, the WIMP interface doesn’t work that well. If HUD is successful, users will ultimately be able to use the same interface on any device from PC to smartphone with voice commands.

Ubuntu is retooling to to focus on tablet format computing as fast as they can manage it. Shuttleworth's convinced the future lies with tablets.

 Thmbsup
5917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A Siri challenger emerges. Meet Evi. on: February 01, 2012, 01:26:53 PM
^William Gibson called them "ghosts" (indulging in a little wordplay on 'ghost in the machine') in his book Mona Lisa Overdrive.

A ghost was a personal assistant visible only to the person it belonged to. It was the ultimate personal info assistant. It could look things up, find things out, remind you of appointments, make excuses for you...basically the personal secretary every busy person could have ever hoped for.

Evi ain't that by a long shot.  Grin

My personal dream is getting something like the Librarian in Neal Stephenson's sci-fi masterpiece Snow Crash. If you haven't read this book yet - do so!

Stephenson posited a world where knowledge workers "goggle-in" to a computer generated 3D world called the Metaverse. (After you read this book you'll swear this was where Second Life got its inspiration from.) The Metaverse is a mashup of everything you'd ever do online. It's the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Steam, online shopping, web-enabled remote access and control, YouTube, NetFlix, Google, and several other things that haven't been engineered yet. And you interact with it by putting on goggles and using a 3D avatar instead of a keyboard and mouse. No brain implants required. This technology uses eye-tracking and other kinesthetic cues picked up by a camera mounted in every laptop which allows you to control your online avatar. After you get used to it, it becomes almost subconscious and automatic. Like walking or swimming or riding a bike.

Very cool. And very doable - even with today's technology.

Note: Google has the whole book up online. To get a sample of what the Librarian is, go here, navigate back to page 106 and start reading from where it says: He is no longer connected to the network by a fiber optic cable... and start reading.

5918  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: February 01, 2012, 10:14:15 AM
I saw that you are a good person and on a good intellectual level. And i believe you can understand me.

I like to think I am. And I like to think I can.

It's also interesting to see a non-US, non-Euro take on copyright from someone coming in from outside the usual circle of Western understandings.

Look forward to your comments going forward. Thmbsup

5919  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: February 01, 2012, 10:04:05 AM
I can submit your copyrighted article to 200.000 forum, 200.000 blog, 10.000 article website, and thousands of guestbooks etc... only in 48 hours. Then you will have to send DMCA complaint everyday in the rest of your life smiley

Sounds like a perfect strategy for the XXAA Mafia to pursue.



Let's save things like that for when the battle finally goes nuclear shall we? Grin

Of course the only thing that will do (short term) is give governments the excuse to pull their backbone kill switches (Hello FIDOnet? We have a situation!) ; and (long term) see the Internet be reopened as a completely licensed, regulated, and controlled environment - just like radio and telecommunications presently is.

And care to guess who will be put in charge and running it once it is allowed to reopen? (Hint: Cablevision, BBC, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon,...)
5920  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SOPA: Alt view - You need to be Shakespeare or Picasso to Avoid Content Scraping on: February 01, 2012, 09:57:20 AM

But i see some people threaten him. I can tell he's got high programming skills. And he's well experienced on all internet stuff. So if someone want to make a war with him he should have been well prepared for that. He's a nice guy anyway. If i was him and someone show me such aggressive reaction i would carry the website out of usa. Then i would send all those articles to the other websites with mass submiting bots. I can submit your copyrighted article to 200.000 forum, 200.000 blog, 10.000 article website, and thousands of guestbooks etc... only in 48 hours. Then you will have to send DMCA complaint everyday in the rest of your life smiley

Sounds a bit like a threat...

I'm not sure how you could reconcile being a "nice guy" with doing something along the lines of what you're suggesting however.

It would also be a vastly out of proportion response to what happened. He was asked to remove content that had been copied word for word from someone else's site. He sent back a letter which basically said: Go to hell. I'm not in the US so there's nothing you can do to stop me.  It was only after a person-to-person and unofficial attempt to resolve the situation failed that a more official set of actions took place. So if anybody is responsible for what happened, it was you acquaintance's editor - first by borrowing the content without permission - and then by insulting and mocking the content creator when she asked for the article to be removed form his website.

