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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 31, 2014, 03:42:52 PM

without answers  (see attachment in previous post)well, you're supposed to login (which I wouldnt do anyway, not being registered) but the login link doesnt work here anyway  (see attachment in previous post)

Doesn't work for me either...but I'll go with 12 on the first one.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 31, 2014, 07:33:01 AM
TINMAN!!! Holy Shit - Glad to see you back man!! cheesy
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Trick-or-treat caramel onions on: October 31, 2014, 06:47:10 AM
I think I want to try one of those. What type of onion do they use? tongue

They look like white.  tongue  Devious, demented, harmless idea.

With any luck they're Vidalia
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 04:51:24 PM
I still think the old fashioned mechanical SD-10 air raid sirens that went off at noon every Saturday post WWII till about 1980 were the most reliable.

We were less than a mile - as the crow flies - from the tower ... Man talk about a shit your pants level attention getter! Thmbsup I can still hear that damn thing now.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 11:50:42 AM
You can't have an EMS on something like the Internet as the Internet doesn't guarantee transmission.

Radio waves are more reliable. Blah. Stuff like that.

How would radio waves inform anyone if they are staring at a computer screen or cell phone?

The internet is already clogged with useless crap... why not a little more?

I can see it now.. Alert!  This is not a test!  This is not a drill!  Emergency information vital to your survival is available now.  But first please update to the most recent version of your browser.  smiley

Somebody's on a roll. smiley


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6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let's have some weekend Science and Tech! (A bit of a roundup!) on: October 27, 2014, 03:41:50 PM
While this may sound gimmicky, removing windows has the added benefit of weight reduction and would also simplify plane construction. It would also allow greater flexibility when designing the interior of the plane.
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Read more at http://www.iflscience.com...views#k77557fLHpV346hZ.99

What? The windows on planes I've been on feel like some kind of plastic. How is replacing a bunch of windows with a couple huge displays and the wiring needed for them going to decrease weight?

Windows, window frames, and bracing for the hole where the window goes would all be removed. Then the screen material (which would also be plastic) would replace the currently used interior walls...so yeah, I can see it dropping a bit.
7  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: This is an old one so the solution is probably here somewhere on: October 27, 2014, 03:35:39 PM
If they ever do let you upgrade that server, Server 2012 has a built-in deduplication feature that produced very promising results (like a 60% size reduction) in the tests I ran.

This approach can be helpful when dealing with users that chronically like to squirrel away common files to their own little stash ... And then freak out when is can't be found. Otherwise 6 months after you spend all that time cleaning up their mess they'll just recreate it and run you out of space again.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 01:35:47 PM
ABS attempts to stop a skid -- sometimes, in some conditions, releasing & reapplying the brakes *may* help, by essentially giving the tires a 2nd, 3rd etc. chance to grab.

...Unless the "skid" (acceleration or deceleration) has gone past 45 degrees to the direction of travel...then you're stuck riding-it-out to avoid high-siding.


Skids can be intentional, sometimes directed, sometimes controlled, and skids to some extend can often be countered. Control is not always completely lost, though it requires the driver not panic, & it obviously helps of they've prepared themselves beforehand, e.g. by practicing to know their vehicle's characteristics & limits.

+1 - While I've never really grocked drifting (e.g. how much is too much/I'm getting old), I am notorious for flat-tracking a full dressed Harley around corners. Practice, practice, know beats the hell out of guess, hope, and die any day of the week. cheesy
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 01:20:35 PM
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Florida law says that if you rear-end someone, then the accident is automatically your fault.

Ahh, but did you know FL traffic laws also favor direction, as in North or South? I got broadsided at a 4-way stop. Traditional common sense would say that they idiot who hit me was at fault, but in FL, Not So. That everyone was at a complete stop was never in dispute -- that I got there 1st was never in dispute. But because I was traveling East->West [as far as I can remember] the idiot who hit me had the right of way!

Hmmm... I'm not so sure about that bit. The only fine print in FL law about intersections is that if two people stop at the exact same time, the person on the right has the right of way.


I've never seen rubber brake lines.

There's always that last bit that goes from the axel to the chassis (rear) or the chassis to the wheel (front) where the suspension travel requires it to be flexible.  smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 11:33:42 AM
I like ^this guy! Thmbsup
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 25, 2014, 01:20:52 PM
While the below does assume the user has a bit of skill in these matters. It's a skill that everyone should strive to learn...because these days you really have to drive defensively on the information highway. I'm also really not a fan of flattening a machine every time the lights blink funny as it's far too easy to lose something that was recently created/acquired/signed up for especially if it happens to involve some sort of encryption key/certificate (mind you I deal mostly with business machines).

There is also the issue that burning or imaging a drive is a lot of I/O that can only serve to prematurely age the drive when all you really need to do was rewrite the boot sector to either make a rootkit visible, or prevent it from re-infecting a new install (I've seen that one happen a few times - it sucks).

Of course, my next question is, what's the best approach if you think you've already been infected

That is the key point. First thing you need to do is know if you've been infected...and with what. Because chances are when you do actually get that 'something be awry' funny feeling. It's generally because something odd just popped up on the screen...and at that point one of two scenarios will be true:
1. The bugg is taunting you with a cleverly cloaked may I please eat your computer prompt.
2. The game is already over...and you lost.

