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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 04, 2015, 04:41:36 PM
I've always been a Day One (or before) adopter of Microsoft OSes and historically speaking, their RTM releases are rock solid out of the box.


Perhaps the difference on Vista is due to the fact I bought HP "Media Center" towers.  The HD was totally hogged by Windows Media Player running mobsync.exe to test if every file in the system was a media file.  Also if you installed from retail media I am sure you were better off than buying a machine preloaded.  Between Norton AV and mobsync trying to take over the machine it was totally useless out of the box.  Later I got another tower running Vista x64 SP1 and it was fine.

Just for grins I compared the state of the system services of the SP1 machine to the system without a service pack after I was done tweaking.  All the settings were exactly the same except 2.  They fixed the usability quotiont quite a bit with the SP.

Could ProcessTamer have worked there?
Then you can have some cpu cycles left to fix it with?
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 04, 2015, 04:40:30 PM
WHAT!!! Bubble Wrap without Bubbles?!? Travesty! Heresy! Sacrilege - Burn the Witch!!! ... Society is doomed!

They're using the letter i in front.

Maybe they're just trolling to be bought out by Apple as iPhone packaging!

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any ideas for an entry-level "how to use a mouse" tutorial? on: July 04, 2015, 04:38:52 PM

This is really low-tek, but what if you start her off with just a simple graphics program where she can move the mouse around and draw lines and stuff?

That's half of what the mouse is, you move the "thingie" and the "screen other thingie" moves around.

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Software with this feature on: July 03, 2015, 09:03:26 PM

Oh, good catch about corrupted data Iain, and I see now the themes. So checksum is fine I suppose.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: reverse smilie (: on: July 03, 2015, 07:37:05 PM
And I'm finding a lot of web sites & apps that automatically transform the colon + right parenthesis into a yellow emoticon, which don't know what to do with (: and leave it in its original form, which is kind of cool (to me).

Heh I also purposely add a space which also stays put, so I can toggle if I wanna go all-yellow or not.

( :

The reverse Birdy is harder to type than the original one I invented you can do with a slide of a finger.

Reverse
<:}

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 03, 2015, 03:01:21 PM
I think it's kinda worse than that, and there could be real crocodiles in the water here!
tellme

Something like how MS does have bad habits of over-selling the marketing to generate current sales they issue "place-holder editions" of their OS, and then much later fix it up "for real". I remember vaguely how there were complicated reasons all the updates didn't line up in Win 8 and Win 8.1

This has slight tones of "get people talking about ANYTHING other than Windows 8!! Even if it's not ready!!"

Now that some of our decades-old safety habits are getting yanked away from us, I'm dreading this becomes another of MS's "haha, we didn't mean it anyway, our *real* OS is Windows ClearSky." (Because we're getting into Lucy-Charlie Brown territory, what do we think of a company that is scared to call something Windows 9?!)
PlaysForSure and Zune, I'm looking at you!


7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 03, 2015, 02:51:49 PM

This is more important of a discovery/result than you might think. It's a huge new step in "artificial intelligence" because unlike the typical need in early-generation scientific studies to keep muddying factors out of study parameters, there's nothing stopping a mix of iterative machine-learn/hand-code/machine-learn/hand-code.

You can build an "AI" out of modules. You might catch it twice-per-module-shift but then you would with real people too. Then once it knows "what it is talking about", that local expertise module comes into use.

And the "meaning of life" module is important because that's one of the famous categories in "Loebner 1.0" style contests to bust up the machine. But if it can almost sound like a burnt out college student, then when the questioner gets bored of his/her/(its?) "little joke", the convo goes back to the "meaty topic" and the comp just keeps right on going shifting modules again.

To me this is one of the raw fundamental fears we expressed in early scifi about machines/robots, because you just keep loading these convo engines aka "brains" at high speed en masse, and suddenly humans feel threatened because it takes us exhaustively long to gain our own experience and the comp just gets pushed a new module in minutes.