But either way he was not "attacked" by the content creator. He simply suffered the consequences of his own personal decision to refuse to remove content he had no legal or moral right to post on his website. It only went the way it did in response to his actions. And it could have gone a totally different way if he had handled it in a less arrogant and defiant manner. But no matter how yo wish to characterize it, it was not a "attack" against him.

Behaving like this editor has the unfortunate effecy of also adding further fuel to the arguments for bills such as ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA - all which have justified their necessity by pointing out how someone in a country outside the US could do as you've suggested with impunity.

By behaving the way he did, he played into the hands of those screaming for further constraints and censorship up on the web. And by doing so, he increases the risk of increased hurt  - not only himself - but to the rest of us as well. Because those draconian laws being proposed will hurt all of us.

So thanks for your input. (And welcome to DonationCoder BTW!  smiley) But it doesn't help your 'acquaintance' (or those of us who are attempting to stop, or rein in, things like SOPA and ACTA) by suggesting hypothetical(?) threats like using mass submitting bots to further compound the wrongful act of scraping someone's web content without permission. And that's something which remains morally wrong regardless of what the law may say wherever the scraper happens to live.

It's a global community. People need to start acting like it is before the hands of authority descend upon us and turn what was once 'our web' into a global and governmentally operated panopticon.

Take a look around you. The transition has already started. Sad

Just my 2¢
5921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond Gamification. Designing up Maslow’s Pyramid. on: February 01, 2012, 09:17:17 AM
So I haven't seen the proof/"proof" that claims Maslow is "debunked". After all, people are "sorta wonderful", so if the "proof" is flawed, then everything spirals down into Alice's Wonderland when you have to decide if the mistake was honest or deliberate.

The only problem with Maslow's pyramid is the very top where you find the 'self-actualizing' needs being proposed. It's a problem because even Maslow admitted there was no real proof they actually existed other than casual observations and anecdotal evidence that seems to indicate they do.

But that's a far cry from rigorous scientific proof. And Maslow could very well be making a seriously wrong assumption. Something he himself was painfully aware of.

Anecdotal evidence and observation shows the sun orbits the earth rather than the other way around. But to say earth orbits the sun is also not completely true since the sun also moves within the galaxy. So the visual orbits are more a matter of where you're observing from than any underlying physics. A better argument would be to look at it from the perspective of who's gravitational field is more pulling whom. But that's not even completely cut and dried.

And that's the rub. There's no proof people actually do self-actualize. (Skinner would argue they didn't.) Because self-actualization argues for some higher order of existence or awareness (i.e. a soul) which amounts to a version of 'pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.'

It was something Maslow was never able to satisfactorily explain, although he did remark how horrible a world it would be if some form of self-actualization didn't really exist.

In the end, you have to take the existence of self-actualization on faith.

I do.  smiley
5922  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Recommended website: paidContent.org on: February 01, 2012, 08:52:08 AM
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paidContent. It's been mentioned in a few forum posts by fellow DCers Josh and zrinding some time back.

But this is a website well worth checking out if you haven't yet done so. And also worth loading into your RSS reader to stay up on what they're reporting. (Feed URL link here.)

Refreshingly intelligent and rational discussion and reporting on "The economics of digital content."

Some especially good recent articles:

Barnes & Noble: We Will Not Carry Amazon Publishing Titles In Our Stores

What Broadcast And Cable Executives Still Don’t Understand About YouTube

What The Pundits Are Missing In The Megaupload Case This article is a must read because it addresses issues of criminal law and enforcement that have ramifications far beyond the Megauploads case (emphasis added):

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The US charges against Dotcom, who was nabbed in a panic room clutching a sawed-off shotgun, are based on an indictment unsealed last week that accuses him and six others of criminal copyright and three other charges.

Contrary to many reports, those other charges are not about money-laundering and racketeering but instead about conspiracy to commit those crimes. The distinction is important because conspiracy charges are a key law enforcement tool for the federal government that, critically, do not require proving the underlying crime.

“It’s a huge engine for the government and one of its bread and butter statutes,” says Miriam Baer, a criminal law specialist at Brooklyn Law School.

Under federal law, a person is guilty of conspiracy if they agree with another person to commit an illegal act and then any person in the conspiracy does something to move the plan forward. This means that the conspiracy doesn’t have to be successful—only that someone performs an “overt act.”