In the first case the resolution is a simple matter of saying no forcefully (e.g. TaskMan, right click, End Process Tree).

In the second case, you need to find out what the extent of the damage is without making it worse. So to avoid those fringe crossover cases, always take a screenshot of the offending message and jot down the filename of the process you have to kill to make it go away. Then from a known clean machine do a little quick research to see if it is a known bugg...or something completely new.

For the known bugs look at the type of software used for cleanup. If it first level Malware Bytes, Super AntiSpyware, etc. then you can use your preferred utility. If it is a advanced tool like ComboFix...then more care should be taken to see what is being fixed and how. Because many of these utilities - while effective - take the scorched earth approach, and can be as destructive as a registry cleaner if care isn't being taken to monitor what is being "cleaned".

So in a nut shell, the only procedure you use...is to never use a rigid procedure. Always know the enemy and react accordingly. Because if/when the hardware variety bugs become common in the wild it will quickly become crucial to know exactly what you're dealing with to have any chance of recovering. As there aren't any really user friendly methods available for wiping the other hardware components.


Like the USB controller chips that are in every USB device: This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”

Two separate Security Research groups have confirmed the viability of this attack. One of them released the source code for it during the last Black Hat conference to the public at large (it's available on GitHub). It's an equal opportunity infector that can bidirectionally hop from computer to any USB device (or device to computer) and is currently completely undetectable because - infecting the low level hardware controller chip - the OS never sees it.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 24, 2014, 10:25:43 PM
What I would do if hit with something like this, is;
-Shut down.
...

Fail ... That is what they want you to do.

I think if you take it in the context it was given, ie. prelude to wiping all HDDs from read-only media, then the methodology is fine.

I was speaking about rootkits in general as they need that first reboot to get under (or replace) the shell.


However, if you were to power on the system after the shutdown in the hopes that it would come up on the original OS OK ... then you may have a problem.

A big one yes. smiley I have saved machines from the above discussed malady...but it always depended on when the user thought to call for help.

As most frequently is the case, panicking = death.


@crabby3 - Chances are the Vcard was just a freak coincidence, but you're on the right track otherwise.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malware blocked at DC !?! on: October 24, 2014, 03:07:09 PM
'I'm not clear what you are saying...' you're not hosting if it's a photo or link here?

It's up to the individual user where items are hosted. The IPs from you screen shots are from Amsterdam...DC is hosted in (I believe) Seattle, WA.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 24, 2014, 11:50:33 AM
What I would do if hit with something like this, is;
-Shut down.
...

Fail ... That is what they want you to do. Any rootkit's ability to burrow in and completely take over a machine is contingent on panicking the user into performing that ever critical first reboot. After which, with system level permissions it can do massive damage to mapped drives.

Now disconnecting any external backup drives you have would be a good idea in the hopeful assumption that the attack focused first on drive C: ... But nothing is guaranteed with these people.


Interesting read.  Were you able to remove the malware?

They're 50+ miles away and closed for the weekend - staff is trying to contact the out-of-town brass for authorization ... Blah, Blah, Blah - The situation is dire..


Hyper vigilant?  Even i know to go to the programs site.

Good plan. He did. Avast AV's download page sent him to CNet.  wallbash


Fake download buttons are hard to judge.  Some are marked Ad... some are not.

Quite true (most are not), and also quite possibly the crux of the problem here. I maintain that lawyers and marketing people should be actively hunted for causing problems like this.


^ I hesitated before i clicked your link...  huh smiley Grin embarassed

Me too. Wink
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 24, 2014, 07:52:57 AM
Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware


One of the sites effected is apparently CNet, as one of our customers got nailed by this while trying to download the latest copy of Avast AV (which is hosted on CNet). The customer in question is a hyper vigilant old schooler who doesn't like, trust, or use the internet for anything unless absolutely necessary. So they most likely got burnt by the idiotic marketing practice of having multiple unidentified huge green download buttons that infest CNet.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 23, 2014, 08:54:23 AM
I insist it's useless and you know why? because if we want to monitor health of frail individuals, we should do it constantly, not only inside the car

There are all sorts of technologies in modern cars that are not needed...but there anyway. Like the ever detrimental entertainment systems that can only serve to distract the driver. e.g. any silly assed bit of kit that can help fill out a brochure can be offered as an upsell option. So the driver - or other occupants - don't need to be frail...they just need to be interested in that level/type of "protection".

Anyone over 35 is at risk of a heart attack...statistically. Wink
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 23, 2014, 07:01:52 AM
it doesnt really make much sense that you keep trying to convert those with the latter approach, to your enthusiastic approach.

Not to mention the futility of trying to innovate a dinosaur. Nobody is going to waste the time and effort to create a new and better payphone...because they are simply no longer needed. Gas stations are in an earlier yet much the same situation. There is no point in streamlining/improving a process that will start dying out in another 20 or so years.

