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For basic quick quoting this userscript already works reasonably well, but I'm still hoping/waiting for permission from xErath.
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DnD Central / Re: Forum clock
It's possible that I changed the "central" offset on purpose or accidentally. Unless you truly mean that it's varying by the page load?
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(I don't think you need a collaborator, another writer to share the work or credit; but a good editor [human reader whose job it is to make an author's work salable - palatable to a particular audience/market] could do you a world of good.)

I agree.
Have you tried to sell you fiction?
I think you should!

Thank you for your kind words. I never gave it much thought really. I saw a short story competition recently and I didn't care for their restrictive definition of a short story. I thought it wouldn't include classics by Poe or Joyce (nor a variety of famous Dutch authors). That is, how can I take seriously a competition that implicitly excludes such classics?

Also, short stories and poetry are pretty much unmarketable (at least in Dutch). That means to write a novel, and probably one that goes along with some current trend or other. In English it almost certainly means a literary agent. Then again, what isn't hard.
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File associations are useful. How else would you open a text file into notepad, or a picture in a graphics editor? Use a one huge honking send to menu that takes a second or two to load?

That's a severe defect of the "portable" philosophy. A truly portable program would allow me to lift it up, plant it wherever I like, and then allow me to use its "make this the default for..." function (if available). Instead "portable" programs tend to gray that out, so you have to use workarounds. I vehemently disagree with e.g. foobar2000 and Opera on this point, both of which thus made their seemingly simple "portable" installer option a timewasting display of uselessness. For Opera/Presto you need to extract the installer file with 7-Zip or use the /singleuser flag. For foobar2000 I forget, but I think it was something like this.

I basically only object to those non-portable software products that operate on large data sets (like video games with large worlds, google earth comes to mind, even though I don't use it anymore) and clutter up the users/ directory. They should have configurable working directory(-ies) for their varying tasks, but instead they dump everything into my users/ path.

On a slightly related note, I once installed... I think it was Microsoft Office 2003. It doesn't really matter what it was, but I told it to install to D:\Whatever because I didn't want it hogging up all my space on C:\.* To my surprise it then proceeded to fill up C:\ with a gigabyte or two of "base files" while only putting a few dozens of MBs on D:\ related to the actual Word, Powerpoint, etc. Makes you wonder what the point of allowing the user to choose a directory is at all.

Something even dumber occurred when I tried Steam back in '04 or '05. I erroneously assumed I'd be able to choose where the program downloaded and where it would try to install things. Not so. It also left a hogging, instability causing(!) process open constantly, so it quickly disappeared from my system.

* On Windows I'd been using a division between /, /home, and to some degree e.g. /bin and /usr for years before I discovered this kind of configuration came with most Linux distros by default. C:\ for OS and perhaps some programs, D:\ for programs that don't require installation to run or for those too large to fit on C:\, and E:\ for my data. This allowed me to wipe and reinstall Windows without really affecting me much.
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I hate double-tongued speach and lies.

Yes! That's what bothers me about Pesala's stay calm and dispassionate messages. Staying calm about some of that drivel is equivalent to swallowing the hogwash.

http://my.opera.com/community/forums/findpost.pl?id=14992042
Quote from: Frenzie
http://my.opera.com/community/forums/findpost.pl?id=14810762
Quote from: Frenzie
Quote from: somewhere (unbeknown to me at the time, The Vision Behind Opera 15 and Beyond)
Off-road mode in Opera 15 adds SPDY to the mix so that your pages render even faster.

No, it doesn't. Opera 12.10 already added SPDY (proof, or perhaps the official changelog is more to the point). Whoever wrote that is either ignorant or lying.

The myth that Opera 15 added SPDY is by now well-spread thanks to that very blog post. Not even my tech writer friend bothered to correct his post on Opera 15 when I informally pointed out this falsity, which I find somewhat disconcerting. Orwellian is right: soon the Opera Minitrue will remove these traces of the past to which I link. One of them is scheduled to disappear on March 1, 2014. And with Disqus, the Minitrue doesn't even have to bother deleting anything, because nothing can ever be found that way. It might as well not be there at all.

Some of us are passionate about dispassion. I prefer being passionate about the truth.
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I include below a complete copy of the thread linked by ersi, since someone at Opera appears to have privatized it. [edit]ersi noticed too.[/edit]
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Opera 18 took my defaults and won't give them back
Quote from: bcbear86
I am running Windows 8 Pro x64 and my daughter installed O18 yesterday and when I went to open certain file types (.rar, .torrent, emails, etc...) They didn't open in the normal program.  I have fixed the .rar and emails, but the .torrent files won't open anymore. I have tried the Windows set default programs to no avail. I have done regedit to check file associations to no avail.  I even pointed the .torrent files to notepad to no avail just to see what happened. Everything was working fine before the O18 install. Please help!!


Quote from: Pesala
To open Torrents you have to use Opera 12.16 or earlier. In Preferences, Programs, Details, check the file types that you want to open in Opera. Check HTML, Protocols, etc., if you want Opera 12.16 to be your default browser again.


Quote from: bcbear86
I just want to put the default back to uTorrent, not Opera. I have already uninstalled Opera to see if that works and no go.


Quote from: LinuxMint7
Right click the .torrent file and select "Open with...", the select utorrent from the program file list that appears and place a tick in the box at the base of the list that says something like "Always use this program" or some such.

I'm not using Windows at the moment, so can not tell you the exact wording.


Quote from: ersi
Quote from: LinuxMint7
Right click the .torrent file and select "Open with...", the select utorrent from the program file list that appears and place a tick in the box at the base of the list that says something like "Always use this program" or some such.

I'm not using Windows at the moment, so can not tell you the exact wording.
Yes, it should work to right-click on a file type, .rar, emails, etc. select a program to open it with and check "Always use this program".

Another possibility. IIRC, there's a setting in utorrent too to make it the default for torrent files. Same with most email programs Open the program up, find the setting and make it the default. With Opera 18 gone, it should stay like this until someone installs this or some other evil program on your computer.


Quote from: bcbear86
...my daughter installed O18 yesterday...


To prevent children from ruining your workspace, have multiple user accounts in your computer and always remember to lock the screen when you are away. I know Windows is not good at separating user accounts and delimiting their permissions. This is one of the important reasons why I moved over to Linux. I have lots of children, siblings, relatives, and neighbours running around in the house. Multiple user accounts with strict permissions became rather vital.


Quote from: bcbear86
Quote from: LinuxMint7
Right click the .torrent file and select "Open with...", the select utorrent from the program file list that appears and place a tick in the box at the base of the list that says something like "Always use this program" or some such.

I'm not using Windows at the moment, so can not tell you the exact wording.



I did this and it went through the motions of changing the default but never actually changed it.


Quote from: ersi
Another possibility. IIRC, there's a setting in utorrent too to make it the default for torrent files. Same with most email programs Open the program up, find the setting and make it the default. With Opera 18 gone, it should stay like this until someone installs this or some other evil program on your computer.



Did this too to no avail. I even tried a System Restore Point and it didn't fix the issue. Ah well, It may be time for a reinstall of Windows


Quote from: bcbear86
Quote from: ersi
To prevent children from ruining your workspace, have multiple user accounts in your computer and always remember to lock the screen when you are away. I know Windows is not good at separating user accounts and delimiting their permissions. This is one of the important reasons why I moved over to Linux. I have lots of children, siblings, relatives, and neighbours running around in the house. Multiple user accounts with strict permissions became rather vital.



I found out that when Java was updated, it had an option to install Opera and she didn't uncheck the box.


Quote from: Krake
Quote from: bcbear86
I found out that when Java was updated, it had an option to install Opera and she didn't uncheck the box.


Could you please provide a link for the location Java was updated from?
I'm asking because I'm not using Java but I would like to check the installer myself.

Thanks in advance.

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The last tale I wrote was back in April, so I really ought to write something again. I frequently write directly in English, but this particular narrative was originally composed in Dutch. It probably shows.
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Tunnel Anxiety

The GPS spoke and the driver obeyed. He had seen the sign GPS, but the dark gaping tunnel mouth looked rather scary, so he turned right as the unit ordered. Therefore he now rode on a friendly, welcoming country road. It snaked through a large green pasture, enclosed with slim ditches. While a small hare hastily hopped off, leaving behind his meal consisting of now-swaying grass stalks, the driver decided that this road was truly sublimely chosen. A Mirkwood would not be found in such an environment. No, the only trees that earned more than the epithet bush-like, grew in a manner strongly reminiscent of a battleship. The mighty bow pierced the pasture without any hassle. Captain Owl was busy talking to a virgin eagle owl, who ordered him to aim the heavy calibers for the Ilian bushes -- the same bushes that bordered the road. But the larks seemed not to be disturbed by these activities, so the driver felt reassured.

In the new Scooby Doo movies, the Mystery Machine was equipped with a wisecracking, sarcastically mocking GPS. The driver was only too happy that his navigation system did not come from a cartoon, when it suddenly came to life. "Dude, what what are you doing? I just told you that you had to drive straight forward, but now you're suddenly on a lousy back road. Turn around quickly, because that road has a dead end in about a kilometer." Well, why had he turned right, against the advice of the GPS? A quick glance at the dashboard proved that it was only half past eight. The sun was shining pretty bright already, but with the A/C on gently it couldn't be noticed. Hours a-plenty and why had he even wanted to go north? The current northeastern course was much more pleasant.

It was already half past nine when he looked at the clock again. Hadn't the GPS claimed that this road had a dead end? Sure didn't look like it. In the meantime, the landscape had started to change. The flat polder landscape gave way to gentle slopes, nicely fitted by the propulsive glaciers in the last glacial.

This road was really nice and quiet. The only sign of life were those three rams, who did not want to let him pass through the cattle guard -- no matter how much he honked. Eventually he had gently pushed them aside with the bumper. Although only a few tens of minutes had passed, the road started to climb and was increasingly surrounded by spruce. A dilapidated wooden sign welcomed him in Nifolland, which was quite appropriate given the emerging fog.

Gradually he began to find it a little odd that he hadn't seen anything for such a long time. The tank was almost half empty, so he would be forced to return if he didn't run into a gas station soon. Remembering that he had a (currently very quiet) GPS, he let his car come to a standstill to look for a pumping station on the device. But as soon as he had found the right menu, the GPS said: "There is no turning back. The only accessible gas station is located one hour onward on this route." With a shrug he let out the clutch and the sound of a lone car reached the ears of the dealer long before the driver became aware of the first signs of human civilization in hundreds of kilometers through the damp vapor.

"It is recommended to seek shelter from the upcoming snow storm," said the GPS suddenly. "The Nifollandic Meteorological Institute recommends that no one goes on the road for the next few hours."

The door put an old-fashioned bell in operation. The interior of the shop at the gas station was paltrily furnished. On crooked shelves stood foreign brands of unrecognizable engine oil and bags of junk food. He bent closer to read the gothic-style letters. Barbecue chips with sooty-sea-beast flavor. They probably also had those make up your own flavor competitions over here. Nevertheless curious, he picked up a bag and went to the counter, which was still vacated.

"Hello? Is anyone here?"

A noisy silence was the only answer.

"I want to refuel and buy a bag of chips!"

When still no one came, he decided to refuel, took the chips, and on the counter left what he owed. But how he was to find accommodation? Absent-minded he opened the chips and put some in his mouth, when suddenly a shouting dwarf came running. "Stop! Stop the thief!"

The driver hurriedly looked around, hoping to make the right impression on the local population with a good deed, when he was suddenly struck down by a punch on the jaw. Regaining consciousness an unknown amount of time and dazedly looking around, he saw three dwarfs menacingly standing around him. While he aimlessly blinked, the oldest dwarf -- the same who had beaten him down -- started to talk.

"This long john took off with the veteran's food. Arrest him!"

"He's obviously not from around here," said another dwarf, recognizable as a police officer by a blue cap.

"I don't care! In the cell with that worthless oat!"

"But wait..." the driver tried to say, but a simultaneous "QUIET!" by all three dwarfs locked the words in his mouth. How many days had gone by in the meantime while he was in jail, was not entirely clear to him. The dealer'd had the last word and now he was sitting here, while the snow blew through the open, barred window. The loneliness was becoming less pleasant, and when the lock of the cell door opened he looked forward to a brief conversation. In addition, he still did not know what was going on.

"Warden, could you tell me what crime I am accused of?"

"That is not my job. If you're here, you're guilty. You know what of."

"But no, I do not know that at all. Couldn't you ask? I want an appeal."

"Appeal? Who's here is guilty. That's how it is and no other way."

"But what if you were wrongly accused of something?"

"The law does not make mistakes. But I'm not here to keep you company: we have found your companion."

"My companion? I'm alone."

"Sure, sure. You can figure it out among yourselves."

It turned out that the people in this remote hamlet were not familiar with the concept of a GPS. But it is true, the device had recently shown some rather strange antics.

"Say lazybones, what are you doing? I have come to save you."

"...how do you mean? You're a GPS. You can only show the way."

"And now I will show you the way out of this cell. What an idiot you are. Who swipes a bag of chips?"

"But I left compensation."

"Dude, I have a currency-information function. They work with gold and silver coins."

"You could've told me."

"You're already too lazy to look on the map. Should I have to think for you as well?"

"No, of course not. That I can handle."

"I haven't noticed you thinking for shit. See you later, until you think again."

"Wait! Do not leave me alone!"

While the blizzard raged, the driver thought. For hours, days or years the driver thought. He meditated and fasted, but the GPS remained silent, until one day he dreamed of a big river. "Yes! You got it!" exulted the GPS.

"But I--" do not get it, he wanted to say, but the GPS interrupted him.

"Turn to the left and touch the door handle."

"A cell door has no handle on the inside."

"Turn to the left."

He opened the door and walked outside, where the blizzard had subsided. The snow was swirling gently down and gently he swirled toward his car. On the way back the once beautiful landscape seemed formless and empty, but at the end of the road waited the unknown tunnel mouth. "Turn left," said the GPS, but he turned right into the tunnel. It is said that the GPS slyly smiled. It is also said that the GPS smiled happily, maternally, paternally, neuterly, and so on. Yet everyone agreed that the GPS would still lead the way for many others. But where to no one knows.

http://fransdejonge.com/2013/04/tunnel-anxiety/
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Poe-ian Tales
If we have poetry, where would we be without prose? Tales needn't be original, but they shouldn't exceed 20,000 characters.
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DnD Central / Re: Diseur?
There's a mod that does HTML5 video and audio. It looks alright, but since it hasn't been updated since 2011 it uses some outdated stuff. Also, mp3 won't work on all browsers, but Vorbis has better quality anyway. :P

Actually Opus is significantly better still, but I think it's only supported in Firefox. I'll take it into consideration, but it'd require you to have a proper file host.

Btw, I was reading some poetry last year and decided to try my hand at poetry translation.
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One of Weblink's many decades-old bugs rears its ugly head on Chropera: http://my.opera.com/community/forums/findpost.pl?id=14997142

With Presto there's always been a steady improvement one version to the next, but with Webkit it always seems like they're too busy implementing the next -webkit-nonsense to fix bugs. Is there any proof yet that Blink's any better?
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I'll copy my response as well:

Quote from: ersi
- Mobile v.14 (Chromium) on top of Mobile v.12 (Presto)

Trust me, I know.
Quote from: ersi
- Opera Mini Smartpage http://my.opera.com/community/forums/topic.dml?id=1755772

Wait, what? I occasionally use Opera Mini when I'm not on wifi and I have something of direct importance for me (e.g. bus/tram times). Some stupid "SmartPage" would probably use more than 10 times as much data as the one bookmarked page I check with images disabled. Ugh, that's awful.
Quote from: ersi
Quote from: bcbear86
I found out that when Java was updated, it had an option to install Opera and she didn't uncheck the box.
Quo vadis, Opera? Bejeezus...

I guess I can simply c/p what I said about Google:

http://my.opera.com/chooseopera/blog/show.dml/110522522?startidx=1100#comment113732752
Quote from: Frenzie
Besides a quick check whether you're indeed upgrading Flash and not some malware, who expects an update to install a new browser or some other piece of unrelated software? On top of which, there isn't always a checkbox either. Software companies tend to "forget" that, especially if you set it to update automatically. As if you automatically want to install other crap on your computer.

