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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:54 pm

The problems you mention., Richard, are rampant in the software industry today, and they are obvious every time you load a program. It hasn't always been this way, though. QA used to be a well-respected and -supported component of software production. As were those who created the help files and manuals (remember when they actually shipped printed documentation with programs?).

The last company I worked for had a large, well-financed and well-run QA department. Those people worked their asses off, and got the respect they deserved from management and the developers. We also had foreign nationals from China, Japan, Russia, and Italy to write their versions of the help files and documentation. All of these people were also software programmers, so they produced excellent documents.

Today, that's is obviously not the case. Every damn program I use (that I didn't write Rolling Eyes ) is full of bugs and the meager documentation is absolute crap. So it's not just the QA and documentation staff that lacks the quality of the past, but also today's half-assed developers. As for management -- software companies used to be run by engineers (like the company I worked for). Today they are run by bean counters who have no realistic idea of what the company does (or should be doing).
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:18 pm

I believe most coding is done overseas, in third world sweatshops, by non-English-speaking drones who aren't necessarily even programmers. Certainly the documentation (if there is any) is written that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:39 pm

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I believe most coding is done overseas, in third world sweatshops, by non-English-speaking drones who aren't necessarily even programmers.
I'm sure that the Samsung software is written in Korea, but the use of foreign programmers is very widespread and is not the real problem in the software industry, at least in my opinion.

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I can stream Pandora to it [TV] from my iPad, and it receives the video but not the audio
That may be a problem with the way the file is packaged. There are some files that I can stream to my Samsung TV and get only the video. The same files work perfectly when routed to the TV through the BluRay player, which is a few years newer than the TV.

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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:08 pm

It worked up until a few weeks ago.

What changed? I changed all my passwords after the break-in. That's it.

If you can explain this you're a better man than me.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:54 pm

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It worked up until a few weeks ago.
Oh. You failed to note that (or my creaky old eyes missed it).

Are you streaming from your iPad to your TV or to Apple TV. I notice that the Apple products do not have native DLNA support.

Is the volume turned up on the TV? Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:21 pm

Just for grins, I installed Pandora on my iPhone with the intention of also installing a DLNA app and seeing if I could zip it to my TV.

Browsed to Pandora on the PC and set up an account.
Logged into the account on the iPhone. It works. Everything cool so far.
Before I downloaded a DLNA app, it occurred to me that my damn television is connected to the internet. Sure enough, it allowed me to download and install a Pandora app (took about 1/100 as long as the iPhone did). Signed in to my Pandora account and Pandora is working fine on the television. Have you considered that? Just asking.


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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:59 pm

I do that as my backup, but I prefer to stream from the iPad. I mean, I guess it doesn't matter which way I do it, I'm just baffled as to why it suddenly stopped working from the iPad.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:27 pm

Did it stop working in the middle of a song, or what? What happened between the last time it worked and the first time it didn't?

I guess I'm screwed. It seems to be the case that the programs which stream from the iPhone to a DLNA device only broadcast what's on your device. They can't stream Pandora. I've gotten as far as connecting my iPhone to my BluRay player via Wi-fi; everything seems okay. But there's no way to pipe Pandora into the DLNA app. Shit!
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:23 pm

Are you sending from the iPad to an Apple TV box?
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:34 pm

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Are you sending from the iPad to an Apple TV box?
Yes. That's not Bluetooth, that's Apple AirPlay.

Bluetooth works.

I wonder if -- here's a very weird thought -- I wonder if the video and audio travel on, like, different parts of my Apple iCloud account or something?
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:00 pm

So you are sending to Apple TV. Right? And you're using AirPlay. Right?

That leaves me in the cold. I know nothing at all about Apple TV or AirPlay other than that AirPlay is wi-fi, and that your iPad and your Apple TV both have to be on the same wi-fi network.

I would start checking settings and connections.
Unless some device has failed, I can't think of what else it could be.

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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:55 pm

True -- nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:03 am

I found this discussion on an Apple forum. Also here. Maybe there's something there you can try.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:54 pm

I hate tech issues that I can't resolve - even if they're not mine.

I've been looking around and it seems that there are a lot of people having trouble with AirPlay, especially with the new peer-to-peer connecting.
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Peer-to-peer AirPlay requires a Mac device (2012 or later) running OS X 10.10 or an iOS device (2012 or later) running iOS 8 and an Apple TV third-generation rev A (model A1469) running Apple TV software 7.0.

If your problem showed up after downloading IOS8, try rebooting both your iPad and your ATV.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:13 pm

Did that. No joy.

I have a lot of things I don't understand about clock faces.

Why is the minute hand always longer than the hour hand? Why is the second hand always thinner? Why are there twelve hours on the face, and sixty minutes? Why does a clock run clockwise?
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:30 pm

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Why does a clock run clockwise?
That one I know.
Wikipedia explains:
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Clocks traditionally follow this sense of rotation because of the clock's predecessor: the sundial. Clocks with hands were first built in the Northern Hemisphere (see main article), and they were made to work like sundials. In order for a horizontal sundial to work (in the Northern Hemisphere), it must be placed looking southward. Then, when the Sun moves in the sky (east to south to west), the shadow cast on the opposite side of the sundial moves with the same sense of rotation (west to north to east). This is why hours were drawn in sundials in that manner, and why modern clocks have their numbers set in the same way. Note, however, that on a vertical sundial (such as those placed on the walls of buildings), the shadow moves in the opposite direction, and some clocks were constructed to mimic this. The best-known surviving example is the astronomical clock in the Münster Cathedral, whose hands move counterclockwise.

I think 60 minutes to the hour was selected in order to get the most integral divisors, so that an hour could be partitioned up conveniently no matter what you needed. But I can't find a reference for that.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:12 pm

Why does the day start at 12:00am? For the first hour of the day, 12:00 midnight to 12:59am, you're looking at the highest numbers on the clock. When the lowest time on the clock rolls around, 1:00am, you're already an hour into the day.

Military time, does it start at 00:00?
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:24 pm

Yes.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:41 pm

Okay, then I don't understand why phone systems aren't set up using military time.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:17 pm

I don't understand your question. Phone systems?
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:03 pm

They are these things that let you talk to someone clear across the city, or clear across the country. They're connected together by a bunch of wires.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:53 am

Why are people who play lutes called "lutenists?" Luten?

Why are people who play flutes called "flautists?" Flaut?

Why isn't the opposite of "forgetful" rememberful?
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:00 am

NoCoPilot wrote:
Okay, then I don't understand why phone systems aren't set up using military time.
For what purpose do you suggest the phone systems use military time?
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:14 am

All phone systems have TOD and DOW used to establish forwarding rules, phone tree AH, and VM. Our new Cisco server has a checkbox, in the setup, for EOD instead of having to key in 11:59:59pm -- an improvement over the old Avaya. But you still have to key in "12:00am" instead of SOD.
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PostSubject: Re: Things I don't understand   Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:41 am

That is only a problem with your U/I. Internally, computers use neither 12- nor 24-hour clocks for measuring time.
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