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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 03, 2014, 11:53:32 AM
@cyberdiva  This may be of interest.  http://krebsonsecurity.co...es-flash-player-zero-day/

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Windows users who browse the Web with anything other than Internet Explorer will need to apply this patch twice, once with IE and again using the alternative browser (Firefox, Opera, e.g.).

Being clueless (just kiddin 40) I don't know how trustworthy this is.

I'd have to go with yes on that one as browser plug-in updates are a case by case per-browser thing.
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Pale Moon 4 Linux on: May 03, 2014, 07:50:46 AM
If it makes it through the week without a showstopper it'll be my new default browser for Nix.

Okay, so...which week does it have to make it through? Its been two ... Pass, fail, kill it with fire?  tellme
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An interesting look at what 'Big Data' means to privacy on: May 03, 2014, 07:44:58 AM
She makes a scary point about how the act of just trying to avoid being tracked makes you appear immoral or criminal. And that right there is a problem. Sad

This reminds me of some research I was doing for school that showed that if a person does *not* have a social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) people view that person as suspicious and as someone who has something to hide. Furthermore, employers look upon that employee (or potential employee) as someone who hasn't kept up with the times and that person is less desirable as an employee.

It's a brave, new world, Mr. Huxley.

Okay, so as long as I have a FaceBook page I can be considered/perceived as "current" regardless of my 70's wardrobe?? Far Out Man! cheesy

...Kidding aside ... This little peak at the current depth of the rabbit hole scared the shit out of me too.
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 03, 2014, 07:37:46 AM
At least two things about that Gyration keyboard would really bother me:

The Fn key is in the wrong place. Ctrl should always be on the outside.
No numpad.

I'll 2nd that one. Being left-handed and reflexively dependent on a laundry list of hotkeys...that F'n key...would F me up royally. Not to mention that the (std 104 key layout) number pad is the only part of the keyboard I've managed to memorize well enough to use without looking. Hence it's my goto for entering IP address information - complete deal breaker without it.
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 02, 2014, 03:01:07 PM
I don't understand why people keep calling this a Windows XP update. It's not. It uses the "Microsoft Update" automated update system to update a Microsoft product, namely IE. It's not an update to XP. It's an update to IE.

Because that's not as funny?  Nor as interesting.  It would just be run of the mill logic...

Nailed It! Thmbsup
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 02, 2014, 11:12:30 AM
Wondering is there any way of easily checking what updates are installed? (in Win7, they show you a nice list after updating/rebooting, but I dont know how to access that)

Control Panel-->System and Security then look for View Installed Updates under the Windows Update section.
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: May 01, 2014, 05:25:56 PM
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(Ah! The good Ol' days)
When I was a mechanic I think the customer car I test drove I wanted to own the most was a '71 Camaro LT.  That thing was nice.  Really deep bucket seats.  Sharp body styling.  Big engine.  And of course rack & pinion steering.  I didn't get to drive it very far.  But I could tell it handled flat as well as looked cool.  Just taking it around the block was fun.  smiley

All right now, don't get me started on back when I turned wrenches for the local Harley dealership ...(I did the Jap's and Britt's back then too - for a different shop)... We'll never get this thread back on topic.. Wink cheesy
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: May 01, 2014, 03:31:48 PM
Where have we gone so wrong?

Oh and the E10 thing is a load of crap too. How exactly am I protecting the environment when I have to burn significantly more fuel to get from point A to point B when using E10 compared to straight gas.

Amen to that one brother. I had to replace the float needle every 3 months on my old FL because of the freaking Ethanol drying it out so it was to hard to seal. Christ I had more gas on the ground than went through the engine.

btw I used to have a '68 charger.  But it only had a 318 2 bbl.  No sub 5 second 0-60s for me.

My first car was a 74 Plymouth Satellite with the same engine, a 4 barrel, and a broken (read no) choke ... Now that was a cold blooded bitch. I bought the car off a friend for $400, but that was back in the early 80s (when I was 16 or 17). It left the ground in a drag race and went through the middle (e.g. 6' off the ground) of a security fence - backwards at 80mph - which wrinkled up the sheet metal a bit. I walked away, but the car didn't quite fair as well (Ah! The good Ol' days).
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 01, 2014, 12:01:05 PM
I'm still using the same Saitek keyboard I bought at CircuitCity - Yeah it's that old - over 10 years ago. it's been sloshed with beer and coffee at various points, and probably still has a good bit of cigarette ash in it ... But it also still works perfectly.

