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Living Room / Re: Mysteries
« on: November 20, 2012, 06:48 AM »
I thought of starting a thread about the many mysteries that seem unsolvable (I can already hear the groans) - it could be interesting and maybe even fun ? (Could be a waste of time and forum space too...)

For a moment, I thought you were going to spin off from the secret society thread with freaky mysteries like pyramids and UFOs or something. :D

Erm ... well that was my hidden intention (how did you guess ?).

Living Room / Re: Corporations crippling U.S.
« on: November 20, 2012, 06:43 AM »
It's a very good interview, lots of interesting aspects to it.

On a very practical note:

DCJ: We pay four times what the French do for a triple play package of cable, Internet and telephone — and they get worldwide TV, not just domestic; their Internet is ten times faster and instead of two country calling, they get long-distance to 70 countries at no extra charge. All that for $38 compared to the U.S. average of $160 including taxes. By one measure we pay 38 times as much as the Japanese per bit of information on the Internet. In states where the electric utilities were broken up so power generation could be a competitive business prices did not fall. Instead since 1999 they rose 48% more than inflation, compared to just 8 percent in states that retained traditional regulation. Everywhere there is a lack of competition, or only the appearance of competition, we pay way too much.
SP: In your book, you single out telephone carriers — is it really in their interests to hold back universal broadband services? Can you quantify the impact?

DCJ: Remarkably we have created a system in which the AT&T - Verizon duopoly makes bigger profits by holding back the Internet. Verizon will make fiber optic service, the Information Superhighway, available to just 16 million households, not all of whom will buy. AT&T provides fiber to the street, then old-fashioned coaxial cable to your home or business. And if you live in a rural area or even cities like Rochester, where I live in Western New York, your region is never scheduled to get fiber optic service. Building the universal fiber optic service out economic competitors are all building or have built would encourage the invention of new services and products in America, but instead those will be developed in other countries. After all, if there is no way to use a service why would it be invented?
One study, and it is only one study, says that a universal Information Superhighway at the fastest speeds in the world (we average about 5 percent of the top speeds) would increase economic output by two-thirds.

Just to up it a bit : When will rural UK get fast-speed fibre internet? (BBC) and when they say "fast" they mean speeds of up to 100Mbps ...

Living Room / Mysteries
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:42 AM »
I thought of starting a thread about the many mysteries that seem unsolvable (I can already hear the groans) - it could be interesting and maybe even fun ? (Could be a waste of time and forum space too...)

Here are two well known ones :

  • Candidate A wins an election with 51% while candidate B gets 49% - it looks as though candidate A won by 2% (51 - 49) but then just take that 1% from candidate A's 51% and give it to candidate B : and they both have 50%

  • When you look at yourself in a mirror the objects you see reflected are inverted in the horizontal plane - why not in the vertical plane ?

General Software Discussion / Re: can you see this website?
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:22 AM »
With SRWare Iron the flash loads (when I allow it) and then everything disappears into black space.

Living Room / "a-guide-to-legal-marijuana-use-in-seattle"
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:56 AM »
In case you haven't seen this yet - and don't miss reading right down the page  ;D


And a good summary here.

Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:00 PM »
Onward with more live market human experimentation~!
I'm stunned, call me Poly and send me back to Norway!
-cranioscopical (November 18, 2012, 11:22 AM)

Poly, polycephaly, bicephaly, bisphenols ... or the other way round.

General Software Discussion / Re: Two classes of membership here?
« on: November 17, 2012, 12:09 PM »
;D ;D ;D

Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays
« on: November 17, 2012, 08:30 AM »
re boiling water : as most real tea drinkers know, you should not boil water when making tea - it makes the water "flat" and affects negatively the taste of the brew, just bring the water up to nearly boiling (no jokes please about whether tea tastes of anything anyway ... I'm English).

Living Room / Re: Read Your Brain Waves
« on: November 09, 2012, 04:22 AM »

Living Room / Anyone know about and/or use CloudFlare ?
« on: November 01, 2012, 07:04 AM »
My host provider is offering me (long-time customer) free unlimited use of CloudFlare for my hosted websites :

"We build our hardware from the ground up, which means that we choose the hardware components down to the chip level. Our proprietary software allows us to process millions of requests per second efficiently. We run our own network, so we choose the exact location of our edge nodes—the most strategic points on the Internet. This is essential to ensure your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance.

CloudFlare’s CDN reduces hops and lowers latency. On average, a request is fewer than 10 hops and takes less than 30ms.

CloudFlare operates out of 23 data centers around the world. Our CDN automatically caches your static files at our edge nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from your web server. CloudFlare then uses a technology called Anycast to route your visitors to the nearest data center. The result is that your website, on average, loads twice as fast for your visitors regardless of where they are located.

On average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast for its visitors, sees 65% fewer requests and saves 60% of bandwidth. You’ll be able to see the exact speed benefits and savings with your personalized CloudFlare analytics report for your site."

I have some niggling doubts about spreading my web content across the globe - but I suppose it is already, and anyway the content is there for all to see isn't it.

But I'd be grateful for comments ...

Thanks for notifying the update KM - Daminion is constantly improving : faster, more powerful and more ...

Living Room / Re: Do Not Track
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:38 AM »
yes, I have tried PrivacyChoice/TrackerBlock and I don't like it : it creates a lot of traffic, slows down browsing and I have big doubts about it.

