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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anybody seriously think an e-book is still the better option most times? on: August 01, 2014, 09:10:28 PM
You mean like when a bank forecloses? Yeah, you don't actually own your home until you have finished paying the bank for it, plus interest. In essence, as long as you still have a mortgage, you are renting the house from the bank, who is the real owner.

Except one difference is that the bank can't just say, "we don't want to service this loan anymore so we're foreclosing".  You have to actually not pay them for some period of time before they can kick you out.

Of course, there's the government, who will be wanting you to pay property taxes in perpetuity... or else.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: July 30, 2014, 03:13:56 AM
Interested because I can't find one damn editor on Linux that will do what Notepad++ or TextPad will do.

I haven't used it, but someone I work with uses UltraEdit for Linux (UEx) and seems to like it.  My understanding is that now an UltraEdit license allows you to use it for Windows, Mac or Linux, so if you already have an UltraEdit license, you can use UEx (maybe after paying for an upgrade).
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: July 29, 2014, 12:15:54 PM
Well... I bought AdGuard for now. HTTPS support seems to be mandatory these days.

Let us know how you like it after you've had a bit of time with it. 

Ad Muncher is still working pretty well for me so far, but I'd like to stay informed on possible alternatives should things deteriorate.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 11:39:26 AM
Is he the same Brandon that was part of Lockergnome 7 or 8 years ago?

I don't think so - he doesn't mention it here: http://brandonlive.com/about/
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 02:57:34 AM
godmode demystified: http://brandonlive.com/20...4/the-so-called-god-mode/

Unfortunately, you're too late for the T-Shirt: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/o.../2014/03/25/10510594.aspx
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 15, 2014, 08:54:35 AM
It has a 'donate' button which will charge you $5 from Google Play - the "Offers in-app purchases" you see on the Play store page is probably due to that.

I don't recall running into any required in-app purchase situations.  However, there are several parts of the app I haven't used (ROM management, font installation, boot animation).

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Looking for true app data backup solution on: July 14, 2014, 11:24:22 PM
ROM Toolbox is a nice collection of what would otherwise be separate utility apps (many of which require the device to be rooted).  Some of the things I use it for:

  - SuperSU
  - busybox
  - root file explorer
  - sqlite3 database editor (comes up when you open a .db file in the explorer)
  - app manager (that lets you 'freeze' apps, so you can disable them without deleting them)

It also has a bunch of utilities to manage ROMs, but I haven't used them yet.  I think it was a very worthwhile purchase.

I did have a recent problem with the sqlite3 editing - it requires that the device have the 'sqlite3' command line program in the path.  Many devices have it because it's part of the Android AOSP build, but some manufacturers remove it because it's not necessary for the normal running of the device.  I used the "SQLite Installer for Root" app to install the utility, and the functionality worked in JRummy's explorer after that.

I submitted a couple bug reports about this problem via JRummy's website (one from when I had the problem and didn't know how to fix it, and another explaining the fix I found), but I never received any kind of reply.  I guess this is an indication that support might be an issue if you find yourself needing it.  We'll see if the next update to ROM Toolbox includes the sqlite3 utility or at least tells you that it's missing instead of giving you a useless error message if you have this problem.

8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: free galileo board from MS on: July 08, 2014, 08:50:15 AM
two lots of SFA in reply.

What's "SFA"?
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 06, 2014, 03:09:01 AM
I disagree that this would have a significant impact on the meaning of the document.  Either way, with or without the period after "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", it's clear that those rights are inherent, that the role of government is to secure those rights, and a government which does not do so is subject to replacement.

I don't read a different meaning with or without the period.  Maybe someone can better explain to me how removing the period would change the interpretation.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol has a new developer on: July 01, 2014, 04:37:22 PM
For most announcements of this sort, I'm skeptical of the future of the software franchise.  However, in this case I completely trust that BillP has handed off WinPatrol to someone who will carry it forward well. 

I'm just sorry about the reasons behind the transfer, and I wish Bill and his family well.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Steals 22 Domain Names from NoIP on: July 01, 2014, 12:30:56 PM
Here's Microsoft's take:

  - http://blogs.technet.com/...h-malware-disruption.aspx
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Security Notifications Ending? on: June 30, 2014, 12:23:07 AM
I'm a little surprised at the reaction to this - I would have guessed that DCer's would generally be in favor of tough anti-spam laws.
13  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Adventures of Shuggy - free Steam key on: June 26, 2014, 04:57:38 PM
Smudged Cat, the developer of "The Adventures of Shuggy" and other games is giving away free Steam keys to the game:


You just have to visit the page and you'll get a key code.  No need to give them an email address, a Facebook "like", a Tweet or anything else.

Not sure how long they'll be doing it...

