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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft open-sources the .NET compiler on: April 15, 2014, 05:56:35 PM
Beware of geeks bearing gifts.

Ha ha ha  Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: April 14, 2014, 06:07:17 AM
Late to the party, but I got OpenWRT running on a TL-WR940N (V2.1) today.



I got reminded that the model number alone can be insufficient in making a good purchasing decision.  It turns out that if I'd gotten a V1.x device, installation would have been a lot easier -- V2.x turns out to not work with V1.x firmware (though there was some reworked version in the forums that ended up working luckily -- though unfortunately the official docs don't mention it).

Better to be able to verify such details before purchase it seems!
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: About the Python 2 to 3 Transition... on: April 13, 2014, 07:17:15 PM
Thanks for that link.

One of the comments seems to clarify (slightly edited to cope with the forum formatting):

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The core developers are not required to maintain 2.7 post-2015, and most of them won't be involved in it. That part hasn't changed.

What is happening is that Red Hat is preparing to cut a RHEL 7 release, which AFAIK depending on how much you pay them they support for 13 years. So they will need to figure out how to support 2.7 themselves at least through 2027.

Here is where I am reading between the lines. RH are well within their right to fork Python and keep their maintenance patches to themselves and their customers (Python's not copyleft). But, they are nice guys and so maybe they are willing to upstream their changes at least for awhile if there is still a Python project willing to accept them. Again, this is my speculation based on the ML discussion, not what RH has actually said they will do.

An analogy can be made to Rails LTS, a commercial fork of Rails 2.x that patio11 was involved in. Inevitably somebody is going to step in to support 2.7, and so let's see what we can do to avoid a situation where the only way to keep running 2.7 is to subscribe to RHEL.

Meanwhile, there are some large companies that use 2.7 extensively on Windows (e.g. Enthought, Anaconda) and the thinking goes that somebody can probably be found to produce a Windows installer once in awhile, assuming that Python.org will still host a download.

So really what is happening here is not very exciting. The core committers aren't doing anything different than leaving the project as originally planned. What is happening is that they will leave the lights on in the source control repository and on the FTP server, so as to capture the free labor from people at large companies who have an interest in continuing to support 2.7.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: April 12, 2014, 09:32:14 PM
Sunflower is surviving here smiley

Some nice points:
  • Handy to use the "Command entry" field to start an HTTP daemon (e.g. mongoose) for quickly making some files available.
  • Somehow the candidates that come up for "Open with" are more to my liking than with the analogous in SpaceFM.
  • Breadcrumb navigation is unobtrusive - works by clicking on an appropriate portion of a displayed path.

Some puzzlement:
  • Failed to locate a way to change the currently showing directory via editing a text field representing a path. - Clicking on the folder icon next to the path seems to help smiley
  • Control-selecting something after some row is already highlighted doesn't appear to include the already-highlighted row in the ultimate selection.

Appear to be using 0.1a (58), FWIW.
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / About the Python 2 to 3 Transition... on: April 12, 2014, 09:43:52 AM
Curious as to the current state, went looking and came across:

http://blog.startifact.co...x-gaynor-on-python-3.html
http://alexgaynor.net/2013/dec/30/about-python-3/
https://plus.google.com/+...Bicking/posts/iEVXdcfXkz7

Any one seen more recent things?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 09, 2014, 08:52:22 PM
Here are some links describing some steps involved in recovery...looks like there could be a fair bit of work if they are correct:

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 09, 2014, 05:29:01 AM
Thanks lanux128.

The following is from the last link:

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What is leaked primary key material and how to recover?

These are the crown jewels, the encryption keys themselves. Leaked secret keys allows the attacker to decrypt any past and future traffic to the protected services and to impersonate the service at will. Any protection given by the encryption and the signatures in the X.509 certificates can be bypassed. Recovery from this leak requires patching the vulnerability, revocation of the compromised keys and reissuing and redistributing new keys. Even doing all this will still leave any traffic intercepted by the attacker in the past still vulnerable to decryption. All this has to be done by the owners of the services.

What is leaked secondary key material and how to recover?

These are for example the user credentials (user names and passwords) used in the vulnerable services. Recovery from this leaks requires owners of the service first to restore trust to the service according to steps described above. After this users can start changing their passwords and possible encryption keys according to the instructions from the owners of the services that have been compromised. All session keys and session cookies should be invalided and considered compromised.
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Very Cool A* (Astar) Project on: March 21, 2014, 08:31:08 AM
Yes indeed you did!

Perhaps the author of the code could use the search algorithm to enumerate all possible such names...I guess there are easier ways for that though smiley
9  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Very Cool A* (Astar) Project on: March 21, 2014, 06:21:28 AM
He he - though I like your candidate choices, they don't seem to share the nice property of the existing names, each of which can be reversed to get the other...
10  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Very Cool A* (Astar) Project on: March 21, 2014, 04:34:37 AM
Interesting tidbit at the bottom of the codeproject page:

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Passion for most programming languages and my kids Aidan&Nadia.