...I figure I got my $60 out of it years ago.

These aren't in stock at Newegg, but it's the closest thing I could find to what I actually have http://www.newegg.com/Pro...aspx?Item=N82E16823175104
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: May 01, 2014, 11:44:07 AM
There's a big difference when you build something for a purpose vs. build for a buck.

Damn Straight! That's why after 50 years of technological "advancement" the cars we have now are shit compared to what was available in the late 60s and early 70s. Yeah they're all child safe and cuddly and "Eco Friendly" and squirt butterflies out the tailpipe ... but performance???

1968 Dodge Charger (Auto)         0-60 mph 4.7   Quarter mile 13.3
2013 Dodge Charger Police Car    0-60 mph 5.1   Quarter Mile 13.7
2013 Dodge Charger SXT             0-60 mph 6.5   Quarter Mile 14.9

...What's up with ^that^
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 01, 2014, 11:31:14 AM
WARNING: YOU MAY PEE YOUR PANTS...

http://www.techdirt.com/a...inition-photocopier.shtml

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZbqAMEwtOE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZbqAMEwtOE</a>

 Cool

greenclp cheesy greenclp


Love it! Just sent the vid to the brass. The guy being grilled did an absolutely brilliant job of staying (/appearing) just enough enough off balance to make (/sell) it credible.
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: May 01, 2014, 10:54:19 AM
Just ran across this code level walkthrough of the Heartbleed Bugg

Quote from: The Article
Update:

Below is what we thought as of 12:27pm UTC. To verify our belief we crowd sourced the investigation. It turns out we were wrong. While it takes effort, it is possible to extract private SSL keys. The challenge was solved by Software Engineer Fedor Indutny and Ilkka Mattila at NCSC-FI roughly 9 hours after the challenge was first published. Fedor sent 2.5 million requests over the course of the day and Ilkka sent around 100K requests. Our recommendation based on this finding is that everyone reissue and revoke their private keys. CloudFlare has accelerated this effort on behalf of the customers whose SSL keys we manage. You can read more here.

Read the rest here: Answering the Critical Question: Can You Get Private SSL Keys Using Heartbleed?
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: May 01, 2014, 07:56:59 AM
"We just issue the things, we don't track them."

^ That guy. I want to steal his stapler. (This is starting to remind me of that one fellow in "The Office".)

...If only a national stapler tracking database could have prevented that. Sad
189  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Developers and the truth (or close to it) on: April 30, 2014, 03:58:54 PM
Good Stuff Man ... Thanks for Sharing!
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: April 30, 2014, 12:29:51 PM
Because even grouchy network/IT types like Stoic and me can be dead wrong about the seriousness of things like this. And just because we aren't overly concerned about something doesn't mean it can't be a very serious threat. So please don't hesitate to share anything you think may be of interest here.

+.5 - Us wrong? Never... <fingers crossed> cheesy

@Crabby3 - Only reason I shredded the Forbs article -(other than being a prick because I'm not smoking)- so quickly is that I'd also been concerned about the hype surrounding the exploit and was researching the details of who exactly had found what, and what if anything could be done about it. So there is/was definite interest in the topic...it just doesn't always manifest well. smiley

So like 40 said, don't hesitate to share things of interest.
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 11:25:51 AM
Shades of the tablet mindset and overall hubris that drove Win8/Metro! (And mostly into the ground AFAIC. thumb down)

Did Mozilla hire Sinofsky or something?

Well, after reading skwire's Ghacks article I'm inclined to agree with you. Here's why:
Quote from: GHacks
The Firefox button is gone. It has been replaced with what web designers call a Hamburger button

Um... Hamburger Button? Is that the new shit design excuse paradigm being used these days, to just give something a catchy sounding name to explain away why stuff just got piled together in a corner instead of putting in the time to find a right way of doing it?

Yeah, that's a finger-rific design alright ... And I know just what finger to use too.
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 29, 2014, 12:09:30 PM
Finger friendly... can't speak for everyone but I am pretty sure that most people aren't going to be touching their (desktop) screens or laptop screens, especially in enterprise/business environment (since Megabytes does cater to that market as well).

True but with the BYOD marketing stampede to the Cloud pervading the enterprise space with tablets and convertibles from home...it is becoming a popular issue.

And which finger used is up to you. Wink
193  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: April 29, 2014, 12:01:13 PM
It appears XP users are basically screwed.