Notice how anti-AI folks keep using versions of "No True Scotsman" to hold back recognition that AI is coming. Once you have a comp mind engine that can do seventy things moderately well, what is left for a person of personhood?

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Software with this feature on: July 03, 2015, 02:39:26 PM

I'm wondering why file size matters, because wouldn't the date be off by even a few seconds if it's two different copies of a file? Even in a high speed automated "log.txt" or something updated and then aggressively backed up, do any of the options above change context if it doesn't need to know the file size (or maybe checksum, because for ex someone opens a text file and then say MS Word adds a line break it's now different.)

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 02:20:58 PM
Leader of Free World Weighs in on This Whole 'Peas in Guac' Debate
(Obama)

But still, it's actually kinda brilliant, jokes about dirty politics aside, we always wanted our leaders to be more accessible, and twitter is so fast. So Prez can maybe get a little stress relief.
(Simulation)

3:30 PM Tell Iran to stop yelling at Kuwait
3:57 PM Post funny comment on Twitter (after being vetted by Legal and SecSvc)
4:00 PM Discuss Economic report from Fed Reserve

smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 03, 2015, 02:13:28 PM
Something's bothering me, if they're only a month away, I'd hope it was rock solid! But it all still sounds like there are fundamental basic bugs going on!

Ps I wish Mark Russinovich was still on our side! He'd have a few useful things to say! But he's squirreled away into Microsoft now! : (
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 03, 2015, 02:03:13 PM
I wonder if some people will have to threaten to sue Microsoft to keep the Win 10 virus out of their computer or whether it won't take no for an answer. Did Microsoft really learn their lesson with Windows 8? If it is going to be free for a year, does that mean they expect it to be buggy for that long?

Well, I take exception to using the word "virus" even in sarcasm, because viruses don't normally run your whole computer with real software!

I'd settle for any of the other slants of MS just being slimy and so on. I really don't like their hubris of "haha, we'll wreck the comps of the piddly little home consumers (eew), make them do implicit forced bug testing for free, and 30,000 BSOD's and lost data later, oh look, it's nice and safe for our Valued Business Customers!"

Angry
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 03, 2015, 01:54:45 PM

From "what is the point" department!
(Blah blah I know, cost savings, but still ! )

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: July 02, 2015, 07:54:57 PM
Relevant to this topic (trust me on this)

A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving Skills

http://nyti.ms/1JzqUrx

Yes.
tongue
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 02, 2015, 07:04:15 PM

Really, they have no fun anymore over there.
They couldn't name it "Gollum's Ring"?
 tongue
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: July 02, 2015, 07:03:20 PM

 I'm no programmer but just adding a noisy voice for voting the project cool!
 Thmbsup
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: IE says FARR "Signature invalid" [?] on: July 01, 2015, 08:13:54 AM
That's infuriating.
The file is fine, the digital signature is fine, it's just internet explorer being stupid (probably what it's unhappy about is the use of sha1 in the digital signing key, which is being gradually phased out by browsers; they are supposed to report something like "the signature is valid but should be updated soon").
Just choose to keep the file when IE asks you, or use a different browser.

Hopefully they will fix this, until then just ignore it.
In the future I will have to experiment with changing the digital signature algorithm to see if there is something that can be fixed to appease the monsters.

(Blending two threads)

"Well hello there Mr. Mouser. Nice FARR you got there. It would be a shame if we pushed an unstoppable update to Windows 10 Consumer track that breaks the signature recognition in our Edge Browser! Wouldn't you like to buy a nice Microsoft certification for it?"

Angry
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: July 01, 2015, 08:07:52 AM
I've got 3 Win 10 VMs here at the office. One I'd left running and it had it (10158) ready to go yesterday morning. I just fired up one of the others, hit check for updates, and it came up with another newer build (10159) yesterday.

Maybe your check fell in between the build updates that were oddly (emergency?) close together?

Odd version number too?

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Alienforce on: June 29, 2015, 07:26:52 AM

Watch Microsoft decide to invent Bing://
 cheesy
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 28, 2015, 08:47:47 PM
Is anyone else terrified of that update process!?