So I'm staying with DNT+ for much the same reasons as f0dder.

Does DNT+ cover all the flash cookies and stuff? That's the main reason I ever used Ghostery past the first year, after I knew who was on what page - I didn't think reg. AdBlock dealt with flash cookies.

Not sure about DNT+ and flash cookies - I'll check.

Living Room / Re: Do Not Track
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:52 AM »
yes, I have tried PrivacyChoice/TrackerBlock and I don't like it : it creates a lot of traffic, slows down browsing and I have big doubts about it.

So I'm staying with DNT+ for much the same reasons as f0dder.

Living Room / Re: Outing the Internet's worst troll.
« on: October 14, 2012, 08:27 AM »
Fascinating - and edifying ...

Living Room / Re: Do Not Track
« on: October 14, 2012, 07:52 AM »
Here are some comments from the - the DoNotTrackPlus extension developers :

  • Most advertisers don’t interpret the “Do Not Track” signal from your browser to mean “stop collecting your data.”  Unless you’re using a privacy tool like our free DoNotTrackPlus, most advertisers are collecting and selling your data even if you’re using your browser’s built-in Do Not Track or private browsing mode. Even if advertisers get your Do Not Track signal from your browser and agree not to target you with ads, most of them will still collect and sell your data, allowing them to profit in other ways.
  • Not all Internet users will enable Do Not Track.  Some people will choose not to, while most won’t know they have a choice if browser makers continue to make Do Not Track settings hard to find.  (To find and turn on Do Not Track in your browser, check out our explanatory guide.)
  • It’s completely voluntary for websites to follow your request not to be tracked, and the vast majority of them do nothing when they receive it.  As it stands, a website has no obligation to respond to a Do Not Track signal, and the few that do respond don’t have uniform standards. However, Twitter is one of the notable standouts that supports Do Not Track to limit data collection.
  • Most of the money from targeted ads doesn’t go to content providers, like news websites.  The ACLU testified that 80% of the money advertisers make from targeted advertising doesn’t go to the content providers and publishers.  Instead, it goes towards developing better targeted advertising.  It’s similar to London’s controversial congestion charge, where roughly half the highway tolls collected pay for the administration costs of running the tolls.  Maybe this is why many of the biggest publishers, like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, support Do Not Track:  it won’t cut into their revenue (and it supports their readers’ privacy).
  • Considering the facts above, it’s generous to say that targeted advertising is even 15% of the ad industry’s revenues.  In fact, business is booming for the online ad industry:  their revenues have increased by 530% since 2002 ...

Anyone here using DNT Plus instead of Ghostery, anyone trust it in the light of the posts in this thread ?
I have/am trying/using both and they generally both give the same results (although sometimes DNTPlus finds more than Ghostery) - but there remains the question about op-out cookies (I did read somewhere on the Abine site that they will be phasing these out in the near future).

So, comments please ?

Living Room / Re: Reader's Corner - The Library of Utopia
« on: October 11, 2012, 08:20 AM »
In the same vein (and in case you don't know it - but maybe it was mentioned here before ?) book lovers should visit The Open Library : you'll spend many happy hours browsing and reading.

Living Room / Re: An Odd DOS Attack
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:55 AM »
Someone's testing something ...

Living Room / Re: In search of ... "Why is it" Websites/services
« on: October 08, 2012, 04:20 PM »
In the liquor vein, what is the source of the name Absinthe - also much maligned?

It comes from the name of the plant used to "flavour" the drink (though it does apparently have other qualities too which make Absinthe a very special drink).

Living Room / Re: World of Warcraft cities hacked
« on: October 08, 2012, 12:18 PM »
plauged - I love that word.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 08, 2012, 11:53 AM »
Just began The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt - a marvel, but perhaps not to everyone's taste.

Living Room / Re: Open Dyslexic Fonts
« on: October 08, 2012, 08:44 AM »
Yes, very good idea, very neat and no doubt very helpful.

(Note that I didn't fall into the rtap of making a koje.)

Living Room / World of Warcraft cities hacked
« on: October 08, 2012, 08:05 AM »
This really made me laugh : World of Warcraft cities hacked - and sacked and burned !

"Hackers have massacred all the virtual characters in some of online adventure game World of Warcraft's major cities."

NB : I don't play this game ...

I know this news sucks, but isn't also probably true that someone like ad muncher will just implement windows 8 ad blocking features into their programs?  Also, same issue with the desktop/metro thing...wouldn't someone (rather quickly) create a program to default send the user to the desktop?  Just like how DOPus can replace your windows explorer?

(I'm not being sarcastic.)

About the second bit : Classic shell

We cannot control what events happen to us in life.
What we can control is how we respond to them.

+ 100  :up:

General Software Discussion / Re: CAD Recommendations?
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:54 PM »
Renegade : re your rant about greenies - over here they're called "bobo's" i.e. bourgeois bohemians, and I hate them too. They know nothing about the real concerns, they just jump on the wagon.
I started organic gardening in 1970, ran a self-sufficient small-holding for many years and have been a professional gardener ever since, so I can modestly say that I know a fair bit about vegetation and *culture - and what has been done to the world.

3D apps - there are some simple ones (not at all in the AutoCad or TurboCad league) to check out though none of which are in active development. However they might help to get familiar with some of the techniques :

Art of Illusion
Misfit Model 3D

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