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  1. Name: buoy Age: 36 Location: Sydney, NSW. Where do you train?: Pure Energy Fitness. How long have you been lifting?: 18 years. What are your short-term goals?: Lose some more bodyfat. Long term goals?: Trim down and work on keeping fit and healthy. A bit about yourself: Began training at 18 - had absolutely no clue what to do. Then after years of bsing around it all just came together and my weight took off. This was around the year 2002 / 2003. Overbulked and became quite fat (over 90kg) in 2004-2005 and then started to trim it back. By 2007 my bodyweight was in the 80s but bodyfat was still high. By 2010 I was in the high 80s / low 90s. I settled into a routine. I stopped looking up information on nutrition, diet, exercise. By then I just knew what to do. Nothing much changed after that. Just kept going to the gym. Just kept training and feeling happy / satisfied with my progress. Vid taken 31st Dec 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kInB79NQCY
  2. Before Prometheus, there was Blade Runner. That 1982 film was THE LAST sci-fi film Ridley Scott produced. I have never really appreciated Blade Runner until perhaps 5 or 6 years ago. Before that, it was dark and bleek and I didn't understand it. Now it, more than ever, is making me salivate over what potential Prometheus has. To mull over some of the shit they went through to make Blade Runner, it may give you some sort of insight as to the genius mind(s) that will be at work on Prometheus. The Dangerous Days documentary is actually quite long and has many parts. I've selected 2 parts that, at least for me, really drum up the awesomeness. You will need the better part of an hour should you decide to click on these 2 clippets. Be warned, you will be looking forward to Prometheus incessantly after watching some of these production doccos. Part I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xn4kYIoUc0&NR Part II
  3. Now that the director's cut is out, ComicBookGirl19 (a youtube erm... girl who posts videos about comics, movies etc) has shed some light that gives some input about what this film was trying to achieve. Lots of info from the director's cut dvd. I've included 2 videos from her exhaustive series of about half a dozen clips (an hour's viewing time for those of you who have time) but here is a 20 min summary broken up into 2 of the clips that will help you get "the jist". If you watch these 2 clips and like to know more, go ahead and watch the rest
  4. Ok, It's getting late so I'm just going to make this post short and sweet: First, here's the source vid that's just gone live in the last few days : Now, Eric's view on the Android vs iOS debacle: Android now on approx 500 million devices world-wide. Will reach 1 billion devices sometime late next year. Global market share on smartphones is 71% compared with iOS's 14% Eric mentions many things in his interview - about the future of technology, google glass, driverless cars etc. He's releasing a book soon also about the new coming digital age. So........................................... what are your thoughts? Is he a genius? Is he a nutcase?
  5. I was disappointed with the new YouTube app released December 11th - I could not get the videos to display full-screen........... solution : - Uninstall updates of YouTube, reverting it back to the "native" app (do this in settings / apps). - Grab a previous apk from some place like android drawer ( http://www.androiddrawer.com/7215/download-youtube-4-1-47-app-apk/ )
  6. Found this interesting tidbit just now. Good for Australia? Montana had FEWER traffic accidents when they had NO speed limits! It's called the Montana Speed Limit Paradox. Data collected by the state of Montana showed that when driving on highways with no posted speed limits, drivers actually drove safer and slower! The number of deadly car accidents doubled (increased by 111%) when Montana enforced strict speed laws! How is this possible? Further research showed that when given no regulation on speed, drivers buckled up more often and were more generous with car spacing because of a fear of collisions. Drivers wanted to be prepared for any person who might abuse the system and therefore, the carefulness of motorists increases! Read more about this odd paradox via the link http://www.motorists.org/press/montana-no-speed-limit-safety-paradox
  7. BRAND NEW HEAVIES AS AT DECEMBER 2012: The Hiapad Hi-802 with i.MX6 Q-U-A-D C-O-R-E processor just about 10% slower than a Nexus 7 running Tegra 3........ is now available for cheap as a Mini-PC Stick in various forms: http://liliputing.co...d-core-cpu.html Here are some benchies http://liliputing.co...a10-tablet.html