I don't object to hybrids...I just find the toothless emasculated ones to be obnoxious. There are a few on the market that don't completely suck.

Hydrogen filling stations, yes.
Charging stations, yes.
Gasoline stations ... Let. It. Go. The risk/reward factor just ain't there.

look here what they develop, while we already have driveless technology
and it's not a small project, they want to make it detect even electrolytic imbalances!
they spend so many money and effort, while the future is clearly driveless!
Ford unveils a car seat which detects when a driver is having heart attack

You do realize that that assertion is rather obtusely predicated on the assumption that it is perfectly fine for any or all of the other occupants in the vehicle to drop dead...right?

Just because a vehicle is/was/would be driverless doesn't mean having it arrive at its destination with a corpse in it is to be considered a win.

That technology has potential, and a definite future in many applications - Kind of like Life Alert for your car.


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Ford unveils a car seat which detects when a driver is having heart attack

No High Tech needed there.  The guy just got a look at his monthly car payment.  smiley

I don't know if one can actually win a thread...but this is definitely a contender.. cheesy Thmbsup
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 04:58:02 PM
I'd just settle for an at-the-pump receipt now and then.

Heh.  We keep expecting exotic convenience through technology when in the US we can't even get them to put personal medical history on a Smart Card.  Just the fax mam.  Sad

I take it you haven't seen the nightmare that is the medical software backends trying to align themselves with the Meaningful Use (government) requirements that are positioned to become what you speak of. Duct tape and bailing wire doesn't even come close to describing how the stuff is being slapped together ... And security?!? OMFG The things I've seen done - at the direction of a support "tech" - would make anyone with an ounce of common sense terrified to be caught with one of those cards ... You'd be safer in the jungle with a Voodoo witch doctor.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 01:14:19 PM
it doesnt really make much sense that you keep trying to convert those with the latter approach, to your enthusiastic approach.

Not to mention the futility of trying to innovate a dinosaur. Nobody is going to waste the time and effort to create a new and better payphone...because they are simply no longer needed. Gas stations are in an earlier yet much the same situation. There is no point in streamlining/improving a process that will start dying out in another 20 or so years.

I don't object to hybrids...I just find the toothless emasculated ones to be obnoxious. There are a few on the market that don't completely suck.

Hydrogen filling stations, yes.
Charging stations, yes.
Gasoline stations ... Let. It. Go. The risk/reward factor just ain't there.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning SERVER 2008 R2 SYSTEM TO A BACKUP 2TB DRIVE-Which app is best? on: October 22, 2014, 12:35:07 PM
^Agreed.

As an alternative to imaging, have you tried using the built-in Windows backup software to do a complete system backup? I've had great luck with it doing restores/recoveries to both original and alternate hardware. Also as mentioned above it will allow you to do a test restore of a few files (like the really critical ones...) to alternate location to verify it's integrity.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 06:51:45 AM

Um... That article doesn't actually support your position, as it primarily confirms all of the issues/drawbacks mentioned earlier.


For electric cars they can just Tesla Zap you.  smiley

There may be a long wait to "fully charged" though.

Not really, Tesla came out with that video awhile back (posted on the board somewhere) where they can now change the entire battery pack in like 1.5 minutes at special service stations.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 21, 2014, 04:53:41 PM
Yes, but that sort of grounded practical information is to hard to sensationalize...which seemed to be a rather strong undertone in the article. IMO as an entry piece it did nothing for the sites credibility - Kinda gave it a two headed space baby feel.

I bet it appealed to some people. Do you think it's popular on Facebook or Reddit?

Undoubtedly ... Much for the same reason I never visit either one. smiley

There are lifestyle change downsides to owning any pet - which more people should properly consider - But that doesn't really warrant the article's cats are evil shock value tone. We've recently had a cat add itself to our (3 dog) household. It's a tricky mix...but I'm not about to turn the cat away. I'm also not going to do a piece about 101 fun things to do with cat shit...but that has nothing to do with the article.. Wink cheesy
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 03:10:16 PM
just a ring to the hole of the fuel slot would be suffice!

Explain that to the mother of the flaming baby.. Wink
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 03:09:25 PM
You could use a cell phone app that uses GPS to identify which gas station you were at, punch in the pump number, and then authorize the charges for either $x.xx in gas or a fill up. But that would still take more time than just swiping your card, punching in a 4 or 5 digit code and hitting enter ... Is fear of actual casual human interaction really that rampant these days?

Honestly I still prefer cash, if for no other reason than it always works...and it's fun to see the clerk (panic) try to remember how to make change (yes that's a joke for the over 40 crowd..).
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 02:58:57 PM
Robotic fueling arms probably won't become a thing unless auto manufacturers agree on a standard for the placement of the fuel neck on the vehicle. Right now they are far too varied, a system would have to optically scan the car, try to find and open the hatch, try to find and open the cap, try to insert the nozzle, and the whole time hope that it isn't punching a hole in the car's body or dispensing fuel onto the ground because it missed the opening.



Exactly...  Thmbsup As there is a decidedly finite number of times you can accidently punch a hole in a car window and fuel up the baby before it becomes a rather sticky legal issue. cheesy
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