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  Just another typical abuse of the DMCA.  I'm just surprised that the MPAA wasn't banging their pots & pans behind HBO at the time.....

Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:24 PM »
One of the politicians probably saw something on one of the computers that looked like a hanging chad and freaked.....

Oh FFS Seriously?? I can't stop laughing long enough to get mad ... But can we let that go?

  I know, everybody has a long memory when it comes to stuff like that.  lol

Living Room / Re: Computers Outlawed in Florida
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:45 PM »

  Florida.....That pretty much speaks for itself.   :D  One of the politicians probably saw something on one of the computers that looked like a hanging chad and freaked.....  :P


  Well, I could comment on a cheap Chinese made product malfunctioning and how they're getting a taste of their own medicine, but that would be construed as bashing another country, so I just won't say anything.....   :P

Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:17 PM »
Peanut Butter Apple Dessert

  I went into diabetic shock just reading the ingredients!   :o   But it does sound delicious.....

Living Room / Re: $250,000 Prize for Human-Powered Helicopter
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:19 PM »

  Hmmmm, methinks I'll just stick with the 135 HP engine in my copter and not work up a sweat.   :P

Living Room / Re: If Wikipedia existed back in the DOS era
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:17 PM »

  I cut my teeth on a C=64, then upgraded to a C128, which I absolutely loved.  Shortly after upgrading to the 128 I bought an Amiga 500, then proceeded to do all kinds of upgrade modifications like RAM, doubling the speed, hard drive, etc.  I still have my old Amiga sitting in the original box in my closet......


nMacroRecord is another freebie.  I downloaded it but haven't installed it yet....


  I always use CsDiff and VData, which are both free.  I use them to compare files between hard drives and CD/DVD's to make sure the files are the same.....

General Software Discussion / Re: Best (free?) Sandbox?
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:00 PM »

  If I need to run something in a sandbox, I just use Comodo Firewall (free).  It has an option to do that....

Living Room / Re: Hot *New* Technology! TYPEWRITERS! :D
« on: July 12, 2013, 07:52 PM »
Of course the Russians know how typewriters can be compromised, since they were the ones that made the first keyloggers (for use on IBM Selectrics)...for spying on the US.


  I used to use the IBM Selectrics back in my Air Force days.  The Selectrics used for typing sensitive data had to have their print cartridges shredded and burned by DOD standards.  The kicker was, the Selectrics had a memory function that would remember everything typed until it was cleared by selecting the Clear Memory button.....  I used that function for typing duplicates.

Do you have any idea how much chocolate fudge cake one had to eat to get 6 of these mugs for "free"? (they are worth about $15.00 each, today)
 (see attachment in previous post) (see attachment in previous post)
Chilled, peel the frosting off, eat the cake first and save the frosting for last.  :-*

  I've got one of these that I used to use as a shaving mug.  lol

Living Room / Re: "Cool" Möbius
« on: July 12, 2013, 07:17 PM »
I saw a similar video a while back - I *think* it was posted here on dc, and I *think* it used the same principles, but not sure.
Anyone else remember?

  Yep, showed a steel ball or something dropped through a pipe that took a long time to exit.

Living Room / Re: Hot *New* Technology! TYPEWRITERS! :D
« on: July 12, 2013, 07:06 PM »

  I'm already set, have a shredder for things with sensitive data, then it gets burned in the burn barrel.  Gotta love living out in the middle of nowhere.   :P

Living Room / Re: DRM for HTML5 Standards
« on: July 12, 2013, 06:50 PM »
Well it doesn't affect anyone who are just making "normal" websites, does it? Personally I don't care about what the media industry does for I hardly buy any of their products anyway.

  HTML 5 will BE THE STANDARD before long, so yes, it WILL affect "normal" websites.  From what I understand, an article I read said that once HTML 5 becomes standard, ActiveX and Java will no longer be supported.

Living Room / Re: Privacy Policy
« on: July 12, 2013, 06:42 PM »
There are ways to get around all this invasive silliness. My guess is that most people here already know, but, just for the sake of it, I'll run down through a few ways to help.

  • Get a VPN subscription from a service that doesn't keep logs (see Torrent Freak for reviews)
  • Use TOR & the TOR browser
  • Get multiple email accounts
  • Get Keepass to store all your email accounts & passwords (or a similar program)

You can aggregate some email addresses into 1 with forwarding, but make certain to keep them mostly isolated or grouped by purpose. Do not tie any of them to your main email account and do not put in any real information. Use all fake info. It's easier to use fake info if you choose a historical figure and enter their birth dates, etc. That just makes it easier to keep track of. Also, you can keep that as a note in Keepass.

It can be a PITA, but depending upon what you want, it may be worth it.

  VPN and Tor are great, but they also slow down your internet connection.  I can't afford to lose any more speed than what I have now....  As for Keepass, I use AIRoboForm registered....


  Oh man!  I remember the Entemann's Cheese Cakes!!!  I used to get them on every grocery shopping trip and had it with coffee in the morning and after supper.  Didn't know they stopped making them though, just thought the grocery store stopped carrying them for some reason.  They were excellent.....and very rich.


