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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 23, 2015, 06:40:28 AM

That image just looks like a Mountie hat thrown in the air  tongue

It's a low budget hoax - times are tough all over.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 21, 2015, 04:44:50 PM
Data Recovery...
[attachthumb=1]

...Not Going to Happen!  cheesy
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: February 21, 2015, 06:57:07 AM
Yay! ...Just what we need...another government orchestrated nose dive in BTC value.
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 21, 2015, 06:52:50 AM
These might help:
http://www.mysysadmintips...com/tools/wol-online-tool
http://www.mysysadmintips.com/windows/clients/84
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 04:42:48 PM
This might (be fun to play with) work for the remote wakeup part.
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 04:00:08 PM
Microsoft RDP is also the only thing that's ever shown me exactly the same thing as I see on the computers monitor unlike various forms of VNC I've tried.

Same here, I've been sold on TS/RDP since the NT4 days ... I just never thought of trying it with/from a phone. But... I guess I'll have to give it a shot (eek!).


Do I understand it correctly that it only works with pro/ultimate and server versions of Windows?

Yes, but there is a hack/patch available to enable it in/for Home Premium (I've never tried it).
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: remote control of pc via android phone on: February 19, 2015, 06:38:30 AM
Microsoft Remote Desktop - Remote PC access (works better than any other Android remote app I've tried).

Really?! I've always been a bit to skeptical (to try it) about the screen size making it impossible to do effectively ...(yes I am playing the tiny text/old guy card here)... But you're saying it is actually a viable option?
158  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Long essay on the business of starting (feminist) collaborative publications on: February 18, 2015, 10:34:00 PM
What exactly is "feminist tech"? What makes technology either feminist or MRA? Machines have no gender. Nor does the machine care about the users gender.

Valid and interesting question. The company I work for is owned by a woman - a fact that is completely irrelevant to day to day operations. To me, making these distinctions only server to create and exacerbate a situation that would have otherwise never existed.
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 18, 2015, 03:25:59 PM
Is this the sort of thing UEFI can protect against?

No.
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware on: February 18, 2015, 11:21:25 AM
(and as an aside, sometimes, humor is the only medicine for such truths)

Yeah...humor, whistling in the dark, and substance 'abuse' are pretty much the top 3 coping mechanisms available. cheesy
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 15, 2015, 07:51:20 AM
Create a blank text file, type "anything" in it, save it as anything.html, then open it and check the DOM again. You'll see that the DOM is there, even though you only typed "anything". Now, do a view source and you'll see "anything", but no head or body or html tags

Behavior was the same as the external 'Boo!' page...the head/body tags were there.


O_o Okay, Digging in a level.. I fired up my copy of the Fiddler Web Debugger (really cool freeware), and let it run while requesting the page so it would record (and display) the entire exchange.

...and it shows nothing really exciting happening; basic request; basic response; no cookies; total replied content=boo!

Given the pitch, I was expecting it to tell me what I had for breakfast yesterday morning ... But no matter how I view the source, it just says boo!


What's funky here is that view source shows nothing, but the document says, "Boo!" Which, is kind of spooky as the site hosts security material, and that's the home page.

Looks more to me like the site's home page is actually at http://www.tombom.co.uk/blog and the (url masking/) root level redirector is broken. They're specialty is after all hardware hacking it appears, and as we all know (sh)IT Happens. cheesy
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAM contact spray? on: February 14, 2015, 10:58:17 PM
^Now that's a new one ... I usually just use one of those large rubber pencil erasers.

Back when we were having an argument ... discussion of alternative methods of contact cleaning  smiley

See, I told you I was old - That was only 6 years ago...and I forgot already. cheesy
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 14, 2015, 10:08:34 PM
That's weird, I'm using IE11 and it's still blank for me ... Maybe you broke yours.. cheesy
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAM contact spray? on: February 14, 2015, 01:07:16 PM
(not sure how long the link will last, but...) Something like this? They call it a 1-handed puffer duster.
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 update loop on: February 14, 2015, 10:02:27 AM
However, automatic updates are not enabled and there is at least 1 pending update which hasn't been installed, once again suggesting my son wasn't responsible. He wouldn't have any reason to pick just 1 to install.

Hm... same here, is yours KB3021917 from 2/10/15 also?
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAM contact spray? on: February 14, 2015, 09:56:17 AM
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nother thing to consider is dust down in the memory slot. Use a can of air to blow out the slot when the RAM is removed to ensure that you're not packing dust back down into the slot during reinsertion.

i agree with possibility of dust, but be VERY careful using compressed air which creates moisture -- i destroyed a power supply blowing compressed air into it.  if you do use a can instead of your mouth, make sure you leave pc unplugged for a while before and after.