  8. If you haven't seen Forward Unto Dawn, perhaps it's a good time to check the torrents. Was ok-ish but what I really am liking at the moment is HALO 4: Spartan Ops - not the game, just the cutscenes. A cutscene is available each week with 10 in the series. As of writing this post we are half way at Episode 5. Episode 6 will be released this coming Tuesday. Anyway, they sold me on this series the moment they showed the UNSC Infinity (5.7km long) ram a CSS Class Battlecruiser (1.7km long) after exiting slipspace - you can see this 5 minutes in to the video below. Along with Commander Sarah Palmer giving this classic ass-kicking line: The CGI is getting to the stage that select frames from certain characters in the cutscene could easily be mistaken for a photo-realistic image of a real live on-set character. The thing that destroys it is facial expression paired with the very minimal lip syncing that has been the bane of computer CGI since forever-never. Since I'm only interested in the cutscenes I'm posting up the Cutscenes so far and if you'd like to add any other episodes as they come along please feel free. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8F8FKXQ12s
  9. ^^ holy shit I hate angry birds too. f**king biggest bullshit game ever next to sudoku
  10. Hi all - Been working on a web-based app (proof-of-concept model really) which is a social networking app to help people organize meeting up and all sorts of jazz (perhaps one day it may be useful during the next car cruise or whatever ). Anyway - main problem is I'm having the darndest time getting it to work properly across multiple browsers. I know firefox gets the shits big time and doesn't want to play fair. Looking into that object hierarchy right now, most likely a getElement issue but this is just a proof of concept anyway. Things I need to test on as many devices as possible (iPhone/iPad/Android/Blackberry/Palm/HTC rah rah rah): * Creating a "want", voting on other people's wants and chatting via the messenger. If that works it's good to go. Otherwise please send me what happened *facepalm* and i'll look into it. When you create a want, any of your friends should see that want. Then they can vote on your wants and it gets turned into a "DO" and you should be able to micro-tweet your status in getting to these places. Now it's FAR from perfect. It's got some limitations and some things can be done a lot better - but the heart of it seems to work just fine, the requirements are quite low :- internet access and at least a webkit browser like safari on iOS or Android... has been tested on the following so far: Samsung Galaxy S 2.2 froyo (my phone) iPhone 4 (a few friends' devices) iPod Touch 4 (my device) Blackberry Bold (wife's friend's phone) As you can see it's been tested on, well, hardly anything at the moment but once I get some PMs of interested people I'll set up a ns.com beta testing group and we can take it from there. If I get about 5 people that will be enough BUG REPORT LIST SO FAR ========================== Update Report 4th May, 2011 - Added Facebook Connect as a login option for new users. 3rd May, 2011 - Code to mitigate SQL-injection attacks inserted in to main codebase. - Upgraded to multi-pass SHA256 hashing for password and salt. 1st May, 2011 - MD5 hashing + salt being implemented for passwords. - Counting issues in Plan it view. Renamed "friends" back to "people" in Plan it view. Adjusted wording for single person grammar. - Firefox Support added for Friends control panel section. - Removed legacy friend-adding system from Friends tab. - Added Logout "Are you sure?" prompt page. 30th April, 2011 - GPS Zoom options in Settings for Google Maps view. - GPS Timeout options in Settings for Google Maps view. - Do it view expanded to see all attendees invited to an event, not just friends of the user. - Renamed "people" to "friends" in Plan it view. - Added "Suggested by:" in each suggestion entry in the Plan It view. - Allows chatting from the waiting room area in the Plan It section by clicking on the username of a friend. 28th April, 2011 - GPS support added - Integration with Google Maps in Do It tab. 27th April, 2011 - Sorting of Friends by their Group category in Friends tab. 26th April, 2011 - Added front-end website (this site) - Migrated web application to /app/ - Created 2 redirects for existing dos and wants to forward to the /app/ folder. 25th April, 2011 - Bugfix: Achievements would cause the mailer to crash when earning an achievement for social gathering. - Bugfix: A user could view the profile of another user even if they were not friends (special thanks to James Bishop). - Bugfix: When using the instant messenger and opting to send message via email, the box will remain checked unless the user unchecks it. Behaviour changed to reset the checkbox after each use. - Default behaviour of new friend-adds is to follow each other. 