We went from Win 7 "the new XP", to Win 8 "rumor has it decent engine under the UI mess", to ... Updates of Borg!
(And it took us twelve years on Slashdot to get rid of the Borg Icon from Microsoft stories! (facepalm)  )

Given how exacting we are about precision (sorta!) in modern Windows admin roles (for consumers too aka Win Update), who decided on this scary mess?!

Now I DEFINITELY don't want to upgrade right pronto in the early days, this just screams of hubris waiting for a figurative piledriver of MS's rep into the pavement and then some hasty backtracking when they break the comp of someone with a lawyer behind them!

The "you have no recourse on the update and it's different from what we did for decades" feels like it steps into Fitness for Purpose territory.

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 08:00:36 PM
That too is something like what I was pondering Iain. Elsewhere it was a good point that AV programs are supposed to catch certain things, but your theme is an example of that "backchannel backup" because the malware shouldn't know to look for that file and fool the report etc.

As regards to "encrypting is a valid process", what if you took a whitelisted approach? Variations on things like "the only valid files able to be worked with right now are in this X folder, and are copies. No change of any kind is allowed to any other document files".

Then you summarize the contents of all other documents in a second folder, so then the comp can just do something like a 5 step check ultra fast all the time, maybe once a second? The second (literally!) it finds problems, then it goes into lockdown mode.

Comments?

Silly coda:
Other than "corp programs have to be boring, programmers can't have fun anymore", there's no reason you can't just invent a whole new kind of document file! bit-merge it onto the back of a picture of Baby Cody riding in Mouser's car and call it a BCC file!
 Cool
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 02:45:22 PM
With regard to the last comments: what you ask is just what any antivirus should do...

So maybe I walked into that one! But in a bit of odd logic, since this thing happens and the AV's aren't working, I was wondering if a low level script could help, unless the malware hijacks the file creation registry first or something?

In some ways I'm thinking of things like a Rootkit Revealer upside down, where that takes some kind of raw dump of whatever bypassing normal Windows thingies, (which is how rootkits get to hide), and hopefully it would notice a malware performing similar nasty tricks when the script checks in and goes "hey! user! you were fine an hour ago! What did you do?"

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 01:51:27 PM

Are there any fast global checks? Like are the ransomed files renamed to some bizarre file extension, or just ".zip" (that happens not to be unzippable)? So then you could put a list of all sane file extensions somewhere, and then some kind of deep background process that says "hey, if you find yourself creating anything evil, stop all activity and holler"?

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 12:53:37 PM
I wonder if there's a really simple way to save all your files in an unusual fashion that the computer can read quite easily normally, but then the malware virus can't find them properly and tanks.
Cryptoware cannot encrypt everything since that would simply disable the victim's computer. Instead, it targets specific file types that are associated with documents, media and other data.

All the cryptoware I am aware of uses file extensions to determine the files it will encrypt, which means there is in fact a simple way to protect most data:

Use 7-Zip, RAR, or some such program to create an encrypted archive of the files you want to protect, then change the extension to something not likely to be targeted.   Cryptoware will not target .exe or .dll files since that might disable the system, but something like .cryptic is likely to be just as good.  The archive should be in some format like rar or 7z that provides good security and is less likely than zip to be identifiable by a header scan, if the bad guys get a little more ambitious about identifying data.

This is close to what I was after, as a part.

To me an interesting next step is a plugin for something (if not Word, what about LibreOffice or something?) that just chains the compression utility into the native "save" command of the software, so maybe with a few more seconds, your document is always saved and loaded from compressed form?

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Comodo IceDragon on: June 27, 2015, 12:46:26 PM
Sorry, this one is very brief!

It looks like a fairly generic copy of Firefox with some more secure DNS servers and stuff.

Anyone want to flesh this one out?

It's a Comodo edition - it still has a New Tab Speed Dial thing (where does it go?) - so does anything still report stuff back to Mozilla? Anyone's thoughts on IceDragon vs PaleMoon?

