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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / 50% discount on XYplorer for 5 days on: September 18, 2014, 01:32:47 PM
10 Years Mouse Down Blow Up!

The famous feature has been invented already in v3.02.0035 (2000-02-21) but the trademark "Mouse Down Blow Up" now marks its 10th birthday.

Let's celebrate one of XYplorer's top features with a 5 days 50% discount! Discount ends Monday, 2014-09-22 23:59, UTC+1.

The discount applies to both the standard or the lifetime license.
2  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sublime Text Giveaway on: September 14, 2014, 07:06:20 PM
Interestingly, the Sublime Text forums are broken for a couple of days now. Intended?

This kind of thing seems to happen every now and again with the Sublime Text forum, but usually it's back in a day or so. The forum seems to be largely an afterthought for Jon (the ST dev). I get the feeling it's an annoyance that he only begrudgingly lets exist.

ST fans make it a useful forum in spite of that.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A warning to anybody who is looking to purchase a VPS. on: September 10, 2014, 10:58:33 AM
Low End Talk, their sister site, is a good place to do any research on a provider, eg. FortaTrust

And one thing that's clear from reading Low end Talk for a bit is that the low end VPS market is littered with sketchy vendors.  There are vendors who provide what they say they will; but there are a lot who don't, who are fly-by-nights, or are simply in over their heads.

Low end VPS is a real buyer beware situation.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A warning to anybody who is looking to purchase a VPS. on: September 10, 2014, 12:31:46 AM
All I can say is that I'm glad you didn't get stuck for 394.41 like poor Virgil.  Yikes!
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Markdown (and what do you do when a community outgrows your contribution) on: September 09, 2014, 04:55:21 PM
Onward!   Thmbsup
6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Markdown (and what do you do when a community outgrows your contribution) on: September 09, 2014, 01:01:11 PM
Did they try to take the name?

It would be similar to someone setting up a website very similar to DC and calling it "Super DonationCoder".  Whether or not that would be illegal, it wouldn't be right to do without Mouser's permission.  And even if Mouser took DC in a direction that many people didn't agree with, it wouldn't be right.
7  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Markdown (and what do you do when a community outgrows your contribution) on: September 09, 2014, 10:55:34 AM
Open sourcing something doesn't necessarily mean that the name of a project is up for grabs.

I think there's a good chance (based on my very limited knowledge of IP law), that Gruber has a legal right to "Markdown" as a trademark.  However, even if doesn't have a legal claim, he does still have a moral/ethical/community/goodwill/whatever claim to it, and it shouldn't be co-opted by someone else against his desire.

Now, any number of arguments can be made that's he's being unreasonable, stupid, passive-agressive or worse.  But that still doesn't mean you should be able to take the project name.

Also, I think there are reasonable arguments that can be made that Atwood acted improperly or worse.  Though I do think he's less intransigent (did I spell that word right? did I use that word right?).

I think the current state of things (using the CommonMark name) is a good enough situation, and as I stated before I think that over time, "CommonMark" will become the defacto standard over "Markdown".  Both in terms of the software implementation and in terms of the 'brand' this think becomes commonly known as (ie., people will actually say that an editor or whatever supports "CommonMark").  I think this will happen because CommonMark will be at least as good as Markdown (it's probably already there), and there will ultimately be less confusion about the various flavors.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Remarkable - a very simple previewing Markdown editor for Linux on: September 08, 2014, 02:30:34 PM
Wow - I had no idea.

I might look at that Sublime Text setup for Markdown - I like that it's cross platform.
 
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Remarkable - a very simple previewing Markdown editor for Linux on: September 08, 2014, 01:56:11 AM
Is it for Markdown, Standard Markdown, Github Flavoured Markdown, YankeesSuck, Dicknose Flavoured Markdown...?

Github Flavoured Markdown

I wish it supported Windows.
10  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Markdown (and what do you do when a community outgrows your contribution) on: September 05, 2014, 07:12:43 PM
The people who want to extend and standardize markdown seem to be bending over backwards to acknowledge and show respect for Gruber's contribution when they could have just as easily forked and been done with it. But they very much wanted to keep "markdown" in the name and involve Mr.Gruber in the process. However, for some reason, Mr. Gruber seems to be highly offended by their overtures.

Personally, I think it would have been nice for this standardization process to be allowed to use the name Markdown.

However, Markdown was created by Gruber and the Markdown project belongs to him. He therefore has the right to decide how the name for that project should be used.  I think this 'fork' should simply use a different name.  I have no doubt it will become successful (since it'll be used on StackExchange, Github, and Reddit).  And it appears that this is the tack that they've taken - the fork is now called CommonMark.

I actually think that in the long run, Gruber's Markdown will largely become a note in the history of CommonMark.  But that doesn't give them the right to the project name.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What age is too young for a mobile phone? on: September 03, 2014, 07:33:54 PM
At the risk of this degenerating to a basement thread, police, parents and/or cell phones were not involved in any way in escalating what happened at Sandy Hook: http://www.cnn.com/intera...2/us/sandy-hook-timeline/

Cripes - there are plenty of more common and more mundane situations that happen every day that a phone would make things easier for kids or parents.  For example, missing the bus or letting a parent know that you're going to stay after for some special project. 
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Game (& reviews) industry's silent scandal on: September 02, 2014, 02:13:43 PM
+1 for skwire.