23rd April, 2011 - Added achievements - Modified home page to display last achievement - Added user profiles - Modified friends tab to display user profiles instead of email address. - Fixed bug in Opera browser which prevented proper usage of the friends section. - Fixed bug that allowed instant messenger to send blank messages. 22nd April, 2011 - Refined instant messenger chat to use iframes for smoother operation - Added option in instant messenger to send recipient an email. - Renamed "Messages" to "InBox" and added new message notifier next to it. 21st April, 2011 - Added instant messenger chat feature - Renamed "My Details" to "Settings" and added Group names in settings menu. - Refined the search / finder in Friends. Minimum 4 character search length required. - Changed "Login" to "Email Address" as there is nothing specifying what to login with (special thanks to Antonio) - In Wants section, made pull-down menus taller to help alleviate "JVK" browser rendering issues (special thanks to James Bishop) - Changed behaviour of group toggle button in Friends tab to make it more friendly with Opera Browser (special thanks to Antonio) 14th April, 2011 - Added friend groups - up to 4 groups A, B, C and D. - Modified friends view to be able to toggle friends from one group to another. 12th April, 2011 - Released to closed beta audience. ISSUES ========================== - Width issues in Android displays - ongoing. - InBox notification does not refresh until the 2nd time viewing a new message. Some Screenshots! PS: Also, if anyone knows how to get any type of JOIN operation working on MySQL that would be great... cos no JOIN operations are working in my query at all. eg: For the messenger, for the index, I want to show the last message of each user in a list from the LATEST message down... but it always returns 0 rows. my current query is: DOESN'T RETURN SHIT! wtf...
  11. Thanks guys. I haven't had much to do with the android app development. I'm still waiting for a MyPhone so I can see what they have done. It still uses the website/web app and grabs pages off of it and that hasn't changed much. The other issue is that it's done on ASP/IIS which is an old sinking platform. In fact I started migrating my other stuff over to PHP/Apache shortly after starting the project --- and in fact the 3hr project did start off in php but I moved it to ASP because the other developer that was supposed to write certain things moved to melbourne at the last minute and I had to make a decision to either write a whole heap of libraries in php or use the existing stuff I developed years ago in ASP. I chose the latter and now I guess I'm paying the price for it as ASP is far less flexible and PHP is just all round easier to work with, setup, even the server platform is much better. But anyway I can think about rewriting later on down the track. The ASP install is at least good enough for the moment and if the app isn't going to take off after this there's no point rewriting it. I sound so confident don't I (not)!.
  12. Hello all - sorry to drag out a very old thread but I didn't want to start up a new one... If you remember this was an app I developed last year and in the past year there have been a lot of hurdles by the other guys to get the paperwork sorted but... confirmed by my business partner in Manila, the first MyPhones (Android 4.0.4 1Ghz phone devices) have ThreeHR as an embedded app. The MyPhone throughput is around 200,000 phones per month and ThreeHR is on there along with Facebook and Twitter so this was an absolute monumental achievement already. So in a few months we'd have potentially half a million phones out there with the app and hopefully tens of thousands of users (fingers X'd!). But having lots of users isn't the goal. Now however the real battle begins... I'm seeing a lot of user account activations on the app but I really want people to actually start using it to meet up which is the whole point. I'm not sure how far this ship will sail but it's been a tough journey so far and hopefully we can make something good out of it. We're working on some sort of marketing campaign to take advantage of this massive opportunity -- but I am weary that it's all up to us to make it happen. I don't want it to be just one of those apps that's bundled with your phone that nobody uses (which is far too often the case... and the battle is definitely uphill!). Anyway if you want to check it out you can see the new MyPhone here: http://www.myphone.c...whats-new/c1otb
  13. Film Orchestral thread

    Hi-ho people of ns-music, Anyone here do soundtracks for film and/or just orchestral music in general? If so, just thought I'd start up a Film Orchestral thread... as these people tend to be very hard to find with all the other more popular styles of music going around.