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher Becomes a Free Software Program! on: June 26, 2014, 12:35:31 AM
Yeah - this is a strange announcement.  I hope it turns out OK; I rather like Ad Muncher.
15  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Magrunner FREE on GOG for 24 hours! (June 18, 2014) on: June 25, 2014, 09:39:02 AM
It seems like "flash sales" that last only a few hours are the new rage with game vendors - it's not just GOG.
16  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Alan Wake's American Nightmare FREE on GOG for a couple hours (25 June 2014) on: June 25, 2014, 02:48:31 AM
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is the fourth and final free 'flash' sale item today (note it won't become available until about a half hour from when I post this).

I'm not sure how long it'll last, but they've been going for 2 hours, so I expect the same for this.

17  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Still Life 2 FREE on GOG for 2 hours! (June 24, 2014) on: June 24, 2014, 12:13:16 PM
Still Life 2 is the next of today's freebies (that's two of four).

  - http://www.gog.com
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC ruling on ringtones is... shortsighted on: June 24, 2014, 10:13:00 AM
This sounds like a Vonage problem.
19  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Omerta - City of Gangsters: free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT) on: June 24, 2014, 09:56:29 AM
I see - I think I missed it because the title went back to being about Magrunner.
20  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Omerta - City of Gangsters: free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT) on: June 24, 2014, 09:47:16 AM
Omerta - City of Gangsters is free on GOG for the next hour (until 3:59pm GMT)

Go to their home page and scroll down until you see the flash sale notice for the game and click it.  You'll need to have an account with GOG, of course.

  - http://www.gog.com/

They have announced that there will be three other giveaways today, too.
21  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Need help with some string manip in C# on: June 21, 2014, 08:09:30 PM
I think the following algorithm will get you what you want (or close):

  - remove any characters that are not an alpha, a digit, or a decimal point
  - replace runs of alpha characters with a space

Now you have a space-delimited string of the numbers you're looking for.

Some things that might need work or modification:

  - if you want to allow negative numeric values, then you might need to handle the minus sign specially (you discarded it in my question's example, so I figure you're not interested in negative values)
  - if you want to allow a comma to be used as a decimal separator

But I think the basic idea gets you what you're looking for.
22  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Need help with some string manip in C# on: June 21, 2014, 06:45:52 PM
What constitutes an "an improperly formatted decimal number"?  Is it a decimal number that contains spaces (or whitespace characters)?

What would you want to be returned for the following:



    "abc6/. 7?8xta"
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 19, 2014, 12:48:38 PM
TrueCrypt, like many other public encryption applications, can be cracked with some effort and the right tools.

What kind of effort and tools is he talking about?

TrueCrypt 7.1a is no less secure today than it was before this whole debacle started.  I've heard nothing that indicates that there's a vulnerability. In fact, the audit that so far hasn't found any evidence of a backdoor is far more evidence of no backdoor than any of the other suggested alternatives have (which haven't been looked at by an independent party at all).

I suppose it's possible that all the speculation that TrueCrypt has been weakened by the NSA  - either by planting a backdoor or by having discovered a vulnerability that hasn't been disclosed - is true, but it's all speculation as far as I know.

I doubt that any of the alternatives suggested are any more secure than TrueCrypt 7.1a, and quite possibly less secure. For example, while I don't know if BitLocker has been backdoored by the NSA, I think that a backdoor in BitLocker is at least as likely as a backdoor in TrueCrypt - and probably more likely.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 12, 2014, 03:05:58 PM
I guess I take issue that the article portrays this as an 'open source' problem. It's not. The problem of determining whether or not you can trust the team behind a software project/product is largely independent of whether the software is open source or not.

I think that implying that this is a problem particular to open source software or even just that it's more of a problem for open source software is wrong.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 12, 2014, 01:58:35 PM
I still don't think that purchasing software or having software provided by a well-known entity provides any better trustworthiness.

While not a paid product, Google Reader was offered by a well-known entity.  I know that many people were upset by it being shutdown.

A much smaller, but personal, example: I used to use some software called SafeWallet by SBSH, and I had paid the couple dollars for it. The vendor was as well known or well established as many software vendors I've purchased from. Which is to say, I didn't know much of anything about them. They had a website, they offered software for purchase, and they accepted credit cards for payment.  Other than the huge software vendors like MS, Google, Adobe, Symantec, I think this is a similar level of knowledge that most people have about their software vendors.  The SafeWallet software is no longer supported, and the servers used to sync the data across devices stopped working.  Fortunately, I was able to move on by exporting my local data and getting it read into another password wallet program without too much trouble.

I think that Microsoft actually comes out looking pretty good in this area. While they do abandon software, it seems that generally they give a fair bit of notice. However, even if given a lot of notice many people can still be unhappy. Note that I still read about complaints regarding XP being unsupported.  There's even the occasional complaint I come across about VB6.

Again, I don't think open source vs. closed source plays into this very much, except that with open source you at least have the possibility of self-supporting (even if it would be a lot of effort) if the vendor goes away. With closed source, you don't even get the option.
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