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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Program Proposal: "File Master" Cataloging Software on: July 30, 2015, 04:15:34 AM
Also, the developer is arrogant, banning hard-working contributors from his board because their political beliefs are incompatible with his ones.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Security: Stagefright Vulnerability (Android) on: July 30, 2015, 04:13:54 AM
People still use MMS?
Why?
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: July 30, 2015, 03:11:06 AM
According to Information Week, the end of 2015 will see SSDs with greater capacity than any hard disks currently available and SSDs are expected to be cost competitive with hard disks by the end of 2016.

Sure. Also, no one will use a device with a real keyboard anymore, yadda yadda.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 27, 2015, 02:34:54 PM
I'm open for suggestions. In general, it's not too wrong.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 27, 2015, 02:23:37 PM
[copy or print]
           +------------------------------------+
           | Which Operating System do you use? |
           +------------------------------------+
            /         |             |          \
           /          |             |           \
        Mac OS      Linux         Windows      another
         /            |             |             \
        /             |             |             |
       / +-----------------------------------------+
      /  | Do you use any security software to     |
     /   | protect you from malware?               |
    /    +-----------------------------------------+
   /     |                   |                     |
  /      |                   |                     |
 /  yes, exclusively   yes, in combination         no
 |       |             with careful usage of       |
 |       |             any internet service I      |
 |       |             use   |                     |
 |       |                   |            +-----------------------------+
 |      / \                  |            | Did you disable JavaScript  |
 |     /   \                 |            | in your browsers & mail     |
 |    /     \                |            | clients?                    |
 |   /       \               |            +-----------------------------+
 |  / YOUR    \              |                     |            |
 | / SYSTEM IS \             |                     |            |
 |/   ALREADY   \            |                    yes           no
 / COMPROMISED!  \           |                     |            /
 \               /        +--------------------------+         /
  \             /         | YOU ARE SAFE! <3         |        /
   \           /          +--------------------------+       /
    \         /<--------------------------------------------+
     \______ /
                                               
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 27, 2015, 05:05:10 AM
There is no such thing as "anti-exploit programs". The best you can do is use your existing anti-exploit mechanisms (-> EMET).
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 26, 2015, 07:15:54 AM
Depends on what I'm trying to do. I have one Windows laptop, one OpenBSD laptop, one OpenBSD server and one FreeBSD server.
I might give NetBSD a run on the laptop though, just for the sake of it.
8  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 24, 2015, 10:34:24 AM
As I fail to remember it every single time, I'd like to suggest that "DC2" will finally fix the tab order here. "Quick Reply" -> type a reply -> <Tab> -> Enter should trigger "Post", not "Search".  mad undecided
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 24, 2015, 09:59:25 AM
Thank you!
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 24, 2015, 09:52:03 AM
"My computer is more secure now, only malware newer than three years can hijack it."

Wow.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 24, 2015, 09:20:45 AM
it's surely better than nothing.

By opening more potential holes at the cost of no additional security? Nice.
12  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 24, 2015, 02:12:57 AM
You can't "go" there.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 23, 2015, 04:51:09 PM
All of them.
You know, I've been using "classic" forums for about 15 years now; maybe new people who are used to Facebook's way of displaying your messages (i.e. you're lucky if you find what you were looking for) have less problems than I do.

New forum software developers seem to think that everything has to be different - even the good parts.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 23, 2015, 04:38:48 PM
I guess it's the structure. I tried discussing on discourse.org once and failed several times to find my discussion later. It just lacks clarity.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 23, 2015, 04:27:32 PM
I have accounts with some of such forums.
I never managed to discuss there.
I don't find interesting discussions there ...
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: July 23, 2015, 05:12:26 AM
After years of using git, I really learned to love to use Mercurial for my unpaid hobby projects.
git sucks.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 23, 2015, 04:31:34 AM
Is it:
Anti-virus = Malware

True.

Is that because you're expert enough to cope with anything that happens?
or you think they wont stop anything?
or your system is really secure anyway?

Depending on my machine, all of that.

I'm "expert enough" to avoid lame malware by not clicking on suspicious links, also I use NoScript to block the vast majority of current malware infections.

Also, AV software does not stop anything. According to a 2012 Symantec paper, malware is around for about one year before it's actually found. I guess this has not changed much by now.

Finally, I avoid using insecure operating systems (Linux, OSX) wherever I can.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 23, 2015, 03:29:39 AM
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Is your antivirus app doing its job?

Hint: No.