And which definition for "silent" does this scandal fall under?  Even the tl;dr's need a tl;dr summary.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S. on: September 02, 2014, 12:38:40 PM
I'm not sure what's going on with the towers mentioned in the article, but a related concern that I've heard next to nothing about (and nothing at all as far as a security concern) are the network extender devices that are available, such as:

  - http://www.verizonwireles...ent/network_extender.html

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What is the Verizon Wireless Network Extender?

The Network Extender enhances indoor calling and 3G data coverage to provide better service for your Verizon Wireless mobile device. It’s an extension of our network placed directly in your house or small business office. The Network Extender is compatible with all Verizon Wireless devices and works like a miniature tower. It plugs into your existing high-speed Internet connection to communicate with the Verizon Wireless network, which makes it easy to install.

These things are essentially small network towers with limited range and capacity that plug into an internet connection.  The intended use is for when you have poor cell coverage at your home, you can get one of these things and your cell phone will see it as  a tower and the cell communication will be routed over your internet connection.  As far as your cell phone is concerned, it's just another tower that it's connecting to.

So say a black hat gets one of these - now they can see all traffic between the extender unit and the internet.  Presumably that traffic is encrypted (though I haven't seen anything from the vendors that explicitly say that), but how often have we seen such embedded encryption be done in a way that can be cracked?

Also, since the unit is relatively cheap (a couple hundred dollars?), an enthusiast is very likely to be interested in tearing one down - who knows how easy or difficult it might be for them to tap into something that leaks information before it's routed to the internet?

Anyway, some food for thought.  I don't think you need access to an actual cell tower to have some (or even a lot) of the capability that the article hints at.

Actually, after a quick search, here's a white paper that seems to describe just this sort of attack:

  - https://media.blackhat.co...ico_Mobile_Attacks-wp.pdf
 
14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AdGuard: the better Ad Muncher? on: September 01, 2014, 02:19:38 PM
On one hand it is annoying that AM does not filter https, on the other hand from what I understand, AdGuard does it by installing its own certificate and doing a man in the middle on all your https connections, and I don't know how I feel about that.

I believe that's the only way to do it via a proxy.  The only other option would be to do it inside the browser.

Either way you're giving the ad removal software the ability to deal with data that is ostensibly private, so you have to give that software some measure of trust if you want it to remove ads from HTTPS connections.  I'm not sure sure which method might make things more vulnerable to other malicious software that might want to exploit the ad removal software's position of trust. 

My gut feeling is that it's the proxy with the MITM certificate, but that's just a feeling.

Does anyone know if AdGuard allows you to disable this behavior of proxying HTTPS traffic?  I'm currently using Ad Muncher and I don't have any complaints about HTTPS connections having too many ads.  However, I think I'm seeing the writing on the wall for AM, so I figure that I'll be moving to something else at some point and I'd rather that my HTTPS traffic just be left alone since I'm not seeing a problem with it.
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: September 01, 2014, 03:43:08 AM
Many applications will show you the full path of an opened file with the "File/Properties" menu or similar.  In Word 2010 I get the full path under File/Info.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 29, 2014, 02:38:40 AM
Condolences - sorry for your loss.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mystery of Death Valley's Sliding Rocks Solved on: August 28, 2014, 05:46:00 PM
I agree with 40hz (sorry for what's probably the most boring post on DC).
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 24, 2014, 05:21:17 PM
Anyone ever done a polar bear swim?

I did it many many years ago in Vancouver BC.  No Charities were involved, only liquor stores.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: August 18, 2014, 12:52:16 PM
A Cthulhu Ouija Board! Ftaghn! Ia!

Neat!

I'm not generally a superstitious type, but I think I'd be afraid to actually play with the thing.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mitro: FOSS alternative to LastPass on: August 12, 2014, 03:01:09 PM
Link to the github repo: https://github.com/mitro-co/mitro
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" raises awareness, shames patent trolls on: August 10, 2014, 04:31:42 PM
Somehow, something that wasn’t patentable became patentable just by saying “do it with a computer."

Just got back from filing my patent on Internet porn. Tomorrow I start looking for an island country to purchase.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 09, 2014, 11:19:59 PM
Getting a real shaving kit is an idea I've been toying with, though my facial hair is so sparse as to be just a level or two above peach fuzz.

As far as extending the life of your blades: when I was a kid you could get a small pyramid that you'd put your razor blades inside in order to keep them sharp through 'pyramid power'.  I imagine that Gillette did something to suppress that technology.  I think you should test it out.

Also, your post reminded me of this SNL parody from the very first show, back in 1975 (starring current US Senator Al Franken as "the Caveman"):

     http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75atriple.phtml
23  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.
24  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).
25  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.
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