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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 24, 2015, 09:18:37 AM

On a related note...

  http://thehackernews.com/...ndroid-factory-reset.html

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If you’re planning to sell your old Android smartphone then you need to think again because there is a weakness in the Android Factory Reset option that could be exploited to recover your login credentials, text messages, emails and pictures even if you have wiped its memory clean.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: May 22, 2015, 02:58:16 AM
Am finding the Force Media-Type extension (source code) to be handy for viewing text files in a browser window instead of having to save them first and view via other means.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 22, 2015, 01:58:23 AM
Indeed, looks like one of those.

Interesting that this is on MSN...
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tindie on: May 21, 2015, 08:08:00 PM
I wonder if they provide some way of gauging interest in potential projects...
5  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FreeFileSync - automated backup - Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 11:33:46 PM
Found this promising bit at:

  http://sourceforge.net/bl...the-month-freefilesync-2/

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SF: What is the next big thing for FreeFileSync?

Zenju: The most-requested feature currently is synchronization with smart phones. This is top priority and will be in one of the future versions of FreeFileSync. However. I can’t make any promises as to when it will be available.



Perhaps also of interest:

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SF: What is the software development philosophy for FreeFileSync?

Zenju: FreeFileSync takes a drastic approach concerning software development. If something is not right, be it software design or source code, it is fixed, no matter how small or insignificant the problem seems. This seems like a lot of work for tiny problems but it pays off significantly when applied consistently. The complete code base, not only of FreeFileSync but all of my software projects, always matches the current level of my expertise. When I learn something new, I apply and update everything. As my understanding of both technical and human interface problems deepens, the number of things to fix decreases over time and my time investment shrinks. Strategically, this is an advantage because working on the FreeFileSync code base is always fun without this historic baggage.

The advantages of constant code refactoring are well known. For example, the C++11 standard had a profound impact on the code base. As soon as the common set of feature supported by compilers on Windows, OS X, and Linux allowed it, I migrated the FreeFileSync code gradually to using the most recent and improved ways of programming. For me, software development is taken literally and whenever there is something that should be done differently, I believe is never too late to do it now.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Tindie on: May 19, 2015, 05:36:08 AM
While looking into how to get experience with JTAG using a Raspberry Pi, came across tindie:

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Tindie is the largest marketplace online for open hardware. Thousands of our inventions are open source. The schematics and source code are available for anyone to study, remix, or even clone.

via https://tindie.zendesk.co...ie-s-open-hardware-policy

Has any one picked up anything via tindie?



Found a "USB Lithium Ion coin cell battery charger LIR2032, CR2032 replacement":

  https://www.tindie.com/pr...r2032-cr2032-replacement/

(Though it may be that care and timing are needed to stop the charging appropriately.)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 17, 2015, 02:45:35 AM
I don't use Chrome, so I have no understanding of the "epcnnfbjfcgphgdmggkamkmgojdagdnn" part

AFAICT, that's pretty normal for items appearing in the Chrome Web Store:

  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/

Each of the app, extension, and theme links I examined had that kind of string at the end of its associated URL -- just figured it's for uniqueness sake, but have not verified.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 12, 2015, 05:11:32 PM
FWIW, the following somewhat non-technical aspect had me leaning the other way (i.e. not favoring ublock, but rather ublock origin):

  http://www.donationcoder....40622.msg379841#msg379841
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi short story about time travel on: May 11, 2015, 07:31:08 AM
May be not helpful, but FWIW:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/...me_travel_science_fiction
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: May 10, 2015, 08:53:29 AM
After divination of numbers...success!
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: May 10, 2015, 12:58:40 AM
Moons later...

Managed to establish a serial connection today -- without solder even smiley

Perhaps the next step is updating to something that will lead to a more successful boot.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 09, 2015, 02:00:21 AM
FWIW, I think there may be something relevant starting here:

  http://www.donationcoder....40622.msg379703#msg379703
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is releasing a cross-platform code editor on: April 29, 2015, 05:35:30 PM
Sorry double-post.

To make up for that...

Here's something from MS -- IIUC one of their research folks (Cynthia Dwork) is the creator(?) of Differential Privacy (mentioned in a RAPPOR paper FWIW):

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In 1977 Dalenius articulated a desideratum for statistical databases: nothing about an individual should be learnable from the database that cannot be learned without access to the database. We give a general impossibility result showing that a formalization of Dalenius’ goal along the lines of semantic security cannot be achieved. Contrary to intuition, a variant of the result threatens the privacy even of someone not in the database. This state of affairs suggests a new measure, differential privacy, which, intuitively, captures the increased risk to one’s privacy incurred by participating in a database. The techniques developed in a sequence of papers [8, 13, 3], culminating in those described in [12], can achieve any desired level of privacy under this measure. In many cases, extremely accurate information about the database can be provided while simultaneously ensuring very high levels of privacy.

via http://research.microsoft...ubs/default.aspx?id=64346
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is releasing a cross-platform code editor on: April 29, 2015, 05:35:02 PM
I think Atom does the same, but it's open source, so you can remove it in theory though most won't in practice.

