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Advocate of the devil here:  Would it then not become just a numbers game?  This post is liked by x amount of people on this forum? What does that add exactly?

The point of it would be so that you could express thanks or approval or give some form of feedback without having to create a new reply which would therefore ping everyone who has signed up to be notified of new replies. It also helps keep threads on topic instead of having a bunch of superfluous "thanks" or "nice" replies.

This would be especially handy, IMO, in threads such as the latest Steam or GOG giveaways.

As things are now, I have to choose between no reply at all (which can give the OP the idea that nobody cared about what they had to say/share) or possibly bothering a bunch of people with notifications just to say something like "thanks" or "I enjoyed that" etc. Often times I choose the former.

^Like^  :D

If you're very concerned about security, I wouldn't trust WordPress, private or not.  Not that it's not capable, it's just that WordPress is a big target.  Keeping things that you'd rather not have anyone see but it's not disastrous if someone does?  It's probably fine for that.  But really secure things?  I'd suggest somewhere else, IMO.
I'll second that - There is no true 'privacy' on the internet.

On a side note: We really do need a like button system here, it's a great way to agree with something without making a low content clutter post.

I wonder if it's a new(ish) policy to just drop off the package and leave.

I get a disproportionate number of packages, and I can say that yes unless it is needed for a signature, in my area, everyone just drops and dashes.

Same here with various projects going ring and run is the norm.

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019 Promo Video
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:08 AM »
In case there was any doubt.. Look in the mirror -- the weirdos are us!  :P

I'm not weird, I'm just more unique-er than most people...  :D

N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019 Promo Video
« on: November 13, 2018, 06:45 AM »
Voice sounds like Robin Leach from the 80's TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

Nicely done!

But then the Bitcoin Core team crippled Bitcoin, which slowed (and regressed) adoption, while driving transaction fees through the roof
Yes, multiple forks (what are they up to, like 4 now?) have been driven by the internal conflict about trans fees, security, and how to scale the network properly.

I'm chronically pressed for time these days, so can only make rushed quips … But thanks for translating for me. :)

But the intent was for the transaction payments to increase as the BTC production dropped off. However the transaction payments (e.g. cost...) part has turned into a rather total shit show that nobody is happy about.
I thought the promise was low-cost (and fast) transactions ... maybe that's why nobody's happy about it.

Yeah, it's pretty much a karma ran over dogma type of scenario. Trans fees sounded great until folks started noticing them … And then shit hit the fan.

I spent almost a month trying to get coin to move off an old wallet back last December.

A system that gives you a reasonable shot at gaining new BitCoin is going to cost you.
Bitcoin mining is SHA256/ASIC only. And the current 14.5TH ASIC miners are running $400-600US at

Now granted at the current difficulty/USD price they're only good enough for about $3 a day … But the intent was for the transaction payments to increase as the BTC production dropped off. However the transaction payments (e.g. cost...) part has turned into a rather total shit show that nobody is happy about.

Also, IIUC the BTC difficulty can be adjusted, if enough of the right people agree to it. BCH difficulty is dynamically adjustable based on hashing power available.

TBH I don't have time at the moment to even skim the articles, but just a first impression - knee jerk reaction - to the titles:

Cost to start a Bitcoin mining operations is about $500 for equipment, and ~$100 a month for electricity.
Time effort put into the mining process: Pick a pool and done, so none really.

Cost to start precious mining operation is well into the 6 figure mark just for the equipment.
Time and effort put into mining operation: All consuming + payroll for staff to run equipment.

And either way the chance of a big payoff is a total crap shoot.

Living Room / Re: Smart Tech people do some really stupid things
« on: November 05, 2018, 11:00 AM »
Just because someone "works in IT", doesn't necessarily mean they're an IT Person. Everybody these day is in a rush to - offload responsibility - the cloud because it has been marketed - to death - as the be-all and end-all solution to keeping those damn expensive and cranky IT types on staff. So ultimately nobody is minding the store because everybody is told security is the other guy's job - the properly trained people have all been sent away - And it's all perfectly safe in the cloud... Right?

Yeah, or not..

The private forum has to be private, because it has a sign right there that says it is … And nobody is going to have the audacity to just walk (into Mordor...) past a sign...right?!?

I see it all too often, somebody in middle/upper management wants it to be so … So they mandate it as such, and if nobody is there to explain why it dangerous/stupid it gets pushed through.

*Sigh* Low hanging fruit by fiat.

General Software Discussion / Re: Rename Open File in Windows
« on: October 30, 2018, 02:01 PM »
SumatraPDF is great, and I use it for 99% of my PDF reading needs.

Damn, that thing is fast. I've been using PDF-Xchange … But I think I might of just switched!

This just in from the 'Nobody can really be that stupid' department:

I rebooted our Email server last night at 5:00pm for some Windows updates, and it didn't quite manage to make it back completely online. So this morning it was a scramble to get it running again. Once I got it back, I go to look at my own Email to see what else is going on and I find an Email from one of our less adept users that had been sent at a little after 1:00am this morning.

I'm don't have time to do screen shots and remove names etc.. So I'll just paste below the subject line from the Email.

"If you can see these emails, I cannot send myself or anyone else an email so I don't know where they are going?  I will call in the morning."