And there's close to no reason to reconsider not using snake-oil malware.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer Programming To Be Officially Renamed “Googling Stackoverflow” on: July 22, 2015, 08:33:47 AM
Well, here's obfuscated Python instead.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer Programming To Be Officially Renamed “Googling Stackoverflow” on: July 22, 2015, 07:48:24 AM
Makes me think of those old "obfuscated C" contests.  The challenge with C was to make it readable.  smiley

You meant Perl, right?

("Readable Perl". Actually, one could make good money with that.)
21  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DonationCoder Major Upgrades - Progress Report Thread on: July 22, 2015, 05:24:16 AM
well done Thmbsup

Too early!
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer Programming To Be Officially Renamed “Googling Stackoverflow” on: July 21, 2015, 03:48:52 AM
That actually makes me rather sad. But then again, it mirrors this Java-driven world where your IDE magically creates half of your code for you. You don't have to understand what it actually does. Java "developers" around me called that an "advantage".
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 21, 2015, 01:14:21 AM
I don't need them making a gallery, blog, or whatever else. Similar concern with Woltlab (BurningBoard).

You're not required to buy a license for all the products, but you can if you wish. smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 20, 2015, 07:04:28 PM
When you say "pointless technical restrictions of usability", are you just referring to needing Javascript, or more than that? Because I think it's a very conscious and - to some people, including myself - worthwhile choice that Discourse, nodeBB, and others are making to use modern web development technologies and methods to enable the best "normal" interaction and responsiveness. Without Javascript or some equivalent, many of the valuable (IMO) features of Discourse simply wouldn't work. It's clearly not a forum designed for those who fear Javascript, nor is it one designed for accessibility, but those two problem cases remove only a relatively small minority of the potential user base.


Why do you assume "modern" means "inadvertently requiring you to make your browser insecure"? A web forums is not much more than a text area with a Submit button, this is the fallback behavior for sanely developed AJAX things AFAICS. So it basically is a pointless restriction.

Hell, at least it's not Flash. Wink]


Oh, well... smiley Javascript is still really, really bad. In 2015 it's known as the most common security hole for browsers.

As for using Docker, it's not actually a *requirement* of using Discourse as far as I know, it's just the easiest way to deploy. For me use of Linux for hosting is *the* right way to do it anyway, so it's not a concern.


Docker is the only supported installation method though, and there won't be a Docker on OpenBSD anytime soon. That said, Docker basically mimics old BSD features anyway.

Curious to hear more from those who may have tested any of these systems. But recommendations for more up-to-date and well maintained "traditional" forums (like IPB) are welcome too. smiley

I tested quite a lot of board systems recently. IPB, to stick with that example, has grown into a full-featured suite by now, including galleries and blogs (similar to Woltlab). Things are moving.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Thoughts on "next generation" forum systems? (Discourse, nodeBB, etc.) on: July 20, 2015, 03:47:28 AM
Oops, I missed this thread. To quote myself:

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Discourse is an annoying try to do everything differently even if there was no actual need for that before. The UI requires Javascript which sucks for  security reasons; but, even worse, the whole thing grew so fat that the only supported installation method is a pre-configured Docker container (!) which limits Discourse to Linux although it does not require any other Linux-only package.

Their so-called community does not seem to care about people doing things in a different way.

Pointless technical restrictions of usability just because it's more modern is not something anyone should want to achieve; although I must admit that I really like the Misago board because it's outstanding in some ways.

The Usenet and mailing lists (mentioned above) are different things than web forums, they also target a different audience. I use newsgroups on my Android device, so I'm probably out of the picture. -- That said, today's board systems make it easier to stay trendy. I fell in love with the Invision Power Board a while ago because its user interface is one of the greatest I've ever seen - even on my smartphone.  Kiss (A pity that DonationCoder doesn't have a responsive UI yet; but maybe mouser will use the new opportunity...)

Board systems like Discourse and Vanilla have a different target audience again. The first time I've read about Discourse was when I set up my first Pelican blog, it seems to be a nice Disqus replacement. Such boards may work nicely for commenting stuff or as software support forums, but the lack of structure (like immediately visible subforums/categories) makes it really hard to think of them as viable replacements for real forums™.

The world's biggest (regular) board (ConceptArt.org) uses the "classic" vBulletin software, its inofficial "successor" (after vBulletin 5 was FUBAR) XenForo already gained much traction and market share. Don't even dare to assume forums are dying. They're consolidating.
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