I'm not sure that the first time the data is sent for Atom that you know that your MAC address is harvested or that you know soon enough to prevent it.  When I tried Atom, I did not feel good about this part.

On a more positive note, Chrome seems to use RAPPOR - a pretty interesting approach to collecting data.

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Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response, or RAPPOR, is a technology for crowdsourcing statistics from end-user client software, anonymously, with strong privacy guarantees. In short, RAPPORs allow the forest of client data to be studied, without permitting the possibility of looking at individual trees. By applying randomized response in a novel manner, RAPPOR provides the mechanisms for such collection as well as for efficient, high-utility analysis of the collected data. In particular, RAPPOR permits statistics to be collected on the population of client-side strings with strong privacy guarantees for each client, and without linkability of their reports.

via https://research.google.com/pubs/pub42852.html

Some folks at MS appear to be involved in research in this area, so may be they use something analogous in some of their products.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: April 27, 2015, 10:07:47 PM
Nice!  Thanks for the details and follow-up.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: April 27, 2015, 08:16:26 PM
The simple answer is that our brains lie to us.

I like to think that there's no ill-will involved here...but wait a minute tongue
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: April 27, 2015, 05:55:16 PM
FWIW, here's some of what Wikipedia currently has to say about Ahamkara:

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Ahaṃkāra (अहंकार) is a Sanskrit term that is related to the ego and egoism - that is, the identification or attachment of one's ego.

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Vedic philosophy teaches that when one's mind is in a state of ahamkara, one is in a state of subjective illusion, where the mind has bound the concept of one's self with an external thing. That thing can be a tangible, material object, or it can be a concept (such as the concept of the fight for peace). The ego is involved in constructing the illusion.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your Stuff Really Is Breaking Faster Than It Used To on: April 26, 2015, 12:46:32 AM
Noted the following via the ifixit link:

  http://www.eesc.europa.eu...l.en.press-releases.29603

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For the first time, an EU institution is looking into the positive aspects of a total ban on planned obsolescence: more jobs, better consumer protection and a boost to sustainable development. The EESC has today issued an opinion on product lifetimes and consumer information to combat the business strategy of obsolescence.

October 2013...
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: April 24, 2015, 09:02:35 AM
https://camo.githubuserco...d6963732f746167732e706e67
20  Other Software / Developer's Corner / "Think X" Book Series and the Textbook Manifesto on: April 24, 2015, 08:43:09 AM
Recently came across and have started reading "Think Stats: Probability and Statistics for Programmers" by Allen B. Downey.

There are some other "Think X" books that look interesting too, where X might be "Python", "Bayes", "Complexity" or something else.

Oh, and:

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...books are available under free license that allow readers to copy and distribute the text; they are also free to modify it, which allows them to adapt the book to different needs, and to help develop new material.

These books are available in a variety of electronic formats; some are also for sale in hard copy.



Found the Textbook Manifesto by the same author:

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Students should read and understand textbooks.

More details at: http://greenteapress.com/manifesto.html

Sounded pretty reasonable.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: April 19, 2015, 07:48:52 PM
From the way that they're marketing it, and the 'interview' process and the reasoning behind that, I don't know if it will get into the hands of someone that would do that.

Looking at:

  http://store.sony.com/dig...ler_SonyClickHere:DPStore

somehow I'm getting the feeling one can be obtained in a fairly straight-forward manner.  May be things have changed?  The price seems to have dropped a fair bit smiley



FWIW, I came across that link via:

  http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/...gitalpaper-reseller.shtml

where I saw the following:

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All Other Professions
Sony Direct-to-Customer Sales invites professionals and all interested parties to call our Concierge team to learn more about Digital Paper. Please call us at 877-723-7669, or click below to buy online.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 18, 2015, 08:43:20 AM
FWIW, I failed to find uBlock Origin via searching the chrome web store (though I read claims to the contrary in a few places) -- there was a link that worked mentioned in the following though:

  https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/issues/50
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: April 17, 2015, 07:19:46 PM
What does HDD stand for?

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 10, 2015, 04:02:35 AM
Doesn't sound like good news:

  https://www.venafi.com/as...Bleed-Research-Report.pdf
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: April 10, 2015, 03:59:40 AM
I don't think it has been mentioned here, but came across the following today regarding an extension called "Webpage Screenshot":

  https://www.scrapesentry....-google-chrome-extension/
  https://heimdalsecurity.c...ivate-data-million-users/

Not very nice...
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