  14. Also am wondering if you can load up Adobe Photoshop Touch on the tablet... with a mouse it might still be pretty darned good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89hej8N1Me0
  15. If I opt to run ubuntu... and have lamp going will I need special odbc code in the php like on google's cloud? or i can just stick with the same dbopen stuff? Cos that looks pretty darned good. I currently use vps's on exigent and jumba and crucialp.
  16. I guess you could if you install a viewer like remote desktop on your ug802. I guess I should try it myself as I use RemoteDesktop on all my other android devices. Amazingly I never thought of using it on that device lol. Also partly because I'm not using my own account on the usb stick, it's a new account I created for my son and he's got lots of games like angry birds installed. Yes I guess SNES emul would be good. Lots of other uses for these devices I'm sure we just scratched the surface. Another friend of mine is using it as his in-car entertainment hub... he just plugs it into his head unit with a hdmi converter O_o and I also suggested to him he could put a 3G USB dongle on the device and make it a wireless hotspot for his other devices so his car is a huge wifi hotspot and he could also get it to do the rear camera stuff etc. Good potential for lots of custom installs.
  17. +1! This is what I've been saying for months... I know exactly what point – at least for me – that Apple stopped being revolutionary. It stopped becoming revolutionary with the iPhone 4S. The iPhone4 was the peak of Apple’s revolutionary awesomeness. Nothing could really touch Apple back then. I remember the keynote and when they held up that thing and Steve Jobs compared it to a Leica camera I could just feel the salivation and desire drench the room. It was that visceral. But now? iPad Mini…. are you serious? That was almost as dry as a Microsoft presentation, and Microsoft have pretty dry lifeless presentations. Apples was still higher but it was swooping dangerously close to it. But as you have pointed out the competition have either caught up or are catching up in various features and it now also appears that Apple is taking notes also – so we’re not in groundbreaking awesome mode like before. Incremental meh mode. I never give a company a free ride. I am willing to give Apple exactly as much credit as is due… and anyone else that gives them a smidgeon more is ruining it for the rest of us. You HAVE to keep these companies hungry. If they are underperforming, bloody TELL them! Shout it on the blogs. Make noise. Because that is what keeps them innovating. Apple is doing exactly what any company in its situation should do: They are in a good safe place. Their products are renowned the world over. They don’t want to rock the boat. That’s the problem. Their competitors are hungry – the wolf on top of the hill is not as hungry as the wolves climbing the hill – as the saying goes. This is a dangerous time for Apple – where they will be tempted by the force of mediocrity – of stability – of dollar signs on the millions of loyal iFans who tout their products as the second coming. Apple is not a religion so people shouldn’t revere them. That is reserved for actual religions out there. A company making electronic devices? That is just wrong. Microsoft was in that boat for the past 10 years of this sort of mediocrity before they woke up. Nokia took at least 5 years to wake up before they realised Symbian was killing them. Every company that has a golden period has this propensity to get soft – stop taking risks. Look at Microsoft in the past 24 months. Complete turnaround. These buggers are fighting as if their very survival depended on it… and with it incredible innovation. I hope Apple loses market share big time and management is rattled to the core because of their really mediocre refresh (except for the iMac which I just had to fall in love with)- but seriously they need to snap out of their own reality distortion – stop procrastinating / litigating and start innovating. Serious innovation. Innovation that they have been renowned for. the white elephant says: iOS and iPhone need widgets. They need a much larger display at say 720p HD. The problem is that iOS is optimised for 480×320 and then 960×640. Various static points. It’s not exactly free-scaling up and down like the other competitors have done. I really hate it when Schiller talks about iOS as “the most advanced” mobile phone operating system. The most successful, yes. The most lucrative – by FAR – yes. The most advanced? No! And again, this is getting back to the whole reality distortion issue. They haven’t even recognised that they are falling behind the competition. They need to snap out of it – as well as their fan base – and start to seriously think about implementing these features in to iOS and bringing it up where it’s lagging behind. That is my problem at the moment with Apple. They aren’t even recognising that they got to get moving. It’s probably ingrained in their upper management culture. They can do no wrong. They are the best. They are the biggest publically traded company in the world. That can get to you. It makes you believe that you are untouchable. Well… from the looks of their share price (90 billion wiped out from peak as of close of business last) they are in for a very very rude awakening soon. Apple have driven itself into the ground before and it was all upper management bullshit before Steve swoooped in to rescue them. He’s left them at the top and, gosh, it looks like it’s the same old bs all over again. Unbelievable. I hope I’m wrong – but what else can I think? All the signs are there. Procrastination? Incremental improvements? Is history going to repeat itself. I hope not sir. I hope not. Let’s just hope against hope… PS: Their market cap is now below $500bn. That's a 25% drop since September. That makes them an incredibly cheap buy if they are going to go back up... or if it's just a pitstop on the way down then, well, I guess we'll see.