Nice names...
11  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Very Cool A* (Astar) Project on: March 21, 2014, 04:32:58 AM
Obligatory Wikipedia page for the A* search algorithm smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 21, 2014, 01:16:36 AM
I don't do Google+ either.

My sense is that the idea is likely to come up at some point if it hasn't already smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: March 20, 2014, 01:39:25 AM
A bit off-topic but anyway related with the change of user interface. I've bought an androd tablet 7'' in size recently,  the problem is that if you dont put it on a table you are limited to work with just your  thumbs besides the default keyboard is not qwerty with arrows. Id like  that you managed the virtual keyboard from behind being the rear part of the tablet tactile as well if you hold it with yor hands, this way all fingers would beavailable and a tablet could be far more comfortable  for gaming and working on train or when you sit on an armchair. id like also to have to tap as many times as possible to magnify anything, be it a button, link, input box..a magnified region should be brought up for anything.
Keyboard should  be semitransparent  whith a key magnified as soon as the user puts a finger over it. Wrapping huge text conveniently is very important to avoid having the user scroll too much, uff I find myself scrolling\enlarging all the time.  

Mmm, some nice ideas smiley  I hope some relevant folks incorporate some or all of these!
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sStockQuote on: March 19, 2014, 03:47:59 AM
Yes, that's a nice touch!
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 19, 2014, 01:51:13 AM
One dual-pane alternative for Gnome/Cinnamon/MATE users is sunflower-fm. I have it installed for those times when dual-pane is the best way to go.

Their project page mentions:

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Currently this project is still in its early alpha stage.

...but it at least looks pleasant smiley

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One thing really nice is that Sunflower has an embedded system terminal you can open in a tab within the file manager.

That does sound nice -- I wonder if at some point they'll go for displaying in the same tab as a file / directory listing with synchronizing the current directory.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 19, 2014, 01:47:48 AM
So far I have had to just grumpily sit down and use Thunar.

When I use XFCE, I go for Thunar too smiley  Lately I've been trying Fluxbox and Openbox though so XFCE has been..."resting".

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Xfe - Comes closest to being comparable to Xplorer², though still a little rough looking (uses the Fox Toolkit) and a lot of features up front that I never used, but it has what is most essential: a tree view and two file panes.  That rules plus one.  For some reason, the devs tacked on a bunch of desktop extras as if it was on it's way to being a new window manager.  Did not want.  Looks like they've scaled back recently, maybe I'll give it another shot.

Somehow never tried this one -- just installed it.  Thanks for mentioning it!

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Gentoo - Dual panes ru... SO MANY BUTTONS AT THE BOTTOM!

Ha ha ha -- so true!

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SpaceFm - Dual panes ru... sooo many panes... my God, it's full of tabs... o_O.  I know this one has been mentioned, but I gotta add my two cents and say the possibilities for 4 panes each with their own tree view is pretty darn impressive, but I got lost in it.  Maybe one day I'll take a deep breath and try again.  It's still installed, so that's saying something. 

IIRC, it doesn't start up with four panes showing smiley



Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 19, 2014, 01:35:42 AM
Interesting screencast on SpaceFM customization and features here:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOFC5YRIPMA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOFC5YRIPMA</a>

 Cool

Definitely things in there that I didn't know -- thanks!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 18, 2014, 08:39:43 AM
Thanks!
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 18, 2014, 12:55:06 AM
Mmm, a digression smiley

(VirtualBox 4.3.8 made portable)

I know of:

  http://www.vbox.me/
  http://www.linuxliveusb.com/en/other-versions

Do you know of another?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 17, 2014, 07:50:41 PM
I haven't used Krusader in a long time -- but the last time I had KDE installed, I remember being happy with it (especially the KIO slave functionality).



I'll give Rodent a try.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 17, 2014, 05:41:14 AM
Ah, the Wine route!  Thanks for the reminder smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 17, 2014, 03:28:43 AM
Any favorite GUI file managers?

Until a few days ago, was using PCManFM, but do to certain difficulties, went "shopping" and am now trying out SpaceFM (mentioned a bit back by Steven Avery).



There's a list of *nix-only ones at Wikipedia's Comparison of file managers page but I seem to have trouble linking to it directly smiley
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: On HTML... on: March 17, 2014, 01:37:48 AM
smiley

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In summary, Web browsers are like quantum physics: they offer probabilistic guarantees at best, and anyone who claims to fully understand them is a liar. At this stage in human development, there are big problems to solve: climate change, heart disease, the poor financial situation of Nigerian princes who want to contact you directly. With all of these problems un solved, Web browsing is a terrible way to spend our time; the last thing that we should do is run unstable hobbyist operating systems that download strange JavaScript files from people we don’t know. Instead, we should exchange information using fixed-length ASCII messages written in a statically verifiable subset of Latin, with images represented as mathematical combinati ons of line segments, arcs, and other timeless shapes described by dead philosophers who believed that minotaurs were real but incapable of escaping mazes. That is the kind of clear thinking that will help us defeat the space Egyptians that emerge from the StarGates. Or whatever.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 15, 2014, 10:04:28 PM
Wow!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 14, 2014, 03:57:59 AM
Would this count?



Hmm...off by a year or so? embarassed
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