And if Google is offering money for such practices, why shouldn't one blame Google? Last I checked the person who pays a hitman also goes down for murder. :P

Quo vadis? I think I'll go straight for Et tu, Opera?
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The Lounge / Re: Random Chat
Blame Belfrager. But don't you think conspiracy theories are covered under "them some"? :P
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Forum Administration / Re: Moderation
I noticed the Simpsons one but didn't really look much besides that. Now that you mention it, whoa! Haha.
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Disk usage should be fine. I don't know how long it'd take the database to reach hundreds of megabytes, but by that point performance might be more problematic than size. Honestly I have no idea, other than that as long as we stay below 1GB everything's peachy, and that'd take a long time to reach.

Bandwidth usage is harder to get a handle on. We've used 186MB this past week, but we have only a skeleton crew. Below 20GB/month everything's great. If we assume a 20 times greater activity for an active forum that should still easily be within acceptable limits.

These are not hard limits in the sense that our account allows for more, but you understand I shouldn't use more than about half of it.

In conclusion, so far it looks like DnDerbirds are go. (That sounded better in my head.)
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Forum Administration / Re: Moderation
If anyone is feeling bored (I'm not), here's a big collection of forum rules.

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=174062.0
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I entered a "slogan" in the settings, which automatically replaced the top-right image. How's that?
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You're probably right, but I wouldn't want posters to get the idea that it's allowed unless someone complains. In the long term I imagine it's both safer and easier to be a bit more proactive about it.
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Forum Administration / Re: Moderation
Fair enough.
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Forum Administration / Re: Moderation
I've seen it at least once. I was debating animal rights with someone and then another poster came around, saying something like "I think Someone may have a point there." He didn't keep up the charade very well and it was more pathetic than anything else, hardly banworthy, but it does happen.
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Yup. Fairly common sense stuff I'd think, but it means a large percentage of DANBUZU's posts cannot be allowed.
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Forum Administration / Re: Moderation
Yeah, I kinda like the no personal attacks rule from The Old Place. I don't think we need to censor swearing but that may just be me.

I'm inclined to agree.
Rules against First Post and the like would mess up most Lounge games.

Naturally there would have to be (somewhat) different rules for different sections.
I'm not so sure about sockpuppets either - nothing wrong with banned users coming back as long as they behave.

I think it's talking about "real" sockpuppetry (i.e. making it seem like people agree with you when it's all just you), not about a new 'nym.
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I've (occasionally) been using Ixquick since before they launched this "StartPage" thing. :P I also wrote a user style for it, but it doesn't seem to be completely functional anymore.
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DnD Central / Re: Forum clock
There's a certain amount of activity over on The Lounge that explains it.  ;D
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DnD Central / Re: This is a testing forum
The best of both worlds..                                                  
That's a pretty decent concept actually. It's a shame that it's probably not the most straightforward option.
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Re Copyright in the forum I would guess that most cartoons shown in D&D probably infringe copyright if people wanted to be sticky. Can't say I approve at all but there it is.

Depends which laws actually apply. In the US it would be fair use ( don't pretend it's your own, link to the original just to be safe etc. ), but this isn't the US.
The Netherlands has citing right. It's somewhat similar to fair use, but more limited. The relevant law is in article 15a of authorship law.

It says (summarized, and don't completely trust my interpretations as IANAL):

  • Citing is not regarded as a breach of copyright if:

    • The work was properly made publicly available. (i.e. don't cite from unpublished stuff without permission)

    • The citing is in concordance with what society deems acceptable with regard to the size of the cited passages and whether it's justified with the intended goal in mind.

    • Article 25 is taken into account. (That's about what rights the author of a work has even after having sold the rights to their work. They can e.g. still object to publishing a work, but that already seems to be covered under point 1. There's also all kinds of stuff there about surviving relatives etc.)

    • As much as reasonably possible, the source, including the name of the maker, is mentioned.


  • Citing also means citing in press overviews of articles published in periodicals. (Isn't that freaking obvious? Law can so weird. :P I guess they might have some exceptions for overviews someplace else.)

  • This article also applies to citing in a different language than the original.