Yepper - She actually Emailed me, to report an Email outage - Wow!

...You just can't make shit like this up.

I can, SAMBA v1 has been disabled by default after Windows 10 updates.  Now I have to access my 4TB NAS, (no updates available), via FTP because re-enabling it didn't work on my computer.

You mean SMBv1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support? We've run into issues with that on a few network devices, but never had a problem with reenabling it on Win10. It is however in two pieces for Client and Server connections under Turn Windows Features On and Off.

IIRC a reboot is required.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: October 12, 2018, 08:00 AM »
Anybody else run into the after WU BSOD Stop Code: WDF Violation?

Apparently it's a - now known - issue with one of the drivers that come with the 10/18 cumulative update.

From command prompt rename [OS Drive Letter]:\Windows\System32\Drivers\HpqKbFiltr.sys to fix


Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:31 AM »
Congratulations man! I'm just a few years shy of 30 on mine, and its been well worth it … Hoping yours goes as well.

IIRC when you select console application project from the MSVS IDE it adds that switch automatically, so I shouldn't think it would be an issue. There's really not much point in dragging all the GUI stuff around if it's not needed.

Coding Snacks / Re: Custom WinPE build
« on: August 08, 2018, 06:54 AM »
Sounds like a job for Windows 10 IoT Edition, as it's already stripped down to run on minimal (pie class) hardware.

Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:28 PM »
So I'm at a client's office the other day, that has several large and friendly dogs. The dogs had already come by on several occasions for petting and attention - as they're prone to do - because this is one of my favorite clients so the dogs all know me.

But... There is always that one time...when you're doing that one thing...that makes for all sorts of the wrong king of interesting.

I'm trying to put a matte overlay on the currently high gloss screen of a laptop. I'm sitting in an office chair pushed back from the desk with the laptop in my lap (screen down), trying to get this #@!& overlay to lineup and lay straight … When the dog comes by for a visit... Nose first... Tung out... I just spent half an hour cleaning the screen on this a large tung print would be, bad...

I turn in the chair away from the dog trying to frantically wrestle with the film, and not drop the laptop … But that of course instantly turns into a game...according to the dog.

Now I'm spinning around in the chair, yelling No Tungs! No Tungs! with the dog in hot pursuit … while frantically wrestling with the film, and trying to not drop the laptop. This went on for some time, and I'm sure it made for a hell of a sight, but the security cameras did not have an angle on that office - So there is no YouTube of this little dance. But I did finally get the film down - Mid spin - in time to give the dog a pat on the head, and tell him he was a good boy for helping me take care of my cardio for the next freaking month.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:48 PM »
My key is from an MSDN subscription that has since lapsed, so I'm out of luck there.
Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1 x86 or x64, I have both..

Oh dear... I played with their updated instructions and they're still a bit off. Just typing TrustedInstaller doesn't find the account. Typing NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller does, but if you're on a domain you will need to switch the account search location to LM because the account does not exist at the (default) domain level.

*Shrug* ...Damn pesky details.

Living Room / Re: Beware of punycode phishing attempts
« on: June 21, 2018, 06:48 AM »
I don't have firefox installed, but I opened this page in Edge, navigated to it (fine), copied the text from this page, and pasted it into Chrome, and it was fine....

I just got what you meant.  You right-clicked on it, and it pasted wrong.  Is that right?  I was selecting and copying it, and it was right.

Correct, I'm using the context menu's copy link/copy shortcut options for the test, not the select and copy method.

Living Room / Re: Beware of punycode phishing attempts
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:49 AM »
Actually the point I was driving at is the Windows shell itself fell for the exploit when I put the link on the Windows Clipboard and pasted it into the FireFox address bar. FF never got a chance to pass/fail, it was just being used for an edit field.

Case in point, copy the link to the clipboard and paste it into Notepad … It comes off the clipboard as

Strange.  Mine worked - it just pasted the url direct.  Do you have something else in the background that might be the cause of it?

I'm not really a fan of addons, so there shouldn't be.

I tried it starting with this page loaded in different browsers:

IE got the link hover name correct and threw a Punny error on navigation to, but botched the paste (аррӏе.com)

FF got the link hover name wrong, navigated to "", but got the paste right (

Edge got hover link right, navigated to, but got paste wrong (аррӏе.com).

SlimJet got hover link wrong, navigated to "", and got paste wrong (аррӏе.com).

Living Room / Re: Beware of punycode phishing attempts
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:20 PM »
Actually the point I was driving at is the Windows shell itself fell for the exploit when I put the link on the Windows Clipboard and pasted it into the FireFox address bar. FF never got a chance to pass/fail, it was just being used for an edit field.

Case in point, copy the link to the clipboard and paste it into Notepad … It comes off the clipboard as

Living Room / Re: Beware of punycode phishing attempts
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:56 AM »
Interesting... IE caught it and through a warning when I clicked the link. But when I copied the link to paste it into FireFox it came off the Windows clipboard as

That can't be good..

Two things occur to me about this:
1. I'm totally with Shades on (personally) never using the troubleshooter.
2. Working in support...yes, most end users really do need to be told to (reboot...) do things that are that basic.

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