Canned air isn't really air ... It's a solvent (difluoroethylene) that vaporizes quickly. If you hold the can upside down to long the liquid that comes out will usually freeze immediately. So if your PSU was energized (and presumably hot or at least warm), then the rapid temperature change may well have caused a component to fracture and fail. But the fluid in nonconductive, so it can't really short anything out like water vapor (which I'm inferring from moisture).

Now if you're using an air compressor (I do frequently in a pinch), moisture can be an issue. But in either case the key is to keep the nozzle back at least 8-12 inches from the surfaces you're dusting ... If for no other reason than just to keep from dislodging and launching a jumper or other small component.
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAM contact spray? on: February 14, 2015, 08:26:19 AM
^Now that's a new one ... I usually just use one of those large rubber pencil erasers.

Either way use care not to damage one of the tiny components soldered to the edge of the memory card near the contacts (I mention this only because I did it once..).

Another thing to consider is dust down in the memory slot. Use a can of air to blow out the slot when the RAM is removed to ensure that you're not packing dust back down into the slot during reinsertion.

In fact, after doing each end of four RAM sticks, twice in a row, my thumb pad was sore for 24 hours afterward.

That sounds like an alignment issue... I've seen some tight ones...but never that tight. I usually rock the pressure end to end to -(feel for)- be sure it's not in backwards (old eyes) and to coax one end into going in first to minimize the Mboard flexing.
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 update loop on: February 14, 2015, 08:14:57 AM
Probably a bad download that can't install properly - why not reset windows update and let windows do the update properly - or else download it and do it manually?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

+1 - Windows updates do on occasion get stuck on a bad File. If you find out which one is looping you can Google it and probably find a few other people with the same problem...and a fix. If not, hide only the problem child...do not disable everything.


Speaking of bad WU behavior, has anyone else noticed Windows suddenly deciding to re-enabled the automatic reboot by itself? I've been on a manual update schedule for years. But this past week - after making none of my own changes - my computer just decided to start rebooting for updates ... All by its evil little self.
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The return of Clippy! Microsoft says more about their digital assistant Cortana on: February 14, 2015, 08:01:23 AM
Rather, it's, "Let's hope they don't notice we're installing something we have nothing to do with so we can profit off them while infecting them with mal/spyware."

Agreed. However they do now offer a - granted quite poorly documented - setting that globally refuses the install of any/all "sponsor offers".
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 14, 2015, 07:57:46 AM
^I wonder if that means we passed the test? Although it seems unlikely given the intro.

@Ren - What browser "works" for the pants crapping exorcise?
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 13, 2015, 11:26:35 AM
1) Visit this URL: http://www.tombom.co.uk
2) View the source.
3) Crap your pants.

I can't get to step 3 because step 2 just says boo!

Site down/link bad perhaps?
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: License, registration, and insurance...or your cell phone on: February 11, 2015, 01:46:58 PM
Now what I want to see - for real public safety - is a mobile phone app that will scan and validate the cop's fingerprint (there are a lot of phony LEO cases in the news these days) to pass/fail prove they are indeed 'Duly Authorized' to be stopping people in the first place.

Maybe they should have "smart badges" that squawk the cop's badge number. By the time you can check the fingerprint he's close enough to grab you.  Like, you hit a broadcast button on your phone and the cop's badge texts you the badge number which you can Google before you pull over.

Excellent Point - but have the lookup completely automated (for safety) - Holy shit, I think we just might be on to something!
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads on: February 11, 2015, 01:43:15 PM
It could also produce some interesting instances of road rage.  Someone cuts off the car.

Hay, can we get a robotic arm to automatically extend a middle finger any time the ABS is tripped for longer than 700ms??
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: License, registration, and insurance...or your cell phone on: February 11, 2015, 11:35:08 AM
Now what I want to see - for real public safety - is a mobile phone app that will scan and validate the cop's fingerprint (there are a lot of phony LEO cases in the news these days) to pass/fail prove they are indeed 'Duly Authorized' to be stopping people in the first place.
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why phishing won't go away on: February 11, 2015, 11:26:27 AM
It is legitimate.  And they give you 2GB of extra storage on google drive (if you use such things) as a reward.  But not if you're using a business offering.

Which only makes it twice as bad since they chose to use a basterdization of their own domain name...which is a key indicator that the thing is bogus.

That's as dumb as the local courthouse using short links in their "high security" Email and then complaining that the spam filter rejected them for it (yes that really happened).
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