I'm too tired to do much more on this!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Alienforce on: June 27, 2015, 10:23:50 AM
"Well, it's 2015. Someone else has to be grumpy at Mozilla and doing something..."

So, each of the Big Name browsers creates its own little "Metaverse", where it becomes Big Name vs Variants. This thread is about Firefox-y things.

Sorry for the slightly odd structural layout of the post, there's just so much to cover!

This one I'll concentrate on first is the more mysterious of the two:

Alienforce

Name and theme points!
Thmbsup

Basic links:
I found it written up here:
http://www.ilovefreesoftw...rce-free-web-browser.html

Good news(?) - it came from a Sourceforge link:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/alienforce/
(Dice meddling aside!)

First up, before we can really have fun with the cool theming, is it's sporting all kinds of strange tricks/features/(traps?) that are beyond me to really unravel!

When I start to search (in its version of the Awesomebar?), a screen flashes "powered by Yahoo Search" ... ?!
[attachimg=#]

Then I think the first time I searched, it sent me to Google, because a popup-y thing in the corner showed up "do you want to sign into your account?" that led to this Google page (looks like the standard Google signup page, here offered more as bread-crumbing, see below for the twisty-maze-ness!)
https://myaccount.google...._campaign=Privacy_Checkup

But then future searches (performed at this stage with some kind of auto-complete I haven't looked how to turn off), lead to something called FVDSearch by Surf Canyon, such as this result for the browser itself
http://search.surfcanyon....e%20Browser&p=fvdffsb

EDIT: Okay, if you are really fast and type and hit enter, it goes to google. It grabs whatever else you're part way typing into Surf Canyon! Okay, so that's annoying! But it's all part of that speed dial thing. Once you make that go away, it SEEMS to revert to regular Firefox-y-something. I'll never know if it's doing back end tracking or something.

I was nervous about Surf Canyon; the Wiki page looks suspicious and people on the Wiki Talk Page for it agree, but what was even fishier is they apparently poisoned an About.com poll to make it the "search engine" to beat out Google.  Okay, make that a "To-Do list item" (as of this exact minute of the writeup! That's why it's a multi-layered evolving post!)

An early "New Tab speed dial" before you change it in settings.
[attachthumb=#]

An early SurfCanyon search result - a lot of ads early on.
[attachthumb=#]

Okay, so let's go look at a couple of add-ons.

First surprise is it comes with a (disabled!) copy of IDM CC Integration Download Manager integration module for Mozilla. I've never heard of that, but it's disabled, so I'll leave that alone for now.

First couple of unclear things:
- Something might be a bit odd with the add-on repository, because it pulled what looks like an older version of AdBlock Plus Signed compared to my (disabled) copy on Pale Moon. I had to fish for the setting and uncheck "allow non-intrusive ads".

- ViewMenu/Toolbar/Customize doesn't seem to behave the same, which is a clue to a big theory later!
------------------------------------------------------------------

FASCINATING THEORY:
(Not counting the Facebook homepage (which I closed, sorry!)), the other homepage (from Tools/Options) is one of those Speed Dial things. So especially with SurfCanyon wandering around, it's not a privacy oriented browser. (Okay, now I got the chrome local url in this post, let's go unhook a few things.)

But look at the URL of that speed dial!
chrome://speeddial/content/alienforce_speed_dial.html

What kind of local protocol is chrome://  
!?

Could this thing really be the elusive chrome back end with a Firefox front end (and it's one of the classic ones, with a dark theme, not the Aurora/whatever new ones), and taking (most of?) the Firefox set of add-ons!?
-------------------------------------------------
Downsides:
However, it looks like it hasn't been updated since 2012, and though I tried to switch the user agent, but that made things worse! Websites must have, in light of misc security incidents, put other detection code in besides just user strings. And whatever it all is, it breaks a lot of sites!
Sad

So, maybe all my work can save someone else the trouble!

Still, I'd luv if someone actively managed a Chrome-engine / FF FrontEnd combo! Did they at least do that?

Next up is Comodo IceDragon.
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