  I rear ended a car on a highway at night back when I was 17, the guy was backing up with his headlights off on a curve whilst drinking his beer.  It was my fault.  Why you ask?

At the time, in Louisiana, if you rear-end someone it's automatically your fault, and it was also legal to drink and drive.....  It totalled my beautiful car too......


  I've been trying to download it for weeks now, but the server is always busy, which is about par with  I tried it once more tonight with the same results, so I have officially given up on it.....

Skwire Empire / SWeather
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:01 PM »

  I've been looking at the pics of SWeather, it looks really nice.  I like it's layout and it's simplicity.  I have a couple of questions about it.

1. Does it have a button or link to take you to radar/satellite/infra-red maps?  If so, are the links configurable?

2. Does it have an "Alert" option that will sound an alert when adverse weather is in your area?

Living Room / Privacy Policy
« on: July 10, 2013, 05:19 PM »

  I was off looking at The H u f f i n g t o n Post website this afternoon to see if they offered an email newsletter.  I found the "Subscribe" button right off and was getting excited.  But as usual, I read their privacy policy, which I always do before subscribing to any service.  I got down to section 2, and what a let-down.  They really get up-close and personal when you use any of their services as shown below.  I know some people could give two cents for their privacy, but I'm not one of those type people.  I think they collect way too much information, especially where I've been and where I'm going, and even what software I have installed on my computer.
  No thanks, I think I'll pass on this one....

2.What information the Site collects
Information you provide directly to us:

You are not required to provide information directly to us in order to view the Site. However, when you use certain Site functions, such as when you register for certain services, access certain content or features, or directly contact the Site, we may ask you to provide information, including:

•contact information, such as name, email address, postal address, phone number, and mobile number;
•username and password;
•information posted in community discussions and other interactive online features;
•search queries conducted on the Site; and
•correspondence you send to us.

Information automatically collected when you visit and interact with the Site:

When you visit and interact with the Site, certain information may be collected automatically, including:

•your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address;
•your browser type and operating system;
•the web pages you were visiting immediately before and after you came to the Site;
•activities within community discussions;
•web pages and advertisements that you view, and links that you click on, within the Site;
•your bandwidth speed and information about the software programs that are installed on your computer;
•aggregated data about email click-through rates and user video viewing;
•standard server log information; and
•information collected through HTML cookies, Flash cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies. For more information, please see our discussion of cookies and other technologies.

Information we collect from other sources:

We may access information about you from third-party sources and platforms (such as social networking sites, databases, online marketing firms, and ad targeting firms), including:

•if you access third-party social networking services (such as Facebook Connect or Twitter) through the Site, your username and connection lists for those services;
•demographic data, such as age range, gender, and interests;
•advertisement interaction and viewing data, such as ad click-through rates and information about how many times you viewed a particular ad; and
•unique identifiers, including mobile device identification numbers, that can identify the physical location of such devices in accordance with applicable law.

Please note that the Site may combine the information that we collect with information we obtain from third-party sources.


Exactly 40hz.  We need to change the name from USA to UPSA, United Police States of America....

Living Room / Re: How Google is Killing Honest (Organic) Search
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:18 PM »
I've experienced what cyberdiva has and am now back to Google.  As for TaoPhoenix's advanced search, I'm glad I'm a "computer novice" because "regular search" has worked perfectly for me.  I have no need to spend my time going to the advanced search options.  Thank goodness for being a novice.  Between Google and Facebook (those who use Google and Facebook) there's not such thing as privacy.  It's going to be interesting where we end up as a society.

  I like using advance searching, it weeds out a buttload of extraneous websites.  It can turn a hit rate of 22 million down to hundreds of thousands.  That's still a lot of hits, but it does narrow it down with the most likely hits listed at the top....

Living Room / Re: Adblock Plus Letting Ads By
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:11 PM »

  Normally when dealing with people, it's "fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."  But when it comes to ad-blockers or malware blockers, I run on the sentiment of "Fool me once, I blow you off my hard drive".

  I really do expect that the fox "will" raid the henhouse when left in charge of guarding it.

  On another note, I've noticed over the years how some great free software will be bought out by a large company only to be turned into adware or spyware.  They do this legally by changing the EULA posted on their website, which states "in" the EULA, that the EULA can be changed at any time and you should check it daily to see if there are any changes.  Yeah......Right......People are going to check the EULA's on all of their software, every day, just to look for changes....  The way I look at it, if they didn't announce these "little changes" somewhere besides the modified EULA, obviously they're being sneaky and can't be trusted.....

Living Room / Re: Adblock Plus Letting Ads By
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:04 PM »
I would also call for a bit of respect from the other side.  The post was written with pejoratives (hopeless churl) in it also, which could have prompted the response, even if two wrongs don't make a right

fair enough -- i stand guilty of skimming Cobble's post and should have called him to task as well for not being respectful and arguably starting the insults.

on this forum we expect everyone to be treated with respect.

  Except for when it comes to me, it seems......

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