Baer says this can be “particularly easy” to show because an overt act can be anything from a phone call to an email message. “There’s usually plenty of overt acts to choose from.”

The Likely Winners And Losers In The Over-The-Top TV Market

Great site all around. Make sure to pay it a visit, along with its two sister sites:

mocoNews -Unheathily Obsessed with Mobile Content

-and-

paidContent:UK - Covering UK's Digital Economy - and not only of interest to UK readers. Some very good stuff to be found there was well.

 Cool Thmbsup


5923  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / A Siri challenger emerges. Meet Evi. on: February 01, 2012, 07:29:08 AM
Interetsting news from MIT's Technology Review (Link to full article here.)

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New Virtual Helper Challenges Siri

An app named Evi uses semantic data to provide a wider range of answers.


Friday, January 27, 2012  By Rachel Metz

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The market for sweetly named smart-phone assistants is heating up, as Siri, Apple's iPhone-based virtual helper, just got a new "frenemy" named Evi.

Created by True Knowledge, a Cambridge, U.K.-based semantic technology startup, Evi, like Siri, can answer questions posed aloud in a conversational manner. But unlike Siri, which is only loaded on the latest iPhone, Evi is available as an app for the iPhone and phones running Google's Android software.

Siri and other personal assistants are still fairly limited. As they become more popular, established companies and startups will need to expand the range of tasks they can perform. True Knowledge is hoping the semantic database it has built up over the past few years could provide this edge.

Evi's availability and promise as an artificial intelligence app, coupled with its low price (99 cents on the iPhone and free on Android phones), caused its popularity to skyrocket following its Monday release, and made it difficult for those downloading it to try it out.  Evi isn't the only Siri competitor—and in fact its capabilities are somewhat different from Siri's offerings—but plenty of smart-phone users, it seems, are eager for Evi's help in particular.

<continued>

Seemed cool enough to drop a dollar to get it on my iPhone just to see. (It's free for Android. Are we surprised?)

I asked it: what is donationcoder?

It answered: DonationCoder.com, the website hosting a community of programmers and software fanatics.

Not bad! Dunno if I'd completely agree with that characterization since DC is so much more than that. But close enough. And correct as far as it goes.

A few quick questions yielded up mostly correct and useful answers along with some spectacular failures. Trick questions sometimes produced unexpected and very funny answers. But only about a third of the time. It is easy to deliberately confuse Evi. But considering how this type of search technology is in its earliest adolescence, that's hardly surprising. Straightforward technical and academic questions were either correctly answered or redirected to site(s) hosting the correct answers more often than not.

It's somewhat flawed overall. Your Google/Bing/DDG search skills aren't obsolete yet. But for what and where it currently is, Evi is quite impressive.

Right now it's more of a cool toy to play with rather than a serious tool. But with luck it won't remain so forever.

Fun! I'm gonna have to play with this some more... smiley

5924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ubuntu's Latest Interface "Brainstorm" - HUD on: February 01, 2012, 06:16:15 AM
It actually looks pretty cool to me. It's not just an app launcher. It allows you to search and "launch" all the things from the menus in multiple applications. Sweet!


It certainly is - IF - you're primarily interested in coming up with an interface for tablet PCs.

Which is where Canonical and Ubuntu are obviously going despite their being so coy about it.

I keep waiting for an Ubuntu branded tablet to be introduced. After which I expect Canonical to attempt to do the same thing with Linux that Apple did with Mach - wrap a proprietary interface and userland around an ostensibly 'open' platform, with the goal of getting away from GNU and that pesky GPL most of it is licensed under.
 undecided
5925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All-In-One Multi-Touch Computers - Thoughts? on: January 31, 2012, 10:02:49 PM
The other is the Roku box for your TV set.
Roku has been in my backup plans for a while.  But...superboyac is going to overengineer hisself a home theater system in 2012 that has been in the works for 3 years.   Thmbsup

Ah!

In my case, I think I'd keep my current modest home theater system, add a Roku to the mix, and then plow any money saved into the biggest, highest quality screen I could comfortably view. And maybe buy a real theater popcorn maker if there was anything left over!
 
Because those are two things I likely wouldn't be able to build for myself.Grin


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