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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 13, 2015, 12:39 PM »
Very funny:

Andreas rocks!  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

Developer's Corner / Re: Copy/pasting code and the last line effect
« on: December 11, 2015, 10:07 AM »
Heh. Guilty here as well.



Thanks for the heads up.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 09, 2015, 07:08 PM »
Apparently it's a hoax, but we'll see.


In other news, the 30-day CNY/BTC volume is about $21 billion USD. $1.22 billion USD in the last day. Good times!  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: December 09, 2015, 10:37 AM »
For anyone who hasn't voted on their favourite Doctor:


Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 09, 2015, 01:40 AM »
Bitcoin is back up to it's old tricks again... i.e. being UP~! :P  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: December 09, 2015, 01:35 AM »
Rotor D1

No spoilers.

This is a dystopian genre film that is a bit slow, but if you enjoy the genre and the messages, it's a great film that I'd recommend. Not the best, but enjoyable.

This isn't a mass audience film. It's for those that like sci-fi and specifically, those that love dystopian films.

I enjoyed it.


This is one of the more strange and dangerous words in English vs Legalese.

In English we think it means "optional"". But in many legal contexts it means "you provide something, rather than us sending a representative to take it". (That's the answer to the famous '80 's junk scam 'taxes are voluntary!!'  No, they're not optional. However, you also don't get your very own rep at your door most times either.)

That makes sense.

FWIW, "understand" in many legal contexts means "agree".

European nations lost millions of lives in WWII fighting to retain sovereignty, independence, freedom and liberty, and against Nazi totalitarianism and fascism. Within 60 years their governments would seem to have achieved national and legal subordination to an unelected totalitarian EU body that takes away their sovereignty and freedoms. Go figure.

It's pretty much mind boggling. And people just cheer it on... Sigh... I don't know whether to pity people, or callously watch them burn with a sneer on my face because they're getting what they asked for.

But I doubt that link thing will pass. It's way to stupid. While I have little faith in Brussels (actually nothing but contempt), I don't think that they've descended that far into madness quite yet. Give it another 10 years and they'll probably have degenerated enough to think it's a good idea.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: December 07, 2015, 06:51 PM »
This is wicked cool -- Uncanny Valley:

Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi Zero -- $5.00
« on: December 07, 2015, 09:31 AM »
but I'm hoping that they pull a rabbit out of a hat, and it's an ethernet connector that should just be soldered on there...
Did some more investigation, but the chances some kind of ethernet connection is available is really slim/0. It doesn't even have USB-hub capability, so adding more than 1 USB apparatus requires adding an external USB hub, where a USB-Ethernet or -WiFi adapter can then also be connected. Well, that makes it, as expected, quite less useful except for really non-network projects. And the best local price I saw for a bare unit is €8,95, that's not really close to $5,- IMHO :huh:, and when adding converter-cables and a power supply it passes €25,-
Yep, I'm not very enthusiastic about this 'Zero' thingy :-\ maybe it's the name that says it all...

I've not tried any of these, but here are a few possibilities:


How to give an internet access to Raspberry Pi Zero

Hello, we want to give an internet access to our unique Raspberry Pi family's new guest as called Pi Zero!

As you can see that there are no ethernet socket, USB ports, and embedded Wi-Fi antenna on our board Pi Zero, we need to give it a chance to surf on the internet. So, you've got a problem and I have got some solutions for this issue.

First of all, the solution is not the only one. I would like to show you some diagrams to solve your problem.

More at the link. 4 solutions.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: December 07, 2015, 09:20 AM »
Michael Winslow and Hjortur Stephensen - Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover):

Damn! That was good!  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 06, 2015, 09:46 PM »
This is just fantastic!

How to Actually Explain Zero Knowledge Protocols to your Child

…because the “child” in Quisquater’s original ZKP paper is waaay smarter than I am, and I’m not sure I count as a child anymore.

Once upon a time, a girl named Pam wanted to make herself a fruit smoothie. However, she didn’t want her friend Victor to drink it, because although Pam and Victor are friends, Victor always drinks Pam’s fruit smoothies without asking and that pisses her off.

Victor also happens to be colorblind, and can’t tell the difference between green and red. He hates spinach as well, and refuses to eat it. Pam decides to capitalize on this by making a green spinach smoothie in addition to her normal red berry smoothie.

Victor walks in to the room and sees Pam standing there with two smoothies. Because of his colorblindness, he has no way to distinguish the smoothies by sight. He is also sick and his nose is plugged up so he cannot distinguish by smell. Anyway, the point is that Victor has no way of telling the two smoothies apart.

“Oh great,” says Victor, “There are two delicious smoothies that I can drink!”

“No,” says Pam, “One smoothie is a spinach smoothie and one smoothie is a berry smoothie.”

“You are lying,” Victor retorts, “They look exactly the same. You just don’t want me to drink your smoothies!”

“Ugh you are so entitled. Don’t accuse me of lying, you greedy bum. I can prove to you that I’m telling the truth *without revealing any information*,” says Pam.

She places the two smoothies in front of Victor and says, “I am going to leave the room. You can choose whether or not to switch the position of the smoothies. Either way, I will be able to tell.”

Pam leaves the room and Victor switches the position of the smoothies, then calls Pam back in to the room.

“So,” says Victor haughtily, confident that Pam will not be able to guess, “Did the position change?”

“Yes, they did!” exclaims Pam, because she is not colorblind and can distinguish by color that the smoothies have moved.

“That was just a lucky guess!” scoffs Victor, “Since there are only two smoothies, the probability that you guessed correctly is 50%. Let’s repeat this experiment again!”

Pam agrees, and leaves the room. When Victor calls her back in, Pam is able to answer correctly again.

“Bollocks!” says Victor. “The probability that you were able to guess correctly twice in a row is 25%, which is still very probable. Let’s try again!”

Victor tries a total of 10 times to befuddle Pam. Each time, she is able to answer correctly. Victor calculates that the probability of Pam guessing correctly ten times in a row is 1/1024, or less than 0.1%, which is enough for him to verify that the smoothies are indeed different and Pam is not guessing.

If Pam and Victor repeat this experiment n times, the probability that she guesses correctly each time would approach zero. So if 0.1% was not low enough for Victor, he could always have tried for 0.00000000000000001%, (which should be low enough for anyone, and if it’s not enough for you, then you probably have other issues to sort out).

Thus, Pam proved to Victor that the smoothies were different without revealing which smoothie was what. Victor was not one to take chances with accidentally eating spinach, so Pam’s smoothies were safe!

Now your child knows some crypto. This pleases you because now you can brag about how your child is better than other children, because you’re a little bit of an ass.

Such a great read! ;D  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:11 PM »
This is full of funny animal gifs & the like.


Prepare to lose time.

Living Room / Re: Your own paper planner and calendars for 2015
« on: December 06, 2015, 01:05 AM »
I don't have a printer big enough for what I want. :(

Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi Zero -- $5.00
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:32 AM »
More on it:

A $5 computer.

Think back to when you were a kid.

Suicidal clown?

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: December 03, 2015, 10:52 AM »
This is a must see.

Story of my piracy: It all had begun with sharing, it might end in the same way.

So... a court system is going to pass up 6,000,000 (in money of some denomination) if this guy's video get viewed 200,000 times ...(Presumably to effect sufficient shame)... And this is believable why??

It sounds more to me like a reboot twist of the old forward this email to 10/20/30 friends and big company X will send you a zillion dollars scam.

I should have posted a "via" for context:


So, sure, it sounds like a scam, but as we've learned time and time again, reality is often stranger than fiction.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:25 AM »
Not a film, but a video -- a YouTube channel...



And now, you can survive the zombie apocalypse!  :-*

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: December 01, 2015, 11:22 PM »
About beer & drinking in the US:


A couple fun infographics there.

If Blue Moon is Americas favorite "beer" than it's only because they've been slamming placements for it in half the shows on TV ... Because it tastes like orange flavored Windex (e.g. shit).

I call BS on this one.

When I see ads for any kind of light beer and remember that any I ever tried tasted like fluid a panther is better off eliminating,, I have to figure the lousier the stuff tastes the more they have to push it.  Why?  Because people try it once and drop it except for a few brainwashed individuals who think being thin is worth any sacrifice.  A similar requirement must apply to low quality fast food restaurants.  A new sucker has to be created to take the place of the person who tries it and never goes back.

I have zero loyalty to anything there. There are some that I like and buy semi-regularly, but I switch faster than a schizophrenic router.

I do drink a good amount of red wine, and I have yet to find a $20 bottle that compares to a good $5 bottle (well, in Australia anyways). Price isn't a real determiner of quality until price doesn't matter.

As for Blue Moon, never tried it. But I'm inclined to believe MilesAhead on the bit about people being brainwashed.

Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi Zero -- $5.00
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:07 AM »
Anyone getting an RPi Zero may also be interested in this little doohickey:

Currently $0.80 USD with free shipping.

That's pretty sexy!

I found some with cords for more flexibility, but they're certainly not as sexy. Mind you, you can get them for $0.61 each. If saving that $0.19 is more important than sexiness. :P ;D

From a Canadian comedian - Red Green.

Just click. I promise it will be worth it.  8)

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:49 PM »
This is a must see.

Story of my piracy: It all had begun with sharing, it might end in the same way.

Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi Zero -- $5.00
« on: November 28, 2015, 04:23 PM »
The problem with ARM computers is that they, although rather power-saving, are not viable network devices. Their CPUs are too slow for serious file transfers.

I'm not so sure about that.

I don't think that the Pi Zero is something that you want to hook up a keyboard to. Instead, these kinds of computers are better suited to specific purposes. You might want to have it control some sensors in your home.

I saw a couple projects for an Arduino, which has far less power than a Pi Zero, where it was controlling sensors and lighting in a bathroom. When someone walked in at night, it would detect movement, then slowly fade in the lights. How many times have you woken up at night, stumbled into the bathroom, and then been blinded when you turned on the lights FULL BLAST? A few people have solved that with tiny computers, like the Pi Zero.

Sure, it's not a massive application, but it's still useful.

But there's no reason why you couldn't hook up a Wi-Fi module to the Pi Zero and have it communicate those tiny bits of data you want for running things like home automation. You don't need a huge amount of data transfer for it.

So while it's certainly not fit for some applications, it's still more than enough to run some.

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