No, just the ones that read Forbs and believe its over the top sensationalized version of the news.

Let's starts with the title:
Quote from: Forbes
Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack: No Fix For Windows XP Leaves 1 In 4 PCs Exposed

This is simply bull shit. It's the same size hole as any other phishing scam level attack vector...and just as easy to spot.

Quote from: Forbes
FireEye also revealed a sophisticated hacker group has already been exploiting the flaw in a campaign dubbed  ‘Operation Clandestine Fox’, which targets US military and financial institutions.

...And by that I'll just assume it to mean the NSA has found an method/reason/excuse to rummage through their sister agency's knickers drawer.

Quote from: Forbes
FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza declined to name the hackers or potential victims as the investigation is ongoing, only telling Reuters: “It’s unclear what the motives of this attack group are at this point. It appears to be broad-spectrum intel gathering.”

 undecided I'll just go with world domination by the NSA here ... It's what everybody with any sense is thinking already anyhow.


Quote from: Forbes
For its part Microsoft has confirmed the existence of the flaw in an official post. It gave limited information on the bug, but admitted “an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

Oh FFS They did not! The exploit give the same rights that are assigned to the current user. If the user ain't an admin then neither is the bugg. Standard security practice here folks...there are reasons for them.


Quote from: Forbes
A Temporary Fix
 While Microsoft rushes to fix the bug, FireEye gave concerned users two workarounds .

1. Use another web browser other than Internet Explorer
 2. Disable Adobe Flash. “The attack will not work without Adobe Flash,” it said. “Disabling the Flash plugin within IE will prevent the exploit from functioning.”

While not the worst advice I've seen it is still again total bullshit! Flash is the most common target but CERT maintains that other file types can be used in the same fashion. That's why it's an IE bugg, and not a Flash bugg. But hay...no reason to keep the facts straight or anything Because driving off a cliff is perfectly safe as long as you do it backwards, right? Wrong!!!


The remaining drivel is just more idiotically panic toned RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! crap directed squarely at XP users ... Even though all MS OS's are equally as vulnerable as their security is configured.

The same basic sound security practices that "work" for Windows 8.1 will still work for XP.

The MS Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: April 29, 2014, 11:33:28 AM
OMFG You have GOT to be Kidding! The "Trusted Identity" positively identifies you but not by using your name...(because that's really important (...Not!))...and they pinky swear promise not to keep that correlation in a database.

 wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash

...Hay Ren, what do you get when you cross a lemming with a sheep?
195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 29, 2014, 11:09:56 AM
Maybe we should add "You can always opt out!" to the famous Three Greatest Lies in History list as the fourth?  Wink Grin

Maybe we've heard different lists, But...

 undecided ...I'm pretty sure that falls rather squarely under (I promise not to *** in your *****) lie # 3.
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: April 28, 2014, 11:38:11 AM
It looks like you're trying to launch a nuclear missile, would you like to:
1. spellcheck the launch codes.
2. Specify where it lands.
3. Reboot now to increase the odds of it going where you tell it to.

-Clippy
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 28, 2014, 07:02:00 AM
While being a fan of the classic and strictly functional UI designs, I gotta go with Wraith on this one. They just switch to the newer style of a more finger friendly UI. It can be a bit annoying if you prone to being stuck in the old school mud (I am), but it's really not a bad thing that they've made it easier to finger through on a tablet.
198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 26, 2014, 09:20:45 AM
On the topic, this is worth a read:The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH
199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook: Your new botnet for DDoS attacks! on: April 26, 2014, 09:06:00 AM
Now all we need is a new meme for FaceDoS'ing
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 25, 2014, 12:54:19 PM
OC when I looked into it in depth is harmless.

https://cynic.me/2011/04/03/opening-up-opencandy/

You can opt out easily.

Indeed, and I don't believe that is being questioned (per se). But you article does confirm my suspicions above with this:
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OpenCandy does not do that. What it does is to download a list of possible offers, then choose one of the offers and present it to a person during a software installation.

Therein lying the problem ... If the offer of the day doesn't decide to play nice with 'Let the user say no' rule then everybody else in the chain gets shit on. So we end up with a classic case of one asshole (in this case apparently Conduit Search), screwing it up for everybody (ImgBurn/OpenCandy/Us in general) because they insist on being sneaky with their shitware instead of creating a quality product that people actually want.
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