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Living Room / Re: toastabag
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:51 AM »
Sorry, my posts are seldom crisper. <- Cheesy, I know.

Most people reply 'toast', the answer is obviously 'bread'. :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Simplifying Your Computer
« on: August 23, 2012, 05:32 AM »
+1 for a clean install. Back it up later using a drive imaging program. Try whatever programs you want to and when you find the system slowing down just restore the 'clean' image and install only those new programs that you found genuinely useful since you saved the system state. I've been running the same XP install since 2005 using this method and even after several hardware changes (including a couple of full system upgrades - guess I got lucky  :'( ) the PC is blazing fast.

Living Room / Re: toastabag
« on: August 23, 2012, 05:05 AM »
Love it! Sounds like the perfect compromise between a regular toaster (toasts going cold while you make the sw) and these babies IMG_1218.JPG -> PITA to clean up, as Tom mentioned. I find the taste a bit different too with these enclosed toasters... not exactly to my liking.

Now do this: say 'toast' 25 times, as fast as you can, click the spoiler immediately after and answer the question without hesitating. :)

What do you put in a toaster?

Living Room / Re: Social Networking explained via Groundhog Day
« on: August 23, 2012, 04:27 AM »
Wraith, make the same post everyday. Drive everyone nuts.  ;D

+1 for the DC forum (generic SMF access) app, though I'm not sure if it was suggested in jest.

Safari won't let you upload images or any other files to the forum, so anyone using an iPad can't fully participate unless he's using a jailbroken device with a 3rd party plugin or one of those full-fledged forum apps that have a list of forums they support and need each forum admin to do some tweaking/installing before the app works there. They also have a very different forum interface than the one we're used to.
So basically, a regular browser framework with the added ability to upload files.

Living Room / Re: XKCD makes online ratings easy to understand
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:29 AM »
I do not get Bollywood movies at all. The massive choreography and singing and dancing and bad rich guy fighting poor good guy for the girl... My eyes glass over and I move on to other things. Quickly. I've tried. Can't do it.

I can empathize. I've lived here most of my life and still don't get the song and dance bit. But an audience of 1 billion+ demands it. (I hope to convert them all someday. ;) )

Living Room / Re: XKCD makes online ratings easy to understand
« on: August 22, 2012, 09:36 AM »
I just viewed 2010 for the second time (after a gap of years) yesterday, it may not be a classic like its predecessor, but just a 6.7 rating? Seriously??
The scene where Lithgow fights his fear of heights made me feel like I was there. Amazing stuff.

That said, some of the movies, like Justin Beiber's never give up, twilight and hunger games have their own cult increasing the rating on other review sites by clicking from multiple IP's.

Don't forget to add Bollywood slop to that list. Most Bollywood flicks are grossly over-rated by hyperventilating fans. While other countries are increasingly questioning religion, we're building temples for our movie stars. ;D

Living Room / Re: XKCD makes online ratings easy to understand
« on: August 22, 2012, 01:10 AM »

Or 40. The first few ratings are invariably shill. :mad:
It almost makes you wonder if that's part of their contract. 

My bad. I read 'ninja' and... *fzzzt*

Yup, that sounds only too realistic.

General Software Discussion / Re: VLC - Is it worth it still?
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:58 AM »
I'm all for side-stepping codec hell and going for an all in one solution. My player of choice: PotPlayer. BTW, I heard (unconfirmed) KMPlayer took the Adware route with their latest iteration.

Making a virtual prisoner out of him serves as a message in itself. Why (openly) bend the law when you have enough leverage to make someone's life hell?

Edit: I realize the last statement sounds extremely naive - this is the US we're talking about, after all. My point is - I don't expect ninja assassins to go after the guy but then 40 is a far wiser man than me.  :huh:


Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: CD jewel case insert file list
« on: August 20, 2012, 01:21 PM »
Some music doesn't deserve to be ripped to flac.  :P

On a slight tangent, production value has such a huge impact on sound quality. For instance, every track this artist releases, [the track linked to streams @128 kbps - the download's @320] sounds just as good, if not better than most mp3s and some lossless files I've heard.