  18. Hi, In the last few months there has been a thread that many of you may have wondered in to... and that is the MK802, MK802 II, UG802, MK808, UHOST - $50-$80. Android 4.0 / 4.1 - 1080p hdmi PCs on a stick! thread. If you haven't, I recommend skimming through it a little just so you know what we're on about. But firstly, a little pretext: A few years ago I attempted to shoe-horn my entire business onto an Atom-based PC - I bought a HP-Mini 501, upgraded the ram to 2GB, upgraded the HDD to 500GB, got a bigger battery and TO THIS DAY it has been my office away from home. I have everything on there- all browsers (as I'm a web dev), my IDE which is CoffeeCup, HeidiSQL, RemoteDesktop, Photoshop and a few other helper apps and I've had at times used that one little netbook to deploy huge sites whilst away from the office. Was it slow? Well, yes - but it got the job done and the trade-off was worth it in that I could just sync it with the server, go off on my little inter-state or overseas trip, confident that whatever happened I could jump on the net with this thing and sort everything out. It was freedom. Now, I guess you could say I'm getting a little picky. I want to, just for the hell of it, free myself from the PC/Mac ball-and-chain - at least for the "Web Developer" role that has been haunting me for, well, since forever. Sure other people have made the jump but there have been a few things that have kept me anchored (until now) to the PC/Mac platform. 1. Adobe Photoshop The biggest problem with moving away from a PC or Mac - for me - was this. I *had* to use Photoshop for almost everything I did. From fixing up logos to designing layouts, cutting up images for html, resizing and editing client image assets... it was a workhorse and running it on a PC or Mac was the only way. WINE just didn't cut it. 2. Office Clients would send me their content in word documents, data in excel spreasheets, even power point. But in the last few years a lot has changed. Google Docs allows me to open anything and everything via the cloud. I just drag whatever it is - a spreadsheet - a word document, powerpoint, into google drive and click on the file. Chrome brings up a web-rendered version of the contents. Excellent. I now use GMail as my cloud source hub for all my emails - including my companies domain emails - so I can access them from anywhere and don't need a local repository. Same with calendar. But then there was still Photoshop. Aaah photoshop photoshop photoshop. Adobe brought out this photoshop "lite" bs a few years back but that was simply ludicrous. I found something today, however, forwarded by a friend, that knocked my socks off. It's called pixlr --- how do you run it? Well, you go to www.pixlr.com and click on the appropriate version. So I go there, I click on it... and something resembling Adobe Photoshop pops up. Ohh yeah I've seen all this bs before. It's not going to work well. "Those who are familiar with photoshop should feel right at home using pixlr". Sounded more promising than the others... so I started fiddling. Without looking at the documentation and using only my existing photoshop knowledge I opened an image, copied a selection, I decided to use the mouse wheel to see if it zooms in and out. IT DID to my surprise. Hmmm... this is closer to photoshop than I thought. I re-pasted it as a new layer....... it was at this time I had to look up some functionality. I couldn't find "opacity" - but, thankfully after a google search, other pioneers asked the question on several support forums and I was away (if you're curious it's just a simple settings tab you have to click on to bring up each layer's properties). I must have right-clicked by instinct and it brought up (usually) the right thing - properties for the layers and all the usual suspects where there. Lighten, darken, difference etc... so it was, genuinely, a photoshop clone. impressive! And it was FREE! The only downside (if you'd call it one) was that the version that did this was actually written (ironically) in Adobe Flash. MY GOSH! The android and iphone apps were far crys compared to this thing. But fear not I thought... the UG802 I have is at least a dual-core and it can actually play flash... so my project over the weekend will be to install everything I need to run a website business onto that tiny little usb pc. What I plan to install: pixr.com (replacing PhotoShop) RemoteDesktop (already purchased form the app store, equivalent to PC Remote Desktop). Google Docs for picture viewing GMail for sending/receiving emails ES File Explorer for file management These ones I'm requesting anyone's suggestions: IDE environment for PHP - any recommendations? MySQL Client - any recommendations? FTP program - any recommendations? If I can get all this sorted I'm going to try and build one of the next website projects SOLELY on this usb-stick. I'll also document it as I go... kinda like a vlog experiment. We'll see what happens. Maybe it'll be d.o.a if I can't get anything to connect to the MySQL server to properly form the queries. Who knows. All I know is that I have a few rules: 1. I can't use windows... or osx... for ANYTHING. It *has* to be done on the android stick (or one of my other android devices, eg phone for reading emails). 2. The only exception would be for Rule 1 is testing how the website looks on PC/Mac (which I have to do anyway). place your bets........... I'll give it a try right? Or, as Yoda says: NO! No try. DO... or do not. There is no try. O_o
  19. I was using Ubuntu on a notebook just the other day. We were on set and it was the only laptop I had available. I tried importing images from a 5D Mk II. Surprisingly it connected... but it was unable to view the 1080p videos. Ubuntu is great. Just a shame about video driver support - at least in my experience. Still - perhaps there is hope for Android with the sheer size of the customerbase! :D
  20. UPDATE: Bad news... I was going splendidly well. Installed ConnectBot and this thing called Develop Trial from Android Market. Successfully did some SSH sessions (if you plan to use it I suggest after your first connection going back in and changing the settings to FONT: 20px - gets me 25 lines). Original font was NOT legible. Basically the very last thing I tried was the flash player..... and every time I go into settings it shows me that flash in installed and silly me didn't try pixlr.com at all until the very end. I know that it works on the other Android sticks like the UHost but they are only single core and I'm barely happy with the dual core on the UG802 (which is much better than the others.... so you can imagine how hard itwould be downgrading performance even more). Anyway, I have started to get quite nicely at home with the android pc on a stick for general browsing... so I'll be doing a little write up of that soon. But unfortunately this project is stillborn.
  21. I think it's not so much what Apple is doing wrong, it's moreso what all the others are doing right. Let's be honest here. The average customer looks at the iPhone5, iPhone 4S and iPhone4 as the "same" product. It hasn't evolved. Plain and simple. In fact, you could take the position that the iPhone hasn't changed much since it was released back in 2007. Same icons, same UI, same everything. Just minor improvements here and there. I think this is why Analysts are puzzled. Apple is losing its coolness. The whole supply chain debacle does contribute, yes... but with fkup after fkup apple supporters have deserted the company before and they will do it again.The exodus is growing. Analysts need to factor that into their equations. I was just talking to a friend this afternoon and we brought up the whole iPhone sux thing. I said "you can't even have wallpaper on the damn phone". And his response, to my amazement O_o was... "yeah... and you can't even change the ringtone!" Wait... what? Are you serious? You can't even change the ringtone? O_O if so, that's crazy. Now look at Windows Surface Phone and, gosh, Android. It just feels more exciting. Apple isn't doing anything wrong. They are just not doing enough of the stuff that made them awesome a few years ago. That awesomeness is gone. So many videos around the net but this one seems to sum it up pretty well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0flisPx9NOQ
  22. Ok thanks. I was skimming the play store and there were a few ides that had built in ftp support also. Prob my biggest concern is my sql client. Oh yeah, and a good ssh client equiv of putty.
  23. What graphics card to buy

    Assuming the ball-park is $100-$200 for casual gaming, If you lean towards AMD, the Radeon HD 7770. If you lean towrads nVidia, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti.