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Conscience and subconscience from an AI/Robotics POV
Just pondering the workings of the human mind - from an AI/robotics point of view (either of which I know little about).. If conscience is when you're thinking about it (processing it in realtime)... and subconscience is when you're not thinking about it (eg it's autonomous behaviour).. would it be fair to say then, that: - conscience could be likened to (or implemented as) software (as it requires a processor at runtime) - subconscience could be likened to (or implemented as) hardware (as it does ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 9, 2011 9:00 PM

Error: Failed to access IIS metabase. Hosting WCF Service in IIS
This error ("Failed to access IIS metabase") can occur when you try to access your WCF when you have added for hosting within IIS. To solve this problem do this: Reregister ASP.NET for IIS: Open an Visual Studio Command Prompt (or a regular command prompt and cd into the .Net dir - usually: C:\WINNT\Microsoft.NET\Fram... then type: aspnet_regiis -i When complete, from the same command prompt run: iisreset Verify your IIS virtual/app dir is setup correctly (uses .Net 2). If you don't ......

Posted On Thursday, May 14, 2009 3:13 PM

How to fade image layers using Gimp gradient/blend tool
This post will explain how to do fading (fade out a layer) in Gimp. Assuming you have an image open... Add a new layer Draw the part you want faded Right click on the layer in the Layers panel/window and select 'Add Layer Mask', then click on Add on the Add Layer Mask dialog (making sure the default value of 'White (full opacity)' is selected). Select the Blend/Gradient tool and set the Gradient to 'FG to GB(RGB)' . On the layer click and drag a line where you want the gradient (fade) to start and ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:49 AM

System.ArgumentException: Invalid postback or callback argument.
The following exception occurs in ASP.NET (version: 2.0.50727.1433) when you trigger an event on an ASP.Net object that has no ID set, eg clicking on a LinkButton: System.ArgumentException: Invalid postback or callback argument. Event validation is enabled using <pages enableEventValidation="true... in configuration or <%@ Page EnableEventValidation="true" %> in a page. For security purposes, this feature verifies that arguments to postback or callback events originate from the server ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2008 12:37 AM

Google helps push Firefox

Now this is interesting.


Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:13 AM

Firefox 3 ignores cache control http headers - security risk for online apps!
If a user, using Firefox 3, signs out of a web site and does not close the browser, anyone else using that browser subsequently can view the content of pages loaded by the previous user (eg in an internet cafe, or any place where workstations are shared eg universities) - exposing private/confidential data. This only affects HTTP post requests (not gets) and only Firefox version 3 - earlier versions (1.5, 2 etc), and IE, are not affected. The main points are: This is definately a bug: a violation ......

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2008 3:17 PM

Task Oriented Programming
For some time I've been wondering if there's a better way to program business logic. Years ago I used to write COBOL, then moved onto a 4GL, bla bla bla... and today I find myself well entrenched in OO with Microsoft's .Net. Development times don't seem to be much better these days - and the complexity of things seems to have mushroomed. We went from barely-a-3GL to 4GL back to 3GL plus an explosion of things you need to consider. We started with procedural code then moved to OO and seem to have ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 12:10 AM

Agile Manifesto - addendum 0.1

Fresh chocolate chip cookies and fresh coffee over garden variety cookies and instant coffee

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value items on the left more.

The unspoken rule is that non-team members attending team meetings must come bearing the fore mentioned items

Posted On Wednesday, July 23, 2008 1:58 PM

Microsoft Word - cursor placed at top of page.
When creating a new document and in Print Layout, Word sometimes places the cursor right at the top of the page - not catering for the top margin. I'm not sure why - can only presume this is a bug. The workaround, to make it display the cursor where it should be (below the margin) seems to be to view the Header then hide the header: Select menu item 'View' - 'Header and Footer' (this shows the header) Do the same thing to hide it (Select menu item 'View' - 'Header and Footer'). That's it - the cursor ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 9:12 AM

Turning off custom menus/always show full menus in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc)
To turn off the annoying customised menus in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook etc) do the following: 1. Start up an Office application eg Word. 2. Select menu item 'Tools' - 'Customize...'. 3. On the 'Options' tab, check (put a tick in) the 'Always show full menus' check-box, then click on the 'Close' button. That's it ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 30, 2008 2:43 AM

How to make a transparent background/selection on an image using GIMP
Open your image. Select the area you want to make transparent. Select the appropriate selection tool from the Tool window or the Tools - Selection Tools menu on the Layer window. I usually use the magic wand/fuzzy select (Select contiguous region) tool or the Select regions by color tool. Click in the region you want selected. Use shift-click to add more regions/colors. Tip: It's easier if you zoom in (View - Zoom menu) to see finer details of exactly what you're selecting. In the Layer window (the ......

Posted On Monday, March 20, 2006 9:49 AM

Arse Bandit Alert!

LMAO when stumbling across an RSS aggregator called RSS Bandit.

Actually, it's very good... and the app aint bad either ;-)

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:17 AM

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