I think I finally understand why Trump is doing so well (he recently pulled even with Hillary Clinton). It's only after years of shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent that his rise is possible. These shows got Americans used to the idea that they could vote with no actual consequences. In most cases (with very few exceptions), people with minimal talent are voted on and selected as "the winner", then almost immediately return to obscurity. In some cases (remember Sanjaya Malakar) there was an actual campaign to rig the vote so that a thoroughly undeserving candidate would win. …

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My wife got a VeryfitPro fitness monitor for Christmas. I have the app loaded on my Android (6) phone and was hoping to install a companion app on my Windows 10 laptop but the only thing available is to install an Android emulator on Windows 10 then load the phone app into that. I did a google search and found a list of the 7 best emulators. The list was 1. BlueStacks 1. Remix OS Player 1. Droid4x 1. MEmu 1. Nox Player 1. AMIDuOS 1. Windroy I tried Bluestacks and ended up at an online poker site. Remix resulted …

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I can't seem to find a way to send a PM. I tried going to the member's profile page but the PM area is gone.

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I'm hoping that people will post unusual or little known facts here. It would be proper to include a link to a source for confirmation. Here's a start. Speedy Gonzales was banned by the Cartoon Network for being an offensive stereotype, only to be returned after mass protest by the Hispanic-American community. [link](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speedy_Gonzales#Censorship)

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To all in the last week or so who received a private message from me consisting only of the phrase, `Noli Mentula`, I sincerely apologize. In the previous incarnation of Daniweb, sending a private message was considerably different than in the new version. I had assumed that a message would not be sent unless/until I composed it, then clicked some equivalent of `Send`. You know. Like practically every other text messaging system ever invented. While trying to work through the new system with Dani I inadvertantly started conversations with several users. To further explain `noli mentula`... It fall into the …

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The day that Americans will decide if they want to step on the brakes or drive off the cliff.

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After saying for the last 10 years that I would never own a cell phone (I had enough of that spending many years on call), I finally broke down and got one. It is a Figo (Speak Out) Android (Marshmallow) phone that allows me to buy a block of minutes without having to pay monthly fees. Basically I can use it as much or as little as I want and just pay for what I use. My first complaint was the almost complete lack of documentation. It is a royal pain in the ass figuring out what every little (microscopic, …

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Remember when once upon a time all you had to do to start Windows in safe mode was go all Woody Woodpecker on the F8 key during boot? Well in Windows 10 it seems you have to do just a little more... 1. On the login screen click on the power icon (lower right) then hold the shift key while clicking "Restart" from the popup menu. 1. During the reboot you will get a "Choose an option" menu. Click on "Troubleshoot". 1. On the next menu click on "Advanced options". 1. On the next menu click on "Startup Settings". 1. …

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My geo-location was being displayed as Cambridge (I returned from there on Monday) so I told daniweb to update, which it did, except it now reported me as `Winnipeg, Manitoba - 3,897 miles away`. What am I 3,897 miles away from? Then, when I click on `Member Connect` it says (for example) that I am 46 miles away from aravindc (London, England) so I'm assuming that even though I did the update, part of daniweb still thinks I am in jolly old.

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My wife's laptop is a Dell Latitude E6520. A good enough machine except for one annoying quirk. The wireless card keeps disabling itself. We have it configured so that closing the lid puts it to sleep. When it wakes up, the wireless card is disabled. Before you ask, I already have it configured to not power off. I reinstalled the latest driver from Dell but no luck. So far I have managed by running a script in the background that repeatedly checks to see if the device is disbled, then automatically re-enables it, but I would rather fix the problem …

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I think we can all agree (this will likely provoke disagreement) that a voting machine that records a vote electronically without a way to do a manual verification is a bad idea. How then should a proper voting machine work. My suggestion is to have a touch screen on which the voter makes his/her selections (invalid selections would not be allowed). The voter would 1. Make selections on screen 1. Print ballot 1. Compare ballot to screen Once the voter receives the printout he/she would then compare the printed ballot with the selections made on screen. At that point the …

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It wasn't bad enough that Skype nagged me with "your current version will soon stop working" every time I brought up the GUI. When I ignored the upgrade requests is started popping up notices even when I wasn't using Skype. So I finally bit the bullet and did the upgrade to Skype version 8.25.0.5. As far as I can tell, the changes are only cosmetic. Changing the font size is non-standard. In Chrome, Firefox, my email, etc, you can increase/decrease the font size with CTRL+/CTRL- or by CTRL-SCROLL. But in Skype you have to CTRLSHIFT+. There is still no way …

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ASUS Computers I recently had dealings with Asus. The situation was regarding a malfunctioning keyboard. The computer is a several-year-old (no longer under warranty) Asus K53E laptop. It belongs to my father-in-law and because he is somewhat careless with food (he is 91 so this is understandable), something eventually got under one of his CTRL keys causing it to stick closed. Naturally, this made the keyboard (and scroll wheel) useless. At this point there were two possible solutions: 1. Clean the keyboard 1. Replace the keyboard Before trying option 1 I wanted to see if I could actually purchase a …

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I think this guy has made some excellent points in [this article](http://tonsky.me/blog/disenchantment/).

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These are things I'd like to see available now that should be possible given current technology as opposed to pie-in-the sky things like "I really want a teleporter". For example, I am getting very tired of watching TV shows where the (supposedly) background music is so loud that I can barely make out the dialog. In some cases the BG music is not even music; it is just a loud whining cacophany. The music/whining starts out quiet but gets louder and louder to build dramatic tension. This, I can only presume, is due to either the writers 1. are so …

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A recent study done by a think tank hired by Canadian airline companies has come to the conclusion that if the airlines charged less money then people would buy more tickets. I don't want to know how much money and time it took to come to that brilliant conclusion. What disappoints me is that this was reported on today's news with absolutely no comment by the newscaster.

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I've been listening to various debates on the potential impact of AI and the two sides seem to boil their arguments down to 1. AI is dangerous because it will mean the extinction of humanity as machines that can improve themselves will do it so rapidly as to quickly make the gulf between humans and AI like the gulf between ants and us. 2. AI is awesome because it will free us from menial jobs leaving us to be infinitely creative. Recently, [Bill Gates](http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bill-gates-artificial-intellegence-doesnt-think-ai-taking-everyones-jobs-is-a-bad-thing-2018-1-1014021350) stated that it will be a net positive because we'll all have a lot more free …

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##vbScript - the basics My plan is to post a series of hopefully useful and informative vbScript Functions and Subs. I started writing up my first code snippet and found that I was taking too many side trips to explain things about the vbScript syntax and language so I decided to postpone the first snippet until I had completed a vbScript intro. There has been a lot of interest in scripting languages, most notably Perl and Python. While decidedly less versatile and powerful than Python, vbScript (which is way down on the list) has several good points to recommend it. …

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Here at the cottage I have a 3 gig/month cap. If I go over I pay extra. That gives me about 100 meg a day to play with. In preparation for the summer I have to spend some time 1. setting my wifi connection to metered (to block updates) 1. disabling "also update Microsoft Software" 1. running sc config wuauserv start=disable 1. running sc stop wuauserv 1. disabling updates on foxit reader, firefox and a dozen other apps There's always at least one app that falls through the cracks. Last summer my Visual Studio updated and ate up my cap …

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APLX is a very complete implementation of the APL programming language from MicroAPL. The company stopped producing it in 2016 and it has been taken over by Dyalog. While Dyalog charges for the new versions, the final version from MicroAPL is available for free at [this page](http://www.dyalog.com/aplx.htm). It comes complete with several pdf manuals. For anyone who is interested in something completely different, I strongly suggest you get this while it is still available for free. It is available in 32 bit and 64 bit for linux, Mac and Windows.

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Today I tried to install the Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update. It failed with the message ![2017-10-18_161217.png](/attachments/large/3/837de23baab769b190bf69bbceed71ee.png "align-center") I found this peculiar because I don't have that application installed. I **do** have Macrium Reflect (Free) version 6 but certainly not Drive Image 7 (Powerquest). As usual, clicking the Support link took me to a totally unrelated page. Has anyone else had a problem with the update? By the way, clicking the Uninstall button produced ![2017-10-18_163207.png](/attachments/large/3/1a176108f644c78ce93a763939cf7c77.png "align-center")

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When I retired in 2008 after carrying a cell phone for years on standby for our control centre I swore I would never get another cell phone. I was wrong. It took ten years but I finally broke down and got a SpeakOut pay-as-you-go FiGO Ultra. It's got everything I was looking for except for one small thing. It didn't come with an e-book reader. There are a number of free e-book readers available on teh Chrome store but a number of them stream ads. Can anyone suggest a free e-book reader for Android that does not stream ads? The …

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There are a number of very old threads on CUDA so I'm starting a new one rather than resurrecting an old one. Does anyone here have any experience setting up and developing in CUDA on a Windows platform? I know that there is a system that can be set up with Visual Studio/CUDA that uses the nvidia hardware but I am hoping to find something for AMD/Radeon. I have found something called [ocelot](https://code.google.com/archive/p/gpuocelot/) that supposedly works with AMD/Radeon (which I have on my laptop) but there are issues: 1. It has the smell of abandonment (hasn't been updated since 2013) …

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I've been using GenuTax since 2013 to file my Canadian tax return. It's provided free and does the job nicely, but it misses one feature. Up north we can do pension splitting. That means I can offload some of my pension income onto my spouse, hopefully putting us in a lower tax bracket. Figuring out the optimum split is a chore. I have to type in a value then add up the separate values for me and my spouse to see if the combined number is better or worse than my previous guess. It's tedious and unnecessary so this yoar …

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I just posted a code snippet [here](https://www.daniweb.com/programming/code/515601/vbscript-implementation-of-quicksort) and noticed a couple of problems. 1. No matter how I try to fix it, the frst line refuses to display properly indented. 1. The few lines of code that I included in the top window, even though properly indented, refuse to display as properly formatted code.

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Does anyone know the function and origin of the wireless profile, bungle4? I've been cleaning up my numerous vbScript files and when I tidied, then tested Metered.vbs, it produced the following: D:\>metered Profiles on interface Wi-Fi: All User Profile : bungle4 All User Profile : mynet Metered.vbs is a script I wrote that runs netsh to enable/disable the metered connection status on my wireless so that Windows Update will (hopefully) not download massive updates when I am at the cottage on a connection with a small data cap. When run without parameters it just lists the wireless profiles. I was …

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In order to resolve a problem whereby Microsoft keeps updating my video driver (which works) with a newer version that is crippled, I installed the Windows 10 Creator's Update. So far it - Reset driver update back to auto (I had disabled it) - Re-enabled OneDrive (I had disabled that as well) - Re-installed the shitty video driver (screen rotate no longer works) - Disabled my Trend Micro anti-virus - Left me with a Windows.old folder which I am having fun trying to delete I'll post more problems as I find them.

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Is anyone familiar with Microsoft Remote Desktop? I'm referring to the application with the name MSTSC.EXE. I used this years ago at the office to remote into the servers from home but MS has made changes since then. I have one laptop downstairs that is usually unattended and I have been using TeamViewer to remote in but that requires a TeamViewer account, and all traffic is routed through the TeamViewer servers. I would prefer a direct connection, and one that doesn't leave pop-ups scattered about. I just want to remote in, do my stuff, then get out. Unfortunately, the current …

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Cop shows that include a 5 minute foot chase. This is usually the result of the cops shouting out a suspect's name from half a block away instead of waiting until they are within arm's reach. Inevitably the suspect runs into the path of a car or truck and the chase ends up being pointless anyway. Cop shows where six cops burst in the front door of an apartment/house but neglect to post anyone at the fire escape/back door which is the only other exit. This leads to another pointless (and prolonged) foot chase. Shows where a victim is being …

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I have been using my HOSTS file for years to dummy out ad sites by adding entries like 127.0.0.1 www.ukbanners.com A while back I installed [Unchecky](https://unchecky.com/), a program which automatically unchecks all of those software extras that some installers like to enable by default (like McAfee). Today I noticed nthat Unchecky added entries like 0.0.0.0 media.opencandy.com to the end of my HOSTS file. A google search resulted in conflicting and ambiguous information as to the use of 0.0.0.0. The most complete explanations (in geek-speak) are usually of the "it depends" variety. Can anyone explain, in non-technical terms, the difference between …

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The End.