Living Room / Re: Go dark for IE - October 26, 2012
« on: August 18, 2012, 06:07 PM »
Iain, from the site Josh linked to:

Why not just show a simple upgrade banner? Or why not just fix the bugs and get sites working in old versions?

The problem is some users just don't upgrade! And the reasons is very simple, some just don't care, some don't know how to, and some can't because of their IT department. In any case, as long as old versions of a browser remain the default on a computer, people will use it and developers will be forced to continue to develop for it.

TBH, I don't expect this approach to work either.

Edit: Scrolled all the way down. There are five websites participating so far.  :P

Edit 2: Facebook started phasing out support for IE7 at the end of last year. I don't expect them to start targeting IE8 anytime soon. ;)

Living Room / Re: Go dark for IE - October 26, 2012
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:59 PM »
I'm on XP too and some sites work right only with IE, so I'm forced to use it occasionally. But if you're running an older version of IE on sites that support other browsers, a wake up call wouldn't be a bad thing. :)

Living Room / Re: 1,000,000,000,000 Frames/Second Photography
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:43 PM »
I wonder how they're able to "open/close" the shutter so fast
It isn't a single shutter.

What would you say if

My reaction reading that and after clicking the spoiler:

uTorrent Makes Ads Optional Following User ‘Revolt’

I can vouch for Fantamorph. Haven't updated (or used) it in years but it was a solid, evolved app even back then.

Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 15, 2012, 02:32 AM »
Good luck finding that - and really, the screen on any phone is too small for that.

I've found this issue to be very dependent on the person doing the reading. I've read full ebooks off my Nokia S60's tiiiiny, crappy display. :) And I see the difference between the older iPad and newer retina displays but once I start reading, I'm completely oblivious to it. Reading a book off a PC monitor, OTOH... why don't you just gouge my eyes out?

Living Room / Re: How to Make Your Lost Phone Findable
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:54 AM »
if it is found or sold and the finder/buyer calls us, we recommend they turn it in at a local Sprint store where the owner can re-claim it.

That's too bad for the buyer if he bought it without knowledge of it being stolen (say online). IIRC, from my days of studying elementary law, the buyer would retain the title if he didn't know the property was stolen. A little Googling tells me otherwise... US laws seem to lean in favor of the original owner, and when they don't, things get really complicated and both parties would have to put in a lot of time and effort ... I don't expect things to go that far for a cell phone. :) Sorry about the slight OT.

(Oops... looks like I misread Edvard's quote :-[ ... still, it's interesting to know how things would play out if the phone was sold off. )

Forum Announcement

“You are all very familiar with how we have paid the bills so far. These new changes mark our next step towards finding that difficult balance between keeping our lights on and providing a positive user experience,” they explain.

The sponsored torrents will appear in a highly visible spot on top of the list of downloads and will be used to promote content from advertisers. They can’t be “turned off,” but users have the option to click away individual ads.

uTorrent Becomes Ad-Supported to Rake in Millions | TorrentFreak

However, a person close to the company told TorrentFreak that even without the uTorrent ads the company is doing very well. Current annual revenue is estimated at somewhere between $15 and $20 million and the company is backed by millions in venture capital.

I expect the company will benefit financially from the move, even though their savvier users will boycott the later versions or switch clients.

[So true...  ;D ] <-- just realized this applies to Ren's pic above and the one I just posted.  :D


I'd pay to watch! ;D ;D

Living Room / Re: New iPad owner. Please suggest Apps.
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:08 PM »
I was looking for a way to upload an image here using iOS, there are some forum browsing apps but some (all?) of those require the forum admin to add custom support for the app before the forum can be accessed.

I found a more straightforward way to do this: Safari Upload Enabler (Jailbreak reqd.)
It's a plugin for Safari (won't work with 3rd party browsers) that lets you upload files from the device - it has a tab that lets you browse the file system and pick a file, another tab for images/video that displays your galleries in the usual thumbnail view, a third tab for Dropbox access and a bookmarks tab to store your favorite locations. It even lets you zip the file being uploaded with the tap of a button... I tried an image upload on DC and it worked as advertised. Pretty nifty interface and it gets rid